A Few of My Favorite Things
We left our home of Georgia six months ago and started an adventure that not many people have or will get to go on in there lifetime. Our time is straight forward, you only get one chance to live the life you have imagined. Traveling is a amazing thing. The Millennium Falcon and Daddy have kept us safe on the roads. My three favorite things that we have done on this adventure include one from Arizona and two from Hawaii.
In Arizona, Mommy and Daddy planned three surprises for us. The last one was skiing, we were so excited! We had so much fun! We had to wear ski googles, a fluffy snow jacket, snow pants and shoes, and last of all we got skis! What a adventure! I was a little scared to go down the big hill at first but after I got down without hurting myself I begged Mommy and Daddy to go with me again.
In Hawaii, we visited two islands, Oahu and Maui. We had so much fun doing every thing from watching the sunset to boogie boarding. On Oahu, we went surfing! It was just a lot of fun! By the way, you also get a workout by having to paddle with your arms! On Oahu’s north shore the waves can get up to be fifty feet! Don’t worry, we only surfed on smaller waves. My instructor and I saw a see turtle! It was so cute! My instructor said her name was Bethany, after Bethany Hamilton, because the turtle only had three fins!
On Maui, we went whale watching on a boat tour! We didn’t see one jump in the air but one did wave at us! The boat had food and drinks and a sea through net that we sat on the whole time! Get it sea though, because we would look at the sea? Hehe! We saw a group of whales and two of them were fighting! We got wet some of the time but that was also fun!
We had so much fun with all of those activities! I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do any of these activities if we did not go on this amazing adventure to visit all fifty states. My favorite state was Hawaii because two of my favorite things we’re on the island! All of the states we visited have been amazing though! We live the life that we imagined.
This is the blog Anniversary! I am going to name all the countries that have visited our blog site; the United States (of course), Canada, Singapore, Vietnam, Spain, Puerto Rico, Germany, Israel, Pakistan, (you might want to get some popcorn, this will take a while) the Philippines, Ireland, Mexico, Romania, Ukraine, and India. That’s fifteen so far and we still have more! France, United Kingdom, Finland, Norway, Japan, Ecuador, Italy, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Jamaica, Hungary, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Russia, and China complete the list. Last year 2017, we had 28,140 views 3,378 visitors! This year so far we have 3,961 views and 563 visitors. Thank you so much for keeping up with our Adventures!
Universal Theme parks
Have you ever watched an Universal movie or been to one of their theme parks? Universal has two amusement parks, I am going to compare them for you. Universal Orlando in Florida and Universal Studios in Hollywood, California are the two Universal parks in the U.S.A. Universal Studios was made first.
First of all, in Universal Hollywood Studios they do this amazing tour that describes how they make movies, it is on a trolly. Along with driving through the backlots, the trolly goes through a simulator, which was scary and fun at the same time. That is in Hollywood. Universal Orlando does not have that but it does have a bigger Harry Potter attraction. Both have a ride called the flight of the Hippogriff and The Forbidden Journey. Universal Orlando also has Gringrotts and my favorite Dueling Dragons. Universal Orlando also has more magic spells in the Harry Potter world than in Universal Hollywood.
Universal Hollywood is more interactive with the characters in it. We actually had Beetle Juice talk to us and a Jurassic Park Raptor interacted with us, he almost ate us for lunch! Speaking of lunch, Orlando had more places to eat if you are really hungry. They both serve very good food but Orlando has more options. Orlando also has longer lines which is annoying. Universal Hollywood has shorter lines so that’s great! This could be because of the time of the year we visited. Universal Hollywood also has a Walking Dead walk through haunted house, it wasn’t as scary as I thought.
Some similarities are that they both were kid friendly and both had City Walk. Jurassic Park, Minions, and the Transformer rides were at both Hollywood and Orlando Universal.
I love Harry Potter so much so I would rather go to Universal Orlando, but that’s just my opinion, i’m only an eleven year old. I hope you will get to go to both like I did some time in your life.
Odd Old Town
We are in southern California! We went to Old Town San Diego, it was the first settlement in California. This is a State park. We went to most of the buildings at Old Town, some of them were reconstructed so we didn’t get to see the original.
We ate lunch at Fred’s Mexican restaurant, it was so bright and happy and the food was amazing! I would rate it as one of the best Mexican places! I wanted two tacos but the kids meal only came with one with a churro and a drink for only five dollars! I asked if I could have two tacos with the special deal and she said yes! Guess what, they only charged us one dollar for the extra taco! Wow! 🙂 Mommy got a burrito and they asked if she wanted it wet or dry? What? The wet is with two different kinds of sauce on either side of it, and the dry is your everyday burrito, that you pick up with your hands and eat it. Who know? Mommy got the wet to try something new and she loved it. It was as big as her face! She couldn’t even eat it all! Mackenzie had a Quesadilla. What a surprise! Not. She didn’t eat it all so I had the last one. It was so good. Daddy had to work so he didn’t come with us :). The sauce and beans were so good! It was all great! If you go to San Diego, CA, go there to eat :).
The reason this short little blog post is called odd old town is because of the Whaley house, it is suppose to have ghosts. I thought I felt one tap my shoulder but that could be my imagination. It is the most haunted house in America because it has so much energy from ghosts! My heart was racing faster, and faster because of all the energy! All of the workers there were dressed up like people when they settled here. It was so cool! I love Old Town!
Merry Christmas! The stores are decorated and I’m sure your house is decorated by now. We went to a science museum, called The Arizona science museum. A very crafty name for a museum in Arizona. JK ( just kidding ) it is not a very crafty name at all, unlike the Doseum Science musuem in San Antonio, TX. The science was so cool; we went in a room and it was all about the brain and body parts! There was a stomach and when you went in it, it gurgled or made a funky sound. Then it had a slide that slid you out and it too would make noise.hehe
Then we went in to a room that was the best. It had tug-a-war, flying balls with air, try to get the pool table ball through the metal holes, and the best game was the human knot. You tie a little knot and put your wrists through some holes in the rope and try to untangle yourself, we had to do it with boys! Why could I not do it with Mackenzie! We never figured out how to so we were stuck together! The lady finally showed us how to, and we were FREE! Yay 😉 . It was so much fun, I loved it. If you ever come to Phoenix, Arizona go there!
We also went to the Heard museum and it was awesome! It has a lot of Native American art and tribal stuff. It was cool and fun we took lots of pictures for you.
We went to the Grand Canyon! It was the most beautiful thing I have never seen in my whole life. Here are some facts about the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon has been a N.P since 1919, that is 98 years! Thats a long time. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, which is 1,463,000 feet long or 4,876.67 football fields and up to 18 miles wide. The Grand Canyon is divided into the North Rim, the South Rim, the West rim, and the East rim. The South rim is open all year round even on holidays, so you could come and open presents on Christmas over the south rim of the Canyon! The North rim is closed in the winter. They are vistor centerin the North and South rim. . The Grand Canyon formed because the Colorado river shaped and eroded the Canyon to what we see today, and it is still forming.
Nice New Mexico
In New Mexico, we went to White sands and went sliding, it was so much fun. We bought circular sleds that were tie dyed! And the sand was kind of cold in the shade. You should go there one day. It was so much like snow! I loved it! Let it snow, or let it sand! Hehe. The sand on White sands is not like beach sand at all its from Gypsum rock!
Grandma Francey came for Thanksgiving and we had so much fun with her. She brought lot of books and toys for early Christmas presents! Thank you again Grandma! I have read a lot of them so far. Mostly, the Carol Marsh real kids real places mystery books, they are one of my favorite series. I recommend you read them. They are a little small but if you read all of them it might be as much reading a one Harry Potter book. We went to the movies to see Wonder. I read the book in fifth grade and Grandma read it on the plane and Mackenzie read it when Grandma got here. Thank you Ava for letting Mackenzie read and borrow your book. We also played Bocce ball; it was Grandma and daddy .Vs. Mommy, Mackenzie and me. The “M” team.Hehe.
Thank you Arianna for your letter. You’re so kind, it made my day! I hope I get more letters. Thank you! 🙂
I also got my bike in New Mexico! I love my bike so much it is purple and black and you can change the gears on it! My first bike that you can change the gears! Yay! 🙂 My old pink and purple bike was broken and is now in Good Will. 😦
We have gone shopping and donating a lot. My THREE drawers will refuse to close!
I hope I will have fun in Arizona. Bye!
Sorry I have not blogged very often, I have had so much fun!
In Texas, we also went to the Alamo and a lot of other Missions.The Missions were so cool, it is like a village with walls all around it to protect the Spanish from the Apache and Comanche Indians. Yes, I did say Spanish. Spain took over Texas because they said they could cure their viruses, really, they just needed someone to build their Missions for them and to take over the land to look for gold. The Missions were worn down so most of what you see in the pictures is all built back up or just left to see and not touch. There are five Missions (Concepción, San José, San Juan, Espada and the most famous the Alamo) the Spanish finely decided that there was no gold and left. Then Mexico earned it independence from Spain and came across the Rio Grande river and wanted Texas! Well they can’t have any part of it! They were going to name it The united states of Mexico, seriously thats just coping us! Texas fought at the battle of the Alamo, all the men died very sad 😦 . Then the Texans went over to Mexico and Attacked while the Mexicans where taking a siesta (a nap) and the Spanish were not ready for the fight because they were taking a siesta so it only lasted 18 minutes! It is one of the quickest battles in history. Who won, Texas won! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Texas is the only state in the U.S.A to be its only country. Texas was its on country for only 9 months! Texas wanted to come into the U.S.A, so we let them.
The stars in Texas were so pretty we could see a million more stars than in Georgia. Ya’ll should come and visit Big Bend Texas to see the stars and to see the Rio Grande.
The Rio Grande is the only river to start to go down south then go up at what we call the big bend. Big bend was so cool and the Rio Grande felt so cool ( cold and Cool)! We went over to Mexico across the Rio Grande. We rode on a donkey over to the town called Boquillas. We had real Tacos! Mackenzie and I had our first Coca Cola I hope we can have it again, it was good! I will post about New Mexico soon! Bye!
St. Augustine Adventure
Hi, this is Abby and this blog post is all from my perspective. I love that you are reading the blog, my mom has done a great job of keeping you reading. Ok, it all started with us driving to St. Augustine. It’s the first settlement of the U.S.A, which was 42 years before Jamestown, VA. While driving we had the slides in so it was very squished in the R.V. I was playing on Minecraft with my sister Mackenzie and we were building a huge R.V. I think it was like a 50-foot R.V which to say is impossible because the largest R.V is 45 feet. Our R.V is a 43 foot, still pretty big compared to most motorhomes.
On September 3rd , we got to go see the oldest schoolhouse in America. It looked like it was about to collapse but it never did. That same day, me and my family went to see the world’s largest pirate museum and we went on a treasure hunt to get a little fake gem. I picked a blue one, my favorite color😀! Then we went to the Castillo de San Marcos (Castillo is Spanish for Fort). That was so fun! We saw some soldiers shoot canons but don’t worry they had no cannon balls in them so they shot air, it was still pretty loud even with my ears plugged!
On Labor Day, we had an awesome tour of Flagler College. I don’t know about you but I think that it is the prettiest college I have ever seen! I think I might go there or the University of (Awesomeness!) Florida! Go Gators🐊! Flagler College was originally Hotel Ponce de Leon, they changed it when Henry Flagler died. He gave the Hotel Ponce de Leon to the city of St. Augustine. Some tourists wanted to take a wrecking ball to the non-used building so the city made it an all girls college in 1968. Now it does let boys go there but for every three girls there is one boys hehe😜 . Then we went to the beach with our cousins Zachery, Luke, Claire, and Audrey and Aunt Kimmie We had such a good time with them!
The next day (the 5th ) me and my cousins went to the oldest house still standing in America (see in picture below).
It was built by the Spanish and the Timucua Indians, the Timucua Indians knew what plants to eat and what wood to use. The Spanish had a healthy life style. Our tour guide told us that when the English came they kicked out the Indians and Spanish so the English had no idea how to survive on their own. So, you can imagine that they had a very short life span. She was very nice and informative. Right after that, we walked on the first street ever built (Aviles) and Mackenzie, Claire, Audrey, and Zachery were catching lizards, and me and Luke were trying to see if we could jump across the street, after a while Zachery joined us.
Next we all went to the beach, I got to try paddle boarding, it was so much fun!!! Kenzie and I had so much fun that we decided to try to do it together, and I can tell you… we did not succeed 😜. The waves where huge, I mean huge like 6 feet tall! We brought our new boggy boards so we boggy boarded the waves and it was so much fun with our cousins! I had a great time in St. Augustine, and that’s not even the end! After the beach we went to the pool and had a splash! Hehe see what I did there? Hehe, I switched “had a blast” to “had a splash” because we splashed around in the pool! Hehe. After I went to sleep and woke up, I had another great day!
We went to the Lightner museum. Mr. Lightner’s collection inspired me so much, I got the idea to start a museum full of button art! The museum had so many buttons in the hallway of the Lightner museum. Mr. Lightner collected everything from furniture to matchboxes and BUTTONS! A lot of buttons. As we were leaving, it just so happened that we walk right into the mayor! Her name is Nancy Shaver.
After we went to the Lightner museum and met the mayor, we evacuated from St. Augustine to escape Irma (hurricane). There wasn’t much traffic since we left when my dad said we should. It was a quick trip to Ashburn, Georgia. We had to say good bye to our cousins at this really bad Mexican place that didn’t have hard shell tacos 😕?????? What???? I did not want to say good bye, I had so much fun! Hopefully we will get to see them again on our trip and I hope to see you too🙂! Bye! I will post soon.
We all had the best ice cream ever at St. Grorge street, next to the oldest school house. The pirate museum. So FUN!!!!!
By: Abby Adams 🙂 😉 😀