My Uncle Ryan gave me a ton of great Willy Wonka stuff for Christmas. I really love the movie so it was a great gift. You should watch it! Please comment and tell me which gift would be your favorite.
He gave us Snozzberry Soda which was supposed to be a Fizzy Lifting Drink. Of course, you can’t make a fizzy lifting drink, but it was labeled that. Also, a Fudge Mallow, a Wonka Scumdidaliouptious, and a normal Wonka Bar. The Wonka Bar is the bar with the golden ticket. He also gave us a plastic Everlasting Gobstopper and Lickable Wallpaper. He even gave us a contract, a golden ticket, and a book. The book was funny because it was about him and I going to the chocolate factory.
Of course, I drank my soda and ate some of my chocolate. I think my favorite one was the Fudge Mallow. My uncle hired artists to draw the wrappers, and he made the candy. They looked like the candy from the movie. He also made blueberry gum which was yummy!
I really loved the Christmas gift! Thank you, Uncle Ryan!
We went to Houston for part of our Christmas vacation. In today’s post, I will tell you about going to the space center there.
We started off by watching a movie about the mission to Mars. It was very interesting. After that, our cousins arrived. We headed to the Angry Birds section. They had a mirror that would tell you how much you weighed on different planets.
Next, we took a tram to some different buildings. One showed engineers building a spaceship that will be going to Mars.
We went on another tram to where we could see the Historic Mission Control room. We also went to the Astronaut Training Center.
We did three fun things on our field trip day last week. First, we went on an archeology field trip. Next, we went to Tio’s Tacos. Finally, we went to the Misson Inn.
Archeology Field Trip
We got there early so my brother, John, could work on his Boy Scout archaeology merit badge. We played games while we waited for the actual class to start. Finally, the class began. We first learned a little about it, and then we played a fun game. We had to match the artifacts to what it would be nowadays. My partner was Elena, and we did pretty well. Finally, we got to the digging part. Kasen was late, so he joined our group. I started off as a sifter while Elena dug, and Kasen brushed. Once the bucket was one-third of the way full, I sifted it. We all took turns digging, brushing and sifting.
It was super fun!
When we walked in, there were lots of sculptures to celebrate the Day of the Dead. They were all made out of recycled products. I had one chicken taco and one meat taco. The place was creepy though the food was good.
The Misson Inn
After the tacos, we went to the Misson Inn to see their Christmas lights. First, we got a gingerbread man at the Gingerbread Shop. Then, we walked through the hotel to see the lights and a talking macaw.
We arrived at Pier 33 at Fisherman’s Wharf to get onto the boat. On the way there, we sat on the top of the boat even though it was raining. It was about ten minutes to reach the Alcatraz dock. The boat was big, and it was three stories.
We’re in line!
There’s the boat!
Finally, we arrived cold and wet. We rushed inside. We were going to watch a movie about Alcatraz, but it wasn’t working. We headed to a place that told about Alcatraz. I wanted to go see the cells, but Mom insisted on reading through all the stuff.
Here are the showers!
Finally, we went up to the actual prison. We waited in a long but quick moving line to get our audio tour headsets. There were rows and rows of cells. It talked about how they loved their recreation time. One man said it was like being freed from hell!
Ruins of a house.
We saw John and Clarence Anglin’s cell. Also, we got to see Frank Morris’s cell. In their beds, there were dummy heads that they made to fool the guards. There has been evidence showing that they made it out alive. Most people, like me, hope that they got through the bay water and made it to shore. We learned about the bloodiest Alcatraz escape attempt that failed. It was all very interesting.
Here is Frank Morris cell with the dummy head.
This is what a regular cell looked like!
After we finished the tour, we headed over to the gift shop. I bought a couple things there, and then we boarded the boat to ride back to San Fransisco.
Now there’s one thing that I want to make clear. That picture overhead is the real Golden Gate Bridge. It’s not a background picture.
Anyway, we started off our day by waking up at the same hotel. Our room, had an upstairs and downstairs. We got dressed and ate a big breakfast. After that, we loaded up the car and drove to San Fransisco! We got to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was really pretty. We stopped into Sausalito in Marin County. There was a grassy field, so we ran around there. Then, we drove back across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Our next destination was Chinatown. There were lots of shops filled with colorful clothing, toys, and more. It smelled a lot like Asian food. We did not get out of our car, and I’m glad because there were tons of tourists. I hate being around big crowds.
A little after that, we went to Union Square. There was a TON of homeless people there. It definitely looked like a city. I’m glad that I don’t live in a city.
Next, we drove on the most crooked street in America. There was a long line, and we were going on a steep slope. My mom was so scared, but Dad told her he wouldn’t bring his whole family on the hill if he knew it wasn’t safe. It was fun going down the crooked street.
Palace of Fine Arts
We had a nice time at the Presidio. We walked to Lucasfilm. We took a picture with a Yoda water fountain. We walked a little more to the Palace of Fine Arts. It was mostly outdoors and had pretty architecture. After that, we walked back to Starbucks and got a gingerbread loaf.
Mom took this pic of us from across the lake!
Next, we checked into our hotel. They had a valet, so they parked our car. I think the valet is overpriced. It was sixty bucks per NIGHT! It was a fancy hotel, though. I prefer a hotel with free breakfast that isn’t fancy. Then we can also get a bigger room. We walked to the Boudin Sourdough restaurant and ate dinner there. My sister and I shared a pepperoni pizza. It was very good on sourdough. Yum!
After that, we walked to Ghirardelli. We planned on getting milkshakes, but the line was huge so we got their hot chocolate instead. I’m glad we got that because it was cold, and a milkshake is cold. Hot chocolate is warm.
After that, we slept in our hotel. We had a great day!
We went to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose! It was super fun. I received a gadget to put on my head, and it read my brainwaves. I had a little tablet that would show my emotions. Most of the time I was super excited. I was anxious sometimes because we kept losing my sister, Sarah. One of my favorite things there was the earthquake simulator. There was also a jet propulsion seat where you tried to hit a fake satellite with a light. It was really hard.
My brain reader!
Another fun thing was the Social Robots. John and Sarah did it for a long time. I only did it for a little while. You could dress up the robot, make toys move on them, and even attach lights.
There was another fun exhibit I liked. It was a building challenge where you had to get a ball over a table without dropping it through the cracks. There were two rules. You weren’t allowed to make a bridge, and you could only use the supplies they had. John and Sarah were working on something together, but I was working by myself. My first try failed, but then one of the workers gave me an idea to fix it. IT WORKED! I got the ball over, and I was not breaking the rules. After I had completed mine, Mom said it was time to leave the exhibit. I would say the basement was the most kid-friendly floor. Everything there was meant for kids.
The upstairs was about bodies. There were a couple cool things, but it was more targeted towards adults.
We had a fun day two. It was Thanksgiving, but we didn’t have a big meal. We had turkey sandwiches!
We started off by eating a big breakfast at our hotel. After that, we hopped into the car to hike at Sweeney Ridge. The hike was beautiful. Once we were high enough, we could see the bay and a water reservoir. It was a hard hike because most of it was uphill. Luckily, on the way back, it was downhill.
Next, we went to Oracle headquarters because my dad used to work there. There was a sailboat that had won the America’s Cup. We took pictures there and read about the boat.
Next, we went to Facebook headquarters. My mom uses Facebook so much, so we took some pictures of her there. The building was very colorful.
Finally, we went to Stanford. They had cool buildings. We raced on the grass, and, obviously, my brother, John won. They even had a church there!
Before our race there.
After that, we went back to our hotel and watched movies. LOL!