Thanksgiving Trip: Day 5

On day five we visited Alcatraz.

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

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Jolene Babyak, the lady in the picture, grew up on Alcatraz because her Dad worked there.

Day five was very fun and interesting!

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Thanksgiving Trip: Day 3

Day three may have been my favorite 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.

 

 

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.

 

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Social Robots! LOL!

 

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.

 

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Pedaling to make energy!

 

The upstairs was about bodies. There were a couple cool things, but it was more targeted towards adults.

Day three was an AWESOME day!

Thanksgiving Trip: Day 2

We had a fun day two. It was Thanksgiving, but we didn’t have a big meal. We had turkey sandwiches!sweeney ridge kids

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.

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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.

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Here is the sailboat!

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.

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Here we are at the front!

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!

After that, we went back to our hotel and watched movies. LOL!

We had an AMAZING day two.

Thanksgiving Trip: Day 1

For our Thanksgiving travels, we went to northern California.

On day one, we woke up at four in the morning. One hour later, we got into our car and headed to northern California. It was a pretty boring drive up the 5. Some of it was scenic, but we played video games.

Now here comes the actual fun part. We finally made it to the Computer History Museum. There was this cool demo of a self-driving car. Also, there were games like PacMan, Pong, and the first video game ever which was a space game. There was a place where you could listen to noises and a Wikipedia game. There was a room with the first computer. It was giant! I’m so glad that I can use a laptop. There was even an exhibit with robots. We also went to an IBM demonstration. My grandfather used to work for IBM.

After that, we went to Google headquarters just to look around. They had yellow bicycles and some hiking trails. We took pictures at a Google truck which is right down there.

Our final stop, before the hotel, was Apple headquarters. They even had a store there. In the store, we could test out iPads, iPhones and Apple watches. The only things I tested out were the iPhone X and iPhone 8. I didn’t really like the X because when I try to swipe to get home, it takes me a couple tries. That’s why I like the iPhone 8 more.

After that, we checked into our hotel. They had free dinner just for that day. Tacos! They even had beer and wine. Obviously, I’m not old enough to drink that, though.

Day one was super fun!

Leopard Geckos as Pets

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In this post, I am going to tell you what you need to get your leopard gecko and how to take care of it. They are great pets for beginners.

  • Taming

It’s pretty simple on how to tame your gecko. For the first couple days, show it your hand. After that, start picking it up. If it squirms, do the hand things for a couple more days.

  • Shopping
  1. A cage
  2. Food: mealworms, crickets, butter worms, etc.
  3. Heat lamp or heat mat
  4. Calcium powder and powder dish
  5. Water dish
  6. Food dish
  7. Hideout (It’s better to get 2. One where the heat is and one where there’s no heat.)
  8. Plant (Optional)
  9. Thermometer
  10. Reptile carpet, sand, woodchips, etc.
  • Handling

These geckos are delicate little creatures. You have to be very careful with them. To pick them up, slide your hand under their belly. Let it examine you and crawl around. Don’t take it out to long. Ten to fifteen minutes is the most you should take it out per day.  Always be careful of the tail because it stores all their fat and nutrition. Also, try not to scare, or it will drop its tail which is not good.

NEVER LIFT IT UP BY THE TAIL!

  • Vacation

What do you do with your leopard gecko if you’re on vacation? If you are gone for one to four days, feed it before you leave, and fill up its bowl of water. For five days and more, you need someone to take care of it. To be courteous, clean its cage beforehand. Give them the food, and make a checklist on what they need to do.

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  • Fun facts about leopard geckos
  1. They are nocturnal (They sleep in the day and wake up at night.)
  2. Unlike most lizards, they have personalities.
  3. Their fat tails store their nutrition and fat.
  4. After juvenile geckos shed, their pattern is always a little different.
  5. Leopard geckos can get up to ten inches.

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As you can see, leopard geckos are great pets.

Helpful supplies:

Leopard Gecko Guide

Hideout

Calcium Powder

Cage

My Homeschool Co-op

I love the co-op that we do for homeschool!!

Every Wednesday, we go to a church to do co-op. The parents volunteer to teach the classes, and we get to be in them!! Several classes are offered at each period.

At the first period, I have Fun With Clay Polymer. Every week we make a farm animal. Our teacher bakes it and gives it to us the next week.

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We’re making frogs!!

The second period I have NaNoWriMo. Mom teaches that class. In November we are going to write our own novels!!

After the two classes, we have lunch. Once we are done eating, everyone plays Infection, which is like tag. Some people, including me, have walkie-talkies for Infection.

My next class after lunch, third period, is DIY. We make lots of projects. For example, salt dough, which is play doh. Also, we made bracelets.

My last class is Imagine and Play, also taught by Mom. Every week we get different supplies such as boxes, ropes, PVC pipes, tape, and more. With those, we can make whatever we want.

Co-op is super fun, and I wish it was every day!!

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Corn Snakes

What are corn snakes?? Read this post to find out.

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The corn snake is found all over North America and are very popular pet snakes. They live about six to eight years in the wild but can live about twenty-three years in captivity. Corn snakes are not venomous and are my favorite type of snake!!  Corn snakes can grow up to six feet (182 centimeters)!

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This snake’s name is Popcorn.

Diet

Like all snakes, corn snakes are carnivorous.  They eat mice, small lizards, and frogs. Also, they may climb trees to eat unguarded bird eggs.

Reproduction

Corn snakes usually breed shortly after winter. They lay twelve to twenty-four eggs. It takes about ten weeks until the baby snakes come out. The young snakes use a scale called an egg tooth to slit the egg open. When they hatch, they are about five inches (SO CUTE!!!).

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All the pictures of corn snakes are anery corn snakes.

Pets

Corn snakes are great pets because they do not get big. Also, they are very tame so people love them! Another reason to get them as pets is that they are rated in the top 5 best snake pets.  Lastly, all you have to feed them are mice and water.

As you can see, corn snakes are very fascinating.