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 4

Day four was a beautiful and amazing day!

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On one of the piers!

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.

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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.

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.

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!

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Santa!

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.

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Yum! Hot Chocolate.

After that, we slept in our hotel. We had a great day!

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!

Arizona Vacation Part 2

Day 2 was a blast!! When we arrived to Tempe Diablo Stadium, we went to The Buttes, a cool hotel, to rest.

Second, we went to see the Angles play for spring training. Our seats were at the top. It was called the “Party Patio”. They had free drinks and food!

My dad’s friend and his family came to see the game with us. The Angles did great and won 7 to 3 against the Arizona Diamond Backs. It was such a fun game!!

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After that, we swam in the hotel pool. It had a floating basketball hoop that John and I played with. It was pretty hard to get it in, though. After that, we went back to our room and played.

Arizona was super fun!!

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Arizona Vacation Part 1

We drove to Arizona for our annual baseball spring training vacation. It was very fun. We stayed there for four days and 3 nights. The first day we mostly just drove. First, we went to Waffle House to eat. Their waffles are so good!!final 4

Next, we went to the University of Phoenix Stadium. There wasn’t a game going on. We just walked around the grounds. Sadly, we got trapped in, but we found a way out.

 

After, we went to the Renaissance Marriott to rest.AZ Day 1 Mar 17 050

A little later, we drove to ASU where my dad went to college. We walked around a little and found bean pods. Sarah, my little sister, was obsessed with them. Next, we sat in a golf cart and drove back to the hotel.

 

Day 1 was awesome, and I couldn’t wait for the next.