March 29, 2012 - by Madison
Today we went to 2 national parks in Saint Augustine, Florida.
one we went to was called Castillo de San Marcos. When we got there we got our Junior Ranger books and then we went on a ranger program. On the ranger program I learned that over a course of 1,000 years rocks and sand can turn into cement. That is what the fort was made of. This was a good thing to have the fort made out of because when the enemy shot cannons the wall would absorb the canons. So there was no harm done to the fort. When we were done the ranger program we walked around the fort. The walls that we saw looked really neat because they had shells everywhere. When we were done I noticed that there were a lot of annoying red flies everywhere, they kept landing on the paper because it was white. I also noticed that the moat was dry; I was a little bit surprised that the moat was dry because they are usually filled with water.
I asked a ranger why the moat was dry, and she said because when they had battles, that is where they would put the animals because they would have all the people in the town come in the fort - and 50,000 people with about 1,000 animals in a small area for up to two months wouldn't be good. The main issue was disease. Also, the animals were safe form being attacked because there was a tall wall in front of them and it would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack if they were to be shot. When I finished finding out about the moat we got our Junior Ranger pin and then we went to the next place: Fort Matanzas National Monument. When we got there we got our Junior Ranger books and then went to go see what was going on in the trees because there were a lot people huddled along a bunch of trees.
We learned that there were 2 baby Great Horned Owls, along with their dad. They were so cute, although they were big! They were only 3 months old; they were fluffy and bigger then there parents. We watched them for about 30 minutes and then we went on a boat ride to the fort since it was across a river. When we got to the fort I thought that it was really small. I learned that it wasn’t a fort for fighting; instead it was a fort for watching for the enemy advance, and sending a warning downstream. When they saw the enemy they shot a cannonball and then the people at Castillo knew to get ready to fight and the enemy was coming.
I liked the fort because it was small, but I didn’t like it because it was old and the ranger said to be careful because the roof could break! I didn’t want the roof to break on me, and I was also scared because the ranger said that there was a large rat snake that lived in the fort! When we got back to the visitors center we got our junior ranger pins and then we went back to the campground and ate dinner and then watched Switched at Birth. I had a fun and exciting day. March 30, 2012 - by Madison
Today we went to Fort Caroline. When we got there we got our Junior Ranger books. After we got our junior ranger book we went to see the replica of the real fort. The real fort was in the water so I don’t know how they know anything about it.
I don’t think that Fort Caroline should deserve to be a national park because they have no history on the fort or what it looked like since it sunk. They don’t even know what the fort looked like, they guessed what it looked like and they built that. When we were done looking at the fort we got our junior ranger badge. After we got our junior ranger badge we drove to the Walmart.
On the drive we watched the 1st
2 episodes of switched at birth. I really liked this show because it was funny. We also stopped at a Chick-Fill-a, I was really happy because I really like their fries and chicken nuggets. When we got to the Walmart we went to bed since it was getting really late.