May 9 – by Katelyn
Today we drove to Dianna and David's house
Today I had a pretty relaxing day because we went on a long drive to Dianna and David’s house. On the Drive I slept and looked out of the window. I did not like the drive because it was very boring and it was pretty long. Once we got to Dianna and David’s house we said hi to Karuna and Clara, Dianna and David’s kids. Clara is 4 and Karuna is 8.
After we said hi to everyone I played with Karuna and Clara. Pretty soon after we started playing with Clara and Karuna it was dinner time. For dinner I had homemade pizza from David! After that we played with Clara and Karuna for a little bit more, and then we went to bed. I had a pretty good day.May 10 – by Madison
Today we went with the David, Diana, and the kids to Muir Woods National Park, a park that is filled with huge Coastal Redwood trees. To get there we had to drive 1.5 hours, and was very windy at the end. On the drive I slept because Clara woke me up at 5:30 in the morning, and to me that is really early. When we got there we went to the visitors center to get the junior ranger books and some information on the park.
We started our visit with a 2 mile hike up a mountain to see a view that is supposed to be really nice. While we were hiking I saw really pretty trees from the top view, and you never really get to see trees from this view because you are always standing next to them and not over them. We also saw poison oak which is a plant that gives you a rash when you touch it. Luckily I didn’t touch one of these! Clara and Emma touched it, but they wiped it off in time so they didn’t get a rash. I liked Muir Woods because of all the trees and the unique plants and animals that live around here.
I liked Redwoods National Park from our last trip because it had more forts to play in. This park didn’t have many forts to play in. During the final part of the hike we saw a creek that was running next to the path. I liked this creek because it gives the redwood trees water so that they can live. I thought that this was interesting that there was a creek in the woods because I didn’t see where the water would flow from. After the hike we went close to the visitors center so that we could finish our junior ranger books. After we finished the books we got the badges.
These badges were special because they were made out of the redwood trees that fell down, and it was Clara and Karuna’s first junior ranger. I thought that it was interesting that they made their badges like this because none of the other National Parks did this, and they always say 'preserve the national parks’ and don’t collect things. After we got our redwood badge we went to the car to drive home. When we got back we had a really good dinner. We had chicken and salad that David, the house cook, made.
After dinner we helped Clara and Karuna take a bath and then went to bed. I had a fun day exploring the Coastal Redwoods. May 11 – by Emma
Today I woke up, and went to San Francisco. We took a train there. The ride was about 1 hour. The train ride wasn’t fun because there was nothing to do. When we finally got there we went to Chinatown to eat lunch. San Francisco is very hilly, and the walk to Chinatown was all uphill. When we finally got there we went to the first restaurant we saw, which was probably a mistake!
There was a grumpy lady there serving the dim sum that wasn’t nice. Lunch there was not clean so I didn’t like that restaurant at all. On the way out I had an allergic reaction. I think I might be allergic to Chinatowns now, except for the one in Philadelphia which I like the best. Then we went to a place where we could see people making fortune cookies. There are 2 ladies there that make 20,000 cookies each day!
When we finally got there we went in, and then the grumpy Chinese man rushed us out. It was cool to see, but we got kicked out really fast which I didn’t like. Dad just laughed about it and told us to enjoy our fortune cookies. Next we rode a very old cable car that goes right down the middle of the road. I got to hang off the side a little bit because there were no more seats, and this was really cool.
I liked the cable a lot, but it was really slow. The cable car took us to a street called Lombard Street, which is the "crooked street in the world" and it was really cool. It was nicer than I thought, because I didn’t know why my dad was taking us there. The last thing we did was take a bus to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
This bridge was built in the 1930’s and is 1.7 miles long. Over the bridge we saw dolphins, which was really cool. We walked all the way to the middle of the bridge, but then I had to go to the bathroom so we rushed back.
On the way back the fog came in and you couldn’t even see the bridge any longer! Finally we took the bus and another cable car back on the train, but we missed the train that we wanted to catch because the wait for the cable car was 1 hour. That ride seemed much shorter on the way back.
When we got back to the house and ate dinner that David made. He is a good cook, and it was really good. Then I went to bed because I was very tired. May 12 – by Madison
Today we went to Marin Headlands National Monument. To get there we had to drive 45 minutes, and since we didn’t have any breakfast we decided to go to a Chinese Buffet for brunch. Uncle David insisted that we had to get there right at the 10:30 opening time because if we didn’t we would have to wait. Once we got there we got a table right away and started to eat. I really liked this restaurant because they had lots of food choices, and it was much better than the dim sum we got in Chinatown. After the restaurant we went to Marin Headlands, which is a National Park just past the Golden Gate Bridge.
We first went to the visitors center to get our junior ranger books, and worked on them for a little bit with Clara and Karuna. Once we were done getting our information at the visitors center, we went on a hike to see the a lighthouse which overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge. To get there we had to hike a little less than a mile. On the hike we saw the cutest Elephant Seals ever playing in the water. I thought that they were cute because they were playing on the rocks and relaxing in the sun.
My Mom also said that she liked the seals because they were so cute when they played. I thought that this was funny because she usually doesn’t say that animals are cute! Once we got to the lighthouse we worked on our junior ranger books. I learned that before they built the trail we walked on, that the lighthouse keepers would shoot a rope to the lighthouse and climb it there! I thought that this was pretty amazing because you have to go over the ocean and over many rocks. After we saw the lighthouse we completed our books got our junior ranger badges. Then we went to the Marine Biology Center, which is also in the park, where they help the Elephant Seal that are hurt or abandoned when they are too little.
My favorite part was seeing the actual animals because they were cute and making lots of noise, but the sea lions that were at Sea World were much louder. We stayed at the Biology Center until it closed, and then we went back to the David and Diana’s house. This was our last day with them, so I was disappointed. I hope that they come and visit us in PA next summer! I had a fun day playing at the lighthouse, seeing the sea lions, and playing with Clara and Karuna.