Harpers Ferry and C&O Canal

Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 11, 2012

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August 8 - by Katelyn

Today we drove from Shenandoah National Park to a KOA at Harpers Ferry National Park

Today I got up early and crocheted. Then, we worked on 3 explorers books.  While I was working on the books I learned that an amphibian has 4 legs and can breathe under water.  I also learned that frogs are not amphibians when they are tadpoles; they turn into amphibians when they are frogs!  Another fact that I learned is that lichen can decompose rocks and trees.  When I learned that lichen can do this I was surprised because rocks are so hard and they don't break easily.  The lichen is good because it breaks things up into soil, so the forest can be cleared out and new plants can grow.  Lichen is green and pronounced like this (like-en).  On last good fact that I learned is that the Shenandoah Salamander only lives here in the park!  After we worked on these books, we started our drive from Shenandoah National Park to Harpers Ferry National Park.  When we got to Harpers Ferry, we played on a Jumping pillow (a big trampoline).  Next, we went swimming and watched The Wizard of OZ.  After that, we went to bed.  I had a great day.

August 9 - by Katelyn

Today we walked around Harpers Ferry National Park

Today we went to Harpers Ferry National Park.  Here, we learned about this place.  Harpers Ferry started out as an industrial place where there were many factories.  Then, this became a Civil War site, and much of the town was ruined. Many people had to leave all of their stuff behind and go away!  After the Civil War stuff happened, the town was rebuilt and many floods destroyed the city.  There were two BIG floods that wiped out the whole town!  I saw pictures of people outside of their houses swimming in the murky water!  I learned that many of the girls drowned.  I probably would not have drowned because I know how to swim, but back then I don’t know if I really would have learned. After we learned about this place we rode 10 miles on the C&O Canal.  At first I did not want to ride on the C&O Canal, but then I found out that it was shaded so it wasn’t too bad.  There were mile markers for every mile that we rode.  We were right by the river on the way out and on the way back, and I saw a guy who flipped his kayak over to cool off!  I also saw a huge bright green caterpillar about 3 inches long and a half-inch wide!  It also had thorns on it.  When I saw this I was amazed because this caterpillar was so big and I don’t even think that it would turn into a butterfly because it was already bigger than one! After dad took some pictures of it Madison picked it up with a stick and accidentally dropped it.  For a while it played dead until we touched it with a stick and it started attacking it!  After that we went back to the Visitors Center and got 3 JR Ranger badges.  Then, we went to the RV and ate some food.  Next we went to the pool and swam around.  I played water tag with Emma until it was time to go back to the RV.  Then we watched a movie called Honey I Blew up the Kids.  Next I went to bed.  I had a great day.
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