Chatterbox: Down to Earth



Where have people gone on vacations, lately, or for Kimberly, what are you doing right now??  If you don't go on vacations that often, where have you been in your state that is fun? Where would you want to go to, if you could go anywhere in the entire world (or even beyond!!!)??

I've been on lots of trips, but I'll just tell you the ones I've done lately.  In the summer of 2007, I drove to Emerald Isle, North Carolina.  Has anybuggy been there?  It's a wonderful beach town on a small isle.  We rented a beachhouse with my cousins (they're all at least a junior in highschool or above) and their families.  The house was right on the beach. :) Ahhh... So heavenly!

That Thanksgiving, we drove back to North Carolina, but instead, we went to see family in Hicktown. (For some reason, I love hicktowns!) It's sort of a tradition in my family, to spend Thanksgiving together, but sadly, we can't do it this year... :(

This March, we drove to Florida (we used to live there).  We didn't do the usual Disney stuff like we did before, but we did stay at a Disney hotel, Disney Port Orleans, and we road a boat from our hotel to the Disney Marketplace, and we went to the Disney Animal Kingdom.  We went to some other zoos and did a bunch of fun stuff, including seeing Switchfoot in concert!!!

This July, we went flew to Denver, did lots of cool stuff there, such as go to the zoo (it's the best I've ever been to!!), visit local organizations (my dad is currently looking for job), and go to this amazing park with amazing rocks in amazing forms called Garden of the Gods.  We saw the first coyote I had ever seen, there.  Then we drove up through lots of other states and visited lots of other state parks...  It was fun, though!  TNO, we spent a pretty big chunk of time in Wyoming!  Is Yellowstone in your state, because that would mean we spent a really long time there!?  In South Dakota, we saw Mount Rushmore.  That was pretty amazing.  We also went to Custer State Park, which I thought would be boring, but I liked it more than Yellowstone.  It was the first place I had ever seen a bison in the wild.  Lots of bison.  Over three thousand bison all standing in the middle of the road.  Baby bison! :)  All of the animals that I've never seen in Maine that we saw in the wild, there, were: coyotes, moose (yes, we don't see them in Maine!), bison, beavers, pikas, ground squirrels, the black-footed ferret (yes, the one that was once thought to be extinct!), yellow-bellied marmots, prarie dogs (they are SO cute, but I'll tell you a story about them in minute...), golden eagles, snakes, mule deer, wild horses, wild donkeys, badgers, and a ton more, but I can't remember them.  I seemed too have made a list, but I can't find it either...  About the prarie dogs: when prarie dogs are scared, they stand up and start squeaking. :)  One time we saw them doing it, and we happened to see a badger that was trying to catch them.  We scared it away before it could. :) Later, we saw them doing it again.  A coyote was laying down in front of one of their holes, waiting for one unlucky victim to come up.  Unfortunatly for him, a few seconds later, a golden eagle swept down and grabbed a cute, innocent, little, baby prarie dog.  My mom and I screamed and told my dad to start the car.  He was much happier staying where we were and watching the village of rodents squeak themselves to death. :( 

We kept track of all of the licence plates we saw on that trip.  We got everything except for Deleware, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.  For Canada, we got Quebec, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and Nova Scotia.  For Mexico (this was the first time I had ever seen a Mexican licence plate in person!!), we got Sonora. 

So those are the trips I've been on withen a few years.  Where have you been??

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(October 6, 2008 - 5:30 pm)

Hi!:):):) We just came home from our trip yesterday, so I have a lot to talk about.:):):) On the first day, we went out to the little town by our RV park, and did some shopping. After that, we drove out to  a bunch of little farms, and bought some fresh cheese, and looked at all of the farm animals.:):):) It was really cool!:):):) Then, we drove back home, had dinner, and made some s'mores!:):):) The next day, we drove around the town again, rented some cool bikes that the RV park had to drive around the lot, and then we went out on the town again.:):):) The next day, our parents surprised us and took us to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk!:):):) It was AMAZING!:):):):) The Boardwalk is a theme park right next to the ocean. We went on roller coasters, merry- go-rounds, bumper cars,  arcade rooms, and had a bunch of fair  foods!:):):) It was SO AWESOME!!:):):) On the last day, we drove down to some beaches and looked around. The next day, we woke up at 4:00am and drove back home.:):):) It was one of the best vacations EVER!!!!!!!!!!:):):) We've been on lots of trips, but I'll talk about those later.:):):) See ya later!:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!!!!!!!!, California
(October 7, 2008 - 9:28 am)

That sounds like SO much fun!!  I Googled the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and it sounds amazingly awesome!!!!  Glad you had fun!

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(October 7, 2008 - 2:42 pm)

Thanks!:):):) Yes, the Boardwalk was amazingly awesome!:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!!!!!!:), California
(October 8, 2008 - 4:34 pm)

Wow, Paige. That has to be the longest post I have ever seen....

submitted by Mary Josephine Izzy , age 12, Georgia
(January 26, 2009 - 4:15 pm)

I've been to Florida (ages ago, barely remember), Canada, (several times), Alaska (to see my grandparents), and in three days I am going to DisneyLand!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):) Woo Hooyippee yay oh! Boing Boing Boing

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(October 8, 2008 - 9:20 pm)

YOU GET TO GO TO DISNEYLAND????????? LUCKY!!!!  I've always wanted to go!!!  Which park are you going to? (DisneyLand does have more than one park, right???) Keep us updated!!!

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(October 9, 2008 - 10:33 am)

We leave Saturday morning. We're going to the normal Disneyland park.(not California Adventure.) Packing tomorrow! Hurray, hurrah!

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(October 9, 2008 - 10:49 pm)

Hope you have a wonderful time Emily!:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!!!!!!!!, California
(October 10, 2008 - 10:29 am)

Have the best trip in the world, Emily!!!!

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(October 11, 2008 - 1:08 pm)

Umm, I think you mean DisneyWorld. In DisneyWorld there's Epcot, Animal Kingdom and... Umm... Well, there are two more. :):):)

submitted by BellaTrix
(December 29, 2008 - 9:14 am)

OOOOOOOHHHHH!!!!!:):):) I hope you have a lot of fun!:):):) Tell us all about it!:):):) I LOVE Disney Land!:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!!!!!!!!, California
(October 9, 2008 - 2:08 pm)

We're packing as soon as we get past one of those annoying little setbacks, in this case called, My Sister Lost the Packing List We're all Using.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(October 10, 2008 - 6:24 pm)

Oooohhhh.....THAT'S not good! I hope you guys find it!:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!!!!!!!!, California
(October 11, 2008 - 10:37 am)

By the time you read this, I will be in southern California.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(October 11, 2008 - 12:22 pm)

You're by where I live!:):):) Cool!:):):) It takes us about 6 hours to drive from here to LA I think.:):):) Are you bringing a computer with you? If not, tell us all about it when you get back!:):):) Have a GREAT time!:):):) Say hi to Mickey for me!:):):) Ha, ha, ha!:):):)

submitted by Kimberly B, age 13!!!!!!!!, California
(October 12, 2008 - 10:03 am)