Sliding Down The Sand Dunes (In The Outer Banks, North Carolina)

We were just going home from the Wright brothers National Park when dad saw a huge group of people gathered on a sand hill. We decided to take a peak. All of us got out of the car (we first parked it;) and started going up and up and up in bare feet, everyone, even mom and dad hiked in bare feet! Now you have to remember it was a sand dune so it was very tempting to go in bare feet.

Sand dunes
The one second closest to land is me;)

After awhile we made it to the top. It was so worth it! Us kids got a running start and… leaped off the edge of the dune. I’m going to leave you hanging there for a moment. Ha ha ha ha, get it? Hanging!? We landed on soft sand and realized it was a lot harder going up the dune than down because our feet kept slipping in the sand.

If you ever go to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, please try to go to the large dune in Jockey’s Ridge State Park. You will not regret it especialy if you have kids, I can tell you that! Hope you enjoyed the blog.;)

My mom wrote about her experience at the sand dunes too. You can read her Jockey’s Ridge State Park post here.

Meeting Gracie

Here is the story on how we got our cat, Gracie. One normal day we all went to Costco to get some groceries. When we passed by the pet isle I said, “Look mom, cat food!” and dad said, “Wow look mom this would be good for a cat!” and then mom and dad told us kids to stay here and they went over to talk.

Gracie

When they came back they had BIG news. My dad got out his phone and started videoing us and said, “Well we have not told the kids yet, but we are going to get a cat today.” I gasped and started jumping up and down and saying, “We are going to get a cat, we are going to get a cat!” We did not find the right cat that day, but about two days later we found her.

It took awhile to pick the right name, but we soon picked Gracie. She is an orange and white cat that is potty trained. Well that is all, except her getting situated which took awhile, but that is all. Bye!

The Turtle Hospital

The turtle hospital was a good but sad place. It was horrible to see all the sick and hurt sea turtles of our doing! Almost all the turtles where hurt from boats and trash.

The Turtle Hospital

There is one very bad thing that can happen to turtles. If a boat hits a turtle, air can get into the shell and makes them float; this is called bubble butt syndrome! When this happens they can’t dive for their food. It makes it easier for boats to hit them. This also makes it way easier for sharks to get at them because the turtle can’t swim away as quickly as it could have.

The Turtle Hospital

Now I will tell you why trash is bad. The loggerhead turtle will eat jellyfish.  If there is a plastic bag floating upside down, can’t you see how that could look like a jellyfish? Now, guess who else thinks it’s a jellyfish…THE LOGGERHEAD!!!!! If that loggerhead swallows the plastic bag, it can get stuck in its throat and then the loggerhead can’t eat any more. This makes gas, but since the loggerhead has a plastic bag in its throat, the gas can’t get out, making the loggerhead sick. So PLEASE don’t liter. We already have enough trash in the ocean!

A Day in New Orleans, Louisiana

When we went to New Orleans, Louisiana, we first had to cross the worlds longest, continuous over water bridge! It was so long… 23 miles! We could barely see the ether side.

long bridge

Once at New Orleans we decided to explore. We herd lots of jazz, at every corner at least one band would be playing. If there was a band we would give them a tip and move on. At Jackson square we saw lots of horses and carriages. On the sidewalk we saw a bunch of pigeons. Me, Quinten, and Tanner ran around gathering acorns and smashing them on the ground so we could throw them, in which to scatter them, so the pigeons could swarm around, to eat the acorns, then they would follow us. Before we went home we stopped at the Mississippi river to play, but when we got in the car dad was amazed at how dirty we all were! Our pants where caked with mud. On the drive home we saw a pretty red sun with a pink sunset. I would say it was a great ending to our day.

new orleans

The Titanic Museum

The Titanic museum is amazing, but sad! It is horrible to think how many people died when it sank. When you enter the building, they give you a card explaining your name, your age, and your story on who you are during the tour. I am Louise Kink. I am four.

It is fun to go up the grand stairs. They are so beautifully made. I like how they curve like a spiral staircase as I go up, only they don’t curve in a complete circle. In another room I get to touch 28-degree water, it is so cold! They have 28-degree water so I can feel how cold it was for the passengers when they had to jump into the water. One room lets me try to stand on “the sinking Titanic”. They have a model of the Titanic that you can stand on. It is slanted so you can feel what it was like for the passengers when the Titanic was sinking. In the next room, I can try to steer the Titanic away from the iceberg as fast as I can!

At the end of the tour, there is a big wall with all the names of the passengers and their social classes. I, Louis Kink survive the sinking of the Titanic! Visiting the museum makes me feel closer to the passengers. I love it all.

Click here to see what my mom thought of the Titanic Museum and why it made her cry.

Noah’s ark

When we went to the ark it amazed me on how big it was. Imagine, two of each kind of animal on it; it would have to be a pretty big boat to do that! 510 ft long and more then 50 ft off the ground!

I can understand how hard it was to believe Noah. They had never had rain before and then a man comes and says, “A flood will come and destroy the whole earth!” It would be like this…a man comes along and says, “An alien invasion is coming and I am going to build a space ship and take all the animals with me!” It would kind of be like that. Would you believe him? I would not!

I really enjoyed the ark. I believe in the flood happened because, well, there are several reasons. First, if there was no flood, how could so many fossils form? You need just the right environment and it needs to happen quickly for them to form. That is what happened during the flood. And another good reason: if there was a flood and Noah didn’t build the ark, how would there be anyone on the Earth? Everyone would have perished. One more good reason: scientists (and I) both see each continent like a puzzle piece. Maybe they all used to be one piece. How did they break apart? Maybe the flood did it.

To see what my mom thought of the ark encounter, click here.

Bye for now!

 

The City Museum

One month ago we went to the city museum in Saint Louis, Missouri. It was huge! They used a lot of recycled things like metal hoops and iron bars. They had different sections like a cave section and an art section. In the art section you could make a wallpaper flower and an animal snowflake. My snowflake was a frog. I bought a book telling you how to make a rag doll. Then you could go on the roof! There was a carousel that made me feel sick from going round and round, but I went on it twice because I liked the scary feeling! There also was a big, long metal slide that went so fast my buttons got hot from going down it. So far it has been my favorite museum.

To see the video my dad took of our time at the City Museum, click here. To read my mom’s perspective of the City Museum, click here and my brother’s thoughts are found here.