This has been one heck of a week. Well this last week anyway. My family and I have been wandering around New York for the last four days. But that’s not where I’m going to start. I’m going back, way back, to tell you a tale of long ago…
…Aka a week and a half ago. We find our story in an RV park in Boston, Massachusetts. My family and I had just arrived. Our plans were to spend a few days in the area. Go see Boston for one day, six flags New England another. A day after we arrived we decided to embark on a one-hour journey all the way to Boston. We parked in a parking garage that barely fit the ford dualie that we’ve had since before the start of the start of the entire journey. As we stepped onto the freedom trail our eyes were caught by a lovely market crowding a few city blocks. There were mostly fruit peddlers among the marketers, most of which had great prices. There was also a section to the market for “fresh” fish, that definitely did not smell like its’ so called “fresh” title. I gagged. We ended up buying fifteen boxes of raspberries for six dollars. That is cheaper than you can buy them straight from California! We toted our raspberries (my favorite) around town. That day the flying K’s and I wandered around on the freedom trail, seeing tons of historical sites and amazing places. We got to see the USS constitution (which is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat) in the harbor, though we were too late to get on the tour. We saw the place where the declaration of Independence was first read to the Bostonian people, the Old North Church, and all of the other non-payed for exhibits on the freedom trail. The whole of the city reminded me insanely of when I played Assassins Creed 3. The revolutionary time period is my very favorite subject in history. It’s always been my favorite and it was amazing to see the harbor where the (extreme) tea party happened. I was always fascinated by the history of how the revolution was just spurred into motion by one crazy event. The fire and passion displayed by the colonies of America still sits as a steady flame in the hearts of the American people, ready to become ablaze again. America needs her freedom back. Anyway, that’s been instilled in me since before the trip, so on we go with the last weeks’ journey.
The day after Boston, we went to Six Flags New England. It was there that the flying K’s and I experienced our first fright fest, and a horrible magic show. Fright fest was not scary to me whatsoever. Though I cannot say that for my little sister or big sister. They jumped a few times. The costumes were great, but there was too much light in the park for it to be creepy. The magic show was horrible. Just horrible. Bad acting, bad tricks, it would have been better as a comedy. It was soooooo cheesey. That night Syd fell off of her ladder and sprained her ankle. She got crutches and a brace.
A few days later, on Halloween, we went to Sturbridge. Sturbridge is a colonial village where employees faine ignorance of modern technology. Cammy and I were dressed like Mimes. There were tons of public school students almost harassing us, yelling things like; “Mimes! Mime for us!” or “get stuck in a box! Do the box thing” the funniest one was this one boy, about ten years old saw us and yelled “Memes! Look its Memes!” to his friend. It was hilarious. We learned a lot of history about Sturbridge. It was fun, and freezing. That night we left a non-trick-or-treating Sydney at home with minecraft, and found a costume contest that Cammy and I won. We ended up with just a little bit of candy, and a fifteen dollar Walmart gift card.
The next day, November first, 2014, was the one year anniversary of the RV adventure. YAY!
We played minecraft on our server the next day, and then moved on from Massachusetts to New York. New York was awesome. The whole city was amazing. The first day we took the subway to travel around, and we got Lombardi’s pizza, Lombardi’s was the original New York pizza place. The next day I believe we got pastries from Carlo’s Bakery (the cake boss one.) We got a lobster tail, a mousse cake, two cannoli’s, and a black and white cookie. My days are all really jumbled up in my brain because I got too tired. We wandered around and we saw Times Square, a first for every flying K but my Mom. On the third day we went to Carlo’s again for more lobster tails (The best thing we tried.) the cannoli on the first day left a bad taste and a cut in my mouth, they really hurt at the wrong angle. That night we young Kleinkaufs’ saw our first Broadway show, Cinderella. It was good, but altogether a story I’ve heard before. Keke Palmer played the role of Cinderella, and she was excellent. The prince went off on a lot of high notes, but what do you expect from a dude. On our last day in New York we went to see the statue of liberty, whose actual name is “Liberty Lighting the World.” The Statue is a gift to the USA from France, celebrating the United States’ 100th anniversary, though the tablet in her left arm is also a keystone representing the relations of USA and the French. The artist of the statue based the face of the statue off of his own mother’s face, while basing the body off of his wife. We didn’t get to go into the pedestal because we weren’t given the information that it closed at 3:30. That night we saw the 9/11 memorial. On the premise of the memorial is a somber, solemn place. The lives lost that day are still reeking their terror, the intended purpose behind the attacks. The horrible acts of terrorism took their mark on American freedom.
We moved to the outskirts of DC today, which will be the last major stop on the trip. The next week or so! We will be headed back west after we’re done in DC.
Thanks’ for reading! Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the Travelbug.by maddy with 2 Comments
Okie Dokie, here we go. It’s been insane here lately. We had to go back to Texas to get paperwork done. While we were there, we had a barbecue with our friends the hills. You might remember them from a previous post. Anna and Nate both got taller, and Anna has also improved in her art skills. My mom guided me through making her berry cobbler, which was passed down from her grandma. She couldn’t do it because she had spilled molten bacon grease on her hand O_o the next day we went down to Houston to see my Aunt Chey, and my cousin Brendon. We went to their church on Sunday, I was a little bothered by the pre-packaged communion, but other than that it was a good service. We hung out at their apartment and talked about video games. We left the next day, and headed to Missouri. We were going to go get in-n’-out, but it was in Dallas, which was not on the way. L
We passed through Oklahoma on the way to Missouri, we didn’t really do much there, except buying fireworks and getting the truck washed.
While in Missouri we saw two of our Family friends the Pipers, and the Gishs. It was really really fun hanging out with them. The Pipers are awesome, they have five kids. Evan, Natalie, Sam, Riley, and Ana. (Oldest to youngest [but I’m not sure about Riley and Ana] Sam and Ana are both adopted.)
Evan and Natalie are doctor who fans like Sydney and I, which is really awesome. Sam is my age and he is really fun to hang out with. He is really skilled at a lot of things (including skateboarding which is something I got into recently) He has a strange sense of humor, but probably not as strange as mine is to other people. Evan is writing a book, it is really really good. It’s a post-apocalyptic style novel, Sydney is doing some illustrations for it. I’m just quality testing I guess. We went to Silver Dollar City, which was AWESOME. Outlaw run was really fun. I don’t have the time for a rhyme!(That was weird The Gishs are really awesome too. They have four kids, Bryson, Ty, Hayden, and Abby. Hayden and Cammy are REALLY good friends, and they are the same age. Tyler is older than he looks, and that’s fine. He complains about it some though. Bryson is really cool and intelligent. We had a barbecue at their house with the Pipers and them. Bryson, Tyler, Evan, Sam, Sydney, and I played sticks and stones on call of duty black ops, and then went to the Piper’s house for fireworks. We left the following day, and drove through Illinois and Indiana and stopped at a rest stop in Kentucky for a night, and then drove through Ohio (Had some skyline chili) and West Virginia and then stopped for a few days in Pennsylvania. My mom took us to see Amish country, and we went on a buggy ride. Cammy and I sat in the front seat with the driver, and I gave him a cookie. The next day we drove through New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. I only saw the city from a distance. We are going there after my dad’s user conference for his work, which this year is held in Rhode Island. We arrived last night, I am really exhausted from all of the long hours of car rides. Well, that’s basically all that’s happened. Thanks for reading,
Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the TravelBug.by maddy with 2 Comments
The Capitol of the state of Nevada is Carson City.
The motto of the state is “All for our country.”
The state flower is Sage
The State bird is the Mountain Bluebird
Nevada is a very dry and desolate state. The state is not the most family friendly state, being as gambling and prostitution are legal. If you’re looking for somewhere in the Desert and somewhere you can just drive into the mountains and shoot a semi-auto AK-47, then Nevada is one of the places for you. Around king’s canyon in Nevada is a mountain pass that takes about an hour to get from Nevada to California. We lived in Nevada about an hour from King’s Canyon, so we were able to visit friends in CA about once every two months. Nevada is also a Church-dry state, there is really no solid fellowship there. Most people are already settled into all of the friendships they need I guess. We lived there for two years and made no real friends. I didn’t have any close friends myself in CA, so it didn’t seem too different that way for me. Where we lived, between Carson City and Nevada, is a neighborhood that goes around a muddy/swampy lake-like thing. We rented a huge house there. We had a total of eight horses there, but no more than four at a time. It’s a nice state, but i wouldn’t want to live there.
Simply the Awesomest,
~ Maddy the TravelBugby maddy with No Comments
Well, the week before last week we moved. It wouldn’t be significant if it hadn’t been the first time we’ve moved in two months. But it was. We had to pick all of our stuff that had been nicely situated outside and put it all in the under storage and the back of the trailer, which took about an hour to get that sorted out. Also in the two months My Mom, my big sister Sydney and I had been going to a gym. I was trying to put on Muscle (Because I’m a ‘Bean Pole’ apparently) and Sydney and my Mom were trying to get in shape. I hated the gym. Maybe it was because it smelled like sweaty men and stinky feet. Maybe it was because I was SO exhausted after every training session. But loading the bikes by myself when we moved was easier, so I guess it wasn’t all for not. Anyway, we moved to Stone Mountain on Saturday, we went and did basically everything, except the laser show and the Ducks. The Ropes course would have been more fun if the harness (The one that hooks you into the course) didn’t get stuck every two feet. We went home that night and decided to play a family game of Minecraft, which if you didn’t know is a computer game with a block landscape where you can unlimitedly build anything you want. If you still are clueless about it just check out the link up there, (The one that says minecraft) I’m pretty sure it explains itself. Anyway, I’m kind of an expert at Minecraft so we all made a LAN (Local area network) world and played with all five members of my family, and we played snapshots. We’ve pretty much been playing every night for the past few weeks, so it’s incredibly fun. I haven’t been able to write my book lately, my laptop’s fan is broken so when it overheats it’ll blue-screen and all the progress I had made would just be gone. It stinks almost as much as the gym did. Now I’ll be getting to the title. We moved from Stone Mountain on Saturday to a small town called Yonah, a small town outside a Georgia Mountain village called Helen. I say Mountain, it’s more like the Folsom foothills. It’s a quaint German town, it’s kind of like Solvang, the Danish village in southern California. The Chattanooga River runs through it, and there are about five different river tubing businesses. We were just walking around and shopping this last Saturday. We got some candies from Hansel and Gretel’s candy Shop. It was decent, but not the best I’ve had. We went by a wooden toy shop, where both my sister’s and I got marshmallow guns. The shop owner gave us a joking tip to go stand on the bridge and shoot the tube-floaters with the small bag of mini marshmallows he gave each of us. We took it seriously. We pelted anyone who floated under the bridge with about six marshmallows each, until we ran out of ammo. It was then we decided that we’d go get a bag of mallows’ from the nearest grocery store and take them and our guns and go have a ton of fun. We had ice cream from a homemade ice cream place, the white chocolate raspberry is not raspberryey or white chocolaty enough. Meh. We also got some south-African beef jerky, the kind that’s apparently on Duck Dynasty. Later that week we did the River tubing, which is basically the big thing around there. I had tons of fun. Sydney Cammy and I strapped our enter tubes together and floated horizontally down the river. I unhooked mine about halfway down, for maneuverability’s sake. (if that wording works)
Anyway, after that we went home and got dressed up for dinner. We went out and walked around in Helen, I wore my new heels, which made me at least three inches taller than any of the ladies in my immediate family. We ate at the Troll Tavern, Sydney Cams and I shared two wurst platters. They had one Knockwurst (Finely ground sausage) and one Bratwurst (Coarsely ground sausage) rye bread, purple cabbage, sour kraut, and potato salad. The meat was good, but the veggies were REALLY vinegary. We moved out of Yonah and back to Stone Mountain, on the way back we got Ice cream and a whole bunch of other dairy products at the Mountain Fresh Creamery. Their ice cream was to-die-for. It was rich and creamy and milky and chocolaty and peachy (I got half-chocolate half-peach’s n’ cream) it was SO GOOD. I have gotten back into the swing of writing my book, I’ve not been able to write since my laptop’s fan has been broken. My dad put a fan on order, and he’s letting me borrow his old work laptop, so that’s cool. (Pun intended.) We recently replaced all of the light bulbs in the Trailer with brand new LEDs. They look really futuristic and cool, and they won’t melt the cover in my loft. I really hope we get a house before my birthday, though the folks’ say most likely not. I miss people, surprisingly, being the introvert I am I didn’t expect that of myself. It’s hard having the same five people (none of whom share many of my interests) to converse with. I’ve always been kind of a loner, but this is just another level.
Anyway, sorry for the feeeelings but this is my blog. Hope you enjoyed,
Simply the Awesomest,
~Maddy the Travelbugby maddy with No Comments
Hello again Readers! I haven’t had much desire to write my blog lately. Between writing my book and all of the fun things I’ve been doing lately it seem I’ve had no time! Well I suppose you want a retelling of my recent adventures, I’ll start with the Braves game. As some of you know I’ve been in Atlanta, Georgia for quite a while. Two months in fact. For this great nation’s Independence Day celebration, on July 3 we went to see the laser show at Stone Mountain. To me it didn’t seem much of a mountain, more of a large stone hill. The laser show was neat, but it needs updating. It was really strange in a lot of parts, and pretty hard to follow. Kind of like some of the old Twilight Zone episodes. On the Fourth of July I went to my first Major League baseball game. It was the Atlanta Braves versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was really fun, about fifty thousand people all doing the Tomahawk Chop every time the Braves scored a point. Afterword there was a huge firework show, which was awesome!
A week or so later my mom bought the Atlanta City pass, a great way to see a lot of Atlanta’s attractions. We bought them at the High museum of art, which was our first stop. The Coolest thing there was the Dream Cars exhibit, it’s just incredible. There are these awesome futuristic beautiful cars, and even one made out of fabric. Fabric. It was then that my little sister and I noticed someone following us, a boy who was about thirteen. We went to the next exhibit, and he was still following us. A bunch of neat art and a plan to split up and figure out who he was following later, we still didn’t know. It was hilarious. There were so many strange and beautiful works of art there, it was awesome. During the week we went to the Atlanta Zoo, which was very lackluster, except for the two adorable baby Giant Pandas. That Saturday we went to the World of Coca Cola. It was soo much fun, a lot better than I expected it to be. We started off in a huge room full of Coke memorabilia. After that you go through a theater and then the projector splits and you go through into the main room. To the left is the picture spot, where you can take pictures with the coca cola bear. To the right is the Vault, it has a bunch of cool stuff in there, and the secret recipe to the coca cola formula. Straight forward is a big staircase that leads to the exit and the 4D Theater. Under the stairs is a slowed-down version of a bottling plant. The 4D Theater held a really bad parody of Doctor who. It was pretty much so bad it was funny. On the way to the exit was the tasting area, where you could taste hundreds of different drinks from around the world that were backed by the Coca Cola Company. There was one Soda in particular, called Beverly. It is a prank soda if I ever tasted one. IT TASTES LIKE EARWAX AND DEATHNESS. Sorry for the all caps rant, but it was BAD. People’s reactions were priceless. On Monday we went to the Georgia Aquarium, home of one of the largest fish tanks in the world, which is capable of holding three fully grown whale sharks Comfortably. With room to spare. The giant tank also had a bunch of different sharks and giant Manta Rays that do flips (Seriously, it helps them with their filter feeding.) through the water. The dolphin show was CHEEZEY. I like the ones where the show is about the dolphins, and you don’t have an annoying star-spinning whatever-ness Opera going on. There were a ton of different exhibits and a ton of awesome fish. The penguins smelled bad, as per aquarium usual. The Jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey bay Aquarium was better though. I’m glad we got to do all of these things, they were really fun.
Last Sunday, my mom, my Dad, Cammy and I got Marta passes. We hopped from train to train to bus all around atlanta. We went to a really neat food truck thing, and Cammy and i shared the Bratwurst from the Old Blind Dog food truck. My little sister Cammy and I have been swimming in the pool a lot lately, the one here is small, but still fun. Oh how I wish she had never gotten a Staph infection. She has the flu now, or at least everyone here hopes it’s the flu. Better than C-dif. And don’t look that up on google. But something to look up on google is the Coolest Cooler, a neat contraption. Thank you for reading, and austa la vista
Simply the Awesomest,
~Maddy the TravelBugby maddy with No Comments
Wow, it’s been a crazy month here at the K house. We went to Universal, which was awesome- waaaayy better than the one in CA, the men in black ride at Universal was very fun, I scored higher than anyone in my family. We spent one day at the normal universal park, and two days at the Islands of Adventure park. Islands of adventure has wonderful themeing, harry potter land was really fun. We bought a chocolate frog and got Albus Dumbledoor, one of the most rare cards. We also saw the Kennedy space center which was way cool. The movies in the Kennedy space center ARE worth the wait, they are compiled of films shot by actual astronauts- in zero gravity! It’s so awesome. The rockets are just incredible, the mass of an object that is just so huge being pushed out of our atmosphere, it is just so cool to think about. And it is rocket science lol. The piece of the moon that was there ended up as this dull grease stained black triangle. Very lackluster. The few days Cammy started limping, her ankle was bothering her. She said that it had started hurting when she jumped off of a curb, so we took it as a sprain. We made a seven hour drive into Atlanta and bought two hundred dollars worth of fireworks on the way. By that time Cammy was keeping everyone in the trailer up with wailing of pain from her ‘sprain’, which was diagnosed by a walk in clinic doctor. The next day my parents took her to the ER, where they found that she had in fact gotten an infection in her ankle joint. She went into surgery later that night, and was moved two days later to Atlanta children’s hospital. Once there they checked up on her ankle, and decided that she needed another surgery. We have a video of her when she had morphine, it is kind of funny because she was acting really weird. The mysterious infection in her ankle turned out to be a staff infection, definitely NOT a sprained ankle. I got really mad at that clinic doctor. If we had followed his instructions and just ‘let her heal’ for a week or two, than she quite possibly could have been dead. She got out after two weeks in the hospital, about five days later she was walking with a cute little limp. She has two sweet ladylike scars going down the side of her ankle and the front of her foot. She has two huge bottles of huge pills that she has to take three of three times a day. The pharmacist was skeptical that a girl so small was taking enough antibiotics for a horse. The antibiotics are making her sick to her stomach, as they are decimating good bacteria as well as bad. We have gotten a vacation rental for a few days to do some maintenance on the RV. We had an ant problem while Cams was in the hospital, and the brakes on the trailer went out so we are getting that fixed too. The house thing is really nice, I am sitting on my own chair, in my own room while writing this. It is pretty cool. It isn’t the most flawless house though, in one place the hardwood floor is bendy, and i spent this morning tightening the loose doorknobs. I really miss having this much space, and having a room to myself. And not having to climb into a bed. Also I would like to thank my Dad’s bosses’ wife, who paid for us to get a hotel room while Cammy was in the hospital. Also thanks to my grandma (Nanny) for helping us find the right house to rent for a few days. My book is really coming along, I have thirteen chapters so far. Writing is a lot harder than I expected, so it’s awesome that iv’e gotten this far. Well, that’s all for this time. Keep reading, and i’ll keep writing.
Simply the awesomest,
Maddy the Travelbug.by maddy with No Comments
Hello again! Florida is awesome, and everything is gorgeous. The manatee boating trip was really fun, even though we only saw one, and didn’t get to swim with any. We also got to see three sisters’ springs, an outlet of fresh water on the crystal river. It supposedly pumps out around 200,000 gallons of fresh water per hour, though I don’t know how they tell. They are crystal clear and gorgeous, incredibly beautiful plant life surrounds the springs so it looks really tropical and awesome. IF YOU EXPECT TO SEE MANATEES GO IN THE WINTER. That is when they travel to the springs, for the warmth, the water is always 76 degrees. I hear the weather is beautiful year round- but I travel so I won’t be in Florida year round. We rented a small pontoon boat and went out on a different river near Homosassa springs, where we saw around eight manatees. We also saw dolphins, a monkey island with monkeys, and a ton of other smallish fish, and got to actually swim with the manatees for only eighty dollars. Then we moved to another RV park, where we went swimming in the pool a lot, and we went on a fishing trip. The fishing trip was really fun, we caught a total of 48 fish, but only three of them were actually good for eating. I caught two out of three of the big fish, a Spanish mackerel and a permit. We had put my Spanish mackerel on a huge line and tossed him back out in hopes of catching a shark. The captain started up the boat engine because we were out of bait and ready to leave, but we left the mackerel in the water just in case. As we were about pulling up anchor, a grey fin stuck out of the water. It got closer and closer- until we could see that it was a huge nine foot Hammerhead shark! It circled the mackerel, and darted toward it. The mackerel dodged the shark, and the big grey blob swam away with an empty stomach. That fishing trip was so much fun, other than the fact that Cams got really sea sick and really really pale. We moved a few days later to the world famous Florida Keys, which was a five hour car ride, which gave me a lot of time to write my book. We stopped at Costco on the way there and got snorkel gear because the RV Park had a bay and snorkeling/fishing area. We landed in the Jolly Roger RV Resort, a nice place on the grassy key. We got a nice site not too far from the pool (which is really a lot smaller than they make it look in the pictures) and the bay. We went snorkeling the next day, just inside the bay. It was really cool, there were tons of fish, and a whole bunch of sea grass- the Gulf doesn’t do seaweed I guess. There were a ton of lobsters making clicking noises, we found out it is illegal to even touch them outside of the lobster season. There is a mini two day season in June where someone dies every year. We got a fishing pole later that day, and live bait from a cool bait shop. We went to a beach on the Atlantic side, it was the first time touching the Atlantic Ocean for everyone in my family. The beach ended up being really rough, my little sister and I went in the water and she lost her snorkel. Around five minutes later my big sister found it- we were lucky, I couldn’t even see my own hand in that water. We abandoned the beach, and went back to the truck where my dad was on a phone call. We bought some two dollar ice cold drinking coconuts, which were awesome. The coconut water was so good and sweet, it was incredible. We got home and cracked open the coconuts for their meat, then my sisters and I went fishing out on the docks. All of the “live” shrimp that we had gotten were now all dead, so they were a lot easier to bait our hooks with. We fished until 11:00 and caught a ton of snappers, two each. I ended up giving both of mine to a kid who was trying to catch a shark. He didn’t catch a shark. We got two more fishing poles the next day, and my parents got fishing licenses, the servers had been down the previous day. We also got a lot more bait and fished for a while that day too. On mother’s day/Sunday we went on an extravaganza down at the bottom of Key West which we woke up at seven to do so. First we went out eight miles t, whilst eating breakfast on the boat with twenty six other people, not including my family and I. Then we went snorkeling which wasn’t the best because it was so windy and choppy. The rest of my family didn’t enjoy that part much, but I thought it was a lot of fun, I found a little cave/ridge type thing that had about two thousand tiny reflective fish. A was able to find my mom and big sister and find it again, which was really cool that I did. We got back to the boat and headed back to Key West. A few hundred yards offshore was a platform with a slide, water trampoline, and jet skis. We ate the provided lunch and then got told what parasail group we would be in. Then my dad my mom Sydney and I went on the banana boat ride, where you had to wear helmets, my dad and I were the only ones to stay on. Then my dad took me out on an epic jet ski ride, we jumped wakes of boats coming out of the bay, went super-fast, made hard turns, and many more epic things. Each turn was ten minutes long so we went back, but nobody wanted to go on, so we went again. This repeated for around an hour, until my chin was raw from his life vest, and we had to go parasailing. Parasailing was a ton of fun! We were on the only boat that runs year round. I think it was called slipknots, it was a yellow boat with a pizza hut sail-part. We got out there with another family with a girl that had recently gone through foot surgery, and this foreign couple who were really clueless. It turned out the foreign man had vertigo, and he couldn’t go on the parasail, which meant the foreign lady couldn’t go because it was so windy that you had to have two people. Nobody wanted to go with her, probably because she had been really annoying on the boat. I told the captain that I would go on with her, since my two sisters could go together without me. For a twist the captains said that I could go twice, once with her and once with my sisters. It was then that other people started volunteering. The captain said no to them. My parents went second to three people from the other family, it looked like they were really enjoying themselves, and they even kissed. Everyone on the boat was aww’ing at them, my guess is that it’s because not a lot of parents still kiss. They got back in the boat and my sisters and I got up there, while the guy was putting on our harnesses we noticed the colors were Spiderman and two iron man ones. It was a rush when the sail pulled us off of the boat, we went up to four hundred feet in the air. You could see everything from there, there were different shades in the water, it was amazing, and awesome. The experience was incredible. The second time with the lady wasn’t as fun, because it wasn’t new, and I didn’t want to do weird stuff in her pictures. As soon as we got back to the Jet Ski area my dad and I went on the jet skis again. We had two when we lived in Placerville, so he is an excellent Jet Ski pilot. The trip ended with homemade chocolate chip cookies, which I had three of. From there we went to the Barrel, the southernmost point of the United States, only ninety miles from Cuba. There were wild chickens roaming all around the island, it was pretty funny. We did a social experiment with the song “Happy” it was awesome. There were a bunch of people that danced to it, and at the end a rooster crowed. Instead of going out to dinner we got filet minion, which was excellent. On Monday we were all exhausted, I was sore like crazy from flipping twice on the Jet Ski, and did I mention we were all exhausted? We went out fishing on the docks again and we baited with a really fishy fish that we didn’t want to eat. I was so tired that I had to go home, so I went and hung out with my dad. My mom came back, with a surprise in tow. She had borrowed a small fish that was just going to be tossed back and she caught a three foot nerf shark, which we proceeded to borrow our neighbors filet knife, and fileted him. We found another hook in his stomach, and another rotten fish. We ate it with breakfast, I don’t like fish, but it was pretty good. We also moved today, goodbye keys L I will miss you. This occupied my whole car ride, awesome.
Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the Travelbug.by maddy with No Comments
Hello, it’s me, the Travel Bug. I have really been enjoying myself in the last few weeks! We went through Mississippi and Alabama, but I honestly don’t remember most of them. Florida is nice. My family has been getting into disc golf lately, it is really awesome and fun, even though I am really bad at it. The game is basically golf, and it is scored the same way. A lot of old golf courses have been transformed into disc golf courses. If you don’t know and curiosity is killing you just look up disc golf. We did that on my mom’s birthday. We also went to get snow cones near the big bridge in the Destin area. Then we stayed in a park behind a ranch and barn, which was also a trail riding business. It was torrential down-pouring when we got there. Setting up the trailer was hard in the rain, the ground was flooded. Once we got everything set up, my dad went out to go register our stay, but one of the attendants told us to come out and register when it stopped raining. My mom is a Yelpie, so she looked for a good restaurant in the area. We ended up going to the Donut Hole, a nice café that was famous for its donuts, particularly the chocolate angel. We didn’t get to try any of those, they were sold out. We got back to the trailer park and relaxed the rest of the day. On Saturday Sydney and I went and helped out with the horses. We mucked stalls while the owners took a big group of people out on a trail ride. We also organized a tack room, which was literally full of rat poop. It was a mess. Later that night we went one at a time to the shower, Cammy went first and brought back a baby gecko, which she proceeded to name dobby, after the house elf. Easter Sunday was fun, I got out of bed only to be sent back to bed so my mom could hide and fill some eggs. We each got twelve, I got blue camo eggs, Syd got pink camo eggs, and Cams got rainbow sparkly eggs. It took us a while to find them, Cammy couldn’t find her last one until Monday. Church service was really good, the pastor talked on a theory of how Jesus might have gone to court for us after he died and rose again. Worship was really good, they did a lot of good songs. We went to the Donut Hole for lunch, and they had chocolate angels but my dad said no. God has been good to us, we have been safe on our travels, but the trailer is ever in need of repair. My dad made a nightstand that fit his side of the bed perfectly, it took him around two hours. After Church Sydney, my Mom, and I went on a free trail ride (well my mom had to pay 30.00) for around an hour. I rode a big white Tennessee walker, he was cute, but he was on auto pilot the whole time. Later we helped untack all of the horses, there were a lot. We went to a nice beach on Monday, we have been going to the beach a lot lately. We moved on Tuesday, to a place near Shell Island. Cams Sydney Mom and I went to the beach on Wednesday, and got crazy sunburns. Like, we moved our swimsuits and it was like a red and white line crazy sunburns. So on Thursday, when my Dad surprised us with renting snorkel gear and taking a ferry to Shell Island, we had to wear long sleeve shirts that we got at a goodwill on the way there. It was really fun, it was a ten minute ride over, and then you walk from the gulf side of the island to the bay side, and then you can swim and snorkel in the beautiful turquoise water. It was really really fun, we saw a lot of hermit crabs and jellyfish, and got a lot of cool shells. We went home at around three, and we were all exhausted. I made a sand replica of Gondor, which makes me love being a geek. My parents went out on a date and my sisters and I stayed home and watched movies, and I worked on my book. My book is going to be awesome whether or not I finish it, but I hope I do. We are moving right now, to near Crystal River, where we are going to swim with the manatees. It is going to be awesome. We also celebrated my mom’s birthday on April 11, it was really awesome. Syd made lavender earl grey cupcakes which were da bomb. That’s all for now,
Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the TraveBug.by maddy with No Comments
The Famous Crater of Diamonds state park of Murphysburrow Arkansas, was very anti climactic. We woke up at 6:00 am to get ready, and ended up at the Diamond mines at 7:45 on an overcast day, it was cold. We entered the Park at 8:00, and got our gear and we were out to mining by 8:15 ish. The routine was to shovel your dirt into a bucket, take it over to the huge bins full of muddy murky water, sift it in the water through the big screen with the little one underneath, then shake it around in the little one, and then dump it out onto the table and look through the tiny pebbles for shiny things. The huge field was really huge, like three football fields, so it was hard to find a good place to get a pile of dirt from. We did this from 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. My mom even went to get my dad at around noon, and we continued mining. We found some calcite, borite, and jasper, no diamonds here. We had a lot of family fun, and since it was raining we got really really muddy, which was fun. Afterwords we went to Rattlers den, which is a restaurant in Murphysburrow, they have some really good chicken fried steak. We went back to the trailer park and all passed out. The next day we went out to do laundry, all of our clothes were covered in diamond mud, but we had to go get postcards at the Crater of Diamonds gift shop first. We had to park all the way in the back of the parking lot, and walk down to the gift shop, it was a pretty long walk. We checked out the store and got our postcards, when it started to rain, we were on our way out to the truck in the sprinkling rain when a huge flash of lightning cracked overhead, and sent a torrential downpour of alligator-tear sized raindrops down on our uncovered heads. It was no use to protect ourselves from the rain, we were already soaked like we had jumped into a lake. The laundry was soaked too, and it was really heavy when we got to the laundromat. We got all the laundry going, and went to check out a few local antique stores, which was really fun. When we got home us kids played outside in the woods, and all around a square pond, we went back to the house right before it started raining again.
Saturday was a 8 hr car ride, in which Cammy and I played minecraft a lot, and my mom had us listen to a video on how to pronounce New Orleans, (New or-LINs) . When we got to Nola (New Orleans) it was dark and we had to go down a creepy back road to get to the RV park. We went to a nice Calvary chapel, and went to walk around the french quarter. We strolled around for a while, listened to some jazz, and watched some street performers. Nola kind of reminded me of San Fran, except a more calm version. We went to a giant mall to get Beignets at Cafe Du Monde, and then we went home, and watched movies. We basically stayed home and chillaxed all day monday, exept for the cleaning part, and we got some really good Chinese food. We are heading east towards Florida, so we’ll have warm weather soon!
Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the Travelbug.by maddy with No Comments
Okay… to start things off, we made it to where we actually live for the first time! Livingston po dunk Texas. Yeah. So we’ve been sitting here for a while, doing random unimportant things. We went on a bike ride down a back road, and I almost got bit by a big crazy dog, a random stranger in a truck kinda saved me. I rode my dad’s mountain bike, because Sydney’s had a flat, so she rode mine. We also went to a Church by the lake, the teaching was kind of weird and the people were babbling and it was really distracting. We went and played three flies up in a baseball diamond until it got dark, and then we moved to a spot under a huge light, which provided something to play by, and a lot of bugs. We played until i blocked it from my mom, and she tackled me and accidentally hurt my back. We played yesterday too, and then we passed for 27, high score! We also had an itty bitty bouquet making contest over instagram with our friends the hills, they were really tiny. We came to Livingston to get stuff like Syd’s drivers licence, and the truck re-registered, but the complications of this DMV make it hard to do anything. We have been planing to wash the trailer also, but the day we were going to my mo went shopping and all of the stuff was in the bed of the truck. So the trailer is still dirty, and we might wash it today. We have been really bored here for about a week, and we have been doing basically nothing, so it is hard to write a blog about all the insignificant things we did. I also (after seven Mtn dews) figured out the plot-line of my whole dragon book, it’s really complicated, but its awesome. Like relaxing here for a week has been awesome. I’m still kind of bored though.
Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the Travelbug.by maddy with No Comments
We went to the Six Flags in Arlington on Saturday, it was freezing cold, and nearly empty. It is really cool because it is the first six flags, being that there were six different flags over Texas. There was a themed section of the park for each of the six flags. We did almost half of the rides before heading home half frozen, and half really really exited for Sunday. Sunday was set for Church at 9:00 with the Hill family (remember them?) in a church we had never been to before, then Six Flags With the Hills, which was going to be AWESOME. The problem, we found out after a strange Louisiana style church service, was the weather. It was 20ish degrees and snowing. And icy. In Texas. Snowing. Yeah. Needless to say the Six Flags was closed “due to in-climate weather.” So we went to Denny’s, to talk about what to do next. As soon as we got to Denny’s, we realized it was jam-packed with Sunday diners, so my mom got her Iphone out and looked for the nearest other Denny’s. Thirty minutes later we were sat down at the other Denny’s telling riddles and waiting for our food. After Denny’s we all went rollerskating (well, most of us were technically rollerblading) witch was better (and warmer) than six flags in the snow would have been. We all played crazy dangerous high speed tag, witch was hilariously fun because of all the awesome dodges we all were doing. We played red light green light, had a pizza break, and skated more. After that we went to McDonald’s for ice cream, and to talk more before they had to make the 5 hour drive back to their home. We stayed in Arlington for a week and a half for dentistry and more roller coasters. We also got our first fresh Krispy Kremes, it is like a rainbow had a baby and deep fried it and then bathed it in the tears of a unicorn. It was that good. On Sunday we moved to San Antonio for more six flags action.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas was one of my favorite of the parks so far, it has a nice small layout, it was really cool because it was in a giant old quarry. There was this awesome hybrid wood and metal coaster, and plenty of other good coasters to go around. We went on last Monday it was raining, and we got most of the coasters done then. We were planning to go on Wednesday, but when we got there the parking lot was full so we went home. I think we might be kind of theme park spoiled now. We got a Frisbee because ultimate Frisbee was really fun, so went went to an empty middle school field (spring break) and practiced. That is pretty much all we did in San Antonio this time. We moved to Livingston on Thursday, and on the way here we went to Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steak-burgers, it was really good and we liked the fries a lot. We saw our first herd of longhorns behind a mall. We have been in Texas for a month, and we saw the long horned cows behind a mall. On Friday we went to look at Livingston lake, but the state park wanted to charge 5.00 a head. No thank you. Instead they gave us a thirty minute pass to drive around and check it out, as long as we stayed in the car. We then decided to go play Frisbee at a local high school that we saw on the way to the lake. It did not fit the rest of the town at all. The high school was clean and huge and expensive looking, like they spent their entire town budget on it. After playing Three Flies Up for like an hour, we went of to Wall-mart to get our grocery’s. Cammy Sydney and I split off to go to the dollar store and get cookies. We walked back to the Wall-mart to find mom and dad, among the amplified people of Wall-mart. We also had a campfire, and smores Friday night. Today we were able to get a few games of Three Flies Up before it started raining. It is now goin’ all torrential downpour, but it is really peaceful from the window. That is pretty much all that has been going on.
Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the TravelBug.by maddy with No Comments
I forgot to mention in the last blog, that on valentines day/my parents’ 16th anniversary, we went to the Hamilton pools. The hike was nice, but the trail was a little rough, once you get to the pool, (there is only one) you have the option to go left over a bridge to a little peninsula, or right, since both paths connect and form a big loop, we went right. The right path was a narrow, rocky, and had a wonderful view. We found a nice rock to sit on in the sunshine, and watched two crazy dudes have a race swimming. You don’t have to go right to get onto the path we went on, it is just a big circle. We got back to the main path, and we went on the path that lead to a river that the pools connected to. when we got back to the car we ate goldfish, because we were starving.
Galveston was awesome. We did a family friendly Mardi Gras parade, and Cammy Sydney and I got a total weight of 31 pounds of beads. Our Aunt showed up halfway through the parade, and only got a few. we went home and weighed the beads, Cammy got 11 pounds, Syd got 10, and i got 11.4. Cammy and I swam in the infinity pool for four hours, and pretended that some of the gold beads were treasure. Our Aunt and our grandma spent the night, and we went to Denny’s Saturday morning. We saw Frozen for my aunt’s 54th birthday, mom fell asleep during most of the important story line parts. I liked it when Sven messed with the icicles on the trees with his antlers. We went home and passed out, my aunt and my grandma went to my aunts house. On Sunday we went to my Aunt’s church, and then we all went back to the RV park and had a birthday party for my Aunt in the clubhouse. Aunt Chey, My Grandma, Christian and his son and his Girlfriend, Jordan and his two sons and his Girlfriend, and my family were there (Jordan and Christian are my older cousins). My family and I went on a bike ride down the seawall on Monday, it was really fun. We made it to the statue of the guy protecting his family, and my parents went across the street to get subway. It was really really foggy, I thought it seemed like when you have your render distance really short on Minecraft. I don’t remember what we did on Tuesday :|.
On Wednesday, we were going to go to Livingston, but instead we drove 7 hours up to Frisco for Six Flags over Texas, and to watch the Hills play at state. Thursday was filled with awesomeness, we watched a ton of epic basketball games. We got to the sports center at 11:00, Anna’s game was at 12:00, and it was really cool and all the passes were so graceful, they won 47 to 23ish. Then we went and watched the second half of Jesse’s game, it was fast paced and epic, all the guys were huge, and we won by a lot. Anna Cammy and I went and watched the 10 and under boys, they were so tiny, but they still somehow made it through the normal height hoops. I think they won too. Sam’s game was awesome, they got fouled alot, i think the refs were in the other team’s favor. It was close but we won :). CHSM went into it tired from another game that day. We went to get my dad who had stayed home for work, and then back to another one of Jesse’s games an 7:30. CHSM (the Hill’s team) was the underdog going into this game, and the ref’s were in the other teams favor, we had more than ten fouls. We won by getting ahead one point in the last 10 seconds. It was epic. Jesse wasn’t in the last quarter because he hurt his hip by not diving into some elderly people, but he can still play Friday . After the game we went to In N’ Out, witch I haven’t had since California. After we ate we went and played hackysack with a hackysack that i mad in the 7 hour car ride. It was fun, two random strangers joined in for a few hits. Now we are in Arlington for Six Flags, and My Family thinks I had another growth spurt Thursday night, I woke up two more inches taller than my mom, and my pants are too short for my legs now
Simply the Awesomest,
~Maddy The Travelbug
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We parked the trailer at the Sonora Caverns for the night and went to see them in the morning. When we woke up there were a ton of Guinea Fowl outside our door, we threw them some bread, and made fun of how ugly they are. Later, when we made our way over to the Gift shop/entrance for the Sonora caverns, there was a herd of around 20 peacocks, their colors were beautiful. The gift shop was filled with all different kinds of rocks, from quartz to obsidian, and a fudge counter. The Caverns were spectacular, one of the most active caves in the world, more than 3,000 helictite formations, and the best American show caves. It was simply amazing, and I was awestruck at the beauty and purity of the cave. It was made of pure Calcite, and everything glowed with a soft honey color. If you love caves, you need to go. Period.
Next was San Antonio, for Sydney’s birthday. We did the river ferry, then went to a local goodwill because we were all freezing. We all pretty much got whole outfits because it was cold. For dinner we went to Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steak house. You basically go get a salad, come back, eat, and when you are done you ask for a new plate, then flip a little round card to the green side. As soon as you flip your card you are bombarded with meats of all kinds, until you flip the dainty round card to the red side. You can get as much salad as you like, and the meat is unlimited. It is also pricy. Sydney went jewelry shopping at a mall, and then we saw the Alamo. Do you remember the Alamo? In 1836, February 23 around 1500 Mexican soldiers advanced onto the remaining Texan Soldiers, massacring them all. Instead of intimidating the rest of the Texans, it inspired many Texans to join the Texas army, spurring on the defeat of the Mexicans at the battle of San Jacinto. Result: Don’t mess with Texas, and remember the Alamo.
We moved to Lakeway, TX, outside of Austin. The Rv Park there was quite nice, it had individual showers, a playground, and a huge laundry. Cammy and I played a game where she had flight boots and I was an alchemist, we were both foresters, and wore capes. We went to a BBQ place called Rudys, it was a fun, family friendly environment. You give them your order, and they weigh the food, give you two slices of bread per person, and wax paper for plates: all inside this big carton. It was good food, the barbeque sauce is spicy, but good, and the price is great -it is priced by pound. We went to a rock shop that was pretty cool, ithad quite a variety of minerals. We also had our first Whataburger the night before valentines’ day. We stayed there the 6th through the 14th, had a ton of fun, and moved to the outskirts of Houston.
Houstin was my favorite place in Texas so far, we got there on Saturday, good friends the Hills live there. We hadn’t seen them in like, ten years so I didn’t remember any of them, and it was weird at first. Mr. Hill was my dad’s good friend from high school, Mrs. Hill is a friend of my mom, and our families have a lot in common (like being homeschooled). We stayed at the Hill’s house, which made for a lot more fun havingJ. The have five kids; Jesse, the oldest, is 18; then there is Courtney, and she’s 17; Sam is also 17, just a little younger than Courtney; then there is Nate, who is 14; then Anna; who is 13. Sydney Courtney and Jesse were the most mature and got along great, Anna and Cammy were instant friends, Nate was on his computer a lot, and Sam and I had a lot in common. (Like thinking dragons are cool, and drawing them) We met them at a Basketball game just in time for Jesse to foul outL. We went from there and parked at their house, it is a nice place. We had a great time talking, playing cards, and we got to know each other pretty well.
We went to their church on Sunday, the message was about what heaven is going to be like. Afterwards we had a potluck, which happens every Sunday there. We met a cool dude named Eivin, he had just shaved his head ‘cause his mom has cancer (please pray for her). When we got home we played volley ball, and I served 6 points for my team, which is really a big thing if you know me. I am not coordinated at all. At 7:00 we went to ultimate Frisbee, which is extremely fun, it was my first time, and I made a cool block once. The objective is to get the Frisbee to the other side of the park, without the enemy team intercepting it. You can’t move with the Frisbee, and if it is dropped it is a turnover (the other team gets it). When defending, you can only swat it down whilst it is in the air. It is a really epic game. We went home and had food, Played Legos, and crashed.
On Monday we went to Basketball practice with Jesse, Sam, Courtney, Anna, Nate, and Mrs. Hill. At 5:45 am. We got up at 5:30, and didn’t eat,(throwing up was threatened). We had to leave early because their practice is 45 minutes away from their house, and starts at 7:00. It was also my first time playing Basketball, and I was not very good. We did a bunch of drills, sprints, dribbling (which I wasn’t too horrid at), passing, and shooting (which I was horrid at). Practice was done at nine, and we were all starving. Basketball on a scale of 0-10 (0 being couch, 10 being Cross country) it was around a 7. Jesse and Sam said the dudes practice was a strong 11. We went to Aldi’s, and got a bunch of stuff, including a box of powdered donuts, chocolate milk, cherry pies, and cookies. My Mom had made a huge breakfast, with potatoes, French toast, and bacon. We ate a ton of food, and there were still leftovers. Sam doesn’t like bacon, which I thought was weird, but hey- more bacon for me XD. We all chillaxed for a while, Sydney took Jesse’s senior pics’, played Legos, and my dad made toffee. Some of the Hill’s friends came over and Sam, Bolin (sorry if spelled wrong), Kiersten, and I played Knockout. It was really fun, and I had a great time. Eivin came over to bake, and judge the toffee competition between my dad, and Sam, I think I caused it with a picture of my dad’s toffee on Instagram. We lit off a ton of epic fireworks, and scared both family’s moms by my dad launching a firecracker out of a wrist rocket. After the Fireworks, Sam made and entered his toffee at the last minute. Both of the toffees were decadently delicious, and incredibly awesome. Sam and I played and epic game of war, taking and intermission to do dishes and talk about minecraft, and then back to war.
On Tuesday we went out shopping after cleaning the trailer. Sydney, Mom, Dad, Cammy, Anna, and Mrs. Patty rode in Mrs. Patty’s car (Jesse and Mr. Troy went to work). I rode with Eivin, Sam, Courtney, and Nate in Eivin’s car. We all listened to electronica in Eivin’s car really really loud. We went to goodwill, my dad broke his glass screen saver on his phone, while getting out of the car. After around 15 minutes, Sam, My dad, Nate, Cammy, Eivin, and I all went across the parking lot to a pawn shop. We looked at awesome guns, pistols, and knives for around 45 minutes. We went across the street and got tutti fruity, a self-serve yogurt place, while my dad was on the phone. Seven and a half frozen yogurts later, we were on our way to another resale store. I didn’t find anything I liked, hence I didn’t get anything. All of us in Eivin’s car went to Walmart to get groceries, and BLT makings. We also got grape juice, purple and white. We left shortly after BLTs, 10 minutes away from their house, my dad pulled over and we had a 2hr conversation about a dog named Malachi that the Hills had offered us. My mom fell in love with him, and so did Cammy and Sydney. My dad texted Jesse, and they brought him out to us in the trailer. My dad told Jesse to punch Mr. Troy in the arm, and then give him a hug. He was being sarcastic. Jesse punched him anyway, lol. Malachi passed out on the way to Galviston. I personally think he is kind of creepy, but he doesn’t bother me too much.
Galviston has been fun so far, today we got Malachi groomed, and walked around town with my Grandma, who is staying with my Aunt who lives near Galviston. La Kings Confectionary was nice, we checked out the strand, and got Mexican food. The Gulf of Mexico isn’t that bad, it is just a little dirty. I have had a major sore throat the last couple of days, and I have no clue where it’s fromL. Not to end on a bad note, we went to a cool gallery, and I got compliments on some of my artwork.
Simply the awesomest,
~Maddy the Travelbugby maddy with No Comments