March 12

Acadia National Park

If you are looking for an entertaining stay with much to do, Acadia National Park located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is the ideal choice. Ranging from rocky beaches to mountains, it’s the perfect place to go.

 

Days and hours of operation- To the visitor’s benefits, Acadia National Park is open 24/7, operating every hour of every day of the year. However, Park Loop Road, Cadillac Mountain Road, and all unpaved roads are closed during winter due to Maine’s unfortunate cold weather. 

 

Parking- However, some roads are opened for parking during warm weather. Park Loop Road, Route 22, Cadillac Summit Road, and other places such as Echo Lake, Acadia Mountain, Sand Beach, etc. are available.

 

Park Passes- None of this would be useful if you weren’t to use it, right? If you’re looking to get into Acadia National Park and see the breathtaking sights it has to offer, you must purchase a park pass, and have it placed somewhere in your vehicle so the park officials can see it. Otherwise, you will get a ticket. 

Where do I get my park pass?- You can purchase a park pass from May to October at a gift shop located in the park, online, or a contact station. Where are these located? Mules Cove Visitor Center, Sand Beach Entrance Station, Bar Harbor Village Green, Thompsan Island Information Center, Blackwoods Campground, Schoodic woods Campground, etc.  

  How much do park passes cost? Are there different kinds of passes?-

You can purchase a Weekly, Annual, or Lifetime pass. There are a variety of passes you can purchase. They include:

Private Vehicle– $30- Capacity- 15 people or less- Weekly pass

 

Motorcycle– $25- Weekly pass

 

Per Person (like a normal human with a normal car)– $15- 15 years old and younger are free

 

Acadia Annual Pass– $55- pass holder and their vehicle- 12 months

 

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

*These passes are good for entrance to all federal recreation lands, including Acadia National Park

Interagency Annual Pass– $30- 12 months

 

Annual Senior Pass– $20- 62 years or older- Lifetime

 

Lifetime Senior Pass– $80- 62 years or older- Lifetime

 

Interagency Annual- Military Pass: $0

*This is a free pass for active-duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents, with valid documentation (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).

Interagency Annual Volunteer Pass: $0                                                                      *This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis.

Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass: $0

*This is a free pass for U.S. 4th grade students. Please visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov for instructions on how to obtain the voucher required to exchange for the pass. This pass is valid for 12 months beginning September of the year the student begins 4th grade and valid until the following August.

What to wear– While visiting Acadia National Park, be sure to dress in the appropriate attire to accommodate the weather. 

Summer- t-shirt, shorts or capris, and a hoodie or sweater for the evening

Fall– Leggings or jeans, sweatshirt, beanie, light jacket

Winter– Heavy coat, layers, gloves, beanie

Spring– t-shirt, shorts or capris, and a hoodie or sweater for the evening

 

Things to bring- I would recommend bringing some items for entertainment, and for your experience to be more enjoyable. My recommended items to bring are a bathing suit for the summer, a camera, a water bottle, hiking shoes/sneakers, lunch to eat, etc. If you aren’t fond of packing a lunch, you can order at a local restaurant such as Jordan Pond House, or Burning Tree Restaurant.

 

Must see/do– While there, be sure to take a drive up Cadillac Mountain, Hike the trails, go to Thunderhole, swim and hang out at Sand Beach, (the water is 50 degrees in the summer), explore tide pools, Drive up the 27-mile tour of the park on Park Loop Road, etc. 

 

Amount of time needed– The average stay is 3-4 days, but if you are planning to go to the surrounding villages or Schoodic Peninsula section, it can be longer.

 

In conclusion, Acadia National Park is the ideal vacation choice. Ranging from rocky beaches to mountains, it’s the perfect place to go. Make sure to visit Acadia National Parks website for more information.

May 15

All About Me

Hey, you’ve found my blog! My name is Haylie. I was born in December 2007 and I have 3 siblings, and 2 dogs, named Linus(10 yrs) and Luna(6 months). Luna knows how to do tricks like sit, stay, and she can dance too! Ok. Now about more about me. I have super dark brown eyeballs and dirty-blond hair. My favorite colors are orange,( orange is my fav) black, teal, red, gold, blue, and light gray. My favorite animals would have to be dogs, and all other animals. I really like my school and I have great friends. I can’t get into speficics or names or whatever but they are really, really great friends.I have such a fun time playing outside, and my favorite thing to do at recess is spin around until I get dizzy, then try to walk around! Oh and my favorite types of dogs are Rottweilers, Welsh Corgis, Chinooks, and Border Collies. Anyways, here is some other facts about me: 1.I used to live in North Carolina, and South Carolina. 2.My dad is a Marine, and he was a active Marine for about 8 years. My dad went to many places, like Afghanistan and Iraq, but the coolest thing is that he lived in Japan for 2 years! 3. I know a lot about dog’s, and other animals too! That’s why I want to be a vet why I am older! (go check out my post called “my dream career) I also would like to rescue exotic and domestic animals for a job too! 4. I really like playing call of duty, and a lot of other games. 5. I have a lot of sport supplies, like a gaga ball pit, and pool with a diving board, roller blades, ice skates, 3 bikes, and A LOT MORE.  6. The second thing I know a lot about is space. I think space is really mysterious and interesting, and I just love learning more about it! Thanks for reading my All About Me!

May 15

Zara

My name is Zara. I’m not really that normal. My mom and dad split up a while ago,…but I still see both of them equally. I have 4 other siblings. Conor is the oldest, and he’s 19. Sav is the 2nd oldest, and he’s 18. Then my 3rd oldest siblings names are Mitch and Charles, and they are both 15. Then there’s me. I’m 11. Me and Sav both live with my dad, and Mitch and Charles live with my mom. Conor says he wants to be a Surgeon, so he’s going to The Medical University of South Carolina.  Since we live in Montana, it’s going to take him a while to get there. He can’t afford to get a plane ticket, and my mom said she won’t give him money because she doesn’t want him in a plane. And my dad,…well, he said that Conor could have 32 hours to himself. So now Conor’s going to the Car Shop to fix up his car, and I’m sitting here, in my creaky bed, writing this.

 

                                                  May 11th

 

So Conor is leaving in a couple of hours,…and my dad dropped me off over here at my moms house. I’m staying here for a couple of weeks. Anyways, Conor’s here to chat and say goodbye, Sav is on a date and he’s not here, and Mitch and Charles are with my dad to go fishing, and horse riding.

“Zara!”

“Yeah?”

“Come down for Breakfast!”

“Ok, coming!”

That was my mom. She doesn’t really talk about how her and my dad split up. She doesn’t really talk about him at all. Same with my dad. But they both aren’t weird when they see eachother or anything. They act like friends, sort of. They talk about work, but don’t really get into details. They talk about how me and my siblings are doing,(and what we’re doing), and they talk about which kid or kids are going to stay with them. I mean yeah, it’s sort of awkward sometimes, but overall it’s fairly normal between all of us.

“Zara!”

“Sorry, coming!”

I gotta go and eat. If anything happens I guess I’ll write about it in this book.

                                           2 hours later

 

So basically after I ate breakfast, this dude came up in my moms driveway. He knocked on the door, and then my mom opened the door and they had a conversation. And this is what they said;

 

“Hi Lacy.”

“Oh hi Jack! You’re welcome to come in!”

“I’m good. I just want to talk to you.”

“Is it about what happend at work?”

“No, it’s about what happend at-”

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

March 21

Not Like The Others: DIG DEEPER

 

Here is all of my siblings and their gender:

Ginger(girl), Buffy(girl), Freo,(boy) Lulu(girl), Suzy(girl), Jimmy(boy), and Pilot(boy).

Here are their characteristics:

Ginger=Sassy/Bossy/diva. Buffy=Causes Fights. Freo=RUDE. Lulu=Bossy/sassy/diva. Suzy=sporty. Jimmy=quiet/shy. Pilot=lazy. But they have some “stuff” to say:

 

Ginger: Oh my! I am not sassy, or bossy. I just like say like “give me that now like you have to listen to me so yeah”. And I am the queen I get all the treats. But so does my sister Lulu, like, we’re like, the perfect match. And we rule our doggie house so everybody else better stay out of the way, or else they have to sleep outside, because I’ll take their bed.

 

Buffy: I do NOT cause fights! I just bite everybody when they take my toy, sleep in my bed, and just do anything they’re not supposed to.  And if people are annoying I growl at them and tackle them! How is that causing fights?! Tell me. TELL ME! 

 

Freo: Oh my gosh. Why are you guys talking about me that I’m rude?! You guys are so rude. And I’m not rude. I am just honest. Like take Duff for example; He has the worst color fur I have EVER seen, so I just tell him that. And we’re supposed to be honest so, how is that bad? Just go back to chewing your bones dogs!

 

Lulu: I am the QUEEN. You go get me some treats or I’ll eat all of yours. I need all the latest fashion, and you have to get it for me. And guys, I am not bossy, sassy, OR a diva! At least I’m not rude like Freo! He never says thank you. You’re supposed to say, “Go get me that NOW,” and “Thank you”. Did anybody like, not learn that?! Well, my sister, Ginger did. I basically share the throne with her,  but I have more power.

 

Suzy: NONE of my siblings play! Let’s go play with a ball and rope and everything in the house! Let’s go on a walk like COME ON!! I always am always chasing something, chewing something, and swimming. But barely my siblings do it! But I don’t really care because my dad does it with me so HA guys! You should’ve came out and played!

 

Jimmy: Just don’t talk to me let me talk to mr.turtle. And guys, uhh, tell Suzy to stop being so loud. She always wakes me up at 6:00am, and I uhh, need my rest. Pilot knows what I mean…but he’s lazy and I’m uhh, shy. So uhh, Ima go now.

 

Pilot: Yeah hey bring my food to me bed. Wake me up at 3:30pm. And I’m not going on w’walks. ZzzzzzzzzZZzzzzzzzZZZzzzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzZzzZzzz.

March 6

DOGS RULE!!!

I am a dachshund, long and lean. I’m a low-slung, pink-tongued, drool machine! I’m a funny lookin’ fella but I ain’t no fool…DOGS RULE

I’m a great dane, ten feet tall, more solid than a concrete wall, if you want to pet me, climb a stool! DOGS RULE

Bulldog, corgi, saint bernard, from pencil thin, to a tub of lard, we’ll lick your face; we’ll guard your yard, we’ll chase cats down to the boulevard!

I’m a dalmatian, kids, count my spots! Please take a few, cause I’ve got lots! From king size down to a minuscule, DOGS RULE!

Im’a toy poodle, watch me prance! I can cancan all the way to France, I scored straight A’s in beauty school…DOGS RULE

Afghans, sheepdogs, pekingese, we love our ABC’S! We leap through flaming hoops with ease, we always say “thank you” and “please”!

I’m a greyhound, slim and sleek; around the ‘hood you’ll see me streak,  I  race like a rocket fuel…DOGS RULE

We are dogs; we’re strong and proud, we play to hard, we bark too loud! There’s no other pet as cool…DOGS RULE  

                                           By Haylie G

                            Credit to: Daniel Kirk; author of DOGS RULE!

 

March 5

Sarah Roshi: Chapter 1

Sarah Roshi was a girl that loved being with animals. Her family has many pets, but that comes with a price. She will come soon to know her life will change forever…

                                                         .                                             .                                     . 

It was Sarah’s 9th birthday. She awoke in the middle of the night. She heard a strange noise,…It was coming from the backyard. It was barking, and a noise like a roar, combined with grrr. She recognized the barking. It was her Australian Shepherd Cali. She was frightened, but she had to see what was going on. She walked with caution to the back door. Then, when she opened the blinds, she saw something so terrifying, and bone-chilling she was frozen in fear. Her precious dog, was in a to-the-death fight between a Cougar. She grabbed the doorknob, and slowly twisted it. Then she pushed open the door. The cougar stopped, smelling Sarah’s sent in the air. Sarah yelled, “CALI! COME ON GIRL!” Cali ran towards Sarah while Sarah shut the door as fast as she could. “Are you okay girl?” Sarah asked with worry. But Sarah saw Cali was badly wounded. Cali had a deep cut on her back-leg-thigh. Sarah’s dad was a surgeon, so she knew somewhat how to stitch. But she didn’t care how good or how bad she was at it… she had to fix up Calis leg. She picked her up waddling with the heavy weight of her Australian Shepherd. She set Cali on the couch, with Cali’s head lying on the pillow. Waiting for Cali to fall asleep, she went and got her dad’s bag, grabbed the stitches and needle,(with the numbing shot) and went back to Cali.  She gave Cali the shot in her thigh, then went to stitching. Then her dad came out getting ready for his night/early morning shift at the hospital. He stopped. Sarah, with tears in her eyes said, “ Please don’t get mad at me dad! Cali got a bad wound from a cougar and I have to stitch it up or her leg will get worse than it already is!” Sarah sniffled. Her dad walked up to her and wiped the tears off her face. “Why would I be mad at you. I’m so proud of you. You got Cali away from a cougar, took responsibility of her, and you are stitching up her leg! I couldn’t be more proud.” He said. “Now, how about I take it from here. You have to get to bed. We have a big day tomorrow.”

“And what exactly are we doing tomorrow dad?”

“It’s a surprise.”He chuckled-  “You’ll have to wait and see.”

“ Aren’t you going to stitch up her leg?”

“I will. You get off to bed now.”

He kissed her on her forehead and Sarah went to bed.

The next morning Sarah woke up, got dressed and zoomed out into kitchen. She didn’t even notice her father talking on the phone. Sarah grabbed a jelly filled donut and some sprite. She gulped the sprite down and ate the donut as fast as she could. She was about to go into her room (for some reason) when her dad called “Sarah are you ready to go?”

“Oh. Wait. What?” Sarah said-”Oh is it time to go? Is mom and Hunter ready too?”

“Honey we’re sitting on the couch.” Her mother said with a laugh.

“Okay guys let’s go out. Oh yeah and grab Cali.”

“Okay guys close your eyes!” He said with a bit of excitement in his voice.

 

 

 

 

TO BE CONTINUED…