Snapper’s Passing and New Fish

Snapper died recently, although you probably gathered that from the title of this post. We found him in his tank a few days ago. We buried him under a bush in a campground in Arizona. My brother even made a little gravestone with a sticky  note and a rock. After a couple days, we started to talk about how when we move into a house, we would probably have several bettas around said house. That put a new fish in my head. 

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Meet Toothless

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Toothless is one of the two betta fish we just got. His tail kind of looks like a dragon’s tail, so I called him Toothless. Hope he’s happy here….

Pros and Cons of Living in the Desert of Middle-Of-Nowhere, California

After living in the desert for 6 weeks I’m pretty sure that qualifies me for doing a pros and cons list. Also, I can assure you, this was the middle of nowhere. Thirty minutes to the closest grocery, burro crossing signs, and a boulder painted to look like an alien about five minutes away from the campground.

The flowers are pretty. We are currently in superbloom season and the flowers have started to bloom. My personal favorite is the poppy. I think it is a California poppy. I may be wrong.

Death Valley

Death Valley

When you go to Death Valley, you expect it to be hot. Really hot. 132 degrees Fahrenheit. What you don’t expect is a reasonable temperature and really pretty pictures.

What you do expect that’s here, is tourism and literally nothing else. The only hotel that took dogs we could find was a Motel 6, where we had to stay overnight. It was certainly not good, but it wasn’t the worst thing ever. We then drove around death valley all day, attempting to see as many popular things as possible. We saw the lowest point, salt rocks area, the artists’ palette, and some other things.

My dad and I went out to Badwater Basin, which is the lowest point in North America. We didn’t realize that the lowest point was actually just a few feet from the parking lot, and instead walked probably a mile to what we thought was the lowest point. It was so windy that someone’s hat flew off their head and I ran probably half a mile to go get it. There was a sign above the parking lot that was probably 275-300 feet up and it said “SEA LEVEL “. That was probably the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. Imagine seeing a sign that says sea level, but its 300 feet above you.

The Artists’ Palette was simply incredible. There were greens and blues and purples and pinks and yellows and oranges… Basically, any color you can imagine was there. There was a 1 lane road that you could drive, and there were no other options. If you wanted to go back, you had to use another road. If you go to Death Valley, make sure you go here.

If you manage to make your way to death valley, those are some have-to-dos. The Badwater Basin is now completely submerged in water. Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for today so I’ll se you next time!

Moving back to Orlando

Well, the time has come. Back to Orlando we go. My dad’s office is there, my sister’s best friend lives there, Disney, and of course their zoo. There are so many monkeys at this zoo!

It all started when I saw a really sad monkey ad, and when I saw this monkey I knew I had to have him. We moved back into the house about a week ago, and we’ve now bought a monkey cage, water and food bowls, and climbing ropes. Here’s a picture of this adorable monkey.

I’m now taking an online lesson about how to train, adopt, and take care of monkeys. This is probably the most important thing I’ve ever done.

So, goodbye to everyone. I am now one with this monkey. I guess I’ll see you in the next post, maybe.

Look at the day this was uploaded. Comment if I got you!

A Fun time in Sioux Falls

While we were in Sioux Falls, SD, we were at a Yogi Bear Jellystone. If you don’t know what that is, check this out. So these parks are very high quality and usually are the best we go to. This one does not differ. It has a HUGE pool, a jump pillow, big parks, decent sites, a corn maze, and, best for last, a place to get slushies. No joke. It’s 9 dollars to buy a cup and your first fill, then every refill is 2 dollars. Expensive, but worth it. They have cherry flavor,  blue raspberry, and lemonade. I like the cherry the best but Stephanie likes the lemonade.

I liked Sioux Falls, but I think we’ve been to much better places. The people weren’t very nice, if you said “Hi!” they would just stare at you, frowning. In the grocery, no one said excuse me, or even looked at me. At least everything else was decent. Stephanie and i spent most of our time here going to the bounce pillow. It was possibly the best part of this whole campground. It was really fun because it was a little more deflated then usual, so I could sit near the edge of it and Stephanie would jump on the other side, sending me 1-4 feet in the air. That was incredible. At one point there were so many people on it I thought it was going to pop or something. At that point I couldn’t even sit down.

There was also a corn maze where you had to find a total of 8 clues. The odd numbered clues had points on the map they gave you so you could know what general direction you had to go. The even numbered ones you had to find by yourself. We went boys versus girls. US (the boys) missed only one question and the girls missed 2. Here’s a birds’ eye view of the corn maze:

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Another cool thing about Sioux Falls was EROS. if you’re thinking, “Isn’t that an asteroid near mars?” It is, but I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about this. This EROS is a government agency for collecting data on things such as wildfires, or some kind of beetle that I can’t remember, all using a satellite called Landsat. Landsat was made my EROS and NASA and you can view live footage from it here. I really like this page, and as I’m typing this, Landsat 7 is going over London. Kinda cool. They also have a really big computer room, which sends more output to the internet than Google does. They also store more data in their room than Google, Microsoft, and Apple combined. INSANE!!

That’s all I have for today, see ya next time and bye!

Madison, WI

Madison, WI was both good and bad. Lets start with what was good.

The capitol building was pretty good. Even though it was built in the same style as pretty much every other capitol building, it was really cool to go through and had some unique features. There were fossils in the walls some places in it, little (but not little) beaver chipmunk things scattered around the city, some of which were in the capitol. It is also the only capitol to be built on an isthmus. An isthmus is a piece of land between two bodies of water.

So now let’s move on to what was bad.

The smell. The smell there was so bad, it always smelled like this:

I’m not joking. Well, maybe I am. No I’m not, what am I talking about? It was literally that bad.

The people on the streets. Honostly, there were so many people on the sidewalks, I don’t know how they all lived there. It was INSANE!

Anyways, that’s all for today, so I’ll see you next time and bye!