S: Cape Cod 2010
FC: CAPE COD SOPHIA BUTLER 2010 WAYLAND MIDLLE SCHOOL 7TH GRADE
1: The first day, everyone is ready at the school with their luggage near the buses in the morning. My group, the explorers of the bay had an excellent group and I made a few new friends.
2: The leaders of the Explorers of The Bay group were Ms. Elenbaas, Ms. Berstein, Ms. Nestie, Mr. Rivera and Ms. Grahm. They were excellent leaders and ensured that me and my classmates had a great time.
3: And later, the group went on a boat ride in Plymouth, on the way to Cape Cod. There, we learned about some laws which fishermen abide by in order to keep under water ecosystems in tact.
4: Specifically, we learned a bit about whales, and some daily casualties to their lives. And lobsters, about how they are trapped and how big they have to be to be kept by the fishermen to sell. | And plankton, which we looked at through microscopes.
5: The salty ocean wind pushes my hair behind my face. I can feel the engine of the monstrous boat rumble beneath my feet as the large boat tears the surface of the ocean water. My skin is moist from the sea air and my lungs are filled with the bits of salt within the air. But the smell is not a pure smell of salt water, for it is polluted with hot and burnt gasoline which to this moment infests the ocean with oil that is not in anyway healthy to the sea life. Thinking of this, the smile on my face droops to a straight line. But I let those thoughts go, as anyone who ever thinks about them must, so that the joy of my day is not pulled away by the reality which people so often ignore. And the new reality which we have created is ignored so much for almost always one undeniable reason; so that our convenience may remain undisturbed and that we may continue to do whatever that may please us. I leave the lonely deck which I stood on to converse with my friends, who were taking pictures, and I also leave to postpone my disapproving thoughts of my society until another time.
6: We also talked about crabs and some other sea invertebrates. In the top left picture, you can see that some of us, like Sarah, got to hold some of the sea animals on the boat! The hosts were also kind enough to show us some rope knots that we could tie.
7: I think that people should preserve this ocean and the creatures in it because although we may not realize it, we consume many seafood products. A huge economic crisis would arise if seafood was suddenly not able to prepared to eat. But that doesn't mean we should just barely keep sea creatures from extinction. If we pollute the water that our food eats, which may poison it, and then we eat it, wouldn't that be poisoning us as well? And pollution of other water sources that people even drink from is certainly not possibly healthy for us. And, what am I doing to preserve the ocean and it's animals? I will admit, that in many ways I am part of the problem. I do ride boats which burn oil and leave the remains in the ocean. And I also use many sources of indoor plumbing. When we have had too much waste, the ocean has always seemed a convenient place to dump just about anything. Our sewage is dumped into the ocean, and at the same time people our getting fish of that same ocean, where the fish consume that same water which holds our sewage. I do not ever worry of consuming this, as I am vegetarian. But that does not mean it is alright for me and my society to continue our pollution. I do not have the courage to stop riding boats where everyone else goes on and haves fun, and nor do I to stop using indoor plumbing. But I hope one day many will, as the underwater ecosystems are definitely worth saving, unless we don't want our sea food anymore.
8: Then after the boat ride, we all gathered together and journaled together and ate lunch in a nice small park. | But before we headed for our cabins for dinner, we made sure we made a stop to the beach!
9: At the beach, we made sand castles and sculptures and ran around in shallow water. As you can see, my friend Sophia was getting stylish with her sunglasses! Paul clearly must have had fun running around in the sand! We all had a lot of fun at the beach!
10: My Beach Haiku The tiny crab runs as fast as it can back to the ocean.
11: Here, you can see the teachers counting and dividing up the money that they give us so that we can play arcade games golf and mini golf at River Bas Sports, which we went to after dinner at the camp that we stayed in. They also made sure that we got ice cream! | Me and my friends had such a blast! We all got to eat ice cream, play arcade games, play mini golf and even go to the driving range!
12: And after a night's sleep and breakfast, the Explorers set out to see the Osprey Nests in Cape Cod. We rode the bus to a quiet field where there nests dwelt. | Some boys also presented their project, which was on Ospreys, and gave us some information on them. The project was on they there, on the bus.
13: My Osprey Haiku The strip of green grass Lies alone and crumpled beneath the bird's mighty claw. -Sophia Butler
14: The sun had not yet approached the horizon. If it had, thick clouds of gray and white hid it's rays of light and kept the air cool and a bit moist. I pulled the heavy binoculars up to my eyes and searched the grassy field which once lay before me. As my head turned, an Osprey bird caught the center of the lens. It was a dark color and stood on a wooden pole, which was part of a fence. It's neck twitched to face different directions in a quirky fashion. In the moment I saw it's eyes, they appeared to be nervous. Cameras around me flashed at the bird, and other binoculars began to point in it's direction. The bird was getting unwanted attention, and it was clearly getting scared as well. The wings stretched out and slowly began flapping until they pushed the bird away from the ground and high in the air. More and more flashes took place while the bird flew away from it's home. I let go of my binoculars and let them hang around my neck. The bird flew away from it's nest, so it was clearly afraid. Then why was everyone still taking pictures of it? It would take a lot to make me feel scared enough to think I must leave my own home. Did it not occur to my own classmates that the bird was fleeing it's home out of fright? Or did they not even care? I now assume it was a mix of both., sadly. I'm grateful to be able to learn about them in person, but the fact that we had disturbed the birds more than necessary is not comforting to me. I turned my head and looked at everyone laughing and looking at their pictures. Maybe they did it for their projects. I did.
15: The Ospreys of Cape Cod are an endangered species, and the site that the Explorers and I saw is an attempt to preserve the species. The nests there were mostly man-made. I think it's important to preserve this species because they are a part of our ecosystem, and without them the chain would be ruined, and make life harder for us. The Ospreys are endangered for several reasons, and one is because they're running out of space to live, because we take up so much space. Some people may not care, but I don't think it's fair to take away another's home and just expect that they will be fine, and not expect an extinction which would negatively affect us.. I do not believe that in anyway I am currently helping the Ospreys. I could help by building nests for them that are safe from other birds who like to eat osprey eggs and land development, but I am yet to do so. There are many ways I could help, but only recently have I been introduced to the idea of helping these kinds of birds, and I wouldn't have been if it weren't for Wayland Middle School. For this, I thank my teachers. Now I know what things can be done to help these osprey, and why I should definitely try to help.
16: When everyone had gotten a look at the Ospreys, the leaders of the Explorers of the Bay group led us on a path to beach nearby the Osprey nests. There my classmates and I took a walk and some of us found a dead horse-shoe crab!
17: After a walk on the beach, we went to a natural history museum, where we ate lunch and wrote in our journals. | We also saw a video called The Sands Of Time. It was about how the beaches and sand dunes of Cape Cod are eroding away.
18: And, at the natural history museum, there was something I especially enjoyed. It was a path that was created for the blind, and our teachers had us close our eyes and walk through it. I heard a lot of sounds and I was more aware of things that I couldn't see.
19: The Invisible Path I slowly step forward. The rope slides through my loose grasp As I fear an unexpected fall. The path goes on... And a small bump in the path takes my tears my body Away from balance. My eyes once again open wide. My hands stretch out in front of me, And save me from hitting the hard ground. I slowly stand up again, And check to see if my fall Had any witnesses. I put my hand back on the rope And take a deep breath. Then I continue my way down the invisible path.
20: Then, after the natural history museum, our teachers brought us to some sand dunes! | Everyone climbed and jumped, and some people were buried!
21: Even Mr. Rivera had fun! And A little frog was found in the sand!
22: And several projects were given that day, Including mine. My tour Guide Project was a poem about Nauset Light House, and how it was moved.
23: And some friends of mine did their project on a historical rock within Cape Cod.
24: After, we went to a beach to observe and collect marine animals. | We saw some cool things, including an eel! We let them
25: And after we ate dinner, we snuck out to see Shrek, The Final Chapter (a movie), which I did not mind.
26: The next day, we went to Marconi's station and learned a bit about how he learned to translate messages across sea. | And from Marconi's station, the teachers led us on a path that goes to Cedar Swamp. We all took turns walking through it and later we journaled about it on the bus.
27: My eyes search the tree branches above me, where I eventually find light which broke this swamp's ceiling. It shone a ray down into the pond and brought out the deep red color of the old autumn leaves which continue to lay there, making the pond seem like one of wine, rather than water. I saw things move in the corner of my eye, animals in hiding, I assumed. I comfortably walk forward through the natural walls of the many trees that stood in the water, containing my privacy and quiet. The bridge I walked on twisted and turned, and seemed to be levitating above the calm swamp. Mosquito's flew at my skin and bit my neck, and bugs buzzed in my ears looking for food. I swatted away with my hand, and refused to stop my perfect walk. I briefly stepped through sun light, and I felt the sunshine warm my face. When I got to the end of the path, my teacher was waiting. " Go this way," he pointed. Then the world opened up again, and I embraced the blue sky which must have come out while I walked through the trees which shielded me from the outside world. Then with my friends, we took our time and enjoyably we walked back to our bus to get ready for the next activity.
28: I think that Cedar Swamp should be preserved because It is indeed a part of natural history. It may have been a droplet of water from the glaciers of the Ice Age. And plus, it's really nice and relaxing to walk around in, and it shows the diverse ways of nature, specifically within Cape Cod. I really think that Cedar Swamp is worth saving, and not worth destroying for houses or other sorts of land development. Am I helping this cause or not? I'd have to say that I guess I'm on the fence. I know I'm not supporting land development, but nor am I supporting land preserving. I know that I do not litter, and that not littering was helpful at Cedar Swamp so that the soil does not damage the plants that live in it. Less pollution might help, and I do try to not waste power, but I cannot say that I have been as conservative as possible. I suppose that I could get into land preserving because Cedar Swamp is an important part of Cape Cod's nature. But I'd have to wait until I'm older. But I thank my teachers for having me consider what I can do to help some of the natural lands of Cape Cod.
29: The Beach Game Tritina I see my friends playing a game. They are running away from waves after collecting from the water big sea rocks. Then I want to collect myself some sea rocks. "Sophia, do you want to play our game?" I nodded."Collect some sea rocks and try not to get hit by the waves." On my first try, I'm knocked down by three waves, And when I finally get out of the water, I don't have any rocks. It was a really fun game. I can still feel the waves crashing on me, and the rocks moving around making the game a little bit different for each splash sound made. -Sophia Butler
30: Then later, we headed out to eat lunch near a beach and after eating we were able to walk down to the shore.
31: Then, after that beach, we got ready to go to another beach! There, all the different groups met up and everybody played with each other.
32: And, after that last beach trip, the Explorers of The Bay and all the other groups drove in their buses and headed back for the Wayland Middle School, where the kids were picked by their teachers and the teachers headed to their own homes and families.
34: Thank You, Wayland Middle School and Teachers, For such an Awesome Trip! Thanks, my Friends, who helped me have such a Great time! -Sophia Butler