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S: From Washington to Washington

FC: From | WASHINGTON | to | WASHINGTON | (D.C., that is)

1: This book chronicles the adventures of Jonathan Logen as he travels with his grandparents from St. John, WA to Washington D.C. in April 2012. | Map | 1

2: WASHINGTON | I traveled across the United States in a covered wagon--just kidding, it was a small motor home. We took off from St. John, WA. In Dayton we saw Sacajawea and the station master with his dog. We counted 29 frogs in Froggy Town. | 2

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4: OREGON | 4

5: I was doomed to hike 2.2 miles down to the Oregon trail to see wagon ruts and an Ezra Meeker marker. Dan said to watch for bugs. I don't like bugs. I found a spider on a hat in the exhibit. Dan got so excited he took a picture of the spider right away. | 5

6: At night we went to the lake at the Bruneau Sand Dunes. It was fun running down the dunes. | 6

7: I D A H O | 7

8: U T A H | On our way from the sand dunes we saw our first pronghorns. I thought they were deer at first but Dan said they are the only kind of antelope in North America. | We drove and drove and drove. It seems we drove longer than yesterday. I finished 3 1/2 days of school work. We finished the book on tape "Schooled" and started "Swiss Family Robinson," written in 1812. They knew what to do with all the plants and animals. I wonder what they would have done with a 4th generation IPOD? | At Bear River NWR the Clark's Grebes were courting. I saw lots of Yellow-headed Blackbirds and more meadowlarks. If we opened a window swarms of midges floated into the car. There were lots of coots, but the swans, ducks and geese of a month earlier were gone. We needed the birds to eat these bugs. | 8

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10: When we reached Antelope Island we hiked up a steep trail to a lookout. On the way Dan asked if the Meadowlarks could turn down the volume a bit. We had to complete an hour of walking before we could go to Golden Corral. I was first, Grandma Pat the last. I saw the most rocks of different sizes that I had ever seen. I did not want to be there if an earthquake happened. The rocks would roll all over. Most of the rest of Utah had rocks. | 10

11: We left Fruitland, Utah and traveled through mountains all day. We made a stop at Walmart for bread. At Dinosaur National Monument we saw dinosaur heads and hundreds of bones still in the rock. This site has the most intact skulls in the world. | We only traveled 408 miles but it seemed much longer. The mountain roads were winding so we couldn't travel 75 mph on the high plains. We crossed into "Colorful Colorado," but went a long ways before seeing the red rocks. Glenwood Springs was our last stop before night. | 11

12: COLORADO | Glenwood Springs | World's Largest Hot Springs Pool | 12

13: At Buffalo Bill's grave overlooking Denver I remember there were 2 graves, a sheriff's badge, lots of coins, 4 deer and good snow for throwing snowballs. In the steep mountain descent into Denver I learned about runaway truck ramps. Going into Denver we had our first traffic jam. | 13

14: The Denver capitol dome is covered with tissue paper thick gold weighing only two pounds. A marker on the capitol steps marks 1 mile above sea level. The state flag is a gold circle sun surrounded by blue for the sky, white for the snowy mountains and red for the rocks. Colorado is Spanish for red. While on the trip we looked for different state license plates. We found plates from 47 states. At the Denver mint store I traded dollar bills for newly minted quarters and dollar coins. We couldn't take a tour of the mint because we did not have advance reservations. | 14

15: Molly Brown was married to a rich mine owner in Denver and survived the Titanic sinking. For the rest of her life she helped the poor emigrant women and children who also survived. Colorado is proud of its civil rights heritage, being the first state in which men voted to give women the right to vote. | 15

16: We just drove through windy, dry, desolate Colorado on US 36, entering Kansas in the evening. That night we slept at Prairie Dog State Park for $8.50. It was a short day, just 327 miles. Sibelius Lake, where we camped, had frogs croaking us to sleep. | We awoke with the birds and ate eggs in a frame. We drove through flat lush wheat fields spotted with oil wells. Our next stop was the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene. We also saw his childhood home and learned that he was baptized David Dwight Eisenhower. He changed his name when he was in the military. His parents were pacifists and were very upset when he entered the military. He was best known for his negotiating skills that enabled him to get people to work together. | 16

17: The next stop was the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, where we learned about John Brown's fiery history in this state. I got to sit in the Governor's chair and the chair of the Speaker of the House. Just before entering Missouri, we stopped at Wendy's for a salad and baked potato. Pat was disappointed that it would take 40 minutes to bake, so she asked for a raw potato which we could microwave in the van in 6 minutes. The potato was done before the rest of the order came. In covered wagon days, I would have had to find some firewood or gather buffalo pies, start a fire, and then cook the potato in coals. That assumes I even had a potato. It would have taken a lot longer! We had to do a wash tonight; Grandma Pat insists we change our clothes daily. The pioneers could wear the same clothes the whole trip. | K A N S A S | 17

18: Today we awoke in the Walmart parking lot. We went into the store and bought Subway breakfast muffins and swimshorts. Rain started when Grandma Pat was on the cellphone to Fay. We finally got to shower at a state park. We asked if we could pay to shower and they allowed us to do it for free. We must have looked pretty desperate. There was lightning and thundershowers and some hail all the way to Jefferson City where the rain stopped while we toured the inside. This capitol was the most educational we have ever seen. The pictures were great. They had interactive exhibits where people could dress in costume. | 18

19: When we left the capitol we asked where they thought we should visit next, as the penitentiary tour was closed for the Easter weekend. We were directed to the Runge Nature Center just out of town that had an Easter egg hunt for kids, in the building, which was nice because of the wet weather. I made an egg bird feeder, petted a snake and hiked a trail through a damp woods where I spotted four Wild Turkeys. | MISSOURI | 19

20: Grandma Pat drove a winding road through beautiful countryside to Meramec Caverns where we toured the cave and watched the zip line. Grandma Pat wouldn't let me ride the zip line across the river. Jesse James hid in the cave after he robbed a train. The posse which followed him knew he had gone inside the cave, so they camped outside the entrance and waited for him. Three days later they discovered that he escaped by swimming down a river in the cave and came out another opening. The most impressive part of the cave was the stage curtain formation. This is a dolomite cave. Dolomite is 20 times stronger than concrete. We camped overnight at the St Louis RV Park, and ate at guess where?--Golden Corral! | 20

21: We rode to the top of the Gateway Arch in 5 person pods, to a height of 620 feet. Two Statues of Liberty would fit under the arch. We could see for 30 miles. We rode a paddle-wheeler on the Mississippi River where we saw the columns for the cables of a new interstate bridge under construction. | 21

22: INDIANA | Grandpa Dan had fun taking pictures of insects at Lincoln State Park. I did not like the crane flies. At Lincoln's Boyhood Home Memorial we looked through exhibits and walked to the foundation of the home where he lived from age 7-21. We saw how they farmed and we walked though a woods so different from ours. | 22

23: KENTUCKY | At Lincoln's Boyhood Home, at 8:00 AM, the only other visitors were a couple from Bellingham. We visited with them. They had just checked on their Branson home to check for damage after a tornado. Later that day at the Louisville Slugger factory, we met a mother and her son from Renton. We took a tour at the factory, but they did not allow photography. They make about 1.8 million wooden bats each year. We bought a bat and had it engraved "Logen Boys." Next we drove to Frankfort. The old capitol was closed and we would have had to wait 2 days for it to be open. This is the second time Grandpa Dan has visited the Old Capitol building only to find it closed. He wants to see a staircase in the building. | 23

24: We were up at the current capitol building by 3:30 PM with plenty of time to tour the interior. There were no guided tours, but the pleasant lady at the visitor's desk gave us self-guiding materials. There is a huge statue of Lincoln in the rotunda. The architecture is grand, not dainty. The house chamber was open. | We could walk all over and sit in their desks if we wanted. The senate chamber was locked, but the gallery was open. Outside, the flower beds were empty. The lady at the desk said the tulips were all done blooming and new flowers were not moved in yet. | 24

25: That night we stayed at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, still in Kentucky. It was $30 for a spot in an RV camp by the river. Dan went for a walk and took photos of flowers and Grandma Pat fixed dinner. There were signs all over warning about bears. "Don't leave food outside." "Don't put food scraps in the garbage." A Pileated Woodpecker drummed on a snag. That night Grandma Pat and I watched a movie in the bedroom and Grandpa Dan finished book 2 of the Millenium series in the living room. The next morning we hiked up to the natural bridge, admired the flowers, and picked up garbage along the trail. Grandma Pat paid me a penny for every scrap of garbage I picked up. At the bridge we squeezed through a narrow crack in the rock and climbed up to the top. I sat with my legs dangling over the side, scaring my grandparents. We then drove to the Red River Gorge National Geological Area, entering through a tunnel, like entering an enchanted kingdom. The feathery green trees and wildflowers were so pretty that Grandma Pat burst into song periodically. Then we were off to Virginia. | 25

26: V I R G I N I A | Shortly after entering Virginia we crossed the Appalachian Mountains on Highway 16, with many slow curves, but very pretty with scattered farms and pretty trees. We spent the night at Hungry Mother State Park. Grandpa Dan found a few moths and birds to photograph. It was quite cool and still early spring at this location. The next morning we entered Shenandoah National Park and headed up Skyline Drive, which hugs the top of the Appalachian mountains for the length of the park. | 26

27: Dark Hollow Falls | 27

28: The Appalachian Mountains are old and worn down, not sharp like our mountains. The stream was a little tired also, not swift like our rivers. We hiked a mile or two up the Dickey Ridge trail, which actually was along a lazy stream. | 29

29: Skyline Drive was beautiful, but cold. It snowed at our lunch stop. In the late afternoon we hiked down to Dark Hollow Falls, which is said to have been a favorite of Thomas Jefferson. I got 5 cents for each new flower I located for Dan to photograph. There were a lot of flowers and I earned 85 cents on this hike. The waterfall was pretty. | 28

30: Manassas National Battlefield in Virginia commemorates the first battle of the Civil War. It was won by the South, with General Stonewall Jackson in command. The first civilian casualty of the war, Judith Henry, lived in the house shown here. At the visitor center we learned that more soldiers died in the Civil War than in any other war. | 30

31: At the College Park Aviation Museum I got to practice flying the Wright Brother's plane, as well as other old planes. I got to dress up as an old-time aviator and saw a woodchuck on the lawn outside the museum. | M A R Y L A N D | 31

32: Graham and Skittles greeted us in Maryland. While Graham prepared for his recital, we went to both Annapolis and Mount Vernon, George Washington's home overlooking the Potomac River. An Osprey was nesting at the wharf on his farm. In Annapolis we visited the restored William Paca house. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. At the state capitol, we saw the exact spot where George Washington stood when he resigned from the army. | 32

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34: At Mount Vernon we posed with George and Martha Washington along with her grandson. Matthew and I enjoyed becoming Junior Rangers at Mt Vernon. In Washington we toured the International Spy Museum where we got to pretend we were spies. No photography was allowed. The Capitol City Bike Tour lasted 3 hours and we saw most of the sights in the National Mall. | WASHINGTON D.C. | 34

35: The Korean War Memorial had a reflecting wall nearby which made the soldiers in the memorial appear like ghosts. Did you know Abraham Lincoln is signing A and L with his hands? It looks like there were no other people in the Lincoln Memorial, but it actually was fairly crowded. A morning at the National Zoo was especially exciting because we had a personal tour by Tony, the curator of large mammals. We got to watch the elephants being fed and trained, and got to see Hannah the Sloth Bear suck up meal worms through a long tube. | Graham's bassoon concert was in the chapel on the University of Maryland campus. He played very well. | 35

36: We explored many of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. and got to see lots of cool airplanes, the Star Spangled Banner, and lots more. I loved riding the metro. I got to tell everyone when it was the right time to get off. | 61 | 36

37: The trip home only took one day! I left on the metro early in the morning with Bonnie & Connie and was in my own bed that night. We flew on the airplane to Los Angeles and Seattle, and then I got to fly by myself to Spokane. | 37

38: Notes, by Grandpa Dan | Notes by Grandpa Dan--Accuracy likely, but not guaranteed. Page 2-3: Froggy Town is Milton-Freewater, where the community has decorated the main street with all kinds of frogs. Page 4: Butterfly: Pontia protodice, Checkered White Page 5: The spider is a jumping spider, family Salticidae. Page 8: Bear River National Wildlife Refuge is at the NE side of the Great Salt Lake. Page 9: Jonathan is standing with an American Avocet in the Bear River visitor center. Both Clark's and Western Grebes nest at Bear River. The large photo shows Clark's. Page 10: Antelope Island is a state park in the Great Salt Lake. It is reached by driving a long causeway. The spider is Philodromus histrio, one of the Running Crab Spiders, family Philodromidae. Page 16: The Prairie Dogs in northern Kansas were White-tailed Prairie Dogs. Later, on Matthew's leg of the trip we saw only Black-tailed Prairie Dogs. Page 21: In the view from the top of the Gateway Arch, you can see the historic court house in the center, and to the left can be seen the St Louis Cardinal's baseball field, Busch Stadium. This is where Stan Musial played, although a new stadium has replaced the stadium in which he played. Page 22: left to right: A horse fly, Hybomitra sp. A crane fly, not yet identified to genus or species. The spider is Larinoides sp, one of the Orb Weavers, family Araneidae. The ant is a carpenter ant, Camponotus castaneus. Page 25: left to right: Dwarf Iris, Iris verna, Violet, perhaps Viola sororia, the Common Blue Violet. The leaf is Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, in the Poppy family. Last flower not identified at this time. Page 26: top to bottom: Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird male, Eastern Bluebird female. LL: Lettered Sphinx Moth, Deidamia inscripta. LR: A Harvestman, also known as Daddy Long Legs. If you want to read the sad story about how Hungry Mother State Park got its name, search it in Wikipedia. Page 28: Probably another Common Blue Violet; White Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum; another blue violet; Unknown; Garlic Mustard, Alliaria officinalis; Star Chickweed, Stelaria pubera. Page 29: Star Chickweed again; American Robin; Perfoliate Bellwort, Uvularia perfoliata; False Lily-of-the-Valley, Maianthemum canadense; Paw Paw, Asimina triloba; I don't know fungi. Page 30: The battle at Manassas is known as the battle at Bull Run by the North. Page 32: Jonathan touching the Atlantic Ocean in Annapolis. I couldn't have him come all across the country and not touch the ocean! Extra Credit: How many times is Jonathan pictured in the book? The answer is hidden somewhere in the book! | 38

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