Friday, December 19, 2014

Justice Travels to Mt. Rushmore with Jakob

My name is Jakob and I took Justice to Mt. Rushmore. Mt. Rushmore is in the state of South Dakota. Basically it is a mountain with the heads of four presidents carved into it. The presidents are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. I felt amazed at how people carved the faces using dynamite; the workers used 6,000 pounds of dynamite just to carve George Washington’s face. It took 14 years to carve all of them; each head is 60 feet high.

Justice and I saw a mother and baby mountain goat run across the path I was walking on; there are animals all over the mountain. If you go there you might be able to see some too.

Also at night it is really cool because it is dark out and they turn floodlights on so you can see the faces on the mountain. 

There is a man that tells the history of the mountain and a ceremony to honor military troops. Every year more than three million people travel to South Dakota to see Mt. Rushmore. I’m glad Justice and I got to go. Maybe you can too

Friday, December 12, 2014

Justice and Cooper Are Paleontologists For a Day

On November 15th I took Justice to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh to see a special dinosaur exhibit.  We saw an acrocanthosaurus skeleton and a model of a pelorosaurus.

We also met two scientists named Dr. Zanno and Mr. Paul.  Dr. Zanno is a very famous paleontologist. She mostly studies theropods and therizinosaurs. 

We saw a mamenchisaurus too.  I dug for fossils and found a scapula of a sauropod. 

I went to the gift shop and bought a ramphorhynchus which is a type of pterosaur from the Jurassic period.

          Standing in a dinosaur footprint          

Standing next to a Diplodocus femur 

Holding a T-Rex tooth

We got to spend the night at my aunt's house.

She  taught me how to use an apple peeling
machine so we could make homemade apple crisp.