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Visiting the White House

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Outside of the White House (no photos allowed inside)

In DC we did many things like Mount Vernon, Newseum, Ford’s Theatre, the Capitol, the National Archives, and the Supreme Court. But my favorite place we went to was the tour of the White House.

On October 22, we went to the White House and the White House visitor center. We went in the visitor center and learned a lot about the history of the White House. One of the things we saw was what the presidents favorite foods were. Then we went to the real White House. We looked in the whole east wing and we went in all the rooms of first floor. They had some weird named rooms like the red room the blue room and the green room. They are called that because of the color of everything. We saw and talked to the Secret Service. Some wore black and white and some wore just white. My favorite room in the White House was the red room because I like the color red and because it looks very cozy but it is a small room. The best thing we saw was one of the President’s dogs, Sunny, and we saw all the presidents portraits.

Sunny

Sunny Obama

Miles and I did a ranger book again and we learned a lot and we got a badge that says The White House. Here are some fun facts that we learned about the White House:

  • Abraham Lincoln was the first president to have a beard.
  • Thomas Jefferson had three pets: a mocking bird and two bear cubs.
  • Caroline Kennedy had a pony called Macaroni
  • Ronald Reagan’s favorite food was jelly beans.
  • Benjamin Harrison was the first president to have electric lights, but he was so afraid that he had an electrician turn them on and off.
  • Franklin Pierce was the first president to get hot and cold running water.
  • Jimmy Carter built a treehouse at the White House for his daughter, Amy.
  • The first telephone number for the White House was 1.
  • William Howard Taft was the first president to throw the first pitch of the baseball season.
  • Dolly Madison saved the famous portrait of George Washington when the first White House was burned down by the British.

My First Junior Ranger Badge

Junior RangerMy first Junior Ranger badge was in Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadia is a beautiful place because of the lakes, forest, mountains, and ocean.

To get a Junior Ranger badge I had to complete many questions in the Junior Ranger Activity Book. Most of the activities were fun. Some of the activities were a word puzzle, matching the pictures with words, tide pool bingo, and a maze. There were also learning activities. One of the learning activities I did was to find the plant that the book shows. I found a paper birch, quaking aspen, red spruce, balsam fir, white pine, and striped maple. Another thing I had to do was collect two rocks. I had to see what the difference was between the rocks like the colour, shape, and texture. Then I had to guess what type of rock it was.

Besides the activity book, I also had to talk with the Park Rangers. At a Ranger program I learned about satellites. Satellites cost about 200 million dollars and a geostationary satellite is 19 thousand miles away from Earth. I also had to have a park ranger look over the book to make sure I did the activities. Before I got the badge I had to say the Junior Ranger pledge.

I’m going to try and earn more badges during this trip at different national parks.