Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes to Washington, DC–Day 4

Hi Travel Buddies,

Sorry I have not blogged in a few days. I’ve been stuck in my hotel room with the flu! It is no fun being sick when I’m in the middle of an adventure. But, no worries now, I’m back and ready to finish my tour of Washington, DC.

State Capitol Building

My first stop is the State Capitol building. This is where congress meets and votes on laws for our country. A lot of important people go to work in this building.







State Capitol Building with Washington

Inside the building are statues of famous people. Each state gets to choose who they want to represent them. This is me with the statue of George Washington!








This is me lying on the floor looking up at the ceiling in one of the rooms.













This is what I was looking at, the cupola. That is the center of the building. Super cool!








If you want to learn more about our country’s capitol building, this is the link to the website: http://www.aoc.gov/

My next stop is the Library of Congress.




Library of Congress


If you like books, this is the place for you! I can’t wait to tell Sleepy Bear.









I was in a balcony looking down at the main floor. The lights are at desks where you can sit and study and read books. You have to be very quiet. Sssshhhh…









Inside the library is a special section for kids. This is a poster of old fashioned children’s books. It was hanging on the wall. I wish I could get a poster like this to give to Sleepy Bear.






Here is the link for more information about the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov

Well, I hope you have had as much fun as I have on my adventure to Washington, DC, even if I did get the flu. But, it’s time for me to return home so I can plan my next adventure.

Bye for now,


Monday, November 14, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes to Washington, DC–Day #3

Today I am visiting monuments and memorials. First is the Washington Monument.


This monument looks like a really huge pencil!

The Washington Monument is the most prominent structure in Washington, D.C. and one of the city's early attractions. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, stands 555' 5 1/8" tall, and offers views in excess of thirty miles. It was finished on December 6, 1884.”

Here is the link to learn more about it.


Be sure to look at the link for kids.


Next, I went to the Lincoln Memorial.It’s really huge. I had to walk up A LOT of stairs to get to the base of the memorial. Whew! I’m tired.


In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States-the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War-sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.”

Here is the link to read more:  http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc71.htm




There is also a Jefferson Memorial but I didn’t get to visit that one. But here is a picture of what it looks like:

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

I really like this one. It looks like part observatory and part Roman building.

Here is a link if you want to learn more:


World War II Monument #1



This is the National World War II Memorial.








Fifty-six granite columns, split between two half-circles framing the rebuilt Rainbow Pool with its celebratory fountains, symbolize the unprecedented wartime unity among the forty-eight states, seven federal territories, and the District of Columbia. Bronze ropes tie the columns together, while bronze oak and wheat wreathes respectively represent the nation’s industrial and agricultural strengths. Two 43-foot tall pavilions proclaim American victory on the Atlantic and Pacific fronts—on land, at sea, and in the air. Several hidden treasures appear as well, such as the famous “Kilroy was here” graffiti familiar to every veteran of the Second World War.here is a wreath for every state in the United States.”

World War II  Memorial #2


This is a fountain at the World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument and our country’s flag in the background. Super Cool!


Here is the link so you can learn more:




I hope you are having fun traveling with me in our nation’s capital city. Next, I’m going to the Library of Congress and the Capitol Building! Come along for the adventure!

Your Travel Buddy,


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes to Washington, DC, Day 2

Hi Travel Buddies,

Today we’re going to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.



This is inside the main entrance. It’s a really big room with three floors of exhibits!

I’m standing in front of a super old elephant!






Natural History Museum - #2


First, I went to the dinosaur exhibit.

And I thought I was big!









Whoa! Watch out! This dinosaur could eat me all in one bite! Do you see the dip in the skull? Those were his eye sockets.






Natural History Museum - #4




My, what big teeth you have!







Natural History Museum - #5 - Fossil Lab


Have you ever thought about being a paleontologist when you grow up? If you have, the fossil lab lets you see up close what one of your jobs might be.





Natural History Museum - #6 - Fossil Lab


This man is looking at teeny tiny bones under a huge magnifying glass. The bones are so tiny that he has to use special tweezers to hold the bones. After he knows what kind of bone he is looking at he can add it to other bones that look like it.

I would be very afraid of tipping over the entire tray of bones! What a mess that would be.




Good thing there is a glass wall between me and this hungry giraffe. He could eat me for an appetizer! Lucky for me he was not real.He is part of an exhibit of animals in their natural habitats.





Natural History Museum - #6 - My What Big Horns


Hey! My horns got bigger! Just kidding. But, these are horns from a real moose. I better eat all my fruits and vegetables so my horns will grow big and strong, too.






I hope you had fun going to the Smithsonian National Natural History Museum with me. Ask an adult to help you visit the website for lots more information about things to see and do if you go. Here is the link: http://www.mnh.si.edu/

Come back and visit in a couple of days and I’ll show you some of the famous buildings in Washington, DC.

Your Travel Buddy,


Friday, November 4, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes to Washington, DC

Hi Travel Buddies,

I finally arrived at my destination. That’s fancy for the place I planned to travel to.

Moosey-Moose Arrives at Penn Station

My first stop was Union Station.

  • On October 27, 1907, Union Station officially opened at 6:50 a.m., when the Baltimore and Ohio Pittsburgh Express pulled into the Station. The Station was ultimately completed in 1908.”

I copied that from the official website for Union Station. “Official” means it is the real website and not one written by someone who maybe doesn’t have all the facts. Here is the link so you can read more: http://www.unionstationdc.com/info/infohistory 

Outside Union Station



This is the outside of Union Station.








Later in the day I went to the Smithsonian National Zoo. But guess what? It started to rain A LOT!! I was getting soaked all the way to my fur. So I didn’t stay very long. All I got was this picture.





Moosey-Moose at the Zoo #2


And this picture of a tiger waiting for his lunch. And this wasn’t even a full grown tiger! I’m glad there was a cement wall between me and the tiger or else he might have had me for lunch!

If you want to learn more about the zoo in Washington, DC, here is the link: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/


Tomorrow I will visit the Natural History Museum. I plan to visit the dinosaurs! I hope you join me.

Your Travel Buddy,


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Moosey-Moose and His Bird Studies


Hi Friends,




I’m studying bird feeders and bird habits and habitats.






I think I need to wait until next spring for my bird friends to come back and visit me. They like to fly south for the cold winter months.




I’m taking lots and lots of notes. I want to have my bird feeders hanging outside and filled with all their favorite bird seeds when they return.






I plan to spend my winter months indoors building more bird houses. I like building bird houses. I made one and painted it red, white and blue. What colors should I use next?

But, before I start building bird houses, I need to refill my backpack with my traveling supplies. I’m going on an adventure in two days!

Check back to find out where I’m going. I’ll give you a hint. Someone very important lives in the city I’m going to.

Bye for now,


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Moosey-Moose’s Bird Feeder Takes Flight!


Hi Friends,

Something horrible happened last night during the wind storm.

Bird Feeder Falls to the Ground - Oct 2011



One of my bird feeders fell out of the tree!











This is the tree that my bird feeder used to hang from. The same tree that I had to use a ladder to climb way up high to reach the bird feeder!







The bird feeder wasn’t the only thing to fall to the ground.




A HUGE tree branch broke off the tree and landed in my backyard!

What am I going to do now?






Should I put my bird feeder back up in the tree? I wonder if the birds have already started to fly south for the winter? Maybe I should wait until spring to hang my bird feeder back in the tree?

I think it is time for me to do some more research about birds. Maybe Sleepy Bear can help me find a book. Or, maybe you can recommend a bird book for me.

Bye for now,


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Moosey-Moose Returns Home


Hi Travel Buddies,

This is the hardest part about traveling and going on adventures. The going back home part. Don’t get me wrong. I love my home. But I have A LOT of fun traveling that I just want to keep on traveling.

Time to Hit the Road Home


I had a super great time at Cameo Heights Mansion. Everyone was really nice. I especially liked all the yummy food. And the pool. And my room. And the fruit cups. And the pastries.

Okay, there wasn’t anything I didn’t like! Don’t forget to tell your parents about coming out here, too. 




Well, the good thing about going home is I get to plan my next adventure. I also get to see my best friend, Sleepy Bear, and I get to watch my birds eat their bird seed. That reminds me. I have to remember to check their bird feeders as soon as I get home.

I hope you had fun traveling with me. Now you can help me decide where I should go next!

Your Travel Buddy,


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Moosey-Moose Visits Grape Juice Country–Day #4


Hi Travel Buddies,

This morning there were 26 different kinds of fruit in my fruit dish!



Alan is super fast at slicing and making all the pieces fit in the dish. This is a fun way to start the day eating!








Some of the grape juice factories have dogs that live on the property. This is Zeke. He’s a standard poodle. He was very friendly

Okay, a little too friendly for me! Kathleen had to help me get away.





Piper Gives Moosey-Moose Puppy Kisses


This is Piper. He was a shy. I was fine to sit by myself next to him. He only gave me a few puppy kisses.






Penny's Helper In the KitchenI made it back to Cameo Heights Mansion in time to help Penny, the chef, make caramel apples. I got to help stick the pecan nuts on the outside of the apple after she dipped them in caramel sauce.

After that she was going to dip the WHOLE thing in chocolate sauce! YUM times 2!






This is another dinner that Penny made for me. It’s shrimp and scallops and rice with veggies! YUM! YUM!








I’ve learned to leave room for dessert, too. I thought I should help the apple harvest so I ordered the apple cobbler. Deanne made this from apples from her orchard. Guess what? It was YUM times 2 again!!

Well, tomorrow I have to travel back to Seattle. I’m going to miss all my new friends here at Cameo Heights Mansion and all my friends I made at the grape juice  factories. But I can always come back.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes to Grape Country–Day #3

Hi Travel Buddies,

Remember I told you about the test about how many different fruits are in the fruit cup at breakfast time? Well, this morning I am prepared.

Moosey-Moose Prepares for His Fruit Test


I got a head start writing down the fruits. So far I have pears, apples and grapes.









It helps when I’m in the kitchen with Alan when he’s slicing the fruits. And he slices A LOT of fruit!










Today there were 26 different kinds. There was papaya, dates, prunes, red watermelon, white watermelon, black licorice pieces and that’s only some of them. But it was a good thing because I have a busy day ahead of me.





Garrison Creek Cellars


My first stop was Garrison Creek Cellars. It’s called a cellar because a cellar is a room under a building and it’s kept really cold. The grape juice needs to stay cold before it’s ready to drink.






You should tell you parents about this place. I think they might like to visit. And it’s really close to the bed and breakfast where I’m staying.Here’s the link: http://www.garrisoncreekcellars.com




This is me inside the cellar. I’m sitting on a grape juice barrel. They store the grape juice in the wooden barrels until it’s ready to drink. These barrels came all the way from France! Next time I go to France I’m going to go to the barrel making factory.






Grape Juice Factory


This is more machinery in the cellar that they use to make grape juice.








This is me with David March. Mr. March knows everything about making grape juice. He was really nice to give me a tour. He gave me some white grapes to munch on. YUM!








I went outside to their vineyard and sampled some of the grapes. They were very sweet. I could almost taste the grape jelly I put on my peanut butter sammich back home! I can’t wait to tell Sleepy Bear.





More Rows of Grape Vineyards


Time for me to hit the road again. I’m going to visit another grape juice factory. And, I think I’ll meet some more new friends. Except these friends go “WOOF WOOF!”






Check back later and I’ll show you what I mean.

Your Travel Buddy,


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Moosey-Moose Makes a New Friend

Hi Travel Buddies,

I want to introduce you to my new friend. His name is Erik and he is from the Netherlands.



This is me with Kathleen and Erik and Erik’s bike. He has his bike with him because he rode all the way from Boston to Washington State! That’s  A LOT of miles. On a bike!






Map of U

Can you find Boston, Massachusetts on the East Coast and Walla Walla, Washington on the West Coast? That’s how far Erik rode his bike!




And he is planning to ride all the way to Portland, Oregon! He is on his way to visit his daughter. She works at the Nike company. I wonder if they make running shoes for me? Anyway, I told Erik to write to me when he gets to Portland.

Here’s a map to show where Erik is from:



It’s a really big area of land in Europe. Erik is from Holland. First, he flew from Holland to Boston. Then he started riding his bike across the United States.




Well, I have to get to bed. I have another big day tomorrow!

Your Travel Buddy,


Moosey-Moose Goes On An Adventure In Grape Juice Country–Day 2


Good Morning, Travel Buddies,

I got up super early so I could watch the sun wake up.

Watching the Sunrise#1


It looks like the sun is already up but it’s not. Did you know the sun rises in the east and goes to bed in the west?






Geese Flying By


While I was waiting for the sun, a flock of geese flew over me. Birds always make a “V” shape in the sky when they fly.






Watching the Sunrise#2


Look at the blueish gray color at the top. That’s the sky. Then the yellow orangish color is the sun starting to wake up. Then the black color is the earth.








The sun is peeking up over the horizon. That’s the line where the sky and earth meet.




I’m excited for a new day filled with adventures!


PreBreakfast Snack


But first I get to eat fresh baked apple pastries and tea with cream. Deanne made the pastries with apples from the apple orchard.


This is the perfect way to start the day.




Pear Carved Swan



No! This is not one of the geese flying in the sky. This is a swan. Alan makes HUGE dishes of fruit every morning.






He said he forgot to add the pear with all the other fruits so he made a special plate for the pear and he made it look like a swan! I wouldn’t try this at home. I might cut my hoof.

Another thing I learned about Alan. AFTER you eat all your fruit he tells you to write down all the different fruits you ate! I didn’t know there was going to be a test. I ate mine too fast so I didn’t do a very good job of remembering.




This is me with Deanne and some of her apple fritter pastries she made to go with breakfast. Well, they aren’t really fritters but I couldn’t pronounce the super fancy name. Maybe she will blog to me and tell me the real name for them.

Deanne and her chef, Penny, teach baking and cooking classes at the bed and breakfast. I think I will come back and learn how to make these apple pastries at home! I bet Sleepy Bear would like some to go with is hot cocoa and goo-gobs of whippy cream.


Now my tummy is super full and I’m ready to learn about making grape juice! Check back later when I start my grape juice making tour!

Bye for now,