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:




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,


Monday, September 26, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes On An Adventure to Grape Juice Country!

Hi Travel Buddies,

At the last minute I planned a trip to Touchet and Walla Wall, Washington.

Map of Washington


This is a map of Washington State. I traveled by car all the way from Seattle to Walla Walla.






The Mansion


This is where I stayed. It’s a bed and breakfast called Cameo Heights Mansion. You should tell your parents about this place. I bet they would like to have a vacation. Here is the link with all the information: 


Alan and Deanne are the owners. You can tell them I told you about their mansion.




Cameo Heights Mansion Grand Entrance

This is the grand entrance. It’s grand because it’s super big! On one side is the office and on the other side is a living room with a piano and a harp and chairs and a sofa and a fancy French sofa called a chaise lounge. I only looked because I didn’t want to get anything messy.







After I checked-in I got to spend some time in the backyard before dinner time.

This is me on the balcony. Down below is a swimming pool with a waterfall. See all the green plants in the background? Those are apple trees. I told Kathleen those are A LOT of apples for A LOT of apple pies! YUM!





Fish Chowder


Finally! Dinner time. Cameo Heights Mansion has its own restaurant called The Vine. My first night I had a fish chowder. I like fish. Penny is the chef. She made this all by herself. Oh, tell your parents about the restaurant, too. Here’s the link: 

Tell Penny I said hello!





I ordered a New York Steak with potatoes and corn. This was my main dish. Fancy restaurants call this the entrée. I felt super grown up!








I can’t believe I ate the whole thing! I felt like taking a nap.









But not until after I ate dessert! Tonight I had Mud Pie! That’s my kind of pie! On the bottom is a chocolate brownie and gooey chocolate sauce and caramel sauce and whippy cream (Sleepy Bear would like that part the best!) and strawberries on top.






picture of asian suite


After all that super yummy food, I was ready to go to sleep. This is my room. And, I got the whole bed to myself!



Check back later and I’ll take you to the place where they make grape juice!

Your Travel Buddy,


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Moosey-Moose’s Last Day at the SAM

Hi Friends,



Here are some armor helmets worn by Romans hundreds of years ago. I would need one specially made for me to fit over my horns.






Porcelain Room


This is the porcelain room. I was super careful because I didn’t want to break anything. Sleepy Bear says I’m clumsy.





Taking a Rest



Well, time to wrap up my adventure to the Seattle Art Museum. There was a bench with a built-in pillow so I decided to take a rest.





I had a super fun time spending the morning at the Seattle Art Museum. I hope you had fun going with me! Next time I want to have lunch in the restaurant. They have yummy looking pastries and fruits and veggies, too.

Bye for now,


Friday, September 16, 2011

Moosey-Moose and More Art at SAM

Hi Friends,

I’m glad you’re back!

Silver Coat

This was the first exhibit I saw on the main exhibit floor. A very nice lady who works at the museum told me the artist is Korean. He made this warrior coat out of “dog tags”. But they aren’t the kind your pet doggy wears. Nope. “Dog tags” are also the metal identification tags that soldiers wear.

The artist made hundreds of them. That’s a lot of hard work.




This is a huge sculpture of a mouse standing over a sleeping man. The museum lady told me adults dream about big mice all the time. I’m glad I dream about going on adventures and not huge rodents!





These are masks and headdresses. The information card said they are from the 1900s. That’s over 100 years old!





Totem Similarities


What do you think? I think we are very similar.






Moosey-Moose Takes a Break in the Kids' Room

Time for me to take a break. There is a super fun family room at the museum. It’s for kids to play and learn about art. Sleepy Bear would be proud of me for taking a break to read some art books!



I hope you are enjoying my museum trip with me. If you want to go with your family, here’s the link for more information:

Check back tomorrow for more art with me as your tour guide!

Bye for now,


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes to the Seattle Art Museum

Hi Friends,

I had a great morning! I went to the Seattle Art Museum. Maybe you’ve heard of the SAM? Well, it’s the same place.

Admission Ticket


This is me all ready to go with my admission ticket. I got there early so I didn’t have to wait in line.







Main Entrance with Big Statues

This is the main entrance. The stairs take you to big meeting rooms. Good thing I didn’t have any meetings this morning!






Cars Sparking - 1


In the main lobby where you get your ticket there are cars hanging from the ceiling. I don’t understand why they did that. My reading and writing teacher, Kathleen, says it’s a form of art!







This is me on the third floor looking down over the lobby. You can see more cars hanging upside down. Oh, the sparklies are wires that light up and flash. That part reminds me of the fourth of July!




Check back tomorrow and you can see more exhibits with me at the Seattle Art Museum.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Moosey-Moose Goes On An Adventure


Hi Traveling Buddies,

Tomorrow I am going on an adventure. I’ll give you some hints.

It is someplace in downtown Seattle.

It is someplace I have never been before.

I have been to a place like the one I’m going to tomorrow but it was in a different city.

It is a place that has lots of things hanging on the walls.

Can you guess where I’m going? Write to me and tell me your guesses.

Bye for now,


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Moosey-Moose Feeds the Birds - Again

Hi Friends,

It’s hard work waiting for an agent or an editor to publish my book. So, while I’m waiting, I’M FEEDING THE BIRDS!

High Up In The Sky


Whoo Whoo! Look at me! I’m on top of the world! Filling up bird feeders is super fun.







Climbing the Ladder



Now I get to climb a ladder so I can fill the bird feeder that hangs from a very tall tree in my backyard. The branches almost touch the clouds. Wish me luck!





Ta Da!




Ta Da! I made it to the top. And I filled the bird feeder with seeds.





I think it’s time for me to plan my next adventure. Or, maybe I can visit another classroom and talk about writing my book and Sleepy Bear can talk about reading it!

Bye for now,