Harpers Ferry and C&O Canal
Trip Start Mar 10, 2012
85Trip End Aug 11, 2012
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Today we drove from Shenandoah National Park to a KOA at Harpers Ferry National Park
Today I got up early and crocheted. Then, we worked on 3 explorers books. While I was working on the books I learned that an amphibian has 4 legs and can breathe under water. I also learned that frogs are not amphibians when they are tadpoles; they turn into amphibians when they are frogs! Another fact that I learned is that lichen can decompose rocks and trees. When I learned that lichen can do this I was surprised because rocks are so hard and they don't break easily. The lichen is good because it breaks things up into soil, so the forest can be cleared out and new plants can grow. Lichen is green and pronounced like this (like-en). On last good fact that I learned is that the Shenandoah Salamander only lives here in the park! After we worked on these books, we started our drive from Shenandoah National Park to Harpers Ferry National Park. When we got to Harpers Ferry, we played on a Jumping pillow (a big trampoline). Next, we went swimming and watched The Wizard of OZ. After that, we went to bed. I had a great day.
August 9 - by Katelyn
Today we walked around Harpers Ferry National Park
Today we went to Harpers Ferry National Park. Here, we learned about this place. Harpers Ferry started out as an industrial place where there were many factories. Then, this became a Civil War site, and much of the town was ruined. Many people had to leave all of their stuff behind and go away! After the Civil War stuff happened, the town was rebuilt and many floods destroyed the city. There were two BIG floods that wiped out the whole town! I saw pictures of people outside of their houses swimming in the murky water! I learned that many of the girls drowned. I probably would not have drowned because I know how to swim, but back then I don’t know if I really would have learned.