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Week of April 15, 2012

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Sunday

Holy Idaho! We are in Boston, Massachusetts. It is both the capital and largest city in the state. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the entire country! And it is the largest city in New England . Have you ever heard of New England ? It is a region in the northeastern section of the United States. It is so different here from Phoenix! In Phoenix it takes us nearly an hour to drive from one side of the city to the other. In many parts of New England , you drive to another state in an hour! The states are much smaller. Compare the size of New England states with western states on a map!

We have gotten to see many famous colleges and universities. Geo thinks that he might apply to one or two of these schools. He really likes Boston. It is beautiful. The universities and colleges have a huge impact on the economy of the city. Students alone contribute nearly $5 billion to the city’s economy each year (or maybe their parents do).

In the northern area of Boston there is a humid subtropical climate , while the southern area has a humid continental climate zone. This is because the city is coastal (fronts on the ocean) and has a large cape that extends out from the mainland south of here (Cape Cod). Summers are warm and humid. Winters are cold, windy, and snowy. Spring and fall can be warm or cool, depending on the many variables affecting the weather. Sometimes the weather is very different on the water and ten miles inland .

We hope that our clues last week made Louie realize we were in Boston. Hopefully the Massachusetts state quarter made him realize where we were going AND that he could trust us. Remember he is avid coin collector. That state quarter has a picture of a minuteman . Do you know what minutemen are? They were the colonists who were the first people to fight against the British in the American Revolution . The men were typically between 16 and 30 years of age. The minutemen were chosen for not only their strength, but also their passion, enthusiasm, and political reliability. Minutemen were well equipped and prepared to march (and fight) at a very short notice.

Boston is full of culture and history. I just hope it is also full of Louie! Uncle GT is with us now, and we are getting ready for the big day tomorrow.


     - Meri


Boston at night


The Atlantic Ocean


Another shot of the ocean

 

Map of the United States
compare the size of the New England states with the states on the west coast.


Monday

Today is a very important annual event in Boston. It is the Boston Marathon! This marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathons. It is a 26 mile race for very fit runners. This year it is on April 16. Did you know that the Boston Marathon is always on Patriot’s Day? In fact, the kids who live in this area are even OFF of school in honor of Patriot’s Day, so they can come and cheer. We sent a text to Louie telling him to meet us at the Boston Marathon finish line. We hope he shows up for once. We will have to wait and see.

Last night Meri learned about Lexington and Concord. Can you believe she wasn’t already familiar with it? We learned about it many years ago in school, but Meri must not have “there” that day. The battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements (fights) of the American Revolutionary War. The battles were the beginning of the actual fighting in the Revolutionary War. The first shots of the war were fired just as the sun was rising on April 19, 1775. The legend says that the first shot fired was “the shot heard ‘round the world.” Do you remember when Patriot’s Day is?


     - Geo


Look at all of the traffic in Boston!


Another picture of the coin we gave to Louie.


 

Famous Poem about the Battles of Lexington and Concord


Monday Night

Holy Idaho! What a race! The Boston marathon was amazing! And guess who we finally saw… LOUIE! He has quite the sense of humor. We waited and waited at the finish line. We saw many marathon runners cross the finish line. About 5 minutes after the first runner passed through, up popped his name on the scoreboard as he ran across the finish line: Louie Tollemy! Louie had decided to RUN the marathon. He must have been training all during his travels (minus the time of his head injury). We still are not sure WHY he was traveling to all those places, but we’ll find out soon. As soon as Louie grabbed some water and warm-up clothes, we were on our way together.

Uncle GT had his personal jet fueled up and ready to go. We all jumped in a cab and rushed to the airport. When we arrived at the airport, we noticed those two mysterious men were getting out of the cab behind us! Before we could protect him, they stopped Louie. We were about to call for help, and they flashed badges, explaining that they had been following Louie for the CIA all this time. Uncle GT checked out their badges and made a few calls. Holy Idaho! I can’t believe it. They weren’t bad guys; the CIA wanted the help of Louie’s famous map skills to create some updated maps for them. The agents were ordered to follow Louie until they could talk to him safely. Their mission was even more secret than ours! They just didn’t want anyone to know they were CIA agents.

Anyway, next thing you know, we were all on Uncle GT’s jet: Geo, me, Louie, Dakota (one of the CIA agents), and Rose (the other CIA agent). We flew back to Washington, D.C., and Louie finally met with the people who wanted him to create the new maps—at BOTH agencies! So this mission has come to an end. Geo and I are flying back to Phoenix tomorrow. Can you figure out what cardinal direction we flew to Washington and which cardinal direction we have to go to get home? About how far is it for us to get home?

Don’t worry, we will be updating our blog next week and hopefully answering some questions that you might have. We will probably have some final questions for YOU soon, too.


     - Meri


At the marathon


Look at the marathon runners!


The CIA agents: Rose and Dakota

 

Map of United States
Take a look at this map. Can you figure out what cardinal direction we flew going from Boston to Washington, D.C.? Which cardinal direction will we be traveling from Washington, D.C. to Phoenix, Arizona? Look at the map scale. Approximately how many miles will we be traveling going from Washington, D.C. back home to Phoenix?


Tell Geo and Meri what to do:

- Should we send Pandora a text to let her know we are on our way back to Phoenix?

- Should we just let Pandora read it here on our blog?

- Should we delay this blog post and surprise Pandora at her school?



 

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