Saturday, January 17, 2015

Guest Post by Hannah: A day at the beach

My Family and I 
During winter break, My family and I went to the Santa Monica Beach. It was a really fun day. Michael and I took our scooters because we wanted to ride on the bicycle path, and Sarah, Miriam, and my mom wanted to go rollerblading.

My sisters
 The beach was very crowded that day, and we were lucky to find a parking spot right near the bike path.  Michael and I took our scooters out of our car and helped our sisters get on there roller blades. It had been a warm day, and the sky was very blue. After my sisters and my mom got there roller blades on, we started walking to the bicycle path. Michael and I went ahead of our sisters. My dog Romeo was pulling my mom while she was rollerblading. Romeo really wanted to be in front of Michael and me, so the faster we scooted the faster my dog would pull my mom. After skating and scootering for an hour, we were ready to turn around and go back to our car to each lunch. My mom brought with her sandwiches and fruit for lunch.

Michael and I

Michael climbing the rope
After we ate, we saw some bars, rings, beams, and ropes to climb. We took some chalk, and my family and I went to do some pull ups and leg lifts on the bars.  Then Sarah and I went to climb the ropes. she climbed to the top first, and then I climbed underneath her. Afterwards, we went to the rings. Since Michael was going first, we told him to hold on to the rings tight. Then we started pushing him back and forth. He was easy to push because he was light. When his hands started to hurt, he jumped off, and it was my turn. My siblings pushed me very hard and I flew up high like a bird. It was really fun.

Swinging high on the rings

Sarah practicing her beam routine for gymnastics
Then we went to the beam. We took turns playing this really fun game that we made up. We have never really made a name for this game, so we just call it knock them off. The game is played with two people on the beam, and each person has to push the other person off the beam. Michael and I played against each other, and Sarah and Miriam played against each other. Sometimes Michael pushed me off, and  sometimes I pushed him off first.

Sarah on the tight rope
Finally, we saw people trying to balance on a tightrope. My siblings and I really wanted to try balancing on it, so we asked if we could try. Sarah tried first. She was actually the best of all of us. When It was my turn to try to balance I kept on falling off, so I asked Sarah if she can hold me while I walk across it. It looked really easy when the experienced people walked the tight rope, but it was hard when I tried it. When we were done taking turns balancing on the tightrope,  it was time to go home. My family and I had an amazing time and hope to come back to the beach more often.

My sisters, brother, dog and I

What did you do over winter break?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guest Post by Hannah: Hiking at Malibu Creek Park:

A few days ago, my family and I went hiking at Malibu Creek Park. It was a warm sunny day with no clouds in the blue sky. We invited some friends of ours to go with us. As we arrived we started hiking to see the rock climbers. I could see dust coming out beneath my feet as I took every step. It smelled like horses were just walking there. My siblings and I wanted to get some exercise so we started running. Along the way we saw a high hill with rocks that we could climb. Sarah, Michael, Miriam, and I helped each other get to the top. We were planning on scaring our parents when we saw them walk by. Right when they came we said BOO! When we got down they told us that we scared them. As we continued to walk to the rock climbing wall, we saw a beautiful creek.

As we arrived to see the rock climbers we were starving. I could smell the delicious sandwiches as my mom began to unwrap each one.  After we finished eating we climbed up a high rock.  We then continued our hike to the MASH site.

Eating lunch

Malibu Creek Park was used to film many television series and movies.  Between 1972 and 1983, a television drama about the Vietnam war called MASH was filmed at Malibu creek Park.  The set had street signs, cars, and a shed. We really wanted see the inside of the car so my siblings and I climbed inside from the trunk. As we walked to the front of the car we noticed that the car didn't have any wheels or pedals.

 Once we finished exploring the MASH site, it was time to go home.  As we walked back to our car,  I was really tired and Sarah gave me a piggyback ride. When we got to our car we drove home to have lunch and take a nap. 

Describe your favorite hiking spot?