(Originally Posted on Wix.com, August 26, 2016)
This summer, I went to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. We saw bison, bears, bighorn sheep, wolves, and more. Yellowstone is a sort of magical place, the geysers and mountains feeling so surreal, if you told me I was on Mars I would believe you. My favorite part of the Yellowstone trip was when we visited Grand Prismatic Springs. It was so beautiful.
We saw our first bears, black bears, on the same day we went to Lamar Valley. We saw a bunch of people gathered, and we stopped to figure out what they were looking at. It turned out that a mother black bear was teaching her cubs how to climb trees. They were really cute. Bison and elk are everywhere in Yellowstone. We got stuck in a traffic jam because a huge herd of bison crossed the road.
I learned a few facts about bison while I was there. Baby bison are red (I saw some!) and because of that, they’re called red dogs. We met some people who had telescopes, and they let us take a look. Far away, through the telescope, we saw bighorn sheep with curly horns and a wolf den with little wolf cubs in it. They were adorable.
The view of the mountains in Grand Tetons National Park are just amazing, only paralleled by the Grand Canyon. It looks like you’re standing in the middle of a painting – like the mountainsides are fake. I loved both parks because I enjoyed hiking through nature and seeing animals everywhere. The more optimistic you are, the more you’ll like it. The air is fresh, the wind is cool, and it’s super fun to just hike on the mountains. That’s really all I have to say about Yellowstone, but I am slightly worried about school starting soon.
School for me starts in about a week and a half, on Thursday. We have a few new teachers, and I’m going into 8th grade. So, I’ve decided to honor my last few nights of freedom with a poem.
There was a girl who smiled bright,
But only in the dead of night
For something in the light of day
Took her happiness away
It was called education,
The awful thing that swept the nation
Homework filled her precious life
But only gave her grief and strife
So don’t be an utter fool
Say no to evil school
Help those who cannot smile
Ditch your homework for a while.
Last year, for an assignment, I turned in the above poem. I got a C for ‘rhythm’ reasons. I’ve also decided I’m going to try to do something I’ve never done before… pay attention in class. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but I think I’ll give it a try. I’m making a commitment to not spending all year drawing cats, dragons, and other random designs, but to instead listen to the teacher. Wish me luck, wish me a lot of luck!
I also just might try studying. I mean, studying. It literally has the word ‘dying’ in it. How could it be a good thing? I’ll do it anyways. I’ll even study for reading. Speaking of, in 8th grade, we’ll be reading a book called ‘Animal Farm’. I don’t know anything about this book besides a revolution and some animals put together. We’re reading some other books but I don’t know what they are. Also, it might be a little bit harder to update frequently with school, but I’ll try to update often.