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Home Travel Guide Travel Guide Topics Kids Korner Nature Journal & Train Travel

Nature Journal & Train Travel

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Hey kids,

    When you go exploring in the park, at the beach, or even in your own back yard, how would you like to have your very own book to draw in or to write down all the neat insects, cool looking shells, and colorful birds you see?
    The pages in “My Nature Journal” by Adrienne Olmstead are stuffed with cool games, nifty experiments, lots of interesting facts, and really fun ways to discover nature!
    How would you like to go on a woodland scavenger hunt? Or, learn how to do leaf rubbings? What has 4-toed front feet and 5-toed back feet? How about collecting pebbles to make a pebble chart?  Do you know how water beetles breathe underwater? And, what about creating your own constellation in the sky!  
    You’ll have hours of fun!
    Ask your mom and dad to check out for more information, or call 877-725-2764.

         Happy Exploring!    



   Dear Kids Korner,

    During Christmas break my family took the train from Minneapolis to Spokane to visit my grandparents .  It was really fun.  We had a big bedroom for my parents, sister and me.  It had bunk beds and our own bathroom!  
    My sister and I liked to go to the lounge car and look out the huge glass windows.  Sometimes we watched a movie, just like on the planes.  You can buy snacks downstairs, too!
    We got our meals free in the dining car.  Dad said it was because we had a sleeper.  If you go on the train, get the hamburger and prime rib–they’re pretty good.  But the best is the chocolate mud pie!
     My sister, Emily got scared going from car to car.  She’d wait until I opened the connecting doors and then run through fast!  It’s probably because she’s not as old as I am.
     At night while laying in bed, I looked out the window at the passing houses.  They were all lit up with Christmas lights–it was neat!
    Henry is our porter, he takes care of all the people in our car. He gave Emily and me treats and joked around with us.
    I really like the train.  Mom said we could go on the train again.

                        Bryan (age 10)

    Editor’s Note: Thank you Bryan for sharing your train adventure with us.  I really enjoy traveling by train, too!  Bryan and his family traveled on Amtrak’s Empire Builder route from Chicago to Seattle/Portland. This is just one of many routes offered by Amtrak.  If you’re interested in a train vacation, check out www.amtrak. com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL and request their Amtrak 2000 Travel Planner.



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