Sunday, March 12, 2017

W e s t m i n s t e r W o o d s ! ! !



We just completed an amazing week of environmental education at Westminster Woods. We hiked at day and at night, we went to the tide pools, we saw the tallest trees in the world, we took part in a campfire, we creek walked, we played on the cargo net, in the gaga pit, on the playground, and we had incredible fun hanging out with our friends. 

This blog is your opportunity to tell the world what you thought about your trip. As a writer, tell your reader what you enjoyed and tell us why you liked those things. Pick as many topics as you wish about which to write, but be sure you explain WHY you enjoyed those things. You need to avoid just telling what you did on this trip. The task is to explain why you liked, or didn't like, certain parts of your experience. You needn't write about everything, just the highlights. 

As always, be sure your spelling and conventions are strong. Check that sentence structure, and be sure that you are communicating with precision and accuracy. 

Have fun with this and let's see how many comments we can get! Be sure to check out each other's writings, and let's inform our worldwide audience about our week at Westminster Woods. 


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  1. This will be a bit challenging, there was sooo much fun things at west minster woods, it will be hard to decide which ones to choose and use.

    -Nicole

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  2. Trying to narrow down so many good ideas is just as challenging as trying to think of something even though nothing comes to mind. Still, I'd rather have too much material to use rather than not enough. I am looking forward to the ideas you all create about our week in the woods!

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  3. My favorite parts of Westminster Woods were going to the tide pools, going on the morning hike, playing on the cargo net with Mr. Lamarr and playing at the playground. I liked playing on the playground for a vary of reasons. First, I like playing on the playground because under the tire bridge as an area that can fit about five people. Me and some other classmates would squeeze into the spot while playing hide-and-seek tag. It was tons of fun. Second, there is a tire swing and above it, there is a little hole where someone could fit. There was always a small line to go up and down. Third, there are a ton of cool hiding spots and secret places that I snuck into. I like playing with Mr. Lamarr on the cargo net for a few reasons. First, Mr. Lamarr bounced the cargo net up and down, making girls and boys fly everywhere! It was awesome. Second, Mr. Lamarr threw people when they tried to jump on him. Third, at the same time as shaking the cargo net, Mr. Lamarr was talking like crazy about cool stuff like if four adults went to each corner and started to shake, how hard will they shake and what it would look like. First, we found all sorts of creatures. We found m. I enjoyed going to the tide pools for a couple of reasons, chitons, a sculpin, a sea star eating a mussel, a chiton eating a mussel, sea stars, seals, eels, and nudibranchs. Second, I enjoyed meeting new people while exploring. I also meet a few adults. Third, I enjoyed going wherever I wanted. You didn’t have to stay in one specific area. You could venture far and wide. Fourth, you didn’t have to stick with your naturalist. In fact, you could go where no other people are!

    I loved Westminster Woods buy there is one thing I disliked. I disliked that I barely got any sleep. I’m in for having fun all day but by 9:00 p.m, I was worn out. I disliked that very much because I just love to sleep! That is it.

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    1. Wonderful blog Elizabeth!

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    2. Cool! I loved your blog!

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    3. There are many fun things to do at Westminster Woods. I can't believe we got on the cargo net only on the last day. It was fun though!

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    4. Thanks a million guys!

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  4. Nice Blog Lizzy!

    -Alexandra

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    1. great blog Lizzy!

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    2. Thanks. But there a lot of spelling errors.

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  5. Westminster Woods Favorite Part: There was a lot of good parts on my Westminster Woods trip, but my favorite part was going to Salt Point State Park. Salt Point is a state park filled with tide pools.Boy,was it interesting! There was so much life in the tide pools! I saw California Mussels,Sea Anemones,Sea Stars, an eal, a squid, Acorn Barnacles, Sea Sponges, Limpets,Hermit Crabs, and Porcelain Crabs. There was some Sea Stars with five sides, four sides, six sides, and eight sides.You never know what you’ll see in the tide pools.I recommend you go to Salt Point State Park. A tide pool is like a little city of sea animals, but there is way more animals in the Pacific Ocean just we don’t see these animals very often. As I looked for creatures, I saw the beautiful waves crashing on the seashore. I would like to acknowledge
    the whole Westminster Woods Staff for making this whole thing possible including the amazing trip to Salt Point State Park. I would specifically like to thank Redwood for being a great naturalist and teaching me things I hadn’t known before. Again, there was a lot of good parts at Westminster Woods,but my favorite part was going to Salt Point State Park.

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    1. Good blog Charlie!

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    2. Nice analogy of the tide pools to a little city of sea animals. It's the truth!

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  6. Westminster woods
    Westminster woods was so fun! I can’t choose which subject to talk about first! I’ll talk about the tide pools first. The tide pools were awesome! I really liked the octopus and the way it moved around and how slimy it was. Also I liked the sea star eating the mussel too. I also was kind of creped out seeing the porcelain crab and the hermit crab walking on me.
    Now I will talk about Armstrong woods. Armstrong redwoods was fun and beautiful. The redwood sorrel was kind of sour but good. It was so green and awesome with the creek flowing by the trail that we went on. I really liked the Parson Jones Tree it was really fascinating.
    Now just about the camp in general. It was totally amazing! The food was great, the cabins were great, and everything else. So in all Westminster woods was AWESOME!!!

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    1. Nice Grant! Great blog!

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    2. Short but still very descriptive! Wonderful blog Grant!

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    3. Nice blog Grant!

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    4. Sounds like you had a great trip, Grant! You didn't mention getting coffee! That was the BEST!

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  7. Westminster Woods
    At Westminster Woods I had fun at the tide pools. At the tide pools I had fun jumping rock to rock and finding cool animals. There was a tiny octopus swimming through the water. Octopuses are hard to find. I also found a sea star eating mussels. A porcelain crab was stuck between the mussels. There were so many gumboot chitons. A sea star that was dead. It had a disease, and it looked like something was trying to eat it. It was red and white. I saw a sea anemone open up which was awesome.
    At the Armstrong Redwoods there were so many super tall redwoods! They were super cool! Some of the trees had goosepens. I went in some and when I flashed my flashlight up there were lots of spider webs and condensation. There were many trees that fell over. I could see their cool roots reaching out in every direction. I saw a tree cookie and looked at its history. I couldn’t believe how old it was! There was a big log that fell over that had carvings in it. I thought people did it, but bugs actually did it. The carvings looked like people carrying baskets with designs. The bugs carved a cool picture. I couldn’t believe bugs actually did that!
    One morning I went on the morning hike. It was really fun! We crossed the creek over logs and branches. We also took a picture on the rocks near the creek. On the night hike we learned how bats use echolocation. We played a fun game where someone is a bat and other people are bugs. The bat had to use echolocation to find the bugs to eat. We also used deer ears to hear our naturalist whispering far way. It was cool how I could hear way better with deer ears. Then my naturalist gave us mint lifesavers. I looked in my partner’s mouth when he was chewing it. When he crunched on it I could see little lights. It was very cool. After a while I was tired and wanted to go to bed. But I still had to take a shower and get ready for bed.
    At the campfire it was fun but annoying at the same time. It was fun singing and dancing but people kept singing annoying song. Also everybody was flashing their flashlights everywhere. I liked the banana slug song and scat song but I thought the bubble gum song was super annoying. Even after the campfire people kept on singing the song. I was super annoyed. After the songs Redwood showed her tracking skills. She would go in the woods with a group of kids. While she was doing that a kid would walk around and pick up an item then put it back. Then redwood would come back. She would try to figure out what item the person picked up. We did it a couple times. She would always get it right. How wondered how she did that. It was amazing!
    At recreation time it was fun on the cargo net but it was super wet and people kept falling through the holes. Also people’s things were falling too. It was fun on the hard and fun way to the tree house but when i got to the treehouse it was kind of boring. The gaga pit seemed fun but it was super muddy and people that went in there got really dirty. The playground is cool. I liked going up and down through the tires. On the tube slide lots of people went at once so everybody got pushed in it.
    Overall i had a great time, but I think some changes would of made it better.


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    1. Great blog Corin!

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    2. Awesome blog Corin! I absolutely agree with everything in your very descriptive paragraphs!

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    3. Great details about your trip, Corin! You seem to have had fun. I loved the morning hikes this year! I am glad you came.

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  8. Westminster Woods was a great experience and great field trip. On the field trip I enjoyed the tide pools. At the tide pools there were mostly gumboot chitons, sea anemones, and sea stars. The thing I enjoyed the most was the eels, octopus, and sculpin. The other things there were California mussels, acorn and gooseneck barnacles, porcelain crabs, and hermit crabs. On the same day, I fell asleep in the car on the way back from the tide pools. When my car got back to Westminster Woods everyone in my car said that they saw me walking to the cabins. When in reality, I was really sleeping in the car. When my class realized I was missing, everyone panicked. In my opinion that was really funny.
    Another thing I liked was going to Armstrong Redwoods. At Armstrong, my hiking group saw a fallen log that looked like the head of a dinosaur. My hiking group also saw two of the tallest trees in the world. These trees were called Parson Jones and Colonel Armstrong. Another awesome thing at Armstrong was that there was a tree cookie. A tree cookie is where someone cuts down a tree, takes only a part of the tree, and marks historical events on the rings of the tree. I also liked flipping logs to see if there were slugs, snails, and salamanders under them.
    The other thing I liked was ripping up the fortunes and making them tell different things. My teacher's fortune was “Next Tuesday will be filled with joy and good surprises.” We changed it to “Next Tuesday will succ.” Mine was “Art will fill you with joyment.” Mine was changed to “Fart with joyment.”
    The things I didn't like were the breakfasts. The one main thing I did not like at all was there was no bacon at breakfast. The other thing I did not like was the ham and cheese croissant. There was too much cheese in it, and it did not taste good.

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    1. Really great job Isaac! It was actually really funny when we knew the motive of you " going missing "

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    2. I didn't exactly panic when you were missing, but I was growing quite concerned! It was a fun week. No mention of coffee? That was awesome!

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  9. “The Bacon-less Woods”

    In spite the fact that there was no bacon at breakfast, I had a great time at Westminster Woods.

    I enjoyed meeting my naturalist, Sabertooth, because he was a funny guy. He could make the most boring stuff seem interesting, just like Mr. La Marr always does. At the end of the day on Tuesday, we went to campfire. I enjoyed the campfire even though it felt a lot longer than I thought it was going to be. Other than that, I had a lot of fun singing the “Bazooka Bubblegum” song.

    The tide pools were fun and amazing. We saw a lot of sea creatures that I have not seen before in real life. Some of the sea creatures I was able to observe were eels, octopus, sculpin, and chitons to name just a few. The tide pools on Wednesday was one of the best parts of the day. The second best part of Wednesday was when we did the night hike. I could hear the creek, different animals, and enjoyed the quiet darkness. Between the tidepools and the night hike, Wednesday was a very full day.

    What I didn't like was when someone else and I missed the morning hike. We just stayed in the cabin the and it was so boring. Out of boredom, we decided to help out with the Kitchen Prep, K.P. Later we read a book, and played at the playground. Overall, Thursday morning was a little boring after all of the excitement of Wednesday.

    I liked Armstrong Redwoods a lot because the redwoods there were taller than those at Westminster Woods. There were a lot of good picture opportunities. I only had 7 pictures left on my camera, so I took 6 out of the 7 pictures of the redwoods. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the watersheds as much as everything else. What I did enjoy about watersheds was the video at the end, so parts of the video were just plain funny. It was also funny when Mr. La Marr got nicknamed Mr. Lar Marr.
    On Friday, we went to the creek we saw water striders. I also went to the cargo net with almost the entire class and Mr. La Marr. The food at Westminster Woods food was pretty good. I enjoyed breakfast and lunch. However, i didn't enjoy the dinners as much. I didn’t care for raviolis, tacos, or the teriyaki chicken. I thought the breakfasts were great except for the fact that there was no bacon. I probably would have enjoyed the breakfast more if there was bacon.


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    1. love your title so funny!Great descriptions and attention to detail!I agree Sabertooth was funny guy!

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    2. I sord of agree with your title. Yes, there was no bacon. No, bacon does not taste good. (In my opinion!) Anyhow, I like your topic sentance and how its so funny that it hooks me in! LOL!! :)

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    3. The title though... XD!!! Great blog Gavin!

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    4. The title is just weird!

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    5. Well done, Gavin. You did a great job of explaining why you like the things at camp that you enjoyed. Sorry you missed that morning hike!

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  10. THE BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE

    Westminster Woods was a great experience for me. My favorite part was the tide pools. We found an octopus crawling along the rocks in perfect camouflage. When put in an abalone shell it turned a beautiful reddish brown color. We found many gumboot chitin each about 7” long. As we were there we also saw a muscle being eaten by a sea star. This slow process ended as we left. I saw the shell split in half as I was leaving. All of the things that we saw were amazing.

    Being able to see one of the tallest known tree species in the world was so cool. The bark on the coast redwoods was such a beautiful color. We saw the tallest and the widest tree in Armstrong Redwoods. On the tallest tree I saw a vine of poison oak growing up the trunk. I loved seeing the different patterns in the bark, they were all so unique.

    While on hikes and even at Armstrong Redwoods I found many banana slugs. The banana slugs were very slimy and would slowly slither across the ground or a tree. My friends and I got to kiss several banana slugs! That was so awesome and so weird.

    I think that Westminster Woods is the best field trip ever! Everyone should get a chance to go there. It was an amazing and exciting experience for me!

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    1. I totally agree with everything you said. Great job Breana!!

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    2. It honestly was the best week of my life! Everything you said was pitch perfect! Great job Breana!

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    3. Nice description in the redwood paragraph, Breana! You conclusion is correct, in my opinion! I am glad you had an excellent week.

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  11. Fun at Westminster Woods
    Westminster Woods was an awesome experience to get out into the woods and hang out with your friends. I liked the cargo net and the time we had in the cabins. On the first day, it was hard for me to find my way around the camp. I loved recreation time because this was the time where people can go where you want to play and to me, it’s a super fun free time. All the food in the dining hall is awesome. I loved that they let you have seconds.
    On the second day of Westminster Woods, it was tide pooling. It was nothing what I imagined it to be. There was a lot more animals than I thought there would be.
    The ride there was long but worth it. I saw so many tide pool animals and my favorite one was the octopus. It was so fast and slimy. I also liked walking on all those rocks.
    The third day was Armstrong Redwoods. I liked that there were so many different plants and that tree cookie. What I didn’t like was that it was so muddy. The Parson Jones tree was so tall! The stage place where we ate lunch was so cool. It was fun to jump from bench to bench. When we got back, I was disappointed because it was so fun in the woods.
    The final day was so sad since we had to leave our cabins and all the fun. In all I thought that Westminster Woods was awesome and I would love to go there again.

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    1. Outstanding job Raymond! I totally agree I would LOVE to go to Westminster Woods again!

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    2. We did have a lot of animals in the tide pools this year! It sounds like you had fun. I agree that the last day is kind of sad. It comes so quickly!

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  12. One of my favorite parts of Westminster Woods was the first hike with Mr. La Marr. We were creek walking. We got to see the flowing creek. I liked it because it was a nature scene that cannot be captured anywhere else. The water flowing over the rocks was absolutely amazing. I had never seen anything like it. I have been to many rivers and none have been quite the same, quite this clean. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
    Another one of my favorite parts was when we were at the tide pools. I liked the tide pools because we found such a variety of animals. My favorite animal we found was the octopus. It was red and green and rare to find. I liked finding it because last time I was at Salt Point State Park I didn’t see one. Another one of my favorite parts was when we found eels. I saw two of the eels. It was a surprise because I did not know that you could find an eel at Salt Point. I also liked the fact that we got to touch all the animals including the chitin.
    I liked when we went to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. We saw some of the tallest trees in the world. It was beautiful to see. I liked the fact that there were so many different kinds of undergrowth and trees besides coast redwoods. I liked it because we got to learn in a different environment and not cooped up in a classroom. We did a nature treasure hunt where we found places that were beautiful and drew those nature scenes. I really liked drawing a mini waterfall, reiterated tree trunk and goose pen. I liked drawing in my notebook because when I’m older I can see what I did.
    Overall I liked being in nature for a week, outside of the city. Westminster Woods was my favorite field trip that I have been on.

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    1. Great Blog Morgan!! I really enjoyed how u discribed the way u felt about the eels, and how they were a surprise!!!


      ~Nicole~

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    2. wow Morgan u described Westminster Woods so well. I agree Nicole the eels were surprising.

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    3. That is so epic and deep!! great j zob

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    4. Amazing blog Morgan! I totally agree with everything you said!

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    5. Fantastic blog Morgan! You did really good, and everything you said was perfect!~

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    6. Nicely done, Morgan. You did a great job of describing the scenes for the reader. Creek walking is so fun! It was a great way to start a great week!

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  13. Being at Westminster Woods was awesome and adventurous. One awe-filling time I had at Westminster Woods was going on the morning hikes with Mr. Lamarr. The first morning we went to overlook trail. I really enjoyed this hike, as I discovered many new nature plants and animals I have never seen before. The astonishing plants and animals we saw along the way were poison oak, Douglas fir, redwoods, tan oaks, and grass. The animals were banana slugs, birds, and a salamander. At the top of the trail was a very gorgeous view that was mind-blowing. It looked as if a talented artist had drawn the amazing fog picture. The second morning hike, we went down to Dutch Bill Creek. I experienced adventure when we had to walk on a fallen tree to cross the river. The tree was so slippery, old and has deep holes that are colossal so I was scared that it was going to break at any time. When I was walking across the tree, I had to grab on Mr. Lamarr’s hand for balance. I had another adventure when we were walking across the rocks, and it was so slippery, one boy fell from the rocks to the freezing cold water.
    At night time, we had a campfire. I really enjoyed singing the banana slug song with my friends, and meeting new friends from Pershing School. I cherished the banana slug song because it was a nice opening to Westminster Woods and catchy and fun to dance. Singing with my friends was an unique experience I had never done before with my friends out in the woods. My friends and I were mostly dancing with the song in our seats without getting up from our seats. It was amazing to meet new friends since I usually don’t have the chance to meet new friends from a different school out in woods.
    On the next day, we went tide pooling, whose exact location is at Salt Point. I was so excited to discover sea stars, sea urchins, sea anemones, octopi, gumboot chitons, mussels, crabs, and hermit crabs on the beach. My favorite was the sea star. Most of the sea stars we found were bat stars, and they were shaped like stars, and I really enjoy looking at stars. Since there was so many sea stars at the tide pools, I could see many of my favorite things. Some of the sea stars were the size of my palm, while some the size of three heads. I also liked the sea anemones when I touched the tentacles, it was trying to pull me towards the mouth, but of course, it wasn’t strong enough. I also liked how it was sticky, and so I would always shriek of surprise when I touched it. Sometimes I saw a sea anemone eating a mussel, and sometimes I saw sea stars eating crabs and mussels. It was awesome when I saw the sea stars eating the mussels. The sea star pulled its stomach out of its mouth to pry open the mussel. Too bad for the mussel to become lunch for the sea star or sea anemone!
    On Thursday, we went to Armstrong Redwoods. At Armstrong Redwoods, we hiked for about 6 hours uphill and reached the canopy level. It was adventurous and exercising when we were hiking. I did many hours of tiring walking, but the good thing about it is I got to see many cool nature items; such as tan oak, redwood, Douglas fir, madrone, redwood sorrel, sword fern, and giant sequoia. When we were hiking down and towards the “valley”, we were walking in a much different habitat than the canopy level. Up in the canopy level, or known as “uphill”, it was very sunny, hot, and bright. Down in the understory, it was dark, cool, and enchanting. I liked the valley a bit more. Down in the valley, there was the huge famous trees, like big-foot, and Hyperion. Also, down in the valley, it had a lot of redwood sorrel that looks like a gorgeous lilac!
    Westminster Woods is a once-in-a-life-time trip, and it was the best trip I’ve ever been to!! Overall, the food was good. Breakfast was my favorite meal. Coffeecake was my favorite dessert. Westminster Woods is a very awesome, adventurous, and unforgettable educational program that everyone should attend to.

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    1. u picked great things to write about love your details.

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    2. Great job Nicole! You did a really descriptive piece!

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    3. Great explanations of why you like the ideas about which you wrote. You described the trip very well, and you included many great ideas, Nicole. I don't remember anyone falling into the water on our morning hikes; we helped each other a lot on those! I do know someone fell in during the creek study on the last day, though!

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  14. My trip at Westminster Woods was amazing! I liked when my friends and I got to see our cabin. The beds were soft and it was like a cute little house. I chose the top bunk bed and used my sleeping bag.
    The day we went tide pooling was my very favorite, because I got to see a sculpin and a big starfish that was eating a California Mussel. I also loved when one of my classmates found a baby octopus, which is hard to find. At the tide pools, I had a great learning experience just like at Armstrong Redwoods. At Armstrong Redwoods, I liked the hike, because the trees were lush and green, the flowers were blooming and full of color, and the critters were busy looking for food. I learned that the Parson Jones Tree is the tallest redwood tree in Armstrong Redwoods measuring 310 feet in height. My hiking group and I saw many cool shaped trees like the icicle tree, which looked like it had icicles on it, and, of course, the Parson Jones Tree. I really enjoyed hugging the hugging-tree. It was fun trying to get our whole group to see if we can go all around the diameter of the redwood tree. When we got back to camp, we had lunch, which was delicious. I liked the yummy ravioli and the crunchy, sugary churros for dessert. After lunch, we had recreation time, which is an hour recess. I enjoyed playing gaga pit. It was fun, exciting, and noisy.
    The following morning, my cabin friends and I woke up and went on a hike with Mr. Lamarr. I liked when we went across logs to get to the other side of Dutch Bill Creek. That made it an adventurous hike! These are all the things I did like about Westminster Woods.
    The only thing I did not like about Westminster Woods was the shower situation and their bathrooms. The bathrooms were dirty and it was really hard to take a shower. Other than the showers, I liked everything else on my great trip at Westminster Woods!

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    1. Nice blog Sophia!

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    2. Good work, Sophia. I am glad you enjoyed your week at camp. It is an awesome place to spend four days!

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  15. Are we aloud to use pictures?

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  16. My favorite thing about Westminster Woods was visiting Salt Point State Park. I was able to see an octopus, a sea star eating a clam, and I found a sculpin. I also found an open sea anemone and it was surprisingly strong. It almost had my finger for lunch!

    My second favorite part of the trip was going on an early morning hike with Mr. La Marr, crossing the creek, and hiking on the other side. I also liked the morning hike to The Overlook. The view was amazing because you could see the redwoods towering above the mist.

    The food was also amazing. On Thursday night, we had Chinese Food for dinner and on Friday I had coffee cake for breakfast.

    The week at Westminster Woods inspired me to camp in my backyard overnight. I set up the tent by myself and remembered my time among the redwoods

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    1. I keep saying that the food is not Chinese but it's a great blog anyway I think you should make your blog longer

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    2. Great blog Micah! The morning hikes were really fun! Totally agree.

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    3. @Elias-it was definitely Americanized "Chinese" food!

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    4. Nice blog, Micah. I like that the trip inspired you to camp out in your backyard. That is awesome!

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  17. CHASES EPIC BLOG TO THE MIZ AX!!!!


    Oh my god!! I’m thinking in my head as I feel the leather on the chair of the car going to WESTMINISTER WOODS!!! The dad that’s driving pulls out of the sand lot and onto the paved road with dotted lines that leads me to the adventurous, surely epic Westminster woods!! As we were driving Christopher and Artur encouraged me and Gavin to have a rap battle!! Super fun!!! And then it was time to turn into the parking lot of camp grounds!! The first thing I thought was ‘’when is taco night?’’ My shoe touched the concrete before I kissed it. The first thing I did was run and dress up my part of the bunk bed, the place I will rest my head for 3 straight nights!!! After the councilors gave us prep time my school and the perching school had a meeting in the box car, which is basically the meeting room. We discussed how to respect nature and the rules on campus. Then we had recreation time. My highlight of rec time was the incredible gaga pit they had going! It was so fun and addicting that it turned out to be one of the many reasons I did not want to leave! The dinners were always a highlight of the night. One night the ‘’special’’ desert was churros!! Then I rested my head for the first time since I had been at camp. Well if you want to back it up first me and Gavin had a rap battle in the cabin. The next day we woke up and had pancakes for breakfast. We went through that day by going to the TIDE POOLS!!! It was so fun! We found a number of creatures but I will only name 5. We found anemones, red crabs, octopuses, eel, and gigantic starfish. The only bad part is that the rocks were very slippery and some people fell in the gentle flowing water of THE TIDE POOLS. And then….. They just got back up. All I had to do was lift a rock and I found a red crab which scurried out like a red crab would and tried to hide. My friend found an octopus which was really cool and like the whole mob of people rushed over to admire the fascinating creature. The next day we went to Armstrong Redwoods which was super fun! we saw the icicle tree and the Popeye tree. It was so incredible!!! Ma y overall favorite part was the gaga pit.There is completely no way anyone could forget how magic is made in front of your eyes at Westminster woods!!

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    1. Great blog Chase! Even though I didn't attend the gaga pit your paragraph about it made me sort of regret my choices! Again amazing work!

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    2. Great introduction and closing, Chase. You have some great description in here!

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  18. What I think of Westminster woods is the place is wonderful you don’t really get board. My favorite parts at Westminster Woods was the tide pooling, Cargo net with Mr. La marr, and trying to moonwalk in the cabins before bedtime. The tide pools was first on my list so I’ll talk about it first. At the tide pools you can start to venture off on your own, by the way we went to Salt Point. At the tide pools I found Giant Sea Stars Sea, Anemones, and Octopi. The next thing I want to tell you about is the Cargo net with Mr. La marr. This was so fun when Mr. La marr got on and started shaking the Cargo Net. Me and some friend tried to tackle Mr. La marr but we fell because of the earthquake which was funny. Last but not the least the moon walking I was basically doing it by myself. So I was in my pajamas and I walked to the middle of the cabin spun around and did the total fail version of the moon walk. Over all Westminster woods is the best place on earth.
    Thank you: Redwood and Mr. La marr
    From: Adam

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    1. Stunning job Adam! You did super good and your whole blog was super intriguing!
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    2. I wish I could have seen the moon walk! The cargo net was fun. It was so brief this year, though. Sounds like you had a good week, Adam.

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  19. After a 2 hour drive, I suddenly heard a screech from my friends. I, then looked over the window and saw the westminster woods sign. We were finally here! Then instantly I knew that I was about to have the best week of my life!

    There were so many amazing experiences I had at westminster woods but I have to say the Tide Pools was one of the best experiences I had. At the tide pools, there was such a variety of sea creatures such as sea anemones, sea stars, porcelain crabs, chitons, eels and so many more! All the animals were so colorful and the best part is, they were all so different and beautiful in their own ways! Tide pools were full of creatures but a fellow classmate found a sea creature that isn’t usually found in the tidepools, it was an octopus! A speedy, grey octopus! It was so exciting plus with the wonderful ocean view and a fantastic weather I almost thought I was in a dream! The tide pools was definitely one of the motives of me having the best week ever!!!


    Though it was pretty tiring, the Morning hikes still contributed on me having the best week of my life! When I woke up from a wonderful sleep my friends were getting ready to get on the morning hike with Mr. La Marr. At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go but I did, and as I hiked uphill to the crossover look, I realized that this beautiful view was worth waking up early! When you’re at the top of the Crossover look, the view is so incredible, as if you’re staring on a painting! It was just so breathtaking I thought I was going to faint! The second morning hike was not like the first, it did not have a breathtaking view and we did not hike uphill but we still did have loads of fun! When we walked across the BIG log across the creek I was honestly scared that I was gonna trip over onto something and fall into the creek but luckily, luck was on my side that day! We walked for over an hour and explored and talked about the things we should watch out for when we’re out in nature. And thanks to the talk I got a chance to look at the nature in a whole new way! Plus I got to notice and admire the wonderful animals to the sound of the water in the creek. All I can say is, that morning hikes weren’t only AMAZINGLY fun but also a great way to pay more attention at the beautiful world around us.


    Even though we had to hike for about three hours straight, Armstrong Redwoods was still a truck load of fun! I really had fun when our naturalist pointed out some interesting looking trees and told us to make some of our own custom names for the tree depending on it’s appearance. When our naturalist gave us a paper so that we can find a tree or bush that we could sketch and write about its appearance and smell. We, then spent the rest of the day hiking uphill and downhill but it was still a bit fun looking and discovering new things in nature and learning a load more!

    When we went to go to the campfire at our first night at westminster woods, I basically had the best time of my life! I loved all the songs that we were all singing and I especially enjoyed when we got the chance to go befriend new people from pershing, it was pretty great too! When Redwood, our naturalist showed off her tracking skills I was actually pretty impressed with how skilled she was. In all, the campfire was one of my favorite experiences in Westminster Woods.

    When I saw my naturalist Redwood and the Westminster Woods sign, I actually started to feel a huge glob of sorrow in me, mostly since all the excitement of going to this wonderful place is over. Now there is nothing to get that excited for again, really. My cousins Abi and Lexi have been telling me since 3rd grade that I was gonna have the best time ever at Westminster Woods and their opinion was definitely true. I’m really gonna miss Westminster Woods. Hopefully I can visit the wonderful, fun, amazing place someday REALLY SOON and have the exact same experience again! In total, Westminster Woods was truly one of the best trips I’ve ever had in my little life.

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    1. Great job Angel! You explained everything well. I can tell how you feel. I almost feel like I'm there too. Anyway, great blog!

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    2. Your descriptions are outstanding, Angel. You have done an excellent job of telling the reader why you liked Westminster Woods. I am glad you got up to go on the morning hikes; they are lots of fun!

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  20. I loved Westminster Woods! I liked the tide pools the most, especially when someone found a tiny octopus. The octopus was so small it could fit in the palm of my hand. The octopus was in an abalone shell. Another thing I enjoyed about the tide pools was that I got to see seals! It was amazing to watch them sunbathing on the rocks. A few moved around and some saw us and looked at us. I saw a big chiton eating a mussel too. I also saw gigantic sea stars. They were awesome. I also saw a big sea star that was a little white. It was a wounded sea star. There were a lot of gumboot chitons. I saw some eels too. The best part about the tide pools is the seals, and seeing all the other animals. I got to see this really cool crab, which was a spider crab. I also got to touch a fish skull with some flesh still on it that Sabertooth showed to me. I got to hold the fish skull and then I gave it back to Sabertooth. The fish skull still had some teeth on it, and the teeth looked really sharp.

    I loved Armstrong Redwoods, too. The best part about visiting Armstrong Redwoods is that when I looked at the sky, I could see where the redwoods stop. They are super tall. Some of them looked at least three hundred to three hundred fifty feet in the air. I really liked climbing in and out of goose pens and looking around inside of the goose pens. One time the whole hiking group could fit in a goose pen. Sometimes about two to three people could fit in just one. Some were so small that onlly one person could fit in one goose pen. I enjoyed seeing all of the big roots systems on the ground. I also like trying the redwood sorrel. It tasted good and a little sour.

    The secret hike with Mr. Lamarr was so much fun. I liked crossing the debris across the creek and hiking down the lake. I saw some furry scat on the ground, too. I also enjoyed climbing from rock to rock and finding ways to get from one place to another. Something I liked was exploring and going to the creek too. I also enjoyed the night hike where I got to play fun games. It was fun to play the games at night. Some games were a little tricky to do. Westminster Woods was amazing! I would definitely go there again, and I recommend that you go there soon.

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    1. Super alluring Serena!

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    2. I like your description of how tall the redwoods are, Serena. I also liked crossing the debris. We had a great team out there that morning to help everyone across. Creek walking is tons of fun!

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  21. Westminster Woods was awesome! My favorite thing to do was play Ga-ga ball. It's basically dodgeball but you hit the ball with your hand. The ball has to stay on the ground or you get out. I also really liked to go on morning hikes with my teacher. I also went tide pooling and found lots of animals. My class found an octopus, a crab, sea urchins, sea anemones, a sea star eating a muscle, and a whole bunch of acorn barnacles. I also found a hermit crab. When I picked it up, it pinched me. When I was climbing to get to something I slipped and fell. My foot got all wet! 

    The night hike was fun. I could barely see! Did you know that when a lifesaver is broken it lights up. I didn't. Our naturalist gave us lifesavers and told us to break them. I was very surprised! It was a very fun experience because I learned something new.

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    1. Incredible job Kade! You got pretty descriptive! I totally agree with your whole blog!

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    2. Hi Kade. Sounds like you had a great time. I enjoyed playing dodgeball when I was little. I like how you explained how to play the Ga-ga ball. Glowing lifesavers? I would've never known. I'm glad I stopped by to read your story. I love learning about new things. Great story! Thank you for sharing it! Can't wait to read your next blog. Thank you. Nirmala

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    3. Sounds like you had a great time at the tide pools, Kade. It was a great day, for sure!

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  22. I had a great time at Westminster Woods.

    One of the highlights of my trip was the tide pools. One of the reasons I enjoyed it was a classmate found a octopus. I nearly used up my camera’s memory taking pictures of it. Another reason I like the tide pools was the enormous gumboot chiton you could see moving and the seastar with four legs eating the mussel. Another memorable moment was the time at the night hike when we all ate mint lifesavers and saw flashes of green energy in each others mouth’s. I’m kind of a foodie, so I like to know what the food is on a trip. It could be terrible and you would go some time with only terrible food, or the food could be awesome and you would never be hungry.I was pleased to find out that the food was good. My least favorite part of the Armstrong redwoods trip because my hiking group hiked 1 ½ miles up hill. Overall, it was a good trip.

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    1. Terrific blog Calvin! I totally agree the night hike was super fun and cool!

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    2. The Lifesaver activity is fun. I enjoy that each year. I'm glad you enjoyed the food, Calvin!

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  23. What a fantastic trip we had at Westminster Woods! Not only we had a marvelous learning experience, but the fun places and adventures made the trip entertaining. I will always remember the environmental learning that we acquired at Westminster Woods. There were many highlights of the trip. I really enjoyed the tide pools, the night hike, the Armstrong redwoods, and the cargo net. That week I was very connected to nature and felt that I came to know more about it.

    The tide pools were incredible. I enjoyed climbing over algae covered rocks to explore new tide pools. I also loved finding large sea anemones, sea stars, sea urchins, and even getting to see some predators consuming their prey. This was like the best living classroom. There were so many examples of the tide pool critters we had studied, but there was no comparing the information and pictures on the internet to the real experience. I felt the focal point of Salt Point was seeing an octopus smaller than a hand. The excitement was like someone had found a pot of gold! The twisty road to Salt Point was all worth it when I saw and realized the beauty of the creatures in the tide pools.

    The night hike was my second favorite activity at Wesminster Woods. During our week there, we hiked multiple times but hiking at night was a whole new experience. The night hike was very peaceful and beautiful. I had never fully appreciated nature until that night. The best moment was when our naturalist gave us alone time in the woods to experience the nature. I could hear the swishing of the trees, and I saw so many beautiful and bright stars that I had never seen before. I loved when our naturalist told us all about the stars. They were so far away but from my point of view I felt like they were so close; like a blanket covering the sky. At the end, I noticed I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be.
    To be among the tallest trees in the world at Armstrong Redwoods was amazing. One of the fun things we did was to hide in goose pens and walk across fallen redwood trunks. I enjoyed looking at different bark patterns while we observed the trees. In addition, I liked to use a chart to identify different plants and eat redwood sorrel which is also called clovers. I also loved looking at an old tree cookie and all its rings and looking at a fallen tree with carvings made from a bug! I also took joy in hugging the redwood tree. Armstrong Redwoods was fantastic. Lastly, the cargo net was super fun especially when Mr. La Marr jumped and bounced on the cargo net. I fell out of place every time he bounced. I wish we could do that all day long.

    This trip was a very exiting event and I enjoyed it so much. I hope that every 4th grader can have this experience too. I would definitely go there again someday.

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    1. Wow! Outstanding job Katherine! You were really descriptive! You really can pull a reader in!

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    2. Excellent Katherine! I agree with Angel; you are highly descriptive here, and you have fully explained what you liked about camp. I hope you do get to go there again some day! It's a great place!

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    At Westminster Woods, I had a lively expedition. There were a ton of activities we could participate in everyday. This made the trip whizz by quickly and supplied me with many memorable moments.

    One thing I enjoyed was visiting the tide pools. My class and I saw a huge amount of animals. We saw brittle stars, crabs, porcelain crabs, bat stars, sea stars, octopi, sea anemones, chitons, and many more that would make this list very long. My favorite animals that day were the sunbathing, cute seals flopping on the boulders. I also had the chance to examine the ecosystem living beneath the rocks at the tidepools. It was a fun, aquatic trip to Salt Point.

    I appreciated all of recreation time. I was able to do everything including the cargo net, Ga-ga pit, and the playground. The Ga ga pit was a highlight of recreation time. Mr. LaMarr had mentioned and complimented about this activity numerous times in the past. I was excited to try the fast paced game, a cross between dodgeball and soccer. Recreation time was really entertaining and fun.

    I liked eating at the noisy, busy cafeteria. The staff prepared us delectable food such as teriyaki chicken and scrambled eggs. These were some of my favorite dishes at home and they were delicious at camp also. My belly was full of yummy food every night.

    I recognized the importance of hiking inside the Armstrong Redwoods. We saw some of the tallest redwoods in the world. It made me feel like I was a mere ant compared to the tall giants. Some of these giant trees were more than 3000 years old. Although, it took a lot of walking to get through the trails, was totally worth it. I was amazed by their sheer size and at ease in their presence..

    I also enjoyed teacher time. Every night, we reflected back on our busy day, wrote ideas for our websites, played piano, and even sang happy birthday to Mr. LaMarr. Teacher time helped us wind down and relax.

    This could be a better outing if several things were improved upon. The car ride to Westminster Woods was long and tiring. Coming back was even longer. It took us about 5 hours to come back to school. There was not much you can do when you are stuck in traffic. I tried to relax and talk to my classmates, but the traffic was horrendous. The second problem was that I did not like going to bed so late. It takes me a long time to sleep and I felt that as soon as my eyes closed, I was awake once more. . If I got more sleeping time, I would be more energetic and excited. Otherwise I had a great time.

    The ups and downs of this wonderful field trip created many memorable moments in my life. It was my first overnight expedition without my parents. I was worried I was going to get homesick but luckily, I did not. I enjoyed everything at the camp and I highly recommend this journey for anyone.

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    1. Marvelous job Alex! Every single one of your paragraphs were really fascinating! Again, beautiful work Alex!

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    2. Your vocabulary makes this very interesting to read, Alex! I could see what you are describing very well. Good job of touching on so many aspects of the trip!

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    Westminster Woods was very fun, exciting, and meaningful to me. There were many things to do. Sleeping was a little difficult, and there were also some problems with the cabins, but overall the whole field trip was very fun.
    After a two hour long drive west from Sacramento, we arrived at Westminster Woods. Our class had a little time to play at the activities such as Ga-ga-ball. Then our teacher called us into the meeting room called “The Boxcar.”
    As I sat down, a nature guide started announcing the rules and the schedule for that day. When he was done announcing the schedule, we ate lunch and then started our first activity: move in. Setting up our bunks in the cabin wasn’t a big deal since there wasn’t much fighting over who got the top and bottom bunks, but the idea of a sleepover field trip sharing a cabin with my classmates was kind of exciting. When we were done moving in, we started doing a hike around Westminster Woods.
    First, we met our naturalist named “Meadow.” Then we started walking towards a bridge over Dutch Bill Creek. Meadow told our hiking group (The Falling Redwoods) to find a stick and, as we walked over the bridge, to drop our stick into the creek. As I dropped my stick, I noticed it would run into a rock. When we were done, we walked to a redwood stump. The stump was charred. Meadow told us that we could use the charcoal for face painting. I did “hand painting” instead. When we were done with that, we went across the bridge and started the actual hike. As soon as we started I spotted one banana slug and shortly after that, another one. Seeing such a weird looking creature was cool. We kept walking after everyone who wanted to get in the “banana slug club” had. When we had gotten to a clearing with lots of logs and debris, Meadow told us that we could flip over the pieces of wood to look for creatures. I found many more banana slugs-but they were all small. When we were done flipping over the wood, we answered some questions that Meadow had asked. When we were all done answering the questions, we headed towards the camp. On the way back, we found another forest dweller, a skinny salamander. Meadow showed us where the cargo net was. We had gotten back in time to have recreation (free) time.
    I played ga-ga-ball during rec. Time. Ga-ga ball is exciting game that I had never played or even seen before. I won once and tied with other kids a couple other times. In my opinion, ga-ga-ball was very fun. When recreation time was over, they sounded a train whistle which meant we were supposed to get ready for dinner and the night activity.
    But as we got back, we found a problem, there were ants in our cabin! This was a little problem, but it wasn’t as bad as it was for our neighbors (later found to be due to a bag of chicken nuggets, something the ants obviously wanted quite badly). We cleared them out as best as possible, and then the train whistle whistled twice, meaning it was time for dinner.
    To get dinner, we had to make up a riddle that “Teddy” couldn’t answer, or answer another group’s riddle. We were staying very quiet to get in, and eventually, we did. The tables were arranged so that DPM had the outside tables, and it was nice to be all together a little bit away from the other groups.
    After dinner, we started walking toward the campfire. To me, the campfire was kind of boring, but some parts were funny. “Redwood” was working for a masters tracking degree, so we tested her skills. We had to put three items on the ground. Then, one of us would touch one of the items, and she had to figure out which one was touched. We did two rounds, and Redwood got both correct!
    After heading back to the cabin, we all got ready for bed and read books. It had been a long day. I fell asleep quickly, but during the night, I woke up a lot.

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  26. The next morning, I woke up early so that I could do the morning hike with our teacher, Mr. La Marr. We were going to the Cross overlook. On the way there, I saw poison oak, and Mr. La Marr showed us a collapsed tunnel. As we got closer to the top, we went inside a fairy/clonal ring of redwood trees. When we arrived at the top, the view was beautiful, and I could see in all directions. We took a photo at the cross and then started heading back. As we were going back, the breakfast horn sounded, and we hurried back to the camp.
    But the hurrying ended up being for nothing, because the person who was calling on people for riddles took forever to call on us to answer or say a riddle. I have to say, it was a strange thing, having to answer riddles to get breakfast. When we did eventually get in, the lines were very long, and it still took our cabin group a while to sit down.
    Since we were going to the tide pools today, we had rec. time in the morning. I played ga-ga-ball again. I didn’t win, but I tied a lot. I liked how you would have to dodge the ball but also hit the ball. It took a little strategy to keep from getting knocked out.
    During the drive, I almost fell asleep. The drive was about half an hour on a very windy road. We passed by the Russian River. I think I saw a couple whales, but I’m not 100% sure. After all the cars arrived, we broke up into our hiking groups and ate lunch. Mr. La Marr was in our hiking group. At the lunch place, I got ”eaten” by a rock; I wasn’t really eaten, but there was an interesting hole eroded in a rock, and the hole was large enough to swallow up a 4th grader. After this, we started heading down to the tide pools.
    The first thing I saw was a crab. It was pretty big. It was also kind of stubborn. Mr. La Marr tried to pick it up, but he couldn’t. There were lots of hermit crabs, I picked up several of these. Some of them were stubborn, but some were pretty curious. There were also many bat stars, a type of sea star. All of us were probably stepping on at least one acorn barnacle with every step. We saw a brittle sea star which Mr. La Marr hadn’t seen for a long time. We saw a sculpin despite the fact that it was very well camouflaged in its surroundings. I appreciated how the sculpin’s camouflage made it difficult to see. One of my classmates found a small octopus. I found many porcelain crabs on a really big boulder. On the way back though, I fell into the water, but luckily, it was only my foot. When we all got up to the top of a hill/cliff, we took a group picture. Then we got in the cars and headed back to Westminster Woods. The whole tide pool adventure was fascinating, seeing all these animals that we learned about but that I had never seen.
    After we got back and had dinner, we went into the Pershing class meeting room. We discussed some things about the night hike and noise. Then we met with Meadow and began the night hike. When we reached a patch of moonlight, we played a game where one person was a bat, three were moths, and the remainder of us were trees. The game was like marco polo, with the bat saying “echo” and the moths saying “location” in reply. The bat had to eat (tag) all three moths. After this, we played a game where we had to guess the color of a sheet of paper with only the moonlight to see it. When we were done, we started walking back, but before we went back to the cabins, we did a test of how well we could see in the dark after having one eye closed for a while (to make it more adjusted to the dark) compared to the open eye. There was quite a difference! The night hike really opened my eyes to how different things are at night.
    As I got ready for bed, I was really tired. I fell asleep quickly. I didn’t have as much trouble sleeping this time.

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  27. I got up late today and missed the morning walk. I woke everyone else up, and then we went outside to play more ga-ga-ball. There weren’t many people at first, but then more people came, and I tied again with people from other schools. After a while, the breakfast horn sounded, and our cabin group lined up for breakfast.
    After breakfast, we got ready to go to Armstrong Redwoods. After we got everything we needed, then we got in the cars and drove for about twenty minutes to get there.
    Once there, we met with Meadow. She passed out the lunch so that we each carried something. She gave everyone one or two apples, and then we started hiking.
    Meadow gave us a “treasure” map. The first thing on the list was a coast redwood named The Parson Jones Tree. When we found it, there was a sign in front it that had information about Parson Jones, after whom the tree is named. It is 310 feet tall, is approximately 1,300 years old, and has a diameter of 13.8 feet. We kept on walking and found a tree cookie. After that, we saw two uprooted redwood tree stumps. There were a lot of roots, but they didn’t go down very deep. As we kept walking, we saw many clonal rings. I liked how some clonal rings were big so that we could fit in the middle. After that, we went to the hug tree; we each gave it a hug and kept walking to the Colonel Armstrong redwood. It was 308 feet tall, 14.6 feet in diameter, and was approximately 1400 years old. Then we hiked to another large clearing where we had lunch. When we were done, Meadow instructed us on how to do the “Oreo challenge” (moving an Oreo cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands).
    After a while, we headed back. On the way back, we went into a goosepen and tasted redwood sorrel which to me tasted kind of like tomatoes. The goosepen was pretty big, and most of our hiking group could fit inside. As we got closer to the parking lot, we got to go into another goosepen. This one was a lot smaller than the other one and only one person could fit through at a time. Finally, back at the parking lot we took another class picture.
    Back at Westminster Woods, we had some rec. time, and I played ga-ga-ball again but then switched and went to the cargo net. There was no one from DPM there, but there were only a couple minutes to play there, as the horn sounded once. I went to the cabin and got ready for the night activity which was learning about watersheds.
    After dinner, our class walked up to the boxcar where the watersheds game/movie would be. “Saber” told us a story about a salmon and its life cycle from alvin to fingerling to smolt to adult, and then we played a game with watersheds. We had to put different colored beads on a piece of string. Each colored bead stood for a different place in the water cycle, like oceans, rivers, soil, etc. After the game, we watched a video about salmon and then went back to our cabins.
    As I went into my sleeping bag, I was very tired. It had been a very long day, and I fell asleep quickly.

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  28. As I woke up, I started packing up, since today was the day we were leaving. I packed up pretty quickly and was able to go with Mr. La Marr to the cargo net. Up at the cargo net, Mr. La Marr bounced the cargo net up and down, up and down, up and down. I liked how he tried to make us fall down if we were standing up. After a while the horn sounded, and we all went down the hill for breakfast. I was running so fast down the hill, that my feet were getting hot!
    After breakfast we met with Meadow and combined with Redwood’s group. We went down to Dutch Bill Creek, and we figured out if the water was polluted or not based on the animal life that we saw. We had to catch small critters, put them in cups, and figure out how much pollution they could survive in. I found a couple, and saw that they could survive only in places with a little pollution. When we were done, it was time for lunch.
    After lunch, we had to go. I really enjoyed being at Westminster Woods and am going to remember many things about the trip. It was cool seeing the things that we learned about in the classroom. And I liked how everyone--the naturalists, the chaperones, my classmates, and Mr. La Marr--made the trip great for me. I really hope to be able to go back to Westminster Woods some day.

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    1. You did a great job Benjamin! The cargo net was actually REALLY FUN it made a huge impact on my Westminster Woods experience! Again, lovely job Ben!

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    2. Great blog! I really liked the the cargo net too!

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    3. Incredible amount of detail about the whole week, Benjamin. Your blog is amazing in that it relives all the events of the week, and it was fun reviewing all that we did. I like when you gave your thoughts and opinions, too. Your effort is impressive!

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  29. What I enjoyed so much about Westminster Woods is almost everything.Overall Westminster Woods was a great experience if you love nature. I really loved the cargo net especially when my teacher came on and started bouncing the whole net! I also liked the cargo net when I ran across it and I didn't fall down. My favorite hikes where the night hike and the coffee hike. On the night hike my naturalist gave us wintergreen lifesavers and we saw them glow as we ate them.Coffee is a hike to a waterfall that flows into Dutch Bill creek.The waterfall was beautiful as the water cascaded down then and splashed the rocks and my body. That hike was really fun to do. I liked when we had to get across Dutch Bill creek. Instead of walking across the path of slippery rocks I shimmied across a tree that had fallen over. What I liked about the tide pools is that I found a octopus and a sculpin.I found the octopus when I was looking at a pool.The octopus was and it was very small.The sculpin was hiding right next to a rock in the shadows. It was very fast when it darted away. These animals are very special to find at the pools.Alliance Redwoods was amazing and I felt so small compared to the redwood giants above me.As we were hiking in the redwood forest we came upon three BANANA SLUGS.I kissed every one.The BANANA SLUGS were kind of slimy. On one kiss some of the BANANA SLUGS slime hardened on my lips sealing a part of my mouth shut.Overall Westminster Woods was a great experience. If you haven't been to Westminster Woods you should definitely go.


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    Westminster Woods was an ok experience. I think it was ok because I’m not that into hiking. I’ve loved nature since I was three. But now i dislike nature because of bugs. The hikes were very tiring especially when we were going uphill. At the tide pools the only thing that was fun was playing with the Hermit Crabs and finding all the cool sea creatures. The downside at the tide pools was the water was so clear that I saw a nice rock that was shaped as a chair and I sat on it,s but the water was so clear that I didn’t even notice that the rock was underwater so my pants was soaked. I love climbing and at the tide pools I was climbing from rock to rock so I liked that part.That was my experience at the tide pools.

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    1. Sorry you don't like being outdoors much. Give nature more chances as there are so many awe-inspiring things to see outside. You have to be outside to see them, though!

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    Westminster Woods was amazing. I absolutely loved it. There were many fun things, and some of them can be impossible to forget. I would think that one of the many favorites that I had would be when we went to the Armstrong Redwoods. I really enjoyed seeing some of the tallest trees in the world. I was also fascinated that the state park that we went to was full of those trees! There were redwoods with burns at the base of the tree, creating a space big enough to walk into! Those are called goose pens. One Redwood had a goose pen big enough to let me and some other people get inside of it because it was so hollow. It let in about five people inside. That is one thick tree! Another tree was almost completely hollow and I could walk inside the goose pen and look up really high with a flashlight on. I couldn’t believe that a fire did all of that and the tree was still alive and growing. Out of all the things over there, I really loved the Armstrong Redwoods, but I loved the tide pools even more.
    I really, really liked the tide pools. I think it was one of my top two favorite things that I did at Westminster Woods. I loved seeing all of those incredible tide pool animals. What made the experience even more fun was that I had a project that three other people and I had to do based on a tide pool animal. I was amazed of how many of those animals there were over at the tide pools. There was about 20 times the amount of sea creatures I predicted that there were going to be before we went. Seeing cool animals that I had known some information about was really amazing to me. What I loved the most were sea anemones. When I touched their tentacles it felt like they were sucking on me and my fingers were sticking too them. It is very hard for me to describe. Also, when I squeezed their body, water squirted out. In fact, the project I did on tide pool animals was the sea anemone! Since I already did research on it, I knew why those things happen. Though I loved the sea anemones, I mostly loved the octopus that someone in my class found. A bunch of people and I were searching for a pretty large eel, which I also liked a lot, and someone cried out octopus. I couldn’t believe my ears! I never remembered anyone saying that that there were octopuses there. Then I saw it. The octopus was pretty small and it was pinkish- red. Later, some water came out of a hole on it. It was like a little fountain. Then we all got to take pictures of it. In all, I saw about ten different types of creatures there. It was a lot of fun. Though the tide pools were really fun, I really loved being with a lot of my friends in my cabin at Westminster Woods and I think that the tide pools tied with this.
    I really loved the experience of being at Westminster Woods. In fact, I have never been on a field trip where I stayed there for more than a day. The time with my friends over there was really fun. I loved to talk and play with my friends in my cabin and eat the wonderful food. I was in cabin 24. My cabin counselor was also really cool. He was fun and nice and I think we all enjoyed being together in the cabin. I will never forget cabin 24. Go cabin 24! I also really loved playing in the gaga pit. At first, I didn’t even know how to play, but soon I learned by watching. In fact, I tied for first place about three times. I also really loved the food. We had tacos and coffee cakes and much more delicious foods. All of those things and many others are wrapped up into the amazing and incredible package of Westminster Woods.

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    1. This is well done, Josh! The tone of your writing shows excitement, which matches the writing that you have done. I enjoyed readying about your Westminster Woods experience.

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  32. The Parentless Paradise

    Westminster Woods was the absolute best trip I’ve ever been to. It was also my first ever overnight trip without my parents. I really like how they first greet people when they come in. The staff there is extraordinarily friendly. The food served at the cafeteria was fairly well. I played ga-ga ball and had a great time there. The thing I liked the most at Westminster Woods was going to the tide pools.

    There is so much ocean life everywhere like echinoderms, nudibranchs, crustaceans and other species. But, there is quite a difficult struggle to find them. The rugged rocks are covered with algae making them easy to slip on. My second favorite trip was the Armstrong Redwoods.

    At the place, there are so many tall and strangely formed redwoods. Some of the strange trees include the Elephant Tree and the Dinosaur tree. This forest contains some of the most record breaking trees.

    Back to Westminster Woods, the events that happen there are fun like the campfire and the night hike. I enjoyed my trip at Westminster Woods and I will always remember it forever.

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    1. Great title, Artur! Your blog is fun to read as you have touched on multiple topics with regard to the trip. I am glad that you had fun and that you will always remember your time at Westminster Woods!

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  33. Westminster woods was an extremely fun field trip. Everything we did was very enjoyable. I liked it when it was the night hike, and we walked in the path to the basketball court and we also had the minty lifesavers to eat and see light coming out. I also liked when we went to the tide pools and saw so much cool animals. We saw an octopus, sea anemones, acorn barnacles, barnacles, mussels, nudibranchs, chiton, sculpin, seals, eels, and sea stars we even saw one eating a mussel! Another thing I liked when we went to Westminster Woods is that we went to the armstrong redwoods. My hiking group with Saber we went to this small creek area, and we found three banana slugs! I also fell in the creek. I didn’t like that. The foods at the dining hall were delicious. I can’t name it all but i will try; tacos, pancakes, sausages, croissant sandwiches, cereal, oatmeal, teriyaki chicken. These stuff were all so delicious. I also liked the cargo net. It was fun to go on it. When we were going around the camp my hiking group was able to go on it. I liked when we also did morning hikes. One was to a cool lookout place, but I didn’t bring my camera. The other one was down the creek. I liked both of them, but I like the creek one better. These are things that I LIKED. :D


    Now things I didn’t like… I didn’t like when I fell in the creek. I also didn’t like when we had to go back to school it was too much fun at Westminster Woods. My car group was good, but I felt sick when we were going back to school. Good thing I didn’t barf! I liked almost everything in the trip. So that’s why there isn’t that much “Don’t Like”.

    -Etienne

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    1. Sorry you fell into the water, Etienne! You fell hard. I liked the morning hikes, too. Creek walking is fun.

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  34. Westminster Woods was an awesome experience. From the hikes to the food, it was all amazing. I loved it every aspect of the trip! My highlights were the hikes, the tide pools, and my cabin.
    The hikes may have been the best part of all! The first hike was my favorite. It was just Mr. La Marr, Isaac, Morgan, and I. Since it was a small group, we were able to creek walk faster. One of the highlights of the hike was the jokes that were made along the way. Mr. La Marr, Morgan, and I had all made it over the log, but now it was Isaac’s turn; Mr. La Marr, Morgan, and I all simply jumped over the log, but Isaac got on his side while holding onto a rusty screw trying to cross the log. He was in the weirdest position. Isaac looked like he was going to take his rib out. Morgan and I kept laughing, and Mr. La Marr kept saying, “Isaac’s pain is your amuse.” This will be a forever lasting joke. Sorry Isaac! That was only one of the hilarious jokes. As we continued to hike we noticed that there was a lot of dog poop along the trail. As we hiked farther poop was everywhere! We all kept saying, “Jeez! That dog needs to see a doctor.” t back a few days later and the poop was fuzzy! It looked like a deconstructed teddy bear. From now on when I see dog poop I think of the first hike. The first hike was not my only highlight, the tide pools were too!
    I don’t think I have seen so many animals in my life! This was at the tide pools. I liked being able to roam around, pick up the critters, and socialize with my friends. If you stuck with Mr. La Marr you were able to see some pretty cool things; such as gumboot chitons, blood anemones, and sea stars. I liked being able to explore on your own. It was a fascinating trip. My cabin was the third highlight of this trip.
    My cabin was a constant party. My cabin mates were Angel, Nicole, Morgan, and Mrs. Reed.We cabin, because at home I can not. Everyone would help each other in all different ways. For instance, Mrs. Reed helped me fasten the spreadshee I liked being able to sleep on the top eet to my bed. We all helped Nicole look for her camera. With everyone helping each other, and being nice it created a pleasant environment.
    Westminster Woods was an amazing, awesome, unforgettable trip. I give it 5 stars. It was filled with kindness, education, and friendly people. I recommend this trip who is up for living in a beautiful place for some time and is ok with getting their hands dirty!

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    1. That first hike was fun! I like hiking in the creek. The white water and mossy rocks, plus the fun people, make it a good time. I'm glad you had a great camp experience, Alexandra!

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  35. I loved Westminster Woods. My class went to the tide pools at Salt Point! I saw stars, hermit crabs, sea anemones, chitons, octopus, spider crabs, barnacles, crab legs, skulls of seals, seals, and porcelain crabs. I saw sea stars very big, ones that had a fight with only four legs that was eating muscles, and hidden sea stars under sea weed. There was a game at recreation time called Ga-ga-ball which is muddy and sweaty inside the pit. Ga-ga-ball and the cargo net were my favorite things to do in recreatio time. The cargo net had many ropes to be held over the creek at Westminster Woods. The breakfasts, lunches, and dinners tasted very good and the dining hall was organized. We went to a state park with towering redwoods! I saw four banana slugs but didn’t kiss one. The lunch was trail lunch, sandwiches! Inside the sandwiches were meat, lettuce, and cheese. We went inside goose pens which are burnt out redwood parts inside the redwood. There is a hole at the bottom of the tree that I went in. The time at Westminster Woods for me was super exciting and I would love to go again!

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    1. Sounds like you enjoyed your week at camp, Christopher. It was a fun week!

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  36. My dad must have had his account logged in. That blog above is Christopher's.

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  37. Hmmmm . . . not all the blogs are here, and it's almost three weeks past the due date . . . I wonder what happened . . .

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  38. Westminster Woods 2017 was so much fun. I loved the morning hikes; I've never had so many students come along with me before. To see everyone so excited about hiking before breakfast was impressive! The tide pools this year were spectacular. The vast array of animals in a short amount of space is incredible. To get to share that with 32 amazing 4th graders was so much fun. The excitement everyone had made the experience even better. I always enjoy Armstrong Redwoods: to me, there is no place better than a redwood forest! Redwoods are the most incredible, massive trees I know. Getting to hang out with all the fourth graders throughout the week was the absolute best. I had a great time getting to know my class in a way that I would never have gotten to know them if we hadn't gone on the trip. It was an outstanding week, and my sensational fourth graders made it so. Thank you crew for making my birthday week memorable! #4thgradersrule

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  39. Westminster Woods was an incredible trip. I got to see for myself in real life what we were learning in school. We had many activities like Armstrong Redwoods and the tide pools. Our amazing naturalist, Sabertooth, helped us learn while playing games.
    The best experience at camp was the tide pool. The tide pools were teeming with life. There were starfish everywhere. One of the many starfish was eating a California Mussel! The starfish’s stomach was open and it was sucking the mussel into its body. Also, there where gumboot chitons. It was really cool when an octopus was caught in an abalone shell and everybody could see it. It was small, but stunning.
    Walking in the Armstrong Redwoods was a truly breathtaking experience. If I looked up, I could see Coast redwoods, hundreds if not thousands of years old, looking down at me from their towering postures. Some of those trees had goosepens. Goosepens occur when repeated fires start to burn the inside out. We saw a couple of different bark patterns and named them. We saw three banana slugs and got to kiss them. After we toured most of Armstrong, we had some reflection time where we could think about what we saw and learned about coast redwoods.
    The morning hikes were really magnificent. The first morning hike, we hiked to the top of this hill that overlooked Westminster Woods and all of the land all around Westminster Woods. The sun was just rising so one could see the majestic sunrise. On the second morning hike, we hiked beside Dutch Bill Creek. We jumped from rock to rock trying to avoid stepping in puddles. I was debating whether or not to jump over to the other side. I decided not to because it was a lengthy jump over water.
    We had several night activities. On the first night, there was campfire. This activity was my favorite. Everybody sang and danced along with the music that they played. We learned several songs such as the Banana Slug song and the Scat song. The second activity was a night hike. We hiked in pitch-black darkness with no flashlights. We got to learn about how bats use echolocation to find and capture their prey. We also learned that when two minerals with energy rub against each other, the energy is released in the form of light. To show this we cracked wintergreen lifesavers in our mouths. When the lifesaver cracked, it lit up! For one section of the night hike, we got to walk alone on a path. The Moon was clearly lit up against the back sky. Walking alone was an astonishing experience. Our final activity was watersheds. We learned all about the Dutch Bill Creak watershed and how watersheds work. We got to play a game where we were water molecules and we went through the water cycle.
    We had several games that we played throughout our day. The first game taught us teamwork. We had to get Mr.FurCharles, our stuffed animal mascot. We also got to play Doug the Pinecone. One person was chosen to be a guesser. The guesser would stand in the middle and try to guess whom had the Douglas fir pine cone while the rest of us passed Doug, the pinecone, behind our backs. We chanted, “Doug the Pinecone, keep it moving, keep it moving”. Doug the Pinecone was my favorite game.

    Westminster Woods was an amazing trip that I will remember and cherish forever. I will always remember the slimy numbing touch of the banana slug and the two hundred year old coast redwood staring down at me, making me feel like an ant.

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    1. Oustanding kaser. Wonderful decription. Was fun reading it.

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    2. Great blog, Kaser. The morning hikes were so much fun. Actually, I had fun the whole week. I am glad that you will always remember your trip to Westminster Woods.

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  40. Westminster Woods

    Westminster Woods was the best field trip ever! My favorite part was the cargo net. I had fun on the cargo net since I first got on it. I learned how to walk and run on the cargo net quickly, when I walked and ran on the cargo net sometimes I would fall or my foot got stuck in the square holes. Some people’s items fell through the holes, for example Artur dropped his camera. I had the most fun the last time I went on the cargo net, which was when Mr. La Marr was on it the last day we were there. When I got to the cargo net in the morning, it was crowded with most of my classmates. Mr. La Marr bounced the cargo net while some of my classmates attacked him and then fell. It was so fun that I wish our school had a cargo net.
    Westminster Woods was a very fun experience and it was so fun that it felt like a vacation with my class. I think every person should go to Westminster Woods. I hope to go there again soon.

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    1. I agree that everyone should go to Westminster Woods. Great Blog!

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    2. The cargo net was fun at the end of the trip! It was a great week, and I am glad you thought it was the best field trip ever, Mia.

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  41. Westminster Woods was the best trip I have ever been on! The tidepools were the best part! I really liked the octopus and the eels. They both were super slimy and fast. I also playing catch with a chiton. Armstrong Redwoods was beautiful and fun! The redwood sorrel was super sour and it didn’t taste very good. The creek flowing next to trail made it really cool. The entire camp was super fun, but my cabin was loud. The meals were great and I really want to go there again!

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    1. I am glad you liked Westminster Woods, Josh. The creek actually had some water in it this year, and that is always nice!

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  42. Westminster Woods
    Westminster Woods is a very nice awesome place to visit. Westminster Woods is my favorite field trip of all time. Our class got to stay at Westminster woods for four days with Pershing fourth grade. It was so much fun! The day before we got there, I could not wait or sleep. Finally when I got there, I knew I would have a good time here. Westminster Woods was a huge campsite that was made especially for the outsides and nature. There was lots of stuff to do in recreation time like the playground, the cargo net, the tree house, and the labyrinth. We got to play fun nature games and got to share our own temporary cabins with about five people. After dinner, we got to have a night activities like campfire and night hike. On campfire there were sing along, stories, and fun jokes where people can laugh and have fun. At the night hike during night time my hiking group did activities and experiments in the dark while walking and talking. I loved the places we got to go outside of Westminster Woods which were tide pooling at Salt Point and going to Armstrong Redwoods. At Salt Point we went to a real tide pool with Pershing. There were critters living in the pools including nudibranchs, chitons, acorn barnacles, octopus, sea urchins, sea anemones and much more that I did not see; there were even different species of the same animal! At Armstrong Redwoods we saw cool and famous coast redwoods that are really tall
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    The food was a part of the trip that I could not forget because it was simply delicious. There were raviolis, tacos, salad and a few more I just can’t remember. For breakfast we got cereal, ham and cheese croissants, sausage, and eggs and can’t remember any more!! For lunch we got coffee cake, sandwiches, and pizza and I can’t remember any more!!!

    I recommend going to Westminster Woods. Westminster Woods is super fun and I hope you will like it if you go there!

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    1. I agree with you Elias-Westminster Woods is super fun! I am glad you enjoyed your trip.

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