Written by Haven Lee
Today, we woke up too early (in my opinion, because sleep is good). We packed up a little and ate maple yogurt pancakes in a hurry. Then we drove to FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation) in DC, and an environmental lobbyist named Emily taught us how to lobby for climate change. After about two hours, we were ready!
We walked to Mark Meadow’s office in the House of Representatives with Emily. We walked through the building to his office, but he wasn’t there so we met with his assistant Martha. We talked about our school, the effects of climate change and we told some personal stories. After we lobbied, we went to the parking lot and had an hour long trip meeting on whether or not to go out and eat ramen noodles for lunch (we ended up not going and it was very sad). We then went home and ate burritos for liner,(or dunch or lunder, late lunch and early dinner. Trust me it makes sense). We did our chores, and then we pulled out the board games! We tried to to play Monopoly but the tiny children of our host, running across the board made it very hard to play.
Written by William Knightgale
We slept at Abington Friends Meeting, a very old meetinghouse with a timeless collection of art and old artifacts. I woke up to the flash of a disposable camera. We ate bagels with cream cheese and eggs. We discovered that we were supposed to be out of the meetinghouse earlier, so that the meeting house could document the historic items in the house. We stayed much longer because of a weather advisory. We spent most of the morning in a boring meeting deciding what to do the rest of the day. We eventually concluded that we didn’t mind getting snowed in and it would be cool to continue our plans for DC. We stayed at Kavita’s sister’s (Sarah) house in Rockville, just outside DC. There, we met Mark and their children, Simon and Isaac. We ate an amazing meal of stir fry. Monopoly games followed shortly.
Written by Davian
Today we hiked 2 miles to Squaw Canyon as a whole group. We took a break when we got there then climbed the nearby rock formations. We hiked back, had lunch, and then we went exploring climbing around the rock formations admiring the beautiful views: the needles, the famous mitten, the canyons. We hiked back, had dinner, and some people went stargazing. And then we went to bed! The rocks we saw were mostly sandstone, red rocks. We also saw crypto biotic soil that contains many different types of algae and organisms that help keep the soil moist and fertile.
Written by Lexi Amos
Today was a very fun day. The group went to worship at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, and it was fun. It was my first time going, and I didn’t know what to do, but that was okay because not much happened. A few people stood and told some short stories, and we all listened.
After that we packed up all of our stuff, and went out on the road. We soon arrived at a museum which used to be some guy’s house. The guy’s name was Wharton Esherick, and his house is now a very awesome museum, and everything was made of wood! There was a trap door that was held down by a sculpture, and if you pulled up on that sculpture, the trap door would close. And if you pulled it down, the trap door would open. Hopefully no one closed it on anyone’s head.
We soon left and took another car ride through Philadelphia, where we got Philly Cheesesteaks. They were amazing. Afterwards, we took a ride to another meetinghouse, Abington Friends Meeting. It is very creepy, in my opinion, but also very cool. The group got a small tour from Dave, the caretaker. The building is very large, and there are many, many rooms, that are old and creaky. It was Autumn Fairlie’s birthday today, so we celebrated that by having pie. And then everyone settled for bed, only because tomorrow we have another long day in the car.
(You weren’t allowed to take pictures of the Wharton Esherick)
Written by Jo Gratz
Today we woke up at Darthia Farms and had Irish Soda Bread that they had made for us. It does not contain actual soda but it was good. Then we packed up and drove for about 3 hours to get to Boothbay Shipyard. The guys there were really nice and showed us two boats that they had docked, one was called Balmy Days II and the other one didn’t have a cool name. Then they showed us an amazing boat called the Ernestina-Morrissey. It’s a boat that they are renovating. They had to pretty much take the whole boat apart and put it back together. After the boat builders we went and got five lobsters for the trip to have, and made Haven a cake.