Twisted Root Burger – Dallas, Texas

John – 13

Twisted Root Burger is a fun family like place to eat. You have a large selection of cheeseburgers to pick from.  My favorite is called the swiss mushroom.  It is the same burger that George W. Bush had when he goes there to eat!  My favorite thing at the place is the names.  They have names they give you of famous people  and when they call up your name, you come and get your food.  For example our family was given the name John Madden.  The food is really good – tender meat that is full of flavor and juices.  They also let you pick out the type of pickles you want.  The choices they have are original dill, wasabi, hot and spicy, and bread and butter pickle chips.  They are in a self-serve condiment area.  They also let u put the type of sauces you want on the sandwich.  My favorite sauce was the Dijon mustard with horseradish mixed with mayo.   I put it on my sandwich and also used it as a dip for the fries. A good example of this place is like a Five Guys Burger and Fries only a little fancier.  So if you are in Dallas Texas and near it, I recommend going to eat there.

Hadley-11

Twisted Root Burger is a good place to eat because their cheeseburgers are good, especially if you put bacon on it.  George W.  Bush has also eaten there, and he got the mushroom swiss that my brother got.  My brother said it was really good.  The burger I got was the make your own, and I got cheddar cheese, bacon and then put on the mayo and mustard.   If you want pickles, you can put them on too – there are like 5 different kinds.   Your order is ready when they call you up by famous names.  The one we got was John Madden.  You don’t get to choose the name though – I wanted to be called Neymar.  We also ordered french fries, onion strings (fried),and sweet potato chips.  All the sides were really good.  We sat outside and it was fun because we didn’t eat until late, so it wasn’t to hot or crowded.  Twisted Roost also had its own homemade sauces; one was a mustard horseradish which was really good and wasn’t spicy at all.  If you ever come to Dallas, Texas, and are hungry eat at Twisted Root Burger.

Barnett – 8

We went to eat at Twisted Root Burger.  On the door it said, “We are slow, but the food is good!”  That was kinda true, they were a little slow, but the food was really good.  When you order, they don’t put pickles on your burger, because you get to put on your own pickles.  The pickle bar has lots of pickles to choose from – butter, spicy, sweet, and dill.  I got a cheeseburger with no bun.  It was good because their cheeseburgers are really good.  They put a lot of cheese on it.  I had french fries, and they were crispy.  We ate outside.  Inside the air conditioning was cold.  They had neat tables that had soda pop tops sealed in them.  They looked neat.  I would go there again because I liked the burgers and I really liked the pickles they had.

St. Louis Arch – St. Louis, Missouri

John – 13

The St. Louis Arch is the tallest memorial in the United States. It goes up to 630 feet high up. When you first see the arch you may think that it doesn’t look big enough to hold an elevator car, but it does.  When you get up close to the arch you can tell that it  is bigger than you thought it would be.

When you get on the ride I would recommend seeing one of the movies first so that you can either learn more about the arch or about Lewis and Clark.  Both of the movies are in Imax. When we went  to the arch we saw the Lewis and Clark film. It was about the journey Lewis and Clark took to explore the west and get to the Pacific Ocean.  I thought it was one of the best movies made about Lewis and Clark that I have seen yet.  It was very informative, and I learned a lot from that video.

After the movie we went to the little gift shop they had and Dad got our tickets for our ride to the top of the arch. In the little gift shop they had book about Lewis and Clark plus they had collectables for the arch.  On the other side of the underground museum/area there is another shop.  The second shop is full of old candies and other old fashioned stuff.

The next thing we did is wait in line for the ride to the top of the arch. There was stuff to do in line that told about how the arch was made and why it was built.  When we finally did get on the ride, you sit in a pod.  It can fit five people and is a really tight fitting elevator.  There are eight of these pods on one side of the arch and eight in the other area. It took the elevator four minutes to get to the top and three minutes back down.  At the top you have a nice view of the whole city.  We went at night, and I thought it looked better at night than in the day time. On the way down, it took us around three minutes this time to get to the bottom.  I thought that it was a really cool although I am afraid of heights and it was stressful to go up and do it.  So if you are in the area you should definitely try it out.

Hadley-11

Have you ever been in a building that is 630 feet high?  If not the St. Louis Arch is where you need to go.  The arch is downtown right near the Mississippi River.  To get tickets you can call or get them there.  Before you go on the elevator to the arch you will want to see one of the movies.  The two movie they have that you can buy to see are called Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West, and Monument to the Dream: The Making of the Gateway Arch.  We went to see Lewis and Clack and it was good, but we did not see the other.  It it looked good though.

To get to the top of the arch you have to take an elevator.  The elevator is not normal though. The elevator holds 5 people and there are 8 cars at a time that go up together at the same time. On the elevator you set down in  a chair.  The capsule you are in is small, but you do not go very fast.   In  the elevator you do not go side ways or upside down like a roller coaster.  You always stay sitting flat – like a ferris wheel.  Once you get to the top you can stay as long as you want and the view is nice.  To get back down you go in a capsule like you got up. Once you get back down you can go and look in the museum.  Going up in the arch is definitely worth the money. :)

Barnett – 8

I liked the St. Louis arch.  It looks very big from the outside.  It looks like a big U upside down, and it is very shiny.  From far away it looked small, as we were driving up to it.  BUt, up close it is big.

The first thing we did was go to the movie.  The movie was called Lewis and Clark.  Lewis liked to walk along the river with his dog and be alone.  He once slipped and fell as he was trying to pick a plant.  He founds plants and feathers and collected them in a book.  The book kept track of all of the new animals.  Clark ran the boats and was the leader on the boats.  His slave, York, went with him on the trip.  They met Sacagawea, she helped them find food and things to  live.

Then we went up the arch.  We had to get in little pods.  It took almost 4 minutes to get to the top.  The pod was small and hot.  At the top they had very tiny windows.  You could see out of them.  I could see the St. Louis Cardinals playing a baseball game and the Mississippi River.  Coming down took 3 minutes.  When you are done you need to get out quickly so other people can get in and go.

It was fun, so you should do it too.

Austin’s — Lake Tahoe, Nevada

John–12

Austin’s is right across the road from Hyatt High Sierra Hotel.  Austin’s has one of the best french fries in Lake Tahoe.  They have a batter for the fries and the taste is really good.  Along with the fries, they have a jalapeño dipping sauce that is amazing.  They are not really famous for a main dish, but they are really known for their appetizers like the fries and fried green tomatoes.  My meal that I got was cubed steak.  It was really good and tasted homemade.  The food is warm and yummy.  The cubed steak had a homemade gravy on it.   The meal that I had was served with mashed potatoes, and we got french fries on the side.  Everything is served with cornbread.  The cornbread is super – with a sweet honey taste.  The view is okay; it is of trees and of the road.  Austin’s is near the lake, but is not right on it.  Austin’s has really good food at a really good prices, and the food is like a home cooked meal.  I recommend going to it if you are in the area and you can get there easily.  It is great for the whole family.

Hadley-10

Austin’s is right across the road from the Hyatt hotel in Lake Tahoe. The best thing to get there are their french fries.  They have a really good batter on them that makes them taste really good. The aren’t really famous for any main dishes, but they do have really good chicken tenders.  It is the same batter as on the french fries.  You can pick a side dish.  They have everything between fries to green beans.  The fries also come with a jalapeno dip that is not too spicy but very good. It is normally not packed so you don’t have to make reservations. It is small and only seats a few people.  It is not a fancy restaurant and you won’t need to dress up to go there.  That is one place that is good to eat at in Lake Tahoe.

Tenaya Lodge — Yosemite National Park

John-12

Tenaya Lodge is a hotel that is just outside Yosemite National park.  Tenya Lodge has regular hotel rooms, and they also have cottages in a different location next to the hotel.  The cottages have three apartments in each building.  The cottages are a little bit more expensive then the regular hotel rooms.  Tenaya Lodge has two restaurants in the main hotel.  The first one is called Jackalopes – it’s a place that sells burgers and fish and chips.  They also have a restaurant called Embers, but it is really expensive from food that cost ten dollars to food that cost forty-two dollars.  They have three pools and one splash pad.  One of the pools is in the cottage area so only people who stay at the cottages can swim there.  The pool at the cottage area is smaller than the others and the walk over to the hotel is worth it.  The outdoor pool they have is connected to the splash pad.  The pool is outside and has many toys like foam balls and noodles.  The splash pad has sprinklers and water shooters.  The splash pad is more for little kids than older kids.  The indoor pool has toys like footballs and frisbees.  There are also three hot tubs – one in the outdoor pool and two in the indoor pool.  If you don’t mind paying a little bit more than you should really try to stay in the cottage area, but the hotel rooms are good too.  So, if you are in the area then you really should try to stay there.

Hadley-10

Tenaya Lodge is a hotel that is just outside Yosemite National Park. Tenaya Lodge has a lot of rooms for guests, but there are different rooms you can stay in. One is a house that is cut into three.  That has the most room, and that is what we stayed in.  It was really nice.  Also there they have 2 restaurants.   One is for adults and one for families; the food at the family restaurant has pretty good food, so I would eat there because there are not a lot of restaurants in the area.  Also if you go in the summer or winter they have a pool  – one indoor and one outdoors.  There are hot tubs indoors and outdoors too.  If you stay near the cottages then they have a restaurant there.  It is a pizzeria.  Tenaya Lodge is definitely worth the stay.

Barnett-7

Tenaya Lodge has a ton of cottages.  Every cottage has three rooms in it.  The rooms are have a separate bedroom and bathroom from a living room.  In the cottages, one room is on the second floor up high.  The rooms are nice and big.  The rooms are clean and have a fireplace.  They have a pool outdoors and indoors.  The outdoor pool is a zero entry pool.  If babies go in the pool they can stand in the zero entry water.  The pool is nice because they have toys in it to play with.  There is also music playing for you to listen to while you swim.  The indoor pool has two hot tubs with it.  One is for adults and one is for everybody.  We even snuck into the adult hot tub – no one else was in it.  They have pool toys inside too.  There are noodles and footballs.  It is a good place, and I would stay there again.