Big Tree Tram Tour / Mariposa Grove — Yosemite National Park


We had the opportunity to take the Big Tree Tram Tour through Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park.  The Giant Sequoia trees are some of the largest trees I have ever laid eyes on. They are in with the rest of the many tall trees at Yosemite. They are the tallest and the widest at Yosemite National Park.  The tram ride taakes you through most of the Sequoia trees they have at Yosemite. The tram ride talks all about the history behind the trees and the ones who saved the trees from getting chopped down. It also shows you all the unique trees they had there. Some of the trees that are unique are like the clothespin tree; it looks like a clothespin from the many wild fires they have had there. My favorite tree is the Giant Grizzly.  It is one of the largest Sequoia trees, with one limb or branch that is seven feet wide. The other one that is my favorite is one with a hole so big that a pickup truck can drive through it.  It cost $26.50 for an adult, $25.00 for seniors, Child $19.00, and children under five are free.  I recommend  going on the ride instead of walking the few miles to see the entire grove.


In Yosemite there are big trees called sequoias. They are so big one is 31 feet wide. The tour we did is the only one you can do in that area.  It is called the big tree tram tour. On the tour there is a free audio tour that you can listen to. There are 2 stops they make one is near the end and the other is closer to the back of the trail.  The first stop is at a small museum.  The museum has samples of the pine cones and seeds.  You cannot take any of them with you from the park.  The second stop is to see the Great Grizzly tree and one of the trees that you can walk completely through.  All of the trees they have there are unique — one has been growing for over 4,000 years. One of the other trees is able to have a bug car that can go threw it, but they won’t let you try.  That is one of the reason we went to see Yosemite to see these amazing trees.







Levi Coffin House — Fountain City, Indiana

John -12

Levi Coffin’s house is an awesome place to visit. It was part of the underground railroad. My favorite part of the house was the kitchen. The kitchen was in the basement. They had and indoor well. Levi built his house over a spring, and when he found out – he made a well there. The well would fill up after someone got a drink or took water out of it. The well would also move with drout and floods. The well is still crystal clear, so clear that it looks like there is no water in it. The kitchen was built right underneath the deck. Then, my second favorite thing was the upstairs bedroom. They hid the slaves there in a little door area that led into an attic crawl space. They also hid the slaves in their main attic. They had to hide 17 slaves in one night. The Levi Coffin house also has a shed outside in the back. It shows what the slaves would ride in and what the family would ride in.

I think that it is a good idea to go to the Levi Coffin House.  It is worth the money.  It cost $1.00 for kids, $2.00 for adults, and if you reserve it is $1.00 for every one. The hours are from 1pm-4pm from Tuesday to Saturday.  It is only open to the public from June 1-August 31.  From September 1-October 31 it is only open on Saturdays.  It is closed during the winter.


Have you ever heard of the Underground Railroad? Well, the Levi Coffin house was a part of it. The Underground Railroad is where the slaves try to get away from their owners. The slaves tried to get away because their owners would beat them and yell at them. So growing up in South Carolina, Levi Coffin saw a bunch of slaves tied together to be sold.  When he grew up he decided to do somthing about it.  Levi Coffin has helped over 2,000 slaves ecscape to freedom.  The next time your in Foutain City you should go to the Levi Coffin house; it is definitly worth your money.

Basement Well

Wagon with Hidden Compartment

Front Parlor

Wilbur Wright’s Birthplace — Millville, Indiana

John — 12

One of the main things to see at Wilbur’s birthplace is the Wright house.  The Wright house was built-in the 1860’s. The house was one of my favorite parts. There was an upstairs and downstairs.  Their oven heated their whole house. Their restroom was outside (an outhouse), and at night you have to use chamber pots as your toilet. I personally think that it would start to smell bad at night. The bad part is if you were a kid you had to take the chamber pot out and clean it.  The house is just one of the many things to look at there.

My other favorite part was the museum it had a miniature street in it.  It is from 1900. It had the Wright’s bike shop, a barber shop, a general store, and it even had a small shopping center for clothes. My favorite thing about the museum was the miniature version of the Wright brother’s Kitty Hawk camp. It had all the stuff they would have brought with them from Indiana to North Carolina. They also had a replica of the Wright glider next to the camp.  Finally, there is even a video you can watch in the museum.

Visiting the Wilbur Wright Birthplace only costs $2.oo to get in. They have a visitor’s center where you can buy collectibles, books, and they also sell small-scale replicas.  This is an attraction worth going to see.

Barnett — 7

We went into the gift shop and paid to go take a tour.  It was a long tour (1 hour and 30 minutes).  First we got to see Wilbur Wright’s memorial.  Then we saw his house.  I liked seeing the toys he and his brothers played with – like a bow and arrow, rocking horse, and building blocks.  I liked seeing the baby’s dress in the cradle.  Then we went to the shed.  I liked learning facts about corn and the corn shucker.  The smoke house was next.  The outhouse was fun, and we got to sit in it.  You had to use newspaper and a corncob to wipe your bottom!  Then we went to the museum.  We saw an old fashioned town.  There was a fun model of the plane that you could lay on and steer.  The museum has a model of their camp at Kitty Hawk.  Wilbur and Orville did not have very much food and had to write the dates on the eggs to know when they were laid.  They slept up top in the barn and could not roll over or they would fall out of their beds to the floor below.  Everyone should go see this because it is interesting.  I learned a lot.

The Wright Flyer

The Outhouse

Wright Kitchen

Kitty Hawk model