Reporters: Garin Gray and Daijha Belisle
Devotion: Proverbs 13
Today we all got up in Montpelier, Vermont well rested in the Eco Lodge Hotel. We had breakfast and went down to the bus by 10:00am. For devotion, Garin read Proverbs 13:1-2, Proverbs 13:10, and Daijha said the prayer. After devotion, Pastor Carol made an announcement to all the students. She told us that for 30 minutes we had to get with our devotion partners and talk about ourselves and find out what they’ve disliked and liked about the trip so far. We got with our partners and the chatting among the students began. There was nothing but talking; no games no cellphones just good old-fashioned communication. Something we haven’t done in a while. After the 30 minutes was up, Pastor Carol told us we had another assignment. On a piece of paper, we had to write what we liked and what we didn’t like on the trip so far and to be completely honest. On the same sheet of paper, we were to write about what we were most excited to do for the next 30 minutes. At 11:11am we crossed over from Vermont into New Hampshire. At 11:15am, we stopped at the welcome center for New Hampshire to take a bathroom break. This was a different experience for us. We had porta potties to use and they were nasty. While we were getting ready to go into the welcome center, Sister Joyce came out with some pamphlets and told us that there were toilets inside, but like Pastor Carol said, it was still exciting. Afterwards we headed to the bus and as usual we did the count and continued our assignment for another 10 minutes. As she collected the papers, she noticed a drawing on Caleb’s entry. It seems that we have more than one inspiring artist on the bus. After collecting all of the papers, we got back on our electronics and continued towards the capital. At 12:35pm, we arrived at the state capital building and took a picture. There was a sculpture of Daniel Webster who was elected New Hampshire congressman in 1813-1817. There was also a statue of John P. Hale the first anti-slavery U.S. Senator. After looking around a bit we discovered that this is the nations oldest state house in which the legislative still occupies its original chambers.
After leaving the capital building, we headed towards the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. The Center is dedicated to an astronaut named Alan Shepard and Christa McAuliffe. Alan Sheppard commanded Apollo 14 and Crista McAuliffe was a school teacher who was selected out of 11,500 American civilians to go to space in 1985.That space shuttle was the Challenger that tragically exploded during the launch into space. We learned that the electromagnetic spectrum is made of waves categorized by frequency and wavelength. We also learned that minerals must occur naturally. They are inorganic substances meaning a living process doesn’t form them. After we explored the museum, the group went in the big dome like auditorium. We learned about the nebulas in space and how they are made up of gas and dust. We also learned about was how Jupiter was discovered. It was discovered by a man named Galileo Galilei back in 1610. He was the first man who actually pointed a looking glass into the sky and saw three moons orbiting Jupiter. After the presentation, we all went upstairs and there were many activities like hula hooping, car racing and other things that showed us how gravity works. Once that was over, we went outside and waited for Pastor Carol and headed to the bus. By now we were pretty hungry so Pastor Carol explained that today we would be eating at Applebee’s and all the kids over 12 would have a budget of $10. At 4:06pm, we arrived at Applebee’s. The service was slow but the food was good. When we went outside the boys and Maleah decided to play basketball in the parking lot and Anthony’s desire to play basketball finally came true. After getting on the bus, Pastor Carol and the other chaperones went to Wal-Mart and left Garin in charge, so that there wont be any arguing with the kids. After a long day we finally got to La Quinta Inn and Suites and checked in for the night.