Potsdam, New York State, USA
Easter Holiday 2016
Hi Cubs, this Easter I travelled with Rachel from 3rd Beddington to her sister’s home town of Potsdam in the American State of New York. Can you name any other states in America?
16th March 2016 – Flight out
Our journey began when we took the X26 bus from Wallington to London Heathrow. After going through all the security checkpoints we made it onto our flight. I was given the window seat and we saw some great views as we flew over the Atlantic Ocean. We finally landed in Ottawa in Canada where we were picked up in a car and drove to America. To cross the border we drove over a really long bridge called the ‘Seaway skyway bridge crossing’. In the winter, when the water freezes, you can see very small sheds dotted about on the river ice. These sheds are built over holes in the ice where people go ice fishing. The Boy Scouts of America have a fishing merit badge that looks like this.
Tour of the town of Potsdam
The next day we took a tour of the town of Potsdam. It is a small town located in upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack mountain range. It gets on average 152cm of snow a year (that’s a lot!) . It has a population about the same size as Wallington and is a very pretty little town. It looks very different to towns in England as all the houses are made of wood.
On my walk I met the dog that is the town’s fire service mascot. The fire service is volunteer led. Whenever there is a fire, a very loud siren goes off that you can hear all over the whole town, it calls the volunteers to help.
We also walked past an ice cream hut (I decided it was a bit too cold for ice cream) and a ‘vacation’ store where people living here can plan their holidays and work out where they want to go to. I got excited about my own adventures!
The next day it started snowing and was very dull outside so we stayed inside for a couple of days. I explored the house; my favourite bit was exploring the cellar. I also got to play with an 8 week old baby, I sung him some of our campfire songs, his favourite was ‘On top of spaghetti’; do you know that one and what is your favourite?
Rachel loves crafts, so she taught me how to make felt animals to decorate the baby’s nursery. They were tricky to cut, but if I concentrated hard I managed it. We made animals that are native to this part of America including a bear and a bird called the chickadee. It is called that because of the noise it makes. ‘Chick-a-dee-dee-dee’.
When the weather cleared up I put on my hat and climbed up a snow pile. With Rachel’s supervision of course!
Visit to Sackets Harbor and Lake Ontario
As the weather had cleared up we took a day trip to visit Sackets Harbor and Lake Ontario. This is a special lake; it is one of the 5 great lakes in America and is so big it can fit the largest lake of Great Britain (Loch Lomond) into it 267 times. Wow that is big. We just had to go down to the water edge and get a picture here.
Sackets Harbor is the site of the historic war of 1812 between America and Great Britain. We paid our respects at the war memorial in the middle of the battleground (it is similar to the memorial near Carshalton ponds.). We also visited the harbour where they built the war boats.
Three bears café
As a treat before our holiday finished we went into town to the ‘Three bear’s café’. We like the name as in the Adirondack Mountains they have black bears! Bears don’t normally eat cake, but we sure did!
1st April 2016
We started our journey back on the 30th March, driving back over the boarder back to Canada. We took a flight overnight so we slept and arrived back in London on the 1st April. This flight was shorter than the flight to Canada as the Jetstream helps the plane fly quicker. I learnt about this for my air activities badge.
What an interesting trip with Rachel, I wonder where I am going to next?