The sixth graders at my school went on a trip to Galena, Illinois, and some cities nearby. We loaded into a “LAMERS” bus at 6 o’clock in the morning, which is when I normally get up. After a few hours of driving (and watching Big Hero 6), we arrived in Galena and went to the blacksmith’s shoppe. There they had a live presentation of how blacksmiths worked. They forged iron rods and pokers. It was really cool to watch. When I tried to video tape it, some people were purposefully getting in the way.
Back on the bus, we drove to Ulysses S. Grant’s house. It was really pretty and looked a little old. There was a green fuzzy chair, which was Grant’s favourite (spelled in the British style on purpose) chair. He brought it from his house to the White House, and then back to his house again! He had a really old copper tub in a bathroom right off the kitchen. Everything else in the kitchen and bathroom had to be replaced because of a storm. The tub was the only original piece! We had lunch at a park not too far from the house. They provided us with Pepsi to drink. My friends and I had been talking about the park and about the tire swing. One of my friends liked tire swings so much that she yelled out, “Raise your Pepsis! Raise your Pepsis! Toast to tire swings!” All of us followed her example and said, “To tire swings!” (and I’m pretty sure everyone else there thought we were insane).
After lunch, we reloaded the bus and headed to a mining museum in Platteville, Wisconsin, and then some caves in Dubuque, Iowa. The museum was kind of cool; we got to tour underground. We almost hit our heads when we had to climb through a small tunnel. The caves were really wet, and I think I stepped in every puddle by accident. My friend almost hit her head on the stalactites, and she said that she’d kill to be small.
We also went on a trolley/elevator ride up a really steep hill near Dubuque. It looked really rickety and creaked a bit on the way up and down. The view from the top was really pretty. That ended most of the trip, except for dinner.
For dinner, we ate pizza and ice cream at Happy Joe’s restaurant.The pizza was really good; I’d definitely eat there again. On the way home, they played The Maze Runner on the bus. I didn’t watch that one. Instead, I talked to my friends (and almost fell asleep).
I’ve gone through Galena a LOT of times to visit family, but this was probably the best time because I actually did stuff there. My sixth grade trip to Galena was fun!