By John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
(A sonnet written by John Gillespie Magee, an American pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. He came to Britain, flew in a Spitfire squadron, and was killed at the age of nineteen on 11 December 1941 during a training flight from the airfield near Scopwick.)
(Portions Of This Lovely Poem Appear On The Headstones
Of Many Interred In Arlington National Cemetery,
Patricularly Aviators And Astronauts)
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds –
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of –
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God.
Our third grade Young Eagles got to go up into the control tower, followed by learning a bit about how planes fly.
Go, Young Eagles!
A gigantic thank you to our faithful and generous Young Eagles pilot, Braxton Freeman, air traffic manager at Lebanon Airport. He helped these young scholars to fly with the eagles today!
Well…has the anticipation been killing you!??! It almost killed me as my mom made me wait until 1:00 to tell me what we were doing this afternoon. We went to Bear Claw Outfitters in Livingston MT where we did a 2 hour horseback ride tour in this incredible wide open land! It was amazing!!! My horses name was Chief, he was tan with some orange spots. He was very kind and listened very well to me.
Tomorrow we start our trip home at 7:00 Montana time (9:00 back home) and don’t get home until 7:00 (normal home time!!) Its going to be a loooong day, but I’m looking forward to getting home. I hope our Cape Air flight doesn’t make me feel as sick as it did the first time we took it! I look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!
Good Morning Friends!
We have had a great time in Montana since I last journaled to you!
My Aunt Alex graduated from Montana State University on Saturday. Her college is so big there had to be 2 graduation ceremonies!!! The graduation was fun, they dropped balloons from the ceiling at the end.
On Sunday my mom, my Mimi and I went to another entrance into Yellowstone. On the way to Yellowstone we saw lots of Bison and Elk farms, THEY EAT THEIR MEAT OUT HERE! I could never eat such a cute animals meat!!!
Once in Yellowstone we saw a herd of elk walking around the town of Mammoth Springs, they were even in front of the justice building!!! We stopped to look at some natural hot Springs, which included Liberty Cap, which is a natural dormant hot springs cone! The colors of the hot springs are so cool, they are white, rust and brown! It was really cool!
We continued into Yellowstone and got stuck behind a herd of buffalo that was on the road for an HOUR!! Getting stuck behind the herd gave us lots of time to look around at a SLOW pace. I saw the big birds nest in the picture below! I wonder what kind of bird lives in this nest? We also saw an elk being chased by either a coyote or a wolf in the distance! Yellowstone is very big! You can look and see for miles!
On our way back we stopped for a second time at the Montana Grizzly Bear Encounter to see more Grizzly bears! This time we got to see Brutus and Bella. Brutus was raised by the people who own the place since he was 2 weeks old. He thinks the woman is his mom. He was napping behind a rock but came to the front of the sanctuary when she called him! He was really big!
Today is our last full day in Montana as tomorrow we travel for 10 hours to get home! My mama has a surprise in store for me this afternoon but won’t tell me what it is! I will email you tonight to tell you what it is! I miss you all and can’t wait to tell you more about my trip and show you pictures once I am back in school – WEDNESDAY!!
Me with Bella the Grizzly bear at Montana Grizzly Encounter
In front of the Yellowstone sign!
Me and my mom at a scenic stop in Yellowstone
BIG nest in Yellowstone
All in front of the Mammoth Springs justice building
My whole family ❤️
My Aunt Alex after her graduation
We got into Montana Wednesday night @ 8:35 Montana time (so 10:35 Vermont time!). We went right to the tree house (see photo below taken today of me with my Mimi & Bampa at the tree house) and had to walk up the path in the PITCH black! The people who own the tree house told us a mama bear and her two cubs live there as well as moose, so we had to make lots of noise on the way up to scare them away!!!
This morning (Thursday!) we woke up early and drove to West Yellowstone. We stopped at a Grizzly Bear and Wolf Discovery Center and got to see their largest bear, Sam (see photo below!) who weighs 900lbs! By the end of the fall he will weigh 1100 lbs! Sam and his sister were separated from their mom when they were young and started trying to get food from humans. To keep them from getting killed for being “nuisance bears” the center saved them. Then we drove into Yellowstone. We saw lots of bison, 3 coyotes, and stopped to see Old Faithful!
We are having so much fun! Tonight my bampa and I are staying in the tree house together, it’s perfect because we like to watch the show “Treehouse Master” together on Animal Planet, it’s like we’re living the show!
I miss everyone! Can’t wait to show you all my pictures and tell you more about my adventures!
We topped off our two weeks of Iditarod madness with a marvelous visit from a local musher, Gail Guertin from North Sutton, NH. We learned so much and enjoyed meeting four of her dogs. More to come, but we thought you’d like a sneak peek!
Have you ever wondered what is number one on the music charts in Germany, India, or Peru? Well, in the grand kickoff of our “Current Events Around the World” START session, Elizabeth, Laya, and Max inspired us to move and groove to some international tunes. We did some comparing and contrasting, wondering, and listening, as well as a LOT of twirling, trotting, hopping, and expressing. Thank you, START volunteers, for sharing your passion for the beautiful world!