Town Hall

Tales of Exploration (May/June 2011)

Tell us about the best exploring you've ever done. Have you built a secret fort in the woods? Scaled the tallest tree in the neighborhood? Is there a creek, somewhere, that nobody knows about but you?

well, in my neborhood there is some pathways that only the children know about

submitted by liam h, age 10, cary nc
(May 5, 2011 - 1:08 pm)

That has absouloutley nothing to do with the topic

submitted by Rebecca, age 13, Baltimore MD
(May 6, 2011 - 4:58 pm)

I think social networks are okay if used properly but I don't think anybody younger than 16 who does not need it for school (homework people!!!) should have a facebook and anybody younger then 11 definetly should not have a facebook becuase though many people are nice there are plenty of creeps out there.

submitted by Rebecca, age 13, Baltimore MD
(May 6, 2011 - 4:57 pm)

soory people I thoght this was the disscussion on soacial networking

submitted by Rebecca, age 13, Baltimore MD
(May 6, 2011 - 4:59 pm)

I'd have to say the most fun I ever had exploring was doing my scuba certification dives in Long Island Sound.

The final dive was under a bridge, and the pilings (the pillars that hold the bridge up) had tons of mussels growing on them. All kinds of fish came to eat the mussels, and the water was kind of murky, so you wouldn't see them approaching until they were five feet in front of you! 

That made it a little scary when the fish that swam up were sea bass three feet long! But the biggest suprise I got was seeing a baby lionfish swim by. Lionfish normally live only in the tropics, but there's an invasive population on the East Coast that people think started when somebody's aquarium got washed out to sea by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. I just know it was strange diving with tropical fish an hour's drive from home!

submitted by KaiYves, age 18, New York, New York
(May 7, 2011 - 1:49 pm)

Did you write a muserology?????????

submitted by purplel, age 12, honolulu, hawaii
(June 18, 2011 - 9:18 am)

Yes, I wrote the Muserology that appeared in the January issue.

submitted by KaiYves, age 18, New York, New York
(July 21, 2011 - 8:49 pm)

Welllll.... we have woods behind our house and my friend, my older brother and i went exploring the paths and we kinda got lost... not really lost though.  We just got lost from my brother and had a hard time finding him again.

submitted by Victoria, age age, City, State
(May 11, 2011 - 10:24 am)

Heh. Well, if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret. 

There is however, a creek in my friends backyard where all of her friends and her brother's friends come to catch crayfish. 

submitted by JhonenFan!, age ..., Galactic Conquest
(May 17, 2011 - 7:38 pm)

I think the most fun time I have had was when my ex-friend (who was my friend at that point) twisted her ankle in the woods, and as she was resting, we saw a bear paw connected to a bear arm bone, with no other bear. So, the conclusion we reached was: There's something in the woods that can kill and eat a bear! Eek! Nothing like panic to make you have a good time!

submitted by Katie G., age a place, an age
(May 19, 2011 - 7:52 pm)

In the wetlands behind my school, there are some forts.

submitted by Alex P., age 10, Seattle, WA
(June 12, 2011 - 8:58 pm)

Well... On a school camp we went caving, and in one place they let our group play hide and seek. Wandering around in a cave with just your headlamp, covered in mud and other stuff, trying to squeeze through gaps you could very well get stuck in (although those gaps were either narrow or low, not both), was definitely an adventure. Then when I found a spot I could sit in the dark and feel totally alone, at least until someone called out.

Going on bushwalks involving cliffs with no handrails or anything to stop you falling off is interesting.

Most of my exploring involves weird things on the internet, though.

submitted by Maths Lover, age 15, Australia
(June 13, 2011 - 6:44 am)

me too!!!!!!

submitted by purplel, age 12, honolulu, hawaii
(June 18, 2011 - 9:17 am)

hiked a mountain and I survive middle school

submitted by purplel, age 12, honolulu, hawaii
(June 18, 2011 - 9:15 am)

in my neighboorhood we have some really old houses where nobody lives and there is a trail near my house with an awsome waiding spot.........

submitted by Emma.s, age you should never ask a girl/women her age!, amherst where the h is silent
(June 18, 2011 - 10:41 am)

Well the beat i can claim is starting at one end of a walmart and finding my fokes at the other end...not much...ohwell (sighs) :l  Hey it was a big walmart tho!

submitted by Matt C. , age 13, Kansas City, MO
(June 13, 2012 - 4:45 pm)

At my old school, Blandford nature school (the best school ever!), we had "Magic Spots". They were places we would go to write. Since my school was on a nature center, there was a huge forest. Magic spots could be a tree, a big rock, an little hole by the creek, an little cave, whatever you like. But your Magic Spot was Your Magic Spot. It just had a magical feeling to it, like, you owned the spot. My tree had lots of carvings on it, which I am against, so I put a sign next to my tree telling people to stop writing on my tree. It was wonderful.

submitted by Ellie L., age 12, East Grand Rapids, MI
(July 1, 2012 - 4:15 pm)

At the family farm, three hours from Bogotá in the páramo (mountains), I love to explore the pine forests, meadows, creeks, hills and the one enormous dry riverbed. I pretend that it's a magical world, and in a way, it sort of is. Anything could happen there.

A family farm in Colombia sounds like a great topic for a Muserology! Hint, hint. --Ed. 

submitted by Emma V., age 13, Bogotá, Colombia
(September 1, 2012 - 12:01 pm)