Sailing Regatta at the California Yacht Club!

A couple days ago, I went to a regatta at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. It was an hour drive from our house. When we arrived, I said hi to all my old friends who are now on a different racing team than me. I checked in, and my coach, Captain Rod, gave us a tour of the giant yacht club building. Then, we had our Skipper’s Meeting. After that, I went in and rigged my RS Tera. I had to wait a while to get a dolly. Finally, I received one. I brought my boat down to the dock and then launched.

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I was out in the marina sailing, and then a PIRATE ATTACKED ME! Just kidding. I got to the committee boat and sailed around while we waited for other boats. Finally, everyone was there and we started the race. We did 6 races, but your worst race would not be counted. Anyway, in my fourth race, I was fouled. I had the overlap, but the boat didn’t give it to me. That caused 12 boats to get ahead of me. 😦 The other races, I did pretty well.

After all 6 races, we sailed in. My former teammates helped my de-rig. We checked the board with the results and I got 17th place. I would’ve earned around 15th without that foul. There were 30 boats racing so I ended up  in the middle, and I beat a bunch of high-schoolers! 🙂 Then, I went to the yacht club restaurant and ate with my mom.  The reason why my siblings didn’t come is that they were at Scout-O-Rama. I ordered a burger and fries, and there was free POPCORN! Yummmmmmyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!

After that, we headed home. It was an hour drive on the way back. Luckily, I had popcorn to eat in the car.

 

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Waving to my Mom as I head to the dock.

 

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SELFIE!

 

 

Secrets of the Manor: Beth’s Story 1914

Secrets of the Manor is a historical fiction book. It is very exciting, and is a mystery series.

Beth lives in England in a mansion. She is almost twelve. Beth loves adventures. Her ladies made, Shannon help her. She has no siblings, but she has a mother and father.

The next day is Beth’s birthday! She is super nervous. Sadly, he ladies made Gladys has to leave. Shannon takes her place. Her cousin Gabby comes, but is very different than last time she saw her. She wants to be called Gabrielle, and is very into fashion. She acts haughty. Then, her locket goes missing!

The book is really good, and I’ve read the whole series. I do wish the book’s were a little bigger, but other than that it was great. They’re super exciting, and I can’t stop turning the pages.

I would recommend this book for second to 5th grade. I would give it 4 ⅘ stars.

Rattlesnakes

What are rattlesnakes and their effect on the environment?

 

We always think rattlesnakes are those mean snakes that kill people. The truth is, they’re not. Yes, they do have a deadly bite, but it’s for defense, and they have to eat, too. They keep the rats and mice population down, live in lots of different areas, and are very interesting. Rattlesnakes are classified as Class: Reptilia, Order: Squamata, Suborder: Serpentes, Family: Pit Vipers.

Rattlesnakes live in lots of different areas. They live in dry, open, rocky areas. They like rocks to protect them from predators like the California King Snake. Rattlesnakes can be found in prairies, deserts, forests, swamplands, and plains. They also like dry brush and range from Southwestern Canada to Central Argentina. Rattlesnakes can live at sea level to 11,000 feet. Thirteen different species live in Arizona alone. Burrows and dens are their favorite places to live. When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, they hibernate. They aren’t super picky about where the live but do not live in the water. Western Diamondbacks have the biggest range.

Though their lifespan in the wild is unknown, in captivity, they live 15 to 20 years. In the wild, they live less due to diseases, people taking their habitat, and predators. It takes 167 days till little snakes are born. They can give live birth to 10 to 20 babies. Females carry eggs in their bodies. The birthing process takes 3-5 hours. They will stay with their mom for a couple hours, but then slither off. Most are killed by predators  in the first week. After about 3 years, the female rattlesnake can mate and give birth. There are 30 species of rattlesnakes.

 

Rattlesnakes eat many different animals. They eat small rodents, ground squirrels, mice, rabbits, gophers, ground dwelling birds, small lizards, unguarded bird eggs, prairie dogs, and chipmunks. They can strike in five-tenths of a second, and their venom paralyzes their prey. The Timber Rattlesnake waits till their prey is dead and then eats it. Digestion will take many days. Usually, adults eat every 2 weeks. Younger ones will eat once a week. They are slow and sluggish after they eat, just like my dad. Ambushing usually occurs at dusk. Did you know they eat 85% mammals. Only 10% of their diet is birds, and 5% reptiles.

Without rattlesnakes, there would be mice and rats up to our knees. Rats and mice eat food, destroy crops, and carry diseases.

If you are bit, the venom will damage your tissue and blood cells. This is same with dogs and most other animals. Hemotoxic elements can cause this. Death usually occurs after 48 hours of the bite. Although death is very rare, it can still happen. If the bite is treated two hours or less after the bite, you have 99% chance of living.

Rattlesnakes are very valuable to the environment and are a big part of the ecosystem. They keep the rats and mice down and live in lots of different areas. Rattlesnakes are super cool and misunderstood.