Last week I went to Seacamp with my grade. It is a camp in the Florida Keys where you learn about marine biology. It was so much fun. I saw sharks, fish, coral and sponges in the water. I also dissected algae and found 45 starfish. It was the coolest trip ever.
On the trip I learned how to snorkel. Learning how to snorkel was a challenge at first, but I got the hang of it after a while.
Believe it or not, tubeworms were one of my favorite parts of Seacamp! They are worms about 1 centimeter wide that live underwater in walls or rocks. At the top they have little cilia-like arm-things. They are pinkish reddish. They are cool to look at, but it is more fun to touch them. When you touch them they shoot back into the wall really fast. It scared me the first time I did it because I thought I killed the worm. I later found out it was fine.
We also played a game where we camouflaged ourselves. I was camouflaged in mud. When I came out it was so gross! On the way home we got to feed Tarpon. They are GIANT fish. We fed them sardines. Overall I had a great time at Seacamp.
Traveling and having new adventures can rejuvenate your spirit. Taking a break from your routine helps your creativity blossom again. Even though I was learning new things, I didn’t have to study for tests which is stressful, so Seacamp gave my mind a break. I also got to move in the water instead of sitting in a desk, so this gave my body a break. Being in the ocean also reminded me how vast the world truly is. And I made new memories. All of these things keep me spirited, and I hope you take the time to travel and find new parts of your spirit this summer too!
- Alice, The Spirited Kid
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