On Thursday, we met at the Wilmington Train Station in comfy walking shoes ready for an adventurous day. The day was beautiful and warm, a perfect day for a field trip to New York City.
Once we boarded the train, we did some reading to prepare for the upcoming events. We read an article about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The article included several perspectives on the story. Some were of teachers at a school when the towers crashed, some were firefighters, and some were people that were in the towers.
When the train ride ended, we navigated our way through the complicated subway system. There we all different kinds of tracks and stops, but we eventually ended up where we wanted to be.
However, all the arrows to the 9/11 museum were pointing right. We just followed the signs, until suddenly we didn’t see any more signs. Our GPS’s couldn’t figure out where we were, so we asked someone along the road. They pointed us all the way back to where we had exited the subway! It turns out, the signs had been wrong. Sure enough, when we went the right way, the arrows pointed to the left! Darn signs!
Anyway, after we arrived at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, we went through security and checked our bags. We were a bit late after all the commotion from the wrong-direction signs! But we downloaded a voice guided tour through the museum, walked through and looked at the artifacts, and calmed down.
The 9/11 museum was filled with amazing artifacts. One of my favorites was a wall. Yup, a wall. This wall was covered with different blue squares from people who tried to remember the color of the blue clear sky on that September morning. All kinds of blues were on that wall. Some were more like teal while others were dark dark blue.
Another artifact I found very intriguing was a piece of steel form above where the plane crashed into the North Tower. It was amazing how TWISTED the STEEL was.
The final artifacts I would like to talk about are two photos. The first is a picture of the North tower minutes before the plane crashed. The second photo shows smoke billowing out of the top of the tower. These were photos taken by a tourist who happened to witness the whole thing.
We exited the museum with our bags and looked at the memorials. They had names around the edges of the rectangular railings. These were the names of victims in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
After the 9/11 Museum, we hailed a taxi which drove us all the way to the American Museum of Natural History. We checked in and got our tickets, then went to the butterfly room. In this room, there are 400-600 butterflies of all different species. They land on you if you are still enough! I couldn’t get one to land on me, but I don’t know if I wanted one to!
After the butterflies, we went to watch a film called Tiny Giants. Tiny Giants was about little animals trying to survive in the big world with other dangers.
When the film was over, we walked through the museum to another exhibit. This exhibit was about animals in general and the challenges they face like how to reproduce and about their sizes in general. It was so cool! Did you know that the army ant lays 2 million eggs in a batch!? I didn’t!
Well, on our way home, we talked about what we learned. I learned that there were 2,977 9/11 victims. We also slept a little after our long day. Man, aren’t field trips fun?!