Clark and Lewis were up bright and early. There we so many fun things to play with in their boat room. The first thing they did was ride around on the Clark and Lewis sized cars on the deck of the boat. Then they looked through the many activity books and colored in one of the Mutant Ninja Turtles. Finally they went outside to be explorers and the jungle.
“You know, Lewis,” said Clark, “this reminds me of the marshes around my old pond at home.”
“I know what you are saying, Clark,” remarked Lewis. “When baby ducks are born they are often hidden in nests among the reeds to keep them safe from predators.”
“Who would want to hurt a baby duck?” said Clark credulously.
“Beats me,” sighed Lewis.
Soon Beeba was calling them to come in and get ready to go out sightseeing. It was hard for them to leave their make-believe game but they decided some real adventures would be fun too.
First they went to the Maritime Museum. Although they had gotten there too late to go inside the house part of the museum, they could look at the exhibits outside.
“Wow, what an enormous whale skeleton!” exclaimed Lewis. “They must eat a ton of food everyday!”
“I sure am glad I am not in the way of that whale,” said Clark. “He could inhale me in one giant bite.”
Beeba read a sign to them that said that whales take in a big mouthful of water and then use their tongue to push most of it out. They have special strainers on their upper jaw called baleen that let the water go out but catch all the stuff to eat behind.
“I don’t even want to think about it,” shuddered Clark.
Later they horsed around pretending to be an octopus and a seagull.
They all stopped at the grocery store to pick up some things for dinner. Clark and Lewis especially liked vacation time because it meant a lot more snacks! After dinner they took a walk on the beach where Lewis found a sand dollar.
“I wish I had a million of these sand dollars because then I would be the richest duck on the beach, “mused Lewis.
“I think all you would be is a duck sitting on top of a big pile of shells!” laughed Clark.
Soon it was time for bed. Tomorrow would probably be busy too. But as it turned outnit was not very busy at all. Beeba and Zayde hung around the house doing their puzzles and just lazing around. Clark and Lewis had to be content playing with their toys.
Finally after lunch they all went to the lighthouse.
“What is this lighthouse doing in the middle of a field?” asked Clark. “I thought they were set up so sailors could see where the dangerous rocks were. If the sailors had driven their boat near here they would already be in trouble.”
Zayde explained about how all the silt in the river had made more land at the mouth of the river. Even though it had only been a hundred years or so the land extended a half mile more into the ocean. Clark and Lewis loved traveling with Zayde because it seemed like he knew everything.
The last part of their outing was a trip to the fish store. Beeba and Zayde wanted some fresh fish for dinner. Clark and Lewis always found Beeba and Zayde’s tastes a little weird since they wanted to eat a bunch of stuff that was not either bugs and plants but it was better just to stay quiet about it.
Clark and Lewis are moving north tomorrow to visit the Olympic National Park. They are looking forward to the rainforest and more adventures.