Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hello from Florida!

I've finally arrived in Florida, and boy is it hot outside! It's summertime, but there's no kids playing in their yards or on the street because it's so hot. I guess they're at the beach or at swimming pools, or maybe they're inside playing.

Earhart and I got to see a lot of Jacksonville before we went to our host's house. Jacksonville is the city where she lives. It's in the northeast part of Florida, right next to the ocean, and almost in Georgia when you look at maps. I'll draw a picture to show you where I am later!

This is a really big city! There is a river called the St John's River, and it's special because it flows north. Most rivers in the United States go south. There is also something called the Intracoastal Waterway. That's kind of like a river that goes between two parts of Jacksonville. There are lots of marshes along it, so sometimes if you're going over a bridge and the tide is low (that means there isn't as much water there), it's really stinky! Animals like snakes, turtles, frogs, and lots of birds like to live in the marsh. There is also a lot of beaches in Jacksonville!

This picture is me and Earhart at our host's house. I was wearing my jacket while traveling, but I had to take it off when we got here. I had a really good trip from Wisconsin, but I think Earhart was ready to run around and play.

I was ready to go inside and cool off!

Unfortunately, palm trees aren't very good for making shade. They need some good trees down here so you can find a nice and shady place outside!

This palm tree across the street looks a lot shadier, but it has even more prickly parts on the trunk! Maybe those big trees far away will be nice and shady.

This picture shows me and Beatrice in her room. Beatrice is the doll who lives here with Keri, her big person. She's really nice and is letting me share her bed while I'm here.

Bea is going to show me the lizards that live in the backyard later, but first she let me borrow some clothes. I got a skirt and a t-shirt that were nice and cold from being kept near the air conditioning all day. It was so nice to change my clothes after being outside! The thermometer by the back door said it was 101 degrees today! That's really hot!

It's really important to stay cool when it's hot out, so Keri and Beatrice made sure that Earhart and I had lots of water! I also got a nice apple snack, and that was really yummy.

Earhart got to sit at the end of the bed, so he could cool off, too. Dogs have so much fur, they're probably hot all the time!

Beatrice also has lots of cool books and toys. She let me read her Nancy Drew book this afternoon, while I rested from my trip.

We have so much planned while I'm here, I can't wait!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Meet Traveling Nora

Hi! I'm Eleanor, but you can call me Nora. I am a Traveling Doll--nomad and ambassador to the world! I may be coming to your neck of the woods, so let me tell you a little bit about myself. First of all, I love to travel. I love seeing different places and learning about them as I go. I'm a big nature lover too, and I especially enjoy the changing seasons. I collect rocks and pebbles because they're one of my favorite things about the great outdoors! As I travel, I love trying the local food. I'm a vegetarian and can always find something great to try, but my favorites are pasta and fruit. Yum! I really love animals, especially cats, turtles, and my dog, Earhart. He travels with me everywhere I go, though he sometimes prefers to rest rather than go on outings with me. (His legs are awfully short for big hikes!)

I just arrived in Wisconsin today, and this is going to be my home base. I'll report back on my journeys as I go. I met some of the other dolls who live here and told them all about my plans to see the world. I want to see it all! So far I'm scheduled to go Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah, and Colorado! After that I'll be home for the holidays, but once the New Year comes, I'll be off again--this time on an overseas journey! If you'd like me to visit you, e-mail me at TravelingNora@yahoo.com. I'm scheduled for takeoff in just a couple of days, and I can hardly wait to start my journey. I hope you enjoy learning about all of the new places I visit as I go.