Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson

Hi, I am Charles Robinson and I am traveling to Maine this summer to work at Camp Encore/Coda. I intend this blog to be a way for my family and friends to keep up with my travels this summer.




Today started off great. After a late sleep and breakfast at the hotel, I headed up the mountain to Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls is the largest waterfall within a cave. In an hour-long tour, we learned the history of the falls, how they were discovered, and saw many spectacular rock formations 260 feet inside Lookout Mountain. The more colorful rock formations were creatively named, such as potato chip, elephant's foot, tobacco, steak & potatoes, etc. The tour culminated in the actual Ruby Falls (named for the wife of the man who discovered them). From Ruby Falls, I headed to the top of the mountain to Rock City. At Rock City, I toured the many gardens, including a gnome underpass, and walked across a swinging bridge to Lover's Leap and the peak of Lookout Mountain, where 7 ... read more
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North America » United States » Arkansas » Hot Springs June 1st 2011

The roadtrip for summer 2011 has begun! I set off from Fort Worth at noon and headed to Hot Springs to spend the night. The drive was very pleasant, especially once I got out of the metroplex. I took Arkansas scenic Highway 7 to get to Hot Springs and the views were very rewarding! After arriving at the Gulpha Gorge Campground in Hot Springs National Park, I reserved my campsite, set up my tent, and set off on a hike for about 2 hours. I hiked two different trails: the Gulpha Gorge Trail (which leads from the campground to the top of the mountain) and the Goat Rock Trail. The Goat Rock Trail begins at the bottom of a rock that is in the shape of a goat's hoof! There were two overlooks on this trail ... read more
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North America » United States » Texas » Abilene May 28th 2011

Having moved out of my house into a storage unit for the summer, I am ready to drop by Fort Worth for a couple of days. I have my car loaded up with the things I will need this summer in Maine. I plan to leave on the morning of the 31st. Most of the trip is already planned and I am looking forward to my vacation!... read more
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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston June 26th 2010

Boston is the place to be if you are visiting New England! It is also held very high in respect by everybody at camp, so I knew I had to visit! Jerome and I arrived Wednesday night and have been staying with Michael and Jennifer, a very nice couple who live in Watertown. On Thursday, I slept very late and got up to finally start some laundry. It had been more than two weeks and I was completely out of clean clothes! After that was done, I went into Boston and walked the 3-plus mile Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail starts at Boston Common and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Along the way, there are many historic sites and buildings, such as the Park Street Church, Old South Meeting House, the Old North ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York June 16th 2010

New York City was definitely a culture shock. There are so many buildings and people- it is overwhelming at first. Our first thing after dropping our stuff off at Tim's apartment (in Queens) on Monday was to head to the Ed Sullivan Theater to see Letterman. After we picked up our tickets, I had some time on my hands, so I stood by the side entrance of the theater and watched, with many others, to see who would go in and come out. I was not dissapointed. I saw Late Show announcer Alan Kalter filming the scene he would later do in the show. Paul Shaffer came out and hailed a cab. I also saw Biff Henderson coming out for a break. The Late Show was great! The audience was encouraged to be very enthusiastic because ... read more
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Today, Jerome and I left Washington D.C. early (about 10:45) en route to New York City. We took I-95 all the way. On the way I decided to stop in Philadelphia and spend the afternoon. It was a good choice. I walked around the historic neighborhoods downtown, seeing the Liberty Bell, Carpenter's Hall, and Independence Hall. Next to Independence Hall was the building where our first Congress met from 1790-1800, before Washington became the capitol. In there, I saw the old House room and the Old Senate room, which was on the second floor. I took a tour of Independence Hall and saw the room where they signed the Declaration of Independence and where the Constitutional Convention met. (By the way, all of these historic visits were nothing like National Treasure.) We then a cheesesteak at ... read more
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Today I spent the entire day at the Smithsonian Museums. The museums opened at 10:00 a.m. and I was ready and there by that time! First I traveled to see the National Air and Space Museum. There, I saw many airplanes hanging from the ceiling and several exhibits about the history of plane and space travel. There was even one of the planes by the Wright brothers there. There was also a model of a space vessel that you could walk inside of. Next I went to the Natural History Museum. There were several exhibits and fossils, as well as a wealth of information about life science and geology. There I saw the Hope Diamond. Next was the American History Museum. This was where I spent most of my time. There were many exhibits, ranging from ... read more
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Today, I set off for our nation's capitol! I was by myself the whole day while Jerome did some other things. I took the metrorail from the house we were staying to a stop close to the capitol building. The capitol building, housing Congress, has a nice new visitor's center which I stopped at first. From there I stood in line and got a tour of the building. The guide was very knowledgable and took us to the rotunda, old House meeting room, and a few other rooms. The rotunda area was very beautiful, with several paintings all around that tell of our nation's history. The old House meeting room had several statues from the different states, including Sam Houston, and plaques that marked the desk locatons of famous representatives, including Abraham Lincoln. After the tour, ... read more
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North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Hershey June 10th 2010

Today, Jerome and I went with Mitch to Hersheypark in Hershey. First, we had breakfast downtown at a place called Roxy's in Harrisburg and I saw the Pennsylvania capitol building. Hersheypark is an amusement park, similar to Six Flags, and has many roller coasters. We spent the day there riding the best coasters there. It was really fun- it had been a while since I had been to a park with roller coasters. I also got into the wave pool and then we went to see Mitch's show/band at the amphitheatre. After the show was over, we hit the road with our destination: Washington D.C.! It took us about 2.5 hours south of Hershey to get there. When we got there, we met up with several people that Jerome knows to eat Mexican food! It was ... read more
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North America » United States » Pennsylvania » Hershey June 9th 2010

Today, the weather was very cold and rainy. We are glad we did not camp out last night! After a very late morning sleeping in at Days Inn, we departed for Hershey, where we would be staying with Jerome's friend, Mitch. The drive, though raining a lot, was very beautiful. Mountains began to appear and I discovered a new perspective of them- they are very beautiful surrounded by mist and fog. One downturn of the drive was that it was a tollway. Once we got to Hershey, we visited Hershey's Chocolate World. This is the visitor center for Hershey corporation. We took a free tour that showed the chocolate-making process. We then took a trolley ride through Hershey, learning about and seeing the places and history of the town and of Milton Hershey. It was very ... read more
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