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News - August 24, 2007

Driving cross country

Second in a three-part series of a 10-year-old's experience moving from Connecticut

by Katie Lyness

The first day of traveling we drove through Pennsylvania. There was not much to look at out the window so Jenny and I read books, colored, and watched (twice!) the first season of "Full House" on the DVD player that came built into our GMC Yukon. "Full House" was supposed to be set in San Francisco, so watching all of the episodes was extra interesting. At night, we stayed at a dirty motel in a bad neighborhood because we forgot to call ahead to make a reservation anywhere else, and that bad motel was the only one with vacancies (no surprise there).

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When Katie Lyness's dad was relocated to California, the family chose Pleasanton and loaded up a car to head west. Here Katie recounts her travel adventures and first impressions.


Posted by Barbara Gruda, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 27, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Wow. Now this is a great way to engage children in what matters most to children; other children's thoughts and ideas! I can certainly rememember my parents trying to get me to read the local newspaper and frankly there was NOTHING that was interesting enough to keep my attention for even 2 minutes. Had there been something written by someone close to my own age and written as well as this article I likely would have enjoyed the paper every day!

Posted by Dina Cox, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 29, 2007 at 10:39 am

What an awesome and well written journal by Katie. Being originally from the Midwest, I loved the way she described the different states and added humor as well. It is refreshing to hear the perspective from a 10 year old and it brought out the inner child still in me.

Posted by Martha Grill, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 23, 2008 at 9:17 am

That was so great and very well written. I think the thoughts of a 10 year old are from a different perspective than an adult. i enjoyed reading this article and would love to read more.