Auggie, clarksburg, wv, USA


Posted Jan 21, 2008, 3:19 am
Meet Auggie. Auggie (or Augustus when he's in trouble) is an alien from a distant planet. He began his journey many light years ago when he was launched out of his home planet's atmosphere into the universe. He was pointed in Earth's general direction and began to be pulled in to Earth's gravitational force just hours ago. While free-falling from space, he met up with Steve Perry and the other members of Journey and decided to sky-dive to Earth with them. He landed in my yard shortly after that. Armed only with a letter and a tag with some numbers on it, he informed me I was to send him out into the world so he could learn all about Earthly culture until he goes to live with his human sponsor, Hank. Hank will be two when Auggie goes to live with him, where they will no doubt be good pals.

Auggie is looking to visit all over the world and see the various monuments, people, festivals, architecture and weird "Earth-y" things your town has to offer. Auggie likes anything fun, odd or unique about where you live. An official WorldTrip book will be made after his journey closes with any souvenirs and photographs of all of the excellent places Auggie pops up.


Posted Jan 22, 2008, 4:28 pm
Auggie is patiently waiting his departure. I think he's bored. It snowed a little bit, so he decided to build a snowman. Well, it was more of a slush man, it was getting pretty melty. But Auggie had a good time and enjoyed learning how to engineer a man made of precipitation.


Posted Jan 23, 2008, 8:17 pm
Well, Auggie is on his way to visit Mizzery in Germany for a little while. I'll miss his little face and the rest of the little ones threw him a surprise party. They forgot to take into account that he is an alien and has no idea what a surprise party is. When they all yelled "Surprise!", Auggie ran and hid under the bed. The cake with candles also proved to be a struggle because he felt very threatened by the fire. It all turned out well, and in the end they got a lovely group picture before Auggie ate the banner.

His travel plans are as follows:

Steve & Helly-United Kingdom (HAD A GREAT TIME, THANKS!)
Jiles-The Netherlands(ARRIVED!)


Posted Feb 16, 2008, 9:52 pm

Today, Auggie arrived save in Germany! He was really really tired by his journey in the tiny envelop and he was glad to come out. Immediatey he showed us the letter which accompanies him to give us some information about himself and his trip. Auggie is the nicest Alien I've ever met!
And I'm sure we will have a lot of fun together!

The first thing Auggie wanted to do in Germany was to lern how to say hello in german as he wanted to send greetings to a special friend.

Posted Feb 16, 2008, 10:13 pm
Auggie needed a few days of rest after his journey and we decided to make the first special trip with him on Saturday.

We were very happy to welcome another toyvoyager, Alfred, the same day, and we were even more happy to see they became friends immediately!

Auggie showed Alfred the whole apartment and the places he likes most.

Unfortunately, our cats weren't that happy with the choice Auggie and Alfred made for their place to rest.

So Auggie and Alfred continued their tour through the apartment. Both were a little scared by the decoration of the living room and wanted to hide but we explained that their's no reason to be frightened as the swords on the wall are just part of our equipment for our historial reenactment group.

And then it was already time to start our trip to the Netherlands. Auggi and Alfred were very excited to be in two different countries on one day!

The drive by car to Enschede was very long and the two boys needed a little break so we decided to make a little stop and go for a walk for a moment.

The first thing we saw in Enschede was a really really big red shoe. Auggie was scared, he thought they have giants in the Netherlands and he wanted to hide in my bag.

But he calmed down and he and Alfred tried to learn more about the Netherlands by reading the newspaper.

What they liked best was not the famous market in Enschede we visited but a pretty huge wallpainting.

When we returned to our apartment, the two little ones were soooo tired and they immediately fall asleep.

Posted Feb 16, 2008, 10:32 pm
After a few days chilling at home, we planned a trip to Münster, a pretty big town close to Greven.

So they had to say goodbye to their new friends (a little bunch of dragons) to accompanie me to the city.

As Auggie wanted to see more of the countryside of the region we decided to go by train instead of going by car.

One thing, thats very special about Münster is that we have many many churches here. The people always say in Münster either the church bells are ringing or its raining!

Next thing we visited the castle, next to the university of Münster.

We spend some minutes walking through the castle gardens and afterwards went to " das blaue Haus" (the blue house) a famous restaurant here in Münster.

Soon the little toyvoyagers were very tired by the long walk and we paused at a fountain.

But we weren't finished with our trip yet. After the break we made our way to the city hall. It's a very very old building in the center of Münster. It's kind of amazing that such old buildings are next to the modern ones and the shopping streets.

Auggie noticed even more churches than I showed him. In the back around of this picture again: a church.

Auggie also learnd a few more words German! A "Kirche" is a church, a city hall is called "Rathaus" here in Germany and Hello how are you is "Hello, wie geht es Dir?" in German.

Posted Feb 24, 2008, 6:06 pm
This week the weather is very bad so we had to stay at home.

But that shouldn't be a problem there are so many funny things to do at home.

At first we played a little hide and seek....

It really wasn't easy to find him!

And Auggie was really surprised that we have sooo  many dragons here in Germany...

Afterwards I had to do some housework... but fortunately, all toyvoyagers helped me... they are really good in finding the pairs of the single socks...


Posted Feb 24, 2008, 6:15 pm
Today it kept on raining and we thought about what to do...

We decided to draw a few paintings. I can say some of the Toyvoyagers are really talented! As took them a few hours to finish the paintings but with a little teamwork they achieved it. I think they can be really proud!

Then I decided to teach Auggie and the others a little German.
And with the help of the dictionarys they learn a few sentences.

I'm on holidays in Germany - Ich mache Urlaub in Deutschland
I'm a Toyvoyager - Ich bin ein Toyvoyager
I travel around the whole world - Ich reise um die ganze Welt

But to study the whole day is to boring and Auggie wanted to listen to some German music to see how much he can understand.

In the evening we wanted to watch a DVD but it was really hard to get them to decide on ONE movie. Unfortunately I don't have a movie with aliens, dogs, marmots and bears all in one...

Posted Feb 24, 2008, 6:22 pm
Now, Auggie and the others are well acquainted with our cats and they are even allowed to share the bed with them!

They are good friends now!

But you can't stay in bed all day. So we made a toyvoyagers battle on playstation.

To sad, Auggie isn't good in playing such games... his armes are toooo short.

That's why we decided to do something everyone can do: we started to read for a little while.

Posted Feb 24, 2008, 6:33 pm
As it's the last day Auggie and Alred are spending with us, we wanted to show them part of our postcrossing collection because they wanted to know where they are going next. They were so fascinated by the cards that they started to build a card house. They started with a small one...

and then they made it higher and higher...

but it's not easy to build a card house when a little cat is around...

So, unfortunately all broke down before they had achieved to build a house of all cards..

But then it was time to say goodbye for Auggie and Alfred, so we made one last visit to Siggi who's a huge Viking worrior living in our apartment.

Posted Mar 16, 2008, 9:14 pm
Auggie arrived safely today in his strange german flying saucer :

He was welcomed by Blue Rat

Oooh my god ??? I'm looking twice ???

Posted Mar 29, 2008, 2:29 pm
Ground control to Major Hank ....

héhéhh, Here I am in the City of the Space of Toulouse

Mood told me I might meet some aliens there, but none of them ...
Here I am in front of the ERS on the left (Earth Observation Satellite) and the Soyouz spacecraft (on the right)

And behind me you can see the Russian Mir space station, near the TerraDoma

Hey! Look!!! I found my next means of transport:
the Ariane 5 launch vehicle!! Just perfect!!!!

Oh oh ?? What's this ???

Looks like Saturn??

Well in fact, it's the CNES entrance (the Spatial Center of Toulouse)

Hello Hank, it's me, reflected in Saturn !!!

Posted Apr 6, 2008, 10:18 pm
You remember that one of my missions is to meet 5 different earth animals ... so today, I have decided to go and explore the countryside, looking for some specimens...
I thought I had found one, but when I tried to be in contact with it ... nothing ...only a very good fragrance.

Just after it, I felt so strange ?? as if I had traveled miles away, anf found myself in a cool and warm place ...

You say cool I think ??

In fact, Mood told me it was Californian poppy...

Then after an hour walking : my very first close encounter with an earth animal !!! Look !! just behind me...!
Well ... once again, I try to talk to him, but nothing ... I even tried to call him "Médor" as I've heard people call their pets this way, but still no answer ... I suppose I'll never know  what kind of animal it was... anyway ...  when I left, I just heard some kind of growl ...

Posted Apr 6, 2008, 10:52 pm
We had a new guest today :

coming from Switzerland, his name is Robinson

He's a parrot, that is to say, he repeats everything all the time. It's his job ...!
As we are going to spend time together, we have decided to try to know each other better. Blue Rat had the idea, so he took a white board, and we began to draw about us... Here is my family (mum and dad):

As I wanted to learn more about the animal I met the other day, I draw this picture :

They just laughed ... and I still don't know about it ...
Anyway, I could learn how to say hello in 3 different languages, look !

1/ German:

2/ Russian:

3 / French:

I hope you take notes Hank !!!

Then it was time to say good bye to Blue Rat who was going away the next day ... So we drank some Ti Punch (white rhum with lemon), and ate some guadeloupean chocolate ... very tasty I must say!!!

then he took his flying cube and waved good byyyyye my friends !!!!

Posted Apr 6, 2008, 11:20 pm
Sightseeing tour today !!!
I climbed up an earth machine (they call it bus):

that took me to the center of the city of Toulouse : Place du Capitole

The Capitole is the building behind me (this is the townhall in fact) (you can see the french flag)

and near this fountain

here is the first thing I met :

Have you seen these bric-à-brac windows :
earth people are really untidy!!

It reminds me Mum when she asks me tidy your capsule!!!!

By the way, let me introduce you to my new friend "Horodateur" the pay and display machine

Then here I am in front of and old gothic convent whose name is the AUGUStins ...
It's a sculpture museum ...

and here is the St Sernin basilic

now the Pont Neuf upon the river Garonne

and the Donjon

but its started to rain, so I stopped my visit, and found a shelter under this beautiful french phone box

Allo Hank??? Auggie's speaking
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 18, 2008, 6:19 pm
Today I arrived in Calne. I climbed out of my 'spacebag' and decided to rest a while.
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 20, 2008, 8:23 am
After climbing out of my 'space bag' I rested for the evening in the summer house talking about toy voyaging with Pierre Bear, Billy Goat, Claire and [tv]Tibipanda.[/tv]
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 20, 2008, 8:27 am
Look, what's this? It's Doctor Who's Tardis! What's it doing here? I was a little bit scared as Doctor Who might mistake me for a 'bad' alien and attack me.
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 20, 2008, 8:30 am
Things got even more scary when I spotted a Darlek. I was concentrating so much on keeping out of his way that I didn't spot the Cyberman who grabbed me! He was very excited about seeing a fellow alien and wouldn't let me go until Helly had taken a picture.

I made my escape as quickly as I could.

Phew, too much excitement for one day!
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 22, 2008, 7:01 pm
Phew, after all that excitement I was glad to spend a day chatting to two new friends I found in Helly's office. I was supposed to be visiting Avebury but the weather was awful. maybe tomorrow.
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 22, 2008, 7:10 pm
I visited Avebury stone circle this morning. There are lots of theories as to why it's here. It's a huge circle of stones, which surrounds the village, plus an avenue of stones leading to it. I'm going to visit The Avenue later this week.

I think aliens planted the stones, no humans could do that, they're too big! I started to get home sick, but not for long as I met another earth animal.

This was a very strange animal, although it was warm this morning the animal had a woolly jumper on - how strange. It also had a little one with it. Perhaps they come in different sizes?

The whole field was covered with these woolly creatures but they weren't very friendly, they ran away.
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 25, 2008, 5:39 pm
I'm so excited!  :D

Wiltshire gets a lot of crop circles in the summer when the corn is out. Helly's not known one appear so early in the year, but one night earlier this week one appeared in a field of Rape.

Lots of humans believe aliens do them. They mysteriously appear in the night, no one sees them being made and they are perfectly formed.

Others think humans do them.

However, I KNOW the truth! :p

Because I'm visiting Wiltshire my family came to see me but I didn't know they were coming so I missed them. They left a message for me in the rape to tell me they missed me. They used high powered jets in the bottom of their space ship to create what looks like a pretty pattern to humans but I know what the symbol means.

The circles which are left later in the year are symbol messages to all the aliens who are living on this planet. All the humans who think other humans do the circles are wrong.

If you look closely at the picture with me in it - I'm the green streak on the left! - you'll see there's another message further down the slope on the right.

I know what it says but it's a secret message and not visable to humans from the road.
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 26, 2008, 8:17 am
After all that excitement, and feeling a little home sick, I spotted this huge white thing on the hillside.

It looks to be some sort of transportation devise. It's so big many, many humans could fit on it.

I studied the diagram for some clues. It told me it was a white 'horse'. I then looked at another information point which suggested there are many of these 'white horses' across Wiltshire. Reading further it seems there is no purpose to these horses which are carved from the geological structure of earth.

Aren't humans a strange race!
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 28, 2008, 6:21 pm
I'd heard so much about the famous Stonehenge and here I was, visiting it.

Lots of people were walking around the stones in a huge circle. Humans can't get close to the stones like they can at Avebury as the stones were being damaged.

After spending time looking at the stones from near the coach park I then looked at them from further away - can you see them? There were also lots of those funny creatures wearing woolly jumpers. The sun was out today, they must have been very hot!

The other thing I noticed today was that all the fields have the crop, rape, in them and they are all yellow. Just as well I like the colour yellow.

Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 29, 2008, 8:21 am
After Stonehenge we stopped at this lovely lake for a picnic. It's on the edge of Lord Bath's estate and you can walk for miles through the woods.
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 29, 2008, 7:27 pm
These two stones are the Adam and Eve stones, they once formed part of another avenue of stones leading to Avebury.

Wednesday I'm off to France for the weekend, I can't wait . . .
Steve & Helly

Posted May 5, 2008, 6:55 pm

Steve & Helly surprised me with a visit to France.

I'm off to the 2CV French National, I can't wait.

Here I am at Dover waiting to travel on a very strange mode of earth transport - in addition to travelling in the 2CV! We don't have big seas where I come from so the earth creatures have invented this way of travelling, apparently it's called a boat and it floats.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 5, 2008, 6:58 pm
'BONJOUR' - that's especially for Hank! That means 'hello', or 'good day' in French.

Here I am at the 2CV campsite and can you see me in the mirror of the car? There were 3000 2CVs, I didn't know there were so many and they came from all over Europe.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 5, 2008, 7:03 pm
Today I travelled in convoy with 2499 other 2Cvs to see if we could break the record of how many cars you can park on Dunkerque sea front. I'm sure we must have broken the record, it took all day to walk along to see them all.

I stopped at lunch time for a 'grand cafe', a big coffee. It was very tasty.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 5, 2008, 7:07 pm
This was my favourite car. It was painted with a road which ran all around the car and ended up in Paris.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 9, 2008, 7:39 am
To end the day I visited the War Memorial, one of many along the north coast of France.

I spent some time sitting and thinking about how awful the human race can be to each other.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 9, 2008, 7:40 am
I got really excited back in England, I thought I saw a space ship . . .
Steve & Helly

Posted May 9, 2008, 7:42 am
I thought I was leaving tomorrow so Maisie - who I know is a cat, as I've met cats before, said goodbye to me.

Hee, I've just found out I'm staying a little longer!!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 11, 2008, 6:36 pm
Here I am with my new friend Rangler. We climbed one of the stones together. This is 'The Avenue', a long parade of stones which leads to Avebury stone circle.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 11, 2008, 6:39 pm
Although he's not a gnome, Laughing Buddha wanted his photo taken with me. Just as Helly was taking the photo, look what happened . . .

A real gnome appeared!

This is Norman The Gnome and he and I got on very well indeed.

He's a house gnome and brings your home 'Good Luck'.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 11, 2008, 6:46 pm
As if I hadn't had enough excitement for one day . . .

look who I spotted on the computer . . .
Steve & Helly

Posted May 16, 2008, 7:42 am
Here I am at Caen Hill, an amazing flight of sixteen locks. Rangler and I climbed onto some of the lock gates and tried to open them.

Trouble is, I think you have to be a little bit bigger than we are to get a good leverage!

In the end I got fed up and lay back to rest.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 16, 2008, 7:45 am
Look, this is a close up of one of the locks. It's ever so deep. I didn't want to fall in.

I then walked to the bottom of the flight and looked back up.

I was a little disappointed there weren't many boats but Helly tells me I'm back in Devizes on Friday so I'll look again then.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 20, 2008, 7:29 am
It's nearly time for me to go and unfortunately I didn't get chance to see more canal boats.

However, I did squeeze in a visit to another white horse. This time it's Devizes' millenium horse.

(I also visited the local garden centre, looking for gnomes but guess what . . . they didn't have any!)
Steve & Helly

Posted May 20, 2008, 7:32 am
It's time to say 'Goodbye'. I was very upset at leaving and my friend Norman came to see me off. I was really upset at saying bye to Norman but he told me it wasn't goodbye but Au Revoir.

I climbed into my space bag and off I went . . .

'Bye Steve & Helly, hopefully I can come and visit again soon'.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 20, 2008, 7:36 am
. . . but wait, what's this?

In a seperate envelope are items to be sent to Melissa, ready for her scrapbook for Hank.

Look who's climbing in the envelope . . .

Norman can't bear to be parted from Auggie so he's flying to America to keep Melissa company and wait for Auggie's return.

Posted May 27, 2008, 2:47 pm
Hello! I arrived in The Netherlands! It was only a short hop to the opposite side of the North Sea. I am doing fine! :)

A cute little girl said hello to me.

She said her name is Miss E and she comes from Portugal. She helped me to get out of my spacebag.

I told her everything about my travels, she thought I was very lucky and she asked me if she could travel to Gardog too! Hmm... I don't really know!  :thinking:

Miss E had just prepared her lunch but she said there was enough for both of us. That's great because I'm very hungry!

Here I'm eating poffertjes, it's a traditional Dutch dish. It's very similar to pancakes but they are smaller. :)

And now I need some sleep before I'm going to explore the area where I am now! Bye!!!

Posted May 30, 2008, 6:39 pm
Hello! Unfortunately the weather hasn't been good since my arrival... :( it's cold and the sky is grey. I have been told that this is the typical Dutch weather. Hmm... I sincerely hope it isn't always typical Dutch weather then!  :stare:

Miss E showed me around, she is in Goes for some weeks already, she is a wonderful tour guide!

Here is me with Miss E, in the background you can see an old bridge, made of stone. The bridge is part of the historical fortifications and long time ago there was a city gate at this place. The name of the gate was the Ganzepoort or Geese's gate in English! :D

The church behind me is the 'Grote of Maria Magdalenakerk'.

It's an interesting building and I could also have a quick look inside!

This is the museum in Goes, Historisch Museum De Bevelanden. There are expositions about Goes and surrounding area. If the weather doesn't change, I will certainly bring a visit! ;)

This is the town hall of Goes, the town hall is located at the market place.

When we arrived at the market place, there was a wedding in the town hall. Unfortunately, we didn't see the happy couple but we saw their amazing car! Miss E told me about an event being held here recently with many old cars! I wish I could have seen that!
When we came home, we looked at Miss E's photos. :)

After that, I went for a walk around the harbour. These are ships! Hmmm... ships on water, not in space?!  :thinking:

This is the bridge that leads to the harbour, the bridge is manually operated by a bridgekeeper. I hope I can see the bridge again when some of these strange ships arrive!

This is just outside the harbour. I really love the views but the weather is so sad! :(

Back to the harbour. In the background is the same bridge. At this time, there aren't many ships in the harbour. Sometimes it's so crowded that you can almost walk from one side of the harbour to the other side, via the ships!

Some of the houses here are amazing! Look at the big house!

I am in the oldest part of Goes, on the way back home I saw some very cute houses. :)

Posted Jun 4, 2008, 6:43 pm
On Sunday we have been to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout. Or short, Kinderdijk. :)
In Kinderdijk are 19 well preserved windmills. Nowhere else in the world, you can find so many windmills at one place, it looks a bit like a forest!

The windmills were built around 1740 for a drainage system. The area, called a polder, is below sea level and the mills drain the excess water via large paddle-wheels into the Lek river. Nowadays a modern pumping station has taken over the work of the mills.

First, of course, we had to explore the map because it's a large area.

At the entrance of the area, they explain about the water management. Here you can also see that Kinderdijk is a UNESCO site.

Behind us, you can see a part of the modern power-driven pumping station, the large screws bring the water out of the area, into the Lek river.

The first windmills, look behind us!  B)


Then we saw the cutest little ducks, swimming in the water and walking on the water lilies. :)

Allright! Back to the windmills! That's what we are here for! ;)

One of the windmills can be visited, we didn't go inside but we could have a closer look here.

It's getting sunny!  B)

After our walk we drove a bit. In the meantime, the sun turned the windmills in a beautiful colour! :)

Amazing!!!  :o

Sad but true, it's time to go home! :( But before we left, some little lambs wanted to talk to us. :)

Posted Jun 5, 2008, 3:12 pm
The little girl, Miss E, who came to say hello to me on my day of arrival and who shared her poffertjes with me on that same day, has left me...  :(
She is travelling to her next host in UK. Hmm.... that is the same country as where I was before I came here! I told her about the country and that made her smile again. :)

Bye bye Miss E!!!! I hope we'll meet again! :)

Posted Jun 10, 2008, 8:32 pm
Today, for the Dutch team, the European Football Championship or Euro 2008 started! Expected to be a difficult game because it was Netherlands vs. Italy and Italy was World Champion Football in 2006...  :o

I'm getting ready to support the Dutch team together with the Welpies!

And we are singing the Welpies song!
Alle Welpies helpen, we plakken ons wild.
Geluk voor Oranje, heel Holland slaat op tilt.

It's about to begin and I'm so nervous!

This is Marco van Basten, he is the manager of the Dutch national team and previously, he was a football player.

Ooh! The ball is about to enter the goal!

It is a goal for the Dutch team!!  B)

And another goal! It made me turn a somersault!  :cyclops:

Netherlands won, 3-0 and the goals were scored by Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Congratulations to the Dutch team! Here's the goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar.

After the game, the whole stadium turned orange and everyone was happy!  B)

Posted Jun 22, 2008, 4:01 pm
Hello again! Hmm... I have been out quite a few times but due to a broken computer, I lost my photos!  :mad: The good thing is, I can see some of the visited places again!  B) :p

Here we go, this is close to Jiles' home. Goes has an historical city centre and long time ago Goes was a fortified city. These days, only a few parts of the historical fortifications are left and the places where the city gates used to be are marked with marble stones.

This is me in front of some of the beautiful houses alongside the canal.

This villa is just awesome, it's different from the other houses here.

See the Dutch flag? It is because someone who's living in that house has graduated from secondary school. You can't see on the photo but there is also a schoolbag hanging there!

The canal and in the background the same church as I've visited before! Hmm... there are some people on the other side of the water, I wonder what they are doing! Let's have a closer look......

It seems they are fishing!

The park around here is a popular place for dogs. The dog dirt was a problem, remember the fishing people who were sitting in the grass? ;)
To avoid them getting dirty, people can get free bags here, to clean the dirt their dog left! :D

Isn't this a beautiful place?

There you can see the geese, too bad they were on the other side of the water and no bridge near! :(

This building is the secondary school Jiles went to, the name of the school is 'Goese Lyceum'. :)

This are the same flowers as I've seen at Kinderdijk, water lilies! But I haven't seen so many at one place before! :)

Posted Jul 15, 2008, 12:41 pm
Hello, it's time to say goodbye! :(

But before I leave, I show you my new friend here, the garden gnome! He was so hidden that I only met him now!

We have a visitor today, a dog! That means I have seen at least 5 different Earth animals, cats, dinosaurs, geese, sheep, ducks and a dog. A life mission completed! B)
He helped me in my travelbag. :)

Bye Auggie, I wish you a safe flight to USA and fun travelling! :)

Posted Jul 25, 2008, 7:57 am
I happily arrived to my place and heard giggling outside my package. When it was opened, there were Hugme, Mrs. Beasley, and Shirley Sheep!

They said they'd never seen an alien before! I asked them what state I was in, I didn't know what AP stand for and my host Jayme came in and said I wasn't in the states at all! What?! She said FPO (I THOUGHT that was a funny name for a city!) stands for Fleet Post Office and AP stands for Asian Pacific. It was a US military address!  I'm on a military base in Japan! Wow!

Hugme gave me a hug because he said I looked shocked!

The others told me the first thing we had to do was business related unfortunately. Jayme's little boy was hurt, and we had to go to the hospital so we could make sure he didn't have an infection. Here's Hugme giving him a hug and you can see his poor eye.

Going to the hospital meant going to Camp Lester, location of the military hospital on Okinawa. Here's the sign inside the gate. The flag above means that it's hot outside and to take precautions not to get heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

And here I am outside the hospital!

Good news! Jacob's going to be just fine and all he has to do is take benadryl. Jayme said that's really bad news since it makes him hyper, but I bet we'll have lots of fun over the next few days!

Write more soon,

Posted Jul 29, 2008, 5:10 am
Today we took a walk in the largest park on Okinawa. We of course only got to see a small bit. Its so large it has its own water park inside it!

Near the water park area is a wall with many murals of sea creatures.

There was also a xylophone to play on.

Finally we stopped by the beach during part of our walk for a small break.

After our walk we had to go home to rest for awhile


Posted Jul 29, 2008, 5:14 am
Once we were all done with our rest time we went back out again! The first place we went to was the ferris wheel.

The view is a little nicer from my space ship, but still this is pretty good for humans!

I even got to drive a train around!

After that we went to play this weird game called bowling. I wonder why they didn't just walk down and knock the pins over?

Write more soon,

Posted Jul 29, 2008, 5:17 am
Today we went to Kadena Air Base. Near the first gate they have a park like area where you can see some retired planes. Here we are on an F-100 (can you see us on the wing?)

Here I am in front of a F-104

Here we are on the wing of an F-4

And here's an F-15! Jayme's husband wanted to put us in the engine to take the picture, but these old fashioned engines look rather dangerous to me!

Write more soon!

Posted Jul 29, 2008, 8:27 am
We got to go do something VERY neat today. We went to what's called a "Change of Command" ceremony. We weren't supposed to be there, but Jayme let us peek out of her purse. Its essentially a welcome ceremony for the new General of the Airwing and a goodbye to the old General. Okinawa, Japan is home to the US Marine Corps 1st Marine Airwing (or 1stMAW for short).

They bring out all the vehicles for a backdrop for the actual ceremonies.
The band leads the way with the ceremonies.

Followed by the unit Marine Corps flags

Then the Marines finally show up!

And the Japanese, USA, and Marine Corps flag.

There's my hosts husband representing his unit with their guidon (the smaller flag)

Each unit pays their respects as well.

Then it got kind of boring as each CO gave a speech :) Everyone filed back out in reverse order and we were dismissed.

Hope to write about more adventures soon!

Posted Jul 30, 2008, 9:37 pm
Jayme decided the kids needed something FUN today so we went to the zoo! Here we are at the entrance. It looks like they keep fake animals here...?

They had lots of fun stone animals that you could climb on. The kids especially loved the lion and elephant.

To my surprised I got to see some REAL animals! WOW! I suppose that's what they're supposed to keep at a zoo?!
Can you see the hippo?

Here a chimpanzee

I stayed far away from the ostriches, though the giraffe looked nice..

Lazy lion

Ohh and finally an elephant!

How neat! I got to meet many more earth animals today!

Write more soon,

Posted Aug 4, 2008, 11:53 pm
What a fun day we had! We went to a place called Camp Zanpa, which is a Japanese park area with a beach and walk along the coast line. Once we were there we found a small feeding zoo type area. You can feed the chickens and the goats. So I got to meet another earth animal, the goat! It was eating some green leafy things. I hope it doesn't think I'm edible..

Once we were done there we took a walk. Jacob pointed out the sun was playing peekaboo.

After walking for awhile we got to look back and where we'd walked from. Do you see the lighthouse in the distance?

Along our walk were many World War II memorials.

There was also this really big rock. It got blown way high up here on top of the cliff by a typhoon!

We headed home and had to say goodbye to Shirley Sheep. Hope she has fun at her next host!

Write more soon,

Posted Aug 7, 2008, 12:48 am
Jayme's been quite busy cleaning house and doing therapy for the boys the last few days so today she took some time out and we had a language lesson!

Finally I learned a 5th way to say hello!... but wait.. Japan is a very confusing country! You say hello different ways depending on the time of day!

So this is how you say hello in the morning!

And this is how you say hello in the afternoon!

And this is how you say hello in the evening!

And this is how you say goodbye

And this is how you say thank you.

And this is how you say I'm sorry.

And most importantly, this is how you say "Where's the toilet?"

I'll write more soon!

Posted Aug 11, 2008, 4:30 am
Today we went to a beach named Araha Beach.

It was very fun! I didn't know digging in the sand could be that interesting!

And I took a break to lounge and soak up some sun rays.

There was a neat play area for children near the beach that looked like a ship according to Jayme. I don't think that thing would even make it as far as the moon though..

Write more soon,

Posted Aug 12, 2008, 8:07 am
Today we got to go to this place called Katsuren Castle. Jayme said it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site and should help me learn more about earth's heritage. it is. Its a bit of a walk up...

Jayme said this area here was a cave/shrine.

Oh no! More stairs?! They look like they could use a little repair...

And here's the remains of another shrine.

WOW! After all that walking the view from up top is very beautiful!

And here's the view of the lower part of the castle.

Very neat!

Write more soon,

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 12:34 am
Today we decided to take it easy! We started out with a walk. On our walk we found a Shisa about the same size as me and Hugme.

We also walked by the gate to Shurijo Castle, but unfortunately it was closed for the evening.

Once we were done with the walk we went to a play area for the kids so Jayme could relax some. They had a neat room filled with lots of balloons!

Here's some more of the play area.

Interesting way for humans to exhaust their children..

After that we headed home to rest! I'll update again soon.


Posted Aug 22, 2008, 7:23 am
Jayme told me today is to be my last day here in Okinawa. I've learned so much to teach Hank about though! And more about humans in general. Today we went on one last trip to one of the local shrines. It is called Futenma Shrine. On the New Year many people come here to pray for a better year. Jayme says the lines go down the street. But the morning we went, it was rather empty. Isn't it so very beautiful?

There was another Shisa here as well! They're everywhere here...

Once we were all down I got into my envelope to head on home and to teach Hank all about my travels. What a great trip I had though!


Posted Mar 29, 2010, 10:47 pm
I hope Auggie has made it home safe and sound

Posted Jun 5, 2010, 5:51 pm
Well, I am just the worst! He made it home, quite some time ago, and I thought I updated everyone's to say they made it home. Apparently this little gentleman slipped by and I never updated to say he made it safe and sound. I'm so sorry to everyone that took him out and showed him a good time. He's with his new pal Hank now, and I want to say thanks to everyone that took care of him. I didn't mean to be a rude gus, just a little flighty. Thanks everyone!!!