Lexington Glassworks

While we were in Asheville, North Carolina we went and saw Lexington Glassworks. It is a business that makes custom glass in unique shapes and colors. If its glass, they make it. The coolest thing about it was that you got to watch them making their custom glass sculptures for free!

First, they take some molten glass on a metal pole. Then, they blow, shape and dye it. Finally, they let it cool, and sell it. The whole process can take anywhere from fifteen hours (they have to let it cool down a long time) to forty-eight hours. In case you were wondering, if any any of their projects break or go wrong if they have not dyed it yet they can just melt it up again. If it is dyed, they smooth it out into paperweights and sell them. The Lexington Glassworks is a interesting place to find out how glass sculptures are made.

Crab hunting

While we were in Georgia we got to go crab catching in South Carolina. We went out on a boat and someone showed us how he caught the crabs in a trap. It was very interesting  and I learned a lot about crabs. For instance, you can tell if the blue crabs are male or female by looking at their claws. Females have red at the tips of their claws like fingernail polish.

We also got to keep the ones we caught! I thought they were tasty, unfortunately none of the other kids liked them. We also got to see some dolphins and eat raw oysters. None of the other kids liked the oysters either, I did though. The whole trip was about one hour and thirty minutes long and a very interesting experience.