Meet Camden

Meet Camden

Camden is a really cool guy who loves to have fun doing
whatever he’s up to. From sports to music, whatever fits his mood.
He really likes his 4B iPod Nano that he got last December. He
doesn’t have a lot of songs on it yet but that is going to change soon.
He also likes playing sports, two of which he plays for school. They
are baseball, basketball, and football (which he just joined this year.)
Camden has played baseball for seven years and basketball for two.
Although music and sports are a lot of fun to him he really likes
computers. His favorite class is tech lab because he likes learning
about computers and using new programs. He is constantly (when
he’s not at a sport) on his laptop or another PC at his house instant
messaging someone. Another thing he likes is video games. He plays
computer games from time to time and the occasional online game
but his favorite is playing PS2. He likes racing games best but plays
almost any kind of game. Right now his favorite game for PS2 is
Gran Turismo 4.
In addition to being a geek and into sports Camden also really
likes cars. With his dad being a mechanic he is around cars all the
time. He likes going to car shows and checking out the cool classics
but he likes modern cars too. He has a lot of fun working on cars with
his dad and almost knows more about modern cars than he does. He
is always up-to-date on all the new models so ask him what anything
is and I bet he’ll know the answer. Well that’s all, and I hope you’ve
learned a little more about Camden.

The History of Cars Background Information for Teachers

The History of Cars
Background Information for Teachers
Our World is a Car World
Try to imagine our world without cars. Of course not every person in the world
owns or even needs a car to live their lives. However, in North America our
quality of life is often defined by the power and style of our vehicles. It is
important to us that our cars take us to where we need to be and to where we
want to go. They get us to work and take us out to the movies. Today, we’d be
hard pressed to get our groceries, let alone go on vacation without the vehicles
that we drive or even the public transportation that we use. Some of us even
drive our cars for pure enjoyment.
The Wheel
The invention of the wheel paved the way for transportation as
we know it today. Historians don’t know exactly who invented
the wheel, but the oldest wheel discovered so far is believed to
be over 5,500 years old.
The development of the wheel began when humans sought easier methods for
moving large objects. It was recognized that round objects, such as a log, could
be placed under something heavy to push it along with less force.
Next humans began using a sledge. A sledge is essentially what today we would
call a sled. A sledge worked well over smooth ground or with logs placed under it
as it was pulled along. Eventually the sledge wore grooves in the log rollers. The
grooved rollers worked better since there was less friction between the sledge
and the rollers, so less energy was needed to drag the sledge.
It wasn’t long before humans cut away the wood between the two inner grooves
created by the sledge. The wood left between the grooves became the axle.
These were the first carts. Next, axles were designed to fit through holes in the
center of each wheel. Finally, axles were designed not to move themselves, but
rather to have the wheel rotate on the axle.
The ancient Egyptians, Indians, Greeks and Romans continued
to improve the design of the wheel, adding spokes and creating
a variety of wheels for different sorts of vehicles including
chariots for war, hunting, and racing, two-wheeled farm
carts, covered carriages, heavy four-wheeled freight wagons
and passenger coaches

If you've got only one day to visit San Francisco,

If you've got only one day to visit San Francisco, 
make the best of it you can. These are a few ways to see the most interesting and popular sights, without wasting too much time in between. Things to know:

    * Visiting Alcatraz takes almost a half day, by the time you take the ferry out there, look around and get back. If you want to see it desperately, reserve ahead (to avoid finding the tour sold out). Opt for their evening tour and you'll have more daylight time to see other things. How to visit Alcatraz

    * Park once and leave your vehicle there until you're ready to leave the main tourist area. While it might seem like you can see more by driving from place to place, you'll burn up both your brakes and your good humor looking for parking places. If you want to drive Lombard Street, go there in the morning when it's best-lit, on your way to or from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Day Tour by Cable Car and Walking
If you're up to a lot of walking (most of it on fairly flat streets), this is the best way to take in as much of the San Francisco experience as can be managed in a single day. Get more information about riding San Francisco cable cars and find out about ticket prices and how to ride. It will be cheaper to buy a Muni Passport for this trip than to pay each time you board.

    * Start at Union Square, have a look around and catch any cable car from the stop at Powell and Market Streets.

    * Get off the cable car in Chinatown (at California Street). Walk two blocks to Grant Avenue and follow Grant north through Chinatown to Columbus Ave.

    * Turn left on Columbus for a walk through North Beach. Stop for a coffee and a little people-watching at Caffe Roma or any of the other coffee shops along the street.

    * Follow Stockton over the hill to Pier 39, the follow the waterfront west toward Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. Grab a quick bite to eat at Boudin's sourdough bakery or from one of the sidewalk vendors at Fisherman's Wharf.

    * Take the cable car back from the Hyde Street turnaround, ending up at Union Square where you started. If you have time, get off at the top of Lombard Street and walk down. From the bottom, continue on Lombard to Columbus, where you can catch the cable car again.

    * If you want to drive down Lombard Street, you can do it after you return to where you parked your car.

If you're not interested in Chinatown, try this instead: Take the Market Street trolley to the waterfront near the Ferry Building, then walk along the water to Pier 39. From there, follow the rest of the itinerary above.
Day Tour by Trolley
The San Francisco Trolley Hop uses motorized vehicles that look like the San Francisco cable cars. They travel past most of the popular spots, with frequent departures during the day, saving you travel time. You can get on or off at Pier 41 1/2 near Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, the Embarcadero Center near the Ferry Building or in North Beach/Chinatown.

Combine the trolley with the San Francisco Explorer Cruise and you'll see a lot in just one day. This cruise breaks ranks with the others that loop out around Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, instead taking you to more interesting and unusual sights that even many San Franciscans may not have seen.
Tour Companies
Many companies offer day tours in San Francisco, promising to take you to more than a dozen places in just a few hours. That works out to only about 15 minutes in any one place, with no hope of lingering at a particularly appealing spot and no way to avoid the ones you aren't interested in. If you choose this way of seeing the city, we suggest using a company that uses a van or small shuttle bus so you have a better chance of seeing things out the windows.

If your budget allows for it (even if it's a bit of a splurge), opt instead for one of the companies who offer customized tours in a mini-van. You'll have a chance to see what you're really interested in and have much more individual attention. Try Blue Heron Tours or A Friend in Town.

I see them all the time: the San Francisco tourist who didn't do their homework.

I see them all the time: the San Francisco tourist who didn't do their homework. 
They're outside the Alcatraz ticket office with a disappointed look on their face, standing in an endless line to catch the cable car or shivering in the city's summer fog. To help you be a smarter San Francisco tourist, enjoy your trip more and spend less of your hard-earned money doing it, use these San Francisco tourist tips:
10 Ways to be a Smart San Francisco Tourist

   1. Know the Weather: Many a San Francisco tourist doesn't realize how cold it can get here in summer, and dozens of sweatshirt shops thrive on their ignorance. Our guide to weather and what to expect can help you bring the right stuff.

   2. Stay in the Right Place: The most convenient areas in the city for a tourist are Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Van Ness and Lombard Street, areas many people ask about, are inconvenient and noisy, and it's more likely you'll need a car to get around.

   3. Don't Spend Too Much: Discover 7 ways to save money and if you're willing to invest some time, you can get excellent rates on some of San Francisco's best hotels. Our tips will show you how.

   4. Don't Rent a Car: San Francisco is small, and all the tourist sights are close together. Some hotels charge more than the price of a nice lunch just for parking, and snagging a spot on the street is impossible. Pick a hotel in a convenient area (Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf), use public transportation or taxis, and rent a car for just one day if you want to take a side trip.

   5. Make Reservations for Alcatraz Island: Alcatraz tours fill up fast. Reserve ahead online, or go to the ticket office your first day to avoid disappointment.

   6. Pick a Good Tour Guide: If you're inclined to take guided tours, avoid the obvious choices. Their tours are canned, restrictive and sometimes their guides are just plain wrong. Instead, take a free walking tour with City Guides or engage a small, local company to take you on a private tour. While the private tour costs more, when you take into account what you get for your money, it's well worth it.

   7. Life's Too Short to Eat Bad Food: You're in a city that some think is the world's best for food. Don't be a typical San Francisco tourist who settles for the tired, mediocre Fisherman's Wharf restaurants or the even tireder garlic-laden dishes at Stinking Rose. Ask your hotel for suggestions, or stop a San Franciscan on the street and ask them where they eat.

   8. Get on the Cable Car Faster: Don't stand in the interminable line below Ghirardelli Square. Instead, head over to Mason and Bay Streets, where lines are much shorter. You'll end up at Union Square on either line. If you just want to ride for the fun of it, get on the California line where California Street intersects Market near the Ferry Building.

   9. Get Behind the Facade: Don't just stand there looking at the boats in Fisherman's Wharf. Walk toward the water anywhere you can find an opening and see what the wharf is really like. In Chinatown, resist the urge to shuffle down Grant Street and branch off onto the side streets and into the alleys. See if you can find the fortune cookie factory or the Tien Hou Temple.

  10. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge: Stopping at the parking lot overlook and not walking on the bridge is like looking at an ice cream sundae and not eating it. To get the true feel of this iconic landmark, stroll the sidewalk, even if you only go out a little wa

San Francisco is favorite destination for travelers

San Francisco is favorite destination for travelers
around the world. The city's image is closely associated with the Golden Gate Bridge, an American icon and a visual landmark that can be seen from most places throughout the city. San Francisco hotels are some of the best in the world with a wide range of options, from budget to five star hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns located in charming old heritage homes. Exploring the steep streets of this historic city is a unique treat. Some of the main areas of interest to visitors are Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Downtown, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Fisherman's Wharf, formerly a thriving fishing harbor, is today one of the city's major tourist hot spots, with shops, restaurants, museums, and other attractions. It is also the departure point for ferries to the infamous former Alcatraz prison. Nearby Fisherman's Wharf is Ghiradelli Square, another interesting restored area which was formerly factories but now a great place for shopping and entertainment.

Around Fisherman's Wharf visitors will find many upper end San Francisco hotels with most of the major chains represented. Some accommodation options to consider at Fisherman's Wharf are the luxury boutique Argonaut Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, on the waterfront, the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf, and the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf, both quality luxury hotels.

Another popular destination in San Francisco is Chinatown. This area which was largely destroyed in the 1906 earthquake was tastefully rebuilt in the years that followed. The area is a unique attraction with shops, restaurant, teahouses, temples, and various businesses. San Francisco's Chinatown is one of the largest Chinese communities outside of Asia. There are numerous San Francisco hotels of all quality in and around Chinatown.

Other areas of interest are Nob Hill and the downtown core. Nob Hill has long been known as a prominent wealthy residential area. The mansions that dominated were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake but the area was rebuilt and is still an area of wealth. The downtown area of San Francisco, which includes the financial district, is where visitors will also find some of the city's important museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Nob Hill is also home to big name upscale hotels in San Francisco. One prominent luxury hotel in this area is the Huntingdon Hotel and Nob Hill Spa. Near the Museum of Modern Art are the five-star InterContinental San Francisco, and the St Regis San Francisco, both modern towers with beautiful views from the upper levels. In the financial district is the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, with everything to suit business travelers and vacationers. For those interested in the arts, the Inn at the Opera near the Civic Center and Opera House is the perfect place.

For a little escape from the busy pace, there is Golden Gate Park. This huge city park offers a natural area with paths, lakes, and gardens. Highlights in the park include the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, and the Japanese Tea Garden.

Getting around San Francisco can be half the fun of touring the city. Hop an antique streetcar down to Fisherman's Wharf, or enjoy the sights of the city in the old style, on a traditional cable car. The city also operates buses and it's still possible to hail a cab in the core of the city, but you may need to call a taxi if you are staying further out.

In general visitors will probably want to find a hotel in or around one of the key areas mentioned above. This will make sightseeing much easier. While there are lots of upper end hotels in San Francisco it's also possible to fine reasonably priced accommodation and budget hotels. Visitors may want to consider one of the smaller boutique hotels which tend to be in older historic buildings and have a variety of room styles.