The Adventures of Henry’s Flat Stanley
What an exciting time Stanley has had over
the past few weeks! He had barely arrived in
Herndon, VA when he was quickly packed into
a suitcase and shipped off to Charlotte, North
Carolina to attend the 72nd Annual Conference
of the International Technology and Engineer-
ing Educators Association. Stanley arrived in fine form and even
had some time to do a little sightseeing
in Charlotte. Here is Stanley admiring
some of the city’s lovely architecture.
Be careful, Stanley! Make sure to stop at the train
crossing for Charlotte’s light rail train!
Here is Stanley trying to hide in the
imitation bamboo at the Hilton Hotel!
He has a really good sense of humor!
Stanley meets lots of new people!
Stanley quickly made friends with ANOTHER This is a photo of Stanley being held by Dr.
Flat Stanley, from Richmond, VA, who was also John Warner, a world-renowned chemist. Dr.
attending the conference. They both received Warner is considered one of the founding fa-
“ITEA” pins and became honorary members of thers of “Green Chemistry,” which means that
the association! he tries to develop products that start out be-
ing not harmful to the environment. Dr. Warner
holds over 100 patents!
The highlight of Stanley’s time in Charlotte had to be meet-
ing Captain Lee Morin, a NASA astronaut! Captain Morin
was part of the crew of STS-110 Atlantis - the 13th Shuttle
mission to visit the International Space Station. He took All too soon, it was time for Stanley to
part in two spacewalks, totalling 14 hours and 9 minutes! fly from Charlotte back to Virginia. He
Maybe next time he can take Stanley along! had a great time, but was already look-
ing forward to his next big adventure!
Stanley makes himself home in Virginia
Stanley pays a visit to the local Stanley got his own paper gown This is Stanley in the ice cream
Barnes and Noble bookstore. when he accompanied Claire to cooler at a local grocery store.
her eight-year check up. He got a little too enthusias-
tic about choosing ice cream
flavors for a birthday cake we
While visiting Herndon Elementary School, Stanley
spots a “Flat Stanley” bulletin board, recounting the Stanley is a special guest at “Junior Great
travels of all the Herndon Flat Stanleys. Books” at Herndon Elementary.
Stanley Visits Puerto Rico
We arrive in Puerto Rico, where Stanley
temporarily changes his name to “Aplastado
Stanley.” (In Spanish, “squashed Stanley.”)
Exploring the hotel grounds in Dorado del Mar, which
means “Golden Sea” in Spanish.
Stanley got some good beach time.
He needed a little rest after so much
Stanley Sees the sights in Puerto Rico
Stanley makes a “splash” at El Yunque National Rainforest - it
was pouring rain for our entire visit! The forest hosts a number
of unique plant and animal species such as the endangered
Puerto Rican Parrot (very rarely seen) and the tiny coquis (tree
frogs) that serenade the evening hours.
We next took Stanley to visit “El Morro.” It’s a castle/fort that began being built in 1539! It’s offi-
cial name is Fort San Felipe del Morro and was designed to guard the entrance to San Juan bay.
Many complex additional new structures were added to El Morro over the next 400 years.
stanley at “El morro”
Three flags fly over El Morro because the Castle or fortress Stanley poses in front of a section
has been ruled by Spain, the United States, and Puerto Rico. of wall that dates back to the 16th
From El Morro, Stanley gets a great view of Old
El Morro’s long list of successes repelling foreign San Juan. Old San Juan is the historical colonial
attacks also adds to the fort’s legend. section of San Juan - the oldest settlement within
Thanks for reading my adventures!