**written by Brandon, age 10**
This morning we drove to Muttontown Preserve. A lot of our family lives near there. I went with my younger sister Mia, my dad and my mom. We packed KIND bars, waters, cameras, a compass, GPS watch and dressed for cold weather. It still felt cold anyway.
My dad went to the Preserve last year with my 3 younger sisters but I couldn’t go that day. There are many different trails and it is called part of the Gold Coast estates on the North Shore. But when my dad and sisters went they couldn’t go really all the way through the Preserve. We wanted to go all the way to the Walled Garden and the Ruins.
The Ruins were originally a huge mansion deep inside the woods. It was owned by many people and then King Zog from Albania purchased it in 1951 and never moved in. Later he sold it, but it was very mysterious. People said that he buried his treasure in the mansion walls and a lot of people ransacked the house to try to find his treasure. Later on the estate was demolished because it was falling apart. I really wanted to go and see Continue reading