The Adventurers and Explorers: How Ed and Mel got thier names.

I was inspired to have the characters Ed and Mel belong to a family of adventurers. I needed names that could be adapted to a CVC format, but the characters' names needed to be more than just a name that fit the CVC format. These names stand for something.
These character's names reflect the bravery of men and women who have conquered new territories and ventured into the unknown. Students who deal with reading difficulties, and their families, are also brave as they venture into their schools and the world of print.

Here are the adventurers who inspired the Ed and Mel's names.

Links to other Websites:
Edmund Hillary*
 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the peak of Mt. Everest.
Amelia Earhart*
 Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.
* These are links to other Websites.

In my research to find the names of great adventurers, I was introduced to Aloha Wanderwell*. Aloha became the first woman to drive around the world after she answered an ad for an expedition at the age of 16. The video is from Aloha's adventures.
I decided to name the made-up town that Ed and Mel were born in Wanderwell, Washington after Aloha Wanderwell. The name Wanderwell is a synonym for adventure after all.

Heather Doolittle


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