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Elementary School: "Why I Like Oregon"

By Alia Shafran, Essay Contest Runner-up

Daphne Wood’s Fourth Grade Class
Ainsworth Elementary School, Portland
 
orange painted hills in John Day Fossil Beds
The Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the many geographic wonders of Oregon. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the many geographic wonders of Oregon. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
 
As I step outside onto my deck in the early morning breeze, I notice the snow-covered peak of Mt. Hood off in the distance. “Wow! There are so many forests!” I think to myself. I remember that Oregon has many geographical wonders like the Painted Hills, Crater Lake, and the Columbia River Gorge. I like how different parts of Oregon have different climates and recreation.

I also like that in different seasons the recreation is and the appearances and different. Autumn is my favorite season in Oregon. The leaves on trees where I live turn brown, yellow and red. The air smells fresh. In winter it usually rains, but sometimes it snows. Last winter it snowed a lot. There must have been eight inches! After winter it rains some more. In May the flowers blossom everywhere and it becomes sunny. Then comes summer and everyone flocks to the coast. There are tons of Oregonians and tourists sitting on towels or chairs enjoying the sun.

Oregon has many types of geography that change each season. That is one of the reasons I love living in Oregon.

Wizard Island in the middle of Crater Lake at sunset
Sunrise imparts a pastel glow on the surface of Crater Lake. The lake sits in the caldera of a former volcano and measures nearly 2,000 feet deep. (Oregon State Archives Photo)