Oregon Student Essays 2021 Web Exhibit

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

Aidan Lin
Brenda Jensen’s 4th Grade Class
Ashbrook Independent School, Corvallis

Essay Drawing

Crayon drawing of a water body surrounded on 1 side by flat land and children playing. In the back a green forested area.
This drawing by Aidan Lin shows people playing on the sand dunes and Cleawox Lake at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park.

Essay Text

I woke up to some pitter pattering. My eyes opened to a rising sun. I got out of my blue sleeping bag and looked out of our tent. My eyes were greeted by the beauty of the droplets of rain on the grass. We arrived at Honeyman State Park yesterday night for a camping weekend. I was already having an extraordinary time! I learned about the lake’s inhabitants at the visitor’s center and we made smores over a campfire. Today was going to be even better. We were going to the lake.

As we walked through the luscious green trails, a massive sand dune appeared. It was like a mountain of sand. At its edge, you could see a sparkling lake with hundreds of trees on the other side. I sprinted down, hopped onto my hands and knees, and started building a sand castle. When I went to get wet sand, I saw something squiggly in the corner of my eye. It was a salamander! And there wasn’t just one, there were tons!! I started to dig a watery hole by the water, and filled it with salamanders. This was by far the most fun I had at the park.

After a day of playing in the sand, paddle boarding, and sand boarding, we went back to our campsite. We were leaving early the next day. As I packed up my things, I hoped we would come back again. Honeyman was by far, my favorite park I have ever visited.​

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