Monday, January 27, 2014

More from Washington State

Hi again girls and boys!

I have been going to lots of places, and seeing lots of things for a week since I wrote to you last time.
I want to show you and tell you all about it.

Aracely asked me if there are beaches here. There are, but they are not one bit like the beaches in SC.
Instead of soft sand, beaches are covered with rocks. There are other huge rocks out in the water. The water is ice cold all year round. No one goes swimming at these beaches. They ARE nice for taking a walk, listening to the sound of the waves, or walking your dog. People who want to go swimming go to a pool.

I think you know who Washington State was named after. That's right, our first president. The people here are very proud of that, and so his picture is on road signs. Where ever you drive in Washington, you see signs like this:

Nolexia wanted to know what kinds of plants grow here. The nickname of Washington is "The Evergreen State" because there are many, many forests full of trees that don't drop their leaves in the fall. They are always green. Some evergreen trees are pine trees (like the ones you planted for Arbor Day) and spruce trees and fir trees. They have needles instead of leaves. Christmas trees are evergreen trees. Here is an evergreen forest:

JaKayla wrote, "What is the weather?"  Because WA is up far to the north, the weather is colder than it is in Rock Hill. In the summer it doesn't get really hot. People wear jackets all year round.  In the winter, it is very cold, and snows a lot. This is how the parking lot looked when we woke up one morning.

Another question I found in my backpack (could not find a name on this one) asks what kids do for fun here. Just like you, they ride bikes, watch TV, play sports, swing, slide, and  play video games.
Because of the snow, mountains, and cold weather, they also get to go skiing.

These kids are lined up for a lesson in ski school. The helmets help keep them safe if they fall down. I hope that you wear a helmet if you do something that could be dangerous. The lady in the red coat is their teacher. All of the kids have blue vests on over their clothes so she can see keep track of them more easily.

That's it for now. I hope that you liked learning some things about Washington.
I am coming home soon. I will see you in your classroom later this week.

Your friend, Flat Stanley

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