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Elizabeth Fuchs

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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:41 am | Updated: 11:11 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

Have you ever been to a place so incredibly alluring? I have, it’s Arizona. Arizona has a wonderful climate. In the summer it’s usually around 108 degrees. It also has very interesting animals, such as the gila monster and the king snake. There are so many diverting landmarks in Arizona.

Arizona animals are very significant. Arizona is known for a lot of exotic animals and insects such as the gila monster, kangaroo rats, otters, javelinas, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, black bears, bighorn sheep, plus a host of smaller creatures such as the black-eared mouse, ridge-nosed rattlesnake, assorted tiger beetles and scorpions. As you can see, Arizona has a large selection of reptiles, arthropods, fish, mammals, birds, amphibians and insects. Most of our reptiles and insects are venomous, such as the bank scorpion, gila monster, black widow, brown spider, sidewinder, western diamondback, coral snake and the mojave rattlesnake.

Furthermore, I’m proud to live in Arizona because of our warm, sunny weather. It seems like we only have three seasons: summer, spring and summer! Sometimes, it gets so torrid that schools have to keep children inside because the heat index gets to 110 and above. The hottest it has gotten was a blistering 125 degrees and as gelid as minus-37.2222222! I could gasconade about our diverse weather all day!

To end with, Arizona has many historical landmarks. To be exact, we have 41 such as the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, the Hoover Dam and Walnut Canyon. These landmarks are all from different counties. The Grand Canyon is from Coconino County, the Hoover Dam is from Mojave and Clark Nevada County, Canyon de Chelly is from Chinle County and Walnut Canyon is from Coconino County. If you were to take a trip to one of these, I’d suggest the Grand Canyon because if you can go there, you can see the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River!

Now you know why I love to live in Arizona and why you should visit here sometime. I’m proud for many reasons and that will never change. So, if you ever consider taking a trip to Arizona, you can look forward to the beautiful weather, seeing interesting animals and beautiful monuments. I’m proud to live in Arizona!

• Elizabeth Fuchs, 4th grade, Centennial Elementary, Gilbert

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