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Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:34 am | Updated: 11:14 am, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

I love living in Arizona because of the weather. In Arizona, the weather is always unpredictable. It can be hotter than the sun one day, but colder than Flagstaff’s snow another.

There are many things that I love about Arizona. I enjoy hiking in the mountains. It is like your own little world up there. You can just forget about everything and enjoy the clear air; to get there really early and see the sun rise is breathtaking.

My friends and I also love swimming in the summer. The water is so warm it is like a bathtub. One of my favorite water parks is Sun Splash. It has so many slides and rides you will never be bored.

If the weather for you is too hot, then head up to Flagstaff. When it snows up there, it is like a winter wonderland from a Christmas movie. You wake up to a white blanket covering your house. If you are lucky, you can see wildlife right in your back yard! Flagstaff has incredible sledding as well. Your face will be numb at the end of the day, but when you get home you can curl up in a cozy blanket and sit by the toasty fire.

So, as you can see, Arizona is where I am going to be staying for a long time. I just could not live without hiking in the mountains, swimming with my friends, and sledding with my family. I hope you agree with me that Arizona is one of the best places to live.

• Amy West, 8th grade, South Valley Junior High, Gilbert

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