By Jackson Olsen

On October 5, the whole school went to the Washougal Waterfront Park, which has a lot to offer and is pretty cool. Earlier this year, they remodeled after the river rose and fell and we got to see it. When we were there we saw a whole lot of pretty cool things.

When we were there, we saw a rock that looked like your everyday boulder, but it’s actually ERIC THE ERRATIC! Eric came down here all the way from Canada in a big old chunk of ice, otherwise known as a glacier. Can you believe that? That thing’s been around since the Ice Age! It’s made up of Granite and Basalt.

Early on in the nature walk, we stopped at a stunning view of Mount Hood. Mt Hood, we learned, is about 500,000 years old! WOW! At one time it was an active volcano, but now it is completely dormant. That’s probably one of the reasons why it’s such a popular place to ski and snowboard. That and all the snow.

At the end of the trip we all painted rocks that we chose while on the walk or from other places around the park. It was cool seeing everyone’s ideas for the rocks. The concept there is cool; you paint and leave a rock, and then you find and take a rock. Except when we were there we only left rocks. But that concept is pretty popular around the Portland area nowadays, and I think it’s pretty cool.

It was fun to see so many cool things that, amazingly enough, are local. Who knew that within a short driving distance we can see something so cool? Well a lot of people probably did, but I didn’t. Now, I just realized that all of my body paragraphs are focused around rocks, so to summarize: rocks are RAD! Oh, and also you should go there and visit sometime, because it’s a nice place.