Many people love the beach and others love the mountains for a vacation. Which do you like better; the beach or the mountains? Even if you have never been to either, you have seen pictures. Choose one—either a beach or the mountains. What does the place look like? Does the place have a feel to it? What smells are there? What sounds do you hear? Describe your beach or mountains so that your reader can picture the scene you see in your mind.  

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Since you're being asked for an opinion, the correct answer for this assignment will depend on your own preferences. To help you choose between the two and formulate your answer, consider how it feels to be in both of those places—what do they have in common, and what differentiates them?

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Since you're being asked for an opinion, the correct answer for this assignment will depend on your own preferences. To help you choose between the two and formulate your answer, consider how it feels to be in both of those places—what do they have in common, and what differentiates them?

The beach, for example, is often a wide, open expanse. It can give you a feeling of vastness—you're at the edge of the land, or maybe even at the edge of the continent—looking out at the ocean. The air is salty and wet, the ground is a long stretch of sand. There's little ground cover, so when you walk along the beach, you're visible to everyone around you—a noticeable part of the sparse landscape.

Though people in the mountains often feel the same sort of serenity and calm that you might find on a relaxing beach, they also often feel a sense of privacy that you wouldn't find walking in the sand. It's an enclave of sorts—you're among lush, thick plants and animals, blending in instead of standing out. When you walk in the mountains, you're usually on a hidden path weaving between the trees. Instead of wet sand, salt, and seawater, it's earthy—if the ground is damp, it's damp with rain.

What are you looking for in a vacation—do you want to be on the edge of the world, or tucked among the trees? Does one of these seem calmer or more relaxing to you? Where do you think it would be easier to think your deepest thoughts?

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