Posts Tagged ‘outdoor activities’

Easter Break Adventure

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

One of the perks of going to a Catholic school, is that you get an outstandingly long Easter break! This year, taking advantage of the warm weather, we went on a little camping adventure by one of Minnesota’s thousand (and something) lakes. I packed all my gear (including the tent I recently bought from Outdoor Pursuit in their last gear sale), and headed to the country side. We took the public bus, and then hiked to our camp site; it is quite convenient to have free public transportation in the Duluth area (courtesy of CSS)—we were able to just hike to our campsite from the end of the line! 

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(Cross Country) Skiing

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Today I did something I’ve been meaning to do since my freshmen year: I went cross-country skiing! I’ve  (downhill) skied since I was a kid, but upon arriving in Duluth, I was intrigued by this alternative modality. Long story short, it was fun, it is more complicated than it looks, and it doesn’t have much to do with downhill skiing. The snow was not ideal (there was barely enough, and it was starting to melt), but I’m no pro, so I can’t blame my incompetence on the snow. That said, we definitely had great fun figuring out that (unlike in downhills skiing) your center of gravity can’t be towards the rear and coordinating our skis with our poles (the fact that the rear of the boot isn’t stuck to the ski didn’t help). Overall, a great experience!

Let’s make some small-talk

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Let’s talk about the weather. It is said this year has broken some records in terms of the most days below freezing temperature (around 60?), the coldest couple of days (about -50F with windchill) and the most snowfall in the month of February there’s been in years. A very quick google search has not entirely verified this gossip, but I do know for a fact that last time we felt warm air outside was around early October, there were a couple of days in which classes were cancelled due to the freezing temperature (it was the first time it happened since I’ve been here; reports of ~ -50F with windchill are, in fact, accurate) and there’s been A LOT of snow since Christmas until warm temperatures (now anything above freezing feels mildly warm) began to melt the snow about a week and a half ago (yes, it’s virtually April).

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