I hope you’re all having a great week! As students head into the remaining 5 weeks of the semester, it’s common for everyone to start feeling restless and ready for the bright, warm, and hope-restoring weather of springtime after these long winter months. Now that the weather here is becoming more mild and less bitter, students can start exploring the outdoors again! After slaving away with homework, lab reports, essays, and poring over textbooks, now’s the time for students to step away from the computer, clear their minds, and recharge with a little fresh air.
There are a plethora of great places to explore in the Keweenaw, especially this time of year. As always, students can enjoy winter sports such as cross country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing on the Tech Trails and Mont Ripley, as I mentioned in the Winter Weather article I posted last month (feel free to refer to this article for more information on winter activities in the Keweenaw). These facilities available at not cost to Michigan Tech students, so it’s a great deal to take advantage of them!
Students can also explore the glorious nature trails of the Keweenaw at Nara Nature Park, which is connected to the Tech Trails. The 100-acre nature park is open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and in the warmer months for hiking, running, biking, and exploring. The trails go down near the Keweenaw Waterwayl and house a plethora of wildlife and beautiful scenery for hikers.
In addition to these trails, the Maasto Hiihto trails in Hancock also offer cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter along with hiking and biking in the warmer months. Connecting with the Churning Rapids trails, there are over 25 km of terrain to explore, not to mention the beautiful scenic routes along the way, including breathtaking views of the Keweenaw Waterway, Ruby Marsh, and the beautifully wooded forest.
If your students are interested in a little more adventure, there a variety of waterfalls in the area that are exciting to explore both in the winter and springtime months. Some of the famous ones include Hungarian Falls in Lake Linden and various waterfalls near Copper Harbor, including Jacob’s Falls and Montreal Falls. Their beauty is absolutely astounding in both seasons.
These are all great ways to help students relax a little bit and to take some time to step away from the stresses of academia and enjoy a little time for themselves, which I’m sure is much needed at this point in the semester. It’s easy to forget about the importance of study breaks when work starts to pile up. Some of my favorite ways to unwind during this time of the semester is to take some time to myself and play intramural sports with my friends, dabble a little bit with my guitar, and I always make sure to get a little exercise to release the stresses of academic life. Other great ways your student can release their ever-building stress is using the SDC’s multipurpose room, exercise facilities, or pool; going for a jog along the canal, taking a mental break and listening to calming music, practicing breathing exercises, and making time to partake in the hobbies they enjoy.
That’s it for this week! I hope your students are finding fun and healthy ways to relieve the stresses in their lives. If you have any questions about any of the facilities or resources I mentioned in this post, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week!