Whether it’s now or over the Spring break that’s right around the corner, chances are you’re getting a bad case of cabin fever. At this point in the school year, please allow me to be the “take a break police” and inform you that you are in need of an adventure! You need a break from campus life, and the only remedy is more outdoors. Because we are college students, we have limited budgets, so after extensive research and personal experience, here are some free activities I recommend trying to cure the winter restlessness:
Enjoy soccer? Rock Climbing? Baseball? Need a place to polish off that book you’ve been working on for weeks? Desire to go out for a leisurely and peaceful walk away from campus? Stay close to your living quarters, but discover new territory. Grab some friends and go to Marymoor.
Need a quick romantic get-away for the day? Grab your swim-suit and swim at the beach, arrange a picnic, or frolic in the open field.
This is a beginner hike that takes you on an adventure through a historical mining region. Explore old coal mine shafts, learn about the history, and take in the beauty of the outdoors!
Right near Weona Park, this is one of the simplest yet more beautiful walks in Bellevue. Just a very short drive from campus, this is the one trail I most highly recommend. Right in the heart of Bellevue, joined with birds and various other wildlife, this trail will take you along a small creek from Phantom Lake to Larson Lake, and also by a well-maintained blueberry farm.
Are you kidding me? The name alone should be cause enough for you to grab a group of friends and make your way over to Issaquah for a part of the day to explore a land that’s new and exciting!
By far the most beautiful hike/walk I went on in 2013, this is a must! It is the farthest from school (about 1.5 hrs), but this day-venture will definitely be worth your time. Begin the hike near well-kept farm fields then make your way down to the Puget Sound with truly outstanding views that, on a clear day, leave you simply speechless.
Have a couple of bucks to spend? Try these nearby activities:
Rent-a-Kayak at Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland: $10/hr – (425) 822-3700
Stand-up Paddle Boarding at Perfect Wave in Kirkland: $20/hr – (425) 827-5323
Bowling at TechCity Bowling in Kirkland: $11 All-you-can-bowl – Sun-Thurs 9pm-close
Look, I know that our college days are busy, but it’s been proven that taking breaks, whether for a day or a few hours, actually helps your studies improve and prevents napping on textbook pillows!
My advice? Choose any of the above ideas or come up with some of your own; regardless, it’s important for your own studies and sanity that you take a small break from your homework! It will undoubtedly help with your cabin fever!
Written by Gabriel Cline