Happy Sunday everyone!
Yesterday I took an amazing trip up the North Shore with a good friend of mine and visited some really cool places. Experiencing the Duluth area during the summer is quite the treat in comparison to the frigid months I have spent here during the school year. There are so many places to see and a wide variety of things to do to keep you entertained all summer long. Can you believe it’s already July too?! That means there’s only about two months left to soak in all the sweet sunshine before fall decorations start popping up at Target. So what all can you do to take advantage of Duluth’s summer? Here’s an extensive list I’ve compiled from personal experience and some local friends:
1. Hartley Nature Center
Located just outside of campus down Woodland avenue, this park is a gorgeous area to take a walk, ride your bike, snap some pictures and learn more about the environment. Hartley’s website says,
“Hartley Nature Center is an independent, non-profit, environmental education organization located in the beautiful 660-acre Hartley Park in Duluth, Minnesota. We operate solely on program fees, memberships, sponsorships, grants and private donations from people like you.”
You can find out more about Hartley park through some of there social media accounts, as listed below:
2. Rollerblading on Canal Park’s Boardwalk
My friend Orianna says this is one of her favorite summer pastimes! If I actually had skills in coordination and balance, I’d definitely join her. If rollerblading isn’t your forte (like me) you can bring out the bike, a long board, or even rent one of these human-powered surrey with your friends! Wheels of Fun is the place to go if you want to check one of these hilarious contraptions.
3. Venturing around the Shoreline
With the largest Great Lake in North America being perched right there, it’s no shock that this is on the list. Lake Superior has over 1,700 miles of shoreline wrapping all the way around it, with the majority touching Minnesota. That gives you a ton of places to explore that touch its waters. You can grab a suit, a towel, and a good book and find yourself any spot along the north shore to enjoy some sunshine.
4. Spirit Mountain Summer Adventure Park
Spirit Mountain isn’t just for skiing and snowboarding. In the summer, there’s an awesome adventure park that includes zip-lining, scenic chair lifts, a giant jumping pillow, mini golf, disc golf, and best of all a 3200 foot elevated track alpine coaster called the Timber Twister. For more information about Spirit Mountain’s summer fun, check out their website here.
5. Congdon Park
Another great park option in the area is Congdon park. Tischer Creek flows through the park’s billion-year-old red volcanic rock foundation and winds through an abundance of cedar and pine trees. A hanging waterfall is also located within this park, perfect for finding some soothing peace and quiet away from the bustling city and neighborhoods.
6. Jay Cooke State Park
Located only about 30 minutes south of Duluth, this state park is by far one of the best I have visited. It has one of the most spectacular views in Minnesota, with a swinging suspension bridge where you can watch the raging St. Louis river going by underneath you. It has many trails to take as well as options for camping if you’re looking for a new spot to pitch your tent. Before you get to Duluth, take a pit stop here to soak in some summer beauty!
7. Park Point Beach
If you didn’t know this already, Duluth has a sandy beach right down in the Canal Park area where you can go and hang out for the day. There’s even a lifeguard supervised area and beach house you can rent for events through the Duluth YMCA! With 7 miles or so of sand, there’s bound to be a spot for you to layout by the lake.
8. Hammock & Jam Out in Chester Park
I recently did this when it was nice and sunny outside, and boy was it relaxing. Rent or bring your own hammock and set it up between two of the many trees Chester Park has right by its quiet creek. Also, Chester Park puts on summer concerts every Tuesday night FREE for the public. Nothing beats some local music surrounded by nature.
9. Stand-Up Paddleboard on the Lake
Try something new and challenging by renting out a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) and taking it for a spin on Lake Superior. North Shore SUP offers rentals, classes, guided trips and more when it comes to trying out SUPs on the lake. You can check them out here for more information.
10. Gooseberry Falls
Another state park you can take a peek at this summer is Gooseberry Falls. It offers a gorgeously spectacular view at no cost to the public. Stop here after you’ve at lunch at Betty’s Pies to walk around and listen to the rushing waterfalls.
Hope you pick somewhere new to explore this summer while you’re in Duluth!
Written by Hannah Garrett on 6/25/2017
Although it’s a little late to try to teach yourself an entire semester’s worth of material, you’re not totally doomed. And I truly mean that! Here are some extremely helpful ways to make the rest of your weekend studying before finals productive and effective:
DELETE ALL SOCIAL MEDIA APPS ON YOUR PHONE RIGHT NOW
Stop whining, it’s easy. Click, hold, delete. Your social media will still be there when you’re done studying, so don’t think it’s gone forever. Getting rid of the temptation altogether is what will really help you stay focused on your work instead of who is posting what. Distractions are your worst enemy when you’re short on time.
READ END-OF-CHAPTER SUMMARIES & TAKE NOTES ON THEM
We all know we are not speed-readers, otherwise we would’ve read all of the 20 chapters needed for a class earlier in the semester. Instead, review the end-of-chapter summaries, review questions, and explanations to get the gist of everything “important” or “need-to-know”. You don’t want to waste your valuable time reading every nook and cranny of the first page. Jot a few notes down and get through it.
SEARCH YOUTUBE & KHAN ACADEMY VIDEOS FOR QUICK EXPLANATIONS
If something is just not making sense from the text, your notes, or diagrams, try searching for a video about it. YouTube and Khan Academy have some awesome videos explaining just about everything from Chemistry to Anatomy to Music History. Another great channel to look up for quick and understandable lessons on anything is “Crash Course” on YouTube by the famous Green brothers. I promise you, these are worth the time.
DRINK WATER & TAKE FREQUENT WALKING BREAKS
Although shutting yourself into the library for the weekend may seem like a great idea, remember to stay hydrated and mobile. If you stare at a computer screen, textbook or notes for too long, your brain will slowly get more fatigued. Give yourself a break at the top of every hour to stretch, walk around, use the bathroom and chug some water. Water is especially important to continuously drink when you’re hopped up on caffeine from coffee, tea or an energy drink. Those might be awesome ways to keep you awake late into the evening, but they dehydrate you a lot.
SKIM OVER ALL NOTES YOU HAVE TAKEN DURING THE SEMESTER
Again, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You don’t need to thoroughly read absolutely every word, but instead brush over old ideas. Re-reading your old handwriting even once is helpful for jogging your memory of things you had to learn back in September that haven’t been talked about since. Even a light refresher is better than none.
GET LOTS & LOTS OF SLEEP – OR ELSE!
You NEED to let your body and brain rest. Your test performance will be horrendous if you think pulling an all-nighter will help you learn and remember everything you need to know. YOU WILL DO BADLY IF YOU DO THIS. It has been shown time and time again that a lack of sleep leads to poor cognitive functioning in practically everything. You will not be able to critically think or creatively brainstorm when taking your test if you are sleep-deprived. Get 8 hours of sleep every night and set yourself up for success rather than failure.
Remember – if you are sitting there worrying over and over about your final tests, stop. You are only wasting your time that you can be spending focused and productively doing something to help you succeed. You are NOT a failure! You can do this!
Written by Hannah Garrett on 12/10/2016