Slowly but surely, the dismal, wintry shades of brown are fading away, turning into greens and fresh blossoms on flowering trees. On any given sunny day in Ithaca, one is guaranteed to see someone, or many people, taking advantage of the weather and taking a few moments to relax outside. Perhaps the long wait to spring’s arrival in Ithaca makes spring a more savored and appreciated phenomenon than it is in other places.
A few fun things to do on campus in Spring:
1) Borrow a bike from BigRedBikes, conveniently located in Uris and Mann libraries and Appel. Feel the breeze and adrenaline from a downhill ride, bask in the warm embrace of the sun’s rays on a calm stroll around campus, or explore the less traveled corners of Cornell. I did this a few weekends ago with my friends, and it was one of the most refreshing, relaxing, liberating experiences I’ve had this semester. Yes, it was that enjoyable.
2) Visit the Cornell Plantations. Not only are the plantations unique and likely underrated or not talked about as much as they should be, they are the perfect spot for weekend outdoor exploration/picnics. They are a very walkable distance from central campus and it’s really not a bad idea to make a stop at the Dairy Bar before or after the trip.
3) Go to the Farmer’s Market. I wrote about a visit I made there in a previous post, and I stand by the fact that I could not say one bad thing about the Ithaca Farmer’s Market.
4) As pictured above, take a few moments to rest on the slope. In the winter, the slope represents a dreaded, dangerous, exhausting walk to class. In the spring, the slope is still an exhausting road to tread, but is at least worth the walk for the view and the grassy soft spots, perfect for viewing a sparkling and distant Cayuga lake in the morning, reading or napping on a sunny afternoon, unwinding and sunset watching in the evening, and star gazing at night.
5) Go stargazing! This doesn’t just have to be on the slope. One of my favorite parts about Ithaca is the view of the night sky. On a cloudless night, one can see countless stars. I’ve been meaning to make a trip to the Fuertes Observatory on North campus by the end of the semester, and I hope I get the chance to do it.
There is plenty to do and enjoy in Ithaca at this time of the year, plenty to give one a warm, happy taste of summer in between spring projects, prelims, papers, and upcoming finals.