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Athens Bike Path

Paige Preske

Paige Preske,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 3 November 2015

During the fall (and every other month, really), my favorite spot at Ohio University is the bike path. Running right along the Hocking, it’s a beautiful spot for all seasons. This time of year with the changing leaves and a cool breeze, it really is the perfect place.

I initially fell in love with this spot during my freshman year. I lived in Johnson Hall, and the bike path was my favorite spot to walk, run, or catch some quiet time. At the time I kept to the section by South Green and didn’t venture very far past O’Bleness Hospital. This part of the bike path is beautiful–it’s right against the river and you can look across it to see the hilly landscape and changing leaves.

Now, as a senior, I really enjoy the portion of the bike path that runs through West State Street Park. It’s a little quieter and farther removed from the river but it is just as pretty. While I’m on this portion, I find myself at different times:

  • under canopies of trees
  • crossing a bridge over the Hocking River, and
  • passing a small local farm.

Overall, there isn’t a bad place to be find on the bike path and after four years it’s still my favorite spot at Ohio University.

My Athens Bucket List

Nicole Sova

Nicole Sova,
Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular

Engineering

Athens, OH 2 November 2015

Amidst the hustle of classes and conferences, it could be easy to forget to step back and enjoy the little things. In order to make sure we didn’t miss out on any of the fun Athens has to offer, my roommate and I made a bucket list for our last fall in Athens, with many of them complete (X).

  • Bike the Hocking Adena Bike Path (X)
  • Enjoy Breakfast at the Catalyst Café (X)
  • Experience the Pawpaw Festival (X)
  • Buy Apples at the Farmer’s Market (X)
  • Walk the Ridges Nature Trails (X)
  • Visit the Kennedy Art Museum (X)
  • Watch One of the Performing Art Series Concerts (X)
  • Cheer on the Hockey Team (X)
  • Watch the Sunset from Bong Hill
  • Hike Radar Hill
  • Sing along to the Marching 110 (X)
  • Go to a Football Game (X)
  • Watch the Homecoming Parade
  • Eat the Local Cuisine on Court Street (X)
  • Go Bowling at the Rollerbowl
  • Take a Sunday Drive through Town (X)
  • Enjoy the Colors of Fall on College Green (X)
  • Watch a Movie at the Fun Barn
  • Dress up with Friends and Enjoy the Halloween Block Party (X)

While I’m still working on crossing a few of these things off of the list, so many memories accompany each of these bullet points. One of my favorite memories on the list is singing and dancing along with the Marching 110 at the football game halftime shows. Their spirit and energy are infectious! This video is of one of the songs they played during this year’s parents’ weekend game, but nothing beats watching them live.

Being from New York, I had never heard of a pawpaw (a sweet, slightly mushy, but delicious fruit). My freshman year I was happy to discover this interesting fruit and the festival that celebrates it. This year I was more than excited to introduce my freshman sister to it all. We listened to local bands, ate pawpaw-flavored foods, browsed the local crafts, and sported some stylish balloon hats. Below is a picture of me (far left), my roommates, and my sister (far right) at the Pawpaw Festival.

Pawpaw Festival

Another Athens Fall favorite is the HallOUween Block Party. It is always so much fun to see all of the interesting costumes and this year I thought we might have had a chance at winning the costume contest. Unfortunately, we lost to the Sanderson sisters. Below is a picture of my friends and me (the Mad Hatter, second from the right) as the cast of Alice in Wonderland.

Halloween

Athens has so much to offer and so many incredible people to experience it all with. I’m so glad I chose a school with so much character and friends to remind me to slow down and enjoy all that Athens has to offer.

Fundamentals of Rock Climbing

Wilson Taylor

Wilson Taylor,
Junior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 5 April 2015

Something I have learned to truly appreciate at Ohio University is the wide variety of classes available outside of the Russ College. Every semester I make a conscious effort to add something I both have a personal interest in and is outside of my major into my class schedule.

One of the most enjoyable classes I have taken was on the fundamentals of rock climbing. The class covered basic climbing techniques, safety, and general practices. We learned how to tie key climbing knots and set up tethers for varying situations one might encounter at different climbing locations. One thing I really valued about the class was the truly hands on element it offered.

After four in-class meetings learning about the proper techniques and knots used on climb sites we had three days dedicated to applying what we learned. Our instructor took us to two different climbing locations and one nifty bouldering location in areas surrounding Athens. We had the opportunity to climb natural rocks using equipment we set up as a class. Additionally, we were responsible for each other’s safety as we each took turns belaying while other classmates climbed.

I enjoy exploring Athens and taking advantage of the many recreational activities the surrounding area has to offer. The rock-climbing course enabled me to do this and more. I continue to search for recreational classes as I find them to be a great way to just relax and enjoy myself.

Fishing at Stroud’s Run

Ali McCormick

Ali McCormick,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 14 October 2014

While Ohio University has an abundance of places to spend your free time, my favorite is Strouds Run State Park. Strouds is located approximately 5 miles away from campus. You have the ability to go camping for the weekend, hiking on nature trails, mountain biking through the woods, canoeing on Dow Lake, or my preferred choice, fishing.

Strouds run

If you knew me a few months ago, your jaw would have dropped in disbelief after hearing that. I’m generally not the outdoorsy type, but once I started fishing this summer, I haven’t been able to stop. At first I was borrowing a pole from my friend, but I made the step to purchase my first fishing pole.

Strouds run

Although it’s small in size, I swear it’s an adult pole (at one point I did consider purchasing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pole for children, though). This pole is meant for dock fishing, which is mainly what I do at Strouds. I have been successful with using no bait, just a lure.

My one confession, though, is that I won’t take the fish off the hook myself. I’m starting with baby steps first, then maybe I’ll graduate to actually touching the fish. After all my work is done for the day, my friends and I will head over to Strouds to fish and grill out until sundown. It’s a great way to relieve my stress and enjoy the company of my close friends.

Strouds run

Friends and Fun at the Climbing Wall

Patrick Hanlon

Patrick Hanlon,
Senior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 27 September 2014

The rock climbing wall here at Ohio University may seem like the climbing wall at any other school, but it really isn’t. See, people who aren’t regulars at this second home of mine may miss out on the close community we have developed in the Ping Center. Friends of all ages and years of school come together and have a great time together and work out and rock climb.

Sometimes school gets stressful, and when it does there is always a cushiony place to fall into, and it’s not the rubber padding at the bottom of the wall. In fact, it’s the people who are there for you the entire way up that plastic, hold-covered wall. I have to say that most of my friends outside of my engineering courses have been made here, and they are all wonderful.

Here at Outdoor Pursuits, there is not just a climbing wall. There are plenty of hidden adventures any student can go on if they’d like. There’s anything from back-country backpacking trips to canoeing adventures to even rock climbing expeditions. For anyone who would like to get their fix of outdoor adventures while still managing to be successful in school, Outdoor Pursuits is the place to go.

ALT

Backpacking Weekend with Outdoor Pursuits

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 24 February 2014 – This past weekend was an opportunity for me to try something new – I went backpacking! Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits is an organization based within the Ping Recreation Center and is best known for operating the climbing wall at the entrance. They also offer many other services such as equipment rental and several trips of varying lengths and difficulty throughout the year. I’ve wanted to give backpacking a try for a while now so a (very reasonably priced) weekend Intro to Winter Backpacking trip sounded like just what I was looking for. Outdoor Pursuits supplied the food and any gear that I didn’t have and we were off to Zaleski State Forest.

The trip was even better than I had hoped. Despite the hike I signed up for, the weather was the surprise beautiful weather that Ohio sometimes decides to tease us with in February. The group had varying levels of experience, and we took the hike at a leisurely pace that gave us all a chance to stretch our legs after being cooped up inside during the last few cold weeks. We hiked out to a campsite and stayed the night there before traveling on to the site where we would camp Saturday night. Saturday afternoon was also probably the best nap of my life. Sunday morning we hiked out and were able to make it back to Athens about half an hour before it began to sleet. Can’t complain about that luck!

Outdoor Pursuits

Being unplugged from society for a couple of days was a fantastic escape from the fast-paced life of a college student. The seven of us were able to create our own schedule, spend unchecked amounts of time sitting admiring the fantastic views of Southeast Ohio, and swap stories while cooking simple meals around a campfire. It was refreshing to get away before coming back and getting a re-energized start on studying for midterms.

Patrick Hanlon

Patrick Hanlon,
Junior, Electrical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 October 2013 – The rock climbing wall here at Ohio University may just seem like just another rock climbing wall at any other school, but it really is not. See, people who aren’t regulars at this second home of mine may seem to miss out on the community we have settled closely in the Ping Center. Friends of all ages and years of school come together and have a great time together and work out and rock climb.

Climbing

Sometimes school gets stressful, and when it does there is always a cushiony place to fall into, and it’s not that rubber padding at the bottom of the wall. In fact, it’s the people who are there for you the entire way up that plastic rock climbing hold covered wall. I have to say that most of my friends outside of my engineering courses have been made here, and they are all wonderful.

Climbing

Here at Outdoor Pursuits, there is not only a rock climbing wall. There are plenty of hidden adventures any student can go on if they’d like. There’s anything from back-country backpacking trips to canoeing adventures to even rock climbing expeditions. For anyone who would like to get their fix of outdoor adventures while still managing to be successful in school, Outdoor Pursuits is the place to go.

Climbing

Climbing