Who has been to the Botanical Gardens? Have
you walked around Long Pond this summer? If not, why not?
I heard on the radio the other day – something that
makes me cringe – summer's half over. Now, I don't know
if I believe what I heard – there's still warm weather
to come, I hope – but we need to enjoy it while we can.
Our university sits in the middle of a veritable paradise.
Just stroll through campus and look at the landscape; you'll
see what I mean. We are lucky to have such picturesque grounds
and to be surrounded by the beauty of St. John's.
I don't have a car. And to make matters worse I live in Mount
Pearl. As a result, I guess I'm forced to exercise a little
more than I may if I had a vehicle. I walk a lot. But I don't
mind the long hike into town. It takes an hour and a half
to get to MUN from my house but from my front door, I can
wander through the woods almost the entire way. For this,
I'm grateful. Perhaps, I'm a nature nut. But surely you must
agree that a quiet, meandering trail beats the hot and dusty
curb of Kenmount Road.
I remember living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and, though I was
not a starving student while there, I still had no transportation
other than my feet and heartbeat. The difference was it was
miles to the nearest forest or pond worth swimming in. From
MUN, however, it's only a hop to Pippy Park, Long Pond, or
the Rennies Mill River trail, which winds its way through
swollen thickets and natural grandeur all the way to Quidi
Break from your studies and take a walk beside the river,
beneath the trees with the summer breeze. Half hidden from
the city’s view are waterfalls, and enchanting streams.
Right in the midst of the urban sprawl, we are able to escape
Three Pond Barrens in Pippy Park is a grand place to swim,
fish and camp, or just disappear for a while. Imagine yourself
surrounded by fields and groves, silver clouds and sunshine
on the grass, but still close enough to run to Needs, should
you run out of beer or marshmallows.
University life can be stressful. But I don’t need to
tell you that. I for one love to ease off with good old Mother
Nature. A long trek, day trip or over-nighter is great way
to break up the dreary course of student life, relax and take
your mind off upcoming deadlines. Momentarily, there are no
exams, no papers, and no assignments of any kind, just the
sun, rolling streams and open fields, quiet and serene.