By Calvin Diggs, Director of Campus Recreation
What do you think about when you hear “National Parks?” Have you ever considered visiting six national parks as stress reliever?
St. Cloud State University Outdoor Recreation offered a spring break trip throughout 10 days over 10 states and 6 national parks. Students got a chance to get out and experience something different during spring break 2022.
When I was first told about the trip I couldn’t help but wonder “what do they mean by driving to five national parks?”
I had thoughts of many miles, long rides, and cabin sickness. In this case I think it was fear of the unknown that got the best of me and that wasn’t at all what it was like on the spring break five national parks trip.
At first I thought my ideal of the trip would not meet the challenge, but I now think this time of year is perfect for Huskies to see the great landscape of the USA — if you are looking for this kind of experience. With all the miles we encountered all seasons, but it still was not as cold as St. Cloud many students mention.
I have to say, my first 4,000 mile road trip was enjoyable. Not only did we get outside and take advantage of beautiful weather but it also gave us the opportunity to let our hair down and have some fun with students and staff, and it introduced me to some other campus partners/students who had the thirst for a thrill.
In my opinion the national parks was probably the extreme highlight. On the other hand we also visited Hoover Dam, Seven Magic Mountains, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy horse Monument, and Voodoo Donuts.
The best thing about this trip was I had very little planning to do. Get Outdoors while providing students with a chance to love the parks that President Roosevelt preserve and their history. The NP Rangers did a great job during tours for the history of each park and location.
For those interested in getting out and seeking something new and exciting please be on the lookout for the Gooseberry Falls Hiking and BBQ trip on April 10 and Bike the Night on April 14 outdoor rec adventures. Email Melissa Bates to sign up.
These trips tend to fill up quickly but it’s a great way to see the outdoors and soak in some culture here. Get out and explore!