April 15, 2022 | ACTIVE LIFE | By Dylan Carey | Photo by Sydney Morris

It seems like just the other day I was returning to CC for Block Seven, and now the block is almost over. Therefore, it might be time to start making plans for our final Block Break of the year. I hope these ideas are helpful:

  1. Take a road trip to explore a new place!

Colorado College is positioned on the doorstep of the spectacular mountains of Colorado and only a day’s drive from great destinations in the deserts of Utah and New Mexico. With warm weather returning, this upcoming Block Break could be the perfect time to road trip and camp with friends. Personally, I would recommend camping near Moab, Utah, or Durango, especially if you are looking for a trip involving some quality time in a car.

For those who are less interested in longer road trips, I recommend Lost Creek Wilderness, destinations around Buena Vista, and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. There are many affordable campsite options on the recreation.gov website. Finally, if you need gear, do not forget to utilize Ahlberg Gear House, where you can get affordable rentals for your outdoor adventures.

  • Explore other cities in Colorado!

After spending so much time in Colorado Springs, maybe it is time to explore another city nearby. I recommend checking out Denver and Boulder. In Denver, I suggest exploring downtown, attending a Colorado Rockies game (you can find cheap tickets for $10), or eating at a restaurant and viewing street art in the River North Art District.

Some of my favorite activities in Boulder include hiking at Chautauqua Park, meandering through the CU Boulder campus, or biking around the city. There are also opportunities to utilize public transportation, in case you can’t find a ride to one of these cities. Bustang is a bus service from Colorado Springs to Union Station in Denver, and the Flatiron Flyer can access towns and cities in between Denver and Boulder.

  • Sleep and relax!

If it has been an exhausting Block 7, maybe the best course of action is to catch up on sleep and relax on campus. It could also be good idea to recharge your batteries if you are expecting a tough Eighth Block. I am personally quite sleep deprived, so I have considered entering full hibernation mode; I might not even leave my bed during Block Break. Casting jokes aside, I strongly encourage everyone to consider relaxing during the last Block Break. With how quickly things move during the semester, it can be incredibly valuable to just chill.

  • Explore Colorado Springs!

With so much action on campus, it can be easy to neglect the city that surrounds us; the city and its people have a lot to offer. Right next to campus is Monument Valley Park, which features several great running and biking trails.

If you are looking for an activity indoors, I would strongly recommend the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum. The architecture of the building itself is fascinating. Additionally, the exhibits are interactive, which makes the museum more exciting. Finally, if you are tired of Rastall’s, I recommend eating at Shuga’s, the Denver Biscuit Company, or Rasta Pasta.

I hope I have inspired you to make this upcoming Block Break the best one yet!

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