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Alvin talks about some of his favorite things at Carleton.

Alvin talks about some of his favorite things at Carleton.

Hello everyone!

Carleton’s spring term is flying by, and although I’m not currently taking any courses due to my off campus studies program, the passing of spring term has made me reflect on my time at Carleton from afar.

This week, instead of talking about Carleton’s main selling points (I’m sure you’ve heard most of it before), I’d like to talk a little bit about some of my favorite things/places at Carleton, that are not necessarily well-known or important, but have made my experience at Carleton all the better.

I’m sure you are all familiar with Carleton’s famous arboretum, which spans roughly 800 acres and offers all sorts of activities to students, from having a picnic in the fall to cross-country skiing in the winter, and from bird watching to going on runs in the spring. But there are a couple of locations in the Arb that I really enjoy visiting, so if you ever find yourself in the Arb, keep your eye out for these spots! I’m terrible at giving directions, but my favorite spot is located in the Lower Arb. Following the trail entrance by the soccer fields adjacent to West Gym, the main Lower Arb trail winds through trees along the Cannon River, offering a serene escape to the busyness of daily college life. After roughly a half mile, you’ll come out of the woods and reach the prairies, with a path left taking you further into the Arb, while the path to the right takes you back towards the Recreation Center on campus. Taking the left path leads you further into the Arb where you will encounter many more side trails, but there is one in particular that is completely straight, leading off into the distance without a curve; I’m sure this is quite a poor explanation, but this perfectly straight trail is easily recognizable. Taking a left on this trail shoots straight towards the Cannon River, and there is a perfect little spot by the rocks where you can sit and relax, right on the edge of the water. Little and idealistic places such as these have made me much more grateful for the nature that Carleton has to offer.

I also recommend going on a run or walk in the Upper Arb, where Carleton has two wind turbines. Prior to Carleton, I had never seen a wind turbine up close, so seeing Carleton’s wind turbines is quite enjoyable. They are absolutely massive, and certain trails run very close to them. It is also a very relaxing experience to be alone (or with friends!) in the expansive prairie, listening to nothing other than the turbine cutting through the air and the buzzing of the wildlife that the prairie has to offer.

I’ve realized that including everything will make this post way too long, so I will wrap up this blog here and will continue to talk about some of the things that make Carleton special to me in next week’s post. But for now, here are some pictures!

snow covered field
Snow covered fields leading to the Lower Arb’s entrance
snow by the river
Not the spot I mentioned, but another serene location by the Cannon
wind turbines
Carleton’s wind turbines from across the prairie in the spring
northfield sunset
Stunning Northfield sunset by the Lower Arb’s entrance

Alvin is a west coast kid at heart (coming from San Jose, California), but is loving his time in Minnesota. He plays for the soccer team here at Carleton and loves exercise. If he’s not on the soccer field, in the gym, or out on a bike ride during his free time, he can be found in one of the lounges playing Exploding Kittens, or in the music building playing piano. He is a Computer Science major with an interest in Economics and StatisticsMeet the other bloggers!