A break from classes is always welcome and the upcoming Faculty Research Days (October 14-16) provides most students with a few days to relax and get ready for the second half of the semester. Many will simply get some extra sleep, work another shift or two or just zone out with friends and family. For those who wish an inexpensive change of scenery, contemplate some of these suggestions for an outing or quick overnight adventure.
Go fishing or just float down the river in a canoe, enjoying the rapidly changing fall colors.
Hike the Cascades in Pembroke
Go watch the hawks and eagles migrate south at the Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory on top of Peter’s Mountain in southern West Virginia. Good exercise, spectactular views and the chance to meet interesting people is just a couple hours away!
Grab a picnic and head down to The New River Trail State Park for a quiet day of strolling along the river and enjoying the fall weather without any hills to climb. Take or rent a bike for a bit more activity and stop at Fosters Falls for lunch and a visit with the horses.
If it is raining, take a short trip to Dixie Caverns outside Salem. See what the world beneath our feet is like and enjoy some offbeat shopping in the attached “Rock Shop” and Antiques Mall.
If the great outdoors is not your thing, spend some time with the animals. The Pulaski Animal Shelter is located near the Post Office in Dublin at 80 Dublin Park Road. The Giles County Animal Shelter is off Wilburn Valley Road on Green Hollow Road, about 4 miles off Rt. 100. The Montgomery County Humane Society is located on Flanagan Drive off Route 8, near I81. All of the shelters welcome volunteers to walk dogs, visit cats and help with other duties.
Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival is held each weekend through November 8th in Riner and features a corn maze, music and food. Check it out the weekend of October 17-18 when the “Punkin Chunkin”, a pumpkin catapulting competition debuts!