7. May 2013 08:00
Imagine this—you’re hanging out with your friends on the beach on a hot summer day. Maybe you are grilling, fishing, or lying out and reading a book. Sounds pretty relaxing and pretty typical, right? Or maybe you’re in Pullman for the summer and go to “the Cliffs” (Granite Point) to do some cliff jumping. In both of these situations, and others like them, we often get carried away in having a good time and forget about water safety. Here are some tips to help keep you safe this summer. [More]
3. May 2013 08:00
Well it is that time of the year again when the graduating seniors say their final farewells as they pack up what they called home for the last four or so years and head out into the real world. Sadly, I am one of those graduating seniors that hate to be leaving, but I know that I will be coming back numerous times in the future. [More]
27. November 2012 08:00
Winter weather is slowly but surely making its way to the Palouse and since we have already had our first snow, more is likely on the way soon. While the snow and cold conditions make it difficult to do some of the outdoor activities we have all been accustomed to over the past half a year, it’s time to transition into winter activities. Being centrally located here in Pullman, we have a lot of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the winter while it’s here. [More]
14. November 2012 10:25
Pullman is quite a beautiful city in the summer! When fall rolls around the weather on this side of the state starts to get gloomy. Some people even develop a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People often feel more tired than usual, uninterested in things they once were interested in, and they might feel anxiety and loss of energy. This can happen when the body is not getting enough light from the sun.
26. October 2012 16:58
The WSU Lightweight Women’s Crew team is hosting this year’s Halloween 5k run around campus. The race is called, “Run for Your Life”, but takes on a Halloween and fun theme each year. Everyone is welcome to participate around the Pullman community. All the proceeds made will be used to help out the WSU Lightweight Women’s Crew Team. [More]
9. May 2012 23:53
After reading Heather’s blog on her Pullman Bucket List I was inspired to make a list of a similar sort. I made a short list of items that I will do this summer (old favorites or new activities) and then update you on how they went!
-The first thing that I would like to do is take advantage of the Chipman Trail. I love using this feature of the Palouse throughout the summer months. I like to run and rollerblade along the path.
-Secondly, I would like to explore more of the trails on Moscow Mountain. I know there are miles of trails just a short drive away and yet I have never gone.
-Third, this summer I will make it a point to go to the top of Steptoe Butte. I have heard that the view is great on a clear day.
-Lastly I would like to grow a few of my own plants and herbs. I will need to be planting those seeds now if I want to see a successful harvest. I will most likely pick low-maintenance plants to start with.
Thank you Heather for the inspiration and motivating me to make the most of my summer here in the Palouse!
4. May 2012 15:46
I’m a senior and I plan to graduate in a short week and a half. I’ve heard some of my peers talk about their Pullman bucket list and I want to get in on the action; UREC style.
I enjoy running and I’ve ran a couple miles into the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, or as I usually refer to it as the Moscow/Pullman trail, but I’ve always wanted to ride a bike all the way to Moscow, Idaho. So my first entry to the bucket list is:
Ride bike all the way to Moscow, Idaho, on the Moscow/Pullman Trail.
Next on the list is more relaxed. My friend and co-worker, Kerri, told me about this wonderful place where you can pick your own bouquet of wildflowers for $7! There was even an article about Jane Stratton, the woman who started this business, http://bit.ly/K5wuhu, in MaryJanesFarm magazine. The second entry of my bucket list includes:
Pick a bouquet of wildflowers at Stratton Farms.
The bucket list activities listed above include accomplishing things I have yet to do. I’ve already done a considerable amount of unforgettable adventures during my time as a student at WSU. I hiked Kamiak Butte last summer with a group of close girlfriends, the hike was easy and my friends kept me laughing all the way to the top. I went miniature golfing with my Dad and little sister, Meagan, during Dad’s Weekend in far-to-cold weather (I recommend enjoying golf in the warmer months). I’ve attended a variety of WSU athletic events in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum to Martin Stadium. I was a tag along for a white water rafting trip. And I cannot forget green bikes have been a close companion on my quick trips across campus. I’ve done so much but I do want to accomplish a few more things in the Palouse before I have to leave.
21. March 2012 20:03
Get involved and get fit with the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and University Recreation during the 15th Annual Campus on the Run being held on March 24.
The past 14 years Campus on the Run has been a way for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together for a charitable cause. Participants will compete in a 5K (3.1 mile) road race on the WSU Campus and this year’s proceeds will benefit The Willow Center.
Campus on the Run is open to anyone 6 years of age or older and participants will be split into divisions: 17 & under, 18-20, 21-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55+ [Male or Female]. Early registration is open from February 1– March 12 and the cost is $14 for Student Recreation Center members (SRC) and $17 for non-members. Late registration runs from March 13 – March 21 with a price of $20 for SRC members and $23 for non-members. Check-in on race day, March 24, is 8:15-9:15 a.m. at the SRC, t-shirts and race bibs will be picked up at this time.
The race will begin at 9:30 a.m. on March 24 in front of the SRC and will end in the tennis court parking lot. All participants must wear the bib (race number) on their front. Also, all race day participants will have access to the SRC for the day by showing their race number.
For more information or to register, please visit http://www.campusontherun.wsu.edu/ or call 335-UREC.
7. March 2012 23:13
Spring Break is nearly upon us and for many that means vacations to warmer climates. Personally, I will be spending my Spring Break in Arizona enjoying the 80 degree temperature and clear skies. It’s been a long winter full of cold weather and little sun exposure so this is going to be quite the change. Because of this, there are a few things for me to consider regarding my health; anyone planning a trip to a land of sunshine should take note. I plan to spend just about as much time as possible in the sun which means I am going to have to pay special attention to sun screen application. On top of that, I will be making sure that I drink more than enough water to make sure that the dry heat of Arizona does not dehydrate me. Check out this website for more info on proper water consumption: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283.
Beyond preparing for the heat and sun, there are couple other aspects of my wellbeing that I plan on watching out for. This is a vacation for me and I am staying in a hotel, I plan on doing everything I can to be financially healthy by avoiding eating at restaurants too many times and taking advantage of cheap healthy food whenever possible.
The last thing I want to warn about is general safety. Spring Break can be a time that college students use to cut loose with their friends, but everyone should make sure they are being safe by making sure they designate sober drivers if people plan on drinking. Also, make sure you are respecting your body by always drinking in moderation.
If you do have a Spring Break trip planned this year, please be safe and healthy. If your Spring Break plans are spending some quality time at home, make sure you stay active and plan some fun activities with friends and family so that you can make the most out of this quality relaxation time. No matter what your plans are, take advantage of this break so we can all recharge and gear up for the rest of the school year back in Pullman.
15. February 2012 22:04
This week’s Get to Know Your Gear segment will focus on Climbing Skins.
What are Climbing Skins? – Climbing skins, also known as ski skins, are cross country skiing accessories which attach to cross country skis to restrict backward sliding of the skis.
How do they work? – When the skins are attached to the skis, the fibers in contact with the snow lay flat when moving forward allowing for unrestricted forward movement. Alternatively, when sliding backwards, the snow pushes against the grain of the fibers causing the skins to dig into the snow and hold the skis, and skier, in place.
When should you use them? – Typically, climbing skins are only needed when venturing into areas with hills, switchbacks, or any type of ascent where momentum will not carry the skier to the top of the next hill. While they are not always necessary to have on the skis, carrying climbing skins in a pack when cross country skiing is always advised.
Now that you know what climbing skins are, when to use them, and how they work, you are ready to get outside and try some cross country skiing! Remember, climbing skins for Tele Skis or Randonnee (Alpine Touring) are available for rent from the Outdoor Recreation Center. Enjoy the great outdoors!