This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
Toto, we’re not in Bushwick anymore. You’ve now left the comfort of deep Brooklyn, as they call it, for the not-so-dissimilar milieu of Wesleyan. Just kidding, a vast majority of Weskids are from not-Brooklyn, not-LA, and not-Bay-Area, although it might seem otherwise.
For all of you from those (wonderful) places, and all of you from other places, Middletown is different than those places (shocking!). It was once the largest city in Connecticut, circa pre-war-of-1812. Can your hometown claim that title? Nah. Unless you’re from Middletown, in which case you are probably way more qualified than me to write this post.
While Wesleyan is fine and there is usually never a shortage of things to do on campus, Middletown and the surrounding area truly have some wonderful gems that are worth knowing about as you settle in and look for things to do other than vape on Foss. Here is wesleying’s (my) attempt at travel blogging. Bring your fanny pack:
Do you like hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, climbing, camping, apple-picking, cliff-jumping, kayaking, or anything else that has to do with the outdoors?
If the answer is yes, then check out the Outing Club. All year long the Outing Club hosts hikes, camping trips, canoe trips, and other excursions to the great outdoors! We also rent outdoor gear to students at a very low price.
The first meeting will be Wednesday the 16th at 10:00 at Out House (132 High Street). It won’t be so much a meeting as an ice-cream fueled meet-and-greet, so be ready to talk to some really chill people while eating some delicious ice-cream.
Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Time: 10 pm
Place: Out House (132 High Street)
The first meeting of the Wesleyan Outing Club is this Wednesday, Sept 10th, at 10pm, at Out House (132 High).
Reasons to come:
1. Announcements of super sweet outings that are happening this weekend (beaches, mountains, orchards, cliff jumping! plus surprises.)
2. Plenty of ice cream and desserts. Contributions not necessary but welcomed.
3. We miss you. You miss us. The end.
Never been to a meeting? Never missed one? Everyone is welcome!! Come see old friends and meet new ones and bond over the wonderful outdoors. Swing by and say hello!
Love and trail mix,
The Outing Club
The Wesleyan Outing Club now has a website:
It has the week’s outings, tons of pictures and a box if you want to subscribe to our listserv. Check it out!
Here’s the Outing Club events this week. Check out the bike trip – its gonna be sweeeet!
Great Hill Hike
Come for a hike up Great Hill on Saturday. It’s 5ish miles, and we will explore some small caves and possibly old cobalt mines…we’ll leave from Outhouse at noon. Email Maddie (mthomson@wes) if you want to come, and if you can bring a car. It will be Great!
Biking Round Middletown
Join us for a scenic road bike trip this Saturday! Come to Outhouse at 10:00am and expect to be riding for 3-4 hours. Pack a lunch, and remember to bring water! A road bike is preferred, but not necessary – the trip will be around 18 miles. Email ilevy@wes if interested or if you have any questions.
Don’t forget Mount Wesleyan/ Mount Awesome/ The Agrocrag . . .
The climbing wall in the freeman athletic center is open for the semester. There’s no equipment or experience necessary, just come on down for a good time. The wall will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-8:30 for the rest of the semester. If you’ve got any questions just email Reid (rhigginson@wes).
Anyone on campus is open to lead outings – and it is really easy. If you want to lead an outing just e-mail me, ewyner@wes with a blurb by Tuesday morning with the time, date, meeting place, activity and your e-mail address and I will send it out on the list serve
The Outing Club needs your help! If you have been cleaning out your attic/ basement/ closet/ room and found any gear you no longer use– Remember, nothing is too old or decrepit for the Outing Club– then bring it back to campus for them (to 132 High Street). In exchange they will bake you cookies. Really tasty ones. Examples of things they want are –
- Cross country skis and boots
- Hiking boots
- Frame packs
- Water bottles
- Sleeping bags
- Stuff sacks
- Outdoor clothing (Rain pants, warm non-cotton layers, etc. or really anything that seems vaguely outdoor related.)
Cross Country Ski Marathon
If you are interested in a weekend of skiing and fun February 10-11th, then come to Outhouse (132 High Street) Thursday, January 25th, at 5 pm. There they’ll go over any questions as well as how to sign up. Anyone who is interested at all should come to the meeting. Participation will be limited if they can’t find another car to come, so remember if you are willing to drive, the WSA will compensate you for gas and depreciation on your car.