I really didn't appreciate the Arb until spring term. I maybe went running there once or twice in the fall as ordered by my soccer coach, and I explored a little more during the winter on skis, but it remained much of an vast unknown entity in my mind.
But wow - we've really gotten to know each other in recent weeks. The first order of business for me was to understand the difference between the Upper and Lower Arb. Somehow I was under the impression that the Lower Arb started right around Bell Field and went back and the Upper Arb was the part up by the Rec Center... I had no idea the vast majority of it was located on the other side of Highway 19 (is it Highway 19? Whatever Division street turns into.) past West Field and that this was the Lower Arb.
Although I think camping is technically not allowed in the Arb, if one just happens to fall asleep out there (with a sleeping bag and pad...), it is truly an excellent experience.
Also, the river - the river! The Cannon is really what has gotten me through the last few days' heat and humidity. Morning swims, swims after practice (these are 100% necessary), afternoon swims, late night swims (my personal favorite)... so glorious.
Ah, Spring Concert... held on the fields behind the Rec Center, this is apparently the best-attended Carleton event of the year. The lineup for this year included Brother Ali, the Helio Sequence, Menagerie and a few others who I unfortunately can't remember at the moment. Anyway, GREAT DAY! We had frisbee practice in the morning and the weather was crazy - super dark, crazy-colored sky, thunder, lightning, rain and wind. It all conveniently cleared up by the start of the concert at 12:30, leaving us with 90° weather and a brilliant blue sky under which to roll around in grass, eat ridiculously large slices of watermelon, play volleyball, indulge in free sno-cones and cotton candy, and listen to excellent music. I have several of Brother Ali's songs and love Helio Sequence but I hadn't heard of the others - some were student bands, some weren't. There was a great band from the twin cities, but I can't remember their name. Gotta find that out. The Tallest Man on Earth was on the lineup as well (which would have been AWESOME!), but he canceled at the last minute due to 'personal reasons.' Too bad. Regardless, Spring Concert was SO GREAT - sun, friends, food, music = good, good day.
You can't see too well, but yes, that is an entire dorm room set on a raft on Lyman Lake. Signs were posted all around campus advertising "First Lyman: a new room open for draw!" Not sure the context of this prank (if there even was one...), but it was an excellent site, floating out there on the lake last weekend.
And someone repainted the water spigots near the lakes, which had for some time been an elephant and a mouse.
Nationals for Ultimate Frisbee are THIS WEEKEND! Syzygy and CUT will be playing in Madison, WI on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and (hopefully) Monday (this is when finals happen). If you're interested, here are the schedules (you have to scoll down a little for the PDFs for Open and Women's) : http://www.usaultimate.org/competition/college_division/college_championships/schedule_and_results.aspx
ALSO - Syzygy as a twitter page! We're trying to get more followers than CUT (this might be a long shot... but may as well try, right?), and our twitter guru will be posting live updates from the field, so please follow us!
HAPPY 9TH WEEK!