The temperature is dropping, the leaves are turning, the scarves and sweaters are appearing—it’s fall in Bloomington! Unfortunately, the weather turns on a dime (welcome to the Midwest). Here’s how to take advantage of the season while it lasts.
As the temperature drops, you’ll want more than your boots and cardigan to keep you warm. And as the midterms and papers accumulate, you’ll need more than your average four hours of sleep to keep you alert…and sane. Fortunately the Starbucks in the Indiana Memorial Union serves all of your fall favorites. My personal preference? The Salted Caramel Mocha topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.
What better way to celebrate Halloween than a day at the pumpkin patch with your best friends? For a nearby pumpkin patch check out Fowler Pumpkin Patch. For extra credit, pick up some cheap carving utensils from Walmart or Target, grab a pile of newspapers, and lock yourselves in your residence hall kitchen to carve your pumpkins and even cook your pumpkin seeds. Just be sure to clean up the mess!
[Warning: Do not set the finished pumpkin on top of your microwave and then use the microwave. Unless, of course, you want to see (and smell) your pumpkin grow an unnatural amount of green mold in just three days.]
Located on Morton Street and open every Saturday from April to November, the farmer’s market is home to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, pastries, etc. Stop by between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a temporary reprieve from the dining hall food. I recommend the chocolate chip scones.
As Indiana’s largest state park, Brown Country offers ample room to camp, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish, and even horseback ride. Located only twenty minutes from campus, Brown County is a convenient alternative to the gym.