Autumn brings new adventures

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Rachael Smith


Autumn is a time for both change and thanksgiving. The world as we once knew is now bursting with colors. It is one of my favorite parts about living in the mountains. Even though we don’t have a beach down the road to splash into or a huge shopping district, Radford does show us the simplicity of a beautiful landscape.

My suggestion for students is to do something adventurous every weekend before the ground freezes and the browns, oranges and red fade to grey and white in the winter. I am really big on getting outside especially during this perfect weather.

I really want to try Sinkland Farms this year in Riner, Va. It would be a great way to get out of Radford one weekend and relive your childhood days by exploring the pumpkin patch and listening to the live music. They also have face painting and trail rides offered on the farm. The farm is only about 10-15 minutes away and right off of exit 114.

If you have a car and need a quick getaway, this is the perfect time of year to embark on a scenic road less traveled (but go soon because primetime for leaf peaking is Oct. 16-30). The Parkway will never disappoint, and because it is so long and stretches so far, there are always different outlooks and picnic stops. For other scenic excursions, between the two largest mountains in Virginia, is Grayson Highlands State Park. There are hiking trails that lead to scenic overlooks and waterfalls.

From the 100-ft Big Walker Lookout Tower in between Bland Country and Wytheville you can see out past 4 states. Pretty much anywhere along the Virginia 42 Route you will find satisfaction to your eye.

When I think of “giving thanks,” I think of my favorite autumn holiday, Thanksgiving, but the month of October gives me a new reason to give thanks and to become aware—Breast Cancer Awareness is going on right now.

I see it everywhere with pink inscribed on millions of products but there is more we can do to support the strong women who fight everyday with this battle. Zeta Tau Alpha has actually been working this week with Breast Cancer Awareness, as it’s part of their philanthropy.

This Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. they are holding their 10th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on the Moffett Quad.
Even if you feel like you have nothing to give, you can give yourself a gift and stay healthy. There are a few different ways to prevent breast cancer in your own body.

Exercise daily, even if it’s taking a short walk outside with your dog or some friends (this is also a great way to soak up the sun and breathe in the crisp autumn air) and eat more fruits and vegetables.

We’re in college, which means most of us are young. Let’s live up this life while we’ve got it so give thanks for what you have and enjoy this picturesque month!