Spring Break Alternatives
For many college students, Spring Break involves exotic beaches, rowdy parties and club-filled nights with several thousand brand new friends. For others, the perfect Spring Break involves sleeping till noon and binge-watching NetFlix.
But at Michigan Tech, many students crave a bit more adventure or gravitate toward activities seeking a higher purpose. For these students, Alternative Spring Breaks combine spending time away from campus with a little something extraordinary.
This year Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Programs (OAP) is offering two different “Adventure Spring Breaks:” Southbound Experience and Yosemite Valley Experience.
The majority of the Southbound Experience takes place in Orange Beach, Alabama. Orange Beach nestled between Gulf Shores, Alabama to the west and Perdido Key, Florida to the east, offers snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the group will be go-karting, kayaking, spelunking, hiking and beach bumming. They’ll go on a sunset cruise and stop at Mammoth Cave and the Red River Gorge either on the way to or from Orange Beach.
Jared Johnson, assistant director of Student Activities, oversees OAP. He says the Adventure Spring Breaks offer an alternative to more traditional break options.
“We choose locations that aren’t your typical spring break locales, and then we set up a lot of activities and adventures.”
As the name implies, the Yosemite Valley Experience is focused on the California National Park. “They’ll set up their basecamp in Yosemite,” Johnson said. “And there’ll be some great adventures like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, rock climbing and just soaking in the Yosemite Valley culture.”
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