Escape for Spring Break

February 22, 2012 in Communication, Community, Events, Recreation, Travel

With less than two weeks until spring break, Michigan Tech students are excited to take some time off from classes to spend time with friends and loved ones—and to kick back and relax!

This year’s spring break will be from Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 11.

If your student is looking for a way to unwind, relax, and go on an awesome adventure with other Michigan Tech students, I strongly recommend checking out Tech’s Alternative Spring Break trips. This year, the Outdoor Adventure Program is offering three Alternative Spring Break trips for students.

Outdoor Adventure Program Trips

Carve Up Salt Lake City

This OAP Alternative Spring Break (ASB) will be spent tearing up the ski resorts around Salt Lake City, Utah. Students will stay for five nights at the Crystal Inn in Midvalley, Utah, where breakfast and supper are provided. We will have four-day lift passes redeemable at Snowbird, Alta, Solitude, and Brighton.

This trip is geared toward those who want to get in some real mountain skiing or snowboarding on their spring break. This trip will be from March 4 through 9.

Total Cost: $450 per person. Must provide transportation to Salt Lake City (not included in cost of trip).

Florida Haul & Sprawl

Join the OAP as we go caving, canoeing, and snorkeling during spring break! The trip features a day at the Rickwood Caverns in Alabama, outdoor adventures at the Blackwater State Park in Florida, and a thirty-two-mile canoe trip on the spring-fed Blackwater River. We’ll also relax at St. Joseph State Park, Florida, where we will snorkel, swim with dolphins, bike, and more! This trip will run from March 3 through 10.

Total Cost: $450 per person;
$400 for those willing to become van-certified to help drive.

The Atlantic/Gulf Road Trip

Come with the OAP as we take a road trip around the gorgeous southern states! This trip includes a stop at the Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky, with a cave tour and backpacking. Next is the Red Top Mountain State Park in Georgia, and then the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Park in Atlanta. From there, we will head to Crooked River State Park for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean. We will also go to the Cumberland Island National Seashore (in Georgia) and the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (in Florida) for beach combing, backpacking, swimming, disc golf, beach volleyball, relaxing, and nightlife! This trip will be from March 2 to 11.

Total Cost: $450 per person; $400 for those willing to become van-certified to help drive.

*All OAP ASB trips can be counted as .5 PE credit if a fee is paid.

The Alternative Spring Break trips have become extremely popular amongst students. For a list of Alternative Spring Break trips that have been offered in years past, see previous trips.

Space on the Alternative Spring Break trips is limited and several trips are already filled. Some trips still have openings; if your student is interested, I would strongly encourage them to stop by the Outdoor Adventure Program to learn how they can participate in the adventure trips—or the Student Activities office to learn how they can get involved in a community service trip. Also, for more details, you can view the trip itineraries on the Alternative Spring Break web page.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have. Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about what students on campus need to do to prepare for the upcoming spring break.

Samantha Allen

Seallen@mtu.edu

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