For the second semester on our round two of Columbus to do list, to experience what Columbus has to offer I choose to attend three clinics at the OAC. The point of the clinics are to teach you and allow growth in outdoor adventure skills. The first clinic I participated in was the Belay clinic with fellow ENR members, as described in my first post. The second clinic I participated in was the Kayak Roll. A clinic that is based on fun and safety; the majority of the session revolved on safety and what to do in any circumstances of distress if you find yourself out on water in a kayak. Skills such as removing yourself from the compartment you’re sitting and freeing oneself if flipped. Then came the fun part of the event was rolling the kayak in circles. Being able to flip the kayak around and have no worries but also knowing you were prepared for the worst if your capped sized and must escape. The third and final clinic I participated in was the intro to Qajaasaarneq. Qajaasaarneq is seen as an exercise and training system. The whole thing itself is when you suspend yourself on two ropes parallel to each other and perform different actions on the ropes themselves. Contorting and spinning around and especially having a strong balance.
The Columbus to do list this semester I wanted to push the barriers that is why I choose to do the Outdoor Adventure Center clinics to broaden my skills and try something new. Overall from this semesters project of the to do list I found the Belay clinic to be my favorite activity. I preferred the belay clinic overall was fascinating to me because it was something I don’t get to see around often when it comes to rock climbing. Being from Florida kayaks and skills for being out in the water alone or with a giant group of people is more so a norm for me, therefore the clinic was a fun experience but wasn’t necessarily something new in my experiences. Especially being able to enjoy the experience with my roommate and learn together hands on climbing the wall and taking turns belaying for one another. Those were memories that make the semester special and skills worth learning when with friends.
This semester I learned that our school’s outdoor adventure center and its activities are one in a million to take advantage of. The center offers so many opportunities of clinics from learning sessions to our on the field hands on learning. Being able to take advantage of that allows for so much growth especially at this time in our lives. The three clinics I participated in have sparked my interest to get involved more when I return to school next year to keep learning and experiencing new skills. Overall the OAC offers so much and I would recommend anyone to go visit the center themselves. They have so many different clinics and sessions that anyone is bound to find something that interests them and meet people with similar taste.
The second week of our Earth month challenge has passed and overall seemed a lot easier. The overall challenge for the full month is to take initiative and once the action begins it all starts rolling into place. My goal this week was being active in our room and places I’m in to use less electricity such as if the room has no one in it that the lights and electronics are all off. Also this week was coinciding with my first week’s challenge of unplugging all electronics not in use; overall goal to reduce electricity consumption that is unnecessary. Over the second week I learned that there are multiple ways for more efficient lighting. Such as opening more windows, however if it is your actual home you could take a step to buy light bulbs that last longer and safe energy themselves. The tasks you can take such as lights and unplugging are still minor but bring a large impact especially over time. The second weekend is over and thus comes around the third week which again I plan to add on with more tasks. This coming up week I plan to reduce my use of cars and buses. My plan is to walk more so over any form of transportation to reduce use of gas and emissions from vehicles. From the 2 weeks and persisting on I learned that the constant reminder I had to give myself from the first week was challenging to remember the little tasks but as I continue to perform the actions it has become easier to remember if not habit.
Columbus To Do List: Coffee Shops
Fox in the Snow: The Fox in the Snow was by far my favorite one out of the Columbus to do list for the coffee shops. The environment overall was inviting. Was a small shop with an open room with lots of windows and mirrors making everything look much more spacious. The workers were all inviting, over all very kind and generous to help. The coffee itself was great. Prices were very reasonable and the drinks were made fresh that gave a sensational taste. I enjoyed everything about the shop, from the people to the product.
Impero Coffee: Impero coffee to me felt the most lively out of all the shops. Every shop had an amazing atmosphere but the people itself in the shop was more energetic then the rest. The menu itself was a nice delight to choose from and workers were very polite to talk to when waiting for my coffee.
ZenCha Tea Salon: The ZenCha Tea Salon was a relaxing place. This shop is more of a restaurant style then a walk in coffee shop. You walk in and sit down with a menu. The vibe of the shop is to come sit down and take a load off. Enjoy the relaxation and the calm atmosphere. They gave options of dining and coffee and tea to enjoy as you allow time to pass by.
Kafe Kerouac: Kafe Kerouac when I visited was in my idea a definition of the stereotypical coffee shop. Was an overall delight to relax and drink their coffee. The options made me want to explore and try new things. And when I did, the drink itself was riveting. It was a comfy spot to ease into a chair and take a load off. I felt that the time I spent within the shop allowed for a lot of stress to be taken off and enjoy the peacefulness.
Cup O! Joe: Cup O! Joe is a popular coffee shop that I have come to hear about in the Columbus area. The shop itself is inviting and a fun atmosphere. It almost feels like a diner style restaurant but a coffee bistro to relax in. Whether it be a quick bite, a cup of coffee, or to grab a quick to go if needed.
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