by Claire McFarland, blogger
(Courtesy of uptake.com)
Picking apples is one of fall’s greatest outdoor activities. Those of us who are lucky enough to live in Upstate NY not only have the advantage of watching the leaves change but also get to take advantage of the delicious in-season treat. Find nearby apple orchards, such as Beak and Skiff Apple Farms, Inc. located in Lafayette, or Critz Farms in Cazenovia. Both of these orchards, located only a short half an hour from campus, feature corn mazes, wagon rides, cider making demonstrations and even pumpkin picking to get an early start on carving jackolanterns. Inexpensive and packed with opportunities for entertainment, apple orchards can provide a perfect weekend afternoon for students.
Yes, many sororities and fraternities host some of the best events during this holiday and campus is bustling with activity. This season, venture out from these Halloween norms and explore what Syracuse has to offer. Featuring local haunted houses and hayrides just a short drive from campus, Syracuse has many great attractions throughout the season. Fright Night at the Fair, located on State Fair blvd. and Halloween in the Park, located in Long branch Park in Liverpool, both offer group tickets to lead students through a series of haunted houses that will keep you laughing and/or crying all night. The next time you are overloaded with invites and fliers to activities on campus, consider visiting these sites to keep you screaming all night long.
Take A Hike
Hiking is a popular and inexpensive way to take a break from the stresses of life and have proven to be beneficial both mentally and physically. If you are looking to break out of the gym routine and still have a great workout, hiking offers the opportunity to break a sweat. The mixture of cardio and incline on many of the trails can prove to be a great way to work off those holiday treats. Hiking has also been proven to be meditative, as it encourages soaking in one’s natural surroundings. There are many trails available in Syracuse, such as Green Lakes and Clark’s Reservation, where you can scope out the fall foliage while you exercise.
Fall’s natural treats, including apples, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds have proven to be extremely beneficial. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many nutritional properties of fall foods that are extremely beneficial to the body. Apples, a great source of vitamin C, soluble and insoluble fiber and an excellent source of flavanoids and antioxidants, which help prevent illness and cancer, can also protect bone health especially in young adults. Pumpkin, loaded with beta carotene, which can help fight cancer, Potassium, which can lower the risk of hypertension, Zinc, which can boost the immune system and support those at risk for osteoporosis, and high in fiber, which can help prevent cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments make this a perfect fall food staple. The seeds found in pumpkins, which are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, can not only be beneficial for the teeth, gums, hair and nails because of their nutritional makeup, but can also relieve nervous exhaustion, as they contain L-tryptophan, a compound that is effective against depression. The next time you are offered one of these seasonal treats, don’t think twice before asking for seconds, or even thirds.