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Renewed Energy: The outdoors, and outdoor sights, entertain as the weather warms

by on April 30, 2018 5:45 PM

As you flip through this month’s edition, you’ll notice an outdoorsy theme beginning to develop. After a winter that extended deep into April, it seems about time to enjoy being outside in the warm sunshine again – finally!

For me, that means walking several miles around my neighborhood in Spring Township on weekends, and taking shorter treks around downtown State College and the Penn State campus as time allows during the week.

With Penn State classes over and graduation the first weekend of this month, College and Beaver avenues and the Pattee mall will suddenly be a lot quieter.

For those of us who work or live downtown, the warm days at the end of the spring semester are an interesting time to people-watch. There is a renewed energy as lawns, sidewalks, and outdoor seating areas at restaurants are crowded with people having a good time. Our offices overlooking Fairmount Avenue near Allen Street offer fine views of the occasional beer pong games across the street.

My wife and I live in a neighborhood filled with walkers. On pleasant early evenings, a parade of folks march by our house: young parents with strollers, runners and walkers out for some exercise, and, of course, people walking their dogs. It’s actually neat to watch. (Side note from my wife: please don’t let your dog stop on our lawn!)

In our pages this month we’ll take you outside to meet runners from the Bellefonte Road Raiders and the Nittany Valley Running Club. We’ll also introduce you to cyclists from the State College Cycling Club, the Nittany Mountain Biking Association, and Pedals and Pints.

They all share, to varying degrees, a passion for fitness. But more than that, their enthusiasm stems from the opportunity running and biking give them to meet new people, to explore the region in different ways, and to challenge themselves mentally.

Another common theme: they want you to join them, whatever your skill level.

Our Taste of the Month feature takes a closer look at the growing popularity of kombucha. It’s a drink I knew next to nothing about until being introduced to it several months ago by our kombucha fermenters here in the office. If you’ve never tried kombucha, it’s an acquired taste – a little fizzy, with a hint of vinegar. I’ve grown to like it, and the gut health benefits are considerable, experts say.

And if you don’t know what a scoby is, this is your chance to find out!




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