Top 10 Things to Do On Ankeny (if Weather Permits)

While the weather in Walla Walla still seems hesitant in fully committing to summer, some promising signs of balmy days to come have already started to appear. While most mornings are chilly and gray, the sun usually comes out for a while in the afternoon. Wearing shorts and t-shirts, while still risky, is a safer and safer bet every day. As the weather warms, outdoor recreation seems more and more inviting, so listed below are the top 10 things to do on Ankeny Field on a warm spring day.

  1. Tanning: Some die-hards have already decided that the weather is warm enough to strip down and get their tan on. While I personally think it’s still a bit too chilly, I applaud their forethought and preemptive action.


  1. Flying a Kite: I’ve only seen one student doing this, but I think it’s a fantastic idea. Some days get pretty windy, so flying a kite might be your best option to get outside.


  1. Volleyball: Do I dare say that it’s the best social sport? It’s super easy to learn and tons of fun to hit a ball around with friends. There are 2 or 3 nets permanently set up around campus, so it’s always an option!


  1. Slacklining: This sport seems to go hand-in-hand with rock-climbing. A slackline is basically a tight-rope, except you put it up between two trees and it’s not perfectly taught, so you swing back and forth. It’s difficult, but satisfying as heck once you get it down.


  1. Play an instrument: Spontaneous guitar circles pop up all the time on Ankeny. Join in with your instrument of choice, sing along, or just sit down and enjoy the music.


  1. Frisbee: Frisbee seems like one of the most popular sports here. Even if you don’t want to do it competitively, tossing around a frisbee just for fun is an awesome way to pass the time.


  1. Study: Though sunlight has many magical powers, making homework spontaneously disappear is unfortunately not one of them. Luckily, there are tons of benches and a few picnic tables scattered around campus so you can get fresh air AND still take care of schoolwork.


  1. Hammock: Trees are optimally placed all around campus that are just the right distance for hanging hammocks. Whether you want to chat with friends, read a book, or take a nap, there are plenty of spots to suit you every hammocking need.


  1. Spontaneous Pick-up Sports: On a few of the nicer days, pick-up soccer, football, and ultimate games have started and steadily grown to encompass massive amounts of people. Looking out from a window overlooking Ankeny, it seems like the entire Whitman student body mobilized in some crazy team-building exercise.


  1. Sit on a Couch…really, be creative: As I sit here writing this on Ankeny, a group of students just carried a couch out from Maxey Hall onto the middle of the field. I’m not sure why, but now they’re sitting on it and it looks super comfy. Don’t let people tell you what to do on Ankeny. It’s a big grass field, so get creative and make the most of it. 🙂

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