Insects and the City

Natural Beauties
by Amanda Giddon -- February 13th, 2014

As temperatures begin to climb right alongside workload and meetings, many students are diagnosed with a fast spreading, burdening condition: cabin fever.  Fortunately, the ailment is treatable, and the remedy is not found at Duke student health. Escape long days in the library and the flatness of four walls by getting outdoors and introducing yourself to some of Durham’s natural beauties: The Al Buehler Trail, The Duke Forest, and the Eno River State Park. Checkout the ecological knock-outs’ profiles here:

Eno River Park by Madeline Eskind

Eno River Park by Madeline Eskind

The Eno River State Park:

  • Age: Unknown
  • Height: The Eno River runs 33 miles long through wilderness, while passing through historic mill sites, river bluffs, and fords used by settlers
  • Hobbies: Touring historic homes on the park’s property, hiking around Occoneechee Mountain, bird watching, observing constellations through telescopes, and fishing (all offered by Eno River State Park Events!)
  • Ideal first date: A late afternoon stroll while skipping stones into the shallow stream of the Eno River
  • Looking for: A nature and history buff, who is up for trying new things
Eno River Park by Madeline Eskind

Eno River Park by Madeline Eskind

Al Buehler Trail (located at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Couse):

  • Height: ~3 miles
  • If she could have lunch with one person, alive or dead: Al Buehler himself, former Duke track coach and six-time ACC Champion.
  • Interests: Golfing on the nearby Washington Duke green, and personal fitness on the half mile exercise loop
  • Ideal first date: A run turned speed-walk followed by a three course meal at the Washington’s Duke’s Fairview Dining Room
  • Looking for: A duke student looking to blow off some steam, who has both an appreciation for nature, and a refined gastronomic palette
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Al Buehler Trail by Madeline Eskind

The Duke Forest

  • Age: 83 years young
  • Extracurricular activities: Facilitating research concerning forested and aquatic ecosystems, and housing Over 60 species of salamanders, snakes, turtles, and toads
  • Looking for: A biker and hiker who is passionate about forestry, picnicking, and can name over 100 of the 900 plant species that the Duke Forest has to offer.

Think you’ve met your match? Beat the mid-February funk with some stunning sites that are only minutes away from Duke’s campus, but feel miles away from the library.

1 Comment

  1. Tawnee
    Feb 13, 2014

    This is such a great post, Amanda! Way to show off some of the hidden natural gems of the Durham area. Do you by chance know in which section of Eno that waterfall photo was taken? It’s gorgeous!

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