It’s Mountain Day!

I went to a small, liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania – Juniata College.  Juniata has a wonderful tradition that dates back over 100 years.  Each Fall, a day is set aside for students and faculty to enjoy Nature’s change of colors, the crisp air, good food and one another.  It’s called Mountain Day.

Mountain Day is never announced in advance.  You get up one glorious September or October morning, and there it is.  Classes are canceled.  The location (usually one of the local state parks) is announced.  Transportation is provided.  When you get there, you can do whatever you want.  Relax, enjoy the company of friends, hike the trails, or find a comfy spot under a tree to read a book or watch Nature.

Lunch is a big picnic, with the usual fried chicken, baked beans and so forth.  The day ends with a huge tug of war game, usually pitting the classes against each other.

Fall Mountain Day has grown beyond the confines of the Juniata campus.  With the advent of email and social media, Mountain Day is announced far and wide.  Alumni are encouraged to find a way to have their own Mountain Day celebrations.

Word went out this morning.  Today is Mountain Day, 2012!  Enjoy!

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  1. This is the best idea ever! I wish my college would have thought of that!

  2. Awww! That sounds well good 😀 I would love to go… lucky you!


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