Where to enjoy the fresh air on 4/20
There’s something about 4/20 that makes it wonderful day to get out and fill your lungs with … spring air. We’re at a balmy 62 degrees as Vox is writing this, and with no wind or rain in sight, tonight would be the perfect night to enjoy nature. Of course, you have to be choosy about where you do so, as not everyone appreciates, uh, nature lovers.
Below is a list the Voice staff put together last year of their favorite places to take in the fresh air, with a few additions from this year’s staff. After that, we’ve listed places where the Department of Public Safety has most frequently caught students going green—places you might want to avoid.
Our disclaimed this year is the same as last: the Voice would never encourage illegal behavior, just a healthy appreciation of nature.
- The forest or meadow area behind Yates: You get there by walking west on Reservoir for a few blocks from the hospital. It’s nice and secluded and you can even spot the occasional deer.
- The soccer field next to Kehoe: This gated community isn’t your father’s country club, but it’ll do. You can sit out on the benches in hopes of witnessing a helicopter landing and, if your plans call for more privacy, the Port-o-Potties are always available.
- The Observatory: What could be better than gather around the pond and listening to the water slowly cascading? A little bit in the open, true, but the calm in the air is worth the risk. Just keep your running shoes on.
- The Georgetown Visitation sports field: It may seem wide-open, but at night, it’s nice and empty. Getting there requires a little dexterity—going under or over the fence.
- The Potomac Waterfront: A lovely place, as long as it’s not too crowded.
- The bathrooms in the New South practice rooms: The ultimate in privacy when there isn’t a dance rehearsal going on. Convenient for Village A residents who won’t have much luck taking in the air on their rooftops.
- Your dorm room: Too dreary for you outside? No reason you can’t observe the beauty of campus from your window. Just make sure you’ve invested in Febreze—some people (like DPS officers) aren’t as fond of the scents of nature as others.
Based on Vox research for this school year, here are some places that are less-than-ideal for appreciating nature:
- Outside of Henle: Don’t let the isolated feeling of this little village fool you. DPS will not appreciate it if you hang out here.
- Village A: Ditto the rooftops of these apartments. While their convenience, view, and peacefulness are all enticing, they’re not the safest place to enjoy nature unmolested.
- A warning about dorm rooms: Although there wasn’t really a pattern for which dorms’ enjoyment of fresh air was targeted the most—except for Village C—about half of all those purple markers on our maps come from random dorms. Something to keep in mind.