“I’m so ready to get out of Ruston; there’s nothing to do here,” or “I’m so bored; I wish I lived in a big city,” are phrases all too often heard around our quaint campus.
Before I get too far into this, let me step off of my high horse and say I used to echo those exact quotes.
That was before I knew. Ruston has had a treasure practically in my backyard, this whole time, and I have just found out about it three years after moving here.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you all the hidden escape dubbed Lincoln Parish Park.
The first time I went was three days ago. The second time I went was two days ago. The third time I went was today.
The lush hills located on Highway 167 about 5 miles from our beloved university has quite frankly become my new addiction.
Today I decided to go ahead and foot the bill for the $40 season pass, knowing it would soon pay for itself.
I cannot believe I used to think there was nothing to do, and I have done something different every day for the past three days at the park.
From bike riding on the trails, to catching rays on the dock, to walking around in the woods, Lincoln Parish Park is not short on activities. As a matter of fact, there is plenty of room for activities.
While biking around the pond, I saw several other people who had already discovered Lincoln Parish Park.
There were elderly men fishing, and middle-aged women walking their dogs.
Families were taking pictures and grilling burgers.
These people appreciated what was hidden away in the piney hills of North Central Louisiana.
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, yeah that’s cool, but it is sort of counterintuitive when used as an argument to someone saying they want to move to a big city.
Sure the park does not have a big shopping mall hidden in its woods, but there is more to it than that.
Trust me, if you know me at all that should be grounds to nix that argument. I am by no means in touch with my inner Bear Grylls.
I can still remember the booklet I got at orientation. It had a bucket list of things to do while in college. At the time it seemed laughable that Lincoln Parish Park was somewhere they thought I should visit.
Look at me now.
The next time you find yourself complaining about how there is nothing to do in this small town, i reccomend you take a trip to the park.
Believe me, it’s worth the $2.
Austin Vining is a junior psychology and journalism major from Minden who serves as editor-in-chief for The Tech Talk. Email comments to acv...@latech.edu.