When it snows, my brain totally shuts down and all I want is a hot chocolate and a snuggle. It's been especially confused lately, alternating between spring fever and winter shutdown.

As I write this column, it's snowing and it's cold and I am downright throwing a fit, even though I'm Colorado born and raised and I should obviously know about second winter by now.

But thankfully for me, I soon won't have to hide in an epic blanket fort anymore, and I can go into full spring-giddiness mode. The temps are about to be on the up-and-up, and you can bet I'll be spending as much time as possible basking in the glorious Boulder sunshine.

Jessica L. Ryan
Jessica L. Ryan

Nerds are typically depicted as spending all day in their parents' basements and never ever seeing the light of day. And that might be true in like, Dayton, Ohio... or some other city I've never been.

But not Boulder nerds. Oh, no. Boulder nerds know how to take advantage of the sunshine and get outside in a geeky way. Here are some awesome outdoor nerdy activities for you and your friends to explore this weekend.


OK, but really. While we are woefully stuck in the Muggle world and don't actually have the ability to ride flying brooms, some brilliant Harry Potter fans have actually worked out the rules for Quidditch, plus gravity. Pick a park or a field (North Boulder Park is gorgeous, if you'd like to get away from campus for a bit), grab some friends and brooms, and treat yourself to some Butterbeer after the game.


Humans vs. Zombies

Warm weather always brings out the tourists on Pearl Street. Take advantage of the swarm to get in a good game of Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) on Saturday afternoon. Gather a group of friends to play this zombified version of Assassin -- just make sure to hit your target.

Soda bottle rockets

Even lil ol' science-hating me can appreciate a good soda bottle rocket. Check out instructables.com for instructions about all the different ways to make a rocket, then jaunt over to McGuckin's to grab your goods. Find a wide-open space (make sure nobody's playing Quidditch there) and blast off!

Take a hike

We are lucky enough to have Boulder's bounty of beautiful trails at our fingertips. It may be a little muddy from the snowmelt, but a messy hike is more fun anyway -- dirty boots are such a Bouldery souvenir.

If just enjoying the weather isn't enough, hike up to the National Center for Atmospheric Research mesa lab and learn about the science behind why it's beautiful outside.

I know finals are coming up and we all have studying, projects and papers, but with at least four or five days of sunshine in the forecast, make sure you take some time to enjoy the outdoors this weekend -- you have plenty of time to be cooped up in Norlin.

Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan