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18 In Travel

My First Solo Trip: CNC

I hope you’re excited! I’m about to tell you about the magical wonder that is CNC, or Camp No Counselors. CNC is a camp for adults, with multiple locations through out the country, all of which allow you to relive your childhood camp memories. I’m talking campfires, capture the flag, archery, arts and crafts, sleeping in bunks, the whole shebang.

CNC Austin

I attended the Austin camp (actually in Vanderpool) that was in Texas’ hill country. As you can see, it provided some pretty awesome views. Before we jump too deep into the activities, let me tell you about the people.

As an adult, I’m sure we can all relate to walking into a new place by yourself, surrounded by a bunch of strangers. Typically you’re greeted with a few subtle glances and maybe a smile or two, but that’s pretty much it. Now that you’ve got that image (and anxiety), think of the complete opposite; that’s Camp No Counselors. From the second you walk up to your fellow campers everyone is extremely inviting and open. You’re greeted with genuine warmth by the campers and non-counselors alike. No one is talking about work, politics, or how much money they make. It’s all about making genuine bonds over the things we enjoy. Which as you may recall, this was pretty much the main factor taken into account when making new friends as a child.

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With these new friends, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a slew of fun camp activities. Including, but not limited to, rock climbing (see above), archery (see below), arts and crafts, hanging at the lake (jumping on the blob, paddle boarding, kayaking, etc), beach volleyball, yoga, the list goes on and on. Did I mention that on the last day the entire camp competes in a color war which includes all these activities? Think relay race, add in a few bar games, and a jumbo slip n’ slide with two hundred of your closest friends (and rivals!-go Blue team!) and you’ve got yourself a color war!

CNC Archery

As I subtly mentioned, I was on the blue team. My part in the relay race was archery. I was stoked about this seeing as the last time I did archery was at summer camp as a kid. And don’t worry, if you’ve never been to summer camp before, you will still love it as an adult. It’s the rare opportunity to not have a care in the world, run around outside with your new friends and just forget about any responsibilities you have for a few days.

CNC Lake

So, did attending CNC prepare me in any way for my upcoming travels next summer? I’d say so. I had to rely on myself to pack everything I needed because if I forgot something, I was pretty much out of luck. This is a lesson I think will come in handy when packing my bag for a day long hike in the future. It also gave me a taste of what it’s like to get up and go somewhere new completely on my own. I drove three hours (alone), took a bus another three hours (with 35 of my new fellow campers) and then spent the weekend getting to know over a hundred people that I didn’t know a single thing about prior to my arrival at camp. Attending CNC solo reminded me that I don’t need a travel partner to enjoy the places I visit. Anywhere I go, there will be new and exciting people to meet, experiences to have, and memories to make. As long as I enter into my travels with this mindset, I think things will turn out just fine.

If you have any interest in attending a future CNC weekend (you should!), visit their website here. If you have any questions about it or just want to know more, comment down below or send me a message. 🙂

Have any of you ever traveled somewhere solo, just for fun? I’d love to here about it!

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126 In Travel

It Was Short and Sweet, Y’all

The title of this post sums up the time I spent in Nashville, as well as the length of this entry. You know it’s a good trip when over half of your photos are of food. Brace yourselves!

First thing’s first when I’m traveling- I research the best gluten free food spots. I was specifically searching for donuts and came across Five Daughter’s Bakery. They have a wide array of delicious looking full-gluten donuts and then about four flavors of gluten free/paleo donuts. They also had a couple gluten free cookies and I just couldn’t resist.

The donut I got was almond butter with a sea salt chocolate glaze. It was so rich and delicious. I was only able to eat half of it over the entire day! The cookie was snowcap flavor so essentially dark chocolate with chocolate chunks covered in powdered sugar. I think I actually preferred the cookie over the donut. It was the perfect crunchy to chewy ratio. If you find yourself in Nashville, definitely swing by one morning and grab yourself a box of treats!

For dinner one night we went to Rosepepper Mexican Grill. This place was recommended due to their delicious margaritas and boy was that an accurate description! They’re house made with no mix and you certainly get your money’s worth. A little goes a long way so one or two is all you’d want. For dinner I had the steak tacos which were phenomenal. The steak wasn’t over cooked and they had a ton of cilantro and lime which is my favorite taco addition.

This trip was only about 48 hours and I was visiting with friends from the summer camp I went to last year (I did a post on my experience which you can read- here) so I didn’t get to do too much while I was there. Both nights we ended up going to Florida Georgia Line’s new bar FGL House, which was a blast. It’s one of the newer bars in Nashville and it has three stories, the first with a stereo, the second with a DJ, and the third with a live band and a large balcony. It had something for everyone and it was obviously a place we enjoyed since we spent both of our nights there!

Sorry for the shorter post but I hope you enjoyed it none the less! Next up is all about my trip to D.C. which is going to be a lot longer. I stayed for six nights so it may even be a two parter! It was one of my favorite places I’ve visited thus far and a lot of…random things happened during my visit so you’ve got some interesting stories to look forward to!

Thanks for reading. 🙂

-V