Hiking? In Tennessee? I think so :)
YES! It happened! Through Kairos, our wednesday night chapel service, we went hiking at Savage Gulch in Tennessee over spring break! It was a week of amazingness, let me tell you! I don’t even know where to start. There was hiking (obviously :P), beautiful scenery, amazing fellowship, and plus Savage Gulch is only 2 hours north of Nashville! So not only did we see some of America’s most amazing landscapes, but we also got the chance to see one of America’s best cities. But before I get a head of myself, how about I start from the beginning?
So 7 am, Monday morning, we loaded up the vans to embark on a 9 hour drive to the city of Nashville, Tennessee where the beginning of our trip took place. After a few restroom pit stops and a lunch break, we arrived in Nashville at around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. After a little sight seeing, we stopped at a Nazarene Church where we would stay the first night before we began our hiking endeavors that Tuesday morning. Later that night, we were taken deeper into Nashville to try out some of the cuisine they had to offer. A few of us went to this chicken finger restaurant that had been made out of an old house, which was so fun to just be at because it was such a creative place, called “McDougal’s.” I, honestly, do not think I have had better chicken fingers in my life. So if you are ever in Nashville, you HAVE to try this place! THEN, after we ate, we had the chance to go to this coffee shop called “Fido’s.” Now, there are two reasons I fell in love with this place: one I LOVE coffee (you could say coffee is some what of a passion of mine) and man did they have amazing coffee, and another thing I loved was that we were told that “Fido’s” was one of Taylor Swift’s favorite coffee shops in Nashville. Now I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Taylor Swift. Anyone of my close friends will tell you that. I don’t know why or where it came from, but I do. So that was a really cool experience for me.
So the next night, after sleeping on a hard floor in the middle of a sunday school room, we woke up bright and early, separated into smaller groups, and headed out to Savage Gulch to begin out adventure. Now I could talk your ear off about the next few days that we had experienced. It felt SO incredibly good to get out of the classroom, and to experience something fun and new. That’s one thing I love about MNU. There are so many opportunities for us to get out in the world and to experience life. This week was definitely a week I had the chance to experience life. I didn’t want to leave :\.
Now not all of this trip was “fun.” There were some parts that were pretty…blahhh: sleeping in a tent with below freezing whether (it actually started snowing!), not being able to shower or change, eating dehydrated food, having to trek through ice cold water, carrying a 50+ pound back pack, etc. It was pretty hard work at times, but overall, despite the little difficulties, I had one of the most fun times of my life. I got to see intense valleys, some beautiful forests, I got to stand on the edge of some bluffs that were over a 100 ft in the air, and I got to witness several waterfalls, including one of the tallest waterfalls on the eastern half of the US: Fall Creek Falls, measuring in at 256 ft high. It was absolutely breathtaking seeing some of these things. No picture that could ever be taken by anyone would do any of this landscape justice. In order to really understand you have to get out there and see it for yourself, not just search on google, or see it in National Geographic, or read it on some college student’s blog, but go there, and be there, and stand in awe at how amazing it is. I couldn’t have had a better spring break!
If you want to learn more about these kind of events here don’t be afraid to ask! There are an infinite amount of students and staff here that are more than willing to keep you up to date, and let you in on some of our events and trips!
MNU is so awesome for letting their students get involved in things like this by teaming up with Kairos and College Church of the Nazarene (which is just across the parking lot where Kairos takes place). I am so grateful that I am a part of a school that allows it’s students to go out and actually see what God has created. I made such a great choice coming here, and I know any of you up-in-coming freshman will see you are making the right choice too. And if you have not made your choice yet, stop looking! I guarantee you will love it here. It may be a small campus, but it’s a big world, and MNU let’s it’s students be a part of it all.