APX Retreat Weekend

Two weekends ago I went on a retreat with my fraternity, Alpha Rho Chi, to Hocking Hills–it’s about a two and a half hour drive to get there from Cincinnati.

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It was there where about 30 of my fellow brothers and I spent the weekend in a cozy (actually pretty large) cabin in the woods and bonded over food, hiking, bonfires, and dancing.

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Here’s one of my favorite images from the trip; a nice panorama of the view from Old Man’s Cave:
Old Man's Cave

The trail was amazingly icy; none of us were super prepared for the hike. We saw a couple with spike boots (I have no idea what the proper nomenclature for those are), but on the bright side we were all in pants and sweaters and coats.

It was really nice to get away for a weekend. No wifi, limited/no cellular service really allowed us to distance from our present school worries and focus on having fun and really enjoy each other’s company. Retreat is a great time for older members to bond with the younger members, as well as enjoying time with those who’ve they’ve been with for a while. Myself included, there were a lot of seniors on this trip and knowing that this was one of the last times we were all going to be together in such a relatively “carefree” atmosphere was really special. Not that people need to go to the middle of the woods to connect, but it definitely helps. So, I urge everyone to take a step back and feel some gratitude for the people in their lives, and as a side quest, maybe take some time to explore the nature around them.

Although I wouldn’t blame anyone for waiting until it warmed up a bit!

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