Jeremy and I went to Lutherock, a Lutheran camp, this past weekend for their annual Apple Festival. I must say, I good time was had by all. A friend from our church invited us - she goes every year. We met up with some of her friends from back in grad school and some of their friends. I swear, not only did everyone there have a PhD, but everyone had a PhD in a math or science field and either is a professor or doing post-doc work. Jeremy is working on his PhD and doing research so he fit right in. I, on the other hand, was like "hi, um, I'm a social worker..." However, since I'm working on a research project at UT, I felt a little more included. Another lady there was also a social worker - she works part time at a university's counseling center. I counted that in just the small group of people I talked with, we worked at six different universities in the Kentucky/Tennessee/North and South Carolina area.
The weekend was a lot of fun. The camp is up in the mountains in North Carolina and the leaves were all beginning to change so it was absolutely beautiful. We went for a short hike Saturday to the top of a mountain, but unfortunately I didn't have my camera. One of my new friends is supposed to be sending me some of the pictures she took from the hike though. Besides the hike, we pretty much just relaxed, went on a hayless hayride, ate s'mores, and played board games at night. Never knew Lutherans were such board game people! The lobby area in the lodge at night was full of groups and families playing games. We got addicted to Blokus. Seriously, it's so much fun. And intense. And a perfect game for a group of brainy PhD people + Golda. Actually, I was quite relieved that I was enough of a nerd to hang with all of them and think things like math jokes are hilarious. Because come on, they are.
"You know you're at a nerdy get together when, on a hayless hay ride, a ten year old starts rattling off values of sines and cosines and then we asked him if he knew values of tangents and he didn't so we explained tangent to him. He got very excited about dividing by zero and how it's undefined." - one of my new friends
Here are some pictures from the weekend:
The actual "Lutherock" and Cross Rock, where we hiked
The view from the lodge we stayed at the second night.
Us on the back deck of the cabin we stayed at the first night.
Sitting in the rocking chairs on the back deck at the lodge.
The view from the cabin.