I mentioned the other day that my friends and I are pretty much up for anything. I really did mean that. To the extreme of dancing in a forest with headphones and a bunch of awesome strangers. Last night, my best friend and I went to Austin’s Enchanted Forest to attend our first silent disco. What this means is that we went to an eclectic and gorgeous wooded area, lit up by disco balls and other pretty hanging accessories, and danced (and giggled) the night away. We were given headphones which digitally streamed the music the d.j.s were mixing up just feet away from us. If we took our headphones off, we could laugh at how silly everyone looked dancing to what appeared to be silence, and also enjoy the sound of the babbling brook. The whole experience was simply magical. And enchanting. Did you know ‘enchanted’ is one of my favorite words? So the Enchanted Forest was a lovely opportunity to be completely enchanted by the the perfect combination of nature, music and my fellow adventure-seekers.
I actually found out about this whole silent disco idea through an online meetup group, 20-something girlfriends. I applied to join this a while ago, and was pretty excited to get accepted. It’s all about meeting new people and going on new adventures. Two of my favorite things in life! I’d been meaning to go to a meetup for a while, but just hadn’t had the time. When I saw they were planning to go to a silent disco, I immediately fell in love with the idea. But I never thought I’d be able to find them in the crowd! We just happened to stumble upon a group of friendly girlies before it got too crowded, and I went with my inkling. “Are you…a girl’s meetup group?” They were. And I’m so glad we found them. Tessa and I had a wonderful time dancing, chatting and laughing with our new girly pals. Did I mention yet how magical this night was? I blew bubbles. I danced with new friends. I participated in my city’s “Keep Austin Weird” slogan. I played with wind chimes. I drank Blue Moon beer beneath the moon. I danced beneath a disco ball in a forest with fun music in my ears. I watched people do cool tricks with lighted hula hoops. I saw and heard a giant Balinese Reyong (crazy-cool instrument) play it’s own music. I held hands and ooh-ed and ahh-ed at everything with my best girl friend. I got really muddy and felt at one with nature and people and stuff. I met awesome new folks and now have a really neat, new and odd experience under my belt. I currently have that afterglow that I always feel after a good adventure. It usually lasts just long enough to hold me over until I’m ready for my next new experience. So at least 24 hours or so.
I’m pretty adventure hungry. I get restless, adventure pangs pretty easily. Lucky for me, I have plenty of people and opportunities around that love to feed my appetite.