Oh, you know. Just Dancing in an Enchanted Forest.

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?”Β  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.

37 thoughts on “Oh, you know. Just Dancing in an Enchanted Forest.

    • Oh, I almost fogort. Any thoughts about what disco songs the contestants will choose? Geez, disco. The only disco song I can think of off the top of my head is I Love the Night Life, I Love to Boogie, by Gloria Gaynor. I may be off on the title and artist, but it’s something close to the above. I can picture (and hear) Allison performing that more than any of the others.

  1. quick comment (from scanning, haven’t read in full yet)… love the disco. i’ve wanted to do that for awhile.
    should have told you that there’s an “opaque – dining in the dark” (total darkness, you’re blind) restaurant in SD. but it’s grossly expensive ($99/per) so maybe not.
    i have that same giant bubblemaker! i just took it out at work a little bit ago.

    sometimes i feel like you’re the me, that i wish i’d been, at your age!

    • you should definitely go!
      and yes, too expensive for my budget but sounds amazing! when i go back and i’m rich i’ll have to try. πŸ˜›
      and to that last comment…. awww πŸ™‚
      though i’m sure you were quite the cool chick at my age. ‘cuz you still are! so therefore i am assuming you once were as well. if that made any sense? πŸ˜›

      • I was an odd chick but definitely not cool. It wasn’t till 26 that I developed enough self esteem to go out and do all the things which interested me. Before that, I was always waiting for someone to do stuff with me, but no one else was into all the things I am. I’m just happy that it finally all fell into place – a little late but that’s okay, given the times, becoming wild any early probably would have resulted in me being a drug addict or HIV+ or worse.

  2. That is AWESOME! What a cool idea.
    That girls’ group is a cool idea too. I don’t know which is cooler… Silent disco, or girls’ group. Hmmm…
    Anyway, glad you had fun, and jealous I wasn’t there. Lol.

  3. There’s a silent disco at my university soon, I hope I can make it! Looks like you had an awesome night, love reading about your adventures haha!

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