Olivia Cornforth, OK
Wednesday, delegates have the rare opportunity of a free afternoon. Though some will lounge by the pool, take refreshing naps, or simply hang out with friends, CONA offers three distinctive experiences to please restless campers, each with its own list of pros and cons.
- The Biltmore Estate: This mansion is a beautiful example of Gilded Age architecture not far from CONA built by George Washington Vanderbilt in the late 19th century, the building is the largest privately owned house in the United States. Admission is $20 for CONA delegates. Pros: The site has beautiful architecture, historical status and gorgeous gardens. Lunch is also included. Cons: The trip takes up the entire afternoon (12:30-5), and pictures cannot be taken inside the Biltmore. Also, some tours do not go through the entire house.
- HIKES: CONA offers delegates two hiking experiences. Hike 1 takes a scenic tour up and down the mountain. The hike lasts from 1 to 4 p.m. and departs from the Eureka Hall lobby. Hike 2 takes a slightly easier scenic route up and down the mountain. It lasts from 2 to 5 and also departs from the Eureka Hall lobby. Pros: The hike is free, and delegates get to see the beautiful nature of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They could even see a bear. It does not take up the entire afternoon of free time. Cons: Delegates could potentially be lost in the woods or fall down the mountain. They could even see a bear. Dehydration and sweating are probable.
- BELLY FLOP AND POOL PARTY: Delegates can eat a Eureka Treat, swim or sit on the porch of Eureka Hall with both new and old friends, but regardless of whatever they chose to do in their free time, the afternoon will be full of fun.