By Leah Schweibinz, NC

The YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is a beautiful place. When looking forward to CONA, delegates from all across the country think of not only vibrant debate and discussion but also the beautiful landscape that surrounds the conference center. Every year, many participants make it a point to take a nature walk around the conference grounds, to observe the flora and fauna and to take an opportunity to soak in the place that’s so special to all of us. We hope these photos will give you a sense of what nature has to offer at the Assembly.  Before you leave the mountain, please take in and be thankful for all of the beauty around you. #blessed