For the past several years, TCU Outdoor Programs has held a canoe trip along the Brazos River so students can take time to enjoy nature.
This year’s group left on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the Brazos River and returned the next day.
Assistant director of outdoor programs Cameron Potter said before the trip that the students should be prepared for a challenge.
“Nature is a candid mirror and you really get to see a clear picture of yourself,” Potter said. “You can’t get away from it. The route doesn’t change because you’re tired.”
Five student campers led by two student leaders in the Outdoor Program canoed 20 miles over two days and slept outdoors. The leaders provided the canoes, camping supplies, food, cookware and transportation.
Potter said the trip provided plenty of opportunities for relaxation and self-reflection.
“It’s pretty much you and the river out in nature,” Potter said. “The scenery is pretty wild.”
Experience is always helpful, but none is necessary, especially since the water is calm, said Bailey Stover, a leader on the trip.
“The good thing about this trip is it’s a really gentle trip, and canoeing 10 miles a day isn’t too bad,” Stover said. “So anybody that doesn’t have a ton of experience, but wants to get outside more, it’s great for them.”