Campus Recreation plans Full Moon Paddle trip for Tuesday

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Outdoor Programs plan Full Moon Paddle trip Oct.27
Outdoor Programs plan Full Moon Paddle trip for Oct.27

Campus Recreation Outdoor Programs is offering students, faculty and staff an opportunity to view the Fort Worth skyline Tuesday night from 6 to 10 p.m.

The Full Moon Paddle trip is a four-mile excursion of canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddling on the west fork of the Trinity River under the moonlight.

“For the first half of the trip, there is still some light out. It’s a lot of hills with trees along it,” said Bailey Stover, a junior entrepreneurial management major and lead guide. “The second half, we have participants turn on their head lamps and you [can] see the entire city downtown which is really cool with the full moon and lights. There’s a wide variety of scenery.”

The trip offers a window of time to escape the commitments of normal life and to have fun.

“We definitely let people know that it’s not intended to be a sprint. We’re here to have fun and relax. It’s the art of slowing life down,” said Cameron Potter, assistant director of Campus Recreation. “It’s super local, only 10 minutes away. It’s almost like a study break. It is like a mini episode of an adventure.”

This is an opportunity to meet new people and see Fort Worth from a new perspective.

“It’s a great way to meet people that you haven’t seen around campus,” Stover said. “It’s also really cool when you turn the corner on the river and see the city. It gives a different perspective at night.”

No experience is needed, but a full stomach and lots of energy is suggested.

“The best thing you can do to be ready is to have food in your system and make sure you are full of energy,” Potter said. “It does take some physical exertion. The river does not push you itself. A general level of fitness is encouraged.”

The trip is scheduled 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 and the cost is $20. Transportation, canoes and kayaks are provided. Sign up is at the Recreation Center front office.