Spring break presents an opportunity to travel for the busy Trinity student; whether students are going home or visiting a foreign location, the chance to travel is one taken advantage of by many, including members of Trinityâ€™s Outdoor Recreation group (O-REC). Twelve students signed up with O-REC to go to Big Bend National Park over break.
â€œI was interested in going because I did their Thanksgiving trip, so I decided to go on this,â€ said Madison Matthies, a junior Spanish major. â€œI heard good things about the spring trips, and Big Bend was on my bucket list.â€
O-REC has provided several opportunities like this one in the past for intrigued students.
â€œI went on the spring break trip to the Ozark, a trip to Lost Maples and a backpacking trip to Lincoln National Park,â€ said Mikki Hoffman, a junior business analytics and technology and urban studies double major. Â
The adventure involved three full days of canoeing down the Rio Grande River, which gave students the chance to view landscapes theyâ€™re not regularly exposed to in San Antonio.
â€œWe kept going by all these camping spots where we wanted to stop for the last night and there were a bunch of groups that had taken all of them, so we just had to keep going,â€ said Nathan Dullea, a senior computer science major. â€œEventually we found a spot on the Rio Grande and at the end of the night we looked at the stars. We saw Cassiopeia, Scorpio, Orion, the Big Dipper. There were more stars than I had seen in a long time.â€
For others, little funny moments made the trip worthwhile.
â€œMy favorite memory is probably when we went canoeing the first day and had to deal with 60 mph winds in the canyon. I got stuck in my boat with my friend in the mud and we had to army crawl through the mud to get out, which was crazy,â€ Matthies said. â€œIt was one of those experiences where itâ€™s terrible in the moment, but itâ€™s hilarious once itâ€™s over.â€
The opportunity to visit these unique places and use high-quality equipment at a low price was an enticing reason to sign up for the trip.
â€œThe trip was only $40, and to do that myself and pay for all the gear would be impossible for me to do as a college kid,â€ Matthies said.
Previous camping experience is not required to attend O-REC trips, an additional benefit to signing up for the programs.
â€œThere were several people on the trip who had never gone camping before, and I think it was a good way for them to get outdoors and have fun with a great group,â€ Dullea said.
O-REC offers many chances to visit various locations in multiple states during the school year that students should take advantage of.
â€œSomeone else takes care of all of the planning and preparation, and itâ€™s easy, fun and you always make great friends. I just love to unplug from my phone and escape on a journey,â€ Hoffman said