SMU Outdoor Adventures took students to the Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area near Port O’Connor, Texas, for Fall Break 2015. These updates are from Jessica, Outdoor Adventures trip leader:

The group met up in the Outdoor Adventures rental shop around 11:30 a.m. to review our trip itinerary and to do a gear check before leaving for Port Lavaca, the area we would be camping that night. The trip leaders went over kayak technique and safety practices and, after issuing rain jackets and fitting life vests, we loaded the van and did last procedures before leaving SMU.

The drive to Port Lavaca was about 5.5 hours, so we stopped at Subway for lunch along the way in Waco. The day was sunny and the driving conditions were not too bad, so we arrived in Port Lavaca at Lighthouse Beach to set up camp around 6:30 p.m. After setting camp, we took a trip to Wal-Mart to gather our food for the rest of the trip and any other necessary gear we needed.

We taught participants to use the camp stoves and we had an easy meal of spaghetti that night. And thankfully, the mosquitos were not that bad! After taking a night walk on the boardwalk near the beach, we slept pretty soundly in our tents.

In the van to Matagorda

In the van to Matagorda

 

At camp in Port Lavaca

At camp in Port Lavaca