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:

An early start for everyone, we tried to quickly pack our dry-bags with gear and made sure everyone had lunch for later (when we would be on the water).

We left the campsite around 11 a.m. and drove to Port O’Connor to the Fishing Center, where we’d launch our kayaks. Around noon, we were set to kayak the route to Matagorda Island.

The kayaking conditions were excellent! This was definitely the best weather I’d seen on this trip in my 3 years of Fall Breaks! There were few clouds, it was nice and sunny, but not too hot – in the low 80s – and the wind and current were relatively calm. The kayak route is about 4 miles and usually takes us about 4 hours to paddle.

Everyone was glad to reach our halfway point – an abandoned guard tower with a nice platform where we got out of our kayaks to have lunch. After many jokes of taking long naps on the tower instead of going to the island, we gathered the strength to get back into our kayaks and continue the journey to Sunday Beach on Matagorda Island, the area where we would be staying for the next couple of days.

We finally reached the beach around 4 p.m. – and, being a Sunday and with gorgeous weather, we were not alone on the beach! Lots of people were enjoying the bay and the beach, and after getting out of our kayaks, so did we! After a while near the ocean, we decided to set our tents and kitchen area, and we had Chili-Mac for dinner that night.