How would you quantify a semester full of new memories? Well, now that I have Texas on my back and I’m all settled in as a second semester freshman, I have more time to explore Austin for everything that it is. Living in a city as beautiful as Austin is a blessing in the way that there’s countless adventures to go on and x amount of memories yet to be made. One thing that I absolutely love about Austin is the unity the city has with nature. Everything is built around nature. Congress rides above Ladybird Lake as paddle-boarders and people in kayaks glide over the waters under the overpass.

So about two weeks ago, with the start of a new semester and new classes, I sat down with two of my friends and decided to start a new tradition. Every Saturday, we would take a trip somewhere new in Austin and simply explore, letting our feet be our guides and putting trust in our own abilities. Not only would we be experiencing new things, we would be spending time with some of our closest and dearest friends. With the semester underway, it’s easy to feel trapped by the heavy coursework that comes with classes. And when there’s so much to do academic wise, it’s hard to make plans to see all of your friends.  What better way to guarantee we’d be spending more time with each other than organizing a new tradition for all of us to take part in?

So, we planned an outdoor expedition centered around something that we all wanted to do more of this semester: hiking. We took it on our own to plan and surprise our friends with a day trip to the Barton Green Belt trail… and truth be told, I had more than an amazing time there. Our trip could be summarized in three points: spending quality bonding time with friends, exploring new terrains in Austin, and discovering more about myself. The hike itself was a pretty beginners level trail, but it was exactly the exposure we needed to realize how much we loved spending time outdoors and with friends.

Now, the second weekend of our new tradition, we took it in our own hands to plan an hour and a half drive to Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock is, geologically speaking, a 1,825 ft. granite pluton rock formation in the Llano Uplift.

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Very different from the Green Belt Trail, Enchanted Rock modeled a different terrain, being extremely dry and, well, entirely made of rock. I could try to explain to you how much of an unforgettable time we had, but this kind of excitement needs to be experienced first hand to be understood. So, here are some pictures from our trip, and in case you haven’t gone yet yourself, I hope this persuades you to make a visit yourself!


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