I’m a city girl at heart. I have never camped. I don’t have hiking equipment.

But your 20’s are for experimentation, right?

When I saw that Rice was hosting a trip out to McKinney Falls near Austin, I jumped at the chance. Since I am not an avid hiker, I was hoping I would survive!

The first part started off with packing. I had a synthetic long-sleeved shirt from a corporate event, so I decided to wear that. My pale pasty arm skin could remain untouched by the sun. To complete the look, I got a baseball cap and my best shades. It was go time.

We started off by hiking without a map. As you might expect, our group almost immediately took a wrong turn. What looked like the loop trail was actually a rock interpretative trail. Or so we thought!

After some talking, we went back to get a map. We found Onion Creek, and the main waterfalls, as well as a much longer trail (~5 miles). We saw a ton of spiders, caterpillars, and butterflies, and a whole lot of brush. I can’t say it was too scenic. Still, we had a lot of fun talking about school and travelling.

By the end of the day, my feet were HURTING. Reading my mind, the group leader said, “Everybody’s feet hurt after a hike. Everybody gets blisters. Nobody is unique in that aspect.” All I kept thinking was: I can’t wait for dinner!

Overall, it was really great to be out in the sun for a day. I don’t know if I will ever become a master hiker, but it definitely took me out of my comfort zone. To more adventures!