Texas Tipi Adventure

What was my highlight this past weekend? Swaying back and forth on a hammock, gazing at the stars and full moon about to go to sleep in a tipi.

I did not always love the outdoors. The mosquitos in Minnesota are way worse than you could imagine (and still are to this day) where I grew up. Yes, I was a water baby going to my family lake cabin up north every weekend but when that sun set, I’d be running inside. No more about my non-outdoor days.. back to the tipi.

When laying on the tipi, I really realized how happy the outdoors makes me. It was a wonderful camping weekend with great company (old and new friends). The limitless adventurer in me approved this past weekend’s adventures..

Checked off my to-do list “glamping” in a tipi. My roommate (and planner of the weekend) found them on AirBnB in the small town New Braunfels, Texas. I need to sleep in more tipis, put it on your list.

I was able to tackle another river tubing excursion down the Guadalupe River. One of those summer activities many Texans do; roping up to your friends and relaxing over some beers while floating. My best tip learned was to wear water shoes; those rocks are not fun barefoot (very adult).

The man-made Lake Canyon was a hidden gem (to me at least). I did not expect the views when we drove up. We had to trek down a rocky steep path but once we got there, the blue warm water crashing against the shoreline rocks was amazing.

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Also, did you know how many natural swimming holes there are in Austin? We were able to visit one on our way back, Hamilton Pool. This cave-life swimming hole was breathtaking. A .25 mile trek into luscious cool water. I’m glad I did my deep swimming right away before I saw all of the giant catfish swimming on the shore line – they were not afraid of people either. I need to go back to Austin and tackle more of those swimming holes.

Experiencing new adventures with friends makes relationships stronger. It’s also rewarding to learn a lot from my new friends over caravanning deep conversations about religion, kids, family and the future. Now it’s time for me to experience new adventures in a way I’ve never done before, a trip for the weekend solo! You’ll see…follow me on Instagram @connectedwithtrina

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