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The month that saw a Friday the 13th will also see a full moon right in time for Halloween. What perfect timing for a full moon paddle. The program from TCU Campus Recreation & Wellness Promotion is a great way to reconnect with nature, enjoy camaraderie with students and faculty/staff, and take in the glow of the full moon off the water.  

鈥淭hese have been a student favorite and are a great way for them to get in touch with nature and each other,鈥 said Emily Tumilty, coordinator of outdoor programs. 鈥淭hey鈥檙e popular because the full moons often fall on weeknights, so it gives people who may have busy weekend schedules an opportunity to get off campus for a couple hours in the evening.鈥  

Faculty/staff can participate if they are a member of the rec center or if they attend the trip with a rec center sponsoring member. Participation is limited due to space in vehicles, staff-to-participant ratios and area regulations for group capacities, but Tumilty hopes that with more interest and demand, they can expand to offer more opportunities and have more resources.  

鈥淧articipants often tell us they feel refreshed and connected after participating,鈥 Tumilty said. 鈥淭hey find the experience an opportunity to slow down and connect with new and old friends alike. Faculty and staff who participate also get to see students lead and engage with them in a way that is outside of their normal context.鈥  

The remaining fall paddles, which occur on the nights of the full moon, are Oct. 30 and Nov. 27. All are held at Benbrook Lake starting at sunset. As the moon comes out, the boats typically raft together to observe the moon at its fullest. Often paddlers get to catch astronomical events like blue moons and super moons. 

For those new to paddling or whose skills are a bit rusty, the rec team provides instruction. Benbrook Lake is known for its calm waters, and the paddles are considered beginner level. Participants are expected to paddle for about two hours, so while it鈥檚 not an extremely strenuous activity it is somewhat physical.  

But don鈥檛 let that rock your boat. 

She said the paddles are a great entry point for those interested in , but hesitant to participate in an overnight trip. is required by noon of the day of the paddle, but the excursions do fill up. Cost is $30 for member or $35 for non-members.鈥 

And don鈥檛 worry if you鈥檙e not ready to 鈥渇all鈥 into the paddling adventures, they鈥檒l pick up again in February.  

Summer camp may have been a minute ago, but anyone who鈥檚 ever paddled a kayak or canoe can again enjoy the experience  with a twist. 

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