One of the nice things about Victoria is that once you’re outside the city, you are surrounded in forests full of amazing hikes. Weeble and HMR live in Houston, TX (they’re fine, btw – Hurricane Harvey left them relatively untouched), and they wanted to be outdoors in nice, cool weather rather than sweating their both proverbial and literal balls off in Texas.
Because it was their vacation, they chose the hike – around 7 miles round trip – through the forests. We set off, and I was the idiot who found a beach area on a trail offshoot that was at a 45° angle over rocks. The beach was worth it, but that up and down was brutal. Had I known, I’d have skipped the extra half mile detour to the beach.
I even made a friend on the beach! They were everywhere, and this little dude was sadly too slow to escape our clutches. We did let him go, but not after a key photo op.
HMR and Weeble met playing soccer, so they figured they would be fit enough to hike. Unfortunately, they were a bit underprepared (I’d use the word “woefully” but that seems mean). Pro tip: Bring at least one more bottle of water than you think you’ll need, wear comfy, stretchy clothes that you won’t mind ruining with dirt and sweat, and if you are the type to get hangry, pack more food than you think you’ll need.
Despite HMR’s deliberate heaving, we still managed to make it to the end of the trail. I know I overuse the word “gorgeous” when describing the vistas on these hikes, but I’m not sure there’s another word that would encompass what they actually are.