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Escape into the outdoors this spring Waco offers many springtime recreational opportunities

Jan. 29, 1997

Kevin Johnson/The Baylor Lariat

Jason Mueller, a The Colony senior, navigates the Brazos River near

the Baylor Marina last week.

Matthew Lester

Lariat Reporter

Springtime is in the air. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and it's the perfect time to escape to the outdoors.

Springtime in Waco brings many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities.

Cameron Park is a quick local getaway from the 'Baylor Bubble.' There are miles of trails to explore while hiking and biking. The wide open meadows allow time for Frisbee golf and soaking up the sun.

The University Marina offers sailboats, paddleboats and canoes to take out on the Brazos River. Watersports are great ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. The marina is open from 2:15p.m. to 7p.m. during the week and 1p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Valid student ID is required for equipment rental.

Other water activities such as power boating, water skiing and fishing can be found at Lake Waco. The parks that circle the lake are ideal for having a picnic.

Camping can be an inexpensive weekend escape.

Lake Whitney, located 45 minutes north of Waco, offers camping on the lake shore, and is rarely crowded. A camp site there costs $4 a night.

Mother Neff State Park, between Waco and Temple also offers camping for $6 a night. The park has miles of hiking trails and abundant wildlife.

'There are many opportunities to get involved with nature through community service,' said Sarah Cowell, president of the Environmental Concern Organization at the University. 'Our big project this semester is Earth Day on April 22. We will have tons of activities on campus to help raise environmental awareness.'

ECO meets every Monday at 7 p.m. in 124 Sid Rich. The club helps with community clean-ups and environmental issues in the Waco area.

The warmth of spring offers opportunities to enjoy the outdoors through recreation and community service. Now is the time to enjoy this beautiful weather.

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