What Makes Me Texan by Nature – Kate Hettrick

I was born and raised in Dallas Texas, calling the shores of White Rock Lake my home. Nestled in between the Dallas Arboretum and Winfrey Point, I grew up no stranger to the adventure in my own backyard. From riding behind my dad in a bike trailer as a young girl to circling White Rock Lake with my rowing team every evening, my love for the outdoors only grew as I aged.

My devotion to rowing took me around the country for various regattas and competitions but ultimately led me to Austin, Texas, to row for the University of Texas at Austin. I was drawn to the competitive nature of the team, an invaluable education, and supportive teammates from around the world. I enjoyed waking up to beautiful sunrises on Lady Bird Lake when much of the City of Austin was still asleep.

Rowing and running on the trails for most of my mornings and weekends instilled in me a great appreciation for Austin’s diverse nature scene. I was amazed that a bustling city like Austin is home to so many amazing outdoor spaces and quickly became a regular at the Barton Creek Green Belt, Pace Bend Park, and started making the occasional trip to New Braunfels to float the Comal River. Austin could not have been a better place to call my new home.

Traveling to many places in Texas with my family from a young age, I am very appreciative of the amazing landscapes our state has to offer. My favorite memories are jumping into Jacob’s Well and swimming to our cabin down the river, hiking up Enchanted Rock and spending the day in Fredricksburg, and enjoying summers in Galveston. I am grateful to have had such diverse experiences around the great state of Texas. I am proud to be from the cities of Dallas and Austin and am excited to further explore the natural beauty of Texas. My past, present, and future adventures and endeavors are what make me Texan by Nature.