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Amazon Express expedition in Peru September 13, 2012. (Photo by Erich Schlegel)

TX - Port Arthur's West Hansen finishes paddling trip around Texas coast

West Hansen, blogger, traveler and avid paddler, completed a 13-day expedition around the Texas coast, riding the waves of South Padre Island to the tip of Port Arthur.

The trip was Hansen’s first saltwater adventure, a mission he completed Monday at Walter Umphrey State Park.

“I had a team of three, me and two other guys, and we were going to kayak the Northwest Passage because that hadn’t been done this year, but we didn’t want to take COVID-19 up to the Inuit … so we cancelled that,” Hansen said. “We needed something to do. We decided we’ve never done the Texas coast before, so we might as well go do it. So that’s what we did.”

Hansen, whose wife Lizet is from Brownsville, decided to make a trip from one hometown to another, making stops in Rockport, Matagorda, Galveston, Crystal Beach and High Island.

At the finishing line, Hansen was met with familiar smiling faces.

“It was great,” he said. “When I finished trips in other countries there was no one there, but when we finished this one my whole family was here. My sister had this great chicken and baked potato salad waiting for us. It was wonderful to see my whole family here. That meant a lot.”

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