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Lake Somerville State Park

by Mason Lee

Our campsite

All week I’d been hoping the weekend weather would be as beautiful as it was during the week, and I was not disappointed when Saturday rolled around. We hit the road and headed out towards the Birch Creek unit of Lake Somerville. We got a little lost, but what’s an adventure without a few missed turns and extraneous miles? We ended up with a camping site with its own trail right towards the lake front. After setting up our tent, we went to go rent a canoe to take out onto the lake. We got it into the water with surprisingly no problems, considering our tendency to experience some sort of misadventure! We had two hours until we had to return the canoes which gave us plenty of time for adventuring and mastering the art of canoeing.

As dinner time rolled around, we realized we forgot an essential part of camping-we had no way of cooking our food. Luckily, our neighbors were kind enough to loan us some firewood and started a fire for us. We had to MacGyver  a way to cook our food, as for some reason the grill cover could not be forced down over the fire. Our neighbors came to our rescue once again, bringing over some aluminum foil so we could throw our food directly into the fire. Learn with me from this mistake--make sure you don’t forget cooking supplies!

Nighttime brought with it the sounds of nature--insects, coyotes, owls, and the crunching of the brush all around us from unknown critters. It also brought with it a beautiful night sky. The stars were absolutely gorgeous! It was amazing getting to see all of the stars that are conspicuously absent in College Station. In the morning, we headed over to the Nails Creek unit which is about 21 miles away by car, but only 13 miles by foot, horseback or bike via a trail.

At the Nails Creek unit, we borrowed a fishing rod and headed to the lake to see if we could catch any fish. However, we had no bait so we improvised with a piece of banana. Of course, nothing took the bait but it was fun just to try it. We hiked on a few trails and then headed back to College Station. Lessons learned from this trip: bring firewood or something to cook with, pay attention to maps, and bring some bait to Lake Somerville if you want to fish (no license or rod required!). Most importantly, get out there and have fun, because life is better outside!

 

Published: 02/22/2013

 


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