Are We Out Of The Woods Yet? // Sam Houston National Forest

Saturday, April 18, 2015

My school has Spring Break like a year after everyone else.

I'm not even kidding. It's so late in the year, that it's basically a pre-summer break. Ill timing aside, any break from school is always welcome. Even when this break involves getting lost in Nowhere, Texas while my mom tries to read a map that's upside down.

My brother lives in College Station, Texas, and if you've ever been there, you know that it's a great place to visit...until you've exhausted everything there is to do there, which from experience, can take less than a week.

That being said, we all squeezed into my mom's car and decided to go somewhere. In all honesty, we really had no clue where we were going. We decided that nice trees are always a good idea, so my dad drove us to Sam Houston National Forest.

An hour of good music and road trip snacking later, we were greeted by a porch swing, tall trees and a huge statue of Sam Houston. Needless to say, our little vacation from vacation was off to a stellar start.

The statue is all fun and games, but the hiking trails are where it gets seriously fun. (Is seriously fun an oxymoron or paradox or even possible for that matter?)

We decided to hike the Lone Star Trail. Clearly the trail name game in Texas is fairly sub par.

A brief summary of our hike would include me singing "Out of the Woods" by Taylor Swift obnoxiously loud, lots of random picture stops, my mom being a tree-hugging hippie, my brother talking anything and everything sports and my dad trailblazing like it's his job.


And what would a hike in 2015 be without a selfie in the woods? All jokes aside, this took some seriously finagling seeing as I carefully balanced my camera on this really shaky tree branch just to get this picture. On a side note, if you have any clue what my mom's doing with her hands, please let me know. :-)


"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." 

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  1. these pictures are all so cute! my family is not the outdoor type of family, but I hope to go hike a mountain someday with some friends :)


    1. If fate ever allows us to be at the same place at the same time, I would LOVE to hike or do whatever with you! :-)

  2. Ah so much fun! I seriously love going on hiking adventures in the summer with the fam!

  3. I wish my family enjoyed being more active together! My brother is really not into hiking (nor are my parents) but it sounds so fun to hang out/hike in the woods together :)

    1. It is so much fun, but there's tons of things you can do together! We like hiking and what not, but pizza and movie nights are just as fun!!

  4. Lol at the picture of your dad picking the statue's nose! I love that y'all do family adventures together :) And I can't believe you're just now having spring break! I'll be done with finals in 2 weeks!

    1. He is hilarious. And good luck on finals! I know you will ace them :-)

  5. Can I just become a part of the Murphy family?!?! K.

    Absolutely love everything about this. But I'm actually serious about meeting up... I will start looking for plane tickets to Texas or you are totally welcome here. I literally will make this happen.


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