Martin Creek Lake State Park.

A couple of weekends ago, I went on a girls trip.

It wasn’t anything glamorous, like hitting up Downtown Austin in glittery dresses, or making a weekend escape to NYC to strut around Times Square.

Nope. Madison, Sarah and I hit up a state park about 2.5 hours away. Because I guess that’s just who I am–a wilderness girl stifled in the DFW, seeking some fresh air and longing to actually see stars, and not just imagine them.

Our stay was very simple.

We arrived midday on Saturday, unloaded and set up our tent. Once we were settled, I turned off my phone. It was my number one goal for the weekend.

We spent the afternoon on a mini-hike, dipping our toes in the water and talking about boys, talking about our future goals and dreams. We took a nap on a blanket as the sun peaked through the trees.

We made tacos for dinner and Sarah built us a fire. We talked about how God is moving in our lives and a bit more about where we would like to be in the future. We fell asleep uncomfortably, but I also slept through the night–so that was a bonus.

The sun welcomed us in the morning.

It greeted us through the screens of our tent. We rolled out of our sleeping bags, it was an early morning. But so, so peaceful.

We made breakfast tacos (obviously I’m not the only taco addict among my group of friends). Then packed up and hit the road.

It was a quick 24-hour turn-around, but it was exactly what I needed that weekend. I needed to get away. I needed to put the real world on pause. I needed some time with some of the best women I know.

I’d give Martin Creek Lake a 7.5 out of 10.

It wasn’t nearly as crowded as Tyler State Park and the campsites were super cheap. We got a spot along the water at $16 for one night.

I would have liked more hiking options, but if you’re looking for a lowkey getaway, this place is your spot. It’s not too far from the DFW but it is far enough away to feel free.

I plan to camp some more this summer, and I’m about to leave town for a few weddings, so keep up with my wanderings here. And go ahead and take a break from the DFW yourself! Everyone deserves a getaway now and then.


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