Weekend at the Lake

I made a decision at 3:30pm on Friday to reserve a site for the weekend just to relax and camp. Allergies have given me the CONSTANT dripping in my throat and this horrible cough, but I thought I could cough at home or cough at the lake…LAKE! Clocked out of work at 4:32 pm, drove home, threw some things in the camper and was heading out the driveway at 5:40 pm.  Left somewhat early on Sunday to get home for our 70th Annual Vajdak family reunion.

Dates: ๐ŸŒž June 7-9 , 2024

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Birch Creek Unit, Lake Somerville State Park

Somerville, TX


Check In: 2 pm      Check Out: 12 pm

๐Ÿšง No locked gates

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ’ผ Staff was friendly and helpful

✔️ ๐Ÿšป Restrooms

✔️ ๐Ÿšฟ Showers

✔️ ๐Ÿ’ฉ Dump Station

✔️ ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿป‍♀️๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป‍♀️ Trails

✔️ ๐ŸŒŠ Water access - fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming

❌ ๐Ÿš Cabins

❌ ๐Ÿ• Off-leash dog park

❌ ๐Ÿงบ Laundry facility

✔️ ๐Ÿ›’ Store


๐Ÿ“‹ Site #25

๐Ÿ”™ Back In

๐Ÿ…ฟ Site Pad:

↔ Spacing: Spacious

๐ŸŒณ Partial Shade, Sun over the pad, trees around 3 sides

✔️ ๐Ÿ’ง Water

✔️ ⚡ Electric 20/30

❌ ๐Ÿ’ฉ Sewer, but luckily no line at the dump station

✔️ ๐Ÿ”ฅ Fire Ring w/Grate

✔️ Picnic Table on concrete, full sun




  • Lantern Hook

  • Nice big site. A little close on the driver side.


Regular cost per night $25 ($20 + $5/person/day)

Discounts: Texas State Parks Pass

My total cost for 2 nights: $30 = Avg $15/night


๐Ÿš˜ 52.7 miles round trip - 9.8 mph

Gas price $2.74 (with Fuel Rewards)/gal = $14.78

Trip cost $44.78


๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Highlights of this trip๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

Hiking with my bro

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป Who I went with: Solo, my brother visited for a little while Saturday morning and we hiked and went to grab a bite for lunch.

๐Ÿ‘€ Things I saw: Lake is up to normal. Horsemint, Partridge Peas (bees and green flies love them) and Indian Blankets are in bloom.


๐Ÿฆ Wildlife I encountered: Cardinals, Squirrels, Cottontails, Blue Heron, Black Vulture


๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿป‍♀️Trails I walked: Bluestem Bend - Eagle Point Loop. 1.48 mi


๐Ÿšต๐Ÿป‍♀️ Trails I biked: Just on the roads. 3.03 mi


๐Ÿ›’ Where I shopped: Dollar General, Kovasovic's Meat Market & Grocery (Good meat, produce, good weekly sales)


๐Ÿฝ Where I ate: Spanky's Backstreet Diner (no beer sales, but a little liquor store next door that you can bring over. Several combos with a sandwich/burger, fries and tea for only $7! Try the hot ketchup), Bottlenecks Bar and Grill (Food, live music, pool tables. Met a friend for beers and pizza.)


๐Ÿ‘ข Dances I attended: Jody Nix at Diamond I Venue in Dime Box. It was not far and I always have jeans and boots in the camper.

 ๐Ÿ“š What I learned: Biking and walking use different muscles. Need to work on my biking muscles. Not a lot of boats on the lake, but lots of waves from them.

๐Ÿคฃ A laughable moment: Fun times with friends at Diamond I

๐Ÿ˜ฎ A surprising moment: The stars were beautiful and the Big Dipper hung directly over the camper. The water was cooler than I expected. It was nice sitting in it for a while, even with the waves, to get a little sun.


๐Ÿ™ƒ An unforeseeable moment:  I forgot coffee! I bought coffee and could only get whole bean. I forgot to grind it.  Hence the shopping trip to Dollar General.


๐Ÿ›️ My favorite souvenir: A new medallion for my walking stick



You can see the lake from the front of the site

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