Tucked away in no man's land, between the Central and the Gulf Coast regions, lies the Sam Houston National Forest, or what I like to call the Lungs of Texas. Here you will find Gulf Coast weather patterns, paired with fertile soil and warm temperatures, sustaining some of the state's most densely forested lands. Tall pines reach toward the sky as an abundance of wildlife and lush vegetation crowd the forest floor. The Sam Houston National Forest is roughly the size of a small island and protected under the U.S. National Forest Service. It is the hidden gem of the Houston area and boasts ample amounts of hiking, biking, camping and fishing.
With the windows down and music up, we raced across what felt like the surface of another planet. We left nothing in our path but the dust we kicked up behind us. Our only destination? Forward, together. We were going nowhere in particular and had nothing keeping us back. So we drove. We watched with eyes wide as Golden Hour faded, giving way to the coming sunset. The mountains turned purple and the sky lit up in radiant hues of pink and orange… We had just survived another week of Outdoor Retailer and this is how we celebrated.
Answering the “why” questions is tough. Why is a blurred grey in a world of black-and-white answers. There's always a deeper answer, another level to uncover when we start asking why to the people around us.
Its this characteristic of why that makes it so incredibly important and beautiful - a characteristic I'm reminded of every time I travel into the backcountry. This isn’t to say adventure in the outdoors prompts me to I ignore the “how” questions, but rather I am able embrace the reality that the “hows” and “whys” of our lives are much more connected than we may realize.
Did you know that it is home to the third largest ice field in the world behind Antarctica and the North Pole? I could go on forever with the interesting facts, but here are the top 5 things I learned in Patagonia:
Since the beginning of Kammok time (circa 2011), we have boasted in our products as inspired by animals in nature. This summer, we are continuing our nature inspired, bio-innovation with the new Summer Collection. We bring to you, the Wallaby hammock and Kuhli tarp!
From time to time in my life, I’ve found myself utterly smitten by the "wilderness."
It's not easy describing why I love the natural world so much. There are beautiful things out there, yes. But, there's more to it. It's a world of contradictions & extremes.
For us adventurers, we find power in the quietude of the outdoors. The rustling of leaves. A chirp of a chickadee. The howls of hungry coyotes under the pale moon light. These moments are what we seek—a stillness only found in the rawness of nature, beckoning us from the busyness we escape. But there are times when these things seem insignificant, lost in our own memories with no one to revisit with and reflect upon. Just as we are replenished in the solitude of our travels, so do the famed words of Christopher McCandless ring true, “Happiness only real when shared.”
The value of balancing hard work with meaningful rest; a reminder of how our body and spirits were designed and the importance of how we treat ourselves in the day-to-day.
A meal to make with your little tide pool community, paired with an adventure at Hole in the Wall Beach on the Olympic Peninsula. Enjoy!