Another weekend on Dog Town Trail

I went for a run in the neighborhood this morning and I thought I would die.  Literally.  I got to 4.3 miles and I just gave up.  It is so hard to run on trails all weekend and then come home to pavement.  So. Very. Hard.

Dog Town Trail

You would miss this too right?

Dog Town Trail

I mean this beats pavement any old day!

I ran on my running trail both days we were at the cabin.  The first day was a bit more challenging because MacGyver hadn’t yet had the time to mow it down so I had to dodge all the roots that had grown up and I had to watch out for critters.  Luckily, the only major incident was with this guy.

Sand hill crane

Can you see him off in the distance there?

Well, here’s a much better picture.  I took the next one right before he sang out and flew over me.

sand hill crane

I said sang out but it was more like a yell.

And did I mention that he had a very long snake in his mouth?  Well, he did.  And it was hella scary.

The other issue with my trail on Saturday were the random holes that appeared.  I’m not sure what made said holes and after the Sand hill crane snake incident, I’m not sure I ever want to know.

Here is the photographic evidence.

random hole

First Random Hole

two holes

two random holes

And then I found a bazillion more.  And then I started finding very large ones, like this.

big ass hole

That’s a big ass hole!

MacGyver went around the entire trail and filled them all in for me before I ran the next day so the dogs and I would not get hurt.  (He’s a keeper!)

The next day we ran our asses off and I may or may not have fallen asleep with them.

You should make it a point to snuggle with pups every know and then. It lowers your blood pressure.  Hank is wearing a super cool vest that MacGyver bought him.

A little later, MacGyver and I took a ride on the ATV.  MacGyver took me on the upper trail which is the more dangerous one.  It’s the higher part where you can look down over the side and see down about 40 feet into the palm scrubs and cypress trees.  It gets a little hairy in some parts and MacGyver just plows right through.  (Mom, if you’re reading I’m so kidding, we always take the lower trail and MacGyver always stays in 2nd gear, he’s such an old man.)

sugar sand

Florida Sugar Sand. I’ve actually driven the motorcycle on this before. True story, I have. I would never do that again, ever.

mud trail

Mud trails, possibly an upper one…

upper trail view

This is a view from an upper trail.


I finally broke down and brought home a piece of driftwood from our property.  I can’t wait to see how it’s going to look around the pond.

We were exhausted by Sunday afternoon and ready to get home but then MacGyver spotted something between the orange trees in the groves on the way out.

Turkey Call

Calling the Toms

Yes friends, that’s a Turkey call in his hands.  A good wife lets her husband go hunting but a great wife will sit quietly in a car while super exhausted with two exhausted dogs and let her excited husband use his turkey call for half an hour to try to bring out some turkeys because she knows how happy he’ll be when this happens.

Tom Turkeys

Here come the Toms!

And that smile on his face lasted the entire three hour ride home!

I’d say it was a pretty successful trip.  I need to get back to that running trail.

How was your weekend?


I finally got to run on Dog Town Trail and then I fell.

Good morning!  I guess it’s kind of late morning huh?  Oh well.  I guess that’s what happens when you go to your cabin in the middle of nowhere for the weekend.  Maybe we should have tried to find the middle of nowhere closer to home…………



Before we headed out on Friday I decided to go ahead and get in a long run.  I knew my running trail at the cabin was overgrown and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to run on it so I decided just to go ahead and get a long run in just in case.

After running, we piled into the truck and headed out.    The ride over was going to be bittersweet knowing the airstream installation wasn’t going to be there but we did get to drive by the Florida State Fair and I love seeing all the rides.

florida state fair

After about 4 hours, a stop at Popeye’s Chicken, one stop at Big Lots, one stop at Bealls Outlet and another stop to gas up the car and the fill the gas cans for the generator we arrived at Holopaw Groves Road.  This is one of my favorite parts of the trip because of the smell.

orange groves

Can you see the oranges on the ground?

You have to drive down a five mile road to get to the gate to Suburban Estates and you pass by five miles of orange groves and all you can smell at this time of the year is orange blossoms and it’s delicious.

After we get to the gate we still have to drive through half an hour of bumpy dirt roads to get to our cabin.

And then there she is.


After unloading everything it was pretty late so MacGyver and I decided to take a ride around on the ATV.  It was a bit dusty so I donned my pink ranger uniform, (not really but sort of.)


I took a few pictures while riding out on the trail but it’s kind of hard to take pictures and drive the atv.


Do you think it’s odd that someone would leave a random kayak in the middle of a muddin trail on recreational property with absolutely no real navigable waterways, because I don’t.  I find shit like that out here all the time.  One we found an actual sailboat in the middle of a cypress field.  It was epic.

Anyway, the next morning we got up early but it was pretty cold and my trail wasn’t really ready to run on and MacGyver had a project to work on so I decided not to run and he went to work on his project.  I went out to see if I could help him and then I saw the thing that makes my little ocd brain go bananas:

MacGyvers tools

Holy Mother of God!  How on God’s green Earth does he expect to find the right nuts and bolts to get anything done?  Seriously?  I mean, how can anyone get anything done with a mess like that?  What is he thinking?

So, while MacGyver got to work on his project, I got to work on mine.

After OCD

MacGyver’s project was a whole lot more fun than mine.  We may not have typical electricity in Suburban Estates, we use a generator.  And we may not have city water, instead, MacGyver dug a well and he uses a pump to get it to the top of a tower where it runs down into the pipes and supplies water to our little cabin.  Did I mention that MacGyver is a genius?

Anyway, we raised this bar this weekend.

Hot tub

Or our redneck is on point.  Either way, I’m pretty sure we have the only hot tub for miles around!

I did manage to run on Sunday morning on my trail.  Dog Town Trail, for those of you who don’t know.

trail dog town trail

And then I found a disturbing thing.  I was tracking some little footprints around the pond.

tiny paw prints

Those are definitely paw prints of some sort.

And I saw all of this fur on the ground. And it is definitely from an animal.


And I was trying to take a picture of the disturbing thing that I finally saw when this happened.


And this is what my legs look like as I’m falling on my ass while holding my iphone and avoiding a creepy and disturbing thing.

Which is why my run looked like this:

And yeah, that kills my OCD brain to end on 4.16, kills me.

And in case you’re wondering what was so disturbing, it was this:


Yeah, so when you’re out there running on the trails, even if it is your very own running trail, be careful!

You can fall down and your dogs will laugh at you.


Do you prefer running on the pavement or running on the trails?

The lab test

Over the weekend MacGyver and I decided to go out to our cabin in the remote location of Holopaw.  Suburban Estates to be exact.  The original ‘If you believe that I’ve got some swamp land in Florida property’.  Make sure you click on that link after you read this post and read all about how Suburban Estates came to be, it’s quite interesting.

So we loaded the pups in the truck and we headed out.

impatient hank

Anyhow, before I was so rudely interrupted, when you don’t visit your remote cabin for 8 months guess what happens?  Go on, guess.  I’ll tell you what happens.  Grass happens.  And lots of it.  It looks like this.

the cabin.... i think

Somebody has some grass to mow, oh shit!

Somewhere in all that grass there is a cabin.

Oh yes, I believe you can actually see it now.

And then you get closer and you can actually really see it.

tall grass

The closer we got the more depressed I got. Look how tall the grass is!

Now imagine how I felt when MacGyver told me the lawn tractor was broken.

mowing grass

Can you imagine mowing all of this with a push mower?

I mowed about a half acre with a push mower before MacGyver got the lawn tractor fixed and by that time I decided I was going inside and I took a very long break.

Once inside we actually have all the comforts of home.  I have a full kitchen area complete with a microwave a toaster a mini fridge a sink and a little area to wash dishes.

camp kitchen

And in case you’re wondering, the sink actually has running water due to the water tower located outside behind the cabin.



And we have an inside bathroom too because I refuse to try to find a spot outside.  Do you know how difficult it is to try to find a bathroom while carrying around a rifle and buckshot?  Yeah, it’s not a pleasurable experience trust me.

the john

We also have a wine selection on hand.  You never know when one of the neighboring camps is going to drop by and you should always have some libations on hand.

wine rack intact.

The walls may not be finished but we got libations.

We also have television for those guest who don’t partake in outdoorsy activities.  It’s a little janky since MacGyver got a little hyped up on 7 and 7 and knocked it off the table but if you squint your left eye a little you’ll never notice.

jacked up tv

See, we have all of the comforts of home.  And it’s completely sanitary.  Everything in our cabin has been completely and thoroughly tested by the lab.

labrador boomer

Lab tested, lab approved!

And he approves of it all.

Since this was our first trip of what MacGyver and I call our ‘camp season’ we spent the first day and a half mowing around 3 acres of grass, and not much of anything else.

We did have a few moments of bon fire time at my insistence of course.  hehe

bon fire

And a little bit of mud time


But they’ll be plenty of weekends on the horizon for lots more fun.  We’re back at home now and unfortunately I ended up with a massive migraine last night so I’m recuperating this morning.  Hope this isn’t a prediction as to how my week is going to be…

What did you do this weekend?  Tell me all about it!