Dog Town trail is preparing me for the Barkley Marathons, sort of.

I’m sick.  Ugh!  I hate being sick more than just about anything in the world especially when it’s a cold AND a fever!  We were at the cabin on Saturday night and I went to bed around midnight feeling fine but I woke up around 1:30AM with a scratchy throat.  I thought maybe I was just thirsty so I drank a bottle of water and went back to bed and the next morning I felt fine.  It wasn’t until Sunday night on the way home that I realized I had a cold and after we got home the fever kicked in.

I woke up yesterday and I could barely breathe…MacGyver ordered me back to bed and other than a few trips to the bathroom and a few small steps in the backyard, I’ve been there ever since.

willpowerAnyhow, since I’m confined to my bedroom but I can actually sit up today without throbbing head pain, I figured I’d update the blog and tell you some of the highlights from our weekend at the cabin.

When we arrived at the cabin my running trail was seriously overgrown.

overgrown trail

I think I’d say a tad bit overgrown….

That’s what happens when you don’t come out for a few months I guess but MacGyver being the sweetheart that he is mowed it in the dark on Friday night.

So, even though I hadn’t planned on it, I woke up Saturday morning and hiked/ran 5 miles on Dog Town Trail.


That is some high grass surrounding my trail but thanks to MacGyver the trail is good.

On Sunday morning I ran 10 miles and since I’m convinced that one day I’ll be asked to run the Barkley Marathons, I included sections that were overgrown with blackberry bushes, high grasses and areas littered with driftwood and burnt out trees.

overgrown trailrandom driftwoodbushes all aroundI still managed to finish in under 2 hours so I felt pretty good about it.

After I finished running on Sunday I took a shower at our outdoor showering station.  MacGyver still hasn’t built the outdoor bathhouse but I’m not giving up on it.  I have visions of a room with a shower in one corner and a tub in another made out of galvanized steel….

outdoor shower

do you see my running clothes strewn about?

If you’re wondering where in the world the water is coming from, check out the water tower.  It’s a bit intimidating when the wind is blowing.

water tower

While running I had noticed a few blackberry bushes looked like they might be producing so later in the afternoon I took a hike through the bushes to try and pick some.

blackberry bushIf someone asks me if they can come out to my property to pick blackberries it’s because they’ve never been to my property to pick blackberries.  It is however perfect training for the Barkley Marathons because it’s seriously thorny just like the briars of the Tennessee mountains.  (Laz?  Did you hear that?)


This was after only ten minutes!

And the haul was totally worth it.

two blackberries

At least one of them is edible.

Totally worth it.  (Laz, I’m ready for Barkley, call me.  I’ve got my license plate and a buck sixty!)

The dogs always have a good time at the cabin but Boomer in particular.  You see, in case you’ve ever wondered, Boomer knows how to camp like a boss.

Boomer camper

If you could just get me a cigar, all would be right with the world, mmmkay.

Hank and I spent a lot of time on the four wheeler.  Typically we have to share our riding time with MacGyver but since he rolled it on himself on Saturday I banned him from it.


The four wheeler is mine! You shall have no more turns.

We left late Sunday afternoon and I snapped a few photos on the way out.

flowerssuburban estates

suburban estates

It’s very peaceful here.

Obviously I have no running to share with you this week because my sinuses are raging war with my body  and I’m gonna do everyone a solid and stay home.

mama juneHow was your weekend?

When is the last time that you were sick?

A quick update from the wilderness….

Hey from Holopaw!  Suburban Estates to be exact.

After a 3 and a half hour ride in the car with these two,

road trip with dogswe arrived at the cabin late last night sometime around 10:30PM.  And even though it was quite late and we were somewhat tired I managed to hang up my new lights.

Red Solo Cup lightsRed solo cup lights from the Dollar Tree.  Spank my ass and call me Dolly cause it doesn’t get any better than that.  I’m in Redneck heaven!

I’ll be spending some quality time on my trail trying to avoid things like this,

running trail holes

Holes! A hazard of the running trail.

Hank is spending time with his girlfriend Rosie.  We are hoping for some Pitshunds or some Dachbulls, whatever you would call them.

Hank and RosieMacGyver will most likely be having some of this stuff,


Mason Jar Margarita’s

But for now, me and Boomer are hitting the hay.

mommy and boomy

Good night!

See you tomorrow!

The rest of the cabin trip

Happy Monday from beautiful Clearwater. Yep, we’re home. Actually we got home on Saturday night and then MacGyver pulled a surprise out of his hat because he had some plans for us all on Sunday so it was a very, fun-filled, jam packed weekend which I’ll probably split into two posts rather than one long one like this sentence.

I have tons of pictures and things to share with you so I’ll just dive right in.

In case you aren’t familiar or haven’t seen the cabin, this is what it looks like:

Cabin in Suburban Estates Cabin in Holopaw
There’s a lot of land surrounding it.  I know because I’ve mowed it. a lot.
It’s pretty desolate in the area where it’s located. It’s all recreational land and most of the people come out to go mudding or to shoot.

We built our own shooting range on the property but there is a community area to shoot at too.

Our shooting range

We prefer our range.

We go to the public range occasionally but mostly when we leave our camp, it’s to go driving around in the jeep or on the motorcycle or the ATV’s. We usually go visit friends or go riding with them. Hank is known as the four wheelin weenie because he loves it more than anyone.  Jeep or ATV, he doesn’t care as long as he’s on wheels.

Hank the dachshund

Hank be ridin dirty…

4 x 4 muddin
In spite of all the mud, I manage to get a little bit of glam on. We’ve got an outdoor shower and I’ve got a battery powered make up mirror and all the essentials. MacGyver and kid ridicule me constantly. I don’t care, I will tweeze my eyebrows while you play in mud!


I don’t care, I’m glampin’ bitches.

When we woke up on Saturday morning it was beautiful and cool. I couldn’t wait to go running.

cool weather

I died and went to weather heaven!

That may seem a bit chilly considering that when I woke up the day before it was in the low 70’s and humid, but it wasn’t chilly it felt awesome. And as usual, regardless of the temperature, I almost always wear shorts and Saturday morning was no exception.

shorts in cold weather
Apparently there were two other runners who wanted to go running with me.

Hank my dachshund

Boomer my lab

Boomer was so excited he bolted out of the door. Hank was a bit cold so we had to put his jacket on first but once he was dressed he bolted out too.

me and the dogs running

Y’all this was heaven for me!

One of the best things about the cabin and my own trail is that dogs are always welcome and I don’t have to worry about traffic or other people or off leash dogs.  It’s what my dreams are made of. (P.S. Don’t tell MacGyver I said that because he’ll try to move us out here permanently and I’m not sure I have the self-control to deal with limited television and internet. Um, yeah No, I’m sure I don’t have the self-control.)

When the internet goes down, I be like

internet down

WHAT?  For the love of God, I will pull my hair out, watch me!

I managed to run 8.1 miles on Saturday morning and considering the trail is a little uneven and mostly grass dirt and some muddy hills, that’s not too shabby.

garmin time
Boomer got in 1.2 miles and Hank rallied for 2.4. Over the course of the day they put in an additional 3 to 4 miles what with all the chasing frogs, lizards, flies and the quick moving food that passed by their noses. By the end of the day we were all exhausted.

On the way out we headed over to the mud hole to check out the late Saturday action. I have to say, unspoiled Florida landscapes are beautiful. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a mud hole in the middle of a swamp or a hollowed out stump in a sea of grass and blackberry thorns. It’s just beautiful.

mud hole muddin

tree stump

mud heaven

We got home late Saturday night and pretty much passed out.

On Sunday morning I headed out for a quick 3 miles and then somehow convinced MacGyver to go shopping with me. That was a mistake because he wanted to come home after 20 minutes. I wanted to stay out all night because it was cool outside and I got the chance to wear winter clothes and a new outfit that I’ve been dying to wear since I bought it in September.

new clothes

It’s cute right?

After only two stores MacGyver lost his shit and refused to shop anymore so we had to go home. It was still early and MacGyver had some other ideas about what to do for the day but I’ll share that with you tomorrow.

So now it’s your turn:
When was the last time that you went camping?
Do you prefer camping or glamping?