Don’t throw out my snake!

So I mentioned yesterday that I was going to tell you all about a couple of books that I’m super excited about and I am, really, I am.  I’ll get to that in a few minutes.  But first, I have to tell you about the coolest thing I found last night when I was working in my yard.

snakeskin

And yes, it’s sitting on my dining room table.  I don’t care.  I put it there and I yelled at MacGyver as I was heading out to go for a run this morning.

“Hey Babe, I’m going running, don’t throw out my snake skin!’

He said he wouldn’t and then he proceeded to tell me that when his parents come to dog sit later in the week I better hide it because his Mother is going to be thoroughly disgusted as most women are.

normalWhatever!

And then I ran and came home and planned on spending a few minutes to find out what kind of snake it came from but I fell down the rabbit hole.

snake imagesMacGyver and I were looking at the shape of the head and we thought it was a viper but we were obviously basing our findings on the wrong research.

head of snakeYou have to look for a facial pit and a single row of scales.

single row of scalesYes kids, like that!

Boom!  Now I was hooked.  I spend another two hours taking pictures and looking up snake skins.

snake skinSingle row under belly.

Side View

It’s hard to make out any facial  pits from this view.

snake skin

Hmmmmm, this view isn’t much better.

cool snake skin

So, I’m no closer than were I started but I will find out what kind of snake it is.  I think it’s probably a copperhead.  And even if it isn’t that’s what I’ll probably tell people.

Now, on to the books.

hillbilly elegy

I have wanted to read this book since it came out.  I pre-ordered it forever ago and forgot about it and then I got busy with projects and finally I was able to start it this week.  I had hoped to really be half way through by now but then the whole snake thing happened but I’m going on vacation at the end of the week so my review is coming soon.  Click on the link above if you want to read a preview.

The second book is one of those juicy stories that is so good you want to  wait to read it because you want to savor it and enjoy every second of it.  It’s a story I’m familiar with but I want the book to be as good as what I already know.  I imagine it to be like Grey Gardens reversed.  From butt poor normal to mega wealthy crazy and I can’t wait to read it.  Click on the image below for a preview.

sweet and low Unfortunately, I haven’t read either of them completely yet.  Only a few chapters of the first one.  I promise to give you a full review once I do.

So long as I don’t get distracted by anymore snake skins.

useless

It’s a good thing I got my run in first thing. At least I got something done.

Do you get easily distracted by nature?  How bout by snake skins?

Cabin life, part two.

Yesterday I told you all about my new running trail because I was so excited I just couldn’t wait.  Today I want to tell you about the rest of our weekend and I promise it was equally cool, but first a little history lesson.

Back in the 60’s and early 70’s the real estate industry wasn’t regulated in Florida and some land developers were able to sell lots that were divided on paper but never accepted as subdivisions by the county commission.

suburban estates brochure

An ad from the 60’s for Suburban Estates Land.

Some of these lots were located in areas that were completely covered in water and some were located in thick cypress swamps rendering them useless to anyone who hoped to build on them. These subdivisions became known as ‘paper subdivisions’ and Suburban Estates, at 10,000 acres, was the largest.

suburban estates ad from 60s

Suburban Estates in the 1960’s

Fast forward to today and Suburban Estates has become a favorite of ATV riders, motorcycle riders, hunters and many other sportsmen. If you own property in Suburban Estates, you can pretty much explore most of the 10,000 acres. We have a club, SEPA (Suburban Estates Preservation Association), and they maintain the security gate, the security cameras, the trails, and the drainage ditches plus a few other things.

riding trails in suburban estates

But what I love most about Suburban Estates is that is looks pretty much exactly like it did in the 60’s and 70’s.

trees and palms

Gully
When we go out we do a lot of ATV riding and muddin’.

muddin

4 x 4 Florida

The jeep before we gave it a mud bath!

4 x 4

A typical mud hill

We also have our very own shooting range and there is one located just around the corner from our property so we can shoot whenever we feel like it.

There are 2 areas that you can swim in. We call them South Beach and North Beach. In fact we have names for a lot of the areas within Suburban Estates such as ‘the drunk tree’, ‘big sandy’, ‘North Swamp’, ‘mud hole’, you get the picture.  Anyway, here we are at South beach.

me in holopaw

Nature lover for life!

south beach suburban estates

Little Aubrey swinging from a tree.

Here is what the tree looks like when you drive up to it.  It’s rather large.

South Beach Suburban Estates

The tree blocks off an entire area of South Beach.

There are also tons of riding trails regardless of the type of vehicle you are in but
I happen to be quite fond of all the plants, berries and trees.

florida wildflowers

Wild Flowers are all over the trail and I always pick a few. I can’t help myself.

berries

Wild Berries. We actually have blueberry bushes at our cabin. They are hella thorny though.

shaded trails

It’s so serene here. I could run or walk this trail for days.

dogs running

The dogs love it here!  Here they are on my new running trail with Aubrey.

sunsets

Sunsets are beautiful here. #UnspoiledFlorida

And that my friends is our beloved Suburban Estates.  I wish you all could experience it and hopefully my pictures are an accurate representation.

Are you a nature lover?  (I am, for life!)
Do you have a place that you love to go to that is unspoiled?  (Please tell me about it, I love learning about places that have been untouched by technology and industry.)