15 miles before heading to the cabin where my running trail is no more…

So I thought I would check in and let you know that I’m still here.  It’s just that the kid is in town and we’ve been having so much fun I almost forgot about my little blog.  And then just when I decided to sit down and write a little post, bam, my internet took a crap again.  Thank you WOW cable and internet, you never cease to amaze me with the amount of mistakes you make and the crappy service you continue to almost provide.

sarcastic applause

Anywho, since we’ve got service for the time being, let me start by telling you about my awesome Saturday long run.

fifteen mile long run

Yep, I got my fifteen mile run done, albeit slow, it was still 15 miles and I did not get a migraine and I felt great afterwards.

The kid and his friend arrived around 1:15 in the afternoon and we hung out around the house because he was tired from driving for so many hours.  MacGyver and I went to get pizza and another of the kids friends came over so they all chilled on the lanai for a while.  It was a pretty low key evening because we had to get up early the next morning.

On Sunday at 5AM I woke everyone up and we hit the road.

four wheelin

We headed out to our cabin in Holopaw.  We didn’t bring our mud jeep this time because we were only going to be there for a few days and the guys weren’t interested in muddin all that much.  They had other plans.

guys shooting

In case I didn’t mention it, we have our own shooting range on our property.  MacGyver brought out a mini arsenal and they all wanted to shoot every single thing.

shooting hill

They set up tons of targets and the thing that launches the clay pigeons.  The kid is the master at skeet shooting.  For real.  He doesn’t miss.  Ever.  He loves it.  Unfortunately he also loved MacGyver’s Benelli and has informed me that’s what he would like for Christmas.  If anyone knows where I can get a Benelli super black eagle III on sale let me know.

While the guys were busy shooting, the dogs were busy napping.

sleeping dogs lie sleepy dog

I wish I could sleep through all that noise.  Silly dogs.

Instead, I was inside the cabin setting up dog town with new sheets.  For those of you who don’t know, our camp is actually called ‘Dog Town’.

dog sheets

Can you believe I found those dog sheets on clearance at Walmart after Christmas for only 7 bucks!  Score.  And bonus, they’re flannel.  Perfect for the cabin.  I also got a queen set for 11 bucks for our bed.

We did a bit of riding around while we were out there and we even did some Urban Exploration through some abandoned camps and I’ll post those photos tomorrow.  It was so much fun.  I could have done that for days.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to run on Monday morning because my running trail is grown over and since someone bought the lots around us, we have to reconfigure it anyways.

We got home around 9:30 last night and the guys must have been exhausted because I got up and ran 7 miles, walked the dogs and showered and they were all still sleeping.  Too bad because they missed this beautiful sky.

sky

That’s it for me. I better get some work done while the internet is functioning.  Check back tomorrow, I promise you will love the pictures from our urban exploring adventures.

How was you’re weekend?

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.)