High Banks and the Short North

On Wednesday the kid had to go into work but since he didn’t have to go in until 1:30 in the afternoon, we decided to go down to the Short North in the morning.  Before going to the Short North market we visited Goodale Park.

Goodale Park

I loved the cherry blossom trees and all of the other trees which were just beginning to bloom.  Even though it was freakin freezing outside, it made it feel like spring.

Goodale Park Columbus

There was a little pond there as well and we were surprised there were geese everywhere.  The kid keeps reminding me not to touch them because it’s mating season and apparently they can get quite vicious when they are nesting.

the Pond at Goodale park

After a walk around the park we visited the Short North market.

the Short North

The Short North is a really cool place but I think it would be much cooler at night because there are a ton of restaurants and bars that look really fun.

Later in the afternoon I drove the kid to work and then I tried to find a park near his work.  Unfortunately they were doing construction and I couldn’t figure out how to get in.  I didn’t give up though, I googled another park and off I went to Highbanks.

I ran 2 of the trails but I loved the first one best.  It was the dripping rock trail I think.  Later the kid told me it’s his favorite too.

And I could see why, it was absolutely beautiful.  I bet in the late spring and summer when everything is in full bloom it’s mesmerizing.

I kept calling it Highlands on instagram and facebook because I’m an idiot but it’s actually called Highbanks Metro Park so Columbians, I’m sorry.  I stand corrected and it’s a beautiful park that I plan to visit many more times.

Have a happy Friday, I’ll be back soon with a bazillion more pictures.

Please accept my aPOLLENgies

Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.  I love that trail and it’s one of the reasons I love coming down to Nokomis.  The trail is long too so you can pretty much train for anything without ever having to add another leg.  You just get on the trail and go.  It’s epic.

Not so much yesterday.  For one thing it was a bit humid and humidity and me are mortal enemies.  But the worst part was the pollen.  Oh my God, I have never seen so much pollen in my life!

pollen crazy

After running I came home and took the dogs for a quick walk but then I shut myself in the house until lunch when MacGyver and I went to meet his parents at the Cracker Barrel. Has anyone else noticed that all Cracker Barrel restaurants are freezing inside.  It could be a legit 100 degrees outside and a icy 32 inside the Cracker Barrel.

cracker barrel

After we left we came back to our house to install a few windows since MacGyver mysteriously got the permit to go through.

With the windows being out, even for only a short time and only in one room, the pollen saturated the air.  Within a half hour I had a dry cough and it would not go away.  By 10PM it was still there so I popped two benadryl because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

I was able to sleep.


I didn’t wake up until 7:30 and I needed coffee bad.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put the cup under the Kuerig.  Fortunately we have one of those drip pan things under it and it almost got all of it.  The rest I had to soak up with a t shirt because I couldn’t find the paper towels.

benadryl haze

That’s why I’ve decided to take a day off today.  I walked the dogs and I even went for a bit of an extra walk with Hank, not because we wanted to but because I forgot where I was going and we ended up at the park.

I may be taking a long nap at lunch today.

Do you have allergies? 

Do you take anything for them?

Summer’s little secret – The Ream Wilson Trail

So yesterday I taught Woody Allen how to come into the house through the doggie door.

Woody and the door

Clearly, I’m winning at life!  Of course, now he goes in and out all day long and it’s starting to work my last nerve so maybe I’m not really winning.  The jury’s still out on that one.

Anyway, yesterday and today I detoured from my normal running route and visited an old favorite, the Ream Wilson Trail.  I used to run there all the time but haven’t in quite a while.  I’m not sure why I stopped because it’s shaded and in the summertime, it’s a godsend.  Trust me.


Anyways, I thought I’d show it to you.  So, without further delay, let me introduce you to one of my favorite trails.

Ream Wilson Trail

The Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail is an off-road trail connecting the Gulf of Mexico at Clearwater Beach to Tampa Bay at Safety Harbor.

I usually run down to Kapok Park which is close to my house, run around Kapok Park and then enter the Ream Wilson Trail from there.

REam Wilson Trail

I couldn’t wait to enter the shade.

Ream Wilson Trail

It may not look like it but that’s a pretty steep hill.

Ream Wilson Trail

It wasn’t dark, it’s just that shady!

Ream Wilson Trail

I swear when you get to the bottom of this hill it’s 10 degrees cooler.

As the sun comes through the trees the next portion of the trail is beautiful.

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Ream Wilson Trail

The bridge is good practice for hills.

Ream Wilson Trail

At the end of the bridge, I go to the left towards Safety Harbor.  This is the area where I always see bunny rabbits.


Ream Wilson Trail

Can you believe all this shade?

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Ream Wilson Trail

Ream Wilson Trail

Still Shady!

Ream Wilson Trail

Can you see what’s at the end?

REam Wilson Trail

Just up ahead across the road is Tampa Bay.

Ream Wilson Trail

When I do my long runs I sometimes turn left here and head up towards the Safety Harbor Marina along Bayshore and I cannot even tell you how beautiful it is.  Unfortunately that part of the run is not shady but you do have the pleasure of running along side Tampa Bay so I guess you just have to pick your battles.

Maybe I’ll share that trail with you next time.  You might have t to wait til winter though or at least til it’s a little cooler out.  Until then, I’m sticking with the Ream Wilson Trail.

Ream Wilson Trail


Tell me about your favorite place to run when it’s hot outside.