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?


How many miles can a dog run and how many calories can he help you burn?

Hey y’all!  Happy Friday.  Just a quick update and then I’m out.  We’re headed to Holopaw to the cabin for the weekend and I WILL be updating from there because we now have Verizon unlimited which means we no longer have to worry about 47 dollar streaming movies.  (Yeah, that happened, once.)

high cell phone bill

Now that was one hell of a movie! Mine wasn’t this good thankfully. MacGyver would have killed me.

Anyway, I decided since we’re going to be leaving after lunch and arriving sometime early in the evening I had better go ahead and get my long run in.  You may be wondering why since I have my own running trail on our property at the cabin and the reason is the trail will need to be groomed first and I may not have time to do that before dark.

That’s the downside of having your very own trail on private property.  There are no maintenance crews to maintain it for you, no one to mow it, no one to check for rodents or snake holes.  It is what it is.

twelve mile run

So, I got up this morning and ran twelve miles before work.

And now I can run however many miles I want on my trail, with my dogs and I love to run with my dogs.  The only problem is, I can’t run them both the entire time.  For those of you who don’t know, Boomer, my lab has had a few surgeries and has bad knees so he can only run for a mile at a time and then he has to rest for a while.  Hank, the dachshund has little short legs but he’s young and can run up to 2 and half or 3 miles before he needs a good rest but we have to be careful with him because he can also have problems with his hips and back.

When you run with dogs it’s really important that you know what their limitations are.  You also need to be aware of their needs.  Dogs need water and fuel just like we do so make sure you bring enough for the two of you.

If you’ve ever wondered which breeds of dogs are the best to run with you will probably enjoy this infographic that Lovejoys Pet Food was kind enough to send over to me.  Check it out, it’s pretty cool.


Do you have a dog?

Do you run with your dog?

How many miles can your dog run?

This mornings run… was awkward!

Hey from Venice!

Casey Key
Remember when I said I’ve been having a lot of migraines recently and getting injured without knowing how, or even knowing that I was injured in the first place? Yeah, well, I’m seeing my doctor here in Venice today just to make sure everything is okay. I’m sure it is but you can never be too careful even if you’re a 37 year old real housewife.

But before I head off to the doctor’s office I thought I would share with a little tidbit about my run this morning.

I headed out around 7am but it was already ridiculously humid. As I ran down the path I noticed some overgrown bushes hanging over the trail. I saw the wet morning dew beading on the bushes and I decided to run through them in the hopes I’d get some water on me and cool myself down.

It was a good idea except for the little black gnat-like bugs that ended up pasted to my skin and clothes, and they were not about to come off without a shower, so I just decided to finish my run.  When I came upon the trail head closest to my house there was a man and two ladies sitting on the bench having morning coffee.

The lady looked up and said, “It looks like you got attacked by some bugs.”

After thinking about it for probably a bit too long I said, “Yes, and I’m gnat happy.”

And then the man began to speak in what was the most crystal clear Peter Griffen, straight outta Boston voice I have ever heard, and he said, “Why? Did you fall down?”

I said, “NO, I said I’m gnat happy, gnat

He said, “I know, did you fall?”

I said, “No, I said gnat, g, n, a, t, get it?”

And he said, “Oh I got it a long time ago, it’s just gnat funny.”

“Oh, everybody’s a comedian,” I said.

And without missing a beat the man said, “Well, everybody but you.”

And then I laughed a little forced laugh and ran my awkward ass back home.

Have a great Friday y’all!