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Weekend Recap

on May 12, 2014

The weather here this weekend was so close to perfect, it will be hard to top for the rest of the spring/summer. Originally, when I looked earlier in the week, it showed rain Fri/Sat/Sun. It is the last “free” weekend Tara and I would have in May, so we wanted to do some fun stuff. I was kind of bummed with that forecast. As the week went on, the forecast slowly changed to show only rain on Saturday. I could handle a half nice weekend so I was OK with that. What it ended up being was mostly awesome!

Saturday, we woke up to cloudy skies, but no rain. It was VERY muggy out though. We kind of just lounged around for a bit, had some breakfast, checked our emails and I noticed the forecast didn’t show rain up until 3pm. I decided I would get my longish run out of the way for the weekend instead of trying to do it Sunday. I headed out around 11 and planned on an hour run (which turned into an hour + 5 minutes so that I could reach 5 miles LOL). While I was out, it was super humid, but never rained. The sun even tried to poke through a few times. There were a lot of people out and about on the bike path and almost every single one of them said hi back to me when I said hello, which doesn’t always happen.


Who wouldn’t say hi to this smiley face?


By the time I got back to the house, I was drenched in sweat and couldn’t wait to take my new Camelbak off to let my back breathe a bit more. It was just after noon at this point and Tara had lunch ready to go when I got home because she had been following my eCrumb on the RoadID app.

Since we were keeping up our lucky streak with the rain, we decided to run to Home Depot to pick up our flowers for the front and back flower beds. This year, instead of just getting annuals, we decided to throw some perennials and bulbs into the mix. I can’t remember everything, but we got some lilies, gladiolas, marigolds, salvia and dusty miller. We also grabbed a few herbs that Tara is going to try growing in some containers.


Our fuzzy supervisors


It was darkening up a bit so when we got back from HD I rushed to grab the lawn mower and get that done while Tara started on her placement of the flowers/bulbs for planting (she’s the artist). I finished up the lawn and was spreading fertilizer when one of our neighbors came over for a quick chat. After she left, I helped Tara plant the rest of the flowers and weeded the back flower bed in advance of her switching to plant what was left back there. We ended up finishing before any rain and I even had time to grill us up some burgers and cover the grill back up before we ever heard any raindrops. And then what happens (after I hoped it would rain to water the new flowers)? It barely drizzled for like 10 minutes and that was it! HA!

Sunday was the most perfect weather day we’ve seen in a long time. We had planned a hike over the weekend and knew this would be the day for it. We lounged a bit, having breakfast and whatnot, then we packed up a few things, got dressed for a hike and headed out to the Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge. I got to break in my new hiking shoes that I finally settled on. I ended up returning those Merrells I had gotten before and got a pair of Salomons instead (since I fell in love with the trail running shoe I have from them). The Merrells (as much as I love them) are just too wide for my feet now.



The sun was shining all day, with just a slight breeze and perfect humidity. There were a few other people out on the trails, but other than that we barely saw anything or anyone. There were a few funky birds (one had a mohawk) but we didn’t see any other animals. The water was a little higher than I remembered from our only other trip there last summer, but we were still able to cross any streams without issue. It was nice, too, because the last time we were there we were eaten alive by mosquitoes, but I think it’s too early in the season so there weren’t many out yet.



Mr. Grumpy Rock from last year now has a cigar in his “mouth”

I thought this tree “arch” was cool, like we were royalty walking under it


This trail is a nice easy loop, but can be shortened if needed. There is a 1.3 mile loop around Carr’s Pond. You can also extend the CP loop to the Hammit Hill loop and it ends up being just under 3 miles total. It’s nice to have the options in case you can’t walk for too long. With stops for pictures and water breaks, it ended up taking about 1.5 hours for us to do the 3 mile trail.




When we got home, we took out our patio chairs and umbrella and got those cleaned off and set up for the summer and then we ate lunch outside. I grilled up some chicken later for dinner and we enjoyed that out there as well. It was far too nice to eat inside.


Flynn getting some outside time, sunning his belly


Today is another gorgeous day, but unfortunately I was stuck inside at work while Tara had the day off. I was tempted to call out, but I’m glad I didn’t because the person who would cover for me called out instead. I even made a bet with Tara she would probably do so because it was nice out and she calls out a lot. Oh well! Hopefully we’ll have many more nice weekends to come!






21 responses to “Weekend Recap

  1. Sounds like an awesome weekend. I love trails and hiking, wish there were more around here.

    • Courtney says:

      It definitely was. We love hiking, too. We’re lucky that we’re within 20-30 minutes of quite a few hiking trails and even more if we drive just a bit farther.

  2. That looks like such a pretty trail. Glad you got your long run in and tried out the camebak.

    • Courtney says:

      It’s really a very nice trail. It’s not too complicated either because it’s pretty worn in and the upkeep is great. The blazes looked like they had been repainted since last year, but even if they weren’t there it’s 95% intuitive of where to go anyway.

  3. dawn @ running the dawn says:

    i’m so jealous that you live somewhere that you can go hiking! we used to be up in michigan and i LOVED the trails. here in florida…not so much…

  4. ahh I need to get OUT OUT OUT TOO next weekend!!!

  5. Oh wow what a lovely weekend! And the trails! Wow wish we had something decent like that up here. We have a place called Port Hudson where an old Civil War battle was held and they have trails and stuff up there, but it’s so scary! And the paths aren’t exactly marked too well (or at least they weren’t last time I went) plus, well Civil War stuff gives me the wiggins. I’ll stick to my streets and parks #thankyouverymuch LOL

  6. osarah26 says:

    Great pictures – the trails look fun. It’s getting to be the right kind of weather in NJ for trail hiking, although it was weird and muggy yesterday! I’m living vicariously through your flower garden – our apartment complex always flatten everything in our flowerbeds when they throw down mulch, so I don’t even bother anymore.

    • Courtney says:

      One of the greatest things of home ownership is doing what we want, when we want. I love having our own flower beds, although I’m not gonna lie – sometimes I wish the lawn would mow itself.

  7. Sounds like such a great weekend! I love weekends where you can spend most of your time outside!

  8. Carla says:

    ((reminds self to take advantage of the NO.CAL weather and trails!!))

  9. cwupcake says:

    Well, now I have to plan another trip to RI- I want to meet Mr. Grumpy Rock!

  10. d20girl says:

    Sounds like a perfect weekend. In Florida, our mosquitos are already out in full force and we just saw the first yellowflies of the season (I hate those nasty things), so I’m jealous of your delayed bug season! I love Mr. Grumpy Rock, he reminds me of a big toad. Glad you had a blissful couple of days.

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