Our Sunday began as most Sundays do around here. We ate a delicious pancake breakfast (more banana vanilla protein pancakes) before heading to an early-morning church service and making some pit stops at a few stores to do some returns on our way home.
Once we arrived back at our house, we ate lunch, changed into our hiking clothes, hopped in Ryan’s car and drove to Gainesville to explore some new hiking trails.
I could not stop laughing when I saw this picture…
Sadie apparently honed her photo bombing skills in her free time so they are completely on point.
Our first stop in Gainesville took us to Devil’s Millhopper, a limestone sinkhole that is 120 feet deep.
To get to the bottom of the sinkhole, hikers must walk down a ton of wooden stairs.
As we started to walk down the stairs, it began to sprinkle on us and by the time we made it to the bottom of the sinkhole, it was absolutely pouring.
It’s hard to capture rain on camera, but we were completely soaked by the time we got back to the car.
Running up a ton of stairs in torrential downpour is quite an adventure! And oh-so-safe.
As we drove from Devil’s Millhopper to our next destination, we passed the University of Florida campus.
Any Gators out there? My sister graduated from UF last year and Ryan earned his MBA from UF, so I have some Gators in the family, though neither of them are crazy Gator fanatics. (You know who you are. )
Once we arrived at Paynes Prairie, we decided to keep our hike short and did a three-mile loop on the Chacala Trail since the rain clouds still looked rather daunting.
The hike was a good one and we saw a deer and a little gopher tortoise.
Ryan and I both talked about how much we like the Gainesville area on our hike. It’s definitely a college town with a lot of fun local restaurants and bars but it is also a great area for outdoor activities like hiking and tubing in nearby springs.
When we arrived home, we made a quick dinner of ground turkey that I prepared using the recipe I previously posted for my favorite sloppy joes.
I topped a bowl of roasted sweet potatoes, summer squash and Brussels sprouts with the turkey sloppy joe mixture and stirred everything together.
And now it’s time to head to Dairy Queen before spending the rest of the night watching a movie at home. I love laid back nights with my little family.
I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend wherever you may be!