Landmark Park in Dothan + Guess what – RUNNING!

August 11th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Travis and I headed over to Dothan, Alabama after an easy 6 mile run on Saturday. There isn’t a lot to do on base, so I’ve been looking for things nearby that we could check out. I stumbled upon Landmark Park:

A 135-acre park built to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of southeast Alabama’s Wiregrass Region. Experience history on an 1890’s living history farm, complete with an old farmhouse, smokehouse, cane mill, syrup shed, and sheep, mules, cows, chickens, goats and pigs. Drift back in time in a Victorian gazebo, a one-room schoolhouse, a drugstore and soda fountain, a country store or a turn-of-the-century church.Experience nature with a walk through the woods on an elevated boardwalk, stroll nature trails, visit our interpretive center and planetarium, see wildlife exhibits and have a picnic in our picnic area.

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It was adorable! It’s normally $4 per adult to get in but military and their dependents get in free until Labor Day. Thanks to the 94 degree temperatures we didn’t stay very long, but we walked around the nature trail (where I saw more banana spiders than I ever care to see again in my entire life) and were able to check out the buildings and some of the animals.

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Travis couldn’t believe I wanted to pet the pigs. I’m such a kid when it comes to seeing animals still. I want to pet everything.Alabama5I shared the following photo on Twitter/Facebook and said “This goat don’t give a care.” Someone nicely responded that of course it doesn’t, because it’s a sheep. #ImDumbAlabama4

UsThat  night we watched Top Gun since it had been so long since Travis had seen it he could hardly remember it, which is like sacrilegious since he’s in flight school. We watched Throw Mama from the Train Friday night (loved it) and we’re halfway through the first Lord of the Rings. I never saw the third one so we’re starting from the beginning. Such an amazing movie!

Sunday morning we headed out for a run I had been dreading for weeks. 12 miles at my LR pace which is about 10:45. I have a love/hate relationship with the area on base. It has low rolling hills everywhere. It’s awesome since I know they will just make me a stronger runner, but I’m also really missing my flat Pensacola routes! We ended up gaining 500 feet in elevation and it was 94% humidity out. Overall it was a great run, but I’m looking forward to my easy pace long runs next week.
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It’s pretty cool to get to run past helicopters!AlabamaAfter the run we headed into town to run some errands and a trip to Zaxby’s happened. Birthday cake shake and fries happened as well. ZaxvbysHere is a photo of Salem with one of his toys stuck in his fat fur.IMG_7806As usual my time off between semesters is flying by. I’m hoping to get a lot of work done on my syllabi this week, write up some posts to have on hand when the semester gets crazy, and take at least one whole day off to be a lazy heifer.

How was your weekend?
If you had an entire day off to do whatever you wanted what would you do?

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