The Abita Springs Trail

We needed some family time.

Good belly laugh, leave your cares behind kinda family time.

Although we were missing two kids, because one is in Disney and the other was building a bed.

We hit the trail!

Just a few towns over, nestled in the center of Abita Springs, is a trail.

It was once an old train track, now turned into the neatest bike trail ever!

Its over 30 miles long... one way!

You can hop onto the trail through so many stops and tiny towns.

It will take you over small bridges.

Tree shaded paths...

And the sweetest little country towns.

If I'm correct, you can even rent bikes along the way or have yours serviced at the cutest bike shop.

The portion of trails we took brought us past pretty condo's..


fun shops...

and tiny sno ball stands!!

Of course my heart skipped a beat when we passed a small "cottage" development being constructed.

They had some of the sweetest homes being built along the way.

I loved the front porches and the "community" feel.

And this guy...

He and Maddy just stopped and smiled every time I needed to snap a picture.

I'm so glad they "get me".

We hit the trail on a Saturday and I'm sure it's one of the bustiest days to visit.

The bike traffic was not bad at all.

Along the way, you will find picnic tables in the perfect spots and cottages to take breaks.

Behind this building below, they have a large spray park for kids.

I think that was one of our favorite spots to pass.

Not only hearing the laughter of kiddos splashing but you get a nice cool mist as you pass by.

win win

Most of the section we traveled, was traffic free.

There were a few spots in town where you had to cross streets but we felt very safe and the towns are super great at watching out for bikers.

Right here...

In this very spot...

The smell of hot boiled crawfish lured us in!!

We only touched on a very small part of the trail but have high hopes to visit each and every mile.

Nothing compares to the simple pleasures of riding a bike.

John F. Kennedy

xo Susie

Holden's new house!

I shared Holden's new house a few days ago and so many inquired about it.

After searching hi and low for a cute play/club house, I finally fell in love with this cutie.

It was the perfect touch of rustic charm I was looking

Sam's...had just what I was looking for!

That trellis over the front porch...... LOVE...

Not to mention the dinner bell and dutch door.

And when I peeped inside and saw the cedar cathedral ceiling, this Nana was SOLD!!

It came in a huge box with some assembly required.

Holden waited so patiently while it was built.

And it only took him seconds to move on it!!

The house came with a two burner stove, decorative curtains and a kitchen sink.

A few fruits, veggies and cutting board were sweet extras included as well.

One of my favorite things about his little house....

the dutch door.

It makes the sweetest sound of an old screen door.

I think going in and out is his favorite part too.

It is nestled right under a huge oak tree in our front yard.

The shade from the tree will make a nice cool canopy for upcoming summer days.

He has already started cutting grass y'all....

Be still my Nana heart!

Did I mention how wonderful it smells.

Nothing beats the smell of cedar and the arch doorway, too cute!

His little house faces out into our back yard.

As you can see, he has plenty to keep him busy this summer lol.

A little side view.

I love that it was manufactured in the  USA.

From the beautiful state of Arkansas to be exact!

Holden loves when "company" drops in.

Below, he is teaching his mommy how to wash veggies ... lol

He now begs to go outside and as soon as he hits the backdoor, straight to his front porch bench he goes.

Pure joy!

Holden wants to thank y'all for dropping by...

And if you're ever in the neighborhood....

Come on over and sit a spell..

xo Susie