Cave Dwellings

Buckhorn Creek, Lake O' The Pines, Jefferson, TX

Thursday, June 23, 2011


  First of all, thank you all for your kind words for the loss of our nephew Scotty.  His quality of life for the past 5 years wasn’t what you would hope for a young man in his prime…I do feel he is in a much better place now,and the past 2 days we have been celebrating his life, not mourning his death. Also, the family donated his electric wheelchair to disabled Veterans…Scott would have liked that….

And now, on to the Warrior Dash, which took place last Saturday afternoon….WHEW!! I am exhausted and I didn’t even run the darn thing!!

  Chris, John and their 2 boys got to our house about 8PM last Friday night from Zionsville..Kelly and Cindy stopped by to greet them…Translated into sleep time for the older Caves, this means midnight to bed and up again by 6AM..(The 2 kids are on Indiana time, which is 1 hour ahead of usSurprised smile.)

Saturday all our kids and spouses had plans to run in the Midwest Warrior Dash, held on a farm in Channahon, IL…(about 30 miles from here)…Originally we ALL planned on going to watch, including me and all 5 of our grandkids…However, I decided that my foot would not allow me to do all the required “rough ground” walking, so I volunteered to stay home and watch the kids…As it turns out, this was a VERY wise decision…for me AND the kids…

Dennis went with the “warriors” to make sure we got some photos…and boy, he got some great ones!!   The dash was 5K, (3.27 Hellish miles), with 10 obstacles to get over, under, around or into…..The 10 obstacles included jumping over fire, running through tires, blackout trenches, up and over hay bales, running through a river, climbing a cargo net, scaling staggered logs, a mossy maze, and the grand finale….muddy mayhem.

Below are some of the pictures Den got….What a challenge this was!


John Wolff at the top of the cargo net…       John, bottom, in the mud…

(By the way, that is barbed wire over the muddy pit…)



Tim Heiser going over the cargo net….               Tim in the mud pit..YUCK!


Chris Wolff (gray tank top) on the cargo net..      Chris in the mud pit…


Terrie Heiser (stripe shorts) on the net..        Terrie doing the muddy crawl…


Cindy and Kelly Cave(right) into the mud..       Now that is togetherness……


                            BEFORE……                                             AFTER……….



Obviously….they had fun…and a beer at the car afterward.   They had people with a fire hose at the end of the course to hose some of the mud off the “Warriors”….Also, at the end of the course, everyone got a warrior hat, a medal, a T-shirt..and….. a free beer….




Terrie, left, …feeling like she really earned her hat….100_0110

I didn’t mind staying back..I got to spend quality time with all my grandkids…and got to know our youngest grandson, Maddox…10 weeks old….JUST GOTTA SAY IT…I LOVE OUR FAMILY!!!!


  1. Well, Donna, that looks like just about the most fun I have seen in a long time! Your family is great!

  2. we can feel the love!..I can tell you are so proud of all of them..mud and all!!!

  3. Thanks for sharing all the "dirt" on your family. Looks like they were having a great time but I think you chose the better part!!

  4. Nothing like getting down and dirty with the family..

    Would have been better if you were doing it with them.

  5. Looks like a great day all around, hope the washer didn't get clogged with mud. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

  6. I'm thinking all their clothes were disposable! What a muddy mess, but great fun.

  7. Now that was a busy time, not to mention muddy. I would have enjoyed watching more than being in the mud :)

  8. That's what I call getting 'down and dirty'! Dennis did a great job on the photos!

  9. What a ton of fun!! You have a terrific family....I can feel your pride coming through the computer!!

  10. That's a nice bonding between family members. Congrats on surviving the warrior dash! Its fun to get dirty on mud and after that some nice cold beer with of course Turkey Leg!

  11. Those photos took me right back to my 'boot camp' days.