Weekend Highlights: Anti-Gravity Yoga, Torch Cactus, Taiko & Red Rock Day

Anti-Gravity Yoga Rehearsal

Students at Shine Alternative Fitness are preparing for a student showcase in June. I volunteered to be a part of the opening act. Kelly Millaudon has choreographed a beautifully challenging routine for antigravity students who want to perform. I love how Kelly has transformed our workout moves into graceful, flowing movements.

Music: Water for Elephants (Motion Picture Soundtrack), James Newton Howard, The Circus Sets Up

Torch Cactus

My torch cactus bloomed over the weekend. I have been waiting and waiting. Sadly, they barely lasted a day before wilting, but that is often the way of the cactus. I can’t wait until it blooms again.

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I am still working on taiko conditioning; lots of push-ups and standing in a lunge position. When we had to hold our arms up too, I imagined I was reaching for a Chipotle burrito as my stomach growled for lunch. This imagery was surprisingly powerful and my arms were able to fight the forces of gravity.

After my training, I stayed after a bit to eat my Chipotle lunch and watch the performance group do their training.

Red Rock Day 2015

Have you ever been on a trail to have it suddenly break into a bazillion different trails that all look like a main trail? Usually, this isn’t such a cool situation to be in. You can end up in the wrong place and sometimes even lost. Imagine unexpectedly having to hike out at night and not being able to find the main trail because of the extraneous veins deceptively leading you away from your destination.

Who fixes these problems? Lots of volunteers and park employees.

When I registered to help with trail maintenance at Pine Creek, I envisioned myself picking up a lot of trash, trimming foliage encroaching on the trail and resetting the rocks that create the trail’s border. I had not given much thought to the branching trails, which turned out to be our main focus.

We scouted out the deceptive trails. With rakes, shovels and picks, we roughened up the surfaces and hid all of the footprints. We also collected dead branches and leaves to spread along the ground. Even more interesting, we planted some of the dead branches too. Weird, right?

Our team leader told us that this procedure is based on the idea that seeds may come off of the dead branches, and with enough rain the seeds should grow in that area. If the plan works, the new growth naturally forces visitors to keep on the main trail. Even though it looks odd to gaze at dead branches planted into the ground, they do help with covering the branching trails and creating a barrier all on their own.

It was a lot of work to camouflage the fake trails, but it was fun too. The other volunteers were friendly and everyone worked hard to get the job done. When hikers and climbers passed us, they were super nice and thanking us for the work we were doing. We were outside in the sun for at least three hours, but it didn’t seem that long at all.

When we were finished, we all rode the bus back to the Red Rock Visitor Center. Luckily, lunch was waiting for us. We were able to end the day relaxing and chatting with each other. It was perfect.

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