For mind and body, Flor likes to do yoga. Of course, for most people this is an earth-bound activity. Not for Flor. Her latest passion is acroyoga. As the word implies, acroyoga combines yoga with acrobatics. Each Sunday in Meridian Hill Park in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC, people get together to do their acroyoga thing. Flor has been telling me to check it out for a while. Last Sunday, the weather was nice, and Little Nellie was looking for a place to ride so we set out to the city to watch Flor fly.
At Oxon Hill Farm, I took a path down hill through a wooded area. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted 2 wild turkeys. I stopped to take a picture but lost the turkeys in the browns and grays of the woods. As I was straining to spot the turkeys, I came to realize that I was practically surrounded by deer. They blended almost perfectly into the trees.
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Moving on I made my way up yet another hill to Martin Luther King Boulevard. This took me across a series of smallish hills through some seriously poor neighborhoods. Just before entering Anacostia River Park, I spotted some posters of photographs hung on a chain link fence. Little Nellie posed with them.
After stopping to take in some flag football, I rode out of the park, across the Sousa Bridge, and up Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill. I stopped at Eastern Market to grab a bite to eat. I briefly listened to a couple of young buskers playing pop music on flute and violin.
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Sometimes Flor was static either on her stomach or side, reaching out gracefully with toes pointed one way and hands pointed another, head arched upward. Other times she was rotating on Rafael's hands or feet. Totally in control. Occasionally, she'd go upside down and hang. This looked pretty comfortable.
All the while Flor was flying, another couple was doing acroyoga a few feet away. They seemed less in sync but were, in their own way, pretty impressive. Across a park pathway, two women were exercising with hula hoops. Then a man came and, using a ratchet device, slung a yellow tape between two trees and began to tightrope walk on it! Behind us, some more people showed up. Another guy deployed his tightrope between two more trees. I had somehow stumbled into a Cirque du Soleil training camp.
After an hour or so, Flor and Raphael took a break. I had a chance to visit with my friend and thank her for inviting me to see this unusual scene. Our chat ended as several people, some with bongos in hand, came into our area. I was feeling a little like Toby Tyler. With only about 90 minutes of daylight remaining, I headed for home. All in all, not a bad way to spend a fall afternoon in the city.