I helped to lead a “Nourishing Hike” with my coworkers Nate and Bill, and two instructors from the Yoga Seed Collective, Sydney and Jonathan, at the American River Bend Park. Nate and I both got to the park around 7:30 am, and everyone showed up by a little after 8:00 am. The two instructors from the Yoga Seed (a man and a woman) put us through about 20 minutes of stretches before we started the walk… I was taking photos and didn’t do all of the stretches, but I thought it was such a treat to have them there.
It was overcast, but not raining. The dark skies meant few bird sightings and no critters… but the exercise was good.
The walk was casual and people were allowed to move at their own pace. At different points along the way, I showed the participants some interesting feature or shared some fun facts about what we were seeing along the trail. I love doing that; get to stretch my naturalist muscles!
At one point, I got stung by some Yellow Jackets. It was my own fault. I stepped in too close to their underground nest so I could get photos of the opening — and the soldiers came out to defend their fort. I got stung on the leg and on the stomach; super-ouchy but I’m not allergic to them. Those beasties can keep in stinging, so we vacated that spot quickly.
We walked for about two hours and then everyone headed back to their own homes/offices. Several of the participants thanked me for my expertise and encouraged me to do more walks like this one (especially in the spring when the park is really beautiful).