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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Staying In Shape While Traveling

Aloha Everyone,

Some of you may remember that I used to walk 2 hours a day or approximately 6 miles before breakfast. That was in Hawaii when my life-style was set in a routine of walk, yoga, meditation. work and recreation.

One of the greatest joys of RV adventure is that my daily activities are no longer routine. It varies from day to day including where Honu will find a place to rest for the night. Some of it has to do with the weather. While we have been enjoying amazing, cool, crispy, sunny autumn days in Oregon, this will change as winter approaches. Even now, there are foggy mornings and cold overcast days. Over the past 4 months, J.J. and I have not always had perfect weather. We have been in snow storms, hail storms, tropical rain, gusty winds and desert heat exceeding 110 degrees. Weather and our daily activities are unpredictable and I often resort back to my meditation training of nothing is permanent, be flexible, be mindful and accept changes in life and be happy.

So with that  preamble that no two days are the same, here is what I did for my body and mind this morning.

First activity of the day and in the evening before we settle down to relax is for me to clean the floor of our RV home. I wear plastic cover and hold orange scented disinfecting wipe on my right hand and paper towel on my left hand. I basically fold myself forward to touch the floor and clean. Sometime I go into "downward dog" or "three legged downward dog" yoga asana to do this daily task. It serves two purposes. To keep the floor clean and for me to get my daily exercise even if it is raining outside. It amuses J.J. but then he leaves me alone to this interesting form of exercise.

This morning I stepped outside and did Kundalini Yoga Kriya for about 30 minutes followed by 9 minutes of meditation and onto 20 minutes of juggling. I then wore my ear plugs and played my favorite mantra music for my brisk walk. Today's walk was about 30 minutes followed by J.J. joining me for another 30 minutes. It is a wonderful way to keep your body and mind in balance.

J.J. also gets his exercise by keeping Honu in tip-top shape.This means he takes care of cleaning the exterior.  Upon arrival at our next destination, he has a list of things to do including connecting electricity, make sure that fresh water tank is full, empty the black and gray water tanks.To date, J.J. has lost over 10 pounds and really looks fit. He will be needing smaller size clothes to replace the ones that have become too large.

Here are some additional photos were taken this morning during my walk within the Riverpark RV Resort in Grants Pass.

My favorite sculpture, a flute player, is up in the tree gazing down at Honu. I was told that this was created by Mr. George, who owned this place before Dean & Donna, the current owners purchased it.

Than you Dean for suggesting that I take the sunset photo from the riverbank. Mahalo to Sharon for keeping my company on the phone while I waited for the right moment to take the shot.

Wishing you all a pleasant evening.

Aloha -- Cathi