A little curiosity and a big dose of nosiness led us over to this charming couple of young adults who were setting up a slack line in Mears Park yesterday evening. They had strung a line between two trees and were testing the tension, when we walked over and interrupted them. Like a couple of toddlers, we wanted to know the what, why, how and , when and they indulged us with more than a dose of Minnesota niceness.They demonstrated, urged us to try, held our hands as we shook and edged our ways a few steps (me) or the entire length of the line (my friend).
What an amazing feeling to isolate the contact point of your body onto a 2 inch semi slippery strap, responding to every quiver of your muscle, whether it originated in your mind or your limbs. Then to jump to the ground and continue the shakes like the proverbial drunken sailor.
Here’s “the skinny.” The set up of slack line equipment can be had for about $65 dollars and Midwest Mountaineering or other similar stores around town. They had taken to bringing with to family events, preferring the activity to the usual other diversions. It’s great exercise – abdominal and legs, and of course, a boost to your balance.
My friend and I reluctantly said good-bye and took off to attend to our wine tasting at Bin. Curious? You can probably find them in Mears Park many evenings continuing their venture to prepare for a slack line walk across a creek somewhere. They lived close by.
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