TwoFer Tuesday

That’s what 90 degrees Fahrenheit calls for, a twofer special. Being a library blog author, I don’t have the licensure to sling brews, but I do have the power to pass on programming. In case you missed the Caton sessions of Yoga in the Parks with Elizabeth Moses, we have a Two Fer fer ya!

Yoga, Yoga

Let’s rewind to remind you that the Southeast Steuben County Library has offered this mindful programming since the onset of Covid-19 in the United States TWENTY WEEKS AGO. I capitalize that time frame, because we all know this epidemic is carrying on far longer than Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. You can also click that twenty weeks ago link to see all the videos we have curated on our Facebook page.

The library ramped up online and virtual classes back then, knowing the need to connect with community would be even stronger as we all isolated ourselves from each other. Now that the heat of summer is here, it’s wise to take advantage of socially distant gatherings. Therefore, we are touring the parks of the library’s coverage area. We hit Caton park twice so far. Follow these links to get a dose of rejuvenation.

Energizing Yoga at Caton Park
Refreshing Yoga at Caton Park

That double-shot of goodness will surely perk your spirits and your heart rate! Today, though, I urge a retreat to the forest. The Finger Lakes offers plenty of wooded protection to explore. A gem I found nearly in my backyard surprised and inspired me. It happens to be the same location we just visited…

Caton Park Trails

If you have not yet been, go now to check out Caton Park! There are three pavilions, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, swing sets, a playground, and a volleyball court. I hesitate to mention the sprawling tennis courts. While they exist, mother nature is taking over and the gate is locked. The forefront amenities excite any adventurer, but finding an entire course of trails was more than a respite welcome on a hot summer’s day. The trails are not blazed, but paths are visible. A trusty canine friend will surely show you the way if your sight deceives you.

Trail Head

There are two entrances to this walking trail. Our hike led us about a half mile into the woods, up and down hills. While I heard cars on the main roads, I felt totally serene and cool in the sanctuary of the tree canopy. There was a moment that I felt like Bill Bryson in A Walk in the Woods. (idea: Download the Libby app, dial in your library card information, download that audiobook, then listen to Bill as you walk these trails! A-yo!!)

Rugged Terrain

The terrain can be rugged at times, so proper foot coverage is advised. Be prepared to contain your refuse, because this is a Carry-in, Carry-out park. Bathrooms are available, which is a rarity in rural parks where an occasional Porta-Potty might lurk. Overall, this gem is a secret I want to keep, but know it’s best to share. The park is located in the heart of Caton, just a few miles south of Corning, NY. This rural part of the United States has been land-marked by the corporate conglomerate Dollar General. While I don’t support the existence of that store at all, it’s bright yellow sign is a golden beacon letting you know you are close to your destination.

The Purpose to my Mission

Aside from seeking a stimulating adventure and refuge from the heat, I had a secret purpose to my mission. Hints will begin for a game of hide-and-seek. As the clues come together, it is my goal to not-so-subliminally train your eye to the treasure. Memorize what you see and get prepared. Become part of the Geocaching community now. Time is of the essence!

TORONTO, ON – JUNE 23: People participate in an outdoor yoga class at Hotel X, inside domes to comply with social distancing measures to control the spread of Covid-19, June 23, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. As Canada begins to reopen its economy following Covid-19 shutdowns, gyms and fitness centres still remain closed as they determine how to comply with social distancing measures. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

While I work on the final touches of this treasure hunt, I want to remind you that Yoga with Elizabeth Moses is Live and In-Person (weather permitting) this Saturday, August 15 at 9am in Hornby Park. We’ll be there again on August 22 at the same time. Both sessions will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel. Be sure to Like, Subscribe, and Share with all your Yogi/ Library-Loving friends. If you can join us in person, please remember to bring your own towel or mat, water to hydrate, and a face-mask to protect one another. We’ll skip the yoga domes, for now.

Black is King

Before I close– can I get a witness for Beyoncé’s Black Is King?! This visual album, although limited to Disney Plus subscribers, is VISUALLY STUNNING. For a kid from the ’80’s who LIVED for music video premieres, this one knocked off my socks! Despite what critics critique, I enjoyed the pure beauty of the set designs and costumes. There was a point in the movie where I thought, “I just can’t even!” I still can’t. I just have to put it here to share, because that’s what I do. ❤ Brava Beyoncé! I’m going to price myself a cheetah print Rolls-Royce. Cheers!

That’s a wrap for this stationary moment. I’ll check you on the flip side!

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