Hannah the English Springer Spaniel. Photo by Sam Dixon.

Flooded Out

I was in the Outer Banks last week, and only got to hoop on one day.  There was a lot of pre-Hurricane Matthew flooding (luckily we missed that), and it was either raining or my back was out of whack during the rest of them.  I did get to hoop on Sunday, the 2nd, the day after World Hoop Day.

I haven’t gotten around to editing my own pictures from the OBX, so I am using one of my husband’s.  This is Hannah, and English springer spaniel he met on the beach near the house we were staying in.  She is eight, and this was her first time on the beach.  She loved it.

There have been a few factors as to why I haven’t been hooping that much lately.  First off, my back has been bothering me.  Hooping doesn’t really exacerbate it, but it’s just more of a motivating factor as to whether hoop or not.  I did start physical therapy this morning, and the therapist I’m working with didn’t say not to do it when I told him about hooping.

Second, I have been sort of burned out with hooping.  I had been pushing so hard with the recital back in August, moving, and practicing, I just needed a break.  It made me a little sad to take a break, but the good news is that I’m ready to get back into the swing of things when Studio Spin offers their next hooping series.

Well, I guess those are the only two reasons really. A third would be that I was so involved with moving I sort of ran out of time to practice and hoop for fun.  I need to do that again.

Back to that one day of hooping in the OBX….it WAS fun.  I listened to some good music on my earbuds and danced.  I hooped.  It was awesome.

So, that’s what’s up with me.  I hope to share more hooping stuff here soon again, as well as update more regularly.

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Atlantic City Shore in New Jersey, USA on an early morning

Hooping on the Jersey Shore

I LOVE getting up early and going down to a beach when I have the opportunity.  Last week, I did, since I was at annual gathering of friends in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.  We had a lovely time, and I took a hoop, of course.

One of those mornings, I made it a point to get down to the beach early to hoop.  I set my alarm for I think 7am.  When that time came, I got dressed, grabbed my hoop, and proceeded to head down to the beach.

I put my earbuds in my iPod for some music (Beck’s version of David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” off of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack is great to get you ready to hoop.), and walked through the casino where we were staying.  I got some weird looks and some loud comments from some loud frat boys, but it was nothing I haven’t heard before.  After I had successfully navigated the maze of slot machines, I made it out to the boardwalk and beach.

I think I hooped for about a half hour before I got tired and wind picked up, so I walked down to the ocean and got some pictures, like the one above.  It was a great way to start my day with music, hooping, and the ocean.

 

 

Scruncy face hooping on the Whalehead Beach in the Outer Banks.

Hooping on the Beach

I was at the beach on Saturday, and took a hoop with me.  There’s something about hooping on the beach, even though your hoop gets sandy.

The above photo was taken last May in the Outer Banks.  I unfortunately did not get photo of me hooping at Ocean City, New Jersey, USA, sadly.

I took the hoop along that’s in the photo, though.  It’s collapsible, and is great for travel. (Yay, Hipster Hoops!)  As soon as I got it out, my 14 year old cousin Hayley wanted to try, and she was pretty good at waist hooping!  My cousin Carl’s daughter, Ariel, had fun playing with it, too.  She’s two.  Obviously, she wasn’t waist hooping, but wanted to try, and we played other hooping games that little kids can enjoy, too.

Luckily, the breeze was pretty gentle, so the hoop didn’t get blown around too much.  Sometimes, especially on the Outer Banks, the wind is just too strong to hoop down on the beach.

That was my hoopy adventure for the weekend!  I know it’s Wednesday (class day!) and soon the new weekend, but I still wanted to regale my adventures from the past week.