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I recently got together with a group of aerialist friends to hang out (literally) at a local park. We spent most of the afternoon trying whatever moves and poses we could think of on every “hang-on-able” structure in sight. It was like a big outdoor pole jam, and even though the mosquitoes wanted to be our very best friends (thank you Lara for rescuing us with OFF!), we persevered!

Suddenly we were faced with all sorts of new places to climb, hang, and hold. Experimentation was the name of the game, and the game was F-U-N.

A dome-shaped, spinning something-or-other with all sorts of places for hanging. Oh yeah, we DUG this.
This curly-Q thing = handspring heaven!
We may have kinda monopolized this apparatus. #sorrynotsorry

SUPER AWESOME. That is all. 
Hooray for helicopters!

We even got a little artsy!
Paint burn=ouch. Not that you’d know it from that smile!
When your doubles partner is there, you can’t resist busting out a little double twisted ballerina attempt.

We had an INCREDIBLE time, and along the way I learned a few things:

  1. I have a bunch of exceedingly cool, and very, very strong friends.
  2. Aerialists know how to have a good time.
  3. Paint burn is worse than pole burn.
  4. Even though we had every right to be there and we were certainly behaving appropriately, everyone got just a *teensy* bit nervous when the cops showed up (they weren’t there for us!). 
  5. Being upside down is fun no matter where you are.
  6. A new apparatus=inumerable chances to see how long one can hang without feet touching the ground. 
The next time you’re thinking of having a pole jam, consider taking it outside for an extra challenge . . . and some extra fun! 

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