Archives for July 2015
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|Kalina posing on the balance pad.|
I have to admit, I’ve never tried a balance pad before for yoga or for physical therapy so I was a little skeptical about the benefits of using one. It only took me one time on my Clever Yoga Balance Pad to find out how wrong I was. The soft balance pad adds a difficulty level over a flat surface which helps with building strength in my legs. Both Kalina and I tried the pad and we loved how it really forces us to stay steady.
I have some bad discs in my back so besides helping with yoga poses, the pad helps enhance my at home physical training. I can feel my core muscles working harder with the pad which is what my physical therapist wants me to work on. Also, as I get older, I’m finding my balance getting worse, especially on rugged hiking trails. The balance pad helps to build my ankle muscles so I am more confident on the trails.
Also, because the caves are a natural formation, they are not wheelchair accessible. Visitors are allowed to bring a walking cane inside of the cave for mobility but wheelchairs must be left outside.
|View of Utah Valley from the trail|
While the trail is free to hike and a lot of runners use it too, there is a fee to go inside the caves. The fee for adults is $8.00 and less for children. It is well worth the fee.
During the summer months, the hike along the trail gets hot so pack plenty of water in a hiking bag.
It’s a good idea to pack a light jacket or sweatshirt for inside the caves as it is cool.
|Flow Stone from running water|
|A column inside the caves.|
|The “Heart” of Timanogos|
|Some of the many helictites.|
Word of warning:
Don’t show up on weekends or holidays without reservations. Reservations can be made up to 30 days ahead of time. Groups of 16 are allowed in the caves at a time and must be accompanied by a park ranger who will give a guided tour. While it is possible to snag tickets on weekdays without a reservation, I would still suggest getting them. I would also suggest and earlier reservation during the end of June and the month of July as it gets hot during the day. Reservations can be made online or by calling (877) 444-6777 between 10:00 AM and Midnight EST.
Please respect National Park rules by staying on the trail, not touching ANYTHING inside the caves, and not taking anything along the trails home with out. Most of all HAVE FUN. Our National Parks are meant to be enjoyed by all.
I-15 from north or south. Take exit 284 (Alpine-Highland exit) and proceed east on State Highway 92. The park is 10 miles from I-15 and parking is available at the visitors center.
While there is the scenic Alpine Loop, I would not recommend going that route unless coming from Provo Canyon.