Delray Oaks Natural Area
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Delray Oaks Nature Trail Tai Chi
To get all you can from this experience, a scamper often begins with an interesting micro-lecture on body mechanics and balance (provided in a handout) by resident Foot Whisperer, Randy Eady. You can meander under heavy shade through the two-mile round trip traverse on level terrain (one path completely paved & accessible and one un-built, natural surface and lightly marked trail) in a bit less than an hour...with a rest-stop on the trail-end destination platform. Upon entering the Delray Oaks Nature Trail a Tai Chi walk option can be completed with tips on "grounding" with proper stance, saunter and stride. Breathing and visual acuity patterns are reviewed as your visit brings you close to the heart of the preserve. A foray though Tai Chi form development then leads you on your way to the overlook deck. Delray Oaks contains some of the best remaining examples of prairie and xeric hammock ecosystems in Palm Beach County, Florida. The 25-acre site also contains a small wetland and areas of mesic flat woods. Oak hammocks are rare in Florida and in Palm Beach County, due to urban development. The tree canopy includes many live oak trees and sabal palms, w/an understory of wild coffee, beauty berry and saw palmetto. As well as a few energetic grounding surprises. Facilities include a parking area for 10 cars, 2 buses, a bicycle rack & kiosk with educational exhibits. There are no restroom facilities or drinking water on the natural area. Free & open dawn-dusk.
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