Parkour, Anyone?

Have you ever heard of parkour?

A few weeks ago, my husband and I took our kids to Elephant Rocks State Park, which is pretty much one of the coolest places on earth. The park consists of 1500 million-year-old granite that has been worn away to create giant boulders. Aside from being absolutely breathtaking, the park is a wonderland of rocky mazes to run and climb about. Naturally, it was also the perfect place to teach our children about the art of parkour.

I may be a few years behind on the phenomenon (which is my typical time frame for picking up on fads), but the only reason I came to know about parkour was because of a television show (which is my typical source for picking up on just about anything). Some of you may remember an episode of The Office that involved Michael, Dwight, and Andy displaying their smooth parkour moves around Dunder Mifflin. Well, I just don’t think I could have lived with myself if, while at Elephant Rocks, I didn’t have my kids do their impression of The Office doing their impression of parkour.

So without further ado, I will let these videos…in a particular order, from real parkour to, um, least real parkour… do the talking.

Actual Parkour

The Office Parkour

Grace’s and Michael’s Parkour

6 thoughts on “Parkour, Anyone?

  1. This made me laugh for so many reasons! I only heard of this a few years ago because some guys at my husband’s work were into this and used to videotape themselves in their parking ramp doing it over lunch time! It was about what you would expect from a bunch of out of shape 40 year olds! I think your kids are pretty good.

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    1. You should definitely go. We stopped there since it was on our way home from Black River and we had the time to spare, but it would certainly be worth the special drive. I want to go back. It was amazing…I’m surprised it took me this long to go!

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