Hur­ri­cane threat doesn’t slow down na­ture lovers

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - CITY | STATE - By Olivia Tal­let olivia.tal­let@chron.com twitter.com/olivi­ap­tal­let

Even as city lead­ers warn about danger­ous floods, Hous­to­ni­ans are not let­ting Har­vey break their spirit.

At Buf­falo Bayou Park, where the bay­ous crept to­ward over­flow­ing, some res­i­dents gath­ered to en­joy na­ture, ex­er­cise and even dance.

Lil­lie, as she likes to be called by her first name, went danc­ing at the park around mid­day as soon as she re­al­ized the area was not flooded.

“I came just to en­joy the na­ture,” she said. “Work weeks are so stress­ful at times that it’s good to get out to na­ture and en­joy the rain, and en­joy the pu­rity of the wa­ter, and just dance, just re­lease.”

Lil­lie said she felt “re­freshed, re­laxed and tired” af­ter her 30-minute danc­ing work­out at Eleanor Tins­ley Park.

Ja­son Hurns went to the park around the same time for a work­out in the rain. “This is the best time to work out,” he said. “Ev­ery­body is home, and I am here with the park just for my­self.”

Hurns is a basketball player who played for the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton’s Cougars in 2008-2009 and cur­rently runs a non­profit ded­i­cated to youth basketball skill de­vel­op­ment and men­tor­ing.

“The rain is great be­cause it keeps my body cool. It’s re­fresh­ing,” he said.

Some jog­gers and bik­ers ven­tured out to fol­low their usual trails, but some ar­eas were over­flowed by the bayou wa­ters, be­com­ing in­ac­ces­si­ble.

Jog­gers Loren Grant and Richard Ocean stopped in their tracks with their dog Mav­er­ick to look at the top of a bridge in the Buf­falo Bayou Walk that was al­most com­pletely un­der wa­ter.

“It’s an in­ter­est­ing thing to see,” Grant said. “We usu­ally ride our bikes around here but ... it’s all un­der wa­ter,” she said.

Author­i­ties are warn­ing Hous­to­ni­ans about more rain com­ing to the city with pos­si­ble wors­en­ing flash flood con­di­tions.

Olivia Tal­let / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

Lil­lie joined other Hous­to­ni­ans who ven­tured to Buf­falo Bayou Park on Satur­day de­spite Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. “I just came to en­joy the na­ture,” Lil­lie said.

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