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SLO family creates "silly walking" zone in front of house and captures hilarious moments on camera

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 01:39:42-04

One San Luis Obispo family is making things interesting for anyone out on a stroll in their neighborhood.

Maureen and Aaron Salmon posted signs along the sidewalk in front of their Highland Dr. home that read, "You have now entered the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Silly Walks. Commence silly walking immediately."

"It's something fun to do for the neighborhood," Maureen explained. "You set up a section and you have people just walk through, run through, dance through, and we catch it on our Ring camera and post it to our own Instagram page."

The SLO Silly Walks page was created on Instagram just four days ago and they've already caught and shared more than a dozen silly walks.

They even captured their postal worker getting into the spirit.

The Salmons were inspired by a family in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan that came up with the idea, paying tribute to a famous Monty Python skit featuring John Cleese, "The Ministry of Silly Walks." The Yorkshire Silly Walks Instagram page was created in early April and now has more than 32,000 followers.

"It brings so much joy and silliness, especially in this time, it helps to interact and see other people, of course at a safe distance," Maureen said. "It's fun to hear when our windows are open hear people giggling and laughing and people planning out their moves and I really think it's uplifting people's spirits right now."

Maureen says she's seen couples ballroom dancing and little kids doing cartwheels down the sidewalk.

She suspects people have come from other neighborhoods to seek out the silly walking.

On Tuesday, the McTiernan family was walking to Bishop's Peak Elementary School to have a water gun fight when they saw the posted signs asking for a silly walk and were happy to oblige.

Five-year-old Mila said she hopes the signs are here to stay.

Maureen says they plan to keep the silly walk zone up for at least another couple of weeks.