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Next Stop: Mesa Verde

After leaving Taos and my visit with fellow barefooter Mark Corske, I then headed to Mesa Verda, in the southwest corner of Colorado. I managed to upload my last two entries at a nice little barefoot-friendly internet cafe in Durango (which is a really nice city, by the way).

After arriving in Mesa Verde, I had time to set up my campsight, and then take a quick hike.

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Gorge-ous

OK, I lied. In yesterday’s entry I said it was too bad I wouldn’t be able to hike any of the trails around the Rio Grande Gorge.

Well, I got up the next morning and had some time . . .

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Up the Rio

After I left Mark Corske, I needed to find a place to camp for the night, so I headed back to the Rio Grande Gorge. But this time I approached it from its tail end and worked my way upstream.

I knew there were campgrounds there, but would I be able to find anything on the Friday evening starting Memorial Day Weekend?

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Last time I promised a look at the person I visited in Taos. He’s a colorful character in his own right.

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Off Yonder

Here’s where you’ll see my excuse for possibly light blogging. So far, so good, but again I don’t know about future internet connections.

I’m out west.

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Light Blogging

I’m going to be busy for the next couple of weeks, and may have limited internet access. Thus, don’t worry if you don’t see me blogging every day.

However, keep coming back to check things out. You’ll never know what day might have something new and interesting.

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Your Day Without Shoes: May 26

Don’t forget that Saturday, May 26 is Your Day Without Shoes.

Sponsored by The Primalfoot Alliance.

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Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is one of those maladies of the feet that is relieved by going barefoot. It is not to be confused with “Morton’s Toe”, which is just another phrase for what is also called a “Greek Foot”, in which the second toe is longer than the big toe. When the second toe is shorter, that’s called an “Egyptian Foot.”

But Morton’s Neuroma can be a real bear.

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Last night on the Tonight Show, the “Headlines” segment actually featured a sensible library shoe rule.

No Wooden Clogs.

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Wrong on Both Ends

There was a recent article, I’d like to put the boots to the notion of barefoot healing, in the London Free Press that took issue with a press release about the benefits of going barefoot (and promoting a business putting on workshops around it). However, the press release made a big deal about “earthing”, which I criticized in Eye on Ions.

In my piece, I noted that one of the bad things about touting new age quackery such as “earthing” is that

there is also another crowd that we need to convince, people like doctors and podiatrists. If we spend our time touting things that are obvious nonsense to anybody with a bit of real scientific training, they will end up deeply suspicious about all of our other claims about the benefits of going barefooted.

The recent article tried to do that.

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You know how some people just keep having more boys while trying to have a little girl?

Well, meet the Harrisons from Johnson City, Tennessee, when they took a visit to New York City. Thirteen barefoot boys.

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Barefoot Car Buying

Sometimes I suspect that bare feet make pretty good scumbag detectors. There is often a certain suspicious mindset and lack of broadmindedness that they invoke.

And in my experience, that applies to buying a car.

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Tar Hollow

Tar Hollow sometimes seems like one of the stepchildren when it comes to the parks in southeastern Ohio. It has Great Seal (with its hills on the Great Seal of Ohio) on the west, and Hocking Hills (with its spectacular gorges and caves on the east).

It still makes a great hike, though.

In fact, it makes a pretty challenging hike when it comes to hiking barefoot.

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Boardwalk Talk

One of the even sillier governmental restrictions on bare feet comes from east coast towns.

Many have ordinances prohibiting bare feet on their boardwalks.

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I heard a report of somebody recently being denied entry to the Kansas Statehouse for being barefoot.

So I guess it’s not just Ohio.

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