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Keeping Your Feet Warm

The whole secret to CIVD is getting sufficiently warm blood down to your feet.

How warm? And how can you do so?

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I’ve Got CIVD

It’s that time of year again (at least in the Northern hemisphere). For those who cannot say “me all face“, there are other things that let you go barefooted in colder weather.

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When I Was A Barefoot Rover

Let’s do another poem today. This one is from 1897, and the only attribution is to “Chicago Inter Ocean”.

It’s not specifically about going barefoot, but makes the loss of going barefoot part of the lament of the passing of those younger days.

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Why He Wasn’t Cold

Here’s a story that made the rounds in 1898. Despite an unfortunate stereotype by having silly “Indian-speak”, it does make an interesting point.

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Let’s continue on looking at the incident in which Erin Mackie wrote a letter badmouthing the predilection for New Zealanders to not worry about going around barefoot. Part 1 is here.

Here in Part 2 we find that there were some repercussions to Ms. Mackie’s ignorance.

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As I noted when I wrote about Peter Jackon, New Zealand is probably one of the more barefoot-friendly countries (despite problems with Air New Zealand).

So, what happens when you mix in a stereotypical “Ugly American”?

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A “Health Hike”

This is just a short little blurb, complete with picture, from a September, 1916 Philadelphia newspaper.

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Peter Jackson was always known for being a bit of a hobbit himself. New Zealanders are pretty comfortable with bare feet pretty much anywhere, even out and about, and Peter Jackson was no exception.

But that has changed.

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Saturday was another of the “Adventure Hikes” at Clear Creek Metro Park, led by their Executive Director, John O’Meara. He started them last year when he was training to climb Mt. Everest, and they were so popular that he has continued them this year.

They are fairly strenuous, with this one covering 12.3 miles in just under 5 hours (and that includes the stop at a scenic location and for lunch).

They also tend to make barefoot hiking a bit more of a challenge.

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Via a comment from Dan (thanks!), we get a commentary from the Thomaston (Georgia) Times, entitled Life, liberty, and the pursuit of being barefoot.

Excuse me while I go cry some crocodile tears.

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Return to Christmas Rocks

I first went to Christmas Rocks last February. This is one of Ohio’s Nature Preserve that was recently opened the the public.

I returned that on Tuesday, with the temperature hovering at around 40°.

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A Couple of Cute Barefoot Stories

As I was researching my entry on tetanus, I happened on two other newspaper stories that I found rather amusing.

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To the Courthouse

As a result of my mother’s death a month and a half ago, I had to go to the Franklin County Courthouse to visit the Probate Court yesterday.

I’ve had a number of unfortunate incidents with them in the past, so I wasn’t quite sure how things would go.

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Tetanus and Going Barefoot

Tetanus is often associated with rusty nails and going barefoot.

However, there is a lot of mythology associated with both, and I thought I’d sort that out a bit.

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Return to Beck’s Rocks

Last week I wrote about one of the organized hikes to Beck’s Rocks. On Saturday, Clear Creek Metro Park conducted another one. I debated with myself whether to go or not, thinking it might just be a boring repeat.

But there is always something new to see, and to photograph.

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