So, do you shovel your snow barefooted? Think it’s all the rage?
Nah, you’re just late to the party.
I really don’t feel like writing much today, so I think I’ll just highlight a little news blurb I came across. It’s one of those small stories that leaves you asking for more information.
The story is in regards to the Eastern Grass Court Tennis Tournament in the summer of 1969.
There’s a very interesting project out there by a photographer named Jimmy Nelson. The project is Before They Pass Away, looking at some of the few remaining unique human cultures before they all get homogenized away.
An interesting thing (to me) is how many of them still go barefoot.
Two weeks ago was the “Hall of Fame Championship” in Newport, Rhode Island. I have no idea why the International Tennis Hall of Fame is there, but hey, it has to be somewhere, right?
You never see the professionals play their tennis barefoot, but what else are you to do when you are inducted and your footwear sucks?
So far in the last week and a half I’d hiked barefoot in Zion (8.4 miles, 5.4 miles, and 5.4 miles) and in the Grand Canyon (1.1 miles on the rim, 6.3 on the way down, and 3.7 north of Bright Angel Campground). I wasn’t particularly footsore.
But now it was time to head up the Bright Angel Trail: 9.5 miles horizontally and 1 mile vertically.