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I haven’t been doing much hiking lately—I’ve just had other things to do and I haven’t made it as much of a priority. But I made it to Hocking Hills last week to do about 8½ miles, and then yesterday I went to Great Seal State Park and did about 5 miles.

And at Great Seal I had something happen that hasn’t happened in along time: I sliced the sole of my foot.

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As I think about much of the advice that I keep seeing coming from podiatrists and other experts, I figure I must be doing something wrong.

Their admonitions just aren’t coming true.

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Dictated by Customs

You would think that after all these years of going barefooted, I’d no longer have concerns about whether to go barefoot and that worries would be behind me.

But there is still a niggling in the back of the brain.

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Save Me From Youthful Earnestness

I was in my secondary Kroger yesterday checking out when I heard that all-too-familiar request: “Sir, when you come in next time, could you please wear shoes?”

My answer: “No.”

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How Officials Cheat — Part 3

Here’s a little story about the United States Supreme Court and bare feet. I’m prompted to tell it because the USSC recently changed their official regulations.

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I was shopping on Friday at a different grocery store than my usual one. As I was wheeling my cart along, one of the employees pointed at my feet and said, “You’re in the wrong store.”

But I bet it’s not what you think.

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Snakes and Snakebite

I generally don’t worry about venomous snakes when I am out hiking, but it sure is a concern of those who I meet. So the question arises, just how much risk is one taking when out hiking barefoot?

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