Over the last couple of days you may have noticed how Ian’s footwear kept changing, and how he went barefoot on the Angel’s Landing trail.
There’s a tale to tell.
On our last day at Zion it took us a while to figure out what to do. I was a bit footsore from doing 8.5 miles two days previously, and 5.4 miles yesterday. Ian’s knee was acting up. Our choices were to just hang around soaking up scenery, trying the Narrows (upcanyon where the walls close in on you), or Angel’s Landing, a knife-edge mesa.
Eventually we decided we’d go for the challenging Angel’s Landing, with a nearly 1500 foot climb and a 5.4 mile round trip.
So, we (my son and I) are at Zion National Park. It’s time for some serious hiking. Our plans were to do the 8-mile round trip to Observation Point. Our neighbors (next campsite over) had mentioned that much of the trail was “paved”, but what did that mean?
And would it be a problem to hike it barefoot?
A warning: blogging may be light for a bit. I’m heading out again (like I did last year) and I don’t know what sort of opportunities I’ll have for writing, or even if I will have internet access.
I’ve queued up a few entries to fill things a bit.
But with any luck I’ll be able to post new stuff as I go along.
So check back occasionally, or if you get my facebook feed you’ll see when it post.
There’s another study out on what most shoes do to feet, and specifically the stress that gets transmitted to the knees. Najia Shakoor, who’s been the lead investigator on other similar studies, Walking barefoot decreases loading on the lower extremity joints in knee osteoarthritis, and Effects of common footwear on joint loading in osteoarthritis of the knee, is also the lead investigator on this one.
It shows that training in what they call “mobility shoes” (designed to mimic barefoot walking) can lessen the stress on the knees even when regular shoes are then worn.
A couple of weeks ago I reposted an example of how judges cheat by simply ignoring what the law says, and not following the rules of judicial construction. Today I’m going to give examples from my own cases that show a way of cheating that never shows up in the published opinions. Unless you are able to read the briefs of the case, there is no way to know what the court’s opinion left out (though sometimes you can find that if a dissent is written).
I lost my appeal in my lawsuit against the Fairfield County District Library, with the opinion being issued on December 14, 2011.
I’ve written before about how I play tennis barefoot. But I’ve also written about how, while barefoot hiking builds up the soles, barefoot tennis tends to wear it down.
So, what ought I do when I’m preparing for a hiking trip?