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A Thorny Issue

If you hike barefoot as much as I do, it is inevitable that at some point you will step on a thorn. Here are some thoughts on that.

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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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In 1925, Robert A. Loar walked barefoot from Fairmont, WV to Philadelphia. I’d like to say it was because he was a dedicated barefooter, but I cannot.

He did the walk because he lost a bet.

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Over the Memorial Day weekend fellow barefooter Lee Parker was again in town for a Knap-In. As we’ve done before, after the Knap-In was over we headed out for a nice barefoot hike.

This time we met at Blackhand Gorge and did a 5.9 mile hike.

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Worth the Wait, Part 2

Let me finish up the hike that I took last week, exploring the last hollow in the area of state forest just north of Cantwell Cliffs. Here is part 1.

It just got more spectacular the more I went along.

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Last week I headed down again to the hollows in the state forest just north of Cantwell Cliffs. Without the leaves on the trees or much undergrowth I had a better chance to get the true lay of the land. I headed back there on Tuesday to make sure I visited the last hollow, the one I’d always gotten turned around for when I’d tried to visit it before.

I succeeded, and it was worth the wait.

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On the Non-Trail Again

Last week was full of nice days, so I finally got out to do a nice barefoot bushwhacking hike at Cantwell Cliffs. I spent some time exploring again in the Henley Hollow area north of the main park area.

That’s a lot easier when the leaves aren’t on the trees yet.

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I played tennis yesterday morning as part of a Tuesday bunch of friends and acquaintances. One of them mentioned to me that he’d seen this thing on Facebook about This Dude Didn’t Wear Shoes For 8 Years!.

It was described as gross . . . and it was.

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Our most colorful character for today is Renato Alvarado Renato, also known as “Machi”, and by “colorful” I mean “interesting” and “impressive”.

Where do I even begin?

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Pilot Mountain

I spent the weekend in Winston-Salem in North Carolina. As part of the visit I had a chance to do a nice little hike (about 3.1 miles) around Pilot Mountain just a bit north of the city.

And other people in the park had a chance to see two barefoot hikers.

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Hope on the Trail

I hiked at Lake Hope State Park a few times in the last week, so I thought I’d combine my photos from those two hikes.

But first some deer.

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Barefoot Boggin’

I had a chance to do a bit of a bushwhack, make that a bogwhack, the other day.

Of course, if you are sloggin’ through a bog, bare feet are best.

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There are a number of places in Ohio where the rivers run “backwards”. I’ve written about Clear Creek and Salt Creek. Their current configurations came about when their original outlet was blocked by glaciers and they carved a new route in the other direction.

Blackhand Gorge, through which the Licking River flows, is another such location.

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The “Barefoot” Card in Advertising

There’s a real schizophrenia amongst the public when it comes to bare feet. On the one foot, there’s the whole problem of being in public with bare feet. On the other foot, people also recognize just how comfortable and natural it is.

The latter point is so true that even advertisers try to sell their products by depicting bare feet.

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Labor Day Barefoot Hike

We had a nice barefoot hike on Labor Day. I, along with four others, explored the hidden wonders of Cantwell Cliffs. It gave me a chance to show off some of the locations I’d found previously.

One of our hikers was Lee Parker, the Chautauqua Barefooter.

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