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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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Folks may recall that I did a bunch of training hikes over the winter. These were training hikes by John O’Meara, the Executive Director of the Columbus Metro Parks.

He was training to climb Mt. Everest.

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Walking barefoot has quite often been seen as a prerequisite to walking on holy ground.

We see that during the second congress of the Niagara Movement at Harpers Ferry in 1906.

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When I went Out West last year, I had some troubles with getting overly footsore. This time it went much better.

So, what was the difference?

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Peñasco Blanco

When I was at Chaco Canyon last year, one of the hikes I did not do was the hike to Peñasco Blanco. So it was high on my list this time.

Peñasco Blanco was awesome.

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Getting High

After leaving the Grand Canyon, our next stop was Chaco Canyon. Of course, Chaco Canyon doesn’t have the depth of the Grand Canyon, but it is even more fascinating in its own way.

It really should be on everybody’s to-do list.

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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.

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Oh! Two Feet

I went from Ode to a Campsite to Oh! To a Campsite.

I think I’ll move on to Oh! Two Feet.

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