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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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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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I’ve been having fun lately looking a bit at the geology and topographic maps of southeastern Ohio. Earlier, in Great Sealer’s Ghost!, I showed a color-coded elevation map. Well, I have here another one showing more of the highlands east of the Scioto River between Circleville and Chillicothe.

[Yes, I know that calling them "highlands" is a bit presumptuous. But this is Ohio after all, and "high" in Ohio is a lot different than "high" in Colorado. In this case, the "mountains" in the Great Seal region "tower" over Chillicothe by a full 650 feet.]

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I’ll Need a Crane for That

I spent the winter hiking carrying my fanny* pack. It has mainly water, a little medical kit, a spare windbreaker, and my camera tripod. The extra weight totals about 20 pounds.

Yesterday I took a shot at my full-on backpack.

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Last Friday was a rare warmer day sandwiched between continuing winter. I took advantage of it to head to Cantwell Cliffs for a bit of exploring.

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On the Rhodagain

It’s a 70° in central Ohio at the end of January. So, what are you going to do? Well, you’re going to take down your Christmas lights. But before you do that, you’re heading out for a hike.

For me, that meant that yesterday I checked out a new place for me: Rhododendron Cove.

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The Hocking Hills Mid-Winter Hike was held on Saturday.

Of course I had to hike it barefoot.

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An Old Favorite

It’s always fun to hike at an old favorite. And this time of year, being barefoot can sometimes provoke a bit of comment.

I hadn’t been to Old Man’s Cave and Parrish Rocks for a while, so that’s where I went yesterday.

What a great hike.

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Clear Creek Indian Trails

This entry is a bit of a follow-up on yesterday’s A Snortin’ Good O’Meara O’Vencha Hike.

It turns out that the place we started our hike was at the intersection of two major Indian Trails.

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Natur-Alley

Here’s a bit of a composite of two barefoot hikes I took recently at Alley Park, just a bit south of Lancaster.

While it is on the edge of the Hocking Hills region, it still has some nice Blackhand Sandstone features.

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Return to Christmas Rocks

I first went to Christmas Rocks last February. This is one of Ohio’s Nature Preserve that was recently opened the the public.

I returned that on Tuesday, with the temperature hovering at around 40°.

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Jaded

Fellow barefooter Lee Parker, the Chatauqua Barefooter, is in town this weekend for the Flint Ridge Knap-In. I met him last year at the same event, and we had time to take a short stroll along the Flint Ridge trail.

This time he came a day early, so we had the chance yesterday to head on down to Hocking Hills for something serious.

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Recant Well

Or maybe I got that punctuation wrong, and it should be Re-Cantwell.

For yesterday I did a barefoot hike with another barefoot friend, and I got to show him some of the wonders of Cantwell Cliffs.

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On (and In) the Mesa

So now it was time to “do” Mesa Verde National Park.

Obviously, I had survived the night.

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Crane Hollow

On Saturday, I got a chance to go into Crane Hollow in Hocking Hills. For those of you unaware of it, it lies between Conkle’s Hollow and Long Hollow to the north of Big Pine Creek.

When I bushwhack between Vulture Point and Airplane Rock, I’m down in Crane Hollow.

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