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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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After finishing up our ascent out of the Grand Canyon, my son and I headed back to Mather Campground (that’s the standard car-camping campground on the south rim) to spend two nights relaxing and seeing some of the rim scenes.

We also met some fellow barefooters.

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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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Results of the Barefoot Survey

Back in mid-April, I highlighted a survey that was being conducted by Anemone Cerridwen.

The results of that survey are now in and analyzed.

Let me say that Anemone did a terrific job of analyzing and
displaying the results, with nice pie charts like this one.

How Often Do You Go Barefoot?

How Often Do You Go Barefoot?

There are bar charts too, but what you really want to read is her analysis. Rather than my trying to excerpt pieces, I suggest that you just go read her write-up directly.

Barefoot Survey 2013 Results

 

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Oh! To a Campsite

Last year when I visited Chaco Canyon, I wrote my Ode to a Campsite.

Well, for the visit to Cottonwood Campground, halfway up the north side of the Grand Canyon along Bright Angel Creek, I think I’ll say “Oh!” to a campsite.

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