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See Da Cedar Ridge

Continuing writing about my recent trip out west, on June 5 I was still at the Grand Canyon. On all of my previous trips I’d backpacked to the bottom, but my knees (going down) and my hips (coming back up) are appreciating that extra weight less and less as I’m getting older, so this visit I decided to take it easy and just do day hikes.

Fortunately, the Grand Canyon offers plenty of opportunities.

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ComFest 2017

I’ve written about Columbus’ ComFest before. As I said then, it’s a bit hippie, a bit progressive, a bit community volunteerism, a bit local music, and an artist shindig well-worth going to. Given that nature, you won’t be surprised to hear that you’ll also see quite a few people going barefoot there, even though they are what I tend to call blanket barefooters.

And this year there was added drama with a lawsuit.

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Saturday Comic

While Red of Red and Rover goes barefoot much of the summer, Wallace of Wallace the Brave (written by Will Henry) takes step to ensure it. This strip was published just last Monday, June 19, 2017.

Wallace the Brave, June 19, 2017

Wallace the Brave, June 19, 2017

I approve (even though his Mother doesn’t).

 

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Blunder Bus

On my second full day (June 4) at the Grand Canyon I decided to do a bit of sightseeing. While I’ve tended to go there for the hiking, that has meant that it’s been easy for me to miss many of the other fascination things that go on there.

So I did some of their special programs, rode the buses, and caught some new views.

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Agave Up

On my 2017 trip Out West, I’m now up to blogging June 3. (I’m also back home now and have the ability to edit pictures and stuff much more easily.) I had arrived at the Grand Canyon on the previous afternoon.

On the 3rd I descended the Tanner Trail (one you probably haven’t heard of). I had great intentions of going a long ways down and then back up, but discretion is the better part of valor.

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Saturday Comic

I think Red and Rover, by Brian Basset, is probably the most barefoot-friendly comic strip of today. It helps that it depicts the 1960s, when going barefoot was not the oddity that it is today. This strip was published just yesterday, June 16, 2017. (In comic strip land, the school year for Red just ended on Tuesday.)

Red and Rover, June 16, 2017

Red and Rover, June 16, 2017

I hereby proclaim bare feet the official footwear for summer!

 

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Saturday Comic

Here’s an old comic from July 31, 1973 (and it’s probably a repeat from even earlier). It’s from the strip Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.

Out Our Way, July 31, 1973

Out Our Way, July 31, 1973

Obviously, this is from back in the day when going barefoot for the summer was something that kids looked forward to (not something that would never occur to them) and the big issue was having to wash your feet at the end of the day.

 

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