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Tayloring a Hike

I’m now up to August 12. Sorry it’s taking so long, but I’m busy adventuring.

Today I climbed Mt. Taylor.

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Lately I’ve been doing a fair bit of walking (I really can’t call it “hiking” in good conscience) at another local Metro Park, Blacklick Woods. It’s not particularly challenging in the usual sense: it’s quite flat, unlike the trails about an hour away in southeastern Ohio.

But it is challenging in a different way.

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The Creek Boys

One of the blogs I regularly read is Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids. She debunks a lot of the unreasonable fears that parents have these days and advocates for letting kids grow up the way we used to, without having parents constantly hovering and directing their lives.

She recently highlighted “The Creek Boys of Raleigh” and it shows, that given a chance, kids do still go barefoot.

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Yahoos and Legos

On Monday I wrote a bit about Overselling. Of course, these days, with all the internet competition for eyeballs, practically everything is oversold.

Case in point: An article from Yahoo — Why Is Stepping On A Lego So Painful? Science Has The Answer.

Actually, I have a different answer. Wussitude.

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There’s a new series on PBS called Earth: A New Wild. It takes a look at how, while totally wild places no longer really exist on the earth, the animals are being forced to deal with all the humans. This means that there is “a new wild.”

On the Plains episode, they featured a barefooter.

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Every year Hocking Hills State Park sponsors a “Mid-Winter Hike” on the weekend near January 20. This year it was last Saturday. I’ll do the hike barefoot when I can, but it can be tricky getting the weather to cooperate with bare feet. Nonetheless, I’ve managed to do the hike in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2013.

This year was particularly tricky.

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Barefoot Rappelling

Rappelling is one of those things that is just a whole lot more fun while barefoot. Don’t get me wrong — regular old rappelling is a lot of fun, too. But when you can feel the rock wall you are heading down, that adds just that extra touch . . .

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