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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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Criss-Crossing Crane Creek

Yesterday was a perfect day for a hike down in Hocking Hills. It was decently cool (50°) but not uncomfortable, with a lot of leaves down so that the Blackhand sandstone and terrain could be seen, and there were still enough leaves to provide some nice color.

It was a perfect barefoot hike.

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The Buckeye Trail runs right through Hocking Hills State Park. Most folks are familiar with it as it runs through Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls, and then down to Ash Cave. But it also heads north from Old Man’s Cave to the Rappelling and Rock-climbing area of the State Forest.

I have hiked it only rarely, mainly because a lot of it was on a gravel road. But last week I hiked it again just for the heck of it and discovered that they’d rerouted it. And they’d done a nice job of it, too.

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Worship in the Parrish

One of the places I like to hike to in Hocking Hills is Parrish Rocks. It has the advantage of being about as spectacular as the nearby big three (Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, and Ash Cave) but that nobody knows about it.

I visited again last Friday.

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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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