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My Winter Boots

I know some barefooters who try to keep their feet in shape over the winter by keeping a pan of gravel in the garage. They then spend a bit of time doing the old gravel massage. It’s not like walking, but at least it keeps the soles thick, exercised, and (mostly) in shape.

I’ve tried something a bit different.

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As I think about much of the advice that I keep seeing coming from podiatrists and other experts, I figure I must be doing something wrong.

Their admonitions just aren’t coming true.

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Leaving Easter Island

I suspect that there are few high-techology places left in the world that are not only barefoot-friendly, but in which you will actually see other barefoot people on a regular basis. But that’s Easter Island.

Eventually it was time to go, so here are a few wrap-up pictures.

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Hangin’ ‘Roun’ Hanga Roa

I thought I’d give a bit of flavor on how I saw things around Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and particularly around the main town, Hanga Roa. There are obviously only my Americanized observations, and I realize I probably have all sorts of weird biases (along with not really being a “world traveler”). But they might be interesting for anybody else heading there.

This really doesn’t have barefooting content, except for the fact that I was continuously barefoot there, without even worrying about what somebody might say.

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Caldera

When we went to Rano Raraku, the quarry from which the moai were taken and carved, there is also a volcanic caldera there. (Rano, after all, means “volcano” in Rapanui.)

The inside of the caldera was also quite interesting (and barefoot-friendly).

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Haere Va’e

When we were on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), we were of course barefoot.

But what about the inhabitants of the island? They have a long history of going barefoot. What did they do?

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Quarry Quarry

The quarry that the moai were “mined” from was at the volcano Rano Raraku, over on the east side of the island.

We visited it now a week ago (but I’m still catching up wih the blog entries).

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