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Continuing with my trip Out West, on August 27, 2016 I was starting my first full day at the Square Tower Campground at Hovenweep National Monument.

It was time to head out exploring.

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Saturday Comic

Here’s the comic Nancy from July 3, 1967. Back then the strip was drawn by Ernie Bushmiller.

Nancy, July 3, 1967

Nancy, July 3, 1967

It looks to me like Sluggo is almost ready to sneak into a store with a NSNSNS sign . . .

 

And They Hove Into View . . .

On my trip Out West, I left the Grand Canyon on August 26, 2016 and headed for Hovenweep National Monument. What? You’ve never heard of Hovenweep?

Before I planned this trip, neither had I.

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I’m Movin’ On Up

After spending the night of August 23, 2016 at the Bright Angel Campground, it was time to head back up to the top. While heading up is a change in elevation of about a mile, in some ways it’s not as hard. For one, you’ve eaten some of your food so your pack is lighter. For another, you don’t have to carry as much water, since you can refill at Indian Garden (and then at the 3-mile and 1½-mile Resthouses).

On the way up I did get quite a few people asking how my bare feet were doing. My answer: “They’re just fine; it’s my hips that are hurting. I’m used to hiking barefoot; but I’m not used to carrying this pack uphill all the time.”

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic comes from Our Boarding House, which ran from 1921 through 1984. This particular one is from September 4, 1968. It has a (troublesome) theme we’ve seen many times before.

Our Boarding House, September 4, 1968

Our Boarding House, September 4, 1968

On the other hand, this one is particularly pernicious. Note that it approves of smashing and distorting feet. You just need to squeeze and reshape them to fit shoes. The third kid has shoes that probably come close to actually fitting, but that will soon be rectified as they gradually inure his feet to being misshapen.

Shades of Chinese foot-binding.

 

Saturday Comic

I always love Red and Rover for the casual look at how kids used to go barefoot during the summer.

This one, from June 29, 2016, is just plain-old cute.

Red andRover, June 29, 2016

Red andRover, June 29, 2016

[Click for larger version.]

 

I’m Going Down

In writing up my trip Out West, it’s now time for my backpacking trip down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where I camped at the Bright Angel Campground (after getting a permit).

This was on August 23, 2016.

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