It’s already been ten days, so who knows if they’re still in bloom, but earlier this month I headed for the desert to experience the… 396 more words
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California’s Big Sur in the summer: although I am a native Californian, I never camped there until last week. What a week!
We were blessed with amazing (and unusual for summer) weather: no fog banks hanging around all day and night, no brisk ocean breeze . 604 more words
The trails around Irvine Regional Park are prime for barefoot hiking/running right now, and the fine dust also creates excellent critter-records . . . here is tangible evidence of the bounding deer who was out of sight in two big bounds as I traveled through the delectable “Willows” network of trails this morning. 168 more words
What a blessing . . . to shoelessly descend the North Kaibab Trail at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!
What made the experience even better was that I had just finished a career-pinnacle moment: leading my first multi-day creative writing workshop! 1,096 more words
“The Boucher Trail is arguably the most difficult and demanding of the south side trails.” (From the National Park Service description: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/upload/Boucher_Trail.pdf)
For the reason above–as well as the fact that I was jointly responsible (as a WFR assistant) for the well-being of the eight participants who signed up for the Grand Canyon Field Institute’s “Hands-on Springs Survey Backpack: Hermit-Boucher-Slate”–I reluctantly donned socks and sandals for most of last week’s Grand Canyon adventures (40-ish miles of backpacking and day-hiking from the Hermit’s Rest trailhead to the far reaches of Slate Creek, with side excursions up and down Hermit and Boucher drainages documenting springs and plants). 420 more words
"The Art and Sole of Barefoot Hiking" by John M. Harder: a thoughtful introduction to this most pleasant activity
The past five years of our annual late winter visit to Anza Borrego Desert State Park, I have been able (blessed! ecstatic!) to spend the weekend camping without shoes. 722 more words