Summer-in-winter: barefoot fun on a sunny February trail
While other parts of the US suffer under buckets of snow, here in So Cal it’s nothing but sun: perfect barefoot hiking/trail running weather. Since the nights have still been in the low 40s, and I needed a fairly early start to my trail time yesterday, I figured it would be a good time to try out my new “minimalist sport sandals”: the Pah Tempe by Unshoes.
Even though I got the thinnest sole they had (6 mm) it still felt like way too much stuff between my feet and the ground. When I wore them around the house the night before, the front flapped under once or twice–a price I happily pay in order to NOT have a strap between my toes.
As I had read in other blog reviews, these sandals do have a weird flap-strap action, but it only took a few minutes to figure out how to tuck it under so it wouldn’t wave in the breeze.
No under-flappage occurred out of the trail, but I could only stand to wear them for the first 15 minutes; even though the air was 50 degrees, the ground had been warmed up enough by the sun and I. Needed. Dirt.
Plus–walking by puddles without being able to muck my toes around was a bummer.
So off with the sandals and into the mud:
And now, my much more fun version of those “other” toe/minimalist shoes:
Such a blue sky morning! Blue flowers, too:
Although only five mule deer are visible in this photo, this herd was the biggest I’d ever seen in the Irvine Park/Santiago Oaks area I’ve been wandering in for 15+ years: seven of these lovely creatures were slowly grazing downslope from me. Little-known fact: even male mule deer squat to do their biz-ness. (Note the one caught on camera, second from the left, is a female.)
I did not see this, my favorite blue flower, on the trail yesterday, but they are starting to bloom in my yard, and the wild ones should be popping soon.
Also in my yard today:
In Orange County, February is springing!