Where were all of you with shoe recommendations BEFORE I left? I'm kidding, of course; only I can take responsibility for my shoe choice. But I have been thinking about my shoes, and I looked since the box was still in the garage.
AHA --- as I suspected. There is a WP on that label. What does that mean? These darn things are WATERPROOF, which was NOT what I needed on that trip.
|The label on the shoe box|
I checked out the shoes online, and people have raved about the shoes and there are TWO versions -- waterproof and not waterproof. Supposedly, they have breathing abilities, but along with the socks I chose, it wasn't the right combination for me.
I should have tested more and paid more attention to that minor detail. However, I still firmly believe there was a reason I couldn't finish the Camino at this time, and I'm not worried about it in the least. Although until the end of this month, I'll be thinking about the people I met because they will all be walking. Well, some only went for two weeks as that is all they had vacation time for.
I have loads of recommendations for socks, and I'm not sure how I'll go about the new search, but I must find a high-end running store in my area as my first stop. Loads of people did NOT wear hiking shoes on the trip and not boots either, as that would have been way too much in the heat. But many wore trail runners, so I will investigate that first.
As with anything, one must be careful when soliciting advice from someone else. You know how it is when you ask a quilting question to a group of quilters -- you get a different answer from each person, and the shoe/sock thing is no different. I've seen MANY recommendations on shoes and socks and people swearing that this is the ONLY way to go. But as we've seen here, each person is individual and walks in different conditions, and they must find what works for them.
I'm happy to report that I'm down to one bandage on my right foot. And that is mainly to protect the end of my toe where the nail will come off. This was the last injury I received, and it's the worst one of the lot. The blister was so tiny, but it has created havoc, to say the least. I'm not sure I will not be able to put shoes on until this darn thing heals. GRRRR!!!! I'll see how it goes.
|The last bandage|
It's all upward and onward for the next Camino. But first, I need to be doing some hiking here, and that won't happen until I can get some shoes on!
Here are a couple of sunflowers that I snapped on the walk yesterday. I swear that both blossoms are on the same stalk? Or was I getting confused?
|Community project number one|
|Community project number two - DONE|
|Community project - number three -- DONE|
|Section Two of Green Tea and Sweet Beans|
|Hey Mom -- look at my ear!|
|Look at this cool thing I found!|