It was a cold foggy morning as the group set out on our second day of hiking. As we left the hostel, our instructors informed us that we would be walking in silence to better appreciate the nature all around us.
Passing through brooks filled with crystal clear glacier water, stepping over old knotted roots crossing the trail, and going up and down hillsides covered with river stones. This continued as the group passed through flower covered meadows and forests in Kanas National Park until we got to a large stream. Then, as we all attempted to cross over (we failed miserably) falling into to freezing water, filling our hiking boots and socks.
Soon finding both the sogginess of my socks and my collapsing hiking boots unbearable, Tim and I decided to go the rest of our 5 hour trek (of which we had around 2 hours left) barefoot.
Thinking back to the trek with its stone covered mud and dirt path, the chance to walk it with bare feet was a unique experience in its own way. watching the ground for sharp stones, little twigs, thorns and horse poop in the grass let me be closer to the nature around me as well as helped me understand the value of a good pair of water proof hiking shoes.