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Last Day in Paradise [Mar. 23rd, 2012|09:42 am]
BucktownTiger, Lead Shopwrecker
Key West, Florida is definitely the closest I have ever been to paradise... been here two days and we have done a lot here... went to the southernmost point in the continental U.S... and then we went "further south..."

...the end of the White Street Pier in Key West is over the water, but it is further south than the "southernmost point"... as a geography buff, of course i had to go there. Got my wife's picture there too!!

Got to eat conch for the first time... conch fritters look and taste kinda like hush puppies... also had mahi mahi and key lime pie... as well as key lime sorbet... yum ^^ also went to the top of the key west lighthouse and all up and down duval street... my feet are sore... and speaking of my feet - I got some of those vibram fivefinger shoes :-)

...but today, back home. 21 hours of driving. We will be back here definitely ....

[User Picture]From: branwyn
2012-03-23 02:12 pm (UTC)
I'm torn between thinking that there is probably something to the concept of letting the evolutionarily-honed (or "divinely-crafted", if that works better for you) design of one's feet do their thing... or if we really do need better protection and support than that for the most part.

I'm leaning towards nature-knows-best, I'd be interested in these shoes for things like running and hiking, working out, and gardening... so I'm interested to hear your thoughts and experiences with them.

It seems that allowing your toes and joints to move relative to one another would let you build muscles that are atrophying in relative stasis while shoe-bound; allowing those muscles to get exercise can only be good (provided you ease into it). It also seems that allowing all those motions (after the appropriate muscles are built) should allow for greatly increased stability and grip on uneven or uncertain ground - far more capability for your footpaws to conform to the shape of the ground, contend with pebbles, sink into mud or sand, etc.

Also... I managed to have conch fritters years ago while in Bermuda - delicious! Key lime pie is also a delight. :)

Glad you had such a good time. ;)

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[User Picture]From: bucktowntiger
2012-03-23 02:17 pm (UTC)
I have definitely been working joints and muscles I never knee I had... my big peeve is that my pinky toes curl permanently downward... trying to get those back normal... is that even possible?
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[User Picture]From: branwyn
2012-03-23 02:19 pm (UTC)
*hmms* I dunno. Mine sorta curl under too. It's possible that strengthening the right muscles in your foot could sorta pull them back into alignment, at least partly... but I'm not really the right guy to ask. :)

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[User Picture]From: tigertoy
2012-03-23 03:48 pm (UTC)
I think everyone should pay attention to their own feet and see what works for them, rather than assuming there's one simple answer for everybody. I've seen some stuff about barefoot running that strongly suggests that it works really well for some people -- but the only foot problems I've had that really affected me, mild to maybe moderate plantar fascitis, has been well handled with orthotic shoe inserts, and it only comes back to bother me when I try to go barefoot or not wear the inserts for too long.
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[User Picture]From: strikerkc
2012-03-23 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous of your VFFs o_o They're perfect for parkour

You must do parkour now. Your shoes demand it.
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[User Picture]From: rebelkat2000
2012-03-26 02:38 am (UTC)
Ahh....Key west..... It's like being on another planet, isn't it? I hope you got to spend some time at Mallory Square to see the sunset celebration. I'm glad you had a good time!
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