This summer was the first time I went into the woods and walked barefoot. It was a pineforest, with moss and pineneedles on the ground. It was surprisingly soft. I never hurt my feet, although I'm not used to walking barefoot (only in my garden). I loved it, and it felt very free. Now I'm working in the bardic grade with the element Earth, so I wanted to walk barefoot again. But now it's autumn and quite cold (8 Celcius). BUt I did it anyway. At first it was really cold and my feet cramped, but then I got warm. The sand was moist and stuck to my feet. Mud felt awesome, very soft. And moss felt quite warm, that was a funny thing. I kept surprisingly warm, and my feet didn't get cold at all. At no point did I hurt my feet, but we don't have rocky soil anywhere.
About insects, in summer we have lots of ticks. So I did use some repellent, although I didn't really like doing that. But the alternative wasn't attractive either. I really don't like ticks. It did help, I only found one on my pants after the walk. So you could do that, there are also environmentally friendly repellents. It's better than going barefoot and worry all the time about these things.
Now I'm very curious how walking barefoot will feel when it gets even colder. Will it still be comfortable? I'll found out!
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