Now that we have gone fully “barefoot”, what I mean is that I no longer use tennis shoes anymore, just my Merrell Barefoot shoes; it was time for another test. As you might recall we somewhat foolishly took a 4 mile hike before we were ready, well weeks later our feet and muscles have been transitioned. This weekend we traveled to Mammoth Cave to take a four-hour, four mile underground tour. This was my first spelunking trip and we picked a “difficult” one to get a little challenge and exercise. I say difficult but we didn’t squeeze into any holes or have to crawl, just ducked once. The difficulty rating was from the elevation changes. We looked into one of the more intense tours but one required you to shimmy through 47 inch openings, which would be a little tight for Josh.
I’m going to be honest here, by the end I was ready to be done. The inside of a cave only has so much draw for me. I know many of my twitter and blog friends are going to hate hearing that, sorry Ree. The first half of the tour is a trek to the in cave dining room. Just a tip for Vegetarians, consider packing in your lunch. After a little breather we were back at it. Onto the harder part of the journey; the pace becomes faster, climbs steeper and closer together. We also transitioned into the wetter parts of the cave, with slippery rocks, bugs and oh so cool dripping water. The entire trip culminates with a walk up and down 46 steps to view an area called Frozen Niagara from all angles.
We had a great time trying to figure out how to take shots in the low light and not looking like dudes stopping to pose. Oh and the shoes, my legs are sore today but no more than they would be had I worn heavy stiff boots. Survey says, GO BAREFOOT!!!!!!!!
***This blog is not sponsored by or connected to Merrell/Wolverine Shoe company. I simply believe in the product and wish to share my experiences.***