Barefoot This Winter

I’m not going to claim that I have been terribly active as the temps have started lowering, even though the weather here in Michigan have been wonderful. When the air gets cool and before the snow falls I’m in heaven. Keep it at about 45 for me. I do try to go for a run on mornings when I can roust myself up early enough. While I enjoy the weather, getting up while it’s still dark is the real trick. What has been working for me to convert my Merrell Barefoot shoes to a warmer option is adding a thin tech-wool hiking sock. I chose a pair from Fox River Socks for my experiment. They are not bulky, have support seaming and do a nice job keeping my toes warm. While the shoes are designed to be work without socks it still fits well and doesn’t feel like the socks are affecting my comfort in the shoe. Josh has been wearing a very thin liner sock with his Barefoot shoes lately to help cut down on the smell.

Adding the sock does not make the shoes water resistant, so if you hit a puddle or any snow then your feet are going to get wet and cold depending on how long your run is. I’ve not had this issue yet but winter here in Michigan is just starting.

***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.***

Sledding We Go

Growing up in a rural Illinois town you would think that I would be well versed in the art of sledding that is not the case. My hometown is located just at the temperate line where snow falls but rarely sticks around for long. My brother and I would maybe get in one round of sledding out at the farm a year. The lack of other kids to play with probably was a contributor. While my brother did play with me as a kid he is four years older and I am super un-cool. This sentiment is not shared with Josh’s family. Not only was sledding something looked forward to and strategized about, his siblings have stayed extra days on break to go sledding together. Now that the Van Gelder clan in getting bigger there is a whole new generation to share this love with. Even Mom and Dad suit up for the downhill activities. Trails are groomed using all sorts of techniques and finally the moment arrives when the kiddies and adults are loaded onto sleds and given a push. I’m happy to stay below and snap pictures; maybe helping a wee one back up the hill from time to time. It’s the little differences that make In-laws so special and the Holidays you share worth the driving.

Where have we been!

After spending the first part of our Holiday break sick and traveling it was time to settle in for some relaxation. Well not exactly we have been avoiding all outside contact in order to put in new flooring in the house. Takes just a day to put in huh! What about the two days of tearing the old out and two days of putting up new trim, so it now we have run away to the great white north and are checking out for some R&R. Will show you the new floor in a few.


We have talked a few times about the perks of this job and of the difficulties, but this week has been the test. We are stuck in Detroit until the 23rd doing shows but we were given the chance to go see the Red Wings. Our boss shared some amazing tickets with us and anyone else who was stuck in Detroit. Will us was Jeff a gentlemen whom we have worked with numerous times and my friend Jeff! It was a very contested game and tons of fun. Plus the Red Wings did win.