Monday, May 12, 2014

Tracks in the mud ...

Jessie, over at Meanwhile, back at the Ranch has challenged us to send in stories about our favourite footwear.  Given that she lives on a wonderful ranch in Montana, it should come as no surprise to learn that she is particularly partial to Cowboy Boots.

Folks who send Jessie footwear stories, will have their name put in a bucket, or hat, or perhaps a boot and a name will be drawn to receive a free pair of shoes or boots !   How cool is that ?

The trouble is that I don't own any unique boots or shoes. 

What I do have is wonderful memories of what I have done wearing very ordinary shoes.


I have walked on bottom of the ocean.


Low tide in the Bay of Fundy presents some rather out-of-the-ordinary walking conditions.


There's something slightly exciting and edgy about walking in mud.

 Sometimes it feels as if each step might result in you walking in stocking feet, as the suction threatens yank the shoe right off your foot.  

(Actually that did happen once but I managed to hop back and get it back on. )

Or perhaps your next step might look like you are channeling one of the Three Stooges stepping on a banana peel as you slide, arms flailing, trying desperately not to end up on your butt.


Most mysterious of all, sometimes the firm sand turns out not to be so firm after all.

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But the most fun thing about walking on the ocean floor is that presents a great opportunity to have some fun with a good friend who also doesn't mind getting a tad grubby.  



15 comments:

  1. Definitely a good work out for ordinary shoes.

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    1. Your feet can get pretty heavy hauling that extra mud around.

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  2. He's got the best footwear of all! Look at those happy digits, splayed in the slime at the bottom of the ocean!

    I can't think of anything too exciting that I've worn, footgearwise. I've tried pretty much all of it: high heels, flats, tennies, fancy gym shoes,sandals, cowboy boots, Sorrels, but no thongs. Can't stand anything between my toes or...elsewhere for that matter. Sorry. That was a little tmi.

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  3. lol. not sure how to follow up that comment. :-)

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  4. I hope you win, Sybil. It's time for you to win a contest. :)

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  5. Trey is is always wonderful for a good laugh!

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    1. Karma, he certainly keeps me smiling.

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  6. Good God, that is one muddy dog! Good luck in the contest.

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  7. Trey doesn't mind the mud if there is a ball involved Les.

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  8. How many times have I walked those mudflats as a child and adult ~~ with each memory caked in mud so thick that my boots or bare feet felt like 10 inches heels! Loved it ~~~ BTW the mud is good for your skin feels so fine after drying and rinsing.
    Good luck with the contest!!!
    Sophie and Ron

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    1. Thanks Sophie & Ron, I didn't win but had fun putting this post together. I should give that barefoot idea a try. Just need to have somewhere to wash 'em off before I get back in the car.

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    2. Yes do that Sybil....the 1st squishy feeling between the toes is exhilarating a bit cool but so much fun. Do find some water to clean the caked mess off but hey that's the mudflat look ~ ruddy red and smooth to the touch!
      Cheers!
      Ron

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    3. Hi Ron, saw your message in my email but it hasn't appeared here yet. Hmmm. When I visited your blog I couldn't see who to subscribe. Can you email me to sort me out. ;-) Sybil crittersnus@hotmail.com

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  9. Your pictures have reminded me that I have to somehow get to the Bay of Fundy one of these days! We've walked in the mudflats at Provincetown, but it's been many years... I hope you won the contest, Sybil. (Love your muddy friend!)

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    1. Barbara, yes, do come see Fundy. Just make sure you know the tide cycle for when you are here. Ya can't mess around with 45 foot tides ! If you do come -- I would love to get together. BTW there is now a ferry that runs from Maine to Yarmouth on the southern (?) tip of Nova Scotia. Would love to show you around or at least share a spot of tea. ;-) Didn't win but that's OK.

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