There is a large, very steep hill in the middle of Ukarumpa. It is aptly named Cemetery Hill because on one side, under pine trees, is the Ukarumpa cemetery. I rarely, if ever walk up or down this hill. It’s not on my way anywhere and it’s super steep so I avoid it if at all possible. I can’t actually remember the last time I walked up or down this hill, until today that is.
I was late for a radio sched (it was 4:57 and the sched was from 4:45 to 5pm). So in order to get there as quick as possible, I chose to walk down Cemetery hill. There are switchbacks but that would defeat the purpose of the shortcut. So I went for it, walking down slowly but continually slipping in the soft grass. After the third slip and almost fall, I had enough. So I took off my shoes and easily walked, sans slippage, the rest of the way down. Once I got to the gravelly road, I put back on my shoes and made it to the sched late but in one piece.
Shoes may be good for gravel and rocks but sometimes barefoot is best.