Meet Mick Dodge who left the civilization and lives in the rainforest as a barefoot nomad.
Mick Dodge works as a heavy equipment mechanic and owned two houses and several cars. His life was very comfortable until he realized that there is something missing in his life. Until one day, he decided to go for a walk Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park.
Dodge came from a Scottish-Irish ancestry and his great-great grandparents were the first ones to settle in the rainforest. In an interview with National Geographic, he said:
“One day I just grabbed my gear and just walked on back here in the mountains.”
Living like a nomad, Doge just accepts whatever the rainforest had to offer. He sleeps in the tree stumps and caves, with no access to potable water and food. He then decided to go barefoot in the rainforest. According to Mick Dodge, heel pain, back pain, neck pain, and heart pain was healed by going barefoot. For 30 years, he managed to live as a forest-dweller and a nomad.
“My feet became my compass, my feet became my map,” he said.
“I don’t miss it. There is no way to get away from it. So I developed a physical fitness practice in how to step in and out of it, stepping out of the walls, machines, electronics, social babble for a while, ground back into the natural flow of the land, and then go back in,” he told Mother Nature Network.
he also said that having no access to modern gears wasn’t difficult for him.
“It is an adventure and I have never had to deal with diminished food sources. I just follow my feet. There is not much that I do not eat,” he explained.
“I am an omnivore, able to eat a wide variety of food, which also means that I learned how to become a scavenger and allowed the hunger in my belly to guide me into discovering all kinds of food,” he further said.
When he is sick, he drinks glacial water as a cure.
“I found during those times when I had been around people from the city, I would catch some kind of cold or flu.”
“I would enter back into the Hoh and drink the water and soak my entire body in the glacial water.”
Dodge also shared that saying he appreciated his new lifestyle was an understatement.
“One of the ways that was taught to me on one of my long gated wild quests was to break free of the polarization of the modern world. People are always trying to put you in box.”
“By getting some distance from the comforts, habits, physical structures like shoes, machines, walls, electronics, I find myself seeking out what makes sense, what fits, and integration of the wild and tame make sense,” he concluded.
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This article is originally from GoodTimes.