SO just where is Barry's Bay Ontario? Well it is a small town of maybe 1500 people three and a half hours north of Toronto or two hours north west of Ottawa. I am the on site maintenance and guests services guy. I will try that description because when I say I run a resort people think I own the resort. The reason I am looking at minimalist shoes is to try and alleviate some foot knee and hip issues that have been developing over the last couple of years. I have noticed that a pair of Merrell water shoes I have and a have light pair of NB shoes feel good during the summer but as soon as I switch to a pair of my more serious hikers I have troubles. Since the property I live and work on would be considered more forest floor plus the dirt driveway to the cottages I see it as a great place to be barefoot or close to it......except while using the weed whacker. Just ordered a pair of Rocklite 288 GTX and will post a review in the next month.