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Free Range Naturism / Re: In Defense of World Nude Hiking Day
« on: August 04, 2020, 09:10:59 PM »
I understand and agree in context, but we have become a very irrational and nervous society. Walking in a quiet Texas neighborhood sporting a handy Colt will probably not get a second glance. But try walking that same street while black, or wearing a skirt (kilt) when obviously Male, or simply barefoot all over , would illicit a frantic call to 911.

Free Range Naturism / Re: More on drones
« on: August 04, 2020, 08:44:01 PM »
My heart aches reading your plight Jbee. I am very pleased to hear that the worst appears to be behind you and dear DF. I hear other stories of the toll this pandemic takes on others. I can't fathom the ignorance cast freely by so many.
Yes, this disease must be avoided at all costs. The suffering isn't just in the numbers. Each statistic is amplified through loved ones and lives forever changed.
I try to imagine life after COVID, but that will have to wait. We are a long way from there, and must survive first.

Free Range Naturism / Re: More on drones
« on: July 29, 2020, 11:27:02 PM »
You summed it up pretty well jbee. It's hard to maintain mentally in the midst of what's going on in the US today. I have always held a prejudice toward club nudists. Holing themselves behind high walls and first name secrecy. I'm starting to understand where those feelings came from.
Well, I've never shied away from trouble, "good trouble" 
Stay Safe,

Yep! We got stinging nettles in Texas too! I've discovered stinging grass in my pasture, apparently hitchhiked in hay bales. Nasty boogers they are.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: April 24, 2020, 01:36:30 PM »
The county closed all parks over the Easter weekend, including the frisbee golf course adjacent to my property. The park used to be a naturally wooded flood zone along the creek. I used to visit it regularly for nude hiking and bicycling.
The closure provided a perfect opportunity to hike around the park and creek as nature intended. Leaving a pair of shorts at the barn, I crossed over the fence at the back of my pasture and hiked through the woods to the park. Among majestic old growth hardwoods wide open trails, squirrels and birds. A feeling of oneness wrapped around me like a blanket. I entered on the fairway of the 9th hole and walked to the goal. Sunshine filters through the canopy, rarely making it to the ground. Peace.
The 11th hole is situated at the far NE corner of the park. There the drainage easement from my neighborhood intersects the utility easement with it's overhead transmission lines and underground pipelines. I explore these areas for a spell, seeing that the county has been neglecting the drainage easement, potentially backing up flood waters into my neighborhood upon the next storm. I make a mental note to contact them about these concerns.
Ruts cut through the drainage, following the utility easement. I look beyond to locate the source. One of my neighbors has property abutting the easement and has been 4-wheeling the area. Welcome to Texas!😞
I follow the tracks to the creek. The bank gives me clear vantage in all directions. The creek is beautiful, left in its natural state, or close to it. But encroachments appear beyond the brief buffer. Across the creek is a church camp complex, but mostly what I see is a vast parking lot. To the east of it is an apartment, retail development under construction. Human presence everywhere, but only one visible and exposed, me.
I hike down the creek, back into the woods and then back to the course. I'm now at the 13th hole. 1/2 way down the fairway I turn into the woods, then find myself back at my starting point in the 9th fairway. Back into the woods from which I came. Instead of going straight to my pasture, I detour through the woods to follow property boundaries of my neighbors. Inside the woods there are no trails, but the canopy is enough to block sunlight and keep the undergrowth to a minimum. Shrubs and vines along the fence lines mask visibility outside the woods. I find discarded furniture and other crap thrown into the woods by uncaring residents. Some laborers working on a pole barn, unaware of a natural human passing near them through the woods.
I come to my next door neighbor's fence and find an opening that can easily be stepped through. My horses are frequent visitors on his property, so I ponder whether this opening might be attractive to them. I imagine wild boar and deer have created the opening. Another neighbor, who has since moved away, had set up a feeding station here to attract deer, setting up a blind on his property to shoot said deer as they wandered into his trap.  I doubt the horses have any interest in the dark woods as they are more comfortable with open grassy areas like my neighbor's and my properties.
I don't see any signs of life at the neighbor's so I simply pass through, returning to my pasture and then the barn, where I retrieve my shorts. No need to put them on as a briefly pass through the arena to the gate into my back yard.
I step into the utility room inside the back door, grab an IPA from the vintage fridge and return to the porch for some rest and reflection.
I am both satisfied with the hike and the fact that I went with only flip-flops to protect my feet from brambles and such, but regret that I have no photos to document the adventure. I will attempt a second hike with camera in hand. But weather and other distractions delay the return, and the county has now reopened the park. 20+ cars occupy the parking lot at all hours of the day, every day since the lock down has made weekends irrelevant. Either I will sacrifice further to the social norms, wearing something to catch some photos or wait for another time to hone my SN skills.
Stay Safe,

Trip reports / Re: 2020 Zipolite #4: Trip to Zipolite
« on: March 28, 2020, 05:04:37 PM »
I have been entirely too distracted since our return from Zipolite.  Our company is one of the 'critical businesses' in this crisis and I have almost 500 employees relying on me to keep them safe and working. 
I have known my GF, 'S', since 1997.  They were neighbors that my wife and I got along with extremely well.  She lost her husband shortly after my wife passed, 2007, and we found ourselves hanging out more and more as time went by.  Somewhere along the way we started referring to each other as girlfriend/boyfriend.  She has pagan roots that go back to a group that I belonged to prior to us getting to know each other.  So she really doesn't identify as a nudist/naturist, but is quite comfortable skyclad and in the company of others who regularly discard their clothes.
Through a mix up at work, I ended up with 2 Christmas bonuses this year $$$.  Upon that announcement, I decided to do something just for me and started the plan for a week in Zipolite.  S was working contract hire in northern Arkansas and would be in the throws of the unemployed around the time I planned the trip to Zipolte, so I fully expected to be solo.  To my surprise, she eagerly accepted my offer to accompany me on the trip.
I did not want to have my first experience there during the Nudist Festival, so I picked a week some time after it.  That was a great decision. 
As the trip was getting nearer, JBee and I started communicating, and wonder of wonders, the timing worked out for an overlap in our schedules.  Not only that, but Nick & Lens, of Naked Wanderings, was laying over after the Festival and we were able to spend several hours with them on the day after we arrived, which was the day before they departed.
I have to admit that explaining how we were going to meet these 2 couples that I only knew over the internet, was a bit awkward.  But, as I fully expected, S was totally comfortable with both JBee/DF and Nick/Lens.  Of course it felt like meeting old, close, friends to me.  By the time JBee's friends from AZ arrived, we were all one big happy, mostly naked, family.
S and I also met other couples during the trip, and being such an intimate location, we ran into them several times.  Everyone was respectful, courteous, warm and accepting.  I especially enjoyed the wide variety of cultures, nationalities and languages we encountered.  We did have some time to adjust to the toilet and shower routines that were unique to Zipolite.  We were very pleased with the way the community manages the water issues that plague so much of Mexico.  Safe drinking water was readily available everywhere.
JBee, as always, I am enjoying your perspectives and writing style.  I wish I had taken more photos, but those that you and DF took fill the gap.  I look forward to running into you again, and remember, the sailboat and other distractions are available anytime you guys venture over to Texas.

Trip reports / Re: First naturist trip in the north this year!
« on: March 28, 2020, 04:19:17 PM »
Good for you!  Cabin fever is such a real thing, especially in the cold north country and now even more so with the 'stay-at-home' orders. 

I wonder if anyone would have objected if you remained nude, while keeping to yourselves.  Of course the local laws would have to be considered.

Be Safe, Be Bare!

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: March 02, 2020, 07:17:47 PM »
John, sorry for the delayed response. It certainly was a great visit with JBee and DW. Old friends we hadn't officially met yet.
I would say that S is Naturist friendly. She isn't fond of labels though she is more than tolerant of my naked ways. Though she is more restrained in meeting new people, she seemed to ease right in with JBee and DW. We also enjoyed an afternoon with Nick and Lens of the Naked Wandering site.
Our next visit to Zipolite will have to be longer than 7 days. Much longer.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: February 24, 2020, 10:15:56 PM »
S & I just returned from a week in Zipolite Mexico, getting to spend several overlap days with JBee and DF. They are still there, taking over our beach front balcony room, returning to AZ next weekend, I think.
That's assuming they don't fall under the spell & extend their stay. I will let them describe the trip. Of course we got along as old friends would, even though we had never met in the skin. S warmed up to them equally quickly even though she was only recently introduced to this blog and their website.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Coping with cold weather
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:06:59 PM »
Each of us must compromise and accommodate to fit certain situations, whether weather or culture must be recognized. Lying naked in the hammock on the roof of hotel Teresa is a true luxury.
I did get the opportunity to sit down with Nick& Lins, Naked Wanderings, on Sunday. Truly wonderful people with a decidedly different approach than those of us that espouse the wonders of clothesfree adventures. Then again, not so different after all. Their travels and stories venture more into established venues, less 'free range' but our philosophies on nudity, acceptance and many other values are completely aligned.
My GF can't stop talking about how much she enjoyed their company.
More to come when I return to civilization. If indeed I can be persuaded to return🤪🌞🌞⛱️👣👣


General Naturism Discussion / Re: And you thought clothing was bad
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:35:03 AM »
I'm more interested in broader topics. Wife and children, rewarding job/career, medical philosophies, hobbies?

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Coping with cold weather
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:30:58 AM »
It's been an incredibly warm winter this far. Highs in the 60's - 70s until yesterday. Today was 50°F all day, but wet and nasty. So, I've been lucky to have a lot of opportunities to enjoy the chores while barefoot all over.
The GF and I are heading to Zipolite this weekend for some clothesfree distraction. Hoping for a brief overlap with JBee's trip. I just found out that Nick & Line (Naked Wandering) are still in Zipolite staying after the festival. Maybe our paths will cross with them as well.
Anyway, Blue Train, it's a great topic starter. I don't feel like I'm actively looking for naked opportunities, rather wondering why I need to dress or what I can get by with to be comfortable.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: What’s in your Pants?
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:15:50 AM »
Pollution of ground water and other water supplies continues to be a significant concern just about everywhere or anywhere. I was delighted to have reliable water from the well on property when I purchased the current home. After the last flood, many wells were contaminated from pollutants entering the wells that flooded. We faired better.
Then, last weekend I learn that an EPA Superfund Site is only 5.7 miles away. 🤮🤮
It's an old dry cleaning operation that disposed of the chemicals in their septic drain field, contaminating the ground water below.
Luckily it is downstream and the plume is not threatening us. But, it makes me wonder. It's probably time to get another water test.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: February 11, 2020, 07:00:10 PM »
Funny thing JBee. The NY Times has an article about the Oaxacan coast, published today in the Houston paper. Just in time for our trip. Here's a link.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Naked Geocaching
« on: February 04, 2020, 10:34:03 PM »
Excellent summary. Thanks JMF!

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