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Suggestions / Re: It's good to be back!...
« on: October 15, 2020, 11:56:54 PM »
Did we just have another outrage, I mean outage? I couldn't get FreeRangeNaturism all day yesterday, but today it's back.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: It’s better naked - who knew?
« on: October 09, 2020, 06:12:33 PM »
And the subjects of the study were recruited by an ad that had the wording: "some participants may be asked to take part in safe, non-sexual nude activity". They might as well conclude that "Nudists enjoy nudity more than non-nudists".

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Trip reports / A few short trips
« on: October 09, 2020, 04:33:42 AM »
I've been accumulating photos from several activities over the last few weeks, where there aren't enough from any one trip to make up a decent sized report for this site. I'm combining them together in a single page, so the continuity is a little confusing. The first one was "The world's shortest canoe camping trip" where I paddled my camping gear a hundred yards across an inlet which I could have walked around. But the point of hauling the boat in (a lot more than 100 yards!) was to do some cruising around the lake, a former reservoir, no longer used for water supply. I did some minor exploring using the lake as a base. This was done with my solo boat, as opposed to the bigger boat that I use for shared trips.

If you want to see what happened to the old Strathmore mill, it was like this:
https://www.firehouse.com/operations-training/news/21142968/multiple-ma-departments-battle-vacant-mill-fire

Then a couple of pictures for a challenge on a Facebook group, "Naturism on stairs". After thinking I had nothing to contribute, I found an old stairway in an outdoor location which I walked to after visiting the celebrated Walden Pond.

Next some canoeing with my dear wife, who tolerates my naturist antics without usually joining in. But this time we did do some skinny-dippin'! No, no illustrations available.

Then a couple of swims in a pond close to home in the Boston suburbs. I'm experimenting on myself to see how late in the year I can (a) enjoy swimming and (b) force myself to swim even when I no longer enjoy it. So far (a) still applies.

And last, a couple of pictures from a hike I did in central Massachusetts, looking north to Mt Watatic and the hills in southern New Hampshire. I have a new gadget to clamp my phone onto a mini-tripod which I can strap into a tree, so a new toy to play with!



Arrived at the lake, hoping to see a nice sunset, but the forest fires in the west made the sky hazy.

I was also hoping for a clear night with a sky full of stars, but that didn’t happen either.

I did cruise around the lake, once in daylight and twice at night.

Next day, a naturist friend came in to visit, and we had a swim. After that, I went out to visit the ruins of the Strathmore Paper mill in the town of Russell.

After sitting abandoned for 20 years, the mill finally burned down earlier this year.

My camp site on the shore of the lake.

View from my tent.

Sitting by the camp fire, sipping a “Country driver”, my own invention combining the concepts of Country Time + screwdrivers.

Next morning, ready to depart with the boat loaded.

Two pictures taken in the distinguished town of Concord MA, where the “Shot heard round the world” was fired.

I did these for the Canadian Naturists group on Facebook, which is why they’re censored.

Another trip, and this was an attempt at using a canoe paddle as a selfie stick—fail!

Naturism is re-creating Eden, only this time we can eat all the apples we want.

My wife took this picture while standing on the shore. She says she can’t turn around to take pictures while sitting in the boat.

The next few pictures are from a location near home called Wright’s Pond, which has walking trails and a public beach.

Here’s the public beach, which is officially closed for the season but still getting a few visitors as the leaves change color.

Water temperaure is down to the low 60s, but on a reasonably warm day, it’s still possible to enjoy swimming.

I’ve discovered that there’s access to the shore at a certain point which isn’t visible from many other places!

Finally a couple of pictures from a place called Mt Hunger, on the Midstate Trail in central Massachusetts.

               

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Trip reports / Re: Newt 2021 - Naked European Walking Tour
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:08:26 PM »
Got my flu shot last week, with similar motivations.

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Trip reports / Re: Cantal
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:06:31 PM »
Lovely pictures, and it's good to hear about naturists and textiles mingling together--nudity just being accepted as a choice of clothing--and meeting clothed people along the way without problems.

Also two things I recognize--that bridge, one of Gustave Eiffel's designs I assume (guess what else Monsieur Eiffel designed). And the gentleman with the red headband--c'est Bernard! I've met him on the Naked European Walking Tour twice.

The weather seems to have been cool but bearable, if you were moving around.

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Trip reports / Re: Newt 2021 - Naked European Walking Tour
« on: September 27, 2020, 03:28:30 PM »
My friends and I would be considering this, because we went in 2017 and 2019 but not this year. However, with the Covid-19 situation and the obvious need to sit on a plane for hours in order to get to Austria and home again, I have to say it doesn't seem likely. Of course we all hope for a miracle vaccine by next summer, earlier if possible.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: September 27, 2020, 02:17:25 AM »
Nuduke, your graphic(??) came out looking like this on my computer. I don't understand what you meant:



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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: September 25, 2020, 05:14:19 AM »
Ah, metabolic consumption of body tissue! No need to be a self-cannibal in a more gruesome fashion!

You can look at some fold of skin and be like the Borg: "You will be assimilated."

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: September 25, 2020, 04:01:12 AM »
Now my skin is all wrinkly from losing so much size.   I'm hoping that autophlagia will make that go away, but it will be slow.   

I didn't know what autophlagia was, but I looked it up and found "autophagia" instead, which means "Autophagia occurs when one is compelled to inflict pain upon oneself by biting and/or devouring portions of one's body."

I do see how that might lead to the removal of some excess tissue, but there are probably better ways to achieve it. In fact I hope you'll say you meant something else!

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Trip reports / Re: Quigouret
« on: September 24, 2020, 03:43:07 AM »
I would expect strands of tape like that to be electrified. Or perhaps it's a bluff, and the animals think it's electrified but the owner has set up the tapes but hasn't turned on the current! Of course, humans might respond the same way. Is the owner's name Pavlov?

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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: September 24, 2020, 03:40:11 AM »
Lately I've been visiting places I've learned about on Facebook groups run by a couple of local hiking groups. I'm very appreciative of the information, and the results have been on the Trip Reports pages here. But it has occurred to me to wonder whether some day I'll encounter the Western Massachusetts Hilltown Hikers while I'm strolling down some trail naked! It would be particularly interesting because I have done a couple of hikes with that group, though not very recently, so maybe they wouldn't remember me.

Sometimes I'm willing to get out of naturist mode, and I could enjoy a walk with an organized group, though if there were to be a swim stop, I'm not sure I could refrain from asking "Does anyone mind if I swim nude?" But there are a couple of nice swimming spots out in western MA that naturists have known about forever, and now I'm seeing hikers being encouraged to go there. That can't be a good thing! But in general I think people should be out there enjoying the outdoors, and without people willing to do some organizing, lots of potential walkers wouldn't know where to go, or they'd wander around and get hurt or lost, or just not find anything very interesting. I think members of this group have had enough experience that we aren't intimidated by finding our own way!

One response to a point in the Secret Naturist handbook (just how lengthy is that, anyway? There always seem to be more episodes) is sometimes if another walker has a dog, it can be a help to the roaming naturist. Often the dog will be running out in advance of its owner, and it can alert you to the fact that people are nearby, and you can be sure Fido won't go running back to the owner with tales of how anyone is dressed. And in the past I've actually had advance warning from the jingle of the metal parts on a dog's collar.

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Trip reports / Re: Trelod
« on: September 12, 2020, 04:40:58 AM »
I'd been wondering about that. Is there such a thing as a "Gaulish mustache"?



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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Naked Rancher
« on: September 11, 2020, 05:25:29 PM »
I'm sure there are a few guys around named Richard Powers, but this rancher is named Dick Powers. Well, if this report makes him famous, we'll learn more. Could he start a new business running a nude dude ranch?

(A "Dude ranch" is a ranching operation where a lot of the income comes from guests who go to play at being cowboys/cowgirls.)

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Trip reports / Re: Camping and paddling western Massachusetts
« on: September 10, 2020, 04:38:07 PM »
John Nuduke, my wife and I got together at a mature age, and I was able to make it clear that I'm a naturist, and she had to accept it if the relationship was going to work! With some forethought (you could say a little machination) I was able to make sure her first personal impressions were positive, and she's met my naturist friends and doesn't think I'm hanging around with lunatics, or at least they're no worse than I am. No, she's not really a naturist, but she'll swim nude if conditions are right--in fact a couple of the nude beaches here in New England are real favorites of hers. And we spend a lot of time naked at home while the weather's warm. Unfortunately Kathy has mobility issues (the hip replacement that I mentioned was only a partial fix for that problem) so there's no hope that we could ever do what JBG and the excellent Desert Flower do. Still, I recognize that I have blessings to count.

Imgur has been getting annoying lately. I don't know why it capriciously censors pictures--it doesn't happen immediately, and I don't know what triggers it. Someone stumbling on pictures here and there and denouncing me, perhaps?  I've taken a look at other image hosting services, but I have this spreadsheet setup that uses Imgur, and I'm not eager to learn another site's interface requirements. I'll change that one picture over and hope that the problem is limited just to that.

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Free Range Naturism / The Naked Rancher
« on: September 10, 2020, 05:28:18 AM »
A different kind of "Free range" here!

This is in Montana, but being reported from England. The Metro is pretty scurrilous--should we believe it?

https://metro.co.uk/2020/09/08/meet-the-naked-rancher-the-man-who-herds-cattle-chops-wood-and-fishes-in-the-buff-13237950/

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