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Free Range Naturism / Re: More on drones
« on: August 04, 2020, 04:28:39 AM »
JBG, if you said that the illness you suffered from was Covid-19, I missed it. So you went out on your extended camping trip and took it with you! How miserable for you. At least you survived; plenty of people haven't. And DF too. My sympathy to both of you. Let's hope your recovery will be complete.

Trip reports / Re: Western Massachusetts again
« on: July 28, 2020, 12:06:33 AM »
Well sure, JBG, come and visit. We'll show you a good time!

Trip reports / Western Massachusetts again
« on: July 26, 2020, 04:54:50 AM »
The previous trip was somewhat in the way of exploration, and this was a repeat. I had persuaded 4 friends to sign up, but there was a dubious weather forecast and it ended up as just Dan and me, and I was the only one who did it as an overnight. But Dan was very impressed with our first stop, a swimmin' hole with bootleg camping alongside (not as trashy as these places sometimes are) and a bonus railroad passing by. I discovered that place back in 1973, on a weekend just a few weeks after starting my first job. These places are all on or near the Westfield River, in "eastern western Massachusetts". We had a most excellent time.

The bug-eyed monster is my little tent, which I left without its flysheet as the weather was so pleasant. This place was a discovery from my previous trip, a “must camp” spot!

Dinner by the river, in front of a nice swimmin’ hole.

Sunset on the river bank.

By the campfire, with the camera set to flash.

Same again, but just taken by firelight.

Next day, I met Dan and we visited another swimmin’ hole.

Same person and place. Then we decided to hike down a hillside in search of waterfalls.

First we encountered this ruin. Dan’s best guess was a 1960s Ford Bronco.

We did find the waterfalls…

...but the amount of water was very small.

A dedicated skinny-dipper will make the best of any location!

We decided, after having come down so far, that we deserved a swim. So we continued to the river, a descent of 850 feet total.

Per ardua, ad aqua.

We thought it was worth it!

Next stop was the disused reservoir, with an old mill site nearby.

A swim here washed off the sweat from the 850 foot climb we’d just done.

I’m a fun guy too!

Now for some history—the Arches, built in the 1830s.

Certainly the engineering is interesting.

But also, there are several lovely swimmin’ holes here.

Also a small waterfall flowing in.

Last sip before we hit the road.

It is a somewhat vertical road.

Dan salutes CSX Transportation!

And a final salute above the pool before we walked out in a warm rain. And then home.

Trip reports / Re: Brette stream
« on: July 14, 2020, 01:34:56 AM »
Another lovely place, Jacques. And it's always interesting to hear about nude-clothed interactions, which usually seem to be pleasant enough.

Aie un bon quatorze!

Naturism & Art / Re: What's in this picture?
« on: July 11, 2020, 04:28:16 AM »
I think I presented this badly.

You're supposed to click on the thumbnail to enlarge the first picture. You look at that and wonder why it looks the way it does.

Then you click on the link to the second picture, which gives the explanation.

Naturism & Art / What's in this picture?
« on: July 07, 2020, 04:11:09 AM »

Trip reports / Re: Roanne river
« on: July 06, 2020, 02:55:45 PM »
I'm not completely sure that this is the same trip that Jacques wrote about, but it's the same location. And there is a gentleman in one of the pictures who does seem to resemble Jacques (if you can see past the distracting item in the foreground).

Here's the original:

Here's a translation into English:

On est bien jaloux!

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:57:52 PM »
To be honest, I haven't seen anything in the news about fires in Arizona either. Possibly fires in that region are common enough that they don't get much coverage on news sites. Sorry if your favorite places have been affected, JBG.

It's a joke that in California they have four seasons, but not like anywhere else. There it's "Drought, Flood, Forest fire and Earthquake".

Trip reports / Re: Col du Loup (Wolf pass)
« on: June 27, 2020, 10:54:52 PM »
Merveilleux, Jacques!

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:44:12 PM »
I'm afraid that for any serious hiking, I need boots. On an easy trail I'll walk in sandals, but I have a bad habit of kicking rocks or fallen branches, and injuring my toes. And I do seem to lead with my right, because that foot gets more than its share of damage.

Maybe I should join this group and build up my resolve to be in contact with Mother Earth:

Free Range Naturism / Re: In Defense of World Nude Hiking Day
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:39:03 PM »
I agree with Peter, the article really doesn't seem too bad. At least it doesn't claim to be "The naked truth" or use the word "cavort", though I wish it didn't start with the word "Caution". What puzzles me is why it includes a picture that very obviously shows clothed people, not naked ones. The location looks like Silver Falls State Park, in Oregon. JBG, could you offer them a more suitable image?

Naturism & Art / Henry Yuen, Couple with Birds
« on: June 23, 2020, 01:03:32 AM »
I got this off his Facebook page. I hope he doesn't mind.

When I was in London, I had a chance to see David Wynne’s “girl with doves” and ”the dancers”. After that, I wanted to create a sculpture that captured the best of both, the birds flying overhead in the former and the couple in the latter. After 5 months, I finally completed “couple with birds”. Actually, I still have to build a wooden pedestal for the sculpture.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Solstice hike in Vermont, June 20
« on: June 22, 2020, 04:16:49 AM »
This is really a Trip Report, but I'll add it to this thread instead. Report from a participant:

The hike was good.  We started out at 10 a.m. with 15 people.  Len, Dan K, Dan D you would know.  Do you know Rich Keyes, Mike B?  There were two new faces brought by Ben (or was it by Dan D?), and other new faces as well.

Five, including the 3 women,  turned around at the first cove, not sure why.  But then we picked up one guy whom we passed.  He had driven over from eastern NH for a hike.  Turned out he had participated in a Mt Tabor solstice hike in the past, but didn't know that we were moving it to Somerset this year.  He joined on and hiked with us sans clothing.

The weather held until we got to lunch rock.  Then a thunderstorm hit and the skies opened up.  We moved back under the trees.  I was the only one (out of 11 at this point) who had brought rain gear, so I stayed more-or-less dry and everyone else got soaked, but fortunately it was a warm day and a relatively warm rain.  We ate our lunches in the rain and turned back after 25 minutes or so. The rain lasted another 20-30 minutes, but then the sun came out and it was a glorious afternoon on the lake.  Dan D, Dan K and I jumped in the lake for a swim and found it quite comfortably warm.

The total hike was more than 10 miles, according to Rich's device.  Having not hiked since last fall, I was fairly exhausted, and so headed home without ceremony.  Dan, Len, Mike and Roy (yes, another Roy; uses the handle naturistsoaker) headed back down the trail looking for a spot to get in another swim.

Surely the warmest solstice hike in Vermont that I have yet experienced, with temperatures pushing 80.  Unfortunately, the bugs were annoying (mosquitoes and deer flies), so I felt like I had to keep moving at all times.  I have a few itchy bites today.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Solstice hike in Vermont, June 20
« on: June 20, 2020, 03:33:28 AM »
It's certainly happening, but there's no list of attendees. Those who show up, are the ones who will be there.

Trip reports / Re: A couple of days in western Massachusetts
« on: June 20, 2020, 02:41:40 AM »
Here's another picture hosting service. Can I get away with the cave pics?

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