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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.

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

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.

Trip reports / A couple of days in western Massachusetts
« on: June 17, 2020, 10:10:29 PM »
We've been having some excellent weather lately, and events at home will keep me tied up, or tied down, most likely for the next couple of weeks. That's why I've put messages about the Solstice hike here, without being able to go myself. But before the onslaught, I did manage to get away to the western part of the state to camp for a couple of nights just off the Appalachian Trail, and do some hiking on local trails out there. I was planning to make a report on a Facebook group where I got a lot of the information from, so in some of the photos you'll see naturist and non-naturist versions, just for fun. Because I was alone, all the pictures were done with the camera, or the phone which I only use as a GPS or a camera, in self-timer mode. That meant wedging it between rocks or into a tree, or I have a mini tripod that works in some places.

I'm going to avoid mentioning place names, because I don't want searches on those places to bring anyone to this site. I'm generally in the closet to people I meet through textile hiking groups.

I think this lake is on state game land, and it’s a lovely place where I hope to camp some day. Only problem is teenagers roaring around on quad bikes.

There’s a waterfall, clearly artificial. Looks like part of an old mill.

Now I’m on the way to a location where I’ve been told there’s a cave. Must see!

Puddles on the path. Nothing serious.

This is typical of granite caves—it’s a “boulder cave”, an Ice Age formation, really just crevices between big boulders.

Boulder caves never go in very far, and this one is 15 feet deep at most, and needs a lot of edging around the corners to get into.

Inside the cave, there is some kind of plant material, but I can’t believe it grew there naturally. More likely a joke by someone.

The last third of a mile to the cave is up a steep hillside, so slipping into a cool place is welcome!

This is a view from inside, looking out.

Back down the trail.

Trailside swamp, as the evening arrives.

My camp setup near the Appalachian Trail. This picture isn’t for the naturists!

This is the way I prefer to be.

Breakfast in camp.

A view down the lake.

An improvement to the view, or possibly not.

Scene of a local tragedy, long ago.

The next few pictures are along an old railroad line, buit in the 1890s to haul granite from a local quarry.



In non-naturist mode, to show fragments of an old wood trestle. The railroad was abandoned in 1931, so there’s not much left.

Someone has constructed a rustic bench, to provide rest to the weary traveler.

Feeding frenzy among the tadpoles in the river!

An elegant bridge over the river.

After diligent searching, I found a swimmin’ hole.

Free Range Naturism / Solstice hike in Vermont, June 20
« on: June 10, 2020, 05:39:47 AM »
Wait, isn't the solstice on the 21st? No, not in a leap year!

People from Boston, Connecticut and southern New Hampshire have decided to make a change this year, and have this year's hike in southeastern Vermont, rather than on the Appalachian Trail. It'll most likely be on the Catamount Trail, east of Somerset Reservoir. There may be options to do a one-way walk to Grout Pond, or to go there and back, or to go part-way and then turn around.

Please note that on account of the Covid-19 emergency, social distancing will be expected, and you should bring a mask, though you don't have to wear it all the time while on the trail.

Unfortunately I won't be able to attend this year, but I'll keep this thread updated with information as it gets distributed.

Here's a report on last year's walk:

Free Range Naturism / British police say nude hiking is legal
« on: June 06, 2020, 07:46:37 AM »
Someone met a naked hiker and called the police. The police said there was no need for any action.

I'm a bit puzzled why they called the guy a "naturist behaving passively" when he was out walking, but that doesn't affect anything.

Trip reports / First naturist trip in the north this year!
« on: March 28, 2020, 03:59:46 AM »
On Friday the 20th, we had a day of almost-warm weather, and Dan's workplace is basically shut down because of the present crisis. It seemed like a good day for a beach trip, as long as we didn't walk too close together! Also, this particular beach gets closed at the start of April for seabird nesting, so if a bearable (bare-able, ha ha) day comes along in March, you grab it. But this wasn't Florida: without much sunshine, not even Dan got into the water. There were a fair number of walkers on the beach, some of them going far enough that it was a little difficult to get out of view. That was on account of the weather, and the fact that lots of people have time on their hands these days.

The format is off but I won't try to fix it.


A couple of strangers make the place seem crowded.

Dan being elegant.

Me looking goofy.

Dan again.

We walked!

Cool weather and onlookers made clothing part of our day.
A bonus, even though I'm embarrassed to be seen this way. Out in central Massachusetts, it snowed over 6 inches 3 days after the beach trip.

Free Range Naturism / Someone please tell me what the French guys are doing
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:39:16 PM »

Ça me semble un peu étrange.

Factory Farmed Naturism / Fire at Avalon resort in West Virginia
« on: January 01, 2020, 11:37:21 PM »
With plenty of people visiting for New Years Eve, a fire broke out in the Lodge at the Avalon Resort at about 4pm, and ended up destroying the building. It held the kitchen, dining room, guest rooms and the indoor pool. Being a single-story building with several doors, it was easy for people to get out and there were no casualties. Some people in the guest rooms had their property destroyed, though.

Here are some pictures of the sad event; I don't know who gets the credit for these:

Factory Farmed Naturism / Interesting article in British paper
« on: November 25, 2019, 10:43:08 PM »
It's in the Grauniad, as the Brits say, but it's about two resorts in Florida which have very different styles. I've met Rich Pasco, by the way (apparently the name is Cornish). Pasco County was named after a remote relative of his, but that isn't why he lives there.

General Naturism Discussion / Naktiv website closed
« on: November 21, 2019, 08:17:47 PM »
I saw on the Reddit nudism board that Richard Foley has closed his Naktiv forum "for the foreseeable":

I went and looked, and the report is true. Naktiv had subforums for discussing the various NEWT trips, and I posted some messages about the ones I'd been on, though few other participants showed up there. That was a compromise for me, because the site had a rule forbidding young people from joining, which I think is a bad thing for naturists to do. So I didn't post to other parts of the site, and I only occasionally looked at what was there. Someone on Reddit said "I heard it had to do with controversy over the rules for photos and what some users thought should be allowed to show. Richard may have shut it down to make a point that his rules must be followed. Not certain of that though. It may be just for maintenance or conversion to another format."

So perhaps there was a conflict going on that I wasn't aware of! If something like that happened, I wish I knew what the issue was.

Trip reports / Third autumn trip to Mount Cardigan
« on: October 19, 2019, 07:09:58 AM »
Just as in 2017 and 2018, I wanted to do an autumn hike up Mt Cardigan in New Hampshire, and this time my friend Dan was able to come along. It's not a huge mountain, but its position means that you get good views (as far as Mt Mansfield, 76 miles away in northern Vermont, which we've also climbed) and this time of year, the valleys are filled with red and orange foliage. And coming down late in the day, you walk in the shade with the sun lighting up the treetops overhead.

We had planned to do this excursion a week earlier, based on a weather forecast of a sunny day in the 60s F, but with 2 days to go the forecast deteriorated badly. We waited for another chance, and found a pretty good forecast (cooler, but sunny) for Tuesday the 15th. This time the weather held up, and even at the top of the mountain, we had near-calm conditions. As before, we went up the Duke's Ski Trail to avoid other people (in which we failed, for the first time ever) and came down another ski trail and met people there too, but there wasn't any trouble. We agreed that it was an excellent day.

At the bottom of the Duke's Trail is a contraption that operated a rope tow on the lower slope. There's an old car there that apparently drove an earlier system via a pulley on a rear wheel, and I'd convinced myself that it was a Volvo, based on the body style. Dan would have none of this: as soon as he saw the engine, he said "That's a flathead V8, so it must be a Ford". So there you have it.

Last year's report, which links to the year before:


Dan carefully examines the old rope tow machinery. You can still turn the wheels.

Then it’s off up the “Duke’s Ski Trail”. It must be something about Dan’s presence, because I’ve never encountered anyone on this trail. We did meet someone going the other way, but we had our wraps handy.

Reaching tree line.

A rest and a chance to admire the view.

Then up over the open rock ledges.

Then lunch, and another rest.

Now we’re on our way down. This bush had incredibly red berries!

The only picture of me (but see last year, and the year before).

A stop at the High Cabin, built way back in 1931.

We discussed renting it for our hiking group. But you do have to climb most of the mountain to get to it.

Back down another ski trail. But we met two people on their way up!

The camera totally failed to capture the effect of the setting sun on the treetops.

Dan gets close to a carpet of red leaves on the ground.

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