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Was there ever? Indeed, we may not be here next year.

Trip reports / Re: First naturist trip in the north this year!
« on: May 02, 2020, 04:46:34 PM »
By way of comparison, my 1965 short-wheelbase Land-Rover (gas engine) got about 17 mpg (US gallons) no matter how it was driven, although it wouldn't go faster than about 55 mph or it was blow the valve cover gasket. That even included off road.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: April 22, 2020, 11:39:27 AM »
We hadn't been on the interstates lately but I think there was a little less traffic. (Interstates 66 and 81)

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: April 21, 2020, 12:03:06 PM »
Even my neck of the woods, so to speak, has more people in it lately. But they aren't my woods. I generally don't see anyone where I go through the mud and brambles on my daily walks. That's where the interesting things are.

We're about to make a (relatively) long trip to day for a surprise visit to my married daughter. Her birthday is tomorrow--and our anniversary is today (#41). I hope there is less traffic on the interstates.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: FRN During Lockdowns
« on: April 15, 2020, 12:51:03 PM »
All my assumptions are otherwise.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: FRN During Lockdowns
« on: April 14, 2020, 11:42:21 AM »
When I was little in the 1950s, some people maintained large gardens. As the years went by, though, they became smaller and smaller, possibly because the people got older and older. Of course, not everyone has the space for a garden and a small vegetable garden just isn't worth the trouble. We're a little spoiled now, though, in that many vegetables are available year-round, which didn't use to be the case. I also think that the quality of some items is much better than back then.

I've mentioned this before but emergencies of one sort or another usually happen often enough, if not regularly, so that you probably already know what you really need to be prepared for. It varies from place to place, naturally, but they're generally all weather related. Hurricanes, tornados, heavy snows and windstorms, floods, fallen trees, power outages and the like. Those things are fairly localized and never affect everyone equally, meaning you really won't all be in the same boat. Some people build on high ground, some have generators and so on. The current coronavirus is unusual in that it seems to be worldwide in scope. But things that are more personal can be more serious. Things like job loss and long-term illness can be much more difficult to recover from.

I don't worry about the collapse of civilization. I suppose it could happen; it just never has. There are other serious things that only government can really do anything about but the current US administration is not disposed to do anything like that or, for that matter, anything at all. These are also things that have happened before, too, although at the moment, all I can think of is long term drought. Nobody thinks in terms of lean years and fat years, I guess.

Trip reports / Re: First naturist trip in the north this year!
« on: April 05, 2020, 12:06:06 PM »
While I don't go as far from home as I used to, chiefly because I've been keeping driving to a minimum since retiring, I still go through the woods and over the creek every day or two. Here are my general thoughts on knees, ankles and feet and hips, too.

I don't know if joints wear or not, though it seems probable. I doubt the same things happen to everyone. Indeed, at least one person I know, same age as my wife (66, I think), has had hip surgery and she was never much of an outdoor person. My wife, on the other hand, walks much further than I do everyday, though never through the woods (and over the creek), and has never complained about joint pain of any sort. However, it does not follow that staying indoors will give you joint problems.

I do believe that the body ages and may force you to slow down a little. It may be that being a lifelong hiker may keep you in better shape, yet accelerate wear on the weight-bearing joints. That's just a guess, though. What I do know, though, is that I will mostly feel better at the end of a longish hike than at the beginning. But I'm only referring to how my joints feel, not how I feel overall. I get just as tired as I ever have after a few miles in the woods. Anyway, it's as if my joints have to warm up or something. I broke one of my ankles something over twenty years ago and that bothers me sometimes, particularly after sitting for a while. But any discomfort or weakness goes away very quickly, ironically, after walking around a little. I have noted in several photographs over the years how some hikers wear a kind of elastic knee brace.

I recall some comments about older hikers in a book about long distance hiking. One person said they had to start out slow (in the morning) and they never did things like stretching. They were afraid that something might snap. But the same book mentioned that older hikers (this was about hiking the Appalachian Trail) quickly realized that younger hikers didn't like hearing older people complain about their aches and pains. So I guess I'd better stop there.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Looking Mainstream in Media
« on: April 04, 2020, 12:21:38 AM »
I'm not sure what I am first. At any rate, it changes. Probably won't ever have an RV or travel trailer and probably won't have another 4x4. I think I've mentioned that back when I had a four by four, which was a 1965 Land-Rover (a 'real' Land-Rover), I never thought of myself as a four-wheeler until someone introduced me as one. In truth, I was much more of a four-wheeler than anyone else in town with a 4x4. And even though I've mentioned how I started nude hiking when I was still in high school, I did very little nude anything when I had the Land-Rover and no camping at all. But I remember the summers as being really short back then. Besides, I did plenty of long-term camping in the army, plus a little four-wheeling.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: And you thought clothing was bad
« on: April 04, 2020, 12:14:25 AM »
Just remember, somewhere I read that toilet paper is the cause of deforestation. Don't recall where I read it, though.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Looking Mainstream in Media
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:48:33 PM »
Okay, we need something a little less serious. Here are a couple of links to camping videos: bushcraft, woodcraft, camp craft:

Most of the one's I've view are from somewhere up North, both in North America and Europe. This one's pretty good, unusual in that it's not narrated: .

I haven't viewed any made in a desert but I expect they're out there.

This one is a little different and you'll see why right away. Unfortunately, it's not in English:

This one is about camping of a more serious nature. For some reason, I find it both fascinating and even comforting to watch and I probably view it once a week:

That's probably enough for a few minutes' diversion.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: And you thought clothing was bad
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:34:59 PM »
To update on the grocery stores here, with a sampling of one, they do not have plenty of everything. No frozen fruit but some fresh fruit. No frozen pizza or orange juice, either. Some bread, some toilet paper. Things have not yet returned to the old normal; this is the new normal for a while.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: FRN During Lockdowns
« on: April 03, 2020, 08:44:59 PM »
So, how's your foot?

General Naturism Discussion / Re: FRN During Lockdowns
« on: April 03, 2020, 07:17:59 PM »
You mean like the moon landing?

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: April 03, 2020, 01:11:28 AM »
Umbrellas are supposedly a little radical for serious backpackers and hikers. Occasionally I'll use one with a poncho. I think it's better than a hood for keeping your head dry. But it ties up one of your hands. I've never been out in a rain that was warm enough to be naked.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: FRN During Lockdowns
« on: April 03, 2020, 01:06:59 AM »
I still will accept cash, if it's been laundered.

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