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Suggestions / Re: Forum downtime
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:56:55 AM »
Quote from: John
What will you call it?
“gnudgnus” ;D


Trip reports / New visit to an old site
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:54:33 AM »
We’ll we are in HOT! It was 113° on last Tuesday and the forecast for Wednesday was cooler with a possible afternoon shower. So I decided to go for it. I got up at 5:45 to get started and was able to got to the trail by 7:20. I had checked my records and the trail I chose I haven’t been to in 3 yrs. I will be interesting to see what changes are there. I hope I will remember the landmarks for which tributary to walk in.

Driving out the Northshore Rd., north of Lake Mead, I could see a storm cell drenching the mountains across the lake. I could also see lightening strikes. The afternoon shower had decided to arrive early. Like Jbee, we are also in the monsoon season, although ours isn’t as severe. Summer showers in the desert are wonderful. Breezy, cool and wet! The temperature had dropped almost 30°, from the previous day, into the high 80’s. Even with the humidity, it was perfect weather.

Because of the weather, there wasn’t much traffic. It was promising that I wouldn’t have any company on the trail. It was sprinkling when I pulled off the road. The storm cell was passing to the northeast over the trail I was headed for. I drove to the east to see what the conditions were farther down the road. After a couple miles I turned around to head back to the trailhead. Then I sat in the car for about 1/2 an hour till the storm cell moved on. I was ready to get out and go, but the problem was the lightening. I was seeing strikes 2 miles across the valley near where I would be hiking. It’s part of the monsoon experience, there is usually lightening along with it.

  • The view out the window of my car at the hike down to Calville Wash about 10 yrs. ago.
  • Looking back to the southwest where the storm is approaching the trail head.
  • Southeast where the leading edge has passed and moves away.
  • The road east toward Bitterspring Valley.

As the thunder receded to the east I got out and started down the trail. The road I was parked on is on a bajada and the outside turn is elevated toward the desert. This makes it so I can disrobe only 50-60 yds. from the road and be fairly certain no one will notice. The creosote is dense enough that I can do so without worry. But it is not surprising to see a topless man out on a hike, too close to the road a woman without a top on would be clearly visible to anyone passing. It would depend on her level of confidence. Although a little farther into the desert, the line of sight makes it easier to be topless, no matter your gender, and remain out of sight.

Walking naked in the rain out in the desert. Nothing can compare. I don’t usually go out while it’s raining unless I know that it’s only rain. Not a thunderstorm. The forecast can mean light rain in one area and at the same time a flash flood occurs miles away in another. If the terrain allows, the flood can come barreling right down a wash in the light rain area without warning. So I was keeping an eye on the sky.

At this time of year the normal temperature at this time of day would be about 85, right about where it was when I got there. But with the overcast sky that is where it would be for a while. I was hoping for a cool day. Small drops on my skin and a light breeze made for a wonderful walk. I do like the sun on me on a hike but this time of year it would mean a shortened time out.

On the aerial image below the green line is the walk from the road to Calville Wash, the blue line. The yellow line is the wash into the east end of Bowl of Fire where I was headed.

When I get to Calville Wash I notice at the edges that the bed has dropped 12-18 inches since I was last here. We’ve had some intense storms out here. The report I posted a couple weeks ago about the cottonwood trees shows how powerful some flash floods are. Walking along I remember the features I was accustomed to spotting as references. Some changes, but mostly to do with a scouring flow in the floor of the wash.

I was walking slow, enjoying the weather and noting how many changes had occurred along the walls of the wash. One particular spot I remembered was where the wash runs across an edge of hard rock. I remembered crossing this with sand and gravel in between the features. Now there was a distinct change in elevation of about 1-1/2 ft. from the upstream to downstream side. A new pour over is slowly being formed.

The rain has stopped and I was spared the downpour that hit the south side of the lake on my drive out. The rain has cooled everything off without turning it all into a mud pit.

At about 2 miles in I climbed out of the wash to sit and relax in the desert. Here I spent bit just enjoying the sights out in this wilderness. The photos below of the landscape show the variety of the formations. There is shale, sandstone and in places hardrock like granite and marble. There are mineral deposits in the cracks of some of the sedimentary formations. I think it is gypsum.

We had a swarm of grasshoppers a couple weeks ago and they were constantly scattering as I made my way along the wash. It will make for some fat birds and lizards in the coming weeks. Since the direct sun is blocked the wash is cool and not radiating heat like normal and when I sit on a boulder or rock in the wash it isn’t cooking my buns.

  • At the desert rest above the wash looking at the hills to the south
  • Mountains visible across the south of the valley
  • Looking to the east after the rain passed.
  • In the wash heading back out to the car. It’s still relatively cool.

After about 20-25 minutes I pick up my gear and head back into the wash. The temperature is slowly climbing and the clouds are breaking up in the east. It had stopped raining and the cool wind was blowing around me. Walking back out was an easy trip.

There aren’t many opportunities in the summer to get out during the day. Too hot! I welcomed this chance to go out in the summer for a visit in-between the hot days. When I got back to Calville wash I stepped up on a large boulder to look out to the road. My truck was still there all alone. No one was headed my way.

  • The aerial of the site from GoogleEarth. About a 2 mile hike one way.
  • View of the site from the road to Calville Wash. I’m headed to where the shorter sandstone cliffs appear at the left below center.

As I walked out I could watch the traffic pass along the road. I was walking and most likely none of those driving saw me and if they did, there was no way at this distance they could see that I was naked. I walked to within 80-100 ft. of the car before I got dressed. If you zoom in on the aerial you will see the turn out where the green line hits the road. Maximum time naked about 2 hrs.

Today, it hit 115°. With all the problems that come bundled with a monsoon, here’s hoping for another rain or storm system that cools the desert off.


General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:46:22 AM »
. . . I wonder how many read (with interest) the posts but never comment?
There is a column in the Boards screen that shows - "Replies/Views" for each topic.  Says it all.

Also on the Home Screen, down at the bottom where it shows:

Users Online
_ Guests, _ Users
Users active in past 15 minutes:

Click on the line "_ Guests, _ Users"
You'll see a listing of those lurkers.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Everyday Occurances
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:39:13 AM »
I got only the gown and a request to please lay on my left side. By the time I was in the room and I was aware others were present, I only remember someone asking, “How do you feel?. I mumbled, “I feel fi . . . “

High tech anesthetics!

Then I woke up in a different room. No opportunities for glib or witty repartee.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Nudity in Temperature Extremes
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:38:01 AM »
And someone to commiserate with while imbibing.
If I weren't so dang far away!


Free Range Naturism / Re: Forest bathing
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:36:43 AM »
From: Re: Forest bathing
Quote from: Jbee
Coyotes and calves don't complain.
Years ago on a road trip around Nevada, we came south down the ET Highway from Hwy 6. This was in ninety nine or naught naught. No cell service back then and so close to Area 51 that there were no services of any kind. We were in open range territory.

We passed a large herd of cattle, some near the hwy, with one standing smack in the middle and just stared us down as I slowly drove around it. Not only do they not complain, “They don’t care!”. :D I loved it. I was drivin’ through his front room!


Free Range Naturism / Re: Forest bathing
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:35:50 AM »
John, with all the high priority events of the last couple years I haven’t been out that much. And when I did I was not taking pictures, just cuttin’ out for some QUIET.

I’ll get back in the swing soon.


Trip reports / Re: White Mountain Getaway for Solstice: Part II
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:35:02 AM »
Loved the tale, Jbee. We passed north of there last year on our way to Chaco. We saw only the high desert around Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest. Those were spectacular but just a little farther south and we would have been in a forest. Beautiful.

We’ll have to do that extra few miles to check it out.


Trip reports / Re: White Mountain Getaway for Solstice: Part I
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:34:25 AM »
Kudjo does have a sort of finality to it. A level of Gravitas!
Don’t mess with that guy! He’s kudjo!
Don’t get in her way, with her kudjo, she will run you over!

That’s a good word Jbee.


General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:33:07 AM »
Quote from:  Peter S
Newspapers like to call themselves the first draft of history.
News people have a particularly high opinion of themselves and their occupation. There are fewer and fewer real reporters and journalists actively writing.

Can a newspaper be a navel gazer? So self absorbed that that business entity exemplifies a corporate version of the old saying that “He can’t see past the end of his nose”?

But being in that first draft one often can’t see the forest for the trees.
Peter, were you tapped into the Spiritus Mundi when that popped out? :D ;) As you read the paper (made from trees) containing  what passes for news these days your wider vision of the world (the forest) is obscured by the symbolic tree?

Nahh! Couldn’t have happened that way! ;D  ;D

The history is written years later and the newspaper is merely one voice in thousands that is mined for the viewpoint it presents. No different than any other voice.


General Naturism Discussion / Re: Clothing can be Unhealthy
« on: July 25, 2019, 10:40:54 PM »
I prefer loose fitting clothes. Baggy shirts and loose hiking shorts, commando whenever I can. It's as close to being naked without actually being naked.

Mrs.E always asks me when I am trying on XXL shirts, are you sure you want to get that?  I always regret changing my mind as the shirt is too tight for my comfort.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Anyone for coffee?
« on: July 25, 2019, 10:29:36 PM »
Maybe it's a New England thing?


Free Range Naturism / Re: Forest bathing
« on: July 25, 2019, 10:27:01 PM »
The photo on the left is near Cima Dome. It's one of the largest 'forests' of Joshua Trees in America.
The other is just a stretch of desert south of Belmont, NV. The forest there is only about 8" tall and looks remarkably like grass.  :-\

Probably sky islands south of the 40. There are fewer the closer you get to Mojave Desert in this area.


General Naturism Discussion / Re: On Saving Naturist Literature
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:22:35 AM »
We are, and now that life has calmed down a bit I can be a little more wide ranging. Getting out of the heat here is not as convenient as Tucson is.

Something halfway like we did a couple years ago? I'm not that familiar with Arizona's offerings.


Free Range Naturism / Re: Forest bathing
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:17:25 AM »
There is more going on besides the improved air. Sunlight, exercise etc. You are right that plants put out other things besides oxygen.

Staying inside gives you the benefit of breathing the same old air you breathed just earlier and to relax in the glow of artificial light. All while experiencing the same stimuli you did the day before and the week before.

This is the closest I get to a forest around here that’s not on a mountain.  ;D
Walking along the highway in another forest.  ;)


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