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General Naturism Discussion / Incredibly funny joke
« on: May 17, 2019, 02:10:31 AM »
First nudist: "Have you read Marx?"
Second nudist: "Yes, it's these wicker chairs that do it."

(See how sitting on a towel is for everyone's protection.)

A small Seattle theater called the Pocket Theater had been hosting monthly nude improvisational comedy, but this has now been closed down by the licensing authorities, on the grounds that if the business has a liquor license (as the Pocket Theater does) they can't allow nudity. It's presumably a law intended to prevent strip clubs from functioning. I wonder how the regular press will report this, if they do. Here's the manager's announcement on their Facebook page:

Hello, everyone. I'm sad to report that in compliance with Washington State liquor law, the Pocket is forced to cancel Nudeprov this Sunday as well as all upcoming Nudeprov shows at the Pocket.

It was my understanding that since we did not allow alcoholic beverages into the theater during the performance that we were in compliance with Washington State law, but after a conversation with an enforcement officer this afternoon I have been informed that is not the case. A complaint was filed and we received a verbal warning referencing WAC 314-11-050:

"(1) Licensees may not allow, permit, or encourage employees (including him or herself) to:
(a) Be unclothed or in such attire, costume, or clothing as to expose to view any portion of the breast below the top of the areola or of any portion of the pubic hair, anus, cleft of the buttocks, vulva, or genitals.

(2) Licensees may not allow, permit, or encourage any person (including him or herself) on the licensed premises to:
(a) Perform acts of or acts which simulate, or use artificial devices or inanimate objects which depict;
• The displaying of the pubic hair, anus, vulva, or genitals."

Any venue with a liquor license may not feature nude shows.

All tickets will be refunded this afternoon and I'll follow up over email with each person who purchased a ticket.

I'm sincerely sorry. I feel sad and frustrated at the regressive and arbitrary nature of the law, and frankly that the description of the law is more lewd than Nudeprov ever was. (And even so, it's incredibly puritanical and absurd to prohibit nude performances for consenting adults even if the content is sexual in nature.) You all are wonderful people and it was a pleasure hosting you at the Pocket. I'm working with the producers of the show to find a suitable venue for the future (if you know of ADA accessible venues ranging from 50-150 seats that do NOT have a liquor license please don't hesitate to reach out). Please email me at if you have further questions.

Thank you,
Manager, Pocket Theater

Trip reports / A naturist tour of New Zealand
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:00:38 PM »
I have 1400 pictures from the NZ trip, and even after sifting them down, it's hard to make a selection. So I'm going to follow my past pattern of making up a table of thumbnails with enough comments that hopefully, it's clear what's happening. The crew here were Dan, Milt and myself from the USA, and Rainer from Germany. We met him on the Naked European Walking Tour in 2017. Milt set up the whole trip, renting houses in various places via AirBNB, and planning our destinations from the guidebook NZ Frenzy by Scott Cook.

Pictures are copyright me, except the one by Rainer. No stealing please.

My first sight of my companions together, on a sidewalk in Auckland.

Off to South Island.

And let's rent a car and go shopping!

We're at Te Anau, on a lake of the same name.

A look at the lake, but no swim.

Our first hike!

But this is a little disturbing.

We've only gone a few yards when we see a South Island Robin, the cause of the poisoning campaign.

Next Rainer hurt his foot. Then we arrived at the “walkwire” bridge.

Dan knows no fear!

Milt and I went across, but Rainer elected to stay back.

This is Rainer's picture of me on the way back.

Since we'd split the party, we didn't go far, just enough for a few pictures.

That was easy!

Roadside scenery, and lake Te Anau.

Next day, dubious weather.

We started up the Routeburn Track, one of the famous “Great Walks”.

Pause to fix up Rainer's foot.

Our destination was Key Summit, where we hoped to get a view, and it clearly wasn't going to happen.

We therefore bailed on that route, and shifted over to the path up to Lake Marian instead.

It goes past continuous rapids in the stream.

Someone had to get his clothes off.

It's pretty much a rain forest, and it was pretty much raining in the forest.

Here's the lake.

How cold is it? (As if Dan cares.)

But so many tourists! However, we edged around the rocks on the headland seen in the middle of the picture.

So, we got a swim.

Then, back down the trail.

Another day, and we're on the water taxi across the end of Lake Manapouri.

Different good stuff!

Now Rainer's hurt his other foot.

A gnome.

A different part of a gnome.

Here we are at the top.

Our delays on the trail meant that we only got to enjoy the peak alone for a short while.

The way down led through a lovely forest with wind blowing up the hill and through the trees.

Back to the boat.

That afternoon, there was time for a walk to a different place on Manapouri, after crossing the Waiau River.

This river was filmed as the Anduin in Lord of the Rings.

The lake looked nice, but the bottom was sticky mud.

Good for a rest, though.

General Naturism Discussion / Congratulations Jbeegoode
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:46:43 PM »
On another article in N magazine! (It's on lightweight backpacking, if you don't get the magazine.) Definitely keeping up the theme of "Free Range Naturism".

As it happens, I know one of the other authors, Lee Gregory (though I know him by another name). He used to live in Massachusetts and he's married to a woman who was in my high school homeroom. No, neither of us was the other's secret love! But we remembered each other when we met again 30 years later.

Naturism & Art / Clovis est toujours tout nu
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:31:41 AM »
It means "Clovis is always completely naked". It's a children's book due to be published in Quebec next month.

"Clovis is a boy like any other. Blond like wheat. Curly as a sheep. Funny like a monkey. Mute like a carp. And ... naked as a worm! For some reason as mysterious as weird, Clovis does not like clothes. Except that making a snowman naked is not easy!"

Where we say "Naked as a jaybird", in French they say "Naked as a worm".

Trip reports / New Zealand
« on: February 18, 2019, 09:10:12 AM »
I'm currently in New Zealand with my naturist friends Dan, Milt and Rainer. I won't post a lot while I'm here, because the computer I have is an Android tablet which hasn't got the features I'm used to, but here's a picture to start a thread off. Dan and Rainer are enjoying Wishbone Falls in the Matukituki Valley.

Free Range Naturism / Nakukymppi!
« on: December 25, 2018, 05:34:52 PM »
Nakukymppi is a nude sport event in Finland, held in the municipality of Padasjoki one week before Midsummer every year.

The idea is to run or walk 10 kilometres naked. Participants wear only shoes, socks and headwear. Women wear a top if their breasts are shaking too much. It has been held annually since 2003. It usually draws about 100 to 150 participants, of which one-tenth to one-fifth are women. Even though the event isn't organised by naturists and not only for naturists, half of the participants are naturists.

The event is organized by Mr. Aarne Heino together with local village community.

Free Range Naturism / Naked European Walking Tour 2019
« on: October 27, 2018, 08:35:54 PM »
It's early to be thinking about summer 2019, but the Naked European Walking Tour gets arranged well ahead of time. Registration is already open! I went on the NEWT2017 trip and I highly recommend it; three of us from the New England area are already signed up for next year. It's always in Austria, but never the same exact place, though it's certain to be somewhere with good hiking opportunities. You will be required to get yourself to the nearest railroad station, where you might get picked up by other participants with cars, or you'll be informed about local buses. Note how inexpensive this is--once you get to the location, it's just 210 euros for everything. Languages in the group are mostly English, French and German.

To see what it's like, look at the Naked European Walking Tour 2017 thread in "Trip Reports":

[From the leader]
Hiking trip organized in Austria during the summer of 2019 from Saturday 13 July 16h00 to Saturday 20 July 10h00- thanks to the initiative of Richard Foley who created this gathering over 10 years ago. The accommodation is in a chalet in rooms from 4 to 6 people.
The principle of the group is a multi national composition (eleven different countries in 2017) and family (men, women and children). The hikes are adapted according to the level of the participants. Everyone participates in the life of the group (collective cooking etc.)
The price charged to each participant makes it possible to pay for the hiring of the chalet and the purchases of foodstuffs, hotel taxes, beer and wine: 210 euros for the week.

Information and requests to participate: contact

PS places are limited depending on accommodation capacity.

Trip reports / Mt Cardigan again
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:04:08 PM »
With a weather forecast of around 80F for October 10, I thought another trip to Mt Cardigan would be a good thing to do. (See last year's report, As before, I went up the Duke's Ski Trail, to avoid encounters with other hikers, but came back down the regular trail, assuming that late in the day, nobody would be coming up. This proved to be a successful plan. It was actually a pretty warm climb, and I was exhausted by the time I got to the top, and never recovered for the rest of the walk.

The car thermometer was still saying 75 when I drove off at sunset, so I took the risk of going to a nearby state park on a lake. I thought there might be a closed gate and "No entry" signs, but in fact it was open but unattended, with a few people left on the beach. The last ones obligingly departed as the light faded, and I went back to the car for a towel and had a very pleasant swim. You can't expect warm water in the second week of October, but I thought it was still a delightful swim. Just what a weary body needed!

The pictures are thumbnails.         

At the AMC lodge there was a helicopter picking up supplies to fly up to the high cabin, that they rent to visitors. I remarked to one of the ground crew, “I bet this is costing a bundle”, and he replied, “Oh yes”.

Here's the old Volvo that drove the rope tow. It and I are a year rustier than we were last year.

This is the machinery that pulled the cable. It involved a drive shaft from the car via universal joints, and a lot of V-belts.

Finished the climb up through the woods onto the rocks of Mt Firescrew, and feeling pretty well-worked.

My lunch spot on Firescrew, which is a sub-peak of Cardigan. I could have dined on the main peak, but it was late, and I expected to find people on the summit (which proved to be true) but here I was all alone.

Entering the woods on the way down, enjoying the last mountain view.

This should have shown a magical view of sunlight coming through golden foliage and a carpet of crimson leaves on the ground. But the camera just didn't catch it properly.

My final stop, at Wellington State Park on Newfound Lake. I went hoping to sneak a swim, and succeeded, but that's when the camera battery died.

Trip reports / A couple of days in western MA
« on: October 02, 2018, 08:00:12 PM »
This is basically unchanged from a posting I did on the Northeast Naturist Hiking Enthusiasts group on Facebook, though I only put the first picture there. Sage's Ravine is a large campsite on the Appalachian Trail right at the Connecticut-Massachusetts border.

Ten days ago I did a trip to western Massachusetts, which was designed to get me to a textile group hike on Sept 22, with the Western Massachusetts Hilltown Hikers, who list their events with Facebook. The day before was the Equinox, of course (not astronomically, apparently) and I'd have liked to get to a group "Equinox hike" in New Jersey (I heard later that it got 10 people) but in marginal weather it just seemed too far to go on my own. But I drove out west and walked in to Sage's Ravine, which I'd never been to before, though AT hikers talk about it a lot. It was cool but very humid, and I did do some of the walk nude, though once I hit the AT there were enough other people to make me put my chicken feathers on.

Then that night I camped at Upper Goose Pond (dinner at McD's in Lee, then walked up the trail wearing boots, headlamp and pack in a misty almost-rain) and did the walk the next day. After the walk I stopped off at the Westfield River in Huntington and had a nice little swim, and drove away without putting clothes on. As I drove into Westfield I felt the need to don the feathers again, and a few minutes after that I found myself stopped at a traffic light with a state cop in the adjacent lane. I was glad to be in some plumage then! Here are some pictures by the West Branch of the Westfield River. It has three branches, East, Middle and West, and I've skinny-dipped 'em all! The second picture is me not dressed on my way back to turn off the camera (perched in a tree, but not feathered).

General Naturism Discussion / Now it's bikes in Philadelphia!
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:09:15 AM »
World Naked Bike Ride was there on Sept 8. Maybe it didn't totally change the world, but people seem to have enjoyed it:

I think I know the red-haired guy.

General Naturism Discussion / French bike safety ad
« on: September 02, 2018, 06:23:12 PM »
The headline says "Cycling: a helmet or nothing!" (Which doesn't quite match the concept). And down at the bottom, it says "Protect what's important. Wear a helmet." and at the bottom right, "Move smart: stop sports accidents".

Trip reports / Sudbury River, Wayland Massachusetts
« on: August 31, 2018, 02:03:00 AM »
We've had a lot of hot weather recently, and last week I made a voyage on one of the local rivers. Maybe that wasn't such a good idea, as there's no shade out on the water! But I planned on making it a photographic trip, with the hope of making some pictures of myself in the boat. I was thinking of a swim at one point, but at the critical moment some people showed up, and I decided to skip it.

For a lot of its navigable length, the Sudbury River flows through Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Yes, it says “No entry” but I arrived by boat, from behind the sign, so I feel innocent.

I brought a tripod to put the camera on, and did some selfies.

I think this one is the best.

The camera has a mode where it takes a picture every 15 seconds, so I floated around for a few minutes in front of it, but I never knew when the pictures were actually being taken.

Then I found an area of flooded forest (no, not mangroves!) and fixed the camera in a tree using a different gadget.

I got a lot of images of the boat wedged among the trees! It's a good thing there's no sound track recording my frustration.

This is the setup with the mini-tripod attached to a branch. Picture taken with the phone that I only use as a GPS unit.

General Naturism Discussion / Underground nudity
« on: August 06, 2018, 12:36:53 AM »
Recently there was a dedicated "Nude day" at Howe Caverns in New York State. For a mere $65, you could go there and have a drink, and be issued a bathrobe, then go down to the cave via elevator and walk around for an hour or so, at a temperature of 52F. A lot of naturists have said that this was a wonderful example of acceptance of nudity in a place where it's not normally expected. I'd like to join the general approval, but the problem is that the management chose to make it an adults-only event, and accompany the nudity with various suggestive jokes--ironically, although kids were kept out, it comes across as pretty juvenile. So altogether, I'm not sure whether it was a good thing or not. Something new, anyway. A new twist on "outdoor nudity", and you can be sure no neighbors were offended by accidentally seeing what was happening.

I'll add a link to an article from a local paper, which I think gives you an idea of what it involved. A quote is "Along the way, Howe Caverns staffers in bathrobes held up thought-provoking and humorous signs to ease any tensions. Things like, "Happiness isn't size specific," and "A wee bit nipply." ([The manager] told me the event was initially going to be called "Nips and Nubs," but that was dropped because of the sexual connotations)." Finally, everyone got handed a medal saying "You're a sexy beast! Howe Caverns Naked in the Cave 2018."

Trip reports / Solstice Day hike in Vermont
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:19:46 PM »
The Solstice Hike took place on June 21 (of course) on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail in the Mt Tabor area. There were 14 hikers, and although we started under worrying clouds, we had clear blue sky almost the whole day, with temperature in the 70s and low humidity. The air simply felt good! Some of the group spent the previous night at the Grout Pond campsites (for which they now charge $16 a night, not a pleasant innovation) and planned on returning there after the hike.

The trail was well-populated with hikers out on walks from days to months long, and they were almost all cheerful and friendly about "Naked Hiking Day", which some of them had heard of and some not. There was one woman we passed who clearly disliked the nudity, and stepped well off the trail to let us pass by, but that was the only negative reaction. In spite of encouragement, however, nobody stripped off after meeting us! We passed one hiker who was actually celebrating Naked Hiking Day, but he was doing it with some kind of tied-on rosette of leaves, which we tried to talk him into discarding. Two miles from the end, we reached Little Rock Pond, where again we talked to some textile hikers, and most of us had an excellent swim. We finished the walk just after 5pm.

Sorry, I can't show much in the way of photos, because I didn't ask people's permission to put pictures on the Internet. But here are two of our group with their backs turned, along with the fig-leaf guy and his buddy:

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