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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: August 03, 2021, 05:19:04 PM »
July was mostly hot and sunny in these parts.  I spent much of July naked and wandering about on my land.   I finished most of my wood cutting of dead trees, cut split, and stacked for wood heat inext winter.  Yesterday I took my bicycle out to the Cheney Wetlands Trail and rode naked for about 5 miles.  It was hot so there wasn't anyone else there.  I don't mind occasionally passing a clothed walker or bicycler.   I took some pictures but they wouldn't open.  I got a message that the file was corrupted.  Maybe next time.   I drive there and back naked too.  Clothing is for winter when its cold. 

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Suddenly Itís Bare Season
« on: July 27, 2021, 04:28:47 AM »
BN has seen an increase in membership and there are more free range walks taking place. 27 turned up for  walk in my local area on Saturday. I think I may have been one of the first to go free range in the area. We've been welcomed by one house we pass close by and whilst dressed at the start of a solo walk have been asked if I'm one of the naturists. She was very supportive.

Davie    8)

Good for you being out naked.  Your experience with the supportive lady was similar to most of my own experience meeting textiles over several years. 

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Suddenly Itís Bare Season
« on: July 27, 2021, 04:25:51 AM »
Bob Knows: "On most days you could walk naked through residential areas and nobody would notice -- except perhaps an occasional vehicle who probably would not bother stopping to harass anyone." What town was that? Was it a typical suburban section? You just blatantly took a walk naked in the middle of the day? How often? I know that many neighborhoods are just sealed up with air-conditioning and having nobody having anything to do with each other. Kids at school and often both parents at work.
Jbee

My personal experience has been in Washington state and New Mexico/Albuquerque.   Most residential streets the people have eyes on one screen or another all the time.  Even kids walking home from school often have eyes on a screen.   People in cars are either driving, eyes on the road, or passengers with eyes on a screen.  I'm sure you know those screen people.  They really aren't paying attention most of the time. 
 

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Suddenly Itís Bare Season
« on: July 25, 2021, 07:27:20 PM »
Less is better.   
For the past 15 years I have lived out of town.  Before that I sometimes went naked in the city, especially at night, but sometimes in the daytime.

One factor may be that almost all people are eyes glued to screens even more now than 20 years ago.   On most days you could walk naked through residential areas and nobody would notice -- except perhaps an occasional vehicle who probably would not bother stopping to harass anyone.   Even 20 years ago I often went naked in my back yard that had "overlooking" 2nd story windows and only a 4 foot high chain link fence for a border.  Nobody ever said anything about it. 

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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: July 25, 2021, 07:19:48 PM »
Night was my main outdoor nudity back when I was young.
My first outside nude experience was around age 9 or 10 when some friends and I went out to the schoolyard and played naked in the night
My next outside nude experience was around age 12 or 13.  I would sneak out at night and wander naked down the streets a few blocks to the school and back.  We lived in an older neighborhood with grown trees and bushes where I could hide if any vehicles approached. 
Then in college i would leave the dorms and go to Ravenna Park which was about 4 blocks north of the university.  The park had a popular walking/running trail about a mile long.  I would stash my clothes and run naked in the night to the other end and back. 

However, since being a free adult, most of my nudism has been daytime.  One can get hurt in the woods in the dark.   Sometimes I have gone naked in the night in cities when its warm -- both on developed hiking/bicycle trails and on residential streets.  I even got so I ignored the photocell spotlights that many people put on their garages to light their driveways.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: TV
« on: July 21, 2021, 08:31:53 PM »
More about my tv report on my blog:
https://randonnues.fr/parcours/reportage-bfm-dici/

Sounds like good publicity.   Sad that the TV people didn't have the courage or initiative to actually learn about hiking nude by doing it with you.  Instead they chose not to experience what you were sharing. 
I notice that the trail is pretty rocky, at least where the pictures were taken.  Is that pretty common in that area? 

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Free Range Naturism / Re: TV
« on: July 21, 2021, 08:27:22 PM »
Good positive stuff. 
Apparently, DF and I will be getting famous, too. Not for what we say, but our behinds on the cover of "N" mag. "Yep," I told DF, you're gonna be a cover girl.
Jbee

Great.  I'll watch for you. 

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Free Range Naturism / Re: TV
« on: July 01, 2021, 02:19:09 PM »
Sounds wonderful.  A positive TV promotion of nude hiking lets the people know to expect seeing naked hikers, and lets the people know that its OK to hike naked.  Good for you and good for the TV people.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:48:11 AM »
Still some knee jerk reactions and good habits prevail upon us.
Jbee

Yes, the childhood training is hard to overcome.  Knee jerk reactions keep happening even for us long time nudists.  Glad you are enjoying Vermont. 

We're having record heat here in WA.   Not overly hot for AZ, but most people around here don't have AC in our homes.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: Solstice hike in Vermont this June
« on: July 01, 2021, 03:44:49 AM »
I think you are unwise, Bob,...   
 John

I think you are unwise, John.  But lets not start a political argument. 

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: June 18, 2021, 07:32:15 PM »
I was out cutting dead trees for firewood again.  Beautiful midsummer weather we're having.  This time I took my camera.   You can see the public road in the background.  I load the wood on my old PU and haul it around to the other side of my land where my house and firewood stack are.  I park the PU out of range when felling the tree just in case the tree doesn't fall where I expected.  Both those side by side trees are dead. I'm going to cut the other one soon. 








UPDATE:
So far I've cut and loaded 6 trees from this area.  Nobody driving past stopped to say anything.  The last dead one is fairly large and closer to the road, maybe about 60 feet, or 20 meters from traffic.   I may go get that one tomorrow or Thursday.   Doing my part to make nudity common.; 

Here is a picture of cutting the tree closer to the road.   About 2 or 3 cars per minute pass on this road. 



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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: June 14, 2021, 11:47:50 PM »
Over on the far side of our property there are several dead pine trees.  I don't know if they died of bark beetles, or drought.   Probably both because pines that aren't able to make enough sticky sap to fight off insects are subject to infestation and death.  Anyway, today I took my PU and chain saw over to the far side.  That side has a paved road with a fair amount of traffic, especially in summer when people are going to or from some lakefront resorts, fishing places, etc..  The large (18 inches diameter) pine I decided to cut first was about 150 feet (50 meters) back from the road.  There are a few more trees but they all have branches up high, so it's clearly visible from the road.  I debated with myself whether to cover up or not.  The chain saw noise might attract attention, and my attention would be focused on my cutting so I wouldn't notice who drove past and looked.  I finally said "f it" and worked naked.

Felling trees is one of the most dangerous occupations, and its more dangerous for dead trees that may be rotten inside.  I try to be ready to run if needed.  There I was cutting away, felling the tree with the top pointed up a hill away from the road.   I usually cut about 18 inches above grade so I don't have to bend over, I need to be ready to run. Once the tree fell, I bent way over and cut the stump for firewood.  When I finished cutting through the stump I stood up and looked around.  There was a red SUV that had stopped on the road to watch.  I couldn't see who was in the SUV.  Don't know if they wanted to see a naked man, or wanted to watch a large tree being felled. 

I shut off and put down the chain saw, then walked over to my PU to back it closer to the expected firewood blocks.  Always park out of range in case the tree falls the wrong direction.   About that time the red SUV drove on.  I spent the next hour or so trimming dead branches, cutting the trunk into 18 inch long blocks, and loading the blocks onto my PU.  A lot of cars drove past.  I hope they got a good view.  Finally I had a full load of wood blocks.  Lifting the big ones gets harder every year.  When I get this load split and stacked I have to go back and cut the top part of the tree into blocks and load larger branches.  I save branches bigger than about 1 1/2 inch diameter.  That will be another load. 

That area has 3 more dead trees, somewhat smaller, and a few more farther and out of sight from the road.  The wood needs 6 months to dry after being split so I'm working hard to get it done.   Didn't get any pictures today. 
 

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: June 11, 2021, 03:08:04 PM »
In early June I visited Frenchman Coulee Recreation Area on the Columbia River, near Vantage, WA, USA.   There is a section of beach that is traditionally clothing optional to the south of the boat launching ramp and parking area.  This picture was taken by a nice naked woman I met there.  She and her fellow were out of beer even though it was still early afternoon.  The whole place was pretty crowded that day because it was Memorial Day Holiday.  I went back later in the week and I was the only person there.


I also did some free hiking at Squilchuck State Park near Wenatchee, WA, USA.  The trails turned out to be more used by bicyclers than hikers, and even horses.  Nobody bothered me though. 


I've been having trouble with my camera. It didn't deal with the bright sun and dark shade of the forest very well.  Then, for a while my camera got stuck on "fish eye" mode.  I just want a camera that takes pictures.  All those "fancy" options just mess it up and make it difficult to use.

Back home I've been cutting firewood for next winter.  It needs to have most of the summer to dry out after being cut  and split.



More pictures at my photo website.  See link at bottom.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: June 01, 2021, 02:09:26 AM »
At LAST! Some sunshine in the UK.  Hurrah! And about time. 
John

Haven't you heard?  The climate is much warmer.  It can't be cold and wet all spring.

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Free Range Naturism / Re: 2021ís Best Cities for Naked Gardening
« on: June 01, 2021, 02:06:46 AM »
How it is that Richmond, Virginia has the fifth largest nudist population and Portland one of the lowest in the country stumps me.

Probably measuring MEMBERS in AANR.   Portland, OR, has public nude beaches for a long time, and perhaps the largest WNBR, thousands of naked riders.   Portland people don't need to belong to AANR, nor pay to go to one of their resorts,  to be naked. 

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