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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: December 06, 2019, 04:02:48 PM »
The Society for Barefoot Living] at has a lot of information about walking barefoot. 

I generally go barefoot all the time. I go shopping and to banks and restaurants barefoot.  I only wear shoes for prolonged outings below 20F, -10C, or on crushed rock gravel.  Fractured rock has been used for knives by human ancestors for millions of years, and crushed gravel has similar sharp edges everywhere you step. 

Superglue (runny, not gel) is the modern solution to cracked callouses.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: December 06, 2019, 03:50:06 PM »
The Gila river has some nice CO hot springs you could pause at as you float past.  Maybe that's only in NM. 

When in high school I would spend time in summer with my friends in Leavenworth, WA.  The Wenatchee River had a nice small beach near town.  We would use inner tubes to float over some fun rapids in the river.  And then there was a more calm back eddy where we could float back to the starting place.  We didn't swim naked most of the time. We were scared of being seen because the beach was only 3 blocks from the center of town. 

Factory Farmed Naturism / Re: Interesting article in British paper
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:25:42 PM »
Jbee wrote, "People at resorts are generally older, partnered and don't need the hassle of singles behavior."

We see frequent articles about "How can we recruit more young people into nudism?"   And then when some young people show up the old dogs drive them off.  In order to welcome young people into nudism, AANR needs to accept or even welcome youthful behavior.  Driving them off isn't going to work.

Factory Farmed Naturism / Re: Interesting article in British paper
« on: December 01, 2019, 01:46:35 AM »
Young people in general have a higher level of sexual desire and spend more of their time meeting and hooking up with partners.  They aren't "swingers," just normal young people enjoying life.  Use of the term "swinger" is derogatory prejudice.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: December 01, 2019, 01:43:27 AM »
Lookee also had web sites promoting exhibitionism, which he also practiced.  Streaking at football matches, for example.  The "secret" thing was only part of his practice.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: December 01, 2019, 01:40:30 AM »
Human feet have millions of years of evolution to be adapted to walking and running barefoot.   Our species has only used shoes for a very few thousand years, and most of that for only a small portion of our species.  Our bare feet naturally have leather like soles to walk on mother earth.  We have many muscles that respond to uneven surfaces to distribute our weight appropriately as each step lands.  The foot muscles in shod feet do not have appropriate muscles to encounter natural surfaces. 

Shoes also permanently deform toes to point together rather than splaying outward for balance.  Bare feet also have specialized nerves that measure how slippery the surface so we can adjust our stance and avoid slip and fall injuries.  The constant heel strike of shoes frequently causes repetitive stress injuries to ankles, knees, hips, and backs.  Barefoot walkers tend to land more flat footed or even toe first much of the time. Heel strike first walking is less sever.

Bare feet in cold or hot weather develop vascular dilation to prevent injury from cold or hot surfaces.  Today I was out shopping barefoot for about 4 hours including Home Depot, a pub, and a tree lot getting a tree for Xmas.  High temp around 35F or 1C.  We don't need shoes any more than our dogs or other animals.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Naktiv website closed
« on: November 22, 2019, 11:20:02 PM »
I got tired of Naktiv a while ago and didn't bother going there lately.  I guess I wasn't (ac)tive enough.  Maybe others weren't either.    It was hard to log in, hard to navigate, had troubles replying to posts, etc.  I guess I won't bother looking to see what happened. 

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Christmas present for a good child
« on: November 18, 2019, 07:22:27 PM »
doesn't appear to be anatomically correct, but its hard to tell in this picture. .

General Naturism Discussion / Re: People who've given up washing
« on: November 18, 2019, 03:03:09 AM »
Sad to hear about the e-coli infection, Jbee.  May you recover quickly. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:05:06 PM »
October has been way below normal temperatures.  I got out naked a little but don't go far or stay out long.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Bare Feet
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:04:01 PM »
I go barefoot all winter in the snow, but only if I'm out for a few minutes.   Maybe I could go longer if I worked at it but that "work" thing comes up.  In summer I have done much the same with hot conditions.  I'm happy for a while when its hot.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: October 11, 2019, 04:15:08 PM »
RE:  Driving naked.

I've been driving nude for a long time.  It was a bit scary the first time I did it, but I've learned that 1. nobody is looking. Everyone is minding their own business, 2. the body work hides most of your lower half.  I've never been able to see what color pants someone is wearing even while driving trucks, 3. Even if someone notices, nobody cares.

I have found that large parking garages and hotel parking lots are good place to dress or undress to drive naked.  They don't watch the parking lot and few pedestrians come and go.

Sometimes at fueling stations I put on pants as I get out of the car.  I find it difficult to even put on shorts in a car.  Everyone else is watching their own car or pump and not watching you.  Your car door and the pumps are as much shield as you need. Choose a pump toward the end rather than in the middle.  One time a couple years ago it was such a nice sunny day that I got tired of my shorts while waiting for the tank to fill, so I took them off, put them through the open window, and stood there naked pumping gas. Some old trucker headed for the big truck area came walking out of the store carrying a tray of coffee and food. He noticed me and stood there with his mouth open while I hung up the hose, got my receipt, walked round to the driver side of my car, and drove off naked. I don't do that often.  I have also driven through towns naked with the convertible top down.  My mustang is so low that my ass is probably only about a foot off the pavement.  I stop at traffic lights and watch the pedestrians walk past minding their own affairs. 

Frequently I drive the 12 miles into our local small town naked and then stop and cover at the edge of town. The bank parking lot or the grocery parking lot are probably not the best places to step out to dress, specially in a small town where other people may know me.  Then I do my shopping and stop again leaving town to undress.  When I'm not planning to stop I just drive through town naked.   I have never had any troubles from all my naked driving.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: October 04, 2019, 05:32:55 PM »
I won't accept lying.  Lying destroys your own honor and self image.  Some of this list is not acceptable, and may be dangerous.  Here's my take.

Rule 1 - Any activity leaves clues behind

Always leave a message telling someone where you went and when to expect you back.  A broken ankle on the trail could leave you dead if nobody knows where to go look for you.

Bare feet do a lot less damage to the path and leave a lot less evidence of your passage.

Rule 2 - Limit the number of people involved

We are a social species.  Don't hike alone unless you don't have someone to share with.  There is safety in numbers.

Rule 3 - Have a good cover story

Your cover story should be true.  Don't claim bird watching unless you are bird watching.  Saying you are “enjoying nature” is cover story enough when you aren't covered.

Rule 4 - Build up credibility for your cover story

Be honest.  Don't say you are bird watching, or mushroom gathering, or whatever unless you actually are.   Getting exercise from walking is enough of an honest story.

Rule 5 - Learn to Lie Effectively

Honorable men do not lie.  Learn to tell the truth all the time.  Be an honest and honorable person.  The truth is always better than a lie. 

Rule 6 - Prepare for the unexpected

Have a plan for when you encounter someone else.  If you don't have a plan you may panic and hide.

Rule 7 - Stay calm, don't panic, think

Have a plan for when you encounter someone else.  If you don't have a plan you may panic and hide.  Act as if hiking naked is common and normal.  Just say “Howdy” or similar and carry on.

Rule 8 - Make a list and check it twice

After a few excursions your naked adventures will be habit so you no longer need a list.

5. Consider the fact that the consequences of it becoming known that you have been keeping secrets and perhaps telling lies, might be greater than not keeping the secret in the first place. It might actually be better to own up?

Lying destroys your soul, and you know you are a dishonorable liar.  You don't have to tell everything you know, but everything you tell should be the truth.  This list is unacceptable and wrong for honorable men.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: October 02, 2019, 02:29:14 PM »
We had SNOW in September this year, and rain and cold wind.  Not a good month for outdoor naked. 

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: September 09, 2019, 03:45:26 PM »
I came across the SNS some years ago but even then, I was put off by the idea of deliberate stealth, as if it was a game. I wanted simply to become more comfortable with what is natural.

You got my vote Martin.  Well said.

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