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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by BlueTrain on Today at 12:33:10 PM »
My distaste for baseball caps started in the army, back when that olive-green baseball cap was standard. It was the worst of all possible military headgear, with the possible exception of the unlined beret now on issue. However, I wear one when I wear a jacket with a hood. I can wear the hood over a baseball cap and the cap keeps the hood where I want it. Otherwise I wear some kind of hat with a brim.

Once, when I had taken a nice, long, mostly nude hike up in the mountains early one spring before the leaves were out up there, I came back with a slight sunburn on my shoulders with stripes where the pack straps had been. Only time that ever happened. It's rare that I could get in any nude hiking with no leaves on the trees.
Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by ric on Today at 09:51:28 AM »
I find aaseball cap useful if I'm driving towards a low sun, it gives a better cut off than the sunvisors in the vehicle.
I find a cap or brimmed hat cuts out the skyglare so eliminates the need for sunglasses inmost conditions.main exceptions being reflections from water or cars.
My fav hat has a zipper pocket in the crown just large enough for car keys.
Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by Bob Knows on Today at 12:45:58 AM »
I agree that a hat is beneficial to wear even when the rest of one is naked.   However I've never been a fan of ball caps.  Find a more adult hat.
Trip reports / Re: Fossil Creek: Matzatzal
« Last post by BlueTrain on January 21, 2020, 09:45:07 PM »
I for one appreciate everyone's longer posts, although I may not read them as carefully as they were written.

I had a hernia operation about three years ago. Something of a hassle but totally painless and full of humor. You have to see it that way what with all the things that happen during a relatively short stay in the hospital (it's outpatient surgery). When I woke up, I was surprised that there was no patch or bandages. The incision was glued together, although there were, I was told, sutures inside. Naturally, I wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything in the previous 24 hours, so I was a little weak when I went home. Although you have to have someone take you home afterwards, I could easily have driven myself, only I don't think I could have made it to the car. Good luck with everything. Make the most of it.
Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by jbeegoode on January 21, 2020, 07:55:02 PM »
I wear my trusty converted mack . The brim shades my nose from burn. It saves on lots of squinting and sunglasses. I use a cover for my shoulders rather than a wide brim hat, which gets airborne.

A hat or cap is good to protect the thin hair spots that so many of us acquire.

I have noticed the difference when wearing a cap in the sauna more Russian style. As Lookee mentions it holds in the body heat. I notice when camping out, how much difference there is when my head is covered as I sleep. 

I chose a tan color to blend in in stealth and to reflect heat.

Baseball caps ,jus' ain't me, but m now with this beard that I'm playing with, I've gotten a couple of cracks about my "Lenin-esque" look. ???

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by jbeegoode on January 21, 2020, 07:34:26 PM »
HEADGEAR: From the Secret Naturist Handbook

A simple hat or baseball cap can be useful to the secret naturist for quite a number of reasons, not all of them obvious, and should have a firm place in your secret naturist kit bag.
During cold weather they provide some protection to the head, helping to keep a large percentage of body head from escaping into the air. Interestingly, I find that wearing a warm hat will make walking naked bearable in cold weather. By preventing heat from escaping from the head, more body heat is available for the rest of the body, for keeping warm.
Conversely, in hot and sunny weather, a baseball cap provides shade from the sun, helping to keep the head cool and also for shading the eyes from direct sunlight. Spectacle wearers or those wearing sunglasses, will also find they can see much better as glare and reflections are reduced by the hat. The same applies when using binoculars.
My personal collection contains two hats, both by LoweAlpine. The first is a simple baseball cap and is used throughout the year except in cold weather when my ears suffer from the cold. It has also been treated with spray-on water-proofing to give it some degree of waterproofing for use when raining. In colder conditions, a LoweAlpine Mountain cap is used. This model has fold down sides which offer protection to the ears and is also wind and water proof and breathable.
Hints & Tips:
   Baseball caps fold up and pack easily into a bumbag.
   Pick a hat that folds up rather than a stiff brimmed one.
   Avoid one size hats - adjustable are more comfortable and stay-on better.
   Have more than one hat of different types for different conditions.
   Spray on water-proofing keeps hats dry in the rain.
At night a baseball cap can be used to shade the eyes from light reflected from the sky or from streetlamps, thus making it easier to see the ground where you are walking. I can vouch for this method from an experience recently when descending from the some local hills at night. The glare from the street lighting below in the town made it quite difficult to see the path, particularly when walking in the direction of the streetlights. A baseball cap is the perfect answer to this problem.
Trip reports / Re: Fossil Creek: Matzatzal
« Last post by jbeegoode on January 21, 2020, 07:30:58 PM »
I spent the early months of 2019 on again off again ill, some persistent thing that was left over from a flu and infections. Then, I was good to very good, until I got hit with urinary tract infection, and ecoli in a country where the doctors don't understand it. I laid on a couch for six weeks, shuffling when I stood and was ill lousy for three months, until they finally got around to the correct tests and figured it out. They found a prostrate thing that was complicating things and I was checked for every-which-thing and now know that I have a clean bill of health. The other issues were being exacerbated by the ecoli stuff, but docs didn't say that. It all toned down, when it was finally beat.

So, the trip was during the early stages of that experience, over three days. Since I publish once a week, one day at a time, it seems drug out. I had a severe fevered Montezuma's Revenge the first week and thought that I would be over it as is typical, but I just got more dick in the dirt miserable, after that. Between DF's broken toe for two months and me sick, we lost a lot of naked adventure time this year. As soon as I get myself packed up and transitioned, we'll be out making up for lost time.

I'm beginning to exercise and bombarding myself with probiotics to fix the damage from antibiotics and laying about weeks on end. Some of the 20 pounds that I lost so quickly is back, but my waist is still fitting into the thinner pants. We went to the Eden hot springs this weekend and my swimming is probably about what it was last spring. The day before I got sick, I swam for an hour straight. So, I'm probably going to be even healthier that ever by Fall.

I've been mostly well and gradually recovering, except for dental stuff (and more antibiotics) since early December. I have learned more lessons about health, attitude, habits, and the crappy medical establishment that are changing my life. I'm also getting out from under a financial stress that occupied the whole of last year. Things are changing, everything for the better, it would seem.

I plan to get settled and healthy, before I have that hernia operation...more health issues in the way, but at least I can fit it into my life and needs, instead of it taking over like illness and injury.

So, I figure that I'm not on my way "back" into full health, I haven't ever had that. I'm heading toward even better and better optimal health, youthful elasticity and much more movement for the next 20 or 30 years, no limits.

Boy, I do go on and on....
General Naturism Discussion / Re: And you thought clothing was bad
« Last post by jbeegoode on January 21, 2020, 06:49:49 PM »
...Standing offer: if any readers of this board can make it to Boston, I'll take you out to Walden. We can walk as much as you want to and you can swim, but I can't promise that nudity will be possible in these less innocent times.
What temperature is the water in the summer?
General Naturism Discussion / Re: And you thought clothing was bad
« Last post by BlueTrain on January 21, 2020, 06:46:50 PM »
I have doubts that there is a vast increase in diseases. We get rid of one, mostly, and another takes its place. It might be that we are less accepting of death than we used to be. Between all the safety devices we are surrounded with and the wonder drugs, we still die. It is probably possible to have a diet consisting exclusively of pure foods, grown or raised without any additives, preservatives or being genetically modified, just like we did in the 1940s. It probably wouldn't be cheap, though, and possibly no more nutritious either. But it almost seems that food like that is a luxury only the well-off can afford. Or, did we really eat like that in the 1940s?
Trip reports / Re: Fossil Creek: Matzatzal
« Last post by nuduke on January 21, 2020, 06:45:45 PM »

To put not too fine a point on it, bee, you seem to be ill all the time these days.  You have had a remarkably bad run of health in recent months.  Hope the early part of 2020 will rapidly see you back to full health.
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