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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by BlueTrain on April 25, 2018, 03:15:29 PM »
That's a really super video, Mr JOhnGW. The terrain is not quite like what we have around here or in places I most often go. I guess you'd call it Mediterranean. I also notice you just call it walking.

Except for a few outings with my wife, I've never done a hike with anyone else, except for one time when I walked along with someone whose path I happen to cross. That was nice and he knew a lot of the natural details of where we were. Otherwise, though, it's always problematic, having to make plans and stick with them, meeting up with someone and have to be willing to do things that someone else wants to do that you aren't so interested in, not to mention actually keeping up with one another when you're walking.
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by Bob Knows on April 25, 2018, 03:03:33 PM »
I agree with your point about enjoying the friendship of other men.  I have made a point of doing that.  When I was younger it was assumed that men would have several straight men friends. 

Bob
These days it can actually be straight male friendship regardless of sexual proclivities.
An example is a gay couple which we regularly meet on our Fuerteventura winter break with whom we are great friends.

These days I get solicited and harassed by gay men far too often.  They see a photo I posted on Twitter or ME-WE and they take that as permission to start sending me obscene comments and solicitations.  Not acceptable behavior.  It makes life more difficult for normal men. 

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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by JOhnGw on April 25, 2018, 12:40:30 PM »
Holiday resorts like Euronat, La Genese and CHM Montalivet in France have bars where you can meet people and many other things going on, quite apart from the possibility of nude walking in the surrounding area.
This video https://vimeo.com/248470532 taken at Village du Bosc http://www.villagedubosc.net/, a small family run colony, is typical of the walks I have done there.
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by BlueTrain on April 25, 2018, 12:09:01 PM »
An outing with friends, a nude outing, that is, is exactly what so-called non-landed clubs do. There is one locally, in the Washington, D.C. area but it hasn't been something I've been interested in doing. I did visit one club once (a "landed" club) but the reality is, clubs have nothing to offer me in the way of nude recreation. I'll take part of that back, though. I used to be interested chiefly in hiking nude and few clubs have the space to do that. But I think some may, however, although that might include forays off the property somewhere out west. But there are other issues, frankly, one of which is the usual wife-who-doesn't. I personally wouldn't socialize nude with anyone if my wife weren't along, even at my age. My age also has something to do with the tapering off of my hiking trips.

Curiously, though I just retired a month or so ago, I don't seem to have any more free time than I ever did. I do manage to get out for a two-mile walk in the woods every day or two, sometimes carrying a pack for the exercise. But I'm starting to doubt that a ten-mile walk up and down the hills is something I'll ever do again. It wasn't long ago that a hike like that was nothing. One of my feet raises serious objections to activities like that now. But at least one person did the Appalachian Trail on crutches and I'm not that bad off. The real problem is that my wife keeps finding things for me to do.
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by John P on April 25, 2018, 05:14:51 AM »
That's doubly nice for you, JBG--they'll let you in willingly, and you've got someone to enjoy the place with. For someone who goes alone, resorts aren't so much fun, though I think we could improve things with a little effort. Most of us don't seem to go to them at all. It's actually interesting to read here on FRN how we're enjoying solo naturism in a variety of environments! An alternative is to make our naturist outings with a group, but I seem to be the only one who regularly does that, and I have to admit it was someone else who set the group up.
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 25, 2018, 04:36:02 AM »
Well...that's strange. Even insidiously deranged murders. The clothing obsession apparently had woven a place into his disrupted thinking. I hate to see nudity associated with insanity like this. One sick soul in 300million gives a bad name to naturism and guns.
Jbee

I used to say that most people consider nudists to be harmless eccentrics but maybe that attitude will be changing. Doesn't matter whether he was a nudist or not. I've heard it said that if the police were told there was a man with a gun and also another man who was naked, they'd go after the naked man.

Hmm. That's got me thought provoked...hmmm. "If I were a cop...."
Jbee
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 25, 2018, 04:32:19 AM »
During the week, a resort can be a solitude, but it often can feel boring, empty, slow, until some locals show up in the Jacuzzi around cocktail time.

Weekends can be another place. There are usually evening entertainments, but then karaoke isn't my thing, which is often the activity. DF and I enjoy the gatherings when live music is available. We like to dance and like everything else prefer to do that naked, which is a treat, especially with a live band. I love volleyball. I love to read and wander, too.

But then, well we have a tendency to get out and hike, or at least walk and explore.

We can spend hours simply floating on rubber rafts, swimming laps, soaking in hot mineral springs, mud pack, potluck, food, meeting others, guitar by the fire, even a jigsaw puzzle when "getting away completely" for a few. I've even found myself watching movies or TV, which we don't do much. I can be entertained for hours with a guitar in my hands. There is ones personal stretch, yoga, chi gong, massage that get done in a do nothin' atmosphere. There is a time for resorts, when they are welcome, but we prefer to be naked, so any resort won't do.

I haven't gotten bored unless I have been at a resort, any resort, alone.
Jbee
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by JOhnGw on April 24, 2018, 10:31:13 PM »
I agree with your point about enjoying the friendship of other men.  I have made a point of doing that.  When I was younger it was assumed that men would have several straight men friends. 

Bob
These days it can actually be straight male friendship regardless of sexual proclivities.
An example is a gay couple which we regularly meet on our Fuerteventura winter break with whom we are great friends.
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by Bob Knows on April 24, 2018, 06:43:28 PM »

Touching on that gender balance issue which is the bugaboo of resort-based nudism, I've always thought that if men go there, it's our duty (and something to add some interest to our visit) to talk with each other, and not sit around hopeful that some lovely lady will come and pay some attention to us! We're mostly married guys whose wives don't participate, so we have a lot in common, and I really do think that male socializing would make it more enjoyable for us, and would make us more welcome in the management's eyes, too. I'd like to see that concept put forward as something men might be encouraged to do, but actually I've never heard of it. It's always "families and couples" with single guys as unwelcome interlopers, barely tolerated or not allowed in at all.

But anyway, resorts aren't where we belong. The hills and forests (and deserts) don't care who's walking around.

I agree with your point about enjoying the friendship of other men.  I have made a point of doing that.  When I was younger it was assumed that men would have several straight men friends. 

Bob
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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudist Colonies
« Last post by John P on April 24, 2018, 01:23:47 AM »

My experiences with farm nudism was mostly boredom.  One time I happened to be at White Tail Park in Virginia for their Independence Day pot luck dinner and dance.  It was fun and entertaining...

Even if other people were there (rare) nobody wants to talk to a man...

I can imagine that if there's some sort of event going on, that would add some interest, but otherwise I agree with you, factory-farmed nudism is likely to be boring.

Touching on that gender balance issue which is the bugaboo of resort-based nudism, I've always thought that if men go there, it's our duty (and something to add some interest to our visit) to talk with each other, and not sit around hopeful that some lovely lady will come and pay some attention to us! We're mostly married guys whose wives don't participate, so we have a lot in common, and I really do think that male socializing would make it more enjoyable for us, and would make us more welcome in the management's eyes, too. I'd like to see that concept put forward as something men might be encouraged to do, but actually I've never heard of it. It's always "families and couples" with single guys as unwelcome interlopers, barely tolerated or not allowed in at all.

But anyway, resorts aren't where we belong. The hills and forests (and deserts) don't care who's walking around.
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