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Plans for 2019
« on: January 02, 2019, 01:15:55 PM »
Today, or yesterday I guess, is the day to make plans for the new year, if you hadn't already. I hadn't, anyway. Several posts have got me to thinking.

Last year wasn't too bad as far as nude hiking, which is pretty much my only interest in this respect. I did manage to get out for one lovely all-day tramp in the hills. I was able to do the entire walk nude and happily, I met no one until I returned to the parking lot. The location was in a national forest less than a hundred miles from home.  I have done several nude hikes in that area, mostly on the same trail. The trails gain a lot of elevation, though, and parts of the trail are quite rough, though not exactly difficult and there are no really steep places. Shenandoah National Park is not far away but the national forest has no gates, no fees and no permits. I have only been on weekdays and the trails have been lonely. But one aerial photo of the parking lot shows it full, so there are busy days, too.

One of my goals last year was to do a nude hike without taking any clothing at all with me. I called it hiking without a net In another thread. The place I had planned to go was near my home town about 250 miles away. I did make the trip and visited with some friends and relatives but the hike was a literal wash-out. Last year set records for rain and the area I had planned to go hike in was flooded out, with the water probably ten feet above normal. In fact, the area, which is a so-called wildlife management area, was gated because of the high water. But I still hiked nude--without cover up--from the gate (a bar across the road) to the water's edge but that wasn't enough for me to say I had accomplished my goal. But it was better than nothing. I do not know if I will make the trip again this year.

And that's as far as I've gotten in my planning. I have generally decided that planning too far ahead for most purposes (for hiking, that is) isn't worth it. It's sure to rain, which isn't the worst of things of course. But, even in retirement, there have been so many unplanned (by me) and unexpected things happening, that I hesitate to even make plans now.

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 02:48:04 PM »
Plans for 2019.
I've got our bungalow to tidy up to sell, plan to be done by Easter.  As it gets warmer There's the green burialground I look after, once a fortnight mow the paths and chop off any errant blackberries as and when,  must be 4 years since the last time a visitor found me naked there.  Then there's the garden I look after for a client , mow the grass fortnightly and trim shrubs as required, been going there for years and they're getting used to my idiosyncrasies now.  Then there's a couple more places I go 3 or 4 times a year to trim shrubs out of sight of the neibours
My own garden by the workshop is also done mostly nude as is work in the workshop when possible.
I'll get a few walks in locally as and when.
Last couple of years we've been to fuerteventura Feb and October ,  don't think we'll get away this Feb  cos getting the bungalow fit for sale is the priority,.  Autumn we may go to menorca....beaches and hiking rather than just the beaches on fuerteventura  or both if the house makes good money.

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 12:49:14 AM »
I hope to join a naturist group sometime this year and go for my very 1st nude outing

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 06:11:18 AM »
I have my bucket list of potential hikes and vacations. The list includes already done favorites, I have notes and references for each. I can't plan, except plan to get at that list as is possible.

I also have joined a backpackers meetup group. I plan to do a few hikes with them. There are knowledgeable hikers who know and show some obscure routes. They guide into places that I don't know a whole lot about that could be dangerous. I can learn some of these and then DF and I can come back and liberate them.

All of these help compensate for unexpected weather and season availability. We are fair weather hikers. Sometimes one must go where the weather suits ones clothes, which is lack there of.

So, depending when the house sells, if I find the new place soon, or need to get work done before moving in, I'm feeling very ready for a vacation and certainly a hike. For example, if the place sells next week, I might end up in Zipolite in Mid-February. I may be doing some shorter jaunts with that Meetup group bundled warm. The weather may change and be an  early warm. I'm always flexible.

I have maps and routes for twenty hikes in California and more up the coast. A list of hot spring hikes and camping in Washington. The Rainbow Gathering is happening out west this year. I could be doing what I didn't get done last year. Hot Springs are happening, I have a pair of excursions planned for the Lake Powell area.

I have been investigating from Hawaii to Bolivia, to Greece, and back east.

I don't know my future, but I've started getting prepared to adapt to it and the list could keep me busy for years to come...it keeps growing.....

My general plan is to get out naked in nature as often as possible, take advantage of opportunities and be prepared.
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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2019, 10:55:37 AM »

"My general plan is to get out naked in nature as often as possible, take advantage of opportunities and be prepared. "



sounds like a plan for all of us

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 11:25:02 AM »
I mentioned somewhere that one object was to try to recapture the time in my life when, if I felt like going on a walk/hike/tramp, I'd go, with no planning at all, completely spontaneously. But to do that, you have to be completely free, almost, of any obligations you might have. But when you're married, the obligations pile up and you seem to have little time for anything. That's assuming your spouse has no interests along the same lines. Having a job, curiously, seems to have little impact on the situation. The social obligations are stronger, after a fashion, if you want to stay married. Of course, there are other factors, such as competing interests.

I don't consider myself a fair weather hiker. I have hiked in all seasons and under almost all conditions. One can even have a pleasant hike in the rain, provided it isn't a real storm. Hiking when it's snowing can be delightful, although hiking in deep snow is not. But we don't have deep snows very often and in fact, we may never have another deep snow. But good conditions for nude hiking are few and none are perfect.

There are hiking meet-up groups here but I've never been out with any group. I've been out with my wife a few times, include on a nude hike (I was nude--she wasn't). But I once happened to walk for a while with another man in Shenandoah National Park once, on the Appalachian Trail, I think, and he was very knowledgeable about local conditions. Me, I usually know next to nothing about the local flora and fauna, at least up there. I'm just out for a stroll in the woods. I'm not a naturalist.

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2019, 04:31:55 PM »



In 2019 there are still so many magical places to discover in complete freedom
I like hiking, running, kayaking, biking, sailing, geocaching...naked of course!

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2019, 04:46:33 PM »
As the winter drags on post holiday season I will be using Google maps to plan nude escapades beginning in the spring. Now that I have discovered the joys of exploring wildlife areas I'v been looking at places near the campgrounds we frequent. Also been thinking about some waterways and lakes nearby for  kayaking.
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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2019, 04:22:18 AM »
Hey BlueTrain:
I believe you are in the Northern Virginia area.
On Meetup, look for the Blue Mountain Hiking Club.
Mix of retired and still working folks.
Not a nude hiking group, but they have had some nice hikes in SNP and GWNF.
I have been hiking with them for about 1.5 years.
Their hikes are not huge groups like some of the other nearby hiking groups.
Typically max of 12 hikers. Both mid week and weekend hikes.

I have done some solo partial nude hikes in SNP.
Interested in doing more.

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2019, 12:10:58 PM »
That's correct, I do live in Northern Virginia. Although I can understand the attraction of an outing with a group, however large or small, it is problematic. For one thing, you have to adjust your comings and goings to the group's schedule. Likewise, you have to adjust your pace to that of the group and I wonder if I'm perhaps a little too old for something like that and might have trouble keeping up. And anyway, I'd rather be able to take any opportunity for nude hiking that comes along. I think I'm too different in so many ways, judging from the people I've passed on some local trails. In any event, I don't get out away from home, meaning more than a few miles from home, nearly as often as I'd like. I'm trying to keep down the mileage since I retired, too. I think a local nudist group managed to do a few nude group hikes somewhere not too far away, which is encouraging.

Once, many years ago, I was getting ready to go on an overnight trip up in Shenandoah National Park, in the northern section, and still in the parking lot making my last minute preparations when first one car, then another and another pulled into the parking lot and a group of about 20 young men and women, all at least 30 years younger than me, got together and set off down the trail. I followed five or ten minutes later and never saw them again. The woods, you might say, will absorb a lot of people. Another time, in the very same spot, I had just returned from an overnight trip, I think in early spring, when a park ranger drove by and said the park was closing because of the weather (freezing rain was just starting) and that I had to leave. He also checked my camping permit while he was there, too.

I've mentioned before somewhere that there are some trails that I feel sure that the chances of meeting another person would be very low but those trails are not the best for hiking.

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2019, 08:24:58 AM »
I'm hoping to be naked on a mountain soon. 

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2019, 03:18:32 PM »
While I have no specific plans for hiking,  that just comes along by happenstance on occasion.   I have been developing plans for work.    I've come to a more decided position on what I want to do and how to do it.  And it will mean a lot of full time nude work back on the mountainside.  Clearing land a little at a time,  turning the excess wood into biochar which there is massive amounts of,  and replacing the fiber trees with fruit trees and small fruits.  Gradually turn the mountainside into a fruit farm.  In the next year I will aim to get a couple acres ready to plant by next winter/spring.   This spring I've managed to get in a few things.  13 fruit and nut trees and 40 thornless blackberry plants, just a slight start.   Hope I can be ready to put in 1000 blackberry plants by next spring and several dozen more fruit trees.  As well as work on fencing and ground work on about an acre for annual cultivation that I already have cleared.  But I do very much enjoy exploring natural areas and camping out there.   So I will do that as opportunity arises on occasion.  Love to do it nude, but that I have to do on my own, unless I can find someone who enjoys the same to go with.  There are a few possible friends,  but our attempts to coordinate times and locations is hard to work out.  Most of us busy with things,   and during the week being the best time to visit such places for nude freedom, it's hard for us to break free from work and find a combination of good weather and good location and free schedules to get together. 

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2019, 04:02:45 PM »
I've been out walking quite a few times this year, must have done almost 100 miles both in warm spring weather and dry but cold days. Last week was typical, dry with a cutting wind so not naked for the majority of the walk.

More plans this year for group naturist walks. We've formed a little group and we have a few walks arranged the on Thursday in the glorious Shropshire countryside. I've walked another route in Worcestershire for a group walk later in the year. The local BN Region has a couple of walks planned in the Peak District and I have a few walks in mind to do on my own which I'll do on the spur of the moment.

Oh and we have a fortnight at a French naturist centre planned.

Davie  8)

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2019, 05:38:03 PM »
Sure would like to see this house sell, so I can move toward the new life. But then, I have to move, a time eater. DF is going to Morocco with her women's  group for a couple of weeks. After many years of talking about it, they are excited to do the jump.

The weather is cooperating. We have been to Redington, and other spots along the Rincons and I've be rambling in the Tortolitas. I got back to visit a crested saguaro. My last visit, it was just a bud of a crest.

The winters growth and my lack of attendance had me misplaced in my Tortolitas one day. The trail over grown and the cattle making new ones, I lost my familiarity with the landmarks. I ended up walking an extra couple of hours (maybe) on a different route.

A couple of trips to the hot springs and a wonderful afternoon in Bonita Creek.

So, no grand adventures as of yet.

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Re: Plans for 2019
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2019, 12:37:05 AM »
I have signed up for two 26 mile charity fund raising walks in August. One for Macmillan Cancer Support and the other for Andy's Mens Club. Unfortunately, i will be clothed in both and sweating like a pig