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John P

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Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:20:38 PM »
The Solstice hike in Vermont took place as usual on the section of the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail between Wallingford and Mt Tabor. This year there were 11 participants in spite of the dubious weather, with a forecast calling for "a couple of morning showers and then some sunshine", which was pretty much what occurred. Rain the previous day meant that the proposed campout at Grout Pond didn't happen, but my friend Dan and I did camp at the Big Branch shelter near the hike's starting point, walking in under a misty drizzle. Because of that rain (and a wet week in general) the trails were muddy and flooded in places, and streams were running full. Nevertheless we were able to get by everywhere, and it was even possible to keep one's feet dry.

There were a few incidents along the way, all favorable. We passed several long-distance hikers, all clothed except one, who all greeted us politely and smiled when we reminded them that it was Nude Hiking Day. The one person we met who was celebrating the day was a woman who was wearing just boots and a bra.

Little Rock Pond is near the end of the usual Solstice hike, and it's a lovely lake with a camping area. Because it's just over 2 miles in from the road over a level trail (but rocky and bumpy!) it gets a fair number of visitors coming in just to camp, and  a caretaker lives there in a tent during the summer. He wasn't there when we passed by, but we met him out on the trail with tools to create drainage ditches, and we exchanged a few words with him, nudity not being a topic for argument. Then a short while later we passed two women and some small children, and one of the ladies said to the kids,"That's 8 naked people so far, right?" and to us, "Have fun, everyone". Finally just a few yards from the end, I passed a couple I'd guess to be in their 40s, walking entirely naked with big smiles. Apparently they'd met the first section of our group in the parking lot, a conversation about Naked Hiking Day had occurred, and this couple decided that walking naked would be a fine thing to do!

Most of us finished up at Sal's South restaurant in Wallingford, where we had a meal before heading home. Because of the size of our group, they seated us in the back room, but the waitress didn't accept a suggestion that we should dine nude. Perhaps that could be changed if we asked in advance?
   

A couple of pictures of Dan setting up his tent, taken by the light of my headlamp.



Approaching a stream which isn't usually any kind of problem to cross.

Today people had some difficulty.

Dan helped Ed across.

Unfortunately I didn't capture the moment when Richard's stick broke.

 

Then we climbed up to the ridgetop level through a misty forest.

 

 

This is the “Goblin village”, where people have piled up loose rocks.

Richard finds a map of Vermont!

There was extensive mud on the trail.

Ben after he slipped.

Dan D among footprints.

In some places we had to be agile.



Move it, pup!

 

 

Little Rock Pond.

Walking beside the lake.



As always, Dan K was first into the water. And I was the only other one who swam!

On the way out, an encounter with the caretaker, who was on the trail with tools. Nudity wasn't a concern.

Finally, in Sal's South, a restaurant in Wallingford. They seated us in the room at the back because we were a large group, but the waitress wouldn't let us get naked. We'll have to work on that.
         
         
« Last Edit: June 24, 2019, 07:54:15 PM by John P »

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Re: Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 09:34:12 PM »

Usual shout out to you, JohnP, for your fab photos and trip report.  Thank you.
John

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Re: Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2019, 04:44:50 PM »
Does 11 participants include the pup?

That soggy place reminded me of a backpacking trip I did in a rain forest in the Ecuadorian rainforest! Living in Arizona, I kind of romance rain and water and forget the muck and dangers of slippage. Although it has been a very long time, those pictures have brought back memories of the smell and feel of fresh rain water and eastern trees that I grew up with…and…forest walnuts. Where did that come from?

It is so fun that you encountered other naked hikers. I’ve never had the occasion, but the walk into Redington Pass and skinnydippers at destinations. Two were barefoot all over? Did I get that correct?

DF and I couldn’t get away on Friday, but went for a cruise and a car camp in the White Mountains Saturday and Sunday. She soldiered on with her broken toe and we were able to have a wonderful break to look at things differently and drop off the constant stress that is life, currently.

We managed to get to the site of the ’98 Rainbow Gathering, on nearly an anniversary. Enough happened on the walk and there to write a forthcoming trip report. Wildlife spotting, flowers, some chilly winds and water were plentiful. We found a sweet rest stop on the carnude up.
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Re: Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2019, 02:12:26 PM »
Thank you, Nuduke. I like to tell a story.

The hike had 11 human participants and one small dog! Actually the owner thought the dog was too young to walk the whole way, and carried her some of the time. She fell asleep and snored. Yes, there were two hikers who got their clothes off after being encouraged by our group, and one who was mostly naked on her own initiative. Note that this happens in Vermont, though. It wouldn't be so likely anywhere else.

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Re: Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2019, 02:35:28 PM »
Hi John, as usual an interesting report. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it this year. I was able to get in a 10 1/2 mile hike here in Florida though. Part of it on the Florida trail. It is good to see that Ed L who started the VT hike is still going strong. My last VT hike was in 2017 and if I remember correctly that was the 10th year of the VT hike. Hope to make it next year.

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Re: Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2019, 08:43:17 PM »
Arrgh, work obligations kept me from joining you.  Looking forward to other events.

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Re: Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2019, 01:26:12 AM »
Well done JohnP.

Reminds me of my East Texas woods after a good rain. When I was a kid, we would head out into the woods without protection while it rained. It changed the whole experience. The misty environment in the photos lends an ethereal quality to the walk. Nice!

Photo #11, is that a Vermont “cairnfield”. :)

The reaction of people on the trail is heartening. Especially the women with the kids. It’s like the alphabet game on a road trip only with naked people.

Is that a Vermont thing or an AT thing? Either way it was good to hear.

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Re: Naked Hiking Day in Vermont
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 11:57:40 AM »
The photos and comments remind me of a couple of things. The first is mud. Where I go walking (or hiking) every day or so, it is muddy most of the time, which becomes very tiring. And I typically wade across a creek two or three times on a walk, too. But on the other hand, if it isn't muddy, it means we haven't been having enough rain lately.

The other thing is remembering the carefree hikes when I was still going through school. There was no planning. There was no taking packs, water bottles, insect repellant, first aid stuff or anything.  And yes, some of those were nude hikes, too, with everything left behind. I was doing nude hikes as a teenager. I don't think I've ever been able to recapture that experience since then. Maybe the essential element is being a teenager.