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Free Range Naturism / Re: More on drones
« on: August 02, 2020, 11:18:22 AM »
Calling the police 'pigs' isn't going to change anything. And if you're on a public beach, there is no expectation of privacy. And what you do when nobody's looking is, well, not necessarily okay. People notice you more than you think.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Vitamin "D" and Covid-19
« on: July 27, 2020, 05:57:49 PM »
With all due respect, I am certain you would have found the diet and so-called lifestyle of my relatives and myself 70 years ago to be extremely unhealthy. My mother did not make it to 50, although her mother lived to be in her 90s. All my other grandparents died before I was born, although I have no idea if they were in good health or not. None made it into their 80s and neither did any of my aunts and uncles on my mother's side. In my wife's family, however, they are quite long lived.

I have sometimes mentioned on another forum that where I live, few people are obese, or so it would seem. Kids are active, high school girls look like Amazons and going by the obituaries, people somehow manage to live fairly long lives. But my own daughter who has lived in another state for years as well as overseas, actually mentioned that she saw a lot of overweight people when she was in school in this other state. So it might made a difference where you live, as well as the family you chose to be born into.

I understand there was a polio epidemic in the 1950s. My wife's only uncle managed to contract it in Arizona and died within a week.

Free Range Naturism / Re: In Defense of World Nude Hiking Day
« on: July 08, 2020, 01:32:39 PM »
For what it's worth, I've seen far more mention of nude beaches in the paper than I have of nude hiking. Practically all have been either neutral or positive. But that was just one newspaper. I imagine that a conservative newspaper would have articles with a more conservative or reactionary point of view. Concerning travel articles in the paper, I'd say that half of the articles were about off-shore destinations (my guess might be way off, though). I wonder if a conservative newspaper ever has articles about, say, the South of France?

I suppose that in the context of this forum, and to some extent, this thread, the only disability that we're interested in is mobility, or rather, the lack of mobility. When you have a disability, either permanent or temporary, that limits how well you can get around, your world suddenly shrinks. At worst, you're confined to your bed or at least your bedroom. But I think at least one person did the Appalachian Trail on crutches and another one covered the trail who was blind. Those were certainly exceptional individuals.

Supposedly if you have a disability, your remaining facilities are enhanced. But I don't know if that's true.

Having sustained certain injuries, some requiring medical attention like stitches and clamps and so on, over the course of my short life (I'm 73), I think there is a certain part of disability that is more mental than physical. That's not to say that a disability is not crippling to some degree by any means but the willingness to cope with it needs to be there. In other words, you don't want a disability to stop you, even if it slows you down a little. But sooner or later, that's going to happen in the natural course of things anyway. Of course, there are people who like having an excuse to not do something and to stay in bed instead.

If you have any sense and you live long enough, eventually you learn to be really careful and not take so many chances.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: July 02, 2020, 07:55:19 PM »
Several years ago (over twenty, actually), there was a lot in the news about wildfires in California. There was even an episode of Baywatch in which wildfires figured into the plot. At the time I was working for a company that had plants around the country and I had the occasion to call some of them once a month or so. One was in San Diego, I think it was, or maybe Long Beach. So on one call I asked the person I always spoke to if there were fires anywhere near where they were. She said, "Oh, no, but we have those all the time anyway."

Free Range Naturism / Re: In Defense of World Nude Hiking Day
« on: June 30, 2020, 12:22:43 PM »
I thought the article was fairly neutral but nevertheless was written in a way to make the article (but not nude hiking so much) more interesting. On the one hand, I suppose it's a good thing to bring more attention to an unofficial nude hiking day, yet more attention may not necessarily be a good thing. I don't think that a group of nude hikers is any safer, legally speaking, than a lone hiker. It may in fact draw unwanted attention from the law. The police and other law enforcement agencies in some parts of this country can be very reactionary, as you can see from recent events in the news, almost making up the law as they go along. There is enough in the criminal code to cover just about any behavior that a law officer doesn't like. But be aware that many people simply don't like public nudity but you probably already were.

I am not sure if it is possible to de-sexualize humans. It goes against everything we are taught and desire.

It would probably be easy enough to bring up the subject of nude hiking, or the unofficial nude hiking day, in a more casual manner, in the way nude beaches sometimes are in the travel section of the newspaper. They generally aren't sensationalized but are written about in a matter-of-fact manner. But this article isn't like that.

The subject always comes up in connection with almost any kind of outdoor nudity but I don't think there are any "natural hazards of nude hiking," given that most hikers out and about when it's warm enough to be nude aren't wearing very much anyway. But please don't refer to someone "wearing little more than a couple of handkerchiefs" (from a 1940 book) as a "textile." That is sanctimonious.

A cut like that looks much worse when it's just above one of your eyes. Believe me, I know. I used to get into lots of fights.

I have worn both surf shoes, as I think they're called, and sandals, too. But those were both mostly experimental. I otherwise always wear some form of boot and generally speaking, "hiking boots" are probably best. At least they have been for me. The only disadvantage is when wading a creek, you'd want something higher. I nearly always wade a creek on my outings. I actually got the so-called surf shoes for wet weather use but I didn't think they really were any better than regular boots. Just like sandals, grit and small pebbles get inside the shoes. But I guess they have their uses. At least they have well-protected toes.

On the subject of expense, I've never been convinced that really expensive boots and shoes are worth it. I have used hiking boots (about 5 or 6 inches high) from Walmart on a long hike and they were perfectly fine on a very rocky trail. They weren't ultra light but neither were they particularly heavy. They were on the stiff side, though, but that's what I want for a rough and rocky trail with a lot of climbing.

I think I've mentioned before somewhere that thinking about the prospect of a serious injury in the backwoods on a day hike led me to a somewhat radical revision of my first aid outfit. What I used to carry (on a long hike) was really inadequate for a serious injury and unnecessary for anything else. My original, traditional first aid kit goes in the car and on trips. My new first aid kit now consists of an army field dressing for puncture wounds and a few bandaids for everything else. I suppose a broken bone would be a really bad thing but I don't know what you might carry for that. I have had to get medical attention for bad falls but they happened at home. Either it's safer in the woods or I'm more careful out there.

I think I might be happiest when it's snowing. But that probably puts me in the minority here.

I try not to be dogmatic about footwear, although I've never hiked barefoot. I don't hike that much anymore, about two miles a day, generally over the same trails. I can do that from home and I'm trying to reduce my driving. My usual route takes me over a variety of surfaces, from asphalt paving to mud, from grassy paths to rocky creek beds. I like the freedom that wearing boots gives me. I don't have to worry about what I step on (or in). Even when I've hiked otherwise naked, which has been a while, I still wore boots. The long hikes I've made have mostly been on very rocky trails.

As far as the actual boots I use, I have a variety, some better suited for colder weather. Fit is the most important thing, followed by weight. Boots and shoes sold as hiking boots seem to be the best but I never give advice as to what anyone else should wear. Then again, no one's ever asked.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: June 21, 2020, 12:49:47 PM »
I don't get out away from home to where I can do any nude walking in the woods but around here, where I usually manage to get in a couple of miles every day, there are more people than ever in the woods. Presumably this is because more people are at home now, as well as it being warm weather. One place that I occasionally drive by is a trailhead for a local network of trails is full of cars and even on a weekday. I can't say what the situation is up in the mountains where I most like to go, though, but chances are, more folks are up there, too.

Free Range Naturism / Re: British police say nude hiking is legal
« on: June 06, 2020, 09:27:32 PM »
Homosexuality may not be the best example. It is clearly unacceptable to many people in the United States. But if it's legal, they merely tolerate it and put up with it, though not necessarily quietly. And if you're keeping up with the news, there are many things that are tolerated in some places that are unacceptable and probably illegal. Much depends on who you are, more than what you're doing.

Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« on: June 03, 2020, 09:59:18 PM »
In my college days of about 50 years ago (I graduated in 1971), I used to do a lot of four-wheeling in some local worked-out strip mines in the northern part of West Virginia. I don't know when they were last mined (there were also drift mines, too) but not in the time I lived around there. Being a four-wheelers, I really didn't do much hiking and I never had any more time than when I was still working for a living. But they were great for driving around. But on my last visit to the area, probably at least five years ago, some were fenced off and that would have been the end of four-wheeling. There were lots of backroads to explore, too.

There was a place mentioned in one of the old World Guides to Nude Recreation that I think was described as a quarry. It was a pond, though, and I'm not sure it had ever been a quarry. I did visit it a couple of times, as well as another place close by but across the Potomac River in Maryland. However, the pond was actually on the grounds of a private girl's school and in reality, you were trespassing. Since then, a building has been constructed that not only overlooks the pond but also the other place across the river. I think it may have been a phys ed building because the windows looked rather high. Anyway, nude people beware.

Was there ever? Indeed, we may not be here next year.

Trip reports / Re: First naturist trip in the north this year!
« on: May 02, 2020, 04:46:34 PM »
By way of comparison, my 1965 short-wheelbase Land-Rover (gas engine) got about 17 mpg (US gallons) no matter how it was driven, although it wouldn't go faster than about 55 mph or it was blow the valve cover gasket. That even included off road.

Free Range Naturism / Re: How was your month for Free Range Naturism?
« on: April 22, 2020, 11:39:27 AM »
We hadn't been on the interstates lately but I think there was a little less traffic. (Interstates 66 and 81)

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