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Free hike? Only in rainy days or even at night
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:25:57 AM »
Hello:
I feel only comfortable to try "free hikes" only at dusk time / evenings in trails that i know best or in rainy days.
This past weekend was a rainy and cold (as the past two weeks here in Portugal), but I had to do some naked walking no matter what.
On staturday it was cloudy but not rainy. i went to one of my favorite spots, a little canyon of the river Mau, that is a afluent of Douro river. The canyon is between two highladns, the river is a stream, in reality (when it is not raining), have a wonderful swimming spot by the middle of the trail along the stream, called poço negro (black well) where a small waterfall falls to it. You have more two waterfall along the way, the last is very high, is where the canyon ends and you have to scale the wall to get to the top of the mountain. I started clothed because of the cold, but as soon as i started walk, i just take my short shorts off and proceeded like this for all the trail. It started to rain, after 30 min in the trail. I could not pass the river (now it was a big river beacuse of the rain) and could not go to my swimming spot, i had to return and proceed to the other end of the canyon, made shorter way. i could reach the waterfall in the end of the canyon and scaled the wall naked, walked in the wild path almost in the top of the canyon. There is a larger road above, that is commonly used by walkers, bikers and so on, but i prefer to use the trail behind this one, cause it is more secluded. When I was walking naked(with only my water proof jacket, hat, boots and backpack, some all terrain bicyclers pass by me from the higher trail. I did not noticed them but they said "good morning" very loud to me. I think that they saw my naked butt. I responded back and proceed. Did not have any other encounter and returned to my car wet as a chicken, but very happy, as usual after a hike like this.
On sunday, it was raining all along the day, but i decided to go walking anyway. I went to my other favorite spot, another a riverbed called "Leça", the point where this river starts is a mount (not high) with several waterfalls and with a trail that goes along that streams. On the top of the mount you have an area that is used a lot during the summer for picnics, because there is a oakwood forest (very old!) with and old chapell and cross called "Valinhas" (lithe valley). I started there. Once it was raining i did not care of taking my clothes off from the starting point in my car. It was raining, so i had to have hat, wp jacket, boots and my backpack (with water, fruits). It was really pleasant, but cold. I descend along the stream that was huge because of the rain, and when i reached the end below a biker saw me descending the wild trail to the main track. I did not see him, cause i was focused on the trail down, he looked at me with a grave face. I took my shorts from my pocket and start squeezing to show him they were all wet, and proceeded down naked. He looked twice, made a U turn and just went off. Maybe i have scared him. Anyway it was wonderful walk. I returned much more wet than in saturday, but anyway happy again.
The only thing bad is that i get my two waterproof walking tennis shoes wet - cause the rain flowed from my legs to the socks and penetrated the shoes.. So it is now the fourth day since my last adventure and they still wet.. Maybe i have to use my flip-flops in the next weekend...
See the photos I took.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2021, 11:39:04 AM by lafonso »
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Re: Free hike? Only in rainy days or even at night
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2021, 12:13:11 PM »
Well done braving the weather like that Iafonso - you have my sympathies for the wet shoes, I hate splashing along with my boots full of water... love your expression, “wet as a chicken”, highly evocative! Hope you have not copyrighted that as I shall adopt it for future occasions.
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Re: Free hike? Only in rainy days or even at night
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2021, 01:00:40 PM »
ahaha.
"Wet as a chicken" is a makeshift translation from the usual slang in portuguese "molhado como um pinto", that means that you look wet as a chick / chicken down in the chicken house yard when it is raining. I don´t know if you have a similar expression to say when you are wet to the bone (maybe this is the right expression), but if you lliked this one, voilá.
Thanks for the comment.
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Re: Free hike? Only in rainy days or even at night
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2021, 11:27:05 AM »
I suspect the English equivalent is “looking like a drowned rat”.  Chickens are much more friendly-sounding!
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Re: Free hike? Only in rainy days or even at night
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2021, 04:32:42 PM »
I suspect the English equivalent is “looking like a drowned rat”.  Chickens are much more friendly-sounding!
Yes, I agree. I come from the southern state of Brazil, and we have a very peculiar list of popular sayings like this.
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Re: Free hike? Only in rainy days or even at night
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2021, 07:55:55 PM »
I looked up Poco Negro and it is on google maps. Looks rugged and beautiful. If I'm ever in Portugal....

I got soaked into my boots in a tramping through a tropical rain in the jungle of Equador, along the Rio Coca, way back when. It did take a long while to dry out.

I had my Travelers Checks in the boots for security, which got wet. I discovered that when they get wet, they say "void" across them. I got stuck in Lima for 10 days broke waiting to get approval and new ones. Acquired a Peruvian girlfriend with a car and a hostel up front and survived quite well.
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Re: Free hike? Only in rainy days or even at night
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2021, 09:49:27 AM »
No, is not the same place. Your poço negro (pozo negro in spanish) is the most famous one. I did not get to this one yet. It is located far north in the national park of the Geres, is in the border with Spain.
This summer i will be there.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2021, 10:33:34 PM »
Wonderful, trip report, please.
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