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Hidden in the Woods

I have a special spot. It is not well known, nor frequented. Its access is easy.  It is comfortable, trees tower above, grass and mountain flowers carpet the ground among pine needles.

I make sure not to make tracks, or develop a trail. I make sure to not let anyone on the highway see me enter the forest. Sure people find it, there is actually a path worn through it.

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Hutch’s Pool: Part II

2019-05-18

 

Day II:

It is very pleasant to open sleepy eyes to overhead gnarly oak trees above my head. The overcast that has been clinging to these high mountains has melted away. I remember the full moonlight from the night before. A grey moonlight, that I thought might keep me awake, didn’t stand a chance after such an active day on the trail and climbing around through and over the plethora of rock formations. DF lies beside me. I turn my head as she turns hers. Her eyes are peaceful.

The waterfall sound of the creek rushing through the boulders, washing away its channel through the Earth continues on. A few birds call out. A turtle dove, or “tortolita” coos. Nothing wrong here. We stretch.

I’d forgotten the foam mattresses, which keep the air mattresses from sliding, but we agree that we slept well, even though not tight spoons as usual. We’re ready for a wonderful day, a celebration of life, a birthday. The sun is nearly exactly where it was the day that I was born. This old tree is shading us today.

We are thinking about heading back today. We have put off the decision and brought extra food, just in case. We are feeling the effects of our first backpack foray of the year, a groan here and there. The day and circumstance are beautiful. We would have to leave early to make the 4:30 shuttle, or walk another four miles on pavement. We have appointments the following day and would have to get up and away early….

I ask myself, how would I like to spend my birthday? Pushing a timetable, or making the most of now and putting strife aside?

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Hutch’s Pool: Day I

2019-05-17

We arrived for the first the shuttle at Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. We had had to wait out the weather.

There had been a nearly full moon the night before to walk up to the last shuttle stop. It can be a beautiful hike, but for the asphalt for miles and breaking rules about pitching a tent. We decided that for the five bucks to ride the shuttle, we would ride past the tourists, enjoy the views and be fresh. The tourists will be gone sooner, and we will be on the trail and free.

We are heading up to Hutch’s Pool for a night or two. I have a Birthday to celebrate in proper attire. I want to be with my favorite friend and enjoying my favorite activities. The pool is a favorite, about four miles hike for us. There are clouds over the Catalina Mountain range this morning, but the forecast is sunny. The grey covering is beginning to dissolve as the sun breaks through.

We place our packs on the back seat of the shuttle and listened to the descriptive recording along the way, as we watch the beautiful canyon pass by. The driver is friendly and helpful. I think back years to the last time that I had ridden the old shuttle and the driver’s voice had been our guide. Each one had had a different personality and enthusiasm. This recording sounded like one of those typical Disney movie narrators.

I was surprised as this recording mentioned plans for a dam a few decades ago. It would have killed all that fans out below Sabino Canyon and bury the rest of this wonder under water! Fortunately the funds dried up, so the water didn’t and the catastrophe was averted.

I watch the familiar places pass and remember my first trips up into this canyon. We used to be able to drive up and park on the side of the road before the shuttle. Hidden behind the giant boulders, we would drink cheap wine, smoke and skinny-dip. These days, 1.3 million visitors each year populate our old playground.

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At the Hot Springs: Part II

2019-03-14

 

Diner and an Epic 3D Movie in Private:

It’s still cold here at the hot springs! We have a diner at camp and then walk to the kitchen for some innards warming tea. Then we stop in the warmer common room to visit with friends.

There is persistent cold and the only way to reasonably be as nature intended is to get back into the warm mineral spring waters. The pools here have different temperatures to choose from. Tonight, we decide to again use the aquatic living room by the pool with its nearing full moon. The sky has been blown clear and moon shadows are everywhere, blue illumination helps us find our way without any kind of a torch.

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First Test for Ultra Light Gear

2014-02-22

Back before our Super Ultra-Light rigs, I scraped up a $250 budget for a rig that was approaching an Ultra-light (UL) rig. We both had to deal with uncertainty. We hadn’t been backpacking in decades. We had to try this idea out. This was how we first tested out the gear, working out the glitches and testing our bodies with the weight.

February 23rd, 2014

This warm weather we have been having just breaks all deals. We have decided to try out the new Ultra-light gear, IN FEBRUARY! Camping in February just isn’t done, but this year…80F down in the valley….

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Water Falling!

2018-10-28

Earlier, we mentioned that on the way into Happy Valley we had passed the series of waterfalls and saw that they were flowing. We are still excited by this event. We got up very early one morning, just to see them flowing, but were disappointed.

Here: https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2018/10/12/happy-valley-waterfalls/

So far today, we have made our way in and out of a remote canyon in the Happy Valley area.

Part I and Part II of this wonderful day are found here:

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2019/02/01/a-little-canyoneering/

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2019/02/10/a-little-canyoneering-ii/

We are rushing to beat the sun. The waterfalls are on the east slope of these very tall mountains.

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Sutherland Trail

2017-10-29

It is Halloween weekend. We start out attending a costumed event as a pair of famous naked people. Sunday, we decide to have a hike up the Sutherland Trail at the foot of the Catalina Mountains. We have to be back to my place by 2pm to host a community sweat.

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Rethinking Strategies When Encountering Others

Jbee and DF choose naturism and nudity.  We feel free and natural, healthy, and wholesome. We are more aware, more in the moment, more spiritually free, when we are naked. We don’t wear clothing, unless we feel the need. We go nude, whenever that is possible. It is fun, cooler in the heat and altogether positive.

We are liberated and free to be nude in our domestic lives and in some social settings where we can be casually nude among friends.  We do what we can to live in liberation. Above all, we love the naturism of camping and hiking.  We seek remote places to explore with our bodies, mindfulness, and meditations. We experiment with the wonderment of our natural world, its relationship with our own nature and our spiritual consciousness.

Yet in this pursuit, we have another barrier to body freedom to break down.  When hiking, we occasionally encounter another textiled person, or group and we have been thinking about our response in those situations. Generally, we have covered up hurriedly.  But is this the correct way to promote the benefits, public understanding and society’s emancipation of naturism? Hiding our natural body gives off an air of guilt, and this misrepresents our feelings and the innocence of what we do in a nude state.

What does this communicate?

Hiding, for us, became artful stealth in the illusion that the world is populated with people who object to naked people and this began to suffocate the freedom of our spirits.  But with increasing experience and increasing boldness not to let others denigrate our chosen way of being and its benefits, we have collected anecdotal experience ourselves and from other bolder nude hikers about encounters with textiles. We are by no means alone – there are many naturists seeking to be naked in nature.

The conclusion is very encouraging.  Our findings are that a vanishingly small proportion of people, certainly less than 5%, have an objection.  Around a fifth of people encountered, while a little uneasy in the unfamiliar situation, soon express no harm with being around naked hikers and profess no problem or alarm.  The clear majority see nothing wrong with the choice to not to wear clothes.

Recently, there was an article about “naking” in The Naturist Society’s “N” magazine. The authors have been hiking naked, much of it on the Appalachian Trail, for years now. I’ll quote, “We have seen and met hundreds of people during our naked hikes. A lesson that we learned quickly and has shaped our behavior is this: the way that you behave sets the tone for how others will accept your nudity. It sounds simple and it may even sound a little crazy, but it is true. If you are happy and friendly and appear to have no understanding that being unclothed is NOT the norm, then the people that you encounter will behave that way, too.” Being comfortable in your skin’ sounds simple and evidently has the desired effect.

“Have a great day!”

Among those that have a more considered and active toleration are Forest Service employees.  Due to its frequency, they accept simple nudity where the trail is sparsely populated, or deserted, but prefer that you to cover up in camping sites and busy trailheads. There is no Federal nudity law, so the Forest Service will only act where there is a supportable complaint (rare).

Of course, there may be places and situations where we need to comply with the many miscellaneous State laws or the specific instruction of an authority there at the time. They may (or may not) be appropriately interpreting the law, or our rights, but they can mean trouble. There is a common-sense component to apply.

We now realize that we have errored on the side of caution during our nude travels. Therefore, we have reformulated and clarified our responses to encounters with people. While nude hiking, we shall turn away from embarrassment and guilt and towards a bolder more authentic response, to act with integrity and promote the higher good of emancipation of naturism in these and possibly many other circumstances.

So, if we were to encounter an objector, then our response will be one of calm, non-combative assertiveness and the recognition that the problem is theirs, not ours.  By liberating ourselves from others’ prejudice and prurience, we may then be able to engage with others’ indignation and try to educate. We may be able to defuse any objector’s hang-ups.  We must, of course, act with care, but hopefully we may convince those objectors we encounter that we are just ordinary, nice people without clothing.  In the end, their resolve not to understand may exceed our capacity to communicate reason and of course, aggression cannot be tolerated.  In such cases, there would be no real alternative than to cover up and leave the situation.

Our thoughts turn to somewhat more sensitive situations where there might be adults with children.  Then simple measures to cover genitals and breasts might be prudent. In such events, we would hope that we could satisfy parents’ fears by covering up the legal minimum and show that prior to the encounter we were comfortably naked. This, as example to the children, merely suggests that nudity is a valid choice which anyone can make, and that it is very much okay.

Even with our knowledge of usually favorable experience of encounters and with our many years of positive enjoyment hiking naked, we still know that to achieve our aim, we must embark on a cautious and incremental journey to confront our own prejudices.  We still carry our own early conditioning not to be seen nude. DF has even confessed that still a small voice inside sometimes says, “Good girls don’t do these things.” There is the expectation of negative responses from others.  There will have to be an unlearning of these ingrained yet inappropriate responses.  Success with our own self-knowledge and confidence will achieve a more comfortable, natural and pure mental state which we trust will be evident to those we meet whether friendly, or hostile.

We believe our choice is positive, harmless, and healthy.  We trust that our inner emancipation can be communicated to anyone we meet out in the wilds and that we can make a positive contribution to the understanding of others, to the banishment of unnecessary, oppressive, social stigmas, and to the emancipation of all those who embrace a nude and more natural  lifestyle.

 

Thank-you Nuduke for your consulting.

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Happy Valley, Sad Day

2017-10-21

We lost a friend, after eight years of battling cancer. Because she grew up in Benson and lived so many years in Tucson, it was decided that the memorial service would be held half way between. Happy Valley, is a good point. We hadn’t been back since our trip during the monsoon season in 2013. At that time, the rains had created a place green as Ireland and its rolling hills.

https://thefreerangenaturist.org/2016/12/16/happy-valley-a-trip-report/#more-2091

This weekend it will be a much drier place after months of drought. The contrast will be interesting.

Since we will be making the trip, we decided to spend a night and do a hike the next day. We also have decided to leave Tucson a little early and to see what we can do before the afternoon service.

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De Anza: Up the Mountain

2010-10-02

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At De Anza Naturist Resort there is a landmark mountain of rocks.

It is huge. You can see specks on the top moving around. These are naked people.

Zoomed in, a Naked Person Lounging

There can be found labyrinths of rock formations that tunnel up to the top.

Most people take a trail around the south and then make an ascent up a hill.

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