Celebrating Summer Solstice With Naked Hiking and Naked SwimmingBare Hiking Excursion in New York - Yesterday we went on our first nudie hike of the summertime, merely a day after the Summer Solstice. It was hosted and directed by our naked yoga educator buddy Beth Nolan.
While the weekend had some gloomy heavens, Monday turned out to be a hot, hot summer day.
We all met up late morning. I took the Tools To Go Outfitters' Trail Cab van with 7 other individuals, from NYC to the meeting point at a Lake Sebago parking lot.
A couple of people have been asking me how many folks were going, but I didn't have an official hike signup. While I believed there'd be more people than last time, I was pleasantly surprised to see a bunch of about 40 individuals at the lot!
A few late comers dripped in and then we headed off to the trail. It was a big group to keep together, but the hike in went by quickly. Once we were far enough away from "civilization," some removed a few or all of their garments to trek naked.
We just encountered a handful of other people through the day, which is typical for a weekday. Other hikers or campers are often excellent with our dearth of clothing, or even a little bewildered. However we are always prepared to immediately cover up on the trail to prevent causing alarm. Since it is legal for women and men to hike topfree in NYS, we simply had to be sure to have a towel or something useful in case we needed to cover up below the waist. The funny thing was that this time, every time we seen other hikers and covered up, it turned out to be other fellow free hikers or individuals who there looking to meet up with us!
After perhaps 45 minutes of hiking, we reached our first skinny dipping area. The water was calm and refreshing. To get in you need to steer carefully down some slick rocks. Some went in up to their waist and others immediately swam out farther into deeper waters.
Skinny dipping during the first nude hike rest stop
We just stopped for a short 10 minute rest, and then it was time to get to our final destination at the other lake. It is possible to camp around here, and a family of three (two adults, one child) were spotted doing just that in the trail. They didn't seem to be disturbed by us one bit.
Upon reaching our hangout place, we saw a couple fishing. I didn't speak to them myself, but someone else did and they looked cool with the nudie group invasion. Proper etiquette in these situations is to approach the people who were there first and inquire if they're fine with folks skinny dipping. This really is what we did when skinny dipping around Ithaca, also, and happily for us, nobody whined.
The afternoon sun was beating down. People sprawled out their towels on the grass or rocks and lounged while periodically taking dips in the lake. So passed a nice, relaxing day in nature.
Me in the lake at our final unclothed hike skinny dipping area
The forest was much greener. You could still see glowing yellowish mushrooms and wildflowers if you looked for them. Many butterflies fluttered by, and mosquitoes or insects weren't a problem. One man found http://modestperson.com/views/i-also-had-a-few-naked-experiences-while-i-was-growing-up.php on them, but I do not think anyone else did.
A few decided to stay behind to enjoy the sun and water a little more. As we trekked back, a timber rattlesnake was spotted on the trail, but he slithered away into the brush before I could see him The snakes there scare off quite easily!
Back at the lot we said our goodbyes to both old and new friends. We climbed back into raunchy nudists for the ride back to the city and so stopped another amazing day of naked hiking and skinny dipping in southern New York!
We don't have another hike scheduled at this time, but for those who had be interested, Gear To Go has some directed skinny dipping hikes on their calendar. (I may join the August trip, but not convinced yet.)
This review of the FKK bare hiking and naked swim day trip was published by -Young Naturists & Nudists America