Olive Dell Ranch – Bare Burro 2016

The 7th Annual Bare Burro 5k takes place this Sunday, April 10th at the Olive Dell Ranch. I wasn’t able to run last year but I will be running this year. I even trained for it! That should help for sure when racing up and down the hills of the course. The weather is not cooperating 100%. There is a chance of rain but the temps will be in the 60’s so that won’t stop me from having fun. In fact running in the rain naked will be awesome.

2016 Has Been Sunny!

Here is SoCal the winter was very mellow and we had more sun that usual. My goal to get out in the sun at least 10 times a month has been exceeded every month so far. There have been a few cool days but mostly days of full sun which creates wonderful freehiking moments. Get those buns out and hike naked! Here’s to a great 2016! Stay Naked!

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2016 Is Here!

New Year’s Eve was my last free hike of the year. A fitting way to end a tumultuous year. The weather was cool but the sun was shining as the calendar ended.

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I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions but I am making an exception this year. My goal is get outside and enjoy the earth as it was intended at least 10 times per month. So far I have had 5 clothing free opportunities this month. I figure that’s an achievable goal. The only stipulation I put on myself is that the free session can’t be at home. It has to be outdoors someplace else. Anyone else up for it?

Rock Hunter

Summer is hanging on tight here in Southern California. Last weekend I headed out into the hills for a freehike in the full sun of the early morning. Heading west into a barren canyon the early morning temps were mild but quickly headed into the 90F range. I saw several grazing cows and that was it. Not a soul out there. I went up to the summit of a hill and rested in the shade of a juniper tree and then headed back down and walked/jogged home. It was a 6 mile round trip. A new publicly accessible road through the area required me to bring my running kilt for areas where I could run across motorists. “Progress” (urban sprawl) is pushing roads and houses into the area which sucks. This area was once pretty remote with only dirtbikes or underage drinkers sneaking in. Now it’s watched over by an angry guy in a beat up truck. This morning I didn’t see him so I was good to enjoy the open space without getting asked a million questions like the last time he stopped me in my car driving out of the area. Apparently someone bought the land and hired Mr. Cranky to oversee the area. You have to hike/ride through the area to get to a designated park so I am not sure of the legality of Mr. Cranky trying to keep people from getting to the park. We’ll see in the near future how this plays out. In the meantime I will still hike up there as long as it’s not a bust.

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This past weekend’s recap. (Lots of staying naked for me lately!)

Since the weather is still working well for my free hiking pursuits I went to an area I hadn’t been to in about 10 years. The hills are much higher than I usually hike in and much more remote. There were 2 dirtbike riders destroying a steep trail and themselves by repeatedly crashing. I had planned on going up to the summit of a ridge but they were riding laps around the area so I headed west to get some peace and quiet. The occasional hawk or raven were my only aerial  companions. Lots of lizards were scooting around the trails. The sun was blazing and I was very warm. Once I was free of my sweaty hiking clothes I was about to hike nude for about an hour or so. I wasn’t keeping track of time since I wasn’t on a schedule and it was Sunday so I was free! There many trails in the area, some very steep, and most pretty mellow. Once I reached a shady area I stopped for a snack and then started to head down. It was a 5 mile walk home from where I was. I walked down towards the edge of town and stayed nude for as long as it was reasonable. Once close to the main road through the area I put my running kilt on and just kept it pulled down until the coast was clear. Tucking it into the waist belt of my backpack was easy and allowed full airflow and comfort!

I’ve picked up a new hobby, rock collecting. What’s better than a new hobby? Doing it without clothes of course. Poking around the area I have found petrified wood and other interesting rocks. It’s really fun to be on the hunt for rocks and to be free of sweaty clothes that don’t do anything but annoy you.

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As the summer comes to a close and the autumn weather approaches you’ll find me out in the sun until it’s just too cold to go bare but, when the sun comes out I will catch some rays guaranteed!

Freedom and Clarity

Each time I visit Olive Dell Ranch it takes just minutes to chat with Veronica the gate keeper, pay the modest fees, and get through the gate. Driving into the ranch I see many familiar sights. The statues of David and Venus greet you as the gravel road turns right and heads for the pool area. It feels like home.

First thing to do, of course, is get naked upon opening the car door. Ah, the warm evening air is nice. The sun was down so the majority of the daytime heat was fading. My tent went up quickly and dinner was made and eaten. I forgot a cast iron pan so I had to cook in a stainless steel backpacking cup. This was a challenge but it worked. It was late in the evening when I was done eating. I sipped a couple beers and relaxed after the long aggravating drive.

The temps were perfect that night. Sleeping under the full moon with just a satin sheet was so nice. It did get slightly cool early in the morning before the sun came up so I grabbed my sleeping bag and pulled it over me. I am sure it was probably just 70 degrees. I awoke around 6:00am and walked up to the restroom for a shower and a dip in the hot tub. There was a lone man in the hot tub and we exchanged greetings. After 10 minutes I had to go, time to drive to the seminar. Getting there was easy and the first day of the two day seminar was great. Once it was over I sped back to Colton and hit the grocery store for food and cold beer and then sped back to Olive Dell.

Getting naked instantly I headed to the pool for a dip in the lukewarm water and to do some reading of the material I received at the seminar. The sun was nearly out of sight so my tan didn’t get any work! I was hoping for some hot full body sun. I repeated the process from the night before, cook dinner, drink a couple beers. I called my wife and we talked for a while. I sure wish she was with me. We have way too much fun when we’re naked and free. Before turning in for bed I took a full moon stroll around the ranch. It was still very warm and it felt great. Being clothes free in the campsite is nice, but walking around the ranch and taking in the sights and sounds is the best. True freedom. Wandering around without a care is so enlightening and mentally healthy. You can literally feel the weight of society’s rules regarding clothing just fall away, no pun intended. The pool area was a bit noisy with music and loud talking. After sitting in the seminar all day I just wanted peace and quiet so I headed back to the tent and fell asleep.

I woke up before my alarm and got up and out of the tent at 6:15am. The cool morning air was excellent so I put on some shoes and grabbed my backpack and went for a hike up in the hills east of the ranch. Free hiking is my passion. I just love to hike without clothes, period. It feels so natural to get out into nature to smell the plants and enjoy the vistas. Watching the rising sun bathe Mt. Baldy (elevation 10,068 feet) in beautiful morning light as I gazed to the west was a treat. Following the trails I came across the Bare Burro 5K course markings. These led me back to the ranch. It was so early, and Sunday, so the ranch was very quiet and still.

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elevation 10,064 feet

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Getting back to the campsite I quickly got to work taking down the tent and loading my car. I had to get back to the 2nd day of the seminar and then head home afterwards. Packing the car quickly gave me time to take a nice shower and get ready for the day. Being naked at the ranch gives you the feeling that you should be naked all the time. I put on my sport kilt and hopped in the car. The best benefit to wearing a sport kilt is you can easily open it up and drive naked. You’re basically sitting on it and getting maximum freedom. I drove the 20 miles to the seminar location like this. Ahhh!!! I had the window rolled down and a big smile on my face. This is living clothes free!

It was blazing hot, 97 degrees F, and we had to do some work outdoors to complete the seminar requirements. It was a few hours long which was brutal and barely tolerable. I was drinking more water than I thought possible and it really saved me. I was hot and getting over-heated being out in the sun, but focusing on hydration and nutrition worked fine. I survived. Once the seminar was successfully completed I got on the road around 3:30pm and stopped for a bite to eat. Getting back on the freeway in my kilt I opened in up and drove “free” for 44 miles through the mountains and across the desert. What a glorious afternoon!

Stopping at the Llano del Rio ruins on Highway 138 east of the tiny town of Pearblossom I was greeted by a desert wind blowing firmly and hot. The cold AC of my car and the contrasting heat pushed by the wind was stunning. Walking around the ruins you get a sense of melancholy which quickly takes a backseat to the massive amounts of broken glass that has built up over the almost 100 years that the area has been abandoned. Of course the stone walls and clear skies created the opportunity for some nude photography.

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You can read more about the history of the ruins and the commune that was once located here by visiting this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llano_del_Rio

I finally arrived home feeling tired but accomplished. Dusty, sweaty, and dirty from head to toe I must have looked like I had been living in my car for a while. Looking back at the journey I can’t help but feel a deep sense of serendipity at discovering naturism and making the bold leap to social nudity in the last few years. It’s not longer uncomfortable to be nude in a social environment that thrives and accepts people as they are. As I have written many times I encourage everyone to try it. Your life will change for the better. I have arrived.

Stay Naked

Full moon under a full moon

Today’s drive to Olive Dell Ranch was slowed by a massive traffic jam. It took a full 3 hours to get here! It usually only takes an hour and 20 minutes. 

I got situated and ate dinner. Now I’m lounging in my tent getting ready to sleep under a glorious moon. It’s still 82 degrees out at 10:00pm so I won’t be needing a sleeping bag. The Ranch is active tonight. I can hear people in the hot tub but I’m just too tired to join them. 

Each time I visit Olive Dell it feels like I’m come home. No judging, no drama, just good times and a mellow vibe. Plus walking around with just my flip flops on makes the brutal drive quickly fade away. Tomorrow its forecast to be another scorcher. You’ll find me near the pool! 

Staying Naked!!!!!

Decisions…

Working out the details of a seminar I need to attend this weekend I see that the location is 20 miles from Olive Dell Ranch. Stay at a hotel closer or spend much less money and have time in the sun? Easy decision! Olive Dell Ranch here I come one more time. This will most likely be my last visit for this year. I can’t wait to get there and feel the freedom! 

Stay Naked!