Beach #67, much more interesting than it sounds (Hawaii)

view 0004 beach 67, Hawaii, USAHope you didn’t think that my story about the Big Island, Hawaii, ended at the beach next to Kona airport ;-) The island is indeed big and very diverse. Even this beach at Kona side of the island looked totally different from Makalawena. It’s a cozy cove with yellow sand surrounded by black rocks and trees.

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It’s called after the electric pole #67 by Old Puako Road where you’d have to stop to get to the beach. I doubt you could find a label that would wholly reflect the atmosphere of this spot in any case, so never mind the numeric name of the beach.

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Upon arrival, I first had a short walk, enjoying the views from the rocks.

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Meanwhile, my friend Tod started snorkeling already.

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He saw a turtle pass by next to him, and although I’d seen a few sea turtles before, I was looking forward to seeing them here, in shallow and clear waters.

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Coming down to water, I noticed a pretty stunning example of fossilized life –

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– white snail shells encrusted into black lava. Crabs were on contrary black… and alive! :-)

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Even more life could be seen under water. I couldn’t identify this kind of fish,

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but just as I reached Tod, we saw the fish that we both were eager to find –

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humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, or reef triggerfish in simple English – the state fish of Hawaii (the concept of state fishes was totally new to me btw).

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After that, we saw pretty big shoals of yellow tangs and many other fishes,

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including pufferfish

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and moray eel.

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Besides snorkeling and sunbathing,

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this place seemed good for climbing trees, because the trees had a lot of horizontal branches. However, I managed to fall from a tree and even hit another branch on the way to the ground, maybe exactly because it seemed so easy to climb trees there and it made me less cautious. Luckily, I wasn’t hurt seriously and after a pause I was back on the trees again.

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This time I made sure to have at least 3 points of support

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or even held myself with all fours.

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Later in the afternoon, several quails came by;

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they seemed to be totally accustomed to humans. In case you forget your beach snack, you may be lucky to find their eggs (quail eggs don’t have salmonella and are even safe to eat raw), but we didn’t see any.

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While sunbathing before our departure, I was going though the guidebook and picking locations for our next adventures at Puna side of the island. Stay tuned!

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New activity proposed for naturists

Active Naturists are proud to present new activity for naturists, that combines fun, physical activity and health benefits. There are already several groups in New York City that offer naked yoga classes – clearly good for your body, but not everyone gets the joy of keeping that downward dog pose after long day at work, and it lacks interactive aspect. Naked body painting events are on the rise too, but is it good for your health? Certainly not, if you use latex-based paints, and even more so, if you consider alcohol consumption that usually accompanies those parties. For this reason, we’ve found something that has it all: naked mud wrestling!

It’s obviously interactive. It’s a strenuous physical exercise for the whole body! Finally, mud is good for your skin nourishing it with essential elements, and who better than naturists value their skin? While wrestling, you will do the job of rubbing it in too. However, if that wasn’t enough, we’ve decided to go even further and bring even more health benefits by adding freshly squeezed garlic to the mud! Just read about 7 amazing benefits of garlic, and you will understand why! Here is the summary:

  • Garlic has large amount of allicin present in it and allicin has antifungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits. It is also known to increase antioxidant levels of the skin and body.
  • Sulphur present in garlic prevents infections and helps in reducing inflammation. It also enhances blood flow thus giving the skin a natural glow

And what is #1 of 13 surprising benefits of garlic? (BTW this gives garlic total of 20 benefits, amazing!)

Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions, which were found to effectively treat hair loss.

So, we expect our classes to be equally popular and beneficial among young ladies who want to keep their skin smooth and elderly men who want to prevent hair loss, and anyone in between!

We are starting regular classes in New York city first, and then hopefully the trend will catch up in the rest of the world. At the moment, we can only offer morning classes, and unfortunately there are no showers at the venue, but we are working on expanding our facilities. Please contact us by e-mail or comment here if you’d like to attend. First 10 get free class!

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Makalawena beach by Kona airport, welcome to Hawaii

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After Maui, I headed to the island of Hawaii aka Big Island. It was a real pleasure to see my first destination on the island – a beautiful secluded beach called Makalawena – from the airplane upon approach to Kona airport. It came highly recommended by two friends, and my guidebook (‘Hawaii, the Big Island Revealed‘) said that it was “the choicest beach on the island [to many who]… don’t mind walking to it”.

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It looked very pretty from the air, with its clear turquoise water, white sand and coconut palm-trees… but I could also see a pretty long road and trails going through black lava field that lead to it! The book certainly had the point, but there was another promising note, which I have to cite here, as it’s quite funny:

By the way, because it’s so isolated, people sometimes travel light to this beach, omitting such extraneous things as their bathing suits. (Yeah, that must be the reason.)

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Although I certainly didn’t travel light to this beach – I was carrying all my luggage, two backpacks with me – I still didn’t plan on using my bathing suit, and in fact I got naked as soon as I got on the trail to the beach.

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Here, special thanks goes to AJ, my new local friend, who was introduced to me by my other friend and ‘burner’ campmate also called AJ. He drove me to the beach as close as he could and promised to come and join me after work. I still had to walk 2 miles by the unpaved road and a trail towards the beach, but it was a nice hike.

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The lava field that this road went through was old enough to give out to vegetation. To my surprise, the landscape looked somewhat like african savanna.

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But instead of Kilimanjaro, Mauna Loa volcano dominated the landscape here.

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Closer by the ocean, the vegetation turned into a dense but dry forest with numerous birds, among which I recognized cardinals.

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There was a couple of small beaches and hardly any people; one of the beaches had warning sign saying it was private property, and it looked like there was a campground.

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When I arrived to the biggest beach, it was all mine, and throughout the day barely more than a dozen people appeared there. One of them, started talking to me, and it turned out he used to work in my native Ukraine… and visited Hydropark nudist beach in Kiev, which he rightfully loved! I found it quite amusing that we both were praising a beach in Kiev while being at this paradisiacal beach in Hawaii. Well, both places have their perks. I definitely enjoyed that at this beach I could just crack a coconut against the rock and have some fresh coconut water :p

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Then I walked in the dunes and noticed the amazing stark contrast between black lava field and blue ocean, mingling of earth and water elements in action.

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A dove kept me company before my friend Tod finally arrived from San Diego – we planned the trip on the Big Island together.

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Shortly before sunset, AJ came back too.

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He’s really lucky that he can come to this place and hang loose after work!

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As for me, Makalawena was a perfect start of my visit to the Big Island.

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hang loose at Little Beach, Maui!

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When you’re in Hawaii, you’ll quickly learn the shaka sign, aka “hang loose”, and the perfect place to let it all hang loose is the Little Beach on the southern shore of Maui. The beach is quite small indeed, especially in comparison to the neighboring Big Beach, and it gets pretty crowded on weekends. Nevertheless, it’s easy to find a cozy, somewhat private spot, thanks to the trees and their massive roots that create sort of alcoves at the edge of the beach.

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This place has a long hippie history, so the laid-back atmosphere is still prevalent there.

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This beach is perfect for snorkeling and body-surfing, and when conditions are right, you could surf there too. I really wanted to surf there naked, just like native Hawaiians did, but unfortunately we didn’t have luck with the waves that day.

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In the afternoon, there was a pretty big drum circle with a few dancers, but by sunset, it got really crowded as people were gathering for the famous Sunday fire-spinning gig.

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I must admit that by this time 90% of the visitor were wearing clothes; perhaps they were mostly tender locals for whom a slight breeze feels too cold, or there were a lot of tourists not familiar with the tradition of this beach, but I felt totally comfortable naked.

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There were fire-spinners of all ages, and some were very good.

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Most performed with the drum circle,

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If only I managed to surf that day, I would say this beach provided the ultimate Hawaii experience – perhaps next time?

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Garden of Eden trail in Iao valley, Maui

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How do you top an adventurous trail with four waterfalls that I described in my previous blogpost? Perhaps a trail filled with tropical fruit trees and breath-taking views will do! Just such a trail goes through Iao Valley in the western part of Maui.

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This is actually a popular spot for mass tourism thanks to easy access to the view of Iao Needle rock formation, but hardly any visitors go on the trail behind the viewing platform. That’s where it gets only more interesting. Of course, I took off my clothes to enjoy the nice weather – combination of warm humid air and fresh breeze – and feel at home in the lush forest.

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The view of the lush forested valley with dark vertical walls of mountains partially hidden in white clouds is exactly what you would imagine when asked to think of ‘magnificent beauty of nature’.

The trail was very easy, with a moderate incline.

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To add some more exercises to our hiking, we climbed  a tree.

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At first it looked like an easy tree to climb but we didn’t go much further than the lower branches.

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But trees provided much more than shade and climbing opportunities.

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Guavas were probably the most common tree along the trail, and they were full of fruit!

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That’s why I felt like Adam in the Garden of Eden! Perhaps I did not find the Tree of Knowledge, but I felt perfectly comfortable in the buff there and had no reason for shame. Quite on contrary, it was a pure bliss to walk around naked in the perfect temperature and eat all those fruits.

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Bananas weren’t ripe, but guavas were in prime condition. Besides guavas with yellow skin and pink flash, there were smaller but even tastier strawberry guavas.

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There weren’t any strawberries proper, but some kind of raspberry was abundant in one spot.

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Then I saw a passionfruit vine with a few green fruits,

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but luckily there was a perfectly ripe giant passionfruit lying on the soil beneath!

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By then, I wasn’t surprised to see coffee trees with ripe coffee beans (more like coffee berries). Raw (not fermented and not roasted) they tasted nothing like coffee, but it was interesting to try them just like that.

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I guess to make my ‘inner monkey’ totally happy I had to eat some leaves too. And my local companion pointed to a young unrolled fern leaf. While still in the ball, they are edible and quite tender!

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And there were plenty of ferns!

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When we got to the highest point on the trail, we enjoyed amazing views again.

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Waterfalls,

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forest with banana thickets

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surrounded by mountains, what else would we need?

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Maybe a nice branch to seat on and enjoy the view? By the way, “Filium hominis” (son of man) was carved on that branch. Not sure what I felt more, a son of man Adam or son of monkey, but I definitely felt happily connected with nature on that day ;-)

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trail through a bamboo forest with 4 waterfalls, welcome to Maui!

On my very short trip to Maui, I had to be very selective as to what to visit from the wide range of adventures and fun that this island could offer. A rough trail through a bamboo forest with four waterfalls sounded too good to miss out. It’s a short trail (just 1km) that goes along Na’ili’ili-haele stream, but it is rightfully located in the adventures section of “Maui Revealed: the Ultimate Guidebook“, where I first heard about it. I was lucky to find an adventurous couchsurfer in Maui, who knew the island well but not that trail and was up for checking it out. So, we headed there almost straight away after he picked me up from the airport.

There are a few narrow trails that start off Hana highway, and they immediately bring you into a dense bamboo forest.

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The guidebook said that few people went beyond the second waterfall, but it wasn’t crowded in the beginning either and I couldn’t wait to get naked in that warm and humid weather. Bamboos greeted us with a pleasant noise when the wind made them move and hit each other.

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Depending on the rainfall, I assume there may be more springs,

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but once you cross the main stream, turn left and walk on its right side upstream.

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At the first waterfall, you need to cross to the opposite (left) bank of the stream.

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At the second waterfall, there were quite a few people, so I put on my clothes back. We found a ladder to the left of the waterfall that wasn’t described in the guidebook (I had 2005 edition) – it definitely made it easier to climb the rock, but use it on your own risk.

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While climbing that shabby ladder, I continued to admire the diverse plant life of this place. I could see 4 fern species within my hand reach (but the hand had to reach out for the rope!)

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When we got up and walked just a little farther, we saw a very different kind of fern, a tree fern that was truly majestic.

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As you can see, I got naked again. It started drizzling but was still very warm.

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That stretch of the trail goes through a more open area no longer dominated by bamboos. There were a lot of guava trees full of ripe fruit, so we didn’t need to worry about snack ;-)

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Another edible plant growing in abundance there is ginger.

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As much as I love ginger, it’s not the kind of thing I would eat just like that.

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About 15 minutes after the second waterfall, the stream’s valley narrows and the trail actually disappears… Now, you have to swim to see the next waterfalls! That’s when a waterproof bag gets handy – I used it for my camera, and hid my shorts just under a tree.

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After swimming about half-Olympic-size pool,

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you get to boulder along the third waterfall, but it’s an easy climb.

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And, just a short walk later, you are at the fourth and the most impressive waterfall so far!

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The pool is surrounded by almost vertical cliffs which create a very pretty scene.

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We met a couple there who didn’t even blink at my nakedness. I hope they took a mental note that being naked was a good idea on a hot day on a trail where you have to swim ;-) The guy went for a dive from the cliffs, and then I followed.

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That was a perfect reward for the strenuous hike!

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The guidebook said there were more waterfalls, but they were “not possible” to reach. We did not have time to test that and headed back down.

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At the third pool, we had another chance for a dive.

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As the sun came out, I was shining with happiness :-)

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On the way back, as it often happens, the trail felt much shorter.

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Almost at the trailhead, we discovered a viewing spot that we just missed in the beginning.

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It provided a magnificent view over the whole bamboo forest, and it was a perfect way to end our hike.

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body art in a new light

Camping trips are usually associated with such visually pleasing activities as watching fire and starry sky, but on our outing to Mecca Hills, California, we had a rather artsy experience – light painting. It’s a photographic technic that uses a light source for “painting” (illuminating certain parts with certain colors) or “drawing” while the camera captures the scene at a prolonged exposure time. Ramon thought of it as soon as he saw a small light with red laser pointer on my key chain. It was of course very different from watching fire, because we were actively creating the imagery, but the other hand it lacked immediacy, as we couldn’t appreciate the result fully until we saw the photos on a bigger screen. However, it didn’t stop us from being engaged with light painting for most of the evening

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Here, I became fire spirit.

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Don was about to start flying with his multiple arms that emitted electric pulses…

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and then he became a pure spirit after separating from the shady and sketchy alter egos.

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Meanwhile, I was fighting with the Devil himself.

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Despite his tricky rasteira (a movement in capoeira used to sweep or pull an opponent’s leg in response to a kick), I still won…

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and became a god of lighting!

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So, this is what happens when naturists turn into artists ;-) We also had an amazing hike in Mecca Hills, but the report will come as a separate post.

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The next opportunity for body art, even though it will be a very different experience, is next week already  – “New York Naked Painting Party – World Tour Kick Off!” – see you there?

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some upcoming events in NYC area

Thanks to Travasuns group, even in the cold time of the year we can gather for social naked activities at a monthly Winter Pool Party in Long Island. The next one is this Saturday, March 1 . I’ve been to a few of their events, and it was always fun. It’s a low-key event at a rented gym. They offer saunas, hang-out pool, pizza and even volleyball, which is often unofficially dubbed as naturists’ favorite sport. Given that volleyball is indoors and surrounded by walls, we can also play it as wallyball.

For someone not ready to take it all off at once, there is a perfect opportunity on Friday night: my favorite night club in New York, Pacha, has a No-Pants party with DJ Michael Woods, who is one of the best producers of progressive house and trance music around. From their press release:

Yup, you heard right. Pacha Has Woods! And when you’ve got Woods, the last thing you need is your pants. Pacha is pleased to invite you to take them off – take them all off. A staple of the modern clubbing era, the No Pants Party is quickly becoming the stuff of legend. Rock out with your everything out all night to the waist-down sounds of our brand new resident: Michael Woods!#PACHAHASWOODS FREE ADMISSION TIL 2AM WHEN YOU CHECK YOUR PANTS AT THE DOOR!

Let’s see how far we can go with rocking out with our everything out, and if Michael Woods himself joins the craze!

Two weeks later, on Thursday, March 13, we’ll have “New York Naked Painting Party – World Tour Kick Off!”  at the Highline loft. RSVP@SocialExposureNYC.com, get tickets here. The title speaks for itself, and I’ve already posted about their previous events at Gallery Bar. Their next event will be in Mexico at Hidden Beach Resort in the end of March.

I would also like to mention the film called ‘Stranger By The Lake’ (L’inconnu du lac). I heard about it a few months ago from a friend in Paris, and now it made it to a couple of cinemas in New York. It’s set at a nudist beach and cruising area by a lake in French countryside. It is a very powerful psychological drama about reckless passion, friendship, loneliness… It is very realistic and has no music soundtrack, and yet it’s also beautifully shot. Given that I don’t want cruising culture to be associated with nudism, I need to point out right away that, curiously, cruising itself was done clothed, while most conversations and other interactions were done in the nude. I wonder if this fact made the film so emotionally powerful, as there are studies showing that people are more compassionate and empathic when they see images of naked people as opposed to clothed people. I’ll say no more, I don’t want to spoil it for those who hasn’t seen the film yet.

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exhibition: Alexander Kargelstev’s Friends and Lovers

The image was taken as a protest against Russia's 'racism and homophobia'

My friend Alexander Kargaltsev has recently made headlines with this image above that was taken as a protest against Russia’s ‘racism and homophobia’.

Kargaltsev's Asylum

I wrote about him and his exhibition about Russian gay asylum seekers in the US more than a year ago, and now he’s staging a new exhibition – “The Last Polaroids: Friends and Lovers” set to open at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York on February 28.

Alexander Kargelstev's Friends and Lovers

Be sure to expect some friendly and lovely nudity, of course.

Alexander Kargelstev's Friends and Lovers

Alexander is also set for a new play, Crematorium:

Putin builds a Crematory in Russia to burn gays. Four couples are picked to test a new machine to turn them straight.

Get tickets here.

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баня в Москве с прорубью

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Сегодняшняя метель в Нью-Йорке напомнила мне о моих московских зимах… К сожалению, только через несколько лет после уезда из Москвы я узнал что в Серебряном Бору есть баня на Москве-реке. Оказывается, моё любимое место отдыха на природе (нагишом) в черте города стоило посещать не только летом, но и зимой!

На самом деле, такую баньку в Москве найти совсем непросто – чтобы прорубь была настоящая, да ещё и в окружении природы. Но Колька с парт-заданием справился, и к моему приезду прошлой зимой нашёл-таки баню с прорубью как раз в СерБоре. У них есть страничка на сайте Новый Досуг, для аренды нужно договариваться по телефону +7 (495)507-45-52 или +7(925)002-80-72.

По приезду, мы сначала пытались настроить музыкальное оборудование – там были настоящие вертушки и отличная стерео-система, но почему-то не получалось играть музыку через айпод.

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Но всё же мы не за этим приехали, и через несколько минут пошли попариться. Пара там, пожалуй, было всё же недостаточно для настоящей русской бани – это скорее переоборудованная финская сауна, но всё равно было здорово. Веник дубовый нам тоже принесли. А главное что нас привлекло именно в это место было наличие проруби!

Коля парень закалённый и прыгает в проруби регулярно, так что он пошёл окунуться первым, а мне потребовалось пару секунд на решение.

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Следующий уже прыгал без размышлений!

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Сложно описать ощущения, но эйфория точно была! После разогрева в бане в общем-то довольно логично остудиться. Ну и как известно, именно такие перемены в окружающей температуре тренируют сосудистую систему и способствуют закалке. Но засиживаться в холодной воде, конечно, не стоит.

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Было здорово и просто посидеть внутри и посмотреть как люди играют в волейбол… в снегу на нудистском пляже! Выглядели они прямо скажем совсем не как нудисты, но, учитывая лютый мороз, мы их за это не осуждали =)

naturist 0011 Banya, Serebyany Bor, Moscow, Russia

Одним из приятных побочных эффектов нашего похода в баню было осознание того, что когда люди сталкиваются с наготой, то на самом деле почти никто не воспринимает это как нечто неподобающее, хотя официальная позиция может быть и другой; я наблюдал подобное на всемирных голых велозабегах в Нью-Йорке и Мадриде, а также во время прогулки по Сан-Франциско, например. По замёрзшей и заснеженной реке катались лыжники, и пока мы прыгали в прорубь от них мы получали только улыбки и слова одобрения!

naturist 0003 Banya, Serebyany Bor, Moscow, Russia

Интересно, сколько зимних посетителей Серебряного Бора видели нечто подобное, и хочется верить, что многие из них воодушевились последовать примеру!

naturist 0001 Banya, Serebyany Bor, Moscow, Russia

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