Quick Trip Report – RV Camping at Medina Lake

Day 1:
An unexpected holiday. Columbus day had snuck up on me out of nowhere. I decided to take advantage of it so I made a reservation at a really nice campground on Medina Lake. Friday finally came so after work I drove down to the lot where I store my 1982 Holiday Rambler Motorhome and brought it home to my driveway. It was already getting dark but I managed to wash all the dust off and check the tire pressure, oil, coolant and transmission fluid.
Saturday morning I woke up around 7:30 and packed up the supplies I would need for two nights then stopped at HEB for a steak and a few other things, gas then hit the road.

One thing I like about Medina Lake is that it is close. I was backing into my camping spot in less than an hour. I was lucky to find a nice spot right up near the water next to a shady oak tree. After plugging in the electricity and water I set up my hammock and enjoyed the cool breeze while reading my book. I’m re-reading the whole Harry Potter series then watching the movie after each one. I’ve made it to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I mostly get to read during my lunch hours so this is a year-long project but a great way to spend some time.

My camping spot is partly in the sun so I plan to experiment with my solar panels. Other than the Air Conditioner and the Microwave, I can camp anywhere and have electricity. The motorhome has a generator so even that is covered if I needed it. I disconnected the power converter from the AC power so that anything DC would be running directly off the solar panels. That includes my lights, fans and TV. Cool, huh? It’s going to get hot later so I’m sure I will need the AC. I prefer not to use it and go camping in the cooler weather because it makes so much noise. Maybe I should replace it with a newer model. Not worth the trouble since camping in the winter is more enjoyable. More comfortable and quieter since there are fewer people.
I read for a while during which time three guys on jet skis made obnoxios noise. I didn’t let it bother me. It’s good to see people having fun. The sun peeked between the clouds and the trees but the day was mostly overcast so far. Good. That keeps it cooler and I won’t get as sunburned.

After a few chapters, I decided to take a bicycle ride around the park and look at the other RVs. There were quite a few parked on the twisting trails but few people to be seen. They must all be inside watching TV. Just about all of the RVs were newer models. Sleek and clean. I still think mine is better. Back in 1982, motorhomes still had style. Mine is old but it has all the bells and whistles. It was top of the line at the time. I also enjoyed buying it for $4000 and doing some of the remodeling and repair. Now it is almost fully operational and I enjoy it every chance I get.

As I got back from my ride, even though it was cloudy, I was hot from the exertion so I took my tank top off. Much better. I seldom wear a shirt at home and it is so wonderful to feel the breeze directly on your skin. People shouldn’t have to wear shirts. Ever.

It was 2:30 and I was starting to feel at home. There’s a period of weirdness when you first arrive at a campsite. Eventually it wears off. Two of my neighbors had blow-up kayaks and returned from a trip across the lake. I brought one too and will probably make the trip tomorrow morning. For now, I’m just going to rest and read. I brought a Frisbee along and considered throwing it around but it’s not a boatload of fun by yourself. If I was at the beach I could throw it up and into the wind and it will return to me. It’s almost like having a friend.

I read some more until I was starting to get hungry. I lit up the charcoal in my small portable grill and cooked up a nice T-bone steak. I don’t eat a lot of meat anymore in order to control my cholesterol but I enjoy a good steak on special occasions. Along with some jalapeno ranch style beans and a baked potato it was an enjoyable meal.

I read a little longer until it started to get dark. Rather than firing up the water heater in the RV, I decided to just go take a shower in the restroom/shower building just a short walk away. I came back and considered siting outside in the darkness for a while. Normally it’s nice to look up at the stars but it had been an overcast day and there were no stars to be seen.

I went inside and watched a movie. I randomly went through my library and came up with Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio. A weird psychiatric movie that I’ve seen a number of times but never really understood. This time it clicked. Mostly.

It was on the edge of being comfortable but humid so I decided to close the windows and use the air conditioner while I slept. I wanted to make sure I didn’t wake up at the crack of dawn and waste an opportunity for well-deserved sleep so I took a Tylenol PM at around 3am when I took a restroom break. It worked. I woke up around 9:00 with the sun streaming through the window.

Day 2:
I put together a simple breakfast of an egg and some veggie-cheese on an english muffin. It was sunny yet cool so I grabbed my inflatable kayak and made my way across the lake. The water was calm and smooth. Even as the occasional boat sped by, it remained calm. Going across the lake in an inflatable kayak by yourself is probably dangerous but what choice do I have?

I made it to the other side and got out to explore the hillside. It was steep and overgrown so there was no chance of climbing to the hilltop. I sat on the rocks as the minnows nibbled at my toes and legs. After a reasonable rest I got back in the kayak and headed back to my side of the lake.

As I was carrying my kayak back to the RV, I met the girl who had the kayak with her husband the day before. She was holding a pet skunk. Neat! She asked me about the TV in my RV and weather it worked out here. They were newbies to their RV and not naturals. I asked her if she tried turning the antenna after raising it. She hadn’t done that. There’s your problem. She was cute and it made me sad that she wasn’t single.

I sat back in my hammock in the shade wearing only my tiny swim shorts and read some more. It was a beautiful sunny day so I might be able to play with my solar power a bit. I had to keep moving my hammock around to keep in the shade. I got enough sun this morning on the kayak. Good thing for Sunscreen!

The other kayak couple packed up their new RV and left. I was sad because they were able to see me. As an invisible person, it’s nice to have someone be able to see you once in a while. I read as I watched the parade of boats and RVs pass by without anyone even noticing that I was there. Such a nice day.

It got hot pretty quickly and a little past noon, my RV was out of the shade and warmed up. I was tired of reading and didn’t feel like doing anything else so I went inside, cranked the AC and watched some TV shows. I have all the seasons of Brickleberry and since I was in a park, it seemed appropriate. I watched a number of episodes waiting for the sun to finish it’s tirade.
I looked out the window at the people down by the lake. It amazes me that fat women are allowed to wear bikins but men can’t wear speedos. Pisses me off! I want to wear my speedo in public and not be hassled. It’s awesome and I look hot in it. It’s a good way to become uninvisible but I don’t like the way I am treated. In a better world, it would be perfectly normal.

Evening came and I went back outside to read the last of my book. NOO! Dumbledore is dead! Damn you Snape!

I ran out of book and it was getting dark so I went back inside to watch a movie. I decided on an anime called “Howl’s Moving Castle”. I love anime. Especially the work of Hayio Miyazaki. Great stuff! It had been a while since I’d seen it so it was like seeing it again for the first time. Sometimes I really appreciate my poor memory. I get to enjoy things again for the first time eventually.

After some popcorn and the movie it was late and really dark. I wanted to go take another shower before bed because I was feeling icky from the sweat and sunscreen. I got on my bike for the short ride to the showers. It was so dark I really couldn’t even see the road. I was familiar enough with the way so I enjoyed riding in total darkness listening for the crackle of loose gravel on the old pavement.

I got back from the shower and was dead tire. I sat out in the hammock and pondered the stars for a few minutes. You could even make out the Milky Way. Something you will never be able to do in San Antonio unless North Korea hits us with an EMP. I saw a dimly lit satellite go by then vanish as it entered the shadow of the earth.

Pondering the stars can hurt your brain considering the vast distances involved. It can make you feel tiny and insignificant. Well. I’m already all that so I said, “Meh.” and went inside and fell asleep.

Day 3:
I woke up early having not taken any Tylenol PM. I appreciated lying there not being forced to get up and go to work since today is Columbus Day. I laughed at all the people who don’t get the day off. That used to be me at my last job. Columbus was a major asshole but I get the day off so he couldn’t have been that bad. Thanks Chris!

The grass, my kayak and hammock were covered in morning dew. I dried it off and started packing up for the drive home. I could stay at least half the day but I was sufficiently rested and feeling lonely as I watched all the people around me having fun so I decided it was time to go. I need to mow my grass and do some stuff before band practice tonight anyway. Maybe three days is even too much. A regular weekend where I spend one night is adequate.

I drove home, cleaned up the RV and put it back into storage. Maybe next month it will be cooler and nicer to go somewhere else. October is really still too hot and humid. I should have waited.

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Trip Report – Nude Beach Corpus Christi

San Antonio sucks and circumstances came together yesterday so I decided to set off on a spontaneous road trip to get some beach time.  I haven’t really gone anywhere special in a very long time so the time was ripe for a getaway.  There’s a spot that I’ve been looking to check out for a few years but never took the time.  It’s just a little south of Corpus Christi on Padre Island.

I gathered a few supplies together and hit the road.  It took me about 3 hours to get there from San Antonio.  After a quick stop at Subway for a 6″ veggie delight is made my way to the beach.  Traffic was a little heavy since half of the world was going to the beach on Saturday.

Google photo. Forgot to take a picture. New bollards are much larger.

The area is at the boundry of the regular beach and Padre Island National Seashore park.  Bollards are set up in the sand to prevent anyone from driving on that part of the beach.  That effectively cuts off access to the riff-raff.  Park right there.

I brought along my bicycle so I could easily travel a nice distances from the common people who don’t appreciate speedos or nudity for unfathomable reasons.

It was hot but the humid wind coming off the ocean kept it bearable.

I loaded up my bike with water, towel and sunscreen and set off down the empty beach.  At the start there were a few people brave enough to wander more than 10 feet from their car.


About half a mile I ran across one guy on a lawn chair still wearing clothes.  Weird.

At maybe around a mile I was completely alone with nobody as far as the eye can see.  This is special!  One is seldom alone anymore in this crowded world.

There was nothing but beach, sun, and birds to keep me company.  Nice!

I had planned to just get a nice speedo tan this year but how could one resist.  It was a matter of minutes before I found myself naked.

I applied sunscreen and played in the water and the sand for a while.  This is the best thing ever.  I wished I had brought my frisbee to toss into the wind and catch it when it comes back.

Occasionally the park ranger would drive past in his four wheeler.  You could see him coming way in advance.  I either put on my swimsuit or sat in the water and waved.  It would seem unnecessary for him to tell me to get un-naked with nobody else around but best not to push it.  If I was there with a group I might have risked it.  I doubt he would have really cared.

 

After a while I thought I might ride my bike a little further down just to see what there was to see.

Naked bike riding is fun.  I highly recommend you give it a chance.

 

Eventually three hours had passed as I frolicked around.  It was nearing 4:00 so I decided to head back to the car.  I was glad I brought my water.  I was getting rather thirsty.  Love my Yeti cup!  Keeps Ice forever!

I loaded up my car and hit the road for Port Aransas to visit the best restaurant in the world.

If you’re ever in Port Aransas, eat at The Crazy Cajun.  I’ve been going there since I was in school.  They opened in 1980 something and I’m glad to see they’re still there.

 

They have lots of cajun food but you HAVE to get The Hungry Cajun.  For about $16.00 you get corn, sausage, shrimp, potatoes and crab.

MMMMMMMMMM!  The best.

Do it!  Do it now!

 

After dinner I like to go down to the marina and watch the boats come in as the sun sets.

There was a nice little wooden floating covered patio where I spent at least an hour looking at all the boats come and go.

 

 

I considered sitting on the edge and dangling my feet in the water but as I looked down a Sea Turtle was picking algae off the side of the patio.  That would not have been good for my toes.

 

 

The marina is full of all kinds of boats.  I looked at some of the sailboats and imagined myself sailing the Caribbean going wherever I pleased.

Note to self:  Watch YouTube and learn how to sail in case you ever decide to steal a sailboat.

 

 

The sun was setting and I lost my shade so I decided to head to the hotel.

I braved the long line at the ferry and made my way back to the mainland to my motel.  I recommend the Best Western at Ingleside and was lucky that I made my reservation online this morning.  The world is booked up.

I slept well and woke up around 7:00 for the condimental breakfast then headed back up the highway to Mundania.

All in all, it was an inexpensive and enjoyable getaway.  I must do this more often.  Now that I know of a great place to enjoy the beach naked I will do it for sure.  I wish I didn’t always have to do it alone.

Also: Sunscreen is amazing.  Three hours in the direct sun and I didn’t get burned.  I’m impressed.

 

 

Beach Trip!

I woke up early this Saturday morning to a strange buzzing sound.  After walking around the dark house and out in the yard I discovered my neighbor’s air conditioner to be making a horrible racket.  A very loud buzz that can drive a man insane in a few minutes.

Maybe it would be a good day to get the fuck out of town.  I haven’t really gone anywhere in who knows how long.  I spend most of my weekends puttering around the house which is perfectly fine to me because being at home is like being on vacation.

Today I’m feeling like I want go get some sun and water and run around in my speedo or naked.  I decided a spontaneous trip to Corpus Christi and Port Aransas might be in order.  I went online and booked a hotel.  I could have driven there and back in one day but why push it.  Sleeping in a hotel is part of the fun.  It’s a cheap trip.  The hotel, gas and food should cost me less than $200.  Totally worth it at twice the price.

I plan on taking my bike and riding down a blocked off part of the beach where cars aren’t allowed.  I’ll wear my little red speedo and maybe go naked if the beach is deserted.  What fun!

Yes. I’m going alone.  I have two people who I could ask but one would just not appreciate the awesomeness and the other can’t stay overnight.

That’s fine.  I prefer do do as I please and not be encumbered by dragging someone along who is only partially self-aware.

This should be a nice get-away.  Look for the trip report tomorrow.

 

Land Shopping Again

The Size of an Acre

Today I went land shopping in the country again.  Still looking for that elusive piece of the American Dream that is good enough to live on for the rest of my life.

There were three areas I planned to look at today.  The first was my first choice from what I saw on the internet.  It was 2 acres.  This was the first time I found 2 acres that was relatively flat so I could really get a feeling for the size.  The back side of it was a small ravine area that was not really build-able.  The left side had a small swamp and a rather large dip where I would have wanted to build my garage/workshop.

I walked around through the high weeds.  There was obviously a singlewide trailer on the spot so there must be electricity, water and a septic tank.  I was unable to find evidence of any.  They must be there below the ground hidden in the weeds.  Having those things readily available would make building there much cheaper and easier.  The land was square enough and was almost private enough to live naked due to the growth of trees along the front fence line and a large treed buffer between neighboring land.  Still… I was not feeling that this was the place I want to die.  It could be made excellent with work.  I’ll keep it on top of my possibility list and hope it stays on the market for a long time.

I drove the 20 miles to the nearby town for lunch.  It was a little further out than I would really like.  I think a 5-15 mile drive would be more acceptable.

I looked at the distance to my next spot.  It was 30 miles from town.  Even further.  I decided not to bother.  I don’t want to have to drive 60 miles round-trip to get something from the hardware store.  30 is acceptable.

I moved on to the third choice.  It was on the way home about 15 miles from town.  Nice drive.  Not too long.  Unfortunately it was in a more developed neighborhood and only 1.3 acres.  Too many ravines as well.  It was fairly private but not rural enough.  Mark that one off.

The trip wasn’t a total waste.  I learned a few things:

  1. Two acres would be OK if perfectly flat and private.  Four would be better though.  One will not work.
  2. Distance matters.  A short drive (<15 mi) one way is enjoyable.  Longer than that and it becomes tedious.
  3. I saw a church in an area that I like.  I might call them up and see if I can post a Land Wanted ad in their newsletter.  Surely there’s some old people in the congregation who will sell me a few acres and make some money.  I could offer a year of free handyman service and expert computer support to sweeten the deal.
  4. Keep trying.  Don’t give up.  Don’t get discouraged.  I still have time.
  5. Road trip!!!

 

 

 

Trip Report – Naked Camping

Naked Camping Day One

I had a week vacation coming up and I was in desperate need to get away. Ever since I bought my RV I had wanted to spend a week at a naturist resort east of Austin and now was the time.

Saturday morning I rode my bike the three miles to the lot where I store my RV and drove it home. I needed to do some minor work on it and load it up. Sunday I had to play in a concert so I couldn’t leave until Monday anyway so that gave me time to get prepared.

Monday morning I finished loading and hit the road. It always feels so weird driving off on vacation. It was about a two hour drive that was smooth sailing. I drove down the small potholed roads that approached the park. To get in, you stop at the gate, open it, drive through and close it. A quaint touch!
I drove up to the office to check in. The people there were very friendly. I paid up and filled out the paperwork. A guy rode ahead of me in a golf cart to show me the way to the RV camping area. I asked him which spot he thought was the best. He pointed one out and I pulled in.
I didn’t waste any time getting naked before I leveled out the RV and hooked up the power, water and sewer connections. I put the few clothes that I brought away. I won’t be needing them for a whole week! I noticed shortly after turning the water on that there was an unexplained puddle of water in the bathroom. The water line to the toilet was leaking. I replaced the toilet a few years ago but it looks like I didn’t empty the water from the lines and it froze over the winter. Bummer! That’s OK though. There’s a restroom only 75 feet away for number two and flushing number one can be done with a glass of water. I’ll look into it when I get back.

I also noticed that one of my sweet shiny hubcaps was missing. Great. I must not have put it on securely after inflating the tires. Gonna have to buy another one.

The RV area had a few permanently parked campers nestled under towering pine trees. Being a weekday, there weren’t many people around except for on RV across the way. I waved at them and they waved back. Got to be friendly! I had a quick PB&J while unpacking things from traveling position. I set up my hammock under the tree and started to read my book. I’m reading “Board Stiff“. A Xanth book. My sister got me started on them years ago. I like them because they are light reading that takes my mind off of daily thoughts.

I laid there reading for a while as the pools of sun filtered through the pine branches across my naked body. The wind blew gently. It was the perfect temperature. This is that way life should be. After a while I put my book down and closed my eyes enjoying the silence of the branches blowing and the birds tweeting. No deafening roar of traffic. Thank god! Is a little peace too much to ask?

I read some more. (I’m going to do a LOT of reading.) I hooked up the cable TV but got nothing. Oh well. Then I cranked up the antenna and pointed towards Austin. I ran the channel scan on the TV and got a bunch of HD channels. Cool! I watched “This old House” while I cooked up some Salmon, Peas and Macaroni and “cheese”. I like easy yet mostly healthy food. The Macaroni and Cheese are surprising low in fat. I guess that’s why it doesn’t really taste like cheese. That’s OK. Things taste like they do. I’m fine with that.
The sun was starting to go down behind the tall pines so I decided to take a walk and see the pool and volleyball area. I greeted the people across the way. They were very nice. We talked for a few minutes about our older RVs. It was nice to meet a fellow vintage RV person. Mine is an 82 Holiday Rambler. His is an 89 something. I forgot. He and his wife are from Idaho visiting his relatives in Houston and tripping around. They were getting ready to eat so I walked on.
The pool is very nice looking. It’s brand new. There was a group of people sitting under the shade area talking. I walked on to see the Volleyball court. I was hoping to find people playing because Naked Volleyball is my favorite sport. Nobody there. Bummer. Maybe another time.
There are a lot of sand “roads” snaking around so I decided to explore. Wearing only my flip-flops for foot protection I set off. For the most part I was able to remove my flip flops and go barefoot. I love going barefoot.. A few times the path crossed some sharp stones so I had to put them back on but otherwise I could have gone without.
The paths passed many dilapidated cabins. Most are one-room but some look like real houses. All in very poor condition. Obviously abandoned for a long time. I started a fantasy of becoming a live-in full-time maintenance man here. I could whip this place into shape. I’ve been wanting to move away from San Antonio all my life and do something simple. This would fit the bill. I wonder….
I walked possibly most if not all of the roads stopping to peek in the windows of some of the abandoned cabins. I enjoyed the walk and I think I will do this every day while I’m here. It’s good to get the exercise. I came back to my RV and read some more as I watched the sun set on the trees across a large empty field. It was very pretty and peaceful. The world doesn’t know what it is missing.

I had put on some sunscreen before the walk but didn’t need it thanks to the trees. It made me feel nasty so I decided to try out the nearby restroom/shower building. Might as well not fire up the RV’s water heater and waste propane if a shower is right there. The building is basically cinder block construction. No frills. No windows. Dark and dank. Purely utilitarian but certainly good enough. I’m not a 5-star hotel kind of guy anyway. I appreciate simple things.
It was almost 8:00 and starting to get dark. I brought along some movies so I watched, “Arrival”.

It was 10:00 by the end so I set up my bed and turned off the lights. I listened to Coast to Coast AM that I have recorded as I drifted off to a peaceful sleep.

Naked Camping Trip Report Day 2

I woke up naturally around 8:00 to see the sun peeking over the trees across the field. The blue sky out my window fresh and clean as thin clouds wafted by. I enjoyed not having to get up and go to work. It’s the best thing ever. After thoroughly enjoying just lying there I flipped on the TV. Not much worth watching on a weekday morning but I caught the weather report. A cold front is coming this evening. The low will be in the 40s and the highs tomorrow and the next day in the 70s. Perfect!

I assembled myself some waffles using the flippy waffle iron I brought along and watched a few episodes of “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” I’ve been watching a few episodes each camping trip. Eventually I watch them all. It’s a western/comedy/drama/sci-fi from the early 90s I think where they make modern references. I know you’ve never heard of it but It’s good stuff. I fell asleep again while watching. It was really nice to be able to do that.
Eventually it was lunchtime and I was hungry again. Waffles don’t fill you up very long. I made myself a Vietnamese-style sandwich with some unsalted corn chips. Excellent!

I was supposed to go back to the office yesterday and let them know which RV slot I decided on. When I got there, the office was closed so I walked over to tell them. It turns out the slot I took was a permanent slot that someone owns. They just weren’t there at the time. It sucked but it was OK. I got myself together and moved the RV across the road to a sunny spot. Big mistake. It wasn’t long before the sun made being inside the RV impossible. I didn’t want to have to use the A/C so I packed up again and moved to the one next door. Much better!

The temperature had already reached the high 80s and I was hot. I noticed Bill and Terry leaving for the pool. That was an excellent idea! I grabbed my towel, sunscreen and flip flops and headed off naked to the pool. The water was still quite cool in April but it felt good once you got used to it. Once I was cooled off I sat in chair in the shade near Bill and Terry and a guy named Charlie who were randomly conversing. A few hours passed as we talked about various things. One great thing about going to a Nudist resort is that these are your people. At regular campgrounds, nobody speaks to one another. When you are naked, everyone is family. I really like that. I really feel at home now. This is far better than going anywhere else where everyone ignores you. It sucks being invisible in normal life. It’s kind of like where you put on a cloak and become invisible. Here, when you take off you cloak, you become visible again. It has been a long time since I’ve been visible. It feels good.
It was close to 5:00 and we were ready to head back for dinner. I walked back to our area with Bill and Terry and went back to my RV. It was still 89 degrees but being in the shade helps. I turned on my portable fan and was very comfortable since I wasn’t wearing anything.
This place doesn’t allow any charcoal grills probably due to fear of fire. A recent fire in this area wiped out a huge number of trees and houses. Fire bad. They have a small area near the pool with two propane grills that we are allowed to use. “Grilligan’s Island” the sign says. LOL! I don’t often eat red meat anymore due to high cholesterol issues but on special occasions I sometimes indulge a bit. I grabbed my steak, tongs and my phone to use as a timer and walked to the grills and in about 10 minutes my steak was ready.

I brought it back to the RV and microwaved up a sweet potato and some jalapeno ranch style beans. It was a most excellent meal eaten outside in the shade and sun.
After that I went and took a shower to wash off the sunscreen and grime. Moveitime! I’ve also been watching all the James Bond movies in order as time allows. I watched the first hour of “You only live twice” before getting sleepy so I turned off the TV and went to bed. It was still quite warm and getting humid so I kept the windows open and the vent fans on. A cool front is scheduled for sometime tonight. Hope it gets here soon.
Around 3am I awoke to the wind blowing nicely. It’s here! I closed up the windows and turned off the exhaust fans. It was very comfortable under my nice blankie and I slept until morning as the sun rose once more.

Naked Camping Trip Report Day 3
I woke up in a rather cold RV. It was in the 50s outside yet sunny. Perfect! I switched on the heater and the TV. Being close to Austin I get quite a few channels off the antenna. I avoided the broadcast channels which spew annoying news and commercials. The TV seems most happy on the public access Create channel that shows travel, cooking and DIY stuff. The TV knows what is good. I watched a show on Italy, then Japan and then Ask This Old House.

If felt really nice just lying there with nothing I have to do and nobody forcing me to do things for them. I really need to do this more often somehow. Next I watched a few more episodes of Brisco County Jr. and took a short nap.
Lunchtime! I was a bit hungry so I toasted some bread and made myself a tuna salad sandwich with some leftover beans from last night. Perfect.

I read and dozed for a while. It was getting nice and warm now and the wind wasn’t as biting so I went for a walk in the woods. I passed all the little cabins again until I heard some hammering. There was a naked guy working on one of the cabins. I went up and said hello. I asked him about the cabin and he said they lease the land to you and almost give you the cabin if it is in bad shape. If you have a gold membership for at least a year you can lease the land for $95/mo. All you pay for is electricity. Sweet! I may consider this but probably wouldn’t do it as my main house. I really want a few acres to build fresh. It would be nearby anyway so I would still be a member. Nice info to know.

I walked back to my RV and moved my hammock to a nice shady spot and read some more. A couple showed up across the way to pressure wash the outside of their trailer. I watched as they had a hard time getting it to work. Being unable to not be helpful to others, I walked over to see if I could help. The were less friendly than most naked people would be but thanked me for asking. I didn’t want to intrude so I went back and continued reading. The man got in his golf cart and left. I read on. The pressure washer was working now but the girl had it on a tight stream and was only making lines in the mold growing on the sides of the trailer. I could help myself and went over to show her how to set it to fan. She was very happy that I had fixed it for her. I took my leave and watched as she finished cleaning it much more efficiently now.
Some heavy equipment appeared in the beautiful field and delivered a pile of telephone poles. More workers arrived and they started installing them. Apparently the poles supporting the high voltage wires that look recently installed need another one in the middle. That sucks. Now I hear equipment working instead of peace and quiet. That’s OK. I can handle it. I live in San Antonio where the noise never stops. At least they’ll be gone by evening.

The wind was still blowing hard at times and sometimes it was cold. I realized I had not really gotten any sun on this trip because I was avoiding sunburn. A little sun is good for you though so I moved my hammock into the sun for a while. It felt really good with warm sun on your naked body as the cool breeze keeps you from sweating. Perfect! I limited myself to 30 minutes on the back and 30 on the front. There’s nowhere on my body that the sun don’t shine. By the end of the summer I’ll have a great tan without sunburn. That’s much safer. Time it wisely and you get the vitamin D benefits without the burn.

Seeing the naked girl wash her RV reminded me that I wanted to clean my solar panels. I rinsed them off but they needed to be cleaned. I climbed up on the roof with some cleaner and paper towels and spicked up their span. Sparkle Sparkle!

The sun was starting to go behind the tall trees and it is expected to be a cold night so I closed up the windows to keep the residual heat in. Time for dinner so I made myself a nice Spaghetti and “meat”ball plate. The soy-based meatballs are not great and are not really necessary but what the heck. Healthier than meat with no cholesterol or saturated fat. Even the spaghetti is rice and quinoa based rather than wheat. Better for you. I liked it.

I read some more then as it got darker I finished up my James Bond movie then watched a few classic episodes of Doctor Who with Sylvester McCoy. I have a ton of them and have seen most. I watched them on KLRN back in the 80s before they took it away.

It got pretty cold overnight. Glad I brought my electric heater for a little warmth.

Naked Camping Trip Report Day 4

It was indeed cold this morning. With the low in the 40s I was glad I switched on the heater halfway through the night. I had nothing to do an nowhere to go so I flipped on the TV for a bit. I watched a few travel shows again and a couple of episodes of Brisco County Jr until lunch.

After I had a tuna sandwich and some leftover Mac and Cheese I went out for another walk along the trails. There’s no better feeling than walking around naked and not having to worry about freaking people out. In a better world this would not be an issue. If there is reincarnation, I will be selecting a naked planet. This clothes thing is suxor for sure.

The construction guys disappeared early today so most of the day was nice and quiet. They left their dump truck there so I imagine they will be back again tomorrow. Maybe they found something better to do than dig a hole and annoy us. I stretched out in my hammock in a nice shady spot and read. YAY! I finished the book. At the end, the author states that it took him three months to write the book. That’s good because it took me three months to read it. At least it was a book that I enjoyed through to the end rather than wishing it was over.
Curiously, I loaded up the next book on my kindle, “New York 2140“. It’s about a future in New York (obviously) where global warming has inundated the city with 3-4 floors height in water. Life still goes on. It looks like an interesting premise but the first few short chapters are failing to pull me in. I hope it gets better.

I wasn’t as tired today so I didn’t really get any napping done. That’s good. Maybe I’ve finally worked out the tiredness I suffer from so greatly in normal life. It’s Thursday so I still have one more full day to dilly-dally.

I went outside for a minute and a butterfly fluttered around me. I held up my hand and it landed on my finger. That’s a special event for sure. I stood there for quite some time as the butterfly probed my finder with it’s long tongue mechanism. It must have thought I was a flower or something. After admiring it for some time I shook it off. It flew around and landed on my hand again. A special visit for a special person.

Eventually dinnertime came so I had my last piece of Salmon with the other half of my sweet potato and some steamed peas. I went ahead and took my evening shower. Sure feels good to be clean. Time for some James Bond. “Diamonds are Forever”. I love watching movies from the 60s. It was a time when oil was cheap, cars still had chrome, things were still made by hand with style and people still had class.

Naked Camping Trip Report Day 5

The sun peeked through the windows and I woke up around 8:00. I had decided overnight that I was adequately rested and recreated so I should head home today. That would give me the whole weekend to take care of all the stuff around the house that can be done before I have to go back to work again on Monday.

It was still early so I had some breakfast then started to pack things up and clean the RV. Might as well do it now while I was naked than do it at home where I have to wear clothes and be uncomfortable. I had a small vacuum cleaner that I found in someone’s discard pile at the street a few years ago. I fixed it up good as new so I keep it in the RV. It was perfect to vacuum up all the dirt that I had tracked in.

As I was outside disassembling my hammock, Bill came over and asked if I wanted to go with them to the grocery store. I thanked him for asking and told him that I was heading out this morning.

Once I was packed, I disconnected the water, power and sewer; lowered the TV antenna and raised the landing gear and stared my trip home.

I was starving for a good meal so I stopped at a Chinese food buffet where I had a mostly vegetarian meal. Got to keep the cholesterol down. Soon I was on the 2 hour trip back to Mundania. Just out of curiosity, I weighed myself when I got home. I’m down to 165 lbs. I’m telling you, stick with me and you’ll lose weight. A low fat, low cholesterol diet will get you fixed up. I’m on that diet permanently. Damn I look good naked!

Well, it’s back to real life. You can’t escape Mundania. It comes for you. At least you can escape for a little while. I had a great vacation. I will be doing this again soon.

 

Another Land-Shopping Let-Down

fieldYesterday I go the land bug again and decided to do a little shopping.  I have pretty much given up on my dream of moving to Colorado to retire early.  I still want to retire early.  I’m only two years away from my new deadline of 50. (Holy shit!)  I don’t want to live in San Antonio.  It’s too big and there are WAAAAAAYYYY to many people here.  I just want to live in a small town far from the influence of any big city.

There’s a small town about 20 miles east of Austin called Bastrop.  It is a kind of special place because it has pine trees.  Unlike the rest of Texas, (except for East Texas) it looks beautiful.  I looked on Zillow and found some plots of land nicely in my price range.  $2-10k.

I was feeling optimistic but not overly optimistic because land hunting will easily let you down.  I jumped in my deer-smashed Prius and hit the road.  It took about an hour and a half to get there.  I found myself in a nicely unimproved neighborhood with Hawaiian street names.  Bonus!   Finding my first pick was not easy though.  The neighborhood is composed of both old and new houses and some streets that show up on google maps are nothing more than a barely visible path through a field of weeds.  I drove up and down the road like a fool trying to figure out how to get to the place Zillow said was for sale.  I had to stop and consult Google Maps on my phone constantly because it kept telling me I had to go pas the end of the road.

Finally I decided to throw caution to the wind and headed off the road and into the field in my off-road Prius.  I plowed through a field of high weeds barely able to see where I was going.  Weed chunks and grasshoppers were all over my windshield.  I powered through a mud hole and luckily made it to the other side.  The street I was looking for was nothing more than a deeply water-gouged trench.  Not going that way for sure. I continued on until I got back to a real road.  So much for that property.

Already disappointed, I consulted Zillow to see what else was available.  I drove to various plots of land that were either on the side of a hill or in a ditch.  Completely unbuildable.  I found a few lots that had potential but some bastard carved up the whole neighborhood into tiny lots.  Most were empty now but they are so small that once they are occupied each house would nearly be touching the next.  Asshole!

Some lots were shaded by beautiful pine trees but most of the ones I saw were just scrub brush much like the rest of Texas.  I guess all the good stuff with road access is already taken.  See!  Too many people!!!!!  What did I tell you?

Disappointed and depressed, I gave up on my quest and stopped in a nearby Chinese buffet to eat my sadness away.  I really wanted to find something because this town had everything I require:

  1. Hardware stores
  2. Best Buy
  3. Chinese Food
  4. A community band
  5. An area naturist club
  6. Grocery Store
  7. Not too close to a big city.

I drove home wondering what the fuck I’m going to do.

Do I give up on my dream of having at least 1/2 acre of land so I can have a house surrounded by a privacy field of trees and brush so I can go naked all day?

Do I settle for a house right up at the street like all the other common people always feel like I don’t have what I want?

Do I give up completely and live out my pointless life in an overcrowded city with infinite traffic jams?

I have two years to figure this out if I’m going to meet my deadline.  Now that I found out that I have Heart Disease and possibly have less time that I thought it is even more important that I do something soon.  I wish I could find someone who will let me buy an acre in the corner of their ranch and let me be happy.

 

Best Birthday Present Ever – Chinese Massage

cmsgHappy Birthday to Me!

The best birthday present you ever get is the one you give to yourself.  Other people give you crap.

A Chinese massage has been on my to do list for years now but as a new experience, I was afraid.  I decided a few months ago that on my birthday, I would do it.  No doubts about it.

So today finally came and after a long day at work, I finally pulled into the Chinese Massage shop just up the street.  I’d passed by it many times recently but today was the day.  My heart was beating quickly with anxiety not knowing what to really expect.  I’ve read reviews but they’re all different.

The lobby was very dark and consisted of a counter, a large corner couch and multiple doors leading to small rooms along the wall.  I was greeted warmly by a young Chinese girl who asked, “Massage?”  “Yes, Please”, I said.  She asked how long in broken english but I’ve spent enough time in Chinese restaurants to get the feeling of what they are saying.  I asked for the 60 minute massage which was listed as $60.00 on the price board.  I handed her the $60 in cash and she lead me to one of the rooms.

There was a low massage table there with nice clean sheets and the hole where your face goes.  It was very dark.  She turned on a small lamp and a CD player with some nice relaxing music.  She showed me a bin where I should put my clothes and said to lie down on the table.  Heart still beating quickly.  I took $30.00 for a tip and placed it on the lamp table.  I took off all my clothes and laid myself face down on the table.  There was a towel to cover up with but I wanted to make sure that everything got massaged so I didn’t bother with it.

It was maybe 5-7 minutes before she came back which was fine because the music was calming. She apologized for taking so long. There were other customers so I understood.  Not a problem.

She started massaging my back and asked, “Strong?”.  I said, “Strong.”  She massaged a little harder.  It was not a major quality massage but a girl was touching me so I didn’t care.  It still felt wonderful.  She did a good job on my shoulders, back and down on my buttocks.  I was enjoying it very much.  She spent quite a bit of time on my back with a variety of massaging techniques.  Down on my buttocks, she occasionally tickled my crack region making me giggle.  She giggled too.

After a while she said to turn over.  She touched my penis and said, “OK?”   I said, “OK!”  She held up 4 fingers.  “40 dorrar.”  I smiled and said, “OK!”  I kind of expected a bit of a frontal chest massage first but that’s OK.  She got extra lotion and gave it a nice rub until it was done.  She was a little quick on that.  I would have preferred a little slower, longer technique but it was the first time anyone has ever touched my penis so anything was good.   She went and got a nice hot towel and cleaned me up then dried me off with a clean towel.

She massaged my arms and hands then my legs for a while.  I smiled at her generously and she smiled back.  I told her it was a very nice massage.  When she was done she said, “Finished.” and left the room while I started getting dressed.  Before I was done, she came back in and gave me a bottle of water.  I handed her the $40 plus $10 I found in my pocket.  $110 for a wonderful birthday massage = Totally worth it.  I said Thank You in my attempt at Chinese.  “Shea-Shea”  She was surprised that I tried and repeated it back plus a little more Chinese that I, of course, didn’t understand.  She told me to come back and I guarantee I will.  I drove home on Cloud 9 not even noticing the traffic around me.

I think I’ll treat myself every few months at least.  Maybe I’ll become a massage connoisseur and try out various shops.  I’m glad I finally made myself do it.  It was on my New Years Resolution list and my bucket list.  Check those off.   The first time you do something is always the toughest.  After that you ask yourself, “Why did I wait so long.”  Life is short enough so Do Stuff while you can.