D · Nude in research through the world [19 September 2020]
For book author Marc, the subject of nudity is reason for a research trip around the world to report his own experience and feelings. Hiking in the buff is a topic. He went on a nude hike with us. Living in Geneva and coming across the German practice of nude hiking, he used a stay in Cologne to meet others also for the nude hike with us. He talked to the other participants at length and in detail, to gather information for one of many chapters in his book, which is scheduled for publication in 2021 – natury will report.
The route, we have chosen for the nude hike, is a circuit around the Neye Dam, which has been an occasional nude hiking destination for many years, and where you can easily engage in conversation during the hike, because you don't have to concentrate so much on the trail.
The forest's leaf canopy, which thinned out in late summer, let enough sunlight through to warm the air to 23°C, and now and then we could look out over the lake, which lay under a completely cloudless sky. In the "Café an der Neyetalsperre", the nude hiking group (now dressed) took stock of the day's hiking with coffee, cake and ice cream, and at the neighbouring tables encountered again all the hikers, they had encountered previously nude during the hike.
D · Nude hiking on meadow paths in the Eastern Eifel Mountains [14 September 2020]
First fill out ballot papers, then hike in the buff – that was the motto on the second Sunday in September, after Michael had chosen eastern Eifel Mountains as his hiking destination at the end of the summer.
Air temperatures there rose to 26°C, and the undisturbed sunshine caused some of the 18 nude hikers to apply sunscreen despite the advanced summer. Those, who no longer had enough sunscreen for their calves and shins, hid it in knee-length socks to prevent sunburn on lower legs.
Almost the whole time, the hiking group had the Olbrück Castle Keep in view, while hiking between angels and grove through meadows, pastures, fields, and occasionally through a forest. The gently undulating green of the landscape was often interrupted by white patches, which turned out to be cows and led to daring speculations about why cows in the Eifel do not have brown or black patches in their fur. We did not find a conclusive answer.
After the 13 km long slightly mountainous tour had been completed, the restaurant “Neuer Marhof” in Niederdürenbach, directly adjacent to a well-attended swing golf course, was the hip spot for numerous ice cream scoops, hot coffee, or cool refreshments after the hike.