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Family Nudism At Its Best

As nudists, we all know how nude recreation enhances our lives. We recognize the almost indescribable feeling of the water and sun on bare skin. But perhaps we have never thought about how this feeling could translate to someone with a disability and their family.

A recent article in the Forest Grove News-Times recounts the story of a family with an autistic son that accidentally finds themselves at Rooster Rock nude beach in Oregon. What happens there is a heartfelt story of parenting and the obvious and perhaps not so obvious benefits of family nudism.

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5 Responses to Family Nudism At Its Best

  1. Scott Bottomley says:

    Touching story of love, devotion and disabled children of parents that care.
    Shedding her swimsuit was no surprise, but knowing her son was happy and in safe hands made this an affirmation of family life.

  2. Erich Schuttauf says:

    This is an INCREDIBLE example of why so many of us love nude recreation and why it is so special. I have to take a moment to publicly thank Shirley Gauthier and the many, many volunteers at Rooster Rock park—as well as a great ranger staff there—for making opportunities like this possible.

  3. Alan Christensen says:

    I agree the article was very touching. I was so moved by her story. We once lived in the same neighborhood as a family with an autistic boy and he loved to run in the sprinklers nude or jump on the families trampoline in the backyard. The simple pleasure of enjoying the feeling of being clothes free. Too bad others in the neighborhood couldn’t see things the same way they ended up complaining to the police and forced them to cover him up. Too bad I think this poor family had enough going on in their life.

  4. Shirley Gauthier says:

    It was heart warming to read such a positive piece about parenting, nude recreation and Rooster Rock. AANR members have over the years supported nude recreation on public lands and family nude recreation. AANR is the “credible voice for nude recreation.”

    Erich was so correct in thanking the Oregon State Parks staff at Rooster Rock who have over the years partnered with AANR to address inappropriate behaviors and problems at the clothing optional beach. It is a challeng for the park staff as their budget continues to diminish while user groups increase at the park.

    I have read that piece so many times and yet tears form every time I read it. I wish every child could be born with such loving parents. I wish every child/family could value and appreciate nude recreation. It also places value on my AANR membership in that volunteers work so hard to preserve and promote these beautiful places where we can safely recreate nude.

    This mother gave us a great gift by sharing her experience. Let’s work extra hard to preserve places like Rooster Rock State Park.

    AANR GAT Volunteer in AANR-NW

  5. Jim Shedd says:

    I’m new, in a sense to nudism, having just begun to shed my clothes full time around the house and in my own backyard. My wife, unfortunately, does not, so far, share my interest and pleasure of total nudity (she, so far, stays covered almost all the time and would not dare shed her clothes outside). I’m pretty sure my next door neighbor, who’s looked over my wall both last week and again yesterday, while I was working in my yard, is aware of my nudity. But, so far, I don’t know his attitude. I’d like very much to see the whole neighborhood join me in nudity, though I’m careful to not go outside my house or backyard, with exception of my gated, screened entryway.

    I have found the experience very relaxing and enjoyable. Hopefully, in time, my wife and I may visit a clothing optional beach or resort where she can ease herself into the lifestyle I’ve come to enjoy.

    In the early 1990s while living off-base, I’m retired Air Force, in Moreno Valley, California I sunbathed nude in the backyard and resumed the practice here at my home in Las Vegas a few years ago until I stopped for a couple of years to quiet my wife’s protests. I resumed the practice recently and do not intend to go back. In fact, I shed my clothes as often and as fast I can once I’m home. The feeling is great.

    I applaud the mom who shed her swimsuit and joined her son at Rooster Rock State Park.

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