The World of Nude Recreation As Told By You
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First-Time Nudist Experience
Our Michigan First Time
My wife and I often vacation in Michigan. We are home nudists for the last six months. By this I mean that we were staying naked sometimes after a shower and then we started being naked before bedtime. We drink coffee and eat lunch naked.
My wife was reluctant but she agreed that there was no harm since we have been married more than 35 years.This summer we went north and found a isolated lonely beach in northern Michigan. We walked for miles to find a peaceful place to read and sunbathe. Most beaches in Michigan are full of noisy kids and angry parents. We just wanted seclusion to find some peace and enjoy the sun.
However, I went swimming after an hour of sun and my swimsuit got too wet to lay down on my towel so I took it off. My wife, who is terribly shy and very religious was upset that we might be arrested for my nakedness. We are conservative Republicans and we do not condone criminal acts. But I explained to her that as long as nobody was seeing me naked I committed no crime.
She was getting hot and after much complaining she also took of her swimsuit and went for a dip at the lake. I don't know why being naked is a crime if you have a designated place where it could be legal to be without your clothes. Anyway we will start writing our representatives to change the laws in the Michigan National Lakeshore so that people don't have to feel like criminals if they offend no one.
I don't understand why with the membership your organizations has, nobody has come up with a plan to legalize some areas of Michigan to be clothing optional. We need to change the perception that nakedness is a offense that should be punished by the law. A lewd act should be punished but a naked body is no reason to be arrested or punished.
Oak Park, Illinois
Let the Adventure Begin!
I have always found it interesting how different people define their "first time" nudist experience. While the first social nudist experience is a significant event, I actually consider two "first times" when I think of my nudist life.
First, is the conscious decision to embrace nudism as part of who I am as a person -- to buck societal norms, to accept something some others see as odd. From my earliest age, I have always loved being nude. However, I was far from open about it, keeping it hidden, keeping it to myself, and like many others, only spending time nude when alone. Why? Fear. Fear of ridicule, embarrassment, and not being who others wanted me to be.
Furthermore, there was a certain level of self doubt that maybe my nudist hobby was "a bit weird." Maybe it was just a phase. It wasn't until early adulthood that I finally said, nope, this isn't weird, it isn't a phase -- it's pure, it's wholesome, it's genuine, it's fun, and it's beautiful. More importantly, it's part of me. I am very proud of that decision. It's an achievement every nudist or naturist shares.
My first "social" experience wasn't at a club or a beach or anything like that. It was in my home. It was the night I got up the nerve, turned to my wife and said, "I think I'd like to be naked around the house sometimes.....just because I like it. Will that freak you out?" Obviously, she knew I clearly enjoyed being naked, but I had never sought out time to be nude just for the pure enjoyment of it. Needless to say, she didn't mind. I will never forget the exhilaration of walking into our living room, just moments later, completely nude.
Since then, I have had many "nude adventures." As much as I cherish each if them, they all go back to the day I first decided nudism was going to be a part of my life and the night I shared it with the love of my life. I'm a better person for it -- happier, more understanding, more accepting. I'm happy to say I have never looked back!
Part 2 Lesson in Social Nudity
"I know as a group have never been to a clothing optional area," I said. "I know you are curious about it, so I want to give you a lesson in social nudity. Let me explain to you what social nudity is all about.
As I stood there all eyes were now on me and I said, "First of all it is a non-sexual experience, and the first thing you need to know is that people may looks at first. It is human nature."
I turned around to be sure that everyone could see, and I said, "Now that you have all "checked me out", I ask you to do this to make a point. It shows you that I know you are looking and that I am not ashamed or embarrassed and it tells you that you're natural tendency to look at it is not wrong, not nasty and it is not unacceptable to me."
I then entered the water, and introduced myself to each of the people. The tension eased, and everyone relaxed and we talked for several hours about all topics from social nudity to physics to good movies, occupations, school and families. They were a wonderful group of young people: university students, a disabled veteran, a Registered Nurse, a multimedia producer, a US National Park Ranger, and I don't remember what the other woman's occupation was. All were relaxed, no one else got naked, but the social interaction was amazing.
By 6pm we had all been in the pool for at least 4 hours and they had to leave to get back to their camp in the City of Rocks State Park, 4 miles away. As everyone got ready to leave and collect their things I asked this question, "OK, now everyone, how many of you even remember that I am naked?"
I could see the light go on in their eyes as they realized just what it was all about. I know some of them will be back to Faywood Hot Springs and I know they will not be wearing clothing this time.
El Paso, Texas
First time experience :)
So I am a 17 year male from Australia, I have always enjoyed being nude by myself and had dream of going to the local nude beach with some mates, male and female. Today I finally got the chance; we walked down to the beach and continued on to the nudist half of the beach, we then stripped off and went for a swim. It felt so natural to be naked socially.
After our swim we lay on the beach and dried off then went for a walk and enjoyed the view; we have now decided as a mixed group of friends it is going to become a regular practice for our friends. Definitely going to happen more in the near future.
My wife Rose and I are newly weds in our mid 50s. Throughout our lives we skinny-dipped as kids and teenagers, but never were able to do so as adults in our previous marriages. Last summer, just before we got married, we began enjoying going in the pool naked. We sat on the patio to dry off after getting out letting our skin bask in the sunlight. What a wonderful feeling.
Not long after this, we began doing yard work, naked, in the back yard where the block fence gave us some privacy. We have a neighbor lady who likes to poke her head over the fence to say hello when she hears us in the back yard (I think that will cease after the first time she sees us naked). Now we spend a lot of time naked in the back yard and we should since we've done so much work back there.
A few months ago we were watching a program on TV about the RV lifestyle. It caught our attention because we travel around in a 25 foot travel trailer. One of the items in the program was Clothing-Optional campgrounds. We though it was neat and that was the last we thought about it. That is until a few weeks ago when my wife brought it up suggesting it would be fun to find a Clothing-Optional campground and go see what it's all about.
Over the next few weeks I spent a lot of time searching the internet for Clothing-Optional campgrounds. There are not many in Arizona, in fact there are not many nudist organizations in Arizona, period. I found one near Phoenix, Shangri la Ranch, which advertises as a family oriented nudist camp. I did even more research on Shangri la Ranch and found it is a great facility and comes highly recommended by posters on various nude recreation forums. I called the office at Shangri la Ranch and explained my wife and I would like to visit for a weekend and it would be our first time at a nudist resort. They were more than happy to accommodate us, even putting us in an RV space right across from the club house, pools, cafe, and hot tub.
After setting up camp and having lunch, we shed our clothes and headed for the pool. It felt so natural and free, we immediately felt at home. We went to the dance in the club house that evening and had a ball dancing naked for 3 1/2 hours. We did not care we were naked and no one else cared we were naked either. We met several very nice couples who were excited to meet us and celebrated our first time with us.
Rose and I can hardly wait to go back.
I learned of another nudist resort that is highly recommended not too far from us that we will be heading to possibly in November. Terra Cotta Inn in Palm Springs. Tom and Mary Clare appear to be excellent hosts and the inn is just what we want.
I hope Rose and I become regulars at Shangri la Ranch and Terra Cotta Inn. We are keeping our eyes and ears sharp for additional places to visit.
We are going to love nudism, Clothing-Optional and no clothing resorts and activities.
See you around. We just joined AANR yesterday!
-Mark & Rose