The World of Nude Recreation As Told By You
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First-Time Nudist Experience
Everything I Thought It Would Be
After discussing a visit to Gunnison Beach here in NJ, my wife and I decided to make the trip. I'm 40 and my wife is 41. We were both aware that it was 'clothing optional' and I knew that most people would be nude, but I think my wife thought it would be a 50-50 split (nude, partially nude).
When we got there she was a little overwhelmed. She didn't take her suit off at all. However, after a while of sitting in our chairs and watching the scenery, I felt I could take the next step. I asked my wife if she thought it was OK, and she looked at me with a look that said, "are you crazy?" But she then said, "sure, go for it."
A few seconds later, I stood up and took off my swim suit. And guess what? Nothing happened. No earthquake. No bolt of lightning. Nothing. Everyone went about their business.
I, however, loved this new feeling...sitting in the sun, wind blowing...it was extremely refreshing and freeing. I loved it. After a couple of beers, I asked my wife if she wanted to walk to the water with me. Again, she looked at me with a look that said, "are you crazy?"
I said, "why not." So, at first she didn't want to go, but after a second she said sure. That was pretty intimidating. I'm walking in my birthday suit through dozens of men and women.
Anyway, the water was beautiful. Swimming sans clothing was a first for me too...and it was another great experience. I made the walk from our chairs to the water 3 or 4 times, each time enjoying it more and more.
I would love to go back and try it again. My wife is now talking about going back and removing her top. Hey, whatever makes her comfortable. We'll see how it goes.
Our Nude Adventure
When I was a boy the words "naked" or "nude" were not part of my family's vocabulary. The only nudity we knew started with your shower, and ended as soon as you could grab your towel. My brother and I never went shirtless or barefoot. We were never even allowed to wear sandals or flip-flops. Being nude was never an option.
As always, life goes on. College, work, marriage, children, divorce; all flew by in what seemed to be a short span of time. With the dawn of the Internet I found out about this thing call "social nudism." I was intrigued and the idea grew slowly that I would like to participate in this naked adventure. After my divorce, I began to sleep in the nude, which I found to be much more comfortable than wearing pajamas. Still I lacked any social interaction with other nudists.
About this time I remarried. My wife, of Eastern European background, was open to our sleeping nude. After the children moved out to begin their own families, we began to be much freer with our clothing at home and we talked often about nudity and whether it was right or wrong according to Biblical standards. As Christians we wanted to do the right thing. Examination of the Scriptures led us to the conclusion that simply being nude, and being nude with others was not in conflict with our Bible. We began to be naked at home more and more. We still had not been able to go anywhere that allowed nudity.
Finally we had our chance one winter when we were on a Caribbean cruise. The ship docked in Jamaica. I had already found out that we could get day passes at a resort that had an Au Natural island. We took a taxi to the resort and checked in at the desk. They wanted to show us around the resort but surprisingly my wife would have nothing to do with such a tour. She wanted to get out to the island as soon as possible. I couldn't agree more. As soon as we arrived, we found two lounge chairs in a sunny location. We had our clothes off in the blink of an eye. Like many others have said, it was so good to be naked. We swam around a little and then came the moment of truth - meeting other people. We spoke to some of the other guests and we enjoyed our time there so much we really hated to leave. Being naked on the island was so natural and easy. We were hooked!
This summer we have traveled to three nudist clubs/resorts. We even ran in a clothing optional 5K race at Turtle Lake Resort in Michigan. We had so much fun. My wife and I agreed that we should have done this sooner! Why did we wait so long?
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