The World of Nude Recreation As Told By You
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First-Time Nudist Experience
Long Time Nudist
When I was still a child I always felt good when I was nude, so I would always make sure I had to walk to the bathroom to take a bath and back to my room nude. When I turned 8 years old I started sleeping nude and would sit around or lay on my bed in my room nude all the time, and when no one was home, I would always be nude in other parts of my house.
When I turned 12 years old I had a friend and streaking was a big craze then, so we would streak every chance we got. Unfortunately my family would never have agreed for me to be a nudist, so I could not tell them, nor be nude in front of them.
When I moved into my own house I was nude all the time. I always tried to persuade my girlfriends that they would like being a nudist but most would not try it, and the ones that tried it did not like it, but I always continued being nude all the time because it is the only way I want to be.
Before I got married my fiancée knew I was a nudist and would continue to be a nudist after we were married, and after 25 years of marriage she knows I will always be a nudist.
She is not a nudist. As well, my children are not nudist. Lucky for me my family understands being nude is the way I am comfortable, and don't mind that I am always nude. I always loved being nude, and always will.
I have been a nudist for 49 years and no way I would ever change.
Buffalo, New York
Breaking Down Barriers
On a recent trip to a Florida beach resort, while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, the incredible urge to be naked in the water was too much to suppress. I found myself out beyond any other swimmers and removed my trunks. I stayed there for what seemed like hours enjoying the feel of the water and a freedom like I have never experienced before.
I am a 51 year old male and never would have thought to do something like that in a private pool let alone the Gulf. The exhilaration I felt left an indelible image of the freedom and sense of one with nature that I want to continue.
Upon returning home I immediately joined AANR and am actively seeking a local resort to visit. It will be my first "official" exposure (no pun intended) to a naturist environment and I welcome any suggestions.
Thank you for opening up a new chapter in my life.
Two first experiences
I started enjoying nudism by sleeping in the nude. Later I began to do my work around the house nude. My wife was surprised when I came downstairs nude one day and I could tell her reluctance.
One late summer day after working on the boat I was really warm so I drove over to the lake. Since it was mid-evening there were very few people at the beech so it was able to find a secluded area. I walked into the lake and when chest deep took off my swimsuit. It felt amazing. Before I walked out of the water, so as to not offend anyone, I put the suit back on. I will never forget the feeling of the first time nude in Lake Michigan.
Towards the end of summer I walked from the lake into the dunes. I removed my swimsuit and was nude outdoors, other than my backyard, for the first time. I remember thinking to myself that I'm a "nudist."
After hiking in the dunes a number of times but concerned about clothed hikers I decided on trying a nudist club. The best part of going to a club is you can wonder along the nature trail, go into the pool, etc. and not be concerned about other people.
Being at a club, it doesn't matter if someone is nude or not. YOU can be nude and enjoy. I only wish I would have started this earlier.
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?