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First-Time Nudist Experience

Afraid, But For What?

Every summer from my late 20s to 30s I would go to the office of Goodland in Hackettstown, NJ and ask all kinds of questions and chicken out and go home. Finally the year that I turned 40 I got brave enough to actually enter the gate and find out what I was missing.

When I disrobed in the parking lot I felt totally relaxed. This is the first time that I went into the pool and let the suns rays dry me and felt the breeze gently caress my entire body. The feeling was quite refreshing.

Today I go to Rock Lodge with my fiance. Rock Lodge was her first experience. At Rock Lodge I experienced two firsts. It was the first time that I walked in the rain nude and I also had the opportunity to drive my car that way too. We find the people there to be very friendly and we feel very relaxed there.

What I was afraid of I will never know but I am glad I took that first step many years ago.

Proud To Be an Advocate

Having been exposed to nudist magazines as a child, I always embraced the joy of being nude. It wasn't until I went off to college that I was able to actually join a club in Spokane, WA. What a thrill being able to be with other like-minded people of all ages. Upon moving to Seattle I had the opportunity to join another club in which I attended monthly swims.

While I'm kinda isolated from the west side clubs and resorts here in Oregon, I more than ever committed to the nudist lifestyle and promote it every chance I get with family and friends. I can't think of a better way to spend time home or when the weather is nice outside. Once you've tried it, you'll never look back.

How My Wife Became a Nudist

I met my wife in 1961. We were married in 1963. I was hired by TWA in 1966. I chose San Francisco as my domicile. When we moved to California, we lived with Sharon's mother until we found an apartment. We were hired to manage the building we lived in.

About 1968 we were listening to a radio show. The subject of the show was free beaches. I knew what they were but Sharon didn't have a clue. I had not brought up nudism with her since I had a bad experience with a prior girlfriend I tried to introduce to nudism.

Sharon asked (in a kidding way,)"You want to check that out, don't you?"

I said, "Sure!" She said not without her! I said, "Great!, let's do it!" The next week the show had people from nudist resorts talking about national nude weekend.

The host asked why people would go to a resort and pay ground fees when they could go to the free beaches. They gave several good reasons. Sharon said the resorts sounded better and if we go we'll go there. I asked her if she wanted to go to Santa Cruz. We put on suits, shorts and t-shirts. On the way I pulled off to a side road. Sharon asked where I was going; I said it was a surprise. When I pulled in to a drive, she asked again.

I told her it was a place we heard about on the radio. She was uneasy. I said since we were here let's take the tour, that we didn't have to stay. We took the tour, the guide said if we wanted to stay drive in, take our clothes off and enjoy! I was able to talk her into staying a half hour.

She asked if we had to get nude right away. She said no, get comfortable, than get nude. We drove in, I got nude, but Sharon didn't right away. It took her no time to take all her clothes off. She said she felt out of place with her clothes on.

We were nudists until she got cancer. Sharon passed away 9/11/2001. Not a good day! I resumed nudism after her death.

My First Nude Experience

It was May 1960, I was a student at U of Ill.in Champaign. I had been reading nudist magazines since I was in high school, starting about 1950. At first I looked at the pictures, but after getting bored I started to read the magazines. I decided that someday I would like to be a nudist.

I joined the Air Force after I graduated from high school. I continued to buy magazines while in the A.F. but at that time the law sometimes raided the nudist camps so I never tried to go. I was now free to go and I was in comfortable driving distance to a nudist camp, Zoro Nature Park.

I drove to the camp. When I arrived the lady at the gate asked if I had written to get permission to visit. I said no. She called the owner, Alois Knapp. He came to the gate, asked me if I was a nudist and how I knew about Zoro. I told him I had been reading nudist magazines for several years and wanted to become a nudist.

He let me go in the camp for the day but asked me if I had a girlfriend. I said yes, but she was at school in Rock Island, Ill. He said to bring her next time I came. I said I would try. After the spring semester was over we both went home and resumed dating. In about three weeks I asked Josie to go with me to this camp I had visited in Indiana. I told her it was a real nice place, the people were nice and friendly, there was a pond to swim in, volleyball courts, etc. I said I thought she would enjoy it.

She asked me what was this "nature park." I told her there were trails through the woods. She kept asking for more information and I finally told her we could go skinny-dipping in the pond. When she heard that she asked if this place was a nudist colony.

In those days there was no Internet for information so I had nothing to guide me to explain nudism to her. She called me a pervert, slapped my face and broke our relationship. Gee, I wish I had known how to explain nudism to her before asking her to join me for that trip to Zoro!

Love Being Naked

Several years ago after losing my wife to breast cancer and tired of sitting in my house, I decided to get out and try new things. I approached the idea of going to a nudist resort with caution, but the idea kept nagging at me.

I am in relatively good shape, etc., and finally decided to give it a try. Like everyone, the first time was nerve-wracking.I paced back and forth naked in my room until getting up the nerve to go outside. It was only a couple of hours, and I was hooked. I enjoy going every summer now, as often as I can. I find it to be the most relaxing and enjoyable thing I have ever done.