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Friends, Family and Nudism

Telling Family and Friends

My family has a get-together every summer. My wife and I never went while Sharon was alive since we lived on the west coast and the family lived in the mid-west and east coast. We had dogs, Sharon had a business and we didn't have an RV.

After Sharon passed away I sold the house in California and bought a house in Nevada. I had enough money from the house in Cal to buy a used RV. In 2003 I took my first trip east to the family get-together. My niece was having the family at her house in Michigan.

I drove there in the RV, stopping when they were along the way at nudist resorts. I was never refused as a single man. In 2006 my niece in Michigan divorced so her sister in Maryland hosted the family. She called me to tell me of the change in plans and told me there was a KOA near her home I could stay at with the RV. I asked her the name of the KOA, told her I would try to get reservations there, but if none were available I would stay at Pine Tree Associates.

She asked me what that was. I told her it was a place near her house with RV parking, swimming pool, volleyball and tennis courts. She said she had never heard of it so I told her it was clothing optional. Silence!

After she digested what I said she said suit yourself, but put clothes on when I came to the house. I got into the KOA so clothes were no problem. On the way to and from her house to the camp grounds I told her about Sharon and me being nudists. After the family get together I drove to Va. To see Sharon's brother and a niece who was has daughter. Then I drove to S.C. to see her sister. Lara had not seen her Aunt Sharon since she was a toddler.

While I was there, I told her about Sharon's business and our life showing dogs; the part about us as nudists just came out. Both my niece in Md. and S.C. were very accepting of the news of our nudist lifestyle.

The Wife

I have been going to Aurora Gardens for about four years. Last year I got my wife to go for her first time. She loved it. Now we are planning to go to a clothing-optional resort.

She told her sister about it and when she comes to visit this summer all three of us are going to Aurora Gardens. We have never had a better experience. We love it!

How I Have Changed

Please note that I only consider myself a family nudist. I do believe in many of the naturist ideals. I just don't personally feel the need to join a club or anything.

Like all of us, I had a few nudist experiences as a kid. But, unfortunately, I was really never allowed to run around naked as a kid. I didn't understand then and I still don't understand now. However as I became a young adult I realized that nudity does not mean sex, and in many ways, is just simply relaxing.

I don't really "get social" but I see nothing wrong with it. If someone were to catch me simply naked, I would not be embarassed. I think I would be more embarassed if I was sitting half-clothed on the toilet. However, I would still love to try it some day.

Some of my friends know that I am comfortable with the idea of nudism. I would love to attend a nudist event with some of my close friends. I think it would strengthen our friendship and create lasting memories.

I am a family nudist. I like to be nude, just you probably won't see me at a nude beach. I don't think I would have a problem being nude in front of my partner, or children. I would probably allow my kids to run around nude. However I haven't had that social aspect of nudity yet. Maybe I'll try it sometime...

Being a family nudist helps me be comfortable with my body. Sometimes I think it's sad the people are uncomfortable with their own bodies. I think if nudity was commonplace, the world we be just a bit better. When I am nude, I also tend to eat a bit healthier, because when everyone (including yourself) can see what you really look like, you care about your body and yourself just a little bit more, i guess, I haven't really figured that out yet. :)

My Family Knows I Am a Nudist

When I first started going to a nudist resort in my area I did not tell any of my friends or family members about my becoming a nudist. However, I soon felt I wanted them to hear the story from me in the way I wanted to tell it and at a time that I was comfortable telling them. I did not want someone else taking that from me. I also did not want them to get the impression that I felt that I was doing something wrong of something I was ashamed of.

So one time when I was visiting one of my sisters and my Mother (along with other family members) the subject of my tanned arms and face came up. I told them that I had been going to a place where I could sit in the sun and get a tan as well as swim and I had an all-over tan (no tan lines).

My other sister found out from me sometime later and she thought it was absolutely great. Again, she would not participate in it herself but she not only accepted it but on a later visit (when the weather was warmer) invited me for a swim in her pool. The pool was in an area secluded enough so I did not need a suit even though she and her husband did wear them.

I now live in a clothing optional community where (weather permitting) I can go around nude as much as I want. Both my sisters and their husbands have visited me where I live now and are glad to see how happy I am here but while they may have told their friends and neighbors that they have visited me I really doubt if they told them about the fact that they stayed at a nudist resort.

Cultural Coincidence

It was 1957 and I was plant manager of a small company in what was becoming Silicon Valley. Rapid growth and an increasing work load had made me a less than pleasant father and husband.

My wife and I had a serious discussion of what could be done to resolve my dilemma. I harked back to my childhood experience swimming naked in San Francisco Bay with a group of boys and girls of similar ages (10-13). She was raised on a farm and had had no exposure to the joy of nude recreation.

I had read some copies of the old American Sunbathing magazine and found the location of a camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains only a few miles away. My spouse was college educated and had been in the WAC and had no objection to trying social nudism.

We called and got directions to Lupin Lodge and drove down on a Saturday morning to be certain our children would have some new playmates to enjoy. The manager enlisted a member to show us around the grounds and buildings. He concluded our tour at the smaller of the two swimming pools.

As we entered the gate around the pool we heard a surprised voice shout "Jennie?" "Hugh?" and looked down at the face of friend from our town who was also my employee. He turned away and started shouting the name of his wife, Sally. She came running excitedly from their nearby campsite because Bill had their year-old daughter in a float in the pool with him.

She, too, was amazed to see us and they began introducing us to the many friends they had made at the camp. Sally was a teacher in the school our two oldest children were attending and Jennie and I had introduced her to Bill and started their romance.

Through them we met Sol Stern, President of the ASA and his wife and many other popular social figures in nudist circles in the San Francisco Bay area. The children made many friends and looked forward to our many visits to camps as far away as Sacramento and our stays at others when we visited Southern California.