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Friends, Family and Nudism

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.

Present Nudism with Confidence and Knowledge

I knew for a long time that I enjoyed nudism before finally letting everyone know. It first came about because my parents and two young nieces accidentally caught me naked in the backyard from a distance. I managed to put shorts on before they got to me but the secret was out. I really hadn't tried to hide it, just had never admitted it to anyone.

After that I thought 'why worry about who knows?' and I even felt that nudism was such a great way of life that I wanted to spread the word to others. So after that I would casually let others know I'm a nudist when discussing things like how warm it is, how good the sun feels, soaks in the hot tub, hiking, etc.

It's really easy to just mention something like 'I've recently found out that I like hiking nude much better than clothed.' Or maybe, 'Yes, the sun feels great but I don't like tan lines so tan without clothes.'

Then, of course, they ask why I do it and other questions. My girlfriend and I have also invited others to soak nude in our hot tub or at clothing optional hot springs and even those who swore they would never get naked due to their weight, etc, have tried skinny dipping and loved it.

So we now try to tell everyone about nudism and have gotten mostly very positive feedback. My girlfriend's daughter has even stated it's fine if we are naked when she comes over (which we do now). And while recently staying with us a few days while recovering from surgery I noticed her walking down the hallway nude, so we are helping others get comfortable with their bodies.

I've even become somewhat of an activist now and started a nudist group about five years ago and do things like hosting World Naked Gardening Day in 2010. We even invited the public to join us and gained numerous new members and were on TV nude four times, as well as on the front page of the local paper.

ALL articles were very positive for the nudist lifestyle. This year, 2011, we plan on hosting WNGD again and want to host other events to further promote the positive aspects of our amazing life choice.

We're not fond of being on TV but actually find it easier when we're nude than clothed for some reason. So although we're not great public speakers we've decided we'll take it on ourselves to be the local spokespeople for nudism in our area because we believe nudism will never grow like we want if no one takes the initiative to promote it publicly.

With all this, everyone we know, knows we are nudists and only one family member had any kind of negative reaction, and she got over it in time. So I really think we worry way too much about what others will think when we announce our nudism choice to others. Just present it with confidence and knowledge and it will go fine.

If you wish to contact me you can do so through our nudist group at www.gjnaturists.com We are located on the western slope of Colorado and welcome new members.

When I Told Mom

I wouldn't say I grew up a nudist, but according to Mom, she "potty" trained us children by letting us run around the yard naked. We grew up in the county, so very few neighbors. So I never had any problems being nude from skinny dipping in the creek, streaking during my college days, to dropping my pants whenever I could. But it wasn't until about 10 years ago, when we experienced our "first" social nude outing, that we began to appreciated what nudism is all about.

Well, after a trip with 2 other nudist couples to Tulum, Mexico, I was showing pictures (clothed) of our trip to Mom. I did tell her that the beaches were clothing optional. Then she asked me if we went naked. It was then I told her we were nudists and showed a couple of pictures of us.

Then she said "GEORGE ROBERT,(in the South, we go by 2 names..lol)if I could have only gotten your DADDY to do that!" Then she told me how she would be nude when we weren't home... Love you, Mom.

Teling the Family

I started going to nude beaches when I was in the military after I came back from the Gulf War and it changed the way I look at life.

My wife had a hard time accepting it at first. She thought it was about sex but after she went she found it was just going to the beach without the bother of a swimsuit. We went more and more with our kids and then we found a club nearby and decided to give that a try. We found very friendly people who were happy to meet us. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We made some great friends there and had many wonderful relaxing weekends.

Since we lived far from my parents and brother and sister I never mentioned it to my mom and dad. However, when my brother came for a visit I did mention it to him and even took him there for a day visit. He had been going to nude hot springs for a while so it was no big deal. Later on a trip to visit my sister I had an accident on the way to a nearby nude beach. I had lots of stress dealing with the insurance claim and police reports, I was completely stressed out. My sister took some time off of work and said she would take me anywhere I wanted to go. So I told her there was a beach I wanted to go to and that is was a nude beach.

Well, she had never heard of it and was kind of interested. When we got to the parking lot she kind of got worried and asked if she had to be nude. I said no keep as many clothes on as you like but I am planning on going nude. Is that okay? She was fine with it and we had a good time when we got back to her house she proudly told her husband she had been to her first nude beach.

I had still not told my mom or dad but I am pretty sure that sis took care of that. Some time later my mom began dropping hints especially after she had a few drinks in her! Anyway the whole entire family now knows and they don't think anything less of me, so far as I know. Every time one of my nieces or nephews likes to run around naked they say they take after their Uncle Alan, which is great for me!

My kids are all grown now and we have grand kids. My oldest granddaughter was raised by us for a while so her mom could get her life on track so we have a very close relationship. Her mom has no problem with us taking her to the nudist resort we belong to and she always has a great time swimming and running around. She is such a ray of sunshine and everyone at the club knows her they treat her like family. I know that this experience is going to give her so much self-confidence and be a positive influence. I am really happy to have passed on this message about body acceptance to her.

I know nudism may not be for everyone but it is something I feel everyone should try. For me it was a life altering experience all for the good.

Friends, Family, and Facebook

I didn't really hold back in telling friends and family after discovering the joy of nudism. I didn't go out of my way to tell people but didn't "hold it in," either. My immediate family found out I was a nudist shortly before my first Christmas as a nudist. One sister and I were going shopping for matching Christmas pajamas for the kids when she mentioned that the adults should get matching pj's, too. I told her that I'd never wear them and, when asked, explained that I sleep more comfortably without them. After ooh's and aah's I told my sister that life is just more comfortable without anything on, at which time she learned I am a nudist.

While my closest family members knew, many other family members didn't know until this past summer. At that time I said something on Facebook about going camping. A half-sister asked where I liked to go camping and I mentioned Juniper Woods, telling of the beautiful grounds and wonderful people. Within 20 minutes I received a message from her telling me that she didn't know that I was a nudist. Other messages from friends and family members soon followed. None were judgmental; all of them simply said that they didn't know.

Telling others that I'm a nudist never includes a drumroll or fanfare. It's a statement of fact, just as my favorite color or work situation are statements of fact of who I am. With this way of telling people I haven't had lots of drama as a result. There are often questions, which leads to wonderful discussion. Sometimes I even find someone who wants to try the lifestyle on for size!