When AANR President, Kathy Watzel, asked me to write a story for The Bulletin about camping, I had not given much thought to camping as part of my AANR experience. After all, that was what I did when I visited a club most of the time. 

About a week before the planned trip, I would plan my meals and freeze the meat. The night before the trip, I would pack the van with camping equipment, canned and dried food, and chill down the two electric ice chests. In the morning, Mindy Stephens would pack a few clothes with some warm things for the night, hiking boots, several sets of towels, bug repellent, and ant spray. Meanwhile, I would pack the cold foods into the coolers.  At last we would be off, but not before stopping at the local Costco for gas and the much needed tequila and margarita mix. Mindy and I received a couple of compliments on our purple-and-green printed T-shirts (I Survived Visiting a Nudist Resort). Yes, Costco and our community know we are nudists. It may have something to do with the “Come Skinny-Dip” magnets I have left on their refrigerators.

When we arrive at the club after the check-in at the office, we find our site and the work begins. This is where planning pays off.  Will you be setting up for hot days, rain, or strong winds coming down the canyons?  A pop-up is always a good idea for rain or shine, and with winds you may want to use extra ropes on the canopies, pop-ups, and tents. Bring extra tarps and rope to secure a lean-to from surrounding trees for rain. Keep all food sealed in a plastic container off the ground to keep the ants out.

I typically request a site with water and power for the extra equipment I bring in with the field kitchen, electric coolers, and blenders. The whole set-up only takes Mindy and me around an hour and a half; then the fun can begin. 

Camping at AANR clubs is as diversified as its membership. You can rough it with just a tent or come completely self-contained in an RV with microwave and satellite TV. The resorts range from deep in the redwoods with streams, to deserts and dry riverbeds. You can fall asleep at night with the sound of wind in the trees with the occasional owl call at Squaw Mountain Ranch, or visit DeAnza Springs Resort and gaze up at a night sky full of stars. Whatever you call camping, there is nothing like doing it in the nude.  But please remember to wear an apron when cooking bacon for your own safety.  


Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.