Across The Board

Becoming a Proud AANR Member

Living full-time in a nudist community in Florida is truly the best way to live!  My husband and I are fortunate enough to have been doing just that for five years.  We’ve owned our home here for nine years, previously using it for weekends and vacations. After I retired we made the leap to sell our other property and live here full-time.  Within days we knew we had done the right thing.  We were home!   

Prior to the move, we lived in homes that afforded us a great deal of privacy with the chance to be nude both inside and out in our yard.  If you think from that information that we have enjoyed social nudity for all our lives it would be logical, but incorrect.  The story of how we came to be involved with social nude recreation and AANR is one that we think is unique.   Many people’s first social nude activity is through beaches, and then they decide to try a club visit.  Not for us. 
While living in upstate New York in 1999, one day we read a newspaper article about a couple involved in divorce.  They were nudists and raising their children as nudists.  In her attempt to gain full custody of the children the mother said she did not want to be a nudist, did not want to raise the children as nudists and that the father had forced it on them.  The article mentioned that AANR was assisting the father.  Thinking that the mother’s claims seemed terribly wrong we were impressed that such an organization existed and was helping. We had never even heard of AANR or the whole world of social nude recreation. However, we decided that AANR was an organization we should definitely support, so we joined.  
Being unfamiliar with nudity beyond being nude with each other, we had no intention of seeking out clubs or other members. With a membership, however, we received the North American Guide to Nude Recreation and started reading about clubs and the benefits of membership.  Our curiosity grew.  
We discovered that Ponderosa Nature Resort in Ontario, Canada was only a few hours drive from us.  This was a perfect opportunity: A small club to try first, with the added security of being in a different country for privacy!  We couldn’t wait for the weekend.  With no idea of what to expect, we reserved a hotel room in nearby Guelph so we wouldn’t be locked into staying at Ponderosa.  
We arrived at the gate on a Saturday and pulled over to the side. My husband said he didn’t think he could go through with it.  My immediate response was “We just drove two hours to get here.  Push the button!”  I knew if we turned back then we would never return.  In we went.  
After checking in we went back to the car to undress.  In my preparation for this step I had purchased a beautiful set of underclothes.  I still laugh when I think about the incongruence of that. We were ready to explore this place.  
Walking around the neighborhood we saw people doing what people everywhere do on a Saturday afternoon:  Washing a car, mowing a lawn, and starting up a grill.  The only difference was that we were all nude.  The residents were friendly and the club hosts were very welcoming.  Club guests were great – happy to talk to the newbies and answer questions.  We had a wonderful day.  
That evening as we were preparing to leave we had only one regret.  We had that hotel reservation in Guelph to keep!  This was only the first of several trips we made to Ponderosa. You can be sure we stayed on property every time after that.  
Although our introduction to social nude recreation and to AANR was different than most, our embracing of the life and our commitment to AANR was immediate and life-long.  Once we got up the nerve to go through that first gate and see how right and natural it is to live nude, we knew we would one day live that way too. We are home!

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.