My Bucket List

I saw the movie “The Bucket List” and it made me think of my own bucket list. Among the things I had always wanted to do was see a bare resort. I’d swam naked in Lake Mead regularly and a few other locations and enjoyed the feeling of freedom you get being bare.
I decided to locate a nearby nudist facility and visit. My wife said she wasn’t interested so I went alone to Mountaindale Sun Resort.

The host was very friendly and explained the rules and gave me a quick tour. I could not hesitate to get undressed and join up with the folks at the pool. I truly enjoyed my visit and went back a few more times. The pool, hiking trails, spa and grounds are an excellent spot to spend time. Being naked felt so natural I quickly embraced the concept.

My wife will not share my excitement so my opportunities to visit are reduced. My times at the nudist resort are a few of the very relaxing and pleasurable diversion I have ever done. I am definitely glad I acted on fulfilling one of the items on my “bucket list.” I located fellow nudists to be an extremely friendly bunch.

-Wayde D.
Why Did We Wait So Long?

Our first encounter with social nudity happened during the Skinny-Dip this year. My soon to be wife and I read about it in the AANR Bulletin. We talked about it for several days and eventually made a decision to go. She was truly somewhat afraid of getting naked in public. She had all the fears that are discussed on each of the parks’ sites.

When we arrived at Whispering Pines, we were greeted by several nude folks at the gate. They seemed so at ease standing there and welcoming us to the park.

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They grinned and gave directions to the parking area. So away we went into the entire world of social nudism. We drove past lots of folks that were naked too. All of them grinned and waved like they understood you.

After we parked and got out of the vehicle, I began to take my clothes away. She looked at my like I was insane. “Are you becoming naked right now?”

“I certainly am; everyone else is so we should be too.” She began to remove her clothes as a girl pulled into the area next to us. Robin quit and just stood there as the girl got out of her car and stripped, and caught her towel and cooled and gave a very pleasant hello to us. I believe this removed all reluctance from Robin. She removed the rest and we walked to the pool place.

That was the start of a new lifestyle for us. We have been back there and to The Bar-S-Ranch.
We have met some of the friendliest people at both areas. Now we are getting ready to join one as members.

All I can declare is why did I wait so long to do this? It’s the very best form of outdoor recreation. Sun and atmosphere on the bare skin is wonderful to let life’s frustrations go away. Hate to have to pack up and go home. But like I said we will be back as often as possible.

-Bob & Robin L
Sanford, North Carolina
The 15 minute Challenge

We’d just bought our first RV and were looking for somewhere close to try the new RV. A Web search of nearby RV resorts located quite few places to go that were pretty close. I located Lilly Valley in Fort Erie, Canada and thought it looked intriguing.
When my wife came home and asked if I discovered around I told her there were a few that were than 100 miles away, however there clearly was a “nuddie” resort only through the Peace Bridge.

I was astounded when her only reply was “OK.”
I called and made reservations and we were on the way. About 45 minutes later we were there. Lilly Valley has a small gate and lots of nude males met me there and helped direct me on which way to turn to get in. By the time I got through there were six naked men with enough metal to construct their own battleship. Lilly Valley regulars were at that time into piercings.

As I began to get out of the truck to set up my wife said, “What if I can’t do this?” My answer was it takes 15 minutes to set up, and another 15 minutes to take it down. Should you not enjoy it we will leave. That seemed reasonable to her so we unhooked the RV. Inside 15 minutes we had met a Postal Worker and his wife, a family with two children, the owner, and several other folks. No one paid any attention to any parts except for the portions of the RV.

We’ve been nudists since then. We also felt the need for AANR so much we became Premier members and then Life members. Now all of our excursions are made around going from one nudist resort to another.

-Chales L
Buffalo, New York
First Nudist Vacation

I booked our wedding to coincide with my birthday and did not tell my future wife that I’d booked our room in Jamaica to be on the Nudist side of the resort. To say she was shocked was an understatement. I was unpacking when I heard her scream and I went to inquire and found her on the balcony laughing about some man who she said was walking around with no clothes on. I said what do you anticipate, we are on the nude side of the resort?

After about 3 hrs of looking and laughing she came to terms and from then on we became nudists and have remained so ever since, and by the way we did get married with clothing on.

Land O Lakes, Florida
Cradle to Grave

My first encounter might be somewhat different as compared to a few other people. My parents were nudist. I imagine, given the time frame, I was about two years old when I had my first memory of visiting a “nudist camp.” It was somewhere in the Bay Area in California. My next memory comes from sometime after we moved to Ohio (about 1954). We then moved to Louisiana where there we no resorts or camps within a fair driving distance from our home. We did holiday at a few spots in Florida and Texas from about 1956 to 1964. My parents seldom bothered to get dressed round the house and my mother spent a least a couple of hours a day, during good weather, sun bathing in our quite big backyard. I’ve been wed a bit more frequently that I would have liked, but all of my wives have become nudist or at least participated in my nudist actions. I’m an academic and one of my research areas has included research on the effects of a nudist life style on children (positive outcomes), and legal problems relative to use of public areas by nudist (testified in several legal actions).
I think that one of the most positive outcomes of my life long experience as a naturist is that I’m quite comfortable with all sorts and types of people. I’ve learned for the most part to simply take people as they come and they do come in all shapes and sizes.
Thus . . . my first encounter was atypical, but now 60 years after I am still at it.

-Larry G.
Yuma, Arizona

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