My Bucket List

I saw the movie “The Bucket List” and it made me think of my own personal bucket list. One of the things I ‘d always wanted to do was see a nude resort. I’d swam nude in Lake Mead often and a few other spots and enjoyed the feeling of freedom you get being naked.
I chose to find a nearby nudist facility and visit. My wife said she was not 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 wait to get undressed and join up with the people in the pool. I really enjoyed my visit and went back a few more times. The pool, hiking trails, watering place and grounds are a fantastic place to spend time. Being naked felt so natural I immediately adopted the theory.

My wife does not share my excitement so my opportunities to visit are reduced. My times at the nudist resort are some of the most relaxing and enjoyable recreation I’ve ever done. I am certainly glad I acted on fulfilling one of the items on my “bucket list.” I located fellow nudists to be a very friendly crowd.

-Wayde D.
Why Did We Wait So Long?

Our first encounter with social nudity occurred 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 finally decided to go. She was truly a little scared of getting nude in public. She had all the anxieties that are discussed on all the parks’ websites.

When we arrived at Whispering Pines, we were greeted by several naked people at the gate. They appeared so at ease standing there and welcoming us to the park. 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 as well. 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 off. She looked at my like I was mad. “Are you becoming naked right now?”

“I sure am; everyone else is so we should be too.” She began to take off her clothes as a woman pulled into the spot 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 an extremely pleasant hello to us. I believe this removed all hesitation from Robin. She removed the remainder and we walked to the pool area.

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’re getting ready to join one as members.

All I can say is why did I wait so long to get this done? It is 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 need to pack up and go home. But like I said we will be back as frequently as possible.

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

We had just bought our first RV and were looking for somewhere close to try the new RV. A Web search of nearby RV resorts located very few places to go that were reasonably close. I located Lilly Valley in Fort Erie, Canada and thought it seemed fascinating.
When my wife came home and asked if I found around I told her there were a few that were more than 100 miles away, however there was a “nuddie” resort only across the Peace Bridge.

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

As I started to get out of the truck to set up said, “What if I can not do this?” My response was it takes 15 minutes to set up, and another 15 minutes to take it down. Should you not like 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 individuals. No one paid any attention to any parts except for the portions of the RV.

We have been nudists since then. We also felt the demand for AANR so much we became Premier members and then Life members. Now all of our excursions are constructed 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 didn’t 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 investigate and found her on the balcony laughing about some guy 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 experience might be somewhat different as compared to various other folks. My parents were nudist. I suspect, given the time frame, I was about a couple of years old when I had my first memory of visiting a “nudist camp.” It was somewhere in the Bay Area in California. My subsequent memory comes from sometime after moved to Ohio (about 1954). We then moved to Louisiana where there we no resorts or camps within a fair driving distance from our house. We did vacation at a few areas in Florida and Texas from about 1956 to 1964. My parents seldom bothered to get dressed throughout the home and my mom spent a least a few hours a day, during good weather, sun bathing in our quite big backyard. I have been married a bit more often that I would have enjoyed, but all of my wives have become nudist or at least participated in my nudist activities. I’m an academic and one of my research areas has involved research on the effects of a nudist life style on kids (positive results), and legal issues relative to use of public places by nudist (testified in several legal actions).
I believe that one of the most positive outcomes of my life long experience as a naturist is that I’m very comfortable with all sorts and kinds of individuals. I’ve learned for the most part to just take people as they come and they do come in all shapes and sizes.
So . . . my first encounter was atypical, but now 60 years after I ‘m still at it.

-Larry G.
Yuma, Arizona

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