My Bucket List

I viewed the film “The Bucket List” and it made me think of my own bucket list. One of many things I ‘d always wanted to do was visit a nude resort. I’d swam nude in Lake Mead frequently and some other locations and liked the feeling of freedom you get being naked.
I decided to find 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 couldn’t wait to get undressed and join up with the people at the pool. I truly loved my visit and went back a couple more times. The pool, hiking trails, spa and property are a great spot to spend time. Being nude felt so natural I quickly adopted the concept.

My wife does not share my excitement so my chances to see are reduced. My times at the nudist resort are a few of the most relaxing and enjoyable recreation I’ve ever done. I am definitely glad I acted on fulfilling one of the items on my “bucket list.” I found fellow nudists to be an extremely friendly crowd.

-Wayde D.
Why Did We Wait So Long?

Our first experience 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 decided to go. She was really a bit fearful of getting nude in public. She had all the anxieties which are discussed on all the parks’ sites.

When we arrived at Whispering Pines, we were greeted by several nude 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 sphere of social nudism. We drove past a lot 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 clothing away. She looked at my like I was crazy. “Are you becoming nude right now?”

“I certainly am; everyone else is so we should be too.” She started to remove her clothes as a girl pulled into the area next to us. Robin stopped and just stood there as the girl got from her car and stripped, and grabbed her towel and cooled and gave an extremely fine hello to us. I believe this removed all reluctance from Robin. She removed the remainder and we walked to the pool place.

That was the start of a brand new lifestyle for us. We’ve been back there and to The Bar S Ranch.
We’ve met a number of at both locations. Now we are getting prepared to join one as members.

All I can say is why did I wait so long to do this? It’s the top type of outdoor recreation. Sun and air on the naked skin is amazing 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 often as possible.

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

We had just purchased our first RV and were looking for someplace close to test out the new RV. A Web search of nearby RV resorts found very few places to go that were relatively close. I found Lilly Valley in Fort Erie, Canada and thought it looked intriguing.
When my wife came home and asked if I found somewhere I told her there were a few that were more than 100 miles away, but there clearly was a “nuddie” resort just across 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.

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Lilly Valley has a small gate and many nude men met me there and helped direct me on which way to turn to get in. By the time that I got through the gate 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 not do this?” My reply was it takes 15 minutes to set up, and another 15 minutes to take it down. If you don’t like it we will leave. That seemed reasonable to her so we unhooked the RV. Inside 15 minutes we’d met a Postal Worker and his wife, a family with two kids, the owner, and many other individuals. No one paid any attention to any parts except for the parts of the RV.

We have been nudists since then. We also felt the demand for AANR so much we became Prime Minister members and then Life members. Now all of our trips are built 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 expect, we’re on the nude side of the hotel?

After about 3 hrs of looking and laughing she came to conditions 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 may be a bit different as compared to a few other folks. My parents were nudist. I imagine, given the time frame, I was about a couple of years old when I had my first memory of going to a “nudist camp.” It was someplace in the Bay Area in California. My subsequent 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 house. We did vacation at a couple of places in Florida and Texas from about 1956 to 1964. My parents seldom bothered to get dressed around the home and my mother spent a least a couple of hours a day, during good weather, sun bathing in our quite large backyard. I’ve been wed a bit more frequently that I would have enjoyed, but all of my wives have become nudist or at least participated in my nudist activities. I am an academic and one of my research areas has included research on the effects of a nudist life style on children (positive results), and legal problems relative to use of public places by nudist (testified in several legal actions).
I believe that one of the very most favorable results of my life long experience as a naturist is that I am 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.
Thus . . . my first encounter was atypical, but now 60 years after I am still at it.

-Larry G.

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