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First-Time Nudist Experience

Comfort as Well as Convenience

I used to say that growing up during the 1970s in the humid Midwest, we weren't nudists per se. What I mean is that nudity wasn't an all the time thing around the house; rather, it was a matter of convenience and no one else was embarrassed or affronted if one of us was nude between the shower and the bedroom. In fact, having two older sisters plus my mom, plus me all living under one roof (with only one bathroom), nudity was a pragmatic approach to household efficiency.

By the time I was either 13 or 14 (around 1980), my two sisters had moved out, one joining the Navy while the other graduated from college, leaving just my mom and me and of course, a much more easily accessible bathroom (yes, it's the little things in life!). Although I didn't realize it at the time, I was about to discover something that has since shaped my perspective on nudity.

Around this time, I remember that as I entered puberty, I had become much more private about myself, neither wanting to see nor participate in the household's practical nudity. As an aside, I've learned that this is very common, even among kids who are raised in nudist households. Sometimes the kids outgrow it and return to nudism, even raising their own kids as nudists; sometimes they don't. At that time, we didn't have air conditioning and that summer was another typical Midwestern scorcher, with daily temperatures in the 90s and little to no relief at night. We'd open the windows, but even the breeze was hot, with the bedrooms seemingly hotter than the rest of the house.

Late one weekend, I remember riding my bike home from my cousin's. I remember trying to pedal as little as possible, instead opting to coast so that I could benefit from the cooling effects of the wind. When I got home, the front door was locked, which was unusual. So, I jumped the fence and went in through the back door. Coming into the living room so that I could get my bike, I found my mom, nude on the couch. She had fallen asleep in front of the TV. My presence had startled her awake and she mentioned how hot it was (which obviously went without saying). She also mentioned that as long as the weather remained as hot and humid, she would probably continue to sleep in the living room and in her current state of nudity (though she would try to wait until the evening after dark). She was very perceptive of my unsaid reactions and mentioned that because of the weather, I was also free to be nude or not depending on my comfort level. It was a lot for me to take in. That night I didn't opt to be completely nude, however I usually slept in my jockeys, which is practically nude anyway.

A few days later, I tried sleeping completely nude, though I didn't tell her. I found that I did sleep well, and woke up the next day feeling well rested. That's when I realized that nudity wasn't just for convenience-it was about comfort too. And even though I wouldn't admit it back then, deep down I knew I liked being nude, so I guess I was alwa

And the bride wore... not much

It's been a while since my first time nudist experience, but I keep discovering new first time experiences as a nudist. I recently went to my first nudist wedding! The bride and groom didn't consider themselves nudists, but wanted to have a transformative experience as they became wed. It was a small service and most of the guests arrived fully dressed, with only a couple of nude individuals who were club members helping out with the event. There was a definite curiosity about nudism amongst the guests and some of the more couragious began asking a wide array of questions to those of us in the buff. I began to realize that what they were really asking was wether it was ok for them to get nude too. We suggested that they go hit the walking trail and get nude once they were out of sight. When they made it back, they could decide if they wanted to stay nude or get attired again. More than a couple of the attendees stayed in some state of undress through the ceremony, and of those who stayed dressed, a couple said that they regretted not joining in. A few even stayed after and finally bared it all, even the grooms parents, who had stayed fully dressed through service decided to take a skinny dip. Most surprising was the reverend who admitted that she had decided to wear a full robe during the ceremony, but had chosen to wear nothing underneath. She not only committed to coming back at a less conspicuous time, but asked if she could take a hike along the trails before she left.

Rock Haven

I have been a home nudist for years and finally decided to go visit a nudist resort. I found Rock Haven and emailed Susie. She is so nice and makes you feel comfortable visiting. I went to the office, paid the fee which is very reasonable, drove to the parking lot and stripped off my clothes. The feeling is so liberating and comfortable. I walked around the grounds and spent some time talking with the guests and Susie in the office. I had reservations at first as this was the first full nude experience in public but I found the nicest people there. Being nude and not being judged makes you feel stronger about your body. This was the first time but hopefully not the last time I will go to a nudist resort. If you are considering it, and traveling in Tennessee, go visit. It's wonderful!

A baseball cap, sunglasses and nipple piercings

I wish I could remember when I first decided to try a nude vacation. I'd never really been comfortable with my own nudity. I don't even like taking off my shirt, so a nude resort would be a complete one-eighty for me, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized it was something I really wanted to try.

I ended up going to a resort a few hours away in Idaho. I was made to feel welcome right away and was given a complete tour inside and out. After getting settled into my room, I got undressed and took a quick shower. I still had things to bring in from my car, so it was time to open the door and step out into the hallway nude for the first time. I was nervous, but it was also such an awesome feeling! I was really doing it! When I was about halfway down the stairs I looked down and saw a few other guests sitting in the lobby. Amazingly, when they saw me, no one pointed or stared, and the world didn't stop turning! Such an amazing experience!!

After bringing some things from my car, I decided to go for a hike. One of the main reasons I chose this resort is because the property is ringed with miles of hiking trails. Hiking nude out in the open was such an exhilarating feeling! I vividly remember the feeling of air moving all around my body. You definitely miss out on that when you're covered in clothes. I loved hiking in the evenings, but the morning hikes were fun as well. It always felt so exhilarating to get out of bed at 6am and then head out into the cool morning air for a 2-hour nude hike.

The resort has two swimming pools. I'd usually swim in the indoor pool at night, and then every morning I'd head down to the outdoor pool to swim and sunbathe! It felt a little unusual tanning nude on a crowded pool deck, but once I was stretched out on my beach towel and had some music streaming through my ear buds, I'd usually forget I was naked within a few minutes. To be honest, I really looked forward to swimming and sunbathing nude. You really can't ask for a more enjoyable or relaxing way to spend a warm August afternoon!

In the end, I spent four days wearing nothing but a baseball cap, sunglasses and my nipple piercings. To my surprise, it was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever experienced, and I have no regrets at all! If you're considering going to a nude resort for the first time, don't hesitate, you're going to enjoy it more than you think! I went by myself my first time, but imagine being a mom and dad with a bunch of kids and not having to deal with mountains of luggage, clothes strewn all over the room or soaking wet swimsuits drip-drying in the bathroom. There's also very little you have to do between activities. If you're in your room and you want to go for a quick swim, you just walk down to the pool nude and get in the water. You don't have to get undressed or change or anything. So simple, easy and stress-free! That's how a vacation should be! I hope my experience encourages you to try a nude vacation for yourself.

Nobody really cared

We live near Land 'O Lakes and had driven past Paradise Lake quite often. I was intrigued by the thought of this place but thought "no way no how". One day I saw an ad somewhere and clicked on the website and they had this deal for $20 you get admission AND a card to be used at the bar for $20 worth of beverages, huh? Sounds like a deal, right? So I joke with my wife that I was going to go as she was always busy on Sunday's anyway. I got the "oh yea, right" because she knows that I am a very heavy guy and don't like taking even my shirt off. She also applies that as to why I don't like going to the beach. The real reason is that I hate sand in my shorts. So after several weeks of this teasing and laughing I went for it. I went in to the lobby shaking, nervous as all get out. Several people walked by as I was paying and had minimal or no clothes on. I thought "that's cool, I wonder if I can be like that". Got my card and went to the pool deck and all these naked men and women were walking around smiling and laughing and seemed to be having a great time. I got to a spot in the back row and whipped off my shirt, slid down my shorts and practically dove onto the chair. I reached into my bag and got the sunscreen out and applied it liberally to my whitest spots. I have a lot of surface area to cover in other regions and could not get my back, doh! That means I will have to sit face up with what I got showing OR get burned badly on my back. No matter the choice, it was not going to be a good outcome. Well I decided a cold adult beverage was in order. I got my card and just walked quickly as I could a few feet, then back to get my shoes as I am a tenderfoot. I walked past a woman sitting there shading her eyes and she said with a smile "that pavement gets hot doesn't it". Really odd, she did not seem to care that I was so heavy and not tanned, just a smile. I got in line for my beer and a man turns around and starts talking about the heat and the band that was playing and then his wife comes up and we introduce ourselves. They didn't seem to care either about how heavy I was. We just made conversation like we were in line at a ballpark or something, except I usually don't talk to people in line at the ballpark. I had my drink and once I finished it I bee lined for the pool. Nice cool pool with lots of people in it and again, no one really cared how fat I was. I saw many people that day that were not perfect either and I REALLY DIDN'T CARE. Everyone was SO nice and I loved the freedom. My wife was not pleased that I had gone and did not understand why I did this. I recently went back and had a zen time again. I made up my mind to come out of the closet nude to my wife. She was not a fan, but after a bit of talking she realized that I enjoyed the non-judgement and she did agree that if it makes me feel good about myself then that is what mattered. I'll be back again soon with her blessing, unfortunately not with her, but that's okay, no judging!