No, NakedMan isn’t just like #BurningMan. But it is a celebration of creativity and life. Laguna del Sol is almost full. The good campsites are now all taken. The bicycle parade started at dusk. People did amazing light things with there bikes. They followed a golf cart, all lit up and blaring dancing music, around the lake. What a hoot. Just a few sites down from us a couple has set up a saloon. They pour free shots of rum and vodka for anyone who stops in. Next we went to the white lounge where most everyone wore white. Again the creativity with the “white dress” code was amazing. Some naked guys wore white hats and white ties. The women, though, were the most creative with their white wear. We had thought we would look good in our white polo shirts while naked from the waist down. Well, we were okay, but nothing compared to women wearing white evening gowns with their breast bared.
Last night we lit up our canoe and joined other lit up boats on the lake for a procession around the perimeter. Our sound machine pumped out Puccini classics for the enjoyment of all on the shores. From the lake we watched the parade of bikes, golf carts, and people walking. All emitting colorful lights. Then it was on to the dance where an excellent DJ played music with a dance beat. The floor was packed with people in beautiful and creative costumes. Some people were totally naked. Others were dressed in colorful outfits. Some very sexy. Others creative. Many were both. It was the most fun that we’ve had at a dance in ages.
We had prided ourselves on being modest and simple with the food we purchased for our camping. But that pride vanished as we smelled meat being grilled on charcoal stoves around us. Our instant mac and cheese didn’t look so good.
It’s like #burningman but without thousands and the sand. We’re at Laguna del Sol, a clothing optional resort near Sacramento. The NakedMan event gets started tonight with the “White Lounge” and a bike parade. We got here several days ago so that we could enjoy watching all the people roll in and see the resort go from a quiet setting to a boisterous group of naked people.
So, what is Naked Man? The setting is on grass around a lovely lake. Most people are in there RV’s. But many like us are camping in our tent.
Membership in national nudist/naturist organizations has declined substantially over the past 20 years. Yet the nude tourism industry is growing and more and more people are exposing themselves on social media. The UK Daily Mail reports, “Officials forced to release rules about stripping off at sacred sites as trend for naked travel snaps takes off around the world.”
I’ll bet that none of these strippers for social media consider themselves nudists or naturists. Just like the people I meet at our local skinny dip hole, they don’t consider themselves nudists. They just like to be naked in an outdoor setting.
So what’s the difference between committed nudism and uncommitted nudism. It’s pretty obvious. Committed means you subscribe to a “philosophy of nudism” and join organizations that promote the philosophy. Uncommitted means that you don’t subscribe to a “philosophy of nudism,” and you don’t belong to any organization that promotes that philosophy. You don’t consider yourself a nudist or naturist. You just know that it feels good to be naked and you look for opportunities to be nude in and outdoor setting. The people who post nude pictures of themselves at famous travel destinations on social media are just saying it’s fun to be naked.
As a nudist resort you have to ask yourself who do you want to market to – a declining group of people, or a group that is growing? Laguna del Sol, near Sacramento, recognizes this. For years the resort has had a NudeStock event. Having attended this fun gathering I can tell you that the crowd was pretty much made up of old time committed naturists. Then a couple of years ago the marketing staff took note of the success of Burning Man where nakedness is common. Now, in addition to NudeStock, Laguna del Sol hosts NakedMan. My husband and I love this event which attracts a much younger crowd. Last year, while sitting in the hot tub with a group of revelers, I asked a couple what they thought of AANR. They didn’t know what I was talking about.
And these are the kind of people that my web site, BeachNude, is oriented towards. People, over 50,000 a year, who just want to find out where they can get naked in a fun and safe environment.
Check out this blog that helps people find and enjoy their first outdoor nude recreation experience.
In their latest blog they tell you where can find out How Fast You Can Run a 5K Naked.
The writers of this blog are like us in that they don’t consider themselves nudists. Like my husband and I they just enjoy being naked in the outdoors. It feels good. No need to subscribe to some philosophy.
The Venice Neighborhood Council has voted to ask the Los Angeles city council to allow women to go topless on Venice Beach. It will be interesting to see where this goes. Read the article.
It’s a paradox. Popular magazines list the world’s best nude beaches. Reality T.V. gives us programs on nudists searching for homes in nude communities and nude people trying to survive in the wilderness. Yet beaches that have been clothing optional have been closed to nude use. On Lighthouse Beach on Fire Island National Seashore in New York a no nudity law is now enforced. For several years a no nude use ban has been effect at San Onofre State Beach in California. Nudity at Mazo Beach in Wisconsin may be banned if the Department of Natural Resources has its way this summer (2014). How can it be that while our media promotes sexiness and companies market their products with names like Naked……..that on the other hand beaches that have long been clothing optional are being shut down?
Clearly the national nudist organizations AANR – American Association for Nude Recreation and TNS – The Naturist Society have been ineffective in their efforts to keep open these beaches that have been clothing optional for decades. Perhaps the problem is that these organizations have been reactive. What is needed is a proactive legislative strategy. What has been happening is that a bureaucrat comes on the scene who finds nudity on a beach objectionable. Then he/she comes up with findings that there are criminal activities on the beach and uses that justification to close the beach to nude use.
Here’s what the superintendent of Fire Island has written about why Lighthouse Beach is now no longer clothing optional:
On Lighthouse beach in particular, the dense visitation invited by the previously-designated “clothing optional beach” presented not only a visitor use conflict, but created a public safety hazard due to the lack of adequate facilities for trash and human waste, in addition to the dense recreation on a non-lifeguarded beach. Additionally, Hurricane Sandy leveled the dunes in this area, which increases the visibility of the beach from other public use areas, and creates added habitat for sensitive species in the area. Finally, park employees have observed an increase in criminal activity in the designated clothing-optional areas, but have been unable to appropriately manage this activity despite significant attempts at education and enforcement.
So, rather than provide adequate enforcement and safety measures for the people using Lighthouse beach, the solution is to close it to nude use. The implication is that nude beach goers are trouble makers. The real truth is that the clothing optional policy attracted lots of people. With lot’s of people you have more problems. A simple solution is to charge a separate fee to visit a clothing optional beach. Then use those funds to provide adequate safety and facilities for the people using the beach.
It’s clear to me that the real reason Lighthouse beach and San Onofre have been closed to nude use and why Mazo is threatened with closure is that the bureaucrats in charge are offended by public nudity. We have to take these management decisions away from the prudes. We need legislation at the city, county, state, and federal level that designates specific beaches as clothing optional. Visitors to these beaches must have the same level of services and protection as is afforded to people visiting textile beaches.
We just drove by the SAP Pavillion in San Jose California to check it out before the Lady Gaga concert tonight. My husband and I have never been to one of her concerts. I was amazed at the people already lining up around the SAP pavilion by 1:30 P.M. The concert doesn’t start till 7:30 P.M. Neither of us were sure of just what to wear. Well, I’m not naked but I could have been almost naked for this concert. Even this early I saw many ladies almost naked in their costumes for the concert. Oh my gosh, costumes. Never occurred to us. Well what do you expect? My husband is 72 and I’m 70. My last concert was with Elvis. Yes, the real Elvis. That was back in the 50’s. Oh, and my husband did see a Neil Diamond concert back in the 80’s.
So what are doing here? We both love Lady Gaga. Think she is brilliant. We love to dance to her music. We have all of her albums. Our kids gave us these tickets as a Christmas present. I we ever go to another of her concerts I will wear less clothes. Maybe not naked,but who knows. I’m so impressed with these young people and all the different costumes they’re wearing. It’ll be a real hoot to see all of them tonight. I wonder if we’ll be the oldest people there. I don’t care though.
I’ll write more after the concert.
Trip Report to a Hawaii Nude Beach
I came across this trip report on a Native American’s visit to a nude beach on Oahu.
Best Oahu Hawaii Nude Beach
Polo Beach – Oahu
I am a Native American, Plains Indian who recently moved to Hawaii. I searched the internet, after learning in April 2003 that my partner and I had 5 weeks to pack up and move to Oahu. Our plan was to move to Maui, but sidetracked was by another offer of transfer. As I heard Oahu was the most populated of the islands of Hawaii, I was concerned we could not sunbath and swim in the nude.
Searching the Internet, we read Don’s article in this web site about Polo beach on the North Shore of Oahu. We looked on every map, but could find no listing of a Polo Beach. We eventually went to the north shore in serach of Polo Beach and finally found a couple of local ladies who could tell us where the beach was located.
To our surprise, even on weekends we were free to swim and sunbathe in the nude. As my girlfriend and I are completely shaved, and quite attractive, we have to be careful where we take our clothes off.
The nude beach is just before Polo Beach, you can see the cars parked in the
grass on both sides of the road just before Polo. Polo itself is private, but the beach and public access just before are public. Always leave your vehicle either unlocked, or windows and convertible top down. We drive our 40K new sports car there and haven’t had a problem.
Another piece of advice, instead of walking in on the main beach
access, park your car just past the bridge, the route is shorter and from the crest of the beach, depending on where you park, you can view your car or hear the alarm if it sounds.
When you enter the public right of way, If you are gay, I suggest going right all the way. If you’re a couple then I suggest staying to the left, for you will find others just like you. Watch out for the occasional as I say, “bushwhacker,” for every nudist beach has them. Stay by or near others who are like you. The gays pretty much are only looking for others like themselves, but will sometimes sit by a lone male. They’re not a bother to a single female or couple.
The swimming is great, no jellyfish and the cove is protected by a fantastic reef with little or no current. Even a novice swimmer will feel safe here, which is amazing for the North Shore of Oahu. The sand is also fantastic and as long as you don’t walk out to the road nude, you will be 100% ok for nude sunbathing.
When you are done sunbathing, head down the road past Polo Beach, where they play Polo on Sundays, and within 2-3 minutes, you will be at a state park where you can camp for free 7 days a week and use the shower and bathroom. I have found this place to be incredible.
Remember to be always Aloha, being friendly, but you don’t need to invite them into your camp and they will watch out for you. When you finish your trip, if you have left overs, or extra ice, etc. Offer it to those who are camping and you will find your next stay even better.
Just yesterday, my beautiful angel and I enjoyed the beach, even though maybe over a 100 individuals were enjoying the ocean and the beach, we were in our regular spot and had almost 200 yards to ourselves.
As we entered late, normally I like to be there by myself between 7am-9am, for generally it’s only me and some of the locals who watch the beach daily. Yesterday, we arrived around 12pm.
Tina was hit by the most awesome wave, broke right over her head, 25-30 yard out, and if she hadn’t dove into it, she would have been crushed. We love that cove, yet as it’s winter now, we must be just a little more wary. The benefit is no current, for the novice swimmer as long as they ask a local, they will be 100% ok.
Just friendly words. I normally tell my angel, we won’t stay late watching the sunset, for the beach generally clears around 4pm and those who wish to conduct themselves in what I consider not appropriate behavior, take over. Yesterday as we got there late, we stayed later. Again, my instincts were correct. Two couples on the main beach were engaging in show and tell, and another two single males headed into the forest. To Tina’s surprise, they were having sex. Had they shown a little more discretion, it would have been 100% ok.
Only 1 Hawaiian family with two little girls, who were all clothed were on the beach yesterday. We asked permission before we set up our location. As I like, other responsible nudists, wish never to offend, just to enjoy the sun, good company and swim as God made us.
(Editor’s note) – It’s open sexual behavior that makes some people want to shut down beaches where there is nudity. You should be aware that there are no “legal” nude beaches in Hawaii. On some beaches, like this one, nudity is tolerated by the officials but only so long as users of the beach behave in a responsible manner. That means no sexual activity on the beach.
I came across this poem the other day about a woman’s first day at Black’s nude beach in San Diego, CA
Budda Bing – A Nude Beach Poem
She wanted to do something wild I’ll admit With conservative me, in the buff near a cliff? So off on this expedition of a dare we two went To begin an adventure 1 mile steep this descent.
Not informed about sides of craggy mountain bluffs Rugged shoes were not tied to our soles in this rough Bare feet are not meant for slippery with no crevices Nor sarongs tied loosely for propriety from nebbishes.
Grabbing on to sparse weeds we slowly climbed down Shortly finding ourselves rooted deeply in silty sand mounds Slipping and sliding were me and my friend Muttering all the way breathless, not to do this again.
The bottom drew near…hooray, terra firma With glistening sweat and pink cheeks surely to burn The blanket thrown down, we finally collapsed Disrobing, then plunking on our unfolded mat.
Like a couple of pros quickly taking it off It’s as nature intended out here by these rocks We thought we were hidden from invaders around ‘Til a masculine voice appeared near our ground.
I’m here to assist you two nice chicky babes You can never be too careful here under the shade John Wayne first perceived, our protector in flab More like Dr. Jekyll lurking about in his lab.
The scene soon unraveled as we lay back still farther Astonished, agasped at the glimpse of the jogger Baseball cap, tennis shoes and a perilous flagpole Like a flag up and down on the eighteenth hole.
Tears streaming down our face at this preposterous sight We bit our lips to stop laughing, on Black’s Beach it’s not right The hilarity of the sight too much to disguise The gaiety of this episode held quietly inside.
Uh oh…here’s Berkeley in long curly hair To his waist, locks so long tied up with some flair Pardon me, his oafish murmur…I know I shouldn’t talk You’re naked and all, as he gawked and he gawked.
The laugh building up I thought I’d explode Asking where a good bar was, this guy was a toad Comedian am I, I responded in jest Up the hill, way up high is a keg you can quench.
At last, left in peace, we laid and sunned Budda bing…budda bang…he’s resting beside the stone Looking like the thinker to protect his manliness Did he think he’d go unnoticed, or was this a test.
I left her alone to share in his gabbing And reveled in surf against my naked body The day growing darker he gathered his clothes Went to leave, then came back and asked for my phone.
Our day quite complete we attired again Grabbed our stuff on our backs to the mountain ascend At the top we looked down at this feat we performed So sore and worn out, but a memorable turn .
Budda Bing called me later…said he had a good time Could he call me again, I should call back at 9 I don’t think I will, ’cause this guy could be trouble Budda Bing’s way too young, and I might know his mother.
The beach was a blast, an experience remembered But I’m paying the price for this journey I’d entered My nipples are sore, my butt a disaster Mother Nature is great, but I’ll clothe next time faster.