Chiara – written by Chiara
I’ve been what many would describe as a nudist for the whole of my life. The very strong desire to be naked has always been there right from when I was a little girl. One of my earliest childhood memories is of my mom chasing me down the driveway with a dress that I’d removed and tried to hide down the back of the couch. I was running as fast as my legs would carry me naked and screaming. That little episode, which at the time appeared to be a normal childhood tantrum, turned out to be the initial signs of something that would be with me throughout the whole of my childhood. Even now, at the age of 17, my need to be totally naked is as strong as ever.
Mom called them clothing tantrums when I was younger. No matter how much she tried, when I got into one of those moods there was no way on this earth she was going to get me to keep my clothes on. I was like a mad thing. The only thing on my mind was getting my clothes off no matter what it took. She didn’t make a big deal of it and left me to do as I pleased pretty much. When you’re a kid nobody much cares if you are naked. Things became more complicated once at school. Mom was called into school to collect me so many times I lost count. The other kids thought I was funny getting undressed like that. Some even thought it was a cool way of going to go home early. I didn’t think it was cool. It always resulted in some form of punishment.
I was sent to see a psychologist and within three months I was becoming a normal human being. My urge to get naked did lessen; the control I had developed to go ahead and remove my clothes had been increased. That didn’t stop me from getting naked and every opportunity, I might add. Mom laid out a set of guidelines. Nudity at home was always allowed. In the back yard it depended on the time of year. During the summer I appeared to be a (mostly) normal kid and wanting to get a good tan. In the colder months it looks plain bizarre to be running around naked. My mom was more bothered by the image of our family than my feeling of well being.
When I hit puberty the rules were changed and I had to be dressed at home when people called. It’s funny how developing pubic hair and breasts can make innocent nudity appear sexual. Yeah, I was developing sexually but why should that make any difference to innocent nudity? Being a moody teenager I was able to get my own way eventually. I set about my plan one evening after being banished to my room.
I had no hang ups over my physical appearance. I’d been naked in front of so many people that it didn’t make me feel embarrassed in the smallest amount. I could easily walk out the front door and down our street totally naked.
My protest started. I didn’t wear a stitch of clothing around the home for a month. If the doorbell rang I made sure it was me that was going to answer it. Each time I was sent to my room and each time I opened the shutters and sat at the window reading in full view of the street. If nobody else was home I went into the back yard and read my book. There was nothing she could do to stop me no matter how much she tried. She eventually caved in. I could be naked at home, even around visitors in exchange for leaving the door for someone else to get and keeping away from windows!
Six months ago I moved out and into my own apartment. I’m working a paying my way through college. For the first time I’ve got the freedom to do as I want. In a lot of ways having my own place to live makes my desire to be naked stronger. I know what once I get home all my clothes can come off and I can make myself free again. This means while I’m away from home my body is crying out to be let free.
My friends are totally cool. When they call my clothes stay off. None of them have a problem with my nudity. Some of my friends have sun baked naked in the back yard with me. They may one day come to the lake with me and find out how amazing it is to swim naked once they find the courage.
Years ago my husband and I would pack up our tent etc. and go find some out of the way place to camp so we could be nude some where other then our property. We got away from doing this, normal stuff jobs and so on. Last year we bought a new travel trailer. We found that if we stay away from the main tourist sites, we can set up in camp grounds during the week and quite freely camp in the nude. Two trips this year we discovered camp grounds that we were able to set up in and spend Monday to Friday in the nude. I’m interested to know if others have a tryed this and what type of experiences you had? Did you have any contact with other campers? How or did you have to deal with being nude?
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It’s good to see others enjoy nude camping, outside the normal nudist venues. Later, some friends of ours had a nude encounter, not with the RCMP, but with a Park Warden by Banff. In the parks because so may people are traveling through seeing the sites,they spend no more then one or two nights at each spot. Our friends say that during the day most camp grounds empty out by about 9 or so in the mornings and don’t start to get new campers until about 4 in the afternoon. They were set up right on rivers edge. She was sitting behind their trailer and watching him fly fishing in the river below. Both were nude. Her in flip-flops only, him in a cap and flip-flops. She said she saw a warden walk out on the rivers edge several sites away and lokk their way. She said it was to late to hide and her husband did not seem aware the warden was there. He walked up to her husband, said hello to him and her, and asked to see her husbands fishing permit. He checked the permit,and ask if her husband had had any luck. He never once mentioned their state of dress or lack there of until he was ready to walk away, at which point he said that it was nice to see that they were enjoying their stay in the park and that it was not unual to see nude activity around the park. He cautioned them to be aware that not everyone would understand their nudity, and that they should be careful not to offend other campers. He said they should keep their nude activities to their own site as the camp ground filled up for the evening. What struck them was he was not telling them that they should put on clothing as others arrived, put to keep to their own site. They did say that the sites in this camp ground were well seperated and quite growen in, but to avoid any problems they did put on shorts and tee shirts as others arrived.
After this discussion, I remembered one instance in which I was “caught” camping nude. I was camping at Joshua Tree National Park in California, and had picked what I thought was a remote site within one of the campgrounds. One morning after finishing my shower, I was sitting at the picnic table in long underwear bottoms, but topless, putting on my makeup. Four guys happened to walk by at that moment and glanced over. One of them said in a fairly loud voice to his friends, but obviously intended for me to hear as well, “I didn’t know this was a clothing-optional park”. I looked over my shoulder at them, but they were already on their way. I decided to put a T-shirt on after that, and to be more careful in my campsite selection. I don’t think they were too offended, but one never knows.
We have been nude camping for over 20 years. ANC35228 if you use some common sense picking and setting up your camp you can be nude the entire time your there. We spent 14 days on one trip nude. We only dressed to go get wood, drop of payment for the site and two trips out for supplies. Like I said I think this is a great way for newbies and home nudists to get outdoors and enjoy them selfs without the crowds. As well as camping my wife and I like hiking in the nude, and I like to ride my mountain bike nude. Anniebare we have had people make comments to us while camping, hiking and I get them all the time because I ride my bike, mid week day mornings, on the country back roads around the area we live. None of the comments we have ever heard, were negative about our nudity. The comment made to you I would not take as negative. We believe lots of people like the nudist idea, they just need to stop thinking and start doing. The most common statement we hear is “I wish I had the guts to do that ( be nude)”. To which we reply,” What’s stopping you”. We can, and are, changing perceptions of friends, family and even strangers who see us enjoying some form of nudism. Being a little bolder with our nudity, in a none offensive manner, gets people thinking and talking about nudists. Anniebare, your being topless may have started a discussion where these guys, decide they too have to admit to enjoying being nude at home, and that if, like you, they want to be nude out camping, why not.
One day about 15 years ago I was camping at a lake with my dad and some friends. I was around 12-13 at the time and it was the middle of the week and not very crowded. One day me and my friend were walking back from the general store at the lake and took a short cut through some trees and ran into a nudist couple that were about in their 30s and their young son. Once they saw us they covered up in towels and kinda looked embarrassed. While my friend was drooling at the sight of a nude women, I thought it was no big deal and it would be a cool to hang around on the beach and soak up some sun without any clothes. We went back there the next day cause my friend wanted to see the women again but they were gone. Maybe moved somewhere else or left all together, but whoever they are I would like to thank them as they probably got me started on nudism.