New to Nudism? So was I.

As a fairly social person, I enjoy meeting new people and it's always interesting hearing how someone came to be at a place like Lake Bronson. The stories run the gamut, from "I grew up at places like this," to "My [partner / spouse] convinced me to come," to "I was just looking for a nice lake to camp at and found that the nicest one was clothing-free." The common theme in all of them is how comfortable people feel here, much to many's surprise.

I came to social nudism from the outdoorsy side of things. Skinny dipping in hot springs and swimming holes felt exhilarating the first few times, but came to feel so natural that I avoided places I'd have to wear a swim suit. My future husband and I struck out on an extended "early retirement" when we both decided a change was in order and the theme of our trip quickly became hot springs and nude beaches. We met all sorts of people at these places and many started recommending commercial hot springs and other camping locations where social nudism was practiced. At first, the idea of paying to go hang out naked with other people sounded bizarre, but as we heard about the same couple of places repeatedly, it started to sound more relaxing. No looking out for creepy guys in the bushes? No concerns about legalities? Maybe not so bad after all…

My first tentative visit to a club belayed any fears I'd had about what real nudists were like. (It turns out I'd been one for some time and just didn't know it.) Since we were still traveling, we had the chance to visit a variety of clubs and camps throughout California and the southwest. Each had its own flavor, and though we really liked the lifestyle, none felt quite like home.

When, at long last, I decided on a career path, school brought us to the Seattle area. We were sure our new pastime would have to be put on hold until I graduated and we could relocate to sunnier climes, but a quick internet search found Lake Bronson. We decided to become members during our first visit. More time spent meeting people and enjoying all that LB has to offer made us start to question moving. When I became pregnant, we realized that this was the environment we wanted our kids to grow up in. We saw the older kids hanging out in packs, with all the adults making sure they were safe, and realized that LB offered a rare opportunity to raise our kids in that much talked about village - enjoying nature and community.