Re: new and shy and have some concerns
Well, Yankee --
- It's not unusual to have some first-time jitters. This is a different environment. I was rather fortunate, I had my best friend (my wife) to take the plunge with me. The first time, we drove to the gate of a nudist park, and *I* chickened out!
- You can get advice here. And you will pick up a lot of valuable information here, too.
- I don't know if you've checked out the AANR and TNS websites, but you'll probably find places not too far from you. There's a place in Catskill, NY (Juniper Woods) and a couple of places in New Jersey (Sky Farm, Rock Lodge). And there's a fine bunch of people who I sometimes travel to hang out with called the Long Island Travasuns. Good folks.
BUT -- (now the "BUT")
YOU have to pick up the phone and call a place. And go through a phone screen. They will ask your name, where you're from, any past nudist experience, and do you hold a card with one of the "major" organizations (AANR or TNS, or if you're Canadian, FCN).
It's called SOCIAL nudism -- you have to have average social skills. If you cannot bring yourself around to call a nudist club and finding out what it's about, and having a brief chat on the phone with them, then you just might have a little trouble in our world.
Social interaction is not just present at a nudist facility or gathering or group -- it's EXPECTED. As unpocodecafe said, nudists are friendly, welcoming and will help a newcomer -- but YOU have to take the first step.
This is the last big weekend in the northeast for the summer of 2012. Make that call tomorrow or Thursday and get in the car and go this weekend.
The world of nudism, or naturism, can go FAR beyond sitting naked at a keyboard. If you never have tried nude recreation - or social nudism - you're missing out on some fantastic life experiences. TRY IT SOMETIME. Contact your local groups. You'll wonder why you didn't do so sooner.