What Do Nudists Do? We Run, or Walk in Nude 5Ks
John Steinbeck had Charlie. I have LouLou, a north Texas rescue that a vet in Weatherford, Texas, put down as a blue heeler. She’s been my traveling companion for the last 5+ years. She really likes going to nudist places, because a lot of them have doggie parks where she can be off the leash, run, and do other doggie things, and because I seem to relax better nude.
Another Nude 5k at Star Ranch
In AANR-SW (The Southwest Region of the American Association for Nude Recreation) we do this five times a year: twice at Star Ranch near Austin; once each at Wildwood and Bluebonnet northwest of Fort Worth and at Oaklake Trails between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. There was a time that we had 8 races per year, but the owners of one club divorced and neither was able to buy out the other. One club failed when the owner died without a will. Another club (the one closest to me just south of San Antonio) turned swingers. Another club which was in decline and which the owner tried to sell at way above market value closed, and the owner changed it into a goat farm. I recount all this, because if any of you readers ever think you’d like to own a nudist resort, there are always some for sale.
Star Ranch is the closest nudist resort for me, just 100 miles Lou and I stopped again at Buc-ees (see picture) for gas and for me the huge men’s room and a snack. I’ve lived most of my 76 years in semi-arid regions, with San Antonio being basically at the border of the Texas Hill Country and desert. So, I forget how lush this country can be with a bit of rain. It was wonderfully green all the way, reminding me of trips to Indiana and Tennessee.
Soon after arrival it was off to the hay field so Lou could romp off the leash. The hay looked like it won’t be too long until the first cutting, but the stickers hadn’t matured yet, so Lou was much happier than last Fall. A serious rain started Friday night, with cold breezes. The rain stopped just before race time, 1:00 p.m. and it was great. Even though the sun peeked out a few times, it was still wonderfully cool for a run or walk—I did a bit of both. Star Ranch has a lot of sand. When it hasn’t rained for a few weeks. parts of many of the trails are, as a fellow runner described it, like going uphill on a sand dune. This time the ground was really wet, so instead of sinking in sand, there was the definite danger of slipping on the dirt. I don’t know of anyone falling. I’m particularly proud not to have fallen myself, as I tend to do that on slippery or rocky trails or trails that have a lot of roots growing across them The Star Ranch folks still haven’t gotten the memo that the AANR-SW nude racing series have 5-year categories for both males and females. So, I finished 18th out of 30-some in the 60-99 age category.
Tomas Parker, The Resort Doctor, who does not go to resorts to make people healthier, but works with resorts to make the resorts healthier, asked me to do a 7-question survey of women at the nude 5k’s who are neither members of AANR nor of TNS (The Naturist Society.) In going around the pool giving the survey to such women I met Amy, who was there with husband Matt. They seemed so totally relaxed that I figured they’d been doing nude events for years, but when Amy finished her 7 questions, she said, “By the way, this is our first public nude experience.” When I said they looked like they been doing this for years, they said that they’d been practicing. They’d been sitting naked in their back yard to get used to the feel of it, and, coincidentally, to work on tan line eradication.
In their 30’s, they’ve been married 17 years and had decided they wanted something a little different. Matt had suggested some things that Amy didn’t want to do, and Amy had suggested some things that Matt didn’t want to do. Matt, a serious runner, has a running friend who told him about running in a nude 5k in California. Matt asked him if there was anything in Texas. The Californian didn’t know, but sagely suggested Matt look for something in the Austin area, which also has a World Naked Bike Ride. Matt discovered the race at Star Ranch. He told Amy, and she immediately agreed. Matt said, “I didn’t even have to get her drunk or anything.” They talked about how comfortable people there had made them feel and expressed interest in other nude possibilities. They are from a Houston suburb, and by chance the President and several members of Healthy Hides of Houston were at the closest table. I introduced Matt and Amy to the HHH people, and calendars came out. Actually, I was probably the only person there with a calendar that involved paper. They pulled out their phones and started entering dates, phone numbers, and events.
If you’re in the Austin area, check out Star Ranch Nudist Resort. They’re open year-round. If you’re in the Houston area, google Healthy Hides of Houston to get in touch with them. In general, first timers not known to a member of HHH, first attend a clothed event at a Houston restaurant where the first timers learn about the club and HHH learns about the prospects. And all clubs, both landed and travel clubs, have some method of doing background checks for the safety of all the social nudists who attend.