Nudists Swim, Kayak, Sail, Canoe, Fish, Lay in the Sun, Hop into Hot tubs, and Paddle Boat
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 places where she can be off the leash, run, and do other doggie things, and because I seem to relax better nude.
Emerald Lake Nudist Resort
What do nudists really do? We swim, kayak, sail, canoe, fish, lie in the sun, hop into hot tubs, and paddle boat. These are among the activities at Emerald Lake Nudist Resort in Porter, Texas, just 26 miles from the center of downtown Houston. The main attribute of the place is the 2000 foot-long spring fed lake which is about 1/4 as wide as it is long. Years ago when I first went to Emerald Lake, there was a pretty lame pool and hot tub, a few campsites, a sandy lane going along one side of the lake, and a zip line carrying people out over the lake where we would let go and fall into the water. Now with the new owner the zip line is no more because of concerns of the insurance company. But the clubhouse has been remodeled, including a new beautiful indoor hot tub.
Another new addition is a new pool with a deck with a tropical motif. The sandy lane is now an asphalt road with permanent trailer and RV spaces on one side and the lake on the other with nice grass between the road and the lake. It appears they are close to full occupancy. The biggest new highlight are the lakeside apartments, a complex of rooms, each with a balcony with a view of the lake, and I think none of the balconies have a view of any other apartment. I stayed in one of the apartments when the weather was a little cool for tenting. The room was nice. It was not large, but had a comfortable bed, coffee pot, small refrigerator, and I think I had a TV, though the only time I’ve ever watched TV at a nudist resort was when the Spurs were on their way to one of their NBA championships. A sailboat, kayaks, and paddle boats are available, and some people were fishing.
We were camped next to a family there to celebrate fathers’ day. Mom, step-Dad, and Daughter who will start high school in the Fall. They told me that one of the older children had been there earlier, but had to go to work. The mom said the family had become nudists when she and the step-dad got married. I asked the daughter how it had been becoming a nudist. She let me know the question was not relevant, because she couldn’t remember not being a nudist. The mom then related that when the daughter was 5, mom looked out the window and the daughter was naked in the yard, washing the car. The daughter said she didn’t remember the event. Sometimes when they go to a new place, the daughter is a little timid. But mom said that when they were at Star Ranch (30 miles east of Austin as reported in some previous articles) for the first time, the daughter soon was topless, saying she was feeling comfortable, because the people were all so nice. Soon after mom was able to check one more thing off her bucket list when they played tennis topless.
Emerald Lake is another resort where the person who greets you and registers you in the office is Nude. I asked her about this, because on previous visits she’d been clothed. I then remembered that on other visits when she’d been working, it was cold weather so she was dressed to stay warm. Again, though the owners and managers of many major resorts have their office staff dressed, I appreciate the message that NUDE is the default costume and clothed is un-natural. At the first club at which I was a member a family told me that their first human encounter when they came through the gate was the maintenance guy driving a tractor totally naked—not even shoes!