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Ted Peck

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Ted Peck has been a social nudist since 1970 and has been part of AANR for about 20 years. He is married and has 3 children and 5 ½ grandchildren (one daughter is expecting). A former Presbyterian minister and public school teacher, he continues to teach, mostly math, as a private tutor about 40 hours a week. He’s been running in nude 5K’s as part of the AANR-SW nude running series for 16 years, has been a director and president of AANR-SW and is now the member trustee representing AANR-SW to AANR.

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What Do Nudists Really Do? Part 8


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Attend the AANR Mid-Winter Board Meeting at Lake Como Nudist Resort

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 4+ 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.

A few weekends ago I flew to Tampa and got a shuttle to Lake Como Family Nudist Resort near Land ‘O Lakes, FL. LouLou didn’t get to go on this one. About the second time she got loose and started trying to eat people’s pretzels (I do miss the Southwest Air peanuts), a lot of folks might start questioning what kind of “service” dog she is. So, I traveled to the resort by myself.

Much of the time was devoted to a business meeting. The AANR board generally meets twice a year, in February and August. The August board meeting is part of the Convention which is mostly fun and games along with the board meeting and the general assembly, which includes any AANR member. This year’s AANR Convention is being held Aug 12-19 at Sun Meadow Nudist Resort in Worley, Idaho which will sure to be packed with loads of fun, community and education. I always look forward to live music at Sun Meadow as it is a stop for many traveling bands itinerary as they cross the US on tour. From Bluegrass to Jazz and Blues you will hear it all at Sun Meadow Resort.

AANR Mid-Winter Board Meeting

So the AANR Board met . . . and met . . . and met. The highlight for me was the report by Erich Schuttauf, AANR Executive Director and Legal Counsel, about gains that have been made in the last year expanding the acceptance of nudism and expanding where it’s OK to be nude. In particular, after a 25-year effort, one section of the Canaveral Seashore in Florida is once again clothing optional. I’ve been attending these for 5 years now, 4 years as regional president, and now as board member.

Two topics at all of those have been a revised mission statement and how AANR handles membership. We are getting closer on both. In the past AANR has been basically promoted as a way to get discounts at AANR clubs and car rentals and a monthly magazine. The focus seems to be shifting to promote AANR as a means for working cooperatively on a cause, the cause of extending nudist acceptance and expanding the number of nudist places. Maybe this summer we’ll wrap this up and have a bylaws change proposal for all 30,000 members to vote on in our 2020 election.

Lake Como Nudist Resort

When I was not in the AANR meetings I roamed the Lake Como Resort grounds. If David Letterman knew about Lake Como, he would call it “a happenin’ place.” The resort sits on over 200 acres, 111 of which are a wetland and woodland nature preserve.

If you are an active nudist, Lake Como is for you. They have 10 volleyball courts (both sand and grass) which are used regularly including for a giant nude volleyball tournament. This year’s tournament was March 1 -10. In 2018 there were 307 players on 45 teams with competition from novice to AA.
 
Lake Como Tennis CenterThey have 5 clay tennis courts. They’re hosting a nude 5K on April 7. They have a small golf course with complementary clubs and balls where you can play a round of golf in the nude, the way it should be played! They have a 3-day Christian Naturist festival. They have a burning man type festival. They have boats and canoes for the lake. The have daily pickle ball and water volleyball. Lake Como has a new restaurant and also have a bar when guests can enjoy a cold one! And, most important, they are really friendly. A lot of clubs that say they’re friendly, but mostly friendly among themselves. Como folks are indeed really friendly and welcoming to everybody.

Unless I have a surprise adventure, next article will be a report on nude bowling, when, alas, LouLou will again be left behind. Her fingers don’t fit into the holes in the bowling balls.

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Ted Peck

Ted Peck

Naturist Blogger

Ted Peck has been a social nudist since 1970 and has been part of AANR for about 20 years. He is married and has 3 children and 5 ½ grandchildren (one daughter is expecting). A former Presbyterian minister and public school teacher, he continues to teach, mostly math, as a private tutor about 40 hours a week. He’s been running in nude 5K’s as part of the AANR-SW nude running series for 16 years, has been a director and president of AANR-SW and is now the member trustee representing AANR-SW to AANR.

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