Last week I took advantage of the lovely

While Spanish Banks is cloth, Acadia Beach is formally signed as clothes-optional. I would usually go some space along Acadia Beach to strip off, but it looked to me like I had the beach to myself so I took off my clothes just past the hint and sat down nude on a log to read my novel.

About 20 minutes after, a young man and woman within their late adolescents taking a backpack emerged from the beach trail within feet of where I was sitting. I’ve learned earlier from naked hiking that when you are naked and encounter clothed men, the top plan of action would be to act as if nudity is the most natural thing in the world (which it is!)

It seems they had not been down to the nude beach before, and thought they were at the more well-known Wreck Beach end. They’d passed the “Beach Ahead is Clothes Discretionary” sign and approached me to inquire where the nude beach began. I pointed out that I was nude if that was any help, and that statement of the “barely noticeable” resulted in a number of laughs.

They sat down on the log with me and asked me a lot of questions about the beach, if it was really legal to be naked outside on a public beach, how many folks were likely to show up, did everyone go bare, etc.

I answered each of their questions and didn’t feel at all odd that I was sitting naked discussing with two clothed young men I had never met before. As I say, they looked nervous, but I don’t believe it had much to do with my nudity.

They had, in fact, come down for the first time to relish the beach together and had hoped to find a spot off by themselves for their “first time”. The tide was quite a way out and I suggested a spot maybe 200 feet down the beach, where they could have a patch of sand behind a log, and have access to the big sandbar jutting out in the water, without having to navigate too many sharp rocks, etc.

They set off with their backpack and I saw them stop where I proposed and wave back at me. They young man took off his shorts nearly instantaneously (leaving his t shirt on for some reason), while his girlfriend remained clothed for a short time. But shortly after that, I saw the two of them walking hand in hand outside on the sandbar, nude except for flip-flops and hats.

And after all, isn’t that what got us all “hooked” in the first place? ?

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