|White Thorn Lodge|
It's taken most of my life to realize the importance of never saying never, until I came across an ad for a nudist club. The White Thorn Lodge in Darlington, PA is listed in the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), and it is clearly "not a clothing optional resort." What makes this stand out from many others is that this is a "family nudist club."
Well it's been a while since we've taken a family vacation and our kids don't really enjoy shopping or museums. Another draw is that the lodge is " Home of the Original Nude Volleyball Superbowl," and they really do love sports.
The only swimwear requirement is that babies must wear some form of plastic pants in the pool. I never did like trying on bathing suits, and I do get over-heated in my three-piece, so hanging around the pool au naturel might not be so bad. I'm sure my 19 and 22 year old boys would want to be first in line with us for the family swim.
It would be wonderful not to have to deal with packing, as we'd each board the flight with a baggie filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste and sunscreen. I would probably want to include some body bronzer for those hard to reach areas, and some waterproof duct tape for windy days. Sunglasses would be my only accessory.
After we arrived, we'd have to adhere to the lodge rule of always carrying a towel to sit on. And I was worried about hygiene.
Note: This is a repost from the 2011 A to Z Challenge. Be sure to check out the 2014 participants here. I'll be leaving on vacation next week, and will have limited Internet access. Don't worry, our carry-ons will include more than toothbrushes. I'll try to check in with everyone before I leave. Looking forward to catching up with all of you in May.
Not a chance... There are some places I don't want to feel the breeze.ReplyDelete
I laughed from beginning to end!ReplyDelete
Julie, you are too funny!
Have a wonderful vacation!
Alex - i couldn't agree with you more! Thanks for all of your visits during your whirlwind A to Z!ReplyDelete
Michelle - I've really been enjoying your clever A to Z posts! Thanks so much Michelle!
Coincidence you post this and then announce you're going on vacation? I think not. Can't wait to see the photos when you get back! Don't forget your towel. :)ReplyDelete
The picture that comes up in my mind just makes me laugh.ReplyDelete
I pictured a plane full of nudists...and then some turbulence...ReplyDelete
If I went nude I'd be mistaken for the Michelin Man.......to many spare tyres.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your vacation and....I'm glad to hear you're packing more than the 'bare' essentials.ReplyDelete
This is just not for me. I would spend the entire time wanting to wash my eyes out with bleach.ReplyDelete
A family vacation??? I'd rather take a tour through Alaska in winter... thank you very much. And I hate snow.
Your sons might want to be struck blind, at least when it comes to seeing their parents.ReplyDelete
"Show off your saggy bottom with pride" should be the motto of these clubs. If I were a mosquito, I'd say it was a target rich environment.ReplyDelete
This is hilarious!ReplyDelete
Ha! Reminded me of the couple of times I went to a nude beach.ReplyDelete
Well at least you won't have any tan lines hahahaReplyDelete
Luanne - I can't put anything past you! It might be a little chilly in Pennsylvania at this time of year!ReplyDelete
Yvonne - it is a funny picture! Thanks Yvonne!
Liza - I would definitely not want to be on that flight!
Yvonne - Great joke, but you look pretty darn good to me! Thanks Yvonne!
Delores - Now I'm thinking of The Bear Necessities from The Jungle Book! Thanks Delores!
Robin - I guess I won't be sending you a postcard then!
Arleen - If they didn't feel that way, then we'd really be worried!
Gorilla - The heck with the mosquitoes! If you're not already taken, this could be the perfect environment to meet the future Mrs. Gorilla!
Joy - At least you didn't have to worry about seeing the same people in all their glory for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Pat - Great point Pat! I could just imagine the unusual body parts that are exposed to skin cancer at these resorts. They probably offer special discounts to dermatologists!
More power to you. I am not brave enough, but to each his own. I don't judge.ReplyDelete
Very funny! We have a nudist colony just below us in the mountains. It has been there since the '20's and is all family. Every once in a while they have a summer event and the people in the community go because it has a pool. Clothing is on during these public gatherings, so I've never had to make a decision about what not to wear.ReplyDelete
We have those here in Florida, nudist colonies, but thankfully they're fenced in, with high walls. Personally, I wouldn't want anyone to see my cesarean scars, so yeah... I'm probably going to have to pass. ;)ReplyDelete
True Heroes from A to Z
Never say never, huh? I'd have to say never to this one. Some things just shouldn't be exposed to the great outdoors... or to scrutiny.ReplyDelete
Murees - This was all in fun. Though this place really does exist, it's not for me.ReplyDelete
Lee - Very funny about deciding "what not to wear!" I hope you take a penicillin shot, before you enter the pool! Thanks Lee!
Crystal - You've earned those scars, and you should wear them with pride. But not necessarily with this group! Glad they're fenced in!
Susan - Well I'm not going if you're not going!
Haha! Well, that's not for me, but good luck with that to you! :DReplyDelete
Have a nice vacation!
Uh huh. So did you actually go or will you go? :)ReplyDelete
Happy Easter, Julie.
Daisy - It's not for me either. The whole idea just struck me funny!ReplyDelete
Sandra - I never went, and I never will. I just thought that this was a catchy title for the letter "N!" Thank you, and happy Easter to you Sandra!
Hi human, Julie,ReplyDelete
I just had a visual in my doggy mind. Of course, I'm almost always naked. I must start playing volleyball.....
Penny, the friendly host of the Alphabark Challenge! :)
No...no...the images are burned into my brain.ReplyDelete
Did you actually go?
Penny - Make no bones about it, you'd be a fetching volleyball champion! Great job with the Alphabark Challenge, Penny!ReplyDelete
Susan - I still haven't gotten over changing in front of everyone in the girls locker room during high school swim class!
Hi Julie - gosh! Your boys would be somewhat horrified I think .. then you'd all four stand out as white as sheets - over those bronze bodies I see above. The most important thing is enjoy your holiday - have a great break .. just remember to pack please! Cheers HilaryReplyDelete
This truly is a 'Oh My Giddy Aunt' moment. All those bits and pieces open to the natural elements, flying around the place, vibrating upon every step (stomach fat) is not an option. Neither do I want to see others who think they look great, but would put me off my dinner. And you know how I like my food Julie.ReplyDelete
You always bring on the fun, Julie.ReplyDelete
Yes, hygiene would be a primary concern at a primal place like this.
Admittedly, I've visited clothing-optional hot springs resorts a number of times. I'm a CA gal, so we don't say "never" to it. Mind you, I purchase sunblock 145 for it. What strikes me most about these places is the numbers of folks who really should NOT be walking around nude, even in the privacy of their own shower. And I got more stares when I wore my bathing suit...so I took it off to stop the staring.
Hilary - Don't worry I'll be packing lots of layers! We're off to visit my mother-in- law again with a fully clothed stop along the way! Ha ha, I'm always white as a sheet with a few blotches and colorful veins thrown in. Thanks Hilary!ReplyDelete
Rum-Punch Drunk - I've seen fully clothed stomachs expand after large meals, so I could only imagine how appealing a naked dinner table would be! I don't want anything to come between you and your food! Great to see you, and I hope you're feeling well!
Robyn - Well now you have to write about your experience on your blog, or better yet we should all have to pay to read it in your book! In any event, this would serve as an excellent teaser to reel us all in! Sadly, I live vicariously through your adventures, and almost adventures!
Oh, my! I started chuckling and couldn't stop! Please do pack and take your suitcase full of clothes!ReplyDelete
Nas - I'm starting to worry that our suitcases will be tipping the airport scales! I tend to overpack. I'm glad that we share the same silly sense of humor! Thank you so much, Nas!Delete
I'm so glad to read that you're packing more than toothpaste and sunscreen. I really would like to see your sons' faces though if you really did book to take them to that place! Enjoy your hols.ReplyDelete
As a guy, I have to wonder, which is more awkward - being the "little guy" in the nudist colony, or being the guy with a baby arm between his legs who no one can stop staring at? Either way... no thank you.ReplyDelete
So, um, how was it?ReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting and following my blog! I'm visiting to return the favor. Oh my gosh this was hilarious! The idea of a family nudist colony had me laughing and then the idea of nude volleyball...well, lets just say I'm glad I did not have my mouth full of water when I read that!
Oh the mental pictures! ACK!
Rosalind - I don't think that they'd ever forgive us! Thanks Rosalind!ReplyDelete
A Beer For The Shower - Which one of you has the baby arm? Surely Ripley's should be notified of this!
Debi - Fortunately, I'll never know!
Jen - Yes the mental pictures are pretty funny! Although the actual photo from their website above, also was entertaining! Thank you so much, Jen!
OMG! The thoughts (and visions) that are swirling around in my head.....Ewww, ooh, ooh, ick! LOLReplyDelete
Okay you have to tell us how it went! I would go if I lived near enough or had time to travel there...I'm a huge fan of no clothing swimming. Still, it's hard to do around strangers. I might actually chicken out.ReplyDelete
Hilarious!! I don't think I could ever do that, I'd be so embarrassed.ReplyDelete
I am laughing. Yes, the thought of my adult sons nude swimming with me cracks me up. This is one of those concepts that I can't even fathom. I was recently in FL and visiting my mom in a long-term care facility and I passed a nudist subdivision every day on my way there. The subdivision was surrounded by a big fence so I couldn't see what was inside but it's supposed to be like any of the many FL subdivisions with housing, a health club, shopping, etc. I have so many questions about how people can function in society without clothes, starting with the most basic one of where do they put their stuff without pockets? Do they carry backpacks or purses everywhere? And wouldn't that chafe?ReplyDelete
Julie, hi - Alex featured you today on his blog, and I haven't been to see you for a while. What's that you say - you've been taking your clothes off again?ReplyDelete
I don't think I could do this. I've always thought that clothes make me look better.
I'm glad it's not compulsory.
Becky - I couldn't have said it better myself!ReplyDelete
Lisa - Sorry but I'll never be able to answer those questions for you. I get cold way too easily, and still cringe during doctor exams!
Kim - Yes the chafing alone would be a huge problem! Not only would I be too embarrassed to walk around without any clothes on, but I wouldn't appreciate most of the scenery.
Kmckendry - So would I! I just thought it was fun to think about!
Fanny - It was so nice of Alex to feature me yesterday! No, you don't have to worry about me taking my clothes off, Fanny! I know how busy you've been with A to Z, and wish that I was able to visit more often.
Thank you all, and I'll drop in on your blogs when I return from visiting my mother-in-law next week.
I guess it would be fine - as long as I could wear some form of plastic pants in the pool.ReplyDelete
Finally returning the visit (from way back in April)!ReplyDelete
"Duct tape for windy days" had me in tears (in a good way)!
This is both a wonderful and awful idea! I don't think I'd ever have the nerve to go on such a vacation. Maybe after a glass of wine or two...nope. Still gonna have to pass :D
Writing Through College
Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)ReplyDelete
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