While Spanish Banks is cloth, Acadia Beach is formally signed as clothes-optional. I’d usually go some distance along Acadia Beach to strip off, but it looked to me like I had the beach to myself so I took off my clothing just past the hint and sat down nude on a log to read my book.
About 20 minutes later, a young man and woman inside their late teens taking click came out of the beach trail within feet of where I was sitting. I have discovered previously from nude hiking that when you are naked and encounter clothed persons, the best strategy would be to act as if nudity is the most natural thing in the world (which it really is!)
It seems they’d not been down to the nude beach before, and thought they were at the more well known Wreck Beach end. They’d passed the “Shore Ahead is Garments Discretionary” hint and approached me to ask where the nude beach began. I pointed out that I was naked if that was any help, and that statement of the “barely apparent” resulted in a few laughs.
I answered all their questions and did not feel at all strange that I was sitting naked talking with two clothed young men I had never met before.
As I say, they seemed nervous, but I don’t think it had much to do with my nudity.
They’d, in fact, come down for the first time to relish the beach together and had expected to find a place off by themselves for their “first time”.
They set off with their backpack and I saw them cease where I proposed and wave back at me. They young man took off his shorts almost immediately (leaving his t shirt on for some reason), while his girlfriend stayed clothed for some time. But soon after that, I saw the two of them walking hand in hand out on the sandbar, naked except for flip-flops and hats.
I like to believe that by acting issue-of-factly about being bare when they approached me, not trying to cover up, etc., that I made them feel a little more comfortable about their first naturist experience together. And after all, isn’t that what got us all “hooked” in the first place? http://videonudism.com/plage ?