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Gary Frey wore just a red baseball cap and bright, white tennis shoes as he rolled a cylinder of wood across the board in hopes of knocking down the 12 pins set up on the other end. His skin was a dark brown from the rays and his arms bounced as he shook his fists in playful frustration at the missed shot. Undeterred, Frey said the all-nude competition was all in good fun and part of an escape from his life as a retired autoworker and amateur astronomer.
If you lose, you lose. Behind Frey, about six other men laughed, each waiting their turn to play a round of molkky, a Finnish game that was included this year in Saturday's Nude Games at Shangri La Ranch. The New River clothing-optional resort hosted the games as part of the annual Nude Recreation Week, sponsored by the American Association of Nude Recreation, which has seven regions across the country.
The games also included swimming-pool volleyball and cornhole, but Frey said the weekend was really about the communal nature of the more than year-old resort, and the freedom of nudity.
He said the games can help initiate new, more nervous members into enjoying the resort's dress code — or lack thereof. Frey said he first visited the resort in at its annual auto show and he said he left with a sense of belonging and community. But few are actually raised naked. Their parents operate the ranch and camp that sees about visitors per weekend. Faber, 24, ed in with the men, happily stripping off a tank top and jean shorts to show Frey and the other men how the game she discovered at a nudist resort near Battle Creek, Michigan was played.
You get to know people on a deeper level. Diana Cratty, 68, spent her Nude Games in a swimming pool playing volleyball with a group of people. Without a second thought, each of the players set and spiked the ball, partially exposed in the clear, waist-deep water. She said the nude lifestyle even helped ease her transition through menopause, as her lack of clothes helps with the hot flashes.
Cratty remembers the camp providing her children a strong perspective on nature and their bodies as they were able to explore the wildlife, clothed or not. They had free range. Patty Faber, Cyndi and Danielle's mother, has been a partner at the ranch since her grandfather bought it in She said attitudes annual nude games nudists have relaxed in recent years, along with the gay and transsexual rights movements. She said living as a nudist for so long has helped make her more accepting and tolerant of people from all walks of life.
Here, we just enjoy being unbound by clothes.
Joni Stringer, 51,said she enjoys the resort. The native of Mobile, Alabama has worked in the Shangri La cafeteria since Octoberand said the normalization of nudity strengthens the body image of residents and visitors alike. She has to wear clothes while serving food, but also takes naked dips in the pool during her off-time. It takes a while to get used to walking around naked, but once you do it becomes second nature. You can always tell who is new.
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