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Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 19, 2009

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Photo of Kay Gillette

“Yes, I have, in Lake Michigan with my mom.”

Photo of Sam Brownson

“I have not gone skinny-dipping. … I’ve never been one to like cold water.”

Photo of Malcolm Brown

“Yes, in a swimming pool.”

Photo of Kourtney Martin

“No, I haven’t, because I’m a good girl.”


Chris Ogle 8 years, 2 months ago

Only when I was skinny..... many, many years ago.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

The majority answer is more likely who hasn't? Happening with a co-ed group is not unusual. Clothes can be very hot.

Skinny dipping is not an earth shattering concern. It starts at an early age. Then proceeds on to repeat itself from the teen years to who knows when.

Perhaps the appropriate question may have been does skinny dipping really matter?

Of course when very young children do it is not known as skinny dipping. It is cute, fun and anything but unusual. Been going on forever.

jonas_opines 8 years, 2 months ago

"Yes, I have, in Lake Michigan with my mom.”

Whoa, that's kinky.

thomgreen 8 years, 2 months ago

Who knew the question on the street would one day lead to Sam and Malcolm, twins separated at birth, to one day find each other. They even dress alike after all these years. Amazing!

Maddy Griffin 8 years, 2 months ago

Not since high-school graduation night. Lake Perry. Aahhh the memories. To be that free again. To have that body again!!!

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, Melvern Lake drunk with hot chicks. Oh I was young once and looked pretty good but my six pack has turned into a pony cag.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 2 months ago

I'm doing it right now. Wow, that water's chilly!

labmonkey 8 years, 2 months ago

Kay wasn't totally nude....she covered herself with her sunglasses.

I wonder if Kourtney was serious, or if she had a mischevious grin when she said she was a good girl...

salad 8 years, 2 months ago

spacehog (Anonymous) says…

"I think public nudity should be encouraged. "

My God man!!! Have you lost your mind??? Have you not ever been to a nude beach? It's not like a trip to the playboy mansion, it's more like if the general population of an average Wal-mart suddenly had no clothes on. That terrifying image will be permenantly burned into your retinas. For the vast majority of Americans: clothes = good.

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 2 months ago

"Richard Heckler (Anonymous) says… The majority answer is more likely who hasn't? Happening with a co-ed group is not unusual. Clothes can be very hot."

Three words: Richard Heckler naked.


Ronda Miller 8 years, 2 months ago

Is this akin to bathing in the nude? ;)

Nothing, well almost nothing, feels quite as nice as water against skin...floating....sensual...wonderful.

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, and I think the neighbors have the films to prove it.

Phil Minkin 8 years, 2 months ago

Lake Contrary and the Boy Scout lake were favorite skinny dipping locals in the early '70s. Both part of Clinton now I think.

ms_canada 8 years, 2 months ago

Sure, in Cultus Lake near Chiliwack, B.C. at a mad, mad midnight hour with a group of crazies. Just stripped at the end of the pier and dived into the black abyss. What fun!

jaywalker 8 years, 2 months ago

The old Officer's Club pool at Ft. Leavenworth was perfect for it in high school. Smack dab in the middle of the golf course; we'd set up chairs and tables for a speedy exit back over the fence, have a lookout on the high dive, and disappear into the deep black gulleys on the course. Those were good times.

dajudge 8 years, 2 months ago

Lake Henry west of town. 1974-1975. There was also a bit of streaking on campus at the time. And the sauna behind Floyd's Big House on Louisiana.

verity 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, among other places, at the Walnut Valley Blue Grass Festival. There were no showers, so multitudes of people just stripped and went in the river. It was considered rude and improper to stare, so have no memory of what people looked like.

However, a co-worker who belonged to a nudist group once showed me photos of their Halloween Party. They were wearing more clothes than usual, but, oh my, that image was burned on my mind forever and gave me nightmares for some time. Thanks, LJW, for bringing it back. At my age, I try to keep as much of my body covered as possible---not due to modesty, but out of respect for other people's sensibilities.

NutSack 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, it was quite refreshing against my skin.

NutSack 8 years, 2 months ago


I can assure you that it is quite embracing; it makes me shrink just thinking about it.

thomgreen 8 years, 2 months ago

Damn, my comment is no longer relevant, they fixed the pictures.

NutSack 8 years, 2 months ago

Bob's right! After the first couple of seconds I can't feel a thing and it gets better from there. Refreshing, damn straight!

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

Sam appears to have "lightened up" since I last checked in.

Deja Coffin 8 years, 2 months ago

I've skinny dipped in 3 states, Perry and Clinton lake in Kansas, Wintergreen Falls in N.Y. (but that's more of a river/creek then a lake) and Beaver Lake in Arkansas.....yes, Beaver Lake. Oh and I think I was also in the state of intoxication for a few of those adventures. Oh how I miss being so free!!!

Outsidelookingin 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, many years ago... If I went to day it would be called Chunky Dunkin.

Tom McCune 8 years, 2 months ago


Good girls may go to heaven, but bad girls go everywhere....

mistygreen 8 years, 2 months ago

Just last night in my backyard pool. Gotta love solar covers, the water was just right!

labmonkey 8 years, 2 months ago

TOB- I was suprised you didn't catch the sunglasses first.

If you are out of dry ice, I'm sure you can rub on some IcyHot.

passionatelibra 8 years, 2 months ago

Never skinny dipped. I am unable to skinny anything at this point in time!

coolmom 8 years, 2 months ago

sure back in the day at clinton, on a beach in fort myers fl, a couple of swimming pools, lone star lake (why do they always ask for i.d when you can tell you are not carrying any?) that was many years ago. as a more mature adult i was dragged to a nude beach and discovered that i had lost all taste in the skinny dippy sports ewww. now i am just too much older and would never subject others to that lol.

BigPrune 8 years, 2 months ago

Only when i was skinny and only if there were lots of women. One thing i did learn was cold water can cause a Big Prune to turn into a Little Prune. Seinfeld devoted a whole episode on the subject.

TopJayhawk 8 years, 2 months ago

No, I try to keep my skin as dry as possible. Haven't showered in years.

passionatelibra 8 years, 2 months ago

R_I your comment (nice pic by the way) reminded me of my Dad's story about shooting a bear in the bare. That bear hide is hanging on their wall.

Thank you for triggering the memory!

labmonkey 8 years, 2 months ago


I wonder if her mom is cute, and if so, why didn't I marry into that family.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

Nude buffs ready for Naked Hiking Day

Updated: Friday, 19 Jun 2009, 11:09 AM EDT Published : Friday, 19 Jun 2009, 11:09 AM EDT

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Every year on the first day of summer, a few outdoor enthusiasts nationwide expose virtually all of themselves to insects, scrapes and thorns for the pleasure of bonding with nature au naturel.

They call it Naked Hiking Day.

"There's no way to explain it until you experience it," said Andrew Williams, 28, a machinist from Warren, Pa., who first hiked naked six or seven years ago. "It's not about being lewd and crude and all that. It's just enjoyment."

This year, the summer solstice falls on a weekend -- this Sunday. Father's Day.

Hikers who prefer clothes are not happy.

Rangers and police warn that people caught outdoors in the altogether could be charged with indecent exposure. Managers of the Appalachian Trail, where the tradition is sometimes observed by those trekking from Georgia to Maine, also discourage nudity.

"It's just rude," said Brian King, spokesman for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. "People are out there hiking with their kids and families, and there are Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts."

Law enforcement authorities say they see so few nude hikers, even on Naked Hiking Day, that they don't consider it a big problem.

"It's rare, probably because we have a lot of remote territory out there where one would not be detected," said Capt. Woody Lipps of Virginia's George Washington and Jefferson national forests, which contain parts of the Appalachian Trail.

Ranger Tammy McCorkle, of the state-managed South Mountain Recreation Area in western Maryland, said she hadn't heard of Naked Hiking Day until last year, when visitors reported seeing a group of naked men on the Appalachian Trail. By the time an officer caught up with them, all 10 were clothed; eight received warnings for disorderly conduct after acknowledging they had been nude.

"We're aware it happens on the summer solstice day," McCorkle said. "With through-hikers -- people who hike the trail all in one season -- it's kind of like an unofficial tradition for them."

Nude hiking is a European tradition, too, not that it's any more welcome there. Voters in Appenzell, Switzerland, passed legislation in April banning naked hiking after dozens of mostly German tourists started ambling through their region wearing only hiking boots and socks.

Nude-hiking advocates say they aren't out to startle people.

dipweed 8 years, 2 months ago

Nope, don't do it.....causes "shrinkage"

Christine Anderson 8 years, 2 months ago

Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.. Dang, some of you have me laughing my butt off! Well, like I said in response to the article of the three arrested for skinny-dipping, yep, I've done it. Back when I was 20 and actually had a good body. When the "girls" didn't point downward, and before Father Time and three kids changed me forever. I miss my former self!!!

jonas_opines 8 years, 2 months ago

You know, I did just notice that you can see the photographer in Miss Gillette's sunglasses. I think that's pretty awesome.

HighScore 8 years, 2 months ago

What constitutes skinny dipping?

Is sex in a hot tub considered skinny dipping?

As long at it is in public?

If so, then yes.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

yes, I was a teen, it was a country pond, I was a country kid.

now, no, I sure don't want to scare the horses! think the PD would charge me with more than public maybe "incitement to riot."

agree TOB, if it was miracle whip, the guy was just askin' for it! and, the attacker was trying his best to save him!

said the sandwich was estimated value 76-cents!
he was sitting on a bench, putting mayo on his sandwich. suppose he was in a hurry to eat en route to naked hiking day?

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

Something to remember. The LPD would not have been there if someone had not complained. It is my best guess the LPD have better things to do than to concern themselves with folks who enjoy being and/or swimming naked.

The law does seem discriminating in that females can be busted for being topless,not naked,yet the males go free?

One year at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival there were plenty of folks jumping in the river to swim and chill out.... yep skinny dipping.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years, 2 months ago

I've been accused of double-dipping.

( ... which has left me anything but skinny. )

Tom McCune 8 years, 2 months ago

Nobody want to play "Marco Polo"? Naked Marco Polo, It's the best.

camper 8 years, 2 months ago

Nope. The idea of skinny dipping is good in a transendental sort of way. But if in a pool, keep on a bathing suit. If in the lake or ocean also wear a pair of knock-around shoes. There are lots of bottles and stuff down there.

twinetowngirl 8 years, 2 months ago

almost 11 years ago...9 months pregnate in the middle of August...ohhhhh yeaaaa

SusieCreamcheeze 8 years, 2 months ago

And the sauna behind Floyd's Big House on Louisiana.!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my, Oh my!!!!!! were you stting next to me or on another bench? Private pool in N. J. with some Vista's. Lake Henry, Perry, .........

local_support 8 years, 2 months ago

"The law does seem discriminating in that females can be busted for being topless,not naked,yet the males go free?"

I'm in total agreement with you Merill. We need to get this law repealed so women will be able to remove their tops whenever they feel the urge. Who's with us???

Tom McCune 8 years, 2 months ago

OMG. Floyd's Big House. Maybe you'll just have to make do with the new pool at Frtizel's Big CondoTel.

Bucker00 8 years, 1 month ago

Couple of decades ago. Note to skinny dippers (and self). If you work in the sun and have a dark tan, unless it's an all over tan, not all of you will be invisible under the water. I was convinced I was well concealed until I heard a female voice loudly pronounce "Look! A pair of ankles following an a**". Of course, we didn't choose to do this in an apartment swimming pool in the middle of town. Not that doing it off the dock at Lonestar was any more legal, just more discreet at midnight.

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