Last week I took advantage of the beautiful summer-like weather and headed down to the Acadia Beach, the Spanish Banks side of Vancouver's nude beach. While Spanish Banks is textile, Acadia Beach is officially signed as clothing-optional. I would normally 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 clothes just past the sign and sat down nude on a log to read my book.
About 20 minutes later, a young man and woman in their late teens carrying a backpack came out of the beach trail within feet of where I was sitting. I have learned earlier from nude hiking that when you are nude and encounter clothed persons, the best course of action is to act as if nudity is the most natural thing in the world (which it is!)
It appears they had not been down to the nude beach before, and thought they were at the more well known Wreck Beach end. They had passed the "Beach Ahead is Clothing Optional" sign and approached me to ask where the nude beach started. I pointed out that I was nude if that was any help, and that statement of the "barely obvious" resulted in a few 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 people were likely to show up, did everyone go nude, etc.
I answered all their questions and didn't feel at all strange that I was sitting naked talking with two clothed young persons 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 had, in fact, come down for the first time to enjoy the beach together and had hoped to find a place 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 large 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 suggested 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 a while. But shortly 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 think that by acting matter-of-factly about being nude when they approached me, not attempting 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? That first time naked outdoors?