The Naturist Talks: Scott and Julie from the USA

Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that we try to enjoy as much as possible. In as many places as possible. Most of the time we share our own views on the different aspects of nudism but once in a while, we like to pass the mic to hear about how someone else’s experiences. Via this Naturist Talks interview series, we listen to naturists from all over the world. They share their experiences, tips and stories about naturism and thanks to them we keep learning about the different aspects of life in the nude.
Today we’re listening to Scott and Julie, two fellow nudist bloggers from the USA.


Hello Scott and Julie, please tell us something about yourself

We are Scott and Julie, AKA the Nomadic Nudists. We’ve lived mostly in Arizona and the western U.S. but have spent the last five years roaming the country in a 34-foot motorhome. We have now been to 49 of the 50 U.S. states.


Along the way, we acquired a dog, Peanut. Peanut is a classic narcissist. He always wants to be fed or petted, or have us throw the ball so he can fetch it over and over and OVER again until the Sun goes supernova and swallows the Earth. But ask him to help out around the house, or even pick up his own poop, and he just stares at you without lifting a paw.


Anyway, Scott is a freelance writer and, among other projects, wrote the Nomadic Nudists column for the NUSA Sun magazine published out of Florida, with Julie taking many of the photos. He continues the column at Julie is an artist, specializing in abstract painting. She also loves to cook and constantly amazes Scott with the dishes she creates in a kitchen the size of a shower stall.


We love to travel and explore new places, especially if they are warm and you can get naked. Beaches are our favorite places. Since 2011 we’ve been part of the Burner community and renewed our vows at Burning Man in 2014.

Naturist Talks: Scott and Julie from the USA

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?

We’ve been married over 30 years and did some skinny dipping when we first met but it wasn’t until we were about 40-years-old that we considered ourselves naturists. We had been spending a lot of time in Tanque Verde Canyon east of Tucson, Arizona, which in the springtime is an oasis with cool pools of water in a lovely desert gorge. We’d hike up and find a private spot to sunbathe. Scott would strip totally down, but at first, Julie usually kept her bikini bottoms on.


There was one area where local nudists would gather. They were very friendly to us and we ended up hanging out and becoming friends. Julie felt comfortable with them and was wondering why she was so scared of getting totally nude. So, one day she took off her bottoms and never looked back.


We didn’t realize that there was such a community built around naturism; it wasn’t just getting naked and going skinny dipping. Somebody had hauled a barbecue grill down there, and they would have picnics and play volleyball. We had started going up there for the sun and the water and the chance to get naked outdoors. We kept going back for the socializing.


When Mira Vista Resort opened in Tucson, most of the Tanque Verde crowd starting gathering there, us included. Since then, we’ve traveled to over 30 nudist resorts and several clothing optional beaches and hot springs.


Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?

This country has a long way to go, but thankfully there are several places you can legally be nude in the U.S. There are nudist resorts in many states, plus non-landed clubs that often have gatherings in private homes. There are also a handful of legally recognized clothing-optional beaches on both the west and east coasts, such as Haulover, Gunnison, Black’s and Collin’s.


The U.S. isn’t as conservative as some parts of the world, but we believe that naturism here is still considered an odd, fringe lifestyle by the majority of Americans. Many consider it downright perverted. Just look at how people react here to the top freedom for women, which isn’t even a naturist movement.


In Utah, a woman is being prosecuted and may have to register as a sex offender, because her stepchildren saw her topless in her own home. Mormon music celebrity, Marie Osmond, publicly shamed this woman by likening her behavior to pornography. Arkansas still has a law banning any person or organization from advocating or promoting nudism. Based on that, it’s possible you could be charged simply because you told a stranger on the bus that you love being a nudist and they should try it some time.


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If nudity isn’t allowed somewhere, or we’re not sure, we just stay dressed. It isn’t worth getting arrested and possibly charged as a sex offender. The prudes win.


Naturist Talks: Scott and Julie from the USAWhat do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?

What we like the most:
Julie: Freedom to live how I want and express myself any way I want, including walking the dog in a nightshirt with no undies.
Scott: The freedom of being naked. I don’t like clutter and clothes are clutter on my body.


What we like the least:
Julie: Men who stare at me at the pool. It happens way too often. I also don’t like how costly it can be to go to nudist resorts. I know, that’s two things.
Scott: What I like the least is feeling like I have to hide being a naturist. It shouldn’t be a big deal. Get over it people. Also, cold weather. Cold weather sucks. (She got two things, so I get two things.)


Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?

Now that we spend a lot of time at nudist resorts and naturist places, we don’t have a problem meeting other naturists. And it’s very easy to make friends with them. People just seem to open up more about themselves and their lives when they’re naked.


Our textile friends know we’re nudists and we’ve skinny dipped with many of them (typically after much wine). Some have even come to a resort with us. But really, the best way to meet other naturists is to go where they hang out and be willing to socialize.

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What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?

Julie: Just own it and take it off.
Scott: Remember that naturism is just a life choice, not a cult. Do what makes you feel comfortable. Don’t let others pressure you. Relax and enjoy and be respectful.


Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?

In our experience, naturists (or nudists…whatever you want to call them) are good, decent people. We may not always share the same political beliefs or interests outside of naturism, but nudists (almost) always treat each other with respect, they often volunteer in their local communities, and they help each other out in time of need. If politicians were required to be naked during their terms in office, the world would be a better place.


Thank you so much for sharing your story, Scott and Julie!


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4 thoughts on “The Naturist Talks: Scott and Julie from the USA”

  1. My step son Bradley is a very quiet kid, and he is very healthy but totally blind. However this summer he eats the healthy meals that are prepared for him, does yoga, and most of all just be nude. He is now in a quiet nudist resort with his grandparents to sit down to kick back, rest, relax, and just be nude with nothing except a pair of sandals, toiletries, sun screen screen, bug spray, and clean towels so he can just sit in a lounge chair. So being just nude 24/7 for 2 1/2 months is what is in store for him. However is that good? The purpose is that he may continue to just relax and get plenty of rest for the hot summer months of June thru August. His mother, my daughter Melloni says he will not have a tv, radio or phone so he will not expect anything or ask for anything. He needs to continue to be comfortable with just his own skin. This is a quiet resort with rarely any other kids there and the kid will be there from now in early June to late August based on such circumstances? I would think the kid must be board and I don’t know if this is wrong to do this with the boy and not provide the little one with things to think about or things to do but have him just be nude with no clothes and for 11 weeks straight seems like an awful lot of time and boring. Is there anything wrong with this? By law must my wife as his mother provide her kid now only 13 with no summer school more than just toiletries healthy meals some basic yoga and just have him be nude 24/7? No modern day amenities like tv radio or phone is part of him to be a naturist but he is totally blind so he can’t use the facilities and do activities or even if he could, he is not in a place with kids to talk to and do things with. Should I worry about him if he might only sit in a lounge chair and lay around nude all day for 3 months a year until he’s 18. I understand my work is important my wife has to work and her little boy needs a place to stay for the summer while school is out. His real father passed away. However, Is it ok for his mother, my wife Melloni to set such an agenda for her son with nothing to do and no clothes because she says she just wants him to have a quiet place without having anything and no clothes except sandals so he be nude for the reason that he just relax and get plenty of rest for the summer. Therefore my real question is, Is this acceptable from a legal standpoint to have him do so while school is out for the summer?

    Hopefully even with mostly just retired nudists he is being very well accepted there and he will have people to talk to him and he will be very comfortable with just being nude and finds himself at peace with just relaxing and being nude all summer being as quiet as the little kid will have it there.

    Robert and Melloni

    • Hi Robert,

      Have you asked the kid what he prefers? If he likes spending all summer at a nudist resort with his grandparents, we don’t see anything wrong with that. If he hates it, it might be good to search for another solution.

  2. My stepson Bradley said that he is very happy and very comfortable with the fact that he will be nude all summer. He also said that having just gone completely blind is different and it’s only been two months but he is also entirely ok with the fact that his mom decided that he no longer have a tv, or a radio to listen to, and he said that he thinks he will be ok without a phone. My wife took away all of her son Bradleys personal belongings In order that the boy have no modern day amenities. It is all in hopes that he is comfortable with living a naturist lifestyle. Although he has nothing to listen to anymore, he would be doing things like play volleyball, play a game of pool, go fishing, play bean bag toss, or play a game of shuffleboard but he can’t because he is totally blind. Therefore most of the the time, Bradley is now just sitting on a clean towel with nothing more than a pair of sandals, and he will just be nude to relax for the next 3 months with no summer school. He is also 13 now so for the next 5 years he’ll have it very quiet for the summer. He also said not having clothes but just sandals is actually great with him. I also think Bradley sounds very positive but I fear that being in a nudist resort with all retired people might be lonely. I also think he might be very board there. On the flip side, I think that he will be very appreciative of anyone to talk to him, and I hope he will have someone to talk to him. However I do think it’s a good thing that my wife decided that her mother (Bradley’s grandma) put away Bradleys clothes so that he have no clothes other than a pair of sandals for the next 3 months. The bottom line is we will have to see by the 4th of July just how Bradley is doing. However he’ll probably have the most quiet summer being nude as a teenager but at least it’s Florida and it’s hot here.
    I’m hopeful that he will be a happy camper even though he really has nothing to do or has anything except a quiet place to relax and be Nude. Therefore I can only pray every night that all goes well for Bradley and
    I appreciate any advice or any thoughts you can give.

    Thank you,

    Robert and Melloni

  3. Scott and Julie explained it so well, nudism and its tolerance in the United States. You don’t know who exactly, but some people are very judgmental. I remember hearing about the woman being prosecuted because her step-son saw her topless in her own home. That’s why I don’t get nude anywhere unless I 100% know that it’s legal. You never know who you might encounter and who they might report you to. Sadly, the prudes do win. Even Free the Nipple is controversial in the United States. I once heard three family members (none related by blood, all women) say and agree that nudists are perverts. They don’t know that I’m a nudist.


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