It's January. Not much snow and it's meltin', but it's still white outside and the hind end is almost the same color. Lookin' forward to warmin' up in some all over-sun.
This comin' sun season is the Bares' sixth season of get-togethers. Yup, we had our first ones in 2008. How time flies.
Plannin' on gettin' out this way next summer for your vacation? - great places to visit in these here Hills.
Get in touch with us Bares. Hang out for a while, bring the young'ns or just yourself. We’ve ben havin’ some Gooood get-togethers the past 5 seasons. If you ain’t made it yet, we’re doin’ another fun season for the summer of 2014. Keep checkin' this here web site for up-dates.
NEW this year is a Bares Valentines Couples Only get-together Sunday, February 16, 1:00pm in Custer City (indoors and warm of course). Got to email email@example.com for info and sign-up.
Our 2014 planned get-togethers are:
Saturdays: June 21, July 12, August, 23, and September 13, and
Sunday: July 20
Startin' time is around 1:30 with the grill bein' lit bout 4:30. Bring a dish to pass, meat you want to grill and your favorite drinks. The Custer City stores ain't too far away if you forget somethin'. Quittin' time is whenever, lessn we're goin' to bed and you're still here. Then you gets kicked out.
Email us for details and so we knows you’re comin’. If you're comin' to the Hills other times, let us know that too. Maybe we can also get together then - always good to have a party.
Be Natural - Be Bare - Join us & Hang out.
Hope to see ya. Keep the sunny side up and don't forget to turn over occasionally.
Refuse To Have Any More Tan Lines!
Enjoy a laid back natural environment!
With so many places to see and things to do in the beautiful Black Hills, one could easily spend a lifetime embracing all the wonderful culture and natural treasures that abound. We suggest you take the time to relax, let go, and most of all – get natural, enjoy the freedom, and hang out with the Bares and guests.
“We recognize the essential wholesomeness of the human body and that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, our physical health and mental well being are enriched through social nude recreation. We have the right to practice social nudity in appropriate settings, provided we do not infringe on the rights of others.” (see 'CHANGING ATTITUDES' article at bottom of our web site)
Black Hills Bares is a non-landed naturist club offering clothing-free opportunities - we just want to get bare and have Fun in the Black Hills sun. We don't have rooms, cabins or camping facilities but there are many beautiful opportunities for whatever you need in the Black Hills. (Textile of course - Shucks, but you can visit us and shed those threads for a while)
Black Hills Bares is affiliated with the national American Association for Nude Recreation as a fully Chartered Club, and abides by their principals. We extend an invitation to those in the area and also to traveling nudists and naturists, especially those in The Naturist Society, ClothingFree International, American Association for Nude Recreation, and International Naturist Federation to contact us when in the exceptional Black Hills!
Black Hills Bares welcome all; whether single or married. families with kids, young or old; without being judged because of race, religion, politics, marital status, partner preference, age, gender, body art, occupation or income (or anything else we've missed here).
Black Hills Bares members get together to simply enjoy an afternoon of relaxing naked in the sun or feel free to recharge minds and bodies with activities all clothing free. Our bodies are as varied as our backgrounds. It makes no difference what you look like - you'll be welcomed just for being you.
Black Hills Bares believes in social nudism; where sexual preferences are not a public issue; where consumption of alcohol must be respectful and moderate; where tobacco, illegal activities and substances/drugs are never tolerated; where consideration and respect of each other and of each other's belongings is always required; and where parents are responsible for the care, behavior, and safety of their children.
Nude is not lewd! Black Hills Bares believes the human body is natural, not shameful. We think family-friendly nude recreation is great. We also understand that a lot of people have questions about it. So we are committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information about the good-natured fun that is naturism to the general public and naturists alike. We view the nude human form for what it is: a gift, dignified and worthy of respect, regardless of shape, size, age or hue.
Email us if you’d like a FREE Black Hills Bares BUMPER STICKER of the Bares; Cody, Peggi, and son Zack, wearing fig leaves. (the fig-less version is available when you visit us)
VISITING Black Hills Bares BHBares@gwtc.net
So that we may better serve you, everyone is required to contact the club in advance by email to make arrangements. (contact phone number is given to regular members only)
First time guests to Black Hills Bares are always welcome. We ask them to complete a simple registration, and have their government-issued photo ID with them.
While the quality of facilities may have changed over the years, commitment to fostering wholesome, nurturing environments that promote body acceptance and respect for all persons has not changed.
Black Hills Bares members subscribe to the following principles, which are repeated on every membership card:
“We recognize the essential wholesomeness of the human body and that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, physical health and mental well being are enriched through social nude recreation. We have the right to practice social nudity in appropriate settings, provided we do not infringe on the rights of others.”
Black Hills Bares RULES – are based on common sense, with the most important being:
Black Hills Bares expects responsible conduct which requires no apology.
Persons behaving in a manner deemed inappropriate by club officers or hosts will be asked to leave immediately or face a call to the local law enforcement office.
Always bring two towels; one to sit on and one to use for drying off. If you forget your towel (it happens) don't be embarrassed. Notify the host and ask to borrow one.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for NUDE RECREATION - www.aanr.com
CUSTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & Weather - www.custersd.com
YOU SHOULD SEE THE HILLS FROM HERE
NATURIST SOCIETY - www.naturistsociety.com
BLACK HILLS HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES - www.blackhillsballoons.com
EXPERIENCE THE BLACK HILLS FROM A HOT AIR BALLOON
CLOTHES FREE INTERNATIONAL - www.clothesfree.com
GOLDEN CIRCLE TOURS - www.goldencircletours.com
EXCITING TOURS OF THE BLACK HILLS – LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
COLLEGE NUDIST SEMINARS - www.collegenudistseminars.com
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL - www.crazyhorsememorial.org
WORLDS LARGEST MOUNTAIN CARVING
INTERNATIONAL NATURIST FEDERATION - www.inf-fni.com
CUSTER CRUISIN’ - http://www.custercruisin.com
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Crazy Horse Memorial
Iron Mountain Road
This photo of members of the Esyuen (phonetically "Sun") League from the October 1935 issue of ‘The Nudist’ had the original caption, "Problem? : What's wrong with it?"
Nothing - but the question is a legitimate inquiry that naturists need to answer to themselves, and to society. The practice of nudity can be viewed in aspects of: "natural" and "deliberate".
Early chroniclers reported that Native Americans by and large found nudity normal, natural, and inoffensive. French explorer Jean Ribaut commented on Florida tribes living around what is now Jacksonville, "They be all naked ... ," and Champlain noted the Huron often wore no clothes whatsoever.(1)
We also know that early Americans including Benjamin Franklin and John Quincy Adams were skinny-dippers with no secrecy and, as far as we know, no criticism from the public. Franklin was also known for his "air baths" - opening a window and letting the air wash over his nude body for an hour, which he advocated as a health practice.
This is termed "natural" attitude: the nude human body is intrinsically non-offensive, ie "body acceptance." This acceptance was surely not universal among Americans of European extraction, but rather subject to place and circumstance. Perhaps a nude stroller through town might be thrown in jail for a day or two. (Today, he or she might be charged as a sexual offender in some places, subject to a long prison sentence.) On the other hand, if you went down to the stream on a hot day, stripped off, and went for a swim, this was apparently considered quire natural and inoffensive. Surely, if we know that Franklin and Adams were nude swimmers, it seems natural to think that many more mere plebeians of "less consequence" were as well, and that the absence of mention of such activities in the press of the day indicates this was not seen as a major social ill.
Later nineteenth century saw erosion of this "natural" attitude toward nudity in America, paralleling Victorian attitudes in Great Britain. The diary of Rev. Robert Francis Kilvert, a Church of England minister who grew up unselfconsciously swimming nude (like Franklin and Adams in America) provides a documentation of the gradual enforcement of wearing bathing suits in England. His entries include such as these from the 1870s: "There was a delicious feeling of freedom of stripping in the open air and running down naked to the sea .... " (And which of us having the same experience cannot identify fully with Kilvert's comments!) "At Seaton .. .I had in my ignorance bathed naked and set at nought the conventionalities of the place ... " "At Shanklin one has to adopt the detestable custom of bathing in drawers."(2)
Organized nudist movements began as a reaction against such Victorian attitudes, first in Germany, slightly later in England, and eventually coming to America early in the 1930s, at a time when men could be arrested for going topless at many beaches in the U.S., the bare male chest being considered just as offensive as the bare female chest. There were no American nudist clubs in 1930, but by the end of 1933 there were forty-four affiliated with the new American Sunbathing Association, years later renamed the current American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR).(3)
The term "deliberateness" is characteristic of the change to modern nudism. The nudist had to deliberately challenge the current “norms” and “correctness”. And there was secrecy: club acquaintances were usually on a first-name-only basis, and the term "Health Club" was often used in preference to "Nudist Club" - not altogether inappropriately, as nudism certainly emphasized health and physical fitness; it was a true "back to nature" movement.
Of course, skinny-dipping had never entirely died out. Older Americans will still remember skinny-dipping in streams and ponds, nude Scout swims, and swimming nude at school. My father swam nude in the school pool for classes, as was the norm.
But the "Age of Aquarius" in the 1960s began to expand attitudes toward social nudity: Woodstock, John Lennon and Yoko Ono nude on a record cover, hippie communes that accepted nudity; again posing the question: "Problem? What's wrong with nudity?"
With rising attitudes of gender equality, men, women, and families sought remote beach areas where they could swim and sunbath socially in nature's wholly adequate swimwear. They were, of course, preceded by others in Germany, in France, and in many other European countries: countries like tiny Holland that today has 160 designated nude beaches!
Certainly, attitudes have changed. Go to any beach in the U.S., and I'd contend that at least 90% of the swimwear would have been considered obscene in 1933. As the 2006 NEF/Roper poll indicates, in comparison with the 1983 TNS/Gallup poll using the same questions, today’s Americans are more accepting of nudity.(4)
The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) openly promotes nude recreation as a legitimate recreation choice through its "Nakation" promotion and through media placements. Members of The Naturist Society, the Naturist Action Committee, and the Naturist Education Foundation proudly present business cards with their names to legislators and community leaders. Free Beaches advocates meet with legislators as open spokespersons for naturism.
Advocates of naturism and nudism promote the right of safe and responsible clothing-free recreation and continue to inform and exercise their rights to enjoy their freedoms in the sun.
1) Francis Parkman: France and England in North America (Volume One), Library of America edition (New York, NY: 1983), pp. 44 and 290; additional references to Native American nudity passim.
2) Quoted in Cec Cinder: The Nudist Idea, The Ultraviolet Press (Riverside, CA: 1998), pp. 331-333.
3) Ibid, p. 532.
Changing Attitudes toward Nudity
Photo and Excerpts from an article by Michael Kush used with permission
N – The Magazine of Naturist Living
The Naturist Society
Feature section, p55