Jump in sans swim­suit at nearby nud­ist re­sort this week­end

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360BETS - — Pam Le­Blanc

I re­dis­cov­ered the joys of skin­ny­dip­ping a cou­ple of weeks ago, when I stripped off my swim­suit and plunged into Lake Austin af­ter an early morn­ing wa­ter ski ses­sion.

I prom­ise I was dis­creet. Oh what a feel­ing!

For those who pre­fer their skinny-dip­ping with a lot of other like-minded folks, the Star Ranch, a nud­ist re­sort 20 miles east of Austin in McDade, will host a group skinny-dip at 2 p.m. Satur­day.

Last year, 155 peo­ple crowded into the re­sort’s pool, sans cloth­ing, for the event.

The folks out at Star Ranch love this sort of thing. For the past 13 years, they’ve hosted a Bare Buns Fun Run, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sprint across the grounds wear­ing nary a shred of cloth­ing.

When they are not run­ning around or hop­ping into pools in the buff, the res­i­dents are din­ing at their own Nekkid Lunch Cafe, play­ing darts, ten­nis, sand volleyball, shuf­fle­board or horse shoes, cook­ing in the com­mu­nity kitchen or hik­ing the 112-acre prop­erty’s wooded trails. The re­sort also hosts hol­i­day pot lucks, cos­tume par­ties, chili cook-offs and bake-offs.

Star Ranch was founded in 1958 as the Sah­noans at Tara Park nud­ist camp. The club in­cor­po­rated in 1972 and adopted the name the Sah­noans at Star Ranch. Sah­noan is a Na­tive Amer­i­can word mean­ing “healthy one.”

To­day it has RV and mo­tor home sites, rental cabins and plenty of space to pitch a tent.

The gate fee will be re­duced from the usual $25 to just $5 a per­son for the Satur­day skinny-dip. Back­ground checks will be done on ev­ery­one who en­ters the prop­erty. Any­one who wants to be in the pool for a group photo will have to sign a re­lease.

“Se­cu­rity will be tight,” says Star Ranch rep­re­sen­ta­tive David Phillips. “If some­one gets up to the pool or is seen around the grounds look­ing like a Hip­pie Hol­low ogler, he’ll be shown the gate.”

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