Nude, clothing-optional or textile? This a question that many a nudist has to resolve before using a beach, hot springs, or resort.
Don’t you wish that next time you visited a nudist club, that the people you encounter there would actually be nude? Are you tired of attending nudist events to find the majority of the people you meet are either partially or fully clothed? This fall, we visited a resort that actually lived up to the title of nudist.
On the weekend of November 20-22, 2015, Donna and I decided to take our newly acquired Roadtrek, which we have named Sun Rover, to a nearby Glen Eden, a Southern California co-op nudist resort. The weather forecast predicted sunny skies, with temperatures in the mid-eighties. I am sure we can agree those are ideal conditions and we couldn’t wait to take off for the 85 mile drive from our winter home in Desert Hot Springs.
We have visited Glen Eden many times in the past, but it had been several years since our most recent visit to the club. GE, one of the premiere clubs in the West, is set in a scenic canyon on I-15 south of Corona, California and east of Los Angeles. We had reserved a spot near the tennis courts and swimming pools and were not disappointed in the least!
If you have not been to Glen Eden, you might be surprised to discover that the club is nudist, not just clothing-optional. The two pools (inside and outside), the sunning deck, and the dance floor are nudist only (weather permitting). This really sets the tone for the club. First time visitors to the club are expected to take a tour of the club in the nude, but since we were in the files, it was not necessary.
We paid our grounds fees and RV space rental at the resort’s entrance and were soon hooked up to utilities and we found our sunscreen and proceeded to the spacious poolside sunning area. We were surprised that, although many sun-worshippers were poolside, nobody was swimming in the beautiful water. John made a quick check of the water temperature, which explained that. Apparently, the pool heater had been turned off for the season one week earlier. Oh well, the inside pool was still open. One of the unfortunate things about this season of the year is that the days are quite short and by 3:00 the sunning area began to empty out.
Donna remembered that an old friend of ours from Squaw Mountain, Kent Sjolander, now lives at Glen Eden. We looked him up and had a nice chat at poolside where we caught up on the past ten years. He invited us to his home for dinner that evening and a good time was had by all.
Both of us enjoy dancing and Glen Eden was well prepared for us. The dance floor is spacious, the music was plentiful and the dancers were nude. This made our dancing especially enjoyable. The choice of music might appeal more to someone a generation younger, with a constant, hammering bass beat that reminded me of a pile driver, but, judging from the turnout, it is what the audience wanted. As I remarked to Donna, “Anytime I get to hold you tight makes for a great evening.”
We spent Saturday making the most of GE. A leisurely, romantic, sunrise hike to the top of the park gave us a wonderful view of Glen Eden, as well as the vistas of the surrounding countryside. Since both of us are music lovers, we were pleased when were invited to join in an 11:00 AM ukulele jam, a very popular event at the club.
We spent several more hours by the pool in the warm afternoon sun, sunning our buns and catching up on our reading. In November, the temperatures drop immediately and we were soon forced to find warmer surroundings. We thoroughly enjoyed warming up in the oversize hot tub seeking refuge from the evening’s chill in the club’s excellent sauna. There were people of all age groups on the grounds, participating in all sorts of activities and having fun while doing so.
The owners of an adjacent site, also Roadtrek owners, invited us for cocktails and we had a nice conversation with them, learning much out the compact motor homes.
We tried the Saturday evening DJ dance, but soon tired of the monotony of the repetitive, pounding and retired to our coach.
Sunday morning’s sun rose right on schedule and after a quick breakfast, we began to close up our camper for a 10:00 departure to keep from being assessed an extra day’s grounds fees. Glen Eden charged the highest grounds fees we have ever paid at a nudist club, but the wonderful late November experience made the entire, truly nudist experience all worthwhile. Perhaps we will see some Sun Rovers there next time.
For more information about Glen Eden check out http://gleneden.com/ or
Glen Eden Nudist Resort
25999 Glen Eden Road
Corona, CA 92883
(800) 843-6833 or (951) 277-4650