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The World Needs More Nudist Naturist Clubs Not Less.

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Maybe Somebody Should Try And Make A Feature Leangth Movies Or Television Series About Californian Nudist Naturist History.

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As Sam Traxler wrote in a 1970 issue of the Olympian Notes (Newsletter of the Olympian Club), Ray Connett had “pitched” to Olive Dell owner Bill Keissell the idea of converting the club to a co-op structure. He further said that Bill was willing, but didn't follow through because of suspicions from its members. He said “the members of Olive Dell couldn't believe such a wild dream. There had to be a catch somewhere, and Ray was called everything from a Communist to a crook before he finally let Cliff Kennedy coax him into looking for land for a club of his own.” Too bad. Olive Dell might be thriving today if Bill had made the change. On the other hand, if Bill had followed Ray's advice, Glen Eden would not exist today.

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Would be a real shame if Olive Dell is lost to our community. Terrific location - close to LA and Palm Springs but a world away from either. Have enjoyed dong the Bare Burro 5K held in the spring each year - lots of fun and always a great way to meet fellow naturists. Have never been to their Pride Camping Weekend - certainly hope to this year - looks like a great time.

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Nov 7, 2023Liked by Evan Nicks

It was pretty much for this reason that Terry and Neil (of blessed memory) Seitz, owners of Valley View Hot Springs in Colorado, created the Orient Land Trust and conveyed their holdings to it, adding a conservation easement to the Nature Conservancy, to protect the land and its naturist use in perpetuity.

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This is a thought-provoking piece. Many thanks to the author Evan Nicks for putting this together. Those of us who greatly appreciate the naturist life style, especially here in Southern California, should see how tenuous is our hold on preserving social nudity. Monetary gain in the sale of private property is one thing. Those with money, or who can easily get it, can take it and run. They are of course free to do so. Another thing is the reactionary elements of today's culture that are not necessarily friendly toward us. There's a peculiar if not hypocritical morality among them that scorns a "woke" culture that embraces diversity and nonconformist lifestyles. These same elements claim to be freedom-loving while they show indifference or even hostility to the freedom to love who you want, freedom to read what you want, freedom with respect to reproduction, or even freedom from things like mass shootings or global climate destabilization. Many of our freedoms are eroding through these retrograde politics. Freedom to be nude in public, or for that matter in private, is by no means assured under these changing public attitudes. Naturists need to be proactive or we'll lose more ground than we've gained.

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