Nudism/Naturism: Taking the autumn skinny dipping plunge

Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today, right?

With that maxim in mind, I plunged into the lake today for what probably will be my last skinny dip until spring.

Yes, the lake was cold — about 62F according to a thermometer I placed in the water by the shoreline. I’m sure it was colder further out, probably around 60F. But it wasn’t as cold today as it will be tomorrow, after the temperature dips to about 40F (5C) tonight.

Actually, it was a bit of a shock to my system when I dove in head first. There would be no keeping my hair dry today. I wanted to savor the full submersible experience, even if I would look like the proverbial drowned rat in photos my partner was snapping of this “you’re nuts!” experience.

But after I had been in for a few minutes, the water was lovely . . . OK, it was still cold, but not unbearably so (and I just can’t think right now of a “bare” pun to go along with that line of thought).

Sigh . . . It’s moments like these I’ll think about during the long winter months to come. Skinny dipping in fresh, pure Laurentian lakes is one of my favourite pastimes. They’re almost spiritual moments for me, as I view the world around me  with my head just above water (quite literally!), much like the loon that was floating nearby today was seeing it.

I thank the Great Spirit, or my lucky stars, for these opportunities, when I can truky be one with nature.

Such are the gifts of summer and early autumn in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec.

Naturism for me is far more than simply being naked . . . I know all of my naturist friends here feel the same way.

So, next week, I will rejoin my naturism group in Ontario for social swim events at various indoor pools, along with action on the basketball court. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again after the summer break.

Happy autumn, everyone!

— Jillian

16 thoughts on “Nudism/Naturism: Taking the autumn skinny dipping plunge

  1. Naturism is many things to many people. However as you say there are those moments like yours that make one realize how close one is with nature when nude. One of our favs is when hiking nude you come up on a vista or view that’s breathtaking and the realization sets in that it’s you, nature and god if you believe that way.


  2. Thanks for your photo on your new Instagram account of you “enjoying” (or was it “enduring”) the lake. I went to my naturist club near Leicester (England) today and enjoyed watching the dragon flies, amongst other wildlife.


    1. Sounds beautiful. I’ll look for your pictures of the dragon flies — which are my heroes. I was out swimming one day in the lake and there were horseflies buzzing around my head, trying to land on me so they could bite me. Suddenly, a squadron of dragon flies appeared and swooped in and gobbled up the horse flies. I’ve loved dragon flies ever since!


      1. It was lovely, though a little cooler than I would have liked. I lasted three hours at OSCL before deciding that I was too cold (there was a bit of a wind chill). I am not up to the endurance standards of you Canadians.

        I didn’t share the photo I took of the dragon fly on Instagram (taking with my phone so not brilliant quality) but it is on my Facebook account at if you can access that?

        Thanks for liking my photos on Instagram today.


  3. Jillian, I lived in St.Sauveur-des-Monts for awhile back in 1975 working with Jeunesse en Mission. I baptized some young people down at the river when snow was on the banks and the next day the river had frozen over solid. I could not feel my legs after I baptized the last girl. No skinnny-dipping in those days, but I thought you’d like this little rhyme that is in my 5th poem book recently published:


    Skinny-dipping’s Heaven’s will!
    Skin’s equipped to feel its thrill!
    God our Maker taught us how
    Nine long months! So, why not now?

    — David L. Hatton, 3/25/2016
    (from Poems Between Here and Beyond)

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