Yeah, I was a little embarrassed at first. I had a guitar and spent a lot of time playing it (badly) partly to cover up my groin area and partly because it was the only thing I could do. But after an hour or so, I put the guitar down and took a swim and played some badminton with the people there, and all was cool.As for the second part of the question, if I meet somebody in a nudist envrionment that I knew but that I didn't expect to see there, I wouldn't care a bit. I'm naked, they're naked. I think a lot of people sort of suspect me as a closet nudist, anyway, because I'm wearing less than they are. If it's hot and humid, I see no sense in wearing anything more than a pair of shorts and sandals, or whatever I can get away with, in textile environments.
Same here. I keep wearing shirts to an absolute minimum in warm winter. Surprising how many men on this board wear shirts whenever they aren't nude.
Concerning people suspecting, mose than once one of my acquaintances have seen me shirtless and commented along the lines that they think I would go nude if I could.
I don't know if it was embarrassment or awkwardness. I met a couple for the first time at a clothed party. The next day I was at a nude beach and saw the couple walking by the water's edge. I was tempted to pretend I didn't see them but then our eyes caught each other and I had to acknowledge them. It was awkward for for to casually discuss weather etc while completely naked.
I rember being at Apollo beach. It was my second time. My first was only a stop by type thing with my wife to see where it was and to briefly experience it for about 30 minutes. So I had to real thought process of it. But the second time I was spending the day and there my self. I moved to a secluded area because I didn't want to be in anyone's space. Oddly as I sat there I had a real uneasy feeling. I asked myself, what was I doing? Was I nuts. I was in my 50s. Too old for this. Shame on me. I decided to take a walk down the beach with this thought still troubling me. I came across a couple that wished me a pleasant good morning. I stopped and chatted. Told them it was kind of my first time. They said great and what do you think of the experience? I admitted to them what my thoughts were. They were lifelong nudists they explained and said that a good majority I would find were in their upper ages. Especially at resorts. They reassured me I was very normal in thinking as I was but would adjust. I found out they were 80 and 81 years old. They told me of their friends at beaches and resorts and other places they'd been nude at. They were quite comfortable with their way of life and very comforting to me and helped understand.
Embarrassed? No! Anxious? Yes, definitely!
In the forty years prior, I had only been nude in front of others in the men's shower. Once with another couple who were close friends in my 20's and one time skinny dipping with other guys after dark.
On a public beach, in the middle of the day, around other people was definitely a little different. It was in Seattle while on vacation a few years back.
The typical thoughts were running through my head when I arrived. Other people will see me. What will they think?
I had challenged myself for this moment and wasn't about to back out, knowing if I did I would forever regret it.
It was more about courage than embarrassment.
I countered that by accepting the fact that seeing others nude here was the expectation and I'm just going to be one more nude person on the beach, so with that I stripped down, threw all my nervousness to the wind and did what I came there to do.
The total freedom and vulnerability was exhilarating and liberating. I was hooked!
I wasn't embarrassed in the least. A little anxious the first time at Apollo but got over that pretty quickly. And my first time at a nudist resort (after I had been to Apollo a few times) I couldn't wait to get my clothes off. Normally at Cypress Cove they want to walk you through the place your first time but I went on the Day of the National Skinny Dip Day which is also the day they let everyone in , single or not. I think I walked into the office already nude so that was that.
Nervous when I first went to Gunnison but got over it quickly. Also a little uncomfortable the first time I got lunch at the beach stand, but not after.
I had been going to Gunnison for years before I went to a resort. I know from this board that some resorts expect people to be dressed for check-in so I was hesitant. I saw another person strip in the parking lot and head to the office, I did the same. Stayed nude until I left.