A swimmer goes skinny-dipping recently for our photo illustrationLYNDA M. GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here’s the skinny on skinny dipping
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When it comes to jumping in secluded lakes, rivers and ponds, I can hardly keep my clothes on.
Before you start with the lectures, let me just say this: If you’ve never taken a naked outdoor plunge, you’re missing one of life’s most perfect pleasures. Nothing feels better than water against bare skin, outdoors, under the leaves and stars. Besides, if polar bears, otters and alligators can all happily sashay through life without button-fly pants and hoodies, doesn’t it deserve a try?

A swimmer goes au naturel in our photo illustration. Skinny-dipping is one of life’s great pleasures, Pam LeBlanc saysLYNDA M. GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
A swimmer goes au naturel in our photo illustration. Skinny-dipping is one of life’s great pleasures, Pam LeBlanc says

I prefer my fiber-free forays private, such as at friends’ private ranches, and I’d never advocate naked swimming in front of unsuspecting onlookers. But for me, backpacking trips always mean nightly dashes, sans clothing, into ice-cold lakes and streams. If no one’s around to freak out, I’ll peel off my swimsuit and jump into Lake Austin after a dawn water-skiing session. I’ve dipped a bare bun or two into any number of lakes in the High Sierras of California, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and private ranches all over the Texas Hill Country.

Tempted to scrap the swimsuit? Be smart — and polite — about it, and keep the legalities in mind. State law prohibits the reckless exposure of private parts in public, so you can’t just tear off all your clothes and promenade into Lady Bird Lake. You could be cited for indecent exposure or disorderly conduct. But in Texas, it’s also perfectly legal for both men and women to go topless, because female breasts are not considered genitalia. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: My Statesman

Original publication August 24, 2018

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