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think they'd understand. Saxon and Bridget's oldest, who is 22, brings her six-month-old son to the club now, thus marking the family's third generation of nudists. He marches to a different beat. He swims in a diaper. Grin and bare it At the end of the day, I say good-bye to everyone and make my way back to the office to thank Arline. On the way, I run into the first-time visiting Collinsville couple, Jim and Mikki, playing shuffleboard with their hosts, Gina and James, who joined earlier this year. The two couples met while chatting on the Internet. I ask Mikki how she feels after being nude for a few hours. Much to her surprise, she's extremely comfortable. "I thought I'd be so self-conscious," she says. "But I'm not at all. I really don't feel like I'm being judged. In fact, I feel better about myself nude than I often do wearing clothes." Later, I mention this to Arline and she nods knowingly. "I told you, my self-esteem is a lot better since I became a nudist. It's so relaxing. You really see the way people are. Not the way they are in magazines." She invites me back. "Bring the family," she says. "We have all kinds of children's activities for Labor Day." Then, she looks me squarely in the eyes and asks how I feel. I laugh nervously. My nose twitches. "Actually, I feel pretty good," I tell her, and I do. "What are you going to say about the club in your article?" she asks. The answer is, all of the above. Oh, and a few additional words of advice should you go: Don't forget a towel. When in Rome ... === Forty Acre Club Where: Lonedell, in Franklin County, about an hour's drive from St. Louis. What: A family nude resort. The Forty Acre Club is members-only, although non-member couples are allowed to visit as many as three times a year at the discretion of club members. How much: A day pass is $20 a couple. Yearly membership is $366.50. It includes membership to the American Association of Nude Recreation. Couples can also apply for lifetime membership for $750, payable over five years. Lifetime membership allows couples to own property on the grounds and vote on other members.

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