Girls only nudest camp
Like the vast majority of people, he said it was too far out of his comfort zone to spend a couple of days naked with strangers. We made our way to Green Valley, or the approximation that Google Maps had found for our search, via hilly back roads and past horse stables and the Bath Township ballparks.
Technically in Granger Township, nestled between Hinckley, Richfield and Fairlawn, the 47-acre campground seems to be reluctant to be found amid barns and chain restaurants catering to the interstate crowd. The drive reminded me of traveling to Girl Scouts camp my freshman year of high school.
Bonnie and I see a welcome sign attached to a fragment of fence painted brick red with white script.
It reads: "Welcome to Green Valley, A Family Nudist Camp," in a medieval-looking font.
The majority of Green Valley runs as a co-op, with members working together to complete work projects and maintenance on the grounds, based on their talents, abilities and time.
As we park next to the sky-blue shed that serves as the office, I spot a guy on a riding mower cutting the lawn. A middle-aged blonde hippie with glasses resting on the bridge of her nose and a large bronzed bosom takes our IDs into the office before gathering brochures and a complimentary bag and towels for us. We sign off on our paperwork after reviewing the rules and regulations, and exit the office in single file behind our nude guide.
"I think a lot of people knew about it, but thought it was more legend," says Kaitlyn Berle, a friend whose parents live only a few miles away from the camp, when I tell her about my trip.
"I knew it was real, but I also can't believe you went." In 28 years, she'd never seen Green Valley and didn't know anyone who had visited, though if they had, they probably wouldn't have advertised it to their conservative neighbors.
So what's a gal to do but go experience it for herself, right?
Nudist etiquette dictates that you should bring at least one towel with you at all times. Towels, as suggested on the site's FAQ section, are also good for the rare occasion someone becomes visibly excited.
"Simply don a towel, turn over, or take a quick dip in the pool," it suggests.
I have never played tetherball, clothed or otherwise, so I add it to my list of things to do this weekend.
Several fire pits sit stocked with chopped wood and kindling, a task members of the co-op perform as part of their grounds duties.Kitschy signs around the ornately decorated trailers parked on the grounds beam inspirational messages like, "It's 5 o'clock somewhere," and "Park your butt and take a seat," the latter emblazoned with a set of bare buns.