(Pre-departure - Monday, April 29, 2013)
Why, you ask, would anyone ever leave the idyllic nude paradise that is Cypress Cove?
Why leave the best nudist resort in all of America, if not the whole world? Why leave it, ever, anyone would ask, especially if you live there, full-time, year-round, serving out a “life sentence” at a place most other folks can only dream about visiting?
We ask ourselves that very question each and every time we venture out of the confines of this tropical garden paradise to leave on a trip to a faraway destination, knowing full well we will be spending more time clothed and away from our friends and our home than we would be back at Cypress Cove.
As the great Mark Twain said on the subject, in Innocents Abroad,
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
I find it to be as Twain wrote, and have remarked often to our traveling companions that ‘travel is its own reward.’ We leave our home, our familiar place and comfortable abode, our dear friends and beloved pets, so that we can see different parts of our world and how they differs from our own experience, how other people see us and how it informs our view of them, to broaden our horizons and expand our appreciation of all that we have, and mostly, to see how very much alike all we human beings are to each other, no matter our location, hue or language.
We leave early tomorrow morning for a week at Hidden Beach Au Naturel Resort on the Riviera Maya, about an hour south of Cancun, on the peninsula of the Yucatan in Mexico.
We fly away in a tiny aluminum tube at 500mph, and after less than two hours we are there, ready for a week in another tropical garden paradise, this one alongside the Caribbean Sea, which we will spend with two dear friends we have known for many years, along with whatever other resort guests we meet during the week.
We first visited this all-inclusive nudist resort in 2003, the very year it opened for business, and have been back about every two or three years since.
Our last visit, in May, 2010, was delightful, also in the company of old friends who love the nudist experience and this little gem of a nudist retreat as much as we do.
You see above all the items I have packed for myself for the week-long stay. They all fit into just two medium-small eBags Packing Cubes, taking up less than a cubic foot. Aside from my flip-flops and the liquids/shaving gear, it's all going in my backpack.
We expect to disrobe a few minutes after being given our room keys at the reception hut, and not to dress again except for a few hours all week, only if we decide to visit Playa del Carmen for dinner one night, or to pop over to the adjacent mega-resort El Dorado Seaside Suites, for dinner or a show. It’s easy to pack light when you don’t plan to wear any clothes for a week!