After my first visit, I knew that this was going to be the best therapy for me. I decided that I was going to visit Rock Haven as often as I was able. Every week-end I would check the weather, and if it was sunny, and no chance of rain, I would spend either Saturday or Sunday there. After just one day there, I was addicted. I knew that this was going to be the best thing to keep my depression in check.
The following week-end I went on Sunday. It was a beautiful day, and not nearly as hot as the previous week-end. I prefer the weather to be hot when I am at the pool. It not only keeps the water temperature in the pool at a comfortable temperature for me, but it is VERY refreshing after baking in the sun. There weren't many people there that day. I spent most of the day just lying in the sun. The temperature outside was in the low to mid 80's, and the pool temperature was 78, which is colder than I like it. I did get in the pool a few times, but I had to swim a couple of laps each time to warm up. I also walked the trail 3 times. I don't normally like walking any great distances, but when the weather is nice, and you can take your time, a nude walk is very relaxing. It was another great day. Just as the first time, when it came time to go, I dreaded having to put my clothes on again.
By now it was the end of August. Rock Haven is open to day visitors until October 1st. I started going one day every week-end as long as the weather was good. Fortunately for me, the weather was good enough every week-end, except for the last week-end that they were open. I was very disappointed. I did miss one other week-end. My nephew lives in Florida, and when the hurricane was was due to hit where he lived, he and his family evacuated and came up to my house for a week, a very smart move on his part. I don't get to see them that much, so when they come up it's always a good time. They were here over the week-end, so I didn't visit Rock Haven.
All of the other week-ends were great though. Toward the end of September the temperature of the pool was down to a very chilly 74. I still went into the pool to cool off, I just didn't stay in the pool very long! I continued my hikes on the trail, usually 3 times each visit. Walking that trail is the only time in my life that I actually enjoyed exercising! I got to know some of the regulars at Rock Haven. All of them are great people. I met one couple from Alabama who came up for the week-end. They are members, so they can visit any time during the year. They were telling me that they even come up in the winter. As long as the sun is shining, and there isn't any wind, they tell me it's great sitting out by the pool. One of these days, when I am a member, I'm going to try it.
I also discovered that Rock Haven has an award winning volleyball team. They travel to different parts of the country to compete against other teams. I knew there were people there that were very serious about volleyball. The parking lot is right next to the volleyball courts, and there are always people playing. Volleyball is probably the only sport that I was any good at, and I always enjoyed playing. Next summer I think I'm going to try it again. I haven't played in about 20 years.
In conclusion, my visits to Rock Haven have been the only thing that has kept my depression under control. They VA finally found a medication and dose that works for me, which helps, but social nudity is the miracle drug for me. After every visit I would feel good about myself and the future. The length of time that lasted after each visit varied. It's been a month and a half now since I was able to go. It's been difficult, and the medication helps me get through the day, but I feel confined having to wear clothes during my waking hours. I keep thinking about next April 15th. Not because it's tax day, but that is the day Rock Haven opens back up to day visitors. That's the prize for getting through the winter, and I'm keeping my eye on the prize!