Spring is not only in the air again, it’s been downright summery. The sun came out and dried up all of last week’s rain. The weekend was a beachy one, and, with Memorial Day on the horizon, there are many more beach days ahead. Years ago, in fact, there were some RFH teens rallying to get a nude beach going on Sandy Hook. Everyone knows how that went.
Gunnison has been up and running since the mid-1970s and is currently the only legal “clothing optional” beach in New Jersey. And while alcohol is no longer permitted on Gateway National Recreation Area’s Sandy Hook beaches, one tradition is holding — nude (or bathing suit optional) sunbathing on Gunnison. It’s not the big deal it was back in the 70s. But, some traditions have a rough start.
The Retro Pic of the Day (sent to us a while ago) is a throwback to the days when RFH students were rallying for the cause, painting the iconic bridge — the famous message board leftover from the old McCarter estate.
Gunnison is the namesake of Battery Gunnison on Sandy Hook, part of the federal Gateway National Recreation Area. The area was a fort designed to protect the New York Harbor in the 1800s.
The rumor was that the beach ended up being named after the fort because soldiers skinny dipped there at the time.
For decades now, anyone who wants to sunbathe and take a swim without clothing can.
Hmmmm. Wonder if the teens who painted this message on the bridge became Gunnison regulars. Anyone? Everyone in the pool!