Wearing Nothing But a Smile on Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon
On a hot summer day a beach-bound migration is inevitable. In Portland, the de facto beach scene can be found at Sauvie Island where the sandy banks of the Columbia River are wide and inviting—especially if you prefer your birthday suit over your bathing suit. Now no need to turn the minivan around, the kids vestal eyes are safe on the main beach; full exposure is only permitted on the secluded north end, known as Collins Beach. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the “Entering Clothing Optional Area” sign. Unfettered by those cumbersome clothes, the unclad sun seekers here engage in all the normal beach activities, regardless of where the sand may end up. Keep in mind that there is nothing worse than a condescending gawker, so remember the old proverb: “Don’t knock it 'til you try it."