Off The Beaten Path: Leg Sundial

Off the Beaten Path: Giant Leg Sundial

Patti and Tom Burkett

We were on our trip with our 20-something niece headed for Madison, WI, and after 325 hard, fast mils we needed a break.

“Hey!” I said, “Here’s a 16-foot high sundial that really tells time.”

Everyone seemed ready for a break and to check it out.

“There’s only one problem,” I said.  “It’s at a nudist colony.”

Lake Village, Indiana, right off I-65 (see interactive map below), is the home of not one, but two of these resorts: one for families and one for adults.

Sun Aura Resort has been a nudist colony since the 1930’s and encompasses 300 acres of clothing optional fun with cabins, camping and RV sites.  The rates were reasonable, too.

Now I’d thrown down the gauntlet and no one wanted to be the first to back out.  Our niece, a veteran of these expeditions, called one of my three daughters to tell her the plan. Our daughters had grown up with such stops as we always tried to keep them entertained whilst on long trips.

“Did she wish she was here?” I asked.

The giant leg sundial

“No, she just said ‘I’m really sorry my parents are so weird.”

We walked in and, as promised, there were friendly, fully clothed staff happy to show us the sundial out behind the building.  They escorted us through the club house where a single couple was dining.  I was relieved that he, while shirtless, was wearing pants.  My relief evaporated when I realized she was eating her cheeseburger deluxe in her altogether.  She’s sitting at the table, I thought, can’t see too much.

Out we went to marvel at the just restored sundial, a long and shapely woman’s leg.

A bit of history from our guide, a few pictures to mark the occasion, and we headed back through the clubhouse to the car.

And who should we meet at the door, in an awkward, “you first, no you”, moment?

The snack bar couple on their way out.  Embarrassed, I looked down.  Oops, not there.  So I looked up. Also not the best choice.  We held our giggles until we got back to the RV, and found ourselves with plenty of adrenaline for the next ‘leg’ of our trip.