Campground Hosts Say Goodbye After 17 Years
There was the summer the tornado tore through their campsite in Minnesota, picking up a tent and flinging it.
Then there was the camper who had a heart attack a few years back. And the half-dozen children who have gone temporarily missing over the years. Oh, and the occasional sewage cleanup required when an RV doesn't quite make it to the dump station.
It's all part of the job, which, by the way, doesn't pay a dime, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
And it has all been worth it, said George and Barb Carley, volunteer camp hosts at Bunker Hills Regional Campground in Minnesota's Anoka County. They've loved being the eyes and ears of the 54-acre grounds for the past 17 years.
That's why they say they'll miss it so much. After this season, George, 77, and Barb, 73, Bunker Hills' first and only campground hosts, are retiring.
"We're going to go sit in rocking chairs," Barb joked.
"Yeah, right," her husband said. "We don't even own rocking chairs."
Rockers aren't the Carleys' style. They uninstalled the recliners that came in their latest RV.
"We didn't know how to sit in them," Barb said.
Ever since the Roseville natives married in 1961, they've been on the move. The pair has visited at least seven countries and camped in 48 states, always by RV – including a baby-blue ride as well as a bright-orange one – and often with at least one of their three daughters in tow.
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