Seasonal Campers Form Unique Community
Trudy Alley could stay home in Nashua, N.H., for the summer and be close to her part-time job as a nurse. But she’s found that being at home is not conducive to relaxation. There’s always something that needs to be fixed or painted, and she’d rather not get sucked into a summer routine of chores and tedium, The Wire reported.
Instead, Alley sets up a seasonal site at Old Stage Campground in Madbury, where she spent a recent afternoon reading and relaxing in her enclosed porch. She’s been staying at the campground since May, commuting to Nashua three days a week for work. It’s her 10th straight season at Old Stage, and before that she spent her summers at another campground in Lebanon, Maine, with her family.
“My youngest son is 29, and he was 4 when I started camping seasonally,” Alley said. “All (three of) my kids grew up every summer at the campground. They’re all grown up now.”
Alley is one of many seasonal visitors who set up camp here and pass their summer days in small but cozy summer homes. The New Hampshire Campground Owners Association lists 22 private campgrounds on the Seacoast, and there are numerous others in southern Maine and northern Massachusetts.
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