Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Hosts find it heavenly even as campers roll in

DORENA LAKE, OREGON - Every Memorial Day weekend, Ted and Betty Whitling play host to one of the largest outdoor bashes in Lane County.

Since mid-April, the retired couple's backyard has been a seeming ghost town of 48 empty camping sites at Baker Bay on Dorena Lake. But on Friday, city dwellers from as far as Portland came rolling in, looking for a piece of the peaceful lake.

"It goes from a quiet, pretty, pristine area with a carpet of daisies, and all of a sudden here they are, coming in in droves," Ted Whitling said on Sunday. "It's kind of a shock."

By Labor Day, the daisies are trampled, but the Whitlings say new relationships bloom, and that's what they really enjoy.
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