Saturday, June 30, 2007

Full time RVers combine working with camping

WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK -- The yellow KOA shirts identified Steve and Ruth Whittington as campground staff at the Watkins Glen/Corning KOA, but their soft Texas accent and bustling enthusiasm seemed out of context.

"Oh, we're work campers," said Ruth Whittington, 52, of Amarillo.

When Steve, 57, retired from the city of Amarillo at age 55, they sold their house and bought a pickup and fifth-wheel camping unit.

They discovered that many campgrounds offer sites free to RVers willing to work.

This summer they are working fulltime at the KOA along state Route 414 in Schuyler County, staying with their small dog in their camper.

The couple, who had never been to New York, started their venture in the Adirondacks at a Jellystone Campground.

"That's more geared to kids, not our style," Steve said.

Another drawback was the remoteness of the Jellystone campground.

"It was 30 miles to the closest Wal-Mart," Steve said.
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