Thursday, June 26, 2008

Retirees make SC campground their summer home

ST. PAUL — For nearly 15 years, the Carleys have made Bunker Hills Regional Park their summer home.

Barb and George Carley move onto the Anoka County campground where they live each year from late April into October. They are the park's official hosts.

"I call this our Garden of Eden, and every year I want to come back to it," Barb Carley said.

When they retired, the Carleys hit the road in their camper. They met several park hosts as they traveled the country. They thought it would be a fun job, George Carley, 74, said.

So Barb Carley, 70, started calling around to inquire about whether hosts - a fixture at campgrounds throughout the country - were needed. Bunker Hills was her third call. At the time, the official she spoke with didn't know about campgrounds having hosts, she said. They've been at it since as the park's first and only hosts.
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