Brandon and Kelly bought a campground.
Well, we did it. After much planning, and a lot of discussion, we bought the Giles family’s DuBois property and took over the business that my grandparents began in 1974. The transition took some time, but in the end we established a new LLC in order to better manage the company.
Our goal is to continue the tradition of making wholesome family fun in the great outdoors accessible to everyone. My grandfather, Duke, wanted his beautiful country hillside to be a retreat from the demands of modern living. In the 44 years my grandparents owned the campground, they had created a wonderful community of seasonal and regular campers. He built two pavilions on the property where he hosted numerous concerts, and barbeques. One of my greatest joys has been hearing all of the stories, and found memories that some of my clients share with me of these events.
In an effort to modernize the campground, we will be undertaking many projects. Some weekends will be spent tearing down walls and repairing roofs. Others will find us integrating merchant services in order to process credit cards (right?), executing a marketing strategy, or even just cutting the grass. We hope that our efforts will help to restore the energy and enthusiasm that my grandfather brought to Clearview.
This seems like a good way to organize my thoughts and plans, and share them. I look forward to taking the first steps on what promises to be an interesting journey. I pray that I can find the skills to grow the business over the next 44 years, cultivating enthusiasm for camping, respect for the environment, and a love of friends and family in a way that honors my grandfather’s memory.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton