MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. - A retired couple who are now serving as campground hosts in the Olympic National Forest have received high honors from the U.S. Forest Service.
Bob and Karen Pauly have been volunteering at Seal Rock Campground in Quilcene, Washington, for the past three years and have been named Volunteer Campground Hosts of the Year for their hard work. They were presented with certificates and some new camping items at a special ceremony last week.
"It's quite an honor and a very humbling experience," Karen said. "It's exciting because we love being campground hosts. It's just a happy place to be. People come to have a good time and we like to do whatever we can to ensure they have that good weekend or overnight or even a week's stay."
"Our greatest time is when the campground is totally filled," Bob said. "That's 41 units and a lot of kids, usually. We love it."
Around 4,000 people visit Seal Rock Campground each year. The destination, located on a peninsula of the Hood Canal, features a salt water beach with oyster harvesting and a lush forest setting.
For the Paulys, it's a great place to spend their retirement years and they look forward to folks stopping in to enjoy the scenery for themselves.
"It's a blessing to live in the forest," Karen said. "We've come to love that." "It's a wonderful place," Bob added. "I wish everyone would come visit it at least once."