Wow, what an amazing four years it’s been for us at Inn Town Campground. Thinking back to the opening weekend in 2016 brings a lot of great memories. We even have campers coming this July who were with us that first year. Since opening, we’ve forged some great friendships and have enjoyed the company thousands of campers from across the world. To all of you, thanks for making this campground what it is and for contributing to the community we love.
As you all know, this year is marked by the coronavirus and the economic and public health crisis that it has wrought in our communities. The crisis continues and any joy of celebration we feel on our birthday is overshadowed by the virus. We know that these are uncertain times for most of us. We all have concerns about our jobs, our health and our security. A lot of us feel isolated and helpless. We share those concerns and want you to all know that we understand and want our campground to be a responsible place of relaxation and respite from some of those worries.
So the question Erin and I always ask ourselves is, “what can we do about it?” We have always taken our public health responsibilities seriously, and continue to do so in how we operate our business. By doing so, we hope to be a small part of the solution to ending the pandemic and ensuring the economy can stay open. So far our campers have been great stewards of this responsibility, wearing masks when necessary and limiting gatherings of groups. As cases spike in California, Nevada and other western states, our collective vigilance and concerted efforts are more important than ever. So, there are a lot of things we can do. We can continue to practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings. We can wear masks near other people. We can wash our hands. We can follow our local public health rules and guidelines. In short, we can look after each other.
With that in mind, we have also joined the Recreate Responsibly coalition to help promote recreating in a responsible way. This is a group of outdoor recreation stakeholders ranging from REI to the National Park Service, who want to create a unified message about recreation in the time of Coronavirus and racial, gender, and economic inequality. We want to help make recreation accessible to everyone in a safe and responsible way. Again, we want to be part of the solution. We hope you will help us achieve that goal!
No matter how you like to get outside, we are all united by the love we share for our parks, trails, and waterways. The need to recreate responsibly will continue even after the pandemic is behind us. We have a shared responsibility to care for one another and these places to ensure they remain for future generations to enjoy. Let’s #RecreateResponsibly this summer.
As state and local guidelines evolve, we can all be a part of making the outdoors a safe place to be. Following the #RecreateResponsibly guidelines will keep everyone safe as we enjoy our parks, waters, trails, and forests.
Happy Summer from our family to yours – Dan & Erin at Inn Town Campground