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Detroit News: Camping can be a working vacation

From the bloggers at Detroit News.

Lucky enough to enjoy a road trip this summer? Tooling along unfamiliar highways, seeing new sights, meeting interesting people, enjoying nature sites and museums and adventures?

For anyone who’s ever thought “Gee, I’d like to live like this all the time,” there is one intriguing way to do pretty much just that.

Known as work camping, it’s where travelers trade seasonal labor at campgrounds and the like for a place to park, utilities and sometimes a small wage.

Deborah and Larry Irwin, formerly of Clarkston, surprised some people when they retired from their white-collar auto industry jobs a few years ago, emptied the family homestead, rented it out and hit the road in a fifth-wheel travel trailer.

They’re employed as one of three work camping couples at the KOA campground in Oscoda and have fallen in love with the lifestyle, Deborah Irwin said.

To read the full story by Detroit News, click here.

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