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I grew up camping with my family. In the summer, we pitched a tent beside the lake and in the fall, during deer season, we stayed in my grandparents’ camper.


Since the first weekend in May Purdon Groves been incredibly busy hosting glampers and other guests. With so many vacation plans altered this year, due to COVID, many have come to our farm ‑ to a place where they felt safe, since they’d be either outdoors or in their private tent.

Six months ago my column focused on this idea: “Be brave enough to suck at something new.” The inspiration came from a social media post, one that I could relate to.

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Earlier this year, local man Ken Frost took on an arduous journey to hike the Appalachian Trail; the route is 2,200 miles of wilderness stretching from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine.