About Us 2022
About Us 2022
As always, this page always continues to receive positive feedback and is enjoyed by most campers. So, let the tradition continue!
Things That Happened in 2021
Life is never dull with the Trusty family! Spring started off with Rachel’s graduation (and prom on the same day) after we opened camp! Thank goodness we have amazing seasonal folks who pitched in and parked campers coming in, as well as helped in the store with customers! A huge thank you for Tammy who manned the store for us through it all! Lots of dirt work was done, and grass was planted – as usual😊! Phil will continue to work on this this upcoming spring. The lake also experienced a drop so low that boats could no longer dock at one of them this past summer. Thank goodness we have snow this winter! Hopefully, it will be better this summer. Concrete was poured in the back by the shed and a new pontoon made it into the water. The girls continued to play ball throughout the summer – which gave us a reason to get out of the park to go watch a few games! August brought Rachel’s leaving for college and Amanda getting all our attention!
Phil and Brad have been working on a pair of new docks, that will hopefully see the water this spring, along with new carpet on one of the pontoons.
Recently, we have been brainstorming on what to do with the additional vehicles coming in. We are experiencing 3 vehicles coming with one camper and are running out of space for parking.
Okay, now onto the crew: We will follow the saying, “Age before beauty” this year!
Phil worked for the State of Minnesota for 23 years before buying the campground and taking his family on this adventure. He was a member of the MN National Guard and served for 28 years. Phil is super handy and can fix most anything! He has lots of projects going, as you can see in the park, most seeming to be going on all at the same time. When not running around the campground, he is running with the kids. Phil enjoys fishing whenever he can and hunting anything as much as possible! If you throw him an invite – and Coni gives her blessing – he might jump in the boat with you.
Coni worked as an educator for the Brainerd School District for more than 20 years before indulging her husband in this adventure! LOL! However, she still gets her kid fix by subbing for her former colleagues. She has lots of fun with the camping folks that come to spend time with them at the campground, and is always willing to listen to, or share a story. Coni does most of the reservations, and if you try to get ahold of her in the off season, she will get back to you either through email or phone. It may take a few days though, as she is still running with Amanda after school and may be working outside of the home.
Our oldest daughter is a Freshman at NDSU majoring in Biology for pre-med. She has done exceptionally well at school and keeps herself busy on campus. Rachel shot on their club trap team this fall, and will do that again this spring. It’s nice having her relatively close – which we all appreciate! Rachel keeps busy at the camp both inside and outside. She is very responsible, organized, intelligent and hardworking. She can help you with just about anything you may need. Rachel is excellent at checking folks in and making reservations.
Our youngest is a Junior in high school. AAAHH! Where did time go? At this moment, she is figuring out what to wear to her first college visit this week. True to form, she is following in her sister’s footsteps and doing wonderfully well in school. Amanda continues to downhill ski for the Brainerd Alpine team, and play fastpitch softball. Amanda is soft spoken (until she gets to know you!), wickedly funny, intelligent, direct, enjoys helping others, and is a big help in the store. She will be helpful this year outside as well! You do not need to worry if this one knows how to do reservations, or tend to your questions/needs in the store – she’s all over it!
Gus is our lab. Because he is a treat all by himself, he doesn’t need any from the camping folks. So please, just petting, go easy on the treats. Gus loves to swim in the lake, so much so that when he escapes his kennel he can be found swimming in it and refusing to come back. Not even for a treat. Once in a while, you may be privileged to see the rodeo that occurs when he goes rogue and heads for the lake. Gus enjoys people, and will take any petting that you would like to give him. He is not helpful though. However, he will like to see you.
Now for the rest of the crew!
Brad is a terrific guy and a wonderful help at the campground! He can be found running around doing LOTS of different things: mowing, snacking, cleaning, eating, raking, snacking, fixing things, eating….Brad likes treats. Almost, well, definately more than Gus! Don’t be afraid to approach Brad with questions you have – he loves to help folks, and you won’t be disappointed in the positive, kind, helpful response you will always get from Brad. He cannot hear well though, so just go up to him and holler at him! LOL! Brad loves meeting new people, so he won’t mind helping you in the least! He grew up in the area, is married and has two adult children, and loves being grandpa. Brad worked as a laborer and retired just in time to enjoy this adventure with us!
Tammy is one of our dearest, closest friends who likes to help folks. Her full time job is working for the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department where she has been for almost 30 years. Tammy helps both inside and outside, but mainly inside where she keeps very busy! She can always be found with a rag in her hand cleaning something, organizing, taking reservations and keeping up on the emails. She keeps us on our toes and we adore her! Tammy grew up in the area with Phil, is married and has two adult children, and enjoys her grandchildren. She is happy to help you with whatever you may need.
Ethan is a fun, hardworking, humorous, happy young man who we were fortunate enough to persuade to come back to work with us last summer! He is a Senior in high school, with plans to attend college this fall and become a gym teacher. For now though, he is living his best life working at the campground in the summer. Ethan loves, no, is obsessed with goose hunting and gets itchy to start the new hunting season as soon as the last one is over. Ethan loves to help people too, and will find you whatever you need, or find someone who can find it. He is always eager to do any job, and keeps a keen eye on Brad. Ethan lives down the road with his mom, dad, and 4 younger sibings.
Grammy Barb is Coni’s mom. She is rarely working at the campground, but when she is there, Barb can be found folding clothes, restocking things, answering phones and helping camping folks. Barb is always fun to be around and loves to chit chat with folks. If she is unable to help you with something, she will find someone who can.
Top 10 Things of 2021
Ducks were raised
Bags were thrown
Trees were trimmed
Walks were taken
The cast of Grease showed up
Concrete was poured
More walks were taken
More bags were thrown
Screens were moved