The pandemic opened a door of opportunity for my family to serve as camp hosts in Denali State Park at K’esugi Ken Campground for the last seven weeks. I am thankful to this paper for publishing the need for hosts, as Lower 48 hosts were cancelled, and to Alaska State Park Ranger Chris Love, who quickly responded to my inquiry and application.
We have enjoyed an incredible Alaska summer and it has been an amazing experience for my family to serve others and work together. I talked with hundreds of happy campers while hosting, and one couple has heeded the call to serve as volunteer hosts here and will pull into the host spot Sunday as we pull our trailer out to return to Anchorage.
Yet many of our state parks still have no hosts this summer, and the destruction in Lake Louise and Kenai over the 4th of July is heartbreaking, knowing it is Alaskans harming our own beautiful state. Alaskans are the answer to restore these campgrounds to clean and safe places to recreate.
Please consider serving your fellow Alaskans and camp hosting this year. Rangers and Park staff are spread thin and yes, that will have to be addressed, but now is the time for us regular Alaska families that love people and this beautiful state. Opportunity knocks!
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