It’s a bittersweet story.
Brian Walker and Margaret Rystrom are off to Hawaii. That’s the sweet part.
The couple, who until Monday owned the Log House RV Park and Campground in Enterprise, have been working in two different towns for nearly a year and they’ve had enough of the distance relationship thing.
Rystrom was working at Crescent City Hospital in California and Walker operating the campground business, and they were seeing each other one weekend a month.
“We’re not willing to live separately any more,” Walker said. “We brainstormed for a month before we decided to sell the RV court.”
And there’s the bitter part.
Walker and Rystrom have been a part of Wallowa County for more than a decade, and a lot of people are going to miss them. And they’re going to miss us.
“Leaving is bittersweet,” said Walker. “But we’ll come back to Wallowa County in the summers. We started coming out here to camp in 1991.”
Walker and Rystrom are going to make their new retirement home base Yuma, Ariz., where two of their four children live. They plan to travel the U.S. for a while — starting with Hawaii.
The new owner of the business is Todd Morrow, formerly of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Morrow had spent 33 years working in manufacturing with Toro Corporation and thought it was time for a big change — hopefully to somewhere with mountains.
“I was looking for parks in the Oregon area and saw Brian’s park for sale,” Morrow said. “I came out to see the park and — mountains in the background.”
Walker has been taking Morrow around and introducing him to folks he should know, hitting a show at the OK Theatre and otherwise smoothing the way.
“We’re excited about our new adventure and we’re excited for Todd,” Walker said. “I think it’s going to be a good continuation.”
Continuation of things as they are is the current plan.
“I have no plans of changing a working operation,” said Morrow.
Morrow has invited two of his four children to join him in operating the campground.