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Camping spot near Mercersburg provides serenity

March 08, 2001

Camping spot near Mercersburg provides serenity



When Jean Biesecker discovered camping in Pennsylvania, she found paradise.

"For the past 12 years, my life has revolved around six winter months anxiously awaiting six summer months of sheer ecstasy," wrote Biesecker, 62, of Waynesboro, Pa.

She and her husband, Bob, own a camper and park it at Saunderosa campground on Pa. 456 between Mercersburg and McConnellsburg, Pa. The Bieseckers enjoy their hideaway - complete with water, electricity and air-conditioning - from May 1 to Oct. 31, Biesecker said.

They used to camp only on weekends, but since her husband retired in 1998, "Now, we can go whenever we want to," she said.

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There are several things to love about Saunderosa, Biesecker said.

"You know the people," she said.

In the fall, "the wind blows, and the leaves are just dancing in the wind," she said. In spring, she enjoys the purple wisteria behind their camper. She also likes seeing chipmunks scurry around.

The campground offers craft days, a NASCAR-themed day, swimming and miniature golf.

Communing with nature also allows people to break out of their hectic routines.

"There are no schedules to be kept while camping. Your alarm clock is a big, black crow in a tree just above your camper," Biesecker wrote. "During the day, as we walk around the campground, we greet smiles of others who also are glad to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At night, we are lulled to sleep by the dancing flames of the campfire, on which is a roasted hot dog or a toasted marshmallow for a s'more ... I would recommend this lifestyle to anybody."

Camping is a "family affair," Biesecker wrote, as her brother, her husband's sister and his brothers also stay at the campground.

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