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July 03, 2005

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I remember back when I was very young camping in the Metolius river area. Jack Creek to be exact. It was a wonderful place for my brothers and myself to experience growing up. It was magical to us.

I moved to California in 1989 and had a chance to go back and see how much it has changed over the past 30 years. To my shock and surprise it was almost exactly the same. Not much has changed besides the Camp Sherman store no longer only carries hotdogs and marshmellows, they now carry a variety of gourmet foods. Another thing I miss is the ice cream place that was across the river, she would serve us up the best Peanut Butter milkshakes we have ever tasted..I can still remember exactly how they were. I sure do miss that place. It was wonderful to see that they have not commercialized the camp ground and kept it for us and many more generations to enjoy for a lifetime.

Wouldn't it be nice if more places were like Camp Sherman and Jack Creek....less commercial, a place where kids could play outside without the parents worrying,and where people knew how to stop and smell the roses!

At least I know there will always be that magical place for us to go!

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