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Barry and Kim Rudge

A couple from Florida has purchased the Greybull Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Greybull, Wyo., from longtime owners Cor and Maria Bijvank.

Barry and Kim Rudge, who closed on the property March 21, traded in their careers — he renovated homes, she was an attorney — and the hustle-and-bustle of dodging snowbirds for a radically different lifestyle, manning a campground that attracts guests from around the world.

How it came to be “was a fluke … there’s no other way to describe it,” said Barry.

He had lived in the Bradenton area for more than 30 years, Kim for more than 20, when in the course of visiting the west’s national parks their vehicle broke down coming over the Big Horns via U.S. Highway 16 in the summer of 2016.

They returned to Buffalo, got their vehicle fixed and set out again. This time, they made it over. But when they got to Worland, their vehicle required even more work. The difficulties impacted their itineraries — and eventually, they ended up spending a night at the Greybull KOA, where they met the Bijvanks and learned that the campground was for sale.

Intrigued by the prospect of owning it, the Rudges spent last summer as KOA “work campers,” watching Cor and Maria run the place while working four to five hours a day, four days a week. They enjoyed it immensely, made an offer and the Bijvanks accepted it.

Since then, they’ve sold their three homes in Florida and begun preparing for the 2018 season.

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