Welcome to Iola Pines Campground. (Owner - Wes - granted permission for cache to be placed). This little gem was discovered by my husband’s family while attending the Iola Old Car Show. What brought them to the car show and Iola Pines is the reason for this memorial cache.
Grandpa found his prize possession, a 1935 Ford 3 - Window Coupe, at an auction in the late 70's. The car drove Grandpa to many places one of his favorites was the Iola Old Car show.
The first year that Grandpa ventured up to the show it was him, Aunt Doe and Adam's brother Matt. They drove up for the day, in the rain, and drove home that night. In the years that followed the attendance rate went up slowly. Other cousins, aunts and uncles would accompany Grandpa and travel to the show with campers and tents to a camp ground in the open fields next to the show. That continued for a few years and was somewhat grueling as it had no shade or facilities to speak of.
Then one year as Aunt Dale drove the familiar path to Iola with several nieces and nephews in tow she noticed a handwritten sign posted on the side of the road that read "DALE TURN HERE!". Knowing that Grandpa had been riding in front, Aunt Dale turned, and found Grandpa at a camp site with shade. This camp ground lasted for only a few short years until the family was exploring one year and found Iola Pines. Iola Pines had everything anyone could need or want and the family has been staying here for over 20 years.
So the story goes that every year, as long as I have been a part of the clan, the weekend after the 4th of July we make the trek to hollowed grounds. Grandpa and his Ford, Aunt Dj, Uncle Dan, Madi, Logan, David, and Emily head out on Sunday. Then the balance of us slowly trickle in; Adam and I, Aunt Dar, Aunt Di, Uncle Joe, Alex, Hayley, Lauren, Patrick, Liz, and a host of other family and friends.
In November of 2011 we lost Grandpa. But the rest of us still do and always will go where the heart is - The Iola Old Car Show and Iola Pines.
So take a hike down to the bottom of the camp grounds into the site that we have referred to as home for all these years and explore the forest behind it to find our tribute to the man that brought us and you to this majestic place.