Monday, May 30, 2011

Spring Showers

They always say "Spring showers bring May flowers....." well what about snow in June? What a surprise when we woke up to a winter wonder land. So much for the happy 80degree weather..... I think I’ll pull out the snowmobile instead!!!

This is a picture of the ranch i snapped yesterday. Summer was around the corner.

Here is this mornings suprise

A family Affair

Throughout the last four months getting the campground into shape, i failed to keep up on the blog. Thanks goodness my Aunt Margret is as obsessed with blogging as i am. She is really the most incredible person you'll meet. I copied her entry for you to enjoy.


On Saturday, May 7, 2011
 brothers Brandon and Michael Kay
grandsons of owners
Jim and Carolyn Ockey
   and the new managers of  
called for the annual family campground clean up.......
They are HARD workers
and were
able to get their Aunt Melanie
to work her butt off....
Wait, she already did that....
working at home....
I try not to hate her cause she's cute and skinny.....
Michael explaining to us how to strip the paint so that the
fence can be repainted....or... maybe this is where he
was wondering "What have I gotten myself into?"
 Morgan....our 9 year old chauffeur
(you can barely see him on the left)
transfers those who are too lazy exhausted from
all the hard work from one end of the campground to the other.
(I would have been on the cart, but someone had to take the picture)
 Melanie helping me clean a cabin. It looks like
Melanie was the only one working.........
my muscles said otherwise.
and.....someone had to take the picture....
Each cabin comes with a double bed and a bunk bed
maid service included.....but not by me.
Next up, repainting all the hook up sites...
239,394,288 of them
maybe a slight exaggeration,
 but it certainly seemed like that many!
My fabulous, wonderful, can....and does...out work everyone
76 year old mother.....
known by all the grandkids as
Grandma Great....
and she lives up to that name....
She is incredibly amazing, and we love her,
and her example of work, dedication and love.
God kept the mold after he made her....
He knew he could never improve 
 that model of perfection.
Our family......(a few of us anyway)
Lauralee, Kevin, Dad, Me, Brandon, Jamie, Mom, Karen, Larry
Melanie missed the "I'm SOOOO exhausted" photo op.
Raise your hand if you want to do this again tomorrow.....
Jamie always was a little slow......
The good thing about a cleaning day....
no one cares if your clothes match or not....
look at that dimwitted fashionista 4th from the left.....
I mean, DON'T look at that dimwitted fashionista 4th from the left...
The award for getting the most paint
 "not" on the object being painted
goes to......(insert drum roll here)....................
She "sacrificed" her dollar store pants for this project.
Now that's dedication....and
$5.00 she'll never see again......
As soon as the grass is back in, the campground
will almost be back to its former glory...
The previous managers.......
 (who were not family)
 thought gravel would look good  here....
Ummmm.......not so much
For your camping enjoyment.....6 cabins are available....
(look how CLEAN they are!)
This is your view on one side .....
and this is Mt. Nebo
the view on your other side
The trees still show their battle scars from the fire that
destroyed some of the campground in 2007.
Though the name has been changed over the past 40 years...
Ranch Kamp, KOA, Camperworld, and finally
 Big Mountain....
one thing has remained constant
who will be
campground connoisseurs...
as lo

Sunday, May 8, 2011

This is what it's all about!!!

Sometimes you forget what really matters most in your life. For me it lies in my family. Life comes so fast and is always prowling like a shadow to follow my every move. Getting caught up in its enchanting yet exhausting grasp is something that always seems to happen to me.  But today I felt rejuvenated and free. The annual spring clean in the campground took place. The day started at 7 am. I woke up brushed my teeth, took a cheap shower, and headed out the door. At 9 the family started to show up. I have been very blessed to have such great and inspiring family members. With open hands and hearts they came from across the state to lend a helping hand. There was a ton of work that seemed to be quit overwhelming, but as the day rolled on things started to finally to come together. I stopped to look around the campground and saw all of the people I love and care about devoting their time and efforts to this great place. Lucky for me i was born into a circle of many relatives. They were scattered throughout painting, mowing, chopping, and cleaning. It hit me then, this is what it's all about....this is what life is meant to be... this is family.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BiG SHoEs!!!

So here we are.... 20 days and a few hrs. away from opening!!! Time has flown by faster than fast itself. There’s always something to keep our heart rates up, raking leaves, mowing, fertilizing, cleaning, cleaning, and some more cleaning. We are so excited for this year to start. Grandma and Grandpa just can't seem to let themselves go from this place. Every day like clockwork here they come ready to help us out. The place has been through a lot of changes over the years, and with their special touches it is starting to feel like its back to the old campground. When I walked into the lower restrooms today it took me back to the earlier days. The smell seems to get me the most. Fresh, inviting, and clean. That's the way grandma always has it. It really does take ya back to when life was nothing more than simple times. The more I look around the more I realize how much sweat, blood, and tears those two put into this place over the many years. We defiantly have big shoes to fill!!!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Big Mountain Campground has a rich history of family traditions, scenic views, and timeless nostalgia. Established in 1970 this inviting campground was started by two loving people, Jim and Carolyn Ockey. Through its many name changes:  Horse Shoe Bar Ranch, Ranch Camp, KOA Campground, Camperworld  Nebo Loop, and now Ockey’s Big Mountain Campground, the intention has stayed the same;  A friendly, inviting, enjoyable campground. A place you can sit back, relax, and enjoy. Its basis that friends and family are key, is still the focused belief. So come join us for the stay of your dreams, the time of your life, the place you’ll always remember….Ockey’s Big Mountain Campground.

This beautiful park is located just five miles east of Nephi, UT in Salt Creek Canyon. Off exit 225. Go east on Highway 132 (approx. 5 miles). The resort is on the south side of the highway. At the base of the notorious Nebo Loop Scenic Byway, Big Mountain Campground shares the same breathtaking views. You will enjoy the rustic atmosphere along with many great opportunities and fun filled activities.