Peace, Love, and Camping.Growing up in the emerald necklace that surrounds Cleveland, Ohio gave Barb Fallon her love of hiking, biking, and all forms of water sports. Summer there meant camping, mainly in the Ohio Valley or the Allegheny Mountains.
Barbie's fondest camping memory is of a seven-day bicycle/camping trip from Gainesville, Florida to Gainesville, Georgia. “Without a doubt, the Georgia Mountains are great,” says Barbie, “but it is people that camp make a trip wonderful.” Six days in, after a particularly rainy and tiring day of peddling up the road, the group set up camp in the Oconee Nat'l Forest. “Our camping neighbor found out it was my birthday and built me a campfire cake,” Barbie recalls. “Cozy and warm, we toasted to my birthday, to our new friends, and a few marshmallows. I still keep in touch with them to this day.”
Though she hails from the Midwest, she migrated south after school and eventually her and her partner Ruth joined the KOA team. Their path to Bar Harbor has come full circle, as work campers, they started in Bar Harbor and Marco Island / Naples KOA. Barbie then went into KOA's Manager Trainee program. She managed Kissimmee Florida KOA followed by Trinity Lake KOA in California, earning a President's Award in 2012 and a Founder's Award in 2013!
Since then Barbie took on the role of General Manager returning to where it started... Bar Harbor / Oceanside and Bar Harbor / Woodlands KOAs, and in 2015 she and Ruth are very excited to have earned the distinction of earning the Founder's Award for both parks! Not an easy feat in a short season.