The Campground Office: The office is attached to the front of the owners’ residence and usually manned by Mary Louise Larson, one of said owners. Mary Louise almost fills the office, not only with her plus-size body but even more with her joyous personality and booming laugh. She registers campers, sells fresh eggs and a few other groceries, doles out information about nearby attractions, and always lends a sympatheic ear to troubles. Her cat, Phun Munki--so named because of a marked resemblance to a sock monkey--likes to lay on the campground registry and pass judgment on all who enter.
The Pie Shoppe: In nearby Reston, an old wooden building serves as a stop for hundreds of cyclists every summer who wish to experience their wonderful pies. Bike racks surround two sides of the building. Over a long counter inside hangs an old chalkboard touting the wide selection of homemade pies available on any particular day. Customers get their own drink from urns of coffee, water and tea, and laminate top tables with mismatched chairs invite them to sit and savor. Which we always do. Sometimes we see the beginnings of a mystery in the Pie Shoppe.