TOKELAND — Jimmy and Karen Dyess bought the Bayshore RV Park as a key part of their retirement plan.

“Now we just need to get him retired,” Karen joked.

The couple took over the Tokeland RV park on Oct. 1. The Pacific County Assessor’s Office lists the sale price at $500,000.

“Technically Jimmy’s the owner,” she said. “I do everything else.”

He’s a tugboat captain in the Houston, Texas, area. The plan is for him to retire and join Karen in Tokeland no later than June.

The couple plan several changes to the park, including a dog walk, an entertainment deck, a small playground and a laundry room, Karen said.

She’s also updating the park’s policy on tent camping. It’s been off-limits in the past, but she’s relaxing it to allow tent campers under certain circumstances. It’s a space issue, she said.

Karen said she’s enjoyed making the transition from Texas.

“I actually prefer the cloudy, rainy weather over the hot, hot sun,” she said.

The locals have been friendly and supportive. Tokeland takes her back to her small-town childhood, she added.

“When you wave you don’t get a middle finger back — you get the whole hand back.”

Bayshore has 41 RV sites, some of them on the park’s 400 feet of bay front. Amenities include full hookups at some sites, wireless Internet and two clubhouses. Call 360-267-2625 or visit www.bayshoretokeland.com for more information.

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