Reservations Up 15% in Empire State Parks
The campfires were crackling at Moreau Lake State Park north of Albany, N.Y., over Memorial Day weekend. And these celebrations weren't burning the budget, according to WNYT-TV, Albany, as Capital Region residents stayed closer to home.
“You have to find ways to make due with what you got," said Philip Kilburn of nearby Perth. He owns a 35-foot motorhome which gets miles to the gallon. When the tank runs dry, it costs him about $320 to fill it up.
Kilburn used to think this state park in Saratoga County was way too close for vacation. But the campground is booked solid almost every weekend.
That's the case at just about every campground in New York this summer. Reservations are up 15% over last season. Over the holiday weekend, the state park was packed with folks looking for something convenient.
"$15.75 during the week…$18.75 on weekends. You can't beat it," said park employee Peter Iskenderian.
The TV news crew found campers from South Glens Falls, Latham and Schenectady, all located a short drive away.
Memorial Day at Moreau is a 25-year tradition for the Snow family from Mechanicville. Their kids are all grown up, so they can afford to live it up at their site.
"I can't imagine having all of my children small again and being in this kind of economy now," said Jackie Snow.
The prices are no picnic, but by taking a hard look at their budgets, people are noticing what happens to be right in our backyard.