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Most Memorial Day Travelers Since Recession Hit

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It’s time to pull out the sunscreen and pack those bags. The long weekend is finally here. This weekend is going to be busy with the most Memorial Day travelers since the recession hit.

AAA says 1.7 million more people will be looking to vacation, most likely fueled by our bitterly cold winter. Among those tens of millions of drivers are many people here in the valley looking to soak up some time at the lake.

Blake Montzka is traveling this weekend, "It can be pretty busy, traffic, it is not too bad yet, but about tomorrow, it will pick up," he explains.

While many people we talked to at the gas station say prices are high today, the current national gas price average has dropped to $3.64 a gallon and they're expected to fall more as the holiday nears.

Many are trying to take a trip away from the valley, but others are looking to stay put. The campground at Lindenwood Park is heating up. With the beautiful weather outside campground employees say there are far more campers than they expected.

Molly London works at the campground, and she says business is good. "With the nice weather and everything else we are very busy," she adds.

It’s the first week of camping and Molly says she’s excited for all the people this weekend. "We weren't going to open the bottom part till the 15 of May due to flooding. But, we actually caught a break due to the weather, and we opened the campground yesterday. So, now we have 47 sites," she explains.

Molly says many people like to camp because it’s cheaper than a hotel, "You can spend the weekend here for under 75 dollars."

Rod Wentz spent the day hanging out at the park. He thinks memorial weekend shouldn't be about a big vacation.

"My father was a veteran in the navy, and it's a great time to reflect on everything he did in world war two," he says.

Lindenwood Park Campgrounds are filling up, but they say there's plenty of room for you on Monday. If you want to camp, picnic, or take a bike out for a ride.
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