I was going through my email and found this one. Attendance at state parks in North Carolina is up 14 percent for the first eight months of the year. It appears that when times get rough, North Carolinians look for a bargain in ways to spend their leisure time.
“Citizens in North Carolina traditionally have turned to state parks for affordable family recreation during difficult economic times, and these attendance numbers reflect that,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director.
Attendance is up 25 percent at Fort Macon State Park and a whopping 78 percent at Crowders Mountain State Park. Other strong increases were reported at Stone Mountain, 23 percent; Pilot Mountain, 31 percent; Cliffs of the Neuse, 40 percent; Lake Waccamas, 35 percent; Raven Rock, 50 percent; Falls Lake, 24 percent; and Jordan Lake, 52 percent.
With the weather turning cooler, it might be time to break out my tent and take my dog camping.