Just arrived at Kopachuck State Park to interview campers for a story on outdoors-ing it for the busy Memorial Day weekend.
I first stopped at the office of the park ranger (or park manager, for those born after the Yogi Bear cartoons were popular)
I asked how business was doing today, thinking 50 percent to 75 percent of the park’s campsites were full.
The response from Park Manager Tom Pew? “We’re 100 percent full already.”
That’s right, Kopachuck has been full since about 8:30 a.m., today. This is one of Washington State Parks’ busiest holiday weekends for camping, along with the July Fourth and Labor Day weekends.
And campers might cherish their stays this year more so than any other. The state was threatening to close some parks because of a lack of revenue, including Kopachuck and Joemma Beach.
But after public outcry, lawmakers instead decided to keep parks open via a $5 registration fee on vehicles.
For that, Pew said, “The rangers say ‘Thank you’ to the people of the state of Washington.”
Read more about this story in tomorrow’s print edition