Saddle Up Peeps, We’re Going Camping for Memorial Day Weekend
I'm certainly not going to take credit for the change in campground opening dates, though I have been b****ing about this on air every day for the last couple of weeks. I just couldn't, for the life of me, figure out how these massive retailers could be open but campgrounds could not be. Well, that's all changed now.
In an announcement from Governor Mills yesterday, even though we kind of already knew it was coming, she announced that campgrounds in Maine could open to state residents as early as this Friday. That was a change to her original June 1st outline.
Personally, I applaud the governor for making this change as I believe it was the right one. However, it was still made way too late. Changing the date with only a few days until the unofficial kickoff to summer and the camping season is leaving campgrounds and campers alike racing to prepare for the weekend.
Again, I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth here, but a couple extra days would've been pretty sweet. Again, maybe it's because I complained on air day after day, or maybe it's just because a group of campground owners was suing the Mills administration. Or, maybe she just realized that camping inherently comes with social distancing. Most parks in Maine, aside from some coastal parks where they slam you in there like sardines, have sites that are nice and spread out and separated by at leas a few, if not dozens of trees.
Hopefully you, likes us, were able to get ahold of your favorite campground yesterday afternoon and, pending they were going to open for this weekend, get your reservations locked down. We were fortunate to get through and make weekend reservation for our whole camping crew. And by "we" made reservations, I really mean our dear friend Carolyn Blais, she's our camping ninja! So, if you're out and about at Duck Puddle Campground this weekend, take a look for us!
Stay safe and happy camping!