I think maybe I left you with the wrong impression of how business is right now. Things are fine considering the state of the economy. It is just when Dan and I think back of how it USE to be and wonder if it will EVER be that way again, we have to shake our heads and be thankful that we know how to budget and still be able to maintain the beauty of our property and facilities.
Way back when, we would be BOOKED for Labor Day by the end of June. Most people who would stay with us over Labor Day would make reservations for the FOLLOWING Labor Day before they even checked out. We don't see that anymore. But then, some of those guests were older and possibly they just don't want to venture out over the last big 3 day weekend of the camping season.
This year, it didn't help because of that large family that cancelled 13 sites due to a serious illness of a family member. But we are doing just fine...but like it better when we are doing MORE than just fine....like to the point of using our overflow area. We haven't had to use that in several years.
A friend that owns a park downstate said they ended up having a lot of cancellations due to the weather forecast for the holiday weekend. So weather plays a HUGE factor in a lot of plans. On the news last night, they had interviewed a man who owns a marina and also rents boats. He thought he would be all rented out but hardly has any boat reservations and he figures it is due to the weather forecast for this weekend.
And speaking of weather, Dan and I have been steadily watching Hurricane Earl. We never really gave other hurricanes a second thought, but this one was due to leave a path of destruction in the area that we called home last fall and winter for 3 months. We became very familiar with Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Pea Island, the Oregon Inlet and felt we made quite a few friends while we were there so it has been "interesting" to watch the advancement of this storm and see places on TV where we had been, etc.
We've been corresponding via email with the lady that we will be working "under" while in Georgia. We needed to get the mailing address and the phone number, things like that. We will have a mail box at our location so we won't have to rent a box from the PO in town. Another gal from the Corp called us yesterday to see if we thought we'd be interested in helping with trail maintenance in some of the other parks. AND WE HAVE OUR WELLMAN LINED UP FOR OCTOBER 20TH! So, I can sleep at night and not have to worry about getting someone new to blow out all the lines and close things down for us.
I think I may have told you our new 5th wheel goes into production on September 20th so hopefully a month from that day we will be picking it up! Things are coming together!!
I may not be back to blog until Monday after the crowds leave so all of you have a safe holiday weekend!
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