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High gas prices don't discourage Northwoods vacationers


The high gas prices are especially painful in the Northwoods, where a gallon of gas will set you back around a dollar or more. People are still traveling there, but cutting back in other ways to afford the trip.

Mark Johnson and his family have been making the six hour drive to Eagle River every summer for eighteen years. He and his family road trip to the Eagle Waters Resort for a week-long family vacation.

"We just love the fresh air, the water sports, the tennis," he said.

But high gas prices made this year's trip a little harder. "Well, we just save a little bit more during the year," he said of this year's budget.

One way the Johnson's are saving money, they brought scooters to the resort for short trips around the area. 

"It's just a lot cheaper to drive a moped around than it is to drive a mini-van," Johnson said.

Resort owners said the price of gas isn't the only thing rising.

"Selling food and having a restaurant I've noticed our costs are just escalating and we're always afraid to charge more but we need to do that," Eagle Waters Owner Laura Koranda said.

She told Newsline 9 she's noticed her guests cutting back in other areas in order to keep vacationing.

"They may forgo some other things maybe an extra round of golf maybe an extra dinner out," she said.

She said it seems like the economy has kept some tourists away, but Koranda said her cabins and condos are booked during the summer months. 

"Life is so busy and they want to escape and they plan their vacations accordingly," she said.

Mark Johnson and his family agreed. "Gas prices are going to go up, they're going to go down but the trip up here is worth it."

With just a few weeks left of the summer season, many people hope prices at the pump will go down, before school starts back up again.



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