Cold, Wet Holiday Weekend Doesn’t Deter Beach Campers

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The wet, cold weather is not enough to keep campers away from some popular Connecticut spots.

In fact, thousands of people kept their reservations this weekend at Hammonasset Beach State Park.

“Unfortunately, it’s a very tough weekend weather-wise,” said Henry Alves, Park and Recreation Supervisor. “I don’t expect a lot of people coming down to the beach.”

They may not come to the beach, but they still came to enjoy the presence of friends, family and nature.

“Every time we come we always have a good time. The upkeep is phenomenal,” said Henry Wasik.

Henry and his wife Sue have been coming since they were 16. This is the 33rd year that the couple came to the campground for Memorial Day Weekend.

“We started in a tent, then we went to a popup and actually we slept in the back of a Bronco, and now we ended up in our camper,” said Sue Wasik.

This year’s weekend is a lot different from years past. The cool air and wet weather left a lot campers canceling their hikes and spending some time inside their tents. Hammonasset has 558 campsites, and all were booked.

Recently the state park removed debris from Superstorm Sandy to a nearby parking lot and away from campers.

Henry Alves said they need more funds before they are able to get rid of it entirely.

“We suffered a great amount of damage due to Superstorm Sandy,” he said. “We were probably about 80 percent underwater.”

For campers braving the weather this Memorial Day Weekend, it will be cold and wet but not enough to dampen spirits.

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