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Campers Flock to Area Lake

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You had to get out early Thursday to get a prime campsite along Falls Lake.
DURHAM — Campers are wasting no time getting away for the holiday weekend. This is the busiest camping weekend of the year at Falls Lake.

Eight-year old Adam Kendall helps his dad set-up the camper, as the family settles in for the long holiday weekend.

"I like the outdoors," Adam says. "And at night, I like to listen to all animals make noise,"

Although the weekend doesn't officially start until Friday night, the Kendalls decided to set up camp a day early to be sure to get a good spot.

"We wanted to get a chance to get up here and get a decent site," Richard Kendall explains, "(to) make sure we got something for this weekend."

"You gotta get here early," says Robin Kendall. "If you wait, you're apt to get a small campsite, or possibly no campsite."

It seems other campers know that as well. Park rangers say campers flooded into the Holly Point and Rolling View campsites all day on Thursday. Some wished they have even come sooner.

"I've been coming everyday checking out the sites," says camper Norm Duchesneau, "and I was hoping to get something closer to the water, and I was a day late. This is the closest I could get."

Duchesneau was one of the few who chose to rough it and pitch a tent. Most set up campers, crossed their fingers for good weather, and waited for the rest of the family to arrive.

"I have two teenaged kids coming up tomorrow, and they like to ski and all kinds of water sports," Jack Boyles explains.

As night fell, the smell of hot dogs roasting over campfires filled the air. It's a true sign that the busiest camping weekend is almost here.

All 275 campsites at Falls Lake are expected to be filled by Friday night.

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Laurie Clowers, Reporter
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