Saturday, November 15, 2008

Inauguration Attracts Cold Weather Campers

Washington Post Staff Writer
With hotel rooms booking up fast, visitors who want to witness President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration are snapping up spots at campgrounds in Washington's suburbs and as far away as West Virginia, reserving unheated cabins, renting RVs and inquiring whether it would be feasible to camp in a tent.

"They said, 'How cold's it going to be?' " said Everett Lovell, who owns the Aquia Pines Camp Resort in Stafford County, which has five cabins but only two that can be used in winter. "We were just inundated with calls about our cabins. One lady wanted to come in a pop-up," an uninsulated trailer that unfolds into a primitive camper.

The Fairfax County Park Authority, which has only one year-round camping area, received so many inquiries that officials considered opening Burke Lake Park, just for the month of January, when the temperature typically dips into the 20s at night around inauguration time. For now, they have decided to wait and see whether all 136 spots fill up at Lake Fairfax, spokeswoman Judith Pedersen said. "This is uncharted territory for us."
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