The Independence Day weekend is huge for camping and Riverside State Park is completely filled with many happy campers from right here in Spokane who are enjoying the great outdoors close to home.
For a lot of folks it is simply not the 4th of July unless you get to go camping, but traveling long distance is getting more and more expensive. For many campers at Riverside State Park they opted to stay closer to home, where everything you would want in a perfect camping trip is right here in our own back yard.
"It was available and it was close," Kristine Schmitt said. "We live in town and work in town. Its just nice to have the river and the trees. It's not too expensive."
"A lot of incoming reservations, a lot of local people," Park Ranger Megan Ortega said.
The folks at Washington's state parks see a lot of campers going this route; call it a staycation if you want. But these outdoor lovers aren't missing out on anything staying close to the Lilac City.
"What more could you want? We have Lake Spokane, we have the Big Spokane River and the Little Spokane, we rent paddle boards, kayaks, we have hiking, biking, white water rafting," Ortega said.
"I've grown up here my whole life so, I mean being a kid growing up we would come down here when there was no roads, but it has changed a lot. It's nice," Schmitt said.
This is Schmitt's first time actually spending the night in Riverside State Park. For her and her boyfriend this is the perfect way to enjoy the 4th without breaking the bank. As for her plans, well she doesn't really have any.
"Just to hang out here, see what happens. Drink some beers, have a fire, roast marshmallows, 4th of July, right? Yeah!"