Rainy weather doesn't scare Memorial Day campers away

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Rainy weather doesn't scare Memorial Day campers away

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on May 27, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:20 AM

BOISE COUNTY-- Cloudy conditions and rain showers didn’t keep Memorial Day campers away on the kick start to the summer camping season.

“We're just out having fun and just enjoying ourselves,” said Montana resident Sandy Gerber.

KTVB spotted Gerber and her family at a camping location on Grimes Creek.

“And we (came) up and met some friends of ours from Boise,” Gerber said. The group was also panning for gold.

However, when the subject shifted to the weather, as it often does, Gerber had no complaints.

“Well it’s always been that way," Gerber told KTVB. "You never can tell on Memorial Day weekend,” she said. “We had snow in Montana for Memorial Day weekend.”

A few camping spots down from Gerber and her Montana clan, we also found Tatyana Rudya picnicking with her family and friends.

“We came from countries where it was raining everyday, so a few drops of rain its okay,” said Rudya.

Rudya said in 2004, her family moved to Idaho from the Ukraine.

“It's good, I love it,” she said. “We love Idaho.”

On Monday afternoon, their campfire was burning warm and the kids were seen kicking around a soccer ball at the campsite.

“It’s been nice. I mean 70s, that's perfect,” said Rudya.  “As long as it's not super cold, it's May, Idaho, you know."

Gold panning continued for Gerber as their Memorial Day went on and although we don’t know if they found any, she said their weekend is going great.

“Just out with friends and just having a ball,” said Gerber.

Those with the Boise National Forest had cautioned campers to be aware of dryer fuel conditions compared to previous years.

However, it seems conditions stayed wet and most trails and campgrounds remained open.

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