Busy weekend for travel despite high gas prices

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer travel season. But one difference this year is those high gas prices, which could keep some folks at home.

A gallon of gas this Memorial Day costs about a dollar more than it did this time last year.

The Cumberland Gap is a sight most say is worth driving for.

"The trees, the mountains, they're different than our mountains. I didn't realize there were that many hills around here," said Lester and Dale Brouwer.

The Brouwers are from Corvallis, Oregon.

Gas prices well above the $3 mark did not stop them from seeing the Cumberland Gap.

"If people are tired of sitting around they'll go anyway," said Lester Brouwer.

"The other people will go whatever the prices will be," said Dale Brouwer.

"We wanted to get out anyway. We were going to do something," said Jay Reinert.

Reinert and his family came to the Gap from Louisville.

"Run some trails - we hiked some trails," said Reinert.

Paying the price to see the Pinnacle Overlook did not stop Rusty Torres, either.

"I think if you're going to go, you are going to go anyway," said Rusty Torres, of Pearl River, Louisiana.

Even though it only costs about $25 to fill the tank of his motorcycle, Torres said he would not miss a chance to see the views of the park.

A sign perhaps that higher gas prices may not keep folks from seeing the sights this summer season.

It's up in the air what will happen to gas prices over the summer.

Some analysts said we can expect the price to go down, while others believe we will see gas top out at $5 a gallon.

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