Holiday Campers At Mahoney Undaunted by Weather Woes

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jul 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-02 18:38:36-04

The saying goes, "If you don't like the weather in Nebraska, wait five minutes."


Sunday, campers trying to enjoy the holiday weekend at Mahoney State Park learned that first hand, as they tried to make the most of a rainy situation.


“So, basically, just came out to have a couple days to get away from home,” said visitor Jed Gile.


Home for the Gile Family is Shenandoah, Iowa where just a few days ago, a tornado just missed damaging their house.


“There was one beside the house and then one forming above the house and like two right outside town,” said Couper Gile, Jed’s son.


Some dreary weather still followed them on their weekend getaway.


“It's kind of putting a dampener on things,” said Gile.


Cabins and campsites are all booked up, but paddle boats sit empty, and families huddled under shelters to cook out.


“We were going to head to the water park today, but that kind of got a little rained out,” said Ashley Krimmel.


Krimmel is in town from Texas for a family reunion.  She said Mahoney still has plenty of fun to offer.


We're having a great time making the best of the weather. Just enjoying the park, enjoying the activity center...keeping the kids dry,” said Krimmel.


Superintendent Jake Rodiek said the main thing when severe weather happens is to keep visitors safe.


“We try to make sure everybody's aware of the different news channels and radio stations to tune into to make sure they're paying attention to the weather as close as we can, and let everybody know that we've got designated safety areas for people to go if they need to,” said Rodiek.


So far, only the trail rides were canceled for today.  As for tonight’s plans...


“Actually we're going to see a movie now,” said Gile.



“We're grilling so we'll see how that goes,” said Krimmel.