Northland Holiday Travelers Hit the Highway
Posted at: 12/21/2012 6:18 AM
| Updated at: 12/21/2012 6:43 PM
By: Travis Dill
Over the holiday season nearly 100 million Americans will travel, and Northlanders are no exception.
The winter storm that slid just south of us is hampering holiday travel for many, but Jon Homick said he wishes it hit here.
“Not that much, but I wish we had some snow. More snow that what we have. I can't really take the kids sliding or anything,” Homick said.
Like many over the holidays he will travel to visit family. According to AAA, 84 million Americans will hit the highways. That's over a quarter of the nation.
And they all have to fill up their gas tanks. In Duluth a gallon of regular was about a dime cheaper than the national average and that's good news for Northlanders like Elyna Armstrong.
“Well they're down I suppose. You know they're still high of course, but they are down so we can be thankful for that,” Armstrong said.
For most, holiday travel leads to big meals and talking with family, but Ross Nelson started a different tradition with his son.
"I'm heading to Wessington, South Dakota,” Nelson said. “Pheasant hunting and celebrating Christmas with my son.”
And that means he'll have special cargo for the 800 mile round-trip. A hunting dog and her puppies.
His trip is a little farther than most, but AAA said holiday travelers will average 760 miles round-trip.