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Lake Shasta Caverns says business is up thanks to government shutdown

Published On: Oct 11 2013 08:06:51 PM CDT

Owners of the privately owned Lake Shasta Caverns say the partial government shutdown has been good for their business. Still, they don't want it to last much longer.

"We've definitely seen an increase in numbers. But,hopefully the shutdown ends soon so it doesn't stagnate the economy so much,"said Matthew Doyle, General Manager of the caverns.

Doyle says much of the business is coming from people who had plans to visit national parks but instead are finding themselves looking for alternative plans.

Doyle says business is up 12 percent this year from last. Their store is also reaping benefits. That has been good for his seasonal staff since they've been able to stay working a little longer than usual.

Jody Williams came all the way from Wisconsin and had planned to see Crater Lake in Oregon with family friends for quite some time . She says the shock of the park closing was hard to take at first.

"To go out with them for the last 5-6 years and this is when it finally came about and all of a sudden we couldn't see what we actually wanted to see while we were here,"said Williams.

"We had also planned to go to Redwoods National Park in California and that was the other part of the trip and just ended coming this way because that was also closed," said Williams. She says she enjoyed the cavern trip.

So did Scott Hansen, who had to cancel his trip to Mt Lassen. "Just happened to work out during the shutdown which was not fantastic but we'll go again once they open up again," he said.