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Old 05-26-2009, 07:26 PM   #15
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I never have to leave home....avoid the crowds.

I love to travel but hate the Camps you describe. Its nice to come back to the solitude. Maybe we could have an Airstream type get together here. Its only a mile or so to one of the largest lakes in Texas...and very few boats use it. Get Steve to set up one of his shindigs.
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:29 PM   #16
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Last year we spent Labor Day weekend at a local state park, it was a mess. The campground is made up of 8 space loops which works very well if everyone has one camper and one vehicle. A family from another state had 4 campers, 4 boats and 8 vehicles... They made no effort to even move when we were trying to pull through until I finally had to say " something's gonna move!". I don't mind the crowds, if people would just follow the rules, one camper, one vehicle, observe quiet hours, keep your area clean.....this should be just good common sense. I know, I know...after 15 years in public education I should know better.


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Old 05-26-2009, 09:45 PM   #17
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Here's my perspective - both my wife and I were fortunate that our parents loved to camp when we were kids. I think some people thought it was because they didn't want to spend the money on motels but in reality it was great fun, weiner roasts, fishing the creeks behind the campsite, meeting camp ground friends, learning about nature. It really added a lot to our lives growing up and something we've continued to do all our adult lives. But the campers were different then for the most part. I suspect some of it had to do with the fact that a lot of the parents had been through the war and understood clearly that each person has a right to their own space and common courtesy can go a long ways in making sure that everyone has a good time. Money was tighter so there were not the toys of today that seem to be a necessity for some to have fun out camping.

So last September we were camped in a US Parks CG just south of the border about 50 minutes from home when the Friday rush began. The CG turned from quiet and quaint with deer wandering into our site to a madhouse of noise and everyone going 1,000 miles an hour. What we noticed though was the kids. They were still awed by nature, stopped to stare in wonder at the deer who stayed back quite a ways but would peek out at the craziness, try to feed squirrels and the birds, and for them it wasn't a whole lot different than it was for us. Many of the parents on the other hand were there for a partah, forget the kids, focus on their own fun and games and let the park wardens herd the kids back if they got too far out of bounds. Not all parents, but more than half by a bunch. It was a sad statement of where people are going with their lives that they care more about their own fun than about teaching their children about nature, about good manners, and about being an adult.

Come Monday afternoon there was ourselves, the CG host, and one other couple left. At first we felt lonely it was so completely quite compared to the barrage of noise and activity we'd experienced for 3 days. What we missed were the children part and the few parents who were taking an active part in spending time with them. We wished those ones would come back. The deer, squirrels and birds seemed to know the exact moment to come back out into view and wasted no time checking out all the campsites for left behind goodies. We now know to head out Monday morning, enjoy ourselves till Friday morning, and then use the weekend to wash the trailer at home, restock it for the following trip, and enjoy the quiet around here as all the loud noisy people are out camping.

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Old 05-26-2009, 10:30 PM   #18

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We just returned from a long weekend in the Adirondacks, one of the three DEC Campgrounds on our favorite Lake will not be opening this season, another won't open 'til June 25th. All three are primitive with only H2o available. We love them because they seem to attract only the hardcore campers, but I guess we are at the bottom of the totem and the powers that be figger there ain't that many of us so we get wacked first. In 30yrs we can count on one hand the the people that have been a problem. I guess "Dack-Dock'n ain't for everyone...thank God. In five yrs with Cloudsplitter we never been "hooked-up". We found with the Safari that a lot of "full service" grounds can be "full circus."
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:58 PM   #19
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We traveled May Long, first stop Skihist Prov. Park some peop's but overall quite. No problems finding a site. Monday night we got lost ended up 50 k up a dirt road (shook off a few rivits sad to say), to a combination BC and Washinton rec area called Ross Lake/Hozomeen. The park attendent said we were the only campers for the whole mountain! Primative mind you, even the water wasn't potable (boil water advisatory).

Fun part, great display of the 49th parallel, oblisk and tree line. We jumped over the boarder san passport or drivers license just to say we did it!

Took the trailer in the next day for it's check up and repairs.

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Old 05-26-2009, 11:24 PM   #20
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We spent the Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain State Park Campground in Metro Atlanta. Amazing that you can be in what is still considered Metropolitan Atlanta and feel like you are a hundred miles from the City.

The campground was completely full. And Paula, we don't travel lite so yes, we brought most of it with us! We brought the golf cart (St. Mountain is Georgia's only state park that will let you use one, they even rent them, but that would be $159 for the weekend). We put out all three awnings and set up the awning lights, the free standing awning, and the flag in the pol-ez. Then, we set up the satellite dish and it was a good thing because it rained almost the entire weekend! The campground host was very nice when I made the reservation and gave me the last site available for the holiday weekend (way back in February) and that was a new site that had just been added to the loop where about five of the campground host reside so we were in the "quiet zone". We watched movies instead of the laser show on Saturday and Sunday night and my kids got to see "The Long, Long Trailer" for the first time. They were a little mix in their reviews.

We were able to spend Sunday afternoon in the park at the attractions and riding the tram up to the top of the mountain and back before the rains came again. All in all, we had a good weekend given the sogginess of the weekend. It could have been worse, but it could have been better had the weather cooperated.

Oh, did I mention the guy that drove up to the bath house wearing only, and I do mean only, a pair of short paints and got out with his crack showing? Every step he took toward the bath house door revealed another inch of crack. Oh how my eyes hurt!!! It's like looking at a train wreck, how far will they slide before he pulls them back up?

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