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What NOT To Do At A Campground

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Offline SA Bill

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What NOT To Do At A Campground
« on: August 15, 2013, 07:53:26 PM »
I've experienced most of these over the years of camping in the Basin.  >:(  :eusa_naughty:
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/08/15/7-things-not-to-do-at-campground/
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Offline Flash

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2013, 09:09:19 PM »
Yep. Good stuff.  :roll: 

 8. What about the guy with the diesel pickup that fires up in the middle of the night to drive to the restrooms?  :pissed:

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2013, 12:50:07 AM »
9. Playing a violin at 9:45 PM, it was good music, but come on, 9:45 at night?? people are trying to sleep
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Offline Quixote Kid

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2013, 07:12:36 AM »
9.5 Similar to the violin...please don't break out the acoustic guitar at 11 PM. Yeah, I know it's Friday night in the Basin, but if you wanna give a free concert go to the porch in Terlingua.


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Offline stingrey

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2013, 09:58:40 AM »
My personal "favorite" was this one group camp whose leader woke the group at like 4:30 am each morning via some crazy religious yell/singing. I can guarantee you that I would have been equally irritated regardless of the type of singing being done considering it was 4:30 in the morning.
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Offline DuneYeti

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2013, 10:49:21 AM »
I kinda liked the violin, it pu tme right to sleep, untill everyone clapped at the end.  That was Mar of last year I think.  It was a bunch of old enduro bike guys in site 25 I think.
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Offline catz

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2013, 10:55:10 AM »
What is it about camping that drives some people to play a harmonica?
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Offline Homer67

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2013, 11:20:10 AM »
So the person who wrote the article basically wants everyone else around them not to cause themselves to be noticed in any way...sounds a bit self-centered to me.

 If you are camping in the Basin you will have to deal with the presence and noise of others, no getting around it. Sure, youngsters drinking, getting loud and listening to music can be annoying, but they did quiet down some when 10 pm came around --- an experience from our last stint in the Basin. I can understand their youth --- I felt the pull and really wanted to break out a few cold ones and join them! The article also complains about getting in late...most national parks are a good distance from most people's homes, so I can understand people getting in late and checking out the campground for an open spot. Maybe that day hike ran long, flat tire, helped someone get unstuck...many reasons for getting in late. Getting drunk? Whoopee!

If you want quiet, solitude and to not have to deal with others, hit a primitive roadside spot that's far from the other roadside sites around, or go backpacking. The flaw here is expecting one's experience around others to be different just because one is in a park. I am surprised the article did not complain about nearby campers who snore.

I mean, I could complain about how that nice, prime bone-in ribeye sizzling on a nearby grill clashes with my raw-vegan sensibilities...
« Last Edit: August 16, 2013, 11:44:02 AM by Homer67 »
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2013, 01:23:11 PM »
I kinda liked the violin, it pu tme right to sleep, untill everyone clapped at the end.  That was Mar of last year I think.  It was a bunch of old enduro bike guys in site 25 I think.

yes, thats the exact same one Im talking about. I do believe your site was closer to them that my site
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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2013, 12:03:39 AM »
What is it about camping that drives some people to play a harmonica?

 It's the pinche PEYOTE, man.....I am not too fond of the harmonica's. Not that I do not like them, but out yonder; it somehow makes the darn coyote's to click and howl. Let us not count if you bring a dog to camp. That's it!!!!...sleep will be out of a question. It is a howling match....all..night ...long.

 It kind of reminds me the scene of the sheephorns in Brother Bear:

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Offline WayPoint15

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2013, 08:34:07 PM »
I was at PJ this morning and three young men (adults) wanted to know why they got a warning ticket at the Basin Campground.  The female ranger behind the counter looked at the ticket and said they should of been sleeping at 2:30 a.m. instead of dong what they were doing.   I did not hear what they had done.

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Offline maketo

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2013, 10:51:02 PM »
One of the best times to be in a campground is when nobody else wants to be in it. This last Thursday we took out horses to the Hill Country SNA and we were the only ones in the primitive campground. Ahhh, the sound of QUIET!! :)

Last year we camped in Kissimmee, FL in the middle of the summer, I mean tent-camped. Call me crazy, I know, it is hot, humid etc. but you have the whole thing to yourself. No screaming children, no hicks trying to get their1970s diesel pusher unstuck in the middle of the night 'cause they got stuck in the mud (yes, happened to us in Missouri in a private campground - they went at it ALL NIGHT but what do you expect, it's Missouri, the campground "police" didn't care).

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2013, 11:40:26 PM »
So the person who wrote the article basically wants everyone else around them not to cause themselves to be noticed in any way...sounds a bit self-centered to me.


Campground quite time is between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM. This is pretty much universal, not just in camp grounds.

self centered? no, how about respecting the people around you. I don't go to Big Bend to be kept up all night by rude and disrespectful people. If they want to make noise all night they should have stayed home so the people who want to enjoy peace and quiet can do so.
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Offline Robert

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2013, 09:26:39 AM »
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Campground quite time is between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM. This is pretty much universal, not just in camp grounds.


Unless its Big Bend.  :icon_biggrin: But I do agree with your point. We've been kept up by rude campers well into the night on several occasions.

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Be considerate of your fellow campers by observing quiet hours from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/campground_rules.htm

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Re: What NOT To Do At A Campground
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2013, 10:11:15 AM »
I expect no peace and quiet in the Basin or RGV or even Cottonwood.  Too many people crammed into a tiny area.  Same goes for most state parks.  However, TWWG and I did have a great site at Somerville.  Late arrivals are unavoidable at big bend due to the remote location.  Rousted a motorhome at midnight at Balmorhea one night.  I had a reserved site, it was clearly posted on the entry board, and after a long drive and the campground was totally packed.  He was none too happy and neither were other campers as he had done a full setup.  He told me to sleep in the parking lot till morning and maybe I could find another site.  Told him the ranger would not be happy when I woke him up.  Balmorea has a problem being close to I10 that motorhomes sneak in, take an open site, then leave before the rangers catch on.  Would be nice if the park had a self checkin kiosk 24-7 fir back country sites  checkin and pay with the credit card.  Kinda like the self serve at the border crossing.

 


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