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Old 03-24-2016, 08:55 PM   #11
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I grew up camping and learned all about the etiquette that you mention above. We also lived through the budget cut days of the 80's when the rangers left the campgrounds at dark, there weren't campground hosts on site yet & there was no such thing as cell phones. Those were the days of public campgrounds turning into the wild west after dark! Overall, I feel much more secure camping since the campground hosts programs became popular. It seems like there is still a gap between the campers like you and I and the people who look at campgrounds as places to go to party. I wish there was an easy solution to bring the "uneducated & rude campers" up to speed. (End of rant!)
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Old 03-24-2016, 08:59 PM   #12
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I get mad a lot. But it only usually lasts a few minutes. Sadly, and much more importantly, is my disappointment with the state of camping manners, driving manners, behavior in a crowd manners and on and on. We had protocols and rules regarding just about every form of camping behavior when I was a Scoutmaster. Quite a few boys dropped out when continual reminders were unwaveringly proffered up. But the ones who stayed with it not only made great Scouts, there are now solid citizens, and many still camp. Years ago all the city vehicles in my home town, had a bumper sticker on them. It said" Courtesy is contagious, let's start an epidemic"
And Saturday mornings found me polishing the beauty rings on my Dad's Buick, he paid me with a bag of Nightcrawler bedding. Jeez I miss those days.
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:13 PM   #13
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And we go camping to get away from it all Good reason to go solar: better boondocking

Hate to say it, but with gas prices going down and more boomers retiring buckle up. And remember, with the millennials it's the tone you use that is sooo important; not what you say but HOW you say it. We decided to bail from our last time out at Kirk Creek with gnarly music surfer dude Plaskett was great.

Some camp hosts are on it though- like the veteran at Horsethief near Moab when some bonehead was watching porn or something all day in his camper with the genset going. His take was generator hours are X- but that doesn't mean you can run it all day. Funny, he got it shut down but they wuz talking up a storm....."that's a good movie Judge"

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The biggest issue for us is usually music. Even if someone is pumping out my favorite music, I go camping to escape and experience the sounds of birds and wildlife. Keep music low if you want to override the symphony of nature.

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Old 03-25-2016, 11:39 AM   #15
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I couldn't agree more. I love my music...inside. Outside? Not so much. In fact, not at all. I'd rather hear the wildlife and the sound of rivers or seashore or waves lapping on the shore of a lake or the wind in the trees or...
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:47 AM   #16
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In some ways I'd rather be in a busy place, like a rest stop, with lots of misc. background noise because I can accept the noise as part of the package. When I'm in a pristine setting and being annoyed by unnecessary noise from another campsite, not even very close to me, I get more annoyed.

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Old 03-25-2016, 11:53 AM   #17
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In some ways I'd rather be in a busy place, like a rest stop, with lots of misc. background noise because I can accept the noise as part of the package. When I'm in a pristine setting and being annoyed by unnecessary noise from another campsite, not even very close to me, I get more annoyed.

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Correct, in one scenario you are expecting noise since it is free, whereas purchasing peace and quiet tranquility in the other scenario you expect it.
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:23 PM   #18
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The biggest issue for us is usually music. Even if someone is pumping out my favorite music, I go camping to escape and experience the sounds of birds and wildlife. Keep music low if you want to override the symphony of nature.

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We were recently camping with friends who whipped out their little tabletop speaker so they (we) could listen to soft music we appreciate, drowning out (somewhat) some loud music from across the way that none of us cared for. I'd still have preferred no music, but it was better than putting up with music we didn't like - and I don't think our little sound system was bleeding over into anyone else's camp, for our friends were on the end, and we couldn't hear it from our next-door site.

On the other hand, I love to hear the sounds of children playing in a campground. I think it's cool there are still families that get out and go!
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I couldn't agree more. I love my music...inside. Outside? Not so much. In fact, not at all. I'd rather hear the wildlife and the sound of rivers or seashore or waves lapping on the shore of a lake or the wind in the trees or...
Last week at the Chisos Basin campground (in Big Bend National Park) I had a double hit - a couple of hikers walked through my site, one of which was wearing a extremely loud & annoying music player. Loud enough that you could hear them coming from 50' away. The only excuse for the music might have been to keep the bears & mountain lions away while on their hike, but the thought of all that noise while hiking the trails in the park set me on edge.
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the thought of all that noise while hiking the trails in the park set me on edge.
Especially at Big Bend, where the attraction is the quiet and desolation. Can't see how the music would affect snakes - and they're much more of a threat there than any mountain lion or other critter.
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