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Old 09-01-2016, 10:50 AM   #1
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Share some of your favorite camping stories

I think I need refuge and some positive fun here somehow.... let's try this. The stories don't have to necessarily be positive but, well you know....
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:08 AM   #2
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Ok, in 1973 two friends and I left from the University of Illinois in November. We wanted to get to warm weather as soon as possible so we went mostly south. The first night we stopped at a park in Missouri, spread our sleeping bags out on the ground and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night I was awoke by some noise, looked around and found about 5-6 skunks scurrying around the site and sniffing my sleeping bag. I slowly pulled the bag over my head, somehow feel back asleep and was amazed to wake up the next morning not smelling of skunk. Good thing 'cause we didn't have a stock of tomato juice on our gear.
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:14 AM   #3
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Years ago while I was trying to convince my wife that we should buy a Casita, we rented a tiny teardrop trailer for a weekend. (just to try it out)

Our daughter was very small, and my wife wisely said "you should bring a tent, just in case the teardrop trailer is too small"

She was right..... so I ended up outside, sleeping in the tent.

About 4 am wild turkeys invaded the campsite, and were 'gobbling' all around my head. I thought I was dreaming!

They finally wandered off, and I got back to sleep..... next up, at about 5 am, were the wild pigs who wandered thru the campsite, snorting and sniffing at everything....

Needless to say I increased my efforts to convince her that we should get a Casita.....
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:27 AM   #4
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In the vein of Eric's story about not getting skunked, the following experience was not favourite but certainly memorable.

Back in the late 80's when we lived in Thunder Bay and my sister and family in Winnipeg we decided to meet each summer at Rushing River Prov. Park near Kenora in far northwest ON. We had enjoyed the previous year's get together

One night this second year, we had a terrible storm We had our new to us 13 ft. sticky, our boys were sleeping in a tent, my sister and family in a tent in next site. The wind and rain were so harsh the boys got soaked out of the tent, the trailer bounced around, Beth was afraid it was going to roll down the rocky hill right behind us. Meanwhile my brother in law was standing inside their tent trying to keep it from blowing away.

We got up in the morning to discover we'd actually had a tornado, many trees down, on trailers, blocking vehicles into their site, etc. Six miles away at a bible camp a six year old boy was killed when a tree fell on his tent.

We felt pretty blessed to not be hurt and no damage to our equipment

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Old 09-01-2016, 11:42 AM   #5
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Wow - Adrian, I was going to share my Northern CA rainstorm night that pulled the stakes out of the mud soaked ground, dropping the pup tent end onto our faces about 10 times one night - but a tornado!

Very glad you and your crew were unscathed.
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We drove to Indiana in February 2007 to pick up a new toy hauler for my Harley. Returning home we stopped in Ohio of the night and guess what, no heat. It had 2 bunks and a small kitchen, but no heat. Franklin crawled inside our sleeping bag because there was frost on the floor. Next day we stopped at Walmart and bought an electric heater. All was good then.
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Ok so we’re going back to in the day, pre-trailer, when tents were it.

Every June after school was out my best bud and I would break out and go north. One year we took our younger brothers with us, up into Nova Scotia. We had two tents between us, the square Coleman for them, and my army issue shelter halves, for us. You make a rudimentary field tent for two by connecting two shelter halves together. I also had two army issue air mattresses. They did not. The larger Coleman had a sewn in “waterproof” floor.

We made camp outside Halifax and noticed there were train tracks about 40 feet from our spot. It was a commercial campground beside a lake, with nice swimming. That night, after steaks and many Labat 50’s we were sound asleep-exhausted when, late, I awoke, conscious of a strange, odd growing sound outside the tent, getting closer and closer. And there was this blinding, brilliant light, so strange, getting larger. This deafening roar reached frightening decibel levels, was about to ram over us, straight into our tent, then rushed screaming past, just missing the kill. Unforgettable.

Of course, it was a freight train. I was still awake that night when a sudden rainstorm then hit. So intense we turned a flashlight on to watch a stream of water passing through the tent. The air mattresses kept us high and dry. There was then a scurrying and cursing about coming from the Coleman, and our camping buddies spent the remainder of the night sleeping in the station wagon. Next morning we found a Laundromat to dry out their bags.
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Both of my tent stories are with one of my younger sisters, Betsy. First- I was hiking the Wonderland Trail (Mt. Rainier) and my sister came along for the first leg (from Ipsut Creek). We set up our first camp and crawled in the tent in the afternoon to rest, and heard some noises. A small bear was trying to get into the tent! We chased it off and got up and did a better job caching our food. (No bear cylinders in those days.) Then the ranger came by and told us that he'd been asking to have the bear removed; it was a young one whose mother had died and it would starve to death in the winter anyway. So then my sister felt sorry for it and wanted to feed it! Years later (at least 30) she made a wall hanging for me of a bear and a tent, and it hangs in my trailer.

Second story, also Betsy. I was camping across the country on the way to grad school in NH. We were in North Dakota, planning to camp at a small, free county park. We pulled in and as we were setting up our tent a man started hanging around us. He told us he was camping nearby. We finished setting up and took a walk and saw him not too far away, just sitting on his car hood, no tent, no gear. We got a bad feeling about it, and went back, struck the tent, packed the car up, and drove all night instead. I've never been sorry we made that decision. Paying attention to those feelings is a good thing to do.
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When I was decades younger I did a lot of backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail. One long weekend, three of my gal friends and I took off for a long hike in the Sisters Wilderness area. We came across a beautiful lake with a waterfall and decided to setup camp. Being hot and sweaty, we stripped to our birthday suits, grabbed the Ivory Soap and jumped in to "refresh." DANG that water was cold! Moments before we had decided it was time to get out, dry off and build a campfire we heard voices... a lot of voices. Here comes about 30 Boy Scouts and 4 Leaders. Needlessly to say, the young guys got an eye full (and we heard hoots and hollers) as four twenty-something women "jetted" for their towels which were dozens of yards up the beach.


I remember it clearly, just as if it happened yesterday. I wonder if any of the boys do?
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When I was decades younger I did a lot of backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail. One long weekend, three of my gal friends and I took off for a long hike in the Sisters Wilderness area. We came across a beautiful lake with a waterfall and decided to setup camp. Being hot and sweaty, we stripped to our birthday suits, grabbed the Ivory Soap and jumped in to "refresh." DANG that water was cold! Moments before we had decided it was time to get out, dry off and build a campfire we heard voices... a lot of voices. Here comes about 30 Boy Scouts and 4 Leaders. Needlessly to say, the young guys got an eye full (and we heard hoots and hollers) as four twenty-something women "jetted" for their towels which were dozens of yards up the beach.


I remember it clearly, just as if it happened yesterday. I wonder if any of the boys do?


awesome story.

i am SURE they do remember it!!

I'd suggest you watch the movie Inside Out, and then think about how many 'core memories' you gave those 34 people.
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