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Old 08-19-2014, 10:26 PM   #1
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A Lesson I learned from My Mother (who turns 90 Y/O TODAY!)

How any expect to go out camping and everything is perfect? The refrigerator keeps the temp you need, there are no barking dogs in the camp, the tug worked great with good mpg.... the fish were bitting....

You know what? You won't remember those "perfect" camp trips, but the ones where something goes "wrong," like you run out of propane, the steaks end up undercooked and you need to borrow the neighbors BBQ... or you forgot your toothbrush!

OMG, I've camped for YEARS and my Mom is RIGHT.. it's the trips that didn't turn out perfectly that are the ones I remember... ADD TO YOUR MEMORY BANK! As long as everyone is safe.. it's all GOOD.

So tell us.. what added to YOUR memory bank?

Now, after a number of years... out of your memory bank.. what makes you LAUGH (now)?
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:28 PM   #2
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I think I'll be remembering my smoking Goodyear carcass for quite some time!

And very happy 90th to your Mom Donna!!
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:33 PM   #3
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Well, I'll never forget trying to get a big Class A pulling a small Honda to pull over on a narrow winding road because the toad had a flat tire. We never could pass the guy because of all the blind curves, but when we finally did get around him and forced him off the road by making him slow down or run over us, the wheel was down to the rim and sparks were flying everywhere. He acted like we were trying to rob him until he stopped, an older guy, prob. in his 80s, from AZ. We helped him change the tire and boy I bet he never forgot that one.
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Took my daughter and her friend camping at Blue Lake. While they did whatever teens do, I took the canoe and went fishing.
As the evening light faded, I heard a call across the water, "Gleeennnnnn, Glennnnnn".
I got back to the camp site and found that they had packed up the tent trailer and were ready to go home.
My daughter's friend was experiencing her first ever period.
Went up to the camp store and bought their entire supply of panty liners ( since that's all they had ).
And then I had another beer, while they unpacked the trailer.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:42 PM   #5
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We helped him change the tire and boy I bet he never forgot that one.
AND neither did YOU and that's the point of this thread... how soon we forget!
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:43 PM   #6
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I have to disagree because we do remember many perfect camping trips and all the great memories and wonderful times we had but we also do remember the very few bad experiences; first time off road in the 19' for three days in the middle of the desert and we didn't know anything about RV refrigerators and ran the refer on 12 volts continually until the batteries were pretty much fried, even though we had solar. That was a quick learning curve for us!
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:43 PM   #7
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Went up to the camp store and bought their entire supply of panty liners ( since that's all they had ).
And then I had another beer, while they unpacked the trailer.
My eyes are leaking (I'm a MOM!)
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:47 PM   #8
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But STEVE, the one you decided to post wasn't perfect... I just want owners to realize, you don't need to own a gazillion dollar class A (whatever) to make memories. And refers be DAMNED. It's still fun, you're still NOT at home and YOU'VE MADE A MEMORY

Every single trip is GREAT! Just some are better than others...

Folks POST, let us laugh at your memory...
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:55 PM   #9
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Mom!
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Back in the 80's when I was stationed in Arkansas in the military, I went camping with a supposed "outdoorsman" friend from Mississippi. We camped along the Buffalo River in a beautiful spot. As it began to get dark and cold, this 'outdoorsman' decided the campfire wasn't burning enough, so he added Coleman fuel - directly from the can. As I said the words "don't do that", the flame climbed up the stream and lit the top of the can. He looked panicked, just staring at the flame. As I said the words 'don't drop it, just set it down', he tossed it -- which lit up the entire campground. He ran to the river to get water to put out the fire, and, I swear to God, he slipped and fell into the river.

To this day I laugh whenever I think of it.
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