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Old 05-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #15
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in 1981 coming back from a long weekend in santa fe nm over labor day. we lived in Denver, stopped at a place in Colorado just north of chama nm. god it was the most beautiful place 10 foot waterfall 50 feet from our campsite and nice mountain lake 100 feet below it. until sunset, and all hell broke loose millions of mosquitos everywhere. had to start two fires on different sides of the campsite just to survive the evening before going to bed. however in the morning, the water fall was great to bathe and wake up to the most beautiful day. still do not know where all those damn mosquitos went to.. we did help with some of their demise the previous evening
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:43 PM   #16
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One "Worst Place" comes to immediate mind:
Death Valley in May, Hotternhell all night long, 3 other people in a 100 site campground, a nearby resort store that was closing for the season in two days and everyone in sight was huddled inside where the only a/c in 100 miles was barely keeping even. We gave up and left at 3 AM.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:45 PM   #17
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It's hard to pick our worst, but a few stand out.

We pulled into Viento State Park along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon one time. The park is bordered by a busy freeway on one side and the Columbia River on the other. Our spot seemed kind of noisy as it was quite near the freeway so I suggested we move closer down to the river. Bad move! What we didn't realize was that the railroad tracks ran right by our site. All through the night trains rumbled past and blew their horns as they approached an access road crossing. It was so loud that we felt like the trains were literally going to run us over. We didn't get a moment of sleep and groggily moved on the next day. The Columbia Gorge is beautiful, but we've since learned to camp at either Memaloose State Park or Ainsworth State Park which, while not entirely removed from train noise, at least give you a little distance from it.

Another time that stands out was the time we decided to just look for a place to pull over and boondock for the night. We found a small convenience store/gas station and it had a couple of semis parked in its back parking lot so we parked kind of out of the way and settled in for the night. At about 2:00 AM I was awakened by noise and when I parted our curtains and peered out I discovered that we were entirely surrounded by big semis, most of them with their headlights on and engines left idling. No more sleep that night.

But by far the worst was at a county park in California. It should have been a tip off when we pulled in and there was no one at the entrance station and no camp host, but it was the off season and so we didn't think much of it. And I was only a little uneasy when I saw that there were no other campers in the park. DH decides to go for a walk. I'm sitting in our rig, which at that time was a 32' motorhome, when a low rider derelict car with a bunch of lowlifes in it comes cruising through the campground. I make sure the door is locked. They leave and a little later a cop car comes cruising through the campground! Oh great, I think, it's a place where drug deals go down. Next thing, a really drunk guy comes staggering down the nearby railroad tracks. I'm getting pretty freaked out by this time and wondering if DH has been mugged and left bleeding in a ditch somewhere. When DH gets back I convince him that this is one creepy place. We bring in our slide out and pull up our stabilizer jacks because I want to be able to move out fast if we need to. I just keep getting bad vibes about the place though, so eventually I convince DH that we need to leave. I remember passing a casino a few miles back and so we go there. A security guy comes out and asks us if we want to spend the night and when we say yes he tells us where to park. It was safe, quiet, and free! Trust your instincts!
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:06 PM   #18
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We hiked down off Slide Mt. during the flood in 2006, Brian. 8" of rain in 2 days and I'd go back tomorrow, nice area and some cool-looking trails there.

Worst was a rest area in Arkansas, people knocking on the windows and selling various illicit things 3' away. Was really an awful feeling when the state police car just rolled through slow about 2 am and kept on driving. We decided that 4 am was a good time to go find breakfast. Can't say I've had many bad experiences though, and the good far outweigh them.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:35 AM   #19
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We pulled into Viento State Park along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon one time. The park is bordered by a busy freeway on one side and the Columbia River on the other. Our spot seemed kind of noisy as it was quite near the freeway so I suggested we move closer down to the river. Bad move! What we didn't realize was that the railroad tracks ran right by our site. All through the night trains rumbled past and blew their horns as they approached an access road crossing. It was so loud that we felt like the trains were literally going to run us over. We didn't get a moment of sleep and groggily moved on the next day. The Columbia Gorge is beautiful, but we've since learned to camp at either Memaloose State Park or Ainsworth State Park which, while not entirely removed from train noise, at least give you a little distance from it.
I pulled into Viento SP a couple of years ago and found a nice site. I was just about to unhitch and pay when I saw the train tracks within 10 feet or less behind the site. I moved on to Ainsworth SP and ended up staying an extra day or so there.
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Paxico, Kansas. Track on one side of small campground. Tent. Freight rains. Every 30 minutes starting about 11 PM. I memorized the whistle code for a railroad crossing.

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Old 05-11-2013, 06:40 AM   #21
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A casino parking lot on the outskirts of Las Vegas mid August 1998. The temp got down to 105 F outside not sure what it was in the camper. Add in the noisy drunks stumbling out of the casino, the neon lights and that heat and, as "thrifty" as I am, I went in and begged for a room. They were full up and didn't release another block of rooms until almost midnight. I ended up paying over $100 for a room much larger than I needed for myself and it was worth it. I learned you don't camp in the SW in summer without AC.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:13 AM   #22
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Campground in northern IL. Swimming lake that led to filthy bathrooms. CROWDED. Train track right there with MANY trains. And idiot next to us who seemed to be wanting to make fun for little kid but no idea what he was doing. They were car-camping; wife and he had a fight; she was pissed and wouldn't come out of car. Then, he lights a fire a foot from our propane tank!

I have a mommy-rating scale. That one rates no further visits.

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Old 05-11-2013, 08:21 AM   #23
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I guess we're spoiled by the nicely maintained state parks in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi (the poorest state in the union); because we were shocked by the poor facilities at Fort Maasac State Park in Illinois; where we stayed for three nights last month. The setting was nice enough, but the list of poor facilities includes the following: They only had one shower house for the entire campground, including the large tent camping area; and the run-down shower house had two showers and one, I repeat, ONE toilet stall - and that had a lock that didn't work! The sites had elevated fire grills that were so rusted out that many, including ours, were unusable, and no other provisions for fires. There were no water hook-ups at the sites - something that evidently isn't rare at state parks up North; I had to go to Walmart and buy a jerry can to transfer water so I didn't have to unhitch every time my tank ran low. The dump station was disgusting - surrounded by foul-smelling mud and so poorly maintained that you had to use pieces of concrete to cover the hole and support your hose. It wasn't a horror story, but we're just used to so much better here in the South.

We had paid for four nights, while my wife visited the national quilt museum and quilt show across the river in Paducah, where she had a quilt entered. But we left a day early and never looked back.
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Mentioning Train Tracks reminded me of a week we spent one night tenting in the late 60's in a campground near Revelstoke, B.C. The Canadian National tracks were on one side, Canadian Pacific on the other side, it was trains in stereo almost all night long.
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Quite a few years ago we tented in Devils Glen Provincial park. A night in hell.

On one side of us a band of drunkin local rednecks and the on the other side a motorcycle gang. All night long screaming, yelling, etc. Must have heard the "F" word 500 times. The sad thing about it was there was younger kids at the motorcycle site. Not nice.
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These stories have all made me chuckle. None of these experiences were fun at the time, but they sure provide us with some good tales to tell, don't they? I do agree with someone above though who commented that most of their camping experiences have been good ones. Same here!

PS - I have learned to scout campgrounds and RV parks for their proximity to railroad tracks though!
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I remember another bad one a long time ago....

When my kids were young and we lived in Michigan we had an offer to go camping for free just to listen to about an hour of sales pitch for a camping network time-purchase. Well, we arrived at the campground on Lake Huron in the pouring rain in deep mud with our pop-up completely covered in mud. Of course I couldn't open it that way so I got out in the rain and hosed it off completely before I could set it up. It was so muddy that we had to place the kids inside...no walking around that night was allowed! I was as wet a you could possibly be! We were all trapped inside for the night.

The next day we sat through their sales pitch and we both cracked up laughing near the end when the sales person asked, "Are you excited!". We still use that phrase to this day when appropriate mocking of something is necessary. We left that afternoon...
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PS - I have learned to scout campgrounds and RV parks for their proximity to railroad tracks though!
I use Google maps, streetview and satellite view to look around.

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