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Old 05-11-2013, 10:17 PM   #29
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Our "worst" place was back in our 5th wheel days. We heard of a great little campground up a 4 wheel drive road with great trout streams. We were all excited. Going in we barely squeezed our 3/4 ton GMC and 19 foot 5th wheel in through the trees and around boulders. We finally get in there and get the last spot which is at about a 45 degree angle. We had to put the trailer jacks on big firewood rounds someone had left there. I felt pretty precarious but Hubby is an engineer and he was sure we were set up fine. We took the kids out fishing and had a fine dinner. About bedtime a scary looking dude comes in in a Ford Ranchero, props both doors open in the middle of the 6-7 campsites and proceeds to serenade us all with a Waylon Jennings tape while he drank a fifth of Jack Daniels. The car battery died just before dawn. I have never enjoyed Mr Jennings music since.
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:51 PM   #30
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Mine was not the campground, it was the tent. 2 weeks in a leaky tent the year it decided to snow on the 4th of July in Cody, Wyoming and the Tetons were still snowed shut. Pulled into a nice KOA and couldn't figure out why everyone had what we referred to as a "Montana rainfly". Blue tarp over the tent on top of the rainfly that was already on top of the tent. It did not get thrown away upon arriving home and someone obviously forgot it leaked because it was very wet for everyone in that tent during a trip to the Boundary Waters with the Scouts. Our black lab put it out of commission thank God.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:43 AM   #31
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One year we took our kids to Dayton, Ohio to the Wright-Patterson air museum. Got into a nice campground. we found out that I-75 was on one side, railroad tracks on the other, and in the flight path of the air base. Not the quietest night we've ever spent.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:11 AM   #32
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The worst place we have stayed was Mill Bluff SP in Wisconsin . The park is set between Interstate 94 & Hwy 12 & railroad tracks. Between the road noise and the trains coming through and blowing their horn every hour all night , we got little sleep!
Plus the water was shut off due to budget cuts so no water & no showers . A beautiful park in a bad location . The group of inebriated males camping by us just added to the enjoyment
I wish Wisconsin did not allow hard liquor in their parks !
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:55 AM   #33
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The worst place I've camped was still pretty darn good.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:25 PM   #34
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One year we took our kids to Dayton, Ohio to the Wright-Patterson air museum. Got into a nice campground. we found out that I-75 was on one side, railroad tracks on the other, and in the flight path of the air base. Not the quietest night we've ever spent.
Are you my parents? I still remember that trip to that CG and the USAF museum, and it was 30-some years ago.

Worst place was/is a little private CG in PA, called Echo Valley. We had arranged to rent one of several campers they had on site. It was nasty. The park was nasty & smelly. The swimming pool was full of boulders and logs from a nearby creek flooding. The putt-putt golf course was almost invisible with overgrowth. The playground equipment was broken. And the owner was a jerk about the whole thing. We had paid for 3 nights, but left after 2, as things didn't get any better. Today we affectionately refer to it as the "Scooby-doo campground", because it was exactly like the campground/amusement park/castle in every Scooby episode: decrepit former elegance.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:59 PM   #35
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Midland Michigan "resort" campground next to a chain motel. No campfires, almost no shade, pool had so much chlorine your eyes burned being down wind. Packed 4th of July week-end and with all the AC units running the park kept tripping the main breaker. Highway 10 noise as a background.

As a kid we once stayed at a campground down south that was really nice EXCEPT for the septic pond which was just downwind of our campsite. We had a pop-up with no AC so when we sat down to eat everything tasted like the septic pond smelled. Breakfast cereal in the morning was the worst. For years afterward my brother and I had a standing joke based on a cereal ad. "Post Grape Nuts I love them because the tast like..." you can figure it out.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:37 PM   #36
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Ditto to Arlon's comment: "The worst place I've camped was still pretty darn good."
Although I love backpacking, Brian's backpacking experience has to be one of the worst natural disasters one can encounter.
I told a friend the other day "My biggest fear when camping or hiking isn't so much the critters as "critters of the human kind".
I, too, find creepy people and loud generators can rapidly spoil my camping experience.
When tent camping we had to set up late in pitch dark. We now refer to the experience as "A River Runs Through It". Need we say more?
That said, I do have to say I enjoy the relative luxury and insulation my fiberglass RV provides AND I will continue to backpack and tent camp. Each style of camping provides it's own challenges and rewards.
Happy Camping!
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I grew up listening to the trains that ran through my home town, and an aunt we visited often once rented a house right next to the tracks.

Am I the only one here who gets all nostalgic hearing trains in the night?
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #38
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Lake Casitas. Meth head paradise...enough said.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:57 PM   #39
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There are Trains & Then ther are TRAINS.

Nope, Yer not alone.

When I was growing up we lived 1 very short block from the Southern Pacific main lines in San Bruno, CA and in the morning, at about 8:30, when the steam powered Southern Pacific Coast Daylight make the ground shake, we went out front to watch, every time. Thats a TRAIN...... But noisy diesel freights.... not the same.

Come to think of it, that would make a great color scheme for a TV and FGRV.


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I grew up listening to the trains that ran through my home town, and an aunt we visited often once rented a house right next to the tracks.

Am I the only one here who gets all nostalgic hearing trains in the night?
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:40 AM   #40
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I grew up listening to the trains that ran through my home town, and an aunt we visited often once rented a house right next to the tracks.

Am I the only one here who gets all nostalgic hearing trains in the night?
We lived across a holler from the train tracks.
With hobo camp and all. Never noticed the trains
going by unless I was paying attention on purpose.
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:27 PM   #41
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I grew up listening to the trains that ran through my home town, and an aunt we visited often once rented a house right next to the tracks.

Am I the only one here who gets all nostalgic hearing trains in the night?
....yep, my favorite aunt lived in a tornado magnet park right next to, what was at the time, the mainline out of KC for A,T&SF. When visiting there, we would have to stop talking as the train went by, it was so loud.....rattled the dishes in the cabinets.... I loved it every time !

One of the nearby state park CG's I go to now has a track that runs close by. It is a long, long way though from a grade crossing, so as the trains go by, they do not blow their horn....just the rumble of the diesel, and the sound of the wheels. Love it......
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I don't really have a "Worst" campground story, but I did stay at an interesting railroad crossing at the trail of Tears Campground in Missouri. The track was about 100' from my site & there was a crossing about 200' away. Lots of horn tooting directly behind the trailer!

The campground host said he didn't hear the 2 trains that went by after 11:00, then, in a low voice said he took out his hearing aids. Actually, it wasn't too bad, although I woke up to catch the sunrise with the 4:00AM train.

Other interesting things about the campground - the only one of the hundreds I've stayed in that had 30 amp GFCI receptacles, and the bathrooms were .3 miles from the campground.

Here is a photo of the campground showing the track & my Escape & another of a barge going up the Mississippi just after being awakened by the 11:00 train.
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