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Old 03-18-2020, 11:32 AM   #1
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California campgrounds closed as well

In case anyone didn't see this, California State Parks are also closing all campgrounds in the state park system. Non campground areas including trails and beaches are staying open.



https://www.parks.ca.gov/NewsRelease/943
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:59 PM   #2
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This really doesn't make much sense to me. Camping is probably right next to "shelter in place" like they are requiring folks to do at home. Unfortunately a lot of silly panic is making it's way into the response.
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:08 PM   #3
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This move by California makes perfect sense to me !
Shelter at home doesn’t mean get in your vehicle ,
drive a hundred miles towing a trailer and setting up a new point of shelter .
It’s not that complicated
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Old 03-18-2020, 03:11 PM   #4
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Makes sense to me also. Camping involves gas stations, shopping, restaurants, sharing restrooms. Dump stations, ATMs, etc.
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Not to mention campground hosts, rangers, and other employees being exposed to campers who exposed themselves to others to get there! (All this exposure seems well, unseemly!)
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Not to mention campground hosts, rangers, and other employees being exposed to campers who exposed themselves to others to get there! (All this exposure seems well, unseemly!)

But, do the campgrounds themselves require more rangers than just leaving things open for day use? What doesn't make sense to me is that the campgrounds are closed but the parks are open for day use. Same for the NM park campground closures.
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But, do the campgrounds themselves require more rangers than just leaving things open for day use? What doesn't make sense to me is that the campgrounds are closed but the parks are open for day use. Same for the NM park campground closures.
Day use campgrounds often don't have restrooms, maybe pit toilets. Garbage cans that need to be dumped and that's about it. Campgrounds not only have garbage cans, money to collect, sites to be cleaned, wood sold, restrooms/showers cleaned, monitoring and security at night.


The idea is to shelter in place, not travel where you use restaurants, fuel stations, etc. Day use is for local people.
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How well America is able to flatten and bend its epidemiological curve of infections depends largely on how willing people will be to sacrifice individual convenience and fun vs their desire to perhaps save the lives of others.
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It's all a plot for the kids to get their inheritance early. If they go around their daily lives as usual, infecting us seniors, they'll have it made.
Apparently the young don't feel the symptoms as strongly, may think they are fine, but they are still spreading the virus. Only thing to do is stay away from people, especially your kids.
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Old 03-19-2020, 08:27 AM   #10
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your are correct!

Well for sure nothing makes sense now. Our lakes have closed their boating ramps but you can fish from the bank. I don't get it!

Oh but private boat ramps are open. again I don't get it! LOL

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This really doesn't make much sense to me. Camping is probably right next to "shelter in place" like they are requiring folks to do at home. Unfortunately a lot of silly panic is making it's way into the response.
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Old 03-19-2020, 08:56 AM   #11
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The bathrooms would be the biggest issue, it seems to me, and could be used carefully by responsible adults, but of course rules have to be issued for the lowest common denominator. California does have a problem in that their restrooms generally have no soap, hot water, or paper towels. I'd say if you want to camp, practice boondocking, and wipe the handle of the gas pump when you refuel - for you, and for the person who follows you. Folks are going to get antsy staying at home for long periods - I don't see why responsible boondocking can't be practiced. I know the weather/physical limitations don't allow this for everyone.
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I figure as long as I am going to be at home that this is a great opportunity to do some of those improvements to my trailer that I have been putting off
I finally installed the TV mount I bought last winter , made some new stabilizer and jack pads , lubricated the locks , stabilizers & tongue jack , fixed the door lock & screen door latch ,and replaced a couple of defective LED light fixtures
I suppose I could pout or blame others but that solves nothing and seems rather childish and non productive
If it doesn’t snow today I will start my next project , the list is starting to dwindle.
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Old 03-19-2020, 09:12 AM   #13
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Closing makes sense to me. Minimize contact with people, and follow all recommendations. Also know that This virus can exist for days on metal and plastic surfaces. Only hours on copper, interestingly. Also UV will kill it so things should improve by late summer at least. But it will get much worse in the next couple of months.
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I figure as long as I am going to be at home that this is a great opportunity to do some of those improvements to my trailer that I have been putting off
I finally installed the TV mount I bought last winter , made some new stabilizer and jack pads , lubricated the locks , stabilizers & tongue jack , fixed the door lock & screen door latch ,and replaced a couple of defective LED light fixtures
I suppose I could pout or blame others but that solves nothing and seems rather childish and non productive
If it doesn’t snow today I will start my next project , the list is starting to dwindle.
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It is hard on full timers, though. Stay home for full timers means stay inside your camper if that's your home. Question is, where to park your camper to avoid contact with folks. State parks are good places to do that. National forests often don't have enough facilities (no water, no shower, no electric) for longer stays. I'm in CA and looking for a place to spend a couple weeks that is affordable. Lots of the RV parks I've called are also closed to anyone new, and/or are too expensive for more than a night or two on my budget. I'm totally wanting and trying to observe social distancing. Just need a place to park where I can stay a couple weeks affordably.
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Interesting situation for full timers. Might just have to stay on the go, depend on Flying J, etc every few days for water and dump.
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It also moves potentially sick people and the load on medical facilities from urban areas to more rural areas. If you get sick at one of these parks, particularly the ones in more remote areas, they may have little or no capacity to treat you.

Camp in the backyard if you get the "itch".
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