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Old 08-19-2015, 04:05 PM   #1
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Your most memorable camping story

I know we have threads for "Bonehead" moment, but I don't know if there is one for your BEST moment or trip so I would like to start.. I think it would be enjoyable to hear some nice stories and memories. Either RV or tent, doesn't matter...

We've had several, but the two that comes to mind is.

1. First time it rained while inside our RV. Woke up around 10am (after staying up until about 2am). Light rain on a tin roof.. ahhh... so relaxing.. Got up and made coffee and crawled back into bed. We drank our coffee and snoozed until almost noon... Most relaxing morning ever.

2. Campfire chats with our twin boys.. Never have we had such deep and wonderful conversations with our kids than around a campfire and marshmallows.

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Old 08-19-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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Several years ago I made a trip out to Colorado on my motorcycle. Packed my camping gear (tent, foam bed roll, sleeping bag), fly rod and my small carry on case.....fit like a glove behind me. Actually worked out well as a nice back rest for the three day trip........camped along streams. My last night before arriving at my destination, was spent just outside of Fairplay, CO along a stream in a BLM site. Caught and released a half dozen trout while I wound down from riding all day. Had a really great country fried steak for dinner in Fairplay and called it a night around 8:30......laid in my tent with the flap open and watched the stars come out........very little light up there so the visibility seemed to quadruple the stars in the heavens. Listened to a Burrow Owl and a hawk hunting and a few elk making their way in the rushes around the stream. Temps dropped down in the low 50's or high 40's and slept like a baby. Woke the next morning, dressed and step out of the tent..............I was surrounded by a herd of elk. Smack dab in the middle.....must have been 200 or more...........needless to say my departure was delayed a couple of hours while I sat there and soaked in the beauty of nature.

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Old 08-19-2015, 07:13 PM   #3
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Lifespalatte's story tops mine -- what a fantastic scene to wake to. My story takes place in 1996 when my sons were ages 6 and 10. We tent-camped in a camp ground next to the Green River after visiting nearby Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. Chipmunks greeted us as we set up camp. The boys discovered a badger alongside a small hill nearby (we're from Wisconsin but had never seen one live). We had a camp fire supper. When darkness came, the moon was nowhere to be seen, the stars were popping out of the sky's black background and the Perseid meteor shower was peaking that night. We spread blankets on the paved CG road, lie on the blankets and watched the show. We even spotted man-made satellites as they steadily, unblinkingly plowed through one end of the sky to the other. What a wonderful experience to share with the family.
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:03 PM   #4
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Camping with my dad back in the early 90's, the old 1971 Dodge van's alternator packed it in after several days of "fixing" by whacking it with a hammer to get the brushes to make contact while many, many miles from home. Stopping at a parts store, pulling the alternator out in front of the store to get the core charge credit, driving on battery power alone to the campsite and replacing it while dad made dinner. I'll never forget it.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:46 PM   #5
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Many years ago, I was camping at Childs Lake Campground in Duck Mountain Provincial Park in Manitoba. I brought the canoe with me because the lake has crystal clear water -- so clear that scuba diving clubs go there. I got up early one morning, drove down to the dock where I left the canoe and launched it. Not a breath of wind, and the water was like glass. I paddled out to the middle of the lake and listened to the loons. I enjoyed that for a while and continued on to the other side of the lake where the lodge was, enjoyed a great breakfast, then paddled back to listen to the loons some more. Great memory.
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Old 08-20-2015, 07:22 AM   #6
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My most memorable moment has got to be camping at Cherrystone in Cape Charles, VA. There was about 25 of us total with kids in 6 sites bayside. All of us were sitting around, cooking dinner at one of the sites. Had a tripod setup over the fire and roasting peppers and onions. I was looking over to my right, over the bay, and saw a huge huge black cloud. We didn't think anything of it and kept cooking and chatting. I realized the cloud was getting closer and closer to our area and now lightning was flashing like crazy. I remember thinking, "Does anyone else see what I see?". Everyone was just talking and gabbin', like no big deal. I would look back and forth between the smoke on our fire and the ominous cloud bearing down on us. Within seconds, the smoke from the fire went from blowing left..to straight up...to hard right! Just then, I stood up and said, "I think we all should start battening down the hatches and put the awnings away." I was about 10 seconds too late. At that very second, a nasty and powerful microburst hit the campground with unrelentless fury. I remember looking around and seeing people running and screaming. I ran back to my pop-up and starting taking out the poles but was hit by winds reaching 60 mph. The winds yanked the awning clean out of my hand and it disappeared above me into and over the trees. That's when I heard my brother-in-law screaming for help. I looked over towards his site and noticed him and his wife literally holding onto the pop-up! I ran over, along with about 5 others, to help. He said the kids were inside and the camper was moving. Just then, I looked down and saw the camper stabilizers come off the ground about 4 inches then lightly go back down. I screamed at the others to get the kids out of there, that the camper was getting ready to go. It never did but, was very close to doing so. Then, I heard my sister-in-law yelling across the road. They were in a big Coleman 3 room tent. The tent was being pinned to the ground by the wind and you could see the outline of the kids inside. The wind had pinned them down with the tent and poles. My brother-in-law and I ended up cutting the tent to get the kids out, who were absolutely freaking out. Then I went back to my pop-up while my wife was in the truck with the kids. I jump in and she says, "Do you have the keys?". Realizing I didn't, I went back into the camper to get them. I unzipped all the windows to allow the wind to pass through instead of 'pushing' on the sides. Grabbed my keys and felt the camper rise then come back down. Jumped in the truck and retreated to the campgrounds interior. To my surprise, people staying further in were just sitting around..chit-chatting. There was 0 wind! What the H*** was going on? They got nothing...nothing at all. Went back to our camper and the people staying across the road asked if we needed help. That's when the guy at that site said, "We didn't get anything strong here!" He told me the wind picked up a little but no big deal. The kickball his kids were playing with hadn't moved..not an inch. There was woman walking up the road crying and asking for help. Her TT had tipped over and her dog was inside. A bunch of us went down and helped "right" the trailer. What a fiasco. At the time, I had a Golden Retriever that had somehow got off her leash. Most likely very scared. A campground host came by and gave me grief for my dog being off the leash..just minutes after this whole ordeal. Kids crying and campers torn apart and now this! I ripped him a new one. I said, "We just went through a very F'n crazy storm and all you can do is come down and run your mouth about my dog being off her leash?!!". He shut up and kept going. Trust me, my wife gave the office an ear full. I understand they need to be on a leash, and she was before the storm. She just got scared and broke it. They even told us they knew the storm was coming but, never warned the campers! Idiots!

Not a good experience, but a memorable one. To say the least.
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It can be an interesting sight watching those storms come across the bay and it happens very often and very quickly at Cherrystone And as you experienced, it all depends where your site is as to how much or little wind and damage is done. Otherwise a very nice campground.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:20 AM   #8
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Excellent stories and great reading... Thanks for sharing those...
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:28 AM   #9
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I really can't say what would be the most memorable trip....

I look at each trip at being as memorable in one way or another as previous trips. May be in a different way than the previous trip(s), but still a great way to escape reality!!!

Waking up in the middle of an Elk heard would be crazy (in a good way!)!!! That would definitely be awesome!


Twin boys??? How old? We have identicle 12yo boys ourselves. It is an interesting at times! Lol
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We have had only had our TT a few years now and most of our trips have been local. This year, we took a week off and hit some state parks in SE Missouri. We went to Elephant Rocks SP (natural rock formation park and old 1800-1900s rock quarry) after which my 7 year old son told me "this is the best day of my life"...that put a smile on my face a tugged a little at my heart.

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