THE Camping Trip
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I just have to share..... we were camping this weekend. Now, keep in mind that we are avid campers & take it very seriously. We've learned that camping on Holiday weekends is a bad idea because it's when the party people choose to camp....BAD thing.
This past weekend, not really thinking it was "a holiday weekend," we went to a WONDERFUL little amusement park that had a campground. I knew it wouldn't be our normal camping experience, but that it would still be fun. O M G!!!!! I could never have been so wrong!!!! Don't get me wrong, the campground was nice (would have liked more grass, but....) but the people camping around us...... SO RUDE!!!!
For those who are not campers, it is typical to have "quiet hours." That's when you are expected to keep the noise to a minimum. Usually quiet hours are from 10 or 11pm to 7 or 8am. This park was 10pm to 7am. Well.....the first night, our neighbors had country music blaring until midnight or so while they were talking (over the music of course). I kept saying to myself that atleast it wasn't hard rock or something really awful! LOL But it was really annoying because they had yelled at our kids for being too loud at 3pm in the afternoon "my baby is sleeping!" Oh give me a break!!!
The second night we had new neighbors beside us & across the street. I can't say this with enough bold: OH MY GAUD!!!! Their kids were running all through the campsites (occupied or not) from the minute they got there. They were screaming & carrying on and the whole bit. We headed out to the park for the day & left everything locked up good!!! (we don't usually worry about it) In the evening they were just as loud. I got the impression that they hadn't wandered into the park. Around about 10 or 10:30 the fire crackers came out. Yep...AFTER quiet hours began!!!! (we also found out later that fire crackers are not permitted in the campground....THAT must be why they weren't going off when camp security drove through!) They were going strong until just before midnight when we headed into our mostly sound-proof camper (with all the windows closed so there was no air moving...but it was better than the noise!). Security had come through just before and scolded them for leaving fire cracker garbage in the road. They quieted down while he was there but it didn't last. I woke up around 3am and there was STILL loud talking but the kids seemed to have gone away. The old guys were up talking at 6:30am (one must have been mostly deaf cause the other was shouting...at least I hope that's why he was talking so loudly at 6:30am!!!).
I woke up on Monday just ready to leave.....that was before the rotten children decided to have a water gun fight.....in OUR site!!!! I lost it and yelled at them.... laughter erupted from the adults on the other site (their camper was parked between me & them). Sorry....I want to put my tents away DRY!!! After that it was "lets just get the heck (stronger) out of here!!!" I was sooooooo mad!!!! I've never broken camp so fast in my life!
We proceeded to the camp office & filed a complaint. They seemed to take it seriously but...who knows. The grounds are really nice & the people are AWESOME but they are very few & far between and for "a holiday weekend" there was just not enough security present. I don't want to blame the campground or write them off as a "no go" but.....
It was so interesting to me to listen to my kids (16, 13 & 9) in the car ride out of the park: "were we ever like that?" "I'm sorry if I was ever like that!" "why do kids behave like that?" "why didn't their parents stop them?" "MY kids will never get away with acting like that!"
I guess we did an okay job after all!!!!