To camp or to party ? Which one did you come for

Discussion in 'Campground Etiquette' started by TERBObob, Oct 15, 2014.

Ok , I am honestly curious if things changed that much ... when you go "camping" , are you going so

  1. I want to party and I am under 45 yrs old

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  2. I want to party and I am over 45 yrs old

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  3. I want the peace and quiet and relaxing time that only mother nature can provide ( no partying ) and

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  4. I want the peace and quiet and relaxing time that only mother nature can provide ( no partying ) and

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  5. I really don't care ... just as long as I get away

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  1. TERBObob

    TERBObob GOT STRESS ? Go camping

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    Ok , yes ... I am one sided here and maybe its my age , maybe its how I grew up .. or maybe its just I am not what you would call a "party" person . I believe in having a good time and having a good time to me does NOT mean getting drunk and loud and obnoxious. Now , I am NOT against a few peopel getting together having some chow and maybe ONE beer or two and having some friendly chit-chat ... but , when you bring along a keg and a BUNCH of people ... I honestly do not think that is what camping is about .
    Now , when I was younger , the younger folks would go to places like ( Party Lake - aka "L" lake , party and end up sacking out in the bed of your pick-up till you woke up / sobered up the next day then you left . And the campgroungs were just for that ... camping ...
    ( remember - they don't call them PARTY GROUNDS , they call them CAMP GROUNDS )
    So ... lets see a raise of hands ( [:D] ) and please cast your vote properly and feel free to respond also.
    I am just wondering if times are changing that much , or are people just getting more rude and inconsiderate of others around them
     
  2. mnebinger

    mnebinger Livin' The Dream!

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    I think that it's a personal decision. That being said, I'm not the party type either, so most of my trips are to State Parks that don't allow alcohol. They don't police it by checking coolers or anything like that, but they can escort you out if you are getting loud and obnoxious.
     
  3. Heartman_wa

    Heartman_wa Active Member

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    I have to admit we have had parties will camping and gotten loud but those times we have gone to CG that tend to be loud anyway. DW, DD and DD friends went on a "Girls" only trip and were asked to keep it down at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, now that's making noise.
     
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    Heartman_wa Active Member

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    I have found that here the state parks are the ones that are the loudest. They're the ones that the big family gatherings and twenty something partyers tend to go to. The NFS are much quieter but they are out of the way not near tourist traps.
     
  5. drosengrant

    drosengrant One Day at a Time

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    In my younger years it was all about the party. That has changed with age.
     
  6. teejaywhy

    teejaywhy Active Member

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    I enjoy a good party from time to time. But I understand that a public campground is not the place to have it.
     
  7. Fleetwood Max

    Fleetwood Max Member

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    We really like camping... alot... from just us two... to our group..
    If its just us that camp we may have a drink or two.. and if its in our group.. we have some drinks, and only one has gotten falling down drunk and she hasn't done it but one time..Most times out we are doing state parks,, unless we are doing float trips.. Guess what i am trying to say is we don't camp to get drunk... [2C]
     
  8. yetavon

    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

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    I'm with Max on this....DW hardly ever has a drink, I enjoy kicking back with a beverage or few....Not blaring music and dancing naked around the fire....



    well there was that one time..........
     
  9. CamperMike

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    I prefer a quiet campground, AND I prefer to have a few beverages around the fire. I keep it quiet, especially after "quiet time" and prefer it when other campers do the same.
     
  10. JeepMama

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    [?:~{] I don't know where you all are camping and running in to loud party people. We've been regular campers since 2008, oftentimes on holiday weekends because that's when we(he) get time off from work. And we have rarely, if ever, run into the problem of others partying and disturbing our peace. This includes private campgrounds, state park campgrounds and national park campgrounds. [?:~{]
     
  11. Ziggs76

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    I enjoy doing both. During the day we try to see everything the campground has to offer and enjoy walking, bike riding, canoeing and photography. At night I like to sit around the fire and drink (which is allowed in Ontario Provincial Parks). I am, however, a stickler for following the rules and don't believe that anything I do should take away from other peoples enjoyment. We listen to our radio quietly and turn it off at quiet time and don't yell and scream. I don't think having a few adult beverages around a camp fire is the same as partying. Luckily as I have gotten older I have learned to get drunk quietly!
     
  12. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I live close to the city so when i go camping its nearly always for peace and quiet. I've been to a few bad private campgrounds with lots of parties. However I found state parks here and a few sorrounding states are so much quieter. Rangers are always quick to discourage loud and obnoxious noises. So most partyers avoid those areas. I have an alchoal intolerance so have to avoid the stuff myself. I do occasionally enjoy spending time with a small like minded group talking and having a good time, but there is always a limit.
     
  13. Brad Metzger

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    I agree with both of these posts. I'm sorry if this has happened to anyone, and I agree that alcohol can be/is an issue for some people.

    BUT, and this is most unfortunate part, I see the most rube behavior by those with no excuse other than their ignorance.


     
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    Hubby and I are 27 years old, so still young... and we like to have a drink or three in the evening while camping. However I am an OCD Rules Follower... I am often getting onto my friends for raising their voices too loud, having their music a little too loud (when I allow them to have it on at all [LOL]), etc... I am all about blending in and not upsetting anybody and respecting fellow campers. I know it bothers me when I hear people hootin' and hollerin all the way across the campground.
     
  15. tombiasi

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    You were raised properly.
     
  16. NJDrummer

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    I have not experienced noise in the way of obnoxious drinkers...rather what I experience is just people who are oblivious to the people around them. We went to a local county campground this past weekend, and while this particular place is usually nice and quiet (it attracts mostly real campers), this weekend was the exception. There were three or 4 families that had a few back-to-back sites. And they were LOUD. I mean, I am a Jersey girl, and I grew up with some really loud people, but even I was very put off by these folks. The screamed at each other the whole weekend. Not in an angry way -- they were communicating. But apparently 15 feet away is the point at which you begin SHOUTING to make sure the other person hears you. They kids were loud, but kids are loud by nature. And when you're competing with the adults, well...it gets louder. And then they projected a different (loud, guns and bombs and stuff) movie all three nights onto a GIANT screen. It was likely one of the worst trips I have had in my adult life. Were they drunk? No. But it might have knocked them out, so I am all for drinking...
     
  17. Indy

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    Usually it is just DH and I (maybe our 19-yr-old son on occasion) and we're there to camp, hike, and enjoy nature peacefully. Occasionally we go with another family and do the same. I rarely ever run into loud party groups, even on holiday weekends.

    What I usually find annoying are loud people who are not even drinking. Church groups, scout groups, family reunions, and other groups that use a PA system for the services, announcement, games, etc. are at the top of the list. I don't mind groups, but having to listen to their events drives me batty when I just want to enjoy nature.
     
  18. unclemark

    unclemark Overland Park, KS

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    Monday was a holiday and many schools have a Friday to Monday fall break. That's why the campgrounds were busy last weekend. Although I'm the curmudgeon that started a similar "camping is party time not back-to-nature time" thread in May or June, 22 nights of camping this year have adjusted my attitude somewhat. Friday night and Saturday the campground resonated with the sounds of the Royals winning two
    ALCS games, and I contributed to that noise a bit myself. We hosted a potluck at our site on Saturday afternoon and got to know some great people from the popupportal.

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love to find that perfect quiet campground with no hookups, no generators, no highway noise, no screamers or bellowers of any age, no jets overhead, and no power plants next door. But I have to pick my battles, so I focus on avoiding generators. That means joining the party at the paved campgrounds with the full electric hookups. That means waking from my nap to the joyous shrieks of happy children playing bounce-the-Frisbee-off-the-loop-road. Oh well. At least I'm camping, sort of.
     
  19. 3hooligans

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    We go camping to have a good break from the everyday routine. We don't party like we did 15 years ago, but we still enjoy a few drinks while relaxing at the CG and the beach.
    We have three kids, (7,9,10)who can get loud at times but they are kids. We look for family friendly campgrounds. We avoid the quieter more serene CG so as to not disrupt others with our kids,and for our kids to make new friends.
    We camped over this past weekend on Cape Cod. The CG hosted a Halloween themed weekend. It was great. The kids had a great time. Quiet time was posted as 9, but not enforced, most quieted down by 10.
    I enjoyed many a cold beverage, but not to the point of drunkeness. Those days are in the past.
     
  20. generok

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    I really don't expect to go to an organized CG to experience nature. The only thing I want at a CG is that is is quiet at night so I can sleep. A process which normally begins around 9:30pm for me. Then again, I'm usually hitting the water at 6am, so. CGs are places were people COME. If I want peace, I have to, and do, go to places were people do NOT come.
     

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