Worst Campers Ever

Discussion in 'Let me tell you about my trip' started by rangerover, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. rangerover

    rangerover Member

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    Last weekend I took my twin 5 year old daughters to Lake Livingston State Park here in Texas. I really needed a weekend getaway. Everything was going great until at 11:45 p.m. Friday night three cars with 15 or so people show up across the road from our site.

    They were so loud and had their headlights shining so they could set up their tents. One group of poor campers site was also lit up by their headlights. Next comes the loud Tejano music blaring from one of their cars. This was still going on at 2:00 a.m. so I called the local sheriff as the park ranger was off duty.

    I do not know if the Sheriff came or not, I finally fell asleep.

    The next morning while the girls and I were fishing, the bad campers come strolling by with beer bottles in hand heading down a hiking trail. I am sure the empty bottles did not make it back to their site.

    When we returned back to our pup at 10:30 a.m. one of the bad campers was sitting on the roof of his car, singing along with the music blaring again and pounding down the beers. I went to park station and complained. About 45 minutes later the park police arrived at their site and spoke to them for about 10 minutes. When the park police finished up with them, he came to my site to speak with me! Nice job making me a target! He was nice and told me to call if anything else happened.

    I was dreading Saturday night, they had been drinking heavily all day and had no idea what would happen once it became dark.

    Right at sunset the park police came by their site again, making a routine check. Next thing I see the ranger making them pick up all of the trash on their site and take it to the dumpster. Now it is dark and the officer moves his truck so his headlights could light up their site. HE WAS MAKING THEM TAKE DOWN THEIR TENTS AND LEAVE!!! They were very upset.

    One of the bad campers was yelling and cussing at us good campers. I am surprised that she didn't get arrested. When they finally drove off everyone that was watching the ruckus started clapping.

    Once the Park Ranger was finished escorting them off the State Park grounds he came back to our area and apologized for their behavior. Good guy, I wish I would have gotten his name.

    This park only allows eight people per site and two cars. They had three cars and least fifteen. That alone should have been addressed, the reason he decided to give them the boot is the fact that they were drinking in public and were warned multiple times.

    Alcohol is allowed but no public display. I was enjoying my adult beverages but it was in cup.
     
  2. RotnMom

    RotnMom Am I there yet?

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    I think that qualifies for the "You can't fix stupid" category. [LOL] [LOL] [LOL]

    Sorry you had to go thru that and ecstatic the ranger kicked them out!!

    [:D]
     
  3. vinmaker

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    We have all had that happen to us. I am glad it was addressed before they had another night. Good for the Ranger in kicking them out. Many times they try to be nice and accommodating.
     
  4. West Coast Canuck

    West Coast Canuck Jumped to the dark side ......

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    yup, met those kind before, don't mind the drinking but disturbing your neighbours and park rules deserve the boot.
     
  5. 3hooligans

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    Nothing wrong with enjoying yourself while on Vacation, Even if you choose to drink early in the day, But when you affect others and blatantly break the rules... they got what they deserved, a chance to smarten up and then the Boot, Good for the ranger for following thru and salvaging everyone else's weekend.
     
  6. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    People go camping for a lot of reasons, but their fun should not disturb everyone around them especially at 2:00AM. Plus there is no excuse for trashing the site, all campgrounds I have camped in had dumpsters or some sort of garbage collection area.
    Maybe they learned their lesson and will not repeat it in the future.
     
  7. Diroshco

    Diroshco Every school vacation I hide in the woods!

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    If I wanted all that noise, I would take my sixth graders on vacation with me. NOT! [:(O]
     
  8. cztardust

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    I'd be running up that chain of command with complaints now that it's after the fact as well. The one thing that folks forget is that to be as verbal as possible about their experience with anywhere and anything they pay for. Suggest fines for disturbing the peace in the future and let them know that you feel as though you threw that site rental money out the window. The dismissal that "it just happens" isn't necessarily true. It can be stopped, especially if the jokers have to appear in court.
    I always leave commentary good or bad. It takes time you'd rather be doing something else, but you would not believe how fast business and government offices internally respond to bad comments. Google reviews alone is watched more closely by businesses than anyone would ever know. I can tell you this first hand, but can't go much farther due to confidentiality agreements I've agreed to where I work. If a few complaints are recognized don't be surprised to see another ranger out there at night or some other staff to monitor and fix the problem.
     
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    1380ken Well-Known Member

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    I don't agree. I think the Sherriff did the right thing and was awesome. I would guess that these kids learned their lesson and wont be camping at a public state park anymore. When I was young we went camping to have fun and party. We would go camping in the woods and knew better than to go to a campground.
     
  10. cztardust

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    "When I was young we went camping to have fun and party. We would go camping in the woods and knew better than to go to a campground."

    Same here, we'd head out to the forest. I'm just used of the Indiana SP's having some fantastic camp hosts and staff that stay on top of things and can't imagine why any park would go without hosts at the least. I can't compliment our SP's enough for the small piece of heaven they are!
    Maybe I've been lucky, but I have only seen this kind of behavior once at one of the SP's here and that's when I was a kid. My dad had to complain to the park ranger after he had asked the guys to quiet down nicely. The ranger asked them again within 15 minutes. Another 15 later and the ranger came in with a second officer and they shoved the guys in the back of a squad and in the morning removed their camp equipment. You could hear a pin drop after that and I can tell you that left an impression on me!
    When I go in the parks, I run through all their park rules and make sure I'm in line with their quiet hours and anything else they ask for. I've never seen people get yanked out by the authorities so quickly and efficiently... It was so mind blowing that even the neighboring campers stood in shock. A little "over the top" maybe, but you learn the rules are the rules quickly here. You are expected to be on your best behavior and I thank my lucky stars that my kid and his friends "got it" when I asked them to stay out of trouble. We're not afraid of our parks or rangers, but we know that you get only one warning shot over the bow and never to push the limits.
     
  11. eprovenzano

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    "Alcohol is allowed but no public display. I was enjoying my adult beverages but it was in cup. "

    I love this rule.... 99.999% of the time this rule is broken by the "bad" campers, and gives the park rangers an excuse to ask / force the unwanted campers off the premises. I too enjoy my adult beverage while camping, and I too try to make sure its in a cup.

    The ranger warned them, and then enforced the rules. Sorry guys but we must all follow the rules... if you don't like the rules go somewhere else. [:D]
     
  12. russjbeck

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    This is not how all Texas State Parks are. They broke every rule. No alcohol is allowed. No noise after 10pm. In all the TSP's I have stayed the rangers enforce these rules.
     
  13. rangerover

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    Russjebeck
    I think that you are wrong about the booze...
     
  14. NJGuy

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    Large groups camping on a weekend is never good. Even without alcohol, they tend to be loud and ignore quiet time.
     
  15. russjbeck

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    Yes, I am. The rules say you can't drink in the public areas, so your campsite is the only place you could consume. In the TSP's I've stayed at in the past 25+ years I have seen more craziness in the deep East Texas parks. We usually stay at Palmetto, Garner, Guadalupe, Tyler, Bastrop, or Blanco. I have been to countless others. In the aforementioned parks I always see rangers on top of things. At Palmetto a few years back I saw a group with a case of beer on their pinic table; the ranger stopped by and was talking to them. They put their beer in their camper. I have seen a few people consume alcohol in TSP's in the evening by their fire, but they kept it hidden and stayed quiet. Best to keep it on the DL or not bring it at all.

    As far as noise goes, I almost got thrown out of Palmetto once for yelling to my cousin across the campground and it was only 8pm.
     
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    The most heaviest patrolled TSP I have been in was McKinney Falls. A ranger drove by every 20 minutes all day.

    Phoodieman
     
  17. russjbeck

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    +1. McKinney Falls is in an urban area on the not so good side of Austin. I heard they patrol a lot because strangers have been known to lurk around at times. I like McKinney Falls though since it is close to family. We can visit family and camp all on the same trip.
     
  18. cztardust

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    Indiana Dunes is a SP and NP park that we frequent and because it's pinned between an urban area and small-town Chesterton... The authorities keep it bolted down tight.
    We grew up close to the park and kids and adults alike know if your going to screw-up... That's the last place in the area you'd want to go. We still take all the precautions, but you're probably safer there than at your own home. The entire area benefits from the popularity of the park and they put a huge effort in it to keep it family friendly and safe. Even the Boy Scouts meet up there without a care in the world. Amazing job considering how things are in today's world they can achieve that. So it is very possible to keep things the way it should be so all can enjoy the park!
     
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    So the Ranger made a bunch of drunks pack up and get out on the road!!! Bad move if you ask me. They should have been given a cell to sleep it off.
     
  20. rangerover

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    East Texas? Lived in Nacogdoches for a few years and worked on the ambulance in Center and San Augustine. Talk about East Texas. Banjo music playing all the time!
     

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