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el.jefe

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Posted: 07/07/13 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think this is funny - not ranting, just sharing

We have a seasonal right next to 2 other families who are friends. Out of this little clump of 4 sites that are kind of together, we have 3 of them. We are very "communal" in that everyone's site is kind of part of everyone elses, one fire pit, shared toys, etc. Between the 3 families we have 12 kids, and 8 of them are 4 and under.

Last weekend somebody pulled into the open site connected to ours, backed in the trailer and plugged the power into the pedestal. They got out and looked around at all our kids running around playing (and we didn't even have the bounce house set up yet). They talked for about 10 minutes without setting anything else up, then one walked back to the pedestal to unplug. One of our group said, "we didn't scare you away, did we?" "No," he said. "Somebody in our group isn't feeling well."

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They pulled out, drove around the campground, and backed into a spot 2 sites down on the other side of a big fifth wheel Must be a lap around the campground made them feel all better

Seriously, If I didn't have all those kids (5 of those are mine) and pulled in next to that and there was an opening elsewhere, can't say I wouldn't do the same thing. Hanging with us isn't for wimps


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Posted: 07/07/13 01:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

it's good that you can see the humor of it and also understand that a herd of kids isn't everybody's idea of fun.
when our family gets together it's the same as yours, but since they're all "ours" we like it just fine.


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Posted: 07/07/13 01:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, that would have been me.
Not saying that you and your group and your 12 kids don't have every right to be there and to do what you were doing.
But, it's also my right to not be part of it and to politely move...just what they did.

win win for everyone.


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hahaha I love it--I have 5 of my own kids and usually we always have a couple extra to boot. Plus all the neighbor kids that my kids are friends with. Thankfully we are right on the "frontline" across from all the activity fields etc.. Glad you took it with a grain of salt.

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Posted: 07/07/13 02:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Daughter has 6 kids. She wonders why I only make short visits.


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Posted: 07/07/13 02:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think it was handled gracefully. We all have different ideas of what we want in a camping experience. If they didn't think that particular spot was what they were looking for, it's nice that they moved on, rather than everyone being irritated all weekend.


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raindove wrote:

I think it was handled gracefully. We all have different ideas of what we want in a camping experience. If they didn't think that particular spot was what they were looking for, it's nice that they moved on, rather than everyone being irritated all weekend.


Agree. Better for them and us. Maybe the funniest thing was that I saw them driving around the CG looking at sites, trying to find one they liked. At the time, I was on the site with just my youngest, all the other kids were off playing at the park. In the time it took them to go to the office and register which one they wanted, all the rest of the kids came back. What a surprise that must have been Though to be fair, the large collection of bikes and ride on toys should have been a pretty good clue.

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Posted: 07/07/13 03:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's exactly the way such things should be handled...the newest folks should gracefully give way to those who were there first.

As for me: I love to camp near families with children, even when my own Grandkids aren't with me. Watching kids have a good time camping is great entertainment as far as I'm concerned....and the more kids, the merrier!

I do have a sort of weasely "Grandma trick", though. I always keep a bunch of Dollar-Store glow sticks in the trailer and pass them out to the "neighboring" kids as a sort of good-behavior bribe. They're always tickled pink and I never have any problems with misbehaviors at/near my site.


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We're going camping with 65 of our closest friends (the truth) this week and about 25 of them are kids. I can hardly wait (serious). If I did not know them it might be a different feeling but I usually enjoy watching others and kids are fun to watch. Don't worry. You won't be camping next to us since we will be on private land.


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Posted: 07/07/13 04:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ROFLOL. Gives you a little insight into an altered colloquial adage, "there but for me, go I." They did good. I can reasonably predict that blessed with a long life, your time will come.


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