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We are camping in a county park in Kalamazoo MI. A travel trailer pulls into the site next to us yesterday. A man set up the camper and left the young woman and three boys. Haven't seen him back since.

So they have been using the fire pit for trash the last 11/2 days. Everything goes into it. Well they had pizza brought in tonight and stuffed all the waste into ... Yep ... the fire pit. Then the lady lights it with her cigarette lighter and stood there and bragged about how big her fire was. She actually stood here and took pictures of it on her cell phone. She probably shared her "camping expertise" with all her friends. How impressed they must have been.

It was spectacular - for about 60 seconds. Then the rest of us had to experience the stench of burning cardboard and heavy smoke, the ashes flying all over everything was an added bonus.

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Posted: 08/24/13 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now you know why we like to go remote. no neighbors.


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Well the good news is she burned it and didn't just leave it all for the next guy!


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If we were neighbors to that site, something would have been said. The campfire is not a waste bin. The last state park site we moved into it, it was apparent someone was doing this very thing. Before I went to use the firepit, I had to shovel out all their trash remains.


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Well, not sure if you have a compliment, or a complaint. On one hand, the man (maybe the husband) may have to work weekends but still took time to set up the camper for the woman & kids (maybe the wife & children). I've worked weekends for nearly 40 years and have done just that many many times in years past. I agree that using the fire pit for a trash receptical isn't standard procedure but at least she kept the trash from ending up on the ground around the campsite; and maybe she simply doesn't know any better. As for burning her fire pit trash, photoing it, and sharing it with her friends? Well, maybe thats been the most excitement she's had in a long time and she wanted to share her excitement. Might be no one has had the opportunity to show her camping etiquitte. Regardless, at least she's out with the boys, no one got hurt, I'm assuming there was no barking dogs and loud music, so I'd say if burning her trash is the worst thing she's done so far this weekend, life's pretty good. What did she say when you politely talked to her about not burning her trash in the fire pit vs. bagging it up? Did you offer her some firewood?

Happy camping!!! See y'all down the road!!!

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wildtoad wrote:

Well the good news is she burned it and didn't just leave it all for the next guy!


The fire hardly burned long enough to incinerate everything. Especially all the food that was thrown into the pit.It certainly was left for the next guy to deal with, if he wanted to enjoy a campfire.

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crickeydog wrote:

Well, not sure if you have a compliment, or a complaint. On one hand, the man (maybe the husband) may have to work weekends but still took time to set up the camper for the woman & kids (maybe the wife & children). I've worked weekends for nearly 40 years and have done just that many many times in years past. I agree that using the fire pit for a trash receptical isn't standard procedure but at least she kept the trash from ending up on the ground around the campsite; and maybe she simply doesn't know any better. As for burning her fire pit trash, photoing it, and sharing it with her friends? Well, maybe thats been the most excitement she's had in a long time and she wanted to share her excitement. Might be no one has had the opportunity to show her camping etiquitte. Regardless, at least she's out with the boys, no one got hurt, I'm assuming there was no barking dogs and loud music, so I'd say if burning her trash is the worst thing she's done so far this weekend, life's pretty good. What did she say when you politely talked to her about not burning her trash in the fire pit vs. bagging it up? did you ofer her some firewood?

Happy camping!!! See y'all down the road!!!



Well I just mentioned the pit. But she for the most part is non existence since the man left. She stays in the trailer and let's the kids run around without any supervision. They've been leaving trash lay about which has blown around the campground. So she's not in the picture for the most part. The camp host is behind us, if he isn't worried about it, not much I can do but leave, which we are in the morning.

I lived my life with a set of manners and common sense. I'm over 50 years old and its not my responsibility to police someone else's camping expertise. That's why they put wheels on motor homes. Being helpful and suggestive these days can get you in trouble.

Besides, she could afford to have pizza delivered, I'm sure should could afford to have the campground drop off a load of wood. We don't do campfires due to allergies, so we didn't have any to spare.

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Very nice comments/observations, crickeydog! A good camping neighbor would have taken the time to talk to her and maybe offer some tips on proper camping procedures. And as a fellow military retiree myself, my wife and kids have also experienced family things like this without my presence.


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et2 wrote:

wildtoad wrote:

Well the good news is she burned it and didn't just leave it all for the next guy!


The fire hardly burned long enough to incinerate everything. Especially all the food that was thrown into the pit.It certainly was left for the next guy to deal with, if he wanted to enjoy a campfire.


I've seen plenty of examples of this and it is disgusting.

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I have to agree that at least the kids got out and had some fun.

It seems that wherever we go camping we find something that irritates us. We don't look for it, just happens. We find we are constantly educating someone on rules, being a good camper or just how to have fun. The thing is we have learned to try not to judge people but get to know their story and educate them as best we can.
Hubby and I also learn something new at each campsite. We are not allowed to transport wood to quite a few of our parks. They sell wood but at $7.50 a bag for 5 or 6 wet soft wood pieces it gets expensive. At the last 3 places someone has graciously taken us to logging roads where we have found some great pieces of wood left over from clear cutting. Another lent us his water hoses because we left ours in the driveway at home.

Being a good camper and neibour is helping to educate others.

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