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Old 09-27-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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Good deeds while camping & travelling

I really enjoyed the heartwarming feeling that I got from reading Cowracer's post a couple of weeks ago where Tim helped an older couple with their electricity problems and let them enjoy their camping trip.

So, I thought we could have a feel-good thread where we were able to help someone or got help ourselves.

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I'll start with one of each:

In Florida, this past December my wife, daughter and mother-in-law were at the laundry facilities at a campground in Florida. A woman was very distraught and said that she had to take her husband to a hospital, but couldn't help him get out of the motorhome because he was too weak to get up and walk out. My daughter came and got my father-in-law and I and went up to help. I talked with the woman that an ambulance would be a much better option than us possibly hurting the old man while helping get him out- but she wasn't comfortable with that area's hospital at all. (With my Mom, I drove her an hour from her house to a hospital that I trusted more. I understand.) We helped him finish getting dressed (trousers fully on and belt done up), even offered to drive them to the hospital. We kept an eye out on their rig until it disappeared a couple of days later (she mentioned her kids could possibly come for it).

And then, over this past Labor Day I was helped. My wife is my spotter and is paramount in getting us parked without issue or incident. Because Thousand Trails parks are first come first served, I ended up going up for Labor Day weekend a few days earlier than her to get a full-hookup spot. As I was going to park, I noticed a couple of old fellows who were chatting a few sites up came down to help make sure that I didn't hit anything. I still got out and looked quite a bit, but it was nice of them to come try.
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
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So, what has happened to you? Or have you done? That has made you walk away with restored faith in humanity....
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Old 09-27-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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Last Fall, at a campground that I had my seasonal site, I was walking my dog. As I passed a trailer, on the deck, I saw an older man and younger woman standing over an older lady, who appeared to have fallen, going up the steps. I noticed that the older lady had wet herself, so I kept walking, as not to embarrass her.

Something didn't seem right, so I turned around and went back. The very upset husband and daughter said that Mom had been down 5 minutes, and the Paramedics were on the way, that Mom had a heart condition. I asked if they had done any CPR, and they responded that they didn't know how. It was very apparent to me that Mom was gone, by her coloring and no pulse, but I started chest compressions anyway, besides miracles do happen.

I more or less did it for the family, so that they could find some peace, knowing that we did all we could, instead of always wondering that if only they had known how to do CPR, maybe their loved one would still be around.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
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I more or less did it for the family, so that they could find some peace, knowing that we did all we could, instead of always wondering that if only they had known how to do CPR, maybe their loved one would still be around.


I've had several CPR training courses now, including Infant CPR and AED training. Everyone should learn, along with basic first-aid.
You may not have to take charge if an emergency occurs, but good to know you can help as well as know if someone else is doing it wrong.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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While on the Board of Directors for our local youth softball leage, we all had CPR (adult and infant) training as well as difibultor training. Never know when you might need it.

My gesture is very minimal when compared to those above but it still made a fellow camper happy and their trip more enjoyable. We were camping at Johnson Shut-In's State Park in southeast Missouri over Labor Day weekend and across the street was a woman and three children tent camping. I had a very nice campfire going with wood I brought from home. They had a real smoker going in their fire ring as they were trying to burn the green wood purchased right there at the park. I heard the kids mention smores but couldn't do it because of all the smoke. I carried an arm full of wood over to them along with small starter twigs that I had. Ten minutes later the kids were breaking out the marshmellows and graham crackers. The mother came over and thanked me because her kids were now enjoying their camping trip and the smores is all they had been talking about.

The little things in life!
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:12 PM   #6
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A couple of years ago, before the trailer, we stayed at Allaire State park in NJ in a yurt.
The day after we set up, a rental Class C pulled into a spot in front of ours. About an hour after he set up I noticed he had his headlights on still and went to mention especially since he was dry camping. We got to talking and I found out he was from Denmark and on his last day of camping in the US. He rented the motor-home right after he arrived in Newark and had taken it all the way to California and back, putting about 10,00 miles on it over the last few months.
I went back to the yurt to help out with dinner and he ambled over a few minutes later with two mountain bikes. Since he did not need them any more he offered them to us.
Well, I already have a couple of good bikes. I'm avid but barely have the time to maintain them.
Since the couple at the next yurt over had people including a younger family coming out that evening, I suggested they could probably give them a better home.
This led to a nice exchange between all our groups, our kids got to make some good friends and we got some great pointers on the best places to go in the area from the other family.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #7
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In camping for over 40 years, I seem to think that I have seen it all, but every trip is an adventure in one way or another. 99% of the time people will go out their way to help there fellow man if asked.

On one of our week long stays at a State Park, a young couple with two young children were in the next site. (My 'Family' usually camps as a 'herd', meaning we camp with 6-10 other campers in our 'group. Ages one to 70) Our 'herd' group were all around this young family. This young family pulled in with an over loaded car of a tent, cooler, suit case, and fishing poles. Our 'herd' could see that they were ill prepared for spending several days at a camp site. Our extended family drifted over to visit one by one. The young father wanted to start a family tradition of camping. Nice mannered children, their oldest the same age as our youngest. The 'ladies' of the 'herd' brought over cooking utensils and real (hard plastic) plates, soap, towels and 'wash tubs'. Arm loads of fire wood were brought over and a nice fire going. We had a pick nick canopy stowed away and took that over and the 'guys' had it up in a minute. As a 'herd' we have always watched out for each other and each others kids. This young couple were very grateful, but our 'herd' knew that we need to back off a little and let the young campers settle in their camp.

The next day the young mother was working hard to get breakfast made and camp tidied up. The young father took his eldest fishing. As a 'herd' we have many meals together as a herd. That night the menu was to be ham and beans, corn bread, salads, cakes, cookies..... each family bringing to the 'meal' more than two families can eat. The 'ladies' talked to the young wife and insisted on them coming to the feast and campfire. (As a herd we tend to have two campfires, one for the adults and one for the kids, this night was to be one campfire). My wife and I walked over with the young man returned from fishing and we visited and talked and reminded them of the evening meal and to bring Nothing as all would be provided. After the meal and during the campfire. The young couple asked to no one in particular why 'we' were being so nice and helping them out? 'We' all kind of looked at each other not really knowing how to explain what we were doing. My brother -in-law spoke up and said that 'we' all at one time or another at been in their shoes and someone seemed to step up and help 'us' a little here and a little there. It turned into a natural thing. 'we' love camping and being together and we understood that if this family had a bad experience that they may never go camping and enjoy the fellowship of other campers again.

The conversation around the fire by some was of an incoming storm. 'We' had all started out as tent camper and 'we' knew it was no fun thing to sleep in a wet tent with water pouring in. 'We' talked to the couple about what they would do when/if the storm came through. They said that they would sleep in their car if it got really bad. As a herd we again looked at each other and told the stories of the 'been there/done that and never want to go there again'. With our camper being the closest to the young couple, my wife pointed a finger at the young lady and said that "if it started pouring that you get your babies in our camper and our door would be unlocked and to not even knock but come right on in. It was not raining when we went to bed, but at 3:00 in the morning that storm rolled in and rolled in hard it did. I jumped out of bed and told the wife that I would get our canopy down and go check on the couple next door. My wife followed a minute later out the door. Pouring rain, wind blowing. My wife ran by me as I was securing the canopy and I looked over to the young couples campsite. Screams were coming from their tent. Our canopy that we had loaned them had flipped in the wind and had hit their tent and took it to the ground. My wife grabbed the canopy and threw it aside as two of my brother-in-laws ran up. My in-laws picked the tent up so we could get in and they could get out. My wife grabbed the eldest child and ran for our camper. That young mother would not let go of her youngest. As a group we made if to my camper. All were safe with no injuries. The young man was worried about all of the stuff that we lent them. My in-laws and I said as one that it is all replaceable and they are not. I thanked my in-laws and we said we would salvage what we could in the morning after the storm passes. Turning to our new guests, we pulled out dry clean clothing and said that all four of them can take our bed room for the remainder of the night.

Strangers had become friends. The next morning as my wife was making breakfast for us and our new friends, we went out to assess the damage. Everything was there but strewed around, nothing damaged beyond repaired. As was to be expected, the young family was ready to head home a day early. They thanked everyone, as most of 'the herd' had drifted over. they said that they will go camping again and be more prepared the next time.

Around the 'herds' campfire that night were new stories told and thankfulness of being a loving family that stands together and helps each other.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:29 PM   #8
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Our tiny good deed just happened over the Labor Day weekend. The kids and I were staying at a campground and the site next to us was empty.

The next day when we got back a big Class A was in that site. As I was grilling, I noticed an older fellow trying to light the pilot light on his water heater. As new as this unit looked, I found it hard to believe it had that kind of water heater. I walked over and made conversation. He introduced me to his wife.

Come to find out, they had just bought this motorhome and this was their first trip out and they were trying to remember everything from their dealer PDI. I explained (and showed) to them that their water heater had a DSI and thus wouldn't need to be manually lit. They invited me inside and I was able to find their switch to turn the DSI on for them. They couldn't remember if the dealer had even showed them this.

I told them about our Forest River website and wrote down the url for them. Maybe they joined up and are learning more as we speak.

Everytime we saw them after that, they would wave and say Hello. Hopefully they had a good time on their maiden voyage as they were real nice folks.

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One that always makes me laugh when I tell the story happened a few years back. Our group was at one of the local state parks. After dark, these two ladies with at least five kids pulled in and were trying to back into their spot across from us. They weren't having too much luck, when I walked over and asked if they needed assistance. They jumped at the offer, so I backed their camper in, and we helped them set it up. They had some electrical problems we had to also fix first.

They explained that their husbands usually do this but had to work late, so they came up earlier. When the husbands did arrive (with boats in tow), they came over and shook my hand and told me how much they appreciated what all we did for their families.

To this day, I'm not sure how that many people fit in that small camper, much less had room to sleep. We jokingly referred to them as the sardine family.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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This thread was a great idea. It serves to remind us that helping one another - with deeds big or small - can be rewarding for everyone.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:54 PM   #10
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Brother Les, you sure have a way with telling a story....I loved it.
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