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Old 05-07-2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Camping On Holidays...

Yes or No...

Do Camp on Holiday Weekends
Do Not Camp on Holiday Weekends
Don't Care...It's Camping!
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:58 PM   #2
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We try not to, to many idiots out there that think camping is all about getting blind drunk.
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:00 AM   #3
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Holidays are a great reason to camp. After last year's 4 & 1/2 drive to a CG that was only 50 minutes away, I'm staying close to home this year:-)
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:10 AM   #4
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We don't do holidays anymore... I agree with Bear, holiday camping usually includes large numbers of loud, obnoxious drunks which is OK, but not for us.
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:47 AM   #5
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We still camp on the holiday weekends and hope for the best. It is just a natural thing for us. Also DGD wants to go as often as possible and this gives her a few more times to go. I do know the negatives, mostly noise, and have discussed not camping those weekends. We will see what this season brings.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:14 AM   #6
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Yes and No.

We generally make our plans, and if a holiday falls in there so be it. Indeed the campgrounds & RV parks tend to be busier, but for us camping is about getting out there and camping!

This year, our two holiday-proximate ventures will be Independence Day (setting camp the day after), and Labor Day (rolling over the Mackinac Bridge along with the bridge walkers).
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:24 AM   #7
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No camping for us on holidays. To many people and to much chaos.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:12 AM   #8
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We avoid any holiday camping if long traveling is involved.....we just don't want to deal with the traffic. If the weather looks good, we will camp somewhere local.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:23 AM   #9
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One of the best things about retiring soon is that we will be able to enjoy the parks when we want, not when we are not working. We will let others enjoy camping over crowded holiday weekends!
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:44 PM   #10
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I try not to but I'll take anytime I can to get out and enjoy the time away from the city. So I guess yes is it.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:54 PM   #11
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We go Memorial Day and Labor Day. This year we are going down to State College PA 4th of July weekend. We are meeting some friends who live down there. This is the first 4th we have camped.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:55 PM   #12
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It depends where you camp. The SP that we camped at last year over July Fourth did have the crowds but they weren't loud or obnoxious. In fact it was a blast for our kids.

Had to make the reservations 11 months in advance, which is the reason I suspect the CG was orderly. The types of campers who cause the problems typically aren't willing to plan that far ahead.

We've got reservations there again this year, too.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:01 PM   #13
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I have to add that the CG we go to on Memorial Day and Labor Day is extremely well controlled.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:47 PM   #14
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With my work schedule holidays = an extra day off which means camping!

I'm staying close to home (15 miles or less) or Memorial Day and 4th of July but heading to the beach for Labor Day. My time off request for extra days off plus the paid holiday for Labor Day has already been approved so I should be able to avoid the traffic nightmare.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:27 PM   #15
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NO WAY, NO HOW!!!

we NEVER camp on holiday weekends and rarely camp in the summer. we don't even camp weekends in the off-season.

we have the ability to camp year-round, so we camp weekdays and in spring and fall. sometimes, even in the winter!

as a firefighter, my schedule allows me to go during the week. but, even in college, i arranged my classes so i could surf weekdays and avoid the weekend crowds.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:54 PM   #16
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We're retired. We don't even camp on weekends except if we're on a longer trip. We usually leave home on Sunday morning and arrive a the CG after the rugrats have headed home to go back to school or work.

Usually, we'll head home again on Friday, before they all hit the CGs for the next weekend. Sometimes we'll register on Thursday to stay for the weekend and then go on somewhere else on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning, after the weekenders have headed back to their weekly routine.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:22 AM   #17
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My DW's dad has a cottage 200 miles from us and the family gathers there for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Last year we took our TT and camped a few miles away and we plan to do the same this year. The traffic can be a hassle but not as bad as spending a long weekend with 15 people and 5 large dogs sharing a 3 bedroom cottage.
I say go for it.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:38 AM   #18
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Holidays are just another day and if they end up happening during our vacation so be it. The only thing we avoid is traveling on a first or last day of a long weekend. Noise does not bother us in the least after living on fighter aircraft bases for 20 years.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:54 AM   #19
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I love camping on holidays. We camped for Easter, camping Memorial Day weekend, camping the 4th of July, and camping for Christmas.
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Been there, done that twice and don't want to deal with it again. Rates are higher, traffic is worse, campground was beyond crowded. If you wanted to swim, I use the term very loosely, You could stand next to someone in the water. I prefer the peace and quiet. I don't mind crowds at campgrounds, it's just the once a year campers that have a tendency not follow quiet times etc. Sitting in traffic both ways just adds to the fun. No thanks, I'll wait a week or too and enjoy myself.
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