By: Inger Koppenhaver
When I say nightmare, I mean I was so stressed out at this “family campground” that I had nightmares the whole night we were stuck there. I should have known that the campground wasn’t for us when the website advertised “green grass” as the only amenity for children. There are so many things I could say about this campground and the horrible time we had there. But, instead I have decided to use this post as a way to share How Not To get stuck in a situation like this.
Here are a few things we did wrong when selecting this campground.
1. We selected it randomly from the internet as a place which was closest to our destination.
2. When reading on the website, there were several red flags which went up about their description and lack of “real” pictures not just stock photos. We just thought they must be on a blog budget…
3. If we had looked closely when we arrived, we would have noticed that the campground was mostly a very rundown trailer park with about six sites to choose from for our tent trailer. The sites for the tent trailers did not appear to be used often (see picture of wasp nest ~ my son and I almost got stung when trying to plug in our trailer grrrr) and the ground was covered with dried feces from the high number of pet rabbits who were wandering the grounds. Cool to see rabbits… not cool to step out onto dirt littered with rabbit droppings.
4. Bathroom Safety ~ Always check the bathrooms first before signing in. My daughter used the restroom and came out saying their paper towels were out. The gentlemen grumbled a bit before replacing it (with two small partial rolls) then proceeded to tell us that the men’s restroom had a lock code on it to get it but the women’s did not. WHA???!!!??? That should have been the biggest warning sign of all… augh… We were glad to have a bathroom available in our tent trailer. OH and check out the picture for shower charge. In order for my family of six to shower it would have cost $36. Oh my word.
5. We were meeting family nearby then traveling to an event and had limited time to get there. We just did not take the time to thoroughly check out all of the above items. After discovering some of this while setting up the tent trailer, my husband volunteered to pack the tent back up and get a hotel room. In retrospect, I wish I had taken him up on the offer.
The best part about this trip was the fact that we now have one of those random BAD family memories which we will laugh about for years to come. And, we came through it with only a few bumps and bruises (and a next day migraine for mom). We learned a lot about making better campground choices for our family and will never again believe a sign that says “family campground” until we check it out thoroughly!
We would also recommend getting a camping or RV app for your phone. Woodall’s is the one my husband enjoys. If we had used it instead of the internet for selecting this campsite, we would never have stayed there. This campsite did not show up in our app… probably for a good reason. Check it out here: http://www.woodalls.com/articledetails.aspx?ArticleID=2773153
Do you have a terrible camping story? We would love to hear it and commiserate with you!