Monday, July 30, 2012

Boondocking tip #33 - How to have the forest to yourself

Did I show you our road?

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It's just as isolated as it looks.
So, why were two young men putting up their tents in our campsite? They had vewwy quietwy pulled their car in around our car, and were setting up by 7AM. Not boisterous. They looked like serious campers, chatting only about the mechanics of setting up camp fifty feet from the Duck.

I woke Annie up gently to prevent her flying into an adrenaline-fueled rage and diving for the shillelagh. I like to meet new people, but not in my bedroom. Then I remembered I haven't practiced my ocarina in forever.



All we have is now, people, and I carpe diemed.

Annie remembered that she needed to turn on a fan and run the water pump. Don't think of this as aggression - these are defensive, every day, musical facts of life in an RV.

With tea in mugs, we got down to strategizing. Annie mimed some cougary moves we could use to discourage neighboring. You're going to have to imagine those, or else come set up your camp fifty feet from the Duck.

By the time we had toast in our hands, the young men were decamped and leaving. Was it something we said?

We decided that they might be total camping newbs, and were looking around for a spot that was obviously legal. Maybe they hadn't considered the delicate issues of forest toileting within whistle-distance from a big rig. Maybe our sleeping noise level left them unprepared for Ducks AWAKE. Maybe they were still ignorant of the immense versatility of tent camping: boldly go where bulky RVs cannot. Live it up, guys! We're the dinosaurs, you're the mammals.

At any rate, dudes, don't be that creepy guy who sits next to you in an empty theater.

I had thought earlier that I wouldn't mind sharing our site for a weekend with another RV, if dispersed camping really got that scarce. In a tent, the forest is your oyster, or some other surf 'n' turf metaphor.

I could have taken them hiking, and Embarrassment would have left the trail, broken camp, and loaded the car for them.
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Back up just a little more. One more step...


A boondocking blogger polled his readers and discovered that "other people parking too close" was the biggest boondocking peeve. What do you think? Are we curmudgeons? Pin It

40 comments:

ioncontrol said...

If I had set up came next to someone playing an Ocarina you'd never be rid of me!

ioncontrol said...

That was a weird sentence.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Weirdly awesome! Ha! Well, you'd better play the video again and reconsider.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Well, now I know what comes next in my tool kit for survival in the future. One Ocarina, maybe a kazoo or two, and a pennywhistle. That should take care of any intruders.

You showed great restraint.

The Good Luck Duck said...

These are things preppers fail to consider. I should start a blog.

Brenda A. said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHA! I am snork-ing and heehaw-ing and generally making a big ol' ruckus myself laughing at this. Oh they got what they deserved! I only wish I could have witnessed it. :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Especially the cougary moves, amirite?

Jim and Sandie said...

I really need help with those cougary moves - a video of you guys teaching these moves would really help. At least they figured out quite quickly that they weren't wanted as "close" neighbors.

The Good Luck Duck said...

The video is about to be released to a "special" rental place near you.

Aw, I hope we didn't give them that impression. Tee hee.

Campers4Life said...

I'm sorry love you gals... but that sound would move someone from a shallow grave .

I promise never to camp within 50'... I'll be sure I'm at least 52' away LMBO

judilyn said...

There's an app for that . . .

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ocarina/id293053479?mt=8

This was free when I got it, but I can't tell if it is now, because it says "downloaded" on my screen. There are two other ones that show as "free", and several others that range in price from a buck to three bucks.

Virtual hugs,

Judie 

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ioncontrol said...

I would especially stay if the beautiful girl sitting next to you was there!

The Good Luck Duck said...

C4L, right? That's what I thought, too, and it moved those live tenters from a shallow toilet. Yesss, 52' should be FINE. Just fine. *looks around for bongos*

The Good Luck Duck said...

Good one, Judie! It says "Ocarina 2" is free! Perfect for ocarina-less RVers.

Ion, if she doesn't come read this post, it'll be her total loss.

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

Geez, nice to know we're not the only ones with such dumb luck: In a totally deserted huge RV park in Newfoundland, we reveled in our good luck to have a beautiful site on a lake all to ourselves... till an EXTENDED (read: lots of 'em) FAMILY of LOUD nerds pulled into the site next to ours and made themselves to HOME. Boo hoo, they didn't leave.

Was it karma that attracted them to park slap up against us? Boondocking or no, c'mon folks, leave us some legroom us if there's acres of spaces available!

(grumble, grumble)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Indeed. Check out Judie's suggestion for a free ocarina app! Also, an iTunes full of disco and a nice, compact computer speaker might be fun. Don't discount passive-aggression.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Also, this tactic works almost anywhere: how to have almost anywhere to yourself.

Sherry said...

I've never understood why tenters wouldn't want to be as far away from RVs as they could get. When I was a tenter, which was all my life until 2010, I wanted to be so far away I couldn't even see them.

As an RVer, I'm part of the 'why do they park so close when the whole damn campground is empty'. My tactic for RV or tent is to whip out my generator. Works a little better if yours is louder than mine which is on the quiet side. So far it's worked anyway. But I'm taking notes on these cougary tactics just in case.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Do you think it just feels cozier somehow? They think they want to get away, but it's so stinkin' quiet out here! So, they find someone to snuggle in next to.

The generator is a worthy tactic, though. I think just the noise of trying to start it would discourage the faint of heart.

Tammy said...

First of all they started to put up their tent so close because they thought you might be the neighbourly type and offer them the use of your "facilities" instead of them squatting in the woods.

They probably left, becuase soon after when they were in dire need of those said "facilities" you didn't magically appear offering them full use.

Or maybe, Ducks and Bovines don't mix. Bovines tend to herd for safety. :-)

Texas Yellow Rose said...

Ocarina? Heck, I would have given my djembe and hoop drums a workout. Dave could have put some very inspiring Scottish pipes-and-drums tunes on the CD player. Loudly. :)

Russ Krecklow said...

I thought you had already discovered that hanging your laundry outside to dry was enough to discourage anyone from camping nearby. What? Did you forget about that, or you just didn't have any laundry to put out to dry? Well just don't be airing your dirty laundry around here, o.k.? You could play the kazoo, those are always noisy! Too bad you don't have a noisy generator to run...oh, wait, you do! Silly me, sorry.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Tammy, now I feel really inhospitable. I should have hollered out "Poop, boys?" That would have made them feel really welcome. Or scared.

Wow, Scottish pipes move me, too. They're really best played outdoors, I think, so I'd just have to take my bagpipe out to our neighbors. Disco bagpipes! Yeah!

Russ, they caught me without my unawares. I could play our solar panels really loudly, though. I'll remember that for next time.

Lynne (WinnieViews) said...

An Ocarina is certainly more eco-friendly a way to disperse the neighbors than what I typically do...fire up my loud and smelly diesel generator! If that doesn't move 'em, throwing a disco bagpipe CD into the stereo sounds like a great idea!

The Good Luck Duck said...

You make a good point, Lynne. This is dispersed camping. DISPERSE!

Harriet said...

Ducklings, ya'll are sweeties not grouches! I'm still in sticks and bricks on 1/4 acre and I think my neighbors are too, close.

Some people's kids, those boys didn't have a camping clue , not you place to educate them, best thing they packed up.

"illegitimi non carborundum"

The Good Luck Duck said...

Harriet, I love your Duck Latin! Yes, I think they may have been wet behind the ears, tender around the foot, and green near their horns.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I prefer eating lots of beans to get people to stop crowding in on me. Beans, a wonder of nature. :c)

The Good Luck Duck said...

That certainly might get them to stop spooning you.

Jim and Gayle said...

There is no excuse for stupidity, but surprising that tenters would want to get that close to an RV. When we used to tent camp we hated being near RVs because of the generators.
Once in Georgia we were run off by a kid practicing his tuba, but that's kind of a big instrument for a full timer to carry around.

The Good Luck Duck said...

I agree. What would be the attraction?

Tuba? LOL! That would trump the piccolo you were carrying around.

Kimbopolo said...

As long as I live, I'll never understand people. Particularly the ones that parallel park next to you in the wilderness. However, I do understand the urge to run away from ocarina practice.

The Good Luck Duck said...

I guess we just keep us guessing, Kim. Are you insinuating something about MY ocarina playing, or just ocarina in general (the better answer)?

Gaelyn said...

I haven't played my ocarina in years to chase off unwanted camp neighbors but did bring out the drum once more recently. Newbie campers are scared to be alone. So when you get here, we'll have an ocarina concert.

The Good Luck Duck said...

I think campers would find my playing disconcerting. You would, too. But, I'll listen to you play. And Annie will ramp up the cougaring if music doesn't work.

Angie Mizzell said...

I aspire to be as funny as you. In the meantime, I'll settle for not being the creepy guy who sits next to you in an empty theater.

Bob said...

When I clicked in here, (could that now be considered proper usage?) I was hoping the subject had nothing to do with flatulence. I'm relieved. Well, maybe slightly disappointed.

The extent of my "boondocking" experience is mostly at places like race tracks and such, but YES, parking too damned close to me when there's no good reason, is a huge pet peeve of mine. GET AWAY FROM ME.

Reminds me of a story told to me by a co-skipper of a boat we chartered in Puerto Rico once upon a time. She was at one time a student at the University in Mayaguez, and would go down to the beach to sit and read, as students are wont to do. She'd have the beach to herself, only to discover that within short order, someone would come along and plonk themselves right next to her.
Very annoying.
Happens at the beach too apparently.

Now, are you actually READING music there in that video? Or is that just the menu for the day and you're making shit up?
Just wondering.

('cause I'm trying to pick out the "tune" and I'm having issues)

Enquiring minds....oh never mind.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Angie, you are wonderfully funny! Does your husband text you saying "The Good Luck Ducks are funny!!"? No. You are welcome to sit next to me. Or camp, really, but you've already read the risks.

Bob, you also make me laugh. On purpose? Who can say? And, this too-close thing must be encoded in our DNA somewhere. Such a universal trait, and so universally annoying.

Ha! Yes, we are reading music - ocarina music which is sort of "put your fingers here." Like a bad date. I don't know what the song was, although the melody should surely give it away.

Sandy said...

make a sign that reads..."QUARANTINE" with a skull and crossbones...i'll bet that keeps the potential neighbors away!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sandy, that's inspired! I'm remembering that.

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