Back in 2005 DW and I were eating lunch in the MH while parked in the big lot at Old Faithful in Yellowstone. DW said to me "I wonder what those two Ravens are doing in the back of that pick up truck?"
We finished lunch and went over to take a look. Ravens are smart birds and these two had figured out how to get into the food stored in a styrofoam cooler. From the looks of it, they don't like apple slices. A couple of years later we were in the same parking lot and saw two Ravens trying to open the saddle bags on a motorcycle.
Teens stole the cooler years ago (1982) I assume looking for beer. It only had some jelly and a couple of sodas. I didn't carry then but when one of the other campers lit them up with the flashlight they dropped the cooler and took off.
Different times now and I would have a different reaction if it was something other and a cooler.
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Sounds like something fired you up. Well, those people are out there, but for the most part if you want to meet them hang around the city, they’re few and far between in the camping and RV arena. I’ve camped for almost 50 years, the great bulk in remote areas without a hint of law enforcement, and I’ve only had three incidents I recall that one could call threatening.
On the other hand, I’ve had multiple incidents in the city ranging from a fool jumping on the running board of my truck with a knife to patiently waiting for someone trying to break in to catching someone in my house at gunpoint. So in my mind, camping is far safer than staying home.
I generally don’t stay in rest stops, I have seen a few nefarious characters in some, but mostly I tire of the panhandlers who are out of gas or broke down on the way to CA to see their sick mother – or whoever. But I’ve had no bad experiences in them. I think if someone pays close attention to their surroundings and if their instincts say move on and they do, they’re unlikely to get themselves in a dicey situation.
There is a difference between listening to the warning bells and being paranoid, though I will grant that just because someone is paranoid doesn’t mean that everyone isn’t out to get them.
We were camped at Big Bear. A few guys aproached our camp site and the dog belched out a good bark. Uncharacteristic of him, so I stood up and looked out (it was dark out, porch light on) to see a couple of guys near the camper. Their reply, "oh, we're at the wrong camp site." I excused them and then thought later, REALLY??? Glad the dog scared the #*%!! out of them! He's a big one, and looks scary though he's not. I think dogs have a sence of danger or harm. Only thing I can think of is they were about to grab my cheepo WallyWorld mountain bike. Again, it was dark & probably thought they were about to score!
Would'a been, dog 1, stranger minus a ham!
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Was in the bank a month back and someone robbed it with a 12 ga. and had us lay on the floor. I don't think he left in a RV.
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My father had an experience in Florida one year. He had been shelling pecans into a large dish on the table when my mother asked him to go to the store. When they got back all of the pecans were gone. They were upset until one of the neighbors told them the squirrels had a great time while they were gone.
I would have checked the neighbor's story. I bet he had pecan breath and was trying to frame the squirrels!
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Thank you guys...Keep em coming. I guess that lets a lot of people know that there ARE those people out there and I will not stay in my 'bunker". I will go out head held high with my Sig and 1911.
I'm sure you are already aware of your particular states gun laws, so I'm only mentioning it to maybe remind others...
I do not want to take this anywhere near the "Gun Posts" that get closed down here!! So people, don't take it there, please!
It did get me to thinking about my own states gun laws and while I'm aware of them, I wanted to check and make sure I could still do what I thought I could do, since I do have a concealed weapon permit (as does my wife too).
I found out some interesting things, so it was a good refresher for me to check again (it's been about 4 years since I originally got the permit and some things have changed!)
Anyway, be safe out there!
For those of you who want to check about Concealed Carry Reciprocity Information,go to this web site -- http://www.carryconcealed.net it has a nice interactive map.
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