What is the most disturbing thing you've seen while camping?
Answered by: Wally White,Visited 100+ countries; 7 Continents; and all 50 US States
I’ve camped out a lot. The most disturbing things I’ve seen are:
A man (who obviously knew nothing about campfires) tried to get his family’s campfire going by adding wood to a small fire and spraying it with charcoal lighter fluid. The flame traced his spray right back up his arm and set his t-shirt on fire. The family freaked out, not knowing what to do. Fortunately, a guy in the campsite next to this family did - he grabbed a blanket, wrapped it around burning man, and rolled him on the ground, putting out the fire. Then they took him to the hospital.
A grandmother was holding a baby (not yet 1 year old) and was trying to get something out of the car, when she dropped the baby right on its’ head, onto the concrete platform the car was parked on. The baby’s head started gushing blood, and grandma started screaming hysterically. The baby’s mother rushed over and picked up the baby; the father grabbed the grandma by the shoulders and told her to stop screaming. Mom jumped in the car, and dad got in the driver’s side to drive to the hospital. Grandma wanted to go, but dad said she was too hysterical, so they left her at the campground, crying and wailing.
The Black Hills/Rapid City (South Dakota) flood of June 1972 killed over 230 persons. I stayed in a campground in the Black Hills a few days after it was re-opened. Campers were still finding clothing and remains of some of those who died in the campground.
Back in the 1970’s, I stayed in a small city’s campground that was right next to the railroad tracks. That night, about 2AM in the morning, the ground started shaking, to the point that everyone (about a dozen of us) were out of our tents or vans or trailers with flashlights wondering what was going on. The shaking got worse, accompanied by this roaring sound, like a giant wave was coming ashore. Turns out it was a freight train coming through. I have never been so scared not knowing what was happening in my life.