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Latino Family Camping Trips Are So Much More Than Some S’mores And Campfire Stories. Here’s What It’s Really Like

Movies portray camping trips as calm nights with campfire stories, smores, and sing-a-longs, but taking a camping trip with your Latino family is a completely different story.

They usually don’t include s’mores, but they’re so much more fun…

If one thing is certain about camping with your family, it’s that it’s going to be tight in the car.

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Not only because you’re going with your entire family, but you also all tend to overpack.

When you finally arrive and get to stretch your legs, you’ll have to deal with the hassle of unpacking everything and building the tent.

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Which might actually take all 20 of you to accomplish.

But after the hard work is done, the fun begins…with shots.

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The tío in the middle is already regretting the hangover he’s going to have in the morning.

But be careful, you don’t want to pass out outside of your tent.

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Not the best idea.

Or your family will take advantage and begin to mess with you.

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At least these guys are mature enough not to write on his face. Cuddles never hurt anybody.

So here are a few words of advice: try to make it all the way to your tent before you fall asleep.

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Even if you literally crash into it.

And you know a family camping trip isn’t a real camping trip without throbbing hangovers.

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At least it’s a sign that you had a lot of fun the night before, right?

But with great hangovers come delicious food.  How else are you going to cure those hangovers???

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Nothing better than a classic BBQ, with fresh food and ice cold micheladas.

Since there’s no wifi, all of the younger kids resort to random (and usually dangerous), outdoor activities.

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They might break an arm, but hey they’re kids…like your mom says, “déjalos, para que aprendan.”

Meanwhile, all of the dads sit around sunbathing, sipping on beer, and trying their best to look cool. ?

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Los compas bien chidos.

Whereas your mom and tías sit around sipping on cocktails ~*muy fancys*~, cracking jokes and exchanging chisme.

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The stronger the cocktails are, the juicier the chisme gets.

But camping nights aren’t complete without a live DJ:

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This “live DJ” is actually your primo with his speaker and aux cord.

This leads to all sorts of dancing.

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Usually to El Caballo Dorado’s classic “Payaso de Rodeo.”

You might run into some difficulties, but through bonding experiences like this camping trip, you realize that together you can solve anything.

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Because that’s what family is for.

As much as it might’ve been a drag to coordinate this trip, you know you won’t want to pack up and leave. You’re going to miss your family so much. ?

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Because camping trips with your family are honestly such a blast.


READ: 9 Stressful Moments Every Latino Experiences When Traveling With Their Family


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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A Doorbell Camera Captured The Terrifying Moment A Neighbor Saved A Family From Their burning home

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A family from Arizona has tragically been without a home since New Year’s Day. Fortunately, however, thanks to the swift efforts of a neighbor, they still have each other.

On New Year’s Day, the Salgado family was asleep in their home in Avondale, Arizona when they heard a frantic knock at their door. Nicole Salgado’s husband, who lived in the home with their children, opened the front door to find her neighbor shouting at her to get her family out of the house. It was on fire.

The Salgado family woke up New Year’s Day to find their house in flames.

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“We were all asleep,” Salgado explained to CNN in an interview. “Then all of the sudden around 7:30 in the morning, we hear banging on our door and our doorbell is going off and we kind of get scared.”

Their neighbor, Carolyn Palisch, was there telling them to get out of the house. Footage from the family’s home security video shows their neighbor running past flames to get to the home.

“He opened the door and all I heard was our neighbor Carolyn saying your house is on fire you have to get out,” said Salgado.

Salgado, who is a mother to four children, hurried to gather her children. Together, all of them escaped the burning home safely. “It was just kind of frantic at first, making sure we got everyone out and the dogs out,” she explained. “Then once we realized the full extent of it we were just in shock as we watched our home burn.”

Sadly, the Salgado family lost all their belongings in the fire

Salgado explained that the roof of her house collapsed moments after they escaped. According to CNN, firefighters at the scene claimed that if the family had still been sleeping at the time the roof had collapsed they would have inhaled the smoke and likely passed out immediately.

We are so thankful to just be alive,” Salgado explained in a post to her TikTook page. She also included doorbell camera footage of the moment their neighbor came to the rescue.

Salgado’s video has been liked nearly 7 million times on TikTok.

“Never did we think it was going to blow up the way it did. But we are so grateful,” Salgado explained. “We are so glad it did for Carol, to show how amazing she is. If it wasn’t for her it’d be a totally different story. We feel so thankful to her. We’re always going to consider her family. She not only saved us, she saved our kids.”

Salgado says that the cause of the fire is still under investigation and shared that her family has created a Go Fund Me account to help them rebuild their lives.

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Man Records His Mother’s Vile Anti-Gay Religious Rant After He Tells Her He Is Engaged

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Man Records His Mother’s Vile Anti-Gay Religious Rant After He Tells Her He Is Engaged

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Henry Jimenez wanted to share the news with his mother that he was finally engaged to his boyfriend. Instead of her being kind to him she launched into a vile and hateful anti-gay rant she disguised as a religious matter. The video of the encounter will break your heart and the son breaks down in tears over her angry words.

Henry Jimenez broke hearts when he posted a video of his mother’s anti-gay, religious rant.

Jimenez shared the news with his mother that he was engaged. The influencer, as so many Latinos, wanted to share in the moment with his mother. He knew what would happen but still wanted to give his mother a chance to know. What followed was a hateful rant that would leave any child in tears.

At one point in the video, the mother says that her son being gay and engaged is going to kill her faster. You can see Jimenez’s heart break when his mother continued her verbal assault about how he is a sinner.

People are stunned that the mother could speak that way to her child.

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“How sad that she is so blind,” wrote _fanyluu. “And how ugly that she is such a blackmailer telling you that you are going to kill her…very bad on her part.”

Seeing moments like this are heartbreaking but create a stronger community of support.

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Being gay is one of the scariest things. The moment someone realizes that they are gay they immediately become different and have a secret from everyone else. It can be alienating and terrifying to navigate alone. Fortunately, social media created a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to connect and continues to be a valuable resource for LGBTQ+ people.

Despite the video, Jimenez’s love for his fiance is real and enduring.

Congratulations on your engagement, Henry! Love is love is love. We love to see two people happy and in love. May your marriage be filled with all of the happiness and love you two clearly deserve.

READ: A Gay Single Father Of 3 Is Using TikTok To Share His Family’s Love With The World

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