You know how I grab a hold of a theme and run it into the ground? I’m about to do that with my new foray into the world of camping.
To prove my newfound dedication to the sport of tent camping, we’ve booked a two night stay at Fort Wilderness in Walt Disney World next month. Our last stay at Fort Wilderness two years ago included a cabin. With maid service, air conditioning, and internet access.
It was what we used to call roughing it.
But now we are thriftier, and a whole lot more adventuresome.
This will be our first experience camping as a party of 5. One of the many reasons that we chose Fort Wilderness is that it becomes a winter wonderland around Christmas time. There are RV’s that show up in October and begin decorating their rigs and campsites for the Christmas holidays. They put the Griswolds to shame.
Fort Wilderness also hosts a family movie night every single night, replete with an open fire and an opportunity to
set your siblings ablaze roast marshmallows.
But possibly the biggest draw is the pool. In December. They have a wonderfully big HEATED pool with a fun curly-cue slide for the kids. Part of Jensen’s skin therapy is that he needs to soak in cool water for 20 minutes, two times a day. And yes, a pool counts. In fact, the chlorine is extremely helpful in healing Atopic Dermatitis as well as for warding off bacterial infection.
A few months ago, we slacked off of this regime and his skin turn a turn for the worse. For a time, I feared that it was because of the dog. His doctor reminded us that we need to step up to the plate and enforce the soaking, no matter how much our stubborn son fought us.
Within a week of re-implementing the twice a day baths, he was 400% better. (We’ve also taken him off of gluten and are restricting dairy and soy.)
So, any vacation we take must include a bathtub. Which is just hard to pack in the van. So a pool is the next best thing. And I strongly suspect that he will give us no trouble at all.
And as a bonus, there is a jacuzzi for the weary parents.
I’ve created a comprehensive camping list and have even started menu planning, as I will be cooking on a Coleman stove. Just like Ma Ingalls in prairie days. And btw, I have ordered a French Press coffee thingie because of all of your wonderful suggestions. We’re also sleeping bag price shopping and I tell you, the prices for camping equipment from Wal Mart seem to be the best deal.
But I did spot this little item at Sports Authority the other night.
And NO, I did not bring it home. I have a perfectly good KEG for that sort of thing. (Just kidding…..)
If anyone has experience camping at Fort Wilderness, I’d love for you to impart your wisdom!