Another awesome weekend of camping was highlighted by being able to to share the adventure with our Grandson, Logan. We had a wonderful and busy weekend punctuated by smiles, giggles and all out fits of laughter.
Jeannie and I took Friday off so that we could travel to Fort Wilderness and arrive in the daylight without any real schedule stress. We were initially assigned a site in the 400 loop but asked if we could change to something closer to the dog walk. We were the directed to site #718 which was perfect and just across the drive from where we stayed last visit.
A quick back-up into the site, make connections and time to spare to relax. Jeannie had driven the golf cart to the site when we arrived so all we really needed to do was connect the Internet and relax.
The weather was a perfect 85 degrees during the day and low 70’s at night. No rain or blustery conditions at all, although just up until the trip, both had been forecast.
Wes brought Logan to our campsite around 5:00 PM and stayed as we enjoyed burgers over a charcoal grill. Everyone was excited and we knew we were in for a good time.
Saturday Logan awoke to Sailor and Zephyr licks and was all giggles at 7:00 AM. We had a fine breakfast that included “Capt’n Crunch Loganberries” as we call them along with some reading and games. After breakfast we took a golf cart ride to see the horses and tour part of Fort Wilderness.
Lunch was a special camping treat as Logan and I toasted grilled cheese sandwiches in the cast iron sandwich makers. We prepared the bread, layered in the cheese and put the sandwich makers in the charcoal fire. Much to our delight, the sandwiches turned out to be the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever!
Jeannie and Logan went to visit at least three playgrounds while I caught a quick nap. On their return Logan and I went on our much anticipated nature walk. We put on our explorer hats, took our cameras and hit the nature trail. To be sure we had good communications we took our new “Rocky-Talkies” with us and discussed every squirrel sighting that we encountered. We were on gator watch along the swamp but did not see any this trip.
Saturday evening was filled with cooking our steaks over the charcoal fire and then going to the Disney Campfire. We successfully toasted marshmallows and made S’mores getting nice and messy in the process. It was a blast!
Bath-time and Netflix led to a good nights sleep followed by another awakening by dog lick. Breakfast and pickup by Wes brought the visit to a much too quick of an ending. It all went by so fast and was so much fun for all of us. I know we really enjoyed the time together and I believe Logan did as well.
Now not to say that we are not tired. Keeping a four-year-old engaged is a full time job. Logan is a fine boy and it is a joy to be able to spend some quality time with him and further our relationship.
We enjoy our outings to Fort Wilderness as it gives us about three hours on the road in each direction. Just like in our sailing days, we can pretend that even though we are traveling a familiar route, we could be going anywhere. Someday if everything continues as hoped, we look forward to ditching the schedule and roaming the country to see what we have missed. We take these opportunities to imagine what it will be like.
Anyway, another weekend has drawn to an end and the Island Time has another adventure in the books, with great memories attached. The more we do this the more we like it and I am not sure how that is possible. Our memories are now filling with family adventures and relaxing time with the Island Time. Without a doubt we are making a great investment.
Jeannie Gilbert said:
Skip does such a great job of recapping our adventures! I do want to add that Logan and I saw a deer when we took Sailor and Zephyr for a walk this morning. Beautiful surprise!