We've booked an eight day stay at Disney World's Fort Wilderness campground. Oh, if we were only wealthy enough to stay there year round! It is our favorite campground and we've many happy memories of visits there.
This year we bought tickets for a "Four and Four", four days of theme parks and four days of water parks. We are going to do three theme park days and three water park days so the boys will still have a theme park and water park day left on their tickets for a return weekend with their mom and dad later in the year. There are enough things to do around Fort Wilderness that two days off will be a nice break.
New this year is we're renting a golf cart off site. Disney only offers 4 seat carts and we've found a company that will deliver a 6 seat cart for more than $100 less than a Disney rental. Why a six seater? The boy's parents, Heather and Brian will be with us for the first weekend, then they'll drive home and the boys will be with us the remainder of the time. The boys have gotten so big that we can't fit anymore on a 4 seat cart.
The campground we're at here in Irmo is nice and reasonable but just in case we can't book a site when we need it, we took a drive to check out some other nearby campgrounds as a backup. One is a state park which is okay, but not good for a long term stay due to the hookups. The other is a commercial campground, the Barnyard Campground, which is okay but for a weird policy.
We're looking for later this year to book some month long stays. Barnyard has a good monthly rate but they require on top of the monthly fee an additional $200 deposit, all paid in advance. They will return your deposit via a check in the mail after you leave. We've never seen anything like that before and the explanation was that it is to protect the park owners from monthly campers that don't pay. We still can't figure out that issue.
We've been doing little items like getting paper plates so we don't have to do dishes at Disney, to getting a new radiator in the Element. We also have solved our quandary of our "Tadpoles", the motor scooters we carry in the Element. We don't always have the time or the place to ride them, but when we do, they are a blast. The past five months we carried them about 10,000 miles and rode them for barely 30 miles (in the Quartzsite desert). When we have them, they take up so much room, we can hardly fit groceries in, let alone passengers.
Instead of selling them, we bought a storage shed for our daughter and son-in-law's house, big enough to store the scooters and still give them a bunch of room for their lawn and garden equipment to get it out of their garage. This way we can pick up the scooters when we're going someplace where we'll use them (like Key West) and leave them behind when we're not. Yes, we're leaving the keys so they can ride them. :c)
So, aside from holding down our lawn chairs, we've been busy with the boys. Little Owie just loves being in the Journey, he is very inquisitive and wants to know how everything works. He certainly is learning the "ins-n-outs" of it.
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