Is this what camping is like?

I had the bright idea to go camping for Spring Break, sounds good right? Yeah well I’ve never been camping; I’m not an outdoors kind of gal. I scream at the sight of spiders, ants, bugs, crickets and snakes. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Either way I booked us a cabin at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray, VA. I thought I was doing something by getting us a cabin and not using a tent or an RV. Not that we even own either of those things. I made sure I got some camping equipment from Survival Cooking just to feel like I was prepared! I looked at the pictures of the cabin I had booked online and it looked pretty good to me.

what is camping like 1a Wait! You mean to tell me there is NO bathroom in this cabin-

Once we arrived I was shocked to see there was no bathroom. We are staying here three nights and there is no bathroom? What do you mean!

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Nori wasn’t excited about the bathhouse either. Community shower GROSS!

The kids were excited about the place and they had a lot of fun activities like a jumping pillow, paddle boats and playground. Did I mention we had a sweet Golf Cart to ride around on the entire time?

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Golf Cart Selfie or should I say usie.
There is a beautiful quietness about the mountain that I love. The view was amazing and we planned to take the kids to Luray Caverns for a bit of history. That was the part I was most excited about.
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The mountains are a beautiful back drop.
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How cute are these street names. Our little cabin is in the background.
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The kids were excited about the cabin. I was the only one tripping over the lack of bathroom.
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This is the cabin, a bunk bed, full bed, tiny table w/ chairs and a tiny 5 inch TV. It did have cable. hahaha The weather was the most unpredictable guest ever. I live in the DC area so we’ve had a lot of crazy weather but I thought that was behind us. NOT!
Weather Day 1: We had beautiful weather, no jackets. We rode around on the golf cart, checked out the town of Luray with the windows down, and sat by the pond and all of that.
Night 1: AC on low, really just enough to move the air around in the cabin. In the middle of the night I woke up to rain. I mean it was coming down.
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They are in a pic-a-nic basket.
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Weather Day 2: It rained all day but we didn’t care much because we went to Luray Caverns. The Toy Museum was next door so we checked that out too. In the morning the temp was okay and the rain was light. Once we came out of the Caverns it was raining harder so we put on our light sweatshirt jackets. The temps would continue to drop. By evening it was 41 and snowing. Yes it’s April, but Mother Nature is pissed. What did yall do to her?
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Luray Caverns is beautiful! I was excited to share this moment with my family. The picture on the left was a wishing well inside of the Cavern. At the end of the year they donate all the money to a great cause. There is a sign hanging above that says who they donated the money to each year and how much. I was pleased to see they have donated to Cancer Research; I’ve shared my story here on the blog. They have also donated to education and many other great causes.

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Instead of just sitting in the cabin we participated in some of the planned activities at the Rec Center. We wiped off the Golf Cart and road over and had a little fun.
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After that we rode over to the Arcade to check that out too. And you know I’m not one to miss out on a photo op. so I made the family humor me. I’d say they had a lot of fun doing so.

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Night 2: Freezing cold! Temps in the 20’s/30’s now they provide a space heater but it wasn’t doing much. I think half of one coil was lit up and that was it. We had two blankets each and I let Nori sleep with us (we never do this) so the body heat would keep me warm. Well she was wild as hell and I was still cold. It was all good just a day ago. šŸ™

Day 3: COLD! 38 degrees of cold. When we woke up it was still freezing. We still had another night to go, well not go. My Babe and I went from leaving Thursday morning, to leaving Wednesday evening to leaving right now. DING! I’m game but first the kids wanted to do a couple of things. UGH! We are here for them right…
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We went to the Rangers Station at 9:15 to watch Yogi raise the flag. Yes its 30 degrees and windy in the mountains and we are outside. What you can’t see is the 2 pair of socks, under layer of pajamas we slept in, multiple shirts and hoodies and the socks my Babe was using as gloves.
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He wore the socks to keep his hands warm while driving the golf cart. It was cold and windy in those hills. Despite the cold the kids still jumped on the big pillow and wanted to hit the playground.
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They were freezing cold for real after jumping in their socks. Did I mention it was 9:30 in the morning? Oh okay. Last stop was the playground, and then we were OUT!

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All the kids were playing…

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We let them play a little and I snapped this group picture right before we left. It’s not even 10 in the morning and my kids have almost had a full day.

As crazy as this camping experience was it was a lot of fun. I would totally do it again but at least I know what I’m up against. I will be READY!
Things I needed or should have done prior to arrival:
  • Shower shoes (Although we decided against showering) Don’t judge me.
  • Shower friendly/public friendly cover up. I would walk back to my cabin to dress.
  • I should have ironed our clothes before packing.
  • A Cooler – I totally own one now, its little and cute too.
  • Sleeping Bag – I totally understand the importance.
  • Extra socks
  • Off

Camping Must Haves:

  • Snacks
  • Baby Wipes – I had some; I have a toddler but they are a must for all ages when camping.
  • Reading/Coloring/Puzzle Material
  • Sensible shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Jeans & T-shirt/Sweatshirt – no matter the temps
  • Snacks
  • Water

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Another adventure behind us.
What is your camping experience like? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLipsĀ®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Yvette Sandy

    Love it! Your children will really appreciate the memories when they look back. Why iron clothes to go camping? LOL!

    • Mimicutelips

      I hope so, I try so hard to expose them to different things in life. I’m so OCD about ironing, I still iron Nori’s onesie. lol

  2. Anonymous

    Looks like you have wrote another adventure off the family bucket list.

  3. Mimi

    I was just talking to a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me about these camps and matter of fact they are going to one this weekend.

    I was thinking of taking the children to the Luray Caverns this fall to see the leaves but we won’t be doing this. A community rest room, I’ll pass.

    My kids have been asking to camp out. We may do a tent in the backyard this summer.

    • Mimicutelips

      Mimi, Luray is beautiful. I would suggest a day trip. It’s less than 2hrs from DC so you really don’t need to stay the night. There isn’t much in the town.

  4. Tiffani G. from MyMommyVents

    This looks so cool! I’ve gone camping for years in upstate New York, but Jellystone Park seems like it’s a lot more fun. We’ll have to check it out with our boys, especially since we’ve been talking about moving to the DMV area. What age would you say is best to visit Jellystone?

    • Mimicutelips

      Tiffani, I think you should go at least once. Jellystone really has fun for all ages, my son is 9 and my daughter is 2. Ages 5 – 10 probably have the most fun though.

  5. Tricia Goodmama

    It looks like you had a great time. I will have to try to go camping with my little one at some point. It looks like a lot of fun. Your kids are adorable!

  6. Christine Cox

    I always loved camping as a child but now with a 2 year old I just can’t fathom the idea. Maybe when she’s older we’ll give it a try!

    • Mimicutelips

      Christine because its a kid friendly camp site your 2 year old would totally have fun. But that running to the bath house because you are potty training is a problem. hahahahha

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  8. Alli

    Glad the kids had a great time! I don’t camp because I don’t do public bathrooms/showers. My daughter and her family love camping so I’ll tell them about this place.

  9. Dina

    We love to camp as well. This looks like you had a great experience. It’s now on my list to do.

  10. Alyssa @ The Plucky Introvert

    Glad you had a pretty good first camping experience! My parents would take us on a week-long tent camping trip every summer and we had so much fun. I camp often with my husband now too. You get the hang of it the more you do it. šŸ™‚

  11. Liz Mays

    That sounded like an awesome family camping trip. I like that they have so many activities. I’m glad you were able to get out and have fun even with the cold.

  12. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I’d love to take the family camping sometime soon. It has been a while since I went camping. I’d love to give them the experience. It can be such a fun, bonding time for our family!

  13. Jeannette

    It looks like you guys had a great time! I’m not really big on camping but all my guys are so I suck it up for them most of the time but this looks like a place I could enjoy!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Jeannette, this was out first and we’ve not been back since then. It was a really cool place, I’m more of the glamping type.

  14. Miles L.

    The kids love camping. I think they naturally love the outdoors. Thatā€™s a great thing for the family.

  15. Debbie

    I have fond memories of camping when we were kids! I’m sure it wasn’t fun all the time for my Mother šŸ˜‰ We usually camped in tents, Jellystone would have an upgrade! The caverns look awesome!

  16. travel blogger

    This looks like such a great place for a family vacation! I will have to keep this in mind when we plan our next trip. It looks like there are a lot of activities.

  17. Mary Edwards

    This sounds like a fun time for the kiddos and the caverns are gorgeous. I am right there with you though on the public restroom, yuck!

  18. Up Run for Life

    This sounds like fun. I remember taking a trip to New Mexico on a long weekend to meet my brother. We stayed at a Koa cabin bc the hotel reviews were horrible. The cabin was fun. We drove to Walmart and bought card games bc it ended up snowing. Thankfully, the heat in our cabin worked well.

  19. Emma Spellman

    I haven’t been camping in years, but this place looks awesome. I loved our camping site when we lived in California because there was no cell phone reception for wifi etc so we had to enjoy the quiet.

  20. Chantal

    This looks like such a great place to go camping! I am with you on the lack of bathroom but I guess it is all a part of the experience.

  21. Prairie Gal Cookin

    This looks like so much fun and such a good story to tell about someday to your grandbabies!! We may need to check this place out!

    I also wanted to mention that I’m having a link-up this Sunday (Sunday’s Simple Homemaker) on my website and would love if you drop in to link up – Each link gets a comment and I’ll be giving away a week of free advertising as well!

  22. Bites for Babies

    Such cute kids! I love the idea of going camping with the kids however, I think I personally would enjoy ‘glamping’ a lot more, lol!

  23. Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy

    It looks like you all had a great time! I love camping, but my teenager is terrified, so we haven’t been in quite awhile.

  24. Jasmine Watts

    Your kids are adorable and all these photos are stunning!! It looks like you guys had a great time!

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