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.
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!
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?
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.
The mountains are a beautiful back drop.
How cute are these street names. Our little cabin is in the background.
The kids were excited about the cabin. I was the only one tripping over the lack of bathroom.
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.
They are in a pic-a-nic basket.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙁
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…
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.
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.
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!
All the kids were playing…
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.
Camping Must Haves:
Baby Wipes – I had some; I have a toddler but they are a must for all ages when camping.
Sensible shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Jeans & T-shirt/Sweatshirt – no matter the temps
Another adventure behind us.
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Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. 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.