Friday, June 10, 2011
Free-For-All Friday: Roughing It
I’ve taken all kinds of trips to Disney World. Family trips, couples trips, Grand Gatherings, girls’ sprees, even a solo outing. Recently, I decided to do something new. I went alone…and roughed it. Yes, that’s right; the Disney Goddess stayed on her own in a tent. I barely told a soul before I left. Perhaps because everyone I did tell looked at me with a mixed expression of confusion, disbelief and a slight hint of, “Are you nuts?!”
Well, I’ve never been conventional. Quite frankly, the adventure intrigued me; plus I wanted to see just how cheap I could make it. I drove down, tent, cot, feather mattress (I’m still a princess, even if it is a tent), food and cookware, my bike all in tow and I drove off into the sunset- completely, positively, irrevocably alone.
The afternoon I arrived, I set up camp. Yep, I pitched a tent and didn’t even break a nail. Then I got on my bike and rode around that serene campground, relishing in the fact that I was in Disney World. Sigh. That evening I watched Wishes from Clementine Beach at Fort Wilderness. It was indeed perfection.
The rest of my five days there, I did what I felt like. Mostly that consisted of wandering around the parks, looking at all the beautiful details I love so much, experiencing the rides and shows my daughters don’t have as much interest in at this moment and taking lots of pictures. I moved at a snails’ pace….and I loved it!
I spent very little money, relatively speaking. I prepared most of my meals, took a water bottle with me everywhere I went and refilled it at water fountains. I have an annual pass so I didn’t need to purchase tickets. I brought my family back souvenirs, but I didn’t buy out the parks like I would have enjoyed doing. In the end, I spent under $400 for the whole adventure. It could have been less, but I allowed myself certain favorites: sushi from Kona, couscous salad from Morocco, a Grey Goose Lemon Slush from France...you know…essentials!
In the end, it was an amazing trip! I felt recharged from the time alone and the slow pace. I got plenty of exercise from riding my bike all over and I ate very healthfully since I brought plenty of fresh fruit and veggies with me. It was an adventure! One I hope to repeat someday!