Walt Disney World Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

2/6/14 Thursday at Kissimmee, FL (Sherwood Forest RV Resort-Encore)

Quiet morning working on computer jobs. It kept threatening rain so we kept waiting for it. Finally, after lunch, we just headed out anyway-to Walt Disney World aka WDW. Our neighbor gave us instructions-how to get in without paying. We missed the first road but John with his internal GPS knew how to get back on track and find the entrance. Bottom line: take the 1st Epcot exit after crossing over I-4 (when in Kissimmee), keep going straight through the stoplights until the road T’s at the Golden Oaks. Go Left about 1 mile. Because we got lost we actually followed the Disney signs to Fort Wilderness, sort of. We weren’t sure that was the campground. We approached the large entrance area (it looked like the Florida toll booths) on the left to try to make a U-turn because we didn’t want to have to pay. There was no way to U-turn so we stopped at the “toll” and said we were lost, looking for the campground. She said just go right across all the lanes (about 7), then take an immediate right to get on the right path. That was tricky since so many cars were coming through those other “toll” booths, but he did it. At Fort Wilderness, the fun loving “gate keeper” asked how to help us. Our neighbor had said that if you say you are going to eat there (say at Crocket’s Tavern) Disney is happy to let you in to spend money. Sure enough, the “gate keeper” directed us to the day parking lot (free) and to take the “Settlement” bus (free) to get there. This was the “Outpost” section at the opposite end of the campground. We had a great time walking on their paved paths, checking out the cabins, RV lots and wildlife. Our neighbor had recommended coming here for the walking paths. He was right. You can walk for miles on sidewalks amid the woods and quiet. Not to mention the free boat rides over to Wilderness Lodge and other theme parks.

Check in for RVs-you don’t even have to get out of your RV!

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Cabins and RV lots

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Something for bats?

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Path and Critters: Wild Turkey, Squirrel (note the golden brown).

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Then we took the bus to “Settlement” where the Trading Post, Restaurants and Boats (also free) are, as well as the pony rides. They give pony rides ($5 each) here and horse rides ($45 for 45 minutes) at the “Outpost”.  Note the pony’s rump.  I spent a whole dollar for a postcard for our grandchildren!

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At the boat launch we saw the Pelican, Grackle and Meadowlark.

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Boats

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Bus to Outpost

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This sure seems like the best deal ever – staying on Disney property with all the free transportation available – at $49/night for tents, $66/night for full hook ups.

Now it started to rain with more eagerness, so we dashed to the car and headed home with a brief stop at the grocery store.

At home it was time to get started making our lasagna dinner. Big project that was a big success! Lots of yummy leftovers too. A little wine with dinner made washing dishes just that much easier.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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