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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we finally did it. My family went camping in the WINTER! We have always been huge fans of camping, but we always stick to late spring, summer, and early fall camping. On Friday, the fam and I headed to Thousand Trails to test out winter camping in Williamsburg Virginia.
When we first started camping, we did it the old fashioned way. You know with tents, sleeping bags, and the full “sleep under the stars” kinda vibe. It wasn’t long before we started waking up in the night because we were hot, or the kids were getting eaten alive by the mosquitos they let join them in the tent. Basically, it got OLD! We made many memories, but we were ready to make new memories and sleep soundly with an air conditioner and pest control!
Last year we bought a small pop-up travel trailer that was just big enough to sleep in. It was an amazing purchase even though it wasn’t much to look at. We didn’t spend much time in it because we are a large family, so it was more like a portable tent that made sleeping more comfortable. We didn’t use the stove or even the bathroom in it because it was just easier to stick with the routine we were used to.
This year when my husband purchased our new vehicles we started looking at campers as well, and that’s when I saw her! You see, I have always wanted to be able to camp year round and never have to worry about the weather (we’ve canceled many camping trips because the weather was bad), and I knew this was my girl. I knew when I saw her that she would not only be spacious enough to accommodate my large family but that she would allow us to get away from home no matter what the weather had in store.
We just got her two weeks ago, and we were seriously itching to get her out on the road, so that’s what we did this past weekend.
Winter Camping Williamsburg Virginia:
We made our reservations at Thousand Trails in Williamsburg Virginia and planned to do a little sightseeing and a lot of staying warm! You may be wondering why we would go camping in the winter if we don’t like the cold, so let me tell you.
There is something magical about getting my family out of the house and into the woods. Even if those woods are located near a major highway and all we do is hang out inside the camper all weekend. I love getting away from the house; I love traveling, and I love uninterrupted time with my family.
To be honest, we could have stayed inside and played games, watched tv, and just talked all weekend and I would have been one happy camper, but we did end up doing more than that!
When we got to the campground on Friday night it was pretty late so we got everything set up, watched a little TV, ate, and went to bed.
Saturday morning we cooked breakfast in our warm camper and played games with the kids. I could just hear the “emotional family movie music” playing in the background, and my heart felt so full. These are the days I live for. These are the memories my children will carry with them forever, and I pray they will pass them on to their children.
Saturday afternoon we decided to venture out to Colonial Williamsburg, which was only about ten miles from our campground.
We got there pretty late so we decided to stick with the free walking tour since they would be closing soon. The kids complained at first (just look at Anna’s face), and I’ll admit it was FREEZING, but it was so much fun!
The kids changed their tune as soon as they saw the pillory and stocks! After pretending to be captured fugitives they were excited to experience everything history has to offer.
We are already planning our next trip, and I think our entire family may dress up just to get the full experience!
After our cold fun in Colonial Williamsburg, we headed back so I could get some work done and watch the last big game for our team before the big basketball tournament starts.
Sadly, we couldn’t find it using our antenna, and what would you know, our coaxial cable wasn’t long enough to get the cable on our camper TV (yes, we have a TV now!).
Thankfully I had just purchased my new Samsung Galaxy Core Prime from Walmart before we left and we were able to live-stream it to the laptop, which we then hooked into the TV using our HDMI cable. Thank goodness for mobile hotspots and unlimited data!
I love the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime because it’s lightweight but takes great photos. This phone came highly recommended by both my husband and the guy who helped me in Walmart and it was on Rollback for only $79.92! SCORE!
I can’t imagine how upset everyone would have been had we missed that game, especially since we KICKED butt! I purchased my new phone with camping in mind, but I never thought we would be using it to watch the game.
When we go camping, I always use large amounts of data because we use my phone on the way to the campground both for directions and to keep the kids busy. Then when we get to the campground we use it to see if there are any local events we should attend, to find bait, and pretty much any and everything else you can think of. When I learned that the new Walmart Family Mobile Plan PLUS would give me Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data (which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data plus a free movie on VUDU), I knew I had to get in on that deal.
At only $49.88 a month, I know we will get our money’s worth even if we only use my new phone during our camping trips! I checked to see how much data we used this weekend, and we had already used over 3GB’s!
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this site or your local Walmart for current pricing.
After our camping trip, I told my husband that we should have totally made a video like this ;). For the record, he said “maybe next time”, which means “uh no!”. I’m going to get him to do a video with me… one day, when he least expects it!
The Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan is a great way to maximize your refund this tax season, to upgrade your plan at a value!
After the game, we watched a movie together (yay for FREE movies) and hit the hay.
Sunday was much warmer, so the kids enjoyed riding their bikes, playing on the playground and then we visited the outlets in Williamsburg to do a little shopping.
This past weekend was the first camping trip we have ever taken where we did very little “campin’ stuff”, but you know what? I’m okay with that because everyone had a great time, and that is what it’s all about.
When I asked everyone what their favorite thing about the new camper was, they all pretty much said the same thing… comfortable beds. My favorite thing, the bathroom! I will not miss public bath houses at all!
I am looking forward to the warmer months that will bring fishing, swimming, and sitting outside under the stars. Until then, I’ll take the chill of winter camping, the warmth of our new camper, the fullness of uninterrupted family time, and the priceless moments I’m sharing with my family.
Until next time… walk where the cobblestone streets take you!