June 4, 2012

The Pirate Fest 2012

A girlfriend of mine asked my daughter and if we would like to go with her and her two girls to the annual Pirate Fest in Port Washington, WI.  This sounded like a great idea.  I was a little hesitate that we were going to be added to a bunkhouse that is already housing 25 people with approximately 1.5 kids per adult.  What was I getting myself into?

The Bunkhouse was an absolutely amazing place.  All about The Bunkhouse. This place is absolutely gorgeous.  It is well maintained and so family friendly.  Amazing when you think of all the grown men that go hunting and use this lodging facility.  Two dishwashers, all the pots, pans, sheets, towels, soap, shampoo (bring your own hair dryer), televisions - there is just too much to mention.  They provided a tractor ride through the countryside, which was absolutely beautiful and the children absolutely loved it.  The kids could run and play and be wild outside.  It is located just far enough from the main road that the kids had plenty of room to play safe.  Just across the street was a beautiful bike path.  My daughter and I took a long walk and picked asparagus for dinner.

As for the Pirate Fest, it was interesting.  The kids had more fun on the beach collecting and skipping rocks.  It was too cold to go in the water much more than ankle deep.  My daughter and I collected rocks and sea glass to make a picture frame with and we will frame some of the pictures from the vacation.  I will post pictures later once we are done.

There were three sassy, overly tired little girls bickering in the back seat all the way home (2.5 hours).  They couldn't fall asleep fast enough for me.  It was amazing how well all the children got along.  For the most part, we were all strangers to one another.  The organizing lady invited two friends who turned around and invited friends who also invited friends.  All those kids were a little hard on the husbands but they did well and the kids enjoyed having a couple of dads around to keep them in line.

As for meals, we ate most of our meals at the cabin.  We all brought food and had scheduled meals to cook.  We all pitched in for clean up.  We did, however, eat one meal out.  On Saturday we at at a Mexican place downtown.  Figuring it was a festival weekend, they would be somewhat prepared to handle a crowd.  The owners were very nice an accommodating.  However, the food was only mediocre.  We ate outside so the kids could run and play and not bother too many patrons.

Overall, the weekend was a great success.  I hope I get a chance to do it again next year.  Thank you ladies! Photos to follow shortly!

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