Sunday, May 25, 2014
Fort Wilderness was a welcome sight for weary travelers. Because they knew that, in spite of its crude construction, it had a soft-serve ice cream machine inside. As you all know, in the 1840's, "frontier ice cream" was mostly made of tallow, sassafras root, and adobe. So genuine soft-serve was quite the treat! Nobody had invented the chocolate-dipped cones just yet, hence the phrase "roughing it".
There was also a tiki bar in the officer's quarters, although they often ran out of pineapples and had to use spuds instead. This was one of the "hard facts" that Walt Disney referred to in his famous speech.