Spot the Scotts Weekly Blog Update #1

Starting a new segment here on Spot the Scotts – a weekly blog update!! Since videos are always so behind, we thought it would be fun to put out a little weekly update so you can at least know what we are up to, and share a few pics. Then when the videos get caught up to that point, the rest of the photos and videos will be shared. So I guess it’s like a preview in a way, but we hope it helps to keep some of you from worrying that we’ve fallen off the face of the earth 🙂 So here’s our first weekly update, in real time!!

For those who don’t know, recently we bought Connor his own Jeep! it needs a lot of work, but that’s the whole point – the guys want to work on fixing it up together. They have finally started digging in and their first big project is replacing the radiator. They got a good start on it this past week, ran into a couple issues but hope to be finishing it up this week!

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As far as the Scott ladies, we had a little shopping to do as we have signed Racey up for basketball camp the last week of June! I took her out to get some basketball shoes. When the guys work on the Jeep, we like to do some planning in our Happy Planners! It’s so much fun to combine decorating with the practicality of keeping up with our busy lives and it’s something I really enjoy doing with her – it’s great to have a planner buddy!!

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Prince seems to be adapting just fine to our family. He’s such a family cat. He follows the kids around, wakes them up in the morning and just loves to get love from them. He loves to get love from us too, at the most inopportune times, sprawling all over our work when we are at the table or shoving himself into the crook of my arm when I’m working at the computer. He’s also taken a liking to bothering us a mealtime… lol… he’s luck he’s so cute. We love him!

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Also in case you missed it although I did post it on our main instagram, my sweet Phoebe had to be put down recently. She was nearing 15 years of age and had gotten down to barely over 3 pounds and became very weak until one day she was barely able to walk and we decided it was time. It was so hard to let go but I held her in my arms and made sure her final moments were all about the love and snuggles which were her favorite things in life. I miss her so much!!!

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Last Tuesday evening we had a little family outing to The Hub, a family entertainment center in our town. It offers Go Karting, Laser Tag and arcade games. Brian & the kids ran three races on the Go Karting track and had fun as always. The kids enjoyed a bunch of arcade games to win tickets, while Papa Bear and I mainly played air hockey… we had such a blast!! It’s so close to our home so it makes an easy and fun outing. If the races were a little cheaper we’d go every week!

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Finally, we enjoyed a spectacular little getaway to Glacier National Park this weekend!!! We were lucky enough to take more than a weekend this time, leaving Friday and returning today (Tuesday).  I’ll just cover the weekend in this post and leave Monday for next week’s post!!

Friday was our trip up – we did as much packing as we could on Thursday night so we could get there early enough to enjoy our campsite and have a little vacation style relaxation before diving into our weekend activities. We did, however, go into the park that first evening so we could hit up the visitor’s center and get Racey’s Junior Ranger packet!

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We stopped in West Glacier on the way back to the campground because Racey really wanted pictures in “The Big Chair” – basically a giant red Adirondack chair 🙂 I took the opportunity to snag some family pics 🙂

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Saturday was kayaking day!! We’ve always loved beautiful Lake McDonald when we have visited Glacier and we were delighted to find out that you can indeed kayak on it! The weather was coming and going the entire time, so we didn’t stay out for more than a few hours, but we had a great time. We decided that our lunch that day would be a floating picnic which turned out to be really fun. The kids are getting better and better at paddling and we hope that by the end of the summer we will be paddling longer distances! Despite being cold and windy we did have some sunny times and the views here were just spectacular.

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On Sunday, we drove to the other entrance of the park so we could visit St Mary’s Visitor Center and get another National Parks passport stamp. The park is so big that getting to that other side is about a 2.5 hour drive! We planned to drive the Going to the Sun Road in its entirety like we did last year without the kids, so we could share it with them. To our surprise, it is still being plowed and very little of it is open!! We drove what we could of it and enjoyed the views, stopping at various scenic overlooks. It was again cold and windy, the coldest day of our trip, so glad we spent most of it in the car 🙂 We plan to bring the kiddos back up on a day trip sometime in July so we can drive the entire road with them.

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That’s it for this week!! Plenty more to share next week and we thank you for hanging around with us! This has been a tough and busy few months, but we’re back, catching up on things and planning to be much more active with Spot the Scotts. You should start seeing new videos again this week and 5-6 new videos per week for the next month!! See you again soon!

What’s Happening w/ the Scotts?

For those who are confused by our videos jumping all around, I’m so sorry.
Let me explain in case you’ve missed it.

January 30 we were in Lake Havasu celebrating Kali’s birthday. Later that day, Brian received a phone call which pertained to his kids and he flew home to Montana immediately. I needed to drive to Colorado alone so I could be there for another egg retrieval cycle for our planned surrogacy. We had to abandon our Airstream and we were SO fortunate that our dear new friends Michael & Jenny of Duet Justus could drive it to Phoenix for us for repairs. Brian and I then spent the entire month of February apart. The kids were living with Brian in our new house, which we had already purchased prior to these events. We had originally planned to stay in it half of each year when we had visitation with the kids.

I was staying in Colorado with our friends Laura & Kimberly and going through egg retrieval. We started sharing SOME vlogs during this process, but had not yet caught up on Lake Havasu vlogs. So it’s been confusing here on the channel jumping around, trying to share real-time updates of what was going on, while also catching up from Arizona because we had SUCH amazing times there!

We left off with videos on the day Brian flew in to see me in Colorado and we had some meetings with the surrogacy agency and
our surrogate. I’ve taken a HUGE break from YouTube since we came back together here in Montana…
Brian was gone for a week while he picked up our Airstream in Phoenix and drove it back. Since then, we have been furnishing a house again, parenting teenagers, trying to settle in, get organized, empty and sell our RV. I was so tired from hormones after the egg retrieval that I wasn’t accomplishing much. Now I’m back, feeling good, have caught up on Havasu vlogs and would like to share everything else I haven’t had the chance to share.

SO, I’d like to put this timeline together for those who have had a hard time following, and share the videos IN ORDER. I’ve made them and put them up at different times, but this is the order they should REALLY be in. Hopefully this will help to make sure you haven’t missed one and that the timeline makes sense 🙂

LAKE HAVASU VLOGS:

REAL LIFE VLOGS FROM BRIAN & CHRISTIE:

Now I’ll be picking up with Feb 17th, our next set of vlogs after our day we spent together meeting the surrogate etc.

I’ll be catching up with events throughout February and March and then finally sharing our videos from our family trip to HAWAII over spring break, March 18-25 🙂

THANK YOU for hanging in there with us through the confusion and the time periods without videos, and we hope soon it will all start to make a little more sense. Once we get caught up, we have LOTS of plans for the direction to take Spot the Scotts now that we are not traveling full time…. and we can’t wait to share with you! We will still be traveling as much as we can and spending the summer in the RV, but we also have lots of other great plans and we look forward to living a new dream with The Scottlets! 🙂

Our Blog’s Purpose

Hey everybody! Long time no blog updates from the Scotts! In recent months, we’ve seen an explosion of activity on our YouTube channel and our counts of followers have gone up drastically on Instagram and Facebook.

It’s so hard to stay up to date with a blog on top of all of that – “vlogging” on YouTube has really become our main thing. While we still want to share pics and would love to write about everything we do also, not only is it a lot of extra work but it starts to feel a little bit redundant.

If you want to stay up-to-date, we highly recommend following us on Facebook and Instagram. They are the most “up to the moment” as far as where we are and what we are doing. YouTube tends to trail behind a few weeks, but also offers the most in depth look into our lives.

This has led us to want to start a new purpose for the blog…. the “where we are and what we’re doing” thing seems to be covered. So what do we really want to do with the blog?!

Firstly, I took our blog off the main page of our website… so spotthescotts.com is not now our “blog”, it is our website which takes people to everywhere they need to go to learn about us, and the blog has become a sub-page. Not the main focus.

I’m hoping to make a shift to more helpful, topic-based articles. These are the types of things I know I like to read. Top 10 RV gadgets. What we use most in our RV kitchen. What hiking gear we pack in our RV. How we plan our RV routes. How we chose our tow vehicle. How we chose which RV we are living in. Maybe some how-to’s. Getting good internet on the road. Making money on the road. Budgeting for travel life. Apps and technology we use to aid in our travel life. Relationship tips for RVers. I’ve been seeing great articles floating around, ones I wish I had written… discussing RV types and choosing one…. discussing what younger RVers really want in an RV that manufacturers are ignoring…. etc etc.

Needless to say the wheels are spinning, and I’d really like to start gearing our blog toward relevant “topics” such as these. A lot of times they may accompany a video that we make, as well, since YouTube is our focus. That being said, I do want to fill in with pics and videos of some of our favorite places we travel. I just don’t want to kill myself trying to “keep up.” So instead of highlighting every place we go, they may end up in “top 10” lists or things like “best campsites we stayed at this year” or “our favorite National Parks so far”…

Hope this will start bringing great, fresh new content to the blog that our readers will enjoy 🙂

Mavis – Our Montana High Country

Meet Mavis! Mavis is our 2016 Keystone Montana High Country 340BH.

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A few details about Mavis…

41 feet long (40′ 11″, but come on.)

Weighs around 15,000lbs when fully loaded.

Master bedroom up front.

4-bunk bedroom in the back.

Theater seating.

Hide-a-bed.

Table & Chairs for eating space.

Fireplace (LOVE!)

Outdoor kitchen.

Storage. SO MUCH STORAGE.

We LOVE this floorplan. It works perfectly for us!

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Here are a few photos of our living space – also check out the video tour!

Kitchen & Entertainment Space

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Also check out our two videos of Mavis – the first is a photo tour with these same photos plus many more:

The second video is our Periscope reveal video – it’s quite long (about 45 mins) but goes into every single detail, if you would like to see every nook and cranny 🙂

We have LOTS of plans for decorating Mavis. We’ve already added a few colorful accents since we took these photos, but there are MANY more things in the works. We LOVE color, and look forward to infusing as much color as possible.

We tow Mavis with a 2014 Ford F450…. we just upgraded to this new truck and don’t have a name for it yet 🙂

We used to tow with a 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD named The Duke, which you might see in older photos/videos.

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This truck is so powerful we are having an easy time of towing these days! We also LOVE the custom bed that came on this truck – there are lots of storage cubbies/toolboxes as well as our favorite feature, an extra 90 gal fuel tank! Makes long distance drives SO much easier!

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We have been living in Mavis since Nov 13, 2015 and we’ve been rolling in our Ford F450 since January 22nd, 2016.

Mavis had already visited lots of beautiful locations…. and we look forward to MANY years of travel with this wonderful setup!

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Check out our previous rolling homes!

Before Mavis, we lived in Dorothy: Our 2008 Crossroads Sunset Trail 30BH.

Before Dorothy, we cruised around in The Biscuit, our 2015 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 184BH.

Dorothy: Our 2008 Crossroads Sunset Trail

This was previously our page up at the top of the blog when this was our current home. We have now upgraded to a 2016 Montana High Country 340BH.

Meet “Dorothy” – Our Home on Wheels – so named because “there’s no place like home” (and it just happens to be one of Brian’s favorite movies of all time). She is a 2008 Crossroads Sunset Trail 30BH.

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We purchased Dorothy on our honeymoon. We started out in our Jayco Jay Flight trailer pulled by our Toyota RAV4 and enjoyed two amazing weeks touring through Washington and Oregon. We had planned a full month, however the travel bug bit us so fast we didn’t know what hit us. Our trip began and we started our Instagram page, which led us to find out that many couples our age (with kids even!) were living in RV’s full time and traveling. I mean, who ever heard of such a thing? As soon as we found this out, we knew we had found our dream. We talked and talked and started looking at trailers while we were enjoying our honeymoon. By two weeks in, we had found our dream trailer – Dorothy!!! – except she was all the way in Indiana. Well what else was there to do but cut our honeymoon short and go get her!

It was love at first sight. We hitched her up and brought her home.

Here are some photos of the interior when we first bought Dorothy:

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Interior Panoramic

Interior Panoramic

Interior Panoramic

Kitchen and Bedroom

Interior View Kitchen and Bedroom

Bathroom

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Us Inside the Trailer

Us Inside the Trailer

And here is a walkthrough video tour!!

We didn’t get to stay in the trailer on our way home, and the very FIRST time we even got to use it was four months later! We had title issues to straighten out before we could get plates. We took our first trip Spring Break 2015 to visit the kids in Montana. Before we took off, we made a few changes to the interior. We are starting to put our stamp on it with our own style, and we have a lot more plans!

Colorful Bedding

Colorful Bedding in our Bedroom

Slipcover, Throw Pillows and Rug

Updates: Slipcover, Throw Pillows and Rug

Kitchen Island, Booth Pillows

Kitchen Island, Booth Pillows

New Ottomans and Curtains

New Ottomans and Curtains

Interior Panoramic with Updates

Interior Panoramic with Updates

These were just a few stylistic changes as well as better function with the kitchen island and the storage ottomans. Our future plans include staining all of the wood darker, adding a tile backsplash, removing wallpaper and changing the window treatments. We will have it looking super modern by the time we roll out of here to live in it full time – July 2015!

If you would like to see our similar page for our very first trailer, you can now read it here.

ōlloClip: The Perfect Photo Accessory for Your Next Adventure

Occasionally, and I do mean occasionally, Christie and I find ourselves aimlessly perusing thru an electronics store. On this trip, we happened to go to Best Buy and were on our way out when Christie was stopped in her tracks by an iPhone 6+ case she had to have. In this very same section we happened to see something interesting, a lens set for an iPhone. Whaaaat???   The product was called the ōlloclip® 4-in-1 photo lens and we saw the set available for iPhones 5/5S, and the 6/6+. Christie and I both have the iPhone 6+ so I will be speaking of our experience with this specific lens set.

The set is offered in silver/black or the white/gold option. We (and by “we”, I mean “I”) opted for the manlier silver/black option. The set (at Best Buy) retails at about $80 plus tax, which isn’t too bad considering the capabilities that the lens set offers. The 4-in-1 set offers a fisheye lens, wide-angle lens, as well as 10x and 15x macro lenses all packed into a convenient clip that attaches to the top of your phone. To make it even more compact, the 10x and 15x lenses are located beneath the removable fisheye and wide-angle lenses.

For those of you with other devices who are currently wondering if you can get this product – we found out from their website that they offer the ōlloclip for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6/6+ as well as for iPad and Samsung Galaxy S series!

The ōlloclip.

The ōlloclip box.

The set provides you 3 color options (ours came with green, blue, and black) for your lens to clip to and then attach to a sleek lanyard.

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Clip color options

Also included are two clear rubber lens covers, which come in a nice little lens-friendly bag (which can also be used to clean the lenses). All together I think it’s a nice compact and convenient little set that allows me to expand my capabilities as a photographer without lugging around any heavy equipment. Let me tell you about my experience with the ōlloclip® so far.

The unpackaged set.

The unpackaged set.

Upon opening the package, I chose the black clip because, well, I’m manly and black is a manly color. I attached the sleek gray lanyard and noticed lumps in the lens-friendly bag. This is when I found the convenient clear rubber lens covers and a small piece of black plastic. “Odd” I thought to myself. I’m glad I didn’t pull the normal man move and toss it, because it happened to be the adapter insert for the iPhone 6+. The clip came standard with the iPhone 6 insert already affixed.

6+ adapter

6+ adapter

A quick swap of the inserts (ensure you install the insert properly, i.e. side 2 to side 2; it does matter) and I was ready to roll. This brings me to my first con of the ōlloclip®: it does not work with the case on my iPhone. I’m a dude, and kind of a mongo. I drop my phone a lot. Thank goodness I put a sturdy Pelican case on my phone otherwise I think I would be on my fifth iPhone 6+ by. But I digress. I was disappointed that I would have to remove my case every time I want to use my “clip”, but once again, a trade I’m willing to make. Upon further investigation as I am writing this post, I found out that you can buy cases specifically made by ōllo® to work with the “clip”… check some out here.

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The ōlloclip attached to the iPhone 6+

The ōlloclip attached to the iPhone 6+

With a little finagling and adjusting I finally fit the wide-angle lens over the forward facing camera. This brings me to my second “con”; the “clip” actually cracked my glass screen protector.  This may have been due to my aforementioned mongo-ness or not. I don’t know how it would react to other types of screen covers, but the glass cover crunched under the pressure of the clip. I plan to invest in one of the ōlloClip-specific cases and possibly try out a non-glass screen protector.

My cracked glass.

My cracked glass.

So the first lens I played with is the wide-angle lens. I didn’t notice much of a difference until I actually removed the “clip” and was surprised at the difference in the field of view.

Without the wide-angle lens.

Fountain in the Alamo Courtyard – Without the wide-angle lens.

 

With the wide-angle lens.

From the same spot with the wide-angle lens.

The wide-angle lens also did wonders for taking selfies by allowing so much more background into the picture.

A selfie without the wide-angle lens.

A selfie taken normally, without the wide-angle lens.

 

A selfie with the wide-angle lens.

A selfie taken with the wide-angle lens.

By removing the silver wide-angle lens, I revealed the 10x macro lens.

The wide-angle lens, once removed reveals the 10x macro lens.

The wide-angle lens, once removed reveals the 10x macro lens underneath.

 

The removed lens.

The removed lens, taken with the 10x macro lens.

I pointed the camera at an object about a foot away, and the image was extremely out of focus. Upon further investigation by my shutterbug of a wife, it turns out the macro lens requires you to hold the camera very close to the object you are photographing in order for it to come into focus. The 10x macro lens provided amazing detail and clarity that the standard iPhone camera just doesn’t capture.

A metal grate table top with the standard 6+ camera.

A metal grate table top with the standard iPhone 6+ camera.

 

The same table top with the 10x macro lens.

The same table top with the 10x macro lens.

 

And with the 15x macro lens.

And now with the 15x macro lens.

I flipped the ōlloClip around and places the fisheye lens over the camera and played with that for a few minutes. Once again I was surprised at how clear and crisp these images are and how well the lenses work.

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The Riverwalk through the Fisheye Lens

 

Playing with the fisheye lens.

Playing with the fisheye lens.

To get to the 15x macro lens I removed the fisheye lens and was awestruck at the magnification and clarity the 15x lens provides. From grains of ground pepper to the metal mesh table top, the 15x lens zooms you into the smallest details.

Ground pepper with the 10x lens.

Ground pepper with the 10x lens.

 

And with the 15x lens.

And with the 15x lens.

Christie also played with the macro lenses and took these photos of her ring for comparison.

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Christie’s ring with the normal iPhone 6″ Camera

 

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Christie’s Ring with the 10x Macro Lens

 

Christie’s Ring through the 15X Macro Lens

While great for comparison purposes, I kinda wish she hadn’t done that, as now she wants a better diamond 😛 Anyway, moving on.

We tried out the macro lenses again on some plantlife near the Alamo. This photo shows the flowers we were photographing and how small they really were.

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Flower Subject, With Size Reference

 

A flower (Christie's hand for perspective) and the same flower with the 10x lens.

Stunning Macro Shot with 10X Lens

Our overall first impression of the ōllocip® is a great one. We like the capabilities that it offers and what it allows us to do with our iPhones. As full-time RVers, we have very limited space and we also find ourselves using our phones more than we would a normal camera. We really don’t have room for camera gear anyway, nor are we the type to want to lug it around. We’ve both wanted to get into photography more and we have even had DSLR cameras and extra lenses… but we just don’t take the stuff with us. We just don’t want to, plain and simple. Not to mention how expensive it is to invest in all of the equipment. With the ŌlloClip, we have everything we need in one small budget-friendly package. We like it so much, we just might have to get another one so we don’t have to share, and we are also interested in trying out the ōlloClip Active, which provides an Ultra Wide-Angle lens and a Telephoto lens. Thanks to its compact nature and easy accessibility, the ŌlloClip is the perfect accessory for these two “phone photographers.”

Spot the Scotts: The Alamo

The Scotts Visit The Alamo

The Scotts Visit The Alamo

While in San Antonio celebrating our one year wedding anniversary, we decided to visit The Alamo. We’ve both been there when we were younger, but it’s funny how much you don’t remember (I thought it was MUCH bigger!) and how much more you enjoy the history as an adult. If you’re interested in reading some of the history, I really like this synopsis on the History Channel’s website.

We are bad travel photographers who completely forgot to take a picture of the front of the building. It was under construction anyway, and really didn’t look pretty. We did mean to take a picture on the way out but it slipped out minds.

We briefly wandered through the shrine portion of the Alamo (which is the iconic building we all think of) but sorry, no photos are allowed to be taken inside.

We also went through the museum exhibits in the Long Barrack which was really interesting.

I think what we both enjoyed most was the courtyard area. Beautiful architecture and lush greenery. We had fun playing with our new camera accessory and trying out some wide angle shots and some macro shots in the courtyard.

The Alamo's Courtyard

The Alamo’s Courtyard

 

Christie at The Alamo

Christie at The Alamo

 

Brian at The Alamo

Brian at The Alamo

 

Beautiful Courtyard Fountain

Beautiful Courtyard Fountain

 

I particularly enjoyed coming across these bright purple berries, which I later discovered are called Beauty Berries. I’ve never seen bright purple berries before and they are my FAVORITE shade of purple. I also loved the purple flowers I found, as well.

Beauty Berries Seen in Alamo Courtyard

Beauty Berries Seen in Alamo Courtyard

 

Purple Flowers Seen in Alamo Courtyard

Purple Flowers Seen in Alamo Courtyard

We can get beautiful macro shots now that we haven’t been able to get with our iPhones before. It was a shutterbug’s paradise.

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We loves seeing all the canons and reading the various plaques around the property.

Canon Seen in Alamo Courtyard

Canon Seen in Alamo Courtyard

 

Plaque in Alamo Courtyard

Plaque in Alamo Courtyard

Everywhere you turn in the courtyard area, there is another beautiful view… something to appreciate.

Alamo Courtyard

Alamo Courtyard

 

Alamo Courtyard

Alamo Courtyard

 

Alamo Courtyard

Alamo Courtyard

Of course, there is a lot more to The Alamo than the courtyard and the foliage. That just happened to be the most enjoyable part for us 🙂  Plus you can’t take pictures inside, lol.

We highly recommend a visit, especially if you enjoy history.  Bonus, for those who collect National Parks stamps – it is a National Historic Site and they do offer a passport stamp. You just have to ask at the desk inside the Shrine (not the gift shop which is where we thought it would be), and it does not have a date on it unfortunately.

Did I mention, visiting the Alamo is completely free? We recommend it as a very family friendly place to visit – great for all ages.

 

Spot the Scotts: San Antonio Riverwalk

View of the Riverwalk

View of the Riverwalk

We came to San Antonio for a few days to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We are staying in Houston for a few months and just wanted to get away for something romantic – The Riverwalk seemed like the perfect place!

We have really been enjoying the RV park we are staying at in Houston and it just so happens the same company has one in San Antonio as well that just opened up in July, so we are staying there. It’s called Greenlake RV Resort. We kept our monthly site in Houston going but brought the trailer here for 3 nights. It’s still a cheap way to travel as we are only spending about $24/night with Good Sam discount. Bonus – we don’t have to remember to pack anything! Everything is with us! We just love this life.

We took the road trip to San Antonio on our actual anniversary. We love road trips! We even made a video as we traveled.

Making a Video as we Drive

Making a Video as we Drive

By the time we pulled in, set up, took showers and got gussied up, we really didn’t hit the town until about 8pm. We strolled the Riverwalk a little and just took in the atmosphere, then selected a little Mexican restaurant where we could dine on the water. We had a romantic little anniversary dinner, just enjoying each other.

The Riverwalk at Night

The Riverwalk at Night

 

Anniversary Dinner on the Riverwalk

Anniversary Dinner on the Riverwalk

The next day was really our “San Antonio day” where we took in the Riverwalk and the Alamo and spent the day wandering. We started off our day enjoying coffee and breakfast at Sip, a local coffee spot.  We spied a little glimpse of the Riverwalk from up above:

First Glimpse of the Riverwalk from Street Level

First Glimpse of the Riverwalk from Street Level

We really aren’t big on cities, especially big cities! LOL… but San Antonio is more than just a city. When you go down below street level to the Riverwalk, it doesn’t feel like “big city” anymore. It’s like another world!

Greenery Along the Riverwalk

Greenery Along the Riverwalk

Charming walkways, beautiful architecture and tons of lush plants – not to mention the river itself – all come together to create the most delightful atmosphere. For me it feels a lot like places I have been in Europe. It is, simply put, a place you want to be. We felt so relaxed strolling along.

Nature is a very present force along the Riverwalk, doing its own thing:

Crazy Tree Growing Out of a Building

Crazy Tree Growing Out of a Building

Yep, that tree is growing right out the side of a building we walked by.

After strolling around on our own for a while, we decided to take one of the boat tours. $8.25 for an adult ($6 for a veteran) and the tour lasts 35 minutes. We found out tour to be very informative, interesting, and just plain fun. It was a great day for it as it was somewhat overcast and we didn’t have the sun beating down on us. We floated around learning about the buildings, the river, and some history of the area.

View during River Boat Tour

View during River Boat Tour

It was fun to have some things pointed out to us that we might not have noticed on our own… for example, this awesome building which was built to give the illusion of being two dimensional:

Designed to appear flat - it realy does!

Designed to appear flat – it really does!

 

I love any boat ride anyway, and we both really enjoyed including this in our day, albeit a pretty typical “tourist trap” experience – some of them are great and we think this one was!

River Boat Tour

River Boat Tour

 

River Boat Tour

River Boat Tour

 

Taking the tour also helped us get a sense of how everything was laid out and where we might want to go throughout the day, including picking our lunch spot (an Irish pub called Waxy O’Connor’s) and finding out that we needed to get to the Alamo by going through the Hyatt Regency. It helped us form our game plan 🙂

After the tour we stopped at an empty table along the water and sat down to write each other anniversary letters. This is a little tradition we are starting. We wrote each other letters about this past year as well as what we hope/dream for the year to come, and we plan to read them next year on our 2nd wedding anniversary 🙂

Writing Letters for Next Year's Anniversary

Writing Letters for Next Year’s Anniversary

We had lunch at the Irish Pub after finishing up our letters and continued along the Riverwalk toward going to see the Alamo.

There were so many scenic spots along the Riverwalk, like little waterfalls and giant lush plants. We were stopping to take pictures constantly!

Waterfall along the Riverwalk

Waterfall along the Riverwalk

 

Enjoying the Riverwalk Scenery

Enjoying the Riverwalk Scenery

 

Brian next to some plants that are taller than he is!

Brian next to some plants that are taller than he is!

We did eventually make it to the Alamo, but that is going to be a whole separate blog post 🙂 After we visited the Alamo we came back down the the Riverwalk and finished off our day with some ice cream and yes, even more walking along just enjoying. We didn’t really seem to get tired of doing that 🙂

Enjoying Ice Cream along the Riverwalk

Enjoying Ice Cream along the Riverwalk

 

The weather was perfect – yes still a bit warm and sticky but hey, it’s Texas. The cloud cover really helped to keep things comfortable, and it never did rain as we feared it would. We enjoyed every minute of our day just taking in the atmosphere of the Riverwalk.

Another Riverwalk View

Another Riverwalk View

 

We definitely recommend checking out the San Antonio Riverwalk whenever you have the opportunity. We think it would also be very family friendly. There’s plenty to see and do, lots of good food places to enjoy. The boat tours are fun. We also noticed it is very handicap-friendly, and many patrons in wheelchairs were getting around and enjoying the area as well. If you like that feeling of getting away from things like we do, this “not in the city” feel when you ARE in the city, might just be for you 🙂

 

A Beautiful Day on the Riverwalk

A Beautiful Day on the Riverwalk

We also made a video of our day in San Antonio for your viewing pleasure 😀

Thanks for coming along with us!

Scotts on the Road to San Antonio

Today, October 7th, is our One Year Wedding Anniversary.

Wedding Day Kiss October 7th, 2014

Wedding Day Kiss October 7th, 2014

Hard to believe, in some ways, that it’s been a whole year. And in others, hard to believe it’s ONLY been a year! We have been through so much together.

We are taking a break from Houston and getting away to San Antonio for a couple of days… a little romantic getaway for our first anniversary.

Even though we have only been in Houston for 3 weeks, we are getting itchy feet to travel… so this little getaway should be good for us. We are all VERY happy to be on the road… even Lucy.

Lucy Loves Road Trips

Lucy Loves Road Trips

 

Travel Dog

Travel Dog

We enjoyed the drive a lot, made a video, and I even got quite a bit of blogging done! In the car! Yeah!

Blogging From the Road

Blogging From the Road

If you are one of those few people out there who likes to listen to us babble, you can watch the video we made in the truck on the way to San Antonio 🙂

If you’d like to read more about the Ollo Clip mentioned in our video, which allowed the wide angle view, you can read Brian’s blog post on it here.

Read about our San Antonio trip here and here!

 

Fallbrook RV Resort – Houston, Texas

We needed to come to Houston for an extended period – close to three months – and we specifically needed to be near certain people, which led to our choice of Fallbrook RV Resort. There are several parks around the Houston area run by this company – Quality RV Resorts – but this one is closest to everything we needed to be near. We really had no idea what to expect. It is fairly new and only had one mediocre review online that we could find. However, the price was right and we needed to GO.

Well, we have been pleasantly surprised ever since we rolled in! The resort is large, clean and well kept with nice wide, even, paved roads. The office is run by extremely pleasant people, and the amenities are all just wonderful!

Office / Clubouse / Restrooms / Laundry at Fallbrook RV Resort

Let’s start with our site. It’s plenty wide, with a nice FLAT paved pad and picnic table provided. It’s so LONG that we are able to fit out truck, our 32 ft travel trailer AND our Subaru Forester. Pretty awesome!

Our site at Fallbrook RV Resort

Our site at Fallbrook RV Resort

Yes, this is more of a parking-lot style place. Not too many trees, although they have planted some that WILL grow and will provide more shade and privacy later. However, in a big city such as Houston, we aren’t expecting “woodsy”. There are areas further out of the city where you can absolutely have that – but on this trip, our priority was proximity to people.

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Our site from a different view

The main building is where you find the office, personal mailboxes (which are FREE by the way!), clubhouse, 24 hour laundry facility and restro0oms/showers. I haven’t taken photos of everything, but I did cover those areas in my video of the facility:

 

The clubhouse is so nice – very cool in the Houston heat – with vending machines, fresh popcorn and coffee offered daily, an ice/water machine which we have used multiple times a day and have not bought any drinking water… a lounge area with LARGE flat screen TV, a pool table, shuffle board, a few pieces of work out equipment. One amazing feature is the computer room with three computers that are hooked up to high speed internet AND include printers and paper. There are also two separate printers for hooking up your own laptop. The laundry facility is commercial grade and very clean, as well as open 24 hours. For extra convenience, there is no need to lug quarters. You just purchase a laundry card that you can use on all the machines. Near the clubhouse is the trash area with four VERY large dumpsters, and a very nice bonus – a dog washing station!

Dog Washing Station

Dog Washing Station

There are also THREE designated dog walking areas throughout the park! It is a very dog friendly place, while staying nice and clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

Outside, at the back of the clubhouse is a nice patio area with rocking chairs and ceiling fans overlooking the  man made lake.

Rocking chairs on patio behind clubhouse

Rocking chairs on patio behind clubhouse

Looking down the other way, you’ll see the fire pit and bar at the other end:

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This is one of two fire pits on the property – the other is down at the other end of the lake.

Gas fire pit by the lake

Gas fire pit by the lake

Right behind the fire pit is a very nice bar area complete with TV, seating area, ice machine and beverage cooler:

Bar area

Right around the corner from the bar is a grilling area! Two nice BBQ grills each with a set of burners next to it and plenty of prep space. These are for all guests to use!

Grilling area at Fallbrook RV Resort

Next to the clubhouse is the pool area. AHHHH the pool area. It is SUCH a nice pool!

Pool area at Fallbrook RV Resort ... Our Oasis

This has really been an oasis for us since we arrived. It was SO hot when we got here (mid 90’s and HUMID) so this was a great retreat. Surprisingly very few people come to the pool during the day, despite the resort being pretty full and there being a lot of people who ARE around during the day like we are. We’ve had it all to ourselves or maybe shared with 2-3 people at the most. One of the biggest benefits of this pool is that they treat the entire area surrounding the pool 3 times daily in order to maintain a “mosquito free zone”!! So far I can say I have found this to be true!! There is music playing around the pool (so far always country, which is great for us) and there is a very nice hot tub. Brian loves the fact that there are two long benches in the pool to sit on, and we love the shallow end which is not only great for kids but is a nice spot to sit or lay and be in the water without swimming when you just feel like chillin’ out.

The first two weeks here it was VERY hot… but once it cooled down to the upper 70’s, low 80’s the water got kinda chilly. No more swimming for me 🙁 Then, suddenly…. this sign appeared…

Hallelujah!!! :-D

Hallelujah!!! :-D

 

We had been here for 3 weeks now and have nothing but positive things to say. We have been comfortable and well taken care of whenever we need something. We feel this is an excellent place for a long term stay and would be equally comfortable for a short term stay as well. In the North Houston area, this is a great choice. Although not in the safest area, if this is where you need to be, don’t stay anywhere else! They have a security fence around the entire property, and codes are required for both drive in and walk in entry. We have felt very safe and it has generally been very quiet.

The Scotts give this RV Resort 4.5/5 – the only thing lacking for us is a more woodsy atmosphere but that just isn’t possible in this area. So if you take that out of the equation we would give 5/5. To recap, these are the amenities offered:

  • Security
  • Convenient Location in North Houston
  • Free Personal Mailboxes
  • Dog Walks and Dog Washing Station
  • Clubhouse
  • Computer Room and Printers
  • Nice Clean Restrooms and Showers
  • Relaxing Patio
  • Lake
  • Fire Pits
  • BBQ /Cooking / Bar Areas
  • Pool (Heated in Winter) and Hot Tub  in Mosquito Free Area
  • Wide Flat Roads and Sites
  • Clean and Comfortable
  • Helpful and Friendly Managers