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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Green Slide YAY, Magnetic Chalkboard FAIL

If you check out the video you will get to see the completed green slideout box – we LOVE IT!! – and hear a little about our plans for the curtains and window boxes (don’t have any pics of that to share just yet.)

Here’s how our beautiful Green Neon slide turned out!

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Happy, bright Green Neon slideout!! :-D

The next project on our list while the green paint dries is to attempt our magnetic chalkboards. We want the entire side of the pantry to become a magnetic chalkboard, as well as the two small inset panels on the freezer door. Since we have been so happy with Rustoleum so far, we decided to try their Magnetic Primer, and the plan is to then paint chalkboard paint on top of that.

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Demon Spawn in a Can

Firstly folks, this tiny little can is HEAVY with a capital H. No, all capitals, because it’s that heavy. I guess that makes sense, with all the magnetic properties is supposedly has. However, you probably won’t want to hold the can… pour some into another container. Just a hint, in case you dare to use this… except…. don’t. Seriously, don’t use it. It sucks!!

I started off just fine with the little panels on the freezer door.

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Ignorant Bliss

Look how happy I am! So innocent to the troubles that lay ahead! I noticed it was a bit drippy so I switched to a bigger brush, thinking that was my problem, when I started on the larger chalkboard.

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Magnetic Primer on side of Pantry… my poor carpet!

Nope. Nope nope nope!! Oh my gosh I will never ever use this paint again. I tried a bigger brush and even a roller. All I got was INSANE DRIPPING. Look at my poor trailer carpet ๐Ÿ™ That will never come out! Now, I’m not THE neatest painter in the world (just ask my poor husband), but I don’t drip like this normally. It’s like the paint is SO heavy, it can’t stay on the brush. I tried to get as little on my brush or roller as possible, but it was still a giant mess. It got all over the carpet, the rest of the floor, and the brown frame we already painted around the slide. HATE.

To make matters worse, it’s barely magnetic at all. Even after Brian saved me and did two more coats on top of it, it will barely hold up a magnet at all, let alone whatever you wanted to hold up WITH the magnet.

If you watch the video at the top of this post, I express pretty vividly how I feel about this paint.
Especially since it nearly ruined the kitchen sink when washing out the brushes and paint container – all of which, by the way, had to be thrown out because they wouldn’t wash out!

Just don’t. ๐Ÿ˜›

Everything Must Go – The Scotts Sell It All!!!!

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You can’t take it with you – especially when you are moving into an RV. Sure, if we wanted to, we could keep a storage space and save things for “when we return” – and some people who have definitive plans do exactly that. We, however, really have no idea where this crazy thing called life is going to take us, how many years we want to travel, and if/when we will settle down again. We are keeping a few precious things – some vintage armchairs we love, scrapbooks and stained glass I made, sentimental objects. That’s it. The chairs and like 2-3 boxes, which my dad is hanging onto for us. The rest is GOING!!!! We moved out of a 3,300 sqft house and we had certainly managed to accumulate a TON of STUFF. One garage sale could never be enough! Our first weekend we took part in a neighborhood-wide garage sale and sold for two days – we plan to do another two day sale next weekend as well. In the meanwhile, we are selling off big furniture on craigslist! I guess the best place to start is this first video we did which was a catch-up after a LONG time away from video-blogging…. we talk a little about getting ready for sale and update on our plans:

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Probably the biggest thing to share from that is our official departure date – July 10th!! The first day of the sale was a pretty huge success! It’s crazy how long it took to put everything out and organize it. I think we were a good 3 hours into the sale before everything was really ready! We had tons of traffic and sold SO much!!! $800 the first day… yet, it seemed we didn’t even make a dent in our stuff!!!

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The first day ended a bit early as the rain came in. We made things easier on ourselves by putting some of the tables back in the garage exactly how they were and only packing up certain things. This made setup the second day a LOT faster! We brought over even more stuff too, so it seemed like we have even MORE the 2nd day than we did the first day!

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We didn’t have as much traffic the 2nd day even though the weather was better! But we still got rid of a LOT of big stuff and made about $650. Definitely wish it was over (garage sales are hard!) but so glad it’s going this well and definitely planning to have another full weekend of sales! It was funny too – I posted pics on Facebook and people even shopped virtually, having me put things aside so they could come buy them later! LOL

Here’s our video we made during day 2 of the sale:

We still have more at our house and more in my dad’s basement, so our next sale will be just as HUGE!!!! This time we will have to make a bunch of signs to bring traffic in since it’s not a community-wide sale. We live in the back corner of the neighborhood and the nearest major road is full of construction, so we will have to take signage pretty seriously if we want the business!!!

Some people have asked us if it’s hard to get rid of everything….. emotional attachment and whatnot. You know what? For us, it hasn’t been. We are keeping very few things that have real emotional attachment for us. Everything else just isn’t that important. In fact it’s kind of shocking HOW MUCH STUFF we had that we really DON’T CARE ABOUT. This life we want to create is WAY more important to us!

If you’ve done this before hitting the road, or are planning to, we would love to hear your thoughts and experiences too!!!

Last but not least, I leave you with this AWESOME TIME LAPSE VIDEO Brian put together of both days of our sale! We also love the song – it kinda feels like our theme song. “No more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars.”

Liebster Award – Blog Q&A

The Liebster award is passed around the blogging community to support, encourage and get to know each other and our growing blogs. Hereโ€™s how it works: You answer the questions Iโ€™ve created for you. Then, you nominate other bloggers who are just getting started and ask them 11 new questions. Let them know via social media. They thank you, link back to you, and then do the same!

 

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Liebster Award

Firstly – it has been WAY too long since we have blogged. We are so appreciative of Campfire Travelers for passing on this award to us. We feel special! AND it helps us get back into the swing of blogging. We have so much we would like to share with you all. Without further ado, on to answering our questions ๐Ÿ™‚

1) Tell us about your blog name?

Everything originates from our Facebook page and Instagram. We originally started it just planning to travel a little here and there. We just thought it would be cute for people to “Spot the Scotts” kinda like a Where’s Waldo or Carmen Sandiego situation LOL. We love the name and have now used it on everything. It’s great, until you try to say your email address over the phone, and no one understands it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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2)Whatโ€™s your story?

Well THAT’s a big question! We will stick to recent history, since we got married in November 2014 and became “The Scotts” ๐Ÿ™‚

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We had purchased a small trailer for traveling on weekends and with the kids in the summer. We decided to use it for our honeymoon. Once we were on our honeymoon, we started an Instagram to post photos and found out about all these younger couples and families full-timing. Immediately it became our dream, we both felt that it was exactly what we wanted to do and we’ve been working toward it ever since. We WERE in real estate which was a new career for us both, but it wasn’t turning out to be right for us. Prior to that, Brian was a warehouse manager, and I was (and still am) a vacation rental manager. I can still do that on the road, but of course we couldn’t stay in real estate. We’ve been working toward plans for traveling – I am in school for web design and Brian will be going to school later for underwater welding, which we can travel with.

We just feel like we woke up one day and started to see the “American dream” as kind of twisted…. working so hard to afford a big house, lots of things, and high priced educations for your kids…. that you are never able to spend time with each other because you are always working. We also looked around at our huge house and our tons of “stuff” and went… why do we need this? It’s not to bash anyone who is still pursuing that “American dream” – it makes many people happy, obviously – but for us, it just isn’t a fulfilling idea anymore. After losing our baby in June 2014, and Brian’s kids moving out of state, we found it was just us again and it seems like the perfect time to set out on this adventure. We do hope to have more kids and raise them in this lifestyle, providing them with a truly unique education and set of life experiences!

Read more about us and watch our video on our About the Scotts page.

3)What drives you to travel?

We have both always been drawn to travel and adventure. Brian hasn’t traveled too much, he’s only been out of the country when serving in the military, but he has always moved around a lot and in 2009 he walked the entire Appalachian Trail. He loves to hike and enjoy the beauty of nature, which is the main thing that brought him to Colorado. I (Christie) too love to hike, but haven’t been able to do as much as I would like due to back and foot problems… hope to do much more. I have been lucky to experience some world (and US) travel. Mexico in 2007, Greece and Turkey in 2007, the Caribbean in 2008, Alaska in 2009, Hawaii in 2011, and a wonderful tour through Europe in 2012 that took me back to Greece and Turkey, along with Italy, Croatia, France and Spain. We do hope to do some world travel together, even in our full-timing life (as full timers know it’s not a vacation, it’s a lifestyle!) – but we are equally as excited to see our own amazing country.

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The biggest drive to travel is how it makes us feel to see and experience new things regularly. In normal working life, it is so easy to go through everything on autopilot. When we travel, every day is a memory, an experience that stays with us, and something that brings us closer together. It makes life feel more intentional and more fulfilling for us.

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4)Where are you going to next?

Right now we are stuck at home base, working on going through all of our belongings. We have moved out of our 3,500 sqft house and into one small room at my dad’s house while we sort through everything and sell everything off. Our launch date into full-time life will be July 10th. We will first head to Montana to pick up Brian’s kids, then we will be taking them on a whirlwind tour while we have them for 5 weeks. Oregon Coast, Redwoods National Park, Yosemite, Kings Canyon & Sequoia Nat’l Parks, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. After we drop them back off at home, we will spend a little over two weeks in Yellowstone ourselves – after that, we haven’t decided just yet! We will travel for a few months, come back to Colorado for Christmas, and then our plans are undetermined as to how long we will travel before we settle down in Texas for Brian to go to school for 8 months.

5)Three things you canโ€™t travel without?

Brian says “a good book to read, my iPhone for pictures, video and GPS, and my Osprey pack.”

Christie says “comfy hiking boots, my iPhone because I LOVE taking pictures, and a craft project. I knit, crochet and cross stitch and on the road is my favorite place to do that!”

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Although it didn’t make the list, it must be said that we loooooove Starbucks when we are traveling. It’s probably an unspoken #1… lol

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6)Tell us about your RV?

We started out with a little Jayco trailer being towed by our RAV4. Once we decided on full-timing, we upgraded to a GMC Sierra 2500HD diesel truck and we are towing a 2008 Crossroads Sunset Trail which is a 32 ft travel trailer with a large slideout. We have nicknamed her “Dorothy” – Brian loves the Wizard of Oz, and hey, “There’s No Place Like Home!” So it is appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚ We love this home on wheels!!!! We are working on making changes and upgrades to it. We’ve changed some minor cosmetic things and we also plan to darken all of the wood, change the window coverings etc. Which of COURSE we will be blogging all about.

7)Do you prefer boondocking (dry camping) or a fully loaded campground?

We honestly haven’t had the opportunity to boondock yet. Our first trailer wasn’t equipped with a generator and the water tanks were so small. Now, we can totally do it, but haven’t had the chance yet. We want to get solar power and learn more about boondocking. For now, it’s the fully loaded campground – but can’t wait to get out there and boondock!

8)Whatโ€™s the best lesson youโ€™ve learned from your adventures?

That getting out and experiencing something new every day has a way of making each day meaningful and memorable. That time together is time well spent and money is a lot less important than we ever thought.

9)Favorite place youโ€™ve been to in US?

Brian says – “Rocky Mountain National Park. Being amongst most of the tallest mountains in the US is very magical. It puts into perspective how small you really are and how you’re part of something bigger.”

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Christie says – “Alaska. What a gorgeous place, and I only got a taste of it. I would love to spend more time there. It feels like home because it’s like Colorado on steroids in the forest and mountain areas… then on top of that you have glaciers, whales, ocean… what more could you ask for?”

10)Top three bucket list places?

Brian Says – Denali National Park, New Zealand, Nepal

Christie Says – Ireland, New Zealand, Australia

11)Where will you be in a year?

If there’s one thing we have learned with all the twists and turns life has taken for both of us, it’s that there is NO way we could answer this question. We might still be on the road, we may have settled down in TX temporarily while Brian is in school, or we may be somewhere doing something we haven’t even thought of yet. Although we like to plan and dream, things are going to go however they are going to go. We just sit back and enjoy the ride. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Now for the really fun part! The nominations, and our questions for you!!!!

We would like to nominate…

Highway to Hoeftland

RV Outlawz

Currently Wandering

The Snowmads

RV Love

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Your Questions!

1) Tell us a little about your family and why you started RVing?

2) Do you collect anything on your travels?

3) Weirdest thing that you have stored in your RV?

4) How did you choose between trailer/fifthwheel/classC/van/classA?

5) Do you miss anything from your pre-nomadic life?

6) What are your other hobbies besides the obvious (travel!)?

7) Describe the best day you remember on your adventures so far?

8) Describe the worst day you remember on your adventures so far?

9) Stock RV? Some mods? Total reno? Plans?

10) Are your travel plans for a certain period of time? Indefinite? Forever?

11) What advice would you give to someone who isn’t sure they can take the leap into full-timing?

Moving Into Dad’s And Paring WAY Down

We got home from Spring Break ON Easter….. and we immediately started moving into my dad’s house. This is the first step in starting to get rid of all of our belongings. Our lease is almost up and they are also selling the house we’ve been living in… which means showings and annoyances. We also figured moving into a small space over here would help us start paring down to what we can really keep in the trailer, and that it would be easier to move the necessities here and then go through everything else left at the house!

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We had some help from my father-in-law bringing our small amount of furniture over. Lots of trips back and forth and we let Lucy ride with us every time… for her it was the best. day. ever.

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Here’s our room setup… messy, but totally workable as far as the layout. We have a TV, small couch, our storage ottomans from the trailer, stuck our bed in the closet to have enough room. Tight, but cozy.

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Spent the next few days bringing over loads and loads of stuff. Office and craft stuff, mostly, since almost everything else is going! LOL

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Going through my clothes has been incredible. I can’t BELIEVE the amount I can get rid of. And this is even after keeping several sizes of backup clothes since I’m hoping to lose some weight again. It’s all kind of an eye opening experiencing, realizing just how much extra stuff we have!

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Next stop…. MASSIVE garage sale.

Christmas with the Scotts 2014

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Christmas was great for us in 2014! We already had Brian’s parents living with us and we surprised them by flying his sister out for Christmas, too! My whole family is already here so we have everyone together… except the kids ๐Ÿ™ We wish they could have been here, too! We had a great time having Brian’s sister around for the week. We took her to Zoo Lights, one of our favorite holiday activities to do.

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It was also fun to decorate the big house for Christmas, knowing this would be the last time to decorate a HOUSE for Christmas for a long time! I even got to use my 9 1/2 foot tree (which then went to a friend of mine after Christmas). We didn’t have a lot of decorations, so most of it was focused in the living room – but it sure looked gorgeous all done up! The animals liked it, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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We had a FABULOUS holiday feast. As usual, chef Brian prepared an array of delicious food items. It was so nice to enjoy a big holiday meal with the family!

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At least that IS something we will get to keep doing. We plan to be back here at Christmas time any year we can, and we will even have the kids for some of them. We just won’t be able to have everyone over to OUR place – we will have to crash a family member’s kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚ We also took Brian’s sister AND my dad out snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Just an easy one around Bear Lake. We had a wonderful time!!!

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All in all it was a WONDERFUL Christmas season!! We will be coming back home for Christmas 2015 and we’re already looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚

The Long Road Home

We had a long trek back home to Denver from Plymouth, Indiana where we purchased our new trailer. We drove long days with Brian pulling this big thing for the first time!!

Firstly we made a video about picking up the trailer and how things were going so far on the way home… haulin’ booty to make it home in time for Brian to cook Thanksgiving dinner!

And then a final wrap up to conclude our entire adventure!

Welcome to Spot The Scotts

Spot The Scotts is a blog dedicated to our adventures from hiking and mountain drives in our home state of Colorado to traveling in our Jayco trailer or any other types of trips we may take. In the future, we hope to migrate to full time RVing, so we will be talking a lot about aiming for that as well. We have just jumped right into this with both feet (er, four feet?) – we are Facebooking, blogging, “vlogging” on YouTube, Instagraming, soon to be podcasting. We don’t know exactly where this journey will take us, but we will be documenting it every step of the way. We hope that in a few years this will be our full time lifestyle with a family in tow. If not, we will still have a bunch of adventures to share.

It will take a little time to beef up the website with all of the content we want to share with you. We have so many plans. Same goes for YouTube Videos. We have lots of ideas and plan to bring a lot of interesting stuff to the site. So stay tuned!! Posts may be a little out of order as we are starting out and playing catch up on our adventures so far, so please bear with us on that. If you have any questions, opinions, things you would like to see, suggestions etc please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email!!