The Liebster award is passed around the blogging community to support, encourage and get to know each other and our growing blogs. Here’s how it works: You answer the questions I’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!
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 🙂
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. 🙂
2)What’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” 🙂
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.
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.
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 can’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!”
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
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 🙂 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)What’s the best lesson you’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 you’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.”
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. 🙂
Now for the really fun part! The nominations, and our questions for you!!!!
We would like to nominate…
Highway to Hoeftland
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?