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.Β  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

 

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

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!

 

Spot The Scotts in Houston, TX

We have arrived in Houston, Texas after several weeks of VERY hard work in Denver trying to wrap up matters with my father’s estate. We had to get two properties on the market, put things in storage, etc and it was quite a lot of work.

We also discuss a little bit of a summer wrap up – we learned that we should NOT go so fast next time πŸ™‚

We are basically very tired after everything we have been doing. April/May of this year we were moving out of our big house and selling everything we own. June, we were renovating our trailer. July 4th my dad passed and we had SO much to get done in the next couple of weeks before our summer trip. Then the summer trip was GO GO GO exhaustion, covering 10,000+ miles in just 5 short weeks. Once home, we had 3 more weeks of work to do handling my dad’s estate. Emptying houses, going through things, filing thing, making calls, getting things put into my name – we were constantly busy.

Now that we are in Houston we are trying to decompress a little and enjoy a little relaxation. Get some sleep, spend some time at the pool. Although we are here due to some legal issues within the family, we are going to try to turn this time into something very positive. Focus on us, our health, our businesses, get caught up on things, etc.

Soon we have a video to share of the place we are staying, which we are very happy with!

We hope to visit some surrounding areas while we are here such as San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Galveston, South Padre Island… but it depends on what finances will allow right now.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Scotts!

Trailer Renovations Begin!

The time has finally come – renovations are beginning! With only 5 weeks to go, this is going to have to be a fast process!

First we thought we would walk you through the plans we have!

A lot to do for sure. We will have TONS of renovation updates in the coming weeks… full time will be here before we know it!

Brian is starting on the cabinets now and we are taking photos and making videos of the process… can’t wait to share with you.

A quick summary of our plans:

– Change ALL the woodwork to a darker color with Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations
– Put up a Smart Tile backsplash in the kitchen and covering the wallpaper border around the rest of the main room
– Paint a fun magnetic chalkboard wall
– Redo the countertop and dinette top with Rustoleum Countertop Transformations
– Change out window valances and curtains
– Completely organize the bed of the truck and the storage underneath the trailer
– Organize the kitchen, island, bedroom, bathroom – well, everything! Make it all fit.

Let’s hope we can get it all done in time!

The Scotts Get A Truck Topper

We are so excited that we finally found a truck topper! This is a KEY step for us in our preparations for the full-timing life – which, by the way, is less than 7 weeks away! Now Brian can start organizing and re-organizing all of our storage space.

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We’ve been looking for a used truck topper for a while. We WERE hoping to find something in the $500-800 range used. We have checked all the dealerships here and watched Craigslist like a hawk, but everything that was even close to what we wanted was for the wrong size bed, or sold too quickly for us to get our hands on it.

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We are now getting too close to departure to keep waiting for a great deal, or to order new (which has a 2-3 week wait) so when we saw this one come up in Ft Collins at Cap-it Covers, we jumped on it.

This topper is a little more than we wanted to spend – $1200 – but it’s EXACTLY what we have been wanting. It’s a much more expensive topper and is in excellent condition. High in the back, which is not only great for the dog, but will help our aerodynamics when hauling the trailer. Large, locking back window, and side “windoors” – they both slide open like windows, and open like doors.

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It’s not color-matched to our truck, but if we couldn’t get gold, silver was next in line, and we think this looks really great!

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Brian can’t wait to get organizing. I mean, he is REALLY excited! SOME things will be kept in our trailer storage compartment, but there isn’t room for too much. The truck will house a LOT for us. Camping and hiking gear, snowshoeing gear, possibly our bikes (but we may get a rack), tools, craft supplies for me, extra clothes and shoes (off season stuff), outdoor gear/winter gear… pretty much anything that doesn’t need to be right at hand in the trailer. We know it will take some time to get it just right, so we are very glad we found our topper!

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We think The Duke likes his new accessory, too.

Leaving This All Behind

In case you’ve been curious about the big house we are leaving behind, this post is for you!!!

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The house was a rental for us. When we moved in, life was pretty much completely different. We were pregnant with Everett for one, Brian’s parents were planning to move in with us and help take care of the baby since we were both working in real estate. Also, Brian’s kids lived 2 hours away and we had them with us every other weekend. This house was so perfect for us – at the time. A bedroom each for Brian’s 11 year old daughter and 14 year old son, which could be used for guests when they weren’t around. A bathroom for the kids to share. A nursery (which became a craft room/office after the baby). A nice big bedroom for us. A finished basement for Brian’s parents. Large living and dining rooms, nice big kitchen for Brian to cook in. Big yard for entertaining, front porch for relaxing. We saw ourselves wanting to rent the house for a few years and possibly even buy it when we were able.

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Oh how things change! Just three weeks after moving into the house, we lost our baby boy. Shortly after that, Brian’s kids moved several states away and we would no longer have them around frequently. Brian’s parents still moved in as their plans were all set – and we were glad to have the company in that big house. But from that point on, we knew the house would no longer be a good fit. Real estate turned out not to be the profession for us either, and money was getting tighter… the rent would be too high for us to maintain. We knew when the year was up, we would have to move. We didn’t really have a plan… that is, until we went on our honeymoon and our life purpose became clear – we would become full time RVers!!

With our lease now nearing the end, the owner put it up for sale. We figured we would share the photos with you all…. please ignore the fact they are messy. This is how we left things when we went on spring break, and they decided to take the photos while we were gone (without notice… fun!) so this is what they got! LOL. But, it is nice to have pictures to remind us of this place, as we really did love this house. It was a great place to live while it lasted πŸ™‚

Now for a video tour! Complete with our goofiness!

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.”

Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show 2015

Our first RV show! We didn’t know what to expect. This show was HUGE!!! We took videos of some of our favorite things or what we thought was interesting to share πŸ™‚

Some highlights…

This Minnie Winnie…. although not an option for us right now with 2 kids part time (and hopefully soon some full time!)… this would be a perfect option for a single person or a couple… even for full timing! They’ve done an amazing job with this small space. It has a surprising amount of storage and an awesome layout (it’s in the video, too!)

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We found ourselves stumbling into quite a few trailers that would never work for us with kiddos, but they are so awesome. When you aren’t making room for kids with a bunkhouse, there’s a LOT more living space. I mean, Brian would love to have a kitchen like this…

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Hard to believe it’s an RV kitchen! And look and the kind of space you can get in some of these things…

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To me that feels super residential. It would be VERY easy to get comfortable in there.

Just for the sake of showing something interesting, we did see this one with the kitchen in the back! Not the typical layout, and we actually really liked it.

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Alas, this kind of space comes with one bedroom, for one couple, and that’s it. So we must move on. πŸ™‚

We saw a couple of GREAT bunkhouse fifth wheels which were pretty much exactly what we have had in mind… nice kitchens… open space.. 3-4 bunks for kids. Like this one:

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And this one!

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Then we started checking out some toy haulers… a whole genre of trailer we hadn’t really considered. We were so set on bunkhouses. Then we realized how much space are in those garages and that they could be turned into pretty killer bunk rooms… plus a lot of them have another bunk out int he living area, separate from the garage… which would be great with Brian’s older kids being opposite gender, they could have separate spaces. We also really liked the living area layouts!

Like this awesome one with a great kitchen and tons of seating…. notice the bunk above the kitchen, too.

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It also had the most awesome RV bathroom I’ve ever seen. It was a total spa bathroom! Only thing about it is it’s through the master bedroom.

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Another huge benefit to the toy haulers… decks!!! How fun it would be to enjoy your very own deck wherever you are staying.

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We also saw this one, which, for layout reasons, wasn’t the right choice for us, but it was so beautifully designed it HAS to be shared.. I mean LOOK!

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It took me a while to tear Brian away from that kitchen.

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Just love the bunk up there.
Here’s another one we really liked…

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Certainly gave us a lot more to think about… toy haulers.. huh!! We are definitely thinking about these for the future.

The show was so big we couldn’t possibly share everything we liked… but hope you enjoyed a taste!

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