San Antonio, Get Out in the Cool, Wild Outdoors

Fall in San Antonio is a wonderful time to visit our outdoor nature attractions.  The animals are much more active with the cooler weather setting in, especially earlier in the day during the month of September.  Our Workampers, Cheri and Dave, visited a couple of San Antonio's Wild Spots, and we would like to share them with you.

zebra, orynx, emu at Natural Bridge Wildlife Park

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch offers a very unique experience because it's a wildlife safari that you are able to drive through without leaving the comfort of your vehicle.  When you purchase your ticket, you are given food to feed the animals.  They come up to your vehicle for the food, but feed with caution. Visitors are warned to keep hands inside the vehicle’s windows.  We found the emus to be the most aggressiveThe photo opportunities are abundant as there are no fences or bars to worry about getting in your way.  Daily admission information is Adults 12 and over are $19.00, Seniors (65 and over) are $17.00, Children 3-11 are $10.00, Military/Policemen/Firefighters are $16.50.  Children under 3 are free.  (See discount coupon below.)

Flamingo, Monkey, Snake and Lion at San Antonio Zoo

The San Antonio Zoo 

The San Antonio Zoo celebrated its centennial “Zootennial” in 2014! For one hundred years, the Zoo has provided remarkable


San Antonio Family Attractions: Low Cost or Free

On our "Ask Us" Pinterest page we recently had a request for ideas on what to do in San Antonio with kids that's free or close to free. Here's a list of several activities for families, kids and visitors to San Antonio that won't break the bank and will keep the kids happy.  There are several that kids of ANY age can take advantage of.  If there are others that you know of or find, please share them in the comments!

Free or discounted summer activities in San Antonio for the kids, families and travelers too.


How to Make a US Map of the States You've Visited

Ever wanted to make one of those cool maps you see all the other RVers sporting on their RV, travel blogs and on the RV forums?  You know the ones that show all the states you've visited.  A quick google of "US state visited maps" lead me to several options but by far the easiest is this one.

visited 21 states (42%)
Create your own visited map of The United States


RV Refrigerators Heat Up in the Summer Too...How to Cool Them Off

Probably many a refrigerator has been replaced as a result of this situation.  If  your refrigerator tends to heat up to over 45 degrees in the summer temperatures, don’t buy a new refrigerator or replace the cooling unit until you try this little trick.  Many thanks to Margo's RV Lifestyle Ezine for this tip.


Vehicle Registration Made Easy for RVers, New "Texas Two Step"

Whether you're a native, transplanted or temporary RV Texan, if you decide on Texas residency you'll need to have your vehicle inspected and registered here in the "Friendship State."

New TX Vehicle Registration: How it Applies to Texas RVers

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has made some changes to the inspection and license renewal process , in effect as of March 1, 2015.  It's a big change for RVers in that now


Is Your RV Park Wifi Secure?

RVer using the Wifi in his RV

For RVers on the road and full time RVers, online banking and bill pay is not merely convenience, it's a necessity. Many Hidden Valley RV Park guests have asked us if our WiFi systems at the park are secure.  Can they do their banking and visit other privacy sensitive sites?  There is also the popular related question about security on Hot Spots in places like Starbucks, McDonalds or libraries.  Here are some points to help improve your security on the internet at public places:


Another RV Antenna Bites the Dust

If I pull out with my TV antenna up one more time I am going to turn my keys in!

One of the most common things missed while getting ready to pull out of a site is leaving the TV antenna up.  I have even had people honking at me trying to let me know that my antenna was sticking up and I actually waved at them like they were my friends.  

Funny RV Toon showing the hazards of not having a hook up check list


Hidden Valley RV Radio Interview

This post has just been updated to include the latest Hidden Valley guest appearance on the Lonestar Sportsman Radio Show.   Listen to the latest radio link to discover the new promotion mentioned and how you can cash in. 

Many in my age group have grown up accustomed to "talk radio."  Saturday and Sunday mornings, especially, were abuzz on the radio waves with travel journals, political banter, and interviews with some local or renowned expert.  Although they are not as popular today, it is a fact that talk radio still exists.  One example is the Saturday morning broadcast on the syndicated WOAI station that focuses on the great outdoors and is hosted by Alan Warren.
photo of Lonestar Sportsman host Alan Warren

After a 30 year outdoor TV career traveling the globe in search of extraordinary fishing and hunting destinations, Alan Warren has returned to his Texas roots as the Lone Star Sportsman. Airing live each Saturday morning from 5-7am, the Lone Star Sportsman is an engaging blend of outdoor information and education and is FUN for anyone who loves the great Texas outdoors. From answering listener calls about fishing, hunting, RV’ing and camping, Alan also discusses conservation, education, property rights issues and outdoorsy news stories that every Texan should know about.  
They have listeners and callers that have an interest in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. You may hear some humorous, could have been fatal type, hunting stories or learn how to make your own fishing flies. The 5:30 to 6am half hour has been detailing specific RV camping venues in Texas - associated with the (TACO) group of over 400 member campgrounds. Michael Moore of TACO, teamed up with Alan to feature Hidden Valley RV Park this past Saturday. We had the opportunity to talk about some of our park amenities as well as the unique features of Hidden Valley, the great city of San Antonio and the direction the RV lifestyle is heading today.

If you want to see what kinds of questions they asked me and my humble opinions OR if you just miss my voice (Teehee)...head on over to this link for the 20 minute recording.

We will air again on the Lonestar Sportsman on January 17, 2015 to talk about more Hidden Valley news and our involvement with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo through our annual kickoff event at Hidden Valley's Cowboy Breakfast on January 23rd.

Although this is a syndicated broadcast we especially invite our local and nearby friends to listen in at the link and our next "appearance" on the Lonestar Sportsman on January 17.  So if you can muster up the energy to get up for the 5:30 AM (yes, I said AM) broadcast, tune into WOAI 1200 on the AM dial or watch for a post here and on Facebook too.

Okay folks, update time! Here's the January 17th Hidden Valley radio broadcast.  Listen closely for a unique promotion only available at this link:

If you've never stayed at Hidden Valley RV this promotion makes it the perfect time to reserve an RV site for a long weekend with the family or a quiet romantic getaway.  Click on over to our RESERVE NOW page on the Hidden Valley website and make your reservations today.

Teri welcomes you to Hidden Valley RV Park

Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with us on Google+, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV


A Digital Eye in the Sky

While sitting by the fire with some guests this past week and talking "geek," you know,  ipads and new ways to edit photos and get WiFi in the boonies - an RVer introduced us to the wonderful world of the starry sky and planet, comet and constellation location with a handy app that works by pointing your smartphone towards the sky.  

GoSkyWatch Planetarium - the astronomy star guide

GoSkyWatch Planetarium - app icon

So simple and full of animations that make sky gazing a fun experience even for new astronomers.  No matter how remote the location (the remoter the better if you want to escape city lights) you can still access the app since it will work even without an internet connection once you have it downloaded.  

It's available on iTunes for iOS for $3.99, CLICK HERE (you'll need to sign into your iTunes acct for iPhones and iPads) and there's  

A compatible app for androids called SkEye for free on the Google Play Store CLICK HERE


Your 2015 San Antonio Event Calendar

As we're finishing off 2014 in San Antonio with a bang, 2015 is almost upon us and most of us RVers are already planning an itinerary for winter, spring and beyond.  The Hidden Valley RV Park Calendar is also coming together and we urge you to click on over to it so you can make your RV site reservations during your favorite park activity whether it's our Cowboy Breakfast on January 23rd, our Mardi Gras Happy Hour or one of our special potluck get togethers.

If, like many, Hidden Valley RV is one of your regular stops, you already know that we share all kinds of local and nearby happenings with our Hidden Vallian guests too.  December is one of the fullest months on the calendar locally and the Riverwalk Lighting Ceremony and River Parade the Friday

The Riverwalks all Lit Up for the Holidays
The Riverwalk during the holidays

after Thanksgiving is always one of people's favorites.  If you prefer to visit the Riverwalk during a more quiet time, you can still view the festive lights all the way through December.  La Villita and El Mercado downtown are a buzz with hundreds of unique gift ideas if holiday shopping is still on your mind and we'll be glad to help you get your gift packages mailed home from the park.  After the holiday rush is over, treat yourself to a New Years Celebration on the Riverwalk, San Antonio style with fireworks, music and entertainment.

If you'll be here the weekend after Thanksgiving we invite you to our Harvest Potluck on that Saturday.  The Hidden Valley facebook page has posted a great link to some potluck recipes to die for in case you're at a loss for ideas.

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Wanted to share this great San Antonio Calendar infographic by  If you need a reminder of some of the unparalleled reasons to visit SA, bookmark this post to keep it handy.

Thanks to for this fantastic graphic.
18 reasons why to Visit San Antonio
Thanks to for this fantastic graphic.

We'd like to know what activities interest YOU.  Do you like organized nature walks, hobbies and crafts, tours, festivals, etc.?  Drop in a comment and let us know.

Teri welcomes you to Hidden Valley RV Park

Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with us on Google+, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV
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