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Friday

Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Fun Kids Activity For Your RV Trip this summer 

glow sticks and bubbles
Looking for some outdoor fun for the whole family try this fun activity. All you will need is glow sticks and bubbles. Simply take your glow sticks and cut or break them open. Then pour the contents into the bubble solution. Shake well and voila you have glow in the dark bubbles. The kids will have so much fun with these on a breezy summer night. 


bubble fun



















 

Contributed by Bethany Castillo. 
Bethany enjoys writing about a variety of topics including travel, animals and food. She is also an avid reader of magazines, 
novels, and blogs.  

Wednesday

A Tip to Save Your RV from Preventable Damage

This is just a shortie post  to share a video with y'all about RV slide out covers.  Most all RV's have at least one these days and there's no getting around it - they add so much space and give you a feeling of more space as well.  This video was made by Pete's RV and although I've watched a few other related videos, this one not only proves the benefits of having slide toppers but also the resulting damage if they are not installed on your RV.

At our RV park I have come across two scenarios in regard to slide out toppers.

  • A guest told me about his winterizing experience.  The RV was parked in his driveway and after a snow, the snow melted in day time and refroze as ice shortly after, stretching the vinyl of the topper.  He solved the problem from reoccurring by closing his slide outs when possible or by putting a large ball between the awning and the slide out roof to keep snow, water or ice from staying on the awning. 
  • At our park, there are many squirrels.  We were watching them one day as this proud mother to be squirrel was building her nest between the roof of the slide out and the topper cover.  We observed this several times...even after removing all the twigs, leaves, etc. that she so conscientiously accumulated.  Our solution was to use a leaf blower, you could use a broom, to remove the debris and put a small 4 X 4 on each side opening to block her entrance.  Worked like a champ.

I always saw the covers as only protection from the elements but there's a lot more that slide outs need protection from and resulting damage can be extensive (slide out seal damage, water damage inside, etc.) and is usually not covered by insurance companies.

So, to protect your RV investment, you can get these RV awnings installed aftermarket or even better when you purchase it.

I am in between RV's right now but this video has sold me on getting them installed on my next RV.  If you look at the related videos section on You Tube after you view this video you'll find several videos on easy DIY installation of different brands on toppers.

Enjoy the video and "Happy Trails!
If you have any experiences with Slide Out Topper Covers, please share them in the comments.



           



 

Teri welcomes you to Hidden Valley RV ParkTeri 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

Thursday

8 Tips for Sharing the Space in Your RV


“Move over!” “Where are my shoes?” “I need more space!” Conversations like these can likely be heard in an RV. RVing is a pleasant way to travel and see the country with your family however it also doesn’t afford you a ton of space. So here are some tips to help you navigate the tight space in a RV and help you have a fun, relaxing and stress free RV trip, whether you are a full time RVer or a weekend vacationer.  
 

Tip #1 Mutual Respect is Key

Respecting each others space in the RV can dissolve many of the issues. Have your own designated
areas for belongings and respect those areas. Keeping your area clean and tidy can also help to avoid frustration with one another.

less is more 

Tip #2 Less is more

Over packing your RV means less space for you to live in. Try packing only 2-3 days of food and clothes. Many RV parks have washing machines available to you for laundry. Purchasing food on the road as you need it will also save you lots of storage space.

 

 

storage containers create space

 Tip #3 Get organized


Assign places for key items and if you use them make sure to return them to their place. Agree with your family where things will be, this will help your RV stay tidy and organized. Utilize all the storage space available in your RV. Storage containers can help in assigning places to your items and keeping them in order. Resolve to put things back in their designated spot immediately after use.

Planning meals ahead of time can also help take the stress of having to decide on what to eat on the road.  Before your trip, preparing vegies that can be hard to store whole, (think water melon, long celery stalks) can save you time and space. Consider grilling outside whenever possible.  Keep counter space at an optimum by washing and putting away dishes right away.

 

Tip #4 Take breaks

When the family is cranky and tired no one is having fun. So take driving breaks don’t try to overdrive this will just lead to frustration of the driver and everyone else. Try to keep your travel to about 350 miles a day or less. If possible plan your arrival times to you destination during the day. Late check-ins are more difficult and stressful. Checking in before dark is also more considerate of your RV neighbors who may already be asleep.

 

 

Tip #5  Give your pets a space

When organizing your RV set up a space for any pets that you will be traveling with. Whether it's a kennel or a corner of the sofa, set up a spot with their "blankey" and a few favorite toys.  We often forget that our pets enjoy having their own space to relax in. This will also keep them from roaming about in your limited space.

 

 

Tip #6 Go on an adventure

When you do arrive at your destination go exploring. Find local places that the whole family will enjoy. With a little research you can find local gems including restaurants and attractions. Ask the RV park staff where they would recommend you visit. They may have great recommendations for you to check  out.

 

Tip #7 Beware of the souvenir trap

With the limited space in an RV you will want to avoid going overboard in the souvenirs you purchase. If however you can't live without another snow globe or coffee mug from you recent vacation spot consider shipping them home. This will save you space in your RV without having to leave behind your new found treasures.

Keeping the peace  

Tip #8 Keep the Peace

Living in a tight space there are going to be small disagreements. If so remember to forgive one another and move on. Don’t let those small disagreements ruin your wonderful vacation. If you are wrong (or even if you're not) apologize and help each other to let it go. 





These tips will help you to enjoy your cozy RV with your family while seeing and visiting beautiful places throughout the country, finding quiet hidden gems such as Hidden Valley RV Park along the way.

Do you have any more tips for sharing a tight RV space share them below in the comments?


 

Contributed by Bethany Castillo. 
Bethany enjoys writing about a variety of topics including travel, animals and food. She is also an avid reader of magazines, 
novels, and blogs.  

Friday

5 Tips for RVing with Your Pet


Are you planning to RV with your pets this summer? Traveling with our furry family members can be so enjoyable. Seeing their excitement over the new smells and spaces to roam can add so much delight to our vacations. But traveling with pets can also present some challenges so here are some tips to make your trip fun and safe for your pets.  

Vet appointments vital before traveling

Tip 1: Pay a visit to your local vet

With a trip to the vet you can ensure your pet is healthy enough to travel, get them up to date on any vaccinations, and you can obtain any legal documentation you may need if you are planning to leave the country. Some RV parks require proof of vaccination.The vet can also recommend sedatives if your pet is overly nervous about travel.

Tip 2: Pack all your pets comforts from home

Make sure to pack their regular food brand this will help them to avoid any upset stomachs throughout your vacation. While packing, don’t forget your pets bedding, toys, treats, leash, dog waste bags and any medications. Including these items while traveling will help your pet to feel right at home on the road.

Tip 3:Don’t forget the tags

Many pets can become distracted by the new smells and adventures during travel and wonder off, so before leaving you want to check that your pets tag has your up to date contact information. Some travelers also have microchips implanted in their pets for added security. Keep a current photo of your pet to help others easily recognize them if they are lost.  


Tip 4: Buckle up    

Restrain me pleaseThis includes our four legged friends. During the drive make sure to have your pet safely restrained in the car. There are several options which include pet carriers and pet restraining harness. Circumstances vary for which option is best but you want to consider what will be must comfortable for your pet. Factors such as your pet’s size, type of vehicle and length of trip need to be considered.
 

RVing with FidoTip 5: “I have to go to the bathroom?”

Unfortunately our furry friends can’t ask for potty breaks so we must remember to make frequent stops for water, restroom, and to let them stretch their legs. Depending on the length of your trip your pet will need regular breaks as well as exercise. So before hoping back in the car take them once around the block so they can explore and stretch.


If you are planning a trip to San Antonio, keep Hidden Valley RV Park in mind we are very pet friendly. RVing with your pet can have its challenges but it is oh, so fun. So happy trails and tails to you and your pets this summer! 


 

Contributed by Bethany Castillo. 
Bethany enjoys writing about a variety of topics including travel, animals and food. She is also an avid reader of magazines, 
novels, and blogs.  

Sunday

9 Tips to Protect Yourself when RVing During a Tornado

Although San Antonio is far from Tornado Alley, we are not immune from the affects of tornadoes.  The "straight line winds" that we experience here can be just as damaging, not only for those of us who live here but also for travelers, especially for RVers. This year has been particularly treacherous for many states and tornado damages and loss of life.  Driving across the country in an RV can be very frightening when tornadoes are in the forecast. But there are tips to protect your family if a tornado crosses your path when RVing.  
What happens to an RV After Driving Through a Tornado
RV After Driving Through a Tornado
  • While driving to your destination...
  1. Carry and use a weather radio, cell phone or tablet (if internet is available) to keep apprized of any weather alerts where you are and to where you are going.
  2. Obviously it would be a best choice to not head into a town were tornadoes are likely, according to the forecast.
  3. If tornadoes are likely on the way to your destination, research the location of tornado shelters on your route. Know the County name of you current and destination locations to research tornado alerts on NOAA/National Weather Service.
You Never know what a Tornado Will Do
Nice Site to Stay in When the Weather is Fine

  • If your in an RV Park or campground...
  1. If the town you are visiting has tornado sirens, these will sound once a tornado watch is in effect locally.  This isn't always a fail-safe however, since there's often no warning of a tornadoes approach.  Many parks have public address systems or computer or email alerts that can be used if there are no sirens in town or if those have failed.  Also watch local weather or RV Park postings on info boards at the community center or office.
  2.  Unless tornadoes are very prevalent at your RV park, the park generally will not have a tornado shelter but there are often shelters in town.  If a tornado warning is announced you should head directly to a known shelter in town.  Don't forget your seat-belts when heading to safety. 
  3. If no shelter is available nearby, move out of your RV to a park bath and shower facility, using their shower or commode stalls as a shelter.  Stay close to the ground and cover your head and neck for safety.  Other stable structures can also be considered like a recreation hall or registration center, staying in the buildings center, searching out a closet or some similar protection.
RV Park demolished by Tornado
RV Park demolished by Tornado
  •  If you are towing a vehicle...
  1. Get out of the trailer or RV and put on seat-belts. 
  2.  If you can get your trailer unhitched drive away from the storm, if possible, and towards a shelter, especially if you SEE a tornado forming. 
  3. Don't panic.  Drive away from it as safely as possible.
Always remember that preparation and awareness are the best ways to escape safely and/or avoid the danger altogether.

Anyone been traveling when a tornado warning turned into a tornado?  Please share your experience or any actions you took to bring you through it safely.



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

Tuesday

Let's Resurrect a Old Tradition

Whenever our family took vacations, it went without saying that some time would be spent on picking out postcards, deciding which is best for each recipient, addressing them to family and friends then buying postcard stamps, somewhat cheaper than letter stamps, and mailing them off in enough time for them to be received before our vacation ended. 

While postcards themselves still exist, their store display is usually dusty and the cards tend to be curved on the edges from advanced age.  My kids don't even know what a postcard is.  But the tradition was so much a part of travel that it's sad for me to see it fall into disuse.

But, thankfully, "THERE'S AN APPS FOR THAT."

There are some apps that carry the tradition to it's full original intent.  These take YOUR phone or tablet photos into purely personalized postcards that can be sent nationally or internationally for about $.99 to $2.00 each on professional glossy paper.  Real nice touch.

Alas, snail mail is NOT my passion.  Haven't sent an actual letter or postcard in as long as I can remember. But I love to communicate and keep up and remember my loved ones while I'm away on travels so this app, POSTCARD is perfect for me.  This handy application for travelers, helps you share the exciting moments of your travels with friends on the internet.  You create and personalize your postcard with weather and GPS locator details.  You can even include a QR (quick response ) code with more info about your location.









Here's a list of the features:

QR Code
- Lots of image filter
- add Sticker
- add Text Art
- add note/memo
- Customize stamp
- real QR code location
- Share to any social networking like facebook, instagram, WhatApps, Line , etc (yay!)
and more ....


Instructions:

This app is photo editor app that turn your photo to postcard and can share to any application install on your device base Intent share
Instruction
1. Take photo using camera or use photos from image gallery.
2. Adjust image filter by tab on horizontal list below image view
3. Add memo/note by should on " icon, here you can change font as you what.
4. Add sticker by tab on smiley icon and choose sticker
5. To transform you can tab on sticker drag, fling, rotate, zoom.
6. Add Text Art by tab on A icon modified text, theme ,color, font, size, angle as you want.
7. Switch to filter mode by tab on empty area on image view.
8. Change stamp and airmail location by tab on stamp

Android Google Play Download Link

I looked on itunes for a comparable  app download link and found several apps where you could have your designed postcard physically sent for a small fee.  Here's an ios download link for one of those, called Touchnote. But I liked this one because you could share it online, no postage required.

 If you find a comparable app on itunes, feel free to share the link in the comments.

Have fun with this DIY postcard app.



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

Monday

Crimson Berries Beckon Hungry Tourists to Poteet.


"Crimson Berries Beckon Hungry Tourists to Poteet."  

So read the headlines of the San Antonio Express back in the early days of the Poteet Strawberry Festival.  Located in the heart of the Artesian Belt, Poteet is recognized as the "Strawberry Capital of Texas."  It began as a small kitchen garden crop of the city's founders Henry and Ida Mumme.  The first year of marketing Poteet strawberries proved very successful and strawberries sold for $20....that's more than they sell for on today's market.  In the early 20's some of Poteets residents invited their San Antonian neighbors to share in their harvest and sample their newest fruit crop.  The Poteet Rotary Club continued the tradition when it organized the 1st Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival in 1948.

Then and Now

 

Since then, each April, on the first or second weekend, Poteet welcomes, not only San Antonio, but the world, to partake of their sweet delicacies.  The 67th annual Festival is on April 4, 5 & 6, 2014. The festival has 14 areas of continuous entertainment featuring concerts with nationally known Country Western and Tejano stars, regional bands, gunslingers, carnival, various contests, and rodeo performances. There is something for everyone!

Easy to Get to


The Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds are located 22 minutes south of Hidden Valley RV Park on Texas Highway 16. The Festival Grounds will open at 6:00 PM Friday and at 10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday.  
Buy online and SAVE
Admission is free on Friday evening.  On Saturday and Sunday at the gate, adults pay $15.00.  Online tickets are available for $12.50 or $10 if you buy 2 or more.  Children age 12 and under are admitted free of charge.  Gate admission covers all stage entertainment on the Festival Grounds---the best entertainment package in Texas!  
Poteet Strawberry Festival  from Hidden Valley RV Park
Address: 9199 South State Highway 16
Poteet, TX 78065

Can we help?

Need your tickets printed or a computer to order them?  Need a map to easily find your way?  Give us a call or stop by the office and we'll do it.  210-623-6737


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
     








Real Men Use Maps



And evidently so do real women.  This new app, MAPLETS, boasts map downloads in the millions.  
Do you use Google Maps in your travels?  MAPLETS, compliments Google Maps with 10,000 offline maps in the US and worldwide including Yosemite, New York Subway, London Tube, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, State Parks, and more! 

 DESCRIPTION 



This is great for RVers because you can download maps when you have online access at your campsite so that when you are traveling and online access is not guaranteed, the maps can be at your fingertips.

There is an initial cost of $2.99 to download the app.  Then you can download and store maps of national parks, state parks, metro, subway, bike maps, ski resorts, college campuses, zoos, theme parks and more! Never a charge for any map downloads.

It was surprising to see that even campgrounds had their site maps in there.  One of the reviewers raved that they called to get a map they wanted into the app and within a week it was there.  (Think I'll call and submit Hidden Valley RV Parks site maps.) You can see a list of all available maps at http://www.mobilemaplets.com/places. Here are some examples: 





NATIONAL and STATE PARKS:


1000+ National and State Parks, including:
Yosemite National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
... in fact, ALL the US National Parks, National Monuments, National Seashores are available
State Parks in every state
Local parks such as Central Park, Prospect Park, Griffith Park …


METRO and TRANSIT MAPS:


300+ Metro, Subway, Bus and Train system maps
New York City Subway
London Tube Map
Paris Metro
Washington Metro
San Francisco Muni


MARTA
SEPTA
… and many more!
I've never even heard of many of these but it seems there is NO map unavailable.  


BIKE TRAILS MAPS:


500+ maps for bike routes, rail trails, ATV, OHV or snowmobiling, including:
San Francisco Bike Map
Portland Bike Maps
St Louis Bike Map
Washington DC Bike Map
Many rail trail maps
… and much more!

And then there are SKI RESORTS, UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES, ZOOS, THEME PARKS … There are just too many maps to list!


F E A T U R E S


Every map download is free, with a continually updated source of maps.
Fast Display – Much faster than viewing the equivalent PDFs
Once maps are downloaded, they are stored on the device for quick access even if you have slow or no internet connection at the location.
GPS location for supported maps (see website for complete list)
The app remembers the last map you used and what you were looking at
Notification of new map updates
Hotlinks to get up-to-date information such as weather, snow report. Requires live internet connection.


Check out the app description pages available at the download links above to view the many reviews, mostly 4 or 5 stars.  I was impressed.  


Any travel apps that you can't live without?  Please share them in the comments.



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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