Monday

There's No Place Like Home Base - Why We Chose Hidden Valley RV Park To Be Ours


Welcome Guest Blogger: Susan Fellows


At the San Antonio Riverwalk

My husband, Chris, and I  made the decision to become full time RVers about two years ago and that dream became a reality last March (2015).  We are both prior military and so, were infected with the travel bug at an early age. Chris retired from the Air Force after 20 years and we settled into a less nomadic life but continued to explore this beautiful country of ours on holidays and weekends.  We planned, as many people do, to travel more extensively in our golden years.  We thought there would be time.  In 2014, when I was diagnosed with terminal cancer, we quickly decided that if we were going to realize this dream we would have to do it soon.  And here we are:   A year into our full-time RV life and loving every moment.

Many people who decide to become full timers do not chose a home base, they simply travel wherever the wind may blow them. But, as amazing as that sounds, we knew we had to choose a location to return to each year due to my need of ongoing medical treatment.  San Antonio was an easy choice.  Not only is the weather suitable to living in a motorhome but our youngest, and according to her, most adored, daughter lives here.  

Upon arriving in San Antonio we stayed at a luxury RV resort close to our daughter’s apartment but knew we would be moving to something more affordable and less crowded.  We started exploring the local RV parks and found Hidden Valley RV Park.  We are so glad we did.

Hidden Valley is a small RV park in a quiet country setting.  If you’ve never been to San Antonio, it’s a huge city and the rush hour traffic is horrendous.  The highway noise was constant at the other RV parks we looked at and the sites were tiny with few places to walk our dogs.  Not so at Hidden Valley.  What it lacks in more luxurious amenities it gains in serenity.  The location is also excellent, under 30 minutes from downtown and the major attractions and 15 minutes from Lackland AFB for those coming to visit loved ones in the military.   The managers, Teri and Mark, are amazing people and we plan to return yearly for the winter months and are even workamping.   Teri has asked if I want to contribute to her blog and, here I am, submitting my first article.  See you next week.  Enjoy! 




Susan Fellows, a full time RVer, took up the nomadic lifestyle in 2015. 
After retiring from a job with the Social Security Administration,
she and her husband Chris traded their house for an RV home.   
They will be spending the winters work camping at Hidden Valley 
RV Park in Von Ormy, TX and the rest of the year traveling this 
great nation of ours.  Susan has volunteered to send blog 
contributions for Hidden Valley about her experiences as a new RVer.

Thursday

San Antonio, Get Out in the Cool, Wild Outdoors



Spring in San Antonio is a wonderful time to visit our outdoor nature attractions.  The animals are much more active when the weather is cooler, especially earlier in the day during the month of April.  Our guests, Cheri and Dave, visited a couple of San Antonio's Wild Spots, and we'd love 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 $22.00, Seniors (65 and over) are $20.00, Children 3-11 are $13.50, Military/Policemen/Firefighters are $18.00.  Children under 3 are free.  (See discount coupon below.) Another nearby attraction (just next door) is the Natural Bridge Caverns...an easy do on the same day as the Wildlife Park.




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

Tuesday

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.

Thursday

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


Monday

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.


Tuesday

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

Friday

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:

Thursday

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


Saturday

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 TexasCampgrounds.com (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

Monday

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

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