Welcome to Texas!

Welcome to Texas! This is very exciting for us as we never thought we would make it as far as Texas! It is so exciting to be driving through Texas. When we were planning, we knew Texas was somewhere we wanted to spend some time in and now we are here! Unfortunately, there is rare record-breaking cold snap following us. We woke up after our first night in Texas to no water and our water filter being cracked and with water frozen in it. The bathhouse water was barely running so it gives us the opportunity to use our gym membership at planet fitness to shower.

The next day we headed down another 220 miles to Fredericksburg Texas to meet up with the RV Entrepreneur group for the weekend. We were so excited to meet up with other like minded individuals. We were camping at Jelly Stone in Wine country Fredericksburg. The first night we had wine by the pool and headed to Fredericksburg Brewery. We were surprised to see so many Youtubers we follow. We were star struck. These Youtubers were some of the channels that had inspired us to start out on this great adventure.

On Saturday there was a hike scheduled for 10AM. Unfortunately, the park had stopped admitting people in so they wouldn’t be overcrowded. So, next best thing, we went to a winery with the group to sample the local wine. It was a couple hours of fun and laughs.

Saturday night we had a potluck dinner in one of the big rooms at the campground. More of our favorite Youtube personalities arrived to share in the fun. It was fun to meet more people and share stories with everyone.

Sunday morning just about everyone was up early. I mean 6AM early. We were all meeting in the same big room to see the premier of The RVers on the Discovery Channel. A few of the people in the show were there, along with executive producers and creators to help promote it and share it with the group. We had coffee and donuts and watched the premier. It’s on Sunday morning at 8:00 Eastern. There are currently 6 episodes to air.

After a great weekend of making new friends and sharing stories, it was time to pack everything up and head to Austin, TX for the next leg of our adventure. We were having so much fun we did not take any pictures. (Whoops) Check out our YouTube channel for our newest video on our first weekend in Texas.

Lloyd Park Campground in Texas

MUST HAVE

Hi Y’all! We are so excited to be asked to collaborate with Travels with Delaney on our one MUST HAVE RV item. You all know we were missing our fluff but thanks to our friend Christine we no longer are missing it, so what could this item be? Check out Travel with Delaney’s video to see what our MUST HAVE item is!

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Toilet Paper

These three rolls of toilet paper are causing me so much anxiety. I am sure there are some of you out there that find three rolls of toilet paper acceptable. I would have to disagree with you and am sitting here in pure panic to think anyone has less than this in their bathroom. LOL In our sticks and bricks home I require, at the minimum, the giant package from BJs or Costco as my emergency stash. Each bathroom has a minimum of nine extra rolls per bathroom. Since we have downsized, I have one bathroom in our RV and lack the amount of storage for these three rolls never mind any more than this. We are looking to have more simplicity in our lives, but I cannot seem to get past the need for an abundance of toilet paper.  This is something that keeps me up at night, anyone else?

Vacation or our new lifestyle?

We have been on the road for more than 30 days now. What at the beginning felt like being on vacation is slowly transitioning to, this is our lifestyle? Everyday is not a vacation trust us! But we still need to transition to this being our lifestyle. We now have a new way of grocery shopping, doing laundry, and connecting with our friends and family.

Grocery shopping used to be a mindless activity. We would have a running list we knew where everything was, and we would be able to get in and out quickly. We knew the times of day the store was most crowded and when we could get away with no one else being in the store. Being full time on the road means you will never know where you regular items are. You will need to have a constant list going and you must shop more often as you do not have enough room to keep a weeks’ worth of groceries in your fridge.

Oh Laundry… the never-ending chore that needs to be done. At home this was constantly being done in our basement and more times than not being ignored. While on the road we must find a laundromat that has above 4 stars as a rating. It would be helpful if the place takes credit cards cause if it doesn’t, we must get quarters. While this all seems like a lot of work, we do enjoy being able to get all our laundry done and folded within an hour and a half. We kind of wish we had focused this much on it at home we would have always had clean clothes.

When at home it was easy to see friends and family. We had calendars we would fill with different events. We were always coming and going doing something. Being on the road we do not have the luxury of just meeting up, but we do have the phone. We have found some of our relationships with friends and family have grown closer since we now make an effort to talk with them once a week. Face-time is wonderful, you can see your friends and family. This certainly does not take the place of being home with them but does help the homesickness you can get while on the road. Our connections since leaving I feel have been greater so for that we are grateful for this trip. When we get home, we will want to make sure we are no longer filling our calendars with mindless activities.

More in Nashville

SUNDAY! Crystal’s birthday and of course football! The patriots were playing. We were not sure where we were going to be able to see the game. Bo was able to find a bar called Live Oak in Nashville. This is where the Nashville Patriots Fan Club meets for games. It was such a fun place to watch the game. Everyone was great, the food was fantastic, and we got our very own Nashville Patriots Fan Club swag. The Patriots won so that made it soooooooo much cooler. If you are ever in Nashville during a Pats game we HIGHLY recommend going to Live Oak during the game.

The next day it finally stopped raining! We still haven’t seen the sun, and luckily, we never had to evacuate the campground. We went over to the Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. It was very interesting to see the museum and the property where the Jackson family lived. After grabbing dinner at one more BBQ place we had to say goodbye to our friends. Another piece of home was leaving us. We were sad, but excited to move on to our next destination. Ten days in Nashville went by very fast. Nashville will forever have a part of our hearts.

On to Memphis.

Friends in Nashville

Our friends arrived early on Thursday morning. We were so excited to pick them up from the airport and start to explore Nashville more. It was early and we were all hungry, so we ended up at the Cracker Barrel. We brought them back to the campground to see Bella and Bentley. While we were sitting at the campground the owner came over to let us know that they are calling for 5 inches of rain on Saturday. That would mean our site will flood. He recommended we get set to leave in case the flooding is bad. We brought our friends to their hotel and came back to get everything put away and ready to leave just in case. Later that afternoon we went downtown to the Honky Tonks. We waited in line at Jacks BBQ. Little did we know this would be the start of many BBQ places this weekend.

Friday morning, they were calling for rain for the day, so we went and waited in line at a restaurant called Hattie B’s. They are known for their friend chicken. We waited in line for two long hours to place an order. The food was good but not two hours in line good. Did we mention it was raining? Once our bellies were full, we went to an old car factory turned into a retail place. We tasted moonshine there that was fabulous. Dinner that night was low key at a place called Rafferty’s.

Saturday we were so excited to have tickets to the Opry Tour. We were able to stand where every famous artist has performed. We had backstage passes to see all the dressing rooms. If you are ever in Nashville, we highly recommend the tour. We also went to see a show at the Grand Ole Opry that night, but not before having more BBQ. We went to Mission BBQ at the Opry Mills it was yummy. The Opry show was amazing. We experienced every emotion possible.