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I’m a Happy Camper!

Happy Camper Printable from Mrs. Padilly's TravelsAs of July 2016, over 1,700+ of you have downloaded my Happy Camper printable! That’s a lot of Happy Campers!

This free printable, for your personal use and enjoyment, is my way of saying Thank You for stopping by MrsPadillysTravels.com.

Occasionally, however, readers ask if they can use the image for commercial use; like a request I recently received from Julia, of KlayZ Kreations.

Julia contacted me to ask if she could use my image for one of her soldered charm designs. Intrigued by this request, I visited Julia’s Facebook page, and liked what I saw.

While I typically say no to such requests, I could see myself wearing one of Julia’s necklaces, and gave her permission to use the image under one condition; she make one for me!  🙂

Julia happily agreed, and informed me her soldered necklaces come in two sizes: 1 1/2 inch, and 2 inch squares. Since I’m a Texan, I naturally went for the bigger 2″ size!

Happy Camper Necklace by KlayZ Kreations

I was very excited the day the necklace arrived in the mail, and thrilled with the design and quality of Julia’s work! I will wear it proudly!

Thanks, Julia!


Since so many of you have downloaded a copy of my Happy Camper printable, I thought you might like to see the image that inspired me (found on Pinterest).

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Springtime in Fredericksburg, Texas

FREDERICKSBURG: ONE OF MY FAVORITE
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY TOWNS

If not my Favorite Town in the Lone Star State

Flowers by Old Wagon Wheel

Padilly-Tips

  • Fredericksburg is at its best in the springtime, when the wildflowers are in bloom.
  • The area is also becoming well know for its wineries and bus tours.
  • Do not miss the chance to visit Enchanted Rock and drive the Willow City Loop.

 

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Dressed for Glamping: Unveiling My Casita Travel Trailer’s Makeover!

Welcome Stencil on Screen Door Casita Travel Trailer

UPDATE: I have added NEW interior photos, which show my latest changes to the inside of my Casita, leaving the original “dressed” photos for you to compare.

 

The changes are subtle, but I think they make a big difference. Let me know if you agree!  Note: New interior photos are noted with descriptive captions in RED.

 


With the interior remodeling complete,
IT’S TIME FOR THE UNVEILING of my Casita Camper’s Glamping MakeoverCompleted Interior Makeover of Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer

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Maiden Voyage of C~Horse, our 22′ C~Dory Cruiser

MAIDEN VOYAGE OF C~HORSE, OUR 22′ C~DORY CRUISERWe finally had our first opportunity to put C-Horse in the water, which was pretty important, because we brought her home by way of Indiana without ever seeing if she floats…she does. 😉

Mrs-Mr-Padilly-WNow, I must confess, when it comes to boating, I am strictly the first mate. Mr. Padilly, with over 40 years of sailing and boating experience, is truly the captain. But I have my jobs to do, and one of those is handling the vehicle and trailer at the boat ramp.

I must admit, I was a bit nervous with the C-Dory because of her size and because she is the first motor boat I have handled (I’ve only worked with sailboats and kayaks up until now), and most of the boating accidents I’ve seen happened at the boat ramp.

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Newest member to the Fleet! C~Dory 22′ Cruiser ~ C~Horse

C-Horse, our 22′ C-Dory Cruiser

C-Dory 22' Cruiser - C-Horse

 

Next week launches the series on my 17′ Spirit Deluxe Casita’s Glamping Makeover, but I wanted to share with you our new 2002 C-Dory 22′ Cruiser; brought home to Texas today by way of Indiana (Go Hoosiers!).

We have named her C-Horse and I’d like to think of her as the water equivalent of our Casita Glamper Free Range; although I don’t think Mr. Padilly will approve of me “glamping” her up (maybe just a little accessorizing 😉 ).

In addition to sharing our camping adventures in our Casita Free Range, we will also be sharing our adventures on C-Horse; from cruises on our own neighborhood lake, Lake Conroe, to extended cruises such as Galveston to Freeport, Texas. You can read about my travels on my Travel Blog link, to MrsPadilly.com.

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Kayaking Lake Conroe: Discovering Johnson Island

Johnson Island Tree 2104KAYAKING: DISCOVERING JOHNSON ISLAND in our Hobie Mirage TandemThis past summer we went kayaking back to “Johnson Island” only to discover that the summer rains, ending the drought in Southeast Texas, had removed all traces of our little island.

The only evidence it ever existed was the island’s only tree. With over half the tree submerged in the water, it was doing its best to cling to the sun by spreading roots just below the surface; a futile attempt to survive.

Just a year ago this little island sparked the imagination, and left me with a memory that will last a lifetime.

I’ve republished my 2013 post with images of our little island below:

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“The Eagle has landed.” ~ Neil A. Armstrong

SPACE CENTER HOUSTON 

and The Johnson Space Center

saturn-v-nasa-space-center

  • Padilly-TipsSpace Center Houston has its own building at the Johnson Space Center.
  • In order to tour the working Johnson Space Center you must take a tram tour; best to pick a day when it is not raining, or the weather isn’t too hot.
  • Make sure you take the time to view the rockets at the end of the tour to see the Saturn V with your own eyes — it’s huge!

 


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My Casita Travel Trailer’s “Before Glamping” Pictures

MY CASITA CAMPER “BEFORE GLAMPING” PICTURESFor the last several weeks I have turned my Casita Travel Trailer into a Glamper, and will be sharing this transformation with you through seven how-to posts (see the end of this post for links to all projects).

Because I knew my limitations for restoring my Casita, the process of Glamping my Casita has been very enjoyable, which leads me to my one piece of advice if you are preparing to buy a travel trailer to Glamp; know your limits (i.e. time, costs, renovation experience, facilities, etc.).

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Eating Blue Bell Ice Cream – Brenham, Texas

BRENHAM, TEXAS

Home to my Favorite Ice Cream Stop
Blue Bell Creamery

  • Padilly-TipsCheck hours of operation as it can get busy during the weeks schools are in session (open Mon-Fri).
  • Don’t forget your free ice cream at the end of the tour, but call first to see if tours are available (1-800-327-8135)
  • If you don’t have time for the tour, or tour is closed, you can still visit  the Ice Cream Parlor and Country Store.

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Texas Welcome Center – Orange, Texas

TEXAS WELCOME CENTER – ORANGE

Texas Star located at Texas Welcome Center, Orange

Texas-Louisiana Border Off Interstate 10
One of Texas’ Best Travel Information Centers in the State.

  • Padilly-TipsThis center provides the usual features of a rest stop, including a professional travel center full of brochures and helpful travel counselors.
  • Make sure you take time to stretch your legs on the boardwalk over Blue Elbow Swamp to enjoy views of a southeast Texas swamp; maybe you will see a gator.
  • Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the Texas Star! 

 

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My New Casita Travel Trailer!

NOTE: Interior restoration on my Casita is complete! Ready to jump right in and read the first post in the series? Go to “My Casita Travel Trailer’s Before Glamping Pictures,” or just continue reading below about My New Casita Travel Trailer.

Welcome! This is the first post to my new blog, MrsPadillysTravels.com, an extension of my Texas Travel Journal, MrsPadilly.com, which launched in 2012.

Mrs. Padilly’s Travels is a travel and DIY blog that includes posts on my boating, camping, and outdoor adventures, plus DIY projects and restorations like the one I will be doing on the newest addition to my travel options:

My New-to-Me 2006 Casita Travel Trailer! 

Mrs. Padilly's Casita

This little travel trailer, which was painted brown by the original (first) owner, was brought home to our family only two days ago.  She is now sitting in our storage shed where I will be transforming her from a typical Casita travel trailer interior into one fit for Glamping.

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“I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!”

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