2015 in review: Part 6 — July

Lakes, rivers, and forests in July!

P1050947-001Fourth of July fun on the North Fork Reservoir, southeast of Estacada, Oregon

Campgrounds, state parks, and RV parks are full to capacity for the long, holiday weekend.  The crew and I are fortunate to find a vacant, non-reservable site at Lazy Bend Campground located along the Clackamas River, southwest of Estacada.

P1050926Our site at Lazy Bend Campground

The Perfect Tow Vehicle develops a slow leak in a rear tire.  Fortunately, Les Schwab in Estacada discovers the nail, fixes the tire, and sends us happily on our way — no charge.

P1050932The crew and I wait inside Les Schwab’s for air conditioning and internet signal.

Edith comes for a visit!

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Although Edith is a well-behaved girl and everyone gets along well, the three-dog crew is not what I thought it would be.  I return her to her foster family and she’s happy to be home.

A wave of heat settles over Oregon!

When the weekend is over and the holiday revelers have returned to their working lives, the crew and I set out for a new camp further north.  We find pleasant, shady Tollgate Campground on the Zigzag River between Oregon City and Mt. Hood National Forest.

P1050998The BLT is in the shade; the PTV’s solar panel is in a patch of sun. 

The pretty Zigzag River flows behind our campsite. 

P1060029Even in July the water is cold!

P1060037A riverside walk the morning we break camp

The PTV carries us further east on Route 26, bringing us closer to Mt. Hood.

I’m disappointed that Mt. Hood is only visible a few times from this route.  We find that Sherwood Campground on the East Fork Hood River is a good place to stay for a few days.

P1060065Sherwood is a small, primitive campground.  The crew and I relax on the riverbank.

I don’t have photos of our campsite because we end up cutting short our camp at Sherwood.

Power problems!  The refrigerator isn’t working!  We need to get out of Mt. Hood National Forest and find a camp near a good repair shop.

The Columbia River Gorge campgrounds are reserved up tight, it being peak season.

We follow the river east on Interstate 84 past The Dalles, and turn south on Route 97.  By this time I’m weary of the hub-bub of vacationing crowds and want to get away!

I remember Route 97 as a pleasant, restful drive across grassland.  Perfect!

The little town of Grass Valley provides a peaceful home.

P1060098Grass Valley RV Park is a small, country park.

I take advantage of the shower and laundry facilities.  The crew enjoys the green grass while I take photos of horses in a field behind the RV park.

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In the early evening, Bridget, Reggie, and I stroll around the streets of Grass Valley.

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Groceries are running low and there’s the repair to be made, so we leave Grass Valley sooner than I’d like, after only two days.  It’s such a charming place!

Of course, at this point I don’t know how much we will enjoy our next location!

P1060219Madras, Oregon — Big enough to have an RV service and repair facility!

About ten miles south of Madras, the crew and I pull into Haystack Campground.

P1060194Mt. Jefferson and Haystack Reservoir as seen from the campground

The friendly camp hosts recommend Dave’s RV in Madras.

P1060182Our first site at Haystack is by the reservoir.

It’s a relief to find competent, honest people to work on the BLT!

P1060210Rather than go into detail here — what was wrong and the repairs that are done — click this link if interested:  “Marathon repair and power is restored!”

Bridget and Reggie are a patient crew. 

“Sorry about the wait, pumpkins.  This is part of the RV life.”

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We camp at Haystack right up to the 14-day limit.

P1060281Our second campsite at Haystack with a view of the reservoir and Mt. Jefferson.

The next photo is one of my favorites from our time at Haystack Reservoir.

P1060183Where to next?

We motor south on Route 97, through Bend (we’ve come full circle!), past the roads that go to our earlier camps at Fall River, Pringle Falls, and Davis Lake.

Our last camp of July is a beauty — Miller Lake!

P1060361 - CopyThis is the kind of place I imagined years ago before leaving Georgia.

Digit Point Campground has many sites with a view of the lake and there’s easy access to the water.

P1060523-001The crew and I walk the trail twice each day.

P1060324Our stay at Miller Lake extends into August.  More about Miller Lake and the rest of our August camps in the next post!

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141 Responses to 2015 in review: Part 6 — July

  1. Susan in Dallas says:

    What? First? Can it be?

  2. Where's Chris? (PDX is Home) says:

    Oh my lovely Oregon!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Quite a state, eh? 🙂

      • Where's Chris? (PDX is Home) says:

        I have to admit I’m partial … and this past hiking, camping season I spent the entire time in Oregon rediscovering old favorites, finding new places to add to an already long list of favorites, and scoping out new places for next year. I sure hope you’ll be back next year again.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, we won’t be visiting Oregon in 2016. It was a varied, wonderful trip with several outstanding camps. However, between the crowds, the heat waves, and the rapidly spreading smoke from forest fires, I got an Oregon fix to last for a while. Besides, there’s a lot more I want to see outside of Oregon…

          It’s all good! I’m glad you found your favorite state. It sounds like Oregon is to you what Utah is to me! 🙂

  3. Pat H. says:

    Am I first??

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sure you’re first in some things, Pat. H., only being first on my blog isn’t one of them.. . yet.

      You’re moment will come! 🙂

  4. Renee Galligher says:

    Oh boy! Closer to the top this time!

    • Renee Galligher says:

      Once again, a great post along with wonderful photos so that I feel like I’ve been there. Not to be confused with “being there with you” just to respect your privacy! Edith? Was she going to be a possible third companion? Oh my, though she sure matched Reggie.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Gee, your comment makes me realize that these recaps are “spoilers” for those who haven’t read the older posts. Yes, Edith was going to be part of the crew. I was concerned that Reggie didn’t have a playmate. Since then, I’ve seen him adapt to our way of life and it isn’t an issue.

        Thanks for the compliment on the post and photos, Renee.

        • Pamela K. says:

          Hi Sue!
          I don’t see them as “spoilers”. They are little “mini-snapshots” — just enough to make ya wanna go and read the full posts. 🙂
          About Edith, I know that was such a hard call for you to make. It turned out best all around though. I doubt if Reggie-Man would have come into his own as soon as he did IF he had had a play mate. I think he would have stayed more “puppy-like” longer instead of the swell Reggie-Man we have come to know and love.
          Yep, you made the right call 🙂

        • Renee says:

          Not spoilers, but “Reader’s Condensed” editions! 😉 Nonetheless, I love them all.

  5. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Fifth??

  6. Corkerinna620 says:

    (Mobile AL). Sue & Crew, love your blog. Love all your photos. Wishes & dreams for me. I’ve gone back and started reading your blog from early 2011. I’m up to the day after you took Janie to her new home and you’re fixing to launch toward Rice, TX on your new adventure. It’ll take me a while but I’ll eventually catch up. Blessings to you and yours for a wonderful holiday.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Corkerinna620,

      I’m always thrilled to learn another reader likes my blog and our “story” enough to go back to the first post and read forward. Yes, it will take a while…. Take your time, you’ll catch up and you’ll have learned a lot, just like I did.

      Blessings to you, too, for today, for the holidays, and for 2016.

      BTW, thanks for including your location.

  7. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    Loving your reviews —Great memories

  8. Sidewinder Pen says:

    Ah, so many lakes…. blue, lovely lakes. And burbling streams too.

    And of course a photo that highlights the versatility of the (two) “4.5′ x 12” mats. Which reminds me that I was going to ask you: Is it a 9 x 12 cut in half lengthwise? Did you have to treat the cut to keep it from fraying?. (Yep, still have mat envy, but I’m working on a cure.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pen,

      Yes, it’s a 9 x 12 mat cut lengthwise along the seam which means no need to treat the cut. A short tear began at one end. I just lengthened the tear all the way. Worked out great! One half is wide enough for the lounger. There have been several camps since I cut it where the full-sized mat wouldn’t fit because of a curb, tree, rocks, whatever.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Oh I see, thanks. I didn’t realize there was a seam (plus haven’t had one of the mats so am not familiar with the “fabric”).

        • Pamela K. says:

          Pen,
          Girl! I swear!
          If Santa fails to come through, I’m gonna buy you one of those mats! Really. General Delivery or something. You NEED one to put that mat-envy to bed 🙂 Besides, you have given me such wonderful tips on solar for my Van. I sure do like the Goal Zero YETI 400! Hanukkah-Santa (Klemper) was very good to me this year!
          Holiday Hugs,
          Pamela K.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Hi Pamela,

            Glad to hear you are having a good holiday season. The main reason I still have mat envy (vs. having a mat) is that I don’t have a good place to stow one when it’s not in use. I’m working on it though!

            • Pamela K. says:

              Pen,
              LOL, I am so relieved to hear to know the budget wan’t standing in the way of you and your coveted prize! I have no doubt you will find the room for it somewhere (not under the mattress). When, not if, you do get your mat I want pictures 🙂
              Kidding aside, you will love having one. They really DO spoil ya. We even take ours on local picnics in the summertime.

  9. weather says:

    As often happens in hindsight we are reassured that our decisions were a blessing to all involved. You were wise enough to know Edith and you had no natural resonance and connection-and good enough to return her before she became attached. I’m sure she and whoever has her now are happy. And Reggie didn’t need a playmate , he needed what he has-someone that would love him and allow him to be himself. My neighbor is a delight to watch with his dog and they went through similar experiences before finding each other. He’d returned more than one dog, not because he’s not a dog person, because he wasn’t those dog’s person, and knew that. It’s enchanting to see him and his pal together, they’re inseparable day or night.

    It continues to amaze me that you find so many great camps beside water for little or no money. The last photo in particular has a view very close to mine as it’s high above the beach. With your three seats you own the view and gifts as much as I do, just without the price tag or tethers involved. That’s many times an inspiration to me as I keep letting go to get more…thank you, Sue, wonderful post, have a lovely evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Speaking of hindsight…. Looking back at that time when Edith visited us, I realize why I thought a third crew member was needed. Reggie didn’t seem to have an outlet for all his energy for play. That’s because I was walking him on a short leash most of the time. By having him on his 20 foot tether every time we walk, he’s able to run back and forth and around, covering a lot more ground with those little legs of his. He’s no longer agitated during the day and he’s ready for sleep at nightfall. Or maybe as you say… He can be himself and he’s loved. 🙂

      Your description of your neighbor with his dog made me smile. How wonderful for them!

      It is amazing all the places one can camp near water in lovely environments with great views and not for a lot of money. The key is to set oneself up with the necessary equipment and get out there. I look forward to hearing about your fantastic camps! 🙂 In the meantime I enjoy visualizing your home above the lake.

      Thanks, weather. You have a nice evening, too.

      • weather says:

        Hi, Sue, I hope you, the crew and the hummingbirds are well and happy. I know you and Ed Frey sometimes keep up with each other’s blog. Can you access his? I hope he sees this in case he doesn’t know about the problem-The content disappears leaving just the site map and other headings.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather…. Yes, we’re doing fine here. I hope you are, too.

          I checked Ed’s blog late yesterday and again this morning after reading your comment. Both times his blog appeared the same as always… no problems.

          • weather says:

            Thanks, I am thoroughly enjoying the warm temps and dry day, and will alter my laptops settings now that I know the problem is on my end.

  10. Piper n' Rusty / Az says:

    Good memories and photos Sue,, and Edith,, Well maybe next time,, But I bet Bridget and Reggie remember her,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty… Thank you. Wasn’t that an amazing sunset last night? There was so much bright red, pink and orange that I didn’t take a photo. Nobody would believe it was real!

      • Piper n' Rusty / Az says:

        Your right on the Sunset, Sue, And check out this eve’s Sunset, Super Red with a tint of Gold,, ,,,,,,, Silver n’ Gold Have I None, But in the Sun rise’s and Sunsets, there is a wealth of beautiful to my eyes,,,,,,,,,

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh my, I’m looking out my back window … it’s gorgeous!

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Now you have me humming…

          “Got no diamonds, got no pearls,
          Still I think I’m a lucky girl –
          I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night
          and I’m alright….

          Sunshine gives me a lovely day
          Moonlight gives me the Milky Way…”

          😀 😀

          (Irving Berlin)

          • Piper n' Rusty / Az says:

            Your Beautiful Pen, in remembering Irving Berlin,,, Did you see the Moon rise ’bout 3:30? it had red n’ gold in it too!,,,,,,,,,,,,,

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Yes I did! It’s always so nice to see the big moon come around again. For some reason this time it seemed like it was “gone” for so long! I like how it lights up the desert at night, even when not yet full.

            • Piper n' Rusty / Az says:

              ME Too! I like walking in the moon light along a beach or near a lake,,,,, It’s like dancing, but I don’t do it no more in fact I haven’t done those things I love to do since 1997,,,,,,,,,,,,

  11. casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue!

    You commented that your Miller Lake site was the site you dreamed of as you were thinking of your future life when you were in GA. Try Wilderness State Park near the tip of the mitten in Michigan. It is an incredibly beautiful area, just on the Lake Michigan lakeshore. Further south is the town of Harbor Springs, and between Wilderness State Park and Harbor Springs is the ‘Tunnel of Trees’, one of the most incredibly beautiful places in the world. I know that you have been staying to the western states…but thought I would mention one of my most favorite places as a consideration for the next year or two. I don’t comment much but have been reading your blog every day nearly since the day you started your journey. Thanks for the 2015 highlights.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, casitagirl,

      Always good to hear from you and to know you’re still riding with me and the crew. I did a search of Wilderness State Park — beautiful! I can see why it is one of your favorite places. I notice the camping fee is $27 a night, which would limit our stay, unless there are less expensive campgrounds in the area. Are there mosquitoes, no-see-ums, ticks and fleas? Sorry if I seem negative — These things are important to me and I’ve heard that the bugs can be awful. I guess one needs to know when to go….

      Really though, I don’t think we will leave the West. I don’t know what your location is, but if you are in Michigan, how wonderful to have this gorgeous place nearby!

      • casitagirl says:

        Northern Michigan is great in August and early September–few bugs. Just don’t go in June and early July. Wilderness State Park is pretty incredible–miles of beautiful dunes and Lake Michigan shoreline.

        We just moved to south Florida after living in Michigan our whole lives. We just got tired of trying to commute to work in -20 degree darkness on crazy slippery roads. Our kids have all moved away because the employment situation there for young people is not so good…so we just didn’t have much of a reason to stay. Plus, we looked at our finances and realized that if we downsized, we could live our dream of warmer winters and adventure travel. I retired and my husband is working remotely. We sold our family home, downsized to a smaller home and bought an Airstream (we found our Casita was a bit small for us and our dogs). We will be heading out next May to begin our traveling adventures. You might understand all the planning (and sacrifice) we’ve done to make this dream come true. Your blog has been an inspiration to us.

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        well Im back rereading this blog since I pretty
        much skimmed it the first time and I see you had
        a question about mosquitos, fleas, ticks, gnats and
        other such pests…….I read somewhere else that
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        stationed in North Carolina…I have several bottles
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        wanted to let you know
        thanks
        chuck

  12. Val R. Lakefield On says:

    Your latest review makes me want summer back. I love the look of all that green. Winter is slow in coming this year. I heard a loon call the other night. Hoping they leave soon as we are bound to get cold at some point. I noticed an Aliner in the left of the pic at Daves RV.. Will always have a soft spot for them even though we sold ours. These reviews are fun, I remember when you had Edith come to visit and some of the other spots look familiar, all great pics as usual.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      I remember that lady who had her Aliner in for repairs. Seems it had a lot of structural problems. She had a bumper sticker on it — “I’m not perfect but parts of me are incredible.” 🙂

      I’m glad you find these review posts enjoyable. Thanks for noting the photos.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Ha ha. That reminds me of something I saw in a personal ad, back in the day (remember when they’d have actual printed ones in local free rags? There used to be piles of them to read while waiting for a table at a small restaurant.). Anyway, it read something like “Reasonably handsome — if you know when not to look.” I still chuckle about that years later. Isn’t that just so true!

  13. Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

    Hi Sue! Wonderful recap of the last year. I’m writing sites down that I missed. This month is exciting because I get my “senior” nat’l parks pass on the 29th!! Yippee, 1st bday I’ve looked forward to in a long time. BTW, I’ve purchased some items recently via your link but don’t see them. Hopefully you received credit. Have a free month of Amazon prime so am using it!!! Looking forward to trip to NV then Cali in February. Need some repairs done 1st on my scamp. Parrhanagut one of my fav places. For future reference, if you drive the Alamo canyon rd, will see a big playa with many surrounding pictographs. Exploring the desert national wildlife refuge is pretty cool as well. Always look forward to seeing vermillion flycatchers in that area. I want to see the new NV wilderness areas e.g. Mt. Irish. Did you know there is a free hot springs at Ash Springs? It’s across rd from truck stop. Best of holidays to you & crew.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Ooh, Prime is easy to get hooked on. It’s very handy when traveling, as you can order when you arrive someplace and not get stuck waiting for a shipment (as it arrives in two days).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Molly, on your senior discount pass! It’s the best deal there is.

      Thanks for all the suggestions. We did go up Alamo Canyon Road, not far enough apparently. I heard of the hot springs at Ash Springs, of course. I wasn’t attracted to it because it’s along a well-traveled route (aka truck stop). Hot springs only appeal to me when I’m reasonably sure I can enjoy them alone. Looking online they appear to be very nice!

      BTW, the odds of seeing an Amazon purchase you made in the six-link sample I show are very slim. Hundreds of orders come in every month (love my readers!)… I’m certain I received credit if you went to Amazon through a link or ad on my blog. Thank you very much, Julie! Amazon commissions are my Chrismas presents. 🙂

      I hope you are enjoying the season!

  14. Applegirl NY says:

    Wow, you’re posting at break-neck speed! I missed a couple of days, and holy cow! I must admit I forgot about Edith. She was such a cutie.

    I remember well the day you let Reggie break loose at the beach. I can hear your laughter and smell the salt air. Your descriptions are so wonderful.

    Miller Lake reminds me of the Adirondacks. Lovely.
    Take care, Sue, crew and blogorinos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I hadn’t made the connection — You’re right! Miller Lake is similar to those beautiful lakes in upstate New York. No wonder I loved it there!

  15. Pamela K. says:

    CateW,
    Thanks for your follow-up post. Glad my little tid-bits helped 🙂
    I always enjoy reading your comments.
    Here’s hoping You have a fine Holiday too!
    Hugs.
    Pamela K.

  16. DesertGinger says:

    Well, I’m still here at Tabbys, not doing much. Wondering when I will be able to go home. My portable oxygen unit doesn’t charge in the car, and I don’t kno why. I’m going to have to call them to come out. I can’t drive home without that working.

    Other than that I’m just trying to think of a few Xmas adventures we can do. Like driving around to see lights or going to a caroling concert.

    Meanwhile I’m just resting and waiting to get better!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Good morning, DesertGinger,

      My cell phone will not charge unless the ignition is turned on…maybe it is a safety thing so one does not rundown the battery? Maybe something is built into 12V outlet to block the juice? If memory serves, my previous, older cars would charge even if the car was turned off. Just thought I would mention…it may apply to your situation. Forgive and ignore if not… Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you find some Christmas lights to enjoy! Hang in there, DG….feeling better is just around the corner! ***hugs*** 🙂

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Hey De Gin

      Nice to hear you are feeling better!

      Are you using the cig lighter or other outlets. Check the fuse!

      Smile….as you’re always trying to figure out a way to “bust” out!

      Wishing you and Chloe a Merry Christmas.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Ginger . . . Thinking of you and wishing you well and strong!

      • bess from eugene, oregon says:

        i haven’t met you yet ginger but i wanted to send you loving thoughts and my wish for a healing new year full of light and love, bess

  17. Joyce Sutton says:

    Now I am really bummed. I missed not one but two posts and all the happy talk. I feel like I have been banned as I posted twice in earlier ones and that did not show up either. I have rescribed twice don’t know how to mark favorites. Waiting to see if this post shows. Sigh and double sigh. I loved when I hit the email there was a new one up. A visit to read and then the follow up comments came to my email too. As each came individually I felt part of the conversation. I love the pics and the comments others name about them.

    • weather says:

      Recently I got a new laptop and email address and subscribed to receive email notifications of Sue’s posts, it has been working with no problems. After subscribing one should receive a confirm email that has a click here box to confirm that email notices are requested. Once that is done another email should come stating that the confirmation was received. Thereafter emails announcing all new posts would follow.If this has not been working for you, yet you receive other email without problems, it may be that somewhere in the system something is blocking transmissions-not at anyone’s request, just a system error. I know other folks have made suggestions and it appears those haven’t solved the problem.

      Perhaps you could get an new extra email address with a modified name(for example- j.s. Joyce to use on here and j.s. Joyce@xmail) to bypass whatever the problem is. Setting up new email and subscribing to receive notifications of new posts takes a few minutes, you may find the effort worth it. I’m sorry this has been frustrating, and wish I could offer a simpler solution. In any case, I hope you continue to find a way to enjoy feeling part of.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        That’s one solution. Before she does that . . . I’m thinking we might be able to show Joyce how to do one of these things: 1) Bookmark my blog or 2) Make a shortcut to my blog so that all she has to do is click the icon when she opens up her computer.

        Once she tells us what computer she has, maybe someone can help with steps to do one of the above.

        • Joyce Sutton says:

          I use my phone mostly

          • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

            I don’t know about using the RSS feed on a phone.

            That is for someone else to comment.

            Sorry.

          • CalamityL says:

            I don’t know about the iphone, but computer browsers generally have rss readers built in and phones generally don’t. That’s why it looks like gibberish. You may have a setting on your phone that will enable that or you may have to download an app.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Also… The RSS feed is in the list under Site Administration in the sidebar of my blog. One can sign up there.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Hi Joyce,

      Hate to miss a blogorino who wants to be here! I have another idea. Simple, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing: Just come to Sue’s blog every day online to see if there is a new post, and then to read comments. You say you aren’t sure how to make a “favorite,” but if you can just remember http://www.rvsueandcrew.net then you can just type it in each time you visit. It’s reasonably short and easy to remember (or write down on paper). Although I do have a “feed” reminder set up for this blog, 99% of the time I get here just by typing in the address by hand. I just come “in person” to read the comments using that same method.

      There is a good chance that once you have typed it in a few times, your web browser will just automatically “finish” it for you. But even if not, it’s only a short thing to type.

      Hope to see you here one way or another!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        PS: I see that the blog software added to the simple address you can type in. You don’t need to type in any of the stuff before “www.” Just start with “www.” and then add the rest of the name of the blog and then “.net” at the end and you’ll be here!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Another way that’s similar to what you suggest, Pen…. Type RVSue (or rvsue) in the search box. When the new page opens, my blog will be listed at the top. Click on it and you’ve arrived.

      • Joyce Sutton says:

        I’ve been doing that after I find out there is a post. I just come look and there it is. I supposed I was just spoiled and might have a chance at first if I got the link when it goes up. Mostly I miss not getting each comment but have to keep returning to read. It takes more time as you have to reread a lot to catch up and not miss and if someone saw my former post and replied I didn’t get to see any of that. I can still read , I’m just spoiled and want it my way. I hate things to change that I like the way they are. Butting my head against the wall in a temper tantrum.

        • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

          Joyce,

          I have an addon called RSS Feeder which I use to notify me of new postings and comments. Google it for your browser and install it. You will see an orange and white curved set of lines and click on that when on Sue’s blog. From there click the + and it will ask you what you want to add to be notified when there are new posts.

          When there are new items you will see a number on the feeder. Good luck

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Are the installation instructions clear? Does she have to make a choice to save or open? Where will she see the orange and white curved set of lines?

            I remember how frustrating it was to have folks try to help me but at a level I wasn’t able to understand and then I’d hit a snag along the way of following instructions. Putting myself in Joyce’s shoes . . . . For instance, I googled RSS feeds, opened one of the sites, was confronted with a lot of gobbledygook, tried to open the feed and got a sign-up page for Google which requires a password… I’m outta here!

            It’s good of you to offer help, Marilyn.

            • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

              The orange and white curved icon will appear on its own after downloading I hope. No accepting or anything.

              My icon is in the upper right corner of the screen.

              You must be on the site you want to follow and then click the icon and +.

              If you have more questions, feel free to ask. I use this on almost all blogs I follow.

            • Joyce Sutton says:

              Okay downloaded RSS feed that uses google reader opened to google sign in placed email and clicked Google sign in and it hung right there Nothing and click is flat.

            • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

              Are you on Sue’s page when you click the +? It should offer you the url on what you want to follow.

              Remember, you have to be on the page you want to follow to add it to your feed.

              I hope this works.
              Sorry to hijack your blog, Sue.

              I will learn to keep quiet one of these days.

            • Joyce Sutton says:

              Yes on page. Top doesn’t have the stuff on it on the phone that it has on puter

            • Joyce Sutton says:

              That came out as a long string of letters. Can’t even read it. Rustys is the same way. Arghhh

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Rusty’s?

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Joyce,

              I now see you are on a phone. I don’t know if the RSS feed works then. I hear what you are saying about viewing comments on the phone. For me, when there are a lot of nested replies, they run down into looooooong single letter strings that you can’t really read. That’s probably what you meant by “Rusty’s” (as he was in a string of comments about the moon).

              I tried the “reader view” option and it formats the blog nicely, but then I can’t see the comments.

              This is why I use my laptop 99% of the time. Phone screen is too small for me and I like to type on a “real” keyboard. I do use the phone sometimes if out and about and waiting for something, so take a quick peek at the blog to pass the time more agreeably.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            That’s what I use too. Pops right in! I keep track of any blogs I read in the feed reader, and no more checking bookmarked sites endlessly to see if there is a new post.

            I’m probably old-fashioned, but the way I add a blog to my feed is to go to the blog, then copy the main address from the address bar at the top of my browser (as in http://www.rvsueandcrew.com), open the feed reader (I use NetNewsWire but there are many others too), click on the “subscribe” button, paste the address in there, and hit enter. Now a box pops up so I can choose a category if I want to (travel, boating, misc. etc.) and then “Voila,” each time Sue posts it pops up in my feed. I’ve had many chances to be first this way, which tells me it comes in pretty quickly.

            I do come here to read the comments (click on the title in my feed or come here “manually”), but I guess I like seeing them all each time so it’s okay. Like walking past clumps of friends talking in a park on a sunny day 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Joyce . . . . I’m sorry. Technology can be very frustrating at times. I really want you to get those emails again.

      Don’t give up! We will figure this out.

      We can help you better if we know what you are using …. such as “a Dell laptop” or “an HP computer” or “an Ipad.” … whatever. Then someone who has the same computer can see what your screen looks like and be able to lead you through the steps to solving this.

      BTW, putting a site on a favorites list is the same as “bookmarking” it. On my Lenovo, the favorites list is at a star symbol in the upper righthand corner.

      Tell us what computer you have and we will get back to you — promise!

      BTW, I searched my administration pages to see if there’s a way I can put your email address on the follower’s list, but I was unsuccessful.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Joyce… Until you give the type computer, it’s pretty difficult to give you steps to follow to solve this.

  18. Corkerinna620 says:

    (Mobile AL)-sure hope you’re safe and warm. I’m catching up with you reading 2011 posts and not sure where you are.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I love that you’re reading the posts from way back!

      I try to mention our location somewhere in the beginning of each post. With these review posts, I haven’t been doing that.

      We’re presently at Midland LTVA (been here over 4 weeks!) near Blythe, CA. If the sidebar is visible on your device, you can read the weather, present and future, at our location. Temps are reported in the 60s for highs (warmer by the BLT), 40s for lows.

      We’re safe and warm — Thank you!

      • Muttleycrew says:

        Hi Sue, I’m new to your site etc FYI. I see you are in Blythe and and wanted to comment. I am in Quartzite, arrived about a month ago, and one of my dogs just got sick with Valley Fever. I didn’t know dogs could get this illness and I didn’t know the spores are in the soil in southern AZ. My sweet puppy is being treated by a vet in Blythe (was there today to p/u more meds). He has seen 300+ cases over the last few years. And he commented on it being a particularly bad time right now because of the tilling in the fields and the wind moving soil. And it was windy today, a lot of real estate got moved! I have since found out a lot of people didn’t know dogs could get Valley Fever. And because you are in the area with dogs I thought I’d pass on the info. And I also don’t know if you are aware/know. And for anybody else traveling the southwest or will be. Heads up! Takes a long time for this nasty fungus to clear out!

        • Good information! Thanks for sharing!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Muttleycrew! Welcome to my blog, blogorino!

          I’m terribly sorry your dog came down with Valley Fever. I hope he/she recovers quickly and well.

          I had heard about people contracting VF, and that it was possible for dogs to catch it. However, I thought it was very rare for dogs. Now I know otherwise — thank you for the alert!

          Yes, yesterday was windy and there was a lot of dust in the air. I was out in it briefly, the crew not so much. I appreciate you taking the time to remind me and all the readers to be careful about going outside on windy, dusty days in the SW.

          Best wishes for you and your pup. Thanks for reading my blog and I hope we will see you here again!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            I’ve also read that the worst are windy days after a day when it has rained. I believe the reason is that the rain makes it easier for the spores to bloom (or whatever it technically is that they do – they like moisture), and then if a windy day comes along right afterward, it blows the spores (with the dust) around more.

          • Muttleycrew says:

            You bet! Also I see you had a bear try to break in to your BLT, hence the horns. I worked in the Inyo National Forest this summer in black bear country. Was a beautiful place at 9300 ft. I learned a lot about camping in bear country, the Fish and Wildlife Warden had some good advice to minimize those rascals from getting in to RV’s. I would be happy to share what I learned, saw a post from someone concerned that your dogs would aggravate the bears. I have more feedback on this too. I don’t want to bog people down with unwanted info, but will be happy to educate people so they will feel more comfortable camping in bear country. I had much to learn which started with putting my mountain girl panties on and not allowing the Bears to hang around camp. They do like their bear fast food! But can be quite destructive if precautions are not taken.

          • Muttleycrew says:

            Thanks, she still pretty miserable. The meds evidently take a while to kick in.

            Have a wonderful Christmas!

            Also, I got a kick out of your July post. I left Bend in 2014 after living there for 20 yrs., working at Costco. I was soooo done with the retail world and decided to purge and head down the road with a travel trailer. Me and my dogs are now fellow vagabonds! I also enjoy alone time and don’t tolerate people’s BS too well.. can get my hackles up..

            Also, Eastern Oregon is gorgeous country too!

        • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

          Thanks so much for the info…for us midwestern wannabees who will be heading southwest, this is something we have never heard about. Midland LTVA is west of the Colorado River area, so hopefuly RVSue and crew are upwind..

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Actually one of the worst areas for “Valley Fever” is in the San Joaquin (Central) Valley of California, so it’s not just an Arizona thing. The maps available of the “hot” areas were made in the 50’s, IIRC, so details may have changed — but there are a lot of people who do get it in the mentioned California area now, so that’s real/current. Not saying that includes Midland LTVA, but just that being west of Arizona is not necessarily a guarantee.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Yesterday’s wind seemed to be coming from the south. Those Algodones Dunes are down that-a-way.

          • Muttleycrew says:

            It’s not an epidemic but the spores are widespread in this region. Just get educated about symptoms etc. Came through here last year no trouble and my other dog is fine – she doesn’t dig or move dirt like my silly Bella.

  19. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Gorgeous photos!

    Love the rushing water and Reg man giving you the ole stink eye!

    The water at Miller Lake reminds me of Lake Tahoe with the clear clear water!

    Beautiful life you live!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, it is and I’m grateful every day and night for the life I’ve been given.

      Most of my life I wondered “When is it MY turn?” At times I thought it would never arrive, but here it is and IT IS GRAND! 🙂

      Good morning, Cinandjules!

      You have a pretty darn beautiful life, too! That’s not only a wish but also an observation…. NY and AZ with birthday celebrations in Vegas, visits to Lake Tahoe, dungeness crab in San Francisco…. Wonderful combination!

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Well, you worked hard, planned, dreamed and made it happen. So happy for you. How many folks don’t dare to take their lives in their hands and “go for it.” You did in a big way – and we’re all reaping the benefits along with you and the crew.

        Just in case I don’t get an opportunity to get back here before Christmas – Have a Very Merry Christmas, everyone, and a Happy Holiday for those who celebrate something else. We all have so much to be thankful for and we are all blessed in our own ways. Be a blessing to someone else this holiday season.

        My heartfelt gratitude to Sue, for making this forum a welcoming and positive place to check in. Makes us smile, laugh, dream and can even lift our spirits on a bad day.

        Merry Christmas, friends!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Merry Christmas to you, too, Applegirl. You are part of the reason this is “a welcoming and positive place.” 🙂

  20. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Living that dash…..you go girl!

    Speaking of crabs…..crab for the holidays is a tradition on the West coast. Unfortunately a potential deadly toxin (warmer waters= algae) has affected the crab and crabbing season is on hold. Devastating to the commercial fisherman and restaurants in SF fishermans wharf.

  21. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    I remember when you were in this area that I hoped so much that you would head north just a little more so you see the Yakima Valley. I would wave as you cruised by on Hwy 97. Did not happen but there’s always next time; waiting for photos from one of our fruit stands. Happy first day of winter!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy first day of winter to you, too!

      We’ll be back to Washington . . . Gosh, the fruit is divine! And the pies! Oh, my….

      • bess from eugene, oregon says:

        i agree that all the blogerinos should visit Central Washington state. Lake Chelan is beautiful, but i don’t know how it is after a bad forest fire this summer. all the way to Canada is pretty and the eastern side of the Cascades should offer lots of boondocking possibilities. Grand Coulee Dam. Mt. Adams and Mt. Baker are fantastic.

  22. Loving the quick recaps of another great year on the road for you and the crew. How lovely that you found so much water to enjoy in July!

  23. Hi Sue!
    I’m currently sitting in my mom’s doctors office, waiting for her name to be called, & so I had a moment to pop in and wish you & all the blogorinos a very Merry Christmas!
    I still have to read your last few posts, but wanted to be sure to send you Christmas wishes 🙂
    I’m off work all this week, but chauffeuring my mom around to her appointments & other errands, so it’s still a busy week. Take care & stay warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re a good daughter. Your mom is blessed. Good to hear from you, Marla, as always. I hope you find plenty of time during this week off work to relax and enjoy. Merry Christmas to you, too!

  24. AZ Jim says:

    Memories. I confess I forgot about Edith. I’m sure she is happy in a home somewhere. Another year slips by and there’s more coming. I’ll ride along with you and the crew for as long as I can. I really wish you, Miss Bridget and my main man Reggie a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to what’s around the bend for us Missy….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Thanks for the Christmas wish for me and the crew, and also for your promise to keep on riding with us!

      Merry Christmas to you and Detta!

  25. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I just read in the news…With the recent rainfall in CA…Lake Tahoe has risen almost 2 inches…equivalent to 6 billion gallons of water in the last two days!

    • Susan in Dallas says:

      This happened in Texas this year. After days of heavy rain, the area lakes would sometimes raise several feet at a time. When the rain finally stopped, lake levels were 10 to 15 feet above their regular levels. It was a wild ride!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      What is the predicted temp for Christmas Day in your neck of the woods? We will hit the low 70s. Crazy weather, but it beats shoveling and slipping on ice!!
      🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        65 Christmas Eve
        47 Christmas Day

        It’s been raining…which is good. Weird weather indeed. Happy holidays.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          It has been raining here, too. It has been a very gray, foggy, couple of days. Chance of rain through Christmas Day. Best wishes to you both for the Holiday season! 🙂

  26. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Hope you and the Crew have enjoyed your day! The sunset picture over the reservoir is spectacular! It seems like you have travelled to many more places this year….I think the search for Reggie, and then keeping ahead of the fires out West made it seem that way.

    Sending you and the Crew wishes for a peaceful night and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      Thank you . . . . I like the sunset photo, too. It shows the silken effect on the water.

      We did have a lot of camps in 2016. Looking for Reggie was one reason. If it weren’t for the summer crowds along the coast we would’ve stayed longer. Also the need to move to a place where I could have the BLT repaired. Plus keeping ahead of smoke and fires… That’s the way it goes. Even so, it’s been a great year.

      I hope you are enjoying this day!

  27. DesertGinger says:

    Today I’m going to buy a new MacBook Air. I have always had a PC but Macs are so much more secure. And I need something good and reliable for Knife work. Then I’m going to cook a pot roast. Just a lazy day again.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      hEy you!

      You’ll like the Mac. Just don’t get confused and use the screen like a touchpad!

      Sounds like you’re doing much better! Energizer bunny you! ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Glad to see you here with a “lazy day” report, Ginger!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Hi Ginger,

      Sounds like a good lazy day.

      I’ve always had Macs, and “back in the day” (early 90’s) it was more different (and more of a hassle to interact with the world) as compared to Windows machine. But for the past ten years or so, I’d say it’s likely to be a pretty easy transition. I used Windows at work in the 2000’s and came home to my Mac and it was only a small adjustment by that point in time. Also, service people no longer look at you as if you had two heads and say things like “Oh. You have a Mac.” (as if that’s the problem for SURE, when no, the fact that my Internet is not delivering my e-mail really has nothing to do with my using a Mac!). Nowadays you don’t have to battle that mentality.

      I love mine – hope you feel the same! (I have a Macbook Pro, but it’s similar to the Air in many ways.)

      If you are the type who likes to read a manual, I can recommend the books by David Pogue. He has (or at least had) a series called “The Missing Manual.” and also has one specifically for folks transitioning from Windows. Good writer, good info, fun to read.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      What a great Christmas gift to yourself – well deserved!! 🙂

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