2015 in review: Part 2 — March

Wrapping up February review . . .

P1020655Corvina Beach Primitive Campground, Salton Sea, California

Our days at Salton Sea come to a close.

Bridget and I share many sunsets like this one!

P1020691Serenity at Sunset, Salton Sea

Our next camp?  Chuckwalla Mountains Wilderness!

We choose to boondock with a view of the valley rather than at empty Corn Spring Campground nearby.  This camp is a few miles south of Interstate-10.

P1020927Chuckwalla boondock on Corn Springs Road, southeast of Desert Center, California

February into March . . .

Across the Colorado at Parker and onward to Rusty’s boondock!

P1030055Across Route 95 from the Aubrey Hills, south of Lake Havasu City, Arizona

I search the animal shelter in Lake Havasu City — another disappointment.

March

On the 6th of March Bridget and I break camp and move northward to the east side of Las Vegas!

P1030239Lake Mead Recreation Area, Las Vegas, Nevada

We set up camp at Las Vegas Bay Campground.

P1030107Days are sunny and warm at Las Vegas Bay in March

Bridget and I adopt a co-pilot!

At last!  We find Reggie at an Adopt-A-Rescue event at a PetSmart in Las Vegas.  Our family is complete again.

P1030180Reggie and Bridget in the Perfect Tow Vehicle a few days after Reggie comes home.

Reggie goes on his first excursion as a member of the canine crew!

P1030289Valley of Fire State Park, west of Lake Mead and north of Las Vegas

Bridget assumes the responsibilities of training the new co-pilot. 

(Click on photos to enlarge them.)

P1030171P1030286

Another excursion — Hoover Dam!

P1030312One of the Top Ten Construction Achievements of the Twentieth Century

On the 15th of March we break camp and travel Route 93 northward to a very different campground setting.

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge!

P1030492A lovely camp only a few feet from the water’s edge

P1030370Pink sunrise at Pahranagat

Yes, this is Nevada!

P1030405Bridget and Reggie meld into a comfortable companionship while at Pahranagat.

We follow Route 318 northward and find another Nevada surprise!

P1030668The Eagan Range as seen from the road into Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area

Dave Deacon Campground is located within Kirch WMA.

P1030692The shelter suggests this BLM campground can be windy!

Little did I expect that I would experience, while in “the middle of nowhere” in Nevada, . . .

My first soak in a hot springs!

P1030754Warmth for the body and for the spirit

March 2015 — A wonderful month packed with happy memories!

Picturesque camps in three states, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, wildlife refuges, desert hot springs, and a crew of two again!

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161 Responses to 2015 in review: Part 2 — March

  1. Phiesty in Utah says:

    I’ve been following you for quite a while, but never commented. Starting my own adventure this spring. Love your style girl.!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! You ARE Phiesty in Utah! Your very first comment here, plus you’re first today.!

      CONGRATULATIONS, BLOGORINO!

      Thanks for reading my blog and best wishes as you prepare for your adventure. 🙂

      • Phiesty in Utah says:

        I just happened to be checking my email for a cyber order confirmation and voila, there you were. I thought I would take the opportunity to join the fun and get that “first” out of the way. I’m in the process of setting up a blog of my own to journal my processes of retired full timing. Please stay warm. My area of Utah just got hit with over a foot of snow in the last 48 hours. FUN – not!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Already measuring snowfall in feet!

        • Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

          Welcome to the world of Sue and her “world famous bloggorinos” and two of the “cutest fur puppies”–a wealth of information here as well as good clean fun!

          • Phiesty in Utah says:

            I’ve actually been following Sue and her crew for several months – just wasn’t ready to come out in the open. I just love all her photos, the way her crew’c comfort and well being comes first and the way it feels like everyone is just sitting around the campfire sharing the day’s items of interest. I cried when Spike passed as I had just lost my own traveling companion of 14 years, Keebler. I got her as a kitten at 6 weeks and we went on a 10,000 road trip from Alaska to the lower 48 and back. It was a tough loss. I know from reading the posts that everyone here knows the pain. My eyes are leaking even now, but still have 3 cats that all love to travel and will be going on my adventure with me.

            • Flowergirl in Utah says:

              Yes, we are neighbors and I am retiring June 1st. We want to hit the road as well. I feel your pain with the snow. Must live in the North part of the state.

            • Phiesty in Utah says:

              It’s amazing that I feel like this whole blog is just one big neighborhood. Sadness, concern, celebration and good laughs… Yep, I’m close to SLC.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Phiesty! 🙂

      • Phiesty in Utah says:

        Since I have read Sue’s blog from the beginning until now and check the comments daily, I feel like I know many of the bloggorinos.
        Thanks for the welcome!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Welcome! I’m impressed that you also were first to post. I’m lucky if I get here on the right day! Hope to hear about your upcoming adventure.

  2. ? love the Valley of Fire photograph! Wow! So cool remembering when Reggie grabbed your heart! So glad it worked out!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I’m glad, too, of course. Adopt-A-Rescue of Las Vegas (ARP) made the process very easy. They took the time to look at my blog before the adoption day at PetSmart (which eliminated any confusion about where the adoptee would live). That gave me “a foot in the door” as soon as I arrived … about two hours early! I was determined to find the perfect co-pilot. 🙂

      Thanks re the Valley of Fire photo.

  3. Elizabeth in S.E. New Mexico says:

    Hi Sue and furkidz….

    Reviewing your 2015 posts and pictures is a great idea! Thanks for all
    your sharing!!!!!

    Love, Hugs. & Happy Holidays from, Elizabeth and Clyde Cat….

    • Elizabeth in S.E. New Mexico says:

      PS: Looks like Ms Bridgette has put on a few extra pounds this year…. from most recent pics in your posts….

      BTW: ALANE does not seem to be receiving my many emails since I
      received her first>>> ????? E2 in S.E. NM

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, E2.

      Check her address on the email to you. Maybe there’s a typo. Or maybe she’s like me… I take forever to answer emails!

      • Elizabeth in S.E. New Mexico says:

        Thanks Sue……
        The first thing I did was check the e-dress on the first/Only message received from her….. That is the one I keep using….

        I am thinking maybe she decided she did not really want to communicate with me?

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Nawh! It could be something so simple like she hasn’t added your address to her book and might have her security settings set too high.

          She was truly excited…..and with the music connection….you both have a lot in common.

          • Elizabeth in S.E. New Mexico says:

            Cinandjules …….
            Thanks for your comments….Good Ones!

            It has now occurred to me that perhaps she is away without her computer, for the holidays…..
            OR, maybe her computer is “down”…….

            Then again…. Possibly….. it is another
            lesson in patience for me! Patience is not one of my natural talents!!!
            E2

            • Alane in Durango Colorado says:

              Actually, I have not been replying to any emails the past few days because I’m a teacher and this has been finals week. I have been horribly trapped under a huge pile of papers and tests to grade. I’ve been digging myself out steadily, day by day. Just half an hour ago I broke the surface! Grades are in and I’m Finished. Another semester down, another milestone on my way toward retirement and a life on the road. Of course, I’m celebrating by catching up with this blog.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I remember that, Alane. Every bit of energy and time goes into meeting that deadline!

  4. Mike Leonard says:

    I’m really enjoying your review of places you have been this year. I remember seeing them throughout the past year. It is even better now that I am out wandering in my own Casita with my crew, the Bichon Brothers! As so many others have said, you have been a real inspiration. Thanks for sharing so generously!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Mike. I hope travel with your crew and a Casita is all you hoped it would be. 🙂

  5. Cat Lady in Central, La says:

    Enjoying the year in review, Sue and Crew. Thanks!

    Cat Lady

  6. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I remember the hot springs. It sounded so good at the time. I remember thinking what a wonderful place and free too. I could not remember when Reggie came to you. Time flys when you are having fun I guess. Love these last two posts. Always fun to remember.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is fun to remember! That hot springs is a surprise, surrounded by acres of sage in the desert, mountains on the horizon, nobody around. You drive out a sandy road and suddenly there it is!

      • Elizabeth in S.E. New Mexico says:

        Yes, I do remember when I too found it “fun to remember”!!!
        Actually, it still is and it is also a surprise as my “forgetter”works
        far better than my “rememberer”….Maybe you will remember
        this when you reach birthdays in the 80’s…..
        E2

  7. Piper n' Rusty / Az says:

    #8

    • Piper n' Rusty / Az says:

      well #9,, That’s ok for us,, Hey that’s our camp and we’re close to it too!:>),, Ahh the memories Sue of your search for #2 of the Crew, The Reggie Man,, He’s still a sweet lookin’ pup even if he’s a well experienced Boondocker of today,,, On our way last year up 93 I had a tough time lookin’ for that camp by the lake at camp Parahant, I found a camp right next to the Hwy with 2 drive ins,, but next year we’ll look better,,, thanks for th’ memories and photos too!,,,,, well we’re gonna be in a Winter Freeze startin’ tonight till after Friday morn and with wind,, I’ve been sealin’ up all the little drafts and sleepin’ in my sweats with the Wool Blankets and Berr err was it cold this morn,, Have a Warm week and a great one to boot and hug them babies for us , will ya Sue,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Rusty,

        Thank you for the nice note!

        When you look for Pahranagat, you need to follow 93 and go past Lower Pahranagat Lake a few more miles. There’s a sign on the left for Upper Pahranagat Lake. Go almost to the town of Alamo. If you come to Alamo, you’ve gone about 3 miles too far.

        Layer on the clothes, hug Piper, and stay warm!

  8. Lisa W says:

    Sue, I am loving your year in review. It was great reliving the Reginator’s addition to the crew. And the great boondocking sites.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m very pleased with the response to this year-in-review. I’m glad you are enjoying it. It’s fun to create. Only problem is there is so much I want to include! I’ll probably end it with a post called “2015 in review: Part 73, December.” 🙂

  9. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Bridget’s smile says it all!

    Ah….I remember the hot springs! And the ups and downs of trying to find the right member for the crew! Can’t believe it’s almost been a year!

    So glad you found Reg and happiness for him, Bridgee and of course you!

    Happy tails!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Are you New Yorkers still basking in the warmth of a December day? While we freeze our behinds off here in the desert Southwest? In the words of Reggie Man at the pick-up window: “That’s not the way it’s supposed to go!”

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I wouldn’t necessarily use the word “basking”! Hah! It is unseasonably warm..40-50’s and raining. No snow as of yet! Not trying to jinx us……into 200 inches in one storm!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Check out weather’s report for a preview of what’s coming your way…

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            I did as soon as I posted…..6-10 inches from Friday-Sat.

            We had horrendous winds last night…50mph gusts.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Those 50 mph wind gusts came from Barbara (Nashville). They were blowing Angel around earlier… 🙂

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Thanks Barbara in Nashville. Angel must have been doing toto!
              Auntie em auntie em!

            • Barbara (Nashville) says:

              I love the reminiscing photos. Reggie has certainly matured in the last nine months. I can’t believe how much he has changed.

              I got Angel at a Petsmart adoption day as well. DH & I were talking earlier today and are still amazed that three previous families returned her to the rescue for a variety of reasons. We love her and she is the perfect dog for us. We will have her 5 months on Christmas day. Santa is giving her a bath & nails clipped, treats, a new harness and possibly another bed, so I can clean this one. She will like everything except the nails.
              Have to make us some dinner now.

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Last night there was a gentle rain for us and we had the window open. This morning the blustery chilly wind arrived. It will get cold at some point.

        • Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

          60 degrees in TN at 6 pm last night and 60 degrees at 7 am this morning – you might say we are in the 60’s

  10. Hi Sue, well it has been freezing here and will continue for a few more days, and the wind has geen blowing, so I guess all is coming your way, we are about 8 hours ahead of you….really cold for this beach girl I tell ya…but my daughter is coming to town from Boise and is just hoping this cold air stays around for her…she is the only one! I am not used to sleeping in wool socks and pj’s down to my ankles and three blankets…what the heck! But I have to say the furry household is becoming more and more snuggly…I found my two cats sleeping together this weekend, that never happens, one if them is a feral cat and just started visiting inside the house last cold season, now I think she likes it and is in the house every night now that it is cold…the inside cat is just tolerating it..ha! Glad you have a two dog night! Stay warm until next week, it is going to get better, but nice sleeping weather.

    Hi to all Blogoinos…enjoy whatever weather you might be experiencing, because the experience is what counts!

    Hi to Weather 🙂 …and if Marla peeks in, where the heck have you been?

    • P.S. Love the look back posts….I think I saw my car in the Salton Sea post!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I looked again. Yep, I think you’re right. 🙂

        How fortunate for the feral cat to have a warm home during this cold spell, as well as a warm body to snuggle with.

        Your daughter wishes for cold at your place… She doesn’t get enough cold in Idaho? Ha!

    • weather says:

      🙂

    • Hi all!

      I’m still here, just days behind on posts!! So, by the time I read it and all the comments, Sue has already added more posts for me to read, so I jump to the next and haven’t left a comment 🙂 But I am here, just trailing behind the rest of you….

      Sue, loving the recaps, especially for the reminders of some kinda-close-to-me places my hubby and I can go to for short weekenders….I had forgotten! We did want to check out Salton Sea, but besides you saying it didn’t smell, all we hear is that it is stinky, so we’ve been on the fence. Guess we just need to go and check it out before there is no sea there at all!

      And Reggie….what a true perfect fit for you and Bridge, glad you all found each other! Seems like he’s been a part of the crew forever!

      Hope you are staying warm…it was 35 degrees yesterday morning at 7am in Corona (got down to 31 overnight), with ICE on the windshield and frost on the lawns…brrrrr….

      • Hello Marla, good to see you again. I have camped at the Salton Sea, last year as a matter of fact….it was not stinky at all, but I think that might depend on which way the wind is blowing. We were there all weekend and did not detect any odors. But one sunsent over the sea and you are hooked. We cannot wait to go back, SOON. Maybe the RV or maybe our pop-up trailer again, we are not sure but we are sure looking forward to it. I will let you know when we go…shorter trip for you coming from Corona, about 2 hours or less. But Corvina Beach is a great spot for $10.00 a night, water and showers. Any question, just ask me, I am here for you. 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Marla,

        Good to see you appear here again! I appreciate the positive feedback on the year in review. As for the Salton Sea, I can’t say that it isn’t “stinky” all the time. All I know is when we’ve been there, it hasn’t been. Sometimes I picked up an odor, but that’s the way the seaside is… organic, fishy, unsanitized, and real.

        Ice and frost…Keep warm!

  11. Renee Galligher says:

    Oh boy, sure have been missing out. Work beckons! Well, I’ll be watching closer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      See ya’ later!

      • Renee Galligher says:

        I came back to look at the cute pictures again. I especially like the photo of first bringing Reggie home. Bridget looks happy to have another companion and Reggie looks uncertain. As time has gone by, that uncertainty is gone from his face. All our dogs have been shelter dogs and they have been the best. Poor things I always say, to be in a shelter, not knowing what’s next then someone wonderful comes along to adopt them and give them the best life, as you have done!

  12. Val R. Lakefield On says:

    Enjoying the reviews…had to do some catching up on posts. Elder issues last week.
    Fall resulted in broken wrist & 12 stitch head gash…hospital for 5. She removed her cast once, (they still don’t know how she accomplished that one). Back to emerge today for re stitching, but they can’t do it again due to infection starting….hopefully it will all improve soon. At any rate it is nice for me to be home and enjoying your photos. I just have to skip the comment reading for a few days to save time….
    I love the one of I think it said Valley of Fire,
    We are having such mild weather here, in the 50’s and higher…?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We understand, Val R…. You’re on one of those medical roller coasters. Life goes up, down, and sideways for a while. I’m sorry about your mom (elder?) having an accident. I hope she recovers quickly from the infection and all the rest. Take care…

  13. Dawn says:

    What a wonderful review – I forgot how happy Bridget looked when Reggie came on board. I think the best ease to the heart is to fill it right up again – it’s never the same, but that’s for the best.

    Don’t laugh Sue (and other blogorinos). I am writing this from my balcony from our cruise ship as we depart a wonderful day in Belize visiting the Lamanai ruins, encountering howler monkeys and iguanas and delightful people. But what am I doing? Looking up the RV classifieds, daydreaming of an RV. ROFLOL! I’d say I have it bad.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      “from my balcony from our cruise ship as we depart a wonderful day in Belize”…. oh, I can hear the groans from blogorinos everywhere . . . How wonderful for you! (See Chris in MN’s comment below.)

      You’re in one dream and dreaming of another! 🙂 Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s dedication… wifi on a cruise is serious!

  14. weather says:

    This reviewing is really nice, Sue 🙂 I’m sure it takes a while to sift through it all and choose what to include. Looking back must be quite a ride. I particularly enjoy knowing ahead of time that everything is going to turn out the way the it should. It’s a great reminder to not let today’s problems diminish one’s hopes for tomorrow. I say this often , yet it bears repeating, gosh, your crew is lovable! I hope in real time, right now, you three are warm, well, dry and happy.

  15. AZ Jim says:

    Fun review Missy. I was pleased to see you featured “our” adoption of “our” little Reggie. You know he may be small of stature but let no one assume he isn’t big in Heart. I love the crew and never tire of hearing of their day to day doings. It is cold. One has to remember the people shoveling snow to feel we’re not that bad off. This snap will pass and all the folks who migrate here for warmth will once again find it here. Stay warm and happy….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim…. This is our fourth winter in southern AZ. I’ve learned to trust AZ to bring on the warmth after these little cold spells — This, too, shall pass!

      It’s nice to have you sharing my love for the crew.

  16. Chris(MN) says:

    Just how cold is everybody? We are at 33 degrees with rain/snow mix through tomorrow night. Friday the high is supposed to be 20 degrees with a warm up over the weekend. This actually is a heatwave for us. LOL. I am staying comfy in the rv with 2 space heaters and my Wave 8.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I will not complain for one second about our weather after reading about yours, Chris. I thank heaven you have those heaters to keep you warm in the RV!

      • Chris(MN) says:

        Yes, the space heaters are running 24/7. Luckily, I am in an RV park where I don’t have to pay for electric. When I get home from work, I fire up the Wave 8 and run it on low all night. So far, that has been enough. Waiting for the real cold weather to hit. I only use my built-in furnace as a backup. Next winter I will be down around Arizona! Woo hoo!

        • Lois (AZ) says:

          Curious Chris…what part of MN are you in where an RV park is open? Temps there are almost the same as our night temps in AZ! Freezing…I am from a town called Detroit Lakes, MN

          • Chris(MN) says:

            I am staying at the RV park at the Mystic Lake Casino south of Minneapolis. It is open year round. There are quite a few hardy souls here. Many of us have installed insulation skirting to keep our floors warmer. It really helps!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Supposed to be 20s (am) to low 40’s for highs in the afternoon over the weekend.

    • Geri says:

      Chris in MN. in the low 80s here nw FL! When sitting in the sun, I actually got too hot sitting outside drilling glass! Cool weather coming in a few days!

  17. bess from eugene, oregon says:

    hi Sue! thanks for the review. i am making computer documents of your trips for our future trip next year.

    BLOGERINOS:, in case you don’t know it, Sue has posted a yearly review each year. you can find the reviews on the tabs above on the home page. Look under Money 2012, 2013, 2014. Monthly Reviews.

    i copied and pasted these into a Word document too.

    Sue, your experiences are invaluable and i love your style of writing and engaging us all with your fun descriptions and heart-filled sharing. thank you so much. bess

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Bess. I’m happy you appreciate the yearly reviews. Thanks for the compliment on my writing!

  18. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I am enjoying the flashback posts – thank you! This year seems to have gone by in a blink! All three of you hit the lottery when Reggie joined your family. **happy sigh**

    I received the Alice in Wonderland book today. It really looks nice. If it was not shrink wrapped, I would be flipping through the pages. I guess I will have to wait patiently for Christmas when my nephew opens his gift! Hope the credit showed up on your report. The 25% off promotion was noted on the book’s sale page under “Special Offers”. One would not know about it unless they searched for a book.

    Today’s high temp was 68; by Thursday, we will be getting cold rain. Looking at the U.S. map on tonight’s weather forcast, it seemed like the numbers on the West coast belonged on the East coast and visa versa! Almost as if someone made a huge mistake when loading the temps on the map. Crazy weather!

    Stay warm dear Sue and Crew! Sending hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise in Richmond, VA,

      I’m glad your Alice book arrived. You will have fun when your nephew opens it and you both can look at it together.

      You keep warm, too. Snuggle the Gracie pup for me!

  19. Applegirl NY says:

    Aww. That adorable Reggie and beautiful Bridget. They are so happy. Loving the year in review.

    Cinandjules – laughed at your response to my tick issue. I’ve also run stripping and screaming to the shower. Not a performance for an audience. Ahhh life in the country.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Hah! Too funny!
      Heebeegeebees!

    • Ticks are all over in the southern woods! When I lived in the middle of the woods with a bunch of other homesteading hippies, we found a pretty neat solution when you know you will be meeting ticks! #1. Never shave! Ha! Then you can feel them crawling up your legs! #2 wear duck tape bracelets! Keep a full roll of duck tape on your wrist like a bracelet! When you feel them crawling…pull off a length of tape and catch several at once by running the tape where you see or feel them! We had seed ticks, damn miserable to get a squadron of those suckers marching up your legs or over your arms! Gives me the heebeejeebees just remembering! ? best part, duck tape is non toxic to you or the environment!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Wait….time out! Homesteading hippies? Hah

        Never shave? How could you tell itching from crawling heebeegeebees?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Maybe duck tape anklets would’ve worked. Gosh, Geri, I never had to deal with ticks that traveled in GROUPS. Ew. Horrible!

        • Renee Galligher says:

          We lived in Alabama for a couple of years and coming from Idaho, the ticks in Alabama were by far the worst. Our poor dogs had to be dipped regularly to protect them and even at that, we had to manually remove them. My poor kids also got them occasionally just from playing outside. Here in Idaho, we’ve only had a few in the lower valley regions by the Snake River where the deer congregate. We’ve never had a problem with them in the mountains.

  20. nancy s says:

    Sweet little Bridget & perky Reggie man. How cute they’ve become
    As team crew. I agree with Elizabeth, I think miss Bridget has gotten
    A little fluffy over the year, me too Bridget girl, me too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, nancy s,

      Bridget has dropped her exercise program. She used to take two walks a day with us. The past few weeks she’s said, “To h*ll with that! I’m staying in bed!” She takes one short walk and that’s it. Once she drops her butt to the ground, there’s no moving her.

      • Renee Galligher says:

        Could she have a little arthritis keeping her from moving as much?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Probably she does. She injured a back leg a few years ago and I know it bothers her when she first tries to move in the morning if her legs are tangled in the covers causing her to twist.

          • Renee Galligher says:

            Poor baby. My Maggie just turned 11 and for a big dog, that’s getting old. She takes Metacam nightly for her arthritis which helps immensely. Lots of love to Bridget.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Bridget isn’t at that point yet. I have to balance the need for medicine against the struggles to get the medicine in her. As long as she moves about freely and has a good disposition, I’ll hold off. . . . which is pretty much how I take care of myself.

              Best wishes to Maggie. You sound like you’re attentive to her needs. A big dog, age 11… May she keep on keeping on!

            • Renee Galligher says:

              I have friends that swear by coconut oil for their dogs. I wish I would’ve tried that sooner, but since the Metacam is a sweet liquid (NSAID), Maggie laps it up just fine. Yes, their health is important to us.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Coconut oil for arthritis? Gee, wouldn’t that give them loose stools? Good to know that Metacam is in a palatable, liquid form in case one of the crew ever needs it.

            • Renee Galligher says:

              What I read advises to give them a little at a time till their system is used to it. How long that is, I don’t know. I fell for the coconut oil creamer trick and suffered all day for it!

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Interesting that coconut oil pops up again.

              I’ll have to look into it more for use in dogs.

              Metacam I am familiar with. Be careful….as long term use affects the liver and kidneys….as in failure. Using the smallest possible dose to get the relief is the key.

              Some vets use adaquan shots. My golden Montana had a hard time with his back legs. His adaquan shots were monthly and then every other month, every 6 months and lastly every year.

              But if coconut oil, works and it doesn’t have long term effects…that is great info!

              ps: my info is from the fda, UC Davis/Cornell Univ

            • Renee Galligher says:

              Thank you for the follow-up. Yes, I’m familiar with possible problems with Metacam. Our Lab is 90+ lbs, but I give her dosage for 75lbs. Our vet checks her regularly and so far she is happy. She was put on this instead of Rimadyl, which is “worse” per our vet.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Great. Any NSAID prescription..must have “levels” checked regularly. Rimadyl started off as the wonder drug and then tanked. Pfizer, I believe it was, didn’t wanted to include death as a side effect.

              As with human medication, everything has side effects, some worse than what the intended use is for.

              We laugh at some commercials on tv…one in particular is a dry “who who” due to menopause…so take this pill but one of the many side effects is ovarian cancer! Ummm…I’m sticking with the dry “who who”! That’s a no brainier!

      • weather says:

        We tend to see elder years and seasons when early sunsets, aches or just boredom in our furry loved ones cause them to be in bed more often as though they think in human ways. At times we feel sad thinking of their youth and wishing we could restore it. They don’t long for yesteryear or envy animals running nearby. In the moment they are at peace with life. Tummy full , loved and at leisure, Bridget has, feels and enjoys the height of luxury. I think you are giving her exactly the right things, Sue, and always have.

        • Totally agree, I think you just described me! Bring on my couch (in the RV) 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          So very wise, weather, and sensitive to the viewpoint of our furry friends. Thank you for affirming the care that I give Bridget. She tells me she is content and enjoying life. Like this morning, she woke up with a big appetite. She jumped out of bed, stood by the fridge, barked and stamped her feet. Right before I set down her breakfast platter, she hopped up and down with anticipation and then, with it set before her, gobbled it up with great gusto. That’s a happy dog. 🙂

  21. Ann M in Virginia says:

    Gee, Bridget has the same problem I have–one short walk and then sit! I need to get myself moving after the holidays. Fortunately, there’s always an excuse! LOL And, yes, I got a little fluffier this year, too!

    68 degrees here today. I’ve been running the air conditioner for the last several days. It’s hard to decorate for Christmas or bake cookies when it’s like summer outside.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It seems like another world for me as I sit in my home in the desert — the world of decorating for Christmas and baking cookies. It’s all good! 🙂

  22. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Hey Sue,….now that we are back as of yesterday…well back in N.Carolina that is…to return home to WA in about a week…I can say where we went…we were in Israel for a couple weeks…took our daughter and her friend for most of the stay and spent time with 3 of our friends there. A long rough journey that I am glad we survived. But some great times too and met some new folks and enjoyed that a lot as well. We spent most of our time in Jerusalem…the most of that in the Old City wandering around etc. It is a tough time for all there…but we are back and safe.

    Now I can get back to reading and pestering you here from time to time!! Hope all is going well…later….Elizabeth in WA

  23. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    I’m enjoying the “year in review.” It’s fun to see how Reggie has progressed and happpily, Her Higness seems to be doing very well despite some earlier concerns you had. I chuckled at being reminded of your first trip to a hot springs. Our family (including 11 and 16 year old grandsons) went to some hot springs for the first time on our RV trip to Oregon this summer. Unfortunately, we didn’t see the “clothing optional” sign at the beginning of the trail to the springs. We all got a big surprise when we reached the top of the trail!!

  24. Cheryl O. (WA state) says:

    Your post prompted me to start over reading your earlier posts from the beginning which I think is May 2011. I’ve been wondering what to do with my kitty, Ballou, when the time comes for me to go full time. But then, who knows if she’ll be around when the time comes. She’s about 13 yo, I picked her up at the shelter 10 years ago and they didn’t know her age. I’m sure something we’ll transpire from now and then, like you with your kitty.

    So, my mother told me she wanted to give me ceramic pottery for Christmas. (I’d rather not get anything, honestly). I’ve been telling her for awhile that I’m downsizing to go full time rv’ing. I think she probably will remember now, since I told her no thanks for the pottery, I’m even getting rid of some of my own pottery. She was surprised, even though I’ve told her a few times what I’m doing. In a way, it feels like I’m not taken seriously, but then she is 86 yo and she can be forgetful. I’ll stick to forgetfulness. lol

    Your blog is a great support for me. Especially when telling others what I want to do doesn’t compare to posting on your blog and reading all the comments from all your blogorinos. Thank you, Sue.

    • Chris(MN) says:

      I have 4 older cats living with me. I started going full-time last summer. They have all adjusted to the rv just fine. They don’t like it when we travel but once parked, they like looking out the windows. Your cat may adjust to the rv better than you think. I followed some advice from some other rv full-timers traveling with cats. They said to let your cat live in the rv for a month without moving before heading out. I did this, and it worked out. Good luck to you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cheryl O.,

      That’s interesting about your mother thinking you’d want pottery when you are planning to live full-time in an RV. Like you say, maybe it’s her age. Maybe it’s the same reaction I’ve seen in people of all ages. They just can’t put their mind around what this lifestyle is like, the changes involved, not only the obvious, physical changes, but also the internal shift of mind and spirit. RV bloggers present this lifestyle in words and photos, making comprehension possible for those with conventional mindsets.

      I’m proud to have you reading my earlier posts again. Thank you. Keep your eye on the prize. Time will explain and validate your decision. 🙂

  25. Monica-CA says:

    I totally enjoyed your travels through Nevada discovering the pretty riverside site, the relaxing hot spring, and the peaceful campsite at Ward Mountain. Through your travels, I learned a lot about Nevada- along with googling for more details and information on those places. I no longer think of Nevada as a desolate state in which one should only quickly drive through to get to the planned destination. The hidden beauty and history of Nevada are there for those willing to pause and spend some time exploring. Thank you for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Monica-CA,

      “I no longer think of Nevada as a desolate state” — That pleases me no end! Gosh, what a fantastic spring we had in Nevada. I’ve been sorting through the photos for April today. Many times I stop and stare at a photo and let the memories of that particular place flow over me. I want to go back and see it all over again!

      Thanks for your note …

  26. Cheryl O. (WA state) says:

    I forgot to mention I have a 15 ft. travel trailer. I know it would be easier to acclimate a cat with a motorhome. Little bit trickier with a TT. Have you heard of full timers putting their pet in a TT?

    • Chris(MN) says:

      I am in a 5th wheel but it is larger than 15 feet. As long as kitties have a little hidey hole somewhere, they usually do okay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can think of two full-timers who travel in a little TT with cat(s). One is Glenda of casitaescapes.com.

      The other is Sebastian of simplelivingandsimpletravel.com. The latter has full-timed for several years, starting with a fiberglass trailer, and his two cats, Mesa and Meadow. If I remember correctly, he’s the one who devised an outdoor screened cat room that hooks onto a window.

      • Marilu from Northern California says:

        Hi Cheryl,
        Our cat travels in our truck with us. He has a soft sided carrier that has worked well for us. We try not to drive more than three hours in a day. If we have to drive longer he goes in the trailer where he can use his “facilities” during our lunch stop. Our first trips were a little dicey but he is now a seasoned traveler and even enjoys walks on leash with our golden. The only problem I see with a small trailer is where to put the litter box. Our cat was middle aged when we started taking him on extended trips. I hope it works out with your cat.

  27. Janet Ashworth says:

    Have been lurking for a couple of years!
    Loved your Review, it shows what a great year Sue and the crew have had!
    Wishing the Crew all the best for the Holiday Season and the New Year.

  28. DesertGinger says:

    Well guys I am struggling with some bad news. I came into emergency 2 days ago unable to breathe, and almost didn’t make it. I was n congestive heart failure. I’m better now after lots of drugs to get fluid off my heart and breathing treatments to move air in my lungs. The bad news is, despite having an echocardiogram a month ago in Tucson and being told everything was ‘fine’….that was clearly wrong. These docs say my heart is being damaged by my COPD and I’m not end-stage yet but solidly in moderate. I need to take much better care and perhaps I can improve it. And I need a better doc in Tucson. I’m pretty sad about this. I had no idea it was this bad.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Damn, that is a awful shock, Ginger. Thank God you made it to emergency and came out of that episode. I wish there were something I could say that would help you deal with this. I am sorry you are in this dark place right now. Sending you hugs….

    • weather says:

      Oh Ginger, I’m so sorry you are struggling with this.There are likely ways to improve and deal with how you feel physically, slow and/or arrest it’s progression with proper rest and care. You’ll be receiving information, advice and help from medical professionals about all of that . At the moment I hope knowing that I share your sadness offers a touch of comfort. Sending love and prayers,weather

    • Kay from KC! says:

      Ginger, I am so sorry…but please stay strong! I’m sure you have a lot of people praying for you and helping you. It sounds like you are on the right path by knowing you need to take better care of yourself and finding a better Doctor. Please don’t over-do and keep us posted on how you are doing. Unfortunately everyone will have health problems as we getting older. For some reason, that is how it is planned. Behave!

      Kay from KC!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Prayers for you DeGin.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Damn, damn, damn, damn, You just gotta stop this crap woman!!!

      I’m so sorry to hear of your setback DG I can only imagine how hard it is to get news like this. But I also know how tough you are and have no doubt that you will carry on yet again. I don’t blame you about being sad, anyone would be. But just know that there are folks in the world who care. Hang in there.

    • DesertGinger says:

      All my lovely friends, I am so honored to have your support and concern. I’m sure I’ll get myself in better spirits once this sinks in…just a bit of a shock right now. I keep thinking of myself as young and vigorous when I’m clearly not! Thank you all so much.

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

      Terrible news. So sorry to hear of your set back. I know how tough you are and what a fighter you are. I know we are all wishing you the best. Keep up the good fight. No more marathon driving trips, Ok. You are in all of our prayers.
      Keep On Keeping On!

    • Dear DesertGinger, I am so sorry to hear your news. There are things that can be done and things can improve with proper care and your concerted effect to make it so. I know because last year at this time my kidneys were failing me…The doctor had a nice talk to me about dialysis, well that blew my travel plans all to hell…so I told him that I would change things and I did…25 pounds off right away, no more salt in my diet, no more sugar in my diet and my kidneys one year later are recovering ..at least not in failure and if I stay at this present level no dialysis…so when you get your strength back, make a plan for your health and stick too it, I know you can, you have done so much more than I ever thought, and with your strong attitude things can get better or at least level off so you don’t go into the dreaded end-stage. We are all praying for you…you can do it! But like another blogorino said “behave!”

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      Ginger, I am so sorry to hear your news. You have been through so much!!! I will be praying for you. Please keep us posted!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Oh, DesertGinger…..so sorry for your ER scare and news of heart issues. I know you are strong willed and will do all you can to help improve things. Sending you a BIG hug and lots of warm, loving thoughts. Y’know….I had been wondering how you were as it had been a while since you posted. I remembered your son was coming to visit and then you were going out of town to visit some friends. Thanks for checking in. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers….even if you don’t feel up to posting. Take good care! **HUGS** 🙂

  29. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Damn!

    Thank heavens they were able to find relief for the situation. Knowing now the cause of the episode, they can continue to monitor and MANAGE it.

    Know that all of us have been right at your side and we will continue do so.

    You have shown and proven your strength and determination with the peaks and valleys associated with life’s journey.

    Take care and know that we too care! Thoughts and prayers.

    Cin and Jules

  30. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I have to confess that I had such mixed emotions about your last post. All of the beauty of Mitry Lake, Organ Pipe, and the Salton Sea. But in the background I just couldn’t shake the melancholy of how hard those days were for you as you searched so diligently for a new crew member.

    But just like when we were following in real time I knew that this post would be following.

    So after her long arduous search the gracious Queen finally found the prize that she had been searching so long for. And the beautiful Princess, Prince Charming and gracious Queen live happily ever after.

    NOT The End.

  31. Fred says:

    If you could see the end of the campground at the Salton Sea from your rig
    you would have seen our RV. We knew you were there but stayed away to protect your privacy. Fred

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Fred! I believe this is your first comment. You are now officially a blogorino!

      A big hug and a thank you for letting Bridget and me relax at the Salton Sea without socializing. That was very thoughtful of you. Shirlene was there, too, and she let me snub her all I wanted. Haha!

      I do remember walking to your end of the campground and wondering if anyone along the way was a reader of this blog. Best wishes to you and yours, Fred. I hope you’ll drop in here again.

  32. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I am enjoying your Year in Review!! What wonderful travels you have taken us on. Looking forward to what is in store for 2016!
    Sending lots of love and big hugs to you, Bridget and Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      Yes, it has been an incredible year. I’m having quite a struggle trying to sort through the photos to pick only a few for the next post.

      Love and hugs to you and all the family!

  33. Great memories, and such lovely places they are. Love the beautiful skies at the Salton Sea. We’ll be close by in a few days. So glad Reggie and Bridget have each other and you them 🙂

  34. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    Sue, good memories you bring back for us rinos….
    question….when you first got Reggie did her majesty
    growl at him when he got around her? I have an old
    chihuahua that growls at the other dogs and pups if
    they get around her while she is eating or sleeping…
    thanks
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      No, I don’t remember Bridget growling at all upon meeting Reggie. She will snap at him (without making contact) whenever he romps and plays in her face and gets on her last nerve. I do the same! haha!

  35. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue – I am enjoying your year in review. Since I started following your blog, and am reading all the older posts, some of the posts from the beginning of 2015 were new to me. I didn’t realize how new that little Reggie was. So pleased you three found each other.
    Speaking of the weather – it is 7:13 P.M. on Dec. 17, 2015, and here in the Houston, TX area, it is 54 degrees. It looks like it should be in the 60s and 70s this coming week, but not very sunny days.
    Happy Trails and Merry Christmas to you and the crew and the fellow blogorinos.
    Pamela

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Even if it’s overcast, those temps are good or this time of year, as long as there’s no wind.

      Yeah, Reggie is a co-pilot in training as this is his first year as a member of the crew.

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Pamelab. I’ve enjoyed your posts this year.

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