7,000 surprises while boondocking

Wednesday, May 31

This is the first full day for RVSue and her canine crew at the Pagari Bridge boondock located along Little Wood River about 45 miles northeast of Twin Falls, Idaho.

The crew and I begin the day with a short walk to the bridge and back.  

After breakfast, I set up the outdoor room, including the quilt for the crew to play on. Reggie and Roger waste no time starting another marathon play session.

I push back in the lounger with my second cup of coffee.

An RVer drives over the bridge, goes past our campsite towing a fifth wheel, and sets up camp further away.

Well, that’s okay.  They aren’t crowding us.  (The separation is greater than the photo suggests.)

Little do I realize what the arrival of this RV portends!

Thursday, June 1

I set my coffee cup on the side tray of the lounger and close my eyes.  Reggie and Roger play  nearby.  I listen to the music of the river and birds.  I amuse myself trying to identify the birds by their song.

That’s a meadowlark and that’s a killdeer, yes, definitely a killdeer . . . Hmm, what’s that?

I open my eyes.

Directly in front of us, across the river bend . . . .

What is that?!!


Wow!  Not a few sheep, a MULTITUDE of sheep!

Oh my gosh, I’ve never seen so many sheep!   As far as I can see, sheep!

They race across the desert, driven by thirst.  Fortunately, Reg and Rog are busy playing and fake-growling at each other and they don’t notice.  Quickly I scoop them up and toss them inside the Best Little Trailer.

Grabbing my camera, I race outside to record the event.

Shoulder to shoulder the first ones at the river take long drinks of the cold water.  When satiated they move away and another batch work their way to the water to refresh themselves.

And so it goes until all have their fill.

A herder on horseback watches over the flock.   Two border collies bring up the rear.  After the collies have a drink, too, they join the herder to wait for further instructions.

While the sheep drink, a man in a pick-up drives up to our campsite.

He stops and we talk.  His name is Alcides (Hercules).  He laughs at my excitement over the sheep.

“Haven’t you ever seen sheep before?” he asks, grinning.

“Well, sure, but not this many all together.  How many are there?”

“About 7,000.”

“WHAT!  Seven thousand sheep?!!”

“Yeah, about 5,000 mamas and at least 1,900 lambs.  It’ll take us a few days to move them all through here.  We move them in groups, taking them up to the mountains for the summer.”

Seven thousand sheep beneath my bedroom window . . . .

I ask where the sheep spend the winter.

“Do you know where Rupert is?  Near Burley (southern Idaho, east of Twin Falls, northeast of Rogerson).  They’re kept in the fields, the agriculture fields.”

“Oh, yeah.  I saw that being done in Blythe, California.  The sheep are rotated among the fields.”

It’s time for the sheep to cross Pagari Bridge.

Alcides hops in his pick-up to lead the way.  This cues the Great Pyrenees to do their part.  The sheep follow.

Here they come . . . .  Oh, what fun!

The sheep will be herded across Route 93.

On the other side they will graze, spend the night, and be held for the subsequent flocks to catch up.

In order to avoid influencing the sheep, I’ve positioned myself between the Best Little Trailer and the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  The sheep are only about six feet away as the pass.

Reggie and Roger hear the bleating.

They throw a major fit, of course.  As soon as the flock passes, I sprint across the road to capture Roger in full-throated howl.

Gee, this camera could use a slobber setting.

From somewhere behind the curtain . . .

Reggie adds his high-pitched bark.

I bet those two would love to create sheep mayhem.

I’m fascinated by the ease at which the herder on horseback and the two border collies funnel the sheep across the narrow bridge.  (Note the distant, snow-covered mountain barely visible.)

Well, there they go.  And Alcides says another flock goes through here in the morning around six o’clock.  I don’t want to miss that.  

I love boondocking surprises like this!



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134 Responses to 7,000 surprises while boondocking

  1. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

    Wow, great pictures!

    • Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

      What a wonderful experience! CookieDog would go hoarse woofing at all those sheep. Amazing that you could find the Great Pyreness dogs, guess the sheep know to follow them! Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Kat! FIRST TODAY!

  2. I love the photo of the herder going across the bridge from the back. And great surprise to be right where they were going through.

  3. Boots Benson says:

    How fascinating

  4. Deb D says:

    So cool ! You don’t see that every day. Great pictures. Glad you got crew inside.

  5. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    How fun and what a sight to watch. Glad Reg and Rog are having fun together.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      Oh, yeah, Reggie and Roger are playing at this very moment. Non-stop fun at our house. Haha!

  6. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    This might be the most awesome sight you’ve shared yet. I can’t even imagine what it looked like from six feet away.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was quite a sight, Pam. I think this ranks alongside the shot of the cows looking at us from a line around the BLT. That was a few years ago at a boondock near Congress, AZ.

      • Susan in Dallas says:

        This shot is awesome but I know which one of the two you are comparing is first in my heart! Mooooo

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Susan,

          I need to balance out the sheep with some cattle. Now, where can I find a herd of 7,000 bovines for Susan? Hmmm . . . .

      • Chuck Hajek says:

        And the odor was ??????? LOL, Chuck

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Chuck,

          There wasn’t an offensive odor, believe it or not. Maybe because this is a windswept place. I was surprised that they didn’t leave more poop. Maybe they take care of their business before setting out, like good little travelers do. 🙂

      • Jean in Southaven, MS says:

        I remember the cows. It was awesome.

  7. Judith says:

    Wow. The men and dogs are very impressive. They all have a job and do it well. We have moved 25 sheep and had issues. But 7000! Mind boggling.

    Great pictures,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Judith. The entire process unfolded with no crises at all. Man, horse, dogs, and sheep… all moving with ease. Well, except for the border collies. They ran their legs off and then they waded into the river for a good drink.

  8. Cynthia (& Scout) says:

    Great shot of the Pyrenees!

  9. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Wowzers! I sure am glad you were awake when that happened! Can you imagine those guys going past your space — and awakening to that!?
    I think I heard Roger howl!!! 😛


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I hope this finds you well and in sunshine. Yeah, I was glad I didn’t miss this action. I’m thankful that I was born a morning person because it seems like a lot of the best scenes occur early in the day.

  10. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Well,that is sure a big surprise! And it sounds like a lot more to come. You and the crew do have some unique experiences and it’s fun for us to hear about them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia,

      I think the reason we have these “unique experiences” is because we travel slowly, in short hops, and we almost always spend a few days in one spot, sometimes two weeks.

  11. Lisa in San Diego says:

    looks like he’s riding with a halter, no bit or bridle — interesting!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow, you have a good eye, Lisa! I didn’t notice that. Seems the horse is well-trained and very aware of what the job is and what has to be done. The next day the man rides a different horse. You can look to see if that one is without bit or bridle, too.

  12. Renee Galligher from Idaho says:

    Hi Sue, Reg, and Rog. How exciting! Years back, we were boondocking up in the Cape Horn area of the Sawtooths and woke to the same thing. It was an amazing site! The pyrenees look docile, but they are working dogs and see other dogs as threats to the herd. We knew this and kept our dogs in till they left.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      You’re right about the Great Pyrenees. One of them came over to the BLT, from which the crew’s howling and barking was emanating, and he checked all around the campsite. I noticed he had blood on the top of his head, on the fur… from a run-in with a coyote perhaps?

      Ha, you know what an amazing sight this was!

  13. Pat from Mich. says:

    7000! Quite a flock. They look like they just came from shearing. That could be a lot of wool sweaters! Roger wants to help herd the sheep, lol! I wonder how many they have all together and if one company owns them all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      Alcides (and later the rancher) told me they have 5,000 ewes which they call their “operating stock” because the lambs come and go (sold). I got the impression this is a family business, from grandparents down to the young man I’ll write about in the next post. The rancher has a friend with 15,000 for operating stock.

  14. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Wow, how cool was that!! What great pictures you got as well!!

  15. Willow (AZ) says:

    Well, maybe R&R think they could do a pretty good job of herding sheep too. It is impressive to watch dogs 🐶 work, I would have enjoyed seeing that too.
    I’m so happy Roger found such a wonderful home and Reggie has a buddy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Willow,

      The R&R situation worked out quite well, didn’t it… 🙂 Yes, I’m like you — always enjoy watching dogs work, also men on horseback. I’ve photographed and posted several photos of cowboys. Can’t resist a man wearing a cowboy hat and sitting on a horse. Hee-hee.

  16. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Exciting, wonderful experience…love seeing Roger defending his home and glad that Reggie got his two cents into the mix…Thanks for sharing your life with the blogorinos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Deena.

      Of course, Reggie went crazy, too. I notice we have a new dynamic with this crew — “Whatever you can do, I can do better.” Didn’t have that with Spike and Bridget or with Bridget and Reggie. Guys being competitive, I guess. 🙂

      • Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

        Awww…once Rog is “fixed” that behavior may change…Reggie is listening to his new mentor/brother for new data…sweet; then Reg will be teaching Roger how to take things more calming in the future.

      • beach boomer says:

        Reggie & Roger remind me of two little boys on the school playground trying to outdo each, bashing heads, making noise. Whereby, the little girls are playing dolls, taking turns, organizing their games.

  17. Millie says:

    Wow Sue!! What an experience! I can’t even imagine how excited Reggie & Roger were…although the picture of Roger kind of gives us a hint 😉

    Such varied experiences you’ve had through the years, and we get to travel along with you…how lucky we all are. Can’t wait for what the next post will bring!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Millie,

      What will the next post bring? More sheep! Lots of sheep! Sheep, sheep, sheep. Ha!

      Thanks for feeling lucky about my blog.

      • beach boomer says:

        I always wanted to see sheep and sheep team in action and was told I had to go to New Zealand. So thanks a bunch for your amazing photos. The exorbitant airfare is still in my bank account, and this was much more fun!

  18. Tesaje says:

    What fun! Boarders to herd them and Pyrenees to protect them seems to be the sheep dogs of choice nowadays.

    My smooth collie sees sheep and tells me: please let me try to herd them! I was born to do this. Those border collies are really good but I know I can do this! Of course she is untrained and would just run them ragged.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tesaje,

      I bet your collie could do a pretty good job with a little bit of training. That instinct/breeding to herd is so strong. Good to hear from you!

      • Tesaje says:

        I think she could but with spondylosis in her spine, she really can’t do such an arduous task, tho she really wants to and would try hard until she injures herself.

        Wonder if the herders are Basque. A lot of the sheep herders in the great basin area are Basque. Ate at one of their restaurants in Winnemucca once. Family style and delicious.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve eaten Basque cuisine. I agree. Delicious!

        • Kristi & Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

          When my Dad worked for BLM, he found that the herders came from many locations…Peru, Bolivia, etc. But the Basque people definitely paved the way for sheepherding in the west.

  19. rvsueandcrew says:

    There goes my Verizon air card squawking at me that it needs more charge for its battery. Going offline…. Carry on without me!

  20. Carlene and corky from south central Nebraska says:

    Amazing. .. And I bet the boys were dieing to get out…

  21. Fantastic experience. Good thing you saw the herd before the crew did. I’m sure havoc would have ensued. Excellent pictures today, as usual.

  22. David Reed says:

    Wow you have more fun things happen to you by accident then I do on purpose!
    Dave R

  23. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    This was an exciting post. I, too have never seen that many sheep at one time. Can’t wait for the upcoming events. The very last shot of the sheep crowding in to cross the bridge really gives the experience of how many sheep there are. All of the photos were amazing.
    Reg & Rog really could have upset the herding process had they been outside.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Barbara, for complimenting me on my photos. Yes, I was very happy to get that photo of the sheep going through the “funnel.” I think you can tell I had a lot of fun in the brief time it took for the flock to arrive at the river, pass us by, and cross the bridge.

      Reg and Rog outside with those sheep? Catastrophe!

  24. Kathy N in Michigan says:

    This was facsinating! I have to agree that it seems you have more adventures and see more interesting things on your travels. I was so looking forward to a new post to hear about R&R and was happy to see other news !! 7000 Sheep.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy N,

      I’m glad you were happy with this post. I guess this means Reg + Rog = 7,000 sheep

  25. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Wow! There you are in the middle of nowhere and a major event comes right to your doorstep. Gosh. How exciting!

    It provided entertainment for R and R, too.

    Happy day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal,

      And entertainment for you, too! Funny how interesting things come to us. Like the time the crew and I returned to the BLT to find 5 or 6 horses grazing around our campsite, including a foal. Or the tom turkey in full display for a couple of hens. And the bear trying to break into the BLT. Ah, good times. 🙂

      Happy day to you, too!

  26. Pamelab says:

    Hi, Sue and crew – Wow! So exciting to see – All. Those. Sheep. I would love that, too. And you had an opportunity to talk to one of the herders and find out more. Wonderful. It’s a great adventure to be boondocking! Take care and Happy Trails. Thank you.
    Pamelab, traveling through Livingston TX to get my rig weighed at the Escapees RV Park, and then on to Lubbock to visit family. (PS – I kind of miss the math problems.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab,

      You miss the math problems! I can relate to that. I may have to bring those math problems back someday. There was a flurry of spam a few days ago (60 spams in less than an hour.) I deactivated and reactivated my spam filter and that seems to have solved the problem.

      I agree “It’s a great adventure to be boondocking!” Happy Trails to you, too!

  27. Dawn in MI says:

    That was so cool. I even read it to my husband, and showed him the pictures. He was interested too! Such a neat event to witness. Hope the one the next morning was cool too! Great photos too, thanks so much for showing us this. If we hadn’t seen it we might not have believed it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Wow! It was worth creating this post if only for grabbing the interest of your husband. Hi, Hubs!

      The next morning it looked like more sheep than in the first group. And then there was this “incident.” Hoo-boy.

      Thanks regarding the pics….

  28. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I really REALLY enjoyed seeing all the sheep! What an adventurous life you lead! So glad you take us along for the ride! 7,000 sheep! Who woulda think it???? And Roger doing his best to protect his new home from inside the BLT, howling his heart out! He wasn’t going to let the fuzzy, funny looking white things hurt you or his home! Already being protective! That’s a good thing!
    Loved the pictures Sue! Thanks for the afternoon laugh!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Geri. It tickles me when people really REALLY enjoy one of my posts. 🙂

      I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your comments to me under a previous post. Very sweet.

      Keep laughing, girl!

  29. pookie and chuck in Todd Mission, tx says:

    great post sue…
    i used to see scenes like that when we hunted in colorado
    not that many cows but i would guess 500-1000 crossing
    the road and we would have to wait at least an hour for them
    to cross……
    boondocking does have its advantages….
    chuck and pookie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, chuck. It’s fun to watch people manage livestock. Of course, when you aren’t late for work when the herd crosses the road . . . Good to see you here, chuck. I was thinking of you.

  30. weather says:

    What an astonishingly great morning.Waking up with both dogs, bird song, river sounds and coffee would be wonderful enough. 7,000 sheep, herding dogs, a guy on a horse and another one named Hercules… there you are in the middle of nowhere and all of that just shows up!?! It’s a good thing you have photos to verify this stuff, Sue, or one may think you’d been dreaming, Ha!Seriously, I’m glad you had your camera charged and ready. Great pictures, thanks for those, and for all you went through to get this post out.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, weather. Yes, “astonishing” is the perfect word! You’re also right about the day being wonderful without the sheep — oh, the birds! When I’m done with the sheep story I’ll tell you about the birds.

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I would’ve been very upset with myself if the camera weren’t charged because, like you say, who would believe this?

      Have a pleasant evening…

  31. Kristi & Daisie (currently in Nampa, ID) says:

    I love watching the sheepherders in our great state. There’s a huge festival in early October just north of you. I’m not one for crowds, but I think I’d like to go some day. http://www.trailingofthesheep.org/

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That festival looks like a lot of fun with interesting exhibits, good food, entertainment, classes, and history. I’d enjoy going to see the dogs and horses in action. Great photos at that link.

      Blogorinos: It’s worth taking a look. Thank you, Kristi!

  32. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Great pictures!! What an experience! I bet it was amazing in”real life”. Good thing Reggie and Roger were inside….they might have gotten trampled. You live an exciting life, Dear Sister.
    Love to you and R&R

  33. Suzette (TN) says:

    Well, THAT was exciting! What a great opportunity!

    I love that you were able to park so close to the river. I hope it sang you to sleep every night.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      The river was a steady, unbroken “white noise.” We slept with the windows open. I woke up in the night and wondered “what is that sound? Oh yeah, it’s the river!”

  34. Wow sheep and more sheep. My first occupation was a being a shepherd. We had about 200+ sheep and it took three/four people plus the dogs but 7,000 with just two people?! unbelievable, wow! We had to separate the lambs from mother to move them to pasture daily and bring them home late afternoon when the lambs were reunited with mother for the night and same the next day until the lambs were big enough to travel at which time we moved them to mountains or summer camp. Love the photos. I remember the sheep and herders from a couple of years ago blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’ve had an interesting life so far, Rita!

      The 7,000 sheep (approx.) that passed by our campsite did so in four groups (four consecutive mornings). Although the groups weren’t perfectly equal in number, a little under 7,000 sheep divided by 4 days is about 1,700 sheep in a group.

      I think the first group was the smallest. The other three days there were two border collies, two Great Pyrenees, one herder on horseback, and one man on foot with a flag, plus the pick-up. (I think the guy with the flag also moved the pick-up.)

      I’m glad this post brought back memories for you, Rita.

  35. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, Sue, certainly not a boring life eh?? Had to laugh at the photo of the full bark from Roger…what a hoot…except if you want him to be quiet maybe…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I hope all is well with you, your husband, and your family.

      Yes, Roger is more vocal than Reggie. He makes squeaky-growls when they play and he barks at anyone passing by our campsite. I’ve seen a little improvement since his first days with us. I’m hoping the operation will help calm him down, too.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      We are managing, Sue…thanks. Today was a pleasant trip to a town nearby where a lady was working on my sewing machine…and I also bought from her a small, sturdy OLD machine that only goes forward and backward, but nice stitches (nice for quilts)…as well as a button hole making attachment. Some of the old technology has not been beat, in my opinion…and besides we are recycling right? Hubby had voiced some interest in sewing alongside me at times…so now we can. Both machines are portable…so we COULD even use them in an RV possibly…if we ever get that far. I wish our health would improve so we could, though we figure we have to stay here for at least another 18 months until the younger grandchild is in school. And we may be needed longer. Of our 3 kids, this is not our child I ever expected to want us near…so though life is not perfect for her or us, we are in good terms now…a small miracle. A reason to never give up all hope…some things are a very long time coming…

  36. I love this blog! Right now I am reading entries from 2 years ago and it’s like reading a book you hope will never end.

    I do wonder Sue if you can estimate (or maybe you know)how much walking you and the puppers do each day? Either in time or distance. I keep reading they walk or explore at least twice a day and I just wonder how they and you do each day.

    Happy Trails to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      It’s always uplifting for me to read that someone is enjoying my old posts. Thanks for letting me know.

      How much do we walk? Well, it varies. When Bridget was with us, the last couple years our walking was curtailed quite a bit. We were lucky to log 1 mile total in a day, spread over 2 or 3 walks, and she often stayed at camp or rode in her “car.”

      After Bridget passed, Reggie and I walked between 1 – 4 miles a day. (I’m terrible at estimating distance, btw.) Some days we walk a lot, other days not so much. Rare is the day that we don’t walk at least a mile. I think we average between 1 and 2 miles a day. Of course, weather is an influence, and I’m not a very athletic person. I should do more sustained walking to get the heart rate up, but between Reggie stopping us to mark a rock or bush and me having to take photos of this and that along the way, well, it’s not much of a strain on this ol’ bod.

  37. Carol in MT says:

    Some people have all the luck! Right place. Right time. What fun!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carol,

      Another shaking-my-head-in-amazement event! I assume you never were overrun by sheep when you camped at Pagari Bridge. 🙂

  38. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Too funny…..you mean the sheep ALL 7000 of them creeped in without a peep?
    The photo of Roger was hysterical!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Not sure I understand to what you refer. If you mean me not hearing the sheep until they were as shown in the photo… That is misleading. I heard the sheep for the first time when they were far away. The sheep were running. By the time I tossed the crew into the BLT and came out again with my camera, the sheep were as you see them in the photo. I probably should have led with a photo of the sheep hardly seen across the desert scrub but my camera was in the BLT.

      Also there weren’t 7,000 sheep in that first group. There were four groups over four days so this group, the smallest, was somewhere between 1,500 and 1,700 (I estimate).

  39. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Do you have a date yet for Roger to get “fixed”? I might want to send him a get well card! Lol!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nope, no date yet. My phone isn’t working so I’ll be driving to the vet’s office today to set up appointments for Roger and Reggie.

  40. Jackie Dolan says:

    What a wonderful experience. I help my grandfather herd his cows from one pasture to another one every so often to give the field a rest and let the grasses grow. I loved it even though I was scared of the cows in a group. The dog would stand with me. Nowhere near the numbers as these sheep.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jackie,

      I know what you mean about cows in a group. Pretty intimidating since it’s hard to know what they’re thinking. Ha!

  41. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Wow!!! What a sight to see!
    Love the Roger picture.

  42. AZ Jim says:

    Wow! I wish I could have the exciting life you guys do. What fun! I’m getting better. Still having walking issues but I’ll get it. Thanks for the adventure, Missy..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jim,

      Sure, you’ll “get it.” I’m so happy you’re improving. Saw a cane on my Amazon list and wondered if that was your order. I thought, “Gee, Jim has gone from bed to wheelchair to walker to cane — Hallelujah!”

  43. Krystina says:

    WOW!! What a great post RVSue. The pictures are wonderful. I wish I could have seen 7000 sheep when I was on the road. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Krystina,

      Thank you for keeping in touch! I’m always happy when I see your name appear here. Well, you didn’t see 7000 sheep but you did see the California coast, which I haven’t. 🙂

  44. Such a sight to see!! Very few people are so blessed💜! Love seeing Reggie and Roger! They are true brother of the heart!!
    It’s a wonderful life!!😃

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, it is, Betty-Shea, when one has their health and can roam according to whim with two sweet companions… I’m blessed to live like this and, believe me, I’m grateful.

  45. CHERYL KLINE says:

    Wow Sue that was a lot of sheep! Something you don’t see living in the city.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl . . . .Hordes in the city, some pretty wooly, but no, not like these. 🙂

  46. Li says:

    What an interesting post! Also very much enjoyed your R2 story. Happy Camping.

  47. Terri from Texas says:

    Hi RvSue
    Did the fifth wheel portend the sheep or is that about something else?
    Loved your post and the sheep! I havent posted much lately cause of a headache that camped in my head a month ago and never left. No known cause but it is getting slowly better. I was having to read your posts with one eye closed cause it hurt so bad but dang it I was going to read them! Keep on and take care!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      How terrible for you to have a headache that long! Did you try eliminating all foods? That’s how I solved my chronic headaches. Anyway, you probably tried everything. I hope you get better quickly.

      Well, I intended to connect the fifth wheel with the sheep operation (the rancher stays in the 5th wheel) but I had to wrap up the post before I got to that part because it would be too long. Oh well… 🙂

      • Karen in Pacific NW says:

        A modern day sheep herders wagon 🙂 Your BLT is a good shape for one of those.

        Just think of all the fertilizer the sheep will leave behind on the agricultural fields, not surprising the farmers want them to overnight there.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Karen,

          From what I saw in Blythe, there is a system involved, by mutual agreement, no doubt. Sheep graze on a field for a period of time, temporary fences are moved, the sheep graze another section, and so on.

  48. Archae says:

    Love the photo of Roger! And all those sheep, and the sheep dogs, and the herders! Love your photos! Thank you!

  49. Thor ’n Drew says:

    I know you probably have website bandwidth limits and such stuff, but it’d be pretty cool to see & hear even a 3 second video of The Crew going bananas over the sheep. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Thor ‘n Drew…. Good to see you here again.

      You want to hear the crew going bananas over the sheep. Have you thought this through? Haha! Not pleasant.

  50. This post makes me smile.

  51. MelindaK (TX) says:

    Love the post! What a cool experience to witness such a large flock of sheep. The photo of Roger howling is priceless.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MelindaK!

      It was a “cool experience!” I’m almost finished with another post which continues the sheep story.

  52. Mary Batt says:

    Wow! One guy, few dogs and 7,000 sheep? I am awed!! Would love to see this. Pictures or sooo good! Only in the West! Thanks Sue for being there! I will study each pic again! They get better every time I look at them! And again, your post composition is really good!

  53. Diann in MT says:

    Book suggestion:
    “Claiming Ground” by Laura Bell.
    A single woman’s account of choosing to join a team of sheepherders in the plains and mountains of Wyoming. Gives the reader a good idea of the challenges and joys of sheepherding, out there in the middle of nowhere, alone. With only the pony and the dogs.

  54. Barbara says:


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