A breath of fresh air

Wednesday, January 7

Today Bridget and I break camp and travel to a new camp in the desert.  It’s a good place to read, relax, and enjoy the warm weather of the Southwest, plus the internet signal is great.

Several of my readers come to this blog in order to find boondocks, and it’s been a delight for me to share them.  In order to protect my privacy I have to delay showing any photos of our camp until we move.   Sorry about that.

I’m rethinking my blog these days. I am determined to find a way to protect this perfect life I am blessed with.  I’ve been living a contradiction.  I want privacy, yet I open up my life for public inspection.  Up until recently I’ve been able to maintain this mix of privacy and openness.

It’s been suggested by a few readers that I delay posting my entries for several days.  I know that won’t work.  For instance, how could I write about meeting Butters and then pretend I don’t know the outcome while readers write comments wishing me luck in adopting him?  The immediacy and honesty of my blog, two elements essential to my blog’s appeal, would be lost.

Thursday, January 8

I’m hastily posting this entry in order to give us a new start.  My blog could use a breath of fresh air.

It’s almost afternoon and Bridget and I haven’t gone on our morning walk yet!

The desert has a way of clearing one’s mind and reviving one’s spirit.  Maybe the answer will come to me how to continue my blog without losing my joy and contentment.

rvsue

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315 Responses to A breath of fresh air

  1. Chris B says:

    Hi Sue – How’s the weather there? Is it warming up? It is time for our annual trip to Quartzsite and the surrounding area. There was a rain prediction for this weekend but the weather is so erratic these days that the forecasts change frequently.

    Chris B

  2. suzago says:

    Good morning, Sue! A walk in fresh air sounds perfect. My morning walk this morning with my best buddy was in 6 degree weather! It was so cold she didn’t want to set her hind end anywhere near the frozen ground, making her morning routine less than complete, so we’re about to go out again for another try.

    • Dawn in MI says:

      I’m having the same problem with my dog Katie! It takes numerous times outside to produce one good outcome. If you know what I mean. Can’t wait until it gets a little warmer…it’s 1 out right now with windchill of -25. No fun.

  3. Chas Anderson says:

    In many cases you can include pictures that will not give away your location, especially on hikes,etc.

    I, for one, like camp info and have found good spots through this blog.

    Maybe as you leave a spot you can start a blog with pictures and specifics of of the old site and general observations of the new sites.

    Love the blog tho.

  4. AZ Jim says:

    If I didn’t already drink Pepsi with my bourbon, this would force me to switch. This is very cute.

    http://news.distractify.com/avericlements/pepsi-ad-mousetraps-and-pingpong-balls/

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Pepsi and bourbon, never thought of that! I drink Cuba Libres, rum and coke. But now that Cuba is REALLY libre, what should I drink? Pepsi and bourbon, me thinks!

  5. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Sorry Sue, that in our imperfect world, where people often have trouble understanding other people’s need for some boundaries, is causing you to have to rethink things…but pray you will be blessed during this time in your location and surely some ideas will come. Glad you are happy with your new spot and even good internet connection!!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      PS…please know that most of us will come here, even if all your posts are “after you have moved on”…where you are at a given moment, does not matter…we come for the reading content and cute photos (mostly of puppies in my case!!) And at times to chat with others here…again, does not matter where you are at any given moment.

  6. Good day Sue! Oh my gosh, I hope my joking about us visiting at 1:00 a.m. had nothing to do with your “rethinking”. We would certainly NEVER do that. Our privacy is extremely precious to us as well as our intent to protect yours. Was there some other unannounced visit that I missed and am not aware of?

    We have always known that you don’t post until you are out of Dodge, so to speak. That’s the way it ought to be, and seems as though that ought to be enough. But, again, maybe I’m missing something in all this. I certainly can’t, and won’t pretend to walk in your moccasins.

    • cluelesscampers and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

      Yes, Sue had a visitor who dropped in uninvited, and then “bragged” about it in the comments of Sue’s post “The Search for a New Crewmember”. His name included a link to his blog where he had posted a photos of Sue’s rig without her permission. As Sue has removed his comment, I will leave it at that…..

      Needless to say, she and many supportive blogorinos are upset…myself included.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        But do we give up our mission, our calling, because somebody impinges on our privacy one time?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Just to keep the record straight…. My privacy has been impinged many times.

          • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

            Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know that. I thought it was just this one time, because I thought that all your other fan encounters were planned.

  7. Bill & Ann says:

    Have a good day Sue! On our way to the Gulf Coast. Sure hope it warms up. I thought this are was Snowbird county.

  8. Jill Blythman says:

    Back in your working days did you ever think you would become famous??? LOL

  9. Enjoy your walk and take a few deep breaths! Life stepped on your toes just a bit a few days ago because of an over eager, not to bright fan mistaking you for a celebrity! You and several others promptly put him in his place! Life goes on! Think of all the wonderful, uninterrupted days you have shared with us on your journey. Truly, you have met a few rude and obnoxious folks who intrude, a very few, but all and all…. You have been loved from afar from many who respect your need for privacy! So enjoy your day, soak up some sun for me…woke up to 20 degrees here in central Florida this morning! Brrrrrr! Now at 1:30pm it is almost 40 degrees!
    I could use a little desert sun and warmth myself! Chuck says hi and he has Radar and DoogieBowser cuddled in a puddle of warm sunshine next to him on the couch! Smile! Be happy! You are living the dream, never forget that!

  10. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I honestly do think that people would understand if you don’t don’t post your campsite locations until you leave a site. As someone else suggested, your hikes and some of your pics could be taken and not give away where you are camped at.

    I hope your walk helps and you and Bridget enjoy your day. I love your blog and hope you can figure out how to balance this.

  11. JanisP says:

    It’s too bad people won’t just honor your wishes for privacy. “Please no drop-in visits”, what part of that don’t they understand?? Hope you find a way around this. I am SO enjoying your posts, and green with envy.

  12. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Good Morning Miss Sue!
    Glad you are here, love your writing and my fellow blogerinos.
    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

  13. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    You do not have to post to the world where you are every moment for us. We love the pictures of where you have been just as well as where you are now. Of course I am not one that you have to worry about showing up out of the blue. I am firmly planted in Memphis area for the next three years. But you have a knack for telling a good story and what ever you decide to blog about will be good I am sure.

  14. AZ Jim says:

    Hey fellow members, remember the fresh air? As Sue has asked let’s leave what’s behind, behind. Onward, upward….the world through the windshield not the rear view mirrors.

    • Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

      I agree Jim, well said.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Bravo! Sue is a strong and able Lady. She will figure it all out and emerge the wiser for it all. I love it when the Sunrise brings a New Day!
      Life IS Good, Carry On 🙂

  15. JaninRedfordMI says:

    Hi Sue,

    I sure hope you don’t give up on us. I find it very helpful having you site experiences listed, but, you could postpone some of it until you leave. I feel bad we readers have made you not want to post your locations as I know you don’t want drop ins. It would be nice if you could set up some get-together’s for your readers without letting us know where you are. I have seen some bloggers set something up while around the Quartzsite area this year.
    We are working toward cleaning out out house and selling everything we can except for a small storage unit. This year is our final goal as it was supposed to be last year but 27 years of stuff has been hard to get rid of.
    We plan to have South Dakota as our home state as it has tax advantages that we think are the best. Any help from readers is appreciated.
    We have a 1999 Winnebago Adventurer DP 35 foot and have had major work done and it is in top shape so they tell us. We will tow an SUV. We may upgrade in a few years if we decide to stay full time.

    Please keep up the great posts for us.

    Jan

  16. phoneguy1212 says:

    Sad to say it only takes one to turn a glorious day into a bummer of a day. I truly hope you find the balance you seek for us to maintain this relationship. Well what else is there to say, it’s in your hands now. I hope you enjoyed your peaceful walk.

    Jerry

  17. Betty Shea says:

    Hi Rv Sue..For me….I can do an “everyday generic blog” oh,just about anything that comes to mind…..then I do campsite-local reviews and so on later…when I am at my next adventure…!!!

  18. Sue (Alabama) says:

    We are all family here, family loves one another and truly wants what’s best for their family members. We all love you, Sue and Bridget and we hurt for you and want you to do what’s best for you. You have built a great group of followers who enjoy who you are and what you stand for. Don’t let one boaster and braggart destroy a wonderful family. We all are very proud of you and what you do, we will understand and stand behind what ever you decide to do or the choices you make. I am so sorry that there are people out there that don’t take the time to listen to others and feel the sense of self and do what they want regardless. Good luck with finding a new fur baby, which ever you choose will be the right one. Give Bridget a big hug from my LaciLou.

  19. Timber n' me says:

    Good afternoon Sue, isn’t neat how the desert works, it was sunny yesterday and warm and today it’s cloudy , warm and the Navy jets are practicing overhead. have a great day and give the HRH Bridget a big HUG from the both of us, ,,,,,,,me

    • Timber n' me says:

      Oh, I forgot to mention that I ordered thru your site Sue, some Wilson products on Amazon , getting ready to be able to go online any time + have more power by the time we hit the highway for this years journeys. ,,,,,

  20. weather says:

    Perhaps being reminded of a way you expressed love to readers may help.In April’s Wind,cold,rain,and happy tears post you said ” if you are tethered…or restrained…or worn out from jumping over one obstacle after another…don’t give up hope…Hang on to your vision of a better life,plan for it… -but don’t let go! ” Wisdom will show you a way through this part of the path,Sue my friend,always has and will.A few posts with less photos or even a few ruffled feathers has just been part of standing in the wind our journeys take us through.Beauty,in all it’s forms can revive our spirit’s,may your giving us so much of it be multiplied back to you and restore your feeling peace hold you steady from within

    • shirlene says:

      Amen. Thank you

    • Patricia from Florida says:

      Nicely said Weather!

    • weather says:

      In response to your Hi Everybody note below-Love you,too Sue! I hope it was clear that all I felt you needed to be reminded of was- your own wisdom- in seeing that feeling temporarily restrained should not interfere with or alter your vision -for your life that you’ve made come so wonderfully true!

      The sacrifice and effort you put into this blog -to constantly encourage us not to let go of hope, has inspired so many …I hoped to reflect some of it back to you by having you read your own words.May your well deserved rest be entered into knowing that your helping people and critters has greatly improved this world.My respect for ,pride in,and fond affection towards you has never been greater,n’nite 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good night, dear one.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Nicely said, Weather…married into some like what Sue has just faced…I have always tried so hard to get along. But these days, am even quieter than before and keep as much distance as I can. They will never understand our words. Something inside them does not understand what we say. So you go on…I was remembering the other day a quote from Elizabeth Elliot (whose first husband Jim Elliot was killed by the Auca Indians of S. America…forget which country….) :”Do not let the NOT-GIVEN, spoil the GIVEN.” That can be taken a lot of ways seems to me. How wonderful that Sue has her house with her and can truck on down the road. Even if not planned, it can in the end produce a blessing. Maybe by leaving that area sooner, she will, in the nick of time, find just the exactly best pal to take in with her and Bridget. I find myself getting caught up often in the NOW….and later seeing…OH….I see….this was so I would be in this place here and what a place and how I would have hated to have missed it. This last couple of years is such a thing with us (yea, it was VERY hard not to be able to work longer for hubby due to the nutcake boss making so much stress for everyone)…but if he had, we would not have days like today where we were over with our little 22 month old granddaughter…what a joy she is…so sweet, fun, talks a blue streak and knows exactly what is going on. Stood in front of hubby today and counted to 19, perfectly!! FUN!! Today she was with Mama at some playdate and Mama could not get her to leave until she told her that ‘”Nana and Papa are at our house now.” No problem…happy to hurry off then. SO I am wishing Sue, and all Blogerinos to find something extra good in their lives whenever a huge roadblock appears…or in some way sends them packing!! I wonder what great blessing will fall on Sue now??

        • weather says:

          Love your focusing on the given part of E.Elliot’s phrase,dear Elizabeth.I,too,have”flushed” those trying to breach the perimeter I’ve established to keep peace in my life as you two,Sue and many others here have.The cost to each doing that,though difficult in the moment, I find always is worth it in hind sight.

          In my case one instance involved giving an inherited property to a sibling to wash my hands of what would have been ,to me,unhealthy alternatives.By establishing and maintaining our independence from such influences we leave our lives free to taste the sweetness brought next.I’m sorry doing that cost you so much.

          Whether we face being misunderstood,having financial challenges,being seen as harshly unsociable or any of a of myriad things- we all use strength in paying the cost.The reward is always worth it.Your grand daughter’s love is priceless,as are the rewards of time spent amid peace, happiness and beauty of all on similar paths.

          Thanks for your beautiful note reminding us of that,friend,your timely wisdom is as ever,a treat,may you be blessed for taking the time to share it.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Thank YOU, Weather for again sharing your peaceful ideas and wishes!! I appreciate your sharing what you did on an inheritance matter. My situation has been different yet, on one part of mine, though nothing of such monetary worth, I had to walk away and just let it go. It is not the monetary value…what my kin did hurt worse because of how they did it. I would have let them have it anyway, but to do it as they did….never thought at least 2 of them would ever be a part of something like that. Sadly, the 4 involved are now shunning me. Oh well, as my son-in-law and hubby remind me: It is THEIR loss. I really wonder about people…don’t they know we go out of this life the same way we come in? (Naked and with nothing?) The only thing we might take with us are relationships…and this measly little life is so short. Oh well…we keep on going down the road eh? Thanks for being a comforter!! One of the main reasons we are comforted I think, is so we can comfort others. And you do that!!

  21. leilani says:

    To be honest, I think a lot of us will be relieved if you do not give out the location of your camp until you leave it. It always makes me very nervous if you broadcast where you are. All your regular commenters are great, of course, but what about the ones who just lurk online, who are familiar with the areas you camp & can recognize geographic markers in these pictures?

    Yes, the parade of obnoxiously inconsiderate readers who erroneously believe the false intimacy of the internet magically gives perfect strangers permission to pushily intrude on your life at their convenience & not yours are a serious pain and definitely need to be scolded for their thoughtless impositions on your privacy, but I really worry about your security more than anything.

    Because, really, it’s not the ones whose misguided notion of camaraderie leads them to pull up & honk their horn to burst in on your life whenever they daggum feel like it who pose the greatest threat to your well-being. It’s the unfriendly ones who could sneak up on you unannounced! And the more frequent presence of the former type of problem visitor is indicative of the increased possibility of the latter type of problem visitor and should serve as a wake-up call to you. As a female solo traveler, sadly, you just have to approach things more carefully.

    Please WAIT until you leave a camp before you give us too much identifiable information about it. None of us will miss those details one bit and I suspect many of us out here reading will actually feel more comfortable that your privacy and your security are being properly safeguarded.

    • Mary in CO says:

      Yes, post where it was after you leave. I do agree with this. And if you are working toward an important announcement (perhaps a new crew member,)write them up and after it is done, post them all? Protect your privacy and do what you need to do to feel comfomfortable and safe. We prefer to read about happy occupancies, not annoyances, and heaven forbid, not any safety issues.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Sometimes I’m at a camp for two weeks. That means several posts on a two week delay? Yuck. And then we discuss this old news? Double-Yuck. It’s not so simple to just delay posts.

    • debsjourney says:

      Yes I agree with you.

  22. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Sue, you are intelligent, I know you will come to terms with this past situation in a healthy way. Look forward to your posts in the future, absolutely love your blog.
    Positive thoughts have more power than negative ones. Wishing you all the best with your lifestyle, as an avid follower I will respect your decisions. Take Care Sue and Bridget.

  23. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi everybody!

    Thank you for your kind words. Bridget and I had our walk under overcast skies. She enjoyed it very much, trotting along, perky and bright. The air is that perfect temperature, too warm to be brisk, too cool to be called warm…. exquisitely fresh! I feel great! Bridget crawled back in bed for another nap.

    I hope you’ll excuse me for not answering individual comments today. I’ll address some of the comments here…

    Chris B…. The weather is in the 70s. Clear and sunny yesterday, overcast today.

    Jill… No, not once! 🙂

    Ed H…. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Read between the lines.

    Rusty ….. Thanks a bunch for ordering through my blog! You’re setting yourself up very well. 🙂

    Kay… I agree that I haven’t been assertive enough and I need to make my boundaries clearer.

    Leilani… Thanks for your concern for my safety. I will not cower or change my life. Anybody gives me trouble will face severe consequences. I may be a woman but I’m not helpless. Let that be a warning to any weirdo reading this.

    weather… I appreciate you posting that old quote of mine. It was written in the kind of spirit I like to project on this blog. Thanks for reminding me!

    A few have suggested I write about our hikes and take photos without revealing our location. I don’t think I’d be too successful at that. I like to photograph as artistically as my skill allows, and many of my best photographs involve long-view landscapes.

    Others have suggested the delay tactic. Many times readers have told me how they enjoy the mundane details of my daily life. I’ve included photos of Wal-Marts, laundromats, auto body shops, things that interest me on the way into town, etc. as I tell the story of my day. Sometimes a date-related event occurs in that day. I don’t want to report that stuff several days later. I wouldn’t be able to stay interested in my blog

    I love interacting with my readers on my blog about my days with my crew. I’m not going to enjoy conversations about something that happened a week ago!

    As for doing camp reviews when we leave, that’s not my blog style. I’m primarily a story-teller. At least that’s when writing for this blog is the most fun!

    Thanks for the encouragement, understanding, and input on how to solve this privacy issue. Walking in the desert with Bridget, I came up with a plan. It’s not perfect. It’s something to try. I’ll let you know about it soon.

    I love you guys!

  24. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I thought of something else too. You can wait to share the location, share what pictures you think you can, share the stories that you can and then when you leave an area you can do a whole blog post of pictures of the area and after you have left it, then share more of those details.

    You could still stay up to date with the activities but a followup blog post for each area when you leave with the details that share about the camp locations and pictures. That might be a good way to try it for awhile. Just a thought.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your comment is simultaneous with mine above it.

      When I leave an area, I’m anticipating our next camp. I don’t want to write and receive comments on a camp after we’ve left it.

      I’ve mentioned immediacy before as an attribute of my blog. It’s powerfully effective. I’d say it’s a big reason for the popularity of my blog. How do I create immediacy? I write in the present tense about current happenings, include dialogue, write fairly often, and respond individually to readers.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        We were both posting at the same time. lol. I see all your points and very valid.

        I agree that you will have to get more firm that you were. As you already know you have very loyal blog followers and I am not afraid to speak up for you when I know what I am saying is true and factual and I know that others feel the same way.

        We do all love your blog for how you share all the little things about your life through it. I love seeing the pictures of all the shops and stores too.

        I know the smart lady that you are you will find a way to handle this and I guess you have posted fair warning to everyone and your loyal blog followers will back you up. Hugs!

  25. Jonesgirl145 says:

    Hey Sue
    I don’t usually write because you have so many doing so but today I am breaking my silence.

    I hope that your post doesn’t mean people have invaded your privacy. I would love to meet you in person, share coffee, some stories, etc but since you want to be left alone, I would never try to do that.

    Be assured that your followers are admirers and enjoy you posts. I hope you will continue even if it isn’t every day or takes another form. You have a wonderful way of describing things.

    Regards for the new year. J

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jonesgirl…. I have been pursued by over 25 people. I’ve lost count. That doesn’t count the people driving by my camp, slowing down, and rubbernecking. I’ve had several drop-in guests which was fine when my blog wasn’t popular because the drop-ins were infrequent.

  26. Hi Sue,
    Long time!
    I know exactly what you mean about time alone. I have to be the ultimate introvert. Take Christmas with family, I was just overloaded with parties and activities that my family loves give. That’s when I thank Casita trailers for being small enough to park in a driveway and I can walk out the door for peace.
    I struggled with starting my blog and being a private person. My decision for only posting once a week was the best compromise.
    The internet is made for introverts and allows them/us/me to drop in when we want.
    Fingers crossed on a new pup soon for you! I’m betting by the end of the month you’ll be wandering trails with two tails!
    Robert

  27. Applegirl NY says:

    So sorry you’re feeling cramped. Do whatever you want. I think you should continue to write when it suits you. I hope you don’t feel obligated. We’re addicted. If you write once a month, we’ll read. LOL!

  28. Kay says:

    I got It….. Turn the blog into a fee blog, use the collect fees to pay for security details… You know, the kind OBAMA has and so your security guards will clear the area and keep watch and not let those damn invaders and clingers past that line.

    Well, it’s worth a thought…. Another thought I have had…. You people who follow Sue into the desert or boonies… LEAVE HER THE HELL ALONE AND STAY 20 MILES AWAY. Don’t claim you had no idea she was there, because you read the blog…. but the best idea I have is that “People should mind their own damn business and leave others alone, period.”

    Thank goodness me and my 9mm are such great traveling companions. The best part our relationship…. I have a damn good aim and learned 40 years ago how to hit my target.

    UGH… this just pisses me off that people are so freaking selfish that they can’t leave you alone when you have made it very freaking CLEAR since day one.

    Damn clingers.

  29. You are a bold, gutsy, gutsy lady, Sue! I’m real shy about even showing my rig on my blogs. For one thing, I teach homeschoolers, and honestly, I don’t want folks judging me for living in a van. Yep. I guess I do care about what others think, especially, if I may be missing a few more dollars for it! I’ve also lived in “fear” of the lurker types since I travel solo. So, hats off to you lady, for being strong with your boundaries (I’ve always seen your boundaries clearly), and now even stronger and NOT living in fear, though you see the consequences of being so open. I’m sure your clever plan will work. You’ll make it work. You’ve come this far.

    Being the privacy junky I am, I’m camped in a private kind of nook close to Bob’s RTR. It’s going alright thus far, but, I have moments of overwhelm. I wish humanity as a whole desired more Zenn space instead of chaos and noise, not to say that RTR is chaotic and noisy. But, when folks gather close, the noises, rise, of course. The chaos, actually, is from the loud hoards of ATV’s driving by kicking up dust. There has been much more ATV activity here this year than I recall from last year.

    For me, it’s the continued saga of having a love/ugg relationship with community. I’ve spent 3 years in two intentional communities and got burnt out by “too much people energy too close to me”, syndrome. With 4-wheels, I find I can control that better, but, I get moments where I just wish I could teleport to a private mountain top where no one can reach or see me and teleport back when I want to be around people again.

  30. Patricia says:

    Sue,
    Do what you want to do, what you need to do, for your peace of mind and happiness.
    Try different approaches and see what works. Change is good just like a new campsite. You have no responsibility to anyone except yourself and Bridge. Go for it! Take the bull by the horns! Live your life your way just like you have been.

  31. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Whatever you decide is BEST for you…..works for us!

  32. AZ Jim says:

    PLEASE!!! GET OFF THAT THEME! I KNOW WE ALL MEAN WELL BUT PLEASE LEAVE THE UNPLEASANTNESS BEHIND FOLKS!! IT’S SUE’S DESIRE AND LET’S HONOR IT!! WE HAVE SO MANY NICE THINGS TO POST ABOUT!!! If you read this blog at all you know I do not shout (use all caps) but this is important. Thanks guys.

  33. G says:

    Sue, one possible way you can post pics and location of your previous site is by getting rid of the ‘Money 2012’ tab since it is outdated anyways and replace it with a tab called something like ‘Past Sites’ or ‘Past Campsites’, I am sure you can come up with something more descriptive than I can 🙂
    Then in your ‘current’ post from a ‘soon to be announced location’ you can mention when you have posted your past location.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This delay thing will not work. Part of my blog is freely expressing my joy of discovery, what I notice each day, things that are beautiful, good, or simply interesting.

      About the delay strategy…

      For an example…Remember the post with a photo of the herd of cows lined up at our campsite, when Spike sprinted out toward the cows, grabbed his beef bone, and ran with it under the BLT, as the cows glared at him. The photo was essential to the story. I don’t know if the photo showed much of the landscape, but let’s pretend it did . . . I’d have to ditch that photo? It was a great pic! And I wouldn’t want to delay that story for a week or two until we left that camp in order to hide what was in the background of the picture.

      I know I’m not going to do the delay strategy. I could write a 1,000 word essay on why it would change my blog into something I’d lose interest in. I don’t want to start a campsite page either. Too many campsites in the past to write about… ugh. Too much work!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I removed a reply to Kay’s comment. Please don’t direct any critical comments at specific blogorinos, no matter how supportive of me. Thank you.

    • G says:

      I was just offering a suggestion, I have seen other bloggers do something similar. That is all, no harm was intended 🙂

  34. Marsha/MI says:

    It makes me sad that those who aren’t respecting your privacy could ruin things for others who enjoy reading your blog. Someone my husband worked with just popped in one day and I was a bit taken aback. I can’t imagine having people you don’t really know or barely know just pop in.

    You found the boondock sites – I’m sure others can without you having to give away your location. Do what’s best for Sue & Crew.

  35. Reine says:

    I think the new year is a great time to evaluate what’s working and what’s not. I’m sure the blogorinos will have some ideas. As you know I’ve always been in favor of delaying posting your exact location until you’re no longer there. Maybe post a collection of campsite pictures once a week? And considering how many folks comment now you may need to start replying occasionally rather than to every comment. Just some thoughts. Fyi, I’m out camping and am replying via IPhone without reading what other folks have said.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The delay strategy is boring. Some people can make it interesting. I can’t. I’m a story-teller. If I have to write a run-of-the-mill blog in order to protect my privacy, I’d rather not blog. Thanks anyway, Reine.

  36. cluelesscampers and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Sue— On a different subject…..

    The price of gas here in the St. Louis area is at record lows. Yesterday, I saw regular at $1.73/gallon. Unbelievable! I was wondering if you had given any thought as to how this might affect your travel plans for the upcoming year. Will you go any further north/ or further afield than you have in the past?? It will definitely enable you to travel further afield on a limited budget!

    We are downright giddy over this development, as our son, DIL, and granddaughter have moved to the west coast and we just have to go visit in our camper. This will make traveling from Missouri to Oregon or Washington much more affordable! Our next trip west to visit them will take us through Utah in April, and your blog has been very helpful to our planning! Thank you so much.

    How are the lower gas prices influencing you other blogorinos??

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The last time I pumped gas it was $2.15 a gallon for the lowest kind.

      No, gas prices have never influenced where and how far we travel. The only exception was when we entered California during that crazy time when gas prices went way up and the price was over $4.00 a gallon. I saw that and immediately returned to Oregon. I figured I could see California another time and there was still a lot of Oregon I hadn’t seen.

      I live most of the year without camping fees or with very low fees. Because of that I pretty much ignore gas prices and go where I want to go. Gas is my rent.

      • Kay says:

        And then, to think some want to add another fuel tax. Sheesh, its really refreshing to fill my RV to the top for under $300 bucks!!!! My SUV for under $60, its sweet.

        Enjoy a trip to Cali while gas is much cheaper!

  37. Michelle SLC,UT says:

    Sue, without your blog, we would never have tried this. We are so happy and living again. A great big thank you!

    We don’t even tell our family where we are going. I just let them know we made it and check in every day. When we did tell them, they all showed up to make sure we were ok. And there went the peace and quiet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Michelle,

      I was thinking of you yesterday, wondering how you and your husband were enjoying your RVing. Then I remembered it’s winter in Utah! I so enjoyed hearing about your first trips out, the fishing and all… 🙂

      That’s funny about not telling your own family! They all showed up! LOL!

      • Michelle SLC,UT says:

        We are counting down the days. May 3rd. They open up the reservoir. Then we are gone. If hubby is feeling good enough we are going to try for Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore and the redwoods.
        Can’t believe how happy we are when its just us and the service dog. We love the RV.
        Thanks again!

  38. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    My big mistake in life always is to take-an-all or nothing approach. Why not go off line for a month and see how it feels? I worry that you would miss us more than you realize if you suddenly ended your blog, because we are a community, thanks to your talent! Could you post less often and still have the best of both worlds? I have a sign on my front door which says: “We do not answer the door unless you called us first.” My idea was to discourage people who decide to break into an apt. if nobody answers! Yet, everyone keeps knocking on my door! But I live in a community and I expect it and an unplanned visit doesn’t take much of my time go redirect. I prefer to redirect an unplanned visitor than have nobody at all think of me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I could try to go offline for a month. If I found a pal for Bridget, I know I’d have to jump online right away and tell you and show pictures!

      And, of course, I’d lose money. I could live without the extra income. I’m trying to save for my second retirement, for when I can’t travel any more.

  39. rvsueandcrew says:

    Okay, I was going to wait until the next post to explain my new “strategy.” Rather than have readers trying to figure out a solution, I’ll give you the bare bones of what I’m going to try to do to protect my privacy.

    1) I continue to blog and post photos as I always have.

    2) I make the privacy message in the sidebar more specific (I’ve already done that and might improve it.)

    3) I no longer accept any visitors at all. None! (I’ll figure out a way to spend time with my real life friends.)

    4) If someone asks to visit me, I respond with “No, I’m not accepting visitors.”

    5) If someone manages to invade my privacy, I report it in my blog, but I do not give their name, post a pic of their dog, or anything else that will give them a moment of fame. I think my happy reports of visitors in the past, often with links to blogs, has motivated people to come to my camp…. simply to get into my blog.

    6) If someone parks their car at our campsite or approaches on foot, I go inside the BLT, shut the door, and wait for them to leave. Bad manners. Oh well…

    7) The next time I’m near a Home Depot or some such place I buy one of those foldable “workhorse” signs, the kind that are usually yellow and say “caution” and are put out when the floor is wet or something. I repaint the sign to say “Not accepting visitors”. I put the sign at the entrance to my camp and look like a complete nutcase, but what do I care? Haha! At least I’ve made myself clear.

    It was a mistake to try to remain “nice.” The gloves are off!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sounds like a perfect plan! 🙂

    • Kay says:

      That a Girl! I like #6 but have to admit, it’s rather freaking nice to sit and ignore the invader too. HA!

      You’re welcome to take one of my signs from the CLINGER episode too. Whatever suits your fancy. I just hope people leave you alone. And, by the way… if they don’t put on those gloves and box away.

    • Colleen in Tehachapi says:

      I love your solution! I especially like #7! I hope it works!

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      Sounds like a great plan!! You take care of you!!

    • Mert in Kentucky says:

      #5…. Here in the third layer…. Buckshot works very well 😉

    • The Northern Ontario Girl says:

      I am so glad that you are not giving it all up, because some choice )*))* cannot respect the “I like my own company” Go away.. As I said I read every night Sue and her loving crew, and you have inspired me that I can retire this way. Being from Canada I can only come and enjoy the beautiful land of yours for a while until I have to come back to Canada to maintain my health insurance. I have loved your blog and find comfort in my life reading about your daily adventures. Thank you Sue for continuing, and please for those who can’t control themselves “get lost” .. We like Sue and the Crew and you need to leave her alone.. Bless you Sue.. Await for the adventure to continue, and maybe a new crew member 🙂

    • Chaunte in West TN says:

      Hi Sue!
      You are fabulous and I love your new approach! I certainly
      wish you all the peace and quiet you deserve! More than that,
      I’m glad you’re not changing the blog. I can’t tell you how much
      I look forward to sitting down to read every post and comment on
      here! I have learned so very much from you as well as my fellow
      blogorinos. On a different subject, this weekend is my first major
      overhaul to rid myself of a large amount of junk. I’ve been slowly
      downsizing in some areas, but this is going to be a BIG one!!! That’s
      one step closer to living my dream of being on the open road and
      visiting beautiful places like the ones you have shown us. Thank you
      from the bottom of my itty bitty heart for just being you! We love You!!
      Please give the Bridge a belly rub for me and as always we hope you
      have safe and happy travels!

      Chaunte, Shea, and the chihuahuas in a very very cold Memphis, TN

    • Chas Anderson says:

      I suggest an “Ebola Quarantine” sign. That’ll work.

    • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

      Sue for rallies each of us in Rolling Oldies Vintage Trailer group gets an OPEN/CLOSED sign when joining (Jerry gives them out with a sticker for our vehicle). I have heard a few husbands want to have a Closed/Closed sign. 🙂 Bad manners are everywhere… and sometimes ya just gotta do what ya gotta do.

      LOVE YOU SUE!
      Barb in Hoquiam, who is gittin’ on her boots and hitting the MUDZONE today. 🙂 Have garbage bag will travel!

    • MB says:

      Sue, I have had the opportunity to learn some lessons kind of like this lately. I am glad you have formulated a plan for making your life more comfortable. The big lesson I am finally learning about times like this is…..when you think of your plan and like it……implement it…….and don’t give it another thought. Let the plan free you to think and do way more fun things! Hard for me to do at first but well worth it thus far. And I agree with you wholeheartedly about the “immediacy” issue. If you had decided to go another route, I would have understood but it wouldn’t have been the same and I would have missed you. Love from VA!

    • I’m glad you revealed the bare bones, Sue!

      A lot of people don’t “like” it when women act “like men.” That is; assertive, direct, in your face, bla, bla, blah….

      I say, “Oh well!”

      But, this is what you have to do…that’s what gets people’s attention.
      And so what if they think you’re nuts? Actually people stay away from people who they believe live “like they’ve got nothing to lose.” I stole that from a movie…ha, ha! The Departed. You should watch it…it’s perfect for this!

      Anyway, the sign…the turn around walk back into the BLT and shutting of the door…yeah…that’s the ticket. ALL great!!

      You go, girl!

  40. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    It has been another cold (20’s) day here. The morning started out at 9 degrees. I wore my Cuddleskin long underwear under my slacks and they really made a difference! Last night, the wind was brutal…Gracie was fascinated and wanted to “read the paper”, wanting to sniff each tree and shrub to see who had been in our yard every time we went out for a potty break. Normally, I let her do her thing, but I could not get us back into the house fast enough! 🙂

    Tonight I will be making a cheesecake for a friend’s husband who helped me out last weekend with some minor repairs. He rehung a door which had developed a gap which was letting in an awful draft. I am so thankful that he was able to help, and that that the gap is now sealed…just in time before the bitter, windy weather hit! The house will be smelling heavenly in about an hour. The cheesecake is plain, with 1/3 of the batter spiked with bittersweet chocolate and 1/4c of rum. The chocolate batter is poured over the plain batter, then swirled with a fork. It is a delicious recipe!

    Wishing you and Bridget a peaceful night. Love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    PS – Gas prices here are running about $1.80 for regular.

  41. Caroline near Seattle/LasVegas says:

    I follow several blogs and most people tend to post once every 4 to 7 days. By the time they post, they’ve already moved on so their location has changed.
    ie on Sunday you would blog about your activities and location of the previous Mon – Fri. As for your specific example of Butters, you would post the entire story at one time, the beginning and the conclusion, since it would have occurred the previous week. Seems like the easiest solution.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That would lower the quality of my blog. Some stories, like the one about Butters or the time I was stuck in the sand, cannot be compressed into one post and still be written well.

      The blogs that post every 4 to 7 days and are successful at it are few and they have a totally different style and focus.

  42. Sondra-SC says:

    Sue you will figure out what works for you, don’t let it stress you, just keep enjoying your life and doing what makes you happy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Sondra.

      Suddenly I’m hit with fatigue. I am worn out! I’m going offline for the rest of the day. Everybody have a good night!

  43. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Glad you have come up with a workable plan for you. Here’s hoping all is well now. Enjoy your day and hopefully don’t give these issues another thought.
    Maybe endulge in some sweet something you have wanted, chocolate maybe you and chicken for Bridge. Rest easy this evening knowing a huge load has been lifted off your shoulders 🙂

  44. Utah Bonnie says:

    Sue, I love your blog and you have been a great inspiration by opening up the possibility of a nomad lifestyle for me and my little crew. I’m sorry that you are experiencing problems with unwanted visitors. I would feel the same way. It would be great if we could get hundreds of women with almost identical rigs out there to throw off the nosy knuckleheads.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Utah Bonnie,

      Opening up to the possibility of a nomad lifestyle… Wow! As a former teacher, that’s the biggie….. Once the possibilities are seen, the rest can happen to bring about something better!

      I blanched when I read the first part of your sentence about “hundreds of women.” Haha! Typical of me!

  45. I enjoy the blog, it’s a soothing read. I am happy that you write it and happy to read what you choose to share with us. Happy travels!

  46. Linda says:

    You post very often, so feeling perhaps a little burned out with the writing of the blog is understandable. Grief may have something to do with it. You never know. But as my old writing instructor used to say to me in college, “write what you want to write.”

    I must say the previous post, about the rescue groups taking the desirable dogs to take from the shelter, I have never heard of that, and it made me pretty angry.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re very understanding, Linda. I am feeling worn out these days.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Not as angry as I was when I read that the Amish run puppy mills and leave their dogs in cages outside in the snow. When asked why, they said that puppies are a crop, a commodity.

  47. Ilse says:

    Hi Sue,
    I understand and respect your need for privacy, but I won’t be able to help myself and will probably say something to you, if I ever run into you at a laundromat.

    Cheers,
    Ilse

  48. Lynn Brooks says:

    Dear Sue,
    Please do what’s best for you & Bridget! I certainly hope you don’t choose to stop your blog – it’s been such a gift to me!!!
    I have only followed you & Bridget & Spike since this past July, but you’ve become family to me.
    I do admire your living your life as you do & as I read your blog every night, before I go to sleep, it reminds me again – I will be doing this myself one of these days….very soon!!!
    Thank you for sharing your life on the road with all of us!!
    Lynn Brooks

  49. Wendy in Thailand says:

    Hi Sue, sorry to read of your problems, just catching up on what’s been happening. Best wishes always to you and Bridget.

  50. ml says:

    i understand your need for privacy. i wish everyone did. i love reading your blog just the way it is and i feel like we all live vicariously on the road with you – from afar, of course. i guess, some not so far… 🙂 but just letting you know, we support you in any way you can continue.

  51. DesertGinger says:

    Aah Sue, it’s rough that you have to be the ‘bad guy’ in order to get the privacy you deserve, but I think your plan sounds ok. At least try it. I would hate to lose the blog and all the friends here, and I’m sure you would too. I would add, however, that you can have visitors if you want…you just may not want to post about it. Although that doesn’t sound much fun for us!

    Had my surgery class today, and my final pre-op check with the hospital. Now I just have to work out how to get there at 5:30 am, and how to get a ride home. Six days left. Starting to feel really real!

    It was overcast and cool all day. Hope it gets sunny and warms up a bit soon. The damp is making my knees..both of them…swollen and sore. Yuck. This getting old is for the birds!

    Love to all.

    • Marilu from Northern California says:

      Hi Ginger,
      I’ve been wondering how you are doing with your prospective surgery and your new career. I’m sending positive thoughts for an excellent outcome. You’ve been through so much. I admire your strength and your can-do attitude. Keep us posted.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ditto on what Marilu wrote…. We care about you and are looking forward to the day when these health issues are behind you! Best wishes and love to you, Ginger.

  52. Ruth Rocchio says:

    Sue, I have been reading your blog with great interest for a long time. Let me comment on your issue of privacy. First, it is a contradiction since you make money from your blog by siphoning our amazon purchases through this blog, you have monetized yourself as the saying goes. You are willing to accept this boon and yet hassle folks about your privacy? hmmm. Most folks are going to respect your privacy, I thing you have a pretty civilized bunch that follows your blog. Your seeming “paranoia” (that may be too strong a word,) is hopefully unwarranted. Though, without knowing any history of problems in your life before this lovely blog, you may have great reasons for your desire to not be bothered. That said, you have developed an audience. Should you choose to sever that relationship then I imagine you will have your privacy back for sure, but you also will have cut yourself off from a community that supports and honors your path. Delaying your posts is the only thing I can think of you doing that makes sense. Don’t publish anything about one place until you are gone from it. Also, remember people who never met you actually do care about you and read your blog with great interest. Best Wishes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ruth,

      “You are willing to accept this boon and yet hassle folks about your privacy?”

      Several years ago I started asking God to make it possible for me to live the life I am living now. I asked for His help, including a specific request that I be freed from the financial worries I’ve had since childhood.

      I’ve laid open my finances for the world to see. It’s obvious I’m not well-to-do. I don’t know what the future will be for me.

      God answered my prayers with one of His miracles…..He led me to a source of income that is a by-product of developing my writing talent, of helping others, and of enjoying the life of my dreams.

      How does one hassle about one’s privacy? If one is allowed their privacy, no one can be hassled. It’s causal. Invasion of my privacy results in hassle. No invasion; no hassle.

      I know you mean well. I take issue with the above for the sake of anyone reading our comments, not pointed at you. As we all have seen too well, once an idea is placed on this blog, it can be picked up and thrown around. Right now I’m being very vigilant because hateful things are being said about me. I haven’t read them, but I sense they are there. I really don’t care what people write about me. I care when they bring their negativity into my blog. The reminder that I make money from my blog is something these people would latch onto like a shark drawn to blood .

      Okay… back to the positive! Thanks for the best wishes and caring, Ruth.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        RVSue, lots of us suggest you delay your writing until after you have left your campsite in order to maintain your privacy, and your response is that it would spoil the spontaneity of your blog and your experience. I want to point out that you WRITE your blog IN REAL TIME to maintain spontaneity and writing of your emotions as they happen. The delay in posting is NOT to write your blog about your previous campsite experiences when you arrive at a new campsite (stale, eh?), but rather to POST your real-time blog text AFTER you arrive at the new campsite. Your experiences, such as finding a new pal for “The Bridge,” would be written AS THEY HAPPEN, filled with your talents, and then POSTED as you leave. Win-win!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          And then I’m having conversations and answering questions about the post. It’s the comments that are current and I don’t want to read and respond to a situation that happened several days ago.

          I write a post where the weather is a significant feature. I post it several days later. People are confused. They’re relatively new to my blog. “What? It’s storming? I didn’t see that on the news!” or “What’s the temperature there today?” Or I write about something that bothered me a week ago and then I post it and I get sympathetic responses and advice when I’m over it. It would be a mess.

          I’ve done delayed posts in the past, for various reasons. To do it consistently is a PITA.

          Plus, I want to live in the PRESENT, not the past.

  53. Taranis17 says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your privacy troubles, Ms. Sue. 25 people pursuing you? Rubberneckers and onlookers too? Ugh. There’s a reason I like my dogs more than people.

    I hope you figure out what works for you, both online and off.

    As always, with gratitude and respect.

    T

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Taranis17,

      I’m with you about liking dogs more than people! When I threw out that estimate of how many people have followed me in the real sense of the word, I didn’t mean all at once. Ha! There’s a reminder that things could be worse. Ha!

      Thanks for being here.

  54. BadgerRickInWis says:

    “The desert has a way of clearing one’s mind and reviving one’s spirit.”

    Working another late night shift with a wind chill out side of -30F I close my eyes after reading these words and let myself drift to place of sunshine and warmth. Yet again the wise words of a friend I have never and probably will never meet renews my determination to follow my dream.

    It sounds like you have a plan that will allow you to stay true to yourself and still maintain what makes this place so special. I especially like the idea of posting the sign. I wouldn’t worry too much if it makes you look like a nutcase, you will just blend in better with your traveling companions.

    But I also remember reading about your preparations back in Georgia before you hit the road. So if all of the above fails just remember the words of Ivan the gun instructor “It’s OK, just breath and squeeze.” 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      I’m amazed that you plucked that very appropriate bit of wisdom out of a very old blog entry.

      Oh, how wonderful it is to be told that my words help “a friend I have never and probably will never meet.”

      Yeah, the sign will probably increase rubber-necking while decreasing visitors. If I saw a sign that read, “No Visitors,” I’d be curious… Hmm, I wonder what’s going on over there… Could it be a meth lab on wheels?

      Thanks again for enhancing my blog and my day, Rick!

  55. Janette says:

    I have never posted but I always read. I am sorry there are people who haven’t respected your privacy. Please find your joy in blogging as I would hate for you to leave!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Janette, for coming out of lurkdom to write a message of support. Welcome! I’m glad you are with us.

  56. Lolalo says:

    Sue, I am sorry you have had issues with another drop in.

    I agree with your view of the ‘immediacy’ of your blog. If you waited until you have moved on to another location, it would not be as interesting – especially to you having to speak about things that happened several days ago. A lot of the detail would be lost, too.

    Your format has worked well for you overall. Just be the b….. you have to be to keep people from intruding into your space. We all love your blog and your stories, and most of us would honor your need for privacy. One bad apple…..

    Please don’t get discouraged. You are a shining example for many of us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lolalo,

      I appreciate you telling me you understand what I mean about the immediacy of my blog. I was beginning to wonder if I weren’t expressing it clearly. To take that away would cut the legs out from under my blog.

      Thanks for the encouragement and compliment!

  57. Big H says:

    Sue:

    Coming out of lurkdom. . . I have read all of your blog posts from the very first one, and have enjoyed them all immensely. I am not traveling just now. . . but when I do (if I am so blessed that that time will come again) I would never think of impinging on your (or anyone’s) privacy.

    That said, you should know that I (and likely many others) would be greatly saddened if the story of your unique journey was no more. Perhaps devastated is a better word.

    But you must do what is best for you. So sorry to hear that some unthoughtful person has overstepped your boundaries.

    In my personal life, I am going through difficult times just now. Your stories take me away from all that, out of myself, are a breath of fresh air: they give me the will to keep on living, and the courage to go on.

    Thank you for being you.

    Anne

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Anne,

      I am very pleased that you have stepped out of lurkdom to join us here. Welcome!

      You have presented me with a gift ….. You reminded me of a big reason why I continue to write this blog, that my “stories take me away from all that (difficulties), out of myself, are a breath of fresh air; they give me the will to keep on living, and the courage to go on.” Oh, my!

      I’m choked up as I write this. How could I let the negative distractions lead me away from providing what you and others seek from my blog? I let you down and I’m sorry.

      It is my privilege to have found this purpose for my life — this providing of escape, comfort, understanding, and other good things — by sharing the beauty and blessings, the joys, the heartaches, the adventures that spring from days fully-lived.

      I thank you for reminding me of that. I wish you strength and perseverance, Anne, to cope and move on to better days. I know what it is like not to want to see another day and look where I am now! God bless you.

      • Sue, you never let me down. We all have pet peeves, ups and downs, and we all want to feel comfortable. I think maybe some people don’t realize when you walk out your door it’s sort of like your living room. I doubt most would just walk into your living room but they do because they don’t realize where your boundaries are. Your new sidebar note is great!

        Before we moved into the TT I was giving it a good cleaning and had the door opened, screen door closed. We were in the campground. People were saying “Hey” and I thought “oh the door open means I’m up for guests”. Super cool but I’ll never get anything done. Closed the door, mmm cleaning fumes.

        Of course I don’t have the problem of being famous (ya kinda are) and that will definitely work in your favor here in the way people read your blog. I’d go one step further than the sidebar. I’ve seen your sidebar thousands of times so I don’t see it anymore. Put that message after your signature AND after your THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AMAZON HERE! note too, three places. People naturally see that it looks the same but maybe you made a mistake so they’ll inspect it more carefully and actually read what it says. Yep, gotta hit us over the head.

        We happened to be in the same campground as Technomadia in Indiana so I posted a comment on their blog saying basically we’re neighbors and should I yell out ” hey Chris and Cherie” when they’re walking past our camper and they said “yes” so I did. Otherwise we never would have imposed. Other people are social and don’t understand. Cherie and Chris said they just hate knocks on the door at 7:00am from strangers, or something like that. Can you believe some people will knock on other campers’ doors at 7:00am? That’s almost justifiable homicide, lol. Anyway, we were unloading WalMart one day as they walked past, we met, and they had their webcast to get to, we had cold milk so it was a little short but very sweet, super people! It was a pleasure for sure.

        OK, you know I love you Sue, Bridge, and blogerinos too! Sue, you really did save my life and it’s a good life to be had now. Thank you, always.

    • I hear you Anne! Welcome to the Blogerino (commenting) family. 🙂 I have been there too and swear Sue kept me hanging on until I could escape – not only in my mind. Hang in there! You will travel again and it will be amazingly wonderful!

  58. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Not to be looking back but I did want you to know that I have continued doing research about the shelter you mentioned where Buttons was. I found a news story about a dog owner who came looking for their lost dog and were turned away by the shelter. The lost dog was there and was put to sleep, E-listed, within hours of their visit there…per the story. An investigation insued. Seems that the shelter claimed the dog was unhealthy with a cough. It would also seem that it turned out to maybe be kennel cough from the shelter…again from the remarks section on the story. The owner says the dog was healthy and not agressive as suggested by the shelter as the reason for the extremely quick e-list of the dog.
    So Sue, you may have helped many by relating your own story to all of us. That is only one of several news stories and web info sources I have found so far. I also found what I believe is a clear connection between the shelter, some of the rescue groups and a local pet charity placement service where finder’s fees may be being paid. All this continues to concern me. And I thought you might want your readers to hear of that story and investigation. There may be other stories, I do not know of as yet…still researching. I would have emailed to you privately but I didn’t know how. Of course, you can delete this if you choose to do so. I just wanted to update you on about this latest data-finding. I have the link to story if you need it.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Anyone else reading this post is welcome to let me know you would like the link to this story. I have saved it or google it HSOY Lost Dog’s Owner Turned Away At Shelter.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela K.

      First, I apologize for deleting your comments and those of others from the previous post. I didn’t want to do that, believe me. Much was lost. It’s a classic case of “Throwing the baby out with the (dirty) bath water.”

      I am pleased to see you continuing to post information about the topic, the result of you giving time and effort to the questions we have about shelter-rescue-pet charity relationships and policies.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Oh Sue, thank you for understanding in such a positive way about my posting this recent info about the shelter. I must admit I came holding my breath to see a reply. I was a bit shy of posting it giving the recent negitive posts and privacy issues. I didn’t want to risk making anything worst or making you angry at me. I value your blog, your privacy issues and your wanting to keep your blog positive in nature. I weighted not posting but it seemed to be such an important data-finding I felt compelled do post about it. Thanks again for understanding about this posting!
        Boy, now I can take-in some easier breaths 🙂

        Changing the topic now…
        About that sign thing…

        Once you are at your new camp maybe post a sign that reads:

        DAY SLEEPER!
        If I KNOW YOU and you wake me, I will NOT be pleased.
        If I DO NOT KNOW YOU and you wake me, I might call the Police.
        ~Respect My Privacy~
        ~Thank You~

        I suggest this so it does not appear that you have Visitors coming and going at will. Seems to me the Visitors warning makes it seem shady somehow. Didn’t want you to LQQK like you were the ~Best Little Chicken House In BLM~ 😉

  59. Casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue, I’ve been a loyal reader for years now, but think I’m going to take a break from your blog for a while. Too much drama. I’ll be back at some point after things settle down a bit because I care about you. And, will still order my Amazon purchases through your site. Good luck navigating through this mess my friend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Casitagirl,

      The “drama” is not in my posts.

      Suggestion: Feel free to read the posts and skip the comments and then you will protect yourself. You don’t have to notify me what you are doing. 🙂

  60. Kathleen says:

    Good Morning Sue! I don’t see why you have to name the site you are at. Makes no difference to me to know and probably others. We like reading about your adventures, your thoughts, your stories about encountering new plants, birds, or water. Bridgit’s antics, food you choose to have, thoughts about a book your reading. We feel like you are a friend on the internet. Your living the life a lot of us can only dream of. Facts are not important. Just describe your thoughts and feelings about where you are. Love ya!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathleen,

      About writing about plants, birds, water, adventures, etc. . . . . Early in my travels and blogging, I wasn’t as confident. A man tracked me down based on scenery in my photos. I moved my camp and didn’t give out my location at the new camp. Readers asked me for the location. I replied that I didn’t want my location known. I needed to reassess. I wrote only about the things you mentioned.

      A woman studied the photos, searching for clues. Then with much pride and excitement at solving the “puzzle,” she announced in a comment my exact location with a link where folks could read about the place, get directions, etc. All it takes is one person like that.

      I appreciate the suggestion that I write about thoughts and feelings. I admire bloggers who can do that. The times that I have done that, those thoughts and feelings (the crew’s antics, the book I’m reading, etc.) have been embedded in a story or a description of my surroundings.

      I am the kind of writer that I am. A more adept writer may be able to accomplish what you’re suggesting. Maybe I could if I tried very hard. I’m not going to do that because this is my dream retirement. If I write, I’ll write in a manner that comes naturally and thus easily for me.

      Thanks for the love!

  61. Edie, OK says:

    Good morning Sue. Hope you have a warm and peaceful day.

  62. Karen - SC says:

    Hi Sue Happy New Year to you and Bridget. I love reading your blog and you are an inspiration to all of your followers. I don’t write very many comments but be assured I am reading your posts and shopping through Amazon on your blog. I am sorry to hear that you are contemplating making changes. I don’t think that you should change what you are doing. I know how much you enjoy your blog and your readers as much as we love you. I’ve alwasy wondered how you managed to post daily without much of a break. Some suggestions I would make are perhaps to blog only Monday-Friday leaving the weekend for yourself and Bridget. Also with regard to your location perhaps you could be more general in your description. I understand that readers who want to boondock may be interested. You may think about having a tab with your recommended list of some nice sites by state. All in all keep up the nice job you are doing. As long as you are having fun. Happy camping.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      I wish I’d organized my blog from the beginning to have the tab about campsites. At this point it would take hours and hours of my time to set that up, and I’m behind on money reports, Spike’s page needs to be redone, I’m working on a FAQs page, and writing and monitoring this blog…. while I travel at least every 14 days. Whew!

      Thanks for shopping Amazon here and for sharing your ideas.

      • Karen says:

        I know you will do what works for you. No matter what I’ll still follow your blog. Take a break occasionally to catch up on those things you need to do. Have a great day.

  63. Barb snowbird from Washington says:

    I would miss your blog terribly if you were to disappear. NOt sure I understand the person who would even think of dropping in on you after your request that they dont. Can you somehow make it a “friends” setting where only who you want can read? Kind of like Facebook?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb snowbird from Washington,

      A “friends” setting would make this blog a club. I abhor social clubs, which to me are glorified cliques. This is probably at the core of my dislike of Facebook and why I have never signed up for it.

      It’s my belief that once a group is formed that is not all-inclusive, then gossip, mean-spiritedness, and other clique-ish behaviors can easily surface. I haven’t read Facebook. I bet a lot of the aforementioned goes on there. It probably takes a lot of time and monitoring to make sure it doesn’t.

      Many of my readers stumbled upon my blog looking for something else, liked what they read, and stayed. I like that!

      • Barb (snowbird from Wa) says:

        ahh…I understand what you’re saying. MOST of the time my Facebook stays ok. I do it mainly for pics of the kids and grandkids 😀

        thank you for sharing your life with us Sue. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the comments to you. What a wonderful community here!

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        That is somewhat true about Facebook in the groups. That is why in our RVing group we have to keep such a close handle on things and that was the reason I had some input I wanted to make you aware of with that mess you had the other day.

        We have 3 of us as admins on that group which anyone can join, to monitor it and I still have people who have become personal friends with me also notify me on my personal page because we don’t see everything.

        I think with the boundaries you have set now I am praying that things will be better and people will start to respect this privacy thing more. I love your blog too and would hate for it to go away.

  64. Bill & Ann says:

    Good morning Sue, rumbled away the night at exit 372 truck stop. Oxana, Tx. Very peaceful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Bill and Ann. Thanks for the update! You know I think of you often and wish you safety and great camps.

  65. I’m glad your walk in the desert provided you a clear solution to the problem (which I am also glad I completely missed). Bridget likely provided the best advice (I’m picking up you don’t want to delay your entries…… :-)))) )

    I will make one suggestion about your new plan. Moving the updated privacy notice to the top spot on the side bar will insure that first-time readers don’t miss it (in theory). New readers rarely scroll down the side bars of a blog unless they are looking for a specific post in the archives so the privacy notice would not be seen by those who don’t already know your history. Here’s hoping Operation Take a Damn Hint is successful 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jodee! I’ll consider that. My first reaction to your suggestion is the tone that it sets, being the first item. Maybe I’ll fool around with the sidebar so that the message stands out better. Hmmm…

      • AZ Jim says:

        Maybe a solution to it sounding too harsh for a new reader would be instead of moving the message, post a note at the top of the page stating “Notice to new readers, to enhance your enjoyment of my blog please read the sidebar messages. Welcome, relax and enjoy. Sue.”

        It’s just an idea to gently guide the new user to the information they (and you) need them to have access to.

  66. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning Sue and fellow blogorinos!

    Hope your Friday is off to a great start! It is another bitter, blustery day here, but the sun is shining – all is good!

    Elizabeth and Weather – I enjoyed reading your comments and can relate to you both, going through similar challenges. I’ll leave it at that. Working through chaos to the other side of peace of mind and heart is priceless! 🙂

    Words of Wisdom by The Dali Lama:

    He said, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”

    Enjoy your day, everyone! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Thank you for posting that quote and for the positive comment. Yes, “all is good!” as we are blessed with another day.

    • Bill & Ann says:

      Wonderful quote.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Thanks for sharing that thought, Denise!! We lived for 5 months in nearby Providence Forge and shopped and lots of other events in Richmond…loved it!! (Except the traffic…but the days we stayed put in PF, with its one stoplight solved that too!!) 😉

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Elizabeth…Richmond has changed so much in in the past 20+ years. I live in what most folks used to consider the “sticks”. “Progress” and urban sprawl has taken over! I did not mind driving 2+ hrs to Northern VA to shop the big name stores. Now, they, and the associated traffic, have changed the “sticks” to a congested area. That being said, Richmond is great being 2 hrs from the mountains, beach or DC.

        Providence Forge is a very peaceful area! When I occasionally go to Williamsburg, I will get off I64 @ the Bottoms Bridge/Providence Forge exit to take the back roads. A much more enjoyable ride! 🙂

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Yea, I hear ya…we often spent days in Williamsburg too….loved it!! Probably never did see every single thing there but anytime we wanted a fun day we headed over!! Our guests also enjoyed going there. We lived there from Oct. 2012 through Feb. 2013…had planned to stay longer, indefinitely…but family needs out here in WA state called us.

  67. katydid in Chicago says:

    I am dumbstruck by the lack of respect I am seeing and reading about here!

    Sue’s life and the boundaries that she sets are her decision and hers alone. Anyone who writes needs to write in exactly the way he or she sees fit. Any suggestion that tries to tear a person away from being true to themselves is just as invasive as unwanted visitors or clingers.
    I realize that most of the blogorinos here have Sue’s best interests at heart, but we should all be more supportive of whatever it is that Sue decides is right. She is no helpless female in need of assistance nor a child in need of guidance. She is a strong woman, an experienced RVer, and a talented writer who needs the respect of all of us so she can forge her own way forward. (Just my opinion.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, katydid,

      You’re right. Those who wrote suggestions for me have my best interests at heart. And you’re right about needing to write in my own way.

      It’s a natural reaction to want to help someone you care about, yet readers are powerless to do so. All they can do is make suggestions. That’s the spirit in which I read advice from readers. All in all, most of the blogorinos are supportive cyber-friends in the good times as well as in the not-so-good times.

      I also think my readers overestimate my writing ability!

      Your point about being “true” to myself is noted. Thank you for the huge compliment. You made my morning brighter, katydid!

  68. weather says:

    Far below the headlines that featured winter’s unpopularity,I found a photo someone had taken of a sun dog-an incredibly beautiful thing!Ice crystals become prisms in the air within a sun ray when it’s cold enough here.The temperature had risen,at sunrise’s 17 degrees I could still see the air textured as linen beneath the overcast sky.Without shining it waved to me in the wind.

    Every message and call I’ve gotten lately from friends and family where it’s sunny and warm now hold concern of my staying warm.So I reassure them that heat’s available and being used to keep me that way.I rarely have to tell them anymore that winter’s beauty excites and warms me,they know me,yet ,being different,always ask, “you’re warm?”. Some call a type of connection with creation and musical instruments symbiotic resonance.I just call it morning song.Hope yours was pretty today,Sue.

    At times folks struggle to understand each other in life,at times they just don’t bother.I can’t express how grateful I am that you understand so much that is a mystery to most.Providence has gifted you with that and much else that you use to benefit others.May this day find you savoring your best.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather… I don’t feel like I can respond to any more comments right now. I’ll be back later. I’d like to take a break and think about what you and others have written.

      What I need is some “morning song.” Love you!

      • weather says:

        Great answer-My God it’s obvious why at the moment you need the replenishment,so-o glad you’re going to get it,love you,too,catch ya later 🙂

    • weather says:

      The infinitely weaker tried to tempt the first author of adventure to give up the vision when He felt weak in a desert.A consistent pattern of that sort of thing has been going on for ages.We’ve seen enough not to fall for it,now or ever.Quite a stretch we’ve both gone through for a while,tired is natural,feeling weak-granted,pops up now and again-being weak-never!Feelings pass-purpose doesn’t.Reach through again,friend-

  69. Teri in SoCal says:

    Happy Friday morning to all! It’s a little rainy here in my part of SoCal, which is a blessing as we can use all we can get. Hope that everyone has a great day and a wonderful weekend.

  70. Lacy Gillis says:

    Dearest Sue,

    I cannot lie, the thought of possibly not being able to sit down and enjoy your adventures saddens me. But I totally understand your need for privacy. I’ve always been amazed at how people manage to not only take the time to write a blog but to also somehow make it so interesting along the way. For me, yours is at the top of my list (and I don’t follow you daily!). The one thing that hurts to see from this is when people post negative or judgemental comments. Not only must it take a generous person to share their life so publicly but you must somehow manage to have a thick skin.

    I think my alter ego is ‘being you’! I crave solitude and will likely never have it in the way that you do. My days are filled with never ending chores and constant interuptions. If you were to end this blog, I would gladly continue reading it by starting over at your beginning – and always wonder what became of the heroin of the story!!!

    I just want to take this moment and thank you for all that you’ve put in writing and allowed me to share along with you. ‘We’ve met’ some interesting characters, faced some mighty challenges, had many fun adventures and also have had our share of heartaches. All of those past experiences will continue to be memories for me and I’ll continue to send you wishes for safe travels and relaxing days.

    As always,
    Hugs,
    Lacy

  71. Rochelle Furtah says:

    That comment about relocating the box that says you don’t want visitors reflects my experience. I was a reader for a long time before I noticed it on the side. Perhaps some have missed it too? Several of the bloggers I follow actually encourage meet ups, (requested ahead of time and scheduled, of course). I suspect people that read and get “attached” to you want to make a face-to-face connection too. It’s your right to place the boundary wherever you want/need to. As Nancy Reagan says, “just say no!”. I guess an occasional invasion of privacy is the price you pay for fame and those Amazon dollars. Your new strategy sounds like it could work. That’s said, there are always people to don’t play by the rules.

  72. Kay says:

    Ho Hummm…. Stretch………. A thought…… Taking photos of a person, their home, their vehicle, THEIR everything without their direct permission AND then posting them on the INTERNET is a No-No. Apparently it is against the law.

    So, those who take photos for their blogs of others, please take note…. photos of PEOPLE can drain your pocketbook in short order. ALWAYS, ALWAYS ask for and get the person’s SIGNED permission. Or, enjoy your time in the courtroom at a later date. Its that simple and straight forward.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Kay,
      I know you mean well and are highly supportive of many privacy issue, both for Sue and privacy issues in general. I, too, respect that thinking, however, please read the Photographer’s Rights Laws and you will clearly see it is NOT that simple. Commercial photographers rules/laws are pretty straight foreward in both Public and Private locations. However, Amature Photographers and most Professional Photographers, are a whole different story regarding the Federal, State, Local laws in the U.S. Most issues arise regarding Privacy stemming from ~public view~ issues or a Photographer’s view or POV while photographing in public areas or spaces, or on public lands, parks, streets, roadways, etc. I do NOT want to get into an issue-related heated topic on this with you. Here is certainly not the place for it, but as a Photographer I did want to piont out that the Photography topic, as having been mentioned many times here, is often different by written laws than those the general public believes to be true. Often, commercial sales and or willful harmful intent is key to any photography issues. The ACLU is very clear on this topic and also has the Photographer’s Rights Law PDF to download. They are only one of many resources on this topic. The PPA also has good info for reading more on this topic.
      Like you and all here, I respect and uphold, personally, Sue’s requests and would never willfully violate them. Holding the public-at-large to those same standards may, indeed, be a lawful voilation of thier photographic rights.
      In the same way that you are loyal to Sue and all of us here, I, too, an loyal to my own fellow Photographers in upholding our lawful rights. That said, the selling and posting issues are somewhat more vague by law. Again, willful harmful intent is a key issue.

  73. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Good morning, Sue. I’m enjoying my coffee and this fine day. I wish the same for you and Bridget. (Well, maybe not the coffee for Bridget

  74. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Hmmm. The rest of my comment disappeared. I’m wondering if there are other warm, RV friendly destinations other than Arizona. It sounds like Arizona is getting pretty crowded with snowbirds and RVers. I haven’t had much experience with New Mexico, Nevada or even Mexico. What are your thoughts Sue and Blogorinos?

    • AZ Jim says:

      The entire southwest is a haven for the snowbirds. If there is sun, warmth, you will find our population swell till the “snowbird broom” comes along. The snowbird broom? Summers heat!! They bring revenue to our areas so we don’t mind too much the extra line at the store, restaurant or doctors office.

      • Leslie says:

        I live in the Southwest on the high plains. Monday we had a foot of snow, today we are completely iced up and fogged in. LOL

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I spent part of the winter in New Mexico one year. It is a fantastic state, full of great places to camp — and of course is much warmer than “up north” in winter. That said, there is really not much low altitude in New Mexico, and thus it is quite a bit colder there in winter as compared to the warm/low parts of Arizona or southern California. Just as an example, it might be 60 day/48 night in southern Arizona, but much of the winter in New Mexico (even down close to the Mexican border) the “same” day/night might be 45 day/25 night. That’s not quite what many people envision as a “warm” winter getaway!

      Really, in the US mainland, there are only three places that are “truly” warm in winter (and even those are subject to Northers): Southern Florida, South Texas and Southern AZ/CA. Other places, such as the Florida panhandle, other Gulf states (although I’m not super experienced in the Gulf states), northern Texas, and New Mexico are all colder, and although they have plenty of nice days, they also regularly have nights below freezing.

      I was taken somewhat by surprise with New Mexico — but then I looked at the altitudes and found that most of the state is at 3,000′ or more – even right south. So that explains it. Beautiful but nippy in winter.

    • DesertGinger says:

      New Orleans stays fairly warm. But Florida, South Texas, Southern AZ and southern Ca are the warmest places. Las Vegas is reasonable, but can have an odd snow flurry.

    • DesertGinger says:

      One more comment….AZ has lots of room. Even with snowbirds we aren’t crowded.

  75. AlanOutandAbout says:

    An above statement as to the legality of photos is not correct. It all depends on the intended purpose and whether or not it is on public or private lands. If the intent is editorial and it is on public lands then you can photograph and publish what ever you want, including people even children. This is part of your first amendment rights.
    If the intent is for profit then you need permission to photograph and publish.
    If it is private then it gets a little tricky. If I stand in front of a house and take an image of just that house it is illegal. However if I stand at the end of a street and photo up the street including multiple houses, that is perfectly legal.
    The laws regarding photographers rights are not always straight forward but here is a link to a lawyers website and a document that goes into great detail about the subject.

    http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      I appreciate you sharing that important information!

    • Pamela K. says:

      I just now read your posting regarding photography. Your summary is mostly correct in general. An example: If I were to take a photo, several single photos, of a beautiful house from the street for the purpose of doing a story on beautiful houses and showcasing them it is general legal if from public places. If I were to take that same house photo and with harmful intent then it would not be legal. If that same house were photographed but the Owner of the house had copyrighted it beforehand, then that too would be illegal.
      Note that I am not a lawyer but that is my knowledge and belief on the subject per the ACLU and The Photographer’s Rights Law grey cards.
      An added note: Texas recently passed a law whereby children of a certain age cannot be photographed, even in public, without written permission. Again, again the ACLU and Texas gov.
      BTW, are you a Photograph

      • Pamela K. says:

        continued…
        My cursor just skipped and then posted. Not sure why or how…
        Anyway, are you a Photographer? If so, nice to meet you. Always good to hear from a fellow Photog. 🙂

        • AlanOutandAbout says:

          Interesting about Texas. But this has been tried before and every time it gets to the Supreme Court it gets shot down. People have no right to declare privacy in a public space. If a person wishes to walk down a street naked or lay out in the sun naked on public lands any photographer can take photos of them all they want and do whatever they want with them. But I am not a lawyer either and in general I avoid including people in my images, it just isn’t worth the hassle because people think they do have a right to privacy. Even in your car you can’t declare privacy if you can be observed from public property. This is the law that every paparazzi operates under.
          Yes I dabble in photography, mainly landscape. Got into it when I lived in AZ. For a brief period I worked for a company that did real estate brochures and flyers. This is why I used the example of houses as what I did was governed by it. A couple times I had home owners come out and ask me what I was doing. I just informed them their Realtor had hired me.

          Yes, but I am an old time photographer and use a 4×5 field camera and film. Digital is convenient but doesn’t give me the control I have with a large format camera.

          • Pamela K. says:

            Aww, yes, large frame and film! Those were the wonderful glory days I remember well. I miss them. I embraced digital as one of the first to widely use it. Now I mainly shoot for pleasure using a Nikon D2H, D2XS, and D3. Still do alot of volunteer photography for our U.S. military troops and troop families. Boot Camp Grad days and Family events at bases but that is about it other than a quick point-n-shoot-n-go. It is still my most beloved passion. Well, that and motorcycles, 😉

  76. rvsueandcrew says:

    I deleted a comment that had an antagonistic tone. It did include statements that I’d like to address.

    I have never said that I don’t want people approaching me IN PUBLIC. That would be ridiculous. I’m not the “Queen of England.”

    What I am trying to get across is this simple request: Please do not approach me AT MY HOME.

    Maybe the following will clarify….

    Due to space limitations, I don’t include every little event in my daily life. Here’s an example of something I left out.

    The day I went to the animal shelter to see if Butters was still available, a man came up to me while I was in the lobby. He said hello and introduced himself as a reader of this blog. If my memory is good today, I’m pretty sure he has commented once or twice on this blog, maybe not. Doesn’t matter.

    We talked briefly. He shared that he was in the process of adopting a dog and that he was supposed to pick up the dog on Thursday, two days ahead. However, his father died unexpectedly and he needed to fly to Nashville right away to attend the funeral.

    At the same time he didn’t want to lose the dog he had chosen. He was waiting to talk to someone in the office about this situation.

    As he spoke I could tell he was still in the shock stage of dealing with a sudden death of one he had loved for a long time. Of course, I expressed my sympathy, careful not to overdo it. I didn’t want to wear down the facade he needed to project in order to plead his case. I wished him well. I silently prayed for him as I walked away, grateful for the encounter.

    I tell this little, true-life story to illustrate and emphasize that chance encounters IN A PUBLIC PLACE (caps for emphasis, not shouting) with readers of my blog are welcomed and entirely appropriate.

    If anybody still has questions about the difference between my temporary home and a public place, please feel free to ask.

  77. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    You know it really isn’t that hard to find a solution to this problem!

    Nothing needs to change with this blog…Sue shouldn’t be forced to change.

    The only thing that needs to change is…people need to respect others! That’s all…it isn’t asking for one to give up a limb…or anything drastic!

    When she’s at HOME …leave her alone! Problem solved! Why is THAT so hard?

  78. Willow (AZ) says:

    Sue,
    Please know we love you and your blog. It will all work out I’m sure, I respect and applaud your need for privacy, that is not to much to ask.
    I am just enjoying a big bowl of cabbage patch soup that I made, it hits the spot on a chilly day.
    Blessings to you and Bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cabbage patch soup…. Sounds delightful! I just finished a plate of vegetables…. carrots, potatoes, onions, turnips, parsnips, celery, broccoli, and green beans. I made a big pot of it for future meals.

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        drool…
        Have you ever mashed carrots and turnips together with a small amount of butter…the best….kinds silly that veggies make me drool, but they do!

  79. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thanks, Kay. This is a “horse” I plan to beat to death.

  80. Susan in Dallas says:

    I hope you do what you need to do to keep your dream alive. That is all 🙂

  81. Bob G says:

    “For instance, how could I write about meeting Butters and then pretend I don’t know the outcome while readers write comments wishing me luck in adopting him?”

    Why pretend? Write the blog but post later without changing it. It would be just as fresh. As for comments, don’t pretend anything. Just answer truthfully. Comments always come after the posts anyway, what matter if it is a day or a week? Who would know besides you anyway? The only time you might be tempted not to answer fully for a short while is between posts on a suspenseful two-parter, and those are fairly rare, aren’t they?

    Or just let the next blog answer the comments, to the extent you want. You don’t have to answer every question in the comments. You are letting the comments rule the blog, instead of the other way around. I can see how that came to be, but need it continue? Just go on a comment diet. Anyway, you are in control of this thing. Nothing happens unless you let it.

    • JJ Shannon says:

      I’m with you there, Bob. Fishbowl blogs are like reality TV — they are not “really” real time, and who cares? Close to real time can be hours, days, a week or two. Sue, a little bit of emotional detachment won’t undermine your ability to keep this caboose on track.

      And Sue, worry not about monetizing your blog. Tioga George influenced a whole generation of RVers on how to generate revenue with his Amazon association. NOT to monetize a successful blog would make you an oddity in the blogosphere. But you know that.

      You are a gifted entertainer. You spend time and effort, and use writer’s skills to be a good entertainer. Accept the payoff graciously as something deserved, not something to be hidden under a rock. Hold your head up.

      I would encourage you NOT to blatantly advertise at your rolling home that you do not welcome unsolicited company. Don’t paint a target on your back … too many fruitloops out there. Keep the “unwelcome” message for the drop-ins here on your blog, emphasized as only you can do. To be honest, I think you’ve done a terrific job over three-plus years of protecting your privacy. Rejoice in that success and hope like hell it even improves.

      JJ

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, JJ…

        Your second line, the part about who cares if it’s in real time… Who? Me. See my reply to Bob G. on that.

        I take the advice of your last paragraph very seriously. I do realize it will draw attention to me from people who don’t know my blog. I only plan to put that sign out in certain places. I can sense — kind of like a person senses when being watched — when I’m in a place where visitors are likely. I try to avoid those places, but can’t always, especially in winter when RVers are everywhere where it’s warm. I’ll try the sign and see if it feels right. Thanks for caring and for the support.

        • JJ Shannon says:

          I hear you Sue. I think what (perhaps) concerns Bob — and me for sure — is burnout. You are likely much stronger than me in that regard. Lack of emotional distance from situations where a black cloud, even a little one, lingers too long has led to my burnout on projects that I TRULY loved the first few years. I promise not to worry (out loud) about YOU burning out. I’ll keep you in my prayers instead.

          JJ

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You make a lot of sense. I don’t know if it’s entirely emotional closeness as much as a growing paranoia and loss of control over my own life.

            Gosh, this life on the road has been fantastic! To see it chipped away is tough to take and fighting that battle over and over is wearing me down.

            I’m not giving up yet!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It comes down to this. I don’t want to give up the interactions I have with readers in the comments sections. It took a long time and a lot of effort to build a “community” here which is a wonderful thing when it’s positive. It helps people. Having said that, I don’t want to talk about a post that I wrote a week ago. If that’s the comments running the blog, well, maybe that’s the reason my blog is popular.

      You ask, “Need it continue?” Since it’s not my blog that needs fixing, but the perception of a small number of readers who think my home is a tourist destination, I’ll keep the blog as is. If it ain’t broke….

  82. Terri from Texas says:

    Hi Sue
    Does this mean you will tell us which Walmart you are visiting so we can meet you? 🙂 Seriously, I, too, love your writing and your style-hope you don’t have to change!
    Please be happy and unstressed!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Terri.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      “which Walmart” makes me laugh. Brings back my road trip memories whereby I didn’t know where I was until I went inside Walmart and looked at the sign on the wall!! Underneath the sign was always the local souvenirs for sale. How ’bout a coffee mug from Wallbanger, Idaho, made in China!!!

  83. Kay says:

    EXACTLY! I second this motion too.

    Furthermore, I’d rather be a B*tch and that is with a CAPITAL B then allow someone to distract me from my chosen lifestyle.

    You do not owe anyone a reason for wanting privacy, except maybe yourself.

    Fruitloops…. they come in all colors…. he’s gotta be freaking green!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Kay… Don’t be mad at me. I edited your comment.

      You missed what occurred under the previous post. It got very heated and hurtful and out of control. That’s why I had to delete everything under that post. I don’t want it to fire up again. Okay?

  84. Hi Sue, again!
    I had a thought on your privacy and it may take two steps and help from us Casitans.
    First, you might only photograph the BLT and leave the PTV out. Casitas are somewhat common. It’s the tow vehicle that is our signature to others.
    The second has to do with the antenna. I am now a RVSue antenna convert, which now makes my Casita look a lot like yours. If others want buy a PVC pipe and add a wood cut out to look like the antenna, we could confuse those that want to bother you. Maybe if they show up on our mat asking for RVSue, we can give them the run-around!
    Just a weird thought on the way to town to get my PVC pipe.
    Robert

  85. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Hey Everybody! Let’s drop this subject. It’s not good for Sue, for her blog or her devoted readers. Sue will deal with her problems in the way she thinks is best. We will help her most by getting back to the subjects that brought us here first: RVing, living your dreams, dogs, full-timing on a budget, boondockiing, photography.

  86. BadgerRickInWis says:

    On a more pleasant note I just took the “next step in the prep” (I LOVE that phrase) and ordered a Kindle Paperwhite and cover. (through the appropriate link of course)

    One of my big things as I reduce stuff in prep of the lifestyle is getting rid of my books. I have always been an avid book collector and was raised to treat books as sacred items. At one point in my life I had a library of well over a thousand books taking up a full room of their own. I’ve trimmed that down a bit but it’s been hard to let go of my leather bound friends. On the other hand I also realize that they are indeed just “stuff” and that the truly important things in life are those I carry with me in my heart. Now I’m hoping that the conversion to an E-reader will help make this transition a bit easier.

    I know that his has been a tough couple of weeks for you Sue but never doubt how much of an inspiration you are to so many and how very loved you are. Squeeze the Bridge and don’t ever stop being you.

    • PookieBoy says:

      Badger, I know the feeling you are expressing about getting rid oof your books….I too, am a book lover but as fast as the world is going it would not surprise me that there wont be anymore books on paper sometime in the future….and that is saddening….
      thanks for your post…
      Chuck

  87. Ron in Tx says:

    Keep it like it is .YEA thats what I wanted to hear.
    I looked at your site meter over 1.5 million folks have clicked on your blog,25 that dont respect your wishes is such a small percentage I cant even figure it.
    On the rubber necking ,you have a unique trailer. ( I just came back fom a 14 day trip and had 12 folks wanting to talk about the Casita and some even wanting to look inside it) you have a antenna hung on it that folks would be interested in and your tv has a big solar panel on top of it. Now that is enough to start a bunch of conversation.
    Last but not least you had a lot of folks help you ,from Jonathan at Casita ,to your electronic guru to the gentle man that got you unstuck in the sand.
    I just bet if you counted you have had more folks helping you in the last three years that total up to more than 25.
    I have been following you since the first week of your original blog,keep up the good work.
    RON

  88. Rand says:

    Liz seems to be addressing some of the Crew privacy issues with todays post:

    “The realities about traveling as an introvert”

    http://youngadventuress.com/

    I was surprised reading it; the personality behind-the-pen, off-the-stage, after-posting.

    • Kay says:

      Oh, now… that was a great link. Thank you…. she speaks for many of us in several ways.

    • Monica- CA says:

      Thanks for the link. I enjoyed reading her post on introverts.

    • Wow…that girl is just like my daughter!

      Good thing she still likes RVing with me! I’m the out-going, extroverted one…kind of embarrasses my kid, me-thinks!

      Get this: my daughter is now an AZ teacher. She got her first class…3rd grade last Fall.

  89. Terri from Texas says:

    A comment to BadgerRick-
    I feel the pain! As a former librarian I agonize over what to do with the roomful of books I have collected over 50 plus years. Yet since I bought my kindle fire I have yet to open a book!
    One of my favorite books is an old 1939 illustrated movie version of Gone With the Wind. Belonged to my mom. How can I part with that? Ever? Think I will have it buried with me. 🙂

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Oh my, would we get along Terri. I have a 1941 edition of Gone With the Wind that my mother carried with her through Europe as a M.A.S.H. nurse in WWII. There were very few books published during the war and most of them were exclusively for the troops.

      She grew up on a small farm in South Dakota and her family lost everything in the depression. I think she felt more than a little in common with Scarlet. I was pretty young when I first read it and it was the first “adult” book that she and I were able to talk about. It was from her that I developed my love and reference of good books. Looking back on it now I realize that since we were anything but rich she made a significant sacrifice to make sure that we kids had access to literature from Dickens to Plato and she made sure we read them. So very special.

      In my case I have a nephew that has an appreciation for history that will get most of my special books. But I can so relate to your comment. Very interesting about your not opening a book since you got your Kindle. I’m more stoked than ever now. Thanks

  90. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hey Sue, As a result of a couple of posts I have made in a few places, even going so far as to post in a rat terrier closed FB group. I was contacted privately by a rescue and they told me to tell you to check out New Rattitude. She said she felt so bad for how you were treated by that shelter. I just wanted to share this information with you. Hugs.

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      To clarify, not that you were treated badly but the policies the shelter had in place that the workers were just following. Poor policy is what is coming out of my conversations in other places. I have not publicly mentioned the name of the shelter or you at all. Privately some have asked to read your blog and I have given them that.

    • Kay says:

      WOW Jolene, they have a cutie in Cali…..

      • Kay says:

        Funny, we both landed on Ari… he’s got that look…. the look for a lifestyle of boondocking!!!! Oh he’s a little gem. Wish I could have a dog 🙁 darn allergies.

        • Jolene/Iowa says:

          He does have that look! I agree Kay! I think some of those rescues do transport, I just had no idea how far this was from Sue or if she would be willing to travel for the right dog. I just know she loves the rattie breed and so that is what I have been looking at and checking in these rat groups on Facebook.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Well, my daughter and hubby have a hairless rat terrier who is actually quite cute (he is darker skinned than most I hear) and he has the heart of a St. Bernard. Totally fearless. Not cheap however. It is the only dog I think our sil could have due to his allergies!!

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Could somebody tell me (never having had a dog) if Bridget would be more comfortable with a dog that looks like Spike than one that doesn’t? Or is it all about smell?

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Don’t know about Bridget, but our dogs did not seem to pay attention to what another dog looked like. One we inherited, was part Chihuahua and something else…I never saw another dog reject her…she had this very full haired feathery tail and would wag it furiously whenever meeting up with a new dog…and they always seemed to like her. And she would not raise the hair on her back as many dogs do. So probably came across as non-threatening to the new dogs. Funny….

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            It’s not the appearance that I was referring to. It’s the submissive, fearful behavior that might encourage Bridget to be snippy and dominant. Spike was dominant over Bridget and that worked very well.

        • Marilu from Northern California says:

          Hi Gayle, In answer to your question, most dogs go more on smell. A familiar smell might make Bridget more comfortable. Sue could roll the new pup in rotisserie chicken! Lol

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I think part of it is the dominant/submissive relationship.

        • It’s complicated, Gayle.

          Dogs (and cats…and all other animals) have emotions, preferences, things that turn them off, or on…and so on…just like us.

          It’s one reason that most rescues…and even pounds are allowing; in fact encouraging people to bring in the rest of the family members…and esp. the animal members to the shelter to meet the potential new family member, before making a final decision.

          If anything it helps to keep the adopted one from being returned…which in some rescues happens to be an appalling percentage rate. There’s a well-known one near me in Gilbert that had a return rate of over 25%. I knew that bc I had to return a client’s dog there in 2006, when the owner was debilitated due to medical reasons. I found out the dog was coming back for the 4th time when I brought him in. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done during my business tenure.

          Anyway, such experiences make it vital that it’s a good match.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      That’s so funny I thought I was the only one doing this.
      Check out Domino.
      http://ratterrier.rescueme.org/Arizona

      I know Sue doesn’t want to get near Phoenix so I wasn’t going to post it. Plus I have complete faith that the perfect crew member is waiting for her where ever the road may lead.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        Lol, Rick, we all love Sue and I know she will find the perfect one too but I just wanted to throw out what I have learned. It is her family and her choice but we are her “online family” and we just care. lol

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks for the link, Rick. It’s Martin who catches my eye. Too bad he’s fearful and anxious. Love and patience would overcome that to a point. Bridget might make him more fearful though. Tough call…

        • JJ Shannon says:

          From Macho (my chihuahua): I was judged fearful and anxious myself on a few occasions. I was really just being cautious with surrendering my love.

          JJ

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          I that too about Martin. Also Vedder looks like a photogenic little chap. It was from the quick descriptions that made me think Dominio might be a good fit.

          But I really don’t know about how they come up with the “pigeon hole” descriptions of individual dogs. Lots of rescue dogs will act differently in a different environment or after they are out of a kennel for a time. I wonder how they might have described Spike when he was behind bars?

        • DesertGinger says:

          I liked Martin too. He’s a cutie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Jolene…

      I took a quick look at Ari. Yep, he’s got what I called Spikatude. I’m going to look at him and the rest of the site some more and dream. Thank you, all those cheering for a new crew member!

      I’d drive to the end of the earth if I could pick up Spike. Maybe I should be willing to do the same for a potential Spikester.

      • Kay says:

        I second that motion. When first laid eyes on Ari, my first and immediate thought was a little spikester. To me, the looky, let me see reminded me of the time Spike stole my heart doing “camp patrols” in Arizona. Ari is a little dolly waiting for adventures…. I only know one who give him those wild and exciting adventures he is looking for!!!!!!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        AW….I think Freckles is awfully cute…might not be ok otherwise…but he IS cute!!

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        And your potential Spikester hopes so, too!

      • DesertGinger says:

        If you at least talk to the rescue, they might help with transport. They do that a lot. Ari is adorable.

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        Hey..Valley Springs is about 26 miles from me..plus my sister and her husband are driving down to Benson in two weeks, driving with a friend that needs help making the trip….
        The Benson friend is a pushing 60 wonderful lady..bet if you made the decision ‘we’ could transport that dog…

        See what a network you have made?

        Have you heard this?

        Non illegitimati carborundum …

  91. Lyn- maryland says:

    Sue, I would like to tell you about my day. My car told me it was time for a oil change. As my days are rather busy now, and the weather issues to consider, I thought it was best to do it right away. Well.. Friday’s are not the best time to choose if you want to get in and get out quickly.
    While waiting for my car, a lady and I struck up a conversation about the weather and how we both would have loved to be some where other then in this cold. We got to talking about taking trips and vacations to warm places. Some how we got to talking RVFulltiming. I was telling her all about the blogs I read. O)””’ at the same time
    She started to tell me all about you and a couple of the other blogs …
    She got a kick out of us both being really envious of you. We both know we will never be able to do and go where you go. We both are in wheelchairs. PLEASE write for us.
    It’s sad that people do what they do, but I have often thought it would be great to meet you. I don’t think I would have the nerve to track you down.
    Good luck finding a new fur baby. LYN

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lyn-maryland,

      I love your story. Thanks for writing. Funny how stories spring from waits at the auto repair shop!

      I’m happy you find value and entertainment in my blog. It’s a pleasure for me to know you are riding with Bridget and me.

      Best wishes to you and to your new acquaintance, in case she reads this! 🙂

  92. Leslie Alpen says:

    OMG I Have just read through about half of all your fans ideas/suggestions etc.. all written with support and genuine concern for you and your lifestyle. Oh! Bugger – I hope it works out to your satisfaction and the enjoyment attached to permanent RV living goes back to “before” …I pledge to never knock on your door – only tap on your blog window. …and never peek – but enjoy your offerings as they come….good luck

  93. Angie2B says:

    I have followed you from the beginning. I don’t comment much, but I am here listening. The uninvited guests have always baffeled me. I have seen the same thing happen to the Technomadia couple, and another well known blogger. I love your blog and I realize that most of the visitors are well-meaning friendly people, but you never know when a “crazy for cocopuffs” will show up. Sue, you need to do what makes you feel comfortable and safe. I think everyone here will totally understand whatever decision you come up with. God Bless you.

  94. Joan aka Egg4Us says:

    Hello Sue,
    We had a Wonderful time camping in the Kofa’s, the weather was nice ,we had a wee-bit of sprinkles yesterday but nothing to mess with my campfire!! I believe we passed by each other on I-8, you might have noticed the white truck pulling Ms. Eggy ( with her eyes ). Boy the road this year was very washboardy ( if that is a word ) LOL, poor Ms. Eggy loss lots of rivets this trip.

    Do you ever loose your rivets? Also, our lock on the microwave door got busted too. 🙁
    Still keeping you in my prayers to find another crew member, I see Butters didn’t pan
    out.
    Wishes and Peace
    Joan

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joan…

      I’m glad you enjoyed Kofa. Yes, I lost a rivet recently. I was going to have it repaired in Yuma and then forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!

      Thanks for your prayers and good wishes.

  95. Mert in Kentucky says:

    Hi sue,
    I hope things are better for you. I can’t even imagine how you feel as I know myself just reading a lot of this has made me a nervous wreck.
    I wish you all the happiness in the world and I hope that folks get over themselves and stop intruding on you. I would hate that as well. But my parents taught me to not intrude or drop in on people. I think sometimes people just don’t use their heads and maybe feel like meeting them is a blessing… Who knows.
    On the home front here, things are spiraling down hill. Moms a little better, but dad’s results from surgery are not good. He has progressive prostate cancer, very progressive. I am taking him Monday for a bone scan as doc feels it has spread. So if anyone can send a prayer up it is so much appreciated.
    I will check back in with all of you as I can, my hands are full at the moment.
    Sue, God bless you, and thank you for giving me a little bit of peace through your blog… Especially when my world is falling apart!! I don’t know how I could ever repay you for the hours of calmness, laughter and peace you have given me. From the bottom of my heart I thank you!!
    Hang in there Hun, it will all work it’s way out. I hope you find your new baby boy soon. As I Know you will
    Much love to u sue and all.
    mert and Asia

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Oh so sorry about your Dad, Mert!! Will be asking GOD to help you and comfort you!! You have so much on your plate…makes my troubles seem few. Hang in there…we are all rooting for you!! And you are doing a wonderful thing in helping your parents!!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Keeping you and your family in my prayers, Mert.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mert,

      I’m sorry your road continues to be rough. I pray for you to have strength and peace while you continue to help your parents.

      As for my blog helping you, I say, “You’re welcome.” I enjoy your presence here and we will understand if you are unable to visit regularly in the coming days. God bless you and your family, Mert.

  96. Kay says:

    So, did we decide on a new “Crew Member” from our selection?

    I vote for Ari… personally, I went back and looked again and YEP there’s no doubt in mind he is likely the one. Something about his photos, the way he holds himself and that look he gives… a bit odd, but his age…. I think Ari is the one, I feel it. Weird….

  97. DesertGinger says:

    Do it Sue! Ari is perfect! Grab him!

  98. Kay Dattilio says:

    Good Morning, Everyone!

    Mert, I don’t know you but I am so sorry about your Dad, I hope everything goes well for him. Please take care of yourself too!

    It’s still cold here but not as bad….the birds are really loving the feeders and warm birdbath. I had 6 blue jays sitting in the branches yesterday and when a cardinal gets mixed in, it’s very pretty.

    Sue….for some reason we all know when the right ‘family member’ comes along. I think your heart will ping and you will hear Spike saying “Yep, that’s the one!”

    My daughter goes back to college tomorrow and she’s ready but it will be quiet around here. Everyone have a good week-end!

    Kay from KC

  99. weather says:

    Morning dawned with such a crisply clear sky that the waving evergreens were shining.The cold air makes the warmer water in the lake evaporate as it touches the blue surface ice.The clouds that forms skimming by the shore below have given it a fairy tale like appearance.Good morning Sue,hope you’re having a similarly dreams really do come true kind of morning view and outlook.

    • weather says:

      P.S.Your reply above about your living in the present holds among the best words you’ve penned in my estimation.Your ability to do that has been the primary reason you have been so successful at experiencing everything that makes you,and thereby your readers,so happy.That makes your decision to keep posting exactly the way you have been from the start prove it’s brilliance and wisdom in a nutshell(to me at least).

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thank you.

        That’s why readers frequently write… “I feel like I’m right there with you when I read your posts.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I was reminded that “dreams really do come true” when I stepped outside at sunrise.

      I haven’t picked up my camera in three days. That sunrise spoke to me in shades of pink, orange, and blue… “Go get your camera! This isn’t going to last!”

      I did as told and a few moments later, it was gone, replaced by bright sunlight promising another good day. I did get a few photos.

      Good morning, weather!

  100. Edie, OK says:

    Good morning Sue. I don’t expect you will remember this but I am now reading your blog mostly from an iPhone. In looking at the “header” and “footer” information I wanted to bring your attention to 2 things.

    1) There is nowhere in the header or footer that your “please no drop in visits” shows. I see the “living on less and enjoying life more” line but that is it.
    2) I could not find a place to click on Amazon. Going back to prior days because I swear it used to be in a link you added at the bottom. Need to order 🙂

    No complaints as I will figure the Amazon thing out I just wanted you to be aware. And wanted others reading by phone to get both messages.

    Have a wonderful morning!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you very much, Edie, for that important feedback. I forgot all about putting that Amazon link at the bottom! I’m sorry about that.

      Also it sounds like I should put the privacy message at the end of each post, too.

      I appreciate your help. You have a great day!

      LATER…. I added the Amazon link at the bottom of the post.

  101. AZ Jim says:

    I have no suggestions, no ideas, no questions…..Just wishing you a happy, peaceful day, Missy….

  102. rvsueandcrew says:

    READERS…

    I apologize for not responding to everyone’s comments. Y’all are wearing me out with your encouragement, suggestions, and kind remarks! 😉

    It might be good to hold any further comments until a new post. I’ll try to put one together today.

    Love, Sue

  103. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Wow! 305 comments and counting…this should tell RV Sue how much she is wuved by all us Blogerienos out here in cyberland. I seem to remember a Simsons episode where Marge was thinking about leaving Homer. He said in a pittiful voice ” Don’t leave me Marge, I can change”. That’s my message too. Us Blogerienos need to be respectful of RV Sue’s wishes.

  104. Monica- CA says:

    Sue, I’m attracted to your blog since you take your readers to unique and beautiful places. From your photos and posts, I have learned about beautiful places in the West that I never knew existed. You have taken me down roads that I most likely will never travel. And, I thank you for that! Peace!

  105. Joe in Homestead FL says:

    Sorry you had issues with invaders. Maybe you can reiterate you privacy rules in the header somehow. But the way you do your blog right now is so perfect, its you in a nutshell.
    the photos, the advice on sites, your down to earth routine and well just everything. I know you’ll make the right decision. And I’ll just keep on reading and enjoying it. PS, looks like this coming January I’ll Be set to hit the road ,too.

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