A camp for every purpose

Tuesday, April 12

P1100561Sunrise at our camp near Roosevelt, Arizona

Today we move camp.

The crew and I are about to have breakfast when the unexpected happens.  Bridget and Reggie bolt to the door of the Best Little Trailer and bust it open!

Oh no, there goes Reggie without his tether . . . . I must not have closed the door all the way.

Bridget and Reggie bark furiously.

I stick my head out the door to see what’s the matter.

Bovines!

P1100489-001Reggie kicks up dust with his back legs and, being the man of the family, he sets out to deal with the intruders.

P1100727“Way to go, Reg!  You’d make Spikey proud!”

P1100728Fortunately, Reggie hasn’t had his breakfast yet.

I holler “REGGIE!  CHICKEN!” while holding up his plate.

He stops running and sees what I have in hand.

Immediately I turn and step inside the Best Little Trailer.  This sends the message, “Well, I guess Reggie doesn’t want his breakfast today.”

Message received, Reggie sprints to the BLT and soon he and Bridget are inside, chowing down their chicken breakfast.

I hitch up and we pull out.

“Goodbye, beautiful camp among cactus blooms!”

P1100478“Goodbye, Roosevelt Lake.  Hope to see you again someday!”

P1100483We would stay at Roosevelt Lake in southeastern Arizona (east of Phoenix) for several weeks if it weren’t for the 14-day limit.  The limit does us a favor.

It keeps us moving. 

You may be surprised where we go for our next camp.  If you have a map handy, look at the location of Roosevelt Lake.  See all those mountains?  Mountains to the east of us, mountains to the north of us, and Phoenix to the west of us.

I don’t want to head toward Phoenix.  We’ve already camped near Superior (Oak Flat).   And I don’t want to drive up into the mountains.

Why don’t I want to take us into the mountains?

Sure, I love mountain camping.  Right now, however, the weather is too unpredictable up there and too dang cold!

We need to keep our elevation low for a while longer.  That’s why we backtrack to Globe and take Route 70, backtracking further to Safford (elev. 2,593 ft).

This time we don’t go to Roper Lake State Park.

I want to check out a boondock I’ve read about on other blogs and at freecampsites.com.  It’s in a handy location and provides an alternative to paying $18 (without hookups) at the state park.

We stop at Safeway in Thatcher for groceries (yay, rotisserie chicken), chat in the parking lot with a woman interested in the Best Little Trailer, and then go east on Route 70, through the towns of Safford, Solomon and Gripe.  Yes, there is a place called Gripe.

Can you imagine?

“Gee, I can’t wait to go home to Gripe.”

Anyway . . . .

Out where the land is flat and creosote is king, we turn onto Haekel Road.

P1100798Get ready for a shock.  This is desert much different than our last camp.  Bare bones desert.  Take-no-prisoners desert.  Well, not as harsh as the Sahara . . . even so, it’s not exactly what one would call lush.

“Crew?  We ain’t at Roosevelt Lake any more.”

P1100802Haekel road is paved and in great shape.

A few miles in, it turns sharply to the left on its way to the Dunes Rec Area where OHVers go.  We don’t go that way.

Instead we go straight onto a gravel road toward the Pinaleno Mountains.

P1100799We pass a Class A motorhome parked on a spur road, far to the right, and a travel trailer parked on another spur, far to the left.  We keep going.

We come upon a large, unoccupied campsite.

I park the PTV and get out to inspect it.

The crew is impatient.  “Hang on, guys.  We’ll be home soon.”

Nope.  Not a good feeling about this one.  Plus those ant hills don’t look friendly.

We continue until the road comes to a dead end.

Right before the dead end is a campsite.

Great!  This will work just fine!

P1100804Photo taken later when rain falls on the distant mountains (where we didn’t go!)

I set up a basic camp, leaving the BLT hitched.

The crew and I share a celebratory feast of rotisserie chicken.

“Wasn’t that good?” I remark, putting the chicken in the fridge.  “C’mon.  Let’s take a walk and look around.”

I push the stroller empty in order to encourage Bridget to stretch her legs.  She’s happy to do so.  She wants to see and sniff the new surroundings.  Of course, Reggie is excited, too!

Then I put her in her car and away we go!

The road is rough but her car can handle it.

P1100825“Isn’t this fun, sweetie?”

Reggie startles a jackrabbit!

At an amazing speed, it gallops through the creosote bushes, across the desert until far from us.

Wow!  That rabbit can move! . . .  This breeze is nice. . . .  I like this camp.  We can go into town and do laundry.  Good internet signal.  I can work on those damn taxes without distractions . . . .  Gosh, it’s peaceful.  So vast.  So open.

Some camps are great for what they have.  Others, like this one, are great for what they don’t have.

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143 Responses to A camp for every purpose

  1. Shelley in California says:

    Could it be????

  2. Yep those darn taxes! I am doing them too! Wish I was there instead.

  3. Annie in Oregon says:

    Second???

  4. Shelley in California says:

    I never really tried to be first so I am still in shock, had to go back and read.

  5. JIM PETERSON says:

    How come you’re still in AZ and we’re not(!)?

  6. Calvin R (still waiting in Ohio) says:

    I’m going to have to spend a lot of time looking around that part of Arizona. I’m not sure what I like more, the elegant view of Roosevelt Lake or the basic simplicity of this one. It looks as if all of you are having a great time, especially Reggie. I especially liked the sunrise and sunset pictures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I like the way you describe the two camps, Calvin — elegant/simplicity — and your understanding how they both are good.

      Thanks for the positive reaction to the photos. I hope you do visit this part of Arizona.

  7. Calvin R (still waiting in Ohio) says:

    (forgot to click the link to get emails)

  8. Sharon in MO says:

    That is a gorgeous sunset! Hope you get your taxes done quickly so you can relax and enjoy this area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Sharon. My taxes are done! I finished them yesterday. (The post is for last Tuesday.)

  9. Debra (CO) says:

    Soak up some of that sunshine for me! Snowing here all weekend. Have about 8″ so far – ugh! Hopefully next winter will be my last one in CO. The photo of Bridget looking up at you with that grin and wide open eyes is so heart warming. I bet that look makes your day ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Debra. Seeing Bridget happy means a lot to me.

      Oh dear, eight inches of snow… That’s Colorado for ya!

      A day will come when Debra has to change the state abbreviation by her name. 🙂

      • Debra (CO) says:

        And none too soon!!! Ended up with 18″ of snow. Fortunately the teenage son of my neighbors across the street came over to shovel the drive for me. I was happy to pay him to do it!

  10. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Whew! So glad Reg hadn’t eaten his breakfast yet. This looks like the perfect place to do taxes–nice to have a few extra days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Yeah, Reggie gave me a few tense moments. The desert is no place for a little guy to be by himself.

      If we stayed at Roosevelt, I might never get those taxes done. 🙂 Always running around with my camera….

  11. Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Bridgie so cute how she looks back at you smilimg. She’s a doll.

  12. rvsueandcrew says:

    QUESTION FOR BLOGORINOS:

    I’m wondering about the tires on the BLT. They are the same tires that were on it when I picked it up at the Casita factory in August 2011.

    Last summer I stopped at a Les Schwab’s tire place and had them checked. I was told they were good then and they still look good. However, I’m concerned about their age.

    What do you think? Should I have them replaced. There’s a Big O Tire Store in Safford.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      You know I only know what I read. But the general consensus on FGRV.com when buying a used trailer that is all trailer tires should be replaced every 5 years no matter the mileage.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Also bear in mind that the tires may have been in the Casita factory for a year of more before you picked her up. There is a way to tell tire age from the information on the sidewall but the code escapes me now. I’m sure you can find it online.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t need to find out the exact age of the tires. I think I should pay attention to that 5 year rule. Thanks, Rick.

          • Renee from Idaho says:

            There’s a code on TT tires that tell you when and where they were made. ALL trailer tires should be replaced within 4 years (sorry to the other guy that said 5), because they are not the same as auto or truck tires. For most, they sit and go through different torque/stress when turning. Google Roger Marble and RV tires. He has a very informative blog on the topic. When our FW tire blew en route causing damage to our rig, I sent him photos of the tire and he said they didn’t blow, but the tread separated. He was right. He said most likely due to age and or improper inflation, right again. Now we are strict on taking care of them. You sure don’t want a blow out to ruin your trip.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I love how that code is always in the smallest print and always upside down on the tire, the way I park the BLT. Every time! Ha!

              Good advice, Renee . . . Thank you.

            • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

              You’re welcome. We are pulling our FW out this weekend and taking it in to get the tires inspected before we begin our camping season. It’s always a new thing at the start of our camping season to pull it out and back it back in, but it’ll be good practice for us and we’ll have peace of mind.

    • edlfrey says:

      Sue,

      If it were me I would replace them. Trailer tires do not wear much tread IF the trailer is not over weight or the wheels are out of balance. However, time is what wears on them and then they fail with a lot of tread remaining.

      Off Topic: You left me a shout that I went past your camp at Roper Lake State Park and sure enough I did. But, I also went past what is now your camp and was your camp-to-be when I went past. Great minds think alike (fools seldom differ) – Proverb

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Ed,

        I was referring to this camp on Haekel Road when I wrote about you going past our camp. We were here. 🙂

        Thanks for your input on the tires. These are holding up well because I do keep them inflated correctly and apparently they aren’t out of balance. Their age is making me nervous.

        • Velda in Roseville CA says:

          We learned what could have been a much worse lesson in January this year with our PT Cruiser. We don’t drive a lot of miles. Tires came on the car in Oct 2010, and date was not long before that. We had put just 21000 miles on them. Then we kept getting a low signal from the sensor. Took it to Les Schwab. Guy was going to check pressure and sensors and only had on lift like 20 sec when he came in and motioned for,us to follow. When on lift so weight was off tires, we could clearly see where they were breaking down and tiny bits of metal belts just starting to poking through. All 4 identical in appearance, shot due to age not wear as tread was still almost new looking but for the cracking! What a shock, and we had just completed driving 32 straight days on freeway for Mel’s radiation. Freeway speed- could have resulted in disaster! So glad we checked! We put on brand new high quality, top grade recommended by our Les Schwab who has done lots of tires for us over 20 years. Actually quieter tires but the sense of relief at no accident was immense. Get new tires is my opinion just based on this experience.

    • EmilyO in NM says:

      It is said that tires on trailers should be replace every 4 to 5 years no matter how good they look or how many miles they have. You can take it from there. Tenga un bien diá y un abrazo a los cabritos.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Emily O,

        Thanks for adding your thoughts on the tires. As for the Spanish, I get “Have a good day and . . . a hug for the crew?” That last part is without help from an online translator… just guessing. 🙂

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      On the Casita forum I remember people saying to keep the tires from the factory for two years then replace with much better quality tires. Small truck tires. The year the tires were manufactured is stamped somewhere on the tire.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, wildflower. I think these tires are good quality. They aren’t the tiny tires that one sees on small travel trailers. I opted for “Load D” tires. Some folks think Marathons aren’t any good. They’ve served us well for more than 4 years and lots of miles.

    • Calvin R (still waiting in Ohio) says:

      I get my information for this kind of thing from the RV Travel newsletter. Here’s a link to their article on tire age: http://rvtravel.com/rv-tires-how-old-is-too-old/. Spoiler alert: about 5 to 7 years.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Calvin. From what I’m reading I’m convinced I should replace them soon. I appreciate the link… This is good information for all of us.

    • weather says:

      Like the others replying, I’d replace them if I were in your position. Aside from the fact that I’ve experienced a blow out, thankfully where I was able to control things at least well enough to safely pull over, in general I prefer to error on the side of caution with all vehicles. I’d far rather spend money I may not necessarily need to yet than take the chance of endangering myself, passengers, other drivers, tow truck drivers or patrol officers, etc. Especially when, as is your situation, the parts needed are affordable and all indications are that they’re near the point of needing replacement though that may not be apparent by just looking at them or the tread that remains. I don’t think Big O stores carry Maxxis or that you need that brand, Van Guard is one they recommend by phone ,I think $89 top end, $69 down a step or so.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Gee, weather… Did you call Big O? Very helpful information. Thank you!

        Yes, you’re right about avoiding a problem rather than waiting for it to happen and possibly endangering others as well as ourselves. My intuition has been nagging at me lately — “Get new tires! Get new tires!” When that happens, I listen! And also, when the blogorinos tell me the same thing … 🙂

        • weather says:

          yes, their website didn’t list the store in Safford so I called the one in Sierra Vista-guessed 15″ 225s for a trailer your size, just to get a ball park figure and what good comparable brands they carry. Took less than a minute, nice and efficient guy answered the phone 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            How very thoughtful of you! Especially for this person who hates to make phone calls and rarely remembers to charge up her phone….

            The Big O store might be in Thatcher which is a town that runs right up to Safford. I saw it on the way here.

            Yes, the BLT’s tires are 15 inch.

            • weather says:

              🙂

            • Applegirl NY says:

              You’ll be glad once you replace them. When we got our Casita, the tires looked brand new, but since they were older, we replaced them with a good quality tire from the tire store. You don’t want to have it hanging around in the back of your head that you should replace them. They’re not terribly expensive to replace, but sure a pain and more expensive if you find you’re replacing them in an emergency.

            • Don in Okla. says:

              Regarding the replacement of your tires, it might be good to try finding Made in USA trailer tires. I have looked high and low for a trailer tire that isn’t made in China. I just don’t trust Chinese tires so I went with a USA made truck tire with the weight rating I needed. Just my two cents worth.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Good thought, Don. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find products made in the U.S. 🙁

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              I would venture off and say 90% are made in China. Even the big brand names.

              On our rv the tires were new with plenty of tread but we’re old as in age. Before we drove across the US we purchased new ones. Very costly…but peace of mind knowing a blow out was less likely to happen in the middle of BFE.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Okay. What is BFE?

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Err ummm…acronym for…lets just say “The middle of nowhere”

    • Karen LeMoine says:

      5 years. The Big O in Stafford is awesome. They did our tires on the 5th wheel. Also had a lot of work done on the Jeep/truck. Tell them I said Hi!

  13. wildflower in prescott says:

    I spoke with Rusty yesterday. He asked me to tell everyone that he is having technical difficulties with his computer and may not be able to post here for awhile. He and Piper are camped near St George and are fine. The problems are Windows related and since I am a Mac, Linux/Android (anything but MS) person I could not help him. His phone is not a smart phone so he does not have a way to connect to the internet. I suggested a $49.99 Kindle Fire but he is very frustrated right now.

    He asked me to post his phone number here but I told him that would not be a good idea.

    I am not sure what all of his options are now but will keep everyone posted when there is an update.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, wildflower. We appreciate you conveying Rusty’s message to us and wish him well. This, too, will pass…

    • Calvin R (still waiting in Ohio) says:

      Hi, Wildflower,

      I have all kinds of empathy for Rusty right now. When I got this thing I’m using today, I went back to Windows after using LinuxMint for about a year. Windows 10 is pure frustration. I’ll go ahead and suggest library computers if he can use them. is Also, St George is big enough that there might be help available. If he needs a class (Windows 10 needs a class or two), the library might offer those.

      • wildflower in prescott says:

        Thanks Calvin. I will have info on the St George public library for Rusty next time I talk to him.

      • wildflower in prescott says:

        He did mention that he had Windows 10 but reinstalled Windows 8 because he was having too many problems with 10.

        • Applegirl NY says:

          Yes, I remember his post from a few days ago. I hope it works out for him. I’m still with Windows 7, as I love it and I haven’t heard anything good about the later versions. I was hoping Windows 10 was a winner, but I guess not. Poor Rusty, he must feel isolated. Let’s hope he’s up and running very quickly.

          • Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

            I’m also back on Win 7. Upgraded free to 10, but after 2 weeks misery went back to 7 & no more probs.

    • Jan in Montana/Cedar Pocket UT says:

      Took the freeway into St George today and again saw Rustys camp. Seems to be staying out of this wind

    • Kay from KC! says:

      Thanks Wildflower, Thank you for keeping in touch with Rusty! I’m glad he has someone close by if he needs anything!

      Kay from KC!

  14. Lisa W says:

    Hi Sue,
    Nice site you found to do your taxes at. Bridget seems happy in her new carriage. I was sure I posted on that update, but sure couldn’t find it when I went back. Oh well, glad Reggie returned for his breakfast instead of going after the cows.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      I’m not sure I know what update you refer to. If it had to do with the wildflowers being mowed down, I removed the update to avoid negativity and confusion.

  15. NovaScotiaSue says:

    Hi Sue.
    I have been reading your blog for a few years now, but have not participated in the forum for a while.
    I just feel the need to mention that while you are in the area, if you visit the Hotwell Dunes during the week, it will be very peaceful and if you’re lucky you will be able to get a campsite right next to the wonderfully warm and refreshing hot tubs. They are very clean, mainly because they empty out overnight when the solar power is not running the pumps.
    It only costs $3.50 to stay there and, in my opinion it’s money well spent for 5 days of relaxation. Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, NovaScotiaSue,

      Good to hear from you again. Very nice of you to take the time to inform me of the benefits of camping at the Hotwell Dunes. Thanks!

      We probably won’t camp there for several reasons: 1) Right now it is very windy. Fortunately the rocky soil around out camp isn’t producing much dust. Camping next to dunes during wind? 2) Hotwell Dunes are 25 miles from here and not on the way to our next stop 3) hot springs aren’t a big draw for me, not like a lot of folks. I can take ’em or leave ’em, and 4) when the wind stops, it’s going to get hot, according to forecasters. That’s when we will probably move to higher elevation.

      Great information for readers though… Thanks again… and don’t be a stranger! 🙂

      • NovaScotiaSue says:

        We can’t wait to get back there on our next trip out west. But, as you say, to each their own. ?

  16. BadgerRickInWis says:

    New car or old car I just love that look of pure adoration on Bridget’s face as she looks back at you. Knowing that you are doing everything possible to acknowledge how special she is and how much you love her. No way I can look at that face without a smile on my own.

    And brave little Reggie man. You’re right, it’s just like he’s channeling the Spikester. Keeping his family safe from any bovine hazard. And so good that he came back. I can only imagine how hard your heart was beating as you nonchalantly just went back inside the BLT.
    So proud of how he is blossoming under your loving care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your writing touched my heart, Rick. You do that a lot. “channeling the Spikester” brought tears to my eyes. Gosh, I still miss him so much! There’s a smudge on the wall right beside me where he used to lean up against it and fall asleep. I can’t bear to clean it off. It’s the last trace of him being here.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Oh no. The last trace of him is that lump in your throat, the tear in your eye and the memory of him which will go on forever.

        Plus through your hard work and god given talent you were able to share with the world what a special and wonderful guy he was. In that way his memory will live on forever. And the world will always be a better place for it.

      • Applegirl NY says:

        You made me cry. When we lost our beloved Rascal a few years ago, I felt traitorous tossing out his dog bed when the time came. I did do it, but it broke my heart.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I understand, Applegirl.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          I understand as well Applegirl. I keep collars. I have small wooden box with the collars and tags of every creature that I have been lucky enough to share this life with. Also a few cat whiskers after my beloved Argus passed.

  17. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    Escape! Rotisserie chicken! A new site with Internet! This post has it all. So glad the crew came right back . It’s so nerve-racking when one’s pets are on the lam. Your new spot has a peace and beauty all its own and after the wretched taxes are done you can chill and recover:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s what we’re doing, Gingerita! Too windy to be outside and I don’t feel like going anywhere today. We’ve been lazing in the BLT, me online, Reggie on chew bones, and Bridget somewhere in her land of dreams.

      I hope your Saturday is good, too.

  18. Applegirl NY says:

    That profile picture of Reggie is epic. He’s a national treasure! Bridget looking back at you – more precious than gold.

  19. Don in Okla. says:

    I didn’t know Reggie and Bridgett were cow dogs!!!

  20. Mick'nTN says:

    I met my first Blogorino a couple weeks ago. Anne from GA stopped by in TN to pick up her Renogy solar suitcase and we talked about how to set it up. A very nice solar system and a very nice Lady from Blogorinodum.

    Also some progress on the Jeep TearDrop construction. The frame should be on wheels and wired next week. Then comes the body. Fun project. Painted today.

    http://s20.photobucket.com/user/mickent/slideshow/Tim%20and%20Janis%20Jeep%20Trailer

    • Anne - in GA says:

      I love my new solar suitcase and the power freedom it provides. Thank you Mick, for a really great job. I never leave home without my bottle of hairspray either . & ‘ ).

      Setup is so easy and I’m getting so much better at “aiming” the panel correctly at the sun. I loved meeting your “boss”, Buddy. He’s such a chatter box but stern. Buddy is the most gorgeous dark gray tabby cat who keeps Mick in line apparently. Mick said he’s much like another Mussolini.

      I thought I might meet yet another Bloggerino the other day but though the couple had had their 17ft SD Casita for about 4-5 years, they were unfamiliar with the term “Bloggerino”.

      Oh, well. It was great fun meeting Mick. We had so much to chat about – folks from the blog and of course, RVSue and Crew and places they’ve been and things they’ve shared with all of us.

      The drive up to Mick’s in TENN was just gorgeous and just so much fun. I went up and back in one day but wasn’t terribly tiring. A big highlight of my trip was finding a sign just north of Chattanooga that named that town the hanggliding center of the east. I see another trip north in my future. I learned to “fly” in Oregon and never lost the urge. Can you imagine launching from LookOut Mtn? what a high that would provide.

      Sue, I have often wondered. Do you or did you ever have any followup contact with the gentleman who fostered Reggie to say how well he’s doing? Just wondering. I love this campsite. Each one seems better in so many ways than the one before. I’m betting the photos you take, as gorgeous as they are, don’t do justice to the scenery. Thank you for always sharing.

      I looked up the Amazon entry for HRH’s new car. I was thinking of using it for my photo equip so I wouldn’t have to carry everything which is quite heavy after about 5 steps. It was the tires as you described them that got me thinking in that direction. Haven’t come to any conclusion yet but am still reading and evaluating.

      That Reggie is quite the big man. He’s either incredibly brave or just so fast – he runs before he thinks of what danger might lay ahead. He sure took over as “Leader of the Pack” as soon as possible, protecting you and Princess Bridgette / aka Cinderella in her golden coach – I have some gold paint I’d be happy to share to paint it for her!?

      My photographer daughter is doing the national park system in Utah and Calif. this week. I envy her. I am packing to leave for a few days travelling up the east coast to PA and NY then back through VA and NC for a few side trips and lots and lots of photos – now that I can charge my big pro-DSLR batteries any time I want. Thank you, Mick and Buddy.
      Anne

    • Debra (CO) says:

      Hi Mick, your project looks very interesting and lots of work 🙂 Hope to see more photos as it progresses.

    • Steve says:

      Mick, hope you see this comment (throwback Wednesday…), I’m very interested in your trailer build, do you have a website where you talk more about it? Thanks, Steve

  21. Jan in Montana/Cedar Pocket UT says:

    I have to send you a big thank you for your great blog, stories and photos. Ten days ago I drove down here to try out my tiny trailer and am enjoying all things–including blooming cacti. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jan. I’m very happy for you! Cedar Pocket is uniquely beautiful and I bet you are lovin’ your “tiny trailer.” 🙂

  22. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    That picture of Miss B looking over her shoulder just touches my heart. Such a nice smile she is sharing with us all. Makes me want to reach out and hug her!

  23. Linda-NC says:

    Beautiful pics of the sunsets! How gorgeous is that! I really enjoy your travels Sue! And I think Reggie might want to drive! Lord only knows where you would end up! Wouldn’t that be interesting! Have a good evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda. You’re talking about a guy who runs in circles… 🙂

      You have a good evening, too.

  24. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The photos are beautiful but dramatically different from Roosevelt Lake. Reggie is so daring & protective. Just love the little guy. What more can you say about happiness shining in Bridget’s eyes.
    Angel got attacked by one of the neighbors dogs today. I was actually talking to the lady that owns the dog, when one of her kids opened the door and Zinny being quite large just bolted past her and had Angel in her mouth before I could even turn around. Thankfully Zinny seemed to have caught Angel’s harness and she just has a little scrape on her neck. Scared the heck out of all of us. At least Zinny stopped when Cara got her. Little Angel didn’t back down though. When Zinny dropped her, Angel went back after her. Of course she has been sleeping most of the time since. I am so thankful she is okay. Gosh I wished I could have grabbed her up first, I was so afraid for her.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Those attacks happen so fast, Barbara. It’s over before you know it and then, looking back, it seems like it lasted forever. Thank God Angel is okay! Poor thing must be worn out from the adrenaline rush. I’m sure the experience took a lot out of you, too.

      Wishing both of you a good night and a better day tomorrow!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks Sue. She seems okay today. We have been out walking twice today. Early this morning and we got back about 30 minutes ago. She is more courageous that I am.

  25. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Bovine patrol. Spike traits indeed! The dust cloud was hilarious! Getting some traction…hey bovines ya better start moooooving. Not only did he get out….but he came back! Yay…pretty soon he’ll graduate to no lead. Wonder if you just let it drag…he won’t realize he’s actually loose!

    Love Bridgee gazing back at you…smiling! Precious pup!

    Enjoy the evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      To be honest, even if Reggie learned to come to me when called, I’m fearful of him wandering around off-tether. Why?

      When he’s on tether, he’s within 25 feet of me at all times. More importantly, I’m within 25 feet of HIM at all times, meaning my attention is focused on him. We live among predators a lot of the time and at 9 pounds and clearly seen from a distance (white), he’s easy, tempting prey.

      Have a great Sunday!

  26. DesertGinger says:

    hey Sue, check out the bottom of yesterday’s post for my message containing a link with info about Reggie’s breed, a Jack Chi. Pretty interesting. Apparently he is expected to have a looooonnnngg life for a dog.

    Tomorrow I start my drive home. Don’t know yet if I will stop in Yuma for a night, or just try to power through. I will figure that out on the way. But I’m picking up my Chloe and hitting the road!

  27. Heda says:

    That crew is just gorgeous. You are so lucky. And so are they.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Heda. Both Bridget and Reggie came to me from rescue organizations. I was lucky to find them.

      You have a wonderful Sunday, wherever you are!

  28. Hi Sue,
    Concerning tires, my Casita is a 2011, but looking at the date code on the tires, my 5 years were up last year so I bought new ones in July of 2015. They still looked great so it was a bit difficult to spend the money, but the increased peace of mind is worth it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Micky,

      It is tough to replace something that “looks like new.” Smart move on your part and good advice to me. Thanks.

      I’m glad we “bumped” into each other at Picacho. Did you get snow in Williams?

      • Hi Sue, yes I’m so glad we met!
        We got a good inch. Dogs had a blast playing in the snow in the NF, right next to the RV park.
        We are at the Grand Canyon now….all I can say is WOWOWOW!

  29. Kay from KC! says:

    Sue and Crew!

    I don’t know anything about tires except they are round and keep my car going. I, like most of us, would feel better if you get new ones. Your intuition is great!

    Reggie seems like he’s getting more confidence and is a protector, but like most males, his stomach is important. The Divine Miss B seems very content in her new wheels.

    Stay safe!

    Kay from KC!

  30. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    I’m still snickering over “Gee, I can’t wait to go home to Gripe.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The origin of the name for Gripe, AZ:

      “During 1933 . . . . It was the practice that all the baggage from all cars coming from the east was unloaded onto tables or benches for inspection of all raw agricultural product. Consequently, due to this rigid inspection, a great number of tourists griped daily to the inspectors.

      After listening to the griping day in and day out, the inspectors’ nerves were frayed. They put their heads together to come up with a way to diminish the complaints. It was decided to secure some ocotillo canes, cut them into small pieces and nail them to the face of the building, spelling out the words, “Gripe, Arizona,” which was what most of the tourists were doing while their cars and baggage were being inspected.

      Immediately after the name was placed on the station, the griping decreased. During the inspections, if they began to complain, an inspector would say to them, “Look at the name on the building; this is the appropriate place for what you are doing, but we still have to inspect your vehicle and baggage.” After calling their attention to the name on the station, more than half of the tourists calmed down and became cooperative during the remainder of the inspection.”
      Eastern Arizona Courier

  31. Mary Ellen Ewing says:

    Sue, I have been reading your blog for some time but never commented. I just love the first picture of the sunset and tree. I paint pictures and trees are my favorite subject. Can I save it to maybe paint in the future? Thanks for the blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary Ellen,

      Welcome to the comments section! You have secured the honorable position of Blogorino! 🙂

      Of course, you can paint that photo…. I take that as a very nice compliment.

      Thank you for reading my blog . . .I hope to hear from you again.

  32. weather says:

    Gosh, I really like the header photo. It captures the beauty there and portrays the appeal of boon docking so well. The peace of earth unaltered and privacy undisturbed-what a wonderful way to begin and end ones day. It’s profoundly pleasurable and equips us to better enjoy or cope with whatever the hours between hold.

    Great instincts getting Reggie to come back for his chicken, Sue, wow. In situations like that every second and move matters for determining a good outcome. It’s amazing how intense those episodes are-in speed, fear, relief…I enjoyed the other aspects very much, though. The unity with which Bridget and Reggie burst into action, her vigor, his nine pounds of courage-such a lovable crew!

    More time in the desert is always a good thing while it’s cool enough to enjoy. I’m glad you found that place for that reason and all the ones you mentioned. My favorite picture is of the single cow Reggie’s chasing, I just love cows, in person or in photos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the feedback on the header photo, weather. I see what you mean. Being tucked among the trees by ourselves… That’s the way we like it!

      Cows are great to include in a photo for many reasons. Their definite shapes are easily recognized,even when far away,and therefore they can give reference point for size in a photo with long distance. They also are curious and will stand still, looking into the camera! Plus they come in different colors… 🙂 I had a couple cow photos I took at that camp and wanted to post. So much from that camp that I wanted to share!

      I suppose your family has returned home or to wherever their life has led them….The memories remain. Have a great Sunday,weather!

      • weather says:

        Thanks, Sue, I did have a great Sunday . I hope you did, too, and that you are having a very good day 🙂 My family is back to school, home and work. It takes a rare and unselfish person to celebrate a friend’s happiness about getting treasures both have wanted . Yes, memories remain…I pray, and so trust that we’ll both be blessed by equally precious gifts ahead.Gosh, if the widget’s prediction is right the temps there will be close to a hundred soon. Do you plan to move before then?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I haven’t decided yet (no surprise there!) what we will do regarding the hot weather that’s predicted. I’ve learned not to be too hasty about decisions based on weather forecasts. I notice that what the weather widget reads often turns out to be less extreme. As the days pass, the predictions aren’t as dire. The forecast for mountains shows lows into the high 20s while at this lower elevation the temps near 100 degrees… ???

          You enjoying your treasures is a pleasure for me. 🙂

          • weather says:

            all happy sighs here…, and now excited because I see you’ve put a new post up-see ya there 🙂 !

  33. DesertGinger says:

    I picked up Chloe and was shocked! Apparently my friend didn’t take much care of her. She had chewed off much of the hair on her body. Has scabs all over and lost 1.5 pounds. She only weighed 8 lbs! We went straight to the vet. She is getting a bath, injections for allergies and antibiotics, and skin lotion. I couldn’t just drive with her in such misery. Boy was she happy to see me. Poor little baby.

    I am waiting at vets while she has her bath, then we will head out.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      I think what you did for Chloe is wonderful, I’m sure she appreciated it. Glad things are going well and she is back with you. How are you feeling today? I hope you will not try to overdue it. Take care.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I’m so sorry that Chloe had a hard time being separated from you. I’m sure she was so anxious over not having you that it might have been pretty hard for your friend to do much.

      But having said that I am filled with joy to hear that you two are together again. I have no doubt that now that you are back together she will do just fine. I can only imagine the outpouring of love when she saw you again. So glad to hear that you are headed home and doing better.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        OK, so I wrote that and now I’ve been walking around with that old Peach’s and Herb song in my head. “Reunited and it feels so good.”

        Someday I’ll get you back for that DG. I swear I will. 🙂

        I also wanted to just encourage you to take the wise words of Barbara to heart. I’m sure you have been sitting in that hospital room all this time thinking of what you’re going to do when you get out. But PLEASE take it easy and pace yourself. We all care about you too much to see you back there. Enjoy, give Chloe a squeeze from us.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Poor Chloe. You know it just may have been her nerves! Annie Oakley will chew on her paws/arms when she gets insecure. We spray bitter apple on her which curtails it. Being nervous also can make one lose weight.

      This had to be unsettling for her….as she missed you and didn’t really know the details of your health. I’m sure the bath and lotion will soothe her. Don’t be alarmed if she sleeps like a rock tonight…..her momma just returned and to her all is good.

      Your friend probably did the best she could. Sometimes one doesn’t have “control” over the situation at hand.

    • Debra (CO) says:

      Hi DG,
      I hope Chloe is doing ok now, she must have been very frightened to have been away from you. This must have been stressful for you on top of all the other things you are dealing with. Hope you had a safe trip the rest of the way and you are feeling well.

    • DesertGinger says:

      My update. We got to Yuma and we’re tired so we checked into best western. Chloe is sleeping beside me as I type. We went out to go 2blocks to Cracker Barrel. That was it. Now we are lounging and will be sleeping soon. Probably sleep late to 8ish. Checkout is 11am……should be home before 5. All is good but I am weak as a kitten. Get tired so easily! Night all.

  34. Melanie Murphy says:

    Hi Sue and All,
    Message from Rusty and Piper:
    Rusty called and asked me to make a post for him. He wants to let everyone know he no longer has access to internet or email. He has encountered many problems with his laptop, internet services and the cost of the repairs associated with them. Hence, causing needless stress, taking much needed time away from Piper and appreciating all his blessings. The decision was made to let those things go for awhile. He wanted me to convey to my very best how much he loves you all and will miss you. He is thankful for all the thoughts and prayers you have sent his way. He wishes you to know that you will continue to be in his. His health in general remains unchanged, so no cause for alarm. He ask me to post his phone number if you would like to give him a call……please be aware there is no email attached to this number and due to the problems with his hands he is unable to text, but loves to talk. 928-846-5622. Thank you so much for your time and understanding…….Happy Travels!! Love Rusty and Piper (Melanie)

  35. Linda in NE says:

    Damn taxes is right! I dread it every year but refuse to pay some tax preparer big bucks when ours just isn’t all that complicated. After the online site I used the last couple of years told me they were free and then wanted to charge big bucks to e-file what I spent an hour and a half inputting I dumped them. The online FREE TurboTax is my new friend…e-filed both federal & state for FREE!

    I always enjoy reading about your travels and adventures with the Crew.

  36. Lisa and her pack in SoFl (for now) says:

    Hi Sue,
    sorry I have been busy and missed the last few posts. I have been busy working on my trailer. My brother being sick has sped up my timeline so I have spent more time being a carpenter than a surfer. I put on my electricians hat this week, with a lot of research and help from a friend I will get it done. ick is helping me with Solar Power questions too, bless him!
    I am not sure which is more beautiful, those springtime cactus flowers or Bridgette’s smile in her lovely new car. It’s so nice to have you all together again on your walks and so smart of you Sue. When Tommie has trouble walking I will nee a large red wagon for him! Either that or I will have to build him something for his 80 lbs. Thankfully thats a long way away for me and my pack. Stay well everyone.

    • Lisa and her pack in SoFl (for now) says:

      Oh nooooo, NOT ick! I am sure you know I meant Mick, who is very far from the typo I posted. Sorry Mick, I hope you are laughing. OK, back to my trailer work.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa…

      Good hearing from you! Please remember, if there are questions you’d like Mick to answer regarding your trailer and solar power,and you don’t mind doing so, it would be helpful to many blogorinos if your discussions took place on the blog. Just a suggestion . . . Thank you!

  37. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    I like the starkness of your new spot. It’s good to have change, isn’t it. I am making a note to self to check my tire dates as soon as I pick up my new Casita in August. Looks like the first two numbers are the week of that year and the next two numbers are the year. And those numbers are in the most inconvenient spot on the tire.
    Still downsizing and de-cluttering, so I can fit what I need in my Casita and tow vehicle. I now have a Toyota 4 Runner, so I feel confident it will tow nicely and, even though it isn’t a giant vehicle, I will be able to bring along anything I need. I really don’t want to have anything in a storage unit.
    Happy Trails and hugs to the pups.
    Pamelab in Houston for now

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab,

      Congratulations on the tow vehicle! I agree about storage units… Why set out for freedom with a tether! Imagine being in Washington state when you want something in the storage unit in New Mexico. Huh? Bring everything you need with you and keep those wheels rolling where you want to go!

      Good luck finishing up the downsizing (as opposed to finishing down the upsizing). Ha!

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