A converted bus, a teardrop travel trailer, a Casita — whatever makes life a vacation!

Sunday, September 7

1-P1000115A wall of Sinks Canyon, Lander, Wyoming

1-P1000108(Most of today’s photos were taken on walks around Popo Agie Campground and don’t match the text, so don’t get confused, okay?)

I pop Bridget into the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

We motor less than a mile up Sinks Canyon Road to the Shoshone National Forest campground, which is also named after the canyon.  We’re here to cross the bridge in order to explore the other side of the river.

1-P1000127As we approach the bridge, I pick up Bridget before she loses her nerve.

“Okay, hold on tight, little girl, and don’t look down.”

On the other side two trails begin, both less than 3 miles in length.  We go to the left.  Of course, I want to stop at every break in the trees to see the river from another viewpoint. I sit down on a boulder and attempt to take a photo for this blog . . .

“Darn!  I forgot to put in the memory card!”

Not wanting to fool around transferring photos from the camera’s memory, I forget about taking photos and enjoy the walk with Bridget.  We barely walk a mile total.  That’s enough.  Bridget and I are on a Butt Challenge.    I think she’s winning.  Already I can tell the increased walking is shrinking her rear end!

1-P1000099A camper leaves plastic on a smoldering log to burn and stink.  Tsk-tsk!

Later, back at camp, we meet Augie, the camp host.

Augie’s a friendly Native American guy, age 65, who has created a comfortable home and RV out of a bus.  “I even put a woodstove in it,” he proudly tells me.

1-P1000100Augie’s home at Popo Agie Campground

I like Augie. 

He’s carved out a lifestyle that keeps him active and makes him happy.  Six months of the year he lives at Popo Agie Campground.  He’s been the camp host for seven years.  “I provide a night-time presence, make sure everyone’s okay, sell some firewood . . . . “

Augie is old enough to retire, but he works full-time by choice.

1-P1000137“I like working with rocks,” he explains.  “And I like to work.  I make patios and walkways and put rocks in landscaping.  I’m booked the whole six months I’m here.”

“What do you the other six months of the year?” I ask.

“I like Denver,” he replies with a smile.  “After six months here, I’m ready for Denver.  I like to go to restaurants and I ski.  I ski back country.”

Interesting guy!

1-P1000138Fall color in the campground

Monday, September 8

I don’t know why, but I get it in my head to drive up Fossil Mountain (9,089 feet) today.  It’s a very steep climb.

You can get an idea how steep by clicking the “Where We Are Now” widget in the sidebar (satellite view) and dragging the map to an area to the north.  That white line that looks like the zig-zag stitch on a sewing machine is Louis Lake Road’s switchbacks.

Hmm . . . It’d be nice to see some aspens in their full autumn glory.

Almost to the top of the mountain I pull into a parking area and let Bridget out to run around.   In no time at all I’m engaged in a conversation with Judy and Steve from the Seattle area.

They’re traveling with this little teardrop trailer.

1-P10000912003 Hunter-Shadow HU-1 teardrop trailer

“You have the Casita, right?” Steve asks.  “With the thing sticking up?  We saw you in the campground.”

“Yeah, that’s me.  That’s a Wilson antenna on the pole.”

Sometime in the future Steve and Judy plan to spend a large part of the year traveling. 

They have a lot of questions about Casitas and internet service on the road and tow vehicles and vans versus pick-ups and so forth.  Of course, I’m happy to blab about my set-up.

They’re on their way to Flaming Gorge, before returning to their home in Washington.  I tell them about boondocking on a beach at Anvil Draw.  I also tell them about this blog and invite them to drop in.

Nice people!

1-P1000095Okay, back to the photos taken around the campground . . . .

I didn’t continue any further up the mountain because my feet were starting to tingle.  You know, the altitude . . . .

Tuesday, September 9

It’s fun walking the paths that lead to camp sites along the river. Bridget loves it, and I do, too!

1-Popo AgieHardly anyone is here, it being a weekday in September.

1-P1000117As you can see from the next photo, one can sit at a picnic table in a campsite and watch the river.

1-P1000125Or a short path takes you to the river’s edge where you can fish or simply sit on a boulder and enjoy watching and listening to the water rush by.

1-P1000123

“Oh, Bridgie baby!  Are you stuck?”

1-P1000133When we first arrived at this campground, I thought we’d only stay three days, maybe four. 

Last night was our fifth night here and I’m planning to stay at least until Friday morning which will add another three nights to our stay.  It’s peaceful and so beautiful here, I don’t want to hurry down the road to another camp.

1-P1000120Plus it’s great having a town the size of Lander only minutes away. 

This morning I run out of propane and with a full freezer.  (I guess with Spike’s passing, I lost track of the propane supply.)  The Bridge and I jump into the PTV, zip into town, make a quick stop at Ace Hardware, and we’re back at camp in a flash.

1-P1000139This is a T@B trailer, similar in profile to a teardrop, but larger

Another reason to stay longer is the dadgum vehicle registrations!

Upon arriving here I had Americas Mailbox forward my mail to the Lander P.O., but the license tags weren’t in that mailing.  I’m expecting another shipment of mail by Friday which should contain the renewals.  I need to get my life in order, dontcha’ think?

1-P1000134There is even a further reason to stay here.

Bad weather on the way!

The temperatures across Wyoming are going to drop, probably by tomorrow.  I checked the forecast for temperatures in places a day’s drive from here (RVSue mileage), and it’s expected to be even colder south of here.

Not to mention storms with rain.

1-P1000101The private drive to our campsite

If you’ve followed the boondocking adventures of RVSue and her canine crew for long, you’re probably shocked that I would spend $88.00 in campground fees for eight nights.

1-P1000132It is quite a splurge for this frugal camper!

I’m thinking of our stay at this beautiful camp as a gift from RVSue shoppers.  This camp makes me feel like I’m on a vacation in a life that already is a vacation.  Thank you!

rvsue

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232 Responses to A converted bus, a teardrop travel trailer, a Casita — whatever makes life a vacation!

  1. Shirlene says:

    Hey Sue, I think I am first….What a treat…This makes the second time in the last couple of months…I have been waiting all day for a post, wondering how you are doing as the weather closes in and hoping that you and your Bridget stay warm and cozy in the BLT….Hi to all the gang in the Blog…I know you all are jealous but I got her first Yippee!. Now I will go back and read the post….Have a great day Sue and Bridget…I will be thinking of you tonight…No more scary dreams for me.

  2. Applegirl NY says:

    Wow, I was thinking the exact same thing – you’re treating yourself to a vacation! It is an absolutely lovely spot. I’m enjoying it. No need to rush out on our account! LOL

    Great story about Augie – a combination of wilderness living and then enjoying a bit of civilization when you get the urge. Sounds like heaven to me.

    Bridget looks so cute wedged into the rocks. Adorable, as always.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I’m amazed at the peace and quiet here. People come in with their campers, spend the night, and move on. Some camp in the site next to us and I don’t know they’re here until I hear them pulling out the next morning.

      Yeah, Augie has his life set up how he likes. I’m happy for him.

  3. Ron in TX says:

    Love those pics
    Ron

  4. Taranis says:

    Looking at your pictures.. I need more of this in my life. A lot more. Ahh to dream the little dream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope you do get more nature, peace, quiet, and beauty in your life, Taranis. Those things are important, right after food, water, and shelter.

  5. Ron in TX says:

    I have to post this
    I have been laughing at how dumb young men are about what women like,growing up we think big arms deep chest impresses the ladies and then we find out a little butt and deep voice gets there attention
    Yep guys are dumb about women
    Ron
    Oh and money does not hurt

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And thoughtfulness…. Nothing worse than being tied to a self-centered man, IMHO.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I’ll tell you exactly what women like Ron.

      He takes care of himself.
      He has a sense of humor.
      He listens.
      He is kind and thoughtful.
      He’s reliable.
      He likes to have fun.
      He’s open-minded.
      He sees the woman in his life as an equal partner.

      A nice butt in Wranglers doesn’t hurt but isn’t the deal-breaker.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Heh, Ron…told my girls marry the first time for love….and if another time….money baby!! Cause likely your life will be much the same anyway….so go for the money….just kidding. Money certainly has not matter much to me, obliviously….or I might have more of it and with hubby just having had surgery, tis going fast. In the hospital for about 8 hours (though he should have been there at least several days for the pain alone!!)….so far the bill is up to $24k….and we think all the bills may not yet be in!! SURE HOPE the insurance picks up a lot of it!! ARGH!!

    • Wendy in Thailand says:

      Yep, thoughtfulness is a must!!!

  6. Shirlene says:

    Ok, I am back, read the post and really enjoyed those pictures. I am happy that you have an Augie around, it sounds like a safe place to be. I am also impressed that Landers is so close to you that you can run down and get some propane in a flash…it might get really cold without some propane to take the chill off in the morning if the snow moves in. 9000 feet in elevation, that would make more than my feet tingle! Okay, I have taken enough of your precious time while you are on “vacation”. Enjoy, and being one of the major shoppers from Amazon monthly, you are welcome for the wonderful spot that you are able to enjoy, and as Christmas comes our way, here’s hoping that your Amazon shoppers will make your Christmas and New Years the best ever….Shop, Shop, Shop Bloggers!. Get better fast DesertGinger..No more strokes!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Shirlene, you’re a firecracker today! Love your enthusiasm for my blog.

      Yeah, I can’t live without propane… the stove, the fridge, the heater…

      Thanks for promoting my little Amazon enterprise. I appreciate you regularly shopping through my blog. Your shopping pays my campground fees!

      Enjoy your day . . . 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      I’m working on it! Thanks Shirlene

  7. weather says:

    What an absolutely beautiful place to make your home!Staying there longer was a great idea.The trail shot’s alone are so soothing that adding the water and it’s sounds is worth any splurge right now,I’m so pleased for you two.

    Gee,I like Augie,too,seems like good people-engaged in and enjoying life-as he takes care of others,that’s a lot to admire.Glad the propane’s full,I’d wondered as having nice hot meals might soon be just the ticket.

    BTW-your life is in wonderful order-details around it’s edges are just things we let straggle at times.I’m a firm believer that “things” can always be mended later,the inside-being found at peace enough- to allow perfect moments and gratitude to be felt-always guarantees our futures will hold what’s truly precious, far more than having all our ducks in a row ever did.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, weather, about the details that sometimes are forgotten or delayed. It’s more important to have one’s life set up to suit oneself, to live simply yet with abundance, to have a heart of gratitude, to be content.

      Of course, it’s also nice to have a current sticker on the license plate when you see a police car in the rear view mirror! Haha!

      Hope your day is wonderful. . ..

    • weather says:

      Thank you,it is in fact wonderful .It’s held no event or significance to make it so,yet feeling like I’m “on vacation in a life that is a vacation” has been the dominant theme of all but a few of my days in life.

      From earliest memory I heard my mother tell me what a comparative luxury having a pillow to sleep on was,while the plight of most on earth offered them so much less.The gentle love to me and the less fortunate she demonstrated with each brush of finger tips smoothing my hair as we spoke,with every effort made for another she let me help her do-she used to shape my life into one of profound happiness.

      The abundance of my simple life has been an endless blessing-joyous times,much harder ones,straggling details and all.I just shared a meal with the troupe that cost a few cents,and we were thrilled to do that again.Far more expensive fare would seem no more like a feast to me.

      Preparing for each new part of the dream amidst the small or large sacrifices made to share on this journey is a privilege I’ve never taken for granted,and I know you don’t either.Would that more could have what our rear view mirror’s ,today’s and futures hold.

      BTW-a nearby village’s Officer Friendly recently gave me the opportunity to contribute some money to help fund our lovely area’s benefits-by way of a parking ticket left on the jeep-that could just as easily have been about expired stickers-gotta laugh at us both about that stuff-as ones who’ve chosen adventurous journeys and/or mourners–we ain’t exactly famous for always toeing the line in quite the way we were expected to,now are we? 😉

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Lovely… about your mother, your simple meal with companions, your gratitude and sense of privilege that comes from sacrifices…. It’s a treat to read your comments, weather. Have a good night . . .

        • weather says:

          Thank you,the troupe’s asleep in a circle around me,I’ll close my eyes soon ,as the moonlight shines on the foot of the bed.May your rest filled sleep be sweet for you and Bridget-you’ve been long at making life better for each other and so many others today,n’ nite and God bless dear ones

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Your lovely mama sounds like mine was Weather…I have always known I was the most fortunate on earth to have been hers!! And I miss her more all the time too…her and her equally wonderful parents. GOD only knows how I would be today without these precious people who have been gone quite a few years now. For the other parts of my life were not worth writing about…too horrendous. The world truly has too few of such people. We do the best we can to spread kindness around too…but there is yet much to do isn’t there?

  8. DebsJourney says:

    What a beautiful place to call home and you so deserve a splurge!
    I’m going through a very emotional time and cried so hard my nose bled. Freaks me out now so I’m afraid to cry now. Tonight I go to my group spouse loss group and usually get tearful hearing others grief. Hope I can hold it together without any tears. ‘
    Take it easy Sue and just chill. That campground looks perfect. Someday I’ll be out there too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Deb, I hate that you are in pain. I don’t know what it is like to lose a beloved spouse, but I do know that awful feeling from prolonged crying. You walk around like you’ve been physically battered, muscles aching, foggy-headed, puffy faced.

      I hope the flow of tears has moved you forward a bit to a day when the pain isn’t as sharp and you are “out there, too.”

      • DebsJourney says:

        I had to leave the group early because the leader asked us to write a letter to our spouses as we sat there with lights lowered. She said ask a question or just say what you feel. I said Mark where is the other set of truck keys? Everyone laughed… but as it got quiet I wrote Mark I miss you very much and then tears came so I excused myself before I was boohooing I don’t want my nose to bleed again and need to let it heal so here I am home. Next week will be easier. thanks Sue for being here for me and I for you. One day I’ll be free to roam and breath.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re did well, Deb. I sense a strength of character behind your words. Rest that nose of yours, if you can. 😉

        • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

          Hi DebsJourney…So sorry to hear about your loss and the hard time you are having. A suggestion…put Bag Balm in your nose…it will heal in no time.

    • suzago says:

      Hi Deb, I’m glad you’ve got a support group. My experience was I needed both — to cry freely with some people, and to make sure I had others around to keep me laughing. Most of my crying happened in church, which seems kind of funny — I’d sit in the back and just be at peace from the busy week, and reflect, and cry for about an hour. Everyone there knew my story (husband died of ALS) and left me alone to cry in their midst, which is exactly what I wanted. Anyway — don’t worry about holding in the tears. Let them out where you feel safe, and then let in those who help you smile. And know that while the hole never heals, you do learn to live with it.

      • DebsJourney says:

        Suzago, Thank you for sharing your life story with me. I totally relate. I am very lucky to have a sister friend who has been there for 34 years. She is a priceless friend. I don’t have blood family so my friendships mean the world to me. Part of why I need to be a fulltime RVer. Friends in California, Tx, Fl . Need to visit all of them at different times of the year. Just need time to pass. Mark passed May 6th only 4 months ago of cancer.
        I know it will take time.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No wonder you’re hurting badly…. I’m so sorry, Deb.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          So sorry, Suzago…you are going through what those of yet with a spouse dread possibly happening one day. Sounds like you are doing as well as could be expected…if you are going out to be with others…hope the pain will abate soon for you.

  9. BuckeyePatti says:

    So you & Bridget are on a butt challenge. Count me in! lol

    Another beautiful camp and happy to hear you extended your stay. Your loyal followers wish you’d treat yourself more often! So I have to remind myself when I’m buying stuff on Amazon, to hop on over to your website and do my purchases via there 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patti,

      Well, it’s time Bridget and I did some slimming down. No more rye toast in the morning (Wahhh!!). It’s oat bran and skim milk to start each day. 🙁

      The campground loop is good for frequent exercise and also for the Butt Challenge because one has a choice. If one wants to return to camp one must walk up the steep incline or one must take the stairs on the path. The Bridge and I walk the loop at least twice a day, in addition to our excursion “hikes.”

      Thank you for intending to buy Amazon items through my blog. Nice of you. 🙂

  10. Teri in SoCal says:

    I don’t even want to chime in on the whole butt challenge thing….I think I’d win. Ugh.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      So what’s that mean, Teri? You have a skinny behind or you think the Butt Challenge means bigger is better? 🙂

      Hey, maybe bigger IS better!

      • Teri in SoCal says:

        Well, if we go with “bigger is better” then I win!!

      • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

        Happy Day…since I have been full time I have lost 25 lbs!!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          CONGRATULATIONS, KRYSTINA! You knew the lifestyle would be good for you . . . .

          As for me, I haven’t had bronchitis in over three years and it was an annual event every winter!

  11. Jenny Waters says:

    I can see why you would stay there a while, Sue. It looks like a lovely campground. I could sure plant myself at that picnic bench by the river to work and then enjoy a wander through the trees. It looks like Bridget is enjoying the hikes. I hope you stay warm. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jenny,

      As you can see from the weather widget in the sidebar (presently 72 degrees as I type this), the cold air hasn’t arrived yet. Between the propane heater, the comforter, and Bridget’s butt pumping out the BTUs, we’ll stay warm, for sure.

      • Toni says:

        I have tons of question but I’ll ask one because it’s on topic. At what temperature do you have to worry about freezing plumbing in the Casita?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t really know the answer to that, Toni, because I do my best to stay out of freezing temperatures. Maybe a reader will help with that info. Check back later.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ask your questions, Toni. I like answering questions whenever I can.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Anything that stays freezing (32) for a long time has the potential to freeze anything that is liquid.

          Our water froze overnight…as did the lever on the black water dump thingymagiggy. I was able to disconnect the H20 hose …Jules carried it frozen …in the shape of an arch …to the shower house and we thawed it in the shower. OMG we laughed so hard! She couldn’t get it thru the doorway!

          We drove to our next destination.. the lever thawed by time we got there.

          If you want to camp in freezing temps I believe you have to winterize your rig. Some folks have extra insulation on the underside…but I wouldn’t risk busting a pipe.

          Guess it also depends where your tanks are…if it’s under the bed, you can always remove a panel and crank up your heater!

        • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

          The temperature for freezing the pipes varies. Different RVs do a different job of protecting the plumbing. Some have heat strips on the tanks. Running your furnace during the night helps, but it keeps me awake so I have a 12v mattress pad that keeps me toasty. I accidentally tested my little C last year heading south for AZ and there was a sudden cold spell. I tried to outrun it, but it caught me in NE. And then it happened again in New Mexico, 2 nights later. It got down to the low 20’s and I didn’t have any burst or frozen pipes. But it wasn’t my plan to test the limits!! Both of my RVs came with verbal instructions that it was probably OK down to about 25 degree as long as it warms up during the day – and that is likely also true for a Casita. I have been in a campground in AZ when it got down to the high 20s and if you are hooked to an outside water source, the water in the hose freezes and you have to wait for it to thaw out.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Great information, Cinandjules and Connie!

            • Reine says:

              Paul and I have camped in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park when it got down to 25 one night when a cold front blew in and all the way up to 38 during the next day without a problem. Fortunately it warmed up some the next several days. The Casita can handle the occasional overnight freezing without a problem especially if things have been quite a bit warmer before the cold weather.

  12. Shirlene says:

    Hey Sue, if you are still here, Landers has a web cam…I guess it is the center of town, but I can see a storm moving in….what fun. Stay safe.

  13. suzago says:

    So glad you’re treating yourself to this sensory treat. You deserve it. And – I know you hear this a lot, but it bears repeating – thanks so much for sharing this with us. Looking at the water rushing over the stones, I can almost hear that auditory massage… so hypnotic. I started following you long ago when I was actively considering getting a trailer and following in your footsteps. My plans altered somewhat — no trailer for now — but I am selling the house and everything in it. Today has been an exhausting day of selling the contents of 25 years and packing the little bit I’m taking with me. My back and legs are reminding me I’m not a kid anymore. But sitting down to take a break with you, I am reminded of my goals and the joys at the end of this journey. So I’m grateful, as always, that you put so much work into sharing your “simple” life. It’s a beautiful thing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzago,

      I’m intrigued and uplifted that my blog has affected your life in a positive, transformative way! Yes, simple is beautiful.

      While driving a residential street in Lander today, I looked at the neat homes with their tidy yards and what came to mind? …. Yuck, housework, lawn-mowing, stuff to dust!

      I’m glad my post helped to keep you centered on your goals. I wish you well!

      • Doug says:

        Sue,

        Ditto exactly what Suzago said, you are an inspiration. I too have followed along, but I am 1 step ahead of Suzago, I signed the contract on my house today, and put in my notice at work for next March…..soooo happy today, after all the stresses to get to this point. I bought my 07FD this spring and am living in it in my driveway to work out the bugs, and can’t wait til retirement. Thanks Sue

        • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

          Oh happy day!! Wish you all the best!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Fantastic, Doug! Congratulations on selling the house!

          Oh, I remember that feeling so well. I bet you’re having a load of fun in your FD (I assume that’s a Casita Freedom Deluxe for those not familiar with the brand), and dreaming about the places you’ll park it. 🙂

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Congratulations, Doug!!!

  14. DesertGinger says:

    Bridget’s butt definitely getting smaller. The walks are working. I’m going to a new doctor today, trying to start a new doctor relationship. I just can’t hack the university docs…never call back. Very frustrating. And not feeling well today, feeling shaky and weird so happy I am going. Wish me luck for a nice doc with nice staff. And Sue, please try to keep us posted once the cold moves in. I think we will all be worrying about you two. Anyone else facing this cold front…take care and keep warm. Here in AZ it continues in 90s and the weekend pushes into 3 digits again. And more thunderstorms next week. Let’s be careful out there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good for you! Don’t feel comfortable with your doctor, find one with whom you do! I hope your visit goes well and the shaky/weird feelings go away. We love you, Ginger!

      Aw, don’t worry about me and Bridget. This little capsule of a home has kept us warm through snowstorms, wind, rain, and low temps…. The BLT will see us through!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Yay! Hooray!! My trip to the new doctor was amazing! My new internist has a lovely staff, virtually no waiting, all so nice. He dived right in with lots of questions and gave me his card so I can give his number to home health nurse; he wants her to call and assured me he would call her back. He said he hoped I didn’t mind but he is going to move me from all my UMC docs…I was like ‘Yes Please!’ He is on my end of town….much closer. So, he was going to have me see cardiologist in his practice and I was making an appointment till that doc stuck his head out and said he could see me today! So I saw him too, and he jumped right in too and was so nice.

        I feel so much better. My new docs are arranging for a new sleep study right away, and I see the cardiologist for follow up in 2 weeks. Finally I feel like someone is taking care of me!!

        It was an excellent day, and I feel a bit better this evening, as it cools down. So happy!

    • DebsJourney says:

      Good luck Ginger I hope you find the right doctor for you. I have no doctor and have a little over a year for medicare. Until then I hope I don’t need one.
      God bless you. We all care about each other on Sues blog. What a treasure RVSue is.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Deb, I really feel for you. I was 43 when my husband died, fairly quickly but painfully. It was really hard to watch, but worse when he was gone as I had no one to take care of, to keep me busy. I think it is good you are in a group but I also think it isn’t something that will heal quickly. In my case, just by accident, I had been looking for a job before he was sick, and 3 weeks after he died I got a call with the job offer at Visa. I told my prospective boss my husband had died 3 weeks before and I was a mess. She said that was ok…come anyway and they would help me. So I did…and they did. Working, getting out, helped me. I retired from there. When we are vulnerable and let people help us, we make friends for life…we connect with people. I know the blogorinos will be here for you as they have been for me. Hugs.

  15. Sondra-SC says:

    …today I have soul sickness~I need a Blessing Way done for me..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee… soul sickness. That sounds bad, Sondra. Whatever the cause, you have my blessing . . .

    • Willow (AZ) says:

      Sondra,
      Sending blessing and love your way…. I hope happiness and encouragement come your way. I read this recently:
      ~REST YOUR MIND,CALM YOUR HEART~
      It seems to help me.

    • Pat in Rochester says:

      I haven’t heard that since I last read Tony Hillerman. Not being Navajo (Dine) I can only offer cyber-blessings.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sondra,

      Sending you blessings…hope your soul feels better soon.

      • weather says:

        For Sondra-to have the new life one wants ,it must first be dreamt…what we perceive as a barrier that holds us back is often what transforms us into ones more able to appreciate what our future-our dream- holds for us.May Light dispel all that troubles your soul and replace it with complete well being,as you see your journey’s connections and unexpected turns become what contributes to the beauty of your path.

        with what ever feels alright,comforting or good -if it’s only breathing deeply – reading what’s here or picturing yourself at peace-know the storms of life need not be taken inside us-only lived through until they pass

    • DebsJourney says:

      Sending blessings Sondra!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Not sure what all you need, Sondra-SC but in the valleys of my life, I have found so much comfort in the book of Psalms in the Bible…nearly wore the pages out…but solace is there in abundance. Not till just a few years ago, did I come across more information on the life that King David (who wrote a lot of Psalms) had prior to being King. But his family life in his home of origin was a nightmare, aside from his lovely mom. When I read that, I thought, well no wonder he understood so well what a lot of my life was composed of. I hope you will feel loved and feel better soon. This is a loving place to come too!! Thanks to Sue who began this blog.

      • Willow (AZ) says:

        I agree Elizabeth, there is a lot of comfort and wisdom in the Psalms. Good advice.

        • Sondra-SC says:

          I’m overwhelmed with all the compassion and I appreciate all your wise words and blessings…my X husband collapsed last week….he was air lifted to a stroke center, on life support…I was not told for some days…..he survived but he is unable to eat and he fights pulls out iv’s hits nurses, its been awful…I just feel so helpless, we are divorced, but we shared many great years for a long time…I hate this has happened to him….it hurt me so deeply my soul felt sick–it does help to have all these kind words..that is my blessing way–and thank you Sue for this forum to express all sorts of feelings.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Those we have close ties to, or once loved…when such happens, well no wonder you feel ill…hope things will be better soon…in some way. Maybe you will know at some point, what to do, if anything…or find acceptance of how things are. It is so hard to not be able to help someone we care about.

  16. Butt challenge huh ??? Well, I would lose that competition for sure! Beautiful campground Sue and I agree, you deserve this vacation! I could almost hear the water rushing over the rocks from you photos. Love the new camera, it’s doing a great job with you behind it!
    Slow week at our campground this week. We just had our first camper in 3 days pull in. Been nice and quiet here. Give the Bridge a tummy rub from us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      Thanks re: photos… This camera would do an even better job if I held it still while shooting. I walk around, click-click, walk around, turn here, turn there, click… It’s so darn pretty here!

      Love that you have a “private” campground for a few days. Maybe that will happen a lot during September. I always considered September as the best month in Florida… the weather is wonderful (if no hurricanes) and the tourists are much fewer. I used to go to Clearwater Beach, one of the finest beaches in the world, and there’d only be a couple people on it.

      The Bridge is sleeping right now. The tummy rub will be applied when she wakes up. Hope your crew is well and happy.

  17. AZ Jim says:

    Well you did it again with your “purdy” pictures. I had to take off a RVSue to replace it with a RVSue. You monopolize my desktop and have for years. Keep having fun we enjoy it right along with you. Hi Bridget….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      I change my desktop wallpaper with every new post. Glad you put my pics to good use!

      I may be using my new laptop sooner than expected. My Dell is working very slowly all of a sudden . . . .

      I read and saw photos about your recent, record-breaking rainstorm in the Phoenix area. Wow! That was some rain! Water up to the car handles . . .

      • Toni says:

        I bought a Dell laptop back in 2006 and it just crashed last month. I’m gonna buy a new laptop as soon as my first SS check comes in which will be in 8 days!! Seems like I’ve been waiting forever.

  18. People who travel in tear drops just impress the heck out of me. That is truly spartan living. You do have a nice place to wait for the license tabs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Allison,

      Yeah, teardrops take simplicity to a level which is great for trips, but I don’t think I’d enjoy one for full-time living! Judy and Steve like the maneuverability.

      Teardrops are cute as the dickens, aren’t they?

  19. Penny says:

    Ooooohhh…envious of your location. 99 hot, humid degrees here in Arkansas, so your weather I’d like to trade for! Snow even sounds good right now! Always look forward to your posts….I imagine I’m there in the cool breeze! Enjoy!

  20. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    I continue to just love this area. I don’t blame you for wanting to stay. You and Bridge deserve to have a vacation while you are on vacation. It has been a tough month and you need this time to regroup. It appears you are doing well and I am so happy for that.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sweet comment, Jolene. Thank you. We’re doing well. There are times when I feel like I’m made of lead, but it passes. Bridget whimpers in the PTV sometimes and I think that’s when she’s missing Spike, but she gets over it, too.

  21. Pat in Rochester says:

    Beautiful area, Sue. I’d find it hard to leave, too. I love the pictures of the birches (?), and always love areas with water flowing through. Small streams especially.

  22. Pat in Rochester says:

    And I forgot, was going to comment on the little teardrop camper! First time I ever saw one was in a parking lot near home. Only saw the outside and was so intrigued I had to go home and google until I found more about them. Neat little things. But not something I’d want to call my permanent home. I need a little more elbow room!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      Full-timing in a teardrop would be stressful for me. They have their advantages… don’t take up a lot of room in the driveway, lightweight for towing with an SUV…

      • AZ Jim says:

        Those little teardrops are great for fair weather trips on weekends. You put the Coleman stove, water jugs, camp chairs, food, cooler with ice etc in the trailer while you travel, then out it comes when you make camp, put your sleeping bags inside and you are all set, but NOT full timing.

  23. Diann in MT says:

    Wonderful campsite, Sue! Beautiful photography! I am very happy that you are using the Amazon money to have a bunch of fun! I’ll keep buying!
    You keep on having fun, girl!

  24. Chris B says:

    Hey Sue!
    Just popping in to say “Hello!” Glad that you and Bridget are sticking around that area longer…what a nice little vacation! It’s beautiful there!

    I just checked the weather there and it looks like it might be a little cooler for a couple of days but warming up again.

    Just curious…have you had any problems with ticks at all? I always read the warnings but never had problems with them.

    Chris B

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chris,

      Nice to hear from you again. No, we’ve been tickless (as opposed to tickles) ever since leaving Georgia. And you know how we traipse around all over the place in tall grass and whatnot. No ticks. No fleas. That there is enough reason never to go back to the Deep South.

  25. Christine in Texas says:

    Hi Sue, love your photos! Those tear drops are nice, but I will take our Casita any day! I think I would have no where to run from my DH, the Casita is bad enough! LOL. We are heading out soon for 2 weeks with our Casita, we are celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary. Y’all stay warm 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations to you, Christine, and to your husband! I hope you have a wonderful time camping for two weeks. 🙂

  26. Wickedlady of Shelton WA says:

    If the darn House has its way there will no longer be free boondocking. They want to put a fee on the use of all public lands. Check out HR5204

  27. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Love your pictures of your current home – gorgeous scenery! Enjoy your vacation cottage! 🙂

    Count me in on the butt challenge! Ironically enough, I just started a healthier eating plan this week….trying to greatly reduce carbs, sugar and processed foods. In hopes that I will greatly reduce, too! I am looking forward to Fall weather…longer walks for me and Gracie pup!

    Those teardrop trailers are just too cute! I saw a couple units at an RV show earlier this year…cute as a button, but I would get major claustrophobia!

    I have already started thinking about Christmas and plan to shop Amazon to help fund your next vacation! 🙂

    Glad you have full propane tanks and a full fridge and pantry. Just what is needed to stay cozy and snug with little Miss Bridget! Hugs to you both from me and Gracie pup. 🙂

    P.S. – Did you see the harvest moon last night? It sounds like it was a good “wishing moon”. It was cloudy and rainy here, so I did not luck out! DesertGinger and AZ Jim, please stay safe….you both were in my thoughts when I saw pictures of flash flooding in your area. Another round of crazy weather!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I did see the harvest moon last night. It lit up the campsite and inside the BLT. Bridget missed it. She always sleeps entirely under the covers.

      Good luck with the Butt Challenge. I try to do the Dukan Diet (Attack Phase) to get me started. I’ve had good results with it and I like that you can eat all you want, but only certain things, of course.

      Thanks for wanting to support future vacations for the laziest blogger you know and her dog! Actually I don’t know how anyone can stand Mall shopping anymore when Amazon is so much easier and more fun (if you don’t have shipping challenges!).

      Hugs to you and Gracie… No sign of any storm yet!

    • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

      We have had clouds for the last two nights, so no moon gazing for us. boo… I’m so disappointed.

      But, we did get a deer and fawn this morning on our walk. It was 8:30 which was late for deer to be out and about. She moved on down the street (yes in my suburban neighborhood street) when she saw Mugsy and me.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Connie & Mugsy,

        A deer and a fawn sighting – what a wonderful, magical start to your day!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, a deer with fawn are good compensation for not being able to see the harvest moon. 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      Oh yeah…I’m in on the butt challenge too and I’m definitely losing right now. I hope to get in the pool soon and kick up my exercise.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, my…. I have to laugh. I toss out words like “butt challenge” and the blogorinos pick it up and run with it.

        Yay, Ginger… I want to hear about you kicking up waves in that pool!

    • AZ Jim says:

      Thanks Denise, but I was high and dry during the flood although we did have a scare when water pooled high enough in the backyard it looked like I would need to go out and plug in my portable pump to move some of it out but it worked out. The area around Mesa has streets like literally rivers still. Two lives were lost by swept away cars. It flooded on interstate 10 in one place to a level above the roofs of dozens of cars. Worst monsoon flooding in 100 years.

  28. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    Found you several years ago shortly after you arrived in NM for the 1st time, I was researching Miss Mollie’s breed. Saw pictures of Spike and Bridget which led me to reading your blog and we fell in love with your writing style, happiness/joy of life, your Crew and your loving blog community. Once might have tried the Casita lifestyle however my hubby is not into camping (once I camped and he stayed at the motel up the road – brought me hot coffee and bear claws in the morning – he is thoughtful that way and a dear).
    I read your blog out loud for our enjoyment, I am very animated and have given “voices” to all of the blogorinos and everyone has become part of our extended family. We look forward to your adventures, locations (we also review all of the locations – love to research). The blogorinos have given us other families to care about and adventures and locations to seek info.
    I tell all of our family and friends about your blog and about using your amazon site to order through; it is not something we are able to do and I have been perusing through your entry site to look at the things that folks have purchased. I will stop that so as not to confuse your commission – I will continue reviewing the purchased items but through amazon.com and when we are able to purchase, I will to so via your blog.

    Weather is hot and muggy here (prefer the dry heat) but you may keep the snow. More rain tonight, potential for more flash flooding in NW Maricopa County. Today spent removing those fast growing weeds from the desert back yard. Yuck. Love the rain though.

    We love you and thank you for the joy you give to this family.

    Give Bridget a scratch behind the ears and Miss Mollie says woof.

    Deena, Hubby and Miss Mollie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What an interesting comment, Deena! I am so pleased to meet you! Thank you for reading my blog and for bringing it to life for the rest of your family.

      I think it’s hilarious that you read the comments out loud and give voices to the various blogorinos. That is too funny!!! I’d love to hear it.

      Thanks also for telling people about my blog and suggesting they shop Amazon here. That’s very thoughtful of you. Please don’t stop clicking the links to see what people have ordered. I put the links there for you! It’s not a problem for me.

      Gosh, the rain you’ve been having is incredible. Stay safe. Regards to hubby and Miss Mollie. Hope to hear from you again!

  29. Ron Sears says:

    I sure can understanding you staying over a few extra days…I like this place…be safe.

  30. Robert, in it for the long haul says:

    Hiya kiddo,
    About fell out of the truck laughing with your comment on a “Butt challenge with your’ canine companion.

    Also while nosing around in Wyoming this time of year be sure and have ALL things full, PTV fuel tank, propane tanks and a full pantry, that state has it’s own mind when it comes to sudden weather changes during this time and in the spring and when it comes to winter……….well it’s just winter! The same goes for Utah, with the roads you travel it gets very lonely and they shut them down way sooner then in the past during inclement weather, but with proper provisions even the two day delays by a route being shut down can be a pleasure by being cozy in your little house on wheels and give plenty of time to read a good book or just watch animals and how they deal with fall, don’t do as many do and think that a warm spell means you have plenty of time and dilly dally around with no winter jackets or gloves.

    Ive seen some of the biggest and burliest of men cry like little babies when their hands get cold from chaining up and try and warm them up by a warm heater and the BURN sets in and cuss the day they EVER became a trucker and long for the day when the economy improves and they can return to their warm cramped cubicle and rejoin their friends at the copy machine and swap gossip.

    Ive spent the last couple of years keeping track of you on your travels and even tho you think going south for the winter and day to day life there is boring for your readers while you live life like the rest of us……laundry….shopping….crowds….you have a way of sharing in print that makes us laugh, while planning next springs adventure.

    I also want to share my feelings of sorrow for the loss of a good friend, traveling companion and most of all (family member) the Spikester, your picks of him chilling the (boys) while in the water always cracked me up.

    I know it’s to early…………………but……..maybe……..there might be room for…….emmm…….a puppy?…………..ya know one of those rug chewing, whining in the middle of the night, gotta pee every five second types!…….maybe, maybe!!!!! huh huh?

    You and Bridge have a lot to offer a little fur ball like that!…………just keep it mind.

    Also read (Island of the Blue dolphins) if you get the chance and the sequel, it reminds me a lot of you and a persons relationship with a dog and the loss of it.

    If snow sets in during your southward venture, just rely on your common sense and reasoning that you learned as a youngin by growing up or living in upstate NY……it all comes back!…………….ya know……….you remember…… ya don’t step on Supermans cape, ya don’t pull the mask off the lone ranger and ya don’t………..scuse me (p–) into the wind…………woops meant mess around with Jim.

    Keep up the travels my fine lady, your doing great.

    Best wishes, Robert

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert, in it for the long haul,

      Interesting comment, as usual, and packed with good advice and reminders. Thanks. Bridget and I will head southward soon, moseying along, keeping alert to weather changes, hoping to see and photograph some pretty autumn scenes.

      We’ll revisit some of the Utah campsites we stayed at last spring. I think I will enjoy seeing those places at a different time of year. Maybe you and other blogorinos will, too. And, of course, I’ll look for some new boondocks. 🙂 Don’t want to get in a rut, you know.

      Thank you for your kind words regarding our loss of the Spikester. He sure knew how to live, didn’t he? Yes, someday I’ll find another copilot to complete the crew. Bridget’s a big girl and does her best, but one dog does not make a crew. A puppy is a possibility but only if we’re camped in one place for an extended period, like near Yuma in winter, so I can train him.

      One thing I love about Bridget is she knows to stay at our campsite. She only leaves it when I go with her. I’d like any dog becoming a member of the crew to learn the same thing. But, as you know, I need time to grieve for my number one boy.

      Nice to hear from you again, Robert. No, I don’t plan on crying over frozen fingers… done that already, many, many years ago!

      Love your last line . . . .

  31. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Home is where you park it! I love your spot! No schedule to fulfill…do as you please!

    Yes I do believe Ms Bridget’s butt is getting smaller….actually I think it’s her waist! OMG the photo of her looking back at you….is priceless! I can just hear her…excuse me do you think it’s really necessary for you to make me wait LONGER while you take a picture? Hah!

    Teardrops are cute…they started making them with bathrooms and kitchens inside.

    Stay warm and dry….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      To tell the truth, when I took the photo I didn’t realize Bridget’s leash was stuck in the rocks. I walked past her and climbed all the way up to the picnic table and only turned around when she started squawking. Poor thing.

      Yeah, she’s trimming down nicely. We extended the length of our campground walks tonight, went all the way up to the main road and the Bridge was so proud! She tried to get me to walk on that road, but we didn’t… not enough shoulder. The exercise is great for her morale and boy, she sleeps like a rock.

      I can’t imagine how they fit a bathroom and a kitchen in a tear drop. They’re cute little trailers and lightweight… For me, if you’re gonna’ tow something, well, tow something! Something big enough! 🙂 Of course, people in 40 foot Class As with 3 slides probably think I’m nuts . . . .

      Be safe, smile a lot, cuddle AO for me . . .

      • Robert, in it for the long haul says:

        This is so funny to read all the comments on size of vehicle to call home while on the road, …..big one’s and tiny ones…………what matters is the sleep at the end of a hard day, warm and dry and secure and for the teardroppers the means of cooking a hot meal without having to build a fire and the independence from a town and motels and overpriced restaurants………..young folks or old ones that have small cars for fuel economy that will never make a million but enjoy the things GOD gave us that only he could create.

        With all the big toys, come more problems, more trips to the towns to cater to the fancy rigs, while the teardroppers snikker and poop in the woods and laugh at the rich people……….regardless of what your station, we all enjoy the outdoors or we wouldn’t be here …………would we?

        Everyone that reads Sues blog eventually learns something or teaches something and think that’s neat.

        As far as the tent campers, they have it all……….they pitch a tent right next to the stream, never have to yearn for a place to park or level a trailer…….lol…………just level their back. Refrigeration………not a problem, just put your mayonnaise and roast beef or leftovers in a gallon freezer bag and submerge in the stream, keeps it cool and scent free. (bears cant pick it up)

        When I bring my fishing boat with me while camping, I put my beer in a duffle bag and sink it down about 30 feet in a mountain lake with a plastic bottle for a float and marker, mother natures fridge.

        Also when running ridgetops or mountain summits and running out of ice, even in summer east sides usually have some snow left over from winter, so put all perishables in the ice chest and pack snow around them, it lasts a lot longer then ice and makes great wine snow cones, or just take a handful and wash your bug ridden windshield off with it (snow, not wine snowcone)

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Lots of can-do in your attitude, Robert. I admire your resourcefulness.

        • AZ Jim says:

          A neighbor of mine when I lived in California had a tent camper. He went to Yosemite one time and a Bear torn hell out of his camper, ripped all over. He says he had no food inside but a couple packs of chewing gum, he figures that Bear smelled it.

      • wa_desert_rat says:

        Hi Sue,

        I looked at Teardrops as a “fishing camp” thing but decided I’d keep the 21′ Streamline. It has a kitchen and a bathroom. A teardrop has a rudimentary kitchen “under the trunk”. Lift the trunk lid and there is room for stove, sink, some water storage, utinsels, etc. But no bathroom. Some use a tent-bathroom and porta potti. They are very light in weight and streamlined well so tow easily even with a Jeep.

        Nice campground. You do have the knack. 🙂

        Craig

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I guess the biggest attraction to teardrops is the ease of towing.

          I’m glad you like my knack, Craig. 🙂

        • Crystal says:

          I have a “standie” teardrop, a T@B. I have an interior “L” shaped kitchen! as opposed to the clamshell red an white T@B in your photo. I’m loving this little trailer. I camp more often than I did in our class C motor home. I don’t have a bathroom, but you can get a T@B that does. Believe it or not, I know of two living full time in their T@Bs. Click my name and check out my photos in my link.

  32. AnnieB says:

    Oh, that camp is BEAUTIFUL! Definitely worth the $88. Thanks for the great pics!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, AnnieB! Glad you enjoyed the photos . . . .

      Yeah, it’s a good deal here. Wyoming residents pay only $6 a night, rather than the $11 a night, non-resident fee. Either way, it’s worth it.

  33. Paula says:

    Hi Sue,

    I took a look at the Google map of the Louis Lake Road’s switchbacks north of where you are camped. The road appears beyond challenging – more like brutal. Sometimes it’s fun to get out and “take on the world” — so to speak.

    Lovely pictures again. Fall is slowly moving in with the lovely golden colors throughout the campground. Enjoy your well-deserved “vacation”. I’m sure it’s a nice break from boondocking.

    Take care,
    Paula

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paula,

      I’ve been wondering if anyone took the time to look at that road on a Google map. I’ve gotten over most of my phobia of mountain driving, except that when I drive a road like that I have to keep my eyes on the road, rather than enjoy the scenery. Also, there usually isn’t a place where I feel good pulling off the road and that means no photos. I don’t know why I drove up there… to meet Judy and Steve, I guess. 🙂

      I was going to move to the boondocking area up the road until Augie told me I’m better off here (which is pretty obvious). He said I won’t have any OHVers or people being noisy here, whereas up there, it’s a big possibility. And, of course, Bridget loves being a campground dog for a change.

      Thanks for stopping by, Paula.

      • Robert, in it for the long haul says:

        He heee, the time I bring you firewood fetched from my quad runner, when there isn’t a stick around for miles and have sooooo much fun doing so and do so quietly, im gonna rub it in!

        I do realalize that most (ohv) users are disrespectful of others eardrums and dust free breathing rights but NOT ALL OF US..i also believe in the 5 mph NO WAKE zone for boaters leaving coves so not to make waves on shore.

        Quads are a quick fast and fun way of making all kinds of chores enjoyable and way cheaper and more fun to operate then firing up the truck or van and doing the same, and let me remind the green folks…………..they rode properly, make a hell of a lot of a LESS footprint on mother nature then a vehicle that weighs 4000 lbs.

        I also have not one, not two, but three 4 wheel drive vehicles, from new to a 1961 willys wagon, I enjoy getting back in the brush. When the trail peters out, park it and walk in to the fishing hole…………that’s how you get away from clingers!

        Don’t put us all in jail and ban us good guys from what we love to do…………WE TREAD ON KNOW ONE…………well maybe an ant or two………….OK sermon over!

        • Mick'nTN says:

          I see a couple of the OHV manufactures are making electric models. That would mean one would have to add a couple solar panels to charge the rigs but it sure would be environmentally friendlier.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Thanks, Mick. I did hear (not hear) an OHV that was very quiet. Electric would be great. I suspect the idiots prefer the noise though.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, Robert, you wrote the truth… “Most OHVers are disrespectful . . . . ”

          When I drove up the mountain I was going to take a photo of the very top, an interesting rock outcrop. However, going up to it was a two-track scar on the mountain. I mentioned it to Judy and she wondered aloud how long it would take for the scar to go away, given the fact that the Oregon Trail is still very evident. The latter I’m glad for– that’s important history– the former is irresponsibility.

          On the flip side, I see people with farms and ranches using OHVs to lighten their workload and that’s good. I’ve also seen people using them responsibly and with consideration for others for recreation — primarily retired people in the Quartzsite area.

          Unfortunately, some parents let children drive them in our national forests unsupervised and the kids go wild and tear up the ground and make a mess.

          OK…. I’ll stop! I’m glad you are careful with your vehicles, Robert.

  34. Kay says:

    Ugh, PEOPLE! No wonder we have so many fires in our beautiful forests. Leave a camp fire burning! That is just CRAZY.

    How’s those CLINGER HORNS working? Bears are clingers too!

    Bridget, soon to have a little butt. How cute.

    I spent the day steam cleaning the deep fryer and char grill in the food trailer. Let me say one thing. After watching a infomercial about the steam cleaning, I decided to try it. I’ve never really liked cleaning products and so I have used many lemons juiced as cleaning products. I bought a steamer and decided to give it a try. OMGOSH, the best $40 bucks I have ever spent. HOT STEAM WATER does the trick and with no harsh chemicals. My nose, it just said “ahhhhhhhhh”

    I’ve also decided to do a wee bit of rearranging in that mobile kitchen of mine. I assigned hubby a few projects. Like remove those holding tanks for now, move the water heater over, then take out that ugly make shift cupboard, go with me to Home Depot, I will buy a real cupboard and a real counter top and then, hubby can put that in.

    Now, tomorrow, I will likely be painting in the house because it’s getting colder tonight and tomorrow, it’s suppose to rain and have snow mix on Thursday. So, me being inside painting with heat on, is a good thing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      Driving to Minneapolis, towing a mobile kitchen to Nebraska, redesigning a kitchen, picking out a new cupboard and countertop, steam cleaning a deep fryer and char grill, painting a house…. and what’s that, a week’s worth of activity for our Kay? 😉

      Gee, and I was proud that I walked a bag of trash down to the dumpster yesterday . . .

      • Kay says:

        No, just 4 days. I am TRYING to beat old man winter. It’s cooled here this afternoon, Cheyenne was HOT to me with bright sunny afternoon.

        I did get the new counter tops, today.

        By the way, here is my POSSIBLE homemade soup rotations,
        Knoephla
        Potato
        Chicken Noodle
        Lobster Bisque
        Tomato Bisque
        Corn and Chicken Chowder
        Vegetable Beef
        Beef Barley
        French Onion

        I’m still thinking on the soups…. anyone have ideas?

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Well, it is not exactly soup, but I think when the weather is chilly or cold…tis awfully nice to have some yummy chili too….looks like you have lots of good soup ideas already!!

          I am curious….do you sleep?? I don’t know HOW you and hubby are doing all you have so far!! SO quickly!!

  35. Hi Sue & Bridget!
    Sue, your photos are gorgeous–beautiful country there. Bridget, I thought you looked more sleek–well done, Missy! Sue, you give such positive energy to others, it’s no surprise that you meet cool people. Even here at 233′ in our marine climate, fall feels quite near. The days are shorter, the air is cooler & Holy Cow! Did you see the Harvest Moon last night? It lit up the backyard as if it was daylight. The leaves should start turning color soon! Take good care, Ladies.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Yep, I’ve seen the Harvest Moon two nights in a row. We had some clouds… a few dark ones… pass over the canyon but, for the most part, the sky is clear.

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos and on Bridget’s new figure.

  36. Kathy from Florida says:

    Glad you are enjoying Popo Agie Campground. I stayed there in June 2013 for 3 days and loved it. I think Lander is a very nice town and everyone I met there was friendly. They also offer free boondocking in their city park. I think you are allowed to stay 3 nights.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I didn’t know about the city boondocking. Thanks for posting that info here. I think it’s smart for towns to offer that. The more you give, the more you get in return.

  37. Karen from SC says:

    I just love your campsites. I like to camp near water as well. The sounds of nature are so soothing. The wind in the trees, water flowing over the rocks that’s what I look forward to when camping. We are all happy that you are indulging in the luxury of a campground. After all you and Bridget have been through you deserve it. I am heading out this week for some time at an Army Corp campground on the a lake. I have a beautiful site on the water and will chill out for about 5 days. Its been a rough and hot summer here in the south. I just finished babysitting for 4 weeks and look forward to being alone. Take care and keep on snapping those gorgeous pics.

  38. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, Sue you seem to have found quite a nice spot there….glad you are feeling able to spend the money to stay awhile!!! Why not? And sounds good that you and Bridge are walking more. Hubby and I have been too. When younger daughter was out last week and I apologized for us oldies not being able to go fast….she said she had not noticed our being slow and guessed all the hills here have made a difference!! Getting Bridge slimmed down some might make life easier for her in the future. Tis not easy packing extra weight….how well I know that!! I doubt I will ever be slim…but have lost some….and hoping to loose more…walking does eventually do some good. Hang in there!! Stay warm and safe in the weather coming…sounds like your camp host is a good person and maybe you are in the best spot around.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Good for you! Walking is wonderful exercise… You can pace yourself and with good shoes, no injuries like some other forms of exercise. I’m happy to hear you are getting results.

      I’ve long been concerned about Bridget being out of shape. The extra weight had her panting way too soon whenever we walked anywhere. I noticed late yesterday, during our last walk of the day, she trotted up the long incline of the campground loop without a struggle or panting. My little athlete!

      Keep walking, girl!

  39. B Beck says:

    Sue,
    I stopped getting your posts/notices into my email INBox in late office, but had an extended issue with vertigo (inner ear virus) and couldn’t do much on the computer until my head cleared up. I went to the computer tonight to ‘catch up’ and see what you have been doing. At first I was alarmed, finding not a single post. Then I went to the web and found your blog, but I can’t imagine why I didn’t receive it. I MISS YOU!
    I can’t find out what happened, and can’t find a place to re-subscribe, either. If anyone can offer me some insight and advice about ‘fixing’ the problem, I’ll be most appreciative!
    Getting ‘well’ after an illness is a joy, but not so much so when you can’t easily catch up with some of your favorite people. ………… like your blog!
    I’m posting this plea for help, and also in hopes that some answers will come into my mailbox in the morning, so I can be ‘fixing’ my RV-Sue “withdrawal” with the first cup of coffee. Here’s hoping that messages to this post will hit my inbox and I’ll feel like it’s the beginning to a great day!! Thanks so very much!!
    Becky in TX TXBX@RV-Singles.com (I can’t find a place for follow-up comments or help, so I’m including an email address to hopefully get help faster!)

    • weather says:

      Hi Becky,glad to hear the vertigo’s gone enough to have let your head clear up.EMail notifications stopped working for most of Sue’s readers in late August,it’s not something you can fix,and for now,neither can Sue.The last 5 posts have been accessed by all of us by returning to the site.Sue uses WordPress for her blog,an update from them had a glitch that caused the problem.Attempts to take care of it have been fruitless so far.Just check back every morning,if a new post is here,it’ll show up for you,too 🙂

      • Susan, MS says:

        Someone a year or so ago when there was a problem suggested this site to use to be notified of any changes to rvsueandcrew’s post it is http://www.changedetection.com. I signed up and I have been notified everytime Sue post either a comment or a new post. You may try this. (I am also signed up to receive her email, but when it isn’t working properly, besides checking in daily, this has been a great help.)

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Susan. That’s the best solution I’ve heard for this notification problem.

        • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

          Thanks, Susan. Now I’ll automatically get the word. Thanks for the heads-up.

          Cat Lady

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks again, weather!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, B Beck,

      I’m very happy to see you here! Weather explained the situation well. I’m sorry you were dropped out of the loop. You weren’t the only one.

      Susan’s solution sounds like a great fix! I hope it works well for you.

      Thanks for wanting to be a part of this blog.

  40. Mert says:

    Beautiful area. Beautiful pictures. And Bridget does look like she is slimming down.
    I so enjoy your blog, and reading ( and getting to know everyone here with all the comments)

    I too would like to ask for some prayers, positive energy or anything else sent my way!
    I know I am new in here. So a little info.
    I moved back to Kentucky, after 25 yrs living in venice, fl.
    I moved back here to help my momma who was dx. With Alzheimer’s disease. Now 9 years later, she is in last stages and in a nursing facitity as my father and I could no longer care for her. It was and is a heartbreaking decision. I am a social worker, and worked long term care for 27 years.
    I was dx. 5 years ago with intracranial hypertension. It is a rare disease and basically. Too much spinal fluid. It has affected my eyesite. I have had 2 major eye surgeries and 3 brain surgeries. In a little over a year. Tomorrow I go for my hearing for disabilty, it had taken 3 years for this hearing to be scheduled. Meanwhile. They have found a cyst in my stomach where the tip of the tube is that drains the fluid. I have put off going to hospital as I could not miss this hearing. So tomorrow, I go for hearing. And from there to hospital to deal with the cyst and failed shunt. I am assuming another brain surgery
    Any and all prayers and good vibes will be so much appreciated. It has been a horrible year for me. My best friend of 30 years passed away march 1,2014 as well. How in this world I am keeping my chin up is beyond me. But finding this blog has been a huge help and blessing to me. Thank you Sue. And thank all of you.
    Much love, mert in Kentucky.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Oh so sorry to hear this Mert…will remember you in prayers. What a tough time for you and your family!! Keep coming back here…good folks here!!

    • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

      That is a lot to go through Mert. I hope everything goes ok when you see the Doc. I will be sending prayers your way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good heavens, Mert. . . You have had one helluva year, actually YEARS, and you’re still coping. You are one amazing person!

      The Alzheimer caretaker responsibility alone is enough to wear one down, and then the health problems and losing your friend. That’s an awful lot to deal with, physically and emotionally.

      I don’t know what to say other than we’re here for you. If you need to share with us, please do so. At any rate, do keep in touch.

      I am praying for you and the doctors. I’m sure many who read your story will join me on your behalf. God bless you, Mert.

    • Geri Moore-Hajek says:

      Mert, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you healing and much love at this time.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Your second pic of a teardrop, the red and white one, is the type with a bathroom and kitchen inside. These teardrops only have a seating booth inside that converts to a bed, and kitchen and bath on other end. Cute and functional.

      • Crystal says:

        Actually that particular T@B teardrop in Sue’s photo is a clamshell with the exterior kitchen. There are several T@B models. When there is no exterior trim molding on the outside edges, and a little different shape, it’s a clamshell model. Click on my name to see the T@B exterior that has an interior kitchen. Can you see the difference? 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Mert,
      Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers…..sending you positive thoughts, too.

    • Sondra-SC says:

      I think Mert also needs a Blessing Way Song…I really hope your hearing is positive, I am waiting on a hearing myself, It will ease your burden to have that behind you..My X who is now hospitalized is also an Alzheimer’s pt and he is in a bad way right now so I completely understand your anguish its the hardest thing to accept. We can at least have comfort in knowing ours in not the only families affected by this horrid disease. I’m hoping for better days for you and your family-

  41. Reine says:

    Stay put for as long as you like. If my memory is correct you’re already so far below your campground spending for 2013 it’s not even funny. I can’t be sure because you haven’t posted your Money reports for May and June and July and August. Hmmm, you’ve been having WAY too much fun if you haven’t kept up with the expense reporting.

    You’re in a beautiful spot and you and Bridge are doing the things that promote healing of the spirit. It’s worth paying for.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree, Reine… It’s worth it! “Healing of the spirit” — That’s it.

      I have done some work on the expense reports. When I’m motivated to get them done, I find I’m in a camp without adequate internet connection. Now I have the internet but I’m in a beautiful place and I’d rather PLAY! 🙂

  42. Trip and Lisa says:

    I see where some areas of Wyoming and Montana are getting some snow Sue.A buddy texed me today from North Dakota and said rain and 47 there.Coming abit early this year maybe,,,,,,Hope not.Still need some warm,huh?.
    Love these photos and that campground.Might need to check it out sometime,Safe travels Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Trip and Lisa,

      I don’t think we’ll have snow here, but what do I know? Matthew, the guy who pumped my propane down at Ace Hardware, said that this area usually gets snow on Halloween. That’s early enough!

      Glad you like our camp and the photos I took. The campsites aren’t for big rigs… There are several tent sites and places for shorter rigs (no pull-throughs).

      I wouldn’t bring a big 5th wheel or Class A in here. Mostly I see camper vans, truck campers, small travel trailers, along with the tenters. A Class C did fit into a campsite the other night.

  43. Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

    Your pictures are fabulous with your new camera!! I am soooo happy that you and Bridget have found such a fantastic spot. You deserve a vacation from your vacation. Bridget’s butt is looking much smaller BUT we cannot see yours 🙂 Happy that your bloggerinos are helping you out with your fantastic spot. Those were my heart shaped ice cubes that you mentioned the other day. As I am still in Box Elder at Americas Mailbox I’ can just run in and pick them up today. Yeah. Stay safe and kisses to Bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Krystina,

      I’d never seen those heart-shaped metal cubes before. What a clever idea! Thanks for buying them from here.

      You’re happy we’re here and I’m happy you’re on the road! Every time I see your name appear I recall the agony of waiting that you went through. Be careful with the weather. The Dakotas can get pretty wild!

  44. katydid in Chicago says:

    You can add me in to the butt challenge, though I’m getting there as a side effect of my own knee challenge. I first started reading RV Sue and her Canine Crew about 5 months into this blog. I wanted to be able to take those same walks and hikes as Sue and the crew. I got an evaluation done by a fitness consultant, (after my doctor sent me to physical therapy for osteoarthritis in my knees.) I have gone from being a size 18 and having to walk down stairs with both feet on each stair to being a size 14 and doing a 40 minute workout 3 times a week.

    The rain has made its way east to Chicago today. I put on my rain jacket this morning and had a great surprise. My rain jacket (that I always had to pull down over my hips because it was so tight on my big butt) slipped over my hips with room to spare. I’m down 30 lbs. since Valentines Day, 40 more lbs.to go. With less than 2 years until our full-time journey begins, I feel like I’m on the right track to being able to travel and enjoy nature like you Sue. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      CONGRATULATIONS, KATYDID! Wow! You have done an incredible job in getting yourself in shape. I am so very happy for you!

      Gee, I never imagined when I started this blog that people’s lives would be affected by it in so many positive ways. I thought I’d record my travels with my crew, have some fun writing, and that’s about it.

      I’m thrilled that you have increased your mobility and strength and improved your health. I bet you look a lot better, too. 🙂 Size 18 to size 14. . . Fantastic!

    • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

      So how’d you do it, Katy? Walking’s okay. What about diet? Anything in particular. I absolutely refuse to do those liquid diets so my stomach will be flat. I gotta have something to eat even if it’s a sandwich, lol. A salad is okay for a side but I want my protein (meat). My problem seems to be portion control. Since I stopped smoking in ’05, I love food. Have gone from 118 to 139 {sigh}. Did you go to the fitness consultant at a gym? Okay, enough.

      Thanks for letting me chime in, Sue.

      Cat Lady

      • Toni says:

        Eat less, move more. If you don’t have any conditions like a thyroid problem or medications, it will work. Of course, be sensible about what you *do* eat.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good advice for most people. For some people it’s not simple. If I simply eat less, I’m crashing with low blood sugar, down on the ground, and sometimes get killer headaches. I have to carefully plan what I eat each day when dieting.

      • katydid in Chicago says:

        I’m low carb-ing it. I have Celiac disease, so wheat is my long time enemy. All the rice-flour and tapioca starch baked goods that are sold as gluten-free options are not only expensive but FATTENING. I gained more than 50 pounds eating that stuff (and it lightened my wallet too.) I decided to cut out all the starches and sugar as well. Meats, eggs, and veggies are my main staples now.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Congratulations Katydid!! Your story is an encouragement and best wishes on the rest of reaching your goal too!! It is so hard when one has food allergies (recently found out MORE of mine) but I admit I feel better avoiding glutens and all the other stuff that bothers me. But it makes it challenging. Walking is helping some anyway…we are on hills here so that is more of a workout. One has to pace themselves however, so as to not overdo.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Katydid!! You are an inspiration! Yay!! You go girl!!

      Hope all is well in Chicagoland! I grew up in the ‘burbs and remember trick and treating in snow flurries a couple years and some snowy Thanksgivings! 🙂

      • Barb George says:

        Katy-Did is doing it!
        WOW! You are amazing!

        OK. Add me to the anti-butt challenge. AGH!!!

        Hugs from Hoquiam,
        Barb

        PS Sue, thanks for helping me start the day on the good side of life. <3

  45. weather says:

    The glory of sunrise overtaking the horizon had soundlessly brought joy in it’s wake.Slight overcast gave way to morning,small clouds cute as puppies remained.Fronds,leaves and blades of bright greens swayed around cream colored butterflies,vines climbed trees looking for sun.Amid them finches took wing to cross from one tree to the next.Finally I looked at the water-the world became huge once again.

    The smallest signs of life found bring me such pleasure-then the high view leaves me breathless once more.What astonishing love makes all this mine every time I step out the door.Now we’re inside noodling around in contentment so familiar.Hi Sue,was your coffee fresh or leftover?Mine came out so strong I had to water it down.Now it’s great,since I’m warm in my clothes it’s coolness is as refreshing as the caffeine.

    Reading the comments about ensuing cold days makes me giggle.It’s like we all want to tuck a blanket around you two every time we sense you are chilled.Hope you’re smiling about lots of things right now,I’d love to know what they are.Yet this blog takes so much of your time,I don’t mind just imagining them if you want to save that for a post and relax now.Either way-may things to savor be much of what’s yours today.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather…

      One of the things I’m smiling about is my coffee. I watered mine down, too! It was the dregs of the pot and I was too lazy to make another one. Rather than attempt to drink tar, I added some water and heated it up. Tastes okay for me!

      Your description of delights, near and far, reminds us all that every morning is glorious, whether sunny and bright, dark and overcast, stormy or calm.

      Here in the canyon, morning is a big tease. One has to wait for the sunbeams to clear the canyon wall. When they do, the night chill quickly disappears. It’s a pleasure to soak up the warmth. I always like to go outside, first thing upon waking, and “greet the day.”

      “Clouds cute as puppies”…. I’ll look for them in our Wyoming sky. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Goodness,I don’t know where my manners are today!Not replying in this spot ,after you cared enough to leave two messages-the one below here reminded me of how you’ve protected me here…as I thought of that-and your sunbeams clearing the canyon walls…of how we so cherish the warmth we receive from each other…

        The night chill that our pasts and more current times brought descended on me ,I let Him turn the tears to ones of joy within minutes.Enjoying the hours between then and now,I didn’t realize I hadn’t thanked you for responding.Before January I’d rarely been so self centered,it annoys me when I behave inexcusably childish, an offensive and distasteful trait unworthy of all I’ve been given.

        So now,back to that lousy coffee we ignored in favor of cutely clouded skies-we really ought both prepare our pots ahead- during the spurts of energy we have during the day.If we had what it took to do it right in the morning we wouldn’t need it,and that would be a shame!It’s made sunrise delightful for so many years, I’ve no intention whatsoever of depriving myself of it’s benefits or my pleasure in it-made even nicer when I share it with you.

        Raising my cool glass of water I toast not drinking tar and one more warm day for us both!Off to soak up the sunshine,Thank you ever so for the replies,today’s and all the ones before!!!

  46. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Perfect place to ride out the first storm of the season – solid access roads and an non-intrusive neighbor make for a little added safety-net 🙂 Love the water through the rocks – wonderful to look at and listen to. Enjoy the vaca!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      I don’t know where the storm is. It ain’t here yet! September-blue sky with a few white clouds, no wind, lots of sunshine. Woke up to temps in the high 40s. Not bad at all!

      I suppose it could all change very quickly, so Bridget and I will go hiking early today. Always good to hear from you, Jodee.

  47. Shirlene says:

    Weather, your words never cease to amaze me. We all wish to wrap a blanket around Sue and Bridget and keep them safe. Sue is like a favorite author whose book never ends and I am grateful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is so sweet, Shirlene… what you said to weather — and I feel the same way about her! — and your last line for me. You make me feel very special. Thank you.

      • Shirlene says:

        Good Morning Sue, enjoy you coffee and beautiful surrounding for your day. I will be following along while working at my desk also.

    • weather says:

      Thank you so much Shirlene and Sue!I’m genuinely touched and made happier than you probably imagine by what you said.Story and it’s telling has kept me strong enough to love the life that changed so much of my world one dark night.Knowing that the words I search for work reminds me that my purposes for being weren’t taken,only changed directions and companions-and that’s always only added to the beauty of the path.

  48. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    Love this camp also!! Of course, it has trees and water and rocks and hills… and icing on the cake…IT LOOKS LIKE FALL. Perfect combination. “The Bridge” …love that too. People will look at pictures and say…Oh you must have a great camera. Well, that is a plus but if you don’t have the “eye” pictures don’t look as good. My dear sister, you have THE EYE.
    Love you

  49. Grace says:

    First? LOL!

    What beautiful places you find! I hope we can find such lovely places when we start traveling.

    A question for you. Do you have problems with mosquitos and if so, what do you use to keep them off you.

    Oh, BTW, we’re listing our house today! It won’t be long now!

    Take care, Sue!
    Grace (in Tucson)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Grace,

      No, I don’t have problems with mosquitoes. I think that’s due to two reasons:

      1) I rarely stay outside once the sun does down. Where we’ve camped, that’s the time mosquitoes have been present. At the first appearance of a mosquito, inside we go, door shut!

      2) We rarely camp where there are mosquitoes. In other words, we don’t go where it’s humid, where there are small pools of standing water and marsh, and where there isn’t breeze. The breeze is important! Only three camps in three years have had mosquitoes… Brooks Lake, WY in mid-summer, Pelican Lake, UT, and Mittry Lake, AZ. At the latter two there weren’t hardly any in the daytime… one or two.

      At Brooks Lake I used OFF! which was given to me in a retirement gift bundle. 🙂

  50. Willow (AZ) says:

    Gee, looks like I am going to have to join the Butt Busters group also, I need to lose 10 pounds and for some reason it’s not budging. I am so impressed with Katydid, gives me encouragement. 10 lbs shouldn’t be that difficult but it is….
    I also want to tell Mert that I am praying for your health and well-being, you deserve a little happiness. You’ve had a horrible time and are still standing, you must be a very strong women.
    And last but not least….love to Sue and crew, thank you for the ride.

  51. edlfrey says:

    I have not read all the Comments so what I say may have already been said.

    I owned two teardrop trailers during a 5 year period prior to my buying a 24′ Class C. Full disclosure, the teardrop purists would not allow me to use the term “teardrop” to describe my trailers.
    A teardrop trailer is a teardrop in shape but that does NOT make it a teardrop. You can NOT stand up in a teardrop trailer, this would remove the T@B that RVSue has so identified from being classified a teardrop.
    A teardrop trailer must have a rear hatch that when opened has a ‘chuck wagon’ style kitchen. My teardrop trailers did not have such kitchens and therefore would be NOT be classified as teardrop trailers.
    Having said all that. I used my teardrops to do ‘windshield tourist’ trips of 3 weeks to 3 months in length. They are great for that kind of drive, drive, drive then stop a couple days kind of travel. There is no way that I would want to fulltime in one and the closest that I came to doing so was the first 3 months of my Peregrinating prior to buying the Class C. That was a trip that was used to determine IF I was going to be a Fulltimer.
    The first two links below will take you to two 3 month trips that covered all of the contiguous United States. The third link will take you to the last treardrop trip that I did which I consider the beginning of my Fulltiming (it will be necessary to click on Next Page to read the entire trip that ended on March 6).
    http://edwardfrey.com/roadtrips/trip3.html
    http://edwardfrey.com/roadtrips/trip4.html
    http://edwardfrey.com/peregrinating/period1.html

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate you setting me straight, Ed, on the distinctions between a teardrop and a T@B. I changed the caption under the photo of the T@B to display my new knowledge. Thanks for the links. Enjoyed them!

      • Crystal says:

        There seem to be many opinions on what is and is not a teardrop. Little Guy trailers now make the T@B, as well as their traditional teardrop size. They classify all as teardrops because of the tear shape.

        Others state as Ed states, and that if you have an interior kitchen and can stand inside, it’s not a teardrop. Makes no difference to me what my T@B is called, because it doesn’t change how much I love her. BTW, T@Bs are invited to Tearjerker events. The T@B Sue photographed has an exterior kitchen, a clamshell T@B.

  52. fossildreamer john says:

    Hi Sue,, To me, you are a lady who really has it together,, A lady who knows what she wants, is good at what she doing, and is enjoying her life to it’s fullest, with a few mishaps here and there like all of us have,, at least, it’s a beautiful day when propane is needed and not it’s snowing.. Sue, you are the envy of many many readers..
    And I as one feel your your sorrows, and your abundance of joys as you travel..
    Thank you for sharing them. You make my days brighter…
    Safe travels Sue…
    Ps have fun on fossil mountain,, from fossildreamer

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, fossildreamer john! YOU should be here! I traipse around this canyon and drive up Fossil Mountain with little appreciation for and virtually no knowledge of what I’m looking at. The indicators of geological history are wasted on me.

      I appreciate you and other good people sharing my joys and sorrows. One thing I never forget is how fortunate I am to live as I do. The least I can do is share my life.

  53. Pat in KS says:

    My husband and I have returned home from an almost three week trip to Glacier NP and Yellowstone. It is refreshing to have reliable internet. I tried several days ago to send a message to Rita through the blog to offer our condolences to her. When I tried to post I learned that I was no longer connected. I couldn’t figure out how to save my message for another time (and another hotel), but I lost it.

    I was sorry to read that Rita had lost her sister. I hope that Rita’s sadness passes. Siblings are such important people. As we age, it is only our siblings who remember us when we were children. They know our parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. It is the shared memories that are important.

    When Rita posts messages that include details of her youth, I find them of tremendous interest. Her childhood is so different from mine, most of which was spent less than 20 miles from NYC.

    I do hope that this message of sympathy makes it to the blog and that Rita reads it. I’d like to send a virtual casserole and also a hug.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Pat . . . I’ll try to catch Rita’s attention in case she quickly scrolls through all these comments.

      ATTENTION, RITA: SEE MESSAGE FROM PAT (above)

  54. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue and Bridge,
    You guys better hunker down for the next few days. Snow is in the forecast for the Northern Rockies and Plains.
    I was camping for a few days at a nicely developed Fishing Access out of White Sulpher Springs. Woke up shivering under my quilt, got up and shivered much, much more. Ambled outside and found a layer of hard frost on everything. Had to pull the start on the quiet little generator I carry along to use the little space heater I use in most extreme circumstances. Usually, my propane stove inside the trailer warms up the little 12 footer, but this was a very cold early (2:30 am) morning! HAH!
    Thought about you and how you would have handled a similar situation!
    BTW I am so confident now, I can hitch and unhitch without looking around for help! LOL
    You are my inspiration, girl! Stay warm.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      I don’t think I’ve ever had a hard frost experience. Snow, yes. I would’ve relied on my propane heater since I don’t have a generator. You survived!

      Of course, you can unhitch and hitch without looking around for help! You’re a competent woman. In fact, you can do it better than anyone else because it’s your trailer! I’m very pleased that you are confident about the procedure.

      Every person who learns to hitch/unhitch and then proclaims how easy it is helps those who think it’s something they could never do. You become an inspiration to others, Diann! 🙂

      Lander’s weather isn’t going to be bad. However, we’re staying here because the next leg of our journey takes us to Atlantic City, WY, and South Pass which, being much higher up, is expected to receive an inch of snow and very low nighttime temps. Don’t want to drive INTO cold weather . . .

  55. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin says:

    Your blog is wonderful & now I’ve read “all” of it-I think. Now I own a 19′ FunFinder which I used for the first time in a campground near my summer home. Let’s see–I set off the propane alarm (a helpful soul had turned on the bypass valve to the water heater =No water to the heater) ; couldn’t read the new surge protector,(need to cover it mostly so no ambient light gets to it) froze everything in the fridge (seems the electric thingy had fallen off the thermister-yay for the internet fixes) but enjoyed the “new” camper anyway. It’s not that I haven’t camped before; with my late husband’s homebuilt gypsy caravan I’ve been to Florida from CT 3 years in a row, but it leaked all the time, no insulation, no freezer, no A/C or ventilation, etc. but it was adorable. Now I hope to be Ms. anonymous, no more photo ops! I being easterner want to go out west & travel with my BC & see this country. My late husband & I did go cross country but at his speed, which was really speedy& not very see-ey. Your travels give me hope that I will get to do this soon as I am getting up there as they say. Thanks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Maryanne,

      Thank you for reading all of my blog and for telling me it’s “wonderful.” I hope so! Welcome to comments . . .

      Well, call it a “shakedown cruise” … Your first excursion with the FunFinder. Do come out West when you have the opportunity, when you get “up there.” 🙂 I know you can tell from my blog that I love it here! Nice hearing from you, Maryanne.

  56. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Hope you and Bridget had a great day and are now snuggled in for a peaceful, cozy evening.

    Last night I went into my dark kitchen to get a glass of water. The full moon broke through the clouds for about ten minutes, brightly shining through the window over the sink. What a special surprise! I sent up wishes and prayers for healing of body and spirit, for peace and contentment, and for safety and guidance. I sent my wishes to the “wishing moon” for so many folks: You and Bridget, fellow blogerinos, family, friends and acquaintances. I hope you felt that warm hug!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Yes, we did have a great day! I’m almost finished blogging about it.

      As you travel about you’ll collect many memories of full moons in different settings. I looked up at the moon last night, too. Maybe we connected!

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  58. tess says:

    I just found your blog (recommended on an entry at Escapees) and enjoyed it very much. I am here in Wyoming and glad that you enjoyed your stay at Sinks Canyon. We were just there a few weeks back and were amazed at the sink. Sending positive energy to you and Bridget and the other commentors as well. Hi everyone!

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