A false start, a new start

 Thursday, October 22

P1080134Baker Dam Reservoir Campground, Route 18, north of St. George, Utah

Our last night at Baker Dam we’re in a different campsite. 

My plan was to hit the road on Thursday and move to a new location.  Here’s the story why Thursday didn’t happen according to plan.

P1080115-001“Guess what, pups?  Today is moving day!”

Bridget and Reggie look at me with faces that say, “What’s with the big announcement?  Duh.  We know it’s moving day.”

I open the door of the Best Little Trailer and the two of them run out to stand next to the passenger side of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  Tails wag in anticipation of being tossed inside.

“You two must have hidden sensors.  I haven’t even packed up yet and you know today is the day we break camp.”

I put the doggie beds, pallet, water dish, and the crew inside the PTV.

I set about breaking camp . . .  Pulling stakes, rolling up the blue mats, wrapping each one with a bungee. Folding up the lounger and setting it inside the door behind the driver’s seat.

Securing the interior . . . locking windows and cabinets, closing ceiling vents, putting away loose items, placing the storage drawers on the floor, and so on.

Next I hitch up.

I unlock the BLT’s coupler and crank it higher than the hitch ball on the PTV.  It’s an easy hitch this time, only three back-ups!  I crank the coupler down onto the hitch ball, push down the lever to secure it, and attach the lock using its key.

Next I hook up the chains, the solar cord (charge to the house battery), the power cord (power to the tail lights and trailer brakes), and the emergency break-away cable.  I attach the anti-sway bar.  Lastly, I crank up the jack and put the cone in the back of the PTV, along with the wheel chocks.

I pull the PTV forward and get out to give the campsite one last look.

“All right, punkins.  We’re headin’ out!”

At Route 18 I make a right turn to go north.  A few miles up the road is the turn for Pine Valley.  When we explored this area I noticed a free dump station between the towns of Central and Pine Valley.

P1080129Dark photos in this post are due to cloud cover

My plan is to dump tanks and then travel to our next camp.

However, all morning I’m struggling for the energy to break camp and to take care of the tanks.  I am really dragging!  I know what this means, having dealt with bouts of low energy all my life.  If I don’t push myself, just take it easy, stay hydrated and rest, my energy returns.

Well, I can’t drive us to a new camp.  The best thing to do is spend another night at Baker Dam.

Soon we’re at the campground again.

The place is empty except for one camper.  We’ll choose a different site just for the heck of it.  (That’s the site in the first photo of this post.)

I put out a minimum of stuff because I’m optimistic that tomorrow we will move on.

I don’t bother to let down the rear jacks or to chock the wheels.  I keep the BLT hitched, of course.

P1080131Chicken noodle soup, orange juice, water, and a nap!

By late afternoon I’m feeling much better.  I walk Bridget and Reggie around the campground loop.  When we come upon our former campsite, a funny thing happens.

Bridget sits down in it and doesn’t want to leave!

P1080133Bridget sets her body down in our former campsite

“Bridgie, honey . . . . What are you doing?  We don’t live here anymore, sweetie . . . .”

What is she thinking?  Being nostalgic maybe?  Needing a Zen moment?  Maybe she thinks were supposed to be in that site.  That I made a mistake.  After all these years I still cannot  figure that dog out.

Bridget takes a moment longer and then she trots over to Reggie and me.

Together we return to our new campsite.

P1080130We sleep well.

Friday, October 23

“This time we really are leaving!  In you go!”

I toss the crew into the Perfect Tow Vehicle and we head south.  Unlike yesterday, it’s a sunny day, a good day to be on the road.


NOTE:  Some of you read my blog on a mobile device that does not show the sidebar where it says. . . .


This doesn’t mean I don’t care about you or don’t appreciate you reading my blog! 

Like hordes of our fellow RVers, the crew and I move southward for warmth during the winter months.  You may see us on the road, at a store, or in our campsite.  I ask you to help me keep my personal, real life separate from my cyber life.  If I start socializing with readers, soon this loner’s happy, vagabond life, as well as the blog that shares it with you, will be ruined. 

Please do not attempt to force a “chance” meeting.  Please, no cruising by, stopping at our campsite, or gawking.  Please respect our privacy and understand the necessity for me to post this message.  Thank you and Happy Trails!  — Sue


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Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
Air Purifier, Anti-Smoke, Anti-Mold
Waterproof Hexagon Gazebo (Chocolate)
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227 Responses to A false start, a new start

  1. Rod Ivers says:


  2. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I am glad you are feeling better Sue, rest for a few more days just to be sure after you get to your new camp. Take care!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m blessed with a strong immune system. I think these low-energy times are when my body is fighting off something. All is good again!

  3. Tara from Pac NW says:

    Hey Sue, I think you teach us all a lesson to listen to our physical and mental health. Good for you for staying put until you were ready.

    I understand why you had to post the reminder about gawkers. Back during the summer when you were in Oregon, any time I would see a Casita, I would get a little thrill that it could be the famous RV Sue. But I had to tell myself, if it was you, give privacy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Tara. I’m much more interesting through the written word than in person. Yes, keep in touch with what your body tells you. That’s worked well for me.

  4. Rod Ivers says:

    What we won’t do just to be first …lol

  5. Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:


    I would leave the privacy post on each journal entry. I didn’t realize mobile viewing was different from computer viewing.

    As for Bridget, 4 frontal poses this time. Maybe she has decided she IS photogenic.

    She thought she was home in the vacant site I guess.

    Aren’t dogs interesting?

    Marilyn in DB

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      I’m hoping I don’t have to leave the privacy message on every post. I hate having to post that. It sounds grumpy and not the tone I want for my blog.

      Bridget has her moods. She’s entitled to them, bless her.

  6. Karen LeMoine says:

    Glad you are feeling better. Poor Bridge probably wanted to move back to the old site. Bless her heart! I wouldn’t want people trying to find me either. Leave Sue alone with her Crew! She deserves her privacy! Message delivered 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      Thanks for understanding our situation. Yes, I’m fine now. It’s no big deal. I included it to point out that every day isn’t a go-getter day. Especially those of us who travel by ourselves, we need to be prepared for the days when we aren’t 100 percent. I always keep chicken soup on hand, for instance.

  7. Buddy Boomer says:

    I enjoy your blog and hope to rendezvous sometime perhaps in Quartzite. I also travel with just my dog and always find interesting ways to get around not having another pair of hands.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Buddy Boomer,

      Because of my privacy policy, I hope we don’t rendezvous sometime. Read About RVSue and Crew accessed from the header and you will understand.

      I wish you and your dog well in your travels. Enjoy the big Q! And thanks for letting me know you enjoy my blog. 🙂

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        “Are you kidding me? No, I hope we don’t rendezvous sometime!”
        I finally quit laughing but can’t let go the grin! Oh my!

    • weather says:

      Hi,Buddy,I remember you commenting a while back on a page no one responded to because a newer post was up by then.I hope you know your hope to rendezvous took folks by surprise.A recent uncomfortable situation has made it a hot topic in the comments section of Sue’s blog . I was pleased that the Technomads site video led you here and think you’ll love the social scene at Quartzite.You really seem to have taken to the RV life.A guy as friendly and open to new things and people as you are seems a great fit for it all.Enjoy the roads and what they take you to!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thank you, weather, for helping me here with your gracious reply and welcome. I reread my reply to Buddy Boomer and it doesn’t sound right. It sounds smart-alecky and I don’t mean to be that way. Gosh, what a memory you have!

  8. David Ainley in Houston, TX. says:

    Okay, I’m a newbie. I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and really enjoy it, especially the pictures. But I gotta ask “What’s the deal with ‘being first’?

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I’d say it’s just a goofball, pointless-in-the-grand-scheme-of-things, yet fun and “lovable” social tradition here. I can’t actually remember how/when it started — maybe someone else does.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sidewinder Pen explained very well the importance of being first on this blog. It’s a position sought by many and achieved by few, something to treasure for the rest of one’s life. I wish you luck, Dave. *sigh*

      • David Ainley in Houston, TX. says:

        Thank you Sidewinder Pen and Sue for the explanation and welcome. I’ve recently joined your ranks of the nomadic types and will continue to follow your blog Sue. I do hope you will do a blog where you list the cell phone apps and computer websites that you find useful in your travels/adventures. It would be very useful and appreciated by many of your followers. Safe travels to both of you.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, David. I thought I had replied previously to your request for apps and websites. Maybe I’m thinking of someone else. Anyway….

          I don’t use any cell phone apps. I have RV Parky and never use it. I rarely go to websites. Sometimes I go to sanidumps to find dump stations. I’ve used BLM and Forest Service websites to research or confirm what I’ve found on my maps. Publiclands.org has been helpful. I like that one because it gives elevation. Most of the time I find boondocks and campgrounds the old fashioned way with an atlas I hold in my hand while lounging with the crew. 🙂

          I don’t like to use the free campsites websites (do a search) because the camps they list are often overused or there are too many people there. They tend to emphasize the “free” aspect rather than beauty. I don’t want to camp next to an abandoned store, for instance.

          Because my use of apps and websites is limited, I won’t be blogging about it. I’ve already blogged about how I find great camps.

          Best wishes to you, David, as you travel and camp. Thank you for continuing to follow my blog.

          • David Ainley in Houston, TX. says:

            Thank you Sue. And yes you may have already answered in a previous blog, but I missed your reply as I can build a computer but am VERY new to following blogs and Forums. I’ll practice on that.

        • Jordan says:

          Hi Dave,

          I’m just about to start out on my full-timing adventure & have been doing a lot if research while waiting to get going. There are a lot of blogs out there that talk about all the things one may need for this lifestyle – or at least what they need for their’s. But even if you don’t need all that you might get some ideas for things you hadn’t thought of.

          As for Apps for camping & such, Technomadia has a great list of these resources & give you their take on the usefulness of each app. Their website is specifically for the full-time RV’er & has a wealth of information. They are really THE guru’s of anything tech oriented out there for RV’ers. Here is a link to their Apps guide. Some they have written themselves:
          http://www.technomadia.com/2014/10/guide-to-finding-rv-parks-campgrounds-and-boon docking

          I haven’t tried any of the Apps myself – don’t have any on my phone even. I may give a couple a try. I’m like Sue, i LOVE maps that i can hold in my hand – they make traveling more adventurous in my opinion. I feel more like a pirate that way! ?

          Best wishes to you & safe travels!

  9. Lady Piper,(Piper), and Rusty near th' River in AZ says:

    Hi Sue, Maybe Bridget wanted to see what is in the empty camp area without a trailer and camp gear,,,, “Timber” would do the same thing if we camped near a old spot and “Piper” does it also,,,,,,, We cant guess what is going thru our pets minds sometimes,,,,,,,, have a great time and give them babies of yours a hug from us,,,,,, rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Maybe she did want to look at the camp without us in it. I didn’t think of that. I hope you and Piper are comfortable by the river these days. Gee, time flies. Seems like yesterday we were camped next to you near Lake Havasu City.

      Hugs to you and your girl…

  10. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    So glad you are feeling better! you must have fought something off! Good old chicken soup will do it everytime. Welcome back, I missed you yesterday. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Shirlene. How nice to be missed!

      Homemade chicken soup is best, of course. Progresso works well for me, too!

  11. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    Hi, Sue. Sorry you are having trouble with people not respecting your privacy. I do love your blog though. I hope the reminder works. Poor Bridgett, she is so proud that she can get you back home no matter where you go, I guess she was just reminding herself that this was where you used to be.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Most people know enough to let us be. It’s just a few that need a reminder…

      I think you may be right about Bridget. She has an acute homing instinct and she’s very proud of it. She loves to show us the way home. I also think she’s made up her mind that I’m a nincompoop who needs her help knowing where to go!

  12. weather says:

    Gosh,I love posts with extra photos of Bridget in them,it’s just ridiculous how much she pleases me.I think you were right in thinking she thought you’d made a mistake about which site you parked in.She’s become used to leading you home.You’re always smart enough to change plans when your body signals “time to be still and let me take care of whatever needs to be fought off”. That saves a lot of illness and potential for accidents,good move.I like the wording you used in the notice about respecting your privacy.Thorough,to the point,gentle yet firm,lets folks know why you ask for them to cooperate and why it matters-great job!

    Spent my first real wind and rain storm in the T@B. You know I love those,I enjoyed this even more as the outside seems so much closer because of all the windows beside me when I watch,feel and listen to the rain,wind,trees,ground and lake.I hope you are enjoying where you are as much or more.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s exactly what is special about a rainy day in a home-on-wheels! Yes, I know you love it. I bet you had a grand time inside your T@B for your first storm. 🙂 Actually the same holds true for windy days when branches are bending and swirling outside one’s window, and the wind rocks you. That’s what we experienced last night. I didn’t put down the jacks or wheel chocks (we’re still hitched up) and we’re situated high above surrounding area. The wind buffeted us like a nanny rocking our cradle!

      Thank you for your support on my privacy note.

      • weather says:

        Good morning,Sue,I hope that wind left if you and crew are going to ride in the PTV today while towing the BLT.Because you were still hitched up yesterday afternoon I guess you had not definitely decided to stay there and maybe this is moving day.If so,may your search for and drive to a new campsite be fun and rewarding.

        The skies and conditions here are promising at least a mornings worth of storminess.It’s my kind of gorgeous out!Pine trees bending,leaves flying everywhere,the sound of huge waves crashing mixed with howling wind and rain pelting every surface…God,I love this stuff.

        As always,it’s been a nice treat having you on here.Have a wondrous day.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The glory of it all! I can imagine being in the middle of all you describe about the approaching storm. It’s like the world has been sleeping and suddenly it wakes up and makes a big fuss… “leaves flying everywhere. . . waves crashing”… It makes one glad to be alive. I’m not going to say “Enjoy” because I know you are!

          I haven’t unhitched for the best reason of all. I fell in love with this camp and I knew I wasn’t interested in leaving it for one minute. It’s incredible!

          I can sit in my lounger and watch light and shadows change on the magnificent rock formations…. better than any movie. And even though there are plenty of people here, it’s a relatively quiet place. I don’t know if the rocks absorb the sound or if the rocks are so majestic that people are quieted by their presence!

          The crew and I enjoy our walks. Well, you’ll see what I mean in the next post.

          I will unhitch today because we need to go to town. I’m out of eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and a few other essentials.

          Thank you for the good wishes. And “good morning” to you, too, in your gorgeous place in the world.

      • weather says:

        My other reply did not include my saying “You are welcome.” I wasn’t sure if the discussion about privacy was done for the moment and preferred to leave that choice to you,Sue.It’s been obvious for years that you are really encountering more than casual curiosity about a rig or campsite,that people recognizing you and your home is the reason you’re being approached.Newer readers will soon realize that with the explanations being included now.This is a good opportunity to foster that understanding.

        My opinion is that another person’s wish to invade my privacy in no way obligates me to grant them their wish.Those who feel entitled to more can try to manipulate me into changing my boundaries and throw tantrums from here until eternity,the answer is still NO.

        Sue you have continually chosen to teach,help and be kind to people at great cost to yourself that some people are unaware of.Because you choose to not broadcast those I will respect your preferences and not mention them.My own choices in life are not identical yet have much in common ,especially in terms of the weight of responsibility and personal sacrifice.I believe we both have been given a mission in life ,are fulfilling it and need to take care of ourselves in order to continue doing that,for everyone’s sake-ours and that of all those we care about.

        Part of taking care of ourselves and our health is keeping those boundaries.I am sorry that is difficult for us to do and for some people to be satisfied with.I wish them well and dearly hope for their happiness in life,yet can not offer more than I do.Neither can you.May you be at peace with that and know that you have my utmost respect and gratitude for doing all that you do.

    • weather says:

      Shades of saffron,apricot and amber cover the lawns here now. Along the borders grass,still as green as it was in springtime, frames the picture seen.Facing the lake- a different world.It’s warmth has kept summer’s look on most of what grows.Turning in a circle I can see three season’s seamlessly blending.

      The one that I don’t see,winter,crosses my mind.It was snowing when I shared lunch at work with a friend I’ll visit today.I didn’t return to my job after that as much changed in my life that week and has continually since.I’m looking forward to our catching up with each other .We likely won’t be together again for quite some time though we’ll stay in touch other ways.She has never lived more than a few miles from where she was born near here.Though I know many people who do that it I’ve never gotten over how different that makes ones life.

      You fall in love with a camp where you watch light and shadows change,I have with so many places.We both will with ones we haven’t been to yet.My friend still has neighbors she learned to walk with as a toddler.Equally beautiful in their own ways both types of paths are full of such wonderful gifts.I hope today’s where you are among your favorites!

  13. Applegirl NY says:

    Well, I don’t know what Bridget was thinking, but she certainly provided a beautiful photo op. She looks beautiful sitting there under the mountains.

  14. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    I got home from work and see I have a new blog to read!!
    thanks Sue……you just made my day…….

  15. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    work…such a nasty 4 letter word……sorry about
    posting that…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A reminder of w#*k makes retirement all the sweeter! 🙂

      I hope you can quit soon!

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        Is that you or Reggie saying a bad word? He must have taught you.

        Marilyn in DB

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        its sad to say but Ive been retired for 8 years and still have to work to pay bills……inflation is killing me but it sure beats the alternative….but Im only working 3 days every 2 weeks…every little bit helps

  16. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hey Ms. Sue……I reread the privacy note from you and it may give me a nightmare tonight….I will be afraid I will see you somewhere along the way and not thinking say something to you! I do some pretty stupid things sometimes! Pray I don’t….haaaa! So glad you feel better, you are a smart lady and know how to handle pretty much all circumstances you come across. How you inspire your readers is amazing, thanks for always taking time to add to your blog. Miss B looked so lonesome sitting in the old site, bless her heart, what a cutie she is. How did you decide what to take with you when you first left your home to full time rv? You seem to always be prepared, that’s great. Take care and so glad you are ok, safe travels and give the crew a hug for me.

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:


      You reminded me of my mother. When she was not up to snuff, she rested and ate light. She didn’t use her Medicare until she was 90 years old. Amazing.

      Keep healthy so you can entertain the blogarinos.

      Marilyn in DB

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      How did I decide what to take with me? Hmmm… Well, I read Tioga George’s blog for several years, like you’re reading mine now. I saw what situations he found himself in and what he needed as far as equipment, tools, supplies, etc. Becoming well acquainted with how one will live on the road makes equipping one’s rig common sense. Also, one can pick up items along the way and get rid of things one doesn’t use.

      I don’t mind people saying “hi” if we happen to meet in a parking lot, for instance. It’s the creeping around, staring, acting like my home is a tourist attraction like The Biggest Ball of Twine in the World or something. Sheesh. It’s hard to relax.

  17. Sorry if this has already been addressed, but I have been wondering for awhile, what IS the protocol if we truly accidentally run across you? Do we totally ignore you, or is a casual wave OK as we go by? Is jumping up and down, screaming and pointing OK if we’re at least 1/4 mile away? Maybe we need a website somewhere for posting RV Sue Sightings so people can be jealous! (kind of like being First in the comments)? LOL……just kidding, I totally understand the privacy thing, considering how many blogerinos you have! Glad you are feeling better today.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JanisP,

      All I ask is that people act normally, not seek me out like I’m a human geocache. Hey, let’s take a drive and see if we can find RVSue. Or That’s the PTV! Let’s wait in the car and watch RVSue when she comes out of the store. Or Let’s turn around and park where she parked at the overlook (and then watch her while she eats her lunch. This happened at an Oregon beach!).

      • Leesa (IA) says:

        Ohh creepy. If people would just think about how they would feel if someone was stalking them maybe they would think twice.
        Glad to hear you can bounce back quickly. One of my worries is getting sick in the middle of nowhere.
        Good to keep Miss Bea and Reggie on their toes (paws) and not let them think they are one step ahead of you.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Leesa,

          Great to hear from you again!

          Yes, becoming sick while traveling is bad enough; sick while full-timing alone can be really bad. It’s a possibility for all of us. I may find myself in a bind someday, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take in order to enjoy this freedom.

  18. Lois (AZ) says:

    Bridget sitting at the old site made me laugh out loud…since I live alone, I can do that! So enjoy your posts…funny how when I travel, I notice Casitas now (which I never did before your blog) Reminding bloggers of the privacy is not insulting at all..you do it in such a thoughtful way. Please continue to remind everyone…we do NOT want to lose you! Safe travels…am sure you are already settled!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lois. It’s always fun for me to learn that someone laughed out loud at my post. What a privilege for me! 🙂

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        well you know what they say…..
        dont know what the fascination is……..
        but I’ve not been known to be too smart….

  19. Chey (WA coast) says:

    I would think the way to handle an RVSue sighting would be the same courtesy you would give to anyone who want’s to be left alone; leave them alone!

  20. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue and Crew,
    Your problem with privacy is you are Famous in the rv blogging world. Just like Tioga George was. I don’t think it will ever go away until you are not famous anymore. The offenders cannot be regular RVSUE followers, probably people that have heard of you and checked out your blog a time or two. I have to admit if I were in a campground and knew you were there I probably could not resist taking a peek. Why? I don’t know, just curiosity. Most offenders probably mean no harm , they just can’t help themselves. Your Famous! So I think you should try to look at those that invade your space as Over Excited Fans not gawkers. Maybe looking at them as Adoring privacy invading Supporters would help. Having followed your blog for quite a while I know this problem really affects you. I am sure allot of Famous people have to deal with similar situations. Try to look at it in a different perspective. I hope that I have not gone out of bounds or offended you. I Really Enjoy Your Blog and will continue following along! Best Regards, Scott

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, FloridaScott,

      I can’t tell you how happy I am to see you here. I was depressed yesterday thinking of all the folks who used to comment and then disappeared.

      I understand what you’re saying. I should be pleased with the attention, rather than annoyed by the intrusion. Well, maybe some people can do that. I’m not made that way. I think it’s safe to say that most people are happy/secure/whatever in the company of other people. I’m happiest when I’m alone, absolutely alone. If I’m in a semi-public place like a campground, I try to position the BLT/PTV so that I at least have the illusion of being alone. Then I hear the tires crunching on the gravel as someone creeps their car past my window and they stop, craning their neck. I physically cringe! This isn’t something I can choose not to do. It’s who I am, who I have been all my life, and who I will be until I take my last breath.

      And before someone pops up to say I have social anxiety…. I have been forced to live and work around people most of my life. I did what was required of me, I hated it, and now I’m suppose to put up with people hanging around my space? No.

      Like this morning… I’m walking the crew and we pass a camper with a dog that barks at Reggie. I hurry us along. What does the woman do? She puts a leash on the barking dog and starts walking behind us! I turn around and ask her which was she is going. She says, “I’m following you.”

      What? I don’t want anybody following me (she didn’t know about RVSue). Then she asks, “Why? Are we bothering you?”

      I mean, how clueless. Are there people who like to be followed when they’re out walking their dog? I didn’t answer her question. I said, “I tell you what. You keep walking this way and I’ll walk the other way.”

      Anyway… I don’t know why I got onto that tangent. You didn’t offend me Scott. You’re trying to help. What you suggest is like telling an extrovert to develop a positive attitude about solitary confinement.

      I’m glad you still enjoy my blog. Best regards to you, too. Don’t be a stranger!

  21. Chey (WA coast) says:

    For instance: I was cooking on top of Bald Mt in Sun Valley when the snow became a sideways 30 mph white-out with Clint Eastwood and entourage stranded for 5 hours.
    Everyone pretended we were unaware or we would have been fired. RVSue could FIRE US! Another time I saw Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins while walking on a sidewalk. I smiled and nodded in recognition, as did they, and that was it.

  22. Utah Bonnie says:

    Good for you for listening to your energy level and giving yourself some time for rest and medicinal chicken soup. I’m sorry you have to remind folks about respecting your privacy and I understand your reasons for not posting where you are at the time you’re there. I hope none of my fellow Utahn’s stepped on your toes while you were in the area. . . . we have our share of knuckleheads.

    I on a lighter note, I hope you got to sample a Veyo Pie while you were in the area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, gosh, Bonnie… I drove by the pie place about six times, each time thinking I’d stop before we left the area. In fact, I was determined to stop on the way back from Gunlock. It’s right on the corner there. It was lunchtime and oodles of people were there and I didn’t want the crew to have to wait. I even saw a woman putting some in her mouth. She was sitting at an outside table. It looked like a berry pie, my favorite! Errghh!

      • Utah Bonnie says:

        To be honest Sue, I’ve never stopped their either and I drive by there a lot. I’ve heard they are over rated if that makes you feel better, but perhaps I should stop some time just to make sure. I will let you know if it was worth it. Berry is my favorite too after chocolate, pumpkin and rhubarb.

  23. Happy travels! Hope your fame doesn’t make you want to quit your blog 🙁 Love to read about your adventures 🙂

  24. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

    LOL x 1000 re: the worlds biggest ball of twine and human geocache comments!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s us! Step right up, folks! Here she is… RVSue… and if you look over here, Bridget! And Reggie!!!! Okay, move along . . .

      Step right up, folks! Here she is . . . 🙁

  25. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Sometimes plans change….there is no time schedule getting from point a to b. You do as you please…

    Bridgee babee being so sweet! Ya can’t fool me RVSue…BLT or not! This is home! Glad you’re feeling better.

    As for your privacy policy…it is what it is and it’s gonna stay like that! No one is exempt from the rule….no matter what their excuse is. People don’t understand that you allow us into your life. Stalking, peeking and other infantile behavior is just that! I don’t see the big deal! You put your undies on just like everyone else. Even movie stars have a personal and private life. I’m sure it gets old…being hounded all the time.

    As for me? I have no desire to meet you in person. Our blog life interaction is wonderful..we know enough about each other. Hell…I may not like you in person or visa versa….with that its all about respect.

    Why folks continue to push the policy is beyond me. What part of NO don’t they understand?

    Have a great evening….hugs to the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I hope Jules had a very happy birthday in Vegas. 🙂

      You’re so right. I’m not any more interesting than the average schmo. I suspect that people who’ve met me after reading my blog are disappointed. Gosh, why mess things up with reality is my motto. Ha!

      Bridget looks like a lawn ornament in that photo.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Like a……gnome? I am so telling her! Bridgggeeee babeeee! ?

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          We had a great time in Vegas.

          We painted with the Dolphins at the Mirage. My sis flew up from PHX for the day. Won HUGE (25K) at Treasure Island and then decided to give it all away.

          While talking to our casino host, she spoke of a lady that choked on a piece of steak. She was without oxygen for 40 minutes and on life support until her mum arrived from England. Her sisters came into the lounge and were trying to figure out the logistics on flying back with the body and paying the hospital bill…as there is no health insurance.

          The other half went to our local vets… Into a fund for those who truly can’t afford life saving procedures for their pets.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Wow! I’ve known for a long time that you and Jules are very compassionate and generous people. This recent act of generosity is above and beyond! What a help for those folks caught in a tough situation. And also for the vet fund. You have my greatest admiration. That was definitely a win-win weekend!

          • Lee J in southern Oregon says:

            That made my heart smile….

          • Applegirl NY says:

            My hat’s off to you, Cinandjules. God bless your generosity.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Cinandjules, you both are a blessing to so many people. What a wonderful example of paying it forward. 🙂

  26. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    That woman walking her dog behind you must have been nuts. I hate being out with other folks and their dogs, as I am usually walking Angel so she will take care of her business. Since she gets distracted so easily, I try to go when it is just us walking.

    I would love to meet you sometime, myself, but not at the risk of invading your privacy, or putting you in an uncomfortable position. Also, reading this blog makes my day, so I would not want to jeopardize that either.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I figure that woman is a city person. Her concept of personal space has been altered by over-crowding. Either that or she just likes following people. It’s not like you can become lost on a campground loop. Haha!

      Yeah, I know what you mean. When walking one’s dog, it’s nice to wander around, enjoying the time of day, not dealing with distractions…

  27. Aerolite Steve says:

    Haven’t been able to read your blog for a few days now as we are traveling. The last two nights we spent at Baker Dam campground and left this morning for St. George area. Today I go online to catch up and am reading your post. When I get reading Oct. 22 (posted Oct.28), I get the crazy feeling that I recognize that campsite that you had. So I bring up my photos and sure enough …. the site you spent most of your time is the same site we used. The color, shape, and positioning of stones around the fire pit confirm it. Crazy. While we were there only 2 other sites being used in the campground. We enjoyed our time there …. not busy and quiet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aerolite Steve! Hello! It’s been awhile. Good to see you here again…

      Oh, that is funny! The same campsite…. I’m glad you enjoyed your time at Baker Dam. It can fill up on the weekends, but most of the time it’s a very quiet place. I hope you have a chance to see Snow Canyon, too.

  28. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    Glad you’re better !! chicken soup, oj and rest works for me also. I also drink chamomile tea, helps with the rest part. Take care of yourself. I think Ms. B liked the view better. Seriously, was it not beautiful?
    I’m a loner as well so I understand. Drives some people crazy. They need to just put on their big people pants and deal with it. We’ve reached that point in life where we are entitled to do what we want. Stay well, Stay safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alice,

      I like your attitude! “We’ve reached that point in life where we are entitled to do what we want.” Yes!

      Thank you for your kind words regarding my well-being.

  29. Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

    Sue, thanks for the privacy reminder but if you ever get in a bind such as with a health issue, know that this blogerino would be there for you. Julie

  30. Ladybug in Mid TN says:

    I saw a Casita in a campground here in TN. I knew it couldn’t be you, so I decided it was safe to gawk them. 😀

    Here’s an idea……put on the sidebar that Bridget’s delicate constitution can’t handle visitors. Everyone would do anything for the Bridge……;)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      Yes, gawk away! Bridget’s constitution delicate? You think that’s believable? Ha!

  31. Dawn says:

    I read all the time, but don’t comment too much 🙂 Living vicariously through you! Lynn, who also comments sometimes, and I met many years ago when we were both fulltiming it – friendships on the road sometimes last a lifetime! We talk about how a few years from now we both hope to be on the road again. Right now we just daydream and window shop our next rigs. We’re also both dog lovers, too. So really enjoy your adventures and cry as well too, sometimes, with you. Thank you for sharing in such a public manner – I may not say much, but it’s always a treat to find a new blog post in my inbox.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I know what you mean about friendships on the road. I have a few that I treasure. I’m glad you met each other and now you’re enjoying daydreams and window shopping. Thank you for taking the time to write. I fret sometimes, worrying that my blog will dwindle down to only a few people talking here. Please do stop by again. You bless me and all of us when you do. Have a good evening…

  32. Mr.LooRead says:

    During my winter travels in Florida I actually advertise and seek out other snowbirds to meet at a few locations across the state. I meet some great people on the way and truly enjoy the company of humans.



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m happy for you, Mr. LooRead! Yes, there are gatherings all over the place for people who like to get together with others of the same interests, same rigs, same hobbies, etc… also caravans of people who don’t like to travel or camp by themselves. Everyone should be able to carve out the lifestyle that suits them best. Enjoy!

  33. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    didnt know where to post this so I’ll just do it here………..
    I read I think one of the blogorinos posted that a train that travels across
    America has a free writers residency program and I came across a blog
    that a guy posted of his trip on this train…….great story and great pictures
    if anyone is interested……
    just delete it if inappropriate …..



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the link, Chuck. Crossing the U.S. by train was a dream of mine until I discovered another way to see the country. 🙂 Maybe some readers will be interested in seeing this.

      Okay, is it just me or does this bug anyone else? When you click the link and scroll down there is a photo of the interior of the train. Quite lovely with nice seats and big windows…. and there are these two people with their feet propped up on the window frames. Is it too difficult to sit with your feet on the floor? Gollee, people.

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        sue, I noticed those kids with their feet up on the wall as well…….
        its obvious that their parents let them put their feet up on
        the coffee table when they were young….
        my mama woulda whooped me doing that….HA!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Thanks, Chuck

  34. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    Okay — I know I am first (in my own mind)—-Nope–my buddy Rod Ivers beat me out!!
    That Bridget she is just a homebody isn’t she? glad you’re feeling better Sue.

  35. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy are home (for now) says:

    Hi Sue, I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better. Something I like to add to the usual single person living alone sickness preparedness supplies is Dramamine. This OTC med can make a real difference if you have an extended bout of upper GI upset. 24 hours of not being able to keep anything down can be serious if you are alone and not near medical help. Another thing I keep in the house is an electrolyte replacer, or sport drink mix. In a pinch a little table salt in a sweet drink will do temporarily. So, enough of that.

    We, (Tommie, Buddy and I) returned to our stationary home today. After getting a taste of traveling, l wholeheartedly encourage you to defend your privacy. If you get intruders you could always claim to have a contagious case of the flu as you dash into the trailer, then again some people have no idea of their impact on others.

    We were in Ocala NF over the weekend, semi besieged by roaming packs of small children on wheeled things. Bikes, skateboards and scooters made endless loops around the campground without an adult in sight, sigh. Tommie gets a little agitated when people move but don’t appear to be walking. I think it’s confusing, “it’s a human, no it’s a toy but moves like squirrels, whatever, I am chasing it!” By Sunday we were both a little territorial and happy to watch the sites empty. I also position my truck and trailer so I cannot be seen by those passing by my site. If I want to chat, I’ll put my chair where I can ‘visit’. I think of it as a front porch, OK to say hello as you walk by, versus a back porch, just out here to enjoy the weather thank you please enjoy your walk, bye kind of situation. It also seems like there are some campgrounds that are set up to encourage socializing, or maybe it’s the type of people. Oh anyways, if I see you anywhere EXCEPT the campground, I’ll say hi. You’ll know its me by the dog in the red vest.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      I appreciate you sharing your suggestions for supplies in the event of sickness while traveling/camping. I never thought about dramamine. I keep several cans of chicken soup, emergen-c packets, a bottle of Gatorade, pills for UTI pain (that I’ve never had to use, thank God), and of course the OTC pain killers.

      Way back in 2011 I blogged about people who creep and how it upset Bridget and Spike. If a dog thinks you’re creeping or not walking normally, watch out!

      Yes, weekends can try one’s patience. It’s such a pleasure to watch the folks drive away on Sunday afternoon!

  36. Jan Reno now says:

    Price of stardom! Lol. Post a big sign “Gawkers Beware!”
    I cringe when people want to look at my rig and want to visit for far far far to long. Some people just need people. I always try to set up camp very private like.
    I suspect that lady following you just didn’t want to be alone and probably hoped you would ask her to join you. So many lonely folks. Sigh. And annoying.
    anyway, your blog so simple,mundane chores, yet somehow interesting. How do you do that? Skillful writing! I always feel so relaxed when I read your blog. I can’t wait for your blog. Addicting. Nice. ( well except for the sad parts and the scary parts lol)
    So with all that said, if I ever do bump into you in a grocery store lot I hope you will let me buy you a roasted chicken as a thanks, but no need for chit chat. Our lives are the same nothing to talk about unless one is aware of upcoming storm or important rd info that needs to be passed along.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      That woman who followed could have said, “Hi, My name is whatever. What kind of dog is that?” I had just walked right past her and she made no indication of friendliness or neediness. I’m pretty good at sensing when people are lonely or wanting help or whatever.

      My blog is weird. Like you say, I can write about putting my lounger in the PTV and people read it! Amazing! Tomorrow is another big day… I’m going to wash dishes in a basin at the picnic table! Stay tuned! 🙂

      Oh, I’m being silly. I appreciate my readers sticking with me, the crew, and our simple blog.

  37. Lee J in southern Oregon says:

    Way back when’s in 1967, I’m surprise I can remember that far back, I was in school in LA., working in a restaurant that was popular with tv personalities. One of our regulars was Sebastian Cabot. He was filming a series called Family Affair.
    He was the nicest man, drank his tea hot…bad tipper, lol. We had Jason Robards as a regular, Angela Cartwright, she was a kid then. Various singers, actors, directors….and you know what? They were just people..nice for the most part, some grumpy…but just people. I cannot imagine how distressing it would have been to have all the staff making a fuss over them…we didn’t…they came back often…
    One time I was at an event at the Jack Tone Ranch near Stockton, they raised the most wonderful Arabian horses, the fabulous Fadjur!…anyway, I was standing hanging over a stall wall watching a mare foal, what timing! I was staring, focused, and this nice man said “come stand here, you can see better”, it was Robert Wagner…we shared a love of Arabian horses…he was a nice man but just a man….
    So let’s treat Miss Sue like just another person ….love her from a distance, online…be her cyber friend, support each other from a distance…
    Thanks you Sue, for your wonderful blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lee, for a wonderful comment! I enjoyed it very much.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Wow Lee, I visited the Jack Tone Ranch for a day in spring of 1967 or 68 with a class in care of the pleasure horse as a student at Delta College. Fabulous place.

      • Lee J says:

        Did you take classes from Debbie Sanguineti or with Doc Black? I did! Loved those classes..I owned a boarding stable in Tracy and went to every class I could. Even Debbie’s evening riding class..I had to buy icecream for the whole class once because my horse fell in a muddy arena one night, I tried to convince them I didn’t technically fall off, just went down because my horse did, no one bought it, lol.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Your mention of Sebastian Cabot brought back the memories. We were only allowed to watch TV when we were sick, so of course we then watched it every moment. Good old Buffy and Jody (Family Affair), My Three Sons, Dick Van Dyke, etc. etc. Geez, I’m probably not only dating myself here, but it’s going to need to be carbon dating.

      • Lee J says:

        He was an interesting man, always wore the wildest Hawaiian print shirts, but very jolly personality. Nice memory…

  38. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Hi Sue…on a kind of sabbatical from blog commenting…ha…and if I was a nearby camper right now, I would want you to ignore me too…but no worries…we are nowhere near that yet… 😉 We are getting ready for a big trip…BIG…but I will chat about that perhaps when we return in late December…IF I say anything. Lots of work however and much planning…esp. as 2 others are going with us. Plus all the other things of life and other worrisome things with our daughter and family… So tho’ I have been reading at least the post…not necessarily the comments for awhile…I will read when I can and wish you safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re so mysterious today, Elizabeth! Whatever you have planned, wherever you go, I wish your trip to turn out even better than you expect!

      Oh my, a BIG trip… This is a tease greater than any of my cliff-hangers! 🙂

      We will miss you here. Be safe, be happy, be back when the time is right for you. Love ya!

  39. Stan Watkins says:

    I think you might be getting a little paranoid. People naturally look at cute little trailers and cute little dogs. I do agree with posting after the fact because sometimes nefarious individuals may target internet celebrities(yes you are a celebrity) and bad things could happen. I promise that I will never intrude on you but I can’t promise not to look at your trailer or puppies. Thank you for your blogging and adding to my bucket list. I have worked with some of the biggest names in show business and have never been starstruck , but Bridget and Reggie : true star power.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I think of the definition of “paranoid” as excessive worry or concern about something that is not likely to happen. If something IS happening, then paranoid by definition doesn’t apply. I mean, if there were a tornado headed right for my house, and I was concerned, it wouldn’t be because I am “paranoid” about tornadoes.

      Sorry if I seem snippy – you just happened to hit on something that is a pet peeve of mine and I wanted to respond, but I can’t figure out how to make it sound magnanimous.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        I love ya, you know that BUT a tornado heading right for your house is not the same as a *gawk er* who *might* be harmlessly admiring your rig or outside area (without coming on your site, of course). Don’t get me wrong, I support Sue’s rights to her privacy. Besides, we all love to defend RVSue and her crew, me included. Just wanted to keep it more to apples n apples, not apples a bananas that’s all.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Sometimes hyperbole is effective in making a point and I believe that is the case here with Pen. I appreciate her complete support very much.

          PLEASE…. EVERYONE…. Stop injecting that I might be mistaking this for people looking at my rig or campsite. This is a very difficult issue for me to communicate, and readers “muddying the water” is not helpful. I’m trying to make it very clear that I don’t want intrusions into my real life and people keep popping up making it sound like I’m imagining things, misinterpreting things, being paranoid. If people would accept what I’m saying as truth, I wouldn’t have to go on and on about my need for privacy. I’m damned if I do, damned if I don’t…

          • Mike Leonard says:

            Sue, I understand. I like people, but am a very private person. There is nothing wrong with just wanting to be left alone.

          • Pamela K. says:

            Wow, is THAT replt to me?!
            Hold on there a minute!
            I supported you from the get-go. And at least twice you have replied in a way that makes it sound as if I don’t support you or that I am not understanding your complete point of view.
            Sue, like your other readers, I too, simply tried to calm the waters while keeping it real about the *torndo thingie*. I would have gladly drop the issue but this reply to my comment is over-the-top for you. No one has said you are the least bit crazy or not within your rights to think as you do about your privacy issues. I know I certainly did not!!! Dang, keeping the peace is hard work sometimes and there’s no pleasing everyone. I think some of us simply tried to give the poor woman a way to save-face a little, if she was a reader of your blog. I doubt it would happen again if she is so please don’t go off on me…that’s MY hot button.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I didn’t “go off” on you personally, Pamela. I didn’t mean it to sound that way. I didn’t want a thread of people making excuses for the woman’s inappropriate and annoying behavior which weakens what I’m trying to communicate.

              There have been three instances I suspected were gawkers. I didn’t mention the other two because I wasn’t certain. I didn’t look out my window soon enough. The third person was obviously snooping. And yet I have readers telling me I’m paranoid, making excuses that she wasn’t snooping, just looking at my trailer, my dogs.

              What’s with this “poor woman” crap? That’s MY hot button! How is she suffering? Did I go to her home and park outside her window and stare? Good heavens, we don’t even know who she is and oh, the poor thing…

            • Pamela k. says:

              You lived in the deep south, in Georgia no less. When a southern says “Poor Woman/Poor Man* or *Poor Dear* it usually means without saying outright that you think of the person as vastly lacking something in one or more areas….mental, social, economic, etc. Sort of a verbal eye-roll if you will. The *poor woman* was clearly lacking social graces and maybe metal graces to do what she did to you. That’s what I meant. Like saying someone is *the poor thing* where it is clear she is not poor per se, just extremely lacking in some vastly needed area. It’s a common way of expressing someone’s faults without calling them out on what those faults are. That expression is used all the time in the deep south. “poor woman always thinks her son/daughter is a nice kid.” Really meaning the *poor woman* is much of a fool or completely bind to not see how her kid is NOT the person she wants to believe he/she is. Sue, I was simply trying to calm the waters some – without calling the *poor woman* a complete and utter fool for being so bold to you. That’s all. I hope I have cleared that up now. Hope I have said it correctly. If not, it’s in the early AM here and THIS *poor woman*, LOL, needs to try and get some sleep! 🙂

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Hi Pamela,

              I didn’t mean to confuse with the example of the tornado. To put it more clearly, “paranoid” to me means people who constantly worry about things that are very unlikely (sky falling, etc.).

              To use the term “paranoid” to describe something that IS actually happening, I think does a disservice to the person to whom it is (actually) happening, minimizing or marginalizing their actual experience.

              I didn’t mean to imply that any actual tornadoes were involved.

            • Pamela K. says:

              We’re good 🙂
              It would take far more than that little tornado thingie to get me upset at you. If I had had a delete buttons I would have deleted my comment, I sounded piffy. I’m sorry.
              Besides, us Night-Owl girlfriends need to flock together 🙂

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Thanks, Pamela. Glad we’re good.

          • Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

            I understand Miss Sue…….totally, have a blessed day!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Pen. I wouldn’t worry about sounding magnanimous. Stan didn’t.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      This topic is one of the single hottest of hot-button topics on here. Many a good fella has tried, and failed, to change or soften the views about *Gawk ers* VS casual *Lookers*. Just a friendly hint…Trust me, you’re not gonna win this one, not on RVSue’s blog anyway. 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        There’s no softening the facts.

        • Pamela K. says:

          I said, “… many a good fella has tried and failed…”
          I was supporting you!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Thanks, Pamela. I appreciate all the support I can get on this issue. I’m touchy to the point where I’m picking at words and phrases and being thin-skinned. I need to slap up a new post so we move on to happier topics!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Stan . . . .I can tell the difference between someone looking at my trailer and craning their neck to look around my trailer at my back yard. People look at my trailer and my dogs all the time. They ask me questions about Casitas and ask me what kind of dogs I have. That’s great!

      Please, let’s not turn this around like I’m imagining things. Why is it so difficult for some people to accept that this is happening to me? It’s been happening to me for four years. I have friends who have experienced it indirectly because I was near them and they didn’t appreciate the intrusion.

      Shortly after my blog became popular, I had NINE visitors in one week with only one of them invited. That’s when I knew I had to be ever-vigilant.

      For heaven’s sake, I’m trying to save what is very dear to me — a peaceful life and a successful blog. Could I have your support on this?

  40. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Sorry to hear your energy levels are down. I would guess *the gawkers* took some measures of energy from you. Emotional stresses do that I me sometimes too, good stress or bad stress. You know, like holiday times even when good can be very stressful at times. Hope you are feeling stronger soon!
    I wonder what was up with Bridge?! Were all Reggie’s toys accounted for, maybe one was still there? Or maybe she liked the open views better at that site. Better yet, I bet she thought she was leading the way home since you doubled back and all. HA! She thought you were lost and forgot what site you guys were suppose to be on! LOL, that’s gotta be it! 🙂
    And…whoever bought that cute happy face yellow clock is so lucky. What a cute, happy looking clock!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And that clock comes in many different colors, too. I almost bought one myself!

      • Pamela K. says:

        I’m really thinking on that smilie face one, like it a lot. Like the size and easy to read too. Would look cute in the kitchen close to my yellow Wolfgang Puck mini rice cooker. Yellow is such a happy color!

  41. Mike Leonard says:

    I am hoping to get on the road as a full-timer the first week in December. I have been following your blog from the beginning. Thank you for sharing your experience and adventures!

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      December, not that far away. And with the upcoming Thanks Giving holiday fest it will be time in a flash! Best of the Best in your soon-to-be full-time travel adventures! What kind of rig will you full-time in, motor coach, 5th wheel, trailer, class C, class B? I am always interested to know what rigs people choose and why it fits them. Again, Best of the Best to you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great news, Mike… on the road full-time in December! I remember your name and I know you were with us from way back Thank you for letting me know you’re still with us.

      I encourage you to overcome any obstacles to make sure you do launch into this way of life. What a feeling when driving away that first day! Every day, every sunrise, every turn of the road becomes precious. At least, that’s the way it is for me and for a lot of other full-timers.

      You must be in the final stages of preparations. Good luck and please keep in touch. If you see my reply… and you don’t mind me asking, what rig do you have and what do you look forward to?

      • Mike Leonard says:

        I am towing my 2011 Casita with a 2007 Toyota Tundra. My four little Bichon dogs will be with me, and they are great travelers. One of my first goals will be to try and duplicate your solar power setup. I started to say solar system, but realized how funny that sounded.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh yeah! Now I remember! You’re the guy with the Bichons!

          And you plan to carry the “solar system” with you… Ha!

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Heya, Mike,

          I’m chuckling out loud now (as Lois in AZ says, “I live alone so I can do that” – ha!) because I’ve done that same thing! That is, refer to “my solar system” and then think, “well doesn’t that just sound a tad grandiose.” 😀 Talk about making it sound like the world revolves around me…

          Sounds like you have a great rig and crew. With four, you could just about give them oars.

          Have fun with the preps, and then…. shoving off!

  42. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Hi there folks,
    I found something I want to share with all of you who like to limit their electric or propane use when cooking at boondocks. It is the small portable rice steamer/cooker from Wolfgang Puck. It only uses 200 watts to run it and it gets the job done super quick! I bought two of them, one for meats/fish and one for veggies/soups. It is fully portable with a handle and you can even get a carry case for it, love that! Well, not sure if Amazon carries them. I’m sure they have something like it that also uses low watts. They have them at HSN. And yes, I know, but even Sue buys stuff at Walmart sometimes when it is a good deal 🙂 So not to fuss at me please, just letting everyone know of a really fun, nice steamer with low wattage use and can even be used with an added 110 volt to 9 volt converter adapter. BONUS! Non-stick and easy clean up. Well, my chicken breasts with fresh corn turned out delish’ so I’m super pleased with them. So, if you are inclined to steam foods then check it out. Search for it first at Amazon, if not then to HSN.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Sue, if you have a link to something like this on Amazon please post it. It was so nice to find something that steamed/cooked well without the need to more than 200 watts.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Yes, I checked at Amazon. They have it!

        Wolfgang Puck White Portable 1.5-cup-dry, 3-cup-cooked Rice Cooker

        The link is one of mine. — Sue

        Amazon also carries the insulated travel bag for this item too. I also have two of the travel bags for this. They are great because you can bring your foods to a 5 minute boil/steam and then put the cooker into the travel bag making it a thermal cooker for up to 4-6 hours. I just tried doing this last night and it worked great. Was ready early this morning and still warm. So that makes the pair a great go-to for RVing and boondocking 🙂 I’m making a egg and cheese omlet with hashbrowns, red/green peppers and onions as I type this. Another favorite and its ready in less about 5 minutes in the mini.

        • Pamela K. says:

          Yep, that’s it! Cooks like a charm.
          Thanks for posting the link.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Sounds like you are using it similarly to a thermal cooker. I keep meaning to try one of those (even though I don’t normally cook that way, it does sound good!).

          With the thermal cooker (I know you know Pam, but for anyone else) there is no separate power requirement beyond the stove you put it on. It’s kind of like a big Thermos and a pan combined. You heat up the food in the cooker on the stove, then turn off the heat and I think optionally put a cozy on it (but they are already insulated) and let it just keep on cooking with the residual heat.

          Now my lazy-cooking self needs to find something compelling to make in one 🙂

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            I should have included that of course there can be advantages to the one Pam has suggested – didn’t mean to dis that one. I just don’t use 110 so my mind traveled to the thermal cooker.

            I really think the folks gawking at Sue are missing the mark; I mean, have you READ Pam’s various descriptions of what she has on the stove?!??

            😀 😀

            • Pamela K. says:

              While the rice cooker is 110 it can be used with a 9 volt adaptor that steps down from 110 to 9 volt 🙂
              What’s cooking later tonight? LOL, pulled pork with spice rubs, YUM!

  43. Renee Galligher says:

    H Sue, Bridget, and Reggie,
    Sue – glad you are feeling better to move on to the next adventure to provide material for your followers to read!
    Bridget – I’ve done the same – gone to a prior site we’ve camped at and just stood there reminiscing of the wonderful time we had there.
    Reggie – ever faithful and patient!

    Sue – one more thing – if you see someone, some day, down the road waving at you like crazy, just wave back. That will probably be me keeping my distance out of respect but letting you know I’m happy to see you! Come to think of it, this probably happens to you a lot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      Isn’t that a sweet thought — Bridget reminiscing about good times. I’d love it to be that. 🙂

      And yes, wave! I love to see someone smiling and waving as they go on their way! Thank you for your note.

  44. Pamela K. says:

    No rush, just wanted to let you know that Amazon carries both items, the portable rice cooker and the rice cooker travel bag.
    Speaking of breakfast, mine’s ready now! Enjoy yours and your day today 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I inserted the link into your comment above. Thanks, Pamela! Enjoy your omelette!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      Thank you for the two thumbs up review of the rice cooker. I have thought about getting one, but most units are too big. I am thinking that little unit might make a nice Merry Christmas to me gift! 🙂

      I picked up dry cleaning on the way home from work and saw a nice shiny Airsteam and it’s tow vehicle parked in an adjacent lot. I immediately thought of you and Klemper! The unit looked to be between 22 – 24 ft; it had a dual axle.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Awww, sweet of you to think of Klemper and me when you saw the little Airstream. While it was not us, the Airstreams are hard to miss especially if they are kept nice and shiny. I must admit I do enjoy ours. It’s been really good to us and is the only place that ever feels like home to us no matter where we roam. 🙂
        Denise, that rice cooker really is The Berries! Perfect little size for one or two people. Like tonight, it was late for making dinner. I had planned on doing pulled pork. Instead I opted for two chicken breasts baked in my toaster oven with Shake and Bake and a side dishes of Knorr Asian Teriyaki Rice. Cooked the rice in the little rice cooker and it was perfect! And it didn’t take all evening and several opts to clean up. I am a big fan of one-pot wonders 🙂 So, I would think it would be a FAB gift to give yourself! 🙂 Glad you likes hearing more about it and how well it gets the job done!

        • Pamela K. says:

          oh crap, typos AGAIN. I am so bad at typing!
          …and it didn’t take several POTS to clean up.
          Just quick wiped the one cooker pot and I was done.
          I love that! Money well spent.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            You must be having insomnia, answering so early in the AM…that is to blame for the typos! It happens to me, to….insomnia and typos! 🙂

            Thanks for the info! The rice cooker sounds perfect for me,

  45. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    I literally walked into Bob Hope one night on a New York street because, as a tourist, I was gawking at all the sights. I immediately recognized him and said, “Excuse me Mr. Hope, are you ok?” He said, “I’m fine, are you ok?” I said, “Yes, thank you” and kept walking. Famous people (like Sue) are famous because of the work (whether acting or blogging) they do. I don’t think their “famous work” gives anyone a right to walk up to them when they are enjoying their private, non-work time and ask for an autograph, take a photo, or just stare.

  46. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, if you see me somewhere just keep movin……I like ya but only in print. Now, knowing my potential to hurt feelings I should inject a little…….just kiddin….

  47. Terri From Texas says:

    I personally think “the biggest ball of twine in the world” is INFINITELY more fascinating!! 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying your new campsite!

  48. Lois (AZ) says:

    If we are “regular” followers of RV Sue, we have to understand where she is coming from! Time to MOVE ON!! Anxiously awaiting for the next camp/venture and especially those awesome pics! Let this once again become HER blog!! All of you out there in cyber space have the option to begin your OWN blog! Now I sound like a “mother”!! LOL (Insert smiley face)

    • Pamela K. says:

      yes, you do LOL 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        Lois (AZ),
        I’ve not met you before.
        I follow SUE’S BLOG everyday and I have no intentions of having my OWN blog. Good Heavens, I would be completely lost out there in Cyberspace. Nobody does it better than RV Sue 🙂
        Have a fine evening, nice meeting you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree, Lois. Time to move on!

      I would’ve put up a new post right away to end this topic but I had to go into town for groceries while it’s still cool for the crew in the PTV.

  49. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thank you for your comments and support. I think we’ve covered the privacy issue. No more please.

    I need to take a break. I’m not in the right frame of mind to write a post. Maybe later… Y’all have a wonderful day.

  50. BadgerRickInWis says:

    After an all too brief trip in the PTV we again go on our tour around the campground. I spy our former beautiful camp and sit down for a bit. Just taking a brief Zen moment and wondering why we needed to leave here. Does she not realize how perfect this camp was? Does she not appreciate the work that Reggie and I did marking this site just so?

    Then suddenly RVSue is down by the road yelling at me and calling my name like I didn’t hear her the first time. What is up with that woman? After all these years I still just can not figure her out.

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:



      Marilyn in DB

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Too funny…..but the truth!

      Two paws up!

      • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

        Another Subject…Has anyone else been fascinated by the tiny-house movement during the past 5 years? As Mark and I lived full-time in an RV and then downsized to a 17 foot trailer, it has been a challenge, and an adventure, ..also eye- opening to see how little indoor space we really need to live well. I have given up baking for now but think I will find a creative way to do it on a smaller scale.How has living with less space affected how you do things and keep things simple?

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Hi Sue CleanerGreenerVegas,

          Yes, I find the little house movement fascinating. It seems like most have the bed in a loft area, which could be a problem for folks with knee/back problems. There is a company in WI that makes an 1-level Escape Park Model (not to be confused with the Escape fiberglass trailers). The original plan is really nice. Just enough space, although I would probably opt to window in the screened porch to make that area usable year round. That being said, the price is high… If money was no object, I would have one unit snuggled on a mountainside, another on the Bay side of Emerald Isle, NC, and one in UT. Oh, to dream! 🙂

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          A fellow blogorino had a tiny house down state….until the neighbors had a tizzy. She ended up selling it….let me see if I can remember her name….stand by

        • Pookie in SE Texas says:

          if you have quit baking inside then you need a cast iron dutch oven
          so you can bake outside on an open fire pit…..I fix all sorts of stuff
          outside just cause I’d rather be outside than inside cooped up….

          • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

            You know that is a great idea. We got one as a gift and I guess it is time to get it out and experiment with it

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          Yes! Very familure. In fact right now our plan is that when my pension kicks in (4 years, 3 months, 28 days. NOT that I’m keeping track) I will travel in my tiny trailer and my GF Kelly will be moving into a tiny house at a yet to be determined place.
          So fun as we both teach ourselves what needs to be done. LOT’S of similarities between the two.

          Also I believe Sue once mentioned that she had thought of moving into a a tiny house if the road ever stops calling to her.

          • Cinandjules (ny) says:

            You have 4 years 3 months and 27 days to figure out how to get 8 stoves into the tiny homes!

            Hahhhh ?

            • BadgerRickInWis says:

              Nope, I already have a plan. Not sure I can bring myself just toss them. So all the stoves come with me in my tiny trailer. Then as I get going and figure out which one I use I’ll make a gift of the others to folks I meet in campgrounds along the way.
              Always a plan, always flexible.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      So funny, Rick! Or should I say Bridget?! ?

    • Pamela K. says:

      What a hoot, loved it! 🙂

  51. Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

    Young people today, or couples starting out are choosing to buy a first home that is perhaps 200 or 400 sq ft….some are designed for off- grid living with “solar systems” 🙂 or composting toilets. They are often built on trailer beds and can be transported across country. What an affordable way to begin your adult life. Love horses and have friends that will let you live near their pasture? First job in Oregon but hope to move to Colorado in a few years? Take your house to your new job!!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      And the best part is that they only have what they need. No room to accumulate a bunch of “stuff” like many of us have over the years.

  52. It’s just the best that we can wait a day if we need it, can turn around and go back, can change our mind, can take a nap…….oh the freedom!

    • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

      Thank you for your latest post Jodie, Owens Valley, my favorite place on earth…really informative article about the area. Keep up the good work!

  53. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I enjoyed this post and the pictures of sweet Bridget and cute Reggie. I look forward to seeing the delightful camp on the next post! Have a good evening – take time to recharge your batteries. 🙂

    Gracie pup and I are watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” I love the Peanuts holiday specials! They always make me smile! Brings back memories of my sisters and I begging to stay up late to watch the shows. 🙂

    Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup!

    A wannabe question…. The tall, red hose at the dump station. Is that fresh water used for rinsing the tanks/cleanup? Definitely not drinking water?! ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      The tall hose is for cleaning up the area if you have spills while dumping and to clean out your hose before packing it away. You’re right — It isn’t for drinking. Sometimes near a dump station there is a pump/spigot for water for the fresh water tanks. I only put it in my tanks if there is a sign saying it is potable water, and then I don’t drink water from the fresh water tank. I just want it clean.

      Hugs to you and Gracie pup. Thank you. . . I am “recharging.” 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Thanks for the explanation, Sue. When my time comes to launch, I will have an abundance of knowledge gained from you and the blogorinos. Thank you all for sharing the wealth! 🙂

        N’nite! 🙂

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I always liked the “PTA in a can” that they sprayed 😀

  54. Judy - Another Full-Timer says:

    I can understand your concern for privacy and noticed that you have been delaying postings. When I started out full-timing and blogging I delayed posting for a few days for security reasons. However, my blog gets only a few readers and is not nearly as good as yours. You have sort of created a monster, but I am glad you are so popular because it spreads the word that this life is possible. I move a lot more than you do, and tend to stick to electric sites because I still work part-time, but I also was inspired by Tioga George!

    Best of luck on your travels and keep reminding people to NOT seek you out.

  55. Kay from Wa state with 16 tiny paws says:

    Haha you would be very safe with me I am so oblivious to what is going on around me. Use to upset my mom something terrible. She use to say someone could walk past me with no clothes on and I wouldn’t notice! So if you ever walk past me I probably wouldn’t know it was you anyway. Now if it was a dog I never forget how a dog looks.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Boy can I relate. I walk my dog in the neighborhood and of course always meet the neighbors in the process. I am really bad at remembering peoples names and my GF is the same we but we never forget the name of their dog. As a result we just always refer to the neighbors as “Sofie’s Mom”, “Baxter’s Dad”, etc.

  56. shelley from california says:

    I totally get it Sue, and most people that know me would never guess because I can be quite social but I NEED days of solitude. My husband is retired and travels a few times a year for months at a time to visit overseas family, I am in heaven. Nobody understands and feel sorry for me…I love it!

  57. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Someone is getting Christmas early! I just looked at the list of recent purchases and saw the Canon 10-22 lens. NICE! I have it and love it! Check out the Canon 17-55 2.8…so sharp, fast, and bright, it will make you cry with joy! L glass results. No need for a flash unless you want it for fill or catchlight. Happy shooting! 🙂

    • Pamela K. says:

      I spotted that fine lend too. You are sooo right about investing in good glass!!!
      My own pro level cameras are ancient by today’s standards BUT with really good glass and the right light they still get the job done. So many people get caught up in the megapixel wars. Give me an oldie but goodie camera with great glass and you win hands down over newer cameras with so-so glass!

      • Pamela K. says:

        fine lend…I meant fine lens!
        I think I need new lens for my glasses. I can’t see to type at night anymore. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Money spent on good glass is well spent. I still have my old film Minolta 35mm; the last year they made the all metal body. I have toyed with the idea of finding some lenses for it and shoot film again. I get over the thought after factoring in the cost of film and developing….the reason I moved to digital. 🙂

        • Pamela K. says:

          I can relate. Nothing finer than a great photo pressed from non-digital film. Those were the Glory Days, the art of knowing the settings and making the camera work hard for you so you didn’t have all the take-outs. I used to process b/w in our college’s dark room. A 32 roll or 64 roll of film and it cost nothing to develope it. Awww, yes, made in the shade. After college, those film take outs could really add up, digital is nice about that -delete. I didn’t make the move to digital by my own choosing. I was doing a photo shoot for AOL’s national balloon tour. It was for the grand opening of the Mall Of American and the AOL Balloon was there for that. AOL wanted a way to have the photos I took to be unloaded in near real-time. That was back in the 1980’s when Sony digital cameras first came out. So I agreed to go digital for that shoot. A whole 3 mega pixels, lol, but it got the job done and AOL got their photos via the web link for the web and for the press. It was the first of many a digital cameras to come my way, but I still do miss film. On the yahoo Sony sites and boards there are some super fine grade glass lens for Sony/Minolta and many are interchangeable with both film and digital. Won’t help with the cost to develop but there is some great glass out there to be had 🙂

          • Pamela K. says:

            …and even with you shooting digital with a Canon, there are some really good adjustment rings too. I have used some of those for attaching Sony lens to Nikon bodies for my digital Nikons. Happy Shooting whatever you use. It’s the photo that counts and chasing that elusive *perfect photo* is the fun part 🙂

    • Suzette (TN) says:

      That lens is mine, Denise. So far I’m just loving it!!!! This is a three paycheck month for me, and so I decided to invest in a new system. I had a bottom-of-the-line Nikon that was forever frustrating me. So, I went with a mid-range Canon and got lots of goodies to go with it. All through the link from RV Sue, and I’m happy to be able to contribute to her lifestyle that way. I hate to shop in real stores, so Amazon and I are buddies. Going on a photo-taking trip to a state park this weekend. Happy, happy, happy!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Congratulations, Suzette! Have fun on your trip this weekend! If TN is like VA, the leaf color is just peaking; very late this year. Happy shooting! 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        I meant to add that I understand your frustration over the limitations of your old camera. My first digital SLR was the Canon Rebel XT. After taking lots of photography classes, I experienced the same frustration. I upgraded to the 60D, and have been happy ever since. 🙂

  58. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Been watching the privacy discussion— we feel so blessed. We pledge to always respect RV Sue’s wishes. ?

    After 1100miles of steady travel we have reached our winter destination in Laughlin, NV. It is beautiful here— completely not Sue’s cup of tea but certainly ours. Our last year neighbors from Ontario, Canada and Minnesota were a little edgy when we first parked. Then they realized it was really us in a different rig and all came out to greet us. After a really tough spring & summer we are ready to enjoy.

    • weather says:

      Yay,you made it!I’m so happy for you.After the wringer you’ve been through you can finally relax,rest and have some fun.Sounds like you’re in an RV park where regulars return each year and get to know each other.Great for you and your neighbors there.

    • Pookie in SE Texas says:

      Im so jealous of ya’ll staying in Laughlin for the winter….
      I love that place……congratulations folks. be sure and give
      us updates on whats going on there…

  59. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, everyone!

    The next post is ready to be published. It took me all day, off and on, to put it together as the neighbors and I competed for bandwidth. 🙂

    Thank you for contributing your comments under this post.


  60. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    say what?

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