A first adventure — On the way to Valley of Fire

Wednesday, March 11

1-P1030244Lake Mead

“Well, Bridge.  Do you think Reggie’s ready for his first adventure?”

The afternoon is pleasantly cool in the 70s as we board the Perfect Tow Vehicle and leave our camp at Las Vegas Bay Campground, Lake Mead, Nevada.  We take scenic Northshore Drive on our way to Valley of Fire State Park, northeast of Las Vegas.

1-P1030255Bridget claims the bench seat. 

Ever-curious Reggie hops into the passenger seat, his face toward the window.  Not possessing a very long attention span, he hops out of the passenger seat with the intention of climbing into my lap.  He tries to wiggle under my arm.

1-P1030256“No, Reggie.  You can’t come up here now.”

After a morning of activity beginning in the pre-dawn hours, I’m hopeful the ride will lull motor-baby into a nap.

1-P1030257Even though I expect it, I’m surprised by how quickly we move from the populated area of Vegas to vast and wild landscape.  Evidence of massive rock upheavals, bends, and shifts attract my eyes at every turn in the road.

1-P1030259Riotous layers of coral, red, and magenta rock lie in waves before stately blue and grey mountains.  The sky is overcast.

(Later, back at camp, I look at my Nevada Benchmark atlas.  I think this is called Bowl of Fire with the Muddy Mountains beyond.)

1-P1030260Good.  They’re both dozing off. . .  What a spectacular landscape!   To think I could be at my house in Georgia, sitting under the red gum tree watching grass grow . . . .

I look around in wonder at the scenery floating by. 

1-P1030261From Northshore Drive there are roads that go east to Lake Mead, or more exactly, go east to a view of the lake in the distance. . . Calville Bay, Echo Bay, Stewart’s Point.

Recently while exploring the southern end of Lake Mead near our campground, I noticed that the newer signs do not refer to Las Vegas Bay, calling it instead, Las Vegas Wash.

I assume this is because the bay no longer exists. 

With the receding shoreline I imagine the “bays” on the west side of the lake are gone or nearly gone.

Bridget and Reggie, having slept for several miles, awaken with eagerness to get out.  I pull into a picnic area.  This looks interesting and the sun is coming through . . . . .  

As I apply the brakes, yips of canine delight emanate from the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

“Okay, okay….  Let me get my camera.”

I set them both on the pavement. 

Reggie pulls on the leash.  Bridget twirls around excitedly.  I sling the camera around my neck.

“Now we can go . . . . ”

1-P1030277A group of men walk behind us.

They speak another language — a Scandinavian tongue perhaps?  One uses the word “picnic,” and the sound of the word amuses them.  Different voices say “pick nick” interspersed with laughter.  They choose a table under a shelter.  How different this landscape must be from their home!

1-P1030279Reggie is the leader.  Bridget follows happily.

1-P1030262-001The rocks remind me of those in Zion National Park with a bit of Goblin Valley thrown in.

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Reggie is thrilled at this adventure.

He’s so excited that he scratches the dirt, stretches, and contorts his body in silly ways.

1-P1030282He can’t seem to take it all in fast enough.

1-P1030266He goes this way and that way!

1-P1030280Two women sit at a picnic table under a shelter watching us.

(See left side of the next photo.)  I hear the word “cute.”

1-P1030269One of the women calls out, “Are they friendly?”

“Oh yes, very!”  I call back.  I lead the crew over to their table.

1-P1030270The women are mother and daughter, in their sixties and forties respectively. 

1-P1030278The mother is in a wheelchair.  She has a can of beer sitting on the picnic table seat next to her.  Reggie tries to have a sip!

They fuss over the crew and we chat.  I learn they are from Canada on a week’s vacation.

“Oh, you only have a week?” I exclaim.  “There’s so much to see.”

“We come to the states every year,” the daughter explains.  “We’re from Alberta and Ontario.  My sister was with us.  She had to go home yesterday.”

The mother adds, “We could’ve taken Interstate-15, but we heard this is the best way to go to the state park.  It’s a beautiful drive.”

“It certainly is,” I agree.

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I wish them a safe trip home.

Reggie continues his sniffing and leg-lifting. Bridget and I take a breather.  I sit on the ground to take the next photo.  Reggie sees me, runs over, wraps his leash around me, and jumps on my back.  I snap the photo of Bridge.

1-P1030275“That’s enough for now.  Time for us to get back on the road.  You can get out at another stop along the way.”

1-P1030276I load the crew into the PTV. 

1-P1030286“That was fun, wasn’t it!” 

“Bridget, you are such a good girl.  I think our Reggie likes adventures!”

1-P1030287To be continued . . . .

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161 Responses to A first adventure — On the way to Valley of Fire

  1. Marsha/MI says:

    Gorgeous photos. Great pictures of the crew looking out the PTV window. Looks like Reggie likes to pose.

  2. pookieboy says:

    Number 1?

  3. Pam says:

    Now to see how lil Reggie does on his first real road trip! What a doll he is!

  4. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    AWE!!! Bridget looks so pleased with her puppy! I am glad she will share him with you Miss Sue. 🙂

    Have fun!
    Barb
    Hugs from Hoquiam!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I am very proud of Bridget. She is a remarkable dog, taking Reggie as a new pal even when he is annoying.

  5. Susan in Dallas says:

    The scenery was so beautiful – ever changing with vibrant colors and contrasting lands. I love the way the red leashes look on the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      I like red because I can see them if they slide down by a seat or somewhere. I go nuts with electronics– phone, chargers, wires, etc– everything black!

  6. Calvin R (in Ohio) says:

    I wondered how soon Reggie would take to adventuring. Right away, I see. That’s a great beginning! I liked the pictures of the Bowl of Fire. Even without a blue sky, that’s beautiful territory.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin,

      It was heavy overcast which made the air cool and comfortable for walking around, not so good for photos. Glad you could see the beauty anyway.

  7. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    Awwww. Proud Mom, Proud Sis and Happy Puppy. Oh Happy Day!

    Deena, Miss Mollie and Hubby

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deena,

      It’s nice to have a blog as a record. This was a happy day I want to remember.

  8. Alison PNW says:

    Wow, I’ve always avoided Las Vegas, but this area is amazing! Your photos make me want to go.
    Bridget obviously loves Reggie! Wonderful to see. It’s a new world for all three of you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alison PNW,

      You have me thinking about what people say about places they’ve visited. I’ve had a person tell me, “Oh you have to go see such-and-such. It’s incredible!” I go there and, yes, it’s nice. Another time someone says, “Oh, don’t go there. There’s nothing to see.” I go and it’s spectacular!

      Lesson learned: See for yourself!

  9. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue, Bridg and Reg,
    Ok you are quite a lovely family! I can’t believe how happy Bridget looks now that Reggie joined the family. Beautiful photo’s of them! Oh and the scenery is awesome too.
    I just got back from a visit to the doctors office to get the results of my lab work. To my surprise and happiness all my tests were normal. 🙂 So just need to loose some weight and I’ll be great! That is not easy to do since I love me some good food.
    Showed my trailer to a couple this afternoon and they said they will talk it over and get back with me. Who knows… also selling my leather sleighbed and mattress king size,,, time for getting rid of a lot of my stuff. It’s not easy.
    Have fun with the pups. Deb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      You’re right. It isn’t easy. I had years to unload my stuff since retirement wasn’t imminent. I imagine it would be much more difficult in a shorter span of time. Good luck with the trailer sale… I assume you mean your travel trailer, not your mobile home, right?

      Congratulations on the lab results! That’s wonderful! Good health is a possession to keep . . . . 🙂

  10. Dominick Bundy says:

    Hi Sue and crew, Dominick here from Rochester, NY. I haven’t responded since the passing of Spike. (you have so many now to read) But I read your posts daily. and just wanted to say Reggie reminds me so much of my mother’s Chihuahua Poncho. Who was so loved and adored by all family members. I grew up with all kinds of dogs from Great Danes to chihuahuas…So just wanted to say hi wish you and the crew well. I’ll still be lurking on in the back Cheers! Dominick

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Delighted to see you here again, Dominick! It’s nice to know you still read my blog and that you have survived another NY winter. Please feel free to stop by any time, regardless of the number of comments.

      Cheers to you, too!

  11. janis harrison says:

    He is just the cutest thing.So glad Bridget likes him too
    Janis aka Grandjan

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad, too, Janis. Not to sound like I’m bragging . . . I think a person’s state of being greatly influences dogs.

      While walking the crew this morning, we came upon a woman with her shih tzu (SP?)… Reggie and Bridget hurried to meet the dog. The woman scooped him up nervously and began to chatter about how he goes up to other dogs in a friendly way and then snaps at them. She emitted nervousness with her words and movements. So which came first? — the dog’s behavior or the woman’s nervousness… hmm..

      • I can answer that…….

        🙂

        I guarantee it’s the person’s nervousness that came first. After years and years of caring for other people’s pets…and seeing over and over again how they act differently when the owners are not around.

        And when they ask me how they can change…even after they acknowledge they are the ones causing the problem? They can’t do it…I don’t know why, but they can’t do it. I’ve tried so many different ways to explain, or to demonstrate…but they can’t do it.

        I’ve finally come to the conclusion that some people have animals for the animals’ sakes…whereas others have them for only their own sakes.

        BTW….I can’t get enough of that little guy!

        And he and Bridge together are two peas in a pod, now….it already comes through in the pics, you’re taking, Sue.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve witnessed what you describe while at dog parks. Spike never bothered another dog. One couple came into the park so fearful for their dog… obvious from a distance from their body language… that I grabbed Spike, just in case. The way they acted, I wanted to go over there and take a bite out of someone’s leg. LOL!

        • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

          “act differently when owners not around” sounds like every preschool child I’ve ever heard of, including my own. That toddler hanging on the gate crying for Mommy, has a really nice day when Mommy is out of sight! Puppies and preschoolers…!

  12. Just love those last couple of photos of the doggies. Relating to your comments about the Lake Mead water level and “Las Vegas Bay”, can you imagine how those folks feel at Lake Las Vegas, an extension of Lake Mead where the REALLY high dollar homes are, whose water oriented homes are now “wash” related?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Ed. Just goes to show . . . . There are no guarantees when trying to own nature. Those folks must be heartsick.

      I had a similar thought for the owners of a marina I saw that has no water around it. A few boats sitting high and dry, desert ground all around.

      • Mel from TX (formerly NV) says:

        My best friend in Vegas was married to the son of the original Marina owners..they own all of the docks, now he runs it with his siblings…they have had to move the docks a bunch of times over the last 15yrs…sounds like they have given up on one..my friend is so grateful their son didn’t go into the “family” business. It is so sad..I spent a lot of time on that lake in the 60s and 70s.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I drove by a sign for boat tours on Lake Mead. I wouldn’t want to be in that business either!

  13. Willow (AZ) says:

    LOL Reggie is full of life and will enjoy many adventures to come. Bridget seems very happy with the new crew member and I think likes having a canine partner again. My new little girl Tula has decided our life together is perfect and tells me everyday how happy she is and is always ready for our Dailey walks.
    It’s nice to know in a small way we have made the world happier.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Willow,

      In a world where it’s often difficult to make another person happy, our pets are a joy! They appreciate every tender word, every effort on their behalf, like going for walks. I’m glad you have Tula and that you both are enjoying each other.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Ah-ha! Making another person happy. If they’re happy, it is because of something THEY did. If they’re unhappy, it is because of something YOU did!

  14. Bob Martel says:

    Looks like Reggie is fitting right in. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob,

      Yes, he is. It’s fun having a two-dog crew again!

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Does it seem in any way that Reggie is trying for Alpha Dog status? Like my friend said: “In a relationship, SOMEBODY has to be in charge.”

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t see any alpha behavior in Reggie. He isn’t overly submissive either. Bridget is pretty intimidating when she wants to be and Reggie’s at a disadvantage, being younger, smaller, and everything being new to him. He does determine where we will walk though. If he wants to stop to sniff something, we stop so he can sniff something. Otherwise I’d have to drag him and I wouldn’t do that!

  15. weather says:

    What terrific photos !The scenery on that drive makes me understand why you love driving in that area.Motor baby and the Bridge are so cute and good looking I went back to see each pic of them several times 🙂 Is Reggie walking without your holding onto him in one photo?I’ve wondered if he would dash off or stay near you when “free”, and if while loose Bridget and he would explore together or apart.How are you and Bridget holding up with the new pace and antics?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Thanks re the photos. You bring up a concern I have about Reggie. There’s an open section in the middle of the campground surrounded by campsites. This is where the rest rooms and trash dumpsters are. In a test I let Reggie’s leash drop to the ground. He took off, sniffing the ground. When I chased after him, he heard my footsteps on the gravel, looked over his shoulder, and increased his speed. I stopped running after him and he slowed down. When he paused to sniff a bush, I circled around and grabbed his leash. He did not come when called. Paid no attention at all.

      I don’t like having him on a leash all the time (or penning him). A dog needs to run. He needs training to come when called which will be difficult to set up in the places we live. Right now we’re working on sit and stay which he is doing well.

      How are Bridget and I holding up? Well, it’s like having a new baby in the house. You sleep when the baby sleeps! 🙂

      To answer your question: If it looks like I’m not holding his leash, I’m probably standing on it. I do that sometimes so I can take a photo without being yanked.

      • Toni says:

        I was wondering about Reggie being off leash and when you would know he was ready for that. Did you have to train Bridget or is she just the kind of dog that stays within range?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Toni,

          Bridget required no training at all. She has a personal distance from me in which she is comfortable. Beyond that distance she will not go. Spike would run off, but he never went further than knowing how to return. (I shouldn’t say “never,” he did go too far when we lived in a regular house.)

          This little guy is too much of a motor to trust off-leash. He has to be trained. Plus there’s the added worry about someone so small.

          • R. in Anza Borrego Desert says:

            Sue, I recall while you were camping near Moab, UT Spike disappeared for a few hours. But you were so happy when he came back at night. I still don’t understand how he was able to find his way back home and from where?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              This is what I think happened. The ground was rolling in small hills and vales. He wandered away and became disoriented because he couldn’t see the BLT, being in a vale, and this was a new, strange camp. It became dark. He saw lights in different directions and went toward the wrong ones. He probably exhausted himself and rested, maybe not far from our camp. At daybreak he could see his mistake and came home. Remember, his hearing was very poor at that point and his eyesight wasn’t good either.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              🙂

      • weather says:

        You probably know this,still,I’ll mention my experience.I used a long light rope as a lead and when the dog was a greater distance from me each time,said their name in my “command” tone of voice(meaning as quiet as usual yet serious). If they did not respond by coming to me ,I increasingly pulled in enough rope to let them feel the slackness disappear,repeated their name at spaced intervals, without their being tugged on or pulled eventually ,if only from frustration at being constantly interrupted,they came.

        When they learned to respond by returning to me when asked to ,I let them be off leash.If they ignored me at that point,out came the leashes,leads and longer tethers again.The beauty of this system is that I didn’t have to uselessly run while they made a game of it.I sat still yet never lost control or sight of them.Any pup that just can’t get the hang of coming when called can still run with a light enough/long enough cord-this said to alleviate your concern.The question isn’t “What happens if there isn’t a solution?” ,it’s “Which solution will work with my lil guy?” 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good advice, weather. There’s always a solution! I’ll try that. I like how I can adapt the “long light rope” to simulate different situations. For instance, sitting without looking at him or walking with the rope wound in my hand as if he’s on a short lead and then letting it loose…

          I’m encouraged! Thanks.

        • weather says:

          N’ just so ya know,I AM sincerely glad about your time spent primarily enjoying becoming family to each other recently…Still- lovely surprise to have you on here 😉

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Reggie appreciated the time, too. He attacks me when I’m at the laptop too long. Ha! Thanks, weather.

            • Dancer says:

              Beautiful day for the three of you. As weather said, that is how I trained my dogs. Long light rope and would let them go a distance, call their name no response would pull then back on the rope closer to me, then do it again and again, until they would no when I said come they came.. had problems with an unfixed male, but once he got fixed was much better. he will learn in time, and this is all new to him, you don’t know maybe he never went for walks, he sure looked like he enjoyed it, but over time he will settle down. Animals don’t usually settle down till they past 4 yrs old.. enjoy loved the pics what beautiful country that is.. 🙂

            • Wendy in Thailand says:

              That is how our dog Vanna was trained also, she is trained to come to me when I give three claps, as well. When we were still in Australia no matter where she was in our yard, I would just stand near the door, clap three times, and she would come a running. :-))

      • Mel from TX (formerly NV) says:

        Heads up, there are some breeds that cannot be trained aka trusted to stay when off leash..my kori (cavalier King charles spaniel ) is one…Reggie looks like a chihuahua-jack Russell mix and my experience with jack Russells are loyal, affectionate, bright, hyper energy and curious ..good luck, hopefully he will respond with your loving guidance …

  16. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Who IS that girl smiling for the camera? I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see your family so filled with joy. I can’t wait for future adventures. This is gonna be FUN!!!

    How hard was it to post 7, Count em’ 7 pictures before you included a shot showing your adorable new crew? 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      How hard was it to post those 7 photos before one of the crew? About as hard as it was for you to read my post without scrolling down first. 🙂

  17. Lisa W says:

    Fantastic landscape photos today, Sue. And the pictures of Bridget and Reggie show how well they are getting along and how the crew is bonding. Sit and stay are the first elements in his training; once that is down pat the rest will follow.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      I’m encouraged by your comment, “the rest will follow.” He needs some time to get used to me before I can teach him to come to me. He clings so much! The pen is large enough that I could put my camp chair at one end and when he’s at the other end, call him to me. As it is now, he’d never go to the other end of the pen!

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. On a different day they would’ve been better…

  18. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Here in Wikieup Arizona enjoying the nice weather. When the buzzards show up at this time of year everyone knows the weather will be nice from here on. Last season I counted 61 buzzards in a whirlwind of flying the currents. All together there were over 75 with the remainder roosting in some tall trees just across hwy 93 from the Hidden Oasis RV park. Come see the spectacle for yourselves its free. I must admit your new little rascal is as “cute as a bugs ear” as Tenn. Ernie used to say. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      Those vultures are fun to watch and they are graceful in the sky. I often think I’m looking at a bird of prey like a falcon or hawk and then realize it’s a buzzard. Too bad they aren’t appreciated more…. Wow! You’re in the heart of rattlesnake and buzzard country!

      Enjoy the good, warm weather…. There’s plenty of it on the way to Wikieup. 🙂

      • Just a word of advice about camping where there are a lot of vultures! We learned this from the rangers as well as from the campers while we were camp hosts at Myakka River State Park! Vultures love to eat the black rubber gaskets around your windows and doors! Wh8le you are off sightseeing, they are busily gobbling up your black rubber gaskets! Throw a blanket or large beach towel over your windshield ! Better safe than sorry!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting! I have never heard or seen anything like that! Are those Florida vultures maybe?

  19. R. in Anza Borrego Desert says:

    You all look happy. Are you? What a great adventure and with wonderful photos.
    I just ordered my Kindle (through your blog, of course) so I can read when I get t the Valley of Fire in about 2-3 weeks. At least this is my plan as of today. I change my mind often so who knows. Enjoy your own camping experiences wherever you go.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      Yes, we’re happy. Even when grieving, I’ve been happy to have my little home, to be on the road, to have Bridget with me….

      I thought of you yesterday as I drove through Valley of Fire. I thought, “This would be a good place for R to go hiking,” as it seems like the kind of place that needs to be hiked to be fully appreciated. You’ll enjoy it. That is, if you don’t change your mind and go somewhere else! 🙂

  20. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Ah….the maiden voyage……a success!
    The scenery is awesome. The photos of the crew are priceless….

    Everyone is smiling!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Is AO losing any of her puppy-ness? I bet you have her well trained by now. You’ll have fun this summer, taking her swimming . . .

      Glad you like the pics and scenery.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Um….NO! She’s added stubbornness and I forget my name when I’m outside to her behavior!

        Our snowbanks are so high they have created a “fence”. She follows the path around the house and flies from one snowbank to another!

        Last year she hated the lake…..we might have better luck this year! Who ever hear of a golden that hates swimming? SA was part crocodile and ALWAYS wanted to go swimming.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That is odd for her breed. I’m sure you’ve thought to set out a plastic baby pool for her to wade in. Maybe the lake was too big. She doesn’t have another retriever to show her what fun the water is.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Very odd!

            She doesn’t like the “waves”.

            She doesnt know about the huge HUGE snapping turtle…
            Jules does a cannon ball off the dock to make sure he isn’t lurking. Ah…the pecking order!

  21. Betty Shea says:

    Oh! Such fun following your adventures with The Canine Crew !!!Adorable x’s 1000!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betty Shea,

      One of the “adorables” is asleep (finally!) beside me as I type this. Even in sleep his paws are moving, he’s growling and barking… !!!

  22. Tammy says:

    Hi Sue, I have been following your blog for about a year and have finally decided to write. I love reading about your adventures. It gives me hope that I will also buy an RV and travel the USA. Reggie and Ms. Bridget are wonderful. I just want to kiss their little faces! Thank you for writing about yours and the doggies adventures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Tammy,

      Welcome to my blog and to this comments section! I’m happy you decided to write and to introduce yourself. It’s a pleasure for me to show people another way to live, a way that is as interesting and as exciting as you want to make it.

      I wish you the best as you consider the RV lifestyle. I hope we will hear from you again!

  23. Lee J in Northern California says:

    We have a neighbor that has a Beagle, he comes to visit my dogs when he escapes, they run the fence barking at each other rather joyously I might add…. And this dog will not be recalled! One day the owner asked how we get our dogs to come so well, and my husband told him we always make their coming to us a joyous reunion, so they come running with smiling faces. The neighbor is doing that now and his dog recalls!
    I know Reggie will figure it out, In the mean time, how very good you have him!

    I recently got some seatbelt leashes from Amazon so I can hook my dogs to a belt in the truck…they work great, no more sudden dog landings I my lap while I am driving!
    Can’t wait to hear where YOU and the crew have landed this time!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      Beagles can be single-minded… Good that you helped your neighbor who needed to be trained. 🙂

      I saw some leashes on the orders report. Thank you!

      The funny thing with Reggie… Whenever he wants to do something that he knows he shouldn’t do, like get in my lap while I’m driving, he moves in slo-mo, creeping as if I won’t notice. He creeps up to the laptop table when I’m not sitting there and slowly sticks his head inside my iced tea glass for a few laps… It makes it easy for me to catch him. He doesn’t realize that speed would be a better tactic. Haha!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Had to laugh…beagles can be single-minded!! We had one when I was young. Wonderful dog. But when she was on a scent, there was nothing in this world that would bring her back. Yep, sometimes mom would drive us for miles looking for her (in the city of Sacramento no less). We found her a very long ways away once…guess the rabbit ran a long ways. She usually came back on her own however.

  24. MaddyND says:

    Long time reader, new to posting…. thrilled to see Reggie joining your family.

    FYI, here’s info on the Las Vegas Wash, it washes the water (my shortened interpretation)!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas_Wash

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Maddy,

      Very interesting. I can see from the photo at the website that I drive over Las Vegas Wash on my way into the city and also to go to Valley of Fire.

      My point is that, since the shore has receded and there is no more Las Vegas Bay, the area that was once the bay is now part of Las Vegas Wash. The wash presently contains a narrow stream that one can see below the campground. Thus this campground would be more aptly named Las Vegas Wash Campground.

  25. Kelley in SoCal says:

    A successful first adventure. Cute pics of the crew!

  26. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Great photos as always. Love how well the two get along. We’ve had our two terrier rescues two years now. They both know the basic commands and one is great off leash and won’t wander. The other can’t be trusted off leash as she wants to see what else is happening in the neighborhood. Both get exercised each day — either a long walk or run alongside my bike on my ‘walky dog’ attachment. Being consistent with your leadership so they don’t get confused and making training fun is key to making training stick. Many terriers lack the ‘want to please my human’ gene and are sooooo easily distracted. Good luck!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K.,

      Aren’t terriers wonderful? I understand what you’re saying about their differences. I saw some of that looking at Bridget and Spike. Whereas Bridget is ever mindful of my location and what behavior I want from her, Spike was more headstrong and independent, although he knew the importance of finding home.

      Reggie will have to learn if he’s going to be a boondocker! 🙂

  27. Jeff from va says:

    Reggie has got to be the luckiest dog on the planet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jeff,

      Joe, his foster dad, told me he thinks Reggie was dropped or abandoned by his owners. I don’t know why he thinks that. Reggie was found wandering around . . . If that’s what happened, he’s lucky to be rid of his former owners!

  28. AZ Jim says:

    I posted my sentiments about you and the crew in your last blog entry so I’ll just say, I am happy for all three of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I read what you wrote, Jim, and was touched by your sensitivity and perception. You know what it’s like. You put on a smiley face, but the sadness lies waiting to surface. It takes the passage of time . . . . and a squirmy, squiggly pup who wants you to play helps, too. 🙂

  29. Sondra-SC says:

    Fun outing, I know the crew enjoyed it…Reggie is so cute in those photos and so is Ms Bridge. Our newest rescue, Casey, is a chihuahua mix with doxxie, he is the perfect dog, his only vice is this strange evening activity. Between 6-9 he goes out to the porch barks for 3 mins and back in, he will do this several times each night and if its raining he will bark through the dog door! I’ve looked out to see what is he barking at no raccoon, no deer, no night creatures creeping around so its a quandary for sure….even stranger is the very first month we had him he never barked once! Have a great evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      Casey sounds like a cute mix of dog. I wonder if he’s hearing something that wasn’t there during his first month with you. I say that because of Reggie’s behavior. He rarely barks. However, one night we had a fee-jumper park near us. (That’s someone who arrives after dark and leaves before sunrise, thus avoiding the campground fee.)

      The guy was super quiet with his vehicle. Reggie heard him though and barked, waking me up. Then again in the early morning hours, Reggie heard the guy stirring around, preparing to leave. Again he let the campground know!

      Good luck figuring out what Casey is barking at. Maybe it will stop as mysteriously as it began.

  30. kgdan says:

    Have really been enjoying the “new family” stories & photos. So fun. So happy for you.

    We will finally depart Laughlin on the 1st—such a great winter here. Looks like from your posts we may be trailing behind you as we wind our way north. Right now busy studying the benchmarks.

    Also looking at a LOT of trailers online. So far our favorite is a 21′ Rockwood mini lite with a sofa in the slide.

    One question – when it says a national park campground is run by a concessioner, do we still get the senior pass rate?

    Have fun, you three!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Kathy and Gil,

      I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Laughlin. The winter went by so quickly!

      Yes, you will get the senior discount at the national park campground and free admission to the national park. I won’t say “always” but that has been my experience. This is a national recreation area and that’s true here, also.

  31. DesertGinger says:

    I just love looking at things people buy on Amazon and….whoops…sometimes find myself buying them also! I just looked at the Fasta-Pasta cooker and it looked pretty convincing. It I managed to restrain myself. I never ate past often and now…I don’t know if my tiny stomach can handle pasta.

    I lived in LV 5 years and was never on that road you are on. Looks like a really scenic drive. Looks similar to Red Rock area which is gorgeous if you get a chance to go there.

    They have a giant booksellers convention here this weekend, and I think I will try to go. Love books and authors. And I have Sunday off. This will be my first excursion to a fair type event since my knee surgery…I didn’t feel I could walk well enough before. It will be exciting for me.

    In 2 weeks my friend Noni is driving over from Albuquerque. I don’t know what her issue is, but she won’t visit for long. She originally said she was arriving Friday night and leaving Sunday morning, then after I complained she is arriving Thursday nite and leaving Sunday. Woohoo. It’s an8 hour drive to Albuquerque. I just don’t get it. Oh well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      You sound good! Beautiful weather for an outdoor event. You deserve some fun after this past year of medical issues, school, and work. Have a wonderful day!

      Maybe your friend is afraid of wearing out her welcome. You know the saying about “after three days…”

      You never drove Northshore Drive? Gosh, that’s a shame. Of course, I’m no better. All the years I lived in Florida there was a lot I didn’t see or do…

      I appreciate the feedback on the links. My statistics don’t show people buying much from those links. I do feel they remind folks to do their shopping from my blog and maybe they buy those things at a later time. I’m like you. … It’s interesting to see what people buy. Some of the products I’ve seen on my orders reports I didn’t know existed. That last link in the list intrigues me…

      • Edie, OK says:

        Sue you are right. I don’t usually buy what is in the links. But it makes me think of Amazon. And a lot of times I go shopping. I have prime so it is a no brainer to get many things there. 🙂

  32. Dyann says:

    Hi Sue –

    Just sending you a big congratulations on your new fur baby. I’ve notice that since you got Reggie, Bridget seems really happy. YAY!

    -Dyann
    😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for the congratulations, Dyann. Bridget does seem more relaxed and happier these days. Maybe I was stressing her while searching for a new crew member. It was a frustrating process… Worth it though! 🙂

  33. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    Beautiful scenery + an adventure + happy pups + happy Sue = a perfect day! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing with us! Love all of the pictures! Have a nice evening! Love and hugs you you, Bridget and Reggie from me and Gracie pup. 🙂

  34. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Love the pictures of the scenery. Looks like a great place to have an adventure. However, my favorite pictures are those as the end with the crew at the window!! I can’t get over how happy Bridget looks. Didn’t realize how sad she really looked until I see her looking so happy. Reggie looks like he is having the time of his life.

    Sending lots of love
    Pauline

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      I guess Bridget has been lonesome for canine companionship. I didn’t realize how much. Yes, Reggie is having the time of his life driving me crazy. He was digging into my head during the night. No kidding! I told him, “Reggie? I need you like a hole in the head.” He must’ve taken me seriously!

      Love you!

  35. Casitagirl says:

    Bridget looks like a happy girl. She almost looks like she’s smiling in all the photos.

  36. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Always enjoy cute doggie photos!! It is good that Bridget is tolerant of his puppy ways!! Happy for all of you!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Bridget tolerates a lot. When Reggie becomes too wild, she growls and snaps at him. That settles him down for a few seconds. 🙂 She would never hurt Reggie. I’ve seen them touching noses and they enjoy each other’s company on walks.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Maybe he will accept her as a mama of sorts. Our 2 last dogs were about the same age, but the larger one treated the smaller one like her baby (cleaned her ears, etc). They got along well. We did not realize how much the larger one depended upon the smaller one until the smaller one had to be put to sleep.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, how sad for the larger one..

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            The fact dogs live such a short time is part of why I have not insisted on getting another….not very likely with how we are living at this time…though I love dogs so much and pet anyone’s dog who allows it!! Loosing the good ones is as hard as loosing a human you loved very much!! Not fair they live such short lives and parrots live so long!! …I do think however, in getting smaller dogs, there is a chance of their living longer. My grandparents once had a rat terrier and they had a rough time financially and had to give her up when she was 20 years old…to some old ladies who loved her we are told. I am not sure how many more years she lived, but it was awhile.

  37. Tina says:

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for the pictures of your drive, just a beautiful place that I will need to add to my list of places to visit.

    Reggie is just so cute, could kiss his little nose 🙂

    Bridget and him seem to be doing fine together. I’m really happy for you Sue.

    Take care,

    Tina

  38. Lynn Brooks says:

    Fantastic, BEAUTIFUL pictures!!! What a wonderful trip!
    I’m so glad Reggie is enjoying his new life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynn. One of the things I enjoy about having dogs is making them happy. Reggie likes being a campground dog and his first road trip was exciting for him.

  39. Julie-Applegate OR says:

    That Reggie has such a funny little face. He really has a variety of expressions. Congratulations again!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Julie. Reggie’s head is the size and shape of a softball. His face makes me laugh.

  40. Deborah says:

    Sue, you are such a good doggy mommy! Your love is so obvious!

  41. AZ Jim says:

    My little terrier (Sandy) used to get excited and run off and was hard to catch. This is years ago when I was out a lot in my RV. I used a zip line to exercise her so she had plenty of space but couldn’t go beyond. You can make one simply and take it with you and install it in minutes. You take a line (it can be light rope, flexible wire, or even high test fishing line). You attach one end to maybe in your case the BLT the other out as far as you want it to go on a short stake in the ground. Snap the leash on the line and let ’em run. Peace of mind for you, mobility for Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll keep that in mind, Jim. So far we take two long walks a day, plus mini-walks around the campsite area. Then there’s time in the pen. I should purchase the materials for a zip line as you suggest. If I should become ill and unable to walk him like I’m doing now, the zip line would allow me to rest while he runs. Like you said, “Peace of mind . . . .”

  42. Julie B says:

    Oh my gosh…those precious faces!!!!! Love them! So so much fun to see them together.

  43. PookieBoy in houston says:

    well you left me wanting more of this blog….great pictures and so happy
    to see both dogs getting along so good. I know that makes you especially
    happy. I only got in early on this blog cause I was out in the work shop
    with my phone and it beeped me telling me I had a new post from you.
    keep up the good work! we love you and Bridget and Reggie!!
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for the loving message, Chuck. I appreciate your faithful reading of my blog. You have your phone set up to tell you there’s a new post? Fantastic!

  44. Wendy in Thailand says:

    I like many of my fellow blogerinos love the pictures of the crew looking out of the window. Have a wonderful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wendy… The crew is upstaging the scenery! 🙂 Always nice to hear from you . . .

  45. Mick says:

    I haven’t left a comment in some time, although I frequently visit your blog. Reggie is fitting right in. I love his spots. That pup has some great karma to be where he was at the time you two met. What a life he’s in for: daily adventures, travel, love.

  46. Dawn in MI says:

    I agree with practicing the distracted recall every time you’re out on a walk. Have some treats in your pocket. Let him get far away from you (on a long lead) and when he’s not looking at you call his name. If he comes immediately he gets a treat and praise. If not, you gently tug (which you will have to do at the beginning till he figures out the ‘game’) till he comes and sits in front of you, then a treat and praise. It’s important that he responds automatically when you call so that in the future when he’s off lead and there’s danger, he will come immediately. This won’t take long, he’s very smart.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Thanks for the tips on training Reggie. Very helpful. Yes, the “come” command needs to seem like a game to the point where it’s an automatic response.

      You reminded me… Part of Reggie’s adoption package includes a DVD on dog training.

  47. MB says:

    Hummmm……You could have been sitting under a gum tree watching grass grow and Reggie could have been sitting in a crate all day waiting for his owner to come home. I’d say that you and he are truly blessed. And Bridget has her mom and now a friend…who though he is annoying, is kinda comforting too. I’d say you made the right choices all round. Have a great day Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MB,

      About sitting watching the grass grow…. I’ve become addicted to change living this way.

      Yes, Bridget likes Reggie, even though there are times he annoys her. I don’t see jealousy. It has more to do with the age difference. I can relate. A few minutes with children is enough for me, too!

  48. Jodee Gravel says:

    Such amazing colors and contrasts in that beautiful area. Sad about the bay becoming a wash, but hey the golf courses in Palm Springs are green 🙁 All the new smells must be overwhelming for Reggie. Great to see the two of them enjoying their outing, and making new friends (they’re so international!). Really makes you appreciate the choices you’ve made and the opportunities you have when confronted with someone who only has a week to see what you can spend all the time you want enjoying :-))))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee… I love being retired and free to go where my whims take me and to stay as long as I want wherever I go. A vacation doesn’t compare!

      Yes, this drought is scary because life seems to go on as if there’s nothing to be concerned about… sprinklers, fountains, green lawns, golf courses, swimming pools….

  49. weather says:

    The story of how Motor -baby and the Bridge began their great adventures is exciting and delightful.Your own story is what’s on my mind this morning though Sue.The 25th of February ,a Wednesday night,was the last time you slept in a camp without anyone else being nearby.I get putting our fur babies needs ahead of our own,and that you also make sacrifices for the sake of your readers,as well.Still,I hope you greet a morning soon in your jammies where no one can see you and when you can hear only nature’s song and sounds.Three weeks is a long time ,rock that you are -wearing the shield to keep noise away is a weight you’ve been stoic to carry.Just wondering if you might see a time ahead that air is all that’s on your shoulders again…

    Reggie is is probably already bored because you are looking at the laptop and not him.Hope Bridget is on the other side of you if he pounces 🙂 Kiss their little head tops for me and have fun today!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather… The crew and I were up early this morning, outside while the campground folks were still asleep, me in my jammies, walking around the area near our site. We don’t have any close neighbors. The generator people are jammed together in another part of the campground. It’s quiet here and the way I have set up camp I can forget anyone else is around.

      A covey of quail walk through our campsite each morning and at dusk. They are fun to listen to and watch. Also there’s a black bird with the most entertaining song and calls . . . .

      Reggie and Bridget are asleep next to me as I type this. I play with Reggie between replies to readers and that keeps him happy. Sometimes I’m typing with one hand and letting him bite the other! When they wake up we will take a long walk and then maybe go on another outing.

      You are very sensitive to my state of mind and comfort level. 🙂 I hope you have fun today, too!

      • weather says:

        If quail are the only pedestrians going through your campsite it must be nicely private-that pleases me for your sake,thanks for the picture.And ,yes,this will be a fun day!

  50. Eileen Dykeman says:

    I love the smiles on those furry little faces!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Eileen… I’m happy to see you here! The crew is easy to please and such fun to see them smile. . .

  51. Monica-CA says:

    Sweet! I love the last two photos of the Crew sitting on the driver’s seat looking out at you. They look content while eager for the next adventure. Thanks for sharing the beautiful drive over to Valley of Fire.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Monica. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I didn’t intend to take those last photos. All of a sudden they popped their heads out the window and fortunately I hadn’t put the camera away yet…

      Enjoy your day!

  52. Nancy says:

    Sue,

    I am so happy for you and Bridget in that you seem to have nailed it in your choice of Reggie. Bridget must have been wanting a playmate since she seems to have completely accepted him and that’s so fortunate. Win/win for all of you. Reggie is adorable.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy…. It’s remarkable that Bridget accepts Reggie sleeping in our narrow bed. As long as he doesn’t step on her, she’s fine with him squirming between her and me.

  53. Applegirl NY says:

    What a great post, Sue. You begin with those wonderful mountain shots and end with the “up-close and personal.” It was a nice reflection of your spirit.

    I know when we’re walking with our dogs and have them off their leashes, they always run ahead – like most dogs. When we need them nearby we call their names and turn around and take a few steps in the other direction. They come running – they don’t want to be left behind. Works every time for us. Every critter has it’s way. I often wonder if we trained them or they trained us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl NY… Thank you for the nice compliment on this post. I’ve had dogs like you describe. Little Reggie doesn’t look back… He just goes!

  54. Gail E Houston says:

    Hi Sue and Crew, is Reggie part Chihuhua? I am looking to adopt and, boy, if I could find a Reggie I’d grab him up in a NY second. So nice to know he and Bridget are OK with each other, and that you have completed your circle of 3. Love, love, love your blog, you are such a talented writer. Gail

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gail…. Reggie definitely is part chihuahua and probably part Jack Russell Terrier. Thanks for complimenting my writing. 🙂 I’m happy you “love” my blog!

  55. Dave Reed says:

    That last picture was my favorite of all you have taken. It’s a keeper.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dave…. I like that one, too. Bridget looks very mature and pretty, happy to be in the background, while Reggie is baby-cute, hogging the forefront.

  56. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Hi Sue,

    Love the newest pics of the crew, so cute roaming together! Lake Mead is really a beautiful place. That picnic area is very well laid out, nice and flat walkways. Enjoyed seeing some of what the area had to offer up.
    Reggie, ie motor-on-full-throttle.

    I have had good success with training my dogs and cats on those thin 12 ft or 25 ft cable leads. I used them like a long leash and it let them know what an acceptable distance to wander was. Maybe get one at Dollar Store and give it a try.
    …so when is Reggie getting his own Black Suit? Crew Uniforms, ya know, a must have 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela K… Good idea about checking the Dollar Store for cable leads.

      I’m holding off on getting a black suit for Reggie. The afternoons are becoming hot and I take the suit off Bridget when we’re not on a walk to let her be cool. She stays in the campsite. It’s too risky to be taking a suit on and off Reggie and I don’t want him to wear a suit and a collar.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        That makes good sense. I tend to forget about how very hot it gets there in the Southwest, especially when it is still cold here. Had the heater turned on this morning and it’s still on at 7:30AM. And they said it would be 70 today, I can only hope.

  57. AZ Jim says:

    Reggie couldn’t possibly be anybody but Reggie. It’s perfect and he has very young eyes. I bet he isn’t any older than 2. He sure is a cutie. You really did good there Missy.

  58. What a fun day you had! The crew made a leisurely walk into a happy adventure and exploration ! Like everyone else, I loved seeing the colorful rocks and scenery as you rolled on by! But the best scenery of all were the smiles on Bridget’s and Reggie’s faces! That tells me what a wonderful day they had with Mom! I am so happy for all of you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Geri. I know I wouldn’t have half the fun if it weren’t for the company of my crew. 🙂

  59. weather says:

    When getting ready for a long flight I usually make things I’ll take as small as possible to carry and put my best outfit into a garment bag so it’s ready for me to wear on the trip out. Winter seems to be doing that here.The snow piles and ice formations grow smaller every day now.A really pretty snowfall hasn’t been seen for days,the forecast says we’ll see it this week.To care about somethings would be strange if they weren’t so amazingly wonderful.-a tree,a wild rabbit or just a season. It’s been far more gentle with me than it has to most others.I’ve loved it back as much in my own ways…

    It pleases me ever so that you’re chronicling your journey,sharing it,giving the pieces the attention they deserve.These are precious days,Sue,I know you savor each…That’s among the many reasons I appreciate you and your blog.Have a dream come true day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And you savor the seasons in their intricate and exquisite details . . . I appreciate you sharing that here on my blog. Love your wish.. You “have a dream come true day” too!

      I’ve been working on a blog post which I’ll publish in a few minutes. 🙂

  60. The most recent close-up of Reggie reveals what a beautiful, precious animal he is! Perfect!

  61. Omigoooodness, you’re new family/crew member is incredibly cute. Bridget and Reggie are so sweet looking together! A huge congratulations on acquiring Reggie. You have two very lucky dogs!

    I just became a Texan recently. I’m so glad that was over. I did it because under Obamacare, South Dakota wouldn’t cover my health insurance as I travel. Soooo, it was either Texas or Florida. I was able to skip over the NM/TX border and into El Paso to get ‘er done – license and van inspection (which passed with flying colors…yaaay! I was nervious about that).

    My one hitch has been that the TX auto insurance agencies gives people a hard time that don’t live in “real” motor homes, since I’m in a van. So, I’ll just have to find a different auto insurance (I’ll miss Progressive) and NOT claim it as my home/RV. Should not be a biggie. I’m not going to argue with these people. There rules are as is. I’m now in Lake Havasu City with a new friend and traveling companion. She’s a really wonderful friend! I never thought I’d want to travel with anyone but a life partner, but, we get along capitally!

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