A friend begins the next chapter

Monday, September 29

The rain returned shortly after I took the clear-blue-sky photo which is at the bottom of the previous post.  It rained all night last night and most of this morning.

Ominous clouds hover around us.

1-P1000734By mid-afternoon Bridget and I are going stir-crazy.

1-P1000727Pelican Lake Campground under a stormy sky

“We need some fresh air and exercise, Bridge.  Let’s walk over to the boat dock.”

Bridget busts out of the Best Little Trailer and scampers around with excitement.  A breeze adds more chill to the damp air. We walk briskly on the campground road which cuts through the rabbit brush, sage, and desert flowers.

Not surprisingly, no one is at the day use area.

Bridget and I venture out on the fishing dock.  A flock of coots skitters across the water at our arrival.   Well, there’s some blue sky.  Not the way we’re going though . . . .

1-P1000732Maybe tomorrow it will be clear enough for us to break camp and move on . . . .

1-P1000728“Well, little girl.  You’re in a hurry to take a walk and in a hurry to go home.”


It does feel good to return to our cozy abode.  I turn on the inverter and air card, and open up the laptop.

I find an email from Rusty . . . 

If you’ve read my blog posts over the past few years, you know that Rusty is the man I met while camping in the Ash Fork area of Arizona. At that time Rusty was living full-time in his truck camper with his malamute-mix dog, Timber.

Timber made national news when he became lost in Utah. 

He was found by a stranger and transported to California, then all the way to Canada, and eventually to Colorado.  While being cared for by the family in Colorado, a reader of this blog who lives in New York state found an on-line notice about Timber, notified me in Oregon, and I notified Rusty in Arizona.

News purveyors, both local and national, jumped on the story.

Followers of this blog, as well as other people across the nation, rejoiced when Rusty drove to Colorado, picked up his beloved Timber, and happily brought him home to where they camp in Arizona.

1-1-P1030353Rusty and Timber, “Juniper Camp” near Prescott Valley, Arizona — April 2013

After a time Rusty and Timber move into a regular home in Chino Valley, Arizona. 

This is made possible through a Veteran’s Administration program for homeless vets.  The generous  outpouring of housewarming gifts from readers of this blog furnishes and equips the home.  Rusty is able to take advantage of VA medical services, obtaining new glasses, for example.  He and Timber enjoy watching television together with air conditioning and heat at the flip of a thermostat, as well as running water and other amenities of residential living.

Everything is fine until a few months ago.

Rusty begins to suffer from headaches and other ailments which continually worsen.  Rusty’s complaints regarding leaks and other urgent home repairs do not receive attention and the situation becomes intolerable.

I learn all this from a previous email in which Rusty explains the situation:

1-P1000740-001“. . . . Well, our house has black mold in it and it has been making me sick.  AZ HUD, Puroclean, and the health department came and inspected it and failed it last week. 

“In the meantime, friends and myself have been building a new cab-over camper that I can stand up in and Timber ‘n I can sleep over the cab of the truck.  Soon it will have a stove n’ a heater. 

“It has so far, on top, 73 watts solar with a 7 amp charge controller for lights, radio, phone and our 8.1 HP laptop and soon all the other neat stuff a cab-over has. 

“I put all the housewarming gifts to good use . . . .  The things I’m unable to take with us are going to veterans who could use them.  The love is being passed on . . . . “

1-rusty1In a reply email I ask Rusty if that’s a new truck I see in the photos he sent. 

I’m also curious how Timber manages to get up into the cab-over bed.

1-Rusty2Rusty sends me another email.

“It’s the same truck.  I painted her by hand. . . . Timber gets on the backwards ‘L’ seat with no table and jumps right up there with no problems . . .  He can look out all the windows there and he sleeps up there with me.  We’ll be moving on towards Lake Havasu City Tuesday . . . . “

 Tuesday, September 30

I immediately look out the window to check the sky.   It’s still overcast but the stormy clouds are gone.

While the coffee pot heats, I find another email from Rusty.  He and Timber traveled part of the way to Lake Havasu City yesterday.  Hmm . . . . Eager to get back on the road.   Typical vagabond . . . . I know that feeling . . . .

 As for Bridget and me, we’re back on the road today, too.

As soon as I post this, I’ll break camp!



Here are a few recent purchases made by RVSue shoppers:

Decal Eraser Wheel
Reese Towpower Trailer Hitch Coupler Lock
Motorola 23-Mile Range 22-Channel Two-Way Radio (Pair)
Wrangler Men’s Big Rugged Wear Relaxed Fit Jean ,Overdyed Black
Camping With the Corps of Engineers: The Complete Guide to Campgrounds Built and Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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156 Responses to A friend begins the next chapter

  1. Shirlene says:

    I figured I would be first, just sitting here waiting for the next post. Good Morning eveyone…Have a great day.

  2. Shelia says:

    It’s a shame Rusty and Timber’s requests that problems be fixed were not taken care of, but I’m glad he has friends to help him build a new camper and that he has options. I’m glad they are not going to be homeless. And I wish them safe and joyous travels.

  3. Good day Sue! Unfortunately, there are lots of Rusty stories out there. Sounds like he is a survivor, as is his wonderful companion. He has Timber, he has shelter, and he has mobility. He also has friends. In a weird kind of way, he has it all. Thanks for sharing a bit of him with us. Safe driving, O.K. ?

  4. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Rusty’s story is definitely a changing one. I’m so disappointed that nothing was done to help fix his house problems, but it sounds like he has made lemonade out of the lemons and is happy to be on the road again. I hope he and Timber have a safe journey and many new adventures.

    And I hope the storms you’ve been experiencing, Sue, make their way to Texas. We had the driest September on record, so we could use the rain! Safe travels to you and Bridget too!

  5. kgdan says:

    We are on the move as well; aiming for Farmington, New Mexico. Gil starting to yearn for the warmth of Laughlin —still about a month away.

    • Cherie from OH says:

      Kathy and Gil, have you ever thought of starting your own blog? Between your travels, gardening and recipes, I think it would be very interesting. Safe travels!

      • Shirlene says:

        Totally agree! I would love to follow you along and enjoy the meals you cook.

      • kgdan says:

        I would love to do that. I really need to learn how. Steep learning curve I think. We struggle with all things technical.

        • Calvin R says:

          I started a blog pretty much by accident. All the same, there is a certain amount of learning to do in handling posts and what not.

        • You can do it! To get started you really just have to pick WordPress or Blogger (I know there are some other ones too), decide on a title, and click a couple of links. Since you can comment here I know you can do it! 🙂 You go girl!

        • Cathie says:

          I have not used WordPress, but Blogger is really easy. I think very user friendly.

  6. Linda says:

    Good luck Rusty and Timber. It’s unfair the authorities did not foresee this problem with your house in the first place. I just don’t understand the homelessness problem in this country. I hope you are safe in your adventures and enjoy the travels. Take care.

    Hi, Sue and Bridget!

    • Timber n' me says:

      Thanks Linda

      • DebsJourney says:

        Safe travels and many beautiful places to see. Stay comfy and know lots of folks care. enjoy!

      • WOW! You did an amazing job painting the truck! Looks great! And the cab-over camper looks a comfey, cozy little home! Sorry things didn’t work out with the home but we are so happy you are able to resume your life on the road with a new camper and handsome truck. We are hoping that you got Timber micro-chipped so if he goes off sight seeing down a different path, he will be easier to find. Did you get all the mechanical issues fixed on the truck? Please take care of yourself and Timber and know you have a lots of friends out here who care for you!

  7. Teresa from NC says:

    I bet you two were going stir crazy. Relieved to hit the road, again, with hopefully much better weather…I can only imagine. Of course, I can only imagine everything that you do. One of these days I hope to let my imagination run wild n free with what my own eyes see as well! Travel safely!

  8. Sidewinder Pen says:

    Rusty: Good looking cab-over camper! I know you enjoyed moving into your house, and it was unfortunate that the owners were not able to repair it, but now you are in your own house again, and that has got to feel good. Go you! I hope the black-mold health issues recede quickly once you are away from the source.

    If I see you this winter I will stop by and say “Hi” (presuming you don’t mind that sort of thing).

    “On the road again…” 😀

    • Timber n' me says:

      We don’t mind having visitors, We’ll be camping between Lake Havasu City and the Bill Williams River Preserve, on the desert side of 95

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I think I know just where you mean. If I see your nifty rig, and you look up and about, I’ll stop by to say Hi and give Timber a real-life “scritch.”

  9. ZenOnWheels says:

    Thank you so much for keeping us posted on Rusty and Timber. What a bummer that the house did not work out. I wish those two all the best in their travels.


  10. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Safe travels, Sue and Bridget! Looking forward to see where you take us next!

    Hi, Rusty and Timber….So sorry to hear about your cruddy landlord issues. I hope your headaches and ailments caused by the black mold clear up soon. Your “new” rig looks nice – I wish you many happy, safe travels! Were you able to take your train setup with you? Take good care – be well! 🙂

    • Timber n' me says:

      I have the trains pictures on my Smokeless signaling device,(phone), and got a good price on them from a neighbor who enjoys them and has them all ready set up

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Glad you have the pictures! 🙂

      • Marsha/MI says:

        So happy to hear the trains went to someone who will enjoy them as much as you did.

        Safe travels Rusty and Timber, and safe travels to Sue and Bridget.

  11. Sherry in MT says:

    Happy travels and thank you for sharing the story of Rusty and Timber!

  12. Calvin R says:

    I guess some of us are just not meant to sit still.

    Rusty, I’m still trying to figure out how a cab-over would best be built without overloading a 150-level pickup. Did you use 2 x 4’s and 1/2″ plywood or something lighter?

    • Timber n' me says:

      I bought a set of plans from Glen L , a boat builder and modified them to a shorter in length and weigth , she’s made with 1×2″s , 1x3s”, 1x4s”, 1x6s” 2x2s” , 3/8s, 1/4, 1/8 hardwood ply with hardboard foam in between all walls and soon to be fiber glassed outside all over for durability and I’m putting a tire tube between the cab roof and the cab over part of the camper . Our truck is a 75′ F- 100 with supportive springs and coil spring shocks, she’s got a 302 cub in. with a FMX trans and a 9″ 64 1/2 Mustang Rear. she’ll do just fine

      • Calvin R says:

        Thanks a lot, Rusty! I think I can work with that (pending my life going as I hope). I have Glen-L bookmarked somewhere, I believe, but hadn’t talked to anyone who had used their plans. The only part of your setup that’s really unfamiliar is fiberglass work. I’ll either learn that, find one of my brothers or friends who knows it, or “finish off” with something else.

        • Timber n' me says:

          Timber , here, My dad says to use gloves, light ones when working with fiberglass and if you read the instructions right , you’ll do fine. go on line to learn how to do the work, then do it. but practice first. oh boy dad is bringing me some goodies, gotta go ,,,, timber

  13. Timber n' me says:

    Weee made it to # 5

    • Teresa from NC says:

      Safe travels Rusty and Timber…lots of thoughts and prayers headed your way! Scratch Timber between the ears for me:-)

    • weather says:

      Hi Rusty,you’ve done a wonderful job on your truck home,it looks so inviting,you must be thrilled with your blessings and fresh beginning!May you finds gifts with each new turn

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Happy Trails, Rusty. We look forward to your updates. You are in my prayers.

    • Teri in SoCal says:

      Safe and happy travels Rusty and Timber, sending positive thoughts to you both. 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      Happy trails, Rusty, for you and Timber. Let us know what you are up to, please.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Hope all will go well for you both, Rusty!! Good thing you have been working ahead of leaving, getting the truck ready for travel again!! So sorry the home did not work out…but probably you will feel much better in your environment now!! Happy travels!!

    • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

      Hey Rusty… your rig looks great. It should be more comfortable than your old one. Now you can head south to warmer winter weather than up in northern Arizona, which is certainly a positive. Give Timber a kiss on the nose from me and Mugsy.

      I hit the road tomorrow too. A week in North Dakota and then I will meander down to Mesa. We will both drive carefully and watch out for the crazy drivers.

  14. JodeeinSoCal says:

    A good leg stretch in a beautiful area is always a nice fix for those stir crazies 🙂 Thought Rusty and Timber might be moving on – they are much better suited to survive the poorly-run programs for veterans than most – and the road does call! They are in a beautiful area – especially now with all the lush green after the storms. Hope you and the Bridge find lovely surroundings as well :-))))

  15. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, Thank you for the Rusty update. I think I knew when he and Timber moved into that house he would get restless. Had the mold not been there, it would have been inevitable anyhow. They roamed too long to be in a static situation for long.

  16. Janet says:

    Dear Sue,
    I would be happy to shop at Amazon through your website; however, I don’t know how to do it. Please let me know the directions. Sincerely, Janet

    • Shirlene says:

      I got it Sue….Janet, at the top of the post to the right is BLUE title that says SHOP AMAZON…today it says “AMAZON HAS IT” Click the blue title underneath…easy, peasy…Good luck Janet, shop away, we love to support Sue and her blog this way.

      • Janet says:

        Hey thanks for the quick response. It would be a pleasure to give Sue the credit when shopping. I am enjoying the blog as I look for a vintage teardrop to travel the USA by myself. I have seen more outside my country and at 71, it’s about time. I am not as solitudinous as Sue and respect her ability to go it alone. Let’s just say that she is braver than I am. Maybe I will get there but a couple of times when a couple of men were the only ones who knew where she was, I got a pit in my stomach. Janet

        • Shirlene says:

          Your Welcome Janet, glad to have you along with us, whether behind your computer at home, or on the road someday…we will be here for you also.

        • DesertGinger says:

          You are planning to live in a teardrop? That’s brave! Tell us your plans; it’s very interesting to me.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Teardrop or canned ham?

            • Gayle says:

              I understand the nostalgia of a teardrop. But I don’t understand the rationale for pulling something in which you cannot stand up, nor pee, nor cook a meal out of the rain. Somebody ‘splain me!

            • Calvin R says:

              (My logic, not the person’s who posted) A) Very small and easy to pull, B) screen rooms are available to cover the kitchen and/or entrance if need be, and C) very easy to heat and to keep clean. I would keep extra water, food, etc. in the tow vehicle. The uniqueness would attract company, which is good or bad depending on my mood.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Different strokes for different folks! No ‘slaining needed!

              What works for one might not for another!

            • DesertGinger says:

              No, I asked for an explanation. I wanted to know others thoughts on it. I have considered and I follow the blonde coyote blog. So I enjoyed Calvin’s thoughts on the subject.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:


              My response was to Gayle.

              BTW-newer teardrops have bathroom and kitchens inside. They are very cute.

            • DesertGinger says:

              Thanks! 🙂

            • Jordan says:

              Hi Gayle,
              I live in a teardrop & it’s great. I’m stationary right now in northern Ohio due to family issues but will be living on the road full-time hopefully this spring (i won’t be living in the teardrop thru the winter here however! But i am right now). My teardrop is a unique design – it has a dropped floor & pop-up roof, so for the first time in my life being short has paid off – i can stand fully with the top up, with my head bent down with the top down. For me a teardrop was all i could afford & the only thing my car could pull. I want to live my life on the road experiencing whatever adventures come my way & this was the only way i could do that so i make it work. It has been fun dreaming up ways to make things work – i love the challenge (especially since i have to make things from stuff i already have or can get second hand). I see this as just a part of the adventure. Would a bigger trailer be nice? Sure (especially on cold rainy days), but that’s easy. I love my little tearbaby & am having a great time. Can’t wait to get on the road with her – that will be much easier living.

            • Vicki M. From MI now TN says:

              Jordon I clicked on your name to see your blog/trailer and my iPad tagged this link as a phising site. Something has linked to your web address on Sues site. It was fine when I typed it in on a different page.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Vicki (and Jordan),

              I got the phishing warning to and I think I see the reason. Where your blog address should have a “dot” (period) it has the “at” symbol (@) like an e-mail would. If folks just replace the @ with a . it will be fine.

            • Gayle says:

              Jordan, I totally get it! People have asked why myself & partner slept on Walmart lots instead of Hampton Inn. Answer: because if we didn’t do Walmart we wouldn’t be able to travel. Come to think of it, it was a lot of fun thinking of innovate ways to live. LOVE your attitude!

            • Jordan says:

              Thanks Vicki & Sidewinder Pen for the heads-up & the fix it solution to my typo. I really appreciate it. Typing on my phone leaves a lot to be desired! It should be correct now.

              Gayle, yes, when something is important to you, you make it work (or at least some of us do). Not everyone is willing to give up “luxuries” or “Thneeds” to see what is truly important. When my family & friends saw my tearbaby for the first time their response was ‘That’s smaller than i thought! It’s REALLY tiny!’ They think i’m crazy but they expect that from me & love that i will do crazy things. Keeps them from getting bored as they come along with me on my adventures like many of us do with Sue. I’m so glad to hear you went with making your traveling dream come true & made it work. Really doesn’t matter where you sleep – you’re not awake to enjoy it anyway – better to make your awake time count the most! Hope you are still getting out there on some adventures. 🙂

            • Calvin R says:

              I made it to your blog. I like it but was unable to either comment or follow. You are the only person other than me of whom I’m aware that has even considered full-timing in a teardrop.

  17. WTXCal says:

    Hey Rusty & Timber,
    I know you two are going to be happier on the road again. Your rig looks awesome! Rusty, I didn’t recognize the truck, great job. My dog Blanca just told me to say Hi to Timber for her. Happy travels.

    • Timber n' me says:

      Timber here, give that dog a big bone. Rusty’s in the restaurant here at the Petro Truck stop, greeerrr, I hope he brings me a treat.

  18. Applegirl NY says:

    Hi Sue, We’re all looking forward to your next camp. Glad you and Bridget got out for a short spell before you hit the road. Thanks for giving Rusty and Timber a place where we can check on them, too. Great community you have here, Sue.

  19. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Ominous clouds! Bridget always knows the way! She is a sweetie!

    Rusty and Timber’s situation with the house is unfortunate. It’s a good thing that he is able to go back on the road and live comfortably. At least he had the time to get his medical issues in check while living there. When the entire house is moldy there is nothing you can do. He has no choice but to consider his health.

    His new camper is sweet….he can stand up in it! Love the fish on the back! The “paying it forward” to other vets in need was a very nice gesture! I can remember how excited we all were for the housewarming, and how Home Depot stepped up for Timber’s yard!

    Safe travels my friend. “Sunkmanitu Tanka Ob Waci”

  20. Cherie from OH says:

    Safe travels, Sue, and thanks for keeping us updated about Rusty. I hope all his ailments clear up now that he is away from all that mold.

  21. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    Sorry to hear about Rusty’s house but you can’t keep a good man down!! Rusty, your new rig looks great and I hope you and Timber enjoy it as you start another new chapter. Happy trails to both of you.
    And to my Sister Susan…travel safely. Looking forward to pictures of yet another wonderful spot you will call home for a while.

    Love you

  22. Mick'nTN says:

    The national weather map shows more rain for northern Utah but if you can get south of SLC you should be fine. Thanks for the Rusty / Timber update and photos.
    Rusty, the camper looks great. I have strong feelings about the VA and most government agencies but this is a positive Blog! I assure you that your many friends will support you long after china has taken over the USA.

  23. Caroline near Seattle says:

    Sorry to hear about the VA’s poor followup and the poor conditions of the house. But I think Rusty prefers the boondocking lifestyle, otherwise he might have waited for another VA home to become available.
    Please get Timber microchipped …. if he gets away, at least the chip will provide a trace back to you. Vets and kennels always check for a chip these days. I had a foster dog escape during July4 activities and the local police picked him up, took him to the vet to be scanned, then called me to pick him up!
    And be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector your camper!
    You boys have a fun and safe journey !

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      One thing I didn’t know though with the chipping of an animal. I can’t remember where I read it at but it has been in the last few days. Just because a dog is chipped doesn’t mean he is registered in a big database. I guess there is a small yearly or a lifetime fee that can be paid and then you can be sure they are in the data base. I agree, good idea to get Timber chipped.

      • Caroline near Seattle says:

        When you microchip your pet, you pay once and the info is in the database forever. You need to be mindful about updating your contact info. I believe there are only 2 companies, Home Again and Avid.

    • Gayle says:

      Now THERE’S some good, live saving advice!

  24. Kay says:

    Sorry to hear about Rusty’s home. Landlords must be reported to the state, AZ has a thing in place where landlords have to report their rentals. At any rate, I am very glad Rusty got the heck out of there with that Mold.

    If Rusty needs a place, he is more than welcome here! So is Timber. And, hubby being a VET we do have an excellent VA doc and full facility in this area. A couple of Acres for Timber to roam freely on too.

    The wind is crazy today, rained all night…. and I am thinking HOME DEPOT might have something for me.

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

      Kay says, “If Rusty needs a place, he is more than welcome here! So is Timber. And, hubby being a VET we do have an excellent VA doc and full facility in this area. A couple of Acres for Timber to roam freely on too…” you’re good people, Kay.

      Cat Lady

      • Kay says:

        Yes Cat, we try to be. I would love for Rusty and Timber to come on over here. Rusty could tinker all winter long and Timber, well he would have a real nice friend named Comet.

        But, I am sure Rusty will not come this far and most likely not interested in winter living here. But, Hey, it was just a good dream.

        Rusty – if you read this : YOU AND TIMBER are MORE than welcome to come hibernate with us this winter. We can all hunker down and eat homemade soups to warm the souls. And, we are serious about the offer too.

        Have a good night and safe travels.

        • Kay says:

          Oops forgot .. HOME DEPOT… I made sure at least 3 people got their full time pay this evening. They’ll be happy and me, well…. it means I work more for no pay!
          Okay, the HUBBY does.

  25. rvsueandcrew says:


    Bridget and I are in the parking lot of Al’s Food Town in Duchesne. (I forgot to get paper towels when at Wal-Mart.) We’re on our way to Price.

    I open this laptop to check on the blog and I’m delighted to see all the good wishes, encouragement, and positive comments for Rusty and Timber. I can’t help but be proud of my blog’s blogorinos. You’re a great bunch!

    Way to go, Rusty!

    Back on the road…. Talk to you soon! Love ya’… Sue & Bridget

  26. Janet says:

    Oh, Sue. It is amazing to see the “community” and following you have. For someone who does not invite “drop ins” you are certainly being cared for and engaged with a lot of people. Nice. Very sweet. J

  27. Crystal says:

    I wonder what he did with his train set… It was such a cute set up, and he seemed to really enjoy it.

    • Crystal says:

      Well, duh. I should have refreshed my browser. If so, I would’ve seen Rusty is responding to messages. Great looking rig, Rusty! Enjoy your travels, and keep us posted!

  28. Barb George says:

    HI Sue, Bridget, Rusty and Timber!

    Thanks for the update… environmental ‘stuff’ is awful… I am just glad you figured out what was happening. I hope going back on the road is an ok thing… Feel better soon Rusty!

    Sue take care as always. Thankful to you for this blog, this time and your adventures. You make a big difference.

    Sunshine to the East, West and North and South…always a rainbow.

    Hugs from Hoquiam,

  29. Karyn says:

    I remember Rusty and the story about Timber. I cried happy tears when that was posted.
    Starting to read this, it looked as though it was an unhappy post, but in the end it looks as though the traveller is back where he belongs, on the road travelling. Most folks don’t understand that itch, to get back on the road.
    Can’t wait till I can get on the road myself again. Got an itch I need to scratch.

  30. Pamela K. says:

    I love that Rusty and his beloved dog are together again, reunited at last!
    I love that Rusty is getting the VA Benefits he has so richly earned through his former years of military service.
    I love that he donated the items he could not use to homeless Vets…there are far too many still in need across this, the richest land in the world. Don’t get me started, my soapbox is very high.
    I love that he hand painted his truck! Probably looks better than some paint jobs I’ve seen.
    And I secretly love that he and his pal are back on the road again too. Real houses are fine but they are a lot of work and upkeep, expensive upkeep. Besides, home is where your heart is. A cozy place to shelter, to eat, to sleep, to enjoy and call your own. Nothing better needs to be except to have your travels shared with your critters on-board. Rusty, safe travels to you and your beloved k-9 pal. The road has a way of calling us back to it, doesn’t it? May your travels be kind to you always!

    • Gayle says:

      I love that Rusty isn’t in denial about the bad effects of mold. I have a friend who has chronic sinusitis, bronchitis, and walking pneumonia. He refuses to believe it’s the mold.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Yes, there is much to be said about the effects of mold. My husband’s brother helped to clean out their mother’s house after she passed. She had lived in the same house for 42 years, mold had set into the basement and some of the floors. Deep cleaning it caused him terrible fungus in his lungs. He was hospitalized as a result and was extremely weak from it. Took almost a full year to rebuild his body from the effects it had on him. Mold is not something to take lightly at all. If not removed and treated it only gets worst over time. There are a lot of things we can do to abuse our bodies and get away with it, lung abuse is not one of them. Glad Rusty and his k-9 pal are away from all that!

  31. weather says:

    While I always look forward to hearing about your next camp,and expect to be delighted, something’s different this time-like I’m excited and can hardly wait.I’m not sure what I’m expecting-the feeling’s grown stronger since you got rained/reigned in.As though I hope,even know, something special’s been being prepared for you.

    When I saw the title of this post I knew you didn’t mean to refer to yourself,yet in a way might just as well have.Actually,you do that sort of thing a lot-unintentionally(on a conscious level anyway)speak a simultaneous subtext when you write.We’ve both referred to that in comments -today ,especially,-it’s piqued my curiosity. I realize,on the surface, it may be as undramatic as seeing a bird ,to anyone but me-I’m happy already for you ,nonetheless.

    You well portrayed the threat of storm around your home above-your ability to capture things in a way no one else does always amazes me.I’ve only known one other with similar ability-my brother,and I believe he stopped pursuing it long ago.I love that you do constantly.Click an extra one of Bridget for me,she’s beautiful to me in so many ways-what a gift you are to each other,and to me.

    • Shirlene says:

      Hey Weather, search for web cam in Price Utah and you can see the weather in almost real time. I like to follow Sue with web cams to see the area she is in, it is fun. Looks like weather is holding for her to set up camp. Price is a beautiful area and I know she will find US another beautiful site to shelter us. Storms look to be moving upward and away, but raining in Vernal right now (looked at weather bug web cam) hehehehe

  32. DesertGinger says:

    It is great to hear from Rusty and Timber. Too bad his landlord wouldn’t do the right thing.
    The nurse was just hear to dress my wound. Could you guys hear me screaming?it is unbelievable how much it hurts; the wound is 4.5 inches into my abdomen. They come every day. Something to look forward to.
    So Sue you are on the move again. Yippee! Can’t wait to see our next camp. I have hopes of getting out to see some of my new state this winter. I had a bit of good news. When I got home from hospital I had a letter from Florida bankruptcy court. I had been petitioning the court for two years to be included as a debtor in the bankruptcy case of Merendon Mining. This is the investment scam Ponzi scheme that stole my 200k. I had to supply a ton of documents. Well I was notified I was included. I don’t know what kind of recovery I might expect. They did recover some assets, but it might only be ten cents on the dollar..depends on how many creditors there are to pay. But at least I am included in whatever payout there is. I’m hopeful I will get more than 20k. If i do, this money will go toward a rig for me. Maybe someday I will be out there!
    Meanwhile…I’ll be sitting here waiting to get better.

    • Shirlene says:

      Great news DG! We are all hoping for you, to get better quickly, and to jump yourself out on the road. Until then, know you are being blessed with good wishes and strength.

    • weather says:

      Hi Ginger, I’ve a bit of good news, too -You’ll be out there either way, and that’s a cold hard fact,we’ve come too far not to finish,woman!!! “I will be out there!” is a complete sentence in our world,and don’t you dare forget it.As the comedians parents used to say-Don’t you make me come and get you 🙂

    • Gayle says:

      Don’t let the turkeys get you down!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Keep on looking for the Light, strong woman!! Sending you a hug! 🙂

    • Gosh, DG! That dressing change sounds like torture! You’re brave! Hope you get something from that crook Madoff after he made off with the hard-earned money of you & so many others. Take good care of yourself, DG. My guess is that you’re getting stronger every day! Just listen to how loud you yell during a dressing change!

      I’m sorry to hear Rusty & Timber had to leave their home. It’s a shame he couldn’t get anyone to take care of the problems! But maybe this is a blessing in disguise…he & Timber can be very comfortable out on the road now. I wonder what happened to his train set? I didn’t read all of the comments so might have missed the answer to this question.

    • Teri in SoCal says:

      Hope today is a good day Desert Ginger!

  33. Pamela K. says:

    Miss Sue,
    You never cease to blow me away with your vast web reaches and your kindness. Your love and caring of your circle of friends is so admired. I bet you were a great teacher when you taught school. You certainly are a great teacher now, to all of us who read with interest about your travels, your adventures, your trying ups and downs and ups again and your crew. We learn from you, we laugh, we cry, we hold you dear. What more can life offer anyone than to love and be loved, and a place to call your own!
    Be Well and Venture Forth!

  34. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue! So excited to see where your next camp brings us!!

    To Rusty and Timber, I am so sorry things didn’t work out with your VA housing. You had no choice but to get out of that bad situation. It is a real shame they don’t monitor these housing situations better.

    Your truck and camper look great. I am sure you and Timber will be very happy. Now don’t neglect your health while on the road. Make sure to have a plan for VA followups as needed. You have earned this care with your service to our country and I sure hope you take advantage of it. Happy travels!

  35. Shirlene says:

    Wow Sue, looks like Rusty and Timber have a family too!

  36. rvsueandcrew says:


    Bridget and I are set up in a new camp. It’s lovely here. In a few minutes I’m going to go over to the shower house and take a long, hot shower. Later Bridget and I will take a walk and enjoy the scenery. I plan on us staying overnight and we’ll be back on the road tomorrow.

    The weather is great, a little cool, the sky is blue with puffy, white clouds.

    I’ll read all your comments, although I’m going to skip replying to each one. It’s so pretty here — I want to take a break. Y’all seem to get along fine without me anyway! 🙂

    Carry on, blogorinos!


  37. kgdan says:

    We made it to Farmington, NM. today. We are staying at a sweet little RV park just off Hwy 64 called Mom & Pop RV Park. Clean but not fancy; fhu, WiFi, TV = $22. Very charming owner who is eager to make everyone’s stay very pleasant by presenting dining, shopping, sightseeing options galore. His hobby is making model trains & miniature figures, all displayed wonderfully in the office.

    Our drive here was wonderful; great weather and no mountains to climb. Very good day for us.

    • weather says:

      Hi Kathy and Gil-glad to hear it’s going so well.With a name like Mom and Pop that park owner just had to be charming- to live up to the charming name,how cute!

      Now,I’ll use the space here to post a little announcement


    • I’ve heard really good things about that park–glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

  38. Dawn in MI says:

    Hey Rusty, Stay in touch OK? We’re all with you in spirit! Enjoy your new home on the road! Give Timber a treat from us! 🙂

  39. Sue. I hope the rain there is just enough. Thanks for keeping us up with Rusty too!

    Rusty, I think about you often and hope you and Timber are well. I was just telling my Todd about the great camper you built, it looks really great! The truck looks great too!

    I hate that you had to leave that place but you did have too. What I’m happy about is that you could!

    You are such a sweetheart for making sure good things go to other vets. You’re always a hero!

    Hey Timber, if you’re reading this to your Dad.. no ruff ruffs in between paragraphs, K?

  40. Cindy says:

    Part of me is so sad for Rusty and Timber – it seemed they were so happy in their new house with the yard and the “railroad.” It’s very disappointing to hear the VA didn’t address the problems in his housing, but it’s not surprising hearing all the other problems veterans are having with the VA. It makes me really angry that these veterans have done so much, and given so much for us, yet the VA doesn’t seem responsive to their needs. I hope Rusty and Timber find peace and health on the road.

    • sherry in oregon says:

      Rusty said it wasn’t the VA that dropped the ball — but the owner of the house. He asked no one blame the VA.
      I have a brother I think is a little bit like Rusty …. he has sand in his shoes … he’ll settle down for a while, but he just can’t stay in one place too long. Just the way some people are built.

  41. Hi Sue! Just a word to let you know it’s still raining here, the park (Myakka River State Park) has closed down due to flooding. We are OK, soggy but that is to be expected.
    I hope you have found sunny days and a clear road ahead! Thanks for keeping us informed regarding Rusty and Timber. Give Bridget an extra hug… She is looking so sexy with her new slimmer, trimmer body! 🙂

  42. weather says:

    Swept into the music,carried in it’s notes-I’m held still within it’s pauses-feel it’s heartbeat.I breathe more deeply every time I feel it’s pulse.It’s morning on the hillside-where others hear only noise.The music is every sound around me,the notes are their arrival,the pauses are quieter times between it all.The pulse is all the life that is inside creations instruments-the melody of love it sings- to all who’ll listen.

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve played music ,though I enjoy when others do.People write songs that make me happy,His never ending one’s even better.I’ve heard it since I was a child-differently every day-always with the same effect.I’ve heard it in city traffic,while toiling or being in love,on every part of the journey so far- as it holds me.Letting me see and move through the Story it goes with-dancing me through it all

    Hope it’s a warm enough for you to open the window’s today Sue,of your home or as you drive.May what you hear sound like Love sending your heart what it needs -I send you wishes for smiles 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Teri in SoCal says:

      Weather, you write so beautifully. I feel like you should write a book, but first we have everyone send you their favorite photo and you write something about it. It could be a beautiful book. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Hi Teri,thank you.Seeing all of our favorite photos would be great,my choices would have mostly ones Sue’s taken among them-certainly none that I’ve taken,I haven’t developed talent in that area at all 😉 For the narrative I’d prefer hearing what matter’s about each to it’s owner-Bet we’d hear some wonderful stories that way.I’ve never been interested in writing much at all.If I ever did it would only be to tell the real Story in the Book people read or hear about now.I’ve used ancient language dictionaries for years to prove to folks the Author’s so much nicer than they think.

  43. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, please don’t think that we get along just fine without you, you are the reason that we are WE. I cherish your comments with my morning coffee as I cherish Weather’s morning poem. Life is just not the same without US.

    Good Morning my fellow blogorinos, we are doing a wonderful job of being a VILLAGE.

    As usual, I will be lurking today and enjoying each and every comment made, except for those spoken of by Weather. We need you Sue to keep us safe from trolls.

    • Shirlene says:

      Oh, and I hope you enjoyed your hot shower and I hope is was a nice long one…we cannot afford that luxury in California yet….come on rains!

    • weather says:

      Hi Shirlene-nice to see you here,and I agree that Sue makes time here so much more wonderful.Yet picturing her getting what she needs through breaks pleases me,too.So either way,we get a gift.I guess villages have always had unwelcome visitors to get rid of.Rats,spam and leaches steal whatever the can-but the joy found among the sweet folk gatherings can’t be taken -only shared,thanks for giving me some of yours today

  44. R. (now in the Adirondacks, NY) says:

    Hello Sue, Bridget and blogorinos. I’m finally able to read your blog but no time for reading comments at this time. It looks like you have some nice fall colors in UT. Here in the northeast foliage is spectacular this year. Hope you already got to another great camp.

  45. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Safe travels to Rusty and Timber…………wishing them every happiness on the road. And thanks Sue for letting us know.

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