A little piece of desert becomes home

Friday, November 14

 1-P1010538Roosevelt Lake, Arizona

I load the empty propane tank into the back of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

“C’mon, sweetie.  Up you go. . . ”  I set Bridget on the bench seat, put her water dish on the floor behind the passenger seat, slide behind the wheel, and start up the PTV.

On the way out of Cholla Campground, I drive by two campsites of readers who invited me to drop by for a chat.  No one is home at either site.  I notice two Casitas have arrived at Cholla.

Bridget and I turn onto Route 188 and head toward Tonto Basin.

I pick up a few groceries at the market.  At an RV storage facility across the road, I buy 4.2 gallons of propane for a total cost of $14.54.

Usually when I approach our camp and the Best Little Trailer comes into view, I experience a slight lifting of my spirits.

Not today. 

I’m becoming unnerved.  Time to move camp.  It’s been nice here.  One couldn’t ask for a prettier campsite.  Neighbors have been quiet.  Well, there’s the generator noise but that’s to be expected in a campground.  It would be nice to be off by ourselves somewhere . . .

“Well, Bridgie-baby.  I think it’s time we found a new home.”

1-P1010542I put away the groceries, position the propane tank next to its twin, and hitch us up.

On the way out of Cholla Campground, I stop at Krystina’s site and say goodbye.

Cholla has two dump stations.  The one within the boundaries of the campground is open only on Saturdays and Sundays.  The one across the road from the campground is open on Thursdays and Fridays.  It being Friday, I take the BLT across the road.

Soon we’re cruising on down the highway . . .

We find a good campsite and it’s lovely.  We have a grand view of mountains.  Peace and quiet.  Solitude.  A graceful mesquite tree in our front “yard.”  I giggle as I go through the routine of making this little bit of desert into our home.

I hope you don’t mind . . .

The positive change in my mood upon discovering this private camp tells me I need alone time, just me and Bridge.  For that reason (and the fact that we’re near populous areas), I won’t be sharing directions to this camp.

If you should happen to see where we are, please refrain from announcing our location in a comment.  If you figure out where we are by examining photos in upcoming posts, please keep it to yourself.  I would appreciate that very much.

1-P1010545I’ll resume sharing my boondocks and camps in this blog as long as I can live alone with my crew.  Thank you and know that I love being with you online!


NOTE:  You may wish to return to comments under the previous post.  The discussion continued while I posted this entry.


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224 Responses to A little piece of desert becomes home

  1. Ron Sears says:

    You know me, I’m not much for the desert but I kind of like what I see there sue…be safe.

  2. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Am I first? And I did read your post! I can certainly relate to needing some alone time with just you and Miss Bridget. I get that way too quite often. I’m out in traffic with work, at church with people, or at meals with friends, but after awhile it all catches up to me and I just have to stay home. I hope you enjoy your solitary new home and get a chance to recharge your batteries.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cari. The post was about Friday and now it’s Monday evening as I type this. We are loving it here.

  3. Marg in Ouachita's says:

    Opened the front door last night and we were covered with snow. Snow on November 16th, Central Arkansas. New one for me, and I did not even have condensed milk to make snow ice cream.

    Enjoy your solitude. Being around nature, able to get outside and take a walk, that is the best of times. I would have to hang a bird feeder though and be able to identify all the new ones I would see. You know, I would have not been interested in that when I was 25. Enjoyed my traveling with you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marg,

      Watching a bird feeder, identifying new birds, and recognizing familiar ones …. peaceful entertainment. I’ve enjoyed many bird feeders over the years.

      I’ve never had snow ice cream. What is going on with the wintry weather so early? I’m afraid it’s going to be a long winter.

      • Marg in Ouachita's says:

        My husband’s favorite ice cream. Vanilla flavoring, condensed milk and snow. Preferably off a clean car top or truck. Good stuff. I introduced it to two 90+ year old people living next to us in Hot Springs one year. So, guess it must be a red neck delicacy.

      • Lolalo says:

        RVSue, You just gotta try snow cream! That is one of my favorite memories from childhood – my parents making ice cream from the freshly fallen snow on the rare occasion that it snowed in northern Alabama. It is a real treat. And I have now experienced it with my grandchildren:)

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The snow will have to come to me cuz I ain’t goin’ to it!

          • Marg in Ouachita's says:

            Well, I am still looking at melting snow and I do not blame anyone for not wanting snow. But, the snow ice cream is great. Still, the next best kind comes from Chick-Fil-A. Almost as good.

      • AlanOutandAbout says:

        My mom used to make it too. She was from a small town in central IL. Farm country.

  4. Barb George says:

    Since the conversation was continued, I had to go back, grab a tissue… move forward, and since I forget everything, read again! LOL I sure do enjoy this blog… And all the cast of characters! Even the ‘teary parts’, since that is real life.

    Gosh that chili may have to be in my kettle later in the week. Made French Onion Soup today–the Hubs favorite and so much easier than I thought it would be… house smells wonderful and it is done. I really like the DoNE part. 🙂

    Enjoy the solitude. I know how you feel.
    Hugs to you and Bridget,
    From Hoquiam,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      Gosh, homemade chili, meat sauce with angelhair pasta, french onion soup… You folks are making me crazy!

      Uh-oh… teary-eyed? I’d better take another look at comments under that post, too.

      Thanks for letting me know you understand how I feel.

  5. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Pays to go with how you feel I think Sue…no matter what kind of life we are living…those “vibes” are there for a good reason. Hope you will be safe and not bothered where you are. One never knows who is reading and often you tell about a place after you leave it…makes good sense to me too!! Happy solitude!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      After a period of time I start to feel hemmed in when people are around, even people who are quiet and kind and good. Knowing they are nearby starts to wear on me. Totally irrational!

      Thanks for the “happy” wish. Same to you, in whatever way is your way!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Some things we just “are”…not always do we know why…I like solitude some…but also enjoy times with people. Small groups that is. I definitely enjoy it quiet when I wish to sleep. If you live where something is bothering you, you realize how much you need it. I think too as I have aged, I need more quiet and solitude…maybe our nerves are just shot after all the things of our previous years (or at least the supply of adrenaline, due to too much fight or flight episodes…which would describe a great portion of my life actually)…esp. thinking how being a teacher these days in a public school might make anyone want to be alone a great deal. It is not an easy job. Thanks for the wishes too.

      • Toni says:

        I feel that way whenever my husband is home 🙂

  6. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Whoo-Hoo! #4!

    Love your new camp, Sue! Enjoy your peace and solitude!

    Sending you and Bridget warm thoughts and hugs!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Ok…#6! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Those aren’t photos of our new camp. They’re random shots of the Roosevelt Lake area.

      Warm thoughts and hugs to you, too. VERY warm, given the weather!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        All the better to maintain your privacy. I knew you found the “right” spot when I read of your joy and delight..giggling while setting up your new camp – enjoy! Thank you for your warm thoughts!

  7. weather says:

    If memory serves me well,each day for a while I’ve mentioned privacy,solitude,etc.at some point in my comments here,meaning I’m glad you are finally where that’s available.
    Visits with even the dearest people just doesn’t allow enough time alone.That in no way says that there’s anything they could do to be more pleasant,I’m simply at my best in most ways with more isolation than you’ve had for a long time.

    Those photos are my first views of saguaros seen from above,I like them even more now.Sonoran surroundings have a life of their own to me that I find to be palpable and exciting.I hope it’s still warm enough for you to enjoy it,especially now that you are “stocked and ready”-.If it’s half as good as my experiences have been within that,it’s got to feel great.I pray that it does,and that you have a Good Night

    • Ozark Sam says:

      Thank you for your comments. I like your idea of a class C. I have had many RVs since 1975. Ford is a good brand and so is Coachman. Any RV that you buy will have things that need to be fixed or upgraded unless you pay over 100K.

      • weather says:

        Hi Sam,I agree with you -that anything priced within the range I’m willing to pay will need repair,either immediately or eventually.As in buying any home,vehicle or large purchase it’s good to go into it with eyes wide open,to a degree our emotions checked at the door,so to speak,checklist in hand with the intent of getting a professional in the field’s opinion after they inspect it,too.I would then be better prepared to negotiate a fair price and get what work was needed done before I began traveling ,so I’d be able to choose a trustworthy repair shop.I know that’s no guaranty of a problem free future(there is no such thing) yet all of it improves my odds-the rest I’ll leave to trusting that dreams come true 🙂 Thanks for the encouraging note.

  8. Pleinguy says:

    The feeling of peace at a private boondock camp is something that I enjoy too. Hope your new spot provides the solitude you need. Take care.

  9. Mert says:

    Enjoy the peace and beauty of life. I am SOOOO ready to get away! But as long as my parents need me… Here I will be!
    Peace, love and good vibes to you and the little baby girl 😉
    Mert and Asia mae

    • Mert says:

      Ps. I just ate. But tonight’s comments have me believing I am starving. Lol
      Chili,pasta,French onion soup….. Yes please. Lol

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Today in a little café had some super yummy chicken lemon rice soup and the waitress also gave me a small portion of their garden veggie soup…also VERY yummy!! On a cold day, soup hits the spot (or Chili)!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mert! Wishing you smiles today! 🙂

  10. AZ Jim says:

    The 30th most quoted movie line of all time belongs to Greta Garbo who uttered the line “I vant (want) to be alone”. It’s from the 1932 movie “Grand Hotel”. Slightly before my time and WAY before your time Missy. Greetings to you in your new “digs”. Hi Bridge.

  11. Velda says:

    It may sound strange to some but Sue (and others who like alone time), I think you will get it. For the past 38 years I have been married I have had very little alone time. Between two sons, caring for my Mom 7 years, and husbands too many surgeries to count with the caregiving before, after, and ongoing and a disabled son and husband too, it’s pretty much a 365 job. When husband had his big Cancer surgery in June 2013, I had my 22 ft Leisure Travel van parked at the Kiwanis House with full hookups a few blocks from the main hospital. I spent 8 days with him but at night was ALONE in my quiet van and as worried as I was for husband, it was heavenly to be alone, choosing what I ate and when. So I do get when any of the Blogerinos talk about alone time. As much as I love my family, it is healing to be alone.

    • Teresa from NC says:

      “As much as I like my family, it is healing to be alone.” I really like that Velda. Well said, and SO true.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So well stated!! Though I missed my hubby when he had to go away for a week on business trips at times…I sure kept busy and was not lonely. Set out all kinds of projects to do and then ate when I wanted and what I wanted or could keep working without stopping!! Something to be said for such. Bless you for all you are doing for the others in your life!! You do have a hard job!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree, Velda. Very well said.

      I empathize with you over the sacrifices you’ve made for those you love. I hope you find time for yourself.

    • Willow (AZ) says:

      Amen Velda

  12. Gloria Brooks says:

    Yeah, I sure hear you on wanting alone time! I find its paramount to set boundaries with more socially active folks or I get “socially stressed out”. I’ve been in Quartzsite and ended up camping on BLM land where I knew some folks I had met in Lincoln City, OR. I visited quite a few times with them and that worked out alright. But, I made sure to camp where I could still have lots of personal space and privacy, like you seem to do. They’ve since left and I found a “sweet spot” in this rather populous BLM area far to one side where most folks don’t seem to go, or at least not crowd in because it’s not as smooth driving. Anyway, I’m hunkering still in Q until the rest of my packages come in the mail. I had a HECK of a time with the post office sending a big package back to Amazon, so, no more risking general delivery here. Sheesh!

    I’ve been wanting to finish my work THEN socialize some around Thanksgiving time. I’ve balked at holidays the last few years because there’s so much social pressure around those too. Especially Christmas. Christmas can be just insane, in my humble opinion. I like to celebrate it quietly and without obligation to spend money. Sigh.

    So, yeah, I hope you really enjoy your solitude and find lots of it when you need an want it. I have a feeling I’ll be heading for the hills somewhere around here after Thanksgiving. Not sure I can put up with the rest of the holidays. We’ll see. And I won’t be feeling guilty if I can’t “endure” them!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gloria,

      We’re very much alike in our quest for personal space and privacy. Wouldn’t it be something if loners could force sociable people to be loners, too? I wonder how that would go over!

      Yeah, the holidays are too much stress. It’s to the point that calling Thanksgiving and Christmas “holidays” are oxymorons.

      I hope you find a special place to enjoy in ways that bring you contentment. Good luck fashioning real holidays for yourself, Gloria.

  13. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Love the cactus, scenery and the solitude!

    We go out…..meaning to town or the PO every 10 days or so! If the PO has the usual “daily gossip” vehicles parked along side of the road…we keep driving.

    Don’t even think about showing up at our home unannounced….Folks up here probably think we are weird..oh well….it’s our lifestyle.. They don’t have to understand it…all we ask is to respect our wishes.

    Bridget looks like she’s doing much better!

    Enjoy your evening!

    • AZ Jim says:

      If more folks would just simply mind their own business, we’d all be better off. You guys have the right attitude about those kind of people who think we should all be carbon copies of one another and thankfully we aren’t. You’re good people in my book and probably more people than you know feel that way too. Hope you got rid of some of that snow, I remember my days in it, not with fondness.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Hmmm…… I meant our “lifestyle” of not partaking in the gossip and being reclusive. What did you mean? 😉 (just busting your chops)

        People up here see no problem with walking INTO your house unannounced. All our doors are kept locked!

        How’s Detta?

        Yep, my fondness of snow is diminishing at a rapid rate!
        We are seriously looking to head back to the west coast! Jules is from here…she wants to keep it as a summer place. My sis in PHX wants us to get a place in AZ.

        • AZ Jim says:

          Yeah! That’s what I meant too. Detta is doing great. She feels much better than before her pacemaker replacement. They have improved them quite a bit, even have a home monitor so no checkups except once a year. I highly recommend a move out here but I honestly encourage you to look at the Phoenix metro not Phoenix proper as it is much quieter and less traffic, crime etal in the outlying areas.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            My sis just bought another house in Sun City. She’s like come on…buy something down here! We didn’t like the 107 degree weather. We’re more into woodsy. Prescott, Sedona….

            We spoke to Rusty about Big Bear….

            Glad to hear Detta is doing much better! Get her out and enjoy!

            • AZ Jim says:

              I live in Surprise just outside Sun City West. We love it here. Another idea get the weather bug: http://weather.weatherbug.com/

              Check the weather in areas you are considering. You can establish pretty good trends that way.
              If you move out here I think you will enjoy our weather most of the time.

            • Timber n' me says:

              Check out Flagstaff, it has everything and low crime. Big Bear is has some good and bad stuff, but if you want to go shopping you must go down from 6000 ft. to the pit and back up narrow, winey roads, on all sides. + it’s very expensive in Big Bear, living. And they don’t like folks to use water other than drinking. It’s turning into a control associated neighbor hood. It didn’t affect me, cause I was living out in the woods, literally. I only went to town to by supplies, food for me and the Donkees and I’d go to Chad’s to get a dance and socialize and drink Wild Turkey 101 or walk in the famous “Old miners parade” , then stop at Chad’s

            • Timber n' me says:

              And I haven’t Danced with any one since August 31st , 2007, that’s when I stopped “Drinking”. I now only dance with Timber, like “Dance’s with Wolves”. Cindy n’ Jules ,,,,,, me, aho

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Great news about Detta’s pacemaker!

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Good morning Cindy,

          If you and Jules could swing it financially, you could have a “home base” in NY and AZ – the best of both worlds! Or….maybe an RV with a 3-6 month lot rental in sunny AZ in the winter months. Just dreamin’ with you all! 🙂

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Financially we are set.

            The problem is two fold….we have committed to three outside now semi feral cats. Leaving them would be unfair.

            The other “problem” is we can’t decide where we want to go! We KNOW we don’t want tornado, hurricane country. Earthquakes are fine. Northern AZ perhaps.

            NY to AZ in a RV is quite a snowbird trek. We won’t “fly” our fur kids. We specifically bought the “C” to transport them to NY.

            I’m an east coast transplant…..Ummm….you can keep your east coast! This is some crazy weather!

            • AZ Jim says:

              An idea. Find a permanent shelter for your outside kitty’s. Detta and I had to do that in San Diego. We brought out “inside cats” but found a great home for the others. Next find a home here in the valley of the sun AND a lesser place up in our white mountains for summer. The driver distance around 300 miles. Many affordable places up in our mountains.

  14. Anne H says:

    Hope you are getting to enjoy your solitude.

    A friend came to the PNW to camp with me this summer and described our camping as ‘mutual solitudes’. Both introverts, we managed to camp close enough to enjoy activities together – yet had lots of time to ourselves.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Anne,

      Sounds like two real friends who understand each other. I’ve had friends who were loners. We’d try to get together but one of us would always come up with an excuse not to, and then the other one of us would be relieved. LOL!

  15. Teresa from NC says:

    Alone. Peace. Quiet. All taken for granted by so many, and misunderstood by so many more. If more could respect it, instead of thinking it’s “anti-whatever,” maybe I could tolerate others more.
    Enjoy your solitude with your little girl…the world will continue the hustle and bustle, and you can mosey on in due time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      “If more could respect it, instead of thinking it’s “anti-whatever,” maybe I could tolerate others more.”

      Great statement, Teresa!

  16. David Greybeard says:

    You have always been so generous to all of your followers with your time, your words and your pictures. Believe me, none of us begrudge your solitude. While it’s always good to know the location of a great boondock, we should all be willing to approach any new area willing to explore a bit. Besides, if you ever find a spot that is too good not to pass along, you can always give us pictures while you are there and give us the location after you’ve moved on. As always, thanks for sharing so much with all of us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, David,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      You mentioned something that I thought of recently — “we should all be willing to approach any new area willing to explore a bit.”

      Some of my readers make lists of my boondocks or mark them on a map in order to camp in those places someday. That’s fine with me. I hope they find the camps in good condition and enjoy them.

      However, it’s my feeling that one shouldn’t rely too much on the boondocks others have found. In other words, it’s wise and a whole lot of fun to know how to find your own special camps.

      I love finding new, secluded camps so much that when someone tells me where to go (to camp, that is!), my immediate reaction is “I don’t want to go there.” I want to find my own hideaways!

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        I think that many of your readers are trying to learn about what to do and how to do it. Once they hit the road and perhaps stop in some of your old spots, they will become more secure and break out to find their own great places.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s a good way to look at it, Connie. The camps I share with my readers can serve as stepping-stones to their own discoveries. I like that idea!

          Maybe someday those who are in the dreaming stage or are new to the road will be sharing the boondocks they found with me and others.

          What goes around, comes around. 🙂

  17. Taranis says:

    I’ve been wondering how long it would take before the Cantankerous One showed up and said, “Time to get some alone time on!” You’ve been quite the social butterfly of late.

    I’ve always wondered how I would handle life on the road. I would imagine I’d grow less fond of people the more time I spend alone, but then once in a great while feel the need to socialize with friends, and go off to do that.

    I always enjoy your posts and pictures. Thank you for sharing them. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the peace and relaxing solitude once again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Taranis,

      I left before Cantankerous One reappeared. I could feel myself becoming moody so I left before CO took over.

      It’s nice to hear that you enjoy my blog. Thank you for telling me that.

  18. DebsJourney says:

    One of many things I like about you Sue is your directness and honesty. We have this in common along with probably a bunch more. I want to learn to be a good fulltimer. Today I bought my new small home on wheels. I’m very excited about this. It’s a 19′ EZ Traveler by Sunset RV. It’s a 2012 and the couple who owned it loved it and bought new at the factory in Indiana. It is not big, has no slide out but it does have a two door fridge and nice comfy bed and cool tv with winegard antenna included. I’d love to share a picture when I take it home but not sure how. It’s in perfect shape so I just need to get a electric break controller installed in my truck, and I want to get a solar panel too. I’m putting my home on the market in the next few weeks and wow before I know it I will be heading west from Florida. Depending when I move I’ll figure it all out and off I go to have many adventures and meet up with fellow RVers here and there.
    I’m ordering (from your blog) a dog enclosure thing like you have and a few other things. I’ll make my main living room right outside under the awning which they had specially ordered extra long. Ordering a lounger and chair too Sue.
    I hope you are enjoying peace and quiet.
    We all feel close to you and Bridget but we know how you feel and I totally respect your privacy. Just had to let you all know I bought a trailer Yippy so close to my dream.

    • Cari in Plano Texas says:

      How wonderful for you, Deb, to buy your new trailer! The journey begins, and I can tell how excited you are to begin this next phase of your life. Looking forward to hearing of your adventures on the road.

      • DebsJourney says:

        Hi Cari, Thanks yes I am very excited and now just have to get a bunch of household stuff sold or given away. My new home base after winter will be Tx. My sister/friend is moving with her husband to a small town called Knox City and I most likely spend a few months there and use it for my address. It was a big decision about thus camper but it felt doable and homey.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Deb! I knew you would find the perfect home on wheels when the time was right. Whoo-Hoo! Oh, the places you and your pups will go!! 🙂

      • DebsJourney says:

        Hi Denise, Oh how exciting to be able to see new places and to live simply. A big change for me! My husband and I were going to travel and camp host before he got so ill and passed. So I’m not going to let our dream die too. I think in spring I’ll head to Colorado. Then off to who knows where. I have very close friends in Santa Barbara, Ca and Mt Shasta Ca too so I’ll make it there for summer. Perhaps I should start a blog so I have communication all the way. I’ll need that.

        • Sandi Lierley says:

          So happy for someone who can carry on and not sit and grieve for years. life is to be lived. thanks for the inspiration, my husband is very ill.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hi, Sandi . . . There are several readers who have gone through or are going through circumstances similar to yours. I’m sorry your husband is ill.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Yay Deb! How did you find it? I think your price range is like mine….

      • DebsJourney says:

        Hi Desert Ginger, I found it in Craigs List and it was only 30 mins drive away so I had to check it out. It’s a 2012 EZ Traveler (which fits me well) They had a $6000 price on it and I got it for $5500. I would spend up to $10,000 but this was perfect. It is tiny without slide but it’s like new! It has lots of storage. Under the bed is all pass thru storage too. 🙂

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      That was quick! Congrats!

      • DebsJourney says:

        Thank you!
        I don’t mess around once I had the money! LOL The price was right too!

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Great when everything just falls into place!

          Now the fun part….buying items for the inside!

          Happy trails!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      CONGRATULATIONS, DEB! Great job finding your new home!

      I’m late reading your news because I closed up the laptop early last night. Your announcement made for an happy beginning to this day. I’m thrilled for you!

      I can’t help but tell you that I’m relieved you chose a travel trailer. You will enjoy being able to park your home and take off in your tow vehicle. It sounds like a great little trailer, well-suited for your plans.

      Thank you very, very much for ordering items from Amazon through my blog!

      When you order the lounger (essential equipment for any seriously lazy full-timer!), go ahead and order the little side table that hooks onto it. It’s not much money and it’s a lot nicer to have a place to put your drink, book, glasses, etc., instead of having to set up a table or put stuff on the ground. I’ll add a link here later.

      Reading about your plans “heading west from Florida” revived my own feelings of anticipation that I felt during my early days. You’ll face challenges, yes, but, wow, are you going to have a great life! Your husband’s love and spirit will travel with you, I’m sure.

      God bless you, Deb. YIPPY FOR YOU!

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      (Under $11 as I type this)

    • Krystina at Parker, AZ says:

      So happy for you Deb!!! Your trailer sounds perfect 🙂 I remember when I finally sold my home and bought my “Buggy”. Big excitement and big dreams about where I would go. Still lovin it on the road! Safe travels…when you get on the road.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I just LOVE it when dreams come true.

      So happy for you Deb and also so proud of you for carrying through on your dreams. Not everyone would have. Happy Travels.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Memories are always in the rear window, your future is right there in front of you in the windshield. Have a wonderful new beginning.

    • Lolalo says:

      Congrats, Deb! You will have the time of your life, exploring new states and beginning a new phase of life. We are right on your heels!

    • Pamela K. says:

      I am so over-the-moon happy for you! I Googled the Make and Model of the RV you chose. Very nice! Love how it is laid out, functional with many cabinets and lots of storage spaces…always handy when full-timing. I especially liked all the wall space for decorating of clocks and pictures, etc. For the price range I think you did great! They look really cozy-cute! Bravo choice!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Thanks for sharing your find with us, Deb!! SO HAPPY for you in this find!! Will you perhaps have a blog too? I will go see what that kind looks like too. We are gathering ideas and go to RV shows some, in case we actually do get to have this life. There is still much to do here to help our daughter (among which is some kind of cure, hopefully, for whatever is wrong with her and so far no doc has been able to do anything!!)

    • Teresa from NC says:

      Awesome! Hoping for many great adventures for you!! Congrats, and best of luck selling the house!

  19. Wayne Scott says:

    Sue, I was beginning to wonder how much longer you were going to put up with that population density. Looks like you found another great remote spot to enjoy some peace and solitude. Have fun.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wayne,

      “Population density” — That’s exactly the problem. After a while the hum of human life turns into a buzz-saw in my head.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        A buzz saw in one’s head…hmmm, that is what rock band music (noise is a better term) does to my head….esp. when all we can hear is the drum!! And then in some locations, there was a never ending vibration of some sort (don’t locate near a military base….seemed to have something to do with that as we have not had it elsewhere). Last night had a small earthquake…well, probably it was far off…but some rocking for a few minutes…and in his comfortable padded recliner never felt it…I surely felt it!! We are all different in what we can “feel” or “hear” I guess…

  20. PJ Crim says:

    It is wonderful to wake up and spend an entire day surrounded by the natural world without the sight or sound of other human beings. It just restores you. I’ve always found that through backcountry canoeing and backpacking, and it is great finding out through your blog that it is possible to experience that through mechanical conveyance, too. I’ve always thought we’d have to resort to horseback or helicopter when our knees and shoulders give out, so I’m really learning from your blog about boondocking. Thanks for your work in posting your adventures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, PJ,

      Always good to see you here. I read your comment with interest as I don’t think anyone has written with quite the same perspective.

      One can find solitude in an RV (as long as it’s an appropriate RV). Sometimes it means moving when the solitude is ruined. Moving to a new, peaceful place is not difficult and being forced to move to maintain peace makes life experiences richer and more varied. At least that’s what I’m saying when I’m not pissed off by a clinger. Bwaaa-hahaha…

      • PJ Crim says:

        LOL – we actually had a Canoe Clinger (LOVE alliteration) last Memorial Day Weekend. We were on a two night canoe backcountry trip on the Jack’s Fork River. The first night, we found a nice gravel bar across from a bluff and had a lovely, peaceful evening, night and morning. The next day it was threatening rain in the late afternoon – 3:30ish – so we stopped and made camp. About 5:30 a large group passed by on the river and proceeded to camp on the opposite bank just downstream! We could hear them and smell their campfire – CLINGERS! It just wasn’t the same at all. The next day, we started out before them and as we passed their camp they informed us that the gravel bar we camped on was their traditional camping spot for Memorial Day Weekend – who knew? Now I felt badly for them, and for us! But I still felt that if they found “their” spot (in a NATIONAL PARK!) occupied, that they should have gone on down further before camping. In fact, we passed numerous nice gravel bars in the next hour of floating. It kind of marred the trip for us. Glad you found some peace and solitude.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, that was a “mixed’ adventure… You had a great experience and a not-so-great experience.

          I don’t get the thinking that one has ownership of a campsite based on having camped there in the past. One can camp on the same piece of public land once every year for 20 years, yet it still belongs to all of us. This isn’t the Oklahoma Land Rush.. !

          Don’t feel badly for one second when people assume “rights” they don’t have.

  21. Timber n' me says:

    Well it looks like a great “get Away” spot. enjoy your night and give that girl Bridget a Big HUG,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Timber

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hope you two had a warm and snuggly night!

      • Timber n' me says:

        Sue, We are happy to be using the new Wave 3 heater, it’s doing it’s job in keeping us nice n’ warm. I open the curtains in the mornings to warm the camper and soak up the suns heat during the day and watch the temp inside to turn on the heater after the sun goes down, ’bout 60 degrees. And the heater is at it’s low setting till just before going to bed, that’s when I shut her down. We sleep nice and warm. The meter on the 20lb. tank is setting 1/8″ from full so far. It’s neat, not to half to go out in the cold wind to get fire wood to keep warm or to cook.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s wonderful, Rusty! I can’t tell you how happy I am to read that your heater is keeping you and Timber comfortable.

          I bet you can heat up your RV faster than I can because the BLT has a lot of hard surface (fiberglass) inside. If I know a very cold night is coming, I turn on the Wave 3 right before sun down so those surfaces don’t become cold during that sudden drop. I hope you have the carbon monoxide alarm up and working.

          Are you cooking with propane yet?

          • Timber n' me says:

            Yes, I have a single small 1 burner that runs a full month on 1 small,” thro it away when empty” propane bottle and yes the First Alert carbon monoxide alarm is up and waiting to sound off if I don’t crack a vent. but like I said, there are a lot of drafts I need to seal, the camper has been drying out down here, so she is shrinking in spots that I need to seal up to use a vent. I shut it down just before going to bed and with Timber, he’s like a cat, in and out till bed time , ,,,,,,,I guess he’s not used to the neat warming system yet ,,me

            • Timber n' me says:

              Oh, and when the Heater is not in use, I cover it with a doubled up pillow case to keep the dust off of it, I read that the dust can harm the heater to where it wont work and it cost just as much to replace the Catalytic part than to buy a new heater. It comes with a 3 year warrant, witch I sent in. ,,,,me

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You’re on the ball, Rusty!

            • Timber n' me says:

              ; ) Thank you Sue, Your the one who taught me ’bout the heater, but how long dose your propane last? and what size are they or how much dose one hold? ,,,,

            • Timber n' me says:

              You bet, after paying $175. + the cost for the hose n’ regulator.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I have two of the large propane tanks. If you already have one large propane tank, you can hook up your stove to it, as well as your Wave 3, using a special connection. Maybe you know this?

  22. Dawn in MI says:

    Desert looks wonderful. It’s 11 degrees and snowing hard here. Just saying.

  23. Few places wrap you in wide open solitude like the desert – so glad you found a nice little piece to call home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      I enjoy the company of the cactus wren who suns himself on the saguaro next to our camp. Thanks for dropping by. . .

  24. Sondra-SC says:

    I’ve been enjoying a week of solitude now my friend has gone back to her home she lives about 30 miles away…she had to report to work, my mom who normally lives here is with my sister this week so its nice to have complete silence. Its very rural here where I live I have to drive 8 miles to get to a main highway..some weeks I don’t make that drive for days, its fine by me. Enjoy your solitude it’s an important part of your life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      Those weeks at home are precious to you, I know. It’s like silence is as refreshing as a cool drink of water when thirsty.

      I’m glad you’re having a week of solitude. I know you love your family and friends, but you love yourself, too, and that’s a good thing!

  25. weather says:

    It’s the window rattling,door shaking ,cut right through you sort of wind the gulls are fighting to fish in the white capped lake.Wondering what prize they see in the water that’s worth all that ,I watch.Whatever they see beneath the surface and are chasing must be huge and fast,because they follow it out of the cove and go out of my line of sight.

    Other times I’d run to see the finish of the hunt,now I pull what I’m wrapped in tighter around myself and wait.My own prize crests the horizon with stunning beauty again.It’s sunrise!What a spectacular scene appears with it’s coming .Though the whipping gales try to rip them apart gorgeous leaves cling to the trees,the lake is so dark and roiled that the wave tops stand out like lighting …

    The sheer power in the atmosphere keeps the wildlife in dens,cubbies and nests-I’m alone out there-it’s perfect…As the slim sliver of the moon disappears I finally notice that I’m freezing-the chill’s made it well below zero.I wish,Sue,that I could show you what’s out there sometimes.Yet ,really,the details don’t matter-dawn brings gifts all over the earth-I know you find and love your own.Good morning,my coffee is especially delightful -hope your whole day will be,weather

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      The vividness ofyour opening lines had me feeling a cold wind through the BLT. As always I am transported to rural New York through your words. What a difference in our environments these days! You see whitecaps on the lake; I see saguaros on a hillside. Yes, “dawn brings gifts all over the earth.”

      I know you will embrace the blessings of this day.

      Time for my second cup of coffee… Great comments this morning from everyone… Fun reading them . . .

      • weather says:

        Indeed the comments have been great and fun!If you hadn’t told me yesterday that you’d have warm days all week,I might have winced a bit at your feeling a cold draft when reading mine 😉
        As I know it was momentary,I’m pleased-that you got “the sense” of what I tried to convey.

        Bob G’s insightful,and to me encouraging,comment below here was one I particularly read with interest.As literally from the time I could walk,I’ve spent more hours outdoors than inside where ever I’ve lived as circumstance permitted-by his type of evaluation perhaps no one will enjoy full timing more than I!
        Though I wouldn’t have known what to call what I intended to do when I chose it,the more I learn the more convinced I am that being led that way is being led to happiness.

        If you don’t mind giving it I’d like your honest opinion.From what you know about me and about the lifestyle ,do you “feel” as though you’d like to warn me,inform me or correct me about anything so far?If you don’t find my question appropriate for any reason,I understand and respect that.I’m obviously strong willed enough to make my own choices and take advice as just that-advice,not my ultimate answer.I’m just quite curious and respect your take on things.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Great question, weather! I’m certain others contemplating living in an RV have wondered the same thing.

          My honest analysis of your suitability for this lifestyle? With no qualms whatsoever, I say you’re well suited for it. One might think the most important characteristic for one to enjoy full-timing is a spirit of adventure, a desire to hike trails, go here, go there, very active, etc. That may be true and you may possess that trait.

          However, I think a person who can experience a time and place as fully as you do, who reflects on life as revealed by nature, who recognizes God’s love in His many expressions, who knows how to live each day honestly and deeply (if that makes any sense), who is self-contained (and I’m not talking about waste tanks here), and who is comfortable being who they are — That’s the sort of person who will find full-timing very full-filling. I believe you are all these things.

          Of course, it helps to have a can-do approach to daily life, what with its puzzles and challenges. I believe you have that, too.

          I have no warnings, no corrections, no negatives I’m holding back about your suitability for this lifestyle… If you truly want to do this, if you are led to do this, what’s the harm in trying it when there is very much to gain!

          • weather says:

            Thank you most profoundly for your answer, Sue !
            My goodness,I couldn’t have wished for more of an unequivocally encouraging response.If the troupe weren’t sleeping so close by,I’d likely be doing cartwheels,for now I’ll just smile in deeply contented gratitude.

            • AZ Jim says:

              If you do hit the road Weather, I’ll be watching you. Sue currently is my only blog I read daily so I hope you’ll keep us in mind when you paint the pictures you see as you journey. Weather, word painter extraordinaire!!

            • weather says:

              Always so nice to get a note from you,Jim!As you must know by now,I don’t come here to prepare myself for the road,I come out of love for Sue,yourself and others here.That won’t change,nor will the frequency of my comments when I travel,be assured-my landscapes changing,I’m not…

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              That’s our weather! 🙂

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Weather….go back one post….I added more!

            • weather says:

              Thanks,I found it and replied to you there.

  26. Shirlene says:

    Oh Weather, that was especially food for my ears this morning. I arrived at work and at Sue’s site with renewed exhuberence for life…I was uplifted by Sue’s words and about how happy she was to be alive….I am climbing my way back up the mountain and determined to live long and healthy…something keeps wanting to drag me back, life’s experiences, but I just keep putting my head above the water…nope I am not giving up, never surrender…So all this to say that I appreciate your words and let them take me away to where you are and on the wings of your words…ahhhh.

    Safe and happy day to you all blogorinos and especially to Sue and Bridget, the reason why we are all here!.

    By the way, no more coffee, I am having peppermint tea….raise my cup to you.

    • weather says:

      Peppermint tea is perfectly suited to toast “Never Surrender!” friend.The fresh taste of it matches well the new life I hear in your words!Conceding to defeat won’t be part of our lives-today or ever. Rising above-the water,circumstance,fear,all that would darken our path-is so much easier and more beautiful when done together-thanks ever so for being here,Shirlene,it matters,as I’m sure you know,to me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sweet of you, Shirlene, to be uplifted by my happiness . ..

  27. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning Sue and fellow blogorinos,

    The temps only got down to 39 last night/this morning, so no black ice. Yay! Yesterday’s rain and grayness has cleared to sunny, blue skies. This will help dry any sitting water. Tonight and tomorrow’s temp will drop to a bitter 22. My heart goes out to those who have sub-zero temps. Add in the wind chill factor, and it is even worse! Stay bundled up, warm and shovel smart. Take lots of breaks and do not overdo. Remember…shoveling/raking heavy snow brings on heart attacks. Please stay safe!

    When I turned on the radio this morning, the “Lite” station started their 24/7 Christmas music. Aaaaarrrg!!! Way too soon! It is sad how commercialized the holidays have become. Businesses are after that almighty dollar and some folks just gotta have more “stuff”. Ugh. Kohls and Target will be opening at 6PM on Thanksgiving Day; I believe Kmart is opening at 6AM. In a couple years, Thanksgiving may just become a “normal” day. Revolt people, revolt! Spend time with your friends and family and shop Amazon from Sue’s blog. Save gas, time, money and miss those long lines! 🙂

    Hope everyone has a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Denise,

      “The temps only got down to 39 last night”… Love your opening! That 22 degrees is not nice. But you knew that. Good advice for those dealing with ice, snow, wind, and cold …

      It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been in a store during the holidays. Believe me, I don’t miss all that junk. I was beginning to associate the classic Christmas songs with aisles and kiosks brimming with stuff and people frantically buying it. When I hear “Silver Bells” or “White Christmas,” I don’t want to feel like I’m in Target. I want to be in a Thomas Kincaid painting!

      That’s what happened with jazz music. Certain jazz makes me feel like I’m in a supermarket in Athens, Georgia, because that’s what was always on in that store.

      Thanks for the suggestion to revolt against the stores and shop Amazon. I like that idea! 🙂

      You have a great day, too, Denise.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        🙂 🙂 🙂

        I agree! Put me in a Thomas Kincaid painting, or any of the other artists who depict a old fashioned, moonlit, sparkly, snowy Christmas night. A church with candles in the windows, in a small country town…farm houses and barns simply decorated with tree greens and bows. The simple life.

        When I hear the original versions (Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, etc.) of classic Christmas songs, I remember wonderful times of the past…with family, good food and just enjoying being together. One of my sisters and I were talking about how when we were growing up, we received maybe two toys, and then necessities. Warm jammies, socks, and such. Things were simpler then. Our maternal Grandma used to find us the BEST flannel nightgowns. They lasted forever and got warmer the more they were washed. They came from Kreske or Kmart! Wonderful memories!

        Ok, blogorino family….Click on Sue’s Amazon link and load your cart up with what you need. Don’t forget the ice melt! 🙂

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      I’ve never ever been shopping on Black Friday!

      I don’t think I possess the patience necessary to deal with so many crazy people!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        I have done the Black Friday craziness with a neighbor the past 5 yrs. Not for me, but to help her shop for Santa. One year we made the mistake of going to Walmart. We were in the housewares section when we heard an overwhelming loud whoosh – the sound of people pushing, yelling, running. I said, “I don’t know what is going on in the middle of the store, but we are heading in the opposite direction!” Turns out they opened a section that had deeply discounts video games, DVDs and CDs. We usually do go to Target, but after the initial rush. Our Target snakes folks through the isles to end up at the checkout…they have it down to a science…the line moves quickly. Not sure if she will want to go this year. I won’t be disappointed if she wants to pass. 🙂

  28. Mick'nTN says:

    Oh Dear Cinandjules (NY), I just watched video of the Buffalo area. Good news is it will all be melted by May… well maybe June this year.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Funny Mick…..we had snow banks until May of THIS year!

      Right now it’s 20 with a wind chill of -2…….

      Saw the news flick on Buffalo and was careful NOT to laugh….only because we are due east!

  29. Krystina at Parker, AZ says:

    So happy to see that you once again have solitude…it is a true gift! I LOVED Cholla campground…the sites were so big and mostly quiet. I was a bit sad when it was time to leave 🙁 I am now in Parker, AZ trying to figure out what to do for the winter. Give “Queen” Bridget a kiss for me. Love that little girl.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Get a fishing license and go after those big beautiful channel catfish in the river there. I have taken many nice fish right around Parker over the last 50 years.

      • Krystina at Parker, AZ says:

        A good suggestion AZ Jim!! Back in the day my kids Dad and I actually went trout fishing BEFORE we went to work. I was a buyer at AAMCO transmissions then and everyone thought I was nuts! Ahhh the good old days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! You’re in Parker! I hope you like it there, Krystina. The desert and a Wal-Mart nearby… perfect.

      If you figure out what to do for the winter, you’ll be way ahead of me. I haven’t much idea at all, at this point. I know I’m happy where I am today and that’s what counts, right?

      I think Bridget likes you more than me. She gave you lots of kisses!

      • Krystina at Parker, AZ says:

        It was not a fun ride to get here. I think I was on 72 which is a zillion miles of two lane NOWHERELAND! The road was horrible and I was afraid if I broke down no one would ever drive by! Yep, a Walmart here and I am in the parking lot! Free is good. I think I might head down to Quartzsite to see what it is all about. Sure wish I had my Arizona Benchmark!!! Thanks for letting me have a looksee at yours. I should have bought one many moons ago. Hope your day is going well…quietly.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Route 72 goes through Bouse. There’s a road that connects Bouse with Quartzsite called Plomosa Road. Free camping on that road.

          When you drive 95 south from Parker to Quartzsite you’ll see the RVs on the lefthand side before reaching Q. That’s free camping on the south end of Plomosa Road. Look for the dump station near the tower between there and Q.

          Try Quartzsite. People seem to love it or hate it. There’s dispersed camping close to town that may suit you. I’ve never camped there. I bring it up because I think it’s free camping without being isolated. I wish I could remember the name. It starts with an S…

          You’ll find large camping areas south of town along Hwy 95… La Posa, etc. Long Term Visitor Areas — You probably have heard of them — Pay a flat fee for long term camping.

          Another dispersed camping site is Dome Rock, off I-10, west of town. You can see where I camped there by googling “RVSue + Dome Rock”

          Maybe someone with experience with Big Q camping will add some more info here.


          • Krystina at Parker, AZ says:

            Heading to Quartzsite now. Only here for 1 night to re-group and shop in Walmart. Thank you soooo much for all the suggestions….on my way.

            • andybb says:

              Plenty of BLM parking in all directions from Quartzsite — northeast along Plamosa Road & hiway 95, Southeast along Scadem Wash, southwest along old hiway 80 (dome rock road), south about 5 miles – near mm99 — all 2 weeks free… LTVA south on hiway 95 $$(6 months, w/d)… State land northwest $15 permit (2 weeks)… can be as sociable or distant as you wish… plenty of sociable stuff in town — dancing, eating, mixers, 8 free desert golf courses, atv club, rock club, gold club, jamming, gillions of open acres to explore… dirt is very hard & ok — stay on previous tracks… go slow — dust…

            • Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

              Wow Andybb….thanks for all the great information. I seriously know kippo. Lots to ponder.

            • andybb in Quartzsite says:

              got a doctor thing Phoenix, back in Q tonight… Yacht Club — awesome c/w music, dancing, funky food… desert singles are cooking chicken out in the desert today… can always be fun busy… so little time… kippo ??

            • Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

              Sounds like fun! I am in the Tier Drop RV Park in Wellton and do not have a car….a BIG bummer. I am going to investigate renting one while I am here. Thanks again for the info andybb.

        • Timber n' me says:

          We are in a spot that is one of my favorite for camping during the winter. We are, well , we can see the point above the Parker Dam and look NW to see lights of Havasu City, far enough from the traffic on 95, and from the Cross on the hill to our SE and the Sand plant to the N. the road we’re off of is sandy, winding, but must watch it cause there are big rocks on it and it goes far passed us towards Planet ranch and Alamo roads and is used by the folks who like going fast in there Dirt bikes and such, mostly on the weekends. not close to us. And there is other camp sites out here, to where there is no close camps to be “CLING’D” on. And we get a very strong signal here , too, 5 bars all the time. ,us

          • Krystina at Parker, AZ says:

            Thank you for your reply Rusty. I have to say I am a “bit” nervous about taking my RV on dirt anything…the paved road to get here was bad enough. I’ll need to get used to “that” adventure.

            • Timber n' me says:

              Well, when you learn how to judge the roads , like where the good boon docking is, you’ll soon be out here. I drive slow out here and don’t drive in deep sand and take my time till I know the roads. when in doubt , I get out and walk it to see if there is bad spots to watch for, usually Timber finds the deep stuff, and some times I ask around to find good non camp grounds to camp in ,,,,+ I carry a shovel, a come a long, just in case , ,,,me

  30. Bob G says:

    Just judging from many blogs I’ve read over the years, the initial enthusiasm for full-timing starts to wane after 3 years, and often disappears after 5. Mostly it’s a matter of having been there, done that. Those who continue find ways to keep doing the things they liked to do back when they were in a stick house. I have a friend, for instance, who has been full-timing in a moderate sized Class C for many years. From my personal observation and his own admission, however, days can go by when he hardly goes outside. He likes the scenery, but what keeps him on the road is the ability to get on-line, and thereby follow his various hobbies, including running a Yahoo support group and photography. I suspect he spent most of his life on-line before he traveled, and now he spends a good bit of money maintaining the bandwidth to continue on.

    In spite of living full time in an RV, he is actually not much of a traveler, and never has been. His choice of RV came down to having his own little apartment where he could do what he had always liked to do, and still find new views to photograph. He tends to stay in one place as long as they will let him, and seems happy as a clam. But if he couldn’t get on the internet, he’d have to quit.

    RVing doesn’t change who we are. And accommodating that fact with clear eyes is the key to long term success. I am not one of those successes. I was a traveler. When I’d been just about everywhere within a reasonable driving distance (including Alaska), I sort of lost that enthusiasm for RVing. Now I am working on emulating my friend, staying for weeks in singular places, and have been perking up a bit lately. It is still travel, but without quite the frenetic pace.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Excellent observations, Bob. I agree that people don’t change who they are simply because they can move their living space at will.

      Some of us haven’t had much chance in our lives to be who we really are. Like a lot of women, I’ve had daily responsibilities for the health, welfare and maintenance of other people since I was 17 years old. I lived in places I didn’t like. My days were filled with tasks I didn’t enjoy. As a loner these responsibilities, although accomplished with love, went against my need for solitude and for connection with nature.

      Now I can be who I really am! Because I live alone, can move my home, don’t have to worry about finances, have my health, and no one is expecting me to perform domestic tasks or follow along their path, I can discover new things that make me happy. I can express myself honestly. I can be self-centered, a wonderful new experience for me!

      I suppose I’ll slow down to monthly stays someday. I suspect that will come when I don’t have as much energy as I have now. I wonder if I’ll ever tire of seeing new places. Maybe the reason people fall into “been there, done that” is because they only see the big things — national parks, mountains, rivers, canyons. If one enjoys the little things in nature, it is impossible to have “been there, done that” in the span of one lifetime.

      Your last few lines contain wisdom. You’re perking up because you’ve found what suits you and, more specifically, what suits you at this point in your life.

      Full-timing isn’t synonymous with traveling.

  31. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Sue, is that a record for the longest stay in an organized campground? It’s no wonder that you now seek your own space and solitude! I’m glad you found your own element again. I totally get the need to be alone.

    Question for you–How do you dress for the cooler temps ? In layers or do you have single, heavier articles of clothing that you wear? What is your most valued article of clothing? I typically only need to take clothes for one season and destination, but being away for many month’s I’m going to need to expand my wardrobe for greater weather variables in very limited storage space. I normally don’t do laundry weekly while in my S&B house, so I’m certainly not going to use a laundromat that often on the road (I hope). I’m trying to sort through this as I prepare for my launch on the road in my small Scamp next year. I’m not a minimalist when it comes to packing clothes so this is a concept I struggle with. Any tips or advice? Anyone feel free to chime in!

    I hope your day is all that you wish for and enjoy the oneness with nature.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      Before getting down to details, I want to point out something that is obvious but easy to forget (I overlooked it when planning!). . . . You can always buy clothes as you need them after you’re on the road.

      That means you don’t need to cover every weather situation in your packing before starting out. Pack less, rather than more. Why? Because you don’t really know where you will go and what weather you will experience until you’re there or almost there. Then you’ll know what to buy.

      The exception to the above is UNDERWEAR (panties, socks). Pack enough to last you at least a month.

      I dress in layers, especially in the desert, because temperature varies widely from sun to shade, daylight to sunset. I love the quilted vest I found at a thrift store. It adds a little warmth and is easily shed when no longer needed.

      Keep your feet warm. I love my lined BearPaw boots. I do have two winter coats which I rarely use (one looks nice, the other is super warm … My Nanuck of the North coat). A sweatshirt and sweatpants make for comfy sleeping on a cold night.

      I wear rugged clothes, mostly menswear because it’s more comfortable and it lasts. I don’t have any sweaters because they tend to pick up dog hair. I don’t have any dress clothes because I don’t work, I don’t go to church, and I don’t dine in upscale restaurants.

      Hope this helps!

      READERS: What clothes do you think are important?

      • AZ Jim says:

        I always believe a fella can’t take along too many panties! *snicker*

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          All kidding aside, guys need to bring a month’s worth of tidy-whiteys, too. No wearing the same ones all month long!

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Or they end up wearing the tidy not so whiteys! 😉


          • Nivrapa in AZ says:

            Sue, you’re brilliant! Duh-h-h-h, I’m on the road and I can buy items if the situation calls for something I don’t have with me. A classic “Now why didn’t I think of that”.

            It would seem that I’m already making strides in the right direction and I didn’t even know it. Bear Paws, sweats to sleep in, a quilted and insulated vest for added warmth over my long sleeve tees and flannel shirt. Got my down booties and wool socks from my backpacking days. I think I’m making this harder than it really is. The kitchen and tool box came together with minimal stress so why not the wardrobe?

            Thanks for such a quick reply and the insight to my questions. It sure helps to hear from the voice of experience!


            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You’re welcome, Audrey. You have a great selection of appropriate clothes. I hauled a bin of clothes around for a year or two before I realized I never wore the stuff and off it went to the thrift store.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Good rain proof hooded jacket w/pants and shoe covers. Something like Frogg Togg brand. Very popular with hunters and construction workers who work outside in all kinds of weather. And a hi-res reflective jacket or vest is a safety must if ever broke down or during a storm. We wouldn’t be without either of those items. Sadly, most people don’t think about them until they need them.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Please don’t think I’m being disagreeable here, Pamela. Your suggestion of the rain-proof hooded jacket makes a good example of why it sometimes is better to see if you’ll need something.

          I carried a rain jacket like you describe (along with a waterproof poncho) for a couple of years and never used either of them. That’s because I am rarely in rain (hard to believe, but true!). The few times I’ve walked my crew in rain, I carried an umbrella

          If one travels in the PNW or other rainy area, yes, by all means, carry a rain jacket!

          On a related subject… I have heard people say they don’t want a travel trailer because they don’t want to get out of their RV in the rain or they don’t want to hitch/unhitch in the rain.

          Huh? In over 3 years that hasn’t occurred (Well, one time I had to use an umbrella to go back to the BLT for lunch when it was raining.)

          No more inconvenience than in a sticks-and-bricks house or any other kind of RV…

          • Pamela K. says:

            You gave me a good hardy laugh when I read your post. What was I thinking? Rain gear in AZ? Guess not so much 🙂 My thoughts came from the Deep South, Georgia, side of the country. Storms, trees down, tornado season, cross winds and sometimes flash floods. AZ, dry, one of the prime reasons so many people love it there 🙂 🙂
            I, too, would think it odd that people would buy something other than a travel trailer just because of the hook and unhook thing. I guess it would depend on the areas you travel, the times of day your travel and how prone you are to colds and flu during the year or other health related problems.

      • DesertGinger says:

        I am especially fond of clothes that can be hand washed and dry quickly. I shop at Travelsmith.com and llbean.com…two sources for good stuff. In llbean active wear they have great pants made of supples nylon that you can wash out and they dry in a flash. I spent a month in Europe with two pairs of pants and three tops, just washing things out at night. Same with underwear. I don’t want a months worth of anything if I can help it. Too much stuff. Also if you buy things in the same colors you can mix and match. Almost everything I own is black. Grey, white and blue or green. I always have silk long underwear. They are great pajamas, and really add a warm layer under clothes. Even if you do go to a nice restaurant you can wear black pants, black top with a pretty scarf just about anywhere.

        • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

          I did a 2 month around the world trip with carry-on luggage. (back when you were allowed more than nowadays) Fortunately it included visits with friends along the way to do laundry catch-up. I couldn’t do that now though. It also controls the desire to buy too many souvenirs.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good suggestions, Ginger!

          For me, I like to have plenty of underwear because I don’t like stuff hanging in my bathroom to dry and there are lots of times when hanging laundry at one’s campsite (even when boondocking) is ill-advised, that can give the appearance of homesteading (being a squatter). A ranger sees that and, depending upon the NF district and the ranger, a hassle can ensue.

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            I’ve heard that before. Do you think it might be worthwhile to carry a small collapsible drying rack that would be less obvious that you were drying clothes?
            Just wonderin’

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Maybe. I’ve thought about ordering one and I may actually get around to it. At many of the places I’ve camped there hasn’t been any way to string a clothesline that’s discreet or there wasn’t but one tree. In the desert, the trees are more like thorn bushes.

              you can get the kind that telescope out from your RV (I wouldn’t want that) or the kind that stand on the ground (three rows of racks or an umbrella-type).

          • DesertGinger says:

            Yeah, I pretty much always hang stuff in the house. A drying rack is good for that. When I travel I have a braided clothesline with rubber thingies on the ends so you can stick it to walls, etc. then you stuff bits of clothes between the braids to hang stuff. Works great. I also always carry a flat rubber stopper; so many sinks don’t have stoppers.

    • Pamela K. says:

      The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine…
      Since we are talking about clothes and also little space to carry them and saves laundry mat money!
      These little mini washing machines are sold at Amazon. A friend has one and it is wonderful for nightwear, undies, socks, t-shirts and the likes. You can even use dry cleaning chem packs in them and it works great without water that way. Laura swears by it! I would think it would be great for remote RVing. She has washed a single pair of jeans and let them air dry in the sun or hung them on a rod in the shower. I am thinking of getting one and thought I would pass it along for everyone here. They get high marks in the reviews too!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m wondering … Seems one would need a water supply nearby or the fresh tank would run out too soon. ?

        • Pamela K. says:

          I think Laura said they only use one or two cups of water for a full load. It is mainly the tumble-action that gets the clothes clean. Hand cranked so that is nice, no drain on the solar or batteries. They are a little large but light weight and can be stored in the shower when not in use during winter. During summer stored outside on the picnic table or under the RV. What caught my eye was the shear convenience of it. With Klemper’s new work schedule of 6 days a week and 10-12 hour work days it would be nice not the have to do a laundry run on Sundays 🙂 I could get used to that! That alone is worth the price, it’s only something like $50.00 too. In the larger RV we have room for a washer and dryer but have never put one in…used that area as added storage. In the little Airstream there is no room for a washer and dryer so that is a really good option for tiny full-timing.

          • Pamela K. says:

            There is a little hose for the out-water. Can be drained into a dish pan or water jug. And since it is all grey water, not black water, it can be ran off into the ground like dish water 🙂
            Laura was a retail buyer who traveled over the road for many years. She would pack it in her rental cars and take it to the motels with her. I thought I would give one of them a try and see. A keeper if I like it or a Goodwill item if I don’t 😉

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            That’s very interesting, Pamela. I didn’t know how they worked.

        • Marsha/MI says:

          When you’re in a small trailer, such as a Casita, space is at a premium. I bought a collapsible bucket (you can get them at Amazon) that I use for sponging things out between trips to the Laundromat. Plus, it’s not a single use item, also important when traveling small. And because it collapses flat you can store it just about anywhere.

          • Pamela K. says:

            Those buckets are really a great option for most people, true. I can’t wring things out is my problem. Had a bad break in my middle finger some years back, bad thunderstorm and a picnic table in cross winds, long story… So now my hand does not make a full fist to wring stuff out. It can be a pain sometimes, I work around it. Besides, if a machine can do it for me, i’m good with that, lol.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Those little guys are great and don’t use much water.

        • Pamela K. says:

          I know, pretty amazing little things they are. And only a cup or two of water is needed to wash and again to rise 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I can’t imagine how that little water can work so well. Obviously it does or the machines wouldn’t be that popular.

            Thanks for the information, Pamela!

  32. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Anthing that is comfortable! Fashion is overrated and overpriced!

    Jules and I never had to dress up for work. Our only decision was long or short sleeve!

    We now tend to romp around in fleece pants and shirts. Jeans are considered dressy! Hah… Our clothes are from the 80’s….Levi’s etc

    Men’s clothing last longer, cheaper and we like the style! I’m really lucky cuz I can still fit into boys sizes…including shoes which saves even more! Pay full price? Never…ROSS was my favoritest store!

    Got my Bear Paws on too!

    • Nivrapa in AZ says:

      Hi Cinandjules

      Never could figure out why the women’s clothes cost more than the guys. Their stuff does wear better and is less expensive. I’m pretty laid back in my style, too. Khakis and a denim shirt takes me anyplace I need to go that jeans and a tee doesn’t cut it. Never been in a Ross store and we have them out here. The thrift shops have never let me down–even in the days when I needed to look “more corporate” for work. I smile to think that there are thrift shops out there that I don’t even know exist and are waiting for my discovery. Now there’s my idea of civilization–a thrift store with departments including apparel, home goods, and outdoor supplies. Gotta love it!


    • Pamela K. says:

      I’m gonna have to look into a pair of those Bear Paws! It was 20 degrees here this morning and my feet are frozen!! I just put on some footies and my house shoes but that floor is still cold. We have a metal floor in our RV, pretty and easy to clean but it can get cold in Winter…even with thick throw rugs. Bear Paws…um…just now learning about them from this blog. Seems a lot of you have them.

  33. Pam says:

    I completely understand the need for privacy. Larry and I pulled into one of our favorite New Mexico State Parks yesterday. There are two loops here-one loop is $4 a night, the other loop is $8 a night. The $4 loop had a few really nice sites available but was kind of crowded otherwise. The $8 loop was empty. Now, I can be a bit of a penny-pincher at times but we had the following conversation:

    Me: Let’s stay in the empty loop.
    Larry: Are you sure? You want to pay double just for a little privacy?
    Me: Yes
    Larry: That was a stupid question wasn’t it?
    Me: Yes

  34. Sally Browning says:

    Sue, you and Bridget relax and enjoy your spot…… I have a terrible time understanding why people just have to crowd in and kinda crash where someone else is relaxing….. It is tough to know why they can’t enjoy finding their own SPOT …..I am the oldest of eleven and my Dad always stressed a sense of independence and trail blazing so we would not gang up on each other…..it really fostered some great habits that are with each of us today….it also helps one enjoy their own company…… I hear you, Sue !!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Sally! It’s always uplifting to hear someone understands.

      Wow, the oldest of eleven! It sounds like you were blessed with a good father. I imagine it’s no small feat to instill independence in each child of a family that large.

  35. Applegirl NY says:

    Hi Sue, Enjoy your time alone. You have been exceptionally social lately.

    It’s very cold here in Upstate NY, thankfully we didn’t get the 4′ of snow they received in Buffalo. YIKES! I did enjoy a walk in the woods this morning with my 2 critters. It’s a beautiful sunny morning, although cold. Just need to dress for it. Way too early in the season to consider staying in.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      Good advice for those in cold-winter country!

      I remember enjoying winter during December (That was in the days when real cold and snow didn’t come to upstate NY in November.). By February there were dirty snowbanks along the roads and I was very tired of winter.

      Enjoy your brisk walks with your 2 “critters.” I’m sure they love being with you outdoors!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      We are up to our eyeballs!

  36. weather says:

    We still have milkweed pods opening each day,sending wishes farther than ever on the wind.There are maple saplings in full bright orange color,the once golden oak is now bright yellow as the sun lights it and high waves nearby .Just thought I’d tell you that despite all the news covering four feet of snow in one place-New York as a whole hasn’t given up on or lost autumn today.Good morning,Sue,hope you and Bridget like being where you are right now -this hour- this one wonderful amazing day.May it make you happy -to be alive -to be all that you’ve become-I’m surely glad that you are 🙂 !!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      I admit I was surprised and delighted with your description of autumn colors. I’ve had the picture in mind of a snowed-in NY state which isn’t as widespread as I thought. Seems like a lot of it fell on cinandjules part of the state. 🙂

      I’m happy, Bridget’s happy (snoozing in the comforter), and I wish the same for you!

      • Shirlene says:

        Good Morning Weather, I was thinking of you this morning as I was watching the weather channel and they were showing pictures of all the snow in New York…I hoped you were warm and cozy like Sue and I. It must not be too bad for you as you can still see the color in the trees…the pictures I was looking at this morning were mostly white, white and white…good thing I like white, but not under my feet!. I love that you share your beautiful brush stroked words with us early in the morning and your hope for everyone to have a good day….the same wishes are coming your way, from more than one admirer it seems….the list grows, huh, AZ Jim?

        • weather says:

          This week I’ll renew my agreement with a guy to have him plow the driveway during heavier snows for the upcoming winter-the jeep easily drives over the average ones here.When it does come closer to Christmas don’t picture those stranded on the highways-I’ll be wearing my favorite mittens,laughing at the wet-yet-again-troupe.They’re all just seasons friend-walking through them grateful for the good parts brings the next one with us happier than ever-let’s keep proving that together Shirlene-it feels so nice…

      • weather says:

        That band of snow did bury a lot in it’s swath across the state,being a little south of it,the pumpkins and gourds on the front steps here shed the few flakes that landed and will brighten Thanksgiving morning as they should…all’s well,wind blows away chaff leaving what belongs,what is good,what is right-always will.I love watching that happen-in my yard-on your blog-in life-happy sigh

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Like the little irritations in life… In time they are blown away, gone with the wind.

          Snow-dusted pumpkins and gourds… a pretty image bringing forth tender memories of childhood in NY. . .

    • AZ Jim says:

      You never disappoint Weather. Good day to ya!

  37. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning to you Sue, I am about to share a coffee with you I hope..as Bridget is sleeping next to you, I hope we don’t wake her…Such a luxury to still be under the covers, but then the day has to start sometime…We are lucky to have such nice weather still blessing us.. Have a wonderful day Sue. You always start my day on a positive note. Enjoy your day with Bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning to you, Shirlene,

      Bridget has had her specially prepared breakfast of liver which is a surefire way to put her into a very deep and long nap. She’s still snuggled in the comforter next to me as I write this.

      Speaking of luxury, the greatest luxury of all is having a day stretch ahead that belongs entirely to me! Know what I mean? Retirement is wonderful. . . .

      It’s chilly here (at 8:30 a.m.) … I’m guessing in the 50s… It will probably go up to the high 60s, maybe into the low 70s. Depends on whether the clouds hang around. Yes, this weather is a blessing!

      Thank you for starting your day with us, Shirlene. I’m going to walk a few feet from this computer and turn on the burner under the coffee pot for a second cup. 🙂

  38. AZ Jim says:

    49 degrees on this sunny morning. I looked out the kitchen window and was a witness to one of my resident hummingbirds drinking from the water tube under our Grapefruit tree. We have a large bird bath but maybe it’s too intimidating for him. We also have a fountain which cascades water down three tiers and I often see my hummers drinking there. I have to put new sugar water in their separate feeder every week as they use it dozens of times daily. They are fun to watch along with all our other feathered friends.

    • Shirlene says:

      Hi Jim, funny thing about hummingbirds, they like to drink from moving water if they can…especially if it squirts up like a drinking fountain. I attended a hummingbird lecture at the Hummingbird Festival in Sedona when I was there in August…fun thing to do, especially if you like hummers. Have a good day.

      • AZ Jim says:

        I have read a lot about them. One of the most amazing things I learned is that the hummers who migrate in winter can fly the gulf of Mexico non-stop until they find their winter home in Mexico. The ones we have here apparently are the Anna variety and they stay here year round. Hottest summer through the mild winter and don’t give any thought to migrating.

        • Shirlene says:

          I wouldn’t migrate either..mine stay around also, but those in Sedona are migrating sort and are on their way to Mexico and sometimes beyond…strong little buggers… We sat in a backyard in Sedona with about 10 feeders and saw 100’s of them…really 100’s…was quite a site…there are great videos on You Tube of the Sedona Hummers…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning to you and Detta!

      Your yard sounds delightful, Jim. An oasis in the desert for thirsty birds. How nice. I can imagine them taking baths in your fountain, too.

      Yeah, a brisk morning for us Zonies, whether the permanent or temporary kind. Yesterday I moved my lounger to the sunny side of the BLT in order to read in the warmth that radiates from the white fiberglass. Thank heaven for Arizona in the wintertime!

      • AZ Jim says:

        Isn’t it a great place to winter? I run around in short sleeve shirts on these brisk mornings and it sure beats wading through 2 or more feet of snow to get around the house and clear enough snow so that the back door could be opened in an emergency as I had to do my 10 years up in South Dakota and my cabin up in Idaho’s mountains. I take pleasure in knowing you and Bridget are still finding these neat places to make temporary homes for yourselves. You are having a wonderful adventure for yourself and you deserve it. Keep on Truckin Missy.

  39. Shirlene says:

    I think my computer is broken, no comments since 0940 hours this morning…what the heck….hope all is okay with ya’all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Anyone else have this problem? Just checking… Sorry to hear that, Shirlene. You know to refresh the page?

  40. Shirlene says:

    Yes, refreshed about 10 times and I got your comment….Hi by the way….

  41. AZ Jim says:

    Yea….I am last!!!!!

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