A sighting of Bighorn Sheep and “Call us overprotective”

It’s Monday morning as I write this and we break camp today! 

Yes, today we leave one of our favorite camps, “Field of Flowers Camp” in Ashley National Forest, a few miles south of Flaming Gorge in Utah.  The photos you see are a collection of shots taken recently.

1-DSC05696Here’s a wrap-up of the past few days . .  .

Wednesday, July 16

My cell phone is kaput.  Shortly after its demise in exasperatingly bad timing, Outlook/Hotmail refuses to let me access my email account.  When trying to open up Outlook, I receive an annoying message that begins “Call us overprotective . . . ,” followed by instructions to give a phone number where I can be texted a code in order to open my email account.  Um, what if a person doesn’t have a working phone?

1-DSC05514This would be a funny little conundrum if it weren’t such a darn inconvenience.  Laughable because worrying about the security of the foolish, mundane, picayune, unwanted emails that flood my inbox hardly warrants getting all overprotective.   Sheesh.  Now I gotta’ go back to Vernal and buy a new phone.


Phone stuff is boring and tedious, I know.

I’ll cut this short.  The crew and I drive the 25 miles down the mountains, through the ten switchbacks, to Vernal.  At Wal-Mart I buy a cheap Tracfone ($9.98).  The young woman who waits on me tries to activate it.  She fails.  It’s hotter that Hades out in the parking lot by the time she gives up.  She hands me the phone I’ve purchased, looks at me with big, doe eyes, and says, “I’m sorry.  Call the number on the box to activate your phone.”

1-DSC05543Well, bless your heart, honey.  If I had a phone to call about a phone, I wouldn’t need to activate a phone. 

In spite of wanting to lie down kicking my heels on the floor of Wal-Mart, I run out to the crew and we climb the ten switchbacks and 25 miles back to camp.

For the rest of the day I forget about the phone, putter around our campsite, and relax under the pine tree with Bridget and Spike.

Thursday,  July 17

Repeated efforts to get around the Big Security Issue fails.  Still can’t access my email account.  Need a phone!

“C’mon, guys.  Ready for some more switchbacks?”

1-DSC05527“You’re kidding, right, RVSue?”

Off we go another 25 miles and ten switchbacks to the Wal-Mart in Vernal.

This time I’m lucky!

1-DSC05600The department manager is present and tries to activate the phone.  She’s very capable.

It’s a defective phone.  They have no more in stock.  I bump up to the next higher TracFone ($14.95).

She tries to activate it.  It takes a long time. I shop for groceries and return to her station.

I wait. 

Eventually she puts down the phone and turns to me.  She explains that she was told it will take up to four hours for the SIM card to register.  I run out to the crew and we go the 25 miles and ten switchbacks back to camp.


Friday, July 18

Gee, I thought this was going to be a quick wrap-up.   Oh well, stick with me.  It ends soon.

“C’mon, guys.  Ready for some more switchbacks?”

Off we go the 25 miles and ten switchbacks to the Wal-Mart in Vernal.

1-DSC05715The department manager concludes this TracFone is also defective. 

She reveals that others have had a problem with TracFones, too.  “I’m going to contact the vendor,” she says to herself.

I end up buying a “Go phone” ($24.88) which is AT&T which I didn’t really want, but after three visits to sweltering Vernal, 60 effing switchbacks and 150 dadgum miles, I’d be content with a tin can on a string!

“Call us overprotective . . . ”    Hmmpff!  I have a few other choice words to call you . . 

Saturday, July 19

A lazy day around camp.

1-DSC05709I read, cook, wander around with the crew.  Research future travels.  Daydream.  Go online.  Eat stuff.  Feel happy.

Sunday, July20

After a day of sloth, I’m fired up with ambition!  I empty the PTV, sweep it out, and sort through all my stuff, purging as I go.  The three new storage boxes I bought at Wal-Mart during the phone debacle motivate me to reorganize carefully as I pack up the PTV.

Late in the afternoon, the crew and I take a ride.

At Lodgepole Campground I fill the gallon jugs with drinking water and dump trash.  We continue to the Red Canyon Rim area.

Late afternoon, almost dusk, is a good time to find bighorn sheep. 

The PTV creeps along as I scan the pine-treed fields on both sides of the road.

There they are!  Gosh, there must be thirty in that herd!

1-DSC05782It’s difficult to take a photograph of the entire herd because of the many lodgepole pines.  Hmm . . . a herd of ewes with their youngsters.  I try to capture the little ones playing but the grass conceals most of the action.








For several minutes I sit in the PTV parked in the road taking these photos through the passenger window.  The sheep are aware of me, yet they show no alarm.

1-DSC05792Spike’s and Bridget’s barks don’t scare them.  The herd is close to Canyon Rim Campground and apparently the sheep are accustomed to people and dog noise.

1-DSC05781Next I drive to the overlook at the visitor’s center for another view of Flaming Gorge, this time in the light of late afternoon.

1-DSC05796The crew and I need to get moving. 

Sorry to rush off like this.  We have a new camp to find!  Oh, I almost forgot to tell you.  I followed the instructions for a new security code in order to open my email account.  I typed in my new phone number so the code can be texted to me.

No response.



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94 Responses to A sighting of Bighorn Sheep and “Call us overprotective”

  1. Shirlene says:

    Are there no other comments? No it cannot be. If I am the first whooo-hooo. If not Hi to all.

  2. Shirlene says:

    W0w what luck….Hi Sue, long time follower and first time first time poster. Just got back from the High Sierra myself pretending to be a full timer until it comes true in 16 months and 20 days. Hi to the crew and thank you for taking us along on all the switchbacks and phone shopping.

  3. Dawn says:

    ugh. ugh. ugh. ugh. UGH!

  4. I LOVE that you used the word ‘picayune’ in your post…very apt description of most of the email I recieve as well! Great word!

    So sorry to hear about the phone snafus. It sounds frustrating. So many online services and security features now inter-operate with phones that when the phone goes on the fritz it can have a huge impact.

    Good luck sorting out the Hotmail issue!

    Wishing you all the best on your hunt today for an awesome camp.


  5. Kay says:

    Isn’t this whole “For your protection” just a wee bit sick! The government has access to all of our electronics, including emails, and yet, these darn companies are “PROTECTING” us??? Yeah, right. We really do not have privacy, ANYMORE in our own Country. It’s a shame….

    The sheep are pretty, and seem very content with you watching them. How’s the canine corner doing, the crew has been somewhat “secret” on their plots… Somehow I suspect they were not that thrilled with the many trips to Vernal. Oh, what fun it would be to leave a recorder on in that PTV when you leave them! Careful, they may figure out how to move that PTV to another parking place and sit and watch you LQQK for them!!!!

    Have fun, it’s HOT.

  6. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts., VA says:

    Oh my gosh, the phone…what a major stress out. I recently went with a Smart Talk Program at WalMart and new Android phone to match. I did this after reading consumer report dated January 2014. That article cinched the decision. Have been tired of my carrier (12 years with them) for years. Anyway I was afraid but it has worked beautifully! I am pleased. It piggybacks off of the Verizon towers.
    Sorry you had such a bad experience.
    I am loving the sites on your journey through your photos and narratives…wow Big Horns and all those Elk!!!!! Makes a day a little brighter. Thank you Sue for Sharing. Take Care.

    • Crystal says:

      After hearing great things about Straight Talk, and one of our daughters switching from Verizon, we thought we’d save some money and give it a go. Many in our area use Straight Talk, but it’s very funny/particular about what phones can be used. Our son went first as he was having issues with his iPhone. He bought from a store who said it would activate and work fine within his area code. Well it didn’t. After a week of trying to get it activated, with very little help from Straight Talk, he signed on with Verizon but went with a no contract plan. He now lost his unlimited data with Verizon. So now I’m afraid to buy a phone and attempt struggling through that mess. Hubby and I use basic phones with no data, but still need a working phone. What a pain.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Straight Talk phones are sold on line at the straight talk website, or in Walmart. If you buy a Straight Talk phone, you shouldn’t have trouble activating it. I didn’t have any trouble. Good luck.

        • Crystal says:

          Both son and daughter bought a Straight Talk phone, and both had trouble activating. Daughter’s finally went through after a couple of days, but she had to get a different number. Son just gave up.

  7. phoneguy1212 says:

    I hate to be nitpicking here but the dates on your post are all wrong. Today is July 21. According to your dates I missed my birthday which is the 26th of this month. Sorry about the phone problems and having to leave the crew in PTV while you get rehooked to the living. Enjoy your search for a new camp site.

    • Marsha in MI says:

      I was gonna say the same thing – the dates are off, but as another retiree, who wants to keep track? 😉

      And you don’t want to hear my last cell phone story. Not quite as bad, but let’s just say it wasn’t a pleasant experience.

    • And here I was ready to be really impressed that Sue can see into the future. 😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for catching my mistakes! I edited the post and fixed the dates. That’s what happens when I write up a post fast and don’t proofread. Sorry about that. Didn’t mean to obliterate a week of time!

  8. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Wow that is a lot of switchbacks…Not sure how I will do with climbing when our travel time arrives. I was cowardly on the Cabot Trail years ago, but maybe with age comes courage 🙂
    What a nuisance with the phone,hope you have a working one soon.
    My whole family read the recent Bear visiting post and commented on your skillful writing. My mother enjoyed the Flaming Gorge pic. Seems she does remember her time in Wyoming after all. Looking forward to your new camp as always..

  9. weather says:

    Phone,or any other type of problems you encounter,turn into success stories. Non-stop practice -check!Now that driving switch backs is as common as breathing ,finally,all future trips will be anticipated with your typically grinning confidence,like you’ve done it dozens of times… 😉 That idea makes me as happy as each scene,plant and animal I’m going back to stare at does.Great post!!!

    • weather says:

      Good morning Sue,
      Just about to start cup 3 without you,I’ll wait instead.Pups are curled up,so I’ll stare at Champ’s pretty friend on the bedraggled flower above for another smile.Queen Anne’s lace was so beautiful in the sunrise shadows I didn’t want to walk away…

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m with you, weather! I’m drinking my second cup of coffee along with you. Gee, we went from bluebirds to gulls. Hugs to you and your troupe!

        • weather says:

          Hugs and giggles by the beach back,read your message below,1 bar at a remote beach..like miracles floating down again right across the continent to us -now that’s the wind to breathe…. 🙂

  10. Barbara Holland says:

    Where did my whole week go? Don’t confuse me. I am laughing so hard I can hardly write this. Hope things are looking up now. I do enjoy your writing so very much. I know you are glad you are not in Florida. It has been so hot and humid. Keep up the good work.

  11. Bee says:

    You had me confused when the first post was dated July 23rd. I then decided you must be lucky enough to be traveling with Doctor Who and I should not worry about the date. Lucky you!

  12. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Maybe this post should be titled ‘Back to the Future’?? LOL

    Oh, and I’m sure you didn’t plan it this way (but then again, maybe so…) but each trip you make, you’re picking up new-and more-animals with the photos. So the first trip was with Spike and Bridge, the second trip included the….what is that, a groundhog/whistlepig? And then the third trip has all the elk (I think that’s what they are). I just thought it was funny–you say ‘C’mon guys’ and then there’s a new animal!

    (yes, it takes very little to amuse me….)

  13. Mick'nTN says:

    You can activate a SIM card over the internet. I really feel bad about your phone problems. It points to a larger problem in the USA …

    The (true)cost of your new phone: Phone $25, time @ $10/hr. $120, gas $60 = $205

    Now I will loose a day now and then, but to loose a week … that is true retirement!

    • Thor ’n Drew says:

      Time probably isn’t an issue, but certainly gas, wear ‘n tear on PTV and Sue’s nerves (switchbacks) adds up. An old-fashioned cell phone that isn’t used often should hold up for many years, so it’s probably worth spending a bit more up front just to avoid repeating the aggravating process every year. I’ve been happy with an $80 Kyocera DuraXT (rugged flip phone) for about a year. I’ve also had good luck with LG and Motorola back when they used to make “regular” phones.

  14. Aren’t hot mail and outlook really old programs that have been superseded years ago? Why don’t you go with a mail service that is internet based so you don’t have to have anything but a browser to check in…? Gmail comes to mind instantly, but perhaps you don’t like google..

    You can set up Gmail to receive your hot mail feed and look at the emails with the google gmail client under your local browser… Outlook would be a thing of the past….

    • Thor ’n Drew says:

      Browser-based email probably raises some problems for Sue since she doesn’t have a persistent internet connection. The email client lets her download all her mail when she does have internet, then she can read/reply to them at her leisure and send it all out when she’s connected to the ‘net again. I agree Outlook might not be the best choice, but it’s tough to break away from something you’re familiar with.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I stick with POP3 e-mail for this very reason. Oftentimes I am not online for a couple of weeks, and then when I am it is for a few minutes in a parking lot or something, and I want to quickly download all my e-mail and then read it later, at my leisure, offline. I also just like having it be mine and on my own hard drive.

        Personally, I prefer to pay for my e-mail rather than having it “free,” which means that whomever is giving it to me has access to it (and I really can’t complain). That’s slightly separate from the above though, as it’s more of a privacy issue vs. an online issue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I will go with gmail. I was hoping to buy some time before having to notify a gazillion people and companies.

      • Thor ’n Drew says:

        Windows users will hopefully chime in here, but I’m wondering if the verification (text message) issue is from hotmail or Outlook. If the former, switching to gmail won’t help. You’d want to switch to a different email client e.g. Thunderbird.

        • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

          Outlook is Hotmail is Outlook… Hotmail didn’t really change anything but the name. It is still the same. There was this big hoohaa over it becoming Outlook… and nothing really happened. Even my address stayed the same. I wish it did use the Outlook format which I have always liked. I use an old Hotmail account for all of my internet business transactions. All of my correspondence is on gmail.

          • Thor ’n Drew says:

            “Outlook is Hotmail is Outlook”

            I can access hotmail & gmail email on my Mac Mail client. I’m certain you can use a non-Outlook client (the software, not outlook.com) on a PC to access hotmail email.

  15. Marilu says:

    Arrrgh! I feel your pain, Sue. I am calm and cool with the real problems and emergencies in life but these kind of major annoyances drive me nuts! I would have gone somewhere and screamed at the top of my lungs. I hope you get your “code” soon.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Same here! A “real” problem seems worthy of the attention and effort, whereas these stupid “administrative” problems… I resent every minute I have to spend on them, and they drive me bananas! Let’s all go to the train tracks and shout at the top of our lungs as they rumble past 😀

  16. Cinndjules (NY) says:

    Was that a good “bless yer heart” OMG what a debacle….

    Which all the problems they should have given you the phone at the original phone you wanted….price. And you still can’t access your email? OY time for a long walk.

    The sheep are cute!

  17. DesertGinger says:

    Aaaah Sue, I have gone thru those same issues. I have Hotmail and have had the same annoying security request. Recently I have been struggling with phone storage issues. I was tryingto load a new application and not enough storage, so I went to Walmart and bought a larger SD card…8 gigabytes. Did this help? No. First you had to load the app into phone memory before you could move it to the SD card. So I thought I would move something else to the SD card, then load the new app, then move the new app to the SD card. So I went through each of my existing apps to find one I could move to the SD card. Nope. None of them could be moved. This story goes on and on, but in the end I just ordered a reconditioned phone for $19.95. This phone has more internal phone memory…I’m hopeful it will work for me, but what a pain.

    On the other hand, I remember sitting by my rotary dial phone, waiting for a call from my firt prospective employer, afraid to leave home for fear I’d miss the call. So I guess I shouldn’t complain about technology problems…now I have a small plastic phone I can carry in my pocket and receive calls from around the world wherever I am. Amazing!

    I’m waiting for my physical therapist to cone and torture me. Glad to hear you have a nice new camp.

  18. DesertGinger says:

    Whoops, my bad! Hope you find a wonderful new camp! I confused myself with the sheep pics and made up they were at your new camp.

    • weather says:

      Hey Ginger,if your therapist is done torturing you,would make up another camp -ya know-for us to play in ’til Sue gets back? I’d like it to have cool wind and trails that make really little circles back to camp for lots of snacks and lazy breaks if it’s not too much trouble…

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Don’t forget a nice cool babbling brook for Spike to soak in.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Ok…I like the sound of this camp. I wonder how low your elevation needs to be to avoid bears? I’d like to make it high enough to be cool, but low enough to avoid bears. Lets give it a stream that babbles and that Spike can soak in, and lots of pine trees so Sue can park in some shade and put her reading chair in some shade, overlooking the stream. And, of course, lots of flowers and birds. Higher mountains can be seen in the distance, the sun is shining and filtering through the pine boughs, and the rest of this camping area is blissfully empty. Sue’s BLT is filled with groceries, loaded with water and fuel, and has empty holding tanks. Al’s right with the world.

  19. Sandy says:

    I admit, I had to laugh at what you said in closing your last post, ” Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I followed the instructions for a new security code in order to open my email account. I typed in my new phone number so the code can be texted to me.
    No response.”
    I said out loud to myself, “Yup, that sounds about right.” I too am 65 and there are times I consider becoming a Luddite!! LOL….it seems like almost every time these things pop up, they cause a considerable amount of aggravation. Unfortunately, you can’t get to your email without playing “their” games. I often remind myself that my children and more so my grandchildren know no other way to survive in society. I at least was fortunate enough to grow up in the 50’s & 60’s when things “seemed” a little more sane. I love your posts; your pictures are amazing; and I thank you each day for sharing.

  20. Applegirl NY says:

    Technology…. so wonderful when it works, a nightmare when it doesn’t. Seems like whenever we switch any of our devices it’s at least two days of stress and frustration. This too shall pass – as you know.

    Can’t wait to see your next camp.

  21. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue & Crew. Sorry about the hard time with the phones. I once bought a lemon, trying to upgrade and it was more trouble than it was worth. Immediately went back to old phone. Great pictures though as always. Thanks for the ride and stay safe.

    • Robert, in it for the long haul says:

      My thoughts exactly, the new phones are to easily tampered with, the old ones you can still buy batteries for when they take their preprogrammed dump in two years. We really don’t need our phones to do our thinking for us, most of us are (dry behind the ears)

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

    Yep, im glad im not only one that see’s super technology is falling apart at the seams, it always amazes me how just how far imperfect it really is, maybe there is hope for the mailman yet.

    If ya get up in the Gorge on I-84 going towards Portland and want to see really big, bighorns, then don’t stare to far up on the cliffs, they are really close to the road and the males are doing their battling thing and the females all bunch up higher on the hill, and if you come out of Vail heck ive seen em right next to the road, again don’t look to far up the mountain otherwise you will hit one and these guys are as big as Shetland ponies.

    Great photos!

    • Allen Flanagan says:

      Sue, you scared me with the dates in your blog! I need to be home by the 30th to close the deal to sell my house, we are full timing now. I am heading back now and knew I had plent of time but you filled me with doubt : (. I am okay now I know the right date : )

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

    Oh and before summer winds down, you gotta take a swim in one of these lakes, ive almost forgotten how it feels and how refreshed you feel after a dip, all it takes is a pair of cut offs and a tee shirt…….yeeee hawww…………loosens up the brain when perplexed with new gadgets, tee hee……..also makes for a great appetite and some fine sleep!

  24. MK in NE GA for now says:

    I feel your phone pain Sue, I got a Wallyworld “smart phone” (Samsung) straight talk for $99. and even though it is smarter than me I do like it, I renew online on their website each month and it’s easy. They do have cheaper models tho.

    Love the photos!

  25. Reine says:

    Sorry about your yucky experiences with the phones. But sometimes it would be better if they didn’t work. Just got a $60 data overage charge on my iPhone because I didn’t realize that my 3 year old grand daughter could download videos when I thought she was watching one! No wi-fi when driving. Fortunately my daughter showed me how to disable data for that app. Sometimes peace and quiet in the car comes at a price!

    Enjoy traveling to your new camp. And no worries about the calendar. I have a friend with a clock that just shows days of the week!

  26. Ray Fleming says:

    I’m glad you got to see the herd of sheep. Flaming Gorge was my favorite campsite on our latest trip!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ray,
      I think I saw your Casita at Canyon Rim (you weren’t home) and I also wonder if that was you one afternoon, trucking down Hwy 191 past our camp and the meadow. 🙂

  27. Alan Rabe says:

    Other than the phone debacle, isn’t technology so wonderful, you have had a fantastic week or so. Your first Elk, Big horn sheep and a black bear. Sounds like a great time.
    Best to you and yours.

  28. Joe says:

    Dear Sue, Such is life! When it rains it pours..lol…..Your admirer HoboJoe

  29. Cindy says:

    My oh my…what a PITA!

    All all that, I think I WOULD have thrown a temper tantrum right there in Wally’s aisles!!

    You took some awesome pics through it all though, Sue!!

  30. walter and Anne Ogden says:

    Hi Sue, We have been lurkers for a while but have now signed on after spending the weekend with your sister Pauline at the CCS reunion. Had a great time with that “old Roll Tide ” gal. We are die hard Auburn fans so you know we kid each other a lot. Love your site and your travels. W&A

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Anne and Walter! Wow! CCS alumni AND followers of my blog… 🙂 Sister Pauline has always been my main promoter. Hope the reunion was a huge success!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Hi Walt & Anne, been a while!

  31. rvsueandcrew says:


    Now that I confused you about what date it is (I went back and fixed it), I want to let you know I might not be able to go online for a few days. I made a Big Boondocking Boo-Boo. I left to look for a new camp when Utah people are celebrating Pioneer Day this week! RVs are everywhere!

    I stopped at the National Forest Office in Manila on the west side of the Gorge, intending to research boondocks along the shore from here northward. The ranger told me to expect people, RVs, boats, jetskis, etc. to be all over the place. “We expect it to be as big as 4th of July,” she said.

    I may have to go pretty far out to get away from it all. I doubt I’ll be able to get online. No need to worry. Enjoy yourselves, no matter what week you’re in!

    Love y’all!

    Sue, alongside a road somewhere near Lucerne Valley at the Utah-Wyoming border

  32. AZ Jim says:

    Poor Missy…..”60 effing switchbacks” ……and those are the worst kind too….

  33. Sondra-SC says:

    aw dang well I’d a given you my number to have a message texted too…then you wouldn’t of had to go thru that BS, and all for naught. Sometimes I feel like ditching all this technology it can start to “own” us. Hope your new camp is all that was and more.
    Love the sheep…fat and healthy looking!

  34. Glenda in OZ! says:

    OMG…………………Don’t you just hate technology. A necessary evil in our lives ??!! Loved all the photos and without the technology, we would not be enjoying your travels!!

  35. Ron Sears says:

    You’ve outdone yourself on this post. Wow some really great shots.. Be safe.

  36. Live writer has a companion program “Live Mail” Dump Outlook even if you keep the hotmail account…… I set up a gmail account and kept the old pop3 account at the same time.. That way you don’t have to move stuff all at once…. Then I asked gmail to receive the pop3 feed as well… So I can see both accounts on gmail’s client.. Or I can go back into the pop3 account with windows live mail… And because I have a linux computer as well, I use thunderbird on it as a pop3 client reader….. Its confusing, I know, but the desktop with linux and thunderbird becomes my archive of all emails received… That way I can purge the rest of the machines and my phone….

    • Thor ’n Drew says:

      The Thunderbird email software/client is also available for Windows 7 users. The question is whether the problem was from the hotmail email account or the Outlook email software. It won’t help to change one or the other unless that was the source of the problem.

    • Sondra-SC says:

      Thats what I did with my old Yahoo acct. have it PoP3 over to Gmail. It works great although sometimes a glitch will occur like when Yahoo decided since I hadn’t logged in for such a long time to lock up my account! I had to go over and reset the password and Yada Yada Yada…jump thru many hooplas and finally got it back the way I wanted it to be…The thing about Nerds is, they are never satisfied!

  37. Reine says:

    Hey all, let’s not get too down on technology. We wouldn’t be reading about Sue’s adventures without it 🙂

  38. Linda in NE says:

    A friend of mine had the problem of getting locked out of her email account. Got her code, put it in and got the reply that she would be able to access her account in thirty days. How’s that for helpful???? Hope you have better luck.

  39. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    I am so tech challenged I wouldn’t know where to begin. Bighorn sheep are the only animals I haven’t seen in the wilds. There are lots here but I keep missing them. enjoyed your picture of them.

  40. heartdogs says:

    Hey sue!

    I started at the very beginning of your blog a week or so ago, and have been working my way forward towards the present, reading every single post. Suddenly, you have a new internet “home”. When I click on the link, it takes me from the post of May 29, 2013 directly to the post of July 21, 2014 – and skips all of the posts in between.

    YIKES! I don’t want to miss any of the Amazing Adventures!

    How do I find all of the mysterious missing posts?



  41. heartdogs says:

    Hey, sue, nevermind.

    I figured ‘er out.



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for reading my old posts. This makes you a blogorino! Happy to hear from you, heartdogs.

  42. “(G)ive a phone number where I can be texted a code in order to open my email account” is like online tech support when your web access goes down, or when your computer won’t work.

  43. Mark Watson says:

    I’m laughing so hard it hurts. I’m laughing with you on all this technological idiocy in this the information age. If your not laughing, well, then I’m grinning really big.
    Hope you get it all straightened out. And I’m glad this post concluded as I was beginning to get car sick reading about going through all the switchbacks.

    (after 28 days spent in Utah and Colorado, I’m now back in Denton TX, but mentally I ain’t here)

  44. Barb George says:

    Oh Sue, I hear your pain. We broke down in Wyoming once–on the opening day of hunting season. Not only was everywhere full–but we couldn’t get to them OR a mechanic anyhow! So, boondocking in a parking lot became our life for 3 days… blah. Treking a mile down the road, to pay 5 bucks for a shower became the thrill. Fun. NOT. This is when we chose to move from MoHo to trailer… Whew!

    Hope the phone thing flows smoother. Have fun!
    Hugs from Hoquiam!

  45. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Hope you found a nice spot for you and the Crew to land. Sounds like it was a frustrating day….back and forth through the swtichbacks just to end up with no solution – jeez-o-pete!!

    My morning started out in a delighful way! I was on my way to work, when I noticed the two cars in front of me braking for no apparent reason. There was a small, juvenile Red Fox on the side of the road, waiting for traffic to clear so he could cross the road. He was very cute – I have only seen Red Fox in the zoo or in pictures, and here is one just down the street from my home! I looked in the rearview mirror after I passed him, he had started to cross the road (2 lanes each side, with a divider in the middle). I said a little prayer for his safety. Now, when I have to take Gracie out for a late night pottie run, I will wonder who she senses when she barks and pulls the leash, wanting to go into the darkness of the backyard….could it be a rabbit, raccoon, possum, or a red fox?! Freaks me out when she does that!

    Hope everyone has a great day! 🙂

  46. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Twisting roads and hot valleys certainly make for a stressful week. Glad you still had your lovely home to return to!
    We have four phones on our cell phone contract all coming to the “end” at different times over the next six months. As we plan to go “no contract” when we hit the road next year I am not looking forward to all of the transitions :-). But last week I ordered my prescription online and it arrived in two days in my mailbox. Yesterday I made a dr’s appt. online – it took five minutes. I have no paper bills, no check register, no landline, and no stamps. So yes, technology is often a pain (more so when handled by untrained humans), but mostly it has simplified and improved my life :-).

  47. rvsueandcrew says:


    Guess what! Bridget, Spike, and I are beach bums! We arrived safely at our new camp and it is Shangri-la! I can hardly wait to tell you all about it.

    Please forgive me for not responding to every comment. Our location is remote and the signal strength is 1X with 1 bar (Love my Wilson antenna!). Instead of writing more than 60 replies, I’ll try to put a new post together and, in the meantime, make a group reply here.

    The three days of driving back and forth to Vernal over the phone were not stressful at all for me. I confess that sometimes I give an impression in my stories that is more dramatic than real life, just to make the reading edgier and entertaining.

    One trip was necessary anyway in order to buy groceries and propane. Also it’s a beautiful, scenic drive which I enjoy and I stopped on each trip for Bridget and Spike to explore a new place as a reward.

    As fellow reader, weather, pointed out in her usual wisdom, the 60 switchbacks were just what I needed! The drive to our newest camp required us to go through more switchbacks — these unfamiliar to me — and I enjoyed them! Amazing what practice can do for one’s confidence.

    I read every comment and enjoyed hearing from each of you. I thank you for your good wishes, great advice, interesting stories, corrections re: the dates, anticipation for our new camp . . . . You’re a wonderful bunch of cyber-friends!

    When I get around to dealing with the email issue, I’ll review your advice. Right now I’d rather be swimming than trying to fix my email account. (BTW, the water is divine!)

    Thanks also for your input on the Air Horn page. A special thanks to Mick who is doing all the work.

    Talk to you soon . . . Love y’all!

    Sue. . . . somewhere on a beach at Flaming Gorge Reservoir with two canine beach bums

  48. CowboyBob says:

    Hello, Sue. I’m mostly homebound due to a brain injury and PTSD. I thooroughly enjoy your Blog and especially the photos! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A hearty welcome to you, CowboyBob! I’m glad I can share my travels with you as you ride along with me and the crew.

  49. hobohounds says:

    New to commenting here…RVSue, you should check out google voice. It allows you to check your texts/voicemails online, and it’s free! Would have saved you a lot of hassle driving back and forth to walmart.

    • Thor 'n Drew says:

      Google Voice is a good backup text message channel, but you do need internet access for it to work. A functioning cell phone is still a must for a solo RVer…all due respect to the nutcakes. 😉

      • hobohounds says:

        Right, you need internet access which it appears RVSue usually strives to have at her camps. You actually need a functioning phone in order to utilize google voice, but it still might help if your phone did not work but you still had internet.

        • Thor 'n Drew says:

          Yup, it definitely would’ve helped her out with her recent need for receiving a text message. I never use GV for phone calls since that (as you point out) would still need to go through a cell phone (or landline for those who still have one).

          The other great thing about GV is you get a phone number that you can freely give out without fear of junk calls. You can read a transcript (usually not very good) of any voice messages & simply trash the ones that are junk.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to comments, hobohounds! I hardly ever receive a text or a voicemail. You’re right. This would have helped.

  50. sorry about the phone snafu’s !!!!! I posted some photos that looked like these when we left Flaming Gorge a few years ago. Several readers told me they were dahl sheep… not bighorn sheep, they said you can tell by the horns! What do I know? I am a Floridian! Still catching up!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s odd. The people at the Visitor Center told me they were Bighorns. Oh well . . .

      • ……and they were probably right !!! I really don’t know! Just passing on what some readers told me!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, your comment had me looking up dahl sheep and I learned something. The dahl sheep have a yellow cast to their horns. The sheep I photographed are Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, according to the Flaming Gorge Visitor Center website. The ewes don’t grow the big horns, only males do. I’d never heard of dahl sheep before.

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