A “slap upside the head”

Sunday, February 2

After a week of temperatures in the eighties, the crew and I wake to a chilly morning.  The sky is overcast, a rare occurrence for the Yuma area.

Here’s what the most recent “Yuma Community Guide” says:

“Yuma is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the sunniest place on earth, with 4,174 hours of daylight out of a possible 4,456 hours of daylight each year, or about 94% of the time.  Average annual rainfall is only about three inches.  Average high temperatures in January of 70 degrees bring approximately 90,000 snowbirds to Yuma County each year.”

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The view from American Girl Mine Road, southeastern California west of Yuma, Arizona

What the community guide doesn’t brag about is the average high in July of 108 degrees.  That’s not the highest temperature; that’s the average!

Being that Bridget, Spike, and I are completely spoiled regarding weather, temperatures in the fifties and sixties keep us mostly inside all day.

Monday, February 3

The thick cloud cover disappears and blue skies return (photo above). The crew and I head into Yuma to visit the bank.

Tomorrow is my appointment in Los Algodones. 

Although the dental clinic will accept a credit card (charging a 5-7% fee), I want to pay in cash.  Besides the cash, I also need to replenish my supply of quarters to plunk into washing machines.  I usually ask for $100 in quarters, making one less thing to remember as I tote my dirty laundry into laundromats across the West.

I walk into the bank to a long line of people snaking through a roped aisle.

Oh, it’s the 3rd, the day people get their government checks.  Well, I’m in no hurry.  I can wait.

It sounds like I’m the only English-speaking person in line.  All the tellers are speaking Spanish to customers.  When it’s my turn, I walk up to the teller.  She says hola and I respond with hello.  She switches to English and speaks it flawlessly with no discernible accent.

Back at the Perfect Tow Vehicle . . .

“You’re such good puppies.  Let’s go some place special!”

I drive a few blocks over to the Yuma fairgrounds.  Adjacent to the fairgrounds is the Yuma Conservation Garden.  It’s closed, but that doesn’t deter us.  A walk along the fence is enough to entertain Bridget and Spike and to give me something to photograph.

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Ah, the challenge of taking a photo through a chain link fence with two rat terriers pulling the leashes in my hand!

Increasingly I feel the pull of the road and an urge to move camp.  Yet the sensible thing to do is to stay put.  If we move now, we’re bound to run into colder weather, possibly with strong winds.

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Such a short time ago I was photographing rainforest.

I need to dump tanks soon which, of course, means hitching up and packing up.  I may look for another boondock for us to camp in for a few days, if only to satisfy my need to move.  After over two years of moving camp from place to place, it’s difficult to resist the open road.  I do believe I’m addicted to change.

Speaking of change .  .  .

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It looks like these two have agreed to disagree.

Ever have this happen?

You’re reading a book and a line jumps right off the page, causing you to skid to a halt?  As  they say in the South, you come across something that “slaps you upside the head.”

It happened to me recently.

1-DSC02373I finished reading two very enjoyable books drawn from primary sources about the history of the Green River valley extending from the Flaming Gorge area in northeastern Utah all the way into northwestern Colorado.

Les is from that region of cowboys, outlaws, farms and ranches.  He shared the books with me.  Fascinating stuff.

Anyway . . .

After those books, I’m ready for lighter fare.

I pick up Dick Francis’s Driving Force.  His books are well-written with lots of dry, English humor, and they don’t require a lot of work from the reader.

I’m sailing right through the book when, all of a sudden, something he wrote slaps me upside the head:

“No one should impose their own perception of fulfillment on anyone else.”

Whoa . . .  Wait a minute . . .

Is that what I’m doing with my blog?

It’s obvious to anyone who has read a few of my posts that I am one happy and contented woman.  I love living the way I do.  I love changing my surroundings whenever I feel like it.  I love living “small.”  I love going to new places.  I love sharing each day with my canine crew.  I’m happy, happy, happy!

In short, I’m fulfilled.

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Hey! How did the Perfect Tow Vehicle sneak into this picture!

I try with every post to show what it’s like to live full-time in a small travel trailer with two dogs.  Because I love each day of my present lifestyle, I go on and on in words and in photos about all the delights of full-timing.  I show me and the crew camping in beautiful, sometimes breathtaking, boondocks.  One can easily assume it’s an idyllic way to live.  What’s more . . .   I write in the present tense which puts the reader right here with me, loving every moment with me.

Only thing is . . . you’re not right here with me.  You’re over there looking at me and my crew, looking at MY perception of fulfillment.

It might not turn out to be yours.

1-DSC02378That thought bothers me.

Now that my blog has been around for a while, more and more I’m reading comments about down-sizing and selling homes.  As far as I can tell, every reader that has shucked it all for a life on the road is very glad that they did.

Even so, I sometimes wonder if there will come a day when I’ll open up my blog comments and read . . .

“It’s all your fault!  You baited me into thinking full-timing is a wonderful way to live!  Well, I HATE it!  I’m miserable.  I want my house back!”

That’s why the author’s words slapped me upside the head.

“No one should impose their own perception of fulfillment on anyone else.”

I hope that every one of my readers who is contemplating the full-time life of a vagabond will set my experience aside and carefully analyze why they think it’s the life for them.  Evaluate yourself thoroughly because when you go full-time, you won’t become me, you’ll still be you.

And I sincerely wish with all my heart, should you choose to live full-time on the road, that your decision will lead to a happy, contented, and fulfilled you!

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130 Responses to A “slap upside the head”

  1. MK Reed says:

    Beautiful photos!!!! LOL the title of your blog sez it all. We are all responsible for our own choices in life Sue and don’t forget that. While I might never be a full timer like you I know I will travel via travel trailer and spend my time enjoying the PNW with maybe a tiny home bolt hole to stay in some day. Please don’t 2nd guess your self and your wonderful blog…don’t change a thing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MK,

      People are responsible for their own choices, it’s true. There aren’t many blogs being written about the downside of full-timing (for obvious reasons). Therefore people don’t get a balanced view of the lifestyle.

      Of course, I don’t know any downside. 🙂

  2. Trip and Lisa says:

    Dang it,number 2,never number 1,,well,every once in a while Lisa tells me I’m numba 1.
    Hey Sue,remember,if you’re good,the dentist will let you get a toy out of the toy drawer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And maybe a sticker to wear on my shirt!

      • Trip and Lisa says:

        Oh,a sticker for your shirt,yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,way cool.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          With a drawing of a smiling tooth . . .

          • Trip and Lisa says:

            LOL,So we’re you good Sue?,and what did the Dentist give you for being good?.
            Hope your doing well.
            I had physical therapy today and that girl hurt me.I told Lisa if she hurts me again to beat her up,BUT,don’t hit her in the face cause she’s kinda cute.
            Have a great week Sue.

  3. mary (in Colorado) says:

    You are not “imposing” your perception of fulfillment upon anyone. Most folks know what works for them, and they may realize parts of your way of life that do not fit their needs. However, your sense of knowing what you like and enjoying it to the utmost comes through; the sense to stay with what is true is what you are giving us.
    And if we can find that in our own lives, we will be happier. So, no apologies and second guesses needed!

  4. mockturtle says:

    Don’t worry, Sue. It may be that you’re overestimating the breadth of your influence. 😀 I shall be living in my RV full time again this year, too, but it’s because it’s always been my first choice. Only circumstances beyond my control kept me in a S&B for a time. IMHO, it’s either in your blood or it’s not. And once it’s in your blood it’s there to stay and house dwelling will never fulfill you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, maybe I am over-estimating my influence. I hope so. Maybe worse than that, I’m under-estimating my readers!

      All it takes is for one person to regret their decision . . . .

      • Elizabeth aka E2/etwo says:

        The ONLY regret I have is that I did not start THE LIFE (FT RV’ng) instead of the 2nd & 3rd marriages! That would have
        given me a bunch more years than the 30 I have spent in THE
        LIFE! Still living in a fiver….the biggest of my 4 rigs. This one
        won’t be moving anywhere and most likely I will stay put too!
        THAT is what I do NOT like…. No more RV travel : – ( I just
        cannot do all the hitch-em-up and head-em-out, or even get all
        settled in somewhere for awhile…. : – ( Asking for all that help
        just is not going to happen to this gal who has ALWAYS been so
        self-sufficient!!!!!
        Now if I could just get my Awesome Arranger Keyboard and all
        my music, my Clyde Cat and his stuff, into a little Casita and pull it behind my little Honda Fit…… I might be able to handle
        that little rig okay……

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Elizabeth,

          There are people — both men and women — who aren’t well-suited for marriage. I’m one of them and from your comment it sounds like you are, too.

          How fortunate you are to have 30 years of memories from the road! I’ll be grateful for 10 years, although I want more than that. And I know you would like more, too.

      • Margo (in Ohio) says:

        I don’t think that you are over-estimating your influence nor do I think you are under-estimating your readers. However, I can understand how you may feel “pressure of influence”.I think you are spot on!

        I stumbled on your blog a few months back and have gradually caught up with every word and photo (tho today it’s April 10, 2014, so I’m still not up to date!) . You DO have influence, however, you also are sharing what works and doesn’t as well as allowing your wonderful readers a chance to do the same!
        Someone wanting to pursue this lifestyle needs to think it thru and do what works for them—I would like to someday give up the sticks and bricks, however,I adore your PTV and BLT— I don’t trust my towing skills—(tho I can park a 26 ft UHaul on a pin!!!)–I want small-maybe a van–then I look at my hubby’s physical capabilities and I think a van would be too small(uncomfortable) for him- maybe a class c—-then I get to the point of finances so I am working hard to clean up “stuff”…..meantime- I guess I have a point here- I keep living thru you and your friends/cohorts to keep my dream alive and to try to prepare well!

        If someone goes thru all of that to rid themselves of the S&B and gets out and realizes it is not for them then…shame on them for not really researching or knowing themselves.

        did any of that make sense??????

        • Margo (in Ohio) says:

          wow- wish that I had read ALL of the comments before I posted as so many said what I wanted to ;only better !!!!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You make a lot of sense, Marg. The only part that confuses me is where you say “I don’t trust my towing skills.” You do realize that towing a small trailer isn’t much different than not towing anything at all, I hope. Good luck figuring all this out!

          I’m glad you found my blog. It’s good hearing from you!

  5. Diana says:

    Wells Fargo? :-))

    Love the rusty stuff!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m not about to tell the universe the name of my bank. Lots of rusty stuff at the Yuma Conservation Garden . . . .

  6. rand says:

    The most territorial creatures I have lived next door to was a pair of geese….my first rental after the college dorm.. They were very protective because the coyotes were feed dead chickens from the egg ranch so that the coyotes wouldnt eat the cats that were proprietors of the old log cabin out back. anyway… the stars and planets after sundown were amazing while listening to the crunching of chicken bones.
    If you want to live in a fixed spot there is lots of drama and geese will keep you safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, rand,

      That goose looked like it would’ve run us off if it weren’t for the fence between us. Talk about an evil eye . . .

    • Gayle says:

      Jeez, I wanna sing a couple of verses of Circle of Life from the Lion King after that nature lesson!

  7. Jean Fox says:

    Sue, for those of us that are not sure they could ever do what you are doing, your chronicle of experiences has shown us it is possible. The rest is up to the individual person. The knowledge you have imparted in this blog, IMHO, far out weighs everything else. We are responsible to our and for ourselves. You helped me make my decision and I am grateful. Whether it’s a month, a year, 10 years on the road for me, I wish I had started sooner. Don’t 2nd guess yourself. Keep up the good work (and I know it’s work, since I have recently started blogging). Pet the pooches for me. Safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Your blog is a delight! I wish you much success and fun with it.

      What a nice rig you have . . . I can tell you’re enjoying making it into a home.

      Great job learning to hitch up. It’s so important not to rush and it sounds like you know that already.

    • Mary (MN) says:

      Jean, I love your blog and would love to comment on some of your posts. I am not a big fan of Google+ and it appears I must create a public profile to comment, which I won’t do. Know though that you have a faithful reader.

      Sorry Sue for using your blog to let Jean know I read her blog too. 🙂

  8. Linda in TX says:

    Nah, you’re not imposing your choices or ideas on anyone. We all choose to read your blog, you don’t spam our email inboxes with your writings! I actually have read different blogs, however, that shut down because their owners decided that full-timing was not right for them and either gave up RVing altogether or bought homes and continued to simply travel and camp occasionally. It happens. Sometimes we don’t know until we try something. And some of us already know it isn’t right for us, but still enjoy reading the experiences of others.

    Hope tomorrow’s appointment goes well for you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda. You give me a better perspective on the situation. I just don’t want someone rushing into a decision they’ll regret.

  9. JodeeinSoCal says:

    I, Jodee, do hereby release Sue of all responsibility for any regrets I may have for future decisions :-). Of course when hubby and I hit the road next year as fulltimers and have wonderful adventures and revel in our fabulous freedom……well then of course Sue will get lots of credit!!
    I believe one of the reasons for your continued happiness is that you take responsibility for your decisions and your actions and your statements. This is pretty clear in all your writings. We just have to pay attention :-).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Such a thoughtful comment. Hmm . . . I’ll have to read it again.

      Yes, give me credit for all the GOOD stuff! 🙂

      I took a look at your most recent blog post. Very well written! If you learn only one thing from my blog, let it be this: Everything is blogworthy! Lord knows I write about nothing sometimes.

      I want to thank you for mentioning my blog. I know you will enjoy and benefit from those Benchmark atlases!

  10. Mary (MN) says:

    Sue,
    I read your blog faithfully, went back and read right from the start. It was like reading a fascinating, entertaining and very well written book. I loved reading every word as well as enjoying the pictures. Thank you.

    I don’t see your blog as imposing your perception on others, you are not telling anyone that this is the one and only way to fulfillment – rather you are sharing your joy in finding your fulfillment.

    I see your blog as a gathering spot for people who also enjoy exploring and traveling, full or part time.

    I see your blog and the input from your commenters as being educational. We see not only what the lifestyle is like, where to camp, but also a glimpse into what true happiness can be. We then make an informed choice into how we want to spend our time. Always, always there will be people that chose to blame others for their decisions, you are not responsible for their choices because you so generously shared your happiness with your many readers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary,

      Thank you for going back to the beginning of my blog and reading it all.

      The comments tonight are super! You and others are saying what I wanted to say… making an “informed choice” and getting “a glimpse of what true happiness can be.” And everyone has to find their own way to what happiness is for them.

  11. Jeff says:

    Please keep imposing your perception of fulfillment on me:)

  12. EmilyO of NM says:

    Definition of “impose” – force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place. What you are doing is providing us your readers, your experiences that we can utilize (or not) in making decisions about whether we will full-time, where to go and so on. It is then our decision to utilize this information gained from you (and probably other full-time bloggers) as to yea or nay. So, no you are not imposing upon us (besides we’d all show up in your area).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, no, I’m not imposing my perception of fulfillment… That’s the author’s words. I do feel like I’m influencing some people to fantasize about a life on the road and then I wonder if someone might get carried away with the whole vagabond way of life and not look at it with a critical eye.

  13. Edie says:

    All who frequent this blog started for a reason. Mine was that we are buying a small camper and hope to “part time” in the wintertime mostly. We have a small “home base” that we will keep for now because hubby is not ready to give it up. I have learned so very very much, and it would never enter my little mind to blame you for anything. Only to THANK you for what you have taught me and others about how to full time, part time, or just camp period.
    You are awesome, and if someone wants to blame you for a choice THEY made, they are no better than the “spammers” IMHO.

    Plus, as others have said, your blog is like a wonderful novel that keeps giving! It’s just entertaining period, even those “nothing” days. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Edie,

      Thank you for all your kind words. It looks like I’m soliciting compliments here. 🙂

      You are fortunate that you can try part time camping while keeping a home base. If your husband is not quite ready to give everything up for a full-time life on the road, you are wise not to push the idea. All in good time, what’s right for you will evolve . . .

  14. Ron says:

    Sue
    I have followed your blog from the beginning. Do you still remember that gal that had never Rv,ed who drove all the way across the country to buy an Rv she had never seen.
    I just bet that for every blog ,opinion,forum that loved fulltiming there was a hundred of your friends and family that said ( YOUR NUTTS) . The readers that follow in your footsteps have heard the same and made up there mind to go for it just like you did.
    Off the subject do you use your water heater or just heat water on the stove?
    Love the blog and the information you pass on.
    Ron

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good point, Ron At first I wondered . . . what gal is he talking about? Oh yeah, that was me!

      I had forgotten the resistance and reactions people can get when announcing plans to full-time. I would think that by the time a person or couple make that announcement, they’re very sure what they are going to do. I know I kept my little secret for about seven years before I told anyone.

      I don’t use my water heater. Since I use basins, it’s easier to heat up a pot of water on the stove and I don’t heat more than I need.

  15. Kristi from Ohio says:

    Sue, I first came across your blog as I was researching travelling full-time in an RV. My husband and I plan to begin our travels in about 3 years when we retire. Although I love reading about your adventures with the crew, the main thing I get from reading your blog is inspiration to follow my dreams and how to prepare for that dream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kristi,

      I like your last line… That’s what I want to do — inspire others to follow THEIR dreams, whatever they may be.

  16. Sue,
    Nobody is holding a gun to our heads to make us read your blog. We do it because we enjoy the read and we have formed some connection to you. We all have free will and we (should) all have a sense of personal responsibility. If someone does take the plunge and hates it, they only have themselves to blame.

    We are full time and have a blog. I try to give a good look at the good and the bad parts of this lifestyle but the decision rests fully with the individual making the change.

    Keep on writing and we’ll keep on reading!
    Juley

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Juley,

      I guess I was motivated to write what I wrote because I don’t give a balanced view of this lifestyle. With me… it’s all fantastic, wonderful, delightful . . . 🙂 Gee, I can wax poetic about dumping tanks… I even wrote a post about the guy who pumped propane for me! LOL!

  17. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, no one comes here unless they have either been a roamer and can’t or don’t want to anymore or they have decided on that way of life and are gleaning information about it from your blog. They all make major life changes, selling homes, leaving family, leaving their family doctor and even their mailing address behind. Do you really even for a moment believe you are somehow responsible if it doesn’t work out for them? They all know this blog is YOUR impressions of YOUR days on the road. No one makes that decision without taking into account all the many factors involved. I love your way of allowing life to be a slide show of your experiences and how you let us watch it as well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      No, I don’t think I’m individually responsible if someone makes a decision to full-time and then regrets it. I am aware though that every post, every statement, can cause a ripple in another person’s “pond.”

      I’m relieved you see my blog as a slide show of my experiences. I was reading fast and saw “side show!” Haha!

  18. Rob says:

    I’ve always figured you wrote what you wanted to because “you” wanted to. I read it because “I” want to read it.
    What you get from your writing is “yours”. What I get from your writings is “mine”.

    You live your life like you want to and I live my life like I want to, we may interact a bit with these words but our lives, our choices, even our mistakes are still ours.

    Not to say someone isn’t going to blame you for something they did, there just are people like that. It is their problem….not yours.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rob,

      You have a strong sense of self. Not everyone has achieved that. Some people are easily influenced. Those are the folks I hope to give a gentle and loving slap upside the head to “look (at yourself) before you leap.” 🙂

  19. Don in Okla. says:

    Hi Sue and Crew
    Please, please, please don’t change a thing!!! It’s GREAT just the way it is!! And thank you very much for taking the time to write your blog. We sure enjoy it!
    For us who are bound by family matters from hitting the road, your blog is a welcome respite from a day of dealing with problems.
    Don

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      Oh, mired in family problems . . . so sorry. I wish you the resilience, patience and wisdom to work your way through them.

      Thank you for the encouragement to keep writing!

  20. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Amazing photos today Sue! I so enjoyed them.
    And no I do not think you are imposing your lifestyle on anyone. However I do suspect a lot of folks here are reading your Blog because they want to venture out themselves or are amazed that a single woman is actually sucessfully living her dream.
    It is amazing after all…I think it takes courage, strength, will power and a no fear of failure spirit. You have also acheived a level of financial or commercial sucess, a business woman so to speak. ( you may not agree) That’s Okay…I see you as all this and a whole lot more. A true writer, a growing photographer, an intuned dog lover, and a teacher to us all. We have learned of human nature and kindness. We have enjoyed and appreciate your willingness to share YOUR Journey in this life with us. To that, I thank you. HA, Sue, you are a unique force. I am so glad your lifestyle is fullfilling. That is the way it should be.
    I have met others that were wanna bees…they won’t make it for long. It is not for everyone. I know a lot of planning has gone into your venture. The blog is encouraging to the mighty few who choose to go this route. The Blog is entertaining as well.
    Remember “Catcher in the Rye”? Can a writer really be held responsible for the foolhearty actions of others?
    Sorry for going on…Take Care Sue and Crew.

  21. Nancy Klune says:

    Sue, there is a saying “Your milage may vary”. It is not just taking about gas milage on a car or truck. Most times we get out what we put into something. I have never felt you were trying to talk anyone into your style of travel or living.

  22. Mark Watson says:

    I’ve not read everything Dick Francis wrote, but the last thing I read I totally had to disagree with him on was ” no one should impose their own perception of fulfillment on anyone else “.

  23. Beverly says:

    Sue:

    Your perception of fulfillment is just that……yours.

    You cannot “take the blame” or “take the credit” for what anyone else does!

    That is too much of a burden to carry.

    Live your life. Let us watch over your shoulder. Trust that we will decide what is best for us. Yes, we may choose a way that we wish we’d hadn’t. And so??

    There are infinite choices in life.

    We’ll figure out a way to choose another.

    PS-I’m a young widow who hopes to full time one day when my boys are grown. In the meantime your blog brings me such joy.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    You provide a nice, entertaining, informative blog, Sue!! You are not standing over us with a stick telling us we have to live as you do. I am happy to see someone happy like you, doing what you are. I am not sure if we can or will ever do what you are, though we have desires to do that…but we also feel needed right now, by one child in particular and so we must help her. Yes, perhaps that means that we will never get to vagabond as you are. But the paring down is necessary for both our long term and short term goals…we would be so doing regardless of what you or anyone else says. It is necessary for how we need and want to live. So keep on writing…please!

  25. RC in Texas says:

    I love your remark that no matter what “you will still be you”! That is something everyone needs to be aware of. I have not read the previous comments, but from many days of following you, I don’t think any reader can seriously accuse you of imposing your perception on us. So rest easy, please. Dick Francis was one fantastic author. Did you know that his wife worked with him for many years on his novels? Several years ago my husband and I made it our goal to read all of his novels. He wrote many; he made a deal with his publisher that he would write a book a year, and he stuck to that goal. His books are good entertainment, easy to read but interesting, all based on his time as a jockey. Sorry if I’ve repeated what somebody else said. Happy reading and happy trails, Sue.

  26. klbexplores says:

    From my point of view, when I follow along on a bloggers adventures I have the opportunity to “try on the author’s experiences. I personally follow several blogs that give me different perspectives. It is up to me to look in the mirror and check how they fit for me. There are so many different ways to live your dreams…..but it is always up to the individual to define their own dream.

  27. LeeJ says:

    Ah Sue, you are such a sweetheart. Your generosity with the things you share are done in such a kind manner..you never fail to inspire me!

    My husband isn’t interested in doing much RVing anymore..so I was inspired by your experiences and bought my own new to me Casita..and am selling my fifth wheel. I have dragged that big old boy all alone and it just wasn’t fun anymore, but this Casita is way more ME! And easy! And I give you the credit for getting me back out there doing what I love, not full timing but regularly getting out. My darling husband likes that I am independent and will follow my dreams.. and you have reminded me that I am not finished just yet, just because I am 67, I am not ready for a full time rocking chair.. You didn’t lead me astray, you led me forward.

    • Dawn in MI says:

      You GO! That is inspiring to me, who has a husband that doesn’t want to RV at all. 🙂 I just need to retire…and then you are right…I can follow my own dreams.

      • Karen SC says:

        Wow!! very inspiring. My DH doesn’t like camping so much either. So I just go out with my 17ft Grey Wolf and have lots of fun. I know he is proud of my endeavors and likes to brag about me. I’m in the 60+ set and intend to keep on going.

  28. Reine in Plano says:

    Sue, there are lots of us who regularly follow your blog that aren’t full timers and don’t have any intention to become full timers. Paul and I are perfectly happy living in our house that’s close to our Moms and our kids and grandkids. We also really enjoy running away in our Casita and attending Casita rallies and seeing this wonderful country and the glorious world God made. But after we’ve been out in the Casita for 3 or 4 weeks we’re ready to come home. This is the lifestyle that works FOR US.

    But I think one thing your lifestyle as expressed through the blog has done is to let other folks know that it IS possible to full time and follow your dream even if you don’t have lots and lots of cash in the bank or a large income.

    I heard once that you need to follow your dreams. You will either be able to fulfill your dream or you will learn that what you thought was a dream was really a fantasy that you need to put to rest. But either way you won’t spend your life saying “I wish I had…”

  29. Barrie says:

    Hi Sue,
    I don’t read your blog as offering an imposition at all. You are an avid reader and while reading passages your mind may wonder to another place or another time. You probably don’t wish you were a cowgirl of the 1800’s and you most likely won’t park your rig and buy a horse however much you liked the book. Reading your blog allows my mind to wonder and wistfully think of an alternate lifestyle. We don’t get far in life by blaming others for any misfortune that may befall us along our way to person fulfillment. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I won’t try to duplicate them. When I’m on the road, (and it’s -11*F this morning) in another 6 weeks or so, I will be reminded of the lessons learned from reading your blogs but I won’t try to pull my tires in your tracks; no offense. 🙂

    All the best,
    Barrie

  30. Dawn in MI says:

    When I was a kid I was riding somewhere in the car with my Mom. I told her when I grew up I didn’t want to live anywhere. I wanted to live in a RV and move around all the time. She told me “You’ll always want a home to come back to.” Silently I disagreed and I never brought it up again.

    What your blog has done, and other blogs like it, is affirm that there is a way of life in full time RVing and that it can be fullfilling and it is doable. Yes doable for a single woman and her dog. It gives me hope that someday I can do that too. And when I wonder what the trials are I can count on you and others to tell me about days that didn’t go so well and how you sorted it all out.

    So don’t worry about giving us a world view from behind your rose colored glasses. I already had those glasses on.

  31. chas anderson says:

    I think you worry too much.People generally do what is best for them.The wife and I are convinced that 2 to 3 months of snowbird boondocking is enough for us.We need a home base to return to, so we have the best of both worlds.Your site has given us a lot of useful info for our road trips every year.Keep up the good work.

  32. “No one should impose their own perception of fulfillment on anyone else.”

    You are, I think, missing the key word here, impose. You “choose” to offer your perspective on your own life, share nice stores, offer beautiful pictures. We “choose” to read those. If we, too, get inspired to dream of a similar lifestyle, good on you. Think about it, we probably wouldn’t be reading your blog if we hadn’t already had those thoughts and searched for or clicked a link leading us here.

    You, and other good RV lifestyle bloggers, in fact give us a better picture of the reality rather than our own far away dreaming. We hear about the required maintenance and repairs, GPS misdirections, disappointment when an area does not appeal to them and why. And we learn. And your blog makes an especially entertaining way to learn.

    It’s like many things in life, if we didn’t like what we are reading, watching, hearing, we can click away, change the channel, turn the page, wander down a different road. So, I think that you “offer” not “impose” and I choose to continue to enjoy reading your blog.

  33. Karen SC says:

    I think this is the best blog post you have done. I think you have tapped into the wanderer and adventurer in your readers. Some may be able to RV full time others may dream of such a life. For me taking RV trips for any length of time is about freedom. Whenever I have to leave and head home from a trip I am always tempted to just bypass my exit and just go. I don’t know where I would go but just being on the road heading somewhere is a compelling thought. Keep up your wonderful posts and if you feel like including some reality by all means do so. I think your readers can handle it.

  34. Diann in MT says:

    Gads! What a meaningful blog!

  35. Lacy says:

    Clearly, I’m not alone in my opinion: you’re not imposing! But if you think you are, then all I can say is PLEASE DON”T STOP 😉

    Your blog is entertaining, interesting and often leaves me smiling or giggling! I love learning about new areas that I’ll probably never visit and often never knew existed. Thanks to you and The Crew, I get to travel along with you and not leave my couch – you do all the heavy lifting – thanks for that! If anyone someday blames you for THEIR choices that somehow materialized because of your blog, then they’re MENTAL.

    Stay safe, continue to enjoy your days, and thank you for allowing us to come along for the ride (and of course, thanks for the sweet dreams – wink, wink).

    Lacy

  36. Beverly in NS says:

    I read your blog almost daily and am a bit stunned by this post. I can’t believe someone would make such a comment. Sounds like a person who buys swampland in Florida. Someone who has no common sense. Someone who takes no accountability for their own decisions and etc. Most of all someone whose blog I would not read. I am about to retire and have followed many RV Blogs to create a list of places to see and what to look for WHEN I get there. I don’t feel I will ever fulltime RV as DH might drive me crazy. I can’t wait to see more of the world when we make up our minds how we will travel. And thank YOU and all the other RV Bloggers who share your impressions and information that cannot be found on Tourist/Travel information sites or at RV Dealerships to assist in making more informed decisions about what to see and how to travel.

    • JodeeinSoCal says:

      Beverly,
      The statement Sue refers to was in the Dick Frances novel she is reading, so not a comment by a reader of this blog :-).
      Were that the case I’m confident we (her loyal reader fan-base) would be sending the black heliocopters in search of said commenter to “encourage” their permanent exit from blogland…..
      Instead we got to participate in a great thought-provoking “conversation.”
      Yay!

      • Beverly in NS says:

        Thank you for clarifying. Sue has so many comments I don’t tend to read all of them and must have missed her post related to the novel. Phewwee, can’t take any criticism of RV Sue. Knew I was not alone.

  37. I always ask people contemplating the full time RV life: What is the worst that could happen? You find you don’t like it and go back to a house and life as before. The only way to know is to try. What is there to lose?

  38. katydid in Chicago says:

    Hi Sue,
    I just counted the number of bookmarked full-time websites I follow on a regular basis. There are 7. Only 2 boondock most of the time. Only one has writing and photos that outshine all the rest! That is the only one I actually respond to.

    Sometimes you show photos of RVs that clump together in the midst of wide areas of wilderness. I know that will be my husband’s first instinct. He is the kind of social being who will love community campfires and potlucks. I can handle that for a little while.

    I had some doubts about that kind of life because I could not envision how I could cope without striking out and finding time to be apart from noise and crowds. I think that you opened my eyes to being able to do both.

    Rather than imposing your views on me (or anyone else), you encourage me to consider greater possibilities.

  39. Teri in SoCal says:

    I’m just going to make it easy on myself and blame everything on you.

    I feel fat this morning…think I’m retaining water. Why did you make me eat those salty nuts last night?

    Have a happy day Sue!

  40. Betty-Shea says:

    Hello Sue and Crew…You have a wonderful adventurous blog that people love to read and day dream about !
    You also have a good heart! ! Don’t worry that you might lead some “astray ti fulltime RV’ing…you might be inspiring them….you are showing that it is a beautiful life….not scary….if they take that leap it was already in thier hearts to do it…..Keep on bloggin’ there Sue…we love your storytellin! :-))

  41. Alan Rabe says:

    Hi, Sue. First I want to say I love your blog and would in no way want you to change anything that you do. We all should do what we all want to do and that is the way it should be. That said, on occasion I do get the impression that because I chose to have a little more space and convenience and live in a class A that I am somehow not in tune with true full time rving. I know you don’t really think that way and most of the time it is other comments that gives me this impression. I would rather home base in a location for a period of time and day trip out to special locations than to always be moving from location to location. Less break down / setup and less wear and tear on the machine.

    • Alan,

      As someone who one day hopes to full-time in a Class A (we currently have a fifth-wheel), I can relate to your comment. I worry a little about being able to balance the need for comfort and amenities that my wife and I have to my desire to also get off the beaten path. Reading Sue’s blog as well as Bob Wells’ vandwelling blog convinces me that, while I may have to make a few modifications and may not be able get as far off the path as Sue or Bob, I will be able to RV the way I want to.

      • Alan Rabe says:

        The trick is to get a toad that can get you to all the neat little places in the area you are camped in, and is fairly cheap on gas. That way you can have your cake and eat it too. Mine is a Honda Element with 4wd.

  42. Louise says:

    No, no, no! You are not “imposing” anything on anyone! You are doing what all really good writers do: creating a vivid world that the reader is invited to experience vicariously.

    I camp, and I once rode horses. I might someday live in my camper, and your blog would help me with that. I’m never going to be a steeplechase jockey, no matter how much I enjoy Dick Francis’s books!

  43. Terri D From Texas says:

    I know it was Sue’s fault I had cravings for Rotisserie Chicken!!
    Actually, my comment is What everyone else says!:)

  44. Chris&Caron says:

    Your not imposing Sue.
    Definition “force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place.”

    I read your blog everyday and You ain’t doing that. Your merely telling your story. Keep it up.

  45. Cinandjules says:

    Looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert! Absolutely beautiful!

    I am a prisoner of this blog! My current sentence is……..life without parole! I enjoy reading about your travels and your day to day living! Don’t feel like you’re EVER responsible for other peoples decisions. Your purpose was to show that living on less and enjoying life more was obtainable!

    Your blog is proof of that! Some folks get into their “comfort zone” and are afraid to venture off into the unknown/uncertain!

    For those who take the step forward….good for you! For those who don’t ….that’s okay too! We are a group with multi- faceted backgrounds, beliefs and dreams.

    I often think about traveling around in a 17ft home….with no roots!

    Rock on ……desert woman! 🙂

  46. rhianna says:

    Sue, I never reply to any of your posts, but this one got me thinking. You must Jewish to have so much guilt. Everyone sees your blog the way THEY want to see it, not the way you want them to see it. You do a lot of reading (so do I) and I’m sure you don’t blame the authors for leading you in the wrong direction. I read your blog for my own reasons and truly enjoy the information about different locations and use that information to look into those locations as prospective visits. You are a talented writer and sensitive person so drop the guilt and continue to give us the scoop of travel on the road with your dogs. If by chance you should run across some insecure person who holds you responsible for there bad choices just laugh at then and go on your merry way.

  47. Bill & Ann says:

    I read your blog because I consider a nice person and an interesting friend. Love to hear about your travels.

  48. Sue,

    I would say that, rather than convincing me that full-time RVing is the way to live, you are reinforcing the decision I had already made to full-time RV as soon as I am able to do so. (In other words, as soon as my wife says “Let’s go!” 🙂 )

    I, too, am a fan of Dick Francis. I’ve not read all of his books, but I have read quite a few, including the last few that were actually written wholly or in part by his son Felix. The son has done a fine job in my estimation of picking up where his father left off.

  49. mockturtle says:

    A lot of great comments and to sum up the meat of this issue: You are a wonderful inspiration but not necessarily an influence. Most of us have already considered [or lived] the full-time RV lifestyle or we probably wouldn’t be reading your blog. Keep up the inspiration and don’t worry about your readers. They are stronger than you think. 😉

  50. Greg says:

    Do you really think you have the ‘power’ to force people into something they aren’t ready for, or ultimately will dislike, and therefore it is YOUR fault….I doubt it

  51. Tom in AZ says:

    Hi Susie(may I call you Susie?) and Crew,

    You are not imposing, I enjoy reading your blog. Just that easy. I will not full-time boondock, but I will for a short while. I really like full hook-ups. One thing about boondocking, my wife said I use to much water, so she now does dishes.. I find it hard that you can get by using so little water.

    How is Spike doing after his fall?

    Safe travels

  52. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I came across your blog through the news of Rusty and his dog Timber being reunited. I was fascinated so I began reading the blog at the beginning from how you lived, selling your house, giving up pets to friends, etc. From there I began reading other blogs i.e. Tioga George (what a guy!), Wheeling It, Wagonteam Master, etc. I was fascinated and read because your life as an RVer was so different than mine. I love my home and would never give it up to become a fuller timer. I might become a part timer and travel in summer but even that thought wears me out. I do travel a bit but only short term the way I like it. I believe the majority of your readers love to read your blog because it’s a daily life of an RVer, the adventures, and simple enjoyment of life and a teaching tool. I say a teaching tool because I referred one blogger to your site because she had a lot of questions…..questions about things you’d encountered and how you resolved them i.e. the Wilson Antenna, solar power, the process of hitching and unhitching and moving camp. I’ve learned a lot too should I ever decide to buy a small RV to part time.

  53. Sue says:

    While I drool and coo over all your adventures and think “Oh my I want to do this so badly.” I also know it if I did it would only be for 6 months to 2 years that I would want to do it. I love being near my family, I love total interaction with people. But I do know I love a challenge, adventure and travel but not for ever.

    I love reading your blog because you love doing what you do and you give so much info that people really get to see the up and the down and if they made a decision to full time it would be their decision because I don’t think any one who decides to full time take it lightly or reads only one blog to make that decision. I am sure they count the cost to the best of their ability. And sometimes even after counting the cost people find out things are not for them. I think you are doing just fine and I am thankful to get to travel, so to speak, though you wonderful telling of your adventures.

  54. rvsueandcrew says:

    HELLO, DEAR READERS. . .

    A few minutes ago the crew and I came home. It was a successful day (dental and optical missions accomplished) and it was tiring. I planned to post tonight, but I don’t have the energy for it (maybe it’s these pain pills!).

    Your comments are full of wisdom and a delight to read. I want to respond to each one and will do so tomorrow in the morning( California time).

    Thank you for the great discussion. What a wonderful group of people you are!

    Buenas noches, amigos!

    Sue

    • Edie says:

      You take care of yourself!
      We will be here, and will entertain ourselves talking to each other, while you rest from the personal “maintenance”.
      Hope all is well.

    • BuckeyePatti (Ohio/ Florida) says:

      Hey Sue, I got this one: Buenos noches, amigos. “Good night, friends”. See, I really am bilungual 🙂

  55. Mick'nTN says:

    Hi.

  56. DeAnne in TN says:

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. Your blog gives us permission. Before I found your blog, I had a little dream of full-timing. Finding your blog has helped me see that I can do it. You give all of us permission to dream, maybe not your dream or reach for your fulfillment, but permission to seek it within ourselves. I have learned much about what I do and what I don’t want from my full-time rv life. I don’t always agree with the comments or choices made, but it has all been invaluable for my growth. You, and the life you chose, is an inspiration, and I can honor it best by choosing the right path for me. My decisions and my life choices will be mine; the mistakes I make will be mine, but I will have you and your blog to thank for giving me permission to dream and giving me permission to live my life as I wish.

  57. george, in n.c. says:

    Hi Sue,

    When I was reading your blog , many thaughts came to mind.
    Then after reading all the coments, all that I have to do is say ditto
    to the above.

    I have loved camping for over 45 years but full timing is not my cup
    of tea. Read your blog every day.

    Love your writing and beautiful pictures. Brings back fond memories.

    George,

  58. Bill from NC says:

    Howdy Sue, in hillbilly english we have a phrase…..”you wished me”. Well you and Nina on Wheelin it have in the past few posts talked about dental things. My front tooth filling fell out yesterday and it cost me $126.00 to get it fixed todsy at my local NC dentist. Whew was lucky to get in so fast! Hope you did good in Algodones today!

  59. Pat in Rochester says:

    Sue, I guess you can tell by all the comments above that nobody feels pushed by you! I read your blog because I love hearing about your adventures. I’ve lived in Arizona, love dogs, and enjoy your style of writing and your pics. I don’t read because I’ve ever thought about RVing. (My brother’s in-laws did for some time so it’s not new to me.) I spent 15+ years in an apartment, raising my daughters there (talk about marriage and those issues, lol!) And all that time I couldn’t wait for my own house. Now I have it, been here not quite a year. I’m loving every second of making it my own inside and out. And my 4 year old granddaughter is close by and I couldn’t stand the thought of being away from her. But this is my choice in life. (Actually, I’d LOVE a log home on loads of property out in the boonies. When people start bugging me I say I’m going to go live on my mountain. Some of what you write I really “get”!) And IF my choice of lifestyle ever changes I’ll be grateful for all the people I’ve “met” through your blog with all the advice given. Don’t change a thing. Other than what changes naturally because that’s life.

    • cinandjules says:

      Pat……………..would you please keep your lake effect snow to yourself!

      We just spent the morning shoveling and raking the roofs………..You’d never know it!

      : )

  60. Ladybug says:

    Hmmmm….I know a couple of readers have purchased Casitas in part because of what they read on your blog. And if I remember correctly, I think one, after traveling for a few months, recently decided that a Casita wouldn’t work for them, and got something larger.

    Hopefully in the back of your mind you’re not thinking that they purchased not based on what was best for them, but because you made living in a Casita sound ‘idyllic’. Even after months or years of research, experience is still the best teacher of what works for a person. I suspect most, if not all, of your readers came to your blog by way of reseaching rv living/full-timing. I know that’ s how I did. 😀 I’ve thought about full-timing for over 15 years, since I read an article in an rv magazine about a single female full-timer. However, I’m still waffling. I like the security of a home. I know technically it’s an illusion, since the government could take it by imminent domain, or it could be destroyed by fire or the weather, etc., but to me ‘home’ is a sanctuary. So I’m still uncertain if I’ll ever full-time or not. But I’ve got plenty of time to waffle.

    Just like full-timing is what you make of it (boondocking vs. resort parks; tiny trailer vs. super-sized Class A; always on the move vs. sitting in one spot for days/weeks on end), so is the path a person takes in their life. All their experiences, from family to work to blogs they read, play into that. But the outcome will be different for each person.

  61. Judy E says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog! I especially like reading your experiences that you have when you are in areas that we (my husband and I) have visited, while we were full-timing, and getting your perspective of that. It always brings back good memories! And when you write about areas we have not yet gone to, it helps us know if we want to add that to our list of places to go now that we are now part-timing. Please keep blogging, we’ll keep reading!

  62. Jessica says:

    Hi Sue,

    Imposing would be you preaching about how fulltiming is the only true way, and we’re all fools for not joining in.

    What you’ve done is more akin to leaving your front door open with a little sign that says “All are welcome. Feel free to take a look around.”

    When I was a little girl (an odd, solitary dreamer of a girl) I wanted to be a long haul trucker. How wonderful it would be, I thought, to take my house with me everywhere I go. That didn’t happen. But I found your blog, and now I know that when I retire, I will take my house with me, and it will be wonderful.

  63. Lynda says:

    Hi Sue, that phrase from your book slapped me upside the head also. Having lived our fulltime lifestyle all these years, I feel many have followed/ shared our stories of freedom and simplicity. However, it seems the tables have turned. These same friends are now becoming anchored, settling down in retirement communities, and we are the ones on the outside, still looking over the next hill, pushing limits. Where are you going to settle down, we’re asked! Hmmm…we’ll let you know, we’re not there yet! Thanks for the thought provoking moment….

  64. AZ Jim says:

    I’m glad your mission was completed. Can’t wait to hear how it went.

  65. Pam says:

    When we were planning for fulltiming I, like most wannabees, read every rv blog I could find. But, whenever I would hear of someone quitting fulltiming, I would make a special effort to read their blog and even go back and read the months that lead up to the decision. I found those blogs as informative as all the happyhappyjoy blogs. It didn’t make me change my mind but it helped me avoid some of the pitfalls these folks had experienced.

    None of this is to say that I think you unduly influence people. You’re not being dishonest and putting a rosy face on everything. You and I use to talk sometimes on George’s board when we were both still dreaming and planning. I’m glad you are doing so well and are so happy. I always tell my husband that I think you are the new TiogaGeorge. (Gosh I miss him though.)

  66. Bruce Knutson says:

    Sue, I concur with the previous comments about the author’s statement; please don’t change. That simply didn’t apply to you in any way. We love following along with you more than you know. We’ve been full-timing for nearly two months now and are still pinching ourselves at how lucky we are to be able to change the view from our ‘living room’ whenever we wish (and it’s averaging less than two weeks each time). BTW, I’ve been using your Amazon site for purchasing loads of stuff that is sent to private mail boxes for friends we’ve met on the road that don’t have internet available. They really appreciate it and it’s great to be able to contribute to you as well! We are heading down to the Kofa tomorrow, then it’s on to Yuma. We’ll be staying in the neighborhood where you are at this time, and it’s only because of your posts that we know about it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks to you and your friends, Bruce, for sending some dollars my way through your Amazon purchases. I appreciate it!

  67. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    I like your way of life because it is a step up from Backpacking. I was self contained when I lived out of my pack. The only thing I didn’t have was a bathroom. Now that I have experienced both ways of not just traveling but ‘living’ my dream. I still favor Backpacking but Egg Living is a good second place. I think the closer we get to Mother Earth the happier we are. Simplicity is the answer for me. Our way of life can be complicated if we live in a $300,000 motorhome but our little eggs are pretty simple. I think you are doing a great public service by showing people that there are alternatives to S & B homes. I always remember what Henry David Thoreau said “We are possessed by what we possess”. KISS “Keep It Simple Stupid” is my motto. Ishi the last of the Yahi Indians was once asked what he thought the greatest invention of the white man was? He reached in his pocket and pulled out a match 🙂

  68. Heda says:

    Ahhh dreams are made of this. Don’t spoil it for us!

  69. Sue, in no way are you ‘imposing’ your fulfillment on your readers. We follow you for one of two reasons 1) Those who would like to fulltime ourselves one way and take note of how the lifestyle works for you; 2) Those who have no intention of ever full-timing but can appreciate the joy it brings to you. Folks who have no interest in RVing probably wouldn’t be reading your blog anyway. Besides, who is Dick Francis to dictate to anyone what they should or should not do? Me thinks he may have been mostly referring to those who impose their religious beliefs on others as the only way to fulfillment…and with that I agree. What he didn’t consider was that for some, it’s nature. You just keep doin’ what you’re doin’ so the rest of us, who are adults capable of making our own determinations, will continue to ride along with you, feeling privileged you choose to share your life with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Eileen,

      The late Dick Francis did not “dictate” anything through that statement. The words I quoted were those of the character in his work of fiction. The book is written in the first person. The character reacts to the sudden death of his employee, a person of low station not seen as living a very important life:

      “I sat in the office thinking . . . not of the manner of his death, but of the man he had been. . . . I mourned him also simply, without self-interest. Grieved for him as a man. In his own way he’d been a whole person, not needing what others might think he lacked. No one should impose their own perception of fulfillment on anyone else.”

      There’s always a good chance of miscommunication when pulling a quote out of context. Sorry about that.

  70. Sheri says:

    Hi Sue! Wonderful, thoughtful comments from everyone! Interestingly enough, I just read a book by a full-timer (who is not a blogger) that talks about full-timing with emphasis on the difficulties as well as the joys…the author was trying to “balance” the rosy outlook of some full-timing blogs out there (not yours)….I will give the name only with your permission…if anyone is interested. Additional thought, I believe the vast majority of your readers are extremely intelligent and would not make a decision based on someone else’s portrayal of a lifestyle…we just enjoy a good story which you and the crew provide!! Hugs! Sheri

    • Gayle says:

      I’d, for one, like to know the name of that RV book, please…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sheri,

      Yes, go ahead and give the name. Please don’t put a link that I’ll have to make one of my Amazon links. My connection is very slow today. Thanks. People can do a search to find it.

  71. G says:

    There is no reason for anyone to blaming you for sucking them into the full time RV vortex. Everyone needs to be responsible for their own decisions. When someone blames someone else what they are saying is that they are too weak minded to make their own decisions, leave it to someone else and they always have the escape clause to blame, blame, blame!
    I am going to guess that MOST readers sought you out just like I did. You didn’t coming knocking at my door with your blog, I came knocking on yours and mostly because I have been thinking about it for some time and just wanted to see how it really is day to day.
    Keep up the great work, enjoy your posts, it always brings a smile on my face and puts me closer to when I will be fulfilled!

  72. ‘Showing’ and ‘Telling’ are two very different things. You show RVSue, you don’t tell.

    Enough said. 🙂

  73. Geri Moore says:

    I am coming in on the tail end of this post today! I love this! The blog was wonderful and thought provoking and the comments were amazing! Loved all the comments and agree with almost every one of them! Grin! Glad to read your Dental and Optical needs have been met and another adventure looms for us to read about later!! Keep on keeping on Sue, you are loved and respected by everyone here!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      The comments have been very interesting and kind to me. Gotta’ love my readers!

      NOTE TO ALL… I’ve been experiencing connectivity issues. I called Verizon and had several unproductive interactions with their automated system and listened to countless advertisements while on hold. Finally a live person came on the line who spoke so fast with such a clipped accent I had to repeatedly ask her to repeat what she said. Then she “transferred me” which put me on hold for another eon.

      Obviously I’m connected now. However, it is very, very slow. I promised a post this morning and due to the Verizon snafu the morning is now gone. I’ll take a break, clear my head, and try to post later. Thank you for your patience.

      Sue

  74. Colleen in Tehachapi says:

    Hope you are feeling better this morning. Love your blog, it is by far my favorite one! You keep it very real and entertaining too. My husband and I have learned so much from you. It at least gives us food for thought as we travel more. Long term boondocking will not be for us but we admire you for how you do it. We love how you have figured out what works for you. Wish we could leave family all behind and travel full time but for now we have to be satisfied with where we are and travel when we can.

  75. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    Hi, Sue. I haven’ had time to read all the comments in this blog yet, but I just wanted to say that I was thinking about this lifestyle already when I found your blog. It was already my dream, you just showed that it MAY be possible for me someday. Even if it does not happen for me I will have had a great time enjoying your travels and thoughts. Keep it up.

  76. Renee (from Datil) says:

    Sue, even those who might not “want” your lifestyle can’t help but be captivated by your photos of different places & your descriptions. You make even running into Yuma an adventure! So wishing we were in my beloved southwest; this was a bad year to be on the OK/TX border. Tired of being cold. Tired of whining about being cold. Won’t be doing this again anytime soon! Enjoy that sunshine for me, too!

  77. Deb from NJ says:

    Sue when I found your blog I already knew that what you were doing was something that I wanted to do when I am able to retire and live the life that I want to. It just so happened that I found someone that is doing it before I am…..YOU! Do I want to live exactly like you…..no. Those are individual choices. It’s wonderful to see how happy you are. Your love for sharing shines through your pictures and your words. I am inspired by you. Hope you had a great day today.

  78. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Food for thought Sue and I though very well put………..wise advice too!!

  79. Ron Sears says:

    PERSONALLY I think you are having to much fun…The rest of us are stuck back here with ice and snow everywhere. I can’t even get a one good day to make my way to the south, where by the way is also cold as the devil. Keep doing your thing, if it makes you happy that’s what life is all about.. be safe.

  80. Honey, as much as I like being alone I sure as hell wouldn’t do it in the middle of a desert…we love our full timing life touring the country in our 5th wheel and I’m sure there are those who think we’re nuts. My life is filled with fullness as I’m sure yours is. Isn’t it wonderful that we’re able to choose the life that makes us happy?

  81. BuckeyePatti (Ohio/Florida) says:

    Egads Sue, how could a horrible, awful person like you tease us with being so happy fulltiming in a Casita? We all take what we need from your blog, no more, no less.

    Hope your dental appt went well in Mexico, curious as to where you went. I was quoted $6,000 in dental implants here in the USA for 2 teeth and am not willing to put the price of a used car in my mouth! Especially when the periodontist portrayed a staff of 30 on his website. Geez, who do you think is paying for that?

    You inspire us all to dream and I thank you for that.

  82. Cari in North Texas says:

    As many others have already said, I wouldn’t worry about imposing your idea of fulfillment on your readers. You are simply sharing your adventures with us – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Those who wish to emulate you will do so, those that don’t won’t. You have shown me, another single woman in her (cough cough) 50-60’s that RVing fulltime can be done successfully and safely. Right now I don’t think that fulltiming will be my choice, but that is my choice, not based on your blog but my own likes and dislikes. Everyone is different, and your blog gives us a window into one of the many different paths we can take. Thank you, and keep on doing what you’re doing!

  83. RV Sue! I’ve just started following your blog and I love your perspective. I hope to live in your fashion some day soon, until then vicariously exploring.

  84. Todd says:

    Sue, what I find intriguing is you are a nike ad..just do it. You didnt have a lot of knowledge about this stuff and you just did it. If there was an issue or a problem you didn’t freak out, you just basically chilled out and things work out. I would have been freaking out.

    My wife and I are so ready to do this. I dont know how long but i dont care. Thanks to you i think i would like kckin back and being in the desert.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences, sooner or later I will catch up but right on your my favorite read. Keep on keeping on.

    All the best

    Todd

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