Snow Canyon, Utah!

Thursday, October 15

P1070982The crew and I go to Snow Canyon!

It’s only about 15 miles to Snow Canyon State Park from our camp at Baker Dam Reservoir.  I’ve been saving the canyon as a special treat to myself for my birthday (which was over a week ago, so no more birthday wishes please).

The entrance booth is unoccupied when we arrive.  I place the six dollar entry fee in an envelope and insert it into the self-pay slot.

P1070983As you take the tour of Snow Canyon with the crew and me, keep in mind that the rocks are immense!   I’ll try to help you see that as we go along.

P1070989Here’s an excerpt from the park’s brochure:

“The park was named after early Utah leaders Lorenzo and Erastus Snow. It offers some 16 miles of hiking trails, technical rock climbing, biking and horseback riding. It features a very nice campground open year-round. People also enjoy nature studies, wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities galore.

All of this is set against a stunning backdrop of towering sandstone cliffs colored red and white. A jumble of black lava rock caps some ridges and tumbles down hillsides.”

P1070987I would love to walk the crew on some of the many trails among the rocks.

However, pets aren’t allowed on trails.  I think that’s a good thing.  People would let their dogs run all over the place and leave poop piles.  That wouldn’t be nice for people walking the trails or riding bikes.

The greenery at the bottom of the next photo are full-sized trees.

P1070990Look very closely at the mound of rock in the next photo.  You may have to enlarge your device’s font in order to see the people on that rock.  One person is wearing a bright yellow shirt.

P1070991In case you don’t see them in the above photo, here’s a zoomed photo.

P1070992Now do you see how huge the rocks are?  There are people wearing black walking down the mound (below, on bottom left).

P1070993I’m not going to try to describe how spectacular this drive is.  The photos will have to show you!

P1070996“Here’s a place you can get out,” I announce to the crew.

Bridget and Reggie have been looking out the windows.  “I’m sorry we can’t go for a walk here.  At least at this place you can get out and look around.”

I pull into the rest room/picnic area.

P1080009I walk the crew around a little bit and try to take a few photos of them.

I want to record their visit to Snow Canyon.

I don’t know what the problem is.  Maybe they’re overwhelmed by the weird landscape.  They act dopey.

Look at these two stooges.  It’s like they’re frozen or something!  Golleee….

P1080002After several attempts I manage to capture them looking more alive!

P1080005“Okay.  Back in the PTV you go.  Take a nap or something.  This is MY day.”

P1080007We pass the campground. 

At the entrance is a sign, “Campground full.”  That’s not surprising, given its small size.  The RVs are close together on pavement and there’s an adjoining area for tents.  I don’t bother taking a photo.

P1080015The sand dunes are a bright coral, similar to the ones at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park near Kanab where we camped on two separate occasions.

Families are having fun!

P1080021This is the place for cartwheels and body surfing and digging to China!

P1080023The weather is perfect for playing on the dunes.  Not too hot.  I imagine it’s sweltering on the dunes during the summer.  The average  high temperature for St. George in July is 102 degrees (F).

Lava rock, sandstone, and trees . . .

P1080011I cruise along, enjoying one stunning scene after another, stopping here and there for photos.  The park road goes toward St. George.

When we approach the southern entrance booth, I turn around and backtrack.

P1080019This is the kind of drive that looks very different depending upon which way you’re going.  Here are some people climbing the rocks.

P1080030In the next photo the rocks extend more than twice as high as what’s within the frame.

P1080034This mother must have nerves of steel to watch her children up there.  She turns and looks toward me.  I wouldn’t be able to take my eyes off the kids!

P1080018Black lava on its own doesn’t inspire me to take photos.  In the next scene it makes an interesting contrast to the red rock and colorful trees.

P1080036This is such a wondrous place!  Locals probably purchase annual passes and come here often.

Imagine having Snow Canyon a few miles from your door.

P1080040Gee, on second thought . . . I don’t have to imagine it!

From Snow Canyon the crew and I toodle into St. George. 

We stop at Smith’s Grocery and I buy that piece of birthday cake I showed you a while back.  Soon we’re at camp, the crew playing on their pallet, and me in my lounger reading birthday wishes from blogorinos while forking in the cake and frosting.  Yum!

A great day to start another year!  I’m glad we have you sharing it with us!

rvsue

NOTE:  In real time (As I write this it is Friday, 10/23) the crew and I are on the road to a new camp, having postponed our move yesterday.  I’ll be very surprised if there is internet signal at our destination.  I hope you will join in the conversations in the comment section, asking and answering questions, and welcoming anyone new.  (Click on the title of this post to open comments.)  I thank you in advance for your participation!

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245 Responses to Snow Canyon, Utah!

  1. This was also on the Utah itinerary we didn’t get to finish. So glad you are posting such stunning photos. We will get there soon!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robin B,

      I hate that my photos show you what you missed. Well, on the other hand, my photos show you what you WILL enjoy in the future!

      • It’s all good, Sue. What I enjoy is noting places we might not have thought about visiting. Will you be going to Cedar Breaks, or have you in the past? That’s also on my list. You and the crew keep on rockin’!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, we haven’t been to Cedar Breaks and we aren’t going there this year. I hope to someday.

  2. eliza says:

    so this was a totally wonderful moment, out of my day cleaning the house….a year and a half ago i was near st. george, it was going up to 115 and we were in a tent outside of zion. but it was so gorgeous there. i hope to get back, and thank you sue for sharing….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Eliza.

      I can’t imagine 115 degrees in a tent. You survived!

      • eliza says:

        it was crazy hot. my daughter got heat exhaustion hiking in zion, but we managed to take the next day on the shuttle and really loved it. but yeah….to hot. we were not in the tent until night, and it did cool off….

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Oh man, tent on a hot sunny morning…. not good for we night owls! Whew, 115º…. you are a survivor!

  3. Ukulele Teri says:

    Great Pictures!!!! What a wonderful way to spend your day. This is on my list of places to visit.

    Teri

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Teri. Snow Canyon made my 67th birthday memorable. Even though it was only a drive-through due to the crew not welcome on the trails, there’s so much spectacular beauty, I was more than content to cruise along taking photos. I do hope you experience Snow Canyon when you come to Utah.

  4. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Nice Sue!….I held my breath as I saw the title of this post, I know you can probably figure out why…but I was pleasantly surprised. Thank you for the post, thank for saving my heart, and safe travels to you next destination. Hugs to the pups.

  5. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Beautiful photos! I’ve been to Bryce, Monument and Zion, but never to Snow. Thanks for sharing – it’s now going on my “must see” list!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I do appreciate folks including their location. I think it makes the comments seem more authentic and interesting…

      Earlier in the year I planned to include Bryce in this swing through Utah. I changed my mind because it’s so popular in the fall. Snow Canyon was my alternative red-rock excursion. Turned out to be just what I wanted!

  6. Renee Galligher says:

    Imagine that? Another great blog post, truly enjoyable. Thank you, Sue and Crew!

  7. Lady Piper,(Piper), and Rusty near th' River in AZ says:

    Beautiful Sue, Just Beautiful,,,,,,,,,,,, I bet The Famous Artist Bev Doolittle went to Snow Canyon to paint her paintings with hidden Animals,,,, Those mountains remind me of her many works of art,,,,,,,,,,,, L.P. n’ rusty

  8. Hi Sue,

    Another place to put on our list. I understand not having dogs on the trail. If we could only train people as wok as we expect them to train their dogs. Hope your next stop is as nice as this one has been.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      It was okay not being able to walk the crew. It’s better that this gorgeous place be clean. There are plenty of other places where we can walk together…

  9. Susan in Dallas says:

    Utah is just one great place after another – what a beautiful state.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      So true, Susan! And the variety! We were walking in light filtered through yellow aspen leaves not too long ago…

  10. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    WOW!! What amazing sites! Just breathtaking!!! It must be an awesome site in person. Spectacular!! I could use a lot of adjectives and a lot of !!!!!!!!!

    Travel safely, Dear Sister….Love you!

  11. Thanks for the tour, we had thought about going there but it was too hot back then. We spent 40 nights in Utah and didn’t see half of it. We are looking forward to next year already.

    We are now at the Cholla Campground on the Theodore Roosevelt Lake in Arizona. Winter camping rules are in effect and you can stay until April 1 st for $3 a night with hot showers, loop water and a dump site that is open 4 days a week.

    The weather is perfect for the next week.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, you’re in a lovely spot at this time of year, John! Roosevelt Lake is one of my favorite places and the deal is fabulous! Those solar-powered, hot water showers were a treat!

      Yes, timing is key. I wouldn’t have enjoyed Snow Canyon several weeks ago in the heat.

      Enjoy your time at Roosevelt Lake . . . We did! 🙂

  12. Toni says:

    Such amazing photos!! I totally got lost in the moment.

  13. Diann in MT says:

    Keep havin’ fun, fun, fun, Sue! You lucky you!

  14. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Running in the sand. Looks wonderful. All these pictures are wonderful. I will have to visit there some day. Thanks for sharing this day with us. I had a good time, and the most wonderful thing about it is, I can go back and back and back to enjoy it whenever I want.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Thank you re the photos. It’s nice to know they are enjoyed. I hope you have a good day today!

  15. Gene in Ohio says:

    Thank you so much for your photos of Snow Canyon. We overnight-ed there in 2002 arriving at night. Couldn’t see anything, totally pitch black, but in the morning, what a great surprise to see what surrounded us at the campground! I remember California hippies arrived later in the night with two huge U Haul trucks and some cars making all kinds of noise. I had to go over to them at midnight and tell them it was quiet time. (They had no concept of camper etiquette as I also had to also ask them to move their truck from the dump station in the morning.) They were a young commune group moving from California to Vermont.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gene,

      Interesting campground tale… 🙂

      It struck me as ironic. To live peacefully in a commune requires consideration of others and that’s not what they displayed that night! I’m sorry your Snow Canyon camping was marred by that experience.

      It must have been quite a surprise to wake up and look to see what was around you!

  16. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    At least I am fairly early today. The Snow Canyon area with its rock formations, the dunes and lava make for very interesting photos. Too bad the crew could not walk the area.
    If folks would just carry & use potty bags for their dogs, others would not have to worry. I always have at least one in my pocket whenever we go out, and I pick up after my dog. Our community even furnishes these bag and lazy folks still don’t use them. Sorry about the soap box. I just think it as a small thing to do for our fellow man.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      It seems the bigger the dog, the less likely their owners will pick up the mess. A generalization, yes… just seems that way.

      Before leaving Baker Dam Reservoir Campground I went around with a shovel and buried the big-dog poop piles left behind. Only one other camper in the campground which was good. I must’ve looked like weird walking the campground loop with a shovel.

      Not that I’m perfect. I admit there are times I forget to carry bags for the crew’s deposits. When that happens I do one of two things, sometimes both. Scratch a hole with my heel, push the doo-doo in with a flat rock or stick, and cover with dirt…. or, if not in a place where people walk, simply place a rock on top of it. Of course, the crew’s deposits dry up into almost nothing. Even so, before they do, it’s not pleasant to step in it!

      Hugs to Angel. I enjoyed our little poop talk! 🙂

      Have a wonderful day, Barbara!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks Sue. I know you are a responsible dog owner. I do agree the bigger the dog, the less folks seem to take care of those things. The worst offenders in my neighborhood, are the ones who own Pit Bulls, German Shepherds and Labs.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I added that about what to do when you forget the pooper bags to give others the suggestion. I figure that’s better than pretending you didn’t see….

  17. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    WOW! Miss Sue, great adventure in Snow Canyon! It reminds me so much of the Badlands, loved them and loved the rock formations in Snow Canyon. Showing the people on the formations really showed all of us the size of them. That is the calmest I have ever seen the Crew, they must have been overwhelmed also. Have safe travels and keep lovin the life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda…

      Bridget and Reggie acted strange. Usually they’re excited about being let out of the PTV because they anticipate taking a fun walk. Maybe the gently curving and smooth road lulled them and they were sleepy. I was going “Look alive!” 🙂

  18. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NorthFLo says:

    Hi Sue, what a beautiful spot. It amazes me the things you find, but then you have a knack for it and lots of practice.

    We are back in Florida spending our last weekend of the trip in a national Forest. We have been up to northern VT and back on our two month ish journey and it has simply made me want more. Despite truck troubles and weather we have met wonderful people and seen beautiful places. Fall foliage, cold and mountains have led to lovely lakes with visits from herons, ducks and beavers. I have met new friends and seen my old indoor cat adapt to napping in the grass! I can’t wait for next fall! (Maybe I won’t, tee hee)

    • Applegirl NY says:

      We visited Ocala National Forest last year for a week, and really enjoyed it. I love the small towns around there. Met some great local people.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Sounds wonderful!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I love that you’re lovin’ the life, Lisa! I can relate completely to your phrase “made me want more.” I’m very happy for you!

  19. Betty -Shea (Tucson AZ) says:

    Thank you Sue and Crew !! Such a beautiful place…!!!I have never been there!!
    A wonderful birthday treat for you three!!!? ? ? ??

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, it was, Betty-Shea… Snow Canyon, my crew alongside, and white cake with white frosting. What more could I want?

  20. Suzette (TN) says:

    Oh, yay! Another post so soon! This is an absolutely gorgeous place. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  21. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures and commentary about another interesting place I’ve never heard of.

  22. Nice. Have to say, we fell in love with Utah parks when we were there in April. Going to have to spend more time there next spring!

  23. Jordan says:

    Hi Sue,

    Sorry in advance that this “comment” has nothing to do with your post (i haven’t gotten to read it yet – but will soon!! I am FINALLY about to hit the road & am wrapping up a couple of things – one being emergency roadside assistance coverage. I know you habe Good Sam &

    • Jordan says:

      Argh!! I just got a new phone & we are having some compatability issues!! I didn’t mean to hit “POST” & i don’t see where i can go back & edit. Sorry.

      Anyway, where was I? Oh yes – Good Sam. May i ask you if you have been satisfied with them & why you chose their “Premier” plan over the basic? I called & talked to a rep to ask some questions but am wondering if i missed something that you found more beneficial with that plan over the basic.

      Also if any other bloggerinos out there have any input in the Good Sam vs. Net Coach competition i would be grateful to hear it. It will just be me, my tow vehicle & my teardrop trailer which has nothing technical on it besides very basic electric. The only difference i found was with Coach-Net my car is covered ONLY while it is hitched to the trailer with their basic plan. I have to go with their Premier plan to have it covered at all times. Good Sam said my car was always covered even with their basic plan. It would be my car that i would need help with more often so that right there is a big difference for me.

      Thanks for your help!
      Jordan

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Congrats on the launch Jordan. How exciting.

        I don’t have any first hand experience with either but from what I have read Good Sam seems to be a bit of a crap shoot. If folks are in a good area and get a good customer service rep the response is first rate. Others have said that in remote locations or on a busy holiday weekend the response can be iffy. Probably any service that tries to cover the entire country will have the same issues. Good luck, hopefully you won’t need them.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          Another thought. If you really just need coverage for the TV than maybe AAA. Might be a tad less expensive and they have the most extensive network of mechanics.

          • Jordan says:

            Thanks BadgeRick for the input – i appreciate it & the congrats on my upcoming launch. Things keep happening to delay my departure. Just found out my teardrop is dyslexic. I have to do some re-wiring so the lights on my new TV wiring match the trailer wiring. I think it might prove a little too exciting for fellow drivers out there if i were to leave things as they are (not to mention the bummerness from the stack of tickets i’d accumulate from the law enforcement officers).

            Yeah, the reviews for Good Sam that i have seen are mixed like you said which worries me. I did consider AAA & they do have an RV plan, but that plan is more expensive than these other 2 plus it has a towing mileage limit of 100 miles. Since i will be mostly boondocking that may not be the best choice. I am hoping that since my issues will mostly be for my car & not an RV, that i might get quicker service since it won’t require specialized mechanics. I’ll just have to try one out & see what i get.

            • Lady Piper,(Piper), and Rusty near th' River in AZ says:

              Badger Rick,,, rusty here,,, I saw your score on Big Fish Fairway Solitaire Game that I play,, that is some large points,,, me

            • BadgerRickInWis says:

              Wait a second………there’s more than one BadgerRick in the world?

              I don’t think that was me Rusty, at least I don’t ever remember playing anything called Big Fish Solitaire. I do put up some big numbers on Trivia Crack however. 🙂

            • Pamela K. says:

              Jordan,
              Cool bones about your upcoming teardrop adventures!!! Wishing you all the best and lovin’ that teardrop idea. I have always been a huge fan of teardrops. It was a hard choice for me to choose between a teardrop and the conversion van. The van seemed best for my needs…a number of cameras and all the camera gear just made the van a better choice for me. Even still my heart does cartwheels when I glimpse one longingly from a distance. They have such a history and romance about them. Lucky you!!!

            • Jordan says:

              Hi Pamela,
              Thanks for the good wishes. I’ve been grounded for a few more days waiting for a part to come in so i can get the lights communicating correctly between the new vehicle & teardrop. It’s funny that you went back & forth between a teardrop & van because i also have had a lot of interest in going the van route. At the time i got my teardrop i didn’t have the money to do a van & loved my car & wanted to keep it so the teardrop fit my needs best at the time. Besides, i was very lucky to get one if the coolest teardrops out there! It is special & not quite like the traditional teardrop design making it much easier to live in. I think there are valuable pluses & minuses for both living routes. I’ll test out the trailer route & see how that works for me. Who knows, down the road when the teardrop wears out i may very well go the van route. I like the idea of customizing a van to my specific needs, but until i get out there & live on the road, i don’t know what all those needs are yet.
              Best wishes & safe travels to you! Maybe we’ll run into each other out there in the great wild west someday!

            • Pamela K. says:

              Jordan,
              I am, just now, reading your delightful post to me. I love the idea that your teardrop is different from most. Makes it have your own stamp on it while on the roadways. It’s a good thing 🙂
              As for me, I went back and forth beause I love teardrops and yet I have two Vespa Scooters that I enjoy camping with from time to time. Beacuse of that, the van was the wiser choice for my needs. I’m also certain there is a teardrop with my name on it for sometime in the future. Since I love to cook, those outside galleys are just the bomb, love those! I could see my sunny days making fine use of such a feature! I’m thinking I would get a MyPod from Little Guy (they have no galley) but I do like them and it can be my Guest House, lol, when friends want to join Klemper and me for a weekend.
              Jordan, your thinking about not rushing into something bigger before you know what the road holds for you is very wise thinking. Whatever you buy down the road will be the right one for you as you have put great think and care into your choices along with your experiences that you will then have under your belt. 🙂
              Well, thanks for your sweet reply and I have to ask if there is a photo on the web of your new-to-you teardrop? Would love to see it’s unique features!
              Happy Launch Days Ahead!

      • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

        Jordan, I have Good Sam basic. I have used it twice with pretty good success. First was when I stupidly tried to back up while towing my toad. It messed up the front tires on the toad and when I first got to speed they blew out. I called Good Sam and they got me a tow truck to take the car to a repair facility. The only issue is they have some type of library of service centers and they will only take to the nearest one.
        My second issue was I couldn’t start the rv, they sent out a truck very quickly and they got me started. It was a strange situation, The service man couldn’t start me either with the normal jump. He had to actually jump the starter and it started right up. Now, most of the time it starts normally but some times I still have to jump the starter from the batteries. I guess I need to get a new starter, not ready for that expense as yet.
        So all in all Good Sam has been pretty good. I just renewed it even though I have some kind of coverage with GEICO on my regular insurance. Next time I have an issue I will call GEICO first to see how they are and if they do good I will probably drop Good Sam but I want to be sure about GEICO first.

        • Jordan says:

          Thanks Alan for sharing your experience – I appreciate knowing that Good Sam has worked for you. I am glad you were able to get things “fixed” both times and in a timely manner as well. I think it is always a crap shoot – depends on where you are and what services are around as to how well any ERS will work. Nothing is perfect. I have some coverage on my car insurance but not sure how well that will work in more remote places on the other side of the country or how it really would work with my trailer.

          I hope you don’t have to find out how your GEICO works for a good long time! Safe travels to you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jordan,

      No need to apologize for bringing up a topic that isn’t directly related to my post. Just the opposite! I wish more readers would ask questions here.

      Alan and Rick gave better answers than I am able to offer you. I’ve never used my Good Sam road assistance.

      • Jordan says:

        I didn’t think you had, but thought i might have missed it if you said you did. Glad that you’ve had the car / trailer gods looking out for you! ?

  24. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    my, my, my…….for those that do not believe in God
    they need to go to Utah………..thats gotta be the prettiest
    place this side of Heaven………..
    thanks for this posting, Sue……you lift me up more than
    you know…..
    chuck

  25. Carlene at Bosque del Apache refuge says:

    Corky and I arrived today at our winter home, have settled in and are looking forward to a great adventure.
    The phone/ internet is going to be interesting. In the center of my rig I have 4g and 1-3 bars given where I might be sitting. Outside I mostly have no service at all. It’s just odd. So time will tell and I will contact at&t to see if there is anything to boost reception.
    The rock formations are amazing. Southern Utah will have to wait til next spring but I’m looking forward to seeing that part of the country.
    Happy travels Sue and Crew.

    • Barbara H says:

      Carlene at Bosque Del Apache Refuge – Do you follow Winnie Views. She is there at your location.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Barbara H. I was going to say the same thing. Guess us Barbara’s like reading the same blogs. Keep smiling.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carlene,

      I’m looking forward to hearing more about your time at Bosque del Apache. I’ve seen many beautiful photos of the Sandhill Cranes there. We didn’t go to the refuge our first months on the road which we spent in NM. I do remember waking up to the sound of the cranes flying over our camp at Percha Dam or Caballo, one of those places. I looked up from my bed and saw them flying over in formation…

      Good for you for volunteering!

  26. Karen LeMoine says:

    I love the pics of Snow Canyon. Plenty of acres to walk and explore! Glad you are enjoying your perfect day. I could use a piece of cake about now:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      That’s the only downside of having my favorite cake on my birthday — I have cravings for more for several weeks afterward! You have a wonderful day, Karen…

  27. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    #35 — now that ain’t bad– Beautiful Photos –Perfect Pups – now that is good!!!

  28. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    So wonder your special day was matched by being in such a special place. 🙂
    Your photos leave me breathless, taking in all that beauty formed by nature!
    No doubt however long you spent seeing those sites, it could not have been long enough. I could spend days, weeks even, trotting among those rocks and dunes. And watching the different shadows fall on those mountains at different times of day and evening must be a glorious sight to behold. You and your camera captured them so wonderfully!
    …Bridget, that shot of Bridget (her close-up) was near perfection!!! I think it is my most favorite photo of HRH, of all her photos. She just looks so bright-eyed, healthy and happy! Really made me smile to see her looking so well.
    …and since we can’t tell ya happy b’day again, well, *Happy October!* Ha! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Applegirl NY says:

      I always wonder what Bridget is thinking in those close ups. She would be a fabulous inspiration for a comic strip.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re so right, Pamela. One could visit Snow Canyon over and over again and not become tired of it. I’d love to see the rocks during “the golden hour” at sunset or when the first light makes them glow….

      Thank you for complimenting my photos. I’m happy with them, although I’m aware of what they don’t show. Once a frame is put around something as immense as those rocks they are diminished. Oh well, more reason for folks to visit the canyon and see for themselves.

      On behalf of the Bridge, thank you for your kind words. 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        I will see those wonderful rock formations some time next year with Klemper. Thanks to your sharing, that place is now on my Must See List. I have recently bought a 3-ring binder and put 50 color coded tabs in it. Each tab is for one state, ie AZ., UT, etc. Now I’m gathering places, info, pics and small maps for each state as part of my Must See List binder. Have added a few of those pocket sheets for the maps and tourist info stuff. It really is fun to have it all in one place for flipping as I plan out my next year’s adventures. I even put a page in for the nearest Walmart… It feels like scrapbooking RV-style. LOL, I always have a project going on of one kind or another, but this latest project could become never ending! Always something new to add to the mix 🙂

  29. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Stunning, Amazing, Beautiful! Such a nice place! Safe travels!

  30. Applegirl NY says:

    Sue, I have so enjoyed this most recent group of blogs from this area in Utah. Once again, you have done a great job of sharing the very grand view to the small details of a landscape. Great job. Can’t wait to see it all someday. Safe travels to your new camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Applegirl NY. I’m always pleased to read that my posts and photos have been enjoyed. I hope you do see this for yourself. Everything I’ve shown you is better in person!

  31. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Thanks again for the scenic tour for us folks bound to our armchairs….Snow Canyon has always been on my radar as it has a year-round volkswalk that starts there. But I had no idea that it was such an incredible place, Your beautiful photos have definitely put it on our must see list…plus we will get credit in our volkswalk book for doing the 10K walk there! (You need to google American Volksport Association to see what this is abou..) I’ve filled out another 3 x 5 card for my campground info on the park, but I think you have found a better, much less congested campground.

    Just to let you know, I like that you give us road numbers and directions, so that we can follow you along…Also, I’ve been clicking the links on the Amazon purchases, and that can be quite a hoot!! (I actually thought the turkey tail supplement was made from turkey tails….until I looked closer!) You’ve quite the sense of humor! Keep up the great posts…

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Turkey Tail Mushroom has a lot of research in Asia and Europe for use in cancer, both in reducing side effects of treatment and in stopping cancer. Paul Staments, who makes the Host brand, has several Ted Med talks on the topic. He is a PhD in Mycology- study of mushrooms. My hubby has been on TT since he was diagnosed and the doctors were impressed how well he tolerated radiation to his face in 2013. most end up on a feeding tube and losing a lot of weight during radiation to face. He was able to eat throughout and only lost a few lbs and had no mouth sores or nausea.

      • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

        So happy to hear that how well your hubby is doing!!! Good for him. 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Velda… I want you to know that I didn’t post the link thinking it was funny. I try to choose products to link that would interest readers, perhaps be something they want to try. Good job, both of you, for managing cancer treatment so well.

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          I appreciate the info about TT Mushroom Supplement, in case I have any more cancer developments, that may not be so lucky as the first time.

      • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

        Velda- I am sooo sorry, I didn’t mean to offend anyone…I didn’t take the time to see what these were used for, just saw the little print about mushrooms on the side. It sounds like these would be beneficial for my SIL, suffering through multiple chemos for her ovarian cancer—but I will look at the Ted Med talk first, before I run off at the mouth again..

        Amazing the stuff you can learn from Sue’s blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, cc and canine,

      I appreciate the feedback. I will continue to share directions to my campsites (even though they may become too popular for us in the future!). I can’t keep them to myself!

      Turkey Tail is certainly an odd name. I thought the same thing as you… a supplement made out of the tails of turkeys? Huh?

      I never heard of volks walk. I’ll do a search. Right now we’re at our new camp, the internet signal is strong this morning, was weak yesterday when we arrived. I’m replying to comments as quickly as I can in case I lose connection.

      I’m glad you liked this post!

  32. DesertGinger says:

    Just a quick drive by…I’m in Santa Rosa, NM. 588 miles from home. Hope to get there by tomorrow night. Hope you are all doing great! Ta-ta!

  33. Sidewinder Pen says:

    Thank you so much for the tour of Snow Canyon. The photos were great, but your descriptions had me seeing things I might otherwise have missed.

    Bridget in that second photo – awww. She just looks like she’s giving you this happy, loving look, that says something like “you know, you and I have been a team for so long, and I love that – but isn’t it great we made room for a new family member too? Of course you and I do have such history…”

    DG: Thanks for the “drive by” – good travels to you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pen. Wouldn’t it be enlightening if we could read Bridget’s mind? The quote you imagined from her seems to fit!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Of course some of her looks…. maybe better we can’t “hear” them, LOL. She has some classics!

        I have to confess something about Bridget (well about me, really). I kind of didn’t “notice” her that much when Spike was around. He was just such a personality, plus as a water person I loved the soaks 🙂

        Then it was just you two for awhile, and (for me at least) (again maybe more about me than her) her personality seemed to blossom. It’s been fun for me to get to know her better. I know that (unfortunately) dogs never get younger, but she certainly seems to be doing well. And today’s “look”…. well she is clearly so loved and happy 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          A similar thing happened with me, Pen, after Spike left us. I saw things in Bridget that I didn’t notice before or maybe she didn’t show before.

          These days she copes with aging — stiff legs when she first gets up, that sort of thing. She’s obviously happy and content with her family and her life. I’m certainly happy and content with her presence in my life.

  34. JIM PETERSON says:

    =========
    Just popping in here to let you know we’re headed out tomorrow! First destination is Port Orchard, WA and then moseying on down to Portland in time for a Halloween party at our daughter’s house. No agenda beyond that except staying below 2,000′ elevation as we idle down the coast — headed to the LTVAs for this first winter.
    ==========
    The reality that our working careers just ended today hasn’t even begun to sink in. Still seems so very surreal — an odd mix of excitement and anxiety — though it does feel like the anxiety is beginning to abate a little . . . be glad when it is long GONE :o) About a month ago, we did upgrade our digs a bit — now living in a ’94 Coachmen Maxxum. It’s 33′ long but a LOT better suited for fulltiming with the two of us.
    JIM & ANNIE — Kuna, ID (but not for long!)
    ==========

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      CONGRATULATIONS, JIM AND ANNIE! I wish you many happy years of retirement and many great camps in your new rig. Nothing to be anxious about… This may very well be the best times of your lives. I hope so!

      Safe travel today. Enjoy your time with family and then the warmth of low elevation!

      • JIM PETERSON says:

        ==========
        Thanks RV Sue for your good wishes! We’re starting to relax . . . it was weird seeing kids playing in the school yard today on a Saturday! Wut the? Our friends here in Port Orchard, WA have a beautiful place. We have the key and they’re not even here! Tomorrow we head down to Mom’s place in Shelton, brother Greg’s in Eatonville after that, then Mountlake Terrace on Friday, and off to Portland for Halloween at my daughter’s house. Once all these ‘touch bases’ are behind us, we can TRULY relax and begin to find our way in this *very* different new life. So far, it feels kinda’ like vacation . . . except we never have to go “home” to get back to work . . . ever! :o)
        JIM & ANNIE
        ==========

  35. Dawn in MI says:

    I hadn’t heard of this place…now I have even more reasons to visit Utah!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Utah… What a place! Seems like there are delights and wonders around every curve in the road…

  36. Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

    Hi Sue and Bloggerinos! I have been reading EVERY post…just no energy to reply 🙁 Lots going on here in Vermont. I will fill you in sometime soon. Nora, my grand daughter is soooooooooo adorable. Standing up now walking along the coffee table. She makes my face smile.

    Sue…FABULOUS photos!!!!!!!!!!! Happy October!! xxoo

    Krystina

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for letting us know, Krystina. I’ve thought of you several times over the past weeks, hoping you and your family are fine. I think your granddaughter has captured your heart forever! 🙂

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Thanks for stopping in Krystina. Whenever, however you can leave a note it’s always appreciated. So strange meeting folks this way but I think of you often and so glad you are safe among those who love you. Hang in there, I hope you feel better soon.

      • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

        What a sweet message Badger Rick! Thank you. I have read all RVSue’s posts and all the comments and miss being on the road BIG TIME!! So much going on here that I don’t respond as much as I want really want to. Whaaaaa 🙂

    • Pamela K. says:

      Krystina,
      Thinking about you. Glad to hear your granddaughter has captured your heart. Little ones are so adorable! 🙂 Oh my, pulling up and walking around, now that will take a bit out of anyone’s energy levels. HA! Just watching them every second is a full-time job, albeit pleasure it still takes a lot of energy to keep up.
      I hope you are feeling better soon. You sound like you are having a grand time with the grandbaby! And have no fear, the ROAD will wait for ya! For now, it’s a different kind of new adventures 🙂

  37. weather says:

    🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather. I hope all is well. 🙂

    • weather says:

      Good morning,Sue,and thank you,all is wonderfully well.I left just a smile earlier to test a new laptop.Wow,you choose great birthday gifts,that place is stunning!Most rock and sand is attractive in own way,yet there’s something about the reddish ones that’s so beautiful.It’s more than the warmth in the color,I’m drawn to it because to me it speaks of old earth and history.Wonderful photos of that and the crew in this post.

      Do you have decent reception where your home is now?I hope you aren’t in the PTV to keep in touch with us,and that all is well with you and crew,too.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, weather!

        I hope your new laptop works well for you. What did you choose?

        Thank you re the photos.

        To answer your question…. Yes, we have internet here. The signal is strongest in the morning. We only arrived yesterday afternoon, so maybe there was a one-time reason for the signal dropping off. I hope so because I love this place!

        This camp was going to be a one or two night stay and now I don’t want to leave. The temperature is perfect and the view… magnificent! I’m going to post a photo of the view out the window, what I see when I look up from my laptop…

        Oh… These delayed posts make me crazy because I’m anxious to share my excitement and photos when we come upon another beautiful camp.

        I hope your heart is healing and you are touched with love this day…

        • weather says:

          So far it’s working great,thanks.Windows 10 is new for me so I have a lot to learn.I bought a Lenovo.I know what you mean about the delayed posts.I’d love to share your excitement and experience in real time,too.Oh,well,it’s worth your privacy and we’re blessed to have as much contact as we do, “pen pals” years ago waited weeks for letters.Thanks ever so for your wish for me,both are happening.Hugs,grace and blessings to you and crew

  38. DesertGinger says:

    Hi everyone! These pics look very much like Red Rock Canyon, near Las Vegas. I lived near it for 5 years, and went there several times. Breathtakingly beautiful. Starting my last leg today (I hope). 588 miles to go. My neck and shoulder is starting to bother me so I hope I don’t have any problems.

    Sue, I’m going through Hatch. What’s the name of the restaurant you like?

  39. You must have been there on the weekend with all the kids – they look like they’re having so much fun! The huge rocks and colored sand are beautiful, what a feast for the eyes. Glad the weather was so perfect for your day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We were at Snow Canyon on a Thursday. As a former teacher I can tell you that school days don’t have the importance they once had. My students’ parents used to take their children out of school to go to amusement parks, whatever. Usually those were the students struggling to learn math. The parents would cover their guilt by asking for assignments to be completed while their child was out of school. Well, if the math could be taught with worksheets and book assignments, what do we have teachers for? Oh well, enough of that….

      I was happy to see the children having fun. Maybe they were home schooled or on fall break. Some schools operate on what is called a “balanced calendar”… shorter summer break to allow for a fall break, usually in mid-October.

  40. kgdan lvg Wapato,WA says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos!

    7 am & we are rolling. Love it! Crossing SE Oregon today & will get just into Idaho. On I-84 now. Will turn south when we get to Twin Falls. This is the route we raced through to get Gil home last Spring. Beautiful country & good weather so far. We are so happy to be here at this point in time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You could stop at the BLM campground south of Twin Falls and west of Rogerson. I really liked that place. And I think it was only $3 a night. That’s where we saw the fish being unloaded into the reservoir.

      Wherever you land, have a wonderful first camp and all those that come after!

      • kgdan lvg Wapato,WA says:

        I think we will check it out. Wish it was on the Nevada side as Gil still has a valid NB fishing license. We are already talking about revisiting Paranagat on the way south.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh yeah, I remember how you enjoyed Pahranagat. There’s also fishing at the wildlife refuge where Dave Deacon Campground is located (NV). A bit off the “beaten path” though the hot springs pool is heavenly! 🙂

          It would be nice if fishing licenses could be regional, rather than state by state.

  41. Terri From Texas says:

    We ate at the Pepper Pot this last trip. Still getting our taste buds back! 🙂
    The service is good-interior very casual. Be sure and ask which peppers are the hottest that day!
    I like NM mexican food, but I have to say I prefer Texas brand better-especially in San Antonio.
    Rain is falling non-stop here. Close to 3 inches here already from Hurricane Patricia.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Of course, you like Tex-Mex better! 🙂

      I’m watching Hurricane Patricia with you Texas blogorinos in mind. I hope you’re not in a vulnerable spot, Terri.

  42. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Listening to the news this am, Texas is really getting excessive rain from Hurricane Patricia and that storm in the Gulf. Stay safe. I have a friend who lives just North of Dallas, and another in Houston.

  43. chas anderson says:

    Sue,would like to ask readers for advice.Has anyone ever boondocked at the McCormick Pl. bus lot in downtown Chicago?I have seen reviews but would like the opinions of trusted readers.No parks etc even close other than this which is right downtown.Is fenced with security at the convention center there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chas,

      Maybe this is where you read about that bus lot? Trip Advisor

      I don’t know anything about city camping. I have heard that some hotels will let you park in their parking lot, and, of course, that comes with lights and security patrols.

      READERS: Any information about overnight camping in downtown Chicago?

      • chas anderson says:

        After I posted I found a lot of good info on the Wynn’s blogsite.Seems like a good way to spend a long weekend in Chicago, which I have been planning.

  44. Lee J in Southern Oregon says:

    I love this post! I was just reading another blog that visited the same area, nice post, but it can’t hold a candle to the way you express yourself and let the blogorinos live the same experience you have.wow, lovely
    My grand daughter Julianne had the traction halo installed yesterday at Shriners in Portland. I am so relieved that part is accomplished and she is doing well.
    My stint as caregiver for the two boys is going well, they are very social and well behaved, and that makes it so much easier on me! I am getting settled into a routine, unlike my usual impulsive retiree way of life. Up at 6:30 to get the boys off to school, house work, laundry etc untill noon then the afternoon is mine untill the boys get home at three. Afternoon homework, play then dinner prep and clean up. If is strange how I have found my rhythm after all these years…my son was out of school in 1993!
    Reading your latest post plus reading the blogorinos comments goes along with lunch!
    Thanks to all of you…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      Thank you for the nice compliment! 🙂

      It’s good to read how you are handling your new responsibilities with efficiency. I guess managing a household is like riding a bike. You are a good grandma.

      I’m glad Julianne is making progress and is doing well. God bless her.

  45. NV Teacher says:

    As always I enjoyed your post. One thing that stuck with me was your comment about people not using the picnic areas much. So on my ride home today after doing some errands in St. George I thought I’d stop and eat the salad I’d bought for my lunch at a picnic area by the river. I found a quiet spot overlooking the river in the gorge. It was a beautiful day with a light breeze and a few birds and lizards to entertain me. Overall a very lovely experience. As I’m finishing up a man walks over to the next table and stands looking at the river. I pack up my things to go and as I stand up to leave I look over again and he as dropped his drawers and . . . well you get the idea. So all in all it was a red letter day. I had a tasty salad from my favorite Mexican place, I enjoyed some of Mother Nature’s beauty while I ate, and I got a free peep show to boot.

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      did you point at him and lol?

      • NV Teacher says:

        I should have. It startled me so much that all I thought about was getting out of there. I drove around the campsite side to see if there was a camp host I could make a report with but nothing. He was watching me the whole time probably looking for a reaction and I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Geez, sorry that had to mar your lovely sounding picnic. I hope telling us about it makes it slightly less icky. The rest of the day sounded very nice.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, the picnic was a good idea, just the same. Of course, reading about that pathetic man, I think about what I would’ve done in the same situation. Take his picture! I have 60X zoom to make “it” visible! Ha…

      Seriously, a photo of him with his pants down, a photo of the license plate of his vehicle, and an email to the sheriff… I’ve sent photos of ATVs damaging a campground and driving off designated trails, tearing up a beach, to authorities and received an appreciative email in return.

      Here I am saying what I would have done when probably I would’ve reacted the same as you and just got away from there!

  46. Pamela K. says:

    I have found the questions about camping in urban areas most interesting. Seems many urban areas are lacking regardless of size of rig one has. Most tend to be near their own draw card, Stone Mountain in the greater Atlanta area, or such. Well, that brings me to an idea! Wouldn’t it be great to take an older multi-level parking garage in the heart of an urban area and make it RV Overnight Parking!?! No hook-ups, no dump station…just RV Parking spots. Then take the top most level and make it a gathering place with tables and such. Like an outdoor cafe’ styling. Maybe even an outdoor Big Screen for evening movies or for sporting events viewing like a sports bar kinda thing?! Several places in Europe have similar things. We, the U.S., should update our urban thinking about RV travelers. There’s money to be had in them there hills…parking garages 🙂

    • Pamela K. says:

      Klemper tells me most parking garages are too low in the ceiling for most rigs. Some are OK but not many and most of those are not the older ones. Well poo. Maybe some urban developer will read this and develope a new RV model Parking Garage footprint. How cool would THAT be, full hook ups complete with RVers lounge and cafe 🙂 I’d sure go and try it once. Takes a *night at the Opera* or a *weekend in the city* to a whole new level, lol. Watch out Hilton, the RVers are comin’!

      • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

        It would cost millions of dollars and no one could afford the rent.
        But it is a neat idea.

        • Pamela K. says:

          You’re right most likely right on both counts. But it sure was a fun thought! Maybe a converted Drive-In Theater would work best. There are a number of those in or near the inter cities of the larger Metros. Most were operating in the 50s-60s but closed and sit vacant now. The owners have a tough time selling because of capital gains issues. Those spots would be both fun and cheaper to re-tool for that kind of use 🙂 Any-hoo, thanks for your reply, it was a fun late-night thought as I often can’t sleep…the mind works overtime.

          • Barbara (Nashville) says:

            It was a great idea Pamela, but Klemper is correct on them being too low. I was in our local parking garage last summer and a conversion van came in and scraped half the top on his unit before backing out. This wasn’t even a camper unit, which are even taller. The drive-in idea is good too. They usually come with an old concession stand that could be turned into a shower house that an added cafe.

            • Pamela K. says:

              🙂
              Wouldn’t that be really neat?!
              If one sprung up I would sure camp there, if nothing else but to see if it works good and is fun. And remember those areas right in front of the big screen? They had play swings and all. Well that area could be a dog walk and a mini style dog park! Awww, the things we muse about when RVSue is away, lol.

              Miss ya Sue 🙂

          • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

            There is a campground in Escalante UT. That has a drive in theatre. When they first started up they tried to be for airstream trailers only. But that didn’t work out, so now they accept any rv.
            http://www.shootingstar-rvresort.com/

  47. Dave R says:

    Nice area. I thought it would be a great place for making some movies. So I did a search….. turned out they made some there…
    http://www.wchsutah.org/videos/movies.php
    Dave R

  48. Gigi says:

    Hi Sue
    I found your blog a few days ago and I have been reading it in every spare moment since then. It’s like a book that’s hard to put down. I started at the beginning and I am up to Labor Day that first year. I was looking for a way to email you without posting because, like so many others here, this adventure you are on is also a dream of mine. I am only in the planning phase but I have to tell you that you have given me hope that maybe it’s not destined to remain in the dream realm and could possibly become a reality. You have inspired me. I’m not caught up with everything you have gone through but I intend to read your entire blog. It’s kind of neat to be reading and getting to know you from the beginning and then come here to the new blogs and see how far you have come. I wish you all the best and want to say thank you for making me feel like I can do this. You are also convincing some of the naysayers in my family and circle of friends that maybe I’m not crazy to want to do exactly what you are doing. Thank you for that also. You are making me a much smarter person 🙂
    Gigi

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to my blog, Gigi! Seeing your message here starts my day with big smiles. By commenting you are officially a blogorino!

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog from the beginning. I’m very pleased that the journey taken by me and my crew helps you to transform your dream into reality and also educates your friends and family about what is possible. As you read and wonder if you can do this, remember that I started out in 2011 with no camping experience at all except for a few outings in childhood. There’s wisdom in the slogan “Just do it!

      Of course you need to prepare for a life change as big as this. Whatever your situation, begin now… whether that means saving towards a rig or downsizing to simplify your life or continuing to read my blog and others to sharpen the vision of what you want your life to become. Thank you for the kind note and best wishes to you. I hope we hear from you again!

      • Gigi says:

        My intention is to plan for my adventure to begin in 10 years, when I am 60. I have been looking at the Casita and I have fallen in love with it. I am originally from Texas so a visit there to pick up my new home will be like a homecoming for me when it happens. I am going to spend the next 5 years paring down my belongings (I have been a pack rat but it’s liberating to imagine having less and giving the keepsakes to my daughter) and then live in the Casita and continue to work and save like crazy. This is just a tentative plan, if there’s anything I have learned from you it’s to be flexible about my planning since there are all kinds of things that can adjust your plans. I know it will happen eventually, I just have to be patient.

        I forgot to say Happy Birthday earlier. I hope it was the greatest.

        Gigi

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          My birthday was wonderful. Thank you.

          How fortunate you are to have 10 years to prepare! It sounds like you know what you need to do… You have a great plan.

          It’s exciting to think of a new lifestyle! I knew this way of life was what I wanted. I had no idea, however, how wonderful it would be, far exceeding anything I imagined, and it keeps getting better. 🙂

          • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

            Sue,

            It is so wonderful to read this lifestyle has exceeded your expectations. Being this happy has to have a positive effect on your health.

            Thanks for giving others hope and guidance to follow their dreams.

            Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Welcome to Sue’s little online family, Gigi! A Casita in your near future is exciting! Have you decided on a model yet? 🙂

  49. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, blogorinos!

    I thought I’d be putting up a new post this morning. I have a good connection at our present camp and now my inverter and chargers are being persnickety. It’s high time I bought some new equipment!

    I mention this to let you know why I might not be able to keep up with comments and why there might be a delay of the next post. Y’all keep things interesting without me! 🙂

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

      I know you are frugal to a fault. But there are somethings that you just have to fork up the bread and but top quality equipment. Invertors and Convertors are primary examples. It just isn’t worth it when they don’t work or don’t last and there you are dead in the water, so to speak.

      It is funny, I always thought Snow Canyon got its name due to the amount of snow it got so I didn’t pay much attention to it. But it is typical Utah red rock, always beautiful.

      Well I moved to the Treasure campground and Am happy about that. However a week ago Scamper went missing. It is not like him to leave the campground, he has never done such a thing since we started 2 years ago. I have searched the area and called animal control, which I will do as long as I am here. His collar has a name tag with my phone number on it, but if someone took him it won’t do much good. If someone did take him for a pet they are in for an upset. Abbys’s don’t re-bond to another person he may live with them but he will never show any affection or care for them.
      Well best to you and the crew.

      Alan

      • weather says:

        Hi Alan,I’m so sorry Scamper is missing,I went through that and know it must be awful for you.I wrote notices describing my dog with my phone number and address and posted them in every public place that allowed me to plus gave them to all the people living nearby even the ones I had never met.The animal control was helpful but what worked was one of those notices and word of mouth.Two days after I did that I got her back from someone that couldn’t read her tags.May you and Scamper be well ,hopefully together.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m sorry your Scamper took off. Weather’s advice is good. A poster at the grocery store’s bulletin board. Everyone needs to shop for food and, if he’s lost his collar, a poster may lead to him being returned.

        You may have already thought of this, but I need to mention it also. Contact the local veterinarians. I found a lost dog that way. Also the pet store if Pahrump has one. And, of course, post his photo and details at Petfinder and check it often. Also regional rescues, like Las Vegas ARP, if he isn’t found right away. Good luck!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I spend money on quality when I know I’m going to get quality, like for tires and batteries.

        In the instance of inverters, I don’t know if an expensive inverter will last any longer than a more reasonable one. If I had some data or if someone shared their experiences with inexpensive vs. expensive inverters, and the latter being worth the investment, I’d be more likely to spend the big bucks. I’m not frugal because I can’t let go of a dollar. I’m frugal because I don’t like to throw money away.

        Any input on what inverters last longest and perform well would be helpful.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Alan,
        So sorry to hear about your pup missing. Weather offers some good tips. Maybe a flyer would jolt someone if they took your dog, knowing that many people will be looking. Maybe put on the flyer “No Questions Asked If Returned!” That might help if someone did help himself to your pup. Anyway, hoping for the best for you and for your pup’s safe return.

        • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

          Sue, I am sorry if I offended you, but I was kidding about your frugality. I really don’t have much experience at buying these things but I know Morningstar’s are highly regarded. I believe Mick knows better. When I replace my old square wave inverter it will be a Morningstar full sine.

          • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

            Sorry, not Morningstar. Actually a Magnum inverter/charger.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You caught me at a moment when I was fuming about a rubbernecker who cruised my campsite twice (20 feet from my window) and stopped to gawk at my window and back yard… I read “frugal to a fault” and it got the best of me. I’m the one who needs to apologize, Alan. I’m sorry.

            (Hey, woman in the silver car with California license plates… If that was you, would you let me post photos of your home, your pets, of you? And with your home address and directions on how to get there? I could post the information with an invitation to every Tom, Dick, and Harriet to cruise by and park in front of your home.)

            • Pamela K. says:

              WOW! Did she stop and take photos of you, the crew and your camp or something? Or did she just stop on the road and gwak? Either way, I know you must be livid…you hate that. Sorry that happened to you! Unless she follows your blog she probably thought it was just another nice weekend camp. Admired how clever you are at putting together a nice rig and camp for yourself. Like sidewalk looking at nice homes and seeing how their owners put such nice touches to them. Bummer that she upset you. I know from your blog posts it makes you see RED everytime it happens. Poor “California Woman” was mostlikely clueless…

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Nope, none of those excuses apply. I’m in a pull-through site with nothing beyond that she could be looking for except to see me and the crew. She couldn’t see how cleverly I put things together because I angled both the PTV and BLT into a V shape, hiding our outdoor room from prying eyes. There’s a look that comes over people when they’re snooping. Believe me, I recognize it when I see it.

              How can Poor California Woman be clueless? If she reads my blog enough to want to snoop around my home, she knows my privacy policy.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Sue,
              I see now. I have seen when you have posted photos before and the L-Shape parking thingie works to limit the view of your camp. No doubt she is either a reader your blog and should have known better or she was a mighty curious woman who put her own need to see your site above your rights to your privacy. Either way, shame on her! Double shame if she IS a reader here!!
              I hope you have relaxed now and are no longer stressed out about it. Sue, I don’t make light of your fear of lurkers around your camp. Klemper and I understand in ways that most people could only imagine…we lived everyday in fear for almost 12 years when we first were married! A nightmare that cost us dearly in family, friends, careers, dollars and our shear pleasure in living our lives! Think the history of Iran-Contra in the 1980s and the rise of BCCI bank… We live only by the good graces of the news stories that broke and then Sen. John Kerry, now Sec. Of State, and his Contra Investigations into BCCI Bank and Contra supply chains.
              True enough!!! Klemper and I have known the very real *fear of strangers* our lives.
              If you ever want a really good read, read the book “BCCI: The Outlaw Bank” and research the history of Ollie North and the Contras supply chain. I speak of this ONLY because I am NO LONGER afraid. I’m too old to care now. Life’s short these days. It just no longer matters about the past. We, Klemper and I were on the correct side of the law and are proud of that! I pray your own fears get better for you to live your wonderful life in peace and without fear from others. Godspeed to you dear lady.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thank you, Pamela. I need readers to support me on this issue of privacy. No, she wasn’t simply a mighty curious woman, she was a gawker. Let’s keep that clear for everyone who reads this.

              I’m glad you and Klemper made it through your tribulation and are now on the other side of it, enjoying life and each other.

              One other clarification… The only fears I have are for losing my privacy and the decisions I may be forced to make in order to hold onto it.

              Thank you for your kind words, Pamela.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Alan, I hope your beloved pet is found and returned soon. What a terrible ordeal to be going through.

      • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

        Oh Allen….how awful! You must be crazy with worry 🙁 Sending up prayers for Scampers safe return.

    • weather says:

      Is the inverter that you mean the one that’s part of your solar power and batteries set up,the one that came built in to the BLT or the one on the power cord to your laptop?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Neither. The one that I plug into the 12 volt sockets in the BLT. Into that I plug my Verizon air card and my laptop. I spend about $45-$50 per inverter, use one every day from 4-6 hours, and find they last about a year.

        • weather says:

          If you can plug them into an originally there 11ov socket if any came built into the trailer it may work until you replace your inverter.I mentioned it because the oldest ones here work when more newly implemented systems don’t.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Here is my input:

          I would recommend using 12 volts for both of those jobs, and not inverting. It takes less power, and of course doesn’t use an inverter.

          If you have one of the Verizon Jetpacks, they usually have a micro USB connection, so you can charge via USB (through a 12 volt cigarette lighter to USB adapter).

          The only laptops I have ever seen that you can’t charge with a 12 volt powered supply are SUPER powerful laptops (my buddy had one for gaming – it was big, powerful, and super expensive). I’m going to guess you have a more “normal” laptop, and so companies like Targus, Kingston, and others make 12 volt power supplies for them. It may be called “car,” “travel” or even “airline” adapter (although watch the airline ones as sometimes they will power the device but not actually charge it).

          If you’d like, I can find some examples if I know what laptop you have.

          Not saying you don’t want a small inverter (I use one for the two things I can’t charge by 12 volts: toothbrush charger, and drill battery charger), but I wouldn’t use one for things that could charge via 12 volts.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Your first paragraph… Isn’t that what I’m doing?

            All this is overwhelming me. I’m using the set-up (in fact the very same type of inverter) that was recommended to me by Starlight Solar in Yuma.

        • Mick'nTN says:

          I would buy this inverter:

          Morningstar Sure Sine Inverter 300W 115V 60HZ UL

          Best price I found is $205 from Solarhome

          http://www.morningstarcorp.com/products/suresine/

        • Mick'nTN says:

          Warning about any device that uses lithium batteries:

          ALWAYS USE THE CHARGER THAT CAME WITH THE DEVICE.

          Lithium batteries use different voltages and they must not be charged to a higher voltage. The chargers are special and control the charging voltage and the charging current.
          Different lithium batteries use different voltages.

          Don’t mess with lithiums!!!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Maybe I wasn’t specific enough. I’ve been charging my laptops with “12 volt” plug ins since 2001, and no problems. I kind of have a 12 volt life. I can’t remember when they went to lithium batteries, but surely that’s been since at least 2007 or so for me. I get the typical 1,000 or so cycles out of my lithium laptop batteries, and I’m not gentle on them!

            The thing is, they don’t actually charge at 12 volts. It varies, but my current laptop charges at 19 volts. But that’s accomplished by the correct 12 volt adapter (meaning it plugs into and gets power from a 12 volt cigarette outlet). So it has some sort of slight step up thing built in, but it’s not an inverter, and it’s not going up to 110 and then back down again. I don’t use the regular two-pronged 110 adapter at all. My laptop will take about 3.5 amps when charging on 12 volts and I’m running it at the same time. It’s 5.x amps if I’m using an inverter, so there is a good savings to be had in power usage.

            Back when I was using a Mac and my buddy was using a Windows type computer, we used the Targus 12 volt computer adapters because they came with various tips, so the same adapter could power both our laptops (somehow the tip “knew” the voltage as ours did not each use the same exact voltage to charge). Now I have a different adapter that only powers my laptop, but that’s just because I don’t need it to be as flexible now and the Mac has a special connector these days.

            The Jetpacks I’ve had (three, could get their model numbers – wouldn’t be surprised if we have the same one) have all had a micro USB type input. I’ve used a cord that has that micro USB on one and and regular USB on the other; then that regular USB goes into a cigarette/USB plug. Haven’t had any problems; have been doing this since 2012 with the various Jetpacks. I don’t use 110/AC at all to speak of.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I think I remember you have a Lenovo laptop, although I don’t know which model. Here are a couple of examples to search on Amazon of 12 volt adapters. If these aren’t for your exact model, they at least give the idea. These are Amazon search terms:

              “Pwr+ 90W Laptop Car Charger for Lenovo Thinkpad T400 T410 T420 T430 T530 T60 T61 X1 X220 X230 L430 R400 R61 T430S T500 T510 T520 X120E X131E X200 X201 X61; Twist S230U; Edge E430 E530 E535 E545”

              or

              “New 12V DC Auto/Car/Vehicle Cigarette Lighter Power Supply Charger for Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 SL510 T400 T400s T410 T500 T510 X100e X200 X201 X220 X300”

              And this is the sort of thing I use for the Verizon Jetpack. Note that this particular one didn’t get great reviews, but there are plenty of others and this shows both parts in the photo. I typically just buy them separately (or have some in the big ball of cables in a drawer :D).

              “For Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 4620LE, 4620L, 890L Compact Vehicle Power Car Charger Adapter + USB Data Charging Cable”

            • weather says:

              Amazon deliveries being something one needs time to arrange,I guess getting something recommended from there and any inverter available at a store soon would be good.Like light bulbs,flashlight batteries,fuses etc. some things are good to keep a back up of on hand.Had this current connection problem occurred the spare could have been used at once.It’s not wasting money to get a product that will be used at a later time,and sometimes can save-ones frustration.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I always try to have a back-up inverter. When an inverter dies, I hook up the back up and buy another inverter.

              This inverter is the back-up I just hooked up. It’s working fine this morning.

              My belongings are shifted around a lot in transit. Maybe that caused the problem.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Agreed weather. In fact, as much as I don’t use 110, I still do have a small “plugs straight into cigarette lighter outlet” inverter. They are inexpensive and handy to have. My usual uses are toothbrush charger and drill battery charger, but I do also still own the regular 110 wall plug in adapter that came with my computer, and if both of my 12 volt computer charger adapters were to die or get lost, I could use the original plug in with the small inverter, no problem. It just uses more power is why I don’t usually (but of course I still DO use it if I ever find myself in a coffee shop with my computer, or someone’s stick house). Certainly a good thing to have on hand even if one’s use is minimal. BTW, anyone reading with a Mac laptop with Magsafe connector, this is the 12 volt power cord I’ve been using for the last couple of years (just search this exact term on Amazon to find it – there is a version for Magsafe 1 and for Magsafe 2 depending on which your computer has):

              Magsafe 1:
              “WeCharger Ultra-Compact Portable MacBook Car Charger 45W 60W 85W Super High Speed for Apple MacBook Air / Pro with L-Shaped MagSafe Connector”

              Magsafe 2:
              “WeCharger Ultra-Compact Portable MacBook Car Charger 45W 60W 85W Super High Speed for Apple MacBook Air / Pro / Retina Display with MagSafe 2 Connector”

  50. Utah Bonnie says:

    I’m so glad you and the crew got to enjoy beautiful Snow Canyon. I’m so fortunate that I get to enjoy the East side of Snow Canyon which lies 400 yards out my back door and requires no entrance fee plus my dog happily accompanies me on our daily hikes over the red rocks, past petroglyphs and slot canyons. The best part is that there are almost no people in that part of the park.

    Hopefully you will get the technical bugs worked out so we can enjoy your next adventure with you and the crew.

  51. AZ Jim says:

    Seeing all the red rock reminds me of one time going through Utah when I parked my motorhome in a park in Cedar City. It had nice grass sites under trees and full hookups but all the roads in the park were crushed red rock. It took thousands of miles for most of that red dust to finally wear off my undercarriage and tires.

  52. kgdan lvg Wapato,WA says:

    A late start for us today; our 3rd day out. Slowly acclimating to the change of pace the road brings. Trying to remember where we put stuff in the new rig.
    Yesterday stopped at Les Schwab to check the new air bags Gilt had installed in the new TV for balance. They weren’t working as he expected and sure enough there was an air leak. Had breakfast at the Oregon Trail restaurant while we waited. Very good food & great service. Coffee cup never cooled! Les S guy came over there to let us know we were ready to go—no charge.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Wow, another satisfied Les Schwab customer! Sounds like they are a great company to deal with. Glad that the fix was easy and free. 🙂

  53. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Sorry to hear about your techno problems. I have almost no talent in the areas of all things techno. As much as we would love to think we can live forever off grid it just takes one or two things to remind us how dependant we are on the outside world to come to our rescue, especially with techno stuff. I admit, I don’t know half the stuff on my van and how it works. Game station, DVD/CD entertainment centers, remotes and the web stuff. I can only imagine what complete solar centers must be like to try and figure out…keeping it working and up-to-date and all. Good luck with finding all the correct answers and hoping the costs for repairs or replacements are within reason and quick to come by.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know what the problem was this morning with my inverter. It kept turning off as if it was overloaded when I know it wasn’t and there was plenty of charge in the house battery. It’s fine this evening. It’s hard for me to blog late in the day, being a morning person. I hope it behaves itself tomorrow morning!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        Was there any kind of outside or inside temp changes? Say a change in temps that would cause a short to show up? Almost sounds like a small wire short somewhere where moisture or temp changes effects it somehow. Purely a guess of course.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Says the “non- techno person”…. LOL!! Don’t sell yourself short, Pamela! 🙂

          Sometimes the simplest, commonsense things can help or harm technology. Such as a bag of rice… 🙂

          • Pamela K. says:

            Oh My God! You mention a simple thing like a bag of rice…
            Here’s my personal RICE story. Funny as heck but not at the time.
            The year was 1973. My brand new husband and I are leaving our reception for our honeymoon. Everyone is throwing rice…awwww tradition. Well, as we are getting into our 1972 Corvette Covert one group of cheer-wavers decides some RICE is not enough…dumps the entire bag into the car! Sounds simple enough and harmless, right? Well, that year model of Corvette will not start unless the seatbelts are belted and locked.
            Drum roll…seems the RICE had fallen into the seatbelt retractors and they would not lock!!! Suddenly we realized we weren’t goin’ anywhere, anytime soon!!! Had to take the entire front bucket seats out to get the car to start! Hours later, I’m three sheets to the wind and thinkin’ Holiday Inn sounded pretty swankie, lol. I swear I almost flagged down a cab! Anyway, front seats out, car vacumed out, seats put back in again, insert key and hoped for the best…
            Yes, we had lift-off! No Holiday Inn needed afterall and made it to the beach by morning. So, that’s how I spent my first honeymoon… That should have tipped me off how the rest of life with hubby #1 would go.
            I have never LQQKED at RICE in the same way since that day, LOL.

  54. Pamela K. says:

    Shirlene,
    I was thinkin’ ’bout ya. Did you get to have your Class A driving lesson today? I hope it went well for you. I bet it did, bet it was even fun and exciting.
    Details… We want to hear all the latest 4-1-1. 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I second that! 🙂

      Hope it was fun, Shirlene! 🙂

    • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

      Hi Denise and Pam….Well, I had my walk through yesterday, the rig is in beautiful condition, new carpets, new leather electric sofa, newly done captain chairs…Everything works great. I had my partner film everything with our GoPro, because it is just too much information all at one time, but the dealer said we can get a refresher course anytime, especially for our first trip. My driving lesson is today…When they laid the sofa out to full sleeping position, it would not go back up because of the new leather they covered it with…I guess it is overstuffed. Also I found the molding in the bedroom was loose, so we made a punch list of more things I want done, and I return this afternoon for the driving course. After all the systems that we went through yesterday, a little rest in between is a good thing. I don’t know if I said, but I also got six months of storage from them, and a years pass to Thousand Trails in the deal. So I am happy at the moment. Retirement date in September, but many happy weekend trips until then…Yippee. Thanks for asking! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Yippee, Shirlene! Sounds great! Hope today’s driving lesson was fun and informative. I am happy that your dream is coming true! Well worth the wait, huh?! 🙂

        • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

          Hi Denise, thanks for the wish…yes it was FUN…although my arms got a work out since I was doing circles in a parking lot….but I think I will be Queen of the road in no time.

  55. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    Your birthday trip to Snow Canyon was spectacular! Thank you for sharing the gorgeous red rock pictures with us. Hope your inverter plays nice for you today. 🙂

    Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! N’nite! 🙂

  56. weather says:

    Good morning,Sue,I hope fair skies and joyful things help you greet and go through today.I know you’ll likely want to conserve your morning connection to use for a new post so I won’t expect a reply.I just wanted to say hello and wish you and crew nice paths on your walks and across your laptop’s keyboard 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather. Thank you. I was “joyful” about this camp and at peace until I allowed rubberneckers to make feel hunted and self-conscious. (See my reply to Alan above).

      There are places in Arizona where we would be warm and happy for the winter months, places that I am very fond of. I’m thinking I won’t be able to go to southern Arizona anymore. That maybe I should find some place where no RVers go, not blog about it, and hide out for the winter.

      No need to respond. I’m “thinking out loud,” hoping to come up with an acceptable solution. These last rubberneckers are an indication of what lies ahead. I can’t live with the feeling of being watched.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Sue, ugh, I am so sorry to read about rubberneckers intruding on you. I would feel the same way. Some would say that’s the price of “fame,” but I disagree, because….. how does another person’s “fame” mean my good manners no longer apply to me? I don’t think they do.

        Even with someone incredibly famous, well of course it would be hard not to gawk slightly if I ran across her/him in public, but I SURE wouldn’t go to her/his private home and check out the backyard.

        Right now I’m at a campground that’s wide open (no visual privacy) and even though I’m a “nobody” and probably no-one is interested, the fact that I’m in the potential visual field of so many people, gives me a negative feeling about going outdoors. It would be so much worse if they were actually looking specifically at me. I’m sorry it’s giving you pause about your favorite winter haunts (it would me too).

        (Although, since I’m demented, I suddenly had this vision of a custom Cal-Mark cover that looked like a “stick” trailer that would slip over your Casita. No need to wash or wax then, either. Something like the Sisters on the Fly trailers that are trompe l’oeil painted to look like 3D log cabins.)

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Oh geez, how did I blank out your “no need to respond.” :blush: I’m so sorry! Please just go ahead and delete my reply if you’d like to. Reading comprehension does NOT get a gold start today.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You’re fine, Pen. I appreciate you understanding my point of view. I guess I’m so aware and thrilled to have this great life that I’m equally distressed when someone’s behavior threatens it.

            I don’t blame folks for recognizing my rig. I wish they would say, “Oh, look, Wilbur, that looks like RVSue’s rig” and then keep on going.” Instead people creep past, park at my campsite or pull into the one next to it and gawk or try to engage me in conversation. It’s hard to hide in the desert.

            Thanks for all the input on inverters. I’m not in the right frame of mind right now to follow up on it and the inverter is working now.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Thanks, Sue. Understood on needing the right frame of mind to deal with technology. Don’t even ask how long I sometimes keep new tech stuff in the box after I buy it….. because you just KNOW it’s not going to go smoothly and have to be in the mood (or at least not totally out of said mood). Glad the inverter is working fine now so you can deal with it another time and not now!

      • edlfrey says:

        The feeling that others are watching us is an evolutionary mechanism designed to keep us alert and ready for interaction before it really happens, experts said.
        Prof Colin Clifford, a psychologist at the University of Sydney who led the research, explained: “It turns out we’re hard-wired to believe others are staring at us.
        Further studies will be aimed at establishing whether the tendency is a learned behaviour or a genetic trait, which could shed light on why people with autism sometimes struggle to tell if someone is looking at them, or why people with social anxiety are more prone to feeling as if they are being watched, Prof Clifford said.

        Good luck with trying to avoid that “feeling of being watched”; I think it will always be with you.

        • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

          bummer 🙁

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Ed,

          I’m not sure what you are trying to tell me. That I am imagining people looking at me? That I have social anxiety which gives me a feeling of being watched?

          In case that’s what anyone surmised from reading your comment, I don’t have “social anxiety.” I’ve participated in oodles of group events, parties, conferences, etc. and none of that made me nervous or anxious. I find many gatherings to be tiresome. I’m also prone to over-stimulation, i.e. I “zone out” amidst too much going on around me, like people yakking small talk.

          I wouldn’t react to your comment if this issue weren’t such a threat to our life on the road and to this blog, which I love. Minimizing the situation is not helpful. No matter what the psychologists and studies proclaim…. It’s a fact that people invade my privacy and they watch me up close and from afar (like when I grocery shop). I had no understanding of how disturbing this can be until I experienced it myself. It’s not a pleasant way to live. I doubt you’d enjoy people cruising around your campsite and parking by your rig trying to catch a glimpse of you.

          I’m trying not to be offended by the inference you make that I’m paranoid and always will be.

          • Linda in TX says:

            Well, I don’t blame you one little bit. I would hate that. I hope your mentioning it here will bring an end to it, at least where you are now. You shouldn’t even have to say any of this again. Wishing you peace and a pleasant day with your crew.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thanks, Linda. It seems reminders are necessary. I’m going to walk the crew now. They’ve been very patient with me! You have a pleasant day, too.

      • weather says:

        Hi,Sue,I was with someone earlier and just came home so this is the first chance I’ve had to respond back to you.First,I hope this whole being intruded upon issue and what it means for your future has not kept you from feeling joy and peace all day.Let’s try to gain those feelings and add hope and optimism to them.

        If you decided to find some place no Rvers go for the winter you could blog about details of places you have been that space didn’t allow you to include in older posts.There’s only so much you can include at one time without making each post too much to take in at once.Your following would not diminish because you chose to do that.I’m sure you have access to photos in your cameras’ memory and could supplement them with ones you’ve used pointing different things out about them and also access ones of the sights from the internet.Your writing and stories hold readers here as well as their loyalty to you.

        Not wanting to be perceived as a harsh person is a part of why you have been as gracious about intrusion as you have thus far.We would regularly include in comments whatever was necessary to justify your actions and defend you and your reputation.A firm refusal to tolerate people’s invasion of your privacy ,at all,ever,could be accomplished in several ways that would quickly become something you were not bothered by doing.I speak from experience and know we both suffer during and after behaving defensively/offensively.It only troubles people like you and I initially,then becomes something we are grateful to have at our disposal .It also efficiently dramatically cuts down the number of occurrences in which it is necessary to behave that way.People quickly discern that they don’t want to experience the rejection and embarrassment that crossing our boundaries will cause them.

        Were a child to be threatened with a situation that would cause them strong discomfort,pain,fear,emotional trauma and/or scarring ,loss of provision and health, and have something stolen from them we would have no qualms about doing any and every thing possible to defend them.What we are and what we give to this world matters as much,and should be guarded as intensely.

        So,camp where the temperatures and environment suit your wants and tastes,or in seclusion where being unapproachable is easier to guarantee with or without the measures being discussed here.Either way you will remain free to enjoy your life and continue to save for the future.

        People remain unaware of how their behavior affects others and will always need to be taught more about that.Darkness affects a few that are aware yet continue to try to do what’s so wrong.Light prevails,friend,always has and will.On your blog,in our lives ,in journeys here and in eternity.

        The constraints of this being publicly read make my descriptions of solutions regarding dealing with hope,feelings,thoughts,intrusions and solutions necessarily vague.I would elaborate only if you’d asked a direct question.As always,respond to this only if /when you choose to.

        May you be blessed by all that you need and enjoy,love,weather

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I read your message several times and it is a comfort. I guess I have to take this day-by-day and hope that the instances of intrusion diminish. I’m not optimistic about that happening. We shall see.

          I’ve considered photographing looky-loo faces, their vehicle and license plate, for a “hall of shame.” I can’t bring myself to go that far … yet. I am going to take the photographs though, if only to have proof I’m not paranoid! 🙂

          The “golden hour” was incredibly beautiful this evening that my irritation and concern melted away. We are in a campground and it’s surprisingly quiet (with the exception of one man with TWO large generators. I thank God he’s at the other side of the campground.). I wonder if the quiet behavior of my neighbors is due to the majesty of the mountains and cliffs around us. Our surroundings fill one with awe, especially at sunrise and sunset. I sit in my lounger and watch the changing light, colors, and shadows as if watching a fascinating movie.

          Thank you for your suggestions on how to blog when in hiding or, at the least, when in an undisclosed location. It’s the photographs that are my “downfall.” It’s hard to resist sharing what my camera produces. The photos give away our location! I will continue to hope that my message regarding privacy is heard. I appreciate readers standing firm with me on this issue.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            I hope you enjoyed a beautiful moonrise this evening.

            Having people gawk at you and invade your privacy, and having that mar your day and experience is a real thing. It’s not a “feeling of being watched” when you ARE being watched. (I don’t like either one, but they are not the same thing.)

            Pats to the pups, and here is to a peaceful night.

          • weather says:

            How wonderful to be sent golden hour,to be where majesty lets awe start and finish ones day…I pray that people learn to so appreciate and notice such things that they content themselves with that and let you live in peace.I felt a happy peace just seeing that you’d typed comfort and hope.Taking it day-by-day with hope is a wise approach to this situation and to life!

            Oh,Sue,yesterday sitting on the rocks along the lake while light as diamonds danced on the water…I know what you mean about sharing being hard to resist.There are many things that thrill us with gratitude,at least we get to experience it 🙂 ! Yes,we shall see-a delightful outcome to all that’s part of our journey.I hope today is an especially nice part of that for you.

  57. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Good Morning Sue, I am sorry you making so many of us happy with your blog has brought the ugly side of things, Yin and Yang I guess. Maybe you should hide out in New Mexico, so many beautiful places there and you can only be found electronically… But if you find me and Stella (my RV) you are welcome to honk as you pass to your secret spot. This too will pass.. I cannot believe that people who know who you are don’t know your “No drop in policy” and No Looky Loo’s. Peace be with you. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Shirlene. If I knew “This too will pass,” it might be easier to ignore. In the past, it worsened the further south we go in the winter. I don’t know what NM places you are talking about… for the winter? That’s higher elevation. Maybe I’ll have to find a place where it’s cold during the winter and thus no drive-bys. It would be tough on Reggie though. It doesn’t take much to make him shiver.

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        LOL…it does not take much to make me shiver either! Shoot then I do not know where you can go, you reputation is HUGE!. It they are going to look at least they could shop Amazon for you!

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        was just wondering if you still have your
        NO VISITORS sign that you can put out…
        personally I think a HALL OF SHAME section
        is a good idea….if they follow your blog they
        should be embarrassed and if not then it
        dont matter
        chuck

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Re: NO VISITORS sign. That would drive away the people I want to meet — fellow campers (like the rancher, recently) who aren’t gawkers or stalkers.

          The HALL OF SHAME would backfire on me. People who don’t bother to read all my blog to understand what kind of person I am and the history that led up to a H of S would pounce on me for being mean, anti-social, paranoid, ungrateful, etc. Thanks for your support on this issue, Chuck.

  58. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Sue..I’m so sorry that people have invaded your privacy. It sounds like you are re-thinking the direction that your blog may take in the future. It could be that the CA woman has read your blog a few times….The casual reader may see many posts about happy dogs and sunsets, and you have such cheery replies to all the comments… These people probably do not read all the comments and do not know how much this disturbs you….you seem so friendly and welcoming on-line, the natural urge is to meet you and to enjoy your friendly demeanor in person. That said, their behavior does bother you…I guess I’m trying to say that if you just read your posts, your life looks like it is all puppy dogs and rainbows. You rarely post about problems. Our RV life is full of them, from engine issues, the propane fridge breaking down , getting towed and living in the shop’s parking lot, family emergencies cutting trips short, and yes, very loud drunken neighbors. I guess those types of things are minor for you, but unless someone reads the comments, most people would never know about these things affecting your life. (Most people don’t read text and ads in the right hand column.) …Getting things off your chest through a post at the time (and every time it happens) might be helpful, if it can be done in a tactful way, and not full of vitriole.

    At any rate, I hope that you will find your peace again, and find your smile back.

    I hope you see this, but I won’t be able to respond, as I’m heading to the NW to take care of my granddaughter for a few weeks..

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