Across desert in search of our next camp in the Wind River Range, Wyoming

Sunday, July 27

1-DSC05846One of the sunrises during our camp at Anvil Draw, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Wyoming

Today the crew and I move to a new camp!

I carefully drive the Perfect Tow Vehicle on narrow spur roads beyond the tamarisk and across the sagebrush plain.

1-DSC05957The Best Little Trailer bobs along behind us. 

The dirt roads cross each other and they all look alike.  Gee, I barely remember how to get back to the main road!

1-DSC05958I’m relieved to see fellow campers leaving. 

Well, that’s obviously the road out of here.  It’s Sunday and they probably have obligations waiting for them.

1-DSC05959These folks ahead of us turn left onto Highway 530; the crew and I turn right.

It’s good to be on the road again! 

Traffic is light on the two lane road (with frequent passing lanes) as we motor northward toward Green River, Wyoming.

1-DSC05966The drive is through barren land of tan and grey low hills of rock, sage, and sparse bunches of grass.

1-DSC05964I spot a mother pronghorn antelope and her two youngsters grazing near the roadside.  Although they are the fastest hoofed animal in North America, they move slowly and gracefully to a more comfortable distance from my camera.

1-DSC05963At last we arrive at Green River.

I drive through town on the main street and see no grocery.  As I’m turning around to make another drive through, I spy a young man leaning against a concrete wall to remove a stone from his shoe.  I pull alongside.

“Hello!  Could you help me please?” I call out over Bridget’s head and through the open passenger window.

1-DSC05962He looks up as he slides his foot into the shoe.  “Sure.  Whatcha’ need?” he asks, trotting over to the window.

“Do you live around here?” I ask.  “I need to find a grocery store.”

“I grew up here,” he responds, smiling.  “I’m back for a visit.”

He proceeds to give me directions to the grocery consisting of a left, a right, and another left turn.

“Gee, that’s an odd place for a grocery.  Usually they’re near the main street,”  I remark.  “How do they expect people driving through to find it?”

“Oh, that’s Green River for ya.’  They don’t care about that.  They don’t want new industry or nothin.’  They’re kinda’ . . .  They want everything to . . . .”

He pauses, searching for the right way to say it.

“They want everything to stay the same?” I suggest.  Hmm . . . Restless youth seeking something better than what the home town can offer.  A likeable guy, sincere face . . .

“Yeah, that’s it.  Hey, do you mind doing me a favor?  Would you give me a ride back over the bridge?”

“Sure, hop in!”

Bridget jumps into her bed as he slides into the passenger seat.  On the way across the bridge he introduces himself as Mike.  I tell him I’m Sue.  We shake hands.

Mike asks where I’m from and I explain my vagabond life.

“Wow!  Isn’t this something.  I meet another free spirit like myself,” he says with a grin.  “I left Green River and I’ve traveled around.  I live in northern California now.” He says this with fondness in his voice.  “Have you ever been there?”

Soon it’s time to let him out.  We exchange well wishes for each other’s travels.  Mike closes the door to the PTV, walks away, turns and waves.  Nice guy . . . .

It’s mid-morning and will become hot soon. 

I park at Smith’s Grocery, give the crew a quick walk-about, toss them back inside the PTV, refill their water dish, and rush inside the store.

After packing the groceries inside the BLT, we board Interstate 80 going east.

It isn’t long before we reach Rock Springs which is a good thing since the speed limit is 75 mph and everyone is passing us as we mosey along at 60 mph.  I’m relieved to head northward on two-lane Route 191.

We have 90 miles of desert to cross.

We pass through the town of Eden which is located at the confluence of the Big Sandy River and the Little Sandy River.  Not my idea of Eden, but I suppose if I crossed the desert in a covered wagon, I’d think differently.

I pull over about halfway to our destination at a “picnic area” which is the last place on earth I’d ever want to have a picnic…  broken down table, weeds everywhere, trash . . .

On the other side of a barbed wire fence, nature adds some cheer to this hot and dismal place.

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Beeplant, sometimes referred to as “stinking clover”

We don’t linger.

1-DSC05968The crew is happy to get back into the PTV after their potty break.   It’s actually cooler inside with air blowing in the windows than it is outside.

We approach the ghost town of New Fork, established in 1888 by Danish immigrants.  Diptheria and scarlet fever hit in 1915.

I notice a few log buildings as we pass.

 Finally we reach Boulder, Wyoming.

A gas station sits at the intersection of a road marked with a sign for “Boulder Lake.”  At the pumps I ask a guy on the other side of the island if this road is the best way to get to the lake.  He says it is.  “It’s cooler up there.  I was just up there, but watch out for the mosquitoes.”

I groan.

“Stay away from the grassy areas.  That’s where they are.”

We cross farmland on our way toward the mountains.  The sight of green after hours of brown is a welcome change.

Then the refreshing color of blue appears!  And the white bark of aspens!

1-DSC05981Seven miles of twisty dirt road follows the eastern shore of Boulder Lake all the way to the campground on the north end.

At the entrance to the campground we cross Boulder Creek which feeds the lake.

1-DSC05984The campground is a disappointment.

Tall grass was recently cut down and lies drying along the loop road and at the edges of campsites.  Hmm . . . Grass means mosquitoes.

It’s shady but the thick vegetation defeats the cooling effect one would expect.  You can’t get to the river from the campsites.  The fee is $7.00 regular/$3.50 with senior pass.  Except for a campground host and one RV, the campground is empty.

I drive out of the campground to search the east side of the lake.

I wouldn’t stay at that campground if it were free.  There must be a good boondock along the lake somewhere.

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“Don’t worry,” I say, glancing back at the crew.  “I’ll find something and then we’ll be home.”

To be continued . . .

rvsue

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66 Responses to Across desert in search of our next camp in the Wind River Range, Wyoming

  1. Reine says:

    To be continued…oh rats. Anyway, I replied to your question about the awning on the previous post. Let me know if it doesn’t make sense.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Okay, Reine. Thanks a lot!

      Sorry. I had to stop. It was going too long . . .

      LATER… I read your instructions and they helped a lot. Yes, they’re clear except the part about the bungee cord. Where does that go?

      • Reine says:

        Hook one end of the bungie around the D ring on the strap. Wrap the bungie around the Casita frame in the front and then clip the other end to the D ring. Do the same on the back but wrap around the bumper where it’s welded to the Casita. Then tighten the straps. You may need to loosen them to get the bungies secured.

  2. DesertGinger says:

    Closer and closer. Soon I will be Queen for a day!

  3. DesertGinger says:

    Aw geez…you left us hanging! You know we get all antsy with these cliff-hangers! My only consolation is I know you’re gonna find a great place.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I wanted to take it all the way to our camp but it was too long. Yes, we did find a great home.

  4. Teresa from NC says:

    How different the scenery is from the first pictures to the last ones. Both picturesque in their own right, though. I can’t wait to see your new back/front yard. Was the guy right about it being cooler?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teresa,

      Yes, it is cooler here although it is hot in the sun for a couple hours in the afternoon. That’s what the lake is for!

  5. Good morning Sue and Crew…since arriving in TN, I’ve been having major phone/internet problems with AT&T. I’ve finally been able to connect with your site for updates. That’s really pi$$ed me off. Basically, I’m spending about $100+/mo for nothin’. If I can’t see what y’all are up to and how you’re doing, I might as well use this phone for a wheel chock. I’m very interested in getting the same communication and internet devices as you since you do a pretty good job of letting your blogorinos know where y’all are located and what’s happening in your lives.

    Do you have a smartphone (with built-in GPS cause I can get hopelessly lost, lol) and a contract? I hate contracts and want to avoid one at all cost…within reason. My contract with AT&T doesn’t expire until 12/01/14 and, if at all possible, I’d rather not get roped into another one.

    Would you mind giving more information on what services you use, your carrier, and the particulars. I’d really appreciate your help, Sue.

    Hugs to the fur babies.

    Cat Lady

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cat Lady,

      It’s very irritating being locked into paying for something that doesn’t exist. I’m sorry you’ve been unconnected.

      Up until a few weeks ago, I had a Tracfone using StraightTalk, no contract, renewed monthly ($31.26). The Tracfone was so old it fell apart. I replaced it with a GoPhone for under $30 at Wal-Mart. Again no contract since I bought a GoPhone”card” at the same time for $25 which provides more minutes than I’ll ever use (I think 250 minutes) that are good for 3 months. So, considering tax, I’m paying about $9 a month for my phone. GoPhone is At&t. I haven’t had it long enough to judge its coverage. It may be lousy for all I know. I only chose it because it was a cheap option offered by Wal-Mart which was accessible at the time.

      I only talk or text on a phone when someone insists I do so. In the past two years I’ve initiated less than 3 phone calls a year. To be honest, I only have it to make other people happy that I have a phone and to call 911.

      Internet . . . As my blog has grown I’ve had to increase my monthly data amount to 8GB, costing $74.28 monthly under a contract with Verizon. I have a Mifi aircard (Jetpack) purchased from Verizon that is connected to the Wilson antenna you see on a pole in my photos of the BLT. It is a directional antenna that boosts signal, often making the difference between me going online or not, since I often camp where signal is weak.

      BTW, sometimes it is necessary for me to drive away from our camp to a place where I can post on my blog. In other words, I don’t always have internet at our camps.

      In the future, if you want to see these figures again, look in the header, click Money 2014 -Recurring Expenses. Also in the header is information about the Wilson antenna under the heading Internet Antenna.

      Good luck!

      • kgdan says:

        We have been using the Straighttalk phone ($45./mo plan) for the past 2 yrs. We have been very happy with it; we use it as a computer, great gps (couldn’t live wo it), internet, phone/text, camera. It’s how I keep up with RV Sue on the road 🙂

  6. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    Love the aspen and the lake. Aspen remind me of the white birch in UPSTATE New York. Hope the mosquitos aren’t too bad at your new camp. Like everyone else, I am anxious to read Part 2

    Love you

  7. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,
    What a nice experience it is to see a quietly beautiful sunrise photo opening a new post after sunrise here.It sets an unhurried peaceful pace to my considering today’s agenda.

    Looking at the soft muted colors of that area in contrast to those of the Flaming Gorge,I’m stuck by the comforts offered through sparse vegetation there.Deserts serve so many wonderful purposes,holding unique wonders that draw me back to them so often. Nicely timed post to catch the nuances of change within a season,great job!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      Thank you for the positive feedback!

      One of the “comforts” of sparse vegetation is the absence of mosquitoes. I also enjoy distant views and the desert gives that.

      I hope whatever is on your agenda for today transpires without difficulty. It’s overcast and cool today, an enjoyable change from sunny and warm. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Today is in part preparation for Friday A.M.That is when I begin spending varying portions of each day until December taking care of my friend’s antique store.Finding the situation holds the likelihood of her losing everything as it stands,I’ve decided to turn it around.My remaining availability to visit you on these pages is unclear at this moment.Trusting each horizon’s view to hold more precious experience’s ,and so at peace either way,this exact moment-in which I feel the connection-would be enough reason to be eternally grateful.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I certainly do understand if you won’t be commenting here as frequently as you have been doing. Life = change.

          It’s good of you to help out your friend by taking care of her store. I wish you success with it.

          Drop in when you can. I’ll think of you when you’re not here, especially during morning coffee time. 🙂

          God bless you, weather.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          What a lovely thing to do, Weather…everyone should have a friend like YOU!!

  8. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue,
    Familiar landscape to me. Thanks for the great photos.
    One has to wonder that Hwy 523 is a paved over dirt road from the horse and buggy days, the way it slinks in and out of the hills and valleys.
    Boy, if Mike doesn’t remind me of some of the kids I have taught in rural Montana schools! They are all the same. LOL (and, so are their parents!)
    I think it’s just remarkable that you pull to a stop and start up a conversation with someone who knows absolutely nothing about how “famous” you are, Sue!
    Not hard to do out in the Middle of Nowhere, I guess.
    Have a pleasant stay in your new surroundings!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      Hwy 523? Maybe it’s too early in the morning… Where is Hwy 523?

      I can understand Mike’s eagerness to leave Green River and “see the world.” Nothing against the town of Green River, but it is surrounded by a lot of unpopulated landscape. I don’t imagine there are many opportunities/choices for young people there. Mike’s a pleasant chap. I enjoyed our brief time together.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

      LATER… Now I see where Hwy 523 is! In my post! A typo… I changed it to Hwy 530. Gosh, my ability to screw up astounds me.

  9. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Good morning Sue! Good morning Crew!
    To be continue? I can hardly wait.
    Great pictures of Beeplants. They definitely add colors to a dessert.
    Your story of Mike reminded me of my own when I picked up a young man – hitchhiker after moving from Manhattan to the Adirondacks. I was so proud of myself since I would never do anything like this in the city. I shared this experience with a few locals and each of them, with no exception, made me promise to never do this again. Some of them were amazed how someone from the city could be so naïve. That was 23 years ago.

    • R. (Western Colorado) says:

      Sue, how I sometimes wish this blog had check spelling options.

      I used to have a great book “8,000 Miles of DIRT: A backroad travel guide to Wyoming.” Gave it to friend who wants to move to WY.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s the official name? Beeplants? I labeled the photo. Thanks.

      Interesting tale. I never pick up hitchhikers. Mike didn’t approach me; I approached him. Big difference. 🙂

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        I know Sue. I would probably do the same. Mike wasn’t a hitchhiker and you’re so right, it makes a big difference. It just reminded me of my own experience. Yes, beeplant is an official name of this attractive wildflower. If you get a chance take a closer look how complicated is this flower. It comes in different colors too. Enjoy your day. I’m staying in today. We had a rain all night, now the fog covers the mountains and it is so pleasantly cool. What a great day for taking care of many things like updating my budget and expenses.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That does sound like weather that’s good for working on finances. Isn’t it nice when rain comes and gives a pleasant break from the usual summer weather? It’s grey, overcast today with light sprinkles and very cool. I should work on the monthly money reports.

          I get an idea of the complexity of the beeplant from looking at the close-up of that photo. So pretty… and growing in a desolate area. Thanks for teaching me the name of another wildflower.

  10. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    All of the roads you travel on look the same…from this here ole couch! Do you have a compass on the PTV that indicates what direction you are traveling in?

    Meh…..I would be lost in the desert! Don’t think I could read a benchmark….Siri find me the way out please!

    It’s amazing the spots you find to settle down at! What a gift!

    Power was out again……..lightning took out the transformer down near town.

    To be continued……..waiting patiently! Enjoy your day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      You seem to have had a lot of storms lately… or maybe I’ve forgotten NY state weather . . .

      I didn’t have a compass for a long time after I started boondocking. Then I bought one so I’d know how to position the BLT in relation to the sun’s path across the sky. Usually I can do that simply by looking at the sky, except for midday. Well, I promptly lost the compass and haven’t replaced it.

      Aww… Reading a benchmark isn’t hard. I don’t feel like I have a gift for finding boondocks. All I do is LOOK. I think a lot of folks depend on others to find the boondocks for them and they don’t have the practice of striking out on their own. A little practice and it’s not difficult.

      Hope your power is restored quickly. Do you have any solar panels, other than what you set up for the feral cats?

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        And no compass….oh dear!

        Are there degrees of “lost”? Heh heh. Lost is lost! Raises hand high! Uhh…err…ummm…

        I’m beginning to want to forget NY weather….really fast!

        With the trees at 110 ft there isn’t enough sun exposure for solar panels. The ferals gets spotty sun…enough for their shed.

        We have a Generac generator….so we have all the comforts…just no internet.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, yeah, I forgot about trees. You have a lot of big ones.

          Nope, no compass. I have GPS but I never use it.

  11. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, Just want you to know I am reading the blog but I can’t really add anything sometimes but I am here. I’m harder to chase off than ants at the picnic. Hi Crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Jim,

      I appreciate you dropping in now and then to let us know you’re here. Regards to Detta . . .

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Thought of you the other day…..Are you staying clear from the haboobs?

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        What’s haboobs?

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Ominous AZ dust storm….

          They just had one in the PHX area.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            ha! boobs! It’s what a man says when he’s let out of prison after several years.

            Seriously . . . we’ve experienced a lesser version, what I call dust devils (swirling dust).

            Oops! You were talking to AZ Jim. Sorry for butting in.

  12. jolene/iowa says:

    I am excited to see where we end up on this leg of the journey. I have been in Rock Springs once with my ex when he traveled there for a job interview while we were on vacation in Estes Park one year. I believe we saw some wild horses in that area but that was awhile back.

    I am looking forward to the next post. I love the adventure with you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I wanted to see the wild horses! The Scenic Wild Horse Tour is a road that loops from Green River and connects with Hwy 191 above Rock Springs. As we left Rock Springs on 191 we passed the BLM’s wild horse corral (couldn’t see it from the road and it was too hot for us to stop) and further along we came to the Wild Horse Tour road. I didn’t drive the tour because I needed to find our next camp further away in the mountains. There definitely are wild horses in the area.

      “I love the adventure with you!” I like that!

  13. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Seeing the water after the drive across the dry plains was lovely, but it was the Aspens that made it instantly feel cooler :-). Wonder if the campground was “trashed” from the big weekend and might be nicer later in the week? In any case, I’m sure your new spot tops the best of campgrounds…..can’t wait to see it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      No, it wasn’t trashed. That usually doesn’t happen when camp hosts are in residence. Mainly it was the thick vegetation that I didn’t like. That beautiful Boulder Creek close by and you can’t even see it, unless you go for a hike or stand on the bridge.

      The location of the campground is poor. You have this beautiful lake. Why not put the campground so there’s a view of the lake? Why? Because it’s easier to build the campground next to the river. Maybe originally one could see the river. It does have a nearby horse corral and there were some horse trailers parked up there.

      It’s chilly today!

  14. Diane says:

    Hi Sue,
    I love your blog and read it every day. I appreciate your style of writing and sense of humor and I have to tell you how much I admire you for your lifestyle. You are ONE BRAVE WOMAN!!
    My husband and I are slowly preparing to rv fulltime; we can’t wait!! Our house is up for sale and we’ve had 3 yard sales and have the rest of our acquired junk online, several sites, for sale.
    My question is this…you are on medicare/supplement. So am I. But if I go outside my hmo, it doesn’t pay much. How did you avoid that? You can pm if you like. I get more info from your blog than any other of the fulltimers. Thanks!!! Diane

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Diane,

      Have I welcomed you to my blog? If not…. Welcome! Thank you for the compliments. I’m happy you get something of value from my blog.

      Sounds like you’re making great progress toward the full-time vagabond lifestyle. Good for you!

      To answer your question about health insurance… My supplement is Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I signed up through my former employer (I was a public school teacher). . . the state employees plan. I haven’t used any insurance since going on Medicare. I don’t have the experience to know how well it pays and anything that I read in The Insurance Booklet That Befuddles The Brain, well, I’ve repressed.

      After the above answer you may wish to retract your statement about getting info from my blog. LOL!

  15. Chas anderson says:

    If any readers ever have to hitch a ride carry a canoe paddle.

    My wife and I carry our canoe with us everywhere and sometimes have to get back upriver to pick up the truck.

    I am 6 foot five ,225 pounds, bald and ugly.Nobody ever stopped.

    Then I started carrying a canoe paddle and get rides within minutes.Don’t tell the criminals.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chas,

      I had no idea where you were going with your canoe paddle advice!

      If I stood alongside the highway holding a canoe paddle I’d be afraid someone would (1) think I’m crazy or (2) slow down and yell at me to paddle harder.

    • JodeeinSoCal says:

      OMG, what a picture! Too funny 🙂

  16. ja says:

    Hi Sue
    You sure make Wyoming look lovely! Mountains and rivers are my favorite places to rest when I have a chance.
    Watching the news this morning about all the wildfires and big storms out west made me wonder if you have an emergency radio in your Casita? One that sends alerts out as needed. Also wondered how long would it take you to get away (store things, hook up, etc) if you were to evacuate? Does boondocking off spur roads away from a main road make you nervous around such events? Of course, I’m hoping you never have to make a quick dash for it.
    Thanks for sharing
    Ja

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ja,

      I have a weather radio around here somewhere which I thought (as a wannabe) would be an essential item. I don’t think I used if a week.

      I could probably hook-up in 10 minutes, maybe less. If it were an emergency, I wouldn’t care how I stored things. I don’t anticipate a quick-dash type of situation arising.

      Am I nervous boondocking off spur roads re a possible emergency? No. There are many things I could be nervous about no matter where I might be (which is true for all of us) and I’m not nervous about them either.

      Being nervous can cloud judgement and take the fun out of life. I try not to do stupid things, like camp near a forest fire or drive in strong wind. If a problem arises, I’ll deal with it the best I can.

      • ja says:

        I come from a family of worry warts so I’ll worry for you! lol
        Your independent character certainly does serve you well and I’m glad you don’t get nervous, that you don’t let it interfere with your enjoyment of your journey/life! There is much to admire about you and its wonderful you share so much with your readers. Again, thanks for answering.
        ja

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, ja. I appreciate the admiration. I can’t take credit though for how I was designed. 🙂

  17. Starlight says:

    Hello, Sue !!
    I’ve posted a few times on your blog… (I read the entire blog up until the first of June)… in preparation for my own adventure… camping in a van. Your blog was full of good advice… problem-solving solutions… and your stories gave me encouragement (even if the going was a little rough) — and now that I’ve been on the road nearly 2 months, I’ve come to thank you. I’m not as well equipped as you are and our experiences are different, but you still gave me a generally clear picture of what “life on the road” means. —

    I’m in the mountains of Colorado in the general vicinity of Dolores, Mancos, and Cortez where there are many shady spots at easy car access — and within 5 to 7 miles of a town. There is a wonderful library at Mancos, a 24-hour gas station, and a decent grocery. Cortez is an easy drive from Dolores or Mancos and has all the big stores. I’m all about access to stores and phone access, so this has worked well for me. I don’t like the idea of being too too far from civilization… and I’m happy enough to just camp and enjoy being in nature. I don’t want to travel so much in the heat and all, and run the risk of car problems.

    I’m enjoying myself and learning new things every day. I camp and read or listen to NPR on the radio… or hey, whatever !! The radio is all I need. I’d say, if I could wish for something, it would be to have people that I know and trust within yelling distance in case I got in a crunch of some kind. Thank you Sue so much for helping me get my act together !! I’ll try to check back more often… I’ve nearly lost track of your adventures while I’ve been getting used to my own. Thanks Thanks Thanks

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re very welcome, Starlight,

      I remember you! What a delight it is for me to read about your first two months on the road! Congratulations!

      Your statement “I’m not as well equipped as you are” stuck with me as you went on to relate some of the decisions you’ve made — re: camping not far from stores and phone access, not driving a lot in the heat,the ideal distance from town for you, etc. I also note your ability to entertain yourself with radio, a library, your camps, and nature.

      YOU ARE WELL-EQUIPPED! One can have the greatest rig and all the gizmos and not be well-equipped. Why? Because the most important, most essential, equipment to living full-time as a vagabond — especially as a boondocker — is YOU!

      You have what it takes, Starlight. I’m very happy for you. Your report on your first two months is a sweet thank-you note.

      Keep on like you’re doing — “enjoying myself and learning new things every day.” That’s great!

  18. kgdan says:

    Well, you helped me make my next choice; just ordered the Benchmark for Wyoming! I am now up to 5. I ordered through RV Sue blog so hope you get a piece of it 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s the way it is with those Benchmarks. You can’t stop at one!

      I’ve seen some Wyoming Benchmarks on my recent orders reports. Of course, I don’t see names, but I’m sure I’ll receive credit for your purchase. Thanks!

  19. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    I found an interesting site which might add to boondocking research. Bureau of Reclamation. It shows all the water, rivers, dams etc for west of the Mississippi.
    I went to “water operations” and found the region I was interested in then to “teacup” for each that I could find and it shows each dam they manage, pictures, water levels, stream flows etc. Still stumbling around there but lots of maps and information.
    I just typed in” bureau of reclamation” to find it probably a .gov site.

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

    On the search for the next great site, ahhh I enjoy the explorations so much. Hope you find a good one. Your pictures were really good today Sue.
    I went camping this week and had a mini accident by parking on the left side of gas pumps. When leaving I swung to the right too soon and hit the metal pipes protecting the pumps…crushed the front of my little fiberglass home. Made me sick. Oh well more fixin to do… I will be learning to use resin and mat, it won’t stop me from camping though. Take Care Sue and Crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Diane! I’m so sorry! I can imagine the sickening feeling when that happened. Those dang posts are a threat. I notice sometimes they aren’t painted white or a bright color, but gray or black. Gee, I hate that your home was crushed. Will you be able to repair it yourself? The great thing about fiberglass is it can be fixed to look like nothing ever damaged it.

      Bless your heart… You take it in your stride with an “oh well . . . ” and “It won’t stop me from camping.” That’s the spirit! This incident will fade into unimportance.

  21. rvsueandcrew says:

    BTW, BLOGORINOS . . . . For those of you interested in the overnight oatmeal recipes, more discussion has occurred on the topic. It can be seen under the “Morning Musings” post.

    • R. (Western Colorado) says:

      My breakfast consists of one banana and hot chocolate but oatmeal sounds good for my simple dinners. Oatmeal, fruit and a large salad. Yummy!

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