Alone at Lone Rock and that’s a good thing

Friday, September 23 – Tuesday, September 27

Reggie and I are camped at Lone Rock primitive camping area.  We arrived last Friday.   Here are some photos showing the last few miles to our camp.

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Shortly before reaching Page, Arizona, on Route 89, the landscape changes dramatically from grass-and-sage land to red rock country.

P1140271 - CopyPage is northeast of the Grand Canyon, at the border of Arizona and Utah.  It’s as if the town was on its way to Utah, changed its mind, and decided to stay on the Arizona side.

P1140272 - CopyOn the northwest side of Page, Route 89 runs into Utah.

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Glen Canyon Recreation Area is off to the right.  I see slivers of bright blue water.  We pass a scenic overlook and then a sign appears.

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“It was a long ride, Reg.  We made it.  We’ll stop soon and you’ll be able to run around.  You’ve been such a good boy.”

We stop at the entrance booth.

The camping fee is $14 regular/$7 with senior discount (Golden Age Pass).  I pay for three nights with my credit card.  I’ll add more as I decide to extend our stay.  The camping fee includes the use of the dump station, trash bins, and water spigot.

As expected — it being a Friday — several RVers are situated on the bluff overlooking the beach and water.

P1140275The beach is more crowded.  I’m not interested in camping on the beach.

P1140286Not only is there the risk of becoming stuck in sand, there’s the certainty of hearing generators, dirt bikes, OHVs, jet skis, motorboats, and someone else’s choice of music and someone else’s choice of when you listen to it.

No, we are happier off by ourselves on the bluff.

P1140282-001We don’t have a perfect view of the water, but what we have certainly is impressive!  Reggie and I can walk a short distance to see the water.  It’s more important to me that we have privacy and our own, quiet, living space.

The group in the photo below are our closest neighbors.  Most of them are gone by Monday.

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We have the warmth we need. 

Temperatures are in the high 70s during the day and comfortably in the 50s at night.  Our first day here is breezy; subsequent days are calm.

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An avian welcome!

Immediately after Reggie and I settle in, a huge raven lands about 25 feet from our front door and caws loudly, causing me to jump from my seat at the laptop table.  With Reggie barking by my feet, I stand in the doorway, listening and watching with amazement.

This bird is huge, the biggest raven I’ve ever seen, even bigger than Reg!

He isn’t the least bit flustered by our presence.

He finishes his message in a series of cackles and caws.  Then he flies off, not because of us, because he’s ready to fly off.  Since that initial greeting I watch him from my station in the lounger.  This bird is in possession of this entire place, making long flights over the castle-like cliffs, rising in a spiral over the lake, floating downward and spiraling up again.

At least once a day he patrols the bluff on which we camp, crossing through our air space, close enough for me to hear the whump-whump-whump of his wings as his shadow moves across the blue mat.

There goes Alpha Bird!

Well, I should show you the rock for which this place is named!

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I’m typing this on our fifth day here.

Reggie and I haven’t gone anywhere, other than to walk to the beach or up to the pay station.  I haven’t even unhitched the Best Little Trailer.  I just don’t feel like doing anything or going anywhere.

For most of these five days Reggie and I sit outside, me in the lounger and he in his doggie bed (when not playing fetch with Chimpy).  We take long naps, go to bed early, sleep late.

This is a familiar process for me.

When faced with a crisis or an intense challenge, physical or emotional, I am strong.  I’ve always had to be strong, independent, and capable.  Then when the intensity fades and the crisis passes, when I get a grip on the pain of loss, for instance, I fold up into myself and vegetate.

That’s why solitude is very important to me.

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P1140288Nature — the yellow glow out our window at sunrise, the soaring black speck of the raven over the cliffs, the roadrunner scurrying by our campsite, the jackrabbits loping up the hill at dusk, the pinking of the sky at the end of day —  I let these things restore me.

Eventually my energy and motivation returns.  Not wanting sympathy here, just explaining the process.  Whereas I was active the first few days, now I need to do nothing.  Producing this post is a herculean effort!

Thanks again for your thoughtful and kind comments.  Please know that I read and appreciate every one even though I may not reply.

Reggie is adjusting well!

He enjoys first-and-only dog status . . . . lots of cuddling, playtime, and naps together.  I’ll try to have some photos of him for the next post.

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210 Responses to Alone at Lone Rock and that’s a good thing

  1. Corkerinna620 ( AL) says:

    Hugs

    • Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

      All the photos are great, but that last one is GORGEOUS. ?
      Same person as above. One reply on phone. One reply on tablet.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        CONGRATULATIONS, VIRGINIA, ON BEING FIRST!

        I didn’t know you and corkerinna are the same person! Help me to remember that…

        • Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

          These are two different email accounts. I don’t get your notifications for Corkerinna620 (think I somehow unsubsidized under that email) so I made a new identity with gmail. That’s where I get notified. If phone is handy when I hear your ding I jump on with that. If I’m reading on tablet when I hear the ding I answer with that.
          Nice less humid weather these last few days as fall starts up. Had a friend just return from CO with gorgeous aspen photos. WOW. No fall colors in Mobile.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Congrats on being first in both names

    • Geri says:

      Hello Sue and Reggie! The colors of Lake Powell always amaze me! You may or may not know, much of the movie, “Planet of the Apes”, was shot there! Such another worldly feel to the place. When I used to have my secret place at a camp I called The Lagoons, I really felt that this must be what Mars would look like! If you want an interesting book to read about the area, may I recommend ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey? Gives an idea of the canyons and what they were like before they were flooded to created Lake Powell.
      I hope you found some inner healing as you were camped there, it certainly is a good place to be! Give Reggie a good belly rub from us. Oh, and DoogieBowser is having a better week so far! Hope it will last a while! (((Hugs)))

    • Cat Lady says:

      Yep.

  2. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Third?

  3. Audrey says:

    Bridget in Raven clothing! Positive thoughts continuing to go your way! ?❤️

  4. Pookie in Todd Mission, tx says:

    I knew you would be alone…..pictures look great!
    thanks for posting
    chuck

  5. Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

    Peace, solitude and serenity! Enjoy!

    We all totally understand….

  6. Elaine in BC says:

    Beautiful place, beautiful photos Sue. Your process is familiar to me. It’s so good that you are in such beautiful places going through that process with your sweet Reggie.

  7. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    The last picture is stunning. Take the time you need. We’ll still be here when you’re in the mood to post more.

  8. Terri says:

    I totally understand why you want to be alone, and how hard it is to do much at this point. Being that I live just a few miles away, I know how gorgeous Lone Rock is and how restorative it can be to look at that rock. In fact, I can see it from my patio of my apartment, and it’s never ceased to awe me.

    Very glad you didn’t drive down on the beach – the sand can be very thick at times. I went there on July 4th and it was a mad house. And I’m sorry for all of those rvs being near the dump station, but with the campground where I work selling out of all the full hook ups all month long, we end up sending a lot of folks over there.

    I’m glad you have Reggie with you to love on and be loved by. Nothing and no pup will ever replace Bridget and Spike, I know, but the ones we have left around us can sense our sadness and try to make it better for us. I don’t know what I would do without all of my pets, I swear. I’ve lost two in the past year – if it hadn’t of been for the others, I would have completely fallen apart.

    Glad you are enjoying your time here – if there’s anything I can do, please email me at the email I’m providing with my comment. And if I don’t hear from you, I totally understand. Part of me has wanted to come by Lone Rock just to see if I could pick you out of the crowd, but I know how much you value your solitude and wanted to respect that. Thanks for writing this post, Sue, I was wondering how your stay was going. Hugs to you and Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for your understanding, Terri.

      You are fortunate to live and work in such beautiful surroundings!

  9. Great photos Sue and that way up 89 to Utah is my favorite except for the roller coaster road between Cameron and the turn off to Jacoby Lake, Az. ? one must go slow over them or one could be thrown out of bounds,, have a pleasant week and give Reggieman a huge hug from us,,,,, ?

    • Cat Lady says:

      How are you and Miss Piper doing, Rusty? Is your leg healing and are you feeling better?

      • Well miss Piper is doing great, , , I just found out that my heart is working overtime, my heart has Atrial fibrillation/flutter disorder (arrhythmia). and the doctor is giving me pills to slow me down,,, I am going to see the wound Spellilest Thursday, 29th, in the morning,,, otherwise I am doing great and my leg is still healing and no longer hurting,,,,,?

        • Dawn in MI says:

          Good to know you’re out of the hospital Rusty. I hope the doctors can figure out the heart issue and you can get back on the road in earnest. Hugs to you and Piper.

        • Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

          Glad you are on the mend! A fib? I believe DeGin had that also…I thought with a fib they use a AED like machine to jumpstart you back into rythym?

          Take it easy! Hi to Piper!

          • DesertGinger says:

            You are correct Cindy, I do have a fib although it is much better since my heart surgery. Rusty reports he has a-flutter, which is a milder form of a-fib. He may not be bad enough to need cardio-version.

            • Well before being admitted to the VAMC for my leg is was doing great with my heart rate by eating organic Virgin Coconut oil, it helped lower my blood pressure and my heart didn’t flutter much, but after getting a iv in my arms and getting bad reactions to the meds with outbreaks of rashes from the antibiotics , not able to eat my health food my system when crazy and then the Doctor’s gave blood pressure meds the brought my BP down to low and the the new BP meds made me disoriented and higher than a kite, which I don’t like that feeling,, so I went in this morning and told the doctor to hide the pills where the sun don’t shine, that what they do to me and I don’t like them, he tested me on there BP machine and my BP was hi, see ,they don’t work other than make me high,, you qwak, and walked out the door,, just give me my yearly check up and leave me alone,,, see ya next year,,, by,,,,,, I through all the pills out in the file cabinet #-13 ,,,,,,,, ?

            • Oh yeah, file cabinet #13 is in the bottom shelf,,, ?til we find out which one works, not all at once, now this is what he gave me to take each morning;, Losartan 50mg, Prednisone 20mg, Antonlolo 25mg and Diltiazem 120mg,, if my doctor wants me to get better without me feeling like a zombie, why not try one type of meds at a time to fine which one works,,, I mean it doggonit, if there was a fire out there, I’d be dead,,, so that’s why I am pissed, I don’t have someone to help me if I get lost because of the Stupid drugs,,, I’m truly sorry for sounding mad, I’m really scared,,,,,,

            • And I haven’t felt like that since 8:30pm, August 31st of 2007, that was my last drink of alcohol and pot!!!

            • DesertGinger says:

              Rusty those drugs are for different purposes. Aren’t they explaining them to you? Prednisone is a steroid and is probably for the rashes you mentioned. The other three are for high blood pressure but Losartan is also to prevent stroke. If you have a fib or a flutter your stroke risk is much higher. After I developed a fib I had a stroke. So you can’t just use one or the other as they don’t do the same things. Also, coconut oil won’t improve aflutter.

            • Thank you for explaining the meds DG, at the VAMC its rush in and rush out, I just don’t like the disoriented feeling,,,

        • Pamelab in Houston says:

          Good to know you are on the mend, Rusty. We were all thinking of you and sending prayers.
          Take care, you two.

          • Retiredcajunlady says:

            Rusty, I do know what you mean about the BP meds. My doctor and I tried 12 different meds before we found the right one. The beta blockers caused me to have a cough…couldn’t stay on those. Another group of BP aggravated my psoriasis, so those had to go. Then it took another 3 tries before we found one that didn’t drop my BP too low (even thought I was on the lowest doseages). I flew slow and steady for years, but last year we had to adjust again. No meds, pressure too high; so she found one to keep my pressure just right.

            I am telling you this goofy story because I know how frustrating the process of finding the right meds can be. It could just be y’all haven’t found the right one yet. I don’t mean to butt into your business, but I sure do remember how aggravated and frustrated I would get going back and forth to my doctor and my BP still wasn’t right. Sometimes it just takes time…and a big ole load of patience. I will pray that whatever you decide to do, you and Piper are having a wonderful, safe time!

  10. Ken Touring says:

    What wonderful pictures……..WOW
    Thank you
    Ken

  11. Barrie says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie,
    It has been awhile since I’ve posted a comment but I have been following your journeys. My thoughts are with you.
    Barrie

  12. Understand completely. You do what you need to do to heal. God bless you, Sue. Hugs to you both.

  13. Ken says:

    Love your photos.
    How is your van holding up. Would you buy that model again and why?
    Thank you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The PTV is doing very well. Ken. Yes, I’d buy a Chevy Express 1500 Van (5.3 liter, V8) because it is an excellent buy — I got a lot for $8,500 five years ago…. power, storage, smooth ride, dependability.

  14. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    The photos are beautiful – you really give us a sense of how big and majestic the area is. I understand wanting to be alone with just Reggie in that vastness … for some reason open spaces seem more restorative to me than closed-in, cozy places. I’m not sure why – maybe there’s more of a sense of eternity?? Take your time regaining your energy and don’t feel like you need to “blog-sit” us. We’ll all be here as you work through it all.

  15. Enjoy your piece of quiet, Sue and Reggie. You know what you need best. Today was the first day of my retirement. We will be heading out for a month long adventure. Dave isn’t ready to give up home base just yet. Our first stop will be Sand Wash Basin to visit the wild horses. Take all the time you need to heal your heart. Hugs to you and Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Edie!

    • Cari in Plano TX says:

      Congratulations on starting this new chapter, Edie! Enjoy your trip, knowing you don’t have to come back to work.

    • Cari in Plano TX says:

      I can certainly relate to your emotions expressed in this post. I keep going through the stressful times, then I need some solitude to rest and recuperate. As others have said, take whatever time you need. Your current surroundings are definitely conducive to relaxation and unplugging. Thank you for letting us know where you are.

      • Cari in Plano TX says:

        Well this comment got misplaced -it was supposed to go at the end.? I am still learning how to use my new tablet.

    • Pat K, Bulverde, Texas says:

      Congratulations, Edie. We retired 6 years ago, bought our 5th wheel and took off, also. We travel only part-time and spend weeks, sometimes months at home. Enjoy your new adventure! Pat K

  16. Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

    I appreciate how you know yourself so well. A key to a self-actualized person. Don’t know if I could articulate as well. Enjoy lone rock, bro & sil live just up the way in “bigger water”. I breathe a sigh of relief when I am in that country! FYI u may want to explore toadstool basin which is on the way to kanab.

  17. weather says:

    Thank you ever so much for putting all of the effort that you did into putting together a beautiful post and letting us know what you’re going through. I assumed things had caught up with you recently, and well understand what you need now is to just let yourself be still and undisturbed as much as possible. When faced with a crisis I react the same way-perform until it’s not absolutely necessary and then let solitude be the refuge that I need. The setting that you’re camped in is , thank God, a place that affords you that and much of nature’s balm. Likely other details of how you process things are also ones that I use yet say little about , allowing the One that made me to take me to where I can lean and heal comes to mind. Also likely is that more of what’s caught up with you besides exhaustion is feeling torn apart, not just separated…may the mending be thorough and deep, friend.

    One can sense in the ancient rock near you that people walking there long ago had stories that would take great strength to live through. You have as much or more of that strength, yet now isn’t the time to use or display that. I hope that you treat yourself as one precious to as many as you are-take the time and whatever else you need to do what’s best for yourself and Reggie and no more than that-until it’s easy to.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Always perceptive and wise, weather. 🙂

      • weather says:

        It’s always a joy to receive a reply from you, and now it’s joy and relief. A single line you write, that you’re up far enough to do that, has me grinning with a contented sigh like I do when the single eagle that visits here flies on the winds overhead…

        🙂

    • weather says:

      As the wind rustling through all the trees here changed from sounding like a lullaby into a wake up call before sunrise I was glad to feel the warm blanket touching my skin. The soft pink of first light has changed into the more ordinary beauty that early hours bring now. Good morning, Sue, I hope you and Reggie are enjoying the beginning of your day, too. It fascinates me that your raven friend flies solo… They usually mate for life so perhaps this is a time of change, growth and transition for him, too. That your paths allowed you to pause this long to be near each other really is a remarkable gift.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, weather,

        Yes, Reggie and I are enjoying the gentle beginning of this day. My boy is curled up against me as I type this, swathed in a sunbeam.

        Again I’m reminded of my wrong turn. Bridget’s body is securely laid to rest by the stream and pines. If she had passed away while camped here, she’d be in the sand which, as we know, shifts with the wind. I’d worry about that.

        So here we are now in this peaceful place of beauty and timelessness with our raven healer and guide. “Remarkable gift” indeed. 🙂

        • Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

          See ….things happen for a reason…although at the time the reason may not be clear!

          Bridgee’s final spot

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            🙂

            I imagine you’re having fun doing a lot of nesting in your new home, when you’re not in the pool, that is.

            • Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

              Uhh…we are running around like chickens without heads! The little things here and there! Been to the Walmart at least 7 times in the past week!

              Annie Oakley is doing great…not sure about pooping on rocks! The ferals are doing great! They want nothing to do with going outside. (Not even an option.saw a bobcat in the backyard)

              The pool is used as a cold plunge while working in the backyard!

  18. Marysia says:

    Thinking of you!

  19. Sharon in MO says:

    I am glad to hear you are getting the peace and quiet you need to deal with your loss. Hugs to you and Reggie Man! I have been to Page, AZ and Lake Powell. The lake is indeed beautiful.

  20. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Wonderful to hear from you and love the pictures.

    Started working on the garden for my patio, a few small shrubs and a cactus for the table. It is getting cooler in the evening so it has been very pleasurable sitting out there and meeting the dog owners out and about with their pets.

    Miss Mollie is learning how not to bark at everyone just those that pass the front door or hopefully jump the 4′ patio wall without permission.

    Yesterday morning, found a Rock Squirrel sitting by the acardia door looking at the plants; click the door latch and it scurried away, fortunately Miss Mollie was eating her breakfast. It is the first squirrel I have seen in the Valley of the Sun in moving here in 1972, must have come from the Park next door. Life is getting more interesting.

    Have a great time gathering your mojo back, it is understandable and you are very wise. Hugs to Reggie Man.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  21. Retiredcajunlady says:

    I am always amazed at how you capture God’s handiwork so beautifully, Sue. What a glorious place to just “be”. From your pictures, I can well see how you have a feeling of being restored. Belly rubs and hugs for Reggie and prayers for you both.

  22. Jan NH says:

    So understand and respect your healing process. Thanks for poking out of your cocoon to let us know how you and Reggie are doing and to share the beauty around you.

  23. Pat (Ky) says:

    Greetings Sue,
    Happy to see the photos of the red rocks. Jackrabbits always make me laugh when I see them…those big ol’ ears. They are seriously fast runners? hoppers? There don’t seem to be as many in SD as I remember as a kid. Maybe I have a special affinity for them since South Dakota State where I went to college, are the SDSU Jackrabbits or just Jacks.

    I have been busy the last week or so shredding paper. The last 2 days I’ve been purging the attic and garage. The city has a junk pickup in all the neighborhoods 3 times a year. Our turn is this week. I can now walk into the garage and the attic is almost completely empty. I have tried to be ruthless. Only once did I think about getting something off the curb, but someone had come by and already picked it up.

    I still have a long ways to go. All the books are going to be the hardest. I do feel like I’ve made a decent start. Tomorrow it’s back to work and a break from going through all the memories that have come up. Take care, Pat

    • MB from VA says:

      I know just what you mean Pat. It is hard at first to “let go” of things. But as you see the space open to allow more of what you truly want in life….it helps and even becomes fun. But there are always those special things……. I hope all continues to go well for you. Your neighbor……MB from VA

  24. Cherie from Ohio says:

    Just now learning of Bridget’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Rest easy, Sue. Glad you have Reggie to comfort you.

  25. Dawn in Asheville says:

    I loved that the raven came to visit, and talk to you. I always feel like it’s spiritual when one stops long enough to notice me. Stop, listen, pay attention, I think they say. Hugs your way.

  26. Millie Hubbard says:

    Such. Lovely place to rest sand restore. Glad to hear Reggie is taking in his new role :-). Those are some ears on that jackrabbit! Reminds me of the jackalope statue outside of Wall Drugs in SD!!

    Enjoy the solitude…I can almost hear the wing beat of the Raven – and the photos are spectacular. I can’t imagine how much more beautiful the scenery is in person. Peace and hugs to you and the little “big man”!!

  27. Chey (WA coast) says:

    You have been in my thoughts Sue.
    Hugs to you and “rocket man”

  28. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Absolutely lovely photos. The Lone Rock is amazing and that last photo is stunning.

    Things are improving around here. Work is caught up, my brother has made a big improvement this week. His muscle tone has improved and he can walk on his own, feed & bathe himself. He is coherent & speaking well, but does have some memory lapses. The doctor did confirm that he had 2-3 small strokes. He will have to ease into driving and may or may not be able to ridge his motorcycle. Only time will tell there. (My DH had to give up both with his strokes as he leans and/or wanders left.) At any rate, they met with the doctors today and he may get to go home tomorrow, but most like not until Saturday. YEA!!!

    Take all the time you need to get back on track. Hugs to you and Reggie.

  29. Pamela Avery says:

    Glad to hear you are taking care of yourself! Grief is draining. Warmly.

  30. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Beautiful pictures! That sure is a picturesque part of the country.
    We all understand you “aloneness” …just you and Reggie. Take your time.
    Sending lots of love and big hugs.

  31. Lori S says:

    You echo so completely how I am with loss and challenge. I’m often told what a strong woman I am. And I am. Yet once the challenge passes (and they always pass or morph), I want my solitude. I don’t consciously set out to chew over what happened or do anything that could be categorized as psychological healing. I just am and things around me just are. And that’s the way I like it. No analysis needed. It just is. And you picked a very nice spot to just be.

  32. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie,
    Thanks for taking good self care in this time… and for sharing a bit of it with us. You are important to me, and all the other blogorinos out there.

    The last 4.5 months for me have been really hard. It is a kind respite to come here and see and grow and yes, cry with you. For some reason it feels safe… you know?

    Many blessings to you Sue. I really really appreciate you.

    Barb, with hugs

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Barb, you mean a lot to me, too. I’m pleased that you feel safe here.

      • MB from VA says:

        Sue, this truly is what makes your blog unique among all I’ve read. You have set a wonderful tone on this blog and guarded it passionately. Thank you.

  33. Susan in south central WA says:

    I love ravens. I looked up the meaning of a raven visiting you and found this:

    “Know that when Raven appears that magic is imminent. Raven is about rebirth, recovery, renewal recycling and certainly reflection and healing. He signifies moving through transitions smoothly by casting light into the darkness.”

    He knew what was needed.

    • gayle beach boomer says:

      Susan in south central WA, what a great, useful, comforting post! Due to the various belief systems that say there are no coincidences — this makes the appearance of the raven an important event. As I tell my reluctantly spiritual partner: “Go ahead and believe. It doesn’t cost you more and what if it’s true?”

    • MB from VA says:

      Wow! I love it. And if you haven’t read it, you might enjoy the book Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Susan… Wow! I didn’t know that about the raven. Thank you very much. Watching the raven, hearing his caws and wingbeats…. I will recall all that he represents.

  34. Hello, Sue. Wonderful pictures as usual. Really like that last one the most. Healing takes time, and you should take all you need.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa… That last photo was a lucky catch. Usually the rock is washed out by bright sunlight. I took the pic shortly after we arrived. I don’t know if it was wet from rain or what… The light does marvelous things with the rocks and water… I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  35. Wendy / Bribie Island Aus. says:

    Hugs for two!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Wendy… I see you’re in Australia now… 🙂

      • Wendy / Bribie Island Aus. says:

        Hi Sue, I needed to get away from Thailand. Hubby cheated on me, so I headed home to sort myself out. You just never know what’s around the corner in ones life.
        Take care you two. Hugs!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m sorry you were betrayed, Wendy. I know how devastating that pain is. I wish you strength and healing as you figure out what is best for you from this day forward.

          Hugs!

  36. Judy Fryant says:

    Love your pictures!! Just curious, do you takes pictures while driving and if so what kind of set up do you have?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy….

      I set my Panasonic Lumix to the “through glass” setting. Then when I want to take a photo, I pick up the camera from the PTV’s console, much as one would pick up a cup of coffee, and I point and shoot, hardly taking my eye off the road at all. My camera has good image stabilization.

      Sometimes I pull over, stick my arm out the window, and take the shot.

      Later, in editing, I straighten the photo and crop it. I learned that if I don’t bring the scene in close when taking the photo, then I’ll have enough in the frame to crop out a good pic.

      • Judy Fryant says:

        I didn’t know cameras had a “through glass” setting! That is too kewl!!

        You also seem to have an eye for what will make an interesting! picture!!

        Thanks for sharing with us!!!

  37. MelindaK (TX) says:

    You have a good spot for vegging. Thank you for sharing how you are coping as it made me realize that what I may have needed was rest too…

  38. Thanks Sue for making the effort to write this post and give your blogorinos an update. I completely understand the process you describe and those vegetation spells are a very necessary part of regaining balance. I’m happy you found a beautiful, peaceful, and warm area to enjoy, and the visits from the raven too! Hugs to you and the Reginator!

  39. Judy in East Texas says:

    Sue and Reggie…..both of you rest up, refuel her heart and soul. We are here for you anytime you need us.

    Your friend, judy

  40. AZ Jim says:

    Lake Powell, is only a small pond compared to it when it had plenty of water. Years ago I embarked from the Marina at Page in a 14′ boat. We went up the lake to a cove that was totally unoccupied and went ashore. We set up a tent, brought our cook stove, lantern, ice chest and food and spent 2 weeks there just swimming and sunning. At he end of our stay on the beach we moteled it in Page one night, ate at a restaurant and headed back home. Tan, tired but what a wonderful time we had. That was in ’58. Glad you guys are doin ok…Jim

  41. Renee (Datil/North Ranch) says:

    You sound like me — suck it up in the moment, then fall apart afterwards. I’m so glad you have the Reggie man.

    You are close to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT. Don’t know if you’ve been there, but it’s a truly wonderful place. Even the resting places for our best friends are awesomely peaceful. You may not be ready yet, but it just might be a place to keep in mind for Reggie’s future buddy when the time comes.

    Hugs to you, & pats for Reggie for keeping your spirits up.

  42. Lee J in northern California says:

    I am so glad you laying low for a bit. All too often after tragety strikes the end result is a lower immune system and illness. It pays to listen to your body, give it a good rest.
    I have never been to the area you are visiting, it is stunning.
    We all have to live in our own reality, and sometime that reality stinks.
    Yesterday I hauled my neighbour’s mare to a local vet hospital. This mare was the remaining offspring of my mare Heartagoer, she was 28 years old and feeling her years.
    We cried together while she was put down, the end of an era, the last of my breeding program, the horse my friend trained and enjoyed from the day she was born.. On the way home my friend and neighbor told me her life sucked, not a word she uses. Her husband is dying of throat cancer, she lost her mother a year ago and she had to put down her only remaining horse. I listened to her, and was reminded to count my blessings. She will be ok, she is resilient like you are. And I will be there for her like she has always been there for me, and as I hope we are here for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Life can be very hard. I send you condolences on your losses, Lee.

      I’m glad you are there for your friend as I imagine she has been for you.

    • MB from VA says:

      From one horse person to another…..I am so sorry for your loss.

  43. Jo in OR says:

    Hi Sue, I’m happy you’re in a warm beautiful spot, nature is so healing. Your last picture is gorgeous. I hope you get credit for a Kindle that I ordered for a friend…I tried. Love to you and little Reggie Roo.

  44. Krystina McMorrow says:

    Oh RVSue…I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved Bridget. I am just hearing of her passing as my computer was in getting a overhaul for a week. Please take all the time you need to heal…we will all still be here helping to lift you up anytime you need us. We love you to the moon and back. xxoo

  45. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue. I know exactly of what you speak regarding toughing through a difficult time and the needing solitude to recharge. I have just been through 9 years of people and animals I love dying. But what made it even more difficult was that I was “the lone medic in the trenches”…..so to speak. There were so many casualties one after another that I really didn’t have time to do what I needed to do in between. Right now, I am finally having some of that time even though I am still on call for one. It took months to realize that I had time to clean my house. Months before I could sit quietly on the sofa without popping up….just knowing there was something I needed to do. But I have this time now. And I am making every move that I possibly can to be exactly where you are by late spring 2017. I say exactly where you are because Rt. 89 is my favorite road on the planet! I love getting on near Flagstaff and going all the way through to Yellowstone! The area where you are now is my “soul restorer”. It is where I go in my mind when I can’t get there in person. But I plan on being there very soon. No matter what happens with the farm, I plan on March 2017 being my last month here. It would be easier if it would sell this winter….but I can “make do” if not. Lots to do. But visions of that “red rock country” and rt 89 will keep my going. Enjoy your time there. Its energy will restore you. Love from VA! MB, Wyndy and Bella

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I know what you mean about Route 89 between Flagstaff and Page. I’ve driven it a couple times now and it’s a stretch of road I always look forward to.

      As you know, by the time we reached Route 89, we had been battling wind and the day’s journey was much longer than I usually attempt. It bothered me that I was rushing through that area, not giving it my usual attention nor enjoying all the scenes and the “atmosphere.” How different RVing is for those who race here and there! If I drove like that between every move we wouldn’t be fulltimers after 5 years.

      You have earned your dream, MB. It will be precious when you realize you are in it. Do keep your deadline (more like a lifeline!)… or leave before that time, if you can.

      You deserve to have your turn!

      .

  46. Marcia GB in MA says:

    That last picture is a real beauty! So glad you and Reggie are able to have quiet, comforting down time. Time to reflect and heal is vital to our well-being.

  47. Hi Sue,

    As so many have already said, you know yourself (many do not) and what you need to recharge and renew. And you picked a gorgeous place to do it in–great photos! Wishing you peace–spoil that little Reginator!

  48. ApplegirlNY says:

    What a wonderful place to find peace and regain your footing. Thanks for checking in. We’re all still praying for you.

    I love the ribbons of rock. Beautiful.

  49. Renee Galligher from Idaho says:

    Good to hear from you, Sue, and that you and Reggie are doing well. I can empathize too and understand about having to shut down basically in order to reenergize. I’m the same way.

  50. A gal and a cat in Fl says:

    I found this on symbolic meaning of Ravens:

    Foremost, the Raven is the Native American bearer of magic, and a harbinger of messages from the cosmos. Messages that are beyond space and time are nestled in the midnight wings of the Raven and come to only those within the tribe who are worthy of the knowledge.

    The Raven is also called upon in Native ritual for healing purposes. Specifically, the Raven is thought to provide long-distance healing.

  51. Judi says:

    Sue, we lost our 10 year old Rex rabbit Monday evening (he died in my 16 year old daughter’s arms) and our house has been under a pall since then (she attends an art school and learned the same day that her harp teacher of five years died Sunday). We feel you. Roman was the kind of rabbit who (notice I wrote “who” ?) had free run of the house, got along with our three dogs, and was the jewel of my daughter’s eye. He will be sorely missed. Her harp teacher changed her life and gave her the gift of the love the harp.

    You’re doing the right thing. Losing the ones we love, especially when your little traveling family is as small as it, is so hard. Take care of you, and Reggie. Hugs to you both.

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Hi Judy,
      I am sorry about your rabbit and your friend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      My sympathies to you, Judi, and to your daughter. I hope you both will find comfort in each other during this time of loss and sadness. It sounds like Roman was a very special rabbit.

      Your daughter’s harp playing is a wonderful memorial to her teacher. Changing a student’s life for the better is a great legacy for a devoted teacher.

      Hugs to you both…

  52. Jean in Southaven says:

    Good morning Sue and Reggie. Lots of hugs and sending quite and beautiful weather and scenery your way. My other half and I are talking retirement this spring if we can find affordable insurance for him. I am eligible for Medicare already. First time we have really talked about it seriously. Cannot wait. We will not give up our house, so will not be completely full time. We have a son that lives in the house with us that would stay there and take care of it for us when we are on the road. At least to start out. See what you have done, you have put the wanderlust in people. Same on you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! Isn’t it exciting to consider the possibilities? Wanderlust comes from the same box as fairydust, I think. 🙂

      I’m hopeful that with a new administration bringing healthy competition into the insurance industry the costs for the consumer will drop significantly. Too many folks have their lives controlled by insurance needs….

      Keeping your house while at the same time providing one for your son while he provides caretaker duties— that’s a big advantage!

      Best wishes to you, Jean, and to your husband as you plan for a wonderful retirement together…

  53. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for the post. Although I know it took alot just to put it together. I lost my little furbaby Bo on Saturday. It was a complete surprise. I wish I was as wise as you. I thought to get another cat immediately. However, when I looked at the shelter, I knew that it was too soon. I would have to adjust to my new normal first and grieve Bo properly.

    Please know that we will all be here for you, so don’t worry about losing us. You couldn’t if you tried! 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m so sorry, Dawn. What a terrible heartbreak for you. At least I had plenty of time to prepare for Bridget’s leaving us. You have my sympathy.

      Yes, grieve for Bo and in time you’ll know when the time is right for a new furry friend. I hope sweet memories will soon replace the pain of loss you’re feeling now.

  54. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Blessings to you.
    All ways.
    Always.

  55. Dawn in MI says:

    Thank you for sharing your life…the good and the bad. You know we’re all out here whenever you need us, though I suspect you need us less than we need you.

    Hugs to you and Reggie. I think of Bridge (and Spike) frequently and their antics which still make me smile. And that’s the gift you give to us.

  56. Linda Hughes- North Carolina says:

    Beautiful pics RVSue! Breathtaking! I never met Bridgett but I feel your sorrow and feeling of loss. Our lives change so fast sometimes and we need peace and restoring for sure. Thoughts are with you and Reggie daily, be safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Linda, for the kind note. I’m a day late with some of my replies, but that doesn’t mean I don’t value each one. I’m happy you liked the photos.

  57. Good Morning Sue, remember a couple of years ago when I just began my journey to full timing and retirement? I have been with you and you have been with me through thick and thin… Well, I now have 3 days left to work and I am retired and by the end of the month will be full timing. Thank you for all you have done, and all the education that you have given me and others who visit you wonderful Nation that you have created…I am at the end of one of my chapters and about to begin another..I am glad you are here. 🙂 One more thing, after my mother passed, someone told me that to look for her, she comes with the birds! So I immediately went out and bought bird feeders and filled my backyard with wonderful sights and sounds of the birds…You now have had a visit from your own special bird…I hope it continues to grace you with its presence and you it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good afternoon, Shirlene, and Yippee! You are making your dream happen! I’m very happy for you and look forward to hearing about your new life as it unfolds.

      I appreciate the thank you, but I must say that I didn’t create Blogorinoland on my own. Credit should be given to all who comment regularly, who share their dreams and disappointments, ups and downs, plans and preparations, and who also give helpful advice and suggestions, encouragement and understanding to fellow blogorinos. You’ve been a part of that, Shirlene, and I thank YOU. 🙂

      About the raven… Finally got around to unhitching. On the way into town, we pass a sign and perched on it is Alpha Bird! I chuckled and said, “You certainly are keeping an eye on us!”

  58. Rhodium in RI says:

    It is great you found a place that fits your needs. It looks beautiful. We had our open house Sunday and by Tuesday we had a sales agreement. They want to close in 30 days, which is probably impossible, but we should be on the road before Thanksgiving. We hope to spend a lot of time volunteering at animal sanctuaries like the Gentle Barn or the Cleveland Amory facility or any primate place. And of course grandchild behavior observation, but it gets more difficult in the early teen years.

    • We are on the same path, coming from opposite directions! What a great journey we have ahead of us. We had almost the same timing. We had open house on Sunday and went into Escrow one week later on Monday. What a life! A young single girl who is a nurse at the City of Hope bought our home. I hope she enjoys it as much as we did the last 13 years. She will need a nice beach house to come home to after working all day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great news, Rhodium! I hope the sale goes through without a hitch and you’re on the road soon. You have many wonderful experiences ahead of you. I hope you will share something about your volunteering and travels. Congratulations . . . You’re doing it!

  59. Such beautiful photos!!! I want to get up that way now!!!
    So happy that you are finding peace there!

  60. Pam Ridgely says:

    We’ve been on the road the past couple weeks. I knew Bridget was ill and so very sad to learn of her passing. My first thought is she is running around with Spike. I know Reggie will be a little sad at first, but he looks like he will keep you busy and on your toes.

    Big hugs to you both.

    Pam

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pam. Reggie seems happy. I imagine he accepts that Bridget has gone away somewhere and that her leaving is not a bad thing. As usual, animals possess “wisdom” from which we can benefit.

  61. ApplegirlNY says:

    Note to all… It seems like this post is full of things to celebrate and also some sadness. I’m so glad that we can come together here to share just a bit of our lives. Thanks, Sue, for being our glue.

    I have read all the posts and I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  62. Sandi Stewart says:

    Thinking of you and keeping you in my daily prayers.

  63. It’s so good to hear that you’re giving yourself some space and time to heal. You certainly picked a special place to do so. When I first started reading your blog, I never would have imagined how I would come to appreciate the beauty of the American Southwest. You have opened my eyes to a whole different world. Thank you for that. The pictures included in this post are just stunning. Thank you for taking the time to check in and share this beauty with us.

  64. Piper (Virginia) says:

    Beautiful place for you and Reggie to rest and heal your hearts. Take care

  65. Shelley in California says:

    I react to stress the same way, I think we give it our all when we have to then we have to restore ourselves. We love you no matter how much time you need take it, everyone will be here when you feel better.

  66. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Hi Sue,

    I’m typing this by solar path light. I thought these lights were just for fun but they come in handy everywhere.

    Although cool, it’s still a nice evening to sit outside here. Was lucky to see and hear the bat’s ‘ballet’ as the twilight came. Cats make very good heated lap pillows.

    Just popped by to say howdy.

    Wishing everyone *here* an extra cozy snooze.

  67. DesertGinger says:

    Just a quick stop to say Hi! I totally get where you are coming from Sue. I have always had to be self-reliant and strong. When the crisis passes, it’s time to rest, think and recharge. And you had to be so strong for .Bridget; I know it was hard. But you have a beautiful, warm spot there and a great little buddy. Time will pass and your heart will ease, even though it may not feel like it now. And you have to think Bridget is back with the love of her life somewhere.

    My life rolls on. I am thinking about trying to go back to NY for a couple weeks in November. Not sure yet.

    Off to bed now. Love to all.

  68. Elizabeth in WA says:

    So understandable your needing to rest and recharge…no doubt the busy guy will keep you as active as you can manage…hope your spot there remains quiet and restful!! Blessings…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Weekdays at Lone Rock, up here on the bluff, are very quiet. I put distance between our camp and the place where people tend to cluster. Weekends are busy, of course.

      Yes, Reggie is keeping me active to a certain extent. He makes me laugh. I’m very grateful he came into my life.

      Blessings to you, too…

  69. Heda says:

    I so understand. I still have the occasional word with my Dana who died 4 years ago. There are times when I can almost feel her warm little body cuddled next me. Take care, my friend.

  70. Ravens and crows have an undeserved reputation in western culture for darkness. They are remarkably intelligent creatures that live, just as coyotes do, in close proximity to people and probably understand us far better than we understand them.

    Whenever I’m greeted by crows or ravens I always return the salute by just saying “hi” or “good morning”. My wife’s parents once had a home with a skylight above their kitchen and crows would regularly peek down at them and watch. You could always tell when they were up there because you could hear their feet doing a little dance on the glass. Oddly enough, when I was there I never considered it an intrusion.

    A documentary made by the Univeristy of Washington demonstrated that crews recognized faces. If you get somewhere within good WiFi range you can watch it on YouTube: “A Murder of Crews”. It’s pretty interesting.

    Some First Nations people believe that the Raven is the bearer of messages from beyond and important as a healer. Seems to me that Raven’s specific greeting to you and Reggie is a good sign. 🙂

    Craig

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Craig. Yes, I see benevolence in the raven.

      About the ravens at the skylight…. When we were camped on Herkel Road near Safford, AZ, ravens landed on the roof of the BLT. I heard them walking around. I looked up to see them gathered around the ceiling vent (which is made of clear plastic) They began pecking at it and turning their heads to look inside.

  71. rvsueandcrew says:

    NOTE TO GRACIE PUP IN RICHMOND, VA:

    I’ve been thinking about you, sweetie, and I hope your mouth is healed with no more dental problems. I appreciate your mom letting us know about the danger of Nylabones. 🙂

    • Gracie Pup - Richmond VA says:

      Dear Miss Sue,

      Thank you so much for your sweet note! I am doing well although I really, really hate when we have “down the hatch” time – when mommy has to give me my medicines. Taking pills is not my favorite thing. I have to admit I am being a bit of a stinker….faking swallowing and then spitting out the pills. It is kind of funny to see Mommy so frustrated! 🙂

      Sending you and Reggie (oh, he is so-o-o-o cute) hugs from me and Mommy! Love, Gracie Pup xxxooo 🙂

    • Cinandjules (sun city west, az) says:

      I missed that notification! Good to know! Sorry to hear Gracie pup broke her tooth gnawing on it! Glad to hear she is on the mend and having her meals specially prepared by you!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Cindy,

        I think my message may have been the last one on the previous post. Nylabones were Gracie’s favorite toy. I felt so bad taking them all away from her…. They were the dental chew variety, with lots of nubs to help keep pups teeth clean. I picked up several new stuffed animal friends for Gracie. They won’t last long, but at least she cannot hurt herself on them. 🙂

        I hope you, Jules and AO are adjusting well to the ‘Zone life! Enjoy!!! 🙂

        • Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

          AO used to chew on the one that looks like a clenched fist!
          I noticed shards of plastic as she gnawed with her molars! It did a good job keeping her teeth clean….but the flip side couldn’t be good for her!
          Funny….ya might want to get the toys without stuffing. Just shells like flat animals!
          Hugs to Gracie pup!

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            I know about the plastic shards! I replaced her favorite NB once a month, as I did not want her ingesting big pieces of plastic.

            Thank you for the suggestion of the toys without stuffing. Might be worth a try. 🙂

            The vet always is amazed at how clean her teeth are. I gave the Nylabones full credit.

            Thank you for the hugs for Gracie!! 🙂

            • Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

              AO And Gracie must be distant cousins!
              She goes for the stuffing and the dreaded squeaker! Stuffing makes her puke! So we just cut to the chase…no stuffing! You can always gut a toy if you can’t find them!

  72. Susan in Dallas says:

    Love the beauty where you are now. I had a question about you getting credit for Amazon purchases. Does it hurt you if I click on something a reader bought to check it out and then leave Amazon without buying anything?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      No, your clicking on one of those links of readers’ purchases at the bottom of the post (and not ordering anything) will not interfere with my commission from that reader’s order.

      If you click on one of those links and end up placing an order within the subsequent 24 hours, I do receive credit and I will earn a commission. 🙂

      Thanks for asking.

  73. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you for taking the time and energy to let us know how you and Reggie are doing. I understand…. **hugs**

    You are back in Red Rock country – one of my favorite places! Your camp site looks so serene and quiet. I hope noise does not drift up to your area to disturb your peace. The campground is so beautiful! I especially love the namesake rock. Campers have to pay their fee AND pass inspection of the boss – the resident raven! I remember seeing my first raven at the Grand Canyon – North Rim. I was amazed at how huge he was. Makes the large crows that frequent my yard look like midgets!

    Thank you for your sweet note to Gracie – she replied above. Trying to open her mouth without hurting her to give her the meds is a challenge. The fact that she fakes me out, only to spit them out is frustrating. We are managing. I am looking forward to the last day of meds….late next week! 🙂

    Do take good care of yourself, dear Sue. You and Reggie are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xxxooo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I felt bad for not responding to your comment under a previous post — the one about Gracie’s dental episode. If I reply to one, I end up trying to reply to every single comment.

      Thank you for caring about us, Denise, and for letting me know. You take care, too.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        I understand! 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Sue,

        I hope this makes you smile….

        Before I took Gracie out for a pre-dinner potty run this evening, I told her it was “down the hatch” time. She had her leash on and was standing on the rug at the back door. “Sit!” Little Missy proceeds to lay down. I told her that it was ok – we can do “down the hatch” that way, too. Might even be easier! Much to her chagrin, I then proceeded to give her the meds. I guess she thought if she did not sit, she could get away with not taking her meds! I have to give her an A+ for creativity! 🙂

        Gracie likes to shred….papers, magazines, the newspaper, whatever is handy. I pass on a couple magazines to my sisters after I have read them. If they have a bite mark where a chunk is taken out, I note in Magic Marker, “Miss Shitley strikes again!!” 🙂

        I love Gracie dearly! 🙂

        Sending love and hugs to you and Reggie from me and my mischief maker, Gracie pup! xxxooo 🙂

  74. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    It’s flu shot time! News interview tonight with a Dr said this years vaccine will reduce your risk of death by 40 to 60%! We are going Saturday when our favorite pharmacist is on duty. She analyzes each of our risk and chooses the vaccine she thinks will protect each of us best with our individual health and age in mind. Take care Blogerinos.

  75. Karen the Empty Nester says:

    Funny how so much of what we see and hear in the media separates us into categories and makes us feel like we are the only one who believes/feels the way we do, but when we actually talk to each-other with no outside interference, we see just how very much we have in common. I do so enjoy your honest posts and feel your pain along with you, though we are at different way-stations along our paths. Your need for solitude and journaling after the initial crisis is over is the same as mine, as is your need for beauty and hope and adventure. Thank you for letting us ride along with you. It helps us heal, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Karen,

      What you wrote about being separated into categories is very true, one of the reasons I no longer watch, read, or listen to any of the mainstream media. I want facts and then I’ll do my own thinking and come to my own conclusions, thank you. 🙂

      When I first began blogging I was strident in expressing my need for solitude and also in attempting to explain how loners think and feel, that they aren’t shy, they just like being alone. I could tell that some readers gained insight from this. After blogging for a few years I receive comments that affirm, rather than question, my way of being me. Comments like yours. 🙂

      Thank you for letting me know that you share many of the same traits and needs. Also for noting that my blog may be a healing agent. I like that.

  76. Pat Gabriel says:

    It has been a long time since I checked in, but I am so sorry to hear of Bridget ‘ s passing. I have read your blog since the very beginning and loved your journey. You are an inspiration.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello again, Pat! I remember you as one of my very early followers. It’s good to hear from you again. I hope all is well with you and thank you for your mention of Bridget.

  77. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    It has warmed my heart to see all the caring your readers have for you, especially during this time. I can understand your reaction – strong through the crisis and taking time to mend later. I hope you are having a restorative time with little Reggie and the beautiful nature around you.
    I have been in a campground in Alto, Michign for one month, visiting good friends from my forty years of living in Grand Rapids. It has been a joy to spend time with them. The cg on the other hand has been without a wifi signal most of the time. I’m in a Panera right now to take advantage of the free wifi.
    Regarding your BTV – I do have a tiny bit of storage envy. My 4-Runner is proving better than I expected, and the Casita, too. I find I have more room than I thought, but not nearly as much as I could probably use. Downsize again.
    I have not boondocked yet. No solar. I hope to do that after the first of the year. I have to say I am thankful and amazed at all the helpful folks out there – no matter what.
    Best of everything to you and Reggie as you adventure together. Lots of hugs and prayers, too.
    Pamelab in Alto, Michigan – for now. On to Virginia.

  78. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Hi, Sue,
    Just checking in to let you know we are thinking of you. Trying to be patient waiting for medical stuff to be completed so we can get moving on down the road. Hope you days are sunny and full of joy.

  79. AZ "ole"Jim says:

    I turn 80 on Sunday. I just wanted to have a quick group hug with you and Reggie. *HUUUUUUG*…… Keep smilin’…….

  80. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Happy Birthday, Jim!

  81. Jo in OR says:

    Happy 8:)th Birthday, AZ Jim.

  82. Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

    Happy Birthday AZ Jim. Enjoy your special day. Now you are into your 9th decade. I had students who were under 10 and quite upset they were not 1 decade old. Too funny.

  83. Chester Breder says:

    Hi Sue. I haven’t been by for a while. Let me say how sorry I am hearing of the loss of Bridget. A word of ravens, They do recognize individual humans. They remember you for any treats you offer, as well as any unkindness. It has been shown they share with other ravens information about individual humans. Crows also have this behavior. I always had a fine time watching the ravens during my journey and the crows here today.

  84. Susan vlastelica says:

    Enjoy your solitude. Recharge your batteries. So nice people are respecting your privacy.
    Bridge and Spike had wonderful lives with you on the road. So hard not to be sad. Follow the ReggieMan’s lead and know Bridge has rejoined Spike and is running free and avoiding all cameras! xoxo

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