Around the Gros Ventre Range through Grand Teton National Park

Wednesday, August 13

The crew and I leave Hoback Campground and travel northwest to Jackson, Wyoming, the place to which zombies make their annual pilgrimage.  Gripping the steering wheel, I maneuver the Perfect Tow Vehicle through the hordes along the main thoroughfare.   I avert my eyes from their vacant stares.   What is the big “tourist attraction” anyway?  I don’t get it.

My original plan was to receive Amazon packages at the Jackson UPS Customer Center.

As you know, I need to order a replacement for my damaged camera.  One drive through the town of Jackson is enough to convince me to make another plan.  I don’t have the fortitude to return to this!

The PTV carries us to Grand Teton National Park.

This is our second trip to view the Grand Tetons and they are, as one would expect, as magnificent as they were the first time I saw them.  Unfortunately, my many attempts to photograph them without a viewfinder are pathetic.  I somehow manage to make the majestic peaks look like ordinary, pointy rocks with clouds.

1-DSC06344We approach the turn onto Gros Ventre Road.

I’ve long heard that there’s great boondocking on Gros Ventre Road.  One glance at the traffic is all it takes.  Nope.  Not going there.

Further along, I park in an empty turn-out to take photos of the peaks.   Unlike the photo below indicates, the PTV and BLT are dwarfed by the mighty mountains.

1-DSC06331I let Bridget and Spike out for a brief walk-about.  They have a drink and we continue drifting through the park.  It’s a lovely, blue-sky day.

What the heck is that?

Oh my gosh, bison!

1-DSC06409On the right side of the road is a herd of approximately 200 bison.  About 50 of them move toward the highway and trot across in front of a long line of vehicles!

1-DSC06352-001I pull into the turn-out which is crowded with people standing around their parked vehicles.  I park the PTV/BLT and join them.

1-DSC06412Bison are bunched up in front of us, about 25 yards away.  A pole fence is hindering the progress of the herd!

In frustration,  a large bull bison breaks from the others. 

He runs back and forth along the fence, coming toward us and going away from us.   Finally he jumps over the fence, followed by the others.  A calf squirms under the bottom pole of the fence.

I turn my lens toward the road and manage to capture this bull as he pauses in the road in front of a car and looks at me.

1-DSC06385People are taking photos and chattering excitedly.

I’m clicking away right along with them.

What I don’t realize is my aim is way off.  Later I discover I have 14 photos of blue sky, 6 of grass, 3 of hooves in grass,  and 1 of a bison’s tail.  Oh, yeah . . . I also have a pic of the right front quarter panel of an SUV, suitable for framing.  Anyway . . .

The bison keep coming across the road and jumping the fence.

What a sight!  At one point, as everyone is engrossed in the spectacle, I turn and look toward the mountains.   In that instant I’m transported to a time when bison didn’t cross highways or jump over fences, when they weren’t gawked at and photographed by excited tourists in a national park.

I stand transfixed.

The heads and humps of bison rise and dip like black dolphins in a golden sea as they gallop through tall grass toward the dark green forest at the base of the Grand Tetons.  A passing glimpse of the American West gone by . . . .

Onward to our new camp!

At Moran Junction we turn east, climb up and through Togwotee Pass (9,658 feet) until we reach the rock formation called the Pinnacles.

1-DSC06447The crew and I camped near those peaks in the summer of 2012 when we camped at Pinnacles Campground on the bank of Brooks Lake.

We don’t return, however, because the road is blocked.  Later I learn from Joe and Debbie, who have been camp hosts in this area for twenty years, that access is restricted due to the many pines killed by a beetle infestation.

Instead we pull into nearby Falls Campground.

I pay $30.00 for four nights ($15.00 regular/$7.50 with senior pass).  I choose a site that opens onto a large field of grass.  I’ll be able to let the crew run free here and no one will care.

1-DSC06481The next photo shows the back yard as seen from the picnic table.

1-DSC06485Thursday, August 14 – Sunday, August  17

The air temperature is comfortable on Thursday, our first full day at Falls Campground.

1-DSC06453Spike, Bridget and I loll around camp in the dappled light.

1-DSC06464Friday and Saturday are much cooler, with light rain on and off throughout the day and night. (These photos of camp were taken on Thursday.)

1-DSC06484We manage to take a morning walk between rain showers each day.  I bring the stroller that Bridget used when she hurt her leg.  Spike appreciates being able to ride for the last third of the walk around the campground loop.

1-DSC06488 In addition to the dampness, a cold, blustery wind cuts through camp on Saturday, keeping the three of us inside.

1-DSC06491Sunday is sunny and warm.  We break camp and roll along Highway 26 as it follows the Wind River to the town of Dubois.

rvsue

NOTE:  I’m extending my “vacation” a while longer by not responding to comments as it is difficult to do so from our camp. (I drove into town to publish this post.)  

I THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AMAZON FROM MY BLOG . . .

especially during my absence.

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106 Responses to Around the Gros Ventre Range through Grand Teton National Park

  1. suzago says:

    Welcome back, Sue!

  2. Bill says:

    Hey Sue, love you blog. I noticed you are near a perfect boondocking spot I documented on my blog. Some of the best boondocking in country. Free and has bathrooms no less. Right on the river. Take a look.

    http://blog.spantz.com/p/back-country-trailer-camping.html

    Bill

  3. Angie2B says:

    So close!!!

  4. Sally says:

    Have a good vacation, we’ll be okay until you return.

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

    WOW, I wish I could have seen the Bison jump the fench. Sorry so many turistas there. I know what you mean about seeing in your minds eye about what the west once was with these magnificant animals roaming wild with no interference. That’s the way I see the vistas from the mountain tops as I look out. Imagining them as the Pioneers or Indians saw them Once upon a time. Good Luck Sue and Crew and Take Care.

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

    Sorry for the above misspellings…

  7. ZenOnWheels says:

    Spike sure looks happy settled on that blanket in the shade! You are definitely getting skilled at using the camera without the viewfinder….the photos of camp look great.

    It looks very quiet and peaceful.

  8. Susan in Dallas says:

    Your map indicated the temperature was 52 degrees. Since you don’t need all that cool, could you please send some down to big D? Actually we haven’t had as many 100 degree days this summer as in the past but none would please me. Love, love, love the photo of the Pinnacles. Majestic would be the only word to describe it.

  9. BettyShea says:

    Have a wonderful vacation Ya’all… Bison are gorgeous!
    Hugs!!

  10. Kathy from Florida says:

    I love Falls Campground. I stayed there several days last summer when I got tired of the crowds in the Tetons. I was near the top of the loop right near the path to the falls. It was always very quiet and peaceful, very few campers in this area.

  11. Penny says:

    Glad to see your update. We were in the Tetons last July, and I had the same thing happen when taking photos of the Tetons – – they are SO majestic, but when I would view my pictures I was disappointed that the photos just don’t capture them like they really are……..guess you just have to be there!! I’m ready to come back!! Best wishes!

  12. Kay says:

    Oh My Goodness! For someone with a messed up camera, and for someone who claims she’s not a photographer, that “someone” sure does take AWESOME photos with a messed up camera!!! Lovely Photos!

    Welcome back, and ENJOY your vacation. I have put myself in the RVSUE & Crew Rehab center…. Today, I start painting the house….. and think of Spikey, the higher elevations may have more tired than normal. Just a simple thought…

    I think Bridget is somewhat happy…. camera on the blink!

    Have lots of fun!

  13. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Welcome back!

    Amazing….love the scenery! That bison was giving you the “stink eye”. Hahh I think they are so acclimated to people they just go about their daily bison routine.

    Your camera minus the viewfinder photos makes me laugh. This might work for you… Try holding the camera up to one eye…the least dominant one…look at what you want to capture.. Turn your head one “click” toward the dominant eye and take the picture…OR just continue what you are doing….because it’s quite the story! 🙂

    I was one of those “moderation” post…no worries. Just a concern..from our pal.

    Spike looks good. Bridget is getting more photogenic.

    Enjoy your day!

  14. weather says:

    “in that moment I’m transported to a time….”

    What looking towards the mountains,inspired by the presence of bison,did for you-is exactly what your posts often do when read

    taken away from crowds of life’s issues and demands-I go where I’m free to run “off leash” as the beauty and power in your language draws me into your world

    You couch the story of RV travel,with it’s halts and difficulties,so softly amid glorious vistas and details,that the journeys worth is all I’m left holding every time.

    Breath taking post Sue,you’ve matched the height of the mountains-cameras can’t compete with what you portray, wow,thank you,this gift-treasure-is received with such wonder and pleasure -I half expect ribbon to appear on the floor 🙂

    • weather says:

      dreams-invisible-yet real- without words friends, with covering love , allow only gentle things to take place

      pups sleep through the thunder-I let a faucet run- it’s sound lets only soft noise be close.When they wake up,they enjoy themselves more because I do that,and while it’s improbable that they’re aware of all this,you never know!Sometimes they sure act happy enough to make me wonder 😉

  15. Timber n' me says:

    great photos Sue, The is a great area to be in, give the pups a hug from us. Oh there is a storm a brewing and you should check it out, it snowed in Flagstaff this last week and is sure to get it again, the temps down here are lowering ,,,,, Timber n’ me

    • Timber n' me says:

      Oh Sue, them bison are trouble makers, I was driving up thru there awhile back, as I was driving up the road and looking at the beauty of it all, a bison came running out of nowhere and stopped right in front of me. it was a good thing I was traveling only 15MPH ,( or I’d still be in prison for hitting it to this day), Timber, liked to go thru the window cause of the breaking of my breaks where so good, it’s a good thing he was hooked up or he would of. The bison didn’t even budge, he just stood his ground and Timber was going crazy, you know what that’s like . So I shut off the truck, turned off the lights and sat there with all the other cars, waiting for him to move and after about 15 min. and he finely walked to other lane and stop there, I started up and moved real slow till he was in my mirrors and got to going slowly till we were out of the area. At that time I wished I had a camera, Whew, that was close, I didn’t think of that memory till to day. ,,,,,,,me

  16. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue,

    Glad to get a glimpse of the crew and you. Looks like life is good. Enjoy every moment as we travel with you.

  17. Alan Rabe says:

    Welcome back dear lady, I hope you are totally rejuvenated. We all need and deserve a break no and then.
    Now you know what I meant by “Going Jackson Hole” when you were in Moab. Nothing but people with no place to go.
    Well enjoy.

  18. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Ah-hah! One of the advantages to a sticks-n-bricks vs. an RV….UPS delivery to my door! 😉

    Describing the bison crossing over the fence reminds me….have you ever seen the youtube video with a massive herd of deer jumping a fence and crossing the road? It shows them approaching the fence, jumping, then continuing across the field on their merry way.

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      I have indeed viewed that video, wow..
      My sis has a five foot chain link fence around one of her more delicious pastures, and the elk regularly jump it from a standstill and those things are as big as my horse! In Astoria Oregon ..her farm, not me, lol

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Absolutely, Ladybug! Seems I’m always plotting and scheming about where I can have something delivered, what service are they going to use, what are the hours they’re open, what is the timing going to be, etc. etc. Heaven forbid they have to send a call tag out to “the third shrub on the left” 😀

      Occasionally I’ll spend some time at a fixed location where I can receive packages “right at the door” and via all carriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) and I practically go nuts ordering things – it’s like suddenly having unlimited hot water and a dozen huge fluffy towels!

      • Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

        If I ever go full-timing (still 10 years from retirement), my plan would be to travel for 6 months, then settle in a nice park for 6 months. I figure for the 6 months I settle, I’d keep the delivery guys busy. Christmas every day!

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          That can be a nice way to go. After six months of traveling, settling for awhile can be nice (and you can get stuff done, as you point out); then after around five months you get itchy feet, and by then it’s time to get ready to roll again! Nothing like pulling out on a grand adventure – what a feeling.

  19. Debbie says:

    Hi Sue, so glad to hear from you and know that everything is okay. Jackson is the site of a big government financial conference right now so more people than even normally. We used to love Jackson when it was Jackson Hole and not the home of so
    many celebrities. Now it is just like any other medium sized city, just in a beautiful setting. Take care and enjoy.
    Debbie

    • Joanne Tank says:

      I live here in Jackson and I understand what you mean about the growth the area has experienced. There really are very few celebrities however. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. In the summer I avoid town as much as possible because of the number of tourists. We’re happy to see you come in the summer and happy to see you leave come fall. The good thing is that a short drive and a couple minutes of hiking or paddling on Jackson Lake are you’re in your own world with the beautiful scenery and few, if any, people.

  20. AZ Jim says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh there’s our Sue and the furry ones. Spike looks better. Hey, we miss ya but understand the need to take breaks. We are all doing okay, no problems, just kind words and chuckles as we await your return. Keep on keepin’ on there Missy.

  21. Pleinguy says:

    Nice pics for not being able to see the framing. So close again… I’m boondocked on the other side of the Grand Tetons near Briggs ID. Someday, we may actually meet on the road.

  22. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    Glad you posted!! Amazing how good those pictures are with a damaged camera but I know you will be happy when you have a new one. The site looks so nice in among the trees…my kind of place.

    Take care Dear Sister…give the crew a hug from me and sending you BIG HUGS!

  23. Susan (MO Ozarks) says:

    Hey Rusty, we are experiencing 95 degrees daily here in the Ozarks..maybe some of that cool weather will come this way –please??? Most of the summer has been great, though..overall cooler than usual.
    Nice campsite Sue! Have missed you, so spent the last week preparing for a garage sale…wish our house echoed! (with emptiness)…keep on plugging on!

  24. AZ Jim says:

    It’s time for an old mans rant!

    We get lot’s of catalogs. Why? I dunno, it’ not like we have money or inclination to buy a plow from John Deere or a luxury cruiser boat, Deer skin jacket, genuine Swiss knife or any other of the propositions we are regaled with in our daily mail. However, my complaint centers around the few catalogs we do occasionally buy from. Simply put, I freaking HATE those “blow-in tag along ad cards” that they blow into the pages and that I have to pick up after they slip out and hit the floor. This may seem like only a mild irritant to you but I am old and cranky so it really p****s me off. Surely there must be a way to seek revenge, but alas, it escapes me. Anyone who shares my rage have any ideas? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    • weather says:

      Hm-m….picture the victors of ancient wars feasting as the vanquished are enslaved working nearby.That has ever been a reward sweeter than exchanging blows yields.

      Shake loose the offensive cards onto a counter,gather them into a bag.Have lobster,toss the shells on a plate lined with those ads.As you savor the richness of the meal had in leisure,realize the ones who send catalogs out are still working- for fortunes worth far less than what’s yours…smile at your wife and inhale real success-make your next purchase- head held high- with the majesty that befits your blessed station in life-above the fray you no longer need be in

      apparently I’m no better at imagining vengeful antics than you are-but I know victory when I see it 🙂

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        That is a good idea, I especially love the idea of eating lobster! I keep mine in an envelope in my Casita, crumple them and give them a fiery end starting my campfires!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Find a junk card with a postage paid return, tape it to a large envelope, fill with the weeks junk mail and drop it in a USPS box.

  25. Debbie's Journey says:

    Happy to see you posted! While you took time off I decided to start your blog from the very beginning. Really captivating writing and I’m hooked.
    It’s good to know how you began the journey and how much planning etc it took.
    You know I said I am going to become a fulltimer, well this reading is helping me.
    I started a group hospice 6 week meeting for spouse loss and it just might be very helpful. Hearing I’m not alone in my pain and sadness seems to help. Having others to share and listen, so that’s a good thing. In the meanwhile I look at trailers for sale and read travelers blogs. Love you blog so much. You are a gift to so many!
    safe travels,
    Debbie and her two pup girls Lily and Rosie

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      I have a friend that is a hospice nurse, she was amazing with support when my mother died, I was mon’s caregiver. I am so glad this group is giving you the support you need, what a blessing. Just keep your dreams, look forward..and bless your sweet heart, so sorry you are dealing with all this.

      • Debbie's Journey says:

        Thank you, I appreciate your comment. Yes hospice is a fantastic organization. Don’t know what I would have done without them. Getting through a day without tears is way too rare. But, I’m going to keep going with our dream. Only now it’s a dream alone. That’s why reading rvsue’s blog is so helpful.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Alone, but… with community in the form of blogorinos (and people you meet on the road, should you choose to). I’m sorry for the reason you are currently solo, but glad you are going to keep going with your dream. Maybe we’ll meet up at a campsite some day.

  26. Sue(Alabama) says:

    Wahoo, news from Sue and her fur pups! Glad to see the great spot you picked it looks very peaceful. Love that there is free space behind you to enjoy and hope there will be some wild life that visits. You did not mention whether there were others camping there so I am hoping that there are not! I have never been where you are now, hope to visit there someday. The mountains look so amazing even with the clouds around them. Wow, What a treat to watch the buffalo jumping over the fence. The lone picture of the buffalo is wonderful, great job with a broken camera!

    Please, don’t feel that you need to answer all of us, just take your time relaxing, taking time for yourself, loving on the babies, reading and just enjoying your life. K

  27. Janis Harrison says:

    Welcome back !!

  28. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Bloom where you are planted, and it seems like you have a good handle on that!
    Good to hear from you and the crew Miss Sue!

  29. Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

    This question was raised on Sue’s previous blog comments:

    Michelle, SLC Utah says:
    August 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm
    Question for those with big doggies. We have our class B, our service dog is very scared. He will come up to it but he will not get in!

    Any ideas and thanks in advance for all the help. Because of the lift he needs to either go in thru the front door or jump high enough to get in. He is a lab mix, 70 lbs. only 3 years old.”

    Michelle, you might want to get in touch with the agency that would supply your type of service dog. They may have a trainer that could either give you pointers/suggestions or, if you’re nearby, they might offer to come to your home/van and get the dog acclimated to going in the van and showing you what to do to make the dog comfortable entering the van.

    You might be able to go on-line and find out the information, too. Try The Dog Whisperer’s website and maybe post a question for him as to how he would handle your situation.

    Just some thoughts. Hope you can find a simple, satisfactory solution quickly.

    Cat Lady

    • Michelle SLC, UT says:

      Thanks, they came and he went right in. We sleep in the van last night and he was a good boy. Now he waits for hubby to be loaded and he jumps right in and lays down. Even cooked breakfast this morning and he just layed there.

  30. DesertGinger says:

    Hi guys. Well, I had a stroke last night. My right arm and leg were completely paralyzed for about 3 hours. Fell in the floor and couldn’t get up. I thought I was going to die.

    I’m in the hospital now. Still have losses on right side, don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m afraid to be home alone. I’m waiting on MRI of brain. Already had cat scan which confirmed I had a stroke. Then I will have physical therapy to help me get use back.

    I’m so sad. Don’t know why this is all happening to me. I’m only 64; I feel 100.

    Sorry, just can’t be cheerful right now.

    • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

      Oh Ginger, I am so sorry to hear you are going through all this. Thinking of you, and wishing you the very best as you recover.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ginger… I can’t write much or it won’t post. My heart goes out to you as you face more “challenges.”

      No need to apologize because you’re among friends. No fake cheerfulness required.

      I am praying for you, dear one. Sue

    • Sue(Alabama) says:

      Oh, Desert Ginger, I’m so sorry that you are going through this. I wish I was closer so I could be there with you, but know that I am there in spirit. I will be sending prayers for you and the Doctors to find the answers.

    • Toni says:

      Don’t despair. I had a stroke last October at age 61. If you need some support, go to stroke net (if you can). I don’t have the exact web address, but they have a forum and are a very supportive and knowledgeable bunch. Everyone there has had a stroke. I was so freaked out and depressed when it happened. I’m doing ok and I supposed I was lucky in that I have only the slight speech slur and a little “off” on the motor skills like typing. I’ll say a prayer for you.

      • weather says:

        Dear Ginger,Such an awful thing to go through,of course you are sad and afraid, the control it must have taken you to comment is even hard for me to imagine,thank you.Weep.scream ,bitch or just lean on us-it doesn’t matter,at least you’re here!Oh God,I can’t tell you how much I want you well,safe,happy-just believe that it’s a lot ,babe-and won’t change.love,weather

    • Teri in SoCal says:

      DesertGinger,

      I’m so sorry to read this. Wish I was closer, I’d love to help out in any way I could. I know it’s easy for me to say, but don’t give up hope.

      Sending best wishes.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Many prayers for you, DeGin.

    • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

      Oh no DGinger! You have every right to be sad 🙁 We are all sad. Do what the Docs say and try to stay as positive as you can. Hopefully you can find some folks to stay with you. I, as others, will be praying for you.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      DesertGinger,

      My heart goes out to you. Remember that we are praying for you, sending you positive energy and many, many hugs.

    • Patricia from Florida says:

      OHHH Desert Ginger
      Know that you are being thought of and a prayer is being said for you. You have had sooo many setbacks. My humble advice is to just keep moving.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Oh my DesertGinger!

      This is just a rut in the road…..the road is smoother ahead! Try to keep your spirits up…..if we can help let us know.

      There are devices that will allow you to be at home…and get help if you need it. It can also be something so simple as always having your cellphone on your person at ALL times!

      Is There someone taking care of Chloe?

      Glad you have your ipad…..and the charger! Rest easy girl…thanks for keeping us posted.

      Know that you are ALWAYS in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      So sorry to hear this DGinger. I am keeping you in my prayers. I sure hope they can get you feeling better soon. You hang in there and know that we are here for you. Big Hug!!

      • Gayle says:

        It’s said the Lord never gives us anymore than we can handle. Therefore, you must be AWESOME! Be well, being alive is most of the battle!

    • AZ Jim says:

      I am so sorry Ginger. I know you are sad, maybe a little angry but hang in there. I’m pullin for ya young lady…

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Aww, DesertGinger. Suck! I’d be scared and angry and depressed too.

      I’m glad you felt you could come here and not have be all fake chipper and hide your feelings. I’m really glad you typed this, because my Mom had a serious stroke, and there is no way she would have been typing a comment on the Internet the next day. So I’m taking that as a very good sign. I hope all the good vibes coming from the blogorinos help you to feel better. I know there are a lot of us thinking of you!

      Sending virtual pats to Chloe too.

    • Teresa from NC says:

      I’m so sorry for your struggles, DGinger. Many thoughts headed your way!
      Teresa

    • Deborah says:

      Ginger, I’m so sorry to hear what is going on for you and pray for your full recovery!

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      Oh you poor darling woman, I am so sorry you are having all the challenges . My heartfelt best wishes for your fast recovery.
      Find. Out if the hospital has a social worker that can tell you what sort of in home help is available, it might make all the difference making your transition to home easier. You will get there! You are made of fire hardened steel, you can endure!

    • Tawanda says:

      Ah, D. Ginger,
      Take some time to process and don’t try to over think the what if’s! Can certainly understand your reluctance to be home alone again
      The good news is that you have improved already, will keep the good energies coming your way that the effects will completely resolve and you can continue to move forward with recovery from your surgeries..
      ((Hugs))
      T~

    • Wendy in Thailand says:

      Saying prayers for you Ginger, take care.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      We will pray for your healing and also for encouragement for you. Hang in there!

    • Debbie's Journey says:

      Hard time for sure!! So sorry sweetie for what you are going through. I’ll say a prayer for your speedy recovery. Sending you light and healing. I know how scary these things are. You will heal God willing and get back everything.
      hug and love,
      Debbie

    • Pauline from Mississippi says:

      Oh Ginger….praying for you. I am asking the Lord to put His Loving Arms around you to give you strength and encouragement. Lots of people are praying and I believe whole heartedly in the power of prayer.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      SO SO SORRY, Ginger….will be praying for your full recovery!! I have only had mini-strokes…years ago…and not for many years so far as I know. I think that same thing can happen with strokes too….people can recover and be fine for years…I hope they figure out the reason for your stroke…it could be something that medicine caused even…please keep us posted as you can!!

    • Illinois Jane says:

      Desert Ginger,
      Hang in there, girl. Get therapy right away and do it tenaciously.
      I’m so sorry this has happened. Try to recover a good attitude. There are lots of people here cheering for you.
      Healing thoughts to you, Hon.
      Jane

    • Michelle SLC, UT says:

      DGinger, my hubby had his stroke at 54. That was 6 years ago. Next week we will start our bucket list in our little RV. He had a massive stroke in the stem and whole right side of his brain. He has no use of his left side and does not even realize it is a part of him. His service dog helps him and he is now able to drive a electric wheelchair. Hang in there.

  31. Leslie from Australia says:

    Glad u are back on deck – photos great – we have same trouble with kangaroos – need a big bull – bar on front of ute to travel – they do a lot of damage – sunrises & sunsets most time they are about….cheers

  32. Dawn in Mi says:

    Have fun! Great photos for no view finder! Love the bison and the horses! Stroller..what a great idea!

  33. Ed says:

    Sue,
    I thought you had violated your no politics when I read ” …travel northwest to Jackson, Wyoming, the place to which zombies make their annual pilgrimage”. I thought that because the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has hosted an annual economic policy symposium at Jackson Lake Lodge since 1982. I then realized you were referring to the tourist not the zombie economist that attend the policy symposium.

    Pleinguy says: ” … I’m boondocked on the other side of the Grand Tetons near Briggs ID.”
    I can not find a Briggs, ID on the other side of the Grand Tetons but there is a Driggs, ID on the west side of the Tetons. I drove through it some years ago and I thought the west side of the Tetons were as impressive, maybe even more so, than the east side view. The really great thing about the west side is there are not nearly as many zombies making their annual pilgrimage.

  34. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I have to echo many other blogorinos comments – awesome pictures, despite the fact that you are shooting blind! Love the pictures of the adorable Crew! Thank you for sharing.

    Sending you warm thoughts and hope that you have found some needed rest and peace. Hugs to you, Spike and Bridget! Sweet, gentle dreams….

  35. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I love this camp! Very pretty and I love the mountains. I am so glad you and the crew are doing well.

    Enjoy your extended vacation. We will all look forward to hearing from you when you get back!

  36. Doug H says:

    Hi Sue, you are traveling in great territory. Not sure which way you are headed, but if you are headed east on Hwy 26/20 from Dubois there is boondocking at Riverton at the casino south of town about 1 mile, further east at Glen Rock, WY about 20 to 30 mi east of casper is a nice city park/area south of town with trees, pit toilets, water, free camping. nice area that we always stay at when heading to Nebr to visit my Dad.
    Not much between Shoshoni and Casper, no cell or internet due to reservation I guess.
    if you are looking for something further east of that let me know and I will send you more info. Have fun, enjoy the Tetons!

  37. Edie (OK) says:

    Sue,

    Thank you for posting and letting us know you and the crew are safe and sound!

    Please enjoy as much vacation as you want/need.

    Have a wonderful evening! 🙂

  38. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Great to hear you are enjoying the Tetons. I agree about Jackson. I worked there in the early 70’s when it was a small fun town. A couple of years ago I took my daughter on a trip there and thru Yellowstone. Full of kadidiots glad to get away! While going thru Yellowstone we had a herd of Buffalo block the road and start laying down. The ranger said the only way they would move is if he “charges” them with his pickup which he proceeded to do. They finally moved. I’ve lived around them, nothing much phases them unless they think you are bigger then they are.

  39. Teresa from NC says:

    Hi Sue. I’m happy that you touched base and gave us a glimpse of your travels. Awesome story of the bison. Another sight I wish I could’ve seen, of course. Enjoy your time with the pups…lots of hugs and belly rubs.
    Teresa

  40. Deborah says:

    Sue,
    I’m so glad you are back. Something just seems to be missing when you don’t post!

    As for your photographs, beautiful as always. I have to admit, I literally laughed out loud when you wrote about all the shots you got of the sky, etc. Yeah, probably time for a new camera!

  41. Monica says:

    Yeah! Your back! I was going through withdrawals today. I sped read your blog from the beginning to present, and I wanted more. Today while walking my dog in the park close to home, I noticed a man with his dog following a distance behind him. I took one look at the dog and almost screamed Spike. Yes, I know that wasn’t Spike, but that shows how badly I’m hooked on reading your blog and missing the tales of Spike and Bridget. Good to see the pups relaxing at camp. Safe travels!

  42. Applegirl NY says:

    Hi Sue, Glad to read a new post. Enjoy those Tetons and Bison. Beautiful, as usual.

  43. Something to be said for a mountain range that can’t be “captured”….:-). Sounds like your kind of place! Love your sweet little campsite tucked back in the trees; a lovely place for quiet contemplation. You have since moved on (hope you got the package by now), and found another memorable location. My mother loved the Tetons so they always remind me of her. Enjoy the majesty.

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

    Howdy Sue,
    Your blog has drawn a whole crowd of wonderful, caring people full of good advice. It’s a place where the wisdom of years lived comes out to play. A place where we can laugh at your adventures or feel sad when things don’t go so well and try and help where we can, in a world that seems to be a little out of whack.

    As for your friend Desert Ginger………..hang in there Girlie girl! Thoughts to God (prayers) are heard and will be answered, just in ways that you have yet to see or recognize. Determination and strong will is KEY in your comeback, never lose it!

  45. weather says:

    The weight in the air as fog drifted away made me strain to hear geese fish ,voices added their noise -frustrating the search I was on..There was a man,God bless him,taking his three kids fishing (while school’s still out),his boat motor loud and ugly,but I welcomed the interruption and grinned, smiles instead of wildlife -neat!I’d seen enough already.

    You see I was trying to notice the small guys -feathered or furred-that most mornings, show off if I wait.But today “my” eagle had already been here -that’s really my favorite wild friend-has been for a long time,matters more than the rest,that might sound harsh,but it’s true.I prefer those that “own” where they’re found,love their abilities-what they “stand for” to me.That high views can infuse life into those close to giving up too soon.

    Disappointment is a reaction to getting surprised ,by what some see as their end scene destroyed.By picturing happiness only one way,they allow their being torn to go unhealed,pain makes it’s home there and spreads.My relentless focus on beauty -on hope-is what taught me how to escape that… I need heroes in stories to watch.

    So I let Him remind me of the long view again -of how sweetness and light really wins.There’s a dog sleeping beside me -his age as mysterious as his past.

    A guy whose trust I’d gained let me confiscate his keys and drugs ,so he’d live to see tomorrow,one time.He’d gotten well and gone hunting with my husband for more meat to feed the canine pack here one day.Overweight,he’d stopped to rest by a tree and been approached by a dog,then gone on.

    When they got back here,my husband left the truck running and said”I’m keeping it warmed up,in case you say what I expect you to.” They told me what happened and drove me to the place where I met the furry friend in this chair.He and I remain here,one guy’s in heaven,the other I heard moved away.

    Today we two in this chair have new companions nearby.As the troupe changes faces love sometimes has to cross distance to reach each other-and does- the long view’s promise- that life’s a wonder-a gift that’s eternal is true

    Sue, how you “own” where you’re found with an ability to inspire has come at a cost I well understand.Your life hasn’t always been as easy as RVSue’s story makes it look.May what you give others be multiplied back to you today and fill you with hero’s pleasures well deserved

  46. DesertGinger says:

    Today I feel a bit better. They are still collecting info with tests. I’m just settling into feeling safe. They will keep me here till I have a safe INR,or between 2 and 3. Then I go to HealthSouth for rehab, which gives me some time. I have something to do with Chloe. Probably put her in the kennel.

    • weather says:

      Hi Ginger,Chloe is so fortunate to be around you between your stays at each place you have to go.She gets to see you and exchange comfort,then you set her up to be taken care of,getting her back just as soon as you can.I just love all that,and think it won’t have to be that way much longer.Thanks for the visit,glad you feel a bit better,and safer now.I still expect to find a way to enjoy each other’s fun in dancing ,for now,hope you’re resting well when you can.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, DesertGinger,

      I am glad you are feeling a bit better today! Sending you a healing hug! 🙂

  47. Terri From Texas says:

    Hi Desert Ginger,
    I can only repeat what others have said here-hang in there! God does answer prayers and I urge everyone who does pray to do it for you! Try to stay cheerful and focused. We are all pulling for you!

  48. Terri From Texas says:

    R. (Western Colorado), and Roger in So. California,
    I just saw your comments on Davis Mountains State Park. We have visited Big Bend many many times and camped and have been to Davis probably two or three times camping. One trip, my husband and I camped at Balmorhea State Park in a rented pickup truck with a tent for shelter. It was so windy we had to tie the tent off to the shelters they have there. The next morning, it was cold but my husband wanted to go in the springs so he suited up and jumped in and swam around! (He SAYS he is a Texan, but I could swear he was born in Wisconsin!) I couldn’t, it was too darn cold. I think this was in September. He was the only person in the pool which in itself was amazing. We like to take our trips in the season of as few kids and families as possible.
    Been to McDonald Observatory as well a few times. It is sad that the renewed oil exploration is really trashing West Texas-they say the flaring is ruining the viewing from the Observatory. As for the word “trashing” I literally mean “trash”. I have seen it with my own eyes coming back in from New Mexico-absolutely disgusting. But, I guess if you close your eyes to all of that you can still see the magnificent beauty West Texas still has to offer. I hope our upcoming trip will be as great as our others have been.

    • Roger in SoCal says:

      Hi Terri.

      How I miss Texas (sigh), I have been to all those places. Never went swimming at Balmorrhea, but that was the first place my wife (now Ex) and I had camped with our new popup trailer. I remember it well because that night it went down to 25 degrees, lucky we had a heater. The next morning folks came by to see how we were. We went to a star party at Mcdonald Observatory, and stayed in Chisos Basin in a tent, we had a puppy Chihuahua and my wife went nuts, worried when the Javelina came close to the tent.
      Anyway you get the idea of how I feel about West Texas, still have alot of friends living in Midland/Odessa.
      Have fun on your trip, I would love to hear how it went.

      Roger

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

    Hey Ginger if your reading this, tell your pooch that your thinking of them and cant wait to see them, animals have a way of communication that we owners do not understand, they are GOD given, true gifts………..they read emotion.

    In your post, you seem a bit depressed and giving up and have to put your buddy in a kennel situation while your laid up in the hospital……………have someone take a piece of your clothing you were admitted with and give it to your buddy………..it has your scent, it will give a bit of comfort to your friend, because he or she doesn’t understand where you went, just wait till they can lick your hand again.

    I have no idea if this is the kind of relationship you have with your friend, but if it is it will give some sort of comfort to your buddy until you return

    You are right…………your only 64 and things shouldn’t be going wrong………..some people recover from medicine, some from natural methods………..we all get scared from modern medicine and the drug companies and too much health TV and the mindset it leaves us with, over time we have been dumbed down, taught to GIVE IN to what ails us.

    In the boy and girl scout manual of life ( the bible) Jesus speaks of self healing and the ability of everyone to do it (God given) it’s a Spirit thing or in your mind, they still cant understand or explain the human spirit and never will.

    All the kings horses and all the kings men cant put humdy dumpty back together again. “think about it” (doctors)

    Most folks that live alone and get older and wind up alone do to divorce…death of a spouse or whatever fail to realize what they have to offer, they feel tired, worn out, used up!……no one cares……………

    Horse shit! those ney sayers die young and give up, you have a lot to pass on and can reteach your body to recover from the paralyzing effects of a stroke.

    On the more lighter side is tell GOD Lord let me have control of my speech……so I can teach! and pass on what I have learned to the young or just remind others of what they already know.

    And above all Lord let me have control of my right hand so I can give the bird to people that said I couldn’t do it! With God all things are possible!

    My friend ive never met you, I hope ive not overstepped my bounds in my advise, but I have lived thru and been the recipient of his love and his son, im a long haul driver, I don’t have jesus stickers on my truck, im not a preachy fanatic, bible thumping ding a ling, I ask the almighty to forgive me for having to work on Sundays and so on.

    I plead my case while on earth, I ask for forgivness and guidance, I tell him I want to know while on earth, what others don’t know until their dead and gone and cant change.

    I hope all you guys can get thru this comment, it’s been lengthy, but Gin needs a bit of help, a little boost, a little bit of a reminder that “cant never tried”

    Everyone have a nice sunrise and thank God that they saw another day.

    In my job I see the dawn of a new day and the sunset of one done all in the same day even tho im traveling back east and live in the west and have western thinking, I still see the beauty in the skyscrapers against the twilight and and have met super fine folks that live there.

    Miss Sue, chin up, keep on trucking (rving) you make my day to read what your up to and where your at and lifes moments, I have a feeling that your preparing yourself and your readers for the passing of a good friend (Spike) Im just the only one that had balls enough to say so, it’s gonna hurt, but its part of the process.

    You like to read…………hmmmm want to read about love for a dog? “Try Island of the blue Dolphins”, I cant remember now but there is a sequel or it might be in the same book about when her buddy dies and she has a new puppy, and takes a bit of time to let the new pup fill the void.

    It’s about a young woman ( a girl) on an island, during westword expansion that the explorers killed everyone in her village and all that was left was her and her dog, the ways of the men and their tasks were now gone, she had to survive and learn the hunting skills that were reserved by men…………or die and how it was just her and her dog on an island…………alone!……….such a good read, and I hate reading novels, but it reminds me of you.

    Please edit all this yak yak if you could, but leave the message to Ginger!
    Thanks, Robert

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Robert… I share your love of God. However, I have a policy for my blog that we avoid the topics of religion and politics. A brief mention of faith is fine. I do that myself, but I keep in mind that some of my readers are of different faiths.

      I’m not deleting your message because of your heartfelt, sincere wishes for Ginger. Please keep my blog policy in mind when commenting. Thanks!

  50. Roger in SoCal says:

    Hi Sue,
    One of my brothers weenie dogs has Cushings and has had it now for 2 years she is doing well. She now has diabetes and gets 2 shots of insulin a day, has lost 5 pounds and for a mini that is alot.
    I believe Spike will do well…he gets alot more exercise than his weenie dog gets.

    Great to hear you are doing well.

    Roger

  51. Ed H says:

    Sue: How ’bout a “local” weather report from your campsite? I just stumbled upon a site that shows live webcam shots of most of the parks throughout the western states. The webcam of the Tetons looks like snow has/is falling, at least at the upper elevations. What say you?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It sounds great, Ed H. Two things come to mind… Over the course of a year I’m not in a park a substantial portion of the time. Also I try not to put too much on my blog that will make it hard to load and/or that uses too much date. I already tend to post too many photos! Thanks for the idea. I may use it sometime in the future.

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