Assurances

Monday, March 20

This is our last day at Las Vegas Bay Campground.  The heat wave is almost over and I have no more tasks to complete in the city.

Las Vegas Bay Campground, Lake Mead Recreation Area, Nevada

Reggie and I enjoyed the routine of this camp.

Whenever we walk toward the entrance of the campground, if Charlie is outside, he calls us over for a sit-and-chat in the shade of his fifth wheel’s awning.

Sadie sees us, becomes excited, and starts jumping around.  This is a bit much for little Reg.

Reggie’s solution?

Jump into Charlie’s lap!  That evens the playing field!

This, of course, makes Sadie jealous.

Charlie reaches out to assure her everything’s okay.

A scratch on the head is dog-talk for “I still love you the best, so behave.”

I ask Charlie when he plans to leave and he tells me he’s going to hang around Las Vegas for another week in order to spend time with his grandson.

“How about you?” he asks.

“We’re leaving in the morning.  I’m ready for some free camping!”

Sadie and Reggie play-fight while we gab.

Much like his gesture to Sadie, Charlie assures me.

Noooooo, he doesn’t scratch me on my head!  Sheesh.

He says, “We’ll probably bump into each other again.”

“I expect we will,” I reply.

Charlie points toward the restroom building.

“There goes a roadrunner!” he exclaims.

“Oh, I love those things!  Let me see if I can catch him.”  I lift up my camera and zoom in.  “Oh, there he goes . . . Stop running!”

“I got him!” 

Well, most of him.  I cut off his zygodactyl toes.  (More about those toes later.)

Tuesday, March 21

Before leaving Las Vegas Bay Campground, I fill up ten one-gallon jugs with drinking water from one of the spigots.  I stop at the trash bin and throw in our trash.  Lastly, I park the Best Little Trailer at the dump station and get out the sewer hose.

The waste tanks emptied, I fill up the fresh water tank using the hose that’s attached to the spigot.  (Reggie and I never drink water that comes from a dump station spigot.  The water that goes into the fresh water tank is used primarily for flushing the toilet, not for drinking.)

I slide behind the wheel of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

Reaching down, I pet Reggie sitting beside me in his bed.

“There.  All done.  Now we can go find our new camp!”

We pass Charlie’s campsite on the way out.  He gets up from his camp chair and sends us a big smile with a great sweep of a wave which translate into . . .

“Happy trails! See ya’ down the road!”

rvsue

DID YOU KNOW?

About the Greater Roadrunner:

“Our largest cuckoo, this bird is characterized by a long tail, streaked appearance, frequently erected shaggy crest, and a blue and orange bare patch of skin behind the eyes. It is capable of running very rapidly across the ground (15 mph) and rarely flies. Like all cuckoos, the Roadrunner is a zygodactyl bird (it has 2 toes pointing forward and 2 toes backward). . . . Roadrunner skin is heavily pigmented. On cool mornings, the bird positions itself with its back towards the sun and erects its feathers, thus allowing the sun to strike directly on the black skin which quickly absorbs heat energy. This makes it possible for the bird to achieve body heating without unnecessary expenditure of metabolic energy.” — Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

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73 Responses to Assurances

  1. Nancy in California says:

    First?

  2. carlene from minden nv says:

    Good campground hunting.

  3. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    Bittersweet goodbyes to people, pets and places make the serendipity of running into each other again all the sweeter.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A lovely thought, Pam, and YOU MADE THIRD PLACE!

      • Pam from Wisconsin says:

        Wow! Talk about serendipity, I must have been in the right place at the right time to make 3rd. Never got close to top ten before!

  4. carlene from minden nv says:

    Nancy… 1st!!! Love the pics of the playful fur friends… I’ll take 2nd…

    Carlene and Corky.

  5. Thanks again for your updates. So nice to follow along on your adventures while constrained to my cube!!! Will stay tuned:-)

  6. Have a pleasant time in finding your next camp, be safe and give Reggieman a huge hug from us, okay,,,,,, Rusty n Piper

  7. Renee from Idaho says:

    Well, well, at least I’m in the top ten!

  8. Kristi & Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

    Safe travels to your new place!

  9. I did not know that Roadrunners have those weird eyes! Usually you don’t see any white around a bird’s eye. Kinda creepy, I thought! Hope you find a fabulous new free site (I know you will)

  10. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Hi you two! I’ve spent the last hour reading the last week’s posts and comments as I’ve been out of town. I went to San Antonio and Waco, Texas with a girlfriend for a few days. The River Walk is absolutely beautiful, as is the San Fernando Cathedral and all the old buildings in San Antonio. We just don’t have too many old buildings in my part of California. Waco was interesting; we enjoyed visiting Magnolia Market and the Silos bakery – the two of those attractions are pulling in 25,000 people a week!!! Pretty amazing!!

    I was sad to read that you didn’t get the puppy, but can see how it would be an awful lot of work. I can just see Reggie as a big brother though, teaching a young-un how to attack those stuffed animals!! I’m sure you’ll eventually find the perfect match for your little family 🙂

  11. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    I love the roadrunner pic! That’s a good shot. They are not easy to catch with the camera.

    Wherever you and Reg are now I hope you are having great weather and happy camping.

  12. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie. I don’t have a computer at home. I was off half a day Friday too. When I came in this morning there was three new posts and now another one. I am so excited. Love the pictures and the stories. Thank you. Be good and if you can’t be good then at least be safe!

  13. Nora now in Canyon Lake TX says:

    Hi Sue,
    Headed out in that direction next week. It’s been a beautiful spring in the hill country of Texas but my feet are itchy and it’s time to move. Thanks for all the great bird and dog photos! I’m not as brave as you so won’t be boondocking but hope to see the same countryside. Headed toward El Paso and Phoenix up to Oregon and Washington and then across the top of the country, edging into southern Canada to visit some friends. Happy trails to you.

  14. Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

    Good to see you on the road again! Looking forward to the next special spot! Keep that angel on your shoulder, she has been a big help in finding you nice safe camps! Hugs to Reggie and know you are loved!

  15. Cinandjules (🌵) says:

    Silly boy Reg man!
    Onward!

  16. Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

    I get so excited when you move camps!! I wonder…where will she go? what will she see? who, if anyone, will be there? will it be nice weather? One day….
    Ok, I have to ask: was there a Coyote after Roadrunner? BEEP BEEP!!
    Love the pictures of Reggie at play. He is one handsome cutie pie!\
    Thank you for your post, Sue! Belly rubs, hugs, and prayers.

  17. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one whose RV has a stash of one-gallon containers for water.
    And here’s something else I discovered for water which also suits my desire to recycle.

    Clearing out the pantry the other day I came upon an empty 20-lb. plastic tote for cat litter and I thought it would make an excellent water jug for attending a couple of larger outdoor patio plants. I figure 20-lb. container holds about 3 1/2 gallons of water. Then I decided to keep it around for the RV. And it’s square so it will fit well in the shower which is where I put all my transportable water when I am going down the road. I do that so if by chance there’s a weak bottle or container and it springs a leak, what better place for it to be?

    • Karen in Pacific NW says:

      Not all plastic containers from products are made with food safe plastics. Only recycle for water use containers that have been recycled from food products to prevent any errors of that type.

    • Cinandjules (🌵) says:

      Nancy,
      Those cat litter jugs and pails come in handy! Not sure if you know that they aren’t “food safe” no matter how good you clean it!
      I found out it was a no no as I used to store the feral cat food in it. Apparently the litter ingredients leach into the plastic and the plastic leaches into whatever you store in it. I guess as long as you don’t intend to drink the water….it’s ok.

      I also found out that dry dog and cat food should remain in its original packaging and then placed in the plastic tubs.

  18. Pamelab says:

    Hi, Sue –
    That is a nice photo of the roadrunner! Off to a new adventure. I’m headed to Lubbock from Houston. Be back in about a week. I’ll also go two hours north of Lubbock to Palo Duro Canyon S P, said to be the Grand Canyon of Texas. Cap Rock Canyon is also in that area and there are buffalo! Hope I get there, too.
    Thanks for your very special blog. Always enjoy reading of you adventures.
    Happy Travels. Pamelab in Houston and Lubbock for now.

  19. Dawn in MI says:

    I love those roadrunners too. So glad you captured one (digitally) for us to enjoy! Can’t wait to see where you two light next!

  20. Ilse says:

    Hi Sue,
    I didn’t realize how far behind your posts are. It just means that I was waving to complete strangers this morning when I zoomed by on Hwy. 93. A lot of horrible high wind driving today. I started in Flagstaff at 5 am and am now sitting beside Walker Lake in the middle of Nevada. I think I’ll stay an extra day to recuperate, before starting the next leg of my way home to the PNW.
    Cheers,
    Ilse

    • Suzi says:

      Hi Ilse, have fun, rest, and have a cold one 😎🍺. Take your time and don’t hurry home: it’s still RAINING! Please bring some sunshine home with you, as we are all about going bonkers without any sun! I think I’ll have a margarita and a fish taco for pau Hana 🍹🌮🌴 Friday, and see if that doesn’t help my mood!
      Suzicruzi VanWA

  21. Linda-NC says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie- Good catch of the roadrunner. When I was in Texas, I spent two hours trying to get a pic of the rascal!!!!! At the time, not enough zoom and they are fast. Onward and upward! Me thinks that you will head north”))
    Tomorrow, I hike a mile into Tallulah Gorge to try and get a pic of the only known nesting Peregrine Falcons in Georgia. And a mile back, so I should be in good shape! I sure hope that I can capture them. I do have a better camera now so hoping for the best.

  22. Lori says:

    That is a wonderful shot of the Road Runner!
    OH Nancy from SG, thanks for the idea of storing the water in the tub, I never thought of that!
    I was also glad you didn’t get the puppy, w a y to much work! Reggie’s buddy is waiting patiently for him, you just haven’t connected yet
    Happy Trails

  23. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Great roadrunner catch! Interesting roadrunner fact too. I wonder if my brother knows that. He enjoys trying to spot and photograph roadrunners too. Most of his interest originated with the cartoon, however, much of his career he was stationed at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson and did a great deal of hiking in the area.

  24. Twenty years ago when I first moved to Tucson we used to have a road runner who frequented our chimney every night. From his lofty perch he would sing his mating song. Soon enough I took the opportunity to answer him back. Evidently I did it well enough that he was soon bringing me courtship gifts – horny toads, lizards, and all sorts of other RR delectables! A few years later I was at a resort here in Tucson and found myself face to face with another RR. I began to serenade him with the RR mating call. We spent an hour together with me taking all sorts of photographs of him while he was actually doing a bow-coo behavior which is their mating ritual. I finally called it quits since it was over 100 degrees and I was wilting without any water. I went back to the building and sat outside to call my mom to tell her what just happened. It was the only area that one could get cell reception. Not too long afterwards the RR actually followed me! I took some more photos of my new boyfriend. While showing the photos to someone who worked there she pulled out a RR tail feather and gave it to me telling me that clearly I was meant to have it!

    I’ve got so many stories I could tell but I’ll let this be my closing story. I was in my home office one day when I saw something move past the window. To my great and utter surprise I saw a WHITE ROAD RUNNER!!! I was in total awe! Sadly I didn’t have my camera with me so I settled for just hanging out with him for a while. Just a few days later he came back once again. This time I had my camera and managed to get some really good shots of him with his white feathers against the green of a palo verde tree. He actually allowed me to get within five feet of him. I guess he knew I didn’t have my telephoto lens with me! I afterwards called the Desert Museum to tell them what I just saw. They told me that white RRs are extremely rare. They have a very short life span because they have no place where they can hide as well as being very susceptible to skin cancer since they have no protection against the desert sun. Ever since that wonderful meeting I’ve always kept two of his photos wherever I’ve lived to remind me of that most incredible moment. Sorry for the long post but since so many are lovers of road runners I though you might enjoy my stories!

  25. Krystina says:

    You are one lucky Lady Deborah! Thank you for the information about the white Road Runner!

  26. weather says:

    It’s nice to see how comfortable with, and fond of, each other you four have become. I enjoyed the way Reggie trusts Charlie enough to jump into his lap, and trusts Sadie enough to still want to play with her, just from a higher perch. Your last photo with both dogs and Charlie being so close is really sweet!It does seem likely that you’ll bump into each other again. I would think Charlie enjoys getting away from the heat and large population of Henderson, so he frequently stays at camps of the type you enjoy.

    Thanks for including that great shot of the road runner and information about them. My gosh, what interesting and beautiful creatures they are. I hope the camp you found that day was nice, and look forward to your telling us about it.

    • weather says:

      Hi again Sue, I hope it’s a beautiful day where you are now. Before I read the information you provided about roadrunners I didn’t know they were a cuckoo bird. This will seem silly, because I’d seen cuckoo clocks somehow I thought cuckoo birds weren’t real, as if they were just for toys, stories and such.

      So I went to the all about birds site and found a few types of them, including a roadrunner . It was fun listening to and comparing what each type sounds like.
      There are a lot of birds settling in around me now here in NY state. It’s really beginning to feel a bit more like springtime every day.

  27. AZ Jim says:

    That Roadrunner looked mighty relaxed, wonder where Wile E. Coyote is? No matter how silly those cartoons were they made the drive-in movie rock with laughter. Readers who missed the 50’s Drive-in days wonder what I am talking about. That was not the only great thing about those theaters however…

  28. Suzicruzi from Van., WA says:

    Afternoon Sue and Reggie. 😎 I placed my first Amazon order through your link just now. Since I’ve not done this before, I’d like you to let me know if you see it and it goes through correctly to give you your commission. I’m excited to be able to contribute back as you have give freely so much to me! I read somewhere that you have to seal the deal w/in one hour of clicking on the link on your page. I had a shopping cart full waiting to order from prior posts… I wasn’t sure, so I deleted those items, and will order again following your link within an hour (if you know if that’s true?). I can’t remember where I saw the 1 hour limit part, but I feel like I did read that somewhere. Thing is, I fill my cart over time, then one day, “Bam”, I send the order in. Once I get how this works, then I can be sure it’s working to your advantage.

    Again, thanks so much for the time spent with your Blogorinos answering questions, posting very entertaining Doggy stories, and sharing all your amazing photos with us. I was astounded with those Sunset photos a day or so ago!! Holy Cats!! 🙀

    Hugs to you both, and a smooch to the little Cutie-Patootie on 4 lags!! Suzi. 🤗

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you very much, suzicruzi!

      To clarify: The way you enter Amazon determines where any commission goes. If you fill up your wish list or your cart by entering Amazon from elsewhere, the commission, if any, goes to “elsewhere” even if the final transaction is via my blog.

      There is no one-hour limit. I don’t know who wrote that but it is incorrect.

      Thanks again!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      In order to confirm for you that I received a commission, I need to know the item you ordered and the date it was ordered. I’ll be happy to check to see if it’s on my orders report.

      • Suzicruzi from Van., WA says:

        Hi Sue, I ordered a compact camp table, the tent stakes you recommended awhile back, an a pack of two solar camp lights. I will keep ordering!! Ha!ha! I’ve been selling hsld *crap* we can’t take with us, and we have quite the kitty building up. We’ve covered the awning, and the lift kit, 15″ tires, outdoor shower, larger water tank, and a few odds and ends. 🤣😂. I had some left over, so I thought I’d pick up some random things I’ll know we will use right off the bat when we move into the (said) Casita.

        I think I found a question you asked me awhile back, in response to a post I made, that I didn’t see for quite awhile. We don’t have a Casita yet, but we’ve looked at 3 so far. Our sales rep at Casita has been walking us through the process. We have a few more decisions to make before we’ll place our order. We head out for full time 7.1.2018.

        Sue, you rock! xo.

      • Suzicruzi from Van., WA says:

        Hi Sue,

        I placed my order March 28th. Thanks!! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ll check right now. Items appear on the orders report when they are shipped. Be back in a bit…

          LATER>>> Okay, I looked. I see the camp table and the tent stakes. The solar camp lights will probably show up later today or sometime tomorrow.

          Thanks again, suzicruzi!

  29. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I love these photos of Reggie & Sadie.
    #1 – Greetings Sadie.
    #2 – Why are you upset with me?
    #3 – I don’t see any cavities in there.
    #4 – Hey, watch it, I wasn’t ready!
    The two of them gave me a good laugh today. I really needed that. I have something going on with my heart and was supposed to have an MRI w/stress today, but it was cancelled as the ins. co. says medicare will not cover an MRI, now. So, I have to have a nuclear test instead that takes 4 hours and is not as conclusive, and costs more than the MRI. To top that off, it can’t be done until next Thursday (the 6th.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sorry to hear this, Barbara. Waiting can be stressful. I’m glad Reggie and Sadie got your mind off medical/insurance stuff for a few moments, giving you a laugh. Great captions! 🙂

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      Funny photo captions😃
      Best wishes and prayers for your medical test(s). Isn’t it crazy what they will and will not pay for. I hope you are feeling strong and heart healthy soon.

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

    Hi Sue & Reggie. Have been in valley of fire last few days. Now in page. Explored lake mead rec area but not as far as Las Vegas bay. Wondered if u ever stayed @ Stewart’s point? Awesome palms & springs along the highway. Also explored another boon docking place for future reference. Almost lost my teeth! Felt like I was in the presence of royalty. Didn’t intrude but was very excited. Take care.

  31. Joyce Sutton says:

    Oh. I was sorry to hear that the wish list or cart doesn’t always go to u then. Some even lots of my orders may not reach you then. Ill watch closer in the future. The extend a line clothes dryer was probably mine though. Heads up everybody that was awesome. Heavy duty I thought this old lady wouldn’t be able to install on ladder but it amazed me. And came off as easily as adverted And stowed on a much more compact area than expected after I saw it. In the reviews it stated some saw a little rust after use

  32. Pam and Maya, still in NY says:

    Congratulations Sue! I tried for two years to get a photo of a roadrunner and never seemed to accomplish it. Finally got one in the desert museum in Tuscon where my subject was captive! I love Reggie and Sadie together!

  33. weather says:

    🙂

  34. Mertinkentucky says:

    Hi Sue, Reg and everyone!!
    I wanted to drop a note to say that I am still here and following every word 🙂
    Doing peetty well here in the bluegrass state. Had a very mild winter ( thank goodness) however, I imagine this summer will be a scorcher!
    We have my parents house on the market, been going through 60 years of things that have acumulated over the years, what a job, a sad one at times as well.
    Asia had to have surgery in November to remove what we thought was a fatty tumor in her leg , turns out it was cancer. But thank goodness not the kind that spreads, i just have to watch to her to make sure it doesn’t return
    I’m doing fairly well, other than the winter time, kit kat bar spread that found me.. lol. Dieting now.
    Still enjoying your blog and pictures. Safe travels to you..
    Mert and Asia Mae

  35. Looking forward to the next new camp!

  36. Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

    Can’t wait to see pics of your new home! Praying that all is well with you and Reggie!

  37. Suzi says:

    Evening Sue, and Mr Reginald ( the peeing machine!)

    Short note here. You know I’m living in both the past, and in the moment with your blog. Please go back and read your post on February 15, 2016, if you doubt, at times, your blogging warms the heart of many many people. Hellooo??? 495 replies??

    Since I just read that blog, that’s where my mind is at the moment. (Other than, “That’s not cool Reggie!”). I had a good laugh about the Pee- Meister!! Back to your post about wondering what happened to people sometimes; as in, they just disappear! Nada. Zip. Poof. Not to be heard from again. I “feel” where you are coming from. Personal story for another day, and I will tell you in another post.

    Sue, 495 replies? I’d say you are doing something right. People are people and we are a fickle lot. Kinda like Tom cats- we roam, we check out a lot of neighborhoods. We sit on a lot of fences. But in the end? We always come home.

    Sue, 495 replies. I rest my case. 🙂

    PS. The very last photo in that post Sue, really sucks me in to the lifestyle of full-timing it on the road. It pretty much says it all. The only thing that would have made it better, is if there was a warm breath spot and a black nose pressed up against the rear window of the BLT watching the sun go down. Hugs to you both-

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