Big rigs to small or none at all — It’s all good at Mittry Lake, Arizona

People with big RVs can camp at Mittry Lake, too.

1-DSC01599The crew and I take a walk up to the big rig area on the opposite side of our road. We can’t see it from our campsite. The road curves up a hill to a flat area.  A Class A is parked here with a screen room, and also a large trailer along the water’s edge.  I’m surprised to see water at this higher elevation.

As you can see in the next photo, there’s room for more.


Somebody with a truck camper is tucked into a cozy spot.  I think it’s good that we’re limited to ten days in a calendar year.  The place won’t be over-used and run down.


I stop to talk with a guy sitting on the ground fixing his bike. 

Actually, Spike and Bridget run over to meet him so they can check his food supply, and I follow.  The guy’s name is Dale.  He’s traveling lightly… a few pots, a small tarp under his air mattress, a satchel, not much of anything.

I ask him where he’s from.

“I live between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe

“Must be nice.  I’ve never been there, but I bet it’s pretty,” I remark.

“Oh, it’s beautiful, but the pine forest is cold right now.  I got tired of freezing so I said, ‘I’m goin’ to the Sonoran Desert.'”

Dale continues tightening spokes.

He adds, “I can’t believe I made ten miles yesterday in a head wind.  I used to bike when I was in my twenties.  I’m fifty-five now, haven’t biked in all those years, and . . . ”  He shakes his head.

1-DSC01603Dale asks me where I’m from which leads to an explanation of my philosophy of life.

“You don’t need a lot of stuff to be happy,” Dale agrees.  He looks around at his sparse camp.  Apparently he’s camping without a tent. He stops his work for a moment and looks back in time.

“I was working hard so I could live the life and pay off debt.  Then it got to the point where I couldn’t afford the gas to go to the job.”

I fetch Spike out of Dale’s stuff, and turn to leave.

“C’mon, Bridget.  God bless you, Dale, and have a safe trip, wherever you go.”

As I start to walk away Dale asks me if there’s water up at the bathrooms.

1-DSC01608“I don’t know.  I carry my water with me so I didn’t think to look.  If you can’t find water, stop by my camp and I’ll give you some.”

Before returning to camp the crew and I make a detour.

1-DSC01601We investigate the empty campsites along the lake.  Most of them are suitable for small trailers like the Best Little Trailer, truck campers, vans, or tents.

1-DSC01606One is large enough for a big rig, but right now it’s still muddy.

1-DSC01607We come upon a spit of land jutting out into the lake.

1-DSC01619There are several of these.  Maybe they were constructed for waterfowl.  The reeds along each spit of land do provide a haven for water creatures.

1-DSC01618-001On the way back toward the main land, Spike pauses at an opening in the reeds.

“Spike!  Are you going to take a soak?”

1-DSC01623I kneel down to capture the moment in the classic composition of a Spike soak photo:  Body in the foreground with beautiful water and scenery in the background . . . .  Got it!

1-DSC01624Someday I’m going to count how many soak photos I have of my boy.

Some readers like to know what I eat.

Why, I don’t know.  Anyway . . . I aim to please, so here goes.

1-DSC01630When we get back to camp, I chop up a big onion and the two remaining zucchinis.  I put them in an oiled fry pan and cook them until lightly browned.

Then I put a lid on the pan and cook a few more minutes until the zucchini is as soft as I want.

I add a can of diced tomatoes and some spices… garlic, dried red pepper, or Italian mix?  I throw something in the pan from my spice collection, not sure what . . . a little of this and a little of that.

A few minutes simmering with the lid off . . . and I eat!  Mmm . . . Not bad.  A vegetable stew.  The leftovers will be even better.



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September 5, 2013 — less than three months ago from today’s post — the crew and I explored a beautiful rainforest in Washington.

“Hamma Hamma Campground, Hood River, Washington”

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131 Responses to Big rigs to small or none at all — It’s all good at Mittry Lake, Arizona

  1. Angie2B says:

    Hi Sue

  2. DeAnne in TN says:

    I’ve got another one—I was last on the last post! tee hee

  3. Linda in Texas says:

    I’m drawn to water, like Spike. I think this is a just a beautiful spot to relax and spend some time!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Yes, this is a place to relax. I admit that I spent a large part of the morning in my camp chair with the crew at my feet. I watched the coots dive underwater for food and then come to the surface.

  4. Teri in SoCal says:

    My mom used to make something similar to that with zucchini, before serving it she would add some grated parmesan. Nice meal.

    I enjoy hearing what other people cook, it’s great to get new ideas for easy meals.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri,

      I was going to put some parmesan on top. When I found it tasted good without it, I decided to save the cheese for something else. Don’t want to run out of grated cheese, because when you want it, you really want it!

  5. Terri from Texas says:

    Hi RvSue,

    Absolutely gorgeous place! Where the heck is everybody? I find it amazing that someplace this pretty isn’t overrrun with people. You are the lucky one! I love places like this!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      One thing I’ve learned in the 2+ years of full-timing is to expect the unexpected. Places that are normally empty with plenty of sites… You go and find it crowded. The reverse sometimes happens, too.

      I’m simply happy we came here during a uncrowded time.

  6. Casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue,

    Looks like a great spot! Wish I was there in one of those campsites along the water. It’s cold here in Michigan–20-30 and breezy with lots of clouds and some snow. Our pond is frozen already! I’ll have to be content with following along with your adventures for a while until we get our plans together for our travels. Thanks for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Casitagirl. Ooh, you give me the shivers!

      Yes, stay with us. We’re staying where it’s warm.

  7. EmilyO of NM says:

    Curious. Camping at this area is restricted to 10 days in a calendar year. Is it an honor system that is maintained; or, is there a system of keeping a physical check and records, of say license plates, by a local agency? Our 5 inches of snow is pretty much gone, but still on the cold side.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Emily,

      I assume the people with clipboards come by in their little white trucks and enter your license plate number into their “system.” I don’t really know, but that’s my guess.

      Five inches of snow before Thanksgiving . . . in New Mexico!

  8. kgdan says:

    Thanks for more pictures of Mittry Lake. Tomorrow we land at sister’s house in Chandler for Thanksgiving. After we watch the Seahawks beat the Saints on Monday night football (Go Hawks!) we will be making our way there for the first dip of the port-a-bote in a real fishing lake!! Somebody I know is really anxious to get there! 🙂

  9. Pauline says:

    Another wonderful “soaking” picture. I love to see Spike enjoying the water. I also love zucchini, onions and tomatoes!!!!
    Love you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love you, too, Pauline. Thanks for letting me know you still keep up with my blog.

      • Pauline says:

        I read it and all the comments!!!!!! Just don’t have much to say that hasn’t already been said. I love your followers!!!

  10. Hotel California says:

    I’m number seven! Glad to see you don’t wrestle with pigs.

  11. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Spikey might be remembering the past when he was amphibian. Is this the reason he likes to soak? Who would have thought a rat terrier could be such a water dog and is his coloring changing because of molting? Will he shed his skin and turn into a beautiful reptile? Stay tuned folks, “You ain’t seen nothin yet”.

  12. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Yummy vegie mix…………has made me want my lunch early. So love where you are right now. Thanks for showing us!

  13. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Sue, I really can’t explain why but I really like this place where you are camping. It’s so different, Palm trees???, spits, coves, and beautiful mountains. Thank you as always for sharing the experience.
    Ha, the food, well when camping I have found that you can come up with some very good creative dishes based on what you have on hand. Have to. My friends laugh at me because I do not throw food away (unless it’s old) just use the left overs in a different way.
    You are really meeting interesting people in your travels, they have a story.
    I am glad you are a writer…
    Take Care Crew

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane,

      This is an interesting ecosystem here. The palm trees are a refreshing change. That’s what’s great about the vagabond life — the changes! Love that!

      I know what you mean about leftovers and using what you have on hand. I’m thinking whole kernal corn in the leftover zucchini-onion-tomato dish. Sometimes I make a pretty ugly mixture, but it usually tastes good.

      I do meet interesting people. Dale came by right before dark wanting the water I offered. He had a bungee cord which he used to strap the gallon jug to the little platform over his rear wheel. We had a good conversation and he left for his camp on the hill.

  14. Barbara says:

    Hi Sue,
    I thought Quartzite would be getting crowded by now, especially with the rest of the country getting some wintry weather.
    I make a dish similar to yours using zucchini, summer squash, onion and mushrooms with a little soy sauce or Worcestershire drizzled over the veggies as they cook.
    I also like to add baby spinach leaves to scrambled eggs with grated cheese on top.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Your version of the squash dish sounds delish. Say that 5 times fast!

      The spinach in the eggs is a nice variation to the usual plain eggs.

      When I drove south out of Quartzsite and went past the LTVAs, I was surprised to see so many motor homes. I guess the rainy weather kept a lot of folks holed up in their RVs.

  15. Hi Sue:
    If you ever do count the number of Spike Soak Photos I love to know how many. It looks very peaceful and serene there and Dale sounds like an interesting character. By the way, I’m from between Sacramento and Tahoe … just a lot closer to Sacramento! Nice camping spot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary-Pat,

      If I had the slideshow feature, I’d make one of Spike’s soaks.

      Maybe one of these days I’ll take us over to the Sacramento area.

  16. Dawn in MI says:

    Good to see Spike get a soak in! Lovely spot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      It’s lovely here, so quiet with very few people. That probably will change during the holiday weekend. We’re very close to Yuma so it’s a place to go fishing for those who still work.

      Also the OHVers, of course. Some came through here yesterday, tearing around in the puddles in the road, trying to make ruts, I guess. That was the only sign of things to come. Doesn’t matter. We’ll leave if this lovely spot becomes crowded.

  17. Ladybug says:

    I do believe Spike’s coat is looking better.

    Oh, and perfect place for a ‘meet and greet’. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      I think Spike’s coat is improving. Glad you noticed. It’s more difficult to see the change in appearance being with him every day.

      Yeah, this is the perfect place for a ‘meet and greet’ . . . after we leave!

  18. Willow says:

    You have found a beautiful place to stay just perfect and especially having a such a peaceful water view. It looks like the crew are enjoying it also, they are such good travelers and campers. I’ve always had a heart for animals especially dogs this is the first time in my life I am without one in my life. So I especially enjoy hearing about the adventures of Sue and crew
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, will you have turkey? I’m going to Seattle to spend the holiday with my daughter and her wonderful husband..
    God’s blessing on you and crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Willow,

      I’m happy to share the antics and adventures of Spike and Bridget with a fellow dog-lover.

      I don’t know what I will have on Thanksgiving. Holidays don’t hold much meaning for me. Every day of my vagabond life is a special day and I’m grateful for what I have every day, too. . . plus I don’t give a coot’s butt about football or the Macy’s parade! Haha!

      Have a warm and loving holiday with your daughter and son-in-law. God bless you all.

  19. Dixie says:

    Hi Sue, In response to you wondering what to do with the pups?—We had to use a doggie day care in Yuma–can’t take the boys over the border and sometimes it takes hours to get everything done. The dentist trys to accomodate everyone and sometimes it stretches out most of the day but oh my!! do they do a great job and are very quick and efficient!! The last day I went by myself and Will stayed with the “boys”at the big parking lot on the US side.If you had someone that could stay at your rig with the pups at the parking lot or you know someone they could stay with? If I wasn’t so far away(in Tucson) I’d surely volunteer to doggie sit them! Love your pups! Heck I’d love to take care of your pups anyway–bring them over!! We will be going back next october. You definitly want to go early in the year!! It was already getting busy there.If you can wait till oct. 2014 we’ll meet you there and Will can watch the pups and I’ll take you over when I go. Hugs to the Pups! Dixie

    • kgdan says:

      Quechan Casino is just this side of the border & allow no time limit free boondocking in their very large rv lot. Gil & I would be happy to assist. We love Algodones and Quechan. Crew-sitting? Or visiting Algodones. Anyway we could be of help. Do need enhanced driver’s license or passport to get back IN USA!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thank you, Kathy. That’s a great offer. . . very kind of you. Let’s see how things play out. There’s always a solution to every problem . . .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dixie, you are a sweetheart . . . quick to offer a helping hand.

      I’ll figure something out. I have to work on the passport first.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Ah, so Spike thought it warm enough for a soak…what a funny little doggie he is!!
    I enjoy hearing about your cooking too…new ideas are always nice and as you say, sometimes just using what you have makes for some yummy meals. I like to keep hummus on hand so that sometimes when fixing eggs for breakfast, I just put a bit of hummus on top…rather yummy and makes it different from the usual. Another way is to fry up a flour tortilla and fold in half, insert egg with some hummus, tomato, whatever else strikes you…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I tried hummus once and didn’t do well with it. Maybe I should give it another chance. You make it sound good!

      • Ladybug says:

        I tried a hummus once and did not care for it (I think it was plain). Then someone at work brought a different hummus to an office get-together that I actually like, in small doses anyway. It’s the Sabra brand Roasted Red Pepper flavor.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Well, if you are allergic to some of the ingredients, you might react. The main ones are garbanzo beans, tahini (made of sesame seeds), oil, garlic…and other things, depending on the kind. You just have to try out different ones, as just as with other foods, they are all a tad different in taste. It is true as Ladybug tells, that Sabra brand is a good one. Trader Joes has one that is called Mediterranean and we like it ok too. I prefer these flavors: Pine nut, garlic, onion but will eat others too. We had the most awesome hummus I have ever eaten, so we look for the closest we can find to that. A grocery store here in NC has a brand called Fresh Foods Market that has the closest we have found yet. It is VERY creamy…almost just like cream, when well made, in my opinion. I do not care for the ones that are less creamy and more lumpy!! And if you have a little food processor, one of those like a bullit, or maybe a Black and Decker type, you can make it in small amounts at home…vary the seasonings and find out what you like best. The health food store here sometimes makes some of cashew nuts, instead of the garbanzo beans…and I have used half cashew nut butter and half macadamia nut butter to very good effect too.

  21. Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

    Love the palm near the water!

    That is a half soaking! He just stares forward! Ah such the life…. What a precious look on his face. His fur is looking good.

    The area between Sac and Tahoe is “gold country” beautiful indeed. Dale has biked to Arizona and headed for the desert? No tent and minimal supplies?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      All Spike needs is to lie at the edge and he’s in dreamland.

      I do think his fur is improving. New fur is coming in around his torso and it’s very soft, not bristly like the old fur. I’m still giving him salmon oil every day. He considers it a treat. Bridget turns her nose up at it.

      Dale travels with very little. I’m going to ask him again if he needs anything. . . a plan is forming in my mind . . .

  22. Elizabeth aka E2/etwo in S.E. NM says:

    Several years ago when I needed dental work across the border, I stayed at a State
    Park on the NM side. Went looking for another Escapee member to maybe go
    with me or whatever would work. I had no pet at the time and have always
    RV’d alone. I found a nice couple who were going for the same reason and we
    went together. It worked out very well and we became good friends too!

    We got snow over here too, and very very low temperatures from Friday over
    the weekend…. no more snow since, but still very cold….below freezing every
    night….. days are not what I would call warm either….. in the high 30’s to low
    40’s…. Brrrrrr
    Stay comfortable and happy…..
    Hugs from Elizabeth aka E2/etwo in S.E. NM…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I remember years ago, when I was a permanent resident of Georgia and dreaming about full-timing, I read a blog. It showed pictures of some Escapees crossing the border for dental/eyeglasses/shopping. Maybe that was about you!

      Try to stay warm and cozy! Always a pleasure to hear from you . . .

  23. Pat in KS says:

    The meal sounds delicious. My mother added red and green peppers and egg plant. Sometimes she put in a little hamburger. It made a huge amount, but it was good over rice or as a pasta dish. She didn’t mind a little bit of sameness as long as it was healthy food. I do like your idea of adding some corn. I’m hungry just thinking about it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      I was thinking rice would be good with it, too. I would’ve added peppers but I didn’t have any fresh ones on hand, just dried red pepper, which did add a little zip.

  24. Krystina McMorrow says:

    Love where you are Sue! I got a kick out of the last post…RV Sue is now stalking her readers and is in a campground…WHAT?? As others, I would love to meet you…if I EVER get on the road. Still waiting for the house to sell. It was 8 degrees yesterday morning and the wind was REALLY blowing. UGH. Happy Thanksgiving Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Krystina.

      Darn! That house needs to sell! You certainly will be a happy camper when it does.

      Well, I did my socializing for the year. Now it’s time to hide out. 🙂 So don’t worry… RVSue is still her reclusive self. 🙂

      Gee, 8 degrees. I don’t think humans are meant to live in 8-degree weather. It’s just not right!

  25. What a beautiful photo of Spike having a soak! Gorgeous surroundings. A real keeper:)

  26. Such a wonderful peaceful spot you have there, and warm weather, enjoy the area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, George and Suzie,

      The crew and I are enjoying it here. I’m grateful for the warmth, the quiet, and the company of coots.

  27. Karen says:

    Great campsite. My favorites are always waterview if possible.

  28. AZ Jim says:

    Five obvious benefits of being camped by the water as you are:
    (1) Insulation from others moving in close.
    (2) Nice view
    (3) Fishing for those so inclined *hand up “Me, me, me”
    (4) No prospecting
    (5) Spikes soaks

    Great site there Missy…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Those are five big reasons to be here. Here’s another . . .

      (6) Waking to coots squawking

      Hello to Mrs. Jim…

  29. Papa says:

    Hi Sue,
    well I got to Quartzsite yesterday…….I feel like I missed out on something…….you and the pups are not near by….oh well I think I’ll just have to try your stew.
    I like mine with hamburger.
    Take care

  30. Mary Strasser (Colorado) says:

    May you and the kids have a peaceful Thanksgiving Day. Many of us are indeed thankful for your blog, giving many of us a sense of RV life which we may soon do ourselves.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Mary, for the Thanksgiving wish. I send the same for you.

      It’s my privilege to share our full-timing life with my blog readers. Tioga George gave me “a sense of the RV life.” Now I’m paying it forward.

  31. So Spikey gets to soak again… he could not have asked for a better, more beautiful location! Your photo of this could not have been better or more inviting! Shucks, I woulda soaked too! Meeting Dale was an interesting experience. We really can live with less “stuff”, as I am finding out! Enjoy your view, thank you for sharing. Today is our turn for winter storm Boreas, hard rains, strong winds and watching the surf crash up and over the seawall along with warnings tornado possibilities! But we are safe! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I haven’t kept up with the weather news lately. I hope this isn’t a bad storm coming your way. At least the Mothership has some weight to hold her to the ground. I thought the BLT would become airborne in that storm from the Pacific at Kalaloch.

      I’ll be thinking of the Thanksgiving we shared two years ago.

  32. wheelingit says:

    You know we’ve never been to Mittry Lake although it’s been on my “radar” for a while. Nice to know they have a few bigger spots in there (thanks for that!).

    By the way serious question which I should know the answer to, but don’t. How do you get Amazon packages while you’re boondocking. Amazon seems to change which shipper they use all the time (sometimes it’s USPS, sometimes UPS, sometimes Fedex) so I’ve always been worried about ordering Amazon in the boonies. Do you just get it sent to the local UPS store?


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nina…

      You ask a very timely question. I have been communicating with Amazon about this issue.

      For instance… I located a business in Quartzsite that accepts both Fed Ex and UPS packages for a small fee. I place my order and give that business as my shipping address. This is the Amazon-recommended method.

      I receive one item (my new sandals) with no problems. The other two items go to BLYTHE via UPS and are handed over to the post office which returns the items to the seller! Why that happened, I do not know. Blythe is only a few miles away from Quartzsite and one package was delivered successfully.

      It’s a mystery and Amazon didn’t know why UPS and Fed Ex did that. Amazon promised me an email after the problem is discussed with the “team.” I mentioned that my blog receives about 58,000 visits a month and my readership, comprised mainly of folks like myself, want to know how to avoid this same problem.

      The quick answer to your question is… Don’t use General Delivery at a local post office because invariably the package will be shipped via UPS and the post office won’t accept it (in most cases).

      Amazon recommended I use a business address that accepts UPS packages or a UPS customer center for an address. I did the former and never got my order. (My money was refunded.)

      I suggested to Amazon that they add a feature to their “check out” software that allows people to specify UPS or Fed Ex. I suspect that isn’t done because it’s not cost effective.

      • Barb George says:

        Wow. Thanks for telling us about your adventures in ordering! I wondered this as well!

        I just got half my Christmas shopping done (!) and I remembered to go through your site! YAY!!! I forget sometimess… 🙁

        Happy Thanksgiving to you and the kids!

        Hugs from Hoquiam,

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Barb,

          Thank you for shopping Amazon from my blog. I know it’s easy to forget!

          I saw on the orders report several items that looked like gifts . . . Playstation game, a carrying case for a kid’s Kindle Fire, some gift cards, etc. It’s fun to see what people buy… I’ll put up some more links. Maybe it will help people decide what to get for the grandkids.

          I wish you and yours a warm and happy thanksgiving . . .

          • Barb George says:

            Yep… two fancy cases for grands and headphones too! I love shopping from my computer, but I also love getting things made locally… SCORED on fancy dress up dresses for all three granddaughters at a craft show. SO nice! And good prices!

            Hugs from Hoquiam, where we may have SNOW by Sunday!

      • wheelingit says:

        Well, thanks for the thorough reply. At least I don’t feel so stupid that I hadn’t figured it out yet….the answer isn’t straight-forward at all! I too wish you could specify how the package would ship OR (at a minimum) if the checkout would tell you HOW the package would ship before the order is placed. That way you could plan ahead. We’ve received FedEx packages (not from Amazon, but from somewhere else) at FedEx stores before…and we’ve received UPS at UPS stores…and of course regular post through General Delivery, but without knowing which way the package will ship it’s really hard to plan. If you get any good answers DO share (and of course I will do the same)!

  33. Willow says:

    Sue. Glad you are enjoying the coots. Many years ago my husband and I rented a cabin at Loon lake in Canada. We enjoyed hearing the loons it was a magical sound to our ears. We bought a print of loons and it still hangs on the wall.
    Keep being happy and enjoying your solitude and travels, you know we are all enjoying it along with you……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Willow,

      Funny how sounds elicit particular emotions and moods for us. Loons do that best. Coots, on the other hand, sound more like a cross between a chicken’s cluck and a duck’s quack. I enjoy watching them swim and dive.

  34. Ms. Minimal says:

    Spikey is a little soak hound. I can’t wait to get back to the river… even when it’s cold out side, my pups can’t resist sticking their toes in the water.

    Regarding the question of food, I’m a full timer and get that question all the time. It’s really not much different than living in a house, but seems so exotic to people that we actually cook regular food!!

    As always, love your blog. 🙂

    Ms. Minimal

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ms. Minimal,

      You’re right about the food we full-timers cook. Nobody cared what came out of my kitchen when I lived in a regular house! Ha!

      Glad to know you still love my blog…

  35. Paula says:

    Hi Sue ~~ Mittry Lake looks like a really pretty area – I love the palm trees. We’ll keep it in mind when we head that direction on another trip. Jack is on Day 5 in the hospital in Blythe (ruptured appendix!), but is supposed to be discharged today. It’s been a long 5 days!
    We plan to stay around Quartzsite for the next 2 – 3 weeks. He’s got a follow-up appointment with the surgeon in Blythe in a couple of weeks. Life can sure take a turn on a moment’s notice. Thanks for the great blog – it always makes my day brighter! — Paula

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Paula.

      I can imagine those five days dragged for both of you. I’m happy to hear Jack is on the mend and is home as I write this. It is wise to take it easy for a while.

      I’ve talked up Mittry Lake so much with words and photos I feel like I should caution people that this place can fill up. If you’re in the area and thinking of camping at Mittry, it might be a good idea to drive the toad out to the lake to check for a campsite before driving a big rig here.

      • Paula says:


        We won’t make it to Mittry any time soon. In 2 or 3 weeks we’re headed for Phoenix to spend time with family over Christmas. We’ll certainly put it on our radar for future reference. It looks great! Have a wonderful day.


  36. Penny/Texas says:

    Hi Sue,
    Even with the warmer weather there I bet the water was a bit nippy on Spikes undercarriage 😉 I love seeing Spike in soak position! I expect to come here one day and find continuous Spike soaking photos.
    We made it down to Mission TX where we’ll stay for about a month before we go rambling around again. We were lucky that we stayed ahead of the storm and arrived to only rain & damp; a few days of cold.
    Have a nice Thanksgiving!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Penny,

      You have a good Thanksgiving, too. I’m glad you made it back to Mission, safe and sound.

  37. AZ Jim says:

    Sue, You are surprised to see water at that elevation? Mittry lake is only 185 ft above sea level. We have lakes at 8,000 ft and higher. Bear lake up where my cabin was is is at 6,000 ft. Maybe you meant at that low elevation, but many lakes are lower. Salton Sea where you have been is below sea level. I have not been to Mittry but it looks promising for channel catfish. I may have to sneak out there one of these days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      You misunderstood what I meant. I admit I didn’t explain clearly. It seems strange for this reason…

      Our camp is on the lake’s shore. Of course, the ground is only about a foot higher than the lake’s surface at our doorstep. Directly behind us is a very low hill. I walk up the hill and see a body of water… not moving water, still water.

      That would not seem strange if I saw a waterfall in between or a lock or a pipe or something (which may exist and is hidden).

      I realize mountain lakes exist, I’ve camped next to them.

      It seems unusual to find a lake with a pond close by with a higher elevation given that water has a tendency to flow downhill or to seep downward. 🙂

      Shouldn’t have written that in the post… It doesn’t add anything to the “story” and is confusing. Oh well…

      • Gayle says:

        EVERYTHING you write adds something to the story!

      • AZ Jim says:

        I sorta thought there was a miscommunication. I didn’t mean to pick fly specs from the pepper. I’m just a silly ole guy at times. I hope you know I didn’t mean to seem condescending even if you could have interpreted that way. You know yours is the only blog I inhabit. I’m addicted. Besides you keep me in fresh wallpaper on my desktop.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, I didn’t think anything like that, Jim. I simply saw that I didn’t explain myself very well in the post. I figured out long ago that you aren’t the type to condescend. 🙂

          I’m honored that my blog is the one and only you inhabit!

  38. Barbara says:

    Just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. My hubby and I are thankful everyday, just to be able to have one another, a roof over our head and food in the tummy. Cat is thankful for the same, plus a clean box. (HaHa)

  39. Lorenzo says:

    Sue, reading your question on George’s site, here’s a brief answer. Before he got his ads going, he had a “donate” button at the bottom of his site and it stayed there until the last year or so. He used to “hint” heavily that he needed the money and as a result, many donated to him. It’s a long time ago and started about 3 months after he started travelling and writing his blog.

  40. Dexter says:

    Wishing you and the crew a very happy Thanksgiving!

  41. Chuck Hajek says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the ‘Crew’ !!!
    Enquiring minds would love to know how many ‘Soaking Spike’ picks you’ve posted…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, Geri, and your crew!

      I don’t know how many soaks … a LOT.

      I read Geri’s email about your new place… Sounds wonderful!

  42. AZ Jim says:

    Best wishes Sue and Crew and all your fans for a wonderful Thanksgiving. My Granddaughter, her hubby and my Great Granddaughters and my Grandson will be here in Arizona to celebrate and have dinner with us. They are all from San Diego. The girls all assure us they’ll help Grandma with the cooking, but I’ll believe they can get Grandma out of the kitchen when I see it. So far Grandma has defrosted the turkey and made two pies and some other goodies. I try to help but in the galley I’m totally inadequate. We haven’t the Grand kids in a year so we’re pretty excited. Bless you all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jim. I’ve very happy for you and Detta. Gee… maybe the grandson is the one who will help Grandma in the kitchen. . . 😉

      God bless you and your family. Enjoy!

  43. Cinandjules (Temp in CA) says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the crew!

    My sis was up from Phoenix for the weekend….so we had our turkey on Sunday. Tomorrow is a feast of…….drum roll please……..Dungeness crab fresh from the dock at Half Moon Bay!

    I have every pot boiling in the house! Jules is sooo jealous! She’s having dried out turkey at her folks! For some reason…..that generation cooks the turkey until the meat is petrified! She also is in the middle of a nor’easter storm. Sucks to be her!

    Have a marvelous day and as always I look forward to our (your) next destination!

    Those of you who are traveling to see family/friends… travels and good eats!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Ooh, Dungeness crab for Thanksgiving… excellent idea!

      I think that generation cooks the turkey to sawdust because if you got sick on the turkey back in the day, you died. 🙂

      Poor Jules. . . Life is not fair.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family . . .

  44. Tawnya says:

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING Aunt Susan!!! I am very thankful you are my aunt! I love and miss you! I pray you have a wonderful day. Always remember I’m a phone call away if you ever need me. Love you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Tawnya! I’m very thankful you’re my niece.

      Also to Brian, my dear nephew Scott, Melissa, Taylor Beth, Ellie, Jake and my loving, big sister Pauline, and my sweet brother-in-law Jerold …

      Y’all have a wonderful day! I love you!

  45. Deb from NJ says:

    Hi Sue
    Wishing you and the crew a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  46. Happy Thanksgiving MizSue and her famous Crew! LOL! 32 temp here today, I’m making Chili, not turkey! (No oven on the MotherShip!)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, chili is good! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Chuck, Radar, and Doogie Bowzer and all your family.

  47. Alan Rabe says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who participate in our little confab. Especially to the special lady without whom it wouldn’t exist. A very happy day to you RVSue. OBX weather, low 40’s and windy. Other than that first day in RV, uneventful but priceless.

  48. Edie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to Sue and the blogging family!

  49. lindale says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. One of the things I am thankful for is you RVSue for writing about your travels and showing what you see, with such great photos. Thanks for being a new friend.

  50. kgdan says:

    Sending our best Thanksgiving wishes to Sue and crew!

  51. Dixie says:

    Thanksgiving Greetings Sue and crew!! Hope you’re having a Great day!! Hope Bridget and Spike get a treat too!! Hugs to the Pups! Thank you Sue for your wonderful blog!! Dixe

  52. gingerda says:

    Hi Sue…Hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving day. Been reading your posts but not commenting much, just enjoy reading everyone else’s comments. I’ve been a little under the weather with a health scare. The darn “C” word caught up with me. Pretty scary for me, cause I’ve always been healthy. But I’ve had surgery and now it’s on to radiation and I think life will be good again real soon. I have a lot to be thankful for, especially the mammogram that found my tumor!!
    Ginger…Las Vegas

    • Barbara says:

      Hi Ginger,
      The best thing you can do is keep a positive attitude and put it all in God’s hands.
      That’s what I did this past summer myself. I too am thankful for my mammogram. I was fortunate not to have to go through chemo or radiation, but have my reconstruction in two weeks. I will keep you in my prayers.

      • gingerda says:

        Thanks, Barbara. I am so relieved that I don’t have to do chemo. I think I will be able to handle the radiation (at least I hope). It’s just a bit of a hassle to go every day for 6 to 7 weeks, but if it helps keep the cancer from coming back I am all for it. Good luck with your reconstruction. I hope everything goes well for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger and Barbara,

      I feel like I’m interrupting a special conversation. Just want to let you know I pray God’s blessings upon you both and to share something from my family . . .

      My sister Pauline, who comments often on my blog, had a double mastectomy with chemo and radiation. She just finished reconstruction and is still smiling. She’s presently planning a trip to New York City with her teenaged granddaughter for some time next summer. She’s quite an inspiration!

      • Barbara says:

        Thanks Sue,
        You are definitely not interrupting. My first experience went very well and I am confident that this will also. It was caught early and within 30 days of my diagnosis I had the double mastectomy.
        I am very happy for Pauline and wish her continuous good reports.

      • gingerda says:

        oh you are not interrupting at all, lol. I wish Pauline (and Barbara) the best. This darn cancer is sneaky. It’s changed my out look on life and I realize I am not invincible. Every day is a gift.

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