Bighorn Campground, Gila National Forest, northwest of Silver City

Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24

P1100950Outdoor kitchen at our Bighorn camp, Glenwood, New Mexico

The weather is balmy all weekend!

High temperatures are in the 70s and 80s, depending upon where you sit — warm in the sun and cool in the shade of a cottonwood tree.

P1100945Bighorn isn’t a destination campground.

Not being much more than a place to pull off Route 180, campers usually stay for one night on their way to someplace else.  The campground is near the road; a screen of trees and brush provides separation.  One hears the traffic, but it isn’t annoying.  Vehicles zip by without applying jake brakes, revving, or shifting.

Bighorn is a free, primitive campground in Gila National Forest.

At the far end of the campground, the lane goes around a vault toilet building.  Off this loop are five campsites tucked among the cedars, mesquite, and cottonwoods.  A dry wash borders the side opposite the main road side.

P1100930The dry wash as seen from our door

Two additional campsites are closer to the entrance. 

The crew and I are in one of those.

P1100934Saturday, while the crew and I are outside enjoying the sunshine, the campsite next to ours is visited by a man with his two grandchildren.  Automatically I pray they don’t turn on their radio, yell and scream, play a guitar badly, or perform any of the other behaviors that inevitably drive me indoors with hands over ears.

I’m delighted that they enjoy their picnic quietly. 

Even the children are soft-spoken!  When they leave, they take all their trash with them.  How very nice.

P1100957Our weekend is peaceful which allows me to rest and recuperate. 

The traffic, what little there is, becomes white noise.  A roadrunner coos frequently from the other side of the wash.  If you don’t know the sound of a roadrunner, click that link and listen.  Not what one would expect from a bird that looks like a starved chicken and always seems to be in a hurry.

At dusk quail make their distinctive “chip-chip.”


I’m in the lounger, having finished the dishes, when I hear the “wow bird,” the same bird call I heard at our Roosevelt Lake camp.  I stare into the area from where the sound originates and see no movement.  I wonder if it’s a ground bird.  The mystery remains.

The one other RVer here — with a travel trailer — is gone most of the day Saturday.

Bridget, Reggie and I walk the end loop and I take this photo of an empty campsite.

The sites are “cozier” than ours.  I passed them up to allow folks to be near the restroom and also because the site I did choose is by itself, my preference always.

P1100948Sun and shade

This photo shows the size of the site. 

P1100947Plenty of room to back in a large rig

Sunday Bridget wakes us up before dawn.

She needs to go out for potty.  I sit up in bed and in the early light watch three deer trot by the back window, between the Best Little Trailer and the picnic table.

P1100962What kind of deer?

(The deer photos are from subsequent mornings.  Three deer go through our campsite every morning.  I don’t know if they’re the same ones.)

A deer stands at the other side of the wash and watches Bridget. 

She doesn’t realize curious eyes are on her.  (In my haste to grab the shot before the deer takes off, I don’t think I gave the auto-focus time to finish.  I post it here anyway.)

P1100961Excellent camouflage!  No wonder Bridget didn’t notice.

Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26

Gusty, cool wind blows through our camp both days after chilly nights.

P1100932Upon waking I turn on the Wave 3 heater. 

The heater is centrally located, mounted on the fiberglass channel, near the floor and underneath the storage cabinets.

Bridget walks by the heater with no concern.  Reggie, however, is not accustomed to it and shies away.  I have to carry him past the heater.

“Reggie, that’s what makes it comfy in here.”

P1100931The sun plays peek-a-boo with the clouds throughout the day. 

The crew and I mostly stay inside.  I download the Louis L’Amour book,“Flint”, onto my Paperwhite.  Reading Amazon I learn that “Flint” is a favorite among L’Amour fans.

I choose it because the plot takes place where we are now and where we are going.  It’s fun to read with my New Mexico Benchmark atlas in my lap, figuring out the trail taken by the lead character, as he goes from shooting up bad guys in a small town to his hideout near lava beds in the northwestern section of the state.

L’Amour is easy reading and refreshing.  

I weary of books about serial killers, CIA operatives, women investigating family history because of some letters they found in the attic, the frantic search for an abducted child, a countdown to total destruction of the planet, blah, blah, blah.

Give me a mysterious man on a horse once in a while. 

I already know he’s gonna’ fall for the pretty woman who runs a cattle operation and also he will get rid of the gang of bullies trying to steal her ranch . . . .  Doesn’t matter.  I like the writing.  And no strain on the brain.

P1100942View through the back window screen as I read in bed

Wednesday, April 27

No wind this morning and the sky is clear blue.  Sunshine has the house battery up to 13.6 volts by 8 a.m.  It probably will near 15 volts by noon.

Today marks our sixth day at this “overnight camp.”  I’m in no hurry to move.  I haven’t even unhitched the BLT!



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P1100898Reggie aka “The Reginator” aka “Babyface” — Guilty of murder in the 1st degree in the deaths of Limey and Sock Monkey, April 2016


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131 Responses to Bighorn Campground, Gila National Forest, northwest of Silver City

  1. Susan in Dallas says:

    Did I make it?

  2. milliehubbard says:

    yes, it looks like you did!!

    • milliehubbard says:

      missed it my just one minute!! Congratulations to you though 🙂

      • Susan in Dallas says:

        Thanks! I was just on line putting off paying bills on the computer and decided to check for a new post.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Congratulations on being #2, Millie!! Whoo-Hoo!! 🙂

        I am #52!! Whoo-Hoo!!

  3. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Love the last pic of Reggie…so cute. Thanks again for a great post. Look forward to them.

  4. Susan in Dallas says:

    I would love to hear the Wow birds. Right now after a night of lots of lightning and heavy rain the birds in my yard are chirping, singing, calling, and cooing away.

    • Cat Lady still stuck in Central, La. says:

      I’ve noticed that our birds are quiet when bad weather is nearing or going on. When they start chirping and singing again, the worst is over and it should be clearing up.

  5. Airstreaming Pagey says:

    Reggie may be a killer, but he is a cutie!

  6. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    I love your campsite, looks peaceful and quiet!
    Reggies picture is adorable!

  7. milliehubbard says:

    Sue, this sure does sound like a relaxing site, reading and lounging…enjoying the outdoors…ideal!! Glad you found a place to rest and that you seem to have mended well after being under the weather for awhile.

  8. Deb D says:

    Sounds like you needed a quiet break. Hope you are feeling better. The deer
    Looks like whitetail .. Lots of them in PA ..

  9. Dawn in NC says:

    So glad that you are feeling better with your two best pals, even if one is a “wanted” offender! 😉

  10. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    wow….these blogorenose are quick today!

  11. jo in San Diego says:

    Awww….Reggie does have such a cute little babyface. I miss the days when my old guy would tear his favorite toy apart and carry the carcass around with pride for all to see. He was diagnosed last week with spinal problems which may make it necessary for me to let him go. Right before we are to take off on our big adventure. But I am hoping for the best. Your campsite looks so relaxing. I hope three enjoy your day <3

  12. I am glad you found a peaceful location to stay for a while and recuperate. I think those might be mule deer. They look similar to the ones we had on our land in SE Arizona.
    The sentencing is in on Reggie. His sentence? Life with RV Sue, being loved and feeling wanted.

  13. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Reggie is so cute!!! and Bridget is a beauty. Love the campgrounds ….looks very peaceful.
    I love to read and have been reading several English/Scottish police and New Scotland Yard mystery series. They don’t care guns so it is not a lot of blood and guts and shoot ’em ups.
    Family news (The rest of you can just skip over this part ) : Aunt Eleanor is going to sell her Murray Hollow home and move permanently into the apartment they made for her in Lana’s house. She was released from rehab yesterday.
    Hope you get some rest and can recuperate in your newest camp ground.
    Love you!!!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Family news (The rest of you can just skip over this part ) : Unless you’re from Cambridge. 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      You might like the Anne Perry series then

      • bess in oregon says:

        yes Anne Perry is great!

        • Pauline in Mississippi says:

          Thanks, I may take a look at her books. I like more modern ones though. I really liked the Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series by Deborah Crombe. In the past year I have read 5 different series.

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Yes, Anne Perry, Martha Grimes and Elizabeth George are among my fave British mystery writers. Great characters, easy reading.

  14. Debra (CO) says:

    Hi Sue, a nice, relaxing post. It’s good to be able to take a few days to relax and not do much of anything. And you needed the rest to get your strength back.

    I love Louis L’amour’s books. I have read quite a few but I don’t think I have read Flint. My library has quite a few of his books & ebooks that can be borrowed and I have read all of those. His books have a lot of nuggets of wisdom in them. Something we don’t always have a lot of these days – haha!

    The other night I watched a movie, Two Men In Town, that was filmed in the area of Deming, NM. It stars Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel. It was good, thought provoking. Anyway it made that area look very desolate, which I’m sure was intentional based on the plot. I think you were down in that area before you moved up to this place?

    The wow bird again! Hope someday we will figure out what it is ? Birding is one of my hobbies. But since I am still gainfully employed I don’t get much time to engage in it. One of the things I am looking forward to doing more of when I become a vagabond!

    Hope you have a peaceful day!

  15. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    What a relaxing post. Your writing about the little things is so charming (can’t think of a better word right now). I don’t know how you make the mundane so interesting but you do! Reggie melts my heart. I have a dauchund maybe terrier mix that I love to death but she hates having her picture taken. She is a rescue so I don’t know her history behind all that. Maybe the flash. Thanks, Sue.

  16. Calvin R (still in Ohio planning and scheming) says:

    I was thinking those were mule deer, because of the ears. I’m not exactly an expert, though. Either way, I like the pictures. (As usual, all of the pictures are nice.) I like the campsite. I’m used to the East, and that level of privacy and that size space are unusual here. That last picture of Reggie is exceptionally cute.

  17. Chris(MN) says:

    I love the last picture of Reggie! There is no way that he could be guilty of murder. I am sure that Limey and sock monkey had it coming.

  18. Lynn Brooks says:

    Sounds like a perfect spot!!
    And FREE!!! What could be better?!?!?
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  19. Ken says:

    If you like reading and location is relevant to the area of the story, look up The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton. Then go to Cristoval Texas. I have always thought I knew some of the characters in the novel. Ranchers as tough as woodpecker lips in a hard country.

  20. Jan Johnson says:

    That’s the cutest little murderer I’ve seen!

  21. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    So good to hear that you are resting up, Sue. In spite of your being a little on the downside, you write a very well essay and entertaining as always. I stock up on books for our trips as there is nothing better to do than read in bed or outside on my camp chair. Painting too, I use this time to do daily sketches.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the roadrunner vocalizations. Had I not listened to them, I would’ve thought they were doves if I’d heard them passing through a roadrunner habitat area. Thank you!

  22. Karen LeMoine says:

    Sounds like you guys are having a very nice time! Like the look of the camp small and very little useage. I bet the deer are mule deer. I wonder how Bridge would react to a close encounter? As for Reggie’s mug shot I believe he’s not guilty of the crime of murder! Limey and Sock Monkey decided to take on Reg together. Poor baby had no other choice than to take them out!

  23. AZ Jim says:

    Good for you Missy, you promised to take a break and you are. I am proud of ya. I do, however have to correct you on charges on Reggie. He can be charged with two counts of animal abuse but not homicide. If he asks for a jury trial, he’ll be found not guilty by reason of cuteness. You picked a good spot for your R&R break. Keep up the good work Missy….BTW Was I first???

  24. Velda says:

    Reggie, I’m here for you. Let’s spin this. Hero Reggie awarded lifesaver medal for protecting his entire family and community against the criminals known as Limey and partner in crime from the jungle known as Sock it to you Monkey!

  25. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I am loving your posts from New Mexico. Thanks you so much, I have always hoped you would go there, now you have!

    I have been wondering if the wow bird is a Gambles quail. They hang out on the ground and are in brushy places. They say a wow sound then chirp more quietly after.

    You mentioned the lava beds area, oh man, what a beautiful area..we were traveling across there one time, going to my grandfathers funeral, long time ago…my brother in law had been quiet a long time, then asked “where do all these people work? We haven’t seen a building in hours”. My dad said “what people?” We still remind him of that, lol.

    My dad cowboyed in New Mexico. I wish there was some way to share some photos, from the 1930’s. We let the Bancroft Library in Berkeley copy his photos and they allowed the state archive in New Mexico have copies, so they are out there!

    • Debra (CO) says:

      Lee J, I enjoyed reading your post about New Mexico and your Dad. Makes me want to visit.

      I listened to the Gamble’s quail, it does sound like it is saying wow.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You had me listening to the Gambels quail again. It’s close to Wow, not quite it….

        • Debra (CO) says:

          Oh rats! I was hoping the mystery was solved ?

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            The call is so close to what I’m hearing that I’m wondering if it is another kind of quail. This bird doesn’t have the “whine” of the gambrel (for lack of a better description).

  26. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Haven’t read the full post but the last picture and caption of Reggie the Murderer Has me in hysterics. My DH thought I lost until I showed it to him and he was laughing just as much. With that cute face, surely it is all a mistake!!

  27. Happy to see your post and know that you are recovering. Good news.

  28. Judith brumbaugh says:

    That Reggie is one adorable pup. He is so photogenic! Give him an extra snuggle for me.

  29. Dawn in MI says:

    What peaceful days you are having as you recuperate. It all sounds lovely. And oh Reggie….you murderous pupster. You’re going to miss those toys you shredded and then what?

  30. Rick & Brock the Dog says:

    Hi Sue,
    I found your blog and read it from the beginning. Took me awhile to catch up! Really enjoy it very much. It is a haven for me from the news and rest of the world and it reminds me of some of my past travels.

    Next year I’ll be retiring so my dog and I will be traveling in our new Escape trailer due to be delivered next March. Cannot wait to hit the road. Thanks for all the great reads on your blog. It is very much appreciated.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome to Sue’s blogorino family, Rick!

    • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

      Good for you Rick on the escape. My 17b is due in February.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Congrats go out to Rick and Julie on their upcoming Escapes!!! I am truly excited for you! I hope you will post info on the Escape forum so I can continue to enjoy your excitement and travel vicariously with you both! Helps keep my dream alive! (my handle is Winelover….I don’t comment often, but love to catch up on forum news daily – hope to see you there!)

  31. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a quiet and peaceful camp. I could see myself there reading a book or cross-stitching with Angel wandering around checking everything out. She is so curious! I listened to the roadrunner sounds and she got all excited with the female sounds. She was lying on the couch ears perked up, head cocking from side to side. it was funny watching her.
    Yesterday I took her to the vet for her booster shots & worm test. They had just put and older dog down and I guess she could sense it. As soon as I sat down she jumped in my lap, which she never does, pressed herself as close as she could get, her head in my neck, one paw slid down my shirt into my bra and she was just shaking. That was before she even went in the back. What a silly dog, like I would let anything happen to her.
    Love the photos and the writing. The writing is something that I will never be good at. I’m a tell it like it is person. Wish I could soften things up a bit sometimes.
    Take care, Sue, sounds like you are recovering.

  32. Andrea in Glendale says:

    Really glad to hear you’re perking up! Love this campsite – nice place to relax.
    It’s funny I feel the same way about changing gears when I have read quite a few serial killer/CIA books. Going to suggest a very good series by Blaize Clement – light reading – has a little bit of everything – suspense / mystery / humor / and heart warming animal stories. She is a pet sitter (ex-deputy) in the Florida Keys and her great descriptive way of inviting us into the landscape where she lives amoung the groves is wonderful. The first in the series is Curiosity Killed The Pet Sitter.

  33. bess in oregon says:

    Hi Sue, i agree with you about the need to cover my ears and run inside when there are noisy people around a serene campsite. it is refreshing that the family were quiet and not litterbugs too! i like your campsite and it seems a good place to relax before your next leg of the travels. bess

  34. DesertGinger says:

    I am SO glad to hear you are better. What would we do without you? I saw a physical therapist about my chest muscles and, although he says it is a bad strain, we can heal it with time. He said the muscles were swollen and to ice more, so I’ve been doing that.

    Finally found my missing Amazon package. They had delivered to our office, instead of to the mailbox area, and the office clerk was storing my packages as she thought I was still in hospital! I thought that was nice but also a pain in the a#%. So now I have my blood pressure cuff and can take all my meds. And now I have to return the replacement one!

    As for Reggie….Sue, you are in the Wild West. When a gunslinger shoots someone, he’s just cleaning up the town. Reggie was just doing his duty, protecting his campsite against those bad guys, Limey and Sock Monkey. No jury will convict him. He’s a hero!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Glad you and your therapist have a handle on your healing. Time and rest – with some of that therapy. Hang in there DG.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      You are a hoot, DesertGinger! LOL!! 🙂

      Glad you got a good report from the PT.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Good to hear it’s just a strain! That will remind you to slow down a bit! Just a bit..besides….what’s the hurry?

      How is ms Chloe doing?

      • DesertGinger says:

        She is getting back her moxie. She was very subdued and tired when I brought her home. But now she is back to stealing my shoes, tearing up paper and waking me up in the middle of the night to help her get into bed.

  35. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    It looks like you found a nice, quiet, peaceful place to regain your strength. Love the full frontal photo of Princess Bridget and the FBI’s Most Wanted poster photo of Reggie! BTW, I know you like birds and I just finished reading a fascinating book by a woman who lives in Hollywood and is a hummingbird rehabber. It’s called “Fastest Things on Wings – Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood” by Terery Masear. I bought it at the bookstore, but it’s available for Kindle thru Amazon 🙂

  36. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    i agree with you on Louis L’Amour…….
    growing up in the 40’s and 50’s we did not have a TV, phone or car.
    during that time I read the Hardy Boys series plus any western I could get my hands
    on and when you read you paint a picture in your mind of what the
    scene should look like…….
    it seems you are in a lazy place to stay and free is the best place….

  37. Applegirl NY says:

    What a relaxing post. So glad you had a chance for some r&r. Louis L’Amour – it’s been years since I’ve read one. I will revisit this summer. Perfect way to spend an afternoon on the porch at the lake. YEAH! Summer’s almost here.

  38. retiredcajunlady says:

    Thank you for showing me the beauty of the desert with your photos and comments. I must say your spot does look peaceful and relaxing. A great place to read books I call “mind candy”…interesting, but not taxing on the brain. I have never read any of L’Amour’s work, but I know they are very popular. Enjoy your read! And I am with the other responders…Reggie can’t possibly be guilty of anything except being adorable and a great travel companion. In the court of public readers, I do believe he is deemed innocent of any and all crimes!!

  39. Geri says:

    I am very impressed with the Grandfather teaching his grandchildren good manners in a campground and cleaning up after a picnic! After being a campground hosts in several campgrounds, we can assure you that very few people (ADULTS) care to clean up after themselves and leave their sites filthy! The worst of the worst are those who think they are doing us a favor by burning their trash up in the campfire! Nasty mess!
    You know, Bridget seems all smiley lately! She actually looks at the camera and grins now! Getting her a smooth ride seems to have really cheered her up! Reggie! What a perfect sweetheart photo! Makes me wanna pick him up and squeeze him! Hope you are feeling much better now! Hugs to you and Crew!

  40. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Hope you are continuing feel a bit better each passing day! Rest, hydrate, eat well, and repeat. Throw in some snuggles with the pups – you know, that kind of love has special healing power! Sending you a big, healing hug and some virtual homemade chicken soup!

    Being solo, not alone, as we have our pup(s), really is not fun when one gets sick. I deal with the same thing and quite frankly it sucks! I keep a couple liters of ginger ale and two boxes of the Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup (aka Salt in a Box) on hand in the pantry….just in case. 🙂

    How special to have the deer walking through your camp each morning! You must me in their front yard! Bridget and Reggie look like they are enjoying this camp. The last picture of Reggie made me chuckle! It looks like a wanted poster like they used to hang in the Post Office!!

    We have been blessed with a heavy rain last night, and I hope we get more tonight. It has done wonders to wash away that puffy, dusty stuff called pollen! Sending you and the Crew a hug from me and Miss Gracie pup! Please do continue to take good care of yourself. If you need a break from posting, please do so – your health and well being is more important! xxxooo 🙂

    PS – Glad you took care of the tires. 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      …you must BE in their front….

    • Geri says:

      Denise, have you ever trued Ginger Beer? It is non-alcoholic, it is just a very STRONG version of Ginger ale. Some groceries that sell booze carry it, but usually you have to buy it at a package store as it is used as a mixer. It is very good.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Geri,

        I have never tried Ginger Beer. I no longer can drink alcohol due to a med I have to take. At is was explained to me….it’s ok to drink if you don’t mind not breathing!! Since I am…was….only a social drinker, it is not a biggie to give up. I do miss my wine, beer, and the occasional mixed drink. I will definitely try the ginger beer – thank you for the recommendation!! 🙂

        Side note: A lady in the grocery store checkout line ahead of me had some non-alcoholic wine called FRE. She said it was pretty good…especially the Merlot. I may give that a try, too.

        Thanks again, Geri! 🙂

  41. pjreads says:

    After being found guilty of those murders, Babyface was sentenced to life in the Big House – I mean, er – Small House/Casita.

  42. Jeff Wrinkle says:

    Reilly ‘ s Luck is another one of my favorite Louis L’Amour books along with Flint.
    Some others that come to mind.
    The Proving Trail
    The Iron Marshal

  43. Laura - Illinois says:

    Just wanted again to say thank you for sharing such wonderful parts of your life with the world! Thats it, just wanted to say Thank you!

  44. weather says:

    It’s a good indication that something unusual is going on when you can cover five days activities and news in one post. Read a bit, look up with that tree as your view through your back window screen … just the type of slow drift away and back …right for regaining what you need for your usual pace. The place I had before this one’s windows were covered by willow trees. The time just prior to moving there had been rough, the trees were why I’d chosen it. Sweet to not hasten ahead and have nature’s haven to heal in , I pray it’s doing as much for you as it did for me .

    The grandfather and children likely appreciated you and the crew’s peaceful presence nearby as you did theirs. I imagine a picnic and visit isn’t something they get to enjoy every day. It’s so nice when folks don’t disturb wildlife or others in a place, which describes your way, I’m glad your encounter was with another family capable of that.

    Thanks for the post, and the roadrunner sound link. The mule deer facing the camera is beautiful. The photos of Bridget and Babyface are my favorites again, no surprise there 😉

    • weather says:

      As I sat listening to all the birds here it occurred to me that I could only see the ones that came close to visit unless I use my monocular or binoculars, and even then because the flora is so dense here I have to stare for a while to find each one. Do you think it’s possible if you just point and shoot in whatever direction the wow bird calls from looking at the photo later you might see it in the picture?I hope you’re having a good morning and looking forward to an even better day.

  45. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    That was a long post! Nice to see you are relaxing.

    Hah Reginator aka baby face… kind of taking after Spike the criminal! Reg man pleads the fifth…as to not incriminate himself. He does want to make a short statement..”it would be in your best interest to kindly replace Limey and Sock monkey…and nobody gets hurt”.

  46. Pamelab in Houston says:

    ‘Baby Face’ ! The perfect description of that little mug. Hope you are feeling better by the minute.

  47. Linda Soaft says:

    If you don’t care for outside noise, children or others why do you camp in a campground! I truly don’t understand! You sound like a crumudgeon! I really enjoy your blog however??

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, I get it. Rustic, national forest campgrounds are only for noisy people! How sweet of you to drop in to enlighten me.

    • bess in oregon says:

      i truly hope that you are kidding, right?

      sometimes people have to camp in campgrounds and other times people will boondock. love of quiet and Nature are some people’s motivation to be outdoors, and other people like to be around other people.

      i hope you read all of Sue’s posts from the beginning and you will see that she has camped in lots of different locales and is a very positive person. and all the Blogerinos agree to be positive in our sharing.

      • bess in oregon says:

        my comment above was to Linda and not to Sue. we posted about the same time…

        love you Sue!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, bess… I knew to whom you were writing.

        What is it with people? Accept the gifts I present here, insult me, and then think two smiley emoticons make it okay.

        Oh well, back to being positive…

        • bess in oregon says:

          i agree wholeheartedly. brush it off like i am trying to do, which is hard to do when this place is so special to us all. i am so protective of this community and of you, Sue, whew!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Actually being noisy anywhere, other than your private home or places intended for noise like stadiums or playgrounds, is always offensive. A campground is inclusive, so you may have people sleeping or napping, chatting….nothing is enhanced by loud, noisy people. So I have to ask you Linda, th opposite question….why are you determined to interfere with others. You are aware that noise is intrusive, right. Maybe you are the curmudgeon, insisting that disturbing others is your right.

    • DesertGinger says:

      One more comment for Linda…in general, in any blog or comment situation, it would be much nicer if you asked your question as a sincere question, and didn’t include the rude judgment. Very tactless.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Oxymoron statement!

      Kudos on the blog but insulting at the same time? ??

    • Shelley in California says:

      Sue was sick and recuperating, did you read any of her blog at all? Sometimes our preferences are not always possible or practical at a given time. Sue is far from a curmudgeon(I am assuming you meant curmudgeon since crumudgeon is not a word), she has very good manners on her blog and would never dream of making such rude comments, maybe you need to look in the mirror?

  48. DeAnne in TN says:

    Hi Sue and gang. Popping in to say hello. Okay–first thing– the picture with the armadillo in the dog bed beside Reggie startled me at first. I thought it was real for a second or two. Second thing–I’ve been reading Raymond Chandler and the like lately. They are G-rated detective stories from the 1940s like the Maltese Falcon. I’m enjoying them more than I thought.

  49. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Blogorinos!

    Congratulations to Susan in Dallas for being our 1st place winner!

    Welcome, Rick and Brock. Glad to have you join us!

    Welcome to Steve. Thanks for the nice note!

    Welcome to Jeff Wrinkle, another L’Amour fan!

    (I hope I didn’t miss welcoming any new blogorinos.)

    Thank you to those who wish me good health. Also for the book recommendations.

    As for Reggie, he was going for a plea deal, but from the support shown here, he thinks a jury trial would clear him of both charges!

    Have a good evening everyone. Love you!


    • Utah Bonnie says:

      Have a good evening too Sue. I think Reggie should get a pass on this one. . . Sock monkey is probably glad to be put out of his misery anyway.

  50. Linda-NC says:

    That pic of Reggie is priceless! So innocent, yet onto the next victim. HA!

  51. Larry in AR says:

    Although New Mexico has both whitetail and mule deer, I’m pretty sure the one in the photo facing away from the camera is a muley. That is based on the size and shape of the ears and the black tipped tail, surrounded by the larger white patch. If I’m wrong, it will be the second time already this year. Since I’m only allowed three times per annum, I’m using them up very quickly. 🙂

    • bess in oregon says:

      i think you are right so you still have 2 to go this year. i may be wrong but then i often am…. you are funny Larry!

  52. KC says:

    Thanks for the reminder to read more of Louis’ Westerns, I like them alot.

    You might enjoy an introduction to another Rver, B K Gore, who also boondocks in the Western states and writes Western novels. He has a couple of series he is working on and the first book in each of the series is free on Amazon Kindle.
    Here is his RV blog website. In itself it is a very interesting read with lots of Western character. He also has a couple of other blogs about his books and some other travels. He too is currently on the mend from some health issues.

    Happy Trails 🙂

  53. Chuck Hajek says:

    Ms B is actually becoming photogenic!!!! And Reggie, the ALLEGED killer, has turned into a real cutie and a member of the crew. ‘Flint’ is one of my favorites but my favorite is the’ Californios’ which takes place in my old stomping grounds in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties of California. I’ve ridden some of the very same trails.

  54. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Sooooooo, you’re tired of reading about serial killers but you’ve let one steal your heart huh?

    I guess no one can blame you with a face like that.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Stockholm syndrome. ?

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Ya thing Stockholm syndrome huh?
        So Reggie and Bridget are holding her prisoner and she is now incapable are returning to “normal” life? It would explain some things. 🙂

  55. Reine in Plano says:

    A free camp without too much noise and a reasonable view sounds like a perfect place to recuperate from bumps in the road. Sometimes you just need to relax and recharge. Glad you’re feeling better.

  56. BoxinTheCompass says:

    Hi Sue
    Bridget reminds me of my Cleo…. I just love her expressions!

    Cleo was a corgi beagle mix… sweetest dog you would have ever known

    What is Bridget, a mix of some sort? What do you think she did to her leg, I been following but I cant remember how she injured it?

    Thanks for such lovely blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, BoxintheCompass,

      I don’t know Bridget’s ancestry. She came from Animal Control. Her coloring and symmetrical markings suggest Rat Terrier, maybe some chihuahua.

      While camping in Oregon a few years ago, Bridget went from sitting to charging a chipmunk, first thing in the morning with no time for her muscles to warm up. I forget the name of what she tore in her back leg.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Bridget has a “partially torn cranial cruciate ligament.” The vet advises surgery to stabilize the knee, even though the tear often resolves itself in small dogs.

  57. Elizabeth in WA says:

    You know, one thinks of the cartoons and assumes surely road runners go “beep, beep”!! I appreciate the links with the sounds they make etc…reminded us of some kind of dove I think that awakened us most days when we lived in Hawaii…rather pleasant way to wake up. Glad the weather is holding coolish…happy trails Sue!!

  58. So pleased to hear that you’re recuperating and that you have such a pleasant place to be. That Reggie is so dang cute.

  59. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Hi Sue,

    As usual, the photos are beautiful and I love the ones of the deer. Nice place you have there with the leafy trees – I could almost hear it and picture the peace and quiet.

    Sorry to hear you were under the weather, especially since you’re always the picture of health. I have some health issues for which I take daily meds, but it seems like every time I’ve taken off in the RV the past 3-4 years I have an incidence of upper respiratory problems with fever, etc. It got to the point that a friend of mine asked me if I thought it might be – God Forbid – mold or something like that. There was a leak in the cabover (Class C) where the original window was installed, so I had a carpenter friend take that completely apart and rebuild, and he found no incidence of mold.

    So, thinking that maybe it was just travel-related URI stuff; dust, pollen, etc. I am not suspicious of the RV anymore. However, an RV friend suggested I stock up on what he calls “fish meds” for an RV medicine chest to have on hand. Aquarium fish get illnesses like fin rot, “ick”, etc. and require amoxicillin, penicillin, Ceclor, etc. just the same as people do. So, in lieu of being close to a pharmacy or immediate health facility, and if you know pretty much what the issue is, for instance, URI, you can medicate yourself this way. I’ve ordered them from Amazon and they are now part of my RV first aid kit.

    Hoping you get well soon and back to your usual routines.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Nancy, make sure you know the actual human size dose of those drugs by weight and recommended dose AND that you take the length of dose recommended. Otherwise you set yourself up for a drug resistant infection and add to the harm already done to our “herd” immunity. And pay attention to expiration dates and storage conditions. One help is vacuum sealing in glass jars then keeping out of light and within recommended temperatures. There are many natural ways to avoid using antibiotics so make sure they are an absolute last resort. Now ends the duty nurse lecture for today. LOL

  60. Sandi in Northport, wa says:

    Hi Sue, nice camp to rest up in. We are getting ready to head for cooler ground during fire season this year. Looking at Olympus national forest and hang out in the shade of giant trees, and coastal areas, Regie looks soooo innocent tho. Strength and good health to you all! My hubs is hanging in there, just taking it real slow and easy these days. Golden years stuff….yep

  61. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    The campsite looks so lovely and peaceful. Glad that you found such a wonderful place to recover. Bridget and “Babyface” look like they are enjoying the peace as well.

    I really enjoyed the link to the roadrunner calls, although it got my two dogs to running around looking for the source lol.

    Enjoy your day!!

  62. Doug H says:

    I see the Reggie Man is really tearing up the toys, haha. My folks had a lab that used to do that so they bought used old socks at the thrift stores and tied knots in them and gave them to the dog. that way they had plenty of “toys” for it to enjoy ripping up!
    Also Sue since you are in New Mexico you might look into the state parks pass system. We have friends that use it. I think you buy a one time pass and it is free camping anywhere in any State Parks in New Mexico. it does cost $225 for nonresidents, but if you stay in the state parks for several months it more than covers the cost.
    thanks for all the great blogs, really enjoy reading yours daily.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Doug, for the suggestion.

      I bought the NM pass shortly after the crew and I picked up the BLT in Texas. We went from state park to state park, paying $4 a night for hook-ups. It was a good thing for us because I didn’t have solar installed until the end of the year. From that point on we left NM and began boondocking most of the time.

      You’re right. Even though we only used our pass for a few months, it was a good deal for us.

  63. Steve says:

    Charlie (my giant sized Reggie, lineage a mystery) is murder on squeaky toys–he extracts the squeaker within minutes. Our golden (Lacey) isn’t happy without a toy (or shoe) in her mouth, but she hardly ever chews. Charlie destroys almost everything he’s given–his favorites are those large black tires made of tough rubber. I roll them across the yard and he chases them, snarling. I’ve lost track of how many squirrels he’s murdered, but they’re safe in the back yard, which is fenced off.

    They all have similarities, but they’re also unique: every cat and dog we’ve shared our home with has had their own special personality.

  64. Mr.LooRead says:

    Bridget is looking very photogenic as of lately.

  65. Ahhh great post Sue, been lost without the internet, but all is good now,,,, just need to learn this new Smart phone,,,,,, Piper says hi_,,

  66. Sandy Lane says:

    Reggie is so stinkin! cute!!!

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