Blackberry Campground and the second half of a perfect day

Wednesday, June 10 (continued)

P1050612 - CopyThe beach as seen from a wayside along Route 101, somewhere near Yachats, Oregon

P1050609 - CopyAfter fun and frolic with the crew on the wonderful and windy Oregon beach, we motor east along the meanders of the Alsea River.

Blackberry Campground is far enough inland to give us a camp away from the coastal winds.

As we enter the campground Bridget and Reggie wake from a very long nap.

“Oh, this is nice!  You’re gonna’ love all this lawn!”  And I’m going to love the calm and quiet . . . . 

“We’re next to the river, too!”

P1050606 - CopyThe campground has 32 sites suitable for all sizes of rigs, and there is a camp host. 

P1050583Sites are in full sun or in full shade or in a mix of both.  I choose the latter, a back-in site that’s far away from the day use area, restroom, and boat ramp.

I set up a “sitting room” — the lounger for me and a pallet with beds and toys for the crew.

The air is calm and the temperature perfect!

P1050577 - CopyWe share left-over rotisserie chicken — mine in a sandwich and the crew’s cut into bite-sized pieces — and then we walk the campground loop.

The only other campers are a couple from California who have a cute little trailer called an Expedition.  (Notice the nifty storage compartment at the hitch.)

P1050579 - CopyAt the bottom of the boat ramp, someone has made a dam of rocks forming a small pool.

“Hey!  You two wanna’ wade with me?”

P1050603 - CopyThere’s no need to shed my shoes because I’m wearing my waterproof Keen sandals.  Reggie and Bridget wade around me in water up to their elbows.

“Wow, what a day you’re having.  First the beach and then wading in a river!”

P1050598 - CopyI drop a check for $10 at the self-pay station (with senior discount, half the regular $20 fee) and we return to our site to relax.

Well, Bridget and I relax.

Reggie picks a fight with his doggie bed.

P1050589 - CopyI take photos from the comfort of my lounger.  The river is down the bank in the photo below.

P1050571 - CopyI hear voices . . . I jump up to look . . . ah, kayakers!

P1050588 - CopyBridget is under the Best Little Trailer. 

I don’t know if she’s there to be cool, lying on the pavement, or to avoid the camera.  Probably both.  Reggie, meanwhile, is done tossing his blue monkey around and is now engaged in serious chewing.

P1050572 - CopyAll he needed was a nap after his romp at the beach to be fully charged with energy again!

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Bridget comes out from under the BLT and Reggie notices.

P1050575 - CopyHe’s so happy to see Bridget that he runs over and circles her three times, causing his tether to wrap around her three times!

“Reggie!  You lassooed the Bridge!”

P1050576 - Copy In the photo above Bridget has already extricated herself from one of the loops and is working on the remaining two.  She reacts to this predicament in good spirits.

One more walk around the campground — a few latecomers have arrived — and, soon after that, this perfect day comes to a close.  Two happy, worn-out pups and their happy, worn-out keeper turn in early and sleep peacefully through the night.


NOTE:  I intended to include in this post the following day at the beach, when Bridget and Reggie are let off their leashes to run.   However, it would make this post too long with too many photos.  Next time!

ANOTHER NOTE:  More comments came in under the previous post right before I published this post.


P1050632 - CopyA preview!


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86 Responses to Blackberry Campground and the second half of a perfect day

  1. Pauline in Mississippi says:


  2. Ray Fleming says:

    The little man “Free at Last”!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ray… Yeah, so precious. I wish he could be free like that all the time. Maybe someday . . .

  3. Monica-CA says:

    Cute photo of Reggie Man running on the beach. Your campsite looks peaceful too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Monica,

      I’m all for inexpensive campgrounds… but I do believe the $20 camping fee keeps the young party people away… as well as a camp host in residence. There’s some highway noise, not bad because there isn’t much traffic on the road and I didn’t hear any big, noisy trucks.

  4. Cat Lady on the road in Panguitch, Utah says:

    Hi Sue and Crew, this past Monday I received my Panasonic camera/case that I ordered from your site. I love it! I’m looking forward to using it for many years to come…still haven’t found the Canon. That’s okay. What a zoom!

    Cat Lady

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great, Cat Lady! I’m happy you’re happy with it. That zoom is so much fun!

  5. I don’t know what training method you are using to teach Reggie to come and stay, but after having 9 dogs who were all safe off leash and always came back. I started all my dogs training with small treats and simple commands until they mastered them in a safe enclosed area. When they began responding immediately without getting treats, I started doing it in open areas where I could go after them if need be – but never had too by then. Everywhere we go people have commented on how well behaved our dogs are. Terriers are smart, but also stubborn so it may take awhile, but be persistent and consistent. The trick is to reward for good behavior and not punish when they fail to respond, but continue to give command until they respond then reward. Punish the dog and they aren’t sure what’s happens when they do respond correctly and all your training goes down the drain. Before some of you criticize, we do not disobey leash laws, but there are many places to let your dogs have fun off leash.

    • Should have worded that better – not really come and stay but meant come when called and learned to stay within a few feet of the camper.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ramblin Reeses,

      “until they mastered them in a safe enclosed area”… And where would I find such a place while living on the road?

      I’m familiar with positive reinforcement training techniques. I’ve trained many dogs — my own and fosters — over the years. It’s not a lack of awareness that makes training Reggie a slow process.

      First off, I don’t have a fenced yard in which to train him in. We are where there are many distractions and dangers — people, other dogs, traffic, rabbits, chipmunks, thick cover, unfamiliar surroundings, etc. Secondly, Reggie doesn’t come when called — not ever — so it’s impossible to reward him when he comes to me. Thirdly, he’s a perceptive little guy so when I have a reward in my possession, he clings to me and will not go away so he can return and be rewarded. Fourthly, a jack russell terrier is one of the most difficult of all breeds to train. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying I need better, safer conditions in which to conduct training.

      What I am able to do is this…. Teach Reggie to calm down and be alert to what I’m doing and what I want him to do, as well as accepting me as pack leader. He’s making great progress with this two-fold goal. He doesn’t pull on the leash anywhere near as much as he did at first, he follows the command to “stop” when he’s doing something I don’t want him to do, like lick my face or jump on me. He stops barking at my command — not always, but much more than at first.

      I have never punished a dog in my life and I never will.

      All my dogs have received comments on how well-behaved they are. Reggie will get there. In the meantime I’m patiently providing for his safety.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Reg man is still soaking in the part about finding his forever home. He has come so far….in such a small amount of time.

        He’s still learning the ropes…and will catch on with the help of Bridge.

        It will come…..

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m proud of his progress. We have no idea what confusing messages he received in the years before he came to us. I think I’ve underestimated the influence Bridget’s behavior has had in shaping Reggie’s behaviors. She, more than I, has taught him that there’s a proper way to walk on a leash, that stealing food from another’s plate is unacceptable, and that there’s a time to be awake and a time to settle down and sleep.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            That’s our girl!

          • chas anderson says:

            Eddie is part Jack russel also.We have to tether him while Juice can go off leash anytime there isn’t car traffic.My wife is an excellent trainer and Eddie is just Eddie.Just have to accept their limitations and keep them safe.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              A good point and expressed well, chas…. Reggie is like Eddie and Bridget is like Juice.

  6. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Wish I had Reggie’s energy! Gorgeous photos….

  7. Timber n' me /near Sistters, Oregon says:

    That Reggie sure is a little bundle of joy, and runnin’ free too Sue. And I bet Bridget likes playin’ with him. She looks so happy with Reggie,,,,,,,,,,,,, the Beach and camp looks great too,,, Have a great time this weekend and give them babies of yours a hug from us,,,,,,,,,,, me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have a great weekend, too, Rusty. Enjoy your camp in your favorite part of the world! Hugs to Timber, too!

  8. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Okay…..I just busted out laughing at the preview photo!

    That face…..ears pinned back…looking like a greyhound! Can’t wait for the play by play…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’ll get a laugh out of the next post’s photos. Reggie was a riot on the beach! I think it’s his velocity that pinned back his ears. Wow, can this little boy move!

  9. weather says:

    That is a seriously beautiful campground,the pic with the large boulders to sit on with the splashing water to listen to would be a great greet morning place,cool enough to want cozy clothes,warm enough to stay put until you’d fully taken it in.I love how the crew has grown into being in sync with you and each other while remaining themselves with their independence.Nice balance and wonderful life you’re giving them,Sue.I like the couple’s Expedition,they must get along well to share such a wee home ,sweet.How great to have a quiet pretty site that close to the coast,nice choice!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      There are campgrounds that have an atmosphere that I can’t accurately describe… peaceful, yes, and more than that. The light through the trees, the presence of the river, the hush, a few bird songs, the calm… All the elements come together harmoniously. Thank you regarding your remarks about the crew. We — like the campground — have come together to form a harmonious unit. Still a few “rough edges” that will disappear with time. Bridget is such a patient, mature lady. Reggie is learning when to hold back his youthful enthusiasm, although he sometimes makes funny things happen, like tying up Bridget with his tether. 🙂

      Yes, balance is the key… And what a wonderful life they give me!

      • weather says:

        People have come to consider peace as merely the absence of war,tombs have that much!Real peace teems with life that belongs together.You mean a gardenlike haven that welcomes one into it’s rich vibrancy.I agree we have no one word to convey that concept,yet your skill with photography and narration shows what’s there every time.Your little family has all a home should -personalities tumbling over each other with love-those don’t seem like rough edges,more like sparks of life 🙂

  10. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Beautiful campground and photos of the crew. Off leash training is tricky especially with your lifestyle. We used drag leads for a long time allowing us to grab or step on a 4 ft lead if needed to return the wanderer back home. Reggie has made tremendous progress and Bridget has been accepting, helping him learn as he goes. Terriers are so smart but so stubborn as well!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K,

      I appreciate the reminder about what you called “drag leads.” I’ve let leashes drop and drag behind Bridget and Spike in the past. When the time comes when we are in a place where I can give Reggie more independence, I’ll use the drag lead strategy as an interim step.

      He’s a very focused follower of scent. His nose is on the ground almost all the time and any movement — like a chipmunk or rabbit — turns him into a rocket! If he goes 3 feet into deep cover, he’s so little he can’t see his way out! Not that he would stop at 3 feet in . . . .

      I love terriers… smart, loyal, spunky, fun, and sometimes a PITA!

      • Cathy S says:

        Hi Sue, our westie Fiona was a constant nose to the ground pup too. We could never let her off leash. She was fine with that. A few …maybe twice…she was off leash she caught scent and was gone in a flash! Terrified us both.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Cathy…. And it’s even more terrifying when the pup is small.

          • Sondra-SC says:

            I’ve had Casey almost a year now…and I still wont take him outside the fenced yard off leash he can disappear so quick he has that inquisitive nature and off he goes! So don’t be disappointed if Reggie is never fully trustworthy to be off leash…my Annie is the same she wants to explore and Zap she is gone in a heartbeat! My Flossie, I could walk from here to California and she would never leave my side completely off leash–
            I cant wait to see Reggie run in next post!

  11. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Gorgeous views! Not sure there are many places that the ocean is on the other side of a split-rail fence! Cute, cute pictures of the Crew! Reggie looks like he is digging in to get more traction!! Am I the only blogorino that is envisioning warm blackberry pie ala mode when reading your campground name?! 🙂 Love that you all have your own little wading pool! Can’t wait to see more pics of HRH and Sir Reginald letting their hair down and frolicking on the beach! Enjoy the day! Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      PS…I think you hit the nail on the head about your campground. Higher fees and a camp host will make for a quieter, more enjoyable stay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      You write such positive, cheerful, warm comments! No, you aren’t the only blogorino thinking of blackberry pie. I see blackberry bushes all over the place and I also see myself in the Chimacum Cafe in Washington, sitting on one of their swivel-stools, belly up to the counter, forking in pieces of their heavenly, two-inch thick, blackberry pie. Oh, how I wish I had some right now! And yes, warm… with ice cream melting on top!

      Hugs to you and Gracie pup!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Sounds lovely…along with a cup of coffee or tea. My mouth is watering!!

        The comments that you and Cinandjules left about rigs without bathrooms on the last post made me laugh (not in a bad way), you both made some very valid points – thanks! 🙂

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Blackberries soon I think…Strawberries are in full force right now…very sweet…organic local ones at least!! I made 2 strawberry pies this week to share with some others…best ones yet!! Heh…yummy!! These are with about half raw strawberries and then topped with a kind of jam like strawberry mixture top…then of course, some whipped topping of some sort…or ice cream. Really a pretty good meal!! You should arrive when the veggies are coming on too…local farmers market folks told us Wednesday that this Wednesday some of the farmers will have more to sell!! YIPPEE…fresh corn on the cob, fresh green onions, some of the finest cantaloupes we had last year…hope to see again…and always the berries!!

    • Nancy from South Georgia says:

      “…envisioning warm blackberry pie…” Now I know why I told Sue, in a previous post, that for some reason the campground name made me think of Yogi and Boo-Boo. Seems like Boo-Boo was always wanting some berry pie!

  12. Now THAT’S my kind of campground; a little lawn, a river, forest, near the ocean. Do you think a 32 ft. Class A would find a spot there?

    Well, I’d like to stay and chat longer, but I’m fabricating a bracket for our converter/smart charger upgrade. The Great Escape is getting closer and closer. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      Any size rig will fit at Blackberry Campground. There are long sites, both back-in and pull-through, although not a lot of them. If arriving late Friday or on a Saturday, it would be wise to have a reservation for 32 feet.

  13. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    You are in such a beautiful area – we will be up there in August and I’m looking forward to it. Can’t wait to see the next pics of the crew running on the beach. Well, I’m guessing Little Man will be running and Miss Bridget will be demurely tiptoeing through the sand.

  14. Kellee says:

    My beloved Becker was a JRT – he was a little devil, but he learned! JRTs are of the mind that they know it all and they will let you know it! Becker was the smartest dog and it was one of the saddest days of my life when he passed. I was his person and there is no better feeling than a JRT that is happy to see you!

    I think Reggie is doing terrific and Bridget seems to have such a spark in her step!

    I am so happy that Reggie has a forever home with you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kellee,

      I know you aren’t exaggerating when you say “it was one of the saddest days of my life when he passed.” It’s a tremendous loss that cannot be replaced.

      Thanks for the encouragement regarding Reggie Man and the compliment for Bridget. 🙂

  15. Connie & Mugsy (AZ and MN) says:

    Oh boy… free range pups coming up. Poor Mugsy has never been off leash because like you at the moment, I’ve never had a yard – fenced or otherwise for her. But since she has never been… she doesn’t know that she has missed anything. She is such a little leech that I doubt that she would leave my side, but better to make sure. Calm placid Bridget is probably his best teacher.

    Glad that some of you had fun with the “build your own” on the Roadtrek site. And there are a few errors in there. (one glaring one has been corrected once I pointed it out to them) Remember that these prices are MSRP and the start of their side of the negotiations. LOL That said, since these are pretty much the last of the commercial B’s in the old style vans, about the best one can do is 15-16% off. One thing that helps is to have an RV that holds its value to trade in 🙂 and this is the third unit from the same dealer.

    My Libero was a rich dark gray and while I loved it, it was very difficult to keep clean. It shows everything. Every raindrop leaves a mark, while silver doesn’t. You can’t just run these through the local car wash. LOL

    The towable versus driveable RV is an endless debate and the key is to know yourself, plan carefully how you will use it, where you will be using it, and what you can afford. Sue would never consider a driveable and I would never consider a towable, but we are both thrilled with what we have. Ain’t life crazy? But the RV business in the US offers lots of options for all of us.

    BTW, as to small driveables, the next few years should present lots of new options. While we have lost the small Ford based Class B units… and I suspect Chevy Express will go soon, the Promaster and Transits should provide us with some fun and interesting choices in the next few years.

    And the change from a 29 gallon Black Tank to 8 (OMG) is going to be a big change. LOL, but my first rig (a GWV Class B) had only a 10 gal and I lived in it for 3-4 months of the year. You quickly learn the system and I will rarely be living in it more than a few days at a time. It will have a macerator, so they are quick and easy to dump.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Connie…. We have different rigs and “we’re both thrilled with what we have.” 🙂

  16. Utah Bonnie says:

    What a lovely camp ground for you and the crew. I can hear the river and the birds and smell the pines . . .
    I’m looking forward to hearing about Reggies off leash adventures on the beach and I’m glad you’ve taken your time in letting that happen. My Schipperke gets to be off leash a lot but he has his own mind and has almost given me a heart attack. I think he wonders why I wander off. . .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bonnie,

      Seeing Reggie run on the beach made me wish I could take him to the beach every day. Bless the little guy, he did run!

      I don’t know anything about Schipperkes other than what they look like. From what you wrote, they are strong willed, too.

  17. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    I just love the greenery so much at your Oregon campsites, even though I know there is a “price to pay” in terms of annual rainfall. RVSue, maybe you answered such a question already, but wondering — if your wheels fell off (metaphorically speaking) and you had to live forever at a campsite, where would it be?

    For me, I’m thinking Oregon, because amongst other things, it is a gourmet paradise — blue cheese, Tillamook dairy products, berries, wine, salmon, oysters. Jeez, I’m the one who needs to start packing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gayle,

      Interesting question…. Yes, Oregon and Washington are appealing for the food and the variety of environments — seaside, mountain, forests, high desert, low warm desert, prairie — and the abundance of water features… but to choose one campsite? Oh my. And what’s wonderful at one time of the year, isn’t at another time… thus the wheels!

  18. Nicole says:

    Beautiful campsite!Love the pups!

  19. Elizabeth in WA says:

    We kept our dogs on leash because it made others feel better…but also, so we might be able to yank them from harm’s way if something came along to harm them (though we never did have to face them being bitten by other dogs…tho’ came close a few times)…but being on the road does make it more difficult. I think dogs adjust quite well to whatever environment they live in…being loved and paid attention to seems to compensate well for any other lacks (such as a big back yard to run in!)

    Lovely spot again…very inviting. Seems a fair price for the quietness and set up!! Enjoy!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Dogs do adjust remarkably well if loved and given the necessities for life. I remember when I fostered dogs at my home in Georgia. I had a variety of breeds, sizes, ages, both male and female, some leaving, some just arriving, and they all got along well, never a fight. Much better behaved than people!

  20. Laurie in NC says:

    It looks like you have the best of both worlds with this campground! Beautiful green relaxing spot close enough to go to the beach! I could stay there for awhile! My favorite campground spots are shady with a nice outdoor sitting area, just like the one you have now. We went to the mountains of NC in May and stayed in a shady spot with lots of ferns around the perimeter, near a river….it was so relaxing! Can’t wait to see the frolicking on the beach pictures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laurie,

      Blackberry Campground is perfect in every way except for one thing — no internet at all. That’s why we stayed only one night. My plan was to use it for a home base while we explore the coast. The lack of internet nixed that idea.

  21. Rita from Phoenix says:

    What a lovely camp site you have. Love the beach and can’t wait to see Reggie running…hope we have a video 🙂 if it doesn’t use too much data. We almost lost our dog on the Oregon coast…our dog chased seagulls into dense fog. We called and called and about half an hour later our dog return….what a scare!! The crash of ocean waves probably drowned out our voices as well as the squeals of seagulls….and very confusing in dense fog to ‘see’ where you came from. Maybe we should have had a whistle.

    • Rita from Phoenix says:

      PS PNW has the best berry pies i.e. blackberry pie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      Having wandered into dense fog on an Oregon beach during our previous visit, I understand how terrified you must have been to have your dog disappear in it. Spike, Bridget and I couldn’t see any landmark — complete white-out!

      I bet that was one of the longest half-hours of your life. You must have been very happy that evening!

  22. Dawn in MI says:

    Reggie man is having the time of his life. Little did he know when he adopted you the adventures he’d get to have! Enjoy your camp, it looks absolutely wonderful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Dawn. I wish every dog could have “the time of his life.”

      When we adopted Reggie he was soft and roundish and babyish. Since that time his body has changed. Baby fat (what little he had) has turned into lean muscle.

  23. Lynn Brooks says:

    Such beautiful pictures!
    I love how happy Bridget & Reggie are to be out & about!
    What fun!!!

  24. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    This campsite is sooo relaxing and beautiful. Bridget & Reggie testing the waters so calmly. It was hilarious watching Reggie attack the dog bed and playing with the monkey taking time to get his second wind and whoosh “Lets get Bridget to play.” You can just see the mischief in his eyes. I love it. Can’t wait to see the off-leash beach photos. The last one here is an all out Run on the Beach with complete abandon.

    I was looking at the link for Edith. It seems there are quite a few of those dogs similar to her and Reggie in the Portland area and several are around the same age. All we seem to have are pit bulls ans mixes of pitties. While they are sweet by nature, and just get a bad wrap, they are way to strong for an older person to handle.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I don’t remember seeing any pit bulls at all when growing up in New York state. In fact I don’t think I saw a pit bull until only a few decades ago. It used to be cocker spaniels, beagles, and collies…. at least what I remember from that region of the country.

      Oh sweet Edith. I hope she found a good home.

      Thank you for sharing your reaction to this post. I enjoyed it!

  25. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Hi Sue,
    It’s late here, 1:50 AM. Klemper and I just returned from our Saturday day outing but I had to check in and see if you had posted a new post, lol. Sure enough you did and I’m lovin’ it too! A real highlight ending to a wonderful, fun day was to see Reggie ~burning up~ that ocean sand while off-leash !!! No doubt there were some serious paw print scratches left in his wake 🙂 Will be so fun to see the rest of the photos!
    Well, the dog’s fed, the cats are fed, and now it’s nitie-winkie time for us too.
    Nite Sue and Crew, sleep well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      It must be great to have the energy you have! I’m glad you and Klemper enjoyed your Saturday outing. . . . and my blog was your bedtime story. 🙂

  26. I’m really enjoying seeing Oregon through your eyes and experiences! Beautiful photographs, happy doggies and amazing campsites, wind tossed beaches, what’s not to love????

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      It’s no wonder people flock to this area every summer. The coast is a magnet. And as you know from where you and Chuck are in Florida, the beach is a special place. I’m always pleased to see your comments… I still hold out hope that we will share another Navajo pizza in Bluff… 🙂

  27. sandi says:

    Not a day goes by that I don’t enjoy enjoy reading your blog. It brings back so many happy memories for me. I’ve read other blogs of folks you’ve met through your travels but they do not bring the satisfaction that your blog delivers. For that, i thank you for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s a lovely compliment, Sandi. Thank you. It’s nice to hear that my “life as story” brings forth good memories for you.

  28. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    As always, more beautiful photos. I think I might have to put Oregon in my sights for a very long-time RV visit. It’s just verdantly gorgeous.

    That photo of Reggie with his little ears pinned back is so cute! He looks like he wants to be a little whippet puppy. And when he finishes running he can dig for quahogs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      When Reggie took a very brief break from running, he did dig, only not for quahogs… You’ll see! 🙂

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I hope you do visit Oregon!

  29. Jodee Gravel on the road in Morro Bay, CA says:

    A really perfect day with a perfect spot to lay your heads at night – wonderful! With the extreme heat in some areas, and the continuing thunderstorms in others, I’m thinking those of us along the west coast are pretty lucky. Fingers crossed that remains the case all summer 🙂 Love that Reggie wrapped up Bridget and she just handled it – they’re so good together!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      I think it’s turning a bit colder on the coast. (Maybe staying warm at Morrow Bay?) Like you say, we are fortunate compared to others around the country/continent.

      The lassoing of Bridget was a funny incident. All three of us were surprised at what Reggie had done. I wish I could’ve caught the first sight of it with my camera. Bridget was so tangled up she fell over sideways like a trussed turkey!

  30. Yep, that Kent (Alabama Hills BLM, New Mexico).
    We are just a few miles north of you. my how our paths do come close as we meander around the west. Having spent last fall on east coast we are so so happy to return to the much more public beaches of the west. Sound like the Reg is adjusting to nomadic life I see you have kept your sense of humor mostly in tact. Perhaps our paths will actually cross again. Keep on keeping on, Sue! And if you are up in Nehalem Bay over the next week, give me an email. that’s where we are headed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kent,

      Isn’t the Oregon coast fabulous? As much as I enjoyed visiting with you, I feel I have to be consistent in avoiding meet-ups or I’ll soon have problems — the fall-out from my notoriety! I’ve learned that the slightest hint of me welcoming contact with readers leads to more than I can cope with. It’s nice to know you continue to enjoy the life of a nomad. Give my regards to Carmen…. and thanks for keeping in touch.– Sorry to be a curmudgeon!

      • Sue. We love the Oregon coast and didn’t enjoy much at all the eastern coast (what little we actually could see). And I totally understand and actually feel the same way about meetups. Best to not make plans which is what we fortunately for me, you are the “rock star” and we are merely a full timer’s who just spent 11 months circumnavigating the USA very anonymously and without many advance reservations either. Take care and give an extra hug to “the Bridge”.

  31. Big H says:

    Good morning, Sue.

    Coming out of lurkdom for a moment with a few comments.

    1. Benchmark atlas. I have been looking for the “Benchmark Atlas” that you have often referred to on your blog, but have found that there are several different types (and publishers) of these atlases. Would you please tell me which one that you recommend? I am interested in those for California, Oregon and the Yellowstone area. Thanking you in advance!

    2. Book recommendation. I just finished watching the wonderful Ken Burns multi-part documentary, “The West”. Majorly majorly fascinating, and not a little bit depressing. I was in tears by the end.

    Lots of information there that I was never taught in school. The series is available on Amazon Prime and on YouTube, for those that might be interested. Towards the end of the series there was quite a bit of information on the Nez Perce, whose original ancestral homeland (Wallowa Valley, Oregon) is not too far from where you are travelling now.

    My enjoyment of this series led me to the book (nonfiction) “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”. This was a best seller twenty or thirty years ago, and greatly changed the national perception of the conflict between the european immigrants and the native peoples. I have just begun the book, and am devouring it on my Kindle (well, to be precise, on my smart phone that has the Kindle ap).

    At the moment the cost of the Kindle version of the book is $1.99. Well worth the price.

    Happy travels!


  32. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Well, afternoon here.
    Klemper and I slept in late, 11:00 AM, after a fun-filled day and evening yesterday. Seems the older we get the more time it takes to recoup from those long action filled days, lol, but every bit worth it to stay active. I had plans of doing yard stuff today, putting out the patio mats, hauling the Camp~Chef around to the front of our site, changing out the patio lights…little stuff. Seems the hot weather today has vetoed those ideas for now. Evening will be a better time for all that. Just as well, the laundry calls! So while you and crew enjoy the beach we are land-locked and taking care of chores…what’s wrong with this picture?! I NEED a vaca 🙂

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