Buckeye Hills Recreation Area

Thursday, February 25 (continued)

In the previous episode of “RVSue and her canine crew,” Bridget rides in her car by our camp at Buckeye Hills Recreation Area.

This photo shows Bridget’s reaction shortly after I pull her car out of the Perfect Tow Vehicle and unfold it for her.  It’s been a long time since she’s seen it.  The photo doesn’t show her wagging tail.

P1090611Bridget loves her car!

Here she is, ready to roll.  Reggie is happy that Bridget is coming with us.






Off we go . . .

Reggie’s legs are pumping. . . He’s Reg-o-matic, finally able to explore after a day of riding in the PTV and hanging around camp.  Bridget enjoys the sights as she cruises along in regal deportment.

P1090616There’s hardly any traffic on this part of the camping area.  Only one car comes up the road during our walk, and, since it’s a dead-end, the car passes us again on the way out.  This is a peaceful time, each of us enjoying it in our own way.

I enjoy taking photos, of course!

P1090615“That’s enough walking for today. You look like you’ve wound down to sanity again, Reggie.”

P1090622“Let’s head for home.  It’s almost your bedtime.”

Later . . .

The crew is asleep — Bridget stretched out on the bed and Reggie curled up in the doggie bed at the foot of our bed.  As I prepare to join them, two fighter jets roar over our house and then peacefulness returns.   I wonder what it’s like to fly a fighter jet.  What a different life from mine!

I lie in bed looking up at the stars.  

The windows are open and a cool breeze wafts the curtains in the moonlight.

Gee, it’s really quiet.  We’re heading toward the weekend.  Well, we can’t expect to have perfect peace all the time . . . . but it sure is nice when we do!

Friday, February 26

P1090654After morning routine, I go online and find the location of a Wal-Mart in Buckeye.

It’s less than 10 miles from here!  As I begin to unhitch the Best Little Trailer, I notice the neighbors up the road are preparing to leave their very nice campsite.  I pause.

I could move us up there.  It’s a really big site.  A lot bigger than this one . . . .

I look around at our camp — at  the outdoor room and our view.

P1090650Hmm . . . This is a good spot for us.  The BLT is perfectly positioned to place shade on our outdoor room in the afternoon. Why move to the big site when we don’t need all that space?  Let someone else have it.  (Photo above taken after I unhitched.)

Contented with what we have, I resume cranking the coupler off the hitch ball.

Shortly thereafter, the crew and I are in the Perfect Tow Vehicle, riding out of the campground.  We stop at the divided highway, Route 85.  The yellow flowers of brittlebush cluster in mounds along the roadway.

P1090631West Hazen Road goes through fields of alfalfa.

Two horses stop grazing to watch me take their photo.

P1090632At Miller Road I turn us north again and drive into Buckeye.

I don’t bother to explore the town; we need to complete our mission before the day becomes too hot for the crew to wait in the PTV.

P1090633-001Ol’ Wal-Mart doesn’t disappoint!

I find the items I’ve gone without for several weeks — smoothies and Greek Gods yogurt.  I also score a buy on boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the crew ($1.19 a pound!) as well as a rotisserie chicken for me to share.

As I drive out of the parking lot, I see there’s a Fry’s grocery across the street (for those of you who spurn Wally).

On the return to camp, I capture this striking scene.

P1090634I wonder what the story is behind this house.  It’s situated next to the Gila River.  What used to be the Gila River and is now dried up.  I bet it was nice at one time with a view of green fields and a backdrop of hills.  (A reader gives us the history of the blue house!  See note at end of this post.)

It’s Friday night at Buckeye Hills!

Here they come!  The campground loop fills up with happy campers.  They party late into the night.  I see their lights and hear their shouts and screams through our open windows.  Fortunately they’re far enough away for their party sounds to become background noise.  Like a flock of starlings settling into a roost, their initial commotion eventually fades into silence, and the crew and I sleep well.

Saturday, February 27

The wonderful thing about nighttime revelers — They tend to sleep late!

It’s a beautiful morning and not a sound or a stir from party central. The crew and I take a short walk and then I relax in my camp chair with a blueberry smoothie for breakfast.

P1090652A big rig has moved into the site we could’ve taken yesterday. 

(See photo below.)  They must’ve arrived after dark.  I bet they were relieved to find a place to park where they could fit!

P1090656That’s enough for this post!

BTW, I’m enjoying your comments very much.  Your conversations, dreams, accomplishments, concerns, helpful advice — whatever –– whether first appearances, return visits, or regular updates, all of it makes my blog come alive.  Although I’ve been “quiet” lately, know that I appreciate you and what you contribute by writing on my blog.

Thank you, cyber-friends!


NOTE:  I wrote a multi-reply at the bottom of comments under the previous post.  You may want to check the messages that came in at the end.


This comment came in from “Peggy in Buckeye.”

Hi Sue and the crew! I am a faithful reader who enjoys every story and every picture. As a long-time (49 years) resident of Buckeye, I just had to comment after reading today’s post. The blue house is known as the Nels Benson/ Rainey house. It was purchased by the Town of Buckeye and moved from its original location to downtown Buckeye in 2006. The plan was to restore the house and use it for offices. The move was a big event in town. People lined the streets watching the blue house make its slow and stately way though town to Main Street. Our good friend, Roy Dean, moved the house using an antique truck. My husband and I were there with our 6 year old grandson. There were too many obstacles so the restoration didn’t happen. The building sat on Monroe Avenue for a couple of years before being purchased by a private citizen who then had the house moved back close to the original location. He planned to turn it into a restaurant and brewery but that hasn’t happened either. I don’t know how to put a link to the articles in the local newspapers but a search for Nels Benson/ Rainey house will lead to more detailed information. Enjoy the Buckeye Hills! — Peggy in Buckeye


P1090637The Best Little Trailer waits for our return


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89 Responses to Buckeye Hills Recreation Area

  1. I’m first.
    Always wanted to say that!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Well done Rob!!!

    • Nice post Sue.
      I’m a little west and north of you. Thankfully no weekend party RVs here. Just open space all around. It’s getting near time to head north with this weather being so hot. Haven’t seen any snakes as of yet (crossed fingers).
      I’m about a week and a half from my last nights in the Casita. It’s been a good trailer, but I’m ready for something a little bigger. I head up to Oregon to pick up my new Nash 17K.
      Why give up the Casita? Last summer, in the Midwest, I was stuck inside for too many days in a row with rain. Major Casita/cabin fever!
      A bit more room and a bit more room on the bed for Geordie. I’ll still only get a 1/4 but it should be a bigger 1/4!
      See you down the road, Sue.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas) says:

      The Day has finally come!!! Congratulations on your Big Win!!

      • kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

        We understand as we parted with our Casita last June to move to a 21′ Passport Ultra lite. I cried as the Casita left and it took me awhile to ‘take to’ the new RV but now I love it. Been out 4 months now & it so comfortable. Best to you with your new rig.

        • casitagirl says:

          We sold our Casita after we discovered it was just too small for two people. We bought a used Airstream that’s a bit bigger and think we will be happy for many years during our travels.

        • Thanks so much for the encouraging words, kgdan. One thing I’ve always heard from RV folks is, they bought too big the first time around. Well, I started with a 16′ Casita and will now grow by 6′. I know I’ll be happier in the Nash.

  2. Anne - in GA says:

    could it be??? what are the chances???

  3. SEcond? And I read the whole thing first, too!

  4. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Really? This close to the top and I actually read and reread the post.

  5. Ronda western WA says:

    Thx for the extra pics of the crew “walk” sooo cute! And of course always enjoy your scenery pics.

  6. Judy in East texas says:

    Hi Sue and the Crew. Still looks like your having a great time out in the desert. Just curious, when do you begin to move north? Do you normally stay within in northeast? I have a thousand questions, so I think I will just dabble them out. Ha ha
    I read in your past long ago post that you read a Sue Grafton book? Did you decide to read the whole series? I love her and have read everything she has written including Kensie and Me.
    Stay safe out there and rock on…..judy

  7. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Love your post! Bridget looks so happy in her car, it probably made her little heart sing to be able to be included in the walk and not have to deal with her achy body!

    You are so thoughtful, bypassing the larger spot. But that is you! Love it!

  8. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a nice relaxing post. You seem to be enjoying your break. The crew looks so cute. Reggie really does seem happy to have Bridget along, even if she does get to ride. We all know she loves it. The camp looks nice and peaceful in spite oft the party group.
    I was # 8 when I started. Closer than I have been in a long while.

  9. Nancy S from Indiana says:

    I’m wondering about the house with all the beautiful green grass
    in front. At least I’m assuming it’s grass. I can’t tell from the picture if it’s being
    newly built or what’s going on. Whatever the case it’s fun to explore new areas.
    Always enjoy the pics of Bridget & Reggie, the little scamp ☺?

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas) says:

      I read on travel blogs that Death Valley is in Super Bloom because of the extremely wet winter we have had. It may be the fullest wildflower display in 10 years. If you are in Arizona you might take a drive to see. It is going to be a great wildflower season, I do believe!!

      • edlfrey says:

        “If you are in Arizona you might take a drive to see.”

        I don’t have any idea which direction Sue may be going but if she is not already planning on going toward Death Valley that would be a little over 800 mile round trip from Buckeye.
        If anyone is interested you need to go NOW, the super bloom does not last very long.

        • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

          Just there & specific spots were beautiful esp going towards Beatty.

  10. Pam and Maya says:

    Awww, Bridget is so cute bout her little “coach” I love the happy look on her face!

  11. kris says:

    Awwwwww, Bridget, in her car! Too cute!

  12. Susan in Dallas says:

    Great horse pictures! Now, there must be a cow coming up soon! Love those nosy animals.

  13. Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Great pics, as usual. Still reading archives. Just finished Feb 2015 and LOVED the BEAUTIFUL sunsets at Salton Sea. I’m caregiver for my husband so don’t get to just sit and read as long as I’d like. I started following you in the Spring or Summer of 2015 so I should be caught up soon. Still living vicariously thru you. Hugs. Greetings to all blogerinos, too!!

  14. Susan in south central WA says:

    Still chuckling over Princess Bridget in her “regal deportment”. Do you also have to fan her and feed her cooled liver treats?

  15. Piper n' Rusty / near I-40 Az. n' soon heading east says:

    Bridget sure does look happy in her car and the Reg-O- mantic looks like He’s havin’ fun too,,, It’s getting warmer each day up here and we must wait till Wednesday noon till we get to roll to Bumble Bee area or Cordes area,,, Oh I all most forgot,, Your Photos are great. ,,,, have a great day and hug them babies for us,,, Piper says Hi Too!,,,,,, rusty

  16. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    Bridget is quite the cutie…and Reggie is all boy. Looks like a nice peaceful camp….thanks for the pics

  17. Reine in Plano says:

    I loved the Multi-Reply. Shows us that you’re still in touch and that’s gotta be easier for you. Writing a separate reply to everyone that posts had to be really time consuming not to mention the energy it requires. As popular as your blog is, individual replies are getting too close to that four letter word “work”. Keep enjoying your life and let us tag along when we can.

  18. Peggy in Buckeye says:

    Hi Sue and the crew! I am a faithful reader who enjoys every story and every picture. As a long-time (49 years) resident of Buckeye, I just had to comment after reading today’s post. The blue house is known as the Nels Benson/ Rainey house. It was purchased by the Town of Buckeye and moved from its original location to downtown Buckeye in 2006. The plan was to restore the house and use it for offices. The move was a big event in town. People lined the streets watching the blue house make its slow and stately way though town to Main Street. Our good friend, Roy Dean, moved the house using an antique truck. My husband and I were there with our 6 year old grandson. There were too many obstacles so the restoration didn’t happen. The building sat on Monroe Avenue for a couple of years before being purchased by a private citizen who then had the house moved back close to the original location. He planned to turn it into a restaurant and brewery but that hasn’t happened either. I don’t know how to put a link to the articles in the local newspapers but a search for Nels Benson/ Rainey house will lead to more detailed information. Enjoy the Buckeye Hills!

    • Nancy S from Indiana says:

      Thanks for the info on the blue house, I couldn’t help but wonder about it. That must have been something to watch it being moved. It would make a great restaurant & brewery but that takes a lot of money. We have an old historical house here that was part of the underground railroad . It sits across the road from a creek & dam & waterfall . I always thought what a great restaurant that could make if someone had the money to do it right. More time & money than I have, I only have the idea. ☺

      • Peggy in Buckeye says:

        It was very cool to see the house being moved! The distance was only a couple of miles but took hours due to overhead wires, stop signs and fences. I think it’s sad that historical buildings can’t be saved.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Peggy,

      Seeing that house being moved must have been a treat! It is a shame that the original plans for repurposing it got sidetracked. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

      • Dawn in MI says:

        Thanks for the information on the house Peggy. What a shame that it got moved 2x and still sits vacant. Can’t be good for it. Wish someone could turn it back into a home.

        • Peggy in Buckeye says:

          Hi Dawn,
          I haven’t heard of any new plans for the house. Unfortunately, it’s been vandalized several times so now it would take someone with a lot of time and deep pockets to restore it.

      • Peggy in Buckeye says:

        Hi Denise,
        It was very fun watching the house moving down the street and our grandson loved it! I’m glad you enjoyed the info.

  19. Applegirl NY says:

    Great post. I could just hug that crew, especially her royal dogness. I’m catching up after a couple of busy days. Saw a pair of bald eagles today – less than 20 ft away. I’ve never seen eagles so close. It was wonderful. They took off right in front of us. What a glorious sight.

    Sue, I hope you shared that rotisserie chicken with the crew. I think yesterday they got jipped on their burgers!

    Ive been mindful and keeping many of you guys in prayer.

    Off to beautiful Amelia Island tomorrow. Take care everyone.

  20. AuntLordy says:

    Love the pics and beautiful blog post! So jealous of your amazing nice weather, as I am entrenched in Michigan snow. So thankful to come across your writing…

  21. Kathryn says:

    As a dog “mom” myself, I love how Bridget has her car. My Punkin had a pink wagon. Happy trails, Sue, Bridge, and Reggie! (RIP Spike)

  22. Jolene/Iowa says:

    What a wonderful camping area! I think this is very pretty. Love seeing Bridge in her car! Reggie always entertains!

    Desert Ginger posted this on 25th. I keep watching and praying for her…”Hello all, xxxxxx is visiting me. I can’t breathe well, chest hurts, am way too broke, but im getting better. Woo-xxxxxxxx-hoo! Love to all.”

    I have inserted some x’s to protect privacy as well as some language that Ginger is entitled to use with all she is going through but I censored it for on here. Keep the prayers and good thoughts for healing coming for Ginger.

  23. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Love to read your posts, Sue. Sounds like the crew is having a good time. I can just imagine myself enjoying the sun and warmth and the wide open desert. Would not be too keen on the party people, though.

    Hope you are recharging your inner batteries.

  24. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    it was awful nice of you to not take that big space and leave it for the
    big bus………
    I know about background noise that you speak of….we have a neighbor
    about 3 miles away and we know when he is outside working on BBQ…
    he has his honky tonk music on and on a still day you can hear it all the
    way over here…..not obnoxious but hearable,,,…

  25. Linda southern MN says:

    You sound happy again! So glad to see your writing taking a lighter note again. Not that we need or expect it to be, but always nice when we can tell you are enjoying yourself!
    Take care of those two babies! Love the photos.

  26. Lynn Brooks says:

    Nice post! So glad to hear all is well!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  27. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy! Well what great pics of your little family and the surrounding area. Rotisserie chicken…bet the little guys liked that. I’m glad you’re back and you seem rested. Good on ya….

  28. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Bridget is so sweet in her little ride. She seems so comfortable and I bet she looks forward to it.
    I can imagine looking up at the stars in the desert….peaceful time, enjoy.
    Spring will be here soon…cannot wait to get into the woods. Well Take Care Sue and Crew.

  29. desertGinger says:

    Hi guys! Just popping in to say hi. Recovering slowly. Struggling with going in and out of afib. May wind up with a pacemaker. They are deciding now. But I’m slowlygetting better. Love to all.-

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

      Great to see you here, DG. They will get you stabilized.

      Our neighbor’s daughter had her second heart transplant and it took a while for them to get her body to adapt to the new situation. I imagine that will be the same for you. Just think of where you were and your progress will be slow but show improvement I am certain with your new valve.

      We are all happy to see you on the blog.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Hi DG!!! So happy to hear from you and to know you sailed through everything! 🙂 🙂

    • weather says:

      Hi, Ginger, it’s wonderful to hear from you. I’m sorry things aren’t easier for you right now, and I hope they will be soon. hugs and love

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, DesertGinger!

      So happy to see a note from you! You are in our thoughts and prayers – can you feel the love?! The fact that you felt up to posting is a good sign. 🙂

      Sending you healing thoughts and a warm hug! 🙂

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      So glad you popped on Ginger. You keep fighting and healing!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Glad to see your post DeGin; still praying for your complete recovery.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      We miss you. Sending get well wishes.

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      Hi desertGinger! Your medical team will get you stable. I am sure it is scary at times but I know what a fighter you are. We will be here when you are ready to tell us all about your surgery.

      ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    • CRedd n Tx says:

      Hi DesertGinger

      Been looking to see your post and praying for your healing. A pacemaker might make keeping everything on an even keel easier, hopefully giving you more stamina and energy. I know several persons who live with pacemakers and they have lots of energy and can do most things someone of our ages can.

      Hoping you continue to heal and get stronger. Still praying for you.

    • Kay from KC! says:

      Hey, Ginger! Keep fighting! You have a great spirit!

      Kay from KC!

  30. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Desert Ginger,
    Hello Energized Bunny! It’s so good to see your name appear. We’ve all been thinking about you. Keep getting better!

  31. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Dear Sue and Weather,
    Thank you for your suggestions in answer to my question on the last post. Hopefully old Bailey will keep plugging along. He does enjoy traveling with us.

  32. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Loving me some Bridget eye candy! Such sweetness!

  33. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue, and fellow blogorinos!

    I woke up early this morning to birds singing outside my window. It will be another sunny, but cold day. That is perfectly fine…after a week of gray skies, rain, and a tornado scare, I am thrilled to see the sun!

    A new post from Sue and an update from DesertGinger – what a great start to the day!

    I adore all the pictures of the Crew enjoying their walk. Glad that the weekend crowd noise was far enough away to not be too disturbing. I absolutely love the header picture of the BLT bathed in the pink morning light! So pretty!

    I hope you continue to recharge your batteries and just be in the moment. Enjoy! Thank you for sharing your day with us, Sue! Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  34. weather says:

    What fun, treats for all in this post 🙂 a way for you and crew to each enjoy an afternoon stroll, roadside flowers for those driving to see, fresh green grass for the horses to nibble and just right sized campsites for you and your neighbors. Gee, the party crowd was even quiet so you could enjoy early morning, nice!

    Recently I’ve been thinking about the expression “cyber-friends”, first I looked up what it meant, then read a bit about the differences between those and real ones. It seems that the common belief is because people actually see real ones and don’t see cyber ones the value of each is held far apart, real should matter more, cyber should matter far less. Blind people have real ones kept coming to my mind. For now, I choose to value the true friendships by either name equally and to go with my own belief- Being a real true friend is an art, and like every other art to master it one needs to see with their heart.

    • weather says:

      Lilac lighting at sunset wrapped the lake , sparkling turquoise ribbons adorned the gift before it disappeared. The ice became white again, the melted streams of water in it just reflected the dusky blue sky’s color, yet the warmth lingered outside, so I did ,too. For a few hours it was sixty degrees here yesterday. Now winter it is on it’s way back here for a while. I’m glad it’s staying for it’s whole season, because this year it’s shown me a side of itself I hadn’t met before. Speaking as softly as I do to the kittens it came gently and slowly , as if it knew how timid they were, so gave them time to grow brave.

      The meteorologists have other ways to explain how mild the conditions have been, of course. Providence moving heaven and earth for three on life’s journey may seem unlikely, still I think at times I’ve seen that for you and the crew, Sue. It may be smoke and fire pausing long enough for you to stay ahead of it, a storm wait until you’re safely settled to unleash it’s strength or just no one taking the perfect campsite on a beach so you can have a million dollar view for a while. I hope what you enjoy, need and want is given to you again this Good morning 🙂

      • Good Morning Weather, life is good. Seeing you here this morning makes it even better. You speak to Sue like true friends should, always with love and kindness. As blogorinos, we get to see the expanse of one’s caring. 🙂

        Having my morning coffee, now with you and I hope Sue and other blogorionos are sharing this moment also.

  35. Love seeing the bright yellow brittlebush already coloring the desert there. Not a hint of color anywhere in eastern NM except for the small yellow tips of the abundant cane cholla. Those horses look like they got their makeup done at the same place! The best part of weekend revelers is knowing they depart on Sunday. Glad they are able to get outdoors and enjoy the stars for their weekend.

  36. sharon aka as SKCCoast says:

    Love the photos. The fur kids are a delight and your posts are such fun to read. I’m impressed with your knowledge of the various plant life as you travel. It makes me be more aware of my surroundings as I take my trips. Thanks!!

  37. Dawn in MI says:

    My favorite photo of the batch is the one of the crew in ‘almost time for bed.’ Guess I like the shadows! Hope the weekend didn’t get any nosier for you. It’s almost over and you’ll get your peace and quiet back.

  38. Sheila from So Cal says:

    Love your posts and your little family!

  39. Julia in Chatsworth says:

    Hi Sue and blogorinos,
    Well I am one of the signed up but only commented twice lurkers!!
    I usually wrote and commented about life with canines…

    Little did we know we were driving past you when we came up the 85 from San Felipe to Phoenix! I always daydream about where you might be when we are ramblin’.

    I saw a Casita for sale in the lot in Quartzite and I also saw a beautiful original vintage 1955 24′ ‘Nevadan’ travel trailer today on craigslist L.A….. unfortuneatly for me it sold very quick, slipped through my grasp, I was tired and too busy when we got home… That age, length and condition is my dream trailer aquisition (especially at only 2300.00 bucks!) , not for traveling but to house my friends and family and possibly rent out as airbnb as we have a very nice view. We have a f250 and a nice vintage camper that we remodeled on the back of it but do not use it enough…

    We were kind of lost at the San Luis border crossing and when I found it, I cut into the line to get into usa,,, the lady behind me called the coppers. I had to follow him into an alley not far away. They said there are often fights over what I had done. I kept telling him that we had never been there before and that we were on our way to Phoenix to see our friend in the hospital. He asked for my drivers license and registration, he kept calling somebody, the he said the fine was going to be 100.00 dollars!!! I pulled out the 25 dollars in pesos that we had and he saw MK do the math on the phone calculator, I said that the fine was ‘muy caro’… eventually he said it would be a warning only and escorted us to the end of the line!!!!

    Our dear friend was thrown out of his truck in November, after falling asleep at the wheel in the dark lonely desert near Williams, Arizona. The EMT team did not think he would make it to the trauma center by heli in Flagstaff. It is unknown how long he laid on the ice. He is going home now but not because he is well, but because his brain trauma injury did not heal fast enough for the insurance to keep him in a facility. It is just awful and a very sad row to hoe for his devoted wife. I just can’t stand it; I wish they had the kind of money it takes to get really fantastic care ala Giffords and Tracy Morgan. There is definately hope because he does talk and can make sentences and move.

    Sue to you I say, Happy Springtime, Be Careful, and smooches to the Pooches!
    I loved the 1st attempt at Reggie (being such a brat) off leash! The 1st time we let Bella off leash, 11 months after we got her, she ran after a deer and we thought we would be spending the day, MK birthday, searching for her. But she came back to us:)

  40. Eddie says:

    I flew Air Force fighters for 23 years. Some in that very area. I am retired now and sometimes miss it. It is indeed a very different life at 500 mph!

    Callsign “Leroy”

  41. Good Morning Blogorinos! Well my news report for the day goes like this. We finally took our 35 foot Class A out this weekend for its maiden voyage. My Partner Laura did a really fine job driving and getting us to the beach. It has been on the RV lot since October with only about 3 visits from us, so the batteries were a little low, but we kept the dreaded generator all most of the day to charge all batteries, house and engine and boy did they need it. But I have to say, we gave lots of space to other vehicles parking and the generator was very quiet both inside and outside, and I would constantly go out to check to make sure we were not too loud, which with the big waves this weekend, it was hardly noticeable at about 15 feet away. Thank goodness, I want to be as considerate as Sue always. We had friends pull up right next to us for the day in their trailer and we enjoyed showing our new home to them and then others from the neighborhood showed up, it became a party!. Well we got home fine, batteries charged and a little lower on gas in the tank, but success was had by all. Whew! We talked to a realtor on Sunday about putting our house up for sale sometime this summer and then the big adventure begins, God willing and the creek don’t rise. Everyone have a good day.

    DG get better, we are all pulling for you! 🙂

  42. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    So glad that Desert Ginger posted. I have been praying for you and wondering how things were coming. Slow but steady sounds like. Hi Sue and fellow blogerinos, beautiful morning today, going to be int he 70’s today in Memphis and not a cloud in the sky.

  43. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Blogorinos!

    Congratulations, Fortuna Robert, on being first! I know where your camp is. 🙂 You won’t have any trouble selling your Casita.

    And Anne in GA… Good job! You made second place!

    Judy in east TX… When do we go north? Earlier and earlier each year. It depends upon the elevation of the route we choose. I think you meant to say northwest, not northeast. We travel all over the west. I encourage you to read my blog’s earlier posts, if you have the time.

    Yes, I’ve read all the Sue Grafton books. They’re fun.

    I decided to skip the super blooming Death Valley. It would put us in a location away from where I want us to explore this year.

    I’m glad you like the Salton Sea sunset pics, Corker!

    Thanks for the feedback on “multi-reply,” Reine.

    Peggy in Buckeye . . . Interesting info about the blue house. Thank you! I’m going to add your comment to the post.

    Applegirl NY… Hope you enjoyed Amelia Island… I was there years ago. It is beautiful.

    AuntLordy . . . I’m glad you found my blog. Welcome and thanks for letting us know you’re here!

    Hi, Kathryn. . . Your Punkin rode in style. 🙂

    We appreciate the updates on DesertGinger, Jolene. Thanks!

    Ginger . . . You’re going to get through this. Better days ahead!

    Pookie in Todd Mission, TX… You Texans sure do love your BBQ. Hi, Chuck

    Hi, Sheila from So Cal… Thanks for the love . . . Here’s some for you, too! 🙂

    I appreciate all who mentioned being glad for my lighter mood and post. I finally figured out what these bouts of sleepiness are that I’ve had at times throughout my life since childhood — hypersomnia! Not diabetes, not heart disease, not anemia, not depression (know what that’s like), not narcolepsy (seen what that’s like), or any of the other things I see on the internet. For about a week I slept 14-18 hours a day…. Then the sleepiness left as mysteriously as it arrived. No other symptoms. Oh, well. Of all the ailments, I’ll take this one. Thanks for your concern.

    Hi, Marilu… Hoping Bailey is having a good day…

    I agree, weather, about real life friends and cyber-friends… One kind isn’t better than the other, just different, and then there are differences within each group. Your explanation is spot-on! Lots of heart shown on this blog… and, yes, Providence! We encounter the evidence everywhere. Love the “lilac lighting” and “turquoise ribbons.”

    sharon aka as SKCCoast . . . I learned about plants and wildlife of the west with the help of blogorinos. I’m still learning!

    Wow, Shirlene! What a great day you had with your new rig at the beach!

    Enjoyed your entertaining comment, Julia in Chatsworth!

    Hi, Eddie (Callsign “Leroy”)… I thought of you this morning as the fighter jets flew over a few times, always in pairs, I notice. How neat that you are here with us and saw my reference! Yes, 500 mph is a lot faster than our pace. 🙂

    Blogorinos. . . If I didn’t reply individually to your comment, it doesn’t mean I didn’t read it. Thanks to all, regulars and newbies and those in-between.

    A new post coming soon, probably around noon, Arizona time.

    Bye for now,

  44. Bridget’s eyes in that photo are so round and excited! I don’t need to see her tail to know it’s wagging, lol.
    I’m amazed at how sparkling clean your PTV and BLT are after a drive through the desert…I want some of that ability.

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