Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, southern Arizona

 I never imagined that one day I’d have a 118,000-acre yard!

P1100013The Best Little Trailer at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

The crew and I are into our fifth day at a boondock in the refuge.

The tiny town of Arivaca, approximately ten miles away from our camp, experiences temperatures in the high 80s.  The frequent breezes — the “fair winds” — coming across this ridge cool us to highs in the 70s or into the low 80s.

P1090900The photo makes it look like the grass grows right up to our doorstep!

Not so.  The campsite is large!   It can accommodate a big rig or two.  Bridget (below) shows you less than half of the cleared area.

P1090921We’ve had the place pretty much to ourselves.

The only people we see are Border Patrol and an occasional overnight camper passing by.

A couple with an Escape trailer stop to chat while we’re out on a walk.  They say they had a Casita for five years and loved it, but wanted more room.  Their brand new Escape is a foot wider than the Casita and is twenty-one feet long.

“This is her maiden voyage,” the man announces happily.

P1090937Away they go!

This being semi-desert grassland, wildflowers are few. 

P1090916 When we find some, they are a pleasant surprise in a world of tan, brown, and gold.

P1090881I’ll leave it up to readers to identify them!

LATER:  My readers never fail to help with identifications!  The flowers in the photo with Reggie (above) haven’t been identified yet.  We’re still discussing them.  The second flower photo is Sand Verbena.  The yellow flowers (below) are California Poppy. 

P1090955Bridget, Reggie and I walk our road every morning. 

In the next photo, Reg shows you another large campsite.  It extends all the way around that clump of trees!

P1090905The sites are spaced far apart. 

At the refuge you are allowed to camp only at numbered campsites.  The number is on a post by the road.  You can pick up a map  at any of the entrances to the refuge.  The map shows the location of campsites.  They’re easy to find.

Here’s another nice campsite.  It’s also a pull-through.  Baboquivari Peak can be seen from this site.  “Babo” is much more imposing than it appears in this pic.

P1090935For our late afternoon walk, the Perfect Tow Vehicle takes us to another road.

We walk a different one each day.  The crew enjoys the variety.   I don’t know what Reggie Man is talking about, but he sure looks happy!  Bridget’s free-wheeling trot and swinging tail reveal she is enjoying this walk, too!

P1100010We see several birds — birds of prey on the highest branches, big black birds riding the air currents, and song birds flitting among the mesquite trees.






P1090899We haven’t seen many animals, only a small group of deer that bounded across the lane in front of us.

Animals move from dusk to dawn when we aren’t outside.  Occasionally coyotes yip and cry.  Otherwise complete silence . . . .

Tracks and scat of deer and javelina are all over.

One morning Reggie discovers scat near the Best Little Trailer.  I find tracks, too, evidence we have visitors during the night, probably deer.

P1090931At twilight we’re treated to the “Golden Hour.”

More accurately, the “Golden Five Minutes.”  I grab the camera and race around snapping shots as fast as I can before the light fades.

P1090892-001Why boondock? 

This is why.

P1090893-001I haven’t boosted the color in these photos.  This is real!

P1090894-001All these golden scenes are from our campsite.  It’s like standing in a hallelujah chorus!

P1090896-001That’s all for now.  Be well, be safe, be happy!

In the next post . . .  




P1090928“Time for you two to go inside for the night.  It’ll be dark soon.”

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219 Responses to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, southern Arizona

  1. Dan (Michigan) says:

    Wow Sue, can’t believe its so beautiful! Thanks for making my dull day go a little better!

    • Dan (Michigan) says:

      May I ask what software do you use to crop and such to your pics?

      • rvsueandcrew says:


        I use Picassa.

        • Dan (Michigan) says:

          Thanks Sue! It was a pleasant surprise! Picassa, I’ll check it out.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Free download. I have the version Picassa 3. I don’t know if there’s a more recent one.

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              The recent is 3.9, I really like Picasa. I use google photos and google drive as well.

            • Dan (Michigan) says:

              As soon as I get home I’ll down load it. I am moving my photos out of Drop box, tired of paying for the extra space!

            • cc says:


              I also use Picassa to crop. If you want to resize a photo quickly, there is also a old shareware program called Real World Paint. Its tiny and super easy to use and free 🙂

        • Velda in Roseville CA says:

          Picasso is being “killed” by it’s new owner Google. Soon it will be no more. Sad.

          • Velda in Roseville CA says:

            Argh could not catch it to fix Picasa, no matter what auto spell check thinks!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            That was supposed to happen to Picassa on March 5th. That’s what I read. I don’t know why it didn’t happen.

  2. Ilse says:


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ilse in second place today!

      Missed it by a minute or less… 🙂

      • Ilse says:

        Not too shabby. Was just ordering some Essiac Tea between my daily “coffee break” (coffee enema?) and twenty minutes on the rebounder when your post popped up. Beautiful backyard. You are just lucky you don’t have to mow the 118,000 acres. Someday (soon I hope) I will check out that peaceful place. Nothing beats the healing power of nature.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes! If you seek solitude, peace, and healing in nature, this is the place!

          • Barbara (Nashville) says:

            Ilse, Good to see your post. How are you feeling?
            I am still keeping you in my prayers.

            • Ilse says:

              Thank you so much Barbara. I’m doing ok. I’ve done a lot of research lately and have started myself on a calorie restricted Ketogenic diet. In addition I go into a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber three times a week. Let’s see how well that works?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hope you will update us, Ilse…

        • Velda in Roseville CA says:

          Which rebounder do you have? I’m looking at Bellicon.

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

    Happy Birthday, Sue & Reggie and many, many more.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cat Lady. I meant to mention Reggie’s birthday in this post. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll add it in a note at the end.

      On second thought, let’s make his birthday tomorrow, the 16th of March. I don’t want it on the date attached to Brutus betraying Caesar!

  4. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I may be close to being first today. Not showing any posts yet. In one of your recent posts you said your new drawers fell out everywhere when you traveled. Have you figured out how to keep everything in place? Beautiful pictures. Good temps looks like too. We just spent a week at Disney World with grandkids where temps were the same, in the mid 80’s during the day and beautiful. We had a great time. Did not want to come home. But unlike you we had to. Great post as always.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      I’ve received several suggestions already — plenty! I won’t be able to apply a solution until we’re in a place where I can pick up supplies.

      I’m glad you enjoyed your week with the grandchildren, and in perfect weather, too!

  5. Kitt, NW Wa says:

    I love the Golden Hour pictures! The total silence and stars at night must be magical.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is magical, Kitt. It’s so quiet at night that the three of us sleep better than ever. The only light at night is a small, distant, blue, flashing light — a beacon for people on foot to obtain help.

      • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

        That blue light is an interesting desert fact that I wasn’t aware of. Love learning these little details from your blog Sue.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I should have said “the only light . . . other than the stars and moon . . .”

          Here’s more information:


          A $3,800-steel pipe about 30 feet tall with pocket size mirrors at the top to reflect the sunlight and a high-intensity blue strobe light that can be seen for up to 10 miles during low-light hours.
          Designed to help border crossers in distress by directing the person to the beacon, where they can push a big red button that will send a signal to the station.
          Directions are in English, Spanish and O’odham and illustrated with pictures.

          Source: Border Patrol

  6. Annie in Oregon says:

    Thank-you for beautiful pictures..love the golden light. Reggie and Bridget look so happy and contented. That’s the way life should be!?

  7. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue and crew!!
    Another great boondock! I am glad you are having a quiet stay there! Looking forward as always to your next post and always great to see the crew!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      This quiet is spoiling me! I hope you are enjoying the first signs of spring. 🙂

  8. Judy in Horn Lake, Ms says:

    Makes me think of pictures I saw in National Geographic Magazine.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy,

      Sometimes I look out over the grassland and imagine giraffes and lions and other wild animals of Africa.

  9. Dawn says:

    I breathe more deeply just looking at those photos!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I like that response! The photos transmit the “breath of fresh air” from this ridge.

  10. Judith camper says:

    What lovely pictures. The peace and quiet comes through in the photos. Thank you.

  11. So happy you and the crew found this wonderful place!!! It refreshes the soul!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, it does, Betty-Shea. I hope you don’t mind me asking — Are you a native of the Diamond Bell area or did you choose it for your home base?

  12. Pepe & Gigi, Tibbie & Ella (Bend, OR) says:

    Two degrees of separation Sue. We know the Escape folks and had a Casita until this past November.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Do you mean YOU had a Casita until this past November?

      • JAZZQUELINE from Bend, OR says:

        Yes we had a 17′ Spirit Deluxe from Jan 2010 until Nov 2015. Six great seasons and decided to spend our children’s inheritance by purchasing a 2015 23′ Airstream. Everything in storage. No regrets. We loved our Casita but needed a bit more comfort. Our pups were a deciding force as well. Thanks for all of the great photos. We depart OPCNM Wednesday for supplies in Tucson and thence to Patagonia State Park.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Jazzqueline,

          I think a Casita is perfect for a solo traveler, of course. It seems a bit small for two people… a good starter rig.

          For those who don’t understand OPCNM… It’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, south of Ajo.

  13. Dawn from Camano Island says:


  14. Elaine in Colorado says:

    Hi Sue & Crew!

    Love your pictures! All those cool fields and the colors, gorgeous!

  15. I’ve camped there a few times. It reminds me of African savanna. I like it a lot. Then there’s Baboquivari Peak and Kitt Peak Observatory to the west.

  16. BadgerRickInWis says:

    WOW, Like everybody else I just love those sunset shots. So amazing and so different than the grey skies and mud that early spring brings to these parts. However we do have Robins screaming from the treetops every morning in their seemingly never ending search for a mate. That’s a sure sign that the earth is starting to tilt in the right direction.

    Seems like you have found a great spot, definitely on my “someday list” now.
    Also is it just me or is it impossible to see those two cute little butts wiggling down the road and not have it put a smile on your face? You do lead a nice life girl.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      Nothing more annoying than screams for a mate. Another reason to avoid pick-up bars.

      Yes, it is a nice life. . . . Wiggly-butts being an important part of it. 🙂

  17. Jane in Bremerton, WA says:

    Hi, Sue & Crew,
    I really enjoy these pictures of peace that you share with us!
    I’m going to go check out a van after work tonight, to see if it might be my PTV! I’m excited.
    Do you get internet there, or did you have to go to town to do the post? It would be so convenient if there was such a beautiful, peaceful place and it also had Inet!
    Peace to you and the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ooh, that is exciting, Jan! The anticipation — Will I find my PTV? Good luck!

      Internet is strong right here at camp. I’m getting 4G + 4 bars. Sweet.

      Peace to you, too.

  18. Deb D says:

    Great pics ! The golden light and grasses. So pretty. Your crew is enjoying
    This relaxing, calming new place. So enjoy discovering a new place. Enjoy ?

  19. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    I’m not even going to try and count where I’m at in the line of responses! Too many! When I saw how many, I just went back to the top and took my time reading and absorbing the wonderful essay.

    Sue, yes, I agree with you on boondocking. We prefer to boondock for the peace and solitude. Nothing better. We pay to camp in RV parks to dump and do laundry, then back out again.

    Your photography is amazing and the colors you captured are twice as nice. I love the shot of Reggie and the vivid Quinacridone Violet blooming bush. Colors that beautiful deserve just as beautiful names.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Renee, for the compliment on the photos.

      Which one is Quinacridone Violet? The first or the second flower photo?

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        The first. The second is more of an Ultramarine Violet. All of the “Quin” paints are rich. They’re my favorite!

        • Linda - from Central Illinois says:

          I’m a true flower nut, so really enjoy those as well as the ‘scenery’.
          Especially the California Poppies. I try to plant seeds every year, and sometimes they even come back a second year. (Illinois).
          When I worked (37 years-banking), I was the amateur landscaper, and one year planted seeds for the poppies, and had people stop in the bank to find out what they were! Not common in Central Illinois.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            They are very pretty flowers. I can see that people would be drawn to find out what they are. You were somewhat like Johnny Appleseed… Hmmm … Linda Poppyseed! 🙂

  20. Jan Johnson says:

    What beautiful golden light! It reminds me of a snippet I remember from a poem – “All the gold I ever wanted let loose and fell on me.” I can only dream of the peace in these photos, but someday, someday. I have such a yearning right now for the solace of pure unadulterated nature and the peace of some time alone, and again this can only be in my dreams, but sometimes your posts show my dreams visualized, and that is a lovely thing.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      That is a beautiful comment. So appropriate.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan… The line from the poem fits perfectly. The gold falls quickly and then disappears. I agree with Barbara. Thank you for a beautiful comment.

    • Chey (WA coast) says:

      So well said Jan. You speak for me; “someday, someday…

  21. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    I’ve lived in AZ since ’72 – you’ve shown me things that amaze me and make me want to do some traveling. I know areas around Phoenix well, your photos are giving a brand new insight into this wonderful state beyond the heat (which I don’t mind if I have H2O and AC). You’ve brighten my day. Love the “Butts Walking”.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deena and Miss Mollie,

      That’s the way it often is. I know it has been with me. Live in a state for several years and a newcomer finds places you never saw! I guess we need to live like tourists. Thank you for letting me know the post brightened your day. : )

  22. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Such a great year for flowers isn’t it?? So glad Sue you are there to enjoy that and your spot, for the desert, looks stupendous.

    Maybe you can figure a way to make it link via your site…

    Link to Amazon competitor removed. Please everyone, do not post links for products. Thank you.

    Elizabeth, if Keen has a sale going on at Amazon, I will post an ad for it. — Sue

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth. We are blessed to be here, enjoying this.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Sorry…did not realize that Amazon would not also have them on sale…they seem to keep up with things pretty good that way…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, Elizabeth,

          Amazon is good with sales. When you look at Keens on Amazon you will see the price is variable according to size of shoe, the color selection, and whether there is a sale. Sometimes sales at other retailers look good until you consider the shipping cost, the return policy, etc. Many folks have Amazon Prime which means free shipping and sometimes Amazon products are offered with no shipping cost at all, whether you have Prime or not.

          I have to be careful about links. I appreciate the “heads up”… Love my Keen shoes and sandals! 🙂

  23. Well Sue, now you have done it….I WANT TO GO THERE!. I look at most of your sites and think how nice…but this one takes the cake for me…just what I like, grasslands, birding, views for miles. Going to put it on my to do list! Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      Well, here’s an excerpt from the brochure is sure to grab you:

      “The rich combination of grassland, wetland, cottonwood-lined streams, and sycamore/oak mountain canyon provides home for more than 330 species of birds.”


  24. edlfrey says:

    “…only a small group of white-tailed deer that bounded across the lane in front of us.”

    That herd of deer may have had white on their tails but at the elevation where you are I doubt that they were white-tail deer. Coues deer, a sub-species of the white-tail, are most common in Arizona’s southeastern mountains and prefer woodlands of chaparral, oak, and pine with interspersed clearings. In Arizona’s southern mountain ranges whitetails are generally found at higher elevations than are mule deer.

    The bounding part of your description is also a clue. The Coues has a natural run whereas mule deer ‘run’ using a stiff legged, bounding gait.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can’t give a certain identification of deer I saw only briefly. The refuge brochure says there are white-tail deer here and these deer had the big white tails so I made the assumption. The “bounding” was the leap they made into the lane when our presence roused them, perhaps not the best word for what I saw. I think from now on I’ll play it safe and report seeing “deer” and leave it at that. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I took “white-tailed” out of the post.

  25. Good afternoon Sue and crew. You are a very brave lady.
    When I see javalina scat and tracks the short hairs on the back of my head stand straight up. All my senses become super alert and the dogs do too. I enjoy your adventure blog and photos.
    Be safe and aware…Marilyn

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You are equipped with javelina radar! 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoy my blog and photos. Thank you, I try to stay aware . . . .

  26. Dawn in NC says:

    I just wanted to send a shout out to Chey. (Sue re-posted her situation at the end of the last post.) I am praying for you. Please keep your spirits up.

    • Chey (WA coast) says:

      Thank you Dawn. The care and support I’ve been given here has effected me tremendously. I printed out the comments from a few days ago when I cut loose with the news and have them by my bed. I appreciate your prayers. Progress is slow but sure.

  27. katydid in Chicago says:

    I love the idea of staying in a place that is as beautiful and peaceful as this boondock. Your golden hour photos are amazing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, katydid,

      The “photos are amazing” because the light is amazing. All I do is operate the camera.

  28. Lynn Brooks says:

    Such beautiful pictures!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lynn. It’s beautiful here, and then the golden light heightens it even more.

  29. Applegirl NY says:

    Wide open spaces. Absolutely beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, it is, Applegirl. I hope your stretching exercise continues to rid you of the pain.

  30. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Your front yard is lovely………as is your backyard! Glad to see Bridgee Babee trotting on her own…with her tail wagging.

    Spacious sites indeed ! Enjoyable!!!

    So once it gets dark…you all go inside?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes. We’re outside most of the day so going inside at dark is not a deprivation. Several years ago I learned from a friend — a wise lady in her 80s — that living in sync with nature, rather than trying to alter it, makes more sense. Rather than try to light up the outdoors when it is naturally dark, do outside things during the day and go inside at night for light. Try to travel on a calm day, rather than fight the wind. Grow crops suited for the weather and the soil one has. Make hay while the sun shines. That sort of thing.

      Besides, snakes and other critters come out at night. “Nuff said!” 🙂

  31. AZ Jim says:

    Nice site there Sue. You take two steps and you are in Mexico. I will be curious about your visit to Arivaca, they had some local demonstrations there in 2013 because some of the locals wanted the Border Patrol Check Point removed. I don’t know how that ended up. Reg and Bridget are looking frisky and content. I have a Nephew living near there in Green Valley. Watch for rattlers out there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Seems to me that Border Patrol can’t win no matter what they do, but I don’t want to go into that here. Gotta’ keep controversy off the blog. Folks who are interested will find articles on the situation by doing a search “Arivaca + Border Patrol,” although I couldn’t find info on how it was resolved.

      We will probably go through Green Valley when we leave here. Oh yes, I’m keeping an eye out for snakes. No walking in the grass!

  32. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Sue!

    Now THIS is boondocking like you mean it! I’m thrilled that you are discovering some of the wonders of southern AZ. The longer you’re there the more discoveries you will see–and hear. Just stay alert for the rattlesnakes and keep Reggie on a short tether around camp. Beware of what could be underneath the BLT when you step down from inside. If you’re tapping the earth with a hiking staff as you ramble along they’ll sense the vibrations and slither off before you come upon them. Keep your eyes peeled for antelope. There are a fair number that inhabit the refuge and they are most often seen in small herds. Stay safe and enjoy the experience of the prairie. It’s truly a magical place.—Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Audrey, for reminding me to take a staff to make vibrations as we walk. When I take the crew outside for potty break after dark, I turn on the outside light and scan the area with a very bright flashlight. I do wish the steps out of an RV were solid, not open, but that, of course, doesn’t make sense, design-wise.

      I’ve been looking for the pronghorns… There are so many acres for them to roam.

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        If steps were solid, you could not look through to see if a critter was under them. Seems better than stepping down to be struck by an unseen snake hiding under solid steps.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I meant the kind of steps that would block your legs from what’s underneath an RV and behind the steps when you step down them. With the kind of steps usually on an RV, you cannot see what is under the steps as you step down anyway.

          • Velda in Roseville CA says:

            Thinking about how one might create that because I do give thought as to what is sunning under edge of my RV ESP in morning!

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    This place is the most serene of all. Really makes me want to get on the road. The beauty of the golden is indescribable.
    We are all thinking Spring is finally here with all the Bradford Pear, Red Bud and Forsythia blooming like crazy, grass coming up real fast. Unfortunately, it is supposed to drop to right around freezing Thursday and Friday night/morning, but warm during the day. Hopefully all the beauty won’t turn brown. It got up to 86 degrees here today.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I hope you don’t lose your pretty blooms. Wow, 86 degrees — Soon it will be lawn mowing season again!

  34. casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue!

    Wow–you sure are in a beautiful location right now. I love your flower photos. It’s been warm in Florida this week–high 80’s. This is my first year in the South, so I’m still getting used to being in warmer weather. In Michigan, where I’m from, I’d be sitting next to my fireplace in March, trying to figure out what to order from the Burpee Catalogue about now! I’m loving the sunshine.

    Looks like you’ve found yet another magical campsite!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, casitagirl,

      The warm winter does seem strange at first. I remember the adjustment when I moved from NY state to FL. It wasn’t tough to get used to! 🙂

      The way we follow the good weather I sometimes get confused what season we’re in. Really!

  35. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    “like standing in a hallelujah chorus!” Perfect description!

  36. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Just went back to read Sue’s post, updating your situation. I am so sorry to hear all of that and will add you to my prayer list. Your outlook is marvelous. Please take care of yourself, I know with your determination, you will master the prosthetic, easily.

    • Chey (WA coast) says:

      Thank you Barbara. I got out of bed and into my chair without a boost up today! Yee Haw!

  37. AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

    What a beautiful place. Never got to southern Az when I lived there. There was too much up north to bother with it. Maybe some day.
    I have only 4 ft’ of decal to remove and the old girl will be decal free. It looks so good without them.
    I think your pups are having too much fun. You need to reign them in a little. Just kidding. But do watch for rattlers and scorps, it is the time of the year they start making an appearance.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      I’m trying to remember your rig… a Class A? Old decals have got to go! I suppose the day will come when I’ll be working on the Casita decal on the BLT. 🙁

      I’ll be careful… Thanks for the reminder. You watch out, too. They’ve been known to visit RV parks, too.

      • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

        2001 40ft Class A, Monaco Diplomat. Spent it’s life in FL. which is why the decals are fried. It looks so nice without them. I like the white on sea blue without the distraction.
        We got a few bay scorps in the park. Unless you uncover them they prefer the night time.

  38. AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

    Oh, the last flower is the California poppy.

  39. Bill & Ann Cathedral Gorge - Nevada says:

    Beautiful spot Sue. Glad you made it. The most peaceful spot we’ve been to in years. We hope to return.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bill and Ann,

      Have you gone to Pahranaghat? I can’t remember if that’s south or north of the turn-off for Cathedral Gorge. (Of course, assuming you went north from Las Vegas rather than from the east.)

      Yeah, we made it! I finally found a window of good weather and hustled us down the highway . . . 🙂

      • Bill & Ann Cathedral Gorge - Nevada says:

        We stayed at Echo Bay on Lake Mead, hiked the Bowl of Fire then stayed two days at Pahranagat. Great boondock at Pahranagat. The camp host there is alot of fun.

  40. Velda says:

    My first thought?- Dang I thought Sue liked short drives between camps but now she’s in Buenos Aires!!! Ha Ha Ha have a good evening!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Man, those mountains were helacious to climb over! Hee-hee. Hi, Velda… You have a good evening, too.

  41. Paula in Indiana says:

    Lovely photos, Sue. I’m guessing the second flower picture might be sand verbena?

  42. Geri in the beautiful Florida panhandle says:

    Loved the photos, loved the words, loved the wiggly butts walking down the road!
    Thank you for letting me spend this time with you!

  43. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    Late again-partly from being in the east & partly from reading all afternoon. The golden colors of the grasslands are just beautiful & thank you for sharing ;your photos with us. I am being a slug just sitting here in Florida in the same place since January 19th, mostly because the state parks are really packed this year-I guess due to the low gas prices. Or I should say, formerly low gas prices. I’ve figured out (with help from Amazon) how to download library books to my Kindle Paperwhite from the local library, so have a good supply of reading material. But soon I’ll be traveling again-after my Tundra is repaired due to handler error. Then I’ll wander northward with the spring. Here birds are doing the mating dance & laying eggs; I saw sandhill crane hatchlings a couple of days ago.. They were little rust colored feather bundles, stumbling along after their parents, just so cute. I do love your blog & really appreciate your devotion to it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, MaryAnne,

      What an interesting comment! I’m glad you are enjoying your new Paperwhite. 🙂

      Sandhill Crane babies… Wow! I hope you are able to to travel again soon.

  44. Mary says:

    Hi, I really love your photos. How joyful it must be to wake up to such beauty and wide expanse every morning. I am new to your blog and have really enjoyed reading about your adventures. Thank you for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Mary! Good to have you join us!

      I’m glad you enjoy riding along with me and my crew, and I hope we hear from you again. If we do, please put your state next to your name so we can tell that it’s you… There are a few other Marys who comment.

  45. Chuck Hajek says:

    Hi Sue n Crew! Ms B has been looking great and Reggie is such a character! Great golden pics even without horses! As others have warned watch for javelinas, not afraid of dogs. Have fun.

  46. Linda-NC says:

    WOW! What beautiful pics of the golden hour. You must feel like the Queen who rules over everything beautiful. Bridget and The Reg sure look happy with all that space to roam. Ahhh..thanks for that!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Linda. It’s funny how I do sometimes feel like you describe. Other times, when in a vast, open landscape like this one, I’m aware of how tiny I am. 🙂

  47. Wheelingit says:

    So glad you made it to one of our fav boondocking spots! Haven’t commented much recently, but I’m always reading and I loved the pics in this one. Perfection!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nina,

      I remember when you and Paul camped at Buenos Aires NWR. Good to know you’re still coming over to read. I’m the same with your blog!

  48. Evelyn says:

    Wow, once again you have found a spot on the map that I didn’t see. Mom and I will have to check it out.

  49. Marilu now in Arizona says:

    Hi Sue,
    We passed the turn off for Buenas Aires wildlife refuge today on our way to Kitts Peak. It looks like you found a very peaceful spot. It looks like that area gets more rain than along the Ajo highway . We really enjoyed our tour of the observatory at Kitts Peak for Blogorinos in the area. I waved at you from up on the mountain. From 7000 ft. elevation you can see a long way. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      If I’d known you were there, I would’ve waved back! 🙂 I can see Kitts Peak Observatory from our campsite. It looks very “space odyssey” compared to the rugged mountains.

  50. Nice photos And camp Sue,,, I been working on the ol’ gal after driving back down to the river, we’re north of Havasu City. just south of I-40,, Don’t have to see the VA Doctor till mid October,,, So we’re free till then,, My Brother wants to meet up sometime the first week of September up at “Devil’s Tower N.P. in the north east corner of Wyoming,,, that’s 6 months away, really 6 states away, starting with CA , OR, WA, ID, MT, WY………. 2 to 3 camps each ,,, then head back to Prescott VAMC , via CO, NM.,,, One big loop,,,,,,,, The last time I was at Devil’s Tower was way back in the 50s with my Aunt & Uncall,,,,,,Piper will like that and she says hi to Bridget & Reggie,,,,, Have a great day,,,,,,,,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Nice to be freed up from an appointment. Wow, that’s a big trip you have planned! It’s similar to the loop we took a few years ago, only we went in the opposite direction. Hi to Piper… You two have a wonderful day!

  51. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    sue, your desription of the area around you makes me think that while
    looking at that the song AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL sung by the Morman Tabernacle Choir would certainly be appropriate….

    I am currently visiting a friend in west texas..Trickham to be exact…..6 hour drive for me but I stopped at a Dairy Queen to take a break and get an ice cream cone and met a man that is boondocking on a bicycle…….reminded me of the kid that went to Alaska and died in a school bus….didnt get to talk to him very long but sure woulda liked to…

    • Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

      BTW, the pictures are gorgeous! you are such a great photographer!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      You’re thinking of Chris McCandless (Into The Wild). The man traveling by bike and boondocking… I bet he has interesting stories to tell. I’ve run into many such folks while on the road. I’d love to write about them but with the popularity of this blog I’ve had to back off from that. An ice cream cone at Dairy Queen… You know how to take a break!

      About hearing music when in magnificent places… The phrase “purple mountain majesties” often comes to my mind… I hope you had a good visit with your friend and a safe, enjoyable trip home.

  52. MB from VA says:

    “It’s like standing in a hallelujah chorus.” Amen. I am glad to be able to say that I know exactly what you mean. 😉 Have a great day out there!

  53. rvsueandcrew says:


    The flowers in this post have been identified. Thank you to Renee in Idaho, Paula in Indiana, and AlanOutAndAbout in Pahrump, Nevada. I inserted the flower names into the post for those of you who want to learn them, as I do.

    How about the birds? Do you recognize them? 🙂

    • weather says:

      the first one resembles an immature gray hawk

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh boy! I’m going to look that up at All About Birds! Thanks.

        LATER… I looked at the description of the immature gray hawk and it fits. Then I read the section, “Similar Species” which makes others possible, what with the limited view of the photo I posted.

        “Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper’s Hawks are accipiters; they have longer tails and are generally smaller than Gray Hawks. Adults have orange-barred breasts rather than the Gray Hawk’s neat gray barring. Immature accipiters don’t have the bold white-and brown face pattern of young Gray Hawks. Among buteos, Red-tailed Hawks are larger than Gray Hawks, with pale underparts and a distinctive dark belly band. Adult Broad-winged Hawks have orange streaking on the breast and belly, a dark cheek patch, and a black outline around the underside of the wing. Immature Broad-winged Hawks have a dark cheek patch and a more finely barred, shorter tail than Gray Hawks. Likewise, Red-shouldered Hawks have thinner white bands on a more reddish tail and a buffy translucent crescent near the wingtips. Both Broad-winged and Red-shouldered Hawks lack the Gray Hawk’s white “U” at the base of the upper side of the tail.”
        All About Birds/Gray Hawk

        I wish I had a photo of the base of the upper side of the tail. That would be the clincher!

        Gray Hawks are in this area. . . 🙂 They’re listed on the refuge’s bird list as migrating through the refuge during summer.

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      Actually, I was identifying the color of them and not the type, but now I’ve researched it and that first wildflower with Reggie in the shot looks like it could be a Parry’s Penstemon. That’s the one I said was Quin Violet. Sorry about the confusion.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Okay, I’ll take a look. Thanks, Renee.

        LATER… I pulled up some online images of Parrys Penstemon and it doesn’t look like the plant on our lane. We’ll walk up there before sunset and I’ll look more closely at it, pick a leaf…

        • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

          Take a close up of the flower and leaf along with the stem.

        • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

          Thanks, Sue. It was hard to find one close to what it looks like.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I took another photo and picked a sprig. Definitely not Parrys Penstemon.

            The leaves are tiny in relation to the flower and are in groups of five connected together at one end. The leaves, when crushed, smell like sage. The stems are woody. The blooms are waning which makes I.D. tough. The petals now surround a puffy center ball (gray), which can be seen in the photo in this post.

  54. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

    What beautiful grasslands, happy dog butts and flowers too! You share such treasure with us, in addition to yourself, no wonder there are so many devoted blogeroos, er blogerinos. I will put this African savannah hidden in AZ on my trip list.

    I’ve enjoyed my virtual visit to this beautiful spot, now I have to go do some real stuff. Tommie’s upset stomach has returned, so I might have to try a kibble switch. Grrrr, since I just bought two big bags of what he usually eats, oh well. It’s either that or he lives on chicken and rice, which I know he would enjoy, but long term it would not be good for him. So I will return to another grassland respite later.

    Oh Sue, I do have a question for you…..whenever you say you are boondocking, does that mean you are camping for free? Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      Sorry to hear that Tommie has an upset stomach. If you mean he has loose stools, feed him some cheese. Works with the crew every time. 🙂

      Your question: Does boondocking mean you are camping for free? Answer: Yes and no. You can camp for free in many places and you wouldn’t be boondocking. I’m thinking of parking lots like at Cracker Barrel or Wal-Mart, truck stops like Pilot or Love’s, industrial areas on the weekend when no one is around, etc. That’s “dry camping,” not boondocking.

      Boondocking is always free. No hook-ups/facilities and it is in the “boondocks,” as opposed to places like those I just listed. Some people and entities use the term dispersed camping as a synonym for boondocking or for a broader term for camping on public lands.

      I think of dispersed camping as resembling boondocking, only without being in the boondocks or in the boondocks with a highly defined camping area. I’ve read accounts of where the term boondocking is used simply because there were no hook-ups. That’s not boondocking; that’s dry camping.

      To me, the term “dispersed camping” infers there are more than one rig to be dispersed. I feel the term boondocking fits where we are now and how we are camping here.

      Confused? 🙂

      • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

        I would try cheese, but I am pretty sure Tommie is lactose intolerant, unfortunately. Because he goes nuts when I give Buddy cheese.

  55. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

    OK, one more question, I don’t seem to get an email when you put up a new post. Which probably explains why I am always far away from first, lol. But really, how can I fix this? Or maybe it’s something you can do? Thanks

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know why that happens occasionally to my followers. Try subscribing again. Let me know if it works. If it doesn’t, check that your email settings allow it.

  56. weather says:

    Often I stare at your photos for a while before reading the text. After doing that with this post my thought was “That is one convincing story about a reason to boondock!” Later, I came back to read and saw “Why boondock? This is why…” Wow,Exactly!!! Consider which among nature’s packages most appeal to you as a yard at a given time and it’s yours for a while,- for you and the crew to feel good in, enjoy and explore uninterrupted by anything except heaven’s gifts. All grateful sighs and happy smiles here for you, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I join you in “grateful sighs and happy smiles,” weather. I hope you’ve had a wonderful morning.

      Interesting how you study the photos first. I’m guessing you are a visual learner, as am I. Or the photos bring you into the setting of the story and then you read it. 🙂

      Yes, this is why one boondocks! It’s also why people have solar . . . to live well without disturbing the peace.

  57. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Great photos, as always. That is some front yard you have!!! Love the flowers and the birds but I especially love to see Reggie and Bridget! Great to hear that Bridget is doing good.
    Sending hugs to all
    Love you

  58. Terri From Texas says:

    “Several years ago I learned from a friend — a wise lady in her 80s — that living in sync with nature, rather than trying to alter it, makes more sense.”

    I love the comment above! Where I live, new people have been moving out and I am always trying to get them to NOT kill any animals, including snakes, and not to put up bright lights.
    We are the last area in our part of the state to have a “dark sky”, although oil flaring has cut into that quite a bit. I love the photos and wonder what the red and black bird is?
    Anyone know?
    Hope all are well!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Terri. I understand your angst. The thing about bright lights. City people come to the country and put up the lights to make themselves feel safe. They don’t realize the lights are a beacon. Darkness can be your security! 🙂

      I want to tell more about my friend. I was at her little house and noticed the pecans were opening up on her tree, a sign they are ready to be collected. I suggested we do that. She replied simply, “No, today is not a day for that.” A few days later she and I shook the pecans out of the tree. I wish I’d asked her why the other day was not right for the task. Several times I became aware that she based her actions on conditions most of us ignore.

      (BTW, for anyone interested . . . To collect pecans from the tree, you tie a claw hammer to a rope. Toss the hammer high up so it goes over a branch. When you have the hammer hooked onto a branch, shake the branch by pulling on the rope like ringing a tower bell. Pecans fall like hail! Spreading sheets on the ground first makes picking them up easier. The ones that miss the sheets, you pick them up with a tool made just for that purpose. It’s a stick with a “cage” on the bottom that opens and closes around the pecans.)

      Can anyone identify the two smaller birds for us? Does everyone agree the bigger bird is an immature gray hawk?

  59. Jane in Bremerton, WA says:

    Good morning, all,
    I think the red bird Sue shared with us is a scarlet tanager. WhatBird.com says:
    “Medium tanager with brilliant red body, black wings, tail. The only bird in North America with this unique plumage. Heavy bill is yellow-gray. Gray legs and feet. Winter male has dull green upperparts, yellow-green underparts, often interspersed with red during molt.”
    Great day to all!

    • Jane in Bremerton, WA says:

      and the same site suggests that the grey bird may be a “Canyon Towhee: Large sparrow, gray upperparts, pale gray underparts, large central breast spot, and white belly patch. Crown is rust-brown. Tail is long with brown undertail coverts. Legs are pink-brown. Short flights with rapidly beating wing strokes alternating with wings pulled briefly to sides.” Fun fact: “A group of towhees are collectively known as a “tangle” and a “teapot” of towhees.”

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks for the input, Jane! I’ll do some research on these birds and get back to you later.

        LATER…. I looked up the Canyon Towhee at All About Birds. This is what I read:

        “Canyon Towhees keep a low profile across their range in the Desert Southwest. These big, warm-brown sparrows are common on the ground and underneath shrubs in a variety of scrubby habitats, but they easily blend into the background. Look for a fairly long-legged, long-tailed sparrow that’s the same color as the dirt, with warm rusty brown under the tail.”

        It sounds like the same bird although it doesn’t look “warm brown” in the pic. I wish the photo showed the “rusty brown under the tail.” I don’t know what else it could be. I’ll go with Canyon Towhee unless another reader can convince me otherwise. 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        A teapot of towhees… Love that!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      About the scarlet tanager… Is southern Arizona part of their range? Somewhere around here I have a list of the 350 species of birds at the wildlife refuge. If I find it, I’ll look for the scarlet tanager. Unfortunately the photo doesn’t show the black wings (that’s late-in-the-day shadow) and they were flying around so much, perching far away, that I couldn’t see if they had contrasting wings. I didn’t think they did, but I can’t be sure about that, since they wouldn’t appear in flight.

      LATER… Okay, I found the bird list of the refuge and three tanagers are on it: Hepatic Tanager (in summer also in spring and fall migration), Summer Tanager (in summer), and Western Tanager (in summer also in spring and fall migration).

      • Bill & Ann C, Nevada says:

        Check out Vermillion Flycatcher. Notice the black around the eye. Very similar, except for the black bar.

        • Bill & Ann C, Nevada says:

          PS: I thought I saw a scarlet tanager at Roper Lake. Turns out it was a Vermillion flycatcher. I also learned that Phainopeplas are a member of the flycatcher family. Who knew. Silky flycatchers.

          • Jane in Bremerton, WA says:

            I think you’re correct, the scarlet tanager has a lighter beak. WhatBird led me there first saying it was the only red bird in AZ! But it looks like it might occasionally migrate through, but not be there frequently.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I was just looking at the Vermillion Flycatcher in the Audubon Field Guide while offline. It’s the only other non-crested, red bird that’s a possibility for this area other than the tanagers.

  60. Karen Levine says:

    Hi Sue and Crew, I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now while planning to buy a small used fiberglass camper. I’m currently looking at a 1994 Scamp 13′ that needs a lot of work. I plan to start out by taking short trips and eventually boondocking 3-4 months/year. Your blogs about solar, bears and other wildlife encounters, Weather’s posts, and how-to and where-to boondock are among my favorites. You and your photographs are inspiring. The photos have been especially beautiful the last month or so. I admire your courage and ability to see the good in everyone and everything. The crew always makes me smile. Thanks Sue and Crew. —Karen near St Louis

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Karen,

      How nice to read what specifically you like about my blog. Thank you for the many compliments throughout your comment and for enriching my blog with your presence. Good luck preparing a trailer for the short trips you’re looking forward to… leading up to longer-term boondocking. I hope you will share your progress and adventures with us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oop… Please forgive me… I forgot to say “WELCOME, KAREN!”

  61. DesertGinger says:

    Well, going in when it gets dark doesn’t seem like a problem, as long as you don’t have Togo to sleep. I’m a night person. Always have been. Do my best thinking late at night. I worked the graveyard many years ago…did well on that. But spending the evening inside, making dinner, cruising the Internet, reading a good book….that seems fine.

    I love the golden light of these pics, and the beauty of the grassland. I need to get home to the heat of AZ.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You seem happy to be a night person. I’ve always been glad to be a morning person. 🙂

      I was outside a few minutes ago with the crew in “the heat of AZ.” It’s great. If it’s too hot, sit in the shade and it’s a good 10 degrees cooler. How perfect! I can understand you missing it, Ginger. You’ll be so happy to be home again.

    • Hi D.G., well I know you need to get home, but if you don’t like the California weather, wait a day…it will change…going to be hot again this weekend, I hope you get to go out for a little sunbath. Continued healing and best wishes for your speedy recovery.

  62. Good Afternoon Sue, I hope your day only gets better, thank you for the brochure info, I looked it up online, something that I could really enjoy and plan on it sooner than later. By the way, did you see my comment up further about the American Kestrel. Good shot, those are very beautiful birds of prey. Small and mighty and the fly from phone pole to phone wire over the grasslands and agricultural areas looking for small rodents. Very good hunters..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good afternoon to you, too, Shirlene. Yes, I see your American Kestral comment. Thank you. I smiled to see you mention Salton Sea again. That place really made an impression on you. 🙂

      I must agree that is a good shot for the lens I have in this camera. That bird was very far away and high up. I love using the zoom on my camera as a way to identify birds too far away to see well. And then I post the pics here and the blogorinos figure out what I saw. Pretty neat.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      I thought about you as I was reading an article the other day about a power company that wants to build an electric generation plant at The Salton Sea. Not sure if CA will allow it… I hope their plans do not alter one of your favorite places! 🙂

      • Hi Denise, I am not sure a power plant would affect the Salton Sea anymore than it is being affected by the environment and drought anyway. I will enjoy it as long as it is a bird haven and migration area. Thanks for the comment and thinking of me. 🙂

  63. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful, peaceful yard with us! The golden hour photos are spectacular! One of my favorites is near the top, where Reggie is framed with the hot pink flowers. Bridget and Reggie look very content, and you sound like you are very happy! This gorgeous remote area is just what you needed to recharge your batteries! 🙂

    Happy, Happy Birthday to little Reggie! Please give him a kiss on the head for me!

    Have a great evening, Sue! Enjoy another golden hour! Love and hugs to you and the Crew from me and Gracie pup!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I hope you are having a nice evening. Thank you for the birthday wish for the Reggie Man. We are counting this as his 4th, although he doesn’t seem that old to me.

      I’m glad you like the photos… Hugs to Gracie pup!

  64. Dawn in MI says:

    “Like standing in a hallelujah chorus!” Perfect description! Enjoy!

  65. What a beautiful place – the quiet and golden hues are just magical.

  66. Nicki says:

    I just bought an 8′ TigerMoth (little brother of the Cricket may by TAXA, Inc.) and a used Xterra for camping. I would like to know if you were every fearful being alone so far away from other campers. I see your crew doubles as your safety officers, and I too have Shyla a 13 lb Jack Russell. I love the horns for bears and other curious creatures. I also can imagine with time you adjust and feel fine alone, did you experience this and if so how long did it take? Or did you start in normal busy camping sites and worked yourself towards more isolated spots? Not one friend I have want to join me, my hubby doesn’t like camping but I can’t wait to start. I will be 70 in a year and it is about time!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nicki,

      No, I’ve never been fearful being alone and I’ve never thought of my crew as “safety officers.” I just don’t think that way because I’m perfectly comfortable in nature by myself, far from other people. This has been a lifelong condition — I spent entire days alone in the woods as a child. Therefore, I don’t have an answer for “how long did it take.”

      When I started full-timing I did not have camping experience, other than a few outings as a child. Because of this, I planned to pick up the BLT at the Casita factory and head for New Mexico and stay at the state parks, utilizing their annual pass ($4 for hookups/showers). Of course, that was camping with people all around. After a few months, I was familiar with the BLT and the tasks of RVing, and the PTV was equipped with solar and a propane heater. That’s when I started boondocking.

      After two initial boondocks near fellow bloggers, I took off on my own to places where I could camp alone with my crew. I found I liked that best. It suited me. I don’t rely on safety devices. I only have a phone because people think I should have one. I went several years without one. I never use my GPS. The air horn/critter deterrent was given to me after an incident with a bear.

      I don’t know how to advise you (not that you really asked!). You have sought others to accompany you and haven’t found anyone. I suggest that you consider solo camping with a different mindset. Make YOU your best camping partner, the someone you can rely on and whose company you prefer. I think once you get some solo camping experience, you will know if you truly need someone with you in order to feel safe and to enjoy. For me, having someone with me would be draining. I’m happiest alone and I find it satisfying making my own decisions and “running my own show.” 🙂

      Congratulations on your purchase of a rig! Yes, it is about time… Go for it! I wish you many happy days camping in your little TigerMoth. . . (cute!)

      • Geri in the beautiful Florida panhandle says:

        Well said !

      • Nicki says:

        Thank you Sue for the prompt answer and I can relate with your answers. I live alone half the year; my husband lives in Switzerland and I live in Phoenix and I too love being alone. I never want to be living inside the 8′ tiger with anyone but my husband, way too small and I need my own space. I think best for me is to start as you did in parks where chances are people will be around and when I feel comfortable to stake out into more isolated spots then do it then, not push it.
        I have always had respect for bear and that is why I didn’t want to tent, so my rig of a bed on wheels does just fine. Last time I was tenting in an area where we saw a bear cub so I put all my food in a plastic bag on a tree and promised myself if it is ever ripped into, I’ll hit the road. I am truly enjoying your blog Sue and who knows, one day I just might see your horn-setup on your BLT one day. If we pass on the road I’ll wave with a smile! Happy trailer times!

  67. rvsueandcrew says:

    All right. I have to say something. Two blogorinos have been on my mind for several days. . . . Sidewinder Pen and Fuji-maru. You both were very active here and then suddenly, you’re gone. I hope you are okay.


    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      In case either are reading but not answering, here is my shout out that we miss you both!

    • Pamela K. says:

      I’m glad you mentioned both of them. I, too, was wondering where Pen was of late. Last I heard, she and Jordan with the teardrop trailer were making a lot of mods to Jordan’s teardrop. Then Jordan went to visit family up north. I thought maybe Pen went too but haven’t heard anything of late from either of them. Both boondock so maybe no cell service? Hope they are both OK. Same with Fuji, too. I always enjoyed reading Fuji’s comments.

  68. rvsueandcrew says:

    Funny and cute!

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

    Hi sue. Am back from a 3 week adventure thru s Nevada & s. Cali. Loved seeing Anza borrego, Death Valley super bloom etc. just wanted to to say instead of being excited I want to be on the road again. I get s what u are experiencing somewhat.

  70. Fulltimer Judy says:

    I know you do not worry about your safety, but you are very close to areas where drug smugglers and people travel through the desert north to the U.S. Please be careful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, that’s true. Border patrol drives by our camp almost every day, sometimes 2 or 3 times. Their helicopter flies overhead and there are checkpoints on the roads. Thank you for your concern. I always try to act with caution, wherever I am.

  71. BadgerRickInWis says:


    Actually since it’s past midnight here as I type this I guess it’s happy belated birthday. But still happy 4th RegO’nator.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Rick!

      I’m thinking of March as his birthday month because his birth date is unknown. Plus the crew has never been “into” birthdays. We try to make every day a celebration. 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        And I’m sure Reggie would agree that everyday is a celebration since he hit the jackpot with this family. I just love a happy ending.

  72. Jo back in OR says:

    I was wondering about Fujimaru, also. Love the pics and pups and the info that is given from you, Sue and the blogoristas. Happy 4th to Reggieman.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      On behalf of Reg, thanks, Jo.

      Yeah, I can’t help but wonder if he or Pen or others who disappeared were offended by something. Sheesh…

  73. Pamela K. says:

    Happy B’Day little Big-Guy 🙂
    You have brought so much joy to all of us, yes, even HRH loves on you with her royal kiss. No one can resist you, you are a pure bundle of *joy* wrapped up in constant motion! Love that!
    Well sweet one, enjoy your special day and the sharing of cake…it’s all good and a very *sweet* life 🙂 🙂

  74. Carla Jean Pugh says:

    It was a delightful and peaceful time at our very most favorite camping place in the world. Nice to run into you and your sweet dogs. We can’t wait to return. It’s like Africa to us.

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