Camping along Clark Fork River in northwest Montana

Wednesday, July 12

Move camp day!

Before leaving Quartz Flat Campground and boarding Interstate 90 West, I position the Best Little Trailer at the dump station.

The tanks don’t need dumping, but since the dump fee is included in the price of camping, it makes sense to empty tanks.

There’s also a hose for drinking water which I use to fill the fresh water tank.

If you happen to pass this way, between Missoula and Superior, Montana, you can stop at Quartz Flat for a quick dump and also a fresh water fill.  Dump stations are located on both sides of the interstate.

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Another item is erased from my “To Do” list!

In one of several conversations with Cliff, the friendly and helpful camp host, I mentioned the post on the BLT’s tongue jack being bent.  (It was bent when the coupler jumped off the hitch ball, pitching the jack post into the ground).

Because the bottom of the post is out of shape, it no longer fits in the cone.  I really like that cone.  Setting our house on blocks of lumber not only looks tacky, but seems less than secure.  I have visions of the post sliding off the pile of wood.  I know, silly.

Well, wouldn’t ya’ know . . .

I’m dumping tanks when Cliff hurries over carrying an ax and a big ol’ hammer!

He holds the ax head behind the jack post with one hand and commences to hammer away at the post with the other. He tests to see if the post will fit in the cone.

Almost!

The post is crimped at the bottom so it won’t return entirely to its normal shape by hammering.

I don’t care about the post looking perfect.  I only need it to fit into the depression at the top of the cone.

“Hold on a minute,” Cliff says.  “Let me go get my grinder.”

Cliff grinds off the little bit that wouldn’t hammer in and . . .

The cone fits!

I thank Cliff (and ask him to relay my thanks to his wife) for making our stay at their campground a peaceful and enjoyable time.  It’s apparent that this retired couple, who leave their home in Florida to camp host here each summer, care about the campground and the people who come their way.

I pull out of the campground a very happy camper.

Wow!  The jack is fixed!  I don’t need to replace it as suggested at the RV service place!  

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Our next camp isn’t very far.

If you look at your Montana map and see how short the drive is, well, don’t laugh!

(We go less than twenty miles.)

At the bottom of the exit ramp a small sign points the way.

Now, I don’t need that little blue sign to tell me which way to go.  I can read a map.  But it’s nice, when traveling in unfamiliar areas, to come across these signs.  It’s kinda’ like having someone hold your hand.

Soon we cross Clark Fork River.   I stop on the bridge, bring the window down, and take the next photo of Roger.

I love this photo!  

We go 3.2 miles along the north bank of Clark Fork River.  This is the bluest I’ve ever seen Clark Fork.  I usually see it when it’s dark, almost black.

I wonder if these people are summer visitors to Montana or year-round residents.  

The railroad tracks are on the other side of the river. 

Like three strands in a braid, Clark Fork River, Interstate 90, and the railroad tracks cross back and forth.

“Here it is!” I announce to the crew.

I turn into Slowey, another Lolo National Forest campground with the low camping fee of $5 for seniors with a discount pass or $10 regular.

Even though I camped here previously with the original canine crew, I drive the loops twice checking out the campsites.  I want to make sure I choose the best campsite for us — one with lots of shade.

By the time I back the BLT into the site I’ve chosen, Roger and Reggie are wanting OUT!

“Here ya’ go, dumplins.  We’re home!”

rvsue

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120 Responses to Camping along Clark Fork River in northwest Montana

  1. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    First?

    • Dawn in MI says:

      Hi Rusty! Was thinking about you earlier today and here you are! How are you and Lady Piper?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Rusty ties with Joy for second place! Yay!

      • Oh Sue, we were out for a walk yesterday and Piper stop in her tracks and looked to her left and low and behold there was a Bear Cub, I looked around and a Light Brown Momma Bear bout a hundred yards from us following her cub and heading in the same direction we were, We watched her closely to see if she senced us , then we turned and walked back to our camp and checking to see if we were being follwed,,, she was a Beautiful Bear,,,, Rusty n Piper

        • I told the forest service this morn and that she had “no” tag in any ofher ears, they said to be careful, I said ok and by 5his afternoon 2 trucks hauling Bear Hounds came in and was driving up and over the cattle garde above us, we are camped near the pond at your old camp of last year, they just came back and asked where did I see the Cinnamon and cub, I told them, later I could hear thier trucks on the hwy heading back to Pagosa Springs,,,,,, Rusty n Piper

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Thanks for writing this, Rusty. I can’t write much… weak connection. Stay safe!

            • Ok Sue, will do,,, bears don’t bother me, I guess because of my Piper, she sleeps near the camper door and she’s a distant cussein to the bear family,,, saw some Turkies this evening passing by,, a bunch of ladies,,, it’s been thundering the last couple of days and we got a hour of nickel size hail Sunday, afterwards it looked like it snowed,, and tonight a meter shower starts and it’s overcast, so we probably won’t see them tonight,,, sorry bout your signal, we have 1-2 bars faded too,, have a great week and stay safe and give Reggieman and Rogerrocket a huge hug from us too,,,,, Rusty n Piper

  2. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    I love that photo of Roger too – you actually get two for the price of one because of his reflection in the rear view mirror. He looks like he’s scoping out the river bank, looking for new flowers to sniff. How very nice that Cliff went to the trouble to fix your jack for you. You do seem to run into a lot of very nice people … I wonder if that’s because you tend to be out in wide open spaces where people have some breathing room as opposed to crowded cities where everyone is rushing to get in front of everyone else. Love that leafy green spot you got – even when the sun hits it should be dappled and breezy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your theory about where one finds “very nice people” is probably true!

    • Karen in Pacific NW says:

      I am in a large city and I frequently find lots of very nice people taking time to help each other. For instance in my big city neighborhood there is a one-armed veteran who does outreach to the community of folks who are living on the street full time in their RVs. He offers no cost help with teaching skills and assisting on making repairs to help keep their rigs running. That is an essential helping hand which keeps them from loosing their RVs due to having them towed away for not moving every 72 hours.

      • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

        That’s really wonderful Karen. We have a fairly large community of full-time RVers who buy annual day passes for the California state parks and then hang out at Doheny State Beach all day. At night they all have to leave and they scatter out to Dana Point and San Clemente. I think some of them are veterans but unfortunately, a local police officer told me that quite a few of them are registered sex offenders. They have a hard time finding places to park at night because most residential neighborhoods around here don’t allow overnight parking.

  3. Diann in MT says:

    Perfect place, Sue!

  4. Kitt NW WA says:

    Very nice! Maybe cooler? I hope so, it sounds like the heat has been a bit unbearable!
    Enjoy
    Kitt

  5. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Loving the “OUT” photo and the blue of the water, ENJOY.

    Deena

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Deena.

      • Judy Johnson in upstate S.C. says:

        Your pics are so inviting, with the lush greens of the cool trees and lovely blues of the water. It helps those of us in extremely hot and humid southern days of July! Next month, leaving for Glacier, Banff, across Western Canada and down through the coastal Wa., Oregon and beyond. Can’t wait! Your boys are great fun. They have the best of lives.

  6. Sherri D says:

    I hope you never worry about boring your readers. I love love love following your travels. Thank you for all you (and the photographic boys) do, to entertain us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I used to worry about boring my readers until it seemed whenever I did, folks commented that it was one of their favorite posts! One never knows…

  7. Barb from Illinois says:

    I haven’t commented in awhile but I’m really enjoying seeing Montana thru your photos. I just saw a Casita for the first time on July 4th parked at Great Sand Bay on the Lake Superior shore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We were driving past the parking lot when I spied it and I insisted we turn around and go back to circle around it a couple times to check it out.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb! Good to hear from you again! Making this short because I’m almost out of charge for the air card…

    • MB from VA says:

      Hi Barb,

      The UP is one place I’ve never been (Been to Michigan but just the interstate areas) that I very much want to see. It’s on my bucket list.

      Enjoy your day!
      MB

  8. Well, didn’t make it into the top three, but I’ll take 7th. I just sat down to enjoy your blog while taking a little break. The downsizing has turned into MOVING OUT. My house sold within a week of listing and the boys and I have three weeks to vacate (two of those weeks have already flown by!) It’s happening …

    You’re in a beautiful place, and I, too, love that gorgeous photo of Rog gazing out across the river. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yippee, Shawna! Doors are opening fast for you! I’m happy for you!

    • Mertinkentucky says:

      Wow… one week! We have had my parents house on the market for 8 months… we got a contract last month, pending the sell of the persons house. We are getting ready to sign another 45 day extension for her to sell her house. Its this area (NE Ky) economy is so bad here. Its a coal area… steel plants have closed,or barely running, railroad is running very few runs. Its sad to see. The person buying it is in the medical field, so she has job security. But now just getting her house sold. Congratulations to you!!

  9. Dawn in MI says:

    Montana looks amazing. I always think I want to travel the Southwest but I can see I need to explore the Northwest too.

  10. Lea says:

    Love your blog but……Why was I charged .99 ? I didn’t agree to any charge for RVSue but the charge is on my card listed as kindle/RV Sue but I can’t see the charge on my Amazon acct.
    Tks for your help,
    Lea

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Did you click on my blog while at Amazon?

      Go quickly to Amazon kindle and click on something like “your account” or “your order.” You can cancel there.

      Oh, I see now that your card was charged. You should be able to cancel by contacting Amazon. If not through your account, then look at the bottom for “contact us.”

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        It’s a challenge to find contact, it is within another menu and I can’t recall which. Be persistent in looking for it because there is a chat function where a live person will answer questions.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      Lea, I’m sure Sue will reply to you but I wonder if you accidentally clicked on the RVSue Kindle blog purchase? It allows her blog to be auto-delivered to your Kindle. It does have a 14 day free trial, so if it just started you should be able to go to Amazon and cancel during the free trial period.

      • Lea says:

        The problem is that I show no purchase through Amazon anywhere. I’ve checked digital purchases etc. it’s showing nothing purchased. The only place I see the charge is on my Amex card.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sorry that happened, Lea.

      • Lea says:

        Thanks Sue… I’ll have to get ahold of Amazon and see where the charge came from. Just weird that it doesn’t show up anywhere on my account for Amazon.

  11. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Nice looking area! I always like a nice river.

    You really lucked out with Cliff. What a great guy! I’m sending blessings his way.

    How’s Roger adapting to RV life?

    Have a nice day, Sue, and all you blogorinos!

  12. Gloria says:

    I just love the picture of Roger and Reggie standing there looking out the window. Their expressions are great.

  13. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, not only are you enjoying all the sites you encounter but imagine the wonder your two little charges are experiencing! You have filled their eyes with things the average pet would never see. I am also beholding to you for the stimulation I get from your taking me places I can no longer go myself. Thanks for being here for all of us!! J

  14. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Love that you got your jack fixed!!! That was so awesome of the camp host – that’s the sort of thing I remember about full-timing, this sense of everyone looking out for each other. I know it’s like anywhere and not guaranteed, but I found more of community doing that than I ever did in sticks and bricks. Maybe just a sense of all in this together when you are a nomad? It’s going to be interesting to see how this next time out correlates with what I remember.

    I’m starting to panic a little now – I’m just not getting things done as fast as I need this summer before classes start again and my self-imposed deadline for my fall trip. Juno is out again, this time at the RV repair shop. There is now a small list of things I didn’t feel comfortable doing myself – installing the ladder, replacing the sewer gates and getting an estimate for replacing the awning fabric. There may be more depending on how it goes with the front window resealing and seeing how much damage is behind the wall. I also haven’t dealt with the fridge, the flooring, gadgets to wire in…argh…I am enjoying the reno but not the time crunch.

    That said I’m starting painting, the upholstery is continuing well, electrical system is fully finished now til I add solar – she’s starting to ‘feel’ different (in a good way!).

    Safe journeys to you and the crew. Scamps. Oh wait, no, shouldn’t use that word to the crew of a casita – LOL!

  15. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Lovely, Lovely, Sue…it has to be the best of the best in those spots!! At least beauty-wise! Happy for you and the guys!

  16. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    You continue to have angels in your path! This one fixed your jack! Wow! What a relief!
    Loved the photo of Roger at the window, but wonder if Reggie gets a chance at this coveted spot? He seems willing to share everything with his BFF!
    You had me chuckling at your 20 mile journey today! But I agree, when the price is right, the ponderosa pines towering overhead, the train whistles, the river flowing nearby, why the heck drive 200 miles when perfection is right here??? GRIN!
    Y’all take care and enjoy you new camp!

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      My mother used to say ” never drive faster than your angels can fly.” I now have a magnet that says the same thing. So no doubt it wasn’t her original saying.😃It seems RVSue’s Angels keep up with her. Thank goodness😃

      I wondered the same thing about Reggie’s window, but his bed is right next to Sue. And it looks like he can get to the window when he really wants to. So maybe he’s got the best seat in the “house”

  17. LeeJ in Northern california says:

    Love your new camp..ah..that river! One of my favorite places to camp is a whole 25 miles from home..on a lake..where I can kayak! So 20 miles to the next camp is totally acceptable!
    Love that shot of Roger keeping watch for bad guys sneaking up on the van..good dog..now to find some more flowers to sniff…

  18. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    I love the picture of the crew wanting OUT!

    I hope you don’t see the mountain lion, at least wise not up close!

  19. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Your new camp looks, cool and refreshing. Hope it turns out to be so. The weather here is hot and humid. When it rains, it is a welcome relief until the sun comes back out and then it is worse than ever. Angel just keeps walking on, though I do take water for us, & even though I drink a glass before we go out.
    She has really warmed up to DH since he came home from the hospital and rehab center.
    He has been doing pretty good about getting up, walking around and keeping up with his other exercises.
    Stay safe and enjoy the new camp.

  20. Renee from Idaho says:

    Ahhh, the open road. Following your blog fulfills a little of that wandering spirit I have. We traveled Montana last year and Wyoming the year before that. Hopefully we will go back to Wyoming this year. So much to see and we like traveling close to home so that we can spend more time relaxing at camp and less time on the road.

    Great photos of Rog and Reg. Rog sure looks like he loves his new life. What a blessing he has in you, Sue, to give him a great life, but for Reg too! What a blessing you have in both of them too!

  21. mrdsee in Riverside says:

    Hello
    Longtime(since the beginning) reader, first time poster.
    Just wanted to chime in and say if anyone gets to northern Idaho just across the border is a place called Ft Steele
    http://www.fortsteele.ca
    That’s pretty darn cool. It’s a restored Canadian Mounties/Town/Fort that you can walk around with your Dogs. It’s a real historic adventure with fine camp’s in the area. The drive between Banff and Jasper’s the most beautiful place I’ve been to in North America. All the dogs need is current Rabies Certs though these days one would likely also need a passport. Thanks for all the fine stories!
    mrdsee

    • MB from VA says:

      Good morning and welcome! And thank you for the tip. I have a folder on line where I file places that I can go and walk/hike with my two dogs. This sounds like a lot of fun! Have a great day!

      MB, Wyndy and Bella

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Congratulations! You are now officially a blogorino!

  22. Glenda in OZ! says:

    I think I love Montana! Loved the photo of Roger looking out the window as you go over the river…………..my goodness is that little dog loving his new life. Thank you Sue for giving it to him. My heart just melts to see him and wee Reggie together!

  23. So wonderful to have help from fellow campers and check another fix off the list!

    Next week we make a 12 mile move :-))))

    Looks like another pretty spot in the trees – I bet the new crew will love it!

  24. If you go past Wheat Montana near Missoula or Three Rivers, make sure you stop in for one of their incredible bear claws or other pastries. They also have croissants where the ham and cheese are baked in. They will heat them up for you, but I usually buy several to freeze as they reheat very nicely. Best bread and croissants anywhere!

  25. MB from VA says:

    Good morning Sue and crew! I love the story of the camp host. That’s one of the beautiful things about traveling…..you meet so many of these people….from all walks of life. My uncle mostly just sits and watches TV. So he hears sermons on how bad everything and everybody is getting (No offense meant. One of those a week balanced with real life experiences is one thing. But he watches the same preachers 7 days/week…it can get a little one sided.). Then add to that….the news…which, of course capitalizes on the worst in people to get an exciting story. He tells me all the time how bad people are getting. I counter every time with the same answer. Yea, maybe that guy is but for every one of that kind of person there are thousands of the other kind. Those are people like you and me who try their best to go about their lives in such a way as to be the best person they possibly can be and to help others along the way. Cliff and his wife are two such people. You meet them every day….everywhere…..they just rarely make the news. Thank you for sharing. And the picture of the MT mountains brought a tear to my eye and a resolve to my spirit.

    Have a great day out there Sue!
    MB, Wyndy and Bella

  26. Diann in MT says:

    About the mountain lion. Their habitat is foothill valleys that contain a waterway. Nocturnal hunters, they are more interested in deer than people. That said, it’s best to take any nature walks after the sun comes up and stay on the paths. These animals are relatively shy and won’t bother you unless hungry, sick or has a need to feed more than one mouth.
    Our town has “hosted” a big momma lion that last few weeks. I couldn’t believe my eyes one morning as I opened the door to let my dog out. A huge lion trotting down the street, in a residential area no less. Many people have sighted it and reported it to the game wardens who warned us to keep the pets in at night and walk during the daytime. The thought is it’s a momma and she is feeding a few offspring. She is expected to leave the area once they are on their own. Hope so.
    Not to worry. Really. Mountain lions are common in their habitat, everywhere in the US and Canada. Most of us don’t even know we are sharing the same living space! It is rare to see a mountain lion.

  27. Susan says:

    Hi Sue, Nice to see you are in Montana. I am heading there in august. So, I can get some hints from you. I will be tent camping. I planned to get an RV and full-time in it but then got into house sitting and have 3 house sits this summer in Washington with 4 weeks of free time in which I will explore and camp. My plan is to make it to Glacier Nat. Park at some point in August. Can you tell me Sue, do the campgrounds have bear containers? In California they mostly do but I don’t think they do in Montana or Washington. I wonder if it is safe enough to leave food in your car at night then? I have read about bear containers that you can buy but I thought they where mostly for back packing.
    I’m just starting a blog but have not got to much on it yet. Hopefully will get better about posting on it. LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      Yes, I’ve seen bear containers at Montana campgrounds. I don’t know about food stored in one’s car. Maybe another blogorino can answer that for you.

      Good luck planning your Montana trip and also with your new blog!

    • Diann in MT says:

      If you are in a Forest Service campground in Montana in which bear have been sighted or had been a nuisance at one time, you will see postings/warnings to contain your food either in the bear proof containers provided in the campground or a “hard sided vehicle”. However, bears are known to break into cars and raid the power bars, Cheetos, and anything else left out that has a high attractant value: smells good and strong. I put my food in a cooler inside my pick up and leave it unlocked. Needless to say, I never carry around highly aromatic food, not even bacon if I am going to a known bear area.
      I leave my pick up unlocked because I have seen the destruction a bear can do while tearing apart a car door that had been locked. There’s always the call to the Forest Service that oversees the campground/area in which you wish to camp. They know best about the bear situation and the availability of bear proof containers.

    • We see reports pretty much every summer about bears tearing into cars. There are bags you can put food in and tie high on tree branch but don’t forget bears like tooth paste and other sweet things too.

    • Can’t tell you about bears, but the rangers have always said you can leave food in a motorhome or camper, assuming it is hard-sided.

      Also, one of my favorite places in Montana is a bakery called Wheat Montana. There is one in Missoula and one in Three Forks. Their huge almond bearclaws and chocolate croissants are to die for! They also sell croissants with ham and cheese baked into them. Ask for some cold ones (they wrap them in plastic wrap). Get one hot and eat immediately. Put the rest in the freezer for later then heat in microwave. Yum. They also sell bread and various things like pancake mix.

  28. Juley says:

    I grew up in Missoula and we were back there just a few weeks ago on our way back from our 10 month trip. Love it there and the Clark Fork is a beauty. If you want some awesome fried chicken go to the Double Front Cafe in Missoula. It’s by the train station. We have some every time we go back. Enjoy Montana!

  29. rvsueandcrew says:

    GOOD MORNING, BLOGORINOS!

    I do hope your morning is good. 🙂 Wow! It’s the middle of July already!

    One of my favorite things to do is open up my laptop in the morning and find you here. Welcome to new posters and thank you to those who have followed us from the start, way back in early 2011.

    Today the crew and I will go into town and get a few things done. I hope to put up another post about our present camp before nightfall. We’ll be on the road tomorrow, moving to our next camp.

    Thank you for contributing a bit of yourself to my blog. You enrich us when you do!

    Bye for now,
    Sue

  30. Kaye from Oregon- 70 years young (brain thinks I'm 35 still- body feels 99) says:

    Many of us ” old timer blogorinos ” are still out here reading your posts every time since the very beginning !!! We just don’t comment as often as we could. Don’t think we have gone away- because we are still here – just loving reading about your adventures that we wish we were having ! Keep up the “excellent pics & writing ” ! Can’t thank you enough for all the enjoyment you have provided us !!!

  31. weather says:

    Hammering and grinding the post to make it fit was a clever solution. Yesterday you told me you’d watched people come to Quartz Flat and essentially stay only long enough to sleep before they left. Cliff and his wife choose to spend their summers there. They likely find it a nice place to live, and appreciate it’s many good qualities the way you did. I think it was an unusual treat for them to have you there, sharing their view of the campground’s value as a home site. They probably appreciated you as much as you appreciated his fixing the tongue jack.

    You mentioned that photo of Roger to Geri, and how much better his life is now. I imagine comparing that photo to a picture of him before… He’d first been spotted all alone along a road, before someone managed to get him near Anita’s campground. Now he sees the road from within his very own family’s vehicle. What a spectacular difference! I’m still amazed by the whole story of your feeling compelled to go to Rogerson, his joining you and Reggie on your journey and how that’s blessed the three of you.

  32. Virginia620 (AL) says:

    My husband flew on angel’s wings this morning to become a part of the heavenly chorus. Thank you all for your prayers.

  33. Jackie Dolan says:

    Hi Sue, I got my truck Friday it is a 2004 Dodge Ram HEMI 5.7, V-8, 136,236 miles. It rides good and handles good. I was having the camper reseated and the quys called me due to the camper had significant rotten wood at the flooring and corners. It is fixable,just labor intensive. Since I can’t get me a casita right now, it is the perfect size for me. So, I quess I will roll my sleeves up and go to work. Roger and Reggie looked so cute waiting and anticipating getting out to explore. Roger looks like he has always been there. I knew when you found him that you were going to keep him. There was a special bond between the three of you.
    Happy Trails
    Jackie-NC

  34. rvsueandcrew says:

    HELLO AGAIN!

    The crew and I have stopped at a grocery store on the way to our next camp. There might not be internet signal where we end up.

    Beautiful country and it’s a cool day!

    Best wishes to you,
    Sue

  35. Barbara in NW WI says:

    Hi Sue,
    Been reading you for a long time but this is my first post. I’m traveling and camping vicariously thru you!
    I just wanted to let you and your followers know that the Senior National Park Service passbook will increase to $80 on AUGUST 28, 2017, not October 1. I just checked their web site and that’s what it said. I’m getting mine ASAP!
    Thanks for your blog. I really enjoy it!

    • weather says:

      Hi Barbara, Sue is traveling today so may not be able to reply and welcome you here. Thank you for commenting to tell us what date the price will increase 🙂

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Welcome Barbara in NW WI, you are now officially a blogorino. Appreciate the up date on the Senior Pass. I was going to wait until September but will step that up now. Glad you check their site as others may have planned on waiting as well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to Blogorinoland, Barbara! Thanks for the info on the senior passes…

  36. Virginia620 (AL) says:

    I was honored to witness my husband’s last earthly breath and first heavenly breath yesterday morning. He is at peace. Thank you all for your prayers of support.

  37. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Sue, I don’t know if I’d be considered an old timer as I didn’t find you when you first began your blog, but know that I’ve not fallen away nor will I. My job is being outsourced in a few months to save money so I’ve been rounding up my ducks in preparation for a big change.
    You are ever the teacher. You have given us so much information on how you arrive at different places, your reasons for moving, and how to search for good boondocks. People you interact with along the way, mostly good folks, and the animals you encounter. Including the information on the birds and flowers for us to learn from. The pictures of the crew, then and now make us laugh and cry.
    What I love the most in your photographs is the deep sense of serenity they bring when you find the perfect place to park. The beauty of american you share with us. Thank You for doing what it takes to make this all happen.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for the lovely message to me, JazzLover. It’s notes like yours that make blogging worth the effort. Good luck with your plans!

  38. Sarvi in OR says:

    I’ve still been reading, but haven’t posted in quite some time. I love reading about your adventures, and especially the dogs. This past weekend I stayed at a National Forest Service campground for the first time, and I LOVED it! It was small, only 14 sites, and every site was taken. Although most people with trailers had generators, I rarely ever heard one as they would run them a few minutes as needed, and then turned them off. I have one also ( a quieter inverter type), but got through the weekend running just on battery power.

    I have another Forest Service camping weekend planned in a few weeks, and am really looking forward to it! Thank you for turning me on to those campgrounds, I likely would have never considered it before reading your blog! I’m gonna try to update my blog within a few days to try to capture the beauty of the campground I stayed at.

    • Mostlylost says:

      I just wanted to leave a long long overdue thank you. I’m also a long time reader, but never had time to comment because we were too busy hatching our own escape plan. We’ve been on the road for (almost) a month now and we are eternally grateful for all the advice, information, and encouragement you have provided. Oh, and its great to see Roger blooming (if dogs can bloom???) Thank you again!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Forest Service campgrounds aren’t to be overlooked. I’m glad you have found that out, Sarvi!

      • Sarvi in OR says:

        It was awesome! I just updated my blog to describe my weekend. i wish I had the discipline that you have to update regularly! Although I don’t lead a very exciting life… most days it’s get up, go to work, come home, feed the critters, eat dinner, watch tv, go to bed. Rinse and repeat!

  39. rvsueandcrew says:

    GOOD MORNING!

    Reg, Rog, and I arrived at our new camp yesterday. I tried to post a comment but the connection kept dropping. It’s very slow this morning. At least I can read what you have to say. I hope I’m able to post this little message.

    What a pleasure to hear from long-time readers and to see new folks appear here! Thank you for writing.

    The crew is outside playing on the quilt. It’s a special gift when they amuse themselves without my involvement!

    Sending you a big wish for a wonderful day!

    Sue

  40. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue,
    I imagine you are somewhere, way, way far away from the Clark Fork by now. Wherever you are, I consider you safe and OK this evening.
    Things will turn hot again for most of Montana this week. Believe me, the 90’s are unusual for the Northwest. We usually endure about a week’s worth and then return to a milder summer. It’s good to find a camping spot next to a cool, sparkling creek (crik) and under the sheltering arms of conifers.
    You are in good hands: your own and God’s!

  41. GGFreeIndeed says:

    Sue, there really is no way to adequately thank you for sharing your way of life in such detail. That goes for all the other folks who offer information and personalized support here. Also, you and others have me convinced that Casita is the best all around product and is a manufacturer with heart. I’m ordering mine in the Spring. Fulltiming is several years away for me, but much closer than I thought it could be thanks to you. God bless you!

  42. Janis says:

    You mentioned you paid $5. to camp. Is that for one night or for the whole two weeks?

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