Camping is for the birds!

p1150265Las Vegas Bay Campground, Lake Mead, at dusk

Sunday, December 4

Today I’m going to get something DONE! 

Yesterday, our first day at this camp, Reggie and I don’t go anywhere, even though the cupboard is nearly bare and the dirty laundry is at its extreme limit.

On this blog I’ve touted the philosophy that one should travel with lots of clothing in case a laundromat is not available.  I stand by that philosophy.

However, it does have a down side.

It means a procrastinator — such as moi — can end up with an awfully big pile of dirty laundry!

Okay, I’m going to do this.  No more stalling.

I spread out the big blue mat in front of the door. 

I toss our the comforter, quilt, and shams, two rugs, several towels, and several washcloths.  To this I add the hip-high pile of dirty clothes crammed into the closet.  I find more in the dresser drawers.

I pull another dirty comforter and quilt out of the Perfect Tow Vehicle and toss them onto the heap of laundry that pretty much covers the entire blue mat.

Let the sorting begin!  Good thing we’re the only campers on this loop of the campground!

Later . . . Off to Vegas we go!


We leave Lake Mead Recreation Area and take Lake Mead Boulevard into Vegas.   I’m on a serious mission and don’t want to stop for photos.  In town, at Nellis Boulevard, we turn left, then right onto Harris Avenue.

Oh, there’s it is . . . .

The laundromat is in a strip shopping mall.

The front is barely wide enough for the word “LAUNDROMAT” from one side to the other.

Uh-oh.  We could be here all day waiting for machines to be available . . . .

After giving Reggie a walk-around, I peek inside.


The narrow laundromat extends far to the back with two rows of dryers along one wall, and it goes around a corner at the end where rows and rows of washers are situated.  On the way out to get my wash, I count 60 dryers.  Just the dryers.

Oh, happy day . . . .

Everyone speaks Spanish. 

They smile at me.  I smile at them.  Later I figure out that my co-launderers are probably Salvadoran.

I fill up one 2-load washer, two 3-load washers, and one 4-load washer . . . . $12 for the washers alone.  I’m pleased to find the dryers are efficient.  I’m back with Reggie in good time, everything sorted, on hangers or folded, right down to the socks.

Traffic is crazy!

Note to self:  Do not go into a city on a Sunday in December. 

Christmas has arrived at Wal-Mart!  It’s one of those humongous distribution-type Wal-Marts, mostly stuff and not a lot of food.  No deli.  I grab a few things and get outta’ there.  I stop at Smith’s on the way home for the rest of my shopping.

“You’ve been such a good boy, Reggie, waiting all this time.  I got a toy for you!”

I hand him Duck L’Orange (to be introduced to y’all at a later date — Stay tuned.  Don’t want to miss that!).

I also find a library on Harris Avenue and drop off the DVDs I borrowed from the library in Overton.

Monday, December 5

p1150260The view out our door –photo taken late in the day

Our camp at Las Vegas Bay Campground is pleasant in ways that may not be obvious through the photos I’ve posted so far.  One thing I particularly like is the directness to our door of the sun’s rays in the early morning.

Having the sun rise directly in front of one’s door may not seem like a big deal. 

On cool mornings I can sit in my camp chair that’s set against the side of the Best Little Trailer, facing into the warmth of the sun and with more warmth radiating from the fiberglass behind me, and, believe me, it’s heavenly.

I’m in the Morning Sunshine Chair with Reggie on my lap when two visitors appear around the front of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

p1150272Immediately Reggie’s muscles tighten, preparing to lunge.

I hold the back of his little green jacket to restrain him.

“Never mind, Reggie.  They aren’t bothering us.”

He relaxes.  Together we observe the doves as they march, in the manner of doves, around and over the blue mat.  One perches momentarily on the fire ring and watches us while also soaking up sunshine.


Having two doves visit is another excellent reason for relaxing at camp, rather than hurrying off to somewhere else.

p1150278Oh, Las Vegas is fifteen minutes up the road?  Sorry, I can’t go.  I’m entertaining doves today.


I suppose the lack of hors d’oeuvres is a disappointment for our guests. They make no complaint and leave quietly with the same dignity they displayed when they arrived.

“See, Reg?  They’re sweet birds . . . .”

I relax my grip and he leaps off my lap. 

Around the back end of the PTV he goes, stops, and lets out one bark.  I follow him in time to glimpse the doves, unperturbed, marching at their usual pace, as they disappear behind the oleander bushes.

That’s all for this post!


More excitement to come in the next episode of “RVSue and her canine crew!”


NOTE:  How ’bout y’all talk to each other in comments without me butting in? Your conversations are such fun to read.  I need to get away from the computer for a bit. Bye for now.  — Sue


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79 Responses to Camping is for the birds!

  1. Cynthia from San Clemente says:


    • Dawn in NC says:

      Congratulations Cynthia! You are FIRST today!

    • Dawn in Asheville says:

      Congrats! You are! I never even try – LOL! Good for you!

      • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

        LOL – I just happened to sit down at the computer to send an email when Sue’s post popped up. That rarely happens, but this time, the early bird got the worm (pardon the pun on Sue’s theme)!!

  2. Dawn in MI says:

    LOVE that last shot!

  3. bess in oregon says:

    me second?

  4. Chey (WA coast) says:


  5. squeakytiki says:


  6. Pat from Mich. says:

    Top ten!

  7. Pat from Mich. says:

    Your blog and pics always brighten my day Sue! Thank you.

  8. Pat from Mich. says:

    Is that last guy a plover? The doves are so pretty!

  9. judy in east texas says:

    Hi Sue and The Reg.
    I will be in Vegas for a few days this coming weekend. I PROMISE i will not come and try to find you, although it would be the highlight of my trip if i could actually meet and visit with my dear friend from cyber space. Oh well, i love all the pictures of your new spot and i have added yet another place to my long list of wanna goes!

    Stay safe out there my friend and rock on, Judy

  10. Vicky in PA says:

    My little rescue dog is also named Reggie and I would have had to hold him back too. He’s a chihuahua/daschund mix and he loves to hunt!

  11. Terry says:

    Hi Sue I have become addicted to your posts. Look forward to each one and each photo. Thank you.

  12. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Thx Dawn in NC for the support on the last comment!

    Okay, I know everyone doesn’t really need a blow by blow, but I’m a nervous wreck so if RV Sue doesn’t mind I’ll post progress when she posts. Juno officially left late yesterday afternoon. Decided the BF should put a new battery in her after all. Didn’t make any sense not to, but that delayed getting out any earlier. I’m being his virtual copilot (I downloaded the RV Parky app – love that thing) as I can. So he got her across the state line and slept overnight in a Kansas rest stop. Apparently the overcab cushioning and the Mr. Heater are getting a thumbs up. He reports he slept like a baby.

    I did wonder if he’d get an evil eye by the cops looking for people trying to run weed across the state line – I mean it is an older RV, but I think it looks more like a hunter camper than a hippy camper – LOL.

  13. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Love your story today. I can identify with the laundry. There are three of us plus 2 big dogs and 4 cats. I have tons of laundry. We bought a Roomba for ourselves for Christmas too. I love it. It isn’t perfect, but it sure helps keep the hairballs down. I comes on at a preset time everyday, goes all over most of the house until the battery runs down then it goes back to its charger. All I have to do is empty the pocket that gathers the dirt when I get home.

    Love the doves. Be safe and get your heater and frig fixed! It is freezing here today so a heater sounds good to me right now, even if you don’t need it.

  14. Cinandjules says:

    Huh? No posts? Rub eyes again!

    • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

      Edited! Knew that didn’t seem right!
      60 dryers? Never judge a book( store front) by its cover! Great find!
      No crazy laundromat stories? Hah hah. Laundry is done…time to romp!
      The doves are cute! What type of bird ….in the last photo?
      Enjoy your evening!

  15. Shelley in California says:

    I have been wanting the Amazon Echo and today they have the Amazon tap and the fire for 120 so I ordered it through your website Sue. If anyone is in the market for the echo this is a good deal.

    • Renee from Idaho says:

      We have an Echo – Alexa. Love it. We ordered another for downstairs, for Christmas for my husband and me.

      • Shelley in California says:

        That’s great to hear. Whats your favorite thing to use it for? I see myself using it for an alarm and listening to talk radio while getting ready for work in the morning and playing music while doing housework

        • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

          We check the weather, latest news, stocks, game scores, ask her to tell us a joke, check recipe ingredients, add to our shopping list, and add a reminder. Our granddaughters love to ask her to play music and tell them a joke. They know Alexa well!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you very much, Shelley, for ordering through my blog and for alerting everyone about the “good deal.” I appreciate you thinking of my blog when you went to Amazon! Enjoy your new toys!

      BTW.. I see them in my orders report.

  16. Ken Touring says:

    Love your pictures…
    Are they the two turtle doves for CHRISTMAS?
    Take care

  17. Ken Touring says:

    12.00 USD for all?
    We 9.00 CAD for one large

  18. chas anderson says:

    When we snowbird out west I go to the Salvation Army store where I can get 20 unworn T shirts for 50 cents each.Usually they are some promo from some IT trade show that nobody wants to wear.I am 6 foot 5 and 226 lbs so I get the XXL which are abundant and so big that nobody wears them.I wear them until they are dirty and then throw them away.It cuts our laundry loads in half.

    Also, without getting political my travels invariably have shown our Latino friends to be the friendliest most helpful people in my travels.They are doing the work that nobody else wants to do and which are necessary for most of our lifestyle.

  19. AZ JIM says:

    Those are Eurasian collard doves. Am I in the top 10?

  20. Nice day for you two. 🙂

  21. George N.C. says:

    Hi Sue & Reggie,

    Still follow your every post.
    Love the call of the quail.

  22. Sonia W says:

    Hey Sue,

    Have you seen the quail? They are usually in groups of 5 of more, you will know when they are around. They love to talk/sing to each other to let them know where there are. I just there, I go there often. I use a tent though but have Mr. Buddy heaters in 2 sizes, so I will have the right amount of heat. LOL!

  23. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue. Thanks for the post. It always brings a smile to my day, even hearing about laundry. I love the doves. I work on the second story of a building, so I can see onto the tops of the light posts. A few weeks ago, a hawk came to hang out for a while. I don’t know what is was looking for, as he was surrounded by parking lots. It was still quite a treat.

  24. Airstreaming Pagey says:

    Hi All! Love the quail photo!!

  25. Retiredcajunlady 'N Louisiana says:

    Hello Sue and Reggie,
    It’s been awhile since I have posted, but I have read each and every post and enjoyed them immensely. Between having some health issues, achy finger joints, and trying to crochet sweaters for my great niece and nephews, it seems as though the days just muddle into each other. The pictures of this post are lovely! Seeing the doves made me think of Cindy Lou Who…who cooed like a dove!
    After over six weeks of no rain here in SE Louisiana, we’ve been getting quite a bit in the last few days as the fronts move through. I do enjoy the cooler temps, but the constant gray clouds and drizzle (with a few thunderstorms in the mix) is getting a bit much. And poor Willee hides in the hall as the rain hitting the fireplace makes a pinging sound that scares him.
    I hope you enjoy your time near Vegas. The campsite does look peaceful and quiet, and with laundry and shopping all done, you can just “be” and enjoy all the beauty around you.
    Take care. Belly rubs and hugs for Reggie, and prayers for you both.

  26. Susan in south central WA says:

    I don’t think doves get perturbed at anything? We have a couple (or at least we think it’s been a him and a her for all these years) that on sunny summer mornings take a slllllooooowwwww stroll down our street and somehow take up the entire road. $12 for all that was doesn’t sound bad at all and lucky you to get good driers!! Did you get Reg his rotisserie chicken at Smith’s?

    We just had our first snow of the season. For about 15 minutes…

  27. cc and canine ( now in Clackamas, Oregon) says:

    Hi Sue!

    I don’t comment too often, but I’m still following you and enjoying the ride….Just
    placed an order on Amazon, through your site and want to make sure you see it. It is for a metal daybed frame, with roll out/pop up trundle bed. It should be just the thing for our grandgirls to sleep on. I hope you get some credit for it. Also ordered the new Rolling Stones Blues album for my hubby.

    I know this is your 3rd time at Las Vegas Bay. Remind me again about the oleander, if it is poisonous, and if so what part of it….Our canine, Guinness, likes to taste everything he picks up from the ground…

    • Susan in south central WA says:

      I put the Rolling Stones Blues album on my Christmas list yesterday. Album ha ha, CD I guess.

    • Lee J in northern California says:

      Oleander is totally poisonous, all parts even smoke from burning them is toxic.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, cc,

      I found the trundle bed and the Rolling Stones! Wow, nice commission. Thank you very much! I wish you happy visits (and peaceful sleeping) for your granddaughters.

      As for oleander, everything about it is toxic (well, except for its beauty). A poster at the self-pay station warns that even the water that collects into puddles at the base of the oleanders (from the watering system) can be poisonous, so keep your pets from drinking it.

  28. Here is a link to Eurasian Doves. I had never seen them before so looked them up.

    I also have a lot of clothes so I don’t have to do laundry very often. I have 15 pairs of underwear, about that number of shorts, and a ton of t-shirts. When I am low on underwear, I know it is time to do laundry. Nice thing about almost all Florida state parks and COE parks is that they have washers and dryers!

  29. Pamelab says:

    Hi, Sue-
    How nice to have all that laundry finished in one session! I like the views you have from your site. After another visit to my storage unit, I think I may be able to go to a smaller unit. My son is happy to take the large plastic bins I am emptying, which is great. Lots more to goodwill.
    I have sorted and shuffled and am unable to find the new place for some items I need. I have looked high and low and now believe the items must. E in the back of my 4Runner. When it stops raining I will repack. I had my rig weighed at the Escapees’s boot camp and found it was pretty well balanced and nothing was too heavy. That’s good news.
    Thank you for your nice blog and happy travels.
    Pamelab in Missouri City TX for now

  30. charles brooks says:

    this is rodeo week in vegas….the main reason traffic is bad and
    hotels are full…….
    ringneck doves…..beautiful doves….

  31. Renee from Idaho says:

    We have quite a few doves that visit our yard due to feeders we have out. They collect with the sparrows and finch flick off the feeders. If all of a sudden all the birds take off, it’s usually due to a hawk that lives around our area and it comes in to drink and hunt. It caught a dove weeks back. I didn’t see it, but found a lot of feathers in the grass, but nothing else. Had it been my rat terrier that happened to catch a dove or sparrow, the carcass would’ve remained. She wouldn’t know what to do with it once she caught it, plus she is well fed.

  32. Lee J in northern California says:

    My sister is in Las Vegas now, she is there to see Andrea. Boccelli in concert. The closest I shall get to him will be on TV! Love his music…

    Can’t wait to meet Reggies new buddy!

  33. Tammie Villanueva says:

    Sue and Reg-Harmen and Boulder hwy.
    That’s right by Eastside Cannery Casino…..Thats where I work!
    and I work on Sundays day shift.

    • Pookie and Chuck in Todd Mission Tx says:

      what do you do at work, Tsmmie?

      • Pookie and Chuck in Todd Mission Tx says:

        just asking because when we are in town we visit the Longhorn Casino just down the street from the cannery….

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Nellis Trails Laundromat, corner of Nellis Blvd. and Harris Ave., is the laundromat in this post.

  34. Diann in MT says:

    Thanks, Sue, for the uplifting pictures and prose. Goodness! You have a great life! I know it takes a lot of work to get all the pieces in place, but you really are blessed!
    Sitting here at my computer, thinking about the same collared doves outside scraping for sunflower seeds that might have fallen from the feeder above. I can’t help but compare the contrasting landscapes of your doves and mine. It’s 13 degrees outside and a couple of inches of powdery snow on the ground. Your blog is a ray of sunshine.

  35. Being blessed with onboard washer and and dryer I rarely need a laundromat, but for those times I do there is nothing more wonderful than finding one with exactly the machines and availability I need! Sunshine on the front door is very good luck – tidings of a good beginning, of new inspiration. Your dove are quite sweet :-))))

  36. Ginger says:

    I’m glad you were able to find a laundromat that had so many washers and dryers. It sure makes doing laundry a lot faster.
    I live in the south part of Las Vegas, close to I-15 and Blue Diamond. The town is crowded this week because the National Finals Rodeo is in town. Lots of cowboys!

  37. rvsueandcrew says:


    Reggie and I broke camp this morning and headed south. We arrived at our new camp a few minutes ago. I’ll write a post wrapping up our stay at Las Vegas Bay, either this evening or in the morning.

    Thank you for contributing yourself to the comments section!


  38. weather says:

    Gosh, I love the photo of the straight palm trees silhouetted in front of the wispy pink cloud. To me it reflects the balance in this post of your strong pragmatic side and your idealistic gentle side. All business when it comes to getting laundry done, you restrain Reggie to make sure the vulnerable creatures near you can peacefully enjoy their lives.

    Spanish being spoken as clothes were being washed reminded my of Spanish Love Songs at the Disneyland of Laundromats post from when you were camped on the Salton Sea. We’d had a few conversations in the comments section one of which also showed your concern for those gathered around you.

    A group of brown pelicans being chased away by kayakers oblivious to their beauty and well being had so upset you that you’d come on line to mention it. I quite agree with you about the fun in reading the interactions in Blogorinoland 🙂 A lot of precious memories and a great community have been made here. Thanks for making that possible and for this lovely post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I looked at that post and its comments again. Lovely memories . . . . Thank you, weather, for the warmth and kindness you express so eloquently.

  39. Diann in MT says:

    Woo! Hoo! Lovely picture in your heading!

  40. Lori says:

    Oh how I hate doing laundry, especially at laundromats. Then again, it does get done quicker when you can use the big machines and just call it “reading time.”

    How many people take the time to just sit in the sunshine and relax to the sight of two dignified feathered guests?

    Amazon affiliation question: Is the amount you get a percentage of the total cost of the items? I ask because I have a largish Christmas purchase to make and I would like to see the benefits come to you.

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