Camping on the green again

Wednesday, April 29

On the way out of Lud Dexler Campground at Salmon Falls Reservoir, I stop at the free dump station.  Then we head east toward Rogerson.

Oh, there’s the tree with the nest!

I stop before reaching it.  I don’t want to disturb the bird in the nest, so I point the camera out the window of the Perfect Tow Vehicle and zoom.  A bit of luck and this is the result.

1-P1040463-001 - CopyI’ll leave it up to you birders to identify her.

At Rogerson I fill up the drinking jugs with the award-winning water.

1-P1040464 - CopyThat task done, I drive over to the store/cafe and buy a cup of coffee and a blueberry muffin.  It’s my first cup of the day because I awoke this morning to empty propane tanks!

“You’re looking nice today,” I remark to the woman at the counter.  “I’m glad you’re feeling better.”

I ask if she sells propane.

“I wanted to, but I was told we’re too close to the next place, about eight miles up 93.”

The crew and I motor up 93 to the propane place.

I take off the tank cover and remove both tanks, setting them on the ground next to the big tank so the man can connect the hose and fill them.  It’s soon apparent there is a problem.  Reggie and Bridget wait in the PTV.

1-P1040466 - CopyAfter several adjustments without success the man realizes that he’s out of propane, too!

Off we go toward Twin Falls.

1-P1040467At the outskirts I turn west on Route 30 and drive through Filer.  I don’t see any propane.

Continuing a few miles west of Filer I pull into a small park.

“You’re such good travelers this morning!”  Bridget and Reggie hop around with excitement as I secure their leashes.

“And you didn’t have a walk yet today.  C’mon, let’s check out this park.”

1-P1040476 - CopySpring is in the air!

1-P1040469 - CopyWe walk along the stream, wander through lush grass and dandelions, and resume our search for propane.

 The next town is Buhl . . . Bingo!

I pull up at a big propane tank at a gas station, the lady fills both of my tanks and asks about the Best Little Trailer and my lifestyle.  When I come outside after paying for the propane, a man at the gas pumps approaches me.

“Excuse me.  You mind telling me about your cute little trailer?  I’d like to get something like that.”

This sort of thing happens a lot, as any Casita owner can verify!

I make sure the refrigerator is turned on, and then we go across the road to Ridley’s grocery.

“I’ll only be a minute, guys, and then we’re on our way.”

I purchase a rotisserie chicken for our arrival at the new camp.

We can mosey today because I already know where we will camp for the night and it isn’t far.

Route 30 takes us past Thousand Springs.  Across the Snake River, water cascades several feet down a cliff in several waterfalls.  There isn’t an easy place to park, the resort is in the way, and a car wants to push the BLT’s bumper, so I don’t stop for a photo.

Next is Hagerman where the fossil beds are. 

Very unusual landscape around here . . .  gigantic ridges above homes, huge depressions in the ground, and always the meandering river . . .   freshly plowed fields . . .  dairy farms . . . . a horse farm . . .

1-P1040480We board Interstate 84 near the village of Bliss.

Finally a town with an attractive name!  I mean, really.  Filer?  Buhl?  Hagerman?  Probably named for people.  Maybe Bliss was a person, too . . . .

We’re on our way to Three Island Crossing State Park at Glenns Ferry, Idaho. 

As we glide down the ramp, memories of camping here with Spike and Bridget float through my mind.   The streets of Glenns Ferry are pleasantly familiar.

To read about our previous visit in August 2012, follow this link:  “A long drive with a happy ending.”   Here’s another link from that visit:  “Slideshow: A walk around Three Island Crossing.”

At the state park, a woman greets us at the entrance toll booth.

Prices have gone up, of course.  A few of Idaho’s state parks have a senior discount program that applies on weekdays (Mon.-Thurs.).  Instead of paying over thirty dollars for one night (non-resident) with water/electric hook-ups (the only choice), the fee for us is $19.61 (senior non-resident).

We’re assigned a campsite which turns out to be in the upper loop.

Like all the campsites at Three Island Crossing, our site is very pleasant.

1-P1040491-001How odd — when you give it some thought — to camp here in comfort.  I don’t have to make any difficult decisions such as the emigrants on the Oregon Trail had to make.  To read a brief article about that perilous crossing and to see photos of its re-enactment, follow this link:  “Pathways of Pioneers.”

You can see photos of the Snake River (link above) from our visit in 2012..  (I didn’t take any during this visit.)

When I think of Three Island Crossing, I see green!

1-P1040492We have a lovely lawn in our back yard.

Prior to hooking Reggie’s tether to the grill, I pass it through the loop at the end of Bridget’s leash.

This works very well!

1-P1040483The crew seems hungry for an early dinner, so I set out their dishes.

The two little grubbers stare at me.  I know what they’re thinking . . . .

To heck with kibble . . . . Where’s that rotisserie chicken?

1-P1040487I put a drumstick, wing, and pieces of thigh meat on a plate.  (I save the white meat for sandwiches and salad.)  I sit in the lounger and between my own bites of chicken, I share bites with my happy crew.

Everyone satisfied, we relax for a few minutes.

Well, Bridget and I relax.  Reggie sniffs wherever his tether allows.

1-P1040488Next we walk the campground loop.

Boy, that hot shower is going to feel great!

Lilacs in bloom!

1-P1040495A warm breeze blows across the lawns of the campground and through the boughs of the many, mature trees.

1-P1040496The crew and I enjoy our backyard for the rest of the afternoon.

1-P1040486Next post . . .  We leave Three Island State Park and move to a pretty, yet isolated, camp.




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141 Responses to Camping on the green again

  1. Janis Harrison says:

    first? And I read the whole post it was great as always.
    from Grandjan

  2. Deb D says:

    Spring is in the air ! Great pics of the crew ! So enjoy reading your blog.
    Have a great day !

  3. Applegirl NY says:

    Lilacs! How lovely. Glad to see you’re in the green.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl… I don’t think these lilacs are quite like the ones in NY state. They’re lovely though.

  4. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    That’s a beautiful green lawn indeed, all the better for being tended by others.

  5. Lisa W says:

    sounds like you and the crew had a good travel day, well except for hunting down propane. This park is definitely green, and you all made the most of it. Have a great day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You too, Lisa! The crew enjoyed lying in the soft grass… especially Bridget. She’s a girl who knows how to relax.

  6. Wow, all that green!! I bet the pups loved rolling around on all that nice soft grass! Beautiful campground! Glad you found propane! Enjoy your stay and rub a few bellies for me please! Rotisserie chicken has me hungry!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri…. After spending winter in the desert, the green grass is a treat. Of course, being alongside the Snake River, water conservation isn’t a big issue here. Sprinklers are going all the time, somewhere in the park.

  7. Cynthia says:

    Seventh!. Hi there, and Happy Spring lilac season!

  8. Shelly Nowik says:

    This my first time to comment. I am new to reading your blog. I went back to the very beginning and read what was equivelent to James Mitchner’s “Texas” (I use that reference as I know you commented on it’s length). I enjoyed reading of your adventures, misadventures, your delight in nature and I cried when Spike passed away. I love your humor and the way you spin your tales. By the time I caught up to your current post I became a RVSue fan and found a great deal of respect for your way of life.

    I own a 2014 Casita Liberty Deluxe 17 foot, also. I travel solo as my husband does not like to camp – AT ALL. I travel with my two dogs about 50% of time. I don’t think they love the camping experience and find it hard to get comfortable and relax.

    Speaking of comfort, here is my question to you. I have found sitting in my Casita for any length of time to get very uncomfortable. I find myself sitting with terrible posture and the cushions not providing much comfort. What, if anything, have you done to make this more comfortable for you?

    Thank you for allowing us to “travel” with you for the past 4 years.


    • Marsha says:

      Shelly, we have the SD and I put a bed pillow behind my lower back to make it more comfortable. Otherwise, I’m slouched over and that’s definitely NOT good posture.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Shelly,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m thrilled that you read our vagabond story from the beginning and even more thrilled to have my blog in the same sentence with Michener’s “Texas.” Ha!

      I’m not any help regarding comfort for sitting in a Casita. I don’t sit with any support for my back and I don’t have any backaches. That’s me. Everyone, of course, is different.

      An alternative might be a folding chair in the aisle. I did that when I had company on a day too windy for an outside visit.

      Thank you for sharing a little about yourself and for the lovely compliments!

      • Shelly Nowik says:

        Yes I will try the chair. Hope that works for me. Oops misspelled Michener. btw, the new camera is taking very nice pix.

        • AZ Jim says:

          Hi Shelly!! Glad you jumped in and are now a full fledged Blogarino. If you read it all you’ll know we have a mostly great time here with Sue and the crew. New blood is always welcome.

        • AZ Jim says:

          I never get tired of our journey here with Sue and Crew…It’s my daily bright spot.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Hi Shelly, If you haven’t checked yet, you may want to take a peek at the Casita forums. They are a wealth of information, and people have done all kinds of modifications on their seating. You can type in a word search and it will usually bring up a fair amount of info. There are also loads of pictures.

      • Shelly Nowik says:

        I have looked at the forums and have even post a pictures and questions. Regarding comfort the replies were: PILLOWS, lots of them.
        I am “Gourdamental” on the forums

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Shelly! By commenting, you are now a blogorino! 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:


      • Shelly Nowik says:

        Wahoo…a real live “blogarino” —- cool.

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Hi Shelly!
          RVSUE and CREW is a great spot to kick back and relax 🙂 Grab a beverage of choice and before you know it you’re right at home here.
          That comfort question… I think most RVs are somewhat hard to sit in for extended times. Don’t giggle too hard at this suggestion but Loose Clothes helps much. No kidding, being too bundled in tighter clothes…belts and such just make it harder to relax. I find I will often wear leggings and a tunic top or tank top, stretch denim is always good too. Awww, yes! Pillows, a chair and loose clothes = much better 🙂

    • Krystina King City, CA says:

      Welcome Shelly! Glad to have you here. Have a good day.

    • Joy Sutton says:

      I don’t have a casita but do have the back problem. Am thinking of removing the couch in my tioga mtrhm and replacing with rcliners but don’t have a slide. Saying there will be room only for one and DH still able to go some.

  9. Marsha says:

    Three Island Crossing has to be one of the prettiest state park campgrounds I’ve seen – we stayed there in late August of last year on the recommendation of another blogger (and picked the upper loop, too). Ah, memories.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marsha,

      I agree… Three Island Crossing is one of the prettiest state parks and a popular stop on Interstate 84… easy on, easy off, and such a pleasant place with history.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        As soon as I read the blog title, I thought of Three Island Crossing (camped there in early June 2013). That place personifies green! I can hear the sprinklers 😀

  10. Karen LeMoine says:

    Just love all the green and lilacs are my favorite! I want to run barefoot through that grass!!!!! Heaven for the feet! Kids look so happy anticapating that chicken dinner!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      Darn! Why didn’t I do that? (run barefoot through the grass)… 🙂

  11. mockturtle says:

    Regarding the bird, I would say prairie falcon but not positive.

  12. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    I’m surprised no one has made a guess yet on the bird … I’m thinking maybe a Coopers hawk??? Idaho Fish & Game has an excellent web article about Idaho’s raptors. It must be lovely to see so much green – I wish it looked like that in Southern California right now!

    • mockturtle says:

      The Coopers Hawk has yellow eyes, as do most hawks. I’m pretty sure this is some kind of falcon or possibly a kestrel.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Looking at Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology — All About Birds site, I read that the kestral is the size of a mourning dove. This bird was bigger than that.


        Coopers Hawk

        • Diann in MT says:

          My first guess is a nesting kestral.

          What a luscious camp, Sue. You sure know how to pick them.

          The crew looks happy and content. Reggie must know he is a very lucky puppy to have been chosen by you!

          Happy trails!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        The Coopers Hawk link at All About Birds says the young have yellow eyes and the adult have red. It’s hard to tell what color the eyes are in the photo.

        Also the CH adult has a dark head and the one in the photo has stripes. ?? This is why I don’t try to identify birds of prey. Ha!

  13. Linda Rose & the 4 M's says:

    Sometimes its worth paying for a campsite when there’s that much green and showers included!! Were you as happy to see this much green as I would be after the desert?

    I finished that book “Only the Truth” that you talked about. You’re right, it was quite a story. I love book recommendations.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose,

      I assume you enjoyed that book. I thought it was a fast, very enjoyable read.

      Yes, I was happy to see that much green! Very refreshing…

      • AZ Jim says:

        Also a campground can have spacious grounds with “breathing room” between sites or (Horrors) sites jammed in side by side.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        That cement curb at the back of your campsite leads me to believe you BACKED IN! How terrifying. But then, again, you re the one who can back up and crack a couple of raw eggs, right?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Gayle…. You are so funny! I’ve been backing up the BLT since August 2011. I backed down a curved, steep mountain road with no guardrails (to prevent hurtling over a cliff)…. in order to let an oncoming fifth wheel pass on the one-lane road.

          Believe me, I’ve learned how to back up the BLT. I had to! I should try that back-to-crack-the-eggs stunt. 🙂

  14. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Beautiful photos. Mr. Reggie is certainly falling into place. We camped just down the road from Three Island at the Carmela Winery & RV park back in 2012. Great restaurant and fun little 9 hole golf course on the property. Enjoy your travels through Idaho.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K.,

      I saw the Carmela Winery on the way to the state park. Only one RV in the winery’s RV park…. Maybe business isn’t as good at this time of year.

  15. DesertGinger says:

    Grass is lovely but then there’s the mowing. This does look like a wonderful park.

    I’m continuing to get my affairs in order for my trip to NY. Can’t wait for my cross country drive!

    Today, more paper sorting and filing. I’ll spend time in the pool later too. Maybe go to a movie tonight.

    Hope everyone has a beautiful day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I don’t know if I’ve written this already and probably you’ve been told by someone else…. anyway, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention…

      On your cross-country drive, be sure to stop often and walk around to keep your circulation going well. It’s tempting to say to yourself, “Just a few more miles and then I’ll stop.” I tend to do that . . .

      • DesertGinger says:

        Thanks for the reminder. I will. My bladder forces me to stop at least every couple hours. Plus I’ve allowed plenty of time so I don’t need to rush.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Enquring minds want to know what movie you saw! $12 is a lot of money for a movie mistake.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Recently I’ve seen

        Longest ride…pretty good if you like romance
        Woman in gold….excellent
        The age of Adeline…ok

        I only pay $6.50 for senior price, but then I buy popcorn for another $5. Still it isn’t too bad

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          I saw Woman in Gold last weekend. Helen Mirren was excellent – as usual! 🙂

  16. Shawna says:

    Beautiful camp site! Enjoying your blog so much; thank you for taking us all along for the ride.

  17. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    Loved this post and pictures! What a picturesque farm with the white fencing and red barn! The Crew are adorable, as usual! Question…when you are at a location with full hookups, do you take advantage of the electricity connection to save propane? My guess is the bird is Cooper’s Hawk. How cool is it that you were able to get a picture of her?!!

    Hope you and all the blogorinos enjoy the day! It is a comfortable, sunny day here. Perfect for puttering around in the yard! So glad to see your post….we enjoy each other’s company, but miss you dearly when you are out of signal range or taking a break. 🙂 Love and hugs from me and Gracie pup. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      I’m glad you are enjoying a sunny day. Thanks for missing us!

      To answer your question…. Although we’re rarely hooked up to electricity, I do switch over to save propane. This is the first time I didn’t. Too lazy to bother with it, which is silly.

  18. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Hi Sue, Looks like your on a mad dash across Idaho, The park looks pretty darn good. I was heading out to Dead Horse Point State Park and noticed the right side of Scampers face was all swollen, so off the the vet. It being Saturday I had to leave him so the doc could check him out when he could get to him. It is always something. I still might get to Dead Horse, it is only 2 hours away. It is mainly to scout for a spot for the full moon rise on Monday.
    As always Enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      Poor Scampers! Gee, why did it happen on a Saturday! Do let us know what the vet says.

      Good luck with the full moon rising shot!

      • AlanOutandAbout says:

        Well it looks like Scampers has both his back lower wisdom teeth roots infected. So Tuesday at 7:30 he goes back and gets his teeth cleaned and if they truly are infected get them extracted. it will be $300 or $900 depending. Not a needed expense.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ouch! That does sting. It’s good that Scampers has a problem that can be treated.

  19. AZ Jim says:

    Great place for a rest. You know last night I was thinking…What happened to the rotisserie chicken? Today, you have some. Does Reggie love it like Ms Bridget and Spike? I bet he does. You know Missy, I know you have these times you can’t post but it doesn’t make me miss you any less. Welcome back to internet. You enjoy that shady grass and get some reading in. Hugggggggggg

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Thanks for the welcome back. I missed reading comments over morning coffee and checking throughout the day.

      Yes, Reggie loves rotisserie chicken! Whenever I return to the PTV from shopping at the grocery, he sniffs the bags to see if I bought one.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        I hate to put the words “rotisserie chicken” and “hummingbird” in the same sentence, but what ever happened to your hummingbird feeder experience?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Um… which one?

          I did buy a hummingbird feeder a while back and haven’t put it up. My interests come and go . . . .

  20. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Amazing picture of mama bird. Way to go Sue! Beautiful day here and with you I’m guessing. We are starting to discuss a fall trip to see hubby’s Dad and sister in Oklahoma in the Leisure Travel van. Lots to do before.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Velda,

      And part of that “lots to do before” is having fun planning your trip. How wonderful that you can get together with family and enjoy a get-away at the same time.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I’m going to visit my girlfriend in Tulsa on my way to NY. I grew up there. Still have lots of friends and family there. I like Tulsa but hate the weather.

  21. kgdan says:

    We passed by there just the other day, but, of course, we were flying through. Think we will go back that way and explore some more in the fall.

    The couple camped next to us at Pahranagat went on to try Dave Deacon, upon our, via Sue’s, recommendation. They really liked it and are encouraging us to try it.

    We are in recoup mode now; doing extremely well. Energy coming back quickly; breathlessness disappearing. Now if we could just figure out how to get detached from all the dr. apps. . . Really, we are grateful.

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Boy I sure know that attachment to Dr appointments. We thought we would get a break when hubby’s radiation ended in mid March, then the VA called him to see his primary care and she set up a whole bunch of different specialists. Hoping, like you, once we get past this group we can detach for a while.. Hope your hubby is doing well.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      That’s great news!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      This comment is much calmer than previous ones, understandably so! I’m relieved and happy for you both. Good news on the return of energy and regular breathing.

      I’m pleased my recommendation proved to be good for the couple you met at Paharanagat. One can’t guarantee… Sometimes a campground is a delight and then the campers change and it’s hell. I hope your new friends were able to enjoy the hot springs.

  22. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue,
    Now that’s a beautiful place to park for a while I’d say. Love a soft lawn and my pups would be totally jazzed running on it. As always I know you will love that hot shower and a comfy camp. All is ok with me. hugs

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      I’m glad all is okay with you. Yes, Three Island Crossing was a treat for us. If we should ever cross southern Idaho again, we’ll spend another night at that park.

  23. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Green lawn, a hot shower & chicken cooked–deliciously–by someone other than you. Life just doesn’t get much better than this! It’s nice here today. Met my oldest grand Emma & her Mum for lunch out at our favorite place up on Chuckanut Drive south of Bellingham–low tide so we could see the oyster beds at Taylor Shellfish. Life is good all ’round.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Your lunch with granddaughter and daughter-in-law sounds lovely. You encourage me to keep going. There’s something about eating seafood in a restaurant near the water….

  24. weather says:

    Pretty sure your bird’s name is Huntress,of course,being her friend by now entitles you to just call her Hun when it comes up.You know,when someday she shows you her brood and theirs,either on this part of the journey or near the rainbow bridge where we’ll all hang out then.Her so proud and grateful to show you”Thanks,Sue,for letting us be- so we could become all of us!” You,as usual,downplaying your part in the countless happy journeys you’ve made be that way”Oh,Hun,it was nothing,only my pleasure ,it’s so good to see you again…”

    Your being camped there brought memories of your first time,and right after Rusty’s having Timber home again.I thought of how you now are once again a home,a family with Reggie as the smallest one,of Spike now being with his canine parents at his new home.I believe with everything in me that all life is eternal because love is- and Love is who makes life,so everyone has a never ending story.

    This post continuing the story of the nest and it’s beautiful occupant you were too good to disturb is a touching gift to give those of us watching it,as we watch yours.That is an absolutely lovely camp,as are all today’s photos and the way you describe the adventure of getting to it and the meal you shared.The photo of Huntress-simply magnificent!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Good to be back! I must admit that I didn’t give any thought of Spike being reunited with his parents. You make me wonder what memories dogs carry throughout their lives and beyond. I admit I’ve seen Spike in terms of how he relates to me, instead of the more enlightened view of how he relates as an individual in his own right. Interesting…

      And what a wondrous vision of someday sharing a reunion with the creatures I’ve met throughout life, the reminder of how I affected their lives and how they affected mine.

      It’s fun to think of that and the possibilities… reunion with the dog of my childhood, the turtle I helped cross the road, the rabbit I tried to keep alive and failed, the many meadowlarks that made me smile from their fencepost solo performances, the foster animals that lived with me, the fish I caught and ate, the butterflies I photographed, (Hi, Champ!), the ground squirrels I abandoned because there were so many of them, the wild horses, the bird in the nest…. Oh, my!

      Yes, we’re a family as you are with your troupe. Speaking of family . . . Wishing that your time with your grandson is all you hope it to be.

      • weather says:

        …”Oh,my!” -indeed!I’ve mentioned one of our current troupe being part Siberian Husky.Her mother was in fact part wolf and mostly Siberian.When I lay beside her the night she left us for the rest of her journey I knew she was now running with the pack again,and that I’d run with them in time….My grandson and I had a few hours earlier at a wildlife preserve,he so gets it…

        sweet dreams of wonder,n’nite

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, weather, I didn’t know. I’m sorry she’s no longer with you.

          “Running with the pack again”…. How glorious that must be for her and such a comfort for you.

          I’m glad you have a grandson who is sensitive and “with it” . . . .


          • weather says:

            No sorrow ,my poor wording-the two dogs I ‘ve had since being on here are fine and beside me at the moment.The one who left was the mother of one here now,that night’s parting was a few years ago

        • Jean in OR says:

          hi, Eeather, I too had a Sine, who was half Wolff.She raised my girls!

          • weather says:

            Hi, Jean,she must have been wonderful!Seeing those creatures run full out is an experience not to be forgotten,I’m so glad that she was part of your lives.

  25. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    What a day!

    Bird with a big hooked beak! Whatever she is……definitely a majestic appearance!

    Glad you found propane, rotisserie chicken, grass and showers! Driving across the US the first grass we found was in North Platt, Nebraska. Something about the smell of grass! Your photo is so inviting….makes me want to run barefoot across it…and then take a nap on it!

    Another wonderful spot/site.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Imagine how the pioneers felt when they parked their “Class Cs” (Class Conestoga) on the first green grass in months…

      I hope you had a good day!

  26. Timber/Rusty Northbound says:

    Looks like your in a nice spot Sue. We’re setting just north of Nellis Air Force Base on 15-93 , I must put gear oil in the rear, it started leakin’ ‘ bout 2 hours ago, so we’re settin’ till it cools off for me to fill it up. In the Morning we’ll take our time heading northbound. Have a great time up there and give Bridget n’ Reggie A big hug from us,,,,,,,,,,, Rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Gee, I’m sorry the truck is leaking gear oil. It sounds like you are north of Pahranagat Reservoir on Route 93. Do you have a place in mind where you can pull over for the night? Remember to watch your gas supply…

      I bet you’re headed to Three Sisters, one of your favorite places. Keep in touch if you can. Wishing you smooth and safe travels. Hi to Timber!

      P.S. If you should need help, let the blogorinos know. There may be someone nearby. . . .

      • Timber/Rusty Northbound says:

        We are at the last exit by Las Vegas Blvd. near Apex turn off. Between the Freeway and L.V. Blvd., Near a area where OHV’s ride. Thanks Sue and all,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty ,,, Oh and about 10 miles south of the 93 turn off.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, I was very wrong. Now I know where you are! You’re near Las Vegas Dunes Recreation Area and Apex Summit. I drove through there.

          Sending a prayer for your safe travels…

          • Timber/Rusty Northbound says:

            Thanks Sue, I’m thinking about filling the rear with Green Machine Grease + adding some regular 90 wt. gear oil and make sure the vent is venting till I get to a spot to do a repair on the rear wheel bearing seal. I found out from a Trucker that it’s ok to camp or park here for a nite or two.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,rusty

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I hope you had a good night. Knowing it’s okay to camp there makes resting easier.

        • DesertGinger says:

          I know nellis well. You could easily head off for a night of gambling Rusty!

          • Timber/Rusty Northbound says:

            Life is a gamble enough, I’m to far to loose money to the Sharks, no thanks. DG,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  27. Karen says:

    Lovely scenery, Sue. Love the green. Living in the desert makes you appreciate that color more than you can imagine.

    Just wanted you to know that I was inspired by a conversation with you a couple of years ago and I have just started a blog. We were camped at Owl Canyon, near Barstow, California, and met you and the crew (search for Pixie, our rat terrier). I told you that I journal all our rv adventures with pen and paper and you asked why I didn’t blog. The time wasn’t right but now we are almost retired and will be taking extended trips more frequently. So, now I have begun to document our journey electronically. Thank you for your inspiration.

    We will be somewhere in Idaho next spring. For now we are planning a trip to Texas and Kentucky to visit our grandchildren. I am so looking forward to experiencing the feeling of a super long vacation and being able to share it with family and friends.

    Safe travels always.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      I remember you and Randy and your crew! How wonderful to hear from you!

      I had fun taking photos of your pups and writing the Canine Corner with them featured. Here’s a link to that day, “Rat terriers, Ranger Jim, and relocating to the best campsite.”

      Have a great visit with your grandchildren. I wish you much enjoyment and satisfaction writing your blog!

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Karen, I just followed your blog. Looks like you have a good start to the story of your travels. I probably won’t comment there but will read.

    • Monica-CA says:

      I’ll be following you too!

  28. Lynn Brooks says:

    Fantastic photos, as always!
    What a great way to see the country!
    Thank you!

  29. Liz says:

    Hi Sue, Reggie & Bridget,
    Welcome to Idaho. Glad you are enjoying your visit. In regards to your bird, I’m going to say it’s a hawk (could be wrong tho). Enjoy your travels & if you need help with anything, send an email.

    Liz-Boise, ID

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Liz,

      Looking at several varieties of hawk at the All About Birds site, it seems the Ferruginous Hawk has a head similar to the one in my photo. You could be right!

      Here’s the link where you can zoom for close-ups…
      Hawk — “a raptor of the open country of the West”

  30. Elizabeth in WA says:

    That campground was a favorite of kin and friends…tho’ not the town. Glad you found a nice spot to rest awhile. You will find many more now too I think…happy travels, Sue and crew!! Hope you make it up north too…so much to see and do!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I hope we make it up north, too. 🙂

      Three Island Crossing has become very popular as an overnight stop and, for that reason, reservations are urged. I’d rather take my chances than be tied to a reservation.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Being so self contained allows more choices…it is the best set up I think, Sue…if we are ever RVers…we will want something set up similarly. Tis great to be able to be away from maddening crowds!!

  31. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    The comment on the Conestoga Wagon reminded my of our Oregon Trail Interpretive center here.( Baker City, Or) In one area it has a Conestoga Wagon and all the things that would be put into one. You get to decide what to take, what to leave, where to put it. Lots of fun. A very well done representation of life on the Oregon Trail plus an awesome view of the valley and mtns. The kids and I used to go every year or so to see the new exhibits.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, CheryLyn,

      As I read your comment about “you get to decide what to take, what to leave, where to put it,” I thought of the people who are doing that very thing as they prepare for a life on the road in their RV.

      Your interpretive center provides great learning experiences for the children (and adults), as well as being fun.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      What a great idea for an exhibit. Cool on so many levels.

  32. George Ridler says:

    Cooked chicken bones can kill a dog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, George….

      You’re right. I never give cooked bones to the crew. BTW, is George the grown-up version of Teddy? 🙂

  33. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I love the State of Idaho….except for the mosquito. We tent camped while visiting this area…Twin Falls. We ran into a flea market and I bought 4 4oz insulated tumblers for $1.00 and a wind up flashlight. Still have all and use it daily (the tumblers) and I carry the flashlight in my truck. I miss the huckleberries from that area….we don’t get huckleberry jam, syrup, candy in AZ….if we do I don’t know about it yet. Has Reggie taken an interest in water yet?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      I’m like you, if I buy something for next to nothing and it turns out to be very useful and handy, and it lasts for a long time, I enjoy it more than anything bought for much more money. I never forget the price either! 🙂

      No, Reggie hasn’t shown an interest in water. He hasn’t been in weather that makes water appealing. Maybe someday . . .

  34. Casitagirl from NY says:

    I have been puzzling over your bird. Not a Cooper’s hawk – they have red eye. Looks kind of like a prairie falcon, but they nest on cliffs. MY best guess is a merlin. They nest in abandoned nests, in trees (though they prefer conifers). They are common in Idaho.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Casitagirl from NY,

      You may be right!


      At this site you can zoom in on the face of an adult female and it’s very similar.

  35. How fun to see you here. We have reservations for the week of July 4 to make sure we’re off the road and tucked in somewhere shady and possibly quieter 🙂 It seems strange to me that there’s no gauge to tell the retailer how much propane he has….good thing it wasn’t too far to the next supplier. I think they need to rename those chickens “RVer chicken”, so many pick them up for that arrival day meal :-)))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      The countdown continues! 🙂

      The guy’s big propane tank has a gauge on top with a cover over it. One has to climb up and lift the cover to peer at the gauge, so it wasn’t obvious that the tank was empty.

      I know what you mean about the rotisserie chickens. If your RV/camper van/travel trailer/whatever doesn’t have an oven and if you don’t want to fool with campfire cooking and alternative methods, the rotisserie chicken already cooked is the answer. I have on occasion bought two at a time… one for eating as is, the other for chicken salad, to put in green salad and pasta salad, for sandwiches, treats for the crew…

      Three Island Crossing is a great choice for Independence Day week. You could go to the Glenns Ferry parade! As for the park being quiet… I like that all sites have electric which means no generator noise. Enjoy!

  36. Kay Dattilio says:

    Good Morning! I found your camping area on a map and I enjoy following you around, so to speak! The area is beautiful and I love the green grass. Speaking of that, I guess I’ll be riding the mower today before the rain moves in. I’m hoping to get my garden in too. Bridget and Reggie are so dang cute in your pictures. I’m glad they get along, except when housebound for too long. I guess we all get a little cranky in that situation. Keep enjoying! Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Kay,

      You can brush up on map skills following me and the crew… Ha! You have a full day ahead, mowing and putting in your garden. In Georgia I’d mow before a rain and then the rain would come and the grass would be just as tall as before I mowed. A gentle rain after you plant will give your seeds and transplants a great start!

  37. weather says:

    Bliss is a beautiful name for a town.I just love the idea of driving into bliss and staying there for a while.Yesterday we drove past Goose Haven Farm,we’d pulled into Oak Orchard’s riverside dirt road and parking spot earlier-a place favored by locals for fishing. I asked my grandson to sit beside me on a large rock with our backs to the water.Then we listened with eyes closed to hear all that we could-the light breeze in trees,water,riverboats,birdsong .I wanted him to hear the music in it,explaining that the rhythm and pace of each day’s is what my private thoughts follow… how writing comes from there.He heard it.Next semester he’ll be in London and two of his courses will involve writing .It’s not his primary interest,I just wanted him to glimpse my world

    Today my village could be called Motors for Music.We’re having wall-eye tournaments on the lake.Boats,cars,trucks,saws and lawn equipment become loud,quiet down for a bit,birds sing as if it’s an ordinary morning .I find it all as acceptable as they do,after all -mankind is part of this earth,too.The contests include children’s categories-a little friend of mine won prizes twice.Her dad wasn’t competing,he was giving her “we time”

    It seems whoever we offer nature’s benefits to,no matter their age,has their life improved by it in so many ways.I think of how many comments your readers leave saying they wait for your posts,an oasis in their lives-of what a gift in that way and others your blog is…I hope today you soak in what’s around for your own sake for a while,and that it’s exactly what you need.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Yes… Imagine being asked where you live… “Oh, I live in Bliss. I’ve lived in Bliss all my life.” 🙂

      I’m fascinated by the glimpse into your world that you shared here, the listening time with your grandson. Your grandson will study in London… What opportunities and experiences lie ahead for him!

      Nature’s benefits reach far… Thank you for the way you described my blog as an oasis. Enjoy the Motors for Music! 😉

      • weather says:

        Hi,Sue,if you ever get the chance to see “August Rush” a movie,you would probably really enjoy it.It was the first time I’d seen anyone portray hearing and being in the world the way I experience it-I haven’t lived in bliss all my life ,yet the journey certainly has been rich…

        • DesertGinger says:

          I loved August Rush. Fascinating movie.

          • weather says:

            That doesn’t surprise me a bit,Ginger.It seems that you draw from a well of something that inspires you,that reinforces your determination to overcome…Have you considered at times how despite your pain,sadness,exhaustion and frustration with all you’ve gone through-that you go through-not give up ?!I am so-o proud of you…just wanted you to know that.

            • DesertGinger says:

              You know Weather, generally speaking I don’t feel much sadness. If I think about the daughter I lost, or certain other things..yes. But generally I have a pretty optimistic outlook and just keep pushing forwards. I’m a bit frustrated that my knee, after my surgery and all the issues, still isn’t right. My frustration mainly stems from my limitations…can’t walk much. But still I wake up each day with plans and activities, as much as I can handle. A long time ago I decided that if this is my one ride on the merry-go-round I was going to spend it enjoying the ride and the view, not spend it worrying and grousing about things that didn’t go right. I am planning on at least another 30 years on this ride and I’m gonna make the best of it, despite any setbacks. I’m defiant like that. I think that’s what I like about you abandon Sue…you both have that defiant streak too.

            • DesertGinger says:

              You and Sue

            • weather says:

              Ha!Ginger-I believe that you’re the first person to call me defiant as a compliment,that’s usually been said because I was refusing to be manipulated by the one I was speaking with.Rebel -I’m used to,thanks for the grin reading that gave me.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, weather, for the movie recommendation. I wasn’t aware of it.

  38. Krystina King City, CA says:

    Good morning RVSue and Bloggerinos

    Love your campsite with all the green grass…being from Vermont – the green mountain state. You always tell a great story. Just like being there with you and the kids. Yesterday the group had a Dutch Oven demonstration. WOW…that’s a lotta work. I was pared up with a gal who was making 7 layer brownies. YUM When we were done cooking we all sat down and had dinner. Fabulous. My next door neighbor Terry (a Bronze Medal winner in the Olympics!!!) showed me THE MOST FABULOUS app EVER…Allstays. It has a menu of absolutely everything you will ever need. Where to get propane, BLM land, height restrictions, Army Corps of Engineers, Moose and Elks campgrounds, Walmarts you can and cannot stay at, State parks, National parks, RV dumps, Rest areas, actual stores. If you click on somewhere you want to stay it tells you everything you want to know…like RV Max length, pictures, phone number…on and on and on. It also talks to you like the GPS does. Unfortunately I have a IPhone 4 and it won’t talk to me as I am driving. Whaaaaa Now, EVERYONE in the Casita group were trying to help me see why it wouldn’t talk to me. Two gentlemen even called their kids to find out! Love these people. Do most of you Bloggerinos know about this app? My 2 years is up with my phone July 1st so I am going to the Verizon store here and see if I can upgrade because I reallllly need to use this app. Have a great day everyone.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Krystine,

      I’m happy you are happy! Sounds like you’re in with a lot of good people. No, I don’t know about that app, although the Allstays website has been around for quite a while. Good luck setting it up for yourself… Maybe other blogorinos will have something to say about it…

      You have a great day, too! I enjoy your updates as you travel…

    • DesertGinger says:

      What group are you with now Krystina, and how did you find them?

      • Krystina King City, CA says:

        Hi Desert Ginger

        When I came into this campground I found a Casita Rally! Having a super time.

        Good luck with your trip to NY…stay safe 🙂


    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      How nice you have found some nice helpful folks nearby your stopping place, Krystina…so happy for you!!!

  39. BadgerRickInWis says:

    So glad to hear that Gill is on the mend. Are you thinking of staying with a fiberglass trailer. Maybe one of the larger Escapes or a 21ft Bigfoot would be just the extra space you need? Just a thought.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sorry, Rick… I moved kgdan’s comment which makes you seem like you’re hearing voices. Ha!

  40. Monica-CA says:

    I can smell those pretty lilacs. That’s a pretty spot to camp with all the green grass. And you don’t have to mow it….heehee. Safe travels!

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