Canine campers and campground wildlife

Wednesday, April 27

P1100971Reggie meets a fellow camper at Bighorn Campground, Glenwood, New Mexico.

“Flash” is one of three rescue pups in the family of Joe and his wife who are here at Bighorn from Colorado.

I meet Joe while out walking with Reg.  Flash escaped, eager to meet Reggie, and Joe came running after.

“Reggie needs a playmate,” I remark, as Joe apologizes.  “Looks like they’ll get along fine.”

P1100969We discuss a few of the usual topics.

The weather, where we’re from, where we’re going, etc.  Joe mentions that while they were on the road two days ago the winds almost tipped over his trailer. (Gusts were reported at 50 mph.)  He and his wife have a truck for a tow vehicle.  They tow a travel trailer with slide. It’s much bigger than the Best Little Trailer.

“I bet that was scary,” I respond.

P1100972During our conversation, Reggie and Flash enjoy playtime together.

On the return walk home I notice a jackrabbit in the grass, far away on the hillside.  Zooming in, the camera captures him quite well, considering the distance, and also with Reggie, still excited over making a friend, tugging on the tether in my other hand.

P1100966Bridget is in bed when I open the door of the BLT.

She’s happy to see us.  I haven’t removed her car from the Perfect Tow Vehicle since we’ve been at Bighorn.  One reason — It takes strength and energy that I didn’t have.

I’m much better now and could pull it out for her.  The other reason — Bridget needs to walk and once I set up the car, that’s what she’s going to insist for her mode of travel.  Our walks here are very short, due to the small campground next to a main highway.  If Bridget takes at least one walk daily, she stays limber.

Later, while I’m opening a can of soup for supper . . . .

Joe comes to the door.  He hands me a foil-wrapped burrito that he made.  I thank him, put the soup in the fridge, and eat the burrito made of beans, egg, and salsa.  Mmm . . .  tasty and fortifying.  Very thoughtful of them . . . .

Thursday, April 28

I’m at my computer early this morning when I’m startled by something slamming into the back window near me.  I pull aside the curtain and at first see nothing that could’ve caused it.  My first thought  — a limb has fallen from the cottonwood tree.

Looking further, I see this little guy sitting very still on the ground below.

P1100979He must have knocked himself silly.  That was quite an impact.

After a few minutes, leaving the crew inside, I go out to investigate.

P1100978I keep my distance, take the photo, and leave him alone.  Better to not stress him further. While I peek out the window he eventually flies away.

Be careful, little buddy!

Of course, I immediately do an online search hoping to identify him.

Cornell’s All About Birds site and the site describe several types of towhees.  The description of Spotted Towhee seems close, although the belly isn’t white.  Maybe an Eastern Sparrow hybrid? What do you think?

As I’m typing this post, we have visitors!

Joe and his wife (sorry, forgot the name) are leaving and stop at our site to say goodbye.  I trot outside without Bridget and Reggie.

I thank them for the burrito, of course.  We chat for a few minutes and I pet their canine crew.  I explain about my blog and ask if I may take photos of their dogs to include in a post.  They readily agree.

Here they are, an adorable threesome, all rescue dogs . . . .

P1100981From left to right, Flash (14 yrs old), Jax (the newest rescue) and Toby (doxie mix)

I wish all five a safe trip back to Colorado.

Hmm . . . We should leave soon, too.  Not today though, but soon.


NOTE:  The mystery bird has been identified correctly by a reader!  (Thank you!) It is a Black-Headed Grosbeak.  I was way off!  Click the link to read about it and listen to its song.


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146 Responses to Canine campers and campground wildlife

  1. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Velda says:

    After a grey Wednesday its a beautiful Thursday . Went to get our new military IDs and now out to brunch. Have a beautiful day Blogerinos!

  3. Kristi and Daisie (Nampa) says:

    My daughter thinks it’s an oriole bird.

  4. Hi Sue,
    Nice to see Reggie meeting new pups and having some play time on the road. And am glad that you missed all that wind in AZ and NM by being in a good place. The bird is a Black-Headed Grosbeak. We used to get them at our house in AZ. Take care and keep healing up.

    Lisa, Connie and Pepper

  5. peggy says:

    Glad you are feeling better. Thanks again for another great story.

  6. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    What a sweet little trio–glad Reg had a buddy to play with. Meeting fellow travelers is one of the best parts of RV travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Those three are cuties and Reggie so enjoyed having time to play with another dog, even though Flash is an old guy.

  7. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    Love all the puppy pics – they are all so sweet. I’m so glad more and more people are rescuing instead of buying puppies. Keep resting so you don’t have a relapse of whatever knocked you down last week.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I’m glad, too. Rescue dogs are wonderful. Sometimes they require more patience at first on the part of the person until they learn they are safe and secure and loved.

  8. Brandy says:

    They are all so cute.

  9. Good morning Sue and Crew. Overnight rainstorm left .25 inch of rain. Hope your weather is agreeable. Glad you are feeling betterand posting your marvelous photos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      Good morning to you, too. Today is sunny and clear, very breezy, too.

      BTW, where are you that it rained a quarter inch last night?

  10. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    So glad you are feeling better. Kudos to those who own rescue dogs!!! And they have 3 cute ones.
    Believe it or not, I knew what that bird was!!!! We have rose breasted grosbecks and black headed grosbecks
    Safe travels when you head out for a new camp
    Love ya!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pauline. Good job on the grosbeaks. I should’ve recognized it from the beak. I got towhee in my head and didn’t let go. 🙂

      BTW, thanks for the update on Auntie recently. Love you, too.

  11. Sealarkesmiles says:

    Hi Sue and Crew! So glad you are feeling better! Great post and I always enjoy your photos.

  12. jo in San Diego says:

    I got the Grosbeak (due to the large beak) but not the black headed part. Beautiful photos of the bird and especially the rabbit. That takes skill for sure – not just an image stabilizer. Thanks for a much needed break 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jo… Thanks for giving me credit on the jackrabbit photo. Believe me, it’s the camera. 🙂

      • jo in San Diego says:

        I haven’t been able to decide on a camera yet, even though the date to pick up my Casita is fast approaching (May 16th). I had to move the date back due to escrow closing a week later than planned. I would like a viewfinder for sure and a super-duper zoom. After a lot of research, it’s a tie between the Panasonic and the Canon power shot.

  13. Lynn Brooks says:

    Such great stories & pictures!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore)

  14. rvbrucrew - IN says:

    Hi Sue – Thank you so much for your posts. I have read all of them although this is the first time I have ever posted a comment. I appreciate the time you take to update your blog. I check it out every day. Keep them coming! My hubby and I plan on full-timing in about 1-2 yrs. We will be traveling with 12 paws – 2 cats & 1 dog. They love to travel in our motorhome. Love the photos of the crew and other wildlife. Thanks for sharing them. Hope you get your strength back soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, rvbrucrew, from Indiana! Always a thrill to see someone new appear. You are a blogorino now!

      Thanks for the kind words and feedback on the photos. Best wishes to you as your plan your life living full time on the road with your feline/canine crew. 1-2 years will pass quickly!

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      Welcome RvBruCrew from Indiana!! The anticipation of Rving the country is half of the fun! I am doing the waiting game as well. Thanks for riding along with us 🙂

    • AZ Jim says:

      Welcome to Sue’s blog, but we depend on posts by fellow blogorinos, which you are now one of. POST. Let us know how you are, what you’re up too. Again, Welcome.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thank you, Jim, for helping me get that message across to everyone. EVERY note from blogorinos and lurkers makes this blog stronger. C’mon, people! Join us!

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Welcome to RVSue’s Blog! Please update us often on your progress toward getting on the road.

  15. Glad to hear you are feeling better, Sue. Love that you found fellow travelers that also do rescues. Rescued pups really do make the perfect companions, and I swear they know they’ve been saved and are grateful.
    Interesting bird, has the coloring of an oriole, but that beak said seed eater. Different than the grosbeaks that travel through here on their way elsewhere. Oh, and great photo of the jack rabbit at such a distance! Good shot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna,

      That jackrabbit shot was my third try. He kept hopping away.

      I agree. Rescued pups are grateful. They seem to have a depth of feeling not apparent in dogs who have enjoyed stability and security since birth.

      Thanks for the nice message to me.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        I agree too on rescued pups. That’s all we have ever had. On the day home from our honeymoon, my DH and I stopped at the local animal shelter and adopted two littermates. They were the best till we lost them to old age and illness. We’ve since had four more, with only two remaining after losing two to illness. They are the best!

  16. Calvin R (still in Ohio planning and scheming) says:

    I like the jackrabbit shot also. The camera is just a machine; you were the one who saw the picture and made it happen. It’s nice to see the dogs playing, and that shot of Joe and his wife’s three dogs is heartwarming.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Calvin. Oh yeah, those dogs. I couldn’t pass up grabbing a shot of those sweet faces in a row. Good little travelers.

  17. Hi Sue!!!!

    Just checking in to let you know I’m still here!!! Work and life has been soooo busy the last few months, I can’t keep up with anything anymore! I’m just now taking my lunch break, have time to read one of your posts, look down in my emails to go to where I left off and realized it is from the first of April!!! Yikes!!! I’m a month behind!! Work is having a negative affect on our relationship, Sue 🙂

    Anyways, I haven’t read up on what’s going on, but thought I would just say hi before another month is gone. Hope all is well, and know I’ll do my best to catch up soon! Take care of you and your babies!

    Much love, Marla

  18. retiredcajunlady says:

    Thanks again so much for the pictures! I am amazed you saw the rabbit as he blended so well with his surroundings. You meet such kind people, Sue, on your journeys. And these folks brought you food!! You are blessed. Love the rescue pups, too. My dog is also a rescue, though he truly rescued me more than I did him. My mom had died, and I needed someone to take care of. Willee fit the bill perfectly. Safe travels to you, Bridget, and Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, retiredcajunlady…. Sounds like Willee was meant for you, right time, right place.

  19. Elaine Mari says:

    aww, nice post, cute doggies, nice neighbour, i’m glad you are taking care of yourself and that you are feeling better. Me, i’m packing for a move and planning a 2 week road trip once I’m settled. Reading your posts, take me away from this room full of boxes 🙂

  20. AZ Jim says:

    What a nice post. Joe and his Mrs. and the canine crew. Great. A nice visit and it sounds like your batteries (not the rigs, YOURS), are getting a full charge. I have to admit I was kinda worried when I found you not posting for a bit but decided you were resting. Any idea where your little circus next sets up it’s tents? Breezy here again today, yesterday VERY breezy… Detta got a good report yesterday from her eye doctor. With both Macular Degeneration and glaucoma she not only medicates several times a day but also must go get these checkups. So, I was pleased with her latest reports, no better but no worse. She had to give up driving sometime ago but she had a good chauffeur. You take care of you, Missy so I don’t have two of you gals to worry about.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How great to have good news for Detta from the eye doctor! It’s been scary, no doubt, for both of you, wondering about her sight. Having it stabilize is such a relief. I know you take good care of your sweetheart. 🙂

      Where does this traveling circus go next? I’ve been struggling with that decision for a week, doing online research and seeing mountains, mountains, mountains, and temps going into the 30s at night… gusty winds . . . . Spring is such a tricky time of year for those of us who try to camp in out-of-the-way places. My general plan is to push northward.

      (No suggestions, folks. It overwhelms me. Thanks.)

      Glad you liked the post, Jim. I’ll continue to pace myself, although I’m restless now after a week here. Wind is gusting all around us right now, keeping us indoors a lot.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Happy to hear the good news about Detta AZJIM. I love hearing good news!

      • AZ Jim says:

        Thank you Krystina, I like getting good new too.

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          So happy for Detta. Can’t imagine losing my site. If I couldn’t drive we would be up a creek as DH doesn’t drive anymore due to his strokes. He wanders left.

          • AZ Jim says:

            I have a new respect for those with sight robbing eye diseases. She does fine and we are thankful to hold back further problems. So far she has “holes” in her field of vision and we’re hopeful it will stay there. Anyone who is experiencing eye pain needs to get an examination and find out why. If you catch these problems early you can usually prevent blindness.

  21. I think that is a grosbeak bill and that it is a black-headed grosbeak. Check it out in All About Birds, the online Cornell site.

  22. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hello, Sue,

    It looks like Reggie thoroughly enjoyed his play time with Flash. Flash is a handsome dog! I like the picture of the three dogs in the truck! It looked like they were just thrilled (not!) to be cooped up in the truck, and not outside socializing! I must say, you are getting very skillful in catching good shots with your hands full, when moving, or when your subject is moving. The last post with the deer, and this one with the jackrabbit are nothing to sneeze at! Great job!

    I wonder if the little Grosbeak saw his reflection in the window and thought there was another bird there? I have had a love sick robin flailing himself against my kitchen windows since late last week. He does not knock himself out, but the thump on the glass is enough to hear it in another room. Of course, Gracie pup goes crazy! I explained to her that Ms Robin was just stopping by to say hell0 to her…and that she wished that she lived inside the house with Mommy and Gracie. Nuts…I know. But it calmed Gracie down. I even went outside a couple times to give the robin a talking to. I would hate for it to hurt itself. I have put a couple Post-It notes on the windows, hoping that they will deter him.

    It was very sweet of Joe and his wife to share their dinner with you. Something homemade always beats a can! I hope you continue to recharge your batteries and are back to 100% soon. Don’t rush it. The next camp will be there when you get there.

    Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! Take good care! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Denise,

      You won’t have me thinking you’re nuts for talking to a dog and a bird. I’m the one, remember, who has them talking back to me and to each other! 🙂

      Yes, I think the grosbeak probably saw his reflection in the window. It’s the time of year…

      Thank you for the nice compliment on my photography. I really don’t do much more than get the subject in the frame and then later crop the photo to make it look its best. Funny thing how humans can look horrible in a photo without even trying and animals look fantastic in a photo without even trying.

      You and Gracie pup enjoy the rest of this day…

  23. Paul Mayr says:

    Sue, what is the best method to recieve Amazon orders while on the road?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Howdy, Paul! I do believe you’re new to comments! Welcome!

      The best method to receive Amazon orders while on the road…. Well, this isn’t perfect but it’s the best way I’ve found.

      1) Use a UPS Customer Center (not a UPS store) for the shipping address. You can find them by searching online.

      2) When filling in the shipping address at Amazon, do this:

      UPS Customer Center – HOLD FOR PICK-UP/Paul Mayr
      Then the address

      If you don’t put “hold for pick-up” UPS will send it back to Amazon in 7 days.

      3) Added safeguard is to alert UPS Customer Center that a package is on the way. I never do this because I hate phoning.

      4) BTW, if you have Amazon Prime, do not choose next-day shipping because that puts your package(s) in the hands of FedEx which is another problem.

      5) Bring confirmation numbers to UPS when you go to pick up your stuff.

      Others may disagree with the above or have more ways to tweak it. Good luck! Thanks for asking.

  24. Marilyn in NW Arizona says:

    HI again Sue. I had the .25 in inches of rain in the gauge this morning in NW AZ. Golden Valley is located 20 W of Kingman off Hwy 68, and is 23 mies to the Colorado River to the West. NOAA is predicting unsettled weather here for a few days with chance of thunder showers through this weekend during ’16 River Run. Might be a little damp at times for the Harley folks. Hope it remains pleasant weather wherever you are as you recover. Hug your very charming and photogenic pups for me, till next time…Todles…MM

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for adding your location, Marilyn. I’m pretty sure you told us before, but I can’t remember stuff like that. Too bad the weather may be less than perfect for the event.

      The pups are well hugged, including ones from you! 🙂

  25. Debra (CO) says:

    Enjoyed the post today. Reggie was sure enjoying meeting new friends! The 3 puppies looked sad to be leaving ? I also liked the picture of the rabbit. Bunnies are so cute, especially when they aren’t eating my tulips – haha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Debra,

      I think maybe the pups had those faces on because their humans were outside the truck talking with me.

      Also nice to hear that someone enjoyed the post and a photo. Thanks for letting me know.

  26. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    It was great to see Reggie get a playmate for awhile! I am sure he loved it. Bless Bridget’s heart, you take such great care of her.

    I am glad you had this nice camp to rest and restore yourself. It looks like it was nice. Take care and I always look forward to seeing your post in my email! 🙂

  27. weather says:

    Flash, Jax and Toby are sweet looking and fortunate pups. Their people were good to rescue them, and to bring you supper. Often after reading your posts I step away feeling grateful, because I enjoyed what news you shared, the story and photos. It took me a while to realize the detail today that made me particularly happy. It was your saying that you could pull out Bridget’s car for her-that was a tangible measure of your health and strength returning. I couldn’t discern what “I’m feeling better.” meant as well before. I’m glad you mentioned that before “we should leave soon, too”. Have a wonderful evening, and moving day should it be in the morning.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You are an incredibly caring woman, weather. My strength and health restored makes you happy. I feel very cared for. 🙂

      If the crew and I can get out of here before the wind picks up tomorrow morning, we will move camp. That probably will mean a cold night into the following morning. I have plenty of propane to keep us warm. It’s time to move, rather than stay through another weekend. If you don’t see us here, it means the mountains are blocking internet signal.

      You have a wonderful evening, too. I hope you are strong and in good health, also.

      • weather says:

        Thanks for the heads up regarding your possibly going out of internet range, and for your wish and hope. I’m abundantly blessed, good health and strength are part of that. Trusting that Providence will lead and cover your timing and results about when and where you’ll be, I’ll look forward to hearing about that.

  28. Rick & Brock the Dog says:

    Hi Sue,
    Great post and glad you’re feeling better. Question….do you see off-leash dogs quite a bit in the places you camp at? I ask because my dog isn’t really comfortable with other dogs rushing up to him. It’s likely to result in a scuffle or outright fight if they don’t leave him alone. So I’m very careful where I boondock and walk my dog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick & Brock the Dog,

      I’m smiling — happy to see you here again….

      Do I see off-leash dogs quite a bit? That’s hard to answer, it being a relative situation. I don’t camp around other people all the time which cuts down on the number of instances that we come upon dogs that are off-leash.

      I see off-leash dogs in campgrounds. Not all the time, but enough that I think you need to have a strategy in place to deal with it. Some campgrounds, all dogs are on leash. As you know, all it takes for trouble is one.

      If you do extensive travel, there will be times when you can’t boondock and will want to stay in a campground.

      One strategy would be to talk with the camp host, if there is one. Explain that you keep your dog on a leash, but he doesn’t like being charged by other dogs. Maybe enlisting the camp host to clamp down on those who ignore the rules will help. You can also learn where the dogs are located in the campground so you know what areas to avoid.

      I’d carry something to be used to fend off attacking dogs that are off-leash, just in case.

      You’ve probably thought of these suggestions.

      BTW, I admit that Bridget is often off-leash. Only when other dogs are not around, like in an empty campground, and Bridget, of course, would never attack another animal. She won’t even chase little animals. She learned her lesson when she injured her leg going after a chipmunk.

  29. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Play date for the crew! Flash Jax and Toby look like they still wanted to play. Toby looks part beagle. What cuties! Nice of Joe to share a breakfast burrito!

    Good that you didn’t use up your strength pulling the chariot out. BRidgee and Reg man know when you don’t feel well.

    Hopefully it won’t be too windy….riding it out stationary is a great idea. Scary incident for Joe. I would have …….had to change my granny panties! ?

    Rest up!

    Headed to AZ next Friday for 10 days. Not sure if I mentioned our neighbor is driving our belongings as we can’t get PODS to cooperate. Well.. he decided to do it while we are in AZ. So we’ve packed up the stuff we are “shipping”. The house will be set up for our arrival in Sept or Oct. Yay!

    Have a great evening. Nice to see the lurkers are now posting! Welcome fellow blogorinos!

  30. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    Very pretty pictures on your site, especially the rabbit with his really big eyes. I did have to laugh when you said you’d like to move before you ran out of water–excellent reason for moving! I’m back in CT catching up with chores & finding new ones every day. I did re-cover the camper’s valances & put them back up; this required my holding a small flashlight in my mouth, keeping the valance in place with my foot & screwing the screws in with both hands-not much room inside the valance. But all are done except for 2 small ones that I cannot figure out from whence they came! Rescue dogs are the best; my last 3 were all rescue Border Collies-well, Jack still is. I’m really glad that you are getting back your get up & go & that your crew cooperates in your recovery by letting you rest. I hope to travel with my camper for short trips locally this summer & then plan the big trip out west for next winter/spring. I best get going as I am not getting younger (unfortunately). Happy travels keeping warm in spring.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Maryanne,

      The valance job sounds like a devil! Kudos for you for tackling it…

      Also, I admire you for rescuing Border Collies. They’re wonderful dogs and not everyone can give them what they need to reach full potential. They’re so smart!

      None of us are getting any younger so we “best get going!” Have a good night!

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Maryanne, Sue and blogerinos,

      Your visual of the flashlight in the mouth brings back giggles. Metal on teeth…drooling… not pretty. 😉

      I had been wanting to put in a plug for a solution for situations like that and here seem like a good place. I picked up a *HUGlight* at a local store; it looked helpful but I had my doubts. When I turned it on at home, I was slightly disappointed. It’s hands-free and flexibility were just what I had been looking for. But the lights were not as bright as I had hoped. Then I realized the batteries it came with were probably old and low quality. I put in 2 new AAAs and, WOW! Super bright led lights with low, medium and high settings and red.

      I just love this thing now! I can walk around without having to turn on the lights. They bend and aim where ever you point them. Typing, crafts, walking to and from vehicle in the dark, looking around corners, repairing things, reading, walking furpals. They have a connecter to secure them if you jostle around. Great for night time walking as they are hands-free and will point down to your path, not blinding people and cars. (it could blind if you needed a safety device) They are comfortable enough that I’ve fallen asleep with them still hanging around my neck. It’s over 3 years old and still holding up well.

      I found a small solar charger that charges 5 AAAs at a time. I also have 2 other pocket sized solar chargers ( leave/hang them in a window or on dashboard) that also charges phones, Nintendo DS lite, etc. One has a flashlight and it has a strong clip.

      It feels good to come across a product that exceeds expectations and to be able to share the finding with like-minded folks.

      I didn’t think the HUGlites were available anymore as they were no longer stocked at the store. But I looked them up on Amazon and there they are! And many more colors and styles. I will probably order another one maybe to keep in my vehicle or backup as this one is becoming indispensable. I put it on when the sun goes down and don’t have to worry about lighting where my toes might get attacked by a corner or table leg.

      Don’t mean to be an ‘infomercial’ but many here need ‘specialty’ portable lighting and this little ‘bugger fills the bill.

      MV gal

      • DesertGinger says:

        Wow! Good suggestion.

        • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

          Thanks, DG!

          Do you still have eyes on a special pair of dancin’ boots?

          • DesertGinger says:

            Well, I was thinking that after my knee replacement. I’m having a much harder time recovering from heart surgery so I’ll have to wait and see. I hope I have some dancing left in me.

      • Steve says:

        That’s a pretty cool light, but I’ve been happy with my headlamps (current one is a Black Diamond Storm), and they’re a lot smaller. You can’t read with them though, at least without screens keeping the bugs out–they mob the light/your face! 🙂

        • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

          Hi Steve

          I still use a headlamp for special things. I also have a light that slides under the bill of a ball cap. The drawbacks of the headlamp for me are comfort, dead elastic, slippage, bumping it away or off and the light has to be re-centered when you move your head. Like walking for instance; you practically have to keep looking at the ground at a certain angle. The HUGlight stays shining on your path and you are free to look about. A headlamp can sometimes interfere with a hat or a hood can keep covering it. Perhaps it’s a guy/gal thing? Very short hair styles seem to work easier for headlamps. Maybe I just use the headlamps rarely because I kept getting teased about the indent (third eye) on my forehead after wearing them. 😛

          Just my take.

          P.S. I got a drawer full of headlamps that “need attention”. Can I ship them to you? HaHa

          • Steve says:

            Hi mv gal,
            Headlights aren’t perfect–I’ve bought some cheap ones that aren’t worth the money, especially bad switches. The ones that work best usually cost over $20, at places like REI and campmor. Hair’s not a problem for me, it left my forehead years ago 🙂

            My wife likes a headlamp, but doesn’t like me wearing mine, because she complains that I blind her when I look her in the face 🙂

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

    Hi Sue, I love that hindmost shot of Reggie and Flash walking side by side. Thanks for sharing your life like you do.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lisa… I really like that photo, too. I often put my favorite one out of a batch as the last pic of the post.

  32. AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

    Hi sweet Sue and crew. It’s been awhile but not much happening here. Glad to see your on the mend. Well my time here in Pahrump is coming to an end, it is time to leave before the heat gets here. Actually I am headed in your direction but it will take some time to get there. I plan on stopping for a month in Holbrook and then head down to the Springerville/Alpine area for the summer. Then on down to Silver City for the winter or a large part of it. I liked the park you stayed at so I might try it for a while.
    Anyway take care, there is some bad weather coming your way so I’d say find a good spot and sit tight.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey! Great hearing from you, Alan! Long time, no see…

      I’d go to Springerville/Alpine from here but it’s too early in the year. I know that’s one of your special places.

      As for Ridgepark RV, it’s a quiet park (although there are some dogs in a pen that bark if bothered) with good, monthly residents. If you don’t mind being outside of town, it’s a good deal. Let us know how you like it (or if you don’t), okay?

      I’ll try to find a place to sit out bad weather. This part of NM is tough… Soon I’ll be running into rez land…

      Safe travels, Alan.

      • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

        If your going north you got to have pie in Pie Town.

  33. Ronda western WA says:

    Looks like you and Reggie had a great day. I’m glad Flash⚡️ “escaped”. Apparently he’s well named. ?

  34. Laurie in NC says:

    Another great post! Always love the canine stories! My hubby and I are heading out for a long weekend camping trip. We will be meeting up with most of my family so camping combined with visiting! Looks like some rain, but we are prepared and will have fun anyway! I am planning on cooking over the fire some this weekend and will be roasting a lot of different vegetables in a foil pan covered with foil. I am taking a bottle of balsamic dressing and will add a little to the veggies. Sounds good in theory, just hope it tastes good!

  35. Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

    The picture of Reggie’s playmates made me laugh out loud AGAIN! I really enjoy your photo taking abilities RVSue. Happy to hear you are feeling so much better. How great it is when someone brings you food 🙂 Being on the road you meet so many wonderful folks. Loved it and miss it too. Have a super day.

  36. WI & FL Beverly says:

    Nothing like cute pup pictures to start off the day. Thanks for the photos, as they always brighten my day. Your photo of the three musketeers is frame worthy for Joe and his wife.

  37. Applegirl NY says:

    Love the play date pics. Those are some adorable pups.

    Your post definitely has the energy of someone on the mend. Glad you’re feeling better.

    Off to get some garden mulch. We’re having a beautiful spring, but we could use a bit more rain.

  38. Very nice of Flash to escape and come for a play – which meant a burrito for Sue later on – good dog! His buddies are pretty cute too. Glad your energy continues to improve and that you’ve had a nice spot to build it back up. Safe travels when you move on.

  39. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Reggie’s new buddy Flash appears to be quite energetic for 14 years old. It’s that traveling and seeing new places that keeps him young – plus his two – four legged family mates, and of course the other two legged ones!

    That burrito sure sounded good too and so nice of them to bring you one. We’ve been the recipients of fellow campers food and we’ve done the same too. Food is a great conversation starter and has a way of creating friends.

    Glad that you are feeling so much better, Sue. Take care and continue to heal and gain strength.

  40. Do you know what the current status is of the Catwalk? It had been destroyed by flooding when I was there three years ago.

  41. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Love this camp and the photos. That jack rabbit Sure has big eyes. Our landscaping crew disturb some young ones yesterday. I was picking up my friend & neighbor yesterday for exercise class and she was in the middle of the road trying to get a baby rabbit out of the street, so no one would run over it. It was so funny watching her try to shoo the bunny, it was only about the size of a hand. Poor little thing was so scared.

    Joe’s crew are three cute dogs. Even though Flash is 14 he looked pretty spry. Jax is really cute. He looks part boxer, part yellow lab. I saw a Jack Russel/Min Pin mix at our Petsmart last weekend. He was really cute and only a year old. I was tempted, but DH and Angel would not have been happy.

  42. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good afternoon, blogorinos!

    Bridget, Reggie, and I have arrived at our new camp at Apache Creek Campground. We have a lovely site surrounded by Ponderosa pines. Only a few campers here in tents. Lots of birds and wildlife! I didn’t anticipate any internet and was surprised to be able to go online, although the signal is weak. We’re happy with our new camp.

    Thank you for the friendly comments and for keeping my blog interesting. Y’all have a great evening and I’ll be in touch tomorrow!

    Bye for now,

    • weather says:

      🙂 !

    • edlfrey says:


      We are doing a bit of leapfrog in our moves north. You will most likely be gone by the time I stop for breakfast in Reserve on my way north but we seem to be on much the same path this late winter and spring.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Why did I KNOW those itchy feet would move on again? Missy, you are incurable. Oh well if you feel good why not. I look forward to your post…

  43. rvsueandcrew says:

    I said I’d be in touch tomorrow and here it is, tomorrow, and I’m unable to post. In the morning we will move to another camp. Maybe there will be a better signal there.

    Y’all behave while I’m gone . . . . 🙂


    • Calvin R (still in Ohio planning and scheming) says:

      Behave? I’m not so sure I can do that.

    • weather says:

      Gee, how frustrating , especially if you had gotten one ready before realizing that you couldn’t post it . I hope you had a nice day aside from that, and easily find another camp you like. Enjoy yourselves and be well until you’re able to be on here again.

    • The lack of signal is the only thing I don’t like about apache Creek.

    • AZ Jim says:

      OK! Have patience maybe, but behave? Now, that I for one cannot guarantee.

  44. LP says hi, I am having difficulty in finding out if our comments are showing up, but you 3 stay safe,,,,,,, rusty

    • Calvin R (still in Ohio planning and scheming) says:

      Rusty, I’m seeing comments now that you’re back online.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Rusty it’s good to see you back online.

    • bess in oregon says:

      i have been thinking about you too and am glad to see you again here. hug lady piper for me!

      • Well I don’t have a laptop . I have a Droid Turbo 2, it’s super easy and small and I am learning how to use it purty good,,,, no more Windows for me, Google and Verizon is the way I am going for now,,,, Piper is saying Hi to all n me too,,,, time to start all over,, I lost everything on Windows 10,,,,,,, have a great day and stay safe and warm to all,,,,,,,,,,,

    • Rattlesnake Joe says:

      Hi Rusty, I ran into a fellow camper that you know. Rick and his dog Ira living in a Lazy Days class C. He said to say, Hey. Good to see you back.

  45. Corkerinna620 ( AL) says:

    Such an adorable pic of Reggie & Flash (last pic) with their tails all curled. I bet that tail language says “We’re pals”!!

  46. casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue!

    Reggie sure spices things up, doesn’t he? We adopted a rescue named Chula last November. She’s a sweet and sassy shihtzu that has turned our shy and reserved Sugar right around.

    I’m glad to see that you’re feeling better! A question–what is your plan if you need to see a doctor? I ended up going to a ‘Minute Clinic’ at CVS when I got a UTI when we were on the road in January. I got great service and would go again if I had to. They were able to bill my insurance.

  47. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Precious rescue pups, and what a nice couple to adopt and give these rescue pups such a good life. That little Flash is pretty spry for 14!

    Wishing you strength and speedy recovery, Sue.

  48. Steve says:

    Sorry for the late well wishes Sue (offline for the weekend), but you definitely sound like you kicked the bug–happy to hear that!

    Our first rescue dog (when I was a kid) was a Springer Spaniel we adopted as a pup in Yakima WA, while on a 3 month camping trip in our pop-top VW camper. The mom had been hit by a car before her puppies were weaned, so we bottle fed “Gingko” for the remainder of the trip. That dog would freak anytime the van left without him–that was his home.

    Our parents were very cool about it–they heard about the puppies on the radio, and dropped in to check them out without telling us what was up. Of course once we saw them they didn’t have a chance of leaving without one!

    • bess in oregon says:

      hi Steve, i just saw your beautiful website and your glassworks are amazing! i loved the story of your springer spaniel. thanks!

      • Steve says:

        Thanks Bess–I should be making something today, but I’ve spent the rainy day (north Georgia) reading the earliest posts of rvsue and daydreaming about hitting the road. Take care,

        • bess in oregon says:

          i have read all the earlier posts and learned a lot. my husband and i won’t be full-timers, and yet i admire those that can do it. we have a vintage 1955 travel trailer called Rainbow and will be going on a month long trip to Yellowstone this summer in it. our first long trip so far. Sue posted a photo of it in August 2015 and if you use the keyword “haystack reservoir” near madras, oregon, you can see it. i hope you get on the road sometime soon.

          • weather says:

            love your travel trailer, Bess! I often like vintage and antique items , vintage travel trailers, as well. Yours is just right sized , and it’s colors are great.I hope your trip to Yellowstone is, too 🙂

          • Steve says:

            A month in Yellowstone will be awesome! We’ll be out there at the end of July–first time for my wife, first time for me since I was 11.

  49. Eileen Dykeman says:

    Joe’s dogs are sooooo sweet. The gray hair on Flash is similar to my Missy’s graying, and I think that she, too, might be about 14 years old. Luv the pic of the bunny too. There are lots of them in my community this time of year, but not for long. There is a large wetlands area within a mile down the road; and the resident hawks, ospreys and eagles scoop up the rabbits quite easily (I’ve noticed that the rabbits don’t appear to be very smart, or perhaps they just have poor judgement and/or slow reflexes in sensing danger).

  50. Glenda in OZ! says:

    I feel very rested after reading your last posts about your present place of abode. Sounds like you are recuperating well. Love that Reggie had some play time with a dog his size. Admire people who take on rescues……… those 3 dogs a wonderful life is an amazing thing to do. Well done to your neighbours Joe and his wife and nice to make you some food too……..nice people.

  51. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, blogorinos!

    Bridget, Reggie,and I have been roaming northwestern New Mexico searching for a peaceful camp that has internet signal. At last we found one!

    I feel incomplete when I’m unable to open up my blog and read what’s going on here. It was very reassuring to go online today and find people continuing to write a few words to me, to the crew, and to each other. Thank you!

    I plan to work on a post in the morning. Have a wonderful evening!


  52. theboondork says:

    I’m glad you found some Internet, I know how difficult it can be sometimes when you’re wondering around in the middle of nowhere.
    The picture of that little bird sitting on the ground reminded me of what would happen at my “used to be” home in Colorado. The outside wall of my living room was almost all glass, and birds flew into it on a regular basis, there were Jay birds, swallows, LBJ’s “little brown jobs”, a falcon, doves, and too many hummingbirds to count.
    And the weird thing is, very very few of them died. They would hit the glass so hard you could hear it all over the house and feathers would fly everywhere. But I would go out and pick them up off the deck, set them up on the picnic table, and after a while they would set up and flyway. I was always amazed how tough those little birds are.
    I’m slowly working my way north back to Colorado, and I’m presently ensconced at the Caballo state Park just south of Truth or Consequences, waiting for the winds to die down.

    From here I’m thinking of going up to Socorro to visit the Bosque Del Apache, and the Very Large Array, “VLA”. It’s still too early to get back to Colorado, because at my “used to be” hometown, it’s been snowing for four days.


  53. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Wow, Sue! You are shakin’ my old memory banks, here. I experienced Apache Creek Campground about fifteen/sixteen years ago and recall it with fondness. It was the summer I spent exploring eastern AZ and western NM mountains with my tent. Back in those days it was dispersed camping with the only amenity being a vault toilet. Totally free and in a very pleasing environment (translated to cheap, rustic, and pretty). I remember it being off the beaten path and found myself the lone camper (but not alone) many of the nights I stayed there. Just my style!

    You’re right about the wild life. This is one of the campgrounds where I had a black bear encounter one night. I had to rethink how to store my kitchen chuck box and cooler overnight in an open bed truck. Thereafter, I was quite aware of nightly visitors but never felt any anxiety for bodily harm from anything that came through my camp. Cheap daytime entertainment came in the form of watching the antics of the stellar jays and gray squirrels. There were deer, elk, raccoons, rabbits, fox, some sort of “big cat”, as indicated by the tracks left behind. A good variety of birds also called this stand of ponderosa pines home.

    I can’t recall what was my water source while staying here. I may have stayed seven or eight nights so I would have had to refill my water carriers at least once during that time. I could have come across a spring while out on daytime exlorations or stopped by a ranger station to use their outside spigot.

    That summer was a discovery of many wonderful sights and some new adventures, learning as much about myself as about the high country of the southwest deserts. Such a rewarding and simple way of life for a few months. Camp Apache Creek was one of those discoveries and I had totally forgotten about it until you stayed there, too. Thanks for stirring up those great memories.

    I hope that you have fully recovered and are strong and able to live comfortably again. Where ever the wind blows you next, may you find the peace and all that makes for a pleasant camp.—Audrey

    • Steve says:

      Wow, “the summer I spent exploring eastern AZ and western NM mountains with my tent”, that sounds like a great time Audrey!

      • Calvin R (still in Ohio planning and scheming) says:

        I need an “envy button” for that one. Maybe next year.

    • Jazz Lover says:

      Hi Audrey,

      What a wonderful experience at Apache Creek Campground you had. The fact that it was “cheap, rustic and pretty” was a triple bonus for you. Given the cheap day time entertainment made it an ideal place to have been. Sue and the crews’ travels have brought forth more than one or two happy camping memories from the folks who follow her adventures, thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  54. weather says:

    Clouds drifted in overnight. With a barely felt soft breeze in the air they’ve settled, some touching the lake, a few around it’s shores and some overhead. Blurring the lines where a horizon would be they are forming curved walls .Standing outside is like being in a pastel blue bubble with glints of other colors moving on it’s surface. This will be our one rain free day of the week, so I plan to drive out of this circle to do things in places beyond it. Hi, Sue, I hope having an internet signal is contributing to your having a good morning, and that other things are, too. I’ll catch up with you when I get back later today.

  55. AZ Jim says:

    I was just getting ready to form a search party, but now I’ll have to eat all these peanut butter sandwiches myself. Glad you are once again connected Missy…

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