Cedar Pocket Campground and the love of a dog

About our camp . . . .

p1140706Sunset glow at Cedar Pocket Campground, Virgin River Gorge (See our campsite?)

Cedar Pocket Campground (elevation 2,200 feet) in northwestern Arizona, is about 18 miles southwest of St. George, Utah, and about 18 miles northeast of Mesquite, Nevada.  Interstate 15 brings you here on an exciting ride through the Virgin River Gorge.

While out walking with Reggie, I read this information on a plaque at the entrance.

“Completed in 1973, the 11-mile stretch of Interstate 15 through the canyon is one of the most spectacular and expensive engineering feats in the rural interstate system.  In places it is only 150 feet wide with vertical rock walls of 300 to 500 feet high.”

Cedar Pocket is an inexpensive BLM campground.

Camping fees are $8 regular/$4 with senior discount.  One can pay $90 and stay for an entire month!  That’s with water, flush toilets, trash pick-up, on-site camp host, and the usual campsite features of picnic table and grill.

There are plenty of tent sites that also have fine views of the river and rocks.  In this photo you can see one of the tent pads made of sand.

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Some of the campsites have shelters on a concrete pad.

The camp host tells me the site I chose is the most popular in the campground.  When someone leaves it, another camper pulls in within a few minutes!

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We do have a front row seat for watching the daily show on the rocks as the sun sets!

p1140654Here’s another view from the other side of the campground.

p1140652“Enough about the campground!” you say. 

“Where are the photos of Reggie’s new girlfriend that you promised!”

Okay, okay . . . .  Our neighbor is a man from Henderson, Nevada (near Las Vegas).  His name is Charlie and his 4-year-old German Shepherd is named Sadie.

p1140683At the sight of Sadie, Reggie begins to zoom.  I think that’s how he flirts.  Sadie takes the bait!

p1140679While Charlie and I watch Sadie and Reggie run and play together, he tells me the story of how he and Sadie found each other.

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Charlie used to volunteer at an animal shelter. 

He liked to take the dogs out of their cages and give them a walk.  One day while at the shelter, two puppies found in the desert were brought in.  One male and one female.  Their age was estimated at 15 weeks.

p1140678Charlie called the male puppy.  He came over to Charlie and then turned and scampered away.  Then Charlie called the female over.  She walked up to Charlie, sat on his shoes, and would not budge.

“Looks like she wants to go home with you!” the shelter person remarked.

Charlie decided right then that this was his dog.  He had to wait ten days, the set time to allow an owner to claim a lost dog, before he could adopt.  During that time Charlie visited her every day and named her Sadie.

“Well, I finally get to bring Sadie home and soon after that she’s foaming at the mouth. “

“Oh no!  That’s horrible!” I interject.

“Yeah.  It’s Parvo.  The vet tells me Sadie has to stay over for three days and the treatment will cost $2,500.  I ask him how much the medicine costs.  Four hundred dollars he says.  I tell him I’ll take care of her at home.  I get three IV solution bags with the medicine in them.  At home I put Sadie on my lap and give her the slow drip and she recovered.”

“Wow.  She’s certainly a very healthy looking dog today,” I observe as Reggie and Sadie continue their play.

p1140675“She ought to be!  She eats as well as I do!  Meat, fish, vegetables.  I like to buy the two-pack of chicken breasts.  She gets one and I get one.  Well, she gets one and a half, ” Charlie adds, chuckling.  “She’s up to 110-120 pounds now.”

I expect Reggie and Sadie will have more play dates.  Charlie says they will stay at Cedar Pocket at least until Sunday.

More canine encounters in the next post!

Reggie makes more friends and has a grand time running, chasing, hugging, play-fighting, captivating both people and dogs with his energy and friendliness . . . .

Gee, I’ve got a real social butterfly on my hands.

“Reggie?  You love everyone, don’t you . . . .”

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NOTE:  If the dog stories and dog photos are getting to be too much for you, hang in there.  Reggie and I won’t always be in a campground with dogs all around.  — Sue

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148 Responses to Cedar Pocket Campground and the love of a dog

  1. Dan in Orygun says:

    First?

  2. Rachel Smith says:

    You get some of the greatest pictures! That Reggie! Oh my! Social butterfly indeed! Lol.

  3. Deb D says:

    Awesome camp site. Reggie loves seeing new friends. Beautiful pics ,
    Hugs to Reggie. Enjoy the new people and exploring.

  4. AZ Jim says:

    Great! What a story! I love folks who love animals. Thanks Missy

  5. Cat Lady in Central, Louisiana says:

    There’s never too many puppy stories. I enjoy all of them. Thanks, Sue.

  6. Anna from NC says:

    Love, love the dog stories! Keep on keeping on!

  7. Kay Dattilio says:

    Are you kidding? I love the dog stories and also the story of the people you meet! You find beautiful places to live! Thanks for letting us travel with you!

    Kay from KC, MO! (soon to be grandma in a month!)

  8. denimlady in DSM says:

    I love how fearless Reggie is! I have two small dogs & the smaller of the two gets total respect from my boss’ German Shepherd. Size doesn’t matter, at least not in canine world. It’s great that you are meeting so many dogs for Reggie to play with.

    PS We won’t get bored with the doggie tales, honest! ;o)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, denimlady,

      I love Reggie’s fearlessness, too. I think that’s why other dogs like him, no matter how big they are. As Sadie is our neighbor I witnessed a small dog go into a terrified fit at the sight of her. All Sadie wanted to do was meet and play.

  9. charles brooks says:

    just came in and found your post….
    now I will go back and read….
    chuck and pookie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chuck!

      I’ve been missing you! I didn’t realize that was you commenting previously under your full name. I was about to give a shout out to you! 🙂

  10. Kitt, NW WA says:

    Great post! Reggie’s energy and excitement comes through in every photo.
    Sue, thanks for all your great work creating and sharing these posts.
    Kitt

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kitt, and thank you for your kind words. I enjoy creating posts (most of the time!). Sometimes it becomes work, like when the computer fights me…. Otherwise it can be fun!

  11. pookie boy and chuck says:

    what a great campsite….if I was there I think Iwould stay thru the winter…..
    always good to hear a rescue story like Charlie has……does my ole heart good
    to know that there are folks left in this world that has a heart of gold….
    thanks for the story and pictures, Sue
    chuck and pookie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, chuck.

      It does get cold here, starting sometime in November. I’ve heard the campground empties out around that time as most of the snowbirds have already flown through here.

      Yes, there are good people.

  12. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I am loving all these dog stories! I can’t help but think that this time with others and their canine crews has not been medicine for your heart and soul as well. Hugs!

  13. milliehubbard says:

    I’m loving all the dog stories too!! Reggie has certainly blossomed into the man about town!! A girlfriend and all…Keep the stories coming Sue, we blogorinos love to hear about your adventures and the people and pups you meet!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Millie! Reggie’s personality is blossoming, maybe because he’s an only dog now. He does enjoy the fulltime vagabond life!

  14. Lori S says:

    Sure not to be in top 10. Stupid job!!

  15. Judy in East Texas says:

    Hi RVSUEANDCREW and Reggie…..yet again you have found another beautiful place to call home. That little Reggie is a social butterfly and fearless. I am now taking care of my son’s dog for a while…a shar-pay (?). She and Redgier would have a blast. She loves to zoom around and chase and be chased.

    Stay safe out there and rock on my friend, judy

  16. Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

    Does Reggie ever just rest without sleeping or does he have to be busy when awake. I see him terrorize the toys and have to smile at his energy. He is such a personality. It is difficult to keep isolated when you have such a social butterfly.

    Keep the dog and human interest stories coming. They are enjoyable.

    Marilyn

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      I’m glad you like the stories. Does Reggie ever relax? Not much. He’s either living dog life to the fullest or he’s fast asleep. Sometimes, when he wants me to take him on another walk and I want to read, he’ll give up the sad sack face, go to his bed, and lie down for a while, quietly. If it were up to Reggie, I’d be walking him around this campground constantly like the ponies walking in a circle at the county fair. My purpose in life is to entertain him!

  17. Lori S says:

    OMG I love the dog stories and Charlie’s story is a good one. Thankful for people like him who help animals in need. Sadie knew he’d take care of her. Did the male puppy have parvo, too? I got a Golden Retriever puppy in April and although I sensed she was from a puppy mill, I wanted her anyway. She died within 2 weeks of getting her home. None of the treatments worked for her. My next dog will be a shelter dog.

    That’s a gorgeous campground. I would be so tempted to stay a month. But I’d probably get itchy feet after a couple of weeks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lori,

      I don’t know if the male puppy came down with parvo or not. Probably did.

      I’m very sorry your puppy died. How very sad. That must have been a horrible experience for you.

      As you know, you’re less likely to adopt an infected dog from a responsible shelter, even less so from a rescue organization. Best wishes to you as you look for the dog meant for you!

  18. Jan NH says:

    Sue…is that a Chinook camper in the foreground of your fist picture? I can’t enlarge enough to tell….brings back memories. I had one about 35+ years ago….loved it at the time….just didn’t have a shower and the toilet had to be removed for emptying but in my early 20s it worked for me 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, that is a Chinook in the foreground. I got a closer look as they were driving out of the campground while Reg and I were out on a walk.

  19. Suzette (TN) says:

    I love the pictures of Reggie and Sadie playing. I have never had a dog that “plays well with others.” Maybe it’s something I am doing wrong. 🙁 Sadie is gorgeous. Can’t blame Reggie for pursuing her.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I doubt you’re doing anything wrong, Suzette. Some dogs aren’t playful.

      I’d throw a ball and Bridget would look at me like “What did you do that for?” Spike might go over to the ball to see what was wrong with it that I’d throw it away.

      Tug-of-war with Bridget? What a joke! She wouldn’t put her end in her mouth. Same with Spike. If I did get Spike to take his end, as soon as I tugged he would let go. His attitude was “Okay, you can have it. I’m not going to fight over it.”

      And yet both proved to be great dogs.

      Reggie, on the other hand, will play all day. If I won’t play with him, he picks up a little stick, jerks his head to the side to fling it away, and then trots over to pick it up and repeat the game again. I’ve never seen such a cheerful, playful dog in all my life.

  20. What a lovely campground. I’ve driven on the freeway through that canyon but never stopped (or even new) about the BLM campground. I’ll remember it next time! Thanks.

    JRTs seem to be good at socializing. Sue and I had one named Maxx who, we found out later, had a regular route around the neighborhood we used to live in. He’d get treats and pets from at least 4 houses in a two square block area. When we moved we had neighbors come tell us how much they’ll miss him.

    In that same neighborhood there was another social dog, a golden lab, who would chase rocks and come inside and wipe the coffee table clear with his tail. We never knew who he belonged to, but he was always welcome at our house.

    Dogs are like having a 4-year-old kid, I think. At least in many ways.

    Craig

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Craig,

      Maxx sounds like a wonderful dog. Years ago there was a beagle like that in the town where I lived. His routine was to go from house to house and stay with each family for a couple of days, then move on to the next, much like Reggie and I do with campgrounds. I loved it when the neighborhood beagle would appear at my door and I hated to see him leave.

      You’re right. In many ways dogs are like four year olds… which happens to be one of my favorite ages with children.

  21. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Happy Friday, Sue!

    Do you think if Reggie gets enough exposure/inured to all the distractions of a campground he might be able to go off leash?

    They say that some people and their pets begin to resemble each other. I think WE become more like THEM. Hmmmm… I do like crunchy snacks, long naps and my head scratched. I’ve known mean and crabby people with the same animals and fun, sweet folks whose pets were darlings. I want to believe critters’ best traits are contagious. Gotta go flop around in the catnip now …….. %)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MV gal,

      I’d like to resemble Reggie …. lean and muscular! 🙂

      You ask about whether the distractions of a campground might help Reggie go off leash. Just the opposite. At every distraction, Reggie goes for it! Whether it’s a person, a dog, a rabbit, a chipmunk, a paper flying in the breeze. anything…. Away he goes! And I admit I don’t discourage him much by walking him on his long tether, rather than switching over to a short leash. (He gets more exercise and fun with the tether as leash).

      Reggie is loving his life the way it is now and he’s safe. In my opinion, those are the two most important things to provide for a dog. Well, along with food, water, and shelter, of course.

  22. VictoriaEP says:

    Yay! Love the dog pictures and stories, and the flower pictures, and the landscape, and the campground descriptions…. love it all. Keep it coming!

  23. Beth AZ says:

    Sue,
    I’ve read your blog from beginning to today and have never tired of anything you wrote! Your blog is the only one I read as soon as I know you’ve posted! There is one other blog I read faithfully but sometimes I wait to read that blog. You have a gift of writing, finding the positives even when it may be hard to, your pictures are wonderful, so don’t worry about us blogorino’s getting tired of anything you’re writing about, we are faithful and enjoy whatever you choose to write because it’s always good reading!

    Thank you for the time, energy, photography, and effort you put into your blog. It’s awesome, so is Reggie, so are you!

    Your faithful blogorino,
    Beth, currently near Congress, AZ

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a kind message, Beth. You build me up with your words. I should reread your comment whenever I’m feeling a little down. 🙂

      Thank you for uplifting me, for the very nice compliments on my blog. Everyone appreciates having their efforts acknowledged. I know I do. I also appreciate when someone goes to the start of my blog and reads the whole thing, which is a lot of reading after more than five years of posts!

  24. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    That’s an amazing story about Charlie and Sadie. I would not begin to know how to give Angel an IV at home. What a great guy! She has certainly become a beautiful dog at any rate. Reggie sure seems enamored with her, though. The difference in there size is hilarious.
    You have done it yet again finding gorgeous camp site. The mountain views are spectacular. I am getting so restless to hit the road. I am tired of staying put and tired of working, even if it is a “work-at-home’ job. I am not speaking of household chores either.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I hope you find some time this weekend to relax and enjoy life. Your restlessness for the road is understandable.

      Yeah, I don’t think I’d do too well either with an IV for a dog. Charlie and Sadie were over here at our campsite today. Reggie was playing with his stuffed toy, Chimpy, and Sadie grabs one of Chimpy’s legs and pulls him away from Reg. Ooh, Reggie isn’t happy.

      Charlie tells Sadie to drop it which she does. Then Reggie picks up Chimpy in a flash and carries him in a hurry over to the other side of the picnic table. Funny to watch…

  25. Jan NH says:

    NEVER get tired of dog pics and stories! Come to think of it, never tire of any types of stories and pictures you post so will take and continue to enjoy all topics you care to share!

    Just love that Reggie and all his happiness!!!

    I’ll be in AZ (Tucson) again next weekend for a week (really hoping the weather is better than my August trip :)). We moved mom to assisted living last month in order to get her better care than she was receiving at the SNF. Her hip is healed and the heels of her feet are almost healed so she has been asking to go home. Her PC told her this week that she should not plan on going home, ever…..very sad. Even though she is doing better recovery wise from the fall, there are concerns about her cognitive state which I know one of my brother has been very concerned about for the past couple years….me, I figure forgetfulness is just a part of life but apparently there are concerns it is more than that. Apparently i’m not a good judge of that but I also understand giving up that independence living in your own home more than I think my brothers do. 24/7 care is just more than she can afford. Anyhow, going to visit Mom in her new digs and see if I can help perk her up as well as bring her things from the house that my brothers probably don’t think are important to her. (you know gal thing 😉 )

    Keep whatever stories and pics you are in the mood to share coming….love them all. Absolutely beautiful scenery at the last few campgrounds. Just love the colors. We have some interest fall colors in NH right about now.

    And of course love all the Reggie and friends pictures…such a socialite!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      Your love for your mother is obvious from what you write here. This is a tough time for all of you. It’s so hard to know what’s the right thing to do. And then when you figure out the best course, at least the best, possible course, and you make the arrangements . . . then mom resists, which one can’t blame her.

      Hopefully, after a while, the situation will settle down for all parties involved. I’m glad your mother has your female influence for her benefit. Carry on, dear daughter. You’re a blessing.

      Enjoy your New Hampshire fall….It passes too quickly!

  26. Guy in Texas says:

    Sue, I love the dog photo’s and updates!

  27. Linda-NC says:

    Never tire of dog stories and they all have their own. Reggie is ultimate exuberance! Quite the character. That is inexpensive parking and it looks so comfortable. I hope that you are enjoying your stay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We are enjoying it here, Linda. Thank you. I have more dog stuff to post!

      $90 a month is pretty darn inexpensive. There aren’t hookups but that doesn’t bother me at all. I didn’t pay the $90 which works out to $3 a day. We won’t stay here that long, so $4 a day is fine with me. If my math is correct, it isn’t until the 23rd day that the $4-a-day rate adds up to more than $90.

  28. Beverly says:

    Reggie has a giant personality in a little body. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could be that exuberant each and every day?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Beverly,

      I agree. I’d love to have Reggie’s energy and to be as lean and muscled…

  29. Pat from Mich. says:

    I love your pics and commentory about dogs and people…and Reggie. What a beautiful campsite! Your own pavilion!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Having a shelter is nice. Afternoons I like to sit out there in its shade reading my Paperwhite, and later I watch the light on the rocks as the sun sets. I’m happy you like the photos and stories, Pat.

  30. Susan in south central WA says:

    This campground looks just beautiful! I’ve been on other parts of I-15 the past couple of weeks, none as pretty as the area you are in. So glad the Reginator is having such a good time and meeting new friends.

    Today we woke up to my favorite kind of weather. Cool, fog and drizzle. And I am not kidding! I was not born to live in the desert I’m afraid. (south central WA is desert)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      “Cool, fog and drizzle” is appreciated in the desert! We have some blogorinos on the Olympic peninsula who may wish for your dry desert environment… 🙂

  31. I’m happy to read ‘dog stories” so long as you have the photos to go with.

    I must have driven past that campground a zillion times on my way up to Utah and the Escalante Desert to go camping. I thought it was just a wide spot for folks to pull into for a quick nap coming out of Las Vegas….

    Thanks for the details – I’m sure other have mentioned that pulling your blog posts together could result in a nice RV Travel Guide….

    Best of luck, I’m out to shovel the 3 inchs of fresh snow we got this AM.

    Don

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Three inches of snow? That seems other-worldly to me as I sit here in the desert with temps going into the 80s.

      Hi, Don!

  32. 🙂 I absolutely love,love,love your dog stories and all the pics!!!!! Makes me smile and does my heart good!!! :)!!!

  33. Jan Johnson says:

    There could never be too many dog stories! I loved this one! You have such a beautiful camp there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I loved the story of Charlie and Sadie, too. I can imagine him patiently watching Sadie as a puppy on his lap, as the IV fluids were going in…

  34. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    I love dogs! The next to the last photo looks like Reggie is in full wound up, ready to spring! Parvo. Ugh! I used to have a beautiful purebred Rottweiller who got Parvo when she was just a puppy. This was after the vet gave her more than the recommended number of booster shots for it because Rotteweillers and Weimerreiners (spelling?) have a tendency to get it. She recovered and went on to live a full life passing away of something else. Sadie is a beautiful girl for sure! Your campsite is very nice too. I can see how it’s popular. No backdoor or nearby (closer anyway) neighbors.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      I didn’t know those breeds were susceptible to parvo. What a relief and joy for you when your Rottie recovered!

      The campground is filling up for the weekend. Fortunately the nearest neighbors have the quieter kind of generator, the kind built into their fifth wheel.

  35. Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

    What? Are you kidding? A whole lot of this blog is about dogs! Wouldn’t have it any other way!
    The last photo made me smile! What a ham! Great story about Charlie and Sadie!
    Have a great weekend!

    For those on the east coast…stay dry and safe! The ADKs have snow in the forecast! It’s currently 93 and we are loving it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I can tell you’re going to have fun this winter comparing your AZ weather conditions to those in upstate NY. That’s a popular Zonie past time — winter weather gloating. Ha!

      You have a great weekend, too!

      • Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

        We talked with our neighbor Jim (who drove our stuff to AZ and has the blind jack Russell I used to pet sit). He laughed because I won’t have any roofs to shovel this year! It’s been raining like crazy back there and it’s damp.
        We found that shoveling snow was actually relaxing and fun! The cold was just that! The best thing regarding the move is…the ferals are loving life and the stress of living too close to the “outlaws” is gone! We have our lives back!

  36. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    I love the dog posts! I enjoy all your posts, but especially those featuring Reggie and all his new friends. Don’t think I’d love driving that 11 miles of amazing engineering though.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam,

      You know? I didn’t find the interstate through Virgin River Canyon to be scary at all, even when there was more traffic the second time I drove it. The design is good…. I always feel like I’m floating, curving one way and then another, which is why I call it a magic carpet ride. And I think there are guardrails… Imagine that! 🙂

      Thanks for the positive feedback on the posts.

  37. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Enjoying the dog posts & seeing Reggie with his new friends. Sadie is beautiful. Parvo is a horrible disease and very painful for the dog. We had it once at our shelter many years ago.
    I love those prices at the campground. Must write that one in my book. So what I wonder is, what would the average temperature in that area be in Feb or Mar?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      Here’s what I found for Mesquite, NV which is about 18 miles southwest of Cedar pocket at elevation 2,000 ft. We’re at 2,200 feet.

      The AVERAGE high/lows are: Jan. 62/29.5, Feb. 65.9/34.2, Mar. 74.1/39.6. Since those are averages, it probably can get pretty darn cold in the mornings for those months!

      • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

        Thanks Sue..
        Those temps sound fine to me….better than ours here at that time. Still tossing around the thoughts of trying to get away for a couple of months

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Another consideration is wind coming through this canyon. I don’t mean to be discouraging, just suggesting you might want to check that first.

          I don’t know how long or cold your winters are in Lakefield, or how much snow you get… I do know the winters in New York State where I grew up were wonderful and enchanting for a while and then it seemed they’d never end. It would be nice to “get away for a couple of months.”

          If there’s a reader who has experience with winters in this area, I urge you to share!

  38. Geri says:

    I agree with everybody else…. I really enjoy meeting Reggie’s new friends and hear their stories! Your photography fills that hole in my soul the loves the desert, but we really love it here too!
    Did you get a new laptop yet? I was wondering if a tablet might work better to do your actual writing on, small, light weight, take anywhere and a touch keyboard. You would still need to download and edit your photos on the laptop of course. If I remember correctly, you use live writer so you could easily merge your text to the laptop and then arrange your photos and publish! Just a thought.
    Reggie is so darned cute! That guy makes me grin from ear to ear seeing him zooming around like he does! Makes me happy to think he brigs you grins too!
    I guess Al & Kelly are leaving today or tomorrow on their migration to AZ. I wonder, did they ever sell their beautiful home in Congress? I guess I should ask them but I don’t read his blog as often as I read yours. I did read that they were trying to sell it though.
    Give your zoomer boy a hug from us! Enjoy your stay there and soak up the warmth. We love ya girl!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      Yes, I have a new laptop. I’ll write about it in a future post.

      Al and Kelly of Travel with the Bayfield Bunch (for those who don’t know) have not sold their house in Congress. I think they plan to go to Florida and then go to Arizona.

      “Zoomer boy” is curled up in his bed, asleep for the night. He had another exciting day in Dog World, otherwise known as Cedar Pocket Campground. He’s like the RVSue of dogs. Hahahaha!

  39. MnDreamer says:

    I love the dog stories and campground reports! I don’t have a doggie pal right now, but still miss my dear JJ. I am planning to retire and travel solo in a Casita of my own in two years. Because of your blog, Sue, I know I will want to, again, seek out the companionship of a dear canine to join me, as I prepare to go. Thank you for helping me know.
    Take care and give darling, happy little Reggie a hug for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, MnDreamer. I’m very pleased to know my posts have encouraged you to adopt another dog. You’ll always have a place in your heart for JJ. The new dog will make his own place there.

      Thanks for the enthusiasm for dog and campground posts.

      Only two years to go and you’ve decided on a Casita! How exciting… I hope you will keep in touch as you prepare for your retirement and launch… and when you find another perfect dog.

  40. Diane J in GA says:

    Clearly we all love the dog stories!….and Reggie flirting with all the girls easily puts a smile on one’s face 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane J,

      Reggie has a lot of folks smiling with his antics as we make our way around the campground. He has to “say” hello to everyone!

  41. Ken in Queen Creek, AZ says:

    I love your dog stories.

  42. Cheryl Kline says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog.
    Thanks Cheryl,Tennessee

  43. chas anderson says:

    The blog is going to the dogs…keep it up.

  44. Willow (AZ) says:

    I love the animal stories….

  45. Dawn in MI says:

    Never too many dog photos! Sure is pretty there .

  46. Paula in Indiana says:

    I love the dog stories and dog pics, ditto the wildlife and scenery photos. You have a great eye for scenery, Sue!

    Reggie’s social personality reminds me of our family dog we had when I was a teenager. Karma was a part Vizsla mix and she loved to visit the neighbors, especially the lady who lived behind us. We did not know the lady was giving her a cookie each morning until my mom was planting flowers and found a buried stash of Karma’s cookies!

    In the winter, kids in the neighborhood would knock on our door and ask if Karma could come out and play because she loved sledding with them 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What sweet memories of Karma! When kids ask if your dog can come out and play,you know you have a fine dog. Cute story about the cookies…

  47. Jan in Montana says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie. Last spring I stayed at the site just left of your site. I was there a month and very much enjoyed the play of light on rocks. I also walked along the river to the lower campground. Enjoy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      Apparently you liked it here very much, staying a full month. The sites next to ours are nice, too. I think you mean you walked along the river to the lower day use area. It does look like a campground with shelters and everything. I walked down there with Bridget and Reg the last time we were here.

      Watching the light on the rocks is a ritual at sunset every night. 🙂

  48. weather says:

    “Enough about the campground.” isn’t something I’d ever be likely to say about any of the ones you choose to stay in. The web is full of reviews of RV resorts and parks more suited for folks with very different tastes in “atmosphere” than I have. You mentioned in the last post that your neighbors had a campfire there, too. Adding that option to everything that you have and see there makes the site you’re in very appealing, especially given how economical it is. One could, after all, decide to be somewhat less sociable while there than your recent posts indicate that you have been.

    Sadie sitting on Charlie’s shoes as if to choose him and ask to be “his” is such a touching scene. Their story altogether is just so-o nice! I shared home with a dog very similar in appearance and size to Sadie long ago. He occupied a lot of room-in my home, in my car, in my life and still does in my heart.

    By an exciting ride through Virgin River Gorge did you mean visually surprising yet not nerve wrackingly so?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      As I type this it’s pretty late in New York so you probably won’t be back here until the morning. I hope you slept well!

      I also hope seeing Sadie in this post brought back many happy memories of your dog.

      To answer your question about the ride through the gorge… Not nerve wracking at all and this time there were several trucks. It’s a well designed stretch of road. As you know, I love it! My only wish is for a way to take photos of it. Maybe it’s best there aren’t any turn-outs. Stopping would ruin the dreamy ride, curving down through the canyon . . . . I look forward to driving the rest of the way when I drive to Mesquite for supplies. There is a series of bridges attached to the cliffs… oh my, the way it opens up to the desert, instantly from canyon to wide open plain… I love it!

      Enjoy your morning cup of java!

  49. Tom Moore says:

    I hear great joy shining through these stories.

    This camp looks like a great one to come back to.

    Is it possible to get tired of dog stories or the people that love dogs?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You make a good point, Tom. 🙂

      Yes, this campground draws people back year after year. Charlie camps here twice every year, on his way north in the spring, and on the way south in the fall. I recognize people I saw here at my previous visit.

  50. Chuck Hajek says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie!! Ya’ll be getting to be social butterflies…BOTH of you! Your little ‘RocketMan’ is certainly attracting all the female canines! Charlie and Sadies story was touching. Love all the doggie pictures but more horse pix………..
    Thanx Chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck!

      Nice to know you liked the Charlie and Sadie story. Thanks. You know, almost every time I see a horse or horses as I’m driving, I want to stop and take a photo… for Chuck. Many times I can’t because there’s no place to pull over, there’s traffic or whatever. I promise…. More horses soon! 🙂

  51. S Kaeseman says:

    Please Sue, keep the photos of Reggie and the campsites coming.
    We always love to see them and we continue to dream of seeing them all soon in person.
    Thanks again for your blog, love the adventures.
    Respectfully,
    S Kaeseman, SK1(SW) USN (Ret)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, S! I enjoy sharing our camps and days with you. I hope you will have the opportunity to come this way soon. It’s gorgeous country!

  52. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in IL says:

    Hi Sue,
    My Sir Reginald’s social life has blossomed. I am glad to see you two are getting out and about. We are in Kickapoo Illinois for a graveside service for my brother tomorrow. Monday we will leave for points South and warmer weather. It’s COLD here, near freezing at night, 50-60 in the day with a wind. Out here on the prairie there’s nothing to stop those cold gusts so Brrrrrr.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This must be a difficult time for you, Lisa. Bundle up… That’s some really bitter weather!

      • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in IL says:

        Thanks Sue. An old ginger tomcat snoring on my pillow helps to make It a bit easier.

  53. Dave R says:

    Dogs are some of my best people!

  54. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Never ever get tired of dog stories!!! I felt especially lonely for our Ebbie today…some days are like that!! Thanks for the dog stories, Sue!!3

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Was Ebbie an Australian Shepherd? You told us once and I’ve forgotten. I remember she being one of the breeds noted for their intelligence. Yes, we yearn to see our beloved pets again and it hurts. Hold on to the wonderful memories!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Ebbie was 7/8th blue heeler with the 1/8th border collie that made her a bit of a clown and much more friendly…as well as very into jumping very high in the air!! She had a reverse skunk stripe we called it….instead of the white going up the middle of her back, it went across her backside…straight across the rumps…but she had the blaze up her face, which I love in dogs…seems it makes their face more expressive. Most of all was her incredible loyalty and comforting nature…always knew when to stick close by your side…and lick and lick and lick on you…ha!!

  55. Heda says:

    Oh how wonderful. I have a niece called Sayde and she is just as beautiful as Reggie’s Sadie.

  56. ApplegirlNY says:

    I love all the dog and people stories! When we travel we enjoy a mix of solitude and then meeting other travelers. Pictures, beautiful as ever.

    Weather has turned rainy here in the Upstate NY area. We really need it, so I’m not complaining.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I remember the New York rains that signaled the transition from balmy, colorful October to the bare branches of chilly November. When you mentioned your weather I could see the red and gold leaves plastered to the ground, wet from the rain. Funny what vivid memories one has from many years ago…

      “a mix of solitude and then meeting other travelers”… Nice!

  57. Can never get too much of Reggie Man, and his stories. He’s such a character.
    Sounds like a really great camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna,

      This is a great camp. As usual, it being Saturday, I wonder if the peaceful atmosphere will deteriorate. So far, everything and everybody is good. Three teenagers just walked through our campsite carrying wood they gathered, but that’s not surprising. Teenagers can be clueless in any setting. Haha! 🙂

  58. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Loved the Sadie story Sue. It really surprised me to see how well such a big dog got along with the Reggie Man, and Reggie liked her and did not seem to be intimidated by her size. Reggie is so brave and sweet. What a nice campground! Love seeing the vermillan rock cliffs in your photos, a landscape so strange, and beautiful to me.
    I got worried about you when we did not hear from you in so long and was glad to know you and Reg were Okay. Take Care, Sue and Crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane,

      I’m sorry you were worried by the disappearance of my blog. I was shut out, too! I’ve taken steps so that shouldn’t happen again.

      Reggie isn’t intimidated by big dogs. He’s so pure of heart that he assumes every being is as loving as he is. Such a sweet boy.

      Hope your day is wonderful…

  59. Marcia GB in MA says:

    What fun Reggie is having. He’s a playboy 😉 And what a beautiful spot you have!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree, Marcia. The Virgin River Gorge is more beautiful than my photos portray.

      Reggie has been having the time of his life… both at Ponderosa Grove and Cedar Pockets.

  60. Your site is so nice with that cover near the hillside. Glad you’re getting to stay for a few days. Sadie is a beauty and I’m sure she and Charlie are quite the pair given their tough beginnings. Adorable to see her playing with tiny Reggie. I can’t imagine any of us ever tiring of stories and pics about dogs :-))))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Reggie and I enjoy being under the shelter every day. I bet Reggie appreciates the smooth concrete under his paws as much as I appreciate the shade, the breeze, and the view.

  61. Rhodium in RI says:

    I can’t imagine ever getting tired of dog stories and pictures. Dogs are so sweet. From time to time people recommend books here, and that got me to wondering why, as far as I know, nobody has a full time person as a detective. Sort of a combination Jack Reacher/RVSue. Not that I am suggesting you turn to fiction writing, just it seems there is niche to be filled by some author.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rhodium,

      I think there is a book about a full-timer who solves mysteries… or maybe she becomes involved in crazy situations. Don’t remember much about it. If one hasn’t been written, surely one will someday.

      I’d like to write fiction. At this stage of my life I’m so involved living my reality, a reality I love, that I don’t have the desire to stray into the world of imagination, if that makes sense!

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Rh,

      Look for Sue Henry mysteries.

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Also, wouldn’t Doctor Who qualify as a full timer? 😀

  62. Kathy (NC) says:

    Love all the photos – Reggie obviously so happy! Sadie looks just like our Kodiak, also a rescue pup who loves to play with his ‘brother’, a shepherd mix. We don’t know for sure what the mix is but seeing your photos of Reggie and reading about him we think we have a shepherd/JRT mix!! So we have a Sadie look-a-like and a 75lb bundle of enthusiastic fun. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      I think the Jack Russell Terrier on that television show — can’t remember the name — where the psychiatrist’s dad had a JRT, led to a demand for the breed. These many years later we see the JRT mixes. How nice that you have a pair of pups who enjoy playing together.

  63. Linda in Manito Illinois says:

    So glad to read of Reggie’s social interaction! Critters need that, even though we like to think that ‘we’ are enough for them.
    Maybe just a small ‘bit’ of it is also good for us who are less than happy to be around people too much. I’m the same way, Sue. Give me a book and I really don’t need people…or so I think. Then when I am around people for social reasons… I find I can’t talk much (you’d think it would be the other way around, wouldn’t you?)
    Anyhow, you both enjoy a small bit of social interaction, then ‘head on down the road’.
    Linda

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I understand what you’re saying. It’s like we loners have to shift gears going from our precious solitude to the company of others. The time comes when we need to fall back into our default position and “head on down the road.” Enjoyed your comment.

  64. Retiredcajunlady 'N Louisiana says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Sue!! I can tell from your posts that you had a wonderful one. Your pictures have been gorgeous, and the commentary a pure delight to read. I especially love the “tail” that Charlie told you about how Sadie adopted him. I truly believe that Sadie did so well on the Parvo treatment because Charlie took her home and treated her with medicine, love, and security. Truly heartwarming to know that so many people love and care for God’s precious creatures.
    Your photographs have captured the landscape perfectly. Living in the land of swamps, I sometimes forget just how gorgeous this country’s lands are. Thank you for constantly reminding me that beauty is found all around.
    And Reggie…that pup is just a bundle of energy and personality. He has never met either a two legged or four legged creature in his life!! You and he are truly blessed to have each other and to get to mosey around the mountains!!
    Take care and safe travels. Belly rubs and hugs for Reggie, prayers for you both.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for noting my birthday, rcl!

      We can all use some happy-ending tales, don’t you think? Actually the story of Charlie and Sadie is a happy-beginning tale. 🙂

      I am so glad I decided to live on the road. That decision has led me to see and appreciate our country’s incredibly beautiful and diverse landscapes. And I haven’t see it all yet! It’s fun to have a way to share my discoveries with others, even to those who have seen these places before. We can enjoy them together.

      Thanks for your kind wishes. A new post coming up!

  65. Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

    As you speak of sharing your experiences, Sue, a thought came to me. I wonder how many of your readers are vicariously traveling through your writing and photos. Some are on the road like you. I am one who is using my laptop and your journals to enjoy your experiences.

    Just a thought while waiting for some sun in NE Ohio. Soon the South Florida sun will be shining on me again. It is cold here.

    Sometimes your math questions are algebra. Ha.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Algebra? Really? There are only supposed to be addition and subtraction… or maybe you’re kidding?

      Yes, I think a lot of this blog’s readers are folks who aren’t on the road yet, are between trips, have left a life on the road, or have no interest in RVing and just enjoy traveling with us.

      Dreaming of South Florida sun, eh? Isn’t Dania Beach in Florida?

  66. Tina says:

    Hi Sue,

    Wow, what a very touching story. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    I’ll have to add this to my list of places to visit, looks amazing and for a great price as well.

    Take care,

    Tinabeane
    Northern CA

  67. Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

    Only kidding about the algebra. It was how we were initially introduced to algebra in the 9th grade when I went to school. When I taught, it was introduced in the second grade I believe. x-4=2

    Dania Beach is just south of Ft. Lauderdale along the Atlantic Ocean.

  68. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    There can never be too many dog posts, Sue! Reggie is just too darned cute to be excluded in any way and his social skills must be chronicled alongside all the other things like location photos, human interactions, and general campground information. I love seeing him so eager to make canine friends. What a life for both of you.

  69. Leah says:

    I’m a fairly new subscriber to your blog. Love the dog stories!!
    Sorry about the loss of your other dog.

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