Central Oregon — From one beautiful camp to another!

Monday, May 25 (continued)

I’m not in a hurry to break camp this morning.  It being Memorial Day, I want us to arrive at our next camp after the holiday weekend folks have left.  I also plan a very short move.

For those of you who like to follow on a map . . .

We leave Pringle Falls Campground and take Burgess Road west a few miles to Route 42 and then a few more miles to Route 46 south.  I drive down some forest roads along the west end of Wikieup Reservoir looking for a lakeside boondock.

P1050009 - CopyThere are several and all of them occupied. 

Looking for lakeside boondocks on Memorial Day is a waste of time.  The locals are already in them.  A small campground is what we need.

Route 46 takes us along the east side of Davis Lake.

I drive by Lava Flow Campground.

I’d like to investigate that campground.  Not today.  (Lava Flow Campground has a pair of nesting eagles and I believe part or all of it is closed to protect them.  I’ve heard it’s a free campground.  I’ll report on this in another post after we go over there.)

Next we come to the turn for East Davis Lake Campground.

I read yesterday that this is a small, Deschutes National Forest campground.  The road to the campground takes us through an area that experienced a fire several years ago.  Dead trees stick up like quills on a porcupine’s back.  This doesn’t deter me.

P1050010I’m prepared to accept an ordinary campground set in a marsh where the south end of Davis Lake has dried up.  We can find something better after Memorial Day.

Instead I’m delighted to find this!

P1050059“Oh, my, oh my. . . ”

East Davis Lake Campground is a single-loop campground with several sites along Odell Creek shown above ($12 regular/$6 senior pass).  One can sit at a campsite along the creek and see the snow-covered peaks of the Cascades.  (I’m not fool enough to attempt identifying them for you!)

Here’s a zoom on one of the mountains.

P1050028 - CopyThe campground is nearly full.

I park the PTV and BLT in a pull-through.

“Okay, here’s the plan, guys.  We’ll walk the loop and Reggie?  You lift your leg on the campsite posts while I discretely read the check-out dates.  Bridget, you fill in with a squat or two.”

Reggie and Bridget think this is an excellent idea.

Around we go.  They pee; I read.   Yay!  Most are leaving today! 

We return to the pull-through.  I set up the lounger, make myself a PB & J sandwich, and take a break.

P1050016 - Copy“Oh, what a beautiful place for a campground!” 

Bridget and Reggie explore.  Campers leave.  Soon the campsite I’m coveting is vacated.

“Time to make our move!”

I pack up the lounger, toss the crew into the PTV, and we zip over to that site.

P1050025 - CopyThe view from the lounger in the photo above is similar to what I’ve show so far —  the creek with snowy mountains in the background.

Six dollars a day for this?

P1050060What a bargain!

Here’s a view of the boat ramp, looking toward the campground.  Our camp is at the right side of the frame.

P1050035 - CopyBefore the day is over, Bridget, Reggie and I hike a trail to Davis Lake.

I don’t take photos.  We’ll hike it again and I’ll come back with pictures to share here.  We also relax next to the creek which flows by the campground and meanders through grassland.  Lots of birds here!

P1050033 - Copy I watch this red-winged blackbird who hangs out on a log in the water by our camp.  He’s there all afternoon, like it’s his personal real estate.  It’s nice of him to share it with us!

P1050018 - Copy We also meet fellow campers.  (More about them in the next post.)

The crew and I go to bed early, pleasantly worn out!

Tuesday, May 26

P1050058Reggie and Bridget are outside as I type this. 

I’m going out to join them.  I’ve been so involved exploring and enjoying this camp with the crew that I haven’t finished setting up!




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160 Responses to Central Oregon — From one beautiful camp to another!

  1. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    Am I first?

    • Jean/Southaven, MS says:

      I don’t believe it. Now I have to read the post. I never comment first, but today I was so excited that I might actually be first I just had to comment.

  2. John K - Mobile, AL says:


    • John K - Mobile, AL says:

      Looking at the map and there must be 30 campgrounds in the Deschute area.

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        We have a closing date on the house. June 9th. 2 weeks from today. On June 10th we will start out trek north to the UP of Michigan and then west on Hwy 2. We will make a detour down to Box Elder SD to get out drivers licenses and then on to Yellowstone, Glacier, and points west. We are so excited…

        • Ilse says:

          Congratulations! How exciting for you. I’m in the process of getting rid of things and working on my yard and house so I can put it on the market soon. It’s soooo difficult. Have fun traveling!
          P.S. Maybe we meet down the road at a laundromat some day

          • Barbara (Nashville) says:

            Congratulation, John. Ilse is good at those laundromat meetings. LOL

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hi, Ilse….You decided to sell your house? I thought you were going to keep it.

            • Ilse says:

              I have to pay medical debts… Living in the RV full time is much cheaper. I really don’t want to sell, but sometimes we don’t have choices.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh, I’m sorry. I know you love that house. Well . . . It will feel good to be rid of the debt, I’m sure.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, John,

          You will always remember the first day out on the road, your first camp as a full-timer, all the firsts that you’ve waited for! I’m excited for you!

          • John K - Mobile, AL says:

            Thanks RVS, we are on cloud 9 right now. We still have to sort through our small stuff but all the big stuff is gone or going.

        • Krystina - Oakdale , CA says:

          OH HAPPY DAY John!!! Keep us posted. Have a great day!!!

  3. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I am as always, loving your choice of spots .
    Have a lovely day sue and crew….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lee J. It was a lovely day. Perfect weather. I hope your day was good, too.

  4. Reine in Plano says:

    Nice place. Glad the holiday campers left. Enjoy.

  5. Teri LiveOak Fl says:

    I’m one of those that follow along with you on a map so thanks for the directions.

    • PookieBoy SE Texas says:

      i do too and just realized there must be a million campgrounds
      in Oregon…guess you could spend the rest of your life in Oregon
      camping out without staying in the same one twice!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oregon is a camper’s dream come true, Chuck. I imagine people who fish think they’re in heaven.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Teri. I’ll continue to include directions.

  6. Hi Sue, $6.00 a day, what a find…I think I would stay for weeks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I could do that easily, Shirlene. However, I bet there are more “finds” down the road to discover and share here. 🙂

  7. This is a great campsite. Love the mountains and the water, all so relaxing. Enjoy

    • Pauline In Mississippi says:

      Judy, I was in Horn Lake Saturday to watch Grandson Jake’s travel baseball team. It was at Lake Park..really nice.

  8. Tara from Pac NW says:

    So beautiful, it looks fake! Noting this campground for future reference…

  9. Another gorgeous campsite…nice job!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, JanisP! I clicked on your name to see how you’re doing. You quit your blog?

      • No, but I sure am having technical difficulties! I didn’t realize all the posts had disappeared…sigh. I did not like the blogger.com format so decided to switch to wordpress but I’m having trouble with it. (obviously) I am definitely technically challenged!

  10. Jenny Waters says:

    What a beautiful place, Sue. Have fun!

  11. Molly says:

    I just discovered your site and love your blogging style! Simple but fun with many doggie photos, perfecto! If you ever want to do a short interview let me know, I’ve started a blog series ‘American Trip’ and love to connect with other travel writers.

    Can check it out here: http://www.mollymchugh.com/road-trip-usa-travel-series/

    best, Molly

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Molly,

      Thank you for your kind words. I won’t be doing an interview but I wish you much success with your blog series!

  12. kgdan from WA says:

    If we weren’t so busy getting OUR Casita ready to sell, I think we would be on the road to one of these great Oregon camping spots you are showing us. Not that far from us.

    Today we put a whole new set of Casita decals on. Really makes it look nice. Gil is really impressed that the trailer is in such good condition

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great, Kathy! You’re putting your time at home to good use . . .

  13. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Nice digs!

  14. Millie says:

    What a beautiful site. I just love the view of the mountains. I bet the air is cool and crisp, such a blue, blue sky! Enjoy your stay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Millie,

      The air is cool and crisp. I’ve noticed both afternoons a strong breeze came through here after a calm morning. Then it stops and all is calm again. No flying insects… maybe because of that daily breeze!

  15. AlisonPNW says:

    I’m pretty sure the large shield volcano in your photo is Mt Bachelor.

  16. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful area!! I sure would be tempted to stay there awhile.
    Sending a big hug to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hugs to you, too, Pauline. I wish I could walk with you along the bank of this creek. . . .

  17. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Really like this latest campsite. Looks like the many birds have some choice places for fish finding too. I could see me sitting on top of my cooler and fishing the day away there. Even if nothing was caught, I would still love it there! Do you hear many frogs at these last camps? Love to listen to them at night. I guess they have frogs in that part of the country. I know very little about Oregon except for your beautiful stories and photos . I sure have enjoyed seeing that part of the country and will be keeping it on my must-see list for next year. I can see why people who fellow your travels keep notebooks at the ready. I think I might try doing that too. So many nice places and keeping a better track of them would be nice for our travels out that way next year. I am even taking up fly fishing, lol. Seriously, the local Cabela’s has beginner classes. Something I have always wanted to learn as I adore fishing of any kind! Well, as always, enjoyed seeing your newest camp. You and The Crew enjoy your exploring!

    • Hi Pamela, I am a fly fisher and love it! Take the class and cast away.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Thanks for the thumbs up about the fly fishing. It should be an interesting group of lessons. I hope I take to it fairly well. I remember my father trying his hand at it and found it was harder than it looked. He never got the knack of it. I remember being surprised at that since he was always the best of sportsmanship in most areas he undertook. I’ll give it my best and see whether it takes on me or not. Good on you that you Fly Fish! Are you a member of Sisters On The Fly? They are a fine group and the foundering Sisters are super special people! I have followed their many adventures and outings since they were newly formed back years ago when their mother was still with them. She has since passed but still loved and remembered by many of us who followed them that long ago. Shirlene, any special rods or reels that you have found best for river and lake Fly Fishing? Always open to pointers 🙂 I am very excited about the classes! I currently side cast and over head cast at far distances very well, hopefully that will help some with the wrist flex thingie but not sure since it is all such a new concept for me.
        Thanks for wishing me luck!

        • Hi Pamela, I have a 5 foot rod, which is really short, but good for where I fish, in streams and creeks in the High Sierra, and I also have the typical 9 foot pole, which feels like a flag pole at times…so I usually use the smaller pole because it is much easier to handle, but not quite as poietic as Sue mentions…Fly fishing is just about getting out there and getting it done…Pretty is where you fish, not how you fish, to me. I don’t keep many anyway, just love the rhythm of fly fishing. I have an Orvis rod and tackle, but I have been to Cabela’s in Boise, and you are in good hands at any Cabela’s…Enjoy the journey, as always. Let me know how you do.

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            Thanks so very much for the info! I really like the idea of that 5 ft rod. I am very short and it would be easier for me to handle. The traditional 9 ft rod seems like it would overpower me…carry me downstream with it, lol! I agree that the fishing is more about the beauty of being in the place rather than the ~hunt~ for fish. I do pretty well finding and catching fish, proud to say, but I fish creeks sometimes and I swear there is at least two turtles that love my hook better than any fish ever has! Last summer I even named them ,lol, not that they ever come when I call them…here fishie, fishie, and the turtles show up like clock work!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      No, I haven’t heard any frogs. Early this morning as we walked along a small bay of Davis Lake, I heard a bird’s song that I’ve never heard before. I think it was a waterfowl of some kind… very unusual sound. I’m going to make a list of all the birds I see here.

      I watched a guy fly-fishing. Even though I could tell he wasn’t as “poetic” with the line as some, it was a pleasure to watch him work the line and to see the graceful way it flew across the water. Good luck with your lessons!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        No frogs?! Who would have thought it? All those wonderful trees and all. Must not be the right time of the season there yet or that time year for breeding has already passed.
        A new and interesting bird song! How wonderful a find is that! I know how you love hearing them call. Always a beautiful sound against a quiet sky. I always feel bad for people who do not seem amazed at the calls and beauty of nature and wildlife. They really are missing so much of life’s pleasures around them. While I do love exploring a great city, I could not live on concrete and carpet alone. I have to venture out and get back to the basics often to balance myself and my lifestyle of living in today’s crazy world 🙂

    • Krystina - Oakdale , CA says:

      Good Morning Pamela…lets hear it for Fly Fishing!!!! I fly fish as well. Love it. Have a great day!


  18. AlisonPNW says:

    Oregon is the best isn’t it! i’ve been looking forward to reading about where you go in Oregon this year, and so far I am loving your choices and learning some new places too! Camp a lot in the Deschutes but never Davis Lake as I heard it have been burned out. But obviously it is lovely. I bet the birds will be fantastic!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alison,

      It is a gift that the campground was spared. Once you enter the campground, nothing indicates there was a fire. Oh yeah, lots of birds and ducks… More on that in another post.

  19. Judie Ashford says:

    If you find that you need to scrutinize the check-out dates very frequently, it might be worthwhile to have a small pair of binoculars so that you don’t need to get so close to the campsite to read the information. Many people walk with binoculars around the neck because they are bird watchers. I have trouble seeing through binoculars, so I carry a monocular, which is even less noticeable in use.

    Virtual hugs,


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I prefer a monocular, too, Judie. Oh, I could see the info on the posts, okay. I stretch the truth a bit for a chuckle. Bridget and Reggie did so much peeing around the loop I made it seem like we planned it that way.

  20. PookieBoy SE Texas says:

    Well, I see you are still camping in Heaven…..
    thanks for all those beautiful pictures….

  21. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Wow, Sue! You hit the jackpot again! Beautiful!! 🙂

  22. Nancy says:

    That has to be the prettiest place yet. Thank you so much, Sue, for posting this very detailed information about where and how much for those of us on the sidelines.

    Still snickering at “…they pee, I read.” You are too funny, girl!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Nancy. Glad you got a snicker out of this post. I have to include something silly. 🙂 Thanks for the feedback on the details I include.

  23. Shawna says:

    Gorgeous area!!

  24. PJ Crim says:

    I am really enjoying reading about your travels in Oregon. I’ve been in it briefly a couple of times, but really don’t know much about it. One of the many things I like about your blog is the specific information about campgrounds and boondocking sites – accompanied by the pictures so fellow campers know what the site is actually like. And your method of snagging a great campsite is instructive (and humorous), too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the valuable feedback, PJ. I’ll continue to include those kinds of details.

  25. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Another fantastic and beautiful site. I am so anxious to be out there traveling & camping. Wish our health issues would go away and hubby would agree to get a move on. Thanks for the wonderful blog, Sue, and for letting us tag along in your travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barbara,

      I wish your health issues would go away, too! And make sure hubby sees the photos I post. How can one not want to “get a move one” to places such as this…. 🙂

  26. Timber n' me says:

    Wow , are you lucky Sue and on a holiday too! Great camp . Well now that the truck is runnin’ great, we’re goin’ up 95 after we leave Arizona sometime Tuesday and we’re takin’ our time, don’t want to start to head south till mid September cause we don’t need to be in Julien, (San Diego county), for the Rondevous in October.,,,,,, I been checkin’ online for gas prices and NV. is the way to go,,, on 395 it’s high, all the way up to all most $4. a gallon.,,, so 95 is the way we’re going… and yes it’s goin’ to be hot going thru Vegas on Tuesday the 2nd., but our AC works at 50 mph.,,,,, give them pups a big hug from us, ok Sue?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Safe travels, Rusty and Timber! Gas prices are getting higher every day here too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Today’s Tuesday so I guess you’ve been traveling. I wish you safe travel and lots of fun for you and Timber. You’re going to a rondevous in California?

      • Timber n' me says:

        No we hadn’t left yet, we’re still near Walnut Canyon National Monument just 10 miles east of Flagstaff, next Tuesday we’ll be passing thru L.V. NV. and today I got a national disability pass so we can camp for 1/2 the price and go to national Parks for free, it’s just like the senior pass, only it comes free, no fee.,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Thanks for your wishin’ and yes we will go to Southern Cal in October and maybe Thunder Inland at Cascade Locks In July , The 4th of July and on up to Trout Lake , WA.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wow! You have some fabulous places ahead of you! We never made it to Trout Lake, but that area a bit north of it is one of my favorites. Beautiful forest.

          I’m glad you have the discount pass…

          • Timber n' me says:

            Thanks Sue, we’ll need it,,,,,,,,, also, to day I painted on the back of the camper, Timber n’ me, in black and it looks good,,,,,,,,,, me

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Cool! 🙂

            • Timber n' me says:

              Is it ok to put your Blog Site below it? I’d like to see you reach 10 million,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              It would be okay, but I’d rather you didn’t do that. You’re sweet, Rusty. I’ll have to reach 10 million the old-fashioned way — by earning it with blog posts and comments!

              Feel free to tell people you meet about my blog. I’d like that.

            • Timber n' me says:

              Ok Sister Sue,, I do tell the folks we meet ,,,,,,,,,,me

            • AZ Jim says:

              You get up to Julian Rusty get yourself some of their soft cider. They grow lot’s of apples there and make great cider, served ice cold. You’ll love it….

            • Timber n' me says:

              Thanks Jim, I’ve kind of been going there for the mountain man gatherings from way back in the years and since putting down alcohol in 07′, I just eat the apples, drink apple cider vinegar, a shot a day ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,me

          • Krystina - Oakdale , CA says:

            Wow Rusty…that is a great list of places you’re going!!! It is going to be LOTS of fun.

            Where did you go to get the National Disability Pass?

            Love to you and Timber.

            • Timber n' me says:

              Hi Krystina in Oakdale, I got it at Walnut Canyon National Monument, at the visitors office. You can get a Disabled Pass in just about every NF, NM, NP and BLM Office for free. If you go on line to USNF. Gov , look there for pass’s and in your State, what office’s have them. ,,,We thank you for your love,,,,,,,,,,, me

  27. judy says:

    You are camped with a beautiful view of the Three Sisters. I have been there many times. The weather is getting warmer here in Oregon. Have a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Judy. The same to you!

      Three Sisters is an area that’s dear to Rusty’s heart. We went through there a couple years ago but I was anxious to get to the coast and we didn’t see much of it.

  28. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Sue, It is pretty hard to beat the Northwest when it comes to beautiful views…but summer is best if you are not fond of rain plus really want to be able to see the distant mts. You did find a nice spot…peaceful appearing at least too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      The weather has been good. We had some rainy days when camped at Big River. Now it’s clear with warmer days on the way!

  29. Utah Bonnie says:

    Thanks for sharing another little slice of heaven.

  30. Once again, camped with beauty all around you! I laughed at your sneaky method for snagging the perfect spot! Getting the crew to pee on cue is a method i had never considered! Hahaha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      Glad the post gave you a laugh. It’s handy being able to tell the crew when and where to pee. 😉

  31. I haven’t commented in awhile. I’m actually behind in my reading after having family home. Had to pop in to say we just met a white van towing a Casita here in southern Illinois on I-64. The van was a high top Transit type. I bet I know where they got that grand idea! I always have this strong urge to ask if they follow your blog. I wouldn’t flag them down though! Lol

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Crystal,

      Good to see you here again! I wonder the same thing, too, when I see someone towing with a van. I doubt I was the first, but I can say it was one of my better ideas!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        If we ever do get into RVing…we talk about getting a similar setup to yours, Sue…though the “house” would need to be a tad bigger anyway.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I never recommend a Casita for a couple, although some are happy together in a tiny trailer. Yeah, a bit bigger for two, but not too big (IMHO).

  32. Taranis says:

    I miss the amazing views of the PNW. This little dog needs a camping trip – soon!

  33. Jolene says:

    This is just beautiful Sue. I would be in total bliss being in a place like this. Enjoy!!

  34. weather says:

    The pic with the boat ramp in it is a really beautiful photo in and of itself,that it is by your home now is just a gift!Providence could have allowed that campground to be as dried as you expected or as ravaged as the land along the road you drove to get there.It was preserved,presented in it’s current glory with a resident bird to welcome you because you were “prepared to accept an ordinary campground…” …You wouldn’t have seen it as ordinary,you’d have appreciated natural vignettes of twigs or a few blades of grass and seen them as wonderful,turned them into art and given thanks for receiving them,made others see creation as lovely as part of the good you always do.That is why such gifts land perfectly in your path,are made and held for you…your crew family readers and friends obviously aren’t the only ones loving you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a precious thought, weather. I do feel loved. 🙂 You’re probably right about me in an “ordinary” campground. I specialize in making a big deal out of the littlest things! What other blogger writes a paragraph about a sandwich from McDonald’s? Haha!

      Thank you regarding the photo. The red-winged blackbird entertained me again today. I moved the lounger to a different spot and he moved to a different log in order to put on his show for this audience of one.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Loved hearing that the bird moved, too, when you moved! That is always so special to have that happen. Lets you know that he/she has befriended you. Guess that means you have a Crew of 3 for a short time…two pups and a bird 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          First thing this morning, while still misty, I heard him singing, well, more like warbling. I love the song of a red-winged blackbird. Takes me back to childhood in NY state.

  35. Applegirl NY says:

    My heart is so full from looking at your beautiful pictures today. I knew your travels to the PNW would be wonderful. Glad you’re finding some peace an quiet after the weekend campers have gone home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      It’s a pleasure sharing our travels with you. I’m happy the photos “spoke” to you. 🙂

  36. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue. Beautiful campsite, and only $6. Small price for a little piece of Paradise. Nice move getting Reggie and Bridget to run interference. I’ll bet they played their part to the hilt. Keep this coming Sue, loving it!

  37. Sharon Bertsch says:

    Hi Sue, I am sorry about driving thru the campground today. But, honestly I did not know you were there. My Hubby and I usually stop at the campground to use the outhouse at the far end, and to let the dog out for a couple of minutes. In fact, we often stay there, when we camp for a couple of days. The views are beautiful, bird watching is great, and it is a small, inexpensive, usually very quiet, campground. Oh, and yes Lava Flow CG is free. A rare thing these days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sharon,

      No need to apologize! It’s a public campground. 🙂 Several folks drove through today and a few let their dogs out to play in the water. What kind of dog do you have?

      We went to Lava Flow today. No one there.

      • Sharon Bertsch says:

        We have a Lab, he loves to play there. The baby birds make this time of year a poor time at that location. We went over to Wickiup Lake for swimming.

  38. Lynn Brooks says:


  39. R. now in WY says:

    Sue, if that’s OK with you I would like to ask blogorinos from the northwest where to tent camp in national forests in WA mid-July. I want to camp, hike and eat cherries. Any suggestions?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sure, that’s a great idea. I get help from the blogorinos all the time. Why shouldn’t you, right?

      READERS: Any suggestions for tent camping Washington state in mid-July? Preferably with great trails nearby? Oh, and cherries, too!

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Hi R.,

      Wenatchee N.F. has quite a few places you might like. Outside Leavenworth, Icicle Creek road, forest road 7600, has many campgrounds on the river and a few R.V. parks. Alpine Lakes Wilderness area offers 800 miles of trails with lakes along the way. Eight-mile campground brings back fond memories. Some of the backcountry may require advanced permits. No doubt things have changed since last visit; seems there is a yearly forest fire on the backside of that ridge, boundaries move depending on condition and use. Further research is advisable. Ranger station should be found in the quirky Bavarian town of Leavenworth.

      Cherries, when in season, can be found in most grocery stores and the ubiquitous little roadside stands. Yakima Valley, where most of the fruit is grown, is just down the road from that area. Rainierns are sometimes nearly all white and are large and sweet.

      Also, Gifford Pinchot N.F. has most of the big Peaks; Rainier, St. Helens, Adams. Both wilderness and non-wilderness trails throughout. Lava beds and ice caves. 50 mile Round the Mountain Trail leading around Mt. Adams. Then there’s the Pacific Crest Trail section. Ohanapecosh campground has presentations and tours of the tallest and oldest trees there. Again, further study as your-mileage-may-vary.

      • R. now in WY says:

        Fantastic information A gal in Maple Valley, WA. I’m coping and printing all. With maps in my hand I’m going to plan my visit to WA. Thank you so much.

  40. Sharon in MO says:

    What a gorgeous campsite! Lovely spots in the Northwest when it is not raining. My hubby and I are ready to head out with our Casita in the morning for several days in Iowa and Nebraska. First we will visit Amana Colonies and then do some cemetery searches.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sharon,

      Safe and pleasant travel today for you and your husband! RVing is great… You can pair it with a hobby or quest, such as you are doing. Enjoy!

  41. Jan from Oregon says:

    Ahhh, God’s country! The reason I live here. I enjoy all your blogs, Sue, but when you are in my back yard, I enjoy them all the more.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      I can see why people choose to live here. Oregon residents are out enjoying nature. I see mostly Oregon plates and the folks have RVs, tents, bikes, fishing poles, canoes, kayaks, inflatables. . . . prepared for fun!

      • Jan from Oregon says:

        That pretty much describes us. If you get the chance, be sure and visit Crater Lake. It’s breath taking!

  42. AZ Jim says:

    Just ridin along Missy….

  43. Linda a. says:

    Very picturesque campsite….. You did good !
    Question; I read on a few other blogs that they often have trouble with mice
    or pack rats….. Especially on week long or more camping. Some put a light in the motor
    area to deter the critters. Do you have that problem?
    Gosh, I would dislike dealing with that.
    Always enjoy all your posts !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda a.,

      I haven’t had any problems with pack rats or any kind of rodent chewing wires. Thankful for that! I do get mice in the PTV from time to time. Once a family lived above my head, over the driver’s seat. They ride for a while and then they go away. While in the desert I found it helped to keep canned goods and individual water bottles inside a bin with a lid. Mice like to eat the paper and glue around a can and they will chew a hole in a bottle for a drink. Of course, I never leave any food in the PTV, not even crumbs from an Artisan Chicken Sandwich. 🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Remember the Fresh Cab product?

        I throw a satchel in both cars during the winter to keep the critters out! Works great….just have to air out the car before AO gets in!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No matter how much I aired out the PTV, Fresh Cab gave Bridget a headache. She’d hang her head over the edge of the seat and look miserable.

  44. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Early Morning Everyone!
    I have grabbed my coffee and logged on to catch up with non other than RVSue and Crew 🙂
    I have a over stuffed Van to sort out later so I hope the weather will co-operate with me. I couldn’t unload it yesterday as it poured the rain here in Metro Georgia. Thankfully it was nothing like the rains Texas got! I feel so sad for all those people, their homes and businesses flooded like they were! Just terrible and the loss of lives…beyond terrible!
    BTW, anyone heard from Desert Ginger? I haven’t seen her post of late. Miss hearing about her across county travels. I guess she is back at home or work already now. Maybe I missed her updates. She sure did some serious traveling at breakneck speed in those few short days! 500 mile days…made me weak just reading about it! I would have had serious Butt-Lag, lol.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela and good morning!

      I think Ginger planned to take classes while in NY. That may be occupying her time and energy. It is fun reading her updates. Yeah, 500 miles in one day? I did that when I was in my twenties. Now a long drive is 200 miles. This last move was 15 miles “as the crow flies.” Ha!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Oh! That’s right, I remember her saying that now that you mentioned it. She certainly is a bundle of energy, hard to keep track of her adventures sometimes. Awww, to be young again… well maybe, for a day or so LOL. I rather like my older-self. I slower pace suits me just fine 🙂
        As for the 300-500 mile days, I can still do a 350 mile day pretty easy on the motorcycle but towing the Airstream makes it seem more like work to me now. The van does it’s own thing and just glides down the roadway so Van Camping is my newest best friend 🙂 7-8 hours to the ocean beaches, YES!

  45. Jodee Gravel in SoCal for ONLY 8 more days says:

    We’ve focused our Oregon plans on the coast, but I see that the interior is pretty spectacular as well. While our 35′ rig might be more limiting, the areas you’ve traveled are just what we enjoy. I could see the pups rolling their eyes when you added the “planned peeing” to your scouting 🙂 I was really surprised that you chose to travel on a holiday, but at just 15 miles I see it was a smart move! Enjoy Mr Red Wing, he’s one of my very favorites.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I would avoid moving camp on a Friday or Saturday of a three-day weekend. Moving on Monday is okay because that’s when people pack up and go home. I arrived a little early due to the short distance. I didn’t know that I’d find a camp to my liking that close.

      On regular weekends, moving on Sunday works well, although I often wait until Monday.

      • Jodee Gravel in SoCal for ONLY 6 more days says:

        The traffic is so bad here on the Monday of a three-day weekend that I avoid it whenever possible. There are always multiple accidents as well. Glad to see it’s not so much of an issue elsewhere 🙂

  46. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,I hope you enjoy this not being a moving day and have pleasant conditions.It’s been a clouds blow through warm blue sky few hours here,just right for wildlife watching.The cardinals and geese born here this year have grown enough to be seen without their parents covering them-are swimming and flying solo or in small groups-Adorable!Most are females, that pattern means the animals know that the coming season will be one with plenty of food and safety available.Sweltering heat or constant rainy storms and dark days would make that impossible, so trusting their judgement I’m looking forward to a great summer after June passes.The national predictions are in line with that so far,I think they might do as well by just going outside sometimes 🙂

    Your red winged blackbird friend knows safety when he feels it too,wonderful to be trusted so isn’t it?I have a chipmunk that comes wherever I am while greeting the day,she sits near me and watches things.When one of the pups approaches she ducks under cover or goes where she knows she’s camouflaged and pops up in another spot- twitching her tail to get my attention and show me that she’s still there.With the eagles and other large critters that visit it’s amazing that she’s survived ,she impresses me with that and so much else that she does.I know she feels and enjoys my admiration and the pleasure knowing her gives me,creatures sense much more than most give them credit for.May the ones in your area and you be blessed by each other !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What an interesting and enjoyable look into your world, weather, including woodland pals and reading the signs of the season on its way. Thank you! Have a delightful afternoon!

  47. Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

    I finished my walkway yesterday morning complete with sedum plantings. So pretty. In the afternoon we kayaked out of Sheepsbridge Campground with a view of South Sister and Mount Bachelor. Isn’t Oregon amazing. You could spend years here and never touch the same campground twice. Directly across from the entrance to E. Davis Lake is a road that leads to some interesting Boondocks. It eventually exits the forest near the lumber mill in Crescent.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ooh, you make me jealous with your kayaking! Thanks for the tip on the boondocks. Are they next to water?

  48. Good Morning Sue….I love it here, can we stay longer? I need just one more cup of coffee here.

    • weather says:

      Hi Shirlene,looks like we were late to the first party of the day.Why don’t you tell me exactly what you want your Class A to be like inside?Picturing dreams is a nice way a finish coffee time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yeah, we’ll stay longer, since you asked. 😉

      • Yippeee…..

        Hi Weather….well since you asked…34 foot diesel, or gas (if it is under 34 feet)….they mostly all look the same, but my favorite floor plan is the Monaco 33FS. Take a look and see what you think, about a 2004 to 2007.

        • weather says:

          What I think is that is one house on wheels,not just a rolling home!They’re gorgeous and perfect since you two enjoy friends and family visits.Nice to entertain comfortably in and plenty of pretty space for both of you with pets when you aren’t.What useful exciting fun!

          Part of my choices still include a small class c with a portable deck I’ll have made,and of course,towing my wrangler.Because my “thing” includes camping in nature,visiting folks and events in different states and long term park living (when I have reason to if involved in something and/or don’t want to be on the move) I will easily fit parked in a spot among trees or cacti,driveway or city street space.The deck is to give the troupe easily enclosed and shaded outdoor space they “own” the way they always have their own yard here.People and critters will hesitate to intrude anothers’ elevated space such as a hilltop,porch or deck if you’ve ever noticed…Folks have mentioned crawling under a rig as a cool spot for pets,mine are too tall to do that without risking injury to their backs and are pampered with their “own turf”,I want them to keep that and ADD new places to enjoy exploring and playing,not trade.The “upstairs”aspect of an extra “bedroom” over driver and passenger seats has similar reasons that make it seem like “home” for the troupe and I when inside with or without company.I know all this might seem as though I put a lot of thought into details others may care little about,it’s because I don’t want to give up what we have ,I want to expand on it-make more of the world than our wonderful piece of it our life.Make sense ?I’d honestly like,if you care to give it,your opinion and Sue’s and other friends’,more eyes and brains on a subject adding wisdom and all…So far the detriment to just getting a class c folks mention most is the expense of two engines and extra wheels.As I’m not planning an exit strategy like a house,instead intend to live in what I get traveling or parked to me the investment and maintenance seems worth it.

          • All that makes so much sense to me, I know how you want to travel and where you want to travel and a class C gives you the ability to “fit” in to those places. And yes, you need your Jeep, because there are just days when you need to just explore where a class C cannot take you, as Sue does. Sue does not put that many miles on her home each year, which keeps the maintenance feels down…I feel that you also do not want to run willy-nilly through the United States, and extended periods of time next to or near your Son will work nicely for any maintanence repairs that you need to do before starting out again to who knows where…I like your plan, I am just a little confused about the portability of a deck. I know you will work it out, because that is what you do. I cannot wait until we are both out there…and it is becoming a reality soon enough. Cannot wait to see what you get! 🙂

            • weather says:

              Thanks for your input,Shirlene,it really helps to “think out loud” with someone who has done/plans/will do similar things.Re the deck,picture a wheeled accordion made from strong ultralight material ,the same size when unfolded and flat as the shade canopy on an rv. I’ve a removable mountable rack for the back of the wrangler most folks use to carry stuff that would take up space needed for everyday use.Also,as I’m sure you know,a lot more fits in a jeep than one would think for storing what folks would in a pantry/tool closet,etc. even with all of us in it,just a mite messier furrier,muddy,seeded than others,Ha!

              Yeah,it’s getting “more real now” every day-eagles,manatees or just a great meal shared when our paths cross,woo-hoo!

            • Ok I get it 🙂 Makes sense now, and I know what the Jeep can carry…It should be wonderful! I have done extensive research about what I need and what will make life easier…If I can help in your research in anyway, you know I will be there! Here’s to us!

            • weather says:


  49. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    I have a specific request, if it’s ok Sue. This is about the robo calls and phone scams bugging us all. We are in communication directly with several staffers at the US Congress who are working on preparing information for the Senator from Maine who is running a committe meeting 10 June to find ways to stop robo calls and other phone scams that are ringing our phones from early morning until night. We got involved when my hubby answered a letter from Consumer Union, the people who publish Consumer Reports. They called saying his story was compelling, would he be willing to talk to Congressional staffers they were working with, and we said yes. I have the opportunity to send your summaries and ours directly to the staffers working on the data. I am taking a chance here that no one will abuse the privilege but if you don’t want to send a quick summary here, you can find me on Facebook, or email me at my last name of Solomon at my provider Surewest dot net not com. Sorry to make that difficult but I don’t want it “harvested” here if I can help it. Put in the subject Blogerino reporting on robo calls or similar. We will combine all we get and forward it to our contact. We will use your initials and need your state where calls were received. Here is a real opportunity to be heard.

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