Changing skies at Turtle Mountains Wilderness boondock

Sunday, November 15

P1080428Sunrise, Turtle Mountain Wilderness, south of Needles, California

Bridget and Reggie tumble out the door of the Best Little Trailer to greet the morning and to empty their bladders after a long night of sleep.  I fold my arms across my chest in defense of the cool air. The sun hasn’t cleared the mountains yet.  It’s going to be another beautiful day. 

The crew takes care of business without delay. 

Reggie runs to the door and executes The Chihuahua Long Jump, flying inside from four feet out.  Bridget waits at the step for me to lift her in.  She could hop inside on her own. I know she could.  Typically she sits and waits for me to lift her in anyway, which I do, being her loyal servant and possessing far less determination.  Plus it’s too cold for a contest of wills!

Bridget and Reggie know that breakfast comes next. 

They prance around my legs in our tiny kitchen in an effort to speed up the food preparation.

“Hang on, cuties.  Let me get the coffee going first.  Gosh, you wake up, pee, and gotta’ eat right away.  Give me a chance to wake up.”

~ ~ ~

The Cactus Incident

P1080422 Bridget, Reggie and I return from walking a wash near our desert camp.

P1080437Narrow washes, such as Bridget walks  in the photo (above) meander across the desert floor.  They provide soft, sandy pathways for paws.

P1080442We’re on our way back to camp when the fur on Reggie’s back stands up.

He commences to bark and paw at the ground.

“What is it, Reg?”  I ask, quickly scanning the desert for movement.  “I don’t see anything, boy.”

P1080444Reggie kicks up sand, then runs to one side and then the other, continuing to bark up a storm.  He stops and stares.   Oh, for heaven’s sake. 

“Reggie.  It’s only a cactus.  C’mere, sweetie.  I’ll show you.”

I pick him up and hold him securely. 

We go over to the suspicious-looking cactus.  Reggie isn’t so sure this is a good idea and growls low. I reach out and carefully touch one of the cactus spines.

“See?  It’s a plant.  That’s all it is.”

Reggie stares at the cactus.  I set him on the ground.  He backs up.

“You don’t have to protect us from this.”  Again I reach out and touch the cactus.

Reggie ventures forward. 

I don’t think he’s totally convinced.  He acts like he can’t bear to look at The Thing.

P1080446“It is kind of scary-looking.  I can see why you barked.   Okay.  Let’s go inside.  I’m ready for some soup.”

~ ~ ~

I’m inside at my laptop table, reading blog comments.

I look up and see the mountains to the east light up.  That’s my cue that the sun will set soon.

P1080448I grab the camera and clip Reggie’s suit on him.

“C’mon.  Let’s go outside!”

The setting sun brushes our home with pale pink.

P1080452That table at the back of the BLT is my wash station.  Since we’ve camped here I’ve had it set it up with basins, towels, bathing and shampooing supplies, and what not.  I put the doggie beds underneath.

The afternoon rays bouncing off the fiberglass warm this spot nicely.

Bridget and Reggie lie in their beds chewing on their rawhide bones while I wash. . . me or the dishes.

None of that stuff is in the photos because I put it away for the night.  There’s the smell of rain on the way.

P1080454I’m not very domestic.  Bringing tasks outside motivates me to do them.  If I could figure out how to bring the floor outside, I’d probably clean it more often!

The sunset is the most dramatic I’ve seen at this camp.

P1080449The sky photos in this post were all taken from our camp, yet they are very different.  What a beautiful world, eh?

Monday, November 16

It did rain, off and on, during the night.  That’s always a treat when camping in the desert!

P1080431This morning we wake to wind.

Lots of wind.

All.  Day.  Long.



By the end of the day I’m well on my way to Crazytown.

Will this wind never end?

“Reggie!  Get offa’ me!  Here, play with your blue monkey!  No?  Well, we’re not going outside again.  As soon as we go out, you wanna’ come back in.  It’s too windy and cold.  You know that.  Here, chew on this.  Come on, Reg.  Chewing is fun.  Stop pestering Bridget.  She’s had about all she can take.  Where’s your pink piggy?  It’s around here somewhere.  Where’d that thing go?  No, get off the table.  You know you’re not supposed to do that.  Reggie!  How can I type with you crawling all over me?  Don’t pull on the comforter.  You’ll rip it.  Okay.  Here’s your suit.  Will go out one more time. . . into the WIND!”


NOTE:  Today, Tuesday the 17th, we are on the road to our next camp.  I invite you to join the discussions that arise in the comments section.  If you’re new, introduce yourself, and if  have questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  Folks here are friendly and helpful.  Everyone with that kind of outlook is welcome!


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P1080367“I’m taking him outside, Bridge.  Hang in there, babe.  This wind can’t last forever.”


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142 Responses to Changing skies at Turtle Mountains Wilderness boondock

  1. Rod Ivers says:


  2. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    AM I??

  3. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Ok , I went back and read today’s post. Pictures are great. Love the sunset but the cutest picture is the last one!! What dear sweet faces! Bridget looks so apologetic and Reggie is anticipating something.
    Hope the wind doesn’t bother your travels. Stay safe.
    Love to you and the crew.

    • Renee Galligher says:

      I agree on the last photo. Reggie, with his tongue out, looks as if he’s saying, “Pffft, see? I get to go outside”, with Bridget saying, “He just doesn’t understand Sue. I feel for you, but I’ll be waiting here for you two to return.”

  4. Renee Galligher says:

    Dang – third!

  5. L. P. n' Rusty / Az. says:

    Funny we’re movin’ to ,,be safe, Great photos over there, have great day,, Piper n’ rusty

    • L. P. n' Rusty / Az. says:

      Whoo there Reggie, that mean lookin’ beast will get ya if ya get too close, lucky Sue knows what it is,,, I saw a little one a few weeks back and it almost got me, but Dad(rusty), saved me,,,,,, That last photo of you n’ the Bridge looks sweet,,, give Sue a kiss for me, Reggie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Lady Piper

  6. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Your story of Reggie and the cactus is too cute! Reminds me of a trip last year when we were walking our grand dog, Tess, at a rest area on 140 in Oregon, She saw an iron, life-size cut out of a coyote howling and got really upset……barking, pulling, etc. We laugh about it now, but as she is a great pyrenees mix, it was very hard to control her!! Had a similar problem a couple of weeks ago while walking her past a black cat Halloween cutout in a neighbors window. Our dogs, got to love them….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, cc and canine,

      Somehow I skipped your comment earlier. I’m glad I looked again!

      Our pets see things differently that we do, of that I’m certain. Reggie has gone into full-fight stance at the sight of an oddly shaped rock.

      Yes, love ’em ’cause they’re precious!

  7. Reine in Plano says:

    Great pictures. I talked to some Casita folks at a rally last week about meeting you when you picked up your Casita and realized that was FOUR years ago. It’s hard to believe you’ve been living this life for 4 years. Where does the time go? You are blessed to be enjoying the life you worked and sacrificed for. And we’re blessed to be enjoying our retirement camping about 100 nights a year. May you continue to enjoy the lifestyle in health for many more years.

  8. Linda in Wisconsin says:

    I actually feel lucky to be 9th (or thereabouts?) these days it seems like I am usually 113th! Love the story of Reggie and the fearsome cactus. Also the final photo. <3

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda in Wisconsin . . . I’m pleased you enjoyed The Cactus Incident story. Little Reggie Man is becoming acquainted with the desert. He does look a bit embarrassed in that photo with the cactus, like he knew he was silly to make a fuss.

  9. Marcia GB in MA says:

    I can see why Reggie was freaked out by that cactus. It is kinda creepy looking.

  10. Karen LeMoine says:

    Wind yep! Same here along with snow! Didn’t last long though. It will be back! Poor Reg afraid of the cactus! They can be scary. There is nothing like sunsets in the desert! Safe journey to the next camp!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Karen. We made it to the new camp without any problems. Wind AND snow… I knew there was a reason I shouldn’t complain. 🙂

  11. We had that same wind in Tucson yesterday. It made for a long, cold, tedious day. It will warm back up soon and we will be happy. I love the description of Reggie entering the Casita, airborne.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Allison in Tucson,

      Reggie gives me a laugh the way he flies into the open door of the BLT. He’ll be wandering around and I’ll say, “Let’s go inside.” Zoom! He’s gone in a flash, through the door. I hope you are enjoying a warm day. I haven’t checked Tucson weather this morning but I’m guessing you are.

  12. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    What a fun post! You had me in stitches! Chihuahua long jump! Protecting you from the cactus…and about mauling you to death trying to get your attention!

    Trying to keep Reg Man occupied when he has cabin fever…was a hoot!

    And then there’s Princess HRH….thinking out loud….one of these days he’ll settle down…this lifestyle is still new to him.

    Hav a great day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Reggie can’t help himself. He wakes up each day with a large amount of energy and it cannot be denied. Sometimes I cheer him on to get him running in order to calm him down.

      I hope AO is well and enjoying the cooler weather. Oh, and you, Cindy, and Jules, too! 🙂

  13. Jeff Agueda says:

    Another enjoyable read and great pictures as always. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jeff, and thank you for the wish for my day and for complimenting me on the photos.

  14. Deb D says:

    Love the morning and sunset pics. Hope to make it to the desert next year.
    The last pic of the two is precious. Safe journey to the next special place.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Deb D.

      You may have mentioned on Facebook, which I don’t do… I hope your surgery and subsequent healing is behind you and all is well for you.

  15. Mary Alice Cure says:

    You mentioned your typing table today. Do you have some special table you use? You may have mentioned it before but I missed it. I try not to have he large table in my 17 ft LD because I keep both twins made up all the time. Thanks and careful in the wind.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Since Sue is moving camp, I think I remember when she bought it and it’s your basic “resin table.” Heavyish, but relatively inexpensive and sturdy. I would love to have a table like that to put outside but I am at present lacking a “PTV” to put it in, dernit.

      If you search Amazon for “Lifetime 80160 Commercial Height Adjustable Folding Utility Table, 4 Feet, White Granite,” you will see one that is at least similar. As Amazon does, it will lead you to other similar ones as well.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Oh duh. I just noticed you said “typing table.” Since Sue had shown her outside chore table in this post, my mind glommed onto that instead. Oops

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          The commercial Height adjustable table is what she has at the back of the Casita. Her “typing” table is the standard small table that came with her Casita. She has commented about how small it is several times.

          • Mary Alice Cure says:


            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Casita fiberglass trailers come with three tables. The largest is for six people to sit around. The middle-size goes well in the aisle. (You know this, Mary Alice… I’m writing for anyone interested.)
              The smallest is what I like best because it’s out of the way in the back, long-ways under the window… approx. 32″ x 16″

  16. Jeff In Central PA says:

    I have enjoyed reading about your travels for the last 6 months and look forward to future ones! Say Hello to Bridget & Reggie for me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jeff in Central PA . . . Two “Jeffs” under one post! 🙂

      It’s nice of you to let me know you’ve been riding along with us the past 6 months. I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed the posts.

      I hope you will stop by again whenever you feel like it. It’s fun for me and your fellow blogorinos . . . the more here, the merrier!

  17. Good to know that when the cacti rise up to take over the world our Reggie-man will be there to thwart their plans! I feel so much safer now 🙂 That wind was brutal all over the west, so glad it has calmed again, at least here in SoCal. I was wrong about you being in my old neighborhood. The Turtle Mountains I was thinking of are between Parker, AZ and Desert Center, CA. Still, your spot looks like very similar desert – and I imagine the rain smelled wonderful!

    • edlfrey says:

      You were right the first time. That is where Sue was.

      She is gone from there now and this is not the lat/lng (34.4662222,-114.8821977) where she was but near where she camped. East/northeast side of the Turtle Mountains that are between Parker, AZ and Desert Center, CA.

  18. Suzette (TN) says:

    Seems it’s windy everywhere. It’s bad here in Western Tennessee today. How I hate the wind! I grew up in the Texas panhandle where it blows…all…the…time. Even as a kid, I was aware of it and hated it even before I became a grumpy old woman! 🙂 I always enjoy your pictures but especially liked the sunset today. I’ve been into sunsets lately. Your capture is a winner! As is the final shot of the crew. They are so dang cute! Safe travels. Looking forward to seeing where you turn up next!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      I hope you have a calm day today. Funny how wind can drive us loony, while ran can soothe us. Thanks regarding the sunset photo…. One thing I love to see when returning to the Southwest are the magnificent sunsets.

      Take care… 🙂

      • gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Speaking of wind driving us crazy, I read that pioneer women on the plains were driven crazy by the winds. They reputedly would run outside, outstretch their arms, and spin and spin in the wind. The book didn’t say what happened next. My best guess: they went back inside the did the dinner dishes.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          The pragmatic “ending” gave me a chuckle. “Oh, wild, never-ending wind! It’s driving me crazy! I have to spin! Spin! SPIN!!!!! I can’t stop!!!! Oh, wait, the dinner dishes….”

  19. Sidewinder Pen says:

    Still windy here east of “the river” (Colorado River) as well. Looks like it should calm down this evening though. Too much wind makes me cross, so I’m looking forward to it! Things sure are green for the desert – I wonder if the whole winter will be “wet” due to the El Nino. Guess we’ll find out.

    Interesting how Reggie picked out that one cactus as a threat – well it does look different than the rest so I guess it caught his eye.

    • Piper n' Rusty / Az. says:

      Hey Pen,, We’re just south of Love’s Truck Stop off of old 95, west of the GAS LINE and we can see who’s coming South n’ who’s goin’ North,, and of course the FLAG is at half mast at Pilot Truck Stop,,, At night , all that glowing lights kind of looks like a small Vegas Oasis out in the middle of nowhere for Truckers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty,,,,, Oh,,Piper says Hi Too!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Hiya Rusty! Sounds like you can keep tabs on the watering hole from there, if you feel like it (or not if you don’t).

        Pats to Lady P.

        • Piper n' Rusty / Az. says:

          Naw,, just like this camp we do,, been getting the roof ready for “Glassin'”, then gona add another 100 watts,, the 73 watts,( 1, 30 watts n’ 1, 43 watts are for sale),,, cheep,,,,, Oh and Piper says thanks,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,rusty

    • Jordan says:

      Hi Sidewinder Pen & Sue,

      I finally got down to SW AZ yesterday & am camped in a boondock just east of Parker. It has been windy here but much better than Sunday night while i was in Kingman. We had hurricane force winds there! It was intense being blown around while in my tearbaby. I’m hoping for a calmer day tomorrow so i can try to get my stuff organized after my trip out here. So good to finally be back to this part of the country. Wish you both well on your travels & future camp spots!

      Loved your pictures Sue – i had a beautiful sunset here tonight with the most gorgeous shade of blue (i’d call it cerulean blue). Wish i had a Reggie to protect me from those big ole’ scary cacti & a Bridget to help me get back into the swing of desert living. She really has it all figured out! I think she needs to write a book.

      • Pamela K. says:

        I was reading of your winds yesterday on your blog. I have really enjoyed reading all about your tearbaby (Zelda) and your new adventures with her. The new van is nice too…nice little rig 🙂

        • Pamela K. says:

          BTW, are you still without heat when you are off-grid? You mentioned that in one of your blog posts. It can get mighty cool even where you are now…
          Safe travels and stay *Warm*

        • Jordan says:

          Hi Pamela,

          Thanks for following along, it makes me feel like i’m not totally out here on my own. ? Zelda & Grania have been taking good care if me but i think we all are happy to stay put for a little bit & get acclimated. The minivan (Grania) has been a wonderful & destressing addition to my set-up. I was really worried about my Focus wagon surviving the trip to get us out here. She never would have made it. As far as heat goes, no i don’t have any when off-grid, but i remember how chilly it can get here in the winter. I have seen the small propane heaters like the Mr Heater Little Buddy, but i don’t have the funds right now for one (though if it becomes an issue i may have to reapporpriate funds to get one). My body heat (usually) eventually warms up the small space somewhat & i have lots of blankets! I am always cold so i don’t know if that works in my favor or not. ?. Thank you for the WARM wishes! They are always most welcome!

          • Pamela K. says:

            There is an old blog spot about Stacey and her Glampette teardrop. In her blog she posted her having to fix dinner and deal with really low temps during rain and snow. In her post of 2013/07/day-10-continued-overnight-at-walmart_8.html she shows the way she warmed her food (soup) and warmed the teardrop up enough to get to sleep safely. She also shows photos of the way she did all this. It might be something you have not seen before and could, in really low and sudden drops in temps save your life. I thought I would pass it on. She was dry camping at Walmart at the time so getting the needed items was easy. Maybe having them on hand might be a good idea. I thought it was really clever what she came up with to safely pull it all together. Anyway, her old blog was kind of famous for it’s time and she has some great info on there. Stuff that still holds true for today’s travels. Do a google search on her and Glampette teardrop.

            • Pamela K. says:

              BTW, I have two of the little Mr. Buddy heaters for the Airstream. I have had them for several years but have never used them. I foresee a time when having one of them in my conversion van travels would be wise to have it along with me, especially in the north Georgia mountains during late fall. It gets cold and can snow up there without notice.
              Safe travels to you!

            • Jordan says:


              Thank you for the link. I know Stacie, she has some very clever ideas for her Glampette. I enjoyed following her along when she got her trailer cuz i got mine around the same time. She is an amazing woman & very talented. I have thought about using something similar to her idea but just haven’t needed it until i was traveling to here – & my stuff is too disorganized right now for me to use any heating element safely. Today is my “Day to get organized” day! No wind blowing out there! After that i can come up with a plan for off-grid cold emergencies (besides going to a campground with electric hook up).

              I can attest to North GA getting cold! I used to live in Chattanooga & remember the snow in those mountains! Good luck with your conversion van & safe & warm travels to you too!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Hey, you made it! (Not that I doubted you would.)

        I bet you are enjoying tonight: the wind finally shut off. Ahhhhh… And now the moon will be getting brighter and brighter. I always like it when it “comes back” and gets closer and closer to full. And it’s going to warm up a bit, too.

        It’s fun to hear how your travels are going and that you found a good boondock with a beautiful sunset.

        • Jordan says:

          Yes it was a beautiful evening! I had forgotten how much even a small moon illuminated the desert at night. So beautiful. I am excited about todays weather! Operation Organization is about to commence!

          Thank you for the support & well wishes. Best to you & safe travels. Here’s to the full moon a comin back!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Did you happen to see any of the Leonid meteor shower? (Peak was supposed to be last night and the night before.) I was only out for a few minutes each night, but did see one (somehow one doesn’t sound like a shower, does it). Curiously, it was blazing past Orion which was about to set (I say curiously, because the main action was supposed to be to the east.)

            Is the organizing done? (:snort: Well, it’s never done for me anyway.) I always seem to leave on a big trip (from home) with things in a jumble and it’s such a fun relief the first time I get a chance to really tackle it.

            • Jordan says:

              I saw one big one i think Monday night, but forgot it was time for Leonid shower. Too much on my mind. I have been waiting, drooling at the mouth to be out here for the Geminids!! It better be clear for it!

              As far as organizing, well, i’m not sure if i really got more organized but i moved a lot of things around & completed a couple of projects so i guess that counts as progress. I think it will take me some time yet to really settle into my new home on wheels as it would a home not on wheels. I’ll just have to resign myself to being patient. Ugh. ?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi again, Jordan . . . I’m glad you made it to a calm place and warmth. Good luck with the organizing!

  20. Judy - Another Full-Timer says:

    I’ve been stuck in the wind for the last two days, also. Can’t even go out for a walk. Even had to put my slides in last night for several hours. Was going to drive today, but followed your lead and made a decision to wait another day as I did not want to get blown away. Glad to see Rusty is still OK. Do the dogs have booties for the desert or do they do a good job of avoiding spikes? Might protect their paws.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy – Another Full-Timer,

      Bridget and Reggie are not tender-pawed. They’ve never worn dog booties and they’ve never had a problem. On the other hand, friends of mine have a beagle who has to wear booties and also receives Bag Balm massages on her paws to combat dryness. Depends upon the dog…

      I’d say the crew does an excellent job avoiding spikes. Standing cacti do not present a problem for them (pieces of cholla blowing around or lying around are a threat — hence, we avoid). Dogs seem to sense that cacti are not something to sniff.

      I’m curious about your general location….Care to share?

  21. Applegirl NY says:

    Beautiful sunset. I’d bark at that cactus too. It looks like Cousin It.

    Safe travels, Sue.

  22. rita says:

    I watched my granddaughter as a toddler and she was much like Reggie at learning new things i.e. she wouldn’t step on dark tile (black/white tiled floor) and would stop and carefully step sideways onto the white tile. Reggie saw something new and unfamiliar and had to bark a warning….so adorable.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, rita… Pups and little people have so many new things to learn while they’re small. I bet your granddaughter is “adorable,” too!

  23. Rhodium, RI says:

    Thanks for being so precise on your camp’s location. I like to try and find them on the satellite map view. Seeing the satellite view and your photos is like a course in interpreting satellite photos, which should help when we finally get on the road again!
    Keep safe, it looks like you will be getting a lot of storms this winter if El Niño has its way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rhodium, RI,

      I appreciate you including your location. I don’t think I have many readers from Rhode Island.

      Interesting how you use the locations in my posts as a learning tool. Yes, map skills and satellite photo skills will come in handy when you return to the road.

  24. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    This is the closest I have been in awhile. The internet is taking its time showing me new posts.

  25. Laurie in NC says:

    I love the last picture! They are quite a pair! Reggie is so cute and Bridget is a very regal lady!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laurie in NC,

      These two road rats of mine are very different. Reggie makes a flying leap through the door and Bridget waits for a lift in… It’s fun to note the differences.

  26. Lynn Brooks says:

    Such beautiful pictures!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore,MD)

  27. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I love the photos today. The sunrise is really nice, but I love the sunset. It looks very unique. Love Bridget’s look, “Will you PLEASE do something with him?” That shot is just too precious. Safe travels in all this wind. We are getting it here in Middle TN today and tomorrow. It is supposed to rain and give us 1-2 inches. It should be fun trying to get Angel to go outside in the morning. Hopefully, we can catch a break in the AM.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I guess you’re in the rain today, taking Angel for potty runs. One thing about rain, it does cut out the canine dawdling. Thanks for mentioning the photos. I’m glad you liked them.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Hi Sue,
        We did catch a few minutes break in the rain about 7:30 this morning, but it was real quick as we ran home in the rain, for as much as my old bones can run these days. We caught another break about 12:30 for her other business, thank goodness, but we weren’t back 10 minutes when it started pouring again. The storms are due to blow out of here late afternoon today, then it is going to get colder. They are predicting a low of 27 for Sunday morning. Brrrr. The temps are supposed to rise back into the 40-55 range after Tuesday next week.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Running through the raindrops…. We who love our dogs will do what is necessary… I hope your storms are gone, all is calm, and you and Angel are warm together.

  28. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    I see the first comment was made at 7:13am and I get this notice of your
    new post at 8:30 pm at nite………..sure cant be first that way……
    anyway you got some more nice pictures of scenery….
    cant wait for your next post

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Hi Chuck, Your Internet Service Provider may be at fault with the slow delivery but > your email program has a setting for how often you request a delivery from the ISP.
      If it is set for once a day you will have a problem being #1.
      On Mozilla Thunderbird this setting is found at “Options”, Account Settings”, “Server Settings”; > “Check for new messages every [ XX ] minutes”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, chuck… I see you found Mick’s explanation for the late notices.

  29. Pamela K. says:

    Did you see it?! In the last photo…

    Sue says…
    “I’m taking him outside, Bridge. Hang in there, babe. This wind can’t last forever.”
    Reggie makes his own social statement by sticking out his tongue…HA! 🙂

    And those expressive eyes of Bridget’s!
    I almost lost my coffee laughing. They are cuteness overloads.

  30. Pamela K. says:

    Bridget and Reggie are her crew members now. Spike, our dear beloved Spike, passed last year. Yes, he was very, very special and sadly missed here.

    p.s. Why does your blue weblink say *none*? What is your web site? Just curious that it showed up that way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      After reading my entire blog with its many references to Spike, I bet Mike simply mixed up the names. I still do it myself when typing a post.

      Re the link saying “none”… Here’s why this often happens…

      When giving info in order to comment, there is a blank for putting in the URL of one’s blog. No matter what one puts in that blank, their name is going to show looking like a link. People don’t know this will happen and therefore they unintentionally make their name show up as a link. It’s nothing specific to Mike.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Oh, I understand about the URL link now. Thinking back, I remember seeing it when I signed up.
        About Mike’s *Spike* comment. I was certain that was what had happened. Just wanted to mention it to him since this post is so fun and about mostly Reggie. I thought memories of Spike, with everyone missing him so, might change the tenor of the post. Just tried to be nice and shortcut that 🙂 Yes, names are always easy to mix up, I do it all the time. To the dismay of *Her Bearness* (our Golden) I slip and call her the cat’s name (Vinnie)! That’s when they BOTH give me *that look*. HA! 🙂

  31. David Greybeard says:

    Thank you! to the person who bought the Showy Milkweed Seeds through Sue’s Amazon link. The Monarch butterflies can’t live without milkweed, but development and agriculture are overtaking milkweed habitat. This year’s fall migration seemed pretty healthy in my area, but these delightful creatures are likely going to need our help to survive.

  32. AZ Jim says:

    Love the last pic of your two babies. Ridin along Missy….

  33. weather says:

    The photo above “This morning we wake to wind” is beyond pretty or beautiful,it looks more like a dreamscape than a picture of real desert.I’ve only had a handful of times when what I saw around me was like that,and most of those involved mists or fogs of some type.Gorgeous place and great shot,Sue, wow!

    Your description of what early morning involves was so vivid that I could feel what each of you three were going through,and must every day.That’s why years ago I drank instant coffee,then later had a coffee maker with a timer,then realized it always got cold as I took care of food ,water,etc. anyway so began just making a pot the night before and got used to drinking cold coffee .I now prefer it that way and if I have a cup while out somewhere get ice to cool it with .Amazing how being responsible for taking care of little ones alters our lives,isn’t it?

    To small animals the world is such a different place than it is to us!Eye level with Reggie’s height in mind the cactus may look like a monster porcupine with a giant red upper body that’s umpteen times his size.One less brave than he is might run away screaming yet the hair rises on his back as though he’s ready to fight The Thing!

    Gee, you and Bridget have your hands and paws full when motor baby wants out.It’s a good thing you seldom have days when you need to stay inside.Otherwise the BLT and you would far worse for the wear.What a lively post ,I hope things are calmer for you at the moment,ha! No wonder you need to spend time in your lounger when you can.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We make adjustments to benefit those we love, right? You know the pleasure of bringing comfort and security to those entrusted to our care. I thought of that this morning as I put out the old quilt on the rough desert sand for the crew to lie on. I fold it into a pallet and I don’t wash it as often as other things, supposing that the scent it holds for canine noses lets them know that this is home, whenever and wherever that quilt lies.

      It is remarkable that Reggie immediately sprang into protection mode upon seeing that tall (to him) cactus. It was obvious he was frightened by it, yet he was ready to take it on.

      Thank you for your wish. Today is calm, not the slightest breeze, temperature perfect. I hope your day is all you want it to be. Oh, a hummingbird just buzzed the window! 🙂

      • weather says:

        Calm air and perfect temperature-I’m so glad for you!The hummingbird visiting as you replied to me delighted us both 🙂
        Knowing, and so providing, what the crew needs to know “this is home”…oh,Sue,how you care about them,not just care for them says so much.Seldom washing the quilt is the perfect way to give them that knowledge and assurance.Those nuances and being so sensitive and tender- with others of any species -are beyond people without the innate qualities that you have.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m sure you are as tender with your companions, as well as those who visit your home, regardless of species. You always lift me up, weather. Thank you. Warm wishes for a good night to you, the finches, the cats, kittens, and any others within your realm of affection. 🙂

  34. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    I wish I could write and express my feelings like
    weather and Sue does……….they write as beautiful
    as the pictures are……..
    I agree with Weather…..I feel like Im standing right
    behind Sue when she takes a picture and feel that
    cold wind when she steps out of the BLT…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      On the contrary… Your short, sweet, honest messages express your feelings extremely well. I’m often touched by your kind words.

      In a way, I sense you here, too, chuck. My blog and it’s wonderful blogorinos give me companionship and the pleasure of sharing what the crew and I experience.

  35. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning, blogorinos!

    I hope you are ready to have a marvelous day. The crew and I are at our new camp, arriving later than usual yesterday. I look forward to telling you about it!

    Too tired last night to reply to comments (we went to bed at 7:30!), although I did read them all and also those I found this morning. I hope to reply to each one. Why? Because I appreciate every one!

    Thanks to all who answered questions and made clarifications while the crew and I were on the road yesterday.

    Talk to ya’ later!

  36. Jan Reno now says:

    Ditto to milkweed sale. Good job whomever.
    Loved reading the post this morning putting a smile on my face for the day and that little pink tounge is too sweet. Wind is grueling.
    I join the southern migration Dec 9th. Yippee!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan Reno now… December 9th will be here in a flash. The holidays seem to be arriving fast this year. It seems only a short while ago we were caught in last summer’s heat wave. . . .

      Thanks for mentioning this post. Always happy to bring a smile!

  37. rvsueandcrew says:

    You’re welcome, Mike… And I sure do enjoy hearing from you! Thank you for reading all my posts. I hope you had the right URL (dot com, not dot net) when you read them so you saw the photos, too. This things we have seen! What incredible sights!

  38. Cheryl O. (WA state) says:

    Good morning Sue.

    I started reading your blog a couple weeks ago. Very inspiring and helpful. I am looking forward to full time rv’ing as soon as I am able. I have a 15′ trailer and a Toyota Tundra pickup that I’ve been camping in for short camping trips. I am thinking now of outfitting it for the long haul. Thank you.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good afternoon, Cheryl O, and welcome to my blog! Great seeing you here! You are now a blogorino… 🙂

      It’s my pleasure to share this way of life with you and others. You’re fortunate to already have a trailer and a vehicle with which to tow it. Best wishes as you consider the full-time life!

  39. Cheryl O. says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words. We had a huge wind storm yesterday. Took out power of about 250,000, mostly from all the trees falling…3 fatalities from trees and power lines. I read about all the wind in the desert and wonder if it’s any worse than around here minus the trees, since I’ve never been there. I’m planning on going to the ocean for 4 nights at the end of the year. Will be great to experience NYE soloing in my rv.


    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Cheryl!

      NYE with the sound of the ocean….sounds like a great way to start 2016! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, New Year’s Eve at the ocean, by yourself in your RV…. sounds divine, Cheryl.

      Now that you mention your wind storm with trees falling, I realize that’s one thing one doesn’t think much about in the desert, unless one lives where trees have been planted and they’re usually palm trees. These short and squatty mesquites, ironwoods, and palo verde are quite resistant to wind.

      • Cheryl O. says:

        Thank you, Denise!

        Yes. I’m pushing the envelope to camp in Dec. because of our weather. It’ll be fun.

        I have an Amazon wish list going. Will be using your link, Sue.

  40. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    As I read “The Cactus Incident”, I was holding my breath. I feared that a cholla jumped out and “got” Reggie. What a relief! I guess it is a good thing that he is scared of cacti…that will keep him safe in the long run. Miss Bridget has saintly patience at times, having to deal with the Motor Baby! Beautiful sunset pictures!

    Glad that you all are enjoying calmer conditions. This weekend in my neck of the woods, temps will drop to the 20’s at night. I am not complaining….it IS November, after all! It was 72 yesterday…crazy weather!

    I plan to wrap up my Christmas shopping tomorrow night through your Amazon link. Have a good night, Sue! Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Denise and Gracie pup!

      You told me Gracie’s breed one time and I’ve forgotton — I’m picturing a Westie or Bichon. Many of our readers are dog people and I mix up the dogs. And then there’s the memory thing. 🙂 Potty breaks when the lows drop to the 20s…. brrrr!

      Thank you very much for doing your Christmas shopping from my blog! I consider that my present from you, dear cyber-friend.

      Like a lot of people I don’t like Christmas being promoted before Thanksgiving. Then I go and post Amazon ads for Black Friday and Christmas sales before Thanksgiving! Many of my readers travel to family in their RVs as they head south and they want to deliver the presents in person. Other folks like to get the job done…like you. That’s why I start ads early. How nice to have it all “wrapped up” before Thanksgiving. 🙂

      Bundle up and stay warm…

  41. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Blogorinos,


    Amazon will start their Black Friday specials early….this Friday, 11/20. Click on Sue’s Amazon link and shop from the comfort of your home. 🙂

  42. Pamela K. says:

    Speaking of shopping Sue’s Amazon link…

    The bed pillow I bought has truely changed my life! No kidding, 4 glorious nights of deep sleep with no-to-little neck, sholder, and upper back pains. It has been YEARS since I have been able to say that, I can now because of this pillow! Not to promise it is the be-all-end-all for everyone – BUT it sure is worth a try for anyone who has sleep problems and wakes less than rested.
    Amazon carries my pillow As Seen On TV The Miracle Bamboo Pillow. It costs about $35.00-$80.00 depending on size and style. And they carry two different ones, I have the 35.00 one. Would make a really nice holiday gift!

  43. Wendy in Thailand says:

    Back in Thailand after visting with family in Australia, so back to enjoying tagging along on a more regular basis. I hope everyone is doing ok.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wendy! You’re back! I was afraid we’d lost you…

      I expect you’re thinking about summer as we talk about the cold and winter holidays. It’s good to know you’re still riding along with us. 🙂

  44. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Good Morning Sue, I am just finishing up my coffee with you and the blogorinos. I am reading along and enjoying my peanut butter toast on this glorius day. It is warming up a bit here by the beach, going to be 82 degrees! So probably the weather is going to be just beautiful for you. Last night it only got as low as 50 degrees, that is better as far as I am concerned. 40 degrees at night is just not my cup of tea. There was not a cloud in the sky this morning as I watched the sun come up over Saddleback mountain (for those who know the area). Going to be a lovely holiday weekend I think. So, are you going to have Turkey dinner with the crew or your favorite roasted chicken? Whatever, I am sure it is going to be beautiful. I am so itching to get my very own RV out to the desert, Salton Sea to be exact…have to wait about another month, as my partner’s arm is not quite healed from the shoulder replacement, but then, stand back! I am going to put every penny I have into the gas tank on the weekends until I retire sometime after May. If you see a 35 foot flash going by out in the desert, it might be me! Stay safe and warm, looks great where you are…but as usual, I cannot wait to see where you go. Love to the crew, they are your heart and soul.

    Catch up with ya’ll later…

    Hey Marla, where you been hiding?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Shirlene,

      Nice to read your upbeat message. I’m sure many readers are wishing they had your sunny California weather right now. Your description shares it well. 🙂

      You’ve got the itch! It must be really bad, too, now that you have your RV. Lots of wonderful weekends await you. I hope the Salton Sea is as delightful as it was when we were there … gosh, when was that? Anyway… I wonder what birds are there . . . The sunsets are lovely across the Sea.

      No plans for Thanksgiving which delights me no end. Haha! 🙂 How about you?

      I’ve been wanting all morning to write the next blog post. Per usual, being at a new camp, the crew wants me OUTSIDE exploring with them, not sitting at the computer! They pester me to “come out and play!”

  45. nancy s says:

    Hi Sue,

    I found your blog a little while ago, but haven’t written till now .
    I went back & caught up on everything from the beginning
    That was a lot of catching up. ☺

    I really enjoy your style of writing & love reading about Bridget & Reggie.
    how cute are they?

    We full time in a 5th wheel along with our black lab & cat. Can’t even
    Imagine traveling without them.

    Look forward to your next post.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, nancy s.!

      Welcome to my blog! It always thrills me when a “new” person appears!

      Thank you for introducing yourself… The pronoun “We” tells us you have someone full-timing with you in addition to a dog and cat. I appreciate you starting at the beginning of my blog and reading forward.. no small feat! Thanks for the compliment on my writing. It’s a pleasure to know it brought enjoyment to you.

      I hope you will keep in touch. Maybe, if it doesn’t bother you, you could put your general location next to your name when signing in. There are a few Nancys who comment here and that would help us identify you. Nice hearing from you, blogorino!

      • nancy s indiana says:

        Hi sue,

        Glad to include my location . Southern, western part
        Of Indiana, close to the Illinois & Kentucky border.

        The “we” includes my husband of 47 years along with
        Our much loved black lab, Chloe & cat, Rupie. Don’t ask, our grandson came up with that name. ☺

        The picture of the new site is very pretty, much worth the trouble to hitch & unhitch.

        Thanks , Nancy s indiana

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Nancy… Thank you for introducing yourself, including your location. I hope all is well in southwestern Indiana! 🙂

  46. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue,

    I must confess that my favorite posting of RV Sue is when I get one or two behind. Then, I get to read the blog and all of the conversations that follow. It extends the experience and makes it that much more fun to catch up!


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