Chilly, damp, July days at Boulder Lake, Wyoming

Tuesday, July 29

The weather during our first two days at Boulder Creek was sunny and hot.

1-DSC06007The crew and I took advantage of the cool shade under the awning and the breezes at the little beach below our camp.

1-DSC06002This morning a cool air mass moves in.  The sky is overcast and clouds threaten rain.

1-DSC06018By noon it’s dark and chilly. 

A light but steady drizzle falls.  Bridget and Spike go outside, only to return to the warmth of the bedcovers after a few minutes.  I read most of the day.

1-DSC05997Late in the afternoon the rain stops. 

Good thing because Spike is very antsy for a walk after a day cooped up in the Best Little Trailer.

1-DSC06013I take my camera along and do my best to take decent photos in the poor light.  Bridget and Spike are two bright spots in a subdued landscape under the overcast sky.

1-DSC06014During days like this I appreciate this blog more than ever.

The conversations in the comments section bring sunshine into our little home.  I sit at the table and laugh into my laptop, as the crew hibernates on the bed next to me.

1-DSC06021Hot tea, hot soup, warm pajamas, and socks to bed — at the end of July!

It drizzles on and off all night.

Wednesday, July 30

Another dark, chilly, damp day.  Around noon Spike stands up on his end of the bed and barks madly at something out the window.

1-DSC06033-001Cows, of course! 

The herd of about fifteen gives us the classic bovine stare.  I go outside and urge them to leave which they do in their own good time.  A few minutes later, a woman on horseback appears over the rise and moves the herd across the sagebrush plain and out of sight.

1-DSC06034By mid-afternoon a patch of blue sky appears to the northwest.

I grab my hat off the hook on the wall.

“I’m going down to the beach.  Anybody coming with me?”  Bridget and Spike hop off the bed and scramble out the door after me.

1-DSC06048From the beach we make our way through aspens and willows to explore the lake’s shore.

1-DSC06049By late afternoon the appearance of sunshine and more blue sky promise that tomorrow will be a brighter day!



1-DSC06037Aspen leaf and daisy

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119 Responses to Chilly, damp, July days at Boulder Lake, Wyoming

  1. Phyllis in Phoenix says:

    Hey, am I first? Enjoy your blog, and love that you and the crew met more cows!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Phyllis,

      Yes, you’re first!

      The crew and I meet cows wherever we go. We’re on The Bovine Tour.

  2. jolene/iowa says:

    This camp is so nice and the beach makes it perfect to me!

    You said you appreciate the blog on the damp, dreary days. We appreciate you all the time! I will say this though, even though you are an introvert you still need a human connection. I think it is good for your mental health. I think the blog is a perfect way for you to stay connected with people. You don’t have to have the physical contact and you can control just the amount of interaction that you want. To me this is a WIN-WIN. A win for us and a win for you!! I hope you have a great tomorrow.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I appreciate my readers all the time… on rainy days “more than ever!”

      Interaction with people via the internet is perfect for introverts. There’s always the “escape” button handy. 🙂

      I hope you have a great tomorrow, too.

      • MB says:

        Hey Sue….I agree with Jolene! Just seeing your name in the inbox in the morning makes me smile. I have read many other travel blogs. I even follow a couple. They are OK. They are informative and have good tips and pictures ect.. But you have a gift of making everyone who visits your blog feel like friends. It’s personal…to you and to us. I am an introvert too. I love people and I have the most wonderful group of friends in the world! But it is a small group. My job is one on one with a farm and it’s animals. (I used to teach K.) One day soon, I hope to take my dogs and hit the road. The internet is a great tool to stay in touch with old friends. But you have proved that it can also be used to make new ones. I love reading your blog everyday. I smile and wish you well each time I do. Love to you and love to the crew! MB in VA (for now :-D).

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hello, MB!

          Your message to me and all the friendly blogorinos is sweet. Thank you.

          I don’t know exactly how it happened. The people who read and comment on my blog are a warm, caring, kind, helpful, and often funny bunch. Once in a while a grumpy ol’ troublemaker will try to throw sand in our faces, but I deal with them and we continue on our merry way. Ha!

          One day you plan to hit the road with your own canine crew? I hope you will keep in touch and share with us. You can count on being welcome here, “MB in VA for now!”

  3. Kay says:

    Well, rained here too! All night as a matter of fact. Went to Home Depot an couple hours away, filled the cart with paint, and more paint. Chilly day, was thinking… boy hot bowl of good old fashioned German soup would really hit the spot…. Too bad I’m too tired to make a pot. Hot cup of tea also sounds good, but too tired to make that too. Thinking its best I stay under the covers on the water bed in this RV and pretend I am Bridget for the night.

    I wondered if the Cows would ever show up and give Spike something talk about!

    Had another visitor, this time a rep for some big company and wanted to inquire about leasing spaces…. ugh, not what I had in mind. I put him off in a really nice, sweet way…. told him unlikely we’d be ready anytime soon. He did need to know our hearts are set on RVer’s – the REAL ones.

    Okay, have a wonderful night, I’m going surfing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, busy lady!

      Picking up some paint for the shower and restroom buildings, I bet. 🙂 Your enterprise is attracting attention wherever you go. I know you have to wait until you’re ready to tell us, but I’m very curious where your new park is located!

      • Kay says:

        Na, the paint is for the home on the property. We have to find a couple of sets of hands to help erect the buildings for the restrooms and showers. Seems like everyone we talk to everyone is so busy….

        Oh, I guess, you’re not too far away! 🙂

        Now that’s enough info for now, just keep Spikey in good shape because he’ll have to come and do an official ribbon soaking ceremony, hopefully soon!

        • jolene/iowa says:

          I love all these snippets of information as clues! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Only 48 states to go (I assume it’s not in Hawaii.)

        • DesertGinger says:

          My guess is Kansas. You said not Colorado. I guess it could be Nebraska but that isn’t really on the way to anywhere. But several major interstates go thru Kansas.

          • R. (Western Colorado) says:

            But Kay said RVSue is not too far away and Kansas is waaaaaaaaaaaaay out there.

            BTW, Kay I found Colorado peaceful, quiet, relaxing. You should come on some hikes with me and I can show you how peaceful, quiet and relaxing places around here are. Not a whole state of Colorado is as busy as RMNP in July and August.

            • Kay says:

              Someone is really, REALLY warm!

              And, yep forgot there is another side to Colorado other than the east side of the Rockies.

              And, Sue is inching her way closer to my location. She’s pretty close but yet, far.

              And, HELP IS ON THE WAY! Spikey’s Spa will get in this year yet!!!!!!

              Now – no more guessing, please, you guys are killing me because I am dying to blurt it out!!!!!

            • MB says:

              I was thinking near Yellowstone on the Montana or Idaho sides. I love West Yellowstone. A friend has a place in Island Park, ID. That’s pretty quiet and relaxing too.

  4. Lynn Brooks says:

    Hi RVSue & Crew!
    I’ve only been following you & your blog got a few days – but I LOVE IT!!! AND ALL OF YOU!
    I full timed w/my German Shepherd Dog, Lady, for 5 yrs in my motor home. We had a BLAST!!! Hung up the wheels when my granddaughter was born 5 yrs ago. Lady has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge & I miss her everyday!
    I am looking forward to when my grandaughter is a few yrs older & I can taker her out on the road for summer vacations!
    Keep up this great blog!!!
    Happy Trails!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynn,

      Welcome to my blog and thank you for your enthusiasm toward my blog! What part of the country are you in?

      I’m sorry your Lady is no longer with you. You shared some great times together on the road, I’m sure.

      And now you have a granddaughter to introduce to the fun of camping. Thanks for writing, Lynn. I hope you will feel like dropping in again.

  5. Linda Rose says:

    I’m enjoying your blog so much. I have a Roadtrek (same chassis as your PTV). I love the rainy cool days so much more than the heat! Don’t you?
    I have a “crew” of 4….some say I have a problem but when traveling I sometimes prefer the company of dogs over people.

    I am trying to remember to order from your blog when using Amazon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m glad you enjoy it. Some say you have a problem? Because you have 4 dogs or because you prefer dogs over people? Either way, you sound perfect to me! (Well, you will be when you shop Amazon from my blog. Heh-heh.)

      Later… You’re name sounded familiar so I checked. Yes, you did comment when we were in Utah and you DID shop Amazon from my blog. So it’s official. You’re perfect!

    • MB says:

      Hi LR! I am in the process of choosing an RV. Roadtrek is on the list. If you have time, would you let me know the top things you like about yours and if there have been any negatives? Thanks to Sue, I know a little about small travel trailers. Thanks! I have three dogs and prefer their company to a lot of humans I know. So, I guess I have a problem too. 🙂 Have a great day! MB in VA

      • Linda Rose says:

        MB I love my Roadtrek. If I upgrade I would get another Roadtrek. Sue knows about the reliability of the Chevy chassis. With a Roadtrek I can park absolutely anywhere…and have. Has all I need in a small package. I found one used (more in my budget). I’ve put 24000 miles on it in the last 2 1/2 years. Great FB and forums for support too.

  6. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi Sue,

    Another post! And I just caught up and commented on the last one earlier tonight! You have been on a posting frenzy, Sue! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

    I love the picture of the lake framed by the aspens.

    Sweet dreams, Sue and Crew!

  7. Barb George says:

    Love this as always! Here’s to sunny days with a bit ‘o breeze!

    Hugs from Hoquiam!

  8. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The site looks wonderful, secluded, quiet and lakeside. Spike is sure enjoying it. The picture of Bridget splashing about was really funny. We had some lovely cool weather here the last few days but the heat and humidity are on they’re way back.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Good to hear from you . . . The cool weather was a nice break, wasn’t it… Supposed to be warmer here tomorrow also.

  9. Cinandjules(NY) says:

    Raining here also!

    AO is curled up on the couch keeping my feet warm…and I’m laughing into my ipad at you!

    Stay warm! Don’t let those bovines give you the ole stink eye!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Awww… Nothing like doggie fur to keep the tootsies warm.

      What’s not good is when the fur is wet! Spike came in and filled the BLT with wet dog aroma. That was after I found him digging a hole in the dirt and got his paws all dirty. Cleaned him up. Now we’re running out of water so I guess we go to town tomorrow. That dog! Don’t laugh. It’s not funny!

      • Cinandjules(NY) says:

        Could you rinse him off in the lake? Or tell him to go soak!

        I bet he only soaks on his terms……

        Funny guy!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I didn’t rinse him off in the lake because it was cold outside and raining. I would’ve come back soaked and with wet sand on me.

          I’d have to go for water anyway and it’s time for us to get out and about and see stuff. I wanted to go somewhere yesterday but the day was too dark. I knew I’d see something I’d want to post here in a photo. . .

  10. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Now how did the deaf dog know that cow was there?? His nose must be exceptional yet?? Cows are always such curious creatures…no wonder they love to come by!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good question, Elizabeth. He might have stood up to look out the window — he does that — and was shocked to see cows in the yard. I didn’t know they were there because they didn’t make a sound. I’m thankful they didn’t leave a mess.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Heh…yes, Sue, if you chase them, they generally get nervous and leave something behind!! They were very healthy looking weren’t they?

      • Sondra-SC says:

        He probably smelled them! My dogs know something is around our place without moving a muscle! Today we had rain now I have 2) 65 lb WET dogs on the Living room floor…ugh. I toweled, fluffed, and rubbed no good they both have that thick hair that you cant get the water out of! Oh well such is a day in the life of a dog lover~:o)
        I cant think of anything that goes better with a rainy day than PJ’s and slippers!

  11. SusanS/south central WA state says:

    I love your current beach!!! Nice shade trees, sand and fire ring if needed. 106 again today so we (husband, big pup and I) spent over an hour in the river staying cool. On the return drive a police car had a small pickup pulled over about 2 miles from our house. They were getting the classic bovine stare from 9-10 cows that had their heads over the fence watching the proceedings.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, SusanS,

      You are fortunate to have a river nearby, especially in 106 degree heat. I’m guessing you’re near Ellenberg or east of there . . . . (?)

      These were the healthiest, most robust cows I’ve ever seen. I never thought I’d say this about cows — beautiful animals! The forage here is not over-grazed and, of course, they have access to plenty of water.

  12. Lolalo says:

    It has even been cool here in Georgia (North of Atlanta)! It was only 57 degrees this morning. I think that is a record. And we haven’t had any high 90’s, so it has been a cooler than normal July.
    I looked closer at the benchmark maps and Google maps to see where you are. Also watched a couple of quick videos showing the area. Beautiful!
    Take care…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lolalo,

      57 degrees in Georgia in late July… What a treat for y’all!

      This is a beautiful area, even more the further north we go along the Wind River Range.

      Have a good night . . .

  13. Angie says:

    I was just watching the 10 pm news and thought of you with this story. Don’t know if it is near the area of your bear story but it is close if not. Love your blog. If you can, you should try to make it to Green River Lakes, WY. One of the most beautiful places ever and boondocking nearby.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Angie,

      I googled Green River Lakes and read this:

      “The Green River Lakes consist of two lakes located in the heart of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and 52 miles from the nearest town of Pinedale, Wyoming.”

      With supplies 52 miles away (and I assume those include mountain miles), Green River Lakes is definitely a day trip for us. That is beautiful country!

  14. sherry in oregon says:

    What a gift, as far as I’m concerned, to have a drizzly, cool day in the middle of the summer. It’s HOT in Oregon this week & the delicate flowers are wilting!
    Party on, Sue … you get more out of life than most people would ever even hope to!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, sherry in oregon,

      Thanks, BTW, for including your location. It makes a comment more meaningful when a person does that . ..

      You’re absolutely correct — a cool day with drizzle is a gift at this time of year. But I do admit the clear, blue sky and warm sunshine this morning are welcomed by me and the crew!

  15. Angie says:

    Oops, I though I could post the picture. Oh well, it was a bear story near Flaming Gorge. Maybe you can read on their website since you seem to have internet service where you are.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I googled and have gone through several bear stories, including:

      “Bear surprises camper in High Uintas”
      “Bear climbs median, crosses freeway”
      “11-year-old boy saves little sister from bear attack”
      “Bear wanders into cabin, surprising man”

      All of these turned out to be archived articles. I give up! Need more info to find recent story . ..

  16. David Greybeard says:

    I think it’s always a Bovine Tour when you’re boondocking on BLM or National Forest land! I spent the summer of 2012 roaming around Wyoming and I don’t think a single day went by that I didn’t see or at least smell cows. I never minded them, but I think I preferred the sage grouse wandering through my camp. I never got good photos of them, so thanks for your fantastic sage grouse pics on the previous post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, David Greybeard,

      Are you new to my blog, David? If so, welcome! Great to have you with us. 🙂

      I know what you mean… It’s okay having cows around as long as they keep their distance and drop their plops away from the campsite. And they seem to be everywhere on public lands!

      Those photos of the sage grouse were very lucky shots. The grouse skittered away to the cover of the sagebrush. I barely had time to point the camera and I didn’t look through the camera — just lifted the camera and clicked in the general direction. It was a happy surprise when I discovered not one, but two, shots I could post on this blog. I like the one of the solitary grouse with open beak . .. .

  17. I love the Aspen picture, and the cow picture. Such beautiful faces they have!

    Oh my goodness, 8 more hours to work….one more shift as an RN….and then a new chapter of life begins! I begin full time RV life on August 10. Can hardly believe it’s really about to happen! Thank you for being such an inspiration Sue!

    • JodeeinSoCal says:

      Your shift should just be ending…….congratulations on your new chapter!! Bill and I launch next June and every time I see someone else has hit their “go” date I have to cheer for them :-).

      Here’s hoping all your travels are safe and inspiring!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Micky, and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS from me and the crew on your retirement today and launch date only ten days away! How thrilling!

      You will find you are about to write an entirely new and exciting book!

      It’s always a pleasure for me (and fellow blogorinos) to share the excitement of someone launching into a new life. Thank you, Micky. I wish you the best and I have a strong feeling you will find it.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Congrats Micky on your retirement, nothing but fun ahead!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Congratulations Micky! You did it! What a wonderful accomplishment. Can’t wait to hear your fabulous travel tales.

    • MB says:

      Good for you! Brought tears to my eyes. And everyone who does it just lets me know that it’s possible for me too! So thank you! Have a wonderful time! MB in VA

      • I’m late here and don’t know if anyone will see it, but thank you all for the good wishes! Mick… a friend of mine is coming over Sunday to try out the antenna he made for Wandering Spirit, using yours as a basic guide. I’m excited about that!

        My last shift as an RN went well, and we even had a little time for celebrating. I don’t think my mind has absorbed the fact that I no longer am employed yet….I think it may take awhile. Getting on the road should help though! 🙂 This is going to be huge for me. I know so much of NOTHING! :-)))

        • MB says:

          I saw it! So happy for you! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Micky,

          Of course, this is HUGE! It’s a big deal for anyone, regardless of what they “know.”

          About not absorbing the fact that you are no longer employed… I still have mornings — over 3 years after retirement — when I wake up and my first thought is “Oh, I don’t have to go to work today.” SWEET!

          I’m going to cut and paste your comment in an email to Mick. I’m sure he’ll be pleased.

  18. Jan Johnson says:

    Oh my goodness! I have been so so so distracted with finally getting on Medicaid and going to a cardiologist with a heart arrhythmia I have had for two years untreated – so back and forth, back and forth, a 30-day monitor, the docs and the monitor company repeatedly calling me asking if I was still alive because I was flat-lining for 6-1/2 seconds at a time – gee, that’s why I was having attacks on my head and almost passing out! On top of that no work from my employer to my home-based job and unable to drive in my dizziness to get another job – well, I said all that to say, I guess I forgot about a lot things and today I realized out of the blue – as I was thinking about my retirement and telling my sister I was inspired by you as to a way I might could make it on my inevitably small social security check – I have not seen RV Sue in my mailbox in a long time! I was so worried something had happened as I have always read your blog as a breath of fresh air up until now and you are so faithful to write. Luckily google led me to your old blog and that led to your new one. Ahhhh! You are still out there going to beautiful places that I can vicariously tag along on and you are okay! So glad to hear that and to see your beautiful campsite today and now I will go catch up! Happy travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Wow, if ever there were a good excuse for not keeping up with a blog, you have it. I’m sorry to learn of your health and employment challenges. It must’ve been frightening at times.

      Good to have you back with us. When I saw your name I thought, “Oh yeah, Jan Johnson… Haven’t heard from her in a long time ….” You have a lot of catching up to do! 😉

      Thanks for writing . . .

  19. JonesGirl says:

    Dear Sue,
    Am I correct that you are a traveler seeking solitude. One of the things I enjoyed at the Tearjerkers meetup two weeks ago is the people. Camping is a leveler of all backgrounds
    and lifestyles. It is this mix of people that inspires me. Any advice. And, no, I am not really interested in “rugrats” – finished raising kids – but the vintage and non-vintage campers often seem to be adults seeing the USofA. Sincerely, J

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JonesGirl,

      Welcome to my blog! To answer your question— No, I’m not a traveler seeking solitude. I think if you keep up with my blog you’ll see my lifestyle quite differently.

      I don’t know what advice you seek, but I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

  20. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Where would you go grocery shopping Sue? I don’t recall in that area big supermarket or Walmart but truly I did not look for it.

    Good morning Sue! Good morning Bridget! Good morning Spike. Enjoy this lovely home at least for a few more days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, R. (Western Colorado),

      There’s a Wal-Mart in Riverton but that’s on the other side of the Wind River mountains. I’ll have to do the best I can with what I find in Pinedale. As you know, the beautiful places are often remote. I stocked up at the Wal-Mart in Vernal, which leaves perishables (and meat for the crew) to be found.

      One of the benefits of living without campground fees year round is it frees up money for gas and higher-priced groceries when traveling to and living in areas such as this.

      Enjoy wherever you are today!

  21. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,
    First minute at sunrise- watching the troupe stretch their legs ,wings and necks,moments later I found blue sky and white clouds had briefly replaced last evenings stormy darkness.

    Shown in your 2nd and 3rd photos,everything appears changed so quickly sometimes.Yesterday I saw that happen again.My friend,in the jeep’s other seat,with a nearly imperceptible move of shoulders and chin gripped a confidence that tells me the struggle’s over.

    When anyone has that -obstacles have lost their power to defeat!You read on this blog of many people’s gratitude to you about giving that.All we’re asked to do with the joy He’s placed in us is live.Let there be light’s power needs no effort from us as it’s working.Sharing the wonder of it with you -a gift every time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      Your willingness to give of yourself to your friend in her time of difficulties is His hand lifting her up. What a privilege and honor for you and a much-needed gift for her! And through it all, you receive a gift as well. 🙂

      Confidence — That is the key! The inner assurance of one’s power (whether recognized as coming from Him or not) to handle the ups and downs of living is liberating. Without fear and timidity, we experience life fully. When a person gains confidence I’ve noticed that gratitude for what was previously taken for granted often follows. You’ve set my mind on an interesting (to me) train of thoughts this morning . . .

      Second cup of coffee finished, the crew’s needs call me… Wishing you a wonderful day!

      • weather says:

        So,did your train of thoughts produce something you can share?Between tasks today I realized something astonishing and hand wrote myself a note about it.Life can distract us from ideas worth pursuing so easily…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, nothing in particular to share. . . a renewed feeling of happiness and gratitude. It’s been one of those day where I stop myself and blurt out, “Gee, this is fun!”

          I hope your day is going well. . .

      • Beautiful! I am thankful for the joy your blog brings to this fulltime dreamer.

  22. Another great location. Between your travels and those of Nina and Paul on the Wheeling It blog (they’re currently visiting places around the part of the country where I grew up), it almost feels as if I’m out there on the road instead of waiting another five years until I can – hopefully – retire. The only difference is that I don’t have to buy the fuel to get to those locations. 😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Walt,

      I know exactly what you mean! I traveled vicariously for years with Tioga George and other full-timers who blogged. Often it was the highlight (and sanctuary) of my day.

      Nina and Paul are in Washington state — one of my favorite places and a great place for you to grow up, Walt. I’m pleased you are enjoying our blogs.

  23. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Like all the dogs in London sounding the alarm in “101 Dalmatians”, I somehow see/hear that lone cow signaling the Bovine Nation: “They’re here! We’ve located the crew!!”
    It must be your delightful narrative – brings out the ridiculous in me :-).
    Just love the aspens, they “dress up” your site so nicely. Enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      “Bovine Nation” — Love that! Haha!

      Thanks for describing my narrative as “delightful.” I suppose I should be thankful to the cows for giving me something to add to a post about rainy days!

  24. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Sue and all, I ran across this little story about a dog that was camping with a family and was lost……..and found by others 22 days later.
    It’s a video presentation but well worth watching. Our best friends often get into some real trouble and worry us sick. Everyone have a great day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s a wonderful, happy-ending story, Jim! I imagine an English Mastiff lost in the wilderness for 22 days could really pack away some food when found. Poor thing was exhausted. Thanks for posting the link.

      • AZ Jim says:

        22 days in a dogs life is over 5 months. Very resourceful and brave little guy. Think of all those days seeking water, food and then finding a safe place at night to find rest to go on.. Poor baby.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Oh Jim, thank you. Weren’t those hikers who found her wonderful? And wasn’t she amazing to just hang on? This was a wonderful story.

  25. cluelesscampers and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Hi Sue! We’ve been lurking in the shadows and enjoying your blog since March, when my sister in law told me about it. Been trying to catch up with your early adventures and am now caught up to April 2012. It’s been exciting to see how your confidence has grown!!! We have a small motorhome– a Winnebago Rialta— a class B built on a VW eurovan chassis, and have been unable to go camping as it is in the shop getting a new transmission installed, so we have been living the dream through your blog! Up until now, all of our camping has been in developed campgrounds, although some were without hookups,,,,,,You’ve inspired us to try boondocking!!

    Thanks so much for your inspiring blog, and for taking such care responding to the blogarinos comments! By the way, do you have the Paperwhite or the Paperwhite 3G? Books are heavy and take up so much space and we have so little room!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, cc and c!

      I send thanks to your sister-in-law for alerting you to my blog. Welcome! I’m happy you’ve come out of lurkdom to share a little about yourselves, and I’m pleased that you are reading the old posts. There are a lot of comments over the past 3 years but they are worth scanning for good information. I enjoy talking with the blogorinos!

      BTW, you have a nice motorhome.

      I don’t think my Paperwhite is 3G. I wouldn’t have bought that because I don’t need it. My Paperwhite is”WiFi capable” and connects via my Verizon jetpack (air card) wirelessly. I only connect it to the internet when I want to download a book.

      What I do is turn on my air card, go to the kindle ebook store on my laptop, pick out a book, make sure my Paperwhite is on, click on “buy”, and in a matter of seconds the book shows up on my Paperwhite.

      Periodically you’ll see an ad on my blog for “Kindle Countdown Deals.” I like to check the countdown deals because I’ve found good books that way for less than two dollars each, many for 99 cents.

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        So what’s an advantage of the Paperwhite 3G over the Paperwhite? I’m almost ready to get one after my successful garage sale. The biggest advantage is (the one you, Sue, mentioned previously) to be able to read without turning a light on or when tent camping I wouldn’t have to have my lantern on. It is sometime a pain to figure out how to place a lantern.
        But anything else about Paperwhite? I guess I can google or go to but I feel too lazy after my 11-mile hike today. Thanks for any info and personal opinion.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The advantage of a Paperwhite 3G as opposed to a Paperwhite with Wifi capability . . . with the former you can go online to the kindle ebook store and buy books or you can borrow books from other kindle/Paperwhite owners, wherever you can pick up internet signal.

          If you have a jetpack/air card, there isn’t a need for the 3G.

          The PW 3G is about $70 more than the PW with Wifi capability which presently is $119.

          Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

          Click on the above link and scroll down. The features are in bold headings. In a few glances you’ll gain an idea of why Paperwhites are well-liked. Then take a nap!

          • DesertGinger says:

            I think another advantage to most e-readers is the long battery life. They last a long time on a charge which is probably very useful to someone in a tent.

            • R. (Western Colorado) says:

              Thank you Sue and Ginger. All very helpful. No, I did not take a nap but going to bed right now.
              Goodnight Sue! Goodnight Crew!

  26. DesertGinger says:

    Hi Sue and Crew and blogorinos. I was just looking at the BLT, with your little rugs out and your awning, and I was thinking there is something really fabulous about being self-contained. Even on my short trip from LA to Tucson, I had my cooler with sandwiches and snacks, my big water jug, a little fleece blankie, Chloe in her dog travel carrier, and it felt super good to feel like I could weather anything. The only thing I really needed was gas and bathroom, which fortunately tend to come together. We were quite happy, noodling along, making frequent rest stops, having our little sandwich and fruit, not needing anything from anyone. So I look at your little setup and think ….yeah. All set. You have your bathroom, your electrical source, your Internet, your food and water, each other….yeah. It’s fabulous to feel complete. So restful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      You hit the nail on the head! It’s a wonderful feeling to be self-contained — to camp in the “middle of nowhere” or at a lovely lakeside or wherever, with no one else around, knowing you have everything you need.

      Your trip with Chloe and your cooler and blankie gave you good insight into what it’s like to travel and live like I and many others do. Your phrases, “not needing anyone” and “I could weather anything” are two feelings that make for a very happy boondocker!

  27. Cari in North Texas says:

    I was awakened early this morning by loud claps of thunder and a myriad of lightning flashes, followed by about an hour of rain. The TV guy says we got almost 3″ in my area – woo hoo! I think maybe the wet weather you’ve been writing about finally made it to Texas. Today’s high was – drum roll please – 75 degrees. Our average temperature this time of year is 97, so the last few days have been delightful. However, by this time next week we’ll be back up in the 90s.

    Anyway, I got tickled by your terminology ‘bovine stare.’ They do seem to keep expression off their faces, don’t they?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hallelujah! Rain in Texas! And cool in July! That’s remarkable. Enjoy it while you can, Cari.

      I used to put on the bovine stare for students who didn’t do their math homework.

      • Cari in North Texas says:

        I think my mother had one of those, too – she was a high school English teacher and didn’t have much of a sense of humor when it came to tests and homework, or lack thereof.

  28. Angie says:

    I put the address to the article. I’m not sure why it wouldn’t come up for you. All I did though is go to and search bear. It was 6-7 articles down the page.

    Area closed to camping after bear ransacks 2 trailers |
    21 hours ago … Overnight camping is being prohibited in an area of Book Cliffs after a black bear recently broke into two camper trailers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the link, Angie. Those bear incidents weren’t in the area of Flaming Gorge, closer to Grand Junction, CO. Definitely an aggressive bear! From the article it seems like the bear found some food in a car and then continued ransacking cars and then campers. Went in through a skylight!!

      I’m gonna’ love my tooters! (air horns from Mick)

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        This bear is somewhere north of Thompson Springs, UT so it is closer to Green River, UT and yes, in the area of Bookcliffs. Thompson Springs is at exit 187 on I-70. That is about 400 miles from Pinedale, WY.

        Regardless where we are we need to do our part t protect ourselves from bears. They are just hungry wild animals looking for food to survive.

        This is what forest official said ““Bear safety is everyone’s responsibility,” Stewart said. “The mountains, foothills, deserts and other wild places where Utahns and visitors like to visit and recreate are also home to wildlife. And that almost always includes a healthy population of black bears.”

        Stewart said when a bear gets into trouble with people, it usually isn’t the bear’s fault.

        “Even though you might think your camp is clean, “ he said, “it might not be clean enough to keep a bear away. Bears can smell food sources from a couple of miles away.”

        The key to keeping bears out of campsites or cabin areas is cutting down on smells that might attract bears. Specifically, Stewart encourages campers to:

        • Store food and scented items, such as deodorants and toothpaste, in areas where bears can’t get to them. Inside a trailer or in the trunk of a car are good choices.

        • Keep cooking grills clean. And clean anything used to prepare, eat or clean up food.

        • Keep camping areas clean. Don’t toss food scraps and other trash around.

        • Never feed a bear.

        More tips on how to stay safe in bear country—including what to do if you encounter a bear while hiking—are available at

        Good morning Sue! Good morning Crew!

  29. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Thanks dear Sue and the other blogorinos who offered prayers and thoughts….Hubby’s back surgery was done successfully and we are home already. He may have more pain in a couple days, but his least affected finger has already quit tingling…so that gives us hope for the others. It may take up to 18 months till we know. Doc said his disc that bulged was huge and also he has a huge bone spur that was ground off. So hopefully he will regain full strength and use of his left hand soon. The hospital treated us very well (shouldn’t they all? But we know that is not always the case.) Thanks again…now I am going to be extra busy taking care of him for awhile.

    • weather says:

      Elizabeth,how wonderful to hear you expecting your husband’s recovery of so much!As that continues so will my prayer of daily renewal of joy and peace for you both.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s good news! From what you’ve written, Elizabeth, I’m very hopeful your husband will see great improvement over the coming months. I’m glad everything went well, including your experience with the hospital in general. Warm wishes to you both!

      Thanks for the update . . .

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Thank you both ladies for the encouragement!! He is sleeping in this morning…I am glad to see that!!

  30. Jean Wheatley says:

    I’m guessing SD, it’s peaceful Mt Rushmore, no major hey tho,.The last time Skeezi woke up barking madly, there was a deer on the porch,time before that a m upp.racoon!iwouldmt miss your blog , always enchanted by your adventures.,look for we ones each day. I don’t type much in comments cuz I am one fingered onn iPad, lots of typos!y stroke was caused by Afib, I had palpitations for years,and ignored them? now im sorry. be thankful Sike doesn’t roll in cow stuff, that’s realy nasty.Been there, cleaned the

    • Jean, nobody cares about a few typos…we’re just glad you’re here and can enjoy Sue and Crew’s travels along with the rest of her blogorinos. No need to apologize.

      Cat Lady

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Cat Lady is absolutely correct. What you have to say is a lot more important than a few typos. I understand if it’s difficult for you.

      I was thinking Mt. Rushmore, too. Wherever it is, it’s probably not too far off an interstate. A small town around Idaho Falls maybe… People going north-south, east-west, near Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, on the way to Glacier NP . . .

  31. weather says:

    Happy Friday Sue,
    Neat to watch -old friends and new- replying here as your happiness and gratitude keep the sway bar in place.

    Witnessing beauty I’d expected arriving has me so excited that it’s hard to be still long enough to to act grown up!That’s highly overrated behavior in my book,anyway.Gonna wear pigtails,bright colors to match my insides and just go with it.Hope the fresh water and crew’s meat fills you three with fresh energy and gladness this good day surely calls for 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Friday to you, weather,

      I’m surprised to see you here this morning. I thought you’d be driving to manage the antiques store for your friend.

      New blogorinos join in. . . Always fun to hear from readers for the first time. Ever since I transferred my blog over to self-hosting I have no idea how many people are lurking. I’d love to hear from every one of them!

      Forget acting grown-up. I had to do that when I was a teacher and it’s a royal bore. Wear pigtails, kick up your heels, have a marvelous day!

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