Chug-chugging along!

I wake to rain on the roof and spring out of bed.

By the light of the somewhat-full moon, I fold up the chairs and grab the crew’s beds.  I toss it all into the Perfect Tow Vehicle and run back inside the Best Little Trailer.

I tuck the quilt over Spike before sliding in next to Bridget.  I lie awake listening to the night . . .  Gentle rain, silence, then some wind, silence, more light rain, then silence until I hear . . .

The distant chug-chugging of a train . 

Soon to follow is the whistle’s call, a sweet reminder that makes me smile with contentment.  We can chug-chug toward the horizon any time I choose . . .

Next thing I know, the Best Little Trailer is lit by morning sunbeams and Spike is at the door, wanting out.

“Okay, baby boy.  I’m on my way.”

Another day begins . . .

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Our home in early morning light. Sidewinder Road, west of Yuma, Arizona

The recent, summer-like days are gone.

The air is brisk with lightly gusting wind. 

Gauzy, white clouds float across blue sky.  The crew and I find a wash to follow.  Washes are best for walks.  The sand is soft, unlike the hard, gravelly surface of most of this area.

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Some washes or arroyos are only a foot wide. This one is like a highway.

The light is still dim this early (sorry about the low-light photos today).  The vegetation consists of creosote bushes, rabbit brush, brittlebush, and ocotillo, as well as palo verde, mesquite, and ironwood trees.

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Ironwood tree with creosote bush

Along the wash, mounds of sand are punctuated with holes, the doorways for chipmunk homes.  I haven’t seen any rabbits here.  I’ve heard a few coyotes during the night.

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Too windy for a long walk. Breakfast is a better idea.

I try to do some maintenance tasks every day.

I check the PTV’s oil . . . good.  The coolant, however, is way below the cold-fill line, so I add some more.

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This premixed supply of 50-50 coolant-water is handy.

I also get out my shovel and go on poop-scoop patrol.  The crew has made deposits in a wide circle around our camp.  I bury it all in a shallow hole.  Bridget and Spike watch with consternation.

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I wonder why RVSue is burying our treasures. She sure is strange sometimes.

“Sorry, guys.  Guess you’ll have to start all over again.”

The sunsets are spectacular!

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On my honor . . . no photo editing. The clouds really do look neon.

The waning light manages to give the mountains a warm glow for a few moments.

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Ocotillo garden and Cargo Muchacho Mountains at sunset

Time to go into town . . .

An email tells me that my Amazon order has arrived at Yuma’s UPS Customer Center.  Well, most of it anyway.  The rest will arrive on Monday.

Yay, packages for me!

By the way, if you asked a question in a comment under the previous post or if you like to keep up with everything that goes on there (from excellent information to utter nonsense), take another look.  For some reason . . . holiday spirit, maybe? . . . readers were in a commenting mood.  Hope it continues.  I love hearing from you!

rvsue

THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AMAZON FROM MY BLOG!

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Yuma, here we come!

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130 Responses to Chug-chugging along!

  1. chas anderson says:

    Guess I am first.Have you ever seen the website ultimatecampgrounds.com.Amazing collection of spots.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chas,

      Yes, you are first! Lucky you!

      No, I haven’t seen that website. I’ll take a look. Thank you.

  2. Marsha says:

    Gorgeous sunset.

    I love when I get a package from Amazon. I’ve been shopping for goodies for myself lately. Who knows better than me what I want.

    • Marsha says:

      P.S. why in that big ol van is Bridget sitting on Spike?!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Marsha,

        That photo of the crew was taken a few months ago. I think it was when we stopped for a break on our way to Crescent Lake, Washington. I opened the side door to find Bridget sitting on Spike. No kidding. That pic was not staged.

        It’s a battlefield scene from the ongoing Bench Seat War.

  3. Teri in SoCal says:

    That one photo looks like beautiful clouds made of gold.

    And does Bridget always travel on top of Spike? 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri,

      That golden mountains photo was one of those that pulled me outside. It was gone quickly, but I got it!

      Bridge doesn’t always travel on top of Spike, only when they have a power play going on the seating arrangements.

      Sometimes they battle over the bed that’s positioned between the two front seats. I’m beginning to think that Bridget is the instigator. She wants whatever seat Spike happens to have.

  4. AZ Jim says:

    *Beating head on desk*….DAMMIT Beat out again!!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Jim, Jim, Jim . . . Calm down. It’s okay.

      Maybe it’s time to accept that not everyone is cut out to be first. 🙁 I’m sure there are other sports in which you could excel? Did Sugar Ray Robinson excel at dressage? Was Dorothy Hamill suited for the discus throw?

      • Gayle says:

        Is Dennis Rodman suited for North Korean diplomacy work? (Or are you blissfully unaware of this b.s.?)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, I got it, Jim! Guess the day the blog reaches one million! You can do it! I know you can!

  5. Susan in Dallas says:

    In your latest Spike photo his coat looks much thicker and whiter! For some reason I always smile when I see Bridget sitting and her sitting on TOP of Spike is the best pose ever! He doesn’t even seem to mind. What characters!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      I burst out laughing when I caught them in that pose. I don’t know how long I drove with Bridget sitting on Spike. In which photo does he look whiter to you?

  6. Sissy says:

    I haven’t been around in awhile but nice return with all these gorgeous nature views. Burst out laughing when I realized one dog is fully ‘stationed’ on the other. I get a kick watching the antics of mine too.

    Please give me permission to borrow the mountain view picture, as I would love trying to paint it some day. FYI, I don’t paint but I’d like to try before I cease to be.

    Envy is wrong; but oh I envy you and your lifestyle. What fun!
    Sissy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sissy,

      Sure, go ahead and use the mountain view photo! It would make a lovely painting.

      Great to have you stop by!

    • Gayle says:

      Envy is one of the 7 deadly sins, but I love it because my envy inspires me to try to achieve what I envy. Is that so bad?

  7. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    It poured buckets up in my part of AZ. We had over an inch… in a couple of heavy showers during the night… and lots of thunder and lightening. I could heard little doggy toenails wandering the place. Mugsy isn’t allowed in my bedroom. If she gets scared during the night, she comes and sleeps in the bed right outside my bedroom door.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Connie,

      We must have got the edge of your storm. It was like a gentle Spring rain, enough to freshen things up a bit.

  8. Cinandjules (back in CA) says:

    The sound of rain falling on the roof is soothing……for some odd reason.

    OMG I about busted my gut….scrolling down and seeing Bridget on top of Spike! Spike doesn’t seem to mind!

    Pictures are stunning!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The funny thing about it is Bridget has a royal fit if Spike happens to lie down too close to her in the bed, maybe with her leg under him. She screams at him!

  9. Rita from Phoenix says:

    Bridget does have that mischievous look on her face while sitting on Spike and Spike ignoring her completely. Okay, if you don’t move over, I’ll just sit on you look.

  10. DeadEye says:

    Sue,

    I do enjoy your blogs and the humor and the photography, and, and, and……..
    My wife and I have wondered how you feel so far as safety is concerned, traveling alone, albeit with two great guards, and particularly out in the boondockies. Have you ever felt threatened, and if you have, how severe were their injuries?

    deadeyeDon

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deadeye Don,

      No, injuries so far! I’ve never felt threatened, not for one minute while boondocking. I did have a twinge of apprehension once while loading groceries into my car in the parking lot in a city. It was nothing. I feel safer by myself.

      Think about it this way: Most criminals are lazy. It takes too much effort to find someone boondocking and there aren’t any buildings to hide behind or alleys to disappear in. (in which to disappear!)

      It’s not cost-effective for thieves, what with the price of gas. 🙂

      I appreciate your kind words about my blog. Regards to your wife!

      • Elizabeth aka E2/etwo S.E. NM says:

        Feeling afraid as a lone RV’r was never my experience either in
        the 30 years I have been a “full timer”…..

        IMO it is about self-confidence… Seems to me that is what shines through in your personality. It has always been an
        attribute I have enjoyed as well….

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Elizabeth,

          Nothing like the voice of experience! You are absolutely right about self-confidence. That’s the foundation for successful and enjoyable boondocking.

          Merry Christmas, E2!

  11. Michelle SLC,UT says:

    Just got my bear paw slippers that I ordered thur your site. Just love them! Thanks

  12. Julie says:

    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and photo’s ! Someday I too hope to rv fulltime, Merry Christmas and hug those fur babies for me! Julie

  13. Hi Sue: Love the whole post and the photos, especially the sunset, are fabulous. The very best one, in my opinion, however, is Bridget sitting on top of Spike. I absolutely love that.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary-Pat,

      The best photos are the unexpected ones, and I never expected to find the two nutcakes in that pose! Thanks for the compliments.

  14. Ilse says:

    Hi Sue,
    I missed that gorgeous sunset today. I was on my way back to camp at that time. I actually went into Yuma today after dumping at the Shell station and filling up with propane. I asked the lady at the station about the inspection station, and she said they hardly ever stop anybody. Also, all they are after are homegrown fruits and vegetables. So I decided its time to go do the laundry. I also found a good pet food store that has a DIY doggie wash station so now Max is clean as well. A stop at Radio Shack and at Walmart and I am richer in stuff, but a good bit poorer. On the way back I went to the rest area and got rid of my trash and then while filling the water tank I managed to give myself a generous shower. I got my same spot back out here, it sure is a nice and peaceful place.
    I don’t want to be a pest with all my questions, but I know you have the answers. Once my two weeks in this spot are up, is it enough to move across the road and a bit further down, or do I have to leave the area altogether?
    Have a nice evening, no rain tonight!
    Ilse

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ilse,

      Wow! You’ve been busy and you accomplished so much! It takes me a week to get all those things done. Haha!

      Never too many questions . . .

      Normally you would have to move 30 miles away after 14 days (some places it’s 25 miles or 28 miles.)

      However, here at Sidewinder Road, you can simply cross over to the north side of the road where the crew and I are camped. Since it’s mineral-rights land, you can stay here indefinitely. I don’t know why, but that’s the way it is.

      Don’t worry about crowding me. There’s plenty of room! I know you won’t park right in front of my door like that guy recently did.

      I personally think it’s better over here because we’re further away from the railroad tracks. You can be near the few campers close to the road or you can move further back where we are and beyond if you’d rather have a more private camp. There’s a cluster of motor homes further up the road from where we are. I don’t know if that’s BLM-monitored land or not.

      If this isn’t clear, ask me what you need clarified. So happy you made it through the checkpoint with no problems!

      To put it simply, don’t move to a place that is marked with a BLM post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      BTW, feel free to drop in. 🙂

      • Ilse says:

        Max and I might just take a walk down that way tomorrow. Bridget won’t be happy, Max is a b i g dog:)

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Look forward to meeting you, Ilse. Don’t pay any mind to Bridget and her issues. Spike will be thrilled!

  15. Mick'nTN says:

    Attention All Fans:
    Make your prediction for the great day of ONE MILLION RvSue&Crew Blog hits.
    I have 12/28/13

  16. Linda says:

    Love the look on Bridget’s face there. Defiant, but with a wee twinge of guilt.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      If you can read Bridget’s facial expressions, you’re doing far better than I am!

      She is the weirdest dog. Sometimes she stares at me when I’m on the computer, not just a few minutes, for a VERY long time. I don’t know how long she would keep staring because I eventually can’t take it anymore and quit what I’m doing.

  17. Mick'nTN says:

    Ah what a glorious sight; The solar panel tilted just right for the shortest day of the year.

    And I love the sunset shot also.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mick,

      I was thinking this afternoon that I should let you know how great the solar panel is doing these days. I don’t know if the new house battery has anything to do with it, but, man, I’ve got plenty of power!

      Les told me to take a children’s block (surely there’s one somewhere in the PTV), hold it on the panel at high noon, and if there’s no shadow, the panel is tilted perfectly. Which stands to reason . . .

      Now where the heck is that children’s block . . . grumble, grumble . . .

      Presently I have it pinned at the 45 degree mark.

  18. Ladybug says:

    I’m taking 12/29/13.

  19. Sergio says:

    Simple question… When you leave to pick up the mail in Yuma or shopping… do you trust leaving the BLT behind?

    I take a second chance… How do you define areas suited for boon-docking and what happens if you misjudge?

    Thanks for your answers.

    PS : I’m planing to eventually travel like you do… but afraid with the property culture in your country. Here (in Québec) its quite simple to manage… its not a big problem… Public or Private Lands. These question would be better emailed, but I’m not aware of your email address… sorry.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sergio,

      I edited your comment, changing PTV to BLT because I think that’s what you meant.

      Yes, I trust to leave the BLT behind. I do take a few precautions with my belongings that may be outside. I look around and ask myself “What things look tempting to a thief and what things would I really hate to lose?” Usually the answers lead me to place my new lounge chair and good camp chairs inside the locked BLT or inside the PTV.

      I have a hitch lock on the BLT. Someone could break the lock, but they risk being seen. It comes down to one basic premise: I want the freedom to leave my home behind and I’m willing to take the risk, which apparently is very slight given the small percentage of trailers that are stolen. (The BLT is insured.)

      As for finding places to camp on public land. . . It’s not a big problem. Our discussions on this blog may make it seem like a problem. In real life, it isn’t. It’s just a matter of knowing the rules and doing your best to follow them.

      Usually the first time you camp where you shouldn’t, you get a warning. The next time is $265 fine, something like that.

      I’ve been boondocking all over the West and I haven’t had problems, right?

      How I find boondocking areas: Public lands are shown on my Benchmark maps. When I go to these places, I look for the brown posts with numbers on them that mark public lands.

      If I haven’t answered your questions fully enough, feel free to ask further.

  20. Michelle says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and hearing about your adventures. Eventually my husband and I plan to take to the road in a few years when he retires. I follow your blog to get tips and dream about the freedom of the road. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Michelle,

      Isn’t it wonderful how people take the time to share their tips about RVing here on my blog? I’ve learned so much and avoided many mistakes because I have good, thoughtful, and smart readers.

      Thank you for letting me know you enjoy my blog. May your dream come true!

  21. Roger in SoCal. says:

    Hi Sue,

    Not sure if you were kidding when you mentioned that Spike could not hear you, or if he was being obstinate. Anyway if the case is the former, I once had a small dog that went deaf his coat was mostly white. They say dogs with white coats often go deaf…
    “There is a connection between hereditary deafness and a gene for coat color. Dogs with predominantly white coats, and those with merle coats, are at increased risk for congenital deafness. The highest incidence occurs in Dalmatians, but at least 60 breeds and their crosses are affected. The deafness is due to a lack of pigment or melanin in the “hair cells” that detect sounds. If these dogs with merle or white coats have pigmented cells in their inner ears, even though the rest of their haircoat is lacking pigment, they can hear normally”

    I know this doesn’t help but just thought it was interesting.

    Roger

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Roger,

      Yes, it is interesting. My guess — I don’t really know — is that Spike’s hearing deficit results from what you describe and also aging. I can already detect a slight hearing loss for Bridget. Sometimes I have to change my tone in order for her to hear me. I really like white dogs. Wish they didn’t have this condition.

      • Roger in SoCal. says:

        BTW, meeting you and your crew is on my bucket list, maybe even before I get my rig…do you see anyone out there camping in tents?
        I am a huge animal lover, and may get a dog again. I have been looking at some rescue sites, just have to wait…

        Roger

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, I don’t see anyone camping in a tent. Maybe that’s because it’s winter (unpredictable cold spells) and this isn’t a particularly scenic place to camp (flat, can be windy) and Yuma attracts mostly retirees who tend not to tent.

          Good luck finding the right dog for you and your lifestyle. It’s a good feeling to save a life.

      • Marcia GB in MA says:

        This is interesting to me. My dog, Tanya, is mostly black. In the last two years, her face has turned almost completely white (she’s
        either 14 or 15) and she’s become quite deaf. The hair in her ears has turned white, too. So what I’m wondering is if a darker colored dog with normal hearing ability turns white in the ears and face, could that impact her hearing, or is it just old age?

  22. Don in Okla. says:

    Hi Sue
    Just checking to see if you were credited for a couple of Optima batteries on Amazon? Big Dodge had to have new juice. I used the Amazon link on your site.
    Thanks
    Don in Okla.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      I looked at the orders going back a week and I don’t see Optima batteries. If you placed the order today, it won’t show up until tomorrow’s report.

      You’re going to be very happy with those Optima batteries! (And I’m going to be very happy with the commission from your purchase. Thanks for thinking of my blog!)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Don… It’s the next day and I don’t see the batteries on the orders list. 🙁

      When did you place the order?

      • Don in Okla. says:

        I ordered the batteries on the 13th. Should be delivered on the 20th. Didn’t make it. I clicked on the Amazon link on your blog and did the ordering thru there.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It still isn’t showing on my reports going back through to Dec. 11th. One possibility: If you went to Amazon from another website and then came to my blog and went to Amazon, the credit would go to the first site as the embedded code “lasts” for 24 hours. Maybe there’s a delay and it will show up eventually. I’ve never had anyone purchase an Optima battery through my links so there’s no precedent for me to go by. I still hold out hope it will show up!

          • Don in Okla. says:

            Well, I may have gone thru the Bayfield Bunch to get to your blog, but I clicked on the Amazon link on your website. Drat!! I hope it went to you. If not, I may contact Amazon to get you the credit.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              That’s okay, Don. I’d rather you didn’t contact Amazon. Amazon Associates have been and are being dropped from the program without explanation, so I don’t want the Amazon robot’s attention drawn to my blog. 🙂

  23. CherylL5156 says:

    Hello Sue,
    I suspect that this is NOT where I’m supposed to be to get this information, but hope you’ll steer me in the right direction. I’m going bonkers here! I signed up to get your posts sent to my e-mail account, so I don’t miss anything. By the way, this is my first post to your blog and I’m completely enthralled with your life style. Oops, getting way off topic. So…I’m getting your lovely blog posts and am so happy. Now all of a sudden I’m getting EACH AND EVERY comment post as a seperate e-mail. Is there any way I can receive only your posts and not everyone else’s comments? If I want to read the comments, which I usually do, I’ll read them when I want to. Long story short…HELP!! Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl,

      I’m baffled. I don’t know why that is happening. How annoying. There’s a place to check below the reply box that says “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” but if this is the first time you’ve commented, I don’t see how that could be the cause.

      The only thing I can think of is for you to drop the subscription to my blog and then sign up again. Look over the email very carefully to see if there is a place to indicate you don’t want any more emails. It sounds like you signed up for RSS feed.

      Any other readers have this problem? If so, do you know how to fix it?

      I’m really sorry, Cheryl. You said such nice things about my blog! Let me know if it continues.

      • CherylL5156 says:

        Heh, Heh!…You know the old saying, “If it were a snake, it would have bit me!”? Well, right at the bottom of the e-mail containing your reply to me, just under the ‘reply’ box…there are a couple of buttons, one of which says manage e-mail comments, or something to that effect…I suffer from “CRS” (Can’t remember **it). Anyway, I think I was able to solve my own problem by clicking the appropriate boxes. I will keep you updated as to weather it is working to my satisfaction. I do believe that will do it for me. Do me a favor? Don’t laugh too hard at me, you might just bust something, and where you are living now is no place to do that!! And…that goes for everyone else out there. I know that ‘laughter is the best medicine’, so, you know what?…go ahead and laugh all you want. This will be my Christmas gift to you, Sue, and all of your blog-followers. LYAO. Your welcome! Sincerely, everyone, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

        Cheryl

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Cheryl,

          I turned off my laptop for the day before I saw your reply. I’m not laughing at you! Anybody who’s honest can remember times when they’ve overlooked something right in front of them.

          I enjoy people who can laugh at themselves. You could’ve pretended it fixed itself, but you were honest and open about it here, and admitted your oversight for everyone to see. You rock!

          I’m glad you solved the problem.

          Enjoy the holidays, Cheryl, and thanks for the Christmas gift of YOU! 🙂

  24. Marg says:

    Somehow, sometimes your writing about the flora and fauna reminds me of Edward Abbey. If you have not read Desert Solitaire, if you can get past his being a little too human at times, he will take you right along where he has been. I discovered his books a few months after he had said his goodbyes to this world. He did not provide pictures like you do though. I really enjoy them and they bring back memories of traveling in that part of the country. Thanks Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marg,

      I’m humbled to be reminder of Edward Abbey. Thank you. I’m putting one of my links here for the benefit of readers who might want to read some pages of Desert Solitaire.

      I like the way Amazon opens up a book with the “Look Inside” feature. A description of a book sometimes isn’t enough.

      The crew and I haven’t been to Arches NP yet. Abbey’s descriptions are the next, best thing.

      Desert Solitaire

      • Marg says:

        I have all his books. I did not know him, but I miss him. I felt he was a good friend of mine. I went to the Singing Wind Bookstore (hope I remembered that name), owned by Win Bundy. She had author’s meeting about once a month, I think. She said he threw beer cans out his car window littering her road to her little ranch bookshop. That did not surprise me. It also did not make me like him any less. He was the most human fellow around for his time. I really enjoyed all his books, the fiction ones the least, but I still have them.

        • Marg says:

          And, he said he would come back as a buzzard. He did not like critics so I will not be surprised to see a buzzard circling overhead after my critical review of his fiction.

      • My favorite of Edward Abbey is “The Monkey Wrench Gang”!
        I bought a copy for chuck a few years ago and he also enjoyed it!

  25. Roger in SoCal. says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m also getting others comments in an email, at the bottom of the email there is a link to modify subscription options. I may try that, if it completely unsubscribes me from your blog I’ll just sign back into it.

    Roger

  26. Colleen says:

    Magnificent sunset!

  27. Gayle says:

    Beautiful sunset Sue. Those alone are worth boondocking in the desert for.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Being a lifelong Easterner, I agree, Gayle. The sunsets are more than enough reason to come to the desert.

  28. Barb George says:

    So pretty! Hope you enjoy your packages! I love getting stuff in the mail!
    Busy time of year, and adore taking a moment to reflect on the ‘adventures of the lady in the desert’. 🙂

    Happy Christmas from Hoquiam!
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Christmas to you, too, Barb. Good to see you here! Hope all is well with you and yours . . .

  29. Hey Sue we are just down the road at Pilot Knob, think we could drop in some time to say hello? So close, would be nice to finally meet you. I know you like your privacy though.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, George and Suzie,

      Sure, come on over! Afternoon is best . . .

        • Well Sue we tried, you are well hidden, or maybe you moved could not find you according to your map, Drove around for about and hour. Hmm.. enjoy this awesome weather.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I am so sorry you couldn’t find us. That map gives the general area because it relies on a street address and there’s no street address for sitting in the desert. The word directions are what you follow.

            You probably don’t want to bother coming out here again. Anyway… the directions are: Take Ogilby Road north from the interstate toward the mountains. Go over the RR tracks. Take an immediate righthand turn onto a dirt, washboard road that has a sign “Sidewinder Road.” Right before the cluster of motorhomes on the left, look to the left and you’ll see The BLT with antenna far in the distance. Turn left and cross the desert to our campsite.

            Again, I’m sorry you couldn’t find us.

  30. Angie2B says:

    Sue I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. My daughter is coming home from the Navy on Monday and I probably won’t be on here much. I hope you and the crew have a very special holiday season.

    Thanks,
    Angie from Indiana

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Fantastic! Your daughter’s coming home for Christmas . . . Have a wonderful holiday together.

      Thanks for letting me know. I do miss “regulars” when they drop off . . .

      • kgdan says:

        Wanted you to know tho we’ve been pretty quiet since we parted at Mittry, we are still keeping up with the blog. Gil asks everyday, “What’s Sue doing?”. After enduring the incessant wind there and no end seemingly in sight, we retreated to creature comforts in Laughlin. We will languish here thru the holidays and maybe to mid-Jan. or first of Feb. Then plan to return to Dome Rock for a bit. We are so blessed to have enjoyed your presence over the campfire an d hope to do it again. Merry Christmas—enjoy!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve been wondering where you are. I think you left Mittry right before the wind stopped and the warm temperatures returned, but I understand. Wind isn’t fun and I have no patience with it. I’m glad you were there when we were!

          You have a Merry Christmas, too! I’m sure we will meet again . . .

  31. Diann in MT says:

    Hi Sue,
    Aren’t those clouds just spectacular! The West is soooo blessed by its immense skies and wide-open spaces. It’s been my experience that striking sunsets, and particularly, brilliant sunrises are predictive of weather changes in the most wet way. Thanks for sharing your interesting life.
    Like many of your followers, I hold a concern about your safety. You once wrote that you are cautious, but you strike a balance so as not to become overwhelmed with “What ifs”. I am always happy to know that a follower is nearby, like guardian angels. They have your back, as all of your readers, as well! I think sometimes we are more anxious than you! LOL
    Keep having fun. Enjoy the relaxation and the good life, Sue.
    Merry Christmas from Montana!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Such a sweet message to me! You needn’t be concerned for me, Diann. I’m not!

      My followers are probably the best “back-watchers” a person could have!

      I didn’t mean to give the impression that there’s reason for fear when I wrote about being cautious. My caution is common sense. I don’t hike with only the crew on treacherous trails, for example.

      Now that I’ve camped alone in secluded places over the span of two years, I rarely ruminate on the “what ifs.” 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you, too! I love Montana, although I’ve only seen it in the summertime.

  32. Irene and Harold says:

    Hi Sue and Crew. my Husband and i both subscribe to your blog. We love it.
    He plans on doing a blog for our family when we are away soon. As for Bridgets seating arrangement. Why sit on the seat or a bed when there is a perfectly good JR handy??
    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to my favorite threesome that i’ve never met.
    cheers
    irene

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Irene and Howard,

      Nice to hear from you . . . Thank you for following my blog!

      Actually Bridget and Spike aren’t Jack Russells. They’re rat terrier mixes with Bridget showing some chihuahua (mostly the annoying parts). People often think they’re JR because that breed is more popular these days and because of that cutie on the Frasier tv show.

      Happy holidays to you both and good luck to Harold with his blog-writing!

  33. Pauline says:

    Like everyone else, I love the photo of Bridget sitting on Spike!!! All your pictures are great
    I am going to say 1 Million by 1/20/14

  34. Cari in North Texas says:

    Your pictures of the sunset and the desert are making me feel warmer already – it’s cold, wet, and gray outside. I think last night we got the rain you mentioned in this post. I’m fine with the weather though – I’m done with my work for the year, I’m inside, and we definitely need the rain. I always enjoy reading others’ comments on your posts, too. You have some very entertaining followers! And that photo of Bridge sitting on Spike is just priceless! Reminds me of when I was a kid and my mother would take us 4 kids (3 brothers and me) on a road trip to the Texas coast. Who, me? I’m not touching him!

    I’m leaving town, and my computer, for about a week to go visit my mother for Christmas, so don’t worry if I don’t post for awhile. Merry Christmas, RVSue and crew!!!! May Santa find you and bring you lots of goodies for the road ahead.

    p.s I drive by the Casita factory once a month while working, and I think of you. One of these days…sigh…

    p.p.s. I am guessing that your millionth visitor will show up on January 15, 2014.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari,

      Yes, I do have entertaining followers. I’m going to miss all those who are going off to visit family for the holidays and will be away from their computers in mind, spirit, and body… including you! If I stop seeing the world in terms of ME for a moment, I can admit that’s a good thing . . . 🙂

      Now that you’re through with work, relax and enjoy your visit with family. Have a Merry Christmas. I look forward to your return!

  35. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Sue!

    Just popping in to let you know that I still follow your adventures. I thought you Turkey Day post was one of the best ever. You send a real message through your behavior–not only in your writing.

    I love that you’re now on my home turf and enjoying some of the great winter weather we have in these parts. I’ve placed an order for some spectacular skies at sunrise and sunset and see that you’re enjoying them. I just extended that order for a few more months, so as long as you’re in the desert southwest, you should be able to see them. I never tire of those spectacular colors and know that you appreciate them also.

    Your pics are great! I laughed out loud at Bridgette sitting on Spike. What a crew! Not only are they wonderful travel companions, but a source of constant entertainment, too. I look forward to following the adventures my favorite threesome in 2014.

    A blessed and warm Merry Christmas to you and the Crew and may the road be kind to you in the New Year. A wonderful Holiday Season to your followers, also. It’s a great little community here, and I love that I can enjoy the journey with such a fun-loving bunch.

    Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a lovely, gentle message, Audrey. Thank you for your kind wishes for me, Bridget and Spike, as well as for the many, good people who follow my blog and comment here.

      Thanks also for the sunrises and sunsets! They remind me to be grateful for each day and night I experience in the desert Southwest.

      I hope my blog continues to entertain, inform, and delight. Best wishes to you for a wonderful Christmas!

  36. DeAnne in TN says:

    I’m going with 1/6/14.

    DeAnne in quite balmy 72 degrees mid-Tennessee

  37. Laurie in Oregon says:

    12/28/2013

  38. Laurie in Oregon says:

    Oh I see Mick has the same day. It could be on the 27th But I took into account that on Christmas traffic will slow I think, so that leaves the 28th.

  39. Your two nutcases make us laugh! I bet I am the last again to post! Bridget and Spikey have more personality than a lot of human beings I have met! Your sunsets are wonderful! Thanks for keeping your camera handy! Today Chuck and I head out for another week in Bradenton to be with family over the holidays. We have been elsewhere the past 3 CHRISTmas seasons and the grandkids have really grown up in those 3 years! This past week of camping here at Highlands Hammock State Park has been wonderful! Very relaxing and we have met some very good new friends! We have also applied to volunteer at this park so wish us luck everyone! Sue, we want to wish you a very Merry CHRISTmas this year out in the desert! You are so special to each and everyone of us! Our spirits are with you! I was going to vote for Jan 5, Chuck’s birthday… so I will add a time… Jan 5th at 4am !!!! hahahaha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri and Chuck,

      Thanks again for your kind words and encouragement. I hope you get the best volunteer position for you. Warmest wishes to you both for a happy Christmas with family in beautiful Florida!

  40. Mark Watson says:

    Spikey…. DON”T LET EM WALK ALL OVER YOU….

  41. Terri from Texas says:

    Just checking in as the year ends and a new one begins. I read your adventures daily and get such a kick out of them.
    Thanks! I wish you and the crew a safe, peaceful, and Merry Christmas!
    Terri

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Terri, for the Christmas wish and for reading my blog. Merry Christmas to you, too, from me and the crew!

  42. Marcia GB in MA says:

    I forgot to mention how much I’ve enjoyed your photos. The sky is just spectacular out there. You and your new camera are a great team!

  43. Walt says:

    I’ll go with my wife’s birthday, January 9. If I’m correct, I may just have to rush out and buy some lottery tickets. 🙂

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