Cliffdwellers, pathwalkers and roadrunners

Monday, November 24

Shortly after waking I open the door of the Best Little Trailer to greet the morning.

“Well, hello there!  Good morning to you, too.”

A roadrunner runs (of course) across the blue mat, puts on the brakes under the palo verde tree for a quick eyeball at me, and then disappears into the wash bordering the back of our campsite.

1-P1010634I turn at the door . . . . “Time to get up, Bridge.  You’re missing all the action out here.” 

It’s chilly with bright sunshine.

This promises to be another beautiful, November day in the Sonoran desert around Roosevelt Lake in eastern Arizona!


1-P1010611I fix our breakfasts.  I drink a cup of coffee while reading and responding to comments on this blog and checking Amazon orders from yesterday.  Light glows through the curtains, luring me outside.  I close  up the laptop and change out of my sleeping clothes.

What shall we do today?  I feel like going somewhere!

Soon Bridget and I are on our way to the Tonto Recreation Area Visitor Center.

The road winds through stately saguaros and deceptively soft-looking cholla.

1-P1010606I leave Bridget in the Imperfect Tow Vehicle while I go inside the visitor center. 

I’m greeted by two cheerful, mature ladies stationed behind a reception desk.  I buy enough recreation passes to extend our stay through the Thanksgiving weekend.

After signing the registration book, “RVSue from Everywhere” (a touch of overstatement but not lacking in enthusiasm), I tour the rooms displaying creatures of the desert.  The mountain lion is lifelike and has paws as big as my face!

I learn the history of former residents, mostly those who lived in and around Tonto Basin starting as far back as the 14th century.  I look at their pottery and simple tools.  Another room displays photos and tells the story of the construction of the Apache Trail road and the dam that turned Tonto Basin into a lake, both accomplishments of such magnitude I can hardly comprehend it.

Well, that was fun . . .

By the time I return to Bridget, I figure it’s her turn for some diversion.

Not far from the visitor center I take a narrow dirt road leading us to a clearing.  This is good.  Bridget can explore while I take pics of the marina.

1-P1010608Next we go to Tonto National Monument.


1-P1010613Inside the visitor center I show a young ranger my senior discount pass (Inter-agency Senior Pass issued by the National Forest Service for a one-time fee of $10; gives free entrance to national parks and monuments, along with other discounts).  She scans the pass number into the computer.

1-P1010612I learn that dogs can go on the path to the cliff dwellings, but they aren’t allowed to go inside the dwellings.

I lift Bridget out onto the pavement, retrieving her stroller as well.

I put her in her black suit with attached leash.

“Wow!  You’re excited!  Do you think you can climb all the way to the top?”

She scampers ahead of me on the concrete walkway that zigzags up the hillside while I hold her leash and stroller.

Halfway to the top we stop for a rest.  I sit on a bench enjoying the view.  Bridget is panting and immediately lies down in the shade.  I try to photograph a cactus wren perched on top of a saguaro, but he takes flight before I capture him.

“Can you keep going, little girl?”  Bridget thinks not and makes a move to go downhill.

“Wait a minute, honey.  How ’bout I push you in the stroller now . . . . ”

This alternative meets with her approval.

Up we go, me pushing and Bridget enjoying the ride.  It’s warm now and the path is steep.  I can see the cliff dwellings.

1-P1010626I’m not going to leave Bridget unattended in order to explore the ruins.  That’s okay.  The view from here is worth the hike.

Down we go!

1-P1010623“Don’t worry, Bridge . . . . I put on the brakes!”

1-P1010625In the parking lot we both have a drink of water.  I place Bridget on the bench seat and we head for home.

I bring out an assortment of vegetables to prepare at the picnic table.

Red potatoes, green beans, carrots, broccoli, and an onion go into a pot… a little seasoning on a plate for lunch.  Lots left over for another meal.

1-Roadrunner-Greater.1-1025Later as I read my Paperwhite in the lounger with Bridget napping in her favorite bed beside me, the roadrunner returns!

Or maybe it’s a different one.

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He gives me the eye and fans his comb a few times — Is that a wave, roadrunner style? — and then he scoots under a bush to hop up on a boulder on the other side of the blue mat.

He cocks his head, checking out our campsite, and then proceeds to preen his feathers in the sun.

This is what I like about a quiet camp!


UPDATE ON THE REPLACEMENT DOOR:  The body shop tells me that rust was discovered on the door from the salvage yard.  Another door has been ordered which delays the installation until after Thanksgiving weekend.


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165 Responses to Cliffdwellers, pathwalkers and roadrunners

  1. Barb George says:

    WOW! They didn’t just put it up? This shop is wonderful! I am so glad they are dealing with you right (of course many would not like them if they didn’t!).

    Road Runner, Beep Beep!

    Great shots. Love it. Bridget is so cute in her stroller!
    Hugs from Hoquiam!

  2. Barb George says:

    OMGosh I was first? Tee Hee!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  3. Colleen / Maryland says:


  4. Shirlene says:

    Wow Sue, great shots, of both dwellings and roadrunner…they are fast little suckers. I wrote you a long post on the last post and then, here is another…sorry, I hope you get to read my greetings from previous post as I must rush away….Safe and happy travels to both you and Bridget, you are part of my Thanksgiving blessings.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I saw your friendly message. I usually go back to the comments under the previous post, sometimes it’s not until after the next post though.

      Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family, Shirlene!

  5. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    You live an interesting life!!!! I wonder what life was like for those cliff dwellers. Thanks for the interesting and beautiful pictures. Barb George and I think alike. I can’t say “road runner” without adding “beep, beep”

    Wishing all of RVSue and Bridget’s fan club a Very Happy, Safe, Wonderful, Grateful and Blessed Thanksgiving

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      We both have interesting lives and very different ones. Coincidentally I was thinking about your life, just this morning, imagining all the comings and goings of your family and Jerold’s family. Lots of love and laughter in your house. I hope everyone is well and happy for Thanksgiving. I love y’all!

    • AZ Jim says:

      Hi Pauline and Happy Thanksgiving. You have a remarkable sister that I sure enjoy through her blog every day. Cheers….

      • Pauline in Mississippi says:

        Yes AZ Jim, I do have a remarkable sister and I appreciate all the love that is shown to her on this blog. Susan and I
        have another remarkable sister, Nancy.

  6. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue!
    I am glad to hear that you are benefitting from the “Pre-Black Friday” sales going on everywhere, including Amazon! I am just beginning my shopping, and I pick up a few things through your site.
    Thanks for the wonderful photos of the desert sights. My husband and I would escape the cold mountain west and head toward the desert SW during Thanksgiving. Your wanderings remind me so much of what we used to do during this week. The desert, its warmth and its special species all made for wonderful diversions.
    Maybe, you have heard the soft coo of the roadrunner. You have to listen carefully; much quieter than a dove. I love that little awkward bird just for its call.
    Enjoy your priceless peace and quiet this holiday season. Happy Turkey to you and Bridget!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      I’m always glad when my posts and photos bring back pleasant memories for readers. Thank you for remembering to go to Amazon from my blog. I do appreciate that. I hope you find some great Black Friday buys… and with no crowds!

      I appreciate you telling me to listen for the roadrunner’s coo. I didn’t know what to listen for. There are doves around here. I’ll try to distinguish between the two calls.

      So far, so good re: “priceless peace and quiet”…

      I wish you many blessings this Thanksgiving, Diann.

  7. Page in SC says:

    Have a great Thanksgiving, Sue! (and Bridget). We hope to be boondocking in the desert SW by this time next year. Can hardly wait.

  8. AZ Jim says:

    Can’t help it, when I see a roadrunner, I think of “Wiley Coyote” made infamous in the Looney Tunes cartoons we used to laugh at in the Drive in movie theaters. *Smiling now in remembering……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I remember those cartoons, too. I can see where the makers of the cartoon came up with that caricature of the real thing. The roadrunner ran under the palo verde and stopped quick like in the cartoons when the beep-beep would sound…

      • Cari in Plano Texas says:

        Yep, me too! Poor Wiley Coyote, never did quite catch that bird! RVSue, just be on the lookout for that Acme brick that usually falls down from the sky 🙂

        • AZ Jim says:

          He did a great job with the Acme TNT but unfortunately he always ended up the victim but on the other hand he was always fully recovered next “date night” at the Drive-in.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Me too! Beep! Beep!

  9. Something happened. Maybe I missed it. Maybe it happened earlier and I have a firm grasp on the obvious.
    What happened is YOU. Before I hit the first photo, I detected a really positive attitude through your written word. This is VERY uplifting for the spirit of others, whether they need it or not. I know it’s a heavy burden, but I like the new you compared to recently. Maybe it’s the new door, et al .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The “new you?” meaning I haven’t had a positive attitude? “compared to recently”… Gee, I thought I was okay all along. Oh well, thank you for seeing me as positive now, Ed.

      Have a happy Thanksgiving!

      • AZ Jim says:

        I didn’t detect any negative vibes before. We don’t all always see things the same. Don’t start any self examinations just keep writing! *smile*

    • AZ Jim says:

      Have a Happy Thanksgiving Ed H.

  10. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Glad to see you made it to the monument. They are small but kind of unique. Not many cliff dwellings that far south. I hope Bridget enjoyed her walk as well. I haven’t said it but I did enjoy your close up shots the other day. There were very nice, especially the one with the dead tree in the midst of all the colors.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Alan.

      It was you who urged me to go to the cliff dwellings. I enjoyed the experience and I think Bridget did, too. It’s good exercise for us both and the uphill walking strengthens her back leg that was injured.

      I wish you a happy holiday… Your first Thanksgiving since taking to the road!

  11. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The photo of Bridget glancing back at you is classic! Made me laugh! Glad to hear she is regaining the strength in her leg!

    The ruins look interesting!

    Nice of the body shop to let you know about the rust! They could have just slapped on some white paint and watched you drive off into the dust! Just perfect is always around the bend! But you know that! Seems like you also have a knack with picking out reputable auto mechanics! Kudos ma’am!

    AO is now fixed and microchipped! Whoooooooeeeee! Let’s hope her attitude changes! Sleeping downstairs on the futon with her (or is SHE sleeping with me?)…so she doesn’t jump on the bed during the night!

    Have a great evening!

  12. Judi says:

    I don’t camp I am just a blog stalker and had to comment about Bridgett. Her sitting in that stroller just cracks me up every time. I know it is because she is hurting and you are so sweet to help her out and, yet, it just tickles me to see her in that stroller. I think it reminds me of my sister and her cat. She would dress up the cat(bonnet and all), put her in a buggy and walk uptown. They would shop with the cat in the little drugstore for penny candy. The cat would come back still in the buggy. Bridgett, thanks for the laughs and sweet memories.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You aren’t the only one who laughs when seeing Bridget in the stroller. I see people laughing at us when we pass by. I suppose they think I’m a nut. I don’t see any reason to try to convince them otherwise!

      That’s cute about your sister and the cat.

  13. Sondra-SC says:

    Bridget looks so cute looking back at you in that shot…
    Ive never seen a road runner in the wild I’ve wished for it every time I’m in the west but so far– nada!
    I want to return to this area and do more exploring when I have a steady income to depend on…so I can have extended stays with time to explore! I’ve always enjoyed exploring, I have 3 states in the 50 yet to visit but only brushing the surface of many, I hope to get a much closer look on my future visits!

    • AZ Jim says:

      Come on out…’ll love it out here. *extending hand in welcome*

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      It’s good to have the big picture of our country before slowing down to become a part of a smaller area. I hope you do make extended visits to the desert and that the roadrunners stop by your camp to fan their combs at you!

  14. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Thanks for sharing your day. It sounded wonderful. I have my husband fully on board to hitting the road when we retire. He used to be a stay at home and play golf kind of guy. How he cannot pay golf because of his authritis and seems to be excited to get going. Of course, we still have three or four years to go. We are practicing now though with weekend and long weekend trips with the RV. Still learning all the many systems on the coach.

    Hope you have a good Thanksgiving and be safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Funny how a not-so-nice thing like arthritis leads to your husband wanting to go places other than to the golf course. I hope you both enjoy your RV excursions!

      A happy and safe Thanksgiving to you, too!

  15. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue and friends,

    Today it has rained all day and suppose to end tomorrow morning. I was going to go pick up my little home on wheels but decided against it and now I will go get it in the morning. I’m gathering stuff needed for 4 days and I am looking forward to this experience. I have apprehension and a bit of nerves but that’s ok it’s kinda normal I would think. What a Thanksgiving memory I’m making! Just hoping everything works.

    • DebsJourney says:

      Oh and btw Sue I wanted to say I always love when you go on a little adventure and knowing I’ll be doing similar things with my two girls. I also use a stroller. It keeps my chi controllable. lol Are you having a special dinner Thursday? Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for and know all things happen for a reason and I’m going to let my life flow. hugsss

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        No special dinner or plans for us. We will enjoy the day like all the others. Thank you for asking.

        I know you will have a great Thanksgiving…. Do what I did when I saw the BLT for the first time in person and paid for her… Go up to your rig with arms outstretched and press your cheek against her in a big hug!

        We (me and fellow blogorinos) look forward to a report on your first “cruise.” 🙂

        • DebsJourney says:

          Got up at 4am and couldn’t sleep with all the nerves and fears. Of course today is extra windy but my friend Neil said it will be fine. LOL right! I’ll keep you posted on this adventure. No internet at the camp so it will be Sunday when I get back online. You think I can make it? I’m so online all the time practically.
          Now I am going to try not to pig out too.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            You CAN do it, Deb! I look forward to you sharing your adventure with us when you return. It’s ok to pig out….after all, it IS Thanksgiving! 🙂

            Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            You are so brave!!! You have my admiration, girl!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sure, nerves are normal. You’ll do fine and be that much prouder of your accomplishment for having had some apprehension beforehand. 🙂

  16. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Sue, what a quiet, peaceful scene you paint with your words and pictures. I visited the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde a few years ago with my mother, and your pictures brought back fond memories of that trip. We tent camped in the park for a few days, toured the area, but only I went on the cliff dwelling tour. Something about climbing up and down ladders didn’t really appeal to my mother LOL

    I hope you and Miss Bridget have a happy, uneventful Thanksgiving Day. My dog sitting client and I will watch football, I’ll have a nice meal, and I will definitely enjoy not getting in the car and driving all over creation for work. And Happy Turkey Day to my fellow blogorinos, wherever you may be!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think I remember you telling me about your tent camping trip with your mother when I went to Mesa Verde with friend, Chuck. I agree with Mom… I don’t need to climb any ladders. I have a zoom lens to see what I want to see!

      Thanks for the Thanksgiving wish for me and Bridget… I wish the same for you, Cari.

  17. Anne Ogden says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sue. We love your blogs. Anne & Walt Ogden

  18. Ron in Tx says:

    Happy Thanksgiving

  19. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    I love these pictures and all the information about the area and the history. The cliff dwellings are way cool!!

    Glad things are going well and so relieved for you that you appear to have found an honest body shop.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I feel secure with this body shop. I know the repair isn’t going to be cheap. I’m more concerned with having the work done right than trying to save a few dollars.

      Thanks for your comment on the post and photos. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jolene!

  20. DesertGinger says:

    Spent the day in school today. Am off for a week and hope to get caught up with my homework.

    Tomorrow will make a big pan of stuffing, then Thursday morning I will make mashed potatoes. I’ve also got a London broil I need to use. Lots of food to eat in next few days.

    It’s been chilly here; very refreshing. 60 this afternoon, and 39 tonite. I think it is warmer on the weekend. But I don’t mind it chilly at all. Very good sleeping!

    Went out to a flat tire this morning. Almost flat. I drove down to station (3 blocks) and filled it, and it seems to be holding but I know it means I need two new back tires. They have almost no tread. There’s always something. So I will probably do that tomorrow. Have to take care of our vehicles.

    Well, I’m looking for some dinner. Have a great evening!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      Sorry about the flat tire. Bummer. I’m glad you weren’t stranded on the road somewhere… I think you told us once that you carry Fix a Flat. I always keep that on board.

      Sounds like you’ll have a good Thanksgiving… No school, plenty of food, great weather… Enjoy!

  21. weather says:

    Hopefully being given news of the postponement of the PTV’s repair brought reassurance of Duane’s shop being a good choice,rather than disappointment to you.As you might move at the same time,one potential benefit may be comfort for you and Bridget inside your own home, as opposed to spending a day in town without that.As you always put her needs first,I admit I wasn’t keen on the idea of a day with you doing that away from home or wheels.Picturing time spent in an auto garage waiting room,walking her a ways, eating a packed lunch at nearby outdoor seating because restaurants don’t welcome fur friends came to mind.Silly of me ,I know,because you probably had something lovely planned.

    Your seventh photo is my fourth favorite,I drifted through it’s scene smiling. -Bridget took first, second and third place,little doll that she is.The rest are beautiful ,too,yours always are.I think the road runner was waving because he likes having you there 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I smiled at your response to the photos. Bridget had a good time that morning. I think she feels my love when I push her in the stroller. It’s such a welcome treat for her when she’s tired of walking.

      I was delighted the way the roadrunner accepted out presence. He was a curious creature. Once his curiosity was satisfied he found a sunny spot near us and casually preened his feathers. I’ve found it takes several days of quiet camp to allow the local residents to feel comfortable with our presence.

      The ravens swoop overhead several times throughout the day, either alone or in pairs. Did you know that a group of ravens is called a conspiracy? A conspiracy of ravens… That makes sense. The ones I’ve seen around here are never in a group. If they are, I’ll think it’s a conspiracy!

      Bridget would probably enjoy a day in Globe while the body shop does its work. I may not bring the BLT to the shop for the night. The neighborhood isn’t the best … liquor store, pawn shop, tattoo parlor… Bridget and I can make an enjoyable day of it somehow.

      • weather says:

        Too funny,and clever-“I’ll think it’s a conspiracy!”. You made me chuckle and taught me a new word!-Bridget most certainly does feel your love then- and has throughout her life with you.Critters and people feel your goodness to us,and if capable appreciate it,your being accepted and well received it’s not surprising to me -where ever it occurs.You,my dear,can make an enjoyable time of anything,may this evening be one,n’nite

    • weather says:

      Sunrise is later this time of year,so up early without it, curiosity piqued by your reply I’d so enjoyed-I looked to find words’ correct usage, as at times I struggle with expressions. Good morning, Sue
      here are discoveries delightful to me.”A charm of finches”-found as mine were being that way,as usual.”A troupe of shrimps”-this pleased me because all of us here are a bit wee.”A zeal of zebras”-the timing of finding that I take as a gift-this being holiday time.

      Decades ago I began using and teaching others an adaptation of Pollyanna’s glad game- list alphabetically things that cause thankfulness to counter unpleasant moods life brings.The game has only one rule-all thoughts must be positive.For instance” I’m grateful that jerk so and so is gone” isn’t allowed for j,”jelly beans are fun and taste good is”.

      Well,z being a tough one ,I decided to use “zebras -exotic horse-like creatures make me smile,thanks for making them”. Reaching there always accomplished what I meant it to-Zeal for a day, instead of dread for it-being the purpose of playing the game all along !This makes particularly special your teaching me a new word right when you did-Thank you happy thanks giving giver 😉

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, weather…

        The group names you looked up are delightful! And all new to me. Thanks for teaching them to me.

        Your alphabet game would make a great game for children to play in the car on a long trip for Thanksgiving. Each word would have to be something they are thankful for (material things like toys not allowed)…

        I’ll play the game myself on Thanksgiving day. 🙂

  22. Mert says:

    Good evening Sue,
    I have to share my craziness. I suppose this picture of the roadrunner is the first time I have ever seen one. As I was imagining when you said roadrunner. THE roadrunner –beep beep– I had to chuckle at myself. Sometimes I wonder what my function is 😉

    So glad you found an honest body shop, these days it’s hard to trust anyone it seems. Glad to see that honest businesses are still around.
    Happy thanksgiving to all. We are traveling out to the country to a friends for dinner, then I will go to the nursing home to see my mom. This is our first one without her at home. Very sad! But thankful for all of our blessings
    Today I went to the store and purchased a lot of food and took it to the local food pantry for all the folks a little down in their luck. Everyone deserves a little help, kindness and love!
    Peace, happiness and good health to all.
    Much love ,
    Mert and Asia

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good evening, Mert,

      You are such a good-hearted person, generous with your time and resources, given gladly to those you know and love and to those you’ve never met.

      No doubt you recall many Thanksgivings that revolved around the love and efforts of your dear mother. Of course you can’t help but feel sadness that those days are no more. You’re a good daughter, taking the opportunity to make a holiday for your mother at the nursing home, simply with your presence.

      Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your holiday plans, Mert, and for the kind wish for us all. May you have the same….

      • Mert says:

        Thank you, I am very blessed that she still recognizes me.
        I don’t think she always knows exactly who i am, but she knows I am someone that she cares about. I went and fed her today, as my dad is having some health issues of his own and she was so chatty, of course it was rambling that didn’t make a lot of sense. Then out of the blue, she said ” come one Mary, let’s go to the bank and to the store for lunch” 🙂 ( mert is my nickname by the way) birth name is Mary. She is a total joy to my life with even what little bit she has left in her to offer!
        Happy thanksgiving to all of you!! Remember, dress loosely! 😉

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          So great you are there for your mom and no doubt your tie is still in her heart even if she might forget your name!!

  23. Lynn Brooks says:

    Sounds so wonderful & exciting to see the cliff dwellings!
    Sorry your new door is delayed, but glad the body shop was honest with you!
    Wishing you & Bridget a Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Rod says:

    OK Sue, we don’t want to hear about a bunch of new tattoos and a texas fifth from your day in Globe……LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Are you sure? That would put some excitement into my blog posts!

      What the heck is a texas fifth? I know what a fifth is, but…

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I’m glad that Bridget is feeling better. It seems like she is able to walk further before she needs to rest her leg. The pictures of her looking back at you with pure love and adoration, and then of her enjoying the scenery are adorable! I think she enjoys being able to explore with you, even if part of the adeventure is on wheels. Bridget is a sweetie! :-). The cliff dwellings look very interesting. I would be ok going up the ladder, not going down!

    Lucky you, having a resident roadrunner – beep, beep! I hope you get to hear his call!

    Hope you have seen an increase in Amazon commissions with the holidays just around the corner! The Barbie Case, Hot Wheels, 5-6 CDs, DVD, Cab Fresh, and tool case were just a few items on my last couple of orders…hope they made your list! 🙂

    Have a great evening! Hugs to you and Bridget from me and Gracie pup!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I saw those items… so that was you. Thanks a bunch! Commissions are on the increase which is encouraging. 🙂

      It’s a relief to see Bridget finally making progress with her leg. Fortunately we found several places for our walks recently that are uphill, giving her the strength training she needs (me, too).

      You and Gracie have a great evening, too!

  26. Timber n' me says:

    Hi Sue, well it looks like that shop is doing you right in getting you a good door, sorry to hear you have to wait another week. the photos look great and that sweet girl looking back too, Timber says hi from our bed while I set at the dinette that I put in Saturday. Nice to set at a table again. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      You are making yourself a very comfortable home. I hope you’ll let me see it the next time our paths cross. You and Timber have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

      • Timber n' me says:

        Thanks Sue, We’re having Turkey Dogs and fried up pineapple and Smore’s, but Timber can only have some graham crackers and the hot dog. You Have a Great Thanks Giving ,,,me

  27. lynne says:

    I have been enjoying all the posts from the Tonto National Forest. They are helping me remember our first winter in AZ at the Tortilla Flatt campground..(now closed.) Love the desert foliage and the beauty of the lakes. Thanks for the memories!
    Have a wonder Thanksgiving Day! Lynne in Chattanooga

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s my pleasure to stir up good memories for you, Lynne. Your sign-off reminded me of a trip to your town, coming from the south down that curve of road, many years before living in the BLT. Lots of Civil War history in that area.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  28. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue
    Just ordered the dog enclosure like yours. I only got one set and hope it’s enough room for my babies. This weekend I won’t have it and it will be a bit of a challenge keeping them safe and happy. Also bought a lounge chair that looks comfy. Hope this brings you some Amazon bucks. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You probably won’t see this until after your Thanksgiving trip. I saw your Amazon purchases — Thank you!

      I don’t know/remember your dogs’ breeds. I notice you ordered the 24-inch high enclosure which tells me they aren’t big dogs. One set of panels will be enough, most likely. You can always order another set later.

      When I had a 2-dog crew I often set up the pen upon arriving at the campsite, immediately tossed them into the pen, and went about backing in and setting up without them underfoot (or under tires).

      I wish you many relaxing hours in your lounge chair. Thanks again, Deb!

  29. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, had a comment and whoosh….internet took it off into neverneverland!!
    Love the photos of darling Bridget….she has the best markings of all!! Tis good you don’t mind folks laughing at your pushing her in the stroller….they must wonder why you are doing that. Good that she cooperates so well however!!

    We are having a very small Thanksgiving…smallest ever….but twill be just fine. One thing as we age, we are happier with less and less!! Not all bad growing old!! We will meet up with kin later sometime. The day is not important to us. We are just grateful to be with this daughter at all….there were many years of much distance, both in miles and otherwise. We did not expect to see this time ever happen. So we are indeed grateful.

    Hope your Thanksgiving will be very good too…in all the ways you enjoy, Sue!!

    • Ozark Sam says:


      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Sam.. Happy Thanksgiving!

        • Ozark Sam says:

          Hey Sue. Happy Thanksgiving. I get to stay home tomorrow with my dogs and myself. I was invited but declined. Since Nancy’s not here, I would rather be alone. But I’m not alone. I have you all. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Sam

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I wish you, your husband, your daughter, and all your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your plans and your thoughts about the holiday sound great!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Oh thank you, Sue…we were invited to come over tomorrow with that hord of people but I declined. I am happy just being there working, or whatever. It does not need to be a huge dinner setting. We shall just stay home, us two. It will be fine. I am never bored….lots to do here!! You have a perfect day too!!

  30. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    If Ravens show up it means magic is in the air and something special is about to happen. Perhaps you were blessed with Roadrunners presence? Pay attention to your dreams tonight for prophecy. You will observe an increasing number of synchronistic events over the next few days, so just notice these, appreciate them and don’t try and figure them out. Oh and by the way…a flock of Crows is refered to as a Murder. So better to have a Conspiracy 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A murder of crows! Love that! Yeah,, a conspiracy is better… At least you’re given a chance… 🙂

      Poor black birds are thought of in negative terms, portending evil. The other birds have it better.. “A gaggle of geese” or, as weather tells us above, “a charm of finches.”

      Well, I’d like to pay attention to dreams but I don’t remember having any… darn! Maybe I’ll recall something later. Or maybe dreamless sleep is best of all!

      Are you still in Wikieup, AZ? Happy Thanksgiving, Joe!

      • Rattlesnake Joe says:

        Try not to wake up too fast. Don’t open your eyes, lay there and enjoy the remnants of the dream. Relax and try not to think of anything important. You can train yourself to remember your dreams if you do this over a period of time. After a while you can write your dreams down on paper not thinking of anything but just relaxed remembering of your dream. This is good for your soul. Dreaming is a way of making our dreams in life come true. We create our own reality by using our energy and intent. Happy Thanksgiving to you too…you are loved by us Blogerinos.

  31. Pat H.....Oregon says:

    I was wondering if you have taken the road out to Young? It is a nice drive and I think you would enjoy it. I used to camp off of this road when I lived in AZ. I’m still enjoying the Oregon coast and haven’t been back to AZ since I camped close to you south of Ajo. Enjoy the sunshine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      No, I haven’t driven the road to Young. I can see part of the road across the lake as it climbs the mountain. I plan to return to this area, either in a late spring or an early fall when the temperatures are higher, and at that time we will boondock along that road. I’m “saving” forest road #288 for that time. 🙂

      Thanks for mentioning where we met. Many times I read a comment and wonder, “Is that the person I met at such-and-such a place?”

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  32. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Good morning Sue, Bridget and Blogorinos,

    Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. For those traveling….be careful…for those cooking ….Hah!!! For those cleaning up the mess in the kitchen…it’s only fair! For those having a quiet day….right on!

    Whatever your plans are enjoy!

  33. I love the birds of the desert. Roadrunner was Mom’s favorite, and Quail was Dad’s. They are both special to me now 🙂 I’m looking forward to having the time to enjoy visitors’ centers when we hit the road next year – they sound so full of interesting information and exhibits. That looked like quite the climb to the base of the dwellings – with great views back over the valley. Your Thanksgiving will certainly be a big day with all you have to be grateful for. In no small measure you inspire we readers to be grateful as well for so much we take for granted – from the beauty of the rising sun to the comfort of a small companion on a cold afternoon – and in turn I thank you for that gift 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And I thank you, Jodee, for regularly visiting my blog and writing interesting comments.

      About quail… The author of the book I’m reading compared a covey of quail on the run with marbles tossed across the ground. I’ll always think of that when I see them scatter….

      Yes, there is a lot for which I am grateful. . . . I am blessed beyond counting.

  34. Timber n' me says:

    What just happen’d, I was correcting my comment on grapefruit to Pineapple and WordPress said I was in Error and the page went blank

  35. POPS (John) says:

    Goodmorning Sue & Bridge. Happy Thanksgiving ! Wishing I was there rather than here . ( 0 degrees ) Ontario weather can be cooooold ! I always find your upbeat attitude brightens my day . take care and be safe . POPS

  36. Hi Sue – I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and, in the spirit of the holiday, tell you how thankful I am for your blog. As you know, it has entertained, educated and inspired, and I am grateful for these gifts that you have so generously given to the RV community and to me. THANK YOU!

    Wishing you and Bridget a wonderful holiday.


  37. Ozark Sam says:

    Speaking of Crows. I live in the AR Ozarks on a wooded ridge top and have a lot of wildlife. I have a Murder of Crows living here that I feed treats to, about twenty. This is their territory. A few years ago, I found a cassette tape with a crow/hawk fight on it and thought I would try it out. I put my tape player in a clearing south of the house and turned it up. Neighbor crows started coming in from every direction. Before long there were about two thousand mad crows everywhere. Then, the man that lives behind me came up the road on his ATV. He had been harassing for years. The crows were really mad by then and when they heard the ATV, they took off after him. There were so many crows outside that I couldn’t even go outside to turn off the tape. A few days later he came by again on his ATV and all the local crows went after him again. All the years since that, he has not rode his ATV on our road again. Crows are my friends. Sam

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a fantastic story, Sam! And you told it well… Gosh, that must’ve been quite a sight! That man must think you have incredible powers, to have the crows act at your command. There have been moments when I could’ve used the help of a murder of crows… 🙂

    • wa_desert_rat says:


      There is an excellent documentary called “A Murder of Crows” on YouTube (originally PBS) about researchers at the UW in Seattle who determined that crews can recognize people by their faces and remember whether or not those people are friends or foes… and if they see them, and they’re NOT friends, they follow them and warn all the other crows. Really remarkable birds.

      Your story underscores that premise. They clearly remember your ATV neighbor. LOL

      Our walnut tree is shedding the last of its nuts onto the driveway and every day I crush them with my foot so the crews – who hang around watching for me to do this – can get at the meat better. I want them to hang around.


      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I used to do the same thing with pecans in my driveway. The squirrels and birds loved me!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        There is one thing crows are also good for: pooping on a car. Trouble is, it is very hard to get off and I read online that it is VERY full of toxins, more than other birds (I suppose because they clean up dead road kill etc?) They are smart and we wanted them not to ruin our paint on our car…so we tried a couple things…the one that worked best is simply hanging out those long dangling chimes….in shiny silver. Which is right beside where our car is parked. That seems to help. We do not leave them out there all the time either….just here and there. They would have been very expensive as these are HUGE ones. But it was marked 75% off in end of season sale at Joanns this year….thankfully!! We don’t hate them…but I don’t want them to ruin the car paint job and also I hate when they were coming right beside our bedroom window and screaming early in the morning….woke me up with headaches. So the chimes have put an end to that too!! Thankfully. SO long as they stay a bit away, tis fine. We knew not to threaten them in ways they could tell what we were doing…haha!! We rarely ever see other birds or hear any, because they are protected here, they apparently have taken over and the other birds stay away. And I do miss the other breeds of birds a lot!! Used to feed them in NC.

  38. Krystina at Wellton, AZ says:

    Sue, Queenie and fellow Blogerinos

    Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!


  39. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Good Evening Sue and Miss Bridget

    First, thank you for all the great shots of Roosevelt Lake. I stopped there on my way back to SE Arizona from visiting friends in the Nevada desert some 18 years ago and remembered thinking that it will be put on the “go back there” list. The different areas where you have chosen to photograph reinforce my original thought. What a beautiful area. Your photographic eye keeps gettin better and I’m sure the upgrade in equipment adds to that.
    It seems that your guardian angel for the BTV and BLT has once again directed you to honest people that will take care of you and do it right. A big thing to be thankful for in its own right. I used to laugh to myself when ever I encountered a mechanic who thought that because I was female I didn’t know an air filter from an oil pan.

    May you and Bridget have a sunny, warm and peaceful Thanksgiving.

    Be Well,


  40. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Bringing back childhood memories of the “Road Runner and the Coyote” cartoons………I don’t think I’ve ever seen a road runner so thanks for the photo you shared. I bet they would be hard to catch on your camera…….but you never know. Camera on hand at all times! Loved the ” Bridget view” stunning photo……loving all your photos which never fail to amaze me……..

  41. Applegirl NY says:

    Thank you, Sue, for another lovely post. It was nice to sit down after a day of Thanksgiving prep and breathe in your refreshing blog.

    Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. My husband and I host the family every year. It is a pleasure and a blessing. I love everything about it.

    Dear Sue’s Blogorinos,

    I would like you all to know that I am thankful for each and every one of you and your blog entries. You add so much. I read all of your comments faithfully and I learn things, enjoy things, feel your pains and share your encouragements. This is a wonderful community. God Bless each of you and thank you for being you!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! God Bless this wonderful country.

  42. DesertGinger says:

    I just got my shopping done. Spent all afternoon at tire shop getting two new tires. Meant to make stuffing today but guess I’m getting up at 6am. Don’t feel like doing it tonight. I got a roasted turkey breast at store, and my nurse brought me some homemade cranberries. I will make stuffing, mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts au gratin to take to potluck, but set some aside for me. That way I can have a second thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night. I also got a small Apple pue and vanilla bean ice cream. I’m pigging out tomorrow!

    I hope all of you have a pleasant and safe day planned for tomorrow. Big hugs.

  43. Willow (AZ) says:

    Well have to get my two cents in… Don’t forget Exaltation of Larks. Isn’t that beautiful?
    Sue, I want to wish you, Bridget and everyone here a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am spending it with my daughter and her wonderful husband In Seattle, I am blessed. As Elizabeth said “As we age we are content with less and less.”

  44. Deena - Peoria AZ says:

    Dear Sue and Bridget, Happy Thanksgiving. You are listed among our many blessings. May you have a wonderful day.

    To Sue’s many Blogerinos, may your day be filled with many delightful smells and sights with family and friends.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  45. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    I have a question for all you readers,who use Kindle. I was asking hubby for a paper white for Christmas so I could have my books to read when he starts radiation in January and I’m waiting in the car or waiting room. He showed me the new version of paper white called the Voyage. Anyone have one? I am busy reading about it. I like the 3G version because anywhere you have a cell signal (AT&T) you have free download of books ( other than the cost of the book via Amazon if it’s to a free book or Prime) with no contract or charge. It’s tempting but a lot more $$ than a regular Paperwhite. I have old Gen 1 iPad which I love but it’s a bit heavy for holding in hand to read which is why I want the ereader. Thoughts anyone? Thanks

    • DesertGinger says:

      You are going to pay $269 for the Voyage with 3G. Why not buy an iPad from Walmart for $375 and download the Kindle app for free? I have both the Kindle app and Nook app on my iPad so I can get books from Amazon or B&N.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I still say Paperwhite for $119. 🙂 (ebook wars!)

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        Ginger, the newest iPad air weighs 1.06 lbs but the Voyage weighs only 6 oz. I have a older iPad and it works fine but is heavy. I want a light weight device just for books. That is my biggest reason for looking at the Kindle. I have been reading on the iPad for over 4 years and that is fine when I’m in bed and can rest the case on a pillow or my chest, but it would be so nice to not have the weight so for me it’s a matter of which Kindle.

    • wa_desert_rat says:

      I have a third gen Kindle KB with 3G and as an RVer I would not be without the 3G feature. If the Kindle you have now doesn’t have that… and you RV or travel a lot… then that feature is really a must. No hunting for a WiFi connection… and you know how it is when you finish a book and need another fix… 😛

      As far as pricing goes, yes it’s expensive. $219 and I’m hardly the person to ask about price issues since I bought my Kindle off Craigslist for $30, I bought my wife’s Kindle 3G for $40 off Craigslist, and I bought a Kindle 3G for my mother-in-law off Craigslist for $40 (she needed that version’s ability to read to her regardless of the text due to eyesight).

      Get one and let us know how you like it. 😛


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Make sure whatever you buy that it is lit so you can read it comfortably in any light or no light… I like my Paperwhite because I can read it outside …. in the sunshine with no glare. I wish I could do that with my laptop!

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        Agree, my iPad is hard to read outside. So it has come to which Kindle. Thanks Sue.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, Velda. The Paperwhite is on sale at Amazon for $99 ($20 off) for 3 days (Click on ad presently shown with Thanksgiving post).

          • Mert says:

            Sold!! Looking for the amazon ad. Now on this site so you get commission. I have been looking and reading for a couple weeks now. Am buying this for a Christmas gift. Thanks Sue

            • Mert says:

              Little bump in the road. All the way to end to order went to set up acct. And amazon says I already have acct. When I put in my email address. This is a head scratcher as I have no memory of ever ordering anything from there. So now I am trying to figure out what in the name of John Wayne my password could be.
              I may have to set up a new email acct. However, I will get it ordered some how… Some way!! Thanks. I love a good deal 😉

  46. Toni says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sue, Bridget and everyone!!

  47. Ron Sears says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sue and Bridget!!

  48. AZ Jim says:

    A hour ago I heard some soft sounds emanating from the kitchen. I went out and there was Detta already at work on our Thanksgiving dinner. I got there in time to do the heavy turkey handling. That bird is in the warm confines of our oven now.

  49. weather says:

    Branches heavy with sparkling snow lined the road as the wipers let me see white swans floating through the scene .Pure joy made me laugh as out running errands it struck me again -we ask what,not if,we’ll eat .The rest are just details ,more gifts.I know the simple things you intend today to hold mean the world to you,Sue.You celebrate them on or offline all year long.It’s still especially wonderful that today so many others are doing the same.May that increase instead of disappearing with the date,your example makes the likelier all the time,thanks,Sue.

    The swan group is called a ballet.Wren groups are chimes,until spring I’ll let voices on this blog be those ,each tone beautiful in it’s own way.Happy Thanksgiving everyone-today and always,weather

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather… Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      The simpler can also be a joy can’t it? Had the simplest holiday ever yesterday….and still mostly relaxing amidst the work here and there…and enjoying the simple fare we had. Diabetes dictates we must not have the huge feasts of the past…and now? Simply not enough strength to accomplish now what I used to anyway…somehow it all works out. Heard from our daughters so all is good!! I hope your day was very wonderful as well.

      • weather says:

        Glad you heard from your daughters,Elizabeth,I spoke with my son,too.You were on my mind ,I wondered if you’d seen a note I wrote to you and how you were doing,so I said a prayer for you.Now reading your note I see that it was answered,yippee!I shared simple meals with my pups,sweet,peaceful,thankful-so your hope for me was answered as well 🙂

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          If I did not respond, then I missed your note to me, Weather…I am sorry. I wish I knew how to hunt for it better….I am not very computer literate!! Thanks for the little prayer for me…I appreciate that and so glad you had a nice day as well!! You are a sweet lady!!

          • weather says:

            As my notes really just say I’m glad that you are here and exactly who you are each time,no worries,dear,ever,I just meant I hoped you knew that I gave thanks for you on the holiday 🙂

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              What a sweet thing to say Weather!! I am so glad you are here too….it is always interesting and I know you too try to encourage others!! Thanks for being here and for saying such nice things to me as well as others!! May you be more blessed!!

            • weather says:


  50. Teresa from NC says:

    Happy thanksgivings, Sue and Bridget! Hope your day is relaxing and warm.

  51. wa_desert_rat says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to Sue, Bridget and all the blogorinos. I just wish we were in AZ. LOL


  52. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning!

    Happy Thanksgiving to Sue. Bridget and fellow blogorinos, I am thankful for you all! Wishing everyone a blessed day! 🙂

  53. Mert says:

    Thank you sue. I got the paper white ordered this evening. Thanks for recommendation. I got it via your blog. So I hope you got the credit.
    I will be doing more shopping as well. I don’t want to battle the stores. Would rather shop from home 🙂

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      I so agree…told my hubby we are STAYING home today…not way I want to fight crowds!! We shop online so much as we can too.

  54. I really appreciate your blog. I’m french canadian preparing a roadtrip to USA. Your blog it’s full of inspiration. Thank you. Sorry for my english.
    Blog voyage de Chantal et Réjean

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