Cold weather comin’ — Time to move camp!

Bridget, Reggie, and I leave the Best Little Trailer and take the Perfect Tow Vehicle into town.

P1080246The BLT waits at Cedar Pocket Campground for our return.

We’re on our way to St. George to obtain a refund from Wal-Mart.  I also have an empty propane tank in the back of the PTV.  As long as we’re going to town, I’ll have it filled.

Unlike the last time, no one is in line at the customer center.

I explain to the clerk that I was charged a core battery fee at the Richfield Wal-Mart, even though my old battery was left there and that the manager of said store will confirm that I’m due a refund.

I show her my receipt.

Of course, an unusual customer request causes a few moments of consternation.  She calls her manager, blah, blah, blah. It turns out that I paid with a check, not a credit card as I originally thought.  Eventually the clerk hands me $12 and change.  This makes me happy because I hate those cards that give credit in the store.  I never remember to use them!

Well, that’s done.

With a song in my heart and not much going on upstairs, I push my cart over to the restroom.

I had noticed my hands were dirty when I accepted the cash.  I had forgotten to wash them after fooling around unhooking the propane tank and so forth.  The restroom is empty, there’s soap in the dispenser, even paper towels on the wall!  Gee, this is my day.  I wash up.

Okay, now to shop.

I step out of the restroom and meet the man whose job it is to clean restrooms.

He’s standing behind his cart which is laden with brooms, mops, buckets, cleaner, rags, and whatnot.  He looks at me deadpan and states in a level, low voice . . .

“This is the men’s room.”

I turn and there on the wall is the symbol representative of . . . a man!

“Oh.  So it is.” 

I smile at the cleaning man, roll my eyes, and with my head held high, push my cart onward.

After shopping — when one is in a store, one has to shop — I find propane at a Chevron station.

We fly through the Virgin River Gorge for home.

P1080247Monday, November 2

I have the urge to clean!  It’s a breezy day, the kind of day for airing out bedcovers.  I shake the comforter and drape it over the lounger. A quilt goes over the camp chair, and the other quilt goes over the picnic table.

An airing brings that fresh-air scent inside between trips to a laundromat.

I give the kitchen a good going over, tidy up the storage area, and wipe the fiberglass surfaces throughout to make them sparkle.  I sweep the floor, shake out the throw rug, and, on hands and knees, “mop” my entire house with a wet rag.  Except for the bathroom … that’s for another day.

P1080240“Watch out, Pink Piggy.  Here comes the Reginator again!”

The crew and I meet our newest neighbors.

As we sit and chat for a bit I learn that they have a home in Utah and travel with their fifth wheel to Ajo for the winter.  We talk about where we’ve camped.

The woman asks for suggestions.

“We’ve gotten into a rut over the years.  We go the same way, stop at the same places.”

How do I respond?

I pull out my Benchmark atlas, of course!  I suggest they try Roosevelt Lake in eastern Arizona or the Peg Leg/Dry Clark Lake boondocking area near Borrego Springs California.  They seem interested.  I describe both camps and wish them happy travels, hoping they will drive out of their comfort zone to new places.

P1080241Pink Piggy leads a rough life, but she keeps smilin’ anyway!

During the week or so at Cedar Pocket we talk with Larry several times.

The crew and I see him on our sunset walks around the campground loop. While Larry and I talk, Bridget waits patiently in her car.  Reggie snoops around.

Larry is a vandweller in his 70s, maybe older.  We talk about all sorts of things related to our lives on the road.

Larry used to do a lot of boondocking.

“I used to go to these places, way far out, and I’d be all by myself.  Beautiful.  Then I go and I think I’m alone and here come the ATVs.  They’re everywhere!  I can’t take that noise.  I stick to campgrounds.  They’re quieter.  Plus I need the bathrooms.”

As you know, there are many ways to RV —

From weekend camper to snowbird to full-timer.  Larry has figured out the way that suits him at this point in his life.  He lives in his van in the good weather months around this area of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.  When the cold months arrive, he rents an apartment.

“The nights are so darn long in the winter!  I don’t have enough to do in my van.  I have to use a flashlight to read, do puzzles.  But, on the other hand, in an apartment I end up watching six hours of television in a day.”

“It can be addictive,” I remark.  “Not to mention, it turns your brain to mush.”

Travelers keep attuned to weather forecasts.

“I’m going to move into an apartment tomorrow,” Larry announces during our last stop at his campsite.

“Yeah, cooler weather is coming by Wednesday,” I respond.  “I was going to stay ’til Wednesday.  Then I read the forecast is for a low in the 30s.  I’d like to leave tomorrow.”

“Why don’t you?” Larry asks.

“It depends upon the wind.  I try to not drive in wind, if I can help it.”

Since Larry leaves in the morning, we say our goodbyes, wishing each other safe travels.

Tuesday, November 3

After a windy night the morning is relatively calm.  On our morning walk I pick up 16 plastic shopping bags stuck to bushes around the campground. Since our campsite isn’t in need of any improvement, this will be my effort to keep the pledge, “Leave our camp better than we found it.”

We should grab this opportunity to move camp before the cold arrives tomorrow.

How ’bout we hit the road, Bridge?”

P1080248

“That’s my girl!”

rvsue

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94 Responses to Cold weather comin’ — Time to move camp!

  1. AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

    Sue asked me to copy this from the last post.

    WARNING: I am passing this along from an Escapees Email I received:

    Information has now been received of a draft bill, the “Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Modernization Act of 2015”, to privatize even more publicly owned land by the increased use of concessionaires or selling the land to private ownership. A hearing was held earlier and now the hearing record is open for public written testimony until November 6, 2015. The proposed bill will increase day use and permit fees.

    Now is the time to contact the chair and the ranking member on the House Committee on Natural Resources via their staff members. Please send an email that is short and polite commenting on your experiences using public lands. Specify that your comment should be included in the record of the October 28 hearing.

    Emails should go to:

    Representative Tom McClintlock, Chair
    House Committee on Natural Resources
    Subcommittee on Federal Lands
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Erica.Rhoad@mail.house.gov

    Representative Niki Tsongas, Ranking Member
    House Committee on Natural Resources
    Subcommittee on Federal Lands
    Washington D.C. 20515
    Brandon.Bragato@mail.house.gov

    • Lisa W says:

      Emails have been written to both members.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Thanks for that info (and to Sue for highlighting it). I definitely get a lot out of our “wild” public lands and have ZERO desire for more concessionaires and more private land. There are already plenty (maybe too many) places that have the latter two.

      Also, I find that concessionaires/contracts seem to result in (or become?) bureaucratic and … I can’t think of the right word, maybe jaded or blase. At any rate, it all becomes just routine, rules, and there isn’t much enthusiasm for the actual thing, but the rules become the main focus.

      At any rate, no matter what folks’ opinions are, it’s good to write in and be heard.

      Alan: How did Escapees notify you? I notice there is only three more days to comment…. did they send it out by paper mail (I often don’t get mine for weeks at a time). Glad you are publicizing it on the web where many will see it right away.

      • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

        Escapees Club News email

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Thanks Alan. I’ve been having some e-mail issues, but OTOH a friend hadn’t noticed anything about it either, so I wondered how they’d sent it out.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Ah, and as it turns out, said friend had canceled his Escapees e-mail newsletter. So all is clear now in the dissemination category.

    • Biz Crate (40m from Chicago) says:

      Done!

  2. Can’t wait to find out where you end up for the winter months.

  3. Page says:

    Love that pink piggy! Good for you for cleaning up. We also believe in leaving a place better than we found it. If everyone did that, there would be no more trashy sites.

  4. *sigh* that very first photograph epitomizes my favorite kind of rock formation! I used to call them ” Mother Earth’s Petticoats” ! Layers of colored petticoats! There were all over Utah!
    ?You crack me up, I swear! Did you not wonder why there were urinals in the ladies restroom ??? Hahahahaha! Love ya girl! I can just imagine the look the cleaning guy gave you!
    Looks like Reggie’s Pink Piggy is turning colors with age, as we all do!
    Drive safe, smell the flowers, take lots of pictures! Remember, we love you!

  5. Carlene at Bosque del Apache refuge says:

    As a constitute of Mr mcclintock. I will most certainly give him my opinion of the use of pubic land. Of course being very polite but to the point. The reservation system which it will lead to, if more concessionaires are used, are not in the best interest of the public and current owners of public lands, being the citizens of The USA. of course this is my opinion.
    Safe travels Sue and the Crew! Cold weather is on its way.

  6. Pamelab says:

    Had to chuckle at Reggie and his pink piggy. Happy trails and good luck finding a warmer home. Still enjoying your older posts, Sue. Thanks for sharing.

  7. eliza says:

    If you can back up your rig, and hitch up the BLT to the PTV without “assistance”, and survive the well-intended interruptions in your routine… I think you should be allowed to use the men’s room. I use them all the time in restaurants when there is a line for the ladies.

    • Chey (WA coast) says:

      Me too, and I ask someone to watch, or a man to make sure it’ free before I use it.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      OTOH, I don’t know why the mens’s room would be a “reward” for anything. Of course Sue’s driving skills ARE fantastic – no argument there!

      Side note: I was in France for awhile (some years ago), and it was common to have unisex restrooms. Not a bother to me really, since there were still stalls for the main purpose; but I still always did a mental double-take when I was at the sink/mirrors washing my hands and I’d see a guy go by in the background. Hard to get rid of that knee-jerk reaction of “Oh, am I in the wrong one?”

      What really got to me was that there was just “a towel” (a terry cloth one) hanging there for everyone to dry their hands on. Not me thanks! Gah, how germy must that towel have been.

  8. Mick'nTN says:

    Poor Pink Piggy.
    Takes a mauling
    and keeps on crawling.

  9. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I laughed out loud at your bathroom mistake. I immediately thought of the night Mother took me…and I think you…and some of my friends to Salem to the movies to see “Love Me Tender” WOW…what a thrill that was. On the way out, Mother got confused and instead of the exit, walked right into the Men’s Room. She came back out, head held high and went out the correct door. We laughed all the way home!!

    Love the pictures of Reggie and the pig but the best picture is of Bridget!! She looks so happy and bright-eyed.

    Happy Trails…know you will find the best spot to camp next.
    Love to you and the crew

  10. Bev says:

    Oh Sue–I have probably ended up in Men’s Restrooms at least three times and I remember each time..LOL. The best was at Mayo Clinic. I sat on my throne in regal splendor and noticed some really big shoes in the next stall. When I washed my hands, I noticed a MAN’s reflection in the mirror. I dodged out fast and disappeared among the patients and visitors. My husband teased me about some guy “out there” looking for the lady who was wearing those cute sandals in the stall next to him. (Yah–that made me feel secure). I continue to love your stories and those fur kids.

  11. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    OK, this is a first. I laughed so hard you made me pee my pants!

  12. Tara from Pac NW says:

    Great post Sue, I really like that you inspired a couple to try something new and learning about Larry’s lifestyle. And the last pic of Bridgette made me smile. 🙂

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      I think that the expression on Bridget’s face in that last photo shows clearly all the love and care she gets from you, RVSue. I am sure that you, like me, in the classroom can look at a student and see in his face whether he is feeling loved and cared for. Same here! She looks so happy and content.

  13. Renee Galligher says:

    That’s hilarious about the men’s rest room! Well no wonder there was soap and paper towels!

  14. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I have walked into the mens restroom twice here at work. We have two sets of restrooms on our floor. The restrooms are reversed on each end. I get used to the womens restroom being on the right and then I go to the other end of the building and the womens restroom is on the left. How embarassing. At least no men were in there. I was lucky that way too.

    I am wondering where we will end up this winter too. I always love it in the winter. I hope we see the little blue house with all the flowers again. I think we have been there at least twice. Love the picture of the Bridg. So sweet.

  15. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Lol… I have done the mens room thing too. The only thing bad about Walmart is that it is not a locked bathroom.

    I wonder if the Walmart you bought the battery at was the one that your card wouldn’t work so you wrote the check instead? Just glad you got your refund!

    The crew looks happy and I am looking forward to seeing where you are headed next! Safe travels and hugs to all!!

  16. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Wrote to both Mr. McClintlock and Ms. Tsongas, politely of course. Thank you Sue and Alan for providing the information.

  17. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    Glad you are moving to a warmer clime — we cant have those poor little pups getting cold –can we??

  18. Sandy Wetzel says:

    Received the Escapees email and I sent my email to the Representatives too. Here’s hoping.

  19. Sondra-SC says:

    On my recent travels I was in the ladies room at a rest area…. I heard a male voice exclaim “This is the men’s room” then in a few seconds a woman came in and said,
    “I was in the men’s room” LOL and so I said “yeah I heard!”
    Hope you get a good spot on your next stop.

  20. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Love the pink pig and Regie Man, but the one I like best is of Bridget. HRH is tolerating having her photo taken and she even appears to be enjoying it!

  21. Lisa W says:

    Hello Sue,

    I can’t even think of the number of times I have walked into or almost walked into men’s rooms. Luckily, I think, I have caught myself before being detected.
    Funny story, when a very young soldier in Germany, I stopped at a restroom on the Autobahn while in uniform. I went to the restroom and an older German lady tried to get me to go to the men’s restroom. It took me a long time to convince her I was a female. At one point I thought she was going to smack me with her purse before I finally convinced her.

    • Chey (WA coast) says:

      First time I accidentally walked into a boys room was on a 6th grade field trip to the Boston Public Library. The class is filing down the stairs and I followed the single line before me through the huge oak doors, and scooted right out when I became aware. My teacher, the boys and myself said nothing, and I got over it quickly. I also remember the long mahogany study tables with the green glass desk lamps and the intense quiet for such big rooms, LOL

  22. Gal n a cat in FL says:

    I think this is one of the prettiest camps you have been in! And that takes some saying as you have stayed in some doozies. But understand you have to be on the move ahead of weather. You mentioned the other day people not posting. Maybe they are like me and read everything and don’t post much. We are here with you! Happy travels.

  23. Gene in Ohio says:

    I have done the reverse in a Wal-Mart. Walked into a woman’s restroom and wondered where were all of the urinals. I figured it out.

  24. Lady Piper,(Piper), and Rusty near th' River in AZ says:

    Lol,, I’ve walked in the ladies room walked out, got to talkin’ and went in not noticing that I just left that side and just as I turned around to head over to the guys side a lady asked if everything is ok,,, yes mamm I said and got the hell out real fast,,, ,,,,,,,,,, Mr. piggy looks like he’s trying to get a way from Reggie and HRH looks sweet at the last photo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  25. Kay from Wa state with 16 tiny paws says:

    I remeber going into the wrong restroom at a resturant once but the doors had a picture of a man on one and woman on the other but it was dark and I didn’t see the SMALL hand above the figure pointing to the other door.

  26. Linda -- in Wisconsin says:

    I love it that Reggie has toy-friends.

  27. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, come on down. It’s your kind of winter weather here. You’ll love it.

  28. Applegirl NY says:

    Cooler weather is on it’s way here too. We have had a beautiful fall, though. It’s been nice to be able to get outside so much, and it looks like we have a bit more of the nice stuff coming. Unfortunately the ticks are out like crazy. We really have to check ourselves. Terrible – but I won’t let them deter me from being in the fields and forest.

    Your post really was a breath of fresh air! Nice to get some housekeeping done, too. Safe travels to warmer places.

    • Chey (WA coast) says:

      Hi Applegirl, Did you say ticks this time of year in (I’m guessing) upstate NY?

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Yup, I’m sorry to say that they are out big time. Funny, because we didn’t have any problems with them this summer. Such a drag.
        Hopefully they won’t spread all over the country. It’s terrible. We never had anything like them while we were growing up.

        You don’t have them out in your neck of the woods, do you?

        • Chey (WA coast) says:

          1’m one mile off the N WA Coast…have not been an issue here. Got a link ? My & my dog want to know should we travel there or anywhere, lol, thanks

  29. Sharron says:

    One upmanship ……..I took a SHOWER in the men’s showers at Palo Dura Canyon. OMG! Thank goodness only one man came in and waited until I got dressed and left. Never forget that one!

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      It’s 9:33 pm now, and I’m still laughing!

    • Kerry On (UT) says:

      You’re not alone! My husband accidentally showered in the ladies room at Goulding’s in Monument Valley. He realized it mid-shower when a woman stepped into the stall next to him. Realizing his mistake, he hurried to rinse off, and hoped she didn’t notice the hairy feet in the stall next to her. Then he quickly sneaked out before anyone else came in!

  30. Karen LeMoine says:

    Weather is quickly changing. Glad you are moving. As always the pics of the furries are endearing! I hope all who are camped in higher elevations take precaution. Safe travels to all wherever the road takes you!

  31. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Good evening Miss Sue, emails done! The rock formations are my favorites, so much to look at and the area around the campground looks beautiful. You meet such interesting people along the way and I love that you include them in the blog post. The bathroom mistake made me laugh out loud, I did that once in Vegas, as I was leaving the restroom a man came in, unzipping his pants on the way in…….luckily he saw me and stopped!! Whew, that was to close but remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! haa . I pray you have a safe trip to the next adventure and that Reggie and Miss B will love it wherever you go.

  32. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Glad you were able to take care of the battery core fee.

    Hah! You didn’t smell the “toilet candy, hockey puck target practice thingy” as soon as you walked in? Hilarious!

    Jules and I both have short hair…someone always asks us ..if we are in the right restroom. We reply…we are..are YOU? They always exit the restroom to check the sign at the entrance.

    What a nice smile Bridgee babee! And you Reg man…go easy on pinky!

    Have a wonderful evening.

    Oh BTW…for anyone wondering about the pheromone calming products for cats and dogs. We have had total success with both Feliway and Adaptil. Remember I mentioned Annie Oakley works herself up every time she gets into the SUV…to the point of putting on her brakes, me having to lift her into the SUV and then throwing up later on down the road?

    We decided the collar, which works for 30 days, wasn’t going to be as efficient. So we got the Adaptil spray…I spray the back of the SUV 10 minutes before she gets in…and I spray a bandana, she wears around her neck. Stuff works for 4 hours..

    She not only JUMPED into the SUV but she hasn’t thrown up since we’ve started this regimen.

    All is good!

    Adaptil Happy Home on The Spot Spray, 60ml

    This is one of my links. — Sue

  33. Hi, Sue and readers,
    I had read the notice about that bill and quickly copied it over to Bob Wells’ forum by copying and pasting. I did not have time to do research on it at the time.

    Now Bob has responded and he is in favor of this bill. (I must say he admits he has only read a summary statement issued by the government.) The summary says the it basically continues to allow federal land management agencies to set and collect fees for public use areas as they have been doing. He points to his years as a FS campground host. He says the company that hired him for the Forest he was on was always losing money on the “free” day use areas and so forth that were included in the contract (and had to be cleaned and serviced) but for which they could collect no fees.

    So Bob thinks to keep these areas in good shape… the federal agencies need to be able to raise camping fees. The Escapees language makes it look like there is a sell off of public lands or such. My own Google search turned up a mixed bag of what is in the bill… like allowing the Sawtooth NF to start charging $12 for a Christmas tree cutting permit instead of $8.

    I thought you would like to know there is another side to the coin. And, as with anything in large group effort (like Congress), it is sure to be a mixed bag.

    • Larry in AR says:

      I tend to agree with Bob, although I can see both sides. It is great to have totally free access to totally undeveloped land for those who wish it. There are those who want at least some minor development, which takes funds. I mean, how can you even drive a van or camper into an area that has no road? Those roads take funds, as do all the facilities that might be developed. Some mixture of both would be ideal in my mind.

      The Federal Government owns 640 million acres of land. That does not include land owned by state or local governments. The past six administrations have added 94.9 million acres to the Federal Wilderness program. That does not include national parks or monuments. The Federal Government owns 84.5% of NV, 69.1% of AK, 57.4% of UT, 53.1% of OR, 50.2% of ID, 48.1% of AZ, 45.3% of CA, 42.3% of WY, 41.8% of NM, and 36.6% of CO. True that some of this land is leased for various purposes, the income from which is used to develop and maintain Federal lands.

      I don’t think there is any danger of running out of public land. Of course, the question concerned here is how will it be administered so that the most people get the most benefit. There is a complete text of the proposed law on the BLM website for those who are interested.

      My wish for everyone is that they get the chance to enjoy and appreciate the beauty, splendor and wonder of this great country. Happy Trails, Y’all!

  34. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Heh…the men’s restroom, Sue…yes, we have some stories like that too!! Thanks for the laugh!!

  35. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    What a nice camp this has been but yup–I’d move for 30 degrees at night! I find those store credit cards annoying too. I think they count on many people (maybe the majority) not using them.

    Reg looks more self-confident in every photo. He sure knows how to give pink piggy a piece of his mind.

    I enjoyed reading about your conversation with Larry. I found myself thinking that 70 seemed a little old to be out & about & then I remembered how old we are.

    We got our cleaning bug today. Jim racked up a lot of leaves & I vacuumed & dusted. Washed the covers for Ari’s dog beds & did other laundry. We were actually too busy to stop for lunch–that rarely happens here.

    Take good care; ear skritches to the pups. Stay warm.

  36. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The photos of Reggie with the pink piggy are hilarious. Love the last one where you tell him not to forget it. That is the most precious picture of Bridget. What a happy smiling face! Safe travels, can’t wait to see where we go next.

  37. Beverly Northwoods WI & Venice FL says:

    I don’t write on the blog often, but I’m always checking in on your postings. I enjoy your photos, your darling pups, your storytelling and facts about so many places you go. As always, thank you so much for taking the time to post and write responses. You are a total source of joy whenever I spend time with your blog. You are a real treasure!

  38. Pat K, Bulverde, Texas says:

    I’ve been into the men’s room. Yikes! Also, have you ever been into one of those restaurants that have “Men’s room”, on the inside of the door as you are going out of the Women’s room? There’s a momentary shock, and then you realize it’s a joke. 🙁 Thanks for your great blog. Pat in Bulverde

  39. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    dont know how many times Ive walked into the girls room
    by accident even when I was younger and didnt have an excuse
    like I do know……
    speaking of restrooms, the city of Houston is voting today on
    whether or not a man can use the womens restrooms….gay mayor
    says its a matter of discrimination or something like that… never
    could figure that one out…
    I can sympathize with Larry need to rent an apartment when it
    gets cold….Im 71 and get cold when it 60 degrees…..HA!
    Chuck

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

      The issue isn’t men using womens restrooms. It is transgendered men using womens restrooms. Are they male or female, that is the question.

      • pookieboy says:

        Well it don’t matter since it didn’t pass

      • Cinandjules says:

        Meh thinks….If you still have “plumbing” you’re still considered male…no matter what stage you are in the process.

        • Pookie in SE Texas says:

          yep….thats for sure…..
          seems like if I was gonna go thru that I wouldnt announce
          it to the world….but then again Im not a big showoff like
          some of these folks like Bruce Jenner…:)
          chuck

          • Cinandjules says:

            Bruce walks better in pumps than I could ever do! I’d break my neck on the first step! ?

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Ha, I here you there! No idea how people walk in those without scaffolding on each side to support them.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      It seems to me like it was about much more than bathrooms, but the folks against it focused on bathrooms. I don’t really see it, because if a guy is crazed/aggressive/lawless enough to want to walk into a bathroom and rape a woman, is he going to not do it because “oh, woops , I see I’m not supposed to do that, so I won’t.” I mean, if “not legal” were a deterrent, no-one would be getting raped anywhere/anytime.

      Personally I’m fine with it if a person who identifies as female uses the women’s room. Even if they have the “other” plumbing. There are stalls and I’m in there to do my business and leave. I don’t really care who’s in the stall next to me, as long as they are simply doing the same thing.

      It bothers me when people use extreme (and to me, illogical) fear-mongering to influence people, and I sense this happened with the bathrooms.

      As I mentioned earlier, when I was in France many (most?) of the bathrooms were unisex. I haven’t researched it, but didn’t get the sense that any more “depraved” crimes occurred in them because of it.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        If this all gets erased, I have no problem with it, and completely understand. OTOH, if the discussion stays, I wanted to post my thoughts on the issue.

  40. Dawn in MI says:

    My dog Katie has a pink pig that she loves too.

    Safe travels!

  41. Gary says:

    Weather has cooled in Arizona. I got here a little early, but enjoying the weather now. I’m always nervous about staying too long in the higher, colder climates. I do NOT want to drive in the snow anytime soon. Funny about the rest room mistake. When I was at Walmart today I took a double take on the sign as I was going in just to make sure 😉 thinking of you.

    • Suzette (TN) says:

      Gary – I clicked over to your blog and think I’ll follow along for a while. I’m enjoying your adventures. I’m sorry you weren’t thrilled with your Memphis experience. I moved here about 10 years ago, and I haven’t been thrilled, either. 🙂 Oh well…I’m near family. That counts for a lot. I work in Germantown, a block or two from a Firestone store. I’m betting that’s where you got your tire, as it’s one of the few areas around here that can routinely be described as “nice.”

  42. David Ainley in Houston, TX. says:

    Sue, hug your babies for me. I lost my best friend and companion this morning when he was hit by a car. I could never stand to chain him as he was so full of life. He was just a year old. Still love your pictures even though they now make me cry. Safe travels to all of you.
    Here’s a link to a picture of my Budd The Mutt. You’ll see the name fits him as you can see the mischief in his eyes and a smile on his face.
    https://www.facebook.com/ainley53/posts/10206705042083314?comment_id=10206705109965011&notif_t=comment_mention

    • weather says:

      David I’m sorry for your loss and sadness.Surely Bud enjoyed the love and freedom you gave him as much as you enjoyed him.May you be sent comfort through this difficult time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I am deeply sorry, David, that this has happened to your beloved Budd. I’m not on Facebook so I can’t open the link to see his picture. I don’t need to see him to know you have a great love for him and that he deserved your love. That’s evident in your tears. Nothing I write can soften the shock of sudden loss, but know I’m wishing you strength to get through these painful days.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      So sorry for your loss.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      How heartbreaking. I’m so sorry!

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      So sorry for the loss of you beloved pet. My first dog was also hit by a car and killed. I couldn’t eat for 3 weeks. He was only about 2-3 years old. The thing I remember most about him is when we would let him pull our sled. One of us would run ahead & as he chased us & the other could get a ride. He was an America Eskimo dog, so he love pulling us in the snow.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      So sorry for your loss, David.

    • Pamelab in Houston says:

      So sorry for your loss of such a good friend. We lost a special pup when she was hit by a car. They can become such a wonderful part of your life with so much love. I hope your fond memories will help you. Bless you both.

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      I am really sorry.

  43. Terri From Texas says:

    The comments about the concessionaires speak to my heart. I got so angry the other day when I found out Louisiana has a mandatory 2 night reservation for weekends. We wanted to stay one night the day after Thanksgiving as we trekked back across the state toward home. When I called about it I was told I could “take my chances” at the park if I wanted to stay only one night. Needless to say, we intend to drive all across LA on the way to Alabama and not spend one penny in that state if we can help it. I tend to think that concessionaires are a horrendously bad idea-usually if the govt. says it is going to help then look out!! And as for not having enough money to keep up our public lands, well, hold back from giving billions of dollars overseas. THAT would be a big help! Delete this if it is too political, Sue. but I intend writing the govt. also.
    Great campsite and Reggie is too cute!

    • pookieboy says:

      Terri, I will agree with you on that…..they took over 2 parks for the corps of engineers at lake Somerville and promptly raised the rates….grrrr
      Chuck

  44. weather says:

    Spectacular opening photo, if someone hadn’t considered RVing, seeing that might make them do so

    “….I smile… head held high…push forward” ,you know a circumstance does not diminish your dignity .Hm-m-m, I wonder where Bridget learned her air of dignity 🙂

    Larry’s choices involving his lifestyle are a great way to let him keep enjoying life, good for him! And good for you re getting the refund on the battery transaction, a lot of folks would have forgotten all about or lost the receipt. The two bottom photos of Bridget looking beautiful and Reggie being adorable were perfect to make this post leave me with a happy feeling again, thanks , Sue.

  45. Laura says:

    Dearest Sue,

    Not sure if you have heard this old commercial saying… Calgon take me away! But when I have had enough of all the stresses in life, when I have had more than I can chew… I go to my e-mail and search and search and hope for an update from you and your fur babies! You DO touch my life that much! I have never ever followed anyone’s blog before…..but I follow yours very very closely and I look forward to each and every post you make! I just want to impress on you, how much you touch some peoples lives with your posts. I know that in the future, when I retire, I will prolly not have much to retire on… I know that I love animals and worry that if I had a home that I pulled behind me every day, that I could be a good Momma to the critters I might decide to keep… your blog, helps me have hope… your blog encourages me… Not sure if you hear that enough… but I hope you do! I feel blessed that you share part of your life with the world and I am a part of that world! Huggles from Laura Ours

  46. wa_desert_rat says:

    Pink Piggy certainly does hang in there; despite Reggie’s best attempts. Ya gotta admire her spirit. 🙂

    The wrong bathroom at Walmart…

    We have several WMs around here. But, let’s face it… every place has several WMs around there. I have discovered that they arrange their bathrooms as if to guarantee that people will choose the wrong one. This is because they alternate the positions of the front wall bathrooms. Sometimes the Men’s is on the left and sometimes it’s on the right.

    I’ve been caught… and then realized that I had gone into the left-Men;s in a right-Men’s store. An easy mistake to make. There’s probably a moral in there somewhere…

    Larry does seem to have it worked out. I like his lifestyle and his ability to get the most out of it. You’ve got that knack, too. A winter in the BLT would probably not be much more fun that a winter in Larry’s van but you have a simpler solution than renting an apartment. Just head farther south….

    If you follow the weather, the outdoors is your living room. All you need is a good chair. After trying several different brands of “zero gravity” recliners I finally found one for $60 (or so) at Costco that is, so far, the best. Better, even, than the over-$100 versions I’ve tried out. Of course, they don’t sell them in the Fall or Winter up here in WA but come Spring they’ll be on the floor again. At least where there are seasons. Maybe they’re on the floor year-’round in AZ. 😀

    I see more Kindles (and people reading on their Kindle apps) every year. A Kindle is the perfect companion for the person who loves to read. I have over 200 books on my 3rd generation Kindle (the one with the button-keyboard, the weird browser, and free 3G connection… but no backlight) and it doesn’t weigh an ounce more than the day I bought it!!! Nor is it any harder to store! Even a collection of paperbacks can’t claim that sort of efficiency. At night I have to use an LED “head-lamp”. Usually in bed. Every now and then I lust for a paper-white but if I take a nap that goes away. 🙂

    Have fun on your way to Ajo (which is where I suspect you’ll be in a few weeks). Be sure to let us know how the campsites are now that the fence is up.

    WDR

  47. kris says:

    Is Brigitte ok? I see her in her carriage lately.
    Hope she’s ok.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Sue has mentioned that she takes walks with the gang morning and afternoon, then sometimes on the evening (third walk of the day) walk she often takes “the car.”

      Seems like she’s aging, with what that entails, but doing reasonably well. I bet Reggie helps her keep her vim as much as possible (while maintaining regality, of course!).

      I imagine Sue will be able to answer better than me, but she may be between camps, or in a new one without signal.

      With the last system that came through, I think it “became time” for many folks (me being one of them) who were enjoying the last bits of fall further north (or further up) to head to the warm embrace of lovely Arizona 🙂

  48. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi there, blogorinos!

    The crew and I are at a new camp! I hope you’ll excuse me from replying to comments under this post. I took a break. Well, not a complete break because I wrote another post which I’ll publish in a few minutes.

    As always, thank you for your kind messages to me and to each other. I did read every one of them. 🙂

    Sue

  49. Jeff Agueda says:

    Thank you very much for your information, and the time it takes to do your blog. Have a very good travels Sue.

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