Come heaven or high water in southern Idaho

 Sunday, May 21 – Thursday, May 24

Our camp at Lud Drexler Campground, Salmon Creek Falls Reservoir, Idaho ($5 regular/$2.50 with senior discount)

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“Aw, you missed the boat, Reg.”  — Boat launch area at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir

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“This is where we watched the fish coming out of the truck.”

April 2015 post:  “Wow!  That’s a lotta’ fish!”

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We go across the dam on our way to Cedar Creek Reservoir.

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Heavenly camps a few feet from the water! . . .  Oh, no! —  mosquitoes!

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“An American Avocet!”

Did you know? . . . 

“American Avocet chicks leave the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Day-old avocets can walk, swim, and even dive to escape predators.” —

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No, not a boat ramp.  High water is over the road.  A vault toilet house (to right, out of frame) is marooned!  The Perfect Tow Vehicle turns around and takes us home.

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“Reggie, what’s that in the road by our house? “

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“Hey!  It’s the mysterious bird that I saw in our yard yesterday!  I’m zooming in!”

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Could this be a Gray Partridge?  Wow!

Did you know? . . .

“Gray Partridge hens produce some of the largest clutches of any bird species. Clutch size can range up to 22 eggs, and averages 16 to 18.” —

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While eating supper I see the sun setting beyond the clouds and run outside to capture it for you!


NOTE:  This post is published on Monday, May 29 — Memorial Day.  Wherever you may be, wherever you may go, I hope you enjoy this day and join me in remembering those who gave all to protect our right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” — Sue


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41 Responses to Come heaven or high water in southern Idaho

  1. Pam Ridgely says:

    could it be?????

    • Pam Ridgely says:

      I love the pictures of Reggie looking out the window of the PTV. Especially when his face is reflected in the mirror……love him.

  2. BoxinTheCompass says:

    Partridge near a pear tree?

  3. Cat Lady says:


  4. Mush says:

    Ooooh! HATE high water!

  5. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Top Ten!!!!
    Great post….catching up with this one and the last 2. Love the picture of Reggie looking at the horse and his reflection in the side mirror.

    Hope everyone is having a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!!

    Love my Sister and Reggie

  6. Susan in Dallas says:

    Beautiful birds! I’m having a wonderful visit with my son and he’s helping me fix little stuff around the house. It’s just great to have him here. Keeping all veterans and active service members in my prayers.

  7. Judy in East Texas says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie… the pictures. That little grey partridge is a keep little bird. Enjoy your holiday.

    Stay safe out there my friend, judy

  8. My Sibley’s bird book confirms that is an adult gray partridge. You are very lucky to have one hanging around your campground.

  9. dianej says:

    Wow……thanks for the fascinating bird facts and lovely photos!

  10. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue, I have been playing catch up. I loved Roger’s story. So happy how it turned out. Loving the adventure! Thanks again!

  11. Pat from Mich. says:

    Now that’s more like it for cost! And by the water too.

  12. Carol in MT says:

    Got capture on the bird photos! I’ve never seen those 2 kinds. And I’m glad to see you got the best campsite! The second one on the right is my favorite anyway.

  13. Carol in MT says:

    Good capture I mean. lol

  14. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    I got behind! Yikes! Love all the stories…. So glad Roger found a home! And I am very glad you turned around at the high water! 💜 We got busy making Mermaid Tears for farmers market and I got a bit behind! Sorry! Hope your Memorial Day was fun but not craz

  15. Wow,, Sue, your getting purity knowledgeable on the birds and looks like you’ve got a Great camp again, nice photos too,,,,,,,, well Mr Thompson’s shop guys brought a 1977 Crewcab F 100 to the shop and it was running great till 2 weeks ago because of a fire in the cab and burnt everything but the Differential, so they got it for free and now it’s in our truck, they put it in Thursday morning and it runs great, so now we can continue following your travels of last year,, we camped up fr 258 off 526, 5 miles NE of Delores Boondockin and came back to McPhee campground to be able to be in Cortez on the 1st of June,,, have a great week and stay safe and give Reggieman a huge hug from us too,,,,, Rusty n Piper

    • I just read that you and Reggie got Roger a perfect home and almost forgot that it’s Memorial Day, soory no Internet access up on the last boondock, but we’ll have it till Thursday afternoon, so we can keep up-to-date,,,,🏅👣🐾

    • ApplegirlNY says:

      Rusty, So glad you’re up and running again. Safe travels to you and Piper. Keep us posted, we love to know what you’re up to.

      • Well Apple Girl, 2 dqys ago Piper was playing with a 2 year old Boxer named Coda and she got in a run and she was hooked to me and down I went, hit my head, knee and put a rock hole at the base of my thum on my left hand, the fellow who was with Coda wanted to help me up and I told him that he won’t be there the next time and took my time getting off the ground, checking out all the hurts as I got up on my feet, but other than that I’m doing great, how are you doing this fine day?,,,,,, Rusty

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Glad you’re okay, Rusty!

        • ApplegirlNY says:

          Holy Cow, Rusty! You have one exciting life. I bet you’re ready for a little bit of boredom. So sorry about your fall. Yup, it takes us all a little longer to get up than it used to. Glad nothing more serious, but those bumps and bruises can take a toll. Take care of yourself, and mind that hand injury.

  16. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Those are some great bird photos! I think avocets are so photogenic. I had no idea they left the nest after just 1 day! It’s a cruel world, I guess!

    The good thing about all that water is hopefully the drought is broken. Also, I hope the wildfire season will be mild.

    Hope it’s quiet where you are this holiday weekend. Hope you and the Reg had a good one.

  17. ApplegirlNY says:

    So, that picture of Reggie looking out the window at the BLT – couldn’t be anymore perfect. Enjoy your Memorial Day, Sue and Blogorinos.

    We are thankful to all of those who have served and sacrificed. God Bless them, their families, and God Bless America.

  18. Renee from Idaho says:

    Thank you Sue, for your special recognition to all those that served for us and right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I had to catch up on your posts. We’ve been gone for three days up in the Sawtooth’s. I saw your posts but our connection was so slow, it was better to wait and enjoy. I’m happy for Roger and Anita and you and Reggie to find another great place to settle for a bit.

  19. weather says:

    Great title for this post, Sue, and so fitting! Thanks for the link, I always like to hear the bird calls on that site. Your photos are much better than theirs are, you manage to show how beautiful those winged creatures really are.

    When I got home I saw some really moving photos of soldiers and civilians putting flags on the graves of our fallen heroes-perfect to appreciate them and the meaning of this holiday. Then we had a thunder and rain storm, and I went out to watch it. The flags here, instead of waving gaily in the sun, were hanging down-sodden and solemn- it seemed even more fitting somehow.

    Whatever we do on this or any holiday, whether it’s a good or bad day for us and those we love, at least we have the freedom to choose it, here safe on the soil of our homeland

    Reggie looking out of the PTV’s window toward your sweet little home is a really nice picture. I wonder if he feels as glad to see it after a daytrip as you do.

  20. Archae says:


    May I ask you about a little bird that I saw this morning as I was leaving Young’s RV Camp? I think it was light gray with a light yellow on its breast. My eyes are gettin old, so I’m not positive. Thought you might have seen one like it when you were there.

    You photographed Caliente so well, I didn’t have to take any. Thanks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m no expert, Archae. I looked in my Audubon Field Guide to Birds of the Western Region… Maybe it was a Common Yellowthroat or one of the finches or warblers. Since you have an interest, I think you would enjoy having a field guide with easy to see photos.

  21. Tammie Villanueva says:

    Beautiful picture’s!

  22. Jan Johnson says:

    What a beautiful camp! Can’t believe it’s been two years since they were putting the fish in the water – seems just months ago. Love that partridge!

  23. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue! I LOVED the picture of the patridge. I have never seen a bird like that. I always find it exciting when I get to see an animal that I have never seen before! I wanted to thank you and the other blogorinos for your prayers and thoughts for my mom. She is still in the hospital, but feeling better!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Dawn. I’m pleased you appreciate the partridge, too. 🙂

      Great news that your mother is feeling better!

  24. beach boomer says:

    “watched fish coming out of the truck” reminds me of going fishing in the CA mnts and seeing a little boy fishing intently with a toy rod and catching nothing. Then, in comes to fish stocking truck and the fish pour thru a chute out the back into the lake. Little boy’s eyes get big and he says: “Daddy, let’s fish OVER THERE!!”

  25. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Yikes that water is really high! Can’t tell where the road continues on the other side. Hope the vault toilet isn’t compromised.
    Reg man makes me laugh….standing on his tip toes!
    Odd looking bill on the avocet.
    Nice site. Enjoy.

    • weather says:

      Have you checked on how high the lake is beside your place in the Adirondacks recently? We’ve had a recurring pattern of only one or two dry days every week for a lot of the spring months in my part of the state, I haven’t kept track of the ADK’s very often since you moved out west.

      A lot of homes and businesses around here have had flooding concerns and/or damage because the rivers, Oneida Lake and Lake Ontario are so high now. The extra wetness has made the trees’ leaves grow so large and thick that they act like sails , pulling whole trees with roots up from the soggy soil as the winds rip them up and away.

      Hopefully, these are no longer things that concern you. I’d like to think you’re sitting in an air-conditioned place enjoying fresh seafood these days 🙂

  26. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Hello wonderful weather,

    Thanks for the concern. We have a wonderful neighbor who checks on our place regularly. The water level is high…but that’s better than no water. The wind is more of a concern as our trees are 130 ft tall. Jules is headed back tomorrow night for the summer.

    I bet Oneida Lake was whipping last night. How are your fur kids? Take care and again thank you for thinking of us.

    • weather says:

      Jules picked the right time of year to spend back here and visit family. Fortunately things are bound to begin drying up now that summer’s almost here. High winds and storms are a lot less frequent in our warmer months, so hopefully your trees will stay intact. Yes, Oneida Lake was whipping last night. Nice to watch from my shoreline, but I wouldn’t want to be on it in any type of watercraft, lately. My fur kids(both cats) are great, thanks. It’s been nice hearing from you, stay cool and happy.

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