Come ramble along Ivie Creek with me and the crew

Spike, Bridget, and I continue our walks along Ivie Creek every morning.


Walk with me and the crew and I’ll tell you what’s happening around our campsite in Utah.

Boy, did the wind ever blow last night!

Actually it starts around three in the morning.  I look up from my bed and can see the branches of the oak trees whip around above the Best Little Trailer.  I visualize my precious antenna being bopped so I look out the back window at the pole.  Not too much sway in the pole so I fall back to sleep.


First thing this morning, I check and everything is fine.  My camp chair is several feet from where it was and the dog bed is under the Perfect Tow Vehicle, but no damage done.

It’s still breezy.  Normally I hate wind, but this is good.  It blows the heat and humidity away.

“Won’t you be bored?  What will you do all day?”

Those were the questions I was asked when I told my friends back in Georgia of my plans to live as a vagabond.  Does that ever give me a chuckle!  Anyway . . .  There’s no way I will ever run out of things to do.  Why?  Because if I don’t have anything to do, I make something to do!


For instance . . . A bee flies into the BLT while I’m typing on my laptop.  Annoying thing, buzzing on the window.  I grab a towel, wad it up in my hand, and thinking I’m so very clever, I make a grab for the bee and punch out the window screen.

Now I have to set up the ladder, find a flat-nosed screwdriver, and spend half an hour  or so trying to wedge the skinny, black, rubber strip into the groove in order to put the screen back.  It’ll probably come out when the BLT is on the highway.  And then I’ll have more to do!  See how it works?


Talk about dumb . . .

1-P1050201You know how I was looking for a drinking water spigot or dispenser while driving around Scipio?  Well, the crew and I motor on down to Salina and hit the grocery (not literally).  I’ve got nine one-gallon jugs piled up in the passenger seat.  I look outside the grocery.  I cruise around town, searching.  No dispensers.  No spigots.

On the way home, I’m driving up the highway and practically knock my head off by hitting my forehead with my palm.  How dumb!  The campground!  One minute up the road from our campsite is all the water we need!

We zip up there, fill up the jugs, and that’s that.


Speaking of the grocery . . .

The employees of Horton’s Grocery in Salina have the habit of saying hello to customers.  I walk by the meat case and I’m startled by the guy in the back calling out, “Hello!  How are you?”

It’s kind of strange when you think about it. Horton’s is the only game in town.  Why the extra effort to be friendly?  It’s nice but unnatural.  What, the customers will be so impressed that they’ll decide . . . Hmm . . . I like this grocery store.  I think I’ll eat twice as much so I can shop here more often.

Oh, so THAT’S why you have the panel on your tow vehicle!


I’ve been parking the PTV directly in line with the BLT.  I notice it’s in shade from noon on.  Now I park it at an angle.  The PTV likes this better.  Her batteries are fed all day!  And the BLT stays cool in the shade.

Um . . . Excuse me?

1-P1000527Do y’all understand now that the email notification plug-in is gone?

Just in case, let’s run through it one more time, okay?

“Email notification of new posts did not transfer to this self-hosted WordPress site.

You might want to do one of the following . . . bookmark my new blog location or make a desktop shortcut or type the new address, in the address bar to return to my current posts.

I apologize for the inconvenience.”

Thank you, Bridget, for helping me get this important message across.  You can blink now.

Turkeys on the run . . .

The tom and two hens still hang around here.  I think they roost in the oak trees not far from the BLT.  In the morning I let out the crew, usually Spike first.  Not long after that I hear the unmistakeable sound of gobblers on the run.  This morning Bridget did the honors!


I’ve been meaning to tell you . . .

Our gorgeous campsite isn’t the only free campsite along Ivie Creek.  There are three large sites further downstream and one of them (photo below) has room for two or three big rigs.  (I cropped out a lot of the flat area.)  There’s plenty of room to turn around.   You can’t see the creek in the photo.  It’s on the other side of the fence.


You can also take a dirt road over a little bridge to camp in one of four places on the other side of the creek, two of them being shady spots above the creek with paths down to the water.

These sites might be occupied if you arrive during the weekend.  It’s nice that the sites are so far apart and buffered by vegetation.  I’m hardly aware of people being around.


Is it a bird?  Is it a . . . ?

I am going nuts trying to get a glimpse of whatever it is that makes this weird sound from the trees.  I’m lying in my lounge chair or wandering around the campsite and all of a sudden a loud, hair-raising screech, followed by several short screeches, shoots down at me from a tree.  It’s enough to stop one’s heart.

1-P1050166Sometimes I hear it in one tree, then another, then another, as it leads me around with my head turned up.  I never get a glimpse of it.  I think the dang thing is taunting me.

You know how you look up in a tree after hearing a bird?  You look up into the branches and eventually you see some movement and if you look long enough the bird reveals itself.  Well, I stare into the trees after being startled by that loud, piercing noise, and wait for this bird (or whatever it is) to make a move.  Nothing.  Could it be I’m hearing tree frogs?  Monster mutant crickets?

Oh, and another thing . . .

Shouldn’t I see squirrels all over the place?  There are a gazillion oak trees pumping out acorns every year around here.  I haven’t seen one squirrel.


Speaking of acorns . . .

Just as squirrels save acorns, I squirrel away my earnings from Amazon sales.  When I first set up my blog for Amazon sales, I hoped to bring in enough to buy Sirius radio (which I still plan to do!).

1-P1040978-001Readers have been very supportive of my Amazon efforts.  It wasn’t long before I was thinking . . . Hmm. . . If this keeps up, I might be able to have an exit plan other than dying.  In other words, your purchases help me save for my second retirement.

Well, the recent tragic event of my blog being zapped by WordPress really put a dent in sales.  However, I was happy to see this morning that they are climbing back up!  Thank you . . .

And thanks for taking a walk along Ivie Creek with me and my crew!




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121 Responses to Come ramble along Ivie Creek with me and the crew

  1. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Top of the morning to you and the crew!

    Ivie Creek is gorgeous. Nice to see Spike soaking. Did you get the bee out? Very friendly customer service is so hard to come by. Good for them!

    I about snorted my Pepsi when I scrolled down and saw the up close pic of Bridget saying “Um…excuse me!” She’s doing so much better with the camera. Now what were you saying about email notifications?? I was focused on Bridget! 🙂 just kidding

    Glad to hear your sales are up…….thanks for sharing your journey with us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome . . . Top of the morning to you, too!

      Yes, I got the bee. errgh. That photo of Bridget is an oldie I’ve used before. From now on it’s my go-to photo when I want to make sure I get everyone’s attention! 🙂

  2. Pondering Pops says:

    Hi Sue, as promised in my first comment I’ve been lurking and enjoying your posts for some time now and can see why your blog is so popular: well written, entertaining, beautiful, helpful, and a respite from the ordinary. Based on your money reports you’re drawing a really nice crowd of Amazon shoppers (including me) as well! As a fellow blogger, but with a Blogger account, I’ve added your blog to my Blogger Reading List on my dashboard so I haven’t run into the problem some of your readers have. Hoping they find a solution but this one worked for me. Thanks for all the great posts!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, Pops… Nice comment and very helpful suggestion. Thanks for the compliment and for shopping Amazon through my blog.

  3. bobg says:

    Could be somebody’s guinea fowl got loose. Did they sound like this:

    Nah. Surely they’d be too big to miss.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good idea, but no, not guineas. I used to have a flock of guineas, so I know their noise.

      Thanks for the youtube for all my readers though. No one should go through life without hearing a guinea fowl at least once.

  4. Geri says:

    Ha Ha Ha !!!! Thank you Miz Bridget for making the announcement (for the gazillionth time) that Sue’s email notification is no longer working! Definitely a community service to the rest of us who read it and understood it the very first time it was posted! LOL! That was by far Bridget’s best post ever and certainly her best face forward photograph! Took a few minutes to stop chuckling and post a comment!
    Ivey Creek looks so relaxing and the pooches obviously love it there! You have certainly found a piece of heaven ! Glad you also found drinking water nearby!
    We are having wildfires here, The Silver Fire is 80 miles west of here, but we can see the smoke and we can even see the flames after dark from our front yard! So keep an ear out for fires in your area because tis the season!
    I hope you get to settle in there for a little while longer because I sure am enjoying it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Those wildfires are scary . . . for homeowners and for the animals. If I ever see flames, I’ll hitch up and hit the road in a hurry!

  5. Eileen P. says:

    LOL, LOL. Just loved the announcement about the email. You were so patient with all the questions about it over the past days, but I kinda figured some funny comment was coming! Looks like a beautiful place.

    Eileen in Phoenix (where it is forecast to be 109 today)

  6. massachusettsmark says:

    Sue ,this is the “email notification“ website I use for updates and it works well for me ….mark—————

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s cool, Mark. And it would work. One thing though from my point of view . . . Sometimes I detect an error in a blog post a while after it’s been posted. If I go in and fix it, I guess people would be notified. I’ll try not to do that!

      • massachusettsmark says:

        After you do the setup you can tweak settings for only once a day detection . but there are other advanced settings as well ……

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          This sounds great! I hope some readers try it and let us know what they think. Thank you very much, Mark.

      • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

        Looks like that would work well. Curious on whether it will send notifications for each comment also.

      • Cathie Laurent says:

        Thanks so much for the link for Change Detection. Looks like it will work great. My google reader is going away after July and I wondered what I was going to do with all the blogs I read.

  7. Love your current campsite. I’m tucking that one away for another time. Tell Bridget she looked very serious in the photo. Next time a big smile would be fun!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Go back to the first photo… That’s the biggest smile she’ll give the camera!

  8. Cherie from OH says:

    Love that picture of Bridget. It’s an attention-getter, that’s for sure.
    Hope you don’t have a “fisher cat” hanging around, although their screams are usually heard at night. They are from the weasel family and can be a real threat to small animals. Watch those babies of yours closely! A red fox can make a loud scream too, but I think you would spot a fox.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This thing screams in the morning and at dusk. I don’t think it’s a fisher cat. Wouldn’t I see it move?

  9. Mister Ed says:

    Do you know that for 20/25 $$ on craigslist you can buy your Sirius radio with all the setup or a pawn shop maybe 30$$
    Now if you set it up in the foreword part of your camper u also can use your van as long as your with in 35 or 40 ft of your receiver , now. Y the camper it’s fiberglass roof
    Van is not.
    On my class 8 truck all I did was put the puck in the overhead book rack the new units by pass the puck
    On The new units it takes about 5 mins right out the box it uses the am/fm tuner on your standing radio it’s plug and play Well only one station Chanel that’s a test that you set up and receiving then you pay with your card
    Remember when u stop Sirius radio do it 1 mo, be four u end it and KEEP a close eye on your card for reoccurring charges from Sirius radio They love to forget

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m intrigued by your comment, Mister Ed. I hope you see this reply because I have some questions.

      What did you mean “the new units bypass the puck?” You’re talking about the magnetic antenna?

      Also, what was your point about the camper’s roof being fiberglass, but the van’s roof not?

      I would like very much to have the radio in the BLT (trailer) and if I had it also in the PTV (van), that would be a bonus.

      One thing that stalls me on this project is the “standing radio.” I don’t have one and I’m afraid I’ll buy one that won’t “match” the rest of the components.

      Yes, I’ve heard about Sirius playing fast and loose with customers’ credit cards.

      Thanks for the information, Ed. I hope I hear from you.

      • Connie & Mugsy says:

        I assume that he meant the antenna. It picks up the signal easily through a fiberglass roof, but not through metal. When I was headed north, mine wouldn’t work from the cab area of my B, but if I put it in the overhead area, it worked perfect because that top was fiberglass. I actually used to tape it to the ceiling. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi Connie… I thought Ed was talking about the magnet on the puck. I appreciate the additional info.

      • Mister Ed says:

        Ok let’s see if this helps
        The older XM and Sirius used a antenna knows as a puck like as in a hockey puck sizes not today some about the size of a Match box
        Now some unit don,t use any the antenna is your stand a lone radio you set your radio to a set station and use your Sirius unit to scan for what your looking for if you go to TSS Radio u will see all the setups out there
        Your van has a radio your camper has none
        Now some car radios will work about 90% do your newer van I’m betting dose u could set up your van with Sirius and the signal has a range of about 20 to 25 ft Y harder to get out of a metal roof now the camper has a Fiberglas roof no signal loss
        The bummer part is u got no radio so u need a docking port sorry $$
        But if your get a boom box type radio the kind that u pick up and carry from room to room (in your case wall to wall )some will work with Sirius how ,it picks up the signal from your vans unit
        The bad is the power needs to be on to the radio
        Now they make a lot of radios with Sirius bilt In as one unit
        However if u were thinking of adding a radio to the camper get this type
        Now your campers got a Fiberglas roof( no signal loss) u can turn on your Sirius
        And the signal would more then reach the van and your battery loss would be none
        In all the years the only time I lost a signal was once in the deep pass to Jackson hole wy. And in long tunnels
        Next time u see a best buy stop in and see whats best setup for u
        Take the model no, and go on line
        After u buy use Siriuss free 30day
        Note yes Sirius has a lot of music but it’s on a loop all day
        Like pandora now talk and sports most or on a delay setup
        Now rush and beck have one sta, sterns has 2 sta, and the gay sta, are on real time week days only ,weekends or on a loop
        Hope that helps some
        bottom line pick up the cheapest one u can find an use it in the van and see if u like it before spending anymore $$$

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          This helps a lot, Ed! From what you explained, I’m thinking . . . I could put the antenna on the roof of the PTV and listen to radio in the PTV off its radio and also in the BLT with a Sirius-built-in radio.

          Thank you for taking the time to write this down for me.

          • mister Ed says:

            sue look up these on amazon SiriusXM TTR1 Tabletop Interne tradio 60$$$
            XACT XS075 Sirius Satellite Radio Portable Boombox 20$
            and the sirius sportster 40$$$
            this may work better for you the sportster takes batterys and or u plug it in
            use in the van or the camper or take out side on a high ridge line and crank that sucker up

        • Mister Ed says:

          Say I for got to add thay have a type that one part pops in your tape deck and u put the small antenna on the dash in the open and the tuner for stations
          The 20$ or the 500$ all pick up the same stations

  10. Pauline says:

    Hey, what is going on…I am not getting any email notifications!!! Had to do that…bugging my younger sister just seems natural. Ok Bridget, I won’t do that again. I have a tab on my favorites bar and I click on it several times a day to see if there is anything new.
    Love your camp site. It looks wonderfully green, cool and with a creek right there. Love ya

  11. Ed says:

    “You know how I was looking for a drinking water spigot or dispenser while driving around Scipio? Well, the crew and I motor on down to Salina and hit the grocery (not literally). I’ve got nine one-gallon jugs piled up in the passenger seat. I look outside the grocery. I cruise around town, searching. No dispensers. No spigots.”

    The conventional wisdom is that among the foibles of the male members of our species is a reluctance to admit they are lost so they will not stop and ask for directions. I didn’t realize that there was a corollary to this with regard to women when they wish to fill their water jugs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Very funny, Ed. Don’t you know sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone? 🙂

  12. Aerolite Steve says:

    I was wondering why you just didn’t go to the campground to fill up the water …. thought maybe the water was shut off. Have you walked up into the campground to the source of that stream … beautiful spring up there. Easy hike. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to send you a pic of that mountain behind you taken on an early October morning … beautiful — but don’t know how I can.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s okay, Steve. Let me come back in the fall and be wowed by October glory for the first time in person.

      I don’t know why my brain didn’t pick up on the water in the campground. I saw the spigots when I first drove through it. I’d call it Senior Moment but I was wondering where I’d get water for DAYS. I guess I had a Senior Week. LOL

      Do you get to the spring by walking past the last group area?

      • Aerolite Steve says:

        Getting to the spring …. it’s been almost 3 years, but I think I started in the regular section of the campground at the western part. Definitely NOT up in the group sections.
        BTW … I put some photos from my time there at

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Beautiful photos, Steve! I can’t believe how open and airy the campground was in 2010. I think the trees need to be trimmed to let some light in. I noticed the red of some maples, too.

          I appreciate you answering my question about the trail to the spring. I think the crew and I will walk up that way tomorrow.

  13. DeAnne from TN says:

    Wish I was at that creek with you. 95 today here in middle TN and definitely NOT a dry heat. I can not wait to leave the humidity of Southern summers! Thanks for your post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, DeAnne. I know how miserable that humidity can make a person. I don’t miss it.

  14. Liked that Bridget notification photo:))

  15. Chuck says:

    Been meaning to tell you “Aerospace Protectorant” makes neat little individual packets that are great for wiping down the black rubber around your windows! They make a spray but the packet are handier and neater and I know how you are for neatness….should be able to get from Amazon. Great place you’re at, I’ll bet Spike is i 7th heaven!!! Let us know what the screecher is!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, first off, I still don’t know what the screecher is. Mysteriously, today is the first day I haven’t heard him. Maybe it was a camper who left. 🙂

      I’ll look into those packets. Thanks for the tip.

  16. Glenda says:

    Thanks Sue for taking me for a walk along the gorgeous Ivie Creek……….loving the area where you are free camping at the moment, bringing such sunlight and greenery into what is a very grey and dreary wet day here in South Australia. Add the thought of going to work this afternoon I wish I was where you are right now!!! My crew are currently into the paper recycle basket tearing up paper as they are bored, with it being too wet to go outside!!! Just loved today’s read………thanks Sue for brightening my day!

  17. Rita says:

    Oooohhh Bridget meant business with that look with her ears laid back…she sure is cute! We have a screech owl at our rez home….the screech makes you sit bolt upright from sound sleep. we can’t see the owl! Could your visitor be a screech owl…I’ve never seen it but I heard they are on the tiny side. Our screech owl visits morning and evening & late night. Prob looking for food. I’d love to spend time where you are camped…beautiful area and love the water.

  18. Nita/Tennessee says:

    I keep wondering if any of that heavy vegetation has any ticks? Unfortunately we have ticks and chigger both in that type of habitat!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No ticks, no chiggers . . . Believe me, I’d know by now. We’ve been wandering all over. No fleas either.

      • Geri says:

        One of the benefits of living in an arid climate, the dangers of fleas, ticks and mosquitos goes wayyyyyy down.

  19. Brian says:

    Sue, “Hello. How are you?” … ; )

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Fine… um, am I missing something?

      • cinandjules (NY) says:

        : )

      • Brian says:

        Horton’s … “Hello how are you?”
        That’s all! ; )

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh. I get it. I’m dense.

          • Ed says:

            Not as dense as I.
            I looked for “Hello, How are you” on Google search and still don’t get it. I presume it is a song used in advertising but I don’t own a TV so I am clueless when it comes to what now makes up American Culture.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Brian was referring to Horton’s grocery store in Salina where employees say “Hello, How are you?” I was asked that four times the last time I shopped there.

              Re: American culture…. Most of the recent additions and changes in our culture aren’t worth knowing.

  20. Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

    Thank you for the chuckles! Your experience with the bee and screen sounds exactly like something I do. I have quite a story re. a Christmas tree, a tree stand and a saw that went the same way. Long story short, before I got it up, I was ready to drag it all into the back yard and set it on fire. The comments on here were also chuckle inspiring which was all very needed today.

    I’m glad to know that spot has room for larger rigs also… you know, just in case. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Donna. Ah, Christmas trees… such a lovely tradition . .. such a PITA!

  21. Karin (phxross) says:

    How do I follow your blog now? Haven’t received updates since you went to “. net”

  22. Dominick Bundy says:

    Hi Sue and Crew, I never knew there was such a animal as a Fisher Cat. until now. Been on this earth for 63 years and still am learning something new. Wonder if it is part of the feline family? Or how dangerous it could be. Not only is your blog entertaining it’s educational as well ..So glad you are back up and running again. Cheers.. Dominick

  23. Kim says:

    I feel the same way. Bored? Hah! Lonely? Hah!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Kim . . . I frequently have days where there doesn’t seem to be enough hours. Too much I want to do!

  24. Gaelyn says:

    Gorgeous place. I sometimes miss/forget the obvious. Just happens.

    I follow you on with no problem. Hope I didn’t miss this idea but if you can add widgets to the side-bar you should be able to add an email subscription.

    I searched unsuccessfully here the other day for the campsite you had outside of Hurricane when visiting Chuck & Geri there. Was thinking it might be a good place to camp before heading into Zion to walk the Narrows. Were is it and is it high in elevation? It’s 102 in St George. Thank goodness only 70 here.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, it’s not high elevation. It was getting pretty hot there by Memorial Day last year. I wouldn’t suggest camping there in the summer. It also wouldn’t be good for a big rig…. very sandy, narrow turns, tight sites.

      I’ve never heard of

      I can add widgets to the sidebar but the ones I’ve tried have included some incredibly technical stuff to do involving code. You wouldn’t believe it. Add to that my connection dropping to almost a halt and it’s more than I can bear to fool with right now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gaelyn… I can’t remember the name of the road to that creekside camp. You go westward from Zion, through Virgin on Route 9, and then make a right turn to go toward a reservoir. The road is named after the reservoir.

      Chuck and Geri would remember the name. Helloooo? Chuck? Geri? Help?

      • Geri says:

        Kolob Road, to the Kolob Reservoir. If you are coming from Hurricane it’s on your left, near the middle of the hamlet of Virgin UT. If you are coming from Zion, it will be on the right. The reservoir is well marked on both sides of the road. It was about 4 miles down that road where you make a right hand turn down one of the 3 dirt roads that take you to the creek. It is worth the 15-20 mile drive to the top of Kolob Road, a beautiful drive that weaves in and out of Zion Park! I have it posted on my blog if you are interested. You would have to do a search though!

        • Gaelyn says:

          Thanks. I do know the Kolob Rd and Reservoir. And I do remember seeing people camped around the Reservoir. I’d be tenting it, but still might be too hot.

  25. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Bee’s seem to be making a come-back. I just open the door and eventually they find there way out. You’re gonna get insects in your little house unless you close the screen door. If you get one that can’t find his way out. Use a empty jar and a stiff square piece of cardboard. Once the bee is in the jar near the bottom, slip the cardboard between the screen and the jar…bingo he is trapped. Walk him outside and put the jar on the ground facing away from you. Then remove the cardboard and let him fly free. Unless he is an African Killer Bee he will go on his merry way…unless you shook up the jar and made him mad? In that case sit the jar on the ground with the cardboard on top. With your rake flip the cardboard top off, drop the rake and shut the screen door fast that you are hiding behind. Watch him go flying away or buzzing around trying to find you. Stay inside for about ten minutes just to be sure he has gone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      But I love having the door open so I don’t have to get up to let the crew in and out every two minutes! Of course when the door is open they have no desire to go in or out the door.

      I appreciate the tutorial on bee handling. Obviously punching the screen with a balled-up towel isn’t the way.

      • Rattlesnake Joe says:

        Spring is insect time. As much as you want to leave the door open for the kids, the insects are going to come in. Wasps are looking for a new home and are usually the biggest problem. Remember we talked about getting some screen material at the hardware store along with a roll of Gorila Duck Tape and insect proofing your refridgerator vents? I wonder if a doggie door is in order here? If some type of material could be used to allow the kids to come and go, yet seal the door each time that might work. Then you can make a model and try it out. If it works you will no longer need Amazon you can patented it and make millions…I usually only ask 10 % for my fantastic ideas, but in this case I freely give it to you 🙂

  26. I just read your clarification of why there are no longer emails. Please disregard my last comment.

  27. Timber and Rusty says:

    Hi Sue, I think your un seen bird is a screeching owl, and she or he is the reason why there are no squirrels in the area, watch your pups, in ruale areas they are known to get small cats for dinner, ,,,,,,,,is the campground water safe to drink, just asking, I got Giardia from bad water, twice, once from a creek and once from a remote camp ground. I carry a hand pump water filter for getting water in remote areas, you can get a pump water filter at a outdoors store like Cabbala’s or 5 Brothers and on line.,,,,Rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Rusty . . . With all the campers that cram into that campground I’m pretty sure the water is tested regularly. I appreciate your concern.

  28. Gayle says:

    Ok, Bridget, if you’re so smart and so involved in the WordPress switchover, answer me this … There is a Casita blog, also powered by WordPress, which has an Amazon affiliate link on the homepage and email notification sign-up. It is a dot com address as you were. So why did you have to switch and she doesn’t? I won’t out her, but if you want anymore info, email me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Gayle,

      I’ll answer for Bridget. 🙂 My guess is the blog you refer to is functioning as I did for three months. I had a .com address with WordPress, an email notification sign-up, and Amazon links.

      I think what threw my blog into the crapper was the number of product links (Shopping Links pages) and the amount of sales which alerted the WordPress robot. Maybe the blogger you mention doesn’t sell much or maybe his/her blog’s days are numbered.

  29. Rick says:

    I know you will really enjoy your XM radio. I only get the family package (about $10 a month) but there are more channels that I can ever dream of using. I would rather have a radio than tv.

  30. pam perry says:

    Gee Bridge~~~~ After nearly snorting myself hoarse, I was able to read your information. I missed the others because I didn’t know how to find the blog again. This technoignoramous Granny gradually catches on. My learning curve is as long as my years.

    Beautiful campsite. PamP (in the midwest for a month)

  31. Ed says:

    You are, or I should say Bridget is, finally getting the message across. I guess it takes a dog to teach old dogs new tricks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll remember to call on the crew whenever I have something important to say which, now that I think of it, isn’t often.

      I do enjoy your input, Ed.

  32. mister Ed says:

    go back and see reply update
    flash to you

  33. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Browsed your additions to the shopping page. Love the Camp Chef cook stove/oven!

    FYI: The “continue shopping” links at the bottom of the shopping page are not working.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hoo-boy… This blog is so messed up. Broken and missing stuff all over. Thanks for letting me know about the links. I’ll delete them and replace them when I have faster internet.

      • cinandjules (NY) says:

        It’s not messed up at all! Just so fine tuning to preform after the change.

        Besides…..we wouldn’t want you to be bored! 😉

        Inquired more about the Camp Chef stove/oven….then looked at Casita website to see if they have ovens in them. Oh the endless possibilities….meatloaf, baked chicken, casseroles etc. Comfort food.

        We had to be on shore power or generator to run our microwave. Hardly ever used it. Don’t know how much juice your batteries put out.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re so kind about the blog.

          No, Casitas don’t have an oven. A microwave is an option. I don’t have a microwave and I don’t miss it at all.

          • Ron says:

            I love my camp chef , the last time we were out hot biscuits from the oven sure hit the spot.

  34. AZ Jim says:

    Say about that email notification…..hahahahahahahah…..Well, Rita trumped me on the screech owl guess. I was sure that’s what the critter is…Might also account for the absence of squirrels. Beautiful little creek you have there Sue, have you dangled your feet in it yet? If not, why not? Loving our travels and Hi to Bridget and little Spike.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dangled my feet in the creek yet? Jim, I’ve been in and out of that creek 3 or 4 times a day! It’s amazing how quickly you feel cool all over once your feet are frozen.

      I’m pretty sure it’s not a screech owl. Maybe I should listen to one on Youtube. This thing goes like this . . . Aaaaaaack, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh (trailing off at the end). Very weird. The first sound is to lift your scalp off and the rest is mocking you. Oh well, he/she has been gone the past few days. So maybe I have the last laugh.

  35. Jean wheatley says:

    did screech sound like woman screaming, my mother was house-sitting in a dark orange grove one night and thought for sure she was next, only to find out later that I was a peacock, in the day they co me out of the trees.if it sound like an overgrown cat, maybeitwas a Cougar, Puma in that area

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nope… It wasn’t any of those things. I’m still leaning toward a tree frog only because I couldn’t see anything and the branches of these young oak trees are not that thick. It had to be small. I’ll probably never figure this puzzle out because whatever it is, left. I don’t even know if tree frogs make noise.

  36. Cari in North Texas says:

    Ah, what refreshing photos you posted today, just what I needed after being out in 100 degree heat and humidity. Summer is definitely arriving in North Texas, unfortunately. I got a big laugh out of Bridget’s photo and the tactful explanation. I would have lost my patience several days ago!

    About my 22 ft RV experience, the length really wasn’t an issue. It was the way things were arranged. The table and bench along one wall actually extended out closer to the stove on the other way than I liked, not leaving a whole lot of walking room. I guess the designers wanted you to be able to make that into a larger bed. Oh, well, live and learn!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And that’s what you did… You learned. Now you know what to look out for. You are so right… arrangement can make a big difference in how big or how small an interior looks and feels.

      One time — I can’t remember where or by whom — someone said they didn’t like the Liberty Deluxe model of Casita because of the long aisle. That struck me as odd. I guess it didn’t have the “cuteness factor.”

      I think it’s because the BLT has an aisle going from the bathroom in the front all the way to the little table under the window at the back that I don’t feel cramped. I can walk rather than just rotate!

      You’ll find out what’s important to you and what rig supplies that for you.

  37. BuckeyePatti says:

    Hope you get the e-mail notification fixed soon, because there are obviously a lot of people who miss you and don’t get it…even with Bridget’s very cute post!

    You are awesome, Sue, thanks for sharing how Living on Less and Enjoying it More can happen for the rest of us 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Patti. I feel a little guilty for not “sharing” today. It’s been a good day of reading, cleaning, doing online work, and researching for our next camp. Just not inspired to write anything! Didn’t get out and take any photos.

      About email notification… A reader suggested Sounds like a good idea!

      • Sierra Foothill Mama says:

        Sue – I hope writing your blog never becomes a chore. If you want or need a day or more off – take it! Make every day a good one, it is what what makes it so much fun to follow your travels. I am looking forward to seeing what your came up with for your next adventure.

        Your joy shines through in your writing. Your beautiful photos are a window into the wonderful life you have created. I end my day with Sue because it brings me a moment of calm and peace.

        Thank you.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Very considerate and thoughtful message.

          Yes, I do have a wonderful life for which I’m extremely grateful.

          When I take a day off from blogging I think, “Gee, you have this great life and you can’t sit down and write something? How selfish you are!” And then another part of me says, “Don’t write! Don’t write! It will be terrible!”

          Thank you for understanding that some days I need a break.

  38. rvsueandcrew says:


    I’ve managed with my limited ability with technology to install a plug-in for email notification of new posts. At least I THINK I’ve installed the plug-in and set up the widget correctly. See sidebar.

    You can go ahead and sign up for emails. Then say a little prayer that you get an email the next time I post. Sheesh. Talk about amateur . . . LOL

    • BuckeyePatti says:

      It’s alright, we feel your pain. Even though a 4 yr old could’ve figured this out like yesterday?? We’ll patiently wait & admire how you figure this out & learn another lesson from RVSue. You did say you were a former teacher? Your students await 🙂

  39. Carol says:

    Hi Sue,
    Have you checked the insurance rates with Good Sam for coverage on your PTV and BLT? They offer a excellent insurance thru GMAC.

    Also, I listen to stories and old time radio shows and Bob Hope & Jack Benny and other specials on Sirius.

  40. DesertHawk - Las Cruces, New Mexico says:

    RE: Bees & Insects and Open Doorway:

    Perhaps a Beaded Door Curtain would keep Insects out of the Casita.
    Such as

    Seems it would have been the reason for them to be made in the first place.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Really, insects are not a problem. One bee. I appreciate the link. Thoughtful of you. Maybe I have readers who are hankering for the sixties to come back.

  41. Rosemary in PA says:

    I tested the email subscription for you and got the following error:

    “The feed does not have subscriptions by email enabled”

    I think you need to go to Feedburner and set up your blog for this first. The widget on your blog is just a later step in the process.

    HTH, Rosemary

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh darn. I did go to Feedburner and I thought I had set up my blog for this first. This is so frustrating. Thanks for letting me know.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Rosemary…

      I changed it to a link type of subscription. Hope it works!

      Thanks again.

      • Rosemary in PA says:

        If not, I just set up my first WP blog on Hostgator and found a way to enable the other missing WP features including the email subscriptions. Email me if you need any more help.

        And, yes, I am a Geek, a professional one at that!


  42. Reine in Plano says:

    I just signed up with Feedburner. I’ll let you know if I get an email when you post a new page.

  43. Timber and Rusty says:

    us too on Feedburner

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