Corvina Beach Primitive Campground

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Anticipating an influx of weekend campers and day-use people, I move the Best Little Trailer out of popular Salt Creek Beach Primitive Campground.

I find a better camp at Corvina Beach Primitive Campground!

1-P1020643 - CopyInstead of setting up camp where everyone else does, I drive to the end of the wide dirt road that parallels the beach at the far end of the campground.  I position the BLT near the edge of a low bluff.

1-P1020645 - CopyAlthough we’re within the campground, few people come out this far and there’s little chance of neighbors.  These photos explain better than I can why this is a fine camp!

1-P1020647 - CopyOf course, Bridget wants to explore!

1-P1020655 - CopyFar in the background of the photo above, you can see our nearest neighbors.  That’s where the restrooms are and the — hold your breath — the showers!

1-P1020659 - CopyAnother surprise is the two-dollar discount for seniors, making the fee at Corvina Beach $8 a night.  (I’m not aware of a discount at Salt Creek Primitive.)

I found a lot of incorrect information on the internet regarding Corvina Beach Primitive Campground.

I assume this is because of recent improvements.  There are two large shelters over picnic tables set over a concrete slab.  In addition there are flush toilets, water spigot, trash bins, and two large shower rooms. Alas, no hot water.  At 88 degree air temperature in the afternoon, cold water is fine with me.  Invigorating!

What it doesn’t have is hundreds of birds at the water’s edge.  Oh well, I can suffer watching only thirty of forty . . . or one at a time.

1-P1020654 - CopyWe came here Friday morning and it’s Saturday morning as I type this.  No one has driven by our camp during that time.  I haven’t seen anyone walk the beach in front of our camp.

1-P1020648 - CopyI recently finished two books that had me laughing myself silly.

Dove Season (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco) and Big Maria, both by Johnny Shaw.

Shaw was born and raised in the Imperial Valley and his novels include places such as Yuma, the Army Proving Ground, Gordon’s Well, the Algodones Dunes, Brawley, Calexico, Mexicali, Plaster City, and the Salton Sea.  Hilarious characters and dialogue (although I warn you, there’s bad language and graphic situations).

In Big Maria, for instance. . . .  The book opens as the main character, who has a ramshackle shuttle service business,  drives several retirees in his bus from Blythe to Los Algodones for eyeglasses and dental appointments.

1-P1020667 - CopyHere’s a sample of Shaw’s writing style (and a refreshing contrast to what I’ve written about the desert).  This is from Chapter 1 of Dove Season.

“In the desert even the plants have chips on their shoulders.  They’re water-starved and sunburned fighters.  Forced to wrestle their way through rock and earth.  Cactus, yucca, and saw grass can all draw blood.  No one goes to the desert to see the fall colors, mostly brownish.

There are no cute calendars devoted to the creatures of the desert floor.  Whether a rattlesnake or a scorpion or a centipede, under every rock some scaly, poisonous monster waits for the chance to bite the next unsuspecting ankle.  Even a desert hare will take a finger off the dumb*#* that tries to pet it.  If the desert can make a bunny that angry, imagine what it does to the people.”  — Dove Season (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco)

The kindle ebook versions are $3.99 at present.  If you can tolerate the swearing (realistic to the characters), these two novels give a lot of entertainment for a few dollars.

1-P1020671Here it is mid-February already!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  You know?  A sweetheart isn’t necessary in order to celebrate this holiday.  You can love this day, and you can love yourself.

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I hope you do!

rvsue

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158 Responses to Corvina Beach Primitive Campground

  1. Jeff from va says:

    So I am first 3 times this week. And I didn’t win the power ball, go figure

  2. shirlene says:

    Thanks for the post…great campgroumd…8.00 for me…did not know you moved…we can see you but still will not aapproach. ..yipee

  3. Sandy says:

    Happy Valentines day to you & Bridget. I enjoy your pictures very much. I wonder if Bridget knows how lucky she is to live with you. Enjoy the view.

  4. Kathy from Florida says:

    Looks like a great site. I will try the books they sound interesting. I don’t imagine the library here in St Pete Florida will have them but I will check before ordering them on my kindle.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      Dove Season is the author’s first novel. It won an award, can’t remember which one. I hope you enjoy it.

      • Kathy from Florida says:

        I just checked and the library does have one copy of Dove Season. I have put it on hold.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        I love it when writers write about what they know. I gave up on Danielle Steel in the 90s because her characters were all so unreal I couldn’t keep them straight. Let’s see: are you the artist living on a houseboat in Sausalito or are you the international lawyer living in a palazzo in Rome (with way too much time on your hands for a lawyer)? Give me a new slant on REALITY — just like your blog, RVSue!!!!

  5. Kay Dattilio says:

    Miss Bridget seems to fit in everyplace you go and she’s always ready to explore. Enjoy your peace and quiet! It appears you have a good, view-filled campsite. Like I said in a previous post, you’ve motivated me to downsize, so going to work on the office today. Sue, I was wondering….are there any foods or meals that you crave but can’t buy or fix? I know….strange question! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Kay from KC! ps – I’ll be 62 tomorrow! At least I’m alive and healthy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Birthday, Kay! And have fun stripping the office!

      Any foods I crave that I can’t buy or fix? I can’t think of anything in the can’t-fix category. Of course, I’m happy with simple food. Once in a while I’ll think of something I had in a restaurant that is nowhere near where we are… but that happens to lots of people, whether they’re living on the road or not.

      • Jean in Southaven, MS says:

        When I lived out west I could not get corn meal for cornbread or real sweet potatoes only what they called yams that are not as sweet or orange in color as a sweet potato. My mother would send them to me from Memphis.

        • DesertGinger says:

          Surely you jest! The west without cornmeal…..no, not possible. I have lived in the west most of my life and have always made cornbread, corn sticks, corn muffins….never had any trouble finding cornmeal, yellow or white, or masa harina.

          • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

            The West and the Southwest are two different animals. The West — cornbread, not so much. Coastal California does not have so much of a Native American influence as one would think.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Happy, Happy Birthday, Kay!! Enjoy!! 🙂

  6. Carol, Auburn says:

    I was wondering the other day if Bridget is enjoying being “an only dog.” I lost my sweet Bo in October and I believe that Daisy is liking all of the attention now. Thanks for all of the great pix. I’m enjoying riding along on your adventures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sorry your Bo has passed on. I know it hurts.

      I think Bridget was confused and sad for a few weeks after Spike’s passing. She seems to have adjusted well and enjoys being the only one. She especially enjoys the two of us walking together.

      I’m pleased you enjoy my blog, Carol.

  7. kgdan says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Sue! Will be 85 degrees here in Laughlin and no wind. Gil reminded me that these are the best days of our lives; what we worked so hard for. I agree and we are counting our blessings that for today, at least, we are in good health, doing just what we want. Just have to keep him & his bicycle away from other vehicles

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love your message, Kathy! These are the “best days” for those of us fortunate enough to enjoy them. Yes, do keep an eye on Gil!

  8. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Sue!
    Corvina Beach looks nice. GREAT pictures!
    Is it really $10 a night? That seems a bit expensive (to me — LOL).
    Lovely though! Happy Trails!!!
    Larry

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  9. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Hi Sue,
    Saw you comment to my two posts from yesterday. Glad you got a laugh from the produce comment. More important is you may have the opportunity to add your to your crew at a reasonable cost. I would be interested to know if one comes from there.
    Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      It probably will take a few days for the dogs to be distributed to the rescue organizations after check-ups and grooming. Whatever dog I adopt, I’ll try to obtain as complete a history as possible.

  10. DeAnne in TN says:

    Great site Sue–looks like something I would pick out. I love the picture of Bridget closer to the BLT and you a bit away. We are expecting some accumulating snow tonight/tomorrow/Monday and even though we are out of school Monday, would love a snow day on Tuesday–you know how it is. Hugs to you both, and enjoy that site.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Remember those bumper stickers… THINK SNOW. I hope you do have another day off. I always found February to be the most grueling of all the months in the school calendar. Good luck!

      • DeAnne in TN says:

        Testing is ridiculous beginning in February. I don’t know how we have doctors and nuclear scientists and anything that requires a college degree in our society when so many of us didn’t take state mandated tests starting in the 2nd grade. I’ll get off my soap box now…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Excellent point!

          The pressure those tests put on teachers, administrators, and students! I had sixth graders throw up while I was handing out the test. And others who would fill in the scantron card “bubbles” in the shape of a Christmas tree because they refused to take another test seriously.

          • DeAnne in TN says:

            And now, unfortunately, my job hinges on their score. 6 more years, 6 more years, 6 more years…

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh, and the faculty meetings where your ratings are put up for viewing and discussion… Public shaming!

  11. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    OH!
    I forgot, the pictures are lovely. I love the birds and beach photos.

  12. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I have heard bad things about Salton Sea, but these pictures are lovely. We have white pelicans that have taken up residence at Arkabutla Lake that we go to just south of here. We have about four or five pairs. They are beautiful and nice to watch.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      This is our fifth day here. Today is the first day a sulphur smell has become apparent. I think the air quality is low today which could be from the lack of breeze.

      I’ve never heard of Arkabutla Lake. Such an unusual name! I’m going to look it up. Any place that has pelicans is good. 🙂

      LATER… The lake is south of Memphis with three campgrounds. Looks like it’s very nice and popular.

    • Chaunte in West TN says:

      I haven’t been to Arkabutla in years. It’s the only place I have ever water skied.
      My family is from Eudora.

  13. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Sunny day here in Sacramento region of northern CA and headed over 70. Got,to 78 yesterday a new record for the date. Happy Valentines Day everyone. Hubbys cooking stroganoff for supper. Yumm! Beautiful campsite Sue! You find such great places.

  14. Happy Valentine’s Day!!! We love you both !!!
    Chuck took me out to dinner last night and bought me a pretty red quad cane for Valentine Day!Chuck may not be my first love, but he will be my last! Such a sweet caring Man! I am blessed!
    Loving sharing your view of The Salton Sea! It is always fun watching the antics of the birds! Good to know you are also in warmer weather there, we woke up to 27 this morning in Crystal River, FL !!! Brrrrrr!
    I am going to go check out the books you suggested! I think I am going to like the way he puts words together!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Chuck!

      Yes, you do have a sweet and caring man. 🙂 Gosh, 27 degrees? Well, like we used to say in Florida, it’ll keep the bugs down.

      I think Chuck would like those books, too. They have a lot in them that would appeal to a male reader, as well as a female. The author started out as a screenwriter and he knows dialogue… Have fun reading!

  15. Lisa W says:

    Hi Sue. What a great place to spend Valentine’s Day. I like your campsite and views (anything with birds is great for me). Bridget is looking svelte. 🙂 Hope she has a little buddy to play and roam with soon. Quick question – how long does it take for an item we buy through your Amazon link to show up as having been bought through you?
    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      It’s hard for me to tell the time between a reader making an order on Amazon and it showing up on an orders report, since I never know when an order is placed. I believe it shows up the next day or within two days.

      I can check for your order, if you’d like. All I need is one item you ordered…

      Thank you, BTW!

  16. R. (Western Colorado/now in Anza Borrego Desert SP) says:

    Sending my love on this Valentine’s day to you, Bridget and your blogorinos. In about one hour I’ll be driving and waving along west side of the Salton Sea. You’re on the east side. It is surprising how so many people hate to hate this area. I love it and birds are adding to all excitement. To shop for my groceries I go on route 111 to 86 to I-10 to exit 142. There is a big Walmart with good prices. I’m glad you got your discount for this campground. I think $8.00 is a really good price for camping at the state park in CA. I didn’t know there are showers. Great!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      I think that’s the Wal-Mart I was looking for the other day when I came across Food 4 Less. I needed a break from WallyWorld anyway

      Good to hear I’m not the only one who loves the Salton Sea. All I ever hear is how it stinks! Sure, it would be nice if the soft sand went down to the water or if the water level were high. There’s much to appreciate if one gives the place a chance.

      Thanks for the love… You know I love all my blogorinos… I just don’t say it. 🙂

  17. DebsJourney says:

    Hello Sue,
    Happy Singles awareness day!
    Ok well trying to keep a upbeat feeling even though Vday was very special for me and my hubby. He always gave me the best romantic cards and flowers. But it’s all changed now. Sometimes the “socialism” of our country is one sided as if everyone was coupled. So not true! I’m basically staying home and not wanting to share in the candy and other bull that they try to sell us. That is a good thing for me any way.

    Started a food plan which is very healthy and is going to make me feel so much better one day at a time.
    I’m on a zpak antibiotic and have two more days… sure hope this cough goes away!
    I wouldn’t mind parking my little trailer on the beach like you are… looks so peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Love the photo’s.. takes me there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      I can understand why this day is difficult for you and how it seems the world consists of couples, couples, everywhere, even though you know that’s not so.

      Forgive me if I’m overstepping here… I suspect your husband gave you those romantic cards and beautiful flowers in order to make you happy and feel loved. I hope his message will continue to touch your heart.

      Great to read your attitude about your new diet! Yes, it should make you feel healthier. I should do better with my diet. I hope your cough disappears soon.

      • DebsJourney says:

        thanks Sue
        I don’t mind you saying anything to me… seems to be helpful to me. My husband would want me to feel loved and love myself for sure. I am doing the best I can for today. I’m very fortunate to have so many loving friends. Including you.

  18. Ilse says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Sue.
    Forty-five years ago today I gave birth to my daughter, so it’s always a special day for me. I also love myself:)
    Cheers,
    Ilse

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ilse,

      A baby on Valentine’s Day… new life, new love… and here it is 45 years later. I wish you both much happiness!

  19. Deb D says:

    Beautiful pics! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Bridget.
    Enjoy your peaceful weekend !

  20. Diann in MT says:

    Sweet camp, Sue and Bridget! Your ability to seek out perfect or nearly perfect sites always amazes me!

    The author sounds like my kind of diversion on a winter’s afternoon. Thanks for the tip and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Bridget!

    Amazing photos, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks and Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too, Diann….

      If the bad language doesn’t bother you, you’ll enjoy those books. Funny characters and a plot that keeps you reading.

  21. DesertGinger says:

    Whoa! I love that short clip from Johnny Shaw’s book! Love his writing. Have you ever read James lee Burke? He has a couple of series….all his books are outstanding. Great writer. I will be getting the Johnny shaw books. Thanks for info.

    I am at work, feeling icky, haven’t had any clients so I may go home early. Have a day off tomorrow. Thank goodness. Gets pretty dull here with no clients.

    Your new campsite looks awesome! Love the view of the water, and the birds.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I guess the tax business doesn’t get crazy until the last two weeks before the deadline, people being what they are….

      I appreciate the tip on James Lee Burke… I’ve been looking for a new-to-me author. I hope you enjoy the Shaw books. (Don’t be shocked by the language!)

      Going home may help you feel better. I hope so!

      • DesertGinger says:

        James Lee Burke does mysteries, some pretty violent. But notice the language. Such a fine expressive writer.

        I did go home a couple hours early and am enjoying my peaceful evening.

  22. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    In case you didn’t know Sue, I found this info on a different web posting:
    “Free Waste Dump Station Nearby
    Here is a tip for when you are ready to leave. The camp receipt from Corvina Beach allows you free dump and fresh water fill access at the main park headquarters area where the full hookup sites and visitor center is located a few miles to the north. It’s a good dump site with plenty of room for any rig. Here are a few photos for you.”
    http://www.loveyourrv.com/salton-sea-camping-corvina-beach/

    LUCK!!! And Happy Birthday! Larry

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Um… It’s not my birthday. I’ll hang onto that wish until October rolls around. Thank you. 🙂

      Thanks, Larry, also for the dump and water link! I did (I was going to say “take a dump”… oh, my … LOL!)…

      Let me start again… I did dump tanks the day we came to the Salton Sea at the free dump at a rest stop south of Niland. However, I’ll take advantage of that park dump station when we leave here.

      Like an alchoholic and bars, I cannot drive by free dump stations without stopping!

  23. Wishing you and Bridget a very happy Valentine’s day!

    It’s great to see you are enjoying the Salton Sea and are having a pleasant visit.

    When I visited for the first time in January there was an unfortunate pervasive malodorous smell from rotting fish, so we bugged out after an hour and relocated. It sounds from your post like that is not an issue. Great!

    If you venture up into Palm Springs I can recommend a great place for breakfast: Elmers. It’s a diner and they serve authentic german pancakes (it looks like a cross between a huge crepe and a pancake) that is super yummy with butter and lemon squeezed on top. Absolutely delicious and when ordered with a full breakfast of eggs and bacon is quite a lot of food…a nice treat.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Michael,

      That breakfast sounds divine and, most likely, fulfills my calorie quota for the month of February. Thank you.

      I don’t know what it is about the Salton Sea smell. I’ve camped here twice. The first time in Oct. 2012 and it wasn’t bad, not bad enough to leave. This time in February it is even less so. I have to work at it to pick up a dead fish smell. Sulphur, yes, today….

      It may have to do with weather. Maybe rain reconstitutes the dead fish or something… Ha!

      Nice hearing from you again, Michael.

  24. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    What a nice peaceful site!

    Bridget IS your Valentine….and you are hers! Nuff said!

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Sue and Bridget!

    Love your lakefront site! Bridget looks like she is enjoying it as much as you are! Gorgeous pictures, as usual! It looks like a very peaceful site, despite having neighbors in the distance. Enjoy the quiet! Thank you for the book recommendations – I have added them to my reading list.

    I am loving this day, too, and I love myself! I took Gracie to a new groomer this morning…they did a wonderful job, and she was not stressed out by the experience. Win-win! I sent my sisters a picture of little Miss all relaxed, lying on the back seat of the car, waiting to be driven home, one of them remarked how lucky Gracie was to have me as her mommy. I told her that we both are lucky…to have each other to love and care for! We are very blessed! 🙂

    I took the afternoon off from work to go to the RV show yesterday. I attended the first talk, “What is the Girl Camping Movement?” It turned out to be an overview of the Sisters on the Fly women’s RV group. The group has chapters across North America that plan trips together (mostly long weekends), to “shop for antiques, eat, drink wine, have silly theme parties, or just enjoy the campground.” On some trips, one can learn a new skill such as fly fishing or horseback riding. The emphasis of the short program was that if you joined this group, you would never have to travel alone. Much time was spent on discussing how different “sisters” had tricked out their mostly retro campers, glamping them up. If anyone is interested, do a search for Sisters on the Fly; the membership is $60/yr. Might be a good fit for those that are looking for this type of experience. Not exactly my cup of tea, so I did not attend the other sessions.

    What I did walk away with from the RV show is the confirmation that my heart truly is set on a little fiberglass trailer. No need to go to anymore shows…just continue to hope, plan and save! Rinse and repeat! 🙂

    Have a good evening, Sue. Love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I don’t know why that title, “What is the girl camping movement?” really annoys me today. I winced and cringed and winced some more as I read all the “fun” the “sisters” have together. I’m happy for them. I would curl into a fetal position the first day.

      It’s a great feeling when you come to the point that you know what rig you want. Yes, “hope, plan and save!”

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the lovely Gracie pup!

      Thanks for the detailed report on the RV show. There may be readers who would enjoy Sisters on the Fly.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        I had the same reaction…shopping for more “stuff”….I am trying to de-clutter and simplify! Different strokes for different folks!

        🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know, but I’m guessing the “sisters” aren’t full-timing in their tricked-out vintage trailers.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            No, it seems like it is a hobby type of thing, having the cute camper, with all of the themed accessories and getting away for girls only weekends. There may be some who are full-timers, but that does not appear to be the norm. I did not mention, but they also have patches that are earned….Big Girl Girl Scouts?

            At the end of the day, if this group gives one woman confidence to try camping, that is a good thing. 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        “I don’t know why that title, “What is the girl camping movement?” really annoys me today. ”

        Because it’s STUPID!

        Sorry just had to get that of my chest……….again.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I burst out laughing, Rick! Hahaha!!!

        • weather says:

          At, let’s say 8 yrs. old, a female has not walked into the traps of wearing clothing,weak looking silly body movements,vapid expressions,tones of voice and restrictions by gender and all other diminishing concepts she’s expected or even forced to later in life.So some wear the label,call( or allow others to)themselves things like girl,babe,wild child etc. as a way of taking back the freedom and respect they are entitled to-thus proclaiming and celebrating their rejection of all of that,of being type cast as a “good woman”and held back in life.I’m not saying that being annoyed by it is wrong at all,just explaining a view point and reason I was thrilled that my husband called me Babe-he totally got all that and loved it being so much of who I am.When I say time for all-girl road trip everyone knows I don’t mean put pink nail polish on,I mean lets roll,drop the B.S. -head out with everything you’ve got and DO IT.Just saying maybe not all of them are as dim as one might think…

          • weather says:

            further note-those of us campaigning for a person’s rights (by actually taking charge of our lives and teaching youth and adults of both sexes to do the same) began doing this at the time our rights movement was being hijacked by females yelling “I am woman,hear me roar” while arriving uninvited at our functions wearing t-shirts that said”we want our rights,not your babies”. I then rejected their agenda and lack of respect for people as well as their insistence on (and their real intentions) being called woman,as did many,for these and the reasons above .OK- I’m done venting,glad I’m on the back page,hope anyone that sees this knows I find your thoughts and feelings as valid as my own.Again -simply hoping people find freedom and peace while venturing into RVing and life.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            “…let’s roll, drop the BS….” Love it, weather! 🙂

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Love ya, Rick! 🙂

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Denise,

      Like you I have made the same RV show journey only to leave more convinced than ever that what I really want is an egg.

      I forget have you ever contacted Escape and checked to see if there is a 17B in your area that you can check out? Also last year I attended one of the fiberglass rv rallies that are posted on fiberglassrv.com. I found it much more informative than an RV show. Lots of really nice people wanting to share their experience with FGRV’s and there was an “open house” hour where you can tour all the different makes and see the mods that the owners have done.

      For me it narrowed down my choices of what would work help me visualize what my dream might look like. Enjoy the journey.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Rick,

        Not yet. There was talk last year on the escapeforum.org about a 2nd annual Eastern Escape rally possibly to be held in Luray, VA. This would be a great way to hopefully see a 17B and the larger sizes. I could not attend last year’s first rally which was held in PA. I agree..seeing several styles/sizes in one spot makes it easier to compare. Several VA Escape owners have reached out to me, offering to show me their units, but they all have 19′ 21′ or the 5TA. The 19′ just was sold this weekend…the closest layout to the 17B. Thanks for your suggestions. I check the FGRV site as well.

        I hope you enjoy your journey, too. 🙂

  26. wildflower in prescott says:

    Thanks for the link to the dove season book. When I visit a new Area I enjoy reading fiction and history about the area. JA Jance writes about southern Az, Tucson and Bisbee. I like to save a thrift shop Zane Grey paperback for when I camp up on the Rim, Payson-Strawberry area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, wildflower in prescott,

      Remember the day Bridget and I went up to Cibola Campground near the Chocolate Mountains? A few days later I started reading Big Maria and the main character drove that same road, describing what I had just seen. Fun!

      • wildflower in prescott says:

        Lol! A few years ago I decided to spend a few solitary quiet days at Navajo nat monument and brought along a tattered copy of the monkey wrench gang. There is a scene where the gang is plotting their next move and they are camped at, yep, the Navajo national monument. So I looked up and around and thought I was in exact camping site the fictional gang was camped in as described by Edward abbey. Another lol moment!

  27. Andrea in Glendale says:

    Sue really enjoy the views of the ocean – You can tell Bridge enjoys this too.
    Thanks for giving ideas on books. Always looking for something new to read. There’s s site that I can almost always find book that I’m looking for
    http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php. Been getting books through this swap site for a long time.. If anyone has the resources to ship it works out great.
    Valentines to you both!!

  28. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Valentine Day is always a reminder of my Aunt Maye, she was a true friend to me while I was growing up, she let me prowel in her purse, wear her high heels and always gave me handkerchiefs when I needed one. She made the worlds best biscuits, could feed a crowd on almost nothing and make you happy to eat it, she was a world class seamstress, raised a houseful,of boys, always had time to talk to you, not at you! Today she would have been 102, she passed away a year ago…
    Good memories on this day!
    Love your home by the lake, and the photos…
    Oh, and I ordered some einkorn flour and a kindle copy of the Dove book, see when it shows up!

    • Andrea in Glendale says:

      Lee, this is a very good warm story. I could read it several times just to capture that good feeling again. To have an Aunt that watches over you is a treasure.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      Women like your Aunt Maye amaze me, especially how they always are able to feed unexpected guests, no matter how many, and the food always is satisfying and good. You were blessed to have her in your life… which, of course, you don’t need me to tell you!

      Thanks for the Amazon order! I’ll look for it in tomorrow’s orders report. I hope you like the book.

  29. Chaunte in West TN says:

    Your new camp is beautiful, Sue!
    Thanks for the pictures, especially
    the ones of Bridgett. Have a very
    happy Valentines day!

    Chaunte, Shea, & the Chihuahuas

  30. AZ Jim says:

    Ya know Missy, I got to thinkin today, and yesterday too matter of fact about little Bridget and what a wonderful life you have given her. On average they say (yeah I don’t know who “they” are either) that dogs lives are 7 to 1 on humans. That being the case, can you imagine what a adventurous life she is living? What sweet memories you two have given one another. This came to mind today when I saw her daintily picking her way through the warm sands of your “home”. I hope you both enjoy your stay to the maximum.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      You know, when I think of Spike it comforts me to remind myself that he had a wonderful life, a full life of fun and new experiences, with food he loved every day, with views out the passenger window, and, of course, with soaks.

      Thank you for your words that reinforce that comfort, both in thinking of Spike and of Bridget. She does have a good life.

      You know who else has it pretty good? These pelicans! I’ve been watching them for five days, drifting around the calm lake water, floating on air currents over the lake, caterwauling in the sky with their pals, sunning themselves together, scooping up fish…. gee, and I thought I had it good. I want to come back as a pelican!

      🙂

  31. Betty Shea says:

    A very happy Valentines Day to you and sweet Bridget❤.
    Love your new camp!!!

  32. shirlene says:

    Hi Sue..back from fun day..if you feel the need to stretch your legs..you and HRH are welcome to cruise by the bathrooms..lol..

  33. PookieBoy in houston says:

    great report sue……looks like you and Bridge are enjoying being close to the water…
    wanted to relate to you a nice story that happened the other day….I do a lot of reloading on my pistols since ammo is so expensive and my brother called the other nite asked if I could reload some 45’s for him…..I told him I need some dies and he told me to buy them and he would pay me…..HA…..guess where I bought them from? right! $54 through your blog should help a little anyway….
    happy valentines day!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, I like that “nice story!” Thanks, PookieBoy! Amazon has everything.

      You call them “dies?” What is this, something you put gunpowder in?

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too. 🙂

      • PookieBoy in houston says:

        the dies is just different tools you use to set an empty cartridge in to change out the primer then load with powder then insert the bullet….dont know why they call them dies…..different dies needed for different calibers of ammo…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I looked on my orders report for Feb. 1-14 and didn’t see the dies. I’m assuming you placed the order on the 14th and it will show up in tomorrow’s report.

  34. Timber n' me says:

    Well, after being under my gal, checkin’ her runnin’ gear this whole day, it, Valentine’s day would have slip by if it weren’t for RV Sue. Timber and I Wish you Sue n’ Bridget and all the Blogeroonies A happy Valentines Day 8>)))), XXXX’S to all,,,,,,,, me

  35. Chas Anderson says:

    We love beach campgrounds.Some day try Lone Rock on Lake Powell near Page or Bermuda Flats on Lake Roosevelt.Obviously not for the weekends but midweek they can be pretty good.Thanks for your thoughts about Juice in the last blog.She is my sweetheart and got a heart shaped biscuit today.She is a sweetie.My Aunt and Mom are in homes now.When Juice visits she goes in every door that is open and gives all the old ladies a kiss until she gets to the end of the hall where my aunt is.The director begs me to bring her more often because the ladies look forward so much to her visits.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chas,

      Juice has a purpose in life! She brings cheer to those who need it. She deserved that heart-shaped biscuit!

      We camped at Lone Rock a few months ago, also spent the Christmas season at Lake Roosevelt in Arizona.

      We didn’t camp on the beach at Bermuda Flats or at Lone Rock because both were too crowded and I heard there was late night partying which I don’t want to be near. In fact, Bermuda Flats was closed to camping while we were at the Mesquite Loop of Schoolhouse Campground. I believe it was a seasonal closing… for the ducks or the duck hunters, never did figure that out.

      Thanks for sharing that story of Juice with us… perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  36. shirlene says:

    Sharing a beautiful sunset with you, and a train!…lol

  37. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I forgot to mention the shower…….

    Well…… lady have you cleaned up your act yet? 🙂

    Enjoy your evening and your shower!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Boy, you’re keepin’ close watch on me! First the laundry, now the shower… Yes to the latter, no to the former… I’m hand-washing clothes until I’m in the mood to go to the laundromat. Heaven knows when that will happen and I think you’re the only one who cares. Ha!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Someone’s got to keep track! There are others….I’m sure! Just not so blantent to ask! Hah

        Have you got one of those salad spinners handy? They work just like the spin cycle for undies and socks.

        Note I didn’t mention da bra! Hahhh.

        Just busting on you!

        How is Bridge’s marble? She is looking so good in the photos!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          A salad spinner is too high-tech for this traveling carnival. Ha! I put the clothes in a basin and scrub with my bare hands.

          Bridget’s boo-boo tried to heal quickly (scabbing over) which I did my best to slow down, per your advice which was good… Now the bump is almost all gone, not noticeable, a very slight bump which may be nothing mare than scar tissue.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            You are too silly! The salad spinner gets the excess water out!

            Wonderful! Just watch it…scar tissue is good…remmnants of gook isn’t. If it starts festering…use a warm compress..to start the process over again. It takes so long to heal from the inside out!

  38. Lynn Brooks says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you& Bridget!
    I agree, I’m happy to spend some time with my family & some alone time on my own!
    Beautiful pictures!!!
    Thank you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lynn. I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day with your family and with yourself. 🙂

  39. weather says:

    What a beautiful photo the one of the singular pelican on the water is,and what a beautiful campsite.I particularly like the contrast shown in the bottom two pictures of the sea in daylight and closer to nighttime.Seeing lights reflected on water is always lovely and with those pics one sees the relative solitude sunset and/or sunrise can bring along popular waterfronts.It even seems demonstrated by so many less birds being in the last one.So often on the journey that is a large part of the appeal waiting outside for dawn holds-a chance to experience Life alone.That you chose to move there for that reason lends a theme to the post,once again you demonstrate well how to tell story in captivating ways.

    How perfect to include your mention that days meant to be spent loving this life and who or what are in it need not include being bonded to being amid groups or particular kinds of relationships.When,in fact,that may be best accomplished away from what society trains most to do,by instead shaping one’s time to include being with creation and it’s author.

    Only a person that had been drawn to solitary walks into the woods,or equivalent forays, since childhood could have developed the capacity to understand and teach the benefits of independent walks on the path.And to offer the comfort within that to those among the readers needing it ,on holidays or anytime of year.I know it’s difficult,Sue,to keep the balance between sharing what you do and maintaining what you need to do it.Just want you to know that as I watch all the effort and what it costs you -you’re succeeding at all this more everyday.May you ever be rewarded for all you’ve given to make that true.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      I read your message this morning with my usual concentrated interest. You always provide me with perspectives on which to reflect. After the first read, I go to the stove to heat up the coffee pot and make toast, before reading your words again. I say this to point out that I contemplate your messages, not rushing through them, in order to uncover the layers of meaning.

      Thank you for your reactions to my photos. The ones with lights or buildings in the background convey the sweetness of aloneness . . . They are there and I am here, with and apart, as you wrote — “the balance between sharing what you do and maintaining what you need to do it.”

      Your understanding of the “cost” to me (a cost that grows with time) is very perceptive. This comes from your own “solitary walks into woods” and across the years. Craving solitude does not exempt me from the urge to share, teach, and invite others to experience this marvelous, natural world, and, though I try to minimize the cost, I pay it.

      You are elevated in mind and spirit, just as you are elevated in your home on a cliff above the frozen lake. I learn much from you. Thank you.

      • weather says:

        Reading your reply to me felt like receiving an understanding look,nod and salute from another soldier shouldering responsibility gladly to perform a mission one’s agreed to go on.Yes,the weight of it grows,thankfully we are given,and by sharing,give each other,what strength,gifts and graces are needed to reach,enjoy and go forward with it and our dreams.You bless me in those ways and others,friend,believe me the gratitude that you expressed is yet another thing that we share

        🙂 happy sighs and smiles,off to celebrate another wonder-full day!

      • AZ Jim says:

        Interesting. I got to reflecting on your statement about uncovering the layers of meanings behind the words. I wonder if one really gleans the authors meanings or imparts their own into the words based upon ones own personal experiences? I suppose it could also be a combination of the two. I also can’t grasp the concept of infinity or the meaning of life (laughing).

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting thought, Jim, about uncovering meaning… I think the really talented authors are able to write so that readers with many different experiences, intelligences, personalities, etc. can enjoy and glean what benefits them from what has been written.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      “Only someone who has been drawn to solitary walks in the woods or equivalent forays…. your comment, weather, makes me realize why I have been drawn to this blog all these months. All my solitary experiences with the natural world and the creator over my lifetime have been just as powerful a God-force as all my happiest memories in Christian community with Church of the Brethren like – minded individuals, laughing and carrying on, and loving each other. This blog is like a loving Christian community which inspires us to be Nomads, Indians, and Saints in our own time. Thanks to all who create it together!

      • weather says:

        Hi Sue CleanerGreenerVegas!-RVSue just let me know you had left a note here.It’s terrific that you now realize what’s drawn you here!As I do in all venues where blatant discussion of my beliefs would be inappropriate,here I’m cautious(respectful of RVSue’s wise and loving way to let all readers feel peace-by having boundaries about politics and religion on her blog.That said,I’m very pleased and happy that you replied and felt our connection to each other,creation and it’s Author that we both love and whom I best serve in my intentionally subtle ways.Thank you ever so for letting me know it’s working in some ways 🙂
        Inspiring nomads to be happy and rescue -a lovely dance and great adventure to be led in,huh?

  40. Always nice to find a quiet corner on the weekend – looks pretty perfect too 🙂 The pelican is so majestic, not a care in the world it seems. Love the excerpt from the book – his style reminds me of yours somewhat, evoking chuckles from real world descriptions. Thanks for sharing your reads and your days – enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jodee,

      I appreciate my writing being compared to that of Mr. Shaw. I would love to write with his expertise!

      As for the pelican… If one has never seen a pelican in motion, has only seen this “majestic” bird in photos, one might consider him a silly bird. Oh, no…. He is a wonder! I watch the gulls flapping their wings great distances interspersed with short glides, whereas the pelicans, carrying more bulk and their big beak and pouch, are so well adapted to flight that they float seemingly without effort…. and much grace.

  41. shirlene says:

    Good morning Sue, your pictures do a beautiful job of depicting this area that most shy away from. ..I especially like the last one with the lights on the water. ..no editing there, it really looks that nice. I had the best a tastiest cup of coffee this morning, as usual, with you as usual reading the morning blog and comments. ..Weather especially insightful this morning. ..have a great day…

    Good morning Weather!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, shirlene,

      I was chuckling yesterday evening after you commented on the trains. All of a sudden, one train right after the other shows up, train after train after train roaring by this campground, more trains than I’ve heard since at the Salton Sea! I could imagine you thinking, ‘What the…? Is this going to go on ALL NIGHT?”

      There isn’t any signal here for the conductors to blow a whistle, but one did. Makes me wonder if he did that for our benefit!

      Hope you slept well and are enjoying this peaceful morning. Notice how the birds are very quiet at this time of day . . . .

      • shirlene says:

        Well the comment was made about Sue did not tell us about the trains! Lol..one of them in the middle of the night was especially long and noisy. …but otherwise enjoyable..love all these birds..Greebs, gulls, brown and white pelicans…diving….our little dogs sleeping…quiet, nice this morning…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I slept through the-middle-of-the-night train!

          I’m sure you’ve also seen the herons or bitterns or whatever (need to get out my guide!) that stand alone at the water’s edge… Those dark birds that have a hunched look about them…

      • AZ Jim says:

        Trains at night always sound so sad, lonesome to me. When I used to live in a tiny town in South Dakota we had train tracks about a 1/2 mile away. It only ran maybe once ever week or so and during daylight hours, I loved to hear it go by.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It is a special sound. I’m glad I hear these trains from where I am…. thinking of the lyrics to that song “Folsom Prison.”

    • weather says:

      Good morning,Shirlene ,hope you have a great time with what remains of your seeing Salton’s beauty and that of your trip home!

  42. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Morning Weather,

    Are you ice fishing over there? It is blustery wicked here..minus 3 with a wind chill of minus 24.

    Can’t be outside today….guess I’ll clean the house.

    Stay warm

    • weather says:

      Started laughing when I read that,thanks I needed that .It really is a bit*# sometimes to make it here.Identical conditions outside here now and so same plan for my day,wow…surviving this season here proves we can hang in there with the best of them as much as anything could,doesn’t it?!

  43. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Or it means we both need a frontal lobotomy!

    We have a yearly winterfest going on up here! Snowmobiles galore…poker run, Bed races and a barefoot race later today! Citidiots for sure! The “lakers” residents are staying inside!

    The vaccum cleaner is calling out to me! Have a great day!

  44. R. (Western Colorado/now in Anza Borrego Desert SP) says:

    You just said it. I hope this long weekend is going to be over sooner than later. I can’t believe how many people are all around. Every spot is taken even those secluded places where I usually enjoy solitude. Well, at least people are outside. Although yesterday afternoon I came across a group of RVers who were sitting in front of one of those huge “buses” with TV outside. There were at least eight people with their glazed eyes glued to the screen. I guess people enjoy outdoors differently. It is not my style but I’m pleased not everyone is on hiking trails.

    Sue, if you’re still staying around Salton Sea consider visiting Painted Canyon. It is BLM ad I saw people there walking/hiking with dogs on leashes. That was 2-3 years ago but I don’t think rules changed. If you travel north on rt.111 to Mecca make right turn at the traffic light on 4th Street. After you pass train tracks there is a round about. Keep right again and go to 66th Ave. There is a nice library, fire station. So keep on this street for almost 5 miles until you get to Painted Canyon Rd. It is unpaved road but leads to some spectacular canyon with very picturesque geological formations. For those of us who are allergic to overpopulated places this is not a canyon to be visited on weekends. You can also continue straight on this road which become Box Canyon Rd.. The next 5 miles or so have endless canyons and places to hike or just take short walks. Whatever you do enjoy this beautiful weather and breeze too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      Funny you mention Painted Canyon. I was going to find a boondock along Box Canyon Road and then I thought, “What do I want to camp in a canyon for? I probably won’t be able to get internet and I like it here by the Sea.” Anyway… You’re right. Today is Sunday and I wouldn’t go there on a weekend. Thanks for the suggestion!

      Watching television outside the RV! I don’t understand people. Oh well, they’d probably think I’m nuts… I’m sorry you’re experiencing “the crowd.” Long weekends can be a challenge!

      It is beautiful weather… The lake has diamonds on it right now. I love that. Nice hearing from you, R.

      • R. (Western Colorado/now in Anza Borrego Desert SP) says:

        Sue, as you pass Painted Canyon Rd. and enter Box Canyon there are internet and cell connections. At least at the beginning of Box Canyon and then at the very end.
        OK. Now I need to get brave and do some hiking today. On the other hand I don’t feel like talking to anyone and somehow those weekend hikers are so cheerful and talkative. Good for them but not so much for me.

        • R. (Western Colorado/now in Anza Borrego Desert SP) says:

          Forgot to ask you about one book I enjoyed. Did you maybe read “Murder Passes the Buck: A Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery? ” What I like the most it has FREE Kindle Edition

  45. Reina & Arrow says:

    Hi Sue! Wanted to drop you a line to thank you once again for the great pictures you post. Although I love the pictures of Bridget and the scenery, I especially enjoy the pictures of your Casita. I imagine the walks Arrow and I would go on while enjoying the scenery and returning home to our Casita. I hope to get out there again soon!! Thanks again for the great pictures!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome! Great to hear from you, Reina & Arrow!

      Thanks for the feedback on Casita photos. I try not to overdo it with pics of the BLT, wondering if longtime readers of this blog are sick of seeing it. At the same time, I know there are readers who want to see it often. That’s why I change what I write about often…. Sometimes I focus on what we see at our camps, rather than our campsite.

      • Reina & Arrow says:

        I understand… Since I own a Casita, I like to see the different ways you back it in. I notice how much room you have at a campsite, do you use the canopy often, is it easy to get in and out of an area, etc. I could never get tired of these camp pictures…. They are fantastic little homes!! I love mine! 🙂

  46. Monica- CA says:

    Happy Valentine’s to you too! I’m enjoying your beautiful pictures of the Salton Sea. I don’t smell any fishy smell from where I sit. 🙂 I love the picture of Ms. Bridget sitting by the picnic table enjoying the views. Thanks for the tour. Safe travels!

  47. DesertGinger says:

    I don’t know when it happened (but recently) but wondered if you knew that Rat Terriers are now an AKC registered breed and showing at Westminster.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      The standing long-legged bird you were asking about resembles the Green Heron we spotted on Sanibel Island in Florida. Could it be a similar species?

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