Cotton fields and hefty rotisserie chicken — Back in Blythe, CA

Sunday, November 5

A few miles south of the Turtle Mountain Road boondock (See previous post), Route 95 passes the road to Mopah Peak.

The crew and I are on the way to our next camp.

“Let’s stop here.  You haven’t had your morning walk.”

Lord knows I could use the exercise, too.

The road cuts straight across a plain of creosote bushes.  I don’t know which of the rock peaks in the next photo is Mopah.  Both are impressive in size; the zoomed photo makes them appear much smaller than they really are.

I look for boondock sites as we go.

Well, there aren’t any as close to the road as the Turtle Mountain Road boondock.  Maybe someday I’ll explore this area.

It’s only about 9 a.m. and already the sun feels hot.  On our return to the Perfect Tow Vehicle I take a few photos of the crew.

See the flat area on the right side of the next photo?  Obviously there’s room to set up camp.  However, there isn’t a fire ring or any sign of it being an established camp, so it’s off-limits.

Old tracks are visible off the road, probably made before the sign was posted at the entrance, the sign that says to keep your vehicle on the road.

It doesn’t take much effort to make sure that Reg and Rog are happy travelers. 

This stop only lasted about 20 minutes.  The boys return to the PTV thirsty and ready for a snooze.

Route 95 takes us to Vidal Junction.

Route 62 goes east to Parker, located on the other side of the Colorado River.  We stay on 95, continuing south.  Bare rock mountains ahead — the Big Marias.

On the other side of those mountains is Midland Road and our winter home!

We pass the turn for the Blythe intaglios.  I wrote a post about them in December 2016:  “Right back where we started from!”

We reach the outskirts of Blythe, California.

I don’t take us into town, but head for Midland LTVA.

I’ll find a good spot, set up camp, unhitch, and then we’ll go into town. Gee, it’s good to be back!  

I take 6th Street, one of a succession of roads that cuts between fields to Lovekin Boulevard (Midland Road).

No sheep at this time.  Cotton fields!

Later, in the afternoon . . . 

After a few, lazy hours at camp, we set out for town.  I gas up the PTV at the Valero station and then zip over to Smart & Final grocery store.

Aha!  They still have 3 -pound rotisserie chickens for only $6.49!

I nab one for us, of course.  

At check-out I remember there are no free plastic bags given out when in this state.  I buy two bags for my groceries and return to Reg and Rog in the PTV.

Welcome to California!



I hope you will continue to share your holiday plans, express your thoughts, and update us on your life.  Please feel free to ask questions and to answer questions as well.  The comments under the previous post are fun to read because so many participated.  Thank you for that.

I invite you to post a Thanksgiving recipe!

(If you do, please be specific with directions and accurate with measures.)  I’m sure your food ideas will be appreciated by many.  — Sue


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122 Responses to Cotton fields and hefty rotisserie chicken — Back in Blythe, CA

  1. Sherri D says:

    Happy Thanksgiving week Sue and Crew!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Same to you, Sherri! CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING FIRST!

      • Sherri D says:

        Thank you Sue. I assume everyone else is making pies or something. lol This was my third time this year, being first! I feel so honored. Hope you and the crew continue to have safe travels and will keep sharing them with us.
        Hugs to you three. 😀

  2. Anna in NC says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your camp with your precious crew!

  3. Michael says:

    Have a great Thanksgiving Sue. Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts and take care. My dog Kate says tell the boys hi!

  4. Pat from Mich. says:

    3rd??? Roger must be thinking of that rotisserie chicken!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat… Roger has learned the pattern. He doesn’t complain when I go into a store and he’s extra happy when I return with full plastic bags. 🙂

  5. Pat from Mich. says:

    Haha – 4th by the time it gets posted. Top 5 anyway. I’ve been through Needles, but not to camp. Many years ago!

  6. Woohoo, the winter home. Hopefully it is as peaceful for you this year as it was last year! I’ll have to dig out a recipe when we get back to the RVand post it. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  7. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Hi Sue, waiting at the dr’s office, thought I would take a look at the site, discovered a new blog…sometimes I just look up former stops to review again and look at your pretty pictures…usually have a fellow patient waiting along side that spies a shot of one of the crews…always ends up with a conversation about you and your adventures and my desire to become a RVer…makes the wait seem enjoyable and short. When I get home I’ll do some research about your area…I’ve become quite the researcher which also keeps my mind active.

    The view of the boys with what looks likes one leash with tandem hookups has my fellow chair warmer all excited…told him it is really two but the buddies probably just got a little wound up…gave him your site info…he was saying how thankful he came in to day for his scripts renewals and found out about Reggie and Roger and You…is a 87 yr that wants to a RVer…Sue I am thankful to you for sharing your blog and your crew and for allowing me to pass along the thrill of your life’s adventures.

    Happy Thanksgiving Week to you, the boys, the blogorinos and everyone we meet along the paths of life.

    Take Care

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How interesting, Deena!

      I need to thank YOU for sharing my blog with people you meet in places like the dr’s office. I hope the octogenarian fellow joins us here! I like his spirit!

      Happy Thanksgiving Week to you, too.

      • Deena in Phoenix says:

        You are welcome Sue, my pleasure.

        I hope so too…name was Liam…he said he needed to think about a good name maybe use his old CB handle; he got called at that moment so I don’t know handle but he was from Sun City, been there since the 70’s…interesting fellow.

  8. Dawn in Mi says:

    Looks pretty. Have a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!
    Rotisserie chicken yay! Enjoy and thanks for letting is ride along on your journey!
    The plastic bags look pretty hefty….welcome to Ca! I carry those “Chico” bags that stuff into a little sack..everywhere….cuz ya never know! Don’t forget no avacados cross state lines…or the fruit police will come knocking!

    Enjoy your day!

    Oh yeah….steam Tamales for 30-35 minutes. Jules has never eaten Tamales…she loves them!

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      Laughing at the watermelon in the cart!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! The fruit police… What was it I snuck across the border in CA? A cucumber? “I didn’t mean it, officer. I forgot it was in the back of the fridge.”

      I guess you buy the tamales already made, being ’em home and steam them.

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        You’re right it was a cucumber.
        We found mom and daughter establishment that makes Tamales…that literally melt in your mouth. No lard and gluten free. Went to a farmers market and discovered them. They have a store also but it’s more fun at the farmers market!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re livin’ the Zonie Life! 🙂

        • Dave in Missouri says:

          Please Share name of the Mother and Daughter establishment and what city. I would be ecstatic to find good tamales. when i get out that way in January.

          • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

            Here is the website….look at the photos….oh yeah they taste as good as they look.
            The store is in Phoenix but they travel to different farmers markets ALL over…

            • Deena in Phoenix says:

              Yes, love these, been getting at the Sun City Farmer’s Market…My family has these on Black Friday…seems to be a thing for the younger nieces that has now included everybody…and we are now sending to our relatives in ID and TX, just another tradition that has brought a lot of joy and fun.

            • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

              My sis has another house off of 99th…she’s never been to the Market. We got a craving late last Thursday or I would have drove over there.

              Do you send them overnight express in dry ice? We would love to send some to our soon to be snowbound neighbors!

      • Toni CT-NH says:

        I think it was zucchini.

        Anyway, one recipe that my former mother law always made with a poultry or ham dinner was carrot salad. So simple and really tasty. She would grind the carrots with a crank grinder (of course you could use a food processor). Dice some celery and mix with mayo, salt and pepper. I think she used Miracle Whip but either way is ok.

        Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for the carrot salad recipe and yes, it was a zucchini! A flabby zucchini in the back of the fridge… Happy Thanksgiving, Toni!

          • Cinandjules🌵 says:

            Okay…so apparently not remembering what day it is compounded to what type of veggie was aboard! OY!

          • Toni CT-NH says:

            Most of the time I can’t remember why I walked into another room but I remember that zucchini story!!

        • Pauline says:

          That recipe sounds like the one I have made but I add some raisins.

          • Ruthie in Fontana says:

            My mom made the carrot salad with raisins in it too, so good, I may have to have that with our dinner!

  10. Judy in East Texas says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Sue and the boys.

    Stay safe out there my friend, judy

  11. Sarvi in OR says:

    It’s going to be a quiet Thanksgiving for me! My son always goes with his wife to visit her family, my oldest daughter just moved out 2 weeks ago and now lives in California, my youngest daughter may come by for dinner, but she hasn’t said yes or no. So it’s looking like probably just me and the boyfriend. I will likely just get either a turkey breast or a whole chicken, rather than a full turkey.

    • Sarvi in OR says:

      And yes, I’m newly an empty nester and so far still hate it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sarvi,

      Making these big adjustments can be hard, especially in the “happy-happy” holiday season. Maybe that “empty nest” will fill up again as the years go by with little, drooling visitors in stinky diapers. Losses turn to gains.

      I’m glad you have someone with whom to share Thanksgiving dinner. Best wishes to you both. 🙂

  12. Linda Hughes says:

    Happy Thanksgiving RV Sue, Reggie and Roger!

  13. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    This recipe is so forgiving it doesn’t actually have measurements. One can sweet potatoes plus one can of pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple. If tidbits, cut sweet potatoes into chunks. If crushed pineapple, mash sweet potatoes. Gently stir together in pan or casserole and heat on stove, in oven, or in microwave. If you have leftover ham stir it in as well to make a complete meal.

  14. Glad you made it back to Blythe and hoping that the desert flowers are as pretty as those you shared with us last year. It’s clear and cold in Tennessee, but we’re hunkered down and preparing for a big spread with my 89-year-old Mom who makes the best cornbread dressing on the planet. All the best to you and the crew!

  15. Becky in NJ says:

    Hi Sue – I’m curious- do you fix a special meal for Thanksgiving? I can’t remember ever seeing a description of your kitchen in the BLT.
    Whatever you do, enjoy the day!

  16. Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

    Happy T-day to you and the crew! After our shopping trip to Walmart this morning, we are keeping it low-key with turkey breast (decided against steaks), Peppridge Farm cornbread stuffing (ONLY Peppridge Farm will do), asparagus, and for dessert, Patti Labelle’s sweet potato pie (spouse has been wanting to try it for weeks). And a can of whipped cream. Also picked up a pack of chocolate fudge bundt cakes for my birthday (65!) and our anniversary (45!) which this year happen to be on Thanksgiving. We are so very grateful to be in Arizona where we’ll most likely be enjoying the pool on the big day.

    Have a great day everyone else!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! Big milestones at your house, Robin! Congratulations! Happy Anniversary! Happy Birthday! Happy Thanksgiving! Lots of Happy for you! Ha!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Congrats on 45 years, Happy birthday, Happy Thanksgiving.

      • Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

        Thanks Sue (& others). Best part was going from my COBRA medicare insurance to Medicare, which will save me about $350/month. PLUS my prescription today was $30 instead of $60. So a Happy Birthday to me! I splurged and bought a foot care appliance I’ve been coveting at Walmart. 🙂

    • Stephanie Turner OR says:

      Congrats on the milestones. Both impressive! Happy TG.

  17. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    Hi everyone. Happy Thanksgiving. Living in my tiny home in Turner and have fallen in love with the size (under 400 ft) and how easy it has made my life. My Toby pup also happy. Not much to clean or maintain so now he gets almost all my attention. Unfortunately I took a nasty fall and broke my humerus in 2 places. What a bad choice of names for a bone. Nothing humorous about it. One good thing is that it encourages me to buy rotisserie chicken much to Toby’s delight! I hope all my fellow blogorinos and most especially you Sue-enjoy the day however you spend it. Blessings to everyone.

    • Robin B (Oregon & Arizona) says:

      Hey Stephanie,
      We are from Salem (south near Fred Meyer) but are now ensconced in our AZ winter place. Our condo is 600 SF so we understand living in a small place. It’s amazing how I don’t really miss anything from my Salem house–OK, I do get weary of trekking to the laundry bit I figure it’s good exercise. 🙂

      Hope your arm heals quickly!

      Take care,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Blessings to you, too, Stephanie, and to Toby, too!


  19. FloridaScott says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sue, Reggie & Roger!
    Every time I see a new post it just puts a smile on my face. Dianne and I are going to spend the day with our two adult sons enjoying turkey with all the sides and watching a little football. We are still working toward full time Rving. Warning, It is a Huge almost overwhelming task. Over 40 years of stuff to sell, give away or keep. If your like us planning to go full time and have accumulated allot of stuff be very patient and plan on it taking much longer than you expected. We thought we would be ready in spring, then summer, then fall and now realistically looks like Feb 1st. Thank You Sue for your blog and all the encouragement and knowledge you have conveyed to us. It has been fun and Wow what a Great learning experience! Happy Thanksgiving to all the Blogorinos! Hope you have the Best Ever! Luv FloridaScott

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Scott,

      It’s amazing how much stuff we collect over the years. I’m also amazed how little I miss it… not at all, in fact!

      Thanks for the nice Thanksgiving note. Have a fun and relaxed day with your family.

  20. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sue and all the blogorinos.
    DH & I are staying here and I am cooking a pretty traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. We will have a boneless turkey breast, scallop potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce and croissants. Pumpkin pie for dessert. Sorry no new recipes. I have varied the last few years, so reverted back to the old standbys this year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Barbara,

      Love those old standbys — delicious, that’s why we keep going back to them. Your hubby is blessed to have you cooking for him. Scallop potatoes …mmm-mm good! 🙂

  21. ApplegirlNY says:

    Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all of you, especially to Sue and crew for bringing us all together. You know what’s funny, even if the day gets ahead of me, and I don’t have a chance to talk to a friend or family member by phone, I still find time to check in here at Sue’s place. How awesome is that!
    I’m grateful for all of you.

    I’ll be cleaning and prepping my holiday meal most of tomorrow. Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. We will be missing some loved ones, but we have much to be grateful for.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Blessings to you, too, Applegirl. Enjoy your favorite day of the year.

      Yeah, that is pretty awesome! 🙂

  22. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue,
    Okay, here is a Great Broccoli casserole Recipe.
    This has been a family favorite for many years, A bit rich but it is So Good.
    Serves 8
    2pkg. frozen/fresh chopped broccoli.
    1/2 tsp. salt
    dash of pepper.
    1 cup mayonnaise.
    1 cup grated cheddar cheese.
    2 eggs.
    1 can cream of mushroom soup.
    Ritz crackers.
    Cook broccoli in water to which salt has been added. Drain well. Mix together mayonnaise, cheese, well beaten eggs, mushroom soup, and pepper. Fold broccoli into this mixture. Place in casserole. Top with desired amount of crushed Ritz crackers. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
    To be honest I have never made this or much of any food. My DW makes this for me and the family. I sure do enjoy!
    Hope you enjoy it Blogorinos!

  23. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    Hi Sue and blogorinos, Soon we will be enjoying another Thanksgiving. I want to let you know how thankful I am to read this beautiful blog. Sue you do such a great job (it is a job) keeping us informed and entertained. I may not be an RVer but reading about the places you go and the things you do makes it feel like I am. I too live in a small space. My husband’s health is not good. I began to worry what would happen to me, where would I live, who would help me in my older years. We have 1/2 acre. It has a 2800 sq., a wood shop and a car shop. My husband used to build car’s for a living so he has a lot of equip and tools he can no longer use. My son is also a mechanic and has always wanted a shop. So I told my son if he sold his house in CO he could have the house and the shop, (early inheritance) he just needed to move to CA. We made the wood shop into a 600 sq. ft. mother in law house and we live in it. My son and daughter in law moved into the house and they maintain the house. Now I am not worried about me when I get older. There are many ways to solve a problem, this was mine.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      What a GREAT solution!! So happy for you all!! We had HOPED for such…but as it is now, we are living on the opposite coast helping a child we never thought would need our help…one never knows…so I guess it all “comes out in the wash” as my Mama used to say!!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Ruthie, what a wonderful way to meet everyone’s needs. I am really happy that everything worked out for the best.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How very smart and thoughtful of you, Ruthie! I appreciate you sharing that with us.

  24. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Oh I love the Happy Desert Dogs photo!🐾

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I love the way Reggie and Roger will stand close to each other with those grins, just being happy . . . together.

      Enjoy the holiday, Ronda!

      • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

        Thank you 😊

      • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

        Do you know Happy Together by The Turtles?
        “Me and you and you and me
        No matter how they toss the dice, it had to be
        The only one for me is you, and you for me
        So happy together”

        You’ve got that stuck in my head now. It’s my ring tone for my husband 😃

  25. Rob, back in N Georgia until after Thanksgiving says:

    I liked those chickens..

  26. Ken in Queen Creek, AZ says:

    It’s funny how you can change your mind about a place. I never liked Blythe. I would rarely stop anywhere driving between Phoenix and LA. The last couple of times I traveled through the area, however – I have stopped. After the crowds and traffic of a LA weekend, even Indio and Coachella felt too busy for me. Also, I did not want to stop at a truck stop or fast food joint, so I ventured into Blythe. I found a Sizzler restaurant, with friendly, small town people, completely unpretentious. It was totally refreshing to me. Oh, and banana pudding – I found banana pudding. Yum.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great comment, Ken! Your experience shows how slowing down and letting a place reveal itself gives new perspective. The first time I saw Blythe I entered from the east side on Hobson Way. That end of town has several empty, overgrown lots and decrepit buildings. Everything seemed to me to be the color of dust. My reaction was “What an ugly place!”

      The next time I went to Blythe I entered a different way and I stayed a while. Over time I’ve met the folks at the library, at the propane place, at the RV supplies and repair place, the camp hosts at Midland, and others. I’ve seen incredibly spectacular sunsets and soul-stirring sunrises. Precious desert flowers and plants in bright blossom in yards. Neatly cultivated green fields. Herons and egrets, great flocks of starlings like black confetti against the sky, the noisy squawking birds from the fragrant trees in the islands at Albertson’s parking lot, sheep . . . .

      Now I think it’s a great town and I haven’t even tried the banana pudding!

      I hope your holiday is perfect for you, Ken. I think of you sometimes when I put the PTV in park. 🙂

  27. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Rotisserie chicken! Rotisserie chicken! Rotisserie chicken! All dogs beg for rotisserie chicken! WooHoo!

    I figured you might land at Midland for the winter, Sue. You seem to like it there.

    I’m going to the potluck here at the RV park. We’re having turkeys and their trimmings, mashed taters and whatever everyone brings to share. I will be bringing a dessert. I’m going out to hunt the wild pie tomorrow. Lol. At this point in my life, I believe in making things simpler.

    I hope all my fellow Blogorinos have a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are and however you celebrate. And Sue and the Crew, too. So thankful for you all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! “Hunt the wild pie!” Love that! Your Thanksgiving plans sound warm and friendly and delish. I’m happy for you!

      Yes, I believe in making things simpler, too. I remember, when I was working, we had a Christmas potluck gathering at work, mostly snacks. Everyone brought their homemade stuff — brownies, cookies, fresh salsa and chips, cheese concoctions, etc. My vegetable platter included a dip that everyone raved about. Someone asked for the recipe and I told them I bought it at Wal-Mart. Hahaha!

      Thanks for writing, ValGal,… for this comment and the ones I’ve enjoyed throughout the year.

  28. Cathy M Van Booven says:

    In memory of my Mom, her pumpkin pie recipe. Purchase Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust purchase Libby pumpkin ( Not pie filing just pumpkin) follow all instructions BUT leave out ginger ( my mother would make a yuck face) and add a good splash of Mexican vanilla. Miss my mom since she always brought the pumpkin pie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you for sharing your mother’s pumpkin pie recipe. That “splash of Mexican vanilla” is the secret!

      Bittersweet memories . . . . Do we ever get over the passing of our mother? Mine’s been gone over 26 years and I still feel that stab to the heart at times. Better to feel that than nothing at all, right? 🙂

      Here’s to happy memories (“yuck face!”) and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

      • Barbara(Nashville) says:

        My mom has been gone for 28 years and I still think of her often. to this day I still make her homemade fudge for holidays and gifts. She never used the marshmallow fluff.
        I’ll never forget the first time I made it in a non-stick pan. I was really annoyed as there was none left in the pan to sample when I was finished putting it in the dish to cool. There was nothing like cleaning out the pan when we were kids.

  29. Nora now in Dauphin Island AL says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m in my winter home too in Dauphin Island AL. Friends from Texas and Tennessee came down for the holiday. We have a shrimp dinner with all the fixins instead of turkey. Today we’re visiting Bellingrath, my favorite garden. My dogs (Kobie, Dilla and Mona) love it here too with long walks on the beach, chasing squirrels, etc.
    Decided this fall that I was not going to do as much traveling this year as I have the last three but find a few spots to spend a few months at a time. This is my first long-term spot and I’ll be here until April. Hope my feet don’t get too restless.
    Always look forward to your blogs and, when I get a chance to check the internet, your post is always the first place I go.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m proud to be first on your list, Nora. Your plans for Thanksgiving sound delightful…. friends, shrimp, garden, dogs, beach…. Lots of good things!

      I like how you’re shaping your full-time RV life to suit you, trying a new way for this year. I believe there are several readers of this blog who enjoy month-long camps (or longer) in various places. I hope you will let us know how the new plan works for you.

      Wishing you a fabulous year!

  30. Susan in Dallas says:

    Not cooking this year, just recovering from surgery. My son will be coming Thanksgiving morning and then dear friends will share their Thanksgiving with us. I wish I could cook as this is my favorite holiday and I actually love the shopping, cooking, and setting the table to look festive. But, best of all I’m alive to celebrate with friends and family and that’s all that really matters anyway! Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Susan,

      It sounds like you’ll be surrounded in love this Thanksgiving. I’m glad for you!

      Get well soon!

  31. Laurie Milliard says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sue and all the blogorinos! After years of reading about your adventures and dreaming of life on the the road, I actually did it! I retired a little early (age 62) in August, sold the house, got a new trailer and truck and set off down the road in September. My husband, Norm, and I are traveling in a 2016 Nash 22h trailer, capably pulled by our Toyota Tundra. We previously had a 13′ Scamp, so this 22 feet is like a palace! We are learning lots and enjoying our dream. I can’t thank you enough, Sue, for your blog. I read quite a few RV blogs, but yours is my favorite and my inspiration, and the only one that I read every entry. I’m not too good at joining in the conversation here, hope to get better at it. But at Thanksgiving, you are near the top of my list of things I am thankful for! All the best, Laurie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Laurie, your comment was one of the first I read upon opening my laptop this morning. What a way to start my day! Thank you for your kind message.

      The next time I feel like ditching this blog I’ll recall your words. I should keep in mind that it is a privilege to be part of something that changes lives for the better. I appreciate you reminding me.

      Best wishes to you and Norm for many wonderful places and experiences with your home-on-wheels. I hope you will be “joining in the conversation here” again!

  32. Diane McGarry says:

    Wishing Sue, crew, and blogorinos a very Happy Thanksgiving from those of us in the great Northeast!…Saratoga Springs NY

  33. Terri in Tx says:

    So, did you get to camp at your favorite ironwood tree? And does Reggie still have pink piggy?
    Have a good day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      No, we aren’t at the same ironwood tree. I chose a spot not so visible from the main area nor from the road. It’s nice and quiet here with a big palo verde.

      I’m sad to report that Pink Piggy has gone to the heavenly Pig Sty in the Sky. She was a good and loyal friend to Reggie, although I can’t say she’s missed as he quickly made friendships with the likes of Yellow Chicken, Limey, and Chimpy, all of whom, euphemistically speaking, “are no longer with us.” 🙂

      Thanks for asking… You have a good day, too!

  34. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Sue, Roger, and Reggie, plus all the Blogorinos here! We usually have a houseful for Thanksgiving with my son and his family, but he is going to his grandmother’s this year. It was going to be a quiet one for us and my husband and I were going to have a quiet day till our good friends invited us to their new home. They have no furniture yet, so we will be roughing it with camp chairs! Ha! I will be imagining our meal out in some far away place by my RV!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You know, Renee, this will probably be one of your best Thanksgivings. Make-do events have a kind of charm when shared with friends.

      Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  35. Pauline in Mississippi says:


    The picture of the cotton fields reminds me of the cotton fields around here. Seems like everyone had their pictures taken out by the fields this year.

    Sending lots of love and big hugs
    Love you!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline!

      You always have a way of bringing excitement wherever you go, even in a comment. I love you so much. You’re my favorite older sister!

      I can see all the faces of those around you, those whom I love also. Wishing all of you a great Thanksgiving.

      Hugs to you, Jerold, Tawnya, Scott and everyone!

      • Barbara(Nashville) says:

        Hi Pauline,
        Are you making those cute hats again this year. I know you had a site but when I had to get a new computer, I lost it.

  36. weather says:

    It must have felt great to return there, knowing you could stay put for a while, where you can enjoy the desert, warmth, privacy (I dearly hope that’s remained true) and not be far from stores, etc . A winter home in California, years ago you probably didn’t think you’d want or have that . Gosh, cotton is so pretty when it’s ready to be picked, I guess by now it has been.

    With all of the sunshine there the awning on the BLT is a nice option to have. I noticed Reggie and Roger were both just wearing a harness because they don’t need warm vests for now, and thought “oh, nice, Sue must be wearing summer clothes!”. Enjoy that a little extra for me tomorrow, Okay? It’s going to be a sweater and jeans holiday, with a light winter jacket on when we’re outside. Over a hundred trumpeter swans are in the bay so we’ll probably go to watch them at some point in the day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Over a hundred trumpeter swans! Oh, I’d love to see and hear them! “Sweater and jeans” with a jacket sounds good for Thanksgiving. 🙂

      The awning isn’t out because the BLT throws shade all day on the outdoor room. Yes, it is summertime in November here, in the high 80s today, the hottest since we arrived. I’m wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts and sandals. I still sleep in fleece because the temperature drops at night.

      Enjoy your get-together tomorrow. Wishing you warmth and laughter of friends…..

      I’ll be counting blessings and you’ll be included! 🙂

  37. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Hi All!! I figured you were headed for Blythe, Sue. It’s supposed to be 88 here in San Clemente today and tomorrow, so I can imagine it’s pretty warm where you are.

    I just want to echo what so many have said here: I am so grateful for you and the forum you provide. On days when I’m a little down, the R&R antics lift me up. On days when I’m a little bored, your travelogues give me inspiration for our own trips. On days when I’m feeling sorry for myself or a little too entitled, your attitude and gratitude remind me to be thankful for every moment, every challenge, every gift. I also want to say thank you to all the blogorinos here … this is such a welcoming, caring place where we can all come for a few moments of peace, without political discussions or dissent or criticism. I’m grateful for all of you and I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A lovely message, Cynthia. You write beautifully and from the heart. Thank you for describing what the blog means to you. I take that as a gift. 🙂

      I also join you in thanking all the blogorinos for making this blog a friendly and kind place. These Thanksgiving comments have been a joy!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      Thank you Cynthia, well said!

  38. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    Thank you too Cynthia, my sentiments exactly!

  39. Desert Ginger back in the desert! says:

    Well I’m spending Thanksgiving home alone with me and Chloe. I am having sweet corn tamales (Trader Joe’s) for an appetizer then rib eye steak with green bean casserole. And my favorite dessert recipe:

    Go to Crackerbarrel restaurant
    Purchase one chocolate pecan pie
    Take home and serve with whip cream or ice cream.

    This is the best pie ever and they only sell it during the holidays.

    Everyone have a nice day.

  40. AZ Jim says:

    If you bought your groceries in Arizona, we furnish plastic bags free! *LOL* Happy Thanksgiving to all…

  41. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! 🦃

    This recipe is an alternative to the traditional sweet potato casserole. The recipe can be easily doubled. There are never any leftovers!

    Sweet Potato/Apple Casserole
    2 large sweet potatoes, partially cooked. Boil for 20 minutes with the skin on. Cool until able to handle. Remove skin, cut into 1/4” slices.
    1-2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4” slices
    Light Brown Sugar

    Preheat oven to 350. In a buttered 8×8 pan, layer sweet potato slices sprinkled with brown sugar, several dots of butter, and a pinch of salt, followed by a layer of sliced apples. Repeat layers, ending with a final layer of sweet potato, butter, brown sugar, and salt. Bake uncovered 30 minutes.

    To save time, I will boil the sweet potatoes the night before, wrapping them in Saran Wrap, putting them in the fridge overnight. The next day, the skin will peel off easily.

    Have a great Thanksgiving, Sue! Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  42. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Crock pot Turkey breast!
    Take an onion and slice it in half.
    3 or 4 garlic cloves peeled and left whole. Put onion and garlic in the bottom to keep the turkey breast from getting soggy!
    Mix one can of whole cranberry sauce with 1/2 cup orange juice, one envelope of dry onion soup and a dash of
    ginger! Place turkey breast upside down in the crock pot, this will keep the juices flowing to the thickest part and keep it juicy!
    Pour the sauce mix over the turkey, cook on low for 8-9 hours. Cooking on high will dry it out. Start checking with a meat thermometer, when its 180° it’s done. Take from the pot and let it rest while you make gravy. Take the gravy mix that came with the breast and blend it with the sauces in the crock pot. I use my immersion blender and must mix it in the crock pot. Make the gravy the way you usually do. ENJOY!


    • Mary Batt says:

      THIS sounds like a really exciting recipe! I just took a picture of it to make it! (when I finish off the current T. leftovers!) Thanks for passing it on! What I have to pass on is this: When I bake a turkey or chicken, I bake it upside down with the breast meat at the bottom of the pan. The lean white meat is basted in the juices from all the dark meat the entire cooking process. I bake the prepped turkey under loose aluminum foil in a slowish oven (300-325) for a long time (about 2 hours longer than I should/pound). I did it longer this year; it was not a pretty site (!!!) but the meat slid off the bones and the bones slid out of the meat! I deboned the turkey with my gloves on and it went pretty fast-once it cooled a bit! Every bit of meat was tender tender.

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