Desert surprise!

Wednesday, November 16

RVSue and Reggie are camped at Poverty Flats, south of Overton, about 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

 I really like this camp!

The Best Little Trailer rocks, the ceiling vent rattles, and the wind whistles and wails as it blasts across the mesa. I peer out the back window.

Vivid slashes of blue and pink!

Ooh!  I have to get a photo of that!

“I’ll be back in a minute, Reg.”


 I step out into the wind, shutting the door behind me.

The world is awash in pink!  I snap the photo and turn.  At that moment the head of a bighorn sheep appears above the edge of the mesa, right in front of our campsite, right in front of me!

Quickly the sheep drops from view.

I hurry to the cliff edge.  The cliff is practically vertical and I can’t see it because I’m on a ledge extending out further than the rock face.

The wind is fierce, causing me to stagger backward.  I look down into the badlands to my right.

There they are! 

p1150108A second after I take the photo above, the herd vanishes to the other side of the slope.

I want to wait for them to reappear but the wind is too strong for me.  It’s difficult to keep my balance.

I turn and receive another surprise . . . .


p1150109Leaning forward, head bowed into the wind, I make my way to the BLT.

“Reggie, I can’t believe this!” I exclaim as I burst into our home.  “What a show!  And bighorn sheep in our front yard! ”

I plop down on the bed beside Reg in stunned amazement.

Incredible.  Absolutely incredible . . .  Gee, I really do love this camp . . . .


NOTE:  Follow this link to read about the Desert Bighorn Sheep at Lake Mead.  Scroll to bottom to read about sheep bridges.  Sometimes we do something right.


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116 Responses to Desert surprise!

  1. Claudia S says:

    Good evening Sue!

  2. Cheryl O.- Puget Sound says:

    Beautiful pic! That’s what I want. Thank you.

  3. Kevin in CO says:

    First? 🙂

  4. Love the photos and the colors. Love the description of the wind that will blow through the area

  5. Lois (MN) says:


  6. Jenny Swofford says:


  7. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Beautiful sunset and the sheep photo is a keeper…so hard to get!

  8. Mary says:

    Beautiful pictures.

  9. Virginia620 (AL) says:

    Gorgeous. 😊

  10. Wow, is it actually possible that I’m first?!? Great pictures and wonderful campsite!!

  11. Lee J in northern California says:

    Awesome!!! Love your experience right along with you!

  12. THIS makes more sense — couldn’t see how I could be first. It’s just that NO comments were showing up, even though I refreshed the page. This looks more normal. 😉

  13. Linda-NC says:

    What a pleasant surprise! Absolutely beautiful! Those are the moments that just make you say “Ain’t life Grand!” That’s what counts! Good work Sue!

  14. Renee Galligher from Idaho says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie!

  15. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

    Beautiful Pictures Again! Thank you for sharing such beautiful moments in time.

  16. rvsueandcrew says:


    I’m stepping back and turning this place over to you. Y’all be good! 🙂


  17. Kim in Houston says:

    Wow aren’t those bighorn sheep? Thanks as always for your posts.

  18. Renee Galligher from Idaho says:

    What an amazing experience!

  19. Pat from Mich. says:

    Bighorn sheep! How exciting! And beautiful sky pics.

  20. Kathy says:


  21. Lori S says:

    How utterly amazing! I needed amazement today and Sue came through, as always. Thank you.

  22. Peggy says:

    That is what it is all about. Getting absolutely beautiful photos of the most wonderful sites. Well done.

  23. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Beautiful photos, and I am so glad you didn’t get blown over the cliff and impaled on a bighorn!!

  24. Pat Hall (Now east of Apache Junction) says:

    Great pics!!!!

  25. Cinandjules da zone says:

    Glad you made it back to the BLT

  26. Cinandjules da zone says:

    Wait….there were NO posts indicated….I tried to speed type and whaddaya know I’m 21st!

  27. Reine in Plano says:

    Way cool pictures. I can see why you love this camp.

  28. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    How super duper cool! And great photos! Keepers, for sure.

  29. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    Super pictures! Wow!

  30. Barbara in Phoenix says:

    WOW your camp is remarkable. You are the queen of that mesa. I love the pastel sunsets and the amazing photo of the mountain sheep, quite a remarkable camera shot! We anticipate rain later this week, maybe the wind is ushering in some cooler temps. I look forward to your blog and all your fantastic photos. Take care and sleep tight Reggie and Sue.

  31. Kary E says:

    Re: The Mountain House 4-day food packs – that was me. 🙂 Had to re-stock my earthquake kit after we moved, and MH makes the tastiest freeze dried meals out there. I heartily recommend them.

    • Cinandjules (da zone) says:

      I was wondering who that was! Gotta be from Caleeefornia!

      • Dawn in NC says:

        Mountain House! Thanks! I’ve been looking into different freeze dried foods and taking in everyone’s recommendations! Cinandjules also recommended it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Kary, for buying your emergency food kit through my blog. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

      • Kary E says:

        You’re welcome, Sue! I stop in here to click your link before every single Amazon purchase. I love the blog, so I’m delighted to be able to support it that way.

  32. Good Evening Sue and Reggie.
    Wow, beautiful photos! The sunrise colors are tremendous. And Big Horn Sheep – now I am jealous. I’ve always wanted to see them up close and personal. Your camp is indeed wonderful.

  33. Norman in San Diego says:

    Very nice!

  34. Linda Hughes - NC says:

    Absolutely beautiful pics! Love all of them, thanks for sharing, be safe!

  35. AZ Jim says:

    Those sheep are amazing! Surefooted. I am glad you are enjoying your new home.

  36. MelindaK (TX) says:

    Loves the photos!

  37. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    Those are incredible pictures! How blessed you must feel.

  38. Karen in Pacific NW says:

    I think the new photo of your PTV and BLT with the mountain sunset would be a good header for this blog. Of course it would have to be cropped to fit that shape but I think it would work for that and still show enough of the color of the sunset sky.

  39. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Wow! What a special gift at a special camp! Thank you for sharing the link for the Desert Bighorn Sheep! Those who installed the bridges are smart. How cool that you were at the right place at the right time to see them! A rare sight, indeed! A beautiful light show, too! Good boy, Reggie, for keeping the bed warm for Sue!! 🙂

    Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xxooo 🙂

  40. Carla (north TEXAS) says:

    Oh wow! what beautiful pictures of the sky. I bet the sheep’s head popping up was fun to see. I couldn’t have looked down without holding on to something.

  41. Geri says:

    Nobody paints a sky like God! You are SO blessed to have a sky like that and big horn sheep too! WoW! So glad you decided to risk the strong winds and go outside to take a picture of all the pink! BIG HORN SHEEP! WoW!
    Thank you Sue!

  42. Kay Dattilio says:

    Sue and Crew, I was ready to be a Grandma, but my precious granddaughter, Sofia Dawn, passed away at 38 weeks. It has been devastating to our entire family. My daughter-in-law went in for a routine visit and everything was fine, the week after… no heartbeat, she was rushed to the hospital and nothing. She was induced and delivered a perfect beautiful baby, but what a horrible experience to go through. Sofia has been cremated and her ashes are to be spread over the mountains later. I need so many good thoughts……Thank you to all!

    Kay from KC, MO!

    • Dawn in Asheville says:

      Oh, how terribly terribly sad, Kay. There are no words. My heart is with you and your family. Such a devastating loss and experience. I lit a candle thinking of all of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How very sad for all of you, Kay. No words of mine can touch the deep pain of this loss. However, I send the good thoughts you requested. May God give you strength and peace as you grieve for the angel, Sofia.

    • Geri says:

      This kind of unexpected loss hurts deeply! We are so sorry you and your family have to feel this hurt. Please accept our prayers and good thoughts.

      • Dawn in NC says:

        Kay, I am so sorry for the loss of your granddaughter. I will keep you and my family in your prayers.

    • weather says:

      Oh, Kay, what a painful and difficult thing for all of you to be going through. Sending prayers, good thoughts and hugs.

    • Kathy (NC) says:

      So very sorry – good thoughts and prayers for you and all your family.

    • Judy Johnson says:

      How very sorry to hear of such a precious loss, Kay. Praying for peace and comfort for you and yours.

    • Wendy / Bribie Island Aus. says:

      Sending good thoughts your way. And a few gentle hugs.

      • Jo in OR says:

        Kay, what heartbreaking news. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. May the peace of God comfort you.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Kay, I am so very sorry for your family’s devastating loss.

    • Krystina McMorrow says:

      So sorry for your family’s loss. Sending good thoughts to you all.

    • I’m so sorry to hear this Kay, heartbreaking…sending good thoughts to you and yours.

    • Virginia620 (AL) says:

      Prayers for healing and acceptance for you, your son and DIL, and entire family. 😇

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        So sorry to hear of this painful news. I send prayers to you and your family for your loss.

  43. Pamela Avery says:

    Sue, you are a terrific writer! I always feel like I am right there beside you on these adventures. This post was especially thrilling. I hope you consider consolidating your posts into a book someday. I think there are many people who would love to share your adventures. Until then, I am sending all my friends to your site to follow the fun with you and Reggie! And telling them to shop at Amazon through your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  44. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    WOW! This is what I call a “KODIAK MOMENT” in triplicate! SO Glad you got to see it and share it! Thanks Sue!

  45. Chuck Hajek says:

    Hi Sue! Thanks for braving the winds and getting those beautiful pictures! Big Horn Sheep ! 2nd only to horse pix !!

  46. Gorgeous photos–looks like a perfect spot! Bighorns are awesome animals, great sighting!

    We pick up our FD17 next Tuesday–I’m about to burst!

  47. Dawn in Asheville says:

    The winds…a few months after we got our 37+ foot Bounder, oh what, nine years ago, we parked it for the winter at a campground in Denver that was at the foot of some steep foothills west of the city. We had already suffered through weekend after weekend of 4-5 snows, shoveling, getting a cracked water heater, etc. All the things you learn when have an RV for the first time in winter. Already a little exhausted and glad for spring when the winds came one day. They came roaring down these hills and boy was our coach a rocking. I was terrified. We were still attached to the big propane bottle and I kept imagining us being pushed over. I clutched the arms of the captains chair each time a gust hit us. This went on all day. I tried to convince myself it wasn’t so bad – I’d go out of the coach and it didn’t seem so bad outside. It was just hitting us broadsides and must have felt worse inside. Later that night it got worse though. We lay in bed, trying to sleep and it kept slamming us. I was a nervous wreck. Finally at one point the wind came up and under the coach picking us up and actually slamming us down – or at least that’s what it felt like. We both sat straight up, said (you can image) this, put the cat in her carrier, the dog on her leash and went and spent the night in a pet-friendly hotel across town at 2 in the morning! SO YOU ARE VERY BRAVE!!!!! I wouldn’t have been anywhere near that edge!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Hi Dawn, just now saw your reply to my post a few blogs ago. Went to school at UNCA too! You are brave going back and getting a degree. I have toyed with the thought of going back to school, to the point of taking many night classes. I just get tired and a bit overwhelmed. So, here’s wishing you the energy to power through!

      • Dawn in Asheville says:

        Thanks for the support 🙂 Yes, it has been stressful since I’ve been back and not sure I can carry though. Going to half time next semester and reevaluating. But I haven’t regretted a semester…even if I still don’t accomplish my degree I feel like I’ve found a new direction in life. And, I am enjoying the perks (well – are they perks when they are so expensive?!) – they just added a “craft studio” down in the basement in the library. Three 3D printers – one even prints “food” like Nutella. Free for students – go in, they help you download software, learn to use it, model your own stuff. I just bought a vintage chinese checker set (for the RV of course) and it’s missing two checkers (for the American back side). Going to take those in and see about building those. I know easier to buy a set, but this would be more fun…

  48. Rhodium in RI says:

    Great to see these beautiful animals doing so well. I was just reading some other bloggers who were at Lake Powell who came across a band of desert bighorn sheep. It’s interesting such a large animal can live in the desert.

  49. Piper(Virginia) says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  50. Nora now in Dauphin Island Alabama says:

    All I can say is WOW!!!

  51. Glinda says:

    Beautiful photoes!

  52. Hi Sue..I am still here..really busy..on the road as I type this from my phone…just outside of Houston heading to Beaumont for the night..been a great trip..left October 28…when we finally land in Florida I will have more time…your pictures were the best! Love to all my Blogerinos friends….Hi Weather miss you.

  53. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Wow! Exciting!

  54. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Great pictures!!!!!!! The lighting is incredible. Please don’t get too close to the cliff on a windy day! Sounds like that wind would have pushed you over if it had been coming in the right direction. Loved your excitement though.
    Love to you and Reggie!!!!

  55. Terri From Texas says:

    Hi RV Sue,

    I haven’t posted for awhile. Been taking care of in-law business-conducting a massive garage sale so they can move out…
    Beautiful pictures-I love the Big Horn Sheep! We have been getting alot of pink and lavender sunsets here in my neck of the woods too, lately. Also, the night after the big moon the moon was blood red as it was coming up. In medieval times that would have been some kind of omen or something. We took our cheapie telescope and could actually see the mountain ridges on the surface of the moon. Really neat.
    Keep on keeping on and enjoy your mesa!

  56. Big horn sheep some times visit the city park in Boulder City. My niece lives in Boulder City and takes pictures of them while the sheep graze in the park…the sheep probably like the park’s green grass.

  57. Hi Sue! Thanks for the interesting link about the sheep, love the idea of the bridges for them! That was a happy surprise for you to see them so close. Your photos are gorgeous, those skies are just incredible. Thank you for sharing!

  58. weather says:

    “…the wind wails… I step out …hurry to the cliff edge.” You mentioned recently being ready to become Mesa Woman, perhaps you already are. At least in my life when the thrill of those experiences present their gifts, that type of environment makes duller ones pale in comparison after a while. I imagine you may find yourself wanting to stay there longer for a “just one more please Lord”, returning another time or seeking places that offer much of what that place does in the future. I can also imagine how you felt,”incredible, absolutely incredible”-exactly!!!

    Awe-some photos and great post, Sue, thank you ever so much for sharing what you’re being given. I’m very happy for your being there, being unwilling to let the glorious opportunities to feel so fully alive pass you by and, when you do leave, being able to find other beautiful, just in different ways, places to make your home.

  59. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Your thrill and awe over this moment on the mesa is conveyed by the way you have described a magical event. I felt your excitement and combined with your photos I was able to share the experience with you. Well done! Nature uses the crayons in her coloring box very well, doesn’t she? Thanks for sharing.—Audrey

  60. Diann in MT says:

    Magnificent photography, Sue! I am so happy you were able to enjoy the bighorns, the rosey harbingers of storms and the exhilaration of facing the wind! My Oh My, Girl!

  61. Lori says:

    WOW! those pictures are amazing! really wow!

  62. Rhonda - Southern MO says:

    The wind is howling outside tonight in Missouri too. I’m reading your post and listening to the wind, I feel as though I am right there beside you! Great pictures as always. Hang on to lil-Reggie-man he might decide to fly away. The sheep are so beautiful and I imagine exciting to see.

  63. theboondork says:

    Wow is right you were blessed with an incredibly beautiful evening, and you described it perfectly and I have to say I was held enthralled by your prose, and that’s saying a lot because I’m difficult to hold when I’m enthralled.

    Glad to see you’re still doing okay, you always seem to enjoy your life through thick and thin. And that’s what we should all learn to be better at because each day is a gift that should be opened up and enjoyed just like on Christmas morning.

    I’m on my way to the Texas Gulf Coast where I’ll probably stay somewhere in the area of Corpus Christi for the winter, and I’m really looking forward to spending some time on the beach, with the clear Gulf waters, palm trees, high humidity, mosquitoes, cockroaches, rust,… okay I’ll stop now before I talk myself out of going.

  64. Wendy / Bribie Island Aus. says:

    Just beautiful pictures, stay safe you two.

  65. Cheryl Kline says:

    Wow what a treat to see mother nature’s beauty. Gosh I can’t wait till June. Outta this apartment and full time rving. Not sure which way we will go first! That’s me and my dog Clover😊
    That’s Sue for the great blog.
    Cheryl, Tennessee

  66. BadgerRickInWis says:

    What a great way to end the day !!!

    And when you get back to the safety of the BLT you get to curl up with a cute little snuggle monster. Ya, life is good girl.

  67. Krystina McMorrow says:

    Fantastic photos RVSue!! Brave girl also. I do not do heights…AT ALL…never mind on a cliff with the wind blowing!!! Yikees. 🙂

  68. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    These photos are just stunning. I think your excitement of the moment came through for all of us. Your stories, descriptions and photos really keep me motivated to dream on. Thank you for sharing your life.
    I have really been working on DH of late, as I am so tired of working, and sitting in this house. My thought is he could sit outside or in a camper trailer just as easily as here. I am so ready to move on. We have about 20 months left of house payments, but I just don’t want it anymore. I am so restless and bored that I am beside myself.

    I have decided to give up some of my work effective the first of the year and have found my replacement who I will be training the first of December. Can’t wait for that. Hope you have a great weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara . . . I’m relieved to learn you’ll be lessening your work load. I encourage you in your efforts to create a life more satisfying for you and your husband. Best wishes as you move forward….

      Thank you for your kind words about my blog. My greatest reward for the effort I put into it is readers’ lives changed for the better. Wishing you a great weekend, too…

  69. rvsueandcrew says:


    What fun to read your reactions to the photos of the Bighorn Sheep and the desert sky! Thanks for taking the time to write.

    For those whose lives are difficult right now, I hope this post and photos gave you a pleasant break from your troubles.

    New post coming soon!


  70. Pat Gabriel says:

    Wow!! That post makes me so look forward to when I am on the road. I’m still a few years away from being able to do it, but you keep me inspired. I hope to go thru your posts to map out your travels, so I will have a guide to start with.
    Thanks for sharing

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