Detroit Lake and . . . bah, humbug?

Thursday, June 18

The crew and I pull out of Fishermen’s Bend Campground after a one-night stay.  We like it here, but it’s best that we go.

Why? 

Well, everything is great about the place except our campsite is a gravel-covered spot in full sun.  If we stay, undoubtedly we will lie about on the bed like moss on a log, soaking up air conditioning and watching television.  Not the way I want us to live.

Besides, other people want our campsite more than we do.

Before we leave this morning, one of the volunteer hosts tells us seven rigs wait in line for a campsite and she’s found only five that are checking out this morning, including us.

Fishermen’s Bend certainly is popular!

I drive us east on Route 22 to Detroit Lake.

The lake level is very low.  The blue of a lake is always pleasant to see.  However, the shore of Detroit Lake is ugly!   Hundreds of tree stumps (dark dots in photo below) stick out of the barren, exposed lake bed.

P1050812We come to the state park and, being curious, I drive in to take a look.

P1050808-001P1050807The state park is doing a brisk business in spite of the condition of the lake.  I wonder how many made reservations a long time ago without any idea how low the lake would be.

Campers and vehicles are lined up like Saturday at the mall parking lot.  For $28 a day you can step out and view your neighbor’s car or turn your head to view tree stumps on bare ground.

The close atmosphere makes me shudder. 

After touring one loop, we leave, passing this man sitting at a picnic table in the shade.

P1050810I’m surprised at the amount of traffic on this Thursday. 

Very pressured traffic, too.  We arrive at the town of Detroit.  It’s not a regular town, more like a section of a town.  You pull off Route 22, drive a parallel street of cafes, bars, and businesses catering to people seeking fun and relaxation.

I am starving!

We left in a hurry for the sake of incoming RVs and I didn’t eat a substantial breakfast.  I need food.  I can tell my blood sugar is fixing to throw a fit.   The smell of barbeque wafts through the open window of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

Oh dear, let me at it!

I scan for a place to park the PTV and BLT.

Most towns catering to travelers provide a place for big rigs to park.  I see it.  There’s room for three big rigs.  A tractor-trailer is parked just close enough to the fence to take up two places.  And then, smack dab in the middle of the third space sits a motorcycle.  Not enough room in front of it nor in back of it.

I have to find something fast because vehicles are lined up behind us, of course.

I pull into a lot for a lounge/restaurant and park out of the way along a retaining wall.  The cars of customers are in a row in front of us.  They have plenty of room to back out.

“Okay, crew, I’ll be right back.  I’m going to score some bar-bee-cuuuue!”

I take off across the street. 

I want a  chicken barbeque sandwich, but the burly guy with the big cookers in the back says it only comes bone-in.

“You can have a pulled pork sandwich,” he suggests.

I haven’t eaten a pig meat product in several years.  Well, there was a pork roast . . .   I hate how the animals are treated.  Not that chickens have it much better.  Anyway . . . I’m terrifically hungry, I’m weak, and, at the moment, I can’t find my moral compass.

I order the pulled pork.

While waiting for my order,  I examine the decor, what there is of it.  A small sign in the style of the fifties shows a smiling man in a fedora holding up a cold one.

“Beer — It’s what’s for dinner.”

This strikes me as hilarious.  Must be the low blood sugar.

Oh my, is the sandwich good! 

I eat it back at the PTV.   The sauce is the right amount of sweet and tangy, the beans are spicy, and the cole slaw fresh.  I pull some of the pulled pork for the crew and find out that Bridget and Reggie love twice-pulled pork!

P1050813“Okay, now I have to figure out how to get us out of here.”

In the few minutes I was at the barbeque place someone parked their white SUV close to the PTV’s passenger door.  Huh?  Why so close?  They could’ve parked ten feet or more away. 

Not only that . . .

The SUV is parked far enough ahead to make it impossible for me to go forward and make the turn to the right without scraping their front end.

I’ll have to back up.  Along a wall.  Into the street.  A busy street.

With careful effort I back out without incident.  Oh well, that sandwich was worth the trouble.  I’m sorry, piggies, and I do appreciate your sacrifice.

I change my plan to camp in one of the inexpensive campgrounds around the lake.

Instead we take Route 46 which runs along the Breitenbush River.

P1050814There’s a campground next to Breitenbush Hot Springs up this way.  I don’t go that far.  I suspect it is crowded and I want a quiet camp for the weekend.

I find exactly what I want!

P1050830“Isn’t this pretty,” I remark as we enter the campground.  We approach the self-pay station and I read the board ($16 regular, $8 with discount pass).

Humbug deserves a better name!

We cruise the loop and discover only one camper here.  I find a site that will put sun on the solar panel and shade on the BLT.

I back the BLT in. 

Everything looks good about this site.  It’s large, open, level, has the sound of the river (You can’t see the river from any of the campsites.) and has a mix of sun and shade in which to relax.

However, something doesn’t seem quite right.

“Ya’ know?  I think we can do better.  Let’s walk the loop and take a closer look at the campsites.”

P1050822Several sites are appealing.  However, their parking pads are shaded.  The one in the photo below has the picnic table and fire ring in a lower area than the pad.  A lovely spot.

P1050826On the upper side of the loop I find the campsite for us!

It’s smaller and the sound of the river isn’t as strong.  More importantly, it has what the other, bigger site lacks . . .

Charm!

P1050818Photo taken immediately after unhitching, before putting up the antenna

A water spigot, trash bin, and kitchen waste drain are nearby.

P1050828Soon I have the BLT parked, unhitched, and leveled. 

Because of the downward slope toward the front end, the tongue is cranked high.  I move the PTV to put the solar panel in sun and run the extension cord from BLT to PTV.

P1050819Friday, June 19 – Monday, June 22

Boy, did we miss a bullet by choosing this site!  The larger site I first chose at the other side of the campground, plus the ones next to it, attracts three large families.  A spirited game of volleyball is in progress as the crew and I pass by on our nightly walk.

The weekend goes by quietly at our campsite. 

We meet the camp host couple and have a few pleasant chats.  The internet connection is spotty so blogging takes a lot of time. We ride to Detroit Lake and check out Santiam Flat Campground.  I think it’s a party place that sees heavy use.  We go past the barbeque place without stopping.

Most of the time we stay at camp. 

The weather is perfect for sitting outside to read and relax with the crew.

P1050821The ground is covered with a layer of very short evergreen needles.

It’s beautiful here. 

There are rhododendrons all over, some twenty feet tall or so.  They’re mostly past their bloom time.  I do find a few for this photo.

P1050827-001The next two photos were taken at the perimeter of our campsite.

P1050835I enjoy playing around with light and shadow.

This next one is a favorite.

P1050833-001Bridget, Reggie, and I hike the Humbug Trail.

P1050844The trail is above the river which runs through a gorge.  We can hear the river rushing over rocks.  The vegetation is too thick to see much of it though and I don’t want to bring the crew close to the edge trying to take photos.

Instead I look for the smaller wonders of the forest.

It seems that anything eye-pleasing that has been created by people has first been created in nature, such as Chinese lanterns.

P1050841I would like us to camp in a campground similar to Humbug Campground for the fourth of July holiday weekend.

I’d stay here but we’d be past the 14-day limit and I’ll need a few supplies soon.

P1050845As we move northward and closer to Mt. Hood, surely we will find campgrounds crowded.  Portland isn’t that far away.

While searching for a quiet place to make our next camp, I’ll keep in mind what my father said to me a long time ago when I was overwhelmed and discouraged trying to find a job.  I may have shared this with you before . . .

“You only have to find one,” he said.

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208 Responses to Detroit Lake and . . . bah, humbug?

  1. Karen LeMoine says:

    Wow!!!!!! First!!!!!!!!! I’m speechless!!!!!

  2. Reine in Plano says:

    And I may be second…and I even read the post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      Great seeing you here again! I hope the summer is off to a wonderful start for you and Paul and family.

  3. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Hi Sue and Crew,
    You’ve found another beautiful site! You certainly have the knack! I wonder if Humbug has some other meaning in Oregon? There is a Humbug State Park farther south on the coast. Good luck finding a quiet spot for the Fourth.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      Humbug must have some significance I don’t know about. I was too lazy to do the research…. Ha!

      Thanks for the good luck wish.

  4. Timber n' me /on the road headin' east says:

    #2, yay,,,,,,,,,, Beautiful Sue,,,,, me

  5. jim from middletown, ca says:

    I’ll go read the blog now!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Have a good time, Jim… 🙂

      Welcome to my blog! Or welcome back, if that’s the case. Several Jims have commented over the past years, some have disappeared or faded into lurkdom.

  6. Marcia GB in MA says:

    What a sweet place. I love the light and shadow shot of the forest. Too bad you can’t stay through the July 4th weekend. But with your diligent research and good juju, you will find just the right spot!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I like your confidence in me, Marcia. I hope I do find a not-too-crowded place because Independence Day weekend can be very long otherwise!

      Thanks regarding the photo.

  7. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    You are so considerate to leave so someone else can have your site. So much for consideration when it came to the m/c and the SUV. Gee whiz people!

    Humbug camp grounds….that’s funny.

    Looks like once again you’ve discovered paradise. Enjoy your day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You enjoy yours, too, Cinandjules!

      I don’t think people realize what they’re doing a good deal of the time. That includes me, too, although I do make an effort to anticipate how my actions will affect others.

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      I do believe some people are clueless. I have parked my only 22 ft van at the very rear of a huge parking lot with few cars and parked sideways to stay out of traffic lanes only to return from store to find a car parked in the parking place in front of my front bumper just a foot or so away. They could take any other parking place. Do they not even have the capacity to realize a bit rig can’t turn out of a short space? We work hard to park where we cant be blocked but sometimes the idiots foil our efforts.
      Another very warm northern CA day. Hope all Blogerinos around the country are and remain safe during decidedly dicey weather lately.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        We’re hemmed in or blocked while at the grocery store or stopped for a few minutes to buy propane or to grab take-out — whatever — more times than one would expect. It’s another form of cling.

        Your last line is very thoughtful, Velda. I join you in that hope.

        • Larry G in AR says:

          I wonder about putting out a collapsible parking cone in front and back just far enough to allow an escape route. Most people would assume vehicle trouble and drive around them, I think. I may give these a try myself. AND, they are available on Amazon.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Sounds like a good idea, Larry G. (I appreciate the mention of Amazon, too.) 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sometimes I think it is pure sport for those types that pin us in on parking lots. Not a nice thought but somehow I can’t think that people are really that dumb to not know what they have done. Jerks, yes, dumb, not so much.

        You are right, the weather patterns have been pretty extreme of late! You and yours have safe travels too! 🙂

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Maybe the name “Humbug” keeps some folks away, rather than checking it out.

  8. DeAnne in TN says:

    Gosh, I love Oregon! It’s so hot and humid here the pictures of the cool forest are so appealing. Just curious–are mosquitoes a problem?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, DeAnne,

      I’m very glad you asked that question! Someone else asked it a while back and for some reason I didn’t answer right away and then I lost where he asked.

      We haven’t encountered many mosquitoes this year. Of course, we don’t stay outside after dusk which is when they usually show up.

      At this camp a few came by my lounger which told me it was time to go inside for the night. I asked the campground hosts and they said there are a few mosquitoes, not bad. They also said there weren’t any last year because there were bats flying around the campground. Yay for bats!

  9. jim from middletown, ca says:

    Sue…I’ve been with you since before you purchased the PTV and BLT…when you were a regular poster on George’s forum! I prefer to stay in the bushes!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Jim, forgive me for not recognizing you! And thanks so much for being with us since the beginning, even before that…

      I understand wanting to stay in the bushes! I do hope you will stop by once in a while though. I’d love to see more men here. 🙂

  10. Jonesgirl145 says:

    Your dad was so right. Only one no matter what it is. Thank you for the great pictures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jonesgirl145,

      You’re welcome. I’m pleased that you think the photos are great and that you enjoyed them. Yeah, Dad used to say what needed to be heard.

  11. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I love the light and shadow shot of the forest also. I would love to follow the cooler weather all summer. It is in the high 90’s and with the high humidy it feels like 101. But it is summer here and we would be worried if it was not hot and humid. I am going to have to buy a Benchmark Atlas if for no other reason than to be able to follow you around. I have no idea where you are in Oregon. But it looks wonderful so enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      This camp is located in northern Oregon, west of the center of the state. Salem is west of us and Portland is northwest of us. We’re on the western side of the Cascades.

      You’re right. If it’s summer in Mississippi, it’s hot and humid. One of the pleasures of living on the road is doing what you mentioned — following the cool weather in the summer months (and the warm weather in winter). I’m seeking higher elevations now. . .

      Thanks for mentioning that forest photo. It’s nice to hear that others share my opinion of it.

      Try to be cool! 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Gosh Jean, Middle TN is having the same temps. and humidity the your are. Our weather gal is always talking about the “Muggy Meter” Of course our a/c went out yesterday afternoon, so last night was miserable. Thank goodness the repair man came this morning. Aaaah relief, just a cool breeze away!

        • Timber n' me /on the road headin' east says:

          Hi and what does one do when the A/C goes out, , here’s one for ya ,, take a 5 gal. bucket cut a hole in the side just big enough to put in a short section of dryer tubin’ in it, then cut a hole big enough for a fan to rest on top,,, now freeze some water in 2 liter jugs,, put the frozen jugs in the bucket, put the fan on top and turn it on,, point the nice cold air at your bed and have a cool sleep,,,,,, 1 jug last ’bout 6 hours,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            A do-it-yourself swamp cooler. Smart!

          • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

            Very good idea Rusty!

            • Timber n' me /at Bennet CG, ID. says:

              Thanks,,, but I had to go online to get it,,,,, my A/C went out while livin’ in the black molded house and my friend, Stit, told me about one and it worked so well that I should pass the Idea on to folks when it, “A/C problems arise”,,,,,,,,,,, me

          • Awww, but the swamp coolers don’t work in our high humidity areas. It adds to the problem.

            • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

              It’s not a swamp cooler. The frozen water is enclosed in the jugs. It just blows chilled air.

  12. weather says:

    Expanded the photo that was your favorite light and shadow one to see why better,wow,I could feel it from here…prior moment’s mood and view completely altered,check.Nice move again finding what did feel “quite right” as a campsite.I’m confidant that you’ll next find the one that your father said was the only one you need to-seems to happen for you most of the time 😉 Great point about making reservations at campgrounds,Sue,what a nasty disappointment finding that place in the condition it’s in now would be-especially if after a tiring drive one didn’t want to continue at the moment.You really are a great guide,in so many ways…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! You did that, too! — expanded the photo, I mean. When you do that, the forest seems to wrap around you… I love it!

      I almost deleted a large portion of the first half of this blog post because I don’t like grumpy-sounding posts. Then, once again, I remembered the importance of giving a true picture of living on the road. Little annoyances occur and one needs to be ready to deal with challenges, like having one’s rig hemmed in.

      More and more campgrounds are emphasizing reservations. In my opinion having to make a reservation to camp diminishes the freedom and wisdom of following one’s intuition and living according to whim and serendipity.

      Oh, I wanted to mention . . . The campground host told me that Humbug Campground has been entirely first come-first served up until this year. Now reservations are taken. Signs on campsites warn “This is a reservable site and you may have to move.” Something like that. Just like I saw at Blackberry Campground.

      • cate walsh says:

        Hi Sue and everyone,

        I’m taking notes about the reservation issue for future reference. I agree with Sue that it does impact the freedom to travel as we wish, linger at a nice place on our way to the next camp, stay longer at the beach, etc..when there is the time pressure to arrive at a reserved campground spot.

        Sue, I referred a part-time RVer to your blog. I know she will enjoy it as much as I do!

        I love the look of Humbug..so pretty, and a giggle of a name. Thanks for the history lesson too.

        Its a beautiful summer day in Portland, ME. Hope everyone is having an excellent day where ever you are sitting or roaming.

        Cate W.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      So many great nature pics. Exploring the little things make us grateful for them. Happy birthday to my Mom today. She and Dad fueled my love for camping and exploring taking us in pop-up campers all over the US. One summer when Dad had just started a new job and had no vacation time, she took us from Minnesota to Washington State herself!!! We stopped and saw so many things along the road that summer. (Dad was always a drive til we get there, no stops, kind of guy) Seems we never stayed home on holidays….if not camping then we were having a picnic and playing in the woods and streams of regional parks. It was a great childhood, building my love of this vast land with every experience. Thanks Mom.

  13. Diann in MT says:

    Sue,
    You are my champion of how to survive and not whine! Gads! I am so dependent upon a partner to help out, I shiver at some of the situations you are able to overcome independent of outside support. What a strong lady! How did you ever get that way? My guess is by going through the fire of circumstances that leave you more mighty than ever?! You are an inspiration, RVSue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      You give me a lot of credit. Thank you. How did I get “that way?” Probably from what you mentioned and also from being single for many years. Being a loner all my life helps, too.

      It’s easy to become dependent when someone is around to lean on. Women do that a lot and I do believe men, out of love or whatever reason, sometimes encourage it. It’s one of the reasons I’m not suited for marriage. Of course it took me a long time to figure that out. I like to be the one “at the wheel.” 🙂

      Oh, about not whining… When there’s no one around to listen, what’s the point? Haha!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        You are so right about women depending on men. I used to get so frustrated when I would be doing something on my own then hubby would come and take over because it was taking me too long. Now, due to his health, and not being able to do a lot of things, I am back at it myself. Now, if I could just get him into the RV way of living, all would be fantastic.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I remember . . .

          Right when enjoying a challenging project and about to experience the satisfaction of accomplishment, a voice from over the shoulder . . .

          “Here. Let me do that.”

          There are some who would give anything to hear that voice again.

      • Chey says:

        ha! “when there’s no one around to listen, what’s the point?”
        Sue, I sometimes laugh aloud at your blog unexpectedly and and wake my dozing dog, who wonders what?, then figures out I’m communing with RVSue, and resumes his nap. Ha Ha!

    • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

      Good Morning Diann…You are right on with “the fire of circumstances”. I have called it my “inventory of past circumstances” for many years now.

  14. Patricia in Colorado says:

    Hi Sue long time no post but I wanted to say beautiful spot as always! I admire you stopping for BBQ and backing the BLT and PTV out from along the wall and into traffic! I am 64 and I have a hard time getting straight in my parking space. I go forward and then back and then forward, so if I had been in YOUR parking space, I would probably still be there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patricia in Colorado,

      There was an alternative to avoid having to back out. I could’ve gone inside the lounge and announced “Will the person who owns the white SUV please move it?”

      I chose not to do that. Even if I wanted to, I had barbeque sauce down the front of my shirt!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Well, just think of all the barbecue you could have eaten (over the period of days you were blocked in 😀

  15. Larry Rettke says:

    You better get to the coast again it’s going to get hot this weekend

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Larry,

      Great to see you here!

      Thanks. I appreciate the heads up. I’ve had enough of the coast for a while. It will be cool enough in the shade of the forest. I can find a place to sit in a cool stream if needed.

      • Larry Rettke says:

        It’s going to be in the 100’s even at Detroit

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I think we’ll be okay. It’s 90.5 degrees right now and feels like 80 here in the shade. Even if we have some uncomfortable hours, I’ll take the peace and quiet over the effort it takes to go back to the coast . . . It’s so dang hard to camp on the coast without being jammed in with people and spending a lot of dough. Not to mention the gawkers.

  16. Mick'nTN says:

    Hi RvSue&Crew … I hope you are saving your best photos in high resolution on SD cards or such. You will need them for the books you write in your little cabin during your second retirement.
    Also maybe once in a while when you hit on an outstanding composition you could publish in higher resolution on the blog … maybe 1600 x 1200 and 500Kb +

    Luv to You, Bridget & Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mick,

      Good advice, as always. I’m surprised you encourage me to publish with a higher resolution occasionally. I thought you considered my resolution too high already.

      No, I haven’t saved anything in high resolution.

      • Mick'nTN says:

        Your pictures are probably being saved on the memory card in your camera in high resolution, unless you specifically delete them from the camera. When the camera card gets full, save it and buy a new one.
        My low resolution suggestion was due to your Internet data budget; so maybe splurge once in a while?

        • Mick'nTN says:

          The sun through the forest picture is outstanding (and fuzzy on my high res monitor)

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Thank you. About the resolution… I also wanted to keep it low for the benefit of readers’ data usage.

            Yes, I do save the memory card with the photos on it and then I use a new card.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          BTW, at 1600 x 1211 I get a reading of 1.03 Mb. Isn’t that huge? If not, I’ll replace the photo. What do you think?

          • Mick'nTN says:

            Yes that is big. You could use more data compression to get to ~500 Kb and you probably would not notice much change.
            Notice how the depth of the picture is enhanced with the higher resolution, as well as the bark and flower details. I hope some others will comment.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I don’t know how to compress the data. I probably wouldn’t do that anyway so no need to explain it to me.

              Yes, the photo in the post has been changed to a higher resolution. I’m interested, too, in what others have to say about it. If it loads too slowly for folks, I’ll change it back.

            • Mick'nTN says:

              If you do a “save as” after editing your picture, you should see a box or sliding scale for picture quality. Photoshop has a jpeg scale of 1 -12.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I don’t get that when I hit “save as.” By right-clicking I get a reading…. Jpeg quality of that photo is 95 (422)… Huh?

              And “compressed bits per pixel” is 4…. Just FYI, no response needed.

            • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

              Had been noticing for awhile now that the landscape shots were not as sharp as they were once. Had though your camera may not be operating correctly and couldn’t grab any one thing to focus on but your macro/close-up shots were fine. If you have changed the resolution, that makes sense now.

              Phew….. for a bit there , thought I was going to have to go get another eye exam and glasses again this year. %)

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        Does your camera have a RAW setting, instead of JPEG?
        I always save in RAW. The files are larger but you can always go back to a RAW file and do resizing, awesome edits, and bring up the color or contrast levels, even years later as photo options change the RAW files can change with them too. The RAW files are big but when saved to a SD card, it’s fine. And you can resave them to Jpeg files once you have done any post processing. It’s a good-thing, especially for book edits later. ~wink, wink, hint, hint~ I have a coffee table just waiting for those post second-retirement books!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know if it has a RAW setting or not. I scrolled through some settings and didn’t find it. I’ll look some more later or dig out the manual. When all else fails, read the instructions, right?

          • Marilyn Dennison, Dania Beach, Fl says:

            Google your camera model number and raw. You will find if it shoots in RAW and how to set your camera for it. RAW is definitely better for later use as it never changes like JPEG does.

            Keep the shutter clicking.

            Marilyn in Dania Beach

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            🙂

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            Yea right! Do you expect me to believe that you know where your camera manual is? 🙂

            Said with nothing but love of course 😉

  17. Rob (outside of Flagstaff, AZ today) says:

    The Pahranaghat Wildlife Refuge (your photo) was a nice place!

  18. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,

    Humbug looks to be a wonderful campground! Don’t ya just want to hitch up the campground, too, after such a great find?! Now THAT would be something if we could do that, lol, portable campgrounds…year 2525!
    Sue, that photo of the roadway drive on RT 46 looks exactly like the roadway to my house when I lived in West Virginia. South Hills area of Charleston, WV, it’s like a state park setting to drive it. I always enjoyed that drive after the night shift at the PD. Beautiful and relaxing, was always a pleasure.

    and that line:
    …at the moment, I can’t find my moral compass.
    PRICELESS!!! checking my compass to see if MORAL is written on it, lol 🙂

    Question for you, you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to but do you have low blood sugar? I do. And I always pack a tiny lunch-style cooler-bag with grab foods when driving anywhere at distance. That tiny lunch bag has saved me more times than I can count! I hate that weakness feeling with brain-fog that ya get with low blood sugar. But your pork sammie looked mighty fine! Thank goodness it wasn’t BACON or I’d camp there…oh boy, I love the stuff! I know, I know… Oh! Did you know that pork is one of the leading causes of worms in dogs and cats?! So much so that they have to process it differently for dog and cat foods. My Vet would jump me every visit about that. Just passing it along 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      You started your comment with a statement about taking Humbug Campground with us. You know, I’m thinking we might be leaving here too soon. After I wrote this post the crew and I walked around the campground. It is so beautiful and only one other camper here! I realize it’s Tuesday and more campers will come for the weekend. Just the same… It is very peaceful and I don’t feel like driving . . . Hmm….

      I don’t see how cooked pork can give a dog worms. If it doesn’t give worms to people, how can it to dogs? Maybe that isn’t what you meant . . .

      I don’t have low blood sugar if I start the day off with a good breakfast and if I don’t starve myself (no chance of the latter!). When it occurs, it comes as a surprise. So far I’ve had the opportunity to pull over at a convenience store or restaurant when it happens. I should take the precaution that you do!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Not usre why it seems to cause worms in dogs and cats. Maybe it is their digestive systems when processing it or maybe stuff in their system that causes them to form there. Never asked the Vet why, just stayed away from feeding them pork after that.

        Glad you are maybe going to stay there since it is so nice and private too. 14 days…do leap-year counting and skip every three days. HA! Works for me 🙂

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          I believe back in the day the trichinosis worm was associated with undercooked or raw pork. I can remember “stories” of if you put a raw piece of pork on the sidewalk…worms would crawl out of it. Pretty gross eh? Today with all the USDA guidelines…I’m sure the above statement is probably a myth.

          Cooking pork throughly as with any meat to a certain temp is recommended.

          The only issue I believe with giving pork to a dog is the high fat content and the dogs ability to process it.

          I’m not aware of any dog food that contains pork…but they do sell pork ears…which is basically skin.

          We had pork chops for dinner tonight….I’m really not a fan of it…

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Note from the crew: Everything came out okay!

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            Yep, USDA rules for most regular foods but baby foods and pet foods are exempt from most of them. I think that is why you shouldn’t feed pork products to pets very often or it builds up in their system. I’ll have to ask my Vet when next we go there, not anytime soon. Besides, when buying Pork BBQ there’s none left after dinner, lol. The key is to feed Bearness before we eat and she is sure to sleep right through it all. She is so funny. She’s an old girl and loves her after dinner naps, like me!

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Hi Pamela K.,

      Have you tried bacon on s’mores? Saw a photo of it and it is something to ponder upon…….

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Someone must have been pretty brave to have even thought about adding it to what is already a fine dessert, lol. I can’t say that bacon used that way appeals to me. I am more the breakfast lovin’ kind of bacon eater 🙂 Could eat breakfasts with bacon 24/7 and never tire of it 🙂

  19. Pamela K. says:

    Sue!
    OMG, near Portland???!!!!
    Are you holding back on us? Are you going to Portland to get Miss Harriet as a pal for Reggie? Isn’t that where she was?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, Miss Edith was in northeast Portland. No, I’m not going for her, although I still wonder what it would be like to have her as part of the crew.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Yes, Edith. couldn’t remember her name. Just remembered that it was an old fashion name and I liked it, remembered Portland though. Oh well, thought maybe you couldn’t resist. I won’t stir that pot…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Reggie and Edith does sound nice. *sigh*

          Someday Bridget will leave us and I hate having a single dog without a fellow dog to share and cope with the loss.

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            Uh-oh, now you’re going to think and re-think about it, aren’t you? Dag, I should not have asked, sorry. Besides, Miss Bridge will be with us for a long time to come. She’s stubborn, you’ll probably outlive all of us, HA!

  20. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Another pretty campground. Glad you found such a peaceful place. Your favorite photo is amazing. I love the sun filtering through the space. I hope you can find an equally picturesque place for the Independence Day weekend.
    I wanted to ask, do you keep the solar batteries connected to the BLT battery when you are moving about? I saw that you had connected the extension cord, does it wire directly from the PTV solar batteries to the BLT battery? Thanks. It still boggles my mind about connecting & running solar. I hope I can find an intelligent person to hook me up whenever I can get going.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I’m glad you like that photo. The light is lovely around here, the way it touches the forest with magic.

      Yes, the batteries in the PTV are always connected to the solar panel. That’s where the power is stored. Then when I plug in to the BLT, the power equalizes with the house battery. I’m not sure what you mean by “does it wire directly . . . to the BLT battery?” I guess I can say yes to that because, when the PTV and BLT are plugged together, the three batteries are connected.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks Sue. I knew the panels were always connected to the batteries. By wiring directly, I meant running the cable from solar batteries to BLT battery by actually connecting them from terminal to terminal, or is there an actual plug, like for an electrical socket.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh no, they aren’t connected terminal to terminal. Their cables connect and those cables have Anderson connectors which are great because, if I should drive the PTV away from the BLT and forget to unplug, the cables will separate easily without damage.

          I’ll try to post a link to show what they look like.

          Battery Quick Connector Kit

          • Barbara (Nashville) says:

            Thank you Sue. I get it now. Like I said, not too bright when it comes to this electrical stuff.

            • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

              There is a difference between being bright and being inexperienced. You may be inexperienced but you seem very bright to me. 🙂 You already proved how smart you are because you follow RV Sue and join in!

  21. Kay Dattilio says:

    Miss Sue and Crew ~ You have the knack of picking out beautiful places to camp so it must be the “Woman’s/Independent/Smartness/Calmness” intuition! I’m glad the dogs get excited when you take a walk as I’m sure it makes everything more enjoyable. Thank you for showing us Oregon…..I didn’t realize it was so beautiful but each state is. I started mowing so of course it started raining so of course I had to see what you were doing! Enjoy!

    Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      Thanks for giving me credit for finding great camps. It’s really not difficult because there are loads of wonderful campgrounds and boondocks. All it takes is a little research and a willingness to take a chance.

      Well, thank you, rain! You brought Kay inside to read my blog. I’m always happy to see her here!

  22. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin says:

    Hi Sue – Glad you are enjoying the best early summer the northwest has offered in a long while (I’m in WA). My Casita research is continuing and I am wondering if you ever are bothered by the dinette configuration in the Liberty getting “in the way” of the rear bed? I like the flexibility of the bed sizes in the Liberty but wondering about that functionality. I have thought of just getting a fold up table and leaving the post and table top out all together when I go solo. That way the folding table can be just leaned to one side at bedtime. You (and other owners on the site) must have figured out all the efficiencies by now, so thanks for any tips!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Molly,

      I think you are confusing the Spirit and the Liberty. The Liberty doesn’t come with a dinette. That was a very big reason why I chose it. I like the flexibility of the Liberty and a dinette is a big waste of space in my opinion. I’d much rather have that room to fix the interior how I want it — In my case I have storage drawers that pull open like dresser drawers all along the side opposite my bed, from the refrigerator to the back wall. Very convenient for a full-timer! Plus that gives me a long countertop, too.

      Campsites have picnic tables and for boondocks I have my folding table — I like to do as much as I can outside. I also have camp chairs with an attached side table and since I eat alone, I often sit outside in one of those chairs for a meal.

      Also the Liberty allows me to have a small table set up all the time under the back window (Three sizes of tabletops come with the Liberty). I’m typing at that table right now while sitting at the foot of my bed next to Reggie. (Bridget likes to lie on the floor sometimes.)

      Feel free to ask more questions!

      • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin says:

        Sue thanks so much for ideas on even more Liberty configurations and for the invite of more questions! I will try not to pester with too many, but it is all about visualization when you can’t see them lined up in a showroom.

        My initial thought is that I would have the back dinette with largest table always down in a double bed for lounging solo with my pup. With that it leaves a “forward dinette” with a small table in the middle and single seats next to the fridge and the sink facing middle (different than the Spirit with little dinette to one forward side and kitchen entirely on opposite forward side). That’s what made me wonder about the fixed table being in the way getting to the double rear bed setup. Sounds like you have it configured as a twin bed all on one side and ditched the cushions on the other side twin and have much more convenient storage instead – gives a nice spacious feel I imagine. I agree on the waste of space for a dinette other than working and crafting indoors, so I am glad to visualize how you live in the spaces full time.

        Sounds like you follow the good weather to maximize your outdoor living – how often does deploying the awning factor into your base camp routine?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m a little confused by the first line in your second paragraph. “I would have the back dinette…” Did you mean to say “table?” The Liberty doesn’t have a dinette.

          I tried the configuration of a double bed in the back for lounging and sleeping with a small table in the center aisle with cushion seats on either side. I soon discovered the table in the aisle was annoying, always having to wiggle around it, and the bigger bed was a waste of space. BTW the tables are not fixed. They are easily removed as the support pole lifts out of the base in the floor. You probably know that.

          About the awning… I estimate that I use it less than 10 percent of the time. I’m glad I have it. When it is needed, well, it is needed! If there is no shade on a warm day, the awning protects the refrigerator and makes a big difference in the temperature of the interior. And if camping in the low humidity of the west, the awning provides cool shade. It’s amazing what a difference it can make!

          • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin says:

            Yes – I guess any table with benches facing each other gets my generic dinette moniker when it comes to rvs. : )
            Thanks for the great tips!

  23. Ron says:

    When I see people do stupid stuff like you described in the parking lot, I kinda wish that someone with a big rig would teach them a lesson by bull dozing the “obstacle” out of the way. Kinda like in the movie Smoky and the Bandit when the truck driver drove over a whole row of motorcycles.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Ron… You reveal your dark side. Ha! I have to admit that scenario is delightful to imagine….

      I could’ve tested my backing up skills by squeezing ahead of the bike and resting the back bumper against the bike. Don’t know if there was room but it woulda’ been fun to do that!

      On second thought, that would block the tractor trailer truck like the white SUV blocked me.

  24. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Yes, that “favorite” photo is lovely – it would make a great painting! Hope you find the perfect, quiet, safe place over the Fourth of July.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cynthia. We will stay at Humbug through this weekend and then search for our 4th of July camp. It probably will be busy here over the 4th as “Fireworks over the Lake” is an attraction. Make that “Fireworks over What Used to be the Lake”…. 🙁

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    That BBQ lunch sure looks good! I love your favorite shot, too…such pretty contrasty light. Continue to enjoy your stay at this campground. You have been on the move more so than usual, so it must feel good to relax and read. I know you will find “the one” next campground that is perfect. Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Denise and Gracie Pup…. I send the same to you.

      I was going to move camp today. I woke up, fed the crew, made my coffee, and finished up this blog post. Then the three of us went for a walk. The campground is empty and really beautiful in early light. I lost all ambition to move camp. It does “feel good to relax and read.”

      I hope your days are good ones….

  26. Mary & Paul says:

    Hi RV Sue and crew! My hubbie and I look forward to your regular posts. They’re so insightful, entertaining and amusing, especially when they’re penned by Ms. Bridget or young Reggie. I can identify with your trepidation concerning the pulled pork sannie and we liked your thoughts regarding the pigs and of course chickens that make this food possible, we often have those exact thoughts ourselves. However I am not surprised that the Crew scarfed it down. You also take some very inspiring photos. We are getting ready to leave soon on our maiden trip in our newly acquired 10 year old motorhome. Your writing along with quite a few other likeminded blogs that are out there, has greatly encouraged us to pursue this path. Thanks for being you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary & Paul,

      Congratulations on obtaining your motorhome! I know your fellow blogorinos join me in wishing you a fantastic maiden trip. You will have lots of fun with your home on wheels.

      As for my blog posts… You’re welcome! I’m pleased that you have been entertained by them. And thank you for the compliment on my photos.

      Best wishes to you both. Stop by again some time!

  27. phxkayaker says:

    We loved Paradise when we were there last year in July although connectivity was poor. Sites at the east end had good separation and a combination of sun and shade.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve heard several different people remark how nice that campground is… one was Jim of Jimbo’s Journeys. We bypassed Paradise our first trip to Oregon and stayed at McKenzie River Campground which is further west on the same route and was very nice, too.

  28. Lynn Brooks says:

    Awesome!!!
    Just simply AWESOME!!!

  29. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    Just finished watching PBS film “100 Mules Walk the L.A. Aqueduct.” They walked past some of your boon docking spots out near the Alabama Hills! My favorite mule was the one with the solar panel strapped on his back! Another one had a satellite dish lashed onto his saddle! That jackass was getting four bars on his cellphone, I’m sure!!! For all of us who can’t pull together a wonderful rig like your BLT and PTV, there’s always a mule with a solar panel!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gayle,

      I don’t know when that film was made…. however…

      I don’t remember which year it was when the crew and I were driving southward on Route 395, going toward the Alabama Hills, and I saw some of those 100 mules! Only for a minute as they filed over a ridge and, of course, I was in a place I couldn’t stop. Later I read about the mule train on the way to L.A.

      Funny…. a solar-powered mule!

  30. Barb (snowbird from Wa) says:

    hehe I thought of you today as we’re parking in the casino parking lot. NOT that you would camp here, but what happened. (we’re stopping here on the way to Coos Bay…cheap and we’re large so not a lot of options) You were mentioning that they were crammed in to see a view of their neighbor or the stumps. We came back to a car camped VERY CLOSE TO the back of our trailer (mad look). Hubs went back to talk to him and was offered some weed (NOT legal yet in Oregon). I said I wanted him to say we needed in the back of the cargo trailer, and to ask him to move, but no….he’s a chicken and just said hi to him. sigh.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      Now you know why I don’t camp in Casino parking lots if I can help it. I tried it once. I realize they are handy and a way to save money, especially handy if you have a big rig.

      I wonder how the Casino management would feel about a pot seller hawking their wares in the parking lot.

      Yes, it’s maddening when one’s space is invaded like that.

  31. mmm says:

    The drought in Oregon is horrible and Washington is getting hammered, there are places to camp still in beautiful Washington just be prepared to pay and pay some more, the powers in Olympia have decided to raise the prices of camping in wonderful places in Washington and no big discount for seniors whatsoever, makes camping pretty expensive in my opinion I think Oregon is about the same.>The lack of water is a big hinderance and the wildfires raging are not making it any better..We live in a border city and people come from Oregon in droves thinking jobs are here and living is cheaper NOT, they have all year long here in this smaller town tons of food drives, I work for no pay at a food pantry and the need is overwhelming..Who told the oregonians that work was here is full of you know what and homelessness don’t even get me started, we have lived here 37 years and are thinking of selling and retiring to the coast of Washington if they will build a medical center (hospital) we don’t want to die waiting to get some medical help at all..Enjoy the pacific northwest but remember that Oregon has the highest hunger rate in all of the USA for it’s population and most people are unaware it affects all businesses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mmm,

      Welcome to my blog! 🙂

      Yes, I found Washington State Parks to be expensive — gotta’ pay for all that maintenance to keep them looking like golf courses — and now I hear Washington State Parks are in financial trouble. Doh. I wouldn’t camp in a Washington State Park if they cut the price in half. I don’t want to look out the window of the BLT and feel like I’m in an upscale condo.

      The concerns you state about joblessness and homelessness may be the reason my intuition told me not to leave the BLT unattended in a boondock while in Oregon.

      As for the influx of Oregonians looking for work, yes, the grass (no pun intended) looks greener on the other side of the fence. You are good to give your time and energy to the food pantry. You surely see how great the need. Given a choice, I’d rather be one who serves, than one who needs to be served!

  32. MB says:

    I loved the pictures, especially your “favorite”. I could almost hear the fairies giggling from under the leaves. Some woods are like that. You step in and are immediately transported to another world….or so it seems. And I loved your father’s words of wisdom. So simple….yet profound. Have a great day! MB & Co from VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MB,

      Fairies giggling…. so that’s what I heard early this morning. I thought it was Reggie! 😉 I can see the woods in that photo as I look out my window, sitting here at my laptop table.

      Thanks for taking the time to write a nice note. I hope you have a great day, too.

  33. Eileen Dykeman says:

    luv the humbug sign and rhododendron pic, haven’t seen the latter since leaving long island 24 yrs ago (tho they might be growing somewhere I don’t know about here in the sunshine state). luv all the oregon pics, which are reminiscent of my visit there a few years ago – it’s a very pretty state.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Eileen,

      The rhododendrons are beautiful with or without blooms. I like the foliage which is why I composed the Bridget-on-the-Humbug-Trail like that. Rhodies are all over this campground!

      It’s always a pleasure for me to bring back memories for readers. 🙂

  34. weather says:

    Good morning,Sue,are you still close to Portland?The mention of Edith made me check,she’s still there.Have you decided to keep the crew at two for now?There’s a fine line between adding to one’s life and and restricting it with more responsibility,I know.I was just curious.My new feathered friend wasn’t adding,just replacing,Ha!That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!The two of them spent this morning singing between cages to each other and to me.Ah-h-h…I’ll try putting them together later,expect it will go well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather, and good morning to you, too!

      You’re exactly right… That’s what I’ve grappled with… Would adding to the crew enhance our lives or restrict our lives? Would the added responsibility be too much? Yet I think of the lifelong bond that would be created between Reggie and someone his own age. He really needs a playmate and Bridget, bless her, is a mature lady and has never been interested in play. She doesn’t understand the concept of play!

      Your birds sound like a delight. It’s such fun to see a relationship develop like that — singing to each other, how sweet! I imagine they are like sunshine in your home. Best wishes for their introduction today. I’m sure, under your guidance, it will go well!

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Hi Sue!

        GO FOR IT!!!

        Think of it as one full sized dog and two half sized dogs. While the ‘kids’ are playing, Bridget gets more lap time without interruptions. I’ve seen dogs out walking themselves! They had their collar and leash on and had the end in their mouth. Their human said “She IS on leash. Doesn’t say anywhere WHO has to hold the other end.” If dog walkers in NYC can do 8 at a time in that chaos, you can do 3 in the boonies. No doubt. (might put a small crimp on the photography, but only for a while)

        If ever you needed to ‘send your pets to summer camp’ while you attended to health or other issues, we Bloggerinos will make it happen for you. You’ve got to know that, by now. Either cyber or in person, getting any information or doing legwork.

        Most all of us find, in any vehicle, that driving in large metro areas isn’t all that pleasant. But there are times that are easier than others. Weekdays, 10:30ish to 2:30ish is between most rushes and traffic is generally a lot calmer up here. As you have done before, weekends early A.M. Just like when pulling up the steep passes, don’t worry about those in a hurry. Remember when Desert Ginger noted about the Las Vegas area and she was right. Not too bad then.

        Right Now! Send them an email with a link to your blog and any application forms.

        Do it! Do it! Do it! Edith Edith Edith

        MV gal, in support.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, MV gal, I think you vote yes. 🙂

          You make valid points. Thanks. I’m still taking in all the information offered here and trying to make a wise decision.

          • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

            🙂 Always at YOUR service, ma’am! 🙂

          • I also vote yes! YES!!! Reggie needs a playpal! For the first 4 years we had 3 dogs! 2 of those years in our Casita then the Oliver and finally The MotherShip! Mornings, I had to walk all 3! Maybe you remember, Chuck is a late sleeper! Then during the day he usually took them and I would take them for the nightly walk. Its really not that hard! I think a playpal would help Reggie burn off some of that youthful energy! Just my 2¢ worth on the subject!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I neglected to answer your question are we still close to Portland. Yes, we’re not far. Have you seen the map showing where The Pixie Project is located in Portland? I can’t think of a more challenging place to drive and, of course, I’d need to find a camp….

      • Aaarrrgghhhh. Driving in Portland is unpleasant. I wish you good fortune if you’re going to the Pixie. We’re planning to transit Portland Saturday morning and are not looking forward to it.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Allison. I wish you safe travels with a minimum of stress on Saturday. If it weren’t for the location, I would’ve seen Edith already. Gosh, The Pixie Project is downtown right in the mess of crossing interstates, the convention center… ugh.

      • It’s weighing on you, huh? Maybe, just maybe….. 😉

        Hope you have a wonderful day, Sue & kids!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thank you, Marla. This day has been great so far and I expect that to continue. I wish the same for you! 🙂

      • weather says:

        Hours of hairy driving wouldn’t exactly put me,and probably you either, in a stable emotional state .Tough at that point for a dog and you to get an accurate real feel for each other.If your heart can’t dismiss her at this point,it might be worth finding a camp to at least see her in person.Yet,were it me,I’d arrive nearby early,eat a sandwich and calm myself enough to not miss a thing.Another leash on every walk for many years is no small issue,you certainly don’t need a dog with issues in health or personality added to the mix.

        You know Reggie.I don’t.You say he needs a playmate,so I believe that.I would have thought otherwise that he might enjoy one yet was happy and content without.Never having had a solo I don’t know what a young dog beyond initial puppyhood experiences.Bridget was rejuvenated by Reggie’s youth and canine companionship near her.Her age, years with Spike and loss made that a need.Should she precede us to rainbow bridge land,I’d expect Reggie to enjoy only your company for as long as it took to fill out the crew again if you chose to.The life long bond picture melts my heart,Wow,I’m all over the board on this.Easy to see why you’re grappling.

        There’s an interesting trick to let all instincts and intuition lead.I’ ll ask a question and without pausing for a moment’s thought,you answer Yes or No to yourself out loud.Ready?

        Do you want Edith?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, I want Edith. *sigh*

          Another test I give myself on decisions of this nature is to wait. I want Edith as much now as I did when I first saw her, actually more.

          Going from one dog to two dogs is not a big deal. However, going from two dogs to three dogs is a big jump in responsibility. It probably would mean setting up the dog pen as an area for Reggie and Edith to play in. Walking three dogs on leash in campgrounds (Bridget doesn’t need to be on leash when boondocking.) Three dogs on the bed! Three dogs to lift down out of the PTV when we stop for potty breaks when on the road. Three dogs to find housing for if I should become hospitalized. Yes, it’s a lot to consider.

          On the other hand . . . . . I’m sad for Reggie when he tries to make a playmate out of a stuffed toy, when he’s bursting with playful energy, when I think of what he could have….

          I wonder if a playmate for Reggie would keep him from occupying me all the time so I can spend time with Bridget. As it is now, whenever I try to love on the Bridge, Reggie butts in.

          Thanks for all your insight and reminding me of important points in making this decision.

          • Wow Sue, that is quite a decision. I also struggle with the same issue of sorts. When my two older dogs leave me, do I get another? More responsibility, more concern for care when away. So many questions, so many animals that are in need. Whew! The heart wants what the heart wants…the brain is just slow to catch up. I bet you lose sleep at night over this, I would. God Bless you Sue, it is a pickle.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            That’s one thing I was thinking: What would be the balance between the extra work/trouble of a third dog, vs. the theory that Edith would occupy Reggie to some extent and help him burn energy? Of course there is no way to know for sure.

            (And I’ve only had one dog, so what do I know.)

            We’re very different people, so this doesn’t exactly mean anything, but if I were in your situation I would probably go meet Edith. Just to see. Maybe it would be obvious which was the better move?

            I would find someplace easy to camp with the BLT and then just take the PTV into Portland (I’m sure you weren’t planning to take the BLT there in any case!).

            I’ve camped at Memaloose State Park. It’s a pretty spot (especially in the no hookup sites near the river, and if you like trains, as I do) and a lovely drive in to Portland along the river — but probably further than you’d like for a day trip, and plus you are south of town I think. But at any rate, I’d find a place to leave the BLT that felt safe, (so no adding a worry to the mix), and then head in and at least look…

            But then I type all this as a person who is now dog-less, so …

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Yes, meeting Edith first would make sense. It’s just that awful location. The campgrounds aren’t exactly convenient to downtown Portland.

            • DesertGinger says:

              Sue…very downtown Portland is actually not as bad as some of the suburbs, IMO. And I think dogs, in general, do better with packs. I vote you at least go to meet Edith. You will manage the driving just fine; you always do.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            You want Edith so she can keep up with Reg man?

            If Reg man butts in on Bridget’s love time…it’s not going to make a difference if you have 5 Edith’s.

            Reg man needs to learn there is enough love for everyone and if it’s Bridget’s turn…he needs to wait for his. I’m surprised Bridge doesn’t show her “teeth” stink eye face when that happens.

            The “one on one” time after Spike passed seems like it was okay for Bridge. Not that it wasn’t hard but she was content spending ALL her time with you.

            Difficult decision….

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, Cinandjules,

              I disagree with your first two statements. I’m thinking of a playmate for Reggie, a dog who can play-fight and chase and tumble and so forth. Young dogs do that sort of thing for long periods. We’d still have our long walks, too. It would be healthy for Reggie to have a playmate. Chihuahuas can be very clingy and I would like to avoid that.

              Yes, it would make a difference if there were another dog happy to be Reggie’s companion. On the rare occasions that Bridget has stayed outside with Reggie, while I come into the BLT, he has been perfectly happy. If he’s alone outside, not only is that something I don’t like for him, he doesn’t like it either and whines and cries. Imagine two playful pups in a pen occupying themselves, while Bridget is inside with me or relaxing outside the pen, not being annoyed, and me able to go inside the BLT and watch through the window.

              It’s easier said than done to keep Reggie away for any length of time while I’m with Bridget. Remember, we’re in very close quarters. With Reggie, he’s either ignoring my efforts or he’s hurt by my efforts. In other words, he’s a combination of stubborn, immature, impulsive, and sensitive. It’s hard to explain. I’m firm with him until he notices and then he’s hurt. Bridget tolerates interruptions.

              I really don’t want to start a thread on dog training techniques, so I’ll let it go at that. Please everyone, no dog training lessons.

              I don’t understand why you wrote this: The “one on one” time after Spike passed seems like it was okay for Bridge. Not that it wasn’t hard but she was content spending ALL her time with you. I know you don’t mean to get rid of Reggie. ???

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Oh dear let me explain.

              The one on one time that Bridge and you had to grieve with each other…..when your hearts healed…the search began for another crew member!

              Get rid of Reg? absolutely NOT!

              I have no doubt…You’ll make the the best decision for the crew and you in regards to a third crew member…

          • weather says:

            Adding to your reply for you,Tee Hee…And,thanks in advance ,weather,for not bringing up the subject again unless I ask you a direct question.Too much input can become unwelcome and over-whelming,I’m sure you understand. 🙂

            Now ,my response to both-your welcome for both things you thanked me for,you’ll be led to do what’s best,you always are.prayers for that Wisdom to bring you peace and joy being sent

  35. Krystina - In Neskowin, Oregon says:

    Good Morning RVSue & Bloggerinos 🙂 Just love all your wonderful pictures! The campground looks great and hopefully peaceful for you and the crew. I did have to smile at you backing out into the street! Every time that sort of thing happens to me (and it happens almost more times then not) I want to stay there until the person comes back so I can ask him/her what they were thinking. Of course I would not do that. Yesterday I drove 34 to the coast. What a ride. It was like being on the Inde racetrack. LOL Seriously, most all the curves in the road were banked. On any given curve (and there were A LOT) first the bank would be on the right and then you would immediately bank to the left. Quite an interesting ride…but exhausting. In short order I found out that the overlooks do say no overnight camping. I finally did have to stay in one though. Unbelievably beautiful. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean was wonderful! At 2 am some nutcase came up behind me, put his car (or truck) in park and just reved the engine for 5 minutes. I just layed there with my mace in my hand. The car finally left and all was quiet again. Just another case of someone being in your face. Anyway, all is good. As RVSue says, finding a campground is another thing all together.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Krystina!

      I’ve been anxiously looking to see you here. Thanks for the update!

      Oh my, Route 34! That’s the same route we took when we went inland. What a twisty road! I know what you mean about the steep banking on turns, this way and that, and often with no shoulder, just a drop to the river! It’s exhausting!

      You passed Blackberry Campground. Did you see the sign?

      Maybe it’s just as well camping isn’t allowed at the waysides. I saw signs that advised people to secure their valuables. Anytime you camp where people have free access, you can count on someone coming along and being obnoxious. That’s my experience. At least you got a free night and all you paid was a little lost sleep and some jitters…. and you did hear the surf, the sound you love!

      I’m so proud of you…. Not that I can take credit for the way you dare to do this and dare to do that… Wow!

      Here’s an option for a free camp that’s convenient to Florence (see Old Town Florence — It’s great!)… You may have heard of camping at Three Rivers Casino. You might like their buffet and machines. 🙂 I haven’t camped there but I’ve heard of others who have.

      Enjoy the coast and keep in touch if you can!

      • Krystina - In Neskowin, Oregon says:

        Now that made my day! RV Sue is proud of me? That is something!! Thank you – I appreciate the comment. I did see the sign for Blackberry…as I was going by the entrance. I agree that camping in the lookout spots shouldn’t be allowed. If it were, nobody would be able to get in to see what the lookout was showing you. I heard you talk about Florence. I had put it on my list. I keep forgetting about casinos. Thanks for the tips. xxoo

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oops…. I didn’t notice where you are when I wrote that reply… You’re not near Florence…

  36. Nicole says:

    What a gorgeous campground!! Safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Nicole. I do like it here and by staying longer I discovered something wonderful about this camp…. I’ll write about it in the next post.

  37. Donna 'N Girls says:

    Sue,
    Just a though. If you can find a camp near Greshem or Troutdale you could drive to a park and ride and take the light rail to Portland. The light rail is called the max, and you can look up the schedule and route online.
    Hold on Edith, Sue is on her way.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Aww, that last line….

      (Of course that doesn’t mean she’s right for Sue’s crew, but I got a momentary heart swell reading it.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Donna ‘N Girls,

      Park and Ride with Bridget and Reggie in tow?

      • Donna 'N Girls says:

        Well, no. But maybe Bridget and Reggie could stay home for a few hours, with Bridget in charge of course.

        • Donna 'N Girls says:

          Sue,

          I just looked up the Pixie Project location. It’s on the east side, you don’t even have to drive downtown. There is a light rail station at the convention center. Anyway, if you find a camp east of Portland it wouldn’t be a bad drive. I’ll stop now, I know you’ve heard enough.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, Bridget and Reggie couldn’t stay home. It’s too hot. I don’t leave them in the BLT for more than the time it takes to have a shower anyway.

  38. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    I wonder if maybe the campgrounds were busy because of Father’s Day weekend? Also too, schools are finally out!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      I spoke with the man handling check-ins at the entrance. He said the campground has been filling up every day since the weather turned nice. We arrived on the Wednesday before Father’s Day. Yes, once school is out, families go camping! Fishermen’s Bend has much for children… paved bikeways, playground, basketball, lots of security in the form of volunteers patrolling in golf carts, and the gate is locked in the evening.

  39. Bill & Ann, OR says:

    Go for it. It’s those gut feelings? Intuition? Ainsworth state park? Full hookups- I.e. Air conditioning! Or a blogarino in town?

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Yeah! There are driveway camps. Boondockers Welcome and Couchsurfing have let folks use their driveways and a plugin for a day or two. Any Bloggerinos have a membership and could check out metro Portland info?

      Or go big! Hire a pet friendly towncar for the city driving and meet at a grocery/big box/mall. We could all do a big Amazon shop to offset that cost.

      The convention center has to have someplace to park the trucks and semis that bring expo stuff. Perhaps they could use some nice, worldwide blog press in exchange for a parking space for the rig.

      If Edith’s ‘scoutmasters’ (remember, she thinks she’s at doggie camp) were to do a ‘home check’ they’d have to come to your home, so why couldn’t they bring her with them? Maybe they could use a shout-out (promo) from a blog that has the right demographic and has over 1000+ views a day.

      Yes, her length of stay at said ‘dog park’ could mean she’s hard to place OR it could mean the center would like to get her into the perfect home very soon/quickly. Points for Team Edith!

      …………….will ……………way

      This may all fall into place…..or not, but thinkin’ ’bout the possibilities …… ain’t it GRAND!?! Warms the cockles of my heart. (whatever them is) 🙂

  40. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Because you said no dog training lessons, here’s mine:

    Pet dog.
    Hug dog.
    Kiss dog.
    ‘Good Dog!’

    Sorry, that’s all I got.

  41. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Ya know…I wonder if a local Vet or Vet Clinic would offer up a place to park your rig while you are in the area to see Edith. And if you do get her it would make for a nice PR style news story, AFTER the fact and after you leave. Just a thought, and they could do all the post-adoption exams too. Could be a win, win for everyone! And you would have electric hook-up outside from their building for AC! Just a thought. I know my own Vet would jump at the thought of helping if she were located in the Portland area. She’s that kind of gal, wonderful person and Vet. I’m sure there are Vets like her in the Portland metro too 🙂

  42. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Sue,
    I remember reading those posts when you were planning your RV adventures. You were still working and had three dogs back then. One was Janie, I think, and she was a large dog! Not like Reggie or Bridge or even Edith. And they didn’t have full days with you or the adventures of RVing to keep them busy and tire them out. Just saying if you look back at that then you might find the answer to whether three small dogs are right for you now…all small, two young, one older and less active might be a great combo.
    Sue, please don’t be mad about me asking about Edith. I sincerely did not mean to start anything up. I just saw Portland and she came to mind. I guess her face stayed with me after looking up her photo at the time. She IS a special little cutie 🙂 Anyway, only YOU know what’s best for you and your crew. I have full confidence you will make the best choices for yourself, your crew and your lifestyle. Whatever those choices are, we will all be fine and happy for you and support your decisions 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      Of course I’m not “mad” at you, girl! 🙂

      As for my decision to give Janie to my friend before hitting the road with Spike and Bridget …. There was another factor involved in that decision. I had no experience with RVing and certainly no experience RVing with dogs. I knew I had a steep learning curve ahead of me and I wanted to do everything I could to succeed at full-timing. I HAD to make it a success!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Sue,
        Just now logged back on to get caught up again on the latest.
        Yep, I remember that was the reason. And I remember that she adjusted well to her new life and is happy with her new roommates too, it turned out good.
        Awh, Sue, you called me Girl! LOL, I know when I do that it always a form of endeared friendship. I am honored to be One-Of-The-Girls 🙂 not just Miss Pamela K.

  43. weather says:

    A climbing vine of ivy has reached the tips of a pine branch dancing in the breeze,it’s tendrils curling like a little girl’s ringlets.It’s blocking a path,I stepped through waist high wild grasses rather than disturb such a pretty thing.Doing that made a grasshopper jump out of the way-you know summer’s arrived when they’re here,woo hoo!Another summer sign is the chokeberries that are beginning to redden,do you remember those,Sue?Because birds enjoy them the cliffside is busy today.

    You mentioned in this post needing supplies ,I hope you still have a few favorites on hand to enjoy.When you saw the playground at Fisherman’s Bend did you happen to notice if they had swings there?I’d pay an overnight fee just for the chance to use them.I know you seldom stay in campgrounds geared for families .I wondered though if folks with children stopped being noisy at bedtime in your experience.Because I get up so early,I’m glad most around here usually do.I’d love those places especially if that were true.

    Update on the the feathers of our troupe-I wanted to wait for the new one to be secure enough to bathe before putting them together.She did this morning between songs!They’re already imitating each others melodies…the rest of the troupe’s politely keeping their distance as usual,they’re such good kids 🙂

    • Good morning Weather! Coffee for me right now, you? Your troupe is blending happily, what a nice thing. Must be because of your ever present guidance, love and security, that they feel free to be just who they are. You be just who you are today and that is good for the world. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Hi,Shirlene,I smiled as soon as I saw your name here 🙂 Yep,still sipping my coffee,glad you got here in time to join me!It’s so great that the new finch and the rest of us found each other.The happiness factor here has been over the top since I brought her home.That’s saying a lot as we tend to have so much that pleases us all the time.The wee birds keeps jumping from perch to perch as they chat -it’s like living in a Disney film,hilarious.Hope your day at work flies by and your weekend stretches long and slowly as you enjoy beach life’s best…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      You are very wise in your introduction of the birds. I enjoyed walking the path with you. Sure, I remember chokecherries. I can remember how they look and how they taste. 🙂 No, I didn’t go to the playground area. It’s away from the campsites (good campground design).

      I’m making this a short reply in order to work on the next post while the internet connection is good. Seems to weaken and break as the day progresses.

      Talk to ya’ later. . . . I hope your day includes more summer pleasures…

  44. Kay Dattilio says:

    Sue and Crew, I think I’m going to be considered an ol’ fuddy duddy because I vote no on Edith. But it’s only based on my experience and not yours. About 10 years ago, we had 5 dogs, 5 cats, 2 kids and husband on 7 acres and it was fun. Now that the kiddos are out of the house (husband is still here!) and we are down to 2 dogs and 3 cats. I am tired of kitty litter all over the house, for some reason it gets on cats paws and drops off everywhere! I’m a softie and won’t consider kenneling our dogs, one is 13 and would be very distressed if not in her own home. We love the animals we have but would like to travel and go places we have read about on your blog, etc. Like I’ve said before I’m not a camper, but would like to drive around states I’ve never been in and stay in hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, etc. Since we live in the country a professional house-sitter is expensive and I can’t find any friends, family, kid’s friends, etc. to stay with them. So…..the idea of us getting another animal is out of the question…but saying that…I’m sure if one was dumped by us, we’d take it in! We love our animals dearly and would never consider putting them down for our selfishness. So, based on my experiences and certainly not yours, I vote no on Edith. Now, after saying that…..I understand the need for Reggie to have a ‘close-to-his-age’ playmate. You have an intuition for doing the right thing, finding the right site and finding the right dog so I know whatever you decide is the best thing for you! Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      I understand your feelings about the pets. Love ’em, of course. No question they affect how you live, what you can and can’t do, and they require time, patience, effort, money . . . they’re a big responsibility.

  45. Good Morning Sue, I hope I caught you with your morning cup of coffee. I have no words of wisdom for you this morning, no advice, no opinions, just you be who you are naturally and that is enough. Enjoy a peaceful day and I will await your next post to show us where you are and what you are excited about in that camp site.

    All working blogorinos hang in there, it is almost Friday! 🙂

    Hi Marla!

  46. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning, blogorinos!

    I hope all is well with you wherever you are. I should tell you something regarding Edith before a whirlwind of helpful suggestions come in. Don’t worry, it’s good!

    I probably shouldn’t have written anything about Edith until I made a firm decision, one way or the other, about whether she should join our family. I’ve become accustomed to sharing so much of my life that I blabbed. Anyway . . ..

    As it turns out, a meeting with Edith will not be difficult. I spoke with Amy at The Pixie Project and she told me that Edith lives in a foster home located on the outskirts of Portland. Score one for adopting Edith! Amy read some of this blog and she thinks Edith would have a wonderful life with me and the crew, and that she would fit in well to our kind of lifestyle.

    I asked why a dog as sweet-looking and pretty as Edith has not been adopted. Amy said Edith might have had a bad experience because when she first came into rescue, she displayed defensive behaviors toward strangers — fussing and barking.
    Edith has “settled down quite a bit,” to use Amy’s words. I’m sure the security of the foster home has helped Edith with this.

    We discussed the necessity of Edith feeling comfortable around strangers since she would most likely be greeted while walking on a leash in a campground.

    Amy said Edith loves playing with other dogs. That tells me Edith’s defensiveness is not pervasive.

    No need for alarm — I’m not going to take on a dog with deep-seated behavioral issues. I will consider adopting Edith if it can be determined that her insecurity is temporary.

    Amy said she will speak with the foster parent and get back with me about a possible meeting at the foster home.

    Thank you for your suggestions and advice. I don’t want to get your (or my) hopes up. Now that the process has been set in motion, let’s take things as they come along. As I’ve said before, let life play out. I promise to keep you informed!

    I’m going to heat up a second cup of coffee and get to work on the next post!

    Sue

    • Yippee! For all of the above… 🙂 🙂 🙂 (did I mention I like smilely faces) ha!

    • Donna 'N Girls says:

      Grrrreat!

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Super good news!
      Sugar, and Spice, and all things Nice, LOVE IT! So glad you can meet Edith and decide to decide! Feels like it’s a FRIDAY 🙂 already! Yippee!!! 🙂
      Speaking of FRIDAY…we have ~plans~. We are going to an Oldies Motown Concert and dance! Yep, we dance, love too, and the Motown style of the 1950s and 60s is what we listened to, and beach music. So that should be fun! I think I might have to slow down my TWIST a little, but I can still do the Grapevine. Oh Lordy! ~the big band style of Jitterbug~ of the 1940s style is still our favorite! Thank goodness it’s a Lawn Party not on a stage, if someone said to break-a-leg I most likely would. HA!
      *now when is my old Poodle Skirt?!*

      • Oooooo….how fun!!! Have a great time, Pamela!! 😉

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Thanks Marla! Still LQQKIN’ for that Poodle Skirt…
          I think I wore it to a Classic Car Show last. It will show up before the weekend if I have to haul boxes from storage, hehehe, I mean Klemper would haul the boxes. I would drink ice-tea, lol.

  47. Does anyone still have the link to Edith ??? I think it was posted awhile back, but now I can’t find it! Thanks!!!

  48. Thanks so much Shirlene! I appreciate it!

  49. Ohhhh! Edith looks just like Reggie! I love her already! I sure hope it works out for Sue! I know she will make the right decision whatever it turns out to be!

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Sue , hope everything works out good for you and this sweet looking dog. I’m glad you called them. When I looked late last night, I did not see her listed, possibly because of your interest in her, the removed her picture. Can’t wait to hear what happens.

  50. Jodee Gravel on the road in Trinidad, CA says:

    Limited internet here in the redwoods, but the beauty is sure worth it 🙂 Will have to catch up with the Edith project when I have better service. Love your little Humbug spot!

  51. Tom says:

    Hi,
    I have a couple of questions about your stay at Humbug; would you mind sending me an email? Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tom,

      I’ll be happy to answer questions about Humbug! It’s my policy not to give out my email address and to contact you by email would do that.

      One of the reasons my blog is popular is the variety of topics and the information that appears in this comment section. Your questions and the responses they illicit will be of interest to several readers, I’m sure

      Please feel welcome to ask questions on my blog! It would be best to ask your questions under the most recent post. Thank you.

      Ah, Humbug… That was a nice camp . . . the place with the clear, cool pool . . . 🙂

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