Devil’s Canyon Campground between Blanding and Monticello, Utah

Monday, May 23 (continued)

In the previous episode of RVSue and her canine crew, the Best Little Trailer is stocked with groceries and the propane tanks are filled in Blanding, Utah.  The Perfect Tow Vehicle chugs northward toward Monticello, the next town on Route 191.

About twelve miles before we reach Monticello . . . .

P1110497“Hey, there’s Devil’s Canyon Campground.  Let’s see what it’s like.”

The PTV carries Bridget, Reggie, and me, as well as the BLT, up the  paved road less than a mile to the campground entrance.

At the self-pay station I check the fee.

P1110515Hmm . . . . $10 a night, only $5 for us.  That’s very reasonable!

A welcome sign describes the campground.

“Welcome.  Devil’s Canyon Campground is located at 7,400 feet among mixed stands of pinon pine, juniper and Ponderosa pine on the southern slope of the Abajo Mountains, also known as the Blue Mountains.  A loop to the south contains 16 individual sites and a road to the north hosts 26 individual sites and ends at a self-guided nature trail.”

We cruise through Loop A.

Paved road, concrete under the picnic tables, fire rings, good separation between sites, trees yet sunny.   Reserved, reserved, reserved . . . . Well, maybe there are some open sites in Loop B.

Loop B is woodsy — I like it!

Only a few of the sites are reservable.  Most are first come-first serve and many are unoccupied.  Several have a separate area for the picnic table, grill, and fire ring and all have charm.

I turn on my Verizon air card to check for internet signal.

Wow!  4G with 3 bars!  Sweet!

I choose a pull-through site that slopes down to the picnic table.

Before commencing to set up camp, I drive back to the self-pay and insert a check for 3 nights ($15).

P1110575After a few tries I have the BLT positioned how I want.

“You’re gonna’ love this!”  I announce to the crew as I set their squirmy bodies on the ground.  Immediately they zigzag across the campsite and into the woods, sniffing as they go.  I walk around with them.

It’s like we have our own woods. . . . This is too funny.  We only moved about 30 miles today.  It’s not even 10 o’clock.

P1110591I unhitch the BLT because the site is very un-level, with the tongue much lower than the back.  I chock the wheels and level the BLT.   I put down the blue mat, and set out a small table and a camp chair.

” Let’s fix a place to relax down by the picnic table.”

Soon we are enjoying the cool air and the piney aroma from the Ponderosa pines.

“Okay, Bridge.  Stay right there.”

I bring the camera up and there she goes!  Under the picnic table.


P1110560“Here, Reg.  You sit in your bed.  Be a good boy.  Stay.  That’s it.  Stay.”

I back up and lift the camera to my face and Reggie jumps out of the bed and runs toward me.



I place him in the bed again, back up for the photo, and here he comes, running.

P1110561I give up.  He’s too insecure for a photo shoot this soon after arriving.  I might as well push back in that lounger and relax.  Photos can come later.

Reggie explores around the picnic table – sitting area.

P1110598Bridget comes out from under the picnic table.  A few minutes pass.

“Whatcha got there, sweetheart?”

P1110566Oh, she has a pine cone.  The little cutie.

Bridget has never shown any interest in toys.  She doesn’t play tug of war.  She doesn’t run and fetch.  She’ll chew on a chew bone occasionally.  That’s about it.

Except for pine cones.

She loves to hold one between her front paws and delicately pick it apart with her teeth.

P1110567“Well, you have plenty of material to work with here, Bridge.  Pine cones are everywhere.”

Devil’s Canyon Campground has camp hosts.

Hmm . . . Camp hosts are good.  We could stay through Memorial Day weekend . . . .

P1110571I don’t see why not.  It’s the perfect place to make our home!



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P1110565“Bridge, I think you like it here!”


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177 Responses to Devil’s Canyon Campground between Blanding and Monticello, Utah

  1. Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

    Am I third??

  2. Mary in Co says:

    Lovely spot, can’t wait. We leave Monday. Tent camping if weather permits on our way to Chilliwack, BC, and picking up “Final Frontier”

  3. bess in oregon says:

    hi Sue, i am happy you found a beautiful place in the pines and you all are relaxing in the sun. hugs to you all. bess

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, bess. You’ve been quiet lately. Good to see you here!

      • bess in oregon says:

        yes, i have been quiet. our planning for our trip to Yellowstone in July has been ramping up and we are excited. also a bit nervous to be taking our first one month-long trip in the trailer. i have most of our supplies lined up and have been shopping for odds and ends.

        this trip includes a family reunion with some cousins of Barry’s who will not be camping. i want to invite them to our site for a picnic and campfire so that they can see how much fun it is to be out in Nature, and not in a cabin.

        we will even be doing our first boondocking ever in Wyoming. you are our role model for trying new things and exploring, and doing it for free. your blog has taught me so much and your readers have been so generous with suggestions and tips. we are going to be southeast of Jasper for a few days. we have our bear spray and i am excited to see my first moose!

        i have made reservations at a couple of campgrounds in Idaho that have hot springs either in the campground (Kerkham) or nearby (North Fork). the first is near Lowman and the second is north of Ketchem. i am looking forward to seeing the Salmon River.

        after Yellowstone, we will head to Helena to visit some friends, more boondocking and will return to Eugene through Cour de Laine and Spokane.

        a big circle trip, which starts near Sisters Oregon and the Metolious River. i noticed that you were headed that way on one of your yearly adventures and the traffic was too crowded and you missed the exit. yes, that road is busy and the sign is small. i do hope you try it again sometime as i think it is heaven on earth. i know that Rusty camps in that area sometimes too.

        i have been reading you adventures every day and am glad to have the time to re-connect. sweet dreams!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          What a wonderful time you are going to have, bess! Great plans… You should be very excited. Thanks for telling us about it.

  4. Steve says:

    It’s sad, I posted first, then read your post. Bridget looks like she’s afraid you’re going to take her treasure!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You do? Oh, I hope she wasn’t thinking that. Anyway… I let her pick at those cones as long as she wanted. 🙂

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I don’t think she’s afraid that Sue will take her treasure. I think that face means she’s afraid that Sue will take her picture.

  5. Eliza says:

    Nearly first? I love the smell of pinecones. This post made me smile…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Eliza,

      This camp is the piney-est camp ever! The aroma of pine is very strong, tinged with that woodsy, decaying wood and leaves smell. Aromatherapy!

      I’m glad you smiled.

      • eliza says:

        what’s cool about being human is, you can read about someone’s aromatherapy and you get the benefits too!

  6. Martha says:

    Hi RVSue,
    We just started reading your posts because Ben (of Ben and Martha) decided a week ago that he wanted to retire from his home repair and remodeling business, sell the house and take the show on the road. I was onboard, of course, because I suggested it two years ago!! We’ve decided upon the Casita, not upon the truck yet. The Casita will take four months to be ready, so it should be perfect timing.
    Ben will do home, trailer and boat repairs on the road and I do personal histories, which is how my website is geared at the moment. But I’m going to start blogging again about this new adventure.
    Thank you for your interesting information, tips, travel fun, and links. It’s appreciated. When we get closer to departure, we will check out your Amazon links…I especially like the zero gravity chairs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Ben and Martha! Thank you for the introduction. I look forward to hearing about your Casita adventures!

      Thanks also for intending to use my links to shop Amazon.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        When you get your Casita, mention RVSue and they will send her a thank-you tip!

    • marg-tn says:

      Don’t forget to mention Sue at the Casita factory……I think she get a bonus!!!!!!

  7. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Hah hah! Silly girl Bridgee…and her back end at that!

    Pinecone princess!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I guess she loves the camera only when her car is involved… I was surprised she let me take those shots of her with the pine cones.

  8. I love trees. I am wondering how well I can adjust to true desert terrain, but the fact that often trees and water are found in expected areas gives me hope! Great pics. Love the pups!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, kisstab-chick,

      The desert has trees. Well, not stately oaks and magnificent magnolias… It has palo verde, ironwood, and mesquite trees. They do take some getting used to. 🙂

  9. Linda in TX says:

    Ooohh….that is a beautiful campsite!! Cute Bridget!

  10. Millie says:


    • Millie says:

      Not even close, just got the email.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’re here! Hi, Millie!

        • milliehubbard says:

          Hi Sue! I try and stop by most every day, I don’t always have a chance to post, but I love keeping up with the Crew!!…and you!!

          We just lost one of our furbabies last week and I really miss him. I picture him at the Rainbow Bridge with my past furbabies, and Spikey!! They are having a grand old time!!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I’m so sorry, Millie. I know you are hurting. You do well to picture him having a great time in his new life.

  11. CRedding n NeTx says:

    Sounds and looks like you scored another jackpot!! Pines and Junipers create a nice atmosphere for camping. The elevation of 7,400 feet should give you good temperatures. The cost of $5.00 is good. Plus great internet signal. What a deal!! Hope you and the crew enjoy your stay there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is a great deal, CRedding. I had no intention of camping here. I saw Devil’s Canyon Campground on the map, figured I’d drive further. Maybe it’s the name… Devil isn’t positive and I don’t like camping in canyons because usually the internet connection is bad or nonexistent.

      Turns out the campground overlooks the canyon. I really like it here for all the reasons you mention. Thanks for the kind wish.

  12. Awww Bridget looks so cute with her pine cone! The campground looks lovely, I bet you three are having a wonderful time. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      We are enjoying ourselves here. Went on a little excursion today that was a lot of fun. And coming home to the piney woods is a treat!

  13. This campsite looks like a great find, and a nice place to spend Memorial Day. I never would have guessed Bridget for a pine cone aficionado. What a sweet girl.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      It’s nice to have someone else see the sweetness of Bridget. She is a special girl.

      Holidays can be horrible if one is caught in the wrong type of camp. The campground practically emptied out yesterday — so quiet and peaceful! Folks will start pouring in, probably starting on Thursday. We’re fortunate to have a campsite with distance between neighboring sites.

  14. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    I love the pictures of Bridget she is such a sweetie. Reggie looks like he is ready to explore! I really like your campsite it looks relaxing and a wonderful place to stay for the holiday weekend!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gail,

      Reggie is having the time of his life here! He loves walking the campground loops, investigating camp sites, and also exploring in the woods, jumping on logs…

      Bridget is enjoying her car as much as always. The loops are paved and very smooth. She rides for a while, gets out and snoops around with Reg, then goes back to the car for more riding.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Does she get out by herself or just let you know when she wants in and out?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          When Bridget rides in her car and wants/needs to get out, she stands up and waits for me to lift her out. When she wants back in her car, she walks over to it and looks up at me. Bridget conducts herself with maturity and grace. 🙂

  15. We learned during April that Utah is our new favorite state. Can’t wait to go back and explore some more….there is still so much to see!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kevin and Ruth,

      I feel the same way about Utah. I keep finding more to love about it!

    • Geri says:

      Chuck and I also say Utah is our favorite state to explore! Love it there! If it were not for the snowy winters, we probably would have made it home!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I think of Utah for a second retirement off the road or for the possibility of establishing a home base.

        • Flowergirl in Utah says:

          We would love to have you and the crew make your home in Utah. It is a great place to live. I made it my home 34 years ago after having been born and raised in Mississippi. Even though I frequently visit my home state, I call Utah home.

          I just retired May 1st and right now are having our first long camping trip in Colorado. Beautiful campground here in Delores and awesome people. If you ever get by here, it’s worth a stop. Delores River Campground.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hi, Flowergirl,

            I’ve looked at the Delores River on my CO Benchmark and would like to camp there.

            Congratulations on your retirement! And thanks for the words welcoming us to make Utah home. You do live in a special place.

  16. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. I am camp hosting at 7,800 ft in North Fork Campground in White River National Forest, 40+ miles East of Meeker CO. Something tells me your weekend will be better than mine. I like camping better than hosting, but it’s a job and I need the money for hiking gear.

    Have fun.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Charlene,

      Yes, I imagine camping is a lot easier than hosting. I bet it’s pretty where you are. I wish you a pleasant Memorial Day weekend, where everyone behaves and no one leaves a mess!

  17. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    Oh my gosh! Rarely do we get such close-ups of Bridget!!! This camp looks like the perfect place to stay through the weekend. I hope it remains quiet and peaceful for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cynthia. Yeah, close-ups of Bridget… She was right beside my feet while I sat in the lounger. I guess she didn’t want to let go of that pine cone in order to hide under the table.

  18. Deena in Peoria says:

    Ahhh, the smell of pine brings back many wonderful memories.

    Pictures are great and getting to stay over the holiday weekend, freedom to be enjoyed.

    1st open house is this Saturday, Miss Mollie and I are going visiting with a neighbor for the duration. Hopes are high.

    Thanks for the treat of an evening blog. Take Care.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  19. AZ Jim says:

    What a neat spot you picked Missy. I hope it turns out to be a peaceful stay for you and the fur kids. I never saw a dog pick apart a pine cone. She most likely enjoys the pine scent.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      This is a great spot. I’m hopeful that it won’t turn crazy over the weekend. The only disadvantage to our site that I can see is the fact that we’re right along the road. There may be kids on those noisy motorized bikes going back and forth, but with camp hosts in residence, maybe not so much.

      Bridget treats the pine cones like puzzles she disassembles. She’s an unusual dog.

  20. Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

    Wow, you hit the jackpot with this campground! So pretty and so much space. Like your own personal forest. I think Bridget and Reggie will enjoy this spot. Isn’t it wonderful when you just happen on a place that is so perfect for you and the crew? Have a wonderful time there enjoying all the beauty it has to offer. Be well and safe in your stay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Retiredcajunlady,

      It’s funny… I almost drove past the sign without stopping. The further north one goes on Route 191 the closer one is to the Moab madness. We could’ve ended up in a crowded situation. This campground suits us very well.

      Thank you for the nice wish for our stay here.

  21. Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

    Looks like a great place to spend the holiday..I’m lovin’ the trees. Bridget should get her fill of pine cones while you’re there..and I’ll bet Reggie gets in plenty of running.

  22. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    My favorite picture is of Bridget under the table! My dog doesn’t like her picture taken either. I was glad to get straightened out about the dogs’ chicken dinners. Thought that was pretty extravagant but…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Well, the chicken breakfasts are pretty extravagant from the point of view of this frugal person… I think I spend as much (if not more) for the crew’s food than I do for my own!

  23. Rocky Mtn Bob says:

    You’re in some more of my old stomping grounds. Abajo Peak, is a major communication site for the radio/microwave communication for most all govt. agency, Tel. Co., TV, etc. I spent some time up there, routine mtce. and several emergency situations at our site including Christmas Day in early 70s. Sno-Cated part of the way and hiked last couple miles on snow shoes. Elev on top somewhere around 11600. On the tower above the building you can see all 4 states. They relocated that site after I left, too difficult to maintain safely!!
    Do not try to drive your vehicle up there!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rocky Mtn Bob,

      No, I won’t be driving up to 11,600 feet. You can count on that. Gee, hiked to work on snow shoes… That’s a Christmas you’ll never forget!

  24. Renee from Idaho says:

    I love that last picture of Bridget! It’s as if she’s saying, “I love these pine cones and you remembered. I love you my Sue.”

    I remember driving past that campground sign leaving Monticello on our way to Monument Valley. Nice to see that it most likely would fit our fifth wheel and what a beautiful CG it is too. Thanks for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How sweet of you, Renee, to think that’s what Bridget was thinking.

      Your fifth wheel will fit in several of the campsites at Devil’s Canyon. There are quite a few like the one we are in, where you just drive up and park.

      This campground rates very high with me for its design. I don’t think I’ve ever found a campground as large as this with almost every site attractive and with some charm. I’ve only found two sites that are less than ideal and only because they back up too close to the road leading to the campground.

      I’ve been in campgrounds where almost every site has something negative about it. I’d love to be a designer of campgrounds. I think it would be fun. Go out and survey the landscape from all angles, the grade of the ground, the position of the sun throughout the day, the natural features such as location of trees and boulders, where the fire ring, grill, and picnic table will go, etc. and then create great campsites.

      • Renee from Idaho says:

        It’s “that look” of love. I see it in my two dogs too

        That would be an ideal job! You would think that those who design campgrounds would employ someone with experience in using them, much like golf courses. We were watching a program on TV the other day about Jack Nicklaus, the golfer. He is retired from golfing, but not that lifestyle. He now designs gold course all over the world. In McCall, Idaho, is a state park – Ponderosa State Park and several years ago a new RV camping section was built. Our then governor, Dirk Kempthorne, an avid RVer, was a major contributor to the design of the campground in order to provide access for larger RVs.

  25. AlanOutandAbout - Alpine AZ. says:

    Look at ****** campground, or ******* they are in Canyon lands, for your next adventure. If you haven’t already moved. It is all before you get to Moab.

  26. Judith camper says:

    Great pictures as usual. Enjoy your stay.

  27. Jay Herb says:

    RV Sue,
    just to let you know we camped their in April of 2013 and I spotted a Cougar with a baby in the campground so keep an extra eye on the pups and yourself . I found out later that area is good Cougar country. I told the camp host and he passed it on to the ranger. We stayed their for three days than went to Hovenweep NM. a nice small CG and dog friendly trails to see six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jay,

      Thanks for the warning on cougars in the area. I think I read somewhere that Manti LaSal forest also has the highest concentration of black bears in Utah. No matter where one camps, there’s wildlife around. Been to Hovenweep, although we didn’t hike — can’t remember why. It might’ve been too hot for hiking or too much for Spike. I’m not much for hiking alone with the crew. I enjoyed the drive out there.

  28. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Perfect and a good supply of pine cones for Bridget……..who could want for more!

  29. Larry in AR says:

    New camp is much more to my liking. Very nice. With apologies to desert lovers, red rocks and scrub brush just ain’t my thing. Pine trees. Now, that’s more like it.

    I often pick up pine cones from my mother’s yard. Can’t be done without gloves because they stick so bad. Miss B must have a delicate touch not to prick her mouth when picking those cones apart.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Larry,

      Have you spent much time in the desert? I think it takes time to “grow” on you, at least for some folks. One reason I love the desert is the warmth in winter. That makes everything else look pretty darn good. ha!

      I’m teasing. Piney forests are magical. You know, I never put much stock in aromatherapy. Now I’m realizing the benefits while relaxing in the woodsy fragrance that envelopes my lounger. Very soothing…

      I didn’t think of the difficulty of picking apart a pine cone with one’s teeth. Maybe the challenge of that is part of the appeal for Bridget.

      • Larry in AR says:

        Well, I have traveled through the desert a few times and spent most of January in Arizona. I must admit that the morning I checked the weather here and it was eight degrees, the desert looked pretty good.

  30. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Lovely looking site. I love the smell of pines, too. Amazing the Internet is so strong!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal,

      What a happy surprise when I turned on my jetpack and three bars popped up. Sometimes I get 4 bars here. The crew and I went on an outing yesterday and I saw an antenna on a hill just up the road from the campground.

  31. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    Ahh, sweet Bridget. Looks like she’s smiling in that last picture. Missy doesn’t like her picture taken either. I wonder sometimes if the trauma of being a pound puppy and having their picture taken imprinted which is why they run? Glad you found a good spot for the holiday. Stay safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alice,

      Our rescue pups do hold the mystery of their early days. Who knows why Missy and Bridget dislike the camera?

      You have a safe, enjoyable holiday!

  32. Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

    Perfect camp for Memorial Day RVSue 🙂 Praying that all the crazy folks are somewhere else!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Krystina! This campground doesn’t give me the impression of being a wild party place. 🙂

  33. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    I love Bridget and the pine cones. Dogs, they have their own preferences for sure. Our dog (some sort of medium sized terrier mix) has made up several of her own little games. She’s our first terrier who hasn’t torn apart her toys and de-stuffed them immediately. She just carries them around and will fetch them. She has a limey dog like Reggie’s (only yellow). Happy Memorial Day to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Don’t you just LOVE terriers? Someone once told me, “You’re either a terrier person or you’re not.” I don’t know if that’s true…

      Your dog sounds sweet, taking good care of her toys. Reggie tore up his Limey that he loved. Every time I have the chance to look while in a store, I hunt for a replacement.

      Whenever a Linda comments, I search my blog’s comments in order to set in my mind which Linda I’m replying to. The state location helps a lot (thank you!), but I do the search in order to supplement my poor memory. I notice your comments almost always include a reference to the crew… very tender, loving words.

      Thank you for the Memorial Day wish. I wish the same for you.

      • Linda (Wisconsin) says:

        Yes, I think I found your blog for the first time a few years back after searching for “dogs and rv” or some such and was struck by how much Spike looked like my late dog, Maddie. I loved Spike’s soak photos. Our current terrier (Stella) likes to look down into the water…I think she thinks the waves are something she can catch. She paws at them incessantly (terrier!) and then starts taking rocks out of the shallow water (lake or stream) with her mouth/ teeth and bringing them to shore. She will do this until you make her stop. I’m very fond of Reggie and the Bridge, vicariously.

  34. Hoot says:

    Hi Sue
    Your dogs are sooo cute. I am curious about how you decide where to go on your journey? Do you have a plan or just go where the wind takes you?

    Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Hoot,

      Sometimes I have a plan, mostly I don’t. During the first two years or so of my new lifestyle aka freedom, I wanted to experience certain places and that, of course, required some planning… places like national parks, the Pacific coast, the Wind River, WY, area, etc.

      Now that we’ve been to those destinations, the planning isn’t as defined. Basically I want to go to southern AZ in the winter and somewhere else in the summer. How and when we move from one to the other is determined mostly by weather and whim. Thanks for asking. I love questions!

  35. weather says:

    Most tend to think of our furry companions as being young or mature, canine or feline. Setting those labels aside, Bridget is just a lovable sweet little girl. Her photos, choices and behavior often convey that, especially the touching ones in this post. Another thing that often impresses me about her is her innate wisdom, particularly in ways to take care of herself. All types of remedies have long been known and sought after in pine bark, scent, cones, the seeds or “nuts” in them, relief from joint issues and inflammation among them. Even if simply her enjoying them were the point, I wonder if gathering some for her to have one when camped where they aren’t available is an option.

    The descriptions and pictures of that campsite in the post and your replies make it seem very appealing. Have you decided to stay there through the weekend?

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      What a great idea…..and pine cones are abundant…..not to mention free!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Again I agree with you, weather. Bridget is a “lovable sweet little girl.” Sometimes I look in her eyes and she transcends from canine to…. what? I don’t know. I’ve always had the feeling that there’s much more to Bridget than what I am able to perceive, being only human. Perhaps she is what is called “an old soul.”

      Very interesting about pine cones! She does seem to pull them apart for the fun of it, but then, maybe there is more to it. She’s pulled apart pine cones ever since her youth when I brought her to my house in Georgia.

      Yes, we will stay here through the weekend, at least until next Tuesday, maybe longer. Do you anticipate a lot of boat/jet ski activity on your lake this weekend?

      • weather says:

        About your looking into Bridget’s, eyes…the feeling you’ve always had, so many experiences we’ve both shared with creatures on this journey, I believe it’s goes far beyond mere chance that we cross and share paths with them. That topic could be explored for hours, however, time and place comes to mind. This likely is not the appropriate one of either so I’ll leave it at that.

        There are already some noisy watercraft on the lake. Yesterday at a popular beach a few miles from here my friend and I would wait until they moved a bit further out in order to hear each other speak. Thankfully, where I live it often is just on weekends. My neighbors will likely have company, fireworks and outdoor music for this one, too. I practice being glad for the community and people to have those opportunities, and try to enjoy the scenes, lights and sounds. When I can’t I stay inside or go for a drive as you sometimes do.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Avoiding noise…. Again the invention of the wheel is greatly appreciated! I hope you don’t feel the need to leave your home this weekend, only if you want to.

          I wholeheartedly agree with your first paragraph.

          • weather says:

            It seems that I missed a few ruffled feathers on here after my last check in yesterday and this morning. It may be just as well as you at times are more gracious to folks than I would be. I only mention it in hopes that you are enjoying your day, and to add my gratitude for all you give to the other notes of support and affection towards you.

      • milliehubbard says:

        Sue, I immediately thought Bridgie was an “Old Soul”…as was Spikey. You can just look in their eye and see the wisdom of the ages. Oh the things they’ve seen 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Spike’s wisdom was to live life to the fullest, even if it involves mud. In fact, ESPECIALLY when it involves mud. 🙂

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Our muddy buddy! I can remember vividly laughing out loud…at his mud boots!

  36. Geri says:

    Pine cones are great in a campfire! They are quick fire starters too for your campfire. I used to like just a quickie fire, not one that would burn and smolder all night. A fire of pine cones smell great and its all over in about 30 minutes!
    I really like this campground too Sue. Reminds me of the summers working at Grand Canyon and camping out in Coconino Forest.
    Bridget is a sweet lady, she is just a bit camera shy. Just a bit! Reggie looks like a rocket ready to take off! Do you still keep him tethered most of the time?
    Mermaid Tears sun catchers have really been keeping us busy! The weather has co-operated every Saturday we have done the Farmers Market in Apalachicola. We also sell to two shops that also keep us busy! Loving it! Enjoy your holiday weekend here!
    To all the Veterans who are also Blogerino’s, I want to thank you for our service to America! Hugs to the pups!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I am so happy your Mermaid Tears are fun for you and are selling well. Do you do a lot of searching for glass to tumble or do you buy from suppliers?

      You have many wonderful memories from your years as a solo RVer. I’m glad my blog brings those times to mind.

      Yes, Reggie is tethered when outside. I leave one end of the tether hooked on the grip by the door. I always carry him out the door and hook him up before setting him down. He’s so accustomed to the routine that he jumps up on the bed and sits still while I put on his suit and then he goes to the door and waits to be picked up. I hate that he has to be tethered, but on the other hand, he’s safe and enjoys his life very much.

      I hope Doogie and Radar are well, the little beach bums. Cuddles to both… and hugs to you and Chuck.

      • Geri says:

        EVERYBODY brings us bottles. plus when we go to recycle our stuff, we always check the glass bins to see what we can find. We have also had some interesting finds at Church recycle stores! The clear glass coffee cups have resulted in fun shapes.
        Doogie and Radar are still our canine clowns! Happy and loved!

  37. Lisa and her pack in SoFl (for now) says:

    Hi Sue,
    Those close ups of Bridget are wonderful. I love her happy face and yours must be happy in those beautiful pines. I hope you have a safe and quiet holiday weekend. Today is my moving in day, into trailer and truck that is….then everything else goes, yippee. I got my refrigerator in place yesterday and it was like a dam bursting. I could finally picture where it could all go. Now for the lifting, ugh. Take care of yourself and your furry crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      You are truly “building” a great life for yourself. I do enjoy reading the progress you make and now, here you are, moving in. Congratulations on what you’ve accomplished!

      Thank you for your wish for our weekend. I wish the same for you and your pack!

  38. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Golly, what a neat campground! It’s amazing how the terrain can change in so few miles. Utah and AZ have that in common. The second to last picture looks like it could be a boondock near Flagstaff. I love my desert home, but I equally love the mountains with their tall pines, alpine meadows, cool streams, and blue lakes.

    Today the Scamp goes in for new shoes. Figured it is time and it will be one less thing I’ll have on my mind during CO adventures this summer. Launch date is approaching. Once we get to the really hot weather I will be outta here in a flash. I had thought by June 1 I would be gone, but we have not hit 100 degrees yet in Tucson. By June 15 I am gone–triple digits or not. It has been quite nice this late spring. I have not even turned on my A/C yet! Early morning and then again in the eves, through the night are very pleasant. Open the windows to sleep and I find myself needing a blanket before very long.

    While CO is on my mind, I wanted to encourage you to do some exploring there. Yes, there is lots of high elevation but you don’t have to camp that high. There are plenty of places to camp between 7-8K feet and lower. Going over passes, you don’t linger but pass over and go back down. I have to acclimate myself once I get to about 84-85K feet but after a day or two, I am good to go another 2K feet or so. I think you and Reggie would be okay but HRH in her delicate, mature state may not be able to adjust so easily. I know, its a tough call for you.

    To stay within my shoestring budget for my adventures, I make do without any internet connections while on the road. Its a sacrifice I’m happy to make but I do admit to withdrawal the first week or ten days. When I am able to use public WIFI I do, but it does not happen frequently and my time on line is usually brief with specific intent. What I’m saying here is, if it appears that I have fallen off the edge of the earth, don’t worry that my feathers are all ruffled and I abandoned my fellow blogorinos, you and the crew. Once I’m home in the fall I’ll reconnect with everyone, but that my not be until October or even early November. Then again, if I happen to find a boondock next to a pine tree with internet access, you better believe I am gonna plug into it and tell you about my amazing find! (and everyone will wonder where I’m camping and just what is the elevation)

    Here’s to a good Memorial Day weekend to everyone in the RVSue Nation. Do pause and remember what the holiday is all about and give thanks for those who have made our freedom possible.

    Sue, I appreciate you sharing your journey with us and allowing such a great community to develop out of your experiences. I recognize that the blog takes considerable time and effort on your part but know that your work brings joy, comraderie, and inspiration to many, many folks. Thank you.

    Travel on and be safe! Hugs to the crew from me.—Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear Audrey,

      What a lovely comment. It’s like a mini-blog post to me. Your advice about camping in Colorado is encouraging and appreciated.

      Thank you for taking the time to write your appreciation for what I put into this blog. It is very timely and I admit I’m writing this with watery eyes for having felt your kindness.

      I receive a lot of good from this blog and from the people who visit it. My life is enriched. Experiences I share are enhanced by the reactions of readers. My photography is a joy mostly because it is appreciated.

      There are some drawbacks to blogging, too. It hurts when people disappear without a word or leave after giving a parting shot designed to hurt.

      You, on the other hand, are so very thoughtful and kind to let me know why you may vanish for a while. That means a lot to me and says a great deal about what sort of person you are. Thank you.

      Safe travel and hugs to you, too, Audrey.

  39. Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

    Just to be perfectly clear, you never have permission to publish my name, likeness, or anything about me that I can legally protect. Needless to say, I am unsubscribing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I have never published anyone’s name, likeness, or anything about them that is recognizable without their permission.

      I devoted a lot of thought and heart into making you feel welcome here, Calvin. Blogorinos have been very nice to you. For you to go off in a huff… well, frankly we deserve better.

      Go ahead and unsubscribe; that’s your choice. If you change your mind on a day when you’re feeling more charitable, you will be welcomed.

      • Dawn in NC says:

        Hi Sue. I don’t understand Calvin R’s actions. However, I want to encourage you. You can’t please everyone all the time. Also, you’re not required to please any of us. Your blog is a great gift to the blogorinos and so many lurkers worldwide. Please don’t be discouraged when people drop out for various reasons. You do a great job keeping this post positive and non confrontational. I can’t tell you the amount of pleasure and encouragement that I get out of the blog. It makes me happy seeing people living their dreams and to know that it is possible. I may not be at a stage in my life where I can hit the road, but it challenges me to think of other areas in my life where I can achieve my little dreams. So, thanks for all that you do!

    • Geri says:

      Wow! Somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed! Calvin, I hope you reconsider and come back one day in the future. HOWEVER, Sue deserves better than the abrupt slap in the face you left her with! Sue has created a warm and caring community here with the Blogerino’s and treats us all like family. All families have squabbles and difference of opinions. That is life. But to leave us like this Calvin, with harsh words…. well, you know better!

  40. Diana P in Texas says:

    Wow! We love Devil’s Canyon! Been there twice, and it’s even nicer than you describe it. 🙂 There’s a place in Blanding (I forgot the name) with really good burgers and ice cream. 😉 Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Diana! I haven’t shown in words and pictures how nice it is here. I’m glad you had the opportunity to experience it.

  41. Biz Crate - still 40m south of Chicago says:

    I may need to change my name/address line soon. My house is under contract and the inspections and so on are all scheduled. The dreaded garage sale is in final preparations for this weekend. I say “dreaded” because I would not have gone this direction without the tireless work of my daughter, Kate.
    I have a couple of days scheduled for a driver’s class with an RV instructor near Kansas City. That will happen in a couple of weeks. I’ll decide then if I will just keep going (most likely) or head back to the hometown to take care of unfinished business.
    Needless to say, Blogerinos, that I would not be at this stage without all of you. Thanks Sue and crew, your inspiration has helped my dream come true.
    My daughter is fond of quoting one of the Lost Boys to a grown up Peter Pan from the movie Hook at each of my milestones: “You’re doing it, Peter. You’re DOING IT!”
    I can’t wait for my adventures in Madness (the RV).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This is fantastic news, Biz Crate! Your house is almost sold, the garage sale will be over soon, you will take a class to prepare for driving your RV, and you have the support of your daughter…. and also the support of your fellow blogorinos and me!

      I love the picture of your daughter cheering you on with “You’re DOING IT!” She sounds like a real treasure.

      I wish you many glorious vistas and relaxing camps, Biz Crate. I hope you will keep in touch. Thank you for an uplifting comment. Inspiring you to run off in Madness (haha) makes blogging worth it!

  42. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Continuing on………?

    Good morning! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cinandjules! Same to you! Reggie just pulled me away from this computer so he could go zoomies outside and make me laugh. 🙂

  43. Martha says:

    I commented yesterday and introduced ourselves, but when I woke this morning and read all the wonderful comments and replies, I felt even more heartened that there is not only you but a great community of fellow travelers and seekers out there as we set out on our journey of downsizing, selling, and moving into our trailer…hopefully by November, given that the synchronicity we are already experiencing, continues. At the moment my mind feels like a string maze or a tangled necklace, but your blog is helping.

    I realized last night that this isn’t my first rodeo. But when I was traveling in my Volkswagen van in the 70s by myself, I was running away, or in circles, or whatever you want to call it, to find myself. I traveled and worked for two years. I had my first experience boon docking in 1975 (but I didn’t know the term). An irate farmer woke me in the middle of the night, upset that I was boon docking on his road leading to the farm. I didn’t know! I crawled into my sleeping bag in the dark. And then there was the gaggle of ducks crossing the road in the Idaho in front of semi–he stopped and let them cross. And the bear I saw out hiking alone who thankfully ran the other way.

    That was the 70s, this is now, and a completely different experience awaits us.
    I knew then, and for many years after, that I wanted to be on the road, but it’s all these years later that we are going to make it happen.

    Thank you for providing this service–like you say, it’s not just a travelogue, but useful advice not only from you but all the other travelers out there, to whom I also say thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Martha.

      Another enjoyable comment! I particularly enjoyed your second paragraph where you give us a glimpse of the serendipitous occurrences that brighten our days as we travel and camp. I’m glad you are returning to the spirit of adventure displayed back in the 70s.

      Best wishes for untangling your mind… 🙂

    • What a wonderful story/history. And what a beautiful thought–then you were running away. This time will be a different Martha and a new world. Good luck on your journey! And may all the ducks cross safely before you and all the bears run the other way!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Martha I’m fascinated by your blog.

      • Martha says:

        Thank you. I wasn’t even sure someone could click on it. It used to be “Taking Care of Mom” during the last three years of my mom’s life (almost 102 when she died in 2011). I then named the blog “Connecting Points” a few years ago and intended to do the personal histories and keep blogging. I’ve done neither in the past year. My dream has been to take both on the road. When we decided to do that, the title “Connecting Points,” still seems appropriate. I’m going to start writing again about our new adventure. (Sorry Sue to co-op your page with side stories.)

        • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

          Martha, I wish I had known of your “Taking Care of Mom” blog. Would have read every word…

  44. Oh, Sue,, Bridget looks so sweet with the pinecones. What’s Reggie looking at? Have a great weekend and be safe, you 3,,,,,,, ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I don’t remember what Reggie is looking at… a rabbit, chipmunk, bird… He’s always curious.

      Wishing you and Piper a safe and happy week right through the weekend and beyond. 🙂

  45. Maia says:

    Looks like a lovely location. I can almost smell the piney aroma. Great storytelling, as usual.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Maia. It’s cool this morning, still lovely, and the sun is filtering through the pine boughs.

  46. Is Bridget scared of lightning and thunder? It took awhile for us to figure out that the flash on our cameras was scaring our Bella. She is terrified of thunder. She does let us take pictures, but if something flashes, she used to disappear, but she’

    I wonder if Bridget associates all cameras aimed at her with a flash of lightning? Just a thought.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good thought, but it doesn’t apply to Bridget. She’s never shown any fear of lightning or thunder and I don’t use the flash on my camera anyway. Nice of you to try to figure out why she is camera shy.

  47. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    I think in the first Bridge & pine cone pic, she does look a little nervous (maybe thinks a scolding is coming?). But the third pine cone pic, I think she looks happy!!

    And that pic with Reggie in the yellow flowers……looks like he has something coming out of his butt!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haha! That’s the yellow tether “coming out of his butt.” Gee, blogorinos don’t miss a thing! 🙂

      No, Bridget isn’t expecting a scolding. You know how I know that? Because Bridget doesn’t know what a scolding is!

      I think she was proud of the job she was doing on that pine cone. Who knows?

      • Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

        After reading comments on here, I’ve decided the first look is ‘Mama caught me with that camera again!’.

  48. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    Fantastic pics! Love seeing Bridget investigate the pinecone. I can almost smell the pine and feel the cool air. It is wicked humid here today and your post transported me to a much better place. Thank you so much Sue and crew. Enjoy your day:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Gingerita… I wish I could do something about your humidity. I admit I don’t want it here! 🙂

  49. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    I haven’t turned the ac on either. I have decided not to use it this summer, if RVSue can make through Georgia summers without it, then I don’t need it here. You are an inspiration!

  50. casitagirl says:

    I can smell the pine! It’s so funny that Bridget likes to eat pine cones, but not anything else. Remember Euell Gibbons? “Ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible…”

    We are just back from a 2-week trip the London and the Highlands in Scotland to see some ancient family lands. Scotland is beautiful and so history-rich! I had never been there before and will go back!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How wonderful that you went to London and Scotland, casitagirl. My sister Pauline has been to Scotland a few times looking into our family history. Like you she was enchanted and had to go back.

  51. cateW says:

    Hi Sue, Crew, and Blogorinos,

    I still “love” all of you even though I’ve been away for quite a while. Annual conference, illness, too busy, etc.. Just spent a very enjoyable hour + catching up on the blog posts. Returned yesterday from my vacation in Charleston and Savannah and it was lovely to see two beautiful southern towns with lots of history and culture unique to the respective areas.

    I may lurk more and comment less but that doesn’t mean I am not interested in all of your doings, and wish everyone here health, happiness, and a great summer.

    Be well..God bless,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How nice of you to check in with us, Cate, and to let us know you’re with us even when you don’t comment. Thanks for catching up on the posts you missed.

      I’m glad you had a pleasant vacation. Those are two lovely towns.

  52. Bridget and her pine cones are just too cute!

  53. Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

    Sue, I have a totally off topic question for you and any other reader who can help me with their thoughts. I am looking at one of the shorter motorhomes and a few travel trailers. I like the idea of having a vehicle separate from the RV, but many (if not most) of the forums and blogs I have read (not yours) suggest that single women travelers should have a motorhome for safety reasons. I do see the wisdom in that train of thought, but I also see the wisdom in a RV/vehicle combo. So, my question is have you ever felt uneasy in your Casita, but didn’t want to move locations because you would have to exit it to get to your van? I would never travel at night unless it was 100% unavoidable. And like you, I would always do some research and/or a drive by before making a final decision on parking spot or campground. I do tend to over think, over analyze, and over research large purchases, but with this I am not so sure I can over do at all. Thank you so much!!

    • Larry in AR says:

      If you think it not too presumptuous for a man to give advice to a lady, I have a couple of thoughts to pass along. If you are camped in a motorhome and feel the need to make a quick exit, you would need to have packed everything away before retiring. Not too big a deal if you’re just spending one night, but could be a problem for extended stays. And by the way, I have a trailer and have felt the need to get out of Dodge in a hurry. I had not unhitched but had to raise stabilizers and throw things in a pile before leaving. This was about 4:30 in the morning when I witnessed a drug drop in a municipal park, and they knew I had witnessed it, so discretion was the better part of valor. In other words, this man turned into a chicken.

      The other thing, if you decide on a trailer, I suggest you get one that has windows or peep holes all around. My trailer does not have a front or back window and there are times I really wish I could see without having to stick my head out the door.

      Good luck with your decision, and don’t let concerns for safety spoil your travels. I have heard it said, and firmly believe, if it doesn’t feel right, move on. Humans have evolved a great instinct for self preservation. Trust it.

      • Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

        Not presumptuous at all! I am in the learning and listening (and reading) phase at this point, so all information is important and needed. Drug drop…I would have been frantic! Thank God you did get away safely. Wouldn’t I still need to unplug the electric cord in a motorhome? I know there are many campgrounds I would love to visit without electric hook-ups, but many do have them. LOL I have visions of driving off with a cord flapping around. Thank you so much for your response. Take care and safe travels.

        • Larry in AR says:

          Yep, forgot about the cord. I was not hooked to water or sewer, so just pulled it quickly and threw it in the floor of the trailer.

        • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

          And water hoses and perhaps sewer hoses. Then there is the wheel chocks, leveling blocks, steps, etc.

          If one EVER did encounter such a situation, it may just be faster to just take only the tow vehicle as it would be easier and faster. IF it came to that.

          If you have read this blog and the comments from way back, you didn’t read Sue or anyone encountering a situation like that. Loud obnoxious generators, yes. Drunk, swearing, atv driving knuckleheads, yes. They were reasons Sue and others chose to relocate. Never read of any on other blogs, either.

          For all women AND men, if you put yourself in a victim frame of mind, people will pick up on that. As Sue advises, keep aware of your surroundings. If you have them near you, take a self-defense class. You will probably never use the tools they teach but you will have a bit more confidence.

          Women have been out and about, solo, for a loooong time. When was the last time you heard on the news that ANY camper had a run-in with a ‘badie’? Sue has pointed out that “out there” is much safer that most urban areas. The no-goodnics go where the pickin’ is easiest … where there are lots of people.

          Wouldn’t you rather be out having fun than being weighed down by holding thoughts that won’t serve you well. If there were such problems, I don’t think Sue would still be out there ~ for 5 years ~ and still going! And so many others; guys and gals.

          You’re gonna have so much fun! You will have some great adventure stories to share. As for safety, overhead bin doors, midnight potty runs without any lights on, dog/cat leashes on the floor, not putting vehicle fully in park and getting out, we all probably create more danger for ourselves. 🙂

          I’ve heard that gals from LA are quite strong, bold and spunky. They don’t take kindly to folks messin’ with them. They give ’em what for. Zat true? (maybe that was just women in general 😉 )

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It may seem that Larry’s experience with the drug drop contradicts what I wrote in my rant below. It doesn’t. When I wrote that I’ve never encountered a situation where I felt I had to skedaddle, it’s because I don’t camp where drug deals take place. Camping in a “municipal park” is iffy.

          I agree with Larry, “…don’t let concerns for safety spoil your travels.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      My opinion? I think that is the dumbest reason on earth for not having a travel trailer. I don’t know why that keeps popping up now and then on forums. It has absolutely no connection to the reality of life on the road. It’s one of those myths that continues to indoctrinate women with fear and keeps them from enjoying their lives doing what they want in a manner they prefer. It doesn’t make any sense at all. None. It’s “watch out for the bogeyman” thinking. I hate that it might influence a woman to choose a rig that isn’t right for her. Who ARE these people who perpetuate such nonsense…

      Remember: I have almost 5 years traveling alone on the road and not once have I thought, “Ooooh, I’m afraid to get out of the PTV or I’m scared to step outside the BLT.”

      I’m not harping at you, Retiredcajunlady. I can understand you wondering about this the way some people make a big deal about it. This is one of my MAJOR pet peeves. I have NEVER felt like I had to make a quick get-away. I have NEVER been afraid to step outside of the PTV. That whole scenario is bunk. Fantasy. Tune out those voices and get the rig that you want and enjoy it with confidence.

      Thanks for bringing it up. It’s something that needs to be addressed regularly to counteract the fear-mongering.

      • Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

        Thank you all so very much for your responses. LA is Louisiana, SE near New Orleans, and yes, southern gals can give a dressing down to someone who deserves it! But we do it so sweetly, they rarely realize it for days…or sometime not so sweetly.

        I am most reassured by all of the comments made. And you have all made a lot of sense. I realize now from all I have read that when a man asks a man about rig types, they always say, “floorplan, floorplan, floorplan” is the key. When a woman asks, it is “safety, safety, safety”. Interesting dynamic that I have all of you to thank for me now understanding.

        Have a wonderful holiday weekend to all of you, and thank you so much.

      • I think there is also simply a difference in personality, and how people react to things. My dad was car-jacked at gun point, escaped, and afterward, it was over, the end. Many, many years later I remember asking my mom about it, because I wasn’t even sure if it happened or if I’d dreamed it! She looked kind of thoughtful and then said, “Oh yes, that happened when we lived in {name redacted} didn’t it? I’d forgotten all about it.”

        And yet for some people, that would have been a defining moment in their lives that shaped the way they reacted to the world. I’m not saying one way is better than the other, but what made me think about it was the fact that when you had a bear at your door, you learned from it and went right on living your life the way you wanted.

        I’m sure there are people who would have sworn off “whatever they decided made that happen” at that moment.

        For me, all the concerns about being a woman alone, about boondocking in an area that is secluded, etc. caused me to wonder about safety. Reading five years of you blog made me dismiss those concerns. Keep up the good work!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You elaborated very well what I hoped to convey, whether that was your intention or not. Thank you!

          Yes, how we react to what we experience influences our lives going forward. Unfortunately there is no shortage of “cheerleaders for fear.” I prefer the “get right back on the horse after falling off” reaction, rather than the “ooh, run, run, run!” response.

          I had to chuckle at your reference to the “bear at your door.”

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, and my response to your last paragraph? What you have done is shed the societal conditioning against women living with freedom and with confidence. Hooray for you!

  54. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Last? ?
    Love your new camp, and the price….I really want to see the desert, but those trees really call to me . That was such a sweet picture of Bridget with the pine cone. It reminded me of a time when a friend had a bowl of very small cedar cones as a decoration on her coffee table. I copied & gathered some & set a bowl out. Every so often the cat would jump up and pick up one in his teeth & run off to play with it. Before long, I had half a bowl & the rest under couch, fridge, and elsewhere, soon scrapped that decore.
    Leave for Wisconsin with trailer in tow early Thursday a.m, I am getting excited now.
    Hope all goes well in the nursing home…I got called Mon at 5 & was asked to go in and help calm my mother down…by 10:30 they decided my being there was making her worse…so they suggested I leave..I was happy to. .it isn’t her usual behaviour so they started an antibiotic for a uti so she should be calmer when I am away……My eye Dr was telling me about his neighbour who cared for her mother at home…she just passed at 102 yrs old and the daughter is 80. …Guess I should be thankful for just being 70.
    Have a good weekend in your lovely spot.

  55. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Hi Sue,

    Such beautiful pictures….I want to see all of that in a couple of years when I take off from here for an extended trip. Getting ready to go on a summer 2-week adventure next week, from GA, stop in TN, and on to MI to visit family.

    Bridget is so cute with that pinecone! I had a cocker spaniel that would pick them up, carry them off to a corner, and take them apart like she’s doing. I don’t know what that’s about. He wouldn’t mess with the tightly packed ones, just the older, dried ones. He was just so cute with them, just like Bridget is.

    We have a new pup, a 10-year-old lab/Border collie mix, a big girl at about 77 pounds. She was adopted by a friend who works long hours and she couldn’t handle her, so I brought her home with me. My chow mix was jealous a bit and there were a few skirmishes, but now they have settled down peacefully. The RV adventure coming up will be a real test to see how they bond (and if we can retain our sanity). Can’t wait!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      You are very kind to take on the responsibility of another dog at this point in her life and in yours. It sounds like your pack is established . . . Next, the open road!

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