Drama on the way to an exceptionally fine boondock

Thursday, May 28

The crew and I continue our search for a secluded camp where we can enjoy a quiet weekend.  I refer to my Benchmark atlas to find forest roads that lead to water.

This is nice!

P1050242I let Bridget and Reggie out of the Perfect Tow Vehicle while I analyze the campsite.

P1050240A maze of dirt roads connects several camps similar to this one. 

Across the small bay a young man hollers as he plays.  I have a vision of dirt bikes roaring past, kicking up dust.  Pick-up trucks.  Noise.   Well, It’s pretty and I’d like to camp here but it would be risky for the weekend.  This would be better for weekdays.

“C’mon, let’s keep looking.  There’s another road not far from here.”

Friday, May  29

Bridget, Reggie, and I leave East Davis Lake Campground.  We’re on our way to a new camp which we discovered yesterday.  It’s an exceptionally fine site and I’m excited!

P1050246The forest road becomes very narrow in places. 

Pine boughs brush against the PTV and BLT.   I try to maneuver the PTV’s tires around the sharp rocks sticking up in the road..  We jounce over large roots.

“Hang on, guys!”

P1050248We come to a cluster of trees directly in front of us. 

Hmm . . . A choice.  Go to the right where it’s very steep with lots of ruts, rocks, and roots and a sharp turn.  Go to the left where it’s very steep with no ruts, rocks, or roots, but the road narrows with trees on both sides.  Gee, that’s a tight fit. 

I get out of the PTV to take a look. 

I estimate the space between trees and compare it with the width of the PTV and BLT.

I think we’ll be okay.

P1050249I shoulda’ measured.

I put the PTV in first gear and charge up the hill through the line of trees on both sides.  At the last pair, I stop abruptly.  Dang!   The right front of the PTV is blocked.  About three inches too narrow! 

The wonderful campsite is only about a hundred yards up the road.

So close and yet so far.

Isn’t this a fine fix I put us in.  Now I’m gonna’ hafta’ back through these trees and downhill . . . . Oh me.  Well, if I simply follow the way we came up here, it shouldn’t be very difficult.


The earth is spongy from years of decomposed wood and pine needles. We clear the trees and then . . . Yikes!  We’re SLIDING!


The PTV comes to a rest and I put on the emergency brake.  I get out to investigate.  Good heavens, what a mess.  Now where the heck did that ROCK come from!  Anyway . . . .

After a few more harrowing moments, the PTV takes us to the right, over ruts, rocks and roots, pulls up the steep slope . . . .

P1050250“Come on!  Come on!  We can do this! . . . . Yay! . . . . WE MADE IT!”

All the preliminary drama makes our new campsite especially sweet.

P1050267We’re at the end of a promontory that was formed by lava.

P1050253The area is large, flat, clean, and covered with pine needles.

P1050323I position the Best Little Trailer to provide the best view (below, seen from our campsite).

P1050302Of course, Bridget and Reggie are anxious to explore our new home!

P1050305 I breathe in the pine scent as I follow Reggie wherever his nose takes him.  I listen to the silence.  A perfect weekend retreat . . . .

P1050304I set about establishing our home.

P1050299The wheel chocks, the outdoor mat, the lounger, table, doggie beds, water dish, toys . . . .

P1050296“We’ll relax for a bit and then we’ll go for a walk before supper.  Come out from under there, honey.  I’m almost done taking pictures.”

Sheesh, what a struggle I made out of coming here. . . .  Oh well, nothing was damaged. 

P1050298Definitely worth the drama!


Canine Corner:  “What dogs do” by Bridget and Reggie

“Miss B?  How come you never chase squirrels or anything?”

P1050278-001“Oh, I don’t know.  I guess I don’t see the point in it.  Live and let live.”

“It’s what dogs do, Miss B!  They chase things!”

“Yes, they do.”  (pause)  “You know, Reggie.  Just because others do something, doesn’t mean you have to do it, too.  What’s a squirrel ever done to you?”

P1050281“Make faces at me.  Make funny noises and laugh.  Shake their tail at me!”

“Ha! Ha!  You’re a silly boy, Reggie.  See how tall these trees are?”

“Yeah, they’re huge!”

“Well, when you learn how to climb these trees, you might have a chance at catching a squirrel.”

“Who said anything about catchin’?  I just like chasin’ em! ”


P1050287“C’mon, Reggie.  Quit looking for squirrels to harass.  We’re almost home.”


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132 Responses to Drama on the way to an exceptionally fine boondock

  1. Some excitement on the way to the new locale. Don’t think I’ll be taking the RV up to this new site. It does look gorgeous and very calming.
    One of these days Reggie will change his mind about chasing squirrels and see the truth in Bridget’s philosophy of live and let live.

  2. Nice spot, I am pretty sure the Airstream isn’t going up there. Color me jealous.

  3. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    A wonderful post, as always, Sue!! What a GREAT boondock site!! It doesn’t look like I could get my Class A in there! BooHoo!! LOL 🙂

    Happy Trails!

    Larry M

  4. Marilu from Northern California. says:

    Wow! I was holding my breath! Good luck getting out of there. Your posts have me itching to get to Oregon. Thanks for your post. Hugs to all.

  5. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    From the way it reads, I won’t even be taking a minivan there. The trees wouldn’t get me, but the rocks and ruts might. You got a great view out of it, though.

  6. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a beautiful site! Probably no one would find your there. A little harrowing getting there though. I could just imagine Bridget telling Reggie those things.

  7. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, Sue, you do have nerves of iron and steel!! I would have been so upset to have been caught in that too tight and sliding position!! My blood pressure would have caused a stroke!! I am glad you found such a nice site however!! Heh, whatever would life be like with a doggie who loves to chase squirrels….ours did that too…funny beasts. Yet, the squirrels really were not too worried…in fact, our “deck buddies” would come and put their paws on our sliding glass door off the deck, whenever they felt we had run out of food…or at least the kind they liked (sunflowers and peanuts). And stand there a LONG time looking intently in. Being our pet door was there too…we always shut if if gone as we would not have wanted them in the house!!

  8. Dawn in MI says:

    Don’t think I’d have made it up there hauling anything. Though I’d like to think I could, I’m sure when and if I ever do get to go RVing I’m going to have to stick to places more tame! Enjoy the quiet though, it must be wonderful. And best wishes on the ride back down!

  9. weather says:

    Wow,there’s the sweet homey fresh beauty the others in your search lacked,what a find!I read your text thinking of the times you’ve said- a terrible looking entrance road can be appreciated because it can almost guarantee privacy- and the benefit of not having a rig so expensive or “precious” that one is deterred from hunting for great campsites by fear of scratching or damaging a delicate possession.Check,and check-right again Sue.

    My gosh ,could the crew look any cuter than they do in the photo of them looking out the PTV’s window(below the words “…pulls up the steep slope) ? My favorite one in this post is them so like siblings out for a walk together in the woods below “What’s a squirrel ever done to you?”. Your new home and it’s views are beautiful.Will you stay for a bit or leave when the week end is over?Is this Reggie’s first or second real boondock?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This is Reggie’s first boondock. Cold temperatures and rain is on the way, arriving probably tomorrow (Mon.), staying for a few days. Then more warmth like today… around 80 degrees. I don’t know if we will leave tomorrow or not. Groceries are low, enjoyment of this site is high!

      • weather says:

        Double oops for me,Ha!Guess we typed at the same time.Thanks for replying to me Sue,I appreciate it-your answers are much better.Hope if the rain comes it’s the nice kind that makes things even prettier,makes being inside wonderfully cozy feeling and doesn’t make very many paths,roads and things muddy 🙂

    • weather says:

      Oops,now I see that we should answer questions.Maybe the crew could look cuter-stay tuned.Sue and crew will move when the right mood strikes.Yes,this was Reggie’s first or second real boondock. 🙂 Have a great mini vaca!

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        I wonder if RVSue felt any of those earthquakes along the coast?

        • weather says:

          That’s what probably really made her rig go into a slide!And aftershocks wrecked her internet connection!

          🙂 This page’s borders might act like rock canyon walls around the empty silent space here-do ya think if we shout HELLO!!! we’ll get an echo from her or anyone?

  10. Captain K (Utah) says:

    I admire your tenacity. Nothing worse than sliding; glad you made it safe and now can relax and enjoy another beautiful spot. Love the canine comments. Reggie was certainly worth the wait.

  11. Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

    Nice spot. Scary entrance. Is there any good kayaking?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You can put in at sites like at the beginning of this post. Lake kayaking is what it is.

  12. Shawna says:

    So glad that turned well!

  13. MJ says:

    Admiration and encouragement all at the same time. My mini motorhome sliding is one of my quiet terror thoughts. Boldly go, you!

  14. I admire your willingness to drive those dirt tracks while towing. Sliding is just the nightmare scenario for me. When we had the 5th wheel we drove into Washington, DC on Friday afternoon (idiots!) in the rain, and found ourselves sliding on the freeway in crazy heavy traffic. It is a beautiful camp.

  15. Mick'nTN says:

    I’m going to guess Summit Lake. Many nice lakes to chose from. Hope you will tell us after you leave. Beautiful spot. Looks easy to get lost.

  16. Hugs from Hoquiam/Orting says:

    Wow!!! You had me at sliding!!!!

    Stay safe!

  17. Hugs from Hoquiam/Orting says:

    Oops, this is Barb

  18. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Glad you all are safe and sound (especially tha PTV and BLT), and enjoying this new camp! Loved the picture of your little co-pilots and this installment of Canine Corner! Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  19. Joy Sutton says:

    WOW. Love those kind of sites but with my 30 ft will have to pass. I would be stuck between those trees. Beautiful though!

  20. Mary in CO says:

    Tenacity got you there! Enjoy it. Shouldn’t be too many visitors at that site. I used to drive my VW pop top van up mountains road that I shouldn’t have been on, don’t know if I’d do it now. But I never did get into a situation that I couldn’t get out of. Those were the days!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Now reading that makes me want a “retroactive magic” blog of those days (even though there were no blogs back then). Sounds fantastic!

  21. Well, you did it! You had me holding my breath when you started sliding! I have been in that same situation with my cab over camper back in the 1980’s! Scary alright! Glad we both survived the slide!
    Again, great photographs! Loved the one of the distant landscape view and Reggie looking anxiously out the window as Bridget just calmly let’s him know, ” no problem! Sue knows what to do!”

  22. Velda says:

    Makes me say Ahhhhhh, peace!

  23. AZ Jim says:

    Ya had me holding my breath there for a minute Missy. Thankfully ya made it through unscathed. Have you taken a chance on letting Reggy run without his leash or tether?
    I love your little Canine chats, sounds about like they would be talking. Have fun guys.

    • AZ Jim says:

      BTW 106 degrees as I type.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        106 in the shade?! Stay cool, Jim and Detta! 🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Hey you!

        My sister was at the Sun City house ….melting!

        Keep cool. Hope all is well! Hello to Detta!

        • AZ Jim says:

          Thanks Denise and CinandJules….it’s hot but we are spending most of our time in the AC cooled house. I go out long enough to make sure both our Bird watering locations are full of fresh water and I do freeze containers of water to put in them as well. We feed them several times a day, we have mourning dove, collared dove, whitewing doves, lots of sparrows, some finch and a family of quail, momma, poppa, and four adorable chicks. That’s one of our forms of entertainment.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            One of the best forms of entertainment in my book!! You both are treasures….making sure all of the birds have plenty of food and water. 🙂

          • Awww…..the quail – are they Gamble Quail? I think we just missed seeing them with their babies because I haven’t seen any here at Navajo Lake SP, but they were abundant at Elephant Butte. I would love to see the babies!

            • AZ Jim says:

              Yes, they are Gamble Quail. I tried to get a pic several times but so far nothing good. Those babies were the size of a chicken egg when we first spotted them (a month ago) now they are twice that size.

  24. DesertGinger says:

    Just got home from urgent care. Guess what? I’ve been in NY just over a week and already have pneumonia. Aargh. Still going to class tomorrow. He said I’m not contagious. And I feel crappy but don’t want to miss class I paid for. So that’s my news, doing homework now, having dinner and going to bed. They started me on antibiotics and steroids. Hate taking meds! Oh well.

    • weather says:

      Gosh Ginger,please get as much rest as you can,well,you know the routine.I’m so sorry you feel crappy and I hope and pray that your good health is quickly restored.When you get the chance,let us know how you’re doing-I know everyone here is pulling for you,hugs,weather

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Well – that stinks, DesertGinger! Rest up, take your meds, eat well and try not to push yourself too hard. Hopefully the meds will start to kick in tonight and you will feel a better in the morning. Sending you a hug! 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Sorry to hear of your illness, try not to overdo. The meds will help immensely, even though I hate taking them too. If you have to drive to class please be careful. Take care and let us know how you are doing.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So sorry you are again with Pneumonia, Ginger!! Wishing you all the best in all you are doing, in spite of being unwell….this has been a tough year for you!!

    • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

      So sorry to hear that Ginger. Hope you feel better real soon.

    • Marilu from Northern California says:

      Hugs to you Desert Ginger. I’m so sorry you’ve had this happen. Get well soon.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Hi Gin,
      Pneumonia! Well, we have that in common now. I, too, have it. First time ever for me in my 60+ years of living. Not fun stuff… Weakness is the main thing that gets me down with it. Like you, I’m not used to being weak at anything. We both are Warior Women, we WILL WIN over this! Take the meds and hopefully all will be well for you again. My doctors gave me three weeks of out clinic care and if it is not gone in the next x-ray then I have to go in the hospital. Well, that’s NOT going to happen! They would have to drag me kicking and screaming to any ~Horse-pistal~! So I have my fingers-crossed for both of us! Hugs and get well with lightening speed 🙂

      • DesertGinger says:

        Oh Pamela…so sorry you are sick too. Yes, I am so weak and tired and headachy, and having trouble sleeping because of coughing. I see my doc tomorrow. Hope he doesn’t send me to hospital, I don’t want to miss my class. I sure hope you lick this thing! Fight, fight, fight!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Pamela and DesertGinger….Sending up prayers that you both will be feeling better soon! Rest up, push the fluids and take the meds. We all are thinking of you! Sending you both some healing hugs!! 🙂

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Denise and Ginger,
          That is so sweet of you both, thank you!
          Yes, sleep, eat, meds, repeat, lol. This afternoon I took my camp chair and headed for the local sports park here. Stopped at Wally World first for some healthy grab-n-go foods and a Starbuck’s coffee ~Mocha Coconut~ to enjoy while resting there. I figured if I had to rest, I might as well enjoy it outside of the Airstream. The air was fresh and the heat felt good, even with my temp it felt good on my face, arms and legs. The weakness is killer for me though. Carrying that camp chair was all I could do! Once I got it there under a nice tree I just collapsed and sank into my quiet place. They say that one of the side effects of the meds is tendon weakness…I agree it really has hit me hard! I read some pages from the National Parks Guide Book. That is always calming to me. Didn’t EVEN watch the softball players play…too much action for me to focus on. Sure hope the spot on my lung is getting better…kinda scary to know it’s there! Never had that happen before! Anyway, felt better after the Starbuck’s ice coffee, lol, that always cures everything 🙂

  25. Jan Johnson says:

    Wow, that sounded scary! But you got another gorgeous and secluded spot! Would you feel as safe in the southeast? I am not sure I would, but I hate crowded campgrounds. What is the point in camping if there are people all around you? I think I would take the risk, at least on the west side of our country.

    Those little dogs have charmed us all, I think. They have such a life, seeing and smelling so many new things.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I’m with you on the crowded campgrounds. One time (when in the SE, coincidentally) I was at a campground when it hit me: I have MUCH more quiet and privacy at home!

      (I was there for a class though, so I just had to remind myself how much nicer it was [to me] than a motel.)

  26. Jonesgirl145 says:

    “Mom! You never stop to amaze me at your courage and persistence in getting us to new places to explore.” Thanks. B and R

  27. Julie says:

    New to this but have wasted a day reading from the 2011 archives then jumped here. Have enjoyed reading your early blogs & hope to catch up. You have sure made progress in your abilities & confidence. Looks like you lost your lovely doggie & have a new one. I will enjoy the experience of catching up. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      If this is your first comment Julie, welcome! You are now an official blogorino! 🙂

    • Krystina - Tillicum Oregon says:

      Glad to have you here Julie!

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      My personal opinion: if you learned something you can use in your day of reading since 2011, then it’s never wasted time. Welcome to Sue’s Blogerinos !

  28. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I’m looking at the photo of the “road” you drove on. It looks like a path to my untrained eyes. How in the heck do you follow a map without GPS coordinates and NOT get lost? Turn right at the next tree…ummm excuse me…THIS tree or THAT tree? 😉

    And then you BACK down that road??? YOU ROCK!

    I have to admit I gulped at the ” yikes….we’re sliding…..sideways” part!

    Have a great evening.

  29. PookieBoy SE Texas says:

    WHEW!!……..oh, heart be still!…you had me on edge, Sue….
    glad to see things worked out. you are one brave lady!

  30. Lynn Brooks says:


  31. Glinda says:

    Whew! Glad you made it to the perfect spot. Looked like Bridget and Reggie were having their doubts for a while. Lol
    You have probably mentioned it before but where did you get your chair? It really looks comfortable and not bulky.
    OK??? What are we reading now? I have read three of your suggestions and they were good.
    Hope you had a great weekend at the perfect camp. It has finally quit raining here in Texas, so I ‘m looking forward to taking my Casita out. I ‘m a weekend camper…..o ‘well….maybe one day I will venture further out.
    Always enjoy your post.

  32. BadgerRickInWis says:

    “The promised land always lies on the other side of a wilderness” ~Havelock Ellis

    What a fantastic camp, and REGGIE IS BOONDOCKING!!!! I’m not sure who’s more excited about that he or I? Hopefully you can unhook and go into town for whatever supplies you need and stay for as long as the spirit moves you. I can’t imagine backing down through those trees that you describe. All just another day at the office for the Queen of the Boondockers and her two loyal knights of the round bowl.

    Oh, and Bridget sweetie. The points not to catch them. The chasin’ part is the point. Maybe it’s a guy thing. 🙂

  33. shelley in california says:

    It is so funny how averse Bridgette is to getting her picture taken that is such a human characteristic! How does she know?

  34. Pam and Maya says:

    Sue, I love the canine corner! Tell Bridget and Reggie they are doing a great job.

  35. mockturtle says:

    I just love the way Reggie was surveying your situation. He looked as if to say, ‘I know you can do it, Sue. No sweat!’

  36. Cathy P. of KS says:

    I am enjoying “Canine Corner” as we have two dogs and I often wonder what one is thinking about what the other does since they are so different. Reggie is right about the squirrels too! It was a challenge this morning reading out loud “ruts, rocks and roots” while sitting on the edge of my chair wondering what the outcome would be in the tight spot.

    Your way of living the RV lifestyle is just so interesting. You really put people reading right there on the seat next to you. You definitely have a gift for writing and living life.

  37. Gosh I was cringing just reading about your situation with the van and trees! Glad it all turned out okay. And I don’t think I’ve commented since you got Reggie – but I smile at almost every picture of him. Love the one of him standing up in the window. And Bridget makes me smile too of course!

  38. Jodee Gravel in SoCal for an undetermined number of days...but not long says:

    Well yes, that was definitely a spot of drama! Since you had scouted the area previously you knew there was a nice reward “on the other side” – good job powering through and not getting too freaked out to finish the job 🙂 Reggie is looking like a real boondocker (don’t tell him we can see him in his camo). Enjoy!!

  39. Scott Baldassari says:

    Another great camp site.
    Pardon me if I missed this somewhere, but do you list and/or review your campsites all in one place, here, or on any other site?

    • weather says:

      Hi Scott,there isn’t one list so you didn’t miss it.Near the top of the page there are headings such as Money 2013.If you click on that you’ll find each month listed and the reports begin with a brief summary of where Sue camped during that time.You’d have to read the posts she wrote about them to see what she thought,as she doesn’t give them a “review” other than that She’s mentioned at times doing our own research because a place can be a totally different experience as conditions change it.,that timing is everything .For instance,a pleasant camp while she’s there can be overrun with mosquitoes the next week .Because so many places Sue stays are boondocks not maintained by park or forest services that is especially true of where she’s been.I hope this gives you a place to at least begin finding what you’d like to,have fun out there 🙂

  40. mary says:

    RE: Thursday, May 28 post
    ‘Well Done’ RVSue! Nice

  41. Krystina - Tillicum Oregon says:

    RVSue you are soooo BRAVE….not a word that is in my vocabulary! I love the shot of Bridget under the Casita…just her cutie pie legs. Makes me laugh everytime.

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:


      Isn’t bravery just deciding that the reward is worth the risk? That would also mean the intelligence to know in which situations the odds were on your side. Bravery alone is foolish. Humans would have died off long ago if we didn’t have that voice inside that alerts us to be cautious. Our life experiences have presented us with many lessons from which we gain wisdom.

      YOU are out there! YOU are doing! YOU joined in here!

      How is that not brave?

      Perhaps I could have just written:
      Fools rush in.
      Ya kaint fix stupid.

      MV gal

      • Krystina - Tillicum Oregon says:

        A Gal from Maple Valley…thank you so much for your response. You are so right in what you said. I have said for many years that “life is a series of past circumstances” I am very cautious on the road but in life I have been a big risk taker. After all, where is the fun when you are not trying something new??

  42. Applegirl NY says:

    Wow, I was stressed out just reading your post! It does make settling in somewhere safe and sound, all that much sweeter. Just a beautiful area you’re in. Love canine corner, too.

    You’ve probably already moved on to your next camp. Hard keeping up with you, Sue.

  43. Hi Sue! I just got back from my weekend of RVSue-ing it!. As I sat amoung the aspen trees in the Sierras, I thought of you and though like you, just listening!. I had Stellar Blue Jays keeping me company and asking for handouts every second..We even got them taking peanuts off the end of a stick! Watching the acrobatics as they flew in to steal the peanut!. We had Mr. and Mrs. Western Tanager building a nest up from us… (see website) http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Tanager/sounds Beautiful birds…and Mrs Robin guarding her nest and Mr. Robin bringing her food. There were woodpeckers pecking…just a whole orchestra of birds and bird sounds, along with the rush of the creek flowing down from the glacier above us. And I did catch a few trout….threw some back, as promised…Two were german browns…and keep one rainbow trout for dinner. The Sierras still have snow on them as we climbed up to our campsite at 8,000 feet. Weather was nice, no rain, not cold, only about 52 at night and 70’s during the day. Picture perfect…I so thought of you…camp ground was full, but camp sites are spread out amoung aspen and pines, with the creek on one side, so you cannot hear your neighbors or even see them unless you want to…You would approve of this campground… No hook ups, no dump site…no showers..only a pit toilet…so really dry camping! Just an old fashion fishing campground. Five women with fishing poles! what fun. Oh! and I did get in some fly fishing..it has been a while and now my hand is a little sore, but good sore if you know what I mean. I am jealous that you spotted an eagle, and thankful that you got a picture! I love those big birds! Enjoy you break away from making comments, I am sure there are enough of us here to keep it lively. Enjoy where you are, and be careful on the trip back down.

    Hello to my fellow Blogorinos…having morning coffee with you…. 🙂

    • weather says:

      Glad you made it back while I still have coffee in my cup,Shirlene 🙂 Without Teacher Sue here I’ll sub-You get an A+ on your report ,I enjoyed it-and playing the bird calls on that link.My canary finches sang back to it,fun!I appreciated that especially today because I’d heard less bird and morning song than usual.It’s pretty wet here left over from a bit of recent rain so I haven’t been out with the pups much this morning,don’t want them getting too soaked from walking through everything that grows here.Hope you enjoy being back on here,at home and even to work.

    • Shirlene, That description of your campsite sounds absolutely wonderful! That is the kind of place we enjoy. We went for a hike yesterday along a rushing snow melt creek at elevation around 7,900 feet and it fits your description. But this was in Southern Colorado. And the birds – my favorite hobby!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Sounds fantastic Shirlene. Mega jealous, but mega glad for you. Pretty much a perfect weekend.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Even though we live among the evergreens…still there is something about a wild place and the smells and sounds there…so glad you are having a great time!! Reminds me of times we camped when I was young!!

    • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

      Shirlene, Your campsite sounds absolutely beautiful. I wish there was a way to share photos. I could almost picture it though, with your lovely description.

    • Heya Shirlene!!!

      Did you catch me one?? 😉

      Sounds like you had an amazing weekend!

      • Hi Marla,

        Yes I did catch you one, and if you give me you e-mail I will send you the PICTURE!. A rainbow about 9 inches (maybe) well you know fish stories! Anyway, I threw 3 german browns back, for RV Sue, like I promised. Had a great time, still snow above Lone Pine on Mount Whitney… Thanks for asking!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          “Snow above Lone Pine on Mount Whitney”… Oh, you bring back memories, Shirlene… I’m glad you had a wonderful time and the fishing was good. I enjoyed reading your comments while I was taking a break.

          • Hi Sue, I know you know what it looks like…you know in all the years I have been traveling the 395, it looks the same time after time. I am glad you enjoyed my comment, that is just what you do for us.. AND I threw 3 back for you!

  44. Rita from Phoenix says:

    Miss B is aging…a couple of years ago she was chasing squirrels when she hurt her leg/hip and had to ride in stroller. She’s no longer interested in chasing squirrels. Lovely camps in Oregon, one of my fav states. It took some work but you’re in a beautiful camp….although PTV sliding sideways had me at the edge of my seat. Reminded me of Tioga George…he always put himself in predicaments out in the woods LOL. I miss George’s travels.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I prefer to think of it as she has gained the wisdom to consider squirrel chasing a spectator sport. And I’ll bet the ReggieMan is more than willing to show off for his big sister.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Knowing bridgeee babeeee…..she can’t be bothered! 🙂

        As for the previous injury …HRH looked pretty comfy sitting in that stroller!

  45. Sidewinder Pen says:

    What a sweet campsite. Looks well worth a few “moments” on the way in. I had that sickening “erm… sliding backwards!” feeling last fall at Alabama Hills. I had come in at night (I know, right! But in my defense I was on a quick trip back down to AZ after running an “errand” in Oregon – I actually get to just about all my non-road-trip campsites in daylight now.) and was jockeying around and ended up on a sandy “mound” and when I reversed — which had me backing slightly down one side of the mound — I started to slide! Not for very long, in the grand scheme of things, but I just about had a heart attack in the moment. That was before I realized that dual rear wheels can tend to slide like this (less weight on each wheel, especially since I have a relatively small/light rig). ‘course maybe my previous rig would have done the same thing, who knows. Anyway…. whee! I think I’ll try not to do that when I’m towing.

    In your case: Sweet reward of a great campsite, and another little bit of “drama” successfully handled by your capable self 🙂 (After a brief mini-heart-attack, I imagine*.)

    *BTW, I don’t mean to joke about heart attacks here. I’m not sure what else to call that feeling where you have a quick/instant fright and afterward your heart is pounding and you have that “wow I was just super frightened for a moment there” feeling. Not a conscious frightened from something you’ve been thinking about, but the instant/surprise type, like the other day when someone cut me off on the highway, then slammed on their brakes and I only very narrowly avoided them. Whew!

  46. Sue, you just know how to do it! I also admire your tenacity and determination to reach your sweet spot. We cannot get to some of the places you go because our motorhome is larger. That is a drawback to motorhomes. But we still get ‘out there’ because we do quite a lot of hiking in the back country.
    Just yesterday, as we were hiking along a roaring mountain stream, I told my husband that I want to bring a chair and a good book to spend at least a half day by the stream reading, snoozing, and listening to the never ending gushing waterfalls. Aaaahhhh…

    • Hi Lolalo, that was exactly what my weekend was, sitting by a stream, listening to birds, only in the High Sierras, California…oh and fishing a little in the stream also…wake up fish, nap, listen, nap, fish, eat!

  47. Carol B. says:

    Beautiful gem of a campsite. Good post, great pictures of your “Babies”. Freedom!

  48. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Sue you are so brave. I gasped & said “oh no”when I got to the sliding part of your post.
    Glad it all worked out & you have such a lovely site. I do not back up well with just a car, I doubt I would ever get out with a trailer attached. I get such a chuckle with Bridget avoiding the camera.

  49. JJ Shannon says:

    Wayne Scott, a former blogorino, has died. He really was a good guy.

    RIP Wayne.

    • weather says:

      May his family,friends and many who’s lives were touched in nice ways by him find the comfort they need as they deal with their loss.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Thank you JJ Shannon for posting the news regarding Wayne’s passing.

      Condolences to his wife Rhonda. May he rest in eternal peace and continue to “turn when the road does” .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, JJ, for letting us know.

      Wayne and I had a kerfluffle not long ago. As time went by we calmed down and were able to put that behind us through a few emails. I’m glad we made peace. Yes, Wayne was a good guy. I’m sorry for Rhonda, his family, and friends as they cope with their loss that came way too soon.

      • JJ Shannon says:

        I read your lovely post on his site a couple of weeks ago, Sue, and figured you might want to know (if you didn’t already) about his death (or passing, as some prefer to call it). As C&J beautifully put it, may he continue to “turn when the road does.” –JJ

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      I am just now reading the post entries here… Was SHOCKED to hear of Wayne’s passing!!! He was always very nice to me and I enjoyed his blog very much. Rhonda must be totally beside herself, they were so close as friends as well as husband and wife. He will be missed by many.

      RIP, dear Wayne, knowing you were loved by many. Your reach way far and the knowledge you shared touched many a newbie and seasoned RVers alike.

  50. weather says:

    When the water drops in the mist are so fine your skin feels like cool silk is brushing on it as you walk,when that mist makes the distance invisible- the world here becomes small quiet and beautiful in a way not found at any other time.A miniature garden of soft colors,sounds and scents untouched by all that’s outside it,it’s as though you’re in a dreamscape.Today’s been that way since sunrise.Awhile ago at the edge of the circle I saw the goose family walking on the shore.Gathering their meals is easiest while everything is wet.Four babies with yellow fuzz starting to have brown feathers on their adorable little bodies had supper as I watched.The parents have done a great job taking care of them,keeping them safe,teaching them to find food in the grass and water.Because the best and kindest thing to do for them is leave them alone,I do.Still I know they see and feel me watch and admire them,know I’m proud of them.Hi,Sue.

    If it rained where you are I hope it was wonderful.You once described comments here as being in warp time-something written ten minutes ago may be answered hours later.I pictured that as people weaving connections,reaching each other through time,space and thought.That nebulous yet real communication and attachment is close to what I mean wildlife and I do and feel.I open this page and watch you make this where what’s become a community so like family thrive.Growing together as each teaches,learns,ruffles an occasional feather,spreads their wings,talks about their day,tells a story…I’m so proud of you .

    • We are here and we are listening……………

      • weather says:

        If you get the chance while at work to pop back in and “be here”,I hope you say Hi on the new post,not just listen 🙂 Coffee or lunch aren’t quite the same without a touch of “Shirlene input” !

        • Hi Weather, sorry about lack of participation, I am feeling a little underwhelmed lately…lots of irons in the fire and having a hard time keeping the fire stoked. Give me a minute and I will be back to my old self again in no time. Thanks for missing me. I know you are just a touch away…lol.

          • weather says:

            good-don’t make me come to the beach and lift your chin up in person,Ha!hugs,weather 🙂

            • LOL…that made me giggle with delight! Okay, okay, I will try to drag my chip up off the ground, at least to the curb…being taken out for dinner tonight for another birthday dinner….help! LOL.

            • weather says:

              order fresh lobster tail for me-oh,I can at least dream-really,how wonderful to have folks want to stretch out the celebration with you.Just sit there and be a lump at dinner-make them carry the entertainment-it’s hump day-weekend and rest is >>just ahead.

            • Mexican food tonight…I bet it has been a while since you have had really good mexican food…I wish I could send you some, you would enjoy it. So what do you like, I will eat it just for you and try to put your outlook on the night…My BFF is also in town for the week…tomorrow I see her…maybe I am just getting overwhelmed by people, I bet you NEVER get that way, ha!

            • weather says:

              Now I’m the one laughing out loud!Me-peopled out?-Never-Ha!I just wish scads of them would demand my attention day and night,oh-and and take lots of photos ,I really can’t stop laughing,oh my!I can fake real mexican pretty well when I crave it-but an enchilada or cerviche would be nice….

            • rvsueandcrew says:


            • weather says:

              knew you’d get a kick out of this,Sue 🙂

  51. What’s the mosquito situation in your neck of the Oregon woods?

  52. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning! Moved camp. Very slow connection here so save any questions for me. Cannot open emails. Will try to be back soon. Sue

  53. Terri From Texas says:

    “I Shoulda Measured”

    What a classic line! I love it! I also love that you persevere! I am enjoying your COOL camp vicariously very much AND the antics of the crew. Love that canine corner. Looking forward to seeing where you are next!

  54. Pamela K. says:

    Hi Sue!
    Wonderful variety in that new site. Love the water, the rocks, the trees, that huge fire-pit and the wide open space of it. Looks like it is maybe a Group Site for its main use. Sure could handle a large gathering there. Must be nice to have it all to yourself 🙂
    Reggie… Does he relieze he IS doondocking yet?! Has Miss B fully explained to him exactly WHAT boondocking is? You know, Miss B’s Guide To Boondocking 101. Reggie-Man needs a signed copy for his adventures! 🙂
    And that SLIDE!…WOW! Glad you are safe and the perfect rig handled it just fine! I could see me getting into such a mess, lol. Not sure I could handle it as well as you did so I hope I never have to try.
    Well, Sue, with this Pneumonia I’m sidetracked for several weeks. So I’m traveling with You and The Crew for my adventures! You never disappoint 🙂
    When you leave out, careful on the-down-slope…No More Sliding Allowed!
    Oh! And is Reggie going to tell us his thoughts about his first-ever Boondock?!
    Hope so, can’t wait to hear his comments, and Miss B’s. Should make for an interesting read indeed!

  55. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hello, Everyone!

    The crew and I have been on the road the past few days. The internet signal here is quirky. I’ve been working on the next blog post, off and on, all afternoon and haven’t accomplished much. Frustrating! Photo editing is acting up, right along with other difficulties. I’m sorry for the delay.


    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      No worries, Sue! Hope the technical issues resolve themselves soon. Enjoy your new camp! Hugs to you all! 🙂

    • weather says:

      Thanks for the update,the important news is that you are alright.Tech issues can really put the “irk” in quirky,I hope you have fit some pleasure into your time despite that.Be well and be assured we understand 🙂

  56. Sharon in MO says:

    Hi Sue! Glad you were able to navigate safely to that wonderful boondock! Going around the trees reminds me somewhat of a time we had to get our pickup and Casita around a big redwood tree in the middle of the road. We were visiting my cousin in the N. Cal. redwoods, and she lives at the end of the road. We thought we could camp in her drive but couldn’t get through their gate. So my dear hubby had to back and fill and back and fill for about 20 minutes to get around that big redwood so we could head back out the road!
    We just got back from a camping trip in Iowa and Nebraska, no boondocks, but we did find lots of ancestors’ graves (7 of 8 maternal great-great-grandparents and all 4 maternal great-grandparents). A very productive genealogy trip and lots of fun in the Amana Colonies.

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