Encountering a UFO in the desert — an Unbelievable Flying Object!

Tuesday, November 10

I pull back the curtain and peer outside.  The oleander bushes around our campsite are bent and waving in the wind.

“We aren’t breaking camp today,” I announce to the crew.  “I’m not driving in this wind.”

Which turns out to be a lie because in the afternoon I drive us to the Wal-Mart in Henderson.

Might as well stock up.  Our next camp may not have a grocery store handy.

It’s windy and I’m smiling as I leave the store. 

I’m pleased with my purchases and the prospect of a new camp.  Like people tend to do, I locate my vehicle and don’t pay much attention to anything else as I push the cart across the lot.  Gosh, it’s already getting dark . . . .

You know how you look at something and then, wham, you really see what you’re looking at?

That happens on the way to the PTV. 

Is that real?

P1080365Wow!  What a sight and from a Wal-Mart parking lot!

I look around me and there go the shoppers, pushing their carts like drones on remote control.  Well, I guess if you’ve seen that mountain a hundred times or more, it doesn’t stop your cart. 

That’s something I love about a full-time life on the road!

One doesn’t become so accustomed to one’s surroundings that they fail to impress anymore.

Okay, so you figure we’re done with the parking lot story.  Oh, no, not yet!  Leave it to RVSue to come up with two stories based on a walk from Wal-Mart’s exit door to the PTV.

Anyway . . . .

I’m about fifteen yards or more from the PTV when the wheels on the cart jam.  Oh, great.  I yank the cart.  I look at the front wheels.  Boy, they’re really stuck.  I pull the cart backward to give it a running start.  It’s won’t move!  It’s like it’s stuck in the pavement.

I walk around to the front of the cart and lean, putting my weight into it.   I give it a good yank.  No good.  I try to lift up the front to pull it.  Can’t do it.  I try to wrench it sideways.

“Damn!  What’s the matter with this thing!”

I’m wrestling with the cart when a male voice calls through the wind. 

“You can’t move it!  It’s got sensors!”


“It’s got sensors to keep you from stealing the cart.”


Well, don’t I feel like an idiot.  I laugh at myself.  I’d make a very persistent thief!

That explains why everyone crams their vehicles up close to the store.  All except the few clueless like me.  It did seem weird when we drove in, cars bunched up and all this empty parking lot . . . .

Hmm, I could move the PTV to the cart.   Instead I haul the groceries in several trips over to the PTV and we head for home.

On the way out of the lot Reggie pokes his nose in a grocery bag.

“Sorry, Snoopy.  No rotisserie chicken this time.  They’re all sold out.”

Wednesday, November 11

This morning the crew and I wake to a calm, sunny day that is surprisingly warm.  The forecasters said it would be otherwise.

Nevertheless, I don’t hurry to break camp.

I lolligag around on this blog, enjoying comments.  I take the crew on a walk to set them up for a restful ride.  I talk with the young woman who has been camping near us with her husband and toddler.  Her little girl wants to say goodbye to Reggie.  He prances around her, then stands with his front paws on her chest so they’re nose to nose.  She giggles.

It’s late morning by the time we’re hitched up and pulling out.

We stop at the dump station and empty tanks.  While doing this, about fifteen quail fast-walk past the station, their topknots bobbing along like hats in a parade.

P1080363The Las Vegas Bay marina, in cloud shadow,  seen as we drive away from the campground

For those of you who like to follow along with a map . . . .

I point the Perfect Tow Vehicle out of Lake Mead Recreation Area on Route 147.  This takes us southwest to Henderson where we turn onto Route 582 and go southeast a few miles. We head due south on Route 95 for the longest leg of the day’s journey.  We ride through El Dorado Valley.

Road signs remind me it’s Veterans Day.

“This section of highway dedicated to World War I veterans.”

In Burma Shave style, subsequent signs appear dedicating sections of road to veterans of WWII, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and Global War on Terror.   I give a silent thank you, remembering all the veterans, including those in wars from long ago, not given signage.

At the old, gold-mining town of Searchlight, we park in the lot for RVs at the Nugget Casino.

P1080369Four or five big rigs are in the lot.  Bridget and Reggie are anxious to get out and see where we are.  After a potty run around the lot, they happily return to their positions in the PTV.

As for me, I’m happy, too . . . happy to leave Searchlight.  I hold back the PTV to a speed of 20 mph.  Highway patrol vehicles are everywhere like black beetles on a dung heap.  (Sorry, Searchlight and highway patrol.  I mean no offense.)

Route 95 is the town’s main street.

The 75 mph speed limit for several miles very quickly drops in increments to hit a low of 25 mph at mid-town.  A flashing sign reminds drivers to slow down, adding “strictly enforced.”  Makes no difference for some.  I see four cars pulled over before we creep out of town.

After ten miles, give or take, we cruise past dusty Cal-Nev-Ari, elevation 2,550 feet.  Somebody thought they were clever . . .

The Colorado River is somewhere east of us, the Mojave National Preserve somewhere to the west.

The drive across this flat land of sagebrush would be monotonous if not for the condition of the Class C ahead of us.

Good heavens, that thing is listing to starboard something terrible! 

At every curve in the road that is highly-banked to starboard,  I hold my breath.  We lose them when they turn onto Route 163 toward the river, right before the California border.

The road turns into ribbon candy.

Many washes perpendicular to the highway cause deep dips in the road, one right after another, up and down we go for about a mile and then we come to a sign that says . . .

“Dips next 5 miles.”  Oh-kaaay.  Thank you for the helpful information!

If this post is too long for you, hang on a while longer, I’m about to kick it up a notch.

We come out of a dip, up over a crest and onto flat, straight road.  I’m startled by what I see.

A car is flying through the air!  The car’s nose points to the left and, in a split-second, the rear end goes up, end over end.  The car turns slightly as it hits the sand on its rear end and then falls forward, coming to a rest.

A plume of sand and and dust blocks my view of the road beyond the accident.

P1080371Simultaneously I hit the flashers and the brakes.

My first thought as I pull off the road. . . Is this a high-speed chase?  Is another car going to bust through that cloud of sand toward us? 

During those seconds, on automatic reflex,  I grab the camera, stick it out the window, and take the photo above.  Here’s part of that photo enlarged (The car and a piece of it that flew off are at the far left).

P1080371-001As soon as the sand and dust clear, I move the PTV and BLT up the road to the accident scene.  A UPS truck moves forward behind me on the shoulder — one of those big semi trucks hauling two box containers.

By this time I have my phone in hand to dial 911.

I open the door and jump out as the UPS guy sprints across the road to the car.

“I see movement!”  he yells.  “Call 911!  See if you can get a signal!”

My smartphone — did I say SMARTphone? — will not do what I want it to do.  It’s loading something or updating or WHATEVER.  I yell to the guy in brown….

“Do you have a phone?  Mine won’t work.”

All this transpires in seconds. 

As the UPS guy pulls out his phone, the door of the car opens and out steps a man.

“Are you all right?” the UPS guy asks, astonished.

“Yeah,” the driver says, not looking at him.  The driver’s eyes are on his car.

“He’s walking?  I can’t believe it.  He’s walking?”  I don’t see a bit of blood on him.

The driver walks to the rear end of his car like it just came out of the car wash and groans, “Oh, my car!”

Crisis over, I take this photo.

P1080372The UPS guy turns to me dumbfounded, looking around at the flat, straight road with nothing to run into other than scraggly creosote bushes on the flat desert on both sides of the road.

“How did he do that?”

I’m wondering the same thing and respond, “Yeah.  How DID he do that?”

P1080372-001The driver, all the time, pays no attention to us.

By now another vehicle pulls over behind the UPS truck. 

This isn’t a situation for me to be involved with.  There’s something strange about this. The driver’s going to need a ride.  The UPS guy looks like he’s sticking around.  I’m leaving.

I turn off the flashers, hit the turn signal, and we resume our journey to a new camp.



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173 Responses to Encountering a UFO in the desert — an Unbelievable Flying Object!

  1. Pookie in SE Texas says:


  2. Marilu from Northern California says:

    It looks like I’m close to first!?!

  3. Wow, sure glad you are OK! That does sound like a strange event. I always feel like someone was watching over me when those kinds of accidents occur.

    Ah, Searchlight. Yes, it’s a bit of a pit. Years ago we would drive through there on our way to Laughlin and we would stop at the casino, which at that time had a good breakfast. The women’s restroom had an attendant who was always whistling and in good cheer. I once said something about her being so cheerful and she said something to the effect of, “Well, I’ve got a job and all is well.” and continued whistling. I always admired her attitude, which helped me with a job downturn. Sorry to say when we drove through there in July, not only was there no attendant but the restroom was a pit and we didn’t even entertain the idea of eating in the restaurant.

    Anxious to see where you end up, especially over the winter.

    Robin B

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Isn’t it remarkable how a person can touch your life with only a few words spoken with a good attitude. I wonder where she is now.

  4. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    you did good leaving since the UPS man stayed……..
    those kind of things could take hours until you get
    back on the road again……..
    your Searchlight story takes me back in time…..in the
    70’s me and the wifey took a road trip to LV and one
    day we decided to drive down to Laughlin for the day
    but when we got to Searchlight wifey says she has to pee
    so I pull into the parking lot of the casino/cafe/gas station
    for her to do her thing and I started putting quarters in a
    25 cent slot machine and about the 3rd machine I hit 1000
    quarters jackpot for $250……..wifey comes out just as Im
    getting the last quarters put in a bucket to go cash out…thanks
    for the memories….
    so it will be interesting to see which way you go….right or
    straight ahead on………….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great story, chuck! That’s the way to do a pit stop. 🙂

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        reminded wifey about that story years ago and she reminded me that I had to give her half of the pot since we stopped for her pit stop….I had forgotten that part…….UGH!!

    • Joyce Sutton says:

      Are you allowed to leave? Here in mo I think there is a fine for leaving the scene of an accident. Not sure if that is just if you were involved or nig

  5. Peggy says:

    Well that was not what I was expecting! Great post. I think you were right in getting moving along. Sounds like that guy was a little out of it or on something. Just shows you strange things can happen in a second!!! happy travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Peggy… Thank you. I’m grateful to be here writing this reply rather than in a hospital bed…. Yes, happy travels!

  6. While you were smart enough to not leave camp on Monday or Tuesday, we launched below Hoover Dam for a three day trip in the Black Canyon – with a tough headwind on Monday. Stayed in camp Tuesday, and ended up with some tailwind for the rest of the paddle out to Willow Beach on Wednesday.

    Great reflexes with the camera to get that shot of the accident! Scary moments!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John and BJ,

      I bet you enjoyed that tailwind paddle. I remember on a previous visit when we went to the dam, people were gathering to explore Black Canyon. Seems like fun!

  7. LP n' rusty near th' river,Az. says:


    • LP n' rusty near th' river,Az. says:

      See what I mean, I thought I was # 3 and got hit by folks that type MACH 10 or better, And I read the whole thing, even looked at th’ photos,,,,,, LOL ,,,,,, Boy that fella must of been Flying’ and maybe High on something, weren’t watchin’ what he was doin’ look’d up saw a white something commin’ his way with some kinda rack on top and thought it was a cop van, turned his wheel to straighten’ out , only he was straight and he flipped that car probably doin’ 80- 90 and bam and flying he went,,,, Ya know you were First on the scene and you saw what happened and if the UPS driver reports what he saw,, You might want to check and see if you’re in trouble for leavin’ so early Sue,, California is Funny on things like this,, I know,, I n’ my X was walkin’ down a road and saw a wreck happen and we stuck around, but livin’ the life ,we never got the summons to go to Court and oh boy,,, had to park my transportation at a Court house parkin’ lot and explain why we’re so hard to get a hold of,, they, the Judge threw our warrant out and took our story of what we saw and That happened in San Diego CO. on the way to a Rendezvous back in 83 and the Court thing, that was just before we got hitched and ready to start our walk to Washington in October of 85,,,,,,, Nice photos though and Glad you weren’t in that Wreck ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Rusty,

        I hope I don’t have a problem. To tell the truth, I didn’t give leaving a second thought as the UPS man saw what happened, too. I’m not going to worry about it.

        • mockturtle says:

          Yes, but you took pictures that might be important in a court of law. Just depends on whether this guy gets charged with anything and/or whether he claims the accident on his insurance.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            The UPS guy took photos, too, although I doubt he took photos of the dust and sand plume. I used to work in an insurance adjuster office. Photos can be important, other times not so much.

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        our road that we take to get to town is a narrow 2 lane road with 70 mph speed limit and the folks drive 79 cause they can get away with it……..several bends in the road have caused accidents where folks get off on the shoulder and over correct and flip their vehicles………not only do you have to drive at a reasonable speed but you also have to drive defensively …

  8. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    Cant believe it I am first 1-1 well, you can call it 11 — I think it is 1 twice!!!!

  9. Kim Pedigo says:

    Come on down Phoenix way for Thanksgiving and Ill show you the best family on earth!! I even have a place to park the rig!! Let me know! Love the blog !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kim,

      I’m glad you love my blog and that you have the best family on earth (although I suspect there are some who would argue that!).

      Thanks for the invitation. It’s sweet of you. You must be fairly new to my blog or you would know I don’t socialize with readers, even when I want to, in order to keep my life my own. Maybe you’ll find someone else to take my place. 🙂

  10. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Love your writing style, keeps me hanging on! Fav pic is of Reggie of course!

  11. Renee Galligher says:

    The guy must’ve fallen asleep then over corrected when he woke up and realized he was out of control. Thank goodness you weren’t involved.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      Maybe that’s what happened. If so, he must have gone off the road to our right , swung around, and then hit the berm of the shallow ditch before flying across the road.

  12. weather says:

    My guess would be the guy sped up one dip,became airborne at it’s crest and the landing was so intense it started the car’s bouncing around.Some teenagers did that on a road near my home in San Diego.That would explain the sign warning about dips,we had one ,too.The car I saw ripped totally in two on impact when it landed.One girl had cuts on her face and was fine after having stitches,miraculously that was the only injury she had and the other kids had none.I doubt what that man encountered was as high a hill or low a canyon beyond it,I just know it’s possible for someone to lose control of a vehicle when their tires lose contact with the road.

    Thank God you did dawdle that morning,and so were far enough away to not be part of the accident! I hope you and crew have had far nicer types of excitement at your new camp,like seeing Reggie nose to nose with a toddler ,how cute!Or enjoying the purchases that made you smile,it must be something good if you were smiling despite no rotisserie chicken( 🙂 ?!) what did you get?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      You’re at a disadvantage when trying to figure out the cause since you only have my account to go by. There wasn’t any dip beyond where I first stopped. I’m pretty sure he was coming toward us. He didn’t come up behind us and pass before the accident and it was obvious he was going very fast.

      You’re right though… Once the tires leave the payment, anything can happen. Car cut in two and she only received cuts on her face. That is miraculous. Just as I thought about this guy. I expected much worse.

      What did I buy? Nothing special. I smiled with that good feeling about being well prepared for a new “adventure.” It doesn’t take much with me.

      Yeah, thank God we dawdled. I hadn’t thought about that!

    • weather says:

      Hi again, Sue, being well prepared for a new “adventure” is a good feeling. If the widget is right it’s warmer here in this part of NY State by two degrees than where you are . I had to pump gas to bring my rental car back full,the 40 miles per hour wind blowing nearly blew my smile away 🙂

      Having the brakes and shocks on the jeep replaced to prepare for adventure kept my good mood intact,though! I hope yours is,too.Boy, am I glad to have my Wrangler back,you know that feeling of being so careful when using something that belongs to some else? I kept checking for a stray hair from a kitty or piece of leaf from my shoes on the floor mats,ha! Then I climbed into the jeep,looked around at the dirt from the country roads and thought good ol’ home,like I do when I come back onto your blog every time.Just thought I’d stop in to thank you for making this feel that way for me and for so many others. I wonder if you will stay a while at the delightfully quiet campsite you mentioned or move/have moved on.

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        Hi Weather! Boy I know that feeling of having the wrangler back. While in Idaho, my daughter and I went out on Saturday morning for coffee. We took my Wrangler, drove around to get coffee…it felt just like home! I had a smile on my face for 2 days… 🙂 🙂 So yeah, I get that. Enjoy your Wrangler and enjoy your days. When I looked at the thermometer in my car this morning it said 44 degrees…what the heck, I thought I made it back from Idaho…then I wondered, I bet it is this temperature where Weather lives…sharing again… Hugs to you.

        • weather says:

          It really is easy to get attached to a Wrangler,it seems folks either love them or can’t stand to ride in them,there’s not much middle ground because they’re so different than most vehicles .We’re in the first group, I don’t think you’d have liked my rental car ,either.2016 Toyota Corolla all automatic or power everything , screens with live views of maps,rear views,internet services,etc. to look at instead of the world outside the windows.Cushy ride with all the bells and whistles,just not my cup of tea.Thanks,Shirlene,I will enjoy my days and jeep, enjoy the Pacific a little extra for me and for yourself,hugs

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, weather. We’re still at the quiet camp.

        • weather says:

          quiet camp- a storybook home for a family of three -just right -and not too hot,not too cold,either 🙂

  13. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    WOW! Now that was an exciting post Miss Sue, we are looking at the pics and wondering what happened to that car, how it ended up flying through the air and flipping end on end. That is a strange situation for sure and leaving was a good idea, after all what would make the driver not even acknowledge you two hardly at all, very strange. Anyway glad you were not involved in any way.
    By the way, that pic from the Walmart parking lot of that mountain is so beautiful, do you know what mountain that was? It made me laugh out loud with you fighting with that cart, you are so funny, love it! Take care, pics are absolutely beautiful!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      The driver’s behavior was a bit weird, although I suppose that could be from the shock of what he went through.

      I’m pretty sure that mountain is Sunrise Mountain, east of Vegas and visible from Henderson. The photo shows the light of the coming sunset. I imagine a similar light-and-shadow show occurs at sunrise. I like the name!

      Thanks re the post and photos.

      • kay from wa. state. with 16 tiny paws says:

        I think people take for granted the beautiful area they live in and the sites that awe everyone else. I am not from Wa. State but I am in awe every day of Mt. Rainer as I go to work. Well that is when it’s clear.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, kay… There are sights that one can never become accustomed to and Mt. Ranier is one of those! It always catches the eye. How nice that you see it on your way to work.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          I think the fact that the mountain is often “in” (not visible) helps to make it not turn into “wallpaper” for locals. I’m not a local, but that’s the way I felt about Mt. Baker — oh look, it’s visible!!! (It’s often cloudy and not visible.)

          Beautiful country up there.

  14. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    WOE!!!! That is all but NUTS! Wowzers!!!

    You have so much excitement!!! GEEZ! 🙂

    We are bracing here for a LONG high wind and rain warning… I have already been asked about sandbags. UGH I donwannadoemagain! We will see… I should just head over there… naw… its cold and wet. (whine).

    Hugs from a damp

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, ugh, ugh, ugh… sandbags. I’m sorry you face another onslaught of wind and rain, Barb. Gosh, one could go through a lifetime without filling a bag with sand and that would be a very good thing.

      Take care, don’t catch cold…be safe.

  15. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Ha! The shopping cart anti theft device……there is normally a yellow line painted on the pavement…that’s the boundary line. I would have love to watch you trying to get it moving. People in the city are known to take them and leave them abandoned. A truck drives around the neighborhood and collects them. Others used them as their Winnebagos.

    The mountains are majestic! Nice photo! WHAT no rotisserie chicken? Explain that one to the crew!

    That UFO caught your attention! Phew that was kind of close! Perhaps he got hypnotized by the monotony of the road and dozed off…realized it and over corrected, Lucky man…time to play the lotto! No worries about not sticking around…you didn’t witness the cause….only the aftermath. There’s that sixth sense kicking in…if it don’t feel right….exit stage left! See ya see ya hate to be ya!

    I can see the sand flying…Reg man’s backhoe maneuver!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      NO YELLOW LINE! IT’S A TRICK! I look down and there’s a line that looks like a strip of asphalt placed on top of the original asphalt. NO FAIR!

      Ever feel like a YouTube video? I bet I gave the person at the security camera a good laugh…

      Well, your words are a comfort — I didn’t see the cause of the accident. I didn’t feel at all needed there and, I admit, it did occur to me that he might be running drugs. I should have looked to the right of where I parked the PTV because I had the feeling he was driving across the desert, didn’t expect to hit the road, and, when he did, it caused him to flip end-over-end. Not that I know much about the physics of flying cars…

      Reggie has backhoe mania! He does it everywhere! I guess it’s his signature move.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        If he was off road prior to the crash there would be a dust traili through the desert. Your photo captures both ends of the dust cloud.

        From the looks of it…he was traveling the same direction as you. Skid marks, crossing the centerline and fresh dirt on the highway…once he hit the shoulder…it started to flip! Speed was definitely a factor for a car to go end over end.

        Cat like skills landing on the tires!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You made me think of a clue….. I didn’t think he was going in the same direction as we were because he was obviously going fast and he hadn’t passed us.

          However, there is a road that connects with Route 95 before one reaches the accident scene, going south as we were. He could’ve driven really fast onto our road which put him ahead of us right before the accident, but without me seeing his car.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wait a minute! I looked at the skid marks. They don’t make any sense at all! He flipped from the right side as you look at the photo. The skid lines go to the left.

        • gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

          I’ve clearly been in CA too long. My thought: he was either faking his death by crashing his car and disappearing with no witnesses or trashing his car to file a false insurance claim! Nobody was following him, so it was his solo gig.

  16. Linda in NE says:

    I don’t think a body shop could do that car any good!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nope. That’s a total, for sure. A piece came off the front and the windshield is cracked and there’s something that looks like a seat sticking out the trunk… ???

  17. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

    Things can happen in an instant on the highway – so happy you and the crew were all just fine and continued on to a new camp with internet coverage (can’t wait to see!). I have been having a great week preparing my little trailer for her maiden voyage which begins Monday. I say voyage because it is raining so much and so hard that we may as well have planned to take a trip at sea, but the first camp will have full hookups – state park on the WA coast – so I can test out all the systems and certainly will see for myself that Casita’s don’t have leaks!
    Question to the blogorinos – drapery hooks on the carpeted walls certainly work great to hang things in a convenient spot, and I would also love to hear any clever solutions people have for adding a loop onto something so it can be hung up on said hook – wireless speaker to be specific. Have a great evening RVSue!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Velcro attached to the object. A drapery hook on an object doesn’t keep it stationary while in transit. Depending on the weight, it may swing….thus causing a tear!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Molly,

      I like your attitude! Big deal, it’s raining, I’ll test the Casita for leaks! 🙂

      How exciting for you… the first launch (as in boat launch, hehee)… You’ll probably see some great surf on the WA coast.

      You have a great evening, too!

      BLOGORINOS: Do you have ideas for Molly about loops to hang wireless speakers and such? See her last paragraph…

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Maiden “voyage” made me smile. Great way to look at the rain 🙂

  18. Mike Leonard says:

    Sue, can you or perhaps one of your readers suggest how I can arrange to have my medical prescriptions set up when I start full timing in December? Do I need to ask my doctor for a written prescription to carry with me? Or can I arrange to have prescriptions filled at different Walmart stores? What do people do?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, Mike, I don’t know the answer to that. I’m happy to turn the question over to readers. We need to make sure you’re reading for your launch to full-timing in December, only weeks away!

      BLOGORINOS: How do you prepare for full-timing regarding medical prescriptions? See Mike’s specific questions above.

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        I was traveling cross the country several years ago, it was too soon to get a refill I needed before I left on my trip. The original prescription was filled at a Costco in California , had the refill done in Alabama at a Costco. All I had to do was take my almost empty bottle in, they got the prescription number, filled it with no problem. Some prescriptions cannot be refilled, like narcotic pain pills, you would need a new script for those.
        Now I have my prescription filled online and get three months at a time, and they will mail it wherever I request. Thyroid pills, lol, nothing exciting…

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I think the ease at which some can refill their prescriptions depends upon the class of meds. Some are more difficult, I hear. Anyone needing to do more than just show up at the pharmacy with the empty prescription bottle?

    • Pookie in SE Texas says:

      Mike, I have my prescriptions filled at Walgreen which are
      pretty much located all over the country….had to use them
      back in June when we went to Virginia to visit our Navy son
      and I ran out…….I got online and ordered what I needed and
      picked them up the next day at a Walgreens nearby….I used
      to use Walmart but the lines were so long I got tired of
      waiting all the time for pickup….hope this helps…

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      I keep my prescriptions at Wal-Mart because I can get them refilled at any of their stores in any state.

      • EmilyO in NM says:

        I believe North Dakota is the only state in the country that chain pharmacies – WalMart, WalGreens, etc – cannot dispense meds because those stores do not have pharmacies because of a state law. An independent pharmacist must own 51% of the pharmacy and that is not possible with chain pharmacies. I was in ND and had to make a fast trip to a SD chain to get several medications filled interrupting my tour around ND. Needless to say I didn’t return to ND.

    • For the 7 years that Chuck and I were full timing on the road, we got our prescriptions via WalMart! We never had a problem and the WalMart pharmacy folks were great to deal with! They would just call the number of the last store (take the bottle in with you, all the info they need is on that bottle!) Usually, the meds would be ready to go in an hour!
      Good luck!

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        no doubt Walmart is a good choice because they are all over the country…..their hours kinda suck but we were in Las Vegas years ago and the wifey needed a script filled at 3 am and we went down to Walgreens on the north strip. they called our local Walgreens at home and got the details and she had her meds within the hour…

  19. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue & Crew,
    I must say you are in rare form these last two posts! From here to there and everywhere! Very funny and and Very entertaining. This was super fun to see and read. I’m still laughing as I type this. I almost feel like I’m riding along on the back bumper of the BLT. Just Loving it! Be safe and well, Best Wishes!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You write a very upbeat comment, FloridaScott!

      I’m thrilled with your positive feedback. That’s exactly the reaction I hope for — that you feel like you’re riding along with us… maybe not on the back bumper, more like alongside Bridget on the bench seat. She would like that, too. 🙂

      Best wishes to you, too. Enjoy the Florida cool spell!

  20. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Wow! That was exciting! Do you have any idea what happened to cause such an incident? I can detect some skid marks in your one picture. Wonder is this guy braked hard for a critter darting across the road and lost control? Sounds like he is very lucky to have walked away from that one.

    Gotta a question for you in regards to your Wave 3 heater. I dislike the stock furnace in my Scamp and use a Mr. Buddy Portable Heater connected to a ten pound propane cylinder, kept outside. It has really worked well for me for years but this fall I ran into a problem with it camping in high altitude. The Buddy has an O2 sensor which will automatically shut the unit off in low oxygen/’high CO2 situations. It’s noted in the instructions that it will not perform above 7K feet elevation. I’m pretty certain I have used it at that altitude but I was about 7600K feet and I couldn’t keep it going. I ended up using my Coleman 2 mantle propane lantern to keep the trailer warm that evening. That night we had some snow so the morning was really, really cold in the trailer and I broke down and fired up the RV furnace to bring the inside temp up to a more comfortable level. Using the stove to make coffee also helped.

    So my question about your Wave 3 is have you ever had any problems keeping it on? Have you used it in higher elevations?

    I haven’t done a lot of high elevation camping in cold weather. When I used the Wave 3 above 7,000 feet (up to 9,000+ feet) it ran okay, although it took more clicks of the piezo starter to get the pad lit. I can’t say it would work well every time at high elevation as I haven’t used it much up high. The only time I’ve had trouble keeping it on is at present because it needs a new thermocouple.

    Is it noisy? No, no noise at all.

    Do you use it at night while asleep

    Some people keep their Wave 3 on while they sleep. I don’t. I rely a lot on warm bedcovers and two warm canine heat-producers, more than on the heater. For that reason and for extra caution, I shut off the heater before turning in to sleep.

    Is the output adequate to keep the BLT comfy when temps drop below freezing?

    First off, understand that I don’t require my home be 75 degrees. I don’t mind a cool house. In order to keep the BLT “comfy” when temps drop below freezing it is imperative that one anticipate the cold. The heater needs a head start. When a cold night is expected, I turn the heater on in the afternoon to give it time for interior surfaces to absorb the heat.

    It also helps to have several items inside that can hold heat — pillows, blankets, etc. — rather than a lot of fiberglass and hard surfaces. Using the stove helps, too, as you mention. A far better solution is to avoid camping high up when temps are likely to drop really low… save that for the warmest months. Because sooner or later, you’ll be “caught” without turning the heater on soon enough. The great thing about Utah is you can go up or down in elevation in many areas of the state without having to drive far.

    Does it just sip propane or is it a guzzler?

    I don’t see it as a guzzler. I haven’t used the Wave 3 for a long stretch of consecutive days. And what is a lot to one is not so much to another. BTW, my heater doesn’t have it’s own propane tank. The propane line for the heater comes off the line for the refrigerator (located under the fiberglass channel in my Liberty Deluxe).

    I may consider something other than my Buddy for future high county excursions. Exploring CO and UT is on my radar for next year and both states have plenty of boondocking possibilities in the mountains so I want to be prepared for the cold nights in the off seasons. I appreciate your responses to my heater questions-thanks.

    Can’t wait to see where you and the crew end up next. Hugs to HRH and Reggie.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s easier to answer your questions within your comment. I’m glad you asked… Q & A adds value to my blog for readers.

      I encourage readers to share their experiences and opinions in response to Audrey’s comment.


    • LP n' rusty near th' river,Az. says:

      Hi Audrey,,, I use my Wave 3 Heater at 8,500 ft. and had no problem getting it to start,, the most important thing to do is vent, that means using a vent less heater or gas stove is to open your roof vent 1/4″ and crack a window 1/4″, that way your heater will heat your RV and you will be safe from 02 carbon monoxide poisoning,,,,,,,, I usually fire up my Wave 3 just before sunset on hi for 10 min. then turn it down on low and before going to bed , turn it on hi then off after 10 min. I do the same in the mornings to take the Chill off and as soon as the sun starts heating things up I turn it off, unless it’s real cold out, just keep it on low during the day,, and a 20 pound tank last almost a month,, The heater is the only thing hooiked up to that tank,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,rusty

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        Rusty, thanks for contributing your experience with the Wave3 heater. It’s really helpful. I like a colder environment and rarely use the heat in my desert home so none of my heaters get used very much. Sometimes when I’m out with the Scamp I find myself in unexpected weather, like on the Mogollon Rim this fall. When I can see my breath inside the trailer, its time to dig out the heater and down sleeping bag. I had myself canine heaters for many years, all were huskies. A great breed and loyal companion. But you already know that. I completely understand the meaning of a 3 dog night. Give Piper a hug from me.


    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Hi Audrey,

      It’s a known “thing” that the Buddy heaters have issues at high altitude the the Wave doesn’t. I think it has to do with the oxygen sensor on the Buddy, but not positive about the detail. (I have one of each heater so not saying anything negative about either one, just that the Wave is much better for higher altitude (maybe anything around above 7,000′ or so).

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        One other detail about the Wave and venting. The main reason to vent is that the heater consumes oxygen. And of course you need oxygen too. Venting (by opening windows or window and skylight) allows new oxygen to come in.

        The Wave won’t normally produce CO, although it is possible. Also other things can produce CO such as the burners on a propane cooking stove. Basically anything that is fueled by… fuel can possibly produce CO. Even a vented furnace if there is a malfunction.

        I like a CO monitor with a digital display, because okay, they will all alarm at something like 100 ppm, but with the digital display, I can see at any time if the ppm level is Zero, or 39 or maybe 99. That information won’t be available with just an alarm but no digital readout. It’s more like an “idiot light” without the readout.

        I’m also a fan of battery powered CO detectors. All CO detectors have a finite life, and a battery powered one can easily be replaced. Also, it allows you to place it where best utilized (typically head height when sleeping) not wherever the RV maker happened to put the wire (in my case up at the ceiling by the door – not ideal).

        I use this detector, for example. Find it on Amazon by searching

        “Kidde KN-COPP-B-LS 900-0230 Nighthawk Carbon Monoxide Alarm, Battery Operated with Digital Display”

        It’s around $23.

        Not that this is the only good one. But I use them and have no complaints. This has the digital display. I have two, just because. You can also dismount a battery powered one and take it elsewhere, if you need to.

  21. Rita from Phoenix says:

    OMGosh!! Glad the fella was ok and no one else with him. He probably fell asleep and over corrected….I see that a lot between Vegas and Phoenix….at least this time there was no fatality. People party hardy in Vegas and drive home tired, sleepy and speeding…taking risk i.e. passing when they shouldn’t be. We were following an SUV and it went off the road and flipped several times ejecting people as the car rolled. No one seriously hurt…seven people in the SUV. A 70 year old man driving and fell asleep…all from Missouri. We stayed until help arrived…had to press some bleeding and keeping others still and keeping them from moving around i.e. the woman complaining of back pain, etc.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      This situation we witnessed is slight compared to what you describe. Seven people in an SUV with a tired driver… It’s scary to think what might be coming down the road… I did see some crazy driving. Of course, one sees that everywhere.

      I’m sure you helped those people a lot. Not an experience you forget!

  22. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Whew, very exciting post! Good to know that no one was hurt. I’m sure the young man got quite a scare though. That’s one for the books, for sure! Hope your new camp is bringing you peace and quiet once again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia GB in MA,

      Thanks. The new camp is serene. If ever there was a camp deserving to be described as peaceful and quiet, this is it! I’m loving the solitude.

      I thought I’d be showing you our new camp in this post. I rambled on about quail and the parking lot view and the shopping cart, blah, blah, blah, and I came to the part about the accident, had to include that. It would be better written if I had compressed a lot of that. I was too lazy. Plus I wanted to go outside with the crew. 🙂

      That’s the nature of blogging. One doesn’t have the luxury of several edits. I’m glad you found it to be an exciting post anyway!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I’m reading this and drawing a mental parallel with varnishing (on boats). Varnish is lovely, and putting it on is a bit of work. You always try for that “perfect” last coat, but invariably something happens: It rains, a mosquito lands in the wet varnish, someone upwind shakes out their vacuum cleaner bag, a cat runs across – you get the idea. And it can seem so defeating!

        But, BUT, there is one thing about varnish that sort of makes it okay. That is that it never lasts. You always have to re-varnish eventually (or sooner). That could be another bummer except for the fact that this makes obsessing on the perfect “final” coat totally unnecessary. Because….. it’s not the final coat. It’s only an INTERMEDIATE coat. Always. So any flaws can be overlooked. They will be varnished over with the next coat, the next time. It needn’t be perfect. Aaaaand, the overall effect is still beautiful: Rich, deep, glossy is what you notice. Sure, maybe there is a flaw or two (most visible to the one who applied it), but oh well, “it’s only an intermediate coat” 😀 😀

  23. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    I am SO thankful that you stopped in Searchlight to stretch your legs and make a potty break. Thank God that you did not end up on that stretch of road sooner….you might have been tangled up in that nasty wreck! You and the Crew were definitely being watched over.

    I believe the car is a Honda Accord. The rear seat has a 60/40 split. Looks like the impact was so bad that the seat backs dislodged and ended up in the trunk. The fact that the driver survived and was able to walk away is a true testament to the safety that Honda builds into their cars. Needless to say, that man is lucky to be alive!

    That Walmart is in a picturesque area: the mountains as a backdrop are absolutely beautiful. I wonder like you, if many locals even notice the special treasure in their own backyard. No rotisserie chicken?! What a travesty! I hope you found a suitable substitute for your new camp feast routine! I am looking forward to seeing where you take us next! Have a good evening…stay warm! Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    Catching up a bit…
    Molly – Congratulations again on your Casita! Have fun on your maiden voyage!
    Shirlene – Have fun taking your rolling manse to da beach! You CAN do it!
    Rusty – Hope you are feeling better and continue to heal. You are in my prayers!
    DesertGinger – Whoo-Hoo on the exciting work-at-home job prospect! My fingers are crossed for you!
    Hope all is well with ALL of the blogorinos! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Readers often write that the crew and I live a charmed life or that Someone is looking over us. I do believe it’s true.

      I thought that looked like a seat jammed into the trunk. Yes, Honda can be proud of the outcome of that accident. I expected a lot worse.

      I admit that I didn’t appreciate Clearwater Beach and the Tampa Bay area after living there for several years. Although certain things would remind me… sunsets over the water, sailboats in the bay, the empty beach in September . . . .

      Good evening you to you and Gracie pup!

    • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

      Thanks Denise!!

      • Piper n' Rusty in Az.... says:

        I’m Doing great, the swelling is gone, no pain, but itch’s like crazy ,,, thanks for your prayers Denise,,,,,,,,,

        • Pookie in SE Texas says:

          calamine lotion for that itch, my friend…

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          I wonder if they were black fly bites. The itching reminds me of them. They start out just little red dots but then become a lump, can swell a lot (like mumps!) and, I swear, get itchier and ITCHIER over a period of 2-3 weeks. Flying teeth we call them up north.

          At any rate, whatever they were, glad to hear you are on the mend.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:


      • Denise - Richmond VA says:


  24. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Wow! There’s a lot of excitement in your life these days, Miss Sue! Locking carts–that’s new to me. What a pain if you don’t know what the boundaries are. Whatever happened to putting a cart into the cart holder/corral/thingy? My motto–leave things better than you found them. Parks Project has a T-shirt with that saying on it that I would love to have but they don’t have sizes that will fit fluffy people like me.

    That Reg is such a charmer–he must’ve been so gentle with the little girl. And I think he was telling you with his backhoe to go to Barstow. There’s a great little BLM campground just east of the pass–Sawtooth Canyon. It’s beautiful there & full of climbers on the weekend.

    Holy smoke–it’s scary to see an accident like that. I would say the driver was impaired in some way. His car is deep in the sand so he must’ve been going fast. Super glad he went to the right.

    One more thought about a Mr. Buddy/Wave 3 propane heater. We found out–several times–that you need to open a vent somewhere so you don’t have the propane alarm go off during the night. sigh…we we weren’t such slow learners.

    Happy trails to you & those charmers you travel with…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn from Camano Island,

      Well, with the carts… People push them down the street and don’t return them. A new Smith’s grocery is going to be built up the road from that Wal-Mart. I think I’d go there if I were still in the area of Henderson.

      Good thing to mention about propane heater ventilation. Also, if the ventilation is done correctly, the heater will actually be more effective. There has to be good air circulation.

      Reggie and the little girl… Reg is very energetic and surprisingly lightweight. I can pick him up with one hand. He and the girl were well matched to be friends. 🙂

      Enjoy your evening!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      I guess you will have to obtain your own Walmart cart, a folding one for the PTV. That has to double the cost of a cart so they would have to have 50% of there carts stolen to see a payback. I guess there is a wire under the black tar strip? bring a hatchet next time and cut through the strip to see if the brakes get activated. Maybe a roll of metal window screen to roll out over the strip for safe passage. 🙂 DUMB 🙂 DUMB 🙂 DUMB 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        From strangenewproducts.com...

        “Next time you find yourself pushing a shopping cart through a grocery store, you may not realize you’re pushing the latest in shopping cart technology. That is until, you try to push it off the parking lot.

        The secret behind the GS2 Comprehensive Cart Containment System is its new-fangled wheels. These wheels are designed to automatically lock when someone tries to push it beyond the perimeter of the store parking lot.

        Buried underneath the parking lot pavement is a “perimeter antenna” that carries a locking signal. When a shopping cart wheel passes over the antenna, the locking signal prevents the wheel from rolling. The signal reaches up to about 5 feet above ground-level.

        Store employees are equipped with remote controlled “Cartkeys”, that sends a wireless signal to the wheels causing them to unlock.”

        The comments at the bottom of that link are interesting, some of them kind of funny, like the guy with a plan to steal a cart anyway. 🙂 At least I didn’t hurt myself on a shopping cart!

  25. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Hi there! Notice I say Northern California and not Oregon? I had to come home briefly to get a crown replaced, I came home on the train last night, arrived about an hour before my appointment this morning so went out to breakfast first. Good thing too, it was a soup night after the dentist visit, ouch!
    My grand daughter is doing well with the halo traction , she already has 30 degree improvement in her curve, two weeks more of traction, then surgery to install the rods on November 30. She has 37 pounds hanging now, going for 50, and is tolerating it so well.
    I should be home the middle of December, barring more dental issues..sheesh..what a time to have a crown replaced! Our son hired a nanny to come fill in till I get back…so must do this as quickly as possible, they have a rush on the new crown, so we shall see. Did I say I hate to go to the dentist? I was ashamed of myself fretting so after knowing what my grand daughter is dealing with right now!
    Love the post, takes me back to my days as an EMT. It is strange how some wrecks damage cars and not people, and others will wreck people and not the car..it is all about mechanism of injury…. Just so very glad it wasn’t you and the crew that wrecked!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      Your life certainly is interesting! Taking the train to the dentist in another state and then back again to your family. Good news about your granddaughter! The traction has to be a lot to cope with, and then surgery coming up. Bless her.

      Well, all the same, dentist appointments aren’t fun either! 🙂

      Thank you for your kind statement about us missing being wrecked. I hope you are able to return to your son’s house quickly.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Lee you are so not alone in hating to go to dentists!! One of my biggest fears too…griping the chair handles while they work on me!! Thinking of you and your granddaughter and hoping all will go well!!! WHY do docs have to hurt us before they help us?? I asked one of mine that one time….argh!!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Lee,

      So glad to hear that things are going well for your granddaughter! Hope your tenderness from the crown replacement is short lived. Keeping you and your family in my prayers!

  26. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Wow some accident…wise woman going on down the road, not lingering….

    So cute to hear of Reggie and the little girl…makes me miss a doggie all the more!! Patience says I.

    Sewing calls…this procrastinator must get some things done quickly…the trip is coming up soon….so soon!! Safe travels to you 3!

  27. Susan in south central WA says:

    Yikes on that accident! One time like 40 years ago I came up on a green light and a big truck ran the red. I was able to stop but my gallon of cheap wine didn’t and broke all over in my car. The car next to me was a Datsun B210 that got hit from behind when she slammed on her brakes and her car did the front bumper, roof, back bumper, wheel roll as I watched. When she landed she just looked at me like what just happened!?!???! Her car came out of it looking a lot better than the one you witnessed. All her groceries flew though!

  28. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    oh my god! The photo on the header is awesome!

  29. Pamela K. says:

    Wow! Some kind of wreck!
    Glad both you and the UPS truck had your vechs at a good speed to react and stop safely.
    Here’s my guess on what happened…
    If you enlarge the photos several times, it clearly shows he was hauling something in the front-to-back passenger seat. It looks like maybe small sheetrock boards or sheet instalation boards. They are stacked up nearly to the ceiling on the passenger side. My guess is he came onto the road before you, from the side road you mentioned, and entered at a high rate of speed for the turn into the highway. That, i’m guessing, caused his load to shift (you can see the tie-downs on the driver’s side at loose.) That would have been enough for him to lose control and donut when he swirved 190*. I fact, I think the very thing that may have caused his accident may have also saved his life…that cargo he was hauling inside his vech went up to the ceiling…saved him from the roof caving in on him while it rolled end to end! Anyway, from the skid marks and the dust patterns it would seem something like that may have happened. Whatever it was, he sure was one lucky young man!!!
    I enlarged the photo about 5 times to see the inside cargo. I don’t think that is a seat in the trunk area, seems more like a military style backpack or duffle…not sure though.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      I think what we are seeing is actually side curtain airbags that deployed. We will never know “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would say….

      Have a great day! 🙂

  30. Pamela K. says:

    On second look, it does look like the backseat went through the rear glass. Looks like the inside cargo he was transporting push it through on impact. Also, in the one photo there is an additional object at a distance from the front of his car, over to the right side. White-ish and black-ish in color. May be a three wheel motorcycle or scooter? There are two very destint sets of tire prints on the roadway… Very interesting too, is that why he didn’t want to show his face or say much? Could be…
    Guess we will never know. Would be interesting to call later and ask about the accident or look at the local news for a news write-up on the accident. There may have been more than one vech involved…
    Sure glad you and the crew are OK. !!! Stuff like that happens in a Flash!

    • Pamela K. says:

      I mis-spoke, it was the left side as you are looking at his car.
      At first I thought it was a bumper but both the front and back bumpers are nearer to his car. The white and black thing is at distance from his car…close to where the first set of tire tracks are. The Casino sign said Welcome Bikers. I would guess there are a lot of two and three wheel bikers in that area as well as ATVs crossing the road from one field to another.

  31. Dawn in MI says:

    Seems pretty silly to have a cart that won’t even reach a vehicle parked legally in their own parking lot.

    Glad you weren’t a few seconds faster or you’d have been even more involved in that crazy man’s crash. Odds are he was going way too fast, saw something, or dropped a wheel off the edge of the road and over corrected. Seems he was either in shock or on something to react as he did. Glad you and no one else was hurt seriously.

  32. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue. Very cool pictures….the cloud over the mountain looks kinda like a giant bird. And glad you were far away enough from the accident to take pictures….and not be involved. 🙂 I know what you mean about taking beauty for granted sometimes. I have had that talk with myself lately. The farm where I live and work is absolutely beautiful…..hills, fields, trees and even a river. The first few years I was here I was in awe every time I drove through the gates. Now….many days…..I don’t notice any more than the leaves that need raking or the boxwoods that need trimming…..And you can see the Peaks Of Otter from part of the farm even though they are in the next county. I used to go to the field where they are visible and just look. I have taken myself in hand for that…..trying to remember to look for the beauty of where I am now and looking forward to the time when my backyard changes at my whim. 🙂 BTW…..”The Peaks” are worth a look……Google “Peaks Of Otter/Blue Ridge Parkway, VA”. They really are beautiful…..and when traveling as a child…..seeing them always meant “home”. Have a great day! MB

  33. Pamela K. says:

    Major WOW! Did anyone else notice that the driver and passenger air bags did NOT deploy?!
    On both a rear and front impact landing no less…!!!
    That’s almost as spookie as the accident it’s self! Looking at his car it seems new enough to have required air bags and clearly something hit the front windshield! Dang, that IS spookie!

    • Piper n' Rusty in Az.... says:

      Your Right PK,, I have blown up the photo to and it dose look like a wheeled something,,,,, Wow,,, But we will never know,,, and yes I’m one who with others who said maybe he was on something because most wrecks I read about in the local Paper Was caused by being Impaired, Drunk or High or On Meds,, makes one wonder,,,,, And leaving so soon,, When I see a Crash, whether being First or Third, I stick around to help, I’m a card carrier for CPR and I care For the Just In Case,,,,,,,,,rusty

      • Pamela K. says:

        I feel Sue was within her rights to leave when she saw her help was not needed at the scene. Often times too many lookers can add to the dangers that are already present. You, as a CPR card carrier would no doubt wait longer. Were it me ever in an accident I would want a *Rusty* there to aide too. Countless times I have happened on an accident, one where moving the cars from the point of impact was not wise. I always stop and direct traffic until the police come…helping other drivers to go around the impact area safely when the cars are still on the roadway. That said, every accident is different and each person who happens onto one has a pretty clear idea of what they personally can and cannot do to help – or if their help is even needed there – or whether it’s time to just move along again. Sue stopped, took in the scene and then moved along as her help was not needed. I think she did good from everything I have read here but I don’t know about the their local *stay and aide* laws there, that’s always a factor to consider too.

        • Piper n' Rusty in Az.... says:

          I ‘m sorry if I was implying she did wrong ,,,, Sue is her own person, ,,,

          • Pamela K. says:

            Not to worry, no apology necessary 🙂
            We all know Sue did what was best for the situation she saw. Besides, we know you and Sue are close friends and you would not question her actions in a negative way.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Airbag deployment occurs when the front of your car strikes a fixed/stationary object at a certain speed.

      Getting rear ended will not activate the airbags. The vehicle landing on its tires after flying will not cause the airbags to deploy.

      But did you know….if you do get into a crash and the airbags DONT deploy….there is a chance that the “charge” has been activated…so it’s best to get out of your vehicle.

      AND…the “old” hands at the 10 and 2 o’clock position is outdated. Driving in this position when the airbags deploy means…you are going to punch yourself in the face. 4 and 8 is the recommended position.

      Drive safe!

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        Hi Cinandjules, good info…4 and 8, I think I am out of touch…Just having my driving lesson for my RV, the guy told me keep my hands and 10 and 2…lol. I like 4 and 8, at least that is how I drive my car…only more like 8 only…ooops 🙂

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Well too, most Class A’s will not have airbags. I don’t know about yours, but if it doesn’t, then there is nothing wrong with 10 and 2. It’s just that if you have your hands at 10 and 2 and the airbag deploys (if there is one), then your hands can be driven into your face by the force of the deployed airbag.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            (At least most “middle aged” Class A’s that I’m familiar with – maybe the new ones do have them.)

      • Pamela K. says:

        Your info about the airbags is a Good To Know.
        I guess I didn’t know about the airbags not deploying unless it was a direct frontal impact. I had always thought of them as going off if any impact to the car was hard hitting enough. I know their primary use is for head-on impacts but I did think they would deploy at other times too. Thanks, now I know different 🙂

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Also for those short in stature folks…sitting too close to the steering wheel is dangerous. That’s why children should sit on the back seat. If you have to sit close, within 8 inches make sure the steering wheel is canted down toward your stomach.

          That airbag flies out at 200mph and WILL kill you if you have it pointed at your face.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Patrol cars have those push bars…but you have to be really gentle as to not hitting it to hard when making contact.

          Also during a traffic stop, drivers have been known to slam it into reverse..hitting the PC and setting off the airbags.

  34. Karen LeMoine says:

    First glad you and the furries are safe! Guess we shoppers will be paying for the sensor carts with the increasing food/product costs. Reggie sorry you didn’t find a chicken in the shopping bags.
    Maybe by now you guys got one:). Can’t wait to see the next camp and read about more adventures!

  35. Well I thought the UFO was the amazing mountain until I read about the flying car! Many accidents I’ve passed have me asking “How did they do that?” Bet your adrenaline kept you wide awake for the rest of the trip 🙂 I’ve never seen or heard of locking carts – they must have an especially big problem with them disappearing, because that can’t be cheap to install and maintain on all those carts!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Our local Walmart has that cart system. Signs posted in several places explaining it. And a bumpy yellow line reminding of the border. I tried to cross it once just to see. Yep it locks wheel ! But the invisible fence at the store is large enough for a person with cart to access the entire parking area. We have had to park way out on busy days and the stop line was still beyond where we parked. Pretty neat system and better than them losing carts at hundreds of $$$ per cart to replace- and thereby having to raise prices to buy new. As far as I know Walmart here is the only place that has the system.

    • Pookie in SE Texas says:

      me too….HA

  36. Diann in MT says:

    Every once in a while, I tune in to see how RVSue and Crew are doing. Well, this segment definitely assures me that your guardian angel is alive and well. (I am sure you thanked God when you moved on down the road.) God bless and keep on keepin’ on, dear Sue.

  37. Suzette (TN) says:

    Well, THAT was exciting! I have been the first person upon a wreck twice in my life, and those images never leave me. So glad that this one turned out to be a less than tragic one. Well…unless you’re the guy having to replace a car! Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what the heck he was doing? Or, maybe not….

    In other news…I loved the image of Reggie and the little girl communicating. And the image of Reggie making a statement at the very end of the post! Gotta love that little guy.

  38. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The weather radar indicates snow is on the horizon…..tomorrow we will struggle to get out of the 30s. The past two days have been gusting winds 55mph.

    Feeling a bit chilled! You?

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Good morning, Cindandjules,

      It will be in in the mid 30’s in the morning, warming up to the mid 50’s at best. Sweater weather! No snow in the forecast for us yet… 🙂

      Have a great day!

  39. Pamela K. says:

    This cold snap is so unwelcomed by many. I am SOOOO NOT ready for ol’ man Winter! I know that Georgia is in the South but the cold winters here can get mighty cold to low teens for days at a time. It is that wet-to-your-bones cold that cuts right through your layers. Klemper has his car now, so I’m back to rethinking AZ as a winter option. I hate the thought of staying another cold winter in GA!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Klemper has his car, and it’s 70º right now in the AZ desert. There’s plenty of room 😀

      PS: Isn’t it funny how the “not really that cold” but damp winter temps in certain parts of the south can seem so much colder than “real” winter up north? I suppose it’s a combination of the dampness (it’s VERY dry up north in winter) and the fact that up north you typically have lots of insulation in the dwelling and maybe a cozy woodstove.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Awwww, plenty of room in AZ sounds good!

        Yes, those many years of *Minne-snow-ta* winters were very dry. The snow was like powder at first fall, then would crunch under your boots and even squeak! I remember that sound so well… When I left there I said, “Never Again to see a winter like those.” Was glad to see leaving it in my rearview mirror.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          I don’t know if I could do it anymore either! But now we have the memorable parts to think back on. Like how when it’s below zero, you look up and it’s like the stars are *right there,* so close you feel as if you could reach up and touch them, and they’re twinkling like mad.

          ‘Course it’s easy to remember things like that but forget the “square tires,” and how you had to hunch forward into the steering wheel just to try to keep your internal organs from freezing before the car warmed up (and that icy steering wheel!).

          • Pamela K. says:

            Oh my yes, those bright stars so close at night! And during the day the sun was so bright you would forget how cold it really was UNTIL you touched the windows and your hand would stick to it. And how I wish to never see another Roof-Rake again, lol.

            Note to Southerners: Yep, we really did have to rake our roof tops during the winter. If not, your roof would cave in from the snow’s weight.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I can still “feel” the aching arms and shoulders from a day of roof raking. Oof.

              OTOH, that special “clean” light that comes in the windows of a morn when there is a fresh, white snow outside….

              Okay, we could obviously go on all night here with the memories, both good and “bad” 😀 It’s a fun exchange though.

            • Pamela K. says:

              🙂 You are so fun, and so right! 🙂
              Have a great evening *night owl.

  40. Pam and Maya says:

    What a hoot this last post was – locking shopping carts and cars flying through the air! I came home from a hard day of being a substitute teacher and was on the edge of my seat reading this post. Great job!

  41. Sidewinder Pen says:

    It’s great that you are happy with your choice to winter in South Florida. There is a lot to love about that area. OTOH, I don’t know that it’s any more “free” of odd people or issues. There are certainly more people (density) in FL than AZ/NV. I kind of prefer the wide open spaces, but I think Florida has a lot to offer in a different way. I could enjoy wintering in either place, I think.

  42. Pamelab in Houston says:

    So, just another exciting day in the life… Your timing was perfect! You could have reached that spot a few seconds ahead. In most one vehicle accidents, distraction may be the cause. Happy you and the pups were out of danger and able to snap a couple of pictures.
    I was driving to Jacksonville, FL one time and from down the road saw a semi jack knife and the back end flip up in the air. It was diesel fuel that spilled and a big traffic jam with lots of emergency vehicles. But, did I take any pictures? No, I didn’t even think of it until later. You must have been quick on the draw to get a photo of the cloud of dust.
    Thanks, Sue, for your very nice blog. Happy Trails.

  43. Pamela K. says:

    I, too, love Florida. My mom is in central Fla. I thought about snowbirding there but it gets its share of cold too, at times. Then there are the winter storms… Maybe going to South Florida, Tampa and on down toward the keys, would be nice I’m sure. I guess the costs of anything near the keys is pretty high though. Maintaining two households would be too costly if one of them was in Florida all winter. It is that *Free or Low Cost* factor that AZ offers that would make it work for me all winter long.
    Enjoy your Florida snowbird time this winter…I love Florida and adore the ocean, even when it is colder weather.

  44. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    “Lolligag” is a great word…my grandma and mom used it a lot, usually directed at me, when they wanted me to get with the program and finish something. I’m happy for you that you now get to lolligag to your heart’s content, and in such gorgeous settings.

    Really fortunate that you were able to lolligag a few seconds behind the guy in the airborne auto – what an absolute stroke of luck, Sue! And you’re pretty quick to be able to whip out that camera and get that photo. Things like that make you realize that all of life’s events can turn on a dime.

    Many more happy trails, Sue.

  45. chas anderson says:

    I will bet my last buck that the driver was texting.My doctor told me that somebody texting was more likely to kill me than my prostate cancer.

  46. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning Sue and fellow blogorinos!

    Out of habit I turned on the radio as I got out of bed. I have the “lite” station playing so I can catch traffic reports in the mornings before work. Well, this morning they started their Christmas music! AAAARRRGGGG!!!! I turned the radio off as soon as I heard a few notes of “Jingle Bells”. They used to start playing Christmas music 24/7 the day after Thanksgiving. It drives me crazy to hear/see the seasons being pushed upon us so prematurely. Yesterday, the Kroger grocery store had live Poinsettias for sale. They will be dead by Christmas!

    Call me old fashioned, but…. Don’t put out Thanksgiving decorations displays until after Halloween. Don’t decorate store windows, displays and such until the day after Thanksgiving. Don’t open stores until the day AFTER Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is for being thankful for what you have and who you have in your life….whether you spend the day with a houseful of family and friends, or quietly, solo with your pets. I don’t know if I am getting cranky with age or what, but the want it now, need it now, gotta have it ALL mentality of many (not all) and commercialism really is ridiculous!

    Savor today! 🙂

  47. rvsueandcrew says:

    THANKS, BLOGORINOS, for your kind words, positive messages, and interesting comments.

    Please excuse me from replying to all your notes. I have another post to finish up which I’ll publish soon!

  48. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    If the accident was his fault, I hope he gets a ticket for flying without a license 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe…. Been wondering if you’ve been. Good to see you… Hope you and Mrs. Rattlesnake are well.

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