Eye on the sky, ear to the wind

Friday, February 28

It would be dumb to tow today.  The wind is increasing in strength.


I watch the sky throughout the day. This is the view looking northwest.

Our camp is in a good location on Palm Canyon Road.  It’s not likely to experience flooding if this weekend’s predicted rain is heavy and/or prolonged.

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Gray clouds gather. This shot is looking northeast.

I break camp anyway.

I hitch up and move us across Palm Canyon Road.  Our new camp is on higher ground than our former camp.  We are near, but not too close, to a deep wash.

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Our door faces the wash. The road is to the right of this scene.

We aren’t far from the road. 

This cuts the odds of having to drive through mud when we leave.  I also moved because I’m tired of the old camp.

I don’t take down the Wilson antenna for such a short move.  I drive very slowly and carefully over ridges and across narrow, shallow washes.


A massive, dark cloud drifts over our camp and hovers over Signal Mountain.

Moving only a short distance — less than a quarter-mile — makes it seem like we’re at an entirely new place!

Three large ironwood trees and a palo verde grace our front yard.

I set up my camp chair, put down a doggie bed for Bridget and another for Spike.  The beds indicate to the crew that this is home, so they immediately relax.  I read while the wind rustles through the trees.  Spike naps and Bridget chews on one of yesterday’s bones.

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Signal Mountain is east of our camp. The stormy weather is coming in from the west.

The Best Little Trailer is positioned so we don’t receive the wind directly on the door side.

However, by mid-afternoon it’s too windy to enjoy sitting outside.  We go in and I heat up a bowl of Progresso Santa Fe Style Chicken.

Some days are meant for soup.

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Looking to the west, slightly north.

I run the XM radio antenna wire out the same window as the Wilson antenna wire.  I set the antenna, which is only about an inch square, on top of the spare tire.

I lie down with the Bridge to cuddle and listen to music. 

Spike claims the rug.  Gusts of wind rock the BLT.  Definitely not a good day for travel . . .

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Looking westward toward Highway 95.  It doesn’t look very stormy .  . .  yet.

I wait for the sun to set.

I want to end this post with another sunset photo.  However, no pretty sunset happens because clouds block the sun’s rays, an unusual occurrence for southwestern Arizona.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll have rain!


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March 2012, the crew and I boondock near Congress in central Arizona.  A small herd of horses visits our camp (shown in a slideshow at the end of the post).

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90 Responses to Eye on the sky, ear to the wind

  1. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    Be careful out there. Flash floods are not to be trifled with.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the warning and concern, John. We’re in a good place.

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        Good to know…

        On the home front, we are sorting and selling and making plans for our conversion to the RV life. I can hardly sit still.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, man, I know that feeling. There’s so much to do before lift-off and then the day arrives. All the dreaming and planning and preparations are behind you and the road stretches ahead!

  2. Barbara says:

    I’m glad you moved camp and are on higher ground. I know you are very cautious and will keep an eye out. I’m not aware of the wind situation, just the rain forecast.
    Take care Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      At the moment the wind has died down. It rained for about two minutes, then it stopped. Seems that’s the way rain is in the desert . . . lots of teasing!

  3. Pleinguy says:

    Smart to make adjustments to your camp with the forecasted moisture. Hope it doesn’t spoil your stay. It is badly needed though. Perhaps the ground will soak it up quickly.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I figure being near a wash, the water will have a place to run off if it doesn’t soak in right away. I don’t expect the rain to spoil our stay. I usually enjoy a good rain when we are prepared for it. I’ve got good food for us, plenty to read, internet, satellite radio, and a cozy home with big windows to look through. We want for nothing!

  4. Be safe!! Hope you don’t get too much rain too quickly.

  5. E2/etwo - S.E. NM says:

    Hunker down girlfriend! Desert storms can be AWESOME and rough! Point it
    toward S.E. NM…. actually all of NM has been in draught for w a y too long!
    Many of the nearby farms have lost their wells completely…. We are fine even
    with the RO system….our wells are deep….
    Take care of yourself and your furkids…. Clyde says….meow!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The entire western U.S. could use rain. In my travels I was surprised to find so many dry lakes and streams and low reservoirs. Farming is one tough occupation. Glad to know you have a good water supply.

      Chin scratches to Clyde!

  6. Val, Lakefield On. says:

    Hi Sue, good pics, I got a laugh from your laundromat post..:-) Hope you have a safe and cozy night and it doesn’t get too windy again.
    At long last, our trailer is ready. Just have to wait for the snow to melt.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ItPag9bcgE&feature=share&list=UUiUdDO-NWti1lQTOxCTBCIw or you can just go to taylor coach.com & hit the you tube button.
    we are the 2014, 15′ side door video. We wanted a small trailer but I know I could easily spend 3-4 months in it. I will travel light & spend much time outdoors. I did not want the rear door which would have given me a full closet. I am 5′ tall and with the fridge below, it makes the counter feel too high. The couch area will give the dog some room also.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Very nice, Val. I know you must be super excited! It sounds like you gave a lot of thought to the design that will work best for you.

      A trailer doesn’t seem small because you can drive it to good weather and live in good weather almost all year long. And when the weather is good, you live outdoors. I spend most of every day outside. I eat my meals outside. The outdoors becomes more “living space.”

      My gosh, Taylor makes an 8-foot model! Now that IS small!

      Thanks for sharing your new home-on-wheels with us.

  7. R. (Colorado) says:

    Please take care of yourself.

    Maybe it is little silly but I just love such dramatic looking sky before rain, storm and during. Great weather for reading. Thank you for all great pictures.
    I wish I could be in the desert right now but I’m finally ready to look for my own RV (class B, B+ or C). In a few days I’m planning to drive through Yuma. Can you, RVSue, or any of your always helpful followers, give me suggestions for dealers in Yuma?
    Anyone bought his/her own RV on e-bay or craigslist?

    • Pen says:

      I have bought a few used RVs/trailers from Craigslist over the years, including my current one. I like to buy used rigs from a private party because I feel that meeting the owner and seeing their situation tells me more about the rig than a dealer can. I don’t want it “sanitized” for me by a dealer; I want to get a feel for the history and “usual” condition of the rig. A private owner/sale can give me that.

      There are plenty of “hinky” deals and people on Craigslist, but I have found that the ones I get a good feeling about are not that way. What I mean is, the fishy/uncomfortable ones usually have obvious clues, and can be avoided. Plenty of good/everyday folks do sell through CL.

      RVtrader also provided some good private-owner prospects, although I did not end up buying through them (not for any “bad” reason but just because for one reason or another the rigs were not the right ones).

      Some folks prefer to buy from a dealer. It’s true that it can be more “one-stop” shopping, and you don’t have to deal with people who take things too personally (I have run into those, although I never bought from those particular sellers). Anyway, I can see why some people do prefer that experience.

      Happy shopping!

    • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

      I would go to one of the big dealers and just check out various units. Just make it clear that you are window shopping to see what size and floor plan works out for you. La Mesa RV carries many different sizes and shapes up here in Mesa and they have a dealership down in Yuma too. Just watch out for the high pressure sales… leave that checkbook at home!! LOL Lay on beds… check out bathrooms… is the galley useable?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      I didn’t answer you right away because I don’t have any help to offer re: RV shopping. I’m happy Pen and Connie gave you some ideas. Good luck!

      • R. (Colorado) says:

        Pen and Connie, these are great tips. I need to start checking craigslist and when in Yuma I won’t bring my checkbook. Thank you both and you too Sue for letting me post this question on your blog.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s one of the reasons for this blog. 🙂

        • Geri Moore says:

          “R”, if you are interested in an RV with a slide out room, make sure they show you what the unit is like with the slide tucked in! Our friends (who shold have know better!) bought their fourth 5th wheel with slides and never checked! The first trip, they pulled over for a quick lunch at a rest area and did not have access to their kitchen or bathroom with the slides in!!! Their previous RV’s with slides never had this configuration, so they assumed that they would always have access to kitchen and bath with slides in…. NOT SO! They found out the hard way!

      • Robin in Central Coast California says:

        Sue, when you bought your Casita, had you ever been inside of one?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No. I hadn’t been in the presence of a Casita. Never saw one on the road. Not anywhere except online and in a brochure.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Are you anywhere near Denver. There is a RV show this weekend! Go browse…get an idea of what floor plan you want, don’t want, length, permanent bed etc.

      Are you looking for a new or used?

    • Alan Rabe says:

      I did a bit of what cinandjules said. But I did it on the net also. You can find Used RVs every where. I got mine at a littler dealer in Florida and I am in VA. But that was after about 1-2 years of research. Shows are nice as they give an idea of what it means when it says 25 ft long, or 40 or 17. You get to experience what each offers + and -, and try to envision what it would feel like to live in what is essentially a room for a long time. Then look on the net to see what is available, Shows only show a small view of what is possible, new and used. Since your in the area look in the Phoenix, Mesa and Apache Junction area it is a prime spot for used good quality RV’s as the area is a mecca for them., But remember this. The supply is through the roof due to the bad economy and the demand is meager for the same reason, so you have the upper hand out there. Yuma is a good start but Texas and Florida are also places you can find good deals.

  8. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Love the pics of signal mt..

    It’s raining because you washed and waxed the BLT! Glad you found a higher spot.

    Am I the only one who doesn’t know what a BAL thingymagiggy is?

    Hopefully it isn’t pouring when you take Spike out during the night!

    Sleep well !

    • Pen says:

      I haven’t had a BAL leveler, but I know what they are from when I had a small trailer. They look slick. Basically, it’s used to level a trailer from side to side. After you are parked you can slip it around the trailer wheel on the low side (presuming there is a low side – you don’t need it if you are in a level spot already) and then crank it up to level the trailer. It’s a sort of U-shape so that’s how you can slip it around the wheel after you are parked. It lies flat on the ground with the open side of the U facing the other side of the trailer.

      The alternative is to back up onto a block of wood or Lynx blocks or etc. But with those you have to calculate in advance how many to use and then get onto them; the BAL you can slip around the wheel after you park.

      I still used blocks, just because they were light/easy to store/cheap, but the BAL looks slick.

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      I put a temporary ad in the sidebar for a Bal leveler. A picture’s worth a thousand words.

      I’m writing this the following morning. We had some heavy rain last night, off and on…. Between Spike and Bridget… six…SIX individual potty runs, timed when the rain stopped. Oh well, it beats finding wet bedding in the morning. It’s not like I have to go to work this morning!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Thanks for the explanation and picture.

        Yes it does look easier than trying to back up on those Lego looking stacking blocks!

        Six potty runs! I only had two! Well three including me! :). Whatever it takes!

        AO continues to howl when locked in her crate at night….she naps in it during the day without a problem.. We are stumped!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, the little girl is probably lonely in the dark. She’s just a baby. . . (You know what I would do! That’s why I stick to small breeds.) 🙂

          Would a nightlight by her crate help? Or would that keep her up and make matters worse?

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Oh that’s not going to happen!

            We made that mistake with SA who was 85 pounds and slept with her legs stretched out.

            I’ll try the night light tonight!

            • Robin in Central Coast California says:

              I thought my two Cardigan Corgis (@30# each) would take up much less space on ‘my’ (who am I fooling?) bed than my two Belgian Shepherds had (57# and 85#); I also assumed they would shed less. I was woefully wrong on both counts!

      • Alan Rabe says:

        If you get a good downpour, you know that in 1-2 weeks that Palo Verde will be ablaze with millions of tiny yellow flowers, buds will develope in a few days. In fact every tree will be ablaze and quite possibly the poppies will come out and bloom. If so and you can stick around you will be able experience a full desert bloom, because of the drought it could be spectacular.

  9. Be safe and watch the skies!

  10. Timber n' Rusty says:

    Wow Sue , your sky looks like our sky, nice photos, even in the gray, Timber saya hi to the pups ,,,,,,,,,Rusty at home in Chino Valley, AZ

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I got your email. Your weather does sound a lot like ours. I guess the wind is statewide, and the rain probably will be, too. I remember when we camped next to each other at Ash Fork, we were expecting rain and looking to park where it wouldn’t be muddy. You don’t have to worry about your house sinking into the mud any more! 🙂

      Well, what a coincidence. It started raining as I type this! Have a good night. Cuddle Timber for me.

    • Timber n' Rusty says:

      Ha, Ha, Timber is not Italin, he “says” Hi to the pups, not “saya” Lol ;~D

      • Timber n' Rusty says:

        I mean Italian, we’ve been eating a lot of pasta lately, must be getting to our heads, ,,,,,,,,,

  11. Marilu, Northern Ca. says:

    With a rain the desert will explode with color in a couple weeks. It might be worth staying to see the flower show! Stay snug with your soup and furry bed warmers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu… One day the snakes have me wanting to move, then the rain and flowers have me wanting to stay!

  12. Phyllis says:


    Beautiful clouds and sky. I love watching the clouds in the summer time in the backyard. Tomorrow is March 1, yippee.

    I’m glad you have XM radio, internet, books, and food!
    Phyllis in Oklahoma

  13. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Sue, all conditions were just right for the photos today! Perfect contrast, clarity, color, just can’t say enough about them. Good job!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane,

      Thank you. It was tricky grabbing these shots between wind gusts. The sky was magnificent all day.

  14. Lacy says:

    Oooooh, I do so love weather (as long as it isn’t dangerous or damaging)……sounds like a good time to snuggle down w/ the Crew. Enjoy it 🙂

    ps – don’t know how you feel about a writing prompt – you could put this aside for someday: “I wonder what ever happened to _________”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lacy,

      I do wonder about some of my readers who used to comment and then disappeared. Maybe I’ll use your suggestion . . . Hmm. . .

  15. Roger in SoCal says:

    Hi sue,
    Hope you don’t get too much rain, here in SoCal it rained most of the day. About an hour ago, we had very loud thunder and very hard rain. We were also under a flash flood warning, something unheard of in this area.

    Stay warm and safe, Sue.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Same to you, Roger. It’s the next morning as I write this. Hard rain in brief spurts last night. Now the sky is heavy with grey clouds. All that blue in the photos of this post is gone.

  16. Nice storm cloud pictures! It’s been pretty windy here, and we’re expecting rain tomorrow.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Allison… You’ll probably get what we get here.

      BTW, in the sidebar is a weather widget. The box below the forecast is a radar map showing areas of rain. Click on “enlarge” and it will open in a new window. It gives a good picture of where it’s raining in the Southwest. You can see detail in populated areas by clicking again.

  17. Joan says:

    Glad ya moved your camp to higher ground. Enjoyed your photo’s. The best thing about rain in AZ, is the smell of the desert!! Be safe and enjoy
    aka Egg4us
    from Casa Grande

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joan,

      We did wake to the smell of the creosote this morning. No wind. Dark and dreary. The cloud cover is very thick. Not good for my batteries!

  18. AZ Jim says:

    Sue, I’ve told you before but I’ll repeat it. You have a great eye for “the shot”. You have me changing my desktop more often than I change my bed. I may switch a lot but I save all that I have used so I can re-use ’em. Snakes, all you need to do to avoid a run in with a rattler is watch where you walk and I would keep the little guys on a leash. When you are walking, make noise and if you have a walking stick hit the ground with it, snakes want to avoid you and they do feel those vibrations. Rain, yep if it holds together like it is and has done in California you will see those washes run. LA’s basins are running like a raging river. Keep your powder dry as they used to say in the old musket days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      It’s nice to be appreciated for my photography. Thank you.

      This rainy weather has brought the temperatures down (see forecast in sidebar). Maybe the snakes will be like the infamous groundhog of the Northeast (whose name I’m not going to try to spell) and go back into the ground and stay there for another month or so.

  19. You are a smart lady to move to higher ground.
    I haven’t heard any rain on the roof here in Tucson. I hope we don’t get skipped over.
    Sue, do you have this link bookmarked? It’s great for seeing where the rain is and which direction it’s moving.
    Enjoy and stay cozy!

    • Marilu, Northern Ca. says:

      This is a great site! Much better than what I’ve been using. You never know what you’ll learn on RVsue. Thanks for sharing this.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Grace,

      Thanks for the link. That’s a great resource! I put in Quartzsite for the location and the forecast is for occasional showers, not heavy rain. I’d like to put a shortcut to that page on my desktop. Gotta’ figure how to do that.

      Not as fancy but always available is my little map widget for weather in the sidebar. You can make a quick check for rain in the Southwest by clicking enlarge and clicking again on your area.

    • Bill & Ann says:

      Thanks for sharing. Just what we need as we are traveling east!

  20. Rob says:

    I noticed the location bug and took a look, I remember those mountains! We went to Yuma a couple of times when were in Quartzsite & I stopped to take some pictures on the way down. I really enjoyed the ‘starkness’ of the mountains, the sharp edges.

    It’s fun to look at what people are buying from Amazon.

    Good luck with the weather Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rob,

      These “stark” mountains provide ever-changing scenery the way the light and shadow move across the crags and canyons. Except today… Big ol’ cloud hanging on top of Signal Mountain. At the moment it’s white, not like yesterday’s.

      Thanks for the feedback on the Amazon links showing what readers buy. It’s time-consuming to set that feature up at the bottom of a post, so I’m glad to learn you like it.

      BTW… Funny photo of the sign for Lonngren Pass on your blog!

  21. Cheryl Ann says:

    Yup. We had some real wind gusts here in Palm Desert. One of them blew our front gate open! Good think I checked before I let the dogs out! It rained most of the night, here, too. I went out early to put birdseed in the feeders and I have a lot of happy birds right now! Good thing I scattered my cosmos, zinnia, and wild sunflower seeds this week…I’m hoping the rain water will get them to sprout. They don’t like our hard desert water…
    Cheryl Ann ~~beautiful photos, Sue, as usual!
    Hey, I’m off to find a laundromat this weekend because I have to wash the two nearly-new sleeping bags I bought at the thrift store…2 for $12.00 and they are nice ones!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl Ann,

      As one gardener (formerly) to another, I can appreciate rain falling on your flower seeds. I hope you have good results.

      Wow, you got stronger wind than here.

      Great buy on the sleeping bags! Be careful at the laundromat. 🙂

  22. Hi Sue,
    Great photo of Signal Mt. and good to move to high ground.
    Snowing here in the 4 corners and much needed. I think we’ve had “mud season” about 4 times since Jan. 1st. Just crazy living in Co. and Jan. temps in the upper 50’s.
    Got the blog up. Took about 3 free Kindle books and 2 from the library. Still can’t figure out the comments section. I had it on my view from admin. but can’t see it when I bring it up. Any idea? Or is it my theme?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The blog looks great, Robert! Very nicely done! Congratulations and welcome to the world of blogging!

      About comments… Two possibilities come to mind. Go to Settings to make sure you have Allow Comments checked. Remember to finish by clicking Save which I believe is at the bottom.

      The other thought is what you suspect… Maybe the theme you chose doesn’t support comments. Go to Appearance and then Themes. Check the properties of your theme.

      All the above directions are written as if you have a WordPress blog, so you may have to take other steps.

      Good luck!

  23. Ed says:

    You are getting a lot of warnings about flash floods. People seem to be very worried and don’t give you much credit for knowing where you should camp. I did a Google Search and did find that there was one death from flooding in 2012 but couldn’t find another until 1993. It certainly can happen.

    There has been no one warning you about being killed by lightning. Let me do so once again! There were 4 people killed by lightning in Arizona during the first 10 months of 2013, this tied the state with Florida for the most killed during 2013.

    I read someplace that it is best to never worry about something that has less chance of happening than the chance you will be struck by lightning. My lightning warnings are offered with tongue firmly in my cheek and this thought about worry firmly in my mind.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      I agree with you entirely. I really haven’t had any worry about flash flooding. I read the warnings as another form of caring by my readers and I appreciate those gestures of concern.

      My main reason for moving was to gain higher ground immediately around the BLT so that heavy rainfall would flow away from the BLT. We were settled into our former site for a long time. Frequent moving of the PTV and my footsteps disturbed the rocky surface, revealing the soft, powdery sand underneath. I could see that sand might turn to sticky mud. Even a little mud can make a mess on my floor with eight paws going in and out the door! Now we’re on fresh, hard ground.

      A classmate was killed by lightning several years after we graduated. I stay inside during electrical storms.

      • Ed says:

        Just to add some more about worrying I paraphrase Mark Twain – I have worried about some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.
        I also always enjoyed the Ozzie expression that is used for all occasions – No Worries Mate!

      • Alan Rabe says:

        I know exactly where you are at, I have actually spent a weekend in the area. I have no worries of your safety at all. The wash only drains palm canyon, not a big deal. It might run fast but not a very large flow.

  24. Sue. Wish I was out there in the desert with you. (not necessarily right there with you, but out in the desert to experience the storm). I am encamped in Tucson area for a couple months on some business stuff. But not disappeared as in “I wonder what happened to__________?”
    When it does rain, then it would be interesting to go over to stand above the wash and watch when the first water comes roaring down, if it does.
    Hope to see some pix.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kent,

      I thought the very same thing about water crashing down this deep wash… “Get the camera! What great pics for the blog!”

      Sheesh. . . My dying words will probably be… “Remember the blog!”

      Nice of you to stop by to let us know where you are. Gee, I’m sounding very maternal about my peeps. 🙂

      • Kitt, NW WA says:

        Reminds me of those last words on tombstones like:
        ” Watch this…”
        “Here, hold my beer”
        Maybe ” Just one more photo”

        Gearing up for another weekend nor’easter from the Fraser River Valley. March coming in like a lion, or at least a feisty cub.

  25. Edie says:

    Hi Sue. Just a note to say I’m here and to tell you I also enjoy the amazon links. It is fun to see when the stuff I order shows up and also to see what others order.

    Have a wonderful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Edie,

      I wish there were a way for every Amazon order from my blog to be acknowledged. Thanks again for shopping here and for the feedback!

  26. Snakes, weather, space, internet, isolation, socialization, and yep, even laundry. Among the many quandaries I have in my head about full-timing, RV Sue is covering them nicely!

  27. R. (Colorado) says:

    Not in AZ but in CA in August 2004 there was flash flood in Death Valley NP. Two people died when they were swept away in their car. The roads were destroyed; park service had to form a caravan to escort visitors out of the park. If you google Death Valley flash flood 2004 you could see images how powerful water can become.

    As to “I wonder what happened to__________?” I have my different opinion about it. I used to be very active on one travel board. Then my husband died, my priority changed and my grief took over. The last thing on my mind was to continue my participation on the travel board and keep answering the same questions over and over again. The person I kept in touch outside of that board posted details if my absence I wished to keep personal. I never returned to that board. I like my privacy; if I share details of my personal life they are never public, by choice I’m not on Facebook. If someone wants to tell why they do not participate any longer in comments on this blog then it should be their own choice. If they don’t want to say it then let’s leave them alone. Life goes on. We lose spouses, marriages, friends, kids, pets, interests in some things. I noticed there are many followers on this blog who post very frequently and that’s fantastic, then there are some who post once in a while, finally there are those who post a few times or once and go on to other things. The best way, IMHO, is to just leave things the way they are.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      R. . . . I don’t think the idea was to name names or pester people. That would be intrusive. I think the idea was simply to extend a general invitation to people who haven’t commented in a while. That’s how I read it anyway.

      I had to smile reading your comment and your concern about people, including yourself, going through life events that make sharing on the internet unappealing. So you drop out of sight and don’t want to be bothered.

      Think about bloggers. If I don’t blog within three days. . . oh, my . . . do I hear it! And if I do something stupid or careless or offensive . . . Watch out! LOL! There’s no dropping out. That’s what we bloggers sign up for when we open our lives to the world. It has turned me into a split personality… a loner who loves privacy and who also talks to “everyone” several times a week on a personal basis. Crazy!

  28. DeAnne in TN says:

    I’m one of those readers that read every day (sometimes more than once a day) but don’t comment too often. By the time I get to the blog, someone has already said something close to what I was thinking, so I just read. My life in uneventful, except for the middle schoolers I teach, but don’t live in my RV yet. My dream is still several years away, so just reading and absorbing and learning is fine for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And that’s fine with me, too, DeAnne. No obligations at RVSue and her canine crew! 🙂

  29. Sandy Creek says:


    I am getting close to retirement, less than 1 year. Planning my Casita purchase, and I can’t decide whether I want or need the awning, what are your experiences?


    • rvsueandcrew says:


      You won’t camp exactly how I camp. I don’t know your budget or your daily habits.

      Having said that, I don’t think an awning is absolutely necessary. You could live and travel very well without one. Many people do.

      However, if you can afford it, I say get it. Even if you use it rarely, there will times when you’ll be glad you have it. I’d hate to have that sinking feeling of “Gee, I wish I’d added the awning.”

      It comes down to your state of mind. When I set myself up for full-timing, I was determined to save, save, save so that I could do things right. By right, I mean totally right for me, not half-right. This might not be your perspective.

      I didn’t get the electric crank. I figured I could easily add it at some point if I could no longer crank the jack myself. With an awning, on the other hand, you get it at the beginning or it’s too much trouble later. That’s my thinking.

      Good luck. The decisions seem endless. Whatever you choose, if you have your wheels, the road will let you follow the path of your dreams.

  30. Deb from NJ says:

    Well the saying goes….March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb! Your weather there is headed this way (East) with snow. We are expected in my area to get between 6-10 inches. So my visions at the end of the month will be blossoms, butterflies and warm weather! I can only hope!

    Loving the pictures of the storm clouds.

    Be safe in the crazy weather!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      I was changing channels on my XM radio and accidentally tuned into a NYC weather report. Egaaddss… snow, ice, below freezing… NJ is probably the same story.

      Keep safe and warm!

  31. Pat K. says:

    No comments Sue, except I just love your little blog and appreciate all the effort you put into it. Thanks, Pat K

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