Feeling right at home in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA

Lone Pine Peak (elev. 12,943 ft.) is in our backyard.

1-DSC01001The mountain, as well as the cottonwood in the foreground, are ever-changing according to the light.

Shortly after sunrise, the sun’s rays clear the Inyo Mountains to the east and transform Lone Pine Peak to the west from silvery gray to light cadmium red.

1-DSC00975Before settling in for a night’s sleep, I make sure the blinds on the large back window of the Best Little Trailer are drawn up so that my next morning will begin with this glorious sight.  It hardly seems like the same mountain!

The crew and I hang around camp, playing in the desert.

I like to inhabit a camp for a few days before running off to explore the surrounding area.  I think I automatically do that in order to establish a feeling of home, not only for myself but also for Bridget and Spike.

1-DSC00999Spike, being male, needs to acquaint himself with the area it is his province to protect.  He explores, under my watchful eye, in a gradually widening circle, sniffing as he goes.  He establishes a perimeter by marking key objects, their importance known only to himself.  All this takes time which I gladly afford him.  He’s serious about this responsibility.

1-DSC01003Although Spike loves a good soak in whatever body of water is available, he takes to the desert like he was born to it.

Bridget, on the other hand, being female, is sensitive to relationship, namely hers and mine.  Her eyes constantly look for clues of my mood and intent.

1-DSC01011She’s close on my heels wherever I go.  I’m not above using her little gnome-like body as a handy prop to add interest to a photo.

1-DSC00997I also add the stone “eye” to the larger of the two gnomes.

My new shoes are on my feet morning ’til night. 

I’m happy with the color described as “earth/mimosa,” now that the color is more “desert dust/cottonwood.”

Yikes!  Big Foot!

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No, it’s just my size seven-and-a-half shoes.  Aren’t they great?

Speaking of cottonwoods . . .

Our campsite is alongside an arroyo.  That’s where the cottonwood trees grow.  This is the view to the east toward the Inyo Mountains.

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The crew and I make a jaunt into Lone Pine.

I come across Chuy on the way to Joseph’s Grocery.  He apparently is on his way home at the end of the street.  I bring down my window.

“Hey, Chuy!” I call out.

He turns and immediately smiles, running over to the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  “Hi!  I was wondering if you’d come back here!”

I met Chuy last year.  He lives in a tidy blue house with a picket fence embellished with roses, zinnias, and asters that his sister plants for him.  I stop in the middle of the street and turn off the engine.  This is Lone Pine.  It doesn’t matter.

1-DSC01002-001Chuy reports that the cats still poop on his lawn in spite of the six-foot tall fence his sister had erected between his property and the cat lady next door.  I let him vent about that for a few minutes.

Then he proudly points down the street to his new-to-him, 1996 white Ford pick-up.  He describes all the features it has that his old ’76 truck didn’t.  The truck does appear to be in great condition from what I can see and I compliment him on it.

He catches me up on some Lone Pine news, we say goodbye, and I continue on to the grocery store.  I see that the library is closed on Sundays so I make a mental note to return on Monday.

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Let me tell you a silly thing about the hat . . .

Remember the grey wool, cloche hat I ordered from Amazon? When I get back inside the BLT after picking it up at the UPS place, I stick it on my head and, of course, it’s a very snug fit.  This isn’t a surprise.  My head is big, as far as heads go.  Well, I’ll wear it for a while.  Give it a chance to stretch out.

I putter around.  I go online.  I walk around the campground with the crew.  (This is back when we were camped at Tinnemaha Campground.)

Later, inside the BLT, I check myself out in the full-length mirror affixed to the bathroom door.  Oh, for heaven’s sake.  I laugh out loud.  I’ve been walking around the campground doing a Minnie Pearl impression.  A big ol’ 3-inch by 5-inch tag hangs from the side of the hat.  It’s RVSue at the Grand Old Opry!

We need another photo . . .

1-DSC01012-001Okay, on Monday we toodle on down to the Lone Pine Library.

Gosh, I’m heady with all this exciting news to report .  .  .  .   Can you feel it?

I find that my temporary library card from last fall is still good.  I’m allowed to check out two books, paperback only.  A fifty-ish gentleman hanging around the librarian’s desk mumbles, “Treat you like an eight-year-old.”  I ignore his remark (although I take it as an indication he feels seniors deserve respect).  I’m happy to be able to check out anything at all, being the transient I am.

I choose two paperbacks and then purchase four more (50 cents each) from a box pointed out to me by the librarian.  I drive the crew and myself back to camp.  I’m filled with good cheer thinking about the six books I’ll read in my spiffy new lounge chair.

1-DSC01013-001Oh, yeah. . . I almost forgot!

I promised I’d tell you about leveling the BLT on this sloped site.  Remember this photo taken in the early morning light?

1-DSC00981It looks like the BLT is tipped up in front.  That’s an optical illusion.  It’s actually perfectly level and the PTV is pointing downhill.

First I level the BLT side-to-side. 

The bubble level above the propane tanks indicate the door side is too low.  Usually that means driving that side’s wheel up onto a board or leveling blocks.  In this case I don’t want to do that because it would make the door step too high for Spike.

Instead I dig out some sand behind the wheel on the other side.

1-DSC00967 - CopyI know I may be telling some of you that which you already know.  Bear with me here or go get a snack or something.  See ya!

When you’re a newbie, you don’t always think of things like this. . . . One, that you need to have a shovel or spade with you, and . . . Two, you can dig one side, rather than prop up the other side, as another way to level your rig from side-to-side.

Next I need to level front-to-back.

The slope is downward toward the tongue.  I do not like the front end of the BLT perched way up high on the hitch post fully extended.  It would probably be okay, but, to be honest, it gives me the creeps.  (Try to ignore the munchkin while I explain this.)

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In order to avoid that “teeter-tottering on a stick” look . . .

I place two square boards on the ground.  I put the cone on top of them.  Next I crank the post down into the cone until the coupler (the round tip of the tongue) is lifted off the hitch ball.  I move the PTV ahead (so it’s easier to get in the back doors), and, in this case, crank the coupler even higher until the bubble-level on the side of the PTV shows the BLT is level from front to back.  Secure the hitch-lock and we’re done!

Don’t do any of this before chocking the wheels!

Okay, now you can look at the munchkin.  Take note of her cute little frog legs in the sand.

 Oh yeah, the plastic bag in the photo . . .

It’s my collection of trash picked up on a walk in the desert — mostly beer bottles, plastic drink bottles, and rusty tin cans with two triangular holes in the top, which, any archeologist can tell you, dates them as artifacts of the Pre-PopTop Era.

A dear reader once told me . . .

My blog is like a bedtime story.  In other words, it can put you to sleep.  Well, wake up, sleepyhead!  It’s time to go shopping!

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70 Responses to Feeling right at home in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA

  1. kgdan says:

    Have been following your travels since you were camped at Clear Lake and the Tieton River area. Loved seeing the beautiful pictures and reading of your adventures. In the meantime in August I parted with my beloved post-retirement “hobby” job as librarian at a small community library here. Tho’ the Yakima valley is beautiful right now, the Trailblazer and Casita are getting their “road bath” as I write this and we depart for parts to the south early tomorrow morning. Am really looking forward to being on the road and exploring the byways. Maybe will get a glimpse of you and the crew along the way but, in any case, will continue to enjoy reading your blog whenever we get the chance. Happy camping!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, kgdan,

      Leaving in the morning . . . good for you! It’s exciting, isn’t it! Have a wonderful time “exploring the byways.”

      Happy camping to you, too!

  2. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Sue, I do believe these photos are among your best! Lone Pine Peak is truly awesome. You are furthering your knowledge of light, to me this IS photography. I loved the contrast between the yellow cottonwoods and the soft muted brush. Real Artsy!
    Looks like Keens are happy feet. I had to go and look them up online, Nice.
    Thanks for the tip on leveling your trailer. Works in the sand. Now how hard is it to drive out, just curious.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and the wonderful places you explore. I so appreciate this Blog! Take Care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane,

      You’re welcome. It’s nice to be appreciated!

      Ah, light… Many a photo has not come out well because the light was wrong. Or more accurately, the photographer didn’t know what to do with the light!

      How hard is it to drive out, once you’ve dug the tire in the sand? Remember, the tire is on the BLT. It’s no trouble at all for the PTV to pull the BLT out of that shallow hole. Now, if I were a van dweller, I’d be more careful about digging my wheels into a hole in the sand.

  3. Bill & Ann says:

    The pictures are amazing. I agree, these are some of your best. Wish we were there. We did hit the free books at the Brookings, OR Library this week. We took our limit, 10 books each! The balmy weather left and it is foggy cold and damp. Hope we have a few more sunny days before our month at Cape Blanco is up.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Bill and Ann,

      Gee, it seems like you’ve been at Cape Blanco forever! I know it’s beautiful there, but it’s time for some desert. Best wishes to Samantha and Julie . . .

  4. Edie says:

    Sue, I found your blog in August and promptly read the whole thing from the beginning including all comments! Thank you so much for sharing all of the information. Especially those tips… I placed my last Amazon order from your site. It is the least I can do to help pay you back for the knowledge, beauty and entertainment. We just bought a small trailer and plan to “part time” starting next spring. Thank you again!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Edie,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m impressed and flattered that you went back to the beginning and read all of my blog. Thank you. Aren’t the comments great? My readers provide good information, as well as some laughs.

      Thank you, also, for using my blog as a portal to shop Amazon!

      To quote Dr. Seuss… Oh, the places you’ll go . . . in your little trailer. Next spring will be an exciting time for you… I promise!

  5. Mark says:

    Great pics today Sue. I enjoy seeing the pictures of your camps. It would be great to have a “Spike Cam” to watch as he explores each new camp.

    Mark
    Salina ks

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mark,

      Let me get this straight. You want to see Spike lift his leg on bushes in live action video . . . ohhh-kaayy.

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos.

  6. Timber n' Rusty says:

    Sue, your photos bring back the memories of the far distant times of walking thru there with my Donkeys, on the way to a Rendezvous up near Mentors Pass. That was along time ago. Give a hug er two to the pups, ,,,Timber says Hi too ,,,,:~)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I’m delighted that my photos bring back those good memories of your mountain man days. Nice to hear from you here.

      Hugs back to Timber. I often think of him running around in his yard, and you watching tv with your feet up. 🙂

  7. Gray Mason from New York says:

    I am also a new reader to your blog. I am reading the old and new simultaneously. It is so interesting to see how your confidence level has changed since your early days of being fearful to hitch up and wondering which tree might be the cottonwood! My husband and I are Casita owners also, though we only spend 2 or 3 months a year in ours. Hey, nothing to complain about – retirement is awesome! (Love your photography, especially today’s which is why I decided to “appear”!).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Gray,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you appeared here. No wonder you see the contrast between RVSue the newbie and RVSue now, jumping back and forth in time. I laughed about the cottonwoods. I didn’t even recognize sage and I’ve cooked with it for years!

      Always a special place in my heart for fellow Casita owners. 🙂 I’ll have to continue to do my best with my camera so you’ll appear here again!

      • Ed says:

        Sue,
        Don’t feel bad about not recognizing the high desert sage that you first saw when you went west. The Nevada state flower, sage, that blankets huge portions of the high desert is actually sagebrush. It is excellent fodder for the wild horses and other animals but has no place on our dinner tables. The sage that we consume is garden sage, botanical name salvia officinalis. Both are from the sage botanical family but very different plants.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting, Ed. Your knowledge of botany is impressive. Thank you for sharing it.

          The aroma of the two plants is similar which was a big clue. I should’ve recognized it.

  8. m.l. says:

    love the pics! as usual! and i agree with the ‘spike cam’ request 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, m.l.,

      A Spikey-cam… Oh, Lord, I can’t stand it. That dog has become an obsession in the RV world! Haha!

  9. Ladybug says:

    Speaking of pictures, where’s one of you wearing ‘the hat’? LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, darn! I thought I got away with posting without anyone wanting to see me in that dang hat.

      I don’t know why, but I look like Winston Churchill in that hat.

      • Ladybug says:

        You should have known better than that with me! bwahahahaha

        Winston Churchill, eh? Musta had a scowl on your face. 😀

  10. RV Sue,

    Have you tried checking out ebooks with your library card? It looks like Inyo County is online for ebooks at http://inland.librarycatalog.info/polaris/Search/default.aspx?ctx=11.1033.0.0.3

    Click on “Limit by” drop down menu and select E-books.

    Crossing my fingers the answer is ‘yes.’

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tamara,

      Thanks for the idea. I haven’t checked the link yet because my internet connection is very slow tonight, but I will take a look at it. I’m wondering if it would work with only a temporary card (which amounts to an index card down at the library. I don’t have anything in hand.)

  11. Dawn says:

    What a beautiful spot! Glad the library lets temporary visitors check things out. I think one of the library systems I worked for allowed that, some don’t.

    So…we aren’t going to get to see a photo of you and the hat? 🙂

  12. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    Loved the reference to pre-poptop time… poptops will be the potsherds of the archaeologists of the future.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Connie,

      I had forgotten about having to use a can opener to puncture the top of a drink can. That was a short period of time, I think. From bottles to can-opener type cans to pop-tops.

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        Oh I think the use of the “church key” as my father used to call it lasted many years. One end opened the bottles and the other end opened cans. I actually still have some and use them often to open stubborn plastic containers. (the bottle end) I can’t remember the last time I used the pointed end to open a can. Had to be when we were kids. According to wikipedia, the pull tab (the ones we made jewelry from…LOL) appeared about 1960… with the first bottled beer in the 30s. Then there was a whole array of different style pop tops that have appeared since. I hate the newest iteration. I need a screwdriver or something to be able to pull that stupid little tab up.

  13. Rand says:

    Re: Wool Hat Resize
    Wool can be reshaped easily. Soak it. Put it on wet. Wear it until dry.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rand,

      But I don’t want to wear a wet hat…

      Hmm… I think I have a plastic mixing bowl around here about the same size as my head… I’ll try it to see if it’s right and hopefully won’t forget and go into town wearing a mixing bowl on my head.

  14. Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

    Hopefully it lives up to it’s “lone” pine name! As in peaceful. It sure is beautiful. Love how the yellow is so vivid!

    Spike blends in so well. Wow! You and Chuy recognized each other…how neat! His home was so cute…the neighbor’s mess wasn’t.

    Thanks for picking up after the not so respectful people who don’t. Pop tops almost date back to the dinosaur era.

    Nice kicks! The do look comfy!

    Jules called in a panic…expecting 5-9 inches of lake effect snow tonight! Old man winter is knocking at the door! Ummm isn’t this supposed to be the fall season? Before we moved back there was four seasons… After we got there…we find out there is only three! 7 months of winter, 3 months of summer and 2 months of no see ums!

    I finally contributed to your Amazon shares! You should have no trouble figuring out the item. Damn it if I didn’t remember the benchmark atlas before I checked out!

    Stay warm. Hugs to you and the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Snow? Already? Oh, of course…. It’s northern New York state.

      So you’ve joined the ranks of RVSue shoppers… Well, congratulations and thank you!

      What a difference it would make if all the non-slob people would pick up after the slobs! I occasionally read other RV blogs and many of the folks are couples. They invariably hike here and there and everywhere, far more than the crew and I. One could carry the camera and the spouse could carry a trash bag/Walmart bag. Then they could show their amazing photos on their blog, along with how much trash they collected.

      Not only would the trails be cleaned up, but people would see what they’re doing and maybe, just maybe, they could make the effort to hang on to their plastic water bottles until they got back to the campground.

      Yes, nature is quite the decorator! The bright yellow is the right accent color for the desert.

  15. Wendy says:

    Beautiful pictures!!!!
    I love reading of the adventures of your fur babies it brings happy memories of my two guys, Buster and Patch, similar looking dogs to Bridget and Spike. Now i have fur baby Vanna having her adventure with us in Thailand.

    Thanks for the great read.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wendy,

      Buster and Patch… Love those names… very rat terrier. And Vanna! She must be a lovely babe…

      Thailand! How exciting! Now that’s an adventure . . . 🙂

  16. mockturtle says:

    Just curious. Have you read any of Spencer Quinn’s mysteries? He writes about the private detective, Bernie, and his dog Chet. The stories are narrated from the dog’s perspective. Good writing, good read. He wrote a slew of them, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, I haven’t. I’ll put his name on my list and look for his books. Thanks, mockturtle!

  17. shelley says:

    I was ready to offer my library number and pw I am able to check out 10 ebooks at a time and usually only check out 1-3 but it is synched to my amazon account so not sure how that would work. I would call the local library and ask if you can get an eaccount there is no risk to the library the book is online and automatically returned after so long.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Shelley. We’re only allowed to camp here for 14 days, so I’m good for now. I need to get my kindle situation straightened out (no cell phone here, have to remember to call when in town).

  18. Bob says:

    Sue, I know what you mean about your BLT setting so high at the front. I have never noticed, (and can’t see in this post) if you use stabilizer stands/jacks. Larger trailers have built in “crank down” jacks at rear corners to stabilize and also keep rear end from tipping when weight shifts inside, (had this happen years ago in friends trlr., kind of startling but no one was hurt). There are small jacks available that actually “nest in storage, and then the “crank” (threaded bolt) drops into top of tapered square stand. With a single axle trlr like yours, one on each corner would really be great.

    Just wondering, Bob

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob, (Is this desert Bob? Bob G.?)

      The BLT has two swing-down jacks at the back corners. (You can see the jacks in the present header photo.) I am notoriously bad for not using them. At this sloped site, I couldn’t use them if I tried because the back end is so close to the ground.

      The tipping over you mentioned is unlikely with the BLT, of course, due to her floor plan. I’m only able to walk in the middle aisle and I like to think I don’t have enough weight on me to make her tip. 🙂

      If I were going to stay put for a month or more at a time on a regular basis, I’d want to invest in those jacks on the front corners. They would’ve been great to have when we were rocking and rolling and jumping at Kalaloch during the storm. . . but I don’t plan on getting into that situation often!

  19. Linda in Texas says:

    The desert areas have a special beauty, don’t they? I’m really a bit like Spike…I want to soak…so the creeks you have visited in the past remain my favorite campsites, but it is fun to see you in such diverse surroundings!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I know what you mean about the creeks. . . and the rivers. When I think back to the light green, roiling water of Tieton River, it seems like a dream. What a magical camp along the river… even though the water was too cold and too dangerous for Spikey.

      Living in the desert is counterpoint. The contrast of environments makes this way of life rich with the variety I crave.

  20. Ladybug says:

    BTW, I don’t think you do but just in case (and Rusty, this is for you too!)….

    DO NOT GIVE THE DOGS ANY JERKY TREATS!!! Thousands of dogs sick; hundreds have died. There’s a taint issue and CDC can’t pinpoint it to which one(s). Seems most of them came from China though.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      Thanks for the message for all dog owners. I stumbled across that item while reading the news last night. . . 600 dead, I believe? You’re right — I never give the crew beef jerky. It doesn’t even look healthy.

  21. Mindy Reed says:

    Beautiful photos as usual, enjoyed all but of course the dogs too the familiar Spike soak!. Toldjah the boots would be fine once yah got some dirt on ’em…LOL. Looks like you’ve got a great site as usual. Enjoyed the leveling lesson, used to do something similar with my horse trailer when we went horse camping.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Mindy. Photographing the cottonwoods, rabbitbush, rocks, and mountains is fun, not to mention the two desert dogs.

  22. SueMagoo says:

    Hello Sue, since you travel with dogs, I was just wondering whether or not you have had any problems with unwanted quest (fleas). What do you do to keep them from moving in on you and the crew if you have? Advice from anyone traveling with furry friends on how they keep them healthy would be welcomed. Thanks in advance.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, SueMagoo,

      How do I keep fleas away from the crew? Easy . . . I keep them west of the Mississippi. No fleas at all. No ticks either. It’s the dry air. Another reason I love the West!

      I’m no authority on pet health. The crew gets a lot of exercise, sleep and love, and very little stress. They don’t get high-end, super-duper dog food because we move so much. I have to do the best I can to find good food for them as we travel. Fortunately they both adjust well when they have to change brands due to what’s available. I always make the change gradually.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      HELLO, READERS . . . Any advice for SueMagoo and other people who travel with pets?

      • Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

        I’ll pipe in!

        Don’t know where you’re from sue Magoo. CA has both fleas and ticks!

        Fleas can make it miserable for pets and humans…and give dogs worms! Ticks can carry Lyme disease. Ticks thrive in the winter on deer. And then there is heart worms which are carried by Mosquitos.

        I opt to have my “kids” on year round protection. Frontline plus takes care of the fleas, ticks and worms associated with them. Heartguard takes care of the heartworms.

        The cost is about $10 a month. If you have more than one pet you can cut costs by buying the unit dosage in a larger quantity and split it.

        For example I have 3 cats and 1 dog. I buy the largest dose of frontline plus which has enough for all. So one application costs $10 compared to the $40 if I bought individual doses.

        A trip to the vet might cost you an arm and your leg for problems associated with these pests. I just rather not have the kids sick period.

        Some pets are sensitive to the change of drinking water from place to place. Others don’t have any problems. We always used bottled water for them..88 cents a gallon at Walmart. Nothing like the poops in a rv or on the highway.

        Wait….I hear a faint voice in the background…. It’s Spike….he wants everyone to know that rotisserie chicken should be made into some kind of treat form! The heck with the stuff made in China!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I think you heard wrong. Spike says a rotisserie chicken is a treat. One treat. A very big treat. 🙂

          • Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

            Yes …..it is a treat!

            I meant it should be packaged in little pieces…and handed out daily as treats like milk bones!

        • SueMagoo says:

          Thank you Cinandjules; I live in Brandon, MS. We have a Puggle (Pug/Beagle) named Ginger, who is well cared for. We have traveled short distances with her and she has come through without any ‘hitchhikers’; we give her bottled water also and make sure we bring enough of her food with us. I just started wondering how RVer’s managed to care for their ‘kids’ with all the different pest that each state may have. Thanks again.

  23. Rick Morgan says:

    Morning Sue… We left Alabama Hills yesterday. As it turns out, we ended up staying in Tuttle Creek Campground. We were going to Boondock but had gone to Tuttle to dump and get water. The “south” loop was empty so we just stayed there – $2.50 for seniors was almost as good as free. We did spot the PTV on our way out. Have a great time!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      I saw you when you drove by our lane on your way out! I wasn’t sure if that was you, but now I am. I even could see your rig when it was parked at Tuttle Creek! Of course at that distance I didn’t have any idea. I’ll be going up there to dump and get water before we leave here.

      Safe and fun travels for you and JoAnne!

  24. AZ Jim says:

    I feel kinda bad about mentioning negative things like coyotes but even though you already know of the danger maybe one of your readers don’t. Now the latest to add is this tidbit. In many of your photos you show the rocky areas around your camp, these are not only the places where the rattlesnake dwell but this is the time many of those critters are active. They can detect a human up to 30′ away. I only mention this because I am hopeful that Spike and Bridget don’t get in trouble with one of them. Even in Winter rattlers are nocturnal and active after sunset. I don’t go out looking for them but I have had to kill them when they were where they could bite someone easily. If they know you are near they prefer to crawl away but that rattle is a wonderful warning. Never miss your blog Sue…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I understand your concern, Jim, and also your motivation in writing about the dangers of the desert. Thank you for caring. I do not dismiss your warning.

      When darkness falls, the crew and I go inside the BLT and stay there, unless Spike has to relieve himself. Never do I step outside with Spike after dark without thinking of rattlers and looking for them.

      You are correct about rocks being the favored place for snakes. Fortunately the rocks around our campsite are widely spaced (although it might not look so in the foreshortening of the photos) which allows me to make visual checks before walking near them.

      The hill behind our camp is a massive pile of boulders and rocks. We don’t go near that area. The only boulders we approach are the ones way at the end of our lane and across the road. Tourists climb on those boulders every day. Even so I try to stay vigilant.

      Not far from our site is a natural basin. People come to that former campsite and shoot at the berms and rocks that form one side of it. I hope the vibrations of the shooting have cleared this area of rattlers, but one can’t be sure.

      I appreciate the reminder. One can never be too careful.

  25. Rita says:

    Your gnome rock art looks more like a shark’s head. Beautiful fall photos and I am amazed at the two different colors of the same mountain…depending on light. Yes, I do believe Spike is now synonymous with Snoopy…both well known dogs. We all think Spike and Briget are adorable. Can’t wait till the next canine corner. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      The “red” mountain lasts only about fifteen minutes. As the sun rises higher in the sky the mountain turns back to grey. I can tell what time it is when I wake up without lifting my head from the pillow. I can see Lone Pine Peak from my bed. If it’s in shadow, I know it’s around 6 a.m. If it’s red, I know it’s around 7 a.m. If it’s grey I know we’ve overslept.

      I appreciate your affection for the crew. 🙂

  26. The photo of the cottonwoods in the mottled rocks was my favorite! WoW! I really liked that one a lot! I want to do a shout out to Rusty and Timber… sounds like life is good for them at last! Love the photo of gnome rock and gnome dog! LOL Bridget can really crank up that evil eye! We are in Oklahoma!!! YaY!

  27. Lacombe, Serge says:

    Hi… the Frenchie again,

    I’m planning to purchase the ideal RV set-up for my travelling adventure and I was thinking of an Class C (used and less then 25 ft) to be able to depart without having to get out of the vehicle if needed. Then a 4×4 Truck Camper set up, to be light weight and able to detach the living area for mechanical repair.
    But I like your set up, I think it’s a smart idea. You can separate them, charge the batteries in the sun while keeping the living area in the shade or execute mechanical repair independently. Leave the living area behind and do some travelling with the truck using it for sleeping occasionally. Yes, I think your way to go is the best of both world after all. A Class B + a Travel Trailer and always open for upgrades. SMART!

    SL

  28. Kellee says:

    So glad you like your keens! My favorite shoes EVER! Love the photos of Lone Pine – you are making me homesick! 🙂

  29. Chassidy says:

    Hello! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I had to ask. Does building a well-established website such as yours require a massive amount work? I’m brand new to writing a blog but I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

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