Fellow travelers going south and autumn in Owens Valley, CA

Wednesday, October 16 (continued)

In the early evening the crew and I walk over to meet Rick and JoAnne in person.  They’re long-time readers of this blog and are heading south, like we are, via Route 395 through California.  They commented under the previous post of this blog that they were going to camp at Tinnemaha Campground and could be recognized by their Winnebago Adventurer Class A rig.

1-DSC00942-001That’s their rig with toad on the far right in the photo above.  We sit at their picnic table and chat like old pals.  They camp-hosted in Glacier National Park until recently when the government closed the campground. It was their second stint there.

They have a blog called  “Rick and JoAnne’s RV Travels.”  Take a look.  The photography puts mine to shame.  Anyway . . .   I enjoy our little visit, and Bridget and Spike lap up all the attention offered by Rick and JoAnne.

1-DSC00941-001Later, shortly before dark, I wash off the propane tanks cover in case the mysterious night visitor returns.  Not likely.  (And no, he didn’t return.)


Thursday, October 17

Hmm . . . We’re down to the last one-gallon jug of drinking water.  I’d better find a water supply in Big Pine today when we go to the laundromat.

1-DSC00960(The darker photos in today’s post were taken in the early morning or evening.)

We’re covered up in dirty laundry!

Two large laundry baskets heaped high, plus two quilts and shams, go into the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  One thing I always do when passing through a town on our way to a new camp is make a mental note of any services I see  . . . grocery store, laundromat, water vending machine, water spigot, post office, auto repair shop, RV park with dump station, veterinarian, etc.

I know there’s a laundromat in Big Pine.

We drive six miles north on Route 395.

On the way, I pull over at a turn-out to take this photo.

1-DSC00952Here’s a closer view of that mountain, taken from our campsite.  I think some of the snow that fell recently has melted.


Big Pine isn’t big. 

This is Paiute country and the reservation is here.  The town seems to have more restaurants than towns comparable in size.  The frequent RVs rolling down Main Street explain why.

As is my usual practice, I walk the crew before expecting them to wait inside the PTV.  Of course, I look for photos while we walk.

1-DSC00954Past the fire department we come upon a tree loaded with tiny red fruit.  I did not do any photo editing.  The berries are this red and and sky is this blue.

1-DSC00955The crew goes back into the PTV in spite of Bridget’s protests.  After the laundry is finished, I drive over to the Shell station to find the water spigot that I spied on our first drive through town.

Conveniently the Shell station clerk is standing by the spigot having a smoke.

“Excuse me,” I begin while climbing out of the PTV.  “Is that spigot good for drinking water?”

“I don’t know,” she replies.  “I’m pretty sure it is.”

“Pretty sure?”  I smile. “Gee, I don’t want to kick the bucket from drinking it. I’m camping and I’m almost out of drinking water,” I explain.

“Let me go check,” she says without hesitation.

“Gee, I hate to interrupt your break.”

“That’s okay.  It’s not my break.  I haven’t started my shift yet.”

A little later she comes out and says the water is good and adds that I won’t kick the bucket.  I thank her, fill up ten jugs, and head back to camp.

Bridget, Spike and I walk the desert.

After an especially long walk,  we come upon a small pool.

1-DSC00943Our presence flushes out two herons!  In an instant they’re way across the desert.  Oh, the shots that I’ve missed . . .

1-DSC00947Autumn is subtle in Owens Valley.

1-DSC00957The sagebrush, rabbitbush, and grasses look like gentle strokes of a painter’s brush.

1-DSC00956Friday, October 18

The crew and I drive north to the UPS “hub” in Bishop to pick up my Amazon orders.  More about that in the next post!



I also appreciate your participation in the comments section. 

You make blogging fun!


Some folks enjoy the aesthetics of a landscape.  Others enjoy the geology aspect.  It’s clear which “camp” I’m in when we briefly make our home at Fossil Falls, a short distance south of where we are now, on October 24, 2012.

“Fossil Falls: Lava, lava, lava”


1-DSC00955-001NOTE:  For those who indicated in comments an interest in identifying the tree with the red berries . . .

I opened Picasa, found the photo, and enlarged a small section to show the shape of the leaves.


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96 Responses to Fellow travelers going south and autumn in Owens Valley, CA

  1. Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

    How neat…..To meet up with Rick and JoAnne!

    The photos do look like paintings! You have such a collection of photos!

    I believe if the H20 is non potable it must have a sign. Most laundromats have a sink. A contraption called the water bandit might be useful.

    Gloomy damp fog here in the city by the bay! My sis is up from Phoenix and is freezing her toosh off!

    Today is the 24th anniversary of the Loma Preita earthquake. I remember it like it was yesterday! 7.1 was a tad more than a foot massage! 😉

    • Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

      Actually it was yesterday…..I can’t keep track of the days of the week!

      • Mick says:

        I was in Torrance; not even a foot massage there, but it sure was on the news.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Mick,

          Just want you to know . . . I picked up two bars without the antenna and it would disconnect. I put up the antenna and I’ve had four bars with no disconnects.

          It is the gift that keeps on giving! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, cinandjules!

      You’re a Californian, all right… You reminisce about earthquakes.

      I bought a water bandit, put the dang thing on a spigot, turned on the water, and it blew apart! Never did get any water from using it. Nope, no sink at this particular laundromat… at least, I didn’t see one.

      Fog is picturesque for a few minutes and then, I agree, gloomy. Sending some sunshine your way!

      Oh, and thanks to sis for the newspaper . . . I’ll give you an address soon.

      • Chuck Hajek says:

        Hi Sue, Sorry to hear about the Water Bandit. Was it plugged? Had one from my 1st Casita and never had a problem. There can be no blockage so if you had it to a closed off hose, it will pop off(or worse if you put a lot of water pressure behind it. Great as always. Love the whole 395 route. Have done it by car motorcycle and travel trailer.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I think it was from high water pressure coming out of a National Forest campground spigot. You know how those things can be. I didn’t have the hose blocked because I didn’t have any way to close off the hose at that time. Kinda’ turned me off those water bandits.

  2. Ladybug says:

    Hopefully you’ll be posing with your stovepipe hat, either with or without pins! 😉

    (say, you could start a collection of souvenier pins to put on it)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, kinda’ like a fisherman’s hat with flies . . . Don’t tempt me. I’m weird enough as it is.

  3. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Thanks for the photos Sue again, love the sagebrush and painted Mountains!
    I will take a peak at the Glacier Hosts blog as I have a brother who lives outside of there.
    Also thank you for the info on the Olympian wave heater. I will order one through your amazon site when I get the funds. Hope every little bit helps.
    Take Care

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane,.

      Yes, every bit does help. I’m sure I’ll need the Amazon funds in the future. Thank you!

  4. DeAnne in TN says:

    I laughed out loud about the hat with pins. When I was in Germany I bought a fetching red hat while in Bavaria–everyone wears them; you’ve probably seen them on the gentlemen with these huge feathers and fur brushes stuck in the hatband. While there, I collected pins and such for it, so now it is bedazzled with my memories of Europe. It is definitely a conversation starter. I also have a walking stick with the walking medals hammered into it. I’m already on the way to weird!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, DeAnne,

      Those sound like delightful souvenirs!

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        I too buy walking stick emblems to hammer into the wood…now I have two walking sticks bejeweled with emblems. I bought my second walking stick in Glacier after hiking to Hidden Lake in two feet of snow in July.

      • Gayle says:

        Thousand Trails membership campgrounds have groovy souvenir pins to collect, and I think they look really cool pinned all over a cap. But Thousand Trails is for RVers who are wont to pay for camp spots — as opposed to RVers who simply won’t — ha!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Haha! Gayle! I think the word you’re looking for is “as opposed to RVers who are CHEAP.”

      • Ladybug says:

        Sounds like you need to start getting the pins….or the medals….or both!!

  5. Rand says:

    Best water in the world..
    The history of the Owens Valley swirls around water. The fact it taste so good might be why water has been the reason the Inyo County Courthouse in Independence is so large. Which might explain why the land throughout the valley is controlled by The Water Authority. The good side of the land swindle is the Owens Valley water courses are not corrupted and exploited.
    The battle still rages.
    Good web cam to check the most windy part of 395

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting thread, Rand! I’ll come back to it again and read more.

      Thanks for putting the links here.

  6. ThatCase says:

    “The sagebrush, rabbitbush, and grasses look like gentle strokes of a painter’s brush.” Well said. Your picture reminded me of the TV artist back in the ’80s that made painting look so easy … I couldn’t remember his name, either … google does … Bob Ross. As always, thanks for sharing your dream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome. I remember that guy on TV. He had painting down to a science.

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        Let’s put a happy little tree there….

        • Eileen P. says:

          I used to have a very stressful job. I would watch Bob Ross on Saturday mornings to decompress. “Happy little clouds” could do it every time.
          Eileen in Phoenix

          • Colleen says:

            I loved Bob Ross! My family used to watch him on Saturday mornings too!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              It is calming to watch another person paint, like it’s also soothing to watch somebody else work.

              I never went to a spa. I watched my lawn being mowed instead.

            • DeAnne in TN says:

              I just saw my weekly Bob Ross. He made happy little bushes and showed the baby squirrel he was eye dropper feeding. …ohmmm…

  7. Mark Watson says:

    Lava, Lava, Lava….. I bet you can’t wait to get back there… right?

  8. Dawn says:

    Darn. I was hoping to find out what that thing was that climbed all over your camp and car.

    I agree, the desert looks like it could be a painting.

  9. Caroline near Seattle says:

    Thanks for the ‘backing up’ tip you posted in yesterday’s blog entry. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it when I have to, but for now I’ll remain intimidated :>)
    And thanks for posting your latest book or author. I had never heard of Sue Grafton but now I’ve read 7-8 of her books and have 2 more on order at the library, and yesterday I picked up 2 of River-Siddons books.
    Looks like you’re having warm sunny days but cold nights. At what point do you have to worry about your plumbing ?
    We’ve had lovely afternoon temperatures in the Seattle burbs; foggy in the morning but by noon it has burned off. The fall colors are reaching their peak. Glad the weather is cooperating so I can enjoy the view. Safe travels!

    • Caroline near Seattle says:

      well not YOUR plumbing … the BLT’s. In case there was any doubt :>)

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Caroline..

        With the passing of my 65th birthday maybe I should start worrying about my plumbing. 🙂

        I worried about the BLT’s pipes freezing early on, shortly after I hit the road, when we were in a bitter snowstorm in NM. The pipes didn’t freeze or crack. I haven’t had that kind of cold since then, so I haven’t worried about it. My plan was and continues to be … stay out of cold weather. I went off that plan recently when I lingered in Washington (because I fell in love with the place!), was caught in a storm, and subsequently was “late” on the southward trek on Route 395.

        However, it all worked for the good. The “winter wonderland” of Glass Creek is a memory I will treasure.

        It’s hard not to like those authors’ books! Enjoy! I’ve made it as far as “U is for Undertow” with Sue Grafton.

    • Clayton in Texas says:

      To Caroline in Seattle, and RVSue too,
      Here is the method I use in backing my trailer to a specific point. First I back the trailer to a close proimity, then I go to the rear of the trailer, mentally measure the distance to where I want it to be parked, go back to the truck and measure that same distance backwards from the truck’s window, place a marker or draw a line in the sand with my foot, get in the truck and back up till I am even with that mark. Lastly, I go back to the rear of the trailer to verify that the trailer is where I wanted it to be, and generally it is. Hope this helps. …Clayton in Texas

  10. Cari in North Texas says:

    When looking at your photos today, I was thinking that they reminded me of some of Monet’s paintings, especially your last two. Then lo and behold, you wrote what I was thinking!

    And a belated happy birthday to another October baby! So glad you had a great b’day – you are having a wonderful life, all the way around. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cari. We October babies are special people. 🙂 Thanks for the birthday message.

      All my life I looked at others and thought… “They are having such a wonderful life. I don’t want to live like they do, but I want my life to be wonderful for me, too.” It took me a long time to figure out what my “wonderful” is, plus to earn the means to make it happen.

      I wish for all my readers the insight and means to find their own kind of “wonderful.”

  11. Varmint says:

    It sure would be nice to know if anyone can identify that tree with the berries on it, Sue. It looks like something I’d be gathering and trying to make something out of! Of course, not all of the berries we find are edible, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Feeling brave?

    Thanks for sharing with us all!

    • Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

      Huh? Sue was concerned about the water in the spigot …..

      “Feeling brave? Doesn’t hurt to try eating something that may be non edible”

      Oh dear…. I better retire for the evening…..before I get sent to the Dean’s office!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Varmint and cinandjules,

      These “berries” didn’t look edible at all. Actually I didn’t know what to call the clusters of tiny red “fruit.” They were the size of elderberries, but very hard and didn’t look like they’d ripen… just dry up and fall as seeds. Sometimes I wish I’d studied botany or forestry in college, instead of a bunch of abstract stuff.

      • Alan Rabe says:

        Pretty sure it is a type of mulberry, a friend in Phoenix had one in their yard and it was a mess. The berry aren’t edible and they fall on the ground and make a mess if they fall on your car the will stain the paint and never washes off.

        • Alan Rabe says:

          Sorry, major disconnect. It is a Chinaberry. Berries aree toxic to humans.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hi, Alan,

            I appreciate the effort to identify this, but it’s not chinaberry, unless there’s some variety I’m not familiar with.

            Your link says the fruit are marble-sized. I had a chinaberry on my Georgia property and, yes, the fruit was the size of marbles.

            This tree’s “fruit” was no bigger that petite green peas or peppercorns and was attached in branched clusters.

  12. Phyllis says:


    OK I’ve been fighting the urge to ask since you posted. Did the water cost you anything?

    Phyllis in Oklahoma

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Phyllis,

      Nope, the water didn’t cost anything. You can count on me to mention cost whenever I have to fork over a penny or more. 🙂

  13. Jason from NY says:

    I read your blog every day even though I don’t post very often I enjoy your travels and I am dreaming of maybe doing the same thing some time in the next 10 years. That is if I can talk the wife in to it. :^)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jason!

      I’m very happy you decided to drop in here with a few words. Thank you for being a faithful reader. Glad to have you with us!

      It would be fantastic if you and your wife could share the dream. I hope my blog and other blogs will help. Not everyone can accept and enjoy my way of travel, but it’s not the only way. Best wishes to you both . . .

  14. Your desert photographs do indeed look like Monet paintings! You find some beautiful places to feed your soul! Chuck and I are camped in the village of Floydada TX and their FREE campground with FULL hook-ups! But we paid dearly to get here… 3.5 hours of fighting strong, gusty winds! By the time we got here we felt all beat up! Then opened the door of The MotherShip to find a cupboard door had opened enroute, spilling contents out to the floor! The worst being 1/2 quart of honey that leaked out and stuck to everything else! Sheeeeesh! But we are here in 42 degree weather and the winds are calming down a bit. Frost on the ground this morning. We have decided to stay here an extra day to clean up honey stickies everywhere! (thanks to 8 paws!) 🙂 Hope all your Amazon stuff arrived!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, noooooo! Geri! What a mess! I can’t think of anything worse to spill during travel.

      Well, it could’ve been worse (easy for me to say!). You arrived safely through bad wind and for that, I am thankful. Thanks for the update.

      I read your blog and for some reason (I think it involved Spike) I had to run off before making a comment. It’s fun to read about people taking off on a new phase in their lives. I guess that’s why RVing/retirement blogs are so popular.

      Good plan to stay put for a day. I bet Doogie Bowzer and Radar enjoyed licking their paws. They hit the mother lode!

  15. Diann in MT says:

    What beautiful desert photos which bring back memories of long bushwhacking hikes in the wilder areas south of Pueblo, CO. Thanks for the pics.
    I am wondering, Sue, if I could ask your many and experienced readers some advice: I want to buy (through Sue’s site, of course!) a small portable gas barbeque grill for my husband’s Christmas gift. The offerings I have found cook eight hamburgers or ten chicken breasts—Jeeze! Too much and too big!
    As a leave-no-trace backpacker in an earlier life, I hate using forest service fire rings for cooking meat and other “attractants” at campsites. So, if anyone out there has suggestions, I would really appreciate them. Thanks to all, especially Sue for allowing me to ask on her blog.
    Enjoy that clear desert air, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi,, Diann,

      I want to use the Amazon search box and look for “small portable grill” for you, but we need to get packed up, hitched up, and on the road soon. I hope my readers will help you out.

      READERS! Can you help Diann find a mini gas grill?

      • Alan Rabe says:

        Here you go
        Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Portable Gas Grill with VersaStand

        (Alan, I replaced your link with one of mine. The link goes to the one with the longer legs; the tabletop model is slightly less expensive. Grill surface area: 145 sq. inches)

        • Alan Rabe says:

          This is about the smallest. But the Cuisinart is so cute.

          (I replaced Alan’s link with one of mine. I agree, Alan, the Cuisinart is a cutie… more expensive, but you get what you pay for. They don’t give the grill surface area because it’s circular and I’m guessing they fooled around in sixth grade math class.)

      • Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

        Weber has a small compact grill called the baby Q. We bought it specifically for our rv. Now we use it for the house. There are two sizes but the small one can easily BBQ for four!

        They are so neat that we have purchase five others as presents!

        It uses the screw on little portable tanks or can attach to a big tank!

  16. Rick Morgan says:

    Sue, JoAnne and I are so glad you stopped by. It was great meeting you and of course Spike and Bridget. As for photos, I totally agree with Cari and Geri – you have a good eye and catch some great shots that tell wonderful stories and the best part is that you share them with all of us.

    It is getting pretty “crowded” here and so, we are pulling out today – heading for Alabama Hills. I hope you were able to get all of your deliveries yesterday and will also be able to head out.

    Thanks again for stopping by and Travel Safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick and JoAnne,

      Yeah, this place is turning into Motor Central! What is it with hanging around with the engine running? Last night a guy drove his 4-wheeled whatever over, parked it under my window, and sat there with it idling for a couple minutes, then drove back to Redneck Village (you know where I mean). Wha? It must’ve been 11 pm or midnight… And the boom-boom-boom of music… Oh, here I go again…

      It was great meeting you both. Thanks for the compliment on my photos. All my Amazon stuff arrived so we, too, are high-tailing it outta’ here. Gosh, a motor is running as I type this! Too much! LOL!

      I don’t know where we are going. That’s nothing new. I’ll probably swing into the Hills and scope it out. If I can find a private spot, we’ll stay. Otherwise we’ll keep on truckin’ to who knows where.

      Thanks for encouraging me to come visit. Stay safe, be happy!

  17. rhodium says:

    I hope you have solved your book problem for a while. I think I recall you mentioning once that you were considering getting Sirius radio. We recently got one that came with the car and it is much better than I expected. Of course, it is another bill each month, but there is always something great to listen to after you get habituated to the mountain views. Also, if there is any music you like, Amazon has a lot of these 8 (or 7 or 6) boxed sets of classic albums made in Europe of off copyright music up to ’61 that are fantastic buys. Search “8 album set” if you want to find them. I am not sure if they can manufacture any more of these CDs, so buy what you want sooner rather than later.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, rhodium,

      Oh, yes, I definitely want a Sirius radio. At first I thought I’d hook it up. Now I’ve decided I want it done right, and I want to make sure I can listen to it inside the BLT. So at Yuma, I’ll get it put together by someone who knows what they’re doing. Whatever one may think of that town, it does have stores and services!

      I would love to have the radio set in the wall of the BLT where I can change channels and turn it on and off with a remote from my bed. (How lazy can one get, huh?)

      I’m not a big listener of music… It too easily puts me in a somber mood; once in a while I enjoy it if it’s upbeat.

      • Chuck Hajek says:

        When we were Q’site, did you see Carol and Jims(Jerry the Cats humans) Sirius set up? Switched between tow car and trailer. Jim set it up but any Best Buy or radio shop can do it.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Chuck,

          No, I didn’t see it! That’s what I want! What did it look like in their Casita? Was it mounted on the wall or portable?

  18. DeAnne in TN says:

    Sue, someone has mentioned it before, but I think you would like the Classic Radio station on SiriusXM. It plays all the old radio show from the 40s and 50s. If I am going to be in my car for long enough, I love to listen to Gunsmoke, Dragnet or Johnny Dollar. Definitely wait and have someone install it. For premium listening quality, it needs to be hooked up through your FM antenna. For example, I have a portable one with a portable antenna. If I go out of range of the FM station I am dialed to, I have to manually find a new station to continue to listen. If it had been installed, it would find the station automatically. I don’t drive out of my needed range very often, so it works for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi,, DeAnne,

      Good to know… I’m definitely going to find someone who knows what they’re doing on this. I’m anxious to get a Sirius for the long winter nights ahead. One can only do so much reading.

  19. Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

    Just read on the news that some yeehaw Boy Scout leader intentionally toppled an ancient rock formation at Goblin Park in Utah! Apparently he did it for kicks!

    I don’t know why its so difficult for people to respect nature.

    Hopefully the Feds will charge him….but the damage is done.


    • Ladybug says:

      Am I bad for wishing it would have toppled over on him??

      • Barb George says:

        I am sorta agreeing with you LadyBug. This is so disrespectful. And we wonder why bullying and poor behavior is going on? UGH.

        So thankful that this is more the exception than the rule.

        Barb from Hoquiam, where the sun is shining and the world is lovely!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know why I did, but I read some of the comments under the article. People wrote, “It’s only a rock!”

          Unbelievable! It’s scary how many ignorant people are running around clueless.

    • Alan Rabe says:

      Yeah, the clowns actually video’d it and put it on you tube. Reminds of the “Professional” photographer that started a fire under Delicate arch just so he could photograph it in campfire light. Some people are just brain dead. I was at Arches right after he did it and since I use a “Big” camera, like he did, I was being watched by the rangers everywhere I went.

      Problem is Goblin Park is a state park so it is up to Utah. I hope they hang him and the scouts throw him out, He was actually laughing about it like it was what you normally do when you go out in nature.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Unfortunately it only takes one person to do an awful lot of damage and we can’t “put Humpty Dumpty back together again” once a precious, natural creation is destroyed. It makes me sick.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Though I far prefer green, as in trees, your photos of desert areas are very pretty! Thanks for sharing them.

    Elizabeth soon on the way south and east!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome.

      Is this the Elizabeth who lives in W. VA and visited California? I’m guessing it is… Hi, Elizabeth!

  21. Roger says:

    Hi Sue,
    I guess some of my replies never got to you, not sure what I did wrong. Just wanted to tell you that I have been following your blog for a while and really enjoy them including the photos. Tomorrow ( Sunday Oct. 20th ) I am on my way to Mammoth to fish some of the beautiful lakes. I will be headed up 395, if I happen to see you go bye I’ll wave lol.
    I hope to be getting a small RV in the next few months and take off and workamp as I travel. Thanks for all the great photos, and stories you share.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Roger.

      I’m sorry you’ve had difficulty getting through to me. It may be because you receive my blog through Yahoo and when you replied (I’m guessing here), it went to my Yahoo email address.

      Let me take this opportunity to send a message to readers…

      I NEVER OPEN EMAILS AT THE YAHOO ADDRESS. I’m sorry for all the folks who comment there, but I will not add more online stuff to do to my life. That’s one of the reasons I don’t do Facebook or Feedly or any of that stuff. Besides, it’d be great if everyone would join in here so we all can see what you have to say.

      Yes, Roger, wave! Flash your lights! Toot your horn! Blow me a kiss! Whatever! I’ll be in the Lone Pine area.

      Oh my, fishing Mammoth Lakes. What a fine time you will have!

      • Roger says:

        Hi Sue,
        Well we fished Convict Lake, my brother was the only who caught anything A Brown trout…too small threw it back. The next day we fished June Lake, I was the only one to catch 2 very small Rainbows. I didn’t care I just love the scenery with all the mountains around us. We had to leave a day early…sorry I did not get a chance to blow you that kiss, or wave. 🙂


        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Roger,

          I’m sorry you didn’t have better luck. Yeah, I agree… That scenery around June Lake is gorgeous, especially at this time of year.

          • Roger says:

            Hi Sue,
            BTW I believe you are correct, Yahoo was how I sent my reply to you…but no longer.
            I really like your setup for your external antenna, and i am amazed at how well it works. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…well consider yourself flattered in alot of your ideas once I get a rig. And of course once I get one I will link to amazon thru your site to get stuff for it.

            Thanks again,


  22. Sheri says:

    Hi Sue…I am one of those people who love, love, love to read your blog (and also all the comments by these wonderful friends of yours)…however, I don’t comment very much because I am a listener by nature. I will pipe up once in a while just to tell you how much I appreciate your hard work on maintaining this blog and the wonderful example you set for appreciating nature and respecting it!! Also, I think you should give yourself some time off occasionally and all of us will certainly understand! Hugs to you and the little darlins!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sheri,

      I appreciate your thoughtful words. I do take a break now and then, like tonight I’m not blogging. I’ll post in the morning after I’ve taken some photos of our new camp.

      Thank you for the comment on me setting an example for respecting nature. Unfortunately I’m “preaching to the choir.” 🙂

      The “little darlins” and I just came in from watching night fall over the desert. Already they are tucked in and asleep. I’m going to get in bed with them and finish my book.

  23. Cinandjules (temp in CA) says:

    Starting to sort thru some stuff here in CA

    Does anyone need a brand new, still in the box, Coghlan camp toaster?

    Sue raves about hers…

    Free to a good home/trailer….shipping included

  24. Lacombe, Serge says:

    From Montréal, Québec… Curious, I’m reading your blog, … it’s 00:32 on October 20th… I’m only dreaming, I could go back to this life again, someday… hopefully next year. I’ve been travelling for three years (2002 – 2005) in a 38 footer Class A… To big! This time I plan to buy a smaller rig to be able to boondocks… like you do.

    I’m only afraid of all the restrictions in your country… you’re like an path finder for me.



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Serge. Great to hear from you! I love being called a “path finder!”

      Yes, the rig determines how you will travel and camp, to a great extent, and also how much you will spend.

      What restrictions are you afraid of? Maybe I can allay them for you….

  25. AZ Jim says:

    Another exciting chapter in the lives of Sue and co-pilots Spike and Bridget. Sue, your photos are getting better and better. What makes a photo great is not so much the hardware but the eye of the photographer. Seeing things others miss, taking small portions of the whole and formatting it into real art. You have such an eye. We all see the tree but only some of us see the small branch or leaf that is more interesting than the tree. Weather here is beautiful, mid 50’s at night mid 80’s days with wall to wall blue skies and sunshine. My favorite time of year here in the lower desert.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jim, for the encouragement on my photos. It seems like the more photos I take, the more I see. This morning I wake up, look out the window, see a fantastic composition of rocks and mountains in perfect light.

      Out the door I go, running around the desert taking a picture here, a picture there. I’m a madwoman with a camera! I’m insane! I love it!

      The crew and I are enjoying similar weather to yours now that we’ve dropped our elevation and moved further south to a new camp. More about that in today’s post! 🙂

  26. wheelingit says:

    Glad you got to meet Rick & JoAnne. We’ll probably see them down at Sam’s next month. I figure you’ll probably keep going south, but just in case you feel like the other direction we’ve got some nice, private spots out here just north of Bishop on the Volcanic Tablelands. If you happen to be in the area and want an afternoon out feel free to drop by.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Nina, for the invitation. I think I saw that area as I approached Bishop from the north. There were several motorhomes scattered along a road with a rock hill behind them.

      The crew and I left Big Pine and moved further south. I’ll post about it today so I won’t go into it here.

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