From CA to NV in search of a shady camp

Tuesday, March 14 (continued)

I don’t want to drive on no stinkin’ interstate today!  It’s too much fun rolling across the desert.  Set my own pace. 

We’ll go over the New York Mountains to Searchlight!

“Good plan, eh, Reg?”

Before reaching the mountains, we come upon an oasis.

A few buildings huddle in a grove of cottonwoods.  There’s a trading post with a cafe with vehicles lined up in front.  A  “historical hotel” sits behind the cafe.  Lots of vacancies at the RV park.

“See the rail, Reggie? That’s where the cowboys hitched their horses so they wouldn’t run away.  Kinda’ like your tether.”

Fun Fact! 

In January of 2016 Nipton (population: 6) was put up for sale.  Asking price: $5,000,000.  I don’t know if the town is still available for purchase.

Another Fun Fact!

A Nevada husband and father of four bought a MEGA Millions ticket in Nipton  and won $446,292.  A California ticket holder won $188 million in January of this year.

The Nipton Road (Route 164) slices through the land of creosote bushes.

The drive over the mountains is easy. There’s hardly any traffic today.

As we go over the mountains and across the desert on the east side, I look for potential boondocks.  Not for tonight, but possibly in the future.  Searchlight is on a common route for going north to south or vice versa.

A few miles before town we come upon a couple of large, flat spots along the road.

I park in one.

Reggie is such a good traveler.  He deserves another walk-about.  Hmm. . . This site is large enough that one wouldn’t have to camp right up along the road. Probably very little traffic at night, even less than now.

I should remember this place.  I’d rather camp here than in the hustle, bustle, and noise of Searchlight.  Good for an overnight stop in cooler weather.

In town I stop for gas.

 It takes a few moments for my ears, eyes, and brain to adjust to this environment!

RVs are parked behind Terrible’s while their owners take advantage of the laundromat and showers.

Up the street we pull into a casino parking lot. 

I want to go online and research a few places to camp — Cottonwood Campground and boondocking at El Dorado Canyon, among others.

Well, it all comes down to . . . where do we go to be comfortable in this heat wave? These places are unappealing today.  I don’t want to stay in an RV park.  If we had some shade, we’d be fine.

RVers do camp in this casino parking lot. 

Since I won’t be hanging out in the casino, I’d rather not stay here!

Shade, shade, where can we find shade? 

I study the Benchmark atlas page lying open on my lap.

Gee, we could be at Las Vegas in an hour. . . . I know where there are shady camps!  The campgrounds at Lake Mead!

With jazz playing on the PTV’s tinny radio and air rushing through my open window, we shoot up Route 95 and turn east on Route 93 to Boulder City.

This time we’ll camp at Boulder Beach, rather than at Las Vegas Bay Campground. 

Ooh, there’s that beautiful blue!

At the entrance to Lake Mead Recreation Area I show the guy in the booth my interagency  senior discount card, as well as my ID.

He returns my items and remarks pleasantly, “Enjoy your visit!”

I drive through all the loops at Boulder Beach Campground. 

Now I remember why we’ve never camped here.  I don’t want to look at RVs all around us, let alone listen to their generators. . . . or their kids screaming.  What’s the point of that?  Sheesh, this is getting on my nerves . . .

The PTV heads for the exit.

My jaws are clenched so tight I fear I’ll break a tooth!

A few minutes later . . . .

Ahh, good ol’ Las Vegas Bay Campground . . . .

I tuck the Best Little Trailer into the shade of cottonwoods and oleander at a campsite in the No Generators section, allowing the Perfect Tow Vehicle and her solar panel to bask in the bright sunshine.

rvsue

DID YOU KNOW?

More about Nipton!

“Clara Bow, the famed ‘IT Girl’ of the Hollywood Silent Film era, moved to a cattle ranch about 16 miles from Nipton in the late 20s. Her husband, Rex Bell, drove their cattle overland to Nipton for shipment by rail to the slaughter yards. Clara accompanied the cowboys to Nipton, where she picked up her fan mail from the post office . . . . Clara, it is said, preferred Room #3 in the Hotel Nipton for her stays. Today Room #3 is called the Clara Bow Room. Clara and Rex often entertained the Hollywood crowd at Nipton and on their ranch. Trainloads of guests would arrive in Nipton for the overland auto ride to their Walking Box Ranch.” —desertusa.

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93 Responses to From CA to NV in search of a shady camp

  1. Dawn in NC says:

    first?!

  2. eliza says:

    second?!

  3. Kim in PA says:

    I can’t imagine looking for shade. I hope to see the sun sometime. Ready for warmer weather here.

  4. Cat Lady says:

    Good morning, Sue and Reggie

  5. Sandy says:

    Stopping by to say Hi

  6. Dan in MI says:

    The last photo looks so welcoming. I am surprised you don’t have fans “drop in” every day. Thanks for posting

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Dan.

      The story of this post took place last Tuesday, the 14th. Even when keeping our location off the blog, we did have visitors. This morning, the 21st, we are moving to a new camp!

      • Patti from So Cal says:

        What the….
        You had visitors who had found you via your blog? Say it aint so!
        Giving them the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they hadn’t read your plea regarding “no visitors”.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, Patti!

          This should put to rest the suggestions that I don’t reveal our camp location until after we’ve left. It doesn’t work.

          Having said that, the women seemed very nice and I appreciate that they read my blog.

  7. Ken Canada says:

    Hi Sue….
    Looks like RV camping has low rates. Is there weekly rates ?
    As usual, like your pictures and information.
    Ken Canada

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ken Canada,

      To what place are you referring? At Las Vegas Bay you can stay up to a month. The daily rate is $20 regular/$10 with senior discount. Nope, no weekly or monthly rates.

  8. Rita says:

    Wow what timing….I just finished an article in Sunset magazine about Nipton. I had never heard of it…probably zoomed by it half a dozen times going to visit sister in Pahrump and niece in Boulder City. In the article was a description of the hotel and pictures too. Your story about Clara bow adds to the story…what fun to learn about new places. I looked at the weather forecast for the next week…get ready for a roller coaster ride…up and down with heat and cool weather. Love your camp site.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      I looked at some websites about Nipton and, to be honest, the photos of the hotel and surroundings must be old because it isn’t quite as “polished” as the pics display. I wouldn’t mind staying overnight in Nipton, eat in the cafe, wander around. I read that some hotel visitors complain about the train whistle at night. Pffftt! It’s the West… There are trains!

      Yeah, the temps are supposed to drop significantly tomorrow. That’s why we’re breaking camp today — I don’t need the shade. Have a great day, Rita!

  9. Pat from Mich. says:

    Did you buy a winning ticket in Nipton?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! Maybe I should have. Hi, Pat!

      • beach boomer says:

        RVSue, what if YOU won the $446,292. What would you do with it? Couple new toys for Reggie and …

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, beach boomer!

          Oh, definitely new toys for Reg, plus an extensive wardrobe of vests, sweaters, comfort harnesses… 🙂

          I’d keep the BLT and the PTV. Buy a large tract of land so I wouldn’t be bothered and put a one-room cabin on it.

          • beach boomer says:

            I almost cried sentimental tears to read that you would not get rid of BLT/PTV. WE love them, too! You must have seen the Tiny House movement online. Wheel one a dem t’ings onto your land and you still have another $400,,000 to build our “Blogorino Guesthouse”!!!!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Aww.. beach boomer… You love the BLT/PTV, too. The way I see it… I love what I have, so why try to obtain something “better” just because there’s money to spend?

              Well, about that $400,000. That goes for a very large tract of land for the Tiny House or one-room cabin to be put in the middle.

  10. Pat Hall, Sizzling Tucson says:

    Great pics and info about Nipton.

    Tomorrow I start my search for cooler temps. Finally got all my errands done and free for another year of exploring.

    Stay cool and safe….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good luck, Pat. Maybe Roosevelt Lake? Luna Lake? Wherever you go, have a safe and enjoyable drive.

  11. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    I was thinking of the contrast in pics. A post or so ago you were in the middle of nowhere, not a car or person in sight. That looked lonesome to me. In these you see a passle of cars and people and these looks exhausting. LOL Is there a middle ground? I also loved the last photo – rug and chair out. Looks very inviting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Stephanie,

      Yes, there is a middle ground. (See last photo!) 🙂

      It was a sensory shock coming from the stillness and quiet of desert to the sounds and activity of Searchlight.

      What seems lonesome to you and others, looks absolutely marvelous to me. The style of one’s RVing is personal. We each find what we like. That’s the beauty of it.

      I’m glad you like the photo.

  12. rvsueandcrew says:

    We’re packed up, hitched up, and ready to hit the road. Reggie waits patiently in the PTV.

    Bye for now,
    Talk to ya’ later…
    Sue

  13. weather says:

    That’s by far he most creosote bushes I’ve ever seen in one place, wow, entire fields of them. “Ah, good ol’ Las Vegas Bay Campground…” made me smile, that place has been really good to you during the times you’ve been there before 🙂 . Not to make light of your tension, but you clenching your jaws tightly made me grin. I tend to do that in situations that strongly bother me, too.

    Thanks for the glimpses of Nipton and Searchlight, interesting bits of history, news and links, I love that stuff! The man that won the lottery needed to stay with family and friends for a while when money was tight. Nice when a family that really needs it has good fortune come their way.

    Your listening to jazz on the radio intrigued me. For many years jazz/blues music was a big part of my life. DID YOU KNOW? John Mayall had an album named jazz/blues fusion? It was among my favorites when my son was a baby. When he was 7 months old I said aloud “Hm,m , what shall I play?” He pointed and said some of his first words. John Mayall!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      I have to admit I don’t often listen to jazz as some of it drives me nuts. I happened upon some instrumental jazz on the radio that seemed to be created for exactly the situation I was in — driving with the wind in my hair. I love when music does that.

      Great comment! I enjoyed ever word. 🙂

  14. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I got my email today!!! I love this camp. It is too bad you are already gone by now. It just looked inviting. We had a great time in Toronto week before last. It was cold and snowy though. We saw Niagara Falls and Chinatown and Lake Huron. The landscape looked a lot like home except we don’t get that much snow at home. It is getting hot here also. It is in 80’s today, but there is a cooler breeze so it is very comfortable. Someday I may get to retire is Medicare doesn’t get screwed up. It would be wonderful to be able to enjoy this weather. I can’t wait to see where we are next. Be safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      I’m glad you received the email and that you had a great time in Toronto. As for Medicare, I’ve researched it extensively and I assure you there’s nothing to worry about.

      You be safe, too. 🙂

  15. Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

    Oh, such a gorgeous spot you found in Vegas!!! Thank you for another wonderful post, Sue. Belly rubs, hugs, ear scratches for Reggie and prayers for you both.

    • Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

      Sue, I am so glad you are keeping your “past” locations in the “present”. I enjoy your photos and commentaries so very much, and I would hate if you stopped blogging because of people who feel the need in intrude on you. I believe all true Blogorinos only want you and Reggie safe, happy, cool, and at peace! And it keeps us all wondering, “what is Sue and Reggie up to now?” and awaiting the posts that tell us!! Thank you so much!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Retiredcajunlady! Thanks and same to you!

    • weather says:

      Hi, Retiredcajunlady, it’s delightful of you to support Sue by offering her your positive way of seeing the benefits of her writing about past locations as though they are in the present. You are such a nice person 🙂 !

      Please understand the rest of this reply is not directed to you, I would just like to take this opportunity to explain what I wonder about when she feels she has to change from posting about the present .

      In years past, like most of us, her life was one preparing for the future- for herself, child, grandchildren, students, etc. Having done that our reward should now be a life of being able to enjoy each day by living in the moment, which is well known as being key to real happiness.

      Instead, to avoid those too selfish to leave her alone in her personal real life she should change her blogging style and revert to living in the past?! That’s a hideous choice for her to have to live with in my opinion. I am not referring to our pleasure in reading her posts, she, in all circumstances, always makes that a wonderful experience for us. I’m talking about what it’s like for her to live that way.

      It seems high time to stop giving intruders the benefit of the doubt and other ways of being kind to them.To those of you who have arranged “chance encounters” that you obviously plotted in advance or dropped in knowing full well Sue didn’t want you to-

      Surprised and unprepared in those moments, Sue automatically falls into her gracious and kind nature. You may think because she spoke pleasantly with you that she enjoyed meeting you and even thinks you’re nice. I strongly doubt that. Likely she considers you , as I do, self centered persons that demand your own satisfaction at another’s expense, with no regard to their needs or how you are damaging their life.Were I in her place in those situations you would receive the disdain and cold , harsh treatment that your totally unacceptable behavior makes you deserve.

      Sue, I apologize for using your blog as a place to vent my frustration. Feel free , as always , to delete this. I just can’t bear to think after a lifetime of longing for happiness that you so richly deserve, when you finally have it, anything should change that.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        As always, weather, I’m grateful for your insight and understanding and for your willingness to speak on my behalf. Thank you, dear one.

      • Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

        Hey Weather! Thanks so much for your reply. You know, when Sue blogged about her encounters with others, I thought a lot about her and her blog. Her photos, commentaries, sharing of the facts she has researched, love of animals, and how she sets priorities in her life all speak to who she is as a person. And the joy she brings to others through her writings and photos is the gift she shares, and so many do so enjoy her sharing!!! How she chooses to share the beauty and wonder of her travels is totally up to her, and we Blogorinos are blessed that she does. Thank you again, Sue and Reggie!!!

  16. Susan Vlastelica says:

    Searchlight is not a very peaceful place! The noise, the rude people pushing and shoving, etc, is just not my idea of fun! Nipton sounds very interesting. How far from Searchlight is Nipton?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      Searchlight isn’t a place one would go for peace and quiet… That’s for sure!

      At the road sign… Searchlight was 29 miles away and Nipton was 7 miles away, so that means the distance between Searchlight and Nipton is 22 miles. Can you tell I taught math? 🙂

      I hope you’re having a wonderful day..

  17. AZ Jim says:

    So, the ole guy was right! Searchlight it was. A few more of these successful mind reading sessions and I’ll hang a shingle on the door “AZ Jim, MRE” (mind reader extraordinaire). Glad you found a nice new home, relax a little now, Missy….

  18. Marilyn Moore in Golden Valley AZ says:

    In today’s Las Vegas Review Journal a story about upgrading Wi-Fi at Lake Mead. http://www.reviewjournal.com/local/las-vegas/park-service-plans-offer-wi-fi-popular-spots-around-lake-mead
    Happy to see that you found shade and internet service too. I really enjoyed your interesting photos of your jaunt from the preserve to the lake.
    Sue, you have so inspired me to get out and about that I’m researching truck camping. I have a Dodge 150 and Benchmarks for Arizona and Utah. So if anyone has recommendations, lists or wants to share reliable essentials I’d surely appreciate the help.
    Happy Trails…Marilyn, Yippie and Reba

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the link, Marilyn.

      Are you asking for a list of what you need to have with you for full-time camping in your truck or for part-time?

      I put your request in bold in hopes someone will respond and I post this question below. Maybe it will “get the ball rolling”…

      BLOGORINOS: What five items are essential?

  19. Cinandjules (🌵) says:

    Cute little town….population of 6!

    Nice spot you settled into. Here’s another question….with all the roads you’ve traveled..one, how do you remember spots? Or do you circle potential places and favorites on your benchmark map?

    Have a great day!

    Update on AO…..she pouting as Uncle Frannie left this morning. He was able to get her to the second landing in the pool! He’s headed back to NY soon, so AO wont see him until this winter. She made him cry as he drove away…lying on the garage floor with her head between her paws and her sad eyes!

    • Jo in OR says:

      That is so precious. Poor AO 🙂

    • ApplegirlNY says:

      That is so sweet about AO. Uncle Frannie will wish he stayed longer. We’re in for a cold snap and high winds. Oh well. Life in the great Northeast. Aren’t you glad you’re where the sun is shining?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Cinandjules!

      That AO really knows how to pull at the heartstrings! I can visualize the scene. Oh, the drama! 🙂

      How do I remember the good spots? I have this blog. You’ll notice that I’ve described the location of those spots along Nipton Road. If I should forget where they are, which I doubt I will, all I have to do is a websearch for “RVSue + Nipton” and this post will come up.

      No, I don’t mark up my Benchmarks. Silly thing — When I was a kid, writing in books was a serious crime. To this day I can’t bring myself to write on books,not even maps, and not even those I own. Just like talking on the phone. I was taught the phone is for essential business, not for recreational chatting. I think that’s why I hardly ever use my phone and when someone calls me I can hardly wait to hang up. 🙂

      Ha! “hang up the phone”… How outdated!

      • Sue, I so get that thing about not writing in books! It was so hard to get to college and learn most marked up books. I am horrified with the current “craft” of journalist IN Bibles. My Mother was a teacher and I learned to value and care for books basically at birth and still have mt very first cloth book and it’s in good condition.

      • Cinandjules (🌵) says:

        Oh she has Uncle Frannie wrapped around her paw! He’s like…come on girl let’s go to sleep! You get comfy and I’ll take whatever room is left on the bed! WHAT?

        Oh sure! That’s why she wants to hog our bed! Oh no sir eee!

        He laughs!

        It was a crime to write in our text books also!

        Did they have weird phone numbers back on the East coast? Our number was TUxedo 5-0699. Which was 885-0699 in plain speak! Why? Dunno…I’m sure someone here knows the answer!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I guess that was a hold-over from when you spoke with a switchboard operator when you made a call. I don’t know. 🙂

  20. Renee from Idaho says:

    Beautiful shady home, Sue and Reggie! I remember the first time I saw Lake Mead coming down that highway. Wow! What a site indeed. Enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Renee! It is a thrill to come over the rise and, wow! There’s the gorgeous blue of Lake Mead.

  21. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Love the way you have the “outdoor room” set up in the shade – it looks so inviting. Now for the question of the day …. did you buy a lottery ticket? I think I know The answer, but I had to ask.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Cynthia!

      You do know the answer. 🙂 I didn’t buy a lottery ticket.

      Amazing what a difference shade makes, especially when the air is dry. I’m pleased you liked the outdoor room.

  22. suzicruzi from Van, WA. says:

    Afternoon Sue and little Reg-meister. It was nice to see you found a shady spot finally, and a quiet one at that. Funny to me (I haven’t been there) that you found shade near LV, and not Lake Mead beforehand. What do I know? (But I’m fast learning!)

    I’m trying to sell, and give away stuff as fast as I can with nervous trepidation. It’s an odd feeling getting rid of all our “stuff”. My hope chest, is a beautiful, hand carved cedar chest, carved 360. My dad had a nice thick glass topper made for it long ago… And I mean LONG! (70’s). That chest moved from Hawaii with me to PA. Then from PA to LA. Then from LA to Kauai, Hawaii. Then to Oahu, Hawaii. Then to Troutdale, OR, and now resides with me in Vancouver, WA. Now I am giving it away. At least she’s going to a good home, where she will be enjoyed and cared for; a dear Friend is “inheriting” it. I’ll get to visit it when I make it back this way to visit friends in the Summer time. That gives me comfort. Yes, it’s hard parting with special things for sure.

    I’ve been reading about your travels from day 1, as you know. I re-read some of the beginning days again, (maybe a 3rd time?), to get a feel for that very first week after you picked up the BLT in Rice. Knowing what you know, would you have done anything different in that first week of BLT ownership? Anything you care to share, that is? I keep wondering how that week is going to go for us, and the learning curve. Do you have any words of wisdom that might save us a bucket of grief? I mean, sometimes those baby steps can be painful. I will say, the way we have our plans made, we’d be picking up the little egg, sometime in July. It will be HOT! One hot mama compared to living in the PNW, and I’ve learned that since leaving Hawaii, I don’t do heat well. Perhaps we should suck it up and do campgrounds with hookups so we can run AC until we get back to higher, shadier ground? The thing I guess I’m concerned about are those nasty “reservations” one must make in the prime months. Ugh. So, tell me dear Sue; have any ideas?

    Looking back at what I wrote, I guess there’s two Q’s; 1. That first week and anything you might have done differently? And 2, escaping the heat, and hooking up to run the AC?

    Thanks for being the wonderful storyteller that you are, and offering us such a wealth of information at the same time. I sure appreciate all I’ve learned from your blog so far, and I know many of your other readers do too! You are quite generous with sharing! One more thing – I love the doggie mom that you are. You have a very special gift.

    Have a great time relaxing in the shade with the Reginator! xo on his beak for me. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, suzicruzi!

      I enjoyed your comment. Thank you. I’ll get right to the questions you asked.

      “Would you have done anything different in that first week of BLT ownership?” I gave this a lot of thought. The only thing I can come up with is the camps I chose as we hurried our way across Texas and into New Mexico during the extreme heat of August. To do it over again, I would’ve gone to RVparks, hooked up to electric, and turned on the air conditioner.

      Of course, that’s knowing what I know now. At the time I had very little idea how much this lifestyle would cost and so I was very tight with my money. Also I was coming off of 7 years of penny-pinching in order to set myself up for full-timing. It took a while to relax enough to spend for a/c.

      If you plan a route that doesn’t go to all the typical tourist spots you probably could find openings at private RV parks. Do that to get out of a low elevation, hot area. Start your day’s drive early in the morning, quit by one o’clock, avoid state parks, and your chances of securing a site without a reservation and with hook-ups increases. The road less traveled may be longer, but there is less competition for campsites.

      Do you have any words of wisdom that might save us a bucket of grief?

      No, I don’t, not really. Maybe other blogorinos can share ideas. All I have to offer is what I’ve written in this blog… and I include the ups and the downs.

      Probably the biggest mistakes I see people make are 1) Driving too fast and 2) Driving late in the day. Don’t do those two things and you avoid a load of grief.

      Thanks again for all the nice things you wrote about me and my blog. 🙂

      • Nancy from South Georgia says:

        Thank you for this excellent advice, Sue. Especially the one about “don’t drive late in the day” …. I learned my lesson about that. I posted in another entry about how I found a creepy abandoned campsite and stayed only because it was late and I was beat.

        Never will I do that again. I’ll get on the road at first light, make arrangements in advance, and stop at 1 like you said.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      BTW, your first paragraph tells me I wasn’t clear. The campground I chose — Las Vegas Bay Campground — isn’t at Las Vegas, it’s part of Lake Mead Recreation Area. The bay no longer exists because of the low water level.

      I think this was our 4th visit at that campground.

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Lovely!! I would have made your very same choice, Sue!! Hope it is quiet, peaceful, safe and a good place to get cool for a spell!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Las Vegas Bay Campground did turn out to be a great choice. I’m glad you agree, Elizabeth!

  24. Geri, Florida panhandle! says:

    So glad you had a chance to cool off and relax! Nipton sounds like my kind of town! I would love to explore there, it reminds me of our little ghost town of Chloride NM! Chuck and I explored every dirt road around there and we loved it! And yeah… I woulda bought a few lottery tickets in Nipton! Have a fun day today, hope you have found another shady and comfey camp so you can enjoy it a few days or so!
    Take care and please give Reg an extra treat tonight from us! I made ours fried chicken livers and they gobbled them up in a hurry! haha!
    See ya up at the next bend in the road!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I have fond memories of that day we went to Chloride, walked around the town, browsed the gift shop, took photos, and sat at the picnic table — you, Chuck, EmilyO and me.

      I kind of wished I had stopped at Nipton for an overnight. I guess I was in a traveling mood, plus the RV park — from what I could see — didn’t look “in business.” Maybe I would’ve found out otherwise if I had investigated. If I go that way again, I will!

      Chicken livers fried with love… Your crew has a good life!

  25. Laurie in NC says:

    I love your final campground choice! I have found as I get older, I just want peace and quiet. When the kids were small we went to the family type campgrounds with fun stuff for kids. I enjoyed that then, but steer very clear of those types of campgrounds now. We love going to State Park and National Park campgrounds!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Laurie!

      I know what you mean. When younger I shook my head at places for “55 and older only” and thought I’d never want to be in a place where there weren’t children running around. Ha! Boy have I changed!

  26. Great Post and photos and of the towns History, Nipton.,,,, have a great week and stay safe and give Reggieman a huge hug from us,,,,,,,,,, Piper n Rusty 🐾👣👣

  27. 😎🤔🙄😏💤💤

  28. Don in Okla. says:

    A quick question, I am wondering if there is something wrong with my computer because some of your photos are teeny tiny and some are perfect. I tried clicking on the small ones with no affect. Is anyone else having this problem??
    Thank you for your help.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      The photos in this post should be large with the exception of the first photo of a road sign. Usually I post my photos in large form because the “click to enlarge” feature is no longer available.

      I don’t know if you’re referring to recent photos or to photos taken in the early posts of this blog.

      • Don in Okla. says:

        Hi Sue
        It is in this current blog entry (21st) that I find some of the photos are very small. And I noticed a couple of photos in tonight’s (22nd) blog entry.
        Thanks.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It seems like a problem on your end, Don, because no one else has mentioned this. Could it be a power issue? When my power is down, sites load very slowly and photos don’t appear well, usually just an ID number. You’ve probably cleared your cache. I have no idea why that happens. Darn, I want you to see my blog the way I intend it to look!

  29. Doug Laning says:

    Great post. Interesting information about the tiny town of Nipton. Your photos look sharp and clear. I really love the three level photo of Reggie in the mirrors.

  30. Pookie and Chuck in Todd Mission Tx says:

    I learn something new every day……
    thanks for the history lesson, Sue
    chuck and pookie

  31. ApplegirlNY says:

    It was such a relief and so refreshing to see your campground picture. It was well worth the wait and the earlier frustration makes the peace and quiet even more appreciated.

    Love the info on Nipton. These are the tidbits that make your blog such a great treat and daily adventure. Stay cool.

  32. MB from VA says:

    Hi Sue! It was a big week-end for me. My “last horse” left for northern VA to be close to his mom on Sunday. A step that makes all of this very real. I will stay on the farm until the first of July when the owner moves back full-time. Then? Don’t know. So many things still hinge on someone else. But I plan to be heading west by Sept.

    One of the “someone elses” is an uncle who will be going with me. My plan is to get him a small travel trailer and set him up in a park. He can come and go from there. He has needs that I do not have. But he loves that area as much as I. I was wondering if any of your readers has had any experience with Tradewinds RV Park in Golden Valley, AZ? It seems to be a less fancy park but still has the important things. My uncle would not be comfortable in one of the really high end parks even if I could afford it….which I can’t. If someone even has experience with the area in general, that would be nice to hear as well. Thanks!

    Enjoy your new home!
    Love from VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, MB.

      Your last horse… You are making things happen! Good for you!

      It’s very hard to choose an RV park, sight unseen, especially when not interested in the expensive “resort” type. I don’t know anything about Tradewinds.

      Is it important that your uncle be situated in Golden Valley?

      • MB from VA says:

        No, not really. Just looking in that general area at an elevation that wouldn’t freeze a lot. I would expect him to be making lots of short trips into the “red rock country” that he loves. But he would feel better knowing he had a doctor, grocery stores and pharmacy that he “knows and is known”. The park has laundry. He would have water, electric and sewage…..plus free wifi. Nice, since he is currently using part of my data. He is a good man who worked hard all his life…..but he could not afford rent without me. Nor could he afford to keep my house (Left to me by my parents….where he lives now). Soooo we are going to try it this way. It would be nice if it was just easy now and then. 🙂 But, it will all work out.

  33. I stayed at the Terribles in Searchlight for a couple days while heading South earlier in the month. Nice people there. The casino is super stinky from stale cigarette smoke though, and the laundry facility is apparently permanently closed. They do have showers available, though.

  34. Chuck Hajek says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie!!! Love the info on Nipton and the pix! Drive safe and STAY COOL !!!

  35. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Long time no comment for me, but I am still a loyal fan. Still living the good life through you and Reggie.

    I think that’s the most inviting campsite I have ever seen, and I’ve seen many when we used to belong to a travel group. Good fortune, Sue & Reggie.

    PS The flowers are out in full bloom here in Savannah – wish I could show you around.

  36. Susan Vlastelica says:

    I am a little late to the party, but really wanted to add my two cents worth on Sue’s request for no visitors etc – there are always people that truly believe “It doesn’t mean me!” Always people who think they will just pop in for a minute because, really, she doesn’t mean ME! There are a lot of us that love following your adventures, and I would bet there are a lot of us that would love to just drop in for a minute and meet Sue and Reggie in person! However, most of us RESPECT Sue’s wish for privacy and no visitors!
    As for me, I am way too social and couldn’t handle the solitude. But I absolutely respect Sue’s request for no visitors!

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