From Lake Havasu City to Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Friday, March 6

“Goodbye, Rusty!  Goodbye, Timber!”

1-P1030083Bridget and I pull away from Rusty’s camp in the Perfect Tow Vehicle and rumble down the sandy lane that weaves its way to Route 95. 

The Best Little Trailer quietly tags along behind us.  We head north to Lake Havasu City and stay on 95 until we reach Interstate 40.  Before boarding the interstate, I pull into Love’s Travel Center to top off the gas tank @ $2.49 a gallon.

Bridget has a walk-around and we’re off again.

We go east on I-40, about forty miles to Kingman.  Then we turn north on Route 93 to go about seventy-five miles to Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

After approximately one hundred and forty miles across drab desert scrub, followed by a climb over the treeless crags of the Black Mountains, the blue splash of Lake Mead is a delightful surprise spread out before us.

1-P1030090We pass the turn for Hoover Dam.

I can see lines of tourists going for the tour.  I’m not interested in the dam.  We need to find our camp!

I turn onto Lakeshore Drive which goes past the Recreation Area’s Visitor Center.

Shortly beyond the Visitor Center I stop the PTV at the entrance booth.  My federal discount card (American the Beautiful pass, $10 one-time fee, for persons 62 and older) gives us entry for free.  The woman in the booth checks my card and my ID and we continue on our way.

1-P1030092Two campgrounds are reached via Lakeshore Drive.

The first one we come to is Boulder Beach Campground.

1-P1030094This campground’s proximity to the visitor center and Hoover Dam, plus the view of the water from a few of its sites, makes it the more popular of the two campgrounds.

1-P1030093For that reason, I keep going.

I stop at a picnic area to take a few photos.

1-P1030103I put Bridget in her suit with leash and set her on the ground.

“You get another little adventure, Bridge!”

  We walk over to a picnic table and shelter.

1-P1030095“Sit up here for me.  Just one picture.  I promise.”  I lift Bridget onto the picnic table for a photo to record her visit to Lake Mead.  I shoot over her head.

1-P1030100The water level of the lake is very low, of course, and the shoreline has receded miles.

1-P1030102I usually avoid moving to a campground on a Friday as there’s a strong likelihood that all the good campsites are occupied.

“Let’s go, Bridge.  We need to move along.”

We’re on our way to Las Vegas Bay Campground.

Sounds great.  My research, however, has informed me that there is no bay next to the campground.  The shoreline is about nine miles away.  I don’t care about that.  I want a pleasant camp with good access to Las Vegas.

1-P1030104Why do I want to go to Las Vegas?

1-P1030105You know I’m not interested in “the strip.”  I’ll use Las Vegas Bay Campground as a base for searching for a new crew member!

The road to the campground turns before reaching the mountain shown in the above photo. The fees at Las Vegas Bay Campground and Boulder Beach Campground are the same.  With the senior discount pass, Bridget and I can camp for $5 a night, or $150 for a month, if we wanted to stay that long.

The PTV moseys through the campground, winding its way around the loops. 

There’s a section where generators are not allowed and it’s filled mostly with tenters.  Sites on the eastern perimeter have a dramatic view of canyons and gorges that once were the lake.  I don’t like these sites because they have a severe drop that would make me nervous about Bridget.  Also these sites have no windbreak.

We continue around until we return toward the entrance.

It’s not as crowded in this area.  Given a choice of being near the entrance or being crowded in with generators, I’ll take the entrance.  I pick a site next to a lovely shade tree and position the BLT and the PTV for the most privacy.

1-P1030106The PTV blocks the view into our campsite from the entrance road. 

The solar panel is in light shade in the afternoon.  I may park it differently tomorrow.

1-P1030107The BLT’s door opens to a private area that faces a rocky slope.  Her back is to the other campers.

1-P1030108With our camp like this, I can step outside without seeing anyone and without anyone seeing me. 

As I’m setting up, palm fronds rustle in the breeze.  By the time I’m relaxing in a camp chair with Bridget in her bed at my feet, a covey of quail scurries by on the way through the campground.

Late in the afternoon I walk Bridget around the campground on her leash. 

This is her reward after a long drive and she loves it!

Las Vegas Bay Campground has restrooms, water spigots, trash containers, and a dump station.  It’s about 15-20 miles west to Las Vegas.

For campground living, this is fine with me!




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122 Responses to From Lake Havasu City to Lake Mead National Recreation Area

  1. DesertGinger says:


  2. DebsJourney says:


  3. Deb D says:

    Best of luck on your search. Great pics as always.

  4. PookieBoy in houston says:

    close but no cigar!! i love Lake Mead area…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think Ginger had an unfair advantage. 😉 She was able to reply 6 minutes before you, Chuck!

    • PookieBoy in houston says:

      but I see you ended up just east of las vegas……I could live there forever! HA…
      Wife and me first stayed at the Riviera in 1969 and I now see its closing in May….its not the same without the old hotels….hope you enjoy yours and Bridgets stay in the area…

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Chuck.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Amen on Vegas not the same. I miss the Stardust and the Sands Towers, especially. They had a distinctly Vegas personality. The new hotels are too generic and cold, IMHO.

        • Chuck says:

          Gayle, you are so right. The ‘personality’ of Lost Wages is gone and even with all the fancy stuff, it’s not the same. Downtown is not bad but the strip is blah.

  5. DesertGinger says:

    Wow! Yay me, I’m finally first! I’m surprised you are staying in such a bustling campground, but I bet it thins out on Monday. And that location does put you within reach of shelters and the like. Perhaps your boy is a gambling dog! I really hope you find him here…can hardly wait!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I have no choice that I know of. The adoption places are in cities like Las Vegas and there’s no boondocking allowed in this part of Lake Mead NRA.

      I planned to come here specifically for one dog. I notified the rescue and I was told to go to the adoption center at the time it opens tomorrow (Sat.). It was all set. Then I learn the dog was adopted some time today. This is getting to be a pattern!

      I plan to find out how people are adopting dogs before the scheduled adoption time.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      I know someone who has a white French bulldog with a black spot over its eye. The dog’s name is Dice, speaking of a gambling dog.

  6. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    $3.49 a gallon??? I hope you meant $2.49 a gallon!!

    Good Luck and Happy Trails Sue!! 🙂 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I meant $2.49 a gallon. Sheesh… I don’t know why I did that. Thanks for catching it for me, Larry.

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        At the rate of climb here in Ca, just wait a week and your $3.49 will be correct! Yikes

  7. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue,
    Ginger beat me… but this is the first time I’m right at the top.
    Looks a bit crowded for your usual camp but it will be close to get to Las Vegas.
    I hope you find that perfect little crew member. I have a good feeling for you in this regards. Hmmm…. I am very psychic …if that is how you spell it.
    All is quiet here… just packing up stuff and hoping to sell the camper. Then the sell the house. I decided to get a cleaning service here to do some really heavy cleaning of the stuff I don’t want to do and I just don’t have that kind of energy.
    Looking forward to hearing what you’re up to this week.
    enjoy the new area!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good idea to hire someone to clean for you. It’s important not to become overwhelmed, and heavy cleaning can do that. Money well-spent, Deb!

      I hope you’re right about a dog. When I learned my latest choice was adopted before I could get to him, I felt like giving up. I’ll be looking at more tomorrow. Wish me luck in Las Vegas traffic!

  8. Lisa W says:

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Las Vegas is the place a new crew member lets their presence known. If not I know it will happen in due time. I hope your neighbors are quiet and only run their gennys during the times allowed. Showers in the restrooms? Probably not, but with a dump there it makes showering in the rig a lot easier.

  9. Janet says:

    Hey, Sue
    I read every post in anticipation of my own travels of the trails in a vintage camper but don’t want to intrude with my thoughts. Today, I write to encourage you. I recently looked at the Las Vegas shelters and there are some really great potential new crew members just waiting for their forever homes. I cannot think of a better life for a guy or gal than on the road with you. Looking forward to your new addition. Janet

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Janet,

      You are never intruding when you comment here! Please, never hesitate… The more, the merrier in Blogorinoland!

      Your comment points out why Bridget and I are here. “Doing” Lake Mead in March is pushing the season. I’m not here for the Lake though. I saw a higher percentage of small dogs (other than chihuahuas) in Vegas shelters than other cities…. I’m willing to camp around *gasp* other people in order to bring our boy home. Thanks for the encouragement!

      • Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

        Ok, what’s wrong with chihuahuas? The 4 M’s and I are concerned that you don’t like them?? Mine aren’t tiny, or yappy little ankle biters. Well my little guy Murphy may have nibbled on an ankle or two now and then. My Muffin is 12 pounds of luvin!! Just so you know. Best of luck in your search. I am excited for you. I know you’re going to find just the right new crew member.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Living in the desert and secluded forest, I’m reluctant to adopt a small dog that would be easy prey for a bird of prey or a coyote. Also a tiny dog would disappear easily in the brush. I’m sure your pals are cuties . . . .

          • PookieBoy in houston says:

            Sue, you are correct about the chihuahua’s….when I let Pookie and Lulu out I have to go with them. we live in the country and have hawks, coyotes, bigger dogs and other such critters roaming around….plus they can disappear in an instant……altho we take them on vacation with us they are always on a lease when we stop….

  10. Frenchie says:

    OMG! I live in Vegas! No worries I won’t go hunt you down just please let me know if you need anything:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Frenchie. For the offer if I need anything and for not hunting me down! 🙂

      • Frenchie says:

        You got it:)) have you seen all the pet related amazon orders? I have my first crew member!! Her name is Prim she is a Cavalier King Charles and Bichon mix. I hope you find your new companion real soon.
        When you’re done, check out Lake Mohave. No one is here this time of the year, mid-basin cove is our little piece of boondocking paradise when we get a chance (in between 6 mile and 9 mile coves)-real coves!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, I’ve seen those orders. Thanks, Frenchie!

          Congratulations on your new crew member. She’s an interesting mix of breeds, sounds lovely!

          I appreciate the tip on Lake Mohave. . . .

          • Frenchie says:

            Did you see Tomas on the nspca site? He might be a little old though…
            Btw nspca has a good reputation here. My daughter and I have fostered kittens for them in the past.

  11. robinb says:

    Be careful going into LV this weekend. NASCAR is going on through Sunday and it’s getting a little crazy. We just escaped to Laughlin and could have passed you at some point today. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, no!!! On a good day, city traffic makes me nuts. Thanks for the alert robinb.

  12. Barbara (from Nashville) says:

    Well, I’m fairly near the top.
    I have great hopes for your new crew member. I hope the dog you were interested in doesn’t turn out to be a situation like in Yuma. That still makes my blood boil. Can’t wait to see what you find out about it. Good luck on your search.
    Anyway, the campground looks peaceful and quiet. I won a trip to Vegas a few years ago and thought the area was lovely. Our group did take a side trip to the Hoover Dam. The tour and the dam were interesting. I thought Lake Meade was one of the most beautiful places I had seen.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the good luck wish, Barbara. What makes locating the right dog difficult is the way the dogs are shown. For instance, Adopt a Rescue Pet shows several dogs on their website. However, to see those dogs you have to figure out which PetsMart they will be shown at during certain hours on the weekend.

      So if you’re interested in three dogs, those three dogs could be shown at three different PetsMarts across Las Vegas at the very same time! Go to one Petstmart, the dog isn’t right, and then the other two are adopted out at other PetsMart locations before you can get to them. It’s so difficult!

      How nice that you were able to come to this area. It is pretty, even with the low water level.

  13. Reine in Plano says:

    My guess is that when you finally find your new crew member it will be much sweeter because of all the challenges you’ve had in the hunt. It’s the contrasts that make life interesting.

  14. kgdan says:

    I’m sending you my best wishes for getting around Vegas unscathed. I’m concerned. Good luck. I hope the hassle is fruitful.

  15. Captain K (Utah) says:

    Thinking happy thoughts for you Sue. Your boy is out there, it’s all about the timing! Best wishes and thank for the pics, this is an area we’d like to spend some time when we’re able.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K…. You’re welcome and thanks for the good thoughts. I hope you do visit this area.

  16. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Thanks for all the pics of Rusty and Timber; it was good to see them looking happy and healthy. I hope you get “lucky” in Vegas – not at the tables or on the slots, but with the pup search.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome on the photos. Rusty is nice to let me post his photos. He and Timber do look very well.

      Luck be a Lady tomorrow, eh? 🙂

  17. DeAnne in TN says:

    He’s there, Sue. Right now there is a sad little guy who doesn’t understand what’s going on. You are going to see him, and both of your lives will change. Don’t worry so much about Bridget–it’s normal for her to protect you, but her and her new buddy will work things out. You are going to make a difference for one lucky fellow–thank you for that.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, DeAnne,

      What a nice comment. Thanks for the encouragement.

      That “sad little guy who doesn’t understand what’s going on” needs to meet this “sad little woman who doesn’t understand what’s going on.” 🙂

      • DeAnne in TN says:

        Yes–it’s quite frustrating how “well-meaning” humans make it so hard to find puppy love

  18. Jan says:

    Been to Lake Meade a lot in the 70’s. Saved a guys life there. (He had a heart attack.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! You know how to make a memory, Jan. 😉

      I bet it was really beautiful here during the 70s when the lake was full. . . .

  19. Shirlene (So. Cal) says:

    Hi Sue, I was out tonight, but hurried home to see if we had a new post….hurray. Get a good nights sleep because tomorrow you need to put on your big girl pants and drive in the City….eeeeekkkk. Our hearts and prayers will be with you from the RV Sue Nation.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re hilarious, Shirlene… RVSue Nation….

      I must be nuts. Tomorrow I’m driving across Las Vegas. Pray big.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        This scared-to-drive woman will be praying tomorrow for you too!! It just is beyond me how so many male dogs disappear right out from under you!! (We had a male dog ONCE…never again!!…was not house trainable…believe me, we tried every method under the sun for a whole year. Took me 8 years after that to be brave enough to try a dog again…only had females after that and no more problems with house training!!…so that is what I think when I see male dogs….and I am so shocked they seem in such short supply!!) Hope you are successful tomorrow in finding a great dog!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Why are male dogs in short supply? My guess is euthanasia.

          • AlanOutandAbout says:

            No, males don’t get preggers and as such are less expensive to keep. Owners are very lax to neuter their animals and so they get males and give up females.

    • Shirlene (So. Cal) says:

      P.S. I love that picture of Rusty and Timber..Kinda of bitter sweet, sorry Timber was so sad…hopefully we will see him again before too long…

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Rusty is a tall drink of water and he looks it in that photo. 🙂

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Your photo of Rusty & Timber is Time and Newsweek magazine-worthy! Seriously! It tells a story and it evokes emotion. To live like one wishes to live under the American flag! Who could want for more?

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      Rv Sue Nation….that is funny

  20. Wow! You’re in my neck of the woods. I’m an hour away in Pahrump and used to live in Las Vegas. I’m getting ready for my own full-timing adventure starting next month.

    I’ve read your blog for a year now, and I’ve been so inspired by you. It’s going to be me, a 30-something woman, and my mom. Seeing another woman having so much success living in a travel trailer full-time gave me no excuses. If RV Sue can do it then so can I!!

    I’m going to make my first boondock the Salton Sea because I loved your posts about that. Lake Mead was a little depressing to me last time I was there. The receding waters do not bode well for the future of Las Vegas. I tried to fish off the bank but it’s so muddy I practically got sucked in. This artificial lake does not have the kind of embankment you’d find at a natural lake. I almost lost a shoe!!

  21. Chip says:

    Hey Sue! Love the blog!
    Is there a way to get a gift card to Rusty? I am speaking of something like a Walmart or VISA gift card. So sorry to hear of him loosing his S&B’s. Great picture of him waving goodbye 🙂

  22. Shirlene (So. Cal) says:

    Big sacrifice sometimes brings big rewards….or little guys…..Weather and I will pray our best prayers for you tomorrow, as usual.

  23. DesertGinger says:

    Well I lived in Las Vegas and didn’t find the traffic that bad, if you stay away from the Strip. I’m sure there are no rescues located on the Strip. I have a good feeling too. I think the new crew member is there somewhere, probably at a blackjack table raking it in.

    • PookieBoy in houston says:

      I have to agree with you Ginger about the traffic…..strip is a mess but away from it is not bad…..busy but not bad…..should be OK with GPS directing you around….

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Ok DG, that’s twice now you have made reference to a “Gamblin’ Dog”. Now I just can’t get this image out of my mind of our new crew member sitting around a poker table smoking a cigar with a ace of spades hidden in his paw. 🙂

  24. JazzLover WMa says:

    Thanks for the great pictures of Rusty and Timber, been wondering how they were doing. Rusty sure looks happy, thinks he’s doing what warms his heart, being footloose and free to roam. Good luck with the Vegas traffic…and your quest.
    Jazz Lover

  25. Wendy in Thailand says:

    Good luck with the traffic and finding the right little guy?

  26. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    BIG, STRONG PRAYERS are being sent up for you and Bridget. Safe travels…I agree with DesertGinger and PookieBoy…traffic will be more than you are used to, but if you can avoid the strip, you will be fine. You’ll just be out and about with many folks who run their errands on Sat morning. I know in my heart that all will be well! Best of luck! And, while you are in town, stop at an In and Out Burger to pick up some lunch if that appeals to you. Best of luck today…if today is not THE day, it will be soon!!

    Nice picture of Rusty and Timber! Wow, Lake Mead really is low! I was in the area in 2011, and I can see a drastic different in your photos.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you! Hope you have a great day! Love and hugs to you and Bridget from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  27. Diann in MT says:

    Thanks, Sue, again for an inspiring and thoughtful post. Goodbye, Rusty and Timber, but not really because, Rusty you are a Blogorino! Thanks for being such a good friend to our Sue. Someone she can trust; someone who can help with the mechanical fix-ups.
    Well, when you read this post and the others, you will or will not have found your little boy. I am very interested in what you have to say about what I would call the “adoption scheme” of adopting dogs out before anyone else gets a look.
    Again, you amaze and inspire me! You have planned this one perfectly. The trade-off of having to camp in an “urban campground” and positioning the BLT just right to afford sufficient privacy. By the sounds of it, you might be camping among kindred spirits who might not appreciate generator noises like you. Good luck all around, Sue. Hope you find the right boy for you and Bridge.

  28. Jodee Gravel says:

    Rusty’s smile just melts me every time – it’s like the joy of living just bursts from his face! You are both great ambassadors for living life on your own terms without infringing on others, while providing unlimited love and shelter for your canine pals. When you find your new pal it will be interesting to map your travels since the serious search began. You’re frustrated now so no platitudes (be pissed off, it’s good for us every now and then), but once the crew is two again I wonder what new experiences you’ve had because you had to go places or take routes you would have otherwise avoided. Remember to breathe 🙂

  29. weather says:

    Boy ,that move covered a lot of distance in one day,glad you found a site with trees and quail.Anytime sleeping with the windows open in the desert is an option morning feels like the day holds options ,at the very least,to me.Time is on your side with what’s going on,Sue.We both know every step we’ve had to take was preparing us to be in the right condition to appreciate the wonder of what was in our future.At the moment you have a palm tree beside your home,nothing mandating you do anything that you don’t want to.You could just as easily head for a private paradise as go into Vegas hunting.My point is that I hope you let the pressure of the search be only a small part of each day .You’ve come too far to let worry or frustration own you,rob you of joy and well being.Hope your coffee is good and Bridget’s making you smile,love you,weather

  30. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Glad to see Rusty and Timber so happy. Love the picture of him waving. Praying for you in the Las Vegas traffic but you should be fine. After all, you have pulled the PLT around for 3 plus years now so without almost anyplace should be a piece of cake.

    It is irritating at l, east to have adoptable dogs swept up before the places even open!! Inside job,, maybe? Let your friends in first? Anyway, the perfect crew member is out there and with everyone praying, the Lord is going to give you that special one.

    Surprised to see you with other campers so close but you have got your camp situated to the best advantage. Looks like a nice clean place….hopefully no noisy generators or people will show up

    Love you and sending hugs to you and Bridget.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Hi Pauline! I’m not losing weight very fast but I am losing. Still nauseated a lot.

      I think you are right about friends. My friend works for SF animal care and control, and she knew I wanted a Jack Russell Terrier. When they got one in, she phoned me to let me know. I was waiting at the door when they opened and nabbed her. Beat out 3 other people who were there for her.

      • Pauline In Mississippi says:

        Good to hear from you Ginger…I have been wondering how you were doing. Sorry to hear about the nausea. Doesn’t seem fair does it…you can’t be eating much! I know I got a sickish feeling when adding some foods….like lettuce and beef. The first time I caved in and ate ice cream, I paid for it. Now I have no problem eating anything …which is really not a good thing. 🙂

  31. Bob Wells says:

    Sue, I know it’s not a popular opinion, but in my experience the sooner you give you, the sooner you’ll find the perfect partner. It’s funny how often it works that way.

    Something else you might consider is watching out over in Pahrump, NV, which is 70 miles due west of Vegas. It’s a wonderful little town and you can disperse camp 4 miles from the front door of a super Walmart. My mail forwarder is there and I am a resident–it’s a great little town that’s very tolerant of boondockers! I know many people who spend their whole winter there and never move just a few miles from downtown.

    But, for some reason many people abandon their dogs there, I’ve never figured out why. There are signs all over town declaring it illegal to abandon your dogs and the papers are always full of dogs at the shelter. I wasn’t looking when I was there or I would have expected to get one. It might be worth it to give the shelters over there a call. They might be listed under Nye county in Pahrump.

  32. Bob Wells says:

    Oops, should have proof-read: that should be “give-up”

  33. Good luck!!! Campsite looks pretty nice for being a campground! Hope the generators stay quiet! Rusty looks happy and Timber always has that big grin! I think your next pup is going to surprise us all when he appears! Gonna be worth the wait!

  34. gingerda says:

    I hope you are able to find a fur buddy here in Las Vegas. Our shelter is always full. They usually have a special on the weekends if the dogs are over 4 years old.
    You picked a good time to visit, as our weather is supposed to be in the mid to upper 70’s for the next week. A little more crowded than normal due to Nascar but if you stay away from the strip you will be fine.
    Take care
    Ginger, Las Vegas

  35. Kristi from Ohio says:

    Hope the PNCM (Perfect New Crew Member) finds its way to you soon!!

  36. AZ Jim says:

    A doggie story with a sad beginning but an ending that will bring forth the Awww and smiles.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Forgot the link like an idiot…..…UcxMBEpb14W.03

      • DesertGinger says:

        Nice ending to a sad story. Thanks.

      • Kay Dattilio says:

        AZ Jim,

        What a sad story, but a great ending for Charlie! I can’t understand people that hurt animals or children, it is some sort of evil they have in them. Dogs can so easily be dropped off at a shelter….why just dump them? My favorite TV show is Pit Bulls and Parolees on Animal Planet on Sat. night at 9pm. It’s a true show about a woman and her family that rescues pit bulls and hires parolees to help her run her sanctuary. It’s a really good uplifting show! Thanks for sharing!

        Kay from KC!

        • AZ Jim says:

          I watch Tia all the time. She, her girls, and the parolees all love and take care of those dogs. Tell Tia about a dog chained up and unattended, she’ll go, cut the chain and next thing that dog knows he’s getting a bath, food and love. It’s a great show.

  37. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Found an interesting item at Costco last trip. We saw this package of pint sized cartons with 8 cartons in package. They contain russet potato hashbrowns in dry form. Ingredients list russet potatoes, salt, dextrose and a preservative for freshness ( that’s the only thing I don’t like). Recipe is to open the carton, add water that is at least 125 degrees and let soak 30 min minimum. I have bought dry hashbrowns at Dumb and Infinity (aka Smart and Final) in the past in bulk and measured them into convenient baggies to go camping but these cartons are handy. Says to sauté in a tablespoon of oil. I had planned to use waffle iron for them but don’t feel like digging it out today (breakfast for supper). I decided to dump into a glass jar so I could see how well and quick they absorbed. It was quick. When camping we have poured cold water over the other ones we bought, put lid on jar and set in fridge or on counter overnight and that worked well. Let you know later how they taste. I am guessing same product could be found at Walmart singly rather than pack of 8 at Costco. Will try to remember to look next time at store.

  38. Mike from MN says:

    Hello, Sue,

    Always following but not much commenting.

    Glad to hear all is well with you, Rusty and the pups. Glad you were able to meet up again.

    Not to get off the subject though, In a previous post you and all your blessed blogarinos had many fixes for a cold when you were not feeling well, can you tell me which post that was so I can research remedies mentioned, there is some nasty stuff going around up here in Minnesota.

    Also, can you explain a little more in your previous (Note) about people you visit and not mentioning them in your post. Are people bothering Rusty or what? I think it is very interesting when you mention your visitors or take pictures of them, it adds to your blog.

    Just wondering.

    Thanks and have a wonderful evening, it’s 43 degrees up here and spring is on the way.


    • My favorite remedy is a home made tea! Grate up fresh ginger, about 1 tsp per cup, 1/2 lemon, squeeze out all the juice and 1 lemon zinger tea bag. Put the ingredients in a cup, pour boiling water over it and cover the cup and let it steep. I use a very fine grater so I can drink the grated ginger with no problem! When tea is ready, about 5 minutes add honey and cinnamon! Not sure why it works but it does! I usually make 2-3 cups at a time just to have it on hand. I generally drink 1-2 cups a day when I feel a cold coming on! Google tumeric! Good for any kind of infection!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mike,

      Yes, character sketches of the people I meet do add a lot to my blog, sort of like the old Charles Kurault television segments I used to enjoy. My note was not referring to Rusty in particular. He’s fine.

      A few readers have mentioned going to the Salton Sea after reading my report of our visit there. I imagined an influx of folks recognizing a person I wrote about who camps there. And that got me thinking about others I’ve written about, thus the request for restraint.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Re: cold remedy suggestions… Scroll down where I’ve asked readers to help.

    • Timber n' me says:

      Hey Mike, Rusty here, I have a real good remedy for not getting the flu or a cold, I take a herb called Astragalus a long with Vit. C prier to going to town or after coming back and I haven’t had ether for a long, long time. you can get it at a health food store. and no one bugs me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  39. AZ Jim says:

    Well gang, where will out girl end up next……? *Suspense is killin me*….

  40. DesertGinger says:

    Hey Sue…just a quick comment…I’m enjoying the heck out of Big Maria!

  41. Diann in MT says:

    I noticed that Sue’s blog might reach 2 million visits before Christmas this year. Sue should be announcing the commencement of such betting soon. HAHAHA! I remember Mick in TN won last time!

  42. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The photo of Rusty and Timber waving is priceless!

    Lake Mead…so pretty. The shoreline has receded miles! Yikes!

    Hmm a bit crowed site y’all settled in! You are so able to adapt to the situations that appear to “cramp” your lifestyle. Something so simple as positioning the BLT in such a way that your privacy is still maintained! Rock on!

    Vegas baby!

  43. rvsueandcrew says:


    Whew! It has been a long day! Forgive me for not responding individually to each comment above. I think you’d rather I put together the next post because . . . .


    Love y’all,

  44. Kay Dattilio says:

    Miss Sue and the Divine Miss B!

    We all are anxiously awaiting your next post!

    Love to all,

    Kay from KC!

  45. rvsueandcrew says:

    Help please . . . .

    Mick from MN is wanting to read the cold remedy suggestions we shared under a previous post. Does anyone remember what post that was?


  46. Timber n' me says:

    “HIT the Road Jack and don’t come back”, The Dream Team, That was a crack up movie Sue, If they knew the city was this crazy, they would have stayed in the asylum. LOL, Have a great day in Lost Wages,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  47. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t stand it!!!!

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