Glen Canyon Dam and Camp Ponderosa

Thursday, October 23

“Dammit, Bridget.  We’ve been hanging around camp for days!  We need to go somewhere.”

Hey, that gives me an idea.  “Let’s go see the dam!”

1-P1010218The Bridge by Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, Page, Arizona

We motor across the bridge and park on the other side.

1-P1010222“No need to holler, Bridget.  I’ll let you out in a minute.  Give me a second to take a few photos of the dam.”

There are walkways on both sides of the bridge.  People go out there and look down into the gorge.  Not me!  Hence, no gorge photos.

I do have a dam photo for you though.

1-P1010220I move the PTV to a parking area where Bridget can get out and walk around.  Of course, she take years off my life by strolling right over to the edge of a gazillion-foot drop to certain death at the bottom of the gorge.

1-P1010214Here’s Bridget having a near-death experience

“Get over here, Bridget!  For heaven’s sake, of all the places you can sniff . . . .”

1-P1010215Here’s Bridget ignoring me

Time out!  Time out!

I’m kidding!  Don’t contact the authorities.  Bridget was never in danger.  I’m just playin’ with ya.’  (Crawl back under your bridge, trolls.)

Okay, so we leave the dam and head into Page.

I make a quick stop at Safeway and immediately leave Page.  It’s a very busy place during lunch hour and this lady don’t do traffic no mo’.

Back to the dam bridge again. . . .

1-P1010223If you come here, go on the tour.  From what I’ve read, it’s very interesting.

1-P1010221A motorboat in the water above the dam and lots of rock

On the way back to Lone Rock Camp, I make a short detour off of Route 89.

The PTV takes us up to what the sign says is a “Scenic Overlook.”

1-P1010226Yep, it’s scenic, all right!  Wow!

Can you believe this place?

1-P1010230Unfortunately the photo (above) has nothing in it to give you an idea of scale.  The green dots are trees.  I’m guessing those cliffs in the mid-ground are several stories high.

From the overlook one can see the boats at Wahweap Marina.

1-P1010231Wahweap is a Paiute (Native American) word meaning bitter or alkali water.

1-P1010224No editing tricks performed on any of these photos.  The colors are true.

Bridget and I return to Route 89 and our camp in Utah.

That takes about three minutes as Lone Rock Camp is next to the Arizona-Utah border.

1-P1010235Looking northwest from the turn lane to Lone Rock

Friday, October 24

Bridget and I hang around camp.  I walk over to the water spigot next to the camp host’s site and fill up two water jugs and carry them back to our site.  I wash a few dishes.  Bridget naps.  I sit in the lounger and read.

1-P1010191Speedy , my roadrunner pal, makes his usual afternoon appearance, followed by Jack, also making his usual afternoon appearance.

Jack and I talk for a couple of hours.  I tell him I’m moving camp in the morning.

“Whatcha’ wanna’ move for?  It’s beautiful here,” Jack says.

“I know, I know, ” I reply  as I look across the sweep of the desert plain.

“I don’t know why . . . . I feel we’re not in the right place or something.  I like it here, but I’m restless.  It’s time to move.”

1-P1010240Saturday, October 25

Around 9 a.m. I hitch us up, stop at Jack’s and say goodbye, swing around to the dump station (don’t need to, but never pass up a free dump, I always say), dump tanks, take on water, toss our trash in the dumpster, and drive away from beautiful Lone Rock Camp.

At Page we get on Route 20 south toward Flagstaff.

Traditionally one takes Route 89 south to Flag.  However, a while back, that road fell away or dropped into The Abyss… I don’t know the details.  It makes me cringe to think of it.  Anyway . . . .

Route 20 is “temporary Route 89 south.”

1-P1010249Photo taken at The Gap, where Route 20 ends at Route 89  (Find it, mapsters!)

About 120 miles and we settle into a grassy camp among Ponderosa pines.

1-P1010252Our view from Camp Ponderosa

Isn’t this a wonderful way to live?

In a few hours Bridget and I go from red rock country — jaw-dropping gorgeous — to a serene, open forest of fragrant pines.  From a roadrunner zig-zagging around our camp to a white-tailed squirrel skittering across pine boughs.

From scrubby sagebrush and majestic cliffs to the gentle fluttering of a grassy, tan meadow.  Sand and stones underfoot to a carpet of pine needles . . .

1-P1010250 Our sitting room at Camp Ponderosa near Flagstaff, Arizona

I love living the possibilities!

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202 Responses to Glen Canyon Dam and Camp Ponderosa

  1. Ukulele Teri says:

    Ha! got lucky. Glad to hear from you. looking forward to my retirement in June and traveling in a small Fiberglass trailer around the country.

    • Ukulele Teri says:

      Definitely inspired to travel the southwest along with the North. Will be soon.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Teri,

        I don’t know your location… I’m guessing the Mid-West or South, gathered from the clues in your comment. Whatever the case… The West is like no other place!

        • Ukulele Teri says:

          Actually I am a west coast girl. Born and raised. Love the west and the southwest. Haven’t had a chance to travel in the southwest much. Southern California some.

          I am looking forward to being able to travel where and when I want to. Your blog inspires me to do it, even if it is not quite full time as you are doing.

          Enjoy your southerly journey. Love the southwest.

          Oh, I have been reading for over a year now. With retirement coming closer I am getting excited.

  2. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,
    Great pictures from the dam and the surrounding area but I love your new camp with the the pine trees! Beauty just surrounds us all over and takes many different shapes and colors.

    Again, thanks for taking us on this journey with you!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jolene.

      There’s something for everyone in this beautiful country. I love the variety within reach of only a few hours and some gas in the tank.

  3. Barb George says:

    HA!
    Second or somethin’ this time!
    I was just packing up the computer to head to my kids for my bi-weekly grandkid watch. So glad I got to catch up with you and the character that IS Bridget before heading out.

    Hugs from a very soaked and windy Hoquiam,
    Barb

  4. Linda says:

    I would go for the pines, too. That looks terrific.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Both camps are lovely in their own way. Some people prefer the coziness of a piney camp; others like the grandeur of a red rock/desert camp. It’s wonderful that those of us with wheels under our houses can live in either place. 🙂

  5. Lisa W says:

    Love today’s post. What wonderful scenery pictures. AND the Roadrunner pic really shows some of their coloring (which can never be fully caught by the camera). Welcome back to Arizona. The huge amounts of rain we had in September did HWY 89 in, if I remember correctly. It was a very, very wet summer and Sep. How is Bridget’s leg? Hopefully getting better bit by bit.

    • edlfrey says:

      Highway US89 collapsed south of Page, Arizona on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Arizona Department Of Transportation is attributing the collapse to a “geologic event” rather than weather related – this ‘geologic event’ being a landslide that was not caused by rains. It happened long before the heavy rains of September 2014.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Ed,

        Thanks for the info. I knew it was earlier because I remember, when driving through NE Arizona in May of 2013, I think it was, there were several tractor-trailer trucks on the road that goes to Kayenta. They had to make a long detour on Route 38 because Route 20, a much shorter detour (the road I took this week), wasn’t ready for that kind of traffic.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      Thanks for the welcome to Arizona. As for Bridget, she’s doing okay. It’s “two steps forward, one limp back.” She’s still favoring that leg and I’m still pushing her in the stroller and lifting her into and out of the BLT and the bed. I do let her wander around camp.

  6. Calvin R says:

    I like the feel of this one. It looks like you found two nice camps, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R.,

      By “this one” I assume you mean Ponderosa Camp. It is nice here, although it could become too cold for us soon. As the ponderosa pines indicate, we’re above 7,000 feet. We were fortunate to arrive on a fairly warm day with comfortable overnight temps.

      • Calvin R says:

        Mostly, I meant the feel of the writing and pictures in this post. Of course, I like Camp Ponderosa, too. You’re pretty close to the most beautiful area I have ever seen, the Rim Country. Those pines give a nice change after all the rock in Utah, but Utah has its own beauty.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I do want to explore the Mogollon Rim country. It’s too late in the year for exploring higher country (I say, sitting at over 7,000 feet!). I may do that next Spring.

  7. Barb Brady from Spokane, WA says:

    I just pulled into Lone Rock yesterday afternoon, probably a couple of hours after you left. No, I’m not stalking you, but I stopped at Wahweap and the ranger talked up Lone Rock so much, I had to take a look see. Wow, it’s gorgeous here, and lot warmer than where I just came from. I think I’ll hang out here for a few days.

    I so enjoy your writing, Sue. You kept my dream alive while I was waiting for my business to sell. It sold last Spring, and I’m in Arizona for the winter now. Thanks for reminding us all that solo women can do whatever they set their minds to.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      Isn’t Lone Rock gorgeous! It is a lot warmer than the Bryce area. That was nice of the Ranger to direct you to Lone Rock (free) as opposed to Wahweap ($$$). I hope you have a wonderful stay.

      I’m glad you still enjoy my writing. It’s great to see you here. Your comment about keeping “my dream alive” gives other dreamers evidence that dreams can come true.

      Maybe someday women won’t need reminders that they can do things. I thought I’d see that day in my lifetime, but I guess not. Too many women of my generation have accepted that they are inferior and have to live a lesser life due to fear. Oh well… I do what I can to show otherwise! 🙂

      • Kay says:

        Fear… the only fear shall be that of a man who may lose his woman!!!! Treat her well, guys. There’s a really beautiful world out there, and we women are masters at living it!

  8. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    Oh Sue, A new post, just in time to lift my spirits….I enjoyed the scenery at Lone Rock, but guess I am a tree person at heart. Your new spot looks very inviting, enjoy your stay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      The desert and harsh landscapes do take “some gettin’ used to.” There’s something comforting about trees. I’m glad my post lifted your spirits. Wishing you a good day…

  9. Casitagirl says:

    I love the Flagstaff area! Are you going to take a trip to the Grand Canyon? If you do, don’t just stand on the edge and look. Hike in a ways…the riff raff thin out and you can really experience the peace and majesty that is the Canyon. It is a special place.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Casitagirl,

      Um… “Hike in a ways”? Hike the Grand Canyon pushing Bridget in a stroller? LOL! The picture of her rolling pell-mell down a canyon ridge in a runaway stroller comes to mind… Oh my. Haha!

  10. weather says:

    Gosh,Sue,it sure seems to me that if the only bird you’re sent is named a roadrunner,you’re NOT in the right place,and it IS time to run the road-I’m really glad you did.Hope you can feel the absence now of that unsettled mood that was back there.

    That is definitely a scenic outlook that lives up to it’s promise-how great to see that by just pulling over for a while.Red canyons,rocks,walls and soil are just so beautiful,add in the magnificent scale,blue of the water and sky -it’s an amazing combination.Wow!

    My favorite photo here is of your sitting room!It’s just perfect -colors,texture,light-
    then Bridget and it’s home portrayal…That’s the type of picture I would have a physical copy of,like some books I enjoy actually being able to hold and place certain things.I love your new site,no wonder you want an extra day there.Glad you were able to get such a great post done-so I can enjoy it,and so you can now relax 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi again!

      Well, besides the roadrunner there were a pair of big black birds. These things were BIG, bigger than some full-sized dogs. I don’t have my field guide handy… ravens maybe? Gosh, the beaks on those things…

      I was very happy to see the internet cooperating with me as I put together this post. It meant I could enjoy another day here. The next leg of our journey will be very long (in RVSue terms) unless I can find something suitable along the way. It seems a little cooler today. We may have a chilly night.

      I expected a cold night last night (due to forecasts and the elevation). I put on double clothing, socks, an extra blanket, closed everything up tight. Around 3 a.m. I was shedding the outer layer and opening a window… One never knows…

      You like our living room…. It is nice. I move the lounger to sit in the sun when the shade is too cool. The weekenders have left. It’s very quiet except for the hush-rush of the pines.

      Glad you enjoyed the post.

      • weather says:

        You completely crack me up!Giant beaked black raven like beasts and a roadrunner?!!Gad!
        “Forbidding Feathers” squad!

        Guess with a potentially longer day tomorrow,you’ll bundle up early next to Bridget,looking through your big windows at your living “living room” ,listening to the pines…

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Wow…be careful of those big black birds!! Sounds like vultures to me….and they might LOVE to have a nice chubby little dog for dinner….as in hotdog!! Have you read about some of the vultures coming up from Mexico and places south of there?? VERY scary….even attacking cattle and suspected of people sometimes too. These types kill for sport….not like the other vultures that clean up roadkill.

      • Teresa from NC says:

        I kinda felt like “whoa, 120 miles to the next camp? That’s a long drive for Sue.” I guess I’ve gotten use to your much shorter “moseying” camp moves 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re right. I try to keep travel to 100 miles or less in a day. These 120 miles or so were “easy” miles… No traffic snarls, no switchbacks, no road construction… easy cruising all the way. I was crossing the rez… There wasn’t a place where I wanted to stop.

      • Krystina in Flagstaff, AZ says:

        RVSue, I was just in the Grand Canyon for 7 days. Spectacular! I camped in Mather Campground with 360 sites and no one was there. Really nice place. My site was across from a group site where hikers and bikers (pedal) could pitch their tents. I learned so much from these guys. They told me that the REALLY big birds were Ravens…when they fly you can hear the whoosh, whoosh of their wings moving the air. I would say these birds WERE the size of Bridget…yikees. We had Elk and deer walk into the site about 15′ from us….all the time. I learned so much from these kids…it was fantastic. Yep…it was about 42 degrees in the buggy every morning and I too had everything I own on! I have a comforter that is far-infrared and it has magnets all through it. I also have a magnetic mattress so I am toasty warm! And no I don’t stick to the fridge. Love you new site within the pines. Peaceful and quiet. Also, happy to hear that Bridget is on the mend 🙂 I am in Flagstaff now and I am going to have my solar setup looked at…at the place Allen suggested to me here. Stay safe.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Krystina,

          Wow! You were at the Canyon at a perfect time. It sounds like you got a lot out of your visit there. Yes, those big black birds are ravens. They are almost big enough to have Bridget for a snack. Haha! The whoosh-whoosh overhead makes one liable to call out, “Incoming! Incoming!”

          Good luck with your solar! You will be a very happy lady when your solar is how you want it and the sun is your daily pal…

  11. Evie says:

    I love your new camp. Someday mom and I hope to get back to the pines. They smell so good. Right now we are in Elephant Butte State Park, NM. on our way to AZ. But we just slowed down because it is still to hot, even here during the day it’s in the mid 80’s or higher. I need it to cool down a bit more.
    Hope Bridget is getting better.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Evie,

      I understand slowing down due to weather. You are close to mountains to the west where it is probably cooler. However, you go there and it might, by that time, be too cool. That’s part of the fun of living on wheels… trying to figure out whether to go or to stay and if one goes, where…

      Wherever you are on your way to AZ, I hope you and your mother enjoy each day. Safe travels!

  12. DesertGinger says:

    Love the new camp. And you are back in AZ! Awesome dude. I’m just heading out to buy groceries. Trying to get some housekeeping chores done today. Will be back later.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gosh, it’s so good to have you back in your life, buzzing around, getting groceries, keeping house, back to “normal!”

    • DG–you sound so good! Glad to read the enthusiasm & pep in your words. Yay!

    • Krystina in Flagstaff, AZ says:

      Happy to see that you are back doing all the things you love…housework, grocery shopping…ya know all the fun stuff! Seriously, HAPPY to know that you are doing soooo well.

  13. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Wow! It always amazes me how much difference a few miles travel and elevations make. So vastly different yet so close in miles. 120 miles is nothing really to drive in comfort, especially with the ~Perfect Rig~. As for your choice of camps, they were both beautiful, each with its own charm.
    About Jack…
    I must admit I was hoping you would stay through the weekend there just to hear more Jack stories. I would guess he was sad to see you leave but understood you are, like him, a traveler. Wanderlust at its best! We have been 15 years RV-ing full time. During that time we had a chance to rent a nice place, did it, hated every minute being closed in again. We saw our many neighbors with wonderful large decks never used. Saw cars come and go from garages via the garage door openers. Kids boarding school buses in the mornings only to play inside after school was out. After 3 months of that, we broke our 12 mos lease and got hitched up on the road again. Never looked back once! You couldn’t get us back in a ~real house~ again for love nor money. When we do get too old to drive ourselves we will take on a paid driver. A friend of ours did that and it worked very well for them taken the proper screening and all. Hopefully those days are far away still. Next, for us, is Savannah, GA. Then points south in FL. Panama City Beach and Destin, then to my relatives in central FL. Later, as Spring comes around again, who knows? Texas maybe. Never been to Texas and it’s time to see what all the fuss is about, LOL. And to compare BBQ styles 😉
    Well Miss Sue, loved your self guided tour of the Dam. In some way it must have been hard to leave that last camp though, broken pay-station thingy and all, what a hoot!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      You mention wanting more Jack stories which brings up a point. These days when I meet someone and we sit around and talk, people share a lot about themselves the way people sometimes do. Jack shared a lot about himself, stuff that would make interesting blog posts.

      However, with the popularity of my blog I can’t do that. The more popular my blog, the less I can share. It would betray the unspoken assumption of trust between two people having a private conversation. When I can and it seems appropriate, I ask if I can share what’s been said (as in the case of Del, for instance). Most of the time it’s too awkward and invasive. Kind of a shame… Oh, the stories I could tell!

      I found your story about breaking your lease after becoming bored with stationary living very interesting. I’d never heard directly from anyone having done that. I suspect I’d feel the same way. Full-time vagabonding is addictive. I love that you didn’t accept a situation that made you unhappy. Instead you broke loose again. That’s not an easy thing to do.

      I smiled at your line … “You couldn’t get us back in a -real house- again for love nor money.” I love that you have a firm hold on what you want!

      Fifteen years of full-timing… *sigh*… I hope for that and more, of course!

      Thanks for writing a comment that gives us insight into your life choices. Yeah, the “broken pay-station thingy”… Don’t come across those every day. One can hope . . . .

      • Pamela K. says:

        Absolutely mum’s the word unless they say something that makes you know it is ok to print a certain detail, story or viewpoint about them. Like my Fallen Hero Families, some are very private and what nothing to do with others hearing their stories. Others are always glad to share most everything and let me know real quick that it helps to keep the stories of their Fallen Hero alive to others still. It just is always up to the person to decide those things and to let you know their wishes. I figured at some point Jack must have gave you a wink to write about his childhood. Just thought maybe more would be offered about him again, that’s all.
        About that lease… Yes, it cost us $1,100.00 to break our lease 3 months into it. Best money we ever spent! That was back in 2000-something. Now we are on this special project for Klemper’s old workplace for a whole 9 more months, ugh. Landlocked again but this time in the RV just the same so that makes it bearable through the Winter months here in Georgia for Klemper. Since we have 2 RVs, I’m going to Savannah with the other one and he can come down on the weekends…I have to be near a large body of water or the ocean to really be my happiest. 30 years of marriage and he has always supported my need for water-based vacas or staycas. That’s a good man.
        Glad you enjoyed the details. I thought you might see the wisdom of NOT being tied down.

  14. edlfrey says:

    Sue,
    A bit of trivia. The Glen Canyon Dam Bridge was built by my cousin. Not by himself mind you but he worked on the bridge which was completed in 1959.

    If you think Page is small now can you imagine what it was like before the bridge and dam?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, I don’t think there was much of anything there before the dam. There’s a sign as you enter Page that says it was founded in the fifties (don’t remember the year). I found it interesting that it took 17 years after the dam was constructed for Lake Powell to reach its high-water mark. Of course, it’s a lot lower now.

      Your cousin worked on the bridge, eh? A bit dangerous I imagine. The bottom of that gorge is a long way down!

  15. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    Love the pictures and the post but I am using this to talk to DesertGinger (hope you don’t mind): As far as I know, once you loose the weight and get to your goal, you can eat anything. You can’t eat as much, of course but there is nothing you can’t physically eat. However, like everyone else, if you live on fried foods, sugars and eat unhealthy, you can and will gain weight. You might find you can’t tolerate some foods as well as you did before. Some have trouble with some foods. Like now I am uncomfortable after eating lettuce. I absolutely LOVE ice cream but find that after a few bites, my stomach feels queasy. I am not used to sugar so that might be the problem. I know people that are further away from their surgery and they eat ANYTHING. One lady has gained back 30 of her 190 lb loss. She has stretched her stomach I guess, because she can eat more that 3/4 cup at one setting. I am afraid of stretch what little stomach I have. I am probably paranoid but I don’t want my stomach walls to get real thin. The thoughts of blowing up a balloon until it pops comes to mind. I hope I have helped in some way . You can always email me….use strawberrypolly@frontiernet.net. That goes for anyone who has questions about gastric sleeve or about my breast cancer journey.

  16. Timber n' me says:

    # 24 , Well those are some great photos Sue, Timber was looking for a long time at Bridget’s Butt photo. Welcome to the Zone, nice n’ cool up there, near th’ Flag city. we’re still setting ’bout a mile south of I- 40. and enjoying the great walks. Give that BUTT girl a hug from the both of us ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Rusty,

      “A mile south of I-40″… I’m curious… Would that be around Kingman or are you still in the Lake Havasu City area? Thanks for the welcome. Arizona is our “home away from home” as is every other place we go!

      Hugs to Timber…

      • Timber n' me says:

        We’re north of L.H.C. ’bout 16 clicks , and we can see Loves
        Truck Stop’s tall flag and Pilot Truck stop Lights at Night. We’re a 1/2 mile east of Hwy 95, just off old 95 ,,,,,,me

        • Timber n' me says:

          And we’re the only camp here, no CLINGERS yet ,,,,,,,,,,,

          • Kay says:

            Don’t talk too loud, they are a migrating that general direction~

            • Timber n' me says:

              yep, Kay, We see them moving on south towards L.H.C. and beyond, most folks don’t know ’bout this area, just the quads that pass us on the weekends and most of them respect that, one is camping and watching the burro’s, hiking and such,,,,me

    • Timber n' me says:

      oh, well, # 28, then ,,,:>)

  17. Peggy P from California says:

    Saw that my purchase of the Oregon/Washington camping guide made your list–and there’s a little back story there. Recently returned from a 3 week road trip from the SF Bay Area north along the CA and OR coast, then east along the Colombia River, finally south again through central OR. Got caught in an amazing storm while camping next to a CA beach, and certainly reminded me of your experience on the OR coast! Anyway, I like to have a lot of info on camping options as I travel, hence the new guide book. Looking forward to going up through Washington and then eastward next year.

    Long-time follower of your blog and hope to get to some of the wonderful places you’ve photo’ed as I start traveling outside CA. Retired last year from civil engineering, bought an ’89 VW Adventurewagen (hightop camper), and started solo road tripping with my 2 elderly corgis. Absolutely love the quiet and slow pace. My adult kids are puzzled, but I always told them that when I retired and they wanted to visit, they would first have to find me and then be sure to bring a tent. And they thought I was kidding–ha! Not full timing yet. I think the VW may be too small, but it’s sure fun for now.

    • Pamela K. says:

      LOL, your story sounds so much like ours. We told our son that we were going to sell the house and travel full-time in the Airstream. He thought we were joking. We promised to wait until he was safely off to University and then we were hitting the road. We did it, handed over the keys to the new owners and our son thought we had lost or minds! Then later, it took him one week in Daytona during Race Week to fully understand the draw of RV traveling. He and we had a blast that week. There was no looking back. So, good luck with your travels and full-time as soon as you can. It really is A Wonderful Life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Peggy P., for buying the camping guide through one of my links. I hope it serves you well.

      Ah, yes, those storms that come in off the Pacific… so much for pacific meaning peaceful. 🙂

      It’s funny how kids can’t imagine the parents doing anything out of the ordinary or daring. At last it’s not all about THEM! Ha!

      Nice hearing from you Peggy and thanks for including your location. I like that!

  18. Am I the only one whose jaw dropped at the sunset photo??? It was AMAZING! I love red rock country! Pine trees are good too, but OMG the rocks just blow me away! Just get a power surge being around rocks and from looking at your photographs of them! Not too many rocks here in Florida that is for sure.

    Pamela, we are camp ground hosts at Myakka River State Park. When you get to Central FL, maybe you could drop in here! It’s beautiful!

    Love knowing you are back ” home” in AZ for the winter! Can’t wait for more adventures!

    • Pamela K. says:

      Now that is just too funny…my Mom was telling me about your campground! Thanks for the invite! I should be coming to central FL sometime around mid-to-late Nov. My mom is in her 80s now and sort of into estate planning so she wants me to come down and get the details for her wishes. She is not ill but is a planner and wants everything in check as she ages. I think that is wise of her but I do not look forward to these talks. Oh well. Florida in Nov should make them go better I guess. The weather should be very nice compared to Northern Georgia.

      • We will be hosts at Big Flats Campground until the end of Nov, then here 2 weeks as guests so we can spend Christmas with the kids the we head up to Crystal River. You might like it here, it is one of our favorite state parks! Lots of wildlife and water birds!

        • Pamela K. says:

          Sounds like a wonderful place! Wildlife and Water Birds, my favorite things to photograph along with landscapes. I especially love Water Birds and hope to do a lot of photography while there. If not in Nov. then later in Jan. I personally would like to go in Jan best, helps to break up the Winter more. I will need to see if my mom will stand to wait that long, she can be contrary at times, lol. I guess at her age she has earned the right to be a bit more demanding 😉 I go with the flow of things, it can change on any given day…
          Gee that camp sounds really nice, you got me with the birds! I plan to do several digital photo conversions to art works, oils to canvas. Our 19 ft. Airstream was suppose to be my mobile photography unit but we have been using it for my husband’s special project here in Georgia. So I will be bringing the 32 ft Gulfstream to FL instead. Nice but bigger and heavier than I like to travel with when by myself. Let’s keep in touch and h

          • Pamela K. says:

            …have a nice time during the up coming holidays with your kids! and about Crystal River. There is a big power plant there on the river, yes? If so, then I know that area, west and then a little south of Ocala. I have relatives in Ocala and have wonderful childhood memories from the 1950s. The old Florida of yesteryear.

            • Yes,that used to be a nuclear energy plant, it is now a coal burner! We love it at Crystal River and want to explore more. Our friend has a campground there. We will be back in Myakka in April-June 2015. The to the FL panhandle to St. George State Park, right on the Gulf of Mexico Aug-Sept. Maybe you can catch up to us somewhere along the way!

            • Pamela K. says:

              Yes,
              I hear Crystal River is wonderful! Do you ever get to the Panama City Beach area, Walton, Destin? My best girlfriend and I, along with our better halves, used to own a double wide in PCB. So I would go there often. My friend passed two years ago and the family wanted to sell it as part of her estate. We didn’t want to stand in the way and the costs of living continued to go up anyway so it was a wise choice to sell it. Since we have 2 RVs it just made sense, we, especially me, still go there as a Winter reprieve from the Georgia cold. I do love it there and could be happy moving there tomorrow where it not for my husband’s current work-related project. I was thinking maybe to pull there and drop the RV and then head to Central Florida from there. That’s the thing with Rv-ing…so many choices…all good! Yes, maybe see you both in the Spring! Hugs and safe travels to you both. May The Road Be Good To You Always.

            • Shirlene says:

              Coming to Crystal River on Jan 2 and staying for a week, but we have rented a house on Kings Bay…we are planning on spending 3 months a year in Crystal River, let me know the name of your friends camp ground. We will be looking for a place for our RV to land for 3 to 4 months in 2016…thanks Geri

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Geri, for noting my sunset photo. I know you love red rock country!

  19. AZ Jim says:

    Dam nice photos. Later, I’ll tell ya about my three weeks on Lake Powell.

  20. Ron Sears says:

    I love the way you cut the trolls off, I guess after a jillion post you can just feel it coming..Job well done…Love the new spot.. be safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Ron. Yeah, I’ve learned a bit about trolls over the past few years. They crouch around the edges, looking for something to criticize, never bothering to comment on what is right and good.

      You be safe, too.

  21. That’s the best dam blog post I’ve read in awhile (sorry, couldn’t help it!).

    I love that you can change scenery so easily and swiftly in Arizona. I’m planning to head down there myself sometime in late January for an extended trip….and hopefully to follow your lead and do a bunch of boondocking. My six week northwest trip was a blast (I’m now back at home, so ‘ZenOnWheels’ is more like ‘ZenAtRest’ lately) but I ended up dry camping only a few nights. I’m hoping to build up more confidence boondocking on the southwest trip…and perhaps I will stay out for longer this time. 🙂

    Thank you for continuing to be an inspiration!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Michael,

      I’m very happy you enjoyed the Pacific Northwest. I love it there!

      If you want more confidence and experience in boondocking, Arizona is the place! In western Arizona you will see RVs scattered over the desert. Some people camp close to each other; some go off by themselves (moi). You might try an LTVA like Imperial Dam (Long Term Vistor Area, for those unfamiliar with the abbreviation) if that appeals to you.

      There’s no rule that says you have to be a crazy boondocker like me. Whatever makes you happy, right? 🙂

  22. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Trolls…do you have a lot of them come here? I ask because I have a no-follow request associated with my IP and sometimes I get mistaken for a Troll or a Robot. I am neither really, just try to keep a smaller footprint because of my US Military Troop work. I don’t know if the no-follow efforts really help, but I try. Of late the web seems to be getting more odd as techno stuff changes so quickly. Trolls…I do like the Troll Dolls from the 1960s and 1980s though. Remember them?! Oh My! That hair!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      Before I answer your question, let me make clear my definitions… Trolls are people who write nasty comments, anonymously, of course, on blogs and forums. They “troll” the internet looking to snag someone having a good day in order to see if they can cause upset, misery and mayhem. They do this because their lives lack purpose and meaning and they’re sorry excuses for human beings.

      Spam, on the other hand, are messages generated, for the most part, I believe, robotically. It can be porn or some commercial enterprise. A word or phrase can trigger them. At present I have over 2,000 spam messages in a folder. I empty that folder every day or two.

      Trolls, on the other hand, show up on my blog infrequently. I’m fortunate in that regard. I believe I attract very few trolls for two reasons: 1) Trolls know my readers are extremely loyal to me and that my readers will not stand for anyone trying to hurt me, and 2) I give trolls hell. (Some bloggers simply delete their messages.) Trolls are unstable. If you give ’em hell, they get defensive and shrink like apples left to rot in the sun. Haha!

      • Pamela K. says:

        I say, “You Go! Girl.” Yes, i understand now…web trolls are a bad thing! Nasty, petty, beady eyed people. Glad that you cause them to scurry off. As for spam. Good lord, it seems never ending at times. I never understood what they really got out of spamming. I certainly would not click to buy anything from a blind ad. It just never made any sense to me. Oh well. The only Spam I like is Spam in a can with eggs for breakfast. Great for taking trekking in the fall and cooked on the Trangia 27 Storm Cooker, an alcohol stove, which they sell on Amazon. That little stove goes everywhere with me if I’m doing a Vespa scooter outing. or camp over. Very safe, easy and cook friendly.

      • Cat Lady in Baton Rouge, LA says:

        RVSue said, “Trolls are unstable. If you give ‘em hell, they get defensive and shrink like apples left to rot in the sun.”

        Yeah, they’re bullies and cowards. Remember, people treat you the way YOU LET THEM. To heck with this politically correct crap, you don’t let it get started and it won’t escalate. Let them know from the get-go you’re not going to put up with it. I may be short but I WILL take up for myself. If I don’t who will? I’m no shrinking Southern belle…steel magnolia. At my age, I want and will get peace and quiet.

        So blast the heck outta them, Sue. We’ll back you up.

        Cat Lady

        • Pamela K. says:

          Very well said! All that politically correct crap is just the newest flavor of the month to control the masses. I’m with you about it. I also never understood why some people just never learned be nice to others…their loss. Sadly the young bullies of today will enter the workplaces later. So yes, Sue, blast away and add an extra toot for all of us here, we support ya!

        • To be honest, I don’t think being “politically correct” precludes dealing with trolls in the appropriate manner (i.e., giving them hell). From where I sit, being “politically correct” (like the sentiment, despise the term) simply means being respectful of others and where they come from (and that journey can mean lots of different things). Respect until and/or unless they show they don’t want or deserve your respect. To me, trolls don’t qualify on either count. But that’s just me. 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Maybe Cat Lady means by politically correct… “being respectful of others and where they come from” as in, oh the poor little trolls were probably bullied as children and that’s why we need to be understanding of their behavior… BALONEY!

          • weather says:

            Arriving on the scene as a stranger with the intent of insulting,hurting,criticizing and demeaning someone there-whether done in person or on a blog-IS showing they don’t deserve respect.While to a degree I grant respect to others, in that I practice some restraint initially,that’s because I grant it(my choice) not because they’ve earned it(their choice).If they then respond more appropriately ,that’s good.However,if,as sometimes happens here,they continue to behave like “excrement” they need to be flushed out and are.

            What we refer to as trolls here aren’t people simply with a different point of view or a question.Rather-they are obviously belligerent/aggressive people and/or show no compassion/caring or understanding to the one they address .

            The web is rife with forums there for people to fight on line.This isn’t one of them.This is one woman’s creation.Sue has painstakingly
            developed her blog as a friendly peaceful online
            gathering place.Protecting her readers and herself from trolls is one small part of how she’s done that.

            Hopefully,it’s clear that I have included information and my opinion not to argue with or offend anyone.I just wanted to clarify some details and express support for those I find correct-namely Sue and all that defend worthy friends and values.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Oh my! Now I am feeling very badly! I didn’t mean to change the mood of today’s blog for Miss Sue. I simply asked the question since several posts had to do with trolls. I thought I understood the term but thought it wise to check by asking since I never have asked about it, them, before. I guess I never felt comfy enough to even ask before coming here. Miss Sue has created such a nice place here so I felt OK to ask. I really am sorry if I started something larger than my original question. It does seem to have taken a life-of-its-own somehow. I hope I did not offend.

            • Cat Lady in Baton Rouge, LA says:

              You didn’t change anyone’s mood, Pamela. Bottom line: we all agree that no one likes a troll and their snarky attitude. Doesn’t belong here. We enjoy Sue/Bridget and each other’s company/comments. I think Sue’s got a really nice blogger family going on and I look forward to reading all your comments. You’re good people.

              Cat Lady

            • Pamela K. says:

              Cat lady,
              Thank you so much for assuring me about the mood thing. Sometimes on the web I am not sure that what I meant to say will come across as I meant it to be. Hard to convey things at times…so are better writers at that than I am. I guess it all takes time. Other than Flickr I pretty much skip the social web sites. Here and my motorcycle group for ladies is about all. Not a vast follower of the many offerings the web offers up these days. Speaking of motorcycles…today is beautiful here. A wonderful warm breeze! After such a cold spell. I think I will pack a nice lunch and head out on the Vespa later. Not too many days of good riding temps left! Winter, I’m just not ready for it yet. Wherever it is hiding right now it can stay there for awhile longer. So far this Fall has been delightful! Hope you have a fine day today and thanks for the compliment, it was sweet of you.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              No apology needed, Pamela. In fact, I appreciate the opportunity periodically to send out a message to potential trolls. It’s like waxing the BLT… trying to keep it shiny and bright! Thanks for helping me do that.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thanks, weather.

            • weather says:

              Hi Sue 🙂
              You’re ever so welcome,hope your road today and internet connection later are smooth and easy!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            I hear what you are saying, Walt. I do think that everyone who commented here is pretty much on the same page (respectful of others as a rule, but not going to sit back and let trolls spoil the day or give them extra respect they don’t deserve), but I, too, have a negative reaction when people talk about “politically correct” and put it in quotes. The reason is that I have found other people (not the good folks here) using that as a sort of reverse reason to excuse not respecting nice people. In other words, they don’t really want to have to consider other people’s feelings, so they make the whole idea sound like a silly, overblown concept and label it “politically correct” (in quotes) so that others will fall in with them in deciding it is stupid and we can just call people what we’ve always wanted to, etc.

            Again, I don’t think anyone commenting here meant it that way, but I’m thinking maybe it made you pipe in for the same reason it typically makes me uncomfortable and wanting to say something.

            We do have such a great gang here!

  23. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Awesome pictures! You were in the right place at the right time to get that shot of the roadrunner! I heard them in the Zion National Park area, but did not see the little speedsters. Sounds like the black birds may be Ravens – I think they are super-sized in the SW! 🙂

    Lovely new camp! I love the quiet rustle of pine trees…the sound is so comforting! I think Bridget is feeling a bit better. She is back to her “hiding from the camera” antics!

    Hope you have a good evening! I have enjoyed your update and pictures – thank you again for sharing. Gracie pup is snuggled on my lap and I am enjoying a glass of Merlot. Life is good!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      That was a VERY lucky shot of the roadrunner. Those things will not sit still for a millisecond and I caught him standing on a rock! (patting myself on back). He did move, of course. That’s why I cut off the tip of his tail.

      Give Gracie a snuggle from me and have a wonderful evening together!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        🙂

        Just think….your old camera did not have the zoom range like the new one….I bet you would have been telling us about the roadrunner, without a picture to add to your post. Kinda makes me thankful for the old camera mishap! You have been able to share pictures of some subjects and different perspectives that would not have been possible with the old camera.

  24. Paula says:

    The Gap! Got it! Page 50 of my Benchmark. I’m so glad you have talked about how much you like Benchmark. Not certain what “map system” we would have ended up with without your recommendation. I get a new book in every state we visit.

    Love your new Ponderosa Camp. Being from Colorado for many years, I am partial to pine trees and mountains. Good choice and I’m assuming no clingers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And I’m glad you like your Benchmarks. You should see how beat-up mine are, all except Colorado and New Mexico.

      No clingers here! A few weekend tenters in the forest, probably from the college in Flagstaff, and they weren’t close by.

      Have a good evening, Paula.

  25. BeckyIO says:

    I work camped at Zion this last summer and went kayaking by Lone Rock last month before leaving for my next gig. At the time I thought it would be great to go camp out there. Glad you had the chance!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, BeckyIO,

      It’s been a while. Good to see you here again!

      There were a few people with kayaks down at the beach by Lone Rock. It is a good place to camp, especially when the fee collection machine is broken. 🙂

      • BeckyIO says:

        Yeah, been without a signal for much of the trip from Zion to Reno so I was pretty behind on blog reading. Had a lot of fun though, saw Valley of Fire, Hoover dam, Death Valley, and Yosemite.

        Feels good to be caught up again on stuff. Enjoy your new camp!

  26. stan watkins says:

    I was just boondocking right across the road from Sunset Crater National monument. We were going to stay at Bonita CG right across from the Sunset Crater visitor center but it was closed for winter. I remembered that you stayed in the National Forest across the highway so after a great day at the Sunset Crater and Wuptaki National Monuments we found the spot nearest the highway but away from the dust. Great spot n great price(free with interagency pass ). We had done Sedona for a couple days then headed for Flagstaff to see the monuments. All the times we have been by there on the way to other places and never looked at the monuments. Really enjoyed both and the boondocking site. Thanks for another great recommendation. We also took route 66 from Seligman to the Colorado river. We stopped in Oatman and met the burros who wander the streets. Loved the town but the spectacular drive from Kingman to Oatman is very tough even in our 19 ‘ class b van. If you end up around Bullhead City/Laughlin area it is worth a day trip. Remember my suggestion of Telephone Cove just North of Laughlin on lake Mojave. Free camping. 14 day limit and blue blue water. My brother who told me about it asked me not to tell anyone but I figure I owe you. Happy trails

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Stan,

      Sounds like you’ve been having a great time! I’m tickled that my posting about the national forest across from Sunset Crater helped you out when you found the campground closed. I think I know what site you chose. 🙂

      In your comment you wrote, “Great spot n great price(free with interagency pass ).” I want to clarify for readers that you can boondock in the national forest for free, regardless of age, and no pass is needed.

      I’ll try to remember Telephone Cove on Lake Mojave north of Laughlin. Thanks!

      • stan watkins says:

        In the National Forests here in SoCal you need an Adventure pass or a National Parks/interagency pass which we buy every year. I just assumed all National Forests were the same.

    • edlfrey says:

      “We stopped in Oatman and met the burros who wander the streets. Loved the town but the spectacular drive from Kingman to Oatman is very tough even in our 19 ‘ class b van.”

      Sue, don’t let what Stan said deter you from driving Old US66 from Kingman to Oatman. I did it in my 24′ Class C and would NOT describe it as being very tough. When I did it the highway through town was blocked for about 15-20 minutes while a gun fight was going on. I then threaded my way through the burro herd that were begging for handouts.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Interesting difference of opinion. I wonder what Stan found to be “very tough.” ??

        I don’t plan on going to Oatman any time soon anyway. I’ve had the “burros begging at the window” experience at Custer State Park in SD. It was fun, but once is sufficient…

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        BTW, I was wondering… where does all the burro poop go? Isn’t it a problem, especially in the heat of an Arizona summer’s day? Eww.

  27. DesertGinger says:

    Hmmmm…looking at the map and it shows temp 89, and 89a, but I don’t even see the old 89 out of Page. I’m guessing next you will take I40 out of Flagstaff over to 95, then head south. Maybe visit ?Rusty and Timber? Then on down to Blythe/Quartzsite area then down to Yuma. That would be how I would go.
    Did my grocery shopping and now kinda pooped. Need to walk ?Chloe but I think I’ll read a bit just for rest. I’ve got laundry and groceries to put away. Wonder when that will get done?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      That’s weird that Route 89 isn’t on your map. Route 89 still exists. It should, at least, be shown going from The Gap to Flagstaff.

      Got my route all figured out, eh? 😉

  28. AZ Jim says:

    Lake Powell. Beautiful area. Long ago (1962) at 26 I along with my then wife (RIP), I decided I needed to see Lake Powell up close. I was working at a kinda crap job and had little money but I did have a 10′ Jon boat a brother in law with a 12′ aluminum boat so like any young idiot might decide I thought that was a good start. I bought a small tent, Coleman stove and light a five gallon gas can and some other supplies and off I go for my adventure. I nested the two boats on top of my trusty Nash Rambler and loaded all my other goodies up and then convinced my non-swimming wife to go with me. We went to Lake Powell with two “small” boats and a dream of adventure(mine not hers).

    When we arrived at the dock area at Page AZ, we (me), removed our two aluminum containers (Boats?) and I loaded all our supplies in the 12′ footer and tied it to our 10′ footer and with our 5HP (yep you heard right) motor headed into a huge lake. We didn’t need to worry about the “No wake” area because there way no way we could manage the speed it would take to make such an event happen.

    We putted along till we came to a bay (there are many) and by then I had already dismissed any idea of going any further and at which point we headed for shore.

    Macho man (me) set up our small tent, took out our ice chest, stove etc., tied up both boats and did what all macho men do, drank my first beer.

    The sandy shore was beautiful during our three weeks there one (count ’em ONE) other vessel came into our bay. It was a houseboat and it was being battered by wind so it made for shore on the other side of the bay. When the wind died, they left.

    At the end of our third week, I personally drug both boats, one at a time, across an small island (to avoid a long boat ride at 1/2 mph. By the time I got off that island and back in the water for the 1/2 hour run to the marina I was beat up pretty good but I felt a sense of accomplishment. Loaded all the crap (that is what I thought of it all now) up and headed for a motel.

    I hope anyone who actually read this didn’t expect anything special, yet it was fun and my wife thanked me for delivering her alive back to our home. Lake Powell is HUGE. Get on it in a tiny boat and you’ll understand.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Jim, the adventures of youth… What an escapade!

      I enjoyed the story, especially the last line. 🙂 Thanks for telling us.

  29. Dawn in MI says:

    Nothing quite like a desert sunset. But I like the pines too. Enjoy your new camp!

  30. Lynn Brooks says:

    Dear Sue,
    Again, a wonderful story from a MARVELOUS STORY-TELLER!!!
    Thank you!!!

  31. Red Rock? Ponderosa? So much beauty in both. The lake looks as if it’s down even more. It took all that time to fill–wonder how long for it to look as if it’s emptying?

    Hey, Bridget, I noticed you’ve got some great cut going on in your thighs! Keep up that walking, Girl!

    And Sue, I’ve been meaning to tell you that you’re my Tioga George. Thank you so much for all the times I turn to Jim as we sit here on our ‘devices’ & I say “RVSue…” It’s always something wise, funny, helpful. Or it’s a funny or gorgeous photo! Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Dawn. I picture you and Jim at your electronics and have to shake my head in wonder (I’m still amazed after all this time) that there are people on Camano Island saying my name. 🙂

      I’m glad you find it worth your while to visit my blog. Thanks for letting me know.

  32. Cinandjules (temp in Vegas) says:

    Dam ……those are great photos!

    Bridget don’t give us a heart attack… Damn it! Yep y’all got that right….no room for trolls here! Hmm…..are trolls lower than clingers or visa versa? Damn bottom feeders!

    Have a great night you two!

    Timber you make me laugh!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      To answer your question, trolls are lower than clingers. Here’s why — It’s simple: Trolls are evil. Clingers are clueless.

      Viva Las Vegas! Viva! VIVA! LAS VEGAAASSSS! (Channeling Elvis here)

      Have a piece of birthday cake for me!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Good reasoning!

        Ummmm…. We actually had ECLAIRS!

        We ate like hogs! Had a great time! We just got back! AO is exhausted and is sleeping.

  33. No matter how gorgeous one spot it is, it is always time to move on after a while. And it doesn’t take long for the new spot become a favorite and the former spot is a distant memory. Enjoy your beautiful ponderosa’s!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John and Pam,

      Almost every spot is a favorite while you’re in it. I thought we’d spend only one night in the ponderosas and here we are in the third day…

  34. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Much to be said for staying amongst the lovely trees!! Today out walking we could smell the pines way more than usual….just lovely!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I like the the smell and beauty of the pines. This camp has a serene atmosphere.

  35. Cari in North Texas says:

    I think my favorite photo in this post is definitely the sunset. The others are great, but something about the colors in that photo draw me back. Lovely shots of the dam area. My hat’s off to you for driving across that bridge! I suffer a bit from vertigo and have a physical reaction to heights (and unguarded cliffs) so I would be white knuckling it, in the middle of the bridge!

    The pine trees are reminiscent of East Texas, and I can just hear the wind sighing through them. We don’t have the mountains in the distance, though; most of Texas is just flat.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari,

      I sympathize with you re vertigo. Fortunately driving across a bridge doesn’t bother me and heights never did until a few years ago. I don’t have the security from a good sense of balance. If I stand near “unguarded cliffs” or even at a fence next to a drop, I feel like I could fall. I’m sure you know what I mean.

      That’s okay. I like looking up better than looking down anyway. 😉

      I’m glad you like the sunset photo.

  36. Mert says:

    Am I number 442? 😉
    Man you go to some gorgeous places. Jealous much mert? Why yes I am!! 🙂
    Someday… Someday!!
    Birthday party today for momma. She slept throughout most of it. Woke up out for the blue, pointed to her cake and said ” I’ll have some of that” 🙂
    Gotta love it!
    Safe travels to you and bridge. And much peace and comfort.
    Mert and Asia Mae from our comfy little bed. ( well she’s comfy and snoring. I am on the edge with a leg hanging over the side– queen size bed.. Maybe time for a king) 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mert,

      Cute story about your mother waking up and stating she’ll have a piece of cake. She’s a woman who knows what she wants! You are a good daughter.

      Thanks for the wish for our safety and comfort. I send the same wish to you. 🙂

  37. Anne Ogden says:

    Sue, We were in Flagstaff on Thursday and went south to Sedona on 89A thanks to the gps and into the canyon. In an RV, it was terrifying. Walt later read an article about part of that road north of Flagstaff falling apart near Page. Creepy!
    Headed home now and back to cooler weather. We check each Casita we see on the road to see if it is being towed by the PTV. No such luck this year…………..
    Anne & Walt (CCS’64)

    • Mick'nTN (CCS'60) says:

      Hi Anne & Walt, Richard was in my class. Good to see some Cambridge Folk here.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Anne and Walt,

      I was in the Class of ’66 only we moved after my sophomore year so I didn’t graduate at Cambridge.

      I’ll avoid 89A between Flagstaff and Sedona. Thanks for letting me (and us) know. A GPS is great but sometimes it can lead you where you don’t want to go!

      Have a safe trip home…

      • Pauline from Mississippi says:

        Roll Tide to the War Eagle Fans, Ann and Walt. We are really proud of our M.S. Bulldogs, too.

        I know there are other CCSers lurking out there. Come on in and make yourself known.

      • edlfrey says:

        By avoiding 89A you are avoiding a beautiful canyon drive that probably has some very nice fall color this time of the year.

        I have no idea what was so terrifying about driving it in a RV. It is NOT an Interstate highway but I found nothing terrifying about it. It is very popular with motorcyclist and weekend travel is not recommended simply because of the increased traffic.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          One person’s terrifying ride is another person’s scenic drive. I appreciate hearing both opinions.

  38. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Amen to not looking down the gorge from the bridge! The view from the outlook is breathtaking – my one time there it was stormy so I didn’t get to see too much 🙁 Love that you’ve found some pines and meadows.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      I wish I’d thought to get up before dawn and go to the overlook. The photos I posted are views facing east, I believe. Imagine a photo from the overlook of the sun rising, light streaming across the red rock and blue water….

      Too bad it was stormy. When something like that happens — my timing is wrong — I say, well, now I have something new to see or experience when I come back.

  39. illinois Jane says:

    You cracked me up this AM, Sue. Thanks for the laughs.

    Wonderful scenery, too.

    Okay. Yes, Wade’s Used Vans had the best for what I wanted! I flew from Rock Is, Il to Chicago to Atlanta then took a dastardly shuttle ride to Wade’s arriving at 4:40, almost closing time. Todd had medical issues to attend to that day so dad, Jerry, graciously, showed me the van then gave me a ride to my hotel. Sat. AM Jerry picked me up, we went back to the dealership and got the ball rolling.

    Backing up; back here in Il., with my brother (and neighbors) questioning my sanity, I said “he’s (Todd) is a good guy. Brother says “how do you know he’s a good guy”? I told him of your experience and my conversations with Todd. Still, they’re saying, “ya gotta have it checked out”…and, I know…..

    Now in Atlanta, I’m telling Jerry and Todd, I can’t go back w/o having the van checked–if only at a Jiffy Lube or something. Jerry said “you don’t want to spend a lot of money on that to which I readily agreed……So on a busy Sat. AM, after picking up a new S belt and a failed attempt for a quick check, Todd pulled out all the stops. We dropped it off at Firestone for 2 hrs. They took me out to a wonderful lunch and the van got an oil change and all checked out. Todd then went over the whole van with me, we test drove it, took through a car wash, went to my bank, Todd put together a basket of a half dozen bottles of oil, etc, along with the S belt that didn’t get used, and he even filled the gas tank! He said “Say “Hi” to your brother”. 😉

    So, about your cut, Sue, thank you! Gosh, it seems like they did even more. Oh, Jerry handed me a handful of peppermints and a can of Coke for the trip, too. I can’t say enough about the great experience I had. They were “jam up”. (That’s their phrase for
    “excellent”–only they were talking about the van. It is too!)

    It’s a 2004 Ford cargo van with 39,000 mi. It has new tires. I wondered if the long trip here would be rough for it after sitting some time but, it didn’t show a sign of a catch. It’s a nice, HUGE, van. After having a black car for 14 yrs, I would have liked one the color of dirt but, the blue looks nice with the Casita trim.

    I didn’t leave Atlanta until 2 on Sat and got home at 5 last night. Time to get off my duff!

    Thank you for passing on the valuable information about Todd and Wade’s, Sue. It helped me out a lot. Yah, little did you know…

    Jane

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jane,

      I AM DELIGHTED! I’m delighted that you were given the royal treatment by Todd and Jerry, that you got a deal on a van that makes you happy, that you arrived home safely, and that you are a whole lot closer to being ready for your Big Adventure. I am absolutely thrilled that everything worked out well for you!

      You won’t regret having a huge van. The storage space and convenience of being able to have what you need on hand makes the living easy. With a van you are able to keep the Casita free of stuff not needed every day. A 2004 with only 39,000 miles on it, new tires… sweet!

      I’m not sure why you bought a serpentine belt though. It sounds like they didn’t have that van long. Usually the vans are ready to go… clean, tested, and so forth. It was very nice that they didn’t let you leave without the van being properly prepared for you.

      Oh yes, blue is good. Casita blue. Like my patio mat …. Gotta’ coordinate our colors. I think you get better gas mileage when your tow vehicle’s color goes with what you’re towing. I haven’t made a road test, just a hunch.

      Just think — Now you have a great story to tell about getting ready for the road. Best wishes to you, Jane. Thanks for sharing the details of “Jane’s Journey for her Perfect Tow Vehicle!”

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        So appreciate these stories of such good help from these men. One of the hardest things is finding an honest person to deal with. Where my brother lives, he worked with or for every single shop in that area…and finally gave up, started his own business…no one was honest enough. So now if you want to find him, you have to know someone….he lives semi-rural and no advertisement of any kind…not even on the front of his place. Has enough business…sometimes more than he can do. Word of mouth is the very best endorsement there is (hmmm, now if only our people in politics believed this…ha…) My brother was different even as a kid…if he did something wrong, he would come straight in and tell our mom…even knowing he would be in trouble for what he did…ha!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It’s all about character. Your brother had good character from the cradle, it sounds like.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Well, now I’m interested in this place. Can you tell me where so I can start watching for my van?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Try looking taking a look at wadesusedvans.com or do a search for Wade’s Used Vans. I can’t get it to open for me. That’s not surprising since I haven’t been able to open email for weeks.

      • Illinois Jane says:

        Thank you, Sue.

        Forgot to say this van is a 4.7 liter V8 so a little smaller than yours. It was listed at $11,995. I asked Todd if he would consider 11,000 and he accepted.

        Glad to hear about the color coordinating/mpg significance! Makes perfect sense!
        I did keep track on the way home then in my sleep deprived state last night threw the paper into recycling. Tomorrow I’ll decide whether or not to dig through the bin which is now sitting curbside.

        I sent Todd a text today thanking him. He replied with the same including a thank you for trusting him. He’s a good guy with whom to do business, to be sure. Jerry, his dad, is a sweetheart, as well.

        Re the serpentine belt, Todd noticed a noise when I was test driving, so he picked one up to have put on. Firestone then would only use theirs and he gave me the one he bought.

    • Cari in Plano Texas says:

      How exciting that you were able to find a van that fit your needs! And the service you received, wow, that’s amazing in this day and age. Thanks for sharing.

      • Illinois Jane says:

        You’re right, Cari. That kind of trustworthiness is rare though, I’m hoping, not as much so as we think. I just can’t say enough about the wonderful experience I had.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      You may not see this, Jane, but if you do, congrats on your new van! I’ve been towing with a Ford van (actually two different ones — I changed up last year) and love it. Did you get an RB (shorter) or EB (longer?). They are both great in their own way, I think (i.e. plusses and minusses to either). When I get in a car now I feel like I can’t see anything (vans sit you up nice and high).

      Blue… nice!

  40. weather says:

    Hi Sue,
    Today the clouds took hours to leave and I waited outside for the sunlight.There’s one tree here so red I hate to miss it’s first glow of the day.Your pines must be as beautiful in the morning.I’m on hunt number umpteen for an rv again so you’d think I wouldn’t spend five hours chasing colors…Oh well,the right one will be there when I am,and this morning brought it’s own matches to me.My wondering,Story’s answers,wanting coffee,it’s being here-life is good !I wonder if you’ll stay or move today,and exactly what you meant by long drive unless you find a suitable place to stay.
    To me a couple hundred miles would be a lot ,but then I tend to meander.Enjoy each part of whatever 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      What I meant by “a long drive unless I find a suitable place to stay” is this — Sometimes I have to drive more miles in one day than I really want to, simply because there’s no place to stop for an overnight (that suits me) between Point A and Point B. Sometimes it’s because I’m crossing a lot of private land or land that isn’t suitable for boondocking (too exposed to traffic, wide open sagebrush, Indian reservation land, no exit from interstate, roads too sandy, etc.). I research before I make a move. However there are times when I don’t know if a good camp is available until I go down the road and look.

      No, we’re not moving today. My hot bath this morning has me too relaxed!

      I know what you mean about catching the “first glow of the day.” Not only are the pines here beautiful in the morning, the tan grass lights up. I’m going out again before the morning light is totally gone.

      You will find the right rig in due time.. . or it will appear. Live well…

      • weather says:

        Thanks,I understand now a bit more of what you meant.At times I looked ,moved on,looked so long that I just parked,took a nap and kept going.I have this big thing about the feel of areas,unless it’s right I can’t/won’t be there …That’s not something put on maps,surprise 😉 It’s about the same with rvs to me,hence the umpteen hunts.You’re right -in due time whatever I chase appears!Love that your grass lights up-you captured that perfectly in the photo.

      • weather says:

        Later that very same day..I read a lot most days and usually find it rewarding.Some of what I read today was awful,Sue,though I can’t honestly say I’m surprised.Nice to have access to so much good that outweighs the bad in life.

        Mornings with the Voice,your posts and friends messages-evenings with the same-sweet bookends I use to put whatever the day held away.I love the ability and chance to step out of the fray or rise above it,and watch you do that too.Hope you read and think about whatsoever’s lovely tonight,dear friend,and peacefully sleep having smiled,n’ nite

    • Shirlene says:

      Wow….RV hunt….Good luck with that, I have been hunting for a while now, but waiting for my Income Property to sell, but not my residence….Hope to get a Class A sometime next year…good luck to us both…Sorry I missed you this morning….really busy right now…

      • weather says:

        Great to hear from you,Shirlene!I appreciate your taking time to leave a note and hope the busy time get’s all you need taken care of.We’ll find the best things at the best time -what fun that news will be to share!I’m surprised you think you missed this mornings visit-didn’t you feel the smile I sent on a wish 🙂 ?

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Hi Weather,

      WOWEE…RV hunting….sounds fun…but I think IF we ever get on the road, it may take awhile to get something that fits us just right. We went to a smaller RV show here one weekend….basically a waste of good money!! A friend wondered why we had to pay to get in, “Aren’t they trying to sell you something?” Heh, yep. but I suppose we were able to find out more of what we would NOT want too…so that has value as well.

      I LOVE the red trees this time of year too…that was my mom’s favorite color and being I loved her so…still do…it reminds me of her and her vibrant personality. She really truly did not look good in red, but she wore it because she loved it so much…and it did fit her personality!! There is one place we drive past and they must have gone after every possible red bush and tree that there is, and have a long side to their place lined up with all of them…it is breath taking!! So happy hunting to you…RV, Red trees, and all that and hope you are having a lovely sleep tonight. We had friends in tonight so I am all charged up with all our conversations…seems when we get together we all have so much to share….we talk a mile a minute…heehee…

      • weather says:

        Hi Elizabeth,
        How fun that your visitors “charged you up” ! You make a good point about the value in finding out what we would not want,far better to realize that now than later.That line of red leafed foliage sounds beautiful,so does your mom.Mine gave me a red coat she had worn as a younger woman-between us both we wore it thread bare 🙂 Happy Day,dear!

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Happy Day to you too dear Weather….ha ha…my mom had some red coats too….I still am not into wearing red myself…as I have aged and my hair and complexion lightened up some (ahem) I can wear some pinks now, which for some reason hubby loves. I wear it for him. But inside? Aw…it has always been blue….LOVE it!!

        • weather says:

          How nice that you wear pink to please dear hubby,I love to know of folks that try to make each other happy,hear them speak well of each other-sigh…

          Elizabeth, I am convinced those are the things we’ll never regret.I had a habit of telling my husband about the ways I was proud of and admired him-and bragged about him publicly-knowing it would get back to him,make him feel good.The last thing he ate was his favorite cake I handed him with a mug of tea he liked.He left for Heaven ,suddenly and unexpectedly,soon
          after that.I can’t count the times this year that I’ve been grateful I did those things,realizing now I’d be just
          devastated if I hadn’t.Instead each memory’s great!

          As ever,your note’s brought me things to smile about,thank you!

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Thank you Weather for sharing this…I am so sorry you are alone now…I do dread when or if that day comes too (I tell hubby either we better go together or me first…as I rarely drive for one thing…but also now with all the years, we are good companions…and simply not sure how I would survive…but these are choices we never get to make…so we hope for the best.) I appreciate you and others on here, trying to help those in similar situations…one of the ladies we had over last night is alone now too and told me how hard it is to be without a significant other…my heart went out to her and to all those in similar situations. When I was younger and times were hard (we have not always had this peace between us) I longed to be alone at times. I had conflict. A strange paradox in someone who is as opinionated as me, I admit…and too, the hardest of all conflict is what happens in your own home. But our faith path has made all the difference for us. We are together still because of GOD and understanding about HIS ways better…pure and simple. For some of us that takes a lifetime to learn I suppose. But I am grateful for today. And I do understand how glad you are now that you put out all the efforts you did to please your husband. We truly do not have a promise of being here tomorrow. If only everyone understood this…wouldn’t we have a lovely peaceful world?? You would think…
            Blessings on your day.

        • weather says:

          Thank you for such a thoughtful response,Elizabeth,and for blessing my day-always a welcome sentiment!Please don’t give another thought to feeling sorry that I am alone.
          I see it all as one beautiful gift-being torn part of the package-ribbons shred on the floor.Had I to do it all again I would-as what was inside was so amazing…Enjoy the lovely peaceful world Faith has given us-I do
          🙂

  41. Gail says:

    Hi Sue and Little One,
    We love Arizona too. Enjoy your blog so much.
    We, too, are full timers and I have a question with regard to your insurance. I saw from your published expenses that you insure with Geico….we are trying to find a better deal on insurance and called them….they indicated they don’t insure full timers. Am I missing something?
    Thanks for your help
    Gail(soon to be volunteering at Aransas Wildlife Refuge, Texas)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gail,

      Well, that’s news to me! Unless they grandfathered me in when they changed their policies re: fulltimers. I’ll have to look into that.

    • Cat Lady in Baton Rouge, LA says:

      From rv.net site:

      Real Full Timers Insurance…….National Interstate Inc.

      Use a broker…..Explorer RV
      National Interstate specializes in FTs RV Insurance…….policy just like your S&B Coverage PLUS. Also check with Bluesky and Foremost.

      Progressive. Their rate will also include a good road service contract.

      One person wrote: Blue Sky came through with the best rate/coverage on both car & MH w/car hauler … full time … registered in SD.

      Another wrote: We’ve been insured by Foremost Insurance Co now for 19 years and have enjoyed hassle free claim service along with zero premium increases. Highly recommend them.

      For whatever reason I can’t copy the url but it’s forums.woodalls.com
      see Insurance Recommendations.

      Hope this gives you some ideas that will help.

      Cat Lady

      • Kay says:

        Some bloggers don’t like links posted on their blogs as it takes readers off their site. So it may be the reason the link you tried to post didn’t work. Thanks for the info, Cat Lady… think I will give a call for rate price!

      • Illinois Jane says:

        Thank you very much, CT. That is info I will put to use right away.

      • Gail says:

        Thanks Cat Lady,
        Will give Foremost a call
        Gail

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Very helpful info, Cat Lady. Thanks for taking the time to post it. Maybe the url should be woodalls.com/forums?

        Some forums have links blocked to the “interior” of the forum because a log in is required. Guessing, don’t know.

    • Illinois Jane says:

      Gail, I’ll be interested to hear how it goes at the refuge. I looked it up and it looks like something I might want to do, too.

      On researching fulltiming insur., Geico was listed. We’ll see what Sue turns up.

      • Gail says:

        Jane,
        Will post when we know more….will be moving out there on Thursday….visited on Sunday….first impressions:very nice people, nice site, apparently lots of snakes and mosquitoes though. Will be concerned for the dogs in that regard. We have been spending most of our time in the lovely low humidity southwest so this will be an adjustment. Spent a few months on the Oregon coast(also lovely), but didn’t seem this humid…

  42. AZ Jim says:

    You mention scale in connection to the lake. On my little adventure those many years ago (see my post above) I took my little 10′ flat bottom Jon boat hooked up my 5HP outboard and decided to explore the other side of the bay I was tent camping in. I set out and 20 minutes later the other side looked no closer than it did when I left my camp. I looked back and my little tent and other boat were tiny looking. I decided not to continue turned back and realized how damn big that whole area is. Three weeks camped and had a ball, just the wife and me and the mountain goats.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      As no doubt you know, the same thing happens when walking in the desert. “Oh, I think I’ll walk over to that hill.” Two hours later it looks the same distance away. That’s probably how some people end up without enough water. They go too far and face a long walk home.

  43. Applegirl NY says:

    What lovely photos again. From the jaw dropping canyons to the sweet comfort of the pines.

    I don’t know if I could have walked out on that bridge, either. I’m not afraid of much, but heights – I have some trouble with those (which is funny because I love to climb mountains, but it always takes me quite a while to get up the nerve to walk towards the edge for the full view).

    Hope you find your new camp restful.

  44. Pat in KS says:

    Hi Sue,
    I just loved AZ Jim’s lake story because it involved a Nash Rambler. My father had the peculiar idea that the more chrome a car had, the more it cost. He wanted a car with little or no chrome. He’d likely be thrilled with today’s cars. He bought a small black Nash Rambler in 1960. Since we lived in NY the car had no air conditioning. We drove that car from NY to the Grand Canyon. My brother and I sat in the back separated by a red, aluminum, Coke cooler. That trip was like a journey to Hell. Naturally it was in August. We drove south thru VA and a bunch of southern states. I remember Texarkana and a shop with fly strips hanging from the ceiling. We visited cousins in Arlington, TX. The car kept overheating and Dad ran the heat to get some of it out from under the hood of the car. Mom drove with her left leg on the clutch, brake and gas pedals. Her other leg was on the dash board. My brother and I put our feet out the windows, shaming my mother horribly. I suggested we roll up the windows and pretend that we had air conditioning like everyone else we saw on the road. We could pretend we were luxuriating in the cool air. When we finally got to the cousin’s house we were all near death from the heat. We all took cool showers and drank a lot of iced tea before we felt anywhere near normal.
    We drove thru Flagstaff and loved the pine scent in the trees. We entered Grand Canyon NP along a gravel road and Dad was sure we’d throw up a rock and it would pierce his oil pan. We stopped at one of the overlooks and Dad let us enjoy the view for 30 minutes, after which we left via a nice paved road. Dad said it was just a big hole in the ground and 30 minutes was enough time to look at it.

    Dad sure liked that car. He bought a white one in 1962. After promising us that the next car would have air conditioning, he just couldn’t bring himself to pay the extra it would have cost. We made another trip west in 1964 to take me to college in KS. He used fiberglass to afix a “car cooler ” to one of the windows. We drove from NY to Hannibal, MO, starting after my brother attended the first day of school and got his textbooks. Of course, we all froze in the car at night. We stuffed Dad’s socks into the “car cooler” and wrapped ourselves in my new college blankets.
    The next Nash Rambler, purchased in 1966, did have air conditioning. It was a lovely car with all the bells and whistles. Everywhere we parked it, small crowds of young men would gather to ask what it was.
    Thank you, AZ Jim for the lovely memories of Dad and his cars. When my husband and I traveled to the Grand Canyon we stayed for a week. None of the 30 minute business for us.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Dear Pat,
      I am sitting here laughing….you write very well too, by the way….cause your story is so similar to those hubby and I could tell about our dads…oh yea…cut from similar cloth they were. My dad’s idea was to drive as far as possible in as short a time as possible…meanwhile cramming us all into a station wagon…us being 4 kids, 2 parents and sometimes 2 grandparents….and yea, in some awfully hot weather sometimes too….and they wondered why we kids got kind of crabby!! A wonder we survived those “vacations” isn’t it??

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love your vacation stories, Pat! Very well done! Thanks for enhancing my blog with more entertainment. 🙂

  45. Gail says:

    Sue,
    Re:the insurance question…..went online again and got a different Geico number…..yes, they do indeed and we got a pretty good quote….May change.
    Sorry for the misinformation…..you would think all their agents would be aware…..
    Enjoy. Enjoy

    • DesertGinger says:

      I have had the same experience with Geico. One agent says they don’t cover something, the next one says they do,

  46. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    Hope you have a glorious day!

    Sunny and bright here….up to 84 by 2PM….it IS Fall, isn’t it?! I wore my heavy winter coat into work yesterday morning, as it was in the 40’s, and carried it out at the end of the day, when temps were in the low 70’s. This weekend, the highs are supposed to be in the 50’s.

    What are the packets called that you put in your PTV to keep out mice? If memory serves, they are filled with mint, maybe? I am trying to make my crawlspace and attached shed unattractive to the mice that like to move in when it gets cooler. It is a much better alternative than killing them. Thanks! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I know what packets you mean. I can’t think of the name at the moment. I’d look it up for you but my computer is deathly slow this morning. I was going to make a blog post before breaking camp… Impossible!

      I do know those packets gave Bridget a headache. Spike didn’t seem to mind.

      Maybe a reader will recall the product. I’ll try to remember to find if for you when we’re settled and this computer wakes up!

      The day is slipping by and Bridget and I need to make tracks.

    • Shirlene says:

      Hi Denise, I had some of that for mice in my rental property..it is called Cab Fresh and you can get it on Sue’s Amazon site….smells good enough, but really works well….Many RVers are using it. Hope it works for you. Have a good day.

  47. Terri From Texas says:

    Hello RV Sue and All Blogorinos!
    Just got back from 10 days in West Texas. Sue, your pictures remind me of where we just were-just gorgeous. (Your pics and Ours! Ha!) We spent 2 nights at Seminole Canyon just West of Del Rio-pure desert with a delightful canyon and cave with pictographs. Tour only, though. 4 nights at Big Bend (having to go through 2 border patrol checkpoints to get there which is something we have never had to do before.) Again, hot during the day but cool at night. They have had some rain recently and everything was blooming its head off. The mountains looked like someone had spilled a bucket of yellow paint on them there were so many yellow flowers blooming. The purple sage also was wonderful. The Roadrunners were all over the campground and we saw several Vermillion Flycatchers! After that, we headed northwest to Davis Mountains State Park where you get the best of both desert and mountain scenery. We had one whole campground loop to ourselves but saw lots of Casitas. I think there is or was a rally going on. They had a ranger led nature hike called “Walk with a homeless dog” So, we showed up with our dog in tow and were the only campers who did. However, the lady from the shelter showed up with 4 dogs, as did the Ranger with his wife, child, and dog also. We did a 2 mile hike while I carried a beautiful little long haired chocolate Chihuahua all the way! The little guy didn’t want to walk so I was a sucker and carried him. We almost adopted him but after much discussion we decided that he really was a house dog and in our neck of the woods it would be dangerous for a 1 pound dog to be outside alone for any length of time. We have lots of snakes but our dog pretty much knows they are bad. Anyway, the walk was a blast with all the dogs and it was a great way to introduce the dogs to potential adopters. Go to West Texas and you will find it isn’t very flat at all! It is beautiful!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      I enjoyed your Texas report! 🙂 Interesting . . . . It’s a treat for me to read stories from my readers’ travels and adventures.

  48. Pamela K. says:

    RV Sue,
    Jane in Ill.,

    I was reading about all the wonderful comments you both made regarding Wade’s Vans.
    Well, little did you know it but I am looking for a Cargo Van to tow my little Airstream. So I went to Todd’s web site and sure enough there was a great one there at a price point I was hoping for. I had no trouble getting his web site to open for me too. Next I called and Todd answered! Told him I found them through your blog postings. He was delighted!!! Loved doing business with RV Sue’s blog friends! Well, I have one to show my hubby tonight via the web and then to see it in person in the next few days. I am so excited!!! And it is all because of you-guys and the great info that we learn about on here. After all, having the right tow vech is half the battle won when on the road, right?! Gee that Todd is a fine person, so helpful! He asked about my needs and matched me to-a-tee with what I wanted. Now, crossing fingers, Klemper will like the one I picked out…I think he will love it too.

    Sue, Todd really sees the need for our RV tow tech niche… Really got him to thinking about all of us who RV pulling our tiny houses on wheels. Wonder if the two of you, You and Todd, could work a deal where you could have a link posted here for him? One that is more permanent, and for that he might offer up a referral fee to you? In talking with him today, I think he would be very interested in such an arrangement ~!wink!~ Call him and pose such a deal maybe… He opened the door to such and idea of a permanent link. Just passing it on to you to consider, might work out very nicely. Let me know or email me directly about it. I, for one, am trilled to think I have found the right little van for me to take to Savannah! Soon I will be headed down the road with a new-to-me Van, my RV and the Vespa on the back! I can’t wait!

    • Pamela K. says:

      If Klemper won’t give up the little Airstream then I will have to tug and lug the larger Gulfstream down there, ugh. But I am getting that van for the Airstream anyway, it is perfect for it! I also found that I can get 2 scooters in the Van if I take out some seats in the back. Great for Scooter Rally weekends! Van with 2 Vespas, the Airstream and I’m set! I am over-the-moon! Thanks so much for the great lead!!!!

    • Illinois Jane says:

      Wow, that is great, Pamela! I’m happy for you and Todd, both! Is that cool or what! He will treat you right, rest assured.

      Say Hi to Todd and Jerry for me! (It’s weird. I spent half a day with them and I actually miss them. It was such a pleasure.)

      Will look forward to hearing about your van!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Jane,
        Super! Will tell Todd and Jerry you said Hi and miss them. They both told me that they think you are really great too. Todd even knows how to find Sue’s blog now and where the comment button is to read the comments. He didn’t know how to get to the comments before today. I told him we are all singing his and Jerry’s praises. He loved hearing it, made him feel very proud and honored to be mentioned. He seems to be a real sweetie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! You found your Perfect Tow Vehicle on your first look at Todd’s website? HOW WONDERFUL! I’m excited for you….

      As for a referral fee for me… My reward is reading that another blogorino has found their own PTV and received honest treatment and a good deal. I assume Todd and his father will continue making good deals with any of my readers who contact them.

      I plan to make a FAQ page for my blog (Frequently Asked Questions). The page will answer questions like “What kind of camera do you have?” “What do you store in the PTV?” “Where did you buy the PTV?”

      I will include a link to Wade’s Used Vans. I appreciate them treating blogorinos well!

      Thanks for thinking of me. Love your comment… Your excitement jumps off my monitor!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        I showed Klemper the Van via the web tonight and he likes it. That’s a big step in moving forward and now to see it in person. Hopefully over the weekend. Todd and them are by appointment only on Saturdays so I next need to set that up with them. And yes, first time out! We did know what we were looking for already though and that really helped a bunch to cut through it all. I’m certainly ready 🙂 Klemper however is often slower to move than I am about such things. I will need to work some magic on him to hurry him along. He usually agrees when it is good idea so half of that battle is already won. Now it is just parting with the money…always a big step to take.
        Oh! The FAQ idea is great! That should help in so many ways for all kind of things and on so many levels too. Ya know, I bet that a Kindle-Style of book would be a great step down the road after we all make our lists of questions and answers. LOL, I am so bad, my mind is racing now with wanting you to undertake another new project…shame on me! I shall refrain. I, like so many others here, am so joyed to have found your blog and all those who comment here. Truly a treasure, especially since I’m gearing up to travel again soon.

  49. DesertGinger says:

    Well, at 530 I’ll be doing phoning for moveon.org to get the vote out. I want to assist with keeping a republican majority out of the Senate. Very important to me. Then I’m going to my sleep study tonight. The last two nights I have been awakened by a pinched nerve and didn’t get much sleep, saw the chiropractor again today and hoping I can sleep tonight.

    Had class this morning, and have a bunch of homework tomorrow. Things are getting busy! I hope I can keep getting better. My heart rate has been high the last few days. If still high tomorrow I have to go to doctor to have an EKG. Just want to be ok.

    When nurse came she told me she has requested that she be allowed to put bleach in my wound! She’s hoping to stop the terrible odor..I’m sick of smelling like bad hamburger. So im all for it…let’s do it. I bet it doesn’t feel good though.

    So…that’s my day. I’ll let you know how the sleep study goes.

    • Illinois Jane says:

      Desert Ginger,
      Your heart rate is related to your lack of rest, right? With your body trying to heal, it definitely needs plenty. I hope the chiro helped.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I’m a big believer in getting plenty of rest. I love your enthusiasm for life… You do need to pace yourself, sweetie, okay?

      • Pamela K. says:

        Ginger,
        I sure do hope you can get a good night’s rest tonight! Pinched nerves are so tricky, hope all went well for you at the doctors today. Bleach on your wound…interesting. Never heard of that before but I could see that as a form of med under the right care and conditions.

        • Pamela K. says:

          Ginger,
          BTW, good luck with your moveon.org calling this evening. When the DEMs ran out of Obama buttons they called me and I did two huge runs for them, getting their buttons done for the Georgia DEMs. I even did some in Hebrew for the local temples here. The ones in Hebrew are rare collector buttons now. Good on you for the moveon.org too. They are a very commented org about the work they do. They have a great rally-cry of volunteers at the ready. I remember when MoveOn was a grassroots start-up, that should be a hint to ya 😉 although I don’t discuss politics…

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