Goodness, gracious!

Saturday, April 4

Our camp on Ward Mountain ten miles southeast of Ely, Nevada, is delightfully warm today after a few days of cold and snow.  The crew and I walk around all three loops of the campground and not one other camper is here!

1-P1030936Not only are there three loops of campsites, there also are two very large group sites.

Bridget, Reggie and I wander around a group site.

1-P1030927It could accommodate a hundred people. 

I’m sad looking at the empty picnic tables imagining my extended family of four generations (five, including Auntie!), sitting on the benches, laughing, talking, passing big bowls of salad and bags of potato chips . . .  excited children chasing each other around the cedar trees, the smell of meat on grills . . . .

As I walk past the vacant benches, I hear their voices . . . . “Who wants another hot dog?  There are plenty left!”

1-P1030932I shake off the melancholy for what has been lost, replacing it with gratitude for what has been given.

“C’mon, doodleheads.  Let’s see what’s over here.”

The campground has a horseshoe pit, a place to play soccer, many marked trails, and an amphitheater.

1-P1030933You even can camp with your horse!

1-P1030934Several readers of this blog pass through Ely on their snowbird journeys. 

Ward Mountain Campground is free in the off-season (might be cold, too), but good for an overnight stop, or longer if you are like me and enjoy a private camp in the woods.  The campground is easy in and easy out.

I saw a national forest service pick-up drive by our campsite again today. 

I think someone checks the campground every day.

This tells me that when a campground is listed online as “closed,” it may mean closed to reservations, the water is turned off, and there isn’t a camp host, yet camping might still be allowed.  Something to consider when traveling in the off-season . . . .  However, if you see a “closed” sign at the campground or a barrier, of course, do not try to camp there.

1-P1030941Most of the day I read.

I finish Deep Storm by Lincoln Child.  Gosh, it’s an engaging story which surprises me, it being science fiction.  I don’t usually care for science fiction.

Some of you have asked for my book recommendations.  I recommend this one.   (As I type this the Kindle edition of Deep Storm is only $1.99!)

We go into town to do laundry.

Soak n’ Suds is a big, clean, modern laundry in Ely.  It’s also the most expensive, at least for me, because I need single-load washers, and all they have is double or triple load.  I like to wash my shirts in cold water and other things in warm and still other things in hot.

It’s nice to have all the clothes and bed covers clean and sweet-smelling again!

Sunday, April 5

A sunny day, but very windy!

Thank you for your kind Easter wishes to Bridget, Reggie, and me, and to each other.  You touched my heart that you took the time from your Easter Sunday to write a note.

Unfortunately, for me, I did not have the peaceful day you wished for me.  I felt it necessary to monitor my blog to protect it from possible fall-out from being tarred and feathered on the internet.

Which brings me to say . . .

I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings with what I write, but sometimes I do.   I’m sorry for the times my tone is harsh or my words are snippy.  Recently I took a comment “the wrong way” and gave a poor response.  I have apologized three times.  What more can I do other than pray that all will turn out for the best?

1-P1030925If perfection is required to write this blog, I might as well hang it up right now because I’ll never measure up.

Monday, April 6

A new day!  Thanks again, dear readers, for bringing your goodness here for all of us to enjoy!

rvsue

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374 Responses to Goodness, gracious!

  1. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Now I’ll read the post.

  2. Don’t worry too much, we all get snippy from time to time and I hope people understand that! Sorry you had a bad day. We love you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, JanisP. . . . You are a gem.

      • Ruth Rocchio says:

        I have stopped commenting because my words can sometimes be taken badly. I just enjoy reading your posts now, that way everyone stays safe! happy travels!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Ruth…

          Nice to see you here! I know what you mean. Sometimes I think about quitting the blog for the same reason. That’s why positive comments — the support I receive in times of distress –are very important to me and for the continuation of my blog.

          Thank you for letting me know you enjoy my posts!

          • Joel says:

            I found your Blog from a piece Bob Wells did on cheaprvliving. If people only knew how hard it is to write and post, how much effort it takes to put to pen the thoughts on a continuous and consistence basis. Love your photos and writing style. Please continue the journey, and sharing. Thank You!

  3. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Good morning, Sue. I really appreciate your information about ‘closed’ campgrounds. So glad you & the crew are enjoying sunshine & warm weather. loved your moon photo. There’s nothing better than a clean, affordable laundromat–almost as nice as clean clothes. Enjoy your day.

    • Reine in Plano says:

      Dawn, when we went to Sunset Crater in late October of 2011, the Forest Service campground across the road was closed with a locked gate that prevented access. Fortunately there was dispersed camping in the forest not too far away. So sometimes closed really does mean closed. If you have the time to check it out you may find a gem like Sue did but I wouldn’t plan on a closed campground as a destination without having another option available.

      • dawn from camano island washington says:

        Excellent advice, Reine. Thank you.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Reine, for making that clear. I wrote something similar to Calvin below. Maybe I’ll edit this post so no one gets the impression that I’m saying ‘closed’ signs or barriers to campground entrances should be ignored.

        LATER… I fixed it! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Dawn!

  4. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    We all have our days when we do things that we regret, but those are the days when we all have to remember to forgive ourselves first. We are all human with human flaws. Whoever took your answer the wrong way has probably forgiven you already. If not they will. Do not worry yourself. None of us are perfect.

    You are in a beautiful place. Hope we stay here awhile. Bridge and Reg are enjoying it too I bet. Love your blog and my fellow blogerinos, always something interesting in it. You should really look into getting some of your wonderful pictures into a magazine.

  5. Sherri D says:

    I never could figure out why some people get their shorts in a bunch over the typed word of anyone they don’t know personally in real life. Even if someone does know you in real life, why have a hissy fit? Why be so sensitive? Oh well, whatever it was, you apologized and that should be enough. If not, did I mention oh well!?!
    Love reading your blog. I’ve been an avid fan for months now. I don’t always comment, but I always read and look at the photos. Gads I love your photos, and your dogs, and your generous sharing of your life. Thank you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Sherri D. I’m so glad you are a part of this group. Thanks for the positivity!

    • DesertGinger says:

      I am so with you Sherri! A girlfriend who lives in Irvine, CA got an email from a friend in NY that contained some polite criticism. Oh my god, it was a federal case! How could she write that? Doesn’t she know bla-bla-bla…so my friend inIrvine fired off this long long wordy defense,then sent the offending email and her response to me for comment. My comment was ‘what’s the problem’? She disagrees with you. So what?
      Oh my god…,I am so insensitive, not compassionate, on and on.
      Yuck!
      In my opinion…just mine…reacting to online comments is just being a victim, something I never want to be. If I don’t like what someone says, I may respond. But that doesn’t mean I have to upset myself. Or maybe I just delete! There’s a good option!

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        My pet peeve is that people use sarcasm online. Sarcasm does not come across well online. There should be an emoji for sarcasm to alert us, because when we read something outrageous, we just don’t know how they mean what they say.

  6. Robin B says:

    I’m not sure what you’re referring to as I didn’t read all of the comments but communicating by just words can be fraught with peril by no fault of our own. I’ve written something only to realize later that it didn’t have the tone I desired. All you can do is not worry about it and do a little groveling. And I believe some people are too quick to take offense at what someone says, even if it wasn’t meant in the way it sounded, and sorry to say I’ve found myself doing that very same thing. Anyway, try not to stress about it too much. I love your blog and look forward to reading it, and also admire the nice lifestyle you’ve carved for yourself. We just tried living on the road but were felled due to viruses and had to come home, but we’ll try it again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, I’m sorry viruses put a crimp into your life…. That’s not fun! Best wishes to you on your next try with this lifestyle. I do believe it is worth pursuing….

      Thanks for your good words about my blog and my life, Robin.

  7. Robin B says:

    BTW, if you’re inclined to read more about our adventures, I believe my blog is in my reply address.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, clicking on a name that appears in blue will take a person to the commenter’s blog.

  8. Teri in SoCal says:

    I can imagine a big family BBQ being held there…and also imagined the smell of that BBQ. Yum!

    Wish I was there, instead of here at my desk that will soon no longer be mine. After almost 20 years at my job I am being let go. Business has slowed down so much in the past few years, and though I kept hoping things would get better they haven’t.

    While I am scared and sad, I do hope that maybe something good will come out of this change. So that someday I will still be able to retire and travel. Sometimes, change is good, right?

    I like Reggie’s page!

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

      Where do you find Reggies page? I’m reading this on a tablet. Maybe that’s why I can’t bring it up?

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

        I finally managed to open Reggie’s page.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Top left hand corner under about RVSue and the crew

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Everything happens for a reason…sometimes the reason isn’t clear!

          In times of uncertainty…yes the unknown is scary…but eventually everything always works out!

          Keep your head up……

          • Teri in SoCal says:

            Thank you!! I am doing my very best. My biggest worry in all of this is the fact that I don’t have a computer at home anymore. So am hoping to do things regarding a job search at the library.

            I am definitely keeping my head up because I don’t want to walk into something. Haha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Teri, I’m sorry you are in a place of uncertainty.

      I can understand you being scared and sad. That’s a big blow to your security. You are right to hope that “something good will come out of this change.”

      I’m certain, very certain, that it will . . . and better than you can imagine right now! In the meantime, I wish you good luck finding your way . . . Keep in touch.

      • Teri in SoCal says:

        I am trying to think of it as a good thing. It will force me to once again become a force to be reckoned with…to have to be more sure of myself. Maybe raise my self esteem. 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hang in there, Teri. I am so sorry that you are having to through this stress. I know this is a scary time, but things will work out…even in ways that you never could have imagined. I was downsized years ago with almost 20 yrs service, too. That event steered my career and life in a direction that I never would have imagined. The best thing that came out of that major life change was meeting a few people who have become my closest, dearest friends. If that downsize did not happen, our paths would have never crossed. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Be strong and welcome new opportunities for your “next chapter.” I’m cheering for you!! 🙂

      • Teri in SoCal says:

        Thank you Denise. I’ve been using my computer while I am still here at work, trying to do some online apps and perhaps create a new resume. That part in itself is daunting. But sometimes we don’t have a choice. I’m creeping up on 50, single, and hoping that someone will give me a chance to show them what a loyal and dedicated employee I could be.

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Best of luck, Teri! Any company would be lucky to get a seasoned, responsible professional! 🙂

  9. The campground looks inviting, but I am glad you now have it all to yourself! Grin !!! You want to know something??? I am amazed you are not snippy more often! You are very clear about not wanting ANY visitors or drop in’s and then some person who doesn’t get the gentle hint says ” I’m going to be in your area, I’d love to come by and meet you!” DUH and worse yet to have some folks be rude enough to drive by snapping pictures of your campsite! Sue, as far as I am concerned, you my dear have the patience of Job! Some hard heads must assume you can’t mean them when you say you don’t want visitors! Hang in there girlie and be as snippy as you want when you need to be! Sometimes it’s easy to snip at the wrong person or wrong remark, but get over it! You and “they” surely know all humans beings err!
    Such is life! OK, I got my two cents worth in so I will shut up now! Take care my friend and if you ever need to grouch at somebody, come find me !!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri.. You sweet, loving, passionate, true friend! Keeping Radar in my prayers!

  10. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hey there Miss Sue and Crew!

    Geez I am sorry that things get snaffled and stuff. It happens all the time in my world… and while I try to keep up and let folks know I did or didn’t mean something… it doesn’t always come through. Anyway! Enough of that. It is Spring, it is good and the world is turning… Sending you SMILES from up here in the great WA area.

    We spent Easter this year, cleaning up the Chehalis River bank. Our kids were busy with other family–so proud they put stock in keeping in contact with ALL the grands not just us. We will see them next weekend for my oldest daughters 30th birthday. So–there is a homeless camp down on the river, so we were helping to clean up an area that houses about 20 people. Some are addicts, some not (don’t have a lot of time for that… ). Several are homeless VET’s. One man has been out there for years… he has utilized all sorts of ingenious things to make his camp ‘work’. No clue what the outcome will be… the city of Aberdeen has threatened to toss them. I understand all sides. My hope is we can find some happy medium. And in the midst… I can pick up trash. 🙂

    I wish you renewal. PEACE and comfort! And a puppy snuggle! 🙂

    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I commend you and your fellow volunteers for what you do for the riverbank and its unfortunate inhabitants. You don’t shy from doing “the dirty work” of helping others. A model for us all, even more powerful during the Easter season! Thanks for telling us about it.

      I hope a good solution is found for all, not just for the City but for the homeless as well…. that “happy medium.”

      Thanks also for your affectionate messages. You are a dear one, Barb.

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        I sure did miss my wee ones yesterday! Egg hunts and all… but I am proud my kids take time to spend individual time most of all with the great grandparents… That is so special for all of them.

        That park that was all empty and all that space. WOW we could fill that up in a nano-second!

        I met with a guy in Ocean Park WA last week… he is building these little rolling huts. Very well built but teeny tiny. Seeing all of every item owned by someone wet and moldy is frustrating. No idea if his plan is good or not. But it was interesting.

        Life is interesting. We each have our own path… I love seeing my email with a visit from my roving friend, RV SUE.
        Anyone being mean? They need to go elsewhere! 🙂

        Hugs from Hoquiam,
        Barb

  11. I just knew that little business would reach around and bite you…thus my comment about feeling your pain. You said, “Move on,” but I just knew it wouldn’t.

    There are Trolls out there. They pop in here and there and say something that seems innocent, but it’s actually bait to you and me….and everyone else. And once a dialog starts…it’s too late. Apologizing makes no difference.

    However, I feel like when someone attacks you online somewhere that you suddenly feel vulnerable…like next they may show up at your door and actually attack you. Here’s the thing; they do it online because they have no real where-with-all to do it in person. I know you don’t Facebook, or YouTube Sue, but that’s where the majority of these kinds of people “hang out” so to speak. I’m not suggesting you get on FB, or YT so you can get familiar with how these types work…that would be a really bad idea for you, anyway. It’s just too painful.

    However, I guess what I’m saying is these people are not really a threat to you…one of the reason they are called “Trolls.” Trolls don’t really exist…get it? 🙂

    But yeah, I get that it hurts. Us sensitive types can barely stand it sometimes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      Readers are rarely a problem. My readers are exceptionally nice.

      I’ll never do Facebook. I have enough to handle right here!

  12. Nicole says:

    Happy Easter to you and the dogs. Sounds like a lovely place to camp. My husband and I enjoy the quiet of camping during the week with our dogs. Our Easter wasn’t the best, the woods caught on fire around our house. We came home after frantic calls from my daughter, to 2 fire trucks in my driveway, one in my neighbors drive and one out on the road. Thanksfully it was contained after an hour or so. Stay safe! I enjoy your photos!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good heavens, Nicole! What a scare! I’m glad you, your family, pets, and home are okay.

  13. Sally S Jacob says:

    RV Sue, I do not often comment- I just so enjoy reading your Blog and look forward to it all the time. Today’s read hit a cord and I feel strongly that you be given perspective from folks like me [and I bet there are many of us] that so enjoy your views of day to day life as you see it. I have not read – nor intend to -any of the comments you or others made that you speak of today. I just want to tell you- The fact you are willing to share your stories and adventures- open yourself up to us so personally… I am sorry any one would have the gall to give a rebuke for speaking ones peace… and compound it to the point you feel the need to comment in your blog about it as you did. Snippy or sad, happy or reflective. We all have good days and not so good days… and communicating in this form is always a risk that we will be taken off center or folks read between the lines things the writer never intended. You included. Can any of us expect anyone to be perfect, proper and correct 24/7?? I find your brand of reality and frailty like fresh air personally. We the readers are being given a gift to be able to read your Blog… and further to be able to reply to it! I do not think it grants us special rights to preach, scold or give do or die advice. I love you are so human and willing to share the good, the funny, the sad, and simply the views from your lens on life… how ever you may see that moment. The fact you did or did not respond as someone felt you should have – or gosh for bid you find later you made a mistake and apologized – only makes you all the more human… and all the more enjoyable for me to follow your writings. I am sorry you have to endure the pettiness… and hope you remember they are the few, not the many. It seems the price we pay for interacting with other humans. May you continue to be just who you are… a delightful writer and human being -enjoying life her way. [and willing to let us come along for the ride!] SJ

  14. JW says:

    Hi Sue

    Another great post. I really enjoy reading about life from your point of view. Never forget that this is your life and your blog. You have the right to say anything you wish. The honesty and passion in which you open your life for the rest of us is admirable.
    I would challenge anyone to be as open as you are. My motto is; if you want to criticize me, you might think about walking a few steps in my shoes before sticking your foot in your mouth. I will probably never meet you outside this format but I love your attitude about life. Keep on keeping on lady!

  15. Cathy P. says:

    Like you, I remember the family, the big old reunions in IN in the 60s. Nice to look back for a minute or two. As far as comments, the internet is rough and many people don’t understand the diversity and often a “tone” or such just sets people off. All we can say is that we are sorry. You and I are very self-confident so an “I’m so sorry.” and life goes on. Great photos and place! Glad to see Reggie and Bridget are doing so well together.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cathy P.,

      Over the past few years several of my readers not only have become full-timers, but also have become bloggers. I expect there are people reading my blog who will follow in our tire tracks.

      There is a silver lining in all this unpleasantness.

      This mess exposes the dark side of blogging. One can have a light, travel blog about places, friends, family, and meals eaten at restaurants, etc. and avoid being attacked. Or one can reveal themselves, faults and all, and suffer the consequences, like I do on occasion, as well as the wonderful rewards.

      Take heed, potential bloggers, and learn from this.

  16. Dawn says:

    So sorry to hear about the troll/comment troubles. I also understand from my research that women get the brunt of such things 🙁 Well I enjoyed today’s post. Good advice about being a little nostalgic and then reminding yourself of what you have now. I get lost too much in what was at times. I also bought the Kindle of Deep Storm. I love sci fi and it’ll be perfect for summer reading! Thank you for all your posts.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Dawn. I hope you enjoy the book. Thank you.

      I’ve often wondered what it is like to be part of a big family that has reunions at campgrounds. It’s something I’ve never experienced. I have other joys, but I can’t help but wonder!

      • Sondra-SC says:

        I can relate my experience about MY Family Reunion held each year in Fall Creek Falls State Park in TN where I was born! We don’t often attend….its a long trip. All the unmet cousins appear from northern states where they were whisked away to as babies, the grumpy aunts and uncles, the grands and great grans its like a nightmare and a celebration all rolled into one! The last one I attended I decided to roll a vacation into the trip since its an 8 hr drive to get there, loved it and hated it…so good to see the ones I do have a history with and not so good to see some who you wonder why they are they way they are…some brought old photo albums to share so that was fun.
        All in all Sue I’m glad I went but was much “Glad’er” when I left. *W* Have a great week…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Sondra,

          Interesting peek at your family reunions… 🙂 You give my dreams of a joyous reunion a good dose of reality. Thanks!

          I remember long ago I was at my aunt and uncle’s house. They lived in NJ in a neighborhood where one’s driveway was 3 feet from the house and also 3 feet from the neighbor’s house. Anyway…

          The neighbors were Italian and they had a huge, demonstrative family. More than once when we visited, that neighbor family would be celebrating an occasion, someone’s birthday, a graduation, an engagement, whatever. Oh, the laughter that emanated from that house! People spilled out into the backyard carrying plates loaded with food, kids played on the porch railing and chased each other through the grown-ups. On and on the party would go . . . I remember my mother standing at the window, watching wistfully and remarking how wonderful it must be to have a family like that.

          My uncle interrupted her dreaming. . . . “I was talking with Bella…You know, she’s the oldest granddaughter who lives up in White Plains… She said you have to drop what you’re doing, no matter how important to you, and drive over here to celebrate a cousin’s baby being baptized or whatever. And if you don’t, watch out! You’ll never hear the end of it!”

  17. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Sue: I’m so sorry your Easter was not as perfect as it should have been. It seems to me people are getting more and more thin-skinned and less tolerant of other people’s communication styles and opinions. I believe in being kind and not intentionally hurting anyone, but you also have to be true to yourself and say what you think when it’s important to do so. And if people can’t take the heat in the kitchen, they should just get the hell out. OK, I’m going to climb down off this soapbox now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I appreciate you feeling strongly enough to post a comment. Please note my message below, that I’m not referring to the original commenter in this debacle. With very few exceptions, my readers are great!

      Maybe we become thin-skinned because of our bruises, eh? Time for healing! Thanks for writing…

  18. Tara from Pac NW says:

    Sue, I also missed out on all the commotion, but I’ve always been amazed at your beautiful writing style and the way you respond to comments. I always thought that you have the best etiquette and tact for your responses. You always know exactly what to say!

    I can’t judge since I didn’t see it, but if its true that you were too short with someone, no one is perfect like you said. I’m always so happy when you respond to the few times I leave comments, its like a celebrity responding to my fan letter!

  19. Kerry says:

    Hi Sue,
    See you are lovin’ Nevada. Yes. Very, very dry there now. A big problem for wild horses, stock and wildlife.
    Wondering if when you use your Wave, does the whole panel glow? Mine only glows about half way up and that’s been from the git go.

    Kerry

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kerry,

      Did you see my reply to your recent questions about the Wave 3?

      Mine turns red over most of the panel. It does go higher than halfway up. There may be something wrong with yours.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Interesting. I have a Wave 3 and, even after being on high for an hour or two, it only glows red/orange on the lower half. If I remember correctly, the manual seems to say this isn’t abnormal, but somehow having most of the panel red/orange seems better!

        Hmmm…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I turned on the heater early this morning and paid close attention to the pad. It’s daylight now and hard to see where the glow extends. My memory from earlier says it goes all the way to the top on the left half . . . and half the way up on the right side. I think I have seen it completely aglow after being on for several hours.

          Dust and debris (like dog hair) can interfere with the catalytic process, as you know, which makes it very important to cover the heater when not in use.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Good point on the cover. At first I wasn’t going to buy the Wave brand cover, because “Oh I can make a better looking one.” But then I realized yeah, but by the time I get around to it the heater will be wrecked. So I came to my senses and bought the cover at the same time as the heater (who says you can’t get smarter as you age?!).

            At any rate, mine has never glowed more than about halfway up, even when brand new, and I’ve always covered it when not in use (plus, sadly, at the moment no pets).

            Of course now I’m wondering if some are just better than others from the get-go. The glow is cheery!

  20. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    I knew you weren’t perfect because you’re human. I am at once clergy and the holder of a degree in communication, so the next sentence is more than just good feelings. You do as well as anyone (including many professionals) at being diplomatic. Any such effort requires both or all parties to make an effort; some people are just not into peaceful coexistence.

    That is a big, beautiful campground. The only thing that keeps me from making a clear decision to take to the road is the feeling you described at the group site. In my case, family reunions are few and far between, but I have friends that mean a great deal to me. Right now, I’m contemplating spending the good weather months (spring and fall) in this part of the world and following the sun the rest of the time.

    I can be very brave about where I camp. I use rest areas and truck stops freely and find free campgrounds nobody else knows, but I’ll admit it would never occur to me to go past a “closed” sign. I have been moved along in a less than polite manner, and I’d rather never repeat that experience.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R,

      Thank you for sharing a little about yourself and for your understanding of my situation.

      I wasn’t clear about the campground. There isn’t a “closed” sign here at the campground. “Closed” is seen at the online reservation site for Ward Mountain Campground. I may be independent and persnickety, but I, like you, know the wisdom in obeying a sign that says “closed.”

      Readers: If a campground has a barrier or a “closed” sign, do not try to camp there!

      The empty group site saddened me because my family has never had a reunion and never will. That’s my particular family situation. Full-time vagabonding does not eliminate the possibilities for family/friends reunions!

      It sounds like you have a plan that will allow you “the best of both worlds.” 🙂

      • Calvin R (Ohio) says:

        There have been reunions of one side or another of my family, but the whole crowd is to scattered and too poor to get together. I come from a nomadic family; it would be easier to find them if one were on the road. However, we are not a close family in the way that my friends are close.

  21. Rhonda from middle TN says:

    The quest to be “real” opens the door for criticism from those who do not fully understand the fragility of the effort. You are giving the world the best you have, Sue. While it may never be enough for some, it is more than enough for readers who thirst for your experience and willingness to share it in the most poetic of ways. I thank you for that.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Rhonda, for your understanding and for giving me permission to delete part of your comment. I’ll never be able to read that poem again without a negative association!

  22. kgdan from WA says:

    Good morning, Sue. Once again it’s a beautiful day at Pahranagat. We have decided to stay here the permitted 14 days as our site is right beside the fishing hole & sunny weather makes the days nice. We are all alone here now but spent weekend next to a wonderful family from Las Vegas. We had such a great time with them that we all promised to stay in touch. But now we do enjoy the quiet, alone time. We love it all! Appreciating all the good.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How perfect! I’m happy you’re happy. If you do stay there 14 days and after that you go to Dave Deacon and like it there, too, you should be able to camp at Ward Mountain Campground in good weather on the way back home. It’s supposed to go up into the 70s in mid-to-late April.

      As always, it’s the timing that makes the difference!

      That’s a bonus, meeting good people. Continue to have fun!

  23. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    I am not a reader of the other blog involved in this. When I read the posting, I couldn’t make heads or tails of it. It took the comments to clarify what she was writing about, which is an issue of its own. I could give you the therapy terms (which is what they use in communication studies) for this, but it’s enough to say that the post was not intended to communicate anything, only to provoke you. I stand with those who used the term “troll” for her. That fact that you apparently did something that offended her does not make her response any more palatable. To re-use a truism, two wrongs do not make a right.

  24. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    Sue, I hope you feel the love from the majority of us and can brush off the responses that might bring hurt. Don’t let the dust bunnies get you down

  25. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    BTW…I have now replaced my desktop picture on my pc from one of your previous posts to the one with the moon. Really stunning! I was never fond of desert camping but your words and pix are beginning to change this old dogs mind.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I get such a kick out of people liking my photos and enjoying them! Thanks for letting me know, Linda Rose.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        BTW, when my son came over for Easter dinner, I printed out your photo of Rusty ‘n Timber. He thought it was a photo with a lot of heart and tells quite a story. It is a photojournalistic masterpiece — that one. Hope Rusty is well.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m not sure which photo you mean. Rusty has graciously allowed me to take several photos of him and Timber.

          Wow! Nice compliment! Thanks! Rusty is fine. He commented under the previous post about camping in Bumblebee, north of Phoenix.

          Oh, and he also commented further down on this page..

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            I’m going to guess it’s the one from when you left AZ recently and Rusty was outside his camper waving farewell. That was really a fantastic photo.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh yeah, I know which one you mean. Thank you. Rusty’s charisma should get the credit.

          • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

            It was the photo with Rusty waving good-bye with a smile on his face that we can all envy for the peace and joy it expressed. His rig is in the background with our flag flying. Timber is jumping with joy, too.

  26. OH MY!…..I guess you just can’t unsee that…God Bless You, Sue.

  27. RVSUE READER says:

    Sorry, Dave and Loretta, I delete hateful comments.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      I don’t know who you (RVSUE READER) are or why you posted this comment on Sue’s blog – it is either a stupid mistake or an intentionally nasty thing to do. I will say this once and only once to everyone. If you don’t like a product, don’t buy it. If you don’t like a restaurant, don’t eat there. If you don’t like a person, stay away from them. And if you don’t like a blog, don’t read it. But it’s pretty hypocritcal and mean-spirited to say you read someone’s blog just for the “locations” but don’t like the “creative drama.” For me, I’ll stay here reading Sue’s blog and I think I’m smart enough not to be “manipulated.”

  28. Good Morning Sue, How bout those L.A. Dodgers!

  29. rvsueandcrew says:

    Let’s move on everybody or we will attract more trolls. Thank you! I love you! Sue

  30. Dawn in MI says:

    I must have missed it…but heavens..it’s your blog….if we can’t handle a little snippy we’re all a little sensitive. Not like we expect you to be writing greeting card verse.

  31. Barbara (from Nashville) says:

    That blogger really had a mouthful to say, and very rudely, I might add. I know sometimes things get misconstrued, especially in type versus speech, but I think most of us try not to be offensive or pushy. I know I come across that way sometimes or take a response wrong, But for give and forget, if you can. So many of us follow your blog and adventures, what is the loss of someone like that?

    We love your photos, stories and carefree life. Your create so many dreams and hope for those of us who can’t go there for various reasons right now or maybe never.

    Sue, love you and the crew, take care and keep up the good work and your spirits.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Forgive and forget is the key…. Thank you for that reminder! And also for the lovely compliment and loving words. If it weren’t for dear readers like you, I’d be beat down and in a depression. Quite the contrary! I love y’all! Keep smiling!

  32. Shelley says:

    I read the comments sounds like the rantings of an angry person, like others have said just move on your blog is always light hearted and you don’t need that negativity!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re absolutely right, Shelley. Sorry to bring it up in this post. I struggled with that decision and then realized, like a boil, it had to be lanced.

      Thanks for being here.

      • shelley in california says:

        Thank you I love your blog its one of the top websites I look forward to reading, I live vicariously through you!

  33. Karen LeMoine says:

    Sue I enjoy your blog! Thank you for brightening my days! You give me a lot of places to consider going to! We live in our toyhauler with 4 little chihuahuas. Eventually we will be downsizing to a much smaller rig. Keep the blogs coming!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll do that, Karen!

      Methinks the downsizing to a smaller rig is to go to those wonderful, out-of-the-way campsites… 🙂

      Nice hearing from you again… Thanks for brightening MY day.

  34. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue,
    I have been following along on your adventures for several months now. I really
    enjoy your blog. I even read all the way back to get the whole story. It’s like reading
    a fun adventure book, that’s real! As for the recent cat fight, I say let it go. Yes, your
    original comment to her was a little bit rough. You immediately apologized, several times over.
    I clicked the link just because you warned me. Her tirade was very mean, way over the top and unjust compared to your original rough comment. Let it go Sue, just let it go. I will keep reading and look forward to your new adventures! Safe travels and Best Wishes! FloridaScott

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, FloridaScott,

      I’ve let it go…. I’m free of that…. thanks to you and your fellow readers being very kind and understanding.

      Thanks for reading my blog for several months, going back to the early days and catching up to now. It has been a “fun adventure book” for me, too.

      Best wishes to you, too!

      • Joy Sutton says:

        Been reading also . Have also gone back to read past blogs on a different site. DH doesn’t like to get too far out of sight of his garden but is terminally ill now so you are encouraging me to go it alone later. Lots older than you though and drive a 31 ft mh. Will need the room for my sewing supplies. Read a lot and enjoy your comments on that too. Dog Jake loves travel too but the cats are not coop. Have never been able to leash break a cat successfully and don’t like litter in close places.

  35. rvsueandcrew says:

    READERS: I feel it best to clarify the situation.

    The problem is not with the person who wrote a comment that I reacted poorly to. I don’t want that person to be thought of as a troll, because she isn’t.

    I wasn’t going to draw attention to this, but now I think I’d better so there is no confusion.

    Comments keep coming in that have me very concerned. Do not attribute this to Caroline! The slander was NOT written by her. That post is on Kay’s blog called “myownhumbleopinions.” Remember her? She’s the one who has an RV Park in Kimball, Nebraska, that I promoted on this blog. We were going to participate in the park’s Grand Opening and I had agreed to attend it next September. Kay took it upon herself to write two posts about me on her blog. (Update: Kay has removed the two posts. I have received no apology.)

    Caroline has not taken part in any of this unpleasantness. Please keep that in mind.

    • Tara from Pac NW says:

      Yikes! Too much drama!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’ll say! 🙂

        • And, for clarification, Kay has a counter that let’s her know every time some one from Sue’s blog! That must give her some kind of witchy gratification! So don’t go there! Why feed her angry ego ???

        • Kay Dattilio says:

          Hey, Miss Sue and Everyone Else!

          It wasn’t me – Kay from KC! There must be another Kay on here! Just sayin’……Love your blog and really love reading about other’s lives. Sometimes my life can be boring but yet sometimes boring is good!

          Kay from KC!

        • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

          Sue…I had just been thinking, whatever happened to Kay and her campground???…Went to her website via your link,,,and could not believe the newer post.

          My father always told me that if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say anything…

          I hope that you will keep posting. Your blog is indeed a breath of fresh air. I enjoy the fact that you are living this lifestyle on a budget, and showing others how this can be done. Saving money on gas means shorter hops between campgrounds and no backtracking. You’ve also explained quite elegantly that driving, setting up and breaking camp is a lot of work for one. We are not made of money either, and we are learning how to get further on less with your help.

          Your easter card was lovely…Our family is all out of town, but we enjoyed the annual car show here in St. Louis. As a fellow thrifter, you might enjoy hearing that to church I wore pants, and nice sweater, and necklace, that I picked up at estate sales in the area! By saving some cash here and there, we’ll be able to afford our next trip.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Fantastic, cc! I love how you are willing to use restraint with your spending, making the dollars go toward what is important to you. Be proud of yourself! Many folks are unable to “trim their sails” a bit in order to reach a financial goal, having becoming enslaved by the expectations of a materialistic culture.

            I really have been a slacker about keeping up with the expenses report. I lost my motivation. I need to think of you and all my readers who want to travel and need to handle their money wisely. You touched on an important aspect of making this work…. short hops between camps which tend to encourage enjoyment all along the way and results in money saved by being entertained and satisfied without pounding the interstate for hours and hours.

            Your father was wise. 🙂

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

      Thanks for the link. I love your blog and writing even more. Now to go shop Amazon from your site

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      It’s your blog…you do whatever you want with it. Managing is part of it..because everyone knows trolls/spam exist.

      If someone gets their panties in a knot…..oh well! Ya’ll can’t please everyone!

      How a person interprets a post or reply depends on the individual as we come from all over this planet….with different upbringing, ideas, morals and goals!

      With that…you have created a peaceful and successful blog! Others struggle to find peace AND success…..which ISNT anyone’s problem but their own.

      So….rip off that rear view mirror, put your foot on the accelerator and don’t look back!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Cinandjules…

        Thanks again for your wisdom!

        Reggie is mad at me because I spend too much time at the computer. He is presently trying to rip my shirt!

    • Thank you for the clarification, Sue.

      I apologize to Caroline for assuming she was the instigator in this. However, dare I say….I suspect the dialog between you and Caroline may have triggered this post by Kay.

      I also would like to say that in my nearly 58 years of life…I have found that the most holier-than-thou among us are often the most critical of others; the most unable to see others’ point of view, and the most ungrateful if things don’t go the way their ideals have imagined.

      Having said all that; your blog is your blog…period. BUT…whatever you say (and what commenters say) is left open to others’ whims, as I’m sure you’re aware.

      Also, as someone said earlier; I’m also surprised at your patience, since a significant percentage of commenters here and everywhere else don’t bother to read what else has been written and just type away…willy-nilly and end up being annoying/ridiculous at best, or downright hurtful at worst.

      As for the Amazon buyers; being in business for myself for most of my adult life has taught me so much. The thing that has stood out, is that people confuse emotion with commerce. I get a lot of emotional types wanting to hire me, and at first I thought it was the nature of my biz. And it is somewhat, but I’m finding that my biz is not unique in that people want to do business with others who are just like them emotionally, politically, religious-wise…and whatever else they can align to. It’s a bummer, because that person has just thrown up a block that they can’t let themselves get past. They then bring in all sorts of justification for rejecting someone who may have otherwise helped them in some way.

      I find myself in that same predicament; if I meet someone who has a problem with Pitbulls, for example. I now have an unfavorable view of that person, and I don’t want to do business with them. I feel that if they’ve limited themselves by a breed of dog based on the media circus that has surrounded said breed for the last 20 years…who knows what other such ridiculous things they see in the media they will believe? Maybe something about African Americans? In any case I’ve now shut down any possible positive interaction I may have had with that person business-wise.

      In any case humans are humans, and this is what we do.

      BUT, I still try; I will attempt to give that Pitbull hater an education before I will write them off. And I know you do that too, Sue. You are helpful….very helpful. That is what I base my choices of whether I will buy something through your blog on AM, or not. Not if you were snippy with Caroline or not. Or if you had to tell the umpteenth commenter for the zillionth time to stop suggesting a place to get a new dog.

      You have a good heart, and that’s all that matters. If some holier-than-thou bi-otch wants to “try” to tarnish your reputation…that’s her prerogative. But you know what? She’s actually doing the opposite; she’s actually bringing to the forefront what actual good and kind person you really are. And BTW, EVERY person who tries the same is doing just that, too! Don’t forget that.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Cindy…. Interesting comparison. I appreciate the thought and effort you put into comments here. Thank you for pointing out the good in this!

  36. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Yo Bridgee babeee!

    Your butt looks HUGE…………………next to Reggies! 😉

    Just seeing if you’re reading these comments! Just kidding girl! Love your smiles…seems like you’re happy once again!

    But did you really feel the need to show Reg how to preform “stink eye”?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Bridget is gaining weight. I’ve discovered it’s very difficult to feed two dogs two different types of dog food in a space not much bigger than a closet.

      Bridget passes up her lean food to eat Reggie’s regular food and then I find Reggie eating Bridget’s lean food and . . . .

      Bridget gets fat and Reggie gets skinny and they both lick the platter clean!

      So now both are on regular food to make sure Reggie gets the right food that he needs.

      And then there’s the stink eye . . . . whew!

      • Sally S Jacob says:

        My Violet can only have her liver diet food for her chronic illness – but of course it is not a good diet for dogs with OUT the illness… which is my Music… and they both believe their job in life is to fake me out and forget to pick up dishes.. so they can sneak back and eat the forbidden food…. sigh. SJ

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Exactly! I see that going on here… I’d get mad if they weren’t so dang cute about it! Good luck with your crew…

  37. Chas Anderson says:

    It is easy to be a little curt with someone but usually when someone overreacts to it like her comeback you see who really has the issues.I grew up in Jersey and was a bit of a wiseass (NJ State Motto is “Are you talkin’ to me?”) and have pissed many people off.When they overreact treat them with honey.It will either appease them or piss them off more.Either of which is good.

    Juice has now returned home. If you have another wheel bearing blog boy do I have some experiences.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chas,

      The blog wasn’t a comeback. This is a different person. I haven’t communicated with this blogger in months and here’s comes this attack, out of the blue. Go figure. Enough of that, I’m sick of it.

      Now what is this about a wheel-bearing? You didn’t break down on the road, did you?

      • Chas Anderson says:

        yeah again this year,in Mexican Hat,UT 80 miles from the nearest mechanic.

        This guy recommends repacking every 8K for a long trailer like mine.The real problem is that last year Camping World packed them but never inspected them.Mine had over 50K on them and packing does no good if they are worn.

        He gave me a good tip.Every time you stop after a long drive, put your hands on the hub.If the bearings are going the hub will be hot rather than lukewarm.

        Also, I am done with Good Sam Roadside Assistance. 2 years in a row they couldn’t get me help.I had to find a Good Sam contractee on my own. pay him and file a claim.They are administered by Allstate which is the worst according to my wife, a retired insurance manager.

        I am putting the trailer on my lake lot and will be getting a large Class C 32 feet and will tow the Honda as a toad.Will keep the truck for snowplow duty.Onward.

        Got home to PA Friday and had more snow yesterday.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          What a nightmare, Chas! And I don’t like hearing you didn’t receive good service from Good Sam Roadside Assistance. I appreciate you sharing your experience with us.

          I had heard about checking the hubs for heat (be careful not to burn yourself!). Of course, I promptly forgot it!

          More snow… What can I say?

          • AlanOutandAbout says:

            I have used Good Sam Roadside twice with no problems. However understand they won’t tow you to were you want. They determine where the closest place is that can handle your situation and that is were you are towed.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              BTW, Alan, I want to let you know that I appreciated the compliment you gave me recently… about the photo I used as an Easter “card.” That meant a lot to me, the timing was perfect, cheered me greatly. Thank you.

  38. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    I read that other blog and all I can say is…Forget her and move on. Her blog didn’t make much sense to me other than she wanted the world to know how mean you are. Well, it will take a lot more words than she can come up with and then she isn’t going to convince anyone!!! Your readers, especially those who have followed since the beginning, know who you are and what you are and WE LOVE YOU! We love your blog…and it is YOUR blog…we love Bridget and Reggie the PTV and BLT. We love your stories, your pictures and what you share with us.

    I am on Facebook…and I will post something that has 1 thought…only one thought…that is all I want commented on and someone will throw in something completely off topic…Ruins the whole idea. Frustrating!…I delete their comment because they messed up my whole post. So guess being mean runs in our family. LOL

    Love you My Sister

  39. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Sue, finished Jubilee Trail over the weekend and wanted to let you know I enjoyed it. Not so much a compelling read but definitely good entertainment. Glad you enjoyed Deep Storm. If you should ever see Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child on Amazon’s bargain book list, grab it. A good blend of science fiction, modern technology, and native American legend and I found it to be a thriller and page turner. YMMV (your mileage may vary)

    I am lovin’ this campground you’re at right now. I liked it when you first arrived but now that you gave us a walking tour, I am really impressed. I have Great Basin National Park on my wish list and Ely would make a great stop over. I think I would prefer the off season and free $ aspects of the campground better than the busy season. Your style is right up my alley!

    Do you have any loose plans as to what route you’ll be taking to get to the PNW?

    To my favorite boon docking pied piper–stay safe and travel on!

    Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      That’s a good description of Jubilee Trail. It wasn’t compelling. I found it a relaxing read in bits and pieces, kind of like riding along in the wagon… and I could tolerate the romance (no barfing into my Paperwhite!). I’ll look for Terminal Freeze. Thanks.

      My plans for driving to the PNW are very loose. Generally speaking we will go north, maybe with a little detour, and then northwest past Boise. I would like to visit the American River in Washington, Mt. McKinley and surrounds… I did enjoy that area in 2013.

      “Boondocking pied piper”… Clever!

  40. As usual, I’m late to the party. Sometimes though, that turns out to be a blessing. I went to the link you provided. Apparently. whatever WAS there has been replaced by a single paragraph addressed to those arriving RV Sue readers expecting to see some comments or rants.

    I agree, it’s time to move on.

  41. Timber n' me says:

    Thanks for the great photos and bringing back memories of a family picnic, at many in the past, last one was in 1965. ,,,,, Rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Rusty. I hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday over there near Bumblebee. Wow, 1965, such a long time ago… but you have your memories.

  42. BadgerRickInWis says:

    It is through our imperfections that we know we are perfectly human. And you my dear are perfect just the way you are.

  43. Virginia Henkaline says:

    Sue, I appreciate that you share what you are reading.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And I appreciate the feedback, Virginia. It’s hit-or-miss what I read, but I will share what books I like as I finish them.

  44. Willow (AZ) says:

    Sue,
    You are a dear, nice person, I enjoy reading your adventures. Sometimes in life toes accidentally get stepped on, I’m not sure why we think we have to be offended by every little thing.
    Keep on being YOU in your writing, it’s what we all like. We love you, Bridge & Reggie and enjoy sharing your adventures.
    Me & Tula

  45. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Hi Sue, Bridget and Sir Reggie,
    When we drove across Nevada there was a small town that had very nice murals painted on the walls of the buildings. Was that Ely? As I recall the murals told of early settlers. We also enjoyed a tour through the cave up at the Great Basin National Park. Whatever you do and wherever you go you always make it interesting for us.
    Right now with snow level predicted to 2000 feet I’m happy to be sitting by the wood stove reading about your adventures.
    ((Hugs))
    Marilu

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      That might have been Ely. It has several nice murals, although lots of other Western towns have them also. I haven’t looked at them up close. Maybe that’s what I’ll do today. Thanks for the idea! The crew and I need to get out.

  46. Roger says:

    Hi Sue, It has been fun to watch your blog build up steam and popularity over the years. With that in mind, it would simply be impossible to keep all of the naysayers and critics out. I know you realize this (preaching to the choir) but it’s an unfortunate part of human nature. On a good note, I think it toughens the skin a bit.
    I absolutely love reading about all of your adventures and keep a notebook with places that my wife and I will enjoy visiting in the not so distant future. Keep up the great work!! 🙂

    Roger

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Roger. I hope my travels with my crew continue for a long time. It’s a wonderful way to live, and I do hope you and your wife soon visit and enjoy the places I share with you.

  47. Dancer says:

    Awe to be perfect…. well no one is… 🙂 its just words.. let them roll.. I find people take offence when you have pushed a button.. well its their button and their issues.. I love your blog and I am learning a lot as I will be alone after my son grows up, its nice to hear and see the courage of yourself taking on the world and enjoying it all by yourself.. the beautiful places etc that you share with us, thank you for sharing it with us and the beauty and love of the crew. God Bless..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Dancer. I love to hear someone loves my blog and is learning from it.

      BTW: The person who wrote the nasty post is not the one to whom I spoke harshly. She’s blameless. I don’t want to owe her more apologies!

  48. Patricia in Colorado says:

    Sue I absolutely love to read your blog! I look for it first everyday. I am very close to your age and if I am ever free would love to follow in your tire prints! Don’t worry, hurt feelings pass and life goes on. Please stay just like you are!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patricia,

      Clarification: This person has no reason for hurt feelings. She saw an opportunity to attack, that’s all. It’s not the same person to whom I apologized three times.

      Thank you… I plan to keep on being me!

  49. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    I’m trying to read your blog from the beginning but haven’t seen whether or not you have ever shared pictures of the inside of your home on wheels. Poor maybe I haven’t gotten that far yet?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You haven’t gotten to those posts yet. I’ve shown pictures of my kitchen,my bathroom, my bed, the storage area . . .

  50. Mick'nTN says:

    Another “SiFi” that is much more than sifi is “Watchers” by Dean Koontz. Note the very high Amazon rating. You will love Einstein if you love dogs.

  51. Utah Bonnie says:

    Sue, I love following your blog and sharing your (and the crew’s) adventures vicariously. One thing that I’ve learned to appreciate in my advanced age are people that say what they mean and mean what they say. That way I know where I stand if I’m smart enough to listen. If people that take offense to that approach then it’s their problem. They obviously have an issue with their listening. Keep being a great example of living your truth.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Bonnie. Please note the post was not written by the person to whom I spoke harshly and to whom I apologized. I’m really worried that people are confused on this.

      I appreciate your encouraging comment.

  52. kgdan says:

    Like you but for different reasons our travel plans heading to the PNW are pretty loose right now. Wanted to mention that if the weather makes it feasible we are thinking of turning north at Boise and heading up through McCall to Lewiston. Beautiful country that. Last time we were there we hurried through. Would like to take our time and admire the views. The Snake River is spectacular. From there we would turn west through the rolling hills past Walla Walla and the Whitman Mission.

    Looks like it’s really going to warm up here at Pahranagat next week. Can you believe my husband invited the camp host & his wife to a fish fry dinner? !!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s an interesting idea… I’m talking about the route you outlined to the PNW.

      As for the fish fry dinner, I take it that the bass Gil caught is very big or he’s had more luck. 🙂 At any rate, Mike and his wife are in for a treat!

  53. weather says:

    Gee, the trees at that campground are beautiful,sigh…lovely photos ,love you and seeing the crew.Your laundry routine made me laugh.I insist on rinsing mine at least three times over.I’ll need to budget $100/mo. on the road-or only camp along rivers and use no soap 🙂 As to the other matter-light wins over dark-always has and will.And you,my friend shine!!! ’nuff said,love you,be back in a bit,troupe call,yay!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I hope you had a good day at the antiques shop. It’s my guess that you did!

      I guess in order to rinse your clothes three times in a coin laundry you’d have to run the clothes through two cycles, the first one with soap. Then you’d have a wash with soap, a rinse, a wash with no soap, and a rinse. Not as expensive as you might think. I spent $11 on washers (high $$ because double-load only). You’d pay $22 for the same amount of laundry.

      Which you brought up to put my mind onto better things…. and you succeeded. Mundane-tasks talk as therapy. Ha!

  54. Linda says:

    The campground looks great. Relax, and enjoy. Smooches to Reggie and the Bridge.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda. It is a nice campground. Picnic tables are a clean and pretty, varnished wood with no gouges.

  55. Glenda in OZ! says:

    I certainly don’t read all the comments Sue, don’t have the time, but I certainly read every word you write, look at every photo and if you were to stop this blog I would be bereft. I check in almost every day to see what is happening with you and the crew, where you are etc. Its me learning about your great land too……….so happy that you share it all with us, your avid readers………keep on keeping on…cheers from “Down Under”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, isn’t that nice… When I started my blog it never occurred to me that I would be showing off this land to a Glenda in Australia. Thanks for the cheerful comment!

  56. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I am so slow it scares me sometime….. I remember the kerfluffle involving the other person….shuck it off my dear, you rock, she does not….not worth disturbing your little grey cells.

    Did you go into town to see the murals? A town near us, Manteca, has a lot of beautiful murals, they never cease to catch my attention!
    Wish I could share some of these eggs..my hens are continuing to surprise me…good girls. I just was looking through old photos and found that three of my hens, I have five, were hatched in 2003! I had no idea they would still lay eggs at that age, but these girls do…the yolks are orange..free range does that ya know! You should see the mayo I make, yellow!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What kind of chickens are they? I had several varieties of chickens at one time, long ago. I fed mine so well it took a chisel to break the shells! You could play ping pong with those eggs! Haha!

      You must be treating them right. 🙂

  57. Lee J in Northern California says:

    The three old ladies are Aracaunas. They lay green eggs! The other two are part Araucana and part Polish, poofy heads!

    The rooster I owned, a Polish lived to be fourteen…love chickens, they make me feel like the Pied Piper, will follow me all over, since I usually bring scraps!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have found your spirit animal!

      I had Wyandottes, Rhode Island Reds, Dominique, and Barred Rocks and some other breeds I don’t remember. My favorites were the Buff Orpingtons.

  58. weather says:

    Ok,antique shop and friend story time.Went to help her today,as the recent rainbow bridge event at her home makes her tire easily lately…A man walks in, with his newly turned eight years old daughter and her little friend,to get them each an old fashioned lolly-pop.As he’s paying the girls wander over to see a doll.This doll is the store”mascot” I’d bought to make the store look good and my friend happy,years ago.Very expensive,red hair,brown eyes-looks a lot like my friend,but just like the guy’s daughter.His daughter won’t ask him for it,just holds it gently …wishing.

    He says “What’s a doll like that go for?” I say to my friend ,”We’ve had her long enough,right?” ,she happily agrees.As no one else is nearby ,I ask him what he does for a living,am not surprised to find that he’s supporting his daughter on disability checks(he’s a bit shaky,their clothes are clean but old)I quote him the amount of the change I just gave him back,less a few bucks in case they need milk.Sold.

    That child looked at him like he was the hero that he is,God I wish you could have seen the three of them leave-so happy they were almost skipping.Here’s the cool part-as it wasn’t store business,just a love exchange,we’re using the cash to start a puppy fund .Spent the remaining time there on the internet searching,as I drove her home my friend was glowing…pocket full of notes about the ones they’ll chose from…

    Another day in paradise,working for free,paid with priceless gifts precious to me beyond description.Thought I’d let you feel them ,too,Sue,since you always share yours with me,and everyone else here.Dream,rest and sleep well when you do,n’ nite

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      That made my eyes leak….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A beautiful story, weather! I was seeing it as an episode in a film set in the 19th century or early 20th century. . . . No, this story is like a painting. I love it! How kind and thoughtful of you.

      And it goes even further! Your friend’s spirits are lifted and there’s a puppy somewhere who is already cherished with savings set aside just for him or her. Delightful! Thanks for what you did for that man, his daughter, your friend, and for anyone reading here. I know you are glowing with the precious joy of giving. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Ha!the joy’s over what I got ,not gave,I made out great.Seeing sad faces makes me feel sad,seeing smiling ones makes me feel happy-simple economy in my lil world 🙂 It would make a great painting,love how you “picture” story.Current picture here now-feathered ones nuzzled together on perch asleep,both pups and the kitty nose to nose nodding off,me in jammies with old quilt turned down,”see” you tomorrow

    • Applegirl NY says:

      That was so sweet, thanks for sharing, Weather. I love a happy story.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So happy for your day Weather and you were there at just the right time too!!

      • weather says:

        Always a pleasure to hear from you,dear Elizabeth.I hope the timing of all you have going on is just right for you,and that you and hubby are in good health.I know you’ve struggled to find the best ways to improve that,using new foods,recipes,etc.,and hope now you can just stay with what’s brings you life’s best and sweetest feelings,hugs,weather

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Thanks so much Weather…generally things are coming along…slowly but so far so injury so grateful for that!! And enjoying visiting with our daughter and some friends here in this same area. Just got a call from the skin doc’s office to call back on the pathology report so kind of worried…but we must face whatever comes. Hubby had 3 places taken off…2 were sent for evaluation. I am so glad however that I insisted he see our old skin doc while we were here…the one in Seattle a few months ago said all was fine…I say don’t take one person’s word for such things!! So depending on how that all goes…we might end up longer here…but our daughter told us tonight to not worry about having to stay here longer, as she is fine with that…so at least that!! Our other daughter of course, is anxious for our return. Life seems a series of challenges and figuring out how best to deal with them…but we are loved too with an everlasting love, so all will be well in due time.

          • weather says:

            Chin up,eyes up-toward Heaven-good answer, I join you in hope and prayer that all’s well .

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Thanks for the prayers…appreciated!!

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Yippe….all clear!! Found out this AM….borderline, but no more surgery needed!!!

            • weather says:

              Wonderful!

            • weather says:

              miss ya on the “front page” pal,jump back in ,the water’s fine,promise-blessings,dear

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Well, heh…we work as hard as we can most days…and the rest is in errands or just resting…and sometimes what I say has been taken wrongly too. It is not easy to be understood in the ways you mean in the words I use anyway…so when there is trouble…depending on things….I stay quiet anyway. I am dismayed when there is trouble…but if you knew from whence I came…I have told some (hubby once told me some years after we married, “You never told me the HALF!” heh…told him what I could…some things are difficult to put into words. I have a thin skin…one reason I do not have a blog now. Thanks for the kind words, Weather!!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hallelujah, amen, Elizabeth! I almost missed seeing your comment with the results.

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Thanks Sue…one of those days in life…and so far so good!! So we are grateful!!

            • weather says:

              Elizabeth,I agree with you that it’s easy,sometimes to be misunderstood,and as easy to be hurt when we are.Since you’ve been part of Sue’s blog for years,hopefully the good times outweigh those.You matter here,you are kind,thoughtful and interesting!Your faith in goodness as our final lot- is what I hope you apply to being on here.Maybe it is too hard ,the trouble bothers me too,I understand,dear,if you need to avoid it ,so seldom visit.I’m glad you replied on the next page.I’d avoided that topic-see,even I wince at some stuff here 🙂
              Praying for His guidance in how best to reply,comment,try to hurry the trouble or sorrow away,in life and here,doesn’t guarantee my getting it right or keep painful events from the path.It makes sure I’m blessed with joy as I go through them and miraculously fast healing… As long as you know you are wanted ,and let us know you’re alright on occasion,I’m happy.May God’s peace be in your life,the way it is between you and I,and I’m sure between you and Sue and the others here.Thank you for your sweetness to me since I came here.I’m glad we spoke where you felt safe,it was nice for me,too.Hope to see on the new post-as they say in the movies-“we’ve got to stop meeting like this” Tee Hee

    • weather,

      That was the BEST story…what a beautiful heart you have! I love how it feels to bring happiness to someone else, it is truly the best gift. You are a blessing!

      Have a great day ahead!

      • weather says:

        Thank you very much,Marla 🙂 ! Your note was a blessing to me.I hope we both have a great day,it’s beginning has surely been wonderful.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      Weather: What a beautiful way to handle that situation. You have a true gift of compassion.

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Beautiful act of kindness bringing much happiness to those who will cherish it for a long time. Thank You Weather for your caring.
      JazzLover

      • weather says:

        Hi JazzLover,thanks,until I read that,I hadn’t given much thought to the long time part’s added depth to the happiness.Your note added to mine 🙂

  59. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Oh, dear Weather! Thank you for sharing your story of the “love exchange.” So, so sweet for everyone involved! You bring freshness and light to the antiques store. When you have mentioned filling in for your friend, more often than not sales are better than usual or some other goodness comes out of your being there. Thank you for making me smile!! Sending you a hug – snuggle up with your troupe! 🙂

  60. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    Sorry about my previous post not falling in place as a response to Weather’s comment. Sometimes WordPress or my PC or IPad mini has a mind of it’s own, but I have to admit that it could be operator error as well!!

    Just placed an order on Amazon for “Land of Little Rain” by Mary Hunter Austin. It was originally published in 1903, and is about her travels in what is now Death Valley National Park and the surrounding areas. There is an article about her and the book in the Spring National Parks Magazine…it piqued my interest.

    I like this camp….very pretty with all the pines. Camping with horses – I wonder if that park is an anomaly or if there are others that accommodate riders. I love the last sunset (?) picture – absolutely beautiful.

    Sorry that your Easter day of peace, joy and reflection was marred. A whole post on the other’s blog to try to disparage and cut you down just screams bully and mean girl. Life is too short to give that person any more thought. So, where are we going next?!

    Cinandjules comment and your response about Bridget’s butt made me laugh! With Reggie eating her food, and Bridget eating his….Jack Sprat could eat no fat, and his wife could eat no lean!!!! LOL!! 🙂 Sending you and the Crew loving thoughts and hugs from me and Gracie pup!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I read that book! When I read your comment, it sounded familiar so I searched my kindle and found it. I hope you like it. If I remember correctly, it’s not an easy read, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth reading!

      Thanks re the full moon photo. As for campgrounds with horse corrals… I’ve come across a few. I see them on my Benchmark atlas marked as “horse camps,” too.

      Yes, I agree with your 4th paragraph. I love that my readers have risen above that and carried me with them!

      You got my literary allusion to Jack Sprat! 🙂

      Have a sweet and restful sleep tonight, Denise and Gracie pup!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Thanks, Sue!

        Death Valley National Park is high up on my must-see list. I am looking forward to reading about Ms. Austin’s real-life experiences.

        N’nite! 🙂 xxxooo

  61. Pam says:

    You describe a lovely, serene place, which your photos confirm. Chilly nights aren’t all bad. Cool air, a nice heavy quilt and warm pups to share it with make the best cozy sleep. Puppy kisses to Bridget and Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam,

      Thanks for the puppy kisses for the crew… Reggie in particular needs to keep up his supply because he gives me hundreds of kisses every day. I’ve never had such a kissing dog! Spike didn’t kiss me once in his entire life – May he rest in peace — and Bridget, I think, has graced my cheek with two or three, probably given by mistake. 😉

      Yes, the cool air is a happy change for me. Our walks are brisk and invigorating if I remember to grab my coat. Otherwise they’re damn cold and short!

      Thanks for writing, Pam.

      • Morning Sue!

        Maybe it’s the chihuahua in Reggie, all those kisses…we have a 13 year old teacup chihuahua, Chaquita, who could kiss you all day and all night! We lost our little boy, Ziggy, a year ago, he was also a teacup chihuahua, but boy he was a kisser as well! We just get close to their face and say “kiss kiss!” and they would go nuts! Love the puppy love!!!

        Hope you have a great day ahead!!!

        • And I should have added, it’s a new day, and no more negativity, we all love you too much!!! Hugs to you!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, Marla…

          I’m sorry you don’t have Ziggy boy with you anymore… 🙁

          You ASK for kisses? I get more than I can handle and I’m saying, “STOP! STOP!” which of course brings on more…

          • Yeah, we miss our little guy every day still. When I was catching up on your blog and read about Spike, my heart went out to you and I cried like a baby. I could so understand what you were going through. That is why I’m so happy for you and Bridget for finding Reggie!! We just have our baby girl Chaquita for now, but I think she likes it, she is the Queen of our house now, she gets ALL the love and attention! (Ziggy did crave the spotlight more times than not, he was a character!). Just wanted to share with you about our fur babies 🙂 And no, we don’t always have to ask for kisses, it’s their little “trick”! haha!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Oh you got a kissy pal….oh hearing about him, Sue….makes me miss my Ebbie so much!! I was not looking for a “licky” one, as my family called her….but she was so loving and some days well…as a fact, I always got more kisses from her than any humans!! Imagine THAT!! Ha….

  62. Applegirl NY says:

    Sue, we love you and your blog. I must say that I’m unaware of most of the drama, as I tend to skip over many of those posts. You have so many wonderful followers who I really enjoy, and you share so much with all of us, we need to be thankful. We all hope you keep going as long as you want.

    Your reminiscence of family gatherings is something we can all relate to. Whenever my family gets together for one of those golden summer days, and I look at the young ones running around, I think “these are days they will remember all of their lives.” I can smell the burgers on the grill and see the potato salad being passed around, and how black our bare feet were at the end of the day. Do people let their children run around with bare feet anymore? Thanks for the memories.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Applegirl. I’m pleased that those memories surfaced for you. My memories of big family gatherings go back to childhood. My family never had them during my adulthood. That’s the way it goes… Scattered across states . . . Disconnects . . .

      Thanks for the sweetness of your first paragraph. Your reaction to my troubles is to express gratitude for me which shows you possess a good and loving heart. Have a good evening.

  63. Michael says:

    I come here often, I don’t comment often, sorry. I wonder if you know how important you and your blog are? You lay out your life and feelings, almost daily, in a manner that touches folks where they live. You make friends you may never know about. I know what kind of friend you are, I know what kind of person you are, I know that I respect and admire you. You have a level of caring for us out here that comes through in your responses to comments. You know, as we all do, that you can’t please everyone all the time. You chose a life that some will only be able to experience because of your efforts and share it selflessly. That is huge, important and admirable. Mark Twain said ” Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out all the wrong words.” Thank you Sue, you really are one of the gooduns

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You brought forth tears, Michael. I feel like all the hurt has been hugged out of me. Thank you.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      Love that Mark Twain quote – thanks for sharing it Michael.

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Well said Michael!

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Michael, Thank You for saying what so many of us feel about RVSue, most of all, thanks for hugging all the hurt out of her.
      JazzLover

  64. Lynn Brooks says:

    I don’t know how it’s possible for you to be “snippy”!!!
    I love your Blog! Please don’t stop — until YOU are ready!!!
    The rest of us are just fine!
    Xoxoxoxo

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynn,

      Nice of you to say so, but in truth I can be The Queen of Snippyland! I put on my crown and raise my scepter when I perceive anything like criticism of my life or my blog. Haha! 😉

      Thanks, Lynn… You’re a dear.

  65. Sue, as I write this my hope is that you are now resting comfortably for the night and having some sweet dreams!

    Those who have not written blogs may not understand how difficult they can be. You make it look so darned easy but it really isn’t for a number of reasons. The holidays are difficult enough when a person is on their own, possibly remembering all those good family gatherings (or the bad ones). There can certainly be a period of mourning around those “special” days. I didn’t read the exchange that brought on your response but I know that it is impossible to handle the huge volume of interactions you have for each blog perfectly all the time. You do a brilliant job of doing so. If for some reason you missed the mark, so be it! I, for one, am glad to know you are human. I’m so sorry for whatever you went through but, hey – look at your blogarinos (did I spell it right?). Their support of you is huge and filled with love. Take that in and ignore the rest. Love ya, girl!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deborah,

      Thanks for the wish for restful sleep. The crew and I slept great! I didn’t sleep well the night before, tossing and turning, wondering what to write in this icky situation. That made last night’s sleep delicious! 🙂

      Sweet of you to mention my well-being (or lack of it) during holidays. I did go through years of grief during holidays, over loved ones passed on and loved ones absent for other reasons…. I dealt with that and I’m fine now. Thank you.

      I included that brief emotion that I felt while looking at the empty picnic tables because I don’t want my blog to be “Oh, look how perfect and wonderful my life is! I’m happy, happy, happy! I do everything perfectly and I never have a sad moment because I’m the most fantastic person in the world! ” Bleagh.

      Your understanding of this recent “challenge” is appreciated. Thanks for reminding me of all the love and support I am blessed with. You have a wonderful day!

  66. Ron in Tx says:

    Sue
    You should be throwing a party and celebrating.
    I have been following your blog since day one and maybe 20 folks have acted up and been critical.
    HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHum nearly 1. 9 million hits and 30 comments that were critical, sharpening my pencil trying to figure the odds ,dam my sheet of paper is to narrow .
    Miss Sue looking at the odds your dam near perfect, no wonder you have a POPULAR BLOG.
    Ron

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Ron, you honey! I love your comment…

      As a former math teacher, I appreciate the power of numbers and, man, you nailed it. I’m amazed at the numbers. Thanks for putting this mess into perspective.

      This blog is our party…. Thanks for being a part of it!

  67. shirlene says:

    Sleep tight Sue. .all is well.

  68. Annette says:

    RV Sue, this is your blog! I haven’t read to discover what the “incident” may have been, but gosh darn it, write what you want, and without remorse. If a person is offended, that’s their bad luck, not yours. I enjoy your insight on all topics, and I really enjoy your proper use of grammar and correct spelling! I say, “Carry On!”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Annette,

      You gave me a chuckle with “I really enjoy your proper use of grammar and correct spelling.” Sometimes I’ll read an old post and cringe at a glaring error posted for months for all the world to see . . . 🙂

      Thanks for adding your voice of support. I do appreciate you!

  69. Rita from Phoenix says:

    The folks who tarred and feather you are just plain green with envy….they are so jealous. Don’t pay attention to them….they are not worth the effort. We were not made to be perfect….some of us have bigger flaws but most of us are tolerable LOL In my opinion, on a scale of 1-10, I most definitely would say you are 9.99 🙂

    • Patricia K says:

      I’m with you, Rita!! That’s what I thought too.
      Pat K from Bulverde, Tx.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Rita. You’re right about ignoring those who try to hurt us (“turn the other cheek!”).

      I’ve learned through experience that it’s important not to let an aggressor feel that you are a helpless victim. That’s why I felt it necessary to address the situation head on, both my harsh words (by apologizing) and the post of an angry blogger (by airing it to my readers).

      Now it’s all in the open, it has been dealt with, this little portion of the blogosphere has turned from nasty and negative to loving and positive.

      See what faith I have in the positive spirit of the blogorinos!

  70. Linda in NE says:

    Sorry your Easter Sunday couldn’t have been completely peaceful. I wouldn’t worry too much about the people who get up in arms over anything you write on your very own blog. They’ll get over it….or not, whatever the case will be. I, for one, enjoy your blog and maybe sometimes your annoyance over something may come through, but so what. Who would think your readers could be such fragile flowers that they get their noses out of joint over some little thing you wrote.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      “But so what”… That’s the spirit and a great relief to me! Thanks, Linda.

      The person who was the recipient of my harsh words has been quiet, bless her heart. The nastiness came from an observer who saw an opportunity to devote a blog post to my many sins. Just want that to be clear for everyone….

      Thanks for letting me know you enjoy my blog and that this, too, shall pass.

  71. Jeff Agueda says:

    Thank You for your great information on your travels. I am a new follower and look forward to your posts. Hope to see you out and about one of these days.
    Jeff.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to my blog, Jeff! I admit I get all giggly-happy when I see another male follower appear here. 😉

      I hope to provide more “great information” in the future. As soon as the weather settles down, we will be moving across states! Thanks for writing. I crave male attention… Hahaha!

  72. rvsueandcrew says:

    All of a sudden I’m exhausted. It’s not even 7 p.m. (never mind what the blog says) and I’m going to bed to curl around these two warm bodies already sleeping.

    See y’all tomorrow. I love you!

    Sue

  73. Shawna says:

    Oh Sue — what is going on? Being melancholy for all that was lost……. of course you do not have to answer that, but I am just worried. The crying in the hot springs, the sadness of family lost. If you DO need an outlet and willing ear you can always email.
    P.S. We all get snippy. Some days are just snippy days. These, too, shall pass.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna,

      Gee, I almost missed seeing your comment– There are so many!

      Oh, don’t be concerned. That melancholy was momentary and the crying in the hot springs, I was crying tears of joy. I never thought life could be so good and it that it could keep getting better. The gratitude was so big that I cried. You’re very kind to offer yourself to listen…

  74. Taranis17 says:

    if there was ever a blog writer that inspires me most to “chuck it all and get out there,” it’s you, Ms. Sue.

    I would’ve LOVED to have had you as a teacher in school. Clearly you’re a natural – not only do you teach, but you inspire others through your words, your thoughts, and your actions.

    Keep on being you. I so very much look forward to your continued adventures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Taranis17,

      Oh dear, I think you shared your real name and now I can’t remember it. I’m sorry.

      Nice of you to say so, but I don’t think you would’ve loved me as a teacher. I was a hard taskmaster at times, a believer that math is learned by doing it, not by playing around it.

      Yes, “continued adventures”… Let’s go!

      • Taranis says:

        Hehe.. No I’ve never shared my real name on here. Separation the the “virtual” and the “real.”

        Math is a lot like music: better with practice. You don’t scare me lady! 🙂

        Take care,

        T

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I understand about the name thing. If I were a reader and not a blogger, I’d use an alias, too.

  75. Tina in LV says:

    Hi Sue!
    Sleep tight and sweet dreams. I don’t post very often, but wanted to tell you how you have touched my life and how much your blog means to me. I even embarrassed myself by acting like a fan girl and driving out to lake mead when you were there to catch a glimpse of your trailer. You have given me hope Sue that even after the recession, my bad decisions and the fear that I won’t be brave enough to do it, that it is possible to make a life I can choose that lets me be the captain of my own destiny. You have so inspired me. Please know that your words and pictures mean so much and are so looked forward to. Just be you, the rest of us really enjoy going along for the ride.
    Thanks again;
    Tina in LV

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tina in LV,

      If I have given you any measure of hope, all this time, effort, and occasional “trouble” is worth it!

      Yes, you can make a life of your own choosing. You know what gives people the impression that I’m brave? (“impression” because I’m not any braver than the average person)…. I’ll try to explain.

      When I meet a challenge, like setting out for TX from GA to pick up my trailer, never having camped on my own before, I say to myself, “So what’s the big deal? How hard can it be? Millions of people tow trailers and camp!”

      In other words, all my life I’ve been careful, careful, careful, mostly because I was responsible for the well-being of others. Well, I reached a point in my routine life that I got sick of careful! I don’t want to be numb with security, I want to be alive with challenges!

      Okay, I’m getting over-dramatic here… Thanks for a lovely message, Tina. Don’t think of yourself as a fan, think of yourself as a fellow traveler. 🙂

      Best wishes…

  76. Libby Nester says:

    Awe the memories! Saw all the empty tables under the shelter and thought of my own family. I don’t have many left anymore, but like you I am happy to have what I have.

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoy traveling the western states with you through the blog. I didn’t know a lot about them before your blog. Some day I may get to take a western trip. I’ve lived in Texas, Kansas and visited California and New Mexico. But, I haven’t got to see the sites you have exposed me to.

    I loved Spike. And, I love Bridget and little fellow. Reggie, that’s his name. Keep up the good work. You all seem like family to me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re sweet, Libby. I’m honored that the crew and I feel like family. That’s what a loving heart like yours can do. 🙂

      Isn’t the West fantastic! If I had know 40 years ago, I would’ve spent my life somewhere in the West. I’m happy you’ve been with me and my crew as I discovered some of its wonders. I hope you do take that western trip!

  77. Jenny J says:

    As a long time reader I love your blog–I am still trying to get mine off the ground again — cant figure how to make that Amazon thing work!! all I get is gobbled gook!!
    Reggie is perfect fit for the crew!! Safe travels

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jenny J.,

      Feel free to ask a question about “that Amazon thing” and I’ll try to help. It probably is some key step that you’re missing…

      Thank you for reading my blog for a long time.

  78. AZ Jim says:

    Anyone who puts in the time, effort and love you do in providing a wonderful place for us to travel with you and catch up with each other, they are bound to misinterpret someone or say something someone takes wrong. It happens and you can not beat yourself up over it. I am sure in your mind it’s a much bigger deal than it is in anyone elses mind. You are loved an appreciated by literally hundreds many of whom you will never hear from, yet they are there drinking in your daily posts, Missy. Smile !!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Reading your note brought a truth to mind, at least what I consider a truth. . . That the strongest men are the gentlest men. That’s you, Jim. Even when you write about something that disturbs or annoys you, your tender spirit toward humankind is there. I’m fortunate, very fortunate, to have you as a faithful reader and friend. Thank you… Missy

  79. Laura says:

    Hello,

    I do not write to you, mostly because I am not too good at writing at times. But I have to say that I truly enjoy your blog! I love how you share so many ideas and ups and downs. How much things cost and that you are able to manage costs and still be able to travel. I find your lifestyle very interesting and I take notes! lol! One day I too will retire (hopefully sooner than later, but probably later) and I will not have much to fall back on at all, not much savings and even though my house will be free and clear, I will not be able to afford the taxes where I live now. So your blog is very helpful indeed.

    I also love that you have opened your heart to have adopted another fur baby! I love the photo’s you share of them. I was so saddened to read about the passing of Spike and I felt pain for you when you had to go through that loss. Fur babies become such a part of us. I hope you continue with your blog, it means alot to people like me who may read it, but may not write to you in response to things you write about, I cannot speak for others, but I will say I totally enjoy your writings! Huggles from Laura

    • MB says:

      Well said Laura! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laura,

      That is a beautifully written note! You must not be aware of the clarity and sincerity of your writing.

      Not that one has to be a great writer to comment here. I think I’ve broken every rule ever made for the English language — and there are a boatload of rules! — but I don’t care. I taught language arts and now it’s fun to throw the rules out the window and write casually and for fun and for reaching out to others.

      Your situation is familiar to me… That is, looking at retirement up the road with a house that will need upkeep, repairs, taxes paid, etc. and not seeing how the retirement income will keep up with all that. And if the money is stretched to cover it, what’s left for “the golden years?”
      I’m not saying everyone will find the answer to this dilemma by chucking the house and living on the road in a little trailer. It’s an option! I wish you good luck, Laura, in figuring out what will work best for you, what will give you the fullest life that’s perfect for you.

      You touched my heart where you wrote about sharing my pain over the loss of Spike. Thank you for writing. Any comment written with sincerity and kindness is a blessing for all who read it.

  80. Michael Leonard says:

    Sue, I have been reading your blog from the start. I think it’s the last thing I do at night before I go to sleep. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

    Good night and may God bless you and your crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Michael, and thank you for letting me know how you fit my blog into your daily routine.

      I wish I were more dependable as far as posting at a regular time each day. I’ve tried. It doesn’t seem to work for me. I’m sorry about that. I appreciate you sticking with us from the start!

      Good morning and God bless you and yours!

  81. MB says:

    OK…..I haven’t even read all the comments because I have to go shut my dog up before she disturbs the farm owners…..and feed the animals. 🙂 BUUUuuuut, I just have to say one thing. “Teri”. It is human nature to let people’s negativity screw us up. Why is it that we can remember every word someone said if it was negative but have such a hard time reminding ourselves of all the good things people say? We go over and over it…even though we know we shouldn’t. Ah well……but when you are having a hard time and the thoughts of the negative comments come to mind…..just think “Teri”. Because of the blog you have built, this woman you’ve never met had a place to safely share her sadness and trepidation about ending a chapter in her life….and the possibilities of the new chapter to come. Not only did you respond with kindness and support but so did your readers. And hopefully, it brought a smile to her face and gave her courage. I am sorry you had to go through having your words misunderstood. You have apologized. Nothing more to do. Try and think of Teri and so many like her….who come to your blog to meet with others of like minds, support and be supported…….to dream…..and maybe get the courage to follow those dreams from the words you and your readers share. Have a wonderful day Sue!

    • Teri in SoCal says:

      Wow MB, you are 100% right. Seriously.

      I used to comment a lot, but with things going on I stopped, but still read Sue’s blog and read all of the comments. And while I don’t wish bad times on anyone else, I know from reading here that we’ve all been through them. For some reason yesterday I just needed to “share”. And then I didn’t feel so alone. The comments made me feel better, and not so alone. How about that!

      And reading that Reggie was trying to rip up Sue’s shirt also added to my morning. Little turdlet.

      • Hi Teri, one thing I learned in life was then when one door closes another one opens….I know everything will be fine, I have seen it many, many times. Stay positive like you are and we are here with you if things get tuff.

      • MB says:

        Yep….the Reggie comment made me laugh too. Mine, thankfully, just paws at my arm till I let her in my lap….computer, Chihuahua…..and sometimes a cat! 🙂

  82. Karla in Ky. says:

    Just want to let you know again how much I enjoy all the pictures and information you share with us. You are a kind and good person whom I consider a friend. You have inspired me to get my little trailer ready for hitting the road for some weekend camping here in Ky. Blessings to you and crew!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good for you, Karla! Gosh, all the time I lived in Georgia I never drove up that way. That’s the way it is when shackled to an all-consuming job. You Kentuckians probably have lovely campgrounds. I wish you many relaxing weekends with your trailer, enjoying the outdoors in a beautiful place. Thanks for the sweet message.

  83. Buffalo Bob says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, might be there are just to many females on this here blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Only because too many men let the women do the caring and the fighting! 🙂

      Where have you been, Bob? I bet you have much that is good to contribute, yet you keep it to yourself and all my readers miss out.

      Welcome!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Well I’m female. Too many… (?)

      I find that I enjoy most comments here, and “getting to know” the commenters. From what I can tell, some are male, and some are female. I don’t think there are too many of either!

      We could use a few more dogs and cats here in the comments though, I think 😉

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I think you might have misread what I meant, Pen. I should be clearer. I meant that I wish more men would write comments, rather than sitting in lurkdom letting the women do the talking.

        Not too many women, just a call for more men.

        This post brought several “new” men into the comments section which delights me. There are some posts that start to look like this is a chicks-only blog. Ooh, I would hate that! We need the male view…

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Hi Sue,

          I was replying to Buffalo Bob – but I realize it’s not always clear with the nesting of comments (or maybe it was my writing). I’m not sure what too many females looks like, but I like your blog, and your commenters!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            PS: I guess I never thought about a view being specifically male or female. I’ll have to ponder that.

            After a mini-ponder: I guess I think of a specific viewpoint as being “RV Sue’s” or “Buffalo Bob’s,” or “Prairiecamper’s,” but I don’t think of that as representing a whole gender.

            Interesting. Not sure where I fit in (probably I don’t – story of my life, LOL).

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Everyone possess a male view and a female view. All in varying degrees which makes us different and interesting. No mix of these views is wrong. Actually there is no such thing as a male view or a female view. I’m limited by semantics. Maybe better terms would be analytical/assertive view and emotional/nurturing view or something like that. I don’t know! Gender talk is too difficult. I should shut up. Sorry if I was offensive, Pen. I didn’t mean it.

              BTW, I love YOUR view. No categories, no boxes, just YOU. 🙂

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Thanks, Sue 🙂

              I’m probably over-sensitive to these types of categorizations because on the one hand, I’m happy to be a woman, but on the other, it just annoys me when people are put into boxes by “category” (and of course gender boxes are so darned common – if a person was unaware of this, just start traveling as a solo woman).

              One thing I love about you and your blog is that you actively show how people (you!) are individuals, and can do/be/dress/speak how they want to, as individual people. Yay!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I hate categories, too, and here I am doing it! Ugh!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Ooops! I was replying from my admin page which I do not like, but it loads more quickly. I don’t like it because the comments are out of order and I easily miss who is talking to whom.

      • ……And parrots. Fred the Amazon is sitting here in his nebulizer “listening” to me read the Comments. Charlotte the Chihuahua paws at me to invite her up to my lap so she too can participate.

  84. Karen-SC says:

    Drama, Drama who needs it. I’ve been following for over 3 years now and just love to read of your adventures and see the beautiful pictures. You have inspired so many people to follow their dreams of travel in this great land of ours. I don’t always read all the comments as they are so many. I really just like to see the nice posts that you share. Lots of love to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      If anyone knows anything about being happy to skip the party while still loving the party-goers, it’s me! I understand. I’m happy you read my blog. And if you ever need a question answered or a shoulder to lean on, we’re here for you. 🙂

  85. Diann in MT says:

    Dear Sue and crew,
    I’m late to the party, but definitely wanted to add my two cents worth:
    Those of us who “know” you, would never be offended in the least. You are a kind and caring person whose lifestyle unfortunately brings on some “characters” from left field, and some of us who might get our words twisted up from time to time. Any reply you make must be considered as a really good friend would consider. I know that I once seemed to have offended another blogorino, and to this day I feel sad about that, but then I also knew that I could not make this person feel better, so I just didn’t respond. Life is what it is. Sometimes, you make ’em laugh; sometimes, you make them sad; and, sometimes, you just leave ’em wondering. You make us laugh a lot, Sue, while you provide absolutely first hand knowledge of how to survive the little RV lifestyle. Keep on keepin’ on, Girl!
    Diann

    • Lacy says:

      Well said Diann!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      It’s difficult for a good-hearted person like yourself to forget something you did that might have hurt another, even if not intended that way.

      Being the recipient of hurt directed by another, whether intended or not, can lead to change, good change… maybe improved character or waking up to a reality heretofore hidden or becoming aware of those who care and don’t want you to feel hurt. Like what happened to me!

      Very nice message, Diann. It’s a pleasure to have you in my life.

  86. Lacy says:

    Humph. I don’t follow the comments so I missed the drama or whatever it was. All I will say is it’s YOUR blog about YOUR life. You get pissy about something? Well tough tata’s people. Move on!!!!!!!

    Just popped by to say I hope you had a peaceful weekend. Oh well!

    Hugs,
    Lacy
    Ps. LOVE the pic of the crew walking side by side. Dang but they’re cute!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, isn’t the crew great the way they walk together? I’m very proud of them. I have one of those coupler things that hook two dogs together so you hold only one leash. If I can find the dang thing, I’m going to try it. That way, if the leash should slip from my hand, Bridgee Babee can bring Reggie Man home!

      Thanks for “popping” by, Lacy. 🙂

  87. Donna P says:

    Some of the best advice I’ve ever received was simply, “be gentle with yourself.”

  88. Good Morning Sue….Let’s do this!

  89. weather says:

    Wow is my coffee good today! Good morning,Sue 🙂 I hope you made yourself a fresh pot instead of drinking yesterday’s.This morning when I stepped outside the first thing I noticed was how much of the cove has water without ice in it.Each year when that happens within days the sound of waves can be heard here around the clock,such a game changer.

    Before I’d told you about my practicing living in space the size of the RV we’ll be living in when our home’s on wheels,too-a bed,one burner,a sink,toilet,chair small table-to see if it was doable for the troupe and I.Well,we did great ,in most ways it’s been preferable,in fact.Now,though,no way I’m going to rob myself of the lake’s sounds while we’re still here.I’m opening everything to let us feel beauty inside and out.

    As I looked around I thought of your situation,waiting out the cool temps before you head toward next season’s destinations,and felt again our camaraderie in so many ways.Another similarity came to mind that’s effect may be one you haven’t considered.
    Conversation,years ago,between myself and some friends,turned to rough moments each had lived through.Mine had to do with fighting the onslaught of someone I’d thought was doing it to hurt me.A wise man,experienced and educated about such matters, said “The reason you were attacked was that it was known whose you were,he hoped by doing so to hurt your father.”

    That’s been happening as long as humanity has existed.Those who go after you and other light bearers seldom know what/who is influencing them,by now I recognize the age old battle.To this day I’ve known the battle’s not mine,I’m safe,always will be,so will you.My part,and yours,is best done by living the victory in joy so the light spreads.

    My point is that you are doing it magnificently,you are a beacon this world is blessed to have ! Teaching ,by example and love,how to forge ahead,blaze paths to dreams,get them-thank you on behalf of all that’s good in this life,friend.Hope your day makes that joy easy to feel,no one deserves it more.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, weather,

      Yes, I’m drinking from a fresh pot this morning. 🙂

      Ah, the battle continues. . . even though it’s already won.

      I woke up this morning with Reggie kissing me, as usual, squirming, kicking, burrowing his head under my neck, his entire bag of tricks, when an image came to me.

      Of course my mind had returned to this blog and what has transpired within the past few days. The messages to me rolled around before me like a spool of music on an old player piano, each one becoming increasingly positive and sweet sounding.

      Then I saw a lake sparkling in sunshine, like many I’ve been blessed to see on this journey. The lake’s “diamonds” brought me back again to the people who provided comfort to me and to each other on this blog. That’s when it came to me — the image of each person being a diamond in a vast array of jewels spread out before us. Those diamonds shine every day, sometimes not as bright as other days, but, hey, they’re always diamonds.

      At once the diamonds began to brighten and glow as the Light reached toward and through them. The Light was reflected back to me in an array of Goodness, clear, bright, sparkling but not fading, and I felt warmth.

      What a way to greet a morning, eh?

      I get up with my dear little pals with their needs. I do what has to be done, they make me laugh with their gratitude (oh no, not more kisses!), and I open up this blog again.

      More diamonds! Polished to a glow that reaches across miles and miles… Weather, I can’t tell you what your messages mean to me. The best I can do is stand on your cliff in spirit and look to the Light.

      • weather says:

        Your reply literally stunned me with it’s beauty!Trust that I well understand what our messages,and we, give each other and the needs they fulfill for us both…and know there’s not another whose mutual love and respect is more- welcome, makes me happy and deeply honored to share life’s adventure,true feelings,walk,flight and Light with

        • Hi Weather, I am happy you are home today with your troupe. I image that the shop also misses your light and warmth. Your friend can do no better, than rely on you and your love.

          Your messages, although meant for Sue, lift all of us up. I appreciate the friendship that you share.

          Enjoy your day and I hope a snowflake kisses your cheek again today.

          • weather says:

            Ha!I’ll bet my friend has had her eyes and mind glued to the shop’s computer screen all day as she’s looking at adopt puppy photos, and if she misses me this time it’s because she wants to show them to me.I should call her and go see, if there aren’t a lot of people there.Thanks for being part of the love felt here,smiles and hugs,weather

    • weather says:

      P.S. Brava! ,Sue. Today’s (Tuesday’s)post was brilliant!Talk about living the victory in joy-you absolutely nailed how to demonstrate the freedom winning gives. Wow,unerringly timed and depicted- as thoroughly delightful with it’s childlike innocence as it is a powerful stance..I laughed because some of the birds were hilarious and then did more-in sheer happiness at your mind and spirit’s intelligence that had you present your unmatchable trophy above the defeated.Letting the door close on all that behind you- as you exit leaving your loyal entourage to take care of your blog -perfect.

      Whether you intended all this as you developed your concept for the post or were led (by the One whose promptings you’re wise enough to trust) to do it -unaware of it’s effect -matters little.What does is that you’ve become and are-a master at all of this.

  90. Buffalo Bob says:

    Hi Sue, in truth been following you over a year and never miss a post. As to fighting…got all I wanted in NAM. Old saying to hot in kitchen get out of the kitchen.
    Love you and your blog and sometimes a friendly disagreement is good, helps to keep things interesting. PS I am also single 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yay, Buffalo Bob is back!!!! 🙂

      Thank you for following my blog and keeping up with every post. And, more importantly, thank you for what you sacrificed for us with service to your country. I mean that most sincerely.

      You don’t have to comment if you don’t feel like it. But if you should get the urge, I’ll be happy when you do!

  91. John McDonald says:

    I have often used this quote from a favorite professor of mine, “Perfection is a false god.”

    Cheers John

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! That little quote packs a big message! Thanks, John. Come by again anytime…

  92. Ron in Tx says:

    Sue
    I ran a successful business for 50 years . There was always someone around that new more about my business than I did LOL Plenty of criticism. I always used these two red neck sayings to keep me grounded.
    Dont ever forget what brung ya
    and
    Dont kick a winning mule in the a$$$
    I think your readers and your numbers say you are doing it right
    Ron

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Ron, you gave me a big grin!

      I love the way you get it said . . . direct and to the point and so true!

  93. Nancy says:

    Hi Sue,

    What a beautiful campground, and that horse corral! So different from where I am in middle Georgia. I can feel that dry air on my skin right now and it’s mighty tempting. However, I don’t think my husband would appreciate my ditching him and taking off, but then….why can’t I go off exploring just because he won’t? Reminds me of the old sign you sometimes see in antique stores.

    LOST DOG AND HUSBAND……….$100 reward for dog.

    Thanks for all that you do, including being yourself in your posts, and please carry on! I especially loved the post when you recently discovered the hot springs and enjoyed it so much. I cried right along with your tears of joy, Sue.

    So happy for you and the “kids”, many more happy trails to you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Nancy. Thanks for the note.

      This is a nice campground, often bypassed apparently, because there’s a bunch of RVs down at the KOA in town. Of course, there aren’t hookups here. Look at what you get when you can camp without hookups!

      Yeah, I can relate … having been married twice. I found the compromising very hard to do.

      • Nancy says:

        It appears that the best places are non-hookup campgrounds (of course that depends on what you like) when you compare to the KOA-types. When my son was a teenager and camped with us, it was important for him to be around other kids and have things to do. It was great having a rec room, pool, basketball courts, etc. And I never minded having all the kids come over and sit at our picnic table. I’d make grilled cheese sandwiches and potato salad for all of them (they ate like locusts) but then that was 20 years ago and I was a lot more energetic.

        KOA and that type are also great when you want to breakaway for a particular reason, like if you need a stronger internet connection, or need to be near the city for business, etc. But for the pure beauty and solitude, of course, you are finding the nicest accommodations. And having your RV set up for boondocking, and the fact that it’s just you doing the deciding, you have it made. I’m a lot like you; as long as I have my dog, my books, coffee, and get to plan my own destiny, I’m happiest. And right now I don’t have it that way, and that’s why I get a kick out of reading your adventures. Thanks so much for sharing, for the beautiful pictures, and the very well-written accounts of your experiences.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, Nancy!

          Camping with children is an entirely different ballgame. KOAs are perfect for that.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        I personally think way too many married or relationship couples try to OWN each other. In my first marriage that was the cast with my husband…I rebelled against being OWNED after 13 years of it. Well, that ended that and he moved on. Truth be told, I did not try to compromise about it. Why should I?! No person is meant to be OWNED.

        My beloved Klemper is my rock of 30 plus years now. No ownership issues, just happiness at sharing life together…the way it is meant to be. Now I can’t imagine it being any other way! Sue, we are both lucky to have gotten out of a bad pairing…far too many stay for whatever reasons or fears of leaving. Anyway, glad you found your freedom and peace…a must for a full and balanced life 🙂

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      LOL, that old saying is PRICELESS! I guess whoever wrote that feels the $100.00 reward was the best money they ever spent 😉

      Nancy, I, too, live in middle GA. Land locked from the beach and very little to do here. Nothing of any real interest to me. My husband works long hours on a special work-related project, 10 hour days plus the getting ready and commute times each way. I, loving to travel, recently bought a Conversion Van for some SOLO travel trips this summer. Last summer I tried staying home all summer but when Winter came I had missed all the Summer and was miserable about it. Not this year! Gas money and Summer adventures await me 😉 Granted I am lucky to have a supporting spouse who understands my need for personal freedom, ~me time~. Maybe look at considering doing something like that…SOLO get-a-ways or maybe a girlfriend trip of ten days or so. It’s important to own your own freedom sometimes 🙂 Nothing wrong with that. I hear the ocean calling me, I’ve been packing up the Van for days! Once the Spring rains are over I’m heading out for a few R&R days. Point is, being married shouldn’t meant you have to be joined at the hip all the time, not for me anyway. I map my travels and if my husband can join me, SUPER, if not then I go solo.

  94. Monica-CA says:

    Thanks for taking the pictures of this campground. I have filed this campground as a place to stay when I do make that trip across beautiful Nevada. I never thought I would ever say that of Nevada. In my mind Nevada was just a ugly dust bowl, but thanks to you for sharing these unexpected traits I am learning of the beauty of Nevada. This armchair traveler is learning lots about the West just from your travels.

    Sue, Thank you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Monica!

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      It’s interesting what you say about impressions one can form based on little or nothing but hints heard through life. When I was 16, and a Girl Scout, I attended the International Girl Scout RoundUp in Farragut Idaho (a return trip there is on my bucket list and I suspect my 50 year old impressions will turn out faulty!). It became a source of amusement to our group of fellow Scouts from Northern California, that we were frequently asked, as soon as other girls heard we were from California, ” so what movie stars do you know personally?”, and ” you are from CA, so why don’t you have a tan?”, and my favorite ” Whats it like to surf?”. Even better, “Where is Northern California?” that one when trying to explain answers to previous questions. Impressions based on news etc can be strangely incorrect. More fun to go see Nevada and other states to see for yourself what they are like and I hope you get to do that soon. Happy travels.

      • Nancy says:

        When I lived in California for a short while in the early 1980s, the people I met got a kick out of my Georgia accent. When I told them I lived in Savannah, they asked me if I’d ever been on Peachtree Street, and thought that you could ride down that street and see people sitting out on the front porch drinking a mint julep! And then I told them that when I came to northern California, I expected everyone to have been to a rodeo, and seen the redwoods, and everyone drove around in a tie-dyed-painted VW bus!! It’s funny the pictures we get in our heads about places based on TV or books.

  95. Abel in Austin says:

    Hello Sue, Bridget and Reggie,

    I read your blog every day cause i have to, it makes my day but, i don’t comment often cause I’m just not a good writer . I love reading your blog cause it’s like reading a book but in this case it’s your daily activity which i really enjoy how you describe everything with your words and pictures. I also enjoy reading the comments from your followers. PLEASE don’t let just one follower/commentor get you all worked up. It’s just not worth worrying about it, there’s just too many wonderful people and critters that enjoy what you do, Keep it up.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Abel! I remember you! Good to see you here again…

      Thanks for taking the time to write and for sending encouragement my way. I will continue. . . . and your writing looks great! Also thanks for reading my blog everyday.

  96. Marg says:

    I have a family with a lot of opinions. I was meek, mild mannered when I married nearly 54 years ago. Billy taught me to take up for myself. Sometimes I take it to an extreme and wish I was meek and mild mannered again. I think he does too. Oh well, just as long as I can keep my political and religious opinions to myself. Sometimes I can’t, but I am so glad I can delete things before I send them. You take care. I think you do rather well Ms. RVSue, and I used one of your pictures this morning on FB. Beautiful photography.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marg…

      You have evolved over a lifetime… and I’ve learned here that we can’t be perfect, but we can love and be loved anyway. Thanks for the compliment on my photography. I’m curious what photo you chose to put on FB. 🙂

      • Marg says:

        The moon and layers of mountains. That is what I love about Arkansas, the mountains are layered and you can get pictures in different lights, different colors, fog, etc. I cannot take pictures (I thought) because of the congenital tremor, but recently took pictures with my Kindle that were acceptable, did not look like an earthquake occurred.

        • Marg says:

          A few months ago I asked could I use an occasional picture and you said I could. It always shows that you are the one who took the picture. Also, my friends on FB also follow you occasionally, because I do, and because you write an interesting blog. We have a new Ascend RV sitting in our driveway. Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, we will be back on the road after we get rid of “stuff” again. We did this for 5-6 years in the past. Love the west.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I’m flattered that you put one of my photos on Facebook. It’s interesting to me what photos are seen as favorites by individual readers of my blog.

            Congratulatons on the new Ascend! Good luck getting rid of the stuff and for the roads that beckon you westward!

            • Marg says:

              Favorites are always the pictures that you take, all of them. The pictures my daughter and son take, and the pictures my husband takes. They all dabble in photography, my daughter the most. She enhances them with lots of color, windmills, barns, old city sites.

  97. Rob, not in Washington any more! says:

    It looks like you’re enjoying the Nevada & the new addition to your family, thanks for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rob,

      I am enjoying Nevada. It’s a state that has been a mystery to me. I’m having fun “uncovering” it!

      Yeah, Reggie drives me nuts sometimes, yet he manages to give me laughs throughout each day. And Bridget is Bridget, my steady pal, mature and sensible and loving to eat! 🙂

  98. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Awwwhhhh, the VAST playground of the world wide web…
    Sometimes it’s almost turbine like, drama spinning out of control.
    Like I have always said, moderation is key to a happy and well balanced life.
    For some, the Drama, just takes them over I guess.
    Always best to SKIP it and move on. There’s never enough apologies to satisfy those kind of folks…they give Trolls a bad-rap. Trolls are bad but those kind of folks are just plain…well, awful, most of the time. Sad really, they must live in a really ~bad dream~.
    Don’t beat yourself up, Sue. Time heals, and distance 😉 heals most things in life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pamela. I expect this isn’t my last battle in the turbulent sea of the internet. Attacks seem to come in cycles. And the more one reveals in a blog, the more vulnerable to attack one becomes.

  99. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Sue,
    I am sorry your Easter weekend evolved as it did. I was thinking about Spike and how this was the first Easter he was not there in body with you and Bridget, as he certainly is always there in spirit. I missed him and sent a prayer. As for the rest, those who cannot find goodness in their lives and have a need to feed their negativity….they are not worth our time. I don’t know if you really know how much you give to us who follow your travels, day to day, ups and downs and sometimes funny all a rounds, but, you had better keep doing it lady cause we’re here waiting.
    Happy Trails,
    JazzLover

  100. Alison PNW says:

    Love the image you evoke regarding the group campsite. So beautifully written. Poignant.
    Loving reading about Nevada!

  101. Alison PNW says:

    Fortunately I missed whatever the controversy was about. But in general I would say this: anyone who is a saint can feel free to criticize those of us who aren’t.

  102. rvsueandcrew says:

    The unpleasantness that has gone on here is a necessary (although unfortunate) part of managing a popular blog. I see blogs where the blogger does nothing and the negative attacks go on and on because the message is given by the blogger that it’s okay to say whatever you want without repercussion, that the worst that can happen is the delete key.

    The reason my blog is a happy, kind, and welcoming place is because I actively deal with hatefulness when it occurs. I can’t delete what a person writes on their own blog. I can, however, make it clear that I will not tolerate being slandered and I won’t tolerate any of my readers being treated unkindly either. I’ve tried from the start to make this a safe place and the way I manage this blog, although messy at times, accomplishes that.

    I thank everyone who stepped forward in support of me and my blog.

    Sue

    No more comments on this topic please.

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