Green fields, small towns, and a cattle drive on the way to Mill Meadow Reservoir, UT

Memorial Day, May 27 (south-central Utah)

The crew and I travel westward on Highway 24 through Bicknell and Lyman.  Here are some of the scenes along the way.













1-P1040782Shortly before the town limits of Loa, we go north on Highway 72 to another small village, Fremont.


The towns are so small in this valley that livestock live right in the towns as well as in the surrounding fields.  Just past Fremont we join a small cattle drive.


Fortunately Spike is snoozing and unaware of the bawling bovines ahead of us.


The cattle drive leaves the road and we continue another ten to fifteen miles.


Lovely Meadow Mill Reservoir comes into view.


The crew and I wander along the shoreline.  The National Forest Service allows camping here (vault toilets — no internet!).


And then . . .


Bridget gets close to the water.  However, she would rather sit and watch.






I’m grateful for a peaceful Memorial Day made possible through the sacrifice of many.


Meadow Mill Reservoir

We take the Fremont River Road and go over the Fremont River across a one-lane bridge.


We cross the valley again and soon the glowing rocks welcome us home!




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53 Responses to Green fields, small towns, and a cattle drive on the way to Mill Meadow Reservoir, UT

  1. John and Kona says:

    Hi Sue and Crew:
    Since you’ve changed to your new address I’ve been unable to receive your new posts on my G-mail account. Do you change it on your end? If not, how do I change it on my end? I’ve been following your posts for over a year now and look fwd to reading them nightly.
    John and Kona

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t have the email feature yet. You can bookmark my page. I apologize for the inconvenience. I hope to have the blog back in shape soon. Right now I’m trying to get caught up with posts as well as hitting the road to a new camp… Our 14 days are up at Sunglow.

      Thank you, John, for following my posts for over a year!

    • Rev. Mary says:

      Did not receive your post for today in my email, so went back to last post and pulled you up. Glad it was not another glitch. Have a great day. Pictures are great.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You have a great day, too, Rev. Mary. Glad you like the pics. I had a great time taking these photos.

  2. Geri says:

    WoW! You have really explored some beautiful country around there! Chuck and I were only there 3 or 4 days each time we visited so no prolonged explorations.
    Well, I went exploring athere once and the road was so rough I decided to turn around and backed the truck into a huge boulder leaving a crumpled back bumper and the end of that day of exploration! Beautiful lake/reservoir area, too bad there is no wifi! Spikey will soon be all white again with all his good soaks! Bridgette is forever Ms. Prim and Not-So-Proper! LOL!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      There is sooooo much to see and do around here! Talk to y’all later…. gotta run! The road calls!

  3. cinandjules (NY) says:

    Moooving already? Ought oh…did you have to carry Spike into the PTV? Wait mom can’t I soak one more time? Pleeeeeasse!

    Pickle pinto bean pie……?? That irrigation contraption is clever.

    Wonderful pics of the livestock.

    Safe travels…can’t wait to get to our next camp!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You know, for the first time ever, while the crew was in the PTV and I was hitching us up, Spike was looking out the window and barking. He sounded like he was yelling, “No! No! I don’t want to go!”

      Yes, we have to move. We’ve been at Sunglow for 14 days. It probably seems shorter to readers because I didn’t post for several of those days.

  4. Ladybug says:

    OK, I gotta know…..did you try the famous pickle and pinto bean pie? And where the heck is it?!?!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Are you kidding me? It sounds horrible! I like pinto beans and I like pickles, but not together in a pie. Yuck. The sign was in the window of a little restaurant on the main street of Bicknell or Lyman, I can’t remember which. Rte. 24 will take you there. Go for it! 🙂

      • Don Wood says:

        Sunglow Cafe in Bicknell has the pickle pie and pinto bean pie.
        They are two different pies and they are both excellent, not at all like the name implies. Their other pies are excellent as well. In fact, when we dined there a few weeks ago we had to try them. They have a pie sampler that gives you samples, about 1.5-2 inch slices, of four different pies.

  5. Virginia says:

    Happy to see you back. Spike is enjoying his cool soak again that is a good sign that all is well in RV sue land. Was really wondering what happened knowing how much you love to chat with us all while enjoying your ever-changing landscape out in the Wild West. Keeping the dream alive!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I do love to chat with you! The interaction in the comments section gives the blog life, not to mention good advice, encouragement, info, concern . . . .

  6. mary ann (pontotoc ms) says:

    this post really brought back memories! when i saw the little trailer, i immediately thought shepherd. i came across one in a utah canyon when i was 16, and from then on wanted to be a shepherdess.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      When I take a pic of something weird or unusual, I think . . . hmm… somebody will enjoy seeing this. So I go ahead and post it, even if only one person gets something out of it. Looks like you’re the one for the shepherd’s RV, Mary Ann!

      • Connie & Mugsy says:

        When I saw it, I thought… original concept Casita. They appear to be approx the same size? (what fun catching up on your posts now that I am home with internet) 🙂

  7. Sure is good to have you back on here again. Do you post on Google+ also?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Betty…. No, I don’t post on Google+… I don’t know what that is. Of course, I know what Google is (The Big Brother of Cyberspace which freaks me out.)

  8. Ron Sears says:

    Great looking spot Sue..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It sure is, Ron. If we come back to the Capitol Reef-Torrey area, we’ll stay at Sunglow again.

  9. Mindy Reed says:

    Ahhh Mr. Spike I love they way he’s a soaker kinda guy. Makes me pine for a 6′ tub!

    The photo’s are lovely as usual, I so enjoy your site and keep hoping for the real estate market to come back so I can hit the road.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, I hate to hear something like a house that won’t sell is keeping you from the road and all it has in store for you.

      I sold my house during the worst of the housing market. I had to bring down my price way past when it started to hurt. In hindsight, the loss in dollars was made up with the gain in fun!

      Well, you can always look at it like this, Mindy — You only need one buyer. Good luck!

      • Ed says:

        I read Mindy’s Comment to say that the price of homes has to go back up into bubble territory again because right now her mortgage is larger than what she can sell the house for. Commonly called being “under water”. This is the situation for a lot of ‘wanabees’.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          How do you know Mindy’s house is “under water?” Just curious.

          • cinandjules (NY) says:

            I read it…. exactly how she wrote it!

            And the correct word should be “oughtabee”. Wanabee’s are those who pretend to be something they are not.

            Assume nothing.

            • Walt says:

              I referred to myself as a full-timer “wannabe” in an earlier comment. Based on this, I guess I should have called myself a “full-timer gonna-be”. 🙂

          • Ed says:

            I’m am basing my comment on her expression “keep hoping for the real estate market to come back” and this:
            In the first quarter of 2013, the national negative equity rate declined to 25.4 percent of all homeowners with a mortgage, according to Zillow’s Negative Equity Report. While this is an improvement from the previous quarter, another 18.2 percent of mortgaged homeowners do not have enough equity to afford a move.
            In simple terms what this means is that almost 1/2 of all ‘homeowners’ with a mortgage are trapped and can not sell. If she were not in this 1/2 she would not be hoping and would have done what you did by now.
            My sincere apology for including her in the “wannabe” group by inference, I have no idea if she is in said group or not. Nor do I want to suggest that she should be placed in a “oughtabee’ group.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I did not realize the percentage of “under water” homes was that high. Thanks for the information, Ed, although it makes me sick at heart for people wanting to unload a house.

  10. Chuck says:

    Thanks for the cattle drive pix.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Chuck. Those are your kind of photos!

    • Ron Sears says:

      you know it’s a good day when you can ride behind cattle in the road and enjoy it…..

    • Timber and Rusty says:

      Yo, Chuck, are you a ol’ cowhand or did you used to own a herd, at where we are camped back of camp 2 near I 40, they just unloaded 8 trucks of some fine looking cattle and Timber is going nuts trying to catch em

  11. Mark says:

    Great pictures today Sue, glad to see you are back. I didn’t realize how addicted I was until your blog was suspended. Sure, I read other blogs, but it’s kind of like craving a pepsi and all you have is Sam’s cola. It’s just not the same.

    Salina, ks

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love that comparison… although I must say there are a lot of “pepsi’s” in the blogosphere. I’m glad to be back, too, Mark, and I’m also glad I didn’t lose you!

  12. Kay says:

    HA! Spike is in his element now!!!! Bridget reminds me of the Lifeguard sitting there watching Spike. LOL.

    Pretty Country Sue. Thanks for sharing.

    I have a server which hosts unlimited domain names. The equal of what I have would cost me $99 a month. Yes, it is a monster system. No biggy, saved me LOTS of time to stay where I am. Oh, and money, too!

    Glad to see Spike getting his soaks. Always makes me laugh to see him on the water’s edge. Does he venture further out at all?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I, too, laugh when Spike heads for the water. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of that.

      No, Spike doesn’t go any further than the photos show. He likes the water to come halfway up his sides when he lies down. That’s enough for him!

      Bridget makes me think of the kind of girl who sits on a towel at the beach and never goes in the water because she’s afraid her hairdo might get mussed.

  13. Brian says:

    Great posting Sue. Love all the photos! I’m going to have to break out my travel maps to see where you have been lately.

    I too miss the email notifications but realized I just need to go to your new site address to get my RVSue fix.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate you working around the “system” to find me and the crew, Brian. Thanks for the compliments on the post and photos.

      Yes, do look on your map! I want you to look at Rte. 12 that goes from Rte. 24 over mountains to Boulder and the hair-raising Escalante! What a trip… Never again!

  14. Doris from Pa says:

    Glad you’re back!

  15. butterbean carpenter says:

    Howdy rvsue,
    Thanx, for the great pics, especially of the CATTLE drive; if it’s a CATTLE drive it can’t be a shepherd’s wagon/rv, SHEPHERDS lead or follow sheep !!! Love Spike’s soaks, when he can get one !!!
    Hope the ‘new’ camp is a nice as the last one !!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, Butterbean! I’ve missed you! Good to have you back sharing your wisdom. I can hardly wait to tell you about the new camp!

  16. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Loved the cattle drive pics & “Soaker Spike”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was fun watching how the “cowboys” kept the cattle moving together. There were three men on horseback. A stray would try to hang back to eat some grass and then others would try to join in.

  17. Jean wheatley says:

    the next time you come across a cattle drive, follow it to the open range;the most interesting part is the “mothering up”,the calves run ahead to the new grrassm, and, on arrival, the cows are restrained, much lowing and bawling ensues as cows are not released until her calf has found her and is sucking, this ensures that each calf has milk, an doesn’t go with out a mum ,til they retur n to home range in fall.My daughter hauls her horses to Baker City, spring and fall to have fun in the roundup.This year she sent me pix of cel phone cowboys.She is leaving tomorrow to partipate in return to home range

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I would love to see that!

      This “cattle drive” went to a fenced-in pasture. I definitely was using the term loosely. 🙂

      What was really neat … It so happened that I was reading recollections of former cowpunchers just the night before and the writer recalled what it was like to herd cattle. So I was very excited to come upon these cattle being driven on the road.

  18. Glenda says:

    Caught up at last…………..such beautiful scenery to behold. I too am not getting notifications of your new posts from day to day. Will have to do some searching to see that I do. Don’t want to miss a single second!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Maybe you could make a shortcut to your desktop to make checking easier and faster. I’m sorry I don’t post at a certain time of day like some bloggers do. I don’t have that kind of discipline in my life. I follow my whims too often!

  19. Rita says:

    Love the picture tour….and of course Spike soaking…looked forward to that all winter long. He prob enjoys it too & barked to let you know. Pinto bean and pickle pie…I agree yuk! I’d love to drive that air drive. I hiked Angel’s Landing in Zion park…a sheer drop off on either side with just a chain to hang on to as you cross to the landing. At first I felt these zinging sensation up and down my back but I got use to the drop off. Too old and out of shape now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Maybe the next time I’m in Loa — and I surely hope there is a next time — I’ll stop in that little diner/restaurant and try some of that pie.

      In my younger days I would’ve driven that road with no hesitation. The older I get the more I feel like I could fall off a cliff very easily!

      I’m glad you had that experience at Zion while you had the opportunity.

  20. Candace says:

    Where us your “Subscribe” button so that I can get your posts sent to my email in box? Now that you are self.hosted I miss my favorite daily read 🙂

    If I am on slow internet, I can download my emails to my phone and read later.

    RV Sue and Canine crew are like coffee …. addicting 🙂 Thanks !

  21. Dave says:

    Good morning Sue. Great pics and I laughed when I read about your ride across the sky highway. I feel the same as you and hope I never get caught in that situation. BTW when you commented about the train on my site, I thought wow, somebody finally gets it! Stay safe and keep posting.

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