Guest Blogger — Fishermen’s Bend Campground

Bridget is our guest blogger today.

“Okay, honey, remember what we talked about.  Start off with the details about Fishermen’s Bend Campground and then tell your story.”

P1050777North Santiam River, 29 miles southeast of Salem, Oregon

“Got it, RVSue!  Don’t worry.  I know what to do.”

“Good.  Then I’ll take Reggie on another walk . . . . ”

“Yes, great idea.  Have fun. Take your camera.  Bye!”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

*Clears throat*

Hello!  This is Bridget and I’m going to tell you about Fishermen’s Bend Campground.

Fishermen’s Bend is a very popular campground in Oregon.  It’s on the North Santiam River.  Okay, not exactly ON it.  The river goes past it.  More about the river later.

So.  It’s popular.  Don’t show up on a weekend and expect to get a campsite.  It’s best to make reservations.  RVSue hates reservations and refuses to make them, but, well, we all know how SHE is.

She has us living on the edge, let me tell you.

If you arrive Monday through Thursday without a reservation, try to get here in the morning.  When we arrived there were only three sites left and a man was in line behind us.  We took the longest site of the three.  It was 30 feet and we are 34 feet long.  Not US exactly, I mean the PTV and the BLT.

RVSue figures out a way to make us fit.

She backs in at an angle to stick the extra four feet of our rig past the concrete bumper-stop thing.   That’s kind of breaking the rules.  I don’t point that out.  It’s been a long day and she might get mad and stuff.

This photo show the concrete bumper, our fire ring, and our electric cord (30 amp).

P1050806This photo shows the other side of the BLT.  What a relief that RVSue didn’t hit the post!

P1050803Fishermen’s Bend is a BLM campground ($16 regular/$8 with discount pass). 

There is nice, smooth pavement to walk on.  It’s a hot day so RVSue hooks us up to the electric and turns on the air conditioner. Boy, I could get used to this!  Reggie and I sleep a long time in that cool air.

RVSue even hooks up the television and watches a movie on DVD.  Even more amazing, she takes a shower!  (Thank God.)  Reggie and I wait in the BLT.

Other things at the campground are water spigots, kitchen waste disposal drains, sewer hookup at sites, a dump station, a playground, basketball place, amphitheater, group shelter, cabins, and a river trail (One of the trail paths is paved for wheelchairs).  Pretty nice!

If you want to know more, click this link:  Fishermen’s Bend.

Oh, I almost forgot!  RVSue wanted me to tell you that this is low elevation so it could be pretty hot in the summertime.

Now I’ll tell my story . . . .

Reggie, RVSue, and I go for a walk around the campground loop.  People look at us as we go by.  A lady says, “Oh, what a cute puppy!” meaning Reggie, of course.

At this one campsite, a dog comes running out.  She’s about the same size as Reggie.  Reggie acts silly the way boy dogs do, trying to impress. . . hopping around, standing on his back legs, showing off.  It’s embarrassing to watch.

Here’s Reggie acting the fool.

P1050780-001I notice that this girl dog isn’t wearing a leash.  That’s against the campground rules!

Finally RVSue pulls Reggie away from Little Miss Got-To-Be-Free and we continue on our walk.

Then a girl wearing a pink helmet rolls past us on her bike.

“I like your little puppy!  He’s cute!” she calls out.

Goll-eee.  Enough with cute Reggie!

The river trail is pretty.

P1050774We come upon two men and a woman.  They each have a dog on a leash.  Also two little kids are with them.

RVSue calls over to them, “My little dog is in training not to bark at big dogs.  Is it okay if we come over?”

They say yes and we have a meet-and-greet.

First we meet the cockamamie, cockadoodle, whatever you call it!

P1050791-001Of course all the attention is on REGGIE.

“Oh, he’s being so good!”  “He’s not barking at all!”  “How old is he?”  What a cute dog!”

P1050792Blah.  Blah.  BLAH!

Then we meet the golden retriever.

P1050793The black poodle is shy and stands close to her man (above photo).

I sit next to RVSue’s feet.

I’m not shy.  I’m just tired of being treated like I’m invisible!  And who trained Reggie anyway?

Then, to top it off, RVSue says to the children, “Do you want to pet Reggie?  That could be his reward for being such a good boy.”

Of course, the kids and Reggie has a love-fest.  I wait silently.

Next we go to the deck to see the river.

P1050799RVSue says, “Oh, look at that!”

P1050797She takes photos and asks herself, “Why didn’t I have a job like that?  It looks like fun!”

P1050801As for me, I’m still feeling glum.

P1050800Then the most wonderful thing happens!

I know this story is long but I have to tell you the best part.

RVSue leads us the wrong way on the river trail and we end up way over on the other campground loop.  (That woman is all mixed up today!)

P1050773 By this time RVSue and I are tired.

Along comes a campground volunteer driving a golf cart.  RVSue hails him like a cab and asks for the shortest walk to the other loop.

“Hop in,” he says.

RVSue boosts me up onto the floor of the cart.  Reggie is nervous and doesn’t want to get in.  RVSue puts him in anyway.

Well, the man reaches down to stroke my back and says, “Is it all right if she sits next to me on the seat?”

Oh my gosh!  I can’t believe he said that!  He wants me next to him!  He doesn’t even mention Reggie.

P1050783He gently lifts me up on the seat next to him.  RVSue squeezes in and away we go!

P1050785I lean up against the man and he puts his arm around me, holding me close.  *sigh*

I feel very special.

P1050788He drives us past the campsites where people said Reggie is cute and ignored me.  I don’t care about that anymore.

I’m so happy!

Soon we arrive at our campsite.  RVSue jumps out and says “Stay” so she can take a photo of us in the cart.  Reggie thinks she means to stay with the man forever.  This makes him very sad and scared.  Well, he’s really just a baby, you know.

And, yes, he is cute.

P1050789But I’m BEAUTIFUL!

Bridget

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158 Responses to Guest Blogger — Fishermen’s Bend Campground

  1. Linda Rose & the 4 M's says:

    First?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      CONGRATULATIONS, LINDA ROSE! Hugs to the 4 Ms after you do a happy dance together. 🙂

  2. eliza says:

    thanks for sharing, Bridget. We all love your posts the best, even though RVSue is very entertaining, not to mention smart.

  3. Janis Harrison says:

    such a sweet post …
    Huggs
    Grandjaan

  4. Great story telling Bridget! 🙂

  5. Debra in Tn says:

    Bridget, you did a great job on the post, you must have Sue let you do more.

  6. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Aw, Bridge, you ARE beautiful–inside & out. Thanks for sharing your day with us.

  7. kgdan says:

    Yes, Bridget, you ARE beautiful!!! And you are very sweet!! I know because I’ve met you in person (several times) and I can testify that you are very precious to all of us.

    • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

      What a great post Bridget! You did a fantastic job on the pictures. Honestly, they are just about the best I have seen here so far! I just LOVE the one with the volunteer in the golf cart with his arm around you. You look sooooo happy. Another thing, you have been a great teacher for Reggie. He has learned a lot from you. You have been extremely tolerant of him. I know you love him a lot. Hang in there sweetie…you are beautiful, talented (look how well you learned that “plop your butt down thing and looking sooooo adorable under the BLT) and a Princess. Thank you for being you.

      PS I still remember you kissing me when we met in AZ. I have yet to wash that spot. xxxxxooooo

  8. Linda Rose & the 4 M's says:

    Oh my what a fun post. I’m smiling the whole way through it. I’m glad Bridget got her moment of special attention. What a beautiful spot.

  9. Molly says:

    LOL and love this post. Great job Bridget!

  10. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Oh Bridget my dear, you are undoubtably the star! And beautiful too boot….don’t let that little whipper snapper get you down…I doubt he could write a blog as well as you do!
    Sue, thanks for letting Bridget have her day, wonderful guest blogger, made my day, lol.
    Beautiful,place, your new campground. My husband owned a farm near there in Molala, beautiful country for sure!

  11. AZ Jim says:

    Bridget is getting to be quite a good writer, almost as good as you Missy. Nice of the gentleman in his golf carT to take you guys back where you were going. Bridget did seem to enjoy the man and his embrace. Another nice treat, A/C and even TV. It’s especially nice when one has been doing without. I liked the Bridget comment about you taking a shower. Makes you look very humane in avoiding human close contact.
    Oh well I’ll hug ya anyhow Missy….*HUGGGGGGG

  12. sandi says:

    Great job Bridget.

  13. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Bridget: You are a wonderful writer! I know exactly what you mean about being overlooked when there is a little pup around. I just hate it when I’m at the grocery store or somewhere where a mom is standing in line with a baby and an older sibling. Everyone just gets silly over the baby and ignores the sibling. I’m so glad that nice man noticed what a pretty girl you are and wanted to sit next to you. And just where would Little Man be without you to teach him manners?

    P.S. Happy Fathers Day to all the dad blogorinos out there!

  14. Kathy from Florida says:

    Love the photo of Bridget sitting next to the volunteer with his arm around her and her paw on his lap. She looks very pleased with herself.

  15. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Great job Bridgee babee!

    Reg man is still acclimating to his new lifestyle….he’ll settle down. You’re doing a great job with his training.

    We ALL love you….to pieces….and if our paths ever crossed…I would greet you before RVSue and Reg man. We’ll have to do it on the down low so they won’t get offended.

    Our secret okay?

  16. Fantastic post today, Bridget! I don’t usually like guest bloggers, but you can take over any day. I know it must be hard to have everyone fawn over Reggie; however, they mainly do that since they can see he is young and needs socialization. You are so good the people and pups realize what a great woman you are and that you can handle the little rascal getting the attention. I’m glad the man in the cart realized how special you are! It looks like Sue found a great place to camp, even if it is crowded! Keep an eye on Sue and Reggie – they need the steadying influence. 😉

  17. Pam says:

    In that last picture of the dogs sitting in the cart, I detect a very happy faced Bridget, almost looks like a smile. She is a cutie also…..

  18. Susan in Dallas says:

    Just give Bridget her chance to shine and, boy, does she! Funny, funny, post and so “her”. That picture of them in the golf cart is priceless! Bridget doesn’t miss much, does she!

  19. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Nicely done Bridget! It takes a mature human man to recognize how beautiful a mature lady is! Look forward to your future guest blogs Missy.

  20. Big H says:

    Question on Benchmark Maps:

    Sorry, Bridge, but this is for RVSue. However, let me say how very glad I am that you had your moment of fame with the man in the cart. Good job!! 🙂

    RVSue:

    I received my California Benchmark map (thank you for the suggestion!), and have been paging through it, trying to figure it out. Let me say first that I am very familiar with fold-out maps after working for AAA for some years, but this atlas has me completely stumped.

    Trying to get my feet wet, I have been browsing the Modoc County area of Northern California looking for future campsites (hopefully BLM and/or Forest Service). Probably I am doing something wrong (or need a stronger pair of glasses!) but I can’t seem to find even the campgrounds that I know are there (because I have stayed in them). Also, in the copy I received, the print is vanishingly tiny, and printed in odd, difficult to look at colors (roads in reddish pink?).

    Anyway, I am hoping to get up to speed on this map, I’m sure that there must be some technique to put it all together, so I am hoping that you (or anyone else reading this!) might share any suggestions you might have on using this atlas.

    Many thanks.

    Anne

    • kgdan says:

      Give it time and keep at it. I had the same experience as you when I started out. Little by little I learned though I am still not a master like Sue. Really helps to look at the little maps at the top of the page and the page numbers at each edge to move to adjacent areas.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Big H!

      Nice to see you here and thanks for ordering the Benchmark through my blog.

      This is what I see in and around Modoc County when looking at the map in the Landscape Section.

      In the Warner Mountain area these are Modoc National Forest campgrounds:

      Cave Lake Campground (close to border with Oregon)
      Lassen Creek Campground
      Soup Spring Campground
      Stough Reservoir Campground
      Pepperdine Campground
      Mill Creek Falls Campground
      Blue Lake Campground
      Emerson Campground

      Moving westward from the above . . .
      Crowder Flat Campground
      Reservoir C Campground
      Big Sage Reservoir Campground
      Reservoir F Campground
      Duncan Reservoir (No campground, just vault toilet… We boondocked there.)
      Hovaroo Gulch Campground
      Big River Campground
      Lava Campground
      Cottonwood Flat Campground
      Lower Rush Creek Campground (We camped here.)
      Upper Rush Creek Campground
      Dry Creek Campground
      West Valley Campground
      Ash Creek Campground
      Fee Reservoir Campground (BLM)
      Mill Creek Falls Campground
      Patterson Campground
      Plum Valley Campground
      Cedar Pass Campground

      There may be more. These are what I found. From that list you go online and do a search. “Plum Valley Campground, CA” for example. Find out if it’s suitable for your use. It may be a Group Only campground, a Camping with Horses campground, a Walk-In Only campground, a campground with a length limit on rigs, etc. Check the elevation. You want an elevation to suit the time of year, of course.

      Here is what I found from my search. I chose to open publiclands.org because it gives good info. It gives directions to the campground and says there is no fee. Here’s a quote:
      “Description: 5600-foot elevation. 7 campsites on a small stream. Obsidian collecting area at nearby Obsidian Needles. Permits for personal use collecting can be obtained from the Davis Creek Store, or the Forest Service offices in Alturas and Cedarville. Scenic driving on the Modoc Back Country Trail/California Alternate Discovery Trail, which is over 200 miles of roads appropriate for exploring in an SUV or truck. Part of a historic mining district. Scenic views, picnicing, and camping.”

      I open the website wildernet.com and find out Plum Valley Campground is good for RVs up to 16 feet in length.

      Ok, back to the Benchmark…Areas that don’t have campgrounds are probably unappealing (barren, badlands)or they’re privately owned or the land is inaccessible (steep mountains, deep gorges, etc.).

      You can go to the corresponding map of the area of interest in the Recreation Section of the Benchmark. On the facing page it will tell you where to look for details on campgrounds such as the amenities, number of sites, phone number, etc., as well as page grid coordinates to help you find them on the map.

      I hope this is helpful. It takes practice. As for the small print. That’s the price to pay for a lot of information fit on a page, although I have found that good, natural light is easiest on the eyes. You’ll become accustomed to your Benchmark. The more you use it, the more you find in it. Good luck, Anne, and feel free to ask for clarification or whatever… 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, another thing… Be sure to look at the inside of the front cover — the Legend page. Familiarize yourself with the symbols… like a tent means a campground. It’s important to understand the different types of roads that this key shows, too.

        • Big H says:

          Thank you so very much for all of this information, Sue. I have done a copy-and-paste of it into a Word document so I can save it for study.

          Looks like I have yet to get up to speed!

          Anne

    • Chuck says:

      Anne, Do not miss Blue Lake. Absolutely gorgeous. Loved Modoc county!
      Chuck

  21. Joan Austin says:

    Thank you, thank you for bringing back great memories. I grew up in Salem and as a young adult used to raft the Santiam River with friends. This brings back such precious memories of wonderful times past. Enjoy your Oregon adventures. I now live on the Southern Oregon Coast in Port Orford. Come by if you are in the area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joan,

      You’re very welcome! It’s my pleasure to bring back happy memories. Thanks for the invitation. It’s best I not accept or I’ll open the “flood gates.” 🙂

  22. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Really nice job Bridge, but you knew that.

    Glad that you met the very wise man who appreciated your proper place in the pecking order. As you are aware Reggie will always get a bit of extra attention because he is the one still learning how to behave and you are doing such a great job in teaching him. Give him time, he’ll come around.

    Any idea what the woman in the tower was doing? Sue is right. I have no idea what it was all about but what a cool job and it seems to come with a chauffeur! I want a job with a chauffeur!

    Also could you do me a favor and remind Sue that it’s a good idea to plug in and run that A/C unit for a few hours every few months even if it’s not too hot out? Mechanical stuff always runs better when it doesn’t sit around for too long. Just like humans.

    Again, another fantastic job taking the reins and giving us our update. I can’t wait until you get those opposable thumbs from Amazon and take over the driving duties as well. BTW my favorite line: “Take your camera. Bye.” – Priceless.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Oh yeah, and regarding “Little Miss Got-To-Be-Free.”
      You are so right. Never trust any bitch who comes running up to you on the street wearing leather.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I love it when someone catches a throw-away line. 🙂

      Yes, good advice about starting up the A/C. It’s so rare that we have electric hook-ups. I would’ve run it even if it weren’t a hot day, but, gee, what great timing, eh? We arrive at an inexpensive, all-electric campground on the hottest day… and there’s a site open!

      I don’t know what the woman in the tower on the raft was doing. I didn’t see her recording anything, like she was taking inventory of something. Gosh, when I think of all the miserable hours I spent behind a desk with a phone at my ear . . . . Why did I do that to myself?

      I’d love it if Bridget could do the driving. She has a better sense of direction than I do!

      Always love your comments, Rick. You enhance my blog with your presence. 🙂

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I didn’t realize this until after I reread my comment. But YOU have a job with a chauffeur!!!!!
      Scratch my wish for your new thumbs.

  23. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Awww Sweet Bridget, you did a wonderful job!!! You are so beautiful and we love you! I love the picture of you sitting next to the gentleman with his arm around you. Please write again soon.
    Lots of love and big hugs to you, Sue and Reggie.

  24. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Okay, I am going to admit I had tears in my eyes seeing Bridget on the golf cart with the guy, looking so happy. I don’t know if it was the attention or the relief of getting off her feet, but she did show her happiness on her face. So precious.

    And the look on Reggie’s face when you had them sit for the photo. He is so pitifully afraid he’s going to be without his beloved mom for a moment. Adorable.

    That place is gorgeous, Sue. You find the most amazing places. And I want that woman’s job in the floating lookout tower!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy,

      The transformation of Bridget was immediate. As soon as the man set her beside him on the seat, Bridget was a new woman!

      The pic of Reggie makes me laugh. I know that may sound cruel, but he’s so darn cute. He only had that scary uncertainty for a moment and then I scooped him up. Bridget would have been happy to ride off in the golf cart. She wouldn’t have looked back.

  25. Terri From Texas says:

    Absolutely hilarious! Great post! Love the comments as well especially BadgerRick!

  26. mockturtle says:

    Nicely done, Bridget! 🙂

  27. weather says:

    That guy wanting you shows he’s smarter than the ones only giving their attention to Reggie.Humans are born with an attraction to babies so they’ll take care of their own.Most people have to be taught to see real beauty,and that’s what you are Bridget,inside and out… I feel privileged to have gotten to know you.You did a great job as guest blogger again.I’m glad Sue got to that camp in time for you to stay there,phew,that was close!Any later and you’d have missed the chance to see how well your training Reggie has worked,and that guy would have missed the chance to have you right beside him.At first I felt kinda jealous because he got to do that,but when I saw how happy that made you I was really glad.

    Well,I’ll let you go now.I guess you need to have time to have a nice lunch and nap.As Reggie’s bedtime story you should tell him one to remind him that you and Sue are his forever home now.I don’t blame him for feeling sad and scared to lose that-you two are the best ones in the world he could have found as a family.

  28. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Haha…cute story!!

  29. Shawna says:

    Yes Miss Bridget, you ARE beautiful! The Chiweenie Brothers send hugs and sniffs to you sweet girl.
    We loved your post!

  30. Marieta says:

    Thanks for writing today Bridgett. We love you and of course Reggie, but he has a lot to learn, lol.

  31. Bridget, you will always be the star of the blog! Everybody has grumpy days, but everybody doesn’t have RVSue telling the world what a dour face you can make or how stubborn you can be! You are a real sweetheart! I know you personally, you and Spike stayed with me when Sue ran away to Mesa Verde with Chuck! You were a sweetie all day. But I am so happy the you got to write today’s wonderful blog and ride in a golf cart next to a man who recognized your delicate beauty and ravishing smile! Tell mom she took some really nice photographs for us to look at! Hope you get a chance to write more later! DoogieBowser and Radar send their love to you and Reggie!

  32. Delightful post, thank you Miss Bridget

  33. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Beautiful Bridget,

    You did a fantastic job on this post! If memory serves, the last time you has the whole post to yourself was when you took us to the ar-bore-ee-tum. Well, this post was even better! I know what it is like having younger siblings….at times all that slobbering and cooing over “the baby” can get annoying. We know you are doing a great job as a big sister, helping Sue train Reggie. I’m glad Sue has you to take over the post…gives her a bit of a break and allows her time to take pictures of something other than you! Love ya, Bridget…I look forward to your next post or installment of Canine Corner! Gracie pup and I are sending you, Sue, and Reggie our love and hugs! 🙂

    P.S. – I wonder if the lady on the ladder was counting fish? She could have had a small clicker in her hand that we could not see.

  34. Timber n' me /on the road headin' east says:

    Nice Story, HRH Bridget, you sweet girl,,,,,,,,,,, Well we made it to our camp finely, Camp Bennett CG in the Sawtooth NF, but Dad went the wrong way at first, tried to come over from Oakley and that road was real steep, so we went back down to Burley and got more gas, then on to Hwy 81 to Hwy 77 and up to Albion and just below Connor Creek Summit, made a right turn on Howell Canyon Rd.,,,,,,, this road is a hole lot better and paved too.,,,,,,, This camp is nice and lush and Rusty, my Dad,,, says we have 5 bars of a signal, so we can keep in touch and follow RVSue and you too,,,,,, and Cute Reggie too!,,,,,,,,,, OH ya, give RVsue a big hug from us, will ya,,Briget?,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Timber

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great find, Rusty! A pretty campground, five bars, and it’s free! I’ll look it up on the map. Have a wonderful stay. You’re really moving around this summer! Hugs to you and Timber….

    • Hi Timber, you and your Dad have had quite a journey…. Have a good time in your new camp…we love hearing from you…whoof. Hi Rusty!

      • Timber n' me /on the road headin' east says:

        Shirlene (HB), Timber here,,,,,, Dad wants to go campin’ in old spots,, but I want to go see a ol’ pal’s resting spot In Wyoming,,, up on 191 or 287/26 and camp there awhile and chat……….. then Dad’s got to go back to Prescott AZ , VAMC for a check up on the 23rd of September and a week before for LABS,,,,,,,,,, but I don’t want to head back to the River till the end of October,,,,,,,,,,,,, OH I just saw a big Red girl dog,,,,,,, gotta gooooo,,,,,, let me out Dad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  35. Hi Sue, what a delightful post today….tell Miss Bridget that the blogorinos are very proud of her and how she conducts herself in the world and in the blog. Reggie is still learning, but he is doing a really good job….I laughed really hard when I saw the look on his face when you got out of the golf cart without him! A wow, does Bridget like that male attention, she was in full bloom! A site with a wire, and shower and air conditioning, be careful, that is just too much easy living for you. I hope you enjoyed your movie that you watched last night… Where ever we go next, we hope to be safe and happy….. Thank you for the post, I know it takes so much of your play time away, but we really appreciate it…. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      Bridget does crave male attention. She clung to “Hummingbird Bob,” the guy we met while camped west of Yuma last winter.

      The movies were okay. I’m easy to please when I only watch a couple movies per year. I bought a collection of Clint Eastwood movies at the thrift shop back in LaPine. These were his early movies. One has to overlook how idiotic the women look and act in older movies. Well, in newer ones, too.

  36. Chuck says:

    Bridget, you did a GREAT job. Glad you found another human friend that appreciates your beauty! More great pics!

  37. Karen LeMoine says:

    Bridget well done and many thanks! Poor Reggie looks so sad thinking he was to stay with the man forever! Looks like a fantastic camp!

  38. Utah Bonnie says:

    Thanks for the great blog Bridget. It’s nice to get things from your perspective for a change. I know it’s tough when someone else is getting all of the attention so I would insist on a rhinestone collar and a pink tutu. A pair of Betsy Johnson sunglasses would look nice too and get people to sit up and take notice. Those little whippersnappers can be highly over rated. You did look very impressive riding shotgun in the golf cart next to the superior being that had the good sense to notice how awesome you are.

    One more thing, would you please get some photos of Sue while you’re at it and please discourage her from planting her buttinsky in the dirt with her back to you. You know how she can be.

    Your fan,
    Utah Bonnie

  39. What, exactly, is a kitchen waste drain? How does that differ from being on a sewer hook up? Inquiring minds are very curious about this.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Allison,

      A kitchen waste drain is a place to dump liquid that could contaminate a nearby stream or lake. Most often it is used for dumping water from the kitchen that has dish detergent in it. Or water with soap in it from bathing or washing clothes. People in a campground who tent or have an RV without a waste tank need a kitchen waste drain because they use a basin rather than a kitchen sink hooked up to a waste tank. I suppose it also cuts down on having food particles and grease lying about that would attract rodents, flies, and whatnot.

      In boondock situations one is supposed to dump “kitchen waste water” at least 25 feet away from a body of water or stream. I think that’s the rule… Readers, correct me if I’m wrong.

      A sewer hook-up, as you probably know, is a place to insert the end of one’s sewer hose leading from one’s RV waste tank. A personal dump station!

  40. Rita from Phoenix says:

    Aaww Bridget you’re the best…we all love ya…..and, poor little Reggie got a scare. Of course he’s not going to be left behind…lots of hugs and kisses to both.

  41. Barb from Hoquiam! (Racy's turn) says:

    Dear Bridget!
    Oh how I have been missing you girl! You did a GREAT job reporting the news that is the news (oh and poo on that old Reggie, what a photo hog!). But that guy… now, I don’t like that guy hanging on my gal. Ya know, I called ya first! Just don’t get too used to it!
    Glad you got that cool air coming in. Have fun, and don’t forget old Racy out here!
    Hugs from Hoquiam (my ma told me to say that)
    Racer George
    PS That last photo of R was sorta scary. 😛

  42. Miss Bridget…. excellent post. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Looking forward to your next one 🙂

  43. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Wonderful story, Bridget. You really know how to spin a yarn. And what a treat to ride in the golf cart and get special attention! I hope we hear more from you soon.

  44. sgsmith says:

    I know how you feel, Bridget. My brother Max is a big handsome labradoodle and whenever we go for a walk people ooh and aah over him and want to pet him and me they just ignore. My mom knows this makes me sad so she always says yes that is Max and this is my sweet rescue Zoey. Then people look at me and see me and say hi and pet me too. I really like that.

    Zoey

  45. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Bridget Sweetie, you did a wonderful job of this post. I am sitting here with a big tabby cat leaning on me while I chuckled away reading about your day. You looked so cute in the golf cart and very happy. You are a very special girl. (Hugs from Ollie, k’ten & Shiloh…

  46. Lynn Brooks says:

    Bridget,
    You did a WONDERFUL JOB as Guest Blogger!!!
    I could feel all you emotions!!
    And, yes, Reggie may be cute – but YOU ARE A QUEEN!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  47. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Question for you Bridge babee

    You know how RVSue gets a little funny when she sees a ranger.

    Do you think regular dogs see police dogs and think ….oh no it’s the cops?

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      When regular dogs see police dogs their tails start to wag, *WOW, who’s that in that fab UNIFORM ?!*
      It’s that badge and uniform that always get’s ’em, lol.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      The troublemaker dogs let out a howl…5-Ooooooooh! 🙂

  48. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Miss Bridget,
    This post is for YOU, only YOU, and we won’t even mention that short, stocky legged pup who looks like someone painted polka-dots on him, HA!
    Well, now that we got that squarely out of the way, we want YOU to know how very special YOU are to all of us. Clearly that gentleman knew it at first sight! See Bridget, a ~mature lady~ with ~curves~ still can catch the eye of a good man! 🙂 Don’t let anyone tell YOU any different, honey! And about your blog story, well…YOU have the gift of gab. YOU always tell it like it is and YOU always see both sides of every fense. YOU are generous to-a-fault with, uh, we aren’t going to mention that young, skinny, little dog although we do love him too. Anyway, Bridgeeeee, YOU are Simply-The Best so don’t you EVER fret.
    And RV Sue is going to read all these wonderful comments about YOU, to YOU!
    …Aren’t you Sue?! 🙂

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Sue,
      Was away looking for that info for you. I know it’s there, I remember reading it but dang if I can find it right now…ain’t that the way?! But I do remember it because I am such a fan of the Ural and the BMW F series bikes. Oh well, will look again tomorrow morning when I’m more awake 🙂 I’m sleepy for a change, lol, two long, busy days in a row for me. It catches up, more than it used too…

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Sue, found your comment back to me about the Ural guy and the bicycle guy being two different people. Thanks for the update. Anyway, hope the bicycle guy contacts you. I remember him now, he was very nice and scored a find at a thrift store for his bike, a tire maybe…

  49. Chey says:

    Sue, there is this song you might like…”I never was to Africa” by Ferron. You can find it. Sums it all up sometimes. Love and hugs.

  50. Chey says:

    ferron, girl on the road, listen…..love & hugs to the crew

  51. Lenore says:

    Bridget, I can see your smile on that golf cart. You looked like you were a queen for a day-

  52. Lenore says:

    Have a great day out west-

    From Lenore here in Florida; vacationing in the Keys this week

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Oh you lucky girl!!! *vaca in the Keys this week*…someday I can say that, not now, but someday soon. Right now I am in the planning stage of a Drive The Entire Florida Coastline trip, one side and then up the other side. I hope to take a full 30 days to do it. Spending all that time in the Keys would sure be nice but the high costs would put a halt to that so a shoreline drive-n-camp is the next best thing 🙂
      Have a SUPER wonderful time in the Keys! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

        Talbot Island SP below Jacksonville is quite unique. In the center of the State OLeno SP has many pretty wooded sites. Nice camping off St Joseph Beach in the Panhandle. I believe it’s Key Largo SP where campsites are right off the beach.Enjoy your choices! It was once a goal of mine to see all of Florida’s State Parks.

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Sue Cleaner,
          Thanks for the info, will look up those parks and beaches on-line later. I have heard that jacksonville has some nice beaches and parks. I tend to forget since they are not farther down in the state.
          Thanks for the reminder!

  53. Applegirl NY says:

    Hey Bridget, I know how you feel. Once we had kids and dogs we were invisible, but you look beautiful next to your chauffeur! One of the best pictures ever of you.

  54. MB says:

    Hey Bridget! My mom read your post to me this morning. Great job! I just wanted to say that I know just how you feel. We have one of those “cute little dogs” in our family too. Everyone thinks Bella is soooooo cute! Hey! I do too but sometimes I just get enough! I know you understand. But sometimes a person comes on our farm and looks past cute Bella and athletic Wyndy…..and says….”Wow! What a pretty dog! I love her interesting color and markings. What kind of dog is she? Can I pet her? Come here girl, you are beautiful! And then I realize the person is talking about ME! And so is my mom when she agrees with all the good things being said and adds even more. Ah Bridget……it makes up for all the “cute little Bella” days! Have fun on the river. We have one on our farm. I like to play in the shallows. Love to Sue and Reggie from your friends in VA!

    • MB says:

      OH…..I was so busy telling you everyone else’s name that I forgot to sign off with mine. Love, Hazel (the Catahoula) from VA….for now. Mom says we are going to be a traveling family like yours someday!

  55. Dawn in MI says:

    Hi sweetie, you tell a good story. And you know the benefit of remaining patient…right? You’ll get your man if you just wait! Great story and photos!

    • dawn in MI says:

      And this sort of reminds me when you liked the bike riding man. He gave you lots of attention too. I sometimes wonder about him, hope he’s OK.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        That’s Dale you’re remembering. I wonder, too. I kick myself for not asking for his phone number or some way to contact him. All I did was ask him to let us know how he is. Unfortunately I had phone problems on and off in the following months. He does know about this blog and has seen the post about him.

        • MB says:

          Yea….I was thinking of him the other day. Hope he is doing well.

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Sue,
          Was that the man with the URAL Russian motorcycle? If so, Steve Williams is a personal friend of his. Steve writes a blog called Scooter In The Sticks about his Vespa adventures. scooterinthesticks.com. Maybe leave a message there for Steve to give to him. If I remember correctly, and if it’s the same guy, he is very well known as ~Mr URAL~ in the national motorcycle community. Very active, especially with special ride events and motorcycle touring. I think he even has his own motorcycle blog or did at one time. I’ll check for you and find out for sure, get back to you in a few…

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            No, this was a fella’ with a regular bicycle that I met at Mittry Lake, AZ. I drove him around Yuma so he could get errands done. The man with the motorcycle was at Roosevelt Lake, AZ.

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              Sue,
              Oh! I do remember now, about the guy on the bicycle. I think he found a thrift store find, a tire for his bike or something…
              And yes, the Ural guy was the one I had him confused with.
              Going to bed now, finally sleepy and that almost never happens. Happy, Happy! 🙂
              Nitters!

  56. Barb (snowbird from Wa) says:

    we are at the rest stop north of Salem (something “Prairie”) and way in the back while I’m reading this. GREAT idea for a spot. Love the price (we have the pass). I’ve seen a lot of dogs being walked Bridget. None that are as cool as you though 🙂 I agree with the others, you should write more, you’re great 🙂

  57. Jodee Gravel on the road in Ukiah, CA says:

    Miss Bridget your tolerance for Reggie is matched only by your delightful writing style. That golf cart man really made your day, sure glad RVSue flagged him down 🙂 It was sweet of you to let Reggie learn about other dogs while you waited patiently.

  58. Bridget (Canine Crew in Oregon right now) says:

    Hello!

    Thank you for the nice comments about my guest blog post.

    I hope to blog again someday. That is, if RVSue will let me. She likes to run things around here. You know, be in control and stuff. I think my blogging is helping her get over that though. Just like sharing my feelings here has helped me.

    Thanks again. I enjoyed hearing from my canine fans. I love you!

    Sincerely,
    Bridget

  59. Sandy (GA) says:

    LOVE this story! Thanks.

  60. Krystina, this ones for you!

    http://volunteer.gov/

    Just pick a state….there are jobs for clerical positions inside the office with free RV pad and hook-ups. Some take singles…just scroll the listings. Could be fun for people like us who like to talk with folks.

  61. That is so sweet…another tear-jerker (I know…I don’t care if people see how emotional I am).

    🙂

  62. Jolene says:

    Bridget, you did awesome! I loved your story. I have been gone for a week and missed reading everything. So nice to catch up and don’t you ever forget we blogorinos love you and Reggie both and Sue too!! 🙂

  63. weather says:

    Went out to welcome summer in it’s first full night past nine o-clock this evening and it was so still light out that a beacon for late fisherman barely showed,in December at that hour you look to stars for light,now fireflies in the grass give that…hope your evening is special too,Sue

  64. Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

    Hello Everybody! Good news….bladder looks perfect!!!!! Yeah oh yeah. Finally got to meet the infamous Dr. OMG what a hottie!!! Phew…very personable too. Wanted to know all about my RVing. Soooooo, the question still is…what is the cause of my issues? He thinks that it is dehydration. I drink 64 oz of water a day! I guess no news is good news!!!

    Again – thank you Bloggerinos for being there for me and all your help and support. Love you all. xxoo

    • shirlene says:

      Good news for you finally…. When do you get to get out of Dodge?…I say head for the hills!

      • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

        I am leaving tomorrow to go back to the coast. I tried getting reservations at Fishermen’s Bend where RVSue was…NOTHING like EVER!! I will be sooooo happy to be on the road again 🙂 Believe it or not, it is suppose to be 100 around here on Sunday! What???? This is Oregon! Hopefully the coast will be cooler. Thanks again Shirlene for all your comments to me.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      So glad to see this, Krystina. I bet it’s going to feel great to get on the road again, your time (and your bladder) back to being your own.

      • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

        Thank you Sidewinder Pen 🙂 Up and raring to go on this wonderful morning. Bing, my eyes popped open at 5 am and everything is already put away! I am marching on in just a bit. 🙂 🙂

    • Michele in Sunset Beach, NC says:

      I think it is your meds.

      • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

        OMG!! Hello sister-o-mine xxxxooo. When I first read “Michele in Sunset Beach” I said “Holly Cow…someone from Sunset Beach, NC! I wonder is she knows my sister! LOL! I did as you said this morning. I did not take my cholesterol pill (Pravastatin). What a GREAT early morning surprise to see you here…Love you xxxxxxxxoooooooo

        • Timber n' me /on the road headin' east says:

          Krystina, rusty here, I had a thought come to me, for you,,, go and talk to Suzy Cohen on her website ; http://www.SuzyCohen.com ,,,,,,,,, Suzy is a wonder on health,, using Spice’s and Herbs instead of Pharmisuiticals that have a lot of side affects,,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

          • Timber n' me /on the road headin' east says:

            Oh,, Glad to hear you are doin’ great and back to RVing,,,,,,,,,,,,,

          • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

            Thank you so much Rusty! I will do that. Hope you and Timber are well and HAPPY.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Krystina,
      Happy, Happy, Happy! Wonderful news to hear! And you are finally free to be coast bound again…Lucky Gal! No doubt you feel like you could sleep on the beach without a campsite after such good news…cloud 9 and ocean waves sounds pretty swell to me 🙂

      • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

        YES, it is super great news! I think I will try to stay overnight in an “Overlook”. I have been told by quite a few people that you can. When I pulled into a few when I first got to OR I did not see any “no overnight” parking signs. What better than a site on the beach listening to the ocean!! Have a great day Pamela 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          What great news, Krystina! I am very, very happy and relieved. Whew! Now back to RVing!

          I didn’t know you could park in an overlook. I’ll be very curious to learn how that works out for you. Why do people cram into a campground if they can camp at a wayside? Be sure to let us know how it goes!

          Have fun! I’m sure this day is very precious to you…

          • Krystina - Corvallis Oregon says:

            Goooood Morning RVSue 🙂 I find it really unbelievable that the State would let you park there. I keep thinking that if that were true MANY rigs would be in them overnight. We will see. Suppose to be 100 by the weekend!! Being right on the ocean would be much cooler.

        • Pamela K. says:

          Krystina,
          Thanks for the sweet comment. Hope the Overlook stayover works well for you. Be extra careful. Like any wayside, you can’t control who will be passing by on the roadway. Mostlikely you will be overnighting alone and that can turn tricky, ya know. I guess I would do a search on line for wayside or overlook night stays, or something like that… I have heard of teardrop campers doing it and very small motor-vans. For me, I think I’d want an engine I could start quickly if need be. That’s just my thinking. I forgot what type of rig you have or how small/big. Will be interseting to see how it works for you. Hope it is a swell overnight and a great way to see the coastline, that’s sure right up my alley 🙂 🙂

          • Pamela K. says:

            BTW, I think I’d sleep in casual street clothes, not PJs and have my camera set on the ~night photo~ setting just incase you get a knock at your door for law enforcement asking you to move on. *Oh! I was taking night photos of the beach and must have dozed off… No kidding, I would, lol. Oh god, now I’m feeling full of shame! I TRY to be good, but sometimes it’s so hard, giggles at myself now! Anyway, enjoy and have a safe fun time at the coast!!!

    • weather says:

      Doing a happy dance about your good news here,Krystina!

  65. Ashland Ed says:

    Hi Sue, I finally got home to Ashland. It was so fantastic to see you parked next to us at Davis Lake. An amazing accidental Casita rendezvous.
    For anyone that hasn’t met Sue personally, she’s even more wonderful than this blog.
    It will take a few days to catch up on your entries since we saw you but the first few suggest some great boondocks in the Davis Lake area. Lorraine and I scouted sites around Wickiup and found several beautiful sites. Some may attract the drinking crowd, but others were smaller and more isolated, I plan on going back with the canoe to explore the wetlands. Regards, Ed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ashland Ed,

      What a pleasant surprise! Thank you for your kind words.

      I know exactly what sites you mean! I took a photo of one of them. Beautiful sites! I think they are popular and heavily used by a younger crowd. There was an isolated one with someone already camped in it when we were there.

      Hello to Lorraine — I wish you both and your one-dog canine crew a wonderful summer!

  66. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Sue, my friend is here from Oregon and I showed her your blog. She read today and the previous post re Scio and along the river. Said you are just across the hill from her and to tell you if you continue along 20, there are lots of campgrounds but will be very crowded this time of year but beautiful. Wishes you and the crew happy Oregon travels. If you have time take the Covered Bridge trail and see the old restored bridges. Hope it’s not as warm there as here. We are headed to 104 Thursday !! Also,the fish hatchery is very interesting. It’s out Larwood Rd onto Hatchery rd I think she said. I’ve been there but she drove.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Velda,

      How nice that your friend is visiting you. I think you meant to continue along 22. Yes, lots of people camping this time of year. We were fortunate to find our present camp, which I hope to blog about today. Very few people here.

      Thank you for sharing my blog with your friend. Enjoy your time together!

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        Probably was 22 but I just put what she said and she could not recall the number quite she said. LOL that’s my story and I’m stickin to,it! She had to head out early as she discovered her Mom left her hearing aid in her car yesterday and had to return it ( Mom in a care home here) , before heading north to Oregon for planned stuff Friday. She has a 5th wheel horse trailer with people quarters in the front now and hopes to travel some once her hubby is fully recovered from shoulder surgery. Their horses are at ” summer camp” in various places during the recovery. I thought that was amusing when she told me. She said that road you are on is very beautiful. Have a great day.

  67. weather says:

    Awakening I felt my girl pups head beside mine on the pillow so kissed her cheek.She sighed happily ,thunder began right afterwards yet she was now so content it didn’t bother her at all for once.I love the perfect timing of that sort of thing,it happens a lot in my life,and probably can be seen in everyone’s if they notice.One of the all time finest ones happened yesterday.It’s a bit of a long story that began on June 14th,I’d hidden a comment about it’s beginning on “The coast at last…” post page.That day was a happy one on here and I wanted to leave it that way.

    Picking up where I left off then,- I wrapped the feathery still one in flowered paper,placed that in a small jewelry box and put it within the earth with a bouquet of clover to mark the spot.That clover has taken root and is growing,sweet.A search had turned up a potential new troupe member to fill the empty place I had a good feeling about.A sister friend(not by birth,by choice) took me to see her yesterday and as a way early birthday gift bought me her and the perfect cage for a pair’s needed neutral territory new home,too.I won’t go into the long list of details about bird care that make this,and it’s timing, all so amazing,trust me it truly is.Our new troupe member was being caged with a slightly different ,at times aggressive,breed of finches.Likely she wouldn’t have lived well or long.Neither would my other one if she’d been alone.Serenade duets at dawn again-life is good!!!

    Good morning,Sue and the rest of the gang here,I hope your day is starting off wonderfully,too and stays that way 🙂 My cup of coffee isn’t a fancy kind but it may as well be champagne,I’m enjoying it so much,how’s yours?

    • Good Morning Weather, my coffee is more wonderful after reading your lovely comment. Bitter sweet, sorry about your recent parting with one of your loved ones, I know how much you value every life around you. Good news, you saved another life and will be adding many more days of happiness in an otherwise desperate situation. I am off to my doctor appointment, for which I am sure there will be good news. Hugs to you and your ENTIRE troupe! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, weather. I’m heartsick that I missed your message about your feathered friend. You were hurting and it looked like I ignored you. I’m so sorry.

      When a comment comes in under an older post, I usually see it on my administration page as comments are listed chronologically, regardless of what post they are under. However, if there are a lot of comments when I’m away from the computer, a comment under an old page can be buried several pages back on my admin page, making it easy to miss. Again I apologize. I don’t know that I would’ve had the words to comfort you, but anything would be better than silence. Again, I’m sorry that you hurt with the passing of your bird and that I wasn’t “there” for you.

      You gave her a lovely resting place and she’s “coming up clover.” Yes, that is sweet.

      What a delightful day this is for you! I lift my coffee cup in a toast to a smooth transition for your new pal. Long may she sing! You are blessed with a loving sister-friend.

      If you shared the date of your birthday in the past, I don’t have it, of course. I’m terrible about birthdays…. I do hope yours is special, which seems like a strange thing to say to someone who knows how to let every day be special. I’m glad you will again be serenaded with “duets at dawn.” Thank you for sharing this.

      • weather says:

        Sue,you are so funny,and such a good friend.You didn’t miss that comment,I deliberately hid it .Honestly, I didn’t feel that you weren’t here for me at all-I wanted to process my dual vision of life here and in heaven to simultaneously mourn and rejoice alone that day because it’s odd how beautiful albeit painful walking that path’s way is.Led to linger at it’s healing places one walks away the richer,and happier then you were before ever knowing the one that left here, for it every time,no matter what species the loved is,human or critter.

        My birthday is Aug.13th,last year you gave me a mini party here,that’s more enough for all the rest that will come,please don’t try to keep track to mention it.I’m really not great at most dates either.Maybe it is because every day’s special.Like this one-being topped with your heartfelt reply and celebrating with me-Yippee! 🙂 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Do know that I realize the magnitude of your loss about a year ago, I think it was. I haven’t said much about it, figuring you would rather “simultaneously mourn and rejoice alone.” You consistently write your comments outward to me and to fellow blogorinos which stands as proof that rejoicing is conquering mourning.

          Have a day of yippees! 🙂

  68. Jill Blythman says:

    Made my day!

  69. Good Morning Sue, I am enjoying my coffee and the good news that has already brightened up this blog post. Hurray for Krystina! It is so wonderful when things come together in a positive way, isn’t it. Enjoy your day, I will be lurking along with you. 🙂

  70. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Great news Krystina!

    DeGin…I hope you are doing well also!

    We too had company this morning (2am) as the thunder and lightning was crazy. After realizing we weren’t in a war zone…AO stood up at the end of the bed…asking politely to join us. We could feel her paws trembling. (She never gets afraid of T &L).

    She calmed down once she was the “meat” in a mommy sandwich. Of course we were hanging off the bed! But as long as she felt secure…all is good!

    • weather says:

      Aw-w,so sweet of you two to handle AO’s reaction to the boomers that way!Looks like we have a couple days of beautiful skies coming ,hope they’re great for you

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