Guest Bloggers: Little Cottonwood, Beaver, Utah

Bridget returns as guest blogger today.  Reggie joins her in his first attempt.

P1070630 - Copy“Hi, everyone!  Reggie and I are going to tell you about Little Cottonwood Campground.  It is located on Route 153.  That’s a road that goes east out of the town of Beaver, Utah.

The campground is only a few miles further up the road from our boondock.”

“Excellent introduction, Bridge!”

“Thanks, RVSue.  Okay, where was I?  . . .

When we drive up to the campground, we see a bar across the road that looks like this . . .

P1070631

. . . which doesn’t stop RVSue!  She parks the Perfect Tow Vehicle by the side of the road. She says we can walk the campground anyway and have it all to ourselves, right, Reggie?”

P1070670“Yeah!  That sign doesn’t stop us.  We walk right under it!  Haha!”

“It’s not really breaking the rules, Reg.  I think the sign means it’s closed for camping.  Next we walk up to the pay station and find out it costs $14 a night, unless you have an old person’s pass, then it’s only $7 a night.  The campground loop is paved.  I like that.  It’s easy on the paws.”

P1070642“Also, you could ride in your car here, couldn’t you, Miss B?”

“Yes, it’s smooth enough.  I don’t need my car today though.  Oh, isn’t that rabbit brush lovely!”

P1070669“Git outta’ the brush, you sneaky rabbits!  I know you’re hiding in there!  I’ll bite your stupid tails off!  Haha!”

P1070668“Okay, Reggie, enough of that.  There are a lot of trees in this campground. I guess that’s why it’s called Little Cottonwood.  A cottonwood is a tree.  Here’s one of the campsites.”

P1070635“This next campsite is our favorite.  RVSue, Reggie, and me . . . We always pick which campsite we like the best.”

P1070661“Can I show them a campsite?”

“Sure, Reg, go ahead.”

“Here’s a campsite!  Haha!”

P1070644“Good, Reggie.  Maybe you could say something about the campsite?”

“Um . . . There’s a water spickit!  And it has a sign on it telling people to keep their germs to themselves.  It doesn’t say you can’t pee on it.”

P1070660“What about these campsites, Reggie?”

“Yeah, there are two campsites that are really smooth.  RVSue says they make them smooth for wheelchairs to roll on them good.”

P1070662P1070663“If I might add, Reg . . .

. . . One of the disabled sites is across from the vault toilet and both of them are near enough to the river that you can hear it from your camper.  We like to hear the river, don’t we, Reg?”

“Yeah.  The river sounds neat.  Oh!  Here’s the way to go to the river, everybody!”

P1070645“Miss B and I walk down the sidewalk together.”

P1070646“It’s nice walking with you, Reggie.  Usually you’re too excited to walk as slowly as I do.”

“I know.  I can’t help it.   My body is energized.  Let’s go this way!”

P1070647“It sure is pretty here . . .”

P1070652 . . . Could we sit for a minute and enjoy it, Reg?”

P1070651“Yay!  Logs! I like to climb on stuff!”

P1070657“Reggie!  Get away from that water! Gosh, you’re scaring me!”

P1070656“Get back on the sidewalk, little man.  Whew!  You should always be careful around water, Reg.  This water is fast and stronger than you are.  If you fell in, it would be over your head. . . .  Sorry for the interruption, folks.  I have to watch him every minute . . .

P1070658. . .  As I was about to say, Little Cottonwood is a nice campground.  RVSue says it makes a good stop-over for a night or two when traveling through the Beaver area.  There are more campgrounds higher up the mountain.  This one is better because it doesn’t make your ears pop.  I don’t like to have my ears pop. . . .

Come on, Reggie!  RVSue says it’s time to go home.”

“Coming, Miss B!”

P1070648“Why don’t you wrap up this post for us, Reggie.  You’ve done a wonderful job so far.”

“Thank you, ma’am.  Uh, here’s Miss B and me walking the campground road back to the PTV.  She doesn’t like this photo because it makes her butt look fa –”

P1070665“Reggie!!”

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139 Responses to Guest Bloggers: Little Cottonwood, Beaver, Utah

  1. Chey (WA coast) says:

    Yea! A new post

  2. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    First – for Bridget???

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      First for Reggie…

      • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

        No, I meant I thought I was first to read Bridget’s post. In such a hurry to be first, I didn’t read all the way through the first time 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It’s a cutthroat competition! I’m not surprised the shortcuts readers take to grasp first place! 🙂

  3. Love posts from these two.

  4. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    OK, so I wasn’t first, but the West Coast took first and second place! 🙂 Love the post from Bridge and Reggie. His comment about the sign not saying he couldn’t pee on it reminded me of the movie Please Don’t Eat the Daisies!! And I’m sure Reggie’s last comment was going to be “…. it makes her butt look famous!!”

  5. Good job Reg Man! Bridget, darlin’, you did a wonderful job keeping an eye on him. The Chiweenie Brothers and Burger send their regards.

  6. Calvin R says:

    That looks like my kind of campground–easy to work with and not populated.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I have no idea how popular the campground is during the regular season.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I was there in May (several years ago) and it was reasonably busy (maybe 3/4 of the sites were occupied). However, it wasn’t noisy and at that time, no generators (ahhhh).

        Looks like the pups and I have the same favorite site (which is the one I camped in) 🙂

        Fun to see it again (funny thing is, I almost headed for it a few weeks ago, but then decided to go another way entirely).

        Yay, logs! 😀 😀

  7. Chey (WA coast) says:

    I have occupied myself during your hiatus reading ALL of your past posts! Lol, hardly missed you at all, lol!

  8. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    those fur babies are way too cute. love the pictures, looks like autumn. thanks

  9. Applegirl NY says:

    What a fun post from the crew. Autumn is really showing itself in these pictures. I can imagine the aroma of falling leaves near the stream. So nice.

    Thanks for sharing another campsite with us. It’s amazing to me how many of them are out there. The southwestern and western parts of the country are so much more travel friendly than the northeast.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s true, Applegirl NY. I could never find the free boondocks and inexpensive campgrounds like this one in the east.

  10. Pamela K. says:

    Bridget says, “Sorry for the interruption, folks. I have to watch him every minute . . .”

    I laughed when I read that line and saw her face expression 🙂
    That look of her’s is priceless! No doubt she is looking up at you and thinking “Some people’s kids! HA! That’s our Miss B. in *top-form* and spot on. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Miss Bridget never shirks from responsibility! You should see the way she corrects Reggie when he’s too rambunctious first thing in the morning.

  11. Teri In SoCal says:

    They did a beautiful job, it’s always great to hear the canine take on these matters! So glad you are all doing well. 🙂

  12. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    And I bet that water’s getting c-o-l-d, too!

    I agree, that looks like the best camp spot in the park.

  13. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    LOL ROTF and OMGosh!

    Those two! They sure do keep ya hoppin!

    Thank you so much for sharing the accessible site. Wow they have done a beautiful job!
    What a fun way to enjoy the afternoon!

    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barb. We used that campground every day for one of our twice-daily walks. Bridget and Reggie loved it!

  14. Susan in Dallas says:

    Yay, Canine Corner! You two covered all the high points and Bridget’s face said it all.

  15. Chris B - Southern California says:

    Great post, Sue! 🙂 Both fun and informative. My favorite: “I’ll bite your stupid tails off! Haha!” Have you tried walking Reggie off leash yet? Just curious.

    Chris B and Diego

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Chris B.

      I haven’t tried walking Reggie off-leash lately. The last time I tried was a disaster-that-almost-happened. I think he would do fine until a distraction lured him off . . . a rabbit with a stupid tail, for instance. 🙂

  16. Peggy says:

    Loved it!

  17. Lynn Brooks says:

    Love it!!!!

  18. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Miss B, I’m so proud of you for watching over Reggie so well. You are definitely up to the task of keeping him safe & on the path. This looks like a lovely campground–I hope you, Reggie & RVSue return another time. Ear scratches to you & Reg, Miss B. Ari says “Hi, you guys!”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Dawn from Camano Island…. If we come this way again, I’ll be looking to camp in our favorite site at Little Cottonwood.

  19. Karen LeMoine says:

    A wonderful post from the Crew! Great job guys. Now have your Mom get you a rotisserie chicken! You deserve it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      I bought a rotisserie chicken yesterday! I’m happy you enjoyed the crew’s post.

  20. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Great job Bridgee and Reg man!

    You look so happy! I can see that Reg Man is learning to stay with you! Hey bridge….anyone’s butt would look fa- next to mini me’s butt! No worries girl!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I was thinking the same thing about butt comparisons. Reggie is one, very lean fellow. He doesn’t have much fat. As for Bridget, she’s happy…

  21. Michelle from Salt Lake,UT says:

    Thank you Bridget, Reggie and Sue. This site will go on our list. He might even be able to get the wheelchair close enough to fish. It is so nice to have a handicap site.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Michelle,

      One could fish from a chair, probably easier in the spring when the water level is up and when the fish are biting!

      Vault toilet is handicap accessible, too. You may not want to make this campground a destination, but it would make a pleasant and handy stop-over for a day or two or three — coming from SLC — on the way to a destination.

  22. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Nice report…and looks very inviting place to stay too…how nice that handicapped could spend some time there!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth.

      I was quite surprised by the campground. From my memory of it in 2012, the parking sites were small and the campground wasn’t as nice. I don’t remember the loop as being paved. I think several improvements are recent.

  23. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Cute Post Bridget! I agree this was a pretty camp, too bad it was closed. Looks like everyone enjoyed the walk down the road and sidewalk to the river. Bridget’s look after Reggie got to close to the water was priceless.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara (Nashville),

      It seems a shame that the campground is closed. I wonder if it’s because it is managed by a concessionaire and it isn’t “cost effective” to leave it open… meaning having to pay someone to take up the money… and then the water has to be tested… I think September and early October are a wonderful time of year to camp in that area.

  24. Pam and Maya says:

    Hi Bridget and Reggie! Great post, the photos are beautiful! You two made our day, we have been longing for some nature and adventure!

  25. Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

    Sue,

    I remember the time you let Reggie off leash in Oregon. It was not a pretty experience but all’s well that ends well. He has a mind of his own.

    True about Bridget being happy about her weight. We all should be.

    Marilyn in DB

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      Yesterday Reggie was outside wearing his green vest. It became too warm for him so I took it off and put him in his camo vest. Well, he rolls over on his back on the blue mat while I’m changing him (like a baby!) and I neglect to hook the tether to the camo vest.

      Several minutes pass. I’m enjoying a second cup of coffee in my lounger when I realize I haven’t seen Reggie in a while. That’s when I see the end of the tether lying on the blue mat.

      “Reggie!!!”

      Here he comes from behind the lounger, calm as can be. I scoop him up and hug him. I don’t think he realized he was off the tether.

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        Sue,

        Like Mother, Like Son. haha

        I wonder what he would do if he realized he was not tethered. I know our granddog was fine until a rabbit appeared. Then she was off to the races, eventually returning home after a tiring chase. Fortunately, we lived in the country. It was a nightmare, though, and I could totally relate to your anxiety when he took off along the ocean.

        Marilyn in DB

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        Sue,

        Maybe the positive response will encourage him to come to you when you call him. That is fine until he decides to chase something. That is the fear.

        Marilyn, presently in OH freezing.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve called his name when he is focused on something else and he acts like he’s deaf, which he isn’t.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Oh! Sue! I know your heart was in your throat! Glad that all was ok! Whew!

  26. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hello, dear Bridget and Reggie,

    You both did a wonderful job on this post! I really enjoyed your tour of the campground! Bridget, keeping a close eye on Reggie is a full time job – you really do have your paws full, keeping him out of trouble while teaching him the ropes. You have done a great job, little Miss! Reggie, you are a little scamp! If a rabbit had popped out of those bushes, I bet you would have jumped up into your Mom’s arms! I look forward to seeing more of your “voice” on future blogs! Great job!

    Hi, Sue,

    Glad that your technical problems have been resolved. Little Cottonwood campground looks like a nice place. I wonder how crowded it is during peak times? It is especially nice that the area is accessible. Thank you for sharing the pictures…love the yellow of the leaves and rabbit bush. As always, Bridget and Reggie have my heart. 🙂

    Hope you enjoy your evening! A nephew came over today to help me clean out a shed. A trash supercan was filled with trash and then some, and we also made a run to donate to a church based thrift store. We got everything sorted and reorganized – one more spot in my home that is now under control – yippee!. It is a good feeling! I just took a shower and now have some taco soup simmering on the stove. Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Oh, and Bridget, your butt looks fa…ntastic! Own it and love it! 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Thank you for the positive reaction to Bridget’s and Reggie’s guest blogging.

      You certainly had a productive day! It’s a good feeling, I know, to have that taken care of. People talk about being a “control freak.” There’s nothing freakish about being in control of your life. It’s a form of security.

      Taco soup on the stove…. I bet you are an outstanding cook, Denise. You and Gracie pup have a good evening!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        “Hi, my name is Denise and I am a Type A….. I am a control freak and admit it!” You would think that someone who likes to have things under control should not have to deal with excess stuff. I have to admit that several life events over the years derailed me a bit. There were things in that shed that had not been used for over 15 yrs…sorting through all that “crapola” was a task I had put off for too long. The feeling of lightness that washed over me after we were finished was wonderful! My goal is to get rid of what I don’t need or enjoy anymore. I am happy to pass it on to someone else who can use it. The past couple months have been a step in the right direction. 🙂

        I love to cook! Sometimes on weekends, I will make a dish that will be my lunch and dinner for the most of the week. The trick is to find a recipe that does not make too much. I do sometimes pick up the Smart Ones frozen meals for work lunches to have on hand when I don’t cook. Anyhow, my taco soup recipe is a standby…very easy, economical, and like most spicy dishes, the leftovers are always better than the first day!

        Have a great night! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          “the feeling of lightness” — Great phrase, Denise! Sleep well…

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Oh Denise, don’t you know…if you have too much stuff…it is because you have MANY ideas!! Creative you must be!!

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Hi, Elizabeth! You are so right! Some of the “stuff” I still have to sort through is large box of craft supplies. Most was purchased at least 20 yrs ago with good intentions. One such item is a ceramic type casting powder that is mixed with water, then poured into molds. The mold is left to dry for a bit, then popped out, and baked in the oven. Then…you paint the beauties. I have molds for a nativity set, ornaments, and more. Then there are all the many, many different vials of special paint, you know, each item has multiple shades of the same color to aquire the finished look. I remember running all over town to find the needed vials of paint, just to complete the set…all to put it aside for “later.” I don’t know if the set is even good…the paints are surely dried up. In the same box are leftover supplies from past projects…mainly from making wreaths and floral centerpieces. Hopefully I will find items that will be useful to someone. 🙂

            I am now limiting my creativity to photography and jewelry making. Sorting through stuff, once and for all will free up clutter and my time. I have to process/print tons of photos off the memory cards. 🙂

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              I have read that a lot of RVers do make jewelry…at least you could put that in a fairly small box. We live in a 500 sq ft apt right now…so we are fairly pared down…though we have to watch it as it is easy to acquire MORE! Heh…too many ideas and good intentions. Have fun deciding what to keep or not…

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              Thanks, Elizabeth! 🙂

  27. Bridget’s face shows so much expression and the emotion you add with words just cracks me up! She really posed well here! She must like being guest blogger! Reggie is always a riot! What a character! Grin!
    I responded on your last post, but it never showed up! Hoping this one will! Having tablet problems recently! But don’t despair, I got a new laptop this week and had Windows 10 removed and Windows 7 installed! Too many nightmare reviews on 10 and places are offering to replace,it for free!
    Loved the Crews tour of Cottonwood Campground! Beautiful in the Autumn!
    Don’t you have a birthday coming up soon ???

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Uh-oh. I think I missed your birthday again. Was it September 28th? I’m sorry! I’m sure it won’t be the last time I miss it either. I hope you have a happy day. Yes, mine is coming up on the 15th.

      Good idea about Windows 7. Tablets are nice, but a laptop seems much easier to type on and to operate, in general. I know you will enjoy using yours.

      Hi to Chuck, Doogie and Radar… BTW, I appreciate all the information you’ve posted recently about volunteer opportunities in New Mexico.

      • Nope! You haven’t missed my birthday! Think Halloween! Ha!
        Actually, I think the tablet us much easier to use and type in than the laptop! BUT I can’t download or edit any photography with it! But, of course, I haven’t taken any photos in many months,BUT I WILL! My back is feeling better and I am getting around better! So I will be grabbing my camera soon!

  28. Suzette (TN) says:

    The Crew does such a fine job of blogging. I’m sure I’m not alone in my appreciation of the excellent scouting report they provided us. I’m really pleased to see campgrounds that offer accessible accommodations. I’m not there yet, but someday many of us may be. It’s good to know there are places out there where folks with mobility issues can also enjoy Mother Nature. Thanks for the update, gang!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Suzette (TN),

      On behalf of the crew, thanks for the compliment on their blogging. They worked very hard on it. 😉

      Good point about the growing need for accessibility.

  29. weather says:

    Sweet post,Sue,I love the photos of that campground, and the ones of the crew.The crews dialogue is hilarious.Clever take on the rabbit brush,Ha!I know you enjoyed that day as Bridget didn’t need her car and you three were just enjoying yourselves and each other.

    Reggie is such a great little guy.I know how many smiles he adds to your life and Bridget has a fellow critter that loves her.Our fur family members enjoy that,despite however much they find the other to be a pest or stealing the attention that they want.You are giving them a wonderful life and home,they are doing the same for you,ain’t love grand?

    My sweetheart kitty is tucking in on my pillow at the moment.She loves thick fuzzy cloth,always has,because that’s what I used to wrap her in and carry her everywhere I was when I brought her home.She didn’t like humans ,far less trust them,that’s how I helped her calm down and bond with me.I got a cat house/carrier for when we drive and live in the T@B and put a rug made from that cloth inside.I put it where we sit and sleep in this house and just let her discover it and go in when she wants to, to get her used to it,she loves it!I’m sure she’ll keep sleeping in my bed often,I just wanted her to have a special cubbyhole in the T@B and jeep,it’s a feline thing I know you became familiar with when you had yours.

    Did you get cake at Walmart today or do you plan to go for groceries again by the 15th?There’s nothing wrong in my book with celebrating all week(in case you can’t resist a treat early) however one does that 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      You are so tender and understanding with your kitty. She has her “thick fuzzy cloth” much like toddlers have their beloved blankie. Smart to get her a carrier to give her plenty of time to adopt it as her own cubby. And already she loves it. She will travel well, knowing her home goes with her and that you are nearby.

      It’s fun planning and arranging all the details, anticipating what you will need and how to make your camps homey. Thanks for sharing your preparations with us. You bring back memories for those of us already on the road and you give vicarious fun for everyone else. 🙂

      No, I haven’t bought my birthday cake yet. I’d eat it up and have to buy another one. I’ll have to wait until right before my day. I’ve already given myself a present which I’ll save to explain in a future post. The wonderful thing about being a frugal person is it doesn’t take much to feel pampered!

      Snuggle your kitty for me…. I love dogs — you must know that! — but I wish they knew how to purr. 🙂

      • weather says:

        You’re snuggle was delivered and she purred while receiving it,thanks,Sue.I’m glad that a lot of the planning and arranging can be fun because I still have several things to do before I leave here.I found a sturdier fabric than the upholstery in the T@B that I like for 65 percent off to throw on as a loose one piece cover,shake outside,& repeat as needed.Frugal,feeling pampered and grateful here,too 🙂 Sending hopes that you had a nice yesterday and that today is for you ,too,with blessings and hugs for you and crew

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good idea about the sturdy fabric that will protect the upholstery and be easy to clean. That’s what I have, only it is a quilt folded in half and tucked around the cushion we sleep on.

          Always grateful for what I am able to enjoy. I know you are, too… and grateful for what once was… Hugs.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      We always had those big dog boxes like you ship animals in on planes, for our dogs…initially so we could confine them until they learned to be more trustworthy about potty training etc…but eventually just so they had a place that was theirs and no one was allowed to bother them when they went in…as they got to about a year, we generally did not lock them in…but left it open for their use at all times. I think they appreciated having “their own room”! I think you are very wise to do that with a cat…they are not usually so keen on car rides, etc. Oh Weather, today I was tearful for awhile…still missing our dear Ebbie…been nearly 5 years but I sure do miss that lovely creature yet!!

      • weather says:

        Hi,Elizabeth,thanks for the support on my cat’s own little room,we have a lot of car rides in our future and your note is encouraging.Thank God that the tears we shed over missing some are mixed with the joy in knowing that separations are temporary because life and love are eternal 🙂 ! Yesterday I struggled because of those issues,too,may we both more enjoy this one and the following ones ,hugs dear

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Yes, Weather…many things here are more endurable as we know it is temporary!! The times of “missing” come and go, thankfully too!! Have a good day and hugs to you too!! Back to my sewing!!

  30. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Miss B did a great job! Bless her heart she showed the campground great and had to control Reggie Man at the same time….gotta love her for that! They make a great team and of course Miss Sue, you were so unselfish and let them two run the blog, how great is that!! Great to hear from you and the crew and to know everything is well with you guys, take care and as usual the photos were wonderful. Have a blessed week ahead!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Thank you. You have a blessed week, too.

      Bridget has done a great job with the Reginator, teaching him how to behave. She shows amazing patience with him. He pesters her to play and attacks her first thing in the morning wanting to wrestle and rough-house. He rolls over on this back and kicks her in the chest, play-bites her cheek, jumps on her back…. She corrects him with snarls until he calms down or decides to attack ME instead.

      I hope all is well with you, too!

  31. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    #75 and still trying!! Great post from the Awesome Twosome!!

  32. AZ Jim says:

    Yeaaaaaaa….I’m number 76!!!!!! Good job Bridget and Reggie. I enjoyed your little tour. What’s next Missy?

  33. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    Beautiful! Another place to add to the list. You take the best photos, Sue. Thanks for the umpteenth time for providing all of us with this information.

    And the pups are just too precious for words.

  34. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue,

    Last night before I went to bed, I checked Amazon for their daily deal. This is not something I do on a regular basis, but something told me to check. They had a few BBC DVD series deeply discounted. I picked up the whole Ballykissangel series and BBC Comedy Christmas collection. Watch for the credits to hit your account. 🙂 They were my Happy early Birthday (17th) to myself gift! 🙂

    Have a great day! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I saw those items on the orders list this morning! What a fun gift to yourself, Denise. . . laughter! Thanks for including me in your gift-giving. 🙂

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I guess it’s early and I’m easily amused, but when I first read this the thought flitted past “Wow, she sounds very mature for 17.”

      Happy birthday! 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        LOL, I read it the same way.
        My thought, “Geez, I’ve commented to her a number of times before — I thought she was much older than 17! How is that?!”

        The joke was ours, her B’day is the 17th 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hehehe! I should have said (on the 17th)! 🙂

        Thank you for the birthday wishes! 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Ha! Thanks for the chuckle and the birthday wishes! 🙂

  35. R. in CO says:

    Great info abut this campground and it looks lovely but you never really know how inviting and accommodating it is during a busy season. I recently came across many campgrounds in WY, UT and CO already closed. I bet it is similar in other areas as well. I remember in 2014 many campgrounds in the Adirondacks were closed in October which was really surprising since the area is very busy during the famous fall foliage and there are not that many options for boondocking.
    A few days ago I stayed at the Skull Creek campground in Flaming Gorge RA in UT and I was only one camper staying there. I don’t think my $5.00 fee covered cost of keeping this place open. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is now closed. I stayed at the wonderful campground at Dinosaur National Monument in CO (Deerlodge Park) on Yampa River. The water is turn off hence there is no fee right now but there were other campers. We all should enjoy this less crowded time. I know I do.

    • Renee says:

      I agree with you on premature closings in the Fall. We just came from the Yellowstone area and not only are most campgrounds in Yellowstone closed, but those outside too. Not that we would stay in the park, because we prefer the smaller CG’s outside, but there are a lot of people traveling this time of year.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Me too! Just when I could enjoy this type of campground (fewer people, less chance of generators) (plus it’s when I’m in the areas as I like to go to places in the slightly cooler weather past prime), they are closed! I’m in the eastern Sierra and many are closed for the season here too (and the colors are not quite peak yet).

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I wonder if the early closings are the result of the Forest Service turning management over to concessionaires and reservation websites.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R. in CO,

      Always good to here from you . . . I know absolutely nothing about the financial aspects of operating a campground. The $5 fee from one camper may not cover the cost of the campground, but the income generated from the rest of the year might cover it. Also, there might have been more campers and more $5 fees collected if people knew the campground was open. It’s one of those ReserveAmerica campgrounds which may be why it’s closed. I imagine the area of Flaming Gorge is beautiful at this time of year and I assume there are snowbirds heading north through there . . . but, like I said, I don’t know enough, just supposing.

      I agree, this is a great time for camping in campgrounds. One needs to be mindful of hunting season, for one thing, and the crush of crowds is gone…

      • Pamela K. says:

        There are some corps campgrounds in Georgia that close on Oct. 31st. All boats and toys have to be stored by mid-Oct and off the lake areas. All hosts leave except the head host and they are there only to oversee that the grounds are OK from vandals and fires. Kind of sad really, there is still some really good camping and fishing to be had in later months. When you ask them WHY they are closing so early the answer is always the same…It gives the grounds time to breath and for repairs. Go next Spring and the *repairs* are still left undone 🙁 So I guess it is really part of the *herding* process to for-fee campgrounds in the off-seasons.

      • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

        I’ve been planning a trip from Missouri to Big Bend NP in Texas after Christmas and have been having difficulty finding open COE parks to camp in on the way south….Most seem to close either 9/30 or 10/31. And the weather widgit says it is 90 degrees today in Waurika OK! It’s very frustrating, The reservable campgrounds all seem to close early…their open dates are on recreation.gov. But the corps doesn’t put any of this info on their website for the smaller parks which might be open. I would hate to pay $35. to stay at a KOA!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know if this is a good suggestion or not. Remember when we camped at Ward Mountain near Ely, NV? That campground was listed online as being “closed,” and yet one could camp there (no fee). Maybe you could make a phone call to COE for a campground you’re interested in to see if it is, indeed, physically closed or does is it just the reservation system that is closed.

          If you lucky to connect with the right person, he/she might tell you the real life status (as opposed to online status) of COE campgrounds.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know if this is a good suggestion or not. Remember when we camped at Ward Mountain near Ely, NV? That campground was listed online as being “closed,” and yet one could camp there (no fee).

          Maybe you could make a phone call to COE for a campground you’re interested in to see if it is, indeed, physically closed or is it just the reservation system that is closed.

          If you lucky to connect with the right person, he/she might tell you the real life status (as opposed to online status) of COE campgrounds.

          • Here in southern IL the COEs close the end of October and the roads are gated. No entry. Our state parks will keep a loop open all year, however. I’m heading to a T@B coastal caravan in SC and GA next weekend for 2.5 weeks. Going down I have reservations, but on the return most places will be closed.

            This post was just darling. I was laughing and smiling until the end.

          • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

            Thanks for the helpful suggestions! After much searching we’ve found a couple of campgrounds on Ft. Gibson Lake (Taylor Ferry and Rocky Point) that we will probably stay at. And then on to Waurika Lake (Wichita Ridge c.g.), but I think it would be a good idea to call and check , too.

            We stayed at Maumelle c.g. a few years ago, outside of Little Rock, but we’re trying to avoid driving through the Dallas/ Ft. Worth area this time.

        • Penny in AR says:

          Maumelle Park COE in Little Rock, AR is open year round….beautiful on AR river, if you’d need a spot by LR.

        • Joy Sutton says:

          Find one with a. Boat dock. Those are usually open in some capacity with a free loop just no services such as water trash , maybe dry dump only

  36. Renee says:

    I noticed that when I post from my Android, the comment doesn’t appear. Hmmm.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the feedback, Renee. I don’t know why comments posted from Android don’t appear, and I don’t know how or even if that can be rectified.

      READERS: Is there anyone who is able to post a comment from an Android device?

    • Pamela K. says:

      Renee,
      Try posting a single word or two and see if it takes that comment. If it does take the short comment, then it is your provider/host who is stopping your transmitts because of the data length and letting it time-out on their end. I hope I said that right.

  37. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue and Crew. Great post guys. Bridget was very cheerful and that Reggie very energetic and to the point. Continue finding those beautiful camps Guys! Take care.

  38. Good job, you two. The campground really came alive with your descriptions! The look on your face by the rocks made me laugh Bridget. I’m sure it’s not always easy to be patient with the exuberance of youth!!

  39. Pamela K. says:

    Well Folks,
    Here I sit. In GEORGIA 🙁
    I am NO closer to leaving out on my Fla coastal trip than I was two weeks ago (the crowd BOOs now). Yes, it seems that Klemper’s car has caught the Flu! Something is causing his car’s battery to drain power. It is fine in the AM and by the end of his shift the poor thing (hate that car of his) is dead and in need of a jumpstart. It has been in the shop for this before, as late as last week. Nothing seems to help and the so-called fixes are not free. I am ready to ditch it and go hunting for a newer one for him. That, of course, takes time to find. Time HE doesn’t have off work to do, leaving me to do the car lot rounds while he works. I feel bad for him. Well, this means I now have to get him to and from work AND look for another car for him. Then make a full dinner once home again. Dang, I am NOT up to this! I should be my own cheerleader but I am all cheered out. Not to worry, this TOO shall pass. But it sucks wind while it is happening (whines some more) and makes me not that easy to live with as I am not eating right and not sleeping well. Geez, just a few short days ago I was heading out to do a full shakedown camp before my trip. Like they say, What a difference a day makes? Right…it sure does… I guess I’ll wash the dog now. Then feed the dog and cats their dinner. They always eat right 🙂 And then make our dinner. Up at 3:45 AM to get Klemper to work tomorrow. I do not do delays well.
    Anyone have Fla beach sand in a bottle?!
    I could use some as I pull up my Big Girl Panties…

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sorry to hear of the delay, Pamela. Be sure to have some cheese and crackers with that well deserved whine. On the bright side, it is a good thing that your hubby’s car issues happened before you left. Good luck with the car shopping. I hope things get resolved soon so you can start your getaway! Hang in there! Have your back issues cleared up? Hope tomorrow is a better day ! Sending you a hug! 🙂

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Denise,
        You are so sweet! Yes, my back seems to be doing fine now. I think I must have sprained it and thankfully not something worse. Yes, I am really glad the car thing happened BEFORE leaving out. I would never leave Klemper in a bind so if it had happened while I was away I would have returned home…family first. And this man of mine, I love him so (Funny Lady) did the most awesome thing at the grocery store, no less! Read my next post below…
        Thanks for the hugs, cheese and crackers 🙂

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Hi, Pamela,

          Maybe your husband’s good deed was why his car broke down. If you had been on your trip already, he might not have been going to the grocery store at the time the food bank’s needs were posted. I truly believe everything happens (or not) for a reason, and only when the time is right. In the meantime, we have many opportunities for cheese and crackers!! Glad that your back is feeling better! You are lucky to have a good man, as he is lucky to have you, too! 🙂

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Well, bummers Pamela!! You know there are some very smart helpful folks on the internet and many are RVers…I am so amazed in reading how they solve strange car/rv problems!! I hope you find a solution soon or a different car!! As to delaying your plans, well, after being hit by a mack truck on highway 1 through NC….I have come to WISH I was delayed that day…maybe your delay will save you from a wreck or some other not so nice event!! I hope you get to go soon…but with safety!! I heard somewhere once and it stuck in my head: God’s delays are not His denials!! I like that one!!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Elizabeth,
        I know 🙂 This too shall pass.
        WOW, OMG, a Mack truck?! The thought of it leaves my heart pounding! Are you OK? I mean, did you recover fully from that accident? Please tell me you did and you are OK now.
        Yes, life’s lessons, always teaching us that we can only control so much. Thankgoodness for all the *good forces* that help us along the way, otherwise we would surely be lost…
        Thanks for you kind thoughts, it helps 🙂

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Yes, I am mostly ok, thanks for asking Pamela. It was in Jan. 2008…I have had some problems at the base of my spine and my hips. No more running…but hey, I can walk fairly well most of the time. And at times it hurts very bad when getting up from a sitting position…but at least once I am up and walking it goes away!! It slowed me down big time. But during those few months when I was mostly resting and not doing a lot…I did a lot of ancestry exploring online and learned things no one has known among my kin, so far as I know, for centuries …we been here quite a long time, baby…some of my kin came on the Mayflower and I am part Cherokee (I have to tell people cause I look more German than anything…heh!!) So yes, some good things came of the wreck I guess you might say…but I would rather have not gone through it!! So I am wishing you the BEST of travels dearie…and the right timing!! Keep us posted on how things work out for you too!!

          • Pamela K. says:

            I so much envy you and your family heritage! That is the one void area in my life I wish I knew more about. I was an orphan, later adopted in my early toddler years. I have always been very happy with my lot in life but I do wish I knew my ethnic heritage. It hits me most on St. Patty’s Day and Cinco De Mayo…people celebrating their long lines of ethnic heritage. Klemper is German-American. His grandfather came through Ellis Island. So we embrace Octoberfest and all the trimmings it offers up. I am Jewish by faith, so I embrace that through my faith and keep many of those traditions. The Mayflower!!! WOW, that is a real honor!!! Truly amazing to think what those sailing stories must have been like! Thanks for sharing that with me. What a fun exchange! 🙂

  40. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Well Folks, continued…
    While I was wallowing in my own self whining about my delayed trip, Klemper was being Klemper. That wonderful man that always thinks of the good and kind things in life and helps everyone when he can. Well, as I was writing my post he was at the grocery store. I press the send button and started to make dinner. Klemper comes bouncing through the door, “We did something nice today”, he says. “Say what?! What did *we* do, I asked. He begins to explain how there was a sign up in the grocery store… The local food bank was running low of non-perishables. So he tells me we bought two cases of Veggie Soup and donated them. He also made arrangements for the grocery store’s owner to find out what else they need. Canned meats maybe. Well now, feeling low enough to sit my fine self on a dime and let my legs dangle, I confess to my whining. He laughs and somehow, even with delays and car troubles, all is good again 🙂 Karma, you played me well today, didn’t you?!
    The end 🙂

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Aww, nice to have a Klemper in your life 🙂 “Low enough to sit on a dime and let my legs dangle,” that’s classic, just says it all — and I have never heard it before.

      • Pamela K. says:

        🙂
        I just love that phrase too. So descriptive and to the point. Feel free to borrow it anytime you need it. Hopefully you won’t need it too often, lol.
        Yes, Klemper keeps me grounded in all things good. 30 years for us, I am very lucky and tell him often. Bless his heart, he knows I adore him, even when i’m huffy…

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Ditto!! 🙂

  41. Phil R says:

    Glad to see you’re still out there livin’ the good life. This post was a hoot!

  42. Lady Piper,(Piper), and Rusty near th' River in AZ says:

    That’s a nice post Bridget and Reggie,,,,,,,, we’ve been gone 2 ways, 1, to rendezvous and 2, Dad had to buy a new pc, the old HP 2000 went into trash bin 13, so we are in the heat here till it cools down a bit by the end of the week, hopefully,, other than that, we are doing great,,,,,,,,,, have a great day you 3,,,,,,,,,,,, Piper,,,, oh,, dad likes to call me Lady Piper, but I answer to “Piper” better, even though I’m a Lady,,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi! Good to hear from you two. I hope you enjoyed the rendezvous!

      Yeah, laptops don’t seem to last very long. I’m sorry you had to face buying another one, but it’s what we do to keep in touch. I’ve gone through three since I started this blog.

      Wishing you cool breezes and a drop in temperatures soon….

  43. BuckeyePatti in Ohio says:

    Woohoo, a Canine Crew post. My favorite pic was the first one of Bridget & Reggie walking side by side. It is so sweet to see the patience that Bridge has with this little boy and even sweeter so see him slowing down for HER.

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