Hanging on in a cold wind at Buenos Aires NWR

Monday, February 19

The boys are catching a sunbeam while they nap on the bed.  They stopped fussing to go outside after the first potty run (and I do mean RUN) of the day.

 The cold wind blowing across the grassland of Altar Valley and through our campsite at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge keeps us inside the Best Little Trailer today.

I do quickly snap a couple photos to give you an idea of the change in our weather since yesterday.

Not until noon does the sun make a strong appearance above our home.  Even though the sky is blue again, the wind is bitter cold.  Rather than freeze my batukus off, running around outside with a camera, the rest of this post’s photos are ones I took previously.

Later . . . .

The sun has set.  I’m about nutso from the Best Little Trailer being pounded all day by the wind.  The boys are in bed for the night.  I’m very relieved Reggie and Roger gave up and made an early retreat into slumber because I ran out of ways to entertain them within the walls of this little, plastic capsule we call home.

Obviously, I didn’t move our camp today.

We probably won’t move tomorrow either.  It’s too darn cold to be fooling around outside breaking camp and setting up a new one.  Not to mention driving and towing in wind.

Wait a minute.  Let me revise that.  I may have to drive over to the Arivaca Mercantile tomorrow . . . .

I’m almost out of tortillas!

rvsue

NOTE:  A blogorino alerted me to a YouTube video that she thought I would like to see because my blog is mentioned in it.

The video is the creation of “longtime vandweller,” Bob Wells.  You may know Bob as the instigator of the popular Rubber Tramp Rendezvous that explodes on the desert scene each year, as well as the master and commander of a very informative website called cheaprvliving. com.

(The video is at YouTube “Snowbird Schedule Part 2: How to Find Campsites.”)

Bob, if you’re reading this . . . I appreciate you directing your viewers to my blog with an enthusiastic thumbs up in your excellent video.  Thank you! — Sue

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FLASHBACK!

When Reggie and Roger first met — Rogerson, Idaho, May 2017

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114 Responses to Hanging on in a cold wind at Buenos Aires NWR

  1. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Gawd its cold tonight

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You ain’t kidding. CONGRATULATIONS, CINANDJULES! FIRST!

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        The wind has been whipping all day! Stay warm.
        Soup for dinner tonight!
        Tortilla…drive across the desert to get tortillas…now that’s an addiction. Ya know you can freeze them!
        We’re hooked on the “street taco” size.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m thinking about buying the super big pack and tossing out everything in my freezer so it will fit in there. Then buy another big pack to have in the fridge.

          Street taco size is good for cooking inside. I like the big ones best. Forget “less is more” when it comes to tortillas. 🙂

  2. Ken Canada says:

    Ken Canada….first???

  3. Pat McClain says:

    Hi everyone!

  4. Kathi says:

    As I sit here south of PHX, I looked out my window and wondered how the three of you were doing in this wind. Quite the change in weather here. Stay safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathi,

      It’s nice to be thought of. We’re doing fine. I’m going to turn on the heater in a little while. I kept all the windows shut tight and we’re still living on sunbeam heat.

      You have a warm and cozy night!

  5. stanley w thomas jr says:

    yes you were mentioned by bob and here i am just looking around . seems like a nice place . hello , schtan

  6. Brrr, we got the wind too! Here in NE AZ, sustained winds of 44 mph this afternoon, with gusts up to 80!! Yikes. Glad I oriented the camper facing into the wind; it pretty much just swooshed up and over. Snowing now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That makes a big difference, doesn’t it, Janis. The BLT is part way facing into the wind. It’s hitting the front corner and sometimes broadside. Actually at times it felt like the wind was coming under the BLT and lifting her up.

      80 mph gusts! And snow, too! I’ll quit complaining….

      Hang on, sleep well tonight. Maybe tomorrow the wind will be gone.

  7. Ken Canada says:

    Hi Sue…
    It is a warm minus C 10 now and fri minus C 13.

    This is a warm day but with the wind it is super cold!!!1

  8. Ken Canada says:

    H Sue….
    Thanks for…first, but I accept second
    Thank you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Ken.

      Judging this race under every post is challenging for me.

      Be well… 🙂

  9. Calvin Rittenhouse says:

    Wow! We actually had a nice day here in Central Ohio. Well, once the rain moved on to the east. It’s hard to believe for February, but our high was 69F. Record or near record warmth, and we’re expecting more tomorrow. I hope your days go back to being nicer than ours; that’s how it’s supposed to be this time of year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aw, that’s okay, Calvin. You keep that nice weather a while longer. We get more than our share. 🙂

  10. suzago in PNW says:

    Cold and windy up here in the PNW. I was visiting my elderly folks yesterday and they lost the top of a tall fir tree. The wind knocked around the glass panels they have over their patio rafters. Made a terrible racket. They are at the age and stage where they minimize all issues (just found out yesterday about a cancerous skin tag on my dad’s ear – ahh, it’s no big deal, he says) so they definitely don’t want me fussing about their safety. But they are a 30-minute drive and a 30-minute ferry ride away from me. Actually, that’s pretty good, compared to two years ago (when I was on the other side of the country) but still… I guess winter isn’t done with us yet!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, suzago,

      I imagine it’s pretty nippy on a ferry these days. Your parents are fortunate to have you come for visits. And you’re sweet to go…. 🙂

    • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

      My husband has had several cancerous spots removed from his ear, scalp, and nose. Your dad’s right; it’s no big deal.

      • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

        True, no big deal if you get it taken care of right away. They aren’t something you want to leave hanging around!!

  11. weather says:

    Gee, your cold sky looked so pretty, I’m glad you have a warm home with big windows through which to see it. Not being able to use your griddle is one thing, to be without tortillas really would cut into your enjoying the tasty meals you’ve been creating lately, though. I hope you do go get some, and that it’s an easy and fun little trip.

    It was nice of Bob Wells to give you and your blog such an enthusiastic endorsement on his latest video. His audience can really use the information you offer, about great campsites, and much more.

    Aw-w, I love that picture of Reggie and Roger meeting for the first time !!! That, and all the time you three have been together since then, is a treasure.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Did you notice Roger’s tail in the flashback photo? It’s hanging low and close to his body. Compare it to the photo in the post where his tail is up and curled over his back. From insecure to confident. Even his face looks better. 🙂

      Yes, it was nice of Bob. I wish this post were more interesting since many new people are coming over here. I threw this one together in order to post a timely thank you to Bob.

      I would enjoy a drive to Arivaca tomorrow. So would the crew. We’ve been camp-bound for days, by choice in warm weather…. One of the great things about the PTV — Its heater is powerful and feels so good on a cold day.

      • weather says:

        What a wonderful difference in Roger, he(really,the 3 of you) was so fortunate to have been where he was that day in Rogerson. New readers can see that you’re boondocking in an enormous ,private and lovely place, even just from seeing this short post and a few photos.

    • weather says:

      One of my favorite photos of Roger and Reggie was the one you opened with in your “Return to a popular and convenient campground-Cedar Pocket” post. The boys were happy, interested in what they were seeing, and it’s just a great photo. If I were to use any of your pictures as an inspiration for a painting, or an illustration for a story, that would be one of the first ones I’d work with.

      While reading recent comments I noticed you moved today. I hope you had an easy trip and can relax for the rest of today. Hopefully, you bought tortillas and can use your griddle there. Yay, you have internet signal, too, haha! We blogorinos are getting used to being pampered with the treat of having you on here lately.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, weather,

        And I’m pampered with the treat of blogorinos wishing me safe travels when we set out for a new camp and then finding blogorinos waiting for me when we arrive. How nice is that? 🙂

        Of course, I bought tortillas… a package of large and a package of small. I’m going to make two bean burritos with iceberg lettuce and guacamole salsa for supper. I won’t be using the griddle. It’s too cold and ever so often a gust of wind comes through our camp. I have a fry pan in which a burrito will fit nicely. I’ve decided I’m going to buy a Lodge cast iron skillet that will accommodate a large tortilla. That will be handy on days like today.

        I’m very curious what photo that is at Cedar Pocket that you like so much. I’m going to search for it right now! 🙂

        LATER>>>>> I found it! That was taken on a hike at Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. What a beautiful trail that is. I can see why you’d choose it for a painting. It caught Reggie and Roger when they stopped to look around in wonder. 🙂

  12. Kat and Cookie dog from NY says:

    We are freezing our. ….. Off too over in Quartzsite, AZ today. Was supposed to leave today once my solar installation was done, but it’s too cold and windy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kat,

      You’re smart not to drive in this wind. Hunker down and wait it out. Congratulations on your new solar!

  13. Marilu now in Arizona says:

    Hi RV Sue,
    We are now officially in the Arizona desert😁😁. We’re boondocking on BLM land north of Golden Shores. We spent the day looking for replacement vent covers that blew off yesterday as we were parking, so you can see that it’s windy in this part of the state, too.
    I enjoyed remembering Reggie and Roger’s meeting. What good friends they have become!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, good for you, Marilu! You’re in the Zone! 🙂 I’m sorry it’s windy for your arrival and boondocking.

      Yeah, that pic brings back memories…

  14. Rob, still down by Yuma says:

    Flour tortillas keep for a long time, at least they do for me. I usually buy them in the big bags.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good to know, Rob. I plan to stock up big time. Never did I ever think anything could top my love of bread. Tortillas, where have you been all my life? 🙂

  15. Rob, still down by Yuma says:

    It’s getting less than warm down here too, I went to my favorite temperature spot to see just how bad it is. weather.unisys.com/surface/sfc_con.php?image=te&inv=0&t=cur
    Lot’s of warm to the east! But it’s not time to go east yet…

  16. Virginia says:

    Hi Sue: It sure has been windy all over the country. I live in the NE and the wind started on Halloween and it’s never let up, all winter heavy winds with subzero temps sometimes going on for weeks. What is going on? Just weather or a mini ice age?

    I’m still planning my escape. I can do this! None of this hanging onto the house. I don’t want to come home anymore. Some RV salesman said to me, “if you are well heeled enough, you can have both.” Who would want that anchor around one’s neck? I like what you said, “all of this and no time constraints other than the 14-day limit.” What else is retirement about?

    I don’t know if you are a Dollar Tree fan or not but they have some very good tortillas there in case you are interested. It’s nice that Bob Wells has mentioned you and your travels. He’s all about less comfort and more freedom and of course the almighty “p. bucket” LOL!

    There is a lot to be gained by simplifying one’s life and just having what you need and nothing more. We’ve always been consumer-driven society but the way the malls are closing all over the country, going bankrupt, there is a shift away from all of that now. People want more meaning in their lives, rich experiences are more important. Love your photos of Roger and Reggie, so cute. Best Wishes!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree with you, Virginia— “Who would want that anchor around one’s neck?” Some do, of course, and they have their reasons. For those of us who yearn for the freedom of travel and living by whim, a house can be a burden, an unnecessary tether to a place to which one has to return.

      There was a time in our nation’s history when people weren’t so driven to purchase and consume goods. People sought what they needed and also what wasn’t needed, yet wanted. They didn’t take it to the extremes that many of us have in our lifetimes. To live simply is to live exquisitely well. Yes, “rich experiences are more important.”

  17. Lauri from SoCal says:

    How sweet to see the photo of when the boys met!!! How adorable!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      In case anyone wants to read the post about that day:

      “Reggie and Homeless Dog: Friends at First Sight!”

      • weather says:

        Thanks for the link, Sue, I love going back to revisit that story. Today I noticed in that older post you had mentioned Roger’s not trusting people. So even though the temperatures overnight in Rogerson were dipping into the thirties he would sleep outside in the cold grass. During today’s cold morning he was inside with you, bundled in covers on his bed…it’s wonderful to see how much better his life is now.

        Often I think similar thoughts about my Polly. She and her feral cat family had good reason not to trust humans before I met them. And would have frozen without the warmth of my heated porch they took shelter in during the winter when she was just a few months old. As I type she is cuddled up near Kyla on a big fluffy blanket.

        Have you been wearing out your Benchmark atlases while stuck inside on rainy days lately? I think your one of Colorado is probably still in good shape, but just thought I’d mention something. Amazon currently has the recent 2017 edition of it marked down from $24.95 to $12.07.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wow! That’s a fantastic price — half off! Thanks for bringing it to our attention. (I’m not allowed to post prices of products according to the Operating Agreement.) You’re right about my Colorado Benchmark not needing replacement . . . yet. 🙂

          Sweet to imagine your cats, once feral, now happy and warm in your home. It pains me to think of all the animals who suffer outside, the ones who’ve had their natural defenses almost completely bred out of them, yet some folks think they can handle the cold.

          ATTENTION BLOGORINOS AND ALL: Now is a great time to purchase a Colorado Benchmark Atlas!

  18. Debbie says:

    Sue, it’s funny you mentioned Bob in this blog because I came here right after watching his latest video. He reminded me to come back to your page. I was reading you daily but all your earlier writing from your 1st year. I was sidetracked with YouTube videos. Ha! Going to catch up to your current blogging eventually but I don’t want to miss all your earlier stuff.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Shame on you, Debbie! 🙂 Seriously…. I’m glad you’re back where you belong, here with the blogorinos! Thank you for reading my previous posts as well as remembering why you like it here.

  19. Becky in NJ says:

    Wow, I hope that wind lets up for you soon! Here on the east coast it is supposed to get above 70 tomorrow! But chances of rain just about every day.
    Nice to see that picture of Roger in the beginning. He looks so much better now- healthy and happy!

  20. Joe in TN says:

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for the heads up on the YouTube video. I’m going there next. We’re finding that snowbird campsites are a tough ticket.

    Hang in there…a frozen batukus could be a real dilemma!

    P. S. would love for you to do a guest blog on Easin’ Along sometime.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      Thanks for the invitation and the compliment of asking me. Occasionally a blogger will ask me that and I always refuse. It becomes what I call The Wedding Guest List Problem. Who is included and who isn’t— Guest blog for one and turn down the next. Sticky. Besides, I have enough challenge keeping up with this blog! 🙂

      If you haven’t already done so, look at our winter camps (header). You can see the choices are fewer in winter….

  21. Renee still in Idaho says:

    Oh boy! We too had awful cold wind yesterday, a wind chill factor of 7! Freezing weather. We had to bundle up to take our little Mica out to potty yesterday. The sun was out too, but it was bitterly cold.

    I just had to smile at your last comment on needing tortillas and the last photo of Reggie meeting Roger for the first time. That anniversary is fast approaching.

    Stay warm and safe.

  22. Diann in MT says:

    Roger’s change has been amazing. Not only have you provided safety and companionship, but through training, you’ve given that little dog dignity. Dog Dignity!

    -17 degrees here last night and more to come!

  23. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue, I must admit that one of my favorite posts by you is about your changing feelings for Roger. http://rvsueandcrew.net/falling-in-love-again/ I love re-reading this. It always brings a smile to my face.

  24. Russ Tallmadge says:

    We were -16F this morning, but it’s at 6 above now…on our way to 11 degrees (I wouldn’t bet on it, the professional ‘weather guessers’ around here haven’t been doing so well lately).
    Wondering what the heck I’m doing here instead of AZ. I have had more than enough of winter for this year. We are coming down next month and having heard that the best time to catch the Arizona desert in bloom is mid-March/early April. Is that true?
    I am wondering if you know of an area or loop to take to catch the best of the event? Any help would be appreciated. BTW…I too found your site today when it was mentioned on Bob’s ‘snowbird series’ ~* Kind Regards, Russ

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Russ,

      Welcome to my blog! You are now a blogorino!

      For me to predict when and where one will see the spring blooms is tough for me to say because every year is different and this year’s weather is really weird. For instance, the last time I was at Buenos Aires the flowers were in bloom and that was in mid-February. I haven’t seen any blooms this February. Normally I would say mid-march into April. Here is an example of outstanding cactus blooms at our boondock near Roosevelt Lake in eastern AZ:

      “A desert boondock with beauty all around”
      “Lingering in an exceptionally fine boondock”

      The plants in the photos in those posts were blooming the first week of April.

      You might want to go to a website that shows daily bloom reports around the Southwest. Here’s one of them:

      “Desert Wildflower Reports”

  25. Russ Tallmadge says:

    The last paragraph of the “Falling in Love Again” post (not including the “Note”) is definitely the ‘money line’~* Kind Regards, Russ
    BTW, I am unable to post a comment there. Are comments on that post ‘closed’?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, the comments sections in the older posts are closed. Readers were forgetting they were back in time and their comments were not seen by anyone other than myself and may a few others. It’s best to comment below the most recent post, even if referring to a previous post.

  26. Susan in south central WA says:

    I was just watching Bob’s video last night when he mentioned you!!! You need to put a big star 🌟 on your dressing room door. Congrats. p.s. it got down to 17F here this morning, the good news is our 30mph winds have died down to <10mph

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      My dressing room door? I guess that would be my front door, too! 🙂 Here’s to a warmer tomorrow…

  27. Paula in Indiana says:

    First?

    Just kidding, Sue 😉

  28. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    What, pray tell, is a batukus? Or more specifically, what are your batukus? I tried googling the word and only came up a foreign language I couldn’t identify.

    It was REALLY windy here yesterday too. I loved it and my little Lucy loved it – she pounces on all the small branches blown down from the trees. Unfortunately Sammy had a bad day – we think he has cardiomyopathy. Took him into the vet last week because he is getting very lethargic and wheezing. After an xray, the vet said his heart is slightly enlarged (by about 20%, which I think is more than “slightly”!) and he appears to have fluid in his lungs. He’s scheduled for an echocardiogram on Monday, but if that’s what it is, Google is telling me the prognosis is not good 🙁 Why do we love these animals who have unreasonably short lives, so much?

    I loved the blast from the past photo of R&R’s first meeting – I remember how tentative Roger was. And now look at him – going in for neck noogies all the time!!! Such a wonderful transformation 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I’m sorry your dear Sammy has problems. It’s such a worry and heartache for you. I know you’ll do your best for him.

      You googled batukus? Hahaha! Cynthia, you should know by now that I write in a language of my own making. The batukus is that part of your butt that sticks out and hence is vulnerable to swift kicks, being backed into thorny bushes, freezing, etc. It’s a collective noun for butt cheeks. 🙂

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      My mom’s dog, papillon had an enlarged heart due to her reverse breathing spells/collapsed trachea. She wasn’t supposed to outlive my mom, which would have been devastating to her. Bella had a great cardiologist who put her on meds, diuretic etc and she lived for 4 years. She passed last January of old age..17.
      Sometimes the internet can be a disadvantage especially diagnosing human and pet medical issues.
      I can’t think of the name of the meds right this minute.

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Bella had a regular vet who prescribed the meds…my sister took her to the cardiologist…just to make sure it was the best treatment…as cardiology is a specialty.

        • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

          Cinandjules, thank you so much for this suggestion, and the reminder that the internet can scare us in the wrong direction. I’ve taken all my animals to specialists when they needed it and I’ll definitely talk to my vet about a referral to a cardiologist after the echo on Monday.

  29. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Five of us. It’s one of Sue’s very best posts. Funny (big black butt-hole – really?) and tender (his eyes moved closer together …) Wonderful writing.

  30. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    A cheer for the winner of The Boondocker of the West award!! How nice that Bob gave you such an honorable mention–and very deserving, of course.

    Well, I guess we are officially out of the rainy weather that descended upon us. My rain gauge showed about 1.75″ of the wet stuff. There are snow caps on the mountains. Very much needed and appreciated. My cactus are looking greener and not as shriveled as a week ago. I especially notice it in the prickly pear “paddles”. The rains are probably too late to do much for this year’s wildflower display, though. It’s those cold December rains that make for gorgeous desert flowers. I think this spring will be a weak showing, but not every year can be like the super bloom we had last year.
    This week is rodeo week in Tucson and that’s a very big deal around here. Think of the PTBarnum Circus coming to Madison Square Gardens in NYC, only western style. Schools close and traffic swells. It shouldn’t affect your boondock possibilities but you may see a difference on the roads. The opening parade is Thursday AM and the professional rodeo events continue all through the weekend. I don’t venture anywhere near the rodeo grounds as I don’t do well in masses of humanity.

    I’m expecting a freeze tonight. It’s been on the chilly side all day and those colder temps are to continue through the week. Without the winds, it is more tolerable and I actually enjoy the cooler weather. I worked all afternoon on a project in my garage with the big door up. I was dressed in layers and wore my wool beanie to fight off the chill. To see me one might have thought it was below freezing. I can remember laughing at people who wore scarves and mittens on their morning walks when the temps fell below 70. Now, I’m becoming one of them. Guess I’m climatized to the desert temps after being here nearly thirty years.

    Thinking of Rusty and Piper today. Hope they are taking care of each other and staying warm in the cabin. Prayers continue to go out for Rusty and other blogorinos with health challenges.

    Stay warm, everyone! Sue, keep those pups close to you and travel safely.—Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      Thanks for the heads up on the rodeo. We won’t be a part of that. Yeah, I don’t expect to see the great blooms like last year. How I loved those desert lilies springing up around our camp. 🙂

      I, too, am thinking of Rusty and Piper and hoping they are comfortable in their cabin. Maybe Rusty will drop in here soon with an update. Warmth and safe travels to you, too, Audrey….

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Except for possible health issues, Rusty & Piper should be comfortable. They are not that far north from me and the weather has been very mild, but very wet. It has been way above normal temps.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good to know, Barbara. I’ve been imagining them in bitter cold.

          • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

            I’m around a hundred fifty miles north of Rusty and Piper. For now, it’s relatively warm and we’re getting a lot of rain rather than a blizzard. The rain doesn’t help with lung issues, but for me, it’s easier than bitter cold. The forecast is for three or four more days of this, then a couple of days of decent weather. Of course, in this part of the country, that’s always subject to change.

  31. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    It was fun seeing the “first” of Roger again! What a lucky threesome you all are.

    I am busy trying to get all my bills on auto payment so I don’t need to worry about them when I am ready to leave. It’s a real process! Next, go paperless with bank account. I seem to be able to manage doing about one thing a day. Still checking out things in the van, I.e. My buddy heater and the stove. Bought the little touch lights for the ceiling.

    It was in the 20’s here in the NW this morning. That’s cold for here!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      You’ll love the convenience of online and automatic payments, as well as receiving less paper in the mail. I had to smile at “doing about one thing a day.” I’m the same way! I wash the dishes and say, “Well, that’s it for today. Time to relax!” haha!

      Touch lights in the ceiling of your van….Sweet. Someday you’ll be “out there” and, at the end of a great day, you’ll reach up, touch the lights out, and settle back to enjoy the stars. And you won’t be cold! 🙂

  32. Bill Mcgrath says:

    You have weather changing in Arizona? Vermont is having a heat wave after a deadly cold winter until now. Tomorrow it is supposed to hit the 60’s! And me sidelined with a broken leg?! Wearing a heavy boot cast and have to keep my leg up. Cost my wife and I and her sister a trip to Florida. We were able to change the date to the middle of next month but in the meantime I am confined with my own canine crew: two Yorkshire Terriers. Not too bad as Max and Ollie are entertaining me all day long.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bill,

      I’m glad you were able to change the date of your Florida trip. Being laid up with a broken leg is no fun. I bet your two Yorkies are loving it though!

      Wishing you patience and healing. Won’t be long and you’ll be basking in the Florida sun. Nice to hear from you!

  33. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Brrr it’s cold here too ❄️

  34. Jesse (El Paso, Tx.) says:

    Hi Sue, let me start off by introducing myself to you and the blogorinos. I am from El Paso, Texas., retired. I have been following your blog, I think, since 2011. I am by nature an introvert but finally decided I need to jump on this train. I have truly enjoyed you blog and the rest of your clan. I too own a Casita 2012 Liberty Deluxe and would be living in it full time if I had it my way. But, as you know, when your significant other does not see your vision there has to be some compromise. She allows me to go off on my adventures as often as I like but I still have to maintain a stick and brick. So, when I am not out and about I live through you vicariously. Your blog was one of the forces behind my decision to retire early in life and I am so glad that I did. So, thanks again for this wonderful blog and to all your clan both and human and canine.

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Welcome to the group Jesse! You are now officially a blogorino!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Jesse!

      Thank you for your friendly note and for following my blog these many years. I appreciate you introducing yourself, fellow introvert and Casita owner! 🙂 I’m late replying because the crew and I were on the road to a new camp today.

      As for having to make a compromise, you are not alone. Several blogorinos wish they could live as a vagabond, full-time and fancy free, but circumstances or a significant other don’t let that happen. I’m sure they’ll wiggle over on the PTV’s bench seat to make room for you. 🙂

  35. Jesse (El Paso, Tx.) says:

    Thanks Sue, I hit the road as often as possible. I just have to make sure the honey-do list is completed prior. She is very accommodating and loves to go camping but not so keen on the idea of doing it full-time. I have to admit that I have to do a little catching up on your blog, from the middle of last year. However, I kind of enjoy being back-logged. It keeps me from having to wait for your next post. I need to have my Sue and crew fix, if you know what I mean!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s nice that you both can share and enjoy camping together, Jesse.

      • Jesse (El Paso, Tx.) says:

        Yes, we truly love to go camping but I think I am a vagabond at heart. I do what I can to satisfy that part of my soul with my wife’s blessing and your blog. So, thank you for being so transparent with your life adventure. I look forward to interacting with you and the rest of the blogorinos since I am now official.

  36. Jan NH says:

    Some crazy weather we are having here in the northeast…40’s yesterday…high of 75 today and will only hit the mid-30’s tomorrow and Friday! Left the house for work with my winter coat this morning and headed home in short sleeves!

    Hope you and the crew are settled safe and sound in your new camp this evening!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Jan. You were a given a respite in preparation for today (Thurs.). Get out that winter coat again… 🙂

  37. Jesse (El Paso, Tx.) says:

    Hi Sue, Its me again. I was wondering. Do you think it would be possible to do a post, with pictures of your battery set-up? I am trying to figure out how to configure my set-up similar to yours. Right now I have my set-up with a portable 100 watt renogy panel but would like to try and get more power. I looked at the post you have on the header of your site but it does not give detailed pictures of the wiring from your van to the casita. If you can’t do it I understand.

  38. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Wow! I didn’t evden make it to the top 100 !!!
    Sorry you are having cold windy days! You have often made me envy your weather!
    Payback!
    Today is full of abundant sunshine, spring breezes and the thermometer outside my window says 81° !!!
    Sorry Sue, the devil made me do it!
    Grin!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, it’s not 81 degrees here, but the sun is shining. I’m sitting in a sunbeam right now. So there!

      Have you planted your container gardens yet?

  39. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Thus week I planted strawberries and oregano! See you at you next post!

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