Hastings Cut-Off to South Ruby Campground — gorgeous!

Sunday, April 12

Note:  The previous post gave a short preview of our move from Ely, Nevada, to the Ruby Mountains.  In this post I’ll tell more about this memorable day.

Before the crew and I leave Ely, Nevada, preparations need to be made. 

1-P1040092 I gas up the Perfect Tow Vehicle, stock up on groceries, and pull into Prospector Hotel and Casino RV Park.  I dump the tanks, fill the water tank and the drinking water jugs, and dump trash for $10.

Those ten bucks amount to the cost of camping for 13 days on Ward Mountain or approximately 77 cents a day.

We could’ve stayed at Ward Mountain Campground until Monday. 

However, a cold front is predicted for the region, bringing strong winds.  Rather than wait until we reach the 14-day limit, I choose to leave a day earlier when the weather is sunny and calm.  We have some wide open space to traverse and the calmer the weather, the better!

I’m excited to be on the road again!

Once we’re on the open road of the Great Basin Highway (Route 93) going north, Bridget stretches out on the bench seat and Reggie curls up in the doggie bed between the front seats.  By the time we pass through the little town of McGill, 12 miles up the road, they’re asleep.  I’m glad I walked them this morning before breaking camp . . . .

The two-lane highway slices through the sagebrush plain of Steptoe Valley.

Brown mountains on either side of us.  On our east is the Schell Mountain Range and on our west, the Cherry Creek Range.  As we cruise along, I contemplate the decision to go to Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  It is a considerable detour from a northward path.

At first I thought, no, we won’t go there.  We’re going north and the Ruby Mountains are out of our way.   The more I thought about that, it occurred to me, hey, nothing is “out of our way.”  We can go anywhere we want . . .  north, south, east, west!

Once I changed my thinking and did some online research, the Ruby Mountains became an exciting destination!

At Lages Junction the PTV heads northwest.  In the far distance I see snowy peaks of a mountain range and wonder what mountains they are.  Dumb as it sounds, I don’t realize I’m looking at the Ruby Mountains.

By the time we turn westward on Route 229, it’s obvious we will be camping at the base of those magnificent mountains.  As if to accentuate the thrill of this ride, a coyote bursts out of the scrub and dashes across the road in front of us.

I laugh as he disappears in the sagebrush.

We continue our drive toward the mountains.

“Oh my gosh, this is so gorgeous!  I can’t believe it!”

1-P1040094These photos diminish the majesty of the mountains.

At this point I’m bursting with excited anticipation.  It’s here that I stop to take photos — the one of Reggie looking out the PTV window shown in the previous post, and this shot of the mountains reflected in the side windows.

1-P1040109I’ve seen snow covered mountains before. 

This is different.  I’ve never been in one spot looking at a mountain range like this. Not on this scale.  This is a mountain range that extends far in both directions beyond the limits of the photo frame below.

1-P1040103I’ve used the term “breathtaking” before.  This is the first time I’ve actually had my breath taken away by the overwhelming display of beauty before me.

I say again and again, “This is so beautiful!”

1-P1040120The road turns south and the pavement ends.

We’re on the historic Hastings Cut-Off.  (The Donner party missed joining the Hastings party by one week and took an alternate route.)

This is cattle ranch country. 

Houses are separated by miles.

1-P1040131I continue chortling nonsense, stopping the PTV to stand in the open door, shooting photos across the hood.

“This is great!  I love this!  Oh my gosh!  Isn’t that gorgeous!” and so on.

Reggie places his front paws on my seat and peers into my face.

1-P1040127He whimpers, his amber eyes wide with concern, as if to say, “Are you all right?”

“Oh, I’m fine, honey,” I reassure him, stroking his back.  “I’m very happy.  We’re going to a fantastic camp!”

Bridget has moved into the doggie bed with him.  I stroke her back, too.

“You know, don’t you, Bridgie, how I act on the way to a great camp.”

I stop to snap another pretty-as-a-postcard scene.

1-P1040124Gosh, I can’t imagine having a house like that in a place like this.  It’s huge.  I wonder if they have a large family, if this is a vacation home . . . .

I turn my head to the left to see their view.

They can look across the valley at their cattle and watch their money grow . . .

1-P1040134Spring-fed ponds dot the wide valley.

We pass hundreds of cattle and a few horses, too.

1-P1040123Suddenly a hawk swoops in an arc toward my side window, flashing a fan of red tail feathers.

1-P1040135This is so much fun!  I’m glad I decided to come here!

Up ahead, on our right, I see a small herd of deer. 

They stand motionless, watching us approach.  I bring the passenger window down, grab the camera, and, as they’re about to trot away, I reach over Reggie’s head with the camera and shoot this photo.

1-P1040138The herd consists of females, about seven of them,except maybe the youngster is a male.  Sure enough, they bolt.  I snap photos as fast as I can.

1-P1040140They’re going toward that fence!

I let up my foot on the brake and the PTV stays with them a short distance.  I point the camera at the fence and click in hopes of catching a jump.

Voila!  Over she goes!

1-P1040139-002Reggie begins to bark.

“What were those creatures, Reggie? Boy, you did a good job scaring them away from us!”

1-P1040142A sign informs us we’re entering Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

There isn’t one big lake, more a scattering of ponds and streams through marsh.

1-P1040146After traveling 30 miles on the dirt road at the base of the Ruby Mountains, we arrive at South Ruby Campground.

The self-pay station informs that the fee is $8 regular/$4 with senior discount pass.  The website says the campground is closed until the end of April.

1-P1040155Camping is not allowed within the refuge. 

One can camp in Humboldt National Forest, of course.  Boondocks can be found on forest roads leading into the Ruby Mountains.  I’m not interested in those because they’re at higher elevation and too cold at this time of year.  The campground is at 6,000 feet which is lower than Ward Mountain, our last camp, at 7,400 feet. 

Four campers are in the campground.

They’re bunched together.  Although very nice campsites are near them, I drive all the way to the turn-around at the end, hoping there’s a more private site, away from people and the inevitable noise of their generators.

I park before the turn-around to take photos of the Best Little Trailer and the best little crew.

1-P1040152I discover two campsites on the loop, away from everyone else!

One campsite is not level.  Good, no one will camp there.  The other site is wonderful!

1-P1040166This is our view looking north at the Ruby Mountains.

1-P1040157And this is our view looking east at the Medicine Mountains.

1-P1040194The “lake” and several ponds can be seen to the right of the above photo’s scene.

The crew and I relax outside for the rest of the day. 

More in the next post about the refuge, our drive through Harrison Pass to go online, and the storm that raced through Ruby Valley!


NOTE:  I read all your comments written while I was without internet service.  Looks like you had fun playing while the cat was away!  Thank you for making everyone feel welcome and for answering questions that came up.  I may not participate 100% in comments under this post, but I always read every word.

It was nice to read that the crew and I were missed.  I enjoyed living without internet for a few days, but I’m glad to be back!


1-P1040153“You two bleary-eyed babies will sleep well tonight!”


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209 Responses to Hastings Cut-Off to South Ruby Campground — gorgeous!

  1. Lee J in Northern California says:

    There you are!

  2. Wendy in Thailand says:

    Number 2.

  3. Gail says:

    Oh, how I enjoy your adventures! I would so much love to travel as you do, and experience all the freedom and beauty of this vast land of ours! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for laughing with delight at the simple joys of life. You and the crew are so genuine and real and delightful to me. Thanks, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Gail. You describe two features of this life that I love — “freedom and beauty of this vast land.”

  4. Norman in San Diego says:

    Hi Sue,

    Your pictures are postcard perfect as always. You are sure inspiring the rest of us waiting in the wings to take our turn on the road enjoying the trailer life. Your views sure beat the views here of tail lights stuck on the freeway in San Diego. Of course San Diego is beautiful too away from the traffic.
    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the scenery. Thanks for sharing your journey.
    Again great job on the pictures!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Norman, for noting my photos. I certainly enjoyed taking them! You have a wonderful weekend, too….

  5. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Dear Sue and Crew,
    It’s good to have you back. We missed you. What incredible scenery you have had. Nevada is not that boring state people think it is. It is just so remote most never get to appreciate it’s beauty. I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures over the past few days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      It’s nice to be missed. 🙂 The thing with Nevada is the long distance between places of interest. Driving is easy and relaxing though because one doesn’t have to deal with traffic, just cruise along… The remoteness is part of its appeal to me.

  6. Jan in Montana says:

    Thanks for showing us another beautiful area. I am making plans to include it in a trip this summer. I could hear your excitement as I read this post and saw the great photos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jan. You might reconsider visiting this area in the summer. It will be a very different place then!

  7. Now all you need are some hot springs!! Looks amazing (and dry!).

  8. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    YAY! We did miss you and the crew! So excited to hear about the next new adventure!
    Hugs from Hoquiam!

  9. Bodhi says:

    Wow! Sue… those deer shots were amazing! Great job! And, what a fabulous camp site you have. You have no idea just how jealous I am of you and your wander-life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bodhi… Thanks regarding the photos!

      Yes, I do have an idea what it’s like to yearn for the road while anchored somewhere. I used to cry out in anguish looking at my desktop monitor (at my house), seeing the places where people were camping, knowing I had to wait a few more years and keep on keeping on at the job.

      Now here I am sharing where my crew and I camp! 🙂

  10. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Nice catch getting that leaping deer, dear. You were much missed. BTW, it looks like Reggie posted comments while you were ‘away’. 😉

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Did you ever replace your little compressor or fix it’s hose?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        No, I haven’t done that. I’d like to order through Amazon but delivery is a problem as I’m not sure where we will be. Thanks for reminding me. I don’t like relying on air pumps at gas stations.

  11. AZ Jim says:

    Welcome back Missy!! *BAS* (big ass smile) here. I know you just wanted to make us miss you and it worked. I see you had an adventure with your fur kids. I bet they are tired out now, huh? Looking forward to more tales of your little trip.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, I thought BAS was Been Awfully Sad… 🙂 Sweet of you to miss us . . .

      The weather gave us plenty of time to rest!

  12. Your pictures, always great, are actually exceptional today! What a beautiful area you are in! Hope you are getting a well deserved rest!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Deborah, for the compliment on the photos and the wish for our rest. I’ve enjoyed both!

      • What a nice surprise! I wasn’t expecting to hear from you!

        Last night, while walking Picasso at around 1:30 AM I actually saw a Florida panther moseying not too far from our campsite! I actually thought it was a dog until it started to move its tail in the way only cats can do! Then it moved and I got to see its cat-like head. Very exciting!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wow, Deborah, that is exciting!

          • It was exciting, Sue, although it took me a while to convince myself that I actually saw what I thought I saw! I’ve always had the best of luck seeing and photographing critters but living where I have the last few years, not so much. I’m happy to know it is happening again!

        • Sidewinder Pen says:


          A friend and I came home from an outing (well, back to the friend’s place out in the woods) one night after dark and just as we shut off the car we (half) heard this blood-curdling scream. It sounded like a woman being tortured or killed! We both just looked at each other, open-mouthed, as if to say “D-d-d-did you hear that?!” Yep, we both did. We were sort of paralyzed with fear. I mean, of course we wanted to help (if someone was in trouble) but, but…. get out of the car to whatever caused THAT sound?! We were both petrified. It was that creepy.

          Eventually we figured it must have been some sort of animal, and eventually we made a run for it into the house (slamming the door behind us and locking it). Then we proceeded to have hot cups of tea to try to let the shakes out.

          The next day we heard there had been a cougar (aka mountain lion or puma) seen a few miles away, and looked them up to find out that they can “scream” like that. Man, I can still remember the mood that night, just writing about it.

          Anyway, sounds like your sighting was more enjoyable, so.. pretty nifty.

          • Since I lived in Tucson next to the Saguaro National Park I often had occasions to hear the kill, when the coyotes got to whatever and killed it, usually rabbits. They, too, would often make some horrible cries when in a death grip. It always made me feel so very sad. I can only imagine your fear at hearing that sound. Terrifying.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              (Although from what I was given to understand, it was the cougar making the sound and not its prey.)

            • I got that it was the cougar, not the prey. I was just going with the “sounds” that critters make, not the origin! Probably why I shouldn’t be writing when I’m supposed to be sleeping! My sole experience with a cougar in Tucson didn’t give me any knowledge of their sounds but it would figure that they could be just as vocal as a household kitty but in a much, much bigger voice! I have to admit, I’m glad I didn’t have that particular cougar experience! Living on my own as I was it probably would’ve scared me half to death!

              I remember a time when I was camping in a tent. It was a Sunday night and we were the only ones left in the campground since the weekend warriors had gone home. It rained the whole night. Not long after we got to sleep this horrible howling (not sure that word best describes it but it was noisy!) started. I had no clue what the sound was. While I knew it was animal, I didn’t know if it was something to be frightened of or not and ended up not sleeping all night as a result. The next day the ranger told us that it was merely a bunch of raucous raccoons raiding the refuse! They were noisy little buggers!

              Funny all the different vocalizations animals can make that we know nothing of under normal circumstances. I never knew cougars could make the sound you described or that rabbits or raccoons vocalized at all.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              You certainly to get attuned to every last sound when in a tent. And suddenly nylon feels so darned thin!

  13. My, my, my….!

    Such gorgeous pictures, Sue!

    That shot of the deer flying over the fence is a once-in-a-lifetime shot….so cool!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy… Thank you! I was very lucky with the flying deer photo. I like the photo with the three standing deer. Such lovely animals… They seem to know how to position themselves to show off their beauty, like cats do.

  14. Shawna says:

    You sound so happy and at peace! Yeah!!!! Thanks for the beautiful photos of this wonderful place. The Ruby Mountains are now on my list. 🙂 Burger and The Chiweenie Brothers are green with envy of Bridget and little Reggie’s adventures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna…. and you’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

      “Chiweenie Brothers”… They sound like an acrobat team at the circus… a highwire act maybe. 🙂

  15. Dave Burdick says:

    I’ve taken I-80 and US-50 each many many times….never really knew much about Ruby Mountain area. Looking forward to your upcoming posts. Enjoy. –Dave

  16. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Welcome back! What a stunning area! Loved your photos, especially the one of Miss Deer clearing the fence. Enjoy your new home!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Dawn, for the welcome back and the good wish. It’s always nice to receive enthusiastic feedback on the photos I post.

  17. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    That last photo of two sleepy pups is so funny! They look like little children trying to appear awake so they can stay up longer! Welcome back!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Gayle… It’s good to go away and it’s good to come back. 🙂

      I think the crew was tired and also confused, wondering why I hooked them to the back of the BLT and then walked away to take the photo.

  18. Rita from Phoenix says:

    OMG the mountains are amazing with snow on them! It took my breath away. When we drove through that area in mid summer, everything was brown….endless brown and the browness dwarfed the mountains. Now covered in snow, they seem majestic and beautiful….like they are dressed to the nines. Not many folks travel up/down 93 it seemed….wide open spaces. It’s the ability to ‘see’ that makes the west so beautiful to travel. When I travel the east coast, I see endless green trees immediately before my eyes and for miles everywhere I turn….can’t ‘see’ for the forest LOL.

    You took some beautiful pictures…love them all. I do believe Reggie is going to be your protective little guy…and very astute to your feelings. I remember Bridgett being the shy almost frighten girl when she first started traveling. She’s come a long way in gaining confidence and being happy….she looks happy in recent photos. As always safe travel to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita . . . Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I’m happy you enjoyed them.

      You are so right about the time of year bringing out the beauty of the mountains. If one were to visit here in the summer, it would be a very different experience.

      Reggie is very aware of feelings, both mine and Bridget’s. He wants to please us, even though his puppyness can become quite annoying at times! Yes, Bridget has matured greatly. She used to be high-strung and nervous about almost everything.

      You’re right about the green trees up close in the east. The spaciousness of the west is very different. Love it!

  19. Ilse says:

    Hi Sue,
    This past Tuesday on the way from Washington to SoCal via Phoenix, we flew over the area. As hard as I stared down, I couldn’t see the BLT. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ilse…. Funny you should mention your flight to Phoenix. You didn’t see the BLT but I may have seen your jet!

      A few days ago — it may have been Tuesday — I looked up at the sky from my bed and watched a jet. As I usually do, I guessed where it’s headed and this one I figured was on its way to Phoenix.

      Gee, I should’ve gone outside and given you a wave. 😉

  20. DesertGinger says:

    Hi Sue. Always good to hear from you. The mountains are fantastic; just don’t go too high up. Looks cold! And the pup pics are wonderful, as always.

    I am done at Block for the season and just resting for a few days. We had a cool day today (73) but will be back to mid-eighties tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a pool afternoon for me. And doing laundry. I meant to do laundry today but still very tired so I just rested. Love being able to do what I please!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger… Good to hear you are taking a rest after working the tax season. And how nice to have a pool to exercise and relax in. Yes, do what you please, when you please! 🙂

  21. Pam N. says:

    I’m not a fan of mountains but your photos are amazing, especially the deer jumping the fence. That’s my absolute favorite, though they could all be in National Geographic.

  22. You are certainly providing some of us with a greater appreciation of Nevada. One thing is fore sure. It may be an arid state, buts it’s not all desert. Between what you and others have posted about the Great Basin region and the National Park of the same name, it’s moving up our list of places to see.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed… I, too, have been surprised by the water we’ve come across in the Great Basin. There are numerous springs in the mountains and valleys of eastern Nevada. I see them on my — wait for it — Benchmark maps (what else!).

  23. PookieBoy north of houston says:

    welcome back, Sue….we missed you….
    your pictures are making me want to go to the mountains….ha….
    keep up the good work…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Chuck, for that nice welcome back and for the encouragement. I hope all is well with you….

  24. Jan Johnson says:

    So much gorgeousness all around you! What a beautiful view of your campsite! Why do campers usually cluster together? Or people in general. It is so crowded where we live near Atlanta. We go to eat out once in a while, and I find the most private table I can. Then someone comes in and they will sit right next to us! Oy it makes me crazy! We were in a restaurant the other night and it was empty except for us. Then a group of loud young people came in and they sat right next to us – we had just been saying how peaceful it was. And I am on the night shift so unconventional hours that we eat. Well, that is a rant! But I so understand wanting to be able to get away from those noisy campers.

    That little Reggie is too cute – I love his little head popping up to look out the window. He must be the happiest fellow in his new life of adventure with his sweet big sister as a great doggie pal.

    Have fun at those majestic mountains!

    Jan Johnson

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan… Yes, Reggie is Mr. Cuteness, and Bridget has the patience of a saint, most of the time anyway. 🙂

      The need to cluster… I don’t understand it myself. The more opportunities I enjoy by myself, just me and the crew, the less I can tolerate the presence of others.

      I now have the habit of checking campsites at campgrounds…. Do they have solar panels? Do they look like the play-loud-music-with-the-door-open type? Do they have motorized toys (to rev and keep idling)? Are they a couple or a single? (Couples may mean loud and constant talking.)

      I know I sound like a curmudgeon. Too bad, is what I say . . . I designed this life to enjoy the sounds of nature, not sounds of people and their machines!

      I’ve had the same thing happen at restaurants and in boondocks… Acres and acres of camping area and here they are, right next to us!

      Yes, the Atlanta area is very crowded. The sprawl reaches almost to Athens where we used to live.

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        I think people cluster because they know one another. When my family travels together or we meet up…we camp close to one another to visit. Also being a brown person, I find people are naturally suspicious of us and tend to be obnoxious in their behavior towards us….so we cluster to not attract attention LOL

        • Sidewinder Pen says:


          Your comment has made me think about things (which is good). I feel sad that when you are in a group of “brown people” you notice/feel that people are suspicious of you and obnoxious toward you. On the other hand, even though philosophically I’m “not-biased,” I bet I have given off those very vibes (I hope not, but I wouldn’t be surprised), without specifically meaning to. I think for me a lot of it is based in guilt (I’m white, and I mean a sort of collective guilt, not a specific one to my actions), and maybe a feeling that you would feel negative feelings toward me because of that – or maybe some sort of related “trespassing” feeling (?)

          In reality, I would love to meet you and make a friend, but (my natural shyness not withstanding), I would be intimidated because of the above factors. I really enjoy your posts here, mostly just because you are you, but partly because you give some glimpses into Navajo culture.

          I realize I’m massively over-simplifying here (and talk about a complicated topic!). But I wanted to say something in response to your comment. I hope it’s okay to do so here.

          • Rita from Phoenix says:

            No need to feel guilty Sidewinder Pen. Maybe I went a tad over board in my assessment of why people cluster. I get along with most everyone and I love to travel.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Aw, thanks Rita. But just to be clear, nothing you said made me feel guilty (maybe you already knew what I meant though). It’s more of just a background “feeling.” Not one that seems very productive, but since when did that ever drive one’s feelings…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Rita,

          Sometimes family and/or friends do cluster together and that looks like fun. I’m happy to see people enjoy their loved ones like that.

          When they cluster near ME I know they ain’t family or friends. Haha!

          Pen made some good statements about why people of different “colors” (including whites) don’t always feel comfortable together. Both may think the other is suspicious. What a shame!

          I’m sorry there are idiots who are obnoxious toward you. I don’t understand that at all!

        • DesertGinger says:

          That’s funny Rita. I grew up in Oklahoma. My next door neighbors were the Whiteclouds. Maybe because of that I always feel better about non-white people in my camp area, especially Hispanic or Native American. I’m not sure why everyone hasn’t yet realized that most other cultures having a stronger sense of family and of ethics than we do. In my opinion.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Certified Curmudgeon Club member here! I do the same as you. Go around the campground and look for clues: Do they have a diesel truck (these seem to need to be kept idling for HOURS on end, loud and with smelly exhaust. Oddly I only start my vehicle just before I’m going drive somewhere … guess I’m weird?) Do they have the dreaded little red dot outside (Honda generator)? Or are there solar panels (ahhhh…), etc. etc.

        And could I please have a word with the RV makers who decided it was a cool idea to put a TV and big speakers in an outside-facing compartment?!? I’d like to put a circle of these RV’s around their houses, with the “sound system” ON.

        Of course I wouldn’t care about any of this if it were done someplace where it didn’t affect others, instead of someplace where (I thought) the idea was to have some nature time. Sometimes I wish there were “earlids” (like eyelids but that would cover ears). I’m starting to think more and more that 4-wheel-drive and high clearance are in my future. Not that I want to go rock crawl, but just that I want to be able to get (further) away from noise!

        Yep, Curmudgeon City!

        Also, I wonder if quiet will begin to be more valued (by “society”) any time soon? I just read that one of the campground loops at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is “no generators.” I sure hope that catches on!

        Right now I am blissfully listening to bird song, and I just watched a jack rabbit hop unconcernedly by. It’s peaceful! And quiet! How I love times like this! It is wonderful.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I was disappointed to find that the no generators rule is not being enforced at Pahranagat Campground. It changes the atmosphere from being all about wildlife to all about RVing.

  25. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Good Early Morning to you, Sue!
    It’s 4:30AM Atlanta time. What a wonderful way to start my day, seeing all those beautiful scenes!! Those mountains define the pure beauty of nature. The vastness of them is staggering to the mind, even in photos so I can only guess at what it is like to be there and behold that sight. Isn’t it pure joy when something is so wonderful, so vast, so full of nature’s hand that it makes words escape you? Well, that’s what my reaction was in seeing your photos today. I must say, I feel like little Reggie at times seeing all the places you bring to us. I, too, just stare in wonder. Seeing this latest post was one of those times! Loved the pic of the lone tree beside the dirt/gravel road as it dips and curves along. I swear I could feel myself traveling along right there too. Wonderful ~leading~ photo, takes you right into it all! And that Reggie-Boy, looking out at all of that splendor from his window, WOW! Can’t wait to see some photos of how he enjoys it up close and personal. That little fella is such a perfect fit for your crew. He must think he hit the Powerball Lotto with you guys, err, gals 🙂 He would be right!

    Well, going now. Have a long day and evening to plan out. The weather is going to be good here, for a change, and Klemper and I are going to make the most of it while it is here. I’m up cooking a picnic, then making the van ready for our day trip into Alabama and later in the evening going to a double feature drive-in movie before heading back home again. It’s all good.
    Missed ya and the crew.
    Hope your mini-vacation off grid was perfect.
    Later 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela….. I’m happy to start your day off right! Your description of this post and the photos makes me smile. You’re right… The mountains seen “in person” are much more than any photo can show…

      I hope your Alabama excursion and picnic are a lot of fun. You know how to plan a great day! 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      It sounds so fun to go to a double-header drive in movie! I miss that!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Drive-Ins really are FUN. We try to do it often throughout the Spring and early Summer. They are much cheaper than the inside movie houses too. No need to worry about who is next to you either. After many years of not going to them I was surprised that the sound comes in over the car radio! A nice thing so you can adjust it as you like it instead of that old blare you used to get. Another great thing about them is this; If you have medical issues and have special needs for foods they allow you to pack your cooler and bring it with you while there! Most Drive-Ins do not allow coolers but for medical reasons they do since a double feature is several hours plus travel times to and from. That’s one reason Klemper and I go…no low-blood-sugar issues to worry about 🙂 I also was surprised at how many Drive-Ins are still around or have recently re-opened. Google your area and most likely you could find one or two within an easy drive. And don’t forget the lawn chairs, they let you sit outside in front or in back of your cars now-another surprise for me and you can bring your pets on leash as long as they are well behaved. Major bonus!

      • PookieBoy north of houston says:

        Ginger, there are many drive-in theaters left in this country but we are
        lucky enough to have one about 15 miles from us…..they dont use speakers
        anymore but you have to listen to the movie on your FM radio station…..

        • PookieBoy north of houston says:

          meant to say ARENT MANY DRIVE-INS LEFT….my and my ole age is catching up to me…

  26. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue and crew!
    We are so glad you are safe and sound and delirious with delight amongst the mountain ranges of The West!
    Welcome back and God speed!
    Reggie seems to be very comfortable in his forever role as a member of the best little crew and as Bridget’s little brother.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann…. Such a pleasant opening to your comment… Yes, we are safe, sound (as much as we’ll ever be!), and delighted in our travels. Thanks for the welcome back.

  27. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    Beautiful pictures! That shot of the deer clearing the fence is awesome! You definitely were in the right place at the right time to capture that moment! That horse is a beauty! Your happiness is so evident in this post….makes me happy to see and hear it! I believe that Reggie is all heart….in a short time, he has become well attuned to your emotions. Experiencing your joy and happiness, not colored by anything else was new to him. That little guy is the protector of your heart….he always wants to see his Mom happy! 🙂

    Miss Bridget is doing a wonderful job of being teacher and patient (for the most part) sister. Great job, Bridge! Loved the last picture of the Crew…all tuckered out after a day of adventure! Have a wonderful day, Sue! It is wonderful to have you back – you were missed! Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup…. You write such loving messages. I am blessed every time I read your notes to me and the crew. I hope you have a wonderful day, too!

      Reggie is a protector and an explorer and also very sensitive. The only time he is not sensitive is when he’s wound up in his playing mode and acts crazy. He’s more independent than Bridget who has her eyes on me most of the time, and never strays very far.

      Thanks for the compliment on the deer photo. Sometimes everything comes together just right… I hope that happens for you and Gracie today. 🙂

  28. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Thank you for enlightening us about the natural wonders of Nevada. Looks like some spectacular country you and the Crew are in. As always, your great pics tell the story. I love the deer shots, especially.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Marcia…. Thanks regarding my photos. It’s fun piecing them together into story form. Animal photos are fun, especially when the animals are moving like these were.

  29. EmilyO in NM says:


  30. Ditto EmilyO! *sigh* Just so much beauty, never expected all that in Nevada! I agree with everyone else! The deer jumping the fence is an amazing shot! That camera of yours has a great shutter response to capture that shot! So good to know Reggie is enjoying his new life and especially Bridget accepting him !! Great photos and story line Sue! I really enjoyed this post!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri…. I do love this camera. The “image stabilization” must be high quality. I often take photos with someone yanking at the leash in my other hand or I’m in a moving vehicle or there isn’t much time as with the deer photos. I held the camera with one hand for those…

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. . . . And I’m also glad Radar and Doogie have had their surgeries and are recuperating at home. I know you are being a good mom.

  31. Beverly says:

    Looks like a wonderful area to camp. Beautiful mountains.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Beverly. . . . Nice hearing from you!

      It is a great camp. Beautiful and also remote… No gas stations, no stores, no restaurants… You have to bring everything you need with you because it’s many, many miles to shops and services.

  32. Pam says:

    Beautiful spot Sue. I’m so glad you continue to love your lifestyle! I’m sitting here in a very populated campground in Virginia recovering from a headache caused by campfire smoke and diesel fumes, waiting for Sunday when everyone else pulls out of here. Your method for choosing a campsite brought a smile to my face. Here’s wishing you well, and looking forward to reading more of your adventures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam…. I’m pleased to bring a smile to you!

      Ugh… diesel fumes. Campfire smoke doesn’t bother me. I can relate to a headache caused by fumes. I get them in agricultural areas where the air is polluted with chemicals. But in a campground! I hope you find relief soon.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I, too, sympathize. Many times I’ve been in a campsite and the neighboring folks start their diesel pickup (tow vehicle) a few *hours* before they are ready to leave. I guess to warm them up? I hate the noise and the fumes. My vehicle runs on gasoline, so it’s not that noisy and smelly, but nonetheless, I only start it just prior to departure (don’t like to disturb the neighbors). Since I’m typically camping in fair temperatures, I don’t see why they need to be “warmed up” for literally hours on end. UGH.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          If they are running them for hours they may be charging up the house batteries so they can get the slides in. REALLY stupid way to charge batteries but who knows.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Makes sense that’s what they’re doing. I hadn’t thought of that.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            These are actually not attached to the trailer yet, in the cases I’ve been a party to. I mean, they’re not connected by cord or anything. Parked nearby but not connected. It just “seems” that a number of folks with diesels like to idle them. I get that when it’s twenty below, but not so much when it’s 72º. A few times I have gotten up the nerve to go politely ask them to shut them off if they’re not going anywhere, and they usually do (thankfully), but they also seem like “Oh, was that bothering you?!” (Not sure what is so odd about a loud engine and smelly exhaust being bothersome fifteen feet out my window, but…)

  33. I do so enjoy traveling with you and the crew. You have the best adventures and pictures. Thanks for letting me tag along. That mountain is beautiful

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Judy. I’m pleased you are with us. And what a nice compliment on my “adventures and pictures.” Thank you!

  34. I forgot to say I am glad you are back. I love to read your posts each day and share them with my crew

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re sweet. I’m sorry I don’t post every day. I can’t seem to pull that off. Instead I try to put a lot of substance and entertainment into each post.

  35. Gene in Ohio says:

    Reggie is so cute! I love how one ear stands up and the other falls over. BTW, since you travel so many dusty roads, it would probably be a good idea every once in a while to take your van and trailer through a car wash and aim the wand towards your wheels. This would help wash off the dust and dirt and reduce breaking problems. Or, you could attach a hose to a spigot when you get a chance. Safe travels…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gene…. Your advice is very good and timely! I’ve driven around for many miles, knowing the wheels are caked with dried mud and dust. In fact, I heard a squeaking in the area of the wheels when we were camped near Alamo, NV. I asked the guy who put air in the tires about the squeak. He looked and said the brakes were good. “It’s probably dirt,” he says.

      I love Reggie’s ears, too. I hope they stay curled. That was one of the many things I loved about Spike… his cute ears!

  36. Kay Dattilio says:

    We are glad you’re back! The pictures are majestic! I’m still not wanting to camp but would like to just drive and drive through this beautiful country! Thank you for sharing where we need to go!

    Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay . . . . Thanks for the enthusiastic welcome back. If you ever drive through the Ruby Mountain area, be sure you have plenty of gas!

  37. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Breathtaking is right!!! What awesome pictures! You did a great job getting the picture of the deer going over the fence. Glad you are back on the internet…we have missed you and the crew.
    Lots of love and BIG HUGS!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Same to you, Pauline… Love you always and appreciate you keeping in touch through my blog. Hope you and the family are enjoying the first signs of spring!

  38. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    Another destination added to the list. It’s getting a little long, but I have the rest of my life to reach them all. Besides, US 50 was already on the list. As you point out, on this journey, the route is what we choose. This is a good choice. Your response to the Ruby Mountains reminds me of mine to the Mogollon Rim. It’s a glorious feeling.

    The pictures are wonderful. I liked the first two, the ones with the perspectives of the houses against the mountains, and, of course, the deer jumping the fence. That last one should win a prize somewhere.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Calvin, for the lovely compliments. The enthusiastic feedback on the photos is very encouraging and adds more enjoyment for me.

      Yeah, why be fixated on getting somewhere? Just explore as we go, even if it means driving in big “figure eights” and circles! Highways are great, I’m glad we have them, but they make it easy to bypass that which is a wonder to behold.

  39. Pat/Central Texas says:

    Having been raised in Bishop California/Chalfant Valley between the Sierra & White Mountain Ranges this is by far my favorite post, but it sure makes me homesick! Ha! Beautiful pictures! Pat

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat… I can see where these photos would remind you of “your” mountains, the ones you love. Thanks re the photos. It’s my pleasure to share this place with you.

  40. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Hi sweet lady, glad you are back. The jumping deer was a lucky accident, don’t you just love it when that happens, you have to be ready for the unexpected. Reminds me of a photo by master photographer Paul Caponigro. While he was in Ireland setting up for a shot some movement on his left caught his attention, he turned and saw a herd of white deer running past, he swung his camera around and took this shot. http://www.photographywest.com/pages/caponigro_bio.html
    Keep on keeping on.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan… Thanks for the link! Exquisitely simple photo… I didn’t know white deer existed!

      Also thanks for the nice welcome back to my blog . . .

  41. weather says:

    The eighth photo(of the house below the mountains,below the small pic of the horse) was the one that gave me an idea of the enormity of that range of mountains and why you found it breath taking.I enlarged it to full screen size,wow,your panoramic view in person must have been awesome.I hope you three are experiencing happiness and that your day is a sweet one.Thanks for a glimpse of what you’ve found recently,I hope the rest of it has been good to and for you 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather…. As we traveled that dirt road along the base of the mountains, I searched for a way to show scale. In the previous post there is a mountain photo and at the bottom are a few white “dots” which are actually buildings. I was sorry they weren’t more obvious in the picture because the contrast in proportion is dramatic.

      Yes, in person the view is incredible. My throat closed up, my eyes were brimming, I couldn’t stop exclaiming… and I smiled my biggest smiles ever (and I’m not a smiler!)…. Such a joy to be able to share those mountains and that valley with people such as you who understand and appreciate natural beauty.

      • weather says:

        Wow,do I ever get that “I couldn’t stop exclaiming…” There are times that I stand repeating “Oh,my…” or “Look!just look!” to myself and the One that let me see it.It amazes me ,still,each time that such things are given to me,and I know that you feel the same way.While I travel a few dirt roads today I’ll be smiling about what I see and about having you back.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You warm my heart, weather. Smile your way over those dirt roads . . .

        • weather says:

          P.S. Took those roads to another part of the lake,amazing how a bit of time at the wheel reveals an entirely different environment…On the way back crows were diving over me as I slowly drove to let them-incredibly great flying skills as they grabbed dinner,paused as if to say thanks for not getting in the way and left.You’d have loved it!Hope your drive to the new camp was nice,too,and that you are settling in happily at your new home.Big day for you three again,rest well when you do.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You are so right! By simply moving to a different perspective changes your environment, even if only a short distance. I can see the crows you describe, such intelligent creatures, fun to watch, listen to, and wonder about.

            We are settled in our new home. Unhitched and relaxing. I want to tell you all about it but that will have to wait. 🙂 You rest well, too.

  42. Good Morning
    I loved the picture of that deer bolting over the fence. Actually I loved ALL of your pictures.!!

    • Sue cleanergreenervegas says:

      I have apparently become an rvsueandcrew junkie…..enjoyed all the blogerinos’ conversations in your absence. This group is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration on a miriad of topics!! However, it felt like summer rerun season as we waited for the next episode of our favorite show. I guess the star of this show is Adventure and we are all addicts. Here in Vegas the mountains look like giant sandpiles but on the occasions when the snow sticks for a few days they are things of great beauty. Thx for all your pics

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’re welcome, Sue…. I know what you mean about being an rvsueandcrew junkie. I’m one, too! I have a habit each morning of setting up the coffee pot, putting the crew’s meat to cook in a pan, and turning on the blog to read comments. It was strange not being able to do that for a few days….

        What great blogorinos! I agree… The information, personalities, perspectives and fun shared here are addictive. Thanks for being a part of it, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betty…. I’m tickled that you enjoyed the photos. Isn’t that deer a picture of grace and perfection as she flies over that fence!

  43. Renee (Datil) says:

    Looks like your change in route took you closer to Elko than you anticipated! Depending on where you go once you leave the Ruby Mtns, remember the visitor center & museum I mentioned a number of posts back, as well as the Lamouille Scenic Byway. Just a reminder, “just in case.” The snow on the mountains is gorgeous, but it sure makes it look cold! We left AZ yesterday & will be in Grants, NM this afternoon. Just in time for a New Mexican dinner tonight, along with huevos rancheros tomorrow before we hit the road!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee… I haven’t forgotten your comment about the Ruby Mountains, west side. I see Lamouille on my map. I researched online, too… beautiful drive. No wonder you recommend it!

      Grants, NM . . . never been there, hope to someday. Your dinner and breakfast plans have me hungry again. You reminded me of those chili rellenos I bought in Hatch and gobbled down while driving the PTV… gosh, they were good!

      Enjoy and safe travels!

      • Hatch NM is home to our favorite Mexican Restaurant, The Pepper Pot! Worth a visit if you end up near Hatch! Just a few miles off I-25 !

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I think that’s the restaurant where I bought the chile rellenos. 🙂

        • PookieBoy north of houston says:

          Geri, is that where the Hatch peppers I see sold in Texas stores come from?

          • DesertGinger says:

            Yes, Hatch peppers come from Hatch, NM. Great little town and next time I go I will definitely find and try The Pepper Pot.

            • DG, the Pepper Pot is fairly easy to find! As you come off the interstate and into town, you come to a T in the road, turn right and it will be on the right! It looks like a little ordinary house from the street with a bunch of lawn ornaments out front! Pepper Pot is owned by 2 sisters who came up from Mexico as very young children, to work the pepper harvest in Hatch! They worked hard, became American citizens and run the best little restaurant in NM!!

          • Yes it is! We can’t find the Hatch brand here in Florida, but EmilyO showed me I can order them online from WalMart! Best green pepper and green chili enchilada sauce !!!

            • Renee (Datil) says:

              New Mexico is my heart, and my adopted state (moved there in 1977). After acclimating to the green chile, just can’t get enough of it. Since we started fulltiming, we go through NM once or twice a year, and totally overdo it on the New Mexican food while we can. Nothing better!

  44. Ron in Tx says:

    Isnt it funny how some places just turn us on.
    Love this post

  45. Timber/Rusty on our way Northeast says:

    Those mountains look fantastic, they remind me of the Rockies, long ridges with snowcaps. Give those pups a hug from us.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, us

    • Rita from Phoenix says:

      They remind me of the Cascade Mountains, Sierras, Rocky Mountains & the Tetons. In August, I’ll experience mountains in Alaska!! Can’t wait to visit and camp in the wilderness. We’ve got our camping rental equipment all reserved at REI.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Wow, Rita! Camping in the Alaska mountains! The Ruby Mountains are an appetizer to that!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Timber….. Hmm…. on your way northeast and you mention the Rockies… I wonder… 🙂

      Hugs to you both!

    • weather says:

      Hope you keep a signal as you travel northeast,Rusty-so you can stay in touch.Praying that as you go where He’s leading you blessings are along the path

  46. Lynda says:

    I love following your blog,your travels and lifestyle! The Rubies are truly a gem, and I would like to visit the East side sometime. Last year we spent a week in Lamoille canyon on the Elko side of the Rubies (in our Casita). I was overwhelmed by the beauty of it. Lush green, water everywhere and fantastic glaciated cliffs. Enjoy, and I’ll look forward to your future posts.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynda…. It does seem that the east side gets more visitors and more publicity. Both sides of the range are gorgeous… especially with the snow. Isn’t it great how easy it is to travel with a Casita home? I’m glad you had that week of wonder in Lamoille canyon.

      Thank you for telling me you love my blog and the life I share here.

  47. Karen LeMoine says:

    Oh my! I just love Nevada! Its so awesome and beautiful! Magical and enchanting. A perfect place to get in touch with ones spiritual quest! Love the flying deer! Next time how about a pig flying lol!I’m so happy for you and your precious Crew. Thanks for a exceptional blog! Hugs to you all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Karen, and thanks for the compliment on my blog and also for the upbeat message! Yes, Nevada, is a lot more than most people realize (I think I’m safe saying “most.”). I like how we’ve explored three wildlife refuges in eastern/southern Nevada on this trip… . .

      Hmm. . . when pigs fly I hope to be there with my camera!

  48. Nancy says:

    Beautiful! I have no more words for its loveliness. And I wish I could cut out in my RV and head west myself.

    In Georgia right now we’ve had a few hot days, in the low 90s, but mostly this past week it’s been rainy and in the 60s which is really good coffee-drinking weather. Yellow sediment over everything these past two weeks from pine pollen. Gorgeous flowers coming up in my yard; purple iris, red rambling roses, and honeysuckle galore across the fence. Everything is perfect except for this darned humidity.

    Yes, I’d much rather be looking at snow-capped mountains, not to mention being the master of my daily destiny as you are. Carry on!

    Oh and that photo of Reggie’s splayed paws when he was “acting crazy” a few days back made me laugh! Little webbed feet up in the air….so cute. And Miss Bridget is so sweet and patient with her new little friend. Those are two lucky canines.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nancy . . . I enjoyed reading your description of Georgia right now. I remember the honeysuckle. Some of my first attempts at nature photography were honeysuckle close-ups as it grew around my house.

      Reggie does that thing with his paws, long toes outstretched, clawing at the air when I threaten to tickle his chest, my hand above him…

      He was such a devil this morning that I put him outside on the tether with a doggie bed. He was trying to rip my shirt again. He does that when I’m at the computer too long. The sun has calmed him. I see he’s in the doggie bed with a dreamy look on his face. Bridget, meanwhile, is still in our bed. She’s super lazy today, bless her heart.

      Thanks for writing, Nancy.

  49. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Blogorinos! It’s great to be back!

    Today is another travel day as we move to a new camp. There’s always the possibility we will be out of signal range. In any event, have a glorious day!

    Sue and crew

  50. Ukulele Teri says:

    What a great area. Making it real that the last day of school and retirement are coming quickly.

    Your adventures in Nevada give me food for thought as to where to head in August with our little Fiberglass Trailer. I know we will start in Yosemite and then want to head to Yellowstone, Glacier and Tetons. Going through Nevada may actually be an option. Your adventures do inspire and I wonder what you’re up to when you are “off the net”.

    Have fun with the crew, they are lucky pups. Keep those photos coming.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri,

      You’re in your last year? Don’t you love it when you have to do some annual thing required at school and you can say to yourself… “This is the last time I’ll have to do this!”

      I think Ruby Valley in August will be an entirely different experience from the one I’ve had with the crew in April. Love your Big Four… Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Tetons. You’ll have a wonderful start to your retirement!

  51. AZ Jim says:

    Here is a little journey taken by 7 nuns in 1870. It is a trip from San Diego to Tuscon. It is available to enjoy FREE online. I read it and found it enchanting. Here is a link, enjoy. http://parentseyes.arizona.edu/carondelet/trekofthesevensisters_toc.html

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jim. I’m intrigued and will take a look. I appreciate the link. I enjoy reading about 19th century adventuresome women!

  52. Jolene says:

    These mountains are so pretty. I love the mountains and can’t wait until you see the Rockies around the Estes Park area if you ever get that way. Beyond words almost. That picture of the deer jumping the fence, that was great!! So many pretty areas here in the USA.

  53. Applegirl NY says:

    Wow, Sue, This post – both words and pictures, sums up your awesome lifestyle more than just about any I’ve seen. It really captures the essence of your spirit, and makes us all happy to be along on the journey.

    Safe travels on to your next camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Applegirl… I like what you said about capturing “the essence of your spirit.”… I can see that — Remote, natural beauty, peaceful, wildlife . . . .
      “These are a few of my favorite things!”

      Hope you are enjoying the first signs of springtime!

  54. Lacy says:

    Hi Sue,

    As it often happens, something you say will resonate with me and today was one of those days. I love how you redirected your thinking into ‘nothing is out of our way’! For some reason, it HIT me that I need to redirect MY way of thinking into “anything is possible”.

    Thanks Sue, and I’m enjoying your view!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lacy…

      Isn’t there a saying or a poster …. Think it, do it… Something like that.

      We restrict ourselves with our thinking. I was going to skip Ruby Valley because it wasn’t on a northerly route. It’s okay to go west, east, or south in the process of going north.

      Gee, think of all I would’ve missed!

  55. Julie-Applegate OR says:

    Just stepping in to say Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for sharing Sue, and wow!

  56. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Seems like you may already be on the move but it’s good to see you back and also good to think that you can take a few days off from your “blog duties.” You were missed yet always loved.

    As much as I appreciate the deer over the fence shot it was the first pic of the 3 deer together that took my breath away. The spring grass takes on an almost impressionistic quality and they seem to be posing yet always alert and always wild.

    I think you have hit the Ruby mountains at exactly the right time of year. My experience with the Great Basin area has sadly always been like the Hastings party. A spot on the map to “get through” on my way to someplace else. Yet again, you teach how taking your time and moving with the seasons can bring magic. Kiss the crew, take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      A lovely message, as always. . . .

      We have the same eye — I agree, the three-deer photo is the better shot. I could make a print of that, mat and frame it, hang it on a wall and I know I would never tire of looking at it. I can’t say that about the flying deer, although that is a fun pic.

      Interesting how you related your experience with the Great Basin to the Hastings party… Yes, timing with the seasons is very important.

      My first couple of years I was timid and stayed in Arizona until April/early May waiting for the weather to “break” in the northern states. This year I ventured out of Arizona a lot sooner. So we have a few cold days and nights and some snow. Big deal. I’d rather travel this way, in short hops starting north earlier, than waiting in Arizona and then rushing like a frenzied fool up the interstates. I hope I’m making sense…

      Consider the crew kissed. They are curled up next to me on the bed as I type this. Thank you, Rick, for your faithful reading of my blog and for the kind and thoughtful words you send our way.

  57. R. now somewhere in UT says:

    Hi Sue,
    You got some great photos in this post. My favorite is of deer jumping. Really great action photo. The weather is surprising with some snow and dark sky here in UT but I kind of like this weather. It makes me appreciate more those gorgeous, sunny days with blue sky and breeze. They are coming.
    I’m so grateful you are showing us the area of this country less visited.
    I finally ordered my Kindle Paperwhite on 14th. Hope you get your income from it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      You aren’t the only one who’s been caught in snow in Utah. For us it was in the month of June, I think. I love Utah. I hope you enjoy it.

      You ordered a Paperwhite! Good for you… I know you’ve wanted one for a while, and thanks for going to Amazon from my blog. I checked my account and I see the order. You will enjoy being able to read in the dark. 🙂

  58. Kerry says:

    I boondocked just about there in Ruby Valley last Oct. They were weaning calves. Bellowed all night for a week. Beautiful though. A little crowded during hunting season too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh dear, calf weaning time… That must have been quite a racket, what with all the cattle in the valley. I bet there are some very nice boondocks to be found, although I’m reluctant to camp in the woods during hunting season. I suppose the campground fills up with hunters, too.

  59. Krystina in Ventura, CA says:

    Quick question…does anyone have an idea why my inverter remote would be blinking on and off? Always something to worry about! Thanks everyone.

    • AlanOutandAbout says:

      It really depends on the manufacturer but it can mean the invertor is not seeing the shore power and so is not charging your batteries.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I agree with Alan

        Depending on the manufacturer…the “code” of the blinks…indicates the problem.

        Mick may have a better idea……oh Mick? Yooooo hooooo!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Why would Krystina’s inverter not “see” the shore power?

      • Krystina in Ventura, CA says:

        Thank you Allen. I have a Samlex 30 Amp Solar Charge Controller SCC-30AB…whatever that means ugh. Right before it started blinking I heard a big surge like I had turned the microwave on which of course I hadn’t. Then it started blinking. I turned it off and waiting about an hour and now it seems ok????

          • Krystina in Ventura, CA says:

            Thank you so much! I do have the manual but I do not understand ANYTHING it says!!!! UGH UGH Years ago I had carbon monoxide poisoning at the health club….really…true story and almost died. It kills brain cells…not as good as I used to be. Whaaaaaa

            Anyway, thanks for going to the trouble of looking that up for me. xxoo

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Ok…if it acts up again…describe the blinking…someone can look it up for you and let you know how to fix it…

            • Sidewinder Pen says:


              I’m a bit confused. You say your inverter control is blinking on and off, but the model you give (and the manual) are for a solar charge controller. Can you elaborate a bit? What is blinking? And does anything seem to not be working? If so, what are the (other) symptoms?

  60. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue,
    What a beautiful place! Your photo’s are magnificent. I’m starting to really look forward to my future. Just need that buyer of my home… that’s it. Keeping it clean is a hassle 🙂 This next Saturday I’m having a open house so maybe that will do it.
    Otherwise I just keep emptying drawers and sorting out stuff for Hospice and what I want to keep. You really are a minimalist and I am not but I do want to do this the right way. I feel so confused at times… Seeing how beautiful things are out there keeps me going. I wish you happy times in your new camp. Hey I have 35 subscribers on my youtube channel. check me out RVDebs Journey.. planning on getting a gopro camera in the next few weeks. Of course I will buy thru your Amazon button. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Deb, on acquiring subscribers for your youtube channel! I wish you much success and satisfaction from that endeavor. Having a method to share your experiences enhances them. I often think… gee, this will be fun to write about on the blog or this photo will be great to share.

      Good luck with the open house on Saturday!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      36 subscribers 🙂

      Good luck with the open house.

    • Laurie in NC says:

      Another subscriber! Good luck with your open house!

  61. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Awesome photos! Love the snow capped mountains! Breath taking! Majestic!

    The deer jumping over the fence was great!

    Reggie trying to eat your shirt is hilarious!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Reggie has a very effective technique for pulling me away from the computer. He actually pulls me away! He bites onto my shirt with his jaws clenched in an iron grip and then he yanks backward with his entire body. The Reggie Man — He Who Will Not Be Ignored!

  62. monica- CA says:

    Wow! Stunning! I showed the photos of the mountains to my husband. He thought you were located in the Sierra’s. I then showed him on the map the location of Ruby Mountain Range. He was so surprised. Nevada is so pretty! Thanks for sharing your beautiful journey.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Monica. I’m delighted to share the Rubies with you and your husband!

  63. Lynn Brooks says:

    Yes, you & the crew were sorely missed! I’m glad you enjoyed your days “off”!!
    Those pictures are wonderful & the way you caught that deer jumping the fence – FANTASTIC!!!
    So glad you’re all back!!!
    I missed you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How sweet you are, Lynn… I missed being here!

      Thanks regarding the photos. I’m very pleased with your reaction to the jumping deer pic. 🙂

  64. Glinda says:

    Beautiful pictures! Can’t imagine having that view to wake up to.
    It was good to hear from you and the crew. You are always missed.
    I finally finished the book Jubilee Trail. I really enjoyed it. Thanks
    for suggesting it.
    Looking forward to more pictures.
    Have a blessed day!

  65. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Krystina and Bagger Rick…

    Thanks for your sweet replies on the prior post 🙂
    I left both of you a new reply. Thanks again.
    I’ll close it out now 😉

    Rick, thanks for the heads-up on the posts or I would have missed them, yes. 🙂

  66. Laurie in NC says:

    Wow, the mountain pictures are awesome! Looks like a great camp site!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Laurie. This campsite is elevated with a wide-open view of the valley and mountains. It doesn’t feel like we’re in a campground.

  67. Sondra-SC says:

    Sue the deer jumping photo is awesome!! The Ruby Mtns look awesome too! enjoy.

  68. Krystina in Ventura, CA says:

    Yeah, Yeah, Yeah….you are back!! Hope you had a relaxing time away from all of us 🙂 I sure missed you RVSue…and the fur babies tooooo. Your photos are out of this world…as usual…loved them all. Have a super day! xxoo

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Krystina,

      You commented about your beachside camp under a post where I wasn’t replying. I was so happy to read that you were in a great camp. Thanks re the photos…

      I look forward to hearing more about your camps along the coast.

  69. weather says:

    Delicate notes made today’s morning song quieter and more beautiful than recent ones.Waves ripple into the docks and shoreline like a xylophone’s gentle tune.Yellow finch use their higher voice,pause,listen and come closer.The larger birds soar silently as in the distance an occasional long low echo sounds.It’s likely a motorcycle topping hills ,a Sunday rider getting an early start around the lake.I smile thinking about putting away my leather things and taking out umbrellas.This week they say we’ll get quite a bit of rain.Lilacs and lily of the valley will follow,robins are building nests.Good morning,Sue

    As far as you are from civilization,I imagine it’s was peaceful outside where you awakened today.Nevada springtime near mountains in the morning…a dream you hadn’t had years ago,yet live today.I’m so glad that you chose new timing and places for this year’s winding path.Hope this day makes you feel that way,too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      It’s almost ten o’clock and the crew and I have been up for several hours, enjoying the birdsong and general peacefulness of our new camp. I missed your good morning message until now. Thank you for another delightful description of your part pf the world and “good afternoon” to you and your troupe!

      • weather says:

        Neat timing,I checked in here now,after researching some things on the web, to see how you are doing,so nice to hear that you had birdsong 🙂 Now I can add your note to the ones heard earlier on my list of those I’ve enjoyed today.

  70. Moorwoble in Montana says:

    We drove past South Ruby Campground turn off last fall,on our way south. I wanted to turn around & check it out but we passed it up due to time. I see it’s got quite a bit of dirt road. Wondering if it is doable in a large motorhome? We boondock with as few RV parks as possible. We also stayed at Ward Mountain in late Oct. Loved it. We were the only ones there & ranger was so nice.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Moorwoble,

      Welcome to my blog! Great to see you here…

      South Ruby Campground has two loops. I assume once the campground officially opens at the end of this month the camp host will settle in and the upper loop will be opened.

      Okay, about a big rig… First off, know that I don’t have any experience with a big rig…

      In the off-season only the lower loop is open. You would risk coming to the campground and not finding a spot in which you can fit as I think there are only one or two larger sites in that loop, and they might be taken. Then you’d be in a fix because boondocks are higher elevation and, even so, I don’t know if there are any suitable for a big rig. (You don’t say how big is big in your case.) The road goes through private land and then the refuge doesn’t allow camping. There’s also a 9-mile stretch where you have to camp at least 300 feet from the road.

      During the on-season I think you could find a spot in the upper section. Go to the site at the link below and scroll down to the list that gives the length of camp sites as well as a map of the campground with locations of each site.


      You could make reservations to be sure to have a long enough site.

      Be cognizant of hunting season in the fall and the influx of people with guns.

      Yes, you have about 30 miles of dirt road. It wasn’t washboard, but that, of course, could change. No tight turns, lots of rolling up and down.

      Make sure you have plenty of gas and supplies! There are no services whatsoever in Ruby Valley and no gas stations all the way until you reach the Ely area if heading south, or Wells if heading north. I don’t advise taking a big rig through Harrison Pass to go to Elko on the other side of the mountains.

      I hope this is helpful. Research online will give you more info and photos.

  71. Marilu from Northern California says:

    When we were at Great Basin N P we were told that Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state. Not sure if that included Alaska. Surprising isn’t it?

  72. Glinda says:

    All I can say is WOW!!!
    No words can describe the beauty.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Your blog means so much to us.
    God bless

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