Today’s post also could be called a mishmash.

Bridget and I are still boondocked in the Sonoran Desert near Why in southern Arizona.  I love it here!

1-P1020254I haven’t made The Sign yet.

You know, the obnoxious sign I proposed, the one to guard my privacy that says “Absolutely No Visitors. This Means You!”  Well, it hasn’t been necessary to paint that sign.  This heavenly boondock already has a sign that provides the same effect!

1-P1020247In the week or so that Bridget and I have lived here,  not one vehicle — not one person — has come down our lane.  No one has come anywhere near our camp.  I grin whenever I think about that.  Seclusion, to me, is like living with a protective shield all around.  Quite pleasant.

On a related note . . .

I make sure I leave a jug of drinking water outside whenever Bridget and I leave the Best Little Trailer.  I’d hate for someone to come along desperate for water and have them find nothing.

1-P1020255 - CopyNo sign of coyotes around our camp.

I haven’t seen or heard any at all.  No coyote scat.  No evidence of digging around rodent tunnels.  I have come upon numerous tracks in the sandy wash behind our camp.  I can identify several rabbit tracks. I’ve seen rabbits darting among the bushes, too fast for me to tell if they’re jackrabbits or the cottontail type.

1-P1020251Water is very scarce, as you would expect.  We had that brief rain the day we arrived.  It wasn’t much, not enough to form a puddle for a coyote to take a drink.   I imagine the rabbits enjoyed the droplets off the leaves of the creosote and brittlebush.

1-P1020279I’m intrigued by the hoof tracks that come from the direction of the neighboring hill, go across the lane, and pass close by the outdoor mat.  Two-towed hooves, only one animal . . .  a deer? pronghorn? javlina?  sheep?

If you’re interested in identifying animal tracks in the desert, look at the clear, simple guide at this site:  www.in-the-desert.com.

And if you’d like to compare the sounds of a javlina to those of your spouse eating dinner, click on this link.  . . . javlina medley.

Really.  It sounds just like my first husband!  (Make sure your computer’s volume is turned up.)

Before going inside for the night I’m going to lightly smooth the ground near our camp with my rake.  Then in the morning I’ll check for tracks.

The next photo shows the golden light that falls upon our camp at sunset.

1-P1020266Let’s see, what else can I talk about . . .  Oh!

Bees are still happy.  I fill their plate of water every morning.  At this rate I’ll be giving them names.

Wandering around Amazon I came across a product called “Campsuds.” 

1-P1020123I’ve long wanted a shampoo/soap that I could use near or in natural sources of water without contaminating the environment.

This Campsuds product is biodegradable.  You can use it for dishes, laundry, spot cleaning, bathing yourself and your dog, and shampooing.  It’s highly concentrated so a bottle should last a long time.

Have you used it?  Do you know of anything better?  I’m not bringing this up in order to make a sale.  Remember, I started full-time living on the road without any camping experience at all.

Anyway . . . . If interested, here’s a link:  Campsuds 8 oz.

 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

We haven’t driven to the monument since my aborted attempt the other day.  We will go before we leave this part of southern Arizona.

Within Organ Pipe, Ajo Mountain Drive is a one-way loop around the Diablo Mountains.  I want to be in the mood for stopping and taking photos along the way.  I assume there are pull-outs to allow for that.

1-P1020221The weather has been perfect!

I can step outside in my sleeping clothes, first thing upon waking, and the air is delightful.  The birds seem to think so, too!

I sit in my lounger with my Paperwhite, reading about Red Cloud and the places pertinent to his life and to the many tribes of the high plains and mountains of the West.

I frequently set aside the Paperwhite and pick up my Benchmark atlas of Wyoming. 

It’s fun to refresh my memory of the locations of Fort Kearny, Fort Laramie, Fort Bridger, and so forth, as well as the Tongue River, the Powder River, Chugwater Creek, the Bighorn Mountains, to name a few, while associating them with the story of Red Cloud.

The crew and I drove by many of these historical places.  I want to go back, now that I know more about them.   In the meantime I’ll continue educating myself.

Bridget and I head into town again.

It’s always a pleasure to drive into Ajo.

Our first errand is to pick up the mail I had forwarded by my mail service, America’s Mailbox.  The postal clerk surprises me with a box of mail, rather than the flat mailer I expect.  Darn insurance books mostly. Income forms for taxes.  Junk.

Best of all . . . 

I find a card from Casita Travel Trailers among the mail.  Inside is a check for $200!  Thank you, Phyllis, for mentioning me when you ordered your best little trailer.

Here’s a photo taken across the green from the post office.  A cute little TAB trailer is parked in front.

1-P1020264 Next we stop at the water vending machine.  After that, we motor over to Olsen’s.  Well, I can’t go into town without stopping at Olsen’s!

I do have important items to pick up.

I need matches for lighting the stove and also meat for the Bridge.  Boneless chicken at $2.99 a pound.  I could’ve bought the bone-in for $1.99 a pound, but I’m too lazy to mess with that.

Here’s Bridget with another delightful expression of gratitude on her face . . . . for the meat I cook and serve to her every morning, for sharing my comfy bed with her, for taking her on walks, for buying her a pretty sweater, for never leaving her alone at camp, for rubbing her belly, for telling her sweet nothings . . . .

1-P1020262 - CopyWell, that’s enough for today.  A jumbled post.  Congratulations for making it all the way to the end!



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314 Responses to Hodgepodge!

  1. Shirlene says:


    • Shirlene says:

      Well had to check to see if I was #1…number 2 is good…now I will read the post…lol.

      • rvsueandcrew says:


      • Shirlene says:

        Well loved the post, hodgepodge and all…one day maybe we may catch Bridget with a smile, or is that a smile? Cute post, “life in the day of ___”. Beautiful pictures, beautiful weather, clear blue skies, beautiful sunrises and sunsets…you own it girl! Pleasure to be along.

  2. Dawn in MI says:

    I like jumbled posts…I like the thought that your life is so varied even out there in your special quiet spot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      People might wonder what a person does all by themselves in the desert. Every day is interesting to me!

  3. Suzi in MD says:

    Even your hodgepodge rocks:)

  4. Cat Lady in Baton Rouge says:

    Sue, would you mind giving the url again for the book about Red Cloud? Thanks.

    Glad you finally got your check. It’s been awhile.

  5. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    Did you notice a Curt trailer hitch in your list of sales? I am pretty sure I made sure to go back and click your link first. Hopefully you got credit for it. I had to replace the factory hitch on the Suburban as there have been problems with the welds on them breaking suddenly. That kind of stuff keeps me awake.

    Great pictures, glad you are getting some privacy. I just can’t understand what makes people think they are not subject to your wishes. That somehow, they are better than the average person and will enlighten your day where others would be just a bother. Should our paths cross in the outback one day, we will just wave and wish you well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, thank you, John! I did see the Curt hitch on a recent orders report. I appreciate the healthy commission. Thanks for remembering to go through my blog to Amazon.

      You good folks who shop Amazon here are going to build me a tiny house for my second retirement!

      Yeah, I wouldn’t sleep well knowing I had an iffy hitch weld. Glad you replaced it.

      Thanks for mentioning my photos and for understanding me. I do hope to exchange a wave with you someday…. Let’s toss in a shout and a smile, too! 🙂

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        While we were at the Airstream rally in FL, there were some “famous” RV bloggers in camp. I don’t know their policies on visitors but I would not have dropped in on them. We did communicate via their Facebook page. They advertise who they are on their Class A and the little car they tow around. Still, it must be tiresome to have uninvited visitors all the time. I couldn’t do that. I like my privacy too.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m aware of a few “famous” RV bloggers who haven’t set guidelines (their choice, of course) and their home is like a revolving door for anyone who decides to drop by. I couldn’t live like that. I can’t help it. Why people choose to get angry about me being me is something beyond my comprehension.

          • Shirlene says:

            Hi John, I saw that event on another blog site (shhh don’t tell Sue)..wonderful air stream event…was the place to be last week or the week before. Quite a gathering.

  6. JanisP says:

    Campsuds are great! But very concentrated, only use a few drops or you’ll be like something out of a I Love Lucy episode!

  7. Sandy from TX says:

    Four more days and we start our trek to AZ – will be my first time in the state! I am so looking forward to enjoying the desert scenery which is so much the opposite of my east TX woods! We’ll be camping @ Catalina SP near Tucson. I will offer a friendly wave in your direction when we arrive!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandy from TX,

      Welcome to Arizona! You’ll be in the Sonoran Desert at Catalina SP. Friends camped at Catalina recently and they liked it. A lot more amenities than I have here. 🙂

      Have a safe and pleasant drive from Texas….

      • Lisa W says:

        Sandy, don’t mean to hijack the thread, but you will really enjoy Catalina State Park. They have 2 camp grounds which are side by side. If possible stay in campground B, sites 70 and 71 are our favorites. The hosts in campground B keep the shower rooms immaculate and do a great job of taking care of the sites.

  8. What a wonderful post!

    I love your devotion to nature!

    You know many people would freak out about the potential to meet snakes, Coyotes and such….not you. I love that!

    I hear that all the time in my business. People “love” their dogs, but they gotta problem with cats. They “love” the cute animals in nature, but not reptiles, or Coyotes…or whatever animal is portrayed in the media as being bad. Drives me nuts.

    I just read an article about how since Coyotes are now mostly driven out of their natural habitat they…being so “wiley” and all have figured out how to live in virtually every major city in the country! Isn’t that amazing?

    • Shirlene says:

      Hi Cindy, Yeah, I think it is a shame that they know how to wait for cars to go by before crossing the street….why should they even know what a car is, I feel bad that they have to deal with these things also, while trying to eat, exist and raise little ones…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy the pet sitter in Mesa, AZ,

      I love the name you use here, BTW. It helps me recall who you are without straining my brain.

      Glad you liked this post. It’s easier to spill out whatever comes to mind than to write a beginning, middle, and end . . . .

      I hear what you’re saying about how many people view the creatures with whom we share this planet. Well, I do have a reflex of shock whenever encountering a snake. I think a lot of us do, coming from the “collective unconscious” maybe? Once I get over that, I can appreciate them for what they are.

      Yes, the adaptations of coyotes are amazing, as well as sad. People don’t realize (and some don’t care) how their actions affect wildlife. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of that. One of the reasons I like to camp far from people is to be around animals and birds that aren’t skittish and spooked by loud engines, gunshots, human chatter, and all the rest.

  9. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Love even your hodgepodge. Lovely weather looks like, you don’t say what the temperature is, but looks wonderful. Some people and dogs too, just do not like getting their picture taken. I guess Bridget is one of those. But we love her anyway. Love your camping space this time. It looks great, but be careful, I am sure that there are smugglers and illegals in the area at times.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      My guess is that the temperature — the high, that is — has been in the low 80s. I love the way the desert temperature varies greatly depending upon where you stand. I can feel the heat of the sun through my clothes, like a heating pad on high, and then I move into shade and think, “Gee, I need to go inside for something warmer to put on.” I move my lounger around until I find the place that is “just right”… Goldilocks boondocking in the desert! 🙂

      Re smugglers and illegals… I’m not going deep into this area and I’m minding my own business.

      Thanks for telling me you “love even your hodgepodge.”

  10. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, you remind me of the Border Patrol when you rake for prints in the ground. They have roads all along the border and they drag a chain apparatus on the roads and look for footprints. Also just out of curiosity I looked up those Tab trailers. WOW! 20 thousand and that small and with porta-potties? Even if I were in the market for a trailer that would be off my list! Weather is getting near perfect, enjoy your days!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      That’s interesting about the Border Patrol raking the ground with a chain for prints. I never heard of that. Makes sense. It’s a long shot that I’ll “capture” better prints of the hoofed (hooved?) animal that went through here recently. I am very curious what it is! Sometimes I sit in the lounger and scan the hillside with my monocular at dusk, when animals move. Nothing so far.

      Is that how much Tabs cost? Gee . . . . The one in that photo looks like an older model. I’m sure there are Tab owners reading this who love their trailers. 🙂

      I think the weather is perfect already! Sunny, warm, dry, no wind… aahhh … I know you love Arizona! Hi to Detta ….

      • Crystal says:

        Yup. Love my T@B and can’t imagine ever, ever selling her. This will be my fifth season of ownership, and I’m still obsessed with that little trailer. I didn’t pay anywhere near that, but mine was 3 years old when I bought her. I know people are paying in the mid teens, and not 20 grand. Not saying someone hasn’t! A lot depends on what area of the country you’re in because of shipping. They’re made by the Amish in Ohio, and I toured their factory last August.

        You can get a T@B with a wet bath, and there are several different floor plans. We have wonderful gatherings, and most recently about 12 of our trailers went on a 2-week beach caravan in South Carolina. You can click on my name to see mine, but I haven’t added photos in quite a long time.

  11. weather says:

    Ha!From here Bridget seems to be thinking”Sheesh,how come I don’t have sunglasses like Sue does?” Absolutely beautiful photos of your perfect private home,my favorite today is the fourth pic in the post-the curves in the road and Bridget’s tail both seem to be waving and wagging in happiness.

    Love your heart for the thirsty wanderer,the Tab trailer and picturing you dreaming about Wyoming… in the midst of warm temps and exchanges with delightful wildlife nearby.Wonderful post,Sue!The snippets and smatterings of story form a collage of the serendipitous way that you live such a great life,grateful sigh of contentment here

    • weather says:

      Keep meaning to mention something.I noticed dogs with sore joints at times took their time to find a comfortable way to bend while drinking water and just wouldn’t near folks or critters as they felt vulnerable.So I elevated the ones always full here ,and also began holding one for each at their face level while squatting and saying “Here ya go” when I knew they needed to drink from heat or running,works very well for us all.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Interesting, observant, and considerate!

      • weather says:

        came to mind when your putting water down while away from home last post didn’t prompt Bridget to drink(as we previously noticed her intelligent self care at times dictates her other reluctant behaviors)…sitting on the ground or squatting makes critters perceive me as approachable, non-threatening …they’re willing to comfortably receive help or company then

        my prior note without this added info looked off topic

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have a gift for seeing and expressing things in a positive light… I say hodgepodge, mishmash, and jumbled and you say “a collage.” You repeatedly teach me to be a better person, weather.

      It is a great life, isn’t it. I’m very fortunate that no longer do I have worries about money and I can do whatever I want, go wherever I want, share and be blessed with blogorinos… and have a sweet little companion who gives me an evil eye that I love. Ha!

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. I meant to mention that I like your chauffering plan for the surprise birthday part. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Your reply made me catch my breathe,I deeply appreciate what you said to me,Sue.Wow…

        Yes,it is a great life!I began chauffering folks years ago in order to not be noticed among crowds that would too easily recognize and speak to me otherwise.Nice to be liked-being considered fair game to approach-not so much.Hence your need for ever more private sites and my being called weather and other ways we keep precious solitude.Glad you got a kick out of that one!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Enjoy the anonymity found here. I certainly understand why you’d rather be known as “weather.”

          There’s something about having people you’ve never met in person “know who you are” that is disconcerting, like being pecked by hungry birds or walking under a high-intensity spotlight or something. Ha!

          Now if I were making the money that Angelina Jolie makes I would be less inclined to complain. . . .

  12. Tara in Pac NW says:

    Hi Sue, I’m back to reading your posts after about a month or 2 absence and is it me, or is Bridget losing weight? I can’t remember if I read about you changing her dog food, but she looks so healthy! Beautiful coat as well.

    Thanks for the great reads/pictures!

  13. Chuck is crazy about forts! We stopped and toured both Fort Bridger and Fort Laramie! In our opinion, Fort Bridger was the more interesting of the two!
    Bridget must think that look is a sexy pout! lol!
    Wyoming was/is an interesting state!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I’m becoming more interested in touring forts and historical museums. These first few years on the road I’ve been oohing and aahing over scenery so unlike anything I was used to in the East. Now I’m more inclined to tie what I see to the history of the location.

      Come on out here, Chuck! Surely there are some forts in the West you need to tour again. 🙂

  14. Applegirl NY says:

    Bridget is a speck of pure whiteness in that first picture. She really stands out against the background. Of course, her true princessness really shows in the last pic. She is a crack-up.

    This sounds like such a fantastic area. Love the teardrop trailer among the palms. Ahhhh, dreaming of warmer places. Soon, we’ll be heading south in our Casita. Just a few more weeks….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl NY,

      Your trip southward is going to be such a delightful experience for many reasons, not the least being the contrast from cold to warm. I look forward to hearing about it… I hope you will share here!

      I can’t recall if your Casita is new to you or if you’ve travelled a lot with it. I guess you have to protect it against the cold when it’s parked in NY.

      Soon you’ll be counting the days… 🙂

      • Applegirl NY says:

        We bought the Casita used last spring. It’s a 2007 Freedom Deluxe, in mint condition. Because we have a place in the Adirondacks where we go in the summer, we haven’t used it yet. So, this will be our maiden voyage.

        I will be delighted to share some of our travels, as long as it’s OK with you. We are soooo excited!

        You are one of our sources of inspiration. As we get closer to retiring, we will be heading out to the southwest, but for now, we need to stay on the east coast due to time constraints – darn those work responsibilities.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Make wonderful memories wherever your Casita takes you, Applegirl!

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            If you ever bring it up to the ADK’s, I would love to see it in person….the FD not you…heh heh

            Just to determine if the aisle space is adequate.

            • Applegirl NY says:

              Absolutely, CinandJules. We’ll probably bring it up next summer as a spare bedroom. We’re also thinking of dragging it up to the High Peaks, for a little camping, if we have time. That may be closer to you. – And yes, I’m fully aware that the camper would be the main event. We are secondary…. LOL.

  15. edlfrey says:

    Read the posting. Writing this comment and then will go and see what number I am. HA

    “In the week or so that Bridget and I have lived here, not one vehicle — not one person — has come down our lane. No one has come anywhere near our camp.”

    That may be true but I would bet the Border Patrol know exactly where you are! That is a good thing because “Seclusion, to me, is like living with a protective shield all around” – they add to that protective shield.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      Good point about the addition to our “protective shield.” The border patrol know exactly where we are. One of their helicopters flew over our camp twice yesterday.

      And, yes, that’s a good thing!

      Oh yeah… CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING NUMBER EIGHTEEN! (as I type this anyway)

  16. Calvin R (currently in Ohio) says:

    I really liked the “golden light of sunset” picture. That embodies what I love most about southern Arizona.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R. (currently in Ohio),

      Thanks for the location attached to your name.

      That “golden light’ occurs almost every dusk. I think there’s a special word for that. I’ve been trying to recall it and it’s driving me nuts… alpenwald? something like that.

      Anyway, I’m happy you liked the photo.

      • edlfrey says:

        Alpenglow (from German: Alpenglühen) is an optical phenomenon in which a horizontal red glowing band is observed on the horizon opposite to the sun. This effect occurs when the Sun is just below the horizon. Alpenglow is easiest to observe when mountains are illuminated but can also be observed when the sky is illuminated through backscattering.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, the golden light obviously isn’t “a horizontal red glowing band” ….. Maybe it’s not exactly alpenglow but I do like that word!

          Another goody is crepuscular… Not as beautiful to the ear as it is to the sight!

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Theres is a photographic term called “Golden Hour” or “Magic Hour” which is probably what you are thinking of.

  17. Lisa W says:

    Sue, as usual a great posting. I love the hodgepodge of your life. And again really nice photos. I really like the one showing your casita nestled in among the vegetation and Sahuaros and the golden sunset. Glad you had a visitor free quiet week.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      The Best Little Trailer knows how to nestle wherever we go! There’s actually a large, clear area around our camp but the photos foreshorten, making it look like we’re hiding. Which, I guess, we are! Ha.

      Thanks for the good feedback on this post and photos.

  18. mockturtle says:

    Yes, the Ajo Mountain Drive does have several pull-outs. One has an old wattle casita of sorts. The best photo op [for me, anyway] is up at the top by the ‘arch’.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good to know, mockturtle! A “wattle casita”… Now there’s a phrase one doesn’t hear every day. 🙂

      I hope it isn’t one of those roads where you drive along a several hundred foot drop with no guard rails…

      I should get an early start one of these days and bring along a packed lunch.

    • Ajo Mountain Drive is a terribly bumpy, washboardy, rocky road, and once you start on it you have no choice but to drive the entire thing, since it’s one way. The only relief are a few paved sections on inclines that would have washed away otherwise.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Al,

        That may be the reason I’ve hesitated to make the drive. I remember friends coming back to camp a few years ago after driving Ajo Mountain Drive and they were exhausted.

  19. AZ Jim says:

    Here is a very good read about the situation on the border in the Arizona area. If you read it all you will understand what BP deals with.


  20. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Good post, Hodge Podge or MishMash, enjoy them all love the Bridge, she is looking great. When I plan on using up leftovers I say that we are having a “mishmash” supper. A bit of this and a bit of that.
    Dealing with my mother and her dementia, hair washing has become a huge problem. I have tricked her into going to the hairdresser a several times but it did not go well the last time, so had to try another tactic. I must share this new product I found yesterday because it worked for her this morning and it would be great for shampooing hair when boondocking. It is called “No Rinse Shampoo”. From Clean Life products. Absolutely no Rinsing Necessary. Just put in the hair like shampoo lather up & towel dry. I told her it was going to refresh her perm. I feel victorious now because it really was becoming a problem…..enough of elder care talk, I am on another site for that.
    I always enjoy the pics you take in town as wall as the Desert…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m interested in that shampoo. I’m going to try to find it on Amazon and will post a link here if I’m successful.

      God bless you for caring for your mother, Val.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      What a lovely thing you are doing for your mom, Val!! So nice you are finding ways to help her in ways she can accept. Everyone should have a daughter like you!!

      • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

        Thanks for the kind words Sue & Elizabeth, but as an only child there is no one else. She is on a waiting list for Long Term Care now as I will soon be 69 and can’t give her the care she needs.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Best wishes to you both,, Val.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Wow, Val…I am younger than you are and I very much doubt I could take care of anyone at this age either…blessings and hope it will all work out well for you both!!

          • Val R. Lakefield On. says:

            Oh Elizabeth, your comment makes me feel so good. I feel guilty for what lies ahead for her, but it is a lovely home like facility. I think life will be better for both of us. We have a new small RV just waiting to go to some of the wonderful spots I have read about here.

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              I so wish you the best…if you keep visiting often there, well you know how it is…the mom who goes to the school to help out frequently….the child who goes to visit mom frequently….the ones being checked upon just far better in the long run!! And meanwhile, you have to maintain your other relationships too. Hard choices in this life I have found!! We help our daughter nearby, not even every day…and frankly, I am exhausted a lot. We only helped her today from noon till about 7….and she was doing things too so we did not do it all….and I am so tired!! You surely have done well, my dear!!

    • I used something very similar with my mom. It had a light green label. We loved that stuff.

  21. edlfrey says:

    Now, the hoof print. The soil where the print was made does not help much since it seems to collapse into the print. The other thing that would be helpful when taking a picture such as this would be to place some common item beside it to give the viewer some idea of the size.

    I think mule deer or javalina are the most likely suspects.

    The Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope’s present range lies in the Barry M. Goldwater Range, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, with occasional sightings in Bureau of Land Management lands. So that is a possible however with only 150 (estimated) in those Arizona locations it is doubtful.

    There are Desert Big Horn Sheep in Arizona but I think not in your area. It could be a domestic sheep that wandered off the reservation perhaps.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right about the soil not being ideal for making clear tracks. The tracks also can be confusing between species due to factors such as whether the animal was running or if it was unusually big (thus spreading the toes further apart.)

      I should’ve known to put something alongside for a reference of size. I’ll do that if I “catch” a good track.

  22. Diann in MT says:

    Oh, Sue, you look so warm there. Why would you ever want to leave. I am not even worried about migrants traipsing near you. Your water offering is so humane.

    I am happy to hear that you might once again explore WY. Especially near Spikey, again. It’s a wonderful state, so full of independent minded, thoughtful people. Like native Montanans, they stay out of your business. But, if you ever need a helping hand, you would never be alone! I taught there for a year, then moved on because I missed my little home here in MT.
    Wyoming has the best library system in the Rockies, methinks. You can go into any little town and voila! there’s a library with all the bells and whistles. Because of the energy money, their school systems are to die for. Just check the national test results. The teacher pay is a draw, too. I worked outside of Casper. You can isolate yourself inside a little town far from the interstates. Nobody would bother you. Say “hi” first kinda thing, if you want to be friendly.
    Enjoy, Sue and Brig, who loves you even though she has her disgruntled face on.
    Keep warm and happy, you two!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate all the information you shared about Wyoming, Diann. I’ll remember that.

      The only resident of Wyoming I’ve met is Larry, the guy we camped next to at Brooks Lake, I think in 2012, and then he visited us at our camp in Sinks Canyon near Lander this past fall (where it snowed!). A very warm, sincere, and kind person.

      Sometimes I daydream about the kind of home base I would like when the time comes that I can no longer travel all year long. People choose the warmest places like southern AZ. I wonder if it might be nice to have a place for spring, summer, and fall… a place where I could grow flowers and vegetables in raised beds in my old age… and then go to southern AZ in the winter. Wyoming would be too cold probably, although I do love its mountains, valleys, and streams . . . . Montana, too.

      • Diann in MT says:

        You could live a three season life, complete with gardening, just about anywhere in MT and WY. Just have fun exploring the back roads.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The only concern would be the distance from there to southern AZ…. Although, I suppose, if I’m still able to drive at all, I could drive to AZ…. and then the time might arrive when I’d have to stay year round in WY or MT.

      • AZ Jim says:

        You have have the winter and summer homes right here in Show Low, Payson, Snowflake, Pinedale, anywhere in the mountains you get out of the valley heat and when it begins to get cold up there, it’s back to the valley, all within 500 miles.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          True, Jim. That’s why people have homes there.

          When I read the list of towns I saw $$$$$.

  23. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Oh my…yep, listened to your recording of that javlina eating!! We both did…and laughed. Hubby said, “Well, real men don’t care what they sound like eating.” Truer words never spoken….and my 3 brothers were something else, too, let me tell you!! I won’t even mention the other disgusting things they did!! 😉

    • John K - Mobile, AL says:

      I went back to listen. That is pretty funny. Almost sounds human.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve been wondering if anyone listened to the “javlina medley.” I think it’s hilarious when imagining a person gobbling their food!

      Oh my, I don’t have a brother… I’m guessing with three of them you’ve seen and heard plenty of “disgusting.” 🙂

      • I did…and was wondering what the clapping sound was. Banging together tusks, perhaps?

        I’ve got this wonderful trio of pics, I bought from a photographer friend, who lives in Gold Canyon. It’s of a mama and baby. She had to catch the family at just the right time in the wee hours of the morning right as the sun came up. They were hanging around a friend of hers, who also lives in Gold Canyon.

        So, this friend had to call her every time she spotted them on her property (she put food out for them). So my photographer friend would race over there hoping to catch them. It took several tries, over several days, and she finally got the shots.

        I’ve got 3 of them in a group hanging here in my house….they are really wonderful pics. My friend captured the closeness between mama and baby so well….it’s really incredible.

        I tell everyone that story when they come over.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Remember Starsky and Hutch?? That is 2 of my brothers to a T…the ones still alive (used to watch that show just to laugh about my brothers). The other brother was killed at age 20…but he was a character in his own right as well and with enough energy for several people too!! I have always said the only reason I survived them was because I was the oldest. The 2 left are 6 yrs and 11.5 years younger than me…and now they seem to not have much regard for me. Of course, what do they know? I took care of them much like my own babies. I had a friend of many years, the oldest as well, and she too did a lot for her siblings…but in older age…well as they say, “no good deed goes unpunished”. Oh well…I like to think what I learned taking care of them helped me be a better mom than I would have been without the experience. Besides my darling mom, who was never strong or well, needed help…I will never be sorry I helped her…well, I went off on a tangent here. But yes, you are right…I could write a book on all their exploits. I raised 1 son. That is a lot different than several boys. Raising ours was simply a piece of cake. I am grateful for that!! If I had only had him, I would have thought anyone with problems with their kids simply was not a good parent. Oh wow…and then came the next one, a girl…oh yea….

        I wish I had a sister. But I have several “chosen sisters”….friends. At least that. My mom was an only child and in many ways I was her sister. She was always my best friend. I do miss her so!!

  24. Good day Sue! Sounds like you’re in a “little bit of heaven” place amoung the saguarros. One of the things I have always had a fascination with, is looking at the ground from above. As a consequence, I often use “satellite” view when using Google Maps. So, when you mentioned gearing up for a loop drive on Ajo Mountain Drive, I had to take a look from “above”. I’m happy to report, I saw no traffic on the entire loop. 🙂 I mention this because you mentioned hoping for turnouts for taking photos. Heck, you can probably park in the middle of the road.

    I was also using satellite view when you were in Wyoming. It’s nuts what floats my boat.

    I know it’s been mentioned, but you really DO need to keep a watchful eye, particularly at night, for the human form of “coyote” in that area. I know you are probably not the kind to be prevented from enjoying nature’s bounty. Just be on guard is all I’m saying.

    And at the risk of crearting my own “hodgepodge”, one of the “street view” photos I viewed was that Casino in the Ajo/Why area. That’s got to be the smallest indian casino I’ve ever seen. But it looks like there is a RV park of some sort behind it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Ed, for your concern for my safety as shown by the reminder about “coyotes.” I am and will be careful.

      I like skimming over the earth with Google, too, although I try to resist the temptation in order to conserve data. Amazing what you can see! I’ve looked at mountain roads leading to our camp and thought, “Oh, good heavens! I drove on THAT road and with the BLT?”

      Nothing nutty about being curious. 🙂

  25. Judie Ashford says:

    I don’t know how you prepare Bridget’s chicken breasts, but the ones with the bones can provide extra nutrition. You can boil the pieces, pull off the meat, freeze what you aren’t going to use immediately, and then simmer the bones for a couple of hours to make a nice batch of broth that you can use and/or share with Bridget. Add a bit of rice or noodles and some vegetable bits, and you’ll have a couple of nice lunches for [almost] free! This bone broth is good for encouraging aging bones to reproduce the proper cells.

    I talked about it here:


    Virtual hugs,


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the tip, Judie! I should put more effort into preparing her meals, I suppose. I admit, I’m lazy, especially when it comes to anything involving the kitchen.

      I’m sure others reading this will appreciate the link, too!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        I have never tried this yet…though I do have a dutch oven I think they are called (back in storage in NC…so too far away to look)…but couldn’t you just simmer the soup in that for hours outside…using coals on the top lid as well as under the bottom? Maybe that would not work…also something else I once investigated and kept gobs of printouts about was cooking with solar power…you know cute little cookers you simply set out in the sun. Not much work to it I think…

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          PS…one of the main ways to leech all the “goodies” from those bones is to use about a teaspoon of some kind of vinegar in with the bones, skin, etc in that broth water you are making. You will not taste it…and it will make great broth. If you want a darker color, use the balsamic vinegar…otherwise, I prefer the rice vinegar.

  26. debsjourney says:

    Hi Sue,
    I enjoy hearing about your day today living. I look forward to seeing Arizona and it looks beautiful where you are.
    I didn’t sleep well last night couldn’t breathe that well clogged up and now I’m not having the best of days as I feel cruddy. As I sip my tea I was glad to find your post. It’s so interesting to me that you really like being all alone with nobody around. I don’t know if I could be that way but I think you’re smart and it is a good thing to be like that.
    I was offered 8000 for my trailer but I didn’t sell it and when they were looking at it I felt scared that they might want it and they do. I guess I am attached to that little trailer.
    do you get the munchies and what do you make for yourself when you do? I have a feeling I’d be going to the store more often.

    enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful desert where you are.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      I’m sorry you’re not feeling well. Sounds like allergies, maybe a cold? Whatever the reason I hope you are better soon.

      As far as loving being alone, I know I’m an outlier. The wonderful thing about RVing is you can camp in a crowd, camp all alone, or camp somewhere between the two… and move between the different types of camping whenever you want. It’s not necessary to fit in a mold of sociability or a mold of reclusiveness. It’s all good!

      You saying that you’re attached to your little trailer made me smile.

      Do I get the munchies? Sure, a lot, I’m sorry to say. Most of the time I can get past them. The worst are when I crave salt and want to munch at the same time, usually when I’m reading in the evening. That’s when I make popcorn. I always have popcorn on board the BLT!

      I hope you can sleep well tonight and wake up feeling fantastic!

      • DebsJourney says:

        thank you Sue

      • AZ Jim says:

        I love popcorn, I make it and Detta and I enjoy it with nighttime TV. Do you make it on the stove (the old fashioned way) or do you use a popper of some kind. I use a popper, the kind that has a rotating arm than moves the kernels. Anyway you do it…Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I make popcorn the old fashioned way. I used to have an air popper when I lived in a regular house. I’m fortunate to have a pot with lid in which I can cook the kernels without having to shake the pot and they don’t burn.

  27. Susan in South Central WA says:

    I love browsing maps and floorplans of any kind. I was brought up that way. Have you tried or read up on Dr. Bronners soaps? They are bio-degradable and a few drops of the liquid goes a long way. Don’t know if they meet all of your criteria. Their website seems to be down right now but you can of course find the line at Amazon.

  28. Timber n' me says:

    No. 49 Great post and photos

  29. AbelInAustin says:

    Hi Sue. I haven’t commented in a while but i still read your blog every day. Leaving water outside the trailer when you leave is a good idea, We have a weekend place in South Texas that used to get broken in at least once a month. We built a shaded area away from the house with a bench and refrigerator that we fill with bread, inexpensive cold cuts, canned fruit and food, and water for those that come by. They haven’t bothered the house and they do not leave any trash outside. They put the trash in the trash can. We put up a sign to please keep the area clean so that those come after them can enjoy the food and a good rest. Really enjoy reading your blog.

    • Shirlene says:

      That is so thoughtful of you…I thought the water was being very thoughtful, but you take it to another level…. I am glad that your place is given the respect that you show to those who come by for whatever comforts them…you must be blessed.

      • AbelInAustin says:

        I also posted a map that shows them how to get to the nearest highway and towns because many get disoriented and end up going in circles. Our place is out in the middle of nowhere.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, AbelInAustin,

      What a delight to read your comment! Your kindness to strangers is a fine example to us all. Regardless of one’s opinion about illegal immigration, people are people and desperate people need help.

      I think the way station you’ve provide is a win-win. Thank you for sharing your solution to break-ins.

      Nice hearing from you and thank you for continuing to read my blog.

    • weather says:

      Great comment,what a nice person you are to help folks the way that you do.I’m not surprised in the least that they respect you and what you own.While living near Mexico my community was experiencing constant car theft and break ins and spending a lot on theft prevention.I put blankets,pillows,food,drinks and disposable diapers in my car-left it unlocked .Found it used,sometimes having been driven-never damaged.Maybe it’s not hard times that make people behave poorly but just not enough ones near them able to not have hard hearts…

      • Shirlene says:

        Weather, why am I not surprised… that would never occur to me in the city…although I used to leave my Jeep doors unlocked to make it easier for anyone who sought refuge or needed anything I had in there…better than breaking a zipper or ripping open a window…life is how you deal with it…seems like there are many people out there doing a really good job.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Very incredible thing you did too, Weather!! Very!!

    • That is so very kind of you.

      I’ll bet your benefactors greatly appreciate that kindness, and we can only imagine how much.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      What an incredible idea!! So glad it is working out for you and the visitors!!

  30. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    I enjoy your posts about your daily life, as well as the adventures you and Bridge seem to have wherever you go. Sometimes I too wonder about what you do all day (when you aren’t writing blog posts or chatting with us), and posts like this help answer the question.

    How kind of you to leave out a jug of water for thirsty passersby! I remember a few years ago my mother and I camped in Big Bend National Park on the Texas-Mexico border, and there were a few desolate places where water was nowhere to be found. I could only imagine being out there with no water to drink.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari in Plano Texas,

      That link that AZ Jim posted is a National Geographic article about southern AZ and in it there is a description of what happens when one dies of thirst. Horrible! What desperation…

      About what I do all day… I thought about that and that’s what led to this hodgepodge post. There always seems to be enough to do. Better than that, there always seems to be more stuff I want to do. Here we are, Bridget and me, sitting in the desert by ourselves and yet our days are full and there’s stuff I never seem to get around to!

      Of course, the internet helps a great deal. I see animal tracks and I’m online researching tracks and what animals frequent this area and so it goes.

  31. Shirlene says:

    I love it here, you are so awesome! And I don’t care in what order this lands…lol.

  32. Leander Linda says:

    I always camp with Dr. Bronner’s soap. Minty fresh and all natural. You use it for anything! Brush your teeth and wash your hair. Whatever.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Leander Linda,

      I’m tickled to see you here again!

      You know, there are a lot of things I would like to buy from Amazon and I can’t because of the mailing situation. Darn! I’d order some Dr. Bronner’s (and not use it in a lake, stream, or nearby).

      I’d also order a new sewer hose (mine is too short), a case for my camera, maybe a doggie stroller (once I find the new crew member), a lightweight folding ladder (I’ve put up with this heavy one long enough!) . . . oh, all sorts of stuff that I’ve put on a list that is floating around here somewhere.

      In Yuma there’s a UPS hub that works for me. Don’t know of any store in Ajo that accepts packages.

      • Once I fell in love with the Dr. Bronner’s peppermint I had collected a medium sized bottle for traveling, and a 32 oz bottle for my shower at home.

        Then I went onto Amazon and bought a gallon-sized one. It was like…50 – 60 bucks, and free shipping. So now I just fill up the other 2 bottles. It saves me so much since they charged around $10 for the little one, and $13 for the 32 oz one in the stores.

      • edlfrey says:


        I bet the Radio Shack in Ajo would accept packages for you. They might charge a small fee but they seem to offer all kinds of services/products that you would not think of getting from a Radio Shack. They are the ‘go to’ place in town if you want to send a FAX.

  33. Susan in Dallas says:

    Great photos of HRH Bridget! She does look thinner! I was hoping for cow tracks. Can’t have too many photos of them. I periodically go back and look at the blog photo where they were all lined up. It always makes me laugh!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan in Dallas,

      Cow tracks! That photo you refer to… one of the funniest antics in the history of Spike… running out to grab his beef bones. Boy, that line-up was a surprise to find around our camp. Word spread fast in the bovine community!

  34. Joan says:

    I see that Pima County Animal Care Center has a substation in Ajo at 1259 N Ajo Well Rd. It is open MWF 11 am to 1 pm and Wednesday’s 4:30 to 6:30. That’s today! Do you suppose they have any doggies available? I know the main shelter is on Silverbell Rd nearer Tuscon. Might be worth checking out for a new crew member?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joan,

      Thanks for the suggestion. The last time I checked they only had one dog and that was when we were at Roosevelt Lake. I’ll look again.

    • Sounds like a good idea Joan! Might not be as much competition there Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t see any dogs at the Ajo shelter, at least not online. Looks like the Pina Shelter also ships out dogs to rescues. Online are mostly pit bulls, some older chihuahuas, and a few big dogs.

  35. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Nice secluded spot indeed! Wow! Love the saguaros! Night time must be so quiet and the stars plentiful!

    Thoughtful of you to leave H20 out. Very thoughtful of first time poster abelinaustin!

    Camp suds was a staple back in our tent camping days! Now it’s in our Bug Out stuff! Just in case!

    I know you “run dark” at night! Better concealment!! Are you using the reflectix on the windows during the day? Using it at night will make the BLT stealth as you type away on your laptop!

    All that “illegal stuff” occurs during the night! Sound/noise travels! You know the deal..this isn’t your first time in the desert! 😉

    Bridget being Bridget! Silly girl!

    National Geographic never pulls any punches!

    Have a great night! Star light star bright……………

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      No, I’m not using Reflectix on the windows. The last time I used it was to block the sun so I could edit photos in the middle of the day. I admit I haven’t given much thought to being stealthy. Usually I turn off the laptop early in the evening and then read my Paperwhite without a light on. …. more out of consideration for Bridget than any other reason.

      I rarely go outside after dark, only to let Bridget out to do her business.

      You have a great night, too!

  36. Pamela K. says:

    I simply love everything about this post and the wonderful photos. So varied, really delightful!

    Miss Bridget is looking ever so slim and fit. Spike always loved her as she was, pounds and all. But he could also tease that girl something aweful about her bottom-side, lol. Well…he MUST be thinking his Bridgie Babe is looking ever so fine as he watches over you both 😉

    About that TAB… I spent much of last night and the last few days on the Little Guy website. Not looking at the TABs so much but rather the tiny teardrop trailers that Little Guy offers. I need to be able to extend my tent-style camping seasons and a little teardrop trailer seems to be a good option for me. No scooters could be taken on trips with it but still the ocean beach calls to me, I hate being land-locked in Atlanta! A quick teardrop trip down to Savannah or Panama City Beach would be perfect towing one of those. No motels, no fast-food dinners, just ME and the teardrop. It’s an exciting thought! I do love being married to my wonderful guy yet I do have to have my me-time too, always have.

    And that photo of The Bridge… She has taken a que from you 😉 She seems to be telling you how she loves her privacy. Not to be disturbed by photo taking, lol. Small wonder the two of you are so perfect together. LUV you both 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      I’m sure there are many good things about a Tab or they wouldn’t still be making them. Cute on the outside. I’ve never looked inside one.

      I know…. I’m a hypocrite about Bridget scowling at the camera. I would do the same if someone tried to take my photo as much as I try to take hers!

      I often think of how Spike loved Bridget. He was practically autistic, never showed affection, soaked it up though in this later years… and he would take good care of Bridge, clean her ears and look out for her.

      Your enthusiastic response to this post has me thinking I’ll do hodgepodges occasionally… random thoughts, little bits and pieces strung together.

      Thanks for the loving comment, Pamela.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Good about more posts and photos like this one. Yep, enjoyed it much!
        Sue, dear lady, you are NOT a hypocrite at all.
        You ARE a Proud Pet-Mom, and that makes all the difference in the world 🙂 HRH Bridget just loves to toy with you, she knows it pushes your buttons 😉

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      The originals don’t have shower/toilet and the kitchen is outside. The newer model has them on the inside.

      Cute indeed! Depending on your wants and needs I’m sure it works for many!

      • Pamela K. says:

        I like the ones that are the classic retro-look but have the today’s build. The smaller ones that have the outdoor galley that lifts up. Then on the inside have the TV, DVD, CD, Air Conditioner, Cool/Heat Vents and all the comfort of a well appointed bedroom. No shower needed, a campground or an ocean swim will do me fine 🙂 Restrooms are everywhere at the beach houses and cafe’s so I don’t worry that much. A good port-a-potty in one of those changing tents is an option too. I’m just now starting to seriously look at all the styles and options but I must keep it very simple, less to break, and very small. I have until Springtime to look for it. Kind of a me-present via Soc. Sec. checks, lol.

        • Pamela K. says:

          Well, I just did a 180…
          I found a MyPod Max that is a fiberglass pod teardrop. It is a used unit and I really like it a lot. Low up-keep and rain-tight. Both are a huge plus to me. Going to see it this weekend. And I can tow it with my little car, no truck or van needed at this time so buying a van can wait until my husband’s special project is completed and I can still travel solo sometimes. Win, Win 🙂

  37. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue, this is very important…..a friend of mine found a little terrier wandering the street with another little poodle like dog, but could not catch it..then 3 days later she caught the little terrier but could not find the little poodle….she scooped him up and is taking him today to get fixed…she says he is young and gets along well with her dogs….She used to work for a rescue but then they started sending all the dogs to Canada and she is looking not to do that with this little guy….

    She sent me a picture, he is small, a little wire haired, cream colored and his teeth are good she says….she says he is tired because he has been running the streets so I am not sure about his activity level right now….if you are interested I can send you the picture that she sent to me….I know how heart breaking it is to get involved with a little dog and then have something come up and get in the way, so if you are a little shy, I totally understand.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You don’t mention where the dog is.

      • Shirlene says:

        Sorry it took so long for reply..I was tied up at work..The dog is in california, about 3 to 4 hours from you. He is at the vet today getting fixed and checked out…I have the email address of the woman who has the dog, she was involved in a rescue organization but no longer is….So how would getting you this information maintain yours and her privacy…You can use my web site, and I can give you her information and you and she can take it from there…I have a picture of him, he looks like butter…I am willing to be involved in the transportation if needed, as you know how much I dislike going to or past the Salton Sea…lol….anyway…you can e-mail me, I think you might have that or web site manateewoman.com….

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know, Shirlene. It seems a bit forced for me to drive over there. What if the dog doesn’t seem right once we get there? I know it looks like I’m expecting a new crew member to drop into my lap…. and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful.

          We may be in California this Spring. There seems to be more “rescues” over that way…

          Thank you for your thoughtfulness, but I’ll pass.

          • Shirlene says:

            I get it, it has to be right for you…They were holding for your first right of refusal….He will probably be going to Canada with more rescues for a forever home, at least he will be in the system and available for someone…we were just trying to cut a few corners for you and giving you first shot at him. Thank you for your reply, I will let her know.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’m sorry for holding up anything in the pup’s progress toward a home of his own. Thanks again, Shirlene.

            • Shirlene says:

              No hold up, he had to get Vet checked anyway….and neutered. Cute little terrier, someone will snap him up.

            • This is really cool about sending rescues up to Canada.

              We were in Toronto back 2012 interviewing their Humane Society. They told us they were involved in getting Katrina dogs brought up there to new homes. It was whole program they were doing. Here’s the link to that story: http://petdailypress.com/?s=lincoln
              The first entry is the interview, the second is the pictures from their shelter.
              The other entries on that page are from the other things we did during that RV trip.

              Also, here in AZ…it’s known as the “Chihuahua state,”…..at Chi-Town (Maricopa County’s dept. for Chihuahuas) they have started a program to send Chis out of the state to places where they hardly see them.

              So far two trips have taken place to Pennsylvania with 20 dogs each. They went with little coats on (to help them acclimate to the weather), spayed/neutered, and up to date vaccines. All were spoken for before they left.

  38. Lynn Brooks says:

    What a delightful post!!
    Thank you!

  39. DeAnne in TN says:

    Bridget’s face reminds me of my middle schoolers. They also display that look of gratitude and affection while I am trying to impart my wisdom. And provide them shoes. And listen to their problems. Yep, I recognize that expression on Bridget’s face very well. LOL

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Now that’s funny. Well if they don’t appreciate all you do as a teacher DeAnne there are those of us that do. Thanks………..for everything.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve seen the same expression on parents, too.

      Carry on, DeAnne. Like Rick, I appreciate what you do.

      • DeAnne in TN says:

        Thanks guys–I do appreciate the support. It’s that time of year with standardized testing looming in the near future…I actually do have a countdown journal with how many days I have left until I retire.

  40. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Ed is right, without the size there is no way to say what it is. It looks wide compared to length so I am kinda ruling out deer. But who knows.
    A bit of info regarding mailing service and domicile state. Escapees now supports South Dakota as a domicile state along with Florida and of course, Texas. However SD an FL are only what they call satellites, they provide a residence for domicile. They act as a mailing address but there is no mail processing, it is all forwarded to Texas for processing. Problem is you pay for the forwarding to Texas and then to where ever you are. A double dip into your mail fund. Not worth changing from AMB.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      Interesting regarding the Escapee way of handling mail. I’m not totally happy with Americas Mailbox… It could be tweaked… However, overall it has worked fine for me over the past four years.

      Thanks for the information.

  41. Noelle says:

    Your comment about Bridget’s expression of gratitude made me laugh out loud, but the most remarkable thing to me was learning your carry a rake. A RAKE. Who knew? Obviously I will have no clue what to pack when I find that perfect-for-me RV and hit the road.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Noelle,

      A rake is a must-have item. Mine is a small “landscape” rake with plastic tines, designed for raking under shrubs.

      I frequently use it to rake up debris left by previous campers… cigarette butts, drink caps, Capri Sun straws, the shells hunters leave behind, nails from pallets that were burned (a BIG no-no, BTW), discarded wrappers for tissues, candy bars, and protein bars, pieces of plastic from toys and packaging, handi-wipes (which last forever!), shards of glass, crushed beer cans, etc, etc…

      I also use it to erase tire tracks and to freshen up a heavily trodden campsite. I rake away small sharp stones before putting down my outdoor mat. Raking the leaves away from the perimeter of a heavily used camp removes some of the urine from thoughtless men.

      I like to leave a campsite better than I found it. Oh, and it’s good to have a rake to scratch behind a snake as you encourage it to go elsewhere.

      Happy raking!

      • Alison PNW says:

        The litter one finds at a campsite has usually been left by smokers, drinkers, and consumers of junk food. Whats up with that?

      • Noelle says:

        I learn so much here – honestly, when you pulled out that rake I thought you had a little Home Depot in the back of the PTV. 🙂 Thanks for a view into how useful it is. I’m just sorry that so many of the uses are necessary.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I DO have a “little Home Depot in the back of the PTV.”

          I enjoy tidying up an often-used campsite with my rake. 🙂

  42. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hello, Sue,

    I enjoyed reading today’s post and the blogorinos comments – a sweet melting pot of sorts….lots of good thoughts, observations and lovely pictures!

    Question…Do you ever miss having an oven? Seems to be an option offered only on larger (19’+) travel trailers. I find that kind of odd, as many of the small (17′) trailers from the ’50s – ’70s such as the Shasta brand had a 3-burner stove/oven. Of course, they did not have A/C or a fridge, just an ice box..so maybe it is a weight issue. My tiny, cute, dream 17′ fiberglass egg would have an oven so I could pop in a pizza or bake casseroles or such. I know that some folks use a Dutch oven on a campfire, but I would like the flexibility to be able to bake inside if the weather was nasty. I’m dreaming more and more about my future trailer and travels. 🙂

    Bridget’s last photo should have the caption…”Puhlease….no more paparazzi! Do you really have nothing better to do all day than to annoy me with that darn camera?!” LOL! Miss Bridge is a sweetheart.

    Enjoy your peaceful evening! Hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Denise, I think a lot of smaller trailer manufactures eliminated the oven when they included microwaves. Can’t say which is best but I can understand why in a situation where every square inch is precious.

      If you really dream of a 17′ egg with an oven the only one I am aware of is the Bigfoot. They tend to be a bit heavier than a Casita or a Scamp and they are also pricey; but oh so nice. The 17′ Bigfoot with the front bunk is my current dream trailer. Now just a few more years of saving and dreaming.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Good morning, Rick,

        Thanks for the info! My dream trailer at this point is a 17′ Escape. They offer a stove/oven combooption in the 19′. When I get closer to the time of ordering….way down the road…I will check to see if it is a possibility on the 17′. I would delete the microwave. Boondocking or camping in a SP or NP that does not have electric hookups would make it a doorstop for me. I have a small, simple, one-speed (I know, one temp!) countertop model at home that I use maybe 1-2x a week to heat up leftovers. So…I would not be giving up anything.

        Your dream Bigfoot looks very nice! Have fun dreaming, saving, and planning. Go to your “happy place as needed” to keep a smile on your face! 🙂

        By the way….I meant to share this with you since you mentioned a 17′ Escape on your list of possibilities in a previous post. Escape Trailers Industries sends out a calendar to folks who have ordered a trailer in the past 2 years. They also have a few on hand for sale. For $5 (less with the Canadian $ conversion), I have a calendar that helps me envision my dream even clearer. Seeing other folks’ Escapes, out and about in beautiful settings is so inspirational. That is the best $4 and change that I have spent in a long time! 🙂

        Have a great day!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Not to be competitive with the Escape company . . .

          However . . .

          Casita makes a calendar for its customers as a thank-you gift, a calendar made with a photo of the customer picking up their new trailer! I received mine in the mail shortly after leaving with the BLT.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          I’m waivering between Casita Freedom Deluxe and the Escape 17B. The separate dinette is the key! Having not seen a FD in person….I don’t know if the aisle space is adequate.

          I also like the wood interior, storage and options of the Escape.

          Not sure what’s stopping me from pulling the trigger! Never had that problem in the past! 😉

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Yep, the 17B is sweet! I like the fact that there are windows on all four walls. I would also add the opening window over the kitchen area and in the bathroom. I like the flexibility of having the separate dinette, too. I could use either dinette for my bed…a twin or a double bed. I also like how there are many options to truly customize your build

            You will feel comfortable pulling the trigger when the time is right! 🙂

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Hmm…we think alike!

              Gray lettering…front storage box and full length wardrobe closet. I must admit planning the build list is fun!

              With the FD the dinette is just that no extra bed.

              Decisions decisions

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      The only time I’ve missed having an oven was when I ate homemade pizza with friends recently. 🙂

      Living alone and not being avid about cooking (feeding people for decades since the age of 17 is enough for me!), I’m not interested in making casseroles and I certainly don’t need muffins, nut breads, cookies, etc. added to my diet.

      If oven cooking is important to you, you’ll probably have to buy a heavier trailer which may mean a more powerful tow vehicle… You could end up with a thousand-dollar pizza!

      Just kidding… 😉

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Good morning, Sue!

        So true! That $1,ooo would go a LONG way for gas, camp fees, sightseeing, and the occasional take-out pizza! 🙂

        Have a great day! 🙂

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:


          We had a microwave and a stove/oven in our class C. The microwave only worked on shore power or the dreaded generator! The stove was of course propane.

          Sue once posted a portable oven made by Camp Chef.

          With the above listed limitations. I personally would in the future, pass on the microwave.

          Just a thought!

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            I agree with you! I don’t think that I would even use a microwave while camping and I have no desire to even think about a generator. For me, a generator is added weight, expense, and unwanted noise. I want to travel to get away from noise and enjoy nature.
            A solar panel, dual batteries, and dual propane tanks are on my dream rig build.

            Thanks for the reminder about the Camp Chef oven. I’ll check it out!

            Have a great night! 🙂

            • Pamela K. says:

              Hi there!
              There is a great Pizza Oven called Pizza Bella. We have had one for years and it is a table top or counter top unit that makes the best homemade Pizza. You can pile the fixings on really good too. That’s what we use for smaller stuff. Our Airstream does have an oven but I only use it for larger entertaining or holiday items. Most of the time I store my crock-pot in it, lol, when not in use it is just added storage space for pots and pans. We also had a microwave but I took it out and used that built in space for cook books. Worked out well and kept them handy to reach for.
              Camp Chef… OMG! I love that company! We do a lot of cooking on ours outside, almost year round. We have the 90,000 BTU one. We have fixed whole turkeys during Nov and Dec in Altanta using it with the Sports Box option. They also have a dedicated Pizza Oven I hear is very good but we do not have it…we use the Pizza Bella indoors instead. So check out both the Pizza Bella for indoors and the Camp Chef for outdoor use with the Sports Box. Oh, and the wind screen, get the wind screen that Camp Chef offers too. It keeps the temp controlled from the winds. If something were to ever happen to our Camp Chef I would buy one like it again the next day! I like it that much! Grilling, Roasting, Baking, Griddle, BBQ…everything. When the power goes out or no power hook-ups it is a god-send for cooking a full dinner, even for a group of folks. If you do get a Camp Chef get the ones with the storm burners…they stay lite even in very high winds.

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              Thanks, Pamela! 🙂

  43. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Looks like the order of comments is being jumbled by WordPress…new comments above old. Wuh-Oh!

  44. Glinda says:

    Love that Bridget! You can just see what she is thinking.
    Congratulations on your check from Casita. Still waiting on
    mine…..maybe I should show it more often. ????
    Have a great day!

  45. anna post says:

    50 jack russell puppies rescued from puppy mill in missouri. They will be released to adopt soon.

  46. Wheelingit says:

    I’ve used campsuds since my backpacking days. Great product! You only need a few drops to wash.

    By the way can I ask how you get Amazon Prime shipments sent to you while boondocking? I still haven’t figured out how to do this. The local UPS office here wanted $15 per packet, which seemed really high.


    • That’s a really good question, Nina.

      I’d be curious as to what the answer is, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nina and Cindy,

      I haven’t figured it out either. That’s my only gripe with Amazon. If one could specify the method of shipment, i.e. USPS only, then one could have a package sent General Delivery. My wish list keeps growing because I can’t shop!

      UPS Customer Hubs (Customer Centers)… at least the one in Yuma anyway… don’t charge you anything. The UPS “stores” are up to $15 a package. Of course if the package is shipped via the post office, it might not be delivered to UPS.

      Good luck!

  47. Fred Murry says:

    The Ajo loop road is wide, very easy driving, many turnouts and “one way” a picnic area with a clean outhouse is on the loop. Stop a the Park visitor center before going on the drive and get the information handout for the many stop and see sights on the loop. As a side note, the rest of the park is now open for visitor travel including the 50+ mile loop road to the west. The camp ground now has hot showers at some of the bathrooms. Have a great time. My wife and I have been visiting Organ Pipe (ORPI) for 21 years. love the park.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Fred,

      Great to see you here! I appreciate the info on Ajo Mtn Road and the campground at Organ Pipe.

      Twenty-one years? Wow!

  48. Rod says:


    I know you won’t go anywhere near Tempe, but this guy looks so much like Bridget that I had to put his picture in here….

  49. Alison PNW says:

    Hi Sue – Sorry to have to tell you, but no soap is okay to use in a lake or creek, if you want to file follow “leave no trace” ethics. Not even CampSuds. Technically it is biodegradable, but it takes a very long time and in the meantime the soap is harmful to aquatic life. The label even says not to use it within 200 ft of a water source.
    When I backpack in the wilderness i don’t use soap at all. Scraping scrubbing and then sterilizing with an alcohol wipe get the job done acceptably.
    But I do use CampSuds car camping / boondocking. Its great because it’s so concentrated so I only need to bring a tiny bottle. I only dump the graywater on previously disturbed ground far away from any water source. (Right on the road is ideal, as long as it will soak in and be filtered by the dirt rather than drain down to a stream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Allison,

      I figured no soap would be good for fresh water sources. I never dump soapy water anywhere near a lake or stream. Most goes into my grey tank and eventually into a dump station.

      • Alison PNW says:

        Oh yeah, I knew you knew; otherwise you wouldn’t have been hoping to find a truly environmentally safe soap!
        And Sue, i’ve really been enjoying the blog lately! Even in your most simple posts your love for the Sonoran Desert comes through so clearly and your photographs are fantastic. They really capture that environment so well. is you are inspiring me to visit there sometime. I’ve never been that far south in Arizona – most of my desert camping has been in the same areas of Utah that you love.
        Hope you and sweet Bridget have another wonderful desert day!

  50. Penny (from Utah was in Baja) says:

    Hi Sue,

    Rich and I have been using Camp Suds for years.
    Recently I discovered they make a shampoo with conditioner.
    I didn’t like how Camp Suds dried out my hair but this doesn’t and it takes less water to rinse out than my usual favorite shampoo. I recommend it.

    Love your photos.


    • Penny, the way to combat the dryness left by the soap….including Dr. Bronner’s when used in your hair is to do a final rinse with diluted apple cuder vinegar. Leaves hair manageable and untangled as well.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Apple cider vinegar was my family’s “conditioner’ when I was a kid.

        • Love that stuff!

          I can have my hair all ratted up from the day before…jump in the shower and wash with Dr. Bronner’s (because it’s castile soap is the reason that drying thing happens); rinse with ACV and comb right through it after I towel dry it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Penny,

      I can’t remember if you are the Penny I met at Lower Grey Canyon, Green River, Utah……

      Anyway…. Thanks for the info re: Campsuds shampoo with conditioner.

  51. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I love this post! And I wouldn’t worry too much about always having a beginning, a middle, and an end. I think in the end all well lived lives end up as a hodgepodge jumble of memories, tears and laughter. So why not blog posts?

    But my response might be a bit jumbled as well.

    Maybe that sign needs to read
    Introverts may be encountered in this area
    Proceed at your own risk

    Just how saintly is a woman that puts out water in the desert not just for passing strangers but also for newly immigrant bees? Both of which might be met with fear rather than compassion by a lesser person. You somehow always find new ways to impress me.

    I’m very familiar with campsuds and carried it backpacking for years. As others have said it is VERY concentrated. In fact I have switched to Dr. Bonner’s because I find it rinses easier partly because campsuds is so concentrated. But none of this will matter much to you because that little 8 oz bottle you got is probably a lifetime supply. And no, you should never use any soap near open water, the same qualities that make it good for cleaning make it toxic to fish.

    With all the folks here who pour over their Benchmark Atlases to follow your adventures I find it beautifully fitting to hear of you doing the same as you follow the adventures Red Cloud. Truly a great story and great leader; both in war and peace.

    Don’t worry Bridge. She’ll put the camera down soon.

    I notice in the pics that you don’t have the solar panels of the PTV tilted even though the sun must be pretty low in the sky this time of year. Are you getting a full charge on the batteries with the panels flat? I have been reading on how critical it is to be able to tilt panels in the winter and I know Mick’s arrangement allows for it so I’m just curious.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      I like your suggestion for a sign!

      Trouble is, though, many extroverts still think an introvert is “shy,” nothing a good long chat won’t cure!

      I’m into my Benchmarks all the time… They are falling apart — especially Utah and Arizona — from so much handling. They’re my dream-makers. 🙂

      I don’t check the battery charge every day. Spot-checks have been good. I tilted the panels a few times at Roosevelt Lake when the sun was at the lowest arc.

      “Saintly’???? I almost choked on my coffee!

  52. weather says:

    The airs stillness held me in welcome at sunrise,it’s protection from windchill letting me watch the world appear in complete comfort.Now afforded the luxury of lingering I walked the property noticing small recent changes.A pathway too icy to traverse with any speed helped me understand why the pups have been taking a bit longer to come to me when asked to.I’d hoped the reason wasn’t them struggling to climb the hill,I prefer they stay off that at nighttime.The nocturnal wildlife are active there often.

    Grateful that they are smart enough to use caution in movement yet strong enough to forge a new path I’m in wonder again of all I’ve been kept from having to encounter.A single pipe thawing by itself that could have burst causing untold damage,an incident with the aged oven so easily dealt with that could have been tragic otherwise -small miracles given by grace beyond limit-they happen all the time.

    It’s neat to like what I don’t have as much as all that I do.Like Bearpaws,jammies,birdsong beside me and playing on your blog.Good morning Sue,hope the Disney film you seem to be living in is especially colorful today.I’m going to wear green things to fill in in today’s rainbow around mine 🙂

    • Cari in Plano Texas says:

      weather, I always enjoy your comments and views of life and living. This one especially spoke to me. I have learned to enjoy and appreciate what I do have around me, but being grateful for what is not there or hasn’t happened is a new perspective. And your plan of wearing colorful clothes has issued a challenge for me. It’s rainy, cold and gray here today, so I will join you in wearing something green (or colorful) to brighten my surroundings.

      • weather says:

        Thoughtful note,Cari,thanks-wearing color to add to what’s not there gives you even more to be glad about- having colorful clothes and stuff,fun!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      Everyone has thought of what could have been and sighed wistfully. In other instances we have realized what could have been and sighed with relief that it didn’t happen! A forgotten pot on the stove that didn’t burn the house down, pipes that didn’t freeze, a fall that didn’t break a bone, a tree that crashed next to the house rather than on it, a child’s fever that finally broke, brakes that held…. on and on, good outcomes . . .

      As for this Disney movie…. I’m finishing up my bath when a tiny gray bird (the kind that look like an Easter basket chick) lands on the open vent a few inches above me, cocks his head giving me eye contact with an eye not much bigger than a poppyseed…. “Okay! I’ll be right out! Let me finish here!”

      • weather says:

        What a great moment that must have been!I’ve never had a bird near me while bathing.That really does sound like it belongs in a Disney story!Ha!

        Each incident of relief that you mentioned brought a similar memory to mind.I don’t recall feeling wistful about what could have been.Do you mean like wishing you were tall enough to see over a wall obscuring a view or something entirely different?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Wistful as in walking along a stream imagining Spikey enjoying a soak if he were still with us. I try not to do that, but it happens when I don’t guard against it. I still see his skinny butt trotting alongside Bridget’s more ample one. *sigh*

          I do have the birds though!

          • Shirlene says:

            Ok, that makes my cry…he will always be with us…soaking in a nearby stream out the corner of our eyes.

          • weather says:

            Now I understand the expression.I didn’t know what’s glimpsed at such moments is called what could have been.You won’t need to be on guard much longer,promise,I’ve watched and felt your pace become different,not carefree,yet it’s jaunt has taken on lightness within it’s strength.The mire that held you is thinning,disappearing in more parts of your days.This time of precious solitude,like all do, has healed and quickened much within you,friend,you’re a joy to be near on this path.

  53. Sue, I realized this morning that your blog is your vibrant, supportive, informative community. Cool. Jim & I are sitting here this morning figuring out how we can stay in warm places and move every 2 weeks. We don’t know when we’ll head home but I think Jim wants to leave much sooner than I do. Compromise is sometimes challenging to find… Have a good day. Ear skritches to Bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      As you know, if you want warmth, go to low elevation. Try Kofa Wildlife Refuge between Yuma and Quartzsite… Big doings in Big Q soon!

      Good luck with the negotiations! ; )

  54. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, just sitting down to have my coffee after a wonderful drive to work today, FINALLY I am beginning to see the sunrise on my way to work, beautiful this morning, as the days are getting longer and the sun is coming up sooner, I am no longer in the dark, well, as far as driving to work is concerned. Enjoy your day, I will be lurking..but in a good way.

  55. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Getting ready to head south for Southern California and Arizona. I hope there’s still a saguaro or Joshua tree left for us to cozy up to.

  56. MB says:

    Hey Sue! In one of your responses you mentioned that you would like to have a “tiny house” for your second retirement. That is what I want too. There are so many good ideas out there….even some with solar power. 🙂 I very much want to travel and boondock for months at a time. I am working toward that goal. I also have 6 acres in central VA that was my parents’ home. (I live in the area but not on that property.)There is a house there too. And while it is, for most, still rather small….it’s too big for me. I’d love to put a tiny house on the back. That way I’d have a home base. I do love VA and I have great friends here. But, when I got the urge to go on an adventure, I could just shut down the tiny house till I got back. Fun to think about. 🙂 I love the place where you are camped right now. So beautiful. Glad you got your peace back. Hope to see you at the store in Ajo one day. MB from VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is fun to consider all one’s options. Choices are one of the pillars of happiness, in my book anyway.

      Your ideas sound good. 🙂

  57. Love this hodgepodge. Love that you had fun writing it. Love that your little haven remains inside the bubble. But mostly I love that you and other commenters act on your humanity rather than espousing virtuous good intentions from behind locked doors. My day is already better 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      And I love that you take the time to note that which is good…. The blogorinos are good people!

  58. sue says:

    Hello Sue,
    I understand you are looking for another travel companion. First I am sorry for your loss of Spike. The reason I am writing is because my daughter runs a sanctuary for senior canine. We recently took in a guy that may be a perfect companion for you. He is not currently up on our website but pictures can be sent to you. He recently lost his human daddy and was locked in the house with him for 4 days. He is adjusting here at the sanctuary very well. His name is Mactavich. We are located in New River, AZ. If you have an interest in seeing him or anyone else you can take a look at our website. I hope you find your forever friend and companion soon. Travel Safe! Sue Spear

    • sue says:

      Mac is up on the website. Check him out…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      Mactavich makes my heart ache. I know that look.

      I browsed your website and came away impressed with what I saw. I like how you include the amount of time each dog was in your organization’s care before becoming a success story. Connecting senior and special needs dogs with people who will care for and love them is the highest form of rescue.

      Any one of those dogs would be a delight to have in my home. I know they are capable of being a bright star of love for me, Bridget, and my readers. I’ve considered seniors (special needs dogs would be too difficult to receive proper care while moving about as much as we do).

      It may seem selfish, but I don’t want to set myself up for another loss in the near future. The time will come when I have to say goodbye to Bridget. That’s enough to face. I also think of my readers. Any crew member will become like a cyber-pet to my readers through the stories I write and the photos I post. I didn’t realize how deeply people cared for Spike until I received hundreds of condolences. I don’t want to put my readers through that again soon.

      I hope people reading my blog will click on your name or the link below and look at what your organization is doing and the dogs that are available for adoption. Best wishes to you, your daughter, Mactavich, and all the sweet creatures at rustysangelssanctuary.org.

  59. irene austin says:

    good morning Sue,
    I have noticed recently in Bridget’s portraits she seems to channeling Mona Lisa, just something i have noticed.:) a little hint from us, in Oregon Pipe we suggest you leave the hood open on the PTV. A camper near us had all the wires stripped and more damage to his truck by a packrat. we even saw the evidence at the entrance to his midden which was about 6 feet from his truck. Cute but destructive.
    cheers for your blog.
    Vancouver Island

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, irene and harold,

      Thank you for the advice! I opened up the hood of the PTV immediately upon reading your comment. This is the same habitat as Organ Pipe.

      That poor guy! Having that happen sure can dampen one’s experience while camping.

      Thanks also for your cheers for my blog. I hope you enjoy what remains of this warm and sunny winter in southern Arizona. Someday I’d like to visit Vancouver Island. 🙂

  60. Cindy the pet sitter in Mesa AZ says:

    Hi Dawn,

    Thank you for the question!

    Ideally I recommend a raw diet. Especially for the kitties, as they are obligate carnivores (raw diets are ALWAYS grain-free) and also because kitties being desert animals…after they were domesticated…are not getting enough water in their diets. With the invention of kibble…we have doomed them to a inevitable demise of diabetes/kidney failure, which is currently an epidemic among kitties. For them; even a low-quality canned food is better than kibble. The heavy use of grains, and the lack of water in Kitty-Krack…I mean kibble is death to cats.

    The great thing about a raw diet is that there’s no such thing as a “cat” or “dog” variety. It’s all the same. Because of the muscle meat, which naturally contains the Taurine that has to be supplemented in main-stream commercial cat food.

    You almost have to buy a pre-made raw food because it can be challenging to make your own, since you have to be sure to include ground bone in addition to certain veggies and muscle/organ meats. I’ve done it, so I know how hard it can be.

    But there are very many good brands out there, now.
    I use Nature’s Logic in the 6 lb. 12-8 oz patty size (cost effective). I get the chicken, which has (American-sourced) chicken; dark green leaf veggies, pumpkin, a couple fruits, egg shell instead of ground bone, some herbs, and a few other good things. All WHOLE foods.

    The next best thing to raw is freeze-dried raw. I use this when I go on long RV trips, so my freezer is free for my own food. The brand I use is by Primal Pet Foods. It’s so easy to use. Just portion it out and reconstitute with warm water.

    Another good freeze-dried brand is Dr. Harvey’s Veg-to-Bowl. http://www.drharveys.com/products/show/13-veg-to-bowl

    You mix it with the meat of your choice. You could do raw, or cooked meat with this one.

    I actually add this to the raw in the mornings, for my kids. my parrots love it, too!

    The thing you want to be sure of no matter what food OR treats you buy….that they not be made or SOURCED in China. The good ones now will say “sourced and made in the USA.” You have to be sure the ingredients are not from China BUT made here….that’s how they get around that. It’ll SAY it’s made here….but if it doesn’t also say SOURCED here, assume the ingredients are from China. In fact ALL commercial pet food AND treats are over 80% sourced in China. If you are confused by what it says on a package…call them and ask. If they hum and haw about their answer…move on.

    Also, speaking of treats….stay away from anything with grain, or sugar….read the labels. They are always adding sugar in weird forms…anything with an “…ose” on the end is a sugar. And again…is it sourced in the USA, or just “made in” the USA?

    Grains are very bad for cats…but they are bad for dogs, too. Especially corn, wheat and soy. And the main-stream manufacturers put the first 2 in everything…esp. corn. If your dog has itchy skin…licks its paws all the time, scratches/rubs its head/ears on stuff, seems listless, puffy eyes, over-weight…there’s a long list of allergy-related symptoms. The culprit is usually the grains in the food.

    By the way, the reason our cats are overweight…that is an epidemic too…is the grains in the food. Cats will keep eating and eating and eating (the reason I call it Kitty-Krack); trying to get nutritionally fulfilled; thus they gain weight. Substitute meat, and the weight naturally drops off. Dogs do this too…especially if they are allowed to free-feed.

    By the way; when people say my dog/cat “likes” its food; there’s a reason for that: the manufacturers spray animal fat on the kibble at the end of manufacturing. It’s an enticement….to make the animal want to eat it. Read the label; if you can’t pronounce it, if it has by-products, or fractionated foods, instead of whole foods; if it says “meat” instead of what kind of meat, that means it could be 4-D meat (Dead, Dying, Diseased or Down), or even road-kill, or even euthanized pets (yes…that’s been proven…I’m not making that up).

    Here’s a good source about food: http://truthaboutpetfood.com/
    I’ve known the founder for a long time. Recently she had a third-party testing of some of the top food manufacturers, which was funded by us in the public. QUITE the eye-opener! It was a very expensive endeavor, and she was only able to test a dozen or so…but it’s a start. She plans to do much more because we are being lied to….LEGALLY lied to. There is no reason for main-stream manufacturers not to lie. BUT the makers of raw (and other unconventionals), have an INCENTIVE to tell the truth; they want to take the business away from the main-streamers.

    Also, vets are not nutrition experts…never have been. they go to school; get a seminar presented to them by Hills Inc.; are told to sell their food. Then Hills and Co. GIVES them the food for free to sell in their offices. Thus; vets with this stuff in their offices are the pushers. they have no reason to go against the grain (pun not intended), by the way:
    2 years ago at the annual National Convention for vets they were told to ADVISE their clients to stay away from raw, because “it affects their bottom line.” After raw food has taken hold in the community…oh, for the last 10 years or so, we have seen the real effects; improved health in the animals. People now don’t need to go to the vet as often. Duh!

    Here is the link to my blog, which I don’t contribute to as often as I should, but there’s a couple of good articles there regarding food…and vaccines elsewhere in the blog (that’s a whole OTHER issue!):
    The first article on that page is one I wrote about the China problem.

    I hoped I helped some, Dawn…and I’d be glad to answer any more questions (if I can…if not, I’ll try to find the answer for you).

    Good luck!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Wow, what a lot of information, Cindy…thank you!! Sounds like another version of a lot of what is going on with us people too!! And it is us who are to blame for all our health issues huh?? I doubt we are anymore than the animals are for theirs. Being informed is not totally easy…to get to the bottom line etc. One of the best docs we ever had told me one time that I would be amazed at all the perks she turned away by refusing to prescribe anything for her patients unless she knew it helped them!! Imagine that!! Finding such docs, human or animal, who are that honest these days?? (Used to work for a vet too…he also taught me some things about human docs!!) Not so easy…

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Good articles Cindy, with which I completely agree. Thanks for sharing. Our Savannah F2 has eaten raw since babyhood. By her choice. I do get slightly annoyed when she insists on delivering her chicken leg to our bedroom to eat on her placemat, but she is so cute wanting company. She would not eat the previously ground raw, as she prefers to grind her own! When people question a cat being able to dismantle and consume bone in chicken, I ask if you have a outdoor cat do you follow them around and debone that bird or lizard before they eat it?

      • I’m glad to have contributed Elizabeth and Velda!

        And I’m happy to hear that people are researching on their own, now. Used to be a time…way back when I started my business here in AZ; 2004, that I’d start talking about food, and people would be like; “I do whatever my vet says…”

        *scowly face*

        Then the major world-wide food recall happened in 2007. Then the reports of how many animals had actually died from that started rolling in (up to 8000). I nearly lost it during that period, I tell you! By the way Hills and Co was one of the first foods on that list.
        I used to go to a vet near me. One day I casually mentioned how Hills was involved in that recall. That guy actually said to my face that they had zero involvement (yes, he carries that food in his office, and also displays a little placard explaining how ‘by-products’ are GOOD for the animals). I should also mention he is personal friends with a founding vet of the Hills research dept.

        The thing is when there’s major money involved…..you HAVE to go to third-party independents. You can’t trust the manufacturers themselves. You can’t trust anyone with an interest in that revenue. And when there’s no laws explicitly disallowing claims made by these manufacturers…you have to put the pressure on them yourself…..unfortunately.

  61. mcbockalds says:

    Hi RV Sue,
    I have been having a great deal of fun reading through your blog the past week. My wife and I like to boondock in the Southwest in the winter and you have given us a number of possible locations for the future – Thanks!
    In one post – which I can’t find now – you mentioned a book you use to find camping spots on BLM land, but I can’t remember the title … something with AZ in the title and then maybe “guide or lands or ??” Can you give me the title? And does it give info on specific BLM camping locations?
    Thanks again and safe travels.
    Cheers John and Karen

    • Susan (MS) says:

      I am not RVSue, but you might try Benchmark Maps, they have them for pretty much the whole SW area. I believe these are what RVSue uses.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John and Karen,

      Welcome to my blog! You are now officially blogorinos!

      Benchmark Maps has atlases for the western states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. In these maps you can see public lands marked in different colors for BLM, National Forest, Wildlife Refuge, National Monument, and so forth.

      What helps me immensely, in addition to seeing the location of BLM land, for instance, is also seeing the terrain and the dirt roads that spur off of bigger dirt roads that connect to main roads. These are thin red lines squiggling around. I find boondocks via those. BLM and NF campgrounds are specifically noted, as well as state parks, rv parks, COE, etc.

      The more you use the Benchmarks the more you get out of them. I study mine frequently. That’s how I find the many fine boondocks you can read about on this blog.

      Here’s a link that will take you to the newest edition of the Arizona atlas and also will give me a commission. Good luck, safe travels, and thank you for dropping by!

      Arizona Benchmark Road and Recreation Atlas

  62. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Good evening Sue and Bridge

    I hope you had a great day!

    In regards to Mactavich, your explanations are totally understandable…not a bit selfish at all. The loss of Spike is still unsettling in your heart. Finding an addition to the crew who will fill your heart for many years to come….will happen when you least expect it!

    So many folks are adamant that they will not get another fur kid…..because losing them is so hard. We’ve all been there….said that….and some have opened their hearts once again.

    Mr Right is out there and your paths will eventually cross!

    Enjoy your night…….

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi Cinandjules…I replied to your earlier comments just a few minutes ago.

      Have a great night! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cinandjules, for that thoughtful message.

      Bridget and I did enjoy our night. I closed up the laptop early yesterday. I’d spent several enjoyable hours here and then it was time to clear my head. 🙂

      Won’t it be fun when we meet Mr. Right? Eventually Bridget and I will be in the right place at the right time . . . .

  63. DesertGinger says:

    About shelters and dogs….I am available to help! If you see one you feel good about, in Tucson or Phoenix, I don’t mind going for the dog, and delivering. I like to drive….don’t mind long drives. Not till I’m out of hospital on 1/27 of course.

  64. DesertGinger says:

    Hahaha! Look where my comment on shelter dogs landed! What fun!

  65. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,hope you two had a good night and feel great today.I notice that you don’t keep the “Tooter” on anymore(unless it just doesn’t show in photos), do you intend to only use it in bear country and for now store it in the PTV?Also,as you drive a lot of “track roads” do you notice much difference in the way your tires hold up(meaning general condition and bead/seal leaks/needing to be inflated more often)?I also wonder if you intend to pick up a thermometer to know how warm or cold your surroundings are.At the moment it’s fairly easy for me to guess here-step outside with pups,frozen world,check,Ha!Enjoy whatever your next whim brings into your day 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      We did have a good night and we’re feeling great this morning!

      I still have the tooter attached to the antenna pole and I hook it up with the panic button inside. The first batches of photos I posted of this campsite, I hadn’t put the pole up yet. I was receiving a strong signal without it. Then, mysteriously, the signal weakened. That’s when I put the antenna/tooter up which boosted the signal.

      I haven’t noticed any difference with the performance/required maintenance of the tires. The all-terrain tires I bought in Oregon for the PTV are excellent. They hold their air pressure… no problems at all!

      People bad-mouth Marathon tires which I have on the BLT, original from the factory 4 years ago. They need air more often, but not frequently. The tread is still good. I plan to replace them this year.

      My tires aren’t “put to the test” the way others are. I don’t drive 600 miles at 80 mph with under-inflated tires across Texas in one day in the middle of July when the temperature is over 100 degrees, for example. 🙂

      I have intended to pick up a thermometer for years! Haha! I also intend to pick up a comb that will pull out cholla spines, too.

      You’re right… I measure air temperature as follows: warm enough to sleep with windows open, warm enough to walk outside at 7 a.m. in jammies, cold enough to need the heater on, too cold for sandals, etc.

      Follow your whims! 🙂

      • weather says:

        Sigh…mornings outside in jammies without a full length coat with the hood pulled up-that’s probably around ten weeks away for me.I tend to spend extra for tires because of the seasonal different conditions I put mine through,yours have served you well.I hope when you replace them you get a new air filter ,too,that really helped your pulls up mountain sides become just part of a nice drive.Glad you’re feeling great!I hope my whim sends me near a store today as we could use a bit of staples,treats and such.Well…maybe later,maybe not-more coffee,wandering outside,flicking through the web for rv’s…

        • Shirlene says:

          Good morning my friend, “chasing ones dream is supposed to be fun”….enjoy the flicking…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I will get a new air filter. Thanks for the reminder. I’m busy this morning putting a new post together. If I don’t post soon, I’m afraid this comments section will bust! 🙂

  66. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, your sunrises and sunsets must be really amazing, because ours have been really, really colorful as of late….Last nights sunset was just amazing with pink and orange, whispy clouds in the sky….When I left work yesterday, took the top off the car, wind in my hair, playing Country music loud and proud..whooo hooo. Those are the days to cherish in the middle of winter aren’t they…I expect that your weather is equally as nice, 80 degrees this weekend here, but I hear the Santa Ana winds are going to contribute to those warm conditions….that means dirt and grit everywhere. Nice to wake up feeling great isn’t it….Most of the time I am just happy to wake up….Enjoy your breakfast with Bridget and coffee with me, and I see my friend Weather has already greeted the day…Have a good one..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have a good day, too, Shirlene. I enjoyed your cheerful comment very much!

      Okay, I’m going to publish a new post in a few minutes….

  67. Cinandjules (NY) says:


    We are off to Syracuse for the weekend…..got to get some real meat / Chinese food…..they just opened a Trader Joes! Whhhoooooooeeee!

    Have coolers will travel….me is thinking it’s cold enough without the coolers! let’s hope AO doesn’t get sick. We normally take the gorge road which is winding….but we have to go the straight route which is considerably longer!

    Nothing worse than smelling heated half digested kibble! We fed her early this am…..fingers crossed!

    Have a great day….

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:


      What is up with the order of the posts? Ya think y’all can fix that before the next post?


    • Shirlene says:

      Don’t you slightly miss the West Coast? A cold spell here just makes me crazy, let alone several months of it. Drive safe and enjoy Trader Joe’s..I love that place, I have one right across the street from me..so close I can smell the fresh fruit.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have a wonderful weekend!

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