Horseshoe Bend Campground, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming

 Tuesday, September 5 (continued)

The crew and I return to the desert!

“Goodbye, Montana!  It’s been fun!  Hope we see you again someday!”

We leave Red Lodge, Montana, and follow the route shown in the map below to Lovell, Wyoming and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

It’s an easy drive of 75 miles, give or take.

After entering Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, we bypass the self-pay station because I have a senior discount pass which waives the entrance fee.

We’re in red rock country now!

The drive to Horseshoe Bend Campground is dramatic, to say the least.  It’s the kind of road where you come over a crest and say, “Wow.”

Horseshoe Bend is situated with views of the water and red rock cliffs.  

There’s a day use area with swimming beach and boat ramp, flush toilets (no showers), dump station, and receptacles for trash and recyclables.

Sites without hook-ups are $10 regular/$5 with senior pass.  Sites with electric and water are $20 regular/$10 with senior pass.  As I type this, no reservations are taken at Horseshoe Bend.

Many of the sites have shelters like this one.

Gravel parking pads are large, big enough for a big rig and a boat trailer.

I choose an electric/water site at the rate of $10 a day.

That’s only five bucks more a day!  A good deal . . . all the electricity my electronics want to drink and all the air conditioning the crew and I want to loll in.  (The weather forecasters say the next few afternoons will be hot.)

In typical, first-day-at-camp fashion, we roam around to get a feel for the place.

The day use area . . .

The swimming beach . . .

Wednesday, September 6

Before starting the process of unhitching, I want the crew out of the way, for their own safety and so I can concentrate on what I’m doing.

I throw down an old comforter with one of their toys and fasten their tether away from the PTV and BLT.

I get The Look.  

Translation:  “How DARE you move us away from you!”

“Okay, boys.  We’re all set.  Come on, we’ll take a ride over to that pretty bay.”

 “Isn’t this great?”

The photos answer that question!

Gee, this is a good place for them to go off-leash.  Hardly anyone comes over here.  It’s open space blocked on one side with water and two sides with rock cliffs.  

We’ll come over here in the morning and I’ll let them run free.

They are gonna’ love it!

And I have the feeling I’m gonna’ love this camp.

rvsue

NOTE:  One of the drawbacks of delayed posting is the weather information shown in the sidebar doesn’t match the weather we experience in this post’s story.  When we were at Horseshoe Bend temperatures went into the high 80s and low 90s.  — Sue

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153 Responses to Horseshoe Bend Campground, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming

  1. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    First? We back after dinner!

  2. Cindy pond says:

    I am second? Near Lexington ky

  3. Mertinkentucky says:

    Mert n asia the big 3. Whoo hooo

  4. Alice says:

    Y’all are faster than a speeding bullet !! now to read.

  5. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Beautiful beaches, looking forward to seeing the Boys running about…Glad you are enjoying yourself…lovely photos…

  6. Diann in MT says:

    You picked a great place that week! Did you see the wild horses? I plan to get out next summer and BE FREE! Looks like a great destination.
    Been so cold here that your Palisades Campground saw about 6 inches of snow last night! It will be gone by next week and we will be basking in sunshine again. That’s Montana for ya’.
    Looking forward to your next landing, Sue.

  7. Susan in Dallas says:

    Beautiful country! Boy, you got the stink eye times 2! All summer and I’ve seen horses, lots of pretty birds and a moose, but no cattle. Maybe some will show up in your travels. Oh, and last week I ordered 2 bottles of cleaner for my hardwood floors. I’m having my entire interior of the house painted and that involves some deep cleaning after they leave. I know it will look nice but, boy, moving all the stuff in a room to another room and then back times 6 is a lot of work. I did some purging before I started and there will be more when I get my house back together. The rule for presents is that if I can’t eat it or use it up I don’t want it coming in the house. Safe travels with those nutty boys.

  8. Mary says:

    wHAT HAPPENED TO THE LITTLE BOY?

  9. Jenny Johnson says:

    TOP TEN!!! I made the top ten!! Love the photos —Lovely camp andby the water — Reg and Rog look like they like it too —-

  10. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge, La. says:

    Beautiful spot, Sue.

  11. Anna from NC says:

    Stunning pics! I read all your posts and look at all your pictures which are always wonderful! But these, WOW!

  12. Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

    Good to hear from you Sue as always. Was going to go to Yellowstone so could stay in slough or pebble in September before these close but the weather turned with nighttime temps in the 20’s. I like my water in the tanks. Wondered what u do during this shoulder season before heading south? Do you fill water tanks? Wondering what you & others do when encountering freezing nites but balmy days? Am now planning trip to Alabama hills, Death Valley & anzo borrego. Looking forward to hearing about your southern travels. Julie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julie,

      No matter how balmy the days, if the nights are going into the 20s, it’s time to get outta’ Dodge. That’s my practice. I may have been caught in those lows at some point, but never did the lows last long enough to freeze the water in my tanks.

      Blogorinos: What say you about water tanks in freezing temperatures?

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        The water in your tanks should be fine as it’s inside the rig. Several days of below 32 will of course change that! You can also turn the heater on or let the water drip..the key is if he place turns off their water hook up..its time to leave.
        The only time we had a problem was in Wyoming..Rawlings-frozen hose…valve to the black tank also froze..and water tuned off completely at the Cheyenne KOA. Our tank and pipes were fine we only stayed the night.

      • Ed says:

        It is not the water in the tank that will freeze it is the water lines leading from the tank. I had my water manifold freeze and break in a 6° low.
        Since then I have tried my best to avoid below freezing temperatures but have also installed a reptile ceramic heat lamp in the bay where all the water pipes are located in case I make a mistake.

  13. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    OMG Stink eye x 2 is hilarious! Reg seems to have the harder I mean it look more than Rog!
    Beautiful red rocks…enjoy the amenities and have a wonderful night!

  14. Teri Live Oak Fl says:

    Wow. The temperature went from low 90’s to 47! Burr

  15. Pat from Mich. says:

    What lucky little dogs. Their human is always there with them, lots of nice walks, new places to sniff, and don’t forget rotisserie chicken every so often!

  16. That is a beautiful looking place, and it looks like big rigs might fit. Would love to get up there someday.

  17. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Looks like a nice place to rest a bit…and what a deal on electric hookups!! Happy days there, Sue!!

  18. Lisa in San Diego says:

    that Appalachia Wreath in the Amazon purchases list is sure pretty

  19. Renee still in Idaho says:

    Nice post, Sue. I too get that “look” from our little dog when I tie her up out of the way with our other so that we can setup or tear down. Thanks for the info on Bighorn Canyon National Rec Area. We were going to go at one time, but got detoured. It looks like a good late Fall type of trip.

  20. Liz O'C says:

    I’m not very savvy about snakes. I’d be scared the dogs would find them!

  21. Beautiful area!
    Boy do I know those “how dare you looks!!!”. They got a nice reward afterward though, and it looks like they had a good time.

  22. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    I love the photo with the stink eyes! Isn’t it funny how our dogs get so used to our routines and if we vary it one little bit, they get indignant! The red rock is beautiful – reminds me a bit of the Sedona, Arizona area, where we will be going the first week of November. Can’t wait to hear how the boys enjoy their off-leash time!

    I see the dog bed showed up on your report. Don’t be confused – I just ordered a second one. Sammy fell in love with his new bed immediately and slept in it all night without groaning once (which he usually does several times a night when he sleeps in bed with us – all 85 pounds of him!) After breakfast this morning I couldn’t find him and when I went looking for him I discovered he had gone back upstairs, which he never does during the day, and was laying on his new bed. Since he loves it so much I decided he should have one downstairs too. What we don’t do for our babies, huh?

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      That is a nice looking bed. Sammy is one lucky guy! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s wonderful, Cynthia! I’m very glad your pup is comfortable in his new bed. You’re a good mom to give him that same comfort downstairs, too. It must make you feel good to know you improved his life even more than you had already. 🙂

  23. Dawn in MI says:

    Looks very pretty! And boy! You got THE LOOK x 2!!!

  24. Wow what a change! Love the camp too. The photos are gorgeous with the lake looking like glass. I love the deserts…so colorful, calm, quiet. For my niece’s birthday, we are taking a mini road trip from Seattle into Vancouver, BC and ferry into Victoria to ride the Halloween train and tour a castle. Her itinerary is full of fun stuff to do. I’m looking forward to some cold weather so that I can appreciate the desert heat that is still hanging around.

  25. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Those red rocks reflected in the water is my favorite! Beautiful photographs! Hahaha R&R sure did give you the stink eye! They want to be involved in everything you do! Such sweethearts! They really hit the jackpot when they met you! Can’t wait to see more of this area!
    Florida is still recovering from Irma. Chuck and I were so lucky to be in the panhandle! All we got was a little wind and very little rain. Some of my friends still have no power but they are doing OK! There are now 3 more out there making us pay attention! Sheeeeesh! Hug the fur babies from us! Happy trails!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      That is my favorite photo, too! 🙂

      So glad that you all were spared the brunt of Irma. I am hoping and praying that the next storms fizzle out before they become a threat.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Ditto on the favorite photo for its beauty. Stink eye photo is great. I get those too when somebody can’t go with me. Then I walk in and I get the biggest happy dance, and then we have play time which is our game of chase around the house.

  26. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    Ahhh….to be back in red rock country! Love it!! ❤️

    Does the wet, red dirt give the boys red boots? I had visions of them running off leash, through the wet beach area, coming back to you happy and exhausted, with sticky paws for you to clean. A small price to pay for off leash fun! 🙂

    Have an wonderful, blessed Sunday! Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂 Gracie’s tummy is back to normal.

  27. I am in MacKay, Idaho. Snowed up high. 50’s and freezing morning temps next week. Be moving south also.
    Hope you are now in a pleasant area.

  28. Jan in Oregon says:

    Great photos as always. Love this spot. I will be boondocking this winter in the desert southwest. Have installed two new batteries and have a 100 watt solar panel. Can you give you opinion on the wave 3 heater? I have a little buddy but looking for more space in my Scamp. Thanks, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      I’m happy with Wave 3. I have it mounted on the channel near the floor so it isn’t in the way. I can’t tell you which is better, the Buddy heater or the Wave 3, since I have no experience with the Buddy.

      Blogorinos: Do you have an opinion to share about these heaters? I’m sure Jan would appreciate hearing from you.

      • Renee still in Idaho says:

        We use the Buddy Heater, the big one that uses two propane bottles and it has a fan. We also have the small, single bottle one but with our 380 sq foot fifth wheel, it didn’t help much. The larger heats it tremendously! We place it on a stool, up off the floor, leave a window cracked, and don’t run it at night, just for safety even though it has a low oxygen safety automatic shut off valve. We’ve never had a Wave heater so I couldn’t comment nor compare.

      • Jan in Oregon says:

        Thank you, Sue.

      • Diann in MT says:

        I use the small one canister Buddy. It has been a warm safe companion during the waking hours. It heats my very small RV sufficiently. I place it on the floor when my dog is not with me.
        Mine has an automatic low oxygen shut off valve. Haven’t been trusting enough to let it go all night. Always keep the roof vent open when using. Nothing like a snug RV while the rain and cold prevail outside. Perfect reading and hot cocoa weather.

  29. weather says:

    The views from the road toward that place, the day use area and bay are all gorgeous. I can just imagine how wonderful it felt for you to walk around enjoying the beauty… and then relax inside your air conditioned home! I just love the photos of that strand of beach where you took Reggie and Roger , I think it would be especially nice in early morning hours.

  30. How is the Verizon signal in Horseshoe Bend Campground? You are responding to posts, but are no doubt no longer there. That is my kind of place, and I am looking for inexpensive places for next fall, but I need good Verizon for internet because I work online and also need electric. Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No Verizon signal in the campground. 🙁 In a future post I’ll explain how I was able to blog during our stay at Horseshoe Bend.

  31. Gorgeous location – we’re loving being back in the red rock as well. There’s just nothing else like it!!! Your pics along the water are stunning.

  32. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi!

    It’s too difficult right now for me to reply to every comment. Maybe I’ll catch up later. I don’t want anyone to feel snubbed! 🙂

    Reg, Rog, and I have returned to a former camp. This delayed posting can be frustrating. I want to tell you about our day but I can’t because I’ve left you two weeks behind!

    Thanks for answering the questions of fellow blogorinos. You are kind to do so.

    Bye for now,
    Sue

  33. Diann in MT says:

    Sail on, Sue! We will never catch up with you! Have fun.

  34. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Oh my gosh how beautiful! Hoping you are far enough away from the Montana fire smoke now. Loved these shots. Have fun. Take care sue and Crew!

  35. Lisa in San Diego says:

    anyone using a propane heater, please be sure to have a propane leak detector

    Tioga George recently was burned due to a small propane leak explosion — he is ok, not in the hospital — and he will be installing a detector now

  36. Tioga George is back on the road again??? Wow. Is he still blogging? Guess I better go look. He and I wrote each other a few times years ago.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I guess everyone took your advice, Velda, and went to Tioga George’s blog and didn’t come back.

      Tioga George has been on the road again for several months. I wish him happy trails and many blog readers.

      • Sue, I didn’t advise anyone to leave. I am simply curious as to his welfare. I’m not going anywhere. I feel comfortable here and read daily for new posts. Frankly I’m surprised he can get a drivers license after losing consciousness and wrecking his motorhome. I’m glad he is still finding happiness.

        • Don in Okla. says:

          Tioga George is still patching himself up with gauze pads and ointment. Now he’s discovered his face got burned too. It’s a wonder he’s still with us!!

  37. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Everybody! Anybody?

    The crew and I have been on the road all morning. We stopped at a park for lunch and for me to check the blog. I see that no one has commented since last night. 🙁

    I hope you are having a great Monday!

    Bye for now,
    Sue

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Well, Sue, I was not on much this weekend…been trying to get some progress on a quilt for my little granddaughter (her request)…weekends are usually full and busy…probably for most…and too, maybe people are going out camping etc during the last days of summer? I do check most days to see where you are, etc but don’t always comment…some days nothin to say, ya know?

    • weather says:

      Another day on the road , that makes 6 out of the last 7 that you’ve traveled! By now I guess you are somewhere warm, so I’ll just wish you sweet dreams, n’nite.

    • weather says:

      P.S. Noticing you haven’t left an update since Monday, I’ve been hoping you are seeing something lovely- either at your camp or as you travel. Sending wishes for you and the boys to have a wonderful Wednesday 🙂

    • weather says:

      Hi again, I hope all’s well with you and crew, Sue.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, weather,

        I’m sorry for not keeping in touch. The crew and I are fine. We finally reached a place of beauty and warmth and we will stay here for a week or more.

        Besides the consecutive days of too many hours on the road, I’m worn out from trying to keep this blog going. Chasing internet signal, trying to write while alongside the highway, being unable to respond to comments, seeing the comments section dwindle to a few loyal blogorinos while hundreds of others don’t bother (over 5,000 page views in one day), the dwindling of financial incentive to keep blogging, the delay factor necessary in order to maintain some privacy in my life — all of it has me in a glum mood.

        We arrived here on Monday. Tuesday I spent most of the day in bed, as much as the crew would allow. I could not bring myself to drive off somewhere to park again where there is signal. I’ve worked on a post for three days, fighting interruptions to signal and loss of charge. Darn Windows 10 … I keep eliminating programs and it seems more pop up to run scans and deplete the charge on the air card and laptop, which means more time running the PTV’s engine to charge up the devices.

        I share my life and I’m told it’s “contrived.” !!!!

        I’m debating whether to dump this blog altogether or shift to a once-a-week posting. I should be encouraged by the hundreds and hundreds of people who read every post and the many who open up the links I make, but it’s discouraging that they don’t bother to comment or shop. I’ve written over 100,000 comments on this blog and readers tell me, “I don’t comment because I don’t have anything to say.” Arrrgggghhh!

        If it weren’t for the precious few who comment, this blog would have disappeared long ago. And I do mean precious! Thank you, weather (and others), for being faithful, regular contributors to this place.

        This depression will pass and eventually I’ll get that post finished and published. I appreciate your concern, weather.

        • weather says:

          Thanks for responding, Sue, and for letting me know what’s really going on. I appreciate that, I’ve sensed in recently that you were struggling- with all you mentioned and more. All of the reasons you have for debating about what to do with this blog are valid, make sense and would depress me, too, were I in your position. I’ll mention something you might want to consider.

          If you had the electrical connections working in the BLT that allowed you to deal with this blog in comfort at your convenience I believe you would be in a better place to make any big decision. Having to constantly drive to find a signal, sit in the PTV to work/charge/reply, etc. has greatly exasperated your experience as a whole. I understand your current level of frustration, yet wish you had a chance to see how you feel in normal circumstances before making drastic changes.

          Please enjoy the beauty and warmth where you are, knowing you’re loved and prayed for.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Though you addressed this note to Weather, Sue…I want to say that I am sorry you are depressed…life is so very hard for most people these days and a lot I know are so seriously ill and suffering (cancer)…plus we are way more busy most days than we would plan to be. I kind of tend to go with the flow, even though I was used to staying home all the time 5 days a week and usually just going out 1 day of the weekend with hubby…and grew to love that frankly. Nothing I have been through since he retired has made me wish to leave the house more…but here we seem to need to do that, for one reason or another, every day…I find the traffic and esp. the drivers to be terribly frustrating (even if he is driving and not me). I like to see your photos and esp. hear stories of the dogs…but I understand how you feel it difficult to post so often. If I was you, I would not be posting more than weekly either…and I would come check for your posts though I do get a very late email after you post (not sure why but I have pretty lousy server for internet it seems). The joys of country living…well, sorta country living…we live on a very busy road…heh! But it is rural at least. I have more silence here and am much happier than where we last lived…above some very nutty women…who loved to lie to the landlord about us. Always something to be thankful for…and I am SO GLAD we moved. Though that gets harder as we age. I imagine you must feel some fatigue in constantly changing locals too…well, I wish you the best and hope you feel better soon!!

        • Diann in MT says:

          Your empathy and understanding are appreciated by all the blogorinos, weather. Our friend Sue will mend and come back like she always has. She just needs a rest.
          My family buried our oldest brother yesterday. Complete with full military honors. I was the sister chosen by my siblings to accept the flag from the honor guard. Very touching and sobering indeed.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            My sympathy to you and yours Diann…tis hard to loose those we love…no matter how old or young or when…it leaves a big hole in our lives!! I have missed the brother closest to me in age and relationship now for 43 years…sometimes it seems like yesterday we lost him…he was the life of a party!! Hugs to you…

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            I am so sorry for your loss, Diann. **hugs**

        • Helen says:

          I would be so sad to see you go. I do not write only because I am always so excited to read your blogs and your stories are so real. You live a life that we can only dream of due to health and other issues. If only one more posting from a reader will keep you writing and sending pictures I will do just that every time. And most important Christmas is coming and I order everything on Amazon and I will make sure to let you know what it is. Safe travels RV Sue and please don’t stop writing!!

        • Renee from Idaho and a loyal follower says:

          Me too, Sue. I don’t want to see you go. I can understand the frustration especially when there are negative comments. We all SO enjoy living vicariously through you and sharing your life with Reggie and Roger. Hang in there, hopefully you will feel better.

  38. Lisa of San Diego says:

    here you go —

    seems like the past blog problems have been resolved — I haven’t seen any complaints about not seeing the most recent comments, etc.

    also, I hope the time-delayed posts are working as far as keeping lookie-loos away from your camp

    reading a post about your travels of a few weeks ago is as enjoyable as a post that was to date — even more enjoyable if I knew it helped with your privacy

  39. Wow Sue, them photos are Fantastic of that area, and your headin’ south too, I hear it Snowed in Montana,,,, we are in our 3 room Cabin and to day I finally finished putting in the electronic stuff,, the solar panels, controler and batteries are all set up,, so far I’m just using the electricity from the street for the AC, Refrigerator, exhaust fan and 4 LED lighting, everything else is running off the Solar,, oh for security lights I have 2 Defiant sensor lights that run a year on 3 “C” batteries each and a solar power walk/porch sensor light, ( EverBright). Piper loves it here, she has a Hound pup, Alice and a long haired mix, Rosey to play with and Toezy the cat to stay away from, all girls,, oh ya,, I may build a G scale Railroad, Outside,, my one of many Hobbies,,,, have a great week and stay safe and give them babies of yours a huge hug from us too, okay? Rusty n Piper

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Glad to hear of your situation, Rusty…sounds like you have projects to last awhile…and good that you have more space…no doubt you are enjoying that!! And that there are nice doggies around for yours to play with is good too!!

    • Karen LeMoine says:

      Rusty are you off the road from good now?

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Rusty, was wondering the same thing. Sounds like this might be permanent. Have you talked about this and I missed it? Your place sounds really nice. 28 acres, wow!

        • Well I was told by my Bro n his lady that We may be here till our end,, BTW I read A news article on a program that the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs wants to start, the choice program for veterans to see private doctors and to fund it, he is thinking of taking the unemployable pensions from over 550,000 Veterans, so when I read that on the Prescott Courier back in August, I gave my bro a call, and he told me that we are welcome to live out our life here on the property, we left Mingus Mountain Campground on the 7th, 05:30 and arrived here the 10th at 2:45pm and so you all can look back through the days on Sue’s blog to read the past preview,,,,,👣👣🐾😃

    • Do you have a blog? The link on your name does not seem to work. Would love to read about your new situation.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Your home sounds nice and cozy. I like how you have solar panels for much of your power needs. Have fun “feathering your nest.” Hi to Lady Piper, too! 🙂

    • Diann in MT says:

      Who could resist living in “Magnolia”, anywhere! LOL Glad to know you are safe with kind relatives to look after you, Rusty. Also, glad Piper has some play buddies!

  40. Joe Bruner says:

    Wonderful pictures…red rocks are stunning. From the sidebar weather, it looks like Wyoming is prepping for winter. When my son lived in Jackson, he used to say that Wyoming only has two seasons–winter and July. Safe travels.

  41. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    I thought of you and the Crew when I picked up a Kroger rotisserie chicken for dinner (and leftovers for a few meals) tonight.

    Hope you are not too exhausted from being on the road all morning. Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup. ❤️ We are still here…looking forward to your next post. Have a good evening! 🙂

  42. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Hi Sue, been crocheting a hats for my sister who is going through chemo for bilateral breast cancer…finished a lap throw for her to use at therapy Friday then noticed a FB request Friday evening for hats as she has started losing her hair…am on the tenth one. She still is running her bowling league on Tuesday (finally got me to join after asking me for years…with my training instructor, aqua fit classes and gel injections in my knees, average is 88 then last week I bowled avg. 131). I am her sub for the remainder of the league – ends in May ’18, she has now changed the team name to Mama Duck and her Peeps so I crocheted her a 10″ Duck to sit on the table with four 5″ Duckie Peeps.

    Reggie and Piper… I too am wondering about the VA situation…being in Phx I was told many years ago that the VA wasn’t for Women Vets…good thing I had very good insurance through my employer…still won’t go there…I’m glad your brother offered you a place…may you and Piper be very happy there…please keeping blogging to us through RVSue….You are an inspiration!

    I have been talking about RVSue and her Crew to my family almost since the start…one of my nephews is looking at RV’s…seems quite interested in his own BLT…told him he needed to come up with a new name that one is taken…he asked all of the next generation to come up with name ideas for his trailer by Halloween (big party with about sixty of the family).

    I know this will find you having a wonderful evening with the Boys…Take Care

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Rusty, if you have 60 kin to gather with, you are way more blessed than many of us!! I am glad you are back with kin…if Kin will all stick together through thick and thin, life works out somehow!! We USED to have huge gatherings at one of my great grandparents’ home when I was growing up…still one of my fondest memories!!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      GOOD JOB doing all that needlework to help out others’ needs, Deena!! If my life ever slows down a bit, I hope to do some such myself!!

    • Deena in Phoenix says:

      That should have read Rusty and Piper not Reggie and Piper…fingers and mind not working well that day, I guess?!?!!

  43. It’s been a while, RVSue, Reggie, blogorinos! AND glad to meet you, Roger!
    I read beautiful stories about Roger and Anita.
    Have a good one!

  44. Terri back to being humid and hot in Tx says:

    Hi Rv Sue
    Yesterday was just one of those days! Spent the day taking my cat to the vet and picking her up. I thought I was going to lose her, but she is feeling better now. She turned 18 in June. Then to my weight watchers class. My weight was creeping up and need to get it down about 10 lbs. I have lost over 8 since mid July, and I want to keep losing to give myself a buffer. Weight loss has been slow, but I am not in a hurry! 🙂
    Looking forward to your next adventure. Stay safe!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Terri, so happy to hear your kitty is feeling better. I have lost several older ones this past year, so I am happy that things seem to be looking up for you. As for weight watch, I personally think that the slower it comes off, the slower it goes back on! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      WOW getting a cat or dog anywhere near age 18 is an accomplishment, Terri!!
      As to the weight loss…oh my the hugest battle of all…I am on that very slow train too!! Fighting for every fraction of a pound…maddening…but I guess there is this much about it…does not take much food to retain the weight either!!

  45. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue, we’re all still here. Sometimes there might be a lull in conversation, but we are all right there with you, like an old friend. I hardly ever shop, but just put in for a few slow/interactive pet feeders through your link. It is my small thank you for all the joy you bring to me with this blog.

  46. Susan says:

    Pretty spot. You have a knack for finding the nicest campsites!! and cheap ones too!

  47. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Thinking about you and remembering the Divine Her Royal Highness today Sue.

  48. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    My hisband and I have a 36 t Winnebago Class A. We are wondering about covers for it. Any ideas? Any brand to stay away from? We are renovating the old girl and hope to be on road at least part time come June, 2018. We are retiring on June 1, 2018. So excited and I owe it all to RVSue. She was the first blog I found 6 years ago and it has done nothing but get better and more interesting. Thanks Sue.

  49. Laurie in NC says:

    Love all the pictures of the red rocks! I grew up in a part of NC with red clay, so I guess I am drawn to the red rocks. My husband is keeping up with all the places that we want to visit when we finally hit the road, so this area is on the list. We originally thought we wanted to full time, but now we are planning on taking long trips and having a home base. We just moved into a very small house that we designed and built on 10 acres! We only have one bedroom and one bathroom, less to clean! We did build a large cover for the camper! Have to keep priorities in order!
    Reading this blog gives us great ideas for places to visit, but also helps us to see what the “life on the road” would be like. We have not stayed in a camper for longer than a couple of weeks, but I think it will work for us. We do create the outside room and spend a lot of time outdoors. I think that is the key to being able to enjoy time on the road when you have two people in such a small place.

  50. Kathy (NC) says:

    Just got back from our trip to the UK and Norway. I had planned to follow your travels while away but the universe decided otherwise! My tablet died in transit (fairly old model) and my not-so-smart phone refused to pick up e-mail. So, I had a long break from technology which was a little frustrating but looking back was very relaxing!!
    Anyway, I’m catching up fast and enjoying all the photos. Hope all is well and that you and the crew are somewhere peaceful. Kathy.

  51. Terri in Tx says:

    .Thanks Dawn and Elizabeth for the nice thoughts. Yeah my old cat is hanging in there! She is the oldest I have ever had. My last 3 made it to 16 and 17 years. Here is a secret-if you want your cat to live longer don’t let it outside except on a leash and feed it American sourced food-preferably meat. I feed mine Halo meat and kibble on the side. My sisters lab died from food sourced in China-and it was supposed to be quality food. Hey RvSue whatcha doin? Had to drink my coffee without you this morning. 🙁 Hope all is well!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      I don’t disagree at all with your concensus on longevity of pets…we were VERY careful in what we fed our lovely last pet (dog)…and she lived a long time past her expected lifespan too. I personally try not to EAT a thing from countries I feel do not feed their own people well enough…just a thing I have about that…

  52. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Hi Sue, Hope you are enjoying yourself, we miss you. Was wondering if you have heard from Mick in Spencer. Haven’t seen a comment from him in a while. Guess we all need to give him a project to answer. HaHa!

  53. Rochelle in IN says:

    Hey there, Sue! Sitting here in an air-conditioned office, looking at your blog after successfully running the bi-weekly payroll for over 8.000 folks. We are probably 3 years out from retirement and full-timing. We are excited by the prospect but dreading the whole down-sizing process. Not down-sizing in itself, but the work involved. Oh well, that will just make the result sweeter, right?

    The big excitement for us is that we have “put our money down” and ordered our rig. After much thought, discussion, experience with everything from a tent to a pop-up to a 5th wheel, we’ve decided on a 35′ Class A gasser. So excited! Too bad we couldn’t order the rig through Amazon, right? LOL! Don’t get discouraged at the lagging Amazon sales – Christmas is coming and all of us blogorinos will be shopping through your link, right guys?

    I wish there were a way for you to write your blog in the comfort of the BLT…….

  54. Diann in MT says:

    PLEASE SHOP AMAZON THROUGH THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS BLOG.

    SUE RECEIVES A COMMISSION ON BIG OR SMALL ITEMS.

    THAT WOULD BE THE BEST THANK YOU EVERYONE OF US COULD GIVE HER.

    GONNA ORDER MY BOOK CLUB GOODIES RIGHT NOW!

  55. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    Sue
    I am sorry that I haven’t said anything for a while. I have been so busy trying to downsize and working on my Airstream. won’t be able to bring the airstream but will be vandwelling this winter around Glendale,Az. with a trip to Quartzsite in January. at laposa south. Give the boys a pat on the head for me.
    Dave

  56. Nancy in Texas says:

    I have read your blog from the beginning, and so enjoyed reading of your travels. I will be praying for you for God to give you strength and renewal, and I know He will.

  57. Sue S in PNW says:

    Hi Sue. First time purchasing through your Amazon link. Looking forward to reading your adventures.

  58. Hi, RVSue
    I found out while watching your map that your part of tracks from Belfry to Bridger through SR-72 on your way to the Bighorn Canyon Nat’l Rec. Area is the same road I’ve taken 4 years ago.
    Have a good evening!

  59. Susan in south central WA says:

    Hi Sue and Crew! I keep checking back every few days to see how you are escaping the smoke. Can’t wait to see the upcoming reports and see what the boys are up to. I’m in the top 120 blogorinos so time to go back and read every one elses comments. Have a great Autumnal Equinox!!

  60. Gloria in Prescott, Az. says:

    Glad to see your post to weather above. I was starting to worry. Be assured all those 5000 views are probably worriers too. I am sure you keep in contact with your sisters though so I calmed down.
    We are leaving for a trip to the National Parks in Utah tomorrow. Sadly its our first trip this year as we have been working on our place. My brother-in-law died of a massive heart attack about a month ago so have been spending time with my sister here in Prescott. She is having a tough time after 45 years of marriage.
    Your absence had moved me to get back to reading the old posts in fear they may be gone soon. We all get tired at times and I figure you will quit posting one of these days. None of us are getting any younger. We must make the best of whatever time we have on this beautiful sphere. Be assured that your writing comes through as very authentic and appreciated by everyone who comes here or they wouldn’t bother.
    I guess Amazon isn’t paying as well as it used to. I don’t buy much but I have used the link.
    If you need to make a change in your life to enjoy it more. I would not begrudge you of that. Retirement is suppose to be doing what you want and that changes for everyone. Do hope you keep in touch though.

  61. Kevin in CO says:

    HI Sue, I have checked a few times in the past week, and saw you have not posted a new entry. Tonite I read thru the comments and see you and the crew are ok, but weary of the hassle of maintaining while on the road.

    We are camped here in Colorado in an area I know you camped and enjoyed last year? Figuring you were heading south from central wy, I have wondered if I would see you here. Well no, but that’s for the best, it’s been windy and it’s turning chilly this weekend. The fall colors in the Buena Vista are have been superb, so we have enjoyed our stay, but it’s time to go home.

    Travel safe and enjoy the day!

  62. Helen says:

    Hello Sue. I just ordered pampers, Winnie the Pooh bouncer, blanket and receiving blankets. Hope you see them from amazon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I was touched by the caring in your other comment. Thank you for helping me get out of this funk!

      I don’t see your order yet. If you put it on a wish list, I won’t get credit. I’ll keep looking and I’ll try to remember to let you know, either in a direct comment or by putting one of the items in the link list of recently ordered items at the bottom of a post.

  63. Jan NH says:

    So glad you and Chuck came through Irma OK. You were in my thoughts when I saw it was moving more to the west. All the devastation from these hurricanes this year are heartbreaking. Stay safe.

  64. Jan NH says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’m so sorry to read you are feeling down and discouraged by the lack of responsive traffic on your blog. I just wanted to pipe in here and say again how much I enjoy following and reading your adventures and all of the crew’s antics. I know I do not respond often enough but I do so enjoy reading all of the posts as well as everyone’s comments. I for one will miss you if you decide to stop the blog but do understand how much work it can be especially when you are chasing internet connectivity. You of course, need to do what makes you happy.

    That being said, I’d like to say that I will try to be better at responses but for the rest of the year I will be participating in training at work so thinking my comments may be fewer if you decide to stick around (which I sincerely hope you do 🙂 ).

    So what training am I doing at this point in my career? I know, I thought I might be retiring soon but after some serious thought and changes at work, I’ve actually decided to do a career change to extend my career a little longer. I’m hoping to control when I actually retire and not have that decision made for me. The company I work for has been going through some serious layoffs in IT throughout this year and they are not done yet. I’ve watched some very talented individuals lose their jobs because the company is restructuring in order to stay up with current trends and technology. This change includes having fewer analysts (what I do), project managers and a leaner management structure in order to hire/train more software developers. As sad as it is to see so many good people let go (though many have found other positions internally), I on the other hand understand the organization’s need to make this change. Anyhow, I decided I really need to work a few more years and made a decision earlier this year to apply for the training program the company is offering to become a software developer and was accepted into the program. So, for the next three months I will be in VERY intense, immersion type training to become a software developer. I’m actually very excited (as well as a little scared)

    Anyhow, that is my story. I do hope you are able to find a solution that makes you happy and still maintain this wonderful blog even if with fewer postings but the key here is to do what makes you happy……this is YOUR retirement so it should not be so difficult. I’m sure I speak for others when I say that we love you and want what’s best for you but will surely miss you if you go. We will also understand that you and the crew’s happiness (and sanity) must come first. Please know my thoughts and support are with you whatever you decide.

    Jan from NH

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Good luck with your training, Jan! I think learning a new skill is a very wise move. I have been researching training to expand my skill set as well. Always good to have a “Plan B” if possible. 🙂

  65. Lee says:

    Hi Sue,
    First time commenting here, been following you for years. I remember when I first found your blog I was dumbstruck, here was someone actually doing what I wanted to do guess my idea was not so crazy, than low and behold here is a whole community. I certainly understand total frustration, I am often amazed at how you are able to keep the blog moving. I have learned so very much about traveling in retirement (still a few years away) I feel like this blog is family, you may not talk every day but when you do its so comfortable. I hope you can find the balance that you need. My best to you and the boys.

  66. Tamara and Honeybear in MI says:

    Good morning Sue,
    I have been taking advantage of your blog to feel good every time I read it. Your blog is uplifting and keeps me dreaming about my own get away. I found your blog when I went looking for more information on the Casita Trailer. I am feeding my piggy bank to purchase my own some day. I moved from TX to MI last year hoping to see snow, but there was very little. Perhaps there will be more this year. It is currently 92!

  67. Terri in Texas says:

    Hi RvSue
    Just wanted to comment and say I have been reading your blog for about 5 years now. I have enjoyed your writing so much! I had a feeling you were kind of depressed. Please dont let what one mean commenter said skew your perspective of your blog. Writing is very hard work-most people dont realize that. I remember when e-books were first coming out and Stephen King started a serialized book online and said payment was on the “honor system” Well that didnt last long! More readers were stealing than paying so he pulled the book. I hope you dont pull your blog! Take some time, get your electronics fixed in the BLT, and gain a more balanced perspective. I am no stranger to depression and I know what its like-I learned years ago not to make decisions of any kind when I was depressed. I am sure you know that, too. As for the Amazon ordering, it seems I heard that affiliates were getting less commission. Bret and I order what we can through your blog, though. Did the snorkel mask show up? 🙂 I never read a blog til I saw yours and it has been so entertaining and informative. Thank you so much-and that is from the bottom of my heart! Take care RVSUE and Crew!

    were stealing than paying! So he pulled the book.
    Please dont pull your blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      Thank you for your kind words and for shopping Amazon from my blog. I don’t know if I saw the snorkel mask you ordered. I have seen a snorkel mask in the past but I don’t know when you placed your order. It might have been yours.

  68. Ken in Queen Creek, AZ says:

    I don’t comment often, but I am a faithful reader. I check for updates almost daily. You are an inspiration to many (including me). It is hard to imagine doing anything in perpetuity. I – myself need a season of renewal occasionally. Without a winter, we don’t appreciate spring sort-of-thing. You constantly take me away from the rat race and I can imagine my wife and in some peaceful, lonely Canyon enjoying the mind-cleansing. quiet – because YOU are showing me that these day dreams are possible.

    I can “get it” that this bog can seem like a “job.” Anthing that I do on a daily basis can seem like a chore after a while no matter how much I enjoy it. I think it happens to everyone. If only we could be more like dogs – they relish every moment.

    I’ll keep looking for the next edition. I appreciate your pictures, and your perspective.

  69. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Sorry I missed the above conversation with you and weather. I am sorry you are depressed, but you know we all love you and would really be sad if you choose to leave us. If blogging weekly helps you we will certainly understand. It does seem that a lot of us have health issues, caregiver issues. I don’t usually get the post until later in the evening, so I squeeze in time to at least read it before bed. Then I work the next day and sometimes forget to go back and comment.
    I love going to bed and lying there in the peace & quiet thinking about the day when I may be able to get my own Casita and travel this beautiful county. I love the places you take us to and have a long list of places to visit. Your photos & descriptions of the various camping areas are fantastic and Reggie & Roger makes for a nice chapter in life.
    Thanks to you a lot of folks have had a change in lifestyle and have found there is more out there than sitting in a sticks bricks house.
    I do hate the internet issue as I use it a lot and know it can be frustrating. I do wonder about the places that lack cell service, due to my heart issues.
    I want to thank you for taking the time these last 5 years to give us this wonderful blog. Take care of yourself.

  70. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue, I just saw your conversation with Weather. Please take the time that you need to feel better. Please take care of yourself. I am selfish and love this blog. It is always the highlight of my day. It got me thinking instead of having a tiny house, to wait and have a trailer and travel. You have helped inspire me to want to be a nomad! I am sorry that you are having a hard time. I pray that you will be able to get some joy back and to take care of yourself.

  71. Judy Johnson in upstate S.C. says:

    Hi Sue and wonderful blogorinos. We’ve been on the road for just over a month; experiencing many highs and some lows. Things break, no cell service, can’t find a place to stay and it’s getting dark, dodging fires across the states and Canada, drown my phone in a toilet (finally revived!). So, have just a little glimpse into what your life involves. You are so admired! Know that hubby and I follow you and faithful blogorinos. Praying for your encouragement, strength and peace of mind. Much love!

  72. Cinandjules🌵 says:

    I check this blog several times a day and read all the comments. With your lifestyle of boondocking, fabulous sites off the beaten path..usually means no signal. It becomes a chore to drive and find a spot…
    Remember, we are here to ride along and enjoy the life YOU live. Your happiness shouldn’t include making sure WE are entertained.
    When you get the opportunity..post…kind of like when it’s time to move to another site move….we understand…we’re not going anywhere!
    Most importantly….Take care of number one…and the crew.
    Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

  73. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Blogorinos!

    Please forgive me for not replying to every comment. I appreciate your thoughtful words of caring. Thanks for the encouragement you give me.

    New post coming up in a few minutes!

    Sue

  74. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    I have been going through a hard move, so am just catching up with the blog. I saw comments on the next post alluding to you, Sue, being down and frustrated with the blog. I looked to see what they meant.

    I’m sorry you’re down! Maybe it’s not only blog frustration but the end of a summer moving a lot and running from the smoke. Maybe you need some rest time! Also, the light starts to shift and you have been north, so maybe your body is feeling a touch of SAD which can start this time of year.

    I liked weather’s comment about the electrical connection’s in your rig. Maybe if you can have better connections it would be a bit easier.

    But, yeah, there are the frustrations of blogging, in general, too. Sometimes they can build up. And then there’s Amazon. It’s most annoying they have dropped commission rates on some categories. That really messes with the little folks who are trying to earn a little money.

    I don’t know how business-y you want to get, but here are a couple of ideas. You could start encouraging the use of Patreon, where people make donations to you. You can get people on a monthly donation; you offer “extras” to these VIPs. They do not need to cost you money, but they should have a good perceived value to your donors. Exclusive “posts” that don’t go on the blog, exclusive info on the campsites, exclusive photos, exclusive “posts” from Reggie and Roger, etc. Even videos (set to private on YouTube). You can deliver this by email for ease. Or, if you want to get fancy you can have a password protected area of your site or a separate password protected membership site. I myself would start with the easiest, delivery by email.

    Also, you could explore adding other affiliate programs, especially ones that are monthly recurring payments.

    Maybe feature products in blog posts. We just saw some folks asking about heaters.

    You could do book(s). You have plenty of material. Change it up or unpublish old posts from the blog and repackage them in books. Books work best in today’s market if you have multiple books and continue to publish or if you use a book to get people to your website where you have other things for sale.

    You could do a course on how to do what you’re doing.

    There’re also print on demand physical products. Check out using The Printful which is integrated with Etsy. You could do branded products and also products with designs more geared to the customer. Designs can and should be simple. You do not need to stock inventory and with the Etsy integration, the orders will go directly to The Printful for fulfillment, delivery and customer service.

    You have a LARGE audience, you are known and have authority and credibility. You are very successful. There is a lot of potential here.

    I know, though. It’s a bad time to say this stuff when you’re depressed. And maybe you don’t want to make changes or do additional work. I wouldn’t blame you. This is your retirement and time for doing what you want. But copy and save this comment in case you get the urge.

    Anyway, you have my affection and respect. Your blog means a lot to me. I’m going through a long, very hard period in my life and your blog brings me a smile, hope, and helps me continue on. I look for it in my email box. There is no other blog that I look for like that. And that says a lot.

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