Huntington State Park, Utah

Tuesday, September 30 (continued)

First thing this morning I blog about the latest chapter of Rusty’s and Timber’s story and then pack us up for the road.  I want most of our travel today to take place in the morning.  The storms of the last week seem to have moved on, but another spate of rain and wind may approach the area by this afternoon.

Route 191 west to Roosevelt and Duchesne is an easy drive.

I stop at Al’s Food Market in Duchesne to pick up a few supplies I forgot to buy when at the Wal-Mart in Vernal.  First I put Bridget in her black harness and walk her around the grassy area next to the store.  As I’m putting her inside the Perfect Tow Vehicle, a man of retirement age comes along.

“Hi!” he says with a broad smile.  “I saw you stop here and had to come over.  You have a beautiful set-up here,” he comments, looking over the Best Little Trailer and the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

A conversation ensues about the solar panel, batteries, small fiberglass trailers, and so forth.   I’m accustomed to this.  People stop me often to admire my rig and to ask questions.  I’m always happy for a chance to show off!

The next leg of today’s journey is the stretch of Route 191 between Duchesne and Price.

We followed this road for miles uphill on our trip north last spring.  You may remember my choice words from that time:

“What the HELL am I doing on this damn road!”

Going south on Route 191 isn’t as grueling as the miles of uphill climb in the other direction.  Nevertheless, two lanes of winding, downhill road around canyon rock behind a tanker truck becomes tedious.  I’m relieved when we go through Helper, followed by Price.  I turn south onto Route 10.

It’s a straight shot across desert to Huntington State Park.

As you know, I rarely camp in state parks.  One reason is the availability of numerous, free boondocks.  The other reason is to avoid crowds.  Therefore, I’m delighted to find Huntington State Park nearly empty!

The large campground has only five campers in it.

Four of them are bunched together over in the full hook-up area.  That leaves one other camper among all the no-hook-up sites along the reservoir.

1-P1000744 - Copy I choose a site between the reservoir’s shore and the shower house.

1-P1000748 - CopyBridget scampers across the lawn and rolls onto her back in the soft grass.  She kicks her legs skyward as she squiggles.

“Isn’t this great, Bridge?”

1-P1000746 - CopyI take a seat at the picnic table and unwrap lunch.  The salad from Al’s Food Market’s deli is delicious:  bowtie pasta and grape tomatoes mixed with shredded cheeses, feta cheese, and olive oil.

We relax under the cottonwood tree.

1-P1000745 - CopyBoy, this is the time of year to camp in a state park.  The place is practically deserted!  And for $16 we have a nice site with a great view, hot showers, water available, a dump station, although I already took care of that . . . .

1-P1000754-001The view from our campsite at Huntington State Park . . . . More rain clouds?

I leave Bridget inside the BLT, grab my shower tote out of the PTV, and hurry over to the shower house. 

Later we walk around the campground loop and explore some of the shoreline of Huntington Reservoir.

I read in bed with Bridget lying beside me, snoring under the covers.  We both sleep well.

1-P1000749 - CopyWednesday, October 1

“What?  More rain?”

As soon as it stops, I run outside to catch the early light showcasing the mountains across the reservoir.

1-P1000752I zoom in on the mountain that looks like a delicious pastry with whipped cream and sprinkles.  (Here I go with more food references.  But, gee, it looks good enough to eat!)

1-P1000751Bridget and I leave Huntington State Park this morning.

We’re rested, refreshed, and ready to move on down the highway to our next camp!

rvsue

NOTE:  “Aaaacccckkk!  Hard freeze warning for early morning hours in Utah!”

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117 Responses to Huntington State Park, Utah

  1. Diann in MT says:

    Pretty place to stay and regroup. I love Bridget’s grass roll! Safe travels, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Diann. We did arrive safely. One of these days I’m going to have my camera in my hand when Bridget squiggles with her legs in the air!

  2. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Good morning, the good times continue! What beautiful photos you have shared. I keep saying, I must visit Utah, you make it so appealing.
    Your lunch sounded wonderful, simple things are the best, including your way of life. Have safe travels today!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lee J. Good afternoon to you!

      I don’t make Utah appealing. 🙂 It’s appealing all on its own. I think the popularity of the national parks in the state have hogged the limelight. People tend to overlook the beautiful, out-of-the-way places.

      • Chuck says:

        Oh Sue, you, as usual, are so right! Utah is not a state that can be seen in a week. To see this beautiful state takes months and months. It is all beautiful. Sues’ pictures are great but to see this state it must be in person with NO rush. Her descriptions are so accurate. Our favorite state.

  3. leilani says:

    Gorgeous! I swear, the Utah Dept. of Tourism Development really ought to put Sue on their payroll. I’d never even had Utah on my list of places to see before I started reading this blog and now I want to move there!

    • Jean in Southaven, MS says:

      I lived there for over three years and it is a great place. Lots to do all year long if you are an outdoor type person.

    • Teresa from NC says:

      I totally agree with you about Utah, minus the”move there” part. But, I definitely want to go roam around there for a while.

    • Monica says:

      I agree that she has done an excellent job promoting Utah. I too never had interest in Utah, but now it is on my must travel to states.

    • Cari in Plano Texas says:

      Add me to this list! I was on a bus tour in 2001 that went from Seattle through Wyoming and Idaho to Utah, ending up in Salt Lake City. I don’t remember seeing this beautiful scenery though. Definitely adding this to my list of destinations!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      leilani… Your comment makes me laugh!

    • Lolalo says:

      I never thought of Utah as a destination, either, until my daughter moved there and I have visited a couple times a year for the past three years. It was such a surprise to me. It is one of the most beautiful states with high, snow covered mountains, beautiful lush green valleys, inviting blue lakes, and even the red rocks are breathtaking. Such beauty! Everywhere you look, there is beauty! I would love to live there. And even the winter cold is not as bad as the South because of low humidity. Lots of things to entice you to Utah. The people I have met there are nice, too.

    • Chuck says:

      Yes they should!!!!

  4. wildflower in prescott says:

    Thank you for the update on your friends rusty and timber.

    I do not post often, but I lurk every day and when I purchase something from Amazon I click through your blog first. You have an eclectic following of blogorinos. I read every post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, wildflower in prescott,

      Thanks for remembering to go to Amazon through my blog. I do appreciate it. And thanks also for reading every post!

  5. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I just have to comment on the beautiful pictures. I agree the picture of the mountain showing up white looks good enough to eat. I think it looks like a big coconut cake though. That is difference of tastes I guess, but a pastry with whipped cream is a VERY close second. Safe travels as you try to outrun the cold weather and give Ms. Bridgett a scratch in her favorite place for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Consider Bridget well scratched! 🙂

      I don’t think we could outrun the cold expected for tonight. I turned on the propane heater at 4 0’clock. I want the BLT warmed well; then I’ll turn off the heater before going to bed.

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. Coconut cake works for me.

  6. Teresa from NC says:

    Sue, I love that you capture your surroundings in different light. There are a few I flip back and forth from because they seem so different that it’s just hard to believe they’re of the same scene. Safe travels, and thanks for the update.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teresa,

      Ah, the power and magic of light! Capturing scenes in the best light is part of the fun of photography.

      As for those pics of the mountain aglow, that occurred for less than 5 minutes. I saw it through the window, ran out, took the shot, came back inside, and in a minute or so, the special lighting was gone.

  7. From the home of Roy and Dale, “Happy Trails to You” kiddo. Safe traveling, O.K.?

  8. weather says:

    Good heavens ,Sue -the early light showcasing the mountains photo is breathtakingly beautiful! It astonishes me that you make nature more beautiful seen your way so often.Hope your lovable squiggling Bridget has time to scamper around your next home before suppertime,I know you like to be settled in early when you can.Thanks for postponing your moving on down the highway to make our regular day terrific again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, weather. It’s a good feeling to have the blog taken care of before heading to a new camp. We did arrive at our new camp around noon. Bridget had plenty of time to explore our new home.

      Chilly day and damp air from the saturated ground… Put the heater on to take the chill out of the BLT. I’ll bundle up before going to bed tonight!

      Your comment under the previous post, having to do with a subtext to my posts, was thought-provoking. You’re right . . . . Bridget and I are opening a new chapter, as are Rusty and Timber. Our relationship is blossoming as we go forward without the company of Spike.

      Thank you for your words about my photos. It’s a pleasure to share what I see, especially when the Light makes a special appearance. 🙂

      Wishing you a warm and cozy night with your troupe . . .

      • weather says:

        Your chilly day and night ahead sounds warmed by love, glad you have extra clothes and a heater to add. May blessings shield that blossoming and all else in your lives going forward.We’ll start the warm cozy night you wish us early this evening,catch up with you next Light

  9. Barb George says:

    I sure do enjoy seeing you pop up in my email box! It feels like I get to do another bit of ‘armchair travelin’ (oh, yes I do!!!). LOVE this.

    It is cold here today! Sunny as all get out though so the afternoon will be lovely.

    We had an adventure in marriage yesterday. LOL My husband, Jim… ahhhh… Jim. GRRRRRRRR! LOL Well. Jim is 67. He has worn hearing aids for about 7 or 8 years… well. NO. That is a lie. He has HAD hearing aids for that long. Maybe worn them for 4 yrs, if he thought of them… So, off we go to the hearing specialist… And I know my husband…he has a $$ figure in his mind (not even close). They test the ears, and it is deemed his hearing is below 20%. NOT good. So. His new shiny aids (with auto correcting and stuff) will be ready in a week. $5000 later. UGH. However, Jim has Asperger’s Syndrome. So his ‘people figuring skills’ are not too hot. So this is a coping tool that could just be good. My hope is that this will be a new lease on his life… And now, maybe I won’t sound like a roaring cat! LOL He can hear me speak! Let me just tell ya, I am thankful the TV won’t have to be up to 35! LOL

    Off to check the last of the tomatoes and clip things back… Mow a bit (I bet you do not miss yard work!) and maybe pretend I am camping and read a bit with my cat in my lap in the yard. 🙂

    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb ( a tad bit poorer, but hoping richer in the long run!)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I do hope the hearing aids will make a change for the better for both of you! It takes an awful lot of patience to live with a person who doesn’t hear well. No doubt there have been trying times for both of you.

      The cost seems like a huge expense at the time you pay it, but if the aids help your husband to hear without people having to shout or turn the TV up loud, well, that has to be worth it, right?

      “The last of the tomatoes….” That’s the true sign that summer is over. No, I don’t miss yard work, although I did have a nice reading spot in my yard, as it sounds like you do. A book and a cat and a freshly mowed lawn …. nice!

      Always a pleasure to hear from you Barb!

  10. Jolene/Iowa says:

    What a beautiful area! It is simply breathtaking. So glad you and Bridget had a restful night and a hot shower to boot!!

    The state parks here are still quite busy so I am glad you found them not so busy there.

    Safe travels, looking forward to your next stop.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I spoke with one of the state park employees. He said the park was full last weekend. From now on the parks don’t have many campers or day use people. I’m going to remember that October is a good month for us to camp in state parks!

      When we left this morning there were only two campsites taken and one was the camp host.

  11. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I have no doubt that I would be better off both physically and mentally if I made a point of squiggling every day. What a life.

    I’m always curious though, I know Bridget does not like being left alone in the PTV does she pitch a fit when you leave her alone in the trailer to hit the showers? My Dexter used to howl like she was being sawed in two when left alone in the car but she is getting a bit better as she gets older. As always thanks for being you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Rick. What a nice thing to say.

      “… howl like she was being sawed in two…” That describes Bridget’s screaming quite well.

      The trouble with Bridget is she cries about everything. It’s like the little boy who cried, “wolf!” I don’t take her hysterics seriously anymore. I knew she’d holler the whole time I was in the shower. Oh well, she’s that much happier when I return.

  12. Monica says:

    Sue, You are so fortunate to awake to such a stunning display. I enjoyed how you first portrayed the park with your first couple of photos as just the average pretty park, but then you surprised us with numerous shots of the alluring mountain range. Thanks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Monica.

      Yes, I am very fortunate. I never forget there are many people who would love to live the way I do and see what I see.

      I made you take the drive with us and see the campsite before you could see the best photos of the day. 🙂

  13. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue. GOOD NIGHT! Never thought I’d see THIS! I’m almost #1. Peaceful scenery and almost best camp ever. I like the quiet ones too. Good to Bridget enjoying the moment. Again, thanks for letting us tag along. Happy Travels.

    • GypsyPurl says:

      When I said almost best camp, that’s because I Loved that one at the beach a few weeks ago.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, GypsyPurl. Bridget is a serious girl. She doesn’t play much. That makes watching her squiggle a treat. She let loose for a change!

  14. rvsueandcrew says:

    UPDATE:

    Hi everyone!

    We stopped in Emery, Utah (Okay, Benchmarkers, find it on the map.)

    Bridget needed a potty break and I needed a blog fix! I enjoyed reading your reactions to this latest post. Thanks for the upbeat remarks. Yes, Rick, Bridget pitched a fit when I went to the shower house . . . of course!

    Great travel weather — cool and clear. The wind is a bit gusty but nothing the anti-sway bar can’t handle.

    Talk to you later. . . . Back on the road . . . . Love y’all!

    Sue

  15. LKM says:

    What a beautiful place to camp!

    In a few years (I hope!) I can be taking such picturesque photos!

    Love your Blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, LKM,

      Great to see you here! Thanks for letting me know you love my blog. I hope your dream comes true!

  16. Shirlene says:

    Wow, I love those pictures, your camera is doing a wonderful job of making us feel like we are there with you…I told Weather it was pretty there, but I had no idea how stunning the big piece of Angel Food Cake looked out your window. No wonder you wanted a break from your keyboard….A hot shower, snuggle with your puppy and a good book, who needs blogorinos! Well, off again, you are making some time now and it won’t be long before you are going to be basking in the higher temperatures as we will be in So Cal this weekend, heat wave coming in again, along with Santa Ana winds…Be careful on the road out there….I cannot wait until the next post to see where we are then!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      It was nice to take a break. Sometimes my head is filled with blog stuff and I need to clear it in order to truly experience where we are and what we’re doing. The hot shower was wonderful and walking along the water’s edge with Bridget was a delight for us both.

      Hmm…. angel food cake… yes!

      After a cold blast today and tomorrow, we will have highs in the 70s. Enjoy Southern California! You be careful on the road, too.

      • Gayle says:

        Your Walmart purchase of sweatpants to sleep in is genius. They are soft, warm, relaxed fit, affordable, durable, and one looks acceptable if one has to go outside (to chase a bear away, or whatever!). I’m going to buy some myself — along with some angel food cake (thanks a lot)!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I got the kind that have a flat waist, instead of an elasticized waist which can bunch up and be uncomfortable. When it’s very cold, I pair up my sweatpants with a sweatshirt (with a t-shirt underneath) and socks for a warm sleep.

  17. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Lovely location…good views. Glad for you Sue…but oh I hope you can manage to stay warm tonight…sure helps to have the little heater beside you eh? Dogs are such warm creatures. We are off to a different day than we had planned, but we know WHO orders our day and it will be good.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      With Bridget under the covers I make a cocoon with the comforter that traps the warm air. We will stay warm all night. I hope you do the same. 🙂

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Well, if we close the windows entirely, it stays quite warm…almost too much…so there is a bit of jumping up to re-set the window levels, etc. The best part of the coolish weather now??? IT IS QUIETER from the crazies….YEA!!!

  18. gorgeous photos, Sue! I can just picture Bridget luxuriating in the grass–sweet! Loved the photo of the white mountain. I’m gonna go with vanilla ice cream resemblance. Safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I was thinking coffee ice cream. Haven’t had that in ages! Thanks for complimenting my photos.

  19. DesertGinger says:

    Good day all! Nurse came and changed my dressing and it was a little less painful…does that mean I’m healing? We hope. Took Chloe for a walk at 10am and it was very pleasant….not too hot. That is amazing. Havent been outside at 10am for months, so I guess we are officially into fall. I’m happy about that and excited about 8 months of good weather. I’m hoping I will get stronger and healthier and able to get out there and explore my new state!
    Today’s goal will be to hook up Internet stuff today and finally get some decent Internet service here. I feel kind of crappy right now but hope I will be better after a little nap.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      You’re getting used to the sharp edges of the packing gauze! Nope yo’re a trooper!

      Take it slow DGin….don’t wear yourself down!

      Great to hear you and Chloe got out into the fresh air!

    • Sue (Alabama) says:

      DGinger, I’m so glad to read that you are on the mend and getting out and walking with Chloe!! You are such a strong women and gone thru so much but looks like you can finally see the light at the of the tunnel!

    • weather says:

      Hi,Ginger-So glad to hear you had less pain ,hope the nap DID help you feel better .Hug Chloe and yourself for me

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Glad to hear you are able to enjoy the weather now…and able to walk your dog. Hope you continue to heal…take lots of naps here and there…it does take time to get over surgeries!! Hubby tries to work hard, but even at 9 wks out now, he has to rest a lot too. I have heard it takes a year to get over all the effects of being “put out”. Seems true. We are dealing with our plans being put on hold too…

    • Patricia from Florida says:

      DG,
      Glad to hear that you got outside. Take it easy though. Short walks are good at this point. Even sitting outside in a chair in the sun is good. It is nice to see your updates pop up…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I hope your internet connection is all set up and you’re happy with it. Keep that positive attitude and you’ll continue to improve.

      I appreciate the updates. Thanks!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Well, wouldn’t you know there is a problem with the modem…it doesn’t seem to be getting the signal from outside. So, they have to send people out on Saturday. When I called comcast you had a choice of do-it-yourself setup (cheaper) or ‘professional installation’ (more expensive). So I asked the guy….how hard is setup? He said it was super easy so I went withe DIY option. Well…not easy and not a piece of cake. Now I guess the ‘pros’ will come out. But they better not charge me since I tried DIY and it is a problem with their signal.

    • Illinois Jane says:

      DG, glad to hear you seem to be getting better and that you are getting outside with Chloe. Just sitting in the sunshine daily can be healing, too, along with feeling great! Keep it up!

  20. phoneguy1212 says:

    As always Sue, thanks for bringing us along the way. Be safe.

  21. You are further south than I originally thought. Love our Benchmark!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad you’re pleased with the Benchmark atlas, Karen. The more you use it, the more you’ll see what it contains.

  22. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    People just gravitate toward you and your rig! Awesome set up!

    Stunning pictures…..lovely peaceful site you found once again. I can just about see and hear Bridget squiggly get on the grass upside down!

    Did she mention showers? Yeppers she did!

    Hard freeze warning is better than flying snow showers! Oh boy are we going to get pictures that brings laughter tomorrow?

    Enjoy your evening! Stay warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’d better NOT have a snowstorm here! We’ve been caught too many times already. I expect another cold day and then the forecasters say it will warm up again. Maybe the cold snap will bring out more fall color. It must be getting close to the peak of color in northern New York state . .. .

  23. Sue (Alabama) says:

    What a beautiful place to stay for the night! If it wasn’t for the snow I don’t think I would want to leave! Those last two pictures were so pretty the way you captured the way the light shines on those peaks is amazing. Your camera ( with your eye) takes great pictures.

    Our house is still on the market, 7 months now, changing realtors and lowering the price again! Gonna have to give this house away soon just so we can get out on the road and see what you see Sue. Our new coach (bought in March) is still in the shop (4 mths now), We have only spent 2 nights in it! They say maybe next week!

    Give Bridgett a great big scratch for me! Keep snugly warm in your sweet egg! Hope you find the perfect spot!

    • EmilyO in NM says:

      Sue, know the frustration you are going thru. Hope the new realtor gets the job done.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve been through that, too, Sue. Several months go by, try a new realtor, lower the price, wait, wait, wait…. I was fortunate with my last house that I had a buyer waiting for ME to decide when I wanted to sell.

      Four months in the shop? What are they doing? Rebuilding it from scratch? Apparently the timing wasn’t right for you to hit the road, but I’m hoping that everything will come together for you soon, at the right time… house sells, coach is ready to take you wherever you want to go… Won’t that be grand?

  24. rhodium says:

    As nice as your travel notes and photos are, what I find remarkable is the ability of your readers to get along in your absence. I imagine a big classroom with you walking around, proctoring the group and making sure everyone behaves. We will have to start reading you less regularly since we are leaving RI Friday to buy our truck (and see the kids) in Texas then on to Montana to meet our trailer that has been waiting for us for the last two months. Carpe diem!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, rhodium,

      One of the signs of a good teacher is her students stay engaged even when she is not present. LOL!

      Wow! You have some exciting days ahead of you! I look forward to updates! In case I don’t have the chance before you leave Friday, I’ll send my wish for you now….

      Safe travels all the way to Texas, Montana, and beyond! Keep track of the weather situation as you go . . .

  25. Ron Sears says:

    Another great post with pictures. I really like the ones of the state park, boy that Bridget sure is a poser! Be safe…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ron,

      I’m not sure if Bridget is posing or simply fuming at me. Thanks for the compliment on the photos. You be safe, too.

  26. Kay says:

    Yep, Winter is a moving in…. I don’t understand why that man can’t go somewhere else for a couple of years. You’d think he’s get sick of our Country.

    Well, we’ve had one thing after another happen on this front. The mobile kitchen, as I sit here, PISSED… hubby has one wall COMPLETELY removed and is grinding off the rust rotted wood from the metal frame. YEP! We are having to rebuild the damn think from outside to inside because it is so rotted. UNBELIEVEABLE.

    Anyone who eats out of food trucks, BEWARE… its sad to say but people who run them are DIRTY and just plain gross.

    I have never seen such a disgusting mess in all my life. Granted, I am probably a bit more picky than the average, but darn it when food is prepared and served from a concession trailer or truck, the place should be CLEAN and NOT SMELL of wood rot or grease. If it does, walk away, don’t buy or eat from it. TRUST ME>…. its likely to have mice droppings and all kinds of crap. Don’t be shy to ask to see inside the place. It’s your health!

    Okay, off my highchair now….

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      We are leery of such places, Kay….you will have yours permanently there…not moving about…we do not like to get sick….and these days….what a lot of stuff is out there to get sick from!! So sorry it was a rotten mess…sigh….so hard to deal with such things these days…not many honest folks to go around either. I remember a little travel trailer we got many years ago…our first one. Hubby tried to look it over good, but he got stuck with rotted gunk in the little bathroom to repair. We never took many trips in it, cause we have always had one or the other: time or money….but not both at the same time!! Maybe one day we will try to find something to travel in…seems other situations keep interfering, but that is life…we only think we plan it!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t blame you for getting upset, Kay. That sort of mess should have been revealed prior to your purchase. People have no scruples!

      It’s frustrating when you’ve worked so hard these several months to discover more work you hadn’t counted on. I do hope you and your husband will be able to relax this winter. You deserve a break!

      • Kay says:

        To be honest, I would love to throw the towels in right now and head out. But, I did promise hubby I would hunker down for ONE year. So for ONE year I will be good and not roll on down the highway. ONLY ONE year though.

        With all the rain the last few days, I do feel like I am at home, in Portland though. Granddaughter not here, so that reminds me I am not home.

        Don’t get me wrong, I do love it here. The people are kind, and it is very quiet. No gunshots to be heard, no screeching tires, no loud music blasting, just nice and quiet.

        I am sure once I do get back “home” to Oregon, I will miss this place as well.

        I do wish to let everyone know, if you’re traveling past us, and the timing is good for you and you want a safe place to pull off the road and sleep, come on in and there is NO CHARGE!

        Have safe travels, Sue and little Woman, Miss Bridget.

  27. DesertGinger says:

    Sue, as you draw near to Fishlake again, perhaps you will want to visit Pando, the worlds largest living organism. It is the aspen grove 1 mile southwest of Fishlake on Utah 25. You can read about it in Wikipedia under “Pando”. Pretty interesting. Estimated to be 1 million years old.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, for heaven’s sake, I can’t believe it!

      Last year I drove Route 25 southwest of Fishlake, probably looked at Pando and didn’t realize it was 80,000 years old. That age is according to treehugger.com. (There’s a photo of it at the website.)

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        And if you go to the bottom of that link you gave us, Sue, there are other neat housing ideas…small but good enough!! THANKS!!

  28. What a great spot you had! I love how the sun plays off the mountains. It does look good enough to eat:)

    I guess it is time all of us fulltimers got further south!! But we are only in Montana! Utah is this weekend. Looks like we will squeeze one more decent week out:)

    Travel safely:)

  29. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good evening, Sue,

    Sharing your love of the full-timer life with another admirer! I have to wonder how many folks, besides your blogorinos, now look at things differently, seeing other possibilities, after meeting you. Thank you for taking us along for the ride!

    Lovely pictures! What an awesome light show on the mountains! Glad you were in the right place at the right time to capture it! In my mind’s eye, I see a lemon meringue pie. The meringue is piled high, kissed by the broiler! Mmmmm!!!!

    Another busy night of sorting through things to prepare for the yard sale on Saturday. What a chore! You never know how much unnecessary “stuff” you have until it is time to unload it! Funny how things that mattered years ago don’t mean a thing now….

    Hope you and Bridget have a good night, snuggled in, nice and cozy! Hugs to you both from me and Gracie pup. 🙂

    DesertGinger: Glad you are having a better day! I know little Chloe enjoyed taking you for a walk today! Keep on trucking, strong woman!!!! Sending you hugs! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good evening, Denise,

      Yes, lemon meringue pie. My mother used to make them… so good!

      People have written here that my blog has changed their life. It’s difficult for me to comprehend that. I suppose others have been affected greatly, too.

      I know Tioga George made it possible for me to imagine life as a vagabond and I’ll forever be grateful to him for that. All because of sharing . . . .

      Thanks for the warm hugs!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Yes, you have affected your little family greatly! Even though you are no longer in the classroom, you share life lessons, offer endless encouragement, and your excitement is contagious! Thank you for being our inspiration!

        Well, I have finished sorting through my kitchen. I store wine and liquor in a lower cabinet. I found some bottles that were over 20 yrs old. Being a social drinker, and not a big partier, they had gone bad. Down the drain it all went! I have 21 empty bottles to be put out with the recycling. I was laughing to myself….the recycle folks are going to think I am a lush or had one hell of a party! Hee hee! 🙂

        Sweet dreams!

        • Save the wine bottles! Hopefully you know someone with a rock tumbler! Break the glass into small chunks, put into the tumbler and the glass comes out looking like beautiful sea-glass! Makes colorful wind chimes or even jewelry!

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Hi, Geri,

            Thank you for that idea! I love sea glass jewelry, but it is usually pretty pricey! I took a beginning jewelry making class a couple months ago. It will be fun making jewelry for myself and for gifts. You just gave me another design idea! 🙂

            I’ll have to check out rock tumblers on Amazon. Thanks again!

  30. Sondra-SC says:

    Another great camp Sue, you find some good spots for sure!! There is some early snow creeping around here and there I saw on the weather…
    …meanwhile here we got my X into a facility but to be honest…we toured many places NONE are up to the par we think it should be considering they bill medicaid $8 grand a month!! Where is that money going??? The places are old the beds are old, the linens are worn out…the bathrooms are old and rusty and out of date…holy cow–its a nightmare! But we did allow an admission…now we hope to get on a wait list for a better place! I don’t know if the nightmare is over or just beginning…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nightmare is the right word! It’s depressing looking at facilities. You do what you can. . . .

      I hope the wait for a better place isn’t long. You deserve a medal, Sondra. Really.

  31. Dawn in MI says:

    Utah is beautiful just about everywhere you’ve been! I think most people think of the Southwest and only consider AZ or NM or NV…but Utah is definitely worth traveling in…even if it does get really cold tonight! Stay safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I’m thinking of the year 2014 as the year we “did” Utah. There are a few more places in the state I’d like us to explore before we enter Arizona.

  32. Mert says:

    I have decided that this is what I want to do. As a family,we traveled and camped in trailers and rvs basically all of my young, and teenage life. I have been looking at different ways of doing this (travel trailer or rv) I currently can not do anything as I still have my health issues and my moms condition. I will of course have to find a traveling companion as I can no longer drive ( real bummer to be 50yrs old and in a matter of 5 years my entire life has changed) I’ve went from very active to having to depend on folks just for transportation. But as my mom always said ” where there’s a will there’s a way”
    Safe travels to you and pretty girl Bridget. Everyplace you have been is simply amazing!! Thanks for sharing and taking us along for the ride.
    Mert & Asia Mae. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Mert,

      You’re young enough for your life circumstances to evolve where your dream can be realized. Even though you are restricted now, you can use this time to formulate a plan and the means to make it work, and to envision yourself traveling.

      Going from an active life to being dependent for transportation must be very difficult. I can’t imagine the adjustment that requires. It’s good that you are looking to the future and evaluating possibilities.

      I wish you, your mom, and Asia Mae a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Mert!

  33. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,
    Hopefully a first morning at a new home site includes freshly perked coffee,my first cup was long ago.Our early tucking in last evening brought an especially early awakening here.Feeling the gentle touch of feline cheek on mine,I opened my eyes just prior to four a.m..She always wants me to play as soon as she’s awake,and because it took her a while to feel safe enough to do that with me(a human!she’d learned not to trust THEM at her prior abode) I’m warmed instead of annoyed by her antics-no matter what the hour.

    Now she and the pups are ready for a nap ,so the birds and I are having beverage time quietly.They sing a little and prance around their water glass,I sip my coffee smiling-they really are delightful-you’d love them!.A while ago “our”eagle flew eastward again.I wonder where she spends midday before returning every day,and hope whoever sees her is as happy to as I am every time.

    Hope while you wait for the warmth you expect there soon,the day and your home feel nice just as they are.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      The touch of a cat’s cheek on your face is a fine way to start the day! I once had a dog with velvety fur. She had been traumatized as a pup. I found her lost and scavenging. I guess because of her insecurities she’d wait until I was asleep and then rest the soft underside of her jaw on my neck and go to sleep herself. I loved waking up with her face close to mine!

      Yes, I would enjoy watching your prancing, singing birds! And your eagle, too…

      Too cold here this morning for us to sit outside. The birds are probably on high branches with their chests toward the first sunbeams. I woke up early also, although not as early as you. With camera in hand I circled around our frosty camp in order to photograph it in the first light.

      Coffee and hard-boiled egg for breakfast. Bridget had liver and ground beef. Now she’s into her morning nap. I’m going back to bed with her to cuddle in the warmth she provides and to read my book. So, yes! My home does feel nice!

  34. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, I am not sure where you are? I have been trying to follow along with Google Maps and try to guess where you might stay. Are you traveling again today or are you someplace where you can share the beauty? As always looking forward to your pictures as I sit in my office, traveling along with you.

    Good Morning to Weather, just finished my coffee also. I drink my coffee as if we were all sitting together in the morning, discussing daily adventures. I love that you saw the eagle again. I will be able to get my eagle fix in January when we travel to Florida. Until then I enjoy your reporting on sightings.

    Blogorinos, have a good day. Safe travels Sue and Bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      I’ll do my best to post about our newest camp today. I need the sun to move higher in order to take more photos.

      We arrived here yesterday (Wed., 10/1). I plan to stay in this camp for several days in order to get some things taken care of in town. To answer your question, no, we aren’t traveling today. Two travel days in a row is enough. 🙂

      Thanks for the wish for our day and our safety. I wish the same for you, Shirlene!

    • weather says:

      Happy Thursday Shirlene,glad you’re here-and will get to see eagles while in Florida.I mention very few of my eagle sightings here because I have so many.Currently it’s so frequent I can count on it daily,they’ve taken to fishing so often in this cove. The ones most familiar with me at times make their flights close enough for us to see each others’ faces .That was a far more rare occurrence for a long time and as you can imagine feels miraculous every time.

      Though it may seem silly I’m still amazed with how trusting wildlife becomes with me-whatever their size or species,I’ve always been so grateful for the gift of it all.Even this-US-as you referred to it yesterday,is a wonder to me.Perhaps because I know so many people with few,if any,peaceful relationships of any type.Sad for them…-Way happy for us!!! 🙂

      • Shirlene says:

        Weather, you would probably laugh if you saw my desk at work. I have a small stuffed eagle in one of my plants, and a photograph of an eagle sitting on a fence post.

        As for wildlife being attracted to you, why not? aren’t we? All wonders of you need not be written, it probably oozes out your pores. LOL

        • weather says:

          Thanks Shirlene- I’ll be laughing about that all day -especially your last phrase.See you on the next post 🙂

          • Shirlene says:

            I am thinking if I were Sue, I would be in Salina, Utah…nice around there, been there only once on the way to Joe’s Valley for fishing. Fun to guess where she will end up..who knows? I am just glad she will stay put for a while. See you next post and we will find out.

  35. JodeeinSoCal says:

    A grass-roll for Bridget and a shower for you – equally blissful pleasures I’m sure 🙂 Looks like a wonderful spot – especially with it nearly all to yourself. It’s that “interesting” time of year to be traveling. No (or less) crowds, and weather that requires a close watch. Since you’ve already had snow I imagine getting south is a priority over lazy days in empty parks 🙁

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      If it were a different time of year we would’ve stayed in the area longer. Not far from Huntington State Park are some good boondocks. The next town south is Castle Dale. A road runs eastward toward Buckhorn Wash which we visited earlier this year, only we approached it from the other side when we camped at Green River. On the Castle Dale end of that road are campsites, I’ve heard.

      Why didn’t we boondock there? Too much rain recently. I didn’t want to drive on a muddy road, especially one unfamiliar to me. Some other time maybe . . . .

  36. Betty Shea says:

    RVSue and Bridget…Again…beautiful photos and campsite…you got it goin’ on!!

  37. DesertGinger says:

    Sue, your morning sounds lovely! I just had a toasted English muffin with some cheese, and chilled applesauce for breakfast. I have doctor appointments today and I am permitted to DRIVE MY CAR if I don’t take pain meds!!! So excited!

    Well, while I was typing I had a phone call….’ This is Bank of America. We are sorry to tell you your debit card has been lost. If you want any charges reversed please enter your 16 digit card number”. I thought…they are calling me, why do I need to enter card number? And I hung up. No phone number on my phone, it showed 82. So I called the Bank. My charges are fine but someone attempted to use my card this morning at an ATM in Richmond, VA, but entered an invalid pin. My card is now blocked and a new card will be issued. So now there are phone scams to get your card info. Very nice.

    Got to get ready for doctor visit. Later!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s always sumpthin’, right Ginger? I’m glad you didn’t fall for the scam. You’re too smart for that.

      What a thrill it will be to drive again! Wishing you a great report at the doctor’s…

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Way, way cool about being able to drive again. I can only imagine how that will start the process of opening up your life again. I’m so proud of you for how you keep on keeping on. You are an inspiration.

  38. Mick'nTN says:

    1/2 million RvSue&Crew visits in just over nine months. This is a HOT spot!

  39. DesertGinger says:

    My luck continues. The last time my neighbor drove me in my car to store, she left the drivers door open and the battery was dead. Had to reschedule my doctor appointment. My park manager helped charge my battery. As it turned out I feel really poor today and am glad to just sit in my chair. If I feel better later, I may go to store.

    I hope others on here read my story about the phone scam to get my card info. Please be careful! There have been card number thefts from Amazon and other retailers. Pay attention to charges on your cards.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gosh, Ginger… How frustrating! Well, maybe it would’ve been too exhausting today anyway.

      As an Amazon Affiliate I feel I must point out something… My research into “card number thefts from Amazon” look suspiciously like persons who had their number stolen thought they were at Amazon.com but more likely they were at a bogus site and not at Amazon at all.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      How Frustrating, Ginger! Well, maybe it will keep you safer for today at least. I wish my battery had been dead the day I got hit by a mack truck going 65 mph!! And a dear friend of mine, probably wishes her car battery had been dead the day she was riding someplace (with her broken leg) and a car plowed into her side of the car…REBROKE her leg, dumbie in emergency did not fix it properly, got infected and now finally over a year later, she is finally ok!! For awhile there looked like she might loose her leg. Sometimes delays are GOOD!!

      Thanks for the warning on the credit card stuff….some just have too much time on their hands to be doing this to other people.

  40. Lynn Brooks says:

    I just love reading about all that you do, the people you meet & the places you go!! It fills my wanderlust just a little bit more everyday – at least until I can get back out there again, myself!

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