“I went to the desert on a horse with no name . . . .”

Tuesday, January 30

The crew and I are camped in the Sonoran Desert near Why, Arizona.  Today I post a collection of photographs from our walks in the desert around our home.

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Photo 1:  “Harmony”

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Photo 2:  “Grace”

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Photo 3:  “Self-Reliance”

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Photo 4:

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Photo 5:

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Photo 6:

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Photo 7:

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Photo 8:

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Photo 9:

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Photo 10:

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Photo 11:  

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Hey, Blogorinos!

Let’s have fun with these photos.  I put a title on each of the first three pics.  Help me put titles on the rest, okay?  Thanks!

Is there a photo that “speaks” to you?

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Photo #12:



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84 Responses to “I went to the desert on a horse with no name . . . .”

  1. Pat McClain says:

    I just got home and sat down at the computer – to find Sue!

  2. Lee says:

    “There were plants and birds and rocks and things” -America

    Love that song

  3. Sue S in PNW says:

    #12 “My Dream”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue!

      I had a feeling Photo #12 would be the first to get a title. 🙂 Thanks for getting the ball rolling….

  4. Pat McClain says:

    Photo #12 is ‘Peace at Home’ to me! Thank you Sue for being a bright spot in my day whenever I read one of your posts.

  5. Rochelle in IN says:

    “It felt good to get out of the rain…”

  6. Mary says:

    Sue, that song was about a man who had just used cocaine.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary…. A song can be about anything we want it to be. 🙂

      • Jan NH says:

        And the song is truly about the desert It was originally named “Desert Song”.

        #11 feels like Peace.

        • Deena in Phoenix says:

          Jan NH is correct – this is what I found out –

          “America was formed in England by sons of US servicemen who were stationed there. Lead singer Dewey Bunnell wrote this when he was 19. Although the song is commonly misinterpreted about being on drugs, it is not: Bunnell based the images in the lyrics on things he saw while visiting the US.
          This was originally titled “Desert Song,” since Bunnell wrote it based on the desert scenery he encountered when his dad was stationed at an Air Force base in Santa Barbara County, California.
          The song tells a rather abstruse tale about a trip though the desert. While the landscape is unforgiving, the singer also finds comfort in that scenario.

          According to Dewey Bunnell, the “horse” represents a means of entering a place of tranquility, and this tranquil place was best represented by the desert, which sounded pretty good to him while he was stuck in rainy England.

          As for why the horse had no name and why it went free after nine days, Bunnell doesn’t have any answers – it seems the various listener interpretations are far more colorful than any meaning he assigned to it.”

          The 1st time I heard this song, was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany…we all fell in love with it because it reminded us of the USA; many WAC were homesick 1st timers away from America (as were many of the young soldiers). Ah, wonderful memories.

          Picture #9 – catch the moon
          Picture #12 – Home

          Love your life – Take Care

  7. rvsueandcrew says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your comments, but I’ll have to do that later. We’re almost out of propane (one empty tank and the other very low) so the crew and I are going to town. Can’t let my griddle starve for ‘pane! 🙂

    Bye for now! Love y’all!

  8. Virginia620 AL says:

    I love them all, but #11 speaks to me. Serenity. Hugs.

  9. Good morning Sue, crew and fellow bloggerinos!
    Love the photo essay.
    Photo 4: Harmony
    Photo 9: Cradle

    Beautiful photos as usual.

  10. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    I remember that song from high school. In fact it was the theme song for the Senior Prom one year!

    Photo 4: Desert Beauty
    Photo 5 : Solitude
    Photo 6: Solitude II
    Photo 7: Home Sweet Winged Home
    Photo 8: Home Sweet Home II
    Photo 9: Warts and All
    Photo 10: Moon Arising
    Photo 11: Sunset Glow

  11. DebS says:

    I recognize that desert. We love camping out by Why! Why not?

  12. #9. A moon also rises.

  13. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    #11 Serenity

  14. Luvmyhorse-Ohio says:

    Good afternoon Sue!

    Here’s my contribution:
    4. Abundance
    5. Salute
    6. Silent Sentries
    7. Saguaro Moonrise
    8. Near & Far
    11. Desert Dusk

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy your evening beneath the blue moon tonight.

  15. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Hi, Sue.
    #5 – Joy
    #6 – Silence
    #7 – Alone
    #8 – Wheeeeee
    #9 – Hi
    #10 – peace
    #11 – fire
    #12 – Aaaaaaaah

    Love this post and the pictures. I put names to a lot of your pictures. You just don’t know it. Thank you for the wonderful lesson for today.

  16. Luvmyhorse-Ohio says:

    A couple more…

    9. Night Approach
    10 Reach for the Moon

  17. Beth and Rosie dog, AZ says:

    Photo 8: “Hey, One Arm, Catch!
    Photo 9: “Got it, wahooo!”
    Photo 10: Total Eclipse almost here!

    I’m hoping to see that eclipse tomorrow morning! Hopefully the mountains near me won’t be in the way. The website timeanddate.com has lots of info just input your city and look around! It’s a cool website, or get the app in the App Store for your type of smart device.
    Cool idea Sue, letting people put in some titles of photos. I’ll be back to read more Blogorino’s comments!

    As always I love your blog! Thx!

  18. Lauri from SoCal says:

    9 & 10 are AWESOME, 12 is “Home Again”. All are very nice images! Thanks Sue!

  19. Dawn in NC says:

    Number 8: Home on the range

  20. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    4 cohesive living
    5 cactus salute
    6 solitude
    7 serenity
    8 dunno
    9 saguaro peace
    10 desert moonscape
    11 sunset celebration
    12 home living my dash


  21. Sherri D says:

    I LOVE number 11…FIRE!!!

  22. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    #4 The Illusion of Softness

  23. AZ Jim says:

    Ahhh Missy’s back… Good to know you’re in my stomping grounds. Here you get plastic bags when you shop. I was born and spent my first 55 years in California but it is no longer on my destination list. Anyhow welcome to “winter haven”. I was sitting in the patio and looked up into the sky and saw the vapor trails from airliners and thought: “Silver needles trailing white thread stitching it’s way along a blue velvet fabric.” Look up!! You’ll see ’em too. Hi to R&R.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I love your description of the night sky, Jim! I hope you and Detta are doing well! 🙂

  24. Rob, still in Quartzsite Arizona says:

    #12, “bliss!”

  25. Becky in NJ says:

    Photo 8:
    Holey Cactus!

  26. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Written without looking at comments:

    Photo 4: Friends and family
    Photo 5: Soldiers
    Photo 6: Rangers
    Photo 7: Come back!
    Photo 8: Gotcha
    Photo 9: Space Invaders
    Photo 10: Rocketship
    Photo 11: Sentinel
    Photo 12: Off for a walk

  27. FloridaScott says:

    Hi Sue!
    Okay you got me again. These are just for fun.
    #4 Dangerous Beauty.
    #5 Stand Up Straight.
    #6 Field Goal!
    #7 Perfect Symmetry.
    #8 Reaching For The Moon.
    #9 Moon In Balance.
    #10 So Close yet So Far.
    #11 Nightfall Dreams.
    #12 The RV Queens Throne!

    Luvin All Your Posts, Keep Em Coming!

  28. Judy J. in S.C. says:

    #7…Up in Arms. Now, a question. What makes the holes in the cactus in photos #8 & 9? The only thing I can think of would be a woodpecker.

  29. rvsueandcrew says:

    I’m loving your title suggestions!

    If you enjoy excellent photography (far better than mine) along with saguaros and birds, do go to this site called Kuriositas.com.

    This page is stunning! —> “The Saguaro Cactus and Its Greedy Guests

  30. Chuck says:

    All of the photos are gorgeous! Your ‘eye’ has become wonderful!

  31. Joe from Homestead,FL says:

    Hi Sue , pardon my ignorance, to order on your Amazon affiliate account do I just click on one of the recent purchase links? I want to make sure I’m doing it correctly.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s all you do. Enter Amazon using one of those links and shop for whatever you want as you normally would. Nothing will seem different to you, but it will to me. 🙂 Thank you, Joe!

  32. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    We just got back from a one week trip to Idaho. Beautiful country, wonderful people, but my husband won’t move this late in life 🙁 Ugh!!! I so want out of California. Caught up on all your posts the last week or so – so glad R&R chased that coyote right out of their campsite!!

    So here are my titles:
    #4 – Cactus Crowd
    #5 – Solidarity
    #6 – Goal Posts
    #7 – Gumby
    #8 – Target Practice
    #9 – A Moon Between Two Thorns
    #10 – Prickly Moon
    #11 – Desert Monument
    #12 – Sue’s Gone Missing

  33. Gail on the Olympic Peninsula says:

    #4 “ouch!”
    #11 evening fire

  34. Calvin Rittenhouse says:

    We know how I love saguaro. I defer to the blogorinos’ creativity in naming, but I liked Photo 1 and Photo 12 most of all.

  35. Janie in Oregon for now says:

    I would call #4 “that winter sunlight in the desert”. We saw the sun for several minutes today in Portland Oregon. This is my first time commenting, my husband and I plan to start traveling, rving full time in May this year. In the meantime, I’m enjoying reading your blog, thanks for sharing the beauty.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Janie! Welcome to my blog! Full-RVing starting in May — Wow! Have fun planning for your launch!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Janie! By commenting, you are now officially a blogorino! 🙂

    • Seana in AZ says:

      Hi Janie! My other half and I (and the furbaby) plan on hitting the road for the first time in May as well! What’s funny is that as you will be leaving Portland, we’ll be meandering in that direction! Good luck with getting out into this big, beautiful world!

  36. Don in Alaska says:

    A fun thing – Why Az is home to a Pyramid. About 15 feet tall, it is near the road junction. Made of brick, it is hard to miss. Arizona is home to many pyramids, most are tombs/grave markers. A search using “Arizona pyramids” will yield a large number of photos of both the tombs and many building made to look like upright or “inverted” pyramids.

    Last fun fact, when I was growing up in SoAz, Why was noted for having the largest liquor store in the state. One just didn’t drive down that highway after dark unless it was a real emergency….

    Sue is on or near Organ Pipe Natl Monument – so the cactus photos are a delight. I can see the ribs in the Saguaro nearly touch, a good indication that the winter monsoon rains failed to reach that part of the State.

    **Thank you** for posting the photos – much nicer than the +5F this morning as I drove into work.

  37. Pam in Montana says:

    4. Beauty Beware
    5. Disguised Zombies
    6. Distant Goals in View
    7. Here We Come a Marching
    8. Grace Under Fire
    9. Briefly Caught
    10. Bad Moon Rising
    11. Taps
    12. Days of Our Lives

  38. Mark R Watson says:

    When I replied on your blog years ago, when you were camped in Flagstaff and were fixing to head north out of Flagstaff for the first time, I said at that time you would really love the drive on hwy 89 going up to Lees Ferry and Jacobs Lake. Just before I posted that blog reply, I had been up that same stretch of hwy a little earlier. And guess what song came on the radio as I was driving by the colorful badlands and the Vermillion Cliffs? Yes it was HORSE WITH NO NAME. That song, that scenery, it was a great drive and moment in time. I think you enjoyed that same drive back then too.

  39. Jason fro NY says:

    Best living room on the net😂

  40. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Beautiful photos!
    Here are my picks:
    4-Enter at your own risk
    5-desert sentry
    6-The watchful guards
    7-Reach for the sky
    8-pot shots
    9-moons cradle
    10 desert beauty
    11-good night, sleep well
    12-home sweet home
    I’ll read the comments tomorrow. Nite all.

  41. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Photo 4: “Morning Glow”
    Photo 8: “Together”
    Photo 9: “Sagauro’s Lucky Catch”
    Photo 10: “Serenity”
    Photo 11: “Night Fire”
    Photo 12: “Home Sweet Home”

    That was fun, Sue! It is so hard to believe that January has flown by…sheesh! I hope that you are feeling ok after taking that tumble and that the boys have been on their best
    behavior! Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! N’nite! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Have you ever seen an active nest in a cactus?

      Awesome pictures – thank you for sharing! I felt the warmth of the desert….aaahhhhh. Light snow this morning, temps going back down to the teens tonight…Mid-Atlantic winter! ❄️

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I noticed that several blogorinos saw “Serenity” in your photos. We all picked different scenes, but they have the same calming effect. 🙂

  42. Cheryl O says:

    Your post title is ironic for me. Yesterday I went on a hike to Murray Peak in Palm Springs. The hike leader told us that last year he had met up with a man riding a horse. The leader asked what the name of the horse was, he said No Name. Everybody laughed in the group. So on our hike yesterday, there was the same man and horse riding on the trail at about the same spot the leader saw him last year. The leader reminded him that he knew him and his horse. We were so amazed of the coincidence of being in the desert to see a horse with no name.

    I love your moon shots. I’m hoping to get some good blood moon shots in the morning.

  43. Photo 11: “Evening Fire” (someone already posted) … my favorite.
    Photo 4: “Fuzzy Wuzzy” … my second favorite.
    I have a cousin who worked for and traveled with America for almost a year. They pretty much all did Heroin (commonly called “horse”). And you bet the song was about the desert too, but there definitely was heroin involved. Lots of us who were in school around that time loved this song and yet we wouldn’t have touched heroin for love nor money. It is what you make of it. 🙂 There’s good in everyone.

  44. Eileen says:

    Gr8 pics. Photo 4: Mystical

  45. Hi Sue
    My favorite is also #11 – Desert Flame

    The rest:
    4. mixed blessing
    5. Solar Sentries
    6. Thorny situation
    7. Reach for the moon
    8. Thorny eclipse
    9. Moonraker
    10. Standing alone (blue moon)
    11. Desert Flame
    12. Blessed solitude

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful shots

  46. Andrea from Glendale says:

    Photo #9. Desert Lace

  47. Linda in NC says:

    Beautiful photos!
    #9 Why Moon
    # 10 Moonshine
    #11 Tranquility
    #12 Peaceful Solitude

    Still working on the rest.. Nature-nothing better for the body, mind and spirit.

    I am dry camping on Padre Island National Seashore. I love being by the water. Birds everywhere and the sunset last night was amazing. All is good in my little world and I plan on getting a nice seafood dinner somewhere. I can’t remember the last time that I had fresh fish. Hannah’s first experience with salt water and seaweed. Miss Curious wants to try everything of course! It looks like all is good in your world too! Keep up the good work that you do as it helps and inspires others to explore our vast country. Have a wonderful day and belly rubs for the pups!-

  48. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    #4. Awesome!! This one took my breath away. Thank you for such a wonderful walk through the saguaros.

  49. Kathy (NC) says:

    All great pics – my favorite, #10 Imagination.

  50. weather says:

    It’s too hard to choose just one favorite when all of them are so nice. I really like 10 and 11, and the small one beside the Amazon items list- such a happy little pic. 🙂

  51. Deadeye, in The Texas Hill Country says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t get notifications when there is a new post? I did check the box to send me an email.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      No one else has mentioned a problem with receiving email notifications. If you haven’t already, check your device’s settings and also check your spam folder. Maybe sign up again and see if it works for the next post. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

      • Deadeye, in The Texas Hill Country says:

        No need to apologize Sue. I will check things on my end. I just really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it.

        Thank you for sharing your travels and adventures.


  52. ApplegirlNY says:

    Photos #1 – #12 – “Wish I were there.”

  53. Pamelab says:

    Hi, Sue – Great idea!
    Photo 4: The Desert Gang
    Photo 5: Slender Friends
    I think I will head into California and visit some beautiful sights there – maybe Sawtooth CG and those giant rocks and the Sequoias! As long as I’m out this far west, I might as well see what I can.
    I’ll stay at Dome Rock for the Fiberglass Rally. It will be a first for me.
    Thank you, Sue, for your inspiration. What would Sue do?

  54. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thank you, everyone! 🙂

  55. Doug Hinman says:

    Sue, I would like to find out some info about the amazon affiliate program and I know you have used it for years. could you send my any info that you would want to share on the program. it is for our HOA in oregon, we are trying to raise more funds to keep the HOA dues down. thanks, Doug H

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Doug,

      Before going any further, be aware that in order to generate income through the affiliate program, one has to post new content regularly. Just putting up a website with links/ads to Amazon won’t do much. Also, cutting and pasting content from other sites doesn’t work either and is a violation of the Operating Agreement. I mention the above because it’s a common misconception that one can make “easy money” from the program.

      Okay, rather than me explaining the program and possibly making errors, I suggest you do what I did. I did an online search for “Amazon Associate” or “Amazon Affiliate Application”… That sort of thing.

      I tried to create a few links for you to follow. However, since I’m in the affiliate program, each time I was automatically taken inside my own account.

      Basically, you find the application online, fill it out, and wait for approval. Once accepted, Amazon gives a code which will be embedded in the links/ads you post and that directs commissions to you. You will have access to several Amazon pages explaining the program, instructions, how to set up your account, a discussion forum, the rules of the program, and other tools.

      Good luck!

      • Doug Hinman says:

        Thanks for the info, I will pass that along to our BOD for the HOA. I did look up the info on the Amazon site and I also contacted Nick at Gypsy Journal so with all that info I have gathered I hope they can come up with something that will help our HOA build the road we need to build with some help on the funds with the Amazon Program. thanks, again and I enjoy your blog everyday! We did not get to go south this winter so hoping to do so this fall!

  56. Patricia Kitchen says:

    Why no blog from RVSue in my mailbox? Did my address somehow get deleted from your followers? Yikes! Had to go online to find you because I was sure you had posted another entry by now. Help! This is serious! Can’t live without my RVSue fix.
    Pat in Bulverde, Tx.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat,

      I don’t know why you didn’t receive a notice. I do know my spam filter will remove addresses from followers who do not respond over a period of time. Also check your settings (which may have gone to default if you refreshed or whatever). Check to see if your mail program is sending the emails to a spam folder.

      Of course, try resubscribing. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.


  57. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Last one is “Blue Oasis”.

    I love them all. I have a great love for the Sonoran desert.

    Hope you are well.

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