It is what it is and thank heaven we have choices

Tuesday, February 9

P1090469Midland LTVA camp, Big Maria Mountains, Blythe, California

Beautiful morning today!

Reggie and I returned from a long walk a few minutes ago.  Bridget isn’t up for a walk yet.  It’s the kind of fresh, cool, desert morning that precedes a warm day.  It will go up into the 80s by this afternoon.  When I’m done writing this post, I’ll bring the awning out.

I’ve been a slacker the past few days.

Not completely.  I did empty out the Perfect Tow Vehicle and almost completed the sorting of my possessions — what to give away, what to throw away, what to keep — down to meticulous detail.  I’ve found things I didn’t know I had and things I don’t their purpose.

Our 10th day at Midland and I haven’t paid yet!

Every time we take the PTV over to Midland’s dumpsters, which is almost every day, we go past the camp host’s site.  I can’t see their site from our campsite so I don’t know if they’re home until I drive over that way.  I bring $40 with me, yet somehow I manage to time it when they aren’t home.

This points out how nice it is here.

No one bothers us.   Four campers in Loners’ Acres right now — the lady with the utility box trailer, a guy in a Class A, a guy in a van, and us.  Like good loners, we set up our camps far from each other.  Nobody visits anybody else.  Nobody drives by.  This is the Mind Your Own Business Nation here!

We don’t even wave!  Haha!

I imagine in the main section of the LTVA, things are different.  They could be pot-lucking it every night and dancing the fandango into early morning for all I know.

A while back the crew and I went over to Mayflower Park.

It’s a Riverside County Park, only a few miles from here and can be reached without going into Blythe, just cut over on a back road.

Hmm . . .  a nice outing for late afternoon.  The crew and I could walk along the Colorado.  I’d take a few photos.  Later write a little report of the RV park for the blog.

Well, I drive up to the place and a woman trots out of the entrance booth.

We exchange hellos while Bridget and Reggie bark, and I ask her if there’s a day use fee.

She replies, “Yes, there is.  It’s $6.”

I immediately weigh whether a 10-15 minute stroll by the river and a few photos is worth $6.

We’re not going to use the group shelter with picnic tables, and we’re not going to use the rest room.  What’s over there?  Some grass and the river,  just want to walk and look around . . . oh, it’s only six bucks.

Then the woman adds, “. . . and $2 per dog.”

That does it for me.

“Thanks anyway,” I respond.  I drive the PTV around the entrance booth and out.

I admit you can’t buy much with $4 these days.  And the crew is worth a lot more than $4.  However, I react negatively to “per dog” fees, no matter the amount.

Of course, in fairness, I should point out that there also is a “per child” fee of $3.   That means a family of five with one dog drives up to the park in order to have a picnic and they are required to pay $23.

What have we been doing the past few days? 

Being lazy.  We toodle into town a couple times — K-Mart, Smart & Final (for a roast chicken!), and, yes, Carl’s, Jr.  We stop at our usual place alongside the road with a view of the fresh green fields.  Not that the crew cares about that.  Their eyes are on the hamburger patty!

I putter around our campsite and inside our home, read, watch the hummingbird at the feeder, take the crew on walks, and just relax.

We will be here through the weekend and then it’s time to move again!  This time last year – February 9, 2015 — we had the refrigerator serviced at Sun Bum RV in Yuma and drove over to the Salton Sea.



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166 Responses to It is what it is and thank heaven we have choices

  1. kgdan lvg Wapato,WA says:

    Good morning, Sue!!!

  2. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:


  3. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    Woohoo another tie. I think it’s so funny how much fun it is to try being the first poster. We are apparently very easily to amuse. Now to read.

  4. Tie for first!!!! Congrats both of yous…. 🙂

    Good Morning Sue, I am happy for a new post, now I will go back and read it….yipee

  5. Teri Live Oak Fl says:

    80 degrees sounds good right now

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri Live Oak Fl,

      The widget in the sidebar says 85 degrees in a few days. Of course, the forecasts change from one day to the next. It does look like we’ll have a stretch of warm temps. Hope some of that warmth comes your way!

  6. Dawn in the Sonoran Desert says:

    Good gosh! Those kinds of fees make parks unaffordable for the average family–that’s a shame. We’re taking a page out of the RVSue Book of Boondocking & have made the outside our home here at Gunsight Wash. Absolutely pleasant morning filled with the song of birds & the snoring of Ari! Tranquility reigns. Not much Border Parol activity lately either. One of these days we’ll go down to Kitt Peak but for now we’re home-bound & happy to say it.

    Have a happy day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn in the Sonoran Desert,

      Speaking of happy . . . .I’m very happy that you are enjoying your boondocking near Why. You gave me a smile with your comment about “making the outside our home.” Outdoor rooms are the best rooms of all! 🙂

      And isn’t this weather grand!

      • Dawn from Camano Island says:

        If any of this life were any better, I think we’d be in Heaven!

      • Dawn from Camano Island says:

        And yes!! Weather is perfect–just enough breeze to refresh us & perfect after the sun goes down!

  7. Hi Sue,
    Your post is a perfect example of living the good life. I’m glad you have had uneventful days. I don’t like the idea of paying per dog either, so would have probably have turned around also. We both caught a nasty cough from the LA smog rolling into the Salton Sea, sure will be glad when it is gone.
    Lisa (

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W…

      I’m confused… You’re currently in San Antonio, NM, and you’re wishing the smog would leave the Salton Sea…

      Sorry to hear about that nasty cough. Hope it’s gone soon…

      • OOPS need to update that location more often. We were at the Salton Sea about 10 days ago. The smog drove us out.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          There are blogorinos interested in going to the Salton Sea. If you see this… When did you leave the Sea so we will know how recently there was smog there. Gee, too bad you were driven out. I guess the low elevation is a place where smog blown eastward can settle.

  8. Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

    News from gulf coast of Florida. If you’re coming for the beach…don’t! Red tide is awful. I’m sure you’ve been through this in your past, Sue. Burning eyes, coughing, etc. Moving to the east coast before we gradually head north to S.C. Stay safe and warm, Sue and crew. There’s always a good book to read!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy J. in upstate S.C.,

      Oh, red tide. Not good. I remember it well. Not a good time for the beach. I hope your symptoms disappear right away!

    • No red tide here in Florida Panhandle! Just 35mph gusty winds! But that will be over tomorrow and the beàches are beautiful on St. George Island!
      Good news Sue! I go to the doc on Thursday to see if Surgery will help my back! Grin!

  9. David Ainley (back in Kentucky) says:

    Good morning Sue and crew. Yes 80 degrees sounds wonderful. It’s 21 degrees and snowing in western Kentucky. Soak up a few rays for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, David,

      You’re back in Kentucky…. Thanks for the weather report. I’m appreciating the warmth even more! 🙂

  10. OMG look at those temperatures in the sidebar…darn hitch itch is coming back..I think I am having a relapse! If the temperatures hold for another two weeks we will be back out at Salton Sea for another weekend…I can’t help it…I can’t wait until I retire this year and then the itch should be under control somewhat. Have a great day out there Sue, the weather here is beautiful take the top off kind of weather…oh! by the way….Hi Weather!!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You really do love the Salton Sea! I have a feeling you’re going to LOVE retirement and traveling in your rig. . . . following the warm weather, searching for birds . . . .

      The second week of February and a week of 80-degree temps ahead… Sweet!

    • weather says:

      Hi, Shirlene 🙂

    • Dawn from Camano Island says:

      Shirlene, I wonder if the itch is ever under control?

  11. John Mcdonald says:

    Of course the crew “is worth $4!” But it isn’t the crew you are buying for the $4. It is the wee bit of time in that place you were being asked to pay the $4 + $6 for. I agree it wasn’t worth it.

    Cheers. John

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      At first I thought you were going to chastise me for not spending the 10 bucks for the crew’s enjoyment. 🙂

      Hi, John…. Thanks for agreeing with me. Cheers to you, too, wherever you are.

      • John McDonald says:

        If anything I am chastising advertising and the gimmick of saying about their product whatever it might, “Your worth it!”

        This trick question is meant to take our mind off the real question we should always be asking before purchasing, which is, “Is this thing worth the price?”

  12. kgdan lvg Wapato,WA says:

    So grateful for the warming temps here in Laughlin! Lots of wind though; sure would like it to back off as it is now warm enough to bask outside. Planning to stay here til end of month; would then like to head north but still keeping an eye on the weather.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, the warmth is great! The wind has gone from here, maybe the same will happen at Laughlin soon.

      It’s tricky going north in March. You’re wise to watch the weather as you do.

  13. judy in east texas says:

    Good Morning Sue and Crew, it sounds like a lovely place to relax! The weather even sound perfect….here in East Texas it’s chilly and windy…not the combo that I like. I’m still green with envy but my day is coming…I can see the glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Stay safe out there and rock on.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, your day is coming, judy!

      May the warmth and calm we have here spread also to east Texas…

  14. Pat at Salton Sea. . says:

    Great post….looks like you are getting your spring cleaning done. I’m always clearing out nonessential items. I don’t know who keeps sneaking these things in here…

    Enjoy your day and organized PTV……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat H. . . . How is it at the Salton Sea right now? I hope you are seeing lots of birds.

      • Pat at Salton Sea. . says:

        It is beautiful here, warm and a slight breeze. Lots of birds here at Salt Creek.

        • Hi Pat, last time we were there about a month ago, Salt Creek was closed due to mud…so we stayed at Corvina Beach, which was great. Lots of birds on the shore, but we chased all around the agricultural fields looking at raptors and burrowing owls, hummers, wonderful birding along every road. Especially look out for American Kestrels if you are around the green fields, they are on nearly every phone pole…kind of small raptors, but sure are pretty if you get your binoculars on them…Enjoy yourself out there, hope to be there soon. Thanks for the update. Oh and we went to look at the RV Park advertised up the hill from you…quite a place! Oasis on the middle of the desert…fun.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s great, Pat H!

  15. Deb D says:

    Hi Sue and crew ! Light snow in Pa. But a very cold snap coming for end of week.
    Thinking 80 degrees sounds very nice ! Some go overboard with fees. There
    Is always another walk to take. Enjoy your day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb D,

      That’s a nice way to sum up the fee situation — “always another walk to take.” I like that!

      Keep warm, enjoy the lovely snow!

  16. Chris(MN) says:

    It sounds so NICE there right now. We are at 11 degrees with a 7 below windchill. At least there is some sunshine. The dogs enjoyed playing at the dog park this morning, but I didn’t enjoy that cold wind. Next Monday it is supposed to warm up some, but that is a long time away! I agree with you about paying that park fee. TOO MUCH!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Whoa! A windchill of 7 below… That’s nose-hair-freezing weather! Enjoy the sunshine and the coming warmth..

  17. EmilyO in NM says:

    It is beautiful here in southern NM too. The winter jasmine are in full bloom and the little honey bees are enjoying that so early in the year. I have to limit my activities each day outside as the body is just not ready yet – the experts tell me to give myself another 3 to 4 months. That is so “ugh”, but am finally listening to my body; otherwise, it lets me know that I have overdone in its most unpleasant way. Catching up with RVSue lets me rest a bit. Take care everyone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great hearing from you, EmilyO in NM,

      As I understand it, you’re done with chemo and radiation… and now you need to take it easy for a while. Yes, listen to your body and relax. Enjoy the winter jasmine and your home on a “hill.” I’ve been there, you know! 🙂

  18. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Hi Sue and Crew! I knew a new posting was coming and was checking your site as a vigilante hawk, but let my guard down and wham – almost two hours behind first place! Well, the good news is – as always I enjoyed the post and you are right about that $2 per dog fee – that ticks me off too. DH always says, if they don’t want the dogs then we don’t want their business and they don’t want ours.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      I agree with DH . . . He explained why it bothers me, no matter what the fee. Love me, love my crew!

      I have mixed feelings about these kinds of situations. I admit that I enjoy places where there aren’t children running around, yelling and squealing. It’s nice to be among other retirees. Those “per child” fees keep families away.

      And that bothers me. Anything that smells of elitism makes my hackles rise (whatever the heck hackles are). It’s we don’t want that kind here so we’ll price them out. 🙁

      I’m bad for not posting more often. It makes it tougher for you to catch first place!

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Yes, you are right about the extra fee per child. DH says, what are they doing with that extra fee, as per dogs, picking up their poop?! Not! We do that! So why an extra fee per child? Do they cause extra trampling? Create extra noise that can be bottled and sold? Who knows?

        Don’t worry Sue, one day I will leave the site open with a constant refresh and catch the elusive first place again.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Here’s a thought — There isn’t much separation between the day use area and the RV park. With those kinds of RV camping fees, mostly retired people camp there. In order to keep the RVers happy, the fee for the day use area is prohibitive for low income families. Keeping them out makes it more appealing to the RVers.

          • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

            Hmmm. I would like to think that but it may just be income motivated.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Of course it is income motivated. More retired RVers who can afford campsites around $40 a night is the goal.

            • That is kind of scary for someone like me who is just starting out and as more of us retirement age people hit the road, the more that the $$$ becomes the issue. I think they are going to hit our retirement income one way or the other. I am just happy I have some private land to park on for as long as I wish, but then isn’t that just NOT the point? Well one good thing, gas prices are going down for those of us who are going to be doing coast to coast traveling yearly. By the way Renee, Boise is one of the long term places I am able to park…maybe someday we can chat over coffee.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              As long as there is access to public land for free and campgrounds (forest service, BLM) that are kept primitive and reasonably priced, we boondockers will do fine. Love solar! And, yes, those low gas prices relieve some pressure…

            • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

              Hi Shirlene, Is it you that mentioned your daughter lives here?

            • Hi Renee, yep that was me…she lives over near the Village off Fairview. Her husband is Director of Plant Operations at Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital. Love the area around Boise and especially downtown Boise, quite charming, good restaurants…yum.

  19. That park’s added fees are ridiculous and I wouldn’t have paid either. And I’m not sure if it’s an insult that dogs cost less than children, although I suppose kids do use the restrooms and picnic tables and dogs don’t. 😉

    As usual, enjoy your adventures, even when you are doing nothing. I also like reading the comments and getting useful information from your blogorinos, such as the red tide in Florida and the wind in Laughlin.

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      robinb – I suppose the kids would use the restroom, but here where I work, it’s only adults and some sure do make a mess! So my thought was if they charge extra for kids using the restroom – making more of a mess – not the case. That’s my mind process though, has nothing to do with implying that’s what you meant.

      • Renee, I didn’t necessarily kids make more mess–in fact, it’s true some adults can be worse than the kids! I guess what I meant was that kids use the same things adults do–water, trash, restrooms, and in addition, any playground equipment, which all requires maintenance and cleaning (spouse used to work for Parks Dept). And dogs just poop which is picked up–at least it is supposed to be. 🙂 However, that doesn’t mean I approve of the additional fee for kids and dogs, just trying to justify why the park charges.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, robinb, for letting me know you enjoy my blog even when I don’t have much to write about. I do depend upon the blogorinos to add interest with their comments and, so far, that’s what they do!

      • rand says:

        I have tent camped at Mayflower and it was not a desert experience== Green grass, river flowing , trees, no panoramas, rules and no party _…. there was a Scout group well behaved in the far corner. Last year drove up and asked if it was OK to go in check it out – niceold lady gave us a map and brochure.. went to the boat launch which was almost not functional because of the low river level. Plumbers were working on the restrooms with flooded water on the concrete. Walked the dog along the fence. Ironically I went to a RV hose bibb and filled a couple gallon jugs.. Heard later they were giving out water filters to the RVs because the water smelled?
        Went to the RV park south of I10= Rivera RV park =was a mixed bag of parking lot, swim beach, longtermers, snack bar, more chi than Mayflower.
        The Hidden Shores RV park was the park the Three Bears would have chosen. The river is not a visual focus but the layout blends river rats, weekenders and lost boon dockers and has a snack bar hangout.. A very nice preserved rounded Kenskill 1964 was FOR SALE. Gold and aluminum w the corner wrap around windows. Last thing needed! But called the owner and he called for weeks after. Win some – lose some.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You write great descriptions, rand. Fun to read your comments. Plus you include a lot of information!

          Gee, that park was having water problems last year? And they still have water problems over there. Ahem… Time to lower the camping fee, eh?

          I think you mean Hidden Beaches RV Park in Blythe, not Hidden Shores RV Park in Yuma, the latter posting daily rates of $60-$83. I’m curious about Hidden Beaches. Maybe we’ll drive over there and take a look at it.

  20. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    We’re having beautiful weather (unbelievable 90 degrees yesterday) here, but something must be blooming that is making me sneeze like crazy. Went to get our RV out of storage this morning to take it over to the Ford dealership for an oil change. We leave next week for a week at Anza-Borrego State Park. I’m thinking we’re probably too early for the wild flower display but it should still be pretty and nice to get away from the hustle-bustle of Orange County. This is the first post of Sue’s I remember with only one photo …. am I right or wrong?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Cynthia… Only one photo. The only other time I’ve been this short on photos was when my camera wasn’t working… the left-in-the-rain incident, maybe.

      This time there aren’t photos because I’ve been a slacker about taking them!

      Anza Borrego is nice at any time of year. You may find wildflowers, freshly bloomed with all this warm weather.

  21. Lee J in Northern California says:

    It is so interesting to hear all the weather reports, it is one thing to see the national weather report and quite another to hear personal comments!
    We are having a warm spell, yesterday was a record warm for our area, the grass and weeds are out of control and I love it!
    All those extra fees at the park have my head reeling..good grief! Did you tell them you didn’t want the gold plated path to walk on? Lol

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      Out of control grass and weeds in February… Yippee! Not so much in August. Ha! 🙂 I’m happy you are enjoying the warm weather.

      Oh fees… $8 for adult to fish, $5 for child to fish, reservation fee $8, cancellation surcharge $14, site transfer fee $8, fart in the wind fee, $6 plus $2 if downwind, $3 if upwind.

  22. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Love the mind your own business nation section!

    Reorganizing the PTV…that sounded like fun! Glad the fees don’t discriminate. Never understood the dog fees associated with parks.

    Have a great day….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I missed you, Cinandjules! How was the cruise?

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        One doesn’t realize how much the Internet is vital in regards to keeping up on things.

        Missed dropping in here.

        The cruise was totally a blast. I can’t explain the atmosphere of being with 2000 friendly women from all over the world. Everyone looks out for each other, helps the disabled get on and off the tenders, includes those traveling solo…just like we are all long lost friends. Seems like we ate every fifteen minutes.

        If you’re thinking about an Olivia cruise/resort…you won’t be disappointed…..until, you disembark and interact with grumpy folks that inhabit the earth.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Welcome back CinandJules. Hope you had fun. Any weight gain 🙂
      Snowing now in TN also.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Welcome back!

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

      Welcome home Cindy, how long till you hit AZ.
      I don’t understand the kids fees. Usually it is for a vehicle and everyone in it. Dogs on the other hand I understand. People don’t cleanup after them, Some do but too many don’t and it creates problems. SOMEONE HAS TO DO THE CLEAN UP.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Flying out sometime…April/May for a week or so…to get the house set up.

        Driving cross country…Aug or Sept.

        Of course all is subject to change. 😉

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome back! 🙂

  23. Mick'nTN says:

    A vote with your pocketbook sends the right message. Free enterprise is the best system.

    The flashlight on your list is very nice. It is not a small spot but a large area light. The light has a US patent and is of heavy construction. I bought two and liked them so much that I went back and bought two more as gifts. They are made in china so the specs are “soft” (politically correct term).

    I posted some preliminary design photos of the Jeep Trailer that I am helping friends, Tim and Janis build. Construction should start in my garage as soon as the weather warms in TN.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mick TN,

      Thanks for the flashlight purchases! Your Jeep Trailer photos show the professional way you approach a project. Thanks also for the link…

  24. weather says:

    It’s nice that even with other folks being at Loner’s Acres it remains a place you can relax in. I imagine they each appreciate time in Mind Your Own Business Nation as much as you do. Apparently Mayflower Park caters to people that don’t like children or dogs. That picture has all types of problems in my mind…, I’m glad you didn’t go in. It’s funny that you found things you don’t know the purpose for in the PTV. Has the crew been stashing things in there while you weren’t looking? I hope you enjoy being your version of lazy through the rest of your stay there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Loners Acres has me imagining large camping areas with a sign with an arrow for “MYOB area.” 🙂 It’s neat how the four of us here know that’s the preferred social climate for each of us.

      I hope you are able to enjoy being lazy, too!

      • Barbara from Camano Island says:

        How about a picture of your cleaned out PTV!

        I’ve been reading your blog for about a month and love it. I’ve been a tent camper in the past but think I would really like to have a BLT or van some day. On the other hand, maybe all I need to do is live vicariously through all of you.

      • weather says:

        My chance to be lazy will be the coming weekend. The forecast high for Saturday is 5 below zero, Lord knows what the wind chill will be. I’ve had things to do recently to prepare for that. It can be nice once all’s set to tuck in cozily knowing the critters and I are safe, warm and fed. Making plans to do anything other than stay inside would seem fool-hardy, so I intend to make the most of it, relax and not do a thing.

      • weather says:

        Apparently most around here have the same plan. We’re all used to winter, yet the forecasters on the local television stations have been breaking the expected temps, snowfall, wind chill, etc. down by city,village, elevation, shore side with more than usual urgency and detail. The stores I went to earlier were already running low on a few things. Folks were all talking about rescheduling anything they need to drive for. The guy that plows my driveway when needed said it was good that I’d called early to set up Thursday and Friday, they’re maxed out with contracts all of a sudden. Even if we only get a foot of snow that isn’t cleared fast enough , the road crews will plow the end of our driveways in with 3-4 foot banks that Saturday will become ice walls. Of course, so will what’s on every surface and what’s drifted from the high winds.

        The wildlife is behaving differently for this far ahead of everything. The significant snow won’t start until tomorrow and the temps won’t drop close to or below zero until Friday night. Still, instead of eating what they find crows are carrying it to stash where they nest. The mama cat and kitties aren’t roaming around, other than potty runs they’re staying in their favorite seats on the porch -like they know it’s time to settle in.

        It was nice to run into the only other person that lives near here that talks about winter as something beautiful to enjoy. As we discussed serious matters he broke into a huge grin knowing neither of us really cares about the problems right now-it’s almost show time here!It’s incredible to see at the moment. I was on the porch checking a heater I’ll just use when the temp in there drops too much.Looking through the windows at snowflakes as big as silver dollars with lacy edges fall slowly among tiny ones that look silver and blue I watched them form soft layers on the railings and trees.By Valentine’s Day it will sparkle all the way to the horizon at sunrise.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The intense scramble to prepare for inclement weather seems to heighten people’s awareness of the natural world. Like your crows, we make our stashes in our nests, and like the mama cat and kitties we hunker down, slowing our pace for a little while. Nature does us a favor with her storms of cold and snow and wind and rain. It’s like a head knock, “Hey, you! Pay attention! I’ve got something to show you!”

          I’m glad you’re prepared for yourself and for those in your care. The porch heater is thoughtful. Love your last line… Thanks, weather.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          The critters know something is up over here too!

          Mother Nature is a bit wishy washy this morning…lake effect snow…gusting winds….to clear sunshine every five minutes. Hmm.

          Expecting minus 40 wind chills. Had a couple of “brown outs” earlier. Threw snow up against the house for added insulation.

          Stay warm…weather!

          • weather says:

            Minus 40 is intense, yikes! hope both of you and all the critters stay warm enough, too.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Minus 15 and the moment.

              Just went out to change the ferals H20…they are already inside their coolers staying toasty.

              Dinner for them will include extra protein to keep their tummies warm.

              Like you, we are prepared…have a snuggly day/night/weekend!

        • Love what you do in your own special way with the weather, Weather. Enjoy snuggle time in warmth and harmony this weekend. 🙂

  25. Park manager at staff meeting.

    Manager: The park is under utilized. What can we do to encourage people to come here and enjoy the park?

    Staffer: I know. Let’s charge $6 per adult, $3 per child and $2 per dog. The park will be packed with happy visitors.

    Manager: I like it. Let’s budget $100,000 for signage, flyers and pay for someone to collect the fees.

    Staffer: Consider it done


    I fear for our public spaces. We are being charged everywhere we turn. It’s ridiculous. The fees at Roosevelt Lake are now $8 a night and they do not accept the Senior Pass. Once they install the electronic pass dispensers the fee will $20 a night, $10 with the Senior Pass. The place is already a ghost town and the solar showers do not work at Cholla. So, raise the rates and we will pack the place.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John,

      Funny little skit… if you don’t think about it too much. 🙂

      That is sad about Roosevelt Lake. It was such a delight to find a bargain like that in a beautiful setting and with hot showers included. When the ranger came around putting up reserved signs to indicate which sites would be reservable, I knew the bargain days would soon end. What was $21 a week is going up to $70 a week. That hurts a lot of people who made Roosevelt Lake their winter home for many years.

  26. DesertGinger says:

    It’s 80 here in Irvine, with a promised high of 88! Not sure I like 88 but it beats the cold. Right now it is fabulous outside. Just taking care of chores and waiting for my cousins to arrive on Thursday. They are coming from Canada to see me! Such a treat. Haven’t seen them for several years. Then my son arrives on the 20th.

    So I’ve been told I am joining the “zipper” club. I assume that means the scar I will have from my heart surgery. My favorite thing is v-neck shirts so I guess I will be giving people a show….I’m not changing my style even if I do have a big ugly red scar. I might have cared when I was younger but now….not so much. Besides my scars tend to heal well and fade. My knee replacement scar is almost invisible. I just hope I will be able to lose more weight after this. I haven’t done well with weight loss because I couldn’t really do the exercise.

    So…I’m going to get busy with chores and Knife work. Later gators!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      Hey, wear your scars with pride! Your comment is full of what we love about DesertGinger — lots of spirit in the gal!

      On a similar note, I look at my hands and see how they’ve changed over the years. Not as smooth and pretty as they once were. And then I think of all that I’ve done with these hands, which are small and not very strong. No need for false nails or fancy bracelets or expensive rings … My hands are beautiful to ME just the way they are!

      I’m glad you have family coming. It gives you something to look forward to… happy diversions. And the weather is warm!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      DG, I’m so glad you are getting your surgery. No one will care about your scars. Like Sue said, wear them with pride! I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

    • Our neighbor has that “zipper scar” and he is proud of it! He never thought he would live through the surgery but here he is now, 2 years later and looking great! I am sure, because of your attitude, you will do as good as he has! Looking forward to hearing good reports from you soon!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      When you are healthier and able to do more, those scars will be a badge of honor. Have fun with family, that is so important, time with family.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Enjoy visiting with your family, DesertGinger! 🙂

      Not everyone is part of that special club….the zipper is a badge of courage!

    • Rose from AR says:

      Desert Ginger,
      Pick up a tube or jar of cocoa butter. Not only does it smell good but putting it on those scars as soon as you are healed enough to allow it makes those scars fade pretty fast. Amazing how well it tamed that ‘zipper’ when my late husband had his open heart surgery. With all the prayers, best wishes, etc. buoying you up you should sail through this surgery and do just fine.

    • AZ Jim says:

      The scar won’t always be red and ugly. I had a triple bypass and they cut me and cracked my chest and it’s hard to see the scar now. I had the procedure in 2004 but the scar was only real visible a few months. Good luck….

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      I just love your attitude DG!!! Use Bag Balm on your “zipper”….it heals everything 🙂

    • Kay from KC! says:

      Ginger! I agree with everyone….wear that zipper scar with head held high and attitude to match!

      Kay from KC!

  27. Applegirl NY says:

    Those fees are kind of crazy. Not very welcoming. I can see charging a minimum fee with a maximum per car – a couple bucks more.

    Isn’t it amazing what we can collect over time? Things just work their way into our lives and all we do is shuffle stuff. Crazy. And you, Sue, have a far better grip on that than most of us. Funny that even you can find ways to pare down.

    Cold has finally arrived in the Albany NY area. It’s been so mild and wonderful this winter. Of course, we’re heading south in a couple of days, so….. oh well.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I didn’t know you were in Albany! That’s where I lived for many years and where I spent last summer. My friends there told me they got snow yesterday for almost the first time this year. Crazy!

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Hi Desert Gin. Yup, I’m in a small town near Albany, and your friend is right. Yesterday was the first real taste of winter. No one missed it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      You have great timing. The cold weather arrives and you set off for Florida. Well planned!

  28. Cheryl O. (WA state) says:

    I had no idea parks were getting to be like that….good to know. I’ve been catching up on reading all the posts on your blog while I rest from the laser eye surgery I had this morning on my right eye. It was quite the shocker finding out my retina tore just out of the blue. Find out my other eye, probably, will do the same thing. It’s a very nice day out but, since my eyes are dialated, it is way too bright out to enjoy the outside. Actually, reading is a struggle with my right eye being so blurry. Well wishes to everybody.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl O. (WA state),

      Isn’t it wonderful that we have things like laser eye surgery? Good thing you took care of that. Nice of you to write a message when your eye is still blurry. 🙂

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Cheryl, much to our surprise, retinal tears can just happen. My hubby had one a few years ago, and we were sure it was diabetes related when we arrived at the retinal specialist. Much to our surprise and chagrine, he said, Nope, this was an age related tear. Diabetes wise your eyes look good, he said to hubby. Zapped it with laser and within a day or two at most he was back to normal, but it freaked us out when it happened! Take care and rest that eye, it will be better soon.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sending you wishes for healing, Cheryl. Take good care! 🙂

  29. Ladybug in Mid TN says:

    Sue, just thought I’d mention…..this weekend is Presidents Day weekend, so plan for neighbors and traveling accordingly! (Yeah I know, I always rain on your parade!)

  30. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Happy Mardi Gras, Everyone! Laissez les bon temps rouler!

    • DesertGinger says:

      I would love to be in the Quarter, having beignets and King cake, participating in Barkus, having fun.

  31. Cathy T. says:

    I know I will anger a lot of people with my opinion–but here goes. Regarding the extra fee for dogs and children–not everyone is as responsible as Sue and the rest of the Blogerinos who clean up after their dogs (and children). Just recently they published a picture in the Fresno Bee of a snow park up in the Sierra that families take their children to after the weekend use. It looked like a garbage dump! People left their trash all over the place. It was disgusting. Someone from the Forest Service had to clean that mess up and I’m sure it’s like that every weekend. I’m assuming that’s part of what the fees at the county park go for. That said, I enjoy your blog very much even though I seldom write.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cathy T.,

      I’m pleased you felt comfortable enough with this group of people to voice an opinion you suspect might anger others. You may have noticed that this isn’t a bunch of hotheads. Generally we are willing to look at issues from all angles without reacting poorly.

      Your point is well taken. Maybe there has been a problem in the past with trash and dog doodoo and the fees are designed to discourage those people from coming into the park. It’s a shame, as always, that a few can ruin what everyone should be able to enjoy. Not all young, low-income people are slobs. And yet we’ve all seen that there are plenty of them (and of those in other age and income categories) who are.

      Thanks for reading my blog and for making a comment. I hope to see you here again!

      • DesertGinger says:

        So connect the dots for me. The extra fees is to pay for someone to clean up? Or the fees are to keep dogs and kids out? My guess is that people who are irresponsible were always irresponsible. So before they had kids and dogs they probably still made a mess. I’m thinking it would be more equitable to just charge a fee per person..kid or not. And dogs I guess. Although, on some level, if I have to pay for the dog now I feel entitled for someone else to clean up. Otherwise I’m paying for other people’s dogs.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know the answers to your questions.

          I do know there are parks that don’t charge fees like this and they aren’t a mess.

          This may be relevant to our discussion: Mayflower Park is located at the end of a street where very modest homes sit close together. It looks like some of those residences are for snowbirds. In other words, a lot of locals are close to the park. Maybe the RV campers complained about too many dogs, too many people, poor behaviors…The fees keep those people, their kids and dogs, out. I don’t know. I’m guessing here.

          • Bill & Ann C, Benson, AZ says:

            As volunteers who are sick and tired of cleaning up after others, fees really help. Many areas pets are totally banned. $2 does sound steep though. We have found that California and Virginia are the worst on pet fees. It is the lazy pet owners who are at fault and it will get worse if we all don’t shape up. So sad.

            • Bill & Ann C, Benson, AZ says:

              PS: as Volunteers at Kofa, we even cleaned up people poop and, lots of toilet paper, especially in the Palm Canyon camping area. Hmm. Are we crazy to volunteer?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Crazy or not, I’m sure there are many who appreciate your volunteer efforts. I do!

              People poop in campground sites and leave the toilet paper, too… rather than walk over to the vault toilet or use a porta-potty.

  32. Kevin in CO says:

    Hello Sue and Crew,
    We too are enjoying the great weather in this area, in our case, we are set up in the La Posa, Torrey Wash?, LTVA. A little exploring back on the roads, and we found a nice quiet area, with a few neighbors here and there. We like having a few neighbors, I guess it is the feeling of security we like.

    Q was rather slow, as most vendors have left for more profitable locations. We will spend a couple weeks here exploring the area. Last year, we pretty much camped and enjoyed the desert. This year, we will explore.

    Any recommended places to see? My dear wife cannot walk much, so our fun will be from the car windows.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kevin in CO (and presently at La Posa LTVA, Quartzsite)… 🙂

      I’m probably the worst person to ask when it comes to finding things to see and do in an area. I’m such a homebody! When we camped over there, we hiked into Palm Canyon. However, you want to find things that are fun from the car windows.


      Several of you have camped or are camping in the Quartzsite area. What suggestions do you have for Kevin and his wife for places to see, things to do?

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

      Go to the King Of Arizona Gold Mine And find the graveyard.

      • Bill & Ann C, Benson, AZ says:

        Also explore the Horse Tank area. Marker 42 on the right off King Valley Rd. Halfway to Horse Tank on the left you will find some petroglyphs and grinding holes. Would love to volunteer for graveyard caretaking. It really needs some attention.

  33. Pepe & Gigi, Tibbie & Ella (Bend, OR) says:

    Happy to learn the weather is warming. We will be somewhere near you but not too near in two weeks. OPCNM here we come.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Pepe & Gigi, Tibbie & Ella,

      Yeah, come on over! (For those who don’t know, OPCNM is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona, south of Ajo and Why.)

      Great to see you here!

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

    Enjoying another post as always. Would love to hear more about Salton sea & anza-borrego as plan to be there soon as a 1st timer. Read your posts about Salton & camping but would like to hear much more from everyone. Thank you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julie,


      Any reports on the Salton Sea and Anza-Borrego Park?

      • Pat at Salton Sea. . says:

        As of today Salt Creek campground is great. Not too many people, a few rv spots are empty. It was warm, 88 with a slight breeze. Nice as long as you’re in the shade. Early morning and evening walks are the best.

        Hope this helps.

  35. Joyce Sutton says:

    Must be a slow month when my unimaginative purchases make the list two months in a row

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joyce,

      It has been a slow month. Hey, buy what you want and what you need and that’s plenty good enough for me. Thank you!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      It’s kind of like being the first to post…….

      No rhyme no reason…it is what it is….

      Unimaginative purchase would be hearing aid batteries for my dad ;), unproductive for him but productive for Desert woman and the crew!

  36. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    well it looks like you and the furbabies have had a nice relaxing week
    of vacation where you’re at……as it should be…….
    I had to work over in College Station today so I didnt get your blog
    til late today but Im glad it was there….something to look forward to
    after getting my paperwork done, dishes washed and supper fixed for
    I did some extra jobs today just cause I was in the area and it really tired
    me out…did a full 8 hour day without a nap so now Im ready for bed…
    thanks for the post

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome and good morning, chuck! I hope you had a good night’s rest after working all day yesterday. And I also hope you can relax today. It makes me happy to read my blog was a treat for you, just like seeing you here is a treat for me.

  37. Ronda western WA says:

    We turned away from an entrance fee today too. When did they start charging to go in the conservatory at Volunteer Pk? It used to be donation. We just had a few minutes to spend before a Dr appointment. I just wanted to see which orchids they were displaying. Instead we walked around the ponds enjoyed the view and people/dog watching. It was a lovely afternoon! Plus good news from my Dr…bonus!

    Re your park fees: We’d have turned around with the pack we have now. Back when we had Murphy(wolfhound x flatcoat retriever) we would have paid the fee. He loved water so much he actually used to body surf until so tired we had to leash him up & lead him away. No matter what body of water we had to be prepared to get wet too. Going in after him was often the only way to get him out. ?

    • Ronda western WA says:

      So if you had a swimmer in your crew maybe you’d have looked at the fee differently? I agree many other walks.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        No, I wouldn’t have looked at the fee differently. There’s no beach. I don’t think people swim there. They can float on the river ($10 to park).

        Oops… You said a “swimmer in your crew.” I skipped over that part. The river level is low, of course. I don’t know what kind of access a dog would have from the river bank.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great to hear the doctor gave you a good report, Ronda! Your afternoon sounds delightful, just the sort of thing that appeals to me.

      One of the most enjoyable things about having a dog in the family is sharing the enthusiasm they have for life… whether it’s chasing a ball, playing tug-of-war with a toy, luxuriating in a sunbeam, eating their chow, running full-out, or splashing in water. Your Murphy knew the secret to happiness! Great combo — wolfhound and retriever. Don’t see that every day.

      • Ronda western WA says:

        Yes Murphy knew how to live life to the fullest! He lived to be 15! Outlived average for both breeds.

  38. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Sounds like you have been getting a jump on a good spring cleaning of the PTV. I bet the picture of that van with those sweet shelves might have inspired you. I have been doing the same thing. This weekend, I pitched a stack of magazines and catalogs that I had been holding onto for years….for reference of one thing or another. I figured that I had not referenced them, and they were not providing me any joy, so in the recycling bin they went! A couple weeks ago, one of my nephews took an old tube, 19″ TV off my hands. It still works great…he will hook up some old video games and will get enjoyment out it. I truly believe I could hear angels singing in my den…open space where unused “stuff” once resided! I love the feeling of lightness….and it will only get better as I continue to purge.

    Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! Have a great day!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Isn’t it great that with all the information available on the net, we don’t need to keep magazines and clippings anymore. I used to do that and then when I wanted to read what I’d saved, it was a job finding it.

      It seems the more we give up, the less we need. I love ” I truly believe I could hear angels singing in my den.” I envision your nephew grinning as he walks away with the tube TV accompanied by a heavenly chorus. 🙂

      Hugs to you and Gracie pup … May this day be wonderful for you!

  39. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Can you get apps for your kindle? I have a fire,..I recently got an app, free, called old time radio. It is so much fun!

    Last night I started listening to You Are There, a series from the 1940s. I listened to one that was the last day of Pompei, it was done like the news team was doing a program, it was so interesting! I also listened to a couple of the Lights Out programs. They warn you that it might be shocking and if you are sensitive, turn off the radio NOW. and old Twilight Zone programs…amazing!

    The app allows you to download up to 50 programs, delete them then add more, so once you have them downloaded, no need of Internet, plus they download really fast.

    I just thought the blogorinos might enjoy this for something different to do on a cold, dark, quiet, afternoon, lol.

  40. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, Detta’s a little better but not out of the woods yet. I read here daily and share the news with her. You and the little ones take care now….

  41. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Forgive me….last I knew Detta had pain in her ribs. Was there an update?

    No doubts that AZJim is taking the best care of her!

  42. Lois Joy (Mesa, AZ) says:

    Red Sky at Night is a “campers” delight! Watched the sky tonight from Mesa, AZ and thought of you RVSue! Just spectacular…more to come with weather forecast. Enjoy

  43. Kay from KC! says:

    Good Morning! Sue, you make everything an adventure and it’s so interesting to me to read about the campsites, etc. There is a lot to it that I had never thought about since I’m not a camper.

    I’m buying a lottery ticket today! I had knee surgery a week ago, torn meniscus, etc., but doing great. I’m up and around but the swelling and bruising will take longer than I thought. My son and new fiancee came over from Denver to visit and when they started to go back this past Monday, the transmission went out in his car so 2 days and $2400.00 later, they took off, then some young man ran a stop sign and hit the front part of my car! Luckily he had insurance and it’s drive able, so just an inconvenience. So maybe my luck will change with a lottery win!

    I love to read everyone’s experiences, thanks for posting!

    Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Kay from KC!

      Trouble comes in bunches. I guess that’s so we can have long stretches without it. You’re due! I’m glad the surgery went well and that you’re already able to move about. Many years from now your son will say, “Remember when I took you to meet Mom and the transmission went on the car?” 🙂

      Your luck already changed… Someone hit you and you weren’t hurt. Thank heavens for that. Now take it easy and heal and figure out what you’re going to do with your winnings. 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sending you healing thoughts, Kay! Knee surgeries (and the recovery) are not fun; I have been through two. Enough for a lifetime! So glad that you were not hurt in the car accident. Whew! You are due for a patch of calmness and peace! Take good care of yourself! 🙂

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