It was nice while it lasted

Thursday, October 2

Bridget and I wake to a frosty morning at our camp beside Ivie Creek northwest of Salina, Utah.

1-P1000784The air temperature doesn’t rise high enough for us to spend much time relaxing outside. During the warmest part of the afternoon I fill a basin with water from the creek and sit outside washing and drying dishes.  A walk in the morning and another in the afternoon and that’s it for our activity around camp.

We spend most of the day inside the Best Little Trailer.

1-P1000830I notice on a recent Amazon orders report that a reader of this blog ordered several kindle books from the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon.

1-P1000807Hmm . . . . I wonder what those are about .  . . 

I go to Amazon and read the reviews.

Oh, time travel. (I’ve never liked plots involving time travel.)

I take a chance anyway and order the first in the series.

I’m surprised how much I’m enjoying it!  The details about the Scottish Highlands are interesting and I’m learning some Scottish history.   It’s an easy read.  The kind you can pick up and put down and pick up again without the story losing its momentum.

Between the book, this blog, and napping with Bridget, the day rolls by quickly.

Friday, October 3

A much warmer day dawns!

1-P1000809After breakfast, blogging, and Bridget’s morning nap, we set out for the base of the mountain.  A forest road winds through the sage and rabbit brush making the walk easy.

1-P1000812We come upon the herd of cows that welcomed us to our campsite. 

Or, more accurately, snooped around our campsite.  They eye Bridget, watching her every move.  Now WE are the intruders.

“How’s it feel, cows, when the shoe’s on the other . . . er . . . hoof?”

1-P1000815  Bridget and I leave the forest road and follow a path into the woods.

1-P1000817The leaves on the oaks are turning yellow and gold.  Most of the maples are on the slope of the mountain.

1-P1000816I didn’t intensify the colors in these photos.  It’s fall!

1-P1000822On the return Bridget and I pass the bovine bunch again.  Bridget chooses to ignore them and they follow suit.

1-P1000826We’re almost at our camp when Bridget stops to show off her incredible balancing skill!

1-P1000829My plan is to go into town today.

It doesn’t happen.  I don’t feel like doing laundry and we don’t need groceries.  Instead I push back in the lounger and read while Bridget dozes in her bed on the ground beside me.  The warmth of the sun’s rays is a delight.

The only sounds are from the creek and the birds.

1-P1000827I love the peacefulness of this camp!

Later . . . .

Bridget and I are inside the Best Little Trailer.  It’s around 4 o’clock.  What’s that?  Sounds like a truck . . .  Uh-oh.

I pull back the curtain and this is what I see.


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298 Responses to It was nice while it lasted

  1. Bill says:

    Oh Sue you are gonna love the Outlander series!!! Diane won a bunch of awards because she is so historically accurate!!#

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s good to know. You can’t always trust a novelist to get the facts straight.

      (BTW, everyone… This Bill is the one who has the blog called One-Legged Cowboy. Interesting development over at his place.)

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        And plenty of lusty Scottish sex!! LOL (a warning for any of us that might be squeamish about that sort of thing) I have the whole series that I picked up cheap and/or free, but have only read the first one. A really fun read…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yeah, I’m about ready to say, “okay, enough already!” when they finally stop to use the chamber pot or eat some Scottish gruel.

          • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

            One learns to practice skimming and scanning to get to the more interesting parts. (sex scenes are boringly repetitious IMHO)

    • MK in NE GA for now says:

      I haven’t been on for a while as I’ve gotten HOOKED big time on the Outlander series and the the wonderful Starz show that is the best book to film adaptation I’ve ever seen. Trust us Sue the series is fantastic! My friend had tried to get me to read it for years and I finally gave in and got it free through my ebook local library…OHHHH I won’t do any spoilers for you…but read it…it’s quite an adventure!

  2. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    Seriously? All that space and they had to park there?

  3. Kay says:


    • Kay says:

      Yes, John K. We call dem dare CLINGERS in every sense of the word. Wait, some are REALLY, REALLY CLINGY… they will move 5 feet from you so they can use your internet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh Sue, you need to put out the “Allen Family Reunion” sign or maybe… Blogger Camp RETREAT sign.

      Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Think I better go back to painting before I lose my temper.

      CLINGERS : RVer’s who feel the need to CLING to others in WIDE OPEN SPACES.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Kay,

        I knew this post would get a strong reaction from you! They have a little dog. Bridget barked like a maniac when they were setting up. Did I stop her? 🙂

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          NoooOOOoooo, you did not! 🙂

        • Kay says:

          People…. I just cannot understand when they go camping, why they just have to butt up next to the ONLY camper in the area. (Shakes Head)

          YEARS AGO… like about 38 years ago to be exact. The EX husband and I had a speed boat, 2 Pinto’s (cars, not horses) and a 8X10 Tent. Every Thursday night, he and I would load up the Pinto’s with our camping gear and most of the food for the weekend. Come Friday morning, I would get up at 5AM, leave the house by 5:30AM and head out to our favorite fishing hole. I would setup camp. Then return to the house, hop in the other Pinto and pull the boat out to the camp spot. Sometimes, I would unload boat it just really depended on me if I wanted to bake in the Sun in the middle of the lake or not ALONE. I’d return to the house and grab the coolers with ice, cold foods and on my way back to the lake, I’d stop for the fish bait. All set, I would head to camp and get a fire going for super. The EX would arrive in the Pinto I had left at home.

          One weekend, a young couple our age arrived and they set up camp within 10 feet of ours while I was on one of the 3 trips….

          Can you imagine what I did??? Them damn kids set up right where we had to park to get boat out of water…

          I parked RIGHT SMACK in front of their tent door! Hung a note on their tent. “With ALL the WIDE OPEN ACRES ALONG THE LAKE… I felt the need to park as close to your tent as I possibly could get just in case that BEAR that was hear last night came back, I would not have far to go to get inside my car. Sleep well, IDIOTS.

          Then the EX and I sat outside our tent roasting marshmallows…. it wasn’t long and the young couple came walking back… they stopped… looked…. and could be heard “they parked right in front of our tent”

          The guy gave a nasty shout, and the EX took to his feet, all 6’2 of him… without another word… the young couple were packin it in…. We camped the whole weekend in peace….

          SO, people were doing this CLINGER crap way back when people like us, just wanted to get out of town for the weekend and be alone.

        • Gayle says:

          Can someone use your internet just by parking close? Isn’t everyone’s internet signal locked like at home, needing the password to use it?

          • Marsha/MI says:

            We have our internet password protected, but our booster can be used by anyone within a certain range.

            We had restaurant clingers the other day. Whole place was pretty empty and they sit at the table next to us and are LOUD!

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        Maybe it is time for a toot on the tooter! Clingers be gone!!

  4. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Oh, my am I first? I’ve never even come close before LOL

    Such a lovely area with all the trees changing color. The leaves on my chinaberry tree in the backyard just goes from green to yellow, then to the ground. Most of the trees around here don’t change color, at least not as dramatically as where you are.

    I’m not believing your last photo. Are they really that close? The nerve (and insensitivity) of some people! Maybe they are just shy blogorinos? 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Cari,

      I had a couple chinaberry trees at my house in Georgia That’s what their leaves do… go from green to a dried up looking yellow and then drop to the ground.

      Yes, they’re what I’d consider “close.” I suppose if you’re used to rv parks, they aren’t. Not that this is an RV park….

    • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

      Cari in Plano Texas says: “Are they really that close? The nerve (and insensitivity) of some people! Maybe they are just shy blogorinos? :-)…”
      I would have said ballsy.

      Cat Lady

  5. RachelDLS says:

    Invaders! I am afraid I am one today. Well. Kind of. It was the only spot I could find and it is a little close to one other camper but not too rude of me i hope. 🙂 At least they cant see me. There are a few trees blocking us from view. Looks like your invader is in your back yard!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rachel,

      It makes a big difference when you can’t see anyone near your camp. And you’re not the noisy type, so they probably won’t be bothered.

      • RachelDLS says:

        Hi Sue,

        All is well here. Just met my neighbor, seems like a nice gentleman. When I apologized for invading his space, he said he did not mind at all. He does not think I am too close. Even invited me to his campfire tonight. 🙂

        Shifted the van a bit this morning to get level and as a bonus I can’t see his camp at all. He is probably a 1000 feet away. I am just used to being a mile or more from everyone. 🙂

  6. Mary in CO says:

    Up close and personal, huh. Yeah, I bet they want to use your internet. Maybe the tooter needs to be utilized each time the cows come close. How about playing some loud music outside the BLT? Or maybe Bridget could make some deposits near their doorstep? JK, sorry they probably don’t have a clue, too bad, but glad it doesn’t happen often.

    • shirlene says:

      Oh no!!!!!!…..clingers! Well I hope THIS works out….Blow the clingers horn

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m very glad it doesn’t happen often. I try very hard to get away from people, as you know.

      • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

        Nah…use the irritating one the ice cream truck that comes around in your subdivision at mealtimes plays…what is the name of that song? Pop Goes the Weasel? Drives me absolutely nuts. Over and over and over…yeah, that outta do it…

        Cat Lady

        • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

          {sigh} this should have posted under Sue’s reply to Michael…sorry.

          Cat Lady

  7. Ugh, clingers!

    One handy thing I have on my truck camper are external speakers. If someone tried this with me out at a boondock, I think I would be inclined to play the same song over and over again at a high volume…preferably something that is really easy to get stuck in your head like “The Candy Man Can”. I’ll bet that by the 9th or 10th round of the song they’d pull up stakes and drive away as fast as they could, maddened that even as they drove away they kept hearing the song in their heads…

  8. Mary in CO says:

    Ps: the Outlander series was most addicting. In addition to, and perhaps even better was the history! I am wondering if the first movie will honor that, or will it just be the hot romance? Time will tell.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary,

      I’m clueless about popular books. For about 15 years I didn’t have time to read novels. Either I was reading for college courses or I was reading teacher books. Now I’m playing catch-up! I’m almost finished with the first book. I can tell I’m going to want to keep up with the series.

      • Mert says:

        I don’t know if you like comedy books. But Janet Evonovich has a series of like 21 or so books about “Stephanie plum” a beggjner bounty hunter. I found them LOL funny to read. If ever looking for a laugh. IMO those are the ones.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Mert,

          I read one of her Stephanie Plum books! Picked it up at a thrift store. I forgot all about that author…. Thanks for the reminder.

          • Mert says:

            You’re very welcome! I love them. Awaiting for the next one to come out. They are too funny. Only books I have ever read that I actually set and laugh out loud.

          • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

            My mother loved Janet Evanovich and would sit giggling and reading them all as soon as a new one would come out. So, I now have the whole series of her books in hard cover. Thus far I am to number 4, and they seem to keep getting better as I go along. But I prefer to spread out books by the same author.

            • Barbara (Nashville) says:

              Love the Stephanie Plum series. I too bust out laughing while reading them. I also love the grandma. Sure would hate to get hit in the head with her purse!

        • I’ve recently read 2 fantastic books by Jincy Willett–recommended by Nancy Perl & worth every second of your time. Read ‘The Writing Class’ first so you’ll know who the characters are in ‘Amy Falls Down’. Enjoy!

  9. Susan in Dallas says:

    Where’s the “Allen sign” when you need it? Love the surroundings but of course, the cows are my favorite. I just spent 23 hours with no electricity due to a thunderstorm with very high winds. Luckily I had no damage to the house but couldn’t get my car out of the garage.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      I’ve never had a garage with an electric door opener. It didn’t occur to me that you could have your car in the garage and not be able to get it out. Gee, Texas is going through some rough weather. 23 hours without electric… What a pain.

    • Kay says:

      Umm… the next time that happens…. there is a by-pass on the opener on the ceiling, and then bingo the door can be opened manually. Just a tip for next time, and there will be a next time. I remember the living in Dallas – Ft Worth days all too well.

      • Susan in Dallas says:

        Unfortunately I cannot enter my garage from inside my house. The outside big door is the only way in. If I had the key I could have opened it manually but, of course, I had no idea where it was. On my way to purchase a new lock cylinder and put it on my list of things to do.

  10. weather says:

    Is this a spoof Sue?It appears as though your trailers are touching,as though to share cables of some sort?If not I’m guessing one of you has moved by now,and since you’re obviously still alive and free,the separation was more amicable than mine might have been in that situation.

    Well,then hoping I’ll know more soon,I’ll move on.Beautiful photos,lovely camp,clever Bridget the balancing beauty-now the ice cream will taste even better when you get,since you’ll probably be warmer by then.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, this isn’t a spoof, weather. I will admit that the photo does shorten the distance between us, but not much. Bridget and I walked to see if there’s another campsite we could move to. All the others have the potential of attracting more “neighbors.” I’ll try to grin and bear it, hoping they leave by Sunday.

    • weather says:

      This all is astonishing to me,and I’m sorry that it’s happening.You described them above as perhaps being retirees.They must have retired at 65 about 40 yrs ago to explain how feeble minded they must be .Or maybe they’re actual aliens,as in “On what f#*#*ng planet is that considered normal or acceptable behavior?”

      Grin and bear it is an alternative that I honestly might not have thought of, though by imagining it I’m starting to at least find it comprehensible.Look who’s slack jawed now 🙂 Did I get it closer this time?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Yes, you got it!

        I have a feeling trying to explain that what they are doing is not acceptable would be met with slack jaws (duh)…. or with anger.

        In fact, I’m expecting someone who never comments here to appear suddenly with a nasty remark about how selfish I am, that I should share. Pffftt! That’s the usual way it goes. . . . Some people just don’t understand boundaries. And some people think everyone is like them — wanting to be chummy. Good grief.

        • weather says:

          If the nasty trolls do show up ,shall I/others answer or do you prefer to be first responder?

          You’re likely correct about it not being worth any effort to explain unacceptable behavior to those engaging in it.
          Grief-yes!Good?-not so much

        • Mert says:

          Maybe u should just be a irritating neighbor. Go over every. 2 seconds borrowing a tsp of sugar. Then salt. Then pepper. Then ask for a flashlight. Got a book I can borrow…. How about a map… Do u all have an extra pillow…;)

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Ant spray….the ants here are horrible and they are carrying stuff away! Don’t leave anything out! Heh heh

  11. Ron in Tx says:

    I am south of Waco and we are still no electric

  12. Jenny Waters says:

    I love your picture of Bridget “balancing.” Thanks for the laugh. 🙂

  13. Wickedlady of Shelton WA says:

    Oh, crap! Clingers!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Maybe it’s good that they came along and I wrote a post about it. Boondocking is all about timing. A camp can be idyllic one day and hellish the next. I’ve portrayed Ivie Creek as the perfect camp. I’ve been fortunate to camp here without being crowded. People reading my blog need to know they might not find the same “perfect” camp.

      It’s like the Loon Lagoon Camp. We had paradise. Kathy and Gil were inundated with flies. You never know . . . .

  14. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    You haven’t mentioned the father and son who have the cabin nearby. Any sign of them?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, I haven’t seen them, John. I’m not camped next to the road that they use for their property and I’ve been inside a lot because of the cold day. If I don’t see them in a day or so, I might tack a note on the cabin door.

  15. SERIOUSLY? There is no doubt that if it were me, I’ d be warning them about what the forest ranger had mentioned, “Be on the lookout for a mountain lion that’s been working the area. If you have a loud sounding horn of some kind, I’d use it regularly until we catch it”. Yep, that’s what I’d tell them. (Devil) Then, I’d sound the bear footer every 5 minutes And I’m NOT kidding.

  16. AZ Jim says:

    OMG! What jerks. Well Missy, if they start up a generator, it will be a good time to do a tooter test, of course one short burst won’t do it but I had in mind a marathon test. One burst ever 20 minutes to be sure the weather and changing conditions don’t render it impotent. @#%$&*$*&$% A..H…’s……. If they ask about it you can say that is why you are out by yourself so you don’t bother others, “sorry you moved into all this racket!”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Jim and Ed…

      I don’t want a confrontation. I’m counting on them leaving in a day or two. If they don’t, we will move. It’s not that I’m shy. I don’t feel like trying to educate people who are clueless and running them off will only make me feel bad. Ya’ can’t win! 🙂

  17. DesertGinger says:

    Is that the PTV on the right hand side of the clinger picture? They are right there! Why would they want to be so close? Very bizarre.

    Spent the afternoon at ER; home now. They stuck a needle in the new abscess thing on the right and drew out a bunch of blood. More comfortable now. I’ve got to go to pharmacy and pick up more lovenox and continue stomach injections till at least Monday. Geez I hope my INR is above 2 at that point.

    I drove myself to ER today! YAY! I don’t have energy and strength to go anywhere but I can if I want to!

    I like the probiotic idea and will attempt to get some. Very hard for me to shop. But I’m going to try. Thanks for all the encouragement everyone!

    Hugs to all….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I’m glad you’re feeling more comfortable. Congratulations on driving again!

      Not to be a salesperson…. but you probably could get the probiotics from Amazon and have them shipped in one day. Just a thought . . . .

      Yes, that’s the BLT on the right side of the photo. See the antenna? At least my door faces away from them. I parked close to the fence so no one could camp in our view.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Brilliant! I’ll order some on Amazon! Perfect.

        I find it really incredible they came into am empty area with lots of campsites and took that one! How rude.

        I hope they go by Sunday.

    • Hi Ginger! So glad you’re out of the hospital and that you drove yourself there! That’s definitely progress! I’d order the probiotics through amazon too–great idea, Sue! Keep up the good work, DG!

  18. Ida G says:


  19. Lee J in Northern California says:

    You just earned an initial at the end of your name

    RV Sue, C M

    Clinger magnet!

    Sheesh, hope they are quiet and leave soon .

    DG, you are one tough lady , driving yourself to the hospital, wow. Do you have a CVS pharmacy in your town? They used to do home deliveries to my aunt, good for when you can’t get out. Wish I was close, I would bring you a pot of soup, all organic and full of goodies.

  20. Timber n' me says:

    Those “clingers” look real close and they might be Hunter Clingers or they want to steal from your WiFi. that is to close, a red flag would go up real fast in our book. be careful Sue and I’d move or ask them why ARE YOU CAMPED SO DAM CLOSE TO ME ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,US

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I can guess why they’re camped so close. They have that big fifth wheel and they couldn’t find a campsite in the campground big enough for it, because it’s the weekend and there aren’t a lot of big sites up there.

      Or they’re too cheap to pay for a site and want to camp for free even if it annoys someone else. I like free sites but I could never pull up this close to another camp.

    • WTXCal says:

      Hey Rusty,
      Curious to know how the new rig is doing. Fill us all in. Have a good one.

      • Timber n' me says:

        We’re doing ok other than the heat, it got up to 103 outside and with screened side windows, it was a cool 92 inside. I’ve been re a ranging things inside to make her lighter. the 73 watts are doing there job and no Clingers yet. We are south of Lake Havasu City ’bout 14 clicks between the sand plant and the cross on the hill, north east of the viewing area which is on Hwy 95. Timber is enjoying the desert and we go for walks in the mornings n’ after the sun gets low. Have a beautifully blest day! ,,us

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Good to hear you got to your (for now at least) destination and are enjoying your camp and settling in to your new, improved camper (and it’s yours-all-yours :)). The good news is that (as you well know) the heat shouldn’t last much longer. I had to stop in that area for a day/night a few weeks ago and it was 110º in the shade…. except there was no shade. Whew it was HOT. All night, too. Should be lovely pretty soon though 🙂

          • Timber n' me says:

            Yep, it’s going to be cooler this time next week, the next 4 days looks like the last heat wave of the year or we’ll be setting in the river ,,,, Timber n’ me

            • Dawn in MI says:

              Glad things are going good Rusty!

            • Timber n' me says:

              Hi Dawn, I have a new address, Sue has it, ask her for it and yes it’s ok. Have you see the new look of our rig? and yes we have room, + I can really stand up in it with my “Gus” straw hat on and still get fingers between it and the ceiling. We love our “rollin’ down th’ road home. Timber says hi too! ,,,me

            • Barbara (Nashville) says:

              Hi Rusty,
              Glad things are going okay.Was so sorry to hear about the disaster with your home. I hops you got to take your trains.

  21. Sandy says:

    that last shot looks more like a KOA, LOL

  22. Hotel California says:

    You are incredibly lucky to be camped near such a nice fifth wheel trailer.

  23. Janet says:

    A picture trumps a thousand words!!!!

  24. BadgerRickInWis says:




    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What? To give them a swift kick in the arse? 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Oh, maybe I’m confused.

        I thought that we had decided that a pair of mens boots would scare away any one or any thing. I never really did follow the logic of it. I guess I assumed it was the smell or something.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          In that case I could put my Bearpaws outside….

        • DesertGinger says:

          This is good Rick. I think the men’s boots were not intended as an actual assault weapon by stinking out strangers, but more of a ruse to make others think “there’s a man staying in this rig….we should be scared of a man and stay away”. Not sure why the idea of a man inhabiting the rig is especially scary unless the boots are really incredibly big and stinky and give you an image of a really big, stinky mean man.

          I still like the idea of a chalk outline of a body and a bottle of Midol. And maybe Sue’s bear paws.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            And there’s always yellow crime scene tape. I need to put that on my next Amazon order.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              I have rolls of them!

              We string it across our driveway when it gets really muddy….can’t tell you how many cars slow down and look!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Crime scene tape at our campsite would trade clingers for rubber-neckers. 🙂

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Maybe something in PINK instead of yellow tape??

    • weather says:

      Good one Rick,a lot of the answers made me smile or giggle and cheer,but yours actually made me roar with laughter!Oo-yeah,I can just picture being all worried and afraid they might be unsneaky bad guys!Better talk loudly and often to imaginary hulking hubby and leave love notes to him outside all day and all night long!

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Thank you Weather, It brings me joy to think I made you laugh.

        But after I posted that I realized that I’m not sure which is more ridiculous. The idea that a pair of mens boots would scare away clingers or the idea that Bridget would actually go fetch something.

        Note to readers:
        Like Sue I also share my life with a Rat/Chi and there is no way she would go chase something when she is perfectly capable of sending me to go fetch it for her. 🙂

  25. Mert says:

    I just have to tell you sue (and fellow followers) as you know by now, I have so much going on in my life that it is a bit overwhelming at times. But every night I get into bed with my big red headed fur baby and I shut off the tv, and open your blog to read. Something about this blog and the comments as well, are my ” calgon on take me away”
    It is so peaceful and relaxing, actually calming to me. And helps me to get a good nite sleep and takes away all the worries and stress that can run marathons through your head at night before sleep.
    I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for this little slice of heaven!’
    Mert & Asia.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a touching message, Mert, to me and to all the blogorinos. I’m glad you are a part of “this little slice of heaven.”

    • weather says:

      What a sweet and heartfelt message,Mert.It’s a bit ironic that you’ve written on an evening less peaceful than usual on here.Asia must appreciate the peaceful way you tuck in at night,just the picture made me sigh.

  26. Mert says:

    So am I!! 🙂

  27. Mert says:

    And maybe a spotlight. Or flashing lights ( strobe) would move the clingers on down the creek.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Too risky…. They might think I’m throwing a disco party and be over here with their dancing shoes on.

      • DesertGinger says:


      • Nothing worse than clingers who decide you are holding a dance just for them! ACK!!!

        Didn’t close on the RV yet. I was supposed to close yesterday (Thursday) but they had some work they needed to finish on it and feared it wouldn’t be done by then. We were then going to close on Monday but now I might have to cancel it myself since my mom was just told that she “graduated” from rehab and has to move to another facility. I have to find that facility and move her there before her Medicare runs out! Life is always so interesting! Perhaps too interesting some times!

        Anyway, I totally agree with Mert about the effect your blog has on me. After a crazy, stressful day it is quite nice to read about what I hope I’ll be doing in the not too distant future! Thanks, Sue!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Gee, Deborah.. … Life is one big tease for you lately! I’m reminded of the racing greyhounds in Florida, running behind the “rabbit” that’s just out of their reach.

          It’s a delight for me to read that my blog gives you a relief from stress. 🙂

          Good luck finding the right facility for your mother. Your life seems like a whirlwind right now. In time, if you stay the course, you’ll consider a herd of cows a big event in your day . . .

          • Deborah says:

            I am so looking forward to that day! I gave myself six months to get everything downsized. I’m six weeks into that and hardly started with all the interruptions. I’m hoping I can still get it done in time but, if needed to maintain whatever sanity I’ve got left, I can always stay here an additional month.

        • Patricia from Florida says:

          I must agree with Mert and Deborah. Many a night I finish the day with RVSue. I get to laugh, smile, sometimes groan. Always an armchair adventure…

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Oh, Patricia…. I never anticipated my dopey life being so entertaining! 🙂

            • Teresa from NC says:

              Dopey isn’t the best word for the fantasy life so many of us wish to live -following in your footsteps:-)

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I wash dishes, we walk the road, we see cows . . . That’s what I meant by dopey… Not exactly edge-of-your-seat action! 🙂

  28. Vicki & Kitty campin'... CA north coast says:

    I got the Outlander series from Audible & I have listened to it many times over a couple of years. It’s funny you mention this in your blog because I’m planning on starting on it again. A great series.
    Thanks Sue & Bridget for taking me along & sharing all your beautiful campsites & pictures.
    Full-time RV’er since January 2013 & workamper, so I love traveling with you.
    Safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Vicki and Kitty,

      I bet the Outlander series on tape was fun to hear, what with the Scottish accents and Gaelic.

      I’m happy you love riding along with Bridget and me. Great seeing you here!

  29. Monica says:

    Clingers? If they were any closer it would be an act of fornication…geez.

  30. Aerolite Steve says:

    That is a great spot … too bad you have neighbors now. We stayed there last June about 1 week after you left.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Aerolite Steve,

      I remember when you wrote you were in this area. June is a good time to come here. The campsites are fresh and the flowers are still in bloom.

      A lot of campers moved in last night. Maybe this is The Place for camping in the fall.

  31. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Clingers!! I already commented above on Kay’s, I think I would have tooted the tooter if they are as close as they appear to be.

    I must be one of the few that started to read that Outlander series and just couldn’t get into it. Now The Clan of the Cave Bear and the Earths Children Series by Jean Auel is another story. That book series I would never have dreamed I would like and I couldn’t read them fast enough. Big books but it was a great series.

    Enjoy your weekend, hopefully the clingers leave on Sunday.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I can see how you had trouble “getting into” the first book of the Outlander series. It doesn’t really take off until Claire goes back in time. Give it another try sometime. . .

      I’ll look at the Jean Auel books. Thanks for the tip!

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        I will have to try the Outlander series again sometime.

        If you check out the books I mentioned start with Clan of the Cave Bear. Then just read them in the correct order. Great series!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Jolene. Here’s a link for anyone wanting to take a look:

          The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth’s Children, Book One

          LATER…. I went to Amazon and read the synopsis. I read that book! I’m terrible about remembering titles and authors. I found the paperback at a take-one, give-one table. When finished I returned the book to the table. Yes, it was good!

      • Dorisan says:

        The Jean Auel books?

        First one is interesting, second one started out great, but developed a serious flaw of “it’s been six pages and no sex, let me throw in a turgid, pointless, thoroughly described romp.”

        I was a big-big fan of Auel’s when I began reading her books in my 20s. By the time her last book came out, I was in my *50s* (there were some lonnng stretches between publications) and I just couldn’t work up an interest in seeing how Ayla’s future turned out.

        Boondocking – is there no sort of etiquette for that venture? We plan to full-time in Arvee (the name of our rig. we got tired of saying “the RV” and gave it a real name
        🙂 ) when I’m released from corporate hell in 15 months; boondocking will be a big part of that.

        If I were the 5th wheelers, I’d at least make some sort of deprecating remark about parking so close, even make sure that their looming rig wasn’t causing an issue with your ability to move the BLT around.

        You were there first. The polite thing to do would be to make sure you aren’t caused any discomfort.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I know what you mean, Dorisan, about books that cater to the sex-obsessed readers. I was beginning to think that was the way of the Outlander series… hope it isn’t! Maturity has a way of putting all that in perspective.

          Yes, there’s etiquette for boondocking. It’s the same etiquette as anywhere. One does not park on the lawn of another. One does not stand in the face of another. One respects the space of others. Duh!

          I’ve found that telling people off rarely does any good. They end up mad and I end up upset and nothing is accomplished. Having wheels under my home is insurance against living next to clingers. We will move if the situation does not resolve within a short period of time.

          Good to hear from you! Best of luck planning to full-time in Arvee!

          ( Gotta’ go . . . .Bridget is barking at me for her long overdue morning walk.)

  32. Kay says:

    I have a GREAT idea…. we need to announce plans for a CLINGER convention in “Nevada” and its FREE all the food and Beer… MUST BE A CLINGER to attend…

    If you have an RV, and if you’ve EVER camped close to another RVer when there was wide open spaces… you qualify as a Clinger and are welcome to go to the CLINGER convention.

    There, now that should do it… the rest of us can enjoy the rest of the boondocking areas in peace.

  33. Sue says:

    My God. How annoying. I dont understand why some allways want to be close to others. I had a fanstastic tent camping spot one time in a circle of 35 sites. Only 2 others in the whole 35 were occupied as it was in off season. So, I go for a hike one day , come back and right next to me are 3 tents and 3 cars in the campsite directly next to me. I couldnt believe it !!! All those empty spaces and they had to set up a big group next to me ! ! I was so mad. I pulled all my stuff over to the next campsite to at least have a bit of a buffer. I hate clingers. Ughhh…. Well, I hope they either leave tomorrow Sue or you and them become good friends. LOL….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      Bunch a bullies…. They were “bigger” than you so you were insignificant to them. I bet they didn’t give a second thought to setting up camp and parking next to you.

      What’s truly unfair is they went about their camping with nary a care while you had to deal with your own anger and feelings of having your camping soured.

  34. Jordan says:

    Have cows, therefore cowpies can’t be far behind!! 😉 Did you pick up some gold spray paint last stop at Wally World? Just place those delightful golden bombs all around their rig tonight under the cover of darkness (don’t forget an extra big one at their door). They’ll never hear you with their generator running. Then enjoy the morning’s entertainment! Of course a few long toots on the tooter should help too – well it would at the least be fun!

  35. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Oh dear Sue…hope they decide to leave soon!! Or you find another nice spot away from all such…so sorry. I am not fond of people disturbing my peace either!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Well, I will say…. after a night with these close neighbors …. They parked their truck on the other side of their fifth wheel (the generator is in the bed of the pickup). I can barely hear the generator since it’s cool enough for the BLT’s windows to be closed all night.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        AH the blessings of cooler weather eh?? I HOPE they put it there to buffer from you….let us hope they are a smidge polite. Good manners do make life easier…

        Heh, Sue…the cool temps now seem to prevent all those LOUD dingbats gathering on the sidewalk not far from our bedroom window!! I must say….YEA COOL TEMPS!!! People that live in more crowded places really ought to have more sense.

  36. shirlene says:

    I am SO sorry Sue….but the comments are very entertaining….lol a couple of times…I hope you are able to have a peaceful night at least….can’t wait for coffee in the morning…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Shirlene!

      I’m writing this while enjoying my first cup of the day. Hope yours is as good. 🙂

      Thanks for the hope for a night of peace for us. It was!

  37. Heda says:

    Bridget’s brilliant balancing…another example of glue butt?

  38. Anne Ogden says:

    I’ve read the Outlander series. I felt the same way you do about “time travel”, but the books are so interesting. I’ve read the whole series and am hoping there are more to come. Love your blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Anne,

      Yeah, the typical “time machine” mechanism to take the reader to another period is lame. The Outlander method of time travel was more integrated into the setting which made it not seem like an artificial plot device.

      Thank you for telling me you love my blog. That makes me feel great!

  39. Barrie says:

    Hi Sue,
    Is that a bear I see?… It’s a good thing you have your air horns to scare off unwanted intruders. :-)))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barrie,

      Nice to see you here! I’m timid about using the air horns against people. I know I’d end up being “the bad guy” in this situation.

  40. Applegirl NY says:

    I can’t believe how close those clingers are. Do you think it is possible that they may think there is just one area designated for campers? I can’t imagine any other reason to be that close. With a rig like that, I’d think they would have their own internet booster or whatever you use.

    As you said, hopefully they’ll be gone in a day or so.

    Love the cows! I always love the cow pics you get.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I don’t see how anyone could think this is the only area for camping on this road. The campground sign makes it clear and this definitely isn’t a campground.

      My guess is they don’t want to pay a fee or they don’t want to squeeze that huge rig into a campground site. It’s easier to pull alongside me.

      As for wanting to feed off of my internet booster… gee, they can afford that big rig and a TV dish, they can buy their own booster!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        MAYBE they are not very adept yet with parking and driving that rig?? WOW, that would be me, if it was left to me…I hardly even drive our car…as little as I can anyway!!

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          By the way, not saying that one’s problems should be pushed onto someone else….it seems impossible that they would not know it was infringing upon your space.

  41. Donna 'N Girls says:

    Might be best if you saw that bear around 1 A. M….

    I’m a lurker here, but this brought me out. I’ve been reading and catching up on your blog for about a year now, another blog mentioned your blog as a good resource for full time expenses, now I’m hooked.

    I’ll retire in January and hit the road with my two fuzz faces, not full time but for long stretches of time.

    Sue, I just wanted to tell you how helpful your blog has been to my planning, you’ve given me the wherewithal to follow my dream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s wonderful, Donna… that you are following your dream. It’s a privilege for me to be in a position of helping you find your way.

      Retirement is fantastic! You get your life back!

  42. Betty-Sshea says:

    Oh No Way!!!Clingers?
    Really pretty photos and Bridget is beautiful!
    Good luck with your new “best Fiends”Sorry…That has happened soooo many times to me….miles and miles of space and then….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, Betty-Shea! You need to lay off the sauce. You’re slurring your name. 😉

      Thanks for the good luck wish!

  43. phoneguy1212 says:

    Very nice thread this time. Who would of thought that the clingers brought this on. As always Sue, I enjoyed your journey very much and the replies kept me entertained for quite some time. Thanks everyone.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jerry…

      This is an entertaining bunch. I enjoy reading the updates and reactions of blogorinos, including yours. Good to know you enjoy my blog!

  44. claire m ruffin says:

    wow, sue you had a great campsite til those people pulled in. what is wrong with folks to park that close to you with all of that space to park in? never fails, though, every time i boondock anywhere, even in walmart for the night, i try to get as far as possible away and every single time someone ends up parking next to me! usually i stay hitched up and pull out when that happens, but it’s so annoying!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Claire,

      You’re right… It “never fails.” It’s almost like you can look out your window after parking your rig and say, “Gee, they’re late. I wonder what’s keeping them so long.” Really! That’s why I try to park where I can’t be seen. Being seen is like turning your rig (or tent) into a magnet….

  45. Latte says:

    Being a retired librarian and a addict of historical fiction as others have stated the series is addicting. I too, do not care for time travel but I took the first two on a 10 day camping trip and read them so fast! I had to make a road trip to a town to visit the public library to check out 3 and 4 and then had to snail mail them back to the library. =) The author just posted that she will be writing number 9. Her back ground is a PHD in microbiology and she never visited Scotland till AFTER her second book. Her gift is in story telling and her research, detail-detail-detail. Enjoy! Latte

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Latte,

      Interesting anecdote about the author of the Outlander series. It’s quite amazing that she wrote two in the series without visiting Scotland. Reading her book, I feel like I’m riding a horse in the Highlands, following a hunky guy in a kilt and . . . .

  46. Sondra-SC says:

    HOLY COWs and Clingons?…its unimaginative that someone would get that close A BUMPER STICKER THAT States-WARNING: QUARANTINE VEHICLE KEEP BACK 300 FT might help or one of those magnet signs you can remove and change out according to whatever is going on—some others could read:
    Warning: Live Snakes Onboard
    Warning: Infectious Waste Transport
    Warning: Radioactive Ions Onboard
    the list is endless!!

  47. Noelle says:

    I’ve found myself thinking about the thought process of the clinger and trying to understand why in their peculiar world this ridiculous camp site selection is just fine. In no particular order: They are friendly, overly-extroverted, folk and think they are bringing you needed company, or can’t exist without company themselves, and will soon be knocking on the Casita’s door with coffee and muffins. They are bullies who think they can run you off and have the place to themselves. They believe there is safety in numbers. They are so isolated from the outside world within their gigantic rig you don’t even make it onto their radar. They are so used to KOAs that this feels normal. They heard of Bridget’s balancing exploits and are talent scouts for Cirque du Sileil.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      LOVE your analysis, Noelle! You came up with a lot of reasons for clingers… My favorite is the last one!

  48. Pam Wright says:

    Some people just don’t get it!

    Bridget is so talented:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam,

      That’s it… “Some people just don’t get it!”… and I doubt they ever will. Even if they did, there’s always someone else to take their place in line . . .

      Yes, Bridget is one amazing acrobat!

  49. Marg in Ouachita's says:

    I love the Outlander series. My imagination would like me to go back in time like this, but I want a magic cord to pull me back to “now.” I still love fairy tales. Sometimes it is nice to escape into a book. I do not like epics. I do not like sad movies. People tell me “but that is life.” I live life, sometimes it is great, sometimes not so great. It is what we make it. That is why I love your blog. I travel with you. I once lived in an RV for five years and they were so happy. I loved being able to get the dust bunnies up from around the little space. The space in this 2000 sq. feet house has dust bunnies I can give names to. Sometimes they attack if I walk around in socks. Travel on my friend, and we will come with you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marg,

      Entertaining comment!

      I know exactly what you mean about dust bunnies. The first time I cleaned the floor of the BLT (and no, it wasn’t recently!), I laughed because I had swept and washed it in about 5 minutes. My house used to take most of a morning . . . .

    • Clingers on your socks, eh Marge?

      • Marg in Ouachita's says:

        Dawn, I am a terrible housekeeper. This is no exaggeration. Right now I am going to put on shoes, the bunnies underneath my desk have already attacked. Maybe like in that commercial I will have a package at my front door magically to take away all the dust bunnies. No, this is Sunday, no mail today.

  50. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    the colors are so vivid! What a nice walk…..peaceful errrrr until the morning!

    WHAT? Ya think they could have gotten a little bit closer? it looks like it’s right on top of the BLT!

    I’m sorry but I would have come out of my a$$! Time to test the ole tooter out!

    REALLY??? nothing like starting the morning off…..on the wrong side of the bed!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Actually they arrived yesterday afternoon around four. They took off in their truck this morning which makes me think they aren’t really campers. In other words, they don’t care about their camp. They use the fifth wheel to sleep and then run off during the day, maybe visiting family. That’s fine with me!

      As I’m sure you’ve noticed, for me the camp is the most important thing. You can read other blogs where the first thing the people do is drive to a trailhead and hike or go to a museum or whatever. That’s fine… different strokes and all that …

      Sometimes I hang around camp for days when I first set up . . . . That’s why WHERE I camp is very important.

      I could let them upset me. Clingers have done that to me in the past. Right now I don’t want to expend the energy. I guess I’m not as shocked by the cluelessness and self-centeredness of clingers as I once was.

      You have a wonderful day in the Adirondack woods… 🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Love the way you view the situation…something so negative can be looked upon as positive.

        The way of life….if the view is better behind you….turn the BLT around! Rock on Desert woman!

        Last night we had high winds…today its pouring rain..tonight it’s supposed to be in the 30’s. Ummm…30’s + rain = the “S” word!

        We’re watching the SF Giants…eating peanuts! Mom’s on the mantle with a birds eye view. If she was here she’d be
        yelling….grab some pine meat! She loves her Giants!

        Enjoy your night…hopefully the clinger family reunion is an all nighter!

  51. Robin B says:

    I loved the OUTLANDER series and they are very popular with library patrons, especially now that the TV series is going. However, I loved them but stalled on THE FIERY CROSS as it was just so wordy! However, one of these days (after I retire!), I’ll try to continue as I hear the rest are pretty good.

    BTW, if you ever need any reading advice, feel free to shoot me an email. I’m a pro as that’s what I do for my job. 🙂

    Love your blog and have recommended to many. Hope to see you on the road someday–but don’t worry, I won’t invade your space like SOME seem to have done. Sheesh.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robin B,

      I didn’t know there was a TV series based on the Outander books. I hardly ever watch television.

      Thank you for sharing my blog with others. The more the merrier! I hope they love it, too!

      Feel free to drop in here with book suggestions any time. I know there are several readers of this blog who look for book recommendations.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Oh, absolutely interested in book recommendations! Especially with a bit of actual human, “if you like..” thrown in.

        Amazon is fantastic for descriptions and reviews (I actually switched from a Nook to a Kindle just because I liked Amazon’s book information so much better), but I find that I don’t read or find books as much as I used to when I could riffle through the stacks. Once I’ve read through all the latest offerings by my “known” authors, I’m stumped. (I mean, not like I couldn’t find something, but there is nothing like a good recommendation!)

  52. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,
    As every plant seen here is wet and being kept that way with intermittent showers,sprinkles and wind shaking more water from the trees ,I find the idea of travel by car or horseback best left for another day.I expected that might be the case and now it’s just more definite.I may roll down the road for groceries,might you also take the wheel?Either as a mood lifting cake run or to choose a different site?

    It would be nice to hear your neighbors left baked goods by your door and left,gumdrop lanes or mud puddles-mornings are as likely to bring either…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I do intend to go into town, too. I expect people will come out here and wander up and down the creek with their children — it being Saturday. First Bridget and I need to take a walk. Many comments to answer this morning! I’m not complaining. I’ve enjoyed every one… Aren’t the blogorinos a fun group? Love ’em!

      You’re smart to postpone the horseback ride. It’s rarely good to force a plan, as I’m sure you know.

      Finding another site is not as easy here as in other places we’ve been. The land is either privately owned or the national forest land is too high an elevation for this time of year. I do want to stay around Salina for a while. If the people next to us don’t move on Sunday, I’ll re-evaluate my plan.

      Like you and your outing on horseback… “It’s rarely good to force a plan.”

      • weather says:

        Yes,it is a fun group here!!!I’m glad after walking you’ll go to a store,and that you’ll stay around there if at all possible to enjoy it.Treats and being where you want to sure make life something to smile about-we can surely use that about now,can’t we?It’s great that you’re enjoying the comments-SOME type of company is great-the other…well,nice that weekends are short 🙂

  53. Kay says:

    LOL Oh my goodness… The CLINGER thoughts I have this morning….

    1) Ebola Infection – For YOUR safe health, KEEP a min of 10K feet in all directions from this site. We have fans blowing at top speed and are sneezing and coughing into said fans so the BUG leaves our camp.

    2) Sign Reads: Dear Campers, We are boon docking without utilities as we want to be ALONE for serious reasons. A) We like having SEX on the ground, on top of the camper, and down on the beach. B) We play loud music and drink straight from the Vodka bottle, then we line up the bottles and shoot at them as they MOVE. We’re very good a shooting moving things. C) If you want to camp here, camp at least a quarter mile away from US because we do not like to be crowded. D) During the day, we sleep so be quiet, at night we work so don’t sleep because our job will keep you awake all night long, PROMISE. E) Just keep your ass moving, then you won’t be made public on my Blog where thousands will see you, CLINGER.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Kay…. This topic of clingers has your mind going a-mile-a-minute. You gave me some good laughs, especially choice 2E. That is so funny!!!!

      You know what would be really mean? If I had cards made up like RVers do…. Only on the card it would say something like… “You are a clinger! Go to and read what people think of your behavior.” In cowardly fashion I’d stick it in their door before pulling out. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Then like all of us ,they’d become fans-though not the intelligent sort-and closely follow you all around the country 😉

      • Kay says:

        Oh, when I get my Vinyl printer from storage…. I will be BUSY as I will make nice little meaningful signs!

        CLINGERS – Ugh, they just … well, they piss me off and in my over 50 age I don’t seem to have a freaking problem telling them to MOVE on. Think my hate for them came from the woman who moved so freaking close to use my internet last spring. I will never forget that woman. Still shake my head.

        I love your idea Sue. When my fancy printers find their way out of storage, I will make you some that are SELF STICKY just for that purpose.

        Some PEOPLES kids, I tell ya…. they never cease to amaze me.

  54. Gail Reese says:

    I don’t understand why people don’t ask if you mind having them camp near you when there is that much space. Not everyone likes having neighbors this close. Me I’m social, and wouldn’t mind a neighbor, but I hate having a neighbor who has kids that invade my space (both physically, and audibly) even in a campground. I like to stay up late and sleep in. Most kids are up and out at 7am. They are kids, that’s what they do. I’ve also had damage to my rig from flying balls, falling bikes, and other various objects that seem to find their way to the sides of my fiver. The parents response is always that I’m the crazy one because I am upset at the damage and their kids are just being kids and I should accept that. So, I find the best solution for me is to stay at 55+ campgrounds and avoid ones that say “family friendly.”. I’d love to boondocks, but I know we would be an annoyance as DH loves his TV and since we stay up so late our generator would run half the night if not all. That’s not fair to those within hearing distance (which can be quite far!) so we choose places with electricity. It’s all about being considerate. My mother taught me that my rights end where the next person’s begins. I try to follow that rule.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      “The parents response is always that I’m the crazy one because I am upset at the damage and their kids are just being kids and I should accept that.”

      I guess that’s code for “We’re too lazy to actually raise our children to be polite and considerate in society, sorry [but… erm.. not sorry enough to actually take responsibility for our children]. So instead we will make you feel like you are the one who is off base! Tricky, aren’t we. Honey, crank the stereo, would’ja?”

  55. shirlene says:

    Welcome Patti…we have a very friendly blog…395 is my favourite highway as I also grew up in So Cal. I will look forward to your blog..please come here and let me know when you are ready….

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Isn’t 395 fantastic?! I discovered it a couple of springs ago, thanks to this blog and one other one that mentioned it (Wheeling It). What a road!

      • Patti says:

        Thanks, Shirlene
        I am not sure I am ready to start my own blog yet, as I can’t seem to even finish the website I started a year ago! I will start with a ‘log’ (my own journal) and see if it is worth of a blog. Maybe so! Thanks for the interest. This is another inspiration!
        Yes, the 395 is awesome! Especially between Lone Pine and Bridgeport. Looking forward to finding those people-less places!

  56. Patti says:

    Greetings, Sue & Crew (and to all the readers:)
    I came across your blog while net-surfing for some nice boondocking sites on the 395 (CA). I must admit, I busted-up laughing when I scrolled down a bit to the photo that followed your “I pulled back the curtains and…..” statement. I was still looking at the photo above it when I read that, so the photo really took me by surprise. Of course it brought to mind my own set of similar stories. I’ve never responded to a blog and have read very few, but you certainly have a nice one here. Having a good personality helps to keep the boredom away.
    Anyhoo.. I found it refreshing to know there are other women out there (besides meself) unafraid of ‘going it alone’. I, like you, am a loner in the true sense of the word. I come from a large family and have lots of friends, but I love my solitude and have been doing solo-camping trips for 30 years (OK, not exactly ‘solo’, as I always have a 4-legged companion a fellow Christian, you know we are never really alone)
    I’ve been living in southern CA most of my life (I’m glad it’s raining ‘somewhere’).
    I retired last November and bought an R-Pod! Been tent-camping up until then so it’s very nice to finally have a bathroom and walls that do not collapse in rough weather! Your blog has added more inspiration to my starting a very-long-awaited journal. Perhaps I will start it on this ‘Boondocking the 395’ trip I am taking come Monday. ‘Patti’s Pet & Pod’…hmmmm, that may even be the title! Your blog has also given me some helpful suggestions, such as the large air-horns and the antenna. Thanks! Sorry for the long reply, just thought I’d introduce myself a wee bit.
    Wishing you & the crew safe and happy travels!
    & Lilah, the canine queen

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patti,

      Welcome to my blog and to the community here! By commenting you have become one of the blogorinos. Glad to have you with us and thanks for introducing yourself.

      Congratulations on the purchase of your R-Pod last November. I wish you many fun adventures with it. As a fellow loner you know the joy of getting away from people to enjoy the glories and delights of nature. I’m proud to read that you consider me an inspiration for starting your own blog. Good luck with it. You’ll treasure the record of the memories you make with Lilah.

      Do keep in touch. Never apologize for a long reply. I love reading about the dreams, plans, problems, joys, questions, etc. of blogorinos!

      • Patti says:

        Thanks for the welcome!
        Yes, I can truly relate to the joy of being ‘alone in the wilderness’.
        I tease that I am a border-line eccentric when it comes to my love for nature and animals. I should be loading up the Pod at this moment but being it’s 95 degrees outside, procrastination has taken over…at least for a while.
        I sure hope the places I find are 100% people-free!
        Oh, and good for you for making it abundantly clear that you do not welcome uninvited guests! I love to meet & chat with people but it must be on my own terms. If I get the urge I will stop by a winery and do some wine-tasting while chatting 🙂 My R-Pod is not that common so much like your really cute Casita, it attracts a lot of attention.. so I must get used to those asking to see the inside. Ayi yi yi.
        Still laughing at that photo of the rig within spitting distance of yours, with it’s awning all pulled out, and the chair by the door…LOL!! I must show this to other people for a good laugh! I am not going to let them see that photo until they read your statement above it, like the way I did. NOT that I think it’s funny on your part … it’s the way you put it. 🙂

        • DeAnne in TN says:

          Hi Patti–welcome to our world! Do you find the storage space in the R-Pod to be sufficient? I really like them, especially the new 2015 model, but it doesn’t look like there is much storage…

    • Mert says:

      When I first read the beginning here I just knew you were going to say ” hey, that’s my camper” 🙂

  57. Mick'nTN says:

    Your LTA says “Butyric anhydride in a small tank hidden in the BLT with a air line to the Tooter compressor. Switch air line from horn to STINK and press the horn button for 10 seconds. Keep BLT windows and vents closed for one hour. Use thru the glass photo mode to record the clinger’s departure”

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I don’t know what LTA is, but…. a scent-exuding apparatus… brilliant! I would choose skunk, as you could act all innocent and like “Man, this is awful, isn’t it? I wonder where the little stinker is hiding?”

      Only… how would you keep it away from your own rig. Hmm…

  58. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Wow! I can’t believe those clueless clingers. Looks like they are right on top of you. I think *some* big rig owners ( not all, but a long shot) just think their bigness entitles them to do whatever they want, whether anyone else likes it or not.

    I loved the Outlander series (haven’t seen the TV series yet though) but it is quite sexy. Most of that is nicely done though. The descriptions of people, places and customs of times past are brought to life so vividly!

  59. Marcia GB in MA says:

    That’s “by a long shot”. Autocorrect is so evil 🙂

    • Marg in Ouachita's says:

      Marcia, I am up on the series. Gotta wait till April for the next one, I think. I always wonder, if a series cliff hanger takes so long to come back on, will I live to see it. The way the last two shows were, I doubt if God will let me watch anymore. The sex was rampant and my 72-year-old self was shocked, but my younger 32-year-old self would have loved it.

  60. Kay says:

    Oh Sue, PLEASE keep all those CLINGER photos for me. And, anyone else that encounters such invasions, take photos and send to me.

    I am going to put a CLINGER ZONE BLOG. Maybe, just maybe if CLINGERS found themselves in the Blog News, they might not think about CLINGING to another boon docker… Maybe???

    Yep, added project to my top priority list AT THE TOP, too.

  61. edlfrey says:

    I finished the Outlander on 15 August 2013 and when I checked to see what I said this was it: “The novel is a combination romance novel (bodice ripper, but not enough to put me off), historical fiction with a detailed account of 18th century Scottish clan life and fantasy. I selected it primarily for its size but it was interesting enough that I’ll give her another try if I find one of her books.”

  62. AZDonna says:

    Starz (premium channel) is producing the TV series, and the first 8 episodes aired in August/September. It only went through about half of the first book, so there is much anticipation for the next episodes, which will not air until next spring. It is perfectly casted, beautifully filmed on location, and (IMO) better than the books. The books get bogged down with so much detail, but the show moves that along.

  63. Gayle says:

    To the cows:

    “Hey girls! Those blue dangling earrings are a good look on ya!”

  64. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Aw, hell! Your peaceful site got invaded! That 5th wheel is so huge, it looks like it could swallow the PTV and BLT whole and still have room to spare! Those folks get the award for being the clingy-iest Clingers. They are right on top of you! I have enjoyed the many blogorions comments on how the clingy Clingers should be dealt with! Heh-heh!

    Well, my friends and I had our yard sale today. We did ok….I made $115 and they made $185. I ended up with 2 boxes of stuff that I donated to Goodwill. I did bring home one box of about 8 items that I will try to sell on EBay. As you and many others have said before, a lot of work and effort for not a whole lot of return. BUT…I did get lots of stuff cleared out. AND…I am motivated to clean out and sort through more. If family or friends cannot use the items, off to Goodwill they will go! I am already experiencing a feeling of lightness from this purge….a good thing! 🙂

    Your pictures are gorgeous, as usual! Miss Bridget is gold medal material in the balance beam event!! 🙂

    Hope you have a great evening….I know you will make lemonade out of your situation! Love and warm hugs from me and Gracie pup!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Goodwill actually only benefits the guy who owns goodwill; if you have a Salvation Army or something local, you’ll do more good. If you contact IRS they have a publication on what prices you can use on donations, so much for sheets, shoes, etc. Then you write up an itemized list of items and prices and get a receipt from org you are donating to….now you can use for taxes. It helps.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Thanks for the info, DesertGinger. There is a local thrift store, Hope Thrift, that I need to check out. If items and/or the sale if donated items benefits local folks, all the better. I will download the IRS donation info…yes, every bit helps!

        Hope you and little Chloe are having a good day! 🙂

        • Dorisan says:

          Ohhhh, how I hate the prospect of doing a yard sale. Did a couple between house moves and came out of it thinking I’d rather burn the stuff than try to sell it 🙁

          I just don’t think my personality is suited to the people who want to dicker the price down to near give away level. A woman who I later found out runs a used furniture store tried some real pressure “well, $200 is all I’m going to offer” (for a brand new bedroom suite we paid $1800 for) “you better take that because I can guarantee it’s the best off you’ll get.” I told her to go f* herself and gave the furniture to a newly married sibling. They took good care of it and passed it to one of their kids. Little did I know I was creating a family heirloom in blowing off that cheap buyer 🙂

          Some of the stuff I had for sale was stolen (gee, you didn’t want to pay 50 cents for a shirt?) and other people used the “moving sale” venue as an excuse to try and sneak into our house and nose around (it was an 1864 French Mansard that I was unhappy to leave)

          Sorry for the rant and almost-obscenity, but yard sales *yeeeech* 🙁 We’ve been in the process of downsizing, over the last several years, our last ruthless purge before going full-time will be done in a way to avoid selling the stuff.

          • Reine says:

            Hi All, although I really don’t like Facebook too much, our daughter is part of several Facebook Garage Sale groups. I’m sure there are similar groups in any decent sized city. She takes pictures of what she wants to sell, posts in on the site with the price and the first person to respond gets the item. Stuff under $ 20 0r $30 is a “porch pick up” She puts the stuff in a sack on the porch, lists her address and the person comes by, picks up the stuff and leaves the money under the mat. I’ve picked up several items for her that we in my neighborhood. She got a toddler bedroom set for her daughter on the site. Bigger stuff she actually has to be home for but she usually had either her hubby or dad around to help “load” whatever it is. It’s worked well for her and is WAY less hassle than a normal garage sale. Just thought I’d throw the idea out for fellow bloggorinos.

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Hi, Dorisan,

            What you said is so true! We did not have anything stolen this time, as we have had happen in the past.

            Good luck with your purge!

  65. Kay says:

    Sorry, Sue… I had to do it. See email.. and feel free to post it on the blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Kay! Scroll up to the end of this post! Too funny! Thanks for the laugh…..

      I’ll leave the photo there for a day or so and then I’ll take it down. I’m afraid the neighbors or one of their kin will find my blog and recognize the fifth wheel in the photo. I’d hate for that to happen! Even though we post it all in good fun, it wouldn’t seem very funny to the neighbors!

  66. Ron Sears says:

    should have had the family reunion signs out… I would say I can’t believe it, but I know better….Be safe.

  67. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    This past week when I arrived in ND, I pulled into the Wal-Mart to pick up a quick few things that I forgot. As I was leaving, a woman – and her cute little dog – pulled in front of my RV – which is a real eye catcher. (LTV Libero) She jumped out and was obviously dying to see the inside, so I invited her in to check it out. She wants to retire, downsize, and full-time. She mentioned that her truck could tow 5000 lbs and she had thought about getting an airstream. While she was falling in love with my fancy rig, I told her that what she must do is visit this blog and read about how you made your choices – and I told her the reasons for mine. So, hopefully she will show up and check out the great information here for people considering the lifestyle.

  68. weather says:

    It’s nearly tucking in time here,Sue,so I thought I’d check in, leave you a note,and say good night.Wondering if you went to the store,saw an old friend or two,decided to hitch up and move a bit or are just staying tucked in yourself.I picked up a few things we needed at the closest store out here,as the cool rain didn’t inspire ambition for driving, or much else as a matter of fact.

    Tomorrow will be colder and drier,making it better for this troupe to be outside as much as we’re used to.Sometimes ,like today,an enforced still day is healthy in it’s own way-in the long run.Makes things settle down -inside- that need to in a way.Hope you sleep peacefully and well when you do,sending prayers for blessings,weather

    • weather says:

      The cold front runs eastward- an eagle riding the current, whitecaps below become random and wild .The wind in the trees gets as loud as the waves -in rhythm they howl against the cliff .Flowers become as bright as the high boughs seen blowing toward the sun-daylight and autumn meet again here.

      Good morning,Sue,miss you-and hope you’re doing well,that whatever is near you is wonderful.My coffee is as cold as the air I just carried it through 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Good morning, Weather,

        Your neck of the woods sounds like it is lovely! If is sunny and co0l here, too. It is expected to get down to the 40’s tonight.

        Have a great day! 🙂

        • weather says:

          Have a great day ,too Denise 🙂 It was in the mid30’s when I got up,that will be the low for this week.The front’s gone that brought cold and rain for a day,yippee!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, weather and Denise,

        I’m doing okay. Remember the day we moved from Pelican Lake to Huntington State Park? We made two stops that day… Maverick gas station in Huntington and Al’s Food Market in Duchesne.

        Someone that day, I don’t remember who it was or where, said they had a cold after standing close to me. Well, I believe that person . . . because now I have a cold!

        I’ve had it for a couple of days and I think last night was the worst of it. You know how recovery from a cold can be — two steps forward, one step back.

        I felt lousy last night and went to bed early. I’m feeling better this morning but I don’t have the energy to blog. Maybe later today after I’ve soaked up some sunshine.

        Speaking of cold coffee… Time to heat up the pot for the second cup!

        • weather says:

          So sorry to hear that a cold is trying to have take your health down a notch and I hope you don’t have it-that you just chase it off! 😉 I know your immune system is a lot like mine and the fight it puts up does leave us exhausted.Hope you have aspirin or the like to take the edge off whatever starts to inflame,I never take the “cold medicines” that will dry out my membranes or stifle anything that my body is doing to protect itself.A short hard fight’s a blessing in my book,anyway.The one who carried it near you will likely be suffering with it long after you’ve overcome it.

          Hope something else from that shopping makes your day go well,I love following folk wisdom-Stuff A Cold-don’t mind if I do! 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I agree with you 100 percent, weather. I’m not taking any cold medicines. I learned from experience years ago that they prolong a cold.

            I have ibuprofen, tylenol, and cough drops. Mostly I’m relying on cough drops to sooth my throat and Emergen-C nutritional supplement (1,000 mg. twice a day). Last night I took some ibuprofen to deal with a fever and body aches. I’ve been walking twice a day with Bridget. The fresh air and movement seems to help. I also dress warmly and sit in the sun in the lounger during the afternoon. I’m blessed with a good immune system. My reclusive life does make me susceptible though, whenever I re-enter “civilization.”

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              People are gross!

              Jules always catches something when we go to WalMart! And you know how I am with the hand sanitizer…wiping the cart down!

              Last time we were there the cashier checkout lady was snotting all over our items as she scanned them. Ugh!

            • weather says:

              Wow,we’ve moved from privacy robbing clingers to health robbing carriers-good thing our crowd avoiding ways have us quarantine ourselves from them as often as we do and arm ourselves with wipes and kleenex when we don’t-They’re EVERYWHERE-They Breed Like Rabbits-just aren’t half as cute

              Have a great day,Cinandjules-pet AO for me

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I’m with you all. I despise being sick (colds, etc.), but when I am sick I stay home (keep the germs to myself), lie low, and try to let my body get rid of it.

              Since sick people nowadays seem to think it’s perfectly fine to go out in public (even for trivial things), I try to avoid the germs as much as possible. I already wear “gas station gloves” (just to keep the petroleum/smell off, but also happens to fend of germs), and try to avoid lines with sick checkers (ahhh, self check out!).

              One of the things I love about traveling in the wee RV is that I have a sink/water/soap right there every time I get back in. Ahhhh. (Not that that helps the breathing the germs in part of course.)

              Ha, now of course the downside is that if I went someplace like a school or mall, I’d go down like a nine pin. Teachers must have highly developed immune systems!

            • weather says:

              down like a nine pin-good one ,Pen!

            • DesertGinger says:

              Don’t go to Walmart. If everyone would boycott Walmart it would be a great service to our country.

            • Cinandjules(NY) says:

              Sorry DGin,

              We have no choice but to shop at Walmart…it is the ONLY store in the area. We can’t drive 85 miles one way during the winter.

            • weather says:

              Wise methods,every one,Sue,as usual I’m proud of your thinking and glad about the outcomes it brings you.In my case changes in levels of susceptibility were an illusion I came to recognize in hindsight.Even when much younger and usually amid crowds often,I had “low energy/mood”episodes-meaning I’d fought off an illness without taking note of the pattern.I’d grown accustomed to it being something I just went through at times.Now I know it’s not how frequently I encounter humanity-It’s how often or seldom they’re carrying illness and touch moist things -gas pumps,food or whatever.So I practice carrying paper towels to keep my eyes,ears and nose dry-the episodes are far less frequent-whether I’m often among others or not.Being blessed with good systems , minds and lives-woo hoo,no wonder we love creation -we have so many of It’s best parts 😉

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’m basing my susceptibility when re-entering civilization on my experience as a teacher. Students would cough and sneeze in my face every day in that closed environment and I didn’t get sick. If I walked into a classroom today I’d probably expire within a week. Now I’m exposed to one person with a cold and it knocks me off my feet!

            • weather says:

              Wow,now I see exactly what you mean,that was exposure to the max-I’d have been having a body storm at least once a year,if not more.I did the years I tended bar-guess with me it started high and remained at a constant level-with you isolation made it higher.I see the difference.I wouldn’t expire then or now-but would have hours that felt like I might if it didn’t stop 😉

            • Monica says:

              Many cold medicines have a chemical to dry up the sinuses. That chemical can dry up the sinuses too quickly in some people, which then can cause sinus infections. Many people are also allergic to some of the chemicals in cold meds that dry up the sinuses. The side effects of that is always sinusitis, which is worse than most colds. I hope you feel better quickly. Chicken soup works the best.

      • shirlene says:

        Good morning Weather! Sorry the rain derailed some of your plans but the heatwave here also kept people here subdued…have a great day.

  69. Patti says:

    I hope your night was peaceful, rvsue. I think some RVers are under the impression that just because you have an RV/TT, you do not mind being close to others. I got that
    impression when I stayed at a campground last June (the only ‘campground’ my R-Pod has been to, so far) near the Bay area. They have this ‘communal’ attitude, like all RVers are ONE. At that same campground I had a pretty nice spot in terms of privacy. There was another woman by herself as well, in her little Airstream Bambi about 2 spots down. Perfect! We became friends. THEN…..a family with pulled in between us. What can ya do…? They did not have an extension cord to reach the hook-ups, so I offered mine. Next think I know the bonehead husband, for some odd reason, said he will just move closer to my rig (and I mean the overgrown, tiny paved spot next to me was about 5′ away from my door so ANY form of bodily utterances would be heard by me) instead of using the cord!! What?? Why?? Are you brainless?
    The wife emerges from their Aliner to ask what’s going on. When he told her of his idea, she gave him a look like ‘are you a pinhead or what?’ Then looked at me and said “we’ll just borrow your cord, our dogs may not get along”. I told myself I was not going to share a story but temptation got the best of me. I think they should be called ‘crampers’ and not campers. And some just do not ‘think’ at all.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Crampers…that’s a good one, Patti! I bet they are distant kin of the Clingers!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Patti, for the wish for a peaceful night. It was!

      Crampers… Well, at least the wife had enough sense to realize the husband’s idea was stupid. She’s probably had a lot of practice.

    • shirlene says:

      Good to see you here again Patti.. this is a good place.

  70. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning Sue and Bridget! Hope you have a great day! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Denise, and the same to you! 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Sue,

        So sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Push the fluids and get plenty of rest. Tea with honey will help soothe your throat. Hope you are feeling 100% real soon!

        I agree with Sidewinder Pen and Cinandjules regarding sick cashiers and sick folks that have no reason being out in public. I just shake my head when my neighbor tells me (by phone) that she or their child is sick…running a fever, and then in the next breath that they (and hubby) are going out to dinner because they are stir crazy. Nope, not once ounce of consideration that they may be spreading their bug and misery. Ugh.

        The biggest gross out for me is the sick waiter or cashier. After a recent grocery run where the cashier was obviously sick, when I got home, I wiped everything down with antibacterial wipes before I put it away. I even washed the cantaloupes, which were not in a bag with antibacterial soap before putting them in the fridge!

        I get grief from some about use of my hand sanitizer, wiping down carts, and using my own pen. Better safe then sorry…enough crud floats in the air that we cannot do anything about.

        So….inquiring minds want to know….what kind of ice cream and cake did you bring home? Do let us know when you feel up to posting.

        Sending you warm, healing thoughts and some homemade cyber chicken noodle soup. Love and hugs to you and Bridget from me and Gracie pup! Take good care of yourself!

  71. Kay says:

    Off to Home Depot this morning…. hoping they sell that “body n joint” oil because I so need some of it right now.

    I’m a thinking this morning about those there CLINGERS. They really must be afraid of boondocking alone….. but if they are running their generator the least they could do is plug you in…

    Another idea…… before you pull out, leave a note letting them know they are famous and they can read all about their overnight shot to fame right here on this Blog!

  72. shirlene says:

    Good morning Sue…sorry you are feeling under the weather…but you are in a beautiful spot to recover when t climbers leave…today hopefully will be the day…we are surviving the heatwave at the beach not many people have air conditioning…it was so hot yesterday at the beach that a weird fog moved in around midnight…keep a low profile today and stay down as much as you can…it does help….

    Hello to all our bloggers….

  73. Donna 'N Girls says:

    That label is a nice touch.

    “She’s had lots of practice”, love it.

  74. AZ Jim says:

    There is no shame in my game
    I do what I do not thinking of you
    And you may fret and stamp about
    But I am a clinger without a doubt

    Your peace and quiet and privacy
    Are not considered in my plan
    I’ll fire up my generator, let it roar
    You may not like me, that I ignore

    But you calm down and hear me out
    I’ll move along when I get ready
    Until I move and return your site
    You can tough it out or we can fight

    What peace is there in a scuffle
    It just makes us both more upset
    So just sit back and let things be
    I’m a clinger but don’t hate me

    I know, now you do, I am no poet…..
    Keep on truckin Missy….

  75. Ann H. says:

    SO Sue….. the problem REALLY sux !
    here is how a friend of mine solves it.

    He happens to be a geologist….. and what he does when hes out working at a campsite…. or out with his family….. when he gets to a place he likes…. he pulls in…. and gets set up… THEN….. he sets out his ‘rocks’
    and by THAT…. i mean he has these blow up ‘rock’ like looking inflatables… that are a very large size…. like 4 feet or so.
    he uses a blower to blow them up and then anchors them near his camp. it has on many occasions deterred people from parking on top of him….. or so he tells me.

    i dont know where he got them but i have seen pictures of them and they do look like large boulders. lol clingers arent going to want to mess with boulders as they drive in looking for a spot.

    when i saw your situitation….. i thought i would just pass this along….. its just a thought. it works for him. maybe if you can find some of these rock like inflatables…. it might work for you.

    take care

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