Las Vegas Bay Campground

Tuesday, November 3 (continued)

P1080296Our campsite at Las Vegas Bay Campground

I back the Best Little Trailer as far as she can go into our campsite.

I’m thinking we will only be here for a night or two and I won’t unhitch.  The Perfect Tow Vehicle and the BLT are 34 feet.  Together they fit into the campsite, but just barely.

By the time I put out our usual paraphernalia to make our site into our home, I’m ready to stay put for a few days.  That decision made, I unhitch.  That’s why the BLT is jammed up against the oleanders.

Okay, don’t panic about the oleanders!

They are all over this section of the campground and, yes, I’m aware they are poisonous if ingested by dogs.  No need for concern; Bridget and Reggie don’t chow down on bushes.

The plants are past their bloom time, yet there are a few blossoms remaining that reveal the variety of colors.

Looks like spring!


P1080277I plop in the lounger to relax a moment after a day of driving, setting up camp, and unhitching.

P1080299A man walks by our campsite and the crew charges out to meet him.

“I see you have South Dakota plates.  Is that your residency?” he asks.  “I have South Dakota, too.  No taxes.”

Ben is a friendly guy and soon we’re chatting away.  He has a small trailer about the size of the BLT and he pulls it with a truck.

The camp host rolls up in his quiet, electric golf cart.

He greets me with a cheery hello, the way camp hosts do.

“That’s Bob,” Ben the full-timer informs me.  Bob the camp host looks at his clipboard and the site’s post number.

“I haven’t paid yet,” I tell him.  “I’m going to walk my dogs up to the pay station right now.  I promise.”

P1080304Bob the camp host looks at Ben the full-timer and then at me.  He remarks, “Whattaya’ doin’ talking to him for?  Don’t you know he’s a terrible person?”

Obviously Bob and Ben are pals.

“Oh, I hadn’t figured that out yet,” I reply, looking at Ben the full-timer.  “We’ve only been talking a few minutes.”

Bob the camp host hands me a pay envelope.

It’s a good thing he does this because I read where it’s written, “Cash only, no checks.”  Oh yeah, I remember this from last March.  Good thing I have all the denominations.

P1080306Las Vegas Campground is $10 a night regular and $5 if you have a senior discount pass.

I locate a twenty and a five in my purse, and the crew and I walk up to the pay station.

We’ll stay five nights.  That will take us to Sunday.

(In a subsequent conversation with Ben the full-timer I learn that Las Vegas Bay Campground fees are going to double, effective the first of the year, to $20 for regular, $10 for seniors.)

P1080305On the way to deposit our cash, we pass the dump station.

Reggie does his best to make sure the water isn’t potable.  Truth in advertising!

P1080291Spigots for drinking water are located randomly around the campground.  Trash dumpsters are provided.  I think the restrooms have flush toilets.  I haven’t looked.

Walking the campground I recall our stay here last March. 

P1030665-001It was much warmer then.  From here Bridget and I attended the Adopt-a-Pet held at the PetSmart in Vegas in hopes of finding a new member of the crew.

We found our Reggie and brought him to this campground.  We camped here for several days.  I wanted us to have time to become acquainted and to establish our routines for Reggie before hitting the road to a new camp.

That was a special time.  Reggie has matured a lot in the past seven months.  The photo shows the baby face that captured my heart.  He still has those floppy ears!

Wednesday, November 4

P1080276A rainy, chilly day!

When there’s a break in the rain, the crew and I head out for a walk.  We never get very far before having to return to the BLT in a hurry.

P1080275I should put the chairs in the PTV before it rains.  Oh, well . . . The rain keeps them clean.

The rain on the roof lulls the crew into long naps for which I am very grateful.  I heat up water for a cup of raspberry tea.  One burner going on the stove for a short while takes the chill out of our living space.

Between the internet and my Paperwhite, plus frequent sprints out the door and back with Reggie and Bridget, it’s a good day.  The three of us snuggle together in the covers and stay warm in our raspberry-scented home.




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131 Responses to Las Vegas Bay Campground

  1. David Ainley in Houston, TX. says:


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, David,

      You’re excused the all-caps in your rush to be number one. 🙂


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I suppose I can say we beat the cold weather, even though yesterday was rainy and chilly and the forecast includes some cold mornings. It’s a lot colder where we were in the Virgin River Gorge. Today was sunny and pleasant here.

      • rvsueandcrew says:


        A few minutes ago I received a message on my Verizon jetpack that I’m close to using up my 10G allotment of data for this billing period. That’s what I get for looking at videos online! I have three more days to go before the next billing period.

        For this reason I won’t be responding to comments. Y’all keep each other happy, answer questions, welcome new folks, and keep the discussions going, okay? I appreciate that while I’m being punished for being online too much! Ha!

    • Lois (AZ) says:

      Forget the CAPS!! Think you are #1–making me #2!! Hooray

  2. Sherri D says:

    It can’t be seven months already! Wasn’t it just last week? I am hunting for a new walking buddy these days too. There are too many dogs to choose from. I hope I am as lucky as you were in finding Reggie!

  3. Lois (AZ) says:

    Gotta watch the pups outside water dish as a friend of mine lost his dog due to oleander leaves in the water dish!! Was super sad. Needless to say, the bushes are all gone now. His mom said she had never seen him cry… but he really did. (He’s in his 20’s)…Sorry, Sue but I got excited about getting so close to the top…just couldn’t contain myself…didn’t mean to interfere with your duties giving out your award!! LOL

    • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

      Oleanders? O my G,,,, And to think good ol’ California and folks that planted that killer didn’t know what they we’r doing,,,,,,,,,, sorry to hear for your friends dog passin’ from a Oleander ,,,,,, I’m allergic to it and start itchin’ when near the plant……. rusty

    • Dawn says:

      Glad to know that!

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

    Beautiful campsite. Does the rest of the campground look that good?

  5. L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

    YAY,,,,, We’re getting closer

    • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

      # 9 and doin’ fine,,,,,,, great Camp Sue,,, Sad to hear of the rain, but we need it bad,,, Have a great stay at this new camp and give them babies of yours A BIG HUG,,,,,,,, HAPPY BIRTHDAY REGGIE,,,,,,,,,rusty n’ Piper

      • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

        Nice photos of the flowers,,, but that’s as close as I want to get to the Oleander,,,, AHG,, I’m startin’ to itch,,,,,,,, Bridget’s so sweet,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  6. Carol Yakupcak says:

    Dear RV Sue and Crew. Just a quick thankyou for sharing your adventures with us. With Chris and Cherie leaving for a while I realize that I have been guilty of not showing my appreciation for the time all you bloggers take to share your life with us. My husband and I do travel about 6 months during the year and I always hope to see you and at least wave (I understand your desire for privacy). So Thank you RV Sue and Crew for sharing with us. Safe Travels and only good adventures! Carol

  7. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue. Your raspberry scented domicile sounds so cozy. Love your life, girl!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Doesn’t it just? It’s a bit chilly here this morning and I’m now inspired to make some tea 🙂

  8. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hi RV Sue , Good to hear you are off the road and settled for awhile….I love the pics, especially the one with the mountains in the background and of course the Ms. B pic! Reggie was so cute, he is still so cute now. You have the greatest traveling crew anyone could have. Your campsite looks cozy as I am sure the BLT is. Take care, be safe.

  9. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Wow, Sue –
    You sure did get lucky with little Reggie. What a nice little family you have to travel with. Great new campsite. So nice to see all the greenery in the desert.
    I will have to review your blog posts and that of Lynne and Becky, to see some of the seasonal locations that are the best. I will keep Texas as my domicile and will spend some extended times here, but I am excited to go all over the place.
    Just need to be wise about going north in the summer and south in the winter. I want to get to Oregon and Washington state, and would like to experience a bird migration. Not going crazy, as my main goal is to save money.
    Happy Trails and thanks again for the great blog.

  10. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    ……again I was watching and missed it — someday!! now to go back and read!!

  11. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Seven months already? Wow!!! Seems like it was just yesterday when you were zipping around trying to find a crew mate.

    Reg man peeing under the sign is classic!

    I gulped just as I read oleander. Then I chuckled at your advisory. Yes very toxic to pets. Caleeefornia used them along the highways along with ice plants. Both don’t require lots of water and the oleander blooms year round. They were also used on the center divide…which helped block the headlights of on coming traffic.

    So happy that Reg man is loving and acclimating to his lifestyle. The crew and you seem very happy and that’s all that matters!

    Enjoy your stay……

  12. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    It is hard to believe Reggie has been a crew member for seven months! He really has blossomed and matured. Miss Bridget looks very happy and content…hope you are, too!

    Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂 Thank you for taking us along on your adventures!

  13. Reggie has really grown over the past 7 months. Hard to believe how young he looks in the old pictures. Glad you had a nice place to stay in spite of the rain.

  14. pookieboy says:

    I would luv to be there….

  15. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

    This sure looks like a tidy and lush campground. I think I like the BLT backed up into the foliage – your window views must make you feel like you are in the jungle for a little change of pace. : ) I am now in the habit of searching all of your campsite pictures for Miss B tucked up under the trailer…I think this time she must have been snoozing inside. Enjoy your stay!

  16. Mike Leonard says:

    I plan on becoming a full timer the first week in December. My first destination will be Vegas, where I will meet some friends, who are moving there from South Carolina. I know that I want to go back to Ajo and Organ Pipe National Monument again. No definite destinations yet beyond that. I am pretty excited!

    • Pookie in SE Texas says:

      Mike, Im so happy for you………..
      Ive been wanting to do what your fixin to do for years…
      too soon old, too late smart…..:)

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Congrats, Mike. Exciting times 😀

      I’ve been thinking that Organ Pipe NM sounds like a neat place to check out. I’ve never been to either there or Ajo (yet).

      A month to go! Have fun during the prep stage 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Congrats Mike, From Sue and all of the other bloggers I have read, this seems to be the ideal life. They seem happier, healthier, more relaxed and living life with less junk and money and more time to enjoy what is important to them. Wish I was doing it too.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Mike! Exciting adventures await… 🙂

  17. Marsha says:

    Cash only? I wish campgrounds were consistent in what they require. During our travels this past summer we’ve been able to pay by check; check plus write your vehicle license plate number on check; check plus write your driver’s license # on check; and the silliest one was check OK but you had write your vehicle license plate # on the check and then show the campground host your driver’s license (of course they weren’t around when we arrived). These were all national forest campgrounds. I realize they have vendors managing them, but sheesh.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Cash only? I found that odd too…

      • Pamela K. says:

        Cash only? I found that odd too…

        • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

          I used to know a fellow who worked for the Forest Service as a camp host, that said cash only too. ,,,, the F.S. allowed payments in cash, check or credit card,,, and they later found out that he was pocketing the cash and burning the pay slips,,, needless to say that I don’t see him any more,,, guess he’s keeping ” Buba” company in the Fed Pen, and doing more than time,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            With all the identity theft going on…the full proof method of payment is cash. With a check, your acct information is on the cards have a limit.

            If someone wants to skim the iron ranger…that’s on them. Certainly not worth 10 years in the pokie.

            If you pay by cash…it’s over and done with! No chance of anything yapping down the road!

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Happening… Auto correct is sometimes NOT friendly. ?

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I usually pay those by cash too. I do carry checks, because they can be handy (much handier than they are in “sticks and bricks life” these days), and you never know if you might need one; but being a privacy nut, I hate to give them out when I don’t have to, as the recipient then has all your info. Concessionaires or whomever…

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              That’s another reason to boondock,,,, none of the above is used,,,,,,, rusty,,,,,,,,,,, HI Cin n’ Jules ,,, and Sidewinder Pen

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Hi Rusty! And pats to Piper.

              I share your love of boondocking 🙂

            • Pamela K. says:

              Hi Pen,
              I tell ya, ya learn something new here most every day! I almost never carry cash for spending use. I do carry a $100.00 bill (cash) just for emergencies but that’s about it. I have never had to use one of those iron-ranger pay stations before. We always camped at for-fee campgrounds and Casino for-fee campgrounds. Until finding RV’s site we would have never considered public lands or boondocking. I take it there is a card/envelope to put your money into those Iron-Rangers…otherwise my dollars look like everyone else’s LOL. Anyway, I really look forward to the whole new-to-us way of camping 🙂

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I think maybe a couple of things have gotten mixed up here.

              Boondocking on public lands is generally (maybe always) free. So no money to pay; no iron rangers to put money in.

              There ARE some 14-day-stay boondocking sites (in SW AZ are the ones I have seen) that have hosts, and you may have to sign in, but they are still free.

              Public campgrounds (NFS, BLM, etc.) typically charge a fee. There is often an “iron ranger” (drop box/pipe). Even if there is a host, because generally the hosts don’t handle money (rangers do).

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              You got all that right, Pen ,,, those Iron Rangers do a good job and no one can rob em,,, it take a lot to get the thing out of the ground and the one would need a supper duty cuttin’ torch or hack saw,,, but then one wouldn’t’ know where to cut ,, might cut up the money, then they’d need a lot of scotch tape,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, we like the Freedom of Boondockin’,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I’ll dump and get water along with our supplies ,,,,,,,, I’ve been doing just that since movin’ around with my Donkey’s,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty ,,,oh,, Piper says to S. Pen, thanks for the ear scratch’s and belly rubs,,,,,,,,,,,,

            • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

              Back in school in my computer ethics class, yes I know it is an oxymoron. We learned that the one of first computer fraud cases involved checks. Some dude got some checks printed with one banks name from the east cost printed on it but the mag ink at the bottom had a west coast bank id. The checks would bounce back and forth between the banks until they were so worn out a human had to process them. That’s when they figured out what was going on.

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              Wow,,, what ever happened to just making a honest living,,, get a JOB,,,,,,,,,,,

            • Pamela K. says:

              I remember a lot of those cases. The computer printing of dollars and such. Once color laser printers came out the cases came out of the woodwork in full force back in the day. Those were the days when I was heavy into reviewing mortgage files and pipelines for fraud. They even tried to print stock certs to be used for Loan-To-Value ratios to show assets that weren’t really there. Some people do some mighty crazy things to get that *brick-n-sticks* house! And to think, you couldn’t *give* me one of those now. 🙂

            • Pamela K. says:

              reply was Alan…

              sometimes the *reply message* goes somewhere other than right under the original message, sorry.
              I have yet to figure out how or why that is 🙁

            • Pamela K. says:


              Thanks for the info, I didn’t think about that as a reason for collecting cash only. It does make sense albeit some eyebrows would be raised, like mine when first hearing it. A sign of the times we live in, that whole ID theft is some serious business to really guard against.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              My input was for the depositor not the collector.

              If you deposit cash…it’s a guarantee that nothing will happen down the line.

              Cash only whether it be a restaurant or iron ranger is less paperwork/man hours when it comes to banking.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Yes, I understood. And it also helps the collector too, because if he/she never has that credit card info or check info then he/she can’t be questioned later if something odd shows up on any of those cards or check accounts. So cash makes a lot of sense both ways.

  18. Renee Galligher says:

    I am very familiar with rainy days in an RV and how wonderful it is. DH and I love camping in the rain. Wait . . . we love any kind of camping weather.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Is your DH the same as the DH we are all holding in our prayers?
      If so, how is he feeling today? I have thought of him often but didn’t know where the post was after another post was put up. I remember he has an appointment sometime soon but wasn’t sure when. Please tell him I asked about him.

  19. Pamela K. says:

    What is going on today?
    When I first came here today there was a WARNING message from *Weather* about a link to a Brian (who says he reads Sue’s blog) and his commercial/sales web site. Now Weather’s message is gone, Brian’s message to Sue is gone. And my reply to Marsha ended up in the wrong place. I went back to post my reply to Marsha again (hoping it would go to the correct place) and it didn’t again.
    Well then…whatever it is I hope it gets sorted out.

    Weather, did you delete your WARNING message? If not, it’s not showing up now.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      The only one that can edit/ Sue. My guess if it was “spam” Sue deleted it…she has “airtime” she just needs to conserve it for a couple of days.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I agree that’s likely what transpired. Also, once something gets deleted from the comments, it can apparently cause other comments to sort of “lose their place” and show up elsewhere (in the comments, but out of order). So that’s probably what happened. Sue may be checking in briefly from time-to-time, but quickly and without commenting so as to save bandwidth.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Pamela… I deleted Brian’s first message because it had commercial undertones. Weather gave me a heads up. I’m trying to conserve data so I did not give my usual explanation of why I deleted. I don’t know why your reply went to the wrong place.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Thanks Sue,
        …and everyone for the help on that. I thought I was either seeing things or had a dose of trolls playing with my screen. Glad to know it was neither of those 🙂
        We’ll miss ya until Monday Sue. Have a fine weekend.

  20. Brian says:

    I apologize if it came across as trying to sell anything. I have more distributors than I can handle right now and can only make so many. I just enjoy the blog and thought she could use something as a donation where she could park in shade when available. Until I retire many years from now I have to live through others blogs who can stay on the road more than a month at a time like I do:)

  21. Nicole says:

    Beautiful flowers, especially the pink! It has been warm here, in the 70’s! I’d think Vegas would be warmer than central Missouri in Nov. Have a nice week!

  22. Suzette (TN) says:

    I love the look of this campground. I wonder if it’s as pretty in real life as the pictures would lead us to believe. Must be an OK place for RV Sue to be a repeat camper. 🙂 I took a moment to go back to March and read about Reggie’s joining the crew. I was reading pretty fast and furious when I first caught up a few months ago, so it was nice to take it at a more leisurely place, now that I “know” Reggie a little better. He’s so cute! You made the perfect choice, didn’t you? So did he, apparently.

  23. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    I agree with everyone else that it hardly seems like seven months have passed since you brought Reggie Man home. Looking at photos of him (almost) every day, you don’t realize how he’s changed until you look back at the adorable puppy photo. I remember when you warned us that Miss B was slowing down a bit (aren’t we all?), but it does seem like she’s doing really well and I’m sure Reggie is a big part of that. Hope your stay at this campground is relaxing – it looks lovely.

  24. weather says:

    It’s utterly beautiful how much you three have given each other since you’ve been together.After your mention of being at that campsite on the last post I’ve read again the posts of your finding Reggie and the first time you were camped there.Thinking about what each of you needed back then , I look at how much happiness and love there is in your life and home now and sigh with contentment.

    Because I like and enjoyed every photo in this post,I’ll just mention that all of them are wonderful.I hope your remaining time at that camp is,too.

    • weather says:

      Hi again,Sue, I see your conserving your data until tomorrow (?) has most folks waiting for a new post to comment on ,so thought I’d give you something to read this morning in case you checked in. Yesterday before sunset the wind blew Indian Summer away,it was amazing,came through whipping -the lake into crashing waves with that spray on top one usually only sees during storms- and dry leaves into sheets of glistening copper flying through the air.This morning has been cooler, more like autumn, the kittens scampering through leaves as deep as their tiny legs are long. I imagine you and crew have settled into a routine there a lot different than the one on your previous stay,more relaxed with each other, familiar, nice…By now you may have planned your next move (Monday?) , I like your pace of live here,find a whole new experience at next one…, I hope this weekend’s one is especially nice for you and crew with the extra time being “off here ” has afforded you.

  25. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    This really is a beautiful campground. The spacing between sites seems good and fairly private. $10.00 senior after the first of the year is kind of pricey for a lot of folks, but it really doesn’t seem out of place for what you get.

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

      That’s $300 a month for nothing but a space. For the same amount of money you can get water and sewer at many private campgrounds and electric hookups if you want it. It is a ridicules amount of money for what you get.

      • Pamela K. says:

        I have to wholeheartedly agree with you about the price hike. While it is really pretty and laid out well, it still offers nothing more than the average city park day common-use areas offer. Overnight camping without these extras just shouldn’t be that pricey (outside of for-fee private camping grounds).

        I ha


    Lovely pictures, Sue,can you stay the winter? Looks inviting! 🙂

  27. Pamela K. says:

    I have to wonder if the First Lady’s *Get Out And See The National Parks and National Sites* movement has had a say in the soon-to-be new pricing structure at all these BLM, NFS, National Parks, National Rec Areas and other *Public* sites.
    Kind of sad…especially in light of the fact that Soc. Sec. checks have seen little to no cost of living increases. There shouldn’t be a price increase for use of Public lands enjoyment, doesn’t seem right somehow, IMHO. Oh well, the powers-that-be will do what they do. We’ll live with it, tighten our belts or forego some things altogether, I guess.
    BTW, I do like the First Lady’s *Get Out And See* program. I just hope the new prices to do that don’t stop more people from actually doing that!

  28. Connie & Mugsy (AZ and MN) says:

    I don’t get much time to read the comments or post all that often, but I ran into something today that I thought might interest Sue and her readers. It may even have been mentioned before, and I missed it. No, I’m not selling anything… nor is it a friend. It showed up on my Facebook newsfeed from a friend who is a big dog lover. When I saw the item, I remembered the time that the coyotes were shadowing Sue and the Crew during walks in the desert. There was just a story of a woman in Santa Barbara who had her dog grabbed from her arms by urban coyotes. I know that we should avoid posting links, but try googling “” It is also good for those that take their small dogs to dog parks where aggressive dogs often show up with their owners who can’t handle them.

    • Connie & Mugsy (AZ and MN) says:

      Oh… it’s only sold by the couple that created it on Etsy.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Hey you! Where er I mean how have you been?

      Hope all is well. Did you get your Roadtrek? Your ears must have been ringing because we were just talking (good) about you.

      Nice to see you back here.. Don’t be a stranger!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Nice to see you, Connie and Mugsy!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        That makes three of us. Hi, Connie. Hope all is well! 🙂

        • Connie & Mugsy (AZ and MN) says:

          Hi all… I do read every blog post, but don’t often get through all the comments. Mugsy and I are doing well down here in AZ. I got my new little Roadtrek 170 in mid August and it has been a bumpy road. I let myself get talked into their new lithium battery system… and ended up with the rig dead for most of the first couple months. The Chevy worked so I wasn’t without wheels… I was just without electrical systems in the back. Fortunately I wasn’t traveling or it would have been a nightmare. After two dead $2500 lithium batteries (free replacements), I finally decided to just have then retrofit it back to the AGMs. Better the devil I know. LOL So now all is well. I have the underhood generator (actually a second alternator), solar panels, and two group 31 AGMs. Mostly it is my daily driver and it fits into a normal parking space – if not into parking garages. I actually traded in both my Libero and my Toyota Sienna, so it only cost me $275 including tags and title. (pretty good for a vehicle with an MSRP of $105K)

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            $2500 for a lithium battery…good grief!

            Glad to hear you and Mugsy are doing well. Would love to hear more about the Roadtrek. Know that you were missed…thanks for taking the time to let us know you are both well. Take care.

  29. chas anderson says:

    Anyone know any good spots in the Lake Havasu/Parker area?

    • edlfrey says:

      I did a Google search for “good spots” in Lake Havasu then again in Parker and found some dinner spots and best places to live but that is probably not what you are looking for. Perhaps you could provide a description of what a “good spot” may be for you.

      I stayed for a month at Castle Rock Shores RV Resort and Campground near Parker along the Parker Strip and found it to be OK but no ‘good’ by my definition.

      • weather says:

        Good one,Ed,too funny,- doing a Google search for “good spots” , you can take things so literally at times 🙂 ,ha! For a shorter stay than you had there I think I’d try River Island State Park.

        • edlfrey says:

          I agree with weather. I walked from Castle Rock Shores RV Resort and Campground to River Island State Park a couple of times to check it out. By my standards I would call it a “good spot” for 5-6 days.

          Buckskin Mountain State Park just down river from there may also be good although I did not walk through it.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            I think Buckskin is a lot prettier and nicer than River Island or Cattail Cove State Parks. Reason is that the sites have big trees and thus avoid the “parking lot row” feeling pretty well.

            However, it is a popular park, and although I had one nice stay there, the following two were marred by screaming children (and parents), loud stereos, people running through my site, etc. etc. But it is a beautiful, primo spot along the river.

            The AZ state parks are not inexpensive though.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Are you looking for campgrounds, boondocking, or?

      • chas anderson says:

        RV Parks or boondocks for a 5 or 6 day stay.Thanks.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          There are quite a few areas of BLM land where you can boondock. Much of the east side of Hwy 95 (which runs from LHC to Parker) is public land. There are a few “established” boondocking areas (may have a host), and many “just land” type areas. The main thing is just seeing an access road in that you can handle (much of the area is rugged).

          Up north of LHC there is one that I call “The Mitten” – not sure the official name, but there is a huge, mitten shaped rock just south of it that you can see from the highway. Lots of RV’s also visible from the hwy. There is also Craggy Wash near Wal-Mart, however that is 1.5 miles in on dirt road (if that bothers you). South of town there is an area very close to town near the “Welcome to LHC” sign. Very close to road and again you’ll see RV’s. Then there are various places from there down to Parker on the east side of the highway.

          I’ve also been to one BLM area SW of Parker (cross river) called Big Water. That was scenic.

          There are a few state parks, all just west of 95 – I’m sure you can find those. And probably a jillion privately owned RV parks, with which I am not familiar.

          There is also La Paz County Park, which is right on the river maybe 10 miles north of Parker. Bit crowded for my style, but it is right on the water and economical as these things go.

          None of these are particularly “secret finds,” as they are all easy to find online and all will have other RV’s there (unless you go in summer!). They’ll give you a start, anyway, and then if you are the type who likes to find your own niche you can explore around.

          Of course south of Parker you start to get into the “greater Quartzsite area,” and there fifty billion places.

          • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

            Hi Pen, I have news for all who want to camp out,, The area by the Lake Havasu City welcome sign is State Trust Land and it’s posted, you’ll get a warning, next you’ll get a hefty fine or time or both,,, # 2 the tares or cut up land 5 miles north of the Bill Williams Preserve is also State Land and it’s posted,,,, Now there is a open area between pull out viewing area of 95 north of the Cove State Park and the Standard wash sand & gravel Plant,, there are 2-3 sandy roads that take of 95 and head North,, there are folks on the road that goes past a cross on a hill and I’m off the next road,, both roads connect 3 miles back and go all the way to Planet Ranch and Alamo lake roads which connect to I-40 out near Yucca,,, but as one goes further back it gets real bad and you’ll need 4 wheel drive or a Quad to get way back, coming from the Hwy 95 side,,,,,,, I’ve seen Large MH’s go past me with Cargo trailers and not come out for weeks,,,, Watch how you drive and don’t hot rod your rig or you might get stuck,,, take your time and enjoy the great Boondockin’ area we’re in,,, OH ya,,,,, there are no 14 day limit signs here,, and the only way BLM, Sheriff,, comes out if someone calls in on a Emergency,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Interesting about the “Welcome to Lake Havasu” area. I’ve never tried to camp there as it’s a bit too “close in” for my taste.

              The Terraces has always looked nice, but last year I heard it wasn’t open for camping anymore, and it only had a few people in it. I never looked into it any more, although it would be a nice location if available. I had “heard” you could get a permit or something…?

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              PS: Thanks for the intel!

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              Glad to give it, Pen,,,, The Intel about a permit for State land Camping is: $15.00 for a once a year 14 day camp permit and you must write to the State Office in advance to get the permit, that’s all I know on that mater,,,,, BTW,, L.Piper says thanks for the pats, belly rubs and scratch’s behind the ears from you,,, She’s 100% different of “Timber”,, someday You’ll have to meat her,,,,,,,,,,,,,, R

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              And this is where we “Winter” most of the time or up past the last 14 day BLM on OLD 95 below the Truck Stop /I-40

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I look forward to meeting the fabulous Lady Piper in person, and saying Hi to you again as well 🙂

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              Any Time, we’ll be here,, or in town, LHC, getting our supplies, must go in next week to pick up another 100watt SP, ether thur./sat from Amazon,,,,,,,, rusty

          • chas anderson says:

            Thanks a bunch.Never been through there.All good info.

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              Hey Chas,,, Welcome to The Zone, Arizona that is,,,, And to Sue’s Blog,,,, One can get a lot of imfomation on camping and ideas to make life better living the RV life, here,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

          • Pookie in SE Texas says:

            you guys are giving us some good info
            here for future use…..keep up the good
            work…….Ive started a journal for boondocking
            certain areas of the country…..keep up
            the good work!

  30. Tammy says:

    Hello, I really enjoy your posts. I am considering RVing with my two dogs and I am 50 years old. Is safety a big issue for someone traveling alone?

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I would say there is no definitive answer for this. After all, nothing is perfectly safe.

      That said, personally, I don’t see anything particularly more dangerous in RV-ing than in any other lifestyle, on balance. As I do everywhere, I try to keep good situational awareness, keep my vehicle in safe driving condition, not store things so they can take my head off if I have to stop fast, etc.

      On the other hand, everyone is different. I consider a mall to be scary and dangerous 😀 😀

      I think by reading Sue’s blog, you can get a good idea that she feels comfortable, and has had mostly great experiences (you can read back to the beginning if you like – it’s all good stuff, including the comments).

      Two dogs should make it fun and be good company 🙂 If it sounds fun to you, I say come on in, the water’s fine!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Re-reading this, I felt like I wanted to say a bit more. I’m having a hard time putting into words exactly what I’m thinking. So I’ll just blather on a bit more 😀

        I wanted to let you know that I’m not saying “everyone” should take off RV-ing. And of course it’s not perfectly safe. And even if it were, if a person were worried or fearful, it wouldn’t be any fun anyway. I know there are things that are not excessively dangerous that *I* still don’t enjoy, because no matter how statistically safe they are, forget it, I’m not into it (flying commercially, for example).

        On the other hand, if you do want to RV and may find it fun, then I’d like to say that I don’t think you should hold back just because you think it might be statistically super dangerous. To me in a way that’s like saying “I want to live in a house; is it dangerous?” Well, it can be. There are definitely places I wouldn’t want to live in a house, and types of houses that I wouldn’t like (apartment building in a city; big house in the suburbs; anywhere with an HOA). Those places sound scary to me 😀

        And the underlying question that I avoided answering: Is it dangerous for a solo female? Argh, what to say. There’s almost no need to caution any solo woman, because most of us have been “super cautioned” and had the fear of everything laid on us plenty thick all our lives. And even if our own family or friends never did it, there is society, advertising, you-name-it. I, personally, hate the number of things this has kept (or tried to keep) me — and many women I know — from doing.

        Is there danger? Sure there is. Is it any more dangerous for a woman? Well maybe. But then if some crazed thug with a gun is going to come into camp and start shooting, solo men are no more immune to bullets than women. So I don’t know. Statistically maybe. But is it worth staying in your house for the rest of your life if you would like to get out and experience things? I don’t think so, but it’s a personal decision.

        I also happen to think that — while no individual should feel pressured to “set an example” — women like Sue who are just out doing it (because they want to), basically acting as free as a man (gasp!) (with the regular risks that entails for them too), are part of setting a new standard. One where people won’t come up and ask a group of three women, “are you alone?!!?” (has happened).

        This is a bit jumbled, I realize; but my clothes are in four dryers and I’m keeping an eye on them too 😀

        (So Ilse, if you walk in, I won’t recognize you – my head is down and I’m on task! 😀 :D)

        • Tammy says:

          Thank you so much for your insights. I have been married for almost 34 years and want to go it alone with my two large dogs. I find myself not wanting the commitment of a house and mortgage, or even renting a place, but I am not sure all of this would play out since I do have family I would want to see now and then. What I havent mentioned is my bad health and how it how I feel trapped by it. I have had three brain aneurysms and several brain exploratory procedures along with other health issus that are not quite as exciting lol. I had a stroke in July and am now on disability. Even so, I want to do this and live my life. Does this sound crazy to anyone but me?

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      It’s as safe or unsafe as the individual makes it. Everyone has their own “comfort zone”. Realizing that is the key.

      A good indication is to be aware of your “gut feeling”…if something doesn’t feel right…it’s usually for a reason.

      Best wishes and have a great time!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Oh sure, go and say it all in five sentences 😀 😀

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Yours is the “warm and fluffy” version…mine is just the facts ma’mm?

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Ha! Half the people who started reading mine were probably thinking, about 25% of the way into it, “Who has the time? I’ll wait for Cinandjules to respond with the succinct and to-the-point answer.”

            😀 Fun gang we have here, isn’t it 😀

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              We manage to entertain each other!

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              Ah,, “What we have here is a Failure to Communicate”, As the Warden said to ” COOL HAND LUKE”!!!!! remember that Movie,,, Cindy n’ Jules,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Shaking the tree here boss!

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              HAW HAW HAW and still LOL ing at 20:49

            • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

              OH,, L.P. stopped p ing in the camper,,, every time she goes outside, she gets a reward,, “good Girl” and gets a milk bone,,, now she wants to go out to p so she can have her cookie,,,,,,,,,,Hows A.O. doing?

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Great news…..AO is doing good…she’ll be 2 yrs on Christmas Eve. She is still filled with piss and vinegar.

  31. Pamela K. says:

    Hi all…
    Just woke to start a new day and caught up on everyone’s replies to my questions.
    Thanks Cinandjules, Pen, Alan, Ed, and Rusty for the help and iron-ranger cash vs check thing. It seems so odd that Klemper and I have been full-timing for so many years to not know this stuff. We have never boondocked, stayed on BLM lands, NFS lands or any of that before. Mostly my love of the oceans has led us to stay at private marinas and their own rv parks. This whole new world of boondocking and related styles of rving has a bit of a learning curve for me. I sure like learning about it! Excited to try it all! Especially come April or May when Klemper retires again…he was retired and they called him back for this latest special project. Hurry up May! – I have lots of livin’ to do! 🙂
    Well, just wanted you guys and gals to know I read your replies and they helped me sort it all out better. I had I really bad evening and night with health issues so I am heading back to bed soon. I pray for restful sleep…a true treasure when I can get it. Hopefully here’s to easier breathing. Right now my lungs are on fire and it takes away all manners of energy to sit up or lay down when this kind of thing happens for hours on end. Enough about that, thanks for helping me sort some of this free camping stuff out. 🙂

    • Pamela K. says:

      …free or lower cost Rving anyway. Our home base marina’s campground is $68.00 a night for pull a pull thru. We don’t pay that since we are monthlys but even still our tab is much higher than the new ways of Rving I’m learning about on here 🙂 Sure makes retirement $$$ go alot farther!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Isn’t it interesting how many styles of RV-ing there can be, and that someone who has (for example) full-timed for ten years can know all about one or two of them, yet have others be totally new territory? I guess it’s no different than “on land,” where one could live in a city condo for years and have no idea of the details of folks who in a log cabin (and vice-versa).

        Will be interesting to hear how you like boondocking (I sure wouldn’t mind a campsite on the ocean, although I’m guessing the proximity of others would get to me).

        Isn’t learning something new always so fun? 🙂

        I hope you feel better soon.


      • wa_desert_rat says:

        You might want to look into becoming an “Escapee”. This is a club, of sorts, with a very low fee (under $50 a year) with both owned RV parks and associated co-op RV parks as well as RV parks that offer “discounts” to SKP members. It has been around a long time.

        It’s not for everyone (I doubt that RV-Sue would like their RV parks much) but if you don’t mind RV parks and are sociably inclined it’s worth checking into.

        One big advantage is that the SKP RV parks tend to be much less expensive that the more commercial versions. They have a web site so you might want to take a look.


        • Pamela K. says:

          Thanks for the info. Yes, have heard of them before. Some of our friends are members. We just never joined, guess we thought we were not membership type of folks. We rarely join memberships of any kind. I will have to rethink that now that I know more about all the different kinds of Rving out there 🙂 Sounds like it would be a real plus to join. Thanks! I will look into it more.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Feel better, Pamela! 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        Thanks Denise. 🙂 I’m up just now, early evening on Saturday. Got some sleep but not a lot of improvement. Hopefully Sunday will be better, as I heal more this evening and tonight. I was able to eat some light foods earlier today, mashed potatoes and eggs, so that’s good. I’m a fighter so I’ll bounce back soon 🙂

  32. wa_desert_rat says:

    I notice that there is a lot of competition for first post. Not me. I’m trying to get in the last post….



  33. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    well we are getting pounded by rain and wind today and it looks
    like its gonna do it all day so I went back and read Sue’s post for
    the 3rd time………ha…..I enjoy reading her great posts and also
    everyone’s replys………seems like I learn something new every
    day even at my age……….
    Im not sure its good for me to be reading all this because it so
    much makes me wanna be out there in the west with ya’ll…..we
    used to visit Vegas twice a year for many years but since we are
    both retired now we do not have the money to fly or drive out
    and spend money foolishly……
    keep up the good work folks……Im enjoying every minute of it..

    • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

      Hey Chuck,, I’m re tired too and L.P. n’ I Go all over the west, including Lost Wages, NV., I just don’t spend much, just gas and stuff,, and I just get a VA Pension , 1072. a month, But I eat, drive and camp and move every 2 weeks when traveling all over,, # 1 payday, I pay all my bills and get a months worth of food,, then we’re free to go… when winterin’ I do maintenance on the truck and camper, Pay a years worth of insurance, pay the rent on the mailbox and I don’t worry about the reg or lic. till 2019,,,, but come March, we’re gone till late October,,, I love the road and go a different way each year,, I really LOVE GOD, 1st, then the road,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

      • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

        OH,, my monthly bills are At&t, XM radio and DISH, dish has been on “pause” since 6/21/14 and I’m paying them off next May and in April XM will be once a year payment,,,,,,,,, me

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        Rusty sounds like you have the ideal life going your way..
        Im glad to see you doing so good……
        my wifey thinks camping out is the Holiday Inn…..HA!
        my health issues prevent me from hitting the road but
        I do follow all you folks on a map to see where ya’ll are
        located each week……..thanks to ya’lll I can live the vagabond
        life in my dreams….

        • Pookie in SE Texas says:

          oh, BTW, give Lady Piper a hug
          and a tummy rub for me….

        • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

          Chuck,,,, My health issues are a bad back, leg, knee, Essential Tremors in my hands and as of Thursday fighting a infection from fly bites, each morning I wake to a swollen left eye, swollen left side of my head and I thank God that he gives me the way to fight it off each day with natural plants that grow in this area, the Creosote bush, I pull off the tiny leaves, wash them in water, with no fluoride, the make a strong tea and drink it all day along with Cephalexin, 2 caps 3 times every 24 hrs. and by 12:45pm the swelling is down… The Creosote plant is very beneficial for many illness’s, the Natives used it for everything, including Cancer,,,,,,,,,,,,, I Pray that you get better Health,,,,,,, rusty

          • L. Piper and Rusty near th' River in "The Zone "off 95 says:

            P.S. Lady Piper says, thank you Chuck,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  34. Sidewinder Pen says:

    I don’t know if she will see this, way down at the bottom, but….

    “Mollyluvsroadtrippin'” … is your shiny new Casita appearing in your driveway today?!!!

    Happy 50th present you you! 😀 😀

    Exciting times!

    • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

      I DID see it Pen, thanks for thinking of me. I am all atwitter! I just got the call that my Casita will be here before sundown…and like RVSue suggested, I will greet my new tiny house with a big hug putting my cheek right up on the side of my very own BLT. I will report more when Sue posts again. Hugs to all!

  35. Pookie in SE Texas says:

    rusty, no offense taken here….I do appreciate your words

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