Last day at Davis Lake boondock

Sunday, May 31

Morning light breaks through the pines at our boondock on the north end of Davis Lake, Oregon . . . .

P1050285“Hey, Reggie!  Where are you taking us?”

P1050301 - Copy“Slow down!  Wait for Bridget and me to catch up!”

P1050306 - Copy“C’mon, honey.  We don’t want to leave you behind.”

P1050307 - Copy“It’s pretty here, Reg.  You’re quite the explorer today.”

P1050311“Oh, look.  There’s our campsite!”

P1050310 - Copy“Hold still and let me zoom in on that sandpiper.”

P1050312After a while, Bridget leads us back to camp.

P1050317 - CopyShe’s a homebody and always enjoys returning more than going.

P1050318Gosh, the weather is perfect today . . . sunny and warm.  Hard to believe cold and rain is on its way.  I think I’ll break camp tomorrow if it isn’t raining really hard . . . .

Look at Bridget.  She’s very proud of herself!

P1050319“You’re such a pretty girl!

P1050321Next post — A new camp!


Canine Corner: “A boy’s dream” by Bridget and Reggie

“What’s the matter, Reggie?  Can’t you sleep?”

“No, I keep thinkin’ about stuff and my body keeps jumpin’ and twitchin.'”

P1050348“Oh, I know why you can’t settle down.  You’ve been super excited because this is your first boondock.”

“I know, Miss B.  I’m finally a boondocker!”

“I’ve been wanting to talk to you about that.  You’ve been doing a great job, Reggie.  Spike would be proud of you.”

“He would?  You really think so?”

“Yes, I’m sure of it.  You know, sometimes you remind me of him.  Not the way you look, of course, but some of the things you do.”

“Like what, Miss B?”

“Well, like today.  RVSue and I are lying around like a pair of slugs.  And then you get it in your head that we should go exploring and, first thing you know, we’re climbing down those rocks and having fun . . . .”


P1040867“Spike used to do things like that in his younger days.  Always thinking up things to do, go somewhere, have fun.   I remember the time he dragged RVSue and me all over those big boulders at Alabama Hills . . . .  and one time he went into the mud and then marched up and down the beach showing off . . . . His new boots, he called them . . . . What a character. ”


“Reggie?  Reggie, you awake?”

Aww — The little guy fell asleep.  I wonder what he’ll dream about.


P1050265-001I’m Reggie Man — The Amazing Boondocker Dog!


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91 Responses to Last day at Davis Lake boondock

  1. Marilu from Northern California says:

    First? Teehee

  2. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    I like that first picture. That’s very, very peaceful for me.

  3. Nice pictures, what a beautiful place! We’re also experiencing rain for the first time in about 2 months! Needed it, our grass is already brown. Happy campsite finding. Such cute pictures of the dogs!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jill,

      The rain did arrive on Monday . . .

      • Darn rain, messing up our plans…. It’s forecasted to be 28C (82.4 F) this weekend though! Do you ever use your A/C? I bet that would drain down the batteries pretty quick.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Just speaking in general, it’s not possible to run a normal RV air-conditioner with any normal amount of solar/battery power. With a generator, you can (although you – and others – would then have to listen to both the generator and the air-conditioner), or of course if plugged in to mains power.

          Some creative/determined people with large arrays, big battery banks, and specialized air-conditioners I think can do it, but they are not using anything like “normal” setups. Who knows what the future will bring.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Nothing will ever match fresh air through an open window . . . Thanks for explaining this for Jill. You do a better job than I can with this sort of info.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Isn’t that the truth! It’s a joy to be able to follow the seasons such that an open window is nearly always enjoyable, and the times it isn’t are infrequent enough to just make the appreciation of the good ones more sweet.

              Also thanks for the note, as I sometimes fear I’m too “and for another thing, blah blah facts/figures, blah blah/mark my words/etc. etc….”


            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Haha! Love your last paragraph!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Jill,

          No, I rarely use the A/C. Don’t need it and, as Pen explained so well, it would drain my batteries. I’m sorry your plans are rained on…

  4. Sidewinder Pen says:

    Oh, that first photo!

  5. Marilu from Northern California says:

    What a gorgeous area! Reggie is quite the tour guide. I hope you can squeeze out between those trees with the BLT and PTV unscathed. Can’t wait to see where you’re taking us next.

  6. Carol says:

    Love the photo of the BLT in the dusk. Looks so cozy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carol,

      I took the crew out for a potty run and noticed the full moon shining between the pines. Had to take a photo of that!

  7. Teri LiveOak Fl says:

    I agree Calvin, very nice. I think it would be hard to leave such a peaceful place

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri,

      The weather drove us out. I didn’t want to spend our last day or two at that camp sitting inside to keep warm and dry. “Leave wanting more….”

  8. Jolene says:

    Hi Sue,

    I just love Oregon. It is so pretty. This boondock is awesome!! Loving the pictures of Bridget and Reggie. Such cute dogs!! Can’t wait to see where we go next!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jolene….

      This is a lazy post. I relied on the photos for the post and then Canine Corner writes itself…

  9. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Lovely photos…and a gorgeous area!! Rained a bit yesterday and more today…and is chilly….good thing you pack warmer clothes with you too Sue…never know when you might need some in this climate!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth, regarding the photos. It helps to have a lot of clothes in case one doesn’t get to a laundromat. I have plenty of warm clothes. I packed my coat away and then pulled it out of storage in the PTV. I didn’t think I’d need it until fall.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Well…in this part of WA anyway, the western part…one never goes without some kind of jacket, no matter the month…I was wearing mostly thin capris since we got back…until yesterday…and today, I wore sandals…and had a rain jacket on…too chilly for that even!! So…no way knowing what temps it will be once you get to WA state…though it is predicted to be a much hotter summer…but wondering about that after today. I was planning to put most of my jeans and warmer stuff aside…but maybe not…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, Elizabeth,

          As we travel the western states I often ask myself, “If I have to come off the road or if I want a home base someday, is this the place?” The state of Washington feels right, except it’s so far from the warmth of AZ which I would continue to crave during the winter.

          I bought apples the other day — Pacific Rose variety. I haven’t tried one yet, but I bet they are delicious. I’m looking forward to the fruit harvest in Washington!

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Well, usually the black berries are super around here…and I read in the paper this AM that we have early strawberry harvest now!

  10. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue. Love Miss Bridget, always the Lady. And Reggie IS a Character and he does remind me of Spike. I was just thinking, does Reggie flip over the food bowl the way Spike did? Maybe Bridget is trying to “teach” him now because we know The Spikester had his own way of doing things.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, GypsyPurl,

      Nice seeing you here again. No, Bridget hasn’t taught Reggie to flip the bowl. She doesn’t do it anymore herself. It’s nice not having kibble all over the place!

  11. Paula in Indiana says:

    I love all your travels, but I’ve especially been enjoying Oregon. I lived in southern Oregon (Ashland) for a while and have friends in the Bend area, so I’ve been reminiscing. Bridget and Reggie each in turn make a great queen and king of the hill, or rock as the case may be. And I so enjoy the conversations you overhear between those two!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paula,

      Thank you for letting me know what you enjoy about my blog. Oregon seems to be a special place for a lot of people. It’s a pleasure showing what I see of it with the crew.

  12. Lois Joy (AZ) says:

    Just when I think the latest blog is the best, you do better!! This one is fabulous! Probably because you took a little break. Anxious to see the next camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lois Joy,

      Good to see you here! Thanks for the sweet words about my posts.

  13. weather says:

    You managed to put together a beautiful,fun and touching post despite the struggles you’ve encountered,Brava!Just popped in to say n’nite

  14. Sue,
    I’m enjoying your photos of Reggie and Bridget and their conversations are priceless.

  15. What a hike! Reggie leading the exploration and Bridget leading the way home! I agree, the first photo is wonderful.
    The canine corner was such a wonderful way to remember Spike! He will always hold a special place in my heart. Miz Bridget told the story just right! Sleepy Reggie will have to hear the rest of the story another night!
    Good night Sweet Sue and Crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Geri,

      Thank you! I hope Radar and Doogie are well. Are they completely healed from their surgeries? I think of you often…. When I do, I see you in a Florida restaurant eating shrimp in lime sauce . . . Remember? 🙂

      • Yummmm! I remember that shrimp! Radar’s scar is healed, hair beginning to hide it. DoogieBowser is well healed and scar is covered with hair so you don’t see it! Both are still pretty rambunctious for middle aged dogs! We figure Doogie is about 8 years old and Radar is 6 or 7 years old! I am also doing much better! Walking much better and sometimes not having to use the cane! Yay! Life is good on the Gulf Coast!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ha! Forgive me for not asking about YOUR health! Talk about faux pas! Haha!

          Seriously, I’m happy you are walking better. I hope you can soon ditch that cane . . . .

  16. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Sweet doggy blog……….. brings a lump to my throat. What would be without them hey?!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Glenda,

      I can’t imagine living without a dog or two. I’m happy to see you here, a faithful reader of my blog…. Have a great day!

  17. Joy A. says:

    Sue and Crew,
    I haven’t posted in quite awhile and have been meaning to say what a Cutie that little Reggie is. It nice his big sister is giving such sage advice and nice stories to him.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joy,

      Thanks. I think he’s a cutie, too . . . obviously! 🙂

      I appreciate you stopping by. . . Hope all is well with you and yours. . . .

  18. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, Great crew discussion, I always enjoy those. I’m like Weather, just popped in to say G’night……

  19. Pamela K. in GA says:

    “You’re Such A Pretty Girl!”

    Awww, just LOVE that photo of Bridget! I think it is my most favorite one of her.
    The minute I saw it I thought…That’s the ~Babe~ that Spike loved so much!
    If Spike had carried a wallet, that photo of his ~Babe~ would have been in it 🙂

    • Dawn in MI says:

      Agree. She’s a babe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      I love your last line…. the wallet photo idea is so Spike!

      I hope you are recovering well from the pneumonia. Do what the doctor says and stay out of the hospital. May you feel stronger every day!

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Thanks Sue!
        just catching up on your most recent post and read where Gin is in the hospital now. Dang, this stuff is pretty dreadful stuff! Like I wrote to Gin, this too shall pass… Sooner rather than later we hope 🙂
        Glad you liked the last line about Spike’s wallet. There’s a lot of ~Spike~ in me so I related to his many traits. Just adored that precious boy!

  20. Lynn Brooks says:

    So sweet!

  21. Gramma Dy says:

    I enjoy your blog so much. Have been a reader for over a year. I used to camp with my Springer Spaniel. so wonderful to share with our furry family. I enjoy your blog so much I have taken so many notes of your travels and plan to visit many places you have posted about.
    I do have to confess… I look so forward to Bridget and Reggie’s posts. They have such a refreshing view of their daily life. It gives me a smile and I save them to read them to my 6 year old granddaughter. When she lived with me we read your blog everyday. She was so sad about Spike, we printed pictures of Spike and she put them in an envelope and we mailed them to “Jesus Heaven, USA” with a note. Here are pictures of Spike. So you will find him in Dog Heaven. He is a great dog. Please put his dog bed in the trees and by a river for him to take his nap in the afternoon. If you don’t know which river his mommy has a blog that has lots of them he liked. Also, he likes chicken for lunch from stores. Tell him I love him.
    Thank you Jesus

    Thank you for giving my granddaughter the gift of love.

    Gramma Dy

    • Dawn in MI says:

      Oh my, that’s just beautiful. I’m sure Spike appreciated it too.

    • MB says:

      That’s one of the sweetest stories I’ve ever heard. My grandmother used to read to me too. There is no way I could ever express the influence she had on my life. And speaking of gifts….You are a wonderful gift to your granddaughter.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gramma Dy,

      You’re welcome, but I’m not the one who gives your daughter “the gift of love.” Not like you do anyway. . . . I’m touched by your words, that Spike was something special you shared with your dear granddaughter. It pains me that the adventures of Spike had to end, and, when they did, it brought sadness to your sweet little girl.

      With tenderness and wisdom you helped her process the loss, and also prepared her for the inevitable, future losses in life. Her letter is precious. You’re a good gramma!

      Thanks for sharing, Dy.

      • kgdan says:

        This one brought Spike tears back to my eyes this morning.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, I didn’t intend for that. Gosh, what a guy, eh? I bet you’re having fun with your new house-on-wheels. 🙂

    • Wow….that is just the sweetest….what a wonderful Gramma you are, and such a beautiful heart in your granddaughter….this story made my morning.

  22. Dawn in MI says:

    The light in the first photo is extraordinarily beautiful. Love this camp as well. I’d be tempted to stay the full 14 days at most of the places you find. I bet it smelled wonderful. Bridgette’s memories of Spike made me tear up a little. Glad Reggie has a little Spike in him. Hugs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Thank you for the compliment on the light-through-the-pines photo and also for your tender words.

      It is tempting to stay the full 14 days at special camps. It’s also tempting to find the next one! Have a wonderful day, Dawn.

  23. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Great pictures but the last picture of Pretty Bridget is the best!!!! She looks wonderful and actually proud to be posing for the picture! Oregon is such a lovely place. You always find such great places to camp.
    Sending lots of love and big hugs to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      I hope your weekend trip and game went well! I was thinking of you . . . Well, I do that all the time . . .

      Love you!

  24. Tara from Pac NW says:

    Beautiful post and I am very partial to those Bridget shots where she’s not hiding under the BLT (Although, those are pretty funny too!)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tara,

      About Bridget and the camera… I thought of this while looking at that photo of her smiling at the lens after climbing those rocks. I think being the leader and feeling proud of herself makes her shine and she knows it. Like most of us, she knows when she looks her best!

      Maybe when she hides under the BLT she thinks it’s a bad fur day.

  25. weather says:

    Good morning,Sue,hope you are enjoying your coffee as much as I’ve enjoyed comments today.Will you relax or move again today?Is it still a slow connection on here for you?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      The connection is great this morning! You mentioned a while ago something about having “privacy and computer issues.” I hope they’ve been resolved.

      No, we won’t move again today. I like it here and the crew does, too. It’s very “Oregon.” Sorry to be mysterious about it. I’ll try to bring the blog up-to-date so I can share it with you soon.

      BTW, I enjoyed your description of the fine mist like silk . . . . That entire message transported me, as yours often do. And to be proud of me… Thank you!

      • weather says:

        Great connection and a great camp,life is good!My “issues” are resolving in a timely way,thanks,it’s nothing that troubles me,it just prevents me from participating in some things on the web and the way I’d prefer to at some public events,no big deal.Thank you for wanting things to go well for me,I’m glad you enjoyed that message.It’s beautiful out today,I hope we both make the most of being somewhere wonderful-your blog is high on that list 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good! I think I know what you mean. Maintaining privacy doesn’t come without cost. However, if the cost is “no big deal” we pay it and continue on. Enjoy your beautiful day!

  26. Utah Bonnie says:

    I’m happy to hear Reggie is getting his boondocking chops and is leading you and Miss B on new adventures. I’m looking forward to the next boondock and hope the rain doesn’t put a damper on things.

  27. Sue,

    Thanks for all these pics….I LOVE OREGON!!! (I’m gonna keep reminding you of that!)

    Canine Corner is the best…..I just know that our furry babies have real conversations like that, at least I’d like to believe so! That camo vest on Reggie just fits him so well, he cracks me up! I love that Bridget is teaching The Reg all about Big Brother Spike, he’ll always be with us 🙂

    Have a great day ahead! Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you everywhere!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Marla, for the cheerful comment! Yes, Reggie is definitely the camo type. 🙂

      Of course, I have the crew talking all the time. Keeps me occupied. Ha!

  28. DebsJourney says:

    What a beautiful and creative post today!! So enjoyable and those two darlings make me smile and feel good. Can’t wait to be more inclined to take Rosie and Lily for walks around each new camp. It won’t be long now. July 1st I will be a newby fulltimer. My first camp will be somewhere near Homasassa Springs, Fl .
    I used your first forest photo for my background on my laptop. It is so beautiful where you are now.
    feeling a bit overwhelmed… Deb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      Whenever I feel overwhelmed I focus on something small and immediate. It’s “the big picture” that can be daunting at times. If I dwelt too long about traveling over mountains and across states to places I haven’t been, I could paralyze myself. If I focus on what is here and now and around the next bend in the road, it’s comfortable and fun!

      July 1 . . . I’m excited for you! I assume you will have hook-ups for your air conditioner. Homassassa Springs is a pretty area. Thanks for writing…

  29. Susan in Dallas says:

    Love the photos with Bridget looking to see if you and Reggie are following her! That one with her at the top is wonderful! Two posts with Canine Corner so close together- Priceless. Enjoying drying out here in Texas.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Susan. “Enjoying drying out here in Texas” — not something I thought anyone would say until recently…

  30. Teri in SoCal says:

    Long time no comment! Still read every post though. And I have to say that anytime Spike gets mentioned I get a little teary.

    Still looking for work. It’s amazing that I read the list of requirements for some of these positions, and they are a mile long. “degree required….bilingual…etc” and they want to pay $10-$12 an hour. Can any single person in Southern California survive on that? And some poor person got a degree to make $10-$12 an hour?

    But I try to keep hope alive, and every day without fail I search and search. So wish me luck…and take care everyone!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri,

      Good seeing you here again . . . .

      I can remember thinking something similar when looking at the job market, and further in the past, when applying for work. It’s easy to become discouraged. I do wish you luck and pray that the right position becomes yours soon!

  31. Good Luck Teri, I hope things will be better really soon. Welcome back.

  32. Terri From Texas says:

    I read a comment on Wheelingit’s blog that said the State legislature in Washington may be closing its State Parks if they can’t come up with a budget by July. Just a heads up if anyone plans on doing State Parks- keep an ear open!
    Wonderful post as usual!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Terri, for sharing that information. It may impact some of our readers, not me and the crew though. Washington state parks are too pricey for us!

      Thanks also re this post.

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The photos are just beautiful. I like the first and the pictures of Bridget leading the way home and at the top of the hill, she looks very proud of herself. Reggie leading the way on the hike is too cool. Little guy loves the explore, that’s for sure.

    I love the Oregon photos. I guess you are going to Washington, as a lot of followers keep referring to it. I must have missed something along the way. However, I would love to see Puget Sound. The photos from there last year were fantastic..

    Take care and safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Well, I mentioned we were going to the Pacific Northwest and also how much I enjoy the fruit grown in Washington . . . . Yes, Puget Sound is a fascinating area. I think you’re referring to the photos of two years ago, when the crew and I took the ferry from Kingston to Edmonton and we went to Port Angeles. Gosh, that was a fun time!

      Thank you for the compliments on the photos in this post. Bridget can be grumpy, as you know. When she shines in photos, it’s a special event!

      Take care. It’s always nice hearing from you, Barbara.

  34. Beverly K says:

    I’m finally finding time to read the posts I’ve missed. I share them with my Mom, who lives with me. We both have been followers of yours since you were preparing to become a full time RVer. Thank you for the splendid storytelling and photos. You really brighten my Mom’s days, since she’s got her share of health issues and cannot travel. She’s been to many of the places you go to, so she loves going on her memory lane with you and the crew.

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