Life at Loon Lagoon

Saturday, September 20

1-P1000588Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Utah

“You know, Bridge?  We don’t have to listen to this boat roar around in circles.  Let’s walk to the other side of the peninsula!”

I put the camera strap over my shoulder and slap on my hat. 

Bridget knows it’s walk time.  She scampers out the door of the Best Little Trailer to lead us on another adventure.  What a big shot . . .  .

1-P1000393Well, not much weekend activity on Antelope Flat Peninsula.  A few boats and a car that didn’t stop.  I hope it stays quiet through the weekend.

1-P1000602We cross the arid plain. 

People noise fades to silence.  Bridget and I establish a brisk, but comfortable, pace.

1-P1000591We’re headed toward the campsite I call “Hot Beach,” the first campsite we found on the peninsula.

1-P1000593“Hot Beach” is unoccupied. 

Bridget and I are the only campers on all this land!  It’s like we’re on a beautiful, deserted island.

1-P1000592While I take photos, Bridget finds a shady spot to take a break.

1-P1000594“Ready to explore some more, baby?”

Bridget and I follow the shoreline.

1-P1000598We discover several campsites in spacious areas of green grass.

1-P1000595Thick vegetation, mostly tamarisk, blocks us from going further along the shore.  We return the way we came.

1-P1000596About halfway back to camp I suggest a detour.   

1-P1000603Bridget refuses.

“This is the way home!” she seems to say.

“Aw, c’mon!  This way, Bridge!  This way!”

No good.  She insists we follow the same route home.  Once Bridget sets her mind to something, there’s no convincing her otherwise.  I give up.

1-P1000604As soon as Bridget realizes she’s won the argument and she sees that I’m following obediently, she happily and confidently takes off for home.

Later . . . in camp news . . .

1-P1000437The fresh water tank is empty. 

This is the water I use primarily for flushing the toilet and small washing/bathing tasks.

Usually the grey water tank becomes empty around the time the black water tank needs to be dumped, which is very handy.

I dump the black tank and fill the fresh water tank at the same stop. 

1-P1000390However, the last dump station we used, which was at the Utility Department in Lander, Wyoming (free), did not have fresh water for the tank.

Well, it had fresh water but it was set up for farmers and ranchers.  While the black tank was emptying, I watched guys in pick-ups drive under a large hose hanging from above.

Each one climbed into the bed of their pick-up, pulled down the hose, and filled the large water tank they hauled.  In other words, the set-up wouldn’t work for me.

That is why I’ve run out of water in the fresh water tank.

Not a problem!  I take an empty, one-gallon, plastic milk container and fill it with lake water.  I turn off the water pump.  I place the container of lake water within reach of the commode and make sure I keep it filled.  Easy flushing!

Now y’all can give out a huge sigh of relief knowing I’m able to flush.

1-P1000610Here’s another zoomed, through-the-window bird photo.  

It was taken in the glow of sunset while the heron stalked dinner.  He/she frequents the small marshy cove next to our campsite.  It apparently serves good breakfast and dinner.  He’s over there now as I type this.

About the loons . . . .


I feared the pair of loons I wrote about in the previous post had left because of the disturbance caused by the motorboat.  I didn’t hear them last night nor this morning.  Sometime around noon that distinctive call floated across the water from Tamarisk Island.  They’re still here!  Well, I assume it’s the same pair, but I don’t really know.  I’m happy to see a pair of loons again, swimming around and diving in the bay.

Since this is the place where I heard the call of loons for the first time, I’m naming the camp “Loon Lagoon.”


NOTE:  If you’ve read much of this blog, you know I appreciate readers shopping Amazon through my links, ads, and the Amazon search box.  Today I’d like to send a thank you to the person who regularly buys office supplies here.  I have a feeling it is one person who orders pens, bubble wrap, ink cartridges, and other office stuff in bulk.  I want you to know I appreciate your thoughtfulness.


Here are a few recent purchases made by RVSue shoppers:

Emergency Warning Triangle
Weber Liquid Propane Grill
BISSELL Powerfresh Steam Mop
Playlist: The Very Best of Meat Loaf
Ziploc Flexible Totes X-Large (Pack of 3)
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181 Responses to Life at Loon Lagoon

  1. Phil Kelley (in SoFla) says:

    Nice to know there are no immediate water worries that would cause you to break camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Phil . . . Great to see you here again! And you’re first which I’m sure makes your day . . . 🙂

  2. B Beck says:

    Photos are fantastic, and the scenery is great. Nice that Brigette stands her ground. LOL
    Isn’t today the last official day of summer? Be safe and have fun!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, B Beck . . . . It feels like the first day of fall here… It’s cloudy and cold. Looks like rain. Thanks for the compliment on the photos. You have a great afternoon!

  3. DebsJourney says:

    wow am I the first to comment? Cool! Sue not sure if you’re ears were burning or not but I was talking about you and your blog over lunch with this meet up group I joined. All ladies over 55 so you can imagine all the chatter. LOL I told them of my plans to fulltime RV and they didn’t get it. “you mean you are giving up your house”? Yes I said.
    I work in the morning and look forward to it. Isn’t that something. I must admit I am still feeling the loss of my husband but I’m keeping busy and it comes in waves so that’s better than constant. Have a beautiful Sunday, look forward to your next post.

    • DebsJourney says:

      ok third to post

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb . . . Your comment makes me happy. Why? Because you have taken charge of your life and your grief, you have a job you enjoy and a vision for your future that’s exciting.

      Of course, they don’t get it. It’s not what “ladies over 55” are expected to do. I remember the shocked reactions I got whenever I announced my plans to sell my house and hit the road full-time. It’s kind of funny in retrospect. You’re a trailblazer in your circle of friends, Deb!

      Thanks for the good wish for our Sunday. I wish the same for you.

  4. DesertGinger says:

    I guess that means I’m 4th?

  5. What a great spot you’ve got and ALMOST all to yourselves. I do really wish all the folks with motors would gather in one place and leave the peace and quiet to all the other places. Really lovely pictures of your walk but that last one of your isolation is just making me drool. Not good for my keyboard. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I really can’t complain (wow, that’s something new!) about the boats. Most are far enough away that I barely can hear their motors. The boat racing around pulling a water skier… well, one has to be reminded it’s Saturday. Only two other boats have come near our peninsula, both looked like they were curious. They made one trip around the bay and left to the other side of the island where the campground is located.

      I love that photo of the BLT all by her lonesome across the water.

  6. Lee J in northern California says:

    Hello my dears, including all the other bolgarinos!
    You have encouraged me to get out to walk this day Sue, it is becoming a habit, what a great influence you are. I also just bought a couple of those nice cloth fronted harnesses for Arlo and Zoe, they are much more comfortable on leash with those.
    Desert Ginger, how’s,the owie going? Did the docs finally get your treatment started?
    Deb, you rock! Nothing like taking charge of your life from here on in.
    Sue, you not only have a wonderful blog, you have created a family here, makes me feel empowered to be like so many others here and remember you, I can do it!
    So here is my bit of encouragement for you all, I started taking charge of my health in April. Only eat organic now, grass fed beef, organic chickens, fresh wild caught fish, no sugar and all sorts of other things that weren’t good for me…the result? Down fifty pounds as of this morning, BP meds have been halved, one half the diabetes meds so only a very low dose now…BP is wonderful, blood sugar is wonderful, my doc is so happy!
    I eat all I want , loving every bite, and now am over half way to my goal weight..I feel like walking, nothing hurts…so just because you are retirement age, things can change, and it is great!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Lee J, that is absolutely fantastic! YOU are the inspiration for the rest of us! Congratulations on successfully changing the way you shop for food, your eating habits, and now your walking program. Fifty pounds lost is quite an achievement. It’s amazing how the human body can recover if we give it some help and treat it well.

      I wish you continued success, although I have a feeling you’ve got the resolve to be successful, no matter what! Good for you!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Lee! You are an inspiration! Thank you for the encouragement and sharing what is working so well for you!! 🙂

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Lee J, That is awesome! Good for you. Keep going.

    • Cari in Plano Texas says:

      That’s wonderful news, Lee J! Congratulations on the weight loss and the lowering of the meds. You are encouragement and inspiration for the rest of us who are (cough cough) attempting to lose some weight. I only want to drop about 10 pounds, but it still takes discipline, and sometimes all I want for dinner is ice cream. 🙂

      • Lolalo says:

        Lee J,
        I am working on changing our eating habits as well. I now only use the healthy fats – organic butter, lard, coconut oil, olive oil. YES – those are healthy! Also grass fed beef, farm fresh eggs, organic veggies, etc., as we can afford them. I cook most meals from scratch – no boxed meals. I’m on the right track, but still have a ways to go. If only I could cut out the sugars, breads, and pasta. So good to hear of the health benefits you are realizing from eating healthy! That is a positive testimony for the rest of us.

        • Lee J in northern California says:

          Do what we did, cut out the sugar, wheat and starchy veggies for ten days, anyone can do it for ten days….when we did that we were amazed that after a few days the cravings went away, and when you see and feel the results, it is so worth it to stick with it!
          Want to add that my husband has also had wonderful success, down eighty pounds, no diabetic meds now and almost off BPMeds! Between us we have lost a person, and gained a way healthier life!
          You are totally on the right track!

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            My hubby and I need to work much harder on this too…thanks for sharing your story…VERY encouraging!!

          • Barbara (Nashville) says:

            Congratulation Lee J!
            I though I was doing pretty good losing 11 lbs. I’m like Lolola. My husband, however, doesn’t need to lose weight, so while I am trying to lose, he is eating bread, pasta, etc. Makes it a little tough, but I just keep slowly working at it, but you have given me some good tips. Thank you.

    • DebsJourney says:

      Wow congrats on your new healthy lifestyle. I needed to read your post to get me in gear to start walking more and eating better. This blog has a life of it’s own! lol How cool is that! All because Sue started this and she brings out a lot in the people here. I have courage now and feel useful. I do need to loose some weight so I can do all the necessary things I want and need to do.

  7. Cherie from OH says:

    Considering the way Bridget acts when you leave her alone, you would think she would follow you anywhere. Maybe she was just in a hurry to get home so she could take a nap.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cherie,

      Oh no… Bridget takes this leadership role very seriously. Well, yes, she is in a hurry to get home, but she also wants to do things her way, and when we hike, HER way is the right way… always! She is in charge and she loves it.

  8. Alan Rabe says:

    HI Sue, I made to IL. with no further incident. I am camped at a nice little campground in Lincoln IL. and am surrounded by corn waiting to be harvested. I have cousins all around the area which is why I am here until the 10th. But I have been following your adventures. Flaming Gorge is definitely a beautiful area. I read with disbelief the post about the dudes that trashed a campsite and then left it, just no class at all.
    You can tell who rules, Bridget definitely knows she’s the boss. But I know she’s a sweet heart and loves you with everything she has. The camera is definitely a keeper, the snaps are wonderful.
    My cousin, her husband and I went to New Salem IL yesterday, It is a reconstruction of the village that Abraham Lincoln moved to when he left KY. I was nice and very educational. I just wondered why people first moved there, setup a town, but after maybe 20 years they all left. But during that period Lincoln arrived, figured out what he wanted to do with his life and then moved on. It was like the whole place came into existence just for him.
    I am here until the 1oth of Oct. working and visiting. Supposed to have a mini reunion next Saturday. Then it is off to Box Elder to get my license. I haven’t decided on how long I will stay there. I don’t want to get caught by winter while there so it probably won’t be more than two weeks. But I do want to see the Bad Lands. After that it is off to Grand Junction where I will be staying until April. But I hope to stop by Kays’ campground for a while, at least that is the plan. Weather will be the determining factor. I know they say it is going to be a bad winter but hopefully it won’t occur until late November.
    Well that’s about it for me. As always Enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I enjoyed the update on your journey, Alan.

      That’s interesting about the town of New Salem. Maybe I’ll research that for fun when my computer functions faster than . . . mud.

      The way you wrote about going to Box Elder I get the impression you’ll stay at Americas Mailbox. You’re right about the possibility of being caught by winter in South Dakota. It has a way of doing that around there (and in Wyoming, too!).

      Thanks for stopping by. It’s good to know you’re still checking the blog and keeping up with the adventures of your fellow blogorinos.

      Enjoy your family and safe travels!

      • LindainKentucky says:

        Alan, I am from that area. Born and raised near Mason City; which is a small town near Lincoln. If you have the opportunity to visit Springfield also, Lincoln’s home is very interesting too, as well as the Dana Thomas House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

  9. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    The bucket of water to flush the toilet trick is so useful! I had to do that when I had a leaking water connection on my home’s toilet. The odd look I would get when I would explain to guests that they had to fill the bucket partially, using the tub faucet, in order to flush the toilet! At least it was a temporary situation! As long as your black and gray levels are ok, you’re golden, eh? 🙂

    I enjoyed your pictures of yesterday’s walk – especially the last one!

    Hope you and Bridget enjoy the rest of the day! Gracie pup is summoning me to serve her dinner! Hugs to you both from the two of us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I’m glad I have water available in order to flush. It is very handy living next to a lake! I’ll miss all this water when we camp in the desert come winter.

      Bridget summoned me a moment ago, too, for her supper. Now she’s snugged into the covers for her late afternoon nap.

      Wishing you and Gracie a good evening . . .

  10. weather says:

    People’s noise fades to silence….like on a beautiful desert island.For that part,I’m thrilled for you.You have a resident heron,for that,I’m thrilled for me.That Bridget is given free reign in choice of exploration and especially of the way home ,I’m thrilled for us all.

    Being a firm believer that a dog knowing how to return to home base should be encouraged to do so,I’m so pleased that you (as example to so many)always show that.Many tragic stories and broken hearts would be averted if more practiced those ways.

    Hopefully today was spent with as little interference from others for you two.Settings like your current on don’t come around often in life.Idyllic times in many ways you’re having,none deserves it more…

    Obviously,I’m back from the luncheon-quite a different experience than what you described in this post.As I’m sure I earned an honorary doctorate in the art of endurance,I’ll be expecting it’s arrival.What started as my agreeing that at some point I’d have lunch with a close friend-turned out to be hours of entrapment among twelve people for hours on end.Thank God Almighty that finally an enormous storm descended.

    Picturing them momentarily saying”Well,since we can’t possibly go out into that,let’s all order coffee and stay longer!” I took my cue to say”I must go home and calm the troupe!” and bolt.It’s so amazing to me that most people thrive in those situations.Feasting on fare fit for royalty I felt it entirely possible that I might implode leaving only bits of body parts in my velvet chair.

    One on one ,for short periods of time,at wide spread intervals on rare occasions I love some people’s company.Yet today,once again I left a scene thanking God for the intervention that came.Yesterday I so happily envisioned adding another wild one to our troupe.Today the refinement of behavior the suppresses wild into what feels like slavery to me left me gasping for air,for freedom…

    Hopefully I don’t sound upset or unhappy,because I’m not.They have essentially what makes them happy,have chosen to live in those ways.I have what gives me joy every hour I live.The difference just makes me marvel and wonder that all that’s available to us each.

    Experiences like that one lend clarity to knowing the decisions I make are best for everyone concerned.May this evening find you again where people’s noises have faded into silence

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Quite a difference between your day and mine. Oh, I know how it is to be trapped in a box of chatter, expected to show interest, to smile, to participate, to stay, locked in when I want to flee!

      I’m also “amazed that people thrive in those situations.” The first few minutes are enjoyable, then the excitement of those present sucks the life out of me. Is it my energy that winds them up? Is that where it goes? It seems like it!

      Returning to your home and your companions must have been such a relief! I’m glad the correctness of your decisions was reinforced by today’s experience. Thank God we both have places that provide sanctuary!

      • weather says:

        Your knowing how it is,and recognizing the wanting to flee,is why I told you about it, confidant that you would understand.-Sucks the life out of me – that’s a good expression for it.Yes,our energy does wind them up,you’re generous to think that’s where it goes.My best friend among those present uses that life to increase her own without diminishing my excitement,in fact-adds her own.The rest exhaust me.

        Most people feel that excitement as momentary static on their skin,and what energy we give them may as well be going into a black hole.They return to conversing about everything they’re involved with unchanged,fading…,instead of being replenished, ad infinitum,oh well.

        Your last paragraph-every word-perfectly describes my feelings now,thank you.Ah-h sanctuary…what a blessing,where ever it is found

      • Mert says:

        I feel the same as the two of you. But as I have set here watching the real house wives of New Jersey (15 mins of my life I will never get back) I realize things in my life and my current surroundings could be a whole lot worse!! 😉

    • Sondra-SC says:

      I always dread social functions! Count down the days till they come and go…and I can resume my quiet life. Right now I’m hoping my X can get out of the hospital and settled into a place where we know he is safe and can be happy and then we can each regain our personal spot of balance.

      • Edie (OK) says:

        I agree on the social situations. UGH. 🙁

        I hate them but endure them occasionally (but always ready to run out the door). 🙂

      • weather says:

        Alright Mert,Sondra ,Edie -all among us needing freedom-let’s toast ,saying “Renegades Disperse!”!……since we’re obviously happy alone and so unsuited to unite 😉

    • I’ve appreciated the conversation your post brought about, weather. Garrison Keillor created the Norwegian Bachelor Farmer (I think of myself as the Farmette) with folks like us in mind…people who are happy just watching the corn grow.

      I’ll be retiring soon & frankly, I dread thinking about the retirement party. They are typically held in very noisy restaurants where it’s impossible to converse. Only if one gets up & makes the rounds is any sort of talk possible. The food is typically overpriced & over-rated. And I’m not good at good-byes. What to do…

      • weather says:

        Hi Dawn,
        First-It’s wonderful that soon more free time will follow more free time-retirement soon- good for you!

        About the dilemma concerning the party,I’ll mention some things I find helpful.Rather than good-bye say “See you later”,when making the rounds step outside for a bit each time,rather than dread it focus on one there who’ll be helped by your presence-and decide that after greeting them you may just leave.Surprising your co-workers ,however they take it,will make you laugh at the memory,and maybe even as you anticipate going!

        Finally-trust yourself and know that whatever you do will be fine,after all it’s just a party-Bon Voyage!

  11. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Weather,

    Glad you enjoyed your lobster Birthday celebration! I know the feeling of “watching the clock”, trying to determine the best way to extract myself from a pleasant gathering that has begun to drone on. I use Gracie pup as my excuse most times. I am always given a guilt trip when I declare my departure. If I heard a nice to see you…was great to get together….we’ll have to do it again…instead of why do you need to leave – I’m sure your DOG will be fine, I just might faint. Guess we are just popular! 🙂

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your day, happily at home with your troupe!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Well, that did not post under the proper comment!

      • weather says:

        One post down works great for me,Denise 🙂 Thanks for the empathy filled note.To their credit they were gracious about my sudden departure,to your credit you crave extraction only once it seems to drone on.I honestly had begun regretting having agreed to go as soon as the number attending began to grow.Sheer love propelled me down the roads and into the building.Once seated I practiced every social grace that I know as I was suffering more each moment.It’s simply not my nature to be tame.The thing that makes us popular is the thing that makes it hard-how ironic.Thank you-at rest happily with my troupe I am home,yippee!!

        • Applegirl NY says:

          Well, you’ve survived it beautifully. I find those types of things are really good ideas months in advance, and then when the time comes, I’m never that enthusiastic, even though I love all of the people that are there.

          • weather says:

            Yes!good idea for exactly whom?!I’ve since received texts of how great people felt it went,I’m so-o pleased for them and thought of another reason to be glad-that stuff so exhausts me I’m bound to sleep like a baby tonight 🙂

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          You have a good heart, Weather…attending that luncheon, in part for your best friend. 🙂

          For her role of absolute control and precise demeanor, the Oscar goes to Weather!

          “They return to conversing about everything they’re involved with unchanged, fading….instead of being replenished…..” That line spoke to me. For 25+ yrs, I have been friends with a couple and every time we get together (which is maybe a couple times a year) they talk about the same old things with glee…it’s almost like a Laurel and Hardy routine. I can almost recite what is coming…word for word. Any new, up to date topics are brought to the table by me…oh, and not because I was asked. An attempt at discussing current events is hopeless. Come to think of it, they never ask how I am or what is new in my world. Getting together with them is exhausting and draining. Short and well spaced out visits are in order. I guess it just goes to show how some folks continue to look forward, with excited anticipation, while others are more comfortable to be stuck in the past.

          On the opposite end of the spectrum, with my sisters, nephews, and a couple good friends, time flies by much too quickly when we are together. We give and take from each other….lifting each other up and replenishing batteries when needed! 🙂

          • weather says:

            Laurel and Hardy,Hah!-good one!Draining is the word,makes you wonder,doesn’t it-if , so faded, they fear to encounter anything new- would be overwhelmed perhaps

            Your great last paragraph let’s us know how blessed we are to have such people in our lives-few as they may be- they make the efforts worth it.Thanks ever so for your first two sentences,in acceptance I’d like to thank my mother,Teacher,friends…tee hee 🙂

  12. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I had to laugh at Bridget refusing to take a detour! She always knows the way home. Bless her little heart! (That’s the good blessing)

    Yikes! At least the lake is right there to flush the commode!

    Have a great evening you two!

    Whoever bought the Weber Baby Q….you’re gonna love it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I read the email (after several tries to open it) but my internet connection won’t let me send emails. Thank you for sending it.

      You have a great evening, too!

  13. Paula says:

    I like the name, “Loon Lagoon”. I first thought it was named after the “loons” that were water skiing in circles, then the bird (which I’m thinking is not a loon at all, but some type of crane perhaps). They I decided it’s just a really cool sounding name for your camp.

    Regarding the “Hot Camp”. Hmmm? My guess is you view it similar to the “Hot Zone” – not knowing what scum could be growing or lurking there.

    What can I say? Just letting my little brain run wild this afternoon!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paula,

      I guess me naming this place Loon Lagoon doesn’t make sense unless a person connects this post with the previous one. Maybe I’ll add another sentence to clarify.

      Well, it’s “Hot Beach” because the stones and the lack of breeze make the place hotter than anywhere around here.

      It’s nice that you also like the name Loon Lagoon. It certainly sounds better than Merganser Lagoon or Heron Lagoon. 🙂

      LATER… I added a paragraph about the loons at the end of the post.

      • Paula says:

        Hmmm. Now that I think about it, I did read your previous post about the “Hot Beach”. I’m getting forgetful in my advanced years. I better not jump to conclusions in the future without reviewing a few posts back. That way I won’t embarrass myself. Duh!

  14. Toni says:

    I was talking to my nephew over the Labor Day weekend and told him what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Traveling the country and living in an rv. I was surprised to hear that he wanted to do something similar. He wanted to visit each state and then decide where he wanted to settle eventually. Sadly, he passed away suddenly on Sept. 11 leaving our family devastated. I guess it makes me more determined than ever to do it.

    He was my first nephew and God child and very thankful I had that last conversation with him that lasted nearly three hours. Sad doesn’t even begin to describe it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can’t imagine the enormity of your pain, Toni. That’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard. I’m thankful. too, that you had that conversation with him.

      May God give you and the entire family strength and understanding as you cope with this tragic loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

    • weather says:

      Toni,I’m so sorry for the circumstances around that precious conversation.I pray that envisioning your nephew now in unimpeded travels brings a measure of light to the dark days you and your family are in.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Toni, I will keep you in my prayers.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:


      You and your family are in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Toni, this is so sad. I too lost my nephew when he was 22. Very heartbreaking. Be gentle with yourself and know you have friends here.

      • Sondra-SC says:

        That is heart breaking, I’m sorry he never got to realize his dream…we never know what the future has in store for us….so very sorry for your family loss…

        • Toni says:

          Thank you all so much. He was so dearly loved – not only by our family – but so many friends and associates. There is a lot of comfort in that. You never know how many lives you touch along the way.

    • Mert says:

      Prayers for you and family.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      I am oh so sorry, Toni….how devastating!! We lost my brother next to me in age, when he was only 20…a drunk driver hit them!! A family is NEVER EVER the same after loosing a young one…never. It has altered the course of events, no matter how much we all tried for that not to happen…it has. I look at my children, and now grandchildren who never knew him…or saw his positive influence within the family…….I hope you and your family can take some comfort from GOD…HE is who sustained us. Prayers for you all…

    • Willow (AZ) says:

      Dear Toni,
      I am sorry for you loss, sometimes there are no words to express our sadness, I hope you know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      I am praying for you Toni. So very sad.

    • DebsJourney says:

      so sorry for your loss, it is devastating for sure.

    • Toni, I am so sorry for your loss. As you travel, he will be with you in spirit.

      • toni says:

        Again, thanks to you all for your kind words and my sympathies as well to those of you who have lost loved ones.

  15. Barb from Hoquiam says:

    Hey Sue!
    That Bridget is a born leader!
    Oh all that racket is tough. Glad some escape can be found.

    Gorgeous photos and a lovely walk…thanks for sharing as always.
    Hugs from Orting at the moment, helping with the grands!!!
    PS glad to know the flusher is flushing! 🙂

  16. Loon Lagoon is a perfect name for this special camp! Love it! Bridget is taking her role of taking care of you seriously. She doesn’t want you to lose the way home to her food bowl and nap. 🙂 She is such a character, you gotta love that attitude. Once again, the photography is delicious to the eye! Love love love it all!
    Weekend is over, we have the campground to ourselves! I love being a campground host YAY! 🙂 Smooches to you and the Bridge!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, Geri . . . .Isn’t it a marvel that you and I were able to became friends very easily even though you “love being a campground host” and for me it would be LIVING IN HELL. Haha!

      Loon Lagoon is more like Gloom Lagoon at the moment. A storm rolled in, obliterating the view of the Big Rock with dark clouds, turning the water a wintry gray, splashing rain on the windows and drumming the roof, a chill settling into our once cozy home! Brrrr!!

      Enjoy the empty campground! Thanks for complimenting my photos. Hi, Chuck!

      • This time of year, the campgrounds remain almost empty. Thursdays they trickle in. We only had 4 tenters and 4 or 5 rv’s most came in Fri night and all but one left yesterday. We have this end of the park to ourselves, to watch the deer and the several flocks of turkeys and the resident red shoulder hawk. In the river we have a new neighbor’ a manatee and the juvenile youngster that travel together.! The campground will be empty now until Thurs arrives! It is nothing like Zion river resort! We only have 23 campsites here, not the over 200 squished together like it was at Zion! Much better. Hope your friends arrive today with veggies, peanut butter and cream eclairs! Sunrise is beginning to paint the sky… I am gonna take my coffee out and enjoy! Love to you and Bridget!

  17. Applegirl NY says:

    Hi Sue, Don’t worry about those Loons, they’re like Bridget, they will find their way home. I know the pair of loons on our little lake are very attached to their territory. They return, not just day after day, but from year to year. They are very cool.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I’m not worried about the loons. I’m selfishly wanting to hear their call throughout each day and into the night. 🙂 They’ve stopped here on their migration further south. Far be it for me to get in the way of Nature!

      Yeah, if any bird is “cool,” it’s the loon.

  18. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Our pastor has been doing a series of sermons on Psalm 23, and I thought of you with the verse “he leads me beside still water, he refreshes my soul.” It seems that you draw your strength and peace from the water you camp by, whether it’s a small gurgling creek or larger lake like this reservoir.

    Lovely pictures – that new camera is doing a great job!

    I finished my ATM cleanings for this month, so this week will be spent revisiting my budget and finances, then meeting with my financial advisor. I’ll be pricing out tow vehicles as well – I’m leaning towards a Toyota 4Runner, since I’m a huge fan of Toyota. Looks like my cost of living post-retirement will be going up instead of the stereotypical going down, since right now I don’t have a car payment. That’s okay – that’s why I put that money into savings for so many years! Now I get to spend it 🙂

    • Cari in Plano Texas says:

      Any advice on towing vehicles from my fellow blogorinos will be welcome! I don’t want a truck, but other than that, the sky’s the limit.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Remind us what you plan to tow . . .

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          There is a tow capacity “chart” available online. Once you’ve figured “what” you want to tow you can narrow it down to your choices of tow vehicle.

          Best of luck!

        • Cari in Plano Texas says:

          Right now it looks like either a 16 or 17′ Casita Spirit delux.

          16′ – dry weight is 2185, approx hitch weight dry 255.
          17′ = dry weight is 2480, approx hitch weight dry 365.

      • Reine says:

        Cari, we love our Chevy Avalanche but by suggestion isn’t for a specific tow vehicle but for specifications. Check the towing and tongue weight limits for any vehicle you’re considering and compare them to the weight of the trailer you’re planning to tow. For an extra margin of safety it’s best that your trailer not exceed 80% of the towing capacity of the tow vehicle. Note that manufacturers of trailers are notorious in understating the loaded tow weights of their trailers. Casita lists the dry weight of the 17′ Casita as 2480 lbs but REAL towing weights are closer to 3300 lbs. As you can tell from the Avalanche we prefer overkill when it comes to towing capacity.

        • Cari in Plano Texas says:

          Thank you, Reine! This is exactly the type of info I am looking for. The final decision probably won’t be made until early next year, but I do want to start gathering possibilities now.

        • Cinandjules(NY) says:

          good info indeed! Don’t forget to factor in your belongings inside. H20 is 8lbs a gallon etc etc. it’s going to add up quick!

          I don’t think it’s overkill …I’d rather have too much than not enough.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            And get a vehicle with lots of space for storage! Stylishness is nice, but SPACE is better!

            • Reine says:

              If you’re planning to tow a Casita, I would get a vehicle with a tow capacity of AT LEAST 5000 lbs. We had a S10 small pickup and upgraded to the Avalanche for the better ride, more storage space, and the 7500 lb towing capacity. When you’re in an emergency situation isn’t the time to wish you had a better tow vehicle!

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Cari, I’ve done some research on the 4 runner as I think it might make an ideal TV for what I plan on doing in a few years. 4wd, great reliability, OK MPG, but it does come at a premium price. Not as much room as the PTV but it all depends on whats perfect for you.

        Do be advised that the 4runner comes with several different options and with varying tow capacity ratings. The full tow package with the V8 comes with a trani cooler, oil cooler and a 6400 LBS tow capacity. It should do great for a Casita.

        From what I have read on other forums Toyota sales people are not always that knowledgeable about towing so do some research on your own. One great resource I have found is Have fun.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          One note on the 4Runner (and tow vehicles in general). When towing, wheelbase is king. The longer the wheelbase of the tow vehicle, the more sedate and agreeable it will be to tow with; conversely, the shorter the wheelbase the more it will have “lively” tendencies. I strongly considered a 4Runner or Pilot or Liberty when I was initially tow-vehicle shopping but eventually ruled them out due to shorter wheelbase.

          That’s not to say you could not tow with them – you certainly could. Just something to be aware of because there will be a noticeable difference between the shorter wheelbase of something like a 4Runner and the longer wheelbase of a van or truck. My van has a 138″ wheelbase and tows well – very pleasant lack of “activity.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari,

      Good luck finding the right tow vehicle. It’s a very important decision.

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. Natural surrounding do keep me on even keel and restore me whenever I’ve had an upset in equilibrium. Being close to water seems to help the most. I think a lot of people are that way; some don’t realize it and they wonder why they’re crazy.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Cari,

      Do an online search for the Trailer Life Towing guide. The guide is available for multiple model years, really helpful if you are researching a pre-owned vehicle. They also have articles that provide excellent advice. The dry weights do not include the weight of the batteries, propane tanks, solar, A/C or any other options that are added. Another resource is They make fiberglass trailers, the smaller ones similar in size to the Casita. There is page on their site that discusses their suggestions for minimum tow capacities for the various sizes of trailers.

      I do not have a trailer (yet), but am having fun researching things to death!! Best of luck – please let us know which tow vehicle you choose! 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Oliver travel trailers, here in Tennessee also makes a nice travel trailer. Mr. Partee is quite knowledgeable about tow vehicles.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          I was so glad to read that Oliver trailers were back in production. I really like their build.

          (I have a wee Boler back home, so at one point familiarized myself with all of the various “eggs.”)

  19. Ed H says:

    Although your’s is at the top of my list, I follow several full-time blogs. It’s kind of interesting “watching” you all ever so slowly head south like migratory birds. Loons maybe? We should be so lucky. We’re in the Class of 2016. Can hardly wait. Working on our solar project presently and documenting it in our blog, along with other stuff. That’s the best we can do until we’re on the road.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yep, the snowbird is migratory by definition. Like the loon we may stop and enjoy a lake here, a favorite spot there, but we must follow our instincts and go where it’s warm!

      You will be well prepared, Ed, when your launch day arrives. I took off first and got solar as a full-timer already.

      Thank you for putting my blog at the top of your list, and for letting me know. 🙂

      • Ed H says:

        You’re at top of the list because “You da man, woman!” And besides, my wife wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

        Truth is, we sit in our easy chairs, her with her laptop, me with my Kindle, and read your every post and most of the Comments.

  20. Hotel California says:

    About those bulk office supply purchases via your web site on Amazon. I figured I might as well tell you, since you were the one who brought it up, that it was not me doing the buying.

  21. Sondra-SC says:

    Ive never seen a Loon in that beautiful breeding plumage!! Lovely shots of your world today Sue! Bridgett, reminds me of my ole horse Sundance..he always wanted to get back to the barn where his oats and hay were stored..he loved our little rides but home is home I reckon!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      No sign of the loons on this misty, cloudy morning. No solitary heron, gulls, or flock of ten mergansers either. Maybe all are hunkered down in a place that provides more protection.

      Your Sundance was no fool! 🙂 “There’s no place like home…”

  22. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Sue, Bridge and Blogarinos, I know why Miss Bridget always feels the need to navigate for home…..they say (who is they) that a dogs sense of smell is somewhere around 10,000 times greater than ours. That little girl can smell her home no matter how far out you two range. She sure is cute running ahead, occasionally looking back to see if momma is still following along. She is a dear little companion for you Missy. I’d like to hug her and maybe give her some kind of treat for being such a cutie…Keep the wind at your back and enjoy the trip.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      It’s nice of you to want to give Bridget a treat, but let me tell you…. every meal that girl eats is a treat! This morning she had chicken tenders! Can you believe it? No nasty dark meat for this prima donna!

      To her credit, when she finished her breakfast, she snuggled up against me as I sit here at the laptop. She always thanks me for breakfast and then crawls under the covers to nap.

      Always good to hear from you, Jim. Regards to Detta . . .

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Nasty dark meat?? Why that is the tastiest and yummiest and moistest!! Heh, in our house 2 would eat NOTHING but the white, another liked the white best but would eat dark and the other 2 of us ate both! Worked out well.

  23. Patsy Ontario says:

    Bridgette cracks me up.. She is one of a kind, but the good thing is you will never get lost :). Beautiful area and it looks so quiet and peaceful. That new camera of yours has excellent pics, however I think the person taking them is a pro. Thank you again for sharing your adventure with us. As I follow your blog I think one day god blessing I will be there.. You think fast on your feet for water and other things, hope all goes well with the water situation. take care ..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patsy,

      Thank you for giving me credit for the photos, over my camera. 🙂 I hope all your dreams come true, wherever they take you.

  24. kgdan says:

    We will be close to Rock Springs & groceries tonight & hopefully will find you early tomorrow. Can still bring anything you need 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy and Gil,

      Okay, you talked me into it…. A jar of creamy peanut butter (any brand is fine) and a box of saltines (original). Thank you.

      I’ll move our camp to the site next to us so you can have this one. You don’t have to take it, of course. I’m pretty sure it’s the best site on the peninsula though.

      I was glad to see the clouds and rain come in earlier than predicted. It looks like tomorrow (Tuesday) will be clear for your first day here.

      Gil can get a Utah fishing license in Dutch John. I don’t know if you can get one in Rock Springs, it being in Wyoming.

      You’ll be able to find us… Look for the antenna sticking up! 🙂

      See ya’ soon!

      LATER… Gil probably already has the fishing license… If not, I read that one can buy and obtain the permit number by phone at 1-800-221-0659. Easy!

  25. weather says:

    Enclosed in the bank of clouds that were the same hue as the lake,I could see no horizon-the forms water takes made a pale blue circle of the world I was within.One single gust of wind made that soft curtained covering disappear-having it around me- just that once- had been enough.

    The next wind held an eagle coming close enough to let me know- he’d seen me- came to say hello.One more visit among so many that we share.Through all this the dog I’ve lived with longest,sits still beside me ,though he’d much prefer to be running.I hadn’t asked him to,he does that it because he knows it makes me happy-and loves to hear me sigh.

    Now that the day is like one’s I can have any time,I give each of the troupe a treat(mine’s fresh coffee) and settle inside for a while.

    What a perfect day for me to receive the unique gift that I did.Last night had offered fitful sleep -this daybreak replenished what rest hadn’t.Happy almost Autumn,Sue-tonight it arrives on the calender!If yesterday’s gray skies pass far enough away,maybe you’ll get a picture of the loons that came back,to grace you with their calls.For now I’ll settle for looking at the one’s in this post-and hope what you’re seeing now makes you happy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning weather,

      Lovely imagery. . . You never disappoint.

      As I look out my window I can see the “soft curtained covering disappear” on the magnificent rock outcrop across the bay. The pronghorns are grazing on top of Took Hill (They took it back from the cattle!)

      I see the pair of loons diving. It’s their loyalty to each other that makes identification easy, as they’re too far off for me to see their markings. Maybe by this afternoon the light will be better for a photo and the loons will come in for a close-up.

      Yes, what I’m seeing now makes me happy. I hope the same for you, too.

      • weather says:

        Hurray for the pronghorns! and loyal loons and being happy!Your rock out crop makes heading out’s pull on me felt stronger with every glimpse and mention.The “colors change” on rocks,warmed soil and of the very air that side of the country holds just can’t be found in the east.

        To think you could have so easily missed it all ,stayed imprisoned behind your gate.Animals took the hill-you took the world by the horns!!-Thanks ever so for using the name for the hill that I liked most-to have my very first land naming makes me feel as important as a grown up.Yet really,because I’m smiling so and as pleased as if we’d stood in a cornflower field together-I know what a child I am.

        Give your valiant exploring little Bridget a special squeeze for me-she deserves white meat- heroic behavior always had rewards 😉

    • weather says:

      Hoping that this will be for you and Bridget a special night (before company arrives and you soon move on)-holding the best you’ve had there’s joy among the sweetest yet offerings to you

  26. Willow (AZ) says:

    I just have to share this…yesterday when I went to church a young woman sat next to me with her small therapy dog on her lap wrapped in a snug blanket. The dog was a chihuahua, very quiet, very sweet, knowing it had a very important job in life. I couldn’t help thinking how much good this little dog does everyday, little dog, big mission.
    I said a prayer for all the homeless animals in the world that they will have a mission in life to have someone to love.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope your prayer is answered, Willow. These animals have a lot to give.

    • Teri in SoCal says:

      Willow, I love what you wrote. I too have similar wishes for all the homeless animals. You have a kind heart.

      I lost my last cat last night, her mammary cancer had spread to her lungs. I have loved all of my animals equally, but this one was the toughest for some reason. I feel broken. I lost my boy DJ in July, and my Serena girl August of 2013.

      Once I have a little time to get through this I will rescue another animal. Rescued animals are the best.

      • weather says:

        Oh Teri,just oh…wishing you release from feeling broken

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Oh, Teri, I am so very sorry for your losses of your beloved companions. Keeping you in my prayers.

        • Sondra-SC says:

          Teri, really sorry you lost your best pal…its so sad when they leave us behind!….and like I don’t have enough on my plate right now…I’ve been watching this little dog at the end of the highway where the secondary road meets the main #1 highway..he appeared to be lost looking for someone, some thing..So I said to myself,,,if he is there when I drive by tonight I will pick him up—he is sleeping in Mom’s empty bedroom right now..I don’t know what will transpire I’m thinking if he is a good boy behaves gets along with my girls…maybe— but meanwhile a Found DOG Poster is going up on that stop sign…he may be misplaced. I wonder if a vet could scan him for a chip? May try that too…

          • Teri in SoCal says:

            Thank you all for the kind thoughts, I guess we’ve all been there.

            Sondra-SC, you are AWESOME!! Yes, a vet can definitely scan for a chip. Hopefully they have a universal scanner which can detect chips from most companies. Also, maybe let your local shelter know that you found this dog in case someone calls looking for him.

            But mainly, thank you for looking out for him. Many would just pass on by.

            • Sondra-SC says:

              I could not do would eat away at me like a cancer. He had a great night ate a hearty breakfast and thanks for the tip about calling the shelter, I will do that!

      • Willow (AZ) says:

        I am so sorry you have a broken heart right now. I lost my elderly cat also last year. I sometimes think I hear her purr when I sit on the couch. I know your cat had a wonderful life along with your DJ and Serena. Some lucky animal is waiting for you.
        And thank you for your sweet words.

        • Teri in SoCal says:

          Life will bring me the animal that needs me the most. Three legged? No problem. One eyed? No problem. I’ve dealt with pets who had kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, mammary cancer, fibrosarcoma, intestinal cancer, etc. So if the animal has a health issue I can work with that. We’ll see what life sets in my path.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I’m sorry you’re suffering another loss, Teri.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Aww, Teri. So sorry to read this. I can tell your kitty felt loved and secure until the end, but that doesn’t help the empty space they leave behind. Will be thinking of you.

  27. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I think I’ll take back my suggestion of a couple of days ago that you should let Bridgette drive. That girl would have you in Yuma already!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And I want to be in Yuma, why? Haha!

      Oh, I read your comment wrong… I shouldn’t let Bridget drive… Well, I knew that already!

  28. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue, I was gone a few days camping and heading out again to camp this week and go to work from the campground so I have missed you and will miss you again this week.

    This area just continues to amaze me at the beauty of it. I just love all your pictures too. This new camera is awesome.

    I can’t wait to catch up again when I am back to internet. Have a great week!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You have a great week, too, Jolene. It’s neat that you can work from a campground.

      I hope this camp hasn’t spoiled me. I can’t possibly find this degree of gorgeousness everywhere we camp!

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        Well we don’t work from the campground per say. The campground is only 13 miles from our house so it is easy for us to go to work from there just as if we were at home. It was a glorious week and I am hoping we can do it again in Oct. before the parks close and winter sets in.

  29. Kathleen says:

    Hi Sue! Love the nature pics and Bridget’s cute behind. Funny how she is the boss and doesn’t waiver from her decision. I have a question. I am sure this has been covered but I haven’t seen it. Why no inside you home pics? Do you consider inside to be your sanctuary that is private? I would love seeing how much space you need to live so comfortably. Also pics from your view to the outside would be neat. It’s hard for those of us who don’t have a Casita to picture the living space. Each I see on facebook is so different and so personalized. Some I love and some not so much. One lady had done her’s in purple with lots of matching. It just looked so homey to me. Lots of throw pillows and lots to look at while inside. I don’t picture you liking fluff kind of stuff. Maybe the inside is just to lay your head down and sleep. With so much outside stimulation you might want it plain and functional only. Love your blog! Been following awhile. I just started reading comments so I learn more. Have a wonderful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathleen,

      Throw pillows in the BLT? Hahahaha!

      If it doesn’t have a function and fulfill that function well, it’s outta’ here!

      I don’t have “decorations.” I keep it simple and easy to clean. I’m not interested in “personalizing” — I know who lives here. 😉

      Here is a post I found that shows some of the interior (scroll down):
      New decor in the BLT

      There’s another photo around that time period that shows the storage drawers opposite the bed. I can’t find it right now.

      I tend to post interior BLT shots in the winter when I’m settled in the desert and my focus is on “sprucing up” for another year of travel. I’ll keep your request in mind.

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        Wow, that last photo of the sunset in the desert. Wish you had that in a full sized version. It would reside on my laptop screen.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t really understand why you can’t put the photo on your laptop screen, John K. I have it on my laptop at full screen.

          I haven’t changed any settings on my photos for several months.

          • John K - Mobile, AL says:

            I finally figured it out. I use Linux on my laptop (ca. 2002 Apple PowerBook G4) and I had to go into properties and tell it to “fill” the screen. Once I did that, I now have a nice sunset to look at!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Ha ha… throw pillows 😀 I always have to laugh (and wonder?!) when you see these huge stacks of throw pillows people have. You know, five as the base, then four, then three covering the cracks of the four, then two, and then one crowning throw pillow at the front of the pyramid. When I have had them (at hotels or as a guest) it seems like the first thing I have to do prior to going to sleep is to throw all fifteen of them on the floor (?!). So I wonder why they seem to be a nearly universal desire and enjoyed look. Maybe it speaks subliminally to the fact of “our life is sumptuous and royal, not meager and rough?” I genuinely wonder in an anthropological way.

        Oh, and also: What is the significance of “the chop.” I see that now pillow forms are even “chop rated.” Why is it good to have a chop in the top of the pillow? This is the sort of thing my brain wonders about.

        Now that said, I do have two throw pillows (hee!). I started this when living on a boat. As in my RV, the bed is the couch is the chair. So I got tired of leaning on a hard wall with no back support. I got a big pillow (around 26″ square) with a zippered cover and threw away the guts. Instead, I roll/folded my bedding each morning and put it in the pillow cover. Bedding stowed and a backrest in one! I have now added a smaller one (lumbar support) and that one holds my spare blanket.

        Funny story: After I got back from sailing I was living in a small house and my brother came to visit. Hence I needed the spare blanket. I looked high and low and couldn’t find it. Then I remembered: Oh, it “is” the pillow that is on my couch. LOL.

  30. JodeeinSoCal says:

    I can see Bridgett’s face when you dared to doubt her routing plans 🙂 She’s never gotten you lost yet – and sometimes a girl is just ready to get the dirt off her feet! Glad the lake is helping you extend your stay – and that the lovely loons returned to sing for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Bridget is my personal trainer. On this morning’s hike she really picked up the pace, never slowed down, and only stopped once. I’m hot-stepping right along, following her wiggly butt, trying to keep up with her! What a task master! “Sheseh, Bridge, slow DOWN!”

  31. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue,

    Been AFK for a few days but following your posts by my cell phone…great pictures the last two posts…but of course you know that, but I suppose you don’t tire of hearing what a good job you are doing, everybody loves hearing compliments. Hope you get your Peanut butter soon and saltines, my staples also…Much love to Bridget the midget, but only in stature, she is a brave and lion hearted.

    Hello to all fellow blogorinos, enjoy everyone’s posts. We are family.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      Dare I ask?…. uh…. What is AFK? “After Fluffy Kittens?” “Asking For Knishes?”

      Thanks re the photos. Yeah, I never tire of compliments!

  32. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue, I am sorry “Away From Keyboard”…. I missed my morning coffee with you and the bloggers, especially Weather this morning, I was busy making plane reservations for Florida to swim with the manatees. Going to Crystal River, the only place in the US that lets you get in the water with them…been doing it for 18 years, every year. Traveling with 4 other ladies, you would hate it, too many people, too many opinions…but girls getaways can be fun.

  33. Ed H says:

    Hey kiddo! Your Bridget is our “Bogie”, a Silkie terrior. There’s a picture of him on our blog. In fact, when we weren’t looking, he went into WordPress and created his own page. When we’re on the road with the Bounder, he paces on the deck above the dashboard from driver side to passenger side looking thru the huge windshield as if the world was all his…which it pretty much is.

  34. Ed H says:

    I have no idea how it happened, but my post of only a moment ago, posted chronologically out of place. Weird.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sorry about that, Ed. When I delete a lot of comments (spam), subsequent comments don’t post correctly. I’ve had an unusual amount of spam lately and some of it is getting past the spam filter.

  35. Kathleen says:

    Thanks Sue for the older pics inside..i think it looks cozy and pretty! Bridget sure has lost some doggie pounds with her walks! Have a good night!

  36. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Sue, You sure have a crew of blogorinos! They (we) are intelligent, philosophical, helpful, and above all humorous. What more could the head blogger ask for?
    I am addicted to this site, the story and the comments. Better than a book club, and no one decides what you need to read and discuss.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara (Nashville),

      Good to see you here, blogorino! Thanks for putting your location with your name. There are lots of Barbaras who visit my blog.

      I’m pleased that you think highly of my blog and I will continue to do whatever I can to be an enabler for your addiction!

  37. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Oh SUE…you should have been here with us tonight….we went down to “our bench” and watched the sun set. I have never seen the water here or anywhere look SOOOOOOOOO gorgeous. It was in hues of purple and we had a changing sky every 5 minutes or so…..and here we did not even have our cheapie camera…oh well, would not have done it justice anyway. We decided after we are sure the medical bills are paid off, to see about a good camera. And here hubby is beginning oil painting class….if he can remember what he saw….it may be a stupendous painting. He said he needs to get a good camera so we can begin a blog….I AM SO GLAD we decided to go walking a bit earlier tonight. There was a lot of small clouds in all shapes and sizes going past….ferries running….there is a certain place where one is leaving with a good view and in the distance another is coming here….and at sunset to boot? Someone was down there with a tripod taking photos. Maybe next year you will be somewhere in this gorgeous region too.

    BUT do keep your doggie on leash out in the mts around here….unless she obeys instantly. In the office of the therapist today while waiting on hubby, a lady told how her niece hikes nearby…lets her dog off leash as they are generally alone at 7 AM…well, a few days ago the dog ran after a scent and apparently does not obey well…they have not found her, but they did find a cougar in that area yesterday….yep, probably no more doggie. Sad!!

    Oh and the newspaper last week had a photo of a bear they had to take away from its staying around the Tacoma Dome….yep where all these sporting events take place. I guess the drought out here is bringing all the vermin down to where people live!! ARGH!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The scene you describe sounds gorgeous, Elizabeth! I’m so glad you and your husband are enjoying the area.

      Oh, the ones that got away! The best photos are the ones we miss. I have a collection of those.

      I can’t write much today… My connection doesn’t last long… Best wishes to you and your husband for a wonderful day!

  38. weather says:

    Waiting for the waves’ steady sounds to change from the only ones heard into background-to leaves rustling in the wind with the trilling of birds accented with squirrels’ chirps,gull calls and barks-the neighborhood’s finally awake.

    As each creature rises from it’s bed ,so does the temperature and sun and wind speed.Vague colors become brilliant-the sparks of life make me so exuberant I want to rush inside- to bring a cup of coffee out to toast this glorious day.But rushing is out of the question,I have to slowly thread my way-between caterpillars and wee blossoms -delicate things fill every path.A circle of birds makes me glad that I slowed down.

    Welcome,Autumn,you wonderful season,I promise to make the most of your visit,Yippee!Good morning Sue,hope this is the best day of visits for you-of autumn,your friends and everything else that comes,too 🙂

    • weather says:

      P.S.You might find it interesting to view your blog Email notifications on Kathy and Gil’s device if possible.When you began downloading from your old camera sans viewfinder to there,what appeared in my inbox became script with intermittent instructions about each photo to page transfer-no picture at all appeared,still doesn’t.

      This doesn’t bother me at all,and I certainly wouldn’t have mentioned it while you were struggling with so much ,at the time.Now I am- because you may get a chance to “see” what I mean.What ever adjustment your laptop took on then may effect more than my email alone.Such as readers being unable to fully view a new post in email,open-click on to Amazon and go about their day.If this is confusing or useless,I apologize,please dismiss it from your thoughts and erase it from this page if you choose.I don’t want to start 100 comments of suggestions and complaints-it’s just a heads up if you want one.OK?

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