Little Bo Peep and crew

Sunday, August 23 -Wednesday, August 26

“Ya’ know?  There’s a ridge up ahead.  I bet we could see them across the ravine from there.  C’mon, let’s go!”

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The crew and I are camped on Badger Mountain, east of Ephraim, Utah. 

We’ve been here since last Friday, relaxing,  enjoying walks among the aspens, evergreens, and wildflowers, and sleeping a lot to become used to the altitude of nearly 9,000 feet.

An easy routine settles over camp.

Washing the dishes outside with Bridget and Reggie nearby turns a chore into a pleasant task.

P1060880While we’re in shade, the Perfect Tow Vehicle sits in the sun, storing and providing power to the Best Little Trailer.

P1060877I make a play area next to my lounger by putting a quilt on the grass, choosing a different spot every day in order to keep from killing the grass.

Reggie plays one of his favorite games,  “Teach the Bad, Pink Piggy a Lesson She’ll Never Forget.”  (Apparently she does forget because this game is a repeat.)

P1060879-001Sunday morning we’re outside when we hear the rumble of a big trailer going up the mountain on the washboard road.

I wait for a glimpse of it through a break in the trees.  Ah, it’s a livestock trailer.

It stops and shortly thereafter we hear an unexpected sound.  More specifically, a racket and it’s coming from beyond the aspens, not far from our camp.

The crew and I walk up the forest road to investigate.

P1060811We follow the sound which leads us across another campsite.

P1060828As Reggie and I enter the forest to climb a ridge, Bridget decides she doesn’t want to go.

“That’s okay, honey.  You stay here.  This won’t take long.  I just want to take a few photos, if I can.”

One of the many things I like about this part of Manti La-Sal National Forest is the understory is sparse enough that we can walk a fair distance into the forest and I’m able to look back to where we entered.

I  see the Bridge waiting for us.

P1060850Reggie and I climb the ridge, heading toward the ruckus we’ve heard since this morning.

“I see them!  There they are, Reg!”

P1060868The photo shows a portion of the flock.  Judging from the bleating across the forest, there are many more sheep than we can see.

P1060867-001“Now hold still so I can zoom in on them.”

P1060891Sheep being sheep, a steep incline is no obstacle.

P1060890There’s a creek at the bottom of the ravine which may be the reason a few break from the flock and climb down.

P1060870Hmm . . . Those yellow flowers may be a delicacy for a sheep.

P1060895Reggie pulls on his tether.

“Just a little longer, Reggie Man.  Just a few more shots.”

P1060898Ooh, I’ll get that group over there . . . .

P1060893-001Well, that was fun. 

“C’mon, little explorer.  We’d better go back to Bridget.”

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222 Responses to Little Bo Peep and crew

  1. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    hehehehehe first?

  2. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Good Afternoon Sue, I guess I was in the right place at the right time huh!.

    Goodie, I have not been first in a while. HI! to all the blogorinos! Love to Weather.

    Well that was fun! What a great camp. What beautiful pictures and those sheep are just so cute! I think I am getting sleepy from counting them….zzzzz..oh yeah where was I. Those flowers, that road…I think I am a road person, I love the shots of the roads through the forest, it gives me some comparison as to height and width of the areas. I know you don’t like to take credit for the pictures, but who ever is taking them is doing a great job. I look forward to a new post and a new camp regularly. Well I guess you have moved on or you would not have shown us your hide-away. Where ever you are I hope you have lovely days and sweet dreams at night. Hugs to the puppies, we love them so.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your comment is very cheerful! What a great start for us blogorinos….

      “Road pictures” are automatically good composition and fun to take. No, we haven’t left this camp yet. I’m counting on the difficulty of coming here to protect our privacy until we leave. Very little traffic at 9,000 feet!

      I’m pleased that you look forward to new posts and new camps. That motivates me to keep writing, taking photos, and posting.

      You have a wonderful day, Shirlene!

      BTW, Blogorinos … You may want to check the last comments that came in under the previous post — One of them is Jim’s cute story about his childhood dog, King.

      Also words from weather in response to condolences over the recent passing of her dog.

  3. Anne P says:

    And second? (That’s a first!)

  4. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    Well, I am not first, but I am close. I am still lurking out here. I haven’t taken the time to comment lately. What is gas selling for out there. We are at $1.99 a gallon can you believe it?

    • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

      I paid 3.89 on Tuesday. I think I need to move! Hi Jean 🙂

      • Jean/Southaven, MS says:

        Hi, Shirlene. We are the cheapest gas in the country usually. We have a large oil refinery here may be the reason.

      • I just got back from Costco on my lunch break….$2.99 at the Fountain Valley location! Shocked!!!

        • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

          OHHHHH, you were so close to my home…sorry I missed you….

          • Do you live closer to Fountain Valley? But you work in Orange or Santa Ana, right?

            If you are this close during the week, maybe we can meet for lunch? Weekends I’m not usually down this way….

            • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

              I work right off the 22 and the 55. Someday when I am home, I will meet you somewhere close to your work. I will let you know when I have a planned day off during the week…what fun!

            • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

              OMG, if you work in Fountain Valley and live in Corona, you must drive the 91 every day???

            • Oh gosh, no, Cynthia 🙂 I would rather pull all my hair out! Haha!

              I take the Metrolink from Corona to Tustin, then drive to Costa Mesa (15mins). Much easier & relaxing! I read the whole time. I did the drive (carpooling even) for like 2 years, and it took 10 years off my life! That 91 fwy and all the crazy drivers is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve taken the train for like 8 years now and love it! One day we’ll hopefully move back to OC…or move out of California all together 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, I can’t believe it, Jean, but I want to!

      I think I paid $3.07 at the last gas stop, here in Utah, and then I saw another station where gas was priced slightly below $3 a gallon. That was a week ago.

    • Linda Rose & the 4 M's Carmichael, CA says:

      $2.69 yesterday at Sam’s club here.

    • Teri LiveOak Fl says:

      $2.49 a gallon here

  5. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Awww those sheep are so cute! I just love this place! Enjoy!!

  6. Anne P (North Carolina) says:

    just adding my location… What a lovely spot! Are there dogs managing the sheep?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the location, Anne. Somehow you seem more real when we have an idea where you are. . .

      The sheep bleat all day long, every day since they came here four days ago. Once in a while I hear a dog barking. I can’t see what’s going on from our camp and the ravine is way too deep and steep-sided for us to cross.

      • Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

        that must be federal land that people can run
        livestock on for free…I’ve seen bunch of cattle
        running free while hunting in Colorado years
        ago…..
        chuck

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          This is national forest land (Manti La-Sal). Ranchers lease the land. I’ve always assumed they had to pay to lease it. I don’t know details. I often see cattle on BLM land.

  7. Joy Sutton says:

    Is there a sheepdog? I’ve raised goats and they need shelter and a lot of one on one to keep off preditors , like the big cats and coyotes .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joy,

      Yes there is a dog (see the reply I wrote above a moment ago). This is a pretty safe place for the sheep. On two sides of the sheep’s grazing area is the road which is against a vertical cliff of rock, then there is the deep ravine between the sheep and us. Behind us is the road again (It curves around). In other words it’s not as “wild” as the photos suggest.

      We did drive up that way a few days after the time this post is about. I saw a saddled horse tied to a tree. I’m assuming it was the shepherd’s horse. Between the shepherd, the dog, and the unique lay of the land here, I assume the sheep are okay. Weather is pleasant, too.

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

      OOOOH, predators. I feared for Bridgette when she was left alone but Sue knows what is safe.

      In the spring will be lambs.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I didn’t leave her long and kept her in sight. Plus there was a lot going on around the area . . . .

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Joy, I didn’t know until a road trip in Oregon that goats are awesome — coming when called and jumping straight up in the air! Who knew? You did, I bet!

  8. Lynn Brooks says:

    Great photos!!!
    What fun!!!
    Lynn (MD)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynn…. You’re in Maryland! I had no idea. Wow, my readers are from all over…

      You being here adds to the fun!

  9. This post is baaaa’d Asspen. Of course, I’m a little sheepish in saying this. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You should be, Ed. Hahaha!

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        Made me laugh out loud, really. Thanks Ed, I needed that.

      • We’re just putting some finishing touches on the Bounder motorhome inverter in preparation for our first retirement “test” pre-full-time next week. We’ll be coming thru your present neck-of-the-woods on our wander over into the Ouray, Colorado area. I doubt the motorhome will get into an area such as where you are camped, but we will be scouting boondocking spots with the toad if it isn’t otherwise obvious.

    • Cate W/Portland Maine says:

      Oh Ed,

      Your comment was a hoot, and perfect for the topic of today’s post!

      HAHAHA, CateW

  10. Sheep and cows!?! Its a regular petting zoo there! 😉

    Enjoy your day!!!

  11. Mick'nTN says:

    TIP: You can also click “XX Comments” at the bottom of the post to open the comments.

  12. Piper (Virginia) says:

    Wow I am getting closer to the top. Lol. Love all your pictures and especially the crew. The picture of Bridget tickled me cause she just looked like, “I am not going any further”. Lol We had a bulldog that did that and when she sat, there was no moving her. We have a terrier mix now that reminds me of Bridget. Also have a golden retriever. They are both active and keep us busy and moving which is probably good since we are in our 60’s and sometime dont want to walk but our babies do so we walk. Anyway, again love the pics and your lifestyle. Have a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Piper,

      You mention one of the greatest benefits of having a dog. They keep you moving! Many times one of the crew will beg for a walk. Usually it’s Reggie these days. I’m “Okaaaaay, we’ll go for a walk.” I don’t feel like it.

      A few moments later the three of us are strolling along, I’m taking photos, and we’re all happy together, taking in our surroundings, getting the exercise we need.

      Thanks for letting me know you love my photos and this life. You have a great evening!

  13. Robbie Hanna (PA) says:

    I so enjoy your postings. Seeing where you go and enjoy the crew stories.

  14. Suzette (TN) says:

    I hadn’t even given thought to adding the location info. Thanks for the reminder.

    We just came back from vacation where we spent three days on a remote sheep farm. I had never been around sheep before. They are really interesting creatures. We could see the flock from our balcony and sat for the longest time and watched them with binoculars. We’re easily entertained, I guess. 🙂

    I’m enjoying the lists of Amazon purchases. Believe it or not, I click on every single one to find out what’s what. I’m finding a few things to add to my wish list!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      If you’re “easily entertained,” you’re more likely to have found happiness. If not, you probably will soon. That’s my theory. 🙂

      Great to have feedback on those links!

  15. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    I read every post but seldom comment. Just thought I’d let you know I’m still out here.

  16. Rand says:

    Found this ugly map.
    http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/fire
    Glad you’ve found a flowery campo.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I do trust wunderground more than the other popular weather sites. That is a weird map. I suppose the black represents smoke? Thanks for the link, Rand.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Hmmmmm … A guy named Rand finds an “ugly” map! Very suspicious … where’s McNally these days, making “pretty” maps? :)))) (Hope you know I’m just kidding!)

  17. Glad Reggie didn’t have to chase the sheep from camp, no telling where they would have led him. I love the camp you are at, nice and peaceful for you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      It is peaceful here. We can hear the sheep but that doesn’t bother us and they stay on the other side of the ravine, so Reggie doesn’t have to swing into action!

  18. Bill (NC) says:

    Hey Sue, that as you know since you r a southerner means hello.

    Just to let you know…….Most western states are fence out states, this means if you dont want livestock on your property or tearing up your stuff you must fence them out. That’s the easy part, livestock is protected and the rancher has the right to shoot your dog on sight. They can do this without the dog doing anything wrong. The reason being the dog just chasing sheep etc can cause mass abortions if the ewes are in lamb. Also the livestock can panic and run over and through stuff causing bad injury and death. So dont.let the Bridge or Reg run loose in a livestock present situation. That’s not all, a lot of ranchers use donkeys and lamas as guardians and they will bite and stomp a dog to death quick. Worse yet there are breeds of livestock guardian dogs that run and live with their charges. These big dogs can and do kill coyotes, bobcats, wolves etc. They bond to their charges. Usually they eat the kills to survive. They would kill your babies instantly. Sometimes there is a Basque sheep herder with them and sometimes not. My advice is be careful around livestock espeacially sheep and goats!!! I would pack up and move! The odds are pretty good that those sheep are not unguarded. Too many coyotes and coydogs etc around to destroy the flock. Sorry I don’t make the rules but I have seen 75 to a hundred wounded and dead and dying sheep scattered across a pasture due to a group of house dogs forming a pack and doing the insane slaughter thing. It’s a very costly and sad sight. Bo peep limping along with her intestines dragging behind isn’t a sight I want to see ever again in.my life.

    Don’t shoot me folks I am just trying to warn about livestock issues.

    • edlfrey says:

      I was going to offer a similar warning but Bill has said it all. I disagree with only one thing – ” I would pack up and move! ” I do not suggest that you do that but do keep a tight leash on the dogs when around the sheep.

      The cows may be a problem also. I threatened to shoot a couple of “weekend coyboys” for running and roping our stock when I caught them doing so. I could probably have done it and been given a slap on the wrist back in those days; now probably not.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Ed,

        See my reply to Bill. This is a non-problem. I’ve chased cows further than Reggie did. And when he chased them they were trotting, not a stressful event.

        “keep a tight leash on the dogs when around the sheep” …. Good advice for any dog owner. However, we are not around the sheep.

        Can we all lighten up now? And, no, I’m not going to pack up and move. It takes rubberneckers to make me do that! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bill,

      I know “hey” means hello but not because I’m a southerner. I was born in VT and lived in NYS into my twenties. Anyway . . . .

      Gee, I must not be doing a very good job of portraying what has been going on around here. I appreciate you sharing all this information on my blog as it may help people understand what could happen regarding livestock and dogs.

      But really, Reggie? He’s only nine pounds, part chihuahua. He wouldn’t know how to join a pack and what dogs would let him in? Haha! He chased those cows no further than the distance of a country driveway. It’s not likely anyone is going to shoot him for that.

      Besides, this is public land. The crew and I have as much right to be here as anyone who has leased for range purposes.

      As for the sheep, look at the first photo of them. Even that far-away looking shot required some zooming with the camera. The sheep are not close to us. My camera is great at bringing things in close for a photo and that gives the impression we are close to whatever is in the photo.

      The sheep have been in the forest for four days and they haven’t come to our side of the ravine. There is no interaction between the sheep and Reggie at all.

      I know about the damage dogs can do to sheep. My St. Bernard, many, many years ago was accused of killing a sheep. The owner of the sheep came to my house angry. I knew my dog was innocent because he was never allowed loose. The owner would not believe me. He asked to look at my dog’s teeth because a dog that has attacked a sheep will have wool caught in their teeth. I said, “Sure, go ahead.” After he checked, he apologized to me, saying he was upset to find his sheep disemboweled in the field.

      I tell you this in order for you to understand that I do know how serious livestock protection is and what a threat that dogs running in a pack can be to livestock. If there were any chance of Reggie being a problem or of him seeming to be a problem, I would take action immediately.

      I don’t think you have to worry about the blogorinos taking offense. Your concern for livestock and dogs is valid.

      • Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

        we have free roaming chickens and my chihuahua’s are continually chasing after them…dont know what they
        would do if they caught one but I get on them for doing
        it and they stop…..we have one rooster and he dont take
        any crap from them…:)
        chuck

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Chihuahuas are such tough little puppers. Yet Reggie will walk along and see a stick on the ground or a small rock or something and run away from it. I guess he has a vivid imagination…

          There’s something about the way poultry walk and talk that is very tempting… They look like they need to be chased. Haha!

  19. L.P. n' Me says:

    BAW, Baw, baw,,,,,,,,,,,,,, that’s the sound that would drive Timber crazy, but with sheep there is a big dog and if we we’re camped near a herd of sheep the big sheep dog would come over to let Timber know who’s the boss with a growl and Timber thought it meant , lets play, and you know the rest of the story,,, I’d be putting Timber in the truck cab to keep him safe till they moved on or we moved on… Thanks Sue for a memory of my buddy,,,,,,,,,, rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Rusty. One of the wonderful things about Timber is how he loved to play, both with people (especially you) and with other dogs. He had a good life with you.

  20. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hi RV Sue! The pics again are great! The first pic of the sheep that you took is beautiful, when I scrolled to it….WOW was all I could say, the sheep in the background and all the lovely Aspen trees…I just love Aspen trees! When we went out west for 3 months a couple years ago and I fell in love with them. I love the way Reggie is always upfront for every adventure. Our Mountain Fiest was the same way…..we miss him terribly, he had to leave us about 4 months ago. On our trip out west was a blessing and our dog, Booger was always upfront for the hikes! Take care and safe traveling.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I love how folks are adding their location! Thanks …. Glad you like the photos. I had the same reaction to the sheep in the forest photo when I loaded it onto the computer and saw it for the first time, enlarged. I wasn’t sure if the sheep were going to show up and there they were! Photography is such fun. I love it, and I’m happy with it at my level of expertise, be that as it is….

      It’s my understanding that a Mountain Feist is very similar or the same as a rat terrier. Love the breed… the quirkiness and, like you say describing your dog, “always upfront for every adventure.” I’m sorry he is no longer with you, but glad you shared that trip out west.

      • Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

        A Mountain Fiest is simular to a Rat Terrier and a Jack Russell , very “fiesty” and not afraid of anything! Our Fiest looked so much like Reggie, and acted like him too! I appreciate you so much for sharing your thoughts and pics with us, I love them all and look forward to every post ! I am a Carolina lady, retired and getting ready to go rving!!!!

  21. Leesa (Iowa) says:

    Don’t usually comment – feel like I’m interfering since I’m not a full-timer, just a wanna- be. I live vicariously thru your blog and others dreaming of the day I get up enough courage to join all of you and have my own adventures. First it was the kiddos holding me back and now it’s the grandbabies. I’m afraid I’ll miss seeing them grow if I’m off sitting in the woods, but someday I’ll take all this knowledge I gain reading blogs and put it to good use.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Leesa,

      You are not interfering! Many of us are armchair travelers, living vicariously through Sue and the blogorinos who are traveling. Many of us are wannabes, some folks are planning their launch date, and others have retired from RVing. Join in on the fun! Sue’s little online family is full of kind, caring folks! Glad to have you with us! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear Leesa! You are most welcome here!

      Some of my readers don’t even RV and they don’t think they ever will. Everyone is welcome to my blog with the exception of the trolls and snarkies that show up occasionally and I give them a swift kick you-know-where, metaphorically speaking. Ha!

      Anyway…. You can have the adventures and the grandkids, too! You don’t want to be an over-bearing grandmother, always hanging around. Go on your RV adventures, come back refreshed and rejuvenated, love up the grandkids, and when they’re old enough, take them with you!

      Now why am I telling you how to live your life? Sorry about that. My point is that you can sit in the woods for as long or for as little as you want and the same goes for watching the grandkids grow up!

      I hope we hear from you again, Leesa. You are a blogorino, you know. 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, you’re in Iowa! Just noticed that…

        • Leesa says:

          Yes Sue – I’m the stereo typical Iowan – 7 (grown) kids, lots of grandbabies and a large garden to tend. I can veggies and fruits, make bread and sew clothes. But someday. . . . . . . . Until then I’ll just travel along with you and the crew on my computer. 🙂

          • Jolene/Iowa says:

            Welcome, from another one in Iowa!!

          • Teri in SoCal says:

            Leesa, I think your life sounds wonderful. Living in Southern California has its perks, but sometimes I think I should be living somewhere else. The crowds and traffic are getting to me. I’ll bet your canned fruits and veggies are yummy!

    • Suzette says:

      Leesa – I’m a wannabe, too. It may be several more years before my dreams come true. It may never happen. But, I’m learning so much from the fine folks who hang out here, that I know when it does happen for me, I’ll be ready. Glad you’re here. You have plenty to contribute, too. 🙂

  22. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Hope you all are stilling enjoying your wooly neighbors. Sure beats a Clinger or a generator nearby! I love sheep…when I go to the State Fair, I spend a lot of time in the sheep building, petting and talking to the sheep. One year, I saw a ewe give birth (blogorinos, please correct me if I have used the wrong name). Later that same evening, a vet was showing a couple babies….he let me hold one…swoon! She was so sweet, and her Mom was not upset that I was holding her baby. Your pictures had me envisioning warm wool blankets and sweaters! Did Reggie bark at the sheep? Since you were calm and excited to see them, I bet he just observed quietly, eyes big with wonder.

    I am glad that Bridget feels comfortable enough to stop and wait for you and Reg to return when she is tired. Little Miss is sitting pretty in most of the pictures. The last picture of Reggie looks like he is catching a scent…..cows or sheep….that is the question!

    I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday! It has been an extremely busy week at work…the weekend is just around the corner. Whoo-Hoo! Hope you and your blogorinos have a good evening! Sending you and the Crew love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hope you are STILL enjoying….

      I don’t think you are making moonshine! Ha! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      That’s what I love about country fairs… People who don’t live on a farm get the opportunity to see, and sometimes hold, the animals.

      The SanPete County Fair is going on this week. I’d love to go. Not for the Midway carnival part, of course. I’m not even interested in the concerts. I’d like to go to the animal barn and see the different kinds of poultry, the sheep, goats, calves, pigs, etc. It would be fun to take photos there.

      I don’t want to leave the crew on the mountain or in the PTV and I don’t think they’d be welcome in the animal barn!

      I’m glad tomorrow is Friday, too, for you and all the other folks still working. I wish you the kind of weekend you’re wanting… Have a good evening and thanks for a fun comment to read!

  23. I have been lax about adding the town/state along with my name. Actually, I didn’t realize that was what was wanted; will try to remember!
    I am happy you stayed put for a while; I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing photos of this lovely spot.
    Teach that pig a lesson Reggie! And Bridgie, honey, you get all the rest you need. Hugs to you Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna,

      That little piggy was being pelted with hail until I ran outside a minute ago to save him, the quilt, the doggie bed, and my nice camp chair! Out of the blue (literally) hail the size of peas (what else)… Always something to write about, eh?

      Good to know you aren’t tired of my aspen/flowers/crew-taking-walks photos! This is a healthy rest for us. Constantly moving can throw one’s equilibrium off. Soon I’ll be itching for new places, new experiences. For now, this is perfect!

      Thanks for adding the location… It makes the comments section more interesting, I think. ..

      Take care, be well and happy!

  24. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I love sheep so I love pictures of sheep!!! The aspen remind me of white birch trees from UPSTATE New York. Looks like yet another great place to camp.

    Gas here is $2.099

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      Another Mississippian bragging about their gas prices… 😉 Well, good for you!

      I know you love sheep. They were a surprise, fun to see and to photograph. Funny how no matter where we go, how isolated we are, stuff happens… and I mean good stuff.

      Love you!

  25. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    The landscape & sheep with the flowers, just beautiful. I’d stay there forever! Looks like a nice setup. Stay safe & have a blessed week.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Alice (another in southern Florida!)… You stay safe and be blessed, too. I appreciate you stopping my with a note.

  26. Cate W/Portland Maine says:

    Hello Sue and Blogorinos,

    I was revisiting “Walden” by H.D. Thoreau recently and there is a quote that is PERFECT as a theme for the reasons we choose the vagabond life and especially the boondocking options. Quote: ” I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, to see if I could learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”. He also had a focus on simplicity, freedom, and independence which guided his lifestyle .

    It made me think of you, Sue…the many beautiful places in nature you have camped, and the decision to live simply but enjoy your life more.

    Even those of us who are preparing to take to the road, have retired from the road, or live vicariously thru the adventures of the gypsies, share this vision of what is important and essential to a good life. Do you agree?

    Walk gently on our good earth; sow kindness and caring for those we meet, express gratitude for our blessings,

    CateW

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cate,

      A lovely message you’ve shared here. Thoreau’s writings captivated me in high school. Thanks for including his words in your comment. I’m flattered that you would associate me and my lifestyle with his philosophy.

      To answer your question… Yes, I do agree. Nature, Simplicity, Independence… all important to me in order to live a contented and satisfying life.

      Beautiful closing to your comment. Have a lovely evening, Cate.

      • Cate W/Portland Maine says:

        Thank you Sue. I am refreshed by the beauty here on your blog. It is the highlight of my day (or week depending). I hope all is well with you and the crew today.
        🙂 Cate

  27. 9,000′, is it getting cool at night. I was at 8200′ in northern New Mexico and it was getting down into the mid 40’s at night, a bit cool. Beautiful photos. thank you for taking me on your walk, I need the exercise.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Evelyn in New Mexico right now (great opener!)…

      Mid 40s is a bit nippy when outside, perfect for sleeping though. Gosh, you have me wondering about a trip to New Mexico again. We didn’t see much of the mountains in the north when we were there in 2011.

      I was thinking about temperature changes as we were walking this morning and I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Only a week ago we were sweltering in the heat!

      Continuing on that train of thought, I realized (with gratitude) how healthy we’ve been, even with the smoke. I wonder if the repeated changes in air temperature that we experience… hot to cold to hot to damp to dry… and so forth… whether it is a strengthener, good for the immune system…

      You’re cute… Glad to give you some exercise here!

  28. I love this post. No having to run from smoke and just a nice relaxing time! The sheep are fun to see and, I imagine, even more fun to discover! I love the pictures, all of them, but my favorite is the last one of Reggie. I love how he has integrated so well into being a crew member.

    I was finally supposed to become mobile in my RV on Tuesday but something called Erika may delay our departure. Like everyone in Florida, I’m waiting to find out what path Erika will be taking and then make my plans. In the meantime, today I moved from one site to another so the RV tech can more easily service my a/c unit tomorrow. Seems he didn’t want to work with Spanish moss tickling him! Go figure!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deborah,

      You’re smart to be cautious about a possible storm/hurricane hitting Florida. Of course, we all hope it doesn’t happen. Good to get the RV in shape, too, while you can and before hitting the road.

      Always a pleasure to read a comment that begins with “I love this post.” 🙂 Thank you. I like that photo, too, of Reggie taking time to smell the flowers. I don’t know what he was doing really, so that’s what I’m going with! 🙂

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Good Morning Deborah! Smart to stay put as the name of this hurricane is Erika! That is my daughters name with that spelling. She is a Marine and a Vermont State Trooper…with the personality of a hurricane!!! Lol LOVE her to death!

  29. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    About a table-as I got my Funfinder second hand, its table was missing. To replace it, I bought a Coleman table, which comes in 2 parts each of which has 3 sets of screw together legs for 3 heights. It’s light & strong & stores behind the couch; I’ve used it for outside & inside. In its tall mode the table acts as counterspace, medium as, well, a table for cooking outside or sewing or computing, & at its shortest a “coffee table”. Mostly I use just the one half.
    A while ago someone inquired about my Tundra-did I like it as a tow vehicle? Yes I do like it, though more power would be nice, & as it has a cap it’s also storage for stuff in plastic boxes. The back seat is for my Border collie Jack. Now that my “summer house” has been sold & I’ve gotten my stuff out of it, I guess the good part is I’ll have more time to travel with my camper.
    I faithfully read this blog & all the comments-easiest on the computer as on my phone I get one word lines-hard to follow! The photos are truly gorgeous & the writing so deceptively easy & relaxed (mostly, except when HRH is getting attacked!, or Reggie chases cows off.) Thank you Sue for putting so much of yourself & your travels out there for blogerinos to enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Maryanne… Connecticut… super!

      Your table sounds similar to mine only I wouldn’t say mine is light. It’s nice having the three heights for different purposes. Like you, I use the medium height most of the time.

      Interesting (and probably helpful for some considering a tow vehicle) about your Tundra and how you use its space.

      Thanks re the photos and my writing style. I’m glad you like my blog. Have a wonderful evening!

    • Suzette (TN) says:

      Maryanne – I have a Tacoma and I’ve been worried that it doesn’t have enough power. It’s the PreRunner 6 cyl. Honestly, it seems a little sluggish to me. But, then again…I have a heavy foot and don’t mind telling you I like to kick things up a bit. We bought our Tacoma a year ago, and I lobbied for the tow package and transmission cooler thingy with the express thought of taking to the road with it. At that time I had never even heard of Casita. I like that the Casita is so light, but as much as I fret over the lack of get-up-and-go under non-towing conditions, I’m worried that we made a mistake. Perhaps we would have done better to plunk down the extra bucks for the Tundra. Maybe someone else who has a Tacoma will chime in.

      • Lisa and Tommie in SoFL says:

        Hi Suzette,
        I have a 6 cyl Chevy s10 and plan to tow my Boler with it. My TT is probably smaller and lighter than your Casita. It helps to find many who have towing experience, try fiberglass RV.com. There’s a thread on the forum concerning tow vehicles and lots of other info. I have towed @700# so far with no problems. The concern is not so much acceleration as torque. Hope this helps. Good luck planning and happy towing.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I would say just be sure to weigh the particular model of Casita you are interested in, and then do some research on your tow rating, and the other max ratings (any of which may “kick in” before the tow rating (rear axle rating, tongue weight, etc.).

        Some of the “luxurious” 17-footers are quite a bit heavier than, say, a 13′ simple Boler. I used to tow the latter with my station wagon, but I could never have towed a “big” Casita. Sue’s van does great of course (plus, mobile storage unit!).

    • Cate W/Portland Maine says:

      I asked about the Tundra several postings ago. Didn’t remember that you had one as I put it out there as a general inquiry. I had talked with a fellow who had one and his was V8 4×4 so I hoped it was powerful enough for 19-21 ft TT as well as a 17 ft. How much weight can you tow with your vehicle?
      Thanks for the help with my questions,
      CateW

  30. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, there, Sue and crew –
    What a gorgeous place for you to visit. I love the sheep encounter – from a distance – and the cute photos. The sheep look like they were shorn not too long ago. They are not wearing much wool yet. Fun to see. Thank you.
    I was curious about finding boondocking spots in the east and northeast? Are there just more available out west?
    Happy trails.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab,

      Oh yes, it is much, much easier to boondock in the west. That’s because there is a lot of public land in the west. I wouldn’t be able to live on $14,000 a year or less if I tried to vagabond full-time in the east.

      Thanks for the positive feedback on this post about sheep.

    • Lisa and Tommie in SoFL says:

      Pam, try recreation. gov for info. There is little BLM land, but still options at army Corp of engineers, wildlife management, water management areas, also some campsite s in the NF are no fee. Those of us in the east have to search more. Share whatever you find since I am looking to boondock in the east too.

      • Pamela K says:

        Pamelab,
        Did you know that many cities land bank lands outside of their boundries too? Alanta, GA, is one of them. Thay own lands 70-100 miles from Atlanta. These lands are often used to camp on freely with a quick call to the state’s managing companies in advance. I called on one this past week and got the OK to camp for several days on what was once an active logging road. After the logging closed, the city bought it and holds it for it’s land value. Hundreds of acres with nice paved or dirt roads. When planning your camps take a minute to call the metros. It’s good to have a back up if the season is busy and those sites are almost never used. take your own water and such, they have no utilites…but they are always close in to towns. And many of those towns are great for siteseeing and events.

  31. Kate in Iowa says:

    I’m a long-time reader whose never had the courage to post until today. Thanks for the nudge, Sue! I’m still on the youngish side with kids at home, a stressful full time job and graduate school on the side, so like many other blogerinos, I live vicariously through Sue’s travels and dream of the day that I can head out West, too.

    I feel a bit bold offering a suggestion like this, but since Utah is one of my favorite states, have you considered heading down near Escalante and Boulder? The Burr trail has tons of great boondocking sites near Boulder. Not sure if there would be too many people, though…. It’s a popular area, but not as crazy popular as Bryce or even Canyonlands.

    Enjoy Badger mountain and thank you for the blog and the little escape it provides me throughout the week. Love it! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kate in Iowa,

      No restrictions on age here! It’s good to hear from people who are at different stages in life. And, you know what? You’ll turn around some day and find yourself close to retirement. It’s good to become familiar with the options you’ll have once you’re out of the rat race. Soooo…. We welcome you!

      Suggestions are always welcome, too. The crew and I went through Boulder in the summer of 2013 and I wrote about it in this post, which is kind of long… Boulder is mentioned mid-way down. At the time I was very pleased with an inexpensive campground not far from Escalante and didn’t look for boondocks along Route 12 (if I remember right!). That is a spectacular area. I really enjoyed Capitol Reef, didn’t see much of Grand Staircase Escalante NP. I hope we will return to that part of Utah someday… Who knows? Maybe soon!

      You’re welcome regarding my blog… Keep loving it and I hope you’ll stop by again soon!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I looked up the Burr Trail in my Benchmark Atlas. I see where I turned right toward Calf Creek (scary road!). I should’ve turned left onto Burr Trail. I’ll go that way next time. I appreciate the idea!

      • Kate in Iowa says:

        Funny you mention Benchmark maps. I’m a map geek and follow your travels on my red Delorme maps. I’ve been been thinking about switching to Benchmark. My understanding is that Benchmarks are better detailed for western states. Delorme works fine for little old Iowa, I suppose.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Regarding Benchmark maps… I’ve found them to be a valuable tool for finding public lands, boondocks, campgrounds, and National Forest and BLM offices… as well as many other important resources. I have all the ones they publish. Some of mine are pretty beat up because I use them all the time. Hardly a day goes by that I’m not studying a Benchmark map.

      • Kate in Iowa says:

        Also, if you go down Burr trail, which is stunningly beautiful, there are some tight switchbacks near the end by Notam-Bullfrog road. I didn’t give it a second thought in my little Toyota, but I’ve never driven an RV (yet!) so not sure how tough switchbacks can be.

  32. Rita from Phoenix says:

    What a beautiful camp….it’s not far from Phoenix so I may venture out that way to tent camp one of these days. I grew up with sheep, lambs, goats, etc….my first job was being a shepherd LOL I put that on my resume too and always grabs attention. Some cowboys are ornery and will shoot on sight without questions but most are not. However, I’d keep a low profile. Gas prices? After living in the 60’s with gas at 15 cents a gallon and shooting up pass $1.00 a gallon was a shocker for me but not anymore. I don’t pay attention to gas prices as much as I should….it did peak my attention when Costco had gas prices at $1.99 and then gas plummeted lower last year. I filled my truck and gave a heads up on Facebook to friends and family. I still get my gas from Costco and will use my iphone to see if cheap gas is to be had nearby when traveling. Love Reggie and Bridgett’s corner from last post…did Reggie get his wish and ‘red banana’ removed? LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      Yes, Reggie was out of the cowboy suit as soon as I got the photos I needed for the blog. I only put it on him when I want to wash his camo suit.

      Gas at 15 cents a gallon… I remember 25 cents a gallon in New York state… Hard to believe now.

      • edlfrey says:

        The 15 cent gas was only during “gas wars” when I was growing up. The 25 cent gas was a usual price. But let us look at it a little closer and see if that was cheap or not.

        The buying power of $0.25 in 1955 was the same as $2.20 in 2015. That means that if gas prices are less than $2.20 today, which they are in some places, then we are back to the good ‘ol days. Hard to believe.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good point, Ed!

        • Rita from Phoenix says:

          Yes, I was making $2.00 an hour and that was big money to me then LOL but I could live in a three bedroom apartment for $125/mo with utilities included & bought a three bedroom house with mortgage about the same as rent. Downsized in the early 90’s to a smaller house but the utilities alone are higher then rent back in the 60’s.

          • edlfrey says:

            The minimum wage in 1956 was raised to $1.00/hour so $2.00/hour would have been a good wage in the early ’60s. You would have to get $17.55/hour in 2015 to match that in purchasing power. Just because of inflation that $125/mo three bedroom apartment would cost $1,113.13 today.

            That wage and that apartment rent can be had in some places in the United States today but you would not be living “large”. When you say “utilities alone are higher then rent back in the 60’s” presumes that the dollar has retained its purchasing power – obviously this is not what has happened.

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Got to tell you Sue, I love these photos and Badger Mountain. This is my favorite area.

    Badger Rick, I got tickled when you said my Angel stories were like having another dog you didn’t have to walk. Too bad you can’t walk her. Every walk is a new adventure for her. I let her lead on her walks. If she hears anything, we go that direction, whether it be kids, couples talking, the fountain splashing in the community lake, folks walking, whatever. She was in heaven this evening as everyone we saw spoke to her or petted her, she then decided all was good and took care of all her business. We were almost home and the boy across the street was running up the road to meet another kid and she decided he was running up to her and she started barking like a crazy dog. She doesn’t like people or dogs charging at her, but loves attention.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I’m glad you are enjoying these posts coming to you from Badger Mountain. Thanks for saying so…

      And also for giving us another picture of My Life with Angel. Fun to read! 🙂

  34. Pamela K says:

    Oh! LQQK at all those cute little Lawnmowers! And they even run on Bio-Degradeable Fuels! Ha! Ha! Had to mention that 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad you did, Pamela… Gave me a chuckle this morning!

      • Pamela K says:

        🙂 Nice to know I made you smile! You have given me so many smile-times and it was nice to pay-it-full-circle again!

  35. Jamie says:

    Jamie (Ashland Ky)
    I’m so glad I found your blog! I didn’t realize there was so many places you could camp for free !
    One question do you ever go to the northeast around Maine we stayed in our RV there for a few weeks and I loved it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jamie,

      Welcome to my blog and to the group of blogorinos who gather here! I’m happy that you found us. 🙂

      Yes, the west is wonderful for free camping. And not only free, but also varied and beautiful in many different ways. I would love us to camp in Maine, clear memories of it from childhood. We probably never will though because of its location. Too difficult and expensive to camp our way there and we are very happy where we are.

      Thanks for dropping in, Jamie. I hope you will visit with us often!

  36. Pamela K says:

    Weather,
    I just read of your dear older dog’s passing. Always so sad to lose a beloved pet… It must have given you some degree of comfort knowing that *a final drive* with you was the way they wanted to spend their final hours on Earth, instead of going off alone somewhere. True love and devotion is like that.

  37. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    What a beautiful site! Love the trees….and Bridgee babees side sit pose.

    Moving the rug so the grass doesn’t die….once again you demonstrate your respect for nature.

    How cute…the sheep.

    Hmm…a camp chef butane stove on the Amazon list…..could this be number 6? Or was that 7?

    Feels like Fall on this side of the coast. Excuse me….where did the summer go?

    Have a great evening.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Hi Cin and the very quiet Jules.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Well hello to you St Mick!

        Jules has grown roots in the overstuffed chair…deeply into her iPad….

        Hope all is well!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I thought of you when I was cropping and framing that picture of Bridget sitting by my work table with her leg out to the side…. “Cindy is going to notice Bridget’s pose!” 🙂

      Already you’re sensing the arrival of fall? The best time of year in New York state…. I see a few hints around here — the coneflowers’ leaves drying and turning yellow, for instance.

      Thanks — We did have a great evening, in the “small” way that we consider great! You, Jules, AO, and all the cats, feral or otherwise, have the best day possible!

  38. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    So nice to see mtn pictures without smoke! We are worse than ever here, so many fires it will be winter before the air clears it is being said.
    Growing up in the mountains each summer I would see the sheep herds as they were moved into the high meadows to eat the grass and keep down the fire danger. Herds of 300-400 sheep usually with Basque herders would spend all summer grazing from range to range. Fewer devastating wildfires even in drought years.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, CheryLyn,

      Those large herds of sheep must have been exciting to see, a very picturesque ritual of summer for your childhood.

      I just finished reading a book about a couple who didn’t know anything about farming, yet they were so fed up with the way they were living with high pressure, city jobs that they quit all that and bought some land in Georgia (not far from where I lived). It’s called The Accidental Farmers: A story of homesteading, prepping and an urban couple with a dream of farming in harmony with nature and it’s only $2.99 as I type this.

      Anyway, in their effort to treat animals in keeping with the animals’ true natures, they let their pigs run loose in the woodsy part of their property. Watching the sheep clearing the understory of this part of the forest reminded me of that. Pigs live such miserable lives in this country.

      The author gets a little preachy here and there. Even so, it’s well worth the price and the time to read it. And it relates to the decisions that many of the blogorinos and lurkers on my blog are presently considering — Should we quit this lifestyle for another?

      I’m sorry that it is “worse than ever” in Oregon. You must be weary of the fires and smoke. I’m glad my blog brought you visions of clear, mountain living!

  39. Glenda in OZ! says:

    So loving where you are right now. Those aspens, the wild flowers. It must be like being in heaven I think. Isn’t Bridget a good girl? She knows her limits and at the same time she trusts that you will return to her when you are finished investigating with Reggie. Beautiful girl.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Glenda,

      Your words about Bridget warm my heart. She is a beautiful and good girl. As her body ages and becomes, well, a bit lumpy and saggy here and there, she, like many mature women, projects an aura of beauty far greater than physical features. She’s a contrast to the impulsive, muscular, energetic, youthful Reggie, yet they live together well.

      It’s my pleasure to share a bit of “heaven” with you. Thanks for the sweet note.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I really like what you said about Bridget (and other mature women). So true and so well expressed.

      • Nancy from South Georgia says:

        Hi Sue,

        As I shared with you many moons back, I had no knowledge of rat terriers until I found you and The Crew. So just now when reading through here I did a search on the breed just to see pictures and breed information.

        I am sincere when I say that none of the other rat terriers pictured were anywhere near as pretty as Bridget. I had to double-check and make sure I was directed to the correct information! She is just a truly beautiful little dog.

  40. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Love,your post this day, beautiful photos of the sheep.
    I got a call from my sister in Astoria Oregon yesterday, she said they have a weather warning that they are about to be hit by a big storm, supposed to be the biggest since last March. So good news for Oregon and Washington, let’s hope it puts out some of,the fires and clears the air. Come on winter rains!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is good news, Lee J. The folks in those states — residents, visitors, and fire/emergency personnel could use a break.

      Thanks for the compliments on this post and sheep photos. 🙂

  41. Chey (WA coast) says:

    I’m off to look at a ’92 class c 24″ tomorrow with 34,000 mi. tomorrow! And today was the first real rain we’ve had up here on the Olympic Peninsula all summer. Might be headed to AZ this winter; the annual rainfall here averages over 12 feet and I lived here on the coast 25 years. Wow, deep breath, hope it’s a good one! Too many have had mold, or other misrepresentations that were a deliberate waste of my time and good faith.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chey,

      I wish you luck on your search for the right rig at the right price. The anticipation is fun… That length of 24 feet would make for easy maneuvering when going on errands and shopping in town. Sounds like you’re careful not to let emotion rule the day — inspect carefully with a critical eye… Do let us know what you find!

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Yes! Yes! Yes! I found my new domicile! 1982 class c,24 ft, 56k , rebuilt trans, newer tires, no gen,no ac, no smells, bed in back. New dump hoses, new tank for waste. Old lighting, room for solar batteries where the generator would be, and roof space for solar and a ladder. ( I need to find a way to crank up a solar panel, I can’t lift too much. Perhaps in AZ I’ll get that working.
        Wow!

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Congrats! Just curious: So it’s a different one than you went to look at? Or maybe a typo. Anyway, sounds fabulous. One tip is that if you have the space/$$ to “overdo it” a bit on solar panels, then there is no need to tilt them, because you can afford to loose a few watts do to the flat panels. Actually, it’s probably more often about space than money since panels are much less expensive than in the “old days” (of solar, ha). At any rate, I think it can be justified as a safety issue vs. multiple climbs up and down to the roof (especially if solo). Not that I don’t scamper up from time to time, but not to tilt solar panels on a regular basis.

          Anyway, back to the main idea: Congrats!!! “See” you in the SW desert next winter 🙂

        • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

          Congratulations Chey! It is exciting isn’t it!!! I have solar on my rig and it lays flat on the roof. I never had an issue with it being that way. Have a happy time nesting!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Congratulations, Chey! How thrilling this must be for you!
          You’re going to have fun in your new playhouse, for sure. 🙂

          Thanks for sharing your wonderful news. Take good care of her and she will repay you with many safe miles to great camps!

        • shirlene says:

          Big congrats…the dream is on!

        • Pamela K says:

          Hi Chey!
          Sorry I missed your posting about your new Class C. Sounds like you did really well in finding it! Since you won’t be going full-time for another 6 mos you’ll have plenty of time to do all the shake-downs before heading out…always a bonus. 🙂
          Chey, I am glad you said something about your new ride. I didn’t see it here before and I was on late last night. Maybe the server was slow in sending the message out. I often find that happens if I post early in the evening but shows up later that night. Anyway…

          Happy! Happy Dance! Balloons all around 🙂
          What color is that new-to-you beauty? Details…we want more details 🙂

          • Pamela K says:

            I thought I remembered you were 6 mos away from your launch date. Maybe not, sounds like it might be much closer than that now, COOL!

    • Nancy from South Georgia says:

      Hi Chey,

      Good luck with your search. May I make a suggestion? Be sure to get up and inspect underneath the upper bunks (in the cab-over) section. That is where a lot of C’s get the leakage especially the older ones that had windows there.

      I bought mine (1996 Minnie Winnie) three years ago and it only had 18K miles on it. I’ve had no problems with it mechanically (I’ve put 10,000 miles on it) but I did end up finding a small leak with some water damage. Fortunately for me, I have a friend who does marine repair (boats being the same basic construction and fiberglass) and he did the repairs for a very reasonable price.

      • Nancy from South Georgia says:

        Hi Chey,

        Good luck with your search. May I make a suggestion? Be sure to get up and inspect underneath the upper bunks (in the cab-over) section. That is where a lot of C’s get the leakage especially the older ones that had windows there.

        I bought mine (1996 Minnie Winnie) three years ago and it only had 18K miles on it. I’ve had no problems with it mechanically (I’ve put 10,000 miles on it) but I did end up finding a small leak with some water damage. Fortunately for me, I have a friend who does marine repair (boats being the same basic construction and fiberglass) and he did the repairs for a very reasonable price.

        Addendum: I didn’t scroll down far enough to see that you already found what you were looking for when I posted this and it’s letting me come back in and add this on.

        Congratulations! You’ll love your smaller Class C and be able to get in and out of gas stations, and even turn a U if need be.

  42. weather says:

    Good morning,Little Bo Peep,I’m so glad you found your sheep,and with their tails still on them 🙂 Your photo of the one amid the flowers that may be a delicacy looks like an artist’s dream.Just a little extra exploring not far from your current home gave you,and us,a chance to see what so few on earth have-a flock on a ravine in an aspen forest.Again,you really live where you go,that way and with how you set up and spend time at a camp.Thank you for a thoroughly sweet and beautiful post.

  43. Guy says:

    Hi Sue, Reggie is a little cutie, and the Bridge as well, ya’ll take care and have a great day.
    Guy in Tx

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Guy,

      On behalf of the crew, thanks for the compliments. We send you a big WELCOME — There’s always enough room on my blog for a guy from Texas… You have a wonderful day!

  44. kgdan says:

    Yea! The sky here has grey clouds today— with the look of rain (fingers crossed). Temps here for next 10 days say we’ll be in the 70’s.

    Scored a box of Hatch peppers at our local Safeway here yesterday. When we were in Hatch, NM last winter we were lamenting that it was not the season for fresh peppers. Was delighted to find our store received 2 boxes this week and I got one. I will be roasting chili peppers today. Yum, green chili stew, green chili enchiladas.

    Hope this cooler weather gives our firefighters a break and that it helps dissipate the smoky air. Your gorgeous pictures motivate us to keep at that target of mid-Oct adventures on the road.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy and Gil,

      What a great find — Hatch peppers in a Yakima, Washington, Safeway! One of my vivid memories early in our travels of the west took place in a supermarket parking lot. I stepped out of the PTV and, oh my, the aroma of an outdoor roaster! We were in New Mexico and I hadn’t smelled roasted chili peppers before.

      You both are excellent cooks. I know you’ll do those peppers justice!

      Wishing you rain….

  45. Reggie is such a doll!! I’m so glad he came into your life. And of course Bridget is beautiful. Can’t leave her out. ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Shelly! It took me a while to find Reggie — well worth the driving around and the wait.

  46. Jodee Gravel on the road in Fall City, WA says:

    Those are some very healthy looking sheep! So much cuter than cows, and certainly more Reggie’s size 🙂 You got great pics of them with all the flowers. Nice that Miss Bridget is comfortable waiting for you, knowing that you’ll be back for the walk home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      I thought the same thing about those sheep — well fed and healthy. Thanks re the photos… Hope you are still enjoying Washington!

  47. edlfrey says:

    Sue,
    This is not another OMG be careful posting. Just an advisory concerning the presence of plague in prairie dogs. They are sooooo cute!

    “A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday.
    Plague is naturally occurring in Utah rodents and is often seen in prairie dog populations, the Department of Health said. Wildlife and health officials confirmed in July that an outbreak of bubonic plague killed 60 to 80 prairie dogs in an eastern Utah colony. Annette Roug, a veterinarian with Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources, said Thursday state investigators found prairie dog burrows near the person’s property but no sign that animals were still living there.”

    • weather says:

      Sue’s June 25, 2014 post- Camping with critters- has the best photo ever (showing one she named What’s-his -face) as a display of how cute a prairie dog is.I wish that plague to be eradicated,for people’s and critters’ sakes.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I remember … That was at Pelican Lake in Utah near Vernal. The prairie dogs weren’t in the campground, rather they were next to it in a berm of earth.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I promise not to panic, Ed. 🙂

      The first thing I thought of was that dried up reservoir campground on the west side of the Ruby Mountains (NV). That place was prairie dog city!

      There aren’t any rodent burrows around our camp. We have camped where there were some though. I do try to avoid setting up camp where there are rodent holes. Up until your comment, my reason was to avoid tempting them into the PTV to make nests and to avoid having them eat the wiring.

      Thanks for the heads up (me, not you prairie dogs!).

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Yes! Yes! Yes! I found my new domicile! 1982 class c,24 ft, 56k , rebuilt trans, newer tires, no gen,no ac, no smells, bed in back. New dump hoses, new tank for waste. Old lighting, room for solar batteries where the generator would be, and roof space for solar and a ladder. ( I need to find a way to crank up a solar panel, I can’t lift too much. Perhaps in AZ I’ll get that working.
        Wow!

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

      Thanks Ed for alerting Sue about the plague. I was going to but didn’t want to put a damper on her day.

      Sue, thanks for all your efforts and attention to this journal. We all truly enjoy it from wherever we are.

  48. Shelby (Montana) says:

    RV Sue,
    I have been reading your blog for a long time but I have never commented before. Your dogs are too cute! I just love reading your blog and hopefully we will be able to learn how to find cheaper campsites in the future. I love how all the sites you find are so low cost or free…..you should write a book…LOL

    We currently are workamping and we have 2 boys who are 15 & 12 so we are pretty much working full time to feed 4 hungry mouths but I hope that we can branch out a little soon. I want to save up some money and take a little time off from working just to travel but we will wait and see what the Lord has in store for us 🙂

    Any advise you can give someone just starting out??

    Thanks,
    Shelby

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shelby,

      You’ve come out of lurkdom to join us here… That’s wonderful! Thank you for riding with me and my crew for a long time. It’s a pleasure to “see” you here.

      I’d like to answer your question with something very wise and helpful. However I’m not sure what your mean by “just starting out.” You obviously know a lot more than I did when I hit the road, seeing as you’re workamping right now.

      As for finding inexpensive camps, the Benchmark atlases are good for that, but I realize they may be too expensive for a family with children still at home. As an alternative I suggest researching camps on the national forest website — nfs.gov — or Bureau of Land Management website –blm.gov — as these are less expensive than state parks or rvparks. Also you can google “camping public lands.”

      If you have questions that are more specific, I’ll be able to do a better job giving you answers you need. I don’t know what rig you have, for one thing. That, more than anything else, will determine how you camp and, to a great extent, how much it will cost you.

      Nice hearing from you, Shelby! I hope you will drop in often…

  49. Dave says:

    Just returned from UP in MI. Gas was $3.15 gal, at hone in Powhatan VA it is $1.94

  50. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday to DesertGinger today!!! Hope you are enjoying your special day! Whoo-Hoo! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How do you know it’s Ginger’s birthday?

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      She mentioned it the other day, when it was Barbara’s (Nashville) birthday. I made myself a note so I would remember! 🙂

    • weather says:

      Happy Birthday Ginger!I hope something has made it as special as you are!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Happy Birthday, Ginger. Hope you had a great day.
        Thanks for reminding us Denise. I had forgotten myself. It has been a nerve wracking afternoon, probably would have forgotten my own today. See the next post.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Another Happy Birthday wish for Ginger…not for just today, but the whole weekend!! I hope you got to do something fun…at the least some of your favorite foods!! And thanks to Denise for reminding us!!

  51. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Wow, Sue,
    I know first hand about getting in the fray to protect our pets. Angel and I were out walking this afternoon and on our way home when that German Shepherd (Duke) came running through the back yards & between the condos and attacked Angel out of the clear blue. We had stopped at the mailbox, when he attacked and pinned her on the ground. He stepped aside just a bit & I grabbed her by the harness lifting her up. As I did he jumped and got her leg and my arm. I had her 6 ft leash on her and as I gripped her harness, I was whipping Duke with the leash. (Thanks for the lesson, with you and Bridget)) We were both so frightened. When we got in the house, she went immediately to her crate, just scared and shaking. I finally got her harness off and checked her skinny little leg. He broke the skin, but more like a scratch. I washed & put peroxide on both of us. Hopefully we will be okay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      What a horrible experience for you and Angel! My heart was in my throat reading what happened today. I’m thankful you and Angel are okay, although shaken up. I’m sure you will be talking with the owner of that German Shepherd if you haven’t already. He/she needs to know to keep the dog confined/restrained, otherwise euthanasia is in that dog’s future. Once animal control becomes involved, that’s what will happen. I wonder if there have been any other incidents with the German Shepherd? How irresponsible!

      Good for you for saving Angel from further injury or worse. I am so sorry that happened. Little Angel has been adjusting very well to her new home and to you…poor thing. I guess you need to carry a club or something as long as that dog is in your neighborhood. Rusty’s vinegar spray is a good idea, although it might be hard to apply it where you want it. This is terrible! I hope Angel can regain her happy personality soon. You did well, Barbara. How is your arm?

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        So far my arm and her leg are okay, I called the vet & he said to keep watch for swelling, change of color or pus. I have taken her out twice, since, but she has been very reluctant to take care of her business, as well as just walk.
        As far as the owners, they weren’t home, but the kids were. I started up there later, but saw them both leaving in separate cars, but will definitely go there tomorrow. Since I am on the board of directors for our community I have started working to get something more done about off leash animals. I have reported it to Animal Control. I also found out that the local police will come out, so I am going to report it tomorrow, just as a notice, and if it happens again, I will call them immediately. We have leash laws in the city as well as our community. The cul-de-sac where they live is just nasty; trash everywhere, dog mess everywhere, just disgusting. We don’t even walk that direction anymore. I am so angry, I am beside myself. Sorry for ranting.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          You are not ranting…just sharing your day…and thanks for telling us here!! I do hope you will report it to the police…because next time it might be a small helpless child that dog attacks. Once they start biting, it just keeps going!! Keep us posted…hopefully your little doggie will be ok!!

        • Pamela K says:

          Barb,
          I hope you get a chance to read this BEFORE you go over there…!
          I would not go over there, period. Please consider NOT going. That dog knows your scent now, not good, a will remember the recent events and your lashing him with Angel’s leash. Also, best to document the hppenings and not add to them after the fact. You could go and be as nice as pie and they could lie and tell a whole different story about your visit. If they were to call the police it would get ugly fast… Right now you hold all the cards so report it to the police and animal control. I would guess that Angel was not the first little fog Duke has tried to harm…maybe even has seriously harmed others. The kids in the neighborhood will know if he has or not. Get their stories and their names to have if you need that info later. If anything, consider sending the family a Certified Letter of the facts of the event and require that they must sign for the letter. Understand that I am not a lawyer but wisdom tells me to tell you not to go anywhere near them or that dog. Nothing good can come of it and could turn facts you currently have against you. Please don’t be offended. I say all this because I am concerned for you and your welfare and since people DO lie they could try to turn the tables on a dime…just that fast…please do not go there.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Barbara… Lots of concern expressed here. Let us know that you’ve seen Pamela’s message. Thank you. Good luck dealing with this issue.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I reread your message, Barbara. These people leave the dog running loose when they aren’t even home…. Another detail to mention when in touch with authorities.

      • Pamela K says:

        Sue,
        I just left a message for Barbara, see above, I hope she gets this message BEFORE she goes there tomorrow. Maybe you could forward it to her please. Given the conditions of that family’s area and the dog’s know Barb’s scent, I fear for her if she goes near them or their dog. I’m trying to ward her off going there.
        Thanks,
        Pamela K.

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Oh Barbara…poor Angel…and you! So happy to hear you are both ok. The trauma of it all would put us all in our crates!!! RVSue’s lesson came in really handy. Have you talked to the owners or the authorities about this?

      • Pamela K says:

        I do hope Barbara does go to the authorities about this…police, animal control, city councelman or mayor. But I would hope that she DOES NOT go and talk directly with the owners of that dog!
        People are creatures of habit. As such this is their *norm*, especially given the conditions they seem to live in as Barbara describes them to be. If Barbara were to go and talk directly with them she would be an uninvited person at their property! That can turn bad quickly! Given that and the dog (Duke) knows her from those events it would be seriously unwise for her to talk with them or to go there! I have NO DOUBT that it will take more than a *talk* with them to change their standard behaviors. Seems (based on what we’ve been told) it’s going to take a some kind of Citation from the city to make any difference. I hope we hear from her early today!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Oh, Barbara…I know you and Angel were terrified. I am so sorry this happened to you all. Sending you a hug and a kiss on the head for Angel.

      • Pamela K says:

        Denise, I know, isn’t it just aweful?! I hope little miss Angel’s leg, and her spirits, heal well from all this. Miss Angel is such a cutie-pie. She seems to have such a wonderful and loving spirit. So accepting of other people and dogs. I hope that this attack does not change her and that she recovers fully.
        Hugs to you Barb.

  52. Me n' Lady Piper says:

    Sue ,,, Did you get your tags for the BLT n’ BTV?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m working on it. Having to run from smoke has made it difficult to receive sticker in the mail. Good of you to remind me!

      • Me n' Lady Piper says:

        that’s what friends are for.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Oh, Reggie is a little Rascal, it seems,,,,,, and Almost got in trouble with Animal control today,, Lady Piper’s howlin’ while I’m doing Laundry,,, The Windows where down 5in., she was in shade and had plenty of H2O.,, I explained to the warden that she’s a pup and worries when I’m out of site,, OK the warden said, she got a call of a dog crying and came to see, but all is well and we’re setting west of Drake,,,,,,,,,,,,, me

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, it’s good to know that dogs are checked on when they’re crying. The person who called it in could have checked with you first, I would think. It doesn’t matter now, all is well.

          I’m surprised I haven’t had someone complain to animal control about Bridget. She makes a fuss whenever I leave the PTV and she’s taught Reggie to fuss also. He sounds so funny with his high-pitched squeak! He only does it because Bridget taught him to.

  53. Lacy says:

    I lost it when I saw that Reggie was intent on teaching bad pink piggy a lesson he’ll not soon forget. My dog does the exact same thing every evening. Apparently, stuffed animals have a short term memory (who knew!).

    Always enjoy each post, even if I don’t pop it to tell you.
    hugs,
    Lacy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lacy,

      Pink Piggy needs to be punished every day, sometimes several times in one day!
      And she never learns!

      Thanks for popping in. I wonder about folks when I don’t hear from them in a while. I’m like a mother hen with this blog.

  54. Paul says:

    Fergus Ontario Canada

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paul,

      Welcome to my blog! I looked up Fergus and learned that it’s a small, historic town once known as Little Falls and host to the Scottish Festival and Highland Games. 🙂

  55. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue –
    Thank you for your information regarding boondocking out East and Northeast. It makes sense that there would be more wilderness to use for this purpose out west.
    I also appreciate Lisa and Tommie in SoFL adding some suggestions and also Pamela K, who mentioned the state’s managing companies. Thank you all for helping me learn more about this subject.
    I am not sure when I will be a full-time RVer, but that is my dream.
    Sue, I too, live vicariously through your blog and all your interesting travels and photos. Can’t forget those great photos!
    Always a pleasure. Thank you.

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