Little discoveries when finding a free campsite in the forest — City Creek, Junction, Utah

Monday, September 21

One of the pleasures of boondocking in a national forest is taking a walk the first morning.  Everything is new and fresh and waiting to be explored.

P1070473Bridget and Reggie on Fishlake National Forest Road #132 near Junction, Utah

The crew is in the spirit of the moment.

They trot up the road with enthusiasm, stopping now and then to take it all in.

“It’s beautiful here,” I say in wonder.

The road curves to the left and goes uphill. 

Hmm . . . What’s that up there?  Looks like another road . . . .

“Oh, wow!  Look at this!  It’s a campsite!”

P1070429-001“This is lovely!  And it has a picnic table and a fire ring . . . ”

The crew and I enter the campsite. 

We walk into an enchanting bower (although the photos don’t fully capture that feeling, it being early morning and dark.)  A crown of golden leaves high above us filters the light.

P1070432As the crew checks out the site from all angles, I look for a campsite post which would indicate the possibility that a fee is required.  No post . . . This is weird.  That table and fire ring are not the kind that a private person would install . . . .

“You two love it here!”

P1070431Bridget and Reggie are all over, sniffing and running from one spot to another.  Reggie does a happy “back-hoe” in various locations around the campsite.

P1070435“That thick grass is just right for you to relax in . . . . Oh, let’s look at the creek!”

P1070427“And there’s a waterfall!”

P1070561The campsite is situated on its own loop road off the forest road. 

We walk the lane.  I’ve decided we will move our camp here and I want to see which end of the loop will be best for bringing in the Best Little Trailer.

A huge rock outcrop is visible from the lane.

P1070515This is the most charming area!  I love the way the light makes magic . . . .

P1070558“Hey, there’s a bridge!”

P1070500Bridget and Reggie don’t hesitate to cross the bridge. 

They hurry down the slope and over the creek they go.  They’ve crossed bridges before and they’re energized this morning by having a new place to explore.   I chuckle . . . I’m the same way.

The light streams through the treetops like a spotlight on yellow leaves accented with red berries.

P1070557All around I find arrangements of color, form, light, and texture that rival any florist shop’s creation.

P1070563Gee, we should get back to camp and move.  We’re gonna’ enjoy this camp.   Oh, wow . . . one more shot . . .

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116 Responses to Little discoveries when finding a free campsite in the forest — City Creek, Junction, Utah

  1. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Me first!….yay

  2. David in Houston says:

    Great pics and a great looking campsite.

  3. Hi Sue,

    I’ve just now caught up with all your posts after getting back from my 5 week RV trip a week ago Saturday.

    BTW, thanks for the post on Dave’s Campground in NV, and the Hot Creek Pool.

    I went there! Yes, I did. And I cried with happiness, too.

    I had such a wonderful adventure this trip…the best I’ve taken yet!

  4. barb snowbird from Washington state says:

    3rd again lolol

  5. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Good Morning Sue and crew! Lovely campsite again…pups look happy as can be. BTW I will not brag on being #1 again…just saying….hehehehe.

    Hi Blogorinos!

  6. Tara from Pac NW says:

    I hope you move to this new camp! Even though this has happened in the past, I am nervous that you get all packed up and hitched up, drive over there and someone is in the spot!

  7. Page says:

    It is wonderful to find such an enchanted spot to call home for a few days. You do have the ability to find them.

  8. Morning Sue and Crew,

    What a lovely surprise to find on your walk. I’m sure you will all enjoy this new site.

    Lisa

  9. R. in Pinedale, WY says:

    Thank you for another set of great photos and very interesting post. So you’re still in usher Mountains. I never hiked in Tushar Mountains but, believe it or not, I want to hike Delano Peak (12,175 ft.) if is not covered with snow. I understand on the way from Beaver, along rt. 153 UT there is Big John Flat with endless places for boondocking. I see on the map you can get there from Junction, UT as well. That’s my plan to get to UT soon but it can change any moment.

    I’m so sad to leave amazing WY. It is definitely a paradise for hikers and backpackers during summer months. I discovered many great campsites, boondocking places, breathtaking wildflower displays and endless hikes.

    I’m back in Pinedale and would like to share info about a place to take a shower in Pinedale for those blogorinos who are planning to visit the area maybe not this year since the winter will arrive here soon but in 2016. Pinedale has a fantastic the Pinedale Aquatic Center. You can go there and for $5.00 or $3.00 for those over 60 you can take as long shower as you want. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 5 am and noon seniors (those over 60) have a free admission. Wait, there is more to it. You not only allowed to use a shower but you can use all facilities such as climbing wall, track, spa pool, hot tub, lap pool, track, weight room, exercise classes. The building is very impressive but it doesn’t look like the parking lot can accommodate RVs. However, I noticed signs in town for RV parking but never checked it out. No Wal-Mart or a big supermarket in Pinedale but Ridley’s market has all one needs and there are always weekly specials with surprising low prices. There are some great campgrounds and hiking/backpacking trails in the area with Green River Lakes cg being one of my favorites in the state of WY.

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      Great info, thanks!

    • Teri LiveOak Fl says:

      Thanks for sharing. I’ll take note of that

    • Anne P (North Carolina) says:

      Ditto. Thank you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R….

      Great report on Pinedale! Thanks so much!

      You mentioned 153 out of Beaver. I’m familiar with that road because we camped on it our first year when I was a newbie… at Upper Kents Lake.

      I can’t believe I went up those 9% grades, dirt road, switchbacks, no guardrails, severe drop along the road. I was determined to be adventurous! It’s not a road I would want to drive from Junction to Beaver… 🙂

  10. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    What a beautiful area! I love that last photo of Miss B, looking all spunky and full of herself!!

  11. Tammie (nm) says:

    I love that camp site and I love that you told us how to find the boondock sites. Im going to go get my maps out right now. Thanks Sue!!

  12. Marilu between the Sawtooths and Yellowstone says:

    Hi Sue,
    What a sweet boondock! Not spectacular but homey and utterly charming! For those blogorinos who are interested, this part of Idaho is smoke-free now and the weather is perfect. (Brisk at night and 70ish during the day). We enjoyed watching the lunar eclipse last night while camped at Craters of the Moon National Monument.

    • R. in Pinedale, WY says:

      Marilu, tell more about the campground you mentioned. In 2016 I would like to do some hiking and backpacking in Sawtooth Mountains. Yellowstone is amazing and unique but I have no desire to return there because of overwhelming crowds.

      • Marilu between the Sawtooths and Yellowstone says:

        Hopefully the crowds will be thinned out in Yellowstone this time of year. We stayed at Mormon Bend C.G. near Stanley but there were many campgrounds in the area as well as beautiful boondocking camps. The Nat. Forest campgrounds have mostly closed for the season but there were still lots of possibilities. Hiking, climbing, rafting and fishing opportunities abound. The down-side for me was that elk hunting has just begun.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Lucky You. I kept going outside, but the cloud cover was too much. Couldn’t see a darn bit of it. I get so frustrated as this happens every time there is any any kind of eclipse.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      What an appropriate place for it! I watched it from a boondock north of Moab. Funny thing is that since I pulled in late in the day (but before dark!), the only spot available was rocky and “cratered.” Well, why not since I planned to watch the eclipse (and it was clear – yay).

  13. R. in Pinedale, WY says:

    Forgot to ask about hiking in that area. Did you notice any trailheads on the way? Thanks

    • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

      I just camped @ casino cg which has trail heads & is on other side of salmon river from road. Would also recommend heyburn sp specifically benewa cg up north on lake coeur d’alene.

  14. Lynn Brooks says:

    What a TREAT and wonderful surprise!!!
    Enjoy!!
    Lynn B.
    Baltimore, MD

  15. Marilu between the Sawtooths and Yellowstone says:

    I wonder who put in the table and fire ring? Sometimes local Boy Scouts take on projects like that as part of their Eagle scout work but there is usually a plaque with that information.

  16. judy says:

    I love the new spot. But, not at all surprised that you found it. You have a second sense about finding the most beautiful boondocking spots! I surely hope that when it gets to be my turn to venture out that I can do the same. I’m planning a trip up to Montana when i start out, although it is several years away. Wanting to visit Bitterroot and LoLo. Yes I read James Burkes books and need to visit the places that he describes. Is that crazy? If so, well then just call me crazy!
    Take care of you and stay safe out there. Judy

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I think it sounds fun. I enjoy it when at times I have a theme or mission to guide my travels.

    • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

      I just came from Powell cg on lochsa & traveled down 93 thru Montana then thru salmon challis Stanley. Hamilton valley is gorgeous.

  17. Marcia GB in MA says:

    What a lovely secluded campsite and lovely accompanying pics. Looks like everyone is happy!

  18. rita says:

    Wow beautiful camp site you’ve found…enjoy. although I keep saying I don’t think I’d like full time rving….maybe I should try it for six months and see how I like it….maybe I’ll rv in summer away from Phoenix. I’ll be a truck camper with a popup tent. My pups would love it too.

    • R. in Pinedale, WY says:

      Rita, your plan sounds intriguing. Just keep in mind that some campgrounds don’t allowed soft sided campers or tents but there are enough campgrounds to accommodate everybody’s needs and there is always dry camping.

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        Most of my travels have been tent camping or truck camping….I’ve never had a problem finding a camp site. I have a tent that doesn’t require setting up except to push up a pole and the tent pops into place..pull a lever and it comes down with ease….I call this my ‘popup tent’ not the trailer type popup tent. I’ve camped all over western USA and a little bit in New England i.e. Acadia National Park and down the coast of Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island. Then traveled back from Maine down into Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas into TX, NM and home. Loved the fire flies in Tenn., Kentucky. I’d love to go back at a slower pace.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      That sounds fun. Get away from Phoenix when it’s really hot there and nice other places. Just see how you like it 🙂

      I actually think I’d really enjoy traveling from a home base. Best of both worlds. For me, both aren’t in the budget — and for now (since I have to choose) I’d rather travel.

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        I love to travel but I do have my home base in Phoenix. These past two years, I haven’t camped. Instead stayed at resort in Maui and cabins in Alaska….I work a part job and save specifically for trips. In between, I take many mini trips.

  19. NV Teacher says:

    Utah – Like the license plate says, “A Pretty Great State”.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      I thought it was…the greatest snow on earth?

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        And I notice on the Welcome signs it’s “Life Elevated.”

        Reminds me that when we were in our early 20’s and traveling, we’d make a little game out of just slightly changing the state Welcome sign mottos. Iowa’s “The Good Life,” became “The Muggy Life”; and Nebraska’s “A Place to Grow” of course became, “A Place to Grow Corn.”

        I guess we were easily amused.

  20. Suzette (TN) says:

    I don’t know how you’ll be able to drive away from this one! So gorgeous! Perfect!

    And thanks for a new term. It will come in handy. “Back-hoe.” Ha-haaaah!

  21. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    Beautiful….I think I would stay there. Thank you for the map reading class in the previous post, so enjoyed it. Enjoy and stay safe. The fuzzy butts look great, Miss B is a cutie.

  22. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Sue, I can see why you think this site is the most charming one, at least so far. Your photos of fall color are lovely, especially liked the one of the log and the yellow, purple and green leaves. Also the one of the downed tree surrounded by the brilliant yellow leaves.

    When I saw the one of the red berries, and yellow leaves, I went *yikes*—looks like poison ivy! Do they have it in Utah??? I know it likes to grow in damp areas.

    And pretty views of rock outcroppings along the road…this site really does have it all!
    Hopefully, with your instructions, we all can ferret out our own little pieces of paradise. Thank you again for the gift of your blog…

    • edlfrey says:

      A distinguishing trait of poison ivy, taken in conjunction with the other identifying characteristics is the color of its mature berries. When they ripen (in late summer to early fall), they turn from a pale green to a whitish color.

      There may be something to fear about those red berries but I do not think they are poison ivy. When identifying poison ivy remember “Berries white, run in fright” and “Berries white, danger in sight.”

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Wish some one knew what that was with the red berries, as we have it in the brush behind our home. It looks pretty with the red stems and berries, but as you say, menacing. Our berries turn purple as they continue through the season.

      • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

        ed- I think if you look closely, the red berries are on a different plant with small, smooth, green leaves. I am extremely allergic to poison ivy, and this looks enough like it that I would give it a wide berth!

        • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

          Keep the crew away from it as it can get on their coats and spread to humans. Let’s hope there is none there.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          cc, Marilyn, and Ed… Several days walking in woods, brushing up against plants, none of us got poison ivy. I even touched the leaves in that photo! 🙂

      • Ann says:

        I agree Ed. No leaves of three.

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

      You beat me to the question of poison ivy. The leaves will turn a beautiful red in the fall. I hope you don’t come in contact with any, Sue and Crew.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I’m really allergic to poison ivy, and grew up in a place that has plenty of it. Now, there are places out east where it grows as a huge vine, but most places it’s smaller and closer to the ground.

        The leaves of three part is true, but what makes it really unique is that the two “back leaves” grow from the same place, and then the front/center leaf has it’s own little stem. Also the edges of the leaves tend to be serrated, although the amount can vary.

        I’ve found the “little center stem” to be the most reliable indicator.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          BTW, I see that poison oak has that same “little separate stem” on the third leaf. I also didn’t know that poison ivy was predominately east of the Rockies, and oak west. Thanks for the tip (further down). (Although looking on the web, it says that poison ivy is in every state but Alaska and Hawai’i, but apparently it is very rare in the west.)

  23. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Sweet! You always seem to find paradise!

    Have a great day

  24. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue, Wow, I don’t blame you, I would be moving too! What a great spot. This is so pretty. I just love how Reggie and Bridget seem to love it too! Enjoy your stay!!

  25. Calvin R says:

    That’s a beautiful site. I’m not sure what the issue is about early morning light; I’ve always thought that’s the most beautiful time of day, and you captured it well. That site may wind up as one of your all-time finds.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Morning light is the most beautiful time and can be great light for photos, especially closer shots. I find the contrast with the dark and long morning shadows and the brightness of full light to be challenging. The campsite photos required editing to make all parts visible.

      • Calvin R says:

        I’m glad you explained that. Your editing makes the pictures match what I see with my eyes better than the camera can do without your help, and it worked out very nicely.

  26. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hey Ms. Sue, I love the way you explore with the babies and find such wonderful surprises! Ms. B and Reggie really like the site you found! You have the boondocking thing all figured out. I would like to be able to do that also. Have a safe move and the new site is great, enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!

  27. AZ Jim says:

    This is a site to remember. I wonder how long this place was home. As I read your post about the crew being happy and excitedly checking thing out how it must be an olfactory inventory beyond imagination. They have smelling that is supposedly anywhere from 1000 to 10,000,000 greater than a human. Think about that. You mentioned an convenience that you said you would post more about later, maybe I missed it but I didn’t see it. Anyhow Missy, Keep on truckin….:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Can’t write much, poor connection at latest camp. I haven’t posted about that inconvenience. That’s coming up!

  28. Lady Piper and Rusty/AZ says:

    Boy O Boy, that’s a swell camp spot your movin’ to Sue and the photos are great Too!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, well we’ll be headin’ to California on the first to go to that Rendezvous for 9 days, then to L.H.C. area for the winter,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, have a great day and give your babies a hug from us,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty n’ L.P.

  29. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NH says:

    So another beautiful site, free, with a private waterfall yet!! Sites like these just went my appetite for travel. Right now we will be in NH a bit longer. My truck needs a new radiator, and oil change, not small jobs but not a new engine either. I very fortunate to be able to stay where I am. Surrounded by the woods and mountains the songs of crickets, crows and chipmunks drift by. Tommie would love a personal interview with the chippies, but they are too busy. Buddy has become a veteran traveler, taking it all in stride as long as he has his basic needs met and I am near. Sounds like miss B and Reggie, huh?
    I love how Reggie stamps his mark on every site, reminds me of graffiti stating,….. was here. A validating mark of sorts that proclaims recognition. Tommie does the same, hehe. Enjoy your beautiful home for however long you stay. Blessings

  30. Love the camp! Perfect hide away from the rest of the world! Loved the creek and waterfall! Pups seem happy about it too! Can’t wait to hear more and see more of your time there! Hope you got to see the blood Moon lunar eclipse last night. We had rain and cloud cover! Hugs and love ? to you guys !!!

  31. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    It is your lucky day — I am #41

  32. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Guess that makes me 42. LOL I love the new secluded camp even more than the one you are in. The last photo almost looks like Miss Bridget is in a little trot this morning.
    Reggie Man is always in high gear.
    I take Angel out every day as soon as I get out of bed and jump into my clothes. It is absolutely the most peaceful and enjoyable time of the day. All is quiet except for the birds and other wildlife doing there thing. Even the turtles were out this morning and you could see some of the fish near the shoreline. Even with the cloud cover it is beautiful.
    Enjoy your beautiful new site. I really enjoy the photos.

  33. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Hope you get to stay there a nice long time, Sue…looks very lovely!! Can almost smell the air!!

  34. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    “You’re my sweet, boondockin baby,” is a hit country-western song in the making!

  35. Applegirl NY says:

    It is a magical site. Waterfalls, a bridge, view of the rock outcropping and sun filtering through the trees. Bridget and Reggie know a good thing when they see it. Looking forward to you settling in to your new spot.

    The 12th picture down (3rd from bottom) is so pretty. The lovely yellow leaves against the purple ones and the gray tree trunk as a backdrop. Very nice.

  36. Linda in Wisconsin says:

    I need a better commenter handle. Anyway, I love that rock outcropping. I am sure the process of finding the boondock makes the site seem all that much sweeter. Can you see the rocks from the site?
    What’s this about soft pop-ups not being allowed at some campsites? is that federal lands or private campgrounds?
    Newbie on camping out west, here.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The rocks are visible walking the lane. There’s a walk we take that gives a view of the valley. Lots of choices for walks. I like that!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      The only place I’ve seen that is where there are a lot of bears/bear issues. Likely it depends on where you travel, but for me it’s only been an occasional thing to notice.

  37. Karen LeMoine says:

    Looks like a wonderful cozy nook you found! The Crew is living
    such a fantastic life that most dogs,and people, would envy.Enjoy Fall! Its the most wonderful time of the year! The crispness of the falling leaves, nip in the air, brightness of the changing constellations,and pumpking pancakes!

  38. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Ms Sue, did you see the blood moon last night? We had totally cloudy skies here in our part of NC, couldn’t see a thing……..just wondering.

  39. wkay says:

    Finally, I thought I would die of anticipation. It is a wonderful spot.
    I finished your entire blog a few weeks ago and can’t wait to join all the full timers out there. I am counting the days.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, wkay. Thank you very much for reading all of my blog. I appreciate the compliment!

  40. Chuck Hajek says:

    What a gorgeous spot.

  41. monica- CA says:

    Read part of the comments, but haven’t finished reading them all; so, sorry if I’m repeating what someone else may have pointed out.

    Poison ivy is found east of the Rockies, while poison oak is found west of the Rockies. I believe Utah is still thought of as being west of the Rockies. 😉

    Those leaves are not poison oak- or poison ivy. Sorry, I can’t identify the plant.
    OK, back to reading.
    I love your campsite!

  42. JW says:

    Hi Sue

    Haven’t commented in a while but I’m still here and loving your blog.
    I believe the plant with the berries is commonly called Squaw Bush and is not poisonous.
    It was in abundance at Pit River CG where I hosted for a while and it was often mistaken for poison oak or ivy.

    Lovin’ your life….Keep on trucking lady!

  43. Vicki Schaefer says:

    “R in Pinedale, WY” – Talk about coincidence…we were in Pinedale yesterday, on our way from the Tetons into Utah, and commented on what a pretty, friendly, town it seemed to be! We even stopped at Ridleys Market – the pantry was getting pretty bare – and we’re impressed by now clean and well-stocked it is. It’s a pleasure to meet someone who lives there. I can see why you like it.
    Vicki

  44. weather says:

    Oh my,I’m ever so glad you stayed there for a while rather than leave right away for the sake of internet connection.I found it easiest to feel the essence of it’s gifts by looking at your photo with the bridge in it.Pretty bushes and brambles lining paths with lovely fallen leaves strewn on them, trees making canopies in softly lit clearings,all with the ever present delightful sound of the water flowing swiftly by,wow what a idyllic garden like setting.Providence painted a love poem to you 🙂

  45. MB says:

    Absolutely enchanting. I was wondering if you ever build a fire in the evening or cook over one. It’s one of my dreams…..to sit by a small, crackling fire on a cool western evening…..maybe eating some soup that I cooked on it all day while reading or working on the computer. Ahhhhh……… Meanwhile, I think our drought is officially broken. We hadn’t had any rain to speak of in six weeks. Well, it started raining last week and is still going. Trying not to complain but would love to see a little blue….. I hope you have a wonderful day in your enchanted forest. MB from VA (for now)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I thought I would have campfires and cook over them. Turns out I enjoy cooking on my propane stove inside with the door open. Hope you are having a good day in VA!

  46. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Yet another fantastic site!! Autumn foliage, creek with water fall, trees, sunlight. WOW!!! I wish we could sit around that fire pit roasting hot dogs on a stick until they were charred and then toasting marshmallows the same
    Enjoy your new home site. Sending Lots of Love and Big Hugs to you, Bridget and Reggie. Love you!!!!!

  47. Terri From Texas says:

    A lovely campsite as usual!! A note about Yellowstone-It really seems like people have lots of way different experiences in Yellowstone as regards to crowds! We went in mid-September and stayed in the park. The roads were only mildly jammed but you have to expect that-it is one of the things Yellowstone is famous for! And it almost always means a wildlife viewing. Anyway, we found that the further on trails we went the fewer people there were. We got up at 7 a.m. one morning and had Uncle Toms stairway to ourselves for almost an hour. Hiking up Mount Washbourne was similar-I think we passed one person on the trail. So, if you are inclined to hike-thats the way to get away from all the people. Most people just drive the loop and see Old Faithful. My mom worked in the Old Faithful store one summer and she said the most asked question was “Where do they turn on Old Faithful?” 🙂
    Keep taking care!

  48. Pamela K. says:

    Sweet find, complete with tiny rapids even.
    No question you’d want to move to that site 🙂 SCORE!
    Bridget sure seems to be doing much better in the cooler and less dusty climate.
    Seems like she can breath better, something is agreeing with her 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Me: I have been a packing animal of late! Last minute things to take on my around Fla coast trip…camp stuff, camp kitchen stuff, clothes and shoes, rain gear, powerhouse station, screen room, camp chair, lounger, CD/Movies, beach stuff, camera stuff, the list goes on. I think I need a Van for my VAN!!! Now, if I have enough room left for FOOD I’ll be fine. I travel *lite* (laughs wildly now) wouldn’t you say?! Anyway, Klemper is now working 6 days a week – 10 hour days – so rather than stay and walk on egg-shells (to be quite as a mouse) I’m outta here and off to the coastline. So two full months of on-the-go awaits! BTW, I will also be looking for a tiny used teardrop camper while I’m coast-surfing so my good friend can travel with me easier. A guest room for my convertion van – would that be CRAZY GOOD or what?! I hope I can find a tiny teardrop that fits my budget on this trip. It’s not a must-have so I can take my time finding it if need be, but it would be nice to find before winter and having someone to travel with again would be fun too. I miss my best friend Barb so much, rest her sweet soul, she was 71 yrs young, full of life…gone too soon.
    Well, anyway, that’s my news. Heading out Sunday…weather permitting – crossing fingers and toes!

    Weather:
    I looked at one of those T&B models with the galley in the rear. Mighty tempting… but I really don’t need all that room with the Van. A small teardrop will suit me fine. But those TABs sure are nice!!!
    Slap my hand please…
    Note to self: I WILL NOT WADE IN THE DEEP-END, BAD PAMA.
    OK, I’m over lusting on the TAG now…(wink) maybe.

    • Pamela, check out the smaller T@G. It’s a traditional teardrop size. Although they’ve only been around for a couple of years so not many used ones.

      I don’t know what coast you’re heading toward, but I leave next month for a “T@B Coastal Caravan”, where a group will visit four campgrounds in a 2-week period., in SC and GA. I don’t think we have a T@G joining us this year, but we did last.

      Barbara in Nashville, if you see this, I will be at Percy Priest on October 16 on my way to the coast. If you still want to see a T@B, you’re welcome to visit my site 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        Crystal,
        Your offer is so nice! Thank you! Depending on the weather, heavy rains this week are forecasted, I will leave out once they come through and cleared again. I’m hoping this Sunday will be nice for leaving out. I will be taking the county roads to Jacksonville and from there taking A1A as far as it takes me. Staying on the coastline as much as is possible all the way around the Flordia coast and back up the Alabama way to the Atlanta Metro. If for some reason my plans to head out are delayed until the 16th or so, then I’ll really consider coming and seeing all those sweet TABs. You are right about the T&G. They are the perfect fit for my needs. I missed out on one recently…a timing thing. It was a 2014 model, 9 mos old. She was upgrading the the larger T&G model…would have been perfect! Oh well, another one will come along in time, the right timing for everything is key. I’ll know it when I see it as they say. Anyhoo, hope your weather is perfect for your TAB rally 🙂 Sounds like a blast, would love to join in and see them at some later time 🙂 Be well and travel safe always!

  49. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I have been very curious about those red berries. I did a search for red berries in Utah , and found a photo for wild baneberries, Actaea rubra. If these are the same, they are extremely poisonous . It says as few as six berries can kill you….wow….no wonder people don’t generally go out and about tasting plants at random!
    Love love this camp!
    I am about to take my last camp out with my best lady friend, before I head up to Oregon to be grandma for my son’s children while Julianne is in Shriners. In fact, it may turn out that I stay with her at the hospital instead of staying with the boys. This should be interesting!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      JW (above) is certain the plant is Squaw Bush and it isn’t poisonous.

      My connection keeps dropping, otherwise I’d look it up and try to confirm it for myself.

      Enjoy your camp out, Lee!

      • edlfrey says:

        It may be commonly called Squaw Bush where JW was hosting but none of the pictures for Squaw Bush that I can find on the web look like what you took a picture of.
        All the pictures that I find shows clusters of berries – I guess what you saw may have had many of them eaten. But the leaf does not look anything like what you saw.
        I don’t know what it is but I can not match your picture to any Squaw Bush pictures on the web. Maybe I’ll look some more tomorrow – I have had enough for today.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I wish I could do some web research on this. My connection is too shaky and drops out. I see the same plant outside my window at our present camp which is a different camp from the one in this post. I can add this info… The plant I’m looking at is 25 tall and looks like a tree, similar to the maples of the Northeast. BTW, the red berries belong to another plant. They are in the photo to confuse the issue and to keep you online longer than you intended. 🙂

      • JW says:

        Sue…………I certainly don’t want someone hurt and after further research, I can’t be sure without being there and examining the plant. There are a l0t of variations to the plant. Something I did not know is that squaw bush, poison oak and ivy are all in the cashew family and would be harmful if you are allergic to cashews. My best advice for anyone is to just stay away from it.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, JW,

          Interesting about the three plants in the same family. The red berries may be the squaw plant (the leaves are another plant). Whatever the case, the plant whose leaves are shown here grow all over and I have found them to be harmless (and I have had rashes from poison oak and ivy in the past). Thanks, JW.

  50. What a truly magical spot. Even if there’s a small fee, it’s worth it for such a lovely place. Hope you can stay there a good long time!! The bright yellow leaves have been so pretty on Hwy 395 through Oregon and CA. I think they’re flowers until we get closer and they’re leaves – something that grows close to the ground on hillsides……love it! Miss B looks so happy and bright-eyed. I think the cooler temps must agree with her (me too).

    • JW says:

      Hi Jodee…………Welcome to Susanville…hope your stay here has been pleasant.
      Be prepared to see another dry lake between here and Reno. Honey Lake which was once very large is today dry and will probably never come back.

      • Ouch. Thanks for the warning 🙁 Today’s rain feels wonderful but it looks like the area will take years of above average rainfall to recover – and that’s not in the predictions I’ve seen. Appreciate the welcome, we’ve enjoyed our stay :))))))

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m glad you had an enjoyable time there, Jodee. Eagle Lake was pretty when we were there a few years ago… I had fun watching and photographing the pelicans.

  51. Terri From Texas says:

    Never say never! Our lives are but a drop in the bucket…
    I believe the earth will be here, and changing, long after mankind has dried up and blown away.

  52. Monica-CA says:

    The plant with the yellow leaves in the photo with the red berries looks similar to poison ivy, but it isn’t poison ivy. One plant that gets mistaken for poison ivy since the leaves looks very similar is boxelder. The plant with the yellow leaves might be a young boxelder.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think someone else suggested boxelder, too. I agree — It’s not poison ivy. It grows into a tree.

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