Meeting “on the road”

Friday, July 14

“Isn’t she a doll!” I exclaim.  “What’s her name?”

Roger, Reggie and I are walking the loop at Sloway Campground, St. Regis, Montana.

We meet a man walking his little, white, fluffy dog.

 “Her name is Lilah,” he replies.  “She’s a maltese-poodle.”

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I interrupt this story with a couple thoughts about Roger . . . 

I wonder if Roger came to us having little or no experience walking on a leash or meeting other dogs while on a leash.  When we come upon another dog or person, Roger goes absolutely berserk —  barking, jumping, and pulling.

I’m pleasantly surprised whenever a dog owner realizes Roger is just excited, not being aggressive, and allows Roger to come up to their dog or reaches down to give him attention.  Opportunities to socialize will help Roger act more appropriately.

Anyway . . . .

Here’s something else I wonder about Roger . . .

In the next photo, look at those bat ears and the jowly downturn of the mouth. Do you see a bit of French Bulldog?

Hmm . . . Maybe great-great grandpa?

Saturday, July 15

After Reg and Roger devour their breakfast of chicken chunks, we go down the path to the “play area” behind our campsite.  I like to bring the crew here because I can hook their tether to the fire ring and there are no obstructions on which they can become tangled.

It also gives me a few minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee and the view of the river and forested mountainside.  Usually the train comes through, on the other side of the river, blasting out two longs, a short, and a long.

The play area is great for zooming!

I sit at the picnic table with my camera and record the activity of the crew.

Lewis and Clark?  No, it’s Roger and Reggie!





Not much time passes between rounds of play.









“Roger!  Get out of there!”

“Oh, look, guys! It’s Lilah!”

While Reggie and Roger greet their new friend and do their best to impress her, I invite Lilah’s owner, Tom, to take a seat at the picnic table with me.

Tom is tent-camping in the site next to ours.

I hadn’t realized this because the vegetation between campsites is very dense.  One doesn’t see one’s neighbor.

Reggie makes his move!

The boys show off how tough they are.  As if Lilah is interested in that.


Lilah walks away from the crew.  Tom remarks, “She doesn’t know how to play.  She’s not around other dogs much.”

Tom tells me he’s from northern California and retired from a hairdressing career. He plans to leave this morning to visit friends in nearby Townsend Falls.

We talk a little more and then he says, “Well, I’d better go pack and get going.”

We wish each other safe travel.

He and Lilah return to their campsite.

Shortly thereafter Tom and Lilah pass by our campsite in their car.  Tom waves and they’re gone.

That’s the way it often goes with those of us “on the road!”


NOTE:  If you’re reading this, it means my first attempt at delayed publishing is a success! Anticipating that we would be without internet, I wrote this post when connected with WiFi and I programmed it to appear later.  — Sue


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52 Responses to Meeting “on the road”

  1. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge says:

    hi, sue

  2. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge says:

    I did it! Alright! ‘Bout time.

  3. Pat from Mich. says:

    Third!! Haven’t been this early in a while!

  4. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    Morning Sue and all Blogerinos! Another scorcher in Northern California!

  5. Judy in East Texas says:

    Hi sue and crew….could I be first!! And I read the post first before committing.
    Stay safe my friend, judy

  6. Pat from Mich. says:

    Does Roger have a slight underbite? The pics kinda look like he might and that would be another bulldog type characteristic. I’ll bet some people think the and Reggie are littermates. They look very similar. Aren’t they about the same age too?

  7. Deena in Phoenix says:

    Good Morning Sue, I’m glad your “delayed publishing” worked…I think your thoughts about Roger’s “Grandpa” are spot on…Lilah is a delight to the “Boys”…I like your view of the river and the forested mountain…may ya’ll continue to enjoy the spoils of your lifestyle.


  8. Pat in Rochester says:

    Hi Sue, the delay worked. That’s pretty cool you can do that.

  9. Millie Hubbard says:

    Good Afternoon Sue and Crew!!

    I think you might be right about Roger’s lineage-a little “Frenchie”!

    So envious of cooler north west weather-the heat index today in NC will be up to 107. eek!!

  10. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    The crew is having a blast. I hope you are, too. I enjoyed the photos of them romping and playing.

    You’ve discovered scheduling posts! I was going to suggest that. It gives you more flexibility in your travels as we all know not all places have a cell signal! It also relieves some pressure on you.

    Since you obviously can’t interact with commenters right away when you do this, I would like to suggest you ask questions or encourage specific interaction in your posts when you schedule them. I am thinking of when you asked people to identify plants or birds or other game-like things. Or you could ask people about their experiences that relate somehow to the post (like experiences with trains in this post or meeting other camper’s dogs or favorite river camps, etc, etc.). Or do cliffhangers (you are VERY good at that). You could tell people you will check comments when you are able and/or encourage blogorinos to interact (which I’ve seen you do) or even ask someone(s) you trust to moderate. These are just some thoughts I have. Take what you like and leave the rest. You know I love your blog as do so many others.

  11. Perhaps Reggie will teach Roger. “Dude, chill. This is how it’s done.”

  12. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    Hi Sue, I think Roger might have some Pug in him because of the way his tail curls up over his back. Really wish we could do a genetics test on him to find out what his percentages are. He is very interesting with his longish back and underbite. We could have a guessing contest! Be well Sue and Crew!

  13. weather says:

    When Roger first saw you and Reggie he chose to watch you from a distance. He was free to decide whether or not to approach you, and had time to decide if he trusted you enough to do that. Now that he’s tethered on a leash, those encounters are happening more suddenly, and at your discretion, not his. I imagine he feels tense and “going berserk” is his attempt to exert some amount of the control he felt kept him safe before. I think you’re right, more opportunities to socialize will show him behaving differently than he currently does. He has made remarkable progress in adapting to a lot of changes, considering the short time he’s been with you.

    Gee, pre-programing a post to be published, how different! This is another of the wonders of internet communication that have come as a surprise to me. Mind boggling stuff, this whole blogging world, Ha! I hope in real time you and the crew are enjoying wherever you are when you see this.

  14. Shelley in California says:

    I definitely see the French bulldog in that picture. They are both 100% adorable.

  15. Barbara CA says:

    Nice to know other folks are learning how to do techie things as they go. So much to learn when trailering – especially for you who do it full-time. Worth the effort, of course.

    I don’t have the website handy where I bought the cat tent-playground, but will give it to the post whenever I get the thing and see if it is all it is suppose to be. Seems most everyone is has a dog partner, but maybe there is interest.

    • Lisa in San Diego says:

      from what I’ve read here, it’s best not to post a direct link or even an Amazon link, just only include the name, and let people find it or let RV Sue post a link

  16. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Love hearing that the boys seems to have adjusted and Roger is settling in to the learn the ropes. Just will take time and patience I reckon’. Hopefully if you understand why he does what he does you can figure out how to circumvent it. Weather made a lot of sense.

    Juno is back from her first date with the RV fix-it place. She returns with cleaned tanks and new gate valves, boasting a pretty new ladder on her derriere, and a hole where the refrigerator used to be. She goes back on the 2nd or 3rd to have her new patio and window awning fabric installed and potentially a new-to-her fridge. They are getting the measurements of a used one one that another customer is having removed to see if it will fit in mine. If not then I’ll put in a dorm fridge most likely – later I can put in something better for boondocking, but right now just need a working appliance and can take some time to find what I’m looking for.

    Shake down cruise is the 9th. Not going far – 8 miles down the road to a nearby lake – LOL. Well, if anything goes wrong my home bed won’t be far away. Still a lot to do but pushing to get as much finished as I can. I have already pushed some things off to another season (like painting the insides of the cabinets). The flooring and revamping the bath is going to have to wait as well until after the first ‘sleepover’. And no, haven’t even thought about the exterior!

    • Rover Ronda says:

      Shake down cruise is a good idea, and close is good too, I think.
      Have a great time on the lake!

      • Dawn in Asheville says:

        Thanks! I’ll post a report back – until then, full steam ahead getting her ready!

  17. Barbara CA says:

    This is the website for the tent-playground for cats. I couldn’t find anything comparable on Amazon.

    • weather says:

      Hi,Barbara, I hope you let us know how the one you sent away for works out. Amazon sells one very similar ,though it costs less and has more square footage, it’s called ABO Gear Happy Habitat for indoor cats. I’m interested because I’d like an outdoor playpen/tent for my two kitties to enjoy without they’re being free to run off and possibly get lost somewhere.

      • Rover Ronda says:

        I saw one RVer that had a storage cabinet their cats could get into from inside the RV. The outside door opened into a wire cage that folded flat. So the cats could come and go in or out as they pleased. It was diy with wire, 1×2 wood, and hinges. It had 4 “walls” and a lid, 1 “wall” was only as high as the bottom of the cabinet door. Pretty cool if you have the space to store it while traveling.

    • Lisa in San Diego says:


  18. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    The boys being silly! Loving life.

  19. Susan in south central WA says:

    Mais bien sûr, Roger ressemble à un chien français! (I say in my 45+ year old poor high school French). Your site looks so yummy, did it ever cool off?

  20. Renee from Idaho says:

    Oh my gosh! My little Missy looked exactly like Lilah! It brought back such memories. The personalities of Reg and Rog sure comes out in the photos. They are such a pair! My little Mica goes crazy too like Roger when we’re walking her on a leash and we come upon other dogs. I realized after a few times, that she’s just excited and calms down when she gets close enough to smell and greet the other dog. Enjoy your travels and be safe.

  21. Rover Ronda says:

    👍delayed publishing work
    My pack like to get in the fire pits too. I think they’re scrounging for grease dropping from people grilling over the fire. I usually adjust and set up tethers so they can’t reach the fire pit😏. Too bad because it often makes a good anchor, as you know.

  22. Tilda says:

    As for Roger, what about Boston terrier? I can see Frenchie, but I’ve rarely seen that breed running around loose breeding with other dogs (they also can have a difficult time giving birth).
    I have a malti-poo who would be right in there with the boys. She loves our 13-year-old Yorkie mix, but he’s of an age that isn’t as interested in playing as she is.
    I’m glad Roger and Reggie love playing together.

    • Mostlylost says:

      I was wondering if there might be some Boston Terrier , too. I grew up with Bostons and I keep thinking Roger’s front paws look an awful lot like a Boston’s. He’s definitely an adorable Heinz 57!

  23. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (WA) says:

    Roger’s ears have said French Bulldog to me as well! He’s a handsome amalgamation for sure. So glad your programmed blogging is keeping things humming while you are enjoying more remote locations. I have just returned from a week in my Casita around Mt Rainier. Weather has been perfect this summer and the mountain glaciers were showing in the most gorgeous color blue. There was no data coverage at the campground or the subsequent riverside boondock. I love being in these areas but admit being without my connections is a personal challenge.

  24. Great to see a new post and the photos of the Boys meetin’ a new lady and playing,,,, well we went into town to get some food for Piper n’ me and when we got back to Kenny Flatts the truck lost it’s Stearing and then I couldn’t shift out of gear,, so we are lucky that we were at our camp when this problem came about,,, I met a fellow when we were here before and he came buy just as the truck did it’s crap,, I called up CarQwest Auto parts in Pagosa Springs and ordered a Rag Joint and a Floor Shift Kit, I put the Rag Joint in today and must wait till mid next week to get the Shift Conversion kit and a horn button, a toggle switch,, now my new friend lives and Teaches in Dulcey and he brings his 2 dogs to this area to run and play in the pond ,, so Hopefully the truck will be fixed by this time next week,, Jesus must be Looking out for us and I thank him, we’d be stuck for a long time if he didn’t,,, have a pleasant weekend and give Roger n’ Reggie a huge hug from us, okay,,,, Rusty n Piper

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Mercy, Rusty…so glad you are being “watched over”!! I hope it is cool enough there where you are too!! Reminds me of scary events when I was a kid…but my dad could fix most things with bailing wire and twine as they say…still, a scary time. Hope you are able to finish fixing things and your new friend will hang in there helping if needed!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Oh no! Rusty what a predicament! YIKES! Jesus is most definitely taking care of you! PLUS you knew what you needed to fix it and HOW to fix it! You are a multi talented man! Hope everything is fixed now and all is well! Hive Lady Piper a big hug from us!
      Where are you headed next?

      • We are still waiting for the parts shop to call, I placed the order Thursday evening and the Mr Gasket floor shifter kit is comming from Amarillo Texas, hope it get here soon, with my hands It may take me 3 days to put it in on the floor,,, and met another fellow who said he’d help too if Ray is unable to help,,I have both numbers and 2 -3 bars on the phone,,,,, Piper says hi too,,,,, Rusty

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Whoo-Hoo! The delayed publishing worked! The zoom-zoom brothers look like they had fun playing, and trying to impress the lady. 🙂 Yes, I see some possible French Bulldog in Roger’s features. We will never know for sure what the boy’s DNA mixture is…the sum of all the parts makes for two cute pups.

    Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! We are thankful to be able to cool our jets in the A/C of our home. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! 🙂

  26. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, the boys sure seem to act like brothers eh? Glad you are all having fun, Sue!!

  27. Rhodium in Va says:

    Way to go with the delayed publication. We will get you writing Perl scripts in no time. Monday we get a second Sato (one of a group of puppies left in a bag on D**d D*g beach). It will be fun to see them playing like your two sweethearts.

  28. Marysia says:

    I wait for your posts patiently. I typically do not comment, but, really REALLY enjoy reading them. Love the stories illustrated by your photos. I mostly love your posts about your dogs (my two are loves of my life, I prefer not to have any human friends, live in a very remote area, and spend my days hiking with them).

    I was so excited when you met Roger and so disappointed when you left him behind. Could not stop myself from tearing up when you returned and he became part of your crew. I do not believe in fate but it seems it was not a coincident. It is so good that Reggie has Roger and Roger has Reggie. They seem so perfect together. And, yes, I see French Bulldog in Roger.

    Thank you again for sharing your life with us.

  29. Li says:

    Thank you for your enjoyable posts. I am in Canada and really don’t shop, I’m sorry. The exchange rate has improved this week, but is still quite brutal. What a tight little crew you have in your entourage! Full time entertainers, those two.

  30. Terri in Texas says:

    Great post as usual. I just wanted to say that while you no longer post your detailed money reports, your list of campgrounds by year that you started, with fee costs, is a huge help to the potential boondocker! I hope you keep it up! Take care!

  31. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Awwwww Lilah reminded us both of DoogieBowser! We really miss that boy! Lilah was like Doogie as he never learned to play either!
    Love this campsite too! So sorry y’all are having such a heat wave there! We are used to it here along with the high humidity, but never thought it would be THAT hot in Montana!
    weathers observations about Roger sound spot on! You were right too, the more people and dogs he meets should help him get socialized. Both boys are such happy guys! Love all the mock fights!
    You are probably on your way to another beautiful camp! Can’t wait to see it! Happy trails to you!

  32. Marysia says:

    I wait for your posts patiently. I typically do not comment, but, really REALLY enjoy reading them. Love the stories illustrated by your photos. I mostly love your posts about your dogs (my two are loves of my life, I prefer not to have any human friends, live in a very remote area, and spend my days hiking with them).

    I was so excited when you met Roger and so disappointed when you left him behind. Could not stop myself from tearing up when you returned and he became part of your crew. I do not believe in fate but it seems it was not a coincident. It is so good that Reggie has Roger and Roger has Reggie. They seem so perfect together.

    Thank you again for sharing your life with us.

  33. Archae says:

    Hi Sue, R2, and fellow blogorinos,
    I have been following the trials and fun, but haven’t had a chance to comment til now. Your comment on Lewis and Clark reminded me that, while there’s a lot of “Clark” stuff in Montana, there’s hardly any “Lewis” stuff. I wondered why and have recently discovered that it is because the “Clark” stuff isn’t named for the famous explorer. It is named for William Andews Clark, U.S. Senator from Montana. He was quite a character whose wealth came from copper mines in Montana and Arizona at a time when copper wire was needed to carry electricity to the world. His wealth may have surpassed that of John D Rockefeller. He died in 1925. His daughter lived more than 100 years spending her fifth of his fortune and was still incredibly wealthy when she died. I’m reading an extremely well written book about her called “Empty Mansions”, in case anyone is interested in learning more about this other Clark.

    I was in Montana last year and it is an incredibly beautiful state. Why does the Big Sky seem so much bigger in Montana?

    Love the pics of Reggie and Roger. And Lilah is precious!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Archae,

      I am reading “Empty Mansions” as well. I have been fascinated by her story.

      • Archae says:

        Hi Denise,
        We even lived on Clark St in Billings in the late 80s. Never heard of her or her father. I was clueless til my sister-in-law stayed in the mansion in Montana. Apparently, it’s a bed & breakfast now.

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