Mavreeso to Target Tree

Wednesday, June 8

The scent of Christmas trees permeates the air at our campsite in Mavreeso Campground.

P1120031West Dolores River, north of Dolores, Colorado

Bridget, Reggie, and I explore the path near our campsite. 

The perfume of antelope bush (below) mingles with the aroma of spruce and fir.  Antelope bush is an important forage for wildlife and it grows abundantly here.  The fragrance is intoxicating!

P1120020Knowing that this is our only full day at this camp makes each hour precious.  We don’t have to walk far to discover a variety of bushes, grasses, flowers, and trees.

P1120049Every time we walk this way I notice plants I didn’t see previously.

P1120039This tree stands tall with tasseled skirts draping gracefully in layers.

P1120019White flowers scattered on a slope peek out of dried leaves, sticks, and pine needles.

P1120015I think Bridget and Reggie enjoy this camp as much as I do! 

They’ve learned to wait patiently as I stop frequently to take photos or simply to look, hear, smell, touch . . . .

P1120022Tomorrow morning we will break camp.  No need to make an early start since we aren’t going very far.

P1120028Thursday, June 9

The crew and I leave Mavreeso, taking forest road 535 southward to Route 145 which continues south to the town of Dolores.

Along the way I stop for a through-the-window photo of lupines growing wild on the embankment next to the road.

P1120060 - CopyStarved for internet, I pull into the park in Dolores.

I turn on my Verizon jetpack and check the action at this blog, read emails, and glance at the news.   Bridget and Reggie pester me to let them out, which I do, of course.  Do they ever NOT get their way?

P1120062 - CopyDolores is a neat, little town.  The river runs through it.

From Dolores we travel southeast on Route 184 which takes us to Mancos. 

We pass pretty homes and ranches among green fields.  About seven miles east of Mancos we approach the familiar brown sign denoting the entrance to a national forest campground.

Although the campground is convenient to Route 160, only a few campers are here when we arrive. 

It’s not even noon!  I find a lovely, pull-through site.

P1120070Target Tree Campground is set among Pondersosa pines and gambel oaks.

P1120066Since I only plan for us to stay here for one night, I don’t set up a full camp.   It’s nice here.  The only negative is traffic noise from busy Route 160.  It isn’t bad, but it’s there.

P1120079 Camping fee is $19 regular/$8.50 with senior discount pass.   As you can see from these photos, there are sites roomy enough for big rigs.

Reggie and Bridget are excited to take a look around!

P1120080“Oh, yellow flowers!  Come this way so I can take a shot of our camp from a different angle.”

P1120069Following the campground loop, we come upon a bi-level campsite with a long parking “pad” of gravel and wooden steps going up to the picnic table, fire ring, and grill.

P1120071A short trail courses through the campground.

P1120073When we first arrived at Target Tree, three law enforcement vehicles and a fire rescue van were parked next to the pay station.  I didn’t pay them any attention.

Then while on this walk around the campground, the sheriff drives up and parks alongside us.

“Have you been here long or are you just arriving?” he immediately asks.

“Just arrived.  Why?  Have people been staying too long?”

“No, no . . . . Did you see our cars at the entrance?  Someone left a vehicle there.  It’s been there for several days and I’m asking people if they know anything about it.”

“Gee, I don’t know.  That is odd.”

“Well, thank you, ma’am.  Enjoy your camping!”

“Thank you and good luck!”

P1120068According to a notice posted at the pay station, Rocky Mountain Recreation Company, the concessionaire for national forest campgrounds in this area, has a vacancy (as I type this) for campground host at Target Tree.

Here’s the campsite for the host or hosts . . .

P1120075After our walk we relax in our outdoor sitting area. 

Reggie and I play a few rounds of tug-of-war mixed with fetch.  He has a new toy, “Froggy,” who is a stand-in for “Bite Me” who is convalescing.  Well, no, that’s not true.  “Bite Me” is waiting for surgery (His surgeon lacks motivation.)

It starts to rain.

P1120064 - CopyI throw the doggie beds and toys into the Perfect Tow Vehicle and we go inside.

While rain taps the roof, I tap the keyboard.  Internet, at last!

I write a blog post and then take a nap with Reggie and Bridget.  Elevation at Target Tree is 7,600 feet which is my excuse for needing a nap!

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107 Responses to Mavreeso to Target Tree

  1. Mary Ellen Ewing - Arkansas says:

    Could I be first?

  2. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    and third?

  3. Pat H....now at Newport, Oregon says:

    Could I be second?

  4. judy in east texas says:

    can I be second!!! This is another beautiful campground you found.

    Stay safe out there and rock on, judy

  5. Deena - Peoria, AZ says:

    Dear Sue and Crew, what a lovely sight, your blog and your campsite. The last picture of Bridget is adorable and Reggie looking at the steps is a wonder all it’s own. A nap is always a good thing. It is as refreshing as receiving a RVSue update!

    Deena and Miss Mollie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Deena and Miss Mollie!

      I have to go offline now. Reggie, bless his heart, has waited a long, long time for me this morning. He’s fussing at me to get off the computer and go outside with him!

      See ya’ later!

  6. Jean in Southaven says:

    I might be close to first. I had to read the blog first.

  7. I was at Target Tree about this time last year. The campground host was a young guy in an older truck camper. He had chickens running around and I think I remember a pen with a pig, plus he had a dog.
    La Plata Canyon is a nice spot with two campgrounds. Doubt there will be internet.
    Don’t be fooled by the campground symbol at Cherry Creek which is between Target Tree and La Plata Canyon. It not a campground. It’s a parking lot for mountain bikers. You could sleep there in the back of a truck or truck camper.
    Give the crew a scratch.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Chickens, a pig, and a dog…. in the campground? At the camp host site? The things one sees on the road, eh?

      Yeah, we zipped right past Cherry Creek. Nice hearing from you, Robert!

  8. Good morning Crew
    Beautiful site. Can only imagine how delightful the pine and oak tree scented air would influence a mid afternoon nap. Pups are cute little trail dogs. Hoping the missing camper is found safe and soon.

    Stay safe and aware. Blessings sent.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      Besides the scented, woodsy air, a nap is better when rain taps the roof.

      The mystery of the abandoned vehicle has a sad ending (see below).

      Blessings sent your way, too.

  9. Susan in Dallas says:

    Wonder what Bridget is thinking as she stands in the middle of all those pinecones. Where to start?

  10. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    I love this post. So green and lush. I was wondering why only one night and then I realized there probably wasn’t internet. My 86 year old friend Donna wanted me to help her order an Amazon Echo (this will be her second one) so when I helped her I made sure to go through your site first. I am glad to see the purchase here. Reading your post is helping me to get “itchy tires” again. I haven’t been out in my Roadtrek since February. Give some pats and pets to your crew from me and my crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Get those tires moving again! 🙂

      Thanks to you, Linda Rose, and to your friend, Donna, for placing the order of an Amazon Echo through my blog. Very thoughtful!

  11. Dawn in Asheville, NC says:

    Beautiful photos, and inspiring as always 🙂

  12. Steve says:

    Looks like a gorgeous site, finally finished rebuilding my rotten back porch, followed by a wonderful trip to Corning NY, so I’ve got a chance to catch up. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good for you! You accomplished building a new porch… and then you rewarded yourself! I’m glad you had a great time, Steve.

  13. Nice camp. Love how the pups are in charge☺.

    Heading out next week, finally, for a couple of weeks on the road and in the woods, to Bluey Lake and a spot I know near Manning Park, will hike the alpine meadows at Manning and generally recuperate, clense the city vibe and get into road trip mode again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elaine,

      How nice that you have a favorite spot in the woods to which you return… “alpine meadows”… sounds wonderful. You will return refreshed.

      • I don’t know if it’s a favourite spot yet Sue. It’s a spot a friend told me about that we are stopping by on our way back from Bluey Lake. Just another exploration on the road. There are places I return to but I like to change it up often.

  14. Retiredcajunlady says:

    Bridget is probably thinking, “So many pine cones, so little time!” Thank you again for a lovely pictorial of a beautiful site. Belly rubs, hugs, and prayers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Retiredcajunlady! Thank you for stopping in with a few lines. Always good to hear from you!

  15. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    What a lovely place to be, Sue. The doggies sure look like they enjoy it too. I hope nothing comes out of the abandoned vehicle situation. Be safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee…. Not a happy conclusion to the abandoned car… See weather’s comment.

  16. weather says:

    All of the photos in this post are really good, I especially like the seventh picture. Bridget and Reggie both seem so happy in that one. I grinned about the crew always getting their way, pampered yes, yet not spoiled by any stretch of the imagination. They are such good travelers and lovable companions, you three really are blessed to have each other.

    My favorite campsite that you showed was the bi-level one. What a good way to incorporate the natural landscape into a site. I like to sit above what surrounds me so would enjoy camping there. The trail looks gorgeous, too. Often when I particularly like a place you show I do a web search about it. Today’s revealed that the local law enforcement had found on June 9th that a man had recently taken his own life at Target Tree Campground. It’s very touching that you brought the atmosphere of your loving family there to bring sweet peace back to the place.

    It’s great to have you back on line . I hope that’s just one among many of the nice things about your current camp. Have you made it home by putting out your rugs and things? It was odd to see the BLT without your usual cozy set up. The things you go through and sacrifice for the sake of taking we readers on the journey with you amazes me. Thank you for that and for such a beautiful post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, dear…. That was the abandoned car! We were there on June 9th. Law enforcement must have found the poor man after the sheriff spoke with me. What a pity. I had hoped for a better answer to the mystery.

      On to more trivial, happier matters . .. Thank you regarding the photos and for the understanding words about my efforts for this blog.

      I know what you mean about the bi-level site. It is a good meld with the natural landscape. I, too, prefer camping in a higher place.

      To answer your question, yes, the rugs and things are out. I even set up an outdoor kitchen with my table and wash basin. It’s feels good to nest!

      • edlfrey says:

        “Law enforcement must have found the poor man after the sheriff spoke with me.”

        The officer that spoke to you was looking for witnesses and did not tell you exactly why he was asking when you had arrived. His body was discovered about 8:10 a.m., that Thursday before you arrived, by workers at the Target Tree Campground.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I read that time for the discovery of the body and assumed the reporting was bad, since sloppy reporting is common these days. Maybe you’re right. The sheriff did seem more cheerful than one would expect from a person with the task you suggest. Perhaps that’s a skill he’s developed for use in situations such as this.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Absolutely…trying to determine TOD (time of death)…once you answered “just arrived”..he got his answer.

          Thankfully you weren’t the person who discovered him.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Sorry for being dense… How does my time of arrival determine anything relating to TOD?

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              It narrows it down…If you were present and saw the vehicle or person and if you heard a shot.

              Once you replied “you just arrived” there was no way you were going to be a witness…thus ending his questions.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Okay, I see.

      • weather says:

        Goodness, I hope my mentioning that didn’t upset you. I had just really found the timing of your arrival fortuitous. I imagine after being called out there to report such findings, the officer’s burden, and that of the workers, was lightened momentarily by seeing a nice lady walking cute dogs and enjoying the park for what it’s meant to be. We may never know how our encounters affect others, I believe they happen for a good reason.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, I didn’t find your comment upsetting. It’s reality. And you’re right about not knowing how we affect others.

          I don’t know if I’ve written about this… I hope I’m not repeating myself.

          When I taught middle school, I had a student who had a lot of charisma. The other young people listened when he spoke and tended to follow his choices. One day I was teaching an oceanography lesson and mentioned “black smokers’ (under water black clouds from hydrothermal vents). This boy, who was black, joked, “I’m a black smoker!” and the other students laughed.

          I had suspected that he was messing around with marijuana and this confirmed it for me. Later I had a chance to talk to him. I told him he had the gift of leadership, that what he did, others would imitate. I told him he could be a leader for good, or a leader for bad. He could lead in a way that hurt people or he could lead in a way that helped them. I asked him to remember that when he made choices.

          Well, anyway… I had forgotten all about that when a few months later I had a phone conference with his mother. Her voice broke when she thanked me for my influence on her son. I asked what she meant (because I really didn’t know!) and she said her son came home that day all excited. “Ms. R said that I’m a leader!” That led to a mother-son conversation that she felt encouraged her son to become a better person on a better path.

          My teaching career was a disappointment to me in many ways. That mother’s thank you balances it out somewhat. I had no idea!

          • weather says:

            You hadn’t related that story before. I’m glad you’ve had that memory to carry . I had one high school teacher in particular with such a good influence on me that I wrote her a letter of appreciation years later. Academics and athletics came easily to me so I really didn’t have to try hard to do well. She knew that, and as my voice tutor pushed me constantly to improve my skills. I thanked her for teaching me to strive for excellence because doing that had improved my life in many areas. She, and my friends, were surprised that I not only tolerated her tactics I elected to be under her tutelage. Like you did with that student, she encouraged me to use my natural abilities instead of wasting them, to this day I’m grateful for her. She, and you, could easily have let the opportunity to affect a young person’s life so positively slip by and made the effort not to. There are few thank you notes or calls yet I hope you know how many people you have helped that just didn’t express that.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You’re a singer! Of course! That fits! 🙂

            • weather says:

              It’s funny that’s what you picked up from my reply. I do hope you realized I wrote that to applaud good teachers like yourself. I applaud your response below regarding current events as well,’nuff said.

              It’s a blue sky gorgeous day here cool enough to get a few tasks done. I hope it is where you are, too. I plan to smell some roses, literally . What are you up to?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              For many, many months I’ve been curious to know more about you. I think I’ve been pretty good at restraining myself from nosing into your life. Haha! That’s why your reference to voice study jumped out at me. How wonderful that you sing!

              What am I up to? Well, the three of us wandered around in the early morning sunshine, surrounded by aspens and wildflowers. More recently, while the crew naps, I’m working on making links to go at the bottom of the next post and editing photos. Like you, I’m getting a few tasks done.

              Hallelujah for your “blue sky gorgeous day!”

          • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

            I had not heard this story either, Sue. It is very inspirational and you cared, which is why you took the time to talk to the boy. So many adults around children and young adults don’t take the time to really talk to them. A few words can have the impact of a lifetime, for good or for bad.

          • Applegirl NY says:

            Such a wonderful story, Sue. So glad you took that opportunity with that young man. Yeah for encouragement!

            We’re also enjoying one of those picture perfect June days. Warm, sunny breezy with no humidity. It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        How sad.

  17. You have found another great site for you and the crew. Great pictures in this post. I like that everything is blooming and green. I hope the car owner is found to be safe and sound.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      You’re right about everything green… I didn’t realize Colorado is such a green state. Thanks re the photos.

      Target Tree is pretty. I didn’t feel like it was a destination type camp for us, rather a pleasant interlude on a trip to somewhere else. I like to travel in short hops from camp to camp, whenever possible.

  18. R. now in CO says:

    Great photos and as always I enjoy your report. If you get a chance visit Lake City, Salida, Cottonwood Pass, Leadville, Ouray, Telluride, Silvertone. Each area has plenty of places for boondocking and they have beautiful vistas. I’m planning to be in each (except Telluride) and more areas while hiking and backpacking almost 500 miles from Denver to Durango. Sue and Crew, enjoy high mountains of colorful Colorado.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      I hope your arm is healing well. Thanks for the suggestions. Altitude of those places (and of the roads to get to them) will determine where we go and where we camp. I appreciate the encouragement for finding boondocks. So far boondocks suitable for an RV (as opposed to those reached by walking-in) have been hard to find while keeping altitude below 8,000 feet.

      At present we are slightly above 8,000 feet (as best I can determine) and we will stay here to become acclimated to the elevation before continuing our travels.

      • Sue, since you are sensitive to altitude have you ever considered a compass app for your phone that includes an altimeter? I have Motorola Droid and because I rockhound at altitude I find it useful. Just another tech thing that needs I connection though. Mine is Smart Compass Pro. Lots of them are free.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I appreciate the suggestion. Others may find the app handy.

          I’m not a phone app person. I like trying to figure out things for myself by studying my surroundings and referring to my atlas and researching online. It’s part of the fun in my life. Maybe that sounds crazy and old-fashioned…

          Anyway…. I hate phones! 🙂

  19. Rick & Brock the dog, WA says:

    Hi Sue!
    Brock and I are taking next week off from work to do some camping and explore a bit in WA and OR so we’ll be thinking of you. Safe travels through Colorado. I’m looking forward to reading the posts as they come in. It’s one area I’ll get to at some point.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick & Brock,

      A week off from work to go camping! Yay! I wish you an exploration better than you can imagine. Have fun! 🙂

  20. Retiredcajunlady says:

    I find it ironically tragic that someone would choose such a place of beauty to end their life. Just your pictures (as I have never been to Colorado) inspire me in so many ways…to both notice and appreciate the beauty around me, to want to conserve and protect the open lands of our country, to be so grateful for my life and the blessings I have. I said a prayer for the person who took their life that they find peace in the next life.

    Sue, I love your story of the student. Education and educators get such a bad wrap these days. If only parents and the public knew how much teachers truly care about the children they teach. Well, done, Sue!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Retiredcajunlady,

      I love the thought that my blog inspires you to a greater appreciation of nature, our country, your life and your blessings.

      Thank you for your response to the anecdote from my teaching days.

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      I thought the same Retiredcajunlady, but I’m sure that at that moment and time, the person was not thinking of the beauty of that place. I read online that he was a lawyer that had taken thousands of dollars from clients and he was recently barred from practicing law and was convicted or about to be convicted of the crime. In spite of the crime he committed, there seems always a way out, but in his mind there wasn’t. Well, I don’t want to go on and on about that. Sue’s posts are so beautiful and every time I read them and look at the photos, I’m transported there with her, away from my work or chores.

  21. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    Thank you for sharing your experience with the student and his mother. It was such a good gesture on the mother’s part to let you know the positive effect you had on her son. You were able to be there to give words of encouragement and insight that this boy needed. You made a difference. You made the effort and you cared enough about him to take him aside and show him you cared. What a wonderful opportunity.
    I always enjoy your blog, Sue. Thank you for all the beautiful photos and the action shots of the pups. I have to chuckle when I see Reggie in action. Youthful energy. I want some.
    Pamelab in Houston…til August

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, Pamelab! To have half the energy of the Reginator! That reminds me of something….

      For the first time the other day, Reggie actually relaxed while sitting on my lap. Really. He never has done that before. I attribute this change in behavior — his new calm — to the elevation. The three of us are sleeping more and the sleep is deep. I wake up in the morning not knowing where I am! Ha! I have to look out the window, for heaven’s sake!

      Reggie is still a motor-pup but at least he takes a break now and then. I hope the altitude effect lasts!

  22. Rocky Mtn Bob says:

    Hi Sue,
    In my neighborhood now. I’m 130 miles North of you now, just to warn you, do not head North on 550 with your trlr, you won’t like it. If curious, park it somewhere and then drive only your van over Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mtn passes to Ouray, beautiful drive and for return go back over Lizard Head pass, Ridgway, Telluride then Dolores to Mancos. Not for the “faint of heart”, but should be on most “bucket list”.
    Also Colo is pretty “sad” for their State Park fees, not sure this year, but has been like $7 daily fee plus any camping fees ($20?), seniors may get discount of $3? I quit several years ago when an annual senior pass (Daily fees) went from $35 to $70. Enough federal sites around here don’t need the state stuff, sorry if any Colo residents don’t like my comments, I’ve been here 70 + years and watched all this modernization ruin this state, but still better than a lot of places.
    Sue enjoy your visit to Colo.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob,

      I appreciate the warning about Route 550. Chuck (blogorino along with wife, Geri) has also warned me of that road.

      As for Colorado state parks…. before entering the state I did a little research and came to the conclusion that state parks are not for us. When there are daily charges tacked onto camping fees… and did I read about a daily fee for pets? Maybe not. I can’t remember if that was CO state parks.

      The BLM charges $8/$4 for Bradfield CG. Then I come to Colorado’s national forest campgrounds managed by a concessionaire and the fees are $19/$8.50, also $20/$10. Ok, so Mavreeso is special because of the river and all. However Target Tree has trees, but no water feature like Bradfield, yet the fee is more than double.

      I tend to side with the “little people” or folks on a tight budget. How often can young parents take their children camping when the fees for a weekend are $40, maybe $60? I have this belief that camping should be a recreational option for a wide range of budgets, not just the well-to-do or retirees with no dependents. Yeah, I know there are expenses to maintain/repair campgrounds. That’s why we need to get our dang economy going again!

      I appreciate you sharing your honest opinion, Bob.

      • Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

        we had the habit of going north when we first hit colorado then working
        our way south headed back home….which reminds me of the time Red Mountain
        Pass was closed and we were forced to rent a cabin for the nite…..there was a
        warm springs swimming pool there that was covered and heated so we went
        swimming…..on our trip back to the cabin we drove downtown and passed
        the movie theater and the kids said WE WANT POPCORN….so I stopped in
        the middle of the street ran in and got 3 popcorns…….the boys thot I was
        crazy…….ha, what memories……next morning we had 6 inches of snow on
        the ground…..
        chuck

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s the stuff that kids remember … the time Dad stopped in the street to run in the movie theater for popcorn for us. I agree, what memories. 🙂

          • Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

            what blew the kids minds was that I was still in my bathing suit
            when I went in to get the popcorn wearing cowboy boots
            and my texas cowboy hat……:)
            chuck

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh my, chuck, that’s hilarious. You know what my first thought was? The Village People… Remember them? The guys in outfits…. Y-M-C-A!

            • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

              Oh now stop it! Now I can’t get that song out of my head!!!!

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      Rocky Mtn Bob, oh I can relate. I don’t like all this construction and home building. It is taking the wild animals out of their natural habitat and forcing them into communities where they are put down only because of what man does.

      I’ve lived here for 16 years and am not thrilled with the price of housing and how in developed areas and apartment complexes have such high rent and then turn “ghetto”. Such a shame.

      Sue, it’s been raining on and off all day today. Warning: stay toward the west for now as we have had tornado warnings and watches from Denver International Airport to the plains of Kansas and Oklahoma. Thank you for the pictures!

      Enjoy and stay safe!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’re welcome, Elaine. Thanks for the warning! Hope all is well and stays well with you … 🙂

  23. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    Sue, you make me want to go camping………..HA
    love the pictures and the story……..back when we were visiting
    colorado every year we said that one of these days we are moving
    to colorado….now at my age I cant stand the cold but love the heat…
    so no moving to colorado
    thanks
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, chuck. I’m tickled that our travel in Colorado brings back memories of visits and camps in the state, roaming around with your three boys. I hope those happy memories keep surfacing as we move around the state this summer.

  24. Sandi Stewart says:

    So picturesque. I bet it is more lovely in person. I think I smelled your pines. Enjoy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandi,

      I wish there were a way for readers to “scratch and sniff” my photos to release the scent of flowers, pine trees, spruce trees, campfires, hay… Wouldn’t that be fun!

  25. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    What a nice area, so much greenery, secluded and peaceful! Glad to see Bridgee babee with four on the floor! Reg on the other hand never has four on the floor!

    Love the flowers and the railroad tie steps to the picnic table.

    My first thoughts about the sheriff’s inquiry to the “vehicle” was a missing person/hiker.

    Enjoy your evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That was the first thing I thought of, too.

      Bridgee babee has four on the bed right now. Reggie is munching kibble and soon he will be asleep beside me. He has set up a pattern. Play with toy, go for the evening walk, eat kibble, have a drink, hop in bed, sleep. The glow of my laptop screen is his nightlight. 🙂

      Good night, Cinandjules…

  26. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    I like those gambel oaks. Nicely shaped leaves. A nice combo with the pines.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The oaks are low-growing and bushy and create a beautiful border around campsites.

  27. Lynn Brooks says:

    Looks beautiful!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore)

  28. Donna 'N Girls says:

    Sue,
    What a lovely campsite, it looks so cool and refreshing. I’m heading out tomorrow, with the fur faces of course, going to Pinetop first for 2 weeks then on to Chama New Mexico. I’m going to hang around northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado, so you’ve been doing some informative posts, for me anyway. My neighbors brother is a camp host at a campground on the Dolores river, so thought I’d stay there. One problem, my neighbor can’t remember the name. I won’t be there until the end of July, so he hax time to come up with the name.
    Thank you again for the repair shop name in Yuma, Sun Bums are closed for the summer, but my friends found another shop that replaced all four springs in 1 1/2 hours. Not bad at all, Yuma is not quite as busy this time of year.
    Donna in Chandler.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Donna,

      Yes, many of the RV-related business in Yuma close for the summer. I’m glad your friends found a shop to help them. I’m glad my posts are giving you ideas for your trip. Safe travels, have fun!

  29. Bob Wells says:

    If anyone is interested, I worked for Rocky Mountain Recreation Company one season near Leadville, CO. Very good outfit, I’d recommend them.
    Bob

  30. Mary Batt says:

    Hey Sue!

    I inhaled when I read/saw your pic of the Christmas trees in this Mavreeso post. Couldn’t help it. I did smell the memories of pines!! And I just did it again! I had a favorite spot up in our woods in Port Crane, NY under the hemlocks, cushioned with needle drop, above the crik. Ahhh…. Thanks! Mary B

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Mary. Sight and smell are closely related… Those photos are designed to bring on deep inhalation! 🙂

  31. DesertGinger says:

    Sue, I know you will delete this and that’s fine. I don’t agree with you at all and I refuse to allow my perspective on the world to be based on hate. But I thank you for your opinion,

    Much love, Ginger

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hate has absolutely nothing to do with my response. As much as we would like our love to influence everyone, that’s not realistic. We must be vigilant and we must protect ourselves. This is the lesson we should have learned from WW II. Nice doesn’t always work. It is possible to have a loving perspective while at the same time facing harsh realities. I say this with love, Ginger… I fear that in time your perspective will be forced to change by those with evil intent.

      Much love to you, too. I wish to God I’m wrong.

    • Kitt, NW WA says:

      Ginger, thank you for your perspective and wisdom.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I have a young great-grandson. Red hair, blue eyes, freckles, being raised as a Christian, with love, being taught to love.

        At the rate we’re going and considering the reproduction rate of those coming into our country to destroy our way of life compared to that of American citizens, Muslims will be in charge by the time he has red-haired, blue-eyed, freckle-faced, Christian children of his own.

        What do you think those children’s chances are of not being beheaded or stoned to death?

        Take the blinders off, America!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      DG, I don’t think anything Sue said was based on hate.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Because I want to respect Sue’s stricture re political discussions, I will just say I could put up some really good facts and figures arguments if I chose to be impolite. As it is, I’ll just repeat that I love the kindness and warmth of the people here.

  32. Applegirl NY says:

    Ah, I just love to read discussions about the Rocky Mountains from you, Sue, and all of your Blogorinos. So glad you’re taking all of us along with you. Someday we’ll get there on our own. Until then, you offer a taste of things to come.

    I was catching up on the most recent posts, and I absolutely love the picture of Bridget hopping over the log in the last post. She’s still got it!

  33. Sorry we missed you’re past post`s, but they are great and the picture’s are so beautiful , glad to hear that you are doing great over near the Rockies,,,,,, we’re not far from Ephraim, in fact, we are up Ephraim Canyon, ,,,,,,,,,, have a great day, ,,,,,,,, rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great, Rusty! Ephraim Canyon is one of my favorite places. Love Badger Mountain! I’m so glad you and Piper are there. It’s beautiful and Ephraim is handy… Have a good night!

  34. Elaine in Colorado says:

    I’m doing well, Sue! The weather for the Metro Denver area will be in the high 80s and low 90s for the rest of the week. I felt some humidity tonight and was reminded of when I lived in NY.

    Safe & happy travels!

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