Off to Price for off the price

Thursday, May 8 – Friday, May 9

The photos in this post are a hodgepodge collected over the past few days in and around our camp in Lower Gray Canyon Campground, Green River, Utah.

1-DSC04143 - CopyWhat kind of fool makes a 120-mile round trip to shop at Wal-Mart?

That’s what I think as I drive north on Highway 191 across the desert valley that stretches from Green River to Price, Utah.

1-DSC04133-001 - Copy When we first dropped off the interstate into the city of Green River several days ago, I asked the ladies at Burger King, “Where do people buy groceries around here?”

One of the ladies answered, “At the Melon Vine, but only if they can’t help it. (laughter)  We go to the Wal-Mart in Price.”

1-DSC04136 - CopyNow that I’ve had a few shopping experiences at the Melon Vine Grocery, I know what they meant.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it.  It is what it is — a small town grocery, meaning high prices and limited stock, although the cashiers are a gold mine of local information.

I’m not that crazy.  Rural people routinely drive long distances to stock up.

1-DSC04146You might be saying, “Gee, why not camp closer to Price?  Then you wouldn’t have to drive so far.”

Well, let me tell you why I don’t camp closer to Price. 

The crew and I disembark the Perfect Tow Vehicle in the Price Wal-Mart parking lot and we’re hit with a blast of cold air, the likes of which we haven’t felt in many a moon.  Quite a change from the relatively balmy weather of Green River!  Further north of Price, the sight of snow-capped mountains effectively remind me that it’s not yet summer.

1-DSC04124 - CopyI walk Spike and Bridget around the parking lot, all the while shivering in a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.  Other shoppers wear coats.  I pop the crew back into the PTV and set out on foot for Wally’s land of plenty.   A modern-day hunter-gatherer am I.

Boy, did I stock up!  I now have a freezer and refrigerator crammed with meat for Bridget and Spike.

1-DSC04118 - CopySomewhere in there is a chunk of cheese, a container of yogurt, a carton of milk, a container of deli coleslaw, and a few fresh vegetables for me.

I also bought stuff.

1-DSC04080A bundle of washcloths ($4.00), a 16 Gb memory card for the camera ($14.88),  a box of flatware ($14.97),  a divided tray for the flatware ($2.37), a plastic drinking glass with a keep-the-bugs-off lid ($4.97), a pack of four gel pens, black, bold ($4.24) . . .

But wait!  There’s more!

A handy-dandy scrub brush ($2.97), and — the shocker, so shocking I hardly believe it myself — a DVD set of eight Westerns ($5.00).

Why is that last item a shocker? 

Because, my dear blogorinos, I do believe it is the first DVD I’ve ever bought in my life.  True!  (I told you I was cheap.)

1-DSC04147Anyway . . .  I tell you my purchases to show you how little it takes to give me a very satisfying shopping fix.  I’m good for several months!

Whoa . . . The river is high again!

The past few days the shoreline retreated as much as 30 feet in some places, forming shallow pools and sandbars, like in the next photo.

1-DSC04120 - CopyToday the waves break past bushes, reeds, and small trees on the river bank.  The rafters and kayakers love it.  I sit in my lounge chair and watch them go by. They bob and paddle rhythmically, squealing with excitement, as the noisy river propels them down to the beach.

1-DSC04144 - CopyHave you read this book?

Probably several of you have.  It’s been around for a while.  I don’t read books when they are first published.  I wait around until they’re 99 cents or free from the Kindle e-store.  The book is The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America by Mike McIntyre.

1-DSC04145 - CopyMany of the lessons the author learned as he traveled across the country without spending a penny relate to simple living as a full-time vagabond in an RV.  He’s very perceptive about the people he meets along the way, noting how their behaviors sometimes contradict who they really are.

1-DSC04142 - CopyHere’s a quote from the book . . .

“I’ve never understood what people mean when they say they have to find themselves.  We know who we are.  The hard part is being that person.  It’s always so much easier to be someone else.”

I hope you are having a grand time being you!

rvsue

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145 Responses to Off to Price for off the price

  1. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    I love Westerns! Which ones did you get? I can’t find any information on that cabin. The only picture that shows up on Google images is yours! Also lots of pictures of Spike. Go figure.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John,

      Well, 8 Westerns for 5 bucks doesn’t get ya’ A-list movies. Some of them are spaghetti Westerns. I haven’t watched them all yet.

      One that was interesting was “The Trackers” because Ernest Borgnine and Sammy Davis, Jr. are in it. Two are John Wayne movies, “Neath the Arizona Skies” and “The Desert Trail.”

      The women are helpless, silly, whiny, and forever needing to be rescued. It’s fun looking for landscapes I’ve recently seen in person, although some of the movies are probably shot entirely in Italy. 🙂

      • Susan in Dallas says:

        Ha! Great movie review and spot on about the woman characters in old westerns.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You know another thing I noticed? Whenever a man tells a woman to do something, such as “Quick! Get in the house!” because seven gunmen are galloping toward the ranch, the woman starts to protest in her whiny, little voice! “But, Luke . . . ” “Do as I say, woman!”

          What the heck? It’s a wonder the West was populated, what with the women failing to do anything closely resembling common sense. LOL!!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, I almost forgot . . . In one of the westerns from Italy, the main female character’s name — get this! — is Connie Breastful. So funny! I think the English version is more frank than the Italian version!

  2. Kitt, NW WA says:

    OK, #3
    Hooray for Wal-Mart!
    Kitt

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kitt . . . .Now I can say “I’d drive 60 miles to a Wal-Mart.”

  3. Robert says:

    Walmarts always an experience, better then an amusement park!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert . . . This is Utah so you don’t see the outlandish clothes, hairstyles, and behavior that make going to a Wal-Mart in Georgia a scary experience.

      • Elizabeth says:

        We found that in NC at certain times, it was like a bunch of family reunions were taking place there…however, it also became dangerous to go there after dark…one time we entered the store and were warned that purse snatchings were going on that day so be careful…argh!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Elizabeth,

          Some parts of NC are impoverished and the people live on the edge of desperation. Not excusing purse snatching, of course. . .

          I imagine Wally’s is where rural people see their far-flung relatives and friends, everybody driving there to shop.

          • Elizabeth says:

            You are right that some areas of NC are impoverished…not saying everyone was rich in this area we lived in, but not so impoverished as other areas either. In certain areas, you will just have theft. Tis the way it is. After dark especially. Actually, other types of crimes were rare there…so that was a better choice of community than are some.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Good point. You have me reflecting on camping environments. I’ve left the BLT unattended with my outdoor rug outside. Sometimes I leave my cheapo camp chair out also. In over 2 years of camping, I haven’t had anything stolen. Of course, an outdoor rug and a camp chair aren’t worth fencing. Haha!

      • Robert says:

        Try K/mart In buffalo NY…………wow! that’s an eye opener! lol.
        Traveling to different parts of the country in todays world is one of the best jobs you can have, makes your local news look so tame……………have fun and keep loving life, it’s a total adventure and a nationwide camping trip.

        On a different note on your way up north you might want to swing on up to Lassen park between Susanville Ca. and Old Station Ca. take 395 out of Reno Hwy 36 west then hwy 44 to the intersection of Hwy 44 and intersection hwy 89 take a right and half a mile on the right are the Subway caves, they are free and sooooooooooo way cool, make sure you have a good reliable flashlight, and wait for another person or couple to go down into the……these suckers are big lava tubes that run subterranean. I used to back pack all over that area and then drove logging truck up there before I had to make a change to long haul…….it’s a blast and there are f/sevice campgrounds all around and plenty of places to boondock.

        Just stock up in Susanville at Walmart before leaving because it’s the last one till you get to Klamath Falls, Or.

        It’s a days drive between Susanville and K/falls I used to do it once a day for 5 years…..pretty much flat running, no hard long pulls so mpg would be good.

        Once done at the subway caves continue NE on Hwy 89 to The intersection of hwy and CA 299 and head NE east again to Hwy 139 at the little town of Canby and go north to Tule lake, Or. on hwy 139 till just before you get to Tule lake and look for Captain Jacks stronghold and the place of the indian wars, it’s way neat to explore, Also lava tubes that the local indian tribes knew and would go underground and pop up behind their enemy and ambush them……….bang bang your dead….sucker..lol

        Or swwwwiiiish thump from a bow and arrow……same result!

        It’s Gods country up there the whole way and traffic is light and tons of government land to boondock.

        Ive thought it might be a way to keep you off the interstate and give you a new way up north that you hadn’t done before.

        When in the subway caves just pop up some popcorn and toss it over your shoulder so if you get lost while playing Morroco Mole you you can find your way out and keep Spike in front of you so he doesn’t eat it!

        Their is no guided tour, it costs nothing, bring a jacket and two good flashlights, it has a map at the entrance of the tubes, there is no lighting, you can drive a school bus thru there and their is nothing to worry about, (no bats) getting tangled in your hair or anything like that, just maybe a bear that wandered off course and called that home for the winter. lmao! oh God I like messing with you…….you have the adventure spirit!….

        In all seriousness you would like this trip and picture taking the entire way.

        As I have said “You go girl” and let us know what you think along the way as you go.

        Have fun and enjoy the trail and the laughs that go along with it, your an inspiration to us all.
        Robert.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Gee, Robert… I appreciate all the recommendations based on your experience. Thank you!

          I’ve been to Canby, camped at a reservoir nearby but I didn’t go to Thule Lake. It’s very likely, God willing, that we go through that area again and you’ve given us a lot of new options to experience.

          I’ve never been a cave exploring type person. I’ll have to think about that idea. .. .

          Oh, yeah… I remember the Wal-Mart in Susanville… great little town, BTW. Funny how Wally Worlds are very similar, yet I remember the location of every one I’ve shopped in.

          Thank you for your kind words about me and my blog!

          • Elizabeth says:

            A word to the wise, however Sue…do be very careful…we saw some scary sorts one day wandering around up near the California/Oregon border…not many people around alright…but we understand a lot of drug runners frequent…do be careful!! Not sure of the exact places Robert is referring to…but we decided NOT to ever travel that same road again that we wandered upon.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thanks for the words of caution, Elizabeth. One always should do their best to stay alert to their surroundings and the people one encounters.

  4. Dawn in MI says:

    Excellent post. I think shopping at Walmart about 2x a year would be plenty for me, but I have the luxury of having more options. Love the photos, especially the empty campground, and of course the ‘girlfriend’ one, how cute! I’d enjoy watching rafters go by too, but don’t you worry about the river rising with you right there?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I can’t imagine the river rising enough to come close to being a problem. The high water mark is at the base of a sandy bank about eight sloping-feet tall.

  5. Janet says:

    Sue; I just finished “Kindness of Strangers” and really liked it. Thought it would be a good journal of all people we meet along the way. I see he has a newer one about a trip around the world. Looks good too, may give it a try when it is free

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Janet,

      Your last line shows we have something in common. I scan the free books from BookBub every day (I signed up to get a daily email.) Once in a while I spend a few dollars. I’m addicted to Dick Francis books and am paying up to $5.99 a book. Horrors! Gosh, I have to keep this blog going in order to feed my habit. 😉

      • Colleen in Tehachapi says:

        Loved the first book, the second one seemed a bit drawn out. I love the free book listings too, I rarely pay for a book.

        We are packed and ready to head towards Colorado in the morning. The wind has been pretty strong here and there are predictions of more tomorrow. I sure hope we get to leave, we plan to be away from home for a month. Fingers crossed!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, be careful in wind. I pray it isn’t too strong and that you have safe travels, Colleen.

      • Cynthia says:

        Ooh, I have been through a Dick Francis marathon! Enjoy!

  6. dan jones says:

    I have been considering going on the road for an extended time, only Ive been looking at getting a 30′ A, I see you in this small unit and wonder what your thoughts are regarding living in a small unit, and with 2 dogs? Claustrophobia? Being a minimalist? storage of food, and having to make numerous stops to dump grey/black tanks, etc?

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I’m not RVSue (and I bet she will reply with good info for you), but one thing to note: Towing with what is essentially a cargo van is huge! Back home I had a smaller version of RVSue’s trailer, and I loved it. However, it is a small, relatively light trailer and even if there were space I couldn’t just load it up with canned goods, etc. (the Casita probably has heavier axles, etc., but I bet it is still not a pack mule).

      But a van…. ah, a van! Especially a 3/4 ton model (I used to have one). That can be loaded to the max and is easily outdoes just about any RV storage compartments. The space is big, and *square*! You can fill tubs (big, square tubs), stow large and long items, etc. It’s like having a huge, heavy-duty closet (and allows one to tow a nice, light trailer, and to keep it uncluttered and pleasant inside).

      At least for me, I don’t use that many things on a day-to-day basis. What I mean is, when I’m sitting inside in my living room, or cooking one particular meal, or doing my daily “toilette,” I don’t need that much. But it IS nice to have that huge closet just a few steps away, so one can stock up, carry specific items or tools, etc. I think in many ways it’s nicer than having the big motorhome (although they are wonderful too, in their own way, so it just depends).

      I really miss that from when I was towing the small trailer (the tow vehicle as storage locker).

      • Reine says:

        You’re less likely to get claustrophobia in a Casita because it has BIG windows. And Sue plans her year so she can spend a lot of time outside. How can you get claustrophobia sitting in a chair watching the rafters on the river? Having a Casita encourages (forces) you to pare down to necessities and a few luxuries and it’s a great way to resist impulse purchases. Before you buy something you have to figure out where you’re gonna store it.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Pen… Great explanations! Thanks for being a big help.

        Yes, I love how I can go out to my pantry-on-wheels when putting a meal together. Or when the air temperature changes, I can rummage around in the bins in my closet-on-wheels. And then there are the tools and the extra chairs and jugs of water and so on . . .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dan,

      First off, let me say… I agree with what Pen has written 100 percent!

      Claustrophobia? Never. As Reine points out, the windows are big and so is the outdoors. I like having enough space to live in and I also like not having more space than I need. Both are important to me. The PTV, being a van, makes living in the BLT easy, comfortable, and uncluttered.

      Re: “numerous stops to dump” . . . Most places where one boondocks have a 14-day limit. My black tank and grey tank last 14 days (or more). My fresh water tank lasts 14 days (or more). What does this mean? When I move to a new camp after 14 days, I also take care of tanks at the same time. Works great! Bigger tanks aren’t needed or wanted.

      Of course, big rigs are fantastic in many ways and can be used to boondock (Nina and Paul of Wheeling It and Al and Kelly of Travels with the Bayfield Bunch prove that!), but be mindful that they often do not fit in the older National Forest campgrounds, for instance, especially if one has a toad, but then not everyone wants to camp in NF campgrounds. 🙂

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        The 14-day point is well taken. For awhile I was quite taken with the idea of a couple of specific Class A’s that had massive tankage. Enough so that I could have stayed out for months! And coming from long-distance sailing (where that is not uncommon and/or it can be hard to get to supplies), well, that just seemed like Nirvana.

        But now, RV-ing in the US, I find that after 14 days I’m quite ready to move on and/or at least go into town for supplies. And there generally IS a town/supplies reasonably close. Too, like you say, there is often a 14-day stay limit anyway.

        Not that there wouldn’t be advantages to that huge tankage, but I find that it’s not the dream goal I thought it might be, at least for my current style/locale of RV-ing. (And I do mostly boondock.)

        Of course it’s always hard to know how you will use something you don’t even have yet, and to some extent a specific rig may “mold” you into liking a certain travel style (and conversely, who knows, if I had that Class A I might travel differently, so it might be somewhat “self fulfilling” in a way).

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m better off not having larger tanks. With my natural tendency to be reclusive, I might go into the woods and stay there way too long! You’re right, 14 days is long enough!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Ha, yeah how true! I make it sound like I just bounce socially into town every week or so, when in truth I’ve been known to order new clothes online just so I wouldn’t have to face the laundromat/crowds 😀 So maybe it’s good to be “forced.” Actually, I also did the mail order trick a couple of times before I set out — I would have deliveries made to my workplace vs. home since I was there during the day. Well, the woman in receiving got wind of it and, after UPS had arrived, got on the facility-wide PA and announced, “Pen, your clean clothes have arrived!” Ha.

  7. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Thank you for the book suggestion. I shall order it ASAP. For a long time I only read free library books on my IPad through Overdrive, but some books I wanted to read would be on the waiting list for eons. Last year I broke down and paid the .99 for a Kindle book. That was my downfall. I’ve spent as much as *gasp* $1.99 but that’s my limit. My reading lately has been about folks who’ve hiked the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails. I’m fascinated by their experiences. Although at my ripe old age of 67 and with a chronic illness, I’ll never be able to do it myself; I love to follow along on their hikes. And who knows, maybe someday I can day hike little sections of those trails. My favorite free AT story is “AWOL on the Appalachian Trail”.

    • Gayle says:

      You must be reading Wild. Wow, so much just plain physical pain doing the Pacific Crest Trail. Wonder if I could get past the pain to the spiritual lessons.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia…

      It’s a slippery slope. I started with free books only, then an occasional 99-center. Before long I would go on binges and order as high as $5.99!!! I can’t help myself! I need an intervention! 😉

      • Reine says:

        Splurging on books is a great way to splurge. Since I seriously doubt that you “splurge” on a $5.99 book more than once or twice a year, I think we can delay the intervention. That’s especially true if you’re like me and tend to re-read books that you really like. Once it’s on the Kindle, it’s AVAILABLE when you want it.

  8. AnnieB says:

    Hey Sue! I bought the kindle book by McIntyre for 99 cents. I didn’t know that Amazon had these deals. Great! I need some books for a trip coming up. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, AnnieB.

      If you haven’t already, go to BookBub.com and sign up. You’ll receive daily emails with daily deals in Kindle ebooks, including freebies.

      • Marsha in MI says:

        Anyone with a Kindle and Amazon prime can also borrow the book for free. I just did. I forget about that benefit of Prime, but I also usually borrow ebooks from the library.

      • AnnieB says:

        Thanks, Sue!

  9. mockturtle says:

    I remember once I was RVing in TX and asked a lady where I could get groceries. She replied, ‘There’s an HEB just up the road’. Turns out it was 65 miles–one way! Well worth the drive, though [I love HEB!]. Here in WA I used to drive 76 miles round trip to Walmart about twice a month. It was a beautiful drive, though, so I didn’t mind, even in the snow. 🙂 Since I like to drive, the ever-increasing fuel prices have been a big frustration for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mockturtle,

      I know what you mean! Any savings made by shopping at Wal-Mart were cancelled out by the long drive, but I did get the benefit of seeing what’s between here and Price and it made a nice, little excursion.

  10. Reine says:

    That’s a pretty fancy campground for FREE (unless it’s not)! Nice sites, picnic tables and fire rings. You definitely scored on that one even if you have to drive 60 miles to Price to get groceries and stuff. I’m gonna have to put that one in our “camp here one day” file.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      Yes, it’s free! One thing I haven’t photographed is the boat launch area where there is a boat ramp and parking.

      The photos in this post — the ones of the rocks — were taken on Hastings Road on the way to the campground. I love driving to and from the campground. Depending upon the time of day, the rocks are different every time and always eye-catching.

  11. These pictures are making me swooon. Especially the first and last of that just perfect campsite. Oh would I LOVE to be there. You do what you’ve got to do. I lived 23 miles from the nearest anything for most of my life. So I drove once every 10 days and was VERY organized. That has helped me a lot on the road.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sherry,

      It is a sweet campsite. It has a lot of charm, and, of course, the river is right here. I think the trip to Price is the furthest, since we’ve been full-time on the road, that I’ve ever driven without the BLT tagging along. It felt odd! 🙂

  12. Barbara (from Nashville) says:

    Hi Sue,
    At least I am not too far down the list today. I love those mountain photos and the beautiful flower in photo #1. Had some heart tests run today, but it was inconclusive, so now I have to do another angiogram on Wednesday. Health issues are never ending.
    Since I am less than 5 miles from several grocery stores, including Wally and Costco and Sams I can not imagine driving that far for a trip to Wally World. I am just too spoiled!! We also have a Galleria Mall, restaurants, gas stations, and home improvements stores abound just down the street (2-3 miles
    The camp site is just so peaceful looking and sounding.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Yuck! More tests! Well, so far, no news is good news. . . I pray you pass the tests with “flying colors.” (Hmm… wonder where that saying comes from… battle flags, I guess)

      I’ve lived in an area like you describe. It spoils you! I shopped more and ate out more, just because stores and restaurants were nearby.

      Thanks for the compliments on the photos.

  13. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi Sue…It was great to come home from work to find a new post and pictures – made my evening! Thank you.

    The last picture of your campsite made me smile….I imagined you and the Crew were returning home from a hike…maybe to take an afternoon nap, enjoying the gentle breeze wafting through the windows…. 🙂

    Wallyworld…It has only been in the past 5-10 yrs that most Walmarts here in central and western VA are super centers with groceries. One of my sisters and her husband used to make a monthly trek, 120 miles roundtrip, over the Blue Ridge Mountains to stock their pantry and deep freezer for their family. It was worth the trip for the price savings. You did good, Sue…sticking to your list, but allowing yourself a treat! I hope you enjoy the movies – you may recognize some of the areas where they were filmed. Some of my favorites are directed by John Ford…filmed in the Monument Valley area.

    Have a great evening, Sue. Hope your site is still peaceful, despite the weekend crowds showing up. Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

    Gracie (pup) and I are headed to our swing on the patio to wind down with a cold beer and watch the world go by for a while. 😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I can relate to your sister and her husband crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains to shop at Wal-Mart. It’s not just the lower prices. These small groceries can’t carry the variety.

      Take bread, for instance. Sometimes the only choices are fake white bread or fake wheat bread or hot dog buns or hamburger buns. Gimme some rye or sourdough or oatmeal or cinnamon-raisin! (I admit I’m spoiled, like a lot of Americans.) I also don’t want to take out a bank loan for some Parmesan cheese…

      I bought a lot (and I mean A LOT) more food than I mentioned in the post. I like to have a good back-up supply of stuff I eat or drink regularly.

      A cold beer, a swing, and Gracie . . . sounds nice!

  14. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts., VA says:

    Well we do what we must in Wally World. Sue, I just dearly love this campground. The more I see of it the more I want to be there. Again it’s amazing! Your photos today were wonderful! Also got a kick out of the “Blogorinos”
    I will try to find the book you mentioned, it sounds interesting.
    Take Care Sue and Crew, from one of your faithful Blogerinos

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Diane, for being faithful to my blog.

      It says a lot about how highly I rate this campsite in this campground that I risk being here on a weekend. It’s Friday and I can see that it probably means another beach party. Oh well, people want to have fun! I’ll turn on the tv and watch some more westerns. 🙂

      The book is easy, light reading and one that has you wondering what will happen next.

      The Kindness of Strangers: Penniless Across America

      • Cat Lady says:

        Just got the book on your recommendation from Amazon. If you find any more books that you think we’d like to read, please let us know. I’m tired of romances. I want some travel books, etc.

        Cat Lady

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Cat Lady… I can’t think of the titles of good travel books right now… Here’s a mix of books I’ve read recently and enjoyed:

          Don’t Spend It All On Candy by Audrey Meier DeKam

          They Rode Good Horses by D.B. Jackson

          The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

          I haven’t read this one, but it’s a travel book and as I type this it’s free for kindles:

          Alaska Traveler: Dispatches from America’s Last Frontier by Dana Stabenow

          I have read this one. I enjoyed it, mainly because this couple is unbelievable:

          ALASKA BOUND: One man’s dream…One woman’s nightmare!

  15. Jool says:

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous campsite. I have saved so many of your site photos to my “bucket list” of places to camp in one day.
    Regarding the long trip to Walmart, I have a friend who lives on the AZ/UT border who has to drive THREE HOURS to go to Las Vegas (or maybe St. George UT??) to stock up on groceries. I thought I was rural, but I don’t believe I could do that…. 🙂 But maybe if I had a BLT and PTV… LOL!
    love ya,
    –Jool in N. Texas

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jool,

      That’s pretty neat, that you save photos of our campsites for your bucket list. I imagine it’s similar to the photo essay posts I did for 2013 during the first week of January. I’ll forever be amazed at the places we’ve camped. I hope you get to see them and enjoy them, too.

      Rural people learn to live and move at a slower pace which is ironic because they usually have to go farther for what they need or want. City people race like h*ll to go a quarter mile.

  16. klbexplores says:

    I’m pining away for Utah as we write….I was too busy hiking while in that God kissed land to do much reading but that was my first free book I ever got for my kindle. I loved it… everything else had to wait while I read it. I have quite a collection of books on my kindle for whenever I need some reading material. I on occasions have bought those collections for the occasional entertainment moments especially weather days. I use a portable DVD player that recharges so power usage is never an issue. When I was getting ready for full-timing I saved up and bought some of my favorite movies and TV shows (mostly from PAWN shops or thrift stores) and have stored them in DVD Albums to save space and weight… I NEVER use the TV in the trailer… to much of an energy hog. I sure am enjoying seeing all the places again through your eyes…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, klbexplores,

      That’s what is great about kindles, paperwhites, any ereader . . . You can always have a book to read and from a large selection.

      It’s wonderful to choose a book online and see it appear on my paperwhite in less than a minute.

      I haven’t been a collector of movie DVDs because I don’t like watching a movie again, once I’ve seen it already. I know some people watch the same movie numerous times. Hate it!

      • Gayle says:

        And some of those movie viewers are called “children”! They memorize all the dialog and yell it out during the movie! And I thought rattling candy wrappers was annoying!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          And memorization is frowned upon in today’s schools . . . The kids do it anyway!

          • Gayle says:

            They LOVED the memorization contests we’d do in the last few minutes of the day. I understand memorization is great for our minds, too, so I post a favorite poem or hymn on my dashboard to memorize as I drive around. “Jerusalem” is my current project: “And did those feet in ancient times, walk upon England’s mountains green…”

  17. DeAnne in TN says:

    Hi Sue and Blogorinos. Haven’t posted in awhile. One and one-half weeks of school left. I have pulled out chunks of my hair because I am a middle-school teacher. That is all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, DeAnne,

      I figured you weren’t commenting because you’re in the final lap of the school year. God help you. Believe me, I know the stress. I used to collect bird’s nests of my hair in the tub after every shower. Hang in there. You have one of the toughest jobs on earth. Summer will arrive!

  18. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    I love the campsite, water always a plus for me. Closest Walmart here is 50 miles. When you live rural you get used to distances and plan as much as possible for any trip out of town.
    I just started reading a new author a friend recommended: Craig Johnson. He lives and writes from a VERY rural area in Wyoming. His main character is a local sheriff. I have really enjoyed the characters thought you might also.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, CheryLyn. I’ll look up that author before I go to bed tonight. I like books written by rural authors and written about rural subjects. It’s really fun when I can say, “Oh, I know that place! I’ve been there!”

  19. Cinandjules (temporarily in CA) says:

    Small town mom and pop grocery stores are a matter of convenience.

    Our closest town for shopping is 30 minutes…a Walmart and a Tops Friendly. Tops prices are 3x more expensive. We buy our so called meat there. Our prime choice cut of meat and seafood is at Wegmans in Syracuse 170 round trip. I just sent off 40lbs of food you can’t get on the East Coast.

    Do you buy the Ground turkey in chubs..Jenny-O .freezer section at walmart?

    Nice campsite. Is that a heron? Is it molting or hurt?

    Funny I can just about hear the “do as I say woman” deep tone manly man voice. The only woman who was not intimadated was Barbara Stanwick as Victoria Barkley on The Big Valley!

    Just in case you pass a Home Depot, Lowes or Target in your travels….they carry the Nite Itz dog collar lite. The common name is “gear ties”.

    My sis and I had a craving for dungenous crab, which isn’t available in AZ or NY. Went to a place called Crustaceans…and gorged on a roasted garlic pepper monster for our birthday. When the menu reads “market price” that is a huge clue….but my mom always told us……never skimp on food!

    Speaking of moms……..Happy Mothers Day to you…..and to all the blogorino moms!

    Enjoy your evening!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cinandjules, for the Mothers Day wish . . .

      I forgot about the lighted collar! I need to keep it in mind for my next Amazon order which will happen as soon as we’re near a UPS hub. . . unless I come across a Target, Home Depot, or Lowes . . .

      Chubs… Never heard that word. Yes, I buy the turkey in the “tubes.” It’s a bit cheaper when packed that way. Sometimes the kind packed in the flat packages is on sale and then I buy that.

      Mmm. . . You do eat well! That’s what happens when you eat great food… It’s hard to settle for anything less after that experience.

      I don’t mean to imply that small town groceries do a bad job… They are convenient and can only do so much with the limited space and the transportation costs and lower customer traffic. I’m thankful each time we come into a tiny town and find it has a grocery.

      I’m surprised you asked if the heron is molting or hurt. I don’t see anything like that.

      Hope the house clearing is going well. I’m always pleased to see you here. . .

      • Cinandjules (temporarily in CA) says:

        Chub and tubes ( like Jimmy dean sausage) are the same. Chubs are easier to store in the BLT’s freezer.

        Maybe it’s the bush in front of it. It looks like the feathers on its chest are ruffled.

        House clearing is done on one house. Had a brainstorm last night to take a break and have some fun. So we’re having an almost free garage sale. Less stuff to drag to the donation station. One mans garbage is another mans treasure!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Great idea on the “almost free” garage sale. It feels good to watch someone get a bargain. I remember selling a $100 calculator for $5 to a young woman. She was so excited, planned to give it to her boyfriend who was in grad school.

          Yeah, the chubs stack neatly and compactly in my little freezer. Bridget — Little Miss Fussy-Pants — doesn’t like her meat served cold. I take a thawed chub (I like that new word!), cut it in half and put one of the halves back in the fridge. I cut the other half into two pieces, lightly brown them on both sides, just enough to warm them. Then I put the mostly-raw meat in the crew’s dishes, cut it up into dainty bites (again, Bridget!), and serve, sometimes with cooked liver bites on the side. See what kind of life I lead? Canine tyranny! That’s what it is!

          You have a great day. Hope the garage sale is a big success!

  20. deb says:

    speaking of your westerns, my husband john is a huge fav and we have a photo and saying from the movie ‘open range’ on our small 5th wheel. ‘how’s this going to work if you dont do what i say’. he tells sue to turn around and ride back to town and she just looks at him and does nothing and he hits her with that line. we are always saying it to each other – we live in dahlonega, ga at the moment, but that 5th wheel is my ticket to full time as soon as i get john ‘onboard’. thanks for your blog – i’m a fan! deb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Deb . . .

      You have me laughing. I think I’ll use that line on the crew. Can’t you see me saying to Spike, “How’s this going to work if you don’t do what I say?” Haha!

      As for getting John on board for full-time vagabonding, keep working on him. Good luck!

      Thanks for being a fan . . .

  21. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    The first picture brought a “Oh, how nice!!!” from me. You made it looks so cozy and peaceful. I got a kick out of your description of the Women of the Wild West. Reminds me of the old silent movies…..and the old song….

    .I plopped down in my easy chair and turned on Channel 2
    A bad gunslinger called Salty Sam was chasin’ poor Sweet Sue
    He trapped her in the old sawmill and said with an evil laugh,
    “If you don’t give me the deed to your ranch
    I’ll saw you all in half!”
    And then he grabbed her (and then)
    He tied her up (and then)
    He turned on the bandsaw (and then, and then…!)

    • Gayle says:

      And then along came Jones, tall, thin Jones…

    • Ed says:

      OH Yes, Along Came Jones first recorded by The Coasters but I like how Ray Stevens did it. …and then and then…. A little walk down memory lane!

  22. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    Have you ever found anything interesting when rolling up your magic carpet? Scorpions, smakes, etc….inquiring minds would like to know….:-)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nope. The magic carpet is magic… It drives the bad critters away.

      BTW, John… You asked about the Westerns. Since I answered your comment above, I watched “Gone to Texas” starring Sam Elliott as Sam Houston. It was great! (Of course, Sam Elliott could sit on a stump reciting a grocery list and I’d be enthralled.)

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        OK, well. Since you only like to watch a movie once, I will forward my address and you can lend them to me! LOL…

        Good to hear about the MC truly being magic.

  23. MK in NE GA for now says:

    Love the photos and posts as usual. Living rural in NE GA I’m a Wally World shopper – I’m also a list maker as I will get carried away there, I also shop the $5 bins for DVD’s – once I’ve watched them a time or two I pass them along to friends – of course there are some movies I do hang onto as they were difficult to come by in the first place – I’m watching the 500 Nations documentary again I had to order that one online. I have a 7″ Samsung tablet with a Kindle App and I’m a big fan of the .99 Amazon store. I also get lots of free e books from the local library, I went in and they gave me a code to download – good anywhere. Sue you might check out a library to see if they have something like that, I’m sure many do these days and you can download from anywhere in the USA.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MK,

      I’ve been told about the library feature a gazillion times and I still haven’t done it. Thanks for reminding me. Yeah, the Amazon 99-cent store is great!

  24. Patsy from Ontario Canada - North says:

    I always thought the landscape in northern Ontario was amazing especially around lake superior which has a beauty all on its own, but looking at the landscape there .. wow.. amazing.. thank you again for sharing.. take care..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Patsy. The rock formations are spectacular around here. Some look like castles, others like ruins from ancient Greece or Rome. They are huge! The photos don’t capture their size very well.

      • Gayle says:

        Honestly, your campsite is so beautiful and perfect, it looks like a movie set. And I ought to know. There are so many movie craftspeople in my town that everything only looks good from the front!

  25. AZ Jim says:

    People who live near all the conveniences (like I do now) forget how rural dwellers have to pay for their remoteness with long trips for many things. When I lived in Chamberlain, SD I many times had those trips for common requirements. 60 miles one way for a eye doctor for Detta as an example. And somethings you just live without, like KFC. Many times in those days the urge for a bucket of KFC chicken would hit but the closest place to get it was 140 miles one way away (Sioux Falls) so I had to let it go (we did have a specialist there and when we went we DID get our KFC). Also often in Winter the main highways would be closed to all traffic both ways so a well stocked pantry was essential. Still, those small towns are just crammed with good folks and neighbor there means friend most of the time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You draw a good picture of the pros and cons of rural living. “Neighbor there means friend” says a lot. Quite a jump, Jim, from South Dakota to Arizona!

      • AZ Jim says:

        Health issues and medical facilities nearby and SNOW made it very attractive to move back out west after 10 years in SD.

  26. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    I’ll betcha you high tailed up north to get away from the hot weather down south huh? Gee the weather sure is different from last year at this time in Arizona. Buzzards come to town as a sign that hot days are here in Wikieup Arizona. I counted 55 not long ago just having fun circling in the sky across the street. Most Snowbirds have flown the coup down here and are heading north like you Sue. Have fun in Utah. I love that land, it reminds me of the movie Planet of the Apes…it must have been filmed there as Utah looks to me like “The Forbidden Zone” 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      It isn’t that we’re getting away from Arizona. More like we’re going to Utah and beyond. And you know the weather will bring us back in the late fall.

      Utah is a land of wonders. I keep discovering more to love about this state.

    • John K - Mobile, AL says:

      The opening scenes of Planet of the Apes was filmed at Lake Powell, UT. I remember when I first saw that film and wondered where on earth was that filmed.

  27. AZ Jim says:

    Long lines are a thing of the recent past here in Arizona, the snow birds are gone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I remember the relief felt when the snowbirds left Florida each spring. 🙂

  28. Robert says:

    In a quick comment, to the pict, of Spike walking by the message spelled out on the beach, with my smart ass attitude In todays world I would have grabbed some rocks and spelled out below it (not till you drive a Corvette) People I have two girls 20 and 24, ive been thru it all, but you have to keep a sense of humor and keep it between the lines.
    Im gonna keep silent for awhile, cause this is Sues blog and just tract of her and keep reading and watch her enjoy each and every day, she shares with us thru the eye’s of her camera and her Real person thoughts, and I for one respect that and do want to see it continue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m happy to read you enjoy my blog and my photos. I’ll try to keep it real! 🙂

  29. Robert says:

    Oh and on a last note Sue, if your a mother, then Happy Mothers day, if you don’t have kids then your still a Great mom to your animal children……peoples best friends!
    Have great Sunday!

  30. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,
    What a kick I got out of picturing your satisfaction when your purchases were all put away,that long trip and long day for you,worth the energy,time and funds spent to have needs and wants supplied.
    Traveling that distance must have made it sweeter than usual to see your cozy home
    waiting for you.
    Hope this mornings coffee was enjoyed in contented peace ,extra campers and all

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gosh, weather. . .

      You are so perceptive, so keenly aware of how I think and react! Your description is exactly how I felt. To top it off, when I read your comment this morning, I was lifting my cup of coffee for the first sip! It’s like you’re peeking in my window… Haha! Have a blessed day . . .

      • weather says:

        Lifting your cup just as you read my comment is rich!While from NY to Utah is far for window views,our experiences are close enough to “see”each other doing them.
        It’s not unusual for me to have driven over 100 miles to get errands done before home comes into view.The feeling of “Thank God,refuge at last!” is as frequent as the trips.My genuinely loving people doesn’t change the fact that being around them whips me right into “overload”.
        Finding the “I’m home” feeling, perceiving shelter,is precious to those of us often happiest alone. . Once you posted a photo of the back of Rusty’s truck leading you to his place.My thought was, after living in that truck camper, staying in a building will,for him,only be different.I see the inner comfort possible in both.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          One of the reasons a travel trailer appealed to me when I was researching RVs is the “place to come home to” factor. I wanted to be able to leave my home behind so I could have that good feeling upon returning to it.

  31. JoeinSo.Florida says:

    Hi Sue, Your blog is great. I recently retired and am hoping to rv across America in my own Casita. My only holdup right now is I’m caring for my folks ( in their mid 80s ) and I’m enjoying this time with them. Still I’m saving for the Casita and will get a later model pick up. I like your idea of the van but I’ll need the p’up bed for a small motorbike. Enjoy your travels. Oh, almost forgot. I’ll be traveling with Fergie, my corgi, and Oakley, my tri color who knows what rescue buddy.
    By the way. Presently, I live in Florida and go camping in my pop up camper, named “the dog house” . Fergie and Oakley love it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      You are a good person . . . “I’m caring for my folks… and I’m enjoying this time with them.” Your parents are very fortunate to have a loving and responsible son, as you evidently are. Best wishes to the three of you . . .

      I can see why you enjoy my blog! Your plans are similar, even the saving part. Boy, one really appreciates one’s rig when it was necessary to save and wait for it. And you have a canine crew, too!

      I enjoyed hearing from you, Joe. Thanks for writing. I hope you will drop in again.

  32. Ron in TX says:

    I am going to get in trouble over this post.
    Well a little story for your readers.
    I had a relationship for a few years with a little gal that was 5 ft tall red headed irish and a Texan, plumb pretty as a new colt. One day on a friend of mine ranch in south Texas we decided to walk down to a stock tank and watch the wild life come in to drink. When we got close we saw a couple deer and a heard of wild hogs coming in.
    I was standing behind her and in a quite but forceful voice told her to be still.She looked around at me and was fixing to give me He!!,I caught her by the back of her belt and jerked her back toward me three or four feet, that dam sure lit a fire under her she tried to slap me and I caught her hand and just pointed down where she had been standing , With all her stamping her feet and raising he!! at me she woke up a 4 1/2 ft diamond back rattler she had been standing 6 inches from when I told her not to move. I just smiled and walked off.
    After that I would catch her off guard and flat tell her to do something ,she would bow up eyes start sparkling posture would be great cheeks would get rosey then I would tell her how pretty she was when she was mad.
    Now I have dodged a few thrown things ,ducked a slap, even had to run a couple times but it kept life spiced up and we would wind up laughing.
    Just saying there are times and then there are other times.
    Ron
    Sneaking quietly out the back door.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cute story, Ron, especially the way you wrote it . . . with lots of Texas thrown in. 😉 Thanks for telling it. It’s always a good idea, when someone tells you to move or to be still, to do what they say first and ask questions later!

  33. Linda Rose says:

    I finally remembered to use the link on your blog before shopping at Amazon (which I do way too often). I have a Roadtrek RV which is built on the same chassis as your BTV. Utah and all of the parks there are on my bucket list. Loving reading your blog. I travel with a “crew” of 4 and in a Roadtrek that’s nice and cozy. They’re small though so it’s just right!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sounds delightful, Linda… I can see you going down the road in your Roadtrek with your happy crew of four. 🙂 I bet you have great times together.

      Thank you for using my link to go shopping at Amazon. It’s thoughtful of you.

      Nice to hear from you. . . Be sure to put Utah near the top of everything in that bucket!

  34. Linda in NE says:

    Wow, look at all the comments! Wish I had the time to read through all of them.

    You have a gorgeous spot to camp…I could LIVE there!

    I ALWAYS have a 120+ round trip to Wal-Mart so don’t feel too bad about your trip to stock up. You get to come back to that wonderful spot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I drove across Nebraska once in my life and remember trying to imagine what it would be like to live with nothing but corn fields for miles and miles in every direction.

      I can easily see where the grocery would be a 120-mile round trip.

  35. James Miller says:

    Hello RV Sue! I really enjoy reading your blog and find your story inspiring. My wife and I recently moved to AZ, so it was interesting to read about you wintering here.

    Speaking of books, I’d be honored to send you a complimentary copy of one that I wrote about a vet and his dog, who travel across North America searching for his noble purpose in life. It reminds me a bit of you and your dogs. Just give me a place to send it, and I’ll gladly mail you one. Continued good luck to you on your journey. Jim

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s very thoughtful of you, Jim. At the moment I don’t know where the crew and I will land for our next camp and we will move soon. I don’t want to commit to a certain post office until we’ve settled. Maybe, if you ask again sometime, the timing will be right. The books sounds like something I’d enjoy. Thank you.

  36. Cathie Laurent says:

    I like, and found your shopping list, interesting. I really like it when you post what people have bought thru your Amazon link. I just never know what I really need to have until I read it!

    Re silly women in westerns. I always found the screaming women in horror or suspense movies so stupid. I always think “quit screaming and DO something”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cathie,

      Coincidentally, a few moments ago I finished putting together a list of links to products readers have recently purchased from Amazon. (I often type up that section of a blog post before I start writing the post.) Thanks for the feedback.

      Your last paragraph reminds me when I was a kid watching tv. I used to get so frustrated at the part in the show where the crisis happens and the woman panics, stands still and screams. I’d started screaming myself … at the tv!

      The classic scene is the woman screaming, “Oh, Charlie. DO something!” while she does nothing. How did our generation of women ever get beyond that brainwashing? 🙂

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I ask myself that same question! And it’s a bit of a double-edged sword, as it seems to have cultivated the expectation that that’s the way a woman should behave, so that when one DOES do something, or is capable, it’s sometimes seen as a threat or as “un-lady-like” or unappreciative behavior. Geez, the cultural layers can be like a maze sometimes!

        I do like the image of the young RVSue yelling at the TV 😀 I still do that sometimes!

  37. DesertGinger says:

    I immediately went to amazon and bought the book. However, I think I goofed. I had to download the Kindle app onto my iPad before I bought the book, and I can’t remember if I remembered to go to amazon via your blog, but I think not. Sorry. But thanks for the book recommendation!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s okay, Ginger. I’ll bear the 15-cent loss in commission! Haha! Thanks for thinking of me anyway…. 🙂

  38. Ed says:

    As I was checking in at my new camp today I asked the Park owner where she bought her groceries. She said that some of them she got at a market about 16 miles away (32 miles round trip). But, she said that most of her purchases were in a town 65 miles away (130 miles round trip).
    She said that the market here in this little town has a pretty good selection but their prices are much higher. Since my house/car does not get very good gas milage I’ll be checking the local market later today to see if they have what I usually buy.
    Even the 32 mile round trip would add $10-15 to my grocery bill each week so I’m going to want something bad before I’ll do that. The 130 mile round trip is out of the question for me; I’d be far better off to move.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi,, Ed,

      The distance is a consideration when shopping for one person and a dog (or two).

      I’ve been in a similar situation myself since living on the road. The lack of a grocery (or one that stocked what I needed) has caused me to pack up and move to another camp. That taught me to stock up with the items I cannot bear to be without… like coffee … whenever a big grocery is nearby (or 60 miles away!). Even so, there are times when I run out of my favorite things and we’re camped in “the middle of nowhere.”

      Good luck!

      • Ed says:

        I checked the local market and it will not work for me. If I lived out of cans and packaged item I could probably shop there. But I like my produce and the local market just does not have much. They do have a good Deli and a lot of Bakery items.
        I’ll be doing the 32 mile round trip, I have done it before. It is just part of the cost of living the life that I want to live. I will not be doing the 130 mile round trip however, that is a cost I’m not willing to pay.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          “It is just part of the cost of living the life that I want to live.” I hear ya’! I tell myself that at the gas pumps.

          Well, you make the 32-mile round trip and it makes a little excursion . . .

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m guessing you’re talking about the grocery in Loa. I was there later in the year and the produce section was small but had quality. The sweet corn was the freshest I’ve ever picked up at a store. They must have picked it locally and unloaded the truck right before I arrived.

  39. Larry M from the PacNW says:

    Sue,

    I wonder if you’re headed for The Great Basin National Park? I’ve been checking it out online, and it looks like a very interesting place to visit. 🙂
    Happy Trails!

    Larry from the Pacific NW

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s a possibility, Larry. To be honest, I don’t know where we will go this summer. I make it up as we go along, as you’ve probably noticed.

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        If you’re planning to camp at the Great Basin NP then you really need to be prepared. I think the closest grocery store with a little larger selection than what you find in Baker near the park is in Delta, UT and that is almost 100 miles one way from Baker, NV to Delta, UT.

        I’ll be tent camping at the Great Basin NP in the beginning of August. It is a great park for hikers, less crowded than any parks in UT and 5 thousand year old bristlecone pines are very unique. The Lehman Cave tour is well done. It is a high elevation park. I talked with a couple who had a strange reaction when tried to hike Wheeler Peak which has elevation over 13,000 ft. They had to pack up their RV and get down to another area.

        If you’re interested in astronomy the sky at the Great Basin NP is one of the darkest anywhere. Plan on attending one of the rangers’’ evening programs or astronomy festival in September. Visitors need to plan accordingly because in the later part of September having a snow is not that unusual.

        The 11 mile long Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is a nice introduction to this great and quiet park but the road can be sometimes closed until July because of snow.

        Dogs are allowed on the Lexington Arch Trail. There is a dump station, water, and trash service inside the park near the main entrance. $5.00

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, R (Colorado),

          Boy, you do know a lot about this part of the country! Thanks for sharing all that great information with me and my readers. I don’t know if we’re going that way or not. Like you point out, it’s not a convenient place to camp. And the crew and I can’t take full advantage of the hiking opportunities.

          I know about that “strange reaction.” I experienced it at only 9,500 feet.

  40. Deb from NJ says:

    I must say that your photos are incredible! Great job! I love your surroundings. I can picture myself sitting right there. You sure have found a great spot. If I were you I would stay there as long as I could.

    I stopped at the grocery store this morning on my way home from work and low and behold I saw BONES in the meat section and started thinking about “the Crew” and whether they would like them. Now mind you I do not have any pets, but I was still looking. From the sounds of it you really stocked up on things while in Walmart. One of the things I dislike about going to Walmart…..I always come out with more than I actually went in to get. I do like the Super Walmarts for the good deals on grocery items.

    Years ago after going through a divorce I was working a lot and was trying to be frugal and watch what I was spending. So one of the things that kept me from overspending or buying something that I really didnt need was…..I would take the cost of that item and figure out how many hours I would have to work in order to purchase that item. There were a lot of times I decided that it just wasn’t worth the cost of me working those hard hours for it. To this day it still works for me.

    Enjoy your day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos. This is a lovely spot, but we will have to move soon.

      You thought of the crew at the meat case! It’s funny what triggers thoughts of me and the crew in the minds of blogorinos.

      Yes, I buy bones for Bridget and Spike. This last shopping trip I found a large package of beef ribs for five bucks. It will last a long time. I’ve noticed that Bridget likes to wait for Spike to chew on a bone before she starts to work on it. Instead of handing them each a bone, I give one bone to Spike. Bridget doesn’t seem to mind waiting. Spike gnaws on it for a while, then Bridget takes over, and everybody’s happy!

      Good strategy for keeping your spending in check. I used to make up mind games, too, in order to be frugal.

  41. Ed says:

    You have a 70% chance of rain in your forecast for tomorrow but I’m thinking Green River looks really, really good right now. Can you believe it, I’m only 105 miles away but that is what elevation will do for you. Winter conditions on 5/10-11.
    My forecast:
    Saturday 05/10 Rain 100%, snow likely. Lows overnight in the upper 20s.
    Saturday Night 05/10 Rain 100%, cloudy with rain and snow showers this evening, becoming all snow overnight. Low 27F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. 3 to 5 inches of snow expected.
    Sunday 05/11 Rain 90%. snow likely. High 32F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good heavens, Ed! We full-timers don’t do SNOW! Three to five inches? Noooooooooo!!

      Green River may be in the middle of nowhere, but at least it’s not snowing. Rain tomorrow (Sun.) and cool on Monday (57/36). Tuesday (61/35)… increasing through the week to Friday (83/53). Saturday (84/55). Sunday (87/57).

      You’re right, what a difference! Well, too late to do anything except wait it out. It’s bound to happen once in a while. I’ve been caught twice in snow. Spring winds aren’t anything to ignore either.

      Patches may like running around in the snow. 🙂

      For the benefit of readers: Ed and his dog, Patches, are currently in Torrey, Utah (elev. 6,830 feet). Torrey is southwest of Green River, Utah (elev. 4,550 feet).

  42. Jean in OR says:

    I don’t know about Kindle, but my Nokia allows me to get books through my library card, unlimited. Try Janet Evanovitc h, not cheap, but not to be missed,iIre wouldn’t. Go into a Walmart on a matter of principal pile.take your choice!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Kindle-users can get books from libraries, too. I think I’ve read an Evanovitch book… can’t remember the title. I must have picked it up at a thrift store because I know I didn’t buy it new.

      (Don’t understand your last line… a bit garbled.)

  43. Terri From Texas says:

    A refreshing movie to watch is the Barbara Stanwyck classic “Jeopardy” about a couple who go boondocking in Mexico with their son and end up in a terrifying situation. And guess who saves the day? A great Stanwyck movie!

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