Oregon, Yellow Pine, and Wetmore Campgrounds

Sunday, August 9 (continued)

P1060624In the last episode of “RVSue and her canine crew” . . .

Bridget, Reggie, and I park in the lot next to the police station in John Day, Oregon.  An  online check of maps of active fires in the Northwest convinces me to drive eastward.

(Note:  I’ve been informed in real time – 8/15/15 – that areas near Canyon City are being evacuated due to an approaching wildfire.  This is several days after we were there.)

The Perfect Tow Vehicle carries us through Prairie City on Route 26. . . The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway.

P1060628Soon we’re in the Blue Mountains!  We approach three campgrounds, one right after another, like beads on a bracelet.

The first one is Oregon Campground,  a small campground with signs of heavy use.  I note a dusty parking lot in the campground, specifically for off-road vehicles.

In spite of the wear, the crew and I walk around until we find this pretty site. 

P1060630Just as we’re considering it, the camp host for the three campgrounds comes by. 

He tells me I’d like the next campground better.  “It’s a lot bigger than this one,” he says.

“Actually, I prefer small campgrounds like this,” I reply.

“Then go to the third campground, Wetmore.  It’s small and it’s prettier than this one.”

We cruise through Yellow Pine since it’s the next one we come to.

P1060635-001The campground is very nice.

Although the understory consists of low-growing plants, the campground road curves and dips in such a way to give a feeling of privacy at each site.  The wide spacing helps, too.

P1060638It’s early in the day and only a few campers are here.

Next we look at Wetmore Campground.

P1060641Beautiful and no one is here but us!

P1060652Oh, this is a great site!  And there’s a water spigot near the picnic table!

P1060663Sunday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 11

The charm of this little campground and our campsite is not apparent from these photos.  It’s difficult to capture the beauty of the towering ponderosa pines and firs in a photo and impossible to convey their fragrance in words.

What makes a place charming has more to do than its appearance.  All the senses contribute, plus there’s an “atmosphere,” a sense of being wrapped in solitude.  During these quiet days I savor the peaceful enchantment the forest provides.

The crew and I walk/ride the wheelchair-accessible nature trail.

P1060645The walkway is paved, giving the Bridge a smooth ride.  “Having fun, honey?”

P1060648Every dawn and every dusk a doe with her fawn graze at the edge of our campsite.  I try not to disturb them.

This photo was taken through the back window glass of the Best Little Trailer using the camera’s zoom.  She senses she is being watched.

They aren’t alarmed and continue grazing.

Bridget doesn’t need her stroller for morning walks.

P1060651The forest is pleasantly cool (elevation: 4,300 feet). 

Occasionally someone will drive into the campground, use the vault toilet, and leave with hardly a glance at what is here.  During our time at Wetmore, a fifth-wheel and a travel trailer come in — I hold my breath — and  they leave!  Yay!

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Funny how having a water spigot feels like a luxury.

I use a light, aluminum stock pot on the BLT’s stove to heat water for baths.  With plenty of water available I fill up basins and take long baths outside in the sunshine.  (I can hear anyone driving into the campground which gives plenty of warning!)

After a bath I sit in my lounger reading my Paperwhite while my feet soak in a basin of hot water.  My hair dries quickly.

P1060664Wetmore Campground was named after Pennsylvanian lumberman, Edward D. Wetmore.

He is the founder of Kinzua, Oregon, a lumber company town existing from 1927 to 1978.

Here’s what I found on Wikipedia:

“In 1965, Kinzua included 125 homes, a community hall, church, library, store, and the golf course. When the mill closed in 1978, the buildings were removed and the townsite was planted with trees, mainly ponderosa pine.”

The camping fee at Wetmore Campground is five dollars.

For me and my crew only $2.50.  Pretty nice, eh?

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Next post:   The crew and I leave Wetmore Campground on August 12th and hurry away from Oregon wildfires.

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104 Responses to Oregon, Yellow Pine, and Wetmore Campgrounds

  1. kgdan says:

    Hi, Sue. A new post— hooray!

  2. What a nice quiet place, and what a nice guy the host was to tell you about it. I’m glad Bridget is able to do the morning walks in her own and that the trail was paved to make the evening walks easier. Bad to hear of the wildfires, glad you and the crew are staying safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      I’ve found that camp hosts are happy to share information that will make your camping better. That’s the kind of people usually attracted to camp hosting.

      I’m grateful, too, whenever Bridget is feeling perky and well enough to walk.

  3. Deb D says:

    Nice campground ! Sad about fires in the west. Love the pines and the smell.
    Enjoying the great pictures. The pups will enjoy the cooler temps.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb D,

      The crew and I have experienced large variations in temperature lately… from 104 degrees to cool mornings requiring the propane heater!

      I imagine you have electric at your RV park in Florida. I certainly hope so!

  4. kgdan says:

    Just came in from weeding the 4′ x 16′ tomato planter— whew! Beautiful morning here. The temps have finally gone down to the comfort level.

    What a treat to find an RV SUE post and I think I am first to see it! ???

    No fires in our vicinity but we smell the smoke occasionally. Keeping our fingers crossed as it is so very dry. Happy to see that you are safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Kathy…. You bring back memories. I had a raised bed for tomatoes at one time. I bet you raise some beauties — big ol’ beefsteaks!

      Glad you’re not near any fires…

      • MB says:

        Sue, I have a little book where I keep wishes, dreams, practical ideas…..and some quotes that I love. A quote from one of your posts is there…..”The purchase of tomatoes is an act of faith….faith that the winter won’t last forever.” RVSUE And I know what you mean about the fragrance of a place. There are some places that I would recognize by scent alone. Jenny Lake WY. is one. If you blindfolded me and stood me on the trail to the lake, I would know where I was…..mmmmm……And in my dreams…..I have taken a bath in the sun and have my clean clothes drying on a line nearby…….It’ll come, I just know it! Right now I am doing what another of my favorite quotes says….”Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe Have a wonderful day! MB from VA

        • MB says:

          BTW…there are all kinds of “winters”. When I read that comment of yours, I had been through 6 years of “winter”. It was early in the physical spring of the 6th year…..and I could sense another “spring” as well. That comment from you to a reader made me smile and gave me hope. And you thought you were just making a comment to someone who had just planted a tomato. 🙂

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You’re right… I didn’t imagine that typing a few words would have such a positive impact on someone. I appreciate you letting me know, MB. I can relate to “winters” that last for years.

  5. So glad to hear you have steered clear of fires. Hopefully, east-bound smoke as well. These days, were testing our retarded, er “retired” wings. Last week Pismo Beach. End of August, heading over to Ouray, Colorado and vicinity for 2 or 3 weeks. Gotta sneak up on full-timing, ya know. But it won’t be long now. Solar’s installed and operating. New modern converter installed, and just finishing up the inverter install. We even have new tires. WOOHOO! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      Good plan to “sneak up on full-timing.” There’s no rush… as long as you’re enjoying your retirement. Congratulations on the installation of solar, converter, and inverter…. and new tires. That merits a cheer!

  6. Shawna says:

    What a lovely campsite! It’s now on my list 😉 So glad to see Bridget enjoying her stroller ride — and she does look like she is enjoying it and grateful not to have to walk.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna,

      Bridget does seem grateful for the stroller. I detect an added pleasure for her — she rides while I push!

      • DesertGinger says:

        There is something nice about having someone take care of you…if they are doing it because they love you. Makes you feel cherished I suppose. Not something I have had much of in my life; I’m always the caretaker usually. Even as a kid. But once or twice, and it was nice.

        • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

          I know exactly what you are saying DG. I have had a lot of years taking care of myself and my two children while maintaining fairly large houses and a big business. I think that it never occurs to friends that it might be nice to have help on projects or whatever. Until my back pain came along I could do most everything…not so much these days! The very idea that my friend Casey would fly from Vermont to Seattle, WA to be with me while driving home was awesome! I cried my eyeballs out! Miracles come in all kinds of packages.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ginger, you are so right. There are people who rarely or never are taken care of. And I’m not talking only about people who live independent of others. Some are surrounded by family whom they nurture for years, through sickness and in health, and never given a break other than a restaurant outing now and then. Big deal. That’s not being taken care of.

          It’s one of my pet peeves that a spouse will eat homemade food and accept the care of the other spouse for years and never attempt to return the same.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Heh…one thing I tried to teach our kids is that marriage is surely NOT a 50-50 proposition and that to be happiest tis best to consider it a 90-10 or less…my mom used to tell me, “happiness is a gift you give yourself and no one else will give it to you.” Knowing her as well as I did, I know she meant only GOD gives us happiness (and that not necessarily every day)…humans are so flawed. Even we who try so hard, do not always come through at 100%, sadly…

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          DesertGinger, Krystina, and Sue,

          I, too, am one of the people who others have depended on to always be there…to take care of them, fix messes they got themselves into, etc. It is a shame, but many of those who have depended on me over the years are no where to be found when I need help. Too busy with their lives and schedules….and to think I used to go out of my way, altering my shedule for them…. I am very thankful when my neighbors, nephews, a couple of my sisters, or an unexpected friend lend me a hand. It is interesting when you need help, who answers the call…sometimes it can be surprising. Krystina – your friend Casey is a priceless gem!

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Have to remind ourselves sometimes that WE did not choose our kin…it was just who was born into the clan…we chose each other in marriage, but nothing else…and often I feel that “no good deed goes unpunished”. Have to content ourselves with trying to please GOD with how we live our lives and leave all else behind, in a way…

  7. Lee J in Northern California says:

    What a tranquil spot. My kind of campground too.
    Today we have a wind from the north so our air is thick with smoke from the fires north of us. Hope you are able to get away from smoke, not a good thing to deal with, but folks all over the west have way worse things to deal with, like the actual fires….so sad for them.
    You are such a good Bridget mom, she is blessed having you care for her needs….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      It must be disconcerting to say the least, living in northern California with all the fire activity around. I hope the air clears for you and you stay safe.

  8. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    I do believe the camp host was correct. I do like Wetmore the best!

    Glad to hear Bridgee is doing better. That over the shoulder glance is precious.

    Hah…the forest has eyes!

    Oh my word Bambi, look at that human..what in the world is she doing? naw….she isn’t taking a bath is she? Oh wait…she seems to be…preparing to cook her feet in that stock pot! Listen….why…she’s having a conversation with her fur kids. I like these type of “residents”…the ones that share the open space.

    Have a great evening…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      About sharing the open space… One time we were outside, me in the lounger (of course) and the crew in proximity. Reggie noticed the doe and fawn at the edge of the campsite. They looked at him and he looked at them. Real low I said, “no, Reggie.” He didn’t bark or bother them at all. I was stunned… and very proud of him!

  9. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    This is a lovely camp, too bad the forest fires are making you move so quickly. It is however, much better to be safe. Bridget looks so good on her morning walk.
    Take care & stay safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I also moved camp in order to have internet service. Yes! Bridget does look good! 🙂

      I’m glad you had a happy birthday. Your comment about Angel joyfully greeting you gave me a chuckle.

  10. Michelle from Salt Lake,UT says:

    So excited a wheelchair trail! This site is going to the top of hubbies bucket list.
    Thanks for the great pictures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Michelle,

      Yes, the trail is wheelchair accessible. It connects Wetmore and Yellow Pine Campgrounds, so you could choose either one and access the trail. Of course, there also are wheelchair campsites. At Whitmore there are three, one being the one we were in and another was a pull-through near the vault toilet.

      I don’t know when you plan to travel Route 26…. When you do and when the fire activity has settled down, I encourage you to stay at one of those campgrounds and then drive beyond the campgrounds on 26 to Canyon City. I’m quite sure you and your husband would enjoy rolling/walking around town, seeing the murals up close (There are more than what I photographed). Also the museum and much more…

      I’ll try to remember to note accessibility at our future camps.

  11. pookieboy says:

    It amazes me that those campgrounds are empty right in the middle of summer….you truely are in heaven my dear…..thanks so much for the great read and pictures….
    Chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Chuck. I bet Yellow Pine with all its campsites for bigger rigs attracts people for overnight stays, it being on a popular road toward John Day. I’m often surprised to see retirees arrive late and leave early at pretty campgrounds. Sure, some are on their way to visit family or are returning to home base or have a big destination in mind and are in a hurry to their reserved site in a national park or wherever..

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Back in 2008, when we were in Oregon camping, I asked the host why so many campsites were empty. He said it was because so many families were suffering from the financial downturn that they couldn’t afford several days of campsite fees. That’s sad because camping is the most affordable vacation, except for sitting at home, of course.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I agree with you, Gayle. The national forest and BLM campgrounds aren’t as bad as the state parks, which are out of reach for many. The more amenities that the “haves” require, the higher the camping fees, and that means the “have nots” (meaning young families and others on a tight budget) are shut out. The state of Washington is appalling in this regard. It’s my feeling that a state should tailor services and facilities for the greatest number (not just the elite). Not every park should be 50-amp, paved and manicured. My opinion.

  12. weather says:

    AND…finally!…I exhale more completely.Without meaning to ,if you’re not present and accounted for,I carry a bit of tension sometimes.I suppose this time it’s because of waiting to hear about what distance is between you three and Oregon’s fires,and maybe about your reaction to my recent purchase.I know the reason I felt my shoulders relax as I noticed a new post was here had to do primarily the first -your freedom to be enjoying life as usual-because I noticed your reply saying you were going out with the crew for a bit and felt joy .All that to say-I’m really glad to see that you and your post are here 🙂

    In the Blue Mountains with a string of lovely campgrounds to choose a favorite among,what a wonderful position to be in!The pic of Reggie afoot and Bridget happily in her stroller on the nature trail shows what a good choice you made.”wrapped in solitude” with only our precious ones beside us can be everything we need sometimes.Providence adding a deer family is utter generosity…

    How nice that when the town was done trees were planted in it’s place.Such a responsible considerate task must have been the idea of someone that appreciates the right values.A pile of abandoned buildings left to fall apart would have been a blight to behold,now majestic trees provide beauty and homes for wild creatures instead.Sweet!

    Your closing photo shows such a contrast between your environment then and the camp in this post,yet both times you felt blessed to wash something outside ,laundry or yourself.Water to use in comparative abundance can be a luxury.I cannot count the times in life that I’ve been grateful to have that,too.I hope your days since leaving that camp have felt as luxurious in their own ways.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I’m thrilled that you purchased a T@B. Here is a website that shows four different models. Which one does yours most closely resemble? All of them are sweet!

      Congratulations on making the decision and the deal. 🙂 You’re going to have a lot of fun with that cute trailer! It’s a play house!

      Yes, breathe easy. . . .I don’t like keeping folks in the dark about our whereabouts in relation to the wildfires. I’ll catch up the blog to our present camp in the next post. We are in a smoke-free, cool place near a river with mountains all around and, amazingly, with internet signal.

      Whether the planting of trees was a voluntary gesture of respect for the forest or a government-mandated one, I, too, am glad a bunch of old buildings weren’t left behind to deteriorate and be a mess. Old buildings are interesting historically – like the Greenhorn Jail – but they do require maintenance and protection from vandals.

      Hope your day is beautiful…

      • weather says:

        Your reaction pleases me very much,thanks,Sue 🙂

        Actually,to see the model closest to mine,one looking at the page seen on the link you provided would not concentrate on the four models in that row of photos.Instead,watch the ones scrolling across above.A white one shown during the evening with it’s interior lights on appears there.Close scrutiny reveals that seen through the door’s window is a curtained other round window as well.That’s between the sleeping /dining area and kitchen/”facilities” /and cupboards area.Point being that an additional round window is in mine,a bonus that helped sway my choice.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, goody! I’ll go look!

          LATER: How dreamy! I love it! Just imagine being in that photo, cozy in your T@B, peeking out the round window at a moonlit landscape… I like how the T@B fits the description of “more than the sum of its parts.” Very nice choice.

      • weather says:

        In response to the rest of your reply-“It’s a play house!”-love that!I see it that way,too.Cool place near a river with mountains all around,wonderful!I’m not only breathing easier,I read that and sighed ,smiling at the picture,thank you.And for your hope for my day,it has been and is beautiful.May yours and this evening be that for you and crew.

        • MB says:

          Congratulations on your new little home! I agree with Sue. It looks great! I am still in the looking stage. I read the comments for almost every post. If you have any regarding your little trailer once you’ve traveled a bit, I would love to see them. I hope you spend many happy hours in and around your sweet little trailer.

  13. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I knew you would keep a watchful eye on those fires but still had some concern here. To all of you blogerinos out in the western states….stay safe and I pray the fires do not come near you.
    Another pretty spot in the pines. I know the fragrance must be heavenly. Glad to see Bridget enjoying her morning walk.
    Take care…sending lots of love and big hugs to all 3 of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      Lots of love and hugs to you and all the Rienzi contingent. 🙂 Hope everyone is healthy, happy, and enjoying a Mississippi summer…. Pinch Jerold’s cheek for me (whichever one you choose!).

  14. John K - On the road...Airstreaming! says:

    We are in Oregon…finally! We are in Viento State Park on the Columbia River. Wild fires are not the problem in the region…people are! There are way too many of them. I think we are going to head east toward the less populated areas.

    We were going through a county park looking for a campsite and as we were leaving the loop we saw what appeared to be a Bob Cat. Shirt tail, about the size of a medium size dog. It ran across the road and ducked into the bushes before we could get a real good look.

    Getting away from here might be a problem as Hwy 26 is closed north of the reservation. May have to go much further east than I wanted.

    You seem to find the good campsites. We thought we had found a really nice one on Hwy 35 called Nottingham, but there had no drinking water.

    Today we went on a drive north of Hood River and found a spot where you can see Mt Hood and Mt Baker from the same spot. Had lunch at the Twin Peaks Diner!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John,

      I enjoyed your report. Thanks for taking the time to update us on your travels your first year as a full-timer. You are experiencing the good and not-so-good, and learning fast what you like and what you want to avoid.

      Good stuff…. Camping with Mt. Hood and Mt. Baker in view… Wow! A chance to see a bobcat that’s not in a cage or stuffed and mounted in a visitor’s center… Wow! The ability to move whenever and wherever… Wow!

      Do keep up with the fire situation and road closures before making travel decisions. I know you will but it makes me feel better to tell you. That Baker City fire is a doozy! I looked up Idaho active fires and read there were 35 new fires in a 24-hour period in the Clearwater area. I’m going around like Reggie, only I’m sniffing for smoke. Ha!

  15. Lady Piper and Rusty says:

    Well Sue, That looks like a fine camp you have there and the Bridget looks like she’s havein’ a good time too!, Reggie also.,,,,,,,, well I had to reset my NetGear hotspot to get a good signal to get here on your blog and online,,, but other than that we’re doing ok and getting a lot of rain,,, Lady Piper is doing great too, she’s a talker, by what I mean is, if I am out of her sight, she’ll start howling un till I let her know that I’m still near, then she quites down a bit, then I get scolded, then kisses and then she’s happy,,,,,,,,,,,,, give them pups of yours a big hug from us and have a great day,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

    • Kay Dattilio says:

      Sue and Crew, I’m kinda like Weather, breathe a sigh of relief when I hear you’re ok! You’re one smart lady, so I shouldn’t worry. I’m glad the dogs are doing well and Reggie didn’t bark! Good for him! Stay safe!

      Kay from KC!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Kay,

        Nice of you to think of us. You’re right about the “shouldn’t worry” part… 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lady Piper and Rusty,

      I figured you weren’t here due to lack of signal. Glad you did a reset and showed up!

      Good to know the lady is “doing great.” After a few months she may become more secure, trusting you will keep her forever, and then she won’t howl as much. I’m amazed the change I saw in Reggie in only a month or two… He started out licking all the time, chewing on my hands, being hyper. He’s settled down and doesn’t do that much any more.

      Your description of Lady Piper was fun to read. I’m sure you have your sad moments, yet there’s your gal to bring your smiles.

      Take care… hugs… wishing you a great day, hope you are cool enough in AZ.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So nice you have a dog that is so bonded to you, Rusty!! I hope it continues to go well for you both!!

  16. janis harrison says:

    Hi Sue, I want to let you know how much more I am treasuring your posts as I recover from breast cancer surgery. They surely give me something positive to focus on.I loved them before but now they give me hope that I will be out there again camping in our great country. Looking forward to your next chapter. Huggs Grandjan

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Janis,

      Thanks for the hugs and for stopping by to let us know where you are in your cancer recovery. As you know, my sister Pauline went through breast cancer treatment — it was an ordeal, no doubt about it — but there are better days to come. She can testify to that as she’s kept busy with three very active grandchildren.

      If this blog can give you positive feelings and glimpses of the future, it’s worth writing it for that alone . . . for you, Janis. I aim to keep those camping dreams swirling around in your brain! 🙂

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      I wonder how many of us blogorinos use Sue’s blogs as an escape to “out there”?

      Glad that you are past your surgery and in recovery mode. I had uterine cancer, big surgery and it felt like it was a long haul recovery, but it passes! You will get past this and be camping in no time at all…good wishes!

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      I know exactly what you are saying DG. I have had a lot of years taking care of myself and my two children while maintaining fairly large houses and a big business. I think that it never occurs to friends that it might be nice to have help on projects or whatever. Until my back pain came along I could do most everything…not so much these days! The very idea that my friend Casey would fly from Vermont to Seattle, WA to be with me while driving home was awesome! I cried my eyeballs out! Miracles come in all kinds of packages.

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Sending up healing prayer for you Janis!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Stay positive, Janis. As a breast cancer survivor, I can assure your that is the best medicine. Our local hospital has a breast cancer unit and one of the volunteers started a BC survivors luncheon. A group of us meet every other month for lunch at various local restaurants to lend support to each other. I was one of the very lucky ones, in that it was caught in late Stage 1, they removed all of it and I did not have to have radiation nor chemo. Extra prayers go out to you.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sending you comforting thoughts and healing prayers, Janis. Take good care of yourself. Sending you a hug!

  17. Rita from Phoenix says:

    So glad Bridget is enjoying her stroller rides. I had looked at back packs that can carry dogs but didn’t purchase one yet. Our little Mimi tires easy with her short legs. Reggie as always is a cutie and learning fast with a good teacher 🙂 We returned from our trip to Alaska a couple of days ago…my, what a beautiful state…wide open spaces and the snow covered and tundra mountains are absolutely gorgeous. Saw glaciers, sea life i.e. sea otters, orca, humpback, seals, etc.; wild life i.e. grizzlies, caribou, moose, dall sheep and lots of little critters and birds including eagle. Also noticed lots of RVs. The cabins we stayed were comfortable and beautiful….most in remote areas with no internet or phone service. Going back in February to see Iditerod and experience winter…my daughter may move there eventually. Before it gets too congested and developed, I’d suggest visiting Alaska.

    • Rita from Phoenix says:

      PS Anchorage and Wasilla has grown since the last time I was there….doesn’t look the same…almost felt like I was back in lower 48 i.e. too developed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      You do make Alaska very tempting. Sounds like you had an incredible trip… all that wildlife! How nice to be housed in “comfortable and beautiful” cabins.

      Gee, Alaska and tthe Iditerod in February… You do have a spirit of adventure!

      The thought of Alaska being “congested and developed” is repugnant. I’ve always thought of Alaska as pristine and very empty of people. I look forward to a report on your trip in February, Rita. 🙂

  18. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Ah, so lovely…and a great price too. Well, Sue, I can virtually smell being there…have not been quite in that spot….but in similar ones. We lived 20 months over a decade ago now, in the Blue Mts…those mts. do have their charm!! The little town, though we were some distance out on the edge of the forest, we all cried when we left…even though it meant better job, etc. for hubby…but the town was a step back in time…and it was a sweet time for us then…thanks for sharing.

  19. Cat Lady on the road in Gunnison, CO says:

    FYI Bloggerinos: Sue and Crew picked up their Casita in Texas on August 16, 2011. Just thought ya’ll might want the heads-up. So, weather, you almost bought your trailer on Sue’s anniversary.

    Cat Lady

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! Thanks, Cat Lady. I needed the heads-up. How could I forget that day four years ago!

  20. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Glad that you are in a safe place, away from fires and smoke. I knew you would be fine…just glad to have my gut feeling confirmed! I hope all the blogorinos near the fires are ok and stay safe. Especially CherLyn who had seen sparks in her yard….too close for comfort!

    Even though you said that pictures did not convey the beauty of your campsite, your words described it perfectly. How nice to have access to a trail built specifically for Miss Bridge! The look of love that she was beaming up to you was priceless. And, yes, little Miss….you tried to hide, but I did spot your sweet little self hiding under the trailer. Sorry girl, you just cannot hide your cuteness! I love how Reggie takes the lead on the afternoon walks, and how he did not bark to scare the doe and her fawn. I know that made your heart burst with pride!

    I am looking forward to see where you all are nestled in…..sounds like another perfect spot! Hope you enjoy the rest of the evening! Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup!

      You write such nice reactions to my posts and photos. That pic of Bridget coming up the slope opposite our camp is a favorite of mine, too. You can see her under the BLT? You know where to look!

      Wishing you and Gracie a good Saturday night…

      LATER… Haha! I enlarged the photo of our front yard and, yep, there she is behind the crew’s blue water dish and the package of bottled water. 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        🙂 Bridget is under the trailer in the picture posted just above where you share the history of Wetmore Campground. 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hehe..we my post must have hit the same time your update did!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Yeppers clear as day….giving you the ole “stink eye”. 🙂

        Ya know….maybe Bridgee feels secure under the BLT…..like some feel comfy in their crate…or maybe it’s a cool area.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Or maybe she’s giving me the ole stink eye because I want to take her picture. Ya see, what you don’t know is two seconds before that shot, Bridgee Babee made a mad dash to the BLT. 🙁

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          The same thing crossed my mind. Gracie loves laying in her wire crate with the door open, and snoozing under the kitchen table or under an end table in the living room. I think she likes the secure cave like feeling. Bridget just is camera shy! 🙂

  21. Paula in Indiana says:

    Hi Sue , I love the photo of Bridget by herself in the foreground smiling right at the camera! Sweet 🙂

    I also like to check out your lists of things people buy through your blog at Amazon. The animal designs adult coloring book piqued my interest. Wow, all those intricate designs are beautiful. I ended up on Amazon for about 20 minutes looking at all kinds of similar coloring books, each with different themes: ocean creatures, pictures in the forest, garden designs, etc. I can’t decide which one to buy, but you will be the first to know!

    Best wishes to you and the crew and all the blogorinos. I learn so many interesting things from all of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paula,

      Great seeing you here! Thanks for the best wishes. It’s satisfying for me to know readers learn from my blog.

      Those adult coloring books are very calming. I used them in my classroom on the day before holiday breaks when students left at various times throughout the day to start their vacation early. Also as a reward/filler when a student completed work early. At first the students didn’t want to do them. I colored a few at home, brought them in to show how creative one could be with them, and after that they asked for them.

  22. Pamela says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    I just found out about your site. Cherie and Chris of Techonomadia gave me your name. I panicked a moment when I thought you had stopped blogging in 2013 – where were you now and why had you stopped.
    A bit more searching, and I found your current entries. Yippee.
    I will read from the beginning. I am itching to get out there, but not sure I will be able to do it financially. I am 68 and just moved from a three bedroom rental house to a one bedroom apartment, so I am part of the way there to downsizing.
    My vehicle right now is a 4-cylinder. Not sure why I bought it. Anyway, that’s where I am right now. I will be out there by myself and loving it and nature. I’m with you. I really enjoy my alone time. No pets.
    I look forward to reading about your adventures and think it will clarify a few things for me.
    Thanks and happy trails.
    Pamela

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Hi Pamela

      Glad you found us. Many travel with RVSue and crew by proxy. Whatever your dreams are..you’ll enjoy it here. You’ll read the word “blogorinos”, don’t bother looking it up in the dictionary, urban or Websters….that’s us…ALL of us.

      Welcome!

      PS…there are other Pamela’s…it’s easier if you put a location after your name.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      Welcome to my blog! How nice of the Technomadia folks to send you here!

      Yes, do read from the beginning. If a post’s topic interests you, be sure to check the comments, too. Readers — the blogorinos — share helpful information, experiences, and suggestions. Feel free to ask questions or share… And, yes, add something to your name like the state abbreviation so we’ll recognize you.

      Nice meeting you, Pamela!

  23. AZ Jim says:

    Great post. Nice site. I worried about those fires too. I’m glad you are managing to escape the areas where they are. I also am pleased with Weathers purchase. I am, of course jealous. I know she’ll have a wonderful time in her little trailer. Back when I was still able I spent a lot of time in my Travel Trailer at home even when I was not out and about. I used to enjoy just going out and puttering and also I slept company there occasionally. Bridget in her limo and little Reggie on his tether, both look good and happy. It was 117 here today…. Take care Missy…

  24. Cat Lady in Tacoma says:

    Hi sue and fellow blogorinos. Greetings from my bounder at fort stevens state park (Warrenton OR) ! On the topic of foot soaks, if you really want to treat yourself I enjoy dr teals lavender epsom salts in a tub of warm water. Its worth looking forward to after a long day! I find it at target for about $5. I like to tell friends about my good finds 😉

  25. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue and Crew,
    The western wildfires are in full swing, as you can tell from the warnings, evacuation notices and worst of all, the smoke shrouding the air to the east of all of it. We in south central MT continue to be blessed. BTW, Thanks Pauline for your concern.
    The air quality is supposed to improve today for us a the wind pattern shifts to more of a northerly direction. God bless all those innocent people, their animals and the creatures of the forests who are in the path of the raging fires. Godspeed.

    I am in the process of buying tires for my little 15′ single axle trailer. I cannot remember the towing weight, but it’s an aluminum trailer, 2009 Sunset.
    I have searched your recent posts for blogerino advice on tires. I seem to recall that there is a high quality tire recommended. Perhaps, it was Sidewinder Pen who suggested it.
    Could you please direct me to this post. I have checked through the June and July posts. Could have missed it. Thanks for you help, Sue and blogerinos.

  26. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Tires. Common word here..hence….hard to track down.

    Here is just one:
    http://rvsueandcrew.net/wheel-maintenance-an-ounce-of-prevention-is-worth-a-pound-of-cure/

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cinandjules… You found the post that includes the name of the tires — Maxxis.

  27. Diann in MT says:

    Nah. This was a recent post. Thanks any way.

  28. weather says:

    Happy Anniversary Sue and BLT-a match made in heaven 🙂 I hope you have a great special day together day, and for many more years to come!

  29. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Happy Anniversary, Sue!

    That leap of faith you took when purchasing the PTV and BLT has to be one of the best decisions you have made! 🙂

  30. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Wow! Four year anniversary being on the road. Congratulations. I can’t believe I have been reading your blog for that long. I’d say I am thoroughly enjoying it.
    Sue, wanted to give you another “Angel chuckle” for the day. She barks at the thunder. She’s not afraid, but does bark at it. She runs from window to window barking at it. Not constant, just one or two barks. She is my “Funny Girl”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the anniversary congratulations, Barbara. Rat terriers are a hoot… and your Angel is true to form. Barking at thunder… so funny! She’s trying to make the monster go away.

  31. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Lovely camp. I keep following along and marking on my benchmark places I haven’t been in Oregon yet and I live here! Winds have subsided which saved homes and cattle. Within 15 minutes of my home when winds changed. “The Baker County Press” facebook link has the best info on fires/pics for this area. 90,000 acres here so far.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We appreciate the update, CheryLyn… Your safety has been a concern. Good to know you’re okay.

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