Our new camp on a beach of Flaming Gorge Reservoir!

Monday, July 21 (continued)

At the sign “Anvil Draw,” I turn right and proceed across a desert landscape of sparse grass and sagebrush.  The windows of the Perfect Tow Vehicle are open.  The air moving into the PTV is too warm to provide much relief.

“We’ll find something soon.  It won’t be long now,” I assure Spike and Bridget, as well as myself.

I pass up the first spur road. 

Too obvious.  Too easy.  That’s where people will go.

I take the second spur to the right.  As we bounce and jolt along the rutted, dirt road, I’m mindful of glimpses of bright, blue water to my left.  The spur road breaks into more spurs.  I stop the PTV in order to check to see if there’s a good campsite beyond the tamarisk that grows near the water.

“I’ll be right back.”  I leave both front doors wide open and trek in the afternoon sun.   Nope.  Site is too small.  Not enough space to turn around.

A few minutes later, I return, hot and weary, to the crew.

I drink some water and start up the PTV.

I repeat the process.  Not good.  Too sloped.  The sound of the crew’s panting urges me on.

Another spur toward the water is short and I can see a campsite at its end.  Well, that will be good enough.  We can’t be looking forever.

The campsite is elevated above a beach. 

I get out of the PTV and look down the cliff.  No.  Too dangerous.  Wait a minute. . .

The road drops away from the campsite and curves downward around some tamarisk.  I walk to where it opens onto a beach.

Oh, this is NICE!  I take a moment to decide how I’ll position the BLT.  Happily I hurry back to the crew, start up the PTV, and drive down to the secluded, beachfront campsite.

The water of the reservoir beckons.

Quickly I go around and open the side door.  “You can get out now!  We’re home!”

Bridget and Spike scramble out.  I have my camera in hand because I know what’s going to happen next.

A classic Spike moment . . . .

1-DSC05824I take off my shirt so I’m down to a thin camisole and shorts.  I wrap my camera in the shirt, place it on the sand, and join Spike in the water.

“You, too, Bridget!  Thatta’ girl!  Isn’t this nice?”

1-DSC05828The water is beautifully clear and cool, but not too cool.

The bottom is sand and flat shards of shale-like rock.  I have my waterproof Keen sandals on.  While standing in water up to my waist, I look at our new camp.

1-DSC05827I don’t like that position.  Something about it doesn’t look right.  I’ll change it as soon as Spike is done with his soak.

1-DSC05826Cooled off, I commence giggling at our good fortune.  A beach all to ourselves!  What a pretty cove this is . . . .

I put the crew back in the PTV  and reposition the BLT.

1-DSC05836I have a billion-dollar view out the big, back window.  The shade tracks around the BLT from the awning area in the morning to the back of the BLT by mid-afternoon.  The above photo was taken late in the afternoon, after I went for the last swim of the day.

1-DSC05832As I sit in the lounger looking across the water, I marvel at the loveliness.  All of a sudden, Spike gets up and takes off down the beach.

“Well, Bridge, it looks like we’re going for a walk.”  We stroll the empty beach together.  Gulls squawk and laugh riotously.

Later as light dims, I’m in the lounger again enjoying the cool air.

Time for an important test.

I wait for some sign, any sign . . . waiting, waiting.  With the passing of each minute, my happiness grows.

No bugs!  No mosquitoes!  Now I KNOW this is a perfect camp!





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166 Responses to Our new camp on a beach of Flaming Gorge Reservoir!

  1. Barb George says:

    I can’t be first….
    Hugs from Hoquiam!

  2. Judy E says:

    Don’t you just love it when things all work out so smoothly? Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy . . . I notice some of the best camps appear right when I think we’ll have to settle for less than fantastic. 🙂

  3. Barb George says:

    NO WAY!!! ME? Always last B? Oh wow.

    Gosh I could use a dip and a zip in that water…
    Just wonderful camping thru Sue!
    Hugs (again) from Hoquiam!

  4. Phyllis says:


    Two in one day, I am in heaven.

    Phyllis in Oklahoma

  5. Linda says:

    Wow! Wish I was there. I was chased out of a campsite just this weekend due to an intense fly infestation. You’d have thought there was something dead in the underbrush. Couldn’t even read… constantly swatting flies. THIS looks GREAT.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I wonder where you were when you were attacked by flies. I love camping by water, but it’s no good if there are flying pests. That’s why I wondered what would happen once the sun went down. What a relief to discover no mosquitoes or flies.

      • Linda says:

        Maquoketa Caves, Iowa. The walk-in campsite was a mess when we got there. maybe that had something to do with it. We even had to bury a spot that seemed to have had grease dumped there. But, flies were around elsewhere too, just not as intense as the site I was at.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Linda. What a crummy thing to happen! People don’t think about how their actions can cause problems for the next camper at their site. Spike has swallowed discarded chicken bones. I imagine people camping with a toddler have to scour the campsite to prevent their child from cuts, burns, and other hazards.

          • Linda says:

            Well at least we left it cleaner than we found it, with a stash of firewood for the next campers. There are still some …or plenty of …. bottlecaps embedded in the dirt, though.

  6. Cindy says:

    Wow….if I didn’t know better I’d say you were in California!!
    It’s just beautiful. …aand very inviting!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy, apparently a fan of California!

      Yes, it is lovely here. It’s hot but, hey, we have to experience summer at some point and the water and shade keeps us cooled off.

  7. kgdan says:

    Oh what a beautiful site! I can just see a port-a-bote putt-putting out on the water & me watching it from the shore in the lounger with my book. We have GOT to visit this area; it is so scenic. Thanks for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome…. I thought of you both today. I, too, can see Gil in his boat fishing and Kathy at camp fixing dinner… or waiting for Gil to fix dinner. Haha!

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

    OMG! Beach Front! I can’t beleive it, how perfect is that. I am so happy for you guys.
    I’m still stammering…way to go girl! Enjoy your new home as much as I am. Take Care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And thank you, Diane, for being happy for us. Long ago I gave up on the idea of ever having beachfront property. That was for rich folks.

      Well, look how rich I am now! heh-heh

  9. Sue, you have a PhD in Boondocking! Well done–such a perfectly lovely spot!

  10. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Patience is a virtue….

    You have found paradise! What a gorgeous beach /site. Ahhh all of you cooled off…how refreshing. Spike is so funny…how long does he take to plop down once he enters the water? The photo of his backside….hmmm wonder what he’s thinking? Ahhh…this is the life!

    Enjoy your solitude!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, CinandJules,

      I don’t know how Spike does it. He walks into the water and immediately lies down, no hesitation at all. I have to go in more gradually to absorb the cold shock. The water near the edge is slightly cool and, of course, the deeper you go in, the colder the water.

      Most of the streams, rivers, and lakes we’ve been to while fulltiming were really too cold for swimming. This is perfect.

  11. Crystal says:

    I’m blown away. Completely. I LOVE that site! My goal is waterfront….always. Congrats.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Crystal. Our camp is in a cove on the south side of a peninsula, facing a large bay with islands. The islands don’t show up well in the photos. Sometimes the blue is incredible. Blue water, blue sky, distant blue mountains. Oh my.

  12. weather says:

    What an amazing find!!!Billion dollar view and everything else about it,hidden away while that part of the state is having the year’s biggest crowds.

    When I was just starting out on my own,a guy heard me mention shopping for a car,pulled up a chair and said,”Listen closely will you?I’m not hitting on you this time,I’m gonna tell you everything you need to know about negotiating.” Wary,but intrigued,I said,”Alright,you have my full attention,and about sixty seconds,what?”He told me that no matter what I was offered,I should always come back with”I was hoping for more,(fill in the blank with whatever makes it a better deal),can you help me with that?”

    That’s how I’ve approached almost everything in life since that night.That’s how I see your “knack” for finding the almost impossibly good sites for home that you do so consistently.You simply won’t settle for what seems to be all that’s available.You pursue it until it’s enough to make you glad to have it,period.

    BTW-I never dated that guy,but I did get a great price on a car later that week 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That is such a cute story, weather! I love it. Great punch line, too. Best of all, a lesson for all of us . . . Hope for more and don’t settle for less!

      I almost did settle for less in deference to the crew’s discomfort in the heat. If I had, I would’ve moved us in the morning. I’m very happy it didn’t come to that. This is ideal here. It’s such a treat to share it with my readers.

      Thanks for entertaining me!

      • weather says:

        Good morning Sue,
        Your being happy- that your hope for more than you could ask for in a home- was answered with a wonderful result, is a message with the content of delightful concepts already filling my day.

        A freshening storm system is rapidly approaching this area,so by late afternoon,without the force to cause damage,it will have turned oppressive heat and humidity into cool dryer air for everything to thrive in.

        Always bringing improvements,with whatever method is best in the longview,His story and provision is again displaying itself in everything I’m shown.Hope you three are all up in your happy places ,too!

        Yesterday,at one point you had 3 pages(4 if you count the air horn one) to check at once to keep track of what was going on around this blog.I was laughing remembering Ed saying once “This is a fast moving blog” .Two records recently topped here,that pace and Spike’s length of soaking,what fun!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather,

          It’s very quiet here all night long. Geese say good night and good morning on the island across the bay. Other than that… silence. Both mornings the three of us have slept longer than usual. It takes the bright rays of the sun to wake us up. (We sleep with windows open and curtains pulled back.) Spike and Bridget are awake, lolling in bed. Like I said — beach bums.

          Those freshening storms bring welcome relief from humidity and what my mother used to call “the summer doldrums” when we lived in NY state. We used to look for the arrival of those kindly storms like farmers in a drought.

          You appreciate the effort I put into this blog. Sometimes it does seem like I have a cat by the tail, to use an old expression, which is a total delight for me.

          With your grateful heart and openness to the gifts around you, you’ll surely have a blessed day. Just for good measure, I wish you and yours a wonderful day!

  13. Cari in North Texas says:

    Yay, water pictures! And the descriptions of your site and the water make me sigh with envy. That first photo of Spike with just his head above water is priceless! I can hear him – well, Mom, it’s about time you parked near some water for me! So glad you were able to find another beautiful spot and then took the time to share it with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari,

      I love that first photo of Spikey. His head sticking out of the water reminds me of the river otters I saw when camped along the Madison River in Montana. It was fun to watch the river flow with otter heads popping up periodically.

      I think that’s the deepest and longest soak in the history of Spike the Water Dog.

  14. DesertGinger says:

    Rats! The new blog post came out right when I was having dessert and I’m not first again! Oh well, I have something to dream about.

  15. Deborah says:

    What a wonderful site you found and the best part – no one around, including no nasty blood sucking bugs! Okay, I might be more than just a little envious in the moment since the last two nights I’ve spent dealing with a nasty mosquito who seems to want to bleed me dry! Perhaps just a little exaggeration but it feels that way and that’s after using bug repellent. Evidently I’m a very tasty treat for a skeeter! So you see why I’m so envious of your site as compared to my “wild” apartment complete with mosquitos!

    Have a blast there! It truly appears to be a very special spot!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Deborah. We are having a blast.

      Isn’t it amazing how a creature that tiny can bring about such aggravation and misery? As if the bite isn’t bad enough, the SOUND of a mosquito drives me nuts, especially when ready to sleep. Ironic that you have a mosquito in your apartment, while the crew and I are next to water and plants with no mosquitoes. (Although I still wonder if they’ll arrive at any moment)

      You have a blast in your day, too!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Since we began taking some garlic pills morning and night (to help with arthritic pain, which it seems to do) the nasty little biting things leave us alone…they light sometimes, and maybe start, but leave…so no big welts anymore…sometimes teeny little spots, but no itches. I think they do not like garlic!! We get ours are Walmart…cheap…2 bottles of 100 each for about $6.

  16. DesertGinger says:

    Aw geez Sue….my two friends are bickering incessantly and I’m looking at the BLT and your chair facing the water and thinking ‘I wish I was there’.

    I’m so happy you are there, and the crew. I can see how Spike loves the water. And you. I would totally be in the water, too. Those Keens are awesome for walking on that rough bottom, aren’t they?

    I haven’t told you guys but yesterday I got a call from a Doctor who said “we tried to call you two weeks ago to tell you we found some abnormalities in your echocardiogram and we are concerned. We wanted to know if you are having any symptoms like dizziness, lightheaded ness, chest pain, breathing shortness”.

    So, I’m thinking ‘symptoms? Symptoms of what?’ So I asked him, “well would you consider a heart attack a symptom?” silence. “You had a heart attack?”

    So I tell him I had a heart attack following surgery on June 10, and the echocardiogram done on June 4 was a pre-op screening test for which I was previously given an all clear. And I’m thinking….they are calling me NOW? 6 weeks later?

    Turns out the left side of my heart was enlarged when they did the echo, and it was felt, at that time, I needed further tests. He said the echo was a view of my heart with pictures taken externally, and they feel they should take pictures internally.

    I have been referred to cardiology and am being seen August 8, and in the meantime I should be alert for symptoms and, if I have any, go to emergency.

    I feel like crying. They knew something was wrong and didn’t tell me. And now it is worse because I have had a heart attack and have damage. Maybe if they had told me I wouldn’t have had the heart attack. I’m pissed. I think I may need an attorney. I’m sad too. I don’t want to have a bad heart, I want to live till I’m 94 and be active the whole time. So…that’s my rant. Thank you for your patience.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Ginger… I feel like crying with you. Heart damage is bad enough, but to learn it didn’t have to happen, that you weren’t informed, that you didn’t have the information — the power — to avoid it. I don’t blame you for being pissed. You have reason to be outraged!

      I’m not sure I understand. Your pre-op screening revealed a reason not to have surgery, no one said anything about it, you had the surgery, and because no one acted upon your pre-op screening, you had a heart attack. Um… what is the purpose of a pre-op screening if no action is taken until 6 weeks later?

      I’m sad for you, too, Ginger. I wish I could cheer you up but this is too big for anything I might say to alleviate. No need to thank us for patience. Feel free to share here — rants are good when they help one cope! “Rant” anytime you want. I’m saying a prayer for you.

      Thanks for keeping us informed. You are loved by me and readers of this blog. Love takes us together through the good and the bad.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Wow! Someone dropped the ball alright. How terrible!

        Start a log of every conversation with the dr.

        This was a knee replacement for heaven sake! As hard as it may be with the circumstances that have arisen …try not to add stress to your heart and recovery. Contact someone and let THEM handle it. Your plate is full.

        If you need something….we are here!

        Do you still have PT twice a week?

        • DesertGinger says:

          Yes, still have PT and thanks for advice. I will be seeking an attorney when I get back to Tucson. Xo

          • Sondra-SC says:

            I spent the entire afternoon going over medical reports from a clinic where I go. I found errors on each and every report! I brought this to their attention…they said go home and sit down with a marker pen and highlight what is wrong!! They have my Past med Hist. wrong, they have my current employment situation wrong, they copied and pasted the medical exam..and yet prescribed meds for a diagnosis that was left out of the medical exam they put my Left knee in the Chief complaint, then the entire rest of the report they referred to my Right Knee! I may be poor but Im not stupid! I was a paramedic for almost 6 yrs in NYC..I know a think of two about medicine! So point is imagine how many people’s reports they have screwed and now that is a part of their permanent record!

            • DesertGinger says:

              Let me add that I have been reading my records as best I can (huge stack) and they have made many disparaging comments about me. “Patient is irritable”. “Patient does not want to cooperate”. Stuff like that. However they never mentioned why I did those things…like I was irritable because I sat in a wet bed that I pee’d in for over two hours waiting on help. UMC was by far the worst hospital I was ever in, but based on my records I am just cranky and unreasonable.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              For the benefit of all… What hospital is UMC?

            • DesertGinger says:

              University medical center in Tucson which I guess is THE hospital for trauma, but I had a terrible time there.

          • Barbara (Nashville) says:

            I am so sorry to hear of your heart attack. I saw my cardiologist in April, as I has some shortness of breath. The stress MRI was inconclusive, so he ordered an Angiogram, which resulted in a stent being put in. This was all supposed to an overnight stay at the hospital at the most. When the nurse removed the sheath later in the day, she tore my artery and I nearly died from an internal bleed. I was so afraid. All this could have been prevented if I had been told of the optional entry points for the stent placement.

            • DesertGinger says:

              Oh I’m sorry to hear you had these problems. I hope you are better now. Thanks.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Ginger, I’m a bit late to read this, but I am OUTRAGED for you. How horrible! I want to throw something at these people.

              I’m all for managing my own medical care, doing Internet research to educate myself, and being proactive, but if I have to ACTUALLY BE A DOCTOR in order to get decent medical care, then what’s the point of there being other doctors? Geez, people, just do your job!

              I only wish my huffy outrage could turn back the clock and we could make this not happen. I hope you have the best possible outcome, and I love how the blogorinos are supporting you. I’m glad you vented here.

              As a single person with no family to speak of, needing serious medical care with no “advocate” is my biggest fear. When my Mom was in the hospital with a serious condition (decades ago), her cousin (an ER nurse) and I were there 24/7 keeping an eye on things (in a friendly way) and getting to know the staff. Even the nurses said, “You know, we try to treat everyone equally, but we know that people like your Mom, with proactive family/friends here, get better treatment.” And we did find a few mistakes, and catch a few things. And the staff knew our Mom as a person, not just a patient (we brought in photos, showed them what she was *really* like, etc.). So knowing I wouldn’t have that fills me with trepidation.

              (I’m not saying this was your situation; thinking about it was just a natural extension of my thinking about needing to keep on top of these things (which you couldn’t really do in this situation since, how can you tell when they are not telling you something – it’s like proving a negative).

              Thinking of you and caring about a fellow blogorino.

            • Gayle says:

              What a loving, useful thing you did to bring photos of your Mom. Warning to all: Beware when doctor recommends “medically induced coma.” Self and friends not seen anyone survive that. Makes you wonder…

    • weather says:

      Dear Ginger,
      My habit of rising to see sunrise allowed me time to consider a response to your feelings about that phone call. The information revealed by the pre-op test shows that, operation or not,kidney failure,pneumonia,heart attack or damage may have occurred when you weren’t at a facility with the resources to make sure you survived.

      Alive,with the mobility needed to best ensure being active ’til you’re 94,your decision to improve your life with knee replacement need not cause anger,fear or regret.I know your natural enthusiasm and hopeful approach to life will win out again.

      Without referring you to endless documentation in physics,biology,history,scripture,philosophy and transcripts of researchers I’ll simply remind you that hoping for positive results produces them.

      The elasticity we’re made with, that allows restoration and recovery many don’t know is possible, can be seen- as clearly in pregnant sheep’s elevated production of collagen’s elements-

      – as all the potential for the strength and long life of an oak tree is known to be in a wee acorn.I hope you awaken -to the peace and high expectations of happiness- I want for you, and -that characterize everything you’ve shown yourself to be!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, weather, for tempering my remarks with an upbeat message for Ginger, far more helpful and full of encouraging truth.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Thank you Sue and Cindy for validating my feelings; that does help. And thank you Weather for gently leading me to the other side…you are correct that hope and faith are key elements to creating the life and health I am chasing.

        I am so grateful to have all of you here. You have no idea how this place has sustained and uplifted me through this rough patch. I look forward everyday to reading Sue and crews new adventures and to hearing from all my new cyber friends via the comments. This is the first blog where I have ever become a ‘regular’ and that is because this blog is so wonderful. This is ‘Cheers’ without the drinking.

        I’m thinking of starting a blog about creating a wonderful retirement on a shoestring budget, and I only hope I can create a place even half as wonderful.

        • weather says:

          Considering a new exciting project you might create, focusing on: -what you look forward to everyday -what you’re grateful for- and find wonderful

          Sounds like Ginger to me!Great to hear back from you,gave me a big ol’ smile,the chase goes on,yippee!

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          “This is ‘Cheers’ without the drinking.”

          Well put! 😀

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So sorry to hear this, Ginger. Thank you for sharing these things. I feel when we share of things we experience, we may be able to help others to avoid the pitfalls and dangers. My hubby has back issues. We see the surgeon Friday. But meanwhile, we just went 4 hours drive away to see our old doc. He gave us such hope. Said there is 25 things to be done BEFORE having a surgery. And that he can possibly heal on his own, with help. SO! Hope is good. I hope you can locate a very good doc who knows how to help you rebuild your body. Like maybe a naturepathic one. Wishing you the best!!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Thank you Elizabeth and yes, please go forward cautiously with your husbands surgery. When I chose to get my new knee at least I knew knee replacement has a good track record of success. Back surgery is a crapshoot. And there are a lot of wonderful alternatives. I know people that are completely cured by back surgery…and I know others. I always think a good surgeon is a critical key to good results, so shop around. Hugs.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          DesertGinger… Scroll down several comments to read message to you from Pat (KS).

          • DesertGinger says:

            Thanks for pointing this out. Loved her post! So funny. You are such a kind host and good friend Sue. Your blog is one of the highlights of my day. Big hug for you.

  17. Jackpot! What a great boondocking site. It looks like there is plenty of shallow and still water for Spike…I’ll bet he is very happy with this spot!

    Your post earlier today referencing the need to dump your tanks reminded me to ask you a question: have you found a good online resource for finding dump stations? Google helped me to find a few websites, but they all seem to be missing most of the dump stations in my local area making me wonder if the websites I’ve found are sub-par. Do you have a favorite go-to resource for locating dump stations (or perhaps a dump station divining rod?). 😉

    It’s funny the things one worries about. Before my first trip, but biggest worry was driving the big truck around. Now that fear is behind me, so it must be time for anxieties to crop up…which these days seem to center on the worry that I’m not going to be able to find water or a place to dump tanks.

    What is your typical approach to locating a dump station?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ZenOnWheels,

      I don’t do much online research to find dumps and water. I used to google “dump stations” and click on whatever site came up. As time has gone by, I don’t bother with that. .

      When we enter a new area in which I plan to make camp, I’m alert for dump locations. I look for the dump station symbol on any forest service/blm campgrounds I pass. Better than that — I think you said you bought Benchmarks. Look at the campground list and the RV park list. It will tell you if there’s a dump station by the letter “D” after the name (along with W for water, S for showers, TH for trailhead, etc.) I use that feature A LOT.

      I make a mental note of any commercial RV parks as they often will let you use their dump station for a small charge. I also check (online or in passing) for Pilot stations, Love travel centers, etc. as they often have dump stations (google their name).

      This may seem like a lackadaisical approach. I guess it is and that’s because dump stations are not that hard to find once you’ve had some practice looking.

      Also, never underestimate the value of asking a fellow RVer, “Hey, where does one dump around here?”

      As for water, usually it’s available at a dump place (not the dump station water… use a potable water spigot).

      Maybe readers will have helpful info to share…


      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        Hi Michael

        Google Sanidumps,com, a site to help you find RV dump stations in your region. I think there may be an app for it, also. I don’t use it, but I learned about it from Nina on Wheelin’ It. I kinda use Sue’s approach and after awhile you’ll learn what to look for. But in the meantime, see if this site can help you.

        BTW, I went over to your blog and enjoyed it! Great job! I’m excited for you to be embarking on such a wonderful journey. Keep at it and safe travels.


      • ZenOnWheels says:

        Great suggestion on watching for the dump station signs. I’ll also check out the sanidumps website/app thingy…good tip from Nivrapa in AZ. Thank you!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          And don’t forget to look in the atlas for the campground list with the D symbol! That’s the easiest way.

    • DesertGinger says:

      ZenonWheels, I went over to your blog and really like it! Good job! I was reading your story about negotiating for Benchmark maps and so enjoyed it, but couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment.. As you know, the comments can be the most fun. Do you have commenting on your site?

      • Cinandjules(NY) says:

        Good job!

        Does Desert Woman know she’s your fairy god mother? What an honor!

        This blog has something for everyone….such an inspiration!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks Michael for the wonderful post about why one shouldn’t buy their Benchmarks through my blog. Great job! 😉

      • Cinandjules(NY) says:

        Hey that benchmark map page looks like Jules bloodshot eyeballs! Heh heh

      • ZenOnWheels says:

        Definitely guilty…but I did get my Oxygenics Shower Spa upgrade kit via your link. Amazon, by far, had the best deal on those!

        This is maybe also a good time for me to point out to everyone that for many of the individual state atlas, the best very deal can still be found via RVSue’s Amazon link. 🙂

    • Marsha in MI says:

      Rvdumps.com might also be helpful.

  18. Mick'nTN says:

    What spur road are you on? 85N maybe?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, but you’re close! I pulled out the MVUM . . . I don’t know if that’s what you’re looking at. If it is, look for the three coves between the dead-ends of 085K and 085L.

      We are at the little cove almost at the end of 085K… slightly to the east of the dead end. (Then futher east is a bigger cove, then a smaller cove, then the little peninsula where 085L ends.)

      Good job sleuthing, Mick. Now get back to work on those air horns. 😉

      • Mick'nTN says:

        The horns will be here in a couple hours. I have most of the details worked out. I tried to get the electrical diagram for your Casita but had to sign up again and they need to approve my application and it has been a few day and no response … frustrating. I am trying to find out the wire size and fuse rating of your cigarette outlets. Did you see the Extech sound meter on your Amazon report. It only goes to 130 db but should be good for testing. I want to see how much loss I get with 25 feet of air line. I’ll report in the special section.

      • Mick'nTN says:

        On the Google road map it shows 085L going out into the lake but Google Earth shows beach there and two RV rigs parked way out on the tip of the peninsula. The coast line is changing with the seasons / water level.

  19. Kay says:

    PERFECT! What’s the chances of you keeping that spot for a month!!! WOW, such a nice place and Spike is in la-la land with his own personal spa. Even got Miss Bridge in the water.

    Amazing find. You know, the wait to see the next camp/home of RVSUE and Crew is pure excitement. I think your current home is pretty darn nice and I hope you can enjoy it for a while.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      One probably could get away with staying here a month although that would break the 16-day limit rule. We have everything we need to stay the full 16 days except for two things.

      I’ll run out of food for the crew before then. I’ll also get hitch-itch as making little excursions from this camp isn’t appealing. The road in and out is very difficult. We probably will stay for as long as I can stretch the crew’s meat supply.

      The next nearest place to buy groceries is Green River which I think is about 25 miles north of here (too lazy to look that up right now). I’ll tow the BLT to Green River, buy what we need, and then decide whether to find another boondock on the north end of Flaming Gorge Reservoir or continue moving further into WY.

      Thanks for your good wish for us!

  20. Susan in Dallas says:

    The road less traveled sure looks well worth it! Love Bridget’s idea of “soaking” in the water!

  21. Yes, pretty much perfect! No bugs!! Spike must have been quite warm, that’s a deep soak for him. He is loving life:) Bridget is too cute with her dainty foot bath. Enjoy:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John and Pam,

      You’re right. All three of us were warm and the water is warm enough to be very pleasant while cool enough to be refreshing.

      Little Miss Dainty Toes . . . Temperatures in the 90s but she doesn’t wilt!

  22. judithcamper says:

    Perfect, Absolutely beautifully perfect!

  23. Diann in MT says:

    I’ll bet you and the crew are down on the water, sloshing the feet around and contemplating the soaks and beach excursions of the day. Coffee mug in hand.
    Girl, you sure do know how to persist until perfection arrives!
    No rushin’ out of that place, huh.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      In a few minutes I’m reheating the coffee and doing exactly what you describe!

      See my reply to Kay . . . I’m hoping “our” beach remains deserted through the holiday weekend! There are tire tracks on the beach a la Daytona Beach. errgghh!

  24. Your beachfront property is truly amazing! It also reminds me of a less than amazing episode I had a couple of years ago with our fifth-wheel.

    I had taken our trailer to a reservoir north of us to camp along the shore, something I had done without incident the year before. This time, though, I managed to get stuck and good. The first tow company broke a chain trying to pull me out the way I went in. So the tow operator had the brilliant idea of trying to dig me out to the side and pull me out that way. Six hours later, he and his crew had managed to turn truck and still-hitched trailer 90-degrees to the left and get it stuck worse that before. He cut me a break on the cost, charging only $900 instead of the $1800 he would have charged if they had actually gotten me out.

    A week later, a second tow company came up and was able to get me out. I’d like to say there was no further dent to my pocketbook, but the initial tow company,m through its efforts, did close to $17,000 in damage to truck and trailer. Thankfully, insurance covered most of that. The really sad part, though, is that my wife no longer lets me park the trailer in such locations. 🙁

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, how depressing, Walt. I’m surprised the tow company didn’t quit a lot sooner. Wow, I hope I can get out of here without something like that happening. I can understand your wife’s reluctance to beach camp.

      • Well, I’m hope that by the time we take to the road to full-time her memory won’t be what it once was and she will have forgotten. 😀

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Or maybe your memory will deteriorate so you will have forgotten what you wanted to do in the first place! LOL!

    • Gary Wood says:

      I am not much of a risk taker, but no risk results in no wonderful experiences. Great story on a camp gone wrong Walt. Thanks for sharing, I feel better about being over cautious now.

      • Despite that experience, I’m still game to try going off the beaten path again. Next time, I just try to check things out before I get past the point no return. And if I do get stuck again, I’ll try to make sure the tow company knows what it’s doing. I’ll also make sure not to okay anything that involves turning or twisting the rig sideways. Lesson learned there. 🙂

  25. Gary Wood says:

    Wow Sue, you always seem to find that hidden site that’s perfect. With the size of my rig, I’m hesitate to explore as much as you, but it sure seems to pay off. Maybe I should have opted for a smaller one? I look forward to each of your posts. Thanks for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Gary,

      I clicked on your name and read several of your blog posts. You have an easy-to-read style and lots of interesting content. Good job! As a dog lover I found your “challenges” with your beautiful dog, Jagger, to be very interesting. I wish you both much success!

      Thanks for mentioning my blog a few posts back. I smiled to read that you enjoyed the Barnaby Skye books. I read them all and wanted more!

      I forgot to check what rig you have… You mentioned the “coach” several times so I assume it’s pretty big. There are some big rigs here — trailers and 5th wheels. The owners probably know the easiest way in. The road I took was narrow with ditches on both sides, rough, rutted, up and down like an OHV trail. I’ll post some photos of my “neighbors” — across the coves — to show you what type of rigs come in here.

      I dare say there are hundreds of boondocking sites along the west banks of Flaming Gorge Reservoir, in addition to two campgrounds (Lucerne at the south and Buckhorn Crossing Campground/Marina at the north.) Surely not all the dispersed camping sites are as difficult to access as this one.

      • Crystal says:

        I would be interested in a couple of the photos of the spur roads with the ditches that you mention. Do they ever dead-end so that you end up backing out for long distances? Ugh.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Crystal,

          I’ll try to remember to photograph the spur road for the post I’ll write when we leave this camp. The ditches aren’t wide. I mentioned them because they are deep enough that you wouldn’t want to have a tire drop down into them.

          I found that one can usually trust that a well-traveled dirt road (as evidenced by tracks and wear) will have a turn-around place. You may have to drive further than you want in order to come to it. The roads that I walk instead of drive are the minor, short spurs off the well-traveled spur. They often end behind some trees or over a bank or around a bend. Sometimes there’s plenty of turn-around space and sometimes not. That’s why it’s a good idea to walk those short spurs to campsites.

          If my memory is correct, I’ve only had to back down a road twice and it wasn’t bad. Took some patience. Fortunately both instances occurred in pleasant weather.

          What I’m finding more of a threat than no turn around is a road that looks like a road but I find out too late it isn’t a regular vehicle road, it’s an OHV trail that has widened with usage so that it looks like an okay road. Then I have to contend with very deep ruts, steep ups and downs, and narrow passages through trees and brush and, the worst — soft sand on the surface. I hate getting on one of those. It happened on the way in here. Fortunately it looped back quickly and I wasn’t on it long. I can’t always put everything in a story. Gotta’ keep the plot moving!

          • Crystal says:

            Thanks! It’s hard for me to picture in my mind, having not been in any boondock areas. I don’t know what the short spur roads look like, and how you know the difference. Any advice/photos helps me to “see”. It’s appreciated.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              It is hard to put into words the different types of roads. Usually it goes like this… A paved highway with lines painted, a two lane paved road with no lines, a gravel or dirt road (wide, maybe washboardy), a narrower dirt road off the gravel road (a spur), and sometimes a lesser, dirt road off the spur which I also call a spur for lack of another term!

              I’ll keep your request in mind, Crystal. Thanks for letting me know.

            • weather says:

              leaving the spur you follow a track? highway,country lane,dirt road,spur,track ….that progression –seen by city appreciators as descending,seen by earth,water and air enthusiasts as ascending 😉

  26. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Glad you found a nice spot, Sue. And no bugs. THAT alone is a great treasure!! I hope you manage to stay cool enough there too. Soaking helps huh? Funny photo of Spike!!

    We were in one of the places we used to live these last few days (desert of WA state)…long enough to get my asthma stirred up good (but that always helps one be oh so glad not to live there now)…had to be with our “other son” and his family as his dad died…service was yesterday. One of the good parts was that we walked in the park near the hotel and LOTS of folks with dogs walk there too…so we got in a bit of “doggie petting time” too…which is nice. And nicest of all, our son came for this time too, from NC…and we were able to be with him more than ever before, since he married almost 16 years ago. Sad, it took this occasion to bring it about…but at least he came and it was good.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      It’s good that you and your sons had this time, even though it wasn’t the happiest reason that brought you together. I hope your asthma has settled down now that you’re home again.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Yes, my asthma is settling down again. Rained this AM…so that helps more I think. Thanks.

  27. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Looks like some place the awning will get some use. Looks like a fine place for the Allen family to join you for the big weekend :-))).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, the awning is essential in a summer camp such as this. As for the Allen family, they aren’t invited!

      Seriously, if people show up, if OHVs, jeeps and pickups roar up and down this beach, I’ll break camp and move. They’re like mosquitoes… Can’t do much about them except get away from them.

  28. Plyler says:

    Greeting Sue

    I just found your blog this morning. My wife and I bought a new Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe in January so you can appreciate my new found fascination with your blog.

    If you don’t mind a few PTV related questions:
    Have you ever got it stuck on the boondock back roads?
    Do you carry along any special equipment just in case, if so what?
    Did you consider the all wheel drive option when you made your purchase?
    Did you get the locking rear differential?
    If you had it to do over again would you get a different set of options?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Plyler and wife,

      Welcome to my blog! You have a wonderful travel trailer. I wish you many happy camps in it. Okay… the questions:

      No, I’ve never been stuck on “boondock back roads.” I did get stuck one time and that was at a group dispersed camping site in southern Arizona with a bunch of other RVers around.

      See my post: “It had to happen sooner or later . . . stuck at a new camp!”

      I don’t carry any “special equipment.” I have a few boards and a shovel, of course. I don’t carry a come-along because you need something to attach it to, like a tree, and that’s not likely to be available since the desert is where one is liable to become stuck.

      I didn’t buy the PTV new. The many good features of the PTV that I needed (bench seat for the crew, tinted windows, upholstery/insulation throughout, EIGHT doors (wow, is that ever handy), longer length for extra storage, good size engine, etc…. overshadowed any thought for all-wheel-drive.

      I don’t know anything about locking rear differential. Since I bought used, I couldn’t pick options. I found the best (perfect) tow vehicle in my price range.

      “If I had to do it over again” yes, I would pick the PTV for the reasons stated above. I’m sure there are more options I would enjoy, but it’s a moot point since I wasn’t going to spend the money for them.

  29. Grace says:

    Hi Sue! (and blogarinos)
    After looking at that area on Google Maps, it appears there are tons of camping spots along the reservoir. I don’t know if we’ll ever make it that far north but I’ve got it bookmarked just in case. Thanks, Sue! What a beautiful place to be in July! Grace (in Tucson)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Grace,

      There are “tons of camping spots” and they aren’t difficult to find or to access. I chose a somewhat difficult site as insurance against clingers and holiday celebrants.

  30. kgdan says:

    I showed your pictures to Gil and he said, “Try to find out from Sue how to get there!”. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      My best advice if you plan to come to Flaming Gorge Reservoir is to get a “Motor Vehicle Usage Map; Ashley National Forest: Flaming Gorge Ranger District.” I think you can locate one online. They are free at the NFS district office in Manila, UT, near the gorge.

      Trying to camp at the same exact location where we are presently camped would be like looking for a needle in a haystack and not necessary. There are so many coves and bays and inlets with roads going to them and lots of dispersed camping sites.

      If you don’t have the MUVM, you can find a waterside camp looking at a Benchmark and probably other brands of atlases, too.

      To come to this area where there are several roads going down to the water’s edge… Take Rte 43 on the western side of the Gorge to the turn to Anvil Draw (FR 001). That road takes you out to the tip of the Anvil Draw peninsula. There are numerous dirt roads going off of FR 001 like branches on a tree. You wouldn’t have any trouble finding a place to park your Casita and launch your port-o-bote.

      Several peninsulas like Anvil Draw stick out into the reservoir along the western shore. They are veined with Forest Roads and spur roads with boondocks. It’s amazing!

  31. RachelDLS says:

    Hi Sue and crew, you may notice that I’ve got a new blog site now. I will be moving my old post over but WordPress seems to be much easier to work with for me.

    Now on to more important matters. About your dogs and my dog there is one distinct difference. My dog is not, repeat NOT, a water baby! But it certainly does look lovely where you are! I know you will enjoy it! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations on your new blog site, Rachel! I’ve been happy with WordPress. I hope you are, too.

      Again you’ve written a beautiful essay on your blog. I enjoyed it very much. Your insights into people living Inside the Box (and unable to see out of it) is very perceptive. I’m glad you have the friendship of Doug and SwankieWheels.

      Thanks for keeping in touch and good luck with your blog.

      • RachelDLS says:

        Thanks Sue,

        You always make me feel good about what I am writing. 🙂 Doug and SW are both wonderful people. I wrote that post at the beginning of my journey last year. They are still both dear friends! I am moving old posts over WordPress. So some of what you see will be from my old site.

        I do enjoy your stories so much. To have a talent for bringing your days to life for the rest of us is a gift.

  32. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    A site on the waterfront cannot be beat! It looks so relaxing and refreshing! Glad that the water temp is swim worthy….you got your soak on, too! 🙂

    Love the pictures of the Crew. These captions popped into my mind: 1) Spike’s back to the camera. “This soak is SO worth that long, hot drive. This is living!” 2) Spike’s side shot with the little grin on his face. “Aaaahhhh……….this feels SO GOOD!!” 3) Bridget: “Look, Mom, I’m soaking, too!!”

    Ooops….my dinner just caught on the stove…a hazard of not paying attention to a boiling pot! That’s what happens when I am trying to catch up on the comments! Haha! Thanks for sharing, Sue. Please do get your A/C checked. Better to have it working and not need it! Glad you made to the dump station and had no unpleasant surprises.

    Have a great night! Please take a dip for Gracie pup and me!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I hope your dinner wasn’t ruined! Thanks for the friendly comment. I will have the PTV’s a/c looked at.

      Today is hot here… in the mid-90s. If it weren’t for the water, we’d really be in bad shape.

      I took that dip for you and Gracie. 😉 You have a great night, too.

  33. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy….I had a campsite much like yours once on Lake Powell. It was on a deserted shore in a bay and only reachable by boat. I was camping in a small tent there. Lake Powell is so large that distances fool you. I had watched some interesting caves on the other side of this bay for a few days through my binoculars and decided to go across the bay and explore. Thirty minutes later I seemed not much closer than when I set out. I only had a 12HP outboard motor and it was windy. I decided in the interest of saving gas for my return to Page AZ in a few days I would turn back and be happy with my view from a distance. That it one*censored* big lake but beautiful. You can boat in it forever. Enjoy your time at this site and I KNOW Spike is.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re absolutely right about distance being deceiving across water! That last photo above, the one with my chair in the water… The opposite bank looks close, as if the chair is facing a pond. It’s not like that at all. The other bank is far away.

      Good idea… When in doubt, turn around! Especially in a boat on water with the wind picking up… 🙂

  34. lois from milton FL says:

    Hi Sue,
    Love, love, love your blog! The husband and I enjoy riding along with you, Spike and Bridget.
    The latest camp is a winner, secluded beach front property. Yay!
    Here’s the question that prompted this message: did you cut your big blue mat in half? The configuration seems to work well, wrapping around the BLT from the door to the back “patio.”
    I look forward to each and every post. They are all treasures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lois,

      Great seeing you here! Yes! I did cut the mat in half. I wondered if anyone would notice. You win for being the most observant! 🙂

      The blue mat is going on three years old. It had a seam across the middle which is where it was folded. Repeated “foldings” put stress on that seam over time and it was beginning to separate. Then I put my lounger down and when I put it in recline position, the bottom of the frame pulled against the seam and opened it up more.

      Since I figure I got more than my money’s worth I decided not to repair it. I cut it in half and now I have a “walk around mat.” I like it! It’s wide enough for my chairs and extends the seating area.

      I’m happy you consider my posts “treasures.” That’s a lovely compliment. Thank you.

      • Crystal says:

        I noticed that but was thinking you bought another, and here was using each but folded in half. I am surprised that cutting it didn’t cause it to unravel.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I wondered that too! Detail brains cannot be stopped 🙂

      I was going to buy one of those mats in 9 x 12, but decided I wouldn’t have room to store it folded up; so maybe a 6 x 9 will work (meager, I know, but a lot nicer than my 18″ x 24″ doormat!).

  35. Mick'nTN says:

    Help, I need the Casita 17′ Freedom Deluxe electrical diagram.

    Email address under “Air Horn”


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I put a plea to Casita owners in a comment below. Someone is sure to help. I’m sorry I can’t.

  36. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Oh my………….just letting you know that I love this new camp……….speechless….how lucky are you and the crew!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Glenda. . . Yes, again I’m in a position to say I am very fortunate. We were in the water a lot today because it was a scorcher! Right now, early evening, the wind is blowing fiercely and we may get some rain. The gulls are bobbing up and down on the wind-driven waves.

      It’s so nice to hear from you as regularly as you comment, Glenda. I hope you’re having a great week.

  37. rvsueandcrew says:


    Mick needs your help! Please click on Air Horn in the header above. He needs the electrical diagram available from the Casitaforum. I cannot download it due to a weak/slow connection and I don’t have email to send it to him. Maybe you have already downloaded the Casita Owners Manual and have it saved and can find the 12v electrical system diagram to email to him.

    He has posted his email address in a message on the Air Horn page.

    Thank you for your help!

  38. GypsyPurl says:

    Hi Sue. My kinda camp…..I LOVE THE BEACH!!!!! Your camp reminds me of our recent trip to the Gulf Coast and just stayed there all day. Spike’s a n old champ but I see the Bridge even got in on the relaxation this time. Lovin’ it and enjoy. Stay safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, GypsyPurl,

      I used to live on the Gulf Coast. I can see why this beach and bay would remind you of your recent trip.

      I love the beach, too…. and the mountains and the desert and . . . . 🙂

  39. Pat in KS says:

    Dear Desert Ginger,

    I am horrified to read that you are just now getting news that your heart was wonky even before your heart attack. Hospitals can be like that. I was furious that I was so miserably ill when my kidney stone was not recognized. Had the doctor even listened to me he should have recognized my symptoms. I had never passed a kidney stone before, but I sure wouldn’t mistake it a second time. They installed a stent to keep the stone in my kidney until I got well enough to tolerate the lithotrypsy(?). Then they wanted to explore my heart via my femoral artery. Ha! I told them that if it were necessary, then I needed to go home to Kansas City where there were real doctors. Even I felt like a bitch for saying that. I told them that they had almost succeeded in killing me the first time around and I wasn’t going to give them another opportunity.
    When I finally had the procedure to break up the stone they put me in a room to keep me overnight. Then they put an elderly woman with a broken hip into my room. She moaned all night, but appeared to be sleeping. I got up to use the bathroom and she began shouting at me, demanding to know what I was doing in her room. I lost it and told her to shut up and that she was in my room rather than the other way around. They brought my breakfast the next morning and when I lifted the metal dome I found a pureed English muffin which I refused to eat. For lunch I got pureed meatloaf which I also refused to eat. The doctor came to see why I wasn’t eating. I told him that I don’t eat dog vomit. He offered a can of old person supplement. I said that if I couldn’t pronounce an ingredient, I wouldn’t eat it. I also told him that if they had kept me overnight so that I would be well rested and to protect my heart, they needed to keep evil witches out of my room and they needed to offer fresh food and not stuff that looked like it had already been eaten. So talk about uncooperative and hostile. I’m sure you couldn’t have me beat.
    It is necessary to remain strong and look out for your own interests in the hospital. And I believe that you should never be left alone. Patients need a patient advocate. Take care of yourself and be well. We are all rooting for you. Pat

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      I posted earlier to Desert Ginger about my hospital stay for a stent in my heart. I can also relate to hospital incompetence. Not only did I have a near death experience, the dumb hospital couldn’t even my doctor straight. They kept saying that I was a patient of a doctor I never even heard of, even though I corrected them. After the third time, I blew a gasket. Also, they must have done all surgeries of the 14th in the parking lot as my records indicated I wasn’t admitted until the 15th. Tlak about incompetence!!!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Barbara…you too? These hospitals sound like dangerous places! I need to get well and stay well. Big hug.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Pat in KS you are too funny! Thanks for that. I didn’t think I was being unpleasant, but yes, I did stick up for myself. And yes, I agree…never alone again. You need an advocate. A guard really. I’ve learned my lesson. Hugs to you.

  40. Susan (MO Ozarks) says:

    Cutest pic of Spike yet!! (from the rear)..what a great camp site with clear water! If it wasn’t for you I would not know about Flaming Gorge…a place we will have to see when our new life of RVing happens! We bought a few Amazon things today through your link…doing rehab to the trailer we purchased..12 year old trailer with a few repairs needed….happy camping at this ideal spot!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      Flaming Gorge and Ashley National Forest (Uinta Mountains) will not disappoint you!

      Thank you for ordering through my blog. I saw some items that probably are yours. Best wishes as you rehabilitate your trailer to suit you!

  41. Gayle says:

    I was awaiting the Spike soak photo, and there it was — but at a new angle that was downright endearing and droll!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gayle,

      I love that photo! Spike’s little noggin sticking up out of all that water . . . I like how he faces open water, not the shore, as if enjoying the view.

  42. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Thank you for all photos of your lovely camp. This camp reminds me of that one in Green River on weekdays. You had a nice beach there too and a big advantage of maybe going back to Green River in September would be to eat all sweetest watermelon you ever tasted.

    As I drove today for my hike just south of Ouray, CO I noticed a few RV places between Montrose and Ouray and I thought about you. You wouldn’t like them at all. First, they are next to rt. 550 with its busy traffic, second those camps look like a big gravel parking lots with RVs so close together I’m not sure if campers are able to fully open their doors. Only one camp looked like had some greenery. In a way I’m glad not everyone is looking farther than just a few steps from the main road but why would anyone want to spend a time in a parking area and pay for it? Montrose has Walmart and today at 6 am I saw many RV parked there. I stopped there to get a banana for my hike. No bananas this morning in Walmart! Honestly, Walmart parking looks more appealing than those gravel camps.
    Enjoy such amazing glory the nature and national forest provided for you and your crew
    Goodnight Sue. Goodnight Crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, R. (Colorado),

      It’s a mystery to me, too, why people camp in those places. They must have incredible tolerance . . . the revving and droning of engines, generators, barking dogs, slamming doors, loud voices, radios . . . . I wouldn’t last an hour in some of these crowded RV parks like the one you describe.

      No bananas at Wal-Mart. Hmm. . . The store in Vernal is weird, too. The first time I went there — no potatoes! I mean, gee, that’s a pretty basic item that people shop for. The person stocking produce was in slow motion, the way people are when they’re doing something for the first time. Several of the help throughout the store acted like that. Maybe they had a recent shake-up, employees left, new ones with no experience hired, and the store quality isn’t where it should be.

      By my fourth and last visit, the stocking had improved slightly. Two employees were chatting in the entrance/cart area. I waited til they were done. Asked my question and received the classic “It’s not my job” response. Not in those exact words, but close enough.
      Another encounter with an employee wasn’t much better. I had to interrupt her twice to get her to listen to what I was trying to say.

      The deli sucks! Four varieties of potato salad with crust on top because no one is buying it. No coleslaw on the first two visits, which I know is a big seller across the country. One parfait, instead of the usual three.

      And my personal favorite . . . The deli person is behind a swinging door that hasn’t been cleaned since the Crimean War. She pushes her way through it using her bare hands. Seeing me waiting for service, she struggles to remove the sanitary gloves from a box secured to the wall. In doing so, she manages to touch completely the outside of the gloves. Then, while putting them on, just for good measure, she touches each finger of the gloves.

      Thoroughly germed up, she opens the deli case door with the gloves (when was that deli door handle last sanitized?). Holding the container with two of her fingers INSIDE the rim of the container, she dishes out some cole slaw for me. They’re all out of lids so she puts plastic wrap over the top. On the way back to camp, the cole slaw juice sloshes around in the bottom of the Wal-Mart bag and leaks onto the floor of the PTV. I should’ve said “no thank you” when the deli person handed it to me. I must’ve been in a state of shock.

      Have a safe and wonderful hike today, R.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Really sounds like a 3rd world country doesn’t it?? Doesn’t anyone have to go through some kind of training from the health dept these days? Years ago I worked at a daycare…and because sometimes we had to handle food, when the cook was gone, etc. we had to go through training that would have kept a person from mishandling food!!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Oh my… classic! I notice all those same things (and loathe them), but I’m not sure I could describe them in such a funny way! And then to top it off the stuff soaks the PTV. Gross! And maddening.

  43. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,
    Thought of the sound of the island’s geese calling morning greetings before your little beach bums are really fully awake as I watched for what was moving through the quiet early light.Each part of the day different flowers open,birds with wing spans measuring from a few inches to several feet fly close by- searching out wind drafts,each other,or nourishment.Never still,the world moves with life whatever time I look for it.

    Contemplative or excited,I’m always glad to feel it’s effects.Hope it’s just what you need it to be today.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      No sound of geese to say good night or good morning to us. They must be hunkered down because of the wind that started late yesterday afternoon after a day of scorching heat. Boy, that water felt good!

      Your comment brought your morning to me. I would do the same as you… I like to watch the birds on the air currents. I did that yesterday. I think they were turkey vultures which are thought of as ugly creatures, but in flight they are beautiful.

      Spike is making noises for breakfast. Bridget is still in dreamland.

      Drift on air currents, weather, soar over the rocky places, float through sunbeams . . . . In other words, have a wonderful day!

  44. Lolalo says:

    Love the site! Hope the ‘Pioneers’ do not disturb your peaceful place this weekend.
    I am also disgusted by the treatment Desert Ginger, Pat, and Barbara received in their recent hospital experiences. Unfortunately, patients are at their mercy. Sad.
    Enjoy the beachfront property! Leave it to RV Sue to find an isolated beach property in the desert!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lolalo,

      The “Pioneers” are arriving. I can hear the distant drone of their engines. It’s like a horror movie. The crew and I bask in blissful paradise while the dreamy soundtrack slowly and insistently is replaced by the increasing, menacing drone of approaching OHVers. A setting fit for Hitchcock!

      We are enjoying the beach and water, thank you! Have a great day . . . .

    • DesertGinger says:

      Thank you for your support Lolalo!

  45. Love the photo of Spike in full mode soak! LOL! When do we get a photo of you soaking your toes ??? Chuck and I loved our time at Flaming Gorge! You are right, the camera can’t begin to capture the full on color of the gorge and the beauty Mother Nature gave us with her palette of colors! I feel the same way about Canyon de Chelly, Zion and the road from Zion up to Kolob Reservoir, North and South Rim of the Grand Canyon! Colors so amazing that if you did manage to capture their true beauty, they would seem “enhanced” by photoshop! I am catching up finally! Been busy here at Hillsborough River…. park sign out front says “Trails…..Wet Mosquitoes…….Bad Welcome to a Florida summer! LOL!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I would like a photo of me playing in the water with the crew. I could set it up — it would take a lot of hauling of stuff since I don’t have a tripod — and then I’d use the 10 second timer and, of course, Bridget and Spike wouldn’t cooperate, so then I’d have to try again and again, and by the time I got anything worth posting I’d be totally irritated and my camera would be wet. I’d rather read.

      Yuck… Wet trail with mosquitoes. Hope a flock of gorgeous, insect-eating birds cruise into Hillsborough River Campground and clear them out!

      Gee, I’ve been struggling all morning to put a post together and the connection keeps dropping. Maybe it’s the wind . . .

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