Out of desert at Chickahominy into Malheur National Forest

Wednesday, August 5

P1060542“Morning has broken like the first morning”

It’s after eleven by the time the crew and I pull out of Chickahominy Campground west of Burns, Oregon.

Our move today is a short one so there’s no need to make an early start.  After breakfast, Bridget, Reggie, and I go on a long walk.  The smoke from forest fires has cleared out considerably.

After the walk I write a blog post and reply to comments.

 I give Reggie exercise whenever there’s an opportunity.

Whereas Bridget isn’t interested in a walk to the trash dumpster, Reggie has learned that trash duty is his “job.”   He always accompanies me.

P1060541Our camp at Chickahominy

At Chickahominy there is a large parking area for the boat ramp. 

It was recently resurfaced.  It seems the Bureau of Land Management is optimistic that someday there will be enough water in the reservoir for people to boat here again.

As Reggie and I cross the lot on the return to the Best Little Trailer, the smooth surface inspires Reggie to run.  He sprints to the end of his 20-foot tether, feels the tension, turns and circles me, legs full-out . . . Boy, can this dog go! 

He zips around me as I swivel, holding the tether. 

Round and round he goes!  I call out, “Reggie!  Reggie!”  He cuts across the circle, zooming past my feet, and resumes his orbit, flying over the pavement.  I laugh and laugh. . . “Oh, Reggie!  You’re the fastest little dog in the world!”

Finally he runs out of steam and stops to catch his breath. 

We return to Bridget who has been watching from our campsite.

“Hi, sweetie!  We’re back!”  She wags her tail and I pick her up to give her some lovin.’  She knows it’s moving day, soon struggles to be put down, and goes over to the side door of the PTV to be put inside.

I finish packing us up and we head out.  The camp host lady sits by her Class A motorhome as we pass and I wave to her, my arm out the window.

Route 20 east takes us to Hines.

We’re in good shape.  We have plenty of water and propane, the black tank has been emptied recently, no trash to dump . . . . All we need are a few groceries.

At the Thriftway I get what we need, including a rotisserie chicken!

Well, maybe not “rotisserie.”  The package holding the chicken says “Oregon Fryer.”  The chicken is blackened.  Hmm . . . This is something different . . . .

A funny thing happens as we go through the center of Burns.

Pedestrians, jay-walking.  Only these pedestrians are quail!  And not using the crosswalk!

P1060549 - Copy(Sorry for the fuzzy photo… Dirty windshield and a quick capture of quail-walkers)

The Perfect Tow Vehicle turns her nose northward on Route 395. 

She takes us and the BLT through Devine Canyon and gradually up to 5,340 feet elevation.  We’re out of the desert and in a Ponderosa forest.  The air is dry and cool.

P1060552-001 - CopyNo sign of smoke today!

P1060560Right after we settle into a campsite, I break out the chicken for lunch.

It’s very good!  Oh my!   Bridget and Reggie agree.

Only one other camper is here.  The camp host has gone somewhere.  The crew and I walk over to the structure in the group area.

P1060564Since no one is around, I let Bridget off-leash.  Reggie is delighted to investigate the premises.

P1060563I’m intrigued by the construction of the log shelter.

Automatically I see a lesson plan for sixth-grade geometry.

P1060555 - CopyHow many right triangles angles do you see?  Where is a hypoteneuse?  How could you figure the length of that beam without measuring it?  Are there any acute triangles?  Obtuse triangles? Isosceles? Parallel lines?  A bisecting line?  Do you see a parallogram?  A trapezoid? 

On and on it goes, around in my head, like Reggie running in circles, until I notice the little guy is up to something.

P1060470“What is it, Reg?”

P1060471“C’mon, you’d better get your nose out of there!”

Idylwild Campground will be our home through the weekend.

I don’t know that we’re going to continue northward.  I chose Idylwild because it is a new camp out of smoke with cooler air and not a long drive away from our previous camp.  I avoid long drives (to me) on consecutive days.  Plus there’s a high probability of internet only 18 miles from Burns.

The camping fee is $10 regular/$5 with senior discount pass (available to purchase for $10 online or at a national forest office if you’re 62 years or older, one time purchase, good for life).

We like it here.

I pull out my flannel-lined, long-sleeve shirt from a bin in the PTV.  I expect the morning to be chilly.  Gosh, flannel and it’s only the first week of August!


NOTE:  As I wrote this post, the Burns weather is shown in a widget in the sidebar.  Burns is over a thousand feet lower than our campground and the temperatures in Burns are higher.


P1060466“It’s okay, little one.  He’s gone.”


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165 Responses to Out of desert at Chickahominy into Malheur National Forest

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

    Morning, Sue and Crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Morning… Well, now it’s afternoon… Good afternoon! CONGRATULATIONS on being first, Cat Lady!

  2. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely site!! But then I love trees too!! Happy camping and hope the fires stay far, far from you!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth. This campground isn’t spectacular — It doesn’t have a roaring river, a bubbly brook, or a serene lake. It’s pleasant enough and that’s good.

  3. Page says:

    Thank you for your informative posts. We are full-time, but not really mobile yet. Hope to start this winter. #3?

  4. Reine in Plano says:

    Flannel shirt in August. What a delight. We just returned from a month in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. Spent some time in Tennessee parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cumberland Gap, Mammoth Cave and then back to Tennessee parks before heading home. What a heat shock when we got home. We woke up to 63 degrees on Sunday Morning at Old Stone Fort State Park in Tennessee (well worth visiting) and arrived home in Plano on Monday afternoon to 100+ temps and heat advisories for the next week. Highs in the 103 – 105 range and lows in the low to mid 80s. Thank goodness for air conditioning but our electric bill will be huge.

    Glad you’re in a cool,pretty, and restful place.

    • Plano, Tx? Dallas is going through a heat wave, we are in the 90’s here in SE AZ. You guys need some of that rain you had earlier this summer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      I wondered when you and Paul would return to Texas and to this blog. I remembered you saying you’d be away for a while, heading east. That must be quite a shock, to go from low 60s temps to 100+…

    • Shelly Nowik says:

      Hey Reine,
      Looks like you visited some wonderful places. Did you put your toes in all three states at Cumberland Gap? Blasting hot in the piedmont of North Carolina too.

  5. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I never make it to the top. Darn!
    At least I skimmed over the post first. Looks like a really nice camp. The shelter is very interesting. It looks pretty new.
    Got tickled at Reggie sticking his nose in the squirrel’s house. Angel is always sticking her nose in stuff too. Walking her is always an adventure. She is the only dog I have ever seen that walks on her front paws in squatted position while she tinkles. What a nut!
    Now I will do a thorough read of your post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I enjoy your anecdotes about Angel, Barbara. She adds a lot to your life, as the crew does to mine.

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Happy to see that Angel has adapted to you and your home 🙂

  6. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    I think Reggie should have been named Pluto (dog from Disney+orbiting planet……oh well, at least I get it).

    I always love deer crossing signs. Never could figure out how the deer knew it was meant for them to cross at that point, though.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      I say that same thing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      What a funny sight … that covey of quail hurrying across the street. Totally unexpected. That’s the kind of thing I’ll remember years from now — the two bison in the road on the way to Towgotee Pass, Wyoming, the magpies bickering on our picnic table outside Dillon, Montana, the snake under my hat at Pelican Lake, Utah, the pair of loons on the lake at Antelope Flat near Flaming Gorge, the quails in Burns, Oregon, and many more. I love this!

    • Toni says:

      Have you ever heard the woman who called into a radio show to complain about where they put the deer crossing signs? It’s hilarious. Google “Donna Deer Crossing Radio Caller” or words to that affect and you’ll find the audio. Unreal.

      • Jodee Gravel on the road in Port Angeles, WA says:

        Love that radio call! Most times when we see a Deer Crossing sign we can’t help but say “Why didn’t they put that somewhere safer?”

  7. Rhodium says:

    You are right on geometry, everything just about, is geometry; crystals, gravity, calculus. It’s the best way to approach most science problems. We are getting so eager to hit the road again after our taste last fall, now that I am almost done teaching. Each new post is like a sugar high. Unfortunately, my Department had no one else around to teach the Secrets of the Tetrahedron (organic). We will, in one more semester, be able to hit the road for as long as we want at last.
    Your blog, and a few others, like Tioga George’s, are a real resource for future American historians. I can see Ph.D. theses on Americam mobility already. I wonder if there is some way to donate content, including comments, to a secure archive? Even showing what the land looked like will be of great interest in 50 years, I think.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rhodium,

      I suppose blogs could be important artifacts some day… 😉

      My advanced sixth-graders fooled around with polyhedrons on computers. Gee, that seems like a hundred years ago…

      “for as long as we want at last”… Retirement is fantastic. You’ll love it!

  8. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The jaywalking quail are really funny. Hard to believe they are in the middle of town. The little squirrel coming out to check on Reggie is cute. “Keep your nose out of my house.” I love animals, can you tell?

    Stay safe, Sue and crew.

  9. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Pluto, that is funny Ladybug!

    Thanks for sharing you delightful life Sue….

    I am in Fort Bragg at my sister’s house. Did I tell you the sister from Astoria and the sister here in Fort Bragg are twins? Sixty one years old and are still identical . They even fool their grand kids…fun after all these years!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Spent some fun days camping up in your region as a kid…oh so many decades ago!!

    • Marilu from Northern California says:

      I’ll wave hello to you when you pass through Willits. Is it foggy in Ft. Bragg today?

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        Been overcast all day. It started off warm but is so cool right now. Quite a change from the ninety on my front porch yesterday!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      You have twin sisters. I bet they played some jokes on you in the past. Enjoy your sister’s company.

  10. Lady Piper and Rusty says:

    mornin’ sue,,, I just left a comment on the last post,,,, we’re doin alright and gettin’ thunder and lightin’ plus some coolin’ rain, I smell smoke and lookin’ to the south, I see a haze on granit mountain,, if we need to move, we can fast, I always point the truck to the road, just in case of fire,,,, I feel good, your camp up ther looks great too,, the reggie man knows that there’s a sqwerl in that hole,,, he’s so cuite,,,,,,,,,,, me n’ l.p.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Glad you’re doin better Rusty. Hi to LP.

    • Rusty, great to hear that you and the lady are doing well.

    • Suzette says:

      Glad to hear you two are doing well!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Morning Rusty and LP

      Glad you are doing better! Such a smart man to point your vehicle toward the road…and to keep an eye and nose out for signs of trouble!

      I can still hear you “howling” at how close that Lightning was yesterday afternoon.

      Have a great day…don’t over do it with your wrist.

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      Hi Rusty, the smoke you smell is probably from a fire between Williams and Sedona. It has been burning for several days and not huge. There are many other small lightning caused fires all around. No fires near Granite Mt that I know of. None of them dangerous yet. Good idea to park pointed toward an exit. Stay safe you two.

      • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

        hi wildflower, i’m south of the springs fire between Williams n’ sanora , just below drake , bout 6 miles north of paulden, shure is windy today, I tried to call you, but no worries,,,,,,, me

        • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

          p.s. thanks for your offer yesterday, but we manege to endure on our own,,,,, and where we’re at , I have a 360 degree view,,,, sue knows where we’re at too.

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      Just looked up the fires near you. The most worrisome fire is way south near Mayer. Still not contained at 2,660 acres. It’s been burning for several days but no threat to you. The ones near you are still burning but all are under control. That is the smoke you smell. We all know how fast conditions can change so it is good that you are staying aware.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I saw your previous comment and replied. I’m glad you’re feeling good. Please don’t overdo so your wrist can heal. Hugs to the lady…

    • Chuck Hajek says:

      Hi Rusty and Lady Piper! Sounds like you’re doing well. Smart move keeping nose pointed toward the exit! Stay cool and safe.

    • Kay Dattilio says:

      Rusty! I’m glad you’re doing well! Please keep us informed as to how you’re doing, OK?

      Kay from KC!

      • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

        thanks all,, we’re doing fine,,, but been havein’ a week signal for Wi-Fi and the smokeless signaling device,(cell phone),when yesterday we had 5 bars on all devices,, oh well, if need be I can set in the chino valley park by the library and my weekly stuff and at 2.79 a gallon aint bad,, I also have my friend buzz, a retired police officer from the valley below in the desert ,, well we may camp at his house if need be,,,,,,,,,,,,, me n’ l.p.

  11. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Timber Tiger!

    What a pretty spot you have found! Oh I envy you.
    Moosee is across the way, up near Buckley, getting some work done. I have no idea if I will do any more camping this summer-getting stuck in highway traffic last week, I am sort of going into panic mode. And, I am exhausted. We are supposed to be at Dash Point next week for TBI camp and then a rally in Warrenton the next weekend. I just don’t have it ‘in’ me. Saying good thoughts for some recuperative rest. So far I haven’t slept more than a couple of hours a night…

    I think my body wants to camp with no needs or commitments. YEP.

    Hugs from Hoquiam,

    • kgdan says:

      Probably just passed by you today as we went through Hoquiam. We were looking for a place for breakfast. Finally found one in Amanda Park. It was delicious—Huevos Ranchers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb from Hoquiam!

      I can relate to what you are saying. That’s why I avoid commitments. You have events coming up and your body is saying, “No!”

      I hope you can get some good, restorative sleep soon with restful days in between.

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Good Morning Barb!!! Sorry to hear you are under the weather 🙁 REST UP! Hope the work on Moosee goes well and gives you no more stress. xxoo

  12. AZ Jim says:

    This is as close as I’ve been to the top of the page in a long time. Nice site and some neat pics. Reggie is such a delight and so much energy always doin something. I also see Rusty is feeling a little better and he still has his Lady Piper takin care of him so the world is ok….Have fun Missy…

  13. Betty Shea says:

    Great new campsite!!Geeze,I had no idea about all the fires ! The news in AZ. doesn’t cover them..
    I can see Reggieman running around you …full of fun,,full of puppy play!!
    Enjoy your stay…hugs to you and the fuzzbabies….
    Pix of the chipmunk is sooo cute!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betty Shea,

      Reggieman doesn’t let us be lazy for long. Sometimes Bridget looks at Reggie and me with an expression that says, “Again? Another walk?”

  14. Linda Rose & the 4 M's says:

    I can just picture Reggie running his little legs off. At my house I call that the Zoomies. I laugh and laugh when they start. Hope your spot stays cool and smoke/fire free. Love that first picture. I have been using your pictures as the desktop on my PC. might put that one up next.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose,

      Zoomies occur daily at our house. 🙂 I’m flattered that you use my photos for desktop wallpaper. Thank you!

  15. Hello Sue, looks like another fantastic campsite. Your Reggie boy is a hoot. I can just see him running up and down that boat ramp. I’m glad you have found him a job, a boy needs to earn his pay, errr chicken. Have a great weekend.

    • Oh, forgot to say: you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but it is hard to turn off the teaching part if your brain. 😉

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Lisa W.,

        That is so true! I have to stop myself — Gee, just enjoy what you’re looking at, don’t make a lesson out of it! I wonder if people retired from other fields of work have a similar thing happening during retirement.

  16. Karen LeMoine says:

    Sorry Sue but I can’t answer your geometry questions. Never took it in high school. Maybe that’s why I’m not analytical:( Love the animal pics. Glad you are having cool dry weather! Blackened chicken sounds good!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      It is cool and dry here and we’re enjoying it.

      If I return to that Thriftway in Hines I’m going to ask them about the preparation of those “Oregon Fryer” chickens. I think this one is the best we’ve ever had.

  17. Suzette says:

    How I love this campsite! I can just feel that cool air right now. Well…if I think about it hard enough, that is. However, it’s only 82 here in western Tennessee right now – and that’s incredible! I’m sure it won’t last. We’re just enjoying the tail end of some disruptive weather that cooled things down a bit. We’re heading for cooler climes Monday – Maine! Can’t WAIT! If only we were camping…. Oh well. In due time. Until then, I’ll just continue to camp vicariously through you and the pups. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      I’m curious where you are going in Maine. My family went there when I was a child… Bailey’s Island, Old Orchard Beach area… I wish Maine could be moved to a more convenient location.

      Have a great time!

      • Suzette says:

        We’re starting at L.L. Bean where we’re taking a shooting class. Then a day in Camden. Doing a sailing cruise there. Followed by Bar Harbor and a lobster cruise and another sailing cruise. Going to Machias next for the blueberry festival and after that we’re staying three nights on a sheep farm (!!!) while we go over into Canada a little bit (Campobello Island mostly) plus some lighthouses and maybe some whale watching. The temps are about to get really brutal here. We picked the perfect time to go. I just wish we were camping. The first time I went to Maine, we went with friends in their Class A and boondocked on their shore property. That’s what started me on this dream quest. And, yes…it’s a long dang trip to go to Maine! I love it though. Worth every effort and every penny!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You say it’s a “long dang trip.” Where’s the starting point? Are you already in the Northeast?

          • Suzette says:

            No. We live in Tennessee. We’re flying this time, so no biggie. When we boondocked before, we were living in Texas and flew to Boston, where we met the people with the RV. We won’t be able to camp in Maine until we’re fully retired. It’s just too far for a turnaround trip. My dream is to go up about this time of year, stay through blueberry season and then follow the fall color down the coast. I just gave myself chills! 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              That dream does sound perfect! I grew up in the Northeast so I can easily visualize what you describe, from blueberries to blazing red maples to brisk, scented sea air and waves crashing on rocks…

  18. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    What is a WHAT? 6th grade geometry you say? Ummm….apparently not in the school I attended.

    Go Reg man….bet he preformed his imitation of a flying squirrel! What a goofy boy!

    His garbage chore duty was cute!

    Oregon fryer….blackened….can you elaborate more please! Better than rotisserie? Smoked? Tastes like….what kind of spice?

    Enjoy your day…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I’m not surprised that you’re surprised. I wasn’t exposed to geometry until 10th grade. Since our school days, math has been pushed into the lower grades. In other words, children are expected to learn mathematical concepts beyond their level of intellectual development.

      I don’t care what tests the government requires to pressure teachers to do “a better job of teaching,” if a child isn’t developmentally able to understand abstract concepts, it’s impossible for a teacher to make them understand, no matter how hard she tries or how creatively she teaches.

      Okay, the blackened chicken. I really don’t know much about it other than it tastes marvelous, baby. Since it’s called “Oregon Fryer” do they cook it in a deep fryer? It has a smoky flavor like you get when meat is grilled over a fire (no evidence of spices). I don’t eat the skin. Even so, the flavor is throughout the chicken, and I like that it isn’t salty. If I have a chance to buy another one, I will. ($6.99 at Thriftway)

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Wait….”since our school days”…….DID YOU JUST CALL ME OLD? 😉

        Fryer is a type of chicken….roaster etc….isn’t it?

        As long as you’re loving it….it doesn’t matter!

        Skin…I love skin and the wings are my favorite piece…the FLAT part of the wing…not the drumette part. Think I’m picky?

        I once ate ALL of the skin on a turkey…my mom was so mad..as I picked it off…she said…you’re gonna get sick! Yep……sure as hell did!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I got curious and had to Google. Amongst the hits was this… wonder if this is something like your smoky/good fryer?

        “I am searching for any former members of the Oregon Fryer Growers Comission  or anyone actually that may have knowledge of where to obtain the “poultry smoke salt rub” that was developed and sold by the association.  For years my FIL and DH have cooked chicken for big parties, etc and used that rub. We are down to our last bag of it, and can not find a source any longer- If anyone has any suggestions for locating a source, please let me know. Thank you so much!”

        I guess there is a group for everything.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yep… a group for everything. Loners don’t understand it. 🙂

          This yummy, blackened chicken probably has a smoke rub on it. It doesn’t taste salty at all though.

          I think the cooking process is different because the meat has red places in it. Now that sounds gross, but think about baked chicken, how it has red places in it, too. The usual rotisserie chicken I buy doesn’t have that. And the way the smoky flavor is throughout the meat and not just at the skin… I may have to drive back to Hines’ Thriftway on an investigative mission!

          • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

            i’m a rooster in his prime, even my phone has a sound of a rooster crowen’,,, just like peter pans call,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  19. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    PS… Went to Wally today and looked for the instant ice packs. They are in the aisle with the sport wraps for your ankles, wrists, knees etc.

    2 in a box for 1.99.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, thanks for the info. Relief for less than two bucks…

    • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

      wow,, I wish I new that a week ago , ice pac’s,, we’ll get some soon,,, thanks cindy, for the where and cost of them,,,,,,,,,, rusty n’ l.p.

    • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

      Check out Amazon and buy in bulk as you will need more than two if you are out away from civilization. (They don’t go bad.) They last for about 15 minutes and you will need to use a new one every hour or so until the swelling diminishes. I carry them when I bike for insect bites.

    • Suzette says:

      A million years ago I worked for a company that made instant ice packs, so I’ve played with them a lot. They are great and get really cold. Ice is natures miracle drug. I use it for a bulging disk in my lower back. I even sleep with ice when it gets bad. It fixes what ails ya! A few instant ice packs are great to have handy!

  20. Dawn in MI says:

    Another great camp. I’ve seen National Forest signs here in Michigan ‘up north’ and last time I was up that way I thought I should drive down a few of the roads to see what’s back there. Might be good camping…though we’d be camping in a tent…still..less crowded I’d bet then the state parks I’ve been using. You have inspired me..I will investigate them next trip north.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Sure, check out those forest roads. If there is evidence of active logging taking place, don’t bother because you wouldn’t want to camp there. If no logging, you may find some good spots. I’d look on a map first that shows forest roads and pick one that goes near a stream. It’s fun to find camps and, yes, most likely a forest camp will be a LOT less crowded than a state park. Good luck!

  21. Your first pic: GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love Reg’s personality, crazy, playful, investigator boy! & trash taker-outer! Every kid has chores, ya know, boondocker or not!

    Bridge sure knows her routine…even knowing when it’s time to jump in the PTV to hit the road!

    Great post! 🙂 Enjoy your weekend there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marla,

      Oh, yes, Bridget knows all our routines. If I close a window and lock it, she knows we’re moving camp. If I put the camera in the PTV, she knows we’re going somewhere. She knows all the signs and goes directly to the side door of the PTV.

      Enjoy your weekend, too, and thanks for the compliment on the first photo.

  22. I’m glad you’re out of the smoke. The weather at Burns looks good to me, but apparently Idlewild is even better for you. Good!

    Your pictures are pretty and interesting. The new site has plenty of trees, and I always enjoy that kind of scenery. However, if I had solar power I might change my opinion a little. That remains to be seen.

    I especially liked the picture of Reggie exploring that tree cavity. Thanks for letting us know what lives there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R.,

      I’m glad you liked the Reggie-at-the-hole-in-the-tree sequence of photos. It was fun waiting for the occupant to appear, camera focused and me ready to click. Thanks for complimenting my pictures.

      We’ve been roaming around forests of Oregon and the solar has been great! I’m certain the recent electrical problems were due to other causes. You’ll love solar, Calvin. It’s quiet and you don’t have to buy gas for it or hide from your camping neighbors. 🙂

      People who don’t like solar I suspect are people who go “camping” and run a bunch of unnecessary appliances.

      • Calvin R says:

        I just saw a posting via the RV Newsletter of a small Class C (what’s called a “B+”) with enough solar power to run a microwave among other toys. Maybe it’s a case of matching the toys to the budget. Then again, there are people who refuse to be happy no matter what.

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

    We’ve been wearing jackets and sweatshirts for over a week now. 60 degrees in August! We are in heaven…we are ensconced in the Olympic National Park and right now it is quiet. I hope it stays that way.

    I am looking forward to getting to Oregon. We’ve been in Washington seems like forever. I am really tired of seeing all the Discover Pass fee areas. Luckily you don’t need one if you are spending the night in the park.

    • kgdan says:

      We must be pretty close to you as we are in Forks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Isn’t Olympic National Park great? We so enjoyed it a few years ago.

      Say, John, do you miss your house?

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Does the shiny chrome look of an airstream reflect the sun or absorb it?

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

        Yes, kgdan, Forks is not too far from here and we are going that direction.

        NO! Wait….house? What house? Wasn’t that in a prior life? All so foggy. We were lucky to get a spot here. I am not moving until Monday.

        It reflects when cold and absorbs when hot…we stay outside as much as possible. If you are hot move to a shady spot. If cold find a sunny spot. Or just sit still and they will come to you.

        This is a great way to live your life. We couldn’t be happier (well maybe when school starts)…

  24. lindale says:

    Wow, with nights at 47 in Burns, you could see some frost around 6am. That will feel nice for sleeping and it will be warm by breakfast time. Sounds like a good camp for beating the heat of central Oregon in August.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, lindale,

      It is a good camp for beating the heat. Besides the increase in elevation, we have all these tall trees to keep out the heat. I had to close the windows in the middle of the night as it was becoming chilly inside the BLT. This, to me, is perfect temperatures for day and night.

  25. kgdan says:

    OMG We spent our first full day & night in our BBT (that’s best big trailer to us). Though only 21′ long, it feels like a mansion to us. I felt like Cleopatra riding through the streets of Rome on that big walk around bed. Trailer tows great. Now camped in Forks, WA. of Twilight fame. My history precedes that one by a long shot. In my day there were only red-neck loggers & tourists here. Will be fun to see some of my 50 yr classmates tomorrow.

    So happy to see that Rusty is on the mend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The Best Big Trailer… Love it!

      It sounds like your first full day and night were a success. 🙂

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

      Where are you staying in Forks? We won’t visit, just curious.

    • Jodee Gravel on the road in Port Angeles, WA says:

      We just left La Push a couple days ago, spent time in Forks for shopping and internet. Never read the books or saw the movies, fun to see the local economy getting a boost though 🙂 A pretty area to grow up in!!

  26. Taranis says:

    I’ve got one for you Ms. Sue:

    Taranis is to Geometry as Ms. Sue is to what?


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Um, Taranis is to Geometry as Ms. Sue is to Rotisserie Chicken?

      • Taranis says:

        mm…not quite. 🙂

        I hate geometry. Those questions alone make me grind my teeth.. Ugh! 🙂 I think it all stems from my high school geometry teacher, who was an absolute monotone in lectures. Drying paint was more interesting than listening to that guy talk. Mr. Kuntzelman – I will never forget him.

  27. I explored a lot of Malheur Forest while I was volunteering at Malheur NWR. I remember hiking at Idlewild and enjoying those buildings. I also spent a wonderful few days with one of the interns camping and hiking in Malheur. We had a little hunter’s camp right across from another hunter’s camp with a huge chair. That was near a campground on the Malheur River. Here is a link to my blog about it. http://mkircus2.blogspot.com/2012/07/exploring-malheur-national-forest.html

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      Interesting post with great photos! The Malheur River is beautiful in that photo you posted. I do plan to camp at the wildlife refuge, but at a different time of year. I see you were there in July of 2012… not too hot? no mosquitoes?

      Thanks for sharing this with us.

  28. Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

    73 responses already?…….my your becoming quite the celebrity, Sue
    HA…that reggie is gonna get his nose bit one of these days then
    he will learn…..my dogs like to chsse the few cats that live outside the
    house….every now and then the cats will turn on them then they hit
    the door running wanting daddy to save them….
    your pictures sure make me wanna go camping…..but temps in the
    100’s here all week keeps me inside for the most part…….heat index
    pushes 110 most of the afternoon….2011 we had 18 days of 100 plus
    heat so I hope we are not following that pattern….
    keep up the good work young lady

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good gollee, you Texans sure do get the heat! It’s almost cruel (almost!) for me to go on about the cool temperatures in the forest at this elevation and digging out a flannel shirt, blah, blah… gee, Chuck. I hope you’re cranking the A/C and keeping cool!

  29. weather says:

    Absolutely wonderful way to start a post with that photo and it’s caption!Assuming that set the tone for what would follow I first gathered snacks and a beverage ,as if to watch a good movie,before I read the rest.Sheer gift to have a quail parade interrupt your short jaunt.What a lovely way to live in comparison to those that repeatedly drive lifeless roads rarely going anywhere unfamiliar.The crew obviously relish it all as much as you do-delightful descriptions of how they behave,spend their time and entertain themselves,and you, in today’s story.

    Interesting that you see a log structure and it becomes an opportunity for a geometry lesson whereas to me it prompts details of the log’s history’s and the characters involved stories.Funny neither of us first thought”Look at all that seating!Great chance for a nice crowded party,time to invite everyone over!” ,Ha! Well,my chips are almost gone,it’s been every bit as good seeing all this as I expected it to be.Thanks for another delightful episode.I love the photo you closed with,too,beautifully “captured”.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      Your comment set up a scene for me to enjoy — you snacking and reading this post. I take your anticipation of a good read as a compliment. Thank you!

      Oh how I remember repeatedly driving “lifeless roads” as I traced and retraced the routes to work and back, to the store and back, and so forth. I remember driving through the routine maze and vowing that someday I would drive unfamiliar roads to different destinations.

      You are so right about NOT thinking of inviting folks to a party when looking at the group shelter! Haha! That structure is interesting, the way it was constructed, and not just because it shows a lot of geometry…

      Thanks also for all your kind words. I hope yesterday with your friend was good and this day is, too.

  30. Jolene says:

    Hi Sue and everyone,

    I am playing catch up. We have been very busy and then our dog was sick and had surgery Thur. morning for an intestinal blockage. He is still at the vets but doing better. We saw him this afternoon.

    Warning to fellow Blogorrinos, hair can be a problem for our pets. Our Harley’s blockage was a large ball of hair bigger than a golf ball. We have no idea where it came from.

    Love these campsites Sue. That Reggie must keep you hopping! lol and Bridget is just wonderful!!

    Take care all!!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:


      Wishing Harley a speedy recovery. What breed is Harley?

      When we leave AO she gets bored pulls her hair out of her front legs. When I brush or FURminate her..she tries to eat the loose hair. She then proceeds to throw up. When we leave..we stuff a Kong with PB….to keep her occupied. We use bitter apple on her front legs…she hasn’t chewed since.

      Look for bald spots on Harley…I hope you are able to find the answer…

      • Jolene says:

        Harley is a Boston Terrier and we have never seen him chewing himself. He licks sometimes but he is a very short haired dog. This could have been as simple of putting treats on the floor for him and having pieces of hair on the floor and over time it just got big and he couldnt throw it up and then it got too big to pass.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Jolene,

          Sorry about Harley having to go through surgery… My guess the cause is what you are saying. You remind me not to let the crew eat anything from the floor. They do it all the time. In fact, Spike wouldn’t eat from a dish. He always flipped his kibble out onto the floor.

          Best wishes for Harley to recover quickly and well.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          That had to be years in the making….if that’s the case..not much you can do.

          When does he get sprung?

          • Jolene says:

            The vet just called a little bit ago and we can pick him up this afternoon. He is 5 years old so hopefully with being a little more careful we can prevent this from happening again.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Best of luck.

              PS don’t watch the clock…it tends to slow it down!

            • Jolene says:

              Lol, no kidding. I have been watching the clock and having my phone constantly on me since we left him there on Wed. morning. It has been a long, emotionally trying week along with working. We HAVE to work again on Monday and Tues. and then we have a camping trip planned with my mother again. So we are taking the camper early to the campground tomorrow and staying so that we can have Harley closer than 50 miles round trip for me to go check on him while we are working. It will be like 12 miles round trip to where this job is at. We have a crate to keep him safe and it is air conditioned and I will go every few hours and let him out and check on him. Then we are all going to relax for a week and rest.

            • Jolene says:

              This campground is also just a few miles from his vet in case he has any problems.

  31. Ron says:

    Long ago when I was a Pipefitter I used many of the angles and terms you mentioned. I wish that I had paid more attention in high school when I thought Trig was useless. When constructing piping systems, you better know how to use it. I still to this day when I go into a large building I find myself looking at the fire system and seeing if Piping is done properly. Love your pictures as always and glad to hear Rusty is on the mend. Give Reggie man a nuggie for me, and I am having a great time with my new baby Bella the Bichon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ron,

      I’m happy to hear that you and Bella are having a great time. Consider Reggie properly nuggied. noogied? 🙂 Thank you for mentioning my photos.

  32. Susan in south central WA says:

    Can you see me waving from over here? You’re just about 4.5 hours south of me. I love the look of that group shelter. Looks recently built. I haven’t read the comments yet, but how was that Oregon Blackened Chicken?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      The Oregon Blackened Chicken is the tastiest cooked chicken from a grocery store that I have ever eaten! It must be bad for me, right?

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Of course! And if there is one part that doesn’t taste great, that’ll be the part with “all the nutrition.”

  33. Pamela K. says:

    Oh that first photo is such a stunner!
    Perfect song to associate with it too. Always loved that song, a FAV.

    That tiny little squirrel, he had a visit this morning fro The Reggie-Man.
    After Reggie left, the little guy pops his head out as if to say, “Where-ya Go?! I even put some tea on the cooker for us!” 🙂 Poor Reggie, missed his tea party…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela… Thank you for the compliment on the first photo. The sunbeams “breaking” through the clouds brought that song to mind…

  34. Pamela K. says:

    I left you a post before but with everything happening you might not have seen it before. I’m posting it again here for you…

    If someone had a TT and wanted to donate it to you, would you take it maybe? I ask because I have a 31 ft Gulfstream TT that we will not be taking with us when we head out to the southwest full time. Say in a year from now. I thought of you earlier when thinking what to do with it. It needs some minor TLC, it’s a 1996 model, but you are great at fixing those kind of minor repairs. I thought it might make you a nice base-camp if you have a place to put it and then you would have your truck rig for your travels 🙂 Just a thought. I’d like to see someone get good use out of it. Not for everyday traveling but for a great base-camp during some off-the-road months. Let me know, we can talk 🙂

    I really do need to think about what I’m going to do with that TT. It is nice and the few repairs are minor ones. It has like-new tires on it so it is pretty much ready to roll when the time is right. I thought maybe some of us could take it from point A to point B and so on until it gets to you or something like that. I’ll need to think more about the HOW later. Anyway, for now at least, we are thinking to just give it away rather than trying to sell it. I hate selling stuff on craigslist or ebay and have folks call all the time or set a time to come and then maybe they don’t show. It’s just not my thing and someone should enjoy having it. There’s still a lot of life in it, most everything works great, 31 ft is a lot of room! Anyway, just a thought to think about maybe.

    Glad you are getting better now and Piper is getting her head well too 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi again, Pamela,

      I hope you don’t mind me answering. I’m doing so in case Rusty’s wrist doesn’t feel too good this morning, not for typing a response. He probably will at some point.

      I think I remember Rusty answering your kind offer with a thank you and explaining that he does not have land on which to place the travel trailer. Also ownership brings responsibility with it… upkeep, security, grounds maintenance, lot rental fees, etc. which may not be what Rusty wants to deal with.

      A very generous offer! If not for Rusty, I hope you find the right person or organization to accept your gift. I can understand how you wouldn’t want to use craigslist or do ebay.

      Rusty… If I’m wrong on any of this, let us know…

      • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

        your right sue,, I guess the response is way back there, I also recommended to her to give the tt to a veteran in her area and thanked her for the offer, but like you say, it’d cost me more to keep it and I don’t have the funds or a place to keep it,,,,, rusty

  35. Pamela K. says:

    I just now noticed Bridget’s chariot in the one photo, by the doorway. Is Bridget not feeling well again? She looked like she was doing so good in the last few posts. Hope her hip is not hurting her again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Bridget is fine. She is aging and slowing down. Sometimes she isn’t “up” for the last walk of the day, whereas Reggie is bursting with energy. The stroller is the solution. Bridget enjoys being pushed around the campground in her limo while Reggie trots along on his tether. Otherwise I’d have to leave her behind in the BLT and I don’t want to do that. This way she’s participating in early evening walks.

      I’ve intended to explain the use of the stroller in a post. I’ll try to include it in a post soon for those who don’t read any or all of the comments..

      Thank you for caring about Bridget.

  36. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Lovely camp and the little one at the end just gorgeous………keep safe little one. That Reggie boy is very fast!

  37. Applegirl NY says:

    Bridget knows when you’re moving camp- she is so awesome.

    When we are packing to head north for the weekend, our dogs go out and sit by the truck until it’s time to go. So funny. They pay attention to our habits and the rhythm of our lives. Now, if only they would fill their own water bowls, life would be perfect.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      All I have to do is pick up Bridget’s black suit and Reggie is pirhouetting acros the floor of the BLT because he knows we’re going for another walk. Yes, fill their own waterbowls and go over to the water spigot and fill up water jugs…. 🙂

  38. Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

    Good Morning RVSue and Bloggerinos!

    I have gone home to Vermont. There are many reasons why. My health and my primary care Doctor, wanting to meet my 6 month old grand daughter Nora,and my money situation. When I told my friend Casey (in Vermont) he offered to fly out to Washington and drive back with me and I took him up on his offer. On the trip home we went through states I had not been in and it was great….until I had a blow out. I will never forget that sound!!! UGH. Inside back right tire. According to Good Sam (GREAT, FAST….) the tire was low on air. Of course I had just been to a tire dealer to have them check the tires to see if I needed to replace them. While there I asked them to check the air in them. So, there we were on the side of Rt 90 (Sturgis week was going on so a zillion VERY loud bikes) taking everything out of the RV “basement” to get the spare. I was so rattled I could barely think. Two days later Casey was checking the air in all the tires and the brand new spare blew out. Turns out the stem was bad….on and on. I bought all new tires and it took 2 days to get all that done. We stayed at a Day’s Inn and it was fabulous!!!

    At this point I do not know exactly what I am going to do. Right now I am relaxing at Casey’s home on this little pond.

    Thank you all for thinking of me through all my Medical issues. I love you all!!!

    Krystina xxoo

    • Jolene says:

      Kyrstina, I am so glad to hear that you are back home and getting the help you need with life right now. Take care and rest up and enjoy your family. Thank goodness for your good friend helping you out.

    • weather says:

      Congratulations Krystina!-for wisely adjusting your sails to the wind of life that was blowing 🙂 -I hope and pray the best for your time in Vermont with friends,family,physician and the chance to plot a course going forward again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Krystina,

      It’s good that you are in a place where you can relax, a place familiar to you and with people around to help you and to keep you company. I’m sorry you had the tire problems. It must have been very stressful… on top of everything else you’ve gone through.

      Take care and be well. Thank you for keeping in touch. Many blogorinos care about you!

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        Oh my gosh I am glad you made it HOME. Keep in touch my rolling friend! Was sorry to not be able to ‘wave you off’.

        Hugs from Hoquiam!

        • Lady Piper and Rusty says:

          stay safe and well, Krystina, glad your with carring friends and keep in touch with us blogerooos,,,, god bless,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, l.p. n’ me

          • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

            Good Morning Rusty and Lady Piper. When I saw Lady Piper online when you adopted her I cried my eyeballs out. She is beautiful!!!! I am so happy you found her. I hope things are going well for you.


    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      As Weather says…wisely adjusting your sails…me and Hubby doing same. All our dreams and hopes in this life may not happen…but tis ok. There are other worthy things to be doing too…and being with family is one. Hope you recover well and take your time…so glad someone was able to come help you get there!!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Wow, sounds like you’ve landed in a peaceful place after a bit of stress. Glad you’re safe and sound.

  39. Lynn Brooks says:

    Looks & sounds wonderful!!!

  40. Cinandjules (NY) says:


    Glad you made it back safe, Krystina …with your dear friend Casey. Relax and enjoy…..

  41. Jodee Gravel on the road in Port Angeles, WA says:

    Glad to hear the smoke is dissipating in the area. Washington has a burn ban so we haven’t even smelled a campfire in weeks 🙂 Tessa runs figure-eights around us, especially on the beach – we call it her “zoomies” and it always makes us laugh. So much joy on their faces when they get up to full speed!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      I’m in support of burn bans (campfires, fireworks, etc.) all over the Northwest. The risk is too great.

      Here’s to Tessa… May she make you laugh with many more zoomies!

  42. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Three houses have burned here this past week…2 to the ground!! And that is in town. The embers and sparks tried to set other houses on fire too…in the dried up grass…so good thing the firemen were right there and able to save the others!! A very nasty year it has been for moisture!! I am glad for the burn ban in WA too!!

  43. DesertGinger says:

    Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well. Rusty how’s your arm? I hope you are feeling better. So glad you have a companion again.
    I’m still sick; still running temps, chills, headaches. Guess I will go to doc again this week. I have been doing some Knife work, but less. Am pretty tired and sleep quite a bit. Still no potential tenants. Starting to get worried about that.
    We are having amazing perfect weather, although a bit of humidity now and then. But I haven’t had to use the air conditioner in several weeks. Although I am in the basement where it is a bit cooler.im starting to think of going home. Kinda miss it. But no plans yet.
    So, just checking in to say hi. Hugs to all.

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      So sorry you are not feeling well 🙁 I sure hope whatever is going on it GOES AWAY!!

      I will shout up some prayers that your apartment gets rented so you can get that off your mind and get home. 🙂

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