Over the mountain and through the woods to Roberts Cove we go!

Friday, May 1 (continued)

Today is a day for crossing a lot of ground to find our next camp.

1-P1040535No moseying.  Keep going, going, going. 

All the way from Antelope Reservoir to Burns, Oregon.

The cheapest gas I find is $3.05.  I pull in and fill up the Perfect Tow Vehicle’s gas tank.  No, that’s wrong.  I don’t fill up the tank.  An attendant fills up the tank, cleans the windshield, runs inside to get a receipt for me, hurries back, smiles at me, and says cheerfully,  “Thank you.  Have a good day!”

“Wow! Welcome to Oregon!”

We leave Burns on Route 20/395, continuing westward.  I have in mind to camp the night at Chickahominy Reservoir, another 30 miles.  Which is really dumb.  When I turn onto the road leading to the campground, a gate blocks our way.  A sign reads something like, “Campground temporarily closed for resurfacing on October 14, 2014.  We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Um . . . It’s May 2015. 

Now why did I say it was dumb to try this campground?  Because a few days ago I read online that Chickahominy Campground is closed and then when I looked at the map this morning, I forgot all about that.   Anyway . . .

Here we are, parked in front of the gate with the butt-end of the Best Little Trailer a few feet from a two-lane road that has steady traffic in both directions.  No space to turn around.   I’m thankful for my experience in backing up the BLT, because now is not the time to learn how.  I wait for the all-clear, quickly scoot back onto the road, and away we go.

Darnit.  This means we have to go all the way to Bend, another hundred miles.

By the time we reach the rest stop in a little place called Brothers, I’m starting to fade.

Bend is another 30 miles or more.  A walk-around with the pups and a conversation with a forty-ish man interested in the BLT and my lifestyle perks me up.  We get back on the road.  I really need to stop soon . . . .

This is not my way to move camp.

I don’t usually find a camp “by the seat of my pants.”  I research.  I read reviews.  I check the road in.  I study my Benchmark atlas.  I acquaint myself with the topography and weather.  I search for photos.  In short, I know what I’m getting into.

This lack of preparation wouldn’t matter if we were in an area where boondocks are easy to find.  However this is wide-open sage plain.

Well, I’m plugging along when I see a sign pointing north, “Prineville Reservoir 25 miles.”

Hmm . . . We could go there, I wouldn’t have to deal with Bend . . . .

I turn!

The gravel road is good and takes us into hills of cedar.  We come to a fork.  If we go left, the road winds around the west end of the reservoir.  My Oregon Benchmark shows the Prineville Reservoir dam and campgrounds along the Crooked River that way.

A small sign with a tent symbol on it points to the right, “Roberts Cove 8 miles.”

I choose right.  Why?

Because it seems like the choice most people wouldn’t make.

Over the mountain and through the woods, Salt Creek Road takes us to Prineville Reservoir and our new camp!

1-P1040547This is a dispersed camping area, no fee!

1-P1040540Across the reservoir homes cling to a hillside.

1-P1040551I’m very proud of Bridget and Reggie.

I take them for a walk through the juniper trees.

1-P1040566It was a long drive and they didn’t complain.  They slept while I drove and were happy when I stopped to give them breaks.

1-P1040565Such good pups . . .

1-P1040563We’ll stay here through the weekend, maybe more, and during that time I’m not driving anywhere!

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1-P1040579Sunrise, Prineville Reservoir, Oregon

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229 Responses to Over the mountain and through the woods to Roberts Cove we go!

  1. Well, Hi, glad to be here…..

  2. Tara from Pac NW says:

    Sue, you find the best campsites and this one was so accidental! I love your camp sites next to some form of water and this is a site I could easily drive to from Portland to do a weekend trip.

    I’m so excited since I usually live vicariously through your adventures, but this one is attainable for me and my family to do some weekend camping!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tara,

      I love a campsite next to water, as I think most people do.

      I’m happy you’re excited. I’m not sure this is the best camp for you in the Bend area. I say that because the road in winds up and over a mountain with sharp turns, one lane around blind curves in some places… although it would be a lot easier if in a car only. Coming from Portland, you’d probably rather go to a camp easier to access. Stay tuned… I may find a better place for you!

      There are loads of pretty camps in this area, so hang on to that excitement. 🙂

      • Tara from Pac NW says:

        Okay, will do! 🙂

        • Tara from Pac NW says:

          Oh–and wanted to tell you that I don’t seem to have the magic with finding good campsites. My husband and I drove around for hours in the Gifford Pinchot NF (South Western side) trying to find a good boondock and we finally settled, but it took way too long to find. And we were only in a Honda CRV w/ a tent, so you’d think it wouldn’t be so hard!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Some forests are more difficult than others. I’ve found PDF maps for some forests but I don’t see any for Gifford-Pinchot. In the case of a big forest like that, a visit to the forest service office would be helpful.

            When we arrived in Randle, I think it was, I went to the forest service office and the lady there wasn’t very encouraging about finding boondocks in Gifford-Pinchot. At first I wondered if it was her nature to be discouraging, but after camping at North Fork Campground and driving some of the roads through the forest, I could see why she said that.

            It may be different in the southwestern portion. Don’t be discouraged with your boondock finding ability. I’d find it difficult, too, in that particular forest.

  3. Yep, I know #1…..just opened up my e-mail and saw that there was a new post….really I wasn’t waiting, really I wasn’t….

    WOW, now that is some nice spot…one of the best…but then again it is Oregon…and it is incredible that it is FREE!

    Enjoy, although I don’t see too many flowers, but there may be butterflies…

    Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      This high desert camp is cedar and grass mostly, not a lot of flowers. Yes, free is good! I think the PTV has a honing device that pulls it toward free camps. 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        Since my van is a Chevy too, I wonder… Is that Boondocking Honing Device a factory option or an after market one? 😉
        I want one if it finds free boondocks by beautiful lakes!!!

        Sue, love this newest camp. Both shade and full sun all in one. I can see why you are staying put to fully enjoy it. Tomorrow I take the van in for new tie-rods, my last to-do-thing before hitting the road, Yeh! Anyway, not sure where I’ll be heading out to, have several options…but a beach calls my name somewhere 🙂 Will be a B’day present to myself.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Happy Birthday, Pamela! I hope you find your dream beach camp for celebrating. 🙂

          • Pamela K. says:

            Awww, thank you Sue! Yep, have my fishing poles ready and roaring to be used for the first time this season too. Ocean fishing is the Best, can’t wait to head out.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I agree with you about ocean fishing. It’s more exciting to me. You never know what the heck you’ll catch.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Ther’s truth and wisdom to that statement for sure! I always fish from a pier because of that unknown catch factor. Did the deep sea boat fishing once off Bermuda and said never again but I did love doing it once. My then-husband caught a sailfish that trip. That thing hung on the wall of our den for years –
              Oh happy day! When ~both~ of them were finally out the door, lol!

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Happy, Happy Birthday, Pamela!! 🙂

          • Pamela K. says:

            Thank you Denise!
            Yep, the ocean calls and great fishing awaits! I even did a dry-run with my new YETI Cooler to test it out in the 80+ temps here in GA. I put 20 lbs of ice in it on Sunday and the ice is STILL rock-hard as of Tuesday night! I think I can go a 5 full days, maybe more, on the same 20lbs of ice. Wahoo!!! Love it. Glad to know the groceries will keep since I do not eat out too often when I ocean camp 🙂 And I never eat the fish I catch, always release them back to the sea.

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              Wow! That cooler sounds great! Please let us know how it does in real life camping! Catch and release… 🙂

            • Pamela K. in GA says:

              Will do 🙂
              I expect it will do even better during more normal camping days. It sure has done great being in a closed up van, in direct sunlight, and full temps in the 80s. Checked on it this evening and still have plenty of ice so i’m good with that so far…

        • Happy B-day, Pamela!

        • Krystina Sanger, CA says:

          Happy, Happy Birthday to you Pamela!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      “really, I wasn’t waiting….” Hehehe!

      You crack me up, Shirlene!! 🙂

  4. Betty Shea says:

    Hi!I am #2!!!!!!
    Beautiful camp!! You have the magic!!!

  5. judy says:

    Prineville and Bend are both wonderful places to visit. Bend has grown so much over the last 15 years. I live in Portland and visit central Oregon as much as possible. Sisters area is also wonderful. You should visit the mouth of the Metolius if you get a chance.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Judy. There are so many choices, wonderful camps to be found!

  6. Deb D says:

    Beautiful place to stop. It’s nice Oregon pumps your gas, New Jersey too.
    And with a smile ! Enjoy your new home for awhile. The green all around is
    Nice to relax with pups.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb D.,

      It is nice to be able to sit behind the wheel while someone else does the pumping.

      • sherry in oregon says:

        As a life-long Oregonian, I completely agree! I am so sick of the yearly movement to try & get self-serve gas on the ballot here — usually championed by out-of-state transplants to Oregon … I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the attendants & if the weather is particularly bad & I have the cash on me, I have been known to give a pretty good tip for fast, friendly service, thankful I don’t have to get out of the car & freeze my fingers (and other body parts) off!

        • G says:

          We will be in Oregon in July and knew that they have attendants to pump gas. Since this is totally foreign to me, is a tip customary? If so how much? I have no clue.

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

    Good grief Sue, how many miles was that in 1 day?? I looked it up on Google maps and it looked like around 500 or so?? You wouldn’t really do that would you? Anyway, the new camp looks mighty purdy. It sure is a blessing when your 4 legged co pilots are such good travelers. I love how well you take the right pictures so we can actually visualize what the place is like. I think that last sunrise one has to be my new desktop picture on my pc. Thanks!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Linda Rose,

      Thanks re the photos. I do try for shots that will give the feeling of being here with us and will show what the area is like.

      It seemed like 500 miles but it was only about 260 miles. I keep my speed at 60 or below which is often lower than the speed limit..

  8. Pamela says:

    Just wanted to say Hi to you, Reggie and Bridget! I’ve found some great campsites lately except no cell service so no internet. I’m spending this rainy morning in NM catching up on all your posts!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi,, Pamela,

      Some of the best campsites are out of signal range. I’m glad you are somewhere you can catch up with us!

  9. Karen LeMoine says:

    A perfect camp again! Each site you select is my favorite! I adore remote locations good for the soul along with peace and quiet! You and the kiddos enjoy the time!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      When we came over a rise and I saw those houses on the hill I reacted with “Oh, no.” Then I realized they are over there and no one is over here… Oh, happy me. Some people did show up here later during the weekend. Mostly we’ve had this area to ourselves.

  10. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    What a pretty spot! Sometimes “accidental” finds can be the best. Hope you have a good R&R time – oh wait!!! Your whole life is R&R!!! (Well …. this phase of it anyway :))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      Accidental, serendipity, luck, a plan.. whatever takes us to “a pretty spot.” 🙂

  11. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    Boy, the water is so low and everything looks dry for this time of year. It is still beautiful. Bridgett and Reggie seem to know when things are going to be good. I can identify with you getting very tired driving. So glad you found a great place to camp finally. Enjoy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      I used to be able to drive for several hours. Not any more. Of course, I have to break camp and set up camp at the beginning and end. And then I can be as lazy as I wish!

      Yeah, the crew is good. 🙂

  12. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue!
    Man are you brave! Seems to always work out too. This area looks very promising of a great camp. Such good pups we have! They just love us and as long as we take them along they are happy. Blessings beyond words.
    Have a wonderful day. Nothing new here yet.
    oh and did you see any Amazon purchases from me? A printer and camera

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      When did you place the order?

      • DebsJourney says:

        I ordered it April 24th but actually had to send it back yesterday so I am going to place another order for a gopro soon. I went thru your blog and will when I order this one.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I see a Samsung Camcorder but not the printer. Oh well, if you’re returning . . . .

          Thanks for wanting to send a commission. I appreciate that.

      • Marilu from Northern California. says:

        Hi Sue and Crew,
        Wow! Did you ever luck out. You couldn’t have found a nicer camp with hours of research. Just a good instinct for beautiful sites based on all your experience, I guess. I hope you have all the supplies you need for a good long stay 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Marilu.

          The first supply to run out will be water. I should get more containers.

          We’ve been here going on 5 days which is plenty long enough when there are many more camps just as nice. 🙂

  13. Chris B says:

    You find the best spots! If you happen to see a little Casita trailer following you, just ignore it! 🙂 (you know that I’m kidding!)

    Have fun, Sue!

    Tomorrow is Diego’s 8th birthday. He’s getting up there!

    Chris B
    Southern California

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chris B,

      Happy Birthday Diego! I know your mom and dad will spoil the dickens out of you! I would, too, if you were mine. Have a doggie-delightful day!

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Happy Birthday Diego, may you receive many treats.

  14. Lenore says:

    My first post here; so hello and thanks for the great photos. I was born in Oregon and moved away when I was 8 so havent been back but it sure brings back memories. I will be watching your adventures with great interest.

  15. weather says:

    How terrific that a chat about your lifestyle revived you enough to get such a lovely home for a bit.Fading faster may have had you sleep wherever you could park.Not that that isn’t a blessing to be able to do when needed,it’s just wonderful to be where you can really relax and love where you land instead.The crew being such great travelers should make you feel proud of them-it really is impressive.Their resting as you push yourself is the most helpful thing they can do.It’s great that you can rely on your instincts instead of information when you need to,tired or not.In a pinch those are the best survival and good outcome tools to have.Providence surely led you that day and had just what you needed waiting for you.The first photo of your rig among the trees there has such a refreshing air about it,beautiful.Did it smell as nice as it appears to have?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a perceptive summary of our experience that day! About that fella’ with whom I spoke at the rest stop…

      I told him I was weary of the road and hoping to find a camp soon. He had come to the rest stop from the opposite direction and suggested I could spend the night at the rest stop. When I said no, I don’t think I’ll do that, he suggested the OHV recreation area toward Bend. Not wanting to react in the negative to both his suggestions, I nodded and thanked him.

      Little did he know that having a conversation with him was more helpful than his suggestions! 🙂

      I do think one develops a sense with practice of where the good camps might be found. I may eat those words… I hope not!

      There’s a slight cedar smell here. One becomes accustomed to it. It’s never as apparent as that first wonderful whiff upon arrival.

      • weather says:

        One never knows what simply being friendly to someone may do for them.A smile,question,looking them in the eye,a compliment or just a few words.Folks and critters of all ages light up when given what takes so little effort.I’m glad you nodded and thanked him rather than react in the negative.His thinking he helped you was true after all’s said and done,and that idea likely helped him throw his shoulders back a bit, proud to have been a guy helping a “lady in distress”, turned his day around ,too.Sweet thoughts to go into an evening with,sun’s setting here,n’nite

  16. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Now we’re boondockin’ Reggie man!!!!!

    So cool that the crew has become such good travelers even on two consecutive days with long drives. Glad you can just chill for a bit now. Enjoy, you deserve it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Rick,

      You know, I try not to have the crew cooped up in the PTV on long drives on consecutive days. That’s why finding that campground closed was particularly annoying. It would have been nice to let them out at that point. Oh well, they did very well and now they’ve enjoyed several days in one, very nice place.

  17. Applegirl NY says:

    You sure deserve a rest. You’ve put some serious miles behind you. The pups were real troopers.

    Beautiful spot, I can’t believe you’re in Oregon already. It’s unusual for us to see houses from your campsites. Your world is ever changing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is unusual, isn’t it. It turned me off at first until I realized, so what? It’s not like they’re next to us! 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        I wonder if they ever come in from mowing their yards, look longingly across the lake at the little campers and think. “Someday”

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hmm . . . I wonder that, too, Rick. I do know that I look across the lake and think “Never again.”

        • Applegirl NY says:

          “Someday” is what I think when I’m mowing my lawn and I look over at our Casita. Actually, as long as I’m outside, I don’t complain too much about what I’m doing. Summers are short in the northeast.

  18. Dyann says:

    Hi there, Sue and Crew!

    Should you find your way down into the top of California, I know of a gorgeous out-of-the-way place I think you guys would love. You may want to give your maps a gander over to Ash Creek. It is just outside Adin, CA (has an AWESOME country store!). You’ll find that in Modoc County. I’ve been there many times as a kid and it is amazing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Dyann. I’ll try to remember that! Do you think it would be okay for a big Class C to go there? One of the blogorinos, Krystina, is moving up the California coast..

      I’m going to research it online right now. 🙂

      LATER… I see where it is, not practical for Krystina as it’s far inland over mountains. It does look like a great camp… and free! Thanks again, Dyann.

      • Dyann Meschi says:

        I’ve known class c vehicles to go there, no class a though. Back in the seventies, we’d go there most summers. I remember we were in one spot that was remote…we didn’t see a soul for two weeks! I understand that area is no longer accessible. If you make it, just above the main camping area, there is an amazing elevated plain. Each time I’ve been up there, I have seen herds of antelope. Not unusual to see an eagle too. My dad still goes up, as do other friends from my small town of Boulder Creek, CA (in the redwoods of Santa Cruz County). I have been craving to get back there. Hope you can see it someday (soon?).

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It sounds wonderful. I love those kind of places. I hope you get back there soon, Dyann, because it’s a place of wonder for you.

  19. What a great find! That camp looks beautiful, and the best part – FREE- !!! I just love Oregon. That was a surprise for us when we took our road trip up to WA over Christmas, when we stopped for gas through OR, they pumped it for you, like the good old days! On our way back home, we stopped at a Costco for gas in OR, the lines were typical lines for Costco gas, and these attendants were running around like mad men and women! Job security for them, that’s what they told us!

    We read that Oregon is the most RV friendly state, can’t wait to spend more time there…..one of these days…..for now, I’ll be spending time there through you, Sue!

    Enjoy your day wherever you are! Hi to all!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marla,

      I’ve had a similar experience at a gas station in Oregon that had several pumps. The attendants were taking care of several customers simultaneously, running to start pumps, stop pumps, take payment, hand over receipts, etc. That custom does provide entry level jobs.

      I love your enthusiasm for riding along with us! Enjoy your day, too!

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        Umm, attendants pumping gas in Oregon is not a custom, it’s the law, you are prohibited from pumping our own gas in the state of Oregon. Been going to Oregon to visit family and friends since early childhood and still have family and friends there. Beautiful state. You should see their faces when we pulled in with a 40 ft antique bus and said fill ER up with a 145 gallon tank. Ohhhh me wallet hurts!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Velda,

          Oh my, 145 gallons at $3.05 a gallon…. That would be a very big owee!

        • Ouch!! My wallet just shivered at the thought of that fill up! 🙂

          Yeah, we learned it was THE LAW the first time we pulled in, and my husband got out to fill up the tank…that guy ran over to us so fast! He explained what was what in Oregon regarding gas stations, we swear we weren’t trying to break the law! 🙂 Of course it was pouring rain and cold, so we were happy to stay put in the RV!

        • Krystina Sanger, CA says:

          Yikees! Three days ago in Cambria, CA gas was $4.50/gal!!! Thank goodness I did not REALLY need to buy it. Phew.

          • Timber/Rusty inthe Zone says:

            Krystina, when we came back to AZ on 93 , between Kingman AZ and Bolder NV at a Chevron the price was 4,95, but as I went by there was no one getting gas, just shoppin’ in the Mini Mart.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,rusty

  20. Bill & Ann, OR says:

    We camped at Chicahominy a week ago Tuesday. Weird. We were the only ones there! Prineville State Park has free camping on the North side of the park. You get there off of Hwy 380.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How did you get in? There was a locked gate across the road and that old sign.

      • Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

        The gate was wide open when we entered. There were also several fishermen there. I hope the hosts are okay. We missed them. They had been hosting at Chicahominy for years. I hope they were just gone for the re-paving job.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That is very weird. The sign said the closing would begin in October 2014. Gee, I really wanted to stop there!

        • Bill & Ann, Bend, OR says:

          PS: if anyone is interested. Check out Glass Buttes. I think it is around MP 77. There is free camping and beautiful obsidian collecting. One time there was even a nude guy camped there with a big German Shepard on the loose. Very funny to see a nude guy chasing a dog.

  21. DesertGinger says:

    I went to have my blood drawn this AM, after fasting. An hour and 7 sticks later…no blood. I was too hungry to continue the fast, so tomorrow morning (after fasting again) I will go to the hospital outpatient clinic where they have ultrasound scanners to try again. Such a hassle. And you know what’s really weird? After they fail, they are like “oh well. We’ll call your doctor and tell him we failed. Good luck!” Nothing about where else to go or what to do. I had to call around and research to figure out to try the hospital.
    Taking my car in tomorrow, after hospital, to have a once-over and see if it needs anything.
    The time is getting closer and closer!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sorry you had an unproductive hassle, Ginger. It would be nice to have that done with! Smart to have the car checked before your trip.

    • Pamela K. says:

      WOW!
      Ginger, does that happen very often that the medical teams can’t find a vein? Will they bill you anyway?! I think I would tell them “Good Luck” and not to worry when I couldn’t find the money to pay them!

    • Marilu from Northern California. says:

      Hi Ginger,
      Sometimes when you are fasting you forget to drink enough water. That happened to me once. Drink extra water and I bet next time they’ll find you have blood in there after all.
      Take care,

  22. Kay Arnold says:

    What a nice camp site makes me want to go RV’n again ! I’ve even been looking at RV for sale ads 🙂 I wouldn’t mind a trip or two but full-time again I’m not so sure.
    Those fur kids of yours sure are well behaved they most have a good human taking care of them.
    Happy trails
    Kay

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Kay. Happy trails to you, too, whether you go RVing or not. 🙂

  23. Hi Sue,
    We hope you enjoy the Reservoir. Our friends own property and a cabin there and we enjoy our time there when we visit.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Betty,

      There is some lovely property around the reservoir. Nice that you can visit friends here.

  24. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Of course, I love this campsite…it is near water. Quite the location for a fly by the seat of your pants camp!!! Take some time and just relax!!
    Love to you and the crew

  25. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    What a lovely campsite! One of my cousins lives just off the road to the reservoir but I’ve never been up there–it looks as if we should drive over the hill and down the road. Enjoy your time there–Central Oregon is very nice this time of year. Ear skritches to the pups!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      There are three different roads that go to the reservoir. Yes, this is a good time of year to be here. The weather is perfect.

  26. Wayne D says:

    Welcome back to Oregon. The traffic will get heavier as you leave the area and the ratings of Oregon drivers is still poor at best. On State highways where speed is 55mph,no one does it. Limited places to pull off and you can get a ticket if you are keeping 5 or more cars behind you for miles. Let them pass where you can,use pull outs where you find them. Remember that no one likes to be behind an RV or a truck and they all will try to kill themselves by passing in no passing zones to crest of hills. I hate to say that,but its a fact, Oregon drivers are not patient drivers . I see it a lot from my rv to the days of my commercial driving days. Try to enjoy all the great sites you encounter in the state.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wayne D,

      Good to see you here again!

      I had forgotten about what you describe. I remember now how I had to use pull-outs several times. I let people pass me all the time because, as you wrote, many drivers will risk their lives and others’ to be “first.” Plus I like to be able to stop without worrying about someone rear-ending us. Once is enough!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      I hate to say it Wayne, but I think the same holds true for Washington drivers too…and as a matter of fact, we are back in NC right now…and it seems the very same here!! I am wondering if the whole country has gone mad?? It does not hurt to be a few seconds later getting someplace…and you might arrive in one piece….would love to tell them…but doubtful they would listen anyway. Once you have been even in a minor wreck and injured, even minorly….seems you would slow down a bit!!

  27. There was a time when I was VERY young that we went to Prineville Reservoir. It may still be early in the year there, but I can tell you that, these days, it is EXTREMELY popular among Oregonians. Even though it’s early, you may not have it all to yourself this weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed,

      I suppose it is considered early, not quite warm enough for swimming. Last weekend wasn’t crowded. I don’t know about the state park though. A few boats, a couple kayakers . . .

  28. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, trees and water…nice spot!! Hope you recoup your energy while there…I felt tired just reading your account…

  29. Lynn Brooks says:

    Great job for “seat of your pants”!!!
    Such good puppies!!!

  30. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Glad you found a stopping spot. I had gotten out my OR. benchmark, trying to learn as I follow along. I had picked Chickahominy (mainly for name plus distance). If you are not already gone and are going toward LaPine there is an easy shortcut that lets you circumvent Bend traffic coming from hwy 20. Fun to see areas that I haven’t gone thru yet but hope to. Usually have a destination and time factor. As soon as the house sells I’m gone. No buyers as yet–need Blogorino good energy this way!
    Safe travels

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sending you prayers and good wishes for a speedy sale, CheryLyn! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, CheryLyn,

      That shortcut… Knott Road to 27th perhaps?

      Okay, blogorinos…. Send your energy to lift that house up with a big SOLD sign on it! 🙂

  31. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Mountains, water, pines, shady reading room spots, peace and quiet, a beautiful sunrise every morning, and FREE! Well, that is like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae! Enjoy! Hugs to you and the Crew from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I love your opening shot of the ribbon of highway! 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks… It does epitomize that drive… on and on and on….

      • Pamela K. says:

        I love that highway shot too! What a great motorcycle ride, some highs and lows and pure straight-a-ways. When I saw it I couldn’t help putting myself on that road on the bike! I’m not a speedster so that is a perfect summer day’s ride to take it all in.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I took several photos similar to that one. . . . ribbon of road disappearing at or around a mountain.

          • Pamela K. says:

            I know, I have enjoyed seeing them all. But that one just struck me just right somehow. It seemed to go on for miles and miles. The road looked in good shape too 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh, I meant I have a bunch more of those photos that I didn’t post. They look alike … Lots of road ahead!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Same to you and Gracie pup!

  32. Jolene says:

    Hi Sue, I just love this campsite. I love all the ones near water. That was a long day for you. Glad you are relaxing for a few days! Enjoy!

  33. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Yet again your adventures get me thinkin’ N’ dreamin’. The way you describe the road in makes me wonder if you ever consider dropping the BLT someplace so you can explore a road into an area with just the van? I’ve been on many logging roads that have ended at a gate with no place to turn around with even a small trailer. I would hate to think of backing down some of those roads.

    I ask because as I consider rigs I have thought this would be a huge advantage for a 4WD tow vehicle/trailer over a class C. Also I have considered leaving my trailer at a USFS campground (preferably one with a camp host) for a couple days while I drive to a trail head and go backpacking. I know you and the crew wouldn’t go backpacking but in your experience would this seem reasonable?

    • DesertGinger says:

      Well if you had a Class C you would have a toad, wouldn’t you?

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        I think I would want something smaller than that. Small Class C, small trailer pulled by a 4wd truck, or truck camper is what I keep trying to decide between. Pluses and minuses to all of them of course.

        • DesertGinger says:

          In my opinion, you always want a separate vehicle. Who wants to always drag their house along with them? You are so much more limited, even with a truck camper. Too many places you can’t fit. I would want a car or truck and trailer.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          ^^^ why hell! That’s not narrowed down at all! 🙂

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            Yea, I’ve been told I have a habit of ingesting more information than I can digest. 🙂

        • Pamela K. says:

          A truck camper, as in a pickup truck with a camper in the bed of it? I guess I would be concerned about heavy cross-winds. Most pickup truck/camper combos are pretty top heavy and are really hard to hold well to the road in high winds and especially cross-winds. My father had a truck/camper combo for years. That was his one major complaint with them. And he was a very strong guy in great shape at the time. So that is something to think about…

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Good point, Pamela…

            If I may add…. I notice that people with truck campers rarely separate the camper from the truck to drive off without their home. I wonder what the reason is for this. Is it difficult to separate them and to rejoin them? Or is it merely easier to tote the camper part wherever one goes?

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              I never knew they could be separated…until Michael (Zen) showed pics

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Which points out how rarely one sees them separated. 🙂

            • Pamela K. says:

              I know in my father’s truck/camper he would not separate them mainly for security reasons. When separated they are pretty lite and can be reloaded on another truck…highjacking is sometimes a concern while the owner and truck away from the camper. I guess that is true of any camper in today’s times, though it does seem harder to anchor them down without the truck attached to them.

            • Pamela K. says:

              BTW, I tend to agree with most of the other folks here…a separate car/truck and TT or small C class with toad is so much better if ~or when~ you ever have a break down on the road…car gets you to a motel or RV gets you a home to stay in while waiting for the repairs to get completed. That is a huge reason we went with the Airstream travel trailer.

      • edlfrey says:

        “Well if you had a Class C you would have a toad, wouldn’t you?”

        The way BadgerRickInWis describes how he wants to travel and live I would agree that he probably would need a toad if he had a Class C.

        But not everyone that Fulltimes in a Class C has, or needs, a toad. Having a toad or not is more dependent upon how you live rather than what you live in.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good point, Ed, although I believe Ginger was thinking in terms of Rick or anyone who full-times or intends to full-time in the manner that I do. You have fashioned a lifestyle where a toad isn’t necessary.

        • Krystina Sanger, CA says:

          I have a 27′ Four Winds Class C and I do not have a toad. I realllly would like to have one though. When I learn how to drive the Class C then maybe I will think about it 🙂 LOL!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Rick . . . First off, logging roads suck for finding good boondocks. That’s been my experience. But I get what you’re asking. A road can lead to a dead end with no place to turn around. I’ve only had that happen once and I didn’t have to back up very far.

      Whenever I tow the BLT down an unfamiliar lane, I make note along the way of places to turn around. If I go a distance past a place to turn around and it’s becoming further than I would want to back up, I stop, get out and walk or I back up, turn around and go somewhere else.

      Analyzing the road helps. If there are recent tracks on the road, chances are there will be a place to turn around.

      I have never dropped the BLT “someplace” in order to explore with the PTV. Too much hassle, not necessary. I have set up camp, either in a campground or a boondock, unhitched because I planned to stay more than one night, and then driven to scout out other possible camps.

      As for 4WD . . . I’ve never needed or wanted that. If a road requires 4WD (such as indicated on the Benchmark maps), I don’t want to go on that road anyway.

      I’ve never left the BLT in a campground all by herself overnight while the crew and I are elsewhere. If you wanted to do that in order to go backpack camping, I’d be sure to let the camp host know. I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving the BLT in a boondock for a few days.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hmmm..sounds like an Escape or Bigfoot are not the only possibilities on your short list. So many possibilities! Good luck narrowing the field! 🙂

  34. PookieBoy north of houston says:

    ya done it again, young lady…..congratulations….
    chuck

  35. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The road (up and down?) to nowhere is the road to paradise!

    OMG that road!

    Rest up relax and enjoy!

  36. Wayne D says:

    Elizabeth in Wa says it well about our driving manners. I have also traveled Wa state and the drivers in other states as well. I guess the country is in a rage and they take it out on highways also. If only the country would slow down some,maybe our driving habits will slow also. Keep plowing along Sue, and enjoy it all. Hopefully the bad drivers will leave you alone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve wondered if it has to do with the blurring of boundaries between what is real and what is virtual. I’ve noticed something peculiar happening more frequently in recent years.

      A vehicle behind me approaches. Instead of anticipating that they will overtake my vehicle, which is obvious because of their higher rate of speed, they will drive right up to my bumper, then turn the wheel sharply so their vehicle almost moves sideways into the left lane, and then they pass.

      Once they’re pass me, they will reverse the process. In other words, instead of a gradual arc around me, they move at sharp angles around me, very closely. This happens regardless of the presence or absence of other traffic.

      It reminds me of racing games I’ve seen on PlayStation and on computers. It’s a very aggressive way to drive.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Someone did this to me yesterday. I just hate it! I also hate tailgating. Why does anyone want to ride your rear bumper? Duh!

      • That is funny you said that….I’ve said the same thing…it’s like that game from the 80’s “Pole Position”, racing around every car that is in your way. Of course no one will get hurt, you’ll just start over, right? 🙂

      • Applegirl NY says:

        My son drives this way. He’s young – but not a kid (20 yrs old), and I wonder if it is the video games. He even does it with stop signs and stop lights. He waits until he’s almost there and then hits the brakes. It’s crazy. Thankfully I don’t drive with him often. I don’t know how these kids pass their driver’s tests.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It bothers me when I’m towing because the person tucks their vehicle up against the BLT and I can’t see their little car back there. Then when the mood strikes they dart to the left and pass. A mile of empty road ahead and behind, doesn’t matter. I don’t understand it.

          • Applegirl NY says:

            I don’t understand it either. You would think simple common sense would rule, but apparently not.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Rat race….in a hurry…usually to nowhere!

            They do it here…pass on a one lane highway…(head on traffic coming ..it doesn’t matter) drive like a bat out of hell…and we normally meet up with them at the next stop signal!

            People don’t understand if they can’t see YOUR mirrors…you can’t see them.

            We refer to them as “donors” and hopefully they don’t kill someone else in the process.

      • weather says:

        You may have hit on something,Sue,by associating that type of driving with what people have become accustomed to-it may well be a habit,and perhaps not born of video games.I’ve spent a lot of time at the wheel on 6-8 lane highways.One city where I knew an astonishing number of people stands out concerning this topic.People would wait with their children for a bus or ride exchange,or if they were younger take them to daycare.They could not leave early because the facilities weren’t open until a certain time.Then they had to be at work on time or face the consequences,which they could ill afford.They rushed.Multiply that by thousands in the same or similar positions and the roads were packed with speeding cars.To get into the needed lane or exit cat like reflexes became the norm as cars squeezed within inches of each other.Days become weeks and years and habits are so ingrained they no longer consider it dangerous,are so enured to close calls that they aren’t praying, swearing or driving hunched over the wheel,they are as relaxed as guy riding an old tractor looking over his fields. This in no way excuses frightening,endangering,not considering or being rude/discourteous to others on the road.I’m just reporting on what I saw.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That makes sense, weather. I remember the day care not open/time to go to work dilemma. Remember when banks closed at 4 p.m. except on Fridays they were open until 6 p.m.? Hurry, hurry, hurry to rush from the job to get in line at the bank to deposit/cash the paycheck.

          It’s probably a combination of factors that makes people frantic in their driving and other activities. More people are on the roads. More complicated roads. More demands on time and energy. Faster cars. Higher expectations and so forth.

          • weather says:

            And leave the bank,rush for groceries,hug hello,prepare food,laundry,clean,paperwork,bathe,pretend that’s enough sleep start over-wow,are we blessed the relax these days

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      I think you all made valid points!! Our culture practically demands we rush our heads off!! That and all those we see texting as they go…and I do believe cell phone companies could be part of that solution…such as not working if the operator is behind the wheel going down the road!! Nearly run over in a Burger King parking lot today!! Good grief…I am getting so tired of this. My husband was slower than he should have been backing up…though we were in the right of way…in my view…whatever it takes to avoid being hit, whether you are in the right or not…any rate, I opened my door when the dumb driver and his equally sleepy rider were not reacting fast enough and began screaming!! The passenger reacted not to hubby honking is horn, but to my screaming!! At least that!!

      And to beat all, the birds are in on it too…2 mating birds hit our windshield on the way home tonight!! Never in my life heard of that one!! Fortunately our windshield survived…but I am sure the love birds did not!! So if the drivers don’t manage to take us out…maybe the love birds will??

      • weather says:

        Ha!Elizabeth ,do you remember Hitchcock’s movie The Bird’s?Later Mel Brooks did a spoof of it in one of his films.High Anxiety-one of my all time favorite lines is him leaving a freakishly frantic terminal ,looking back and just saying “What a dramatic airport” as he goes on with his day.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          I remember seeing it…but not the contents…alas! He did a lot of very high anxiety films didn’t he? Heh, sometimes living among the thousands of crows in Seattle area, we think about all that too…I forget the particulars, but the birds were a problem! One thing we so notice back here is the lack of crows. (Maybe not protected here?) The mockingbirds are so plentiful in this neighborhood…I think hubby’s favorite bird…he whistles to them when outdoors here…and enjoys their responses. It is so amazing all the different songs they can sing!!

  37. Becky says:

    Seek out a ponderosa pine tree in the morning and smell the bark if the sun is shining on it. It may smell like butterscotch.

  38. Pamela K. says:

    Early morning everyone!

    I just wanted to give a quick update about my new YETI Tundra 45 Cooler…
    I did a dry-run with my new YETI Cooler to test it out in the 80+ temps inside my van with all the windows rolled up and left it there, here in GA. I put 20 lbs of ice in it on Sunday and the ice is STILL ROCK-HARD as of Tuesday night!!! I think I could go a 5 full days, maybe more, on the same 20lbs of ice. Wahoo!!! Love it. Glad to know the groceries will keep super cold since I do not eat out often when camping.

    Bottom line: If anyone is thinking of investing in a YETI Cooler, especially the Tundra 45, I can’t say enough great things about them!!! No doubt Amazon offers them and maybe Sue can post a link for them. Truly worth the dollars.

    Thanks, Pamela. Here’s a link to Amazon:
    Yeti Tundra 45 Quart Cooler – Tan

    The coolers also are available in 20-quart and 65-quart sizes. –Sue

    • Pamela K. says:

      Oh! And you can even use Dry-Ice. I haven’t tried that yet. If I do try some at some point I will post that info too. And the YETI is certified Bear Proof when used with two security locks, seriously, I kid you not! How COOL is that?!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Very COOL! 😉

        It’s always nice to get a “real” review of a product. Thanks for the info!

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Holy cow, any I ice chest that includes the option of 6 months financing is not on my list. In 2005, when we drove to pick up my van at the Leisure Travel Van factory in Manitoba, hubby precooked, then we vacuum packed and froze boneless chicken breasts two to a pack. The day we headed out in my old van, we packed the chicken in one of those styrofoam coolers medicine gets shipped in with a small slab of dry ice. We then wrapped it in the blankets we were bringing for our new bed in the new van. We opened and took out chicken as we traveled. A week later when we got the van and turned on the freezer in the new fridge, we put our remaining chicken into the little freezer in the van. The chicken was still frozen solid in the little foam cooler! Just saying you don’t necessarily need a $250 cooler to keep food cold. The key is insulation which can be wrapping in blankets, making sure cooler is in shade, and avoiding opening the ice chest any more than necessary- in other words don’t put the kids sodas in there and open 10 times a day as even the $200 models would have trouble with that. When we travel in our bus we keep a smaller ice chest with a bag of ice and keep drinks in there to avoid frequent opening of the fridge door.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Velda,
        I agree that the YETI is not the right choice for everyone, especially if one has to finance it…I certainly would not. As for doing the whole business of pre-cooking, wrapping in blankets, etc., well, I would not take the time to plan ahead and do all that. I want to just put food/drink into it and be done with it. Also I guess it is how each person camps. My husband and I are Foodies. We take kosher prime cuts of meat and other specialty foods to cook on open fires and such, usually with a few friends along with like food interests. Losing even one full cooler of food would equal the price of the YETI. As for a Fridge, I only use the YETI in my conversion van and I don’t have a Fridge in there for car camping. I like to keep it simple, more time for other fun camping related things…but I see your point. The YETI performed flawlessly for me and function and time saved is key for my solo away trips. It’s just how I roll… 🙂

        • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

          Most of the time we take fresh as you do but in our RV fridge. That one trip we were driving my 19 yr old Toyota van to pick up the conversion RV, and because of husbands diabetic requirements and not wanting restaurant food, we planned ahead more than usual to get us through to where we would have a fridge and kitchen and it worked for us. I guess I’d say my point is, where there is a will, there is a way without the big investment, until you spend enough time doing it that you know you want to do that. On the other hand my fridge, contained in its $85,000 van might qualify as extravagant. Ha Ha! But 10 years later we are still enjoying my van.

          • Pamela K. in GA says:

            WOW! Sure glad to hear that your Van is still going strong after 10 years. Your van sounds really nice! My, new-to-me conversion van was $6o,000 in it’s showroom days, lol. Still close to showroom condition but got it for a whole bucket load less buying it used. Nice to think it will last a very long time with proper care and maintenance! Of course the van doesn’t have all the camping bells that our Airstream does but it suits me fine. Life’s Good 🙂
            America’s Love Affair With It’s Cars, gotta luv’em.

            • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

              My ban is the diesel Sprinter so at 26,000 miles is barely broke in and still improving in fuel economy. It’s all steel body no fiberglass to deteriorate. Love my van.

            • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

              Stupid auto spell thing, make that VAN not ban!

      • Pamela K. says:

        $250.00, I WISH, lol. Click Sue’s link to Amazon. The YETI Tundra 45 Tan is just shy of $400.00.
        The little YETI Roadie 20 is the $250.00 model…

  39. weather says:

    Good morning,Sue , I hope you have a nice day to do whatever you three are up to.I’ll leave around noon to get my grandson and all of his things off campus and to the airport.It’s a late afternoon flight,we’re leaving wiggle room for the “in case of”s” .This morning I deliberately found reasons to see the positive things about the whole”See you soon!” scene, soon may be a while off,as next semester he’ll be in London.I’m “keeping mum” about how that may affect my own plans for now.At the moment I want today to be as happy as I can make it for him and myself.So far near the top of my glad list is picturing my son’s face when they meet at San Diego’s airport!That makes me smile every time I picture it.So does picturing Bridget,Reggie and you enjoying this morning together 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      A bittersweet time for you. Sending your grandson off to new experiences reminds me of the Norman Rockwell painting (although I’m not comparing you with the work weary and aging father in it!).

      I know you will handle the parting with wisdom and grace. God bless you both.

      • weather says:

        Thank you,Sue,for the blessing,and your confidence in how I will handle it.I ,of course,used the link you provided to look at the painting-so touching.Realistically,take the hairy hands and wrists away and put long hair on the parent and it’s a fairly good likeness of me,Ha!Relaxed posture while sitting,jeans,boots,face with a serious expression on it for the moment…Looking at it reminded me to perk it up even more than I’d intended to 🙂 I think I’ll wear lighter colored jeans-big concession,right?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ha! If your grandson’s level of anticipation is as high as the young man in the painting, the color of your jeans will hardly be noticed. He will more likely focus on your loving face and the warmth of your hug. And once on the plane, remembering the hours with you. . . .

      • weather says:

        Happy to tell you that we did have a loving and blessed day.Despite crowds,construction and many streets blocked off due to fires,a gas explosion(no one hurt in those)+an appearance of a politician we managed to get everything done, enjoy it and be on time.As my son had entrusted his first born and everything he owns to me,I am very relieved and grateful it went miraculously well.We “hugged like you mean it” enough to last until next time.

        Were you stationary or traveling today?As I settled the troupe I thought of your intense day at the wheel you told about in this post,and your saying you didn’t intend to drive for a while afterwards.I can really relate to that feeling at the moment.By now I’m sure you’re over it ,yet may still be relaxing at that camp or another.May wherever you are be lovely to you 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Everything went well, challenges met and left in your dust! What could’ve happened, didn’t, your grandson is on his way, and you’re home again with your troupe. I hope you relax, knowing you did well.

          We were on the road today. It wasn’t a long drive and we’re set up in our new camp.

          • weather says:

            Great first line 🙂 Yay!We’re both set up for a great night to relax!Winding down is nice…

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          So glad that you were able to “get everything done” and send your grandson off with much love! Have a good night, weather! Sending you a hug! 🙂

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Ah partings are not easy, Weather…was with our grandkids today for this afternoon…our granddaughter right by my side all day….helping cook etc. She wanted to know when we will move back nearby…had to tell her I was not sure but not until her aunt’s children are in school…which is up to 3 years yet. She sighed…poor thing…we do miss them…they are good kids. But I reminded her we did not see a great deal of them when we lived nearby either, and she said, “Well, we did get to come sometimes for sleepovers though.” Which was true…well, with grandkids on both coasts…life means we will always be missing someone. I do so look forward to a time of no more partings!! I am glad things went ok for you Weather…will be thinking of you in the days ahead. Glad you have the animals…such sweet comforts they are!!

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Totally switching gears here…see my turn signal? 🙂 Elizabeth, are you and your husband still in/near Raleigh, NC? If you like art and exploring museums, the North Carolina Art Muesum in Raleigh is a great place to visit. General admission is free, but there is a charge for special exhibits. I made a trip to see a Monet exhibit about 10 hrs ago. They have an awesome Greek/Roman section, and a small Egyptian collection…my favorite parts of any art museum! 🙂

        ncartmuseum.org

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Might be a fun outing with the grandkids….

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Thanks Denise…if ever we can find the time, we just might. We have gone there for exhibits, etc when the kids were smaller…such as a reptile exhibit!! Dreadful to me but one grandson has loved those things since a wee child!! We are south of Raleigh aways…

      • weather says:

        no more partings and all the generations able to visit ,go off together, or just explore…we have an old habit of saying “see you soon” rather than “good bye” …in the long view that’s always true

        having ones to nurture is a comfort,be they critters,plants,people,familiar or new

        hugs,dear,rest and enjoy as you can

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Very true Weather…all partings are temporary!! Thanks for the wishes…yep, have sat in the recliner since arriving (for the most part)…waiting up to finish taking the meds (argh…takes so much time in a day to fit them in with other things like food!)

  40. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Today is National Teachers Day!

    Back in my day…teachers were part of the “foundation building” process. Today, that seems like a difficult task, one that takes a lot more patience with too many distractions.

    Hats off to those who continue to steer tomorrow’s leaders in the right direction!

  41. Claudia Sutherland says:

    sue,
    With summer vacations coming up how do you avoid the crowds?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Claudia,

      Are you one of my long-lost kin? I’m a Sutherland on my mother’s side…. Welcome!

      In summer I avoid crowds by going to non-touristy places, if possible. I don’t go to rv parks, “resorts,” or state parks, rather I camp in the forests, out-of-the-way campgrounds, or on mountains.

      However, there are times when I want to go to places where the summer crowd goes, like to see the coast. Then I can’t get away from the crowds. When it gets to be too much, I leave, head inland…

  42. Rob, Lake Mead NV, dispersed camping area says:

    Nice find again!

  43. Mary Alice says:

    The composition and color of your last photo is outstanding. I took a one day photo class at the Grand Canyon many years ago. To put the branches of the tree as a framing technique is perfect. Can’t always remember that when snapping. Enjoy your stay.

  44. Wayne D says:

    Oregon law requires gas station attendants to fill your tank. They are paid thru the employer of their service station. None require you or expect you to tip. If I find an attendant that does a little extra beyond filling up, I have no qualms giving a little tip.
    Most attendants would be shocked if the public tipped them at all. All you have to is sit in your rig while they fill your tank. Some stations require you to report inside to face the cashier after you make a deposit for gas. They need to know what pump you are at.
    Once your tank is filled, the cashier will refund the unused money of your deposit.

  45. Terri From Texas says:

    Hi RvSue!
    As the temps climb here in my part of Texas, I follow your route avidly as you make your way deeper into the PNW. I can’t wait until we can do the same! I am a native San Antonian but the older I get the more I hate heat! I am enjoying your journey…
    Be safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying our travels. As for heat, I love to cook my bones in the sunshine as long as the humidity is low. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with the Southwest.

  46. Terri From Texas says:

    Here are some comments to comments-
    The country did slow down once upon a time. Anyone remember the national speed limit of 55? I miss that cause then people only drove 70 instead of 90.
    I have a small Yeti cooler-my rich sister gave it as a Christmas present. 🙂 It works great for cokes but someday I am going to compare it to my old 1940’s Coca Cola Ice Box and see which does better!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We were on a stretch of road recently where the speed limit was 80. My trailer tires are best kept at 60 mph or lower. I kept glancing in the mirror to make sure someone didn’t advance on us too quickly. Finally put my flashers on so the 90+ mph folks would wake up and not hit us in the rear.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        I wonder if a sign on the back of the trailer stating “WARNING – THIS VEHICLE DOES NOT EXCEED 55MPH. PLEASE PASS WITH CAUTION” would help. Similar to the DOT salt trucks that have warnings about staying back 100ft.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Yes of course. I’m a speeder…I hated it. But it did save gas!

  47. Timber/Rusty inthe Zone says:

    Our ol’ gal was made when the National speed limit was 55mph and I tell that to the DPS or Hwy Patrol when they ask why I’m goin’ so slow, we usually travel at a speed of 49 to 50 and when in Utah on the freeway the minimum is 45, so we do 45 and save on fuel.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  48. DesertGinger says:

    Well, I went to the hospital this AM and they still couldn’t draw enough blood. They said I need a note from the doctor to attempt to use my foot. So….I guess I just can’t get all the blood work I need. Oh well.
    Had my swim and getting ready to cook a steak for dinner. Then I’m going to bed early as I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Got hung up in a book I couldn’t put down, and still had to get up early to go to hospital. I’m making up for it tonight.
    Had my car inspected and they found lots of things they could do (of course), but I’m going to wind up getting about $800 worth of repairs: all new radiator hoses and radiator flush, new rear brakes, front rotors machined (whatever that means), alignment, and new shocks in rear. Should ride better. Not that I care, I just want it to be safe and No break downs. Have to remember to have them check my spare. Called AAA to get a trip tick…it’s free and will list all the campgrounds on my route. Have to go pick that up.
    So that’s my day. Hope everyone is well and happy!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      So sorry, DG, that your second try with the blood work didn’t work out. What a hassle. You certainly are checking things off your list, though. There must be some healthy blood flowing through that body of yours! I hope the third time’s the charm. Hang in there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sleep well, Ginger…

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Sounds like a good plan Ginger, getting new hoses etc. Esp. now that the weather is heating up!! Seems that is one time they will go out!! Good breaks are so needed these days…so it is good to hear you will be safer maybe!!

      Sorry about the failed blood draws…is that in part because you cannot drink enough water before going in? If I don’t drink at least 2 glasses of water (12-18 oz) prior to a blood draw it might not go so well either…

      • DesertGinger says:

        Oh I drink lots of water, as much as I can get down. I’ve always been a hard stick but seems to be getting worse and worse. Not sure why.

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