Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada

Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17

1-P1030370Sunrise at Upper Pahranagat Lake, southern Nevada

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1-P1030418The crew walks the road around the lake.

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1-P1030385A peaceful cove in the faint light of dawn

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1-P1030386A closer look shows this truck camper has a private peninsula

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1-P1030393Frequent stops to read the news

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1-P1030374The unmistakeable silhouette of a Great Blue Heron

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1-P1030399New growth and fresh leaves of Spring

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1-P1030397Birds, ducks, geese begin the day on the water, in flight, honking, calling, singing

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1-P1030460Do you know what duck this is?

Click for the answer according to readers.

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1-P1030405Reggie marks a rock.  Bridget waits.

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1-P1030409All this exploring before breakfast!

1-P1030408“It’s a big, beautiful world, Reggie.”

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1-P1030415A kissy canine crew heads back to camp for breakfast.

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1-P1030489Another day begins in the lives of three vagabonds.

rvsue

Canine Corner:  “The End of Another Day of Fun” by Bridget and Reggie

“Reggie.  Stop chewing the face off  that poor armadillo and pay attention.  We have to talk.”

1-P1030432“Sure, Bridgie-baby.  What’s up?”

“You.  You’re what’s up.  Too many times in the night.  RVSue and I need to rest.  Play in the daytime, sleep at night.  Got it?”

“Oh.  Sorry.  (Pause.)  All right.  I’m just so happy, Bridge!”

“Another thing.  You do not call me Bridge or Bridgie-baby.  I’m old enough to be your mother and you should respect your elders.  Call me Miss Bridget or ma’am.  Do you think you can do that, Reggie?”

1-P1030482“Yeah.  I can do that.”

“Yes, ma’am.  I can do that.”

“Oops.  Yes, ma’am.  I can do that.  (Giggles.)  I forgot!”

“Very good, Reggie.  It’s getting late.  Time for us to turn in for the night.  RVSue looks like the walking dead.  More than usual.”

“Now?  But I was having FUN!  I’m not done killing the armadillo!”

“Finish him off in the morning.  It’s time for bed.”

“Okay, Miss Bridget.  Tell me a story first . . . . please?  I love your bedtime stories.  Please, please, please, ma’am, ma’am, ma’am . . . . ”  (Rolls over and acts silly.)

1-P1030481“First get under the covers with me, Reggie.  Comfy?  Good. . . . (Pause.)   Once upon a time–”

“Ooh!  Tell me about Spike!  Tell me the one about when Spike barked at a hundred cows and they were all standing around the camp looking at him real mean and he was surrounded and– ”

“Reggie, calm down.  Let me tell the story.  (Pause.)  Once upon a time there was a dog named Spike.  He was the greatest boondocker that ever–”

“What’s a boondocker, Miss B?”

“Never mind that now, Reggie.  You’ll learn soon enough.  Stop interrupting and let me tell the story . . . . ”

“Oh!  Oh!  Don’t forget the part about how he rescued his beef bone! I love that part!”

(Sigh.)

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292 Responses to Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada

  1. CRedd n Tx says:

    Very nice campsite, and great addition to the crew.
    CRedd n TX

  2. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Number 2??

    • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

      So happy to see the canine corner return…it was one of my favorite parts of your blog. Also, thanks for sharing the campsite at this wildlife refuge, it looks like a lovely place, something I wouldn’t expect to see in southern Nevada. Also is a reminder to get a Nevada Benchmark atlas for my collection!

      Walks around a lake are always our favorite….Guinness’ too!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        And I just happen to have a handy link here . .

        Benchmark Maps: Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas

        🙂

        • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

          I took your hint and went ahead and ordered the Nevada Benchmark atlas this morning….I was a cartographer in my working life and just love spending the winter months pouring over them planning the next trip. We’re headed to Oregon in April, and your post has convinced us to head home through Nevada in May. You should also see a solar shower on your list of Amazon purchases.

          I hope Reggie let you get a nice night’s sleep and you had
          a great stroll around the lake at dawn….

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Reggie did let us have some sleep last night which was wonderful. And yes, we’ve had a stroll along the lake (not around) at dawn. Our routine has changed to accommodate Reggie’s energy level. We take a short walk first thing in the morning. After breakfast is a long walk. Again at dusk, a long walk. Fortunately there are many different trails around here to keep the walks interesting!

            Thanks for ordering a Nevada Benchmark! I saw it on the orders report this morning (at least I think it’s your order). The solar shower hasn’t shown up yet, probably will in the next report.

            BTW, I should mention… This little campground is nice and the refuge is a pretty place, a very convenient stop in southern NV. However, there is a lot of road and desert to cross on a south-north route in NV. Stay with us as we continue further to see how the rest of our travels measure up before changing your plans for the trip home!

            • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

              We’re thinking of entering Nevada in the NW corner on Hwy 140, and checking out the Valley View c.g. on the Sheldon NWR, then heading south to Hwy 50 –the Loneliest Road, then east to Great Basin NP and then on to Utah. Didn’t think to look for a c. g. at Sheldon NWR until seeing your posts. It may still be cold at elevation on this route; many of the NF c.g. will not be open yet in early May…

              We wish we had more time to mosey, like you do, you lucky girl!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, cc and c…. Second place today!

  3. Dawn says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww

  4. Betty Shea says:

    Oh! What a fun post!!!Beautiful pix,great stories….Thank you RVSue and sweet CanineCrew!!

  5. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    Great post with wonderful pictures. It looks so peaceful there!! The bedtime story…or the start of one, brought tears and smiles. I keep looking for the word….I think what it is, is heartwarming. Yeah, that’s the word!
    Hugs and Love to you and the crew

  6. Susan in Dallas says:

    YAY, Canine Corner is back! I hope Bridget tells Reggie about her trip to the Ar-bore-ee-Tum soon! He’ll be so impressed. I’m glad she started out with the best cow story ever.

  7. Ron in Tx says:

    Miss Sue
    I think you have a keeper in mr Reggie ,
    I am happy for you
    Ron

  8. R. in Anza Borrego Desert says:

    Sue, I stayed there on the way to Death Valley in November. My site I think was 8 or 11 or somewhere there a short distance from a pit toilet but it was definitely the site which you show in one of your wonderful photos a truck camper with private peninsula. Love that place and it was free. At that time I was only a camper and it was cold. There are great trails. You can walk all the way around the lakes and to the visitor center. Watch out for those mice that get active at night. I was just thinking about returning there on the way to Great Basin NP. It should be still plenty of snow at Great Basin (at least at higher elevations).

    BTW, I’m #3 today.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      You know how pretty it is here! It’s a very convenient camp when crossing Nevada. Too bad it was cold. It’s very different when the weather is balmy.

      I’m not aware of the mice. Probably because I’m not tent camping. You’re closer to nature in a tent. 🙂

      The walk around the lake is too much for Bridget. Instead I park at one end or the other and we walk half-way around, in the morning and right before sunset.

      Safe travels and sure feet on the trails!

  9. Oh…..I think the duck is a Drake.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Cindy, a drake is a male duck. What kind of duck is it?

      As a teacher would write on your paper.. “incomplete answer.” 😉

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        That is a Mallard isn’t it Miss Sue?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m not sure. I’m going to look up some photos to I.D. it. Maybe another reader will confirm or deny. 🙂

          • Sondra-SC says:

            …my take on the duck is a mallard, the lighting on him is making his neck look more purple, as they have that oil on water iridescence to their feathers…great mood in that shot!

  10. Suzi in MD says:

    Must be allergy season again 🙂 Thank you for sharing your adventures and your crew.

  11. mariah says:

    Sue,

    I just have to laugh. You are just like me when I am out traveling. I usually have no clue about what day of the week it is! Today is Tuesday, March 17, 2015. It doesn’t really matter unless you want to go shopping in a small town and it is Sunday when everything is closed or TAX DAY which is Tuesday, April 15th…LOL.

  12. I loved your blog today. I like it every day but today was extra special. Made me smile too. And what a wonderful way to keep those memories of Spike alive. ….Having Bridget tell Reggie stories about him. It looks like you are camped in a beautiful spot too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betty,

      Thank you. I’m glad you loved this post. It was fun showing my photos and writing Canine Corner. That conversation between Bridget and Reggie has been rolling around in my mind for several days, including the bedtime story bit about Spike and the cows.

  13. gumo says:

    Beautiful header photo. Peaceful transition from the weekend. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, gumo… I am so glad we left the crowded campground to come here. Thank you re the header photo…

  14. Barbara (from Nashville) says:

    I think the duck is a Drake, as well. The photos are beautiful.
    The crew looks so happy and settled. Reggie is fitting in nicely. Gathered he like to play during the night. Hope he stops that soon. All of us need our beauty rest!

    Canine Corner was great. Reggie didn’t appear to be tugging the leash as much in these photos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Every night and early morning, for the first week Reggie was with us, he woke up 4 or 5 times to pounce on my head, lick my face and neck, wiggle on his back and kick me, attack my face, bite my hands.. . . . .

      The last two nights he’s been much better! Hallelujah!

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        I think he just wanted to be sure he wasn’t dreaming!

        • dancer says:

          I agree, I think he just needed to be reassured this was all real. what a wonderful place, I have been to vegas, grand canyon, hover dam and that is when I fell in love with the desert and that is when I said besides little pension is living 6 months there and 6 months I have to be home and no deserts here for sure. I love your journey and the dogs corner, it did bring tears to my eyes. Memories are the strongest heartfelt soul keeping blessings we have. thank you again for sharing.

  15. Tara from Pac NW says:

    What a beautiful, peaceful place. I must go there. I hope there are no generators to disturb everyone. Love the pics of the crew–you are capturing their personalities so well!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tara… Thank you!

      Never fear, my dear, because generators are Not Allowed at this campground. Isn’t that wonderful?

  16. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    OK, stop Bridge. The bedtime story made me cry.

  17. With this camp, and THAT dog, you really done good girl…er…Ma’am…er Miss Sue. Great post.

  18. kgdan says:

    What a beautiful post today in all the best ways!

  19. Debra Larson says:

    It’s great to have canine corner back. Love the pups pictures.

  20. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, happy, happy crew and Sue! Your campsite looks so cozy and beautiful…I noticed your new table at the end of the PTV, looks like you picked just the right size. It is going to be very handy for dishes and dinner chores, and oh what a nice book shelf! I have one I use outside of our trailer, holds everything I do not need inside at the moment. Nice addition for you. Of course, I have to mention how cute the Crew is looking these days, Bridget is doing her best to train Reggie as HER co-pilot and BFF. Thank you for all the great mixture of pictures, puppies, birds, sunrises, and general good feeling that we all get from your appreciation of the world around you….As usual, hugs and kisses all around.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Shirlene, and thank you for the sweet message!

      The table is a great addition to my equipment. I’m going to look for cloth to throw on it as a cover the next time I’m at a thrift store. Vinyl tablecloths blow off too easily and are too big. In the photo I have the red quilt on the table which is the crew’s pallet in the pen. I put it there at the end of the day. I don’t leave it on the ground overnight because it might attract scorpions.

      • dancer says:

        now that you mention that not familiar with scorpions, what if one of the dogs or yourself got a bite from one of them. is it very dangerous. we have rattlers just south of us, and when we go we can get a venom kit just in case.

  21. UPCDebra says:

    Too bad Reggie doesn’t tell us stories about his life BC (Before Crew). But, maybe he will tell us! Was he a gambling man who lost it all in Las Vegas? No, he looks too good for Skid Row and you haven’t mentioned any habits, fears etc. that any down-n-outer might pick up. Photos are making me want to have UPC repaired and get back out on the road (scratch that!) away from it all and into the wilds. Unfortunately have to travel the roads to get there.

    • Pamela K. says:

      LOL, it would be fun to hear Reggie tell his tall tales wouldn’t it?!
      Let’s see… He was a drifter, then ran the streets of Vegas with a pack of randy dog-pals. Got picked up by the law and turned his life around for the better. Along comes Sue and Bridge…his ticket to a perfect life. He does miss those randy dog-pals sometimes but likes being surrounded by babes everyday 🙂
      The End.

      • UPCDebra says:

        Isn’t it wonderful, a dog can be forgiven and reinvent himself, too. But, I really think Reggie is an innocent boy – he was framed! Maybe his story is about a sweet little old retired school teacher who couldn’t care for him anymore so he went to a wonderful foster home until Sue and Bridge needed a new crew member for snuggling and adventures. He is all boy – really does like snuggling with the girls.

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      I would like Reggie to tell us the story about how he got to Vegas from Santa Fe.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Joe, his foster dad, was in Santa Fe at the time Reggie was picked up as a stray. Joe brought him back to his foster home in Las Vegas. I don’t know if Joe pulled him from the pound or what. That may not be precisely correct — I was a bit distracted at PetsMart when Joe told me — but it’s the general gist of how Reggie came to Vegas. In other words, no one went to Santa Fe to get Reggie.

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          Alright, I’m confused again.
          Was Reggie found wandering the streets of Santa Fe or Vegas? If he was found in Santa Fe then he must have some cowboy in him 😉 Now that would be a story if ever there was one. Reggie, a real Santa Fe Cowboy Pup with tales to tell 😉 Thoughts of the Old West come to mind…

  22. Gail says:

    I love to read your posts about the crew’s every day adventures – the one today made me laugh! What a joy Reggie is, even if you do loose a little sleep! He’s just like an excitable young child – thank goodness he has Miss Bridgette to help keep him in hand!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gail,

      Yes, “thank goodness” for Bridget. If I had two Reggie-type dogs I’d be in big trouble!

  23. LoupGarou says:

    Looks like a great spot. Have you considered breaking out your portable kayak?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, LoupGarou,

      Welcome! No, I’m done with that inflatable canoe. It’s too hard to manage (too big and floppy.) I wouldn’t take Reggie out in any watercraft as young and impulsive as he is at this point.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Hey Sue,

        Here’s a way to feed two birds with one spoon. (?) You could put your boat up for auction someplace. Because of your infamy, I bet you could get a pretty penny for it. Then you could put that towards your “Home for Wayward Women” fund for later. Maybe you could leave it with someone like that naked book seller. Be sure to sign it for double the price. Win-Win-Win! While I’m not sure why I get them,…it’s just a thought.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for the ideas, Maple Valley gal. I really do need to remove that unnecessary weight from the PTV since I added the weight of the new table.

  24. Jodee Gravel says:

    Great pictorial of a perfect morning with the crew. Reggie will love the Spikey stories as much as we did 🙂 Nice to see you back at the keyboard Miss Bridget!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Thank you. The Spike bedtime stories are a reward to everyone who has read my old posts. 🙂 When thinking about what to write in the Canine Corner, it seemed natural that Reggie would want bedtime stories and that Bridget would choose to tells stories about Spike whom she adored

  25. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Dear Miss Bridget and Sir Reggie!

    Be sure to make that RV SUE Giggle today! If you don’t, you are not doing your jobs!

    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Miss Barb from Hoquiam,

      It’s a big job keeping RVSue in giggles. She’s so serious! Sometimes Reggie gets on our nerves. Other times he gives us laughs. It all works out.

      Hugs from Pahranagat (Pah-RAN-uh-got),
      Bridget

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        Dearest Bridget,
        Thanks so much for your note! And I would never have known how to say Pahranagat! I would bet you roll your lovely eyes a lot at Reggie… remember he can’t help it, being little 🙂

        Hugs from Hoquiam (Ho-queeeeee-UM) 🙂 Which means ‘Hungry for wood’

        Barb

  26. Karen SC says:

    What beautiful pictures by the lake. That kind of campsite is my favorite. I always see a Blue Heron when I camp at a lake. Just love your Canine Corner. What fun stories you weave.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Karen. I’m happy you get some fun from the Canine Corner. It’s fun for me to write it.

      What’s a lake without a Blue Heron, eh? I don’t know how many there are here since they all look alike, pretty much… I have seen three at one time.

  27. Lisa W says:

    Thank you, Sue. You helped make my morning! I loved the photo essay, the silhouette of the Great Blue Heron was super; wish I could help with the duck, but being a desert rat – – well lets just say ducks are not my strong point.
    Yay, for the return of the Canine Corner. Reggie is quite the character, and Bridget is just the one to help him calm down. AND he is just the one to help her find her youth again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What an upbeat comment, Lisa W. Thank you. It’s nice to have my blog and my crew appreciated.

  28. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    Your pictures are all good this time, but I love the third picture down of the cove. It looks like a postcard. Reggie is full of energy isn’t he. I do believe you are right, Reggie is so happy to be with you and Bridget. He knows he got it right this time. This forever home is going to be the best. I enjoyed the Canine Corner too. Thanks for sharing and be safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jean,

      That’s what the cove (3rd photo) looks like in the dim light of early morning. It was tempting to lighten it up in editing, but I resisted!

      Always a pleasure to see you here . . . .

  29. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Awesome site!

    Why….its a duck…duck! A boy duck!

    Canine corner returns! yay! Spike was the bestest boy! Bridgee looks happy! Reggie looks happy also. He’ll get the routine down soon enough!

    Winds are whipping..snow is flying..well snow and rain! House smells like corned beef. Cabbage, potato, carrots and rice to follow! This girl has to have her rice!

    Have a great day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      St. Patrick’s Day is big in the East and the Northeast with corned beef and cabbage. I’m not surprised you are celebrating . . . and with rice. 🙂

      It’s like New Year’s Day is in the South, only that’s the day for collards and black-eyed peas…

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      More snow?! Oh, no! Someone needs to tap Mother Nature on the shoulder and kindly remind her that Spring is just around the corner. All snow must cease immediately! 🙂

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        Actually Denise, if you live in the west, you welcome snow. We would love it if a late March storm would blanket the Sierras. It’s our water supply, which is dwindling to nothing. I keep saying someone needs to build a pipeline for bringing snow melt west, or just load up a few 747’s and dump it over our Sierras!

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          So true, Velda! I was just thinking about the Midwest and Northeast. All snow needs to be redirected West!! 🙂

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          I just read an article about Tahoe…sad!

          The entire state needs some rain…just not all at once.

  30. Tammy says:

    Hi Sue, Ms. Bridget and Reggie. Another great site you have picked. I was wondering Sue, if you had ever considered writing a children’s book that focuses on the canine crew? I would love to read stories featuring Spike/Bridget and Bridget/Reggie. Have a great day and safe travels.

    • DebsJourney says:

      now that’s a great idea

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tammy,

      A Spike and Bridget children’s book has been suggested a few times. I don’t know. It seems like work to me. A quick Canine Corner now and then is fun.

      I don’t want to work. There, I’ve said it, and I make no apologies. I don’t want to work…

      I’m kidding… Thank you for the compliment within your suggestion.

  31. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Loved your super posting today!!!
    So cute in everyway. Miss Bridge was so polite to turn away while Reggie watered the bushes, lol. And those photos, loved them all, especially the one of the cove before dawn…and the last one of reggie too! So funny to hear Miss Bridget let Reggie know the score…she is certainly into her titles, that’s our girl 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela K.,

      Great, positive comment! You have me smiling…. It’s very satisfying for me when I read good things about a post and photos. Thank you.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        You deserve all the great comments you receive, I should tell you more often but I hold up on it and pick out the most special ones. That way you know it is something that grabbed our attention and left us wanting more 😉 Glad I made you smile 🙂

  32. weather says:

    This post has so much in it ,a lot to take in and for you to put together,thanks for all of that.The first thing that struck me was in the 2nd pic the crew were walking in step with each other.The next was now you added an armadillo to the toy collection 🙂 A wonderful place to wake up to -beauty,wildlife,crew-…Guess from “the walking dead” quip you’re feeling a mite tired around the edges,I can’t see Reggie toning down his energy,though I predict yours will rise to meet it.A great bonus to being around vibrant life,as you well know,is becoming infused with more of it ourselves!

    Bittersweet feelings attached to memories in the bedtime story,I know those are never far from your mind and still always right there in your heart.The sweet parts,still real -perfect,the bitter with it’s pain becoming less so with time and change. I was touched by the thank you note you received for writing to your aunt.Writing things like that letter and today’s canine corner probably give far more than you know or ever will.

    Saturday would have been my wedding anniversary if things hadn’t changed as much as they have.That morning as I looked at the calender kept where we’d always had mail and such a small card slipped out. He’d just added a note”…if I could give you Heaven and Earth I would…no one would appreciate it like you…”. Made me smile all day,still is.My point is that all heroes’ gifts outlive them,what we give others will ,too.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Oh, Weather….hugs, just hugs to you, in remembering…I hope good times past come back to warm your heart today too. You are a dear lady!!

    • DebsJourney says:

      beautiful

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear weather…. about finding a love note on the anniversary of your wedding . . .

      It occurs to me that there’s a way for readers to honor the love you and your husband shared, as well as the love of all readers for partners who have passed on. This idea came to me a long time ago when I was grieving for a loved one and wished I would find a note.

      Here’s the idea for readers… If you are blessed with someone who loves you, write him/her a love note or a few love notes. Hide the notes well. Maybe they will be found soon or maybe much later, after you’re gone. Do it! One last precious gift. . . .

      Thank you, weather, for your sensitive comment. I’m touched by your husband’s message to you . . . and he was right!

      Love you!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      A special message for a special person indeed!

      • weather says:

        Gosh,thanks Cinandjules,as I hold you and your opinions in high regard,seeing your note was a very pleasant surprise.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          I am just one of the many folks who frequent this wonderful blog…encouraging others…whose daily struggles we know nothing about….to let them know…someone else truly cares!

          • weather says:

            Unh-hunh -and flies across the country at the drop of a hat to help family or friends the second they need her,houses wild life and protects critters from blizzards,citizens from crime,Sue from trolls,vets from losing their beloved dog,finds the perfect gift for those she cares about and makes sure they get it,loyal to those you love as you have been on here for years,gets crapped on instead of understood sucks it up like nothing hit her .You’re right,just one of many wonderful people here,still-one I’d drive through hell to help,gladly stand with or go to the mat for anytime,-just so you know.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Yikes! Just so you know…to even it out…I do have a bitchy side! 🙂 Wait…someone crapped on me?

              Your thoughtfulness to everyone here ESPECIALLY Sue doesn’t go unnoticed.

              One of these days, if you want, we can meet up in Rome for lunch at Teddy’s.

            • weather says:

              Rome’s a good call,midway between our lakes,be more fun if we knew the drives home wouldn’t have us skidding over ice,I’ll ask you about it in a month or so 🙂

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              A month? We’re going to have snowbanks until June!

              I thought Oneida Lake was before Rome? Guess it depends on what side of the lake you’re on!

            • weather says:

              Ha!Geesh,I hope your wrong about the snowbanks,yet I wouldn’t bet on it,OK,late June then.Yep,I’m midway down the lake on the north shore,don’t need 81 to get to Rome,just country roads

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Don’t know if you’ll check back in here.

              Hmm….rather narrow? That’s a first!

              Grrrrrrr! Tonight isn’t a good nite so I’ll just ignore it!

      • weather says:

        This morning I did check and will for a couple of days,this should widen the thread in case you choose to add something.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Didn’t quite understand the meaning of that comment.

          Thought I covered it thoroughly without having to cut and paste something from Wikipedia.

          Short and to the point. Ya know! Whatever!

          Thanks.

          • weather says:

            OK,let’s see if I can clear this up a bit.”this should widen the thread” meant give us more room on the page to type if you wanted to say more about meeting for lunch sometime.I wrote that because you said “rather narrow?”.Anyway,if and when you do want to go to Teddy’s,I’d be happy to.Just let me know by replying on whichever of Sue’s posts is current at the time 🙂

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              No that wasn’t toward you!

              It was a comment on the most recent post regarding algae blooms.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I think you meant your comment to go under the next post where you wrote about algae blooms. Ed referred to the column being too narrow for all he wanted to write, so he started a new thread on the same topic. It wasn’t directed toward you.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Ok thanks for the clarification….I took it wrong! My bad!

              Wasn’t a good night!

            • weather says:

              🙂 Oh,I see what’s going on now,though it’s making me go cross-eyed and laughing!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      He is still making you smile. That is precious. God Bless you, Weather.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Oh, Weather, what a sweet surprise to find the loving note from your dear husband. It makes my heart so happy that it brought you so much joy! Sending you loving thoughts and a warm hug!

  33. Calvin R (Ohio) says:

    The mystery bird will be a mallard drake, I think. At first glance, I thought it was a Canada goose, but the colors are more mallard.

    Thanks for the sunrise and dawn pictures. Not enough people realize that a sunrise is not the same as a sunset. The light of pre-dawn and dawn is its kind of own beauty.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R.,

      You’re right about the early light. It’s magical and different than the light of sunset. I have another photo of a sunrise taken at this camp. I didn’t post it because it was too unbelievable. The lake, mountains, and sky turned pink.

      A mallard, huh? Not long ago I grumbled about not seeing a mallard in 30 years and presto! Here he is! 🙂 I’m going to put a link under that photo for people to learn about mallards and hear what they sound like.

      • edlfrey says:

        Does this describe the duck that you have in the photo? I’m not sure, maybe maybe not. It is the “iridescent green head” that I can’t see very well.

        “A male mallard in breeding plumage is instantly recognizable and unmistakable. The bright yellow bill contrasts with the iridescent green head, which is bordered by a white collar midway down the neck. The chest is a rich chestnut and leads to grayish white underparts. The back is grayish brown.”

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Well, I didn’t see the color of the duck’s head either, due to shadow. I saw what you see in the photo. The description you posted makes me realize what it is about this duck that had me hesitant to call it a mallard… “bright yellow bill.” I don’t see that! Maybe the bill turns yellow in breeding season?

          The rest sounds right… the chest and back colors, the white collar..

          Another thing… The duck in the photo looks more slender with an elongated neck.. I think of mallards as being chunkier. But what the heck else could it be but a mallard?

          • weather says:

            Northern Shovelers(and no ,I don’t mean Cinandjules or myself) look just like the bird in your photo.Use the link in the post,use their similar species arrow,click on that name and look at each shot,compare the angle and light on the birds to your own to see why they appear slightly different and you’ll see what I mean.The name means northern america, not states,their range includes where you are.

          • edlfrey says:

            Sue,

            Using Yahoo Search “mallard drake images” I see a mallard drake in the same pose as in your picture (4th row -center). I do believe that your duck is in fact a mallard drake and the dark head is because of shadows as you said.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            weather and Ed…. I looked at the Northern Shoveler… The white body isn’t right. However, the head and beak do look like a match.

            Maybe I found a hybrid of Mallard and Shoveler!

  34. PookieBoy in houston says:

    HA…well you snuck this post in on me while I wasnt watching but noticed it when doing a post on your last blog…..
    you are in a spot that I call Heaven……good weather, good camping spot, good friends….it dont get any better than that….
    thanks for posting.
    chuck

  35. AlanOutandAbout says:

    One of your best posts ever Sue. The photos are wonderful and canine corner just makes me cry. Seeing Bridget and Reggie getting along so well just warms the heart. I do like Sir Reginald though for his formal name. It just seems so appropriate.
    I am not sure that is a mallard. It looks a little like one except I can’t see the bright blue badge on the wing that marks a mallard drake.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Alan, for the great compliments! That makes my day. 🙂

      I’m not sure about mallard either. I’ll go with it until someone makes a convincing argument otherwise.

      • Pamela K. in GA says:

        Yep, that’s a Mallard. I have many photos of them on my Flickr page. They are very common all around Lake Allatoona, GA and Weiss Lake, AL. Did you know…they mate for life! If you see one alone then they are either too young for mating or have lost their life-partner. The Drakes are very protective of their mates and are most often out in front to fend off any dangers ahead. I loved watching them at our lake. They would visit my paddle boat when I would take it out but most are very shy of people. Geese, on the other hand, are very friendly and can even be uninvited pests at times but I love them just the same. I used to feed them all at morning and at evening until the Corps of Engineers posted that we couldn’t do that anymore. Most of us would sneak and do it anyway 😉 They’re just so cute!

  36. wa_desert_rat says:

    You have a remarkable talent for finding great boondocking spots. Of course, a small RV helps a lot. Even so, time after time, you end up for a few days in some of the most beautiful – cheap – places possible.

    Reggie sure is a cutie.

    Craig

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Craig,

      I didn’t find this camp because of any special talent. Word of mouth — on the internet — pointed me to Pahranagat. I will admit we do seem to camp in beautiful and inexpensive or free places a lot!

      Thanks for the positive comment.

  37. Ron Sears says:

    I think I like this spot you have on the lake better than anything I’ve ever seen you post…The kids look like they are enjoying each other and you…life is good…be safe..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ron,

      Many times over the past 3+ years readers have said “This is the best of all your camps.” 🙂 I’m happy to show you what you feel is the best.

      You be safe, too.

  38. Applegirl NY says:

    Wonderful, peaceful campsite, and green! Spring is around the corner! I feel warmer, just from gazing upon your pictures.

    Love the kissy picture. What a couple of cuties. Reggie will help keep everyone fit and in shape. Maybe I need to get a younger dog too! (not at this time)

    I enjoyed re-reading the Chisholm trail post. You have taken us on many great adventures, Sue and Crew. Thanks, again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Applegirl . . . .

      About the kissy photo. Bridget had a habit when walking on-leash next to Spike of giving him a quick kiss as they trotted along, side-by-side. That photo shows the moment when Reggie spontaneously scampered over to Bridget and gave her a kiss as they trotted along, side-by-side. A special moment for me . . .

      Thanks for the feedback on the Chisholm Trail post. I wasn’t sure if anyone would click that link.

  39. Tina says:

    LOL! That is so funny and that Reggie is just so precious. 🙂

    Thanks for the smile on my face. What a really nice, relaxing place to camp. Those pictures look great.

    Tinabeane

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Tina, and thanks for the compliment on my photos.

      People tend to use this campground for an overnight. They arrive in the afternoon and leave first thing in the morning. Maybe they’re on a schedule and have to be somewhere else. I’m glad we can stay!

  40. Fantastic pics….great dialogue. …heartwarming crew conversation. ….AHHH!!! loved it ……thank you for your entertaining on going adventures. …cheers

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Leslie. Wonderful to hear from you again!

      I love writing dialogue for the crew. It puts me inside their little noggins. 🙂

  41. kris says:

    Sue, is there somewhere I can look up the “stats” on your rig? I.E., solar? If so, how many panels? Batteries? How many? More than 2….where do you store them? Propane? How much? Fresh water capacity? How many days in a row can you stay out…..and what resource is it that brings you back in to civilization? I’m very interested in stuff like that……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kris,

      First off… Go to the header and look at the pages under Solar. You will see the specs on my 200 watt panel and also the batteries and battery box which is mounted inside the PTV, over the right rear tire.

      Here is a link to Casita Travel Trailers, specifically the page about the Liberty Deluxe. The BLT is the 17-foot model and has most of the upgrades (I chose not to have a furnace, nor an electric hitch jack). When you click the link and the page opens, scroll down to the button for 17-footer “optional add-ons.” You will see tank capacities there. I add to my water storage by filling 8 one-gallon jugs with drinking water.

      How long can I stay “out?” I don’t know because I’m not trying to push the limits here, just enjoying life. And that means I’m ready and able to go to a store or other supply place about once a week (in the PTV, leaving the BLT behind.) One thing that has surprised me is how easy it is to keep supplied with necessities and goodies as well as take care of tanks while moving from boondock to boondock, some of them quite isolated. At this point I have no desire to sit in one place for a month or more at a time without going into “civilization.” I probably could do it, but there’s no point in it. At most places one is supposed to move after 14 days anyway.

      Hope this is the info you’re looking for. My pleasure to answer questions…

  42. DebsJourney says:

    Oh Sue… you got me,
    Just broke down and had another cry. The moment Bridge started the story of Spike, my eyes welled up.. sigh I do this a bunch… I’m fine and dandy even happy then whamo it’s thoughts of Mark and boo hoo time. Mark loved when I read your blog out loud and how cool Spike and Bridget were. Missing him so much while selling stuff and cleaning up this place to sell and get on the road by I am hoping May or for sure june.
    Love reading your blog and it’s like being there
    Reggie is precious and you must be just totally falling deeper and deeper
    🙂 Deb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sweet Deb. . . . I had no idea the connection between you and your husband and my blog. I can see how this post would bring back tender memories and stir up your grief. Those were happy times, you reading the antics of Spike and Bridget to him.

      Gee, May and June are not far off . . . Good luck with your sales and planning…

      As always, thanks for writing from the heart. I love reading your comments, even though they’re sometimes sad… “It’s like being there.” 🙂

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Hi Deb, That is a touching story you tell. We are all watching you, and hoping for the best for you. Can’t wait to see where life takes you. Blessings.

      • DebsJourney says:

        Thank you 🙂 This group of blogerino’s are the best. I feel like we are all friends and it’s extra special when we share here. I’m seriously thinking of starting my own youtube channel and get a gopro and video my travels, my journey. I’m looking forward to this entire new lifestyle.

        • Shirlene says:

          Yes Deb, get a Go-Pro and keep us with you…we are as big a part of you as you are of us….Your journey will be awesome, because it will be YOURS…

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sending you a hug, Deb! You are in my prayers.

      • DebsJourney says:

        Hi Denise,
        sending that hug back 🙂 much love

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Sending some blessings for things going smoothly as you prepare to enter this next adventure of your life, Deb!! Will be glad to hear all about how things go…so keep us all posted here!!

  43. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Darling funny photos of the doggies…looks like the little guy is going to keep you and Bridget more busy!! Bridget will be getting so thin having to take all those walks and hikes!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      This little guy has calmed down a bit since his first days with us. He’s still an Energizer Bunny though. Love his curiosity!

      As for Bridget and me losing weight with the extra exercise keeping up with Reggie… You know how it goes… We have bigger appetites!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Well, ok…building muscles then!! That is supposed to be a good thing too!! 🙂

  44. Laurie in NC says:

    Great camping spot and beautiful pictures of the lake. Canine Corner made me laugh out loud! I can just hear the two of them talking!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laurie,

      I get a kick out of readers telling me my post made them laugh. What a fantastic thing to do from my laptop inside the BLT, sitting here next to a lake in Nevada… and you start laughing in North Carolina…

      🙂

  45. Hal & Loretta says:

    I have really enjoyed your blog since I recently started reading it. We have been by this lake at least twice and haven’t stopped. We quite often travel through Nevada on our way to warmer climes in the winter. I pledge to make it more of a “mosey” from here on out. Thanks for the pictures and insights, Hal

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to my blog, Hal & Loretta! I’m happy to see you here!

      If you want to know how to mosey, you’ve come to the right place. I’m The Queen of Mosey. Usually we don’t even leave a new campsite for the first two or three days… not even a trip to the Visitors Center. Ha! Like I used to say to students who took their sweet time walking to class… “If you went any more slowly, you’d be going backwards!” That’s me and my crew!

      You don’t say where you are from — doesn’t matter whether you’re from Canada or one of the northern states — I wish you many slow journeys to warmth, fully enjoying and appreciating what you find along the way.

  46. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Sue,
    Just left you a reply about the Mallard Duck… I simply adore them!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Saw it! Consider the mallard photo just for you… 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        Awww, yes, that’s sweet! Thanks 🙂

        You, Bridge, Reggie, Dinner Out with Green Mint Milkshakes for dessert on St. Patty’s Day…it doesn’t get any better than that 🙂

  47. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    To read Canine Corner and see the TWO of them walking side-by-side almost brought me to tears because a nice part of my life has been restored! Thank you!

  48. Timber n' me says:

    Great story Miss Bridget,, Heh, Heh, HRR Bridget, take it easy on Reggie, He’s new to this way of life, Someday You’ll need him to protect you and Sue,,,,,,,, Timber

  49. Lynn Brooks says:

    Beautiful pictures of the lake & the puppies!!!
    That Reggie — he’s a handful!!!
    I’m sure he’ll get the knack of sooner rather than later – and he’s got his big sister, Bridget, to show him the ropes!!
    They are so stinking cute!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynn,

      We came back from a very long walk a few minutes ago. The kind where you stumble on stuff at the end because you can’t lift your feet up high enough to get over that pebble. Ha! I drive us back to camp, lift Reggie out of the PTV, and he pulls on the leash wanting to go on another dadgum walk!

      Right now he’s curled up on the bed where I deposited him. He’ll be conked out in a minute.

  50. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    I might have missed it, but being at a body of water made me think….has Reggie shown any interest in water like Spike?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      I walked Reggie to the water’s edge. He stepped in, took a few laps of water, then stepped out. Not afraid, which is a good sign. I don’t think he has any experience with water, other than what is in a dish.

  51. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Whenever I hear the word drake, it reminds me of a joke.

    This is an Adult joke so if they make you uncomfortable, cover your ears. 😉

    A young male bird went looking for a mate that was just right. He saw a bird on a perch that began cooing “I’m a dove….I want to love…” He was hoping for something else. Then he came across a bird wading at the shoreline that sung “I’m a loooon..I want to spoooon” He then realized what he really wanted. Floating by, on the lake, a bird saw his eager gaze and quacked at him “I’m a drake!! You made a mistake!!”

  52. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Oh Sue the campground around tha lake is so very beautiful! Just love it! And the doggie story is so right on, aren’t they the cutest! Thanks for all the joy. Take Care Sue and Crew.

  53. Mert in ky says:

    He is such a handsome little guy. Love it!

  54. Don in Okla says:

    Hi Sue and Crew
    A quick question. How old is Reggie and will he get much bigger? Such a fine pal you have found. So glad for you and Bridget.
    Don in Okla.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      Reggie was found as a stray on the streets so no one can say his age with certainty. I was told by the Adopt a Rescue Pet (ARP) organization that he is 3 years old. I assume that age was estimated by the vet during his examination. I suspect Reggie is younger than that.

      My guess is he won’t grow taller. He will fill out more. Gosh, he weighs nothing! My purse weighs a lot more than Reggie!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Some dogs, like my baby Chloe, retain their “puppy” qualities till they are much older. Virtually everyone she meets assumes Chloe is a puppy because of her boisterous, playful nature. At her vets they always say “it’s the happy girl!” My neighbor says her name should be ‘?Joy’. But she is 8. She also has a baby face, like Reggie. Vets are usually pretty accurate on age guesses..I think they largely use their teeth as a gauge. I bet you Reggie still has the same puppy attitude and look 5 years from now.

        • Don in Okla says:

          Thank you for the information. He just acts so much like a youngster I figured he was not as old. But maybe he never had a chance to be a puppy when living on the streets. Now he has his chance. How great is that!!!

  55. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Love this post and the pictures! Especially the sunrise and heron shots. I know what you mean about unbelievable sky color at sunrise and sunset. Yesterday morning as I was driving into work, the sky was a brilliant fushia, the ribbons of clouds were a soft violet color. I was wishing I had my camera with me and the time to stop to capture the beauty. When I got to work, I found my friend who also enjoys photography, to exclaim excitedly, “Did you see that sky this morning?!!” Last night, the sunset turned the sky a deep, clear, bright red. Gracie and I sat on the patio on our swing to admire the awe inspiring gift.

    Bridget and Reggie are absolutely adorable! That little kiss made me smile – so sweet! Loved the Canine Corner installment! Bridget is doing an awesome job in teaching Reggie the rules and sharing the loving memories of Spike. Bridge and Reg really compliment each other. If you look back at the last few posts, in most pictures, they are shadowing each other’s stance, leading with the same paw, or have their heads cocked the same way. They seem to be mimicking each other…just like old, close friends or family or a content couple. Weather noticed it, too. Just one more happy confirmation that Reggie is a good match! 🙂

    Sending you wishes for a peaceful night! Thank you for sharing your blog, pictures, and adding the links of interest. You are greatly appreciated! Love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂 N’nite!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      N’nite, Denise and Gracie pup! I hope you have a peaceful night, too

      I enjoyed your comment, as I always do. About the crew shadowing each other. I have a photo of the two of them on their leashes. They stopped and looked to the right, exactly the same angle. I should include that in a future post.

  56. Glenda in OZ! says:

    This post brought a huge smile to my face Sue……….

  57. Renee (Datil/Noirth Ranch) says:

    Love the photos (my, Reggie’s a tiny little guy!), LOVED Bridget’s bedtime story about Spike. Sitting here with tears in my eyes…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      Reggie is small. That photo of him squirming around on his back next to Bridget makes her look bigger, so Reggie looks even smaller than he is. He’s the smallest dog I’ve ever had. I hold him in my arms belly up and I feel like I’m holding a newborn baby. Thanks for the feedback on the Canine Corner. Have a good night. . .

  58. Cynthia says:

    Dear Sue
    You made me cry. Not a sad cry…a loving cry.
    What a talent you have. What a gift Spike was.
    Thank-you.
    Cynthia & Scout (the rattie)
    (Ps we are having our little road trip adventure in April, driving from Vancouver to L.A. to visit my dear cousin!)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cynthia. I hope you have plenty of time for your road trip next month. So much to appreciate on the way! Thank you for writing.

  59. K & B in CO says:

    What a nice campground, and your photos really bring out the best of the day and the canine crew. We enjoy your blog. Thanks and Cheers!!

  60. DesertGinger says:

    I love that last pic of Reggie’s face. And I loved canine corner. Very cute. I’m going to bed early as I had a massage today and am so relaxed. Busy day tomorrow, too. I have so many projects to work on and I don’t make much headway; I’m kinda slow. I’m supposed to be retired, right?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Have a productive day, Ginger. Hope you don’t overdo it. Thanks for the nice words about this post.

  61. Deborah says:

    Great post! Loved all if it! Great photos and even better verbiage! Best yet – everyone’s happy! Yay, yay, yay!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Deborah. You remind me that I have a lot to cheer about. I hope you do, too!

  62. AZ Jim says:

    Great blog entry Missy. I can tell from your pics that the two crew members are getting along. I bet Bridge is a patient boss and leader with little Reggie. I’m happy it’s working out as it seems to be doing. I guess as much “trouble” Reggie is you’d give him to the first person who asked, huh? *wry smile* Keep that wagon rollin….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Bridget and Reggie are getting along great! This morning we came in from the daybreak walk and Reggie was so happy it was time for breakfast that he was hopping around this little space, jumping on Bridget’s head . . . Bridget didn’t snap or growl, just let him express his happiness in his energetic way.

  63. Marilu from Northern California now near Lone Pine, Can. says:

    Wonderful blog post! It was so much fun going back and reading the Chisholm Trail link. Blogorinos, if you haven’t clicked on it, give yourselves a treat. Its an “RV Sue Classic”! Of course the sweet Canine Corner brought happy/sad tears to my eyes. Wishing you a tired little Reggie 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      Thank you for your words about the Spike-and-a-hundred-cows post. I did enjoy writing that one and it’s good to know it “stands the test of time.” Gosh, that was a funny day.

      I’ll be searching to see where in Canada is Lone Pine. 🙂

    • Shirlene says:

      I love Lone Pine, and Independence and BIG PINE!!!!!!…The BBQ place in Big Pine was voted the BEST in the States….really…that little beside the road place in the center of town…it was on TV here in So. Cal.

      • Marilu from Northern California now near Lone Pine, Ca. says:

        Wow, we’ll stop at the BBQ place for lunch. Thanks, Shirlene

  64. Wendy in Thailand says:

    Loved it all, the now and the remembering. And reading all the comments, you have created a beautiful place in blog land. Stay safe you three.

  65. weather says:

    Hope if you were awakened by having your head pounced on by tiny paws that you’d slept long enough to enjoy it this morning,Sue.My troupe were all happy before sunrise and,thankfully,at the moment are a bit more subdued than they’ve been during the last couple of days.It had gone above 50 degrees here and we’d all taken full advantage of that. Back to wind howling outside,whistling through the windows and echoing down the chimney as I type.The constant temperature changes have made all the ice crackle into fragments that the bright sunlight’s dazzling across,the other surfaces have a fresh perfect thin covering of snow beginning to freeze and reflect colors,too- a spectacle of lights with dramatic music.

    Your diamonds are atop water strewn with beautiful waterfowl song which I know you prefer and simply love to be near.What a world we live in-day in one part,night in another,with scenes just as diverse .I can’t get over Reggie now having the chance to be in so much of it ,and am still so grateful every day that you finally can,too.I laughed in happiness for you when I read about tired legs and feet tripping over pebbles because so much new fun-filled action’s becoming constant.My God,I’m glad you kept reaching through…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I, too, am glad I “kept reaching through” — reaching through the tangle to find Reggie, reaching through the grief to want him with us, reaching through the years of work and preparation to arrive at a place of pure happiness, reaching through the veil to know Who loves me forever!

      A while back a comment you made sent me searching for Kinkade’s paintings and your descriptions today paint pictures much like those. I remember talking chimneys and whistling windows, the perfection of pristine snow, crystalline colors, winter’s light, ice diamonds… because you bring it to me. Thank you!

      Yes, what a world we live in! I’m glad it includes your joyful troupe and you.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Weather and Sue,

      Your comments made my eyes mist up with happy tears. Hope you both have a great day! 🙂

  66. Susan in Dallas says:

    Canine Corner – “RV Sue looks like the walking dead. More than usual.” (Said Bridget lovingly 🙂 Don’t know how I missed this the first time. Good thing I was done with my coffee, I might have choked on it! Funny, funny, funny writing.

  67. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning to you Sue and Reggie and HRH, as I sit here with my cold cup of coffee that got cold as I read the comments….love them all. I can feel that your heart is again full and happy, and see it in your pictures. Your journey to fill your heart fully again has been my journey with you and I have been ever so happy to be on it with you…It comes at a perfect time, Spring, time for renewal and rebirth of the many things that make us go AHHHH. Enjoy your day with hugs from So. Cal.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Shirlene,

      You have “cold coffee syndrome,” too? It happens to me a lot as I read comments each morning. 🙂 I pull Reggie out of the way of the keyboard, type a little, pull Reggie out of the way of the keyboard, sip my coffee, pull Reggie out of the way . . . .

      • Shirlene says:

        LOL….Yep I get that, usually me cat when I work from home…she likes to add her little edits to the keyboard as she walks along it…I LOVE REGGIE…you needed him.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          ah you who can have pets are so fortunate indeed!! Some day…maybe we will be someplace where we can again have a lovely doggie!!

          • Shirlene says:

            Elizabeth, That would be my blessing for you since pets make you live longer and richer lives. How they make you laugh….and get off the couch…!!! LOL.

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Truer words never spoken, Shirlene!! Dogs are such funny creatures!! Thank you for that blessing…very nice!!

  68. Janet says:

    😉 😉 😉 😉

  69. Tammy Mahoney says:

    I’m so happy you have Reggie and your blog is once again that happy place I go to on my breaks from my desk job. Safe travels RvSue and Crew.

  70. R. in Anza Borrego Desert says:

    Sue, I’m sorry to say this but you won’t get any credit for my Kindle. I gave Borrego Springs’ post office address but it was sent by UPS. Had to cancel a whole order but as soon as I see refund to my credit card I’ll be placing through your blog a new order and this time with UPS store address. Gosh, I have to drive all the way to Temecula or Indio and pay additional $5.00. I need my Kindle.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate you trying, R.! I’ve had the same thing happen using General Delivery. Very frustrating. Good luck getting your Kindle with UPS! It should come through okay. Thanks for thinking of me with your order.

  71. R. in Anza Borrego Desert says:

    Did you see any snow geese at the refuge? Are Bridget and Reggie enjoying birds?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t think I’ve seen snow geese. There are geese that I hear and don’t see as they’re at the north end of the lake beyond the campground where it’s marsh.

      Bridget and Reggie don’t notice the birds. 🙂

  72. Shawna says:

    I believe that duck is a male mallard. Beautiful birds! Love that little Reggie, too. He is just the sweetest little thing. He will thank you many times over for rescuing him.

    Love your new campsite. I am putting this lake on my “to-see” list. Definitely want the spot that the guy in the truck and camper has 🙂 What a lovely place to spend a day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shawna,

      Good to see you here again! Reggie has made quite an impression on my blog. He is a sweet boy. Today we were walking on a trail and he was startled by a leaf blown in our path. Nearly jumped into my arms!

  73. Joe in Homestead FL says:

    I finally got caught up with your blog. So happy you found your new crew member.

  74. Marilu from Northern California now near Lone Pine, Ca. says:

    Hi Sue,
    If you do head up the eastern side of the Sierras buy groceries before getting to Lone Pine. Prices here are through the roof and the veggies are withered. I guess when there is only one place to shop they can charge what they want.
    Looking forward to your next adventure with the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilu,

      I remember that grocery store in Lone Pine…The only “game” in town and they know it. I think there’s a good grocery in Bishop… Bit of a drive though!

    • Shirlene says:

      Marilu, if you stop at that BBQ place in Big Pine, drop me a note here and let me know how it is…We won’t be in the area until the end of May, but it is going to be one of our destinations…Enjoy the lovely place you are now, and know that I am jealous. We will be camping this weekend, but not quite that far out…Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave desert…

  75. BadgerRickInWis says:

    This place is amazing. First I receive this post and after a quick read find myself shifting from sighs, to smiles, to tears. All in the course of a few hundred words.

    Than after fighting through the tyranny of commerce for a day and a half I come back to read through the comments and the same thing happens all over again. You started out thinking that you were going to share how to enjoy life more by living on less but what you have created here is oh, so much more. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Rick. Thank you for appreciating my blog and the people who enrich it. I’m also amazed!

  76. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Holy WOW! 255 messages and still counting!

    That old Reggie has sure put us in a sunshiny mood! LOL

    I was just reading a bit of other posts, and it truly is, such a delight to take an ‘armchair campout’ around the country for just a few minutes after a long day!

    Thank you Sue!

    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barb. Always pleased to know my blog has value for someone. Thanks for letting me know. . . . Have a peaceful evening…

  77. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Nite nite sleep tight….until lil Reggie decides to pounce!

    Laughter coming from within the BLT at night…must sound like there’s a party going on!

    Rock on!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Reading your comment my mind went ahead of your words, thinking of Reggie… “Nite nite sleep tight, don’t let the Bed Bug bite”…

  78. Rita from Phoenix says:

    Ah yes….the pounce on the head….I remember those well…maybe Ralphie and Reggie are brothers LOL Reggie looks so much like Ralphie…makes me think by Reggie’s actions and pounce on head and playfulness that he might be around a year old. Ralphie got a tad bigger but not much. I do love Bridget and Reggie together although like most blogorinos I am still grieving for Spike. One of the Blogorinos said she read your post to her husband before he pass away….like her I lost a sister about the same time Spike died. So sad but life goes on….I believe Reggie has put a smile on everyone’s face…hooray for that.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      And I received all that sympathy for my dog when you lost a sister and other readers lost their spouse. Yes, life goes on and there are reasons to smile and laugh. . .

      Reggie isn’t pouncing on my head as much as he first did. I have learned a few techniques to signal him that I know he’s there, that, yes, I love him, and no, we’re not going to play, we’re going to go back to sleep! 🙂

  79. Dawn in MI says:

    I love that story too. Night Reggie, night RV Sue, night Miss Bridget.

  80. Casitagirl in NY says:

    Love this post and all the comments. I can’t believe not one person has mentioned that you might want to correct the dates in your headline – too much Reggie /Bridget love to notice, I imagine!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Casitagirl,

      I don’t know what my problem is lately with dates! I check the calendar in the lower right hand side of my laptop screen and then I type the wrong date. ???

      Thanks for setting me straight. I fixed it.

  81. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Dates??

    Retirement has its way of making everyday a day with no specific date. We’re lucky to remember what month it is!

  82. weather says:

    My oh my,this morning seems like someone shouted “Roll-Call!”. First each of my little feathered and furred ones started the day singing,prancing and nuzzling with even more than their usual verve,like they couldn’t wait to get our day started.So I stepped outside to see what they knew that I didn’t yet and walked into another whole realm of voices.A nesting place hunt is going on here,each bird calling loudly for it’s mate to come look at a place they’ve found.Now I open this page and see what a real crowd looks like,wow!

    Good morning,Sue,thanks for making your blog such a prize of a campsite 🙂 One pulls in and finds an oasis from “it all” if needed and a pocket full of pleasures at once! I love the picture of Reggie startled by a blowing leaf in his path,he has a world of new to meet.Nice how watching another see something for the first time can make us not take for granted what really is amazing,isn’t it?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Reveille at your house isn’t a bugle call, it’s “singing, prancing and nuzzling” from your beloved troupe! What a wonderful way to start the day . . . .

      Thank you for appreciating this blog and the community that meets here. The crew and I travel on “nesting place hunts” and call out in this blog… “Come look at the place we’ve found!”

      You saw the similarity when you wrote your comment. 🙂

      Reggie is looking out the back window at the waves. I wonder what he is thinking.

      OMG, two ducks are swimming by… a male and female Mallard, no question about those two!

  83. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, my coffee was so good this morning that I think I will have another…I hope your morning with your best friends makes you want more everyday. Can’t wait for more pictures of the Crew. Thank you for being here for us to visit…I will be camping this weekend, Red Rock Canyon in Mojave. I hope we are both blessed with good Weather…(pun intended)..ha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Shirlene. I thought we’d be in that area at this time. We took a little detour to find Reggie and now there’s a great big desert to cross!

      Have a fantastic weekend camping, hiking, looking at the stars, enjoying each day to the fullest. I look forward to hearing about it as we may camp there, too.

      My second cup of coffee will have to wait. We didn’t go on a pre-breakfast walk and now the crew is jumping around, wanting to go…..

      • Shirlene says:

        I am glad you took the detour, it has meant the world to you and your blogorinos….Good thing our paths did not cross again, I can only restrain myself so much! It is supposed to be in the 80’s this weekend, so you may have to skip this area this year and look for cooler routes. Oh, just kidding about restraining myself, right?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yeah, the detour meant I missed the flowers, but I did gain a squiggly, squirmy, kissy, crew member!

    • Marilu from Northern California now near Lone Pine, Ca. says:

      We were just at Red Rock, Shirlene. Take your camera. The wild flowers are out! What a variety:))

  84. Loved every word, every photograph, every comment! But my favorite was the early morning photo! Thank you for sharing!

  85. Shirlene says:

    Hey Blogorinos, if any of the RVSue Nation is in Red Rock Canyon Ricardo Camp Ground, stop by and say hi…Coleman Pop-up Trailer with gray Ford Escape. Sorry I missed you Marilu, would have been nice to say Hi.

  86. CherylL5156 from MI says:

    Just a quick (maybe) comment…I think I’ve only written once or twice here. Am enjoying all of your blogging, Sue. And, enjoy the blogorinos, too! About Reggie…he’s the spittin’ image of my dog, Joe. He’s Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, about 5 years old and just as active now as when we got him. He was 4 mos. old and fit in the palm of our hand. He was supposed to try and put some life into our Japanese Chin, Bubba. It worked for a while, but sadly, he left us last year. It was his time…he had a heart murmur that continually worsened and we could tell he was ready, God bless him. So, good luck in hoping Reg’ slows down much at all in the near future. But, our guy is a love and I’m grateful for him every day. He’s keeping my husband and I out and active and that’s a good thing. Forgot to mention that the “spittin’ image” stops with Joe being pure black with a small white spot on his upper chest! It’s the ears, tail, and body shape that’s exactly alike, along with the ENERGY!! 🙂 Have fun with both Bridgette and Reggie! Also, thanks for all of your work on this blog. I look forward to each and every post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cheryl. Writing this blog is enjoyable mostly because of readers like yourself who let me know they look forward to my posts. Thank you.

      Time will tell with Reggie’s energy level. He has settled down a little bit. He probably will be like your Joe. 🙂

      I’m sorry Bubba’s health declined. It’s tough to let go of someone who loves you unconditionally. You have my sympathy.

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