People, dogs, and even a bird one meets in a campground

Let’s do something different in this post, okay?

p1140496-001Road between Ponderoasa Grove and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, southern Utah

Most anyone who RVs will tell you how easy it is to meet interesting people in campgrounds.

Over the course of our camp at Ponderosa Grove Campground, west of Kanab, Utah, I uncharacteristically engage in conversation with several, fellow campers.  Reggie makes friends, too.  He always does that with everyone he meets.

In this post I introduce a few of the people and dogs that Reggie and I had the good fortune to encounter recently.

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Meet Jan . . .

Jan is a full-time, solo van dweller.  She pulls into Ponderosa Grove Campground and parks her Pleasureway Class B RV in a nearby campsite.  Soon we exchange hellos.  I like her immediately.

“Solo” isn’t exactly correct.  Jan travels with a pal named Chicken . . .

Chicken, the kestrel!

He’s a beauty!  Jan explains that the male kestrel has bluish wings while the female’s are the same red as the body feathers.

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Jan is a licensed falconer. 

Although Chicken keeps an eye on me, he doesn’t show stress at my presence.  Reggie barking from below does cause him to “talk back” by extending his wings and fanning his tail.  Isn’t he gorgeous?

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You can learn more about kestrels and listen to their sounds at the All About Birds website.

Jan has read this blog for a long time, so she knows me already.  We share a lot in common, including enjoyment of simple living, love of nature, ability to entertain ourselves, and joy in the freedom to move whenever we feel like it.

Jan is also accompanied by two lovely Saluki hounds.

In the photo below, Summer is on the left and Jooba (or Jooma — Sorry, Jan, I don’t remember!) is on the right.

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The hounds in their dignified maturity aren’t very interested in Reggie’s invitation to play.

This doesn’t stop the Reggie Man from trying!

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Meet Kim . . .

Kim and her canine pal, Bella, share an apartment in St. Louis.  Together they escape the city for months at a time, car camping around the west and into Mexico.  Actually, they aren’t “car camping.”  They camp in a pick-up truck with a topper over the truck bed.

Reggie falls head-over-paws for Bella!

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Kim and I talk while Reggie puts the moves on Bella.

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Kim is an avid tennis player.  One day, while walking away from the court, she collapses.

From that point on, her life turns upside down and inside out.

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Kim learns she has ovarian cancer — stage 2c.  Far from home at the time, her doctor suggests she go home to be near family and friends.

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Kim shares how panicked she was on that drive.

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She goes through surgery and treatment, suffering the dreadful side effects.

“I decide I’m not going to let cancer stop me.  I put the cancer out of my mind and go camping in Mexico for the winter!  Call it denial.  Whatever.”

She smiles and adds,  “Denial works for me!”

I’m impressed by the positives Kim intersperses throughout her story.  As she talks and answers my questions, she runs a hand through her beautiful, thick, brown hair.  (It came back!)

“I’m approaching my five-year anniversary, cancer-free!” she announces proudly.

I’ll remember Kim’s inspiring story. 

Most of all, I’ll remember how she glows with life.

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The next morning is very cold — too cold for camping in a truck.  Understandably Kim packs up, and she and Bella leave early, before Reggie and I have a chance to say goodbye.

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Meet Pauline . . .

This post introduces you to two fellow travelers, Jan and Kim.  This next “traveler” is my sister, Pauline.  She travels to our hometown in New York state every year, although she’s not an RVer.  She’s also traveled some very “rough roads.”

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Some of you are familiar with Pauline’s vibrant and loving personality through comments she has made on this blog over the past five years.  Maybe you read my post of August 14, 2011, “Greetings from rural Mississippi,” where I wrote about my visit with Pauline and family.

Three years my elder and light years ahead of me in faith, Pauline is a breast cancer survivor.  I bring Pauline into this post to congratulate her because October marks her five-year anniversary, cancer-free!

Hooray for Pauline!

“Corinth Today,” the local newspaper in northeast Mississippi, recently featured Pauline in an article titled, “Breast Cancer Did Not Steal Rienzi Woman’s Joy.”

(Note:  Just so you know . . . . Pauline has beautiful hair.  She doesn’t like the photos because they were taken before she could fix her hair after water aerobics class.)

“Happy Anniversary, Pauline!  I love you!”

Coming up . . . .

I hope you enjoy these “snapshots” of fellow travelers, both human and canine.  I’ll continue with more campers in a future post!

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p1140609NOTE:  My birthday yesterday was wonderful in a quiet, relaxed way.  Thanks for the wishes. Reggie and I celebrated with a drive through Kanab Canyon, followed by a classic RVSue meal of rotisserie chicken, enjoyed at our picnic table under the pines.

Of course we had birthday cake, too — white with buttercream frosting —  my favorite!

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248 Responses to People, dogs, and even a bird one meets in a campground

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO RACHEL! TIED FIRST PLACE!

      • Rachel Smith says:

        I did? Hey! I did! Well what do you know! Lol. I was just being silly, I guess I should have posted my second remark, as a reply to my first one. I was teasing you about Talking and Socializing with people. Evidently, that Reggie is teaching you all kinds of new things. How to dive right in, why walks are so important, and now, how to get out and meet folks!

        My Macha is an ambassador too. I get smiles every where I go!
        By the way! Happy belated Birthday! I’m glad it was a super one!

  1. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    Yay another post but Rusty is first!!

  2. Linda-NC says:

    Third?

  3. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Top 5?

  4. Rachel Smith says:

    You talking? Socializing? I’m liking it! Reggie is loving it! Congratulations to your sister on the 5 year mark. I am Celebrating 7 years this coming January. It can happen!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations to you, Rachel. I’m very happy for you and for that wonderful son of yours. 🙂

      You’re one of the interesting, inspiring people I’ve met on the road. Hugs to Macha!

      • Rachel Smith says:

        You are too dear lady!! I have met more people, out here on the road, that are inspiring, amazing, and extraordinary, like you, than I have in all the years before, on this crazy journey called life.

        My son, came to help me for a few months, and after he went back home and back to work, found out that he may be on the same crazy journey I am on. Not something I wanted for the boy, but I know he will do this life well. If he gets to meet and know people like you, then it will make the journey worthwhile!

        Macha sends back all kinds of wriggles, tail wags, and lots of lickin’s!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Best wishes for your son. From what I know of him through our conversation years ago and from your blog, he will do very well, no matter where his road leads.

  5. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Happy Birthday, Sue! The article about Pauline was wonderful–her hair looks perfect! There are so many interesting people in the world–it’s such a gift to hear their stories. The pics of Reg making friends are adorable–he’s such a live wire!

    We’ve weathered the wind storm here–no loss of power, no trees down–we’re very fortunate.

    Safe happy travels, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad to hear you came through the storm okay, Dawn. I agree with you about the write-up about Pauline. My sister is incredible.

      Thank you for the birthday greeting!

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      Thank you Dawn!. I feel very blessed.

  6. Judy Bailey says:

    I agree that one of the best things about full-timing is the interesting people you meet. In fact, I always look for fellow solo women travelers and introduce myself. Met an 83 year-old lady that way last spring who had driven her motorhome from New England and spent the past 6 months traveling, so she showed me you are never too old! And I also met a kestrel a few years ago, and they are small but amazingly beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy,

      Lots of women living the full-time travel life and loving it. Thanks for telling us about another inspiring person….

  7. Dawn in MI says:

    Wow! Great post. Love the bird photo.

  8. Linda in Manito Illinois says:

    Loved today’s post! Happy, happy.
    My sister Caline is a 20 year survivor!!
    Linda

  9. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Happy belated BIRTHDAY!!!

    Love the post! Hugs!

  10. Love this post. Meeting people is always fun and this day, a week away (well, that’s what they are saying now) from closing, I’m feeling a bit nuts and wondering what the heck we are doing. Hearing about others out on the road grounds me a bit. The kicker for me is not having a home to return to when I’m cold and tired of knocking elbows with hubs in our Casita. But no turning back now…the house is emptying out.

    Love the photos of Reggie meeting all the other dogs. Our Taz, an Australian Shepherd, is going to love this journey.

    • And of course, happy birthday to you, and happy anniversary to Pauline and almost five year anniversary to Kim.

    • Teri Live Oak Fl says:

      Martha, the adventure you are about to begin sounds very exciting. Wishing you safe travels.7

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Martha,

      It sounds like you are experiencing something similar to buyer’s remorse. You know, that feeling of “What was I thinking?” And then it passes and you realize your thinking was good!

      No matter what lies ahead for you, your husband, and Taz (and I don’t doubt there will be much fun and adventure), you won’t have that feeling, many years from now, gee, I wonder what it would’ve been like for us if we had dared to try…. 🙂

      Go and don’t look back! Well, I doubt you will anyway. You’ll be too involved with the life you are living!

      Blogorinos: Anyone, like Teri, wish to add your thoughts for Martha?

      • Thank you, Sue. I think you nailed it…Ben says I have “buyer’s remorse” about everything I do, and then I go ahead and do it anyway. It’s still stressful…and I appreciate the encouragement.

        • Linda-NC says:

          Martha- I am also emptying out my house as it sold in one month. Wasn’t quite ready for a sale but put it on the market this summer. So-luckily they don’t want to move in until April so I am now renting it while I clean out years of stuff! Every load makes me feel a little lighter. I am getting there. Sometimes, like first thing in the morning I am thinking-what the heck did I do? Then I wake up-thank you coffee- and say I am doing exactly what I want and need to do. If I don’t do it and stay in my comfortable little house surrounded by all of my stuff that does not make me happy, I know that I will regret not doing it. So-house is sold, still no rv. Can’t find what I want or know what I want in my budget. Sound confusing? It will all come together and I will just rest for the first month as I am doing this all by myself. So it is OK to second guess. You may find that you love it or not. Whichever, no regrets. Most times just knowing is better than never having tried. I think that you will love it. And just think how easy that Casita will be to clean:)) Go have some fun!

          • Martha says:

            Linda, I know what you mean about sitting among your things and knowing if you don’t do something you’ll regret it. So good for you too. I’ve thought about this day for many years, even before marrying Ben 10 years ago. Then we talked about it, but he wasn’t ready so I waited. And then he was ready and then I am the one wondering if I’m nuts. But none of us are nuts. Just adventurers.
            Thank you for responding. Will be thinking about you.

          • Mary Batt says:

            you can’t make a ‘mistake’…buy/try ‘used’ and sell if you want to try something different/better! you won’t take a $$$ hit! Like taking clothes home, trying them on and deciding which ones need to go back! You find the real keeper.

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  11. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Happy belated birthday! Wonderful to hear about others you are meeting. I know that is what attracts me to going back out on the road. There was a sense of community, albeit temporary, that I don’t get just staying in one place, sadly. I hope to find it again. More echoes of grabbing life, living it intentionally, and with joy…I need to heed that advice I think…

  12. Dawn in MI says:

    Ok. Now that I’ve read the post more througly….congratulations to Kim and your sister Pauline on their five year anniversaries. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

    From Dawn in MI and her girl Katie.

  13. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    Happy belated birthday!! I agree that it’s easy to meet very friendly people when camping. Especially when you are walking a dog, or two or 4. It’s one of the things I enjoy the most. Congrats Pauline on five years!!! I’m a 13 years BC survivor. It might knock you down but it sure doesn’t have to knock you out. More rain here, but were loving it. I am sewing Christmas gifts so don’t mind being housebound. Give the Reginator some luvin from me and the 4 M’s.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thirteen years! Hooray for you, Linda Rose!

      Thanks for the birthday greeting. Sewing for Christmas, eh? Gosh, this year has flown by…

  14. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    I enjoyed “meeting” all the folks you wrote about. I love the picture of Reggie hugging the other doggie! Next month will mark my 9 year anniversary being Cancer free. Hoping to buy a Class C soon and start my adventures with my two little Yorkies, Teddy and Willy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nine years! Wonderful! Blogorinos inspire us in many ways….

      I look forward to hearing about the rig you buy and the subsequent adventures of Gail, Teddy and Willy. 🙂

  15. Pat in Rochester says:

    This is a special one. Birthday, sister, socializing, kestrel. And Rusty is first.

  16. Great post Sue; enjoyed meeting some fellow RVrs at your campsite. Looks like Reggie had a wonderful time meeting new friends, too.

    Congratulations to both five year survivors, and a belated happy birthday to you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Shawna! Yes, Reggie loves living in a campground where he can meet people and dogs. It’s fun watching the reactions to his effervescent, cheerful personality.

  17. denimlady in DSM says:

    Wonderful article on your sister; good for her!!! I lost one of my sisters to breast cancer 18 years ago; still think about her every day. So happy for both of you that she won (and is still winning!) that battle.
    As always, love the Reggie pics; he is such a good ice-breaker ;o)
    Happy belated birthday!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, denimlady.

      I’m sorry for the loss of your sister. How very sad for you. I hope the stories in this post and in the comments do not bring you anguish.

      Yeah, Reggie the Ice Breaker! This boy warms up everybody!

      • denimlady in DSM says:

        Quite the opposite, Sue; it brings me joy with every story of triumph! And glad that you & your sister still have each other!

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I am truly blessed but am very mindful of those who did not make it.

  18. Bruce says:

    Great pictures Sue!

  19. Diane J says:

    First?

  20. Averil says:

    Happy belated birthday!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Averil. Forgive me if you’ve commented before and I don’t remember. This blog is blessed with thousands of comments!

      So I’ll give you a big WELCOME, just in case. I hope you will stop by often and give us a hint where you are when you do. That helps my memory! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I checked and found that you prayed for Bridget to get well. I apologize for forgetting that was you.

  21. Bruce Johnston says:

    Happy late Birthday Sue! Great pictures.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Bruce. You can call my photos “great” as many times as you wish. I won’t mind. 🙂

  22. rhodium, RI says:

    A belated birthday wish:
    Hippo birdie two ewe
    Hippo birdie two ewe
    Hippo birdie deer zoo
    Hippo birdie two ewe
    Plagiarized from Sandra Boynton, best card ever.

  23. Carol Karr says:

    will you visit Best Friends animal sanctuary in Kanab?? I would love to volunteer there someday before I’m too old!! I’m 71 I love your blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Carol…. If you’re new here, WELCOME! I’m happy to know you love my blog.

      No, I won’t be going to Best Friends (I’ve visited there twice in recent years and took the tour). I did drive by yesterday, saw the horses, when we rolled through Kanab Canyon. You can rent a cabin or stay in the RV park when you volunteer. You probably know that already.

      Hope to hear from you again!

  24. Pat from Mich. says:

    My local paper had a picture of a little black and white girl in the pound yesterday. She has the biggest ears and they point straight up! What a cutie! Reggie is such a lovely little boy. I wish I could rescue all those sweet little ones – big ones too.

  25. Vicky in PA says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Sue and sooooo glad you’re back I really missed you and Reggie! I wish you and Pauline many, many years of blessings.

  26. Elaine from BC says:

    Such an open, light and loving post. Great photos too. Thanks Sue.

  27. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Sue! Reggie seems to be enjoying meeting lots of new canine friends. Congrats to your sister and your new friend on reaching their 5 year cancer free anniversaries!
    Enjoy the beautiful weather where you are and keep sharing your wonderful posts with us. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kat and Cookie Dog,

      I hope you are enjoying the beautiful NY fall colors, as we enjoy a beautiful UT blustery day. Good to see you here again. Thank you for the congratulations and birthday greeting!

  28. Jan Johnson says:

    I haven’t been camping in a long time, but back when my father took us we met all sorts of wonderful people. I don’t recall meeting anyone who wasn’t nice. When I burned my lip on a marshmallow that was on fire, some neighboring campers took me into their RV and doctored me while my mother panicked!

    I would love to meet the other Jan with the kestrel and afghans. That is very cool!

    Congrats to everyone who has beat breast cancer or any other kind. Cancer took my father when I was 14 and I hate it with a passion and admire the strength I have seen in people fighting it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      Sorry you lost your dad at an early age. Things were different back in those days.

      Oh the stories from camping as a child! You have the “I Was Burned By A Marshmallow” story to tell. 🙂

  29. We met a couple of gals last winter who have been going to this same lake (near Yuma, AZ) every winter for years — mother and daughter as it turns out. The daughter goes on short hikes and explorations; Mom (80+) sits in the shade and reads her books. They park near a pit toilet (which has a security light at night) as their provisions for camping are pretty minimal. I continue to appreciate how there are a thousand different ways to live this recreational lifestyle and *all* of them are good. We are one week shy of celebrating our first anniversary of fulltiming on 10/24 — currently hunkered down near Boise on the BLM in econo-mode — headed south for our 2nd winter on 11/5 — and loving it more every day. 🙂
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    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great comment, Jim. I especially like your statement, “I continue to appreciate there are a thousand different ways to live this recreational lifestyle and *all* of them are good.”

      Congratulations to you and Annie on your one-year anniversary of full-timing! From what you’ve written on my blog I know you’ve learned well how to migrate with the weather.

      I’ve boondocked on the public land near Boise. You can be secluded there, yet close enough to visit Quartzsite and far enough to get away from it, too!

      Keep loving your life!

  30. weather says:

    What an inspirational post! I’m impressed by each person’s journey that you described and can see why you admire them enough to post about them. People(and animals) really can be amazingly resilient when presented with seemingly “insurmountable” situations. I imagine if we could understand Chicken’s surprisingly gentle call(thanks for that link) another story of struggle and triumph would be heard.

    Having read what you’ve written about your family I think that each of you three sisters is a treasure in her own way. I share your appreciation of Pauline’s faith, and believe your own is equally refreshing, albeit different than hers is. To me it seems that we’re created perfectly to be a delight to the One fashioning us, and that we are made with those we’ll affect in life in mind, too.

    Meeting fellow travelers may seem like chance encounters, yet that ,too, seems part of a greater design. Thank you for writing about some of those and sharing the pleasure with us. I’m glad you had cake to celebrate your birthday, I’m having a Hostess Twinkie to feign sharing dessert with you, too 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Thank you for mentioning in a previous comment the wind coming into our area and how it will increase in velocity as the day progresses. Turns out to be the case. Right now — early afternoon — the wind is strong in a blustery way, the kind of gusting that makes driving difficult and sometimes hazardous.

      I read your comment and then considered that I definitely wanted to finish and publish the post I started yesterday evening. That nixed an early start! Tomorrow we’ll leave early.

      Yes, people of all designs enrich our lives if we are open to them. As you can tell from this post, I’ve met some inspiring campers. They all share a love of life, an appreciation of our beautiful world, and a desire for new experiences. You’ll see this common thread in the lives of the people I’ll write about next.

      So loved hearing about your yellow-eyed kitty — Love the name Polly! — and your strategy for bringing your two cats together in harmony.

      It was fun sharing a Twinkie with you… 🙂

      • weather says:

        Your early start this morning will hopefully result in you and Reggie being safe, sound and settled into another camp in time to have a late lunch there. May you enjoy the trip and whatever place you find. It’s been really nice having you “on here”, until you can be again-stay well and happy 🙂 !

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather! Thank you for the friendly note… Time for me to hitch up and move us on down the road! 🙂

  31. Sandy says:

    Such a great blog today! An inspiration for sure to get out and do what you want to do. This life will only last so long so make the best of it!! Happy birthday Sue and the cake looks awesome. May this coming year bring you lots happiness in your travels and your health. Look forward to your next post!!!
    Sandy
    Kerrville, TX

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Sandy, for a very sweet message to me. Yes, the cake was “awesome” in that so-sweet-it-knocks-you-down sort of way. I had to take a nap after the initial sugar rush! Haha!

  32. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    A lovely post, Sue. Reggie & Bella are so cute together. The Kestral is certainly a beautiful bird.
    Congrats to Pauline, Kim, Linda Rose and others who have survived and been cancer free for quite a while. I just had my third anniversary of being cancer free in July.
    So glad you had a wonderful and peaceful birthday. May you have many more.
    Have to get to work, take care, safe travels.

  33. DesertGinger says:

    Oh Sue, were you 68? I thought you were 67. So I guess I’m younger which is really unusual for me. I’m older than most of my friends. So glad you had a nice day and met some fellow travelers, both people and animals.

    I am trying to save money to buy a Prius as I have decided that is my perfect camper. You can leave the car on all night and have air conditioning or heat, and plug in my cpap. And you get great gas mileage! I hope I succeed and can get out there next summer.

    Meanwhile I continue working and going to rehab.

    So so glad the blog is back! Missed all my friends terribly.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      I think it was the cake with 66 on it that showed in the post I linked that confused you. That was two years ago. I admit when I read your previous comment about our ages being the same that I had to pause to do the math. Darn! For a minute I thought I was 67!

      Good luck reaching your goal of buying a Prius. I look forward to you sharing your car-camping experiences here with all your friends. Best wishes, too, for your rehab…

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas in Hutchinson, KS says:

      Martha……., Always remember there are Many different lifestyles on the road. Perhaps you will rent a furnished apt for a few months in the Summers or winter after traveling a bit. And take it from someone who downsized from a home to an apartment to an RV Class A and Now a 17 Foot travel tráiler Full time (myself and husband Mark and Large Dog Oreo) Yes…..You will Miss large spaces,but the outdoors will Be another room in your house–and it is very large INDEED.!! Also,you will learn teamwork with your husband in a new way and it will draw you closer. You will learn how to give each other space, too. One of us always Walks the Dog while another makes dinner. And we get ready to go somewhere , in shifts, first he waits and Watches TV. Then i do something outside while he dresses and showers. It’s a Well correographed Dance!! Remember, …..Its no longer a race and you are Retired so what you do have is Time to be patient with each other.It has gotten so much easier with practice!! Also Don’t think you have to go everywhere together because sometimes the peace of being in your cozy
      home alone is so rich.You know i Miss baking on a large scale, but it has been FUN and a challenge to see how i can adapt that hobby to tiny living. Just remember your sense of humor…And there will always be a solution to any worrisome scenario you can imagine. When you are the most frustrated,always remember ” This May be a very funny story sometime in the future :)”. Wishing you many grand and sundry adventures!!

      • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas in Hutchinson, KS says:

        Oops…this comment is way out of place

        • Martha says:

          Sue (CleanerGreener),
          Your comment may have been in the “wrong” place but your suggestions and input were right on. Thank you! It helps tremendously to hear of other experienced living the RV life in a small trailer. I love reading Sue’s blog for that reason (and because she is a delightful story teller) but it also helps to hear about couples traveling together in a 17 ft trailer with a large dog! Thanks. And happy travels to you too.

  34. Happy belated Birthday! So glad you had a good day. Glad Reggie has found some company over the last few weeks. He is such a rascal.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lisa. It was good for Reggie to meet so many dogs and people at this camp. The campground was really crowded over the weekend.

      I had to laugh as I walked Reggie this morning. A couple were pulling their fifth wheel out of here. The man driving called out his window, “How’s Reggie this morning!” The little “rascal” made an impression on everyone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, and good luck with the appointments, Lisa…

  35. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Happy Sunday! Thank you for sharing the stories of fellow campers and their traveling companions. My heartfelt congratulations go out to all who are celebrating cancer free anniversaries! That was a nice article about Pauline; she looks great in the pictures, despite what she may think! 🙂

    Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! Little Miss was a bit jealous of Bella, getting that hug from Reggie! xxxooo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise . . . Happy Sunday to you, too! Aww, Gracie pup…. Reggie has plenty of hugs. He will never run out of them and he’s sending you a few today!

      • Gracie pup - Richmond VA says:

        Dear Miss Sue and Reggie,

        Thank you for the hug, Reggie! I wish we could get together and play. I would love to zoom-zoom in the dunes with you! I am sending you a hug back, and kisses for your mommy. 🙂

        Oh, Miss Sue….mommy said to let you know that you should see some credits on your amazing account for a Sam Smith record and some electrical contact cleaner.

        We are glad that you had a nice birthday!

        Love and kisses always,
        Gracie pup
        xxxooo

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Gracie pup, for letting me know about your mom’s shopping at Amazon. I’ll go look at the report and be right back!

          LATER…. I looked and didn’t see these items. It would be helpful if I knew what day the items were ordered. I see a list of music ordered but since I don’t know Sam Smith titles, it’s hard for me to recognize what is his and I’d have to open up a bunch of links to figure it out. Let me know the order date and I’ll gladly look again.

  36. Sheila says:

    Happy Birthday Sue and I’m also happy for Pauline’s 5 year anniversary! Love to you and Reggie.

  37. Linda Hughes- North Carolina says:

    Happy Birthday RVSue! Thanks again for sharing your life with all of us..one question, it seems you have a healthy lifestyle on the road traveling, is that right? Just wondering if an rv lifestyle is good to keep someone healthy. Take care and safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the birthday greeting, Linda.

      Great question!

      Blogorinos . . . A Question: “Is the RV life good for keeping someone healthy?”

      I say, Yes, for the following reasons, which apply to me and maybe to others.

      1) I’m more active. RVing keeps me away from television and other non-productive, lazy past-times. I walk a lot more than when I lived in a regular house.

      2) I’m outdoors more, away from people. About the only time I’m in a closed area breathing air others have exhaled is when I go grocery shopping. I haven’t had the flu or colds which I used to have every year in my former life.

      3) Attitude affects health. New places, new experiences, beautiful surroundings, the freedom to roam, getting out of a routine existence, etc — All that keeps the Depression Devil away!

      4) I can’t say that RVing has improved my diet. However, living the life of my dreams and wanting to enjoy each day has made me more mindful of what I eat.

      • Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

        May I add your stress level is much lower since you have been RVing?

        Enjoy many more years of your healthy lifestyle.

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        Bet your Vit D level is higher than those of us who spend our days in a sticks and bricks vs the great outdoors!
        Pauline, congratulations and it is so nice to see the face of someone I have been in this group with for over 3 years!
        Congratulations as well to all the powerful people here who have beat back the beast and are here to tell us about it!
        Have a good week everyone!

  38. Tom Moore says:

    Happy Birthday Sue.
    We are both 1948 models LOL!
    I am so happy you are out making new friends.
    We all love you here but that personal interaction is also very important.
    I wish you and Reggie the best.

  39. Casitagirl in NY says:

    I very much enjoyed this uplifting post! I know you like your work to be accurate – the bird is a kestrel, not kestral. They used to be called sparrow hawks, and their cousins, the peregrine falcon, were called chicken hawks. But the powers that decide such things changed the names to American kestrel and peregrine falcon many years ago. Just FYI, and glad you’re back!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Casitagirl,

      Yes, I do like my blog to be accurate. Thanks for correcting me. I’ll go fix it!

  40. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Great post Sue! That was one of the things I loved most about full timing was all the interesting and kind people I met along the way. I still keep in touch with several families I met along the way. Happy belated birthday to you and congratulations to the gals celebrating 5 year anniversaries cancer free. Maya and I are enjoying the New York color right now but dreaming of the day we can get back on the road.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pam and Maya!

      Isn’t it curious how people are so friendly when camping or RVing? They/I start conversations easily and connections form quickly. Not so when living in a stationary home. I don’t know why that is. Maybe because we RVers are sharing an enjoyable experience, one that makes us more than strangers with each other?

      May your dreams become reality….

  41. Anna from NC says:

    Great blog post. Loved reading about your friends and your sister, Pauline. Awesome article about Pauline. She is blessed and knows it!! And your blog is a blessing to all your readers. Thank you!

  42. Linda in NE says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! I always enjoy reading your posts.

  43. Lee J in northern California says:

    I just loved this post, meeting all the interesting people..what a rich life you lead!
    It is amazing how many people our age have experienced cancer. I had a total hysterectomy three years ago this next month. My cancer had not spread so it was not necessary to do chemo or radiation, just a total gutting. Amazing
    what they removed to save my life. I felt so violated so lonely when I had this to deal with. I was recently talking to a friend who’s husband is being treated for throat cancer. She told me I was lucky….. because I ONLY had surgery. Wow…no one is lucky with this disease. I think it changes your life permanently, and I hope it has changed mine in a positive way. I hope I am always empathetic and supportive, loving and kind. All you survivors rock!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J . . . I’m glad the surgery made you cancer-free. I agree with you — “All you survivors rock!”

    • I agree Lee and people don’t often realize how it changes the caregiver as well. At moment husband is One year out cancer free from his round 3 of cancer! Every milestone is a celebration. And every cancer battle is a battle.

    • Martha says:

      Lee,
      I rarely talk about my experience with cancer because it “only” involved being gutted, as you say. No chemo, no radiation. I felt violated and lonely and then I would feel guilty because they saved my life. For that of course I’m enormously grateful. Just wanted to say I understand what you are saying here.

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      You rock too Lee. What a traumatic experience you had!!! I understand your feeling of being violated and of feeling lonely. Lucky??? Because you only had surgery??? NO!!! You had cancer and you live with that in the back of you mind. It gave me a new perspective….that cancer can happen to anyone…and when it does you can not face it alone. I learn more about leaning on the Lord.

  44. eliza says:

    A happy belated birthday to you, Sue; and a happy anniversary to Pauline!

  45. What an amazing entry today! From a kestrel to a breast cancer survivor to your own sister as a survivor. My sister is, too. We are truly blessed.

    Thank you for the wonderful pictures and the update.

  46. Linda a says:

    Happy, happy birthday to you, dear Sue !
    Blessings to you for many more years of living the ‘good’ life .
    You have surely blessed loads of us who love your stories and
    views from your travels through out the years.
    Cheers to you 💛

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Lots of Lindas here today — Love it! Thank you, Linda for the birthday greeting and blessing. Cheers to you, too. (And if I could make a heart, I would!)

  47. Millie Hubbard says:

    A little late to the party but sincere wishes for a Happy Birthday Sue!

    Glad you were able to spend as you like with the Reggieman!! Chicken and cake too!

    So happy to hear of Pauline’s Anniversary.

  48. Linda-NC says:

    Sue-I meant to tell you Happy belated birthday before! It sounds like you had a good one. Like fine wine we just keep getting better:))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Or like aged cheese… maybe a bit moldy, but lots of character. Bwa-ha-ha! 🙂

      Thanks, Linda.

      • Linda-NC says:

        Now that was funny! Drink some of that fine wine and eat moldy cheese and you got something! Hilarious!

  49. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Lovely post, Sue!! Thanks for sharing all about Pauline too…makes me admire her even more!! It must be so wonderful to not only have a sister like her, but one you are close to!! I can only imagine that!! And so glad she is still cancer-free now. It is hard to loose your hair (mine is probably a hereditary thing, plus meds…not all gone…but oh so thin…and my hair was my main redeeming point in looks…oh well…we all get old eh?) The photos of Reggie kill me…dogs are the funniest creatures!!

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. It was very hard to loose my hair and I certainly sympathize with you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Elizabeth… Yes, it has been (and continues to be) “wonderful” to be blessed with Pauline for a sister. She’s an exceptionally loving person and fun to be around. I miss her, but am fortunate that she is a part of my cyber-life.

      Thank you re: this post. Enjoy your day!

  50. Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

    Hi sue & reggie. 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂happy bday to you! Love hearing about this camp & fellow travelers. Just returned from a very wet windy Oregon coast trip. Just missed tornado by few days. Stayed at nehalem bay sp then on to beachside. Got to see many fiberglass rvs @ fg rally. Met wonderful, caring people this trip as always. Stayed @ chickahonny Rez on way back. Nice spot, know u have stayed there. Healing thoughts to all who are battling cancer. Friends & family now are undergoing treatment. Take care & glad to have you back! Scampi sprang several leaks during this rainy deluge. Stay dry.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julie and crew!

      I enjoyed reading about your Oregon coast trip. Full of fun, people, fiberglass RVs, rain, wind and you missed the tornado! 🙂

      May your friends and family heal and start accumulating anniversaries to celebrate. I pray for their fortitude and for better days ahead!

  51. Ginger says:

    Happy Birthday, Sue. For some reason I don’t get notifications of your posts until 24 hours later, so I am late with the wishes.
    Good to hear that Kim and Pauline are keeping their cancer away. I had breast cancer surgery and radiation 3 years ago. Scary times, but I got through it. I hope I never have to do that again.
    Ginger D. Las Vegas, Nevada

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      Thanks Ginger…I hope we never have to do that again, also.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations on your 3 years, Ginger!

      About the 24 hour delay in notifications… It sounds like your settings may be determining the lateness. Go to Settings on your computer to see if you can find the place to change that. Good luck!

      Thanks for the birthday greeting.

  52. Tracy Gentry says:

    Enjoy reading your blog,especially liked this one.

  53. Rhonda - Southern MO says:

    Happy Birthday (a bit late)

  54. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Forgot in my previous post to wish your a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUE!

  55. charles brooks says:

    happy birthday Sue…….my bride of 52 years was also born in 1948…
    1948 must have been a good year for produce good folks…….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! 52 years! Best wishes to you and your “bride.”

      And thanks for the birthday greeting, charles.

  56. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Hi Sue …Great post..glad you & Reggi did some socializing. Wonderful to read the news article on Pauline..& see her picture. ( Congratulations Pauline)
    Belated “Happy Birthday” to you Sue. We were away with the trailer so have been off line all weekend & just catching up now. Sure glad you are back. Love the shots of Reggie, he is just so cute. My oldest daughter is talking about getting a Chihuahua & each time she mentions it, I tell her about Reggie.

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      Thanks Val!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val,

      Thank you. It’s good to be back. I don’t know if Reggie is more Jack Russell or more chihuahua since I have no experience with either breed. I hope the right dog finds your daughter and they share many loving years together.

  57. Sandy Riley says:

    Happy Birthday Blessings Sue! Reggie couldn’t be more adorable if he tried.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ain’t that the truth! Reggie charms me throughout each day.

      Thanks for the blessings, Sandy.

  58. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Thanks to all you who comment on my 5th year anniversary (Oct.18) of being cancer free. It truly is a welcome milestone. Congratulations to Kim also
    And Dear Sister Susan….I was so surprised to see ME in your blog. Thank you so much for all your kind words.
    I love you too
    Sending Lots of Love and Big Hugs to you and Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Pauline! I hope you will celebrate tomorrow. I’ll be thinking of you on your anniversary. Well, I think of you every day so that’s nothing new! Haha! Love you!

  59. Susan in south central WA says:

    Late Happy Birthday!!! I love Kestrels. We have one that lives somewhere close to our house. He/she has flown over me close enough I could have ruffled her belly feathers a few times per summer the past couple of summers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How delightful, Susan…. a friendly, kestrel neighbor!

      Thanks for the birthday greeting…

  60. Cheryl Kline says:

    Enjoyed your post Sue. It is so true that you can walk through a campground and meet so many new people and pets. I have been doing it for over 10 years now. I probably have made friends with people I would never have otherwise met if it hadn’t been our common love for our pets. Safe travels. Cheryl, Tennessee

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Cheryl! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. You’re right about our pets leading us to meeting other people in campgrounds. When I take Reggie for a walk, he has to greet everyone along the way out…

      Safe travels to you, too!

  61. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Happy Birthday, Sue! Sounds like you had a pretty good one. Thanks for being you!

    And sounds like you’re have an extroverted moment or two, too. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, ValGal! The socializing has been fun and enriching. Even so, I’m already beginning to feel an urge to find that secluded spot in the desert, just Reg and me, and the beautiful world wrapped around us. Heavenly! 🙂

  62. Geri says:

    Wonderful post! Glad you had a good birthday and happy that you introduced us to Pauline! (I love your blouse Pauline!) Happy 5 year anniversary too! That is a good milestone to be celebrating. Sue… I loved the socializing! Meeting your neighbors was a fun treat, thank you. And oh my…THAT KESTRAL HAWK IS SO BEAUTIFUL! WoW what a treat. I loved all the yellow flowers (rabbit brush?) against the pink sands… nice.
    I haven’t read all the comments yet, but I will tomorrow. It’s pretty late here now and I am sleeeeeepy! hahaha! See y’all in the mornin’ !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Geri!

      I chuckled at your note of Pauline’s bright pink blouse. That’s so YOU…. an artist’s eye and a love for color… (“yellow flowers… against the pink sands”).

      I hope you had a good night’s rest. Love y’all…. and with special thoughts for Doogie.

  63. AZ Jim says:

    Looks like everyone has re-found us. Great. Missy a nice post today and the little visits Reggie made with you are cute as heck. He is quite a little ambassador of good will. I am glad to see you out meeting new friends too. Take care and HUG

  64. MelindaK (TX) says:

    Happy Birthday Sue! Great post, very inspiring in many ways. You are living the good life. I hope to follow soon. Congratulations to Pauline, Kim and the other cancer survivors I know that five year mark is truly a time to celebrate after what you have been through. In January my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 bladder cancer as Pauline mentioned in her interview prayer does work. After chemo and surgery as of July my mother is cancer free. She has her 3 month check up at the of this month.

    The American Kestrel is one of my favorite birds. Besides being a beautiful bird they are amazing to watch in flight. Reggie is adorable!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Fantastic news about your mother, Mel! Hooray! I’m happy for you, your mom, and the entire family….

      Thanks for the birthday greeting!

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      Thank you MelindaK and that is great news abut your Mother!!!!

  65. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue,

    Regarding the 10/16 Amazon order, please look for the following. (not your links)

    In The Lonely Hour: Drowning Shadows Edition [2 LP] (Sam Smith)
    Hosa D5S-6 CAIG DeoxIT 5% Spray Contact Cleaner, 5 oz.

    I hope you and Reggie have a great day! Nice and cool here this morning, warming up to the low 70’s. I took today off from work, making it a nice, long-g-g weekend! Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup!! xxxooo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Denise!

      Thanks for getting back with me with the information. When I mentioned links, I meant the links that comprise my Amazon orders report. The products are listed in the form of links, with only a hint of what the products are.

      You made it easy for me to check. Sometimes there is a one day delay in orders appearing on the report. I checked again this morning and I see the Sam Smith and the contact cleaner!

      A great big THANK YOU! Amazon sales were nearly wiped out during the week the blog was down and they haven’t recovered. Your order gives me hope! 🙂

      How nice that you and Gracie pup have a long weekend to share. And the weather sounds good. Enjoy!

      You know, Denise…. Your comments always bless me with warmth and smiles.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Awwww, Sue, your response made me smile! 🙂 Thank you!

        I am sure your Amazon sales will pick up soon! 🙂

        Safe travels today! xxxooo 🙂

  66. Rob says:

    Happy Birthday Sue!

  67. Toni CT/NH says:

    Happy birthday, Sue!! And congratulations Pauline on five years. I’m only six months out of surgery and didn’t need any further treatment. I hope and pray for the best.

  68. Eileen Dykeman says:

    That was a wonderful article about your sister. She, and all other women who survive the breast CA ordeal are truly inspirations….. Happy Birthday to you! – the cake looks yummy!….. Returned to your blog today after several months of technology problems (not good for a “technologically-challenged person” like myself). During that time period, I experienced the traumatic event of having to euthenize my sweet beagle “Missy May.” She was a rescue, probably about 5 to 7 years old when I got her, and she was with me 9 years before succumbing to heart and kidney problems. In getting back to your blog today, I immediately noted no mention of Miss Bridget, although I see your cute little Reggie rascal remains quite energetic and entertaining. Our furry friends certainly do “leave pawprints on our hearts!”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh dear, Eileen. I’m sorry . . . How very difficult this time must be without your Missy May. You gave her a long life of being loved.

      Beagles are especially loving dogs. They can be so tender-hearted! Like you say, our pups (and kitties) “leave pawprints on our hearts.”

      Yes, Bridget is with Missy May now… and her pal, Spike. She passed Sept. 21st. Thank you for noticing her absence from the blog.

      Take care…

  69. Betsy Skinner says:

    Hi Sue.

    I am SUPER excited that a friend suggested your blog. YAY YOU! For doing your thing. Just last weekend the idea of RVing with my dog came to me out of the blue and it’s soooo great to learn that others are already living the life! Totally hot off the press, I have a ton of research and prep to do – and I’m very excited to learn from your experiences. I am ready for a new chapter. My son has graduated Uni, my daughter has just started, and my father is slowly moving on with dementia. I have a dog business (with regulars that I have had for years) so I need to put a lot of thought into how my adventure affects everyone. I love the idea of simplifying my life considerably – on lots of levels. Me and my dog…..it’s all I need – most of the time. I too never get lonely but canine family are a must for me. AND yay for technology and being able to stay in touch with dearest friends and family – and new friends yet to meet. Planning also to learn tons more about photography while on the road.

    Very pleased to meet you, Sue. Wishing you happiness today and all days.

    Cheers
    Betsy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m super excited, too, Betsy, to have you join us here! WELCOME to my blog! You are now a blogorino!

      From what you’ve written in your first comment, I see that you and I have a lot in common, and you also share much with your fellow blogorinos. We have folks who are in the dreaming and planning stages, ready to shed their sticks-and-bricks way of life in order to live a life of new places, new faces, and new experiences!

      I love your excitement! Brings back memories of when the idea of full-time vagabonding first popped into my mind. 🙂 Okay, you have homework to do…

      Research the internet (hitchitch.com is a good starting point)…. Also do go back to the start of my blog at rvsueandcrew.com and learn what I learned. (Be sure you are at the dot com site, not the dot net site, in order to see photos in those early posts.)

      Read comments, too! You’ll be amazed what you’ll learn and the fun you’ll have reading about the RVing experiences of the friendly people who gather here.

      Do keep in touch, Betsy! Feel free to ask questions. Cheers to you, too….

      • Betsy Skinner says:

        Brilliant! Thank you thank you for the suggestions. I’m on it! 🙂 I’ll follow and keep in touch.

        Betsy

  70. rvsueandcrew says:

    GOOD MORNING, BLOGORINOS!

    Reggie and I move camp today. I hope to be in touch with y’all soon.

    Please know . . . if I missed replying to your comment or neglected to welcome anyone who’s new . . . it wasn’t intentional. I appreciate every kind message posted here.

    Do feel free to continue gabbing with each other while Reg and I roll down the highway.

    Bye for now,
    Sue

    • Eileen Dykeman says:

      Im so glad you have Reggie to keep you company on the road. My kitty, Calvin, is still with me to snuggle, and to demand TLC when he thinks I’m not paying enough attention to him! lol … lookin fwd to ur next post, happy traveling!

  71. John Abert says:

    Hi Sue! And Happy Birthday! I read all your posts but don’t often comment as my phone often leaves comments twice! But Sharon and I both follow your joys as well as your sadness, and have even cried with you as well as laughed. When you were at Blythe last winter, we were exactly opposite about the same distance, SE of Ehrenberg, where we will be again in another month. Maybe one of these days we’ll cross paths and actually get to meet! Always… stay well and travel safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John and Sharon!

      Gee, it has been ages since we last heard from you. It’s good to know all that time you were with us. Through happy times and sad times.

      Yes, it’s that time of year again, when the migratory “birds” head south. Thanks for the birthday greeting. Drive safely, be well, and keep in touch when you can, even if you comment twice. 🙂

  72. BadgerRickInWis says:

    So how perfect is it that at this stage in your life you find yourself traveling with the worlds most friendly dog?

  73. Lisa in San Diego says:

    Jan’s dogs sure look like Salukis, not Afghans — maybe they were trimmed?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      Maybe Jan will reply to my question and then we’ll know for sure. I can’t remember if she said they were Afghans or that’s just me talking like I know something. 🙂

  74. Happy Birthday, cake looks yummy!
    Was really happy to bump into you. Feel like we are traveling sisters.
    I want everyone to know Reggie is a total charmer. An absolute adorable guy!!

  75. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    Happy Birthday!! Such a beautiful and inspiring post! Thank you:)

  76. Chris B and Diego says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Sue! I was camping out in Indio attending a big music festival for the last three days and missed your day. I thought that I would not like this concert because of so many people, but it was so much fun. The people, all 85,00 of them, were great and I can’t stand crowds! It was different than anything that I have ever attended.
    As always, very nice photos, and I really I enjoy hearing about the people you meet in your travels. I still remember when you first met Rusty and Timber, the guy riding his bike across Arizona to clear his head and how you helped him with his bicycle repairs, and so many others. It’s interesting how everybody has a story and if you take time to listen to them, you learn allot about life and the different ways that people live theirs. I have met so many nice people while camping and have even run into some of them more than once! 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chris B and Diego,

      You and your Casita get around! All those people in little Indio… I’m glad you enjoyed your three days at the concert.

      Thanks for the feedback on posts about people. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t get Dale’s phone number before he biked away. He promised he would get in touch but I’ve changed phone numbers since then and I hardly ever answer my phone anyway. I hope he made it okay to wherever he was going. He was at a crossroads in his life. Maybe he’s back in California where he started from.

      Say hi to Clete for me. Give Diego a hug. Reverse and repeat. 🙂

      • Chris B and Diego says:

        Correction, 75,000 -85,000 people.

        Diego says “hi” and hopes that we meet Rocketman some day. Clete says “hello.” 🙂

  77. Willow (AZ) says:

    Enjoyed your post so much….Reggie made me smile with all his enthusiasm and energy, what a neat little guy….. And a belated Birthday wish to you🐾

  78. Renee (Datil/North Ranch) says:

    Happy late birthday! Maybe to celebrate, you decided to move somewhere warmer? I do love the Kanab area, though. We are waylaid in Farmington, NM with a blown wheel bearing on the 5W. Looks pretty sad with one side missing a wheel/tire. Dave got it apart & knows what parts to order now. No biggie except that it may impact our plan on visiting our property outside Datil. Depends on how long it takes to get parts. Oh, well — maybe we’ll have to make a jaunt over from Congress during the winter.

    Stay safe out there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      Oh, yuck, a repair…. Well, I’m glad you weren’t in an accident and Dave knows how to make your rig “all better” again. It’s great that you can be flexible between your two homes. They aren’t going anywhere, right? Thanks for the birthday wish..

  79. rvsueandcrew says:

    HELLO AGAIN!

    A note to report that Reg and I arrived safely at our new camp. We’re settled in and happy to be in this warm place with cool breezes. More about this camp soon…

    Y’all be good,
    Sue

  80. Wonderful post!!!
    Lovely and inspiring!!!
    Happy Belated Birthday !!! 🙂 🙂

  81. Janet says:

    Happy Birthday Sue, it is mine today. 67!!!!!

  82. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    Happy Birthday and welcome back. I tell you – all my visiting with friends and family in Michigan and now in Virginia, sure is hindering my blog reading!
    I waited out the hurricane in Powhatan, VA and then made it to Newport News, VA to visit family and friends. I wanted to stay at First Landing Campground in Virginia Beach on the Atlantic, but after my visit with the camp hosts today, the high water from the hurricane is still an issue, so I will have to wait for another year to stay there. Very friendly and nice camp hosts.
    Soon I will head for Florida and may have to travel further inland that planned, because of road damage in the Carolinas.
    So pleased you are back and it was only maintenance. I always enjoy your blog. Thank you. Happy Adventures.
    Pamelab in Newport News VA for now…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pamelab, and thank you for the birthday greeting.

      Your experience traveling the east coast dramatically illustrates the benefit of having wheels on one’s home. Too bad about First Landing being flooded. Now you have a reason to go back another year.

      Wishing you a safe and enjoyable trip to Florida when the time comes for you to head down the highway…

  83. “Virginia Henkaline says:

    Boy a lot of your friends have replied to this point :). Happy Birthday, Sue, and many more !!!! Your pictures are just beautiful!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Virginia.

      Isn’t this the greatest group of people? To take the time to share their experiences, write notes to each other, and to send me a birthday wish…

      As a blogger, I appreciate the help blogorinos give in making my blog more interesting, dynamic and friendly. Reading comments is like walking through a campground where the campers come out of their sites to chat. 🙂

  84. Jo in OR says:

    Happy Birthday, Sue. What a great post, the best of everything:
    Meeting your Sister, what a neat lady. Congrats to all cancer survivors and those going thru the process, prayers go out to you. Love Reggie meeting the dogs, he is so precious. Love your photos. The comments have been informative and insperational.
    Thank you all for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Jo!

      Thanks for the birthday greeting. I’m pleased that you enjoyed this post and comments. It’s been fun for me, too. I hope this day is full of what makes you glad to be alive!

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      Thank you Jo

  85. Mary Batt says:

    So, Sue!
    Happy Birthday and Happy Trails! Love every inch of your blog!! All the Blogorinos remind me of the Great Awesome ‘Snowbirds’ we have met in FL!! What a bunch of engaged, smart, dynamic people-and you bring them all together! THANKS! I feel the ‘life’ in you and them and am glad to ‘know’ them (Ha!..and you!!) Happy Birthday and I love buttercream icing also! mb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This is the first time anyone has said they “love every inch of your blog!” Great compliment. Thank you, Mary!

  86. Edie Swartz says:

    Such sweet, sweet pictures of Reggie making friends. Touched my heart deeply.
    Continued Blessings to you Sue…and your Crew. I’m a new follower of your blog and just now starting to read all the back posts.
    Thank you for sharing your life so freely.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Edie! Very happy to have you with us! Thank you for being interested enough to read my blog from the days when I was planning this life-change. Little did I know how very BIG those changes would be… and for the better!

      Oh, also want to say… Congratulations on becoming a blogorino! 🙂

  87. Reine in Plano (when not out camping) says:

    Hello Sue and friends.
    Happy Belated birthday and I loved this post. It’s fun to see who you run across on the road and good to know you can have good conversations with the folks you meet.

    To all you cancer survivors out there. There is definitely life after the big C. And lots of it. My mom is a 24 year BC survivor and she’s finally slowing down a bit. But then she’s 95 and I figure that’s ok. Her prayer when she had cancer 21 years ago was to see her grand children graduate from high school. Now those kids are in their late 30’s and she’s enjoying 7 GREAT grandchildren. The road can be rough but God is good and life can be great after cancer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the birthday message, Reine, and for the story of your family’s blessings. I hope you, Paul, and the entire family are well, with a special wish for your dear mother.

    • So true, Reine. My mom had cancer when she was 95. She had two surgeries to remove a tumor in her nose. Then she said, “I’ve lived a full life,” and in essence, “leave me alone.” Doctor said, “If you don’t do chemo and radiation you will die. . . .” She agreed to chemo. That did nothing. Then she agreed to radiation, at 96. She lived another five years, getting to meet and have five special visits from her new great granddaughter. Yes, God is good. Life was not necessarily great during those later years of hers, but we were thankful for her presence. Blessing to your mom and your family.

  88. Krystina McMorrow says:

    Happy Birthday RVSue!!! Kinda late to the party…lots to do before winter up here in Vermont. Going to snow some on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday!!! Thank you for posting the article about Pauline. Such a fantastic attitude…and GREAT hair. She looks fantastic. Happy to hear that you have had some “meet and greet” time with some super folks! The pictures of Reggie are over the moon. LOVE the one of him hugging the other dog. I will let you know how we make out with the snow! xxoo

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for mentioning my birthday, Krystina. Great to see you here again! I figured you’ve been busy with your Vermont life. Yes, do keep in touch with your snow reports and anything else you wish to share. Thanks re the photos — I like that Reggie hugging pic, too.

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