People, places, photography and our arrival at a new camp

Meet Paul . . . .

I’m pushed back in the lounger with Reggie on my lap when I hear a male voice, “You look comfortable.”

A tall, slender man with light red hair and beard, wearing a knit cap, approaches our campsite.

p1140612-001I learn his name is Paul and he’s from Idaho, semi-retired.  He’s a soft-spoken guy.

Paul only intends to stay at Ponderosa Grove overnight.  He has to get back to Idaho for a job.

In the morning, when I hear his van’s engine start up, I trot over to his driver-side window to say goodbye.  He reaches behind his seat and holds out a small box of fruit.

“Here, take some Asian pears.  My tree had a bumper crop this year and these will spoil soon.”

~ ~ ~

Kathryn and Mark . . . .

This California couple camps in a van with a pop-up top.  I meet Kathryn first.  She’s an accomplished jewelry designer.  She reveals in a few remarks her love of natural beauty.

“You must go over to the dunes!” I suggest enthusiastically.  “It’s beautiful over there!”

Next time Reggie and I walk by their campsite, Kathryn comes running out with a small arrangement of dried plants in a clear, glass vase with pebbles in the bottom.

“Look what I found!” she exclaims, gently touching the dried flowers.  I admire her artistry and smile while Kathryn gushes about the light and colors of the dunes and the variety of interesting plants that grow there.  Her delight is endearing.

Mark is a residential architect.  He comes trotting out to join us.

“Look at this!” he exclaims, holding up a pale coral stone to the sun.  “It’s translucent!”

A perfect orb, smooth to the touch, and heavy.  Mark tells me he found it by the many footprints in the sand as he and Kathryn followed the path from the dunes, a treasure overlooked by others.

Later I sit with Kathryn and Mark at their campsite.

This day is Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Like Kathryn, Mark experiences life with enthusiasm and this includes his exploration of eternal mysteries.

Reggie snoops around the campsite as we talk. 

His pal, Bella, camped in this site a few days ago.  Maybe he picks up her scent . . . .

Kathryn recently read writings of Herodotus, the Greek historian of the fifth century BC, and she is fascinated by the account of Cyrus the Great, King of Persia.  In the dim light of sunset, she retells the story for us.

Mark gets up and tends the aluminum foil-wrapped potatoes and various vegetables roasting in the campfire.  The sun has set, and, at the proper time, he will break his fast for Yom Kippur.

~ ~ ~ 

Moving to our next camp!

In the previous post Reggie and I cross the Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation in northern Arizona on our way to a new camp.

We pass sage brush and tan, desert grass on a flat plain to our left . . . .

p1140638-001Looking down the stretch of road (Route 389) we’ve already traveled

On our right, the massive Vermilion Cliffs!

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I stop to give Reggie a chance to roam around and do his business.

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We resume our journey. 

More majestic, red cliffs appear, made even more magnificent by a bank of white, puffy clouds through which rays of light highlight the rock face.  I drive along, excited at this serendipitous opportunity to snap My Stupendous Photo Of The Year.

Darn it all!  Frustrating!

All along the highway, right smack in the view of the cliffs, are wires strung between cross posts…. on and on and on.  I stop and get out, thinking I might be able to change the angle enough to remove the ugly from the beautiful.

Nope.  Can’t do it.  Errrgh!

At long last the wires go underground.

By this time Colorado City appears at the base of the rock mountain.

p1140641Approach to Colorado City at the border of Arizona and Utah

Now’s my chance! 

I park and jump out of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

I’ll zoom in on those highlighted cliffs, catch some of the white clouds gleaming above . . . Aww, too late!

A big, thick, dark cloud has moved in.

The luminosity is gone!

p1140640Quite a backdrop for a town, eh?

I look at the scene that once was glorious, and still is very impressive.  I snap the photos you see above and below and we continue on our way.

p1140637Riding toward Hurricane, Utah, the landscape is too spectacular for me to capture in a photo.

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Part of me doesn’t want to post any of these photos because they diminish what one really sees!

p1140645I’m glad we came this way . . . .

We turn onto Route 9 at Hurricane and go further west.  I shop at Wal-Mart and give Reggie another walk-around.

p1140646We board Interstate-15 and cross the city of St. George, heading southward.

An exhilarating, magic-carpet ride through the Virgin River Gorge takes us to the exit for Cedar Pocket Campground!

p1140647Crossing over the interstate to Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area

“Reggie, honey?  We’re home!”

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125 Responses to People, places, photography and our arrival at a new camp

  1. milliehubbard says:

    ist?

  2. Robin B (Oregon) says:

    Surely I can’t be 2nd??

  3. milliehubbard says:

    make that 1st hehehe

  4. Lori says:

    Top 5??

  5. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Not first but????

  6. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    3rd???

  7. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    That Reggie is such a HAM! And a lady killer!

    Pretty spots. But dang it every time I read the blog I want a rotisserie chicken!

    Hugs from Hoquaim,
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I get the impression people think I eat rotisserie chicken every day of my life. Ha! Hugs to you, too!

  8. Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Great pics!! And I’m loving your “meet the campers” series. Heading home tomorrow. 😣

    Note to Geri: I did check at the registration office and there are no workampers named Jill & Bill at GA Mountain Fair campground. 🙄

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Have an enjoyable and safe trip, Virginia! That sad emoji tells me you’d rather not go just yet…

    • Geri says:

      Darn, thanks for checking Virginia! Bill and Jill just posted on facebook today that their last work day was last Friday and they are now in the NC mountains enjoying fall colors! Enjoy your stay!

    • Nancy S. Indiana 5 says:

      I was at Walmart today & bought a rotisserie
      Chicken & thought of you. Lol

  9. milliehubbard says:

    Beautiful pictures once again Sue. Your comment on losing the luminosity took me back to art classes in college. I was assigned the Luminist Movement in painting…from Wiki

    Luminism is an American landscape painting style of the 1850s – 1870s, characterized by effects of light in landscapes, through using aerial perspective, and concealing visible brushstrokes. Luminist landscapes emphasize tranquility, and often depict calm, reflective water and a soft, hazy sky.

    Your photos certainly have a luminist quality to them. Beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting comment, Millie. I get it. When my photos are out of focus, as they often are, I’ll say no, it’s my luminist technique — a fancy way of saying “I meant to do that!”

      Thank you for the compliments on my photos. I appreciate that.

  10. Elaine from BC says:

    I’m enjoying your posts about the people you meet Sue. I understand that Inability to show the grandeur in photos. It may be why so many photographers over process photos, trying to show it the way they experience it. I don’t like it but I see why they do it. What a great photo of that Reggie, his cuteness breaks my heart.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elaine,

      I don’t like the “glammed” photos either. Sometimes I have my camera on the wrong setting for the light and the results are too vivid. Hate when that happens…

      Talk about cuteness breaking your heart. Reggie is napping next to me in his bed and it’s all I can do to keep from grabbing his little body and hugging him tight. 🙂

      • Elaine in BC says:

        I know I know, My little Charley is laying across my lap as I read right now and is twitching in his sleep. Just want to squeeze him but that would not be appreciated..

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Sometimes I stare at Reggie with such intense love that he senses it and opens one eye. Hilarious!

  11. Lori says:

    Despite your claim that the pictures don’t do the scenery justice, I still found them breathtaking! Reggie’s new girlfriend is quite the beautiful woman — go Reggie Man!

    Okay, it’s becoming real for me. I’ve determined my retirement date: June 3, 2017! My lease is up June 14th so that gives me 10 days to clean the place out and get ready to go. Still don’t have my new home on wheels and likely won’t until a month or so before I go. Right now I’m leaning towards a van because I don’t think I’ll be able to afford a TT and a tow vehicle (my little Nissan can’t pull anything). Unless a good Class C comes along but what I’ve been seeing in this area in my price range is dismal. So maybe a high top van conversion. Gotta get me a dog, too. 🙂 So 226 days (yes I have a countdown app on my phone) until I kiss the corporate world goodbye and 236 days until departure. I haven’t even thought about what my first destination will be. I’m more consumed with pinching pennies and trying to figure out what my absolute needs will be. My heart beats a little faster when I think about it!

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Lori, I am excited for you and your upcoming traveling! Here’s to June 3rd coming quickly for you!

      • Lori says:

        Thank you, Dawn! I just calculated the actual number of WORK days and I’m down to 152 days!! WOOT! In some ways it seems like such a long way away but I know it’s gonna scoot by with the holidays and all.

        • Elizabeth Evelyn says:

          Lori…. Your enthusiasm for your life as a full time Rv’er is clear evidence that your dreams are doable and totally real! Because it appears that the financing of your chosen life is a major concern, I have experiential information to share with you…..

          When I began my wonderful life as a Full Time Rv’er way back around 1988, when I was 57 yrs old, my concerns were, like yours, would I have enough money
          to fulfill my dreams? I knew that the life of a full time Rv’er was the life I wanted… I was not yet old enough to receive Social Security. However, I KNEW that I could do what I wanted to do!

          Soooo in a VW van I started out… knowing I must find work as I traveled to pay for my expenses. I KNEW I could do what I needed to do to “stay on the road.” The best thing I did was keep track of my daily “spending.”

          This was the very best thing I did for myself. Here I am 33 years later… still keeping records of my daily expenditures! Why, you may ask! Because it is the BEST thing I have EVER done for myself as a full time RV’er…. Even as prices rise I know the minimum income I must have to survive….
          Give it a whirl girl…. I think you might gain some self-confidence as you begin the greatest way of living available on our planet!

          Know that you have others that support your desire to
          be yourself in the fantastic life as a Full Time RV’er!

          You Go Girl!

          • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

            I LOVE your comment
            “Give it a whirl girl”.

            That is such great advice! 🙂

          • Lori S says:

            Elizabeth,
            Thank you SO much for that thoughtful and encouraging comment! Yes, I do have my worries about whether I can make this happen and how exactly to go about it. Nay Sayers who think it’s impossible and even full-timers who say you must have $x,xxx in income every month and $10, $20 or $30k in an emergency fund. People in motorhome saying don’t get a van. People in vans saying don’t get a motorhome. Just taking flight is an exercise in individuality and strength! But I know it will be the BEST thing I’ll EVER do for myself. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lori,

      Congratulations on setting a date for your retirement and also for moving from sticks-and-bricks to a home-on-wheels!

      I think a van is the way to go, rather than investing in a Class C. You’ll be nimble and stealthy, be able to fit into tight spaces and inexpensive campgrounds, your maintenance and repair costs will be reasonable… I’ve seen/met loads of women who are van dwellers (both high-top and not) and very happy with their choice.

      “I’m more concerned with pinching pennies and trying to figure out what my absolute needs will be.” I like the way you operate, girl! Every penny you can set aside will go toward a good start. That’s the way I did it.

      Add a dog and you’re all set! 🙂

      • Lori says:

        Thanks, Sue! Your endorsement of going with a van put it to the top of the list. Always listen to those who know! I’m such a minimalist and every year that passes I need less and less to make me happy. I’m so excited that I can’t stop smiling! :)))

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          In the end, the decision is yours. Only you know what is right for you. I can tell from your comments that you know yourself and thus you will know the right rig when you find it.

          BTW, expect lots of smiles in your future…. 🙂 Ha! I remember dancing around my house I was so excited!

          • Lori S says:

            Already I’m falling asleep with sighs and smiles. I’m sleeping more soundly than I have in a long time…at least after I’ve stopped my mind from racing about everything I have to do.

  12. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a photo worthy and scenic drive! I loved the tour. There are certainly some interesting people traveling around out there. Reggie’s new girlfriend is beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Barbara,

      You mention the scenic drive. I could’ve driven through Zion in order to go to St. George before turning south to the Virgin River Gorge. Since I’ve already driven that route, I decided to take the road to Fredonia and through Colorado City — all new to me. It was easy driving, little traffic, mostly flat, and gorgeous cliffs along the way. Even if it turned out not to be so scenic, I always prefer taking a new-to-me road.

      Thanks for the nice comment.

  13. Good morning fellow Blogerinos ! Lori, congrats on setting your launch date!

    That Primal spice set, someone ordered looks interesting. Wonder if you would make a comment once you try it?
    Also that hose set, let us know how sturdy it is in use.

    Always looking for new ideas here.

    We are getting ready to pack my Leisure Travel van rv for my 50 th high school reunion 125 miles south of here. Looking forward to a Friday night football game with one of our rivals of half century and dinner with friends. At our age it becomes a reality that for some it will be our last visit to Tracy.
    Weather is nice, 80’s day and 50’s at night. Perfect camping weather.
    Have a splendid weekend all.

    • Lori says:

      Thanks, Velda! Your reunion sounds like fun. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your weather is perfect, just how I like it. It’s nice that you have the van for events such as your reunion. Have a wonderful time with “old” friends …

      • Thanks Sue and Lori. It’s hard for me to take in at times, the fact that a fair size group of the people who will be at the reunion were in kindergarten with me in fall of 1953—63 years ago! We usually try to take a “Mrs Fords kindergarten class” photo at each reunion! Wonder what she would think of this bunch of gray hairs she knew as 5 year olds!?
        Weather looks perfect indeed. And I hope this,is the first of many more trips together.

  14. Robin B (Oregon) says:

    When I saw the photos of Colorado City, I remembered a fascinating mystery I read set in the town titled DESERT WIVES by Betty Webb. Great mystery and fascinating (and unsettling) topic. During our Utah trip I had been trying to remember the name of the book and town and thanks to you, I now know! So great when that happens. Thanks. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Robin B. I know how maddening it can be when something is just outside your memory bank and it can’t be grabbed. 🙂

      Desert Wives: A Lena Jones Mystery

      Funny how I had this notion that Colorado City would be some dumpy desert town surrounded by sage and not much else. What a surprise to see those jaw-dropping cliffs rising up behind the town. They really are huge which doesn’t come across in the photos.

  15. Ken says:

    RVSUE…
    Your pictures are so interesting and beautiful.
    Keep them coming.
    Will you be getting another pooch?
    Ken

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Ken, for your kind words about my photos.

      Yes, I’ll probably adopt another dog. It will complicate my life but it may save another’s. 🙂

      • Lori says:

        Sue, I am assuming you get rescue dogs. Do you have a place you go to and are there ever any problems getting approved? I’ve looked at breed-specific rescue places but I know they would never approve me since I’ll be living on the road. And once I’m on the road and go to shelters, will giving my mailing address be enough even if it’s not in the area? I will be using my sister’s address in NV.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          When I was looking to adopt after Spike passed, that was the first time I searched for a dog since living full-time on the road. I thought I would encounter resistance from the rescue people. Therefore, when filling out the application online, prior to the adoption event, I included an email explaining my lifestyle with a link to this blog. By the time I met the rescue people at the event they were enthusiastic about me having one of their dogs. I explain all this because I don’t know if my blog stories were “necessary” to winning them over, or if simply explaining my lifestyle would have been good enough.

          One big plus you and I have going for us as potential adopters is the fact we will be with our dogs 24/7, as opposed to working folks who leave their dog alone on weekdays. Also I think maturity is valued, too. Be positive and be persuasive. You have a lot to offer a dog.

          I wouldn’t rely on a mailing address because that gives a wrong impression. You don’t live there; you live everywhere. Explain how you would care for your dog while on the road. They probably are aware of the great life your lifestyle provides for a pet.

          Reggie came from ARP of Las Vegas, which isn’t breed specific. Good luck and don’t give up!

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          I adopted Angel from the JR Rescue. The application asked about my living, which is a condo, occupation- retired hours dog would be alone during the day which is minimum for doctors appointments, only as she goes everywhere else with us. I shop, DH stays in the car with her. She hates being by herself.
          Love the little stinker, she is just the best.

  16. Susan in Dallas says:

    Beautiful cliffs! Lot different that what is here in Dallas. We finally had a “cold front” move through and take our temperatures down to the 50’s. Makes me grin just to type it! As a mid-western transplant from Chicago I can still remember some very challenging weather there. I’m glad to see those 90 degree days hopefully go away for good for a while. Reggie is such a ladies’ man! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That brisk weather must be a delight for you, Susan, after all the days you’ve dealt with scorching heat. I hope it lasts!

  17. Lauri C. says:

    Lovely storytelling!! I’ve always wished I was gifted with the art of words… you have created a wonderful storyboard in my mind. What a strange sensation I have with the words “Reggie we’re home”….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Lauri.

      Now that you mention it, I recall that my mother would always announce “We’re home!” even though it was obvious to everyone in the car. There’s something nice about that. Here I am, all these years later, saying the same thing to Reggie. 🙂

  18. Dawn in MI says:

    Reggie is quite the lady’s man! Glad you’re meeting all these interesting people!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      You know, at Cedar Pocket Campground where we are presently camped in the Virgin River Gorge, there is a dirt road on the other side of the interstate where one can boondock.

      I chose the campground instead for a couple of reasons, one of them being so Reg could meet other dogs. Sure enough, right away he’s trying to impress the German Shepherd next door.

  19. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    You’ve been quite social as of late, Sue! So many people on the road to meet and Reggie too! Can’t wait to read about his new girlfriend.

    Top 25! Yay!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      I’ll have more photos and details about Reggie’s girlfriend for the next post.

      Yeah, all this socializing has been good, primarily because the people I’ve met have been very interesting. I can feel the need to be alone creeping up on me. One never escapes one’s basic nature for long!

  20. Sandy Riley says:

    That picture of Reggie and “the girlfriend” is so darn cute! It appears he’s quite the ladies man; bless his little heart.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandy,

      You should have seen the way Reggie flirted with the German Shepherd. I mean, what girl wouldn’t be impressed by a guy who runs in circles for her? Haha!

  21. Donna n Girls says:

    Hi Sue,

    Beautiful pictures, and oh that Reggie what the ladies man.
    I just finished reading a J.A. Jance book in which Colorado City was featured. It’s called, “Cold Comfort”. I like her writing she has a series in which the lead character lives in Sedona and another where the lead character lives in Cochise County.

    Anyway, happy trails.

  22. Suzette (TN) says:

    Wow! So much to see and talk about in this post. Not knowing what software you use, or even how you feel about such things, I just want to say that I ran some of the scenery photos through Lightroom, and boy! Do I wish I could show them to you! I cranked up the saturation, contrast and luminosity and they are killer. Took about 30 seconds, and they look like different photos. All those lines can easily be removed, too. Not with Lightroom…but several other options are available. That many lines would take a bit of time, but sometimes it’s worth it to me. I love post-processing. So many creative opportunities.

    I am enjoying your descriptions of interactions with fellow campers. I know you like the solitary life, but it’s obvious you’re smart, witty and a really interesting person. I can well imagine that many of the people you run into “out there” really enjoy meeting you. It’s fun to meet these folks (and their pets) through your eyes.

    And, finally – that last photo of Reggie and his new girlfriend is adorable. Can’t wait to hear the story!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is fun to do that with photos. One can make a scene really “pop.” I try to avoid doing that as it’s easy to fall in a habit of over-glorifying one’s shots. Which is okay except for my purposes — which primarily is to show real life as I experience it — I would give a false impression. If a dark cloud comes and the light changes on the rocks, that’s part of the story and what I show.

      You make me sound very interesting< Suzette. Thank you. In truth, I'm much more interesting as RVSue than as Sue, in real life. 🙂 I'm glad you enjoy looking through my eyes!

  23. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Love the pictures. Can’t imagine what they really must be like if you say the pictures don’t do them justice.
    Yes, Mother would say “We’re home” She also used to say, “Home again, Home again, Finnegan” which I never understood. LOL
    Enjoying meeting your fellow travelers. Good stories.
    Travel safely!!
    Sending love and hugs

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And Mother would say it in a sing-song way, making “home” into two syllables, accent on the first syllable. I can hear her to this day.

      I wish you were here to see this scenery, Pauline. It’s incredible!

      Love and hugs to you, too!

  24. A lovely few encounters. The Vermillion Cliffs are so spectacular, what a treat to see part of them again. Always wonderful to take a route that moves the spirit and delights the eye. Good for Reggie :-)))))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee…. I like your description “a route that moves the spirit and delights the eye.” That fits!

  25. judy in east texas says:

    Hi RVSUE and Reggie….I was really needing some mountainous views and what pops up….a note from Sue….you always seem to know when I’m in need. Your photos are beautiful and the highlight of your post….don’t stop!

    Stay safe out there and rock on, judy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’ll keep on rockin’ on, Reggie and me…. Thanks, Judy, re the photos and encouragement.

  26. AZ Jim says:

    More visits, more nice folks. Good for you Missy. You are a nice person so you meet nice people. Funny how that works out. Colorado City, I assume you know what that town is all about. If not google it. Hint: Warren Jeffs. I see the Reginator is still meeting and greeting too. I remember a movie once about a young guy who adopted a dog, not for his love of animals, although that happened too, but to meet girls. Dogs are great ice breakers. Huggin Reggie and patting your head, or something like that, I am old sometimes I get things twisted around.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Funny! 🙂

      Yes, I thought of that guy when I drove through Colorado City. There was a big, oddly-shaped building that was never completed which had me wondering if it was going to be his church or something… and his fast exit brought construction to a halt. Just guessing, don’t really know.

      • Geri says:

        Many of the buildings in Colorado City are unfinished. If you were taking a closer look it’s really pretty obvious! From what I heard, they (the Morman families) don’t have to pay taxes on houses under construction. I heard that often when we were in Zion!

        • Just so you know, polygamy is not a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka the Mormon church). The polygamists are in group who broke with the church when it was announced that in following word from the Lord to follow laws of our land, there would be no more polygamy. That happens on September 24, 1890 by prouncement of then Church President Wilford Woodruff.

          • Geri says:

            True, I had am Uncle who was Mormon. However, Colorado City is where many who believe in polygamy make their home.

  27. Laurie in NC says:

    Hey RVSue! You have such a wonderful way of describing everyday things! Very interesting post and I love the pictures! One day, I hope to be traveling those same roads!

  28. Linda-NC says:

    Hi Sue- Reggie is such a flirt! It’s almost like he is saying “Hi-I am cute and everybody loves me-want to play?” What a ham! There is something peaceful about the cliffs there. Majestic, colorful and beautiful. Thanks for sharing those pretty pics. Fall is here in western NC and so pretty and warm for this time of year. Next fall, I hope to enjoy something different. Oh-did I tell you that math was my worst subject:) I will muddle through. HA!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think Reggie has charisma. A few minutes ago we returned from a walk around the campground and you would not believe all the attention he received from people and dogs. He draws them in like a powerful magnet.

      From the comments coming in, it seems that fall is warm and beautiful right now in many places. Enjoy! Oh, and thanks for doing the math! 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Your comment about attention drawing got me tickled. My neighbors and throughout the community all know Angel. They think she is soooo cute. This couple up on the main street are sitting out nearly everyday and she always has to go see them. This morning Roger called her the “neighborhood dog.” She loves to look in their front door. Nancy has a mirror-backed curio inside the door and she can see herself, so she thinks it’s another dog.

  29. Willow (AZ) says:

    I’ve been away for awhile taking care of family, so I hope you don’t mind if I ask what happened to Rusty’s dog Timber.
    The pictures you took are so beautiful, I’m so happy you are enjoying your journey. Hugs to that little rascal Reggie

  30. Geri says:

    I love the multi-layered colors of earth in the 9th photo down! I always make me want to call them “Mother Earth’s petticoats”. To me they look like ruffled layers of colored petticoats! Nice of Paul to share his pears with you! That last photo of Reggie and his new gal-pal was just too cute! He is just an amazing bundle of love, of curiosity, and of unending energy! You were so lucky in Vegas! You hit the jackpot girlie! G’night all!

  31. Elizabeth in WA says:

    What a hilarious photo of Reggie and girlfriend!! Just so funny…thanks for sharing Sue!!

  32. weather says:

    Between the pictures you did manage to get, and your description of what you couldn’t capture, I can envision what your Stupendous Photo of the Year would have looked like. I understand your wanting to share the beauty around you with us, yet at least you had the experience of being there at just the right time to see it. Perhaps that gift was sent only for you enjoy…

    How nice of Paul to offer you pears as he left. Home grown fruit is a rare treat since you began your current life style, I hope they were good. A farm stand near me had a few recently and , gosh, was I glad that I had stopped by that day and bought them.

    What an interesting couple Kathryn and Mark are. I had clicked on his name to see his (wonderfully written and thoughtful)blog when he commented a few days ago. You, and they, must have liked visiting with someone with an appreciation of things not commonly paid attention to by most folks.

    You mentioned choosing your current camp in part so that Reggie could have other canines nearby. The look on his face in the last photo shows how special he found one of them! I hope your time there has been special for you, too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Those Asian pears were the first I’ve ever eaten. I was surprised by the crunchiness. I wanted to describe the taste, very difficult task. The best I can do is … Eating an Asian pear is like munching on a liqueur. I thought they were aromatic until I realized it was the taste.

      I did enjoy the time I spent with Kathryn and Mark and I’m glad that you went to his blog.

      Reggie is having a great time at this camp. He’s already made four friends! However, it’s the nature of the RVing life, three of those canine friends have left. It would be sad if it weren’t for the fact he surely will meet and make more friends.

      I do appreciate, weather, the way you take the time to reflect upon my posts and respond thoughtfully.

  33. Linda in Manito Illinois says:

    That last picture of Reggie and new lady is just priceless!!
    Linda

  34. rhodium, RI says:

    Asian pears are good and juicy. There are all these south asian fruits one reads about that I have never seen here I would love to try. Also, there is a nice article in the NY Times this Friday on workampers. O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us. To see oursels as ithers see us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ugh, I gave up the NYTimes. Used to be a well-respected paper before ownership changed and now it’s too biased for my taste. Once in a while they write something worthwhile. Thanks for letting us know about the workamping article, rhodium. I assume, since you mentioned it, that it’s worth reading.

  35. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    That little Reggie! He is so sweet wanting to make friends with all the other canines that you come across. When he’s in the photo looking up at the big German Shepherd I’ll bet it never crosses his mind that he’s short! Human males should be so secure…

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