Photo Essay: 2013, Part 3

May (continued)

Mill Meadow Reservoir on the Fremont River northeast of Loa, Utah

Mill Meadow Reservoir

The crew and I left Sunglow Campground for a day trip to this pretty reservoir.

Fishlake National Forest, Utah


Gooseberry-Fremont Scenic Backway (Route 25)

Fish Lake in the Mytoge Mountains north of Loa, Utah


We made this day trip before the busy summer season. Several campgrounds and resorts, as well as a marina, are situated on the northwest shoreline.

Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Calf Creek Campground

Another beautiful day trip in May! Also terrifying!  Driving the infamous Route 12 where it is a narrow strip across incredibly huge and deep canyons on both sides is not for the fainthearted.  Photo taken from Calf Creek Campground.


Ivie Creek, Fishlake National Forest, northwest of Salina, Utah


Cold, clear Ivie Creek tumbling along in front of our camp, wildflowers, mossy rocks, shady glens, fresh green grass, mountain view, visits by wild turkeys — one of the most beautiful boondocks of the year!


Spike walked down this slope to soak in the creek whenever he felt like it!


Less than a mile up the road is Maple Grove Campground. I’d rather be here… and it’s free!







Badger Mountain, Manti-La Sal National Forest, east of Ephraim, Utah


A wonderland of wildflowers, aspens, and pines! I named this boondock, “Camp Bluebell.”


We camped here for two weeks before moving to another camp higher on the mountain (with Ranger permission).


Cottonwood Creek flowed alongside our camp before going under the bridge.



Our Second Camp on Badger Mountain, Ephraim, Utah


“Camp Aspen” — I enjoyed my lounger (until it collapsed!), reading and relaxing under the fluttering leaves of aspens.  A tiny stream flowed by this mountain camp (elev. approx. 9,000 ft.).

Ponderosa Campground, Uinta National Forest, east of Nephi, Utah


A well-maintained, pretty campground in the pines along Salt Creek. Not allowed to let dogs run free, so the pen came in handy for the crew. We only stayed one night.

Tinney Flat Campground, Uinta National Forest, Santaquin, Utah


A high canyon campground with lots of trees, a wide creek, and deer.


Both Bridget and Spike played in the river to cool off one hot afternoon.


Stoddard Creek Campground, Targhee National Forest, Spencer, Idaho


Our campsite was private enough, even though the campground filled up.Again the crew’s pen came in handy.     It’s here that the crew and I became lost in the forest!

Beaverhead Campground, southwest of Dillon, Montana


Clark Canyon Reservoir is conveniently located along I-15 and the campground is free (14-day limit). Bridget and Spike enjoyed wading and soaking in the reservoir. We stayed here previously in 2012 and probably will return!

The reminiscing will continue . . .


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36 Responses to Photo Essay: 2013, Part 3

  1. Sergio says:

    I profit of this occasion to wish you the best for 2014… Your blog is entertaining the desire of making the decision for me to go rving full-time in 2014. Thank you again… and yes I will shop through your blog when time comes for me to purchase what I need to fulfil my dreams.
    Just a remark about the picture you published… when I «clic» on them they open only ±10% bigger! Would it be possible to publish photos with more definition for us to appreciate details.


    • Sergio says:

      OK… I’ve just noticed your Reminder at the end of the blog.


      • rvsueandcrew says:

        No problem, Sergio. If I increase the resolution, I may increase load time for people with slow connections. I’m putting a lot of photos in each post, while trying not to make each one too cumbersome. Hope you enjoy!

  2. Willow says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR…Sue and loyal,brave crew!! Happy travels in 2014

  3. Terri from Texas says:

    Am I first? Enjoying the photos to the max. We are both recovering from flu and colds on this new years day but I like having the excuse of sitting here just doing a whole lot of nothing.
    Happy New year to you and the crew!

  4. Terri from Texas says:

    Looks like others are doing the same thing I am! Oh well, three is good! 🙂

  5. Caroline nr Seattle says:

    Great photos. And it’s great to get a recap of the year …. we follow it day to day but this recap is a great way to re-live it. Thanks !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the positive feedback, Caroline. This “year in review” is taking more posts than I anticipated. It was a very eventful year with a lot of great camps!

  6. george, in n.c. says:

    Hi Sue & crew
    Happy new year.
    Beautiful pictures, Keep up the good work
    and happy trails for 2014.

  7. Susan in Dallas says:

    Great pictures to look at once again. The one of Route 25 looks like a painting! Glad Spike and the Bridg were out in the “boonies” and hopefully missed all the firecrackers/gunfire associated with midnight.

    Happy 2014!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Susan. Happy New Year to you, too!

      Yeah, that road is called “scenic” for good reason. That was a great drive.

      No evidence of New Year’s celebrations… which is how I like it. Cheers!

  8. Mick'nTN says:

    I love the re-trip 2013. If you want to try publishing in an easy fashion maybe a calendar would be nice. You could sell it through Amazon and make a few bucks. A friend does one each year of special cars using this publisher:

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll take a look at it, Mick. Thanks for the link. I have to be careful not to get over-involved in projects. Heaven knows when I’ll ever get the BLT waxed or catch up those financial reports. 🙂

  9. Phyllis says:

    I remember really liking the Beaverhead location. That was until the hosts told you about the rattlesnakes. This is fantastic!
    Phyllis in Oklahoma

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Phyllis,

      Oh, if there are rattlesnakes, they stay in the tall grass. They don’t come up to the campsites. It’s a great campground! I think the host was nervous because kids kept running through the tall grass to get to the water.

  10. LeeJ says:

    Thank you so much for making this retrospective of this past year.

    I especially like the photo of Bridget sitting in the flowers, how in the world did you entice her to actually sit for a photo? Magic!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lee. I’m glad you like it.

      I turned around and there Bridget was, surrounded by flowers. It seemed like she knew she was as pretty as a picture because she kept still until I had the shot.

  11. Lacy says:

    Now you’ve got me wondering……….

    Do you know how many days you boondocked this past year and how many times you ended up paying to stay at a compground?


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, I don’t know offhand. If I ever finish my financial reports and summaries for the months of Oct., Nov. and Dec., I’ll be ready to make an annual report and the boondock info would be an interesting detail to include. I know we boondocked a lot more than we camped in campgrounds.

  12. Becky Boo says:

    Happy New Year to RV Sue and crew and to all followers! 2014 may be the year I sell off all my possessions to RV full-time. I am one of many who has been so inspired by you and your adventures. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and am slowly catching up on your 2 plus years and have learned so much from you. I also believe I am very much like you – you had me at ‘by nature I am a loner’. I dream of the day when I quit the rat race and head out west, just me and my dogs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Becky Boo,

      Welcome to my blog! Congratulations on all that reading…

      Thank you for your kind words. Selling everything to live full-time in an RV is a big decision to weigh very carefully. I wish you the best in 2014 figuring out what’s best for you!

  13. Grace says:

    Hi Sue,

    You are such an inspiration to all of us. I really appreciate how you give us directions to these lovely spots so we will be able to enjoy them when our day finally comes.

    Happy New Year to you and the crew. May 2014 bring all that you desire!

    Grace (in Tucson)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Grace,

      Some boondockers want to keep their special places a secret. I don’t feel that way. We don’t own these sites to the exclusion of others. It delights me to share them. If I return to a boondock and find someone camping there, I’ll be challenged to find a new place!

      Happy New Year to you, too!

  14. mockturtle says:

    Wow! Or, as Tioga George used to say, ‘Double wow with sugar on it!’ 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mockturtle… God bless Tioga George. His blog introduced me to this way of life and George has been my inspiration!

  15. You did a mighty fine job in putting all those year past memories together. Good job on the photos as well. You have come a long way from those first few days at Darby Well Grasshopper. May our paths cross yet again one day………………..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Al. Your comment means a lot to me. See you and Kelly again . . . down the road!

  16. Karen SC says:

    I remember when you visited these places last year and how much I loved the forest trees, meadows and streams. Living here in the East I am used to the green landscape. Nice memories to share with your readers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      It’s fun having readers like yourself remembering these beautiful places along with me. Nice to hear from you again . . .

  17. Barbara says:

    Happy New Year, Sue & crew.

    The re-cap photos are fantastic. Gosh, I am aching to travel like you do. I have not seen very much of our beautiful country, especially west of the Mississippi. As I mentioned before, it is my dream to full-time RV.
    Your blog keeps my dreams alive even if vicariously at the moment. Keep up the good work. We all appreciate your taking the time to share with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      You’re welcome. It’s my pleasure.

      Well, you’re like I was. I hadn’t seen much of anything west of the Mississippi. I’m glad for that. It’s made my retirement travel all the more exciting!

      Happy New Year to you. . . and may all your dreams come true!

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