Photo Essay: 2013, Part 6


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Deschutes River State Park, east of The Dalles, Oregon

Spike looks over the Deschutes River.

Spike looks over the Deschutes River.


After torrential rain coming out of the Portland area, the crew and I followed the Columbia Gorge to camp at this state park.  It’s a popular park with fishermen.

A highlight of the month of October was the purchase of four new, rugged tires for the Perfect Tow Vehicle!

A highlight of the month of October was the purchase of four new tires for the Perfect Tow Vehicle!

“Camp Sugar Pine,” Deschutes National Forest, south of Bend, Oregon


This boondock was easy to find in the forest off of Route 97. We didn’t see anyone for two days, just two vehicles going up the forest road.


A homestead between Grass Valley and Shaniko


Snow-capped peaks seem incongruous as a background to dry grassland.  Route 97 is a relaxing drive in this area.  I was glad we came this way.


Duncan Reservoir, Modoc National Forest, west of Canby, Oregon

I was pleased to find this pleasant camp by water when traveling through an area with few boondocks.  Unfortunately, the activities of duck hunters drove up out.

I was pleased to find this secluded camp by water when traveling through an area with few boondocks. Unfortunately, the activities of duck hunters in early morning drove us out.  We needed to keep moving southward anyway.

Washoe Lake State Park, Carson City, Nevada


On the way south on Route 395,  we came over a mountain pass to this! Photographers and painters were perched in the overlooks, trying to capture Nature in all her autumn glory.  I did my best with my new camera.


Here we are pulling out of Washoe Lake State Park’s campground to continue moving southward. This was a repeat visit as we stayed here in 2012 also. It’s convenient, well-maintained, and in beautiful location.

Mono Lake, California


The approach to Mono Lake, coming from the north, was as breathtaking in 2013 as it was the first time I saw this view from an overlook in 2012.  That’s Mono Lake in the distance at the end of the ribbon of road.

“Glass Creek Camp,” Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Lakes, California

I could not believe my luck when I pulled of Route 395, weary from a long drive, and came upon this gorgeous place to camp.  Spectacular mountain views, especially after it snowed!

I could not believe my luck when I pulled off Route 395, weary from a long drive, and came upon this gorgeous place to camp. Spectacular mountain views, especially after it snowed!


One by one, this deer family came into view, until I captured five of them in the frame.

Spike and Bridget loved our walks along Glass Creek and through the pines.  Pine needles are easy on paws!

The large campground nearby was closed.  Spike and Bridget had fun during our walks along Glass Creek and through the pines. No one was around.  The forest was quiet except for the whispers of pine boughs overhead.  Delightful!

I tried to keep ahead of the cold but it caught us here at Glass Creek's elevation.  It didn't matter.  I loved the camp so much, what's a little snow and cold!  We stayed several days.

I tried to keep ahead of the cold but it caught us here at Glass Creek’s elevation. It didn’t matter. I loved the camp so much . . . what’s a little snow and cold! We stayed several days.

Tinnemaha Campground, south of Big Pine, California


The drive from Glass Creek to Tinnemaha Campground gave me more views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada.

A roadrunner sat on a post near our campsite just long enough for this photo to be taken.

A roadrunner sat on a post near our campsite just long enough for this photo to be taken.


The campground was quiet for a few days. When weekenders arrived, it was time to move further south on Route 395.


Owens Valley, Route 395, between Big Pine and Lone Pine, California


One bright morning Bridget, Spike, and I set out to explore lovely Owens Valley.


It was a magical morning with golden light. Nature seemed to be waiting, holding poses for my camera.


The crew and I walked Manzanar Road with the Inyo Mountains on the east and the Sierra Nevada on the west.

Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California


I was thrilled to find this private boondock off of Tuttle Creek Road. It was away from the tourists and very quiet.


Every day the leaves of the cottonwood trees would deepen from yellow to gold and Lone Peak presented a dramatic display of light and shadow.  A lovely camp!

That wraps up October!



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36 Responses to Photo Essay: 2013, Part 6

  1. Darlene in MN. says:

    I see there is a kind of a contest to see who gets to be first. If I type fast enough it could be me. Another great picture post. Thank you.

  2. Sierra Foothill Mama says:

    Raised in the Owens Valley, I enjoyed your trip the first time. Even more the second.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad. 🙂

      • Sierra Foothill Mama says:

        And Hwy 395 was the road to Grandma’s house near Washoe Lake. The fall trips were memorable for the colors you captured so well and the snow in the winter breathtaking for my sister and I and I am sure scary for my folks. In the summer we often traveled at night to avoid the worst of the heat.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good thing you mentioned Washoe Lake. I realized I left out the photo of the park. I thought something was missing from this post!

          What a great road to go to Grandma’s . . .

  3. Evelyn says:

    Wow, I’m #2. And I have a question. I love your pretty blue and white rug that you put on the ground outside you door. When it is time to move on do you just pick it up and give a shake and roll it up/fold it up? I’ve been thinking of getting one but can’t figure out what I’ll do with it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I usually sweep it off, fold it up, and place it in the back of the PTV. It can be rolled up, too, and secured with a bungee if you want to conserve space.

      It’s easy to keep clean and to carry.

  4. Ruth(Tennessee) says:

    Thanks for the photo recap! I am looking forward to seeing it myself. Your photos tell a story.

  5. Cinandjules says:

    Gorgeous ……you can smell the crispness in the air!

    Still enjoying the scenery and traveling around with you and the crew.

    Jules is currently at minus 25 degrees (windchill) with snow up the whaaaa zoo!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      This “polar vortex” is brutal. Some places like Minnesota may get to 50 below. Northern New York probably won’t do much better. Sounds like it’s best for Jules to stay inside with your crew!

      • Marsha in MI says:

        Schools and businesses are being closed this upcoming Monday in preparation for the “big chill” going on here in the Midwest. I grew up in Wisconsin and don’t remember anyone making this big a deal of the weather as is done now in the media and I clearly remember one winter day going outside (no garage) to start my car in -25 degree weather. I will note that I did not, however, walk to school in a snowstorm, uphill both ways 😉

        I am enjoying all your warmer weather campsites. That’ll have to hold me for now.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Marsha,

          It’d be nice if it’s nothing more than media hype, but you’re surely in for some bitter cold in Michigan. At least you folks know how to deal with it. You’ve had enough experience!

  6. Pauline Nash says:

    Loving these photo pages!!! You are such a great photographer with a wonderful eye!!! Love you

    Your Sister,
    Trying to stay warm in Mississippi

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope you do stay warm, Pauline and family. Even Mississippi won’t be spared from incoming cold wave. I don’t know if you’ll get snow and ice, but I hope you are well prepared anyway in case you lose power or can’t get out for supplies. And, oh yeah, the water pipes!

      Never a day goes by that I don’t think of you, Jerold, Tawnya, Scott and the whole gang…

      Thanks for another compliment on my photos. 🙂

  7. Dawn from MI says:

    Great October! Thanks….for the memories…. 🙂

  8. John fossildreamer says:

    Hi Sue, Never have I changed my computer back ground picture so much,,,
    and I still have one more post to go,, WOW
    Safe travels Sue…

  9. Marg says:

    Is it okay to use your photograph as my wallpaper for my computer. Your pictures are outstanding. I have to ask my daughter, who is a photographer too, if I can use hers and she never minds. I was given/inherited a congenital tremor and cannot hold a camera. My husband takes pictures for me. You have an eye for beauty in nature.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sure, Marg… Go ahead and use my photos!

      I take that as a compliment and I’m happy to share them with you. You reminded me how fortunate I am to be able to take them.

  10. I’m really enjoying your photo essay! Fabulous photography! Over a MILLION PEOPLE? You’re a magnet, Sue. I’m sure you hate to hear it. And you’re not just an “old lady with a hat and two dogs”. Ha ha! You’re lovely, indeed! That’s from one introvert to another. Perhaps you can popularize being an introvert now. Try to help the world understand us better, back off and give us PLENTY OF SPACE! Now I feel inspired to try to do at least a monthly blog. Kind of like a newsletter. That’s probably the best I can expect of myself with all my teaching, class prep and now my big activity guide project upcoming. Take care and happiest trails and health to you and crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gloria,

      Good to know you’re enjoying these re-posted photos. Thanks for letting me know!

      No, that’s one million visits to my blog, not people. I’m not THAT popular. 🙂

      It was nice to “bump” into you today on my way into town. Your pup is a cutie! Good luck with your newsletter-blog and other projects. I’m impressed with your efforts to keep yourself on the road at such a young age (yes, you’re young from my vantage point.).

      This may not be of interest to you, but I’ll share it anyway. It would tie in well with your endeavors.

      “Get Involved – Cabeza Prieta”

      Sometimes I think we introverts are fighting a losing battle, trying to make ourselves understood. It’s not like we can give out the call, “Introverts unite!”

      Enjoy this beautiful weather, Gloria, while so many people are freezing . . .

      • Jool says:

        Sue, this comment made me remember a t-shirt I saw online – and I may just get it (hey, I’ll see if I can get it from your Amazon link).
        It reads:

        –jool in N. Texas

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Cute! I removed your link so Amazon stays happy with me. A search to “cafepress” will bring it up.

      • Oh, thanks, Sue! I just saw you wrote back. I checked carefully over the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge volunteer work. It does sound like a fascinating opportunity and I want to keep things like this in mind for the future. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

        It’s been nice taking a month off to enjoy life during the usually hectic holidays, at a much slower pace. Although I still have to work almost everyday on classes. And, boy, oh, boy! Rochelle and I are sure enjoying this weather! Thanks for the compliment about my little shaggamuffin! I was telling her this morning that when the weather starts getting warm again, she’s getting her summer shave. Last may when I got her shaved, Bob Wells says she looked like a different dog. LOL. It’s off to Quartzsite tomorrow. Gulp. I may be running back to Kofa again. LOL. It’s soooo peaceful here! I almost hate to leave.

  11. Freida says:

    I am really enjoying this recap. Its easy to follow you on a map. I wish you could do this for the past years. Thank You.

  12. Dedra says:

    Really enjoying going back!
    When you look at them, I bet it’s hard to
    believe you’ve been to so many places.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      As I prepared this review, I was overcome with memories. If you can believe it… What I show on this blog doesn’t come close to the actual experience.

  13. Tawanda says:

    Ahhh like our finally clear air from a nice windy snowy storm that blew thru here last night (SLC, Ut), looking at today’s recap pictures are like taking a nice deep breath of fresh air with the awesome distant views of those snow capped mountains, outstanding pictures, as are all of your pictures, you have such a good eye for photography!!

    Your travels have something for everyone here you share with… Thank you for keeping it going Sue….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Tawanda. And thank you for the compliment on my eye for photography. I’m glad you enjoy my pictures.

  14. Karen SC says:

    Great recap!!! I am getting behind in my reading RVSue. Well I’ve been distracted with grandchildren visiting. I went to Gloria’s page and forwarded to my daughter who home schools. What a talented gal Gloria is.

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