Photo Essay: Celebrating Pioneer Day at Anvil Draw

Fun in the sun!

1-DSC05921July 24th is a state holiday in nearby Utah.

Pioneer Day commemorates the arrival of Brigham Young and the first Mormons to Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.  Those pioneers couldn’t have imagined a day like this!

1-DSC05930Lots of changes since 1847 . . .


Released from their jobs, people flock to Flaming Gorge Reservoir to play.

They bring their toys and comforts of home.

1-DSC05888Our camp by the beach at Anvil Draw, Wyoming, is a front row seat for watching people celebrate the holiday.

1-DSC05924RVs make possible these consecutive days of non-stop fun.

1-DSC05872Music and the drone of motorboats and jet skis fill the air.



1-DSC05937Fun is going on behind our camp, too! 

I catch this boy as he roars around in circles.

1-DSC05936While many seek the excitement and thrill of speed, others take a quieter, more relaxing approach to fun.

1-DSC05935Judging from the size of the motor, these guys can leave their fishing spot in a hurry.

1-DSC05897The celebrants are up late each night as fireworks are shot into the sky over the reservoir.

1-DSC05890Next post …  Bridget and Spike have fun at the beach, too!



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1-DSC05886Crazy tourists . . .

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99 Responses to Photo Essay: Celebrating Pioneer Day at Anvil Draw

  1. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Great shots of all the activity! People having fun. We live on a lake that’s quiet on weekdays and humming with water sports on summer weekends. Although I’m used to it, I savor my quiet days when I can hear the loon’s cry and watch the osprey diving for fish.

  2. R. (Western Colorado) says:


  3. Betty-Shea says:

    Hi RVSue…jeeze…I miss the water….:+) pretty dry in Van Horn, Texas…time for a road trip..!!
    Looks like you are having a wonderful summer chocked full of fun and great memories in the making..

    • Rita from Phoenix says:

      Whizzed by Van Horn on way to San Antonio and beyond….it is dry.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It has been an exceptionally fine spring and summer for me and the crew this year. I hope yours is, too, Betty-Shea!

  4. Cindy says:

    Wow…that’s a lot of people!

    Sorry…but would drive me nuts!

    At least it only lasts a few days.

    I remember 7/24 well from a round-the-country RV trip we took back in 2011. It started the end of June and ended the end of July. We ended up in Utah at the end…in a KOA campground in Salt Lake City…not part of the plan but the truck suddenly need a new radiator, and a mechanic in SLC fit the bill.

    So there we were stuck in the SLC KOA for a couple of days. Man, we were driven crazy by all the fireworks…and complained bitterly that we thought we went through all that back on the 4th! You see we had our doggies with us, and the poor things were so frightened they could neither eat, nor sleep. It was awful for them.

    So now I’m wondering Sue are all the peeps in these pics driving you nuts with fireworks?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      Salt Lake City celebrates Pioneer Day in a big way…. parades, festivals, concerts, fireworks . . . It must have been tough on the dogs and on you, too.

      Spike sleeps through the fireworks. Bridget sits up in bed. I stroke her back and talk to her. It doesn’t last long and soon she’s asleep again.

      The past few days have given me practice in tolerance. Actually it hasn’t been bad, not like the photos suggest. None of it was close to us. No one drove their OHV under our window as at another camp. It was a show to watch from the privacy of our “patio.” The people sleep late and we can enjoy a few quiet hours in the morning.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Hehe…well, maybe those late noise makers might enjoy some real nice music early in the morning?? Glad you are dealing ok with it and that they at least are not on your doorstep!! Spike is fortunate to be deaf sometimes. My Grampie was very hard of hearing in old age, but he told me, “It is not so bad you know, most of what people say is not really worth hearing anyway.” Had to laugh…

  5. The campground we are managing this summer is very popular with recreational boaters, so on the weekends it is humming with activity just like that. Not our style of fun really, but we do like seeing the people out enjoying themselves. Monday through Thursday we get lots of peace and quiet. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kevin and Ruth,

      Remember when you used to wish the weekends were longer? 🙂 When the weekenders go home, the peace and quiet is much sweeter. Enjoy it!

  6. Ron Sears says:

    You look great on that surf board! lol……… safe.

  7. Reine says:

    Great pictures. Peace and quiet should return tomorrow (Sunday) around sundown if not sooner!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      I’m looking for some of them to leave soon in order to go to church tomorrow. Thanks for the compliment on the pics.

      • jolene/iowa says:

        Speaking of church Sue…. I wanted to tell you about my church situation. Since I live rural, close to 40 miles round trip for me to attend church, and there are many times that isn’t possible for us, I attend an online church. I am an online member, volunteer in their online campus and also have online lifegroups via facebook. Only if you say it is ok, I will post the link so that if anyone who is in a similar situation or traveling and can’t attend a church but has internet access, this is a great option. Wanted your permission first though before I post the link about it. It is a church out of Lenexa, KS but we have people attend from all over the world. Live services on Sundays, 4 of them with live chat and live prayers and then they have similcast of the last month’s services at various times every day. This includes the worship music and the notes that go with each service.

        If you don’t want me to post the link if people want to give me an email address I will send the information to them.

  8. Sondra-SC says:

    …a shot of jack to calm your nerves all will be fine in a few hrs…
    I’m sure it feels like an invasion.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      It’s a peaceful invasion. I don’t know why but the sound of boats … which are the primary noisemakers here . . . don’t bother me as much as other “people with toys noise.” I’m not at the point of needing to medicate myself. 😉

  9. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I enjoyed looking at the photos but I’m perfectly content in my little abode, napping, munching, and relaxing at home….no tv, radio to disrupt the quiet….I only hear the hum of a/c cooling the house. When young, I couldn’t do without music, non-stop activity and fast moving things….especially sitting atop a bare back horse galloping across wide open spaces.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Funny how our interests change over the years. I was thinking about that today. There was a time I couldn’t look at all the “fun” going on without “oh, I want to do that!!!” I watch them perfectly content to be a spectator.

      I’m happy you’re content where you are, too, Rita.

      • DesertGinger says:

        I remember as a small child being so frustrated with my parents on Sunday afternoon. All they wanted to do was read the paper. I would go to church with Grandma and come home to find a roast in the oven and my parents lounging in front of the water cooler, reading the paper. I wanted to go out! The zoo, skating, a picnic….something! How could they be content to sit home and read? Then I grew up. Is there anything better than a slow morning with a cup of coffee and something good to read? That is the best! Most of my life, 5 days a week a bell got me up and I had to rush around and leave for work; those slow weekend mornings became as precious as diamonds. Yes, things really change.

        • JodeeinSoCal says:

          Well said Ginger! When people ask me the best part of being retired (18 months) I usually say “..that second cup of coffee, still in my pjs, reading at an unhurried pace – and knowing I can do it again tomorrow”

          • Gayle says:

            I “third” that! Friend told me before I retired that she could make coffee & reading last 2 hrs if she wanted to. At the time, I thought why would anyone do that! Now I know: Because we can! Ditched newspapers, though. Too depressing, filled with international problems I am helpless to solve. Read our local paper and books, finally of MY choice! (Is it morning yet?)

  10. Kay says:

    I am savoring my nice, quiet and very relaxing spot. The photos are wonderful, they just remind me how lucky I am today, with only a faint train sound in the far distance and maybe, if we’re lucky, a roll of thunder will whiz by us on it’s eastern mission. Maybe, JUST maybe, it will drop a little bit of the water. I’ll just dream for now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Kay, I can’t think of a better reason to post than to remind someone like you how fortunate you are today. I hope you’re blessed with rain soon.

  11. jolene/iowa says:

    I am sure you look forward to your peace and quiet again when they all go home and back to work. Our Boston would be trembling in the corner of the RV from the fireworks. Would not be a good thing. We didn’t even think about going anywhere this year on the 4th because we knew it would be bad. Love the pics though!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Some say this holiday is bigger than the 4th of July in the state of Utah. People around here have it pretty nice. They have the Uinta Mountains with trails and lakes and meadows where elk graze. They have Flaming Gorge and this huge reservoir with many coves and bays and islands to explore.

      Glad you enjoyed the photos… This blog is about our experiences. Couldn’t leave out all the activity around us at this camp!

  12. weather says:

    Right off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single thing to do with water and/or camping I haven’t tried,but just out of the ones in the photos,hands down the one that’s attached to the best memory is the inflatable towing raft.

    Face level with the lake,like Spike is when he soaks ,I kept my eyes open- while being towed behind a slowly drifting canoe.I could see the light colors playing on the water’s surface around me,or raise my head a few inches and see it as far as the horizon.

    The equipment had been gifts to each other,the idea to use them that way had been his.Without disturbing another soul,my husband and I fed ours that afternoon.I still have the raft and canoe.I can dive off the front of the canoe and get back in to do it over and over again without it’s tipping.

    Love the attitude and expression on “Crazy tourists” face 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s a precious memory, weather. The experience you describe so well, your face level with the lake, was a gift from your husband, along with the memory you can enjoy now.

      The picture of you diving out of the canoe and climbing back in to do it again has me wanting one more swim before the close of the day. We may leave in the morning. I’m not sure yet. Often I don’t know until the day begins.

      I thought of putting the gull photo there because I noticed the similarity between me and them as we watched the people playing on the water. I think I have more in common with the gulls. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Again,understanding,you use just the right word ,Sue.That experience,like so many others,was a gift to me from him,born of our habit of studying each other to see what was most enjoyed or needed.Last year,when he began winter with me and finished it in Heaven,stunned and torn apart I was still simultaneously so intensely happy for him-Knowing sheer pleasure without need was finally his already!

        Hope you did swim,and tuckered out, rest well tonight,and that the noise around us both simmers down enough to make that come easily.

        Tee Hee,often we don’t know a lot of things until the day begins,if you leave in the morning I’ll have first coffee hoping you land among what feels like treasure to you three,and that you have at least 1bar 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The love in your first paragraph takes my breath away.

          Thank you for the wish that we find treasure tomorrow (as well as 1 bar.)

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Loved what you shared about your husband. And how happy you are for him where he is…sometimes not so easy with how life can be for some anyway. Glad you had that special time. And may the memories sustain you…I always think of Barbara Streisand I think it was who sang of Memories…”and its the laughter, we will remember, whenever we remember, the way we were…”

    • DesertGinger says:

      Love this story, Weather. I can totally see you drifting along on your tube.

      • weather says:

        How funny you should say that Ginger.I was just outside as the comments and Sue’s post today came to mind,I thought of you in particular-could see you dancing just the way you will soon…

        Sue’s mention of a last swim for the day sent me heading for the lake.Yikes!I see the neighbor’s setting up a huge sound system,thinking,I hope I can stay glad about giving them the wood for the bonfire,no one mentioned a band!

        Then,OMG,they start playing recordings instead-of the best music to dance to on earth from the late seventies to today.The lake’s not going anywhere,I danced -lovin’ it as much as I have everywhere else!

        There’s noise that people just make sometimes,ah,but then there’s other noise-it’s moves matched with every part of your body you’re more thrilled to have then ever..

        ooo,yeah,happy now that I hope the best for them no matter what?you betcha!

        • DesertGinger says:

          You are the nicest person with the biggest heart. Would have loved to see you dancing about your yard.

          • weather says:

            hug felt,and sent right back at ‘cha 😉 may the wild child in we who enjoy it play on

            • Patsy from Ontario Canada - North says:

              I love the people that Sue has attracted to this site. Full of positive expressions of life, love, joy.. Always Dance, Always be .. Just Be.. Thanks everyone and of course to Sue and the Crew for sharing these lovely shades of past, present with us. 🙂

            • weather says:

              will do-always! 🙂

  13. Jool says:

    Actually I think it looks sorta fun to be watching the watersports – as long as they are not camped right next door to you. And besides, I presume all will be quiet after the weekend? Also: Saw a great quote on Pinterest that made me think of myself – and you – “I’ve become an introverted Ninja. I’ve learned to tactically circumvent and even avoid all small talk while the other isn’t even aware of what I’m doing”.
    Great t-shirt, don’t you think? 🙂
    Jool in N. Texas (No water to play in here!).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jool,

      I’ve enjoyed the past few days. It was entertaining watching someone trying to learn how to water ski, seeing a motorboat speed between a fishing boat and the shoreline (!) , the general excitement of all the thrill-seekers and so on.

      “an introverted Ninja”… interesting concept… 🙂

  14. Timber n' Me says:

    Wow Sue, looks like you and the pups have a lot of neighbors and noise to boot ,,,,Rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Timber,

      The neighbors aren’t close and they’re out of sight behind dunes and tamarisk trees. The wind picks up in late afternoon and that drives them off the water and into their campers. It’s windy now and the main sound is breaking waves.

      I hope you’re keeping cool in Arizona and all is going well… doctor’s appointments and all that. I think of you often. Sorry that my email isn’t working. The internet signal is too weak here for me to fix it.

      • Timber n' Me says:

        Well, I’m going again, to a specialist for my thyroid, my last test say’s it’s hyper even thou my blood presser is low. My Doc in Prescott says that it might be making the tremors in my arms and hands. I told him that, I was in a bad car wreck and twisted my spine from my tail bone to my skull, broke a lot of bones, broke my pelvic bone in 6 place’s and I saw a naturalist that took real good care of me, but He moved, then I was moving all a round and couldn’t fine one to do the job of getting me straight again. I asked Dr. Roth if the VA knows of one, nope. I just don’t want drugs that will make me high and that’s that. ,,,,,,,,Rusty

        • Timber n' Me says:

          They just have to pick to find some thing wrong to make me worry, every thing working and no cancer in me yet. my Dr. Roth doesn’t like me doing my own remedies, like sowing my self up, pulling my teeth and such. I tell him that I’m going on 65 come November and I’ve got 45 more years to go, you know me Sue, I think, the more I use my hands, the better they get. ,,,,,,luv ya and Timber says hi too ,,,,,,,Rusty

        • weather says:

          Hi Rusty,
          It’s good to hear you choosing not to worry by leaning on the promise of long life the Good News gives us.By my count your hands will be all better before we hit middle age 😉

  15. It seems your campsite descended into hell during the night. At least that’s my idea of hell. We are in a COE campground in North Dakota right now and during the week there are very few campers but come Friday night they arrive in droves. Hope you get your quiet back really soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I admit I’ll be glad when the weekend is over. A guy is driving up and down the beach which is prohibited, although the tracks and damage to the beach suggest that people do it all the time. It makes me sick to see this wherever I go. There are some things I can’t tolerate and reckless, selfish disregard for the health and beauty of our public lands is one of them.

  16. Crazy heretoo, has nothing to do with Morman ho;iday…. campgrouds here are filled to capacity every weekend! Met some nice folks though! Monday will be here soon enouh and ya’ll will have your peace and quiet back. It’s such a beautiful spot!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      It’s peak time for summertime fun. Soon kids will be back in school. Florida is popular year ’round. Hope you get some peace and quiet, too, to balance the days among the crowd.

  17. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Once in a while it’s not such a bad idea to witness all action, noises and it sounds like you’re dealing well with it Sue. Then when all is gone you’ll know how much silence and peace mean to you.
    If we didn’t have such interruptions maybe we wouldn’t know how much we enjoy solitude and those quiet days when all we can hear is wind. I personally enjoy such quiet moments more after loud days. The same goes for my hikes. Sometimes I find myself on beautiful trails with many hikers and then another day, another hike and I’m alone among glorious scenery. I enjoy these trails more because I know I’m so lucky to be able to have these places to myself at least for a few hours. Just my 2 cents about this very busy weekend.
    BTW, Sturgis in SD can be even more overwhelming and goes on for much longer than just one weekend. That is one busy and very noisy place with thousands of motorbikers.

    P.S. I had a successful garage sale but I marked everything very low.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You make a good point, R. I will treasure solitude and quiet when I find it again. I was tolerating everything quite well until this stupid OHVer came along, driving on the beach. Huh? Have you heard of a MUVM, buddy? A beach is not a designated road . . . .

      I was warned about Sturgis when we were in SD and I avoided it. I imagine it’s quite an exciting event … for bikers!

      I bet you’re tired after your garage sale. I’m glad it was a success. You are freer now than you were this morning. 🙂

  18. DesertGinger says:

    Great pictures. I am reminded how much I once enjoyed waterskiing. Perhaps that is something I could do again someday, especially if I get thin enough to look decent in a swimsuit! And that tube thing looks fun too.

    I am lucky; my Chloe barks at fireworks, but isn’t scared at all. It’s the terrier in her I guess.

    I was concerned about how you handled the noise, but you sound pretty chipper so I guess it was ok.

    I’m going to a showing of ‘sound of music’ movie tonight where all the songs have the words on the screen, and the audience can sing along. Sort of movie-karaoke. Doesn’t that sound fun?

    It is super hot here so I’m having a preview of home….except with more humidity. Three more days here. I’ll be sad to go but excited to get home. Bittersweet. That’s the nice thing about you guys…we can be together wherever we go.

    • Susan Wade says:

      Sing along Sound of Music? Wish I was there!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      A sing-along movie… What a great idea! That’s bound to be a stress-reliever. I’m sure you’ll have fun, Ginger, and I’m happy for you. Sing out and sing it loud, baby!

    • JodeeinSoCal says:

      Daughter and I went to a sing-along Mary Poppins at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood a few months ago. It was a hoot!!! So many great songs. I think Sound of Music would be just as much fun – I hope you enjoyed it and sang yourself hoarse!!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      What fun…sang some of that music in high school…we kids always loved singing those songs!! The great grandchildren of the Von Trapps still sing too…find them on youtube.

  19. Reine says:

    Boats don’t bother you because boats belong on the water and they’re not right under your nose. I’m sure the pictures were taken with a serious zoom. The ATVers bother you because they are often right under your nose and often in places they aren’t supposed to be. We prefer quiet when we camp but I’d rather see families being noisy together at the lake than for everyone to have their heads in front of a tv screen. I have lots of great memories of my family camping together and even a few memories of water skiing at a lake with friends who had a boat. Most great but one of a horrible sunburn. They didn’t have sunscreen in the 50s. Oh well. Glad they make sunscreen now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I feel the same way as you, Reine. Families together outside, in a beautiful place, playing and having fun, making lasting memories. . . wonderful! I’ll need to be by myself soon, but I enjoyed watching people happy and getting the most out of their holiday.

      I have a sunburn from hell memory, too. What did anyone know back them about the dangers of too much sun!

  20. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Good pics Sue…I spot an Aliner. 🙂 Quite the change for you with all the action on the lake. Our lake is busy now with the same sorts of activity. Not being a land locked lake & part the Trent Canal System, we see lots of houseboats & cruisers, many from the States going through the locks on their vacations. Our property is high so they don’t see us unless we are down at the beach. I like that. as populated as the area is, I have an osprey nearby and blue herons flying past, also fireflies again tonight & only 15 minutes or less to town,
    Your lucky the fireworks don’t bother the crew too much. Shiloh headed for the basement again tonight as soon as they started.
    Looking forward to the crews Beach Fun post….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      Your place sounds lovely, very picturesque, convenient, yet removed from the crowd with blue herons and osprey to delight you.

      Well, the crew’s “beach fun post” is the usual fare… Spike soaking, trotting around on the sand, Bridget prancing in the water, a few nature shots, some gulls… the usual stuff . . . another day in the life of RVSue and her nutcakes. I don’t know why anyone reads my blog, to tell you the truth . . . I just keep grinding out the same ol’ stuff. LOL!

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        Because we like you, we love to see pictures of Spike and Bridget, your writing is superb and you’re writing about simple things so many of us wish to have one day or already have. Should I go on? Good morning Sue! Good morning Crew!

      • Edie (OK) says:

        I look at it like this. The blog is:

        1) a great book by a talented writer, with one adventure after another, that doesn’t end and is fresh every day
        2) a community of people who are ready to help each other with any little thing

        Sue, you are the character that keeps it all together. You are honest, not “perfect”, but completely real. You share everything with us, write wonderful stories and enable good things to happen in the world. We get to meet, and chat, with you, and with others on this blog. We are all “characters” in our own right lol and we will be here as long as you are here, and we are able.


  21. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Pioneer Day! Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Like the post says…. Fun in the sun!

      As I mentioned above, the crew and I left this Sunday morning. I’m happy to say I’m online at our new camp!

  22. TexasTom says:


    I read everything you blog and enjoy doing so.

    I know you see this as I and many others do.

    I like to see those that punch the clock using their limited time at fun and relaxation.

    They make and sell the stuff we use to enjoy the land we all own together in peace and solitude while they toil.

    I thank them one and all and I thank you for your great blog.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, TexasTom,

      Good point about the people who are still working, producing, selling, serving, and so forth. They work hard and play hard. That’s why all the intense activity going on around us was not irritating for me (except for the one instance). I enjoyed watching them enjoy themselves and work off the stress they probably endure each week. The kids were having a great time, too.

      It’s nice hearing from you, Tom. It seems the guys are less inclined to comment. They tend to lurk and let the women do all the talking. So I really appreciate it when a man drops in with his point of view. 🙂

  23. Lee J in Northern California says:

    It isn’t hard to figure out why people read your are never bored, you take delight in mundane things, what a worthy goal for us all!

    When my son was a kid he learned to never say he was bored, because I could ALWAYS find something to keep him busy. And ya know? He grew up to be one of the most self reliant well rounded men I know. We were talking the other night and he was outside playing with his kids, he still knows how to find joy in the mundane, and he told me thanks . His kids are that way too, they love to make up games, play outside , take walks…and they love to come here to my house, climb in the hay barn, pick eggs, brush my horse..swing, roll in the grass, loll on the porch swing, we even have a galvanized old water trough they turn into a kid pool when they visit, just like you, they find joy where you are!
    That is why I read your blog, you remind me how to be contented.

    • R. (Western Colorado) says:

      Lee J, can I come and climb in the hay barn, pick eggs, brush your horse..swing, roll in the grass, loll on the porch swing?

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        Come on down!
        We had some friends call, they had friends from New York City visiting and they wanted to bring them out to experience the country. It amazed me their reaction to our modest home, but when they told me about there twelfth floor apartment living I could understand their reaction . So when others want to enjoy my little modest home, I rejoice!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      One of the greatest talents a parent or grandparent or any relative can encourage in a child is the ability to entertain oneselfno matter where one is or whatever the circumstance.

      I was fortunate to have several people in my family who helped me develop this talent. It’s good that you and your son trained the children in your family to find delight in simple pleasures. That ability is one of the pieces of the puzzle called contentment. I’ve seen too many children who are miserable if they aren’t being entertained by a toy, game, tv, video, amusement, etc.

  24. Sue(Alabama) says:

    Sue, reading your blog, checking out your beautiful pictures, reading the comments, brings us closer to one another and helps us live vicariously thru you and your travels. Your love for the our Lord, your crew and our wonderful country shines thru every word you write and sharing this with you keeps me focused on where my husband and I are headed and want to be.

    We also live on a lake where summers the vacationers are here enjoying their time off! We were once there, toting the grands back and forth on the tube, over the waves on the jet ski! The joy we got was listening to their laughter! Priceless! Fast forward 20 years, we enjoy Sunday afternoons, the vacationers have gone home the lake is quiet,the birds are back, frogs and crickets back to their loud noises! Sitting on the dock feeding the turtles and catfish with a nice glass of vino! More Priceless!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      Your description of my blog makes me very proud. Thank you.

      Promoting laughter in the children was fun back in the day, but it took a lot of energy! It’s also wonderful to be past that stage . . . to have the time and freedom to relax and enjoy each day.

      Your lake must be a treasure for you.

      • Sue(Alabama) says:

        You hit the nail on the head…it took so much energy! I have just taken my granddaughter home after a 5 day visit!and I am exhausted! They seem to come here with an agenda of things they want to do before they head home. My husband and I sat down, looked at each other,drew a deep breath and decided we are worn out! With 5 grands we try to let each one have a week with us each summer but not sure how many more years we can keep up! It really is a joy to experience life with them and see the joy in their faces as they experience new and different things in life.

        Enjoy your new camp, can’t wait to see what new wonderful experiences you encounter.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re making great memories with them, I’m sure. The time will come soon enough when they’ll have their own plans . . . so enjoy them as long as you’re able. Get plenty of rest before and after they leave!

  25. JodeeinSoCal says:

    I was thinking about you yesterday and wondering if you had moved on or stayed beachside. Looks like you made the best of all the holiday excitement!! Nice that there was room for all of you to enjoy the lake at your own pace (minus the jerk on the ATV). My kids grew up on ATVs and Seadoos, packing so much fun into two or three days, and dreading the return to school and work. Still, my tolerance is tested now when faced with noisy crowds :-(.
    The sailboat was a surprise – and beautiful! Love the huge engine on the “fishing” boat – maybe they tow a barge during the week :-)))).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JodeeinSoCal,

      After three nights of fireworks, music, and generators, the celebrating became wearisome. It didn’t look like the “neighbors” were going to leave this morning (Sunday), so I packed us up and we left.

      That’s okay. I was satiated with the frequent swims and beach walks. I needed to replenish some groceries and, I admit, I itched for a new camp.

      And what a great camp it is! But I’ll save that for a future post . . . .

      Sounds like your kids had a happy childhood . . .

  26. bonnie & the "dovemobile"(still in texas) says:

    looks like life is good for you and the canines…hope you find a nice spot again, but then again you usually do! Thank you for sharing your travels, the good, bad, and not so good parts. your blog gives a well-rounded look at what full-timing is REALLY like…hope to one day get back to my full time tent life on the road…still tenting full-time but for now I’m planted in one spot–my ex-husbands backyard…until further notice…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Bonnie,

      I’m happy to see you here again! It’s been a while, so it’s good to know you are okay. Thank you for the compliment on my blog. Best wishes to you . . . .

  27. weather says:

    Hi Sue,
    Looks you found a way to check in,yippee!Hope some where in the move,search and settling you get to be alone and whatever else you need to feel the way you want to,and do what just what you three like,rested and happy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      weather, it is wonderful here!! I can’t believe how this spring and summer has been one fabulous camp after another!

      We have a beautiful beach and the internet connection is better than the last camp. Plus Spike can soak and Bridget can prance in the water and there aren’t any neighbors!

      I can hardly wait to show you and all the blogorinos the photos . . . .

      Hope your evening is sweet.

      • weather says:

        Your excitement is practically making my screen bounce!I’m pleased and laughing with enthusiasm about it all for you.This sweet evening just get better and will see us all tucking in soon,…catch you after moonlight bows to sunrise

  28. ZenOnWheels says:

    Wonderful photos of all of the weekenders having their fun.

    I wanted to pass along an Amazon recommendation to my fellow blogarinos. I needed to replace my shower head because it was too weak so I ordered an Oxygenics BodySpa shower kit for RVs using your affiliate link. This weekend I finally got the chance to take a real shower with it and it was an striking difference. With the *exact same* water pressure, this shower head manages to spray out water with much better force, creating a significantly more pleasant and satisfying shower experience. It was worth every penny!

    Installation was very easy…it took minutes and required no tools. I recommend it to anyone dissatisfied with their RV shower. Prices vary depending on the styling…but range from $33 to around $50.

    Wishing everyone a soothing and satisfying shower! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for giving a review for that shower kit, Michael. I’ve heard complaints from owners of various RVs that the showers are wimpy. This is good information. I appreciate you posting it here for the benefit of all.

  29. Pat in KS says:

    I loved the comments by Sue of Alabama about the visiting grandchildren and relaxing on the dock with a glass of wine. Grandchildren are such a special relationship to treasure and I envy you their visits. My husband and I have aged faster than we expected and events and health issues have resulted in our inability to handle more than short visits, preferably while their parents are also there. I regret our lack of stamina. My grandfather was not a healthy man (he smoked like a chimney), but he was agile and creative. Once, while I was at his house with two sets of cousins and one young aunt, he entertained all of us by vacating his chair long enough for us to poke our hands into all the crevices to locate all the change that had fallen out of his pockets. We also found a narrow strip of paper with a series of numbers and dashes. We were sure it was the combination to his safe. We all deserted the living room for the basement and the safe. We spent lots of time with each of us convinced that the others were doing it wrong. Now, as an adult, I am sure it was not the combination to the safe, but an afternoons entertainment for the bunch of us. Grandpa was like that.

    I hope your grandchildren have such lovely memories of visiting you.

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