Photo Essay for dog lovers: Nemo and the crew

Bridget and Reggie meet Nemo while camping at Salida East dispersed camping area.Β 

The photos tell the story.









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135 Responses to Photo Essay for dog lovers: Nemo and the crew

  1. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Good morning am I in top 5?

  2. Chey (WA coast) says:


  3. Good morning Sue,

    Love your photos! Can you tell me what camera you use?

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Good morning… A link to my camera is in the sidebar. In case you can’t see it on your device, it’s a Panasonic LUMIX with 60X zoom.

  4. Pam Ridgely says:

    Bridge is a lady, but that Reggie is the cutest thing……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Very different personalities… Hi, Pam!

      • Don in Okla. says:

        That last one is the best one!! Just pure joy!! Nothing like well cared for pups enjoying themselves!!
        Don in Okla.

  5. Shawna says:

    Shoot. Just missed it.

  6. Annie in Oregon says:

    Love that action shot of Reggie at the end. Where would we be without our doggies….all animals….?????

  7. Kitt, NW WA says:

    Somewhere in the top ten maybe…
    Love that last action shot! Riley does the same kind of move when he plays with bigger dogs. Bridget looks like she is making sure she approves of Reggie’s new playmate.
    Good times had by all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kitt,

      Bridget likes Nemo. Notice how close she stands next to him. Usually she lays down the law with a new canine acquaintance and then backs away.

      • DeAnne in TN says:

        First thing I noticed. Bridgee got in really close and several times at that. Melvin does not like other dogs and it’s amazing the people who will walk right over thinking our dogs need to make friends. Endless at my apartment complex. Wonder what it was about Nemo that she liked–I’m guessing calm.

  8. Pat from Mich. says:

    I love to see dogs playing. Reggie is a hoot and Bridget is a lady, lol. Nemo is cute.

  9. weather says:

    Gee, what fun timing, I was just closing my laptop after replying on the previous post and saw this adorable bunch of photos pop up πŸ™‚ It’s so great to see Bridget like another canine. Do you have an idea about what makes Nemo different than most to her? The eleventh picture with the three of them in it looks almost as if a family resemblance is there. Did they have a more than one chance to meet and play?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The crew and Nemo only had two days to play before his owner moved camp.

      What makes Nemo different that Bridget would behave as she did? I’m glad you asked.

      In the almost two years since Spike left us, the crew and I haven’t met another dog that even comes close to having Spike’s spirit of adventure and delight in pranks and sneakiness, mixed with a strong desire to be a good dog. Rarely was there a day that I didn’t ask out loud, “Where’d Spike go?” He was always sneaking off.

      I heard Nemo’s owner call me through the window of the BLT? “Have you seen Nemo?” “No, is he lost?” “I don’t think so. He probably went down to the river.”

      Nemo’s owner disappeared from view, going down the bank to search. And then here comes Nemo up a different path from the river. He’s wearing muddy “boots” and sports a big grin that says, “Ain’t life grand!” A coarser description would be he had a “sh*t-eating grin.” I recognized that look. It’s the look Spike had after an adventure he discovered on his own and thoroughly enjoyed.

      Later Nemo’s owner had his back turned while fussing around his truck. From my window I see Nemo sneaking toward the river bank, his intent obvious. He stops, looks back to make sure his owner isn’t watching, then he takes a few more steps toward the riverbank. He stops again, reconsiders, then trots back to his owner. His “good” side won the internal battle. πŸ™‚ Classic Spike!

      The first indication I had that Nemo was like Spike is when he trotted right up to our campsite in order to meet the crew. Spike used to go visiting like that.

      Watching Bridget’s attraction to Nemo made me wonder if she was remembering the love of her life. She wanted to be close to him. πŸ™‚

      • Mick'nTN says:

        That is very touching. πŸ™‚

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          I was ok until I got to the….”watching Bridget’s attraction to Nemo made me wonder if she was remembering the love of her life”…now there is a lump in my throat!

      • weather says:

        The resemblance to Spike struck me as soon as I saw the photos, especially of Bridget reacting so fondly towards Nemo. I wouldn’t have mentioned it, however, not knowing if it were just my imagination. The similar behaviors are remarkable and must have stirred a lot of great memories , perhaps for both you and Bridget. I think that’s likely as close a “meeting Spike” as Reggie will have on earth. What a wonderful and special chance encounter, I’m so glad you captured the gift with your photos and shared it with all of us that love your family.

        • DeAnne in TN says:

          Thanks for sharing that, Sue. It wasn’t the calm she liked; it was the rounder.

      • Renee from Idaho says:

        When I saw the first photo of Bridget checking Nemo out, it reminded me of Spike and I too wondered if she was double checking herself! It’s that terrier trait. I think that Reggie has a little terrier and as he matures, he too may begin to act like that. I loved the photo essay with no words. Thanks, Sue. Missed seeing this till now. I was taking care of the GRANDkids.

      • Geri says:

        I can see how Nemo acquired his name, ever hear of the Disney movie : Finding Nemo? LOL seems he has earned his name!

      • The pictures are so sweet, funny and wonderful. Your description here of how Nemo and Spike have such similarities warms my heart.

  10. Lynn Brooks says:

    Lynn B. (Baltimore. MD)

  11. rhodium, RI says:

    Animal communication! I know people (I’m even married to one) who try to learn the foreign languages of dogs and frogs and lots of other animals. They have a rich communication system that we don’t totally get. And you can enjoy and be amused by their behavior and still be analytic too.

  12. Retiredcajunlady 'n Louisiana says:

    Pure delight and joy! Pups know how to just “be” and soak in the joy all around them. Reggie looks so precious waiting for his turn at belly rubs, and Her Majesty is a beauty as she supervises her two subjects. Rubbing noses and whispers in ears…all in a day’s fun! Was Spike there for the fun in his way, watching from afar as they played? I believe he was watching, smiling, happy to see the love that surrounds his earthly human from Reggie and Ms. Bridget! What a delightful post, Sue! As always, thank you so much for sharing and for letting each of us write the story in our own way. Belly rubs and hugs for pups and prayers for you all as your wonderful life continues each day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, retiredcajunlady.

      I don’t know if Spikey watches us, of course. I did remember him more clearly than ever, thanks to the presence of Nemo.

  13. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Oh how funny! Even though they are still photos…you can tell that Reg man was just going crazy!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      And Bridgee babee wasnt displaying her “canines”!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I don’t know what Bridget communicated to Nemo. Whatever it was, he seemed to be listening very intently.

  14. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Love the pic right above your rvsue signature, with Nemo and Bridget looking at each other, and Reggie jumping at Nemo saying ‘Pay attention to ME!!’.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug.

      In that photo Reggie is nibbling on Nemo. You’re right… wanting attention!

  15. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    These were the sweetest photos. I never know if Angel is greeting or getting ready to pick a fight. When I take her places, she is okay, but I think she may have a territorial issue here in the community. If she got hurt, I would be beside myself.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Sometimes it’s hard to tell a dog’s intent… The position and movement of the tail is the best clue.

  16. Nancy S. Indiana says:

    I agree with everyone else, there was special connection between Bridget & Nemo. I almost expected to see the “spaghetti kiss” scene from 101 Dalmations ? & I actually laughed out loud watching Reggie. What a little sweetheart.

  17. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Thank you for sharing the happy puppy pictures, Sue!

    Oh, so sweet – Bridget “remembering the love of her life.” I, too. immediately thought of Spike when I saw Nemo. He is beautiful dog -love the dark-rimmed eyes with the white eyelashes! So glad that your paths crossed. The second to the last picture clearly shows some sort of special communication between Bridget and Nemo; while Reggie is trying with all his might to engage Nemo! πŸ™‚

    Have a great evening, Sue! Hugs to you and the Crew from me and Gracie pup! πŸ™‚

  18. Cynthia Blaylock says:

    Well, my 9 year old computer died this week so I had to get a new one and then I had to transfer all my data over and get email all set up and of course, none of that ever goes smoothly … so I missed a few days of the blog. When I was finally up and running smoothly I started with the days I missed and then ended up with these adorable puppy pics. I was doing just fine until I read about “the love of her life” and August/two years is just around the corner and now I’m crying. I hope Nemo gave Bridgy some happy memories and meeting him didn’t make her sad. So that must have been the “feeling” you got, huh? I’m thinking because of the way you live – with less noise, interference, and distractions than most of us have clanging and banging around us – maybe you’re more in tune with the universe. Or at least with your little moving corner of the universe πŸ™‚

    P.S. I just ordered a Windows 10 book thru your Amazon link – keep an eye out for it. I’m moving up from Vista so I need all the help I can get!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sorry about the passing of your old computer, Cynthia… well, not really. I’m pleased that you used one of my links to buy a new one! Thank you!

      • Cynthia Blaylock says:

        Sorry Sue, guess I wasn’t very clear. I ordered a Window 10 BOOK via your Amazon link, not the actual computer. I had to go to Best Buy and purchase it there since I needed it right away.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s okay. I hope the book is helpful. I saw in on my report from Amazon. πŸ™‚

  19. cc and canine ( now in Clackamas, Oregon) says:

    Another day, and a new post! I’m behind in my reading, and was getting ready to comment on the last post, when this one appeared. At any rate, I digress from commenting on the darling pooch photos, to comment on yesterday’s post.

    I got a big kick out of the sign for the credit card operated dump station at the ranger station in Salida! They just put that in a couple of year back, and we were among the first to try to use it. Needless to say, it didn’t go well. We followed the instructions and swiped the card, and it never unlocked the dump valve!! And it wasn’t just us, as we met other campers in the Wal Mart parking lot that had the same experience. Most
    people were upset, especially since dumping in Salida had been free at the town’s water sewage treatment plant. I’m glad that it worked well for you.

    I’m looking forward to hearing about the boondock that you have discovered.

    Happy trails!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s the way it is… When you’re used to having something for free, a fee is very annoying. For me I was glad for a handy place to dump, right before our camp.

  20. Jan Johnson says:

    That last picture of an airborne Reggie is priceless!

  21. Linda-NC says:

    Awww! I want to be like Reggie when I grow up with the regal bearing of Bridget. So darn cute and you captured it. They tell their individual stories if we watch and listen. Great post-thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Linda. I was glad to have the photos because I didn’t feel like writing!

  22. Rover Ronda (WA) says:


  23. Leesa says:

    Love this post! Don’t have the grandbabies this weekend but will definately use this post on Monday for a quiet time imagination starter. Can hardly wait to hear the stories they will come up with. Your Bridget & Reggie sure looked like they enjoyed having company.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Clever use of this photo essay, Leesa! You and the grandkids have fun with it…

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      What a great idea. When I was young my oldest brother used to lead us in stories. We all took turns telling sections of the story but they were all adventures about a character named Norton. We used to beg him, “start a Norton Story”. He has a great imagination. Still today he is a Church youth group leader and a Cub Scout leader. I bet the kids love him.

  24. AZ Jim says:

    Spike! Yes I see the comparison. Great to have your little guys visit with Nemo. I was watching Reggies tether and it looks like maybe he tried tying Nemo up. Fun! Bet they entertained you too as you watched. I still miss Spikey and I know how much you do too. He was a sweet little character.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Reggie did tie up Nemo and also Nemo’s owner around the ankles. When Reggie turns into the Zoominator, I’ve learned to jump over the tether as he runs around (while I take photos! — a credit to my camera’s image stabilization feature).

  25. AnnofTacoma says:

    These pups have such definite personalities, don’t they? They sure do add to your story, Sue. What fun!
    I’m just catching up after a few days away. There is a Scottish word “haver” or “havver” which means gibberish or nonsense, and a Scottish saying something about “if you borrow a horse to ride, it’s better to have a gud pair of spurs than a bag o’ haver”. In other words, better to have spurs to urge the horse than to try to talk the horse into something it doesn’t want to do. There’s a Gaelic-derived surname O’Haver but it exists almost exclusively in North America and is extremely rare in Ireland and Scotland, so it may have been a name that got changed when those families immigrated. Still doesn’t tell us where the lake got it’s name, but it’s fun stuff to think about.
    Hi to Nemo and Bridget and Reggie and you too Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Very interesting, Anne!

      Haver can also mean oats. That would change the meaning to the effectiveness of using spurs over offering oats. I like the interpretation you gave better. πŸ™‚

  26. Jo in OR says:

    This post was just what I needed tonight. What a delight. Here’s to hope for a future play date with Nemo, Bridges and Regie. Cheers!

  27. weather says:

    This morning the lyric “I believe for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows” was on my mind though I hadn’t heard it in quite some time, probably because I’d been thinking about cause and effect. Answers to my questions often come to me through morning song or one’s written by other artists.

    Good morning, Sue, I hope it was quiet enough where you are to hear nature’s sounds when you got up today. Once when I kept having weird physical reactions to something I prayed the question “Why bring me on this path if it feels like this?” The answer was that it was mainly for my husband’s sake, though we both needed what the path led to. Do your feet still tingle, moments come when you’re short of breath or feel the need to rest/nap more than usual sometimes recently?

    Meeting Nemo and what that gave Bridget, and you, is likely just one of the gifts that makes being in high altitudes worth your summer’s travels. Don’t you just love how while exploring and fulfilling dreams presents seem to appear around each turn in the journey?

    • edlfrey says:

      I doubt that Sue is having any elevation issues at Salida East. From what I can find that is at 6966′ or one of her lower elevation camps.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Ed,

        We need to get ourselves higher up! I’ll take foot tingles over this heat!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      The crew and I are feeling fine except it’s hot here, not a surprise at this altitude in July! We had fun in the river yesterday. Reggie waded and I poured water all over him. He was funny. Every time I poured water on him he would lift one leg up and out like when he urinates. I don’t know what that was all about!

      Bridget was being coy about the water. I picked her up and carried her out to where the water came up to her belly. Then I gave her the same treatment as Reggie. She loved it! On the return to our campsite the two of them were energized, feeling refreshed no doubt. πŸ™‚

      I hope you are living a happy song today!

      • weather says:

        It is a happy day, thanks, Sue πŸ™‚ I’m glad you three have had the river to have fun in and make the heat more tolerable. Will you move to one of the boondocks you’d found now that the weekend’s almost over? Were they far enough up on a mountain to be quite a bit cooler?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          We will probably move tomorrow. The boondocks are somewhat higher and they do have shade. I hesitate to go to the really beautiful, cool places because it means putting up with the summer crowds or going way deep in the forest and way high…. We checked out another place this morning and I left, disgusted with the noise, dust, traffic, and destruction of people on various types of vehicles.

          Sometimes it’s better to accept a lesser camp in order to avoid the above.

          • weather says:

            Accepting a lesser camp makes sense considering your explanation, thanks for sharing your wisdom. Perhaps it shouldn’t by now, yet it still amazes me that people can be oblivious to the fact that they’re ruining the earth,natural peace and quiet, the lives of creatures or someone else trying to enjoy a place’s beauty because the fun they are having is all they focus on.

            As I type four wheelers are being ridden in the woods across the road from here. Imagine the havoc and fear that causes for animals that are trying to live and provide food for themselves and their families…I’m glad you have options for camps where none of that goes on. What a blessing such places still exist!

            Cool enough, shady enough, low enough, pretty enough, reachable enough, private enough must be out there somewhere, even during summer. I trust if anyone can find it, it’s you. I hope and pray that goes well with wonderful results πŸ™‚

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’m sorry you are subjected to the presence of those damn machines. For those of us who love wild creatures, the strafing of their homes is especially painful to contemplate. Our culture is becoming coarser by the day in so many ways. Oh well, enough of that….

              After waking this morning to people all around us and leaving camp to get away from them, we are by ourselves again.

              The crew and I just returned from another place on the river that we discovered, an opening in the trees on the bank where we can get into the water. I brought a large, plastic tumbler with me, sat on a rock with water flowing over me, almost up to my waist. I poured water over my head and arms. The water is cold, yet it feels wonderful on this hot day. I feel so much better!

              Bridget and Reggie didn’t care much about getting in today. They enjoyed nosing around on the shady, cool bank.

              I’ll find us a good spot to camp tomorrow.

            • weather says:

              Yay, I’m glad you feel so much better πŸ™‚ I do, too. I went out to look around when I noticed the noise from the four wheelers because it’s unusual here. In all the years that I’ve lived here that’s only happened a few times. We’re too remote for this area to be popular with a lot of folks. While I was out there I realized again that this is paradise for wildlife compared to most places. Whoever was riding those things wasn’t here long. The trail is so overgrown with plant life that the tangles make it hard to pass through. Chalk one more win up for nature, Ha!

              This time as I type the sounds are water rippling on the shoreline, bird calls and a couple of cats nibbling kibble and lapping cool water from bowls in the yard. Most of the wild critters, strays and those that live with people have or are settling in for the evening and night, happy sighs, for both of our situations.

  28. Oh the fun of the tails-dance! They are all so cute.

  29. DesertGinger says:

    Hi everyone. Had a busy week this week. Several doctor visits, rehab sessions, physical therapy, etc. worked on three stories this week, which was fun. Most of my stories lately are killing stories: Florida, Paris, Brussels, Nice, French police officer, Dallas. It’s a little wearing…so much violence in the world.
    Now I have to get a bunch of tax stuff done before the end of the month. Yuck. And I’m trying to work on my house, sorting and culling. Stuff just piles up.
    And we are having a heat wave.
    So that’s my news. How is everyone here?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow, you have been busy, Ginger. I hope the PT is going well.

      I don’t understand. Why are you writing stories about events in the news?

      • DesertGinger says:

        I work for an online news service that does two things: provide a summary of the news in raw data form…just the facts, nothing else, no speculation or opinion, and we do an analysis of the quality of other news articles in terms of the amount of slant, spin and distortion in the articles. We do a comparison of four sample stories. We also do a headline analysis for headlines from about 40 papers around the world.we don’t do ‘fresh’ news because we don’t have reporters, although we plan to in the future.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for the explanation, Ginger. I’d love to know where one can get “just the facts, nothing else.”

          • edlfrey says:

            That will be VERY hard to find. Everyone interprets the ‘facts’ differently even scientist that supposedly use the ‘scientific method’ to determine what is a ‘fact’.

            I think it is best to read/watch media that you know are slanting the News but read/watch both sides of the slant. I am somewhat a cynic and doubt very much that I would ever believe that someone was presenting me with “just the facts, nothing else”.

            Do you remember Sgt. Joe Friday’s famous business-like catch phrase, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Well, he never said that! So much for “just the facts”.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Your advice to read and watch media that you know are slanting the news does have merit. It’s difficult finding more than one slant. My problem is I hate being lied to, even when it’s nothing personal, and the media’s sneaky attempts at lying (TV, radio, online, print, wherever) is maddening. Although I must say, seems lately the lying is more brazen. Truth is hard to find.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              The news is a “business” racing to report the events without getting all the facts in an attempt to raise their ratings.

              I truly believe they are inciting the unrest.
              But continuing to beat a dead horse…? Not realizing, they are part of the problem.

              The fact that humanity has to clarify that ANY lives matter is concern enough!

              Nuff said…end of rant!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              They realize they’re part of the problem. Chaos is part of the agenda.

            • Pookie in Todd Mission, tx says:

              I think all news today has a slant on it whether it be from the right or left….
              it would be nice to find someone that reports just the facts without throwing
              their opinion into the fray…..

          • DesertGinger says:

            Well, we use the statements in the articles that provide data, not opinion.

            For example:

            5 police officers were shot to death in Dallas


            5 noble police officers were brutally murdered in Dallas.

            Now whether the data is true is another story. How could we know? But our ultimate goal is to look at what media is doing. Until we have reporters we can’t really take a position on what is true or not. Our raw data just attempts o provide

            • DesertGinger says:

              Oops. Sorry. Here’s the rest.

              Our raw data just attempts to provide a ‘stripped down’ view, if you will, of the story presented in the news.

              And you don’t have to look for ‘slanted’ news. I have yet to see a US publication that is not slanted. You could read Xinhua, from China, or PressTV from Iran and get pretty unslanted international news; however, stories about their own countries are very slanted.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I understand. That was going to be my next question. πŸ™‚ You’re right. There’s no way to know if the data is true or not,, based on reports.

  30. casitagirl says:

    Finding Nemo! They look so happy!!

    We’re heading west today, all the way from a stop at a COE campground along the Red River in East Grand Forks, MN to another in Fort, Peck, Montana. Our dogs are snuggled up in the back seat, bellies full of truck stop chicken fingers. I probably shouldn’t give them to them, but they were a special treat because they’ve been good for the past 2 days as we’ve been driving.

    I’m loving the sunshine we’re seeing as we move west. It’s been a rainy spring/summer where we’ve been so far.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Glad you are enjoying the sunshine, casitagirl.

      Oh, what the heck… Give the doggies treats. πŸ™‚

  31. Geri says:

    Bridget is a lot like DoogieBowser, aloof and always composed. However, Reggie and Radar are quite the pair, they would both wear themselves out playing and exploring the day away ! Loved all the pics, most especially the last one of Reggie all 4 paws in the air and a happy face! Thanks for sharing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Geri,

      I would love to see Reggie and Radar together. I bet they would have a ball playing and running around. *sigh*

  32. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    I am so thankful for air conditioning in my apt. I will have a few days after I pick up my Casita when I will be back in Missouri City to organize things in my trailer and my vehicle. I was thinking of Walmart or rest stop.
    Then, I came to my senses and remembered that in those places there would be NO hookups! Panic. Called and was able to make a reservation for three nights with full hookups while I do my rearranging. What a relief.
    I am sure that the boondockers are struggling to find cooler places to stay. Best of luck with your relocations and feeling comfortable.
    Happy Travels and Trails.
    Pamelab in Missouri City, TX for now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab,

      Sounds like a good plan! This is no time to camp in Texas with no air conditioning, especially when you want to accomplish something. I didn’t realize there’s a Missouri City in Texas. πŸ™‚

      Best of luck to you, too… It won’t be long now… πŸ™‚

      • Pamelab in Houston says:

        Thank you, Sue –
        Anticipation! Missouri City is right next to Sugar Land, TX – one of my favorite names for a town. On my way to Lubbock, TX, in the panhandle, where I have some relatives, I pass Sweetwater, TX and near Lubbock there is the town of Shallowater.
        I enjoy seeing all the different and interesting names of towns as I have taken road trips to Michigan and to Virginia.
        Thank you for your wonderful blog. I enjoy it and always am entertained and learn something.
        Pamelab in Missouri City, TX…for now.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, Pamelab,

          I enjoy the town names, too. Two towns near us… one is Buena Vista and the other is Coaltown… have names that give a very different impression!

  33. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Love the pup pics. The last one is the best!

  34. BadgerRickInWis says:

    So last week you had the shot of Reggie looking out the window in silhouette and it reminded me so much of Cinandjules comment about how he looks like the flying nun. Than today I tune in and see him literally flying. Guess the wind shifted.

    I hope your move takes you to a quiet and cooler camp. It’s interesting to hear that it’s an issue to find nice boondocks or camps at the higher altitudes this time of year. I know that they are more popular the hotter it gets. But it used to be that the longer drives kept the worst of the crowds away from the high country so that the big rigs and OHV’s kept to the lower elevations. I guess not anymore.

    Thanks for the lovely post. Always a joy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Rick.

      I can’t say what’s happening in the high country. I’ve only skirted around it. It’s July and vacationers/backpacking young people/fun-seekers are out in full. I don’t drive way up to elevations over 10,000 ft. looking for boondocks. However, as high as I go, the people and OHVs are there, and they pass me as they go further.

      A common practice is to take the OHVs way up, hauling them with a utility trailer, like to a trailhead, and then riding the OHVs even further into the forest and mountains. That extends their range. So, no, I don’t think it’s true any longer “that the longer drives kept the worst of the crowds away from the high country so that the big rigs and OHVs kept to the lower elevations.” Plus the proliferation of huge, powerful pick-ups means big fifth wheels, big travel trailers, and utility trailers loaded up with OHVs can be hauled up mountains further than in the “old days.”

  35. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    I had to come back. I didn’t make the Spike connection. My brother had a JRT so that’s my first inclination. But I noticed Bridget was interested and engaged so I wanted to come back to see her pictures. I’m happy for her. I’m glad she had a nice visit and hope she had happy memories.

  36. weather says:

    Hi, Sue, do you think this will be a scouting for new camp or moving day? They had predicted strong storms would pass through central NY and be over my area by now. Instead that happened further south of here. I plan to take advantage of this nice, cloudy dry window of time with things that involve driving. I hope it’s as lovely around you and the crew today.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, weather. I wish you the same. I’m glad you are able to be on the roads today.

      I plan to hitch up and scout for a new camp with the BLT tagging along. If the scouting is unproductive we will go to one of the boondocks I found a few days ago.

      • weather says:

        Imagining that this morning was your first chance to see the new place in morning light, I hope you discover more reasons to be glad you’re there.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thank you, weather. Yesterday was what I think of as “a comedy of errors.” Another cliche that fits is “I was spinning my wheels.” After much looking we ended up in one of the first boondocks I found!

          I hope your day is full of gladness.

          • weather says:

            It’s kinda like when taking a test, going with the first answer that came to mind is almost always right. The aggregate of what we’ve learned and know aims us correctly yet we sometimes think it can’t be that easy… Second guessing isn’t a waste of time if it helps us continue to trust what works for us, right?

  37. Lisa,Tommie, and Buddy in NJ says:

    Hi fellow blogerinos, Sue and pups,
    It’s so nice to see the puppies being social, especially HRH Bridgette, and Reggie in flight. Go Reggie man. I love the story told in pictures. If each is worth a thousand words, then this could be your longest post yet!
    I am enjoying my first season as a snowbird, spending summer in the northeast visiting friends and family. Loving my lifestyle. :-|) β™₯β™₯β™₯

  38. Julie E from CO says:

    Hi Sue and crew!

    You’re in the heart of OHV country, unfortunately for you, so you may not find a quiet spot in the Salida area. There’s lots of trails/forest roads that are legal for OHVs of all kinds (as I’m sure you’re seeing). It’s too bad because it is really pretty there and it would be nice to enjoy some quiet time (and this is coming from someone who has an OHV, the sound of them starts to get to me too after awhile). That area might be better in the fall, although it’s very popular with hunters as well.

    The hubs and I just got back from a quick weekend trip to Boyd Lake State Park that is only about 45 minutes from our house. Since we’re still pretty new to camping with the camper we decided on this place as it was an easy drive for him to do by himself, and I met him after work on Friday. It was nice to sit around and do nothing for a couple days, but that campground sure was busy. It’s labeled as “family friendly” so that should have been our first clue πŸ™‚ Also, our younger dog likes to bark at kids, and there were just so many of them on their bikes or playing that stupid Pokemon game.

    But, on my way home, I saw my first Casita! I got unnecessarily excited LOL!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Your comment made me laugh Julie. No offense to anyone with kids but if only there were campgrounds labeled “family UNfriendly.” That might be more my speed.

      Also I can so relate to seeing your first “egg”. I remember a couple of years ago when I first started to research campers and spotted at 13′ Scamp in a parking lot. I made about 3 trips around checking it out from all sides exclaiming about this and that as my GF hunched down in the front seat warning me that they were going to call the cops. πŸ™‚

      • Julie E from CO says:

        LOL yup, family “unfriendly” would be perfect for us. We’re in the prime “breeding” years (early/mid 30s) but we aren’t there yet, and may never will be. Most of our friends have small kids, so when we go places without our friends, we don’t really want to hang out around a bunch of kids! To be fair though, it was funny to listen to some of their conversations.

  39. Terri From Texas says:

    Hi RvSue,
    Wonderful pics of the pups!! I love the name Nemo for a dog. Your comments about soaking in the cold river sound wonderful-we are not leaving on vacation this year til October and have to stay in the Texas heat for now. Yuck! I grew up in Texas and it just gets hotter and hotter…my age? Or, Global Warming? Either way, its too darn hot! Here is wishing you cool climes this summer. πŸ™‚


  40. R. now on Colorado Trail between Salida and Buena Vista says:

    Thank you for a great story behind each photo. There is great camping (free) near Salida along rt 200 (from rt. 285) but it goes high to Marshall Pass elevation above 10,000. You can manage elevation change if you take your time and maybe 2-3 days to get there. The secret is to do it very slowly, very gradually and drink plenty of water with added electrolytes. North of Buena Vista is a great free campground just pass the Clear Creek Reservoir. Colorado Trail goes right through the campground so lots places to walk. Another great boondocking is near Twin Lakes if you don’t mind a very short distance along a rough road. Great cell reception. Take route 82, then left before the lake. Continue around on the south side of the lake, pass TH for CT and camping with fire rings are on the left. My favorite is the first or the second one. On the paved road (306) about 10 miles from Buena Vista plenty of camping on the left side and along Cottonwood Lake Road (rt.344). Near Leadville along Halfmoon Creek Road (110) there are many places to camp including 2 or 3 fee campgrounds. This is a busy area on weekend with ATVs and those hiking 14ers including the highest in CO Mount Elbert. The road gets rougher the farther you travel.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, R. I appreciate the suggestions…..

      I know you are an avid hiker so I feel compelled to ask this. Please elaborate for anyone who may seek these camps…

      1) Are the sites suitable for RVs or are they tent campsites?

      2) Is the road to these camps suitable/practical for RV travel?

      I had a terrible time yesterday following the online enthusiasm about fantastic campsites along a forest road, and, after putting the PTV’s transmission through hell, they turned out to be tent sites only, no way an RVer could utilize them. I was kicking myself for not following my own instincts and doing my own search.

      And, yes, OHVs are a deal-breaker for me.

      Thanks again. I’ll get out my Benchmark! πŸ™‚

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Route 200 goes from Ohaver Lake to Marshall Pass. Very steep grade. I wanted to go there. I decided against it as I stood by the lake watching the plumes of dust from OHVs going up and down that road. I imagine it’s beautiful up there.

  41. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Nemo reminds me of the male dog in Lady and the Tramp. I think his name was Skamp? I like the pic of Reggie in the air in front of Nemo. Nemo is saying, ” that’s a good trick kid…bravo”.

  42. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Catch up time for me………lovely posts and photos Sue!

  43. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    I must admit I did not see the Spike resemblance until others brought it up. So sweet! I enjoyed all the pooch antics. Especially that last photo of Reggie! Wild.

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