Photo Essay: New Fork Lake, Wyoming

Sunday, August 3

1-DSC06158Scene near our camp at Boulder Lake, Wyoming


1-DSC06157Haze obscures the mountains of the Wind River Range — Pinedale, Wyoming


1-DSC06156We cross several miles of wide open space.  That’s Wyoming!


1-DSC06144Near the tiny village of Cora, north of Pinedale, we turn toward New Fork Lake.


1-DSC06145A herd of pronghorns dash over the sagebrush to disappear beyond a ridge.  Three hesitate for this photo.


1-DSC06148-001Dispersed camping is allowed in the area.  The campground is a tight fit for RVs.


1-DSC06153These boats are moored within walking distance of the campground.


1-DSC06152New Fork Lake — Photo taken from a dispersed camping site.


1-DSC06155“The Narrows” — Gateway to the upper portion of New Fork Lake


1-DSC06154The long view in the above photo diminishes the mountains which tower above the lake.


1-DSC06146A meadow near the lake 


1-DSC06159On the return to camp, we pass the “cowboy bulls” on a ranch near Boulder.


1-DSC06120-001The Best Little Trailer, floating in a sea of sagebrush next to Boulder Lake



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185 Responses to Photo Essay: New Fork Lake, Wyoming

  1. RachelDLS says:

    I love it! Blogerinos gone wild! Lol. You are a trip Sue! I do enjoy reading all the comments, though I do find it hard to keep up sometimes. I most sincerely don’t know how you do it! 🙂

    By the way, love the pictures! Makes me Sigh … a happy sigh and wish I could go see for myself again. Been a long time. We have such beauty in this country!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rachel,

      I can understand it being hard to keep up with the comments, especially when you’re a full-timer, too. We’re forever chasing internet signal!

      This is a beautiful country, no doubt about it. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Hugs to Macha . . .

  2. Ron in TX says:

    Neat pics .

  3. judithcamper says:

    Wat to go DesertGinger. I live in Nebraska. It is a great state. We may not have the the same type of landscape as Utah, and Colorado, but we do have great people! And as I look out my window I am viewing an ocean of every shade of green imaginable. We raise soybeans and live near a creek, so my view is blue skies and green fields. And a rainbow reflcted off of the pivot. This is also why we are part time campers. Hope you will enjoy our state. I’m going to check out Kay’s RV campground.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      OMG….how does that cowboy bull hold it’s head up?

      Yes that was a fun read!

      Hmmm…Kay’s unnamed husband…..

      Perhaps Desert Ginger is in PT and we have a few minutes for a head start!

    • Kay says:

      Come on by, stay a night or more, as soon as we get opened! We love it here, so peaceful, relaxing, and my oh my… the star gazing is just incredible!!!!

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        Kay, You may have said but where are you and your husband from originally from? It was so fun trying to figure out where you park was at. I hope we can do this again with future parks. We don’t need a prize each time, it was just fun!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, judithcamper,

      Oh, so THAT’s where soybeans come from. 😉 Your love for Nebraska shines!

  4. weather says:

    Yes’m,I will always read the whole page.As my reward for being cooperative,may I have early recess again today ,please?

  5. Rhodium says:

    For those who want to be first, it’s possible to write a script to detect new topics and submit a canned response. This is not one, happily. I’ve seen it done elsewhere, people are weird.

  6. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Last night was QUIET….the natives were not so restless….all was ok after 9 PM…so both hubby and I got rest!! I am SO GRATEFUL!!

    So interesting what all is going on with these new RV parks that Kay and her hubby are setting up!!! And nice too that they are being set up the way they are!! I would think they would be much used!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, that’s great that you had a quiet night. Hope your husband is having a better day.

      I don’t have any doubt that Kay’s RV parks will be a success. She knows what she’s doing and she knows what RVers want!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        More and more your lifestyle makes so much sense to us!! How great to be able to get away from what bugs you!!! If you choose to do so!!

        And yes, it is fun to meet some really nice folks on here…sometimes it is not easy to meet up with such, depending on where we live. And it is ok that some of your readers do not deign to read comments. Plenty of folks do chat…fun!!

  7. Wow…too bad you can’t charge people a buck a comment!

  8. Caroline near Seattle says:

    Lovely photos as always. Peaceful and serene.
    Try as you might …. you can’t entice me to read the comments section ! I really enjoy your blog though!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Caroline,

      Well, you’re writing a comment! That makes me happy! Thanks for the compliment on the photos and blog.

  9. Debbie Nevins says:

    Sue, great photo’s of Wy. My beloved husband was actually from Cody Wy. and I got to spend time there. We drove toward Yellowstone and stopped at the Snake River and bathed in the hot springs. Nice way to spend a day. I’m not that much of a Wyoming fan since his X lives there and it is not green enough for me. I love tree’s and plan on visiting the Redwoods to camp. I guess I’m partial to California.
    Can’t wait to read more about Sue and crew. I’m getting excited about my new lifestyle next year. Deb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      Your excitement will increase as the day for your lift-off draws closer. It’s such fun to take off, leaving the old life behind!

      I’d like to visit Cody. I don’t know if I’ll make it there this year or not.

  10. Jolene/Iowa says:

    This part of WY is so beautiful Sue. As far as the comments section to the blog posts, I learn so much from the comments. I have had a geography lesson with what towns are 406 miles from Boulder, WY. I actually enjoyed trying to figure it out and that was my intention also if I won it, to give it to you and the crew!

    I have also learned there are more National Monuments around the country than I would ever have dreamed of. All of this because of the comments!

    There are so many other things to learn from the comments. Who knew just how many people go out and trash our National Parks. The stories of finding the used toilet paper on the beach about made me puke. How can people be so crude? How tough would it be to bring a bucket and garbage bags for such purposes if you are going to be staying in dispersed camping with no facilities or at the least a coffee can or something and then dispose of it properly when you leave.

    I have learned more about people. I knew some of this from my own experiences living fulltime, but in an RV park for 6 years. Just because people live the RV life they still have basic needs that need to be met. They just have to do it a little differently than those who live in sticks and bricks. I know for awhile when money was tight for us when we first moved into our RV life fulltime, I did my laundry in one of those Wonder Wash table top washing machines. I had plenty of water in the RV park where we lived so this saved us the washer and dryer machine money in a laundromat.

    It all comes down to people caring about people and respecting each other. I think your blog as made this more to clear to me again. The love and caring that you show to others Sue, as well as the blog readers who have grown to love you and care for the fellow readers as well has just blossomed. Since I found your blog a couple months ago and then went back to read it from the beginning, I have seen this little bud that started, grow into a full bloomed rose! It is just beautiful!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Thank you for your sweet message. The community that has “blossomed” here is quite remarkable. Such good people!

      I love to hear that someone has received something worthwhile from my blog. I’ve certainly learned a lot from the comments over the past 3+ years of this blog.

      Your paragraph about the Wonder Wash machine points out that one can make adjustments in order to live full-time in an RV.

  11. Crystal says:

    Wow, I missed all the action? Sometimes I read the comments too early… I’m heading back to yesterday after work to “catch up”. Sounds like I’m time traveling.

  12. Calvin R says:

    I’m basically here to look at the pictures and find places to go once I launch. I’m glad you had fun with the comments, though. If I had 240 comments on one post to my once-in-a-while blog, I’d melt down.

  13. Teresa from NC says:

    The only thing I can say, with a big ‘ole smile on my face…”AWESOME post!”

  14. Teresa from NC says:

    By the way, I’m gonna start off my guesses with Hubby Earl! No, Howard! Wait, Robert! I give up:-)

  15. Kay says:

    Sue, having lived in the Sheridan area many moons ago, I never saw a Cowboy Bull like that! I am thinking, that fella must have transplanted himself from Texas because of the drought down there.

    By the way, I love the pictures in this post. It so fun to mosey along on back country road and find rare objects to photograph. Seeing how people live today, in the Countryside is really neat for me because I remember the Countryside when I lived on the farm, in the Country. Back then, many farmers let their buildings be that weathered wood look and now days, they paint them!

    Wyoming is an interesting area. Very pretty in some areas, and very boring in others. Story Wyoming was a cool, little town when we lived there. Summer was wonderful, winter, not so much.

    Thank you, for taking such awesome photos. I look forward to yours and Al’s over at the Bayfield Bunch daily. You both, are so good at finding neat things to photo.

  16. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Yum, I love bean and rice. 🙂 I know it will all be worth it.

    I also love to see dreams come true and am so glad that you have decided to share this one with us. When my own full time dream comes true I know where the first stop on my way from Wisconson to the mountains is going to be.

  17. Tawanda says:

    Oh my those horns on cowboy bull make my head hurt ;), beautiful country, great pictures and wonderful post, Sue…

    I’m excited for you, love the kid-less, canine friendly, good eats and all amenities available, place to relax you are putting together!!!
    You go girl and ‘nameless’!!!

  18. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Hummmmm, a name for Kays husband?

    This reminds me of a scene from Animal House:

    From now on your RVSUE name will be……………….Honey Dew.

  19. Betty-Shea says:

    Wow! As usual I am a day late – dollar short :+). Missed all these comments and cool contests…not gonna miss the ” name the hubby ” though! !!
    All in fun…I just love it! !!
    Keep the rubber on the road you silly RV ‘ers….catch you on the flip- flop…I am in Texas…trying to figure out why
    the rig runs beautiful one day
    and the next gets
    s to coughin’ and a chokin’

  20. Kitt, NW WA says:

    Wow, Sue, what great photos, I am in awe of the bull with the horns. I wonder what they must weigh? We drove through Wyoming on our way to Rice to pick up our Casita, it definitely is a place we want to spend more time. Right now I am more than ready to be there or at Kay’s new RV park enjoying the peace and quiet, plus the spectacular night skies! And a doggie spa day for Riley – he’ll be thrilled…

    We are in the midst of the great deck refinish of 2014. This summer has brought outstandingly beautiful weather – I think it is called “sun,” so getting the deck finished before the rains return is critical. Now if our home was like yours, a quick flip or two of the rug and presto, refinished!

    I continue to be amazed at each of your new home sites – you do know how to pick them. Looking at each one I think you have found the perfect one, then you hit the roads for a bit and presto, another perfect home site. Thanks so much for sharing your vagabond life with us, you open our eyes to off the beaten track places that are unknown to many people.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kitt. I’m pleased that I can BE “off the beaten track.”

      I’ve never given it much thought, but you Pacific-Northwesterners must have to “make hay while the sun shines.”

      I’m as amazed at our camp sites as much as you are. I hate to leave one, thinking how perfect it is, and then, wham! another perfect site!

  21. Alan Rabe says:

    Kimball Nebraska, Interesting. My house closes this Friday at 1:00 Pm. I will be hitting the road Sept,12. Going to Lincoln Il. for 3 weeks to visit relatives and then to Box Elder and Americas campground for 3 weeks, got to get my license and see the Badlands while there. Then I am off to Grand Junction CO. for I don’t know how long. My cousin lives there and I want to see the area. Yeah, I know winter in the Rockies, you only live once and if you want to take pictures of snow then you have to pay the price. Anyway I will be going thru the Kimball area after Box Elder. So if the campground is to be open around the first of October then I could adjust my plans to stay there 1 night on my journey to GJ. So Kay do you think that is plausible? Not much else in your neighborhood.
    Anyway hi Sue. great snaps, hope all is well with you and the crew.

    • Kay says:

      Yep, we will have sites by then. I already have a couple sites, we are camped in one site at the moment.

      When your in Box Elder, enjoy it. The rain and hail should have ended by then. All you can eat crab legs on Friday and Sat in downtown Deadwood at the ummm… oh poo across from the Silver. The Lodge is a great gambling place and their food is better.

      Be sure to have your birth certificate and passport with to get your driver’s license!!! You have to prove your citizenship now days.

      In the Kimball area, there are some really cool Museum’s. They will take you back to childhood! The town has some things going on through out the summer and I think into October. I can’t remember all that the City employees told me, but I know there some kind of thing going on in October.

      It’s also an easy drive from the Rapid area down here, about 3 hours or so, oh guess that’s the way Kay drives. 🙂

      So come on down!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan… Nice of you to say “great snaps.” They’re actually quite poor, but who cares? Haha!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thank you, Alan. I’m very pleased you think so, as I know you’re an accomplished photographer.

        • R. (Western Colorado) says:

          Alan, I traveled through Delta often whether I want to go to Curecanti, north rim of the Black Canyon NP, take a back roads to Crested Butte, go hiking to Ouray, or take a long road to Grand Mesa. If you want arches then McInnis has Rattlesnake Arches Trail. Fantastic trail but a little over 15 miles round trip. Delta is a great location. Good luck and have a fun moving around.

    • Linda D. says:

      Alan, just noticed that you said you were going to Lincoln, Il. and since I was born and raised right in that area, just wanted to give you a shout out! I am mostly a lurker…don’t often post, but love to read Sue’s blog and the comments.

      • Alan Rabe says:

        My mother was born in McLean and raised in Armington, a town of about 200, its up to 400 now. All her family were farmers in the old tradition. I have cousins in Atlanta and around Lincoln. No aunts and uncles left, my mom was the last of her generation. Her maiden name was Miller.

  22. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Pleinguy,

    Good to see you here. I was thinking about you the other day. I think it was when I posted a photo of a sage grouse and the colors looked like something I’d want to paint . . . Anyway . . . .

    I don’t think we’ll camp at New Fork Lake. Obviously, you can see from the photos… It’s a gorgeous lake. The dispersed camping sites near the lake — which is where I’d want us to be, of course — are along the lake road. In other words, not on spur roads. That means people going by. Not that there’d be oodles of traffic or anything. I’m more particular than the average (read: normal) person when it comes to privacy and quiet.

    The vegetation around the lake is thick. I like for Spike to have easy access to the water. (There are dispersed sites away from the water.) It’s also about 30 miles to supplies. Not terribly far, but not convenient either.

    I don’t know where we’re going!

  23. Alan Rabe says:

    All year, then make sure you get “hydrant valves” for your water connections. The valve is actually underground below the frost line while the handle is above ground. But I bet you already know that, just wanted to make sure. Busted water pipes is not fun.

  24. Kay says:

    Nope, not John…. but the short version does end with an “n”.

    My Name-less hubby is pretty good at being a “Jack of All Trades” even though MOST of the time, I feel the need to intervene and tell him “No, do it this way, it’s much easier than your way.”

    Every now and again, he’ll stomp off mumbling something and I’ll give a shout “What did you say, I didn’t hear that.” Sometimes, it’s best if I just keep myself tucked away in some corner…. 😉

    Now when it comes to the mechanically side of things, there too, I add my two bits but only when it involves MY vehicles. Sometimes, he gently tells me “You are a real challenge, dear.”

    Over all, he’s a super great husband. Name-less and all, at least for now.

    • Teresa from NC says:

      Is it Dan? Ben? Ken? Len? Ron? Hon? (Honey, get it?)

      • weather says:

        Teresa only left out one popular name guess I can think of,Stan?Less popular yet perhaps fitting-Prince among men?(Short for “the guy that makes me the envy of all women,my own Prince among men”)

  25. Alan Rabe says:

    I traded mine in for an Element, but they don’t make them anymore. I think Honda makes a tent that attaches to the back of the Crv that you just kind of back into.

    Here is an official RVSue link:

    Honda Genuine Factory OEM 08Z04-SCV-100B, fits 2003 – 2011 CRV Odyssey Pilot and Element

    Yes, it is now one of my links. — Sue

    • Cinandjules says:

      Elements have a ton of room….if you’re my height. 😉

      Those Ford Transit Connects can be converted also.

      • Alan Rabe says:

        They stopped making them in 2011. Said they are a niche market. Put all their production in the high mileage vehicles.

    • Calvin R says:

      I used a similar tent with a Grand Voyager minivan for several years. I loved it. Mpg for travel and space for living.

  26. rvsueandcrew says:

    What? The crew and I have been bumped to “weekly?” I’m crushed, Ed!

    That means all my inaccurate statements and false assumptions and bald-faced lies won’t be corrected for DAYS! You have a responsibility here, Ed! Don’t crap out on me now!

    Oh, that’s right… You’re the barley person. I thought it was quinoa. SEE? I even made a mistake about YOU!

    Seriously, I’m happy you appeared at all. I feared you’d overdosed on our silliness and dumped my blog. I’ve been keeping up with you, Patches, the weather in Taos, your “linners,” book reviews, and the always engaging, political excerpts. 🙂

  27. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Kay and NoName, what wonderful ideas. I’m loving the updates on the work and future plans.

    Sue: great pics fun post. In town just up the road from me are several long-horned steers they use for roping competitions. Great looking guys.

  28. Then there is the subspecies of blog follower who also blogs – bloggerino 🙂

    • RachelDLS says:

      Oh my goodness! You are all having way too much fun out here! Lol!! But then I saw it. I knew it was true. I must admit. Walt in Boise. How did you know? I AM a subspecies. I’m a Bloggerino. Sad. Very sad. Can’t help myself.

      • Don’t be sad. Embrace your blogness (or bloggerness). 🙂 Persoannly, I just figure that blogging and being part of a subspecies merely adds to my uniqueness.

        In my case, though, bloggerino needs to be spelled with a lowercase “b” to signify my lower readership levels. Sue, assuming she ever comments on other blogs, would definitely be a Bloggering with a capital “B”. 😀

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You nutty people remind me of the catchy Dr. Pepper song from the 70s…

          “I’m a blogorino and I’m proud,
          I used to be alone in a crowd,
          But now you look around these days
          there seems to be a blogorino craze!
          I’m a blogorino, he’s a blogorino, she’s a blogorino, we’re a blogorino …
          Wouldn’t you like to be a blogorino, too?”

          • weather says:

            Thanks for sharing,Cinandjules! 😉

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hahahaha! That’s a good one, weather.

          • RachelDLS says:

            Now who is being nutty! Lol. In all sincerity, you have created a wonderful place out here for people. It is no wonder but you have so many people following your blog. It is always a delight to come out here and see what you’re up to. You have a lovely way about you my friend. I am delighted and honored that I was actually able to meet you and get to know you a little.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              That’s sweet, Rachel. Thank you. It’s easy to be “lovely” in print and for a short visit in person. Heh-heh. I do have my grumpy, moody, cranky times, too.

              It was an honor for me to meet you. Your positive attitude after and during many tests and trials is quite remarkable.

            • RachelDLS says:

              That is the point dear lady, you are human and you let us see some of that. Yet, you share the joy in your life! Not getting out of this compliment! I may have only had a short visit with you but it is one I will never forget. You came to our rescue. Macha and I. I don’t know what we would have done without you there.

          • Thanks Sue – your catchy song is now my internal “song of the day” that I can’t get out of my brain. LOL

  29. Sue, the Boise area would have been a fine location as well, at least for me. 😀 Plus there is plenty of scenery and hiking within an hour’s drive in just about any direction. However, I noticed Kay said that her actual location is not all that far from Rapid City, which is another of my favorite places. Spent three years there from 1983-1986 and loved it there. I just didn’t like my income so much. 😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aww… sorry for the joke on Boise. It’s probably a wonderful city. My only knowledge of Boise is that it seemed to keep creeping further up the interstate no matter how long I kept driving that day!

      • It has done some of that in the 11 years we’ve lived here, but it still is not too hard to get out of town when the need arises. And it arises quite often for me. 🙂

  30. ja says:

    Replying to everyone by replying to myself lol. Thanks for the ideas of the air mattress and the tent that attaches to the car. Will check those out.

  31. Kay says:

    Okay, all RVSue and Crew Blogerinos,

    Electrician just left….. looks like we will be getting the WHOLE park done and it sounds like it will all have power by end of month!!! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    The pull through sites will be first. I doubt we will have the snack shack and restrooms/showers/laundry room completed by then, but who knows… A miracle might happen yet!

    Sue – Hubby got a chuckle out of the “name-less” part, and told me you Hit the Nail on the HEAD. Now, I’m not sure if I am the nail, or the head.

  32. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Sue, did you get any rain today? We had a heavy downpour and I only hope it is going to dry out by tomorrow morning. I got new hiking boots today and don’t want to hike in mud on the first day. I want to keep them clean at least for two days.

    And now about Cody, WY. I know you don’t do museums but the museum in Cody is something almost unreal in such small town. Any big metropolitan area would love to have a museum just like the one in Cody. If you find yourself in the area and have nothing else to do go to the museum. One gallery is founded by my husband’s family so my last name is in that museum too. And no, I won’t be having a contest which gallery or the name. I prefer to stay anonymous. Not too far from Cody you could go to Bighorn Canyon to look for wildhorses.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      I saw the wild horses mentioned on my Benchmark. I’d love to see them, as you know. Thanks for the tip on the museum. I may take a look at it if we get over to Cody. To get there we’d probably go through Teton NP and Yellowstone NP, durn mountains are in the way. Actually I’ve heard the drive from Yellowstone to Cody is very scenic and there are campgrounds along that road. I need my tooter (air horns) for bear country!

      I know what you mean about keeping the hiking boots good for at least a day. I never understood those women who always look so clean and neat. You know the kind… They can ride 350 miles in a hot car with no air conditioning and step out without a wrinkle on the back of their blouse. Drives me bananas. I’m wrinkled BEFORE I get into the vehicle.

      BTW, R. . . Kindle paperwhites are on sale today… $119 marked down to $99. It’s for today only, 8/4/14

  33. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Geri,

    I do miss you and your exclamation points!!!!!! Hugs to you, Chuck, the Doog, and, of course, Radar!!!!!

  34. Kay says:

    Winston, or was it Weston… I remember that museum. It was COOL and I strolled through place slower than a turtle. I think for some reason I remember something like , Billy the Kid or something…. Also remember Cody something too. I agree, Sue if you get a chance, it is really a place you will enjoy. If you are up there when the temps are cooler, the Crew may possibly be able to go into the BLT.

    I am thrilled about the Electric!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      If it’s cool enough, the crew would rather stay in the PTV. Bridget has her bed that she loves even though it’s beat up and worn out and has holes in it, and Spike has his quilt on the bench seat. They’re more accustomed to waiting for me in the PTV than in the BLT.

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        Bridget’s bed reminds me of my husband’s slippers. He loved them so much there were coming apart so he used duct tape to fix them and it did work for a while. We both had lots of fun referring to his ducted slippers.
        Sue, maybe you should try to use duck tape to fix Bridget’s bed?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It may come to that. As this point it’s only holey which adds to its charm in Bridget’s view.

  35. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    That’s Buffalo Bill Museum and it is affiliated with Smithsonian. Actually the Buffalo Bill’s consist of five museums.

  36. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Too bad about the paperwhite. I can’t make any larger purchases for the next two weeks. Thank you for remembering Sue. If you see this special offer again please, please let me know.

  37. Diann in MT says:

    Big and very informative Western history museum. If you go, make sure the weather is cool if you intend to leave the crew inside. Sierra Trading Post (read inexpensive t -shirts) is located across the street.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I’m not sure why people feel the need to remind you to take care of the crew, when it is quite obvious that you always take care of the crew very carefully.

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        People who care about other people remind us to do certain things and, IMHO, not because they don’t think a person cannot take care of things on his/her own but because we human care and want to remind ourselves this is what we suppose to do. When my husband and I hiked together often he told me to watch for some rock on a trail, or held my hand when climbing more difficult sections or make a noise when in a bear country. I told him to drink water make sure he puts his sunscreen. I knew about paying attention to stones and rocks on a trail as much as he knew he needed to drink water when hiking. Today I would give anything and everything to hear his voice and those reminders again. At least one more time. It was all out of love.

  38. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Funny but I cannot recall any drop-offs. What I remember are wolves in Lamar Valley. I would like to return to Lamar Valley but if I have to deal with crowds in Yellowstone NP then I better forget about returning there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The trick to Yellowstone is “keep moving.” I saw “Old Faithful” do its thing, looking through the passenger window as I cruised by the turn.

      I looked up Lamar Valley in my you-know-what atlas. I see Route 212 going west to east from Yellowstone. It’s a more northerly route out of Yellowstone than Route 20 to Cody.

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        Sue, Lamar Valley = wolves. If you find yourself there have binoculars ready.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh my, I’ll have the binoculars AND the leashes in hand. Would you go that route instead of the one that goes directly to Cody from Yellowstone?

  39. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Love your ideas, Kay and certainly hope they all pan out!! It would such a blessing to lots of folks. And your food!!! WOW!! I hope your strength holds out so you can manage it all!!

    And someplace you wrote of how you do love children but I think all of us in the grandparent age are not happy with at least how most people let their children run pretty wild these days. We were taught to respect other people and their property…but not many are today!! And having a discount for veterans…how lovely that is!! VietNam interrupted college for my hubby and it was not until 3 kids later he was able to finish his degree (after 6 years in the sub service). He and I and our children all sacrificed for this country and not often has it paid off. It means a lot to drive up to our local Home Depot and there are 4 special parking places JUST FOR VETS!! It makes me proud we can park there!! So GOD bless you for what you are going to do too!!!

  40. Liz says:

    Hi Sue & Crew!,
    I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now….love the pictures of where you stay and your crew. What wonderful companions you have!! So, I have to comment on the RV park (yes, I had to go back & read the previous blog’s comments, which I never read comments. Something I will have to start doing). I’M FROM BOISE!!! Yes, it has grown a LOT! There are a couple of rv parks in the Boise area. One immediately at the Broadway exit by all the businesses…can you say concrete. There is one in Garden City right by the Boise River & Green Belt…..not bad but it is “neighbours to the horse racing stalls……dusty. There is one up Highway 55…..always see this place packed. The one thing I notice that is missing, you seem to be in the next persons campsite. I like some of the OR/WA State Parks where there are trees & bushes separating the campsites. I wish Kay and her “nameless” husband the best on your new adventure. Love the idea about the snack shack!

    PS….sorry I posted this originally on the wrong blog post. Been a long day…….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Liz,

      Welcome to our little community! I’m very happy you took the time to drop in here with a message to share . . . and you went back and read comments. Wow!

      Yay for Boise! Yay for Walt and Liz!

      I don’t have much experience with RV parks. I think I’ve stayed in two altogether. What you describe doesn’t sound very inviting!

      No problem if you posted somewhere else. Hope you are relaxed at the end of your long day!

  41. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I haven’t had this much fun since the hogs et my little brother, lol..

    I do believe the Cowboy Bull is a Watusi, or perhaps a longhorn Watusi cross. We have a local rancher that raises both. The horns on the Watusi curve up and are really thick at the base, the longhorn’s spread more sideways and are thinner. The local rancher has one that has lopsided horns, poor critter stands lopsided his horns are so huge.

    My father in law was a dairy farmer, thus my interest in cattle, never owned one myself!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J,

      I googled “Watusi cattle” and learned they’re from Africa and their horns can grow to eight feet from tip to tip. You’re probably right that this one is a cross.

      Interesting. Thanks for teaching me something.

      BTW, you got my attention with your first line!

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        So I wasn’t the only one who found the Watusi cattle photos. Could also be a young one… instead of a mix.

  42. Kay says:

    I love this blog, too! Its the wholesome down to earth, real life feelings that our wonderful Sue pours into it. The personalities of Spike and Bridget are awesome. I couldn’t help but tune in daily to see what Ol’ Spikey had done for the day. His Spike Patrol was pretty darn awesome. Both of the Crew members have their own ideas, or ways, sometimes stubborn ways. Sometimes, I would be laughing so hard reading that dear hubby would come into my office to see what was so funny.

    I strongly believe, Spike and Bridget, and maybe Bridget more so, RUN the show at RVSue’s place. The Canine Corner was a hoot, and I sure hope them two get off their hinnies and start that up again. Enough of them laying around! They have entertaining to do!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You made me smile. I’ll get after the two of them to get back to helping me with this blog writing!

      BTW, Spike is going in for a tune-up tomorrow! He has to be at the vet in Pinedale between 8:00 and 8:30 for a complete check-up… blood work, teeth check, the works!

      • Kay says:

        Oh, I hope all goes well. Maybe the Vet has some hearing aids for dogs???? Although, a slim chance, maybe he has a ball of wax and needs his ears flushed…. My first Rowdy had that. Poor guy, we went about year and thought he had gone deaf. Then went it came time for those shots, well the plugged ears were discovered. Needless to say, the sweet, gentle Rowdy was NOT very happy with the Vet, it took almost an hour to clean out. But, boy did he hear good after that! So, I am going to keep my fingers crossed that maybe Spike has wax!!! At any rate, I wish him well. I take dear hubby to the doctor in the morning too, and hopefully, the doctor will be happy with my hard work on that man.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks for the wish for Spike tomorrow. It would be wonderful if the problem were wax. What a fantastic thing for Rowdy, to hear again! Best wishes to you and hubby tomorrow.

          • R. (Western Colorado) says:

            It is only 7:30 am and I’m guessing you’re getting ready to take “my” Spike to the vet. Hope all is well. Does Bridget get to have her check up soon?

  43. EmilyO in NM says:

    I swear, it must be in the air or in the water; but your blogginarios (that’s the southern New Mexico influence hitting me) are into something. Hope it hits here before long!

  44. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Oh, and speaking of blogorinos gone wild….be glad the only thing we can post is comments, and not pics. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You know, you’re right, Ladybug. The very thought of it strikes terror in my heart.

      • Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

        Now that I think about it….YOU were the one posting pics of a nekkid man! 😀

  45. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Don,

    It probably does seem like I do a lot of stuff every day, but I don’t really. For instance, I answer comments in between reading emails, feeding the crew, eating a meal (gosh, it’s a wonder my keyboard works what with all the crumbs between the keys!)…

    Almost all of my “adventures” with the crew are done by early afternoon. It rained a lot today, put me to sleep. I had a nice long nap. I’m wearing a hole (a very big one) in my lounger. Haha! Putting together a blog post sometimes eats up a morning, especially if there are a lot of comments, too. I don’t think of it as work. It’s what I want to do and that, dear Don, is the definition of retirement, right?

    Finding new camps isn’t tiring. It’s fun!

    Nice of you to wonder about my energy expenditures! BGW… too funny! It’s like this blog is developing its own language.

  46. rvsueandcrew says:

    I think you’re right, jolene. I think that because I get that “homey” feeling, too, reading the chatty responses to my posts.

  47. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    I want to add my good wishes for Spikes check-up tomorrow. I enjoy his “soaks” plus his antics are now a part of our household. I share with my daughter posts from your blog, pictures and Spikes water soaks so when Oscar (our rescue??) decided to lay down in the water the other day she laughed and pointed to his “Spike imitation.”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That tickles me, CheryLyn! Spike is a household word!

      Thank you very much for your good wishes for Spike’s visit to the vet tomorrow. I’ll be sure to give a full report for all his fans!

  48. rvsueandcrew says:

    A NOTE FOR THE MORNING: I’m signing off now to go to bed. I probably won’t be joining some of you for morning coffee. The crew and I will head out early to be in Pinedale around eight for Spike’s vet appointment. Talk to y’all later!


  49. Carol Wheatley says:

    When I got to Cody, I was too shaken to get full value from a museum. It didn’t help that my daughter was following in a rig without ‘jakes’,and my Sweetie kept wanting to stop and wait for her. Finally found a spot to wait,downhill, a full view of canyon. She had been held up by road work. Perhaps things have improved! Don’t take East gate out of Yellowstone. Perhaps the Watusi are crossed with Brahma, famous for bucking bulls.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the info, Carol. Maybe the road is better now. I’ll probably look at it on Google Earth before deciding whether to go that way or to avoid it.

  50. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Hi Sue….guess I missed all the fun. Daughters gave me the gift of respite so we had a couple of days in a Provincial Park trying out the new trailer. Everything worked, dumping tanks was easy, I am thrilled with it.
    I might go back and read the comments tomorrow. Enjoying the Wyoming pics…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val,

      Sounds like your “shakedown cruise” was a success. It is a wonderful feeling to try out the features on a new trailer and find that they work. Yay!

  51. uh huh…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    Cat Lady

  52. weather says:

    Good Whatever part of Tuesday or so you see this Sue,
    Sounds like a busy day ahead for you with Spike’s visit and possibly new camp finding,too.I hope the vet is knowledgeable and optimistic.May the time spent until I hear back be filled with your meeting good news at every turn.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Well, the Spikester is at the vet. It seems very weird not having him here.

      Bridget and I went on our morning walk without him and she seemed happy with the one-on-one experience. The sky is blue again after yesterday’s rain that continued into the night. The weather forecast is for afternoon thundershowers until the weekend which, I hear, is typical summer weather for this part of Wyoming.

      I was going to move camps, then decided to stay in order to receive mail, and then decided to take Spike to the vet. Quiet at the lake, only seen one boat.

      Hope all is peaceful and in harmony at your place!

      • DesertGinger says:

        They have a Spike for the day? He’s not sick is he?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, Spike isn’t sick. He wasn’t there all day. Because he had to fast for blood work, he was VERY hungry when I brought him home. He ate the breakfast he missed, plus an early dinner and now he’s napping. It’s nice of you to be concerned.

          I’ll write the details in the next post.

          • R. (Western Colorado) says:

            I thought Spike is going to tell us about his visit to the vet. No?
            Spike, wake up and get to work. It is time to do some writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I have that same feeling, too. I’m happy I can afford a vet to give him good care. The other emotion… missing him… isn’t rational. It just is.

        Yes, I believe Mick is mailing the tooter today. It’s fun receiving a package and even more fun when it’s a new “toy.”

        • weather says:

          HaHaHa-like love is rational,it would really suck if THAT were true.Toys are just good all the time.Do you have a couple states you imagine a potential lil cabin would be nicest in?

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hi, weather,

            As I drive around the West and we camp in beautiful places, I ask myself, “Would I ever want a small house here?” My answer is often, “Yes, if it weren’t for the winter weather.”

            And to have a house to visit in the summer doesn’t make sense to me because summer is the time for travel.

            I’m not ready to be tethered to one location.

            • weather says:

              Thanks for checking in,so happy to hear Spike’s with you and resting!Now I’ll rest easier ,too,and wait for the next post if you can fit in doing that between enjoying the crew in your no longer askew world 🙂

        • weather says:

          Because when I picture things to head towards,for a while it was either this or that.Then one day while reading verses and listening I realized the Voice was showing me more than one picture because I could have them both and more!Everything changed.Instead of sticks and bricks in San Diego for the Pacific and everything else there or that equivalent here or travel I chose all.Now I’d like to see about the northern Pacific coast to add winter on that ocean.Maybe trading parts of seasons with people that have wee places elsewhere so no one gets bored …

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Spike is fine! I’ll try to post before the day is over. He’s home now in his usual spot at the foot of the bed working on another nap.

  53. Morning Sue,
    The big red boy Geordie is doing great. He reaches 2 years old next week.
    I’m just a couple of weeks from my launch into full time. Been a long haul to get there.
    Your pups look like they’re doing well.
    Maybe we’ll meet up again down the road.
    Take care.

  54. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    Me too. I’m not a chatter.

  55. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    I never get weary of YOU Sue responding. Maybe I never stated this before but your responses to my comments make my days. I really, really like how you make your blog so personal because of your input to blogorinos’ responses. Please don’t stop what you’re doing and the way you’re doing it. Your blog is so successful because of you and comments. I hope you won’t change anything. Please.

  56. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Depending on how my day starts, the number of comments is either exciting or intimidating! For someone living “alone” you sure have a huge social life :-). Kay’s adventure has been a delightful “side story” – one we can even stop by and see in our travels.
    The lake photos are lovely and serene. The bull looks like he’s wearing someone else’s hat :-).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Yeah, those horns on that bull could use a bell on both tips…

      I imagine the comments are quite intimidating when one opens them up after a day or so. They’re manageable for me because I read and respond periodically, not letting them accumulate, in order to keep from getting too far behind.

      • DesertGinger says:

        I was thinking he couldn’t really do much damage because of the position. He’d have to get able to run sideways. Or at least sling his head sideways. Longhorns are dangerous because the horns curve to the front

  57. Kay said, “He (electrical guy) says we could go with 400AMP but we are opting for the 600AMP because we don’t want ANYONE to not get enough power, summer or winter, ya know what I mean…”

    Kay, make him/his boss give you this IN WRITING. My son-in-law was promised the same thing. No where near what was promised. They’ve come out twice more (more $/materials each time) and it’s not even 400. Have a contract so you’ll have something to fall back on and not have to keep forking over money each time. SNL wishes he had. Just sayin.’

    Cat Lady

  58. Sue(Alabama) says:

    Hi Sue, Looks like a great place to be hanging for awhile. The picture of the BLT looks so peaceful sitting in its spot, great views! Love that big ole cow, but sure wouldn’t want to meet up with him in a field!! The water sure is blue and looks like its time for a swim Spikey! Especially after a Doctors visit. Hope it went well and he can get back to his calm peaceful life!

    The kids have started school here this week so we now have our lake back!! Yea!! No more loud boats and jet skis!

    Kay, how exciting it is reading about your new experience! I have always wanted to open an Rv park or two but my sweetie says when he is retired that’s it, he’s done! And to him it doesn’t sound like fun but work! Oh well we will just have to visit yours! If our new coach ever gets out of repair shop! 2 months now with nothing major wrong with it! We have moved it from one shop as they let it sit for 5 weeks and did nothing to it. So now hoping the new shop can get things going but it’s going on 3 weeks! It does have a lot to do with warranty issues.
    Have a great afternoon Sue and her happy crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      Now that I’m not teaching anymore I can share your delight at the kids going back to school! I’m not sure when they go back in Wyoming. I think opening day is in a few weeks.

      Gee, having to sit around waiting for a warranty repair isn’t good, right in the middle of summer. Sorry you’re dealing with that.

      You have a super afternoon, too!

  59. DesertGinger says:

    Wow! My Internet was down for a day, and how things move! I must say, Sue, that I agree with others. Sometimes you took a break for a day or two from blogging and we just carried on, chatting with each other, but even then we were all waiting for your return. We all love to hear from Sue.

    I like the name HoneyDew for Kay’s nameless wonderful husband. And Kay, how about setting your sights for sites a little further south? Seems like the Quartzsite area would be a big opportunity…although I realize it depends on vacant older rv parks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, DesertGinger,

      And I love hearing from you, too! We missed you! Thank you for giving me the prize. 🙂

      Talking about RV park locations…. My mind keeps going to an abandoned RV park located north of Reno on Route 395, south of Susanville. I remember going south down 395 and not being able to find a campground or boondock, I decided I’d stop at an RV park for the night. I didn’t see any!

      I pulled into this RV park and realized it wasn’t in operation. That 395 is a busy thoroughfare for snowbirds.

  60. DesertGinger says:

    Oh….and Sue, were you really thinking of Kimball, Nebraska?

    • DesertGinger says:

      Ok, good. I was feeling a touch sad for a moment, if I really just beat you. I have to say I loved that game! And what fun to get it right!

  61. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Opps hit the wrong button.

    Nowadays individuals are minimalists. It’s also affordable.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Opps, oops, whatever! 🙂 Man, driving around Wyoming, one doesn’t get the impression of minimalist living. Huge ranches!

  62. rvsueandcrew says:

    Oh,of course, taxes. I also think they need the wheels to get around zoning requirement for minimum square footage of permanent housing.

  63. rvsueandcrew says:

    I really do like it when I can sit back and read a conversation between readers. It’s like throwing a party and watching the guests enjoy themselves. 🙂

  64. Diann in MT says:


  65. Walt says:

    I see the conversation continues. 🙂 The volume and quality of comments inspired me to blog about your blog. Hope you don’t mind, Sue.

    • RachelDLS says:

      Hey Sue. I wanted to ask if I could mention you and the crew in my tiny little blog too. 🙂

    • RachelDLS says:

      So. How can we we your post Walt?

      • Walt says:

        Your comment did get through, thanks. By the way, I also have to prove I’m not a robot when responding, so at least Blogger does not discriminate. 🙂

        As far as phones are concerned, we deliberately chose to have what we term “dumb phones.” I don’t want there to be any question as to whether the human or the electronic device is smarter. 😀

    • Marilu in Northern California says:

      Walt, you speak for many of us in your essay about RVSue. Thank you.

  66. penny says:

    just recently started reading your blog and enjoy it so much. went back to earlier posts and started reading but can’t see the photos. it says [slideshow] but i can’t get anything to open….any suggestions?

    • Penny says:

      thanks a bunch! Hate to miss a single one of your great pics! Live in Arkansas and really ready for another trip to the West – – so beautiful!!

  67. CheryLyn(Oregon) says:

    Darn, sorry for the glitch in your day. I have had a number of “those” events and consider it fortunate that my feet don’t turn that way since I wear a size 11. Sending calming and strengthening thoughts your way.

  68. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hugs, your’re right, tomorrow is another day! I hate when I do things like that.

  69. weather says:

    ni’ nite , sleep tight

  70. R. (Western Colorado) says:

    I trust you’re OK. I don’t know if knowing this is going to make you feel better but I think each of us did some time something so dumb and it resulted in inconvenience and extra unnecessary expense. It just happened something like this to me on Monday and this is why I won’t be purchasing Kindle Paperwhite for a while.
    Goodnight Sue! Goodnight Crew!

  71. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    Had to drop to bottom and say OMG… another post with already over 240 comments before I get here (on the road at the moment… home again tomorrow)

    Just got caught up on yesterday’s posts and now will head to the top of today’s entries and start on them if I don’t fall asleep.

  72. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    I LOVE Knoeffla soup!! Popular in the Dakotas. 😎 Will you be open by mid september? It is almost on my way south.

  73. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    I believe that cow is from an African breed. The horns don’t even look real, do they? Fake enhancements for the insecure bull… LOL

  74. Edie (OK) says:

    Glad everyone is ok. Everything else, although annoying, is secondary. 🙂
    Hope you have a great morning!

  75. Jean Wheatleyin Oregon says:

    Blog ordinal,Your pix of the WY road arefakmiliarthey look like the road to town, where we used to go to get waternine miles of that for a ten gallon milk can that lasted for aa wee for washing,mus dishes walls, you nameit, we stretched tthe water to wash it.Thewall to our outdoor facility was long, in the winter time it tripled inlenghThere was nothing to read, I could only affor true detective and one knew what an Ebola.Out of sheer boredom I went wit hubby when he moved the rig.on coming home those three antelope used to race the truck.Yhose dudes can runThey could outrun the truck loaded or no we were rolling on the way home.Whenthey passed us, they’d fly over the fence.”I beat,manner manner”ie en walked out of boredom, but stub you toe on a cholla, right thru the shoe is discouragig.speaking oh mud on boots, you get mud on just build until you are a foot tallerSoutherners eat greets, damn auto correct, I said greeutsyfor grain,or Texans do. Book. Gree it’s one nite on the way to town, we followed a nitro truck, in a lightning storm,for five Wy the lightning strikes then rolls along the ground in a ball.if I hadn’t known how to pray, I woulda learned it there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Love how you described the trip to the facility tripling in length in winter! My grandparents had an outhouse on their farm. Fortunately I never had to trudge through cold and snow to use it.

      I can see your story about the pronghorns, because yesterday I was driving along and a herd of about 15 pronghorns began to run across the sage plain and up the rocky hill. Boy, those things can move! It was thrilling to watch.

      Ball of lightning incident…. Not something you ever forget! Thanks for the entertaining comment, Jean.

  76. Hope tomorrow is a better day! Sending good thoughts your way. Thank you for creating this wonderful virtual community.

  77. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thank you, Cheryl, Jolene, weather, Edie, Karen, and Elizabeth. 🙂

  78. rvsueandcrew says:

    Dear, dear Kay . . . . I imagine you all day were “a ball of lightning” like Jean described above. (Look out Denver, here she comes!)

    You survived the vehicle clingers! Thanks be to God!

  79. rvsueandcrew says:

    Good morning, weather,

    Such a tender scene of contentment… pups asleep, cat at play, bird in song, weather sipping her coffee with no reason to rush . .. Rest, relax, rejuvenate on these two days at home.

    Life goes on, the dark clouds part revealing blue skies again as they have done ever since this pattern of rain found us.

    Funny thing about everything being usual this morning… Spike is yelling at me for his breakfast again! How does he know that I’m writing to you? What timing! Haha! I’ll be back. . . .

    LATER… You should hear Spike eat his breakfast! He practically says “yum-yum” while scarfing up each morsel of meat. It’s hilarious! Well, time for me to make my own breakfast and get busy writing a post.

    Wishing you goodness and smiles .. .

    • weather says:

      🙂 🙂 Spike really has repeatedly seemed to sense when you’re writing to me ,I’m guessing you shift positions or change your expression then.There’s something different that he takes as a signal or that makes him suddenly aware that he’s hungry.I’ll assume the best and take it that he feels happy time,and for Spike sometimes that means Food!

      P.S. I should pluralize birds’ songs’ this way to indicate that both of them are singing,huh?I caught that bird’s singing made it seem like a canary finch is solo here.Being on perch’s near each other with a BFF to harmonize with is a big part of why they sing so much.

  80. Crystal says:

    I’m good at beating myself up. Keep repeating, “This too shall pass”. Life is too short to let it rob you of joy!

  81. Wow! Closing in on 300 comments on this topic. Some in-depth, some in passing, some light-hearted, some serious in tone. This really is a cyber-village!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I still can’t get over how nice you are to write such a glowing post about my blog and its readers. I copied and saved it on my computer to read whenever I need reminding why I do this. Thanks again, Walt.

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