Photo Essay: 2013, Part 1


Sidewinder Road, Winterhaven, CA


2013 begins with me and the crew in the desert west of Yuma

Darby Well Road, Ajo, Arizona


We return to the Sonoran Desert and boondock among the saguaros and ocotillo.


Darby Well Road, Ajo, Arizona


This photo was taken on a hike with friends, Ann and Bill, and their canine crew.  We camp near Ajo for the entire month of February.


Saddle Mountain, Tonopah, Arizona


The weather at Saddle Mountain Camp was perfect in March.  Bob Wells of cheaprvliving visited us.

Green desert between Wickenburg and Congress, Arizona


Our camp’s front yard stretches toward the Weaver Mountains.  Friends, Al and Kelly, along with their dog, Pheebs, visited our camp.


Blondie and Whiteface partied at our campsite while we were in town.


My new Wilson antenna gives me steady internet.







Juniper Hill Camp, east of Dewey and Prescott, Arizona


Our camp along Forest Road #732 in the Prescott National Forest (See antenna stored under BLT.  Must have been a storm the night before this photo.)


Timber enjoyed the crew’s company.

Rusty and Timber camped nearby.

Rusty and Timber camped nearby.









Camp Drake, north of Prescott, Arizona


Rusty and Timber were our neighbors again as they waited for their new home.

Sunset Crater camp, Coconino National Forest, northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona


We boondocked here in 2012, too.  It’s a high camp overlooking the Painted Desert.

Canyon View Campground, Navajo National Monument, Black Mesa, Arizona


Our campsite had a viewpoint and this was the view!  There’s a trail to see the Betankin ruins.

The Painted Desert

A scene from the Painted Desert (Click to view better)

Our campsite among the pinyon trees

Our campsite among the pinyon and juniper trees was delightful.







This is the first of two entries today.  I hope you enjoy looking at 2013 in review!



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19 Responses to Photo Essay: 2013, Part 1

  1. Vicky says:

    Am I first again? You are living our dream. Only 6 years to go!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Vicky… You are Number One! I hope I can keep traveling and writing for those six years . . .

  2. AZJim says:

    Many memories! Happy New Year.

  3. Dawn from MI says:

    Sigh. Just wonderful. Happy New Year Sue, to you and the crew. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us!

  4. Chuck Hajek says:

    Beautiful pictures in 1 & 2 as usual. 41 degrees tonite in Crystal River and a fun party in the nrec room! Home already celebrating New years in…..the Azores or Bermuda..

  5. Trip and Lisa says:

    Hey Sue,We got our Arizona Benchmark atlas which we purchased thru your Amazon link a few weeks ago.
    It absolutely makes more sense to have the benchmark when we use it to see where you or others have camped on the Federal ( free ) lands.
    Gives us more ideas for our boondocking and easy to use.
    Thanks for the tip Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome! And thanks for the feedback. I’m happy you find it helpful, and thanks again for ordering it through my blog.

  6. John fossildreamer says:

    Hi Sue, Happy New Year… Thanks for Sharing again all those wonderful
    camps you took me to during 2013, Can’t wait to see were we go this year…
    Safe Travels

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m getting anxious already to head out for more new places! Nice to hear from you again, John. Thank you for the new year’s wish … Happy New Year to you, too.

  7. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Happy New Year Sue and Crew! Wishing you many wonderful adventures in 2014.
    Thank you for for the beautiful Photo Essay, a real gift to enjoy on this first day of January 2014.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Diane. Every comment I receive is like a gift to me. Best wishes to you for the new year!

  8. Casitagirl says:

    Hi Sue!

    Happy New Year to you and the crew. I write this as I look out a the Michigan Winter Wonderland we have today. It’s 17 degrees and we are getting 4-6 inches of snow. Beautiful, yes, but my thoughts turn to you and your adventures in the warm(er) and sunny desert on days like today. Thanks for sharing the 2013 recap! You sure found some great campsites this year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Casitagirl,

      And I’ve only just begun sharing the camps of 2013. . . What a year! Your description of Michigan makes me shudder. Turn up the heat, girl!

      Happy New Year to you, too.

  9. Dee says:

    Hi Sue! Happy New Year! I have been enjoying your blog. I want to buy either an Rv or a trailer. I would like to know if you have much trouble pulling your trailer or backing it? I can see that with a trailer you can disconnect and drive your pull vehicle to town or to explorer. But I thought an rv would be less trouble to drive. Also what is the brand of your camper? Thank you for any info. Dee

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dee… The info on my Casita is in the sidebar of my blog. No, I don’t have ANY problem pulling the BLT or backing it. It’s easy to maneuver and has a short turning radius. It’s like driving one long vehicle. RVs may be easy in some ways, but they also are bigger (some Class Cs have a long overhang at the back).

      I do enjoy being able to drive around in a van, rather than an RV that is my home. For instance, today I went into town. I’m camped pretty much by myself in the desert. I left my patio mat staked down and the chairs out. I wouldn’t do that if I had an RV. I’d feel like I should pack everything up because the stuff would look abandoned for anyone to take.

      If you decide on an RV, be very sure you don’t want to go exploring in out-of-the-way places. The gas mileage is higher and you wouldn’t want to haul your home over some of the back roads. Some people think… oh well, if I want a car, I’ll tow one behind the motor home. A lot of folks do that and are happy with that set up. But if you do, make sure you have the money to maintain, repair, and replace… An RV with toad means a lot of tires, two transmissions, two engines, two starters, two alternators, more belts to break, two vehicles with brakes to be replaced, etc. Also two vehicles to check the fluids and get oil changes, several tires to check air pressure…

      It’s a lot to consider and you have to pin down exactly how and where you want to go and camp. For me it made more sense and was simpler to have my vehicle pulling my home, rather than an engine pulling my home pulling my vehicle.

      Best wishes to you, Dee, and Happy New Year!

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