Photo Essay: Rainy day in the desert Southwest

Saturday, March 1

I’m taking a break from writing today.Β  I hope you enjoy these photos of the rainy day at our camp on Palm Canyon Road.

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Boondocked below Signal Mountain

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Morning coffee with the crew

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Daytime darkness

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Click to enlarge small photos

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Wandering around our campsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the arms of an ocotillo

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Saguaro through branches of palo verde

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Creosote in bloom

 

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Golf ball size cacti

 

 

 

 

 

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Bridget with Desert Gold

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The wash next to our camp after a brief downpour

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The misty crags of the Kofa Mountains

Thank you for visiting my blog.

rvsue

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148 Responses to Photo Essay: Rainy day in the desert Southwest

  1. Susan in Dallas says:

    Beautiful desert shots, not another camper in sight!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can see three other campers from here. One of them is Anne whom I met the other day. We’re spaced far apart making each campsite very private.

  2. Susan in Dallas says:

    And I was first! πŸ™‚

  3. mary (MN) says:

    Beautiful pictures. Stay warm and dry. πŸ™‚

  4. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Sue, I can smell the rain. The desert seems to be waking up, wow. it’s nice to see a wash in action also, for me, it’s the first time. Loved “In the arms of the Ocotillo” Shot!
    A very good day I see.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s my first view of water in a wash, too. I was sitting inside the BLT at my table by the window. Happened to glance out and got a glimpse of flowing water. Grabbed the camera and ran out!

      • Regina Lee says:

        Thanks for catching and sharing the wash shot. I did not realize it’s a rare occurrence. Beautiful photo’s.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, Regina. It’s the following morning. I checked the wash and the water is gone, of course.

  5. Phyllis says:

    RVSue:

    Captivating pictures, weird seeing so much water in the desert.

    Especially enjoyed seeing the picture of your chocks on wood.

    Phyllis in Oklahoma

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Phyllis,

      This is weird. I was looking at the photo, probably while you were typing, and I thought of you looking at the chocks and the awning, since I had finished replying to your awning question moments before.

  6. lynne says:

    Wow! This is the first time to see water in a wash! Thanks for posting the picture.
    Enjoyed all the photos….will miss the desert……KOFA is on the list for next year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynne,

      I took several shots of the water flowing through the wash, but they didn’t come out well. It was late in the day and too dark. At least I got one I felt like sharing!

      BTW, you have some great pics of Rockhound SP on your blog!

  7. E2/etwo - S.E. NM says:

    How beautiful your delicious picture of “The Misty Crags Of The Kofa Mountains”!!!
    It is a nice change to be able to read your delightful posts in the evening! Just got
    home from enjoying a lovely chat and a glass of wine with my new neighbor…a wonderful and very bright young man of 48 years who is new to RV’ng and Escapees…
    Here to work in the petroleum fields and learn about the RV life style…. We enjoy
    talking together…. Wish I was 40 years younger…. he is also a cutey!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, E2,

      Your new neighbor is a very lucky guy to share a conversation with you. There is so much you could teach him (I’m talking about RVing!).

      Thanks for the comment on my Kofa crag photo. Glad you liked it!

      • E2/etwo S.E. NM says:

        The teaching is happening! Not only about RV’ng, we talk in Cosmic terms…. Life…what’s it all about stuff…. Now if I were
        40 years younger…. AND he wasn’t married….. watch out!!!

        Yes, your photography is excellent as is your writing!

        BTW…. RAIN began here during the wee small hours of the morning and until about 9:30 this morning…. still cloudy and
        breezy….. OH how pleased all of NM is to have just this little
        sprinkle! Thanks for pushing it this way!!!!

    • Well hey! I’m close to his age. Maybe I should be one of his neighbors too πŸ˜‰

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        E2 found him first!

        • E2/etwo S.E. NM says:

          Girls! Girls! My boy does have a friend who is tall and handsome… and is a neighbor
          also! Hate to spoil this for you….. Both have wives…. who are not with them.
          You gotta know that my guy is MY GUY!!!! I DO NOT share at all well!
          E2

  8. Ladybug says:

    Love the pic of Bridge and the flowers!

  9. Jenny JM says:

    Loved all your photos today–all the blooms of the desert simply beautiful!! And Spike and Bridget having their morning coffee – Awesome!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jenny! Have I welcomed you to my blog? Welcome! Nice to see you here . . .

  10. Steve says:

    No words are needed …. GREAT pictures of your area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Steve. This area with its mountains, vegetation, clouds, and changing light is fun to photograph.

  11. Tawanda says:

    What a great view you have, beautiful pictures, and I believe the crew is looking pretty svelte these days, they always look pretty great πŸ™‚
    T~

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tawanda,

      You noticed Bridget’s new figure! I don’t see weight loss on Spike as much as on the Bridge, but then she had more to lose . . .

  12. Cinandjules says:

    Your blog is always enjoyable.

    Lovely photos….

    I’ll let you know how the night light works out! We did some crate training today…does standing on top of the crate count? Oy!

    Enjoy your evening. A cup of tea, Bridget in your lap, a book , Spike snoring and the sound of rain dancing on the roof of your home. How Spike doing?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Spike’s doing great. No more incidents. You described the scene here perfectly . . . right down to Spike’s snores and my cup of tea!

      Good luck with Annie tonight! If the light doesn’t work, maybe a sister or brother? πŸ™‚

      • Cinandjules says:

        Wonderful news about Spike!!!

        A sister or brother?? Cinandjules’ animal control…we HAVE no control as it is!

        Sleep tight!

        • Timber n' Rusty says:

          Hey Cindy., Try a windup clock, the ticking usually puts them to sleep, they think it is their mom. Is that whats up? oh oh lost my thoughts, sooorrryyy

      • Cinandjules says:

        Woooooooweeeee!

        The light worked great. No howling…just little whimpers until she fell asleep!

        Thanks for the heads up!

  13. Kim says:

    Oooooh! New title photos abound! Every one a gem!

  14. Mary in CO says:

    Driving to Douglas, AZ, today, experiencing the same rain here. North of that, some terrific wind; but as of tonight there is none here. I imagine you will be seeing some beautiful desert blooms after the rain. Get your camera ready!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mary,

      The rain and wind are gone tonight. I’m hoping it will clear up tomorrow.

  15. lindale says:

    Hi Sue, I got me a new Kindle Fire so I would not only have my books but be able to follow you when we travel. Clicked on the link when I ordered so I hope you get credit for it and the cover.

    Love seeing water in a wash. I have heard about how fast they an fill up but have never seen it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, lindale,

      Yes! I did see your order and I did get credit. Thanks very much! I remember it because it was a very nice commission and also I tried to put it in the list at the bottom of a post but it wouldn’t show the code (this happens sometimes, don’t know why).

  16. Barbara says:

    Hi Sue, love the photos. I am always amazed at the number of desert plants that actually have flowers on them. The crew photos are too cute! You can see Bridget’s weight loss in the Desert Gold photo.
    Is your stormy weather finished? I thought the news had rain forecast for a couple of days.
    Safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I’m typing this the following morning and the sky is blue with few clouds. It looks like the storm has passed us. My weather widget shows clouds and no rain.

  17. DeAnne in TN says:

    Beautiful pictures, Sue. I’m sitting here in middle Tennessee waiting for the ice storm we’re supposed to get Sunday night/early Monday morning. I know that we are not getting it as bad as some folks, but we are out of snow days, and if we get an “ice day” then we will have to go to school 30 minutes longer for eight days–yuck! The colors of the desert blooms are so pretty.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, DeAnne,

      I heard about that ice storm on the radio. That’s a mean-sounding forecast.

      I know what you mean about 30-minute longer days. It may not seem like much to someone who has never been a classroom teacher, but that last hour of the school day is sloooooowww. Adding another 30 minutes makes for a very long and tiring day.

      Spring will come to TN and you’ll be on the down-slope to summer break!

      • Robin in Central Coast California says:

        I was chatting with a close friend, and long-time travel buddy, yesterday, who’s been leery of my plans to solo. She’s an affable audience whenever I talk about your blog, and had become somewhat less dubious about my going solo on the road after listening to my secondhand tales … until yesterday. I’d been wondering what level you taught, and was delighted to discover that my guess of middle school was correct. When I told my friend, she responded, “Well that’s why she does so well alone on the road! I guess you’ll be fine too. You teachers are used to handling everything on the fly.”

  18. Judy E says:

    It just brings a smile to my face when I click on your website and see a pic of Spike and Bridget! Something about those two…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s The Nutcake Phenomenon, Judy. The crew is greater than the sum of its parts or something like that. πŸ™‚

  19. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    DeAnne in TN is waiting for the same storm we are supposed to see tomorrow night. Nothing personal DeAnne, but I hope it stays North of the MS/TN border.
    Stay safe
    Susan….enjoyed the pictures!!!!!!

  20. Roger in SoCal says:

    Hi Sue,

    I noticed on your previous blog there was a link to an Intellicast site you wanted to put on your desktop. Not sure if anyone told you but here goes…I have WinXP on my desktop and have not tried it on Win7 on my laptop, but if you right click on your desktop and click on new shortcut it will create an icon, and open up a window, right click on the link in your blog and click on copy link location. Now you paste that into the window and click next then finish …that shortcut icon will be to that site.

    Roger

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Roger,

      You lost me at “right click on your desktop and click on new shortcut” because “new shortcut” doesn’t appear when I right click.

      Maybe another reader will use the information you typed and it will work for them. I put the site on my favorites list which will work good enough for me.

      Thanks for making the effort!

  21. Mick'nTN says:

    Very nice photo essay, Rain in the Desert. Thanks for sharing and say “Hi” to the Introvert.

  22. Alan Rabe says:

    I said this just now in the previous blog but I will repeat it here.
    In 1-2 weeks the desert should explode in color. The Acacia’s , Palo Verde, and other trees will burst into yellow, thousands of tiny flowers on each try. Because of the drought I think the poppies will take the opportunity to bloom, If that happens, and you are still there, you are in for a treat, the desert in full bloom, a rare event now days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Alan, you have me wanting to stay another week. I’m all set to leave and now I’m stalling . . . πŸ™‚

  23. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    With Sue’s permission. I like watching this guys videos of flash floods. Amazing to watch.

    http://youtu.be/_yCnQuILmsM

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John,

      The link is fine with me. I can’t watch it because I’m getting low on data. Verizon has been slapping me with overage charges. The nerve!

      I have seen a youtube video where a vehicle is swept down a wash. Moving water can exert a tremendous amount of power.

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        I heard people like Millenicom. 20gb for $70 a month. It is on the Verizon network. There are some startup fees and you have to use their mifi device.

  24. Linda in TX says:

    I can almost smell the rain!

  25. Roger in SoCal says:

    Sue,

    I have been researching putting together a setup like yours for an internet connection. I have found the Wilson antenna and cable, but finding an aircard has proven to be difficult given that there are so many out there. If you don’t mind, could you let me know what aircard you are using? It seems to be tried and true, and I have been looking at so many it seems like most of them have so many cons and are very expensive for data usage. I have been looking at verizon MIFi hotspots and haven’t really found anything that is a fit.

    Thanks,
    Roger

    • Geri Moore says:

      Roger, Chuck and I have used the Verizon MiFi card for several years and love it! We have only been to about 4 places where we had no reception and this is without the Wilson antennea! (altho one of those is on our “want” list) Just wanted you to know we love our Verizon MiFi and the boondocker rally we just wnet to, most of the folks there also had Verizon MiFi’s and nothing but praise for the system!

      • Alan Rabe says:

        Double Dittos for the Verizon Jetpack Mifi system. I have the Wilson antenna but as I am on the east coast I haven’t even installed it yet.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        MESSAGE TO READERS:

        Let me point out something important here for those who may be considering buying a Wilson antenna. When Geri says she and Chuck haven’t needed a Wilson antenna except for “4 places,” realize that they usually camp in campgrounds or RV parks. If you plan to boondock in out-of-the-way places, the Wilson will be useful in strengthening weak signals. I had a heck of a time trying to blog regularly before I had the antenna.

        The West, being so mountainous with vast, sparsely populated regions, has more of these areas of weak signals than the East, as Alan pointed out.

        I don’t want anyone thinking I’m selling an Amazon product people don’t need!

        • Cinandjules says:

          Absolutely spot on!

          Us old timers know with St Mick’s assistance and the Wilson antenna….this blog rocks!

          Nothing like having five bars!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Roger,

      My aircard is a Verizon Mifi “jetpack.” The important thing to find is an air card that has a port (if that’s the right term) in which the antenna cable can be inserted. Some air cards don’t have that, making it impossible to hook up the antenna to it. The cable has a pin-type connection. That’s the sort of port you need.

      Hope that helps.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      I just helped a RVer with a hookup using Millenicom service. Millenicom uses the Verizon network and may have a better deal for RVers.
      From: http://www.TurnWhenTheRoadDoes.com

      Mick here is info on the hot spot.
      Pantech MHS291LVW

      Manual
      http://15e08fd01e18d5ee73d6-70c55b37e97641cc9ebdaf7330edb321.r49.cf2.rackcdn.com/Jetpack_Manual_EN_SP.pdf

      Antenna Adapter
      http://www.amazon.com/External-Antenna-Adapter-Pigtail-MHS291LVW/dp/tech-data/B00HAQLUE2/ref=de_a_smtd

      The antenna adapter (above) does not look like all I would need and the guy at Millenicom was no help. Verizon is the upstream provider and Millenicom is a reseller.

  26. janis harrison says:

    Even without words Sue tells a great story.
    Grandjan

  27. Julie in North Carolina says:

    Beautiful pictures. I would love to see the last one on a clearer day. It is a perfect setting. I read your blog daily and use your amazon link. We are trying to get a casita this year. Lord willing, it will happen.
    Take care,
    Julie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julie,

      The Kofa Mountains are interesting, no matter what the day is like. I especially enjoy seeing them turn reddish-gold when there’s a super sunset. I hope you get to see them in your Casita. Best wishes obtaining your egg-on-wheels!

  28. Geri Moore says:

    Two of those golf ball sized cacti with the red “decorations” came in the cactus garden you bought us! When I transplanted them to the larger garden they were about tangerine size! EmilyO now has them to enjoy!
    Love the rainy desert photographs! They remind me of the book, Wet Desert by Gary Hanson, available on Kindle! Loved this book! Your cloud photographs are wonderful! I do miss the desert, no doubt. However, this morning finds us camped in a fairly private and wild area of Myakka River State Park. They really placed us in a beautiful spot with full hook-ups! We begin our volunteer job Tuesday! YaY! Tummy rubs to the crew and a hug to you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I thought of you and that desert garden when I came across that tiny cactus huddled up against the rock.

      Congratulations on making it to your new home at Myakka! I know you appreciate being assigned a good, private site. I looked up Myakka on the map. You aren’t far from the Gulf beaches. Enjoy!

      I’ll be thinking of you as you start your jobs on Tuesday. πŸ™‚

  29. Diann in MT says:

    Dear Sue,
    Thank you so much for the thrilling photos of the desert. Having lived in southern Colorado and experienced the spring rains after winter droughts, I can recall the sweetness of the awakening spring in your photos! Yay! We are on the downside of winter!
    I also want to thank you for providing links from your many fans who RV in other parts of this great country. Since reading your blog, I have learned so much from them, too. Stay safe and continue to send your encouragement forward, Sue!
    Oh, yeah…yesterday, I got to hug and play with a rat terrier for the first time. What a spritely little companion for this lady I just met!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      I have learned a lot from my readers, too. They are the ‘lifeblood’ of my blog. And that includes you! I appreciate your regular comments.

      Rat terriers are a hoot! Once I discovered the breed, I was sold on them. Bridget and Spike are mixes but they are enough rattie to be a little off-center (if you get what I mean) . . .

      It’s fun for me to read the positive reactions to my photos. Glad you enjoyed them!

    • Edie says:

      I also lived in Southern Colorado and remember that spring was the only time of year that the creeks were full of water (at least for a couple of days) lol. But we knew winter was over. Cactus blooming and rain! And those pesky reptiles. I never minded the lizards but could do without the snakes!

  30. MK says:

    Thank you for your photo tour, fantastic as usual!

  31. Barb George says:

    Sue,
    I have never thought the desert could be beautiful… But you paint it in such a way with your lens that it feels so wonderful. Thank you for sharing your gifts.
    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

  32. Betty-Shea says:

    Hello RVSue and Crew…lovely photos! It truly is a pretty area that you have found!
    I heard that the Phoenix area got a lot of rain…hope it wasn’t so bad for all the campers in your neck of the desert..
    Take care…give the pups hugs from me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betty-Shea,

      The rain didn’t affect campers in any way other than keeping us inside for a bit. Washes (arroyos) are a good thing. They drain the desert of the water.

      The sun is shining this morning, the sky is blue, and it’s warming up again . . .

  33. TexasTom says:

    Great composition.
    The crew are great subjects against the foil of the desert.
    Keep those pictures coming.
    Tom

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, TexasTom,

      You’re right about the crew. As you know, I often use them in a photo as a focal point or to indicate size. Also white dogs are a lot easier to photograph than dark brown or black dogs.

      I wasn’t thinking of photos when I found the nutcakes at the pound (different times, different pounds) and brought them home. I’ve always favored dogs with at least some white fur.

  34. JodeeinSoCal says:

    If we could just bottle that smell………..! That ocotillo will likely be bright green in a few days. I understand they stay alive with minimal ground water and only turn green when they get water “from above.” My boys and I loved to walk barefoot in the desert during the rain. It didn’t get muddy where we lived so it was like walking in the bottom of an aquarium…..thanks for stirring those wonderful memories with your pictures :-).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s a sweet memory, Jodee… This area of the desert isn’t so good for walking barefoot. Too many sharp little stones. But don’t let that get in the way of reminiscing!

  35. Paula says:

    Hi Sue,
    I love the “In the arms of an ocotillo”. Very nice photos on a rainy day. A good day to hunker down with the crew.
    Paula

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Paula. “In the arms of an ocotillo” sounds cuddly, but it ain’t! Those plants have nasty thorns all over them.

      • Paula says:

        Yes, I know! We spent time at Saguaro NP West yesterday. A lovely lady gave a talk on cacti. She was very specific about what gnarly plants the ocotillo are. She said they make great “fences” in Tucson. No one dares try to sneak between the barbs.

      • Gayle says:

        “In the arms of an ocotillo” sounds like a country western song, if I ever heard one (which I haven’t, really).

  36. Ron in TX says:

    ain’t AIN’T and that kind of language from a school teacher,gasp.
    Just kidding ,I do like your writing and how relaxed this blog is.
    Ron

  37. AZ Jim says:

    Sue, Roger in SoCal was telling how to create shortcuts. It is handy enough that I thought I’d try an explanation of how to do it again. If you find a site you want to have a desktop shortcut to simply go to your desktop, right click on it, a little menu will popup and one of the items is “new” left click on it and enter the net address (URL) of the site and name the shortcut…you’re done. Also, many folks don’t take advantage of another simple feature. If I open your comments and want to see what your reply to my previous comment was I go up to “Edit”, scroll to “find”, the go to the left side at the bottom of your screen and insert, in my case, AZ Jim, then to the right of AZ Jim you will see a up and down symbol, if you’re at the top of comments push down and it will fly to the first place it finds AZ Jim. I hope this helps readers who may not know how to use these features. They will work on XP and Win 7 as well.

  38. Lolalo says:

    Beautiful photos! I’m sure you have blogged about it, but I can’t seem to find anything that tells the kind of camera you are using. I’m doing some research to try to determine my next camera, so would you let me know? I enjoy photography, but it can sure be disheartening when your shot isn’t up to par. I’m thinking I may need to try an image stabilization for zoomed photos. Thanks!
    Always lovin’ your blog…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lolalo,

      My camera is a SONY Exmor Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V.

      Using the 2-second delay can help getting a steady shot. Sometimes the act of pressing the button can make you move the camera slightly. With the delay it steadies again. Of course, the delay is no good if you’re trying to capture a nutcake running to hide from the lens.

      I don’t use a tripod. I see a good shot, I take it, and move on. I don’t want to turn my photography into work!

      Good luck! Thanks for letting me know you love my blog. I get a lift every time I read that.

  39. G says:

    Sue do you ever get cabin fever when you have consecutive days of rain and can’t get out as much. What do you do just hitch up and go and do something else.
    Just curious….I’m a super active and hyper person….. G

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, G,

      It’s very rare for us to be cooped up for consecutive days. Maybe 2-3 times a year, at the most, we’re housebound due to rain or snow. I’m the opposite of you… a low-energy, sedate person which helps. I read, clean, organize stuff, work on internet projects related to this blog, reply to comments (ha!), research boondocks, give myself a pedicure, cook, and now that I have satellite radio, I can listen to music or talk.

      Not to worry… A more active person might want to drive into town and find something to do. . . visit a museum, browse some stores, whatever. (That’s one good thing about a travel trailer. If you need to drive off somewhere just for a diversion, you don’t have to break camp.)

      The bigger problem when housebound is keeping Spike from going nuts.

  40. Gosh, Sue, you get 96 comments–no, make that 97–on photos! They’re absolutely gorgeous–especially the ones showing the layers of clouds around Signal Mountain! Take good care–ear skritches to the Crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      The crew and I were on the road today and taking care of things. We get to a new camp, I set up my laptop and antenna, open up this blog, and …. Wow! What’s with all these comments? πŸ™‚

      Unfortunately my connection has been slow even though I have 5 bars. That’s why it’s taking me a while to respond.

      Thank you for the compliment on my photos.

  41. Deb from NJ says:

    Just love the pictures. Glad you were able to get pics of the wash to show us. Someone asked what camera you are using so I will wait for that reply above. I have a sony and a canon.

    Glad you talked a little about the internet and how that works. I won’t ask too many questions about it because I have like 5-6 years before I fulltime and by then a lot of things will have changed I am sure. I am hoping for cheaper internet by then too.

    I was wondering if you have decided what your plans are for the summer.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deb,

      I don’t even know what my plans are for next week! My dream for this summer has changed several times… Do I want to go to the coast? Do I want to go back to Wyoming and the Wind River area? Hmm.. . maybe northern Idaho and Washington. . . What about the national parks in Utah? Gee, New Mexico and Colorado would be nice. Or maybe Montana… How about the west side of the Sierras? I drive myself crazy with the possibilities!

  42. weather says:

    with -20 degree wind chill blowing me and my pets back inside within 5 minutes ,being treated to pics of a desert where blooms, mist and warmth are is story enough,thank you ,a smiling reader

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, you poor thing. I feel for you. I’m happy to show you desert photos and give you a respite from below freezing wind chill. Keep smiling!

  43. AZ Jim says:

    Rainy, gloomy days mean Chili, Beef Stew or maybe Clam Chowder. It’s not law but probably should be. Last night we had Chili and we’re doing it again tonight. You did a good job with your photos today Sue but I love your writing talent. You were showing your little wash after the storm. In many places in Arizona we have washes that are 200′ wide and more, and if we get one of our real Monsoon rains those washes are raging rivers. Many have lost their lives in those washes when we get real heavy rain. Hi to the little guys…..and Hugs to you…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Methinks you’re really getting into this cooking thing! I assume that chili is your creation. It does sound good, even though the sky is blue again where we are camped.

      I’ve seen some of those huge washes, but not with water in them. One thing that was new for me to see, as an Easterner coming out West, was the wide washes with bridges several car lengths long over them supported by concrete pillars. Dem are some serious washes! And the washes are named, like rivers.

      The “little guys” are already asleep. I appreciate the hug, same to you and Detta. . .

  44. Lacy says:

    Oh Sue,
    I LOVED seeing the wash! I’ve never actually seen one with water in it! Thanks for that. Now the dessert is REALLY going to bloom πŸ™‚

    Hugs from way down South,
    Lacy

  45. DeAnne in TN says:

    Darn it–we got ice and snow. Now we have to go 30 minutes longer for 13 days! Oh well; I get to knit tomorrow. I know some of Sue’s readers have/will have it lots worse; this winter has been hard on all of us. Stay safe everyone!

  46. Laurie in Oregon says:

    I have used millenicom for over a year and use jetpack mifi without Wilson antenna in RV. Parks and have been very happy. Occasionally it will stall and I have too reset it. I. Have always gotten a signal because it uses Verizon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’ve “always gotten a signal because it uses Verizon” AND you use it in RV parks. The Wilson antenna is for boondocking.

  47. Ladybug says:

    Ok…I got the ice and snow everyone was waiting for (Northern Middle Tennessee). Luckily I still have power. Was working from home but now the Governor has decided to close state offices!

    • DeAnne in TN says:

      I’m in Northern Middle Tennessee also. We have a winter wonderland! Schools are closed, government offices and even the mall. We have two inches of snow on top of two inches of sleet/ice. It ain’t going anywhere! Hate to make it up, but it is what it is.

      • Mick'nTN says:

        My friend Paul in Portland, TN said he got hammered but didn’t lose power. Here in Spencer we got rain and just a thin sheet of ice. It is 26 and snowing lightly now.

  48. Sue,

    I hope I’m not being too intrusive with this question, but is your blog a paid blog through WordPress or do you use their free service? (I think you may have addressed this once before, but my middle-aged, mildly addled brain cannot remember for certain.) I ask because I’ve been tempted to try and include the occasional photo on my blog, something I can’t do much of on Blogger because of space limitations unless I pay. I assume that’s probably the same with WordPress? (Not that any photos I posted would ever compete with some of the marvelous shots you are sharing.)

    Thanks for the pictures, the inspiration to get out there, and the information you continue to provide.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Walt,

      Your question isn’t intrusive at all. I no longer utilize the free WordPress platform because my blog has advertising which isn’t allowed with free WordPress. I self-host now with Hostgator and upgraded WordPress.

      As long as you aren’t advertising anything, you can use WordPress free giving you a lot of space to post photos.

  49. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Loved seeing the photos Sue…………sometimes you can do without a lot of words, hey!!

  50. Ladybug says:

    Sue, did you forget something on the new post….like the comment button??

    • THANK YOU, Ladybug!
      That’s what I couldn’t figure out exactly what to say, or how to ‘ask’ it. LOL
      I wasn’t aware there is a comment button! Spike probably distracted her, wanting his treat!! πŸ™‚

  51. Perhaps I’ve done something to mess up the blog, but I just got your new post, …….and can’t find anyplace to ‘respond’. I can’t find where anyone else has responded, either, so I’m curious about what may be causing it.
    My only comment was that on the 1st-3rd of every month, half of my town receives their welfare or food stamp cards from the government, so most people try very hard not to need to ‘shop’ the first 3 days of the month!!
    It’s FREEZING in Texas, close to Texarkana, so I am extra jealous of you today! <>

  52. Phyllis says:

    RVSue:

    Your comments are off on your latest post. I’m sure there are a few of us that have things to comment.

    Phyllis in Oklahoma

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I did not turn off comments. I don’t know why that happened. I’m trying to get them turned back on. Sorry!

  53. lindale says:

    On my screen it says the comments are off. I thought maybe it was me but since seeing several others in the same boat I feel a little better.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m trying to fix the comments section. I don’t know why they turned off. My computer is working very slowly. Sorry for the delay.

      • Ladybug says:

        Computer probably figgered that since you went back to an old campsite, we would just post the same old comments and didn’t see the need! πŸ˜€

  54. Mick'nTN says:

    This post works but comments on the new post appear broken. I also get a totally messed up page with Firefox. I have seen this happen before and it has cleared up after some time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m on live chat with Hostgator. Are you saying it isn’t messed up with other browsers?

  55. Cinandjules says:

    This happen way back when….I’ll look back and see what happened and how you fixed it.

    • Angie2B says:

      I was all excited trying to get down to the comment section as fast as possible to get the first post. Picture mass panick trying to figure out how to comment with no comment section. bahaa

  56. Sue, I can comment (here) on yesterday’s blog as usual, and I see no ‘glitches’ from the ‘photo essay’ page. But on today’s post, there is no “Comments” word at the bottom.
    I see no messed up ‘anything’ except that there is no place to comment.
    I hope this answers your last question. No issues with Foxfire or I.E. or any browsers on my end, just no place to comment.

  57. rvsueandcrew says:

    I re-posted the entry titled “The circle of life on the road.” I think you can comment now. I’m waiting for the first comments. (hint, hint)

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