Rainy day and Monday at Cedar Pocket

Monday, October 24

RVSue and Reggie are presently camped in the northwest corner of Arizona at a campground in the Virgin River Gorge, between St. George, Utah, and Mesquite, Nevada.

p1140800View from the doorway of the Best Little Trailer, Cedar Pocket Campground

If it weren’t for Reggie I might have missed the light playing on the mountains. 

Fortunately, as soon as he wakes, Reggie insists we go outside.  Together we greet a new day, me with my camera and he with a back leg lifted on a creosote bush.

There!  Our day has begun.


After  a quick breakfast — I down a few sips of coffee — we stroll the campground.  No one is out.  Apparently everyone is snug in their RV.  It’s the pre-generator moments of peace.

Heavy clouds indicate rain may fall soon. 

Light cuts through the dark layer above, highlighting the rocks, making them glow.  I’m enchanted.  As you can see in the next photo, Reggie’s enchanted, too.  With what, I don’t know.


At the high part of the campground, one has an unobstructed view of the mountains across the interstate.  The rocks appear as soft as rumpled bed covers.

Hmm . . . I think those are the Beaver Dam Mountains.


A break in the cloud cover and new light awakens the coral rock.


I’m walking my dog around a campground loop in a campground with several RVs in it and yet these beautiful scenes can be enjoyed. This really is an exceptionally nice camp. 

Later the clouds release the rain that desert folk wish for.

This isn’t drizzle; it’s a downpour!  Periodically lightning flashes and thunder roars.  I shut off the computer, pull the plug out of the socket, and lie on the bed listening to the drumming on the roof, watching the raindrops slide down the window, and cuddling Reggie.

“The rain is making you sleepy.”

Suddenly the drumming stops. I get up, open the door, and find a pool of water below the step.  I laugh.

“Hey, Reg!  We’re living in a boat!”

I wade in my waterproof sandals to take this next picture.


The air temperature has dropped considerably.

Fog creeps over the mountains.  Everything looks fresh.  I take a deep breath.

Ahh . . . Been a long time since I’ve smelled wet creosote.


“Come on, Reggie!  Let’s see what photos are over there!”


This is autumn color in the desert!


Reggie shivers.

“You’re right, baby.  It’s too cold.  Let’s go inside!”

We run to the warmth and coziness of the BLT.

At our campsite’s pond, I pick up Reg and wade to our door.

A rainy Monday in a campground is better than any sunny day at work.

~ ~ ~

An entire post without a picture of Reggie’s new friends!

How did I manage that?



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124 Responses to Rainy day and Monday at Cedar Pocket

  1. weather says:

    the 3rd photo with Reggie could be considered a dog photo if he weren’t so much more than one, he’s a full fledged family member among many other titles that he’s earned 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good point, weather. I changed that line. 🙂


      • weather says:

        My being first was entirely by chance, I was reading comments on the previous post, refreshed the page and noticed a new post had just been published. I love how you captured morning light, clouds, rain and autumn changing the beauty there . Today, like yesterday, I have a lot to do, so I won’t take the time to write much now. Have a lovely day!

  2. Rochelle in IN says:

    top 5?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rochelle…. SECOND PLACE!

    • Rochelle in IN says:

      Now that I’ve read your post, I’ve got to say I love your pictures of the light play on the rocks. Your way with words is so wonderful – rocks like rumpled bed covers! And there’s nothing quite like a nap/cuddle time on a rainy afternoon. Based on that pool of water, is the BLT also known as the BLB (best little boat)? 🙂

  3. Lorrie says:

    A long time lurker here finally jumping in. What beautiful pictures! I could smell the creosote and feel the sudden chill. My best regards to you Sue, (and the Reginator) and my thanks for providing your travelogue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your first comment here and you make THIRD PLACE!


      Thank you for the note of appreciation. I hope you will join us here again soon!

  4. Vicki & Kitty campin'... now in the low desert of CA ... how cool is that! says:

    Hi Sue & Reggie!
    Long time follower.
    We received some rain in the low desert of California & before it came in I could smell the creosote also. I love that smell. When I smelled it, I knew we were going to get rain, a very rare occasion here.
    Always love your blog, pictures & of course pictures of the family crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Vicki & Kitty campin’…. Yes, you have been with me and my crew for a long time. I appreciate that. I remember when you set out for the fulltime life.
      Thanks for stickin’ with us!

      • Vicki & Kitty campin'... now in the low desert of CA ... how cool is that! says:

        Yes Sue & I’ve enjoyed following you. You’re an inspiration & I’ve learned many things from you. I’m still full-timing & enjoying every mile. Hugs

  5. Barb from Illinois says:

    Beautiful photos. Neglected to comment on previous posts but am enjoying the photos of your social butterfly…Reggieman!

  6. DesertGinger says:

    This is a really nice CEO campground with lovely views. Having been to Mesquite several times, it is hard to believe this is so close by. Don’t know why I never drove up that way.

    Well, it looks like I have a dog sitter, which means I am going back to .New York for a month for class. Very exciting! I’ll have Thanksgiving there with my friends. Then I’ll be home for xmas.

    So now I have to organize everything and get ready. Busy. I’m almost always busy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger . . .I know you’re happy at the thought of returning to NY for a month. 🙂 What is a “CEO campground?”

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Can’t stop that Energizer Bunny! 🙂

      • DesertGinger says:

        Hahaha. I wish that were true. Especially now that my kidneys are failing, I’m tired and sleepy all the time. But I’m determined. Tomorrow I take the dog for grooming, have a massage, and go do a few hours volunteer work at Democrat headquarters. And, hopefully, do laundry.
        Sunday Chloe goes to vet for a checkup, then we go to Pet Smart to get her prescription dog food, then home and hopefully I will feel up to doing a story. But I have to be honest…a lot of times I just sleep.
        I hope I am going to be able to make it through this class awake!
        Next week I have bunches of stuff. Medical appointments, haircut and color appointment, Knife work, starting to plan my ‘wardrobe’ which will be tiny because of all the other crap I have to carry, like my oxygen, Cpap, computer.
        Which reminds me…I thought I saw someone on here ask about it. I have an older Cpap machine that I’m looking to get rid of, in case anyone needs one. It is is still perfectly good, I just needed some different settings it didn’t have. But it’s a good basic model.

        Right now I think my wardrobe will consist of 2 or 3 pairs of knit pants, and 6 long-sleeved t’s, along with a couple pairs of sox and underwear, and a set of long underwear. And I will wear a coat. That’s about it. The only reason I’m saying 6 shirts is the class is everyday but Sunday. But I might cut that down to 4 and do hand wash. The shirts are very lightweight so I have to try them in my luggage. And I may take a black sweater; the classroom gets cold. I can always wear it under my coat. I will get on the plane in Tucson, looking dumb in a coat that won’t fit my luggage and in 85 degree weather, and get off in Albany where it will be 40s or 50s. Then I’ll be happy for my coat.

        So…those are my plans right now, as long as I can stay awake to do them! And…I already voted and what a thrill!

  7. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Happy Tuesday, Sue!

    How long did it take for your ‘lake’ to be absorbed into the ground?

    Good capture on the wispy, lingering cloudlets. They liked that area too and wanted stay a wee bit longer than the rest of the water making gang. Maybe they wanted to see Reggie come out to play and discover a puddle or two. (or poodle 🙂 )

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Tuesday, MV gal!

      The puddle was still there when we went inside for the night, several hours later. By morning it was gone.

  8. Mertinkentucky says:

    Hi sue,and reggie the lightning boy that is mostly full of p and v ;). I tried to post the other day,but some how lost it in cyber world, or atleast i can not find it. I am still following you and your alls adventures. I have not been able to post as been pretty busy, and emotional as well… as my mother use to say ” feelings like tomatoe vines, all over the place” we lost dad October 2nd. He fought a long, hard battle, but after 68 years of marriage and 4 year’s of dating, thats 72 years he and mom were together, so the 5 months and 8 days between both of them passing must have seemed like a lifetime to him. We’re now in the process of going through everything and getting the homeplace ready to sale.. thats a job itself, as they had lived here since 1957, and some things i believe have been here since 1957 🙂
    After a visit to my eye specialist, my plan of hitting the road is now unable to happen, my vision (or lack of) will not allow me to drive the way i would need to or want to, i have to consider not only my safety, but everyone else on the highways safety as well. So,for now… i will be living right here in good old kentucky where i was born and raised. Its beautiful now as fall is lurking around every corner. However, i am going to take a vacation, i have been no where in 11 years while i cared for my parents, but i have to say, i have no regrets and would do it all over again for both of them no questions asked. Be safe out there, take care… peace to all.
    Mert and Asia

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Sorry to here that Mert. I may end up in that same situation, not the eyesight, but DH’s health issues. Have some of my own, too. I still just dream on.

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      Hi Mert, I’m sorry to hear of your father’s passing and your vision. Enjoy your vacation as it certainly seems like it’s a long time coming.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Dear Mert,

      I am so sorry for the loss of your parents. Do take good care of yourself. **hugs**

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

      I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing…. and after 11 years of caring for your parents you find that you have vision problems, keeping you from the open road. But instead of feeling sorry for
      yourself, you have made a new plan! If anyone ever deserved a good vacation you do…

      Going through your parents stuff can be overwhelming; we’ve done it for both our mom’s. Take care and know that others are thinking of you.

    • Teri Live Oak Fl says:

      Sorry for your loss. It’s a bit overwhelming to be free of responsibility after watching over your parents for so long. Take care of yourself and enjoy your vacation

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear Mert,

      How very blessed were your parents to have you for a daughter! Even with your own difficulties to manage, you devoted yourself to their care and did so gladly. I’m sorry for the sadness and loss you are experiencing and hope you find comfort in the knowledge that you did for them what was good and right.

      Going on a vacation is an excellent idea. As my mother used to say, “The change will do you good.” Rest and renew. God bless you and Asia in this next stage of your lives.

      Thanks for writing, Mert. I wish I could give you a hug.

    • MelindaK (TX) says:

      Mert, sorry to read you loss both of your parents in such a short time. It says a lot about them for the time they were together. I am sure they realized how lucky they were to have you as a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this transition in your life. Have a great vacation and take care of yourself.

  9. Karen from Ft. Wayne says:

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve been following along since I 1st found your blog back in February. I had to go back to the very beginning and catch up and find out how you went about getting to where you are today. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures and information you’ve shared along the way. You certainly are living the dream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Karen! Glad to have you join us in blogorinoland! I hope you will make this place your place. 🙂

      It’s a reward for me when a reader tells me they went to the beginning of my blog and read every post. Thank you for doing that and for letting me know!

  10. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, I emailed MRI results. Jim

  11. Suzette (TN) says:

    Oh, wow! Such gorgeous photos. Such a beautiful place! I love the rocks “as soft as rumpled bedcovers” line. What a great visual!

    Fall is my favorite time of year, and I really enjoyed seeing fall’s effect on the campground. My sister lived in that area for a short while and raved about it. You’ve helped me understand why. So beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      I can understand, too, why your sister “raved” about this area. I find myself wondering if I would be happy with a home base here. The weather at this time of year is wonderful, usually warm with a slight breeze, sometimes windy, a day of rain and then perfect again for several more days.

      I appreciate reading your reaction to this post and photos. Enjoy the fall you love!

      • weather says:

        June, July and August average highs there are 102, 108 and 105. December and January average lows are 35 and 33.I looked that up in case you were curious. In a home base it would, of course, be easier to heat and cool ones home, or choose to travel during those months, sigh…sounds lovely!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather!

          You’re right… I’d travel during those summer months and it would be easy to head to the mountains of Utah, a straight shot up I-15. And in the winter, I could easily go to southern CA or southern AZ. Thank you for looking up the monthly averages.

          I wouldn’t be able to afford a house. It would be enough to have a place to park without neighbors and maybe have a shelter for shade.

          I hope you were able to attend to all you wanted to accomplish yesterday.

          • weather says:

            Glad you were able to “fill in the picture”, nice! Yes, it went really well, thanks,I’m setting up changes as the season progresses…love this stuff 🙂 Have a great day and enjoy, catch up with you and Blogorinoland later

          • weather says:

            P. S. Re what’s affordable, there are innumerable ways to live well, while living on less and enjoying life more, as we both know. There’s joy in being creative as we go .

  12. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Great photos and accompanying narration. I love the desert/mountain photos and of course, Reggie, with all of his cuteness.
    Have a great day.

  13. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Hi Sue, I barely missed being in the Top Ten, but blessed to follow you along. The colors are lovely and you have a gift for the written word. I can’t imagine what wet creosote smells like unless it smells like a freshly tarred roof.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Renee,

      Thank you or your kind thoughts regarding Gracie pup. 🙂

      **see my note to Sue below for more info**

    • Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

      Hi Renee, to me the desert has a fresh, sweet, smoky, wild scent after a rain. The creosote bush just adds the slightly smoky note. It is amazing and difficult to explain.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        I’m glad you and Gracie are on the mend. Hopefully it was the chicken, then that would mean it’s over with. Interesting on the scent of wet creosote. I’ll have to remember that should we find ourselves amongst those bushes after a rain. We recently took a trip and camped over in an area with cedar. In the morning, with all the dew and fog, it smelled like WD-40. Weird.

  14. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    I love the smell of the desert after it rains. Pure bliss. The photos are so beautiful. This post has improved my day100%! Thank you Sue and Reggie!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Gingerita. I hope this new day is 100% better than yesterday!

      Thanks for complimenting my photos. The smell of the desert after a rain struck me as very strange the first time. Since then I’ve developed a love for it.

  15. Sandi Stewart says:

    Just got caught up on all your adventures and looking forward to the next post. Love them and the puppy dogs….

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

    Woo hoo!! My amazon purchase of the Joshua Tree map made the cut! I feel like I was #1 today!

  17. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    The gremlins are hard at work! I had started typing a message and it blanked out and posted my reply to Renee 2xs. Weird!

    Thank you for your concern for Gracie pup. So sorry that you were up at 2AM! She dry heaved for a while before she was able to settle and finally fall asleep. She was not running a fever this morning and looked bright eyed, but exhausted. I took her out for a potty break and then put down some fresh water. When I got home from work tonight, she was her usual, happy self, dancing with joy that I was home, and wanting to give me (stinky) kisses and play. I made her some rice in chicken broth and she taking a bite every once in a while. Her tummy is probably sore.

    I had lost my cookies after cleaning her and the crate early this morning. I have felt nauseous all day…broth for lunch. So, either we both have a stomach virus or a mild case of food poisoning. We both munched on some leftover rotisserie chicken last night. It was bought fresh Sunday evening, it should have been ok. I picked up a fridge thermometer to make sure the temps are where they should be. The rest of that chicken is being pitched! I expect that we both should be back to normal tomorrow. 🙂

    I agree, sometimes throwing the soiled items out is the best option. I am going to get a replacement pan for her wire crate. Even though I have cleaned it and Lysoled it to death, I think plastic can still retains odors. This weekend I will stop at Joann Fabrics to get some new polar fleece for Gracie’s bedding. I have a second set of blankies in the washer…they may go in the trash, too, if they have any lingering odors.

    You and Reggie had your own personal lake, how cool! The BLT floated like a fishing bobbin! 🙂 I love the smell of the desert after it rains! That scent memory made me feel like I was enjoying your camp in person! And thank you for sharing the gorgeous light show on the rocks. Don’t you just love how those low lying cloud wisps snuggle into the mountainside?! I am glad that this camp has given you and Reggie peace, beauty, and companionship with others. Reggie is such a cutie! When you all do move on, he is going to miss all of his playmates. I look forward to seeing where we land next! 🙂

    Have a good evening, dear Sue. Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xxxooo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Fantastic news, Denise! I was worried about Gracie. Vomiting can be a sign of some very bad stuff going on…. very glad she rid herself of whatever was bothering her and now she’s all better.

      The clean-up — What a hassle for you! After I replied to your previous email, I thought about putting the crate pan in the sun. Sometimes the sun will remove odors, but then I’m thinking you’re in the desert. Don’t know if it would work in Virginia though. You’ve probably tossed it by now which is one sure way of removing the odor!

      I hate to think it might have been the chicken. Maybe Gracie picked up the problem somewhere and then you caught it from handling her and her things. Ha! Here I am defending rotisserie chicken. Hilarious!

      Well, the crisis is over and all is well. Denise and Gracie are snuggled together in their cozy home. 🙂

      Thanks for the detailed update. Hope your day is wonderful.

      • Denise- Richmond VA says:

        Thank you for your sweet reply and advice, Sue! 🙂

        Yes, I was worried, too. The fridge is cooling like it should, so it might have been the Walmart rotisserie chicken – who knows! I am just glad that we are both feeling better! 🙂

        My best friend said she was picking up a rotisserie chicken from Costco tonight for her and hubby’s dinner. I told her that I think I will be “off” chicken for a while! 🙂

        Have a good evening, Sue! Sending love and hugs to you and that little rascal, Reggie from me and Gracie pup!! xxxooo 🙂

        • Denise- Richmond VA says:

          Oh, and I WISH that Gracie and I were in the desert!!! Not an option right now, so we will follow along with you and Reggie! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Have a good evening, too, Denise and Gracie pup! You may already be in bed by now…

          If that’s the case… Good morning!

  18. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Trip south cancelled due to serious medical issue. Will email you w details.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hoping and praying for the best outcome, whatever the situation. I don’t see an email in my inbox. That’s okay, deal with the medical issue and write when things settle down.

  19. Sue, we are not stalking you, and I don’t anticipate that we will catch up with you but I really want to thank you for your fantastic campground suggestions. Tomorrow we will be in Page and are planning to camp at Lone Rock. Going to have to be heading back to Denver before Election Day but so far our experiment of living in our T@B has been a grand success. Thanks for being an inspiration.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome…

      Success with the T@B… That’s wonderful, Edie!

      I don’t know if you’ll see this before you arrive at Lone Rock. I’m pleased that you are going to camp there. I hope you like it. If you plan on camping next to the water, do watch to see what lane other people drive down there across the sand. There are several ways, some will get you stuck, so be careful.

      We were at Lone Rock at this time of year the first time we camped there and the weather couldn’t have been better. I hope you’ll tell us about your camp at some point.

  20. Carolyn in AZ says:

    Photos are beautiful as always. We always welcome rain in the desert.

  21. Such a delightful location. The camp and gorge and amenities nearby are a really nice package. I agree with your neighbor that I don’t do as well in hot and cold as I once did. At 24 degrees this morning I was very glad Tessa had her dad to take her for the morning walk!! Love the colors on the hills, and the smell of rain doused creosote is in my top five favorite smells :-)))))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      24 degrees? I don’t do well with that either! As for the smell of wet creosote, I like it because it’s part of the “character” of the desert that I’ve come to love. I wouldn’t put it in my top five though. It would be behind the smell of earthy, piney woods, lilac bushes and lily-of-the-valley in spring, seaside air mixed with food aromas along the boardwalk, bread fresh from the oven . . . . I’m teasing you, Jodee.. Always good hearing from you.

  22. Sabine Seidel says:

    Hi Sue,
    started a few weeks back to read your blog, I enjoy tremendously the way you write and absolutely love your pictures. I will be heading out buy next summer for 3-4 month with my Daisy Doodle (lab mix) escaping the Miami heat. After that I am certain that I will know afterwards, if I want to go full time.
    I got so hooked on your lovely blog written with so much wit, that I just went back, one click at a time with the “older post” link, until I arrived at the very beginning of your blog (last days at work, waiting to get out of GA. etc). Now I have a callus on that fingertip, but it was oh so worth it……and please don’t tell me there would have been a easier way to get there 🙂
    Every evening I am looking forward to read several of your posts as a good night story…lol.
    Stay healthy and safe, schmoosy ( a lot of petting-love) to little Reggie and lots of licks from my Daisy Doodle. 😉


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Sabine! Great to see you here again, especially since you bring such glorious compliments along with you. 🙂 Thank you very much!

      It tickles me to think you are reading my old posts as your “good night story.” I hope you continue to enjoy them. Those early years with my original crew — Bridget and the Spikester — were special times.

      Good health and safety to you, too, Sabine. Stay with us! I look forward to reading “Sabine and Daisy Doodle Escape Miami!”

      • Sabine Seidel says:

        you are too kind Sue, thanks for responding. And yes, guess what I am having my fix of the beloved “good night stories” right now. And should I write about the escape from Miami summer heat, I might call it RVing Miss Daisy. She actually ended up with that name, because “driving Miss Daisy” is one of my favorite movies 😉
        But then I have not decided, if I go with a small RV or a trailer and a PTV……ahhhh……decisions…..decisions.
        Have a outstanding evening, so long

        Sabine and Daisy Doodle

  23. You do have the knack for finding amazing camp spots, there is no doubt about it. Whoever is doing a compilation of the camps you’ve visited I would love a copy or a link or whatever will save me from doing it myself.

    If it weren’t for the queen-sized bed in my wood-paneled bedroom, the recliner, and the terrific kitchen, I’d consider trading my 36′ motor home for a small trailer….. wait, I still have my 21′ 1972 Streamline Princess! 😛

    Thanks for your photos and your descriptions.

    The desert is truly a wonderful place.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Craig,

      Maybe one of these days, probably during the winter if ever at all, I’ll do a compilation of our camps. I started it once and was sidetracked by life and The Blog.

      Ha! A small trailer can be tempting, but it isn’t for everyone. Sounds like you’re set up pretty fine already!

      Yes, I share your feeling about the desert. It’s a pleasure to share what I experience…

  24. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    What a lovely scene to brighten my day at the office. Thanks, Reggie and Sue!

  25. Beautiful photos!!! I love the smell of the desert after a rain….

  26. MN Liz says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Don’t think I have ever commented before, and this should probably been done on yesterday’s post, but I wanted to make sure you read the customer reviews on Amazon about the Dream bones before you gave them to Reggie. Some are very scary! Just an FYI.

    • Retiredcajunlady 'N Louisiana says:

      Liz, thank you so much for your post. I just bought a bag of the minis today for my Shih Tzu, Willee. After reading the comments, he won’t be getting one. I am ashamed it never occurred to me to read about them before I purchased. Thank you so very much for the heads up.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, MN Liz…. Reggie won’t eat them anyway! I gave him one and he took it to the bed and buried it in the covers like it was a prize but he showed no interest in eating it.

      • Marilyn in Dania Beach says:

        Reggie knows what is best for him. He is the Regginator and knows all.

        What a terrific pal to have chosen you for his owner.

  27. AZ Jim says:

    Since we have gone to Arizona, it’s probably a good time to remind those that have not been here of this. When most think of Arizona they envision a vast desert. We do have that for sure but we also have a completely different situation in our high country. When on our hottest days here in the valley are in the 100’s much of our high country is much cooler. To illustrate that right now in the Phoenix area it is 91 and in Flagstaff it is 66, Pinetop is 72 and Sedona is 79. So the best of both worlds can be found here most any time of the year. Right now we are hosting our annual influx of snowbirds. Our business and treasury thank them…

  28. NovScotiaSue says:

    Hi Sue.
    Glad you are relaxing at Cedar Pockets.
    We really enjoyed our short time there, but I have to say the generator chorus in the morning and evenings really spoilt our time there. It was probably louder than most other locations because of the surrounding mountains containing the noises. Sigh. Oh well, maybe next time we stop there, we will be lucky enough not to encounter the daily cacophony instead, it would be such a treat to come across a solar power boondocking group (in my dreams) lol.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sue,

      What a shame your stay at Cedar Pocket was ruined by generator noise. I understand completely! The first time I camped here there was one generator that was so bad that everyone moved away from that side of the campground.

      This visit there is one guy who has the cheapest, noisiest generator I’ve ever heard. He always ran it during our (and most everyone’s) morning walk time and during our evening walk time. Of course, that meant we didn’t walk on his side of the campground.

      He’s either realized how much gas he’s using up or maybe the camp host talked with him because he doesn’t turn the thing on as often.

      I was talking with Charlie today (has Sadie, the German Shepherd) about the behaviors of campers. It was a beautiful day again today. We’re out under my shelter. I said, “This campground is the kind of place that either is Paradise or it’s Hell depending upon who rolls in here.”

      I hope next time to stop here, it’s Paradise. 🙂

      • Sue Amberg says:

        Hi again RVSue
        The nasty noisy generator sounds like one of those when we were there. We put a note on his window telling the camper we did not appreciate his noise. I guess he didn’t care about our thoughts (if it was the same camper)…..

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It may very well be the same guy since people come here year after year and pay by the month. I don’t believe there’s a time limit on how long one can camp here.

  29. Hi Sue,
    I read your blog almost every day. Sometimes it’s fun to let a few of your posts just hang around in my inbox and then read a whole bunch of them at once.
    On my computer, one recent post had tiny text completely from one side of my monitor to the other, no nice paragraphs. And then I received no more emails about new posts. I’ve simply been accessing the website daily and finding new posts every few days. So today I re-upped, we’ll see how that works.
    Bought a 2012 Dodge Ram 4×4 to pull my 2013 Rockwood MiniLite, hooked her up (after a few snaggles and a few Amazon and Walmart purchases) and drove the whole rig around the RV storage area parking lot a few times. Worked slick! This will give me a few months to get most of the kinks worked out and become familiar with the rig before I head out for part-time camping in the spring. Info online (your blog and others, and tons of videos) is so plentiful and so helpful. We all do goofy things, but I hope to minimize my goofy things .. thanks to you and others who share so much. Here’s to solar power and adding extra batteries!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ann,

      Congratulations on the Dodge Ram! You have a great set up! Methinks you’re having fun “practicing” with it. 🙂

      I don’t know what that tiny text situation is all about. No one else has reported that. The internet has been weird for a couple of weeks, also WordPress. By re-upped I assume that means you subscribed again.

      Sometimes when weird things happen like that it helps to delete cookies and reboot the computer.

      Yes, YAY for solar and plenty of batteries!

  30. Dasher - Tampa Bay says:

    I have only commented a few times and that was about a year ago. I’m sure this time will make up for it. I had just bought a Casita and named it The Dash. Then as Cher said, “Life is what happens while you are making other plans.” My tow vehicle, F150, was rear ended and it was 8 frustrating months getting it back to a satisfactory condition. I put some work into The Dash in between trips back to the body shop. The RV shop while checking bearings showed over greasing caused seals to leak so had all brake assembly replaced, then new battery and cut off switch, new tires, new propane smoke and co2 alarms, and changed out electric for crank hitch (sold my horse trailer to buy Casita and never had any trouble with that hitch and heard electric great until it stops working).

    When I bought The Dash I did not tell my husband. Plan was to learn everything by myself so I could go off by myself before I did. I was pretty sure of his reaction, “It’s your money.” He was always against getting anything that was “just another thing to break”. We had 3 daughters so he saw no need for a dish washer, or ice maker, and that worked fine! We did go to a big RV show looking at vans but they had bathrooms and kitchens he didn’t want but I did. Before we retired he talked of the trips we would take but after 13 years the only place we have been is Key West for 2 nights that I booked on line and then spent the entire 7 hour drive there praying that it would look like it did on the internet. LOL

    So recently I showed him the Tiny House Hunters show that I recorded where a young couple toured and then bought a Casita exactly like mine. He made several positive comments and then I told him I had also bought one. Yup, he said “It’s your money.” But also said he was glad I got a good one. We have frequently taken our daughters and granddaughters tent camping but this year took our 6 year old grandson to the woods for the first time with 2 of the girls and DH felt he may be getting too old. He insists on doing it all himself. Setting up and taking down tents, hammocks, all cooking and clean up. He’s the only one who can do it “the right way.” Now he said it would only be one tent and that’s doable. Yay 🙂

    My first trip was to be to a Rally in N.Florida but hurricane Matthew and his winds cancelled that plan. Boo Hiss. So last week I went 15 miles north to what turned out to be a nice, clean, quiet RV park and tested out all the bells and whistles with one exception. Dumping. After only 2 days the tanks are not the recommended 2/3 full. The only problem I had was refrigerator did not cool on electric but was great on propane. Sprayed 2 mud daubers flying around the refrigerator vents so I’m pretty sure that problem can be solved at the RV shop when they install the screens I just ordered through RVSue’s Amazon link.

    Reading RVSue and Crew posts and the comments has been such an inspiration. I’m just dealing with being over anxious but others have over come real obstacles and still others are only able to live vicariously through you. I’ve learned so much by reading where and how others travel. I never knew people lived full time on wheels and were good enough to take the time to share the journey through something called a Blog. I occasionally read others but I went back to the beginning and I’ve been following this one faithfully for about 2 years. Now I can’t wait to go to and see places on my bucket list. Thanks Sue and all who comment and share their experiences. Sorry I was so long winded but had to share that I finally made my Shakedown trip. I know I feel happy for others who share when they have finally reached their goal. So excited. Now where? A few short trips before I head for the Grand Canyon !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dasher!

      Your comment is so interesting! Thank you for the update and for sharing about yourself, your family, and the way you are preparing yourself for great trips! I’m very happy for you and pleased that my blog and the blogorinos inspire you.

      I saw the insect screens in my Amazon report. Thank you for ordering through my blog and thanks also for reading my blog from the beginning. The reports you’ve read about others starting out helped you get to where you are now. Your comment “pays it forward,” helping others, I’m sure, to see a way to make it happen, even when stuff occurs like a wrecked tow vehicle.

      Good luck, Dasher…. Do keep in touch. It’s so good to hear from you!

    • ApplegirlNY says:

      Hi Dasher, Congrats on your Casita. When we have to dump, and we’re not quite full enough,we dump several buckets of fresh water down the toilet to fill it a bit more and get those “juices” going. When we’re at a dump station, I almost always follow up with a bucket or two of water from the spigot into the toilet anyways, to get – you know – any remaining stuff flowing. We love our Casita!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Dasher! I am excited for you! I do hope you will share your adventures with us! Watch out, Grand Canyon, here comes Dasher!! 🙂

  31. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Well, I guess that’ one way to get beach front property!

    Another wonderful part of the country. Hope you two are having a great time.

  32. ApplegirlNY says:

    Catching up after a couple of days. Like Rick said, nice waterfront property. I’m looking forward to a winter of wonderful desert pics.

    We’ve been busy dealing with leaves and buttoning up the garden, in between working.

    One of our spaniels is sick. He’s coughing and wheezing and having trouble breathing. I’ll be calling the vet. They’re due for their shots anyways. Poor old guy. I can tell he’s worried, because he’s very clingy.

    We’ve had the wood stove going the past several nights. It’s pleasant with the fire and a good book – of course the charm of that wears off after the holidays. LOL.
    Take care, Sue, Reggie and Blorgorinos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Applegirl,

      I hope the vet can remedy your pup’s breathing problem!

      Your statement about the charm wearing off gave me a chuckle. Winter in the north is enchanting in the early months of pristine snow, sparkling icicles, and warm fires in the woodstove. By February — as I remember it — people are fed up with it. Happens every year…. 🙂

      Enjoy the charm while it lasts! Do you think you’ll go to Florida again this year?

      • Geri says:

        That is how it happens here in Florida! June, July are fine beach months, by August we have had enough and Sept… dying for a breath of cool air! Thank you October for letting us sleep with open windows and no A/C noise in the background! haha!

  33. Lori says:

    Sue, can you please tell me what you use for internet? I’m sure the information is somewhere but I couldn’t find it. Thanks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sure, Lori…

      I have a Verizon jetpack (air card), also known as a Mifi. Of course I pay monthly along with my phone. Verizon signal coverage is the best, as far as I know. When in remote areas I connect the jetpack to a cable that connects to my Wilson antenna (see link in header).

      I didn’t know what a jetpack was when I walked into a Verizon store over 5 years ago, told them I’d be traveling full-time, and asked what they would suggest. If I haven’t answered your question fully, let me know.

      • Lori says:

        Thanks, Sue. That’s where I was headed. I’ll be doing some work on the road (WordPress development and hopefully less than 15 hours a week) and blogging so I do need some connectivity. I’m not completely averse to going into a town to get a connection but I’d much rather stay in my little home and work from there.

  34. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Good morning, Sue
    Email sent to you. Please let me know if you receive it. Looks like we will be rving at Gil’s sister’s place in Seattle area as we move forward. I am making it known that I really want go south and have made very strong requests to make that happen. Dealing with health challenges seems to me to be much more doable in the warmer southwest than in the chilly NW.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Kathy,

      I didn’t receive an email from you so I sent one to you. Wishing the best for all of you….

  35. Dawn in MI says:

    Love the fog on the mountains and of course the Reggie man too. Glad you’re enjoying the campground. I’m missing camping (tent camp with Katie my dog). I put the tent away for the season, but we had a long run this year. Checking my blog it looks like we camped from mid-April through mi-October here in lower Michigan. I’m already planning for new places to visit next season.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You tent campers amaze me, Dawn. Sounds like you had a very good, long season of camping. Good for you!

      When I read your line “I’m already planning for new places to visit next season,” you reminded me of that feeling one has during the gray cold of winter, sitting in one’s warm home, studying a seed catalogue or drawing plans for the next season’s garden. Fun!

      “Happy Planning!”

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I enjoyed your blog. Katie is absolutely beautiful! 🙂

  36. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Just 10 minutes shy of midnight here….Friday. Yippee! One more day at work, then the weekend! WhooHoo! 🙂

    I love the picture of the BLT in it’s own reflecting pool. You were in the right place at the right time. Did you notice the ripple from water dripping off the rear bumper?! Cool!!

    Have a great Friday, Sue! Sending you and Reggie love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! xxxooo 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Denise!

      No, I didn’t see that ripple. You really check out my photos!

      Your weekend is almost here! Yay!!! Make is a great one!

  37. Steve says:

    Sue … if you would like to continue reading my blog and I remember you said you did, I need to have you send me your email address so I can send you an invitation. It is now set to private due to a security problem here at home. I can send you the email explaining what took place while I was gone on Tuesday. Yes, a blog reader, decides to pay the hounds a visit to see them in person without any kind of warning….blah blah blah.

    Anyway making a comment was the only way I could find getting in touch with you.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Oh, how frightening!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Steve,

      Oh dear, you are experiencing one of the side “benefits” of a successful blog. It’s very disturbing to have people you’ve never met and certainly never invited to snoop around your home, to spy on you, to drive back and forth peering at you, etc. For years I’ve fought against what I call “an invasion of privacy,” when it actually is what you call it — a security problem! Because how does one know the intent?

      I’m sorry you’ve been put in a position where you feel it’s best to make your blog private. Maybe someday I’ll regret not doing that. I hope not! Thanks for writing, Steve.

  38. Cinandjules (in da zone) says:

    Oceanfront property! The sound of rain on the roof of your home…soothing isn’t it?
    Love the photos!

    We flew back from Vegas last night….and picked up a rotisserie chicken for dinner! Okay…a show of the hands…how many blogorinos immediately think of RVSue and her crew when it comes to rotisserie chicken?

    We had a great time spending time with our new friends from England! They lugged over a tea set as a gift. Made Jules walk around the “strip” with a 50th birthday sash and a huge button! We learned a whole new vocabulary!

    Although the event of last year was tragic, we all agreed something positive was the result. Confirming our belief that..everything happens for a reason (not clear at the time)

    Have a great day!

  39. MelindaK (TX) says:


    I have been meaning to tell you I love the banner photo! I also love the Virgin River Gorge photos.

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