Random notes from Devil’s Canyon and Recapture Lake, Utah

Unable to put together a well-organized post, I suspect I have a case of writer’s block.

Rather than succumb to this insidious ailment, I’ll write SOMETHING!  Throw a few photos in.  It may not be well-organized but it’s a post!

~ ~ ~

To start us off . . . .

Bite Me, Reggie’s pet flea, isn’t going to be with us much longer. . . .

P1110501Bridget calmly and methodically works on her pine cone projects.






I sneak up on her to take a photo and her ears immediately go back.  She knows what I’m up to.

P1110726The looks says, “You really can’t help yourself, can you, RVSue.”

We take our usual walks around the campground.

I  grab photos of blooming bushes and wildflowers.

P1110537Bridget waits patiently in her car.  Reggie pulls on his tether.

P1110512“Okay, I’m done.”

We push off, but it isn’t long before I see another shot I have to take!

P1110590And another one!

P1110695 - CopyReggie climbs rocks at a campsite.

P1110691 - CopyOne afternoon while lounging under the pine boughs . . . .

A brightly colored bird cocks his head and looks down at me from his perch.  I run up the slope to the Best Little Trailer to get my camera.  When I return, he’s gone, of course.

Oh, there he is.  Way over there.  Maybe I can catch him with my zoom.

He flies from pine tree to pine tree, flitting from branch to branch.

I sprint hither and yon, leaping over fallen logs, hiding behind trees, slipping on dried pine needles. Bridget and Reggie follow me with their eyes, perplexed by my sudden burst of activity.

After several tries my camera catches him!  The pic is fuzzy but it’s good enough for identification!

P1110731-001Isn’t he a beauty?  A tanager, I think.

I open up the All About Birds site and confirm that he’s a Western Tanager.  You can listen to his song and learn about Western Tanagers at this link to All About Birds.

On Memorial Day the crew and I drive south to Recapture Lake.

P1110748You can see the lake as you drive north of Blanding on Route 191 (shown above).

When we drove past it on our way to this camp, it was a bright blue.  Today it’s paler, subdued, a quieter shade of blue.  Appropriate reverence on this Memorial Day . . . .

P1110754Young people eagerly seek summer by taking the first dip of the season.  That water has to be cold!  Their dog swims and splashes with them.

Being only a few miles from Blanding, we drive into town and pick up some groceries.

P1110756I score Cara Cara oranges from California and red grapefruits from Texas.  What a country!

Oh, what’s this?  A sale on boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  $1.99 a pound.  Not bad for a small town grocery . . . . 

I stock up and we return to camp.

Yes, I bought a rotisserie chicken, too.  Probably the worst I’ve ever bought.

What did they do?  Microwave it?  Oh, well . . . The crew isn’t picky.  Bridget and Reggie love it.

P1110737Anticipating we will move camp soon, I perform a few tasks. 

P1110574The water spigot is right next to our campsite.  I use a one-gallon jug and a flexible funnel to fill up the BLT’s fresh water tank.

I check the air pressure of our tires and the Perfect Tow Vehicle’s fluids.  I wash the windshield and remove Reggie’s slobber marks from the passenger window.

I rearrange some items in the back of the PTV — always fighting an avalanche back there!

P1110586Armed with a shovel I hunt the woods near our campsite for canine poops to bury.  I putter around our home.   There are only a few more things to accomplish and then we’ll hitch up and pull out.

Now to find the motivation to leave this pleasant, piney woods camp . . . .



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198 Responses to Random notes from Devil’s Canyon and Recapture Lake, Utah

  1. Jeff from va says:


  2. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Love the pictures. Interesting post. Thanks.

  3. Janet says:

    Nice pictures, enjoy the posts!

  4. Teri Live Oak Fl says:

    I’ve never seen a yellow tanager before. He sure was bright yellow. Leaving Monday and heading west.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teri,

      Isn’t that a great statement: “Leaving Monday and heading west.” How very American! And fun!

      The tanager looked unreal appearing among the subdued colors around our camp. He looks like he came from a tropical forest, not a Ponderosa pine forest.

  5. DeAnne in TN says:

    Top Five? And read first!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sixth place, DeAnne, is pretty darn fast for reading first. You’re a speed reader!

  6. Elizabeth Evelyn says:

    As usual…. beautiful pic’s of the pups, flowers, etc…. What you wrote is also perfect as usual!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, E2!

      Boy, it was tough getting started. Once I warm up, it gets easier. Thank you for the nice words. How are you and Clyde these days?

  7. Geri says:

    Top 10? hahahaha! Good post girl, you are not suffering from writers block! photos were good too! Chuck and I are pretty lethargic ourselves today, it’s 89 and humid! No motivation ! Surely it can’t be old age???

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      It’s not old age. It’s the humidity. I was prematurely old for about 15-20 years, living in Florida. Haha! I’m in my second childhood now.

      Oh, what the heck. Take a break. Relax, sip your favorite iced tea, watch the hummingbirds. 🙂

  8. Karen LeMoine says:

    Nice pics Sue. Too bad about little Bite Me. Bridget’s cone project reminded me of something. Remember when you hinted about a new hobby you were considering? Are you ready to reveal it yet?
    Will be waiting to hear about the new camp!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      The hobby is on “hold.” Whenever I feel I have to produce something, I freeze up, kind of like writer’s block. It’s something I’ll save for the winter months when not traveling very much.

      Happy to hear you liked the photos!

  9. Hahaaaa!! I always love your posts…even when you have writers block!:)
    Photos of the Crew are so darn adorable…The look on Bridget’s face is priceless…she knows her Mom very well!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Betty-Shea,

      I’m surprised I was able to finish a post. I tried several times yesterday and couldn’t force it.

  10. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    This was a great post!!! I loved all the pictures…the one with the pine and oak (?) against the dead wood was my favorite of the nature pictures. All the pictures of the crew are my favorite. My goodness, Bridget can give the evil eye. LOL
    Getting hot and humid here in Mississippi
    Sending Lots of Love and Big Hugs

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Maybe the pine and oak against the log reminded you of cool days at Christmastime. 🙂

      “Hot and humid here in Mississippi” — I imagine you’re in the pool every day! Love you!

  11. Sandy says:

    The looks Bridget gives you when you take her picture are priceless!! It cracks me up every time. Your photo’s are great and I especially like the one of the tanager. The closest I come to that are the goldfinches at my bird feeder. Nature is a treasure!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sandy,

      Goldfinches are fun. I used to marvel at how pretty they are when I was a kid and they would fly from milkweed pod to milkweed pod. You make it easier for them. 🙂

  12. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    Found this post very relaxing and comfortable in a daily routine way. Gonna be another at or near 100 day in northern California and expecting 105 Friday. Summer is here! Not much planned, usual medical appointments. Not much planned is a good thing! Researching new ” shoes” for my Leisure Travel van. Original 11 years tires have lots,of tread but have aged out. Probably going with Michelins from Costco. Wanted to give Les Schwab my business but saving several hundred per set wins out with Costco I’m thinking. Want van ready so we can maybe do a day trip somewhere. So, those not full time, got any trips planned?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Velda,

      Yep, it’s time for new tires. Good girl for taking care of that.

      I’m learning a lot about weather with this blog. California is one surprise after another. 105 by Friday… Time to soak up the A/C….

      • DesertGinger says:

        Unfortunately many people in CA don’t have air conditioning. When they have heat waves in SF, which they do every couple years where the heat is 90+, some people die from heat stroke because no one has air conditioning.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I didn’t know that. Moderate temps in the summer are that common in San Francisco?

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          SF Born and raised….People in the city of SF don’t have A/C….due to the coast and ever present fog! A/C means opening your windows.

          Moderate temps….not generally….no more than a week.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Oh yeah. Duh. I forgot about the fog.

          • DesertGinger says:

            I went there to go to college….March 1967…and stayed till I was 51. That’s home to me. My son was born in Marin General and now lives in San Jose. Brother is in Belmont.

  13. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    You did absolutely marvelous!
    Saddened to hear about Mr Flea…can’t wait to see who’s his next victim! Uh oh! Bridgee looks like she’s saying…go find your own pinecone!
    Beautiful flowers…HRH in her chariot is adorable.and she looks very content! Reg man is reg man! Organizing is fun isn’t it? Maybe the chicken sat to long! As long as the crew liked it…I’m sure you’ll be able to doll it up into a great leftover meal!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      The rotisserie chicken tastes okay. I made a sandwich with it today and it was good. It just looks weird. Even though I don’t eat the skin, I want it to have some color, you know what I mean? Preferably dark, golden brown…. not a pasty white with paprika sprinkled on it, like bad makeup. Eww.

      • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

        LOL!!! Bad makeup…just experienced that on Memorial Day. I put on makeup for the first time in about 3 years. I looked at my face and it was 10 different shades of age spots, wrinkles. freckles with the makeup smeared in. I about fell off my chair laughing. I washed it all off. NEVER again.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          So funny!!! I can relate. 🙂

          When you think about it, makeup is a disguise, an admission that we think we’re not good enough. I like me the way I am and I like you, Krystina, the way you are!

          Thanks for the chuckle…

  14. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    An interesting post for an unorganized post!
    The crew Looks in their usual great form.
    Saw today the west is to have above average temps for the early summer season, going higher with the problems associated with the higher altitudes, may make it hard for the summer, they say that the coast may bring some respite.
    Have a Great time looking for a new site, looking forward to seeing it!
    Stuck in Missouri.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dave,

      I’d love for us to spend the summer on the coast, if no one else was there! 🙂

      This may turn out to be the worst summer to go to Colorado (like last summer was the worst to go to Idaho due to fires, so where did we go?).

      We will go to CO and face the challenge of keeping cool. If we fry, then everyone can learn from our mistake. 🙂

      • Elaine in Colorado says:

        Hi Sue,

        There is a saying here “if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes, it’ll change”! LOL!

  15. Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

    So much beauty around you…the flowers announcing Spring, the yellow bird showing off for you, the lake so quiet yet so pretty!! And Bridget’s look at you taking her picture is just too funny! Reggie sure does love climbing rocks…little explorer. This spot has been lovely to see through your eyes…I can’t wait for the next edition of your blog!

    My favorite rotisserie chicken comes from Sam’s Club, of all places. It may just be the time I shop, but they are always moist and tender. Go figure. And where I live, the gasoline prices there are best. Rotisserie chickens are kind of hit or miss depending where you get them here. I can imagine being on the road it must be hit or miss as to what you will find at the local grocery stores.

    Thanks for another wonderful picture walk through your weekend. Safe travels and belly rubs for the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You speak the truth, Retiredcajunlady. All rotisserie chickens are not the same!

      Safeway and Wal-Mart sell good ones. The best I ever found, both in taste and in price, were the chickens at Fart Like You Mean It or whatever that store is called in Blythe, California. Gosh, 3 pounders for $5.99 if I remember correctly.

      This one from the grocery in Blanding looks like a Cornish Game Hen who could use a good tan.

  16. Nice photos today, Sue. Don’t you love the song of a Western Tanager? Makes my day when I hear them. Poor little “Bite Me” he just wasn’t made to stand up to ferocious ol’ Reggie. How can you ruin rotisserie chicken? I remember never hearing or seeing that kind of chicken until my first tour in Germany, you could walk down the streets and see 4 or 5 restaurants with a dozen or so rotisserie chickens spinning in the windows. Awesome goodness on a spit. Have fun plotting out and heading to a new location.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W,

      The crew and I were gone from camp all afternoon. When we returned, as we came around the curve before arriving at the BLT, a western tanager appeared on a branch next to the road. That was a nice welcome home. I wonder if it’s the same one.

      Yes, the bird songs here are part of the enjoyment. A big black bird flies over the pinetops making a raucous commotion, like he’s complaining or yelling or something. Funny.

      I’m pleased you like the photos in this post.

  17. Reine in Plano says:

    “Non themed” posts are often the most fun to read because we all have days when we kind of hop from one thing to another. Glad you got lots done. I’m trying to finish some projects here at home before we head out on a trip and find myself starting on one thing and then getting distracted and doing something else. Some days FOCUS isn’t part of my life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Reine,

      Many days FOCUS isn’t part of my life! Thanks for the feedback on the post. Always good to hear from you, to know you still read my blog and that you are well.

      Have a great trip wherever you go!

      • Reine in Plano says:

        We’re doing a big loop. West a bit to Copper Breaks State Park then north to Wind Cave National Park (Custer, SD area). Then on to Devil’s Rock National Monument, followed by family in Montana and Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park, Flaming Gorge National Rec Area, Dinosaur National Monument, Rocky Mountains National Park and then home. We haven’t done a long trip yet this year so we’re looking forward to heading out and enjoying some of the wonders God created.

        • Elaine in Colorado says:

          Good thing you mentioned Rocky Mountain National Park last. The opening of Trail Ridge Road was delayed due to snow.

  18. rvsueandcrew says:

    The comments coming in are such fun to read! Thank you!

    I’ll have to respond later…. I promised the crew an outing today and we’d better get going. I wouldn’t want Reggie to attack ME instead of Bite Me . . . and you know Bridget — She can give a look that kills!

    Have fun… Bye for now!

  19. weather says:

    Yes, the tanager is a beauty, thanks for romping around to capture that photo and for the link,my finches are still singing 🙂 They obviously enjoy those as much as I do! Scrolling through the post first I thought “I hope Sue picks up a few pine cones for Bridget before she leaves.” Then I realized that I should play recordings like that regularly for my feathered friends. Nice how their being happy makes us feel that way , too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the reminder, weather. I do plan to gather a few cones for Bridget.

    • weather says:

      The pine trees at your new place are likely different than the ones at your last one. I hope you’re as pleased this morning with your site there as you were when you arrived yesterday. Isn’t it glorious how each part of this good earth has things to fill us with wonder? During one of the many times while raising my son alone that money was tight I made toys for him and decorated our home with what nature provided. A tree there had pine cones all an inch long or smaller. Using thread and those I made a mobile we hung beside a window. The slightest breeze would make it dance. Now the breeze here is making the wild pink and violet tall phlox flowers sway and the maple leaves flutter. Have you seen or heard any wildlife besides the magpie there yet?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Your comment mirrors my thoughts this morning as I was washing dishes outside at the picnic table, the crew lolling nearby. The pine trees here are different. Also the scent in the air… but more about that in a future post.

        Pink and violet phlox swaying in the breeze… what a lovely picture that brings to mind. Your pine cone mobile, too. 🙂

        The magpie and a collection of sparrow-type birds…That’s all so far. This camp is a pleasant mix of human activity, the kind that’s fun to watch and not annoying (hope it stays that way over the weekend!). Our site is peaceful with the sound of wind through the junipers, cottonwoods, and pines.

  20. Pam N. says:

    Best wishes to Mr. Flea. My Xander, a Cocker, has had his Teddy since he was 8 weeks old. They’re both 9 years now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam N.,

      Xander is a kinder, gentler canine than the Reginator. A toy lasting 9 years? Reggie’s toys are lucky to last 9 months. Of all his toys, Armadillo is the toughest. Armadillo doesn’t have any rips and still squeaks.

      Best wishes to you and Xander.

  21. Marcia GB in MA says:

    I loved your “unorganized” post. As always, your pictures tell us the story of your day. My favorites of this batch are Bridget with her pine cone and Reggie as King of the Rock.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia,

      I think you’re a fan of the crew. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your reaction to this post. It was worth the struggle putting it together!

  22. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    It didn’t seem to me like an unorganized post at all. Just a post about your in-camp days, which always seem relaxing. I’d really like to know what it is about the camera that Bridget doesn’t like. Is it that typical female thing, like “Oh, I’m not having a good hair day” or “I don’t have any lipstick on”? Or does she not like the camera itself? Does she have the same reaction if you try to take a photo of her with your smart phone? My dogs always stop playing with each other when I try to take their photo together, but don’t seem to mind if I’m just taking a photo of them individually. Go figure!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      Your dogs are normal. As for the crew? Well . . .

      I don’t know what it is about the camera. Maybe Bridget sees it as an evil eye. Yet there are times when she doesn’t flinch, doesn’t run, and gives a big smile with sparkles in her eyes.

      I’ve never used my phone as a camera so I don’t know about that.

  23. Tammie says:

    What a beautiful camp!

  24. milliehubbard says:

    If this is writer’s block I can’t wait for when inspiration hits 🙂 !!

    “Reggie’s slobber”…cracked me up…we call it schlubber in our household. Car windows, patio doors, refrigerator door, anything reflective gets schlubbered – yes, that is a verb…the action of wiping one’s nose on any previously clean surface, so as to leave evidence of one’s presence…hehehe

    Still giggling…

  25. Larry in AR says:

    “I…remove Reggie’s slobber marks from the passenger window…” Thanks for the smile. I can identify with that. It’s a never-ending struggle. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Larry,

      I have to say, on the Slobber Meter, Reggie scores pretty low. He’s not like a lab or a bloodhound or other big dog with a big face and tongue. It takes a long time for Reg to complete a window. 🙂

      Bridget, on the other hand, is appalled at such a gross display of poor manners.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Commonly known in this household as nose paintings!

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      It’s never ending in my vehicles too. ?I keep disposable window cleaner wipes in my glove compartment

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

    Love your post. Fantastic photos, love the ones of the crew. Slobber removal is a task here too. One of my pups is tall enough to reach a couple of Windows, so there are nose prints and slobber galore! Enjoy your outing:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gingerita,

      We did enjoy our outing, thank you. That’s the subject of the next post. Thanks re the post and photos. Best wishes keeping up with the slobber (or schlubber as Millie calls it). 🙂

  27. Elaine in Colorado says:

    LOL @ Reggie and his pet flea! It almost looks as though “Bite Me Flea” is going to need a “neckectomy” (that’s where you find a hole and stitch it). Bridget and her pinecones! What is it about them that fur babies like? My friend’s Australian Cattle Dog eats them but their Border Collie won’t touch them.

    I love all the pictures! I’m bookmarking all your new posts and some comments for places to stay in my travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elaine,

      I’m glad you like the photos. Thank you.

      Reggie tried a pine cone project of his own, after watching Bridget. He soon lost interest and went back to assaulting Bite Me.

      • Elaine in Colorado says:

        Awwwww! Pinecones are dropping by the dozens from the trees here in Metro Denver, it could be a wonderland for Bridget. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s happening here, too. Scares the heck outta’ Reg.

          • Elaine in Colorado says:

            Perhaps Bridget will teach Reggie not to be scared. Reggie seems like a little inquisitive puppy while Bridget knows what she really likes or doesn’t. I can see how much she loves “her car”. I have to chuckle each time I see the reference “HRH” for Bridget. 🙂

  28. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a beautiful relaxing camp. Think I would be tempted to stay as long as possible. That Western Tanager is the most colorful I’ve ever seen in the wild. He is so pretty. All I ever see around here, as far as color, are cardinals, blue jays and gold finches.
    Angel & I saw a fawn down by our lake last evening, She was so pretty, guess we scared her off, though.

    I love seeing Reg play with his toys, wish Angel would play with something. I saw some chicken flavored chew bones at the store for $1.00. I brought the package home, she took it and hid it somewhere. Can’t find the thing anywhere. She still brings me that disgusting sock every night, though.

    Well, it is about time for me to get back to work. catch you later.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Oh, Angel is a pack rat…. 🙂

      I fostered a dog several years ago that would take any toy or bone and immediately sneak off to hide it. Maddening! I don’t think she ever pulled them out to chew or play. Talk about throwing money down a rat hole….

      I had to laugh at “that disgusting sock.” It sounds like she bonded with it. After a while it will become so disgusting that you’ll have to figure out a way to clean it or dispose of it, much like a toddler’s blankie. Cute.

  29. Perfect post… I never tire of pictures of Bridgett and the ever popular Reggie Man, not even the evil eye ones. Love the birds too

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s great to know, Judy, because I’m forever taking photos of the crew and the birds.

      Hope you are dealing okay with the humidity. My sister Pauline in Rienzi, MS, says it’s hot and humid in her corner of the state (northeast).

  30. Tina says:

    Beautiful post like others have said. Love all those flowers, what a nice peacefully place to spend a few days. 🙂

    I’m on the count down to my camping for the 4th of July weekend up in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It will be relaxing since no other campers around, we selected an environmental camp site. It’s no fun to camp next to the folks from the Jerry Springer Show! 🙂

    Take care,

    Northern CA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tina,

      I never heard of “an environmental camp site.” Is that the same as a primitive site?

      4th of July ranks as the worst as far as trying to camp in peace. For us it’s difficult because I don’t make reservations and the campgrounds with hosts/babysitters fill up. We were surrounded by crazies last Independence Weekend. I’m going to do better at avoiding them this year!

      I hope your weekend is perfect, Tina. You chose a beautiful spot.

      • Tina says:

        Thanks Sue! It is behind a locked gate that you need a combination to and two large camps and we book them both so no one else is around. There is a porta potty and for showers go over to the next camp ground. I love it because of the quiet, don’t hear any fireworks. It might just be a CA thing, since you have camped all over and not seen those else where.

        Take care,


        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Tina,

          No, I haven’t seen a camp like that. Thanks for explaining it for me. Apparently you treasure peace and quiet as much as I do!

    • Rover Ronda (WA) says:

      Interesting. I’ve never heard of an environmental camp site either, and I’ve done some CA camping. Sounds awesome!

  31. Dawn in MI says:

    Such a beautiful site. I’d have a hard time leaving it. Hopefully it was relatively quiet over Memorial Day. Katie and I camped the 4 days prior to the weekend, then came home and stayed in during the busy 3 days. Worked for us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      It was quiet over the holiday weekend, thank you. You were smart to camp before the weekend and then seclude yourself at home. That’s sort of what we did, too. Devil’s Campground seemed like it was away from the crowd.

      The crew and I walked Loop A (reservation area) during Memorial Day weekend and it was packed. Walking from our quiet Loop B to that section — what a difference… voices, engines, children yelling… Not complaining, just glad we weren’t in the middle of it.

      Devil’s Canyon Campground is almost empty now. Three sites on our loop are occupied by people with ATVs and around this time of night they roar by way too fast. One just raced by under our window. I guess those things don’t have speedometers (speed limit in campground is 5 mph).

  32. DeAnne in TN says:

    I love the “unorganized” posts. Sometimes I have the attention span of a gnat!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Me, too, DeAnne. I think teaching middle schoolers doesn’t help one retain focusing power. 🙂

      • DeAnne in TN says:

        You know me too well. Hysterically, my doctor diagnosed me with ADD recently. It must be contagious!

    • Harl4me in Fl says:

      I too have the attention span of a gnat LOL, it was the reason I chose the air traffic control field as a profession when I was 18yo. ? It was a great choice for me, even when it was boring we managed to have fun.

  33. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    Hi Sue, it was a fine post. Pictures were great. I’ve never seen such a bright yellow bird. Nothing like that here in HOT, HOT, HOT Carmichael. Glad your temps are nicer than here. My fur kids are staying inside in the air conditioning and are as lazy as their mama.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose,

      Okay, I don’t know where Carmichael is. Probably everyone else does, but I don’t. I know it’s HOT, HOT, HOT there! I’ll guess somewhere in California.

      Thanks for the compliments on the pics and post.

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        If you can find Sacramento on your map, and see where both I-80 and Hwy 50 are, Carmichael is just east of Sacramento between the two freeways. Roseville, where we live straddles I-80, about 17 or so miles east of Sacramento. Carmichael is just west and a few miles south of us, so between us and Sacramento, but it’s not on 80 but about mid way between 80 and 50. It s all one big metro area these days, but I remember when all these cities were separated by rural area between.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          “It’s all one big metro area these days.” That’s why I’ll probably never see it. Driving the interstate through Salt Lake City last year reminded me how much I hate driving in urban traffic. Thank you for explaining the locations for me, Velda.

          • Velda in Roseville CA says:

            I would much rather drive here with only 4 main freeways, 2 north south and 2 east west, than Salt Lake or San Francisco or LA any day or time! When we moved here, Mel’s Uncle let us stay with him until our house was ready. He sat us at his kitchen table and drew a basic map of the major streets and roads then took us on a drive showing us that with that basic knowledge, it did not matter where we were in the area, we could get home easily. It has stood us in good stead even as the 30 years has passed because all those roads, of course are still in the same place! If just passing through, it’s still pretty easy to get through the area, though at times slow, there are not a bunch of smaller freeways to have to exit and enter. If you are on I-5 going north or south, you just stay on it. If you want to head east or west, just take one exit with no interconnecting freeways. When Mel and I went to Southern California in 2010 and wanted to stop to see my Aunt while driving the Leisure Travel van ( only 22 ft but still an RV), we overnighted up on the pass to be able to go through the maze of freeways on a Sunday morning to get to Corona. It was constant paying attention to make sure we did not miss a exit to the next freeway. Ugh!

  34. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    We pushed off today; only one day later than planned. We managed to hold on through the stress of reorganizing for departure— thus the one day delay. We both agreed that we despise that process. We would MUCH prefer fulltime life on the road.

    We recognize, however, that our son is Autistic (though long suspected, officially diagnosed this year at 36 years of age). Though very high functioning job wise, he is fanatic about routine & living in a predictable environment with parents in the background to lend support & guidance.

    Almost 2 months at home . . . got lots done and have really enjoyed life there, particularly in the garden.

    But this evening we are camped at the water’s edge of Blue Lake in central Washington. We are tired but content. Can’t wait for sunrise and coffee by the lake tomorrow. And, yes, there’s fishing from a port-a-boat tomorrow.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can see where you’d be pulled in different directions. Thank heavens you are able to leave your son for months at a time, although the transitions are difficult.

      You arrived safely. Rest well and enjoy your time at the lake. Coffee at sunrise by the lake, yes! 🙂

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Interesting our son with difficulties is also 36. I have long thought that he may have features of Autism but no Dr agrees with me. We too have to plan around his needs, but our son can not work. Know what you go through for sure. Glad you get to take time for yourselves. Our son is Biploar, ADHD, OCD, etc, with high reading and language, but 3 rd grade math ability, etc. he also needs routine.

  35. rvsueandcrew says:


    I wanted to point this out sooner, but forgot. This post covers up ChrisAnn’s link to the photos of her new BigFoot travel trailer which she placed in comments under the previous post.

    Scroll down to “Harl4me in FL” to find the link.

  36. JD says:

    I like the sign on the water spigot. I am always amazed at how many people actually wash their dishes at these faucets. Drives me nuts!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JD,

      I hear ya’. One morning I hear a van park next to the BLT. A guy gets out, walks up to the faucet, puts his washcloth on top of the spigot post, proceeds to brush his teeth and then wipes off his face and rinses off his toothbrush with the nice, fresh, drinking water. At least he spit into the pine needles and not the water system.

      Oh, one other thing, as long as we’re talking about Things That Drive Us Nuts… Invariably whenever a person, adult or child, goes up to a drinking water spigot to rinse off their hands or splash water on their face, they ALWAYS hold their hands close to the spout so that the water comes out, hits their germy hands, and splashes back on the spout. You wouldn’t believe how often I see this. Men are the worst.

      • Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

        Ewwwww. Note to self: when lucky enough to have RV and travel, stock up on antibacterial wipes!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I read somewhere, a long time ago, of a woman who has a spray bottle containing a bleach-water solution that she uses to disinfect the spigot before using.

          What she failed to realize is she is contaminating also!

  37. Leo says:

    Sue, have you ever published any details on how much data you use on your aircard per month?

    I’m reasonably confident that I’ll be buying a setup similar to yours as I’m preparing to go mobile and boondocking instead of living in an RV park. I would love to understand how many gigs of data I might expect to need.

    Thanks for any info you can provide.

    And Blogerinos – if you have some data you can share… I’m sure we would all appreciate knowing your experiences.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Leo,

      My plan is for 10 gigs. I don’t go over that. Well, I did once when Amazon’s robot checked my blog to see if it was operating in accordance with the operating agreement.

      • edlfrey says:

        I live with 6 GB a month and seldom use all of that. Verizon seems to throw some usage in from time to time that I can not account for but I have only suffered overage charges once during 6 years on the road.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Your self-discipline in keeping your data usage under 6 GB is admirable, Ed. You even track your usage! Don’t you have some kind of software that warns you when you’re close to your budgeted limit?

          I have no such discipline. I wantonly roam the internet, hover over this blog, and open and close windows with abandon, eating up data like . . . um . . . Remember PacMan? That’s me chomping on data. 🙂

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            That made me laugh!

          • edlfrey says:

            This is their hype but they do provide good information and it is FREE.
            “NetWorx is a utility for measuring your bandwidth usage and the speed of all kinds of wired and wireless network connections (dial-up, Ethernet, ISDN, DSL, 802.11b). The program provides the ability to measure your network throughput, graphic, numeric representation of incoming and outgoing traffic, highly customizable alerts, statistics about dial-up connection duration, weekly, daily, and monthly bandwidth usage.”

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Thanks, Ed… It provides more information than I could handle. 🙂

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Hi Ed, thank you for the useful information on use of “NetWorx”. I’m saving the email notification to reference in the future.

    • Leo says:

      Right now I’ve sat in one spot for about a year and I have an AT&T hardwired phone line and slow DSL service. So… After I asked my question I decided to check my bandwidth usage.

      In 24 hours I used nearly 3 gigs of data – according to the usage tracker on my Mac.

      Just rebooting the computer, starting MSMail and Firefox uses over 800KB! And that’s without receiving any mail or accessing any websites.

      Since I started using the Internet 20-ish years ago, I’ve become an information junkie. I’ve got more useless info floating around in my brain that Carter has little pills. Add in my ‘normal’ news and weather sites, blogs I check, science sites to peruse, Kindle books to download, it seems that in just under two hours of ‘normal’ activity this morning I’ve used ~325MB of data. And that’s just on my main Mac laptop. I have no easy way to track what the iPhone or the iPad uses – but I’m confident that each day there is a few meg of data usage there too.

      Last evening I did some net surfing to research places to visit when I go mobile in a few weeks. Maps, and perusing the web sites of the various attractions & parks used up nearly a gig of data. Holy Cow!

      I’m not at confident that I can stay under a 10 gig monthly cap.

      So… that means that my ‘normal’ on-line activities will have to undergo a massive revamping. That and finding ‘complementary’ wi-fi access in various places on a catch as catch can basis.

      I commend all that have the ability to ration their internet access. For me? It’s gonna be some serious withdrawal pains. 🙁

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You reminded me, Leo, of other reasons I need 10G of data per month… In addition to finding news reports that aren’t propaganda (not easy these days!), I also use a lot of data researching possible camps, making Amazon links, looking up information sites to include in the blog, and other stuff, mostly what a non-blogger wouldn’t do.

        You mention withdrawal from internet usage…It’s easier to do when “on the road.” 🙂

      • Elaine in Colorado says:

        Leo, your comment was so relate-able! I’m also an “information junkie” and use my laptop, tablet and phone all the time. I’ve been online since 1991 via dial-up, then in 1993/1994 I learned the joys of fidonet, in 1995 certain online services (yet still dial-up) were free to use.

        Since I’m on Comcast, I have unlimited wi-fi for my phone and unlimited ethernet connection.

        I’m going to check out high gig level mobile hot spots before I head off on the road. I’m also thinking about checking into internet connection through OnStar.

  38. Robbie Hanna says:

    Sue I grew up in Monticello , Indiana. I’ve heard several states have a Monticello.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t doubt it, Robbie. Certain names are repeated across the country.

      I grew up in Cambridge… The one in New York, not the one in Idaho or Kansas or Illinois or Kentucky or Maine or Minnesota or Nebraska or Wisconsin or New Jersey or New Hampshire or Massachusetts….. 🙂

  39. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin says:

    Love your photos and can see how they must pull and carry your stories along even when you aren’t feeling the words flow. Especially happy to report Casita season has officially begun for me and my little dog! I did my first ever solo hitch up and set up and only had one brief problem which flummoxed me – how to get the tightly down stabilizer jacks to release to fold up? Answer- tilt the front of the trailer down – now why didn’t I think of that?? Joined my folks at a lakeside campground and the week ahead looks sunny and warm. So happy to be getting to know this best little trailer ever!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Molly, on your first “solo hitch and set up!” It won’t be long and you’ll perform those tasks without giving them any thought… It will be that easy.

      About releasing the stabilizer jacks… This is what I do. I have a rubber mallet. I tap the “lever” and that releases the jack. You probably could use a regular hammer, if you don’t have a mallet. By “lever” I mean the part that you push up and down that moves the “foot” of the jack up and down.

      I always get out my mallet with the rubber head when hitching and unhitching. When putting on or removing the anti-sway bar I can’t always pull the pins out (not very strong hands). A tap with the mallet and they pop right out. I also tap the chocks to release them from the tires after hitching.

      I’ve found that many tasks that we think require strength can be accomplished with the right tool or lever and/or analyzing the situation to find another way. The latter is what you did with your stuck jacks. Bravo, Molly! 🙂

      • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin says:

        Thank you RVSue for the support and such thorough advice! I had trouble with those sway bar pins too and am happy to have a great tip in making it easier. Just happen to have a rubber mallet in my tool box-yay! I took my time methodically setting up without stress and remembered some of my favorite posts of yours about making a new camp a home. I will let you know when it starts to feel second nature. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, Molly. “second nature”… That’s the phrase I couldn’t remember!

          Great! You have a rubber mallet. It’s my go-to solution to various problems that pop up. Just give it a whack with the rubber mallet, I say. Good thing I didn’t have one when I was married! Haha!

  40. Paul says:

    I really enjoyed this post, nice and calming for oneself after a stressful day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad you did, Paul, and I appreciate you telling me. I hope today is less stressful for you than yesterday. 🙂

  41. Elizabeth in WA says:

    I would be hard put to be in a hurry to leave such a spot too, Sue…how lovely!! Been enjoying a few more birds this year, aside from the ever present crow. You won’t believe it, but apparently I taught one of them to bark…I would make a dog bark sound out the window, behind a day drape, hoping they would think a dog was there and would leave beside the window…thinking it would not be able to tell where the sound was coming from exactly…wrong…a few days later I stuck my face in the window to see something and the bird was there…and it said, “BARK!” I then talked to it some, nicely…you cannot let a crow see you trying to run it off…it never forgets a face!! Heh…and they do nasty things to those people they do not like!! Oh well…a Bark is ok…and it seemed unfazed and not unhappy…weird birds!! Heh…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      Crows (or whatever these big, black birds are) are very vocal and sociable. Yesterday, when the crew and I were on the last walk of the day, I stopped to listen. “Our” black bird was perched on the top branch of a dead tree, talking, talking, talking. It’s the same one that flies around our camp making hilarious calls like he’s patrolling the campground for miscreants and admonishing us to behave ourselves. “Look alive! Look alive!” like a drill sergeant with new recruits. 🙂

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        I’ve noticed that when the ‘local’ crows display that behavior they are new parents trying to draw attention away from their nest. They call out “Over here. Here I am. Look at me not at the tree you’re too close to.” But maybe one has a crush on Reggie or is awe of Her Regalness.

  42. DesertGinger says:

    This is a Public Service Announcement. My friend wrote a Facebook post about his new favorite packaged chocolate chip cookie, so I had to try them.

    Oh my god. They are called Tate’s bake shop cookies and they are to die for. Best packaged cookies I ever ate. Taste exactly like what my gramma used to make. I got chocolate chip walnut, but they have several flavors.

    I bought mine at Safeway, don’t know where else they are available. And they are pricey but SO worth it.

    Try them!

  43. Sam in the Ozarks AR says:

    Thank you for the work you do. It’s funny but you are my best friend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Sam, and thank you for your message to me. I am truly honored to be called your best friend.

  44. Hoot says:

    Hi RvSue and Crew

    I have a few questions about your dog stroller. Are you happy with this style? Do the wheels work over rough terrain?

    I have a dog stroller and my pug loves it but it has different wheels than yours. They don’t function well over gravel and dirt.

    So, I am considering buying one like yours but would love some feedback first.

    Have a great day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Hoot,

      Yes, I’m happy with the style of Bridget’s car, and yes, the wheels work very well over rough terrain. In fact, the wheels work so well that Bridget glides over dirt, rocks and ruts in comfort. Other features I like — it’s roomy for Bridget. The top part can be adjusted for the perfect amount of shade without obstructing her view. There’s adequate ventilation. It’s a pleasure for both of us to use. So quiet and easy to push.

      If I had to come up with a down side… It is bulky. Even so, I can fold it and lift it up onto the seat beside Bridget when we travel in the PTV. Any stroller of this size would be cumbersome while doing that.

      Make sure you read the instructions on how to open it and fold it. It’s easy to do but a detail could be overlooked. I read a customer review on Amazon, a woman complaining that her stroller sags in the middle. Obviously she didn’t set it up properly with the two velcro supports wrapped around the frame.

      I recommend the Pet Gear stroller!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Bridget describes the features of her new car in this post: “Guest blogger with a special announcement.

  45. weather says:

    A post titled “Guest blogger with a special announcement” from April 11th, 2016 has great photos of and descriptions of how well the stroller Sue got for Bridget works on rough terrain and all surfaces.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, weather. It didn’t occur to me that Hoot might not have seen that post. I’ll insert a link in a reply to her questions.

      Good morning, gal!

      • weather says:

        Good morning 🙂 I hope you are having a great day and continue to. I am and plan to. It’s my favorite kind of day for driving and being outside here in central NY state so far-in the 70’s and warming,light breeze, sky full of gorgeous clouds, heart full of things that make me smile. Do you have plans to drive or is it too early for you to know yet?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Your “favorite kind of day for driving and being outside.” That makes me smile, remembering how glorious New York State can be. Have a wonderful day, weather.

          We are on the road today. This is my last check-in with the blog before hitching up and moving out. Good morning to you, too!

  46. Scott says:

    Do you have a list of campgrounds that you go to ? If not did you ever think of writing a little book with all the places that you go ? I’m about ready to head out and I would like a list of camp sites that you have gone. Because I really liked most of them’
    Thanks, Scotty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Scott,

      I’m reluctant to write a book about my camps because it would soon be out-of-date. Where are you heading? If you let me know, when we’re settled in a new camp with internet, I’ll be happy to make suggestions.

      • Scott says:

        Hi Sue,
        I will be heading down to Oregon and into Nevada. Hwy 20 to 78 in OR. then on to 95 to 305 threw Nevada to start. I live in WA. State. So any Ideas ? Thanks Sue.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          This will be fun research for me, Scott! I’ll work on it this evening….

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know what size rig you have, nor where your starting point is. I also don’t know if you are interested in side trips or if you’re trying to go from Point A to Point B the easiest way possible on the route you stated. I don’t know how you are going from WA to pick up Route 20 in OR… so I’ll wing it…

          1) Mckenzie Bridge Campground (NFS), one hour east of Eugene… easy access off Rte. 20, pretty, shady, by the river.

          2) Indian Ford Campground (NFS), 5.6 miles before Sisters…. easy access off Rte 20, used for overnights by travelers, usually no problem finding a site

          3) Chicahominy Campground (BLM), about 30 miles before Burns… easy access off Rte 20, low altitude, hot in summer

          4) Stateline RV Park in McDermott at OR/NV border… only place in town (not much of a town — bring supplies/groceries from Burns!), small, 15-site, older park with 30 amp, $30 a night. There’s “Say When Casino” on Rte 95, where you might be allowed to dry camp overnight. You’re going through empty desert… It’s about 180 miles from Chicahominy to Stateline RV Park.

          5) Water Canyon Campground (BLM)…. gravel road 5 miles southeast of Winnemucca. About 75 miles from Stateline RV Park. Widely spaced sites. (Listed as free, might not be free anymore.)

          6) Mill Creek Campground BLM).. 74 miles from Winnemucca, 24 miles south of Battle Mountain on Rte. 305…11 sites.

          7) Bob Scott Campground (NFS). . . .about 65 miles south of Mill Creek Campground, a few miles east of Austin, NV, Rte. 50… 10 sites, elev. 7,200 ft.

          I don’t know where you are going from this point on. You can google the above sites and learn details, see photos, even go to Google Earth for satellite view. There are side trips you could make along the way, such as Malheur Wildlife Refuge or Idylwild Campground north of Burns. These suggestions are inexpensive, mostly primitive camp stops (except for Stateline RV, no choice other than a casino) without detouring off the route you stated. This is predominantly a low-elevation route which means hot.

          I hope this is helpful. I’ve only camped in #1 and #3. (Google “RVSue + the campground name”). I’ll be happy to answer any questions. Good luck!

          • Scott says:

            Thanks Sue,
            I’m like you, but I have a Dodge full size van and a 22 ft. Airstream. I’m just wondering around looking for place’s that are new and off the beatin path. Places I have never been before. So that’s why I asked you… Thanks again. I’m only a part time traveler, about 6 months out of the year. Full time soon. Scotty

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Hi Scott,

              I have a Chrysler Voyager LX mini-van and wonder what type of Dodge van you have. Is your van an 8 cylinder, did you get a “tow package”? I ask because I was thinking about buying a cargo van that gives me storage and enough power to tow my (future) travel trailer which will be 22 feet or less.

              Thank you in advance!

            • Scott says:

              I have a 03 Dodge Ram Van 1500 with the 5.2 or the 318 V8 auto it will tow about 6500 lbs. But that’s if you change the rear end gears to a 4/10 posi. The 3/8 gears in it now are not good for towing and only one wheel drive, a posi rear is the best for towing, posi is were two wheels pull at the same time. And with the 4 speed auto trans. you can cruse down the freeway at 60 with the best engine RPM, horse power and torque. So if you can find a Ram Van with a posi rear end or change it like I did and if you can and get one with the 360 V8 will give you more Torque and HP. Scott.

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Hi Scott,

              Thank you for the information! I’ll be looking that up for sure!

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      I would also be interested in that. I have been saving the notifications and comment emails that I get with interesting information.

  47. rvsueandcrew says:


    The crew and I will leave Devil’s Canyon Campground as soon as I hitch up. I hope to be able to go online later today from our new camp, although I’m not sure if I’ll have a connection.

    Be well, be safe, be happy…

    Colorado, here we come!


    • MollyLuvsRoadtrippin says:

      Colorado??? Wowza! Can’t wait to see and read about all you and the crew find.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’re in Colorado! Yippee!

      I started to have doubts on our way here. I don’t know why. Whenever I have doubts about the next camp, it turns out to be wonderful, so what’s the point in doing that? Anyway… It’s a warm day but sitting under this shelter next to two pine trees, it’s cool and there’s a bonus — I can use my laptop at the picnic table under the shelter! I’m as happy as the magpie that welcomed us!

      I have to debrief on travel day before writing a post. I’ll try to put one together later today, tomorrow at the latest.

      Wherever you are, whatever you do, be aware of all that is good and given to you. 🙂

      Bye for now!

      • weather says:

        Wonderful update, thanks! 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        OK, I’m psyched. I grew up in Alamosa and have always thought that when I hit the road that I would spend some time in Colorado. Can’t wait for updates and adventures.

        On another note my e-mail notifications don’t seem to be working. I tried to unsubscribe and resubscribe but that didn’t do it. I know others have had this issue. Anybody got any tips?

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Do it the old way…..frequent checks throughout the day! ?

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            Yep, did that for the first couple of years and can do it again. Don’t worry, I’m not that easy to get rid of. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know what is going on with that. I reactivated the plug in and checked settings. I’m sorry I don’t know how to fix that, Rick.

          Operating and administering this blog is way above my level of competency…

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      Safe travels to you and the crew! Today my car registered 84 degrees in Metro Denver although it has cooled off some tonight.

  48. Larry in AR says:

    I was doing some Internet browsing regarding my dog when I ran across this on Amazon and immediately thought of Bridget. I don’t recall her being too crazy about chew toys, but she might like this as an alternative to pine cones. I have read that chewing on the pine cone might not be harmful, in fact it could be beneficial to teeth, but swallowing any part of it might be. Anyway, I’m not including the link, but if you search Amazon for Petstages Dogwood Pine Cone Dog Chew Toys, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Good luck on your new camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Very interesting, Larry. I never heard of Pine Cone Chew Toys…. Thanks for telling us and also for not making a link to Amazon. I’ll put one here later. In the meantime, like you suggest, folks can search Amazon if they’re interested.

      Nice of you to think of Bridget . . .

  49. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Happy Thursday, Sue!

    So glad you are checking out Colorado. So many wonderful memories. I’ve wanted to go back and visit for quite awhile. Although thoughts of – you can never go home again – creep into my planning. Or is just that home is never the same? The excitement of hoping to connect to the past versus the disappointment of the present.

    I spent most of my youth in the small burg of Black Forest. An unusual outcropping of pine trees in the plains area. It’s located northeast of Colorado Springs. Parts of it were badly burned in a huge wildfire a few years back. Also, Manitou Springs (Waldo Canyon) was hit by fire a few years before that.

    Your comment of slipping on pine needles brought back happy times. When there wasn’t snow to sled on ( 6 months of the year), we would go ‘sledding’ on the pine needles. What ever one can find to use. Sleds with well waxed runners worked. Saucers of aluminum. We found an old Coca Cola sign; 5′ round steel dish like a bottle cap with sharp edges. Safety had not been invented yet. Someone else found an old car engine hood. Flip that baby over and woooosh. The brave just waxed up any old panel of wood and tried to surf standing up. Actually, it was more like a human pinball game. There was no steering or brakes. Just a tall hill with gazillions of hard and crusty trees. Maybe an oak scrub bush or two. And a few patches of gravel. Throw in all local dogs that would grab you and try to pull you off the ‘sled’ as you were speeding up. If you were alive at the end of all the runs you won. The prize was to do it again the next day. Aaahhh ….. good times. Perhaps you will try it?

    Looking forward to seeing Colorado through your eyes.

    MV gal

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MV gal,

      Gee, I wrote you a reply last night and it didn’t appear. I think sitting outside at the picnic table with the laptop and air card running on battery depleted the power and it didn’t have the oomph necessary. Oh, well…

      Loved reading about pine needle sledding! I would’ve LOVED doing that as a kid. We had thick pine needles near our house but it was flat ground. What fun! That’s the kind of play that helps children grow… to become capable, alert, strong individuals.

      Safety is important — we want to protect children, of course. It’s unfortunate that our world is such that children today aren’t able to take “risks” the way the kids of the 60s (and prior) did. The things that we did!

      Riding rapids on a cheap float, pressing on the leaks, ducking under branches low to the water, gulping water because the laughter was impossible to stop… Sledding down a steep, icy hill, making sure to bail at the right moment or slide under the barbed wire at the bottom . … jumping off a bridge into the river, careful to hit the spot where the rocks weren’t . . . hiking in the woods, unsupervised, just kids exploring with no backpack loaded with supplies and a first aid kit, no compass, no GPS system, no cell phone… All we had to go by is “moss grows on the north side of trees” and the position of the sun. We made it home, stronger, more confident, and ready for the next challenge, whatever crazy thing we could dream up!

      And we were GIRLS!

      It’s fun remembering those days, isn’t it. I can tell from your comment, MV gal, that you had the kind of childhood freedom that tops any visit to an amusement park…

      Thanks for sharing with us.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        ‘Mornin’ Sue,

        You now LIVE in the most excellent amusement park!

        Thank you for letting me visualize the things another gal did in another place. If there were any water for me then, I wished I could have done those things, too. Going under barbed wire in motion – yeah that didn’t work out well for my brother. 😉

        Funny (or not) thing, I could use the safety items now. A helmet for hitting those overhead bins, knee pads for missing the step, seat belt for naps in my lawn chair, elbow pads for tripping over the cat. Maybe I just need more caffeine. We used to be so active and swift. What happened?

        I really am very excited to cyber-join you on your tour of Colorado. Who knows what the temps will be when you are there? We were always told when going ‘up the pass’ “take a sweater” I hope you can spend as much time as you want there.

        • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

          Maybe you had the same: Parents never asked what we were doing from wakeup to dinner and never wanted to know. They probably didn’t want that worry. Again, ignorance can be blissful.

  50. Mick'nTN says:

    Maybe you’re at 7600 feet in Buckeye? 🙂

  51. Gal and a cat in Fl says:

    Must have just missed you or maybe passed you. I just left Blanding yesterday after a grocery and ice run at Clarks market! Don’t quite know how to post a pic here but started out 13 or so days ago from Florida with my little Runaway tag along. Doing as much of Rt 66 as can find and enjoying this beautiful country. Different than you do, but loving it. Have come back south after exploring Glen Canyon and other of Utah’s magnificent sights. Gads isn’t this country beautiful? Makes me tear up sometimes, especially in Arches NP. Altitude and me do not bode well. Petted the donkeys in Oatman today and planning my next destination that isn’t too high. Seeing you even passing by would have made this trip even more special after *knowing* you over a year. Love your blog. You are my inspiration.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gal and a cat in FL,

      You’re really packing in a lot of adventures! Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time discovering and exploring this beautiful country. Glen Canyon, oh my…. What little I saw of it was astounding…

      Thank you for the sweet closing to your comment. I’m often given credit, called an “inspiration,” which is very nice, but I believe the inspiration exists within us all. We just have to find it and let it show us the way. 🙂

  52. Jo in OR says:

    Love Bridgee playing with the pine cones, she is precious. Enjoy Colorado.

  53. Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

    We call Bridget’s look the ‘stink eye’. Watch out, when you’re on the receiving end! Loved your ‘writer’s block’ post and pics. Looking forward to ‘seeing’ CO.

    It’s 83° in Mobile, but ‘feels’ like 94. Thanks humidity. Afternoon thundershowers daily and immediately afterward you can see the steam, like a sauna, rising from the streets. Within an hour you wouldn’t know it had rained. Still humid, tho. How I would LOVE some cool mountain air.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear, dear Virginia… I’d love to send you “some cool mountain air” that’s coming through the open window right now. I remember Florida has that same routine — hot and humid, afternoon deluge, steam rising from the streets, back to hot and humid.

      I look forward to showing you what we find in Colorado.

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