Return to Pahranagat!

Wednesday, April 19

“Goodbye, Overton!  Have a good one!”

Gee, it’s great to be on the road to a new camp!

We head northwest on Route 169.

At Logandale I pull over at the park to give Reggie a walk-about on the grass.  Back on the road, we continue to Interstate 15 south.  We go to the next exit at Glendale.  There we take Route 168 northwest through Moapa Valley Indian Reservation.

We don’t see another person or vehicle all the way to the north end of the Arrow Canyon Mountain Range to Starvation Flat. We turn due north on Route 93 at Coyote Springs.

Return to Pahranagat!

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, south of Alamo, Nevada

Although we arrive early — it’s only 10:30 on a Wednesday — most of the campsites are occupied.  Only a few very short sites are open and we fit into one of them!

It’s a site at the lake edge. 

Lovely in every way except I have to drive in nose first in order for the Best Little Trailer’s door to face the picnic table and away from another campsite.

This is okay.  I won’t unhitch and when someone leaves, we’ll move.

A big attraction at this camp is the wildlife.

Well, besides it being free camping.

This Great Blue Heron was at the lake when we camped at the wildlife refuge in March 2015.  I’m pleased to see him again!

The lake is bright blue and calm today.

Out in the middle of the lake a colony of seagulls has gathered.  Their laughing calls contrast with the silence of our former mesa camp.  A pair of Canada Geese swim by, one parent at the lead is followed by five tiny goslings in an evenly spaced, straight line. The other parent brings up the rear of the silent parade.

Reggie is super excited with this new camp!

He pesters me for three walks along the lake.  At camp I change his tether to different locations because he’s pulling to explore.  It makes me happy to see him happy.

For supper I make myself a turkey burger.

I never eat red meat.  Well, I do if I’m a guest and that’s what is on the menu.  The only thing I miss are hamburgers.  Years ago I tried Jenni-O turkey burgers.

I hated them.

I bought a box of them again, the hamburger urge being so strong.  This time I take one of the frozen patties and drop it into a saute pan of hot olive oil.  I cook the living daylights out of that patty on high heat until both sides are black.

In fact, at one point the pan bursts into flame! I take it outside and let it burn itself out.

Julie Child I’m not.

With lettuce, tomato, onion, and that charred patty in a bun —

Mmm . . .  tastes like a burger right off the grill.

After supper, while out walking, we meet our neighbor.

He’s a full-timer, tanned and talkative.  Reggie back-hoes in frustration because we’re standing around gabbing.  When an opening appears, I casually ask the man how long he’s staying.

(I’ve got my eye on his campsite, the best one at the lake!).

“I’ll be leaving in the morning,” he replies.



NOTE:  If the photos in this post look familiar, that’s because they are.  My laptop died along with the Picasa editing program, so I used pics from 2015.  Details are in my update at bottom of comments of previous post. — Sue


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102 Responses to Return to Pahranagat!

  1. jenny Johnson says:


  2. Kat and Cookie Dog in NYState says:

    Enjoy the weekend!

  3. Suzicruzi from Van., WA says:

    😜. Morning Sue! Beautiful photos as usual! You seem so happy and your mojo is good. I have a few Qs that I want to pick your brains about. Is there any better time to ask?

    Have a great day!!! 😎☀️

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Morning, suzicruzi! THIRD PLACE!

      Ask away…. 🙂 I need to go outside with Reg for a while. I’ll answer later, okay?

  4. Elaine from BC says:

    You should try to sell that recipe “frozen, burned black and set on fire turkey burgers” you could call it.

  5. Pat Hall, New Mexico Campground says:

    Hi Sue, glad you made it to a great new camp. I know you and Reggie will enjoy!!!!

  6. Renee Galligher from Idaho says:

    Top Ten again! The name of this place is a mouthful!

  7. Shawna says:

    Enjoy, enjoy!!

  8. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Still laughing about the char burger. Have to say it sounds pretty unappetizing, although I do like my burgers medium well to well done.

    What a pretty looking place! Kind of oasis looking.

    I hope you get your laptop fixed/replaced soon. Tech problems are a bummer.

    Another great post!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal,

      I have a new laptop coming from Amazon. Took all my gumption to make such a large purchase without seeing it “in person.” I feel lately that I’ve been throwing money at a wall to see what will stick. It will be nice to have a new machine though. The other one was an old mess.

  9. Robin (from Oregon) says:

    Ever tried the char-grilled Boca veggie burgers (frozen food department)? With the char grilling, they are pretty much like real burgers and are excellent with all of the accoutrements that go on a regular burger, especially 1000 island dressing or burger sauce. They even give me that char-grilled indigestion. 🙂

    Looks like a lovely spot and one we’ll have to visit one day. Right now we are busy readying our house to sell and it just seems like the work will never end. I know it will but sometimes it’s just discouraging. Then there’s the process of selling… Not looking forward to that. Hope springs eternal someone will come up with a cash offer. 🙂

    Rock on Reggie-Man! Don’t lose that enthusiasm for new surroundings.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Robin, the discouragement of downsizing and preparing a house for sale. I remember it well! All the decisions and details and steps toward a launch day is daunting. Keep at it and eventually that exciting day will arrive. Chin up, girl! 🙂

      Thanks for the tip on Boca burgers. Never heard of them. Reggie isn’t rockin’ right now. He’s curled up in his bed about to drop off into dreamland. THANK YOU, GOD!

      • Pat Hall, New Mexico says:

        The Boca grilled burgers are great. When I buy ground turkey I get the one that has the most fat… me it taste much better.

      • Robin (from Oregon) says:

        The downsizing isn’t a problem; after living for 4 months in a very small condo with limited stuff from home, it gave us incentive to jettison a lot of stuff from our Oregon house. The main issue is we’ve never been great at keeping up things like painting, upgrading the interior, and just plain housekeeping so it seems something to be done is continually rearing its ugly head. We did get rid of our 38 year-old woodstove and heat shield, and got our old oil tank site soil tested, which were major feats. OK, enough crabbing. Back to work!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh, I remember now. I didn’t connect that you were the one who moved. Ugh, you’re in the elbow grease stage.

          One thing I’ve always found to be true with whatever house I’ve owned, it always looked its best when I was wanting to leave it!

          • Robin (from Oregon) says:

            Yup, that’s the truth! We put our house on the market in 1992 and it didn’t break our hearts when it didn’t sell as we decided it cleaned up pretty nicely! But this time we have a different goal, living full-time in Arizona.

  10. Nice to see you and Reggie found a old camp near Alamo, we are still waiting for the mail and then we’ll be on our way to follow your travels of last year in the Colorado Rockies and New Mexico camps, and I’m buying Blast 02 for the high elevations, hope you two are having a great time at Pahranaghat Lake this weekend, give Reggieman a huge hug and a kiss from us, okay,,,,,,, Rusty n Piper

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I can tell you’re excited about your trip to Colorado. About the Boost oxygen in a can, don’t buy more than one. Bridget, Reggie, and I didn’t use up the one I bought. You may find you don’t need it. We didn’t after the first couple of passes.

      Have a warm and pleasant weekend with the Lady!

      • Thanks and thanks for the heads up on the Blast of oxygen, ok, I’ll just get one, ,, been adjusting and bleeding our brakes for the trip and stocking up on goodies for us,,, have a pleasant evening you two,,,, 👣👣🐾

  11. Stephanie Albany OR says:

    Good morning. Spectacular day in Oregon yesterday, today it’s raining again. Makes following the sun as a full timer so seductive. I love your descriptions of your camps and as I continue to research and develop my budget appreciate the word free more and more. This camp is beautiful with the lake and wildlife. I’ll add it to my list. My favorite line in this post was your comment “It makes me happy to see him happy.” How I feel about my Toby. Have a wonderful weekend Sue and walk that boy’s legs off!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Stephanie,

      A nice day between rainy days… what a tease! I guess I’m in the teasing business, too, with this blog. 🙂

      I know what you mean about the budget. Our first year I was so careful about every penny and boondocked for free whenever I could (after I had solar installed). It was a relief when I realized, “Hey, I really can live on less and enjoy life more!”

      You and Toby have a super weekend!

  12. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Love this camp! Glad that you will have the campsite you want when your neighbor leaves! I love being near water. I missed it in NM. Reggie is happy to be there too it seems, a happy dog is a very good thing!
    Sorry to read that your laptop fizzled out on you! Sheeeesh! Well you use them up with all your blogging and we love it!
    Enjoy your new camp, we are looking forward to your next post.Hugs!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hugs to you, too, Geri!

      Well, you have plenty of water around you now. I know you and Chuck are enjoying the seafood. 🙂 Are you still making the Mermaid Tears?

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        Yes we are still making them and they are keeping us busy and out of trouble! We are noiw in 4 very nice shops so we won’t be doing the Farmers Market as often! Gotta keep the shops supplied! Good to have something to do!

  13. Michael says:

    I wonder if you really know how much you do for others. I stop by here and it elevates my day to read your posts and the wonderful comments. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

  14. Pat from Mich. says:

    I’m that way about hotdogs. The only ones I really like are cooked over a fire. Fried in a skillet are 2nd, every other way is far distant. Hope you get the spot you are coveting!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Haha! We’re alike that way. A boiled hotdog is disgusting unless it’s completely covered up in a bun with mustard and relish, or chili and onions. Gee, now I’m going to have a hot dog urge!

      • Robin (from Oregon) says:

        Oh, but the exception is the polish dogs from Costco and I’m not even a big hot dog fan. YUM!

        • Shelley in California says:

          My granddaughter loves hotdogs…me not to much. I found ballpark sirloin hot dogs on sale, they were fabulous!

  15. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Sue, I’m so impressed with how nimbly you handled all your computer problems. But for the “recycled” photos, I’d never be able to tell you’re handling the blog in survival mode!! I haven’t commented for a week or so because I’ve had my own computer problems, plus my step-dad was placed in hospice. He insists on staying in his home (25 freeway-traffic-congested miles from me) and won’t let me move him to a facility closer to me. The doctor says he shouldn’t be living alone, but he won’t let me hire anyone to come in for more than a couple of hours a day. So ….. I’ve spent the last two weeks going up to his house for the better part of the day and worrying myself sick that when I leave, something bad will happen to him. He has congestive heart failure and his heart is operating at only 20% so he is very weak and disoriented. Why, why, why are old people so damn stubborn?? Sorry, I’m not asking you that because I think you’re old – just a rhetorical question. I got him one of those life alert type things that you wear around your neck, explained very carefully how to use it and the next morning he called me and told me it wasn’t working because it wasn’t talking to him!

    Anyway, I hope you got the great spot when your neighbor left and have days and nights of peaceful beauty. We will all look forward to some new photos when you get your new computer and photo software up and running. Hugs to you and Reggie Man!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear, dear Cynthia… I understand. You are in a tough situation. You want to do the best for him and it is so difficult! My dad was a lot like that after my mother died. Sometimes he was impossible to deal with, going out of his way to be cantankerous and doing stuff that was downright dangerous.

      He didn’t know the effect he was having on me, and I bet the same is true with your step-dad. Knowing that doesn’t make the day-to-day challenges any easier! I cringed when I read about the traffic between your home and his. I wish you strength! Being a caregiver for an elderly parent is one of the most demanding roles in life. I hope you can find a way to relax and rejuvenate…

      Big hugs to you, Cynthia… Thanks for stopping by with an update. We’ll understand if you can’t be here often.

    • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

      Hi Cynthia!
      Gosh I remember those days well with my parents… not the same things exactly, but just the ‘shaking my head’ part of why why why… I wish you peace, luck, and good traffic fortune. Remember, you can only do what you can do… and what he wants is what he wants. Being away from home is scary for many… and fear is already messing with his head.
      Bless you. You are a good daughter.

  16. Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

    Old or new, your pictures are fabulous!! So glad you are in such a nice place…and I am hoping you did indeed get the BEST spot after the full-timer left it!! That lake…it is absolutely gorgeous. And any day we get to see Reggie is day with sunshine!
    Oh Sue, a blackened turkey burger..LOL I know the fire wasn’t funny, but the way you described it was. I am not a red meat fan either…except for hamburgers. I buy a pound of the 93% lean, add two teaspoons of EVOO, mix and make 4 burgers. Eat one, freeze three for later. The olive oil replaces the bad fat of the beef with a good fat making the lean beef much less dry. An old Weight Watchers trick. And I do love lamb, but as far as red meat goes that is it. Pork today is so lean, I had to relearn how to cook it as to not make leather out of it and render it inedible. I probably eat “red” only three or four times a month, and mostly just to make sure I get iron. A friend mixes a pound of very lean ground turkey with a pound of very lean pork to make her burgers. I haven’t done this, but she loves them.
    Thank you for keeping us all posted on you and Reggie. Your weather should be lovely with those breezes. Belly rubs, hugs, and ear scratches for Reggie, and prayers for you both.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Retiredcajunlady,

      Clever ideas for making hamburgers without red meat and with better fat. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to cooking so I’ll most likely stick with my burn-the-house-down method. I like that I don’t have to make the patties. Just unwrap one of those rock-solid, miniature frisbees and pop it into the pan. 🙂

      I bet there are readers who will appreciate the tips!

      Enjoyed your chatty comment, rjl. Thanks for the prayers and all… 🙂

      • Retiredcajunlady N Louisiana says:

        LOL Sorry about that. I tend to forget not everyone has colon issues. Processed and additives are out, so home prepared is my only choice. I envy those to can shop for easy cooking and/or enjoy foods from the freezer section.

  17. Dawn in MI says:

    I hope you got that prime spot! This looks like a lovely location. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      We did get the prime campsite. 🙂 And it is lovely here. Right now out the back window I see an American Coot finding his lunch along the shoreline. No, not my neighbor, the bird! Ha!

      Happy Saturday!

  18. Beverly says:

    Another favorite area. Of course, we still talk about the ribs at Windmill Ridge 🙂 We kid about driving down there from ID to have a rib basket. There’s something about that area that is calming. Maybe because it is remote or sparsely populated or both.

  19. suzicruzi from Van, WA. says:

    Oh, awesome, thanks Sue for being willing to answer Qs and let me pick your brains.
    ** Also, I’m hoping other Blogerinos won’t mind chiming in if they have experience with the same Q as well. Here goes:
    Starting with the Wave 3 Heater; Are you happy with it after these years, and if not, what would you have chosen instead? How hot does the surrounding areas get in actuality, when you have it on? (I have looked at those posts a few times, 11.03.2011, and I’m very familiar with your set up, and the installation process as I made notes.) How long does it take to cool down to the touch? Could you put the seat cushion back down and sit there, say, in 10 minutes after turning it off? Bob Giddings, how do you like yours? You mentioned you were getting one too. Like it? Reine, you mentioned “heat radiates mostly forward”. I understand the concept, so I’m more concerned about leaving the seat cushion in place, or move it, then return it after that area has cooled? We need the seating for the 2 of us, but it’s not necessary that we sit there right when the heater is on. We can sit across the way, and one on the bed for the time being. Looking back, Sue you have your storage units on the deck right above the heater, and they are plastic – no problems I’m assuming? Also with the doggies, you didn’t ever experience worry with them laying too close? I remember Spikey laying directly in front of it, with his little legs stretched out right towards it. Okay, thanks for the input on that –

    Regarding COE campgrounds; Sue, how often do you stay at those now that you’ve moved on to mostly boondocking? I remember in the beginning, you liked staying at COEs (heading out of Texas ) due to being clean(er) and the cost was very low. You were working your way out of TX, and through NM at the time. I don’t hear you mention them much now. Perhaps the states you are in mostly do not have them? Or perhaps you just don’t use those type of campgrounds when you need to shower, do laundry, or use the dump stations? Just curious about them in general. I know you gave us a link to a guide listing them by state, by S.L. Hinkle. Thank you for that.

    Lastly (for now, ha! ), how many annual (state) passes do you normally buy in a year? If I remember correctly, when you started out, you purchased a pass for NM, correct? Was that a COE pass? But I also remember internet was poor in the southern part of NM, and so you headed out rather quickly. It made me think you bought the annual pass, and then didn’t use it up. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t want to make the same mistake, as internet would be important to us as well – at least every couple of days. I’ve heard there is kind of a “vortex” down in Southern NM for internet. We do have and like Verizon. Is this correct (anybody?)?

    Thank you, and anyone else who comments. I really appreciate the experience and knowledge here!! ** Oh, and I want to also say, in your beginning days, how lucky you were to have Reine and (Paul?) , her husband, by your side to help you get started. Wow, such a blessing!! I’m lurking on the Casita Owners Forum trying to learn as much as I can- without actually having my trailer yet. There’s a lot to wrap my head around!

    Sorry for the long-winded note and bunch of head banging questions. lol…
    Cheers!! Suzi **smooches for Mr. Reg, that Handsome Jasper! 😉

    PS. I just made a large (for me) order off Amazon today, and as I was doing so through your links above, I pulled some things out of my “shopping list” that I had selected earlier and was saving for a future order. Please tell me it all shows up on your deal for commission; 3 Benchmark Atlas, shower curtain, over-door organizer, some pot & pan protectors, um… and…. um…. one more thing. Geez, you’d think I’d remember as it was just an hour ago. Lord. 😉 Mainly I’m wondering about the things I had saved to my “list” awhile ago (and I’m not so sure I saved them while browsing through your links.) But I did have to open up the “list” and click on the item to add it to my current cart, which I did fill through your shopping link. Make sense? It’s nice to know my purchases are benefiting you in some small way, and I remember you saying Amazon is doubling your points in the mo. of April, so that’s why I saved up some stuff for today. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Suzicruzi… In order to answer your questions, I’ll post them in separate comments below. That way blogorinos can add their 2 cents without it becoming all jumpled between topics.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I haven’t camped at COE campgrounds in a long time because I haven’t come across any since leaving Texas. I’d be happy to camp in one again.

      The only pass I have is the senior discount pass (America the Beautiful), one time fee of $10, available from National Forest offices or online, gets one in free to National Parks and half price at NF, BLM, and other government campgrounds.

      The New Mexico pass I bought back in 2011 paid for itself in a few months because I was camping in state parks for the hook-ups prior to solar installation. It was a good buy at $225 I haven’t found any passes in other states applicable to me. The residency requirement disqualifies me.

      Thank you for wanting your Amazon purchases to earn me a commission. I will check the orders report and get back to you.

      LATER…. Yes, I see those items! Happy dance! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      About the doubling of commission… That’s only in April and only for purchases made after entering through one of the ads.

    • Archae says:

      Whether to buy state passes depends on how long you want to camp in a particular state. The price for non-residents is often so high that you would have to stay in the state for a long time before the purchase price hit the breakeven point. The Senior Pass is valid on lands, managed by federal agencies, including the Corps of Engineers. This does not include lands (campgrounds) managed by state, county or municipal governments.

  20. cc says:

    I’d like to share with other blogorinos some tricks about eating those Jenny-O burgers. We’ve found the trick to making them taste more like ‘real’ hamburgers is to put a little soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a shake of garlic powder and onion powder on them as you cook them. We also cut the burgers in half when we cook them. Why?

    Because there are just two of us and we can’t go through a bag of hamburger buns! We buy a 4 pack of hawaiian rolls and instead of tearing them into 4 rolls, we just separate the pack into 2 parts (so 2 buns each – kind of like a mini hoagie bun). A turkey patty cut in half and double stacked with some cheese (we halve the cheese too – so one slice will make two sandwiches) fits perfectly. It may look a little funny, but its easy on the wallet and still tastes like a burger 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I bet those hoagie burgers are tasty! I can’t do them that way because I’m trying to limit my salt intake. I noticed that Jennie-O has a “more flavorful” turkey burger but they have 640 mg. of salt as opposed to less than half that for the regular burgers.

      Clever way to make hamburgers without leftover buns! A simple thing like that can avoid waste and save some change. I’m all for that. 🙂

      You remind me of a time during my childhood when my mother made tuna salad sandwiches using hot dog buns. We kids thought they were the greatest! The same filling between two slices of bread… dull.

  21. rvsueandcrew says:

    Suzicruzi asks:

    “Starting with the Wave 3 Heater; Are you happy with it after these years, and if not, what would you have chosen instead? How hot does the surrounding areas get in actuality, when you have it on? How long does it take to cool down to the touch? Could you put the seat cushion back down and sit there, say, in 10 minutes after turning it off?”

    I am happy with my Wave 3 heater and I don’t wish I’d bought something else. How hot does the surrounding area get? Well, you can walk right by it with no problem. It doesn’t affect the plastic boxes. Spike and Bridget liked to lie in front of it. No, problem with them or with Reggie going too close. A big dog with long hair might be a concern — that I really don’t know. The heater cools quickly.

    About the seat cushions… I wouldn’t advise mounting the heater below the seat cushions. A good installer would probably refuse to put it there; I know Chip, the guy who installed mine, wouldn’t do it. There’s too much of a chance of something being left on the seat that would catch fire.

    Also, when the heater is not in use, it would be in the way of your legs when sitting on the cushion. I only use my heater less than 12 times a year. To have a heater in the way all year except for those 12 times isn’t a good idea, in my opinion. I have never used a portable Wave 3, but I think that would be a better choice than having the heater mounted below the seat. That way you could store it most of the time and have the leg room.

    Blogorinos: Your thoughts on this?

  22. Norman in San Diego says:

    Hi Sue,

    You should try the Garden Burgers from Smart & Final. They are so good cooked in butter and put on a wheat bun with all the toppings.
    Enjoy your new computer.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aw, shucks! I lived near a Smart & Final all winter and now I’m away from any. Okay, here’s the deal, Norman. You have to keep reading my blog until I go back to Blythe or somewhere that has a Smart & Final. Then you remind me of Garden Burgers because I’ll forget. Mmm… cooked in butter. Everything tastes better when cooked in butter! 🙂

  23. When the new laptop arrives, you can download Picasa from – if you want to. I personally have not found anything I like better. Your turkey burger cooking method made me laugh out loud.

  24. Linda-NC says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie! Another day, another adventure! It is reaining here in western nc. Sounds nice on the roof. I am just sitting here trying to get caught up on things on the computer. It works when it wants to seems like. Anyway, cataract surgery Tuesday and then only healing. I am itching to go down the road. I will enjoy it more with my new and improved vision. I plan to head north and then west and see what I can see:) That looks like a beautiful spot where you are. You are a bright spot on a cloudy rainy day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Linda! You are going to love seeing new places with your “new” eyes! Happy Sunday!

    • Dawn in Asheville says:

      Hey Linda –

      I hope your surgery went off without a hitch! I understand these days they are pretty routine and wish you well and no complications. If you see this, and are in the mood don’t forget to look me up? I would love to compare rigs and share a cup of tea or coffee if you are up to it. Maybe RVSue will send you my email if she sees this 🙂

  25. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Happy Earth Day! 🌎

  26. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Enjoyed reading all the comments and the place you are camped in sounds/and looks heavenly. Weekends are my favorites when I can work on Juno and then tired stay up on my computer and indulge in my RV forums, catch up on cheaprvliving vlogs and savor your blog posts 🙂

    I have to go see if there have been any posts from Linda from NC and see how she is faring. And you have such nice followers. I may not say much or engage, but so often stories tug at my heart or I cheer for folks.

    Not too much to report – after two dry weekends I have the corner trim sealed (pending a last bit of caulking) and the roof almost done. Waiting on a new ac shroud to show up and two more canisters of dicor. Today I set about wiring a 12v fan into the bathroom vent (sort of hack – didn’t want to actually go through the expense of replacing the vent so worked out something with a RoadPro and bungees – it actually works and looks better than that sounds – LOL)

    The big excitement was a honey bee swarm took up residence in our Japanese plum today so we had a beekeeper come out and remove them – love seeing him all excited about getting a new hive and me knowing they have a good home. It makes me crazy that some people don’t realize how serious the situation is with bees dying off and will just spray them. Also amazing to watch just how calmly he just cut the branches down with the bees dripping from them and put them on the box. Then they just sort of melted down into the combs.

    Well, getting late here and I’m whipped. Best to you and Reggie!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Dawn, you’ve been busy as a bee! Kudos to you for finding a new home for the swarm. Enjoyed your comment very much. Wish you continued success with your projects!

  27. Lou Schneider says:

    Hi Sue –

    For your pictures, have you tried using Paint that’s included with Windows? Although it’s primarily a drawing program it will let you do the basics with pictures – crop, resize, save as JPG, etc.

    Might be enough to get you by until the new laptop with Picasa arrives.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Lou. I hadn’t thought of Paint. I may wait anyway. I don’t like storing pics on my camera (where the heck did I put that cable?), preferring the memory card which I can save. I know, I can transfer later. Ugh. Too many steps. I ordered two memory cards along with the computer. If the shipment is delayed, I may follow your suggestion.

  28. Jackie Dolan says:

    Hi Sue I haven’t written in a good while but I still follow you. This way I can keep my dream alive. I actually got to physically look at a casita SD camper the other week and loved it. I also found a few used ones. What would your advice be since you have owned one for a good while be. What would you look for as for as things that could be wrong that an inexperienced person might not pick up on. There are 2 that I am interested in one in AZ for $9300, and the other Wilmington,NC for $12,000. I think both are 2005. The NC one wasn’t titled until 2008. I am hoping to possibly start travelling in the next yr or yr and half. I am so ready to see the world that I have wanted to explore.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Jackie! Great hearing from you again.

      What would I check in a used Casita for sale?
      I guess I’d be most concerned about the refrigerator, the air conditioner unit which should cool and heat, the hot water heater, no leaks in the lines, no smell of propane with burners aflame, toilet flushes, windows slide open, no tank leaks, no bent frame… That’s off the top of my head. I’ve never shopped for a used Casita and I’m no expert.

      Your comment is near the end of this post, but maybe blogorinos can suggest things to check.

      As for prices, I’m not up on what is a good deal. I’m sure you know to research the Casita Forum.

      I think you’ll find that you have to act quickly. Casitas are scooped up fast. Good luck!

  29. weather says:

    “Julia Child I’m not” made me laugh, with you, not at you. I don’t think anyone would describe either of us as having stellar culinary skills, Ha! I enjoyed seeing the light twinkling on the water and cottonwood leaves again. I agree with Cynthia, your being able to produce this post in survival mode really is impressive.

    Seeing goslings with their parents is such a treat. I’m glad you have a lot of birds to watch and listen to while your home is at that lovely camp. It stills amazes me that you find so many beautiful and free places to stay, and share those with us. You’ll likely never know how many people you’ve taught how to live on less and enjoy life more. As one of them, I can’t thank you enough!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, weather. Thanks for the uplifting message. 🙂

      I read your comment about the geese, looked out the window, and there goes the geese family, serenely passing by. 🙂

      Yeah, developing skill at cooking has never interested me much. The only thing I remotely share with Julia Child is that attitude of “oh, well.” I remember her dropping a chicken or something on the floor during her tv show. She picked it up and popped it into the pan with a comment “not to worry, no one will know.” That’s me with the flaming pan… oh, well, so it’s all burnt up. I’ll eat it anyway!

      Do you have any plan for taking your camper out and about? Not to pry, ignore if you wish. 🙂 I imagine your lake is lovely in spring.

      • weather says:

        My plan’s timing is dependent on my grandchildren’s plans at the moment. Theirs are up in the air right now, in ways and for reasons that are too complicated for me to go into here. The three of us shared news and lunch yesterday. I’m still trying to sort out how much of an effect everything that’s going on will have in their lives and mine.

        However, knowing it will cost less to be on the road with the T@B (as soon as I can) than pay the year’s fee to park it in this campground, I’m moving it to a friend’s yard today. I will, for now, keep the vintage travel trailer and remain here on the lake. And, yes, it is lovely in spring, I really do love it here.

  30. Jackie Dolan says:

    Sue I love the site at Pahranagat. I also missed a letter out of my email but I corrected already have the correct one anyway. I get your post regularly. I have me a new pal Pepper since my Yorkies got missing. He is the apple of my eye. He is a blk and white Shih Zhu and 2yrs old now.
    Have a wonderful day.

  31. JillianInBrockville says:

    I’m loving all the opinions on trailers from the Blogorinos….I’ve been researching the one I want for about a year now, and I keep coming back to a 17′ Boler. It’s more in my price range, and I have a friend who builds all sorts of vehicles, and he’s interested in a ‘project’…. I want to get one in the next few years so I can get away on the weekends. Unfortunately, retirement is about 15 years away…:(

  32. Crystal says:

    Hello Sue,
    I think we saw you in Pahranagat this past weekend, the hubby was admiring your BLT. It’s a crazy small world, thank you for sharing your travels with us. May you continue to inspire others to follow the road less traveled.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Crystal. Was that you grinning at me as I walked by with Reg or the people who honked their horn as they left?

  33. Sarvi in OR says:

    I never buy ground beef anymore, it’s always ground turkey. Can’t beat a good turkey burger! However, I do love a nice steak on occasion.

  34. WhereIsChrisNow (Oregon) says:

    Woohoo! Got to lay hands on the new rig (Hymer Aktiv) late last week, did some final measurements, and scheduled the walk-thru and pick-up for this Friday at 9am. I’ve gone through everything I had set aside for the rig, narrowed and revised, sorted and bagged everything … it is all ready to be tossed into the rig on Friday. Be on the lookout for a few Amazon orders still, the latest one has a Spartan Power 900A Peak 20,000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter, a GFCI 120V AC outlet tester, a box of assorted fuses and a tire pressure gauge. Thanks again for all the lovely posts you do!

    • Stephanie Albany OR says:

      Congrats on your exciting purchase!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Stephanie! We just returned from picking it up at the store. I’m going to wait until tomorrow morning to set it up when I’m fresh. A bit computer-punchy right now. Another purchase was a soft harness for Reggie in zoominator orange, of course. Photos to follow! 🙂

      • WhereIsChrisNow (Oregon) says:

        Thanks Stephanie. It’s a big first step.

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      How well organized you are…. Stuff all “sorted and bagged….. ready to be tossed into the rig…” 🙂

      I checked today’s orders report and I see the items you bought. Very nice for both of us! Thanks a bunch, Chris.

      • WhereIsChrisNow (Oregon) says:

        Organized !?! More like trying to kill time while I patiently wait! I’m sure you can relate. I thankfully still have 8-10 years before I downsize completely.

  35. R. says:

    On Tuesday in Ely, NV at 2:30 pm it’s 48 degrees. Rethinking traveling north. I hope it’s warmer where you’re RVSue

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, it is, R. Can you see the weather in the sidebar? Highs in the 70s and 80s. Windy, yes, but not a real cold wind. Ely is much higher altitude which I learned when we camped at Ward Mountain a few miles down the road and it snowed.

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