Return to the land of saguaros and flowers

Tuesday, March 29

P1100335The crew and I cross the San Carlos Indian Reservation between Safford and Globe, Arizona.

We’re heading northwest on Route 70.  Ominous, dark clouds press on the Gila Mountains north of us.

“We’ll reach Globe soon.  How ’bout we take a break here in case it’s raining when we get there.”

P1100337Bridget, Reggie, and I walk a short distance down the lane toward Dripping Springs. 

“Is that the wind blowin’ your ears back, Reg?”

P1100336The wind has been our companion all morning.  It hasn’t interfered with towing the Best Little Trailer at all.

When we arrive in Globe, it isn’t raining, but, man, is it cold!

As we roll into Wal-Mart’s parking lot, Bridget makes a commotion, so I let the crew out again.

Brrr, it’s cold!  I’m not used to windy, damp cold like this!

“Okay, you two ought to be comfy while I shop, ” I say as I toss them into the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

With plenty of grub for our pantry, we take Route 188 toward Roosevelt Lake.

Gosh, I love this drive from Globe to Roosevelt! 

It is one of my favorite drives.  The road takes us up and through mountains — the Superstitions on the west and the Salt River Mountains on the east.  After several gentle turns while gaining elevation, the road goes over a crest and the blue of Roosevelt Lake appears.

Oh, my, there it is.

It is here where my spirit always rises in anticipation and delight.

The road swirls down the slope.  I can see all the way across the lake to Tonto Basin.

I like that the road is built in such a way that I don’t feel like I’ll plummet into oblivion at every curve.  Instead the Perfect Tow Vehicle drifts over the landscape like one of those big black birds that ride air currents at almost every camp the crew and I have made.

I stop at the store in Roosevelt and buy six Tonto passes at $8 each.  This is a hike from the $3-a-day fee (with senior discount) when we were here last year.  No senior discount now.

I like Mesquite Campground at Schoolhouse Point best.

It is less crowded than Cholla Campground or Windy Hill Campground.  That’s probably because there’s a sign at the start of the road to Schoolhouse Point that says the ramp is out of the water.  We don’t care about that.

We’re in saguaro country again!

P1100341With much eagerness I crane my neck for a first glimpse of the campground.

Oh, please, don’t be crowded!

We come around a bend.  I see a camp host’s RV and, so far, no sign of any other campers.

Oh, wow! Flowers everywhere!

P1100355-001Slowly we cruise the campground. 

The campground road takes us around the restroom building and we come upon the site we had last year.  It’s occupied.

That’s okay.  It’s fun to try a different site for this visit.

P1100366 - CopyThe campground is even prettier than I remember!

There are desert globemallow and great swaths of a yellow flower (desert sunflower maybe?) along the loop road and around every campsite.

P1100346P1100348 - Copy

 

NOTE:  I like to use DesertUSA for identifying plants.  Flowers are listed in categories according to color.  The site also gives reports on the status of wildflower blooms.  Animal identification is another feature of the site.

This campsite is taken by a Class A, B, C or truck camper, as marked by a lonesome-looking folding chair.

P1100360 - Copy The loop farthest out is the most scenic.

The lake can be seen from a few of these sites.  However, there is a camper in one of the sites and a humongous generator crouches outside.  That nixes this loop for us!

Soon I’m backing the Best Little Trailer into a site away from the restroom.  It’s a consideration of others to leave those sites open for campers who depend on the restroom facilities.

Here’s the campsite I choose . . .

P1100371 - CopyI realize how much warmer it is here than in Globe.

And the sun is shining through white clouds! 

Gee, it’s good to be back . . . .

rvsue

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196 Responses to Return to the land of saguaros and flowers

  1. Robin B (Oregon) says:

    First?

    • Robin B (Oregon) says:

      Ok, so now that I’ve read your post, what an absolutely gorgeous place! I can’t wait to visit (the area, not you 🙂 ) in a few weeks. And good to hear the road from Globe isn’t windy as the hubs was worried about that. We hate really twisty roads. Are those campsites as long as they appear to be? We hate unhooking and need at least 43′ for our truck and trailer, although we won’t have it this time.

      As usual, thanks for all of the deets!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Yes, you’ll fit at 43 feet. The PTV with BLT is 34 feet and there’s at least 10 more feet in addition. Several are pull-throughs.

        • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

          Hi Sue, not to mention that if there’s room beyond the backend parking chock, if there is one, Hubs can back the trailer as far back as possible and still keep the wheels on the spot. This too provides extra room in the site for your entire setup. Of course each site will be different.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Yes, you can do that. I don’t think it is necessary to do that at this campground. The sites are long.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      CONGRATULATIONS, ROBIN! You are a winner!

      • Robin B (Oregon) says:

        WOOOHOOOOO! Made my day. And thanks for the site info, both you and Renee. It’s good to know about being able to back up a little more as some campgrounds have blockades, rocks, or trees in the way.

  2. Velda says:

    Mornin’ Sunshine!

  3. Janis Harrison says:

    Beautiful post and lovely photos

  4. JIM FROM BOISE says:

    Second?

  5. JIM FROM BOISE says:

    Wow — stuff happens QUICK around here!

  6. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Looks like a great place to set up camp. Great that you name the flowers. Good directions too. Only 62 days until I pick up my Casita. YEAH!!!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, boy… You are going to be SO thrilled, Colleen!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      That is so exciting. We want a blow by blow account, of course, being nosy, err curious that we are! You are going to have a marvelous adventure!

  7. judy in east texas says:

    love the new campsite! the beautiful blooms are just an added treat for us all.

    stay safe out there and just rock on my friend, judy

  8. MollyLuvsRoadtrippin (Seattle) says:

    I love seeing the blooming desert through your photos! Gee Sue, your weather underground forecast is looking hot HOT this week – Reggie won’t need that cute sweatshirt for long.

  9. Wendy says:

    Dang! The prices just keep going up, but my income doesn’t. I used to live in Safford, and have spent years camping all over Arizona. I bought my last Tonto season pass in 2012 and I think it was only $15 😮 Even now, the season pass is still a better deal than a bunch of individual ones. “Tonto Senior Discovery Pass – $60 (Age 62 and older with proof of age) Sold at Tonto National Forest Offices only.” Lots of great places to camp all around Tonto NF 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wendy,

      Thanks for mentioning the Tonto Senior Discovery Pass. BTW, the pass is “not valid in campgrounds.” 🙁

      I notice, at the time I write this, that a page regarding passes is being updated. I hope it doesn’t mean a price increase.

      Tonto NF has some wonderful camping opportunities. More about that in a future post…

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Here’s more about passes:

        “Beginning January 1, 2016, the Tonto National Forest will sell Tonto Discovery Passes and Tonto Senior Discovery Passes which can be used at boat launches, Picnic and Shoreline sites. In addition, you may purchase your national interagency passes at Tonto National Forest offices, but they will only be valid in Picnic sites. They will not cover Boat Launches, Campgrounds, or Shoreline sites.

        The Tonto Discovery Pass is $80.00 or Tonto Senior Discovery Pass is $60.00 for seniors.”

        • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

          Hi Sue, is the national interagency pass the same as the National Park Pass? Can’t wait to be 62 so I can get the lifetime pass for $10. That seems to be the best deal and is honored at more than national parks and can be used for discounts at some campgrounds, like forest service campgrounds.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Yes, they’re the same thing, also known at America the Beautiful Pass. …. 50% discount at national forest campgrounds, BLM campgrounds, wildlife refuge campgrounds, and free entry to National Parks.

  10. eliza says:

    What a wonderful post…

  11. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I love the flowers. This is a pretty place. Someday!!!

    Enjoy your stay and take lots of pictures for us. It is getting very green here and the Dogwoods are blooming in the woods. The Sassafrass and the Redbuds and the Bartlett Pears and Locust trees have already bloomed. Time to start my garden is it ever gets dry enough. I remember pictures of the garden you had. It was pretty. Stay safe and thanks for taking us along.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jean,

      I enjoyed your springtime report! And you remember my vegetable garden… 🙂

      Have fun with your garden this year!

  12. Sharon in MO says:

    This is a beautiful site! I love spring flowers too. Glad you were able to find flowers, sunshine, and blue water!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Sharon. Roosevelt Lake area is a pleasant change after considerable time in the grasslands.

  13. Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

    Hi Sue. I always enjoy your blog! A few weeks ago I was told on the phone that you don’t have to pay the Tonto Passes unless you’re boating, or some such thing. They said that if you’re staying at a campground, and not launching a boat, fishing, etc., no fee has to be paid. I told them that their website is VERY CONFUSING!! Which the guy, sort of, admitted. Who knows what is true, but I expect you’ll find out! 🙂 Happy Trails!! Larry

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Larry,

      You have to pay to stay in a campground at Roosevelt Lake… $8 for 24 hours. The pass has a place to affix a sticker for each watercraft you have and I assume those stickers aren’t free. $100 fine if pass (hang tag) is not displayed on your vehicle.

      Unless someone or something convinces me otherwise… that guy is handing out wrong information. Just imagine someone setting up camp in a site and being ticketed because of wrong info being disseminated!

      • Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

        According to the guy, of course you have to pay for the campground, but not the $8 a day fee unless you have a boat, or use a marina with the boat. I have no idea what is correct. I got the info while calling the Visitor Center. Admittedly, it seemed confusing, but he was pretty specific that if all you were doing was staying at a fee campground like Cholla, all you had to do was pay for camping. Phone: (928) 467-3200. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Speaking of being confused…. “of course you have to pay for the campground, but not the $8 a day fee.” Huh? The campground IS $8 a day. I’m not going to check what the boat fee is because I’m running up my data usage a lot lately. Maybe it’s $8 also and that’s what you (and the guy) mean.

          Yes, the part about paying only for camping when you don’t have a boat is true.

          • Larry M from the Pacific NW says:

            You said you were buying “six Tonto passes at $8 each”. You never said the passes were for your camping fees. LOL

            Glad that’s cleared up! 🙂
            Happy camping Sue!! 🙂

  14. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Beautiful pics RV Sue, the flowers are wonderful! Looks like a nice campground, as you travel does it seen that prices have changed for sites in different areas? Thanks for the info on where to look up desert flowers, will be checking it out later today! Take care, safe travels to you and Crew!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Thanks re the photos.

      Have I seen that prices have changed for sites in different areas? No, I haven’t seen a lot of that. However, keep in mind that we boondock a lot and also many of our camps are first visits. I can tell you this… The prices aren’t coming down!

  15. Thanks for the tip about the less crowded campsite. What is the temperature range there? Enjoy!
    Parker

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, coffeewitholiver,

      I updated the weather widget to show temps for Roosevelt, AZ. In case you can’t see it on your device, here are the highs and lows for the next few days: 92/60, 96/66, 98/64, 82/57. As you can see we’re in for a short heat wave. I think that highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s are typical for this time of year.

      BTW, if you’re thinking about camping at Mesquite Campground, I urge you to read upcoming posts that may influence that decision.

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        Here in northern CA we are in for a heat wave too, but only to 87 by Wednesday then by Friday back to 68. Get whiplash from the weather!

  16. Applegirl NY says:

    How pretty! Reggie looks springtime fresh with his green vest among the flowers.
    Winter arrived here in Upstate NY today, with snow and cold temps, completely destroying my daffodils. They can usually handle some snow and cold, but this might be too much for them. Needless to say your post was a breath of fresh springtime air!
    Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, no, your daffodils! I hope they survive. One year in Georgia my entire bed of tulips was wiped out. Of course, tulips are more susceptible than daffodils.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post and pics, Applegirl.

  17. weather says:

    Beautiful title, photos and writing in this post, Sue. I noticed your feelings for that place reflected in those ways before I saw “Gee, it’s good to be back …”. Your previous times there were pre-Reggie, weren’t they? If so, I imagine it became precious to you in newly layered ways…

    “humongous generator crouches outside”, Ha! I’m glad you managed to stay away from it 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yeah, I don’t want to listen to that Thing growling . . . 🙂

      It was just Bridget and me when we were here last winter. Thank you for the compliment on my post and photos, weather.

      • weather says:

        Just popping in to say good morning 🙂 My little corner of the world’s being frozen has kept me busy trying to make sure my human and critter friends are okay. I’m glad to see that you seem to be somewhere nice to enjoy, too.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Bless you for your devotion to those who make their home with you or around you. Thanks for “popping in.” Be careful not to overdo, stay warm, get the rest you need. . . We can talk some other time. 🙂

  18. Dawn in NC says:

    Thanks so much for the post! It cheers up a blah of a Monday for me. The bummer is that the weather is beautiful outside. I am way to young to think about retirement, but it’s bascially all I think about lately. ;-o I’m glad you and some of the blogorinos are out there enjoying life for the rest of us. It makes me happy that you are living your dream.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Dawn! I’m always pleased to hear that my post has brought cheer to someone. It is tough to be cooped up inside with a job when spring beckons. I remember! It sure does make retirement sweet. It’s not too early to plan and prepare for yours. It will be here sooner than you think!

  19. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    Love that look of disdain on Bridget’s face in the photo in front of the very professionally made “Dipping Spring Holy Ground” sign. Looks like she’s thinking, “Holy ground, my patootie! Looks like a perfect spot for a pee to me!” So, can you tell us anything about the sign, Sue? Are there hot springs in the area?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I haven’t been able to find any information about this particular “Dripping Spring, Holy Ground.” There is a another Dripping Spring in central AZ and there is a Dripping Spring Ranch.

      I don’t know of any hot springs in the area. Roper Lake State Park as an outdoor soaking pool, whether it is a natural hot springs or something people created, I don’t know.

      I found this site: “Best Hot Springs in Arizona” and it lists a hot springs near Payson which is about 60 miles north of the south end of Roosevelt Lake

  20. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Oh, we so wanted to visit Roosevelt Lake. Putting it on the list for next fall.

    Making our way ever so slowly northward. Had to spend some time at southern end of Las Vegas finishing up some business at Camping World. Then navigated I-95, I-15 & 93 to make it to Alamo, NV. today. Wanted to stay at Pahranagat but needed power for the C-Pap, which is the new reality to our travel. We are chatting about probably transitioning to more hook-up camping to insure health issues.

    So today we are camped at Picket’s RV Park right behind the Sinclair station in Alamo. All the amenities— even bathtubs! Pricey at $32 with discount.

    We do have a Passport America membership which will help sometimes when we need hookups.

    Loved your photos today, Sue. We WILL get to see that beautiful area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      Requirements for maintaining good health take precedence over other considerations. I remember the RV park where you are staying. It’s across the street from the one room laundry.

      There are a couple RV parks at Roosevelt Lake where you can stay with hookups when you do come here. I enjoy your updates on your travel. Thanks!

      • kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

        The RV park here has new owners. Very nice laundry. Two lovely bathrooms with homey décor &real bathtubs for bubble baths if desired. Very good Wi-Fi & cable TV.

    • Jan NH says:

      Question on the C-pap…do you know if you can get enough power from solar power to run a C-pap?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I see you addressed your question to Kathy. If I may . . .

        Here’s something I found at Amazon: Sunpower Solar Panel For C-100 CPAP Battery

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        Of course the solar has to store in a battery for night use, but our 180 panel, storing in our two AGM batteries handles my APAP just fine ESP on a 12 v cord. To keep it simple as I can: when on 110 v regular power the Cpap take the 110 and converts it to 12 for the Cpap pump, and some power is lost in the transition. When you use 12 direct via a adaptor 12 v cord, it’s more efficient so it uses fewer units of electricity overnight from your batteries than if the battery to inverter to 110 cord where Cpap electronics turns it back into 12 v for the air pump to run, if boondock without hookups. Technically if you have a 12 v cord for the Cpap you don’t need your inverter, just plug 12 v cord into a cigarette lighter type outlet, called a 12 v and it runs direct from house battery. Just make sure the 12 v you plug into is on house battery, NOT your vehicle battery if in a motorhome ! Otherwise nasty surprise in morning if RV won’t start!!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      I can tell you a 12 volt cord/ adapter for Cpap will use less battery. I could run mine on our AGM batteries (2 house batteries) in the van as long as I was not using it on heat cycle. So you might consider looking into a 12 v cord to let it draw from the batteries via 12 v outlet and you might be surprised that you can make it a night. Boondock if you can recharge batteries during day via solar or generator. I have been using Cpap ( now APAP ) for a decade so am happy to answer questions.

  21. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    Sue and Crew –
    Lovely pictures, particularly like the blackbird’s high resting spot. Used to have a saguaro very similiar to this one that, after a heavy rain spell a couple of winters ago, fell across the front yard, sidewalk and into the street. Seeing your picture brings back many memories of watching the birds nesting and resting on its tall spires.
    I would like to visit Roosevelt Lake, still working on future plans.
    Have a wonderful time there.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deena and Miss Mollie,

      Thank you! How sad to see a saguaro die! And you had one at your house. I imagine it was a joy to behold.

  22. rita says:

    Oh you’re in one of my favorite places to camp. Love the flowers and little Reggie’s ears laid back in wind and perked up at camp with his little green sweater. BTW someone posted a u tube of a Golden Eagle swooping down to pick up a baby sitting on a picnic blanket. The father had his back turned tending to a toddler. Luckily the father turned to find the eagle about three in the air with the baby, ran towards the eagle, the eagle dropped the baby. I was thinking of Reggie at this point…that he could easily be picked up by bird of prey (hope it never happens). My dogs are little too but we worry more about coyotes snatching our dogs/cats.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yikes, rita! That’s a frightening account! Thank you for reminding me to be watchful of the crew. I’ve seen hawks here, no eagles. Of course, coyotes are around. The last time we camped in this campground a road runner visited our site every day. I’ve looked for him but haven’t seen him. A fellow camper did report that he’s still here though. 🙂

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        It’s good to hear that apparently Beep Beep the Roadrunner has indeed been able to outwit Wiley Coyote!!!

  23. Judy in Horn Lake, Ms says:

    Beautiful area! I can truly see why you would love it and be glad to be back. So many flowers and the big cactus just tops it off…wish I could be there and see it in person. I am so happy for you and the crew

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Judy, for your sweet message. I wish you could see this in person, too! 🙂

  24. Betsy/ PA says:

    Wow such beautiful flowers and Reggie looks dapper in his green coat! I am keeping all these places in mind to explore when Mark finally gives in and fully retires!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betsy,

      A little, friendly advice, unasked for but here it is:

      Force Mark to look at my photos. Read my blog to him. Several times a day if necessary. Something needs to be done about him working! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting, Betsy.

  25. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I just want to cuddle Reggie in his green shirt!! What a cute picture. Of course Bridget is a sweetie too. Love the wild flowers. Looks like spring is arriving out there. It is chilly here in the mornings and then warms up a bit in the afternoons. Never know how to dress. But I am not complaining because when the HEAT hits here, I complain enough! 🙂
    Love you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      Well, Sports Gramma, does Jake or the grandgirls play baseball?

      Love you, too!

      • Pauline in Mississippi says:

        Jake plays baseball. Went to Jackson TN Saturday for a game. He loves it!!!. Elly is on the track team…has a track meet this afternoon and is also practicing with her AAU travel basketball team. I take her to Oxford MS almost every Sunday afternoon for practice. Yes, we are still following them around!!!

  26. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Nice to be back there for me too Sue………..have a lovely time there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Glenda. Nice to see you here again!

      • Glenda in OZ! says:

        I’m always here, but don’t always comment…………I read every word!! You have plenty of others who comment 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Luv’ ya’, Glenda, but I have to disagree. There aren’t “plenty of others who comment” without YOU. 🙂 Too many people think their presence isn’t needed and that keeps this place from being what it could be.

  27. Debra (CO) says:

    Hi RVSue & Crew,
    I came across your blog a few weeks ago and have been **lurking** and catching up on your posts. I love what you are doing!! I am making plans to buy my first RV and go full-time next summer at which time I will retire. I am looking at different TTs now, and then will need to decide on a TV. It’s all pretty overwhelming since I have no experience RVing. I have camped/hiked/backpacked for many years, but no RVing. And I’m like you, I’m not thrilled about front country camping. I love peace, quiet and solitude. 🙂 So I see myself camping pretty much as you do – boondocking, dispersed camping. I also want to visit more of the national parks.

    I will be on a pretty limited budget. A couple years ago I was doing research on what it would cost to full time. When I saw the budgets of others, I thought there was no way I could do it. So your sharing your financial information has been a real encouragement to me to believe I CAN do it!!

    I also think the way you set up your solar panel is awesome. I am hoping to do something like that if my vehicle will permit it. How efficient to have the batteries charging as you are driving around during the day. So COOL!!

    Thanks for sharing your life so openly and freely – from reading the comments section, it’s obvious you have positively affected many peoples lives.
    And I have also learned quite a bit from the blogorinos 🙂

    Looking forward to joining all of you on the road!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to my blog, Debra, and congratulations on becoming a blogorino!

      I enjoyed reading your comment with your introduction of yourself, your desire to RV in quiet places, your concern about finances, and your interest in solar. If you can afford the initial outlay to set yourself up with a travel trailer, tow vehicle, batteries, and solar panel, you can go forth living inexpensively on the road. I think a common mistake that people make (people who want to live inexpensively) is buying a rig that forces them to stay in RV parks, state parks, and newer campgrounds which runs up the cost.

      With a not-too-big travel trailer along with some mojo, you have many choices for camps and you can camp for close to no expense all year ’round. Boy, does that help the budget! Plus your tow vehicle is available to you for sight-seeing and errands which helps to keep gas expenditures down.

      As for having no experience RVing, I didn’t have any either. Doesn’t matter. I look forward to hearing from you again as you prepare for the road and as you travel down it to faraway places and fun!

      • Debra (CO) says:

        Thanks Sue! I am planning to pay cash for TT/TV/Solar etc. Right now am I debt-free except mortgage payment. Planning to put the house on market next spring. Market is very good in my area now, and hopefully still is by then 🙂

        I am looking at TTs between 19-22 ft. TV would probably be about 19′. I know that’s a few feet longer than your setup, but hopefully will still allow me to get into most places I want to go.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          If I understand you correctly… 19-22 ft for a travel trailer plus 19 ft. for a tow vehicle… That means your combined length will be 38 – 41 feet. That’s going to keep you out of some of the older, inexpensive national forest campgrounds. Just a suggestion — Try to set up a combination TT and TV as short as you can while still being comfortable in your trailer and having enough storage and power in your tow vehicle.

          Another consideration — and it’s an important one for anyone wanting to boondock away from the crowd — is your turning radius. Often I will take the BLT up an unknown road and a few miles up the road it begins to deteriorate. I search for a place to turn around and sometimes it’s a tight turn (at my 34 feet in length).

          These things may not be important to you, according to how you plan to camp. I feel I need to point them out in case they are.

          • Debra (CO) says:

            I appreciate that feedback. I hadn’t really thought too much about the turning radius before. The things you mentioned are all important to me.

            I am struggling a little with deciding on a TT as I do want to keep the overall length down. But of course that is a trade-off in features, space, etc. One TT I am considering is a Winnebago Micr0 Minnie 1706FB. It is 19′ & GVWR of 5500. I might be able to pull that with my 2010 Explorer which is 17′. So that would be 36′ overall. Draw back of the Explorer is small cargo space.

            I’ll be traveling solo with my 10 yo kitty, Misty. I think I just need to get thru the emotional part of paring down all the stuff I think I need 🙂

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You’re thinking is good, Debra. I saw a Winnebago Micro-Minnie not long ago. Nice!

              After you pare down all the stuff you think you’ll need, you’ll end up dumping a lot more once you’re on the road for a while. I reached a point where stuff was a burden unless it earned its weight (and space) in function.

              Yes, considerations — length, weight, width (some back roads are very narrow), height, turning radius…

              You’ll figure it out!

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Welcome to RVSue’s Blog Debra! I remember the “getting ready” stage for getting on the road…thrilling!!!

      • Debra (CO) says:

        Thanks Krystina! Right now I kind of feel like I am being tortured LOL!!! Trying to make a decision on TT which will then drive the decision on what TV I need. I have this split personality where half of me wants to analyze everything to the nth degree and the other half is saying JUST DO SOMETHING! haha! Since I have never traveled in an RV before it is hard to figure out just what I would really be happy with.

        This weekend I started listing stuff on Craigslist and sold a few items. So at least it does feel like I have really started taking some action.

        15 months seems like a long time away but I know it will go by quickly. One more winter in CO – yoohoo!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome, Debra! 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Welcome to the blogrinos, Debra. Good luck in your search for a TT. The little Winnie Micro is cute. Your Explorer may be an option, but you would need to be sure it has an actual towing package, not just a hitch.

        • Debra (CO) says:

          Thanks Barbara for the welcome. I’m leaning towards getting a different tow vehicle. I don’t feel real confident about towing with the Explorer. Especially if I should run into any snow (which I will definitely be trying to avoid 🙂 ) But if I do decide to keep it I will definitely have everything checked out.

      • Debra (CO) says:

        Thanks Denise for the welcome!

  28. Fulltimer Judy says:

    I figured you’d be moving north pretty soon with this recent hot spell. I had planned 6 days in Borrego Springs but left after two days because heat was 90 and expected to be 97 today and tomorrow. I am too old to handle that kind of heat. I am headed north to Dead Horse SP in Cottonwood, which is an area I like much better than Sedona. Supposed to be cooler there than Phoenix area, which was my next choice. Utah is also nice and cool now, so that is next on my schedule.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy,

      There’s still a chance of a mid- to late-April snowstorm in central and northern Arizona and in Utah. That makes life interesting!

      • Rain expected here off and on the next five days – fingers crossed that we get it! We’re still in the 30’s at night and 70’s during the day. It’s definitely the place to be in AZ right now 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Jodee,

          Apparently you like cooler temps more than we do. When the lows are in the 30s that’s too cold for us, although we will put up with it for a few days. Reggie shivers in the morning! Which just goes to show…. What is “definitely the place to be in AZ right now” isn’t the same for everyone.

          I wouldn’t recommend Williams, AZ, for April because . . . .

          “Caught in a snowstorm in Ash Fork, Arizona” — That was April 14, 2012.

          Elevation of Ash Fork, west of where you are now: 5,160 ft. Elevation of Williams: 6,780 feet.

  29. Linda-NC says:

    I loved the flowers! How pretty. It is Spring, so I am starting mine. So I was thinking, when I get my RV, I can just go where the flowers are instead of doing all of this work! Now there is a good thought! For now, time to start the tiller and get things planted. Thanks for that. A kiss on the nose for those two cuties!

  30. Marcia GB in MA says:

    It’s always nice to return to a place that fills you with happy anticipation, especially when it’s even better than you remember it. I hope you and the crew have a lovely stay.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Marcia, for the nice note. I hope all is well at your house tonight. 🙂

  31. Jan NH says:

    Hi Sue. Still enjoying your blog, wonderful pics, especially of the crew and your wonderful stories of your travels.
    Tomorrow is a milestone for me…having the hitch package including tranny cooler installed tomorrow…can’t wait! I know it doesn’t seem like much but another step closer so I’m excited.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Whattaya mean “doesn’t seem like much”? 🙂 That’s another big step, Jan! I thought it was a big deal when I had the hitch installed on the PTV. It was that feeling of “I’m making this happen.” I bet you know what I mean.

      So be excited!

      Thanks for the compliments on my blog and photos.

      • Jan NH says:

        Yes, you get it as Im sure others reading do. When I picked up my TV today you would have thought I was picking up the TT I was so happy?. The woman driving the shuttle asked me why I was having the hitch pkg added….I responded and she kept asking questions so I kept answering. I’m sure it was an entertaining 15 minute drive for her and she now knows NY plans for the next 5 years…LOL

        On another note re weather….Friday was 70….daffodils were blooming. I said great, time to turn off the heat for the season. yesterday woke up to 48 in the house and snowed all day. had to bite the bullet and turn the heat back on. Now they are saying record lows tonight. My poor daffodils that came up too early due to the mild winter. Can’t wait until I’m on the road and following the weather as you do ?

  32. Marilu now in Arizona says:

    Hi Sue,
    What a beautiful camp. I can see why you look forward to it. I hope it stays uncrowded for as long as you care to stay there.

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I love this camp. The wildflowers are beautiful and I love the photos of them. I am watching the NCAA final right now and reading the blog & comments at commercials. It is a great game with 6 minutes left.
    It was gorgeous here today, 77 degrees with a nice breeze. The rest of the week will be about 15 degrees cooler. We have a frost warning for Saturday am. It is definitely Spring.

    I love being able to walk Angel a couple of extra times a day, not to hot or cold and the distractions are minimal since the kids are still in school.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Isn’t it wonderful how a dog can change one’s life? I love how you and Angel have become a team!

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Yes it is wonderful. She is my little girl, and my bed hog. She is finally beginning to snuggle with DH on the couch. I just love her.

  34. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Love Reggie’s sweater! Must be cool if you have him bundled up. The wild flowers are beautiful!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, sometimes I use a photo in a post’s “story” that was taken at another time. That photo of Reggie was taken the following morning before the day warmed up. But that’s our little secret. 🙂

  35. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, looks like another great site. I swear that Reggie get more handsome every time you post his picture.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Jim… I agree! My little boy is changing. He has more confidence and it shows in the way he stands. I think he’s added some muscle, too. 🙂

  36. Ronda western WA says:

    We love the Roosevelt/Apache Lk area! We were there in Oct. Peanut especially loves the Apache Trail! Low speeds are the only time we let him stick his head out the window. Maggie n Keva only put their heads out for a little while. However Peanut is out there for as long as he can. Keva is not miss spelled buy the way. It’s Gaelic meaning gentleness and precious. She’s an Irish Wolfhound/pointer mix

  37. Your photos are beautiful !! I love spring in the desert.
    Several areas have raised the camping fees this year….love your site!!
    Enjoy 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Betty-Shea. I’m not surprised about camping fees going up. That’s the way it goes…

  38. catew says:

    Hi Sue & crew,

    Today’s post was very beautiful with all the desert blooms. I’ve been preoccupied with recovery from surgery (not too serious…just a bother) and work but wanted you to know that I finally made an Amazon purchase of favorite Chinese tea and Costa Rica Salsa from your link. A thank you for all the pleasure and valuable info I receive from your excellent blog. I’ve been more of a silent companion lately but still here for the adventures. Wish campgrounds would stop raising prices and leaving out the Senior discounts…scary to me while I am still counting on RVing as my affordable retirement lifestyle. Ah me….

    Thanks and have a great one!
    CateW

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, catew,

      Thank you for your order! Tell me when you placed the order and I’ll be able to confirm it.

      I have a similar reaction to raised camping fees. It passes quickly though because there is plenty of free camping on public land. That’s why I push boondocking, solar power and small rigs (other than Class As and Class Cs)… If you’re priced out of campgrounds and RV parks, you have other options. I’ll be showing some boondocks in the Lake Roosevelt area soon.

      You have a great day, too… Wishing you a full and speedy recovery!

      • cateW says:

        Hi Sue,

        Placed the order this morning, Tues. 4/05, before noon. I LOVE the Salsa from CR so went a little crazy but it’ll keep fine unopened.
        I do pay special attention to all your posts about good/great boondocks so I’m grateful you send us that info. Looking forward to the promised ones coming up soon.
        Thanks for the well wishes…Doc said better in two weeks and back to “normal” in a month.

        Happy trails,
        CateW

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Sending you wishes for a speedy recovery, Cate! 🙂

      • cateW says:

        Very kind of you, Denise. Thanks. Hope all is well in your world.
        🙂 Cate

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          Glad all went well with the surgery and you on the road to recovery, Cate. Was wondering what happened to you.
          There are a couple of others, that I wonder about, if they quit following, something happened, or Sue put the ban on them.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I haven’t put “the ban” on anyone missing, other than obvious spammers. Remember that post I wrote about people disappearing without a word? Plays havoc with my mind!

  39. Beautiful flowers. We haven’t had more than a glimpse here in Northern AZ, but then it’s also been nice and cool while so much warmer elsewhere. Hope the crowds stay down, although spring break seems to go on forever these days!

  40. Rhodium, RI says:

    Thanks for the link to the desert plant site. The news said this was a great year for flowers at Death Valley, I’m glad you got some in your neck of the sand. I wonder what kind of insects the flowers are attracting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s funny that you mention insects, Rhodium. Yesterday I left the screen door open while we were inside with the lights on. When I discovered it open I was surprised we didn’t have any bugs come in. There aren’t many insects here (We’re at a different camp than the one in this post). I see some big ants (black ones). There aren’t flies either. I think that’s probably because there are a few cows around. I notice when there are cows the number of flies around us diminishes. Then if the cows are rounded up and moved out, the flies come to us!

      I’ll keep in mind to look for insects in the flowering cacti when we’re out and about today. I’m glad you like the DesertUSA site.

      • Rhodium, RI says:

        You may have to look at night at the saguaro blooms, from what I have just read they are pollinated by bats. Who would have thought?

  41. Geri in the beautiful Florida panhandle says:

    Loved all the flower photographs! I love this area, I used to camp north of there near Young AZ, at Haigler Creek Took Chuck there when we had our Oliver TT. I used to love watching the trout darting around under the rocks in the creek there. Road is straight up from Roosevelt Lake to Young but amazing! Also straight up past Young to a highway that takes you yo Payson if you turn left at Khols Ranch.
    I especially loved the photos the Saguaro! My favorite of all my favorite cactus!
    Belly Rubs to the pups! Love ya’ll !

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I can see that road to Young from down here by the lake. I’ll be sharing the reasons I want to stay down below for a while longer. 🙂

      Hugs to Radar and Doogie Bowser.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Geri, I didn’t know you had an Oliver. I assume you have something else now. Did you have the smaller one? I still like them and their quality, but they have certainly gotten expensive. Since I looked at the a year or so ago, the price has jumped a great deal. What did you like or dislike about it?

  42. DesertGinger says:

    I think my time here in purgatory is almost done! Tomorrow I have an appointment with my heart surgeon, then Monday I see my cardiologist. I am scheduled to be discharged Tuesday! I don’t know how I will manage if I have to hang around and wait for a cardio version. I could probably pay for a hotel for a day or two, but no longer than that. But with any luck I will be reunited with my Chloe baby and headed home next week!! So excited! There is really no place like home. Maybe this year I’ll make a trip over to Globe and check out the sights.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Keeping fingers crossed that all goes well so you can go home!

    • weather says:

      Gosh, that’s great, Ginger, Yippee! I’m so happy for you, and for Chloe, you two will to be together and at home finally, how wonderful 🙂 !

      • Reina and Arrow (Tucson) says:

        I’m so happy to hear you are doing better!! Yes, you are right; there is no place like home….

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      That is wonderful news, DesertGinger!! I know Chloe misses you as much as you miss her!! Good luck with your appointments! **happy hugs** 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Good news, DG. Hoping for the best. Take care and let us know how the visits go.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great news, Ginger!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Great news! Knowing your situation perhaps they will accommodate your appts……either way you’ll figure it out!

      Reuniting with Chloe will be so good for you…and her. She is so adorable!

    • Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

      Wonderful news DG, good luck with the appts.
      Chole will be most happy as will you. You are now counting the days to HOME.

      Deena and Miss Mollie

  43. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Oh! Roosevelt Lake! One of my favorite spots that you have “taken us to!” The wildflowers are beautiful! Did you notice if any of them are scented? I look forward to you and the precious Crew exploring more and making new discoveries….maybe some wildflowers that are new to you. Thanks for sharing the wildflower reference link. Cute pictures of the pups!

    Like many folks on the East Coast, we have been slammed back into Winter. No snow here, but below freezing temps this morning. The mighty wind that you experienced last week made it to the East Coast. Lots of limbs and pinecones are scattered all over the backyard, and some large branches on one of the Old Fashioned Lilac bushes were broken off. I think the shrub must have been weak to begin with to have that happen.

    I hope you have a good evening! Sending you, Bridget, and Reggie hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope you and Gracie pup have a good evening, too, Denise.

      No, I didn’t smell the flowers. I don’t know why I forget to do that! Sorry about your lilac bush… 🙁

  44. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good evening, all!

    I have a mystery that I hope someone can solve for me. I am positive that a blogorino will be able to shed some light on this for me.

    Yesterday, I was on I95 South outside of Richmond, VA. I saw a semi that had a double trailer with a white fiberglass fitting on the back of the 2nd trailer. My guess is that they were hauling livestock (maybe chickens?) in the trailers, as the sides were open, but were covered with a blue tarp material so one could not see into the trailers. The fiberglass fitting was about 4-6 ft wide and as tall as the trailer. It definitely was an addition to the truck, as it had its own marker/ brake lights and turn signals.

    What type of rig is this? What is that fiberglass thing used for? My inquiring mind needs to know!! Thank you! 🙂

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

      What I think you are referring to is a streamline concept. With just a flat back end there is a sort of vacuum created at the back of the trailer that creates a drag. It isn’t much but when you put the miles that big rigs travel it can add up to a fuel savings

    • DesertGinger says:

      Yep, I concur. There are more and more of these, like tails. They somehow help aerodynamics so trucks get better gas mileage.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Thanks, Alan and DesertGinger! 🙂

  45. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,

    That Reggie is LQQKIN’ mighty dapper in his green sweater and yellow lead! I trust Miss B is doing equally as fine even if her walks are shorter these days.
    It was so good to see you so glad about returning to that lovely campground — it was as if the flowers were waiting for your visit there. 🙂 I always liked seeing the nice shelters and how well maintained they looked. Seems very respectful of Holy Ground.

    Sue, I have a question…
    Have you heard from Sidewinder Pen or Jordan lately? Not like either of them to be gone from here this long. I see that Jordan has not updated her blog in awhile now. When last I heard, she was traveling through some pretty strong weather conditions. I hope she is OK and that Pen is OK too. Maybe it is an internet thing that is keeping them away — no reception or such but even still I worry and miss them both. Hopefully you have heard from one or both of them. Let us know if you have, OK?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I tried to contact Pen via the email she provided when she subscribed to my blog and it didn’t work. I looked up her comments. She may be offended by my efforts to placate another reader who was offended. I’d rather it be that then there be something wrong in her life.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        Thanks for the quick reply. Hum, Pen seems to be so *centered* as a great person. I can’t see her holding onto any fess for very long. She just doesn’t seem to be the type to hold onto a grudge of any kind. That would really surprise me a lot, she has been with you here for several years. Over that time lots of stuff happens, that’s just life. I’m sure she knows that. Anyway, I just keep having this *nagging feeling* about her and about Jordan. Hopefully both are well and doing fine — just sorting something out and taking a break. You know, like *sisters* do if things go funky… I’d like to think that anyway — we are all *sisters* here in RVSUE’s cyber-home 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I found another email for Pen and this one worked. I hope to hear from her soon.

  46. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

    Hi to Sue and my fellow blogerinos,
    I have been away from the blog for a bit due to family needs. These same needs have caused me to move my on the road date up to the end of April. At least I plan to be out of my apartment and in my rv, so…..I have ALOT to get done. All my planning/dreaming will pay off now(I hope). The camp and the flowers are gorgeous Sue! And pinch me, ’cause this is really happening. OK, time to walk Tommie to the dumpster.

  47. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I was also wondering about Crystal @ T&B and Cindy the Pet Sitter. Last I read, Crystal went to the Smokies last summer and haven’t seen anything form her since.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s the way it is with blogs. I have a list longer than Santa’s of people I wonder (and sometimes worry) about. 🙁

    • Pamela K. says:

      Barbara,
      If I remember right, Crystal is the one that loves the Green Bay Packers (like I do). She has several things regularly going on with her sports groups. Maybe that’s it — winter is a heavy time for sports and then throw in the holidays and it’s Spring again before ya know it. Maybe she will visit again soon — maybe she’ll see this and give us a shout out that she is fine but having some *busy* months in the mix.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Or maybe she found a blog she likes better.

        • Larry in AR says:

          Crystal (I’m pretty sure) is one of the moderators of a T@B group on Facebook. If that is the case, she stays fairly busy there.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Thank you, Larry, for letting me know. I’m beginning to feel depressed and this helps me put things into perspective.

            • Larry in AR says:

              Well, things do change, and we sometimes forget some of the most noteworthy attractions as we travel down life’s road because other things pull our attention away. Thank goodness, life is dynamic; otherwise, we might as well call it death. Best wishes for a dynamic day!

          • Pamela K. says:

            Larry,
            Yes, and she does a lot of camp outs and tailgates with the TAB groups too. She stays pretty busy most of the time.

        • Pamela K. says:

          “…Or maybe she found a blog she likes better.”

          Not a chance! She’s just busy, I’m sure. 🙂
          You know, some days are like Peanut Butter. Other days are like Jelly. On special days you have the extra time to mix both of them together — the best of both.
          Here at RV Sue’s place, it’s PB&J treats every day. 🙂

  48. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Love the flowers! Cold? Girlfriend, let me remind you bout cold! Hah!

    Wow…an increase of 5 dollars AND no senior discount? Yikes…

    …in the last photo, I do believe mr reg man is giving you the ole stink eye! He is such a cutie!

    Stay warm and have a wonderful evening

    • Pamela K. says:

      …in the last photo, I do believe mr reg man is giving you the ole stink eye! He is such a cutie!e

      I thought that too, lol — like Bridget had taught him that — Oh NO!
      Then again, he IS a Prince in-waiting so some Royal grooming should be expected 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Cinandjules,

      Thank you for your faithfulness to my blog. Have a great day — Keep warm!

  49. Cheryl O. ~ Puget Sound says:

    I’ve been trying to keep up with your blog lately. When I do, it’s usually a quick check in to see where you and your crew are and to follow your route. I have my retirement date of Sept. 1, this year. It was a surprise to me but when my work offered money to leave as a layoff, then retire, I couldn’t refuse. I’m nervous and excited. I’ve been getting ready for my family to arrive in a couple weeks, also. Hopefully while my son’s family is here, I’ll have the time to read about your travels and experiences as well as follow along to all you blogorinos.

  50. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    OH MY……..woke up early wide awake so I go make coffee and sit down
    at my puter and lo and behold I find this report from you that I missed somehow…
    what a beautiful area……no wonder you love it so much….wish I was there.
    sorry about the rate increase from 3 to 8 dollars but still not bad….everything
    in this world of ours is going up except my SS checks……:(
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, chuck! I want you to know that your being here means a lot to me. We can’t do anything about prices going up, but friendship still is free. I’m smiling for you; You smile for me. 🙂

  51. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:

    Oh I love Roosevelt Lake! And you were the one who turned me on to it! Sorry to hear the price went up. I will be interested in seeing if you can find some boondocking in the area. Hugs to the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Pam and Maya . . . . I have found some beautiful boondocks! Hugs to you…

  52. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    Soon I’ll be heading home, back to CT from sunny western Florida. You & so many of your “followers” talk about boon docking out west that I have become interested in doing that. But so far I haven’t even dry camped, like at Walmart or Cracker Barrel! Maybe it’s what you’re used to. I had dinner with some new friends & we’d planned to talk about their trip across the country with their trailer, but somehow talked about so much other stuff never got to the West trip. Reading about your advice to keep both your trailer & tow vehicle short as possible-many places I see the trailer in the site & the TV parked across the entrance to the site. This makes it possible to take up less space. Just an observation. One thing I am glad I took the time to do is make plexiglass covers for the screen door; they fit into the door slots & are held in place with tiny screws. They’re great for cool days & let light into the trailer, & stow between the mattress & the fridge. thanks for taking the time & trouble to post your lovely photos & delightful observations.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Maryanne,

      Your observation about the PTV parked crosswise is true. That’s a way to squeeze into a short site. Often times I park the PTV that way (at a right angle, rather than aligned with the BLT) in order to provide privacy from the eyes of people going by or from another RV parked too close.

      Yes, plexiglass for the door! Very smart. The first day of our first camp ever I asked a friend to install a plexiglass panel at the bottom of the screen door to protect the screen from being ripped. Your reason is a good one, too.

      To me, boondocking is easier (and more comfortable) than dry camping at a Cracker Barrel or Walmart.

      Have a safe, return trip to Connecticut from “sunny western Florida.” (I used to live in Clearwater.)

  53. Cindy says:

    Just found your site and appreciate right off the bat that you have a dog and you are in AZ! I just bought a pop-up and plan on taking the next 3-6 months to see how I fare doing the RV life. I have dogs and live in AZ and plan to head across the US with NY as a destination as I have family there. I won’t leave until June. I have time to prepare and the one concern I would love to hear about more from you is just safety, in general. I saw your post about the bear, and now an air horn is on my shopping list. However, I’d love to hear more about your experience and any tips. I am not a fearful person at heart, or I wouldn’t be doing this solo, but I want to be smart and not naive. Any help you can provide would be so appreciated. I’m thankful for your posts!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      Great to have you join us here! Welcome to my blog! The blogorinos (of which you are now one) and I are happy to answer any questions as you plan your trip.

      You haven’t read all my blog so I’ll point out that we’ve been on the road, often camping in isolated areas, for over 4 years and the bear incident is the only time our safety has come into question. We haven’t had any issues with weird people coming around, thieves, vandals . . . Nothing!

      I don’t have any experience camping in the East and in heavily populated areas. You asked for “any help you can provide” regarding safety as a person camping solo.

      Here it is: Continue to be a strong person who does not operate under the shadow of fear. Shed any conditioning (if you have any) that a woman must live with the mindset of victimhood. Stay aware of your surroundings (advice for men and women!), walk with confidence, and approach people expecting good things!

      Thank you for introducing yourself to my blog and for sharing your plans. Feel free to comment as often as you wish!

      • Cindy says:

        So do you travel with a destination in mind or just free flow? Do you try to choose places where you definitely will run into others, or not or does it matter? Any tips regarding pets? I have 3 I’ll be taking and could use any advice you have. Thanks again!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Long-time readers of this blog must chuckle at your question “do you try to choose places where you definitely will run into others…?” I say that because the opposite it true. I often move to get away from people. That’s what I love about living full-time in the Best Little Trailer. Solitude, peace and quiet are very important to me. To answer your question, I’m more “free flow” while following the weather and including places where I want to camp.

          I hope you will read my old posts. The information you seek is woven into my stories and in the comments that follow the posts.

          Tips for pets? I don’t know… the usual, common sense precautions. You are the better judge of how to handle your three than I am. As for me, I treat Bridget and Reggie like family, like children.

        • DesertGinger says:

          About pets….if they are small bear in mind that raptors, coyotes, wolverines..all looking for small animals. Watch them closely. Do not pen up outside unless pen has a top.

          • Cindy says:

            Good point! Thanks for sharing that. Doing this solo sounds exciting but also a lot of moving pieces to be responsible for and I’m thankful for the tips.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I migrate to NY in the summer! Campgrounds are not as plentiful and are expensive in NY. I use AAA for maps and campground info en route. Your local office can offer a wealth of data. Have fun!

      • Cindy says:

        In AZ, we can camp off of the Forest Roads, at no charge and no reservation. First come, first serve. Is it like that in other states? Just trying to get a feel for how easy it is elsewhere, as I think I’m spoiled here:)

        • Pamela K. says:

          Cindy,
          Google can be of great help to find out whether a township or city is RV friendly or not. Prices tend to be higher in those locals where RVers are not openly welcomed. One town may not be *open* and the next town to it *loves* RVers. Knowing that info, in advance, helps keep some of the costs down and makes your stay more enjoyable while you overnight there. Often those towns are very close together too, so the extra distance is not an issue. I know we like knowing those kind of things ahead of time as we plan our trips. We also like spending our gas, grocery and supplies money in those more *RV friendly* towns.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Welcome to Sue’s blogorino family, Cindy! 🙂

  54. Pamela K. says:

    Hi Sue,
    Great update on Jordan…
    She headed up north to visit her sister and help her with her new baby. No doubt she is very busy tending to both of them. Then later to more family and friends in that region. And while she is doing all of that, she is working on getting her web businesses ready for launch. Good heavens, she must feel elated and swamped all at the same time! No doubt we will hear more from her as she has more time later. So that’s good news. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pamela. It sounds like you heard from her.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        Nope, didn’t hear from her personally — she did a newer post on her blog-spot. I thought I would recap what she had posted about without hawking another person’s blog on here. I speak of it now only because I didn’t want you to think that she had contacted me personally. See, as promised, I am trying to be good and follow the house-rules. 🙂

  55. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue –
    Thank you for your blog. It is so informative and fun to read. I always enjoy your pictures and seeing the pups.
    I will be picking up my Casita 17’SD the end of July or beginning of August. Trying to sell or give away items I don’t need anymore. I have a ‘to do’ list and it can be a little overwhelming as to what to do first, but things will unfold and I have faith that it will be in the best time.
    When you first started out, you didn’t have solar, and I wonder how you managed. I think I will wait to do anything extra to the Casita until I’m out there for a bit, just to see what it is I feel I need. Little House Customs does now offer solar packages for Casitas, so that may be one of the first things I do. Any other suggestions?
    Thanks, again.
    Happy Trails.
    Pamelab

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ooooh, you’re going through the final stages . . . Soon you’ll be towing your pretty Casita with a big grin on your face!

      What did I do before solar? I camped in Corps of Engineers campgrounds as we traveled out of Texas. In New Mexico I bought the annual pass for state parks and for a couple of months moved from campground to campground, paying $4 for electric/showers/trash/water. I also dry camped a few times.

      Once the solar was hooked up, we took off for southern AZ’s winter warmth and boondocked.

      You are smart to realize you don’t have to do everything right away.

  56. Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Love the blog, flowers, pups, campsites, comments. I’m finally able to read them as I skipped most comments when I was ‘catching up’.
    For some reason I’m not getting email notification of new posts from you. Don’t know why.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Have you tried unsubscribing, then resubscribing?

      If you subscribed to rvsueandcrew.com, then you need to subscribe to rvsueandcrew.net for notifications of posts dated after June 2013.

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