Riding the Swell to San Rafael Recreation Area

Sunday, May 11

It’s 6:40 when the crew and I step outside the Best Little Trailer for the morning potty break.  All the camps of our kayak neighbors are quiet.

“Looks like we’re the only ones up,” I say to the wind.  Bridget and Spike do their business.

“Hurry up, guys!  It’s freezing out here!”

I toss Bridget and Spike back into the BLT.  Not that they can’t jump through the door.  It’s faster to pitch them inside.  The wind blows damp air off the Green River and it chills to the bone.

We don’t go outside again until 10 o’clock.

“Well, well, well.  Everybody’s packed up and left.  What a shame.”  Heh-heh.  I love an empty campground.

Not that it makes any difference.  We stay inside all day long to keep warm.

Monday, May 12

I pull back the curtain.  “Hey, poopies!  I see blue sky!  Let’s go somewhere.”

Bridget and Spike peek out from the bed covers.  “C’mon.  We gotta’ get outta’ here.  We’re turning into a bunch of bedbugs!”

I trot out to the Perfect Tow Vehicle, start up the engine, and turn on the heater.

A few minutes later we pull out of Lower Gray Canyon Campground, leaving the BLT behind.   In town I top off the gas tank at the truck stop ($3.63 a gal.) and stop at Subway for a turkey sandwich.  This will make a nice picnic lunch.  The crew gets the turkey.  I get the lettuce and tomato.  Oh well . . .

We roll onto Interstate 70 and shoot west.

1-DSC04160 - CopyAbout twenty miles from Green River we cross the San Rafael Reef.  This is the northern end of the same reef where we boondocked overlooking a canyon not very long ago.

1-DSC04157 - CopyAnother twenty miles or so, we get off the interstate at exit 131.

Frontage Road backtracks along the interstate and then becomes Cottonwood Road.  Why it’s called Cottonwood, I don’t know.  It should be called Juniper Road.  Patches of snow lie on the ground between the junipers and sage, and on the higher regions of rocks.  A distant mountain range is white with snow.

A fifth wheel sits near this hill (below) to the right of the photo.  This is BLM public land.

1-DSC04164 - CopyIt’s another 25 miles to the San Rafael Recreation Area. 

Besides a scenic drive, this excursion is to see if I want to bring the BLT out here to camp a few days.  We cross meadows dotted with junipers.

1-DSC04165We’re crossing the northern end of the San Rafael Swell. 

Imagine the photo below extended 15 times wider and you’ll have an idea what is seen from this road.

1-DSC04168Bridget and Spike stir from their interstate-induced slumber.

“How about a little break?”

1-DSC04171Burros roam this area. 

Evidence lies on the ground.  Bridget and Spike have a quick walk-around and a drink, and we’re back on the road!

1-DSC04175“Isn’t this fun, guys?” 

It’s good to be out and about under a blue sky after two days of cold, wind, and rain!

1-DSC04178In twenty miles we meet a total of three cars.

We should arrive at the campground soon.  Here comes a camper. . .

1-DSC04181I discover there are two campgrounds on opposite sides of the San Juan River.

A small camping fee is charged, something like $6 regular/$3 with senior pass.  I can’t remember exactly, but I know it’s not much.  In the photo below you can gain an idea of the height of the rocks by looking for the bridge (left center) and for the white camper among the trees in the center.

1-DSC04192The elevation is 5,100 feet.  Campsites take RVs up to 35 feet, according to a website.

1-DSC04191We drive the loop of the first campground and then cross the narrow San Juan River, (about six feet wide and red with mud), and enter the campground that has horse corrals.

1-DSC04194Only a few people are camped here and it doesn’t look like they brought horses. The horse campground has some big sites, probably planned for horse trailers.  Here there are cottonwood trees!

1-DSC04217If you come here with your RV . . . .

I advise entering from Castle Dale, rather than the way the crew and I came from the south.  I read on the RV.net forum that it’s easier that way.

It’s lovely, but we’re not going to camp here.  It would be too arduous a journey to haul the BLT from Green River.  I doubt there’s any cell phone or internet signal.

I stop at an empty site. 

This is a nice spot for our lunch.  Bridget waits patiently while Spike scouts the perimeter and I take this photo.  That’s the sandwich in front of her.  (She hates that I’m taking this picture.)

1-DSC04212Spike realizes a sandwich is on the table and joins the Bridge.

“Are you both ready?”

1-DSC04215“Okay . . .  Let’s eat!”


NOTE:  In the next post the crew and I continue our excursion, riding through Buckhorn Draw to view a pictograph panel!


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101 Responses to Riding the Swell to San Rafael Recreation Area

  1. Wow, beautiful spot! Thinking more and more that a couple of months in that area is on our agenda for next winter.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kevin and Ruth . . . If you like to hike, there are lots of trails. You could rent a raft and run the river. And, of course, drive out to Buckhorn Draw. There are more places to explore a bit further west on both sides of I-70 in the Swell. I don’t know about visiting here during the winter. I think it would be snowy and cold.

  2. Ron in TX says:

    Looks like a nice drive.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is, Ron. And, you know? One of the prettiest, most scenic sections of an interstate is the stretch between this exit 131 and Green River. Incredible red rocks and canyon views… I couldn’t take any photos of that because it wasn’t safe to do so.

  3. Reine says:

    Great photos. Glad it warmed up there. We had a front come through today. Rained most of the day (yippee) and it’s cooled down about 20+ degrees.

  4. Robert says:

    Wow I wish I could take my big truck there. I’ll have to wait till I retire. One thing you might want to do from time to time when you fuel and have the BLT hooked is thump your spare tire on the trailer and the van. Use a pressure gauge at first and then you know what a full tire sounds like, kinda like thumping a mellon at the produce stand.

    We all tend to forget about spare tires until we need them and then when we do and we are off in the boonies and have a flat and find our spare is dead……….well we hate life!….period!

    Im taking my Quad…..I know you hate em, tee hee, but mines quiet and I don’t race, out for two days tomm. over at John Day, OR…………Got it all loaded, everythings packed the day before, so im doing my last minute mental checklist and realized I don’t have the key……..it’s in the desk where I put it the night before after loading it.
    Needless to say it’s in my pocket now……….AND I thumped my spare tire, lol

    Have fun woman, that’s pretty country down there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert,

      Good advice! My problem is I wouldn’t be able to heft the tire on the back of the BLT or the tire mounted UNDER the PTV in order to change a flat. I’ll have to rely on my air compressor and Fix-A-Flat.

      Have fun with your quad… Yes, I do hate them, but not the people who ride them. 🙂

  5. DesertGinger says:

    Beautiful photos of the reef. Sorry to hear weather is still so cold in many areas.

    I got some data today that might be interesting to your readers. I had an appointment with Dr. Po of the Infectious Disease clinic at university of Arizona. He is on the board of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence here in Tucson, and is a leading researcher and clinician in the Valley Fever treatment world. He gave me the following info:

    Valley Fever is only contracted by breathing dust containing the spores. Typically these spores are more likely to be in the air during a dust storm, immediately after a rain, near construction sites or around any activity that burrows into the ground (like gardening). The only prevention is avoiding these conditions.

    People with African or Pacific Islander heritage are at greater risk of catching it, as are people with suppressed immune systems, like AIDS patients. Also, people taking high doses of steroids (over 80 milligrams a day) are at greater risk. Greater age is not greater risk, but if the disease is contracted, older people often get worse cases.

    While Tucson is part of the endemic corridor, 80% of reported cases are from Maricopa County (Phoenix area).

    Most people will have no to little symptoms. Many may think they have a cold. When people do have symptoms, there are two problems: Valley Fever presents in so many strange ways such as skin rash, eye infections, even gynecological problems, that people don’t even consider VF; and, secondly, many physicians do not consider VF even when symptoms are straight forward, such as flu type symptoms.

    Thus, the two best prevention tips are to educate yourself, and to always insist on a VF test anytime you have an illness that could even potentially be VF. You must be your own advocate. The good news is that readily available drugs like flucanozole will easily treat VF, if addressed early.

    One more piece if data…pets are also susceptible to the disease. Dogs catch it quite easily as they are often sniffing the ground, but cats get worse cases.

    For more information, please read all about it at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence website: https://www.vfce.arizona.edu/Default.aspx

    Hope this is helpful to someone.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Is it possible to catch this disease in N. Carolina even?? Just wondering…our grandsons, who do most of the animal care at their place, both have bacterial pneumonia we learned today. We cannot figure how they got it. No one else in the house has it yet…they have been ill for over a week already.

      • DesertGinger says:

        As far as I know VF is only in desert areas, but if they ave visited the southwest they could pick it up. Check the website for VFCE.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Elizabeth… I waited for Ginger to reply before responding to your comment.

        I’m sorry to hear your grandsons have bacterial pneumonia. I can understand you wanting to know how they got that so it can be avoided in the future. I hope you solve that mystery and I wish them fully well very soon.

        • DesertGinger says:

          Another prevention tip for dogs is to keep them away from any rodent burrows or holes.

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Thanks for your well wishes, Sue. They are sweet boys (almost men in ways now…one already has a deep voice). We hope that they will fully recover soon. So far no one else in the house has this…which is odd too…

      • DesertGinger says:

        I should have also said that Valley Fever is a fungus, not a bacterial infection. However, many doctors mistake Valley Fever for pneumonia. Still, not likely they could catch it in North Carolina.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Excellent information, Ginger, and I’m sure much appreciated by readers, many of whom visit Arizona every year or live there year round. I clicked the link.. . The website answers a lot of questions I had, particularly about dogs. I can see why it is hard to diagnose VF in dogs, the symptoms being quite varied and similar to other conditions. Thanks a lot for educating us and enhancing my blog.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Thanks a lot ladies. I THINK bacterial pneumonia is what Jim Henson (creator of the Muppets) died of right? But he waited too long to seek help. I am hoping that our grandsons were not too late…though my son said they were ok to be taken care of at home. These days, one never knows…they send folks home the day of or next day after surgeries….when used to be one was in the hospital at least a week!!

  6. Timber n' Rusty says:

    Oh boy, I’m # 1 this time. Well it looks like a swell spot Sue. I have been thru there waiting for the snow to melt so I could drive up to a Ron-Dee Voo. Nice photos and give th’ pups a hug for us ,,,,Rusty n’ Timber

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations, Rusty! (From my administration page it did look like you were first.) I can tell you have new glasses. You type faster! You used to meet up with mountain men in Wyoming, if I remember correctly.

    • Timber n' Rusty says:

      What , not first, well it takes me so long to type, using one finger, ,,,lol ,,,me

  7. Jean in OR says:

    Hard to get to the horse camp with twenty foot four horse trailer?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know, Jean, because I haven’t driven the route from Castle Dale to the campground.

      Call the Bureau of Land Management office, Price Field Office, at (435) 636-3600 and ask them. (Thanks, Benchmark map!)

  8. Ladybug in Mid TN says:

    Heck yeah, I’d want to camp there! And I think Bridge is mad not because of the picture, but because she’s having to wait for the sandwich! 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You could be right, Ladybug. It’s hard to know what goes on in the mind of a nut cake!

  9. Buffalo Bob says:

    What a beautiful area. Have been following you for about three months now. Just thought you might like to know “it has been in the 70’s here in Buffalo NY 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Buffalo Bob and WELCOME to my blog! I love your name, very helpful.

      What crazy weather! One of my readers who goes by the name of “weather” reported temperatures in the low 80s where she lives in the eastern part of NY.

      Enjoy it while you can!

  10. Lacy says:

    Did Bridget close her eyes in that last shot? She seriously does NOT want her picture taken!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lacy,

      I held down the ctrl key and tapped the + key to take a good look. I see a glimmer (of annoyance perhaps?) from her squinty eyes.

      • Vicki says:

        Does your camera flash when you take her picture? Maybe it hurts her eyes and she is gun shy now.
        🙂 this is Vicki from Michigan now from Tennessee.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Vicki . . . No, the camera doesn’t flash. I catch Bridget in a blink or it looks like her eyes are closed when they aren’t (black eyes surrounded by black fur). She also narrows her eyes when annoyed.

  11. Geri Moore says:

    Just catching up on your blog! You are in the most beautiful and fascinating part of Utah! We loved exploring Utah! It is just so interesting with all the rock formations! I loved the road trip today to the San Rafael recreation area! Great photographs as usual!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Geri. It was a beautiful day to explore. As usual the greatest scenery is not included because no camera could possibly take it all in. Maybe that’s a good thing. People will still be wowed when they come here for the first time.

  12. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts., VA says:

    Like the exploring today. I do that also, I’m so particular about where to camp. Pretty country though. Can’t wait to see the pictograph panel. I am learning about and seeing Utah through your eyes…wow, it’s exciting to me.
    Heard on the news about snow in Colorado, unusual weater these days it seems. But glad it warmed up for you guys. Take Care Sue and Crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We’re learning together, Diane. I can’t believe how many years I lived on this earth, in this country, and had no idea how beautiful and varied it is. Sure, I saw photos and documentaries. Somehow it didn’t sink in until the crew and I ventured out to the West. I am very glad we did!

      Hope your day is a fine one . . .

  13. Colleen from Tehachapi says:

    Beautiful! We are currently in Richfield Utah, it is cold this morning! 27 degrees and a frozen water spigot! We did remember to unhook last night so it is all good. We will be driving up Interstate 70 tomorrow heading to Fruita Colorado for a few days before continuing to Colorado Springs. The snow is suppose to be melted and the weather warmed up by time we get there. We got snowed on yesterday driving through the mountains and we are hoping the wind is done blowing! Thanks for the preview of what is ahead for us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Colleen,

      You probably have seen it before, but be sure to enjoy the section of I-70 about 20 miles before you come to Green River. It’s where you descend from a pass through the rock (past Spotted Wolf Viewpoint) and glorious Utah is spread out before you. Love that scene!

      I know what you mean about wind. It makes driving very tiring. Have a good, safe trip!

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        Isn’t the swell amazing? Every time I drive along that section of I-70 I stop at the rest area on the top of the hill and never have enough of views. Geology of the swell is fascinating and views are really breathtaking. My National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map of the San Rafael Swell is on the way. For at least two years I wanted to hike there and after seeing your pictures and description now I know it is going to happen but I want to make sure you’re somewhere further north. I don’t want to feel like paparazzi and the last thing I would want you to feel like someone is following you. You’re celebrity here but I’m definitely not paparazzi. Thank you for making me think about hiking the swell.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, R. I know the rest area you mean! We stopped there. (The light was wrong for a good photo.) There are a couple of great viewpoints from eastward and westward sides of the interstate. You’ve probably been there.

          The Swell is big enough for both of us! You can pick up maps of the trails and a lot of informational materials at the museum/tourist center on the main street of Green River. I mention that for interested readers… You have your handy-dandy National Geographic guide!

          • R. (Western Colorado) says:

            Great! Hm! Why I never thought about stopping at the VC in Green River? Maybe because the sign says “museum”? As much as I like to learn about the area I don’t feel like visiting any museum after a long hike, long drive or both. I drive by each time when going to a gas station and before heading back east to CO. I get a gas at this big truck place on the left side when travelling east. Thanks

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I don’t do museums either. Wandering around inside a building after being on the road or exploring the great outdoors, well.. it doesn’t have enough appeal, although I might learn something.

              That “truck place” is where I fill up water jugs.

        • DesertGinger says:

          I would so love hiking; I’m jealous you can do that. Found out yesterday my left knee is a goner. My knee replacement surgery is scheduled for June 10th, although I may push it back. I’m hoping that after that perhaps I an become at least a light hiker! The pics do make it look so inviting.

    • R. (Western Colorado) says:

      Colleen from Tehachapi, that’s very interesting if you’re in Fruita. You’re going to be so close. I’ll be hiking in the area Wednesday or Thursday or Friday or Saturday or maybe every day of this week. Are you going to stay at the James Robb Colorado River SP? I never went there but the campground supposed to be really great. I see RVs at the campground from some of the trails I hike and from the road I drive to trailheads. There is a disc golf place nearby, endless amazing hiking trails, of course Colorado National Monument, bold eagles, golden eagles, bighorn sheep, Lunch Loop Trails, North Fruita biking trails for more biking, more trials for hiking, Palisade with many wineries, wild horses, petroglyphs, canoeing, rafting, horseback riding. The area offers almost endless outdoor activities. Grand Mesa is a short distance away but I can see lots of fresh snow on it and lakes are still frozen so no fishing I guess.

      Are you planning to bike around Fruita, maybe all the way to Moab (142 mile long trail)? I hike often on Kokopelli Trails and find bikers to be always so nice. Maybe I’ll see you on one of the trails, in a supermarket, Walmart in GJ or somewhere around. Wave or stop to say hello. It would be so cool to have a mini get together of RVSue’s admirers. In Fruita I like Mexican restaurant El Tapatio almost across the street from the park and of course Hot Tomato is famous for pizza especially among bikers. Fruita has City Market which has everything you need but bigger grocery stores and Walmart are in GJ only a short distance away.

      Are you from Tehachapi, CA? I remember this name when my husband and I went to Lancaster to see California poppies.

      • Colleen from Tehachapi says:

        R – yes that is where we are staying! Thanks for all of the great tips. We did not bring bikes on this trip but plan some light hiking and geocaching.

        Yes we live in Tehachapi, CA! We love the poppies, not a great year for them at the preserve but they are plentiful in other areas.

        Here is our email address so maybe we could figure out a meet up: 2fords@gmail.com

  14. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue and Crew,
    What a scenic drive – more beautiful pictures – thank you! I’m glad it warmed up a bit and that you all were able to take a field trip and enjoy it! I agree with Ladybug in TN…that Bridget was annoyed that she had to wait to dig into her turkey. 🙂

    When you are camped in a location that has a 14 day limit, is that “rule” for the whole area or are you allowed to change sites within the park/BLM – not being on a single site for over 14 days? Looking forward to seeing the next gorgeous camp that you discover.

    Hope everyone has a great day! It is sunny and supposed to reach 92 today in Richmond VA. The sticky, humidity will be ushered in as well. What I wouldn’t give to be in the SW for some of that “dry” heat! Blessings to all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Changing to a site within the same camping area (campground or open BLM land) doesn’t satisfy the rule. Usually (I say usually because there are exceptions) one has to move 30 miles away after camping 14 days in a 14-day-limit camping area. You aren’t supposed to return until 14 more days have elapsed.

      I’m over the 10-day limit for this campground right now. I’m pretty good about following rules. However, no one seems to care here this early in the season. It’s not like anyone needs our campsite. We’re the only ones here during the week and we will be gone by the weekend.

      When we arrived, a tent was pitched in the site two sites away from us. It is still there and I haven’t seen anyone visit that site. A Coleman stove with propane bottle sits on the picnic table. A clean pot is on the stove with a spoon and spatula. On the fire ring grate sits a can opener with an empty can of tuna in the fire ring. A nice container for water rests next to the tent.

      The strong winds ripped two of the tent stakes out of the ground and the tent was flapping around. I went over and re-staked the tent. That’s when I saw all of the above items. Nothing is in the tent (no dead body!). This situation shows that a ranger hasn’t been out here or isn’t concerned.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        You did a good deed by restaking that tent. The camper may have come back to a tentless site if the winds had ripped more stakes out. I had visions of their tent floating (temporaily, at least) down the river. So glad you did not find a dead body – what a fright that would have been! 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Thank you for the additional information about the day-limit rules.

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        RVSue, if the tent is still there I trust you already reported to a ranger. Maybe a person went for a walk or a hike and got lost, broke a leg or worse. I don’t know of any camper who would walk away leaving everything behind including a tent. I do hope if I leave my tent unattended for an extended time someone would report it. It was very admirable of you to stake out his/her tent. I do now worry about this person since I too tent camp.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I understand your concern, R. The campsite does not look like someone went hiking and didn’t come back. If someone owns a tent and a propane stove, they would also have something to sleep on, a sleeping bag or something. There is absolutely nothing in the tent. The tent, stove, and pot are pretty beat up. If there were any indication someone intended to return, I would’ve reported it by now. I’m quick to get involved in a situation if I sense a need. I’m pretty sure you’d come to the same conclusion I have if you examined the campsite.

  15. Teri in SoCal says:

    Beautiful photos as always. I just can’t wait to see where we’re all going next!

  16. That has to be the best photo of the crew I have seen so far. They have laser focus on that sandwich.

  17. Cinandjules (Temp in CA) says:

    Oh my word!!! The scenery is stunning!

    I laughed at Bridget sitting on the picnic table waiting for you to take the picture. I can hear her saying “really Sue?” And Spike doesn’t look like he’s even blinking!

    Over the 10 day limit?? You’re just hoping one of dem youngen rangers show up! 🙂

    Stay warm.

    Apparently I’m missing the black fly no-see-um season back home. Hah they are going to starve cuz they don’t have me to feast on!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      I really impressed you with my description of the young ranger in South Dakota. How long ago was that? Two years? Haha! I admit I still remember his smile. What a cute GRANDSON he would be!

      Black flies? What the heck? You go from 8-foot snow drifts straight into Black Fly Season. Oh, New York state… gotta’ love it. 🙂

  18. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Your description of the empty tent and it’s surrounding items reads like the beginning of a good mystery……which of course it is because we don’t know where the owner is. Glad you had some good ‘splorin’ weather – that area is so beautiful. Safe travels.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Occasionally in our travels we come across mysteries. I’m thinking of Al, rushing across several states to be with his 89-year-old father in Texas… Dale, heading across Arizona on a bicycle with a few items strapped to it… and now the mysterious, abandoned tent.

  19. Grace says:

    Am I first?! LOL — never!

    Thanks for the tour. I followed your route on google.maps. I can see where it would be easier to come in from Castle Dale but still quite a drive. I guess that would make for a very peaceful and quiet campground. The scenery either way looks like it would be amazing! Thanks for the info! You’re the best!

    Grace (in Tucson)
    9 months, 18 days until I’m free!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Grace!

      That’s the kind of campground where one goes to “get away from it all,” including phones, computers, etc., and to enjoy the surroundings. I’d go there but I can’t give up my blogorinos!

  20. Lee J says:

    I just love your description of the empty camp, it sounds like the beginning salvo in a wonderful mystery story…the flap of the tent beat a slow tattoo drawing attention to the lone empty tuna can slowly scooting across the fireplace grill as each gust pushed it toward the edge……LOL

    I love the word pictures you inspire in my tiny mind!

    Wow, that is a stunning place, I have to admit I had never considered Utah much, now it is on my must visit list.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee,

      I’ve thought of several different scenarios that might have occurred, some good, some not. I’m hoping the person’s life took a dramatic turn for the better and he/she no longer cares about a tent, a stove, utensils and water jug.

  21. weather says:

    So much of Utah uses vibrant color and towering formations to call”Look at me!”,
    yet the second photo in today’s post shows a quiet beauty that invites you to sit near it in companionable silence.
    While the Atlantic,tossing and pulling me around,makes me laugh at it’s antics,
    I prefer the Pacific,the gently enveloping character of it’s power renews me.
    May the personality of every environment you travel through continue to fill you with wonder.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I’m lucky I ended up with photos I could post. It wasn’t until we were leaving Buckhorn Draw that I noticed I had the camera set on “close-ups of animals” rather than the landscape setting. I’m amazed that I function at all some days. Haha!

      Thank you for the compliment on the photo and for your wish for me.

  22. Linda says:

    Ah, lunch with the Crew. What a commercial for Subway!

  23. Jim says:

    Hi Sue and Crew,

    It looks like you have a great site in Green River. It reminds me of the time I spent there last year. I was only about a mile from a Verizon tower and had extremely fast 4G. This was my location: http://jimbosjourneys.com/2013/08/30/wild-horses-on-white-mountain/

    I have finally caught up with all your posts and will try to stay in touch. If you ever get up in Washington look me up. It is really beautiful up here.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Um. . . Jimbo, sweetheart . . .

      There are 286 miles between Green River, UTAH, and Rock Springs, WYOMING. 🙂

      There is a Green River 16 miles from Rock Springs, Wyoming, but we ain’t there.

      Oh well, maybe some of my reader traffic made it to your blog, so all is not for nuthin.’

      Yes, Washington is gorgeous. The crew and I loved it last summer! Your new camp host location is heavenly . . .

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Yep, count me as someone who found your blog for the first time today Jim. Looks great and very interesting, So many great blogs so little time.

  24. Sue, your photos are absolutely gorgeous. The colors are so true. Great day out for you three:)

    Bridget really does look a little embarrassed with her ears slightly back and head tilted away…too cute!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John and Pam . . . Thank you for the compliment on my photos and the cuteness of my lil’ darlin.’

  25. Gail Graham says:

    I just recently discovered your site, but I fear a little too late or I could have met the crew in person. My husband and I are full timers who have been volunteering at the green river state park golf course since March, staying in the campground.
    Have enjoyed your blog and you have visited most of the places we have been enjoying for awhile. Wish it had not been so crowded in Moab and you had to move on….arches, dead horse, canyonlands are all very special. April in Moab is crazy for sure.
    Anyway, enjoy your adventures and so glad the pups are safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gail,

      Welcome to my blog! You are volunteering in a beautiful location. I didn’t realize the golf course is part of the state park.

      Well, we may have been run out of Moab by the crowd, but we certainly have found much to enjoy in this part of Utah. Thank you for introducing yourself to me and my readers. Glad to have you with us!

  26. Glenda in OZ! says:

    So loved all the photos of this area Sue………….the colours and textures amazing. It’s Autumn here and we are having a week of fine weather which means I should be taking advantage before all the leaves fall and all this autumn splendour is gone. How I would love to see Utah, so different from the landscapes here. The appeal and the joy of your two darlings is always so much fun for me to see and read about………love them both!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Glenda,

      Yes, get out there and capture the warm Autumn light! It’s the best time of year for photos, no matter the hemisphere… 🙂

      Right now the “darlings” are yelling at me to fix them their supper!

  27. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Wonderful scenery, thanks for sharing. Couldn’t help but notice the Aframe in one of the camp sites. I will always have a soft spot for them. Got our new little trailer home last week. It is quite spacious for a 15 footer. After inspecting it, my daughter came into the house and remarked “Well now I can see how RV Sue could actually live in a trailer full time with dogs”. It made me laugh, since I’m the blog reader here, not her. I do occasionally make her look at cute Spike & Bridget pics & special scenic shots. Great campsite price there also, can’t beat $6. I wish we had the seniors pass here. Get some senior discount but not much. Enjoy your stay, hugs to the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val,

      It must be nice to have your trailer and be able to show it off. Funny how people talk about me!

      Well, at least some of the campgrounds are free, no matter where you’re residency. And this free campground we’re in right now isn’t fifty miles or more from stores and services and it has a river! 🙂

      Always nice to hear from you, Val. Say hi to your daughter from me . . .

  28. Evie says:

    Great pictures as usual. Mom and I loved that area two years ago before we got our RV. You had rain and wind, we were in Denver where it snowed for two days. We’re out of there now and moving west where it might be warmer. Love your blog. You set such a good example and are an inspiration.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Evie, for your kind words. I hope you find warm weather. You shouldn’t have any trouble as a warming trend is developing.

  29. TexasTom says:

    Someone may have already suggested this but you need the picture software that will let you splice pictures together and form long large landscapes. It easy to do. You can even do a 360 of the inside of the BLT.

    I love your pictures keep em commin.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tom,

      I can do panorama shots with my camera but I don’t bother with it. A long, wide photo has to be distant in order to fit in the format of this blog. All that fancy photography stuff doesn’t interest me. I leave that for other bloggers to do, while I keep it simple. Suits me and my style.

      • R. (Western Colorado) says:

        Thank you for keeping it simple. That’s another thing I enjoy about your blog. Simple but with great pictures and stories. We love you RVSue. And you Bridget and you too Spike.

  30. Annette says:

    Sue, I read and daydream at a blog collection called crazyguyonabike.com. There is one particular blog you might enjoy, as the writer is near your area at present. Type Ted White in the search box, then link to 300ps. His photos are fantastic. Don’t know whether any of his route would be of interest to you… but if you have time to read, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sorry, Annette… I did a search for Ted White and all sorts of people appeared… stuntman, actor, writer…

      I really don’t need to see how fantastic someone else’s photos are anyway. I’m developing an inferiority complex! 🙂

      Seriously… I have a hard time keeping up with the blogs of friends. Thanks for the thought.

      • Ed says:

        You searched from Google, what was intended was that you search from crazyguyonabike.com. It was perfectly clear to Annette, who I suspect has the crazyguy site open often, but can be confusing to someone like yourself.
        I also like where she says “the writer is near your area at present”. His latest posting was from Zion National Park about 250-260 miles from you. Reminded me of the Comment from the folks that were going to wave from some 600 miles away.
        As you said: Thanks for the thought.

  31. Dawn in MI says:

    Beautiful beautiful spot, even if you decided not to camp there…glad you showed us! LOVE that last photo of the two of them staring at the sandwich. No way would mine wait like that! They are a well trained crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn…

      I don’t know if they’re well trained or they’re simply confident they’ll end up getting the best part of my sandwich anyway. They always do!

  32. Sue and Crew, thank you so much for all the inspiration as we’ve followed your adventures. Your writing and photography are everything we dream of. Now after two years of planning, we will be leaving Michigan for full-time boon-docking in just two more days. We read your whole blog from the beginning and look forward to each new post. We were especially excited with the picture toward the end with the Aliner Camper in the scene since that is what we will be traveling in and we rarely see one. Thank you again for all the help.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barb and Dave. It’s great to hear from you at this pivotal time in your lives . . .

      Only two more days to lift-off! Gee, I bet this past winter in Michigan seemed to last forever. And now those two years of planning are coming to fruition. You are about to embark on an exciting new life of full–time vagabonding. I wish you the very best!

      Thanks for reading my blog from the beginning and for stopping by with a few words. I hope you will keep in touch. Bon voyage!

  33. BadgerRickInWis says:

    I had the same thought Dawn, my litte Rat/Chi might wait for a few seconds but not long enough to get a picture.
    But then I looked closer. the crew are on the table and you are holding the sandwich in your hand just out of reach aren’t you Sue?
    You are such a tease. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      Well, I suppose I’m teasing a little bit. But Bridget and Spike do deserve some credit for their restraint. I’ve seen how fast they can grab something they want. They could’ve snatched that sandwich faster than the click of the camera’s shutter!

  34. weather says:

    Good morning,Sue,
    Do you remember my once mentioning that acting as if you have no fear often removes the need for it?There are many reasons that works;not appearing to be an easy victim dissuades potential assailants,expecting the best producing it,do it afraid-the second time you won’t be,etc.
    Anyway,last night we had one of the brightest lightening,long pealed thunder storms
    ever here.Still awake(because of another ridiculous animal rescue story I’ll spare you from)I watched in amazement as,barely stirring, both dogs slept right through it.
    Apparently, behaving peacefully and calmly during the one storm when she had worn the Thundershirt gave the girl confidence that she can handle them like anything else.
    Having only used it once,it seems it’s no longer needed,yet as the head count here is always subject to change,I put it in the back of the pet supply corner.Thanks for putting it on your site,what a treasure!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! That’s a wonderful result from the thundershirt. It never occurred to me that a dog would learn from one wearing. Maybe I should put a thundershirt on Bridget when I leave her in the PTV to go shopping. 🙂

  35. Joe says:

    Hi Sue and Crew, Nice pictures. Sounds like an interesting place.Enjoy…….HoboJoe

  36. Deb from NJ says:

    Wonderful photos! Loving the great area that you are in and wishing I was headed there today! Thanks again for sharing with us. I know if I can’t be there in person, at least, I can be there with Sue and Crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And it’s my pleasure to have you here with me and my crew, Deb! Thanks for the compliment on the photos. Pretty remarkable little camera I have. It takes good pictures even when the operator has it on the wrong setting.

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