Roosevelt Dam and not driving the Apache Trail

Tuesday, November 11

For those of you who haven’t kept up with my blog, Bridget and I are camped at Cholla Campground on Roosevelt Lake, east of Phoenix.

I talk my face off all day.

In the morning with Krystina who is camped here in her Class C.  In the afternoon with Jack, the man I met at Lone Rock (Page, AZ).  Jack is leaving in the morning, so this is our goodbye chat.

Teresa and Bruce stop by for a brief hello as they walk the campground loop with their two dogs.   It’s a surprise to see them again.  I met Teresa and Bruce last winter in Los Algodones, Mexico, when they recognized me sitting in a plaza waiting for my eyeglasses to be ready.  They recently passed their one-year anniversary of living full-time “on the road.”

Wednesday, November 12

After breakfast I pack a picnic lunch, bop Bridget into the Perfect Tow Vehicle, and cruise out of the campground.  We follow the lake shore southward, cross the bridge, and turn right onto the Apache Trail.

Immediately I pull into Inspiration Point.

1-P1010456Bridget makes a fuss to be let out.

She ALWAYS makes a fuss.  I ignore her.  I want to take photos without having to keep an eye on her.

1-P1010446The bridge is very picturesque.  I appreciate things that are  both highly functional and beautiful.  This bridge is elegantly simple. . . or is it simply elegant?

1-P1010453People fish from a boat below the bridge.  I’d love to know if they’re catching anything and, if so, what they’re reeling in.

1-P1010447I walk over to the viewing platform and read the interpretive signs.

1-P1010448From here you can view Roosevelt Dam.


1-P1010451I return to the PTV and Bridget who is still barking.

Nothing unusual about that!

“Okay, Bridget.  Settle down.  I’ll let you out at the next stop.”

On the other side of the dam is another viewing area. 

I pull in, park, jump out, and go around to open the side door for Bridget.

“What the heck is that SMELL?”

I notice brown smears on the seat.

“Oh, no!  You had an accident.”

1-P1010475“I’m sorry, Bridge.  I didn’t know you had to get out that badly.”

Well, that’s what happens when you cry wolf all the time.

Okay.  Changing the subject . . .

Here’s the dam from the other side.

1-P1010465I let Bridget roam around for several minutes while I clean the seat as best I can.  I put her into the PTV and then I walk down the ramp to another viewing area.

1-P1010462I read the signs about the Apache Trail.

One sign warns that the road is “not for the faint of heart.”  I’ve been on enough canyon roads to know what the sign refers to… one lane of dirt, blind curves, no guardrails, steep drops to the bottom of the gorge.

Well, I’ll drive it until I don’t want to go any further. 

Of course, I can’t take photos where the road is narrow.

1-P1010470 At the first opportunity I park, get out, and take these shots.


1-P1010466After a mile or so of teeth-rattling washboard, I decide to turn around.

It’s a lovely, balmy day.  I don’t want to spend it suffering on this road.  There’s a lot of good road elsewhere that I haven’t explored yet.

1-P1010474 - CopyOn the way back I pull over for some more photos.

You can see the narrow dirt road in the next picture.

1-P1010468If this stretch is any indication, the Apache Trail is a very scenic drive.

1-P1010472A guy pulling a long trailer goes by. 

He’s gripping the steering wheel like it’s liable to fall off.  Is that fear on his face?

Maybe someday I’ll go all the way to Apache Lake.  Not today . . .

At Route 188 again, I turn right and head southeast along the lake.

I want to see the campgrounds on the southern end of the lake.

Bridget sits beside me in her bed between the front seats.  I reach over and scratch under her chin.

“That was mean of me, wasn’t it.  You really had to go potty and I didn’t let you out.  I’m sorry, little girl.”

To be continued . . .




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150 Responses to Roosevelt Dam and not driving the Apache Trail

  1. DeAnne in TN says:

    Read and first!

  2. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Poor baby! Sue didn’t mean to cause you distress.
    Am I first??

  3. Kitt, NW WA says:

    Somewhere in the vacinity of #1?

    I’ve been following all your adventures, but rarely commenting as I enjoy reading all your regular blogarionos comments. Always a treat to read a new post!
    Love your Bridget. We have made the mistake of missing the barking cues before, oops.


  4. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Read and second? Lovely place to visit.

  5. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    It’s cool, humid, and a chilly 55 or so here near Sacramento. How is it where you are, Blogerinos? My son in MN about half way between Twin cities and Duluth reported a couple of days ago that they had 16 inches of that dirty word that starts with a S and ends with a W. Brrrrrr

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Velda,

      I wonder if your son would consider 55 degrees to be “chilly.” 🙂

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        Nope he thinks that is tshirt and shorts weather. He is my child who as an infant and we lived in Reno, during winter if I put him in one of those footed jammys would be red and sweating when I went to get him even though he had no blanket over him. I think, much to my distress ( being 1600 miles from grandkids is no fun), the kid was born for MN weather. He loves it.

    • Lolalo says:

      It was a COLD 28 degrees just north of Atlanta today. Brrrrr….

  6. CRedd n TX says:

    Beautiful pictures along the Apache Trail and the Roosevelt Dam. Good picture of Bridget too. “Get Me Outta’ Here” – Is that a sign added to the PTV, or a little photo editing. It looks good, maybe like a motto. Enjoy thebbeautiful area.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, CRedd,

      Haha! No, that’s not a sign on the PTV. It’s a caption I put on the photo, wondering if anyone would notice it. Bridget’s face is above it.

  7. Paula says:

    Guess you learned your lesson. When she says she has to go — she has to go (maybe). They’re have a way of keeping us on our toes.

    Love the photo of the bridge. It’s a very impressive view crossing it, but more dramatic with the lake and sky beyond. Good work!

  8. chas anderson says:

    My wife almost divorced me over the Apache Trail after I told her it was nothing to worry about.I know guys who tow boats on it and that is ill advised.

    There is one stretch before you hit the pavement near Tortilla Flats that is just nuts.
    Beautiful scenery though.

    • chas anderson says:


      Nowhere near as bad as the Moki Dugway in Utah.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I skipped Moki Dugway, too. I was satisfied to see the Valley of the Gods and Gooseneck Park. Why push my luck!

    • Paula says:

      I’ve approached from the west (Tortilla Flats) and gone some distance beyond that little enclave of buildings. My sis refused to proceed further as she’s been on it before. Scared her to death. Different strokes for different folks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      If your wife was a passenger, I can understand why she’d be upset by that road. I think it’s scarier when you don’t have the steering wheel.

  9. Elizabeth in WA says:

    If only we could get our doggies to understand about that crying wolf thing!! Sorry you had a mess to clean up!!

    I am with you in skipping very bad roads…plenty to see otherwise, no doubt. We got caught on a terrible road once (it was a snow problem, added to by many trucks, so cold snow froze in their wheel tracks, hard froze….causing us to bump along horridly)….when we got to the better road, it had jarred loose a lot of the screws holding the van together!! What a job for poor hubby to have to deal with. Our sliding side door almost fell off!! We were SO scared. Wanted to stop for the night at the first available place…but no banana….everyone else had that idea too and no room. ONE SCARY night. We have had some very bad scares at night actually…so now we try not to drive after dark much. Life is for learning right?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s right, Elizabeth.

      I have to be in the right mood in order to get any enjoyment out of a “challenging” road. I was in the mood to take photos and, since I’m the driver and it was a narrow road, I drove elsewhere and we enjoyed our day. Lots of pics for the next post!

  10. AlanOutandAbout says:

    It is a shame the road is so bad. I have done it a few times all the way but with a Bronco II 4×4 with 2 and a half inch lift and competition off road shocks. Nothing much bothered it. It is still very nice up there though. I remember whole areas of ocotillo cactus and yuccas every where.
    Well at least you might visit the indian ruins. It is nice and small and quick.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Do you remember how far the hike is to the Indian ruins? I wouldn’t leave Bridget in the PTV for more than a half-hour. She’d be fine longer, but goody-two-shoes comes along, hears her barking like she’s being murdered, and then I’ve got to deal with that…

      • AlanOutandAbout says:

        Sue, there are 2 trails, Lower ruins and upper ruins. Lower is about .5 miles and is mostly paved and a moderate hike with about a total climb of 350 ft.. The upper trail is 1.5 miles and is quite hard and dirt, not something I would do at 64. However dogs are allowed on the lower trail but not in the ruins themselves.
        Here is the nps website:

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Alan. The lower trail may work for us. I could try it with Bridget and gauge how well she does, turning back if it looks like it’s too much for her. The stroller is another option if the trail is paved most of the way.

  11. Fred Wishnie says:

    Maybe it has gotten worse over time, but we drove it 3 0r 4 years ago and didn’t think it was that bad. Tortilla Flat was a nice stop in the middle.

  12. DebsJourney says:

    What beautiful photo’s you take. I made the one with the huge cacti my desktop background. Bridget looked so sweet with such expression on her face. I know my dogs let me know when they have to go but it’s easy to say in a few minutes and they can’t say NOW! Love it when I see your post in my new emails. I feel like you are becoming one of my dear friends for life. 🙂 Looking forward to your continuation.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sweet message, Deb. I hope to continue my blog a long time. . .

      Thanks for the compliment on the photos! I think I’ll take one of the bridge pics for my desktop. I’m enchanted by that bridge. It’s perfectly situated to arc over the background of lake and mountains.

  13. klbexplores says:

    I often get myself into trouble with a truck with a long wheel base…..lots of space needed to turn around. Why is it that the worst roads often have great views and the fewest turn around.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That seems to be the case. The more challenging the road, the better the views. Maybe I would’ve driven further if I hadn’t met so many vehicles coming the other way. Fortunately we met where I could sidle over to the cliff edge without dropping off, but I don’t know what could be done in some of the narrow, tight turn places, if I met an big RV coming at us.

  14. weather says:

    The pic beneath”From here you can view Roosevelt Dam” is my favorite this time,both because it’s gorgeous and and because it’s great photography.I’m sorry it came at such a cost,all of us with animals at home have had similar incidents.Apache Trail does look like it would be beautiful,yet I’d skip it because of that road.I can find plenty of beauty to see without wrecking my nerves for the treat.I feel the same way about views seen by mountain climbing,God bless those that did it-their description or pictures are good enough for me,I’ve zero interest in tethering myself to a cliff to see anything.

    Sounds like your visiting will be less constant for a while,now.I’m sure you enjoyed the conversations and going back to just the ones you have with pretty Bridget.
    Kudos for keeping it real in this post,life is sweet-butterflies,puddles and all!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      The dam photo did come out well. Like the bridge, this dam does have a simple beauty aligned with function. Never thought I’d say that about a dam!

      I agree about mountain climbing. I don’t understand the motivation to risk one’s life, to fall off a cliff, to freeze on a mountaintop, and in so doing bring grief to loved ones. Requires some insanity and selfishness. On the other hand, what kind of nut marries a mountain climber!

      Yes, they provided photos, written accounts, surveys, and other “gifts” to the world… I suppose that’s some consolation to the widows and fatherless children. Whenever I read or hear about the great adventurers or heroes throughout history, my thoughts go to the ones left behind, the ones who got no glory and had to climb “mountains” on their own, carrying the responsibility of children.

      • weather says:

        For years I’ve had similar thoughts,explained to spouses that told me about feeling neglected or uncared about by their mates-People choose to marry a hero or a companion-now that you have what you’ve chosen your happiness lies in focusing on the good in what they are,or you’ll feel disappointed forever .With my love of snow you’d think I would have become a skier,but I never did.I wouldn’t risk breaking anything and not being able to provide and care for my son.

        Loving history ,I’ve read of great explorers -they forged trails for others families to later settle near and make homes-without ever enjoying their own.In the ways mentioned here one really can’t have it all so choosing wisely means doing that with your eyes wide open and serious thought.We’re to seldom taught that,or many other things,because “light conversation” and focus on more shallow topics is comfortable,easier,popular…

        Look who’s preaching now,tee hee.Apparently not just the right footwear spurs that in us 🙂 It’s snowed all morning here,my half siberian pup’s been in her glory,so’s the whole place the way I see it!Of course I’ll keep mum about that when I speak to the locals 😉 Enjoy those Sonoran surroundings your in a little extra for me and the rest of us having unseasonal tastes of winter-we’ll need your photos more than ever…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Very often our pets remind us to enjoy what we have, wherever we are, whatever the conditions. Spike reminded us to enjoy a leisurely soak. More than once I waded in a stream or lake because he was already in it.

          Your “half siberian pup” reminds us that snow can be fun to play in . . .

          . . . although I never wanted to ski either, for the same reason as you.

          • weather says:


          • weather says:

            Yeah,pets and youth are inspiring.Today while out stocking up and running errands,I saw colorful trees in snowscapes-just beautiful.I also saw what might have once been a horse trailer converted to what I’m guessing a young guy will use to camp in during deer season.I know a lot of guys that lease forestland and go with friends whenever they can get the time off to do that.

            Their methods to make cheap RVs out of whatever’s available are ingenious,and suitable for what they do.They really rough it by most people’s standards and do it without taking funds needed to support their families.Puts meat on the table and ,like mine did for years,their dogs eat healthier and well,too.

            When I got back both pups played in the snow-between them and my boots we tracked it all over the house again but it’s worth it-love how it makes them/us come alive…Tomorrow I’m having lunch with my grandson-it’ll be neat to see his reaction to it this year,last year was his first time in it,now that he knows how to dress for it I imagine he might want to try a few new things.We’ll see,anyways…have a wonderful evening,good night.

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              So glad grandson is coming!!! What fun to look forward to…so happy for you Weather!!

            • weather says:

              Thank you for being happy for me Elizabeth-I am quite excited about it!Hope your weekend nights are quiet enough for you to enjoy and rest well 🙂

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              Well, it is REALLY COLD!!! heehee…and that seems to be helping the noisy ones to stay indoors at least….so yes, has been much quieter, thanks!!

  15. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Beautiful scenery…love the cactus in the foreground!

    How is one to know “when” they are crying wolf or they REALLY have to go? Sounds like she had an upset belly and couldn’t hold it! We ALL know how that feels!

    That face….is so precious!

    Nope I’m not a fan of one lane dirt roads with no guard rails compounded by sheer cliffs and the inability to see the valley floor! I don’t even like driving over bridges with grates as the surface! Hell….it took me forever to climb on the roof of the class C because it “floated”.

    Enjoy your evening! It snowed ALL day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      A day-long snow in mid-November? When I lived in upstate NY, snow didn’t arrive until Thanksgiving or later. With water shortages I suppose more snow is a good thing. Easy for me to say! 🙂

      I doubt Bridget had an intestinal upset. She usually does her business shortly after breakfast. I probably put her into the PTV before she had a chance. Poor thing. No wonder she scowled at me!

  16. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Your ” for those of you who haven’t kept up with my blog” was funny!

    GIRL ……we know when your last shower was! Hahhhh!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Funny you mention that opening line… Originally I wrote “for those of you who haven’t kept up with my blog, I have a bone to pick with you.” Haha!

      No, you don’t know when I last took a shower. Here’s a shocker — I don’t tell you EVERYTHING!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Hah !

        I’m talking about a shower in a shower house….running around half naked in the desert doesn’t count! 😉

        Bwaaaahhhhh! Okay then …I gotta go snow rake the damn roofs! AO is acting like she’s never seen snow before! Running around the exterior of the house like a wild banshee!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You have to rake the roofs? Good heavens, I’m glad I’m missing that. We don’t have to rake sand off the roofs here in Arizona.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            yeah…Jules never told me this prior to us relocating here!

            We have metal roofs…but the snow load can become to heavy or ice dams form. It’s easier to rake off a small amount…especially if it’s “wet” snow. …if we wait until it’s too thick and one has to “shave” it off!

            Work smarter not harder!

  17. pat scrabeck says:

    My comment under Bridget,s picture
    “See what happens when you ignore me.” Those little rascals always manage to get their revenge.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good caption, Pat. I wish Bridget would save her frantic barking for real emergencies so I’d know.

  18. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    So pretty there. We are dealing with bitter cold and snow already here in Iowa. It is going to be a long winter starting this soon.

    Poor Bridge. She cries wolf and our Boston doesn’t bark. He will just come and sit and stare at you to go outside. He rarely ever barks. We just kind of have to figure out what he wants by how he is acting.

    Those narrow mountain roads scare me to death. I probably would have turned around too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      It’s hard for me to believe the weather you’re having when it’s balmy and beautiful here. You don’t seem that far away!

      A dog that doesn’t bark. I guess I should count our blessings the next time Bridget lifts the hair off my head with her yapping.

      Wishing you a cozy day!

  19. Hi Sue, I know you’re not going to Apache Lake but I just wanted to say that the road doesn’t get really hairy until after the lake and Fish Creek Hill. From there to about Canyon Lake is where it gets really narrow with cliffs on one side and “you know what” on the other. My husband used to drive it very frequently going to Apache Lake coming in from the west. He would drive it at night towing his boat. That way he could see other cars coming with their headlights and get over in a pull-out. Crazy dude! There’s no place to turn around once you get on that stretch. It is a stunningly beautiful drive, though, but one that will make a grown man cry from fear (my husband can tell you very funny stories of taking his buddies down that road).

    Poor Bridge. She must have REALLY had to go! Take care. I’m loving your Roosevelt Lake trip. Grace (in Tucson)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Grace,

      “Crazy dude” is right! He drove it at night towing a boat? Fish Creek Hill was specifically mentioned on the sign as being a difficult stretch of road, not to be attempted by big rigs.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying our visit to Roosevelt Lake. 🙂

  20. Bob G says:

    That road is not one for your trailer, but probably your van wouldn’t have a problem. At least I went over and down into Apache Flats outside Phoenix some years ago in a pickup (and came back), and it was okay. Just slow.

    But what I really want to say is that there’s no necessity of going all the way to Apache Lake. There are a couple of campgrounds along that road only a few miles up stream from the dam, and some of them are right on the Salt River. I did a days worth of kayaking there some years ago. I believe one of them is called “Burnt Corral Campground”.

    But having said that, there’s always the chance the road is much worse than it was when I was there in 2004. You can probably find out at the Visitor Center there at the Dam.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob G,

      Good to see you here again!

      When I left our campsite I didn’t intend to drive the entire Apache Trail or even to go to Apache Lake, although I hope to do that someday.

      I had Burnt Corral as my goal. Cheri, the woman with the high-top van who had this campsite, came from that campground. She’s one of a few people who told me the condition of the road.

  21. Rod says:

    The only part that is really scary is the Fish Creek Canyon hill… It is a one lane rocky path up the side of a mountain… Its down at the South end of the gravel portion of the road… Otherwise it is just like you experienced in the first couple of miles… Washboardy dusty narrow gravel road… They hauled all the supplies to build the first Roosevelt Dam up that gravel with horses and wagons.. If you want to experience fish creek canyon, come to the South end and go up from Tortilla Flat…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rod,

      I saw Fish Creek Canyon Hill on the sign. That’s the part that was mentioned “not for the faint of heart” or for large rigs.

      There are days when that sort of challenge is an adventure and other days when it is totally unappealing. I follow my mood. 🙂

  22. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Hi Sue, Maybe you could paint on the other side of the PTV your favorite saying…”Boondock Like You Mean It” 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      That’s a cute idea, not my style. I could also have a spare tire cover that reads, “Living on less, enjoying life more.” I don’t need to draw more attention to myself than I’m already doing.

      I’m happy to see you here!

  23. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Sue

    I’m delighted that you’re enjoying one of our desert gems and getting to know the area around Lake Roosevelt. It really is a wonderful spot. Many folks are not aware that AZ has many big lakes and so boating and fishing are popular past times here. I have many more opportunities for boating here in AZ than I ever did when I was living in PA (home). Just another reason why I love being a ‘Zonie. AZ is such a diverse state!

    If I’m not mistaken, the Apache Trail is one of America’s Scenic Byways and one that never fails to thrill and excite me. Gorgeous, classic desert scenery and then throw in a chain of five desert lakes to gaze upon and you’ve gone to another level of nature’s beauty. Yeah, the road is a bit washboardy but that is all part of the adventure of driving it. Done it many, many times and it just does not get old for me. Fish Creek Hill, just beyond Tortilla Flat on the west end, can be a bit nerve racking as it is a descent of about 1500′ in a very short distance and has its share of sharp, blind curves on a narrow road. But other than that, it really is not that bad. There are numerous pullouts and rest areas along the way. Driving/towing an RV on the road from Vernal to Flaming Gorge with ten hairpin turns is what would give me the heebie-jeebies! LOL

    I love that you are sharing your journey with all of us. I look forward to your new posts. As a pending roadie, I’ve gained valuable insight to this life style. Thanks for the ride!

    Keep on livin’ the good life. Be well and travel safely. Give HRH a scratch behind the ear from me.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Audrey,

      You make a good point about the diversity of Arizona. Before I came out west I thought of Arizona as desert and cactus, hot and dry. I have hardly explored the state and I see wonderful possibilities. . . . many lakes, as you say, and then there are acres and acres of forest land, grand prairie land, the Mogollon Rim, alpine camps where it’s cool in the summer (and too cool right now) . . .

      Funny you mention that drive between Vernal and Flaming Gorge. I sweated that one, yet once I tried it, I was zig-zagging up and down that road without a bit of hesitation… What is intimidating is not knowing what lies ahead when driving a road with no way to turn around.

      • AlanOutandAbout says:

        Since you are in AZ and staying in different areas and aren’t doing all that much. Do some research for the spring thru summer. Check out Hannigans meadow and the Blue river area of the state. It is along the NM border It is all just below Alpine. I know the meadow is just amazing as it is at 11,000 ft and is all blue spruce forests with meadows and trout streams everywhere. I know you would absolutely love it. But don’t go there in winter, nothing but snow.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Aren’t doing much? I have so much to do and am so far behind… There never seems to be enough hours in the day. Remember, I’m not on vacation. I’m living and this is my time to take care of maintenance and cleaning before hitting the road next spring. What makes you think I haven’t already done research for next year? You crack me up, Alan. Yes, I mentioned Hannigans Meadow to Jack, as well as other fine places to camp, and he shared his experiences there and in other places I won’t mention because I don’t like to give away my plans. 🙂

          I know you mean well so I say, thank you! BTW, are you still painting in Nebraska?

          • Kay says:

            No, We are FREEZING! Besides, we’re too damn old to paint now…

            Next up… Bon Fire… we have lots of great fire starter too…. but don’t tell Hubby!

  24. Mick'nTN says:

    Washboard roads are hard on solar panels.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Awww, lookin’ out for your baby Mick?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Mick,

      That was part of my decision. I’ve driven over many miles of washboard with no problems in order to go to primo boondocks. This time, however, I figured, why do that to the PTV and the panel if I don’t even feel like it…

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    I am enjoying (y)our stay at Lake Roosevelt. The area is so pretty! I love how you framed the lake and mountains with the bridge in the last bridge pic. The fisherfolks in the boat give the size of the bridge perspective.

    I’m with you about passing on the hair-raising drive….there is plenty of beauty and scenery to explore without ruining the experience with shot nerves. It is not like you could ask Bridget to take over the driving while you calmed down…. 🙂

    So sorry Bridge had an accident. It has happened to all us. Next time you are at Wallyworld, go to the pet section and get some Out! Stain and Odor Remover. It has enzymes in it that neutralize the odor and also will remove the “mark” so pets don’t think that wherever they had the accident is an ok potty spot. It really does work. Years ago, I was taking a platter of shrimp to a family get together. Had it on the back seat of my car. Well, an unexpected short stop caused shrimp juice to jump the platter and end up in the crack of the back seat. Talk about a horrible smell. I had to clean the area 3-4 times with Out!, but the back seat was as good as new afterwards. I use Out! for cleaning Gracie’s crate and will also put some in the laundry with her blankies. A 64oz bottle runs around $8-9.

    I have taken the day off, (whoo-hoo!) and will be spending it running some errands and doing house chores. Not really exciting, but I can accomplish so much more on a weekday when everyone else is at work, than killing most of Saturday running the same errands. I want to get the normal “stuff” caught up so I can focus on getting ready for and enjoying the holidays that are just around the corner. 🙂

    Hope you and Bridget enjoy your day! Hugs from me and Gracie pup!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I’m glad you have a day off. I agree… It’s a lot easier taking care of errands on a weekday. That’s one of the joys of retirement. Enjoy your day!

      Thanks for the info on “Out!” The mess wasn’t very bad, only a few smears that weren’t ground into the fabric. I was able to remove it completely when we returned to our campsite. It’s good to know about that product… It may be necessary by me or readers. We shall see… or smell.

      Photographing the bridge was fun and I did appreciate the contribution of the people fishing… It’s hard to show the immensity of objects without a familiar object in the photo to give a reference for measure.

      I remember a photo I took while at Zion NP. The pic was of a rock face with water dripping over it. It was a pretty, but ordinary, photo until one noticed in the lower left corner a group of very tiny people looking up at the rock. Then the photo was WOW!!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I’ll second the recommendation on OUT. A few years back I had an elderly cat that towards the end had some “issues” in that area. It works great at removing the odors.

  26. Sherry in MT says:

    We know all about those that cry wolf and what the result can be. What an amazing lovely area and I’m going to send this post to my Mom in Phoenix! Thanks!

  27. Love that bridge, I bet it’s a different beautiful from the water too. Poor Bridget, I’m sure she was mortified! Tessa believes that Bill is the only one who can take her out to potty in the evening – she stands in front of him and barks. I swear I did not teach her that – but it sure is nice that I don’t have to get up 🙂 Give me steep and winding over wash-board anytime. Hate those roads!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      What a smart and wonderful dog Tessa is. . . for you, that is! Even though you didn’t teach her to bother Bill only, what a great idea for spouses who may read this. Train your dogs, people! LOL!

      Good point about the bridge as seen from the water… Good design is beautiful from any angle.

  28. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    I did see the “get me outta here” caption you put on the van picture, but didn’t see Bridget the first time. Poor baby, probably felt like you were abandoning her. My dog sometimes would do his business in the dining room out of spite if he was mad at me for not doing something his way.

    We’ve had a cold front come through and it’s been COLD here the last few days, with more in store. Fortunately there’s no precipitation, just wind. Which makes it uncomfortable working outside. I’ve had to dig out my hat, gloves and thermal underwear, which normally doesn’t happen until after Thanksgiving.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari,

      I wager you’re more attuned and affected by weather than many of us here, since you work outside. Wind, in my opinion, is tiresome. I’d rather have cold, rain, or snow, although “none of the above” is best of all. 🙂 You’re smart to dress warmly, regardless of what the calendar says. Take care.

  29. Anne Ogden says:

    You mentioned you’d like to know what the fishermen were catching. We’re the same way. Always wondering what’s being planted, harvested, etc. When we stop to ask, everyone is more than willing to talk. It’s great.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, we ARE the same way! I always want to know what fish are being caught or what’s in a field.

      I’m not sure I remember correctly. . . Somewhere, I think it was in the state of Washington, I drove on an interstate through an area of agriculture. Field after field of various shades of green. Of course, on an interstate one cannot stop and ask or investigate. It wasn’t necessary anyway because signs were posted with the crop spelled out in big letters… “Alfalfa” “Soy beans” etc. It was fun guessing the crop as I approached and then seeing the sign.

      Later, driving around Yuma, I wished for those signs. Yuma grows all sorts of vegetables– lots of salad greens.

      Nice hearing from you again, Anne.

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        Anne & Sue

        Roosevelt is a warm water lake so the bass fishing is generally pretty decent–both large mouth and small mouth bass can be found throughout the entire lake. Flathead catfish and crappies are plentiful, too. They tend to hang out closer to the shoreline in more shallow water. Both worms and jigs are popular bait at Roosevelt. Yup, been there, did that. They grow ’em big in that lake! Plenty of trophy winners just waiting to be hooked. Spring is an awesome time to fish the lake. I’ve seen so many boats on the water that I thought there would need to be a patrol to direct traffic! The lake is great for swimming and water skiing to escape the blisterin’ hot summers. Lake Roosevelt is the largest lake located within the state for those inquiring minds that want to know. It has 112 miles of shoreline. Not bad for being in the desert!


        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting comment, Audrey. I bet you put the fisher people on the edge of their seats reading about trophy winners… If the lake is drained much further, the fish will be bumping into each other.

  30. Sondra-SC says:

    That has happened to me before, only my dog is Bigger! yuk, my fault. Here’s a tip for getting blood off fabrics, use peroxide, drip it on then let it bubble up and sit a minute then dab it off don’t scrub just dab, may have to repeat but it works great. My best friend and I drove the Apache Trail when I went out to visit. We camped a couple nights and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and I found my favorite hat right in the middle of the road so I think of that scenic drive every time I wear that hat!! Same friend is now living here and she is coming over for the weekend…much jaw jamming will be happening here!! We’re making veggie tacos, margaritas, salsa chips its Mexican night I guess!!
    You’re in a BEAUTIFUL AREA!! We drove over the bridge to the picnic area, then we went to Tonto NM. We didn’t pay the entry fee so did a quick trip in and out saving it for later. Next yr I get my Golden Age Pass!! YiPpee.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      The Golden Age Pass is something to yippee about! Being frugal I enjoy things more when they’re free. 🙂

      Excellent tip about removing blood with peroxide! I didn’t know that. Thanks for sharing. . .

      Have a wonderful weekend with your friend… From what you wrote, you have the makings for much fun!

      • AZ Jim says:

        Hi Missy, I grabbed the great shot you foregrounded with the Cactus. It’s a beauty. All is well here and I had a little private (until now) laugh at the peroxide tip. I was thinking it will come in handy the next time you have a bloody crime scene in your PTV. I know, I know….but it is only a little joke (I’m as bad as my pal Mick with his trailside body) I’m glad you’re having a good time here in your adopted home.

  31. Applegirl NY says:

    I love the way you framed the mountains with the bridge in pictures 2 and 3. Beautiful.

    Poor Bridget. My critters only had an accident once – we were unavoidably away from home for a longer time than planned. They really do stress out when they are forced to make a mess where they aren’t supposed to. We felt so bad for them. Of course they got over it very quickly – with a nice pat on the head and a treat – OMG, they’re so spoiled!

  32. Cindy Blaylock says:

    For the brown smears …. Nature’s Miracle, enzyme based non-toxic cleaner in a red and white plastic bottle at any decent pet store. Works wonders, gets out anything. I use it for furball accidents and human accidents, which usually means spilled red wine – lol!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cindy. That product is vaguely familiar. Good to know it can work with more than pet accidents.

      Bridget’s was a minor accident and fortunately the seats of the PTV seem to have a soil-resistant finish to the fabric. It cleaned up easily.

  33. Elizabeth in S.E. NM says:

    Yesterday here @ “The Original Ranch” (An Escapee’s Co-Op) the temp. was a high of
    34* ….lo about 20*…. today the weather guessers say the high will reach all the way up to 49* and down to 34*…. As a native of Phoenix, AZ, winter is NOT my favorite season!

    My Clyde is a very tidy boy…. being a cat…. he uses his litter box…then he will come
    to me, make eye contact and gives me a very soft meow to let me know he has done
    his business…. I already know as there is a new pungent odor in the rig that I am
    very happy to eliminate ASAP! Reading about Miss Bridget’s “accident” and the comments that followed…… I wonder if those of the canine persuasion, when puppies, could be trained to us a litter box ??? I think it would be worth a try!
    Of course you could all choose a feline….. they do not bark….they use the litter box….
    and they do a lot of purring, when they are being served well by their servants/Mom’s.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh my, Elizabeth… You had a HIGH of 34 degrees in New Mexico? In November? Frost on the cacti in the morning? Crazy!

      Try as you may, you won’t turn me into a cat person. I was a cat person for many years since childhood, even though I always had a dog, too. Now I’m definitely a dog person. I don’t like to mess with litter boxes. You do make a good point about the barking though.

      Clyde is cute, coming to you to let you know he did his business. I guess he’s proud of what he produced. 🙂

  34. Timber n' me says:

    Oh Bridget, maybe Sue will listen next time you need to take a pause that refreshes, My dad knows that when I need to relive my self by the way I start letting him know with my “I gotta go dance” while he’s driving the truck and usually when we’re camped he lets me out in the early mornings so I can do my morning chore. I hope your ok. ,,,,,Oh, my dads Birthday is Saturday ,,,,,,,,,,,,Timber

  35. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Dam fine photos sue:-). I am enjoying this area you are in. I know I will never enjoy the scenery on the Apache Trail because I am too cowardly.. Very cute pic of Bridget looking out the window, she looks so sweet.
    We had summer weather on Wed, now a trace of snow here. It is sunny though and is quite pretty. I will enjoy your travels ,all the more now that winter is setting in.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      Summer weather to snow in only a few days… Sounds like the snow passed you by and fell onto Cinandjules in the Adirondacks. 🙂

      Thanks for the positive remark on the photos. I’m glad you still enjoy my blog…

  36. Pamela K. says:

    Hi Sue and Miss Bridget,
    Sue, those photos are lovely! Some people would say that there is not enough color in the deserts. I say they must be total void of sight, there’s all kinds of colors and hues in your photos…so pretty!

    Miss Bridget, we are asking Santa to bring you some Flash-Cards. As a back-up for when Miss Sue thinks you are Crying Wolf! See Bridgie, we have your back too. 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      Bridget with flash cards… That’s a funny idea! I can see her holding up consecutive cards, “Stop” “Typing” “Get” “My” “Food” “Now.”

      • Pamela K. says:

        I shouldn’t encourage her! We should talk softly…lest Bridgie fires up your computer and uses your Amazon charge card to have them rush delivered!

  37. wa_desert_rat says:

    Our pets tell us what they need as best they can but I don’t think they are above “teaching us a lesson”, either.

    Those crappy roads are why we are towing a Jeep Wrangler. Light and maneuverable with big tires and a winch it’s perfect for exploring; just not so hot at traveling on the freeway. I’ve had it on trails that I was pretty sure they’d have to helicopter me out of and would have turned around if I could have. But it’s always brought me home. Not comfortably, mind you… but that’s why we TOW it. 😛

    Nice pics. Dam nice, as someone has already mentioned. 🙂


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, WDR,

      Sounds like you have things figured out in order to do what you want to do. If I had a Jeep with a winch I’d probably go places I have no business going. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting on the photos.

  38. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    What beautiful pictures. That bridge is elegantly simple AND simply elegant. It is also beautiful. Poor Bridget…we still love you!!!
    Cold here in Dixie….glad you are warm.
    Love you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      I bet the girls are heating up the basketball court! Think often of you and everyone there. Miss you.

  39. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Ok, I’ve got a theory.

    RVSue pulls into Inspiration Point, gets out and exclaims

    “Oh my, what a lovely BRIDGE”.
    “This is the most beautiful BRIDGE that I have ever seen.”
    “I need to take lots and lots of great pictures of this incredible BRIDGE.”
    Oh look, I can take pictures of this BRIDGE and it doesn’t even scowl at me.”

    Well, sitting alone in the royal chariot her most regal highness has had just about enough of this kind of talk. “I’ll give that RVSue something to think about the next time she deserts me.” she thinks to herself.

    So she does what any proper and yet somehow affronted Princess would do. She leaves her a wee bit of her royal droppings.

    But then later just to be on the safe side she also gives Sue the cutest little “I’m sorry” look in the history of Dogdom. This of course melts the heart of RVSue and ensures that any future Bridge worshiping will be done correctly.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Rick, you are so funny! 🙂

    • Gayle says:

      That’s so funny, Rick! Misdirected Bridge worship, indeed!

    • Pamela K. says:

      I think you’ve got a good reading on HRH Princess Bridget! After all, she never has such mishaps in the Royal Terrier-Carrier, does she?! Only in non-royal forms of transportation. And only when her hand-maiden is at the ready to clean it up for her 😉

  40. Wayne Scott says:

    Poor Bridget, We have had that look and discussion from Lily!! She taught us early. That is a really good loking place you’re hanging out in.

  41. Teresa from NC says:

    This is where I go…aww, poor Bridget! Then, I remember all the times my little yorkie peed IN my shoes because I ignored him when he wanted my attention! I sure do miss those days, and him…
    Anyway, love the pics, as always. I do believe your “eye” for photo ops just keeps getting better and better!!
    Scratches between the ears to Bridget, and safe travels to you both.

  42. rhodium says:

    I did not know if your latest post was an omen, since we were planning a drive down North Padre Island beach in our Jeep and I was worried about getting stuck or having to turn around. But, no problems (if you like bumps), the sand was hard enough so all you really needed was a high clearance vehicle. The 45˚temperature gave us literally miles of beach to ourselves, and the birds and the deer. Perhaps if, heaven forbid, the PTV needs replacement, you can find a good 4WD truck. There are not a lot of boondocking opportunities in Texas, but there are a few on the beach if you decide to investigate that direction.

  43. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi Sue and fellow blogorinos!

    I was catching up on reading comments and was laughing hard! Reading about not having to rake sand off roofs in AZ, having peroxide on hand for a bloody crime scene in the PTV (ya never know…it could be a Clinger’s fate!), Bridget using flash cards, and leaving royal droppings! Thanks so much for the belly laughs!

    I had a good day off. The highlight was finding decaf Red Rose Teabags at Wallyworld. They are a orange pekoe/pekoe cut black tea blend. I am not sure what what means, but I enjoy this tea immensely! I am hyper sensitive to caffeine. If I have tea or a diet Pepsi that is fully caffeinated after 10AM, I will be lying awake at 11PM, with my heart racing, not being able to sleep. For some reason, my Walmart stopped carrying the decaf version several years ago. I check the tea/coffee isle always hoping to see that green box. Well, today was my day! It was back on the shelf! I bought three boxes of 48 teabags. I am enjoying my first cup now….Mmmmm. So perfect….now that the wintry blast of cold weather upon us.

    Everyone who is dealing cold, snow, and ice – please stay warm and safe! 🙂

    BTW…Out! can be used for human stains, too. Works great on food or wine based stains!

    • Gayle says:

      Denise, I once read that if you are stuck with caffeine tea, just make a cup of tea with that teabag and all the caffeine comes out. Dump that cup of tea and make another one. It will be weak, but will have no caffeine. Apparently, that is as perfect as life will get!!!

      • edlfrey says:

        “… but will have no caffeine.”

        One popular assertion suggests that tea can be decaffeinated by brewing quickly and discarding the first brew. Since tea must be decaffeinated greater than 90% to be considered decaf (and most commercial decafs are >98% decaffeinated), the second brew, although lower in caffeine, is *not* decaffeinated (65-75% of caffeine coming out in the first five minute brew). – Food research International, Vol 29, 325-330 (1996)

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Thanks for the tip, Gayle! 🙂

  44. Ron Sears says:

    I may be mistaken, but it seems to me that I have seen that face on a wanted poster at the post office! be safe

  45. Kris says:

    Beautiful pictures Sue. After 3 months full timing (finally) I’m getting back to catching up on my blog reading. Gonna have to go back through some of the archives to find all the places out west you’ve got me dying to see. I’m so glad I had you to follow along with before we headed out, it certainly keep the dream alive…Kris

  46. Kay says:

    Nice pics of the Bridget. You paid a good price to get those for all of us, huh.

    Send heat please…. another snap like the last few days, I just might be speeding out of this joint.

  47. Reine says:

    You were wise to skip the Apache Trail. We actually pulled the Casita down the trail in 2011. Paul had been down it as a kid and always got sick. He wanted to prove to himself he could do it. Let’s see. 22 miles took us over 2 hours. When we pulled off for a picture and rest break near the end of the trail we found the inside of the Casita a mess. One chair had rattled off the pedestal and other things that weren’t securely fastened down were bounced around. I also think the Apache Trail bouncing contributed to the broken fridge door that happen the following year! However, the scenery is beautiful especially if you’re not afraid of heights or drop offs beside the road.

  48. Dawn in MI says:

    Husband and I and a friend drove that loop in 2004. Was scary but beautiful. Probably more beautiful for me, as I could look while husband drove. Can’t do both that’s for sure. Friend hid in the back seat as she is afraid of heights. She lives in Phoenix..doubt she ever drove that again! 🙂

  49. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Happy Birthday Rusty!

    Enjoy your day!

  50. WTXCal says:

    Hi Sue,
    Great post! Many many moons ago when I was about 6 years old ,my dad took my mother and myself across the Apache Trail in a 54 Chevy. He stopped at an overlook, walked to the edge and disappeared. He had jumped down about 5′ onto a ledge. He climbed back up with a big smile on his face. He wasn’t smiling much for about a week getting the old silent treatment from my mom. What a crazy guy he was. Thanks for bringing back the memories. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!, Rusty. Have Timber cook you a big steak. Good luck with that idea.

  51. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Sounds like a road I would avoid and which my husband would say, oh it can’t be that bad, as he forged ahead. Hubby once got us stuck on a mountainside, with a brush fire in the area and we had to hike down a steep slope and out with a infant and a toddler, then he had to go back the next day with someone with a 4 wheel drive truck to pull ours out. I was not a happy wife that night and day wondering if he had just gotten our pickup burned up!
    I like cats because they use a box instead of the car seat, but dogs do have their charms. I grew up with dogs but hubby is a cat person so I became a cat owner and lover.

  52. Pamela K. says:

    Happy Birthday Rusty!

  53. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Rusty!

    Hope you and Timber are enjoying your special day! 🙂

  54. Pat in KS says:

    I just scrolled back thru the blog to have another look at the pictures. I caught sight of a phantom dog along the edge of the road in the photograph of the PTV with the doors open. Like the “dead man” in an earlier post this one is also a trick of my eye. Of course, Bridgit is too smart to run along in front of trucks on the road!
    Happy birthday, Rusty. Being toasty warm is probably the best gift you could have. Thank you, Timber, for the reminder.

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