Roses in bloom and dogs at play

Saturday, April 21 (continued) and Sunday, April 22

Sunset at Quail Ridge RV Resort, Huachuca City, Arizona

In case you missed the previous posts . . . .

Reggie, Roger, and I are camped at Quail Ridge in order for the Perfect Tow Vehicle to have her shifting problem resolved at nearby Kelly’s Transmission.  The four-day appointment begins on Monday.  We will be here until next Saturday.

At first the thought of camping for over a week in an RV park gave me a powerful feeling of dread.  I don’t like living in the midst of a lot of people.

To put it mildly.

We’ve been here since last Wednesday and I’m happily surprised at the pleasantness of our days and the quietude of our nights.  Frequenting a shower house and being able to run the Best Little Trailer’s air conditioning are treats for me.

As for the crew, they’re thrilled with all the friends they find at Quail Ridge’s dog park.

Heck, they run into friends on the way to the dog park!

This exposure to new people and new dogs is having a positive effect on Roger.

You see, I had a plan.

Coming from the seclusion of a boondock, I was going to fit Roger with his new anti-bark collar for walking around the RV park. Surely it would be necessary in such an environment, I thought.

Being a procrastinator, I didn’t put the collar on him the first few times we strolled around the park.

I’m glad I hesitated.

It seems the socializing has made Roger less defensive!  He doesn’t automatically go into a growl-snarl-bark-jump-and-pull fit of canine craziness whenever we come upon people or dogs.

He still will bark and then he greets the people and dogs without causing any more commotion.

The vibration collar remains in its box.

April must be rose season in southern Arizona.

Several of the yards (Quail Ridge leases spaces in the back section for long-term and permanent residents) display roses in bloom.

I’ve always thought that Arizona homeowners were restricted to desert type plants.  Several types of flowering plants and bushes are doing well at Quail Ridge under the care (and no doubt that includes attention to watering) of the residents.

There’s something about red roses on a trellis — lovely!  And, look!

Irises!

Surprisingly this desert plant coexists happily among the roses.

Kind of like me in the middle of this RV park!  Ha!

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Okay, more dog park pics . . . .

The place is hoppin’ today!

Roger says hello to a long-haired chihuahua.

“Howdy, cuz!”

The goldendoodle (below) is named Misty.  She’s a mix of Golden Retriever and Poodle.  Roger looks up at this long-legged beauty with . . . admiration?  Misty is a young beauty!

Reggie, on the other hand, checks her out and figures it’s best to flip over into a pose of submission.

See those yellow roses spilling over the wooden privacy fence?

I ask one of the dog owners about them. 

She tells me they’re Tombstone Roses, otherwise known as Lady Banksia Roses (Rosa banksiae).  Intrigued by the bits of information she gives me, I research the roses online and discover that there is a huge “Lady Banks” rose (white variety) in Tombstone, Arizona.

The Lady Banks rose covers 5,000 square feet with blooms! 

The trunk of the rose tree is 14 feet in diameter!  Not circumference — DIAMETER.

Wow!

Every year in April the town of Tombstone holds a Rose Festival.  The Rose Museum is a popular tourist attraction, along with the Old West saloons and gunfight reenactments.

I encourage you to follow this link to read the interesting family history behind the Tombstone Rose and to see “the world’s largest rose tree” in bloom.

If it weren’t for the dang transmission situation, I’d drive over there to take my own photos.

Oh well, another time . . . .

Quail Ridge has several Tombstone Roses providing a privacy screen around its perimeter.  I read somewhere that the rose is capable of growing 50 feet tall as it creates a dense hedge.

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I have scads of dog park photos!

I’ll close with a few more.  I can’t help it.

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Roses in bloom and dogs at play

It doesn’t get any better than that!

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103 Responses to Roses in bloom and dogs at play

  1. Joy Loner says:

    Hi

  2. Pam bohanek says:

    Good evening..Pam tn

  3. weather says:

    It’s bedtime here, so I’ll comment tomorrow , for now quick question. Where were you camping when you took this page’s header photo?

  4. Pat McClain says:

    The dog park pics are great!

  5. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Looks like the boys are enjoying playing with the other dogs!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gail!

      They love that place. They wouldn’t take their usual afternoon nap today. Instead they insisted we go to the dog park . . . . again. 🙂

  6. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Chuck and I like to watch the old B&W western on TV! Just last week on Death Valley Days, they told the story of the Tombstone Rose! Interesting!
    I’m glad the RV park has been a good space for you and the boys! The roses are beautiful ! Chuck has his own rose and he and our neighbor, Bubba, compete as to which rose 🌹 is the best! Bubba even named his rose Rita! 😁
    Right now Rita looks pretty forlorn but 2 weeks ago she was full of the bluish colored roses that smell divine! Chucks rose is lavishly adorned with greenery but stingy with the flowers! LOL! Those 2 are a riot competing in the war of the roses!
    Hug the boys from us!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      War of the Roses! Hilarious!

      I never heard of the Tombstone Rose before and here you are watching it on tv last week. I’m going to make it to the Rose Museum someday and stand under the Tombstone Rose Tree.

      Hugs to all!

  7. Pat McClain says:

    I believe the little black dog with the curly tail is a tailed Schipperke, the breed I have. Schipperkes are traditionally tailless, but there is a new movement lately not to dock. About 99% of undocked Schipperkes will have the curl over the back Spitz type tail like this little guy does.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, you know, Pat, that was my first guess. Then the owner told me it was a chihuahua mix. Maybe it’s mixed with Schipperke? It’s smaller than any Schipperke I’ve ever seen, although I admit I don’t know anything about the breed.

      I wonder if the present owner was told wrong. The dog has had more than one owner.

      • Pat McClain says:

        Well, there was a lady who brought her Schipperke into my friends grooming parlor. She said it was a Pomeranian. She even had papers to ‘prove’ it. She never would believe she had a Schipperke. That little guy doesn’t look to me to have any Chi in him, but it is possible. Schips can be as small as 8 pounds.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          If I have a chance, I’ll talk to her again about the dog. It would be funny if the dog isn’t a chihuahua (Mexican) and we figure out it’s a Schipperke (Belgian) because the dog has a very Mexican name which I don’t recall. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I did an image search for both breeds. Now I’m back to thinking it’s chihuahua based mostly on the dog’s face. It has the bulging eyes and head shape of several of the chi pics.

          I’ll report if I talk with her again. 🙂

  8. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    The crew is absolutely lovin it! Rog is saying I don’t need an anti bark collar….
    Love the cream colored golden!
    Reg can use the poodle as shade!
    It must smell fresh with all the flowers in bloom.
    What type of cactus is the one that looks like a pineapple?
    Enjoy your stay and the amenities!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cinandjules,

      I don’t know what kind of cactus that is… Maybe a blogorino will tell us.

      BTW, Alan Out and About wrote a comment under the previous post. He says he didn’t forget you. 🙂

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        Thanks

      • JazzLover says:

        Believe that is a member of the Agave Succulent family if I remember correctly. Many different types. Darn captcha did it again, Grrr!

        • JazzLover says:

          Almost forgot, Tequila is made from the blue agave, the main ingredient in Margaritas. Not a sipping liquor for sure.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I think you’re right, JazzLover. Ed commented that he thinks it might be the Artichoke Agave. The name fits!

  9. Jan Johnson says:

    How nice that they have a dog park! Those roses are so amazing – I had never heard of them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      There’s always new stuff to learn wherever one goes. I never heard of those roses either.

  10. Lisa in San Diego says:

    hi Sue,

    in Bob Wells’ Youtube video today (titled Live 8_22) on his “CheapRVLiving” channel, he gave you a nice mention starting at 35:45

    he says everyone should be following your blog, and “she’s wonderful, I love her”

    he’s right, everyone should be following your blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa!

      Well, isn’t that a nice thing for Bob to say in his video. I may have seen it. He mentioned me in a video that he made at an RTR. I thanked him for that.

      I’ll take a look. Thanks for letting me know. Yeah, Bob is a good guy. 🙂

  11. Hi Sue,
    So happy to see Roger is doing well meeting people and pups without the collar. Love the photos of the dogs having fun in the park. The Tombstone rose is amazing, if you get the chance it is something to see. We had one at our house between Palominas and Bisbee; unfortunately, it took over and after about 5 years we ended up taking it out.
    Glad to hear the RV park is ok.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa and Connie!

      The Tombstone rose is a very vigorous, fast-growing plant. It needs lots of room away from the house because it will overtake anything near it. It reminds me of the kudzu in Georgia in that regard.

  12. Linda, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    I’m so happy for you all that you’re enjoying your stay there at Quail ridge. I’ve been to Tombstone and I’ve stood under that tree. It was in bloom and the scent was really worth the trip.

  13. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue!

    I really like the new header photo! The strong mountain range speckled with cloud shadows, the tree line mimicing the mountain face, and of course, the sweet BLT snuggled in a sea of greenery. The dark clouds made the scene slightly overcast, which made the colors pop! Gorgeous! Is one of the Crew in the picture, in the clearing in front of the BLT? 🙂

    Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures of the resident’s gardens, and the info about the Lady Banks tree rose – wow! Spectacular! My interest was piqued – did a google search for more information about the rose tree. One article I found said that they sell clippings which can be rooted for $15 (the article was not dated, so the information may not be current). I hope you are able to make a stop to enjoy the rose tree in bloom before you leave Tombstone. I can only imagine the heavenly scent being carried on each gentle breeze. 🙂

    The boys are getting plenty of excercise. That has to make your stay a bit easier, with them being tuckered out from all that playtime! It is a bonus that your stay is helping with Roger’s socialization skills. I had to chuckle at the photo of Reggie with the two Goldens. He was waiting for a treat from their owner! Roger looks like is is love struck over Misty. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your weekend with us, Sue! Sending you, Reggie, and Roger lots of love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! N’nite! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise!

      I enjoyed your response to the header photo. Excellent description. Yes, that’s one of the crew… Spikey. The photo was taken during the week before he died. His vision was bad and I think he was concerned that I walked so far away. I took the photo and hurried back to him and Bridget.

      It’s very pretty there, next to wide Wiggins Creek (more a river than creek!) on the east side of Washakie Wilderness, north of Dubois, WY. Heck of a drive through the mountains to get there!

      Wishing you and Gracie pup a great week!

  14. Hmmm reading your post got to thinking about my name…Rita Rose. I don’t know who named me Rita. You see both my parents were illiterate. Supposedly, I was born in hospital yet I did not have a birth certificate. I had three legal documents with three different birthdates! It took me many years to finally secure a delayed birth certificate. Especially after 9/11, the rules changed in AZ in getting a delayed birth certificate. Anyway, I’ve always been called Rita so that didn’t change. However, I had Rose as a middle name. I discovered in my research that Rose was given to me when I was baptized at a boarding school I attended near Salem, Oregon. However, according to school & hospital records I had a different middle name that matched my father’s side of the family. So, I changed my middle name. I still get birthday cards related to my old birth date and my family has finally come to terms with my new birth date that made me three years older by choice. I picked the oldest birthdate that I found on legal documents. I still have my baptismal saint’s name Rose.

    • Sally in MI says:

      That’s very interesting until you aged three years in an instant. Not sure I would like that. Everybody has a story. Glad you found yours. I think the new genetic tests like 23 and Me are finding out many skeletons in the closet. Rita Rose is a pretty name.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita Rose!

      Love your name and I’m glad you forged your identity out of the confusion surrounding your early years. It sounds like you’ve been on a long journey and arrived at the right destination and with the family finally catching up with you. You’ve always struck me as a person able to lead the way, a woman who knows who she is. I admire that.

  15. Rochelle in IN says:

    What a treat to find a new post this morning! Got to keep an eye on the time as I need to leave for work soon. Only 2 more years of that nonsense – yay!

    Just gotta say – you can never have too many dog park pictures – love them!

  16. Steve says:

    I have been loving these dog park photos the past week. It’s great to see the different dogs, different sizes, all get along and have good play. I bet they sleep well at night after all that activity.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the positive feedback, Steve. I can get carried away with dog pics so it’s good to know someone is “out there” who enjoys them!

  17. Gingerita says:

    Love all the dog park photos! I also love that permanent residents have roses and irises. So pretty. That rv park looks really nice. I have seen the Tombstone rose and it is really worth seeing whenever you get the chance. It is beautiful and truly an amazing size.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gingerita,

      I’m glad you got to see the Tombstone rose. I don’t have much interest in the other Tombstone attractions but this rose is different for me.

      Isn’t it nice when people take pride in their homes, planting gardens for others to enjoy as well as themselves? Walking around the park is all the more delightful for their efforts.

  18. Columbus Calvin says:

    I’m glad your stay at Quail Ridge is going well. Maybe (some) people aren’t so bad after all. For sure, facilities make life easier.

    The comments persuaded me to go back and look at the header picture. Wow, that’s another one Casita could use for marketing. I can’t tell which dog is in that picture, but it surely is either Reggie or Roger.

    I first came here because of Bob Wells mentioning you. Nowadays, he’s not blogging anymore, only posting videos on Youtube. I don’t do as well with video because of the peculiar way my brain works, and I’ve lost track of Bob.

    I enjoyed the dog pictures. I’m not really well versed in dogs, but I liked seeing Misty simply because I like poodles. It looks like the boys are enjoying Huachuca City.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Calvin!

      I think people are enamored with YouTube videos these days. Several of my readers report being gone for a while and now they’re catching up on my old posts. Videos are fun to watch and are good for “how to” topics and “here’s what it’s like at this event” type posts. They have their many strong points. I hope the old, text format which has flourished for centuries will continue, particularly in the form of blogs! Some of us do better with print, either in the creating and/or the reading. I’m glad you appreciate my blog, Calvin, for what it is.

      I appreciate the feedback on the dog photos. The header photo of our camp in the Absarokas includes the tiny image of Spike. The pic was taken the week before he passed away.

  19. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    Hi Sue! Well, I had to chuckle at the photo of Roger up on the top of the platform looking down at the “goldendoodle”! He found the perfect position. I’m familiar with the Tombstone roses. I’d read about them before and found it fascinating. Guess they can survive in the desert landscape alongside more typical desert botanicals.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      Roger loves being higher than everybody else. Remember how he led Reggie to stand on the picnic table the day they first met? He loves being in charge with his kingdom below. 🙂

  20. Angelita Morrow says:

    You are so blessed, to be able to see and enjoy all that beauty around you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I am, Angelita. To have my sight and hearing, able to walk, Reggie and Roger for companionship, more blessings than I can count. I hope your life is full of blessings, too.

  21. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    I have been enjoying all the dog park and other pictures. Looks like Reggie and Roger are really having a good time. I was so surprised to see you camped in an RV park!!! It must seem a bit cramped after all the time in the wide open spaces of previous campsites. I know you will be glad to get the PTV back but I am relieved you are getting it fixed up before something went terribly wrong out in the middle of nowhere.
    Always in my prayers.
    Love to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline!

      Thank you for the love and for the prayers. I’ll be relieved, too, knowing the PTV’s transmission works. I’ll be all set to make my big sister worry again. Haha!

      Love you!

  22. Dawn in NC says:

    What a treat to get a new post in! I love the pictures of the dogs at play! I also loved learning about the Tombstone Roses. Thanks so much for the link. OK, back to work for me! Happy Monday!

  23. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    Super post. The combination of the great pics and all the info made it a terrific read. The contrast between the boys meeting Misty is interesting. Misty is gorgeous as are the other pups. I’m not good at what dog breed is what so no opinions on that. I did notice that big round cactus in the one photo. That’s spectacular. Not a cactus expert either so will try later to identify. I’m very happy for you that your forced break has its benefits. For me too in that I get to see a bit of what RV Park life is all about. Thanks Sue. As a vicarious RVr I appreciate you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Stephanie. Everyone wants to be appreciated and that includes me, too. It’s gratifying to be told this blog is helpful.

      I’ve been wondering how many readers I’m losing because we’re in an RV park, considering that many come to my blog because I often boondock. After reading your comment, I’ll look at it from the flip side — I’m showing another way to RV!

      I think there’s an old saying, maybe a paraphrase from the Bible, “a time and place for everything.” Sometimes an RV park is just right and at the right time!

  24. Stephanie Turner OR says:

    Just googled the rose tree and saw it was put up for sale last fall. Nothing current that I could see to tell if it sold. $1.6 million. But they sell cuttings for $15. More my budget!

  25. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    I agree – you can never have too many photos of happy pups! The roses are beautiful, but I’m not really surprised they do so well in Arizona. As long as they have sufficient water, I think roses prefer dry heat. I know that here in Orange County (California) roses do much better inland than they do along the coast. I’m glad you found a nice park, with nice people and nice dogs, to wait out the PTV repair. I’m going to go and read about Tombstone roses now!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I don’t know why I didn’t think roses would be so popular in the Tucson area. The boys and I walked through a neighborhood — a very modest one — and almost every house had roses in bloom. Now that I think about my climbers that covered my garage in Georgia, the main problem to attack was fungus due to the rain and humidity.

      You always write with interest in others, Cynthia. How is baby William doing? And your sweet Sammy? I hope all is well.

      • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

        Thanks for asking about my lovies, Sue. William is home from the hospital and doing extraordinarily well. I am going up to see him (West side of L.A.) on May 6th, when we are headed up to Morro Bay to camp for a week. His mom and dad have not wanted too many visitors until he is about 6 weeks old, to make sure he doesn’t get an infection. Sammy is doing okay. One day he wheezes and the next day he doesn’t – I guess I just have to accept that he is a senior dog and can’t be expected to run around like a puppy. We have him on a very low dose of Predisone, every other day and it seems to help. He has actually climbed the stairs a few times recently (to tell me it’s dinner time), which he had stopped doing for awhile. We’ve also gotten his weight down a bit, which helps his arthritis. Maybe I should try the same on myself for my arthritis – LOL!!

  26. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The photos are fantastic starting with the beautiful header. I love Misty the “black” golden doodle. Too funny! All the dogs and their playing is great. I’m so glad that Roger is settling down. He seems infatuated with Misty. I like the shot of Reggie standing beside the golden retrievers waiting for his treat. He is so cute and so small in comparison.
    Hope you have a good day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I agree about the photo of Reggie with the goldens. He looks so little! Notice how he’s standing close to the one dog. That’s Reggie’s way.

      Thank you for complimenting me on the photos. I hope you are having a good day, too.

  27. Barb in Florida says:

    Hi Sue

    Glad to hear you’ve been able to enjoy the shower. Since you said you’ve been there more than once, I figure the water temp, etc. must be good. Do you have to pay? Any laundry facilities?

    The roses are gorgeous. I also saw that episode of Death Valley Days. I learn alot about the west by watching these old westerns that I never had any desire to watch BS (Before Sue 🙂 It’s fun trying to guess where they are filmed based on plants and river and pass names. Can’t tell ya how many times I’ve said ” Sue’s been there.”

    Have also had to go to youtube to listen to the Cat Stevens songs that bits keep popping into my head. Thanks Weather! Great songs. The bits that were looping over and over in my head, which I thought were two songs, turned out to be one. Had to listen to a few more of course and go to wikipedia to read about his life. Interesting. How we are able to do all that is so different from times past. Then you look up and two hours have gone by.

    Well, I should try to do something today. Hurt my back digging out some bushes so taking it easy. Enjoy your day everybody. Love & hugs to you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Barb. Love and hugs to you, too.

      I’m sorry you hurt your back! I hope the discomfort is temporary.

      The showers at Quail Ridge are good, no extra charge, and no limit on how much water you use. The showers are clean with pretty white tile accented with pink-flowered tile, along with fresh and bright coordinating shower curtains.

      I smiled at you saying “Sue’s been there.” I flip through travel books at a library and say, “Hey, I’ve been there.” 🙂

      You are so right about the internet — fascinating, educational, entertaining, and, boy, do the hours fly by in cyberspace.

      Do take it easy, Barb, for the sake of your back.

    • weather says:

      🙂

  28. Desert Ginger says:

    My neighbor here in my Marana (Tucson) RV Park grows fabulous roses. Many people in the park do. She clips some and brings me lovely arrangements whenever they are blooming. For some reason, none of her roses are scented and that’s my favorite part. I love the smell of roses. Oh well they are still nice to look at.

    Roger seems to be much bolder than Reggie. Does Reggie play with the dogs in the dog park? I thought he was pretty friendly, from the pics of dogs you meet on the road. Maybe he is intimidated by dog park?

    I finally got my window air conditioner and am enjoying cooler temps in my house! I am also starting to get out and walk again, although not far yet. I just get over one thing when another thing happens,so I am always a work in progress. Well, I have work. Just wanted to say Hi!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Congratulations on the new air conditioner, Ginger! I’m sure you appreciate the comfort it provides on a day like today, one of the hottest we’ve had this year.

      Also congratulations on going walking as your stamina allows. I wish you success with building your strength. It’s so easy to give up but that’s not your style!

      Yes, Roger is bolder than Reggie. Reggie does play a little with the dogs at the park. He has a strong need to sniff new surroundings and that’s how he spends a good portion of his time at the park. He loves greeting the people and dogs as they enter and spends some time with them. He will sit on any lap that welcomes him. Then he goes off by himself. Roger is more “in your face” and loves to be in the middle of the action, preferably as ringleader.

  29. Terry says:

    Hi Sue. I don’t speak up much but this post was absolutely awesome!! I loved it and the photos. I’m sitting having a cup of coffee at my favorite coffee shop and reading the post with comments. Spring is finally here in the Midwest. I don’t plan to spend one more winter here. I got my cargo van lookin at conversion cargo vans (thanks Bob Wells for your last post). You inspire me Sue. Between my social security and modest retirement I have about $2200 a month. I am fairly frugal. Friend of Sue and Sue is it doable?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terry,

      Nice to hear from you from a coffee shop in the Midwest! Thank you for calling this post “awesome.” A compliment like that is the fuel this blog runs on. Ha!

      You picked a memorably long winter to choose for your last. 🙂 I’m glad that you’re inspired to go for new challenges. To answer your question, “fairly frugal” Terry, I say that $2,200 a month is doable. Of course, I speak only from my experience traveling and living in the western states where free and inexpensive camping is plentiful.

      If you haven’t already built up a cushion to use for emergencies, repairs, and the inevitable large expenditures, be sure to set aside a portion of that income every month. Equip yourself for frugal living, such as with solar power, if you can. Make sure you get the Senior Discount Card as soon as you’re eligible.

      Even though I’ve been frugal all my life, I found it helpful and informative to pretend I was already living on my reduced retirement income and in a small space long before I retired and moved into the BLT. Months ahead of my launch date, I lived in my house with minimal furniture (bed, chair, table, dresser) and eliminated almost all unnecessary expenditures. This prepared me for my first year which was very low-cost. I’ve loosened my purse strings since then, as I learned what I could adjust. You’ll find the right balance as you go along.

      Unless you are totally whacko with your decision-making, you will be successful and love your new life filled with “awesome” experiences. I hope you will keep in touch!

  30. Carolyn H in AZ says:

    I was in Tombstone once when the Lady Banksia rose was in bloom. There is a large network of pipes supporting the branches. When you are standing under it you get “rained” on by rose petals. It is a breathtaking sight!

  31. Becky in NJ says:

    Wow, those roses are gorgeous! I sorely want to plant some potted fflowers, but spring has been so slow, and it is still close to freezing at night.
    Nice to see that Roger is improving his social skills. Reggie looks like a little peanut in that picture with the big dogs!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Still that cold at night… Wow, what a winter you have had! I hope you can plant soon, Becky.

  32. weather says:

    It’s great that Roger is behaving more calmly when meeting people and dogs. I imagine that makes Reggie happier, too. You must be relieved about not having to go through the collar routine you had expected to. That type of training probably is no fun for a person or dog. Your needing to stay at that RV park has turned out to have a lot of benefits and become a pleasant experience, how nice!

    The roses there are gorgeous, thanks for all the photos of them. I’m glad you have scads of photos of the dog park. You could post pics of flowers and dogs everyday and I’d like it 🙂 ! I appreciate your showing a good park to stay in. There are times when boon docking isn’t the best idea, it’s helpful to know where an enjoyable alternative can be found.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi weather,

      I’ve been concerned about Roger teaching Reggie bad habits. Reggie has always been a very trusting, friendly guy. It bothered me to see him join in with Roger, barking, growling, leaping, etc. It’s good to see their behaviors improving.

      Thanks for affirming my choice of topics for this post. Yes, this RV park is working out well for us (and the PTV).

  33. Ed says:

    I am going to guess that the cactus in question is an Artichoke Agave. It is not native to this area coming from southern Chihuahua and northern Durango in Mexico.

  34. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    My first roses bloomed today. Thanks goodness, it must mean the weather is finally going to warm up, with sunshine and less rain for awhile. Everyone one around here is tired of the gloomy, rainy and cold weather.

  35. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Sue, did you see the last post of yesterday? I had asked about a book that was recommended.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I saw your comment and meant to reply. I’m sorry. No, I haven’t read that book and the brief time I taught Lang. Arts, it wasn’t one of our books. I mostly taught Math.

  36. Don in Alaska says:

    Many folks in the desert use gray water (say, from the washing machine) to water an extensive garden area. I’m not surprised to see such delightful roses in/near the long-term resident area. I would bet they are gray water irrigated.

    When I was stationed in Las Vegas, we used our gray water for a large patch of saw grass – wonder to fill in the gaps in the fencing and the plants did well in the ‘cold’ of winter.

    Thanks for the wonderful photos! I’m still waiting for the first buds to show up in the South facing garden patch. They will pop up, they always do, but your photos remind me that many areas are already in full bloom.

    Glad to see you pups seem to enjoy their time in the dog park – it also looks very clean as well.

    Best of luck and looking forward to your next post. Stay warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      Maybe residents do use gray water for their flower gardens. I hadn’t thought about that.

      You’re welcome, regarding the photos. I wish you much success with your garden. Thanks for the wish that we stay warm — It worked! Well into the 80s today! 🙂

      I was looking at a video of brown bears fishing in an Alaskan stream at explore.org. Beautiful scene! I’d like to visit Alaska but the distance from southern AZ/CA holds me back.

  37. Lauri C says:

    Yay!! I am so happy those two are getting more companionship!! I’m really impressed by Roger’s decorum!! He’s really likin’ that Misty!! Boy! I wish MY pack would handle themselves like that!!!!! Mine act like ninnies around other dogs! Either too small, too passive, too aggressive, too dependent on mommy…..or all of the above! I was never consistent with dog parks.

    But I’m lovin’ watching YOURS!!

    THANKS!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lauri C,

      A lot of dogs “act like ninnies” when they first come into the dog park. The crew does! After a while everybody settles down. I’m glad you enjoy the dog photos. 🙂

  38. Thank you for your blog…here on Bob Wells referral!! My wife Patty wonders: How do you find all of these wonderful safe places to be at?
    Gregory Giarrusso

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gregory and Patty! Welcome to my blog!

      How do I find my camps? Mostly I go to an area I’m interested in or that I’m passing through on my way somewhere else. I consult my Benchmark atlas for public land, research websites, and drive out to look. A little practice and boondocks aren’t hard to find. I hope you will read the archived posts to see some of the boondocks I’ve shared on my blog. Thanks for writing!

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