Searching for camps in the forest

Tuesday, June 10

Today I make preparations for leaving in the morning.  What does that mean?  Mostly cleaning and putting things where they belong.

Some time shortly after noon the county’s road grader goes by.

1-DSC04832During what I assume is lunch break, I meet one of the county employes.

His name is Ted, an amiable guy, interested in RVing to Arizona during the winters when he retires.

“Were you here last year?” he asks.  “I think I saw you.”

“Yes, I was.  And I bet that was you I saw working up there,” I reply, pointing to the road above us, where it slices diagonally across the mountain.

Later the crew and I go down the mountain to the Ephraim post office. 

I pick up two copies of the August 17, 2013 issue of the Arizona Republic sent to me by a very thoughtful reader.  I hadn’t seen the article written by Scott Craven about Rusty and Timber moving into their home.

On the return up the mountain we stop to investigate forest roads.

At the first stop, I let out Bridget and Spike.  We walk together searching for campsites in the event we visit Badger Mountain again.  We find two, one of them presently occupied.

1-DSC04833This forest road is not far up the mountain which is good and bad.  Good because it’s convenient to town.  Bad because convenient means more people driving and walking on it.

The sky darkens as a rainstorm approaches.

I cut our walk short and continue the drive up the mountain.  I bring down my window to let in the cool breeze.  Along with the breeze comes a bee which hits me on the collarbone and immediately stings.  Of course, we’re on a steep incline when this happens.

I hold the brake pedal with my right foot and push the emergency brake with my left.

By the time I get the damn bee out of my shirt it has stung me on my collarbone, shoulder, and neck.  Oh well, almost three years of camping and this is my first bee encounter.  I’m doing okay.  That works out to one bite per year.

I lock the crew in the PTV and walk another forest road.

The road soon deteriorates to the point where I wouldn’t drag the BLT over it.  The next road, however, leads to two campsites.

One is in a large, grassy clearing.

Lots of sunshine for the solar panel.

1-DSC04837I’d want to camp out of the radius of where that tall tree could fall.

The other site is more secluded and shady.

Very picturesque with a tiny stream a few feet from the campsite (second photo above).  There’s a magic-forest charm to this site. Clean, woodsy, fairly level, nice!

1-DSC04835One big drawback . . . The road in is terrible! 

The tracks are very deep.  I’d have to drive it with one wheel on the center hump and the other wheel on the outside edge, close to the bushes.  I could do it.  It wouldn’t be easy and I’d have to go very carefully, but, man, that site would be worth it.  It wouldn’t be good to camp here until after mud season . . . .

I don’t know where we will camp tomorrow.

Many forest roads in this part of Utah lead into narrow canyons where internet signal is difficult to pick up.  If I seem to disappear, don’t be concerned.  I’ll do my best, though, to find a camp with good elevation.



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Spike naps after hiking along the North Fork of Cispus River, Randle Washington, August 2013

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79 Responses to Searching for camps in the forest

  1. Ladybug in Mid TN says:

    Happy hunting!

  2. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    Utah is truly amazing.

  3. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Oh dear 3 stings in one incident! Yowsers ya must have made him angry!

    I absolutely love the log bridge! Scoping it out for future reference!

    I have no doubt that you will find another gorgeous site that has five bars to boot! Totally amazing!

    Spike is OUT cold! Zzzzzzzzzzz!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate your confidence in my camp-finding abilities! In some areas it’s easy; in others, not. I never know for sure until I look.

      Thank you for sending the two copies of Arizona Republic. I’ll keep them as artifacts of our adventure!

  4. SusanS says:

    OUCH! I waited until I was 51 for my first bee or wasp sting (it was a yellow jacket in our pop up tent trailer) so I had no idea if I was allergic. Now it is a once or twice a year occurrence. Last year none.

    I love the post hike quilt nap photo of Spikey!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, SusanS,

      Wow, you made it to age 51? I think I was stung by the time I was 8. Usually I can walk among bees and wasps without making them mad. Great timing, eh? I bring down the window at the precise moment and in he comes!

      Spikey does everything in a big way, even sleep. It warms my heart to see him pleasantly exhausted after exploring new territory.

  5. I found Scott Craven’s article about Rusty and Timber here: Lone Wolf, Lost Dog Have A Home At Last

    Hope this comes up a clicky.

    Cat Lady

  6. Susan (MO Ozarks) Smith says:

    That potential campsite pictured looks swell!! Maybe your road grader friend can fix the rutted road in to it after the spring melt is over!
    I was looking for an excuse to whine about my myriad chigger welts & your bee stings gave me the opening…hope your recovery is quick!
    Good luck with your next move!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      I’m fortunate not to have any bee/wasp sting allergy. The stings hurt for 20 minutes or so and then it’s over.

      Ted told me they are under strict orders to grade the county road only. The rutted roads are the responsibility of the national forest service.

      Thanks for sending luck finding our next camp! We will leave this morning.

  7. Captain K says:

    New follower here, from UT. Love reading about the places close enough to visit. Wish we would have explored more with our tent trailer. Years later we’ve upgraded several times and now can’t fit into many of the woodsy campgrounds that are so peaceful and serene. Your dogs are great companions and protectors, can’t imagine life without the fur babies.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m pleased that you jumped right in with a comment.

      Big rigs are wonderful in many ways, but they do limit where you can go. I wish they displayed a warning sticker for potential buyers: “This rig will not fit in most national forest campgrounds.”

      I do hope you will write again…. Next time, help my memory by signing in as Captain K (UT)… okay?

      Hugs to your canine crew…

  8. weather says:

    You know I’d spent time today smiling as I thought about Bridget and Spike.The way she really dislikes being photographed(me too Bridget!)and claims her right to her own decisions about what she feels like participating in,while her affectionate nature claims your body at will,you’d think I raised her,really.
    Spike with his rare chance to have you all to himself on a walk-hurrying ahead as though saying “Come on,before Bridget changes her mind,let’s get far enough away to be alone together for once,please!” So he keeps pausing to make sure you’re really coming,waiting to be close enough to get the love pats that are just for him!So full of life with his antics,using animal speak and not size,he protects your turf with his shows of dominating each area through proving he owns the bones ,cattle herds or not.The expression of his appreciative love so obvious in his eyes as he felt the napping quilt you provide under him the other day.
    Then you post this photo of him sleeping on it last year….so many days and nights given to us year after year to exchange love,expressing it however we can,what a beautiful life this is

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      You think very deeply. I always enjoy your observations and insights. Today you describe perfectly my relationship with the crew and life from their perspective. Bridget does have an independent streak in contrast to her usual dependent manner. And Spike does love me even though he’s a “tough guy” most of the time.

      Wishing you another beautiful day with your own crew . . .

      • weather says:

        When you see an impassable spur,a campground unreachable because the non-railed road barely clings to the land along drop-off cliffs,I think just beyond are places that wouldn’t have held what you need anyway.
        Someone that let’s the weight of their vehicle pummel the earth with it’s tires also wouldn’t notice the nests,beds and dens of wildlife they’re disturbing.Threatened, those clever inhabitants of the land move along and reestablish their homes near the perfect camp you do settle into.
        Cliff hanging hillsides create drafts too strong for most birds to take care of their needs in comfort,so they keep flying until the sweet spot near you is just right…
        There are no coincidences when we encounter those we resonate with,we’re led to each other by One who delights in seeing us fulfilled.
        As you ,one more time,you trust what you sense, your next home is being prepared just for you.Looking forward to seeing what you discover,as our wishes are granted today

  9. Bob says:

    I’m guessing it was a wasp, judging by the number of times you were stung. A bee can only sting you once, and then dies.
    Might be an idea to have some antihistamine handy for such occurrences. Keeps the swelling down, if there is any.
    Happy Hunting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob (which Bob? Oh, my. . . )

      Yes, it probably was a wasp. I didn’t take the time to get a good look at it… too busy swatting it away! I didn’t have much swelling… small welts.

      I hope I can report on a great camp in the next post!

      LATER: I clicked on your link to figure out which Bob you are (The Caretaker Chronicles). Nice hearing from you and do stop by again… any help you can give distinguishing yourself from the many Bobs in the world, would be helpful for me and my readers. Thanks!

  10. Diann in MT says:

    Jeeze! A big sting affair! I am sorry you had to endure that! OUCH! Brave and tough lady!
    Cute pic of exhausted Spike. Dreams of trails with Mom.
    The guy doing the road maintenance will flatten that rutted road for you if you happen to ask in a friendly manner. MT road maintainers would aim to please.
    Enjoy you day, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      I asked Ted about grading the spur roads. He said he’d like to, but they aren’t allowed to work on the forest roads, only the main county road. I expected that answer because they maintain the county road very well and the forest roads have been neglected a long time.

      All these years of high unemployment in this country. . . . It would have been great if that labor had been put toward fixing access roads into our national forests.

      • Diann in MT says:

        Agreed. Due to budget cuts, the infrastructure of the national forests are at risk. So many volunteer opportunities out there, but none for grading poor access roads unfortunately.
        My husband and I drove above the campgrounds out of Red Lodge last weekend and discovered quite a few boondocking sites beyond the established NF Campgrounds. However, like Badger Mountain, the sites are nearly inaccessible because of soft wet two trackers. Although at one camp a passel of Class A Clingers made it in. Dug up the ground pretty badly though.
        Gads. I remember when the forest was really pristine, particularly so near a mountain stream such as Rock Creek out of the Beartooth MTS above Red Lodge.
        An example of how the Forest Service must choose their priorities although many, many more people are using the forest these days.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I saw a similar mess yesterday as I was looking for camps. Someone drove off the spur road across a lovely, absolutely perfect area of green grass, when the ground was still saturated.

          Of course, that person left behind ugly scars that will last a very long time. No wonder the forest service makes a big deal about staying on designated roads!

  11. How exciting, not knowing where you will camp tomorrow night! I know you will find just the right spot….you have such a knack for that. Hope I will be able to learn half as well. I guess it’s a combination of a good bit of common sense, some advice from the locals now and then, the Benchmark maps, and the use of some intuitive skills? (Not necessarily in that order:-)

    I wrote my letter of “notice of retirement” to my employer tonight! Whoo-hoo!
    51 days.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Micky,

      Congratulations, Micky! Less than two months and you’ll be free of the yoke of a job. Retirement is fantastic!

      You described very well what resources I call upon to find camps. I hope they work for me this time!

    • Ladybug in Mid TN says:

      Mickey, are you going out on the road, too? Heck, around where you are (Crossville, anyway) is one of the areas I’ve been investigating retiring to!

  12. Elizabeth in WA says:

    WOW…3 stings!! That is truly awful, Sue…hope you continue to be ok. We keep benedryl with us at all times…just in case something affects us. Even food we might be allergic to. Did not take many times eating cilantro in the hot sauce years ago at a Mexican restaurant, for it to react horribly on me. I had no idea either. I watch carefully now.

    Those photos on this one are sure pretty…you are brave to tackle rough roads. Hope it will all work out ok for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I do have some Benadryl which I purchased for the crew. I never thought of it. Well, I didn’t need it anyway.

      What is it with cilantro? How can people eat it? To me it tastes like soap. I was in a Mexican restaurant one time and I bit into something laced with cilantro — after “making sure” with the waiter that everything I ordered was cilantro-free — and it was all I could do to keep from spitting it out onto my plate. I must have weird taste buds. I’d just as soon snack on a bar of Palmolive.

      Thank you for thinking of me and my stings. 🙂

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Well, fortunately it only tasted bad…my throat went almost totally closed…I quickly used my inhaler several times and that allowed me to swallow a teeny Benadryl from my purse and still I coughed for the next hour…drank water so much as I could etc. That happened in a restaurant. If something tastes bad to you however, Sue…I would not eat it…it may taste bad for a good reason. A friend decided to grow cilantro in her garden…every time she touched it…or even just brushed by it, she broke out in hives. I think anything that is that reactive to ANYONE…is rather dangerous.

        I would still try to avoid being stung…it can have a cumulative effect too…as my dad aged, and being he worked outside a lot…he was stung probably every year…but eventually was told by a doc to carry Benadryl on him as he could die if stung anymore.

      • Gayle says:

        Cilantro = soap I thought it was just me!

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Well, I have not run into anyone else who has my problem in recent years…interesting you both think it is bad tasting. One relative puts a huge bowl of it on the table and they eat it on nearly EVERYTHING…and then wonder why they have stomach troubles…heh

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          My taste buds used to register cilantro completely as soap, so that makes at least three of us. I disliked it (for obvious reasons). Some time ago it started tasting wonderful to me, especially with lime involved. I have no idea how that happened, but before that…. total soap!

  13. Patsy from Ontario Canada - North says:

    Wow wasp stings, knee cut open.. ok enough now 🙂 what a beautiful, quiet, peaceful place. Ok ready to retire now lol.. no got to get my son through school first then its all about me 🙂 I love the pictures and Spike he is adorable. Your crew are amazing and great companionship for you. I to love my animals they bring me a lot of joy and laughs, and teenage boy who does that to.. Take care Sue no more accidents. Thanks for sharing. Good luck finding a new spot, can’t wait to hear all about it and see it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Patsy,

      The “all about me” part of retirement is what I love! Many of us spend most of our adult lives providing for, caring for, nurturing, encouraging, and lifting up others in our lives, always putting ourselves second. When retirement time arrives and responsibilities drop off, it is all the sweeter!

      Yes, I do have a great crew. No argument there! Right now — at 7:10 a.m. — they’re a pair of sleepy heads. We need to get on the road!

      Best wishes to you and your son. Thank you for reading my blog and for taking the time to write. I enjoy hearing from you.

  14. DeadEye says:

    Sue, you mentioned concern about a camp site where there is internet reception. Is this often a determining factor as to where you camp? If it is it seems you may be missing some great camp sites at the expense of your blog. I am sure all of us would understand if you went “off the grid” from time to time so you can enjoy the seclusion of a unique camp site. Just bring pictures when you return.

    I enjoy dropping in to see your thoughtful photography and prose.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don,

      What a thoughtful message!

      To answer your question… Is internet reception a determining factor in camps?

      When choosing roads to investigate for possible camps, I do avoid very narrow canyons with steep sides, not only because I may not pick up internet there. I don’t care for high-walled canyons generally… The morning sunshine is late warming up the campsite and then sunset comes early. Also, spur roads are less likely or they are very short, meaning everyone exploring the canyon drives right by your camp. Some canyon roads are treacherous, according to me, that is. Narrow, steep drop-offs, not pleasant . . .

      I think you can agree that my seeking a camp with internet has not deterred me from finding wonderful camps. Think back to where we have camped recently (with the exception of Moab!) and all those camps have been desirable for more reasons than internet reception.

      Thank you for your considerate invitation to go “off the grid,” leaving my blogorinos for a few days. In truth, I’d miss y’all! Thanks also for the compliment on my photos and writing.

      If I have trouble finding a good spot today — one with internet — I’ll consider spending the night without you. 🙂

      • DeadEye says:

        I do agree that you find some really great camps and that is a good point. If you can have a really cool camping spot AND internet why look for something better? I have learned a lot about looking for campsites following your blog. Thank you.


  15. MK in NE GA for now says:

    Ouch! I hope you had some benadryl on hand! Those camp sites look wonderful. The stories and photos are great as usual. I knew you were popular but WOW! I’ve recently been looking very hard at the Escape trailers and recently joined their forum and someone sent me a message about your blog…It was none other than CinandJules…LOL. Of course it’s all up in the air until my home sells…sigh. On a very sad note due to my chronic Lymes hitting me very hard this year it became the tipping point to re-home my beloved Swedish Vallhund Odie, I worked through the SV Yahoo Group and his breeder, within a week a retired woman in CT drove all the way down here to pick him up and take him home. Odie will now get the exercise and doggie companionship he needs, CT has few Tstorms and she lives in a small subdivision so there will be few loud noises to panic him. This is the first time without a dog in over 30 years and it’s been a tear filled time but I know I did the right thing for Odie.

    Anyway, I so appreciate your blog I look forward to it as I’m trapped in my house from April to October due to heat, humidity and bugs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MK,

      What a terrible time you’ve had… with Lymes and having to give up Odie. You obviously did what was best for Odie although painful for you.

      I believe, as I’m sure you do,too, that bringing a dog into your home is a long-term commitment. However, situations do arise that make fulfilling that commitment a poor course of action. A Swedish Vallhund needs exercise that you cannot give. Odie will adapt to the loving care of this lady who drove all the way form CT to make him part of her family. I’m sorry for the tears you shed. Don’t lose sight of the fact that you did the right thing.

      I made a similar decision with my third dog, Janie. I knew I couldn’t handle three dogs on the road. Like you, I found a good home for her and she fit in right way.

      Keep on keeping on, MK. Best wishes from this Georgia survivor!

  16. weather says:

    Desert Ginger- if you see this-maybe you’re up to reading without responding yet….
    I remember that the surgery was on your left leg this time.Your right leg is the untouched one now.Feel it,remember when the left one felt like that,too?Stay a moment in the memory,that picture in your bodies memory,balanced,calm -it’s coming to you.

    Sue,hope whatever sandwich,chicken or snack you brought to share with the crew is especially good today! 🙂

  17. AZ Jim says:

    Retirement. I always envied those who loved their jobs. I wondered what it must feel like to get up each day and go to a job you just love. Some folks do. I never did. I worked since I got out of high school and military service at jobs I tolerated out of necessity. For many years now I have had a job I dearly love……….retirement. Detta or I will, on ocassional Fridays remark “well, no work tomorrow” just like we did back when we did work. I am glad you and most of your readers enjoy their “job” (retirement) too. Whoever says retirement is the “end of the road” doesn’t know how to read a map.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Just wanted to say here Jim, that you are not alone. Hubby recently retired…sooner than planned because working for a boss from h e l l, was killing him…literally. In fact, 2 years later, his health is still continuing downward actually….but hopefully by quitting it is slowed down. He began working as a paper boy and it went from there until age 62 1/2…in all that time he had 2 good bosses for a total of 8 years…the rest of the time was so awful. He worked more than just one kind of job too. Just the way it was. We are BOTH enjoying his retirement so much…have had quite a few adventures since he quit. We are not yet in an RV…and may not get there…but reading here and elsewhere is fun, isn’t it? I hope things will go well for you and your wife too.

  18. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Good thing you kept your head with that stinger and got your brakes set before doing battle! Sometimes our reactions are more damaging than the initial contact :-). I think the only sting I’ve had was as a toddler in a plastic swimming pool. They just don’t seem interested in me and I like it that way! That forest is magical, hope you find a spot to make it home for a little bit.

  19. Rita says:

    I get a reaction with bee stings…glad you don’t have that. Spikey is sure enjoying his nap…snoozing away on a comfy blanket. My sister’s dog Jasper, a very active dog once, was diagnosed with SARD and is totally blind now for two weeks. Sister can’t move furniture around in her home and Jasper fell in the pool while taking a potty break but he swam in the right direction to get to the stairs and climb out (of course he followed my sister’s voice). He went home to rez home yesterday and sista said he remembers the lay out of the land…had no trouble finding the horse corral to see Banjo and April (they are buddies), and he can find his way home without mishap and climb the stairs to the porch. He can also run and follow the road but can’t run off road yet but I’m sure he’ll eventually do that once he establishes his dark surroundings. Vet said his hearig and sense of smell will develop over time. But for now he is following sister around most of the time and she tries to walk aroun the rez property so he can remember while he sniffs things out.

    • weather says:

      Jasper is in such loving care,having such a good person as your sister with him,a voice he trusts to follow,being taken where familiar animals and land allow him to run before going up the stairs he knows,wow,what comforts as he adjusts!
      Two families I know have dogs blind for years now,those animals have relearned life so well that the owners had to tell me they were blind,it doesn’t even show!May everything turn out so well for your family,with a wagging tail end.

  20. AZ Jim says:

    This animal story is too good to let any of you miss!! We love our cats and dogs but how ’bout a Rhino?–abc-news-topstories.html

    This video is priceless!

    • Diann in MT says:

      What a wonderful caretaker for that “little” lost baby! She knows how to tell the baby the way to put its head down on her lap. Compassion with a capital C! Glad the fence is high. No predators allowed!

  21. Chris B says:

    You learn something new everyday! I didn’t know that a bee was capable of stinging more than once. This explains it: “Wasps and many bees can sting more than once because they are able to pull out their stinger without injuring themselves. Only honeybees have special hooks on their stinger that keep the stinger in the skin after a person is stung. The stinger gets torn out of the bee’s body as it tries to fly away.” Now, me, being a Southern Californian my entire life, grew up with only honey bees and was raised knowing that they can only sting once because the stinger was always left in the skin. My first sting was about two years ago (age 56). I was rescuing a poor little bee in our swimming pool. I scooped it up and it stung me so I threw him back in the pool. Then I drowned him. Don’t mess with me! 🙂
    Clete was attacked by some bees a few months ago and we found that he is now allergic to bee stings. Never affected him before. He turned red, his heart was racing and he had to go to urgent care. He’s suppose to purchase one of those shots to keep with him at all times. The medical insurance finally approved it after a couple of months so he needs to go pick it up. Strange how your body chemistry changes.

  22. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi Sue,

    Hope you found a nice site for you and the Crew. Durn bee! Have a good evening! 🙂

  23. Frenchie says:

    Hi Sue!
    We are 2 hours away from you and unfortunately have to leave the PERFECT site tomorrow. Come grab it! G12 page 73 of Utah Benchmark.
    It is one of the dispersed campsites out of Parowan on the road to Yankee Meadows Reservoir. There are a few dispersed “loops” but ours has a steep unpaved hill (ok with Casita) leading to it so…..we have it to ourselves! Gorgeous weather, 8500ft, kinda like your “picturesque” site picture. Deers visited us this morning. I really hate to leave but I work Friday Saturday Sunday 🙁 We’ll be back there for sure later this summer to escape the Vegas heat.
    xoxo to you and the crew wherever you end up

    • Frenchie says:

      PS: site #25 We’re leaving you a “log table” my boyfriend and hero rolled over from the woods :))

  24. Bob & Lynne says:

    Good advice about staying away from tall trees that can fall. We are always aware of overhead dangers and a couple weeks ago it paid off. Two huge tree limbs fell on the picnic table of the first site we had considered. No wind, just gravity, I guess.

  25. LilNomad says:

    What the hell? I thought a bee only had 1 stinger and could only sting once then die? you had one on steroids!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know that it was a bee. Probably a wasp. I didn’t see much of it, only felt it!

  26. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Excuse me….am I on probation? My post says “your comment is awaiting moderation”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      A comment with more than one link in it is automatically held for moderation. Since I was on the road and then spent the evening in a camp without internet, I wasn’t aware of it and could not approve it. I’ve driven to where I can pick up internet, so now it’s approved. Thanks for the links.

      I won’t be turning them into my Amazon links. Gotta’ write a post before it gets too hot here along the side of the road…

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I was just busting on you.

        They are your links…..I clicked on your amazon and did the search.

        Stay cool!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I appreciate you trying to make them my links, but you don’t have the capability to do that.

          I checked the html and the links you provided do not have my code embedded in them. That’s okay. When I have better connection, I’ll try to remember to make them my links.

  27. Gayle says:

    When I read the funny bit about the 3 bee stings, one sting per year, I remember a t-shirt I used to have that said: YOU PROMISED ME THERE’D BE NO MATH! It’s amortization in action.

  28. Jim/Daniels friend says:

    This is Jim not Daniel (Daniel’s friend) I guess I tweeked a nerve the other day about Generators, ATV’s Etc. For the record I own neither. And do not believe those ATV’s ran right under your BLT window.
    I am not a coward and do not hide.
    You are the coward for calling me names which I did not do to you!
    Happy Camping

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim/Whatever!

      I saw your comment in my span file and approved it because I’m sure my readers will find it interesting and I want to reply.

      I did not call you (the jerk) “names.” I called you what you ARE. If I call a turtle a turtle, I’m not calling it a “name,” I’m calling it what it is. That comment was written by a jerk, plain and simple.

      However, you, on the other hand, called me a name… “coward.” Nothing I have said or done on this blog would indicate that I’m a coward. Whereas you, the jerk, revealed yourself as a jerk in only a few lines.

      I don’t believe for one second that you aren’t the owner of an ATV or generator. Your reaction was too emotional to be from only an observer who likes to see the forest and campgrounds vandalized. You have been or are presently one of those who drive an ATV and/or run a generator without consideration for others. That’s why my comments struck a nerve with you.

      Oh, so you know where the ATVs drove, do you? How do you know that? Were you on one of them? Five ATVs drove right under my bedroom window. If they had stopped, I could’ve hit them in the head with a broom out the window. Does that make their proximity clear enough for you?

      I don’t have time to continue this conversation as I have a blog post to write. I’m sure my many devoted readers will put you in your place if the need continues to arise.

      What kind of person lets their “friend” use their email address in order to make nasty comments toward someone they’ve never met? You and Daniel go ATVing together often?

      No sarcastic “Happy Camping” from me. I’m honest. Here’s my message to you: Go away.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Hey what ever your name is (like we care), usually if someone comes to a nice peaceful blog like this they come to join in and have fun. You are typical of the ilk that crawls out of some dirty little hole to simply troll. This blog is visited by very nice people which in and of itself precludes you from being a part of it. Just take your ATV and all of the household items you could tote with you on up the road, you won’t find anything in common with us. Sue, please put this jerk in the trash container where he’ll feel more at home.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        We do not have a blog set up yet…can you block persons like this one from commenting? Sue is more tolerant than most with letting people speak freely on her blog. Which this person must not realize. It was an emotional response he wrote to her.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, Elizabeth, I can block jerks. I had this one blocked but I couldn’t resist posting his comment.

          She called me a name! WAAAAHHH!!!

          Not only a jerk, a crybaby jerk. 🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Daniel’s friend Jim,

        I blessed your heart once and I’ll do it again….

        Bless your heart and don’t let the door hit you in the arse on your way out!

    • weather says:

      Hello Jim,
      Daniel’s email may be your only connection to the internet,maybe you don’t have a lot of things…or know a lot of things.
      This is a blog(web log)hosted by Sue.Host,you know,like the one who has people to their house for a party?
      You wouldn’t walk uninvited into a party and use bad language to insult the host,would you?Or,if you’re old enough to go to bars,you wouldn’t walk in swearing at the owner standing there in a circle of their friends,right?
      Why?Because it’s rude,and because you’d get the crap beat out of you!
      I see that being called a coward upset you.I guess you also wouldn’t like to be called stupid.Seeing what you’ve done now to make yourself unwelcome here,coming back would be stupid,wouldn’t it?
      If you ever get your own things to play with I hope you’ll be nice and more careful not to make people angry with you,that would be smart and brave,right?Have fun growing up!

  29. Rita from Phoenix says:

    Careful while out in the woods….we have killer bees in AZ that appear as a swarm out of nowhere. It’s killed several people in their back yard and horses in corrals. I don’t know what you would do to defend yourself against killer bees.

    • Ed says:

      There are ‘Killer Bees’ in Utah also but mostly in southern Utah from everything I can find. I can not find that ‘killer bees’ have established colonies at higher elevations anywhere so I think that combined with the fact that Sue was attacked by only one bee we can most likely eliminate a ‘killer bee’ as the perpetrator. Or, as Sue admitted, it may not have been a bee since she did not get a good identification of her attacker and the only other witnesses are not talking.

      Learning to live with ‘killer bees’ by John Hollenhorst for Deseret News; selected quotes from the article about ‘killer bees’ in southern Utah. The article does provide some guidance for protecting yourself from ‘killer bees’.

      “Their reputation as “killer” bees is probably overblown, their danger dwarfed by many other hazards in life. But Africanized bees have killed about 1,000 people since they escaped from a breeding experiment in Brazil 50 years ago….an Africanized bee’s sting is no more venomous than a regular bee. When they kill, it’s because they sting repeatedly — hundreds or thousands of times.”

  30. John K - Mobile, AL says:

    I don’t recall you ever broaching this topic so I thought I would inquire. Have you ever seen, heard or suspected that you were in the company of a Sasquatch? Have you ever thought….hmm, this area looks a bit “sasquatchy” and then moved on?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nope, not so far!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:


      They say…Sasquatch’s are smelly. I personally would have to change my “shorts” if a meeting or sighting occurred.

      The woods are huge….we can share….you mr Sasquatch sir can stay way over there (pointing as far away as possible). What a lovely place you have here…don’t mind me..I mean no harm…just stopping by and will be on my merry way soon!

      Go chase the ATV’ers! 😉

  31. rvsueandcrew says:


    No internet at our present camp. I won’t be responding to all the comments under this post. If you asked me a question and I missed it, please feel free to ask again in the future when the crew and I are camped with internet.

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