Hunkered down in southern Colorado for the long weekend

Friday, September 2

P1130908Panoramic view of Kinney Flats from campsite, south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Home on the range!

Labor Day Weekend begins and the peacefulness of our camp has not been disturbed. . . so far, except for someone practice-shooting up on the ridge. Reggie runs inside the Best Little Trailer, jumps onto the bed, and hides in the covers until the noise stops.

The crew and I are accustomed to the presence of cattle around our camp. 

We accept the never-ending parade of bovines back and forth every day, the same as we do the clouds that float overhead or the flitting of birds from pine tree to pine tree.  In turn, the steers know to keep their distance or face Reggie’s wrath.  They stare when we come outside.  That’s all.  Peaceful coexistence.  I’ll take a herd of cattle over a herd of people any day.

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A quick trip into Pagosa Springs . . . .

At Tractor Supply I score a bag of Taste of the Wild, grain-free kibble for the crew, $2 off the regular price.  From there, we go over to Wal-Mart.  I run through the rain to dump trash in the bins in the parking lot.  Then I dash inside where I buy a bag of red grapefruit from South Africa, two avocadoes from Mexico, a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread, more Olathe sweet corn, along with a few other items — oh, and a rotisserie chicken, of course.

At the Farmers’ Market in Pagosa Springs I buy four, big, deep red, “homegrown” tomatoes and three, luscious Palisades peaches ($10.50).

Lightning, thunder, heavy rain in the night!

At first only a few, light taps.  I wake up, listening, waiting.

Bring it on! 

Soon lightning lights up the interior of our home, several times.  No reaction from Bridget.  Her regular breathing tells me she’s sleeping peacefully.  Reggie cuddles up closer under the comforter, soothed by the steady drumming of rain on the roof.

I love times like this.

I get up and unplug the inverter from the 12-volt outlet and unhook the air card from the antenna cord.  Quickly I slide back under the comforter with the crew.

I should’ve stowed the antenna under the BLT before going to bed.  Well, I had no idea the lightning would be this close.  If there’s a strike here, maybe it’ll choose one of our pine trees . . . which then crashes onto the roof . . ..

I push those thoughts aside and enjoy the storm, thankful for the much-needed rain.

I wonder how the people hit by Hurricane Hermione are doing . . . . 

Saturday, September 3

Big puddles in the road, none in our campsite.  The sun is drying up the mud and grass.  The cattle are not in sight.  Occasionally I hear a far-off moo.

They must have a place where they hunker down during storms . . . .  They’ll be back.

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The dreaded message appears on my jetpack . . . .

Verizon notifies me this morning that I’ve used 90% of my 10 GB allotment of data for the month which ends on the 8th.  I’m not surprised because I watched a few Youtubes and a live stream.  I’ll probably have an overage charge ($15), but in the hope of avoiding that, I’ll stay out of the comments section.  Well, I’ll TRY to stay out.  Just like I tried not to watch those videos and live stream.

Right now I have my eye on one of the tomatoes lined up on top of the storage drawers across from the bed.

Hmm . . . a sandwich followed by a peach for dessert . . . .

Gotta’ go!  Bye!

rvsue

NOTE:  No, I’m not going to switch over to panoramic photos for future posts.  I was playing around with my camera for these photos and never did get around to taking regular pics, so this is all I had. — Sue

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83 Responses to Hunkered down in southern Colorado for the long weekend

  1. Pat from Mich. says:

    1st!!!???

  2. Steve in Ga says:

    Hi sue!

  3. Pat from Mich. says:

    WOW! This is only the 2nd time I’ve gotten to be first. Beautiful pics as always Sue.

  4. Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

    hello, guess I am late

    • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

      Wow can’t believe I made it into the top three again. Feel like I won some huge prize…LOL. Love that panoramic overhead photo view. It is a great picture.
      Happy to hear your holiday weekend might be peaceful and very enjoyable for you. Just got a lead on a small motorhome, keeping my fingers crossed it might finally be meant for Cookie Dog and I. Can’t wait to travel and for me being out in nature is where I prefer to be. Cities I can skip, but nature is what I crave. Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend.

  5. Steve in Ga says:

    Looks like we’re tied for 1st Pat :-). Sue, you’re making me jealous with all these peaches, the best are long gone down here. Enjoy!

  6. Pat from Mich. says:

    I just want to say, I love your top pic of the crew. Bridget smiling, Queen of all she surveys and Reggie just peeking over the top. So cute!

  7. Stephanie from Albany OR says:

    Glad you have survived holiday throngs so far. May your luck continue to hold. I hate lightning. Would have been under covers with Reggie!

  8. Kary E says:

    Hi, all!

    I hope folks will forgive for posting late about several things.

    Happy (belated) Blogiversary, Sue! Wow, five years. I’ve read every single post, but somehow, I was thinking it had been more like two years. One of the things I like about this blog is the vicarious travel aspect. I was reading an article just today about a school funding issue in Chimacum and thinking to myself that I know where that is because of Sue’s blog. 🙂

    On that butane stove from several months back: I love that thing! Heats up fast and hot, doesn’t take much space, much finer control on the low end than your standard Coleman-type stove. The butane canisters are small, cheap and easy to store. Yes, they run out faster than the 1-lb propane cylinders, but that’s solved by having a spare or two on hand. I’m ready to jettison my Coleman version in favor of the butane model, possibly two of them for those times when I want two burners going. That plus my JetBoil and I’m a happy camper.

    On choices: We’re not retired yet, plus we’ve got a teen who’s a junior in high school. One of us is a programmer and the other’s an author, so both of our careers are portable. We also have two cats who probably wouldn’t adjust well to life on the road and shouldn’t be left with a sitter for more than a week or two, tops. That’s a roundabout way of saying that we’re not full-timers yet, though we have the potential to be in a couple of years.

    For us, the choice was an inexpensive (by CA standards) lock-it-and-leave-it condo plus a minimalist camper van where we DIYed part of the interior. We’re loving the idea that in two years we can pick up and head anywhere we want and take our work with us, then head back to the condo when we’re ready for more space and some creature comforts. The author half is working a novel set in places inspired by Yellowstone and parts of Utah, so we’ve got plenty of incentive to travel, and now we’ve got the means, too. Definitely the right choice for us!

    • Velda says:

      Kary, the cats might surprise you. Ours did well. If you are interested in trying, just ask and those of us who have RV cats will respond with suggestions!
      Have a good weekend all.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Our cats traveled and lived well in our rv. They also have pheromone collars and or Feliway spray/ diffusers if you need to take the edge off! Even our hellion child did well!

        • Dawn in MI says:

          Wow Kay, sounds like you’ve got it just about figured out! Look forward to learning about how it all goes for you. I think having the condo to retreat to is a good idea…would work for me anyway.

        • ApplegirlNY says:

          Cinandjules – I’ve lost track of how your move is going. Just curious, if you want to fill in – or send me back to where you posted an update.

          • Rob, in northern Georgia says:

            They make a dual fuel butane stove, takes propane of the butane canisters.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            We are leaving NY Sunday Sept 11. With the entire clan. LaQuinta and Microtel hopping along the route as they are pet friendly. Should arrive in the zone Sat morning….but we aren’t on a strict schedule.
            Keeping this place (NY) so Jules can visit the dreaded outlaws in the summer.
            Thanks for asking.

        • Laura - Illinois says:

          Hi Cinandjules!
          I have 3 cats and I am curious about your reply where you wrote something about pheromone collars and or Feliway spray. I have seen products online before that claim they help calm cats, but I have never heard someone mention before that they actually use them. Do you use these products often and do they work well most of the time you use them?

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Yes they have worked for us. Nutracalm collars and the Feliway diffuser and spray. The diffuser has a new multi cat formula. The collar “tamed” our hellion cat…and the diffuser has seriously made our ferals vs inside cats..a family.
            We use the travel spray in the feral crates when they go to the vets.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Oops….we use the diffuser (2) non stop since May..now that we are moving…it isn’t plugged in. Taking them to AZ but we might be okay…

              Once your cats realize they can “get along” there is no need…if you notice a difference…it’s too soon to discontinue. Best of luck.

            • Laura - Illinois says:

              Thanks for your info! I am definately going to check that out! I love my kitties, but there are times!….hehehehehe! Spit! Hiss!

    • gayle beach boomer says:

      Thanks for the info about the butane stove! I’ve been bedeviled by my Coleman propane stove, because it seems to have one setting — full blast. Thus, I drag around my cast iron fry pan to protect against the high flame. But cast iron is too heavy/hard to clean for camping, IMHO. If I get a butane stove, I can bring a nonstick pan, wipe it out, done, and back to the campfire! Now I have to look up JetBoil. What is that? Does Coleman make a butane stove or just individual burners? Thx again, will start Googling around!

        • Kary E says:

          The JetBoil boils water, and that’s pretty much all it does, but it boils super fast, and with a minimum or gear, space, and fuss. For those of us who MUST. HAVE. COFFEE! (or tea) before we can function, it’s great for boiling your coffee water while you’re breaking camp, setting up for breakfast, etc.

          We have the JetBoil Flash. The cooking system is more for backpackers who will be using it as their only stove.

          Our butane stove is an $80 (roughly) Iwatani model that comes in a hard plastic case. If you’ve ever seen cook-to-order omelette stations in hotel buffets, this is what they’re using. There’s a lower priced Iwatani model in the $30-$40 range but it’s flimsier and only has a thin, cloth bag for a case.

          I haven’t been happy with Coleman quality of late, so that’s why I tried the Iwatani when I opted for butane.

          I’d give links, but I want to make sure Sue gets the Amazon credit so I’ll wait for her to do it. 😀

          • Kary E says:

            Oops – re: individual burners.

            Right now, I only have the one. With my Coleman two burner stove, I sometimes don’t have room for my largest pot plus a fry pan. Two single burner butane stoves can be placed as far apart as you like, which is another plus for me.

            Has anyone else noticed that when you turn on the 2nd burner on the Coleman-type stoves, it reduces the flame on the first burner? I’m not fond of that, either.

            Some of my Sportsmobile friends have a particular two-burner stove they really like. It’s more expensive than a Coleman, but sturdier. I can find out the make / model if folks here are interested.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              BadgerRick is our resident expert when it comes to camp stoves. Ask him any question cuz he’s used or has several models in his possession!

            • BadgerRickInWis says:

              Any propane canister stove will have a slight pressure loss on the burner furthest from the tank (burner 2) when using both burners. Most people minimize this by using burner 2 for things turned up full such as coffee water and burner 1 for food that cooks at more of a simmer like eggs. In real world use this shouldn’t reduce the time to boil water more than a minute or 2. If it’s more than that than somethings wrong.

              I said this is how most people do it. Now to be honest in my life the reality is that I wake up, turn stove to rocket mode, put coffee water on, and than stare at the flame it in a mindless fog until the sweet lifeblood of caffeine allows me to rejoin the human race. 🙂

          • BadgerRickInWis says:

            Hi Kary,
            A couple of things here. The biggest difference between butane and propane stoves is cold weather performance. Propane boils (becomes a gas) at -43 F 100% butane on the other hand boils at +31 F. So a stove that uses the small 100% butane cartridges like the Iwatani will not work much below freezing. The liquid in the tank just can’t become a gas.

            Modern backpacking stoves (LOVE my Jetboil! ) get around this by using a blend of the two. For a lot of folks that only camp in warmer temps and at lower altitude this is not an issue and the Iwatani is a nice small and convenient option. I hope yours works out well for you.

            FWIW I agree completely about current Coleman quality. Sad, I was actually a product tester for Coleman many years ago and they had a great R&D program. Seems like not so much anymore.

        • Kary E says:

          More stove stuff…

          I mis-spoke above re: JetBoil. Sue’s link is pretty much what we have, though ours is the Flash model. The same company makes a cooking system that works with larger pots, but I haven’t tried it.

          The stoves my Sportsmobile buddies like are made by Partner Steel, but they’re outfitter quality and spendy. River guides and the like use them, so they’re also super sturdy. They have two burners that can be used separately or locked together in a Coleman-style format. The 2-burner package folds in half for storage, one unit on top of the other. There’s even a 4-burner version for larger groups.

  9. VictoriaEP says:

    You’re spending a lot of time in Pagosa Springs. I guess I’ll have to check out the area a little more than I did when I camped there in July. Perhaps next summer I’ll find myself amid the cows on Kinney Flats road! Sounds like a great place to spend some time.

  10. Marcia GB in MA says:

    I just ate Dave’s Bread for the first time today. I was very surprised to see it in my local Massachusetts market. It’s GOOD!

  11. Hi Sue and Crew, glad to hear the weekend is quiet (so far). Glad those cows have finally figured out not to come to close or face the Reginator! Sounds like you have all the makings for some wonderful meals this weekend.
    Hope it continues to be quiet and peaceful.

  12. Claudia says:

    Don’t completely stop the panoramic photos please! Love them all!

    • Thor ’n Drew says:

      I agree. The occasional panoramic would be nice. Short (<5 seconds) video or animated GIFs would also be fun if your camera & computer/blog setup make those easy. It'd be a kick to see Reg zooming around with Bridge calmly watching. 🙂

  13. Just a quick note – loved the panoramic pic. Moo!

  14. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Just checking in. Have a little toyota camper I looked at today. Some things in good shape, some things, not so much. Not sure where I draw the line on. Going to sleep on it. Wishing you and the crew a QUIET labor day holiday.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Hi Dawn, I’ve seen a couple of those old Toyota Sunrader Rv’s. They are pretty cool. Try googling toyotamotorhome forums. I bet they might have a list of potential problem areas to check or questions to ask.

      • Dawn in Asheville says:

        Hi BadgerRick – I actually belong to that forum! I always run my serious “looks” though them. And so far have gotten my opps shot down. But it’s all good. The two I’ve ran by them, I’ve have had “a feeling” and they tend to be able to explain why that feeling is a good one. So far it’s been an informative process. And, I get to spend time in different floorplans, question my sanity, etc. 🙂 We’ll see what this year brings. Spring would be a better time for me, although I know I’m bound to get a price in the Fall.

  15. Happy Labor Day Sue, we had the Forest Service and the Sheriff at our camp yesterday because of a rowdy and very loud campers Thursday Night, all night long till the sun came up, Piper was also upset with them, but after the authorities talked with them all was nice and quite from 9pm till 0830 this morning,, oh well, we are up on Mingus Mountain 4 miles west of Jerome, Arizona,,,, great post and pictures,,,, have a great weekend and stay safe and give them babies of yours a huge hug from us,,,,,,,,,,,,? ?

  16. Rocky Mtn Bob says:

    Sue, Appears you have a great spot for the Holiday weekend. Was afraid you might encounter a crowd like Rusty had. Since ATV’s have become so popular they can become a pain for other campers. May be a good thing camping with cows around, authorities may watch/respond faster to any disturbance and definitely if any wild game is being harassed.

    enjoy, Bob.

  17. Judy Johnson says:

    20th? ? Really am happy just to be on here; always inspired, by both Sue and other blogorinos. I’m now like Pavlov’s dogs…say rotisserie chicken: think of RV Sue. Hoping the holiday week- end is going as well as can be expected for you, Sue and all. We have the luxury in retirement of not camping on holidays. We will leave a few days after this one for U.P. Michigan and Northern Wi., all new to us. So excited that the Casita is mostly packed and hubby doing the same with the tow vehicle. May we all find some enjoyment and adventure in our lives, no matter our situation.

  18. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Reggie-man is so little in that photo!!! Or maybe it is my imagination station. 🙂

    Oh gosh I cannot imagine camping all alone (other than the critters). Our last couple of camping trips have been — well… terrible. LOUD kids + drunk adults=cranky ME.

    Hugs for the holiday, from Hoquiam!
    Barb

  19. Tom Moore says:

    I am not so sure as the boomers retire and many want to follow the boon docking life style we are about to see many more people on BLM land. So many in fact we may see costs to use this land go up substantially to thin out the numbers and there is money to mitigated the damage done to the land as it comes under more use.
    That is not going to stop my ventures into this life style but I am planning and saving to take care of this if it happens.

    What are your thoughts on the future of boon docking?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Since no one has replied to your question, Tom, I’ll share my thoughts.

      I’m a baby boomer — right in the middle of the boom — born in 1948, retired 5 years ago at age 62. I think the greatest part of the boomers has retired already, and many of them are RVing, some of the boondocking.

      I’m not concerned about the number of boondockers as I am about the habits of boondockers. Our public lands are huge. Respectful, considerate boondockers can find places to camp without infringing on the camping experience of others. I’m hopeful that with new leadership in our country the economy will recover and thrive again, which in turn will mean money for the national forest districts to repair and maintain roads.

      My biggest concern is all-terrain vehicles (OHVS, quads, dirt bikes, etc.). Readers are probably tired of hearing me gripe about the damage and noise these play vehicles make. What I haven’t mentioned much is the damage they do to boondocks. Those of you who are already “out there,” boondocking or camping or hiking…. Take a look at how people set up their camps when they have an OHV. More often than not there is no respect for the campsite. The utility trailer is parked on the grass. The OHVs are parked on the grass. After they leave, look at the campsite. There are OHV circles (or arcs), sometimes deep ruts, through the grass.

      This trampling — always putting the OHV, truck, utility trailer, beyond the perimeter of dirt — means the campsites become larger and larger. All that bare ground tends to erode during heavy rains.

      Now you find campsites as large as the parking lot at your local grocery store, rutted, with protruding rocks, ugly.

      I won’t go into what is happening to the forest roads.

      What is the future of boondocking?

      I hope all campers aren’t lumped together with OHV destroyers, resulting in more restrictions on where we can camp on public lands. As with most problems, the situation has to become dire before sufficient action is taken. In the meantime, as usual, those who make noise and cause destruction overrule those who camp quietly with respect for nature.

      • Retiredcajunlady 'n Louisiana says:

        Sue, I think you have a uniquely qualified view on the use and abuse of our public lands. And you write without embellishment stating the facts and evidence of what you have seen. Have you thought of writing the Sec. of the Interior, Jewell, to voice your concern? I am not pushing work on you, but for me to write and report what I have seen on the news and read in blogs wouldn’t have the impact as one who is living by exploring and enjoying the lands of the Interior. And I know you have a huge following. Perhaps others who camp on public lands either full time or recreationally would also write. I am still one who believes in “lighting a candle instead of cursing the darkness”, and in my way I do very much have my voice heard on the causes I am passionate about. The preservation of America’s beauty and her public lands is one of those causes as it pertains to coastal erosion and wetlands of my area. But you have experienced so much more of this great country, so much of its beauty and so much more of its misuse. I truly am not giving you an assignment, nor am I suggesting that you don’t already do so much by your gentle use and appreciation of the land. I simply truly believe you have all the knowledge, skills, and first hand experience to give important input as to all you have seen.

        Thank you again for the wonderful job you do on your blog. I hope today and tomorrow are quiet and filled with beauty and nature for you and your crew!

        Hugs and belly rubs, and prayers for all.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I will seriously consider your suggestion, retiredcajunlady. It probably would be more effective to wait until the new administration is in place.

          • Tom Moore says:

            Sue, I hope you are right.

            I am a 48′ model boomer myself.

            Like you I see the difference between those that call the boondocks home and those that see it a recreation place for the weekend.

            Like in many parts of Texas tracks made by wheels take decades to grow over.

            I see but do not like the idea of higher fees to use these citizen owned lands in the future. One way to make people make choices about where they go is the financial costs for doing so.

  20. Hi Sue, So glad to hear you picked up some Palisades peaches, only thing better is buying right at the orchards in Palisades. In past years I would have been over in Grand Junction for the flyball tournament but since our dogs have retired from playing flyball . A stop on the way home to Denver would have scored is a large bag of the sweet juicy peaches. I’m 23 days and counting till retirement and then we’ll be out not quite fulltiming yet. Our first stop will be to see the horses in Sand Wash Basin. I have so far to go in writing my blog. I’m sure I will never have the following that you have but it will be a fun read for my kids and grandkids. Enjoy the peaceful weekend with the herd.

  21. Marysia says:

    I hope Kinnet Flats will stay quiet and peaceful for you through the Labor Day weekend. We were in Crested Butte, Gunnison, Salida, and Buena Vista the whole week. It got progressively more busy. After having some car trouble we had to drive to Denver on Friday morning. There was steady line of cars, cars with campers, RVs with boats, 4-wheelers, and, dirt bikes driving toward Buena Vista. Thousands of them!

    • Don in Okla. says:

      OH NO!! I hate to hear of the crowds descending on BV. I was sure thinking about moving to that area but sounds like the area will be severely populated before I get there. There’s getting to be too dang many people everywhere!!

  22. DesertGinger says:

    I haven’t been able to find any good peaches for a few weeks. Right before I went to NY the peaches and nectarines were great, but since then not so much. They aren’t very juicy! And peaches are all about the juice!

    I have been eating too much and have to stop. I am addicted to corn tortillas with retried beans, hot sauce and shredded cheese. I could eat that twice a day, and sometimes I do. And I had a fabulous ear of corn this week, more of that!

    I’m having a tired day today and mainly sleeping. Sleeping and eating. I hope tomorrow I’m more awake and productive. Will you be starting back south soon Sue? We miss you down here. Having a gorgeous weekend of weather in 90s. Rain forecast for next week. But I doubt it will start to cool down much before mid-October. Can’t wait for winter!!!

    My son may come for a visit so I need to clean my house. That’s what I need to do tomorrow! I think I will try to turn in early, by 9 or 10. I have had my cpap adjusted to a higher setting and have a new, more comfortable mask, so I hope to sleep well and wake up about 6m raring to go! Spend. Few hours on a work project, then start on my house. That’s my plan anyway.

    Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

  23. Colleen from Tehachapi now mobile says:

    Hello Sue – I haven’t chimed in for quite awhile but I read every post. We have been busy busy – we moved out of our house and into the RV in June. Thoroughly enjoying the adventure. The house hasn’t sold yet, just waiting for the right person to come along. Hopefully soon.

    You mentioned your Verizon data plan and overages. Since moving into the RV we of course went over the first month. We made some adjustments and upped our plan. Verizon has changed their fee structure and also have a Safety Mode. Once you hit your limit you get free 2G data! It worked much better than we expected. You might want to check it out. It is saving us a bundle.

    We have been enjoying the Central California Coast this summer and are heading up to Oregon and Northern California for a couple of months soon. We are looking for some green and maybe a bit of rain. It is so brown and dry in Southern California.

    I always enjoy your photos and the panoramic are gorgeous!

  24. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    The panoramic pictures look great. Glad you faired the weather ⚡️ I know it’s after the storm now but extra hugs for Reggie ❤️

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    🙂

  26. ApplegirlNY says:

    I hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We’re up in the mountains and getting ready to take a short mountain hike this morning with one of our sons and his girlfriend and then off to a nice breakfast somewhere. We’ve enjoyed peace and quiet this weekend, too. You never know what to expect on a holiday weekend.

    Sue, your post with you and Reggie and Bridget in the BLT reminded me of that old song “you and me and rain on the roof… caught up in a summer shower…”

    Not a cloud in the sky here in the Adirondacks, but thinking and praying for all of those in the track of that big storm.

  27. Doug H says:

    Sue you should go check with Verizon on their new pricing plans. we have a large plan with 2 smart phones and the switch to the new plan saved us $37 a month and we have the same 30 Gig we had plus we now have Mexico and Canada in the plan if we travel there. Also anything we dont use rolls over to the next month, so if we had 5 Gigs left we would have 35 Gigs for the next month. But they dont roll into the following month.
    If you dont have a smart phone I am not sure how it would work, but you should check with them or go on their web site to see what they have.

  28. weather says:

    Thanks for posting, Sue. I didn’t expect to find a new one yet.Watching Youtubes can burn through data quite rapidly. With as much going on in life as there was last month, I watched several, as I listened to other voices besides morning song to greet some days and considered that a valuable and so justifiable moving expense 🙂 I hope more of this holiday weekend is as enjoyable as the storm you described loving.

  29. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Hope everyone has a nice Labor Day weekend. I have been under the weather for the last few days, sleeping nearly 36 hours straight, so I have a lot of work to catch up on. I guess I will be laboring over Labor Day. Love the panoramic shots, sometimes. Hope the camp stays peaceful.

  30. Rob, in northern Georgia says:

    Pagosa Springs is mentioned several times in Louis L’Amour’s westerns. Looking up the places he talks about is always interesting.

  31. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Hope your weekend is a quiet one..yesterday I visited a large outlet mall to purchase school clothes for my grandchildren, huge sale at Osh Gosh. It was so packed with people there were actually fights breaking out over parking spots. I hate shopping or anything else on holiday weekends!
    How did you like the Dave’s Killer Bread?

  32. Geri says:

    We survived Hermine just fine. We did lose the screen room where we create our Mermaid Tears. so as soon as we can, we need to get the old screen room off and see what damage is under the old cloth. Hopefully the poles are still good and since we put away all tools safely and thankful that glass doesn’t rust, mold, or melt, that will all be fine! The eye of the storm was heading right toward us, and Apalachicola was supposed to be the landfall.

    At the very last minute, the eye drifted east and landed in the next county! We never lost power or cable TV! We saw only one tree down and lots of pine needles covering roads and lawns. St. George Island had some flooding bayside. Tallahassee got the worst of it, electric still out.

    Trump sent a truckload of supplies to Panacea FL where Hermine finally made landfall. He wanted no publicity about his thoughtfulness, I hear he also sent a truck to devastated Cedar Key. Nice of him.

    Raining all day today so nothing to be done today in the screen room. Maybe tomorrow! But we were very lucky, BLESSED is a better word! Hope that is the last hurricane for a while!

    • weather says:

      Great to see such good news of your being blessed that way, thanks for the note 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hooray! Wonderful to see you here, Geri! We’ve been concerned about you, Chuck, Radar, and Doogie. (See comments under previous post.) I wrote you an email which you probably never received. I have several email addresses for you and don’t know which is the one to use!

      Well, you suffered some damage but it could’ve been much worse. Thank God you are okay!

      Thanks for the report.

      • Geri says:

        Awwww thanks Sue! Sorry we didn’t respond sooner! Been kinda swamped around here (pun intended)! I will email you my current address. For some reason I was getting hacked pretty regularly but this yahoo address seems OK.

    • Retiredcajunlady 'n Louisiana says:

      Geri, thanks so much for letting us know you both are well. Many thoughts and prayers were being sent y’all way. Take care.

    • Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

      Thank Goodness ya’ll came through with minor issues. Glad to know you are all right.

      Deena and Miss Mollie

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Thank you for sharing about Trump helping out…We went to a rally in our area this past week to hear him…walked miles in line to get in…bet you never heard THAT on the news. The most fun however was talking to other people in line around us and sharing things we knew and had experienced in life…on all sorts of topics…and I must say I enjoyed the rally, tho’ I would never have gone had not hubby drug me there. I could say a lot more, but Sue would have a war on here…and peace is desirable. I would encourage others to at least attend some such things, for any candidate, just in order to meet other people…and to see for oneself what really happens…cause I have not seen a very honest news report yet online at least, that tells it how it was.

  33. Mark says:

    Glad you are enjoying your weekend. I always love the thunder storms here in Kansas. We have had our share of storms this year. We are the typical Kansans that stand on the porch during a tornado warning, can’t see anything from the basement, lol. Yesterday morning we had quite the ride with earthquake, it felt like we were back in California. Earthquakes scare the bejeebers out of me. I lived in the San Fernando Valley and nothing scares me like an earthquake. I found out yesterday they still have the same affect. My first thought was I should have filled the water tank on the RV. I remember not having water for a week after a quake in the valley. Back then the gas and electric were off until everything could be checked out. How all those memories come flooding back after the house shakes for a couple minutes. All is well is well now, I probably should fill the tank today and add a few supplies to the RV. Did anyone else feel the Quake? it was centered in Oklahoma.

    Mark,
    Salina, ks

  34. Jerry & Karen says:

    Enjoying the scenery around you…have spent a few vacation days nearby….we live in Olathe Kansas but your Olathe corn is Olathe Colorado which is well known here too….
    Mark we felt the earth quake Saturday am too…it was weird as we have never experienced one before…hopefully those in OK are ok….
    Enjoy the weekend.

  35. Pat (Ky) says:

    Greetings All,
    Just wanted to let you all know the Casita made it home last Tuesday. We pulled in right at midnight. It was a white knuckle ride for me. The first half hour was constant changing lanes to get to the right interstate out of Nashville. Then there’s road construction and then a bumpy ride on 65N. Having never towed anything other than a small boat my dad built when I was a kid, this was a new experience. It doesn’t help that I don’t see well in the dark, esp depth perception. The last hour, it felt like my eyes were dancing in my head. I didn’t even attempt to back in the drive.

    I am rather proud of myself. It only took me 15 minutes to back out, get turned around and backed down my narrow drive. I finally unhitched it and leveled it on Friday. Now I have to try and hitch it back up. This week I plan on getting new tires put on. They are on order.

    I’ve spent time just sitting in it in the driveway this weekend, trying to figure out how to arrange it to get the most floor space. I think the dogs are going to own the floor.

    I’ve never been one to name my vehicles but the Casita kind of makes me want to. As I was driving to Nashville, I was thinking of all the stuff that the dogs need…beds, leashes, tie outs, food (lots of food). Then there’s kitchen stuff, clothing, camp stuff, and of course some “toys” for me….it will be the whole kit and caboodle. So I thought the van could be Kit and the Casita, Kaboodle. I changed it to a “k” just because I can. I kind of like the sound of Kit and Kaboodle.

    I’m headed into work shortly but first I need to hook up the pups and take a walk through the park. Pat

    • Kat & Cookie Dog in NY says:

      Congratulations on your new Casita. I love how you decided to name your van Kit and the Casita Kaboodle. Naming things has always been hard for me. If I ever find a camper I will need help to name it. Enjoy getting to know your new casita! Have FUN!

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