The beauty of Badger Mountain and nine pounds of courage

P1060820Morning light at Badger Mountain Camp, Ephraim, Utah

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P1060913The aspens are aglow

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P1060917Wildflowers all over

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P1060907Cheery faces along our path

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P1060919Watch where you step!

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P1060914A forest road leads us onward

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P1060910Our first three nights on the mountain it rains, just enough to freshen.

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P1060814Coneflowers in abundance

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P1060854If any trees could fall in love, it would be the aspens

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P1060908Thank heaven for blue sky

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P1060920I love Badger Mountain!

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Okay, enough of this sappy stuff.

I have to tell you what happened this morning.

The three of us are inside the Best Little Trailer.  Bridget and Reggie are snoozing.  I’m online.

Suddenly there’s a bumping at the door!

What the heck is THAT?  As I jump up I see our visitors out the window.

“Cows!”

I open the screen door to shoo them away.  One is right by the door.  In fact the critter is slobbering all over it.  I don’t give Reggie a thought . . . .

And out the door he goes!

“Reggie!  Come baaaack!”

The herd of cows, about five or six of them, take off in a thunder of hooves with Reggie barking behind them.  I grab my camera, lean out the door, and take this photo.

P1060858Reggie is off to the right (in the above photo) in determined pursuit.  Cattle and Reggie disappear down the forest road.  Reggie’s bark grows fainter.

At least he’s familiar with the road.  We’ve been that way several times.  I’d like to chase after him but that will make him run all the more.  It’s best if I wait. 

I leave the door open and I wait and I wait. 

He’s still barking.  I wait some more.

Then Reggie flies into the BLT, pounces at my knees, makes a banked turn, and shoots out the door again.  I look out the window and there he is, running around with glee.  That little rascal.  He’s having a great ol’ time.  Bless his heart. . . .  Well, he can’t run forever.

When Reggie decides he’s had enough, in he comes, all excited, panting and wagging his tail.

“Hello, Reggie Man!  What a good boy you are!  You got rid of the monsters!”

He jumps into my lap and I pet his squirming body. 

“You know what?  You deserve a treat!”

I pull two treats out of the treat bag. Reggie’s tail continues on high speed.  Bridget perks up, wondering what all the excitement is about.

“You deserve one, too, honey, for never running off and giving me a fright!”

rvsue

NOTE:  Several comments with questions and answers came in under the previous post immediately prior to this post being published.  Do take a look.  The comments section was a-jumpin’!

CANINE CORNER:  “Do Clothes Make The Man?” by Bridget and Reggie

“Reggie!  My oh my, I do like that blue suit on you!”

P1060932“Oh.  Thanks, Miss B.”

“What’s the matter?  Don’t you like it?”

“It makes me look like a . . .  a girl.”

“No, it doesn’t.  You look like a cowboy with a red bandana.”

“I don’t wanna’  look like a cowboy with a red banana!”

 

DSC05710“BanDANa.  Look, little guy.  What you wear doesn’t make you any more or any less than who you really are.”

“Well, who am I then, Miss B?  Really.  And don’t say I’m LITTLE!”

“You can be anything you want to be, Reg.  Today you were nine pounds of courage.  That was very brave of you to chase the herd of cattle down the forest road.”

 

P1060937“Yeah?  You think so?  I was protectin’ you and RVSue!  I made those ol’ poopy cows scram!  They’ll think twice before comin’ ’round our door again!  Hee-Yah!!!”

“See, Reggie?  You were a great cowboy and you weren’t even wearing your blue suit at the time . . . .”

 

“Then can I take it off now?  Pleeeeeze?”

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217 Responses to The beauty of Badger Mountain and nine pounds of courage

  1. Awesome picture of the cows!!!

  2. GO REGGIE! Love the cowboy look, too.

  3. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Reggie I love your new blue suit!

  4. Jeannie/SW WA says:

    Such a brave guy, big-heart, big-spirit.

  5. carlene says:

    So proud of your Reg protecting his family in the mountains of Utah.

    What wonderful pictures, the wild flowers are lovely. So enjoy your photography.

    Happy Campin’

  6. Sherri D says:

    So close! Glad for a happy ending! Reggie the rascal!

  7. Lynn Brooks says:

    Oh my gosh!!! Those pictures are AMAZING!!!! So beautiful!!!
    I’d love to to live there forever!!!
    Of course, I’m sure the winters are brutal, but it is so lovely!!

  8. Pookieboy in SE Texas says:

    oh wow……….that reggie boy….proud of him
    great pictures, Sue…
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Chuck. That Reggie didn’t hesitate… He went after those cows with a vengeance!

  9. Marilu from Northern California says:

    Hi Sue, Miss B and Reggie,
    I think Spike was whispering in Reggie’s ear when he took off after those cows?.

  10. Lisa W says:

    Reggie takes his protection job very seriously. He looks super cute, errr handsome in his blue outfit. Loved the pictures today.

  11. Okay! You got me grinning from ear to ear! Cowboy Reg! What a brave dog and he came back Sue! He came back to you and Bridget! I am so proud of him! Yep I’m grinning from ear to ear!
    What a beautiful, restful camp you have! The flowers..???. Oh my, the beautiful flowers and the pair of aspens forever locked in an embrace…. another grin stretched across my face! Finally the crew speaks! Love the conversation between Bridget and Reggie! Yep! I’ve got some grins going on! Thanks for the fun read! I hope you get to stay here a longgg time! GRIN ! ???????

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I don’t know how you do those graphics. Wow, nice touch! Keep grinning!

      • I just recently discovered the graphics feature on my tablet! Glad you like them!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m surprised they show up in WordPress comments. I want them!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            I like them too! I noticed that for some reason (at least on my screen) that the usual smiles/winks/etc. have gotten really small, such that it’s hard to make out what the expression actually is. I like yours, Geri!

          • All I can tell you is that I have a cheapie Verizon tablet and I think the text is Google, I didn’t request Google text, it just came with the text and graphics. Not even that sure it is Google text, but every once and a while a little a little flash as pops up saying Google Graphics, so… You can see if your computer has access to Google Graphics! I see the graphics on FB all the time, and S.P. I agree, the smiley faces are much smaller and there must be at least 10 + different expressions to choose from!???? lots of animals and things to choose from!

        • wildflower in prescott says:

          ?????????????? ???????????????????????

  12. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    I’m thinking the gone-to-seed flowers are purple coneflowers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The leaves didn’t look right to me for coneflowers. Or maybe I’m thinking of blue cornflowers… Do coneflowers grow up to 4 feet tall?

      LATER>>> Okay, I looked up images of coneflowers gone to seed and you probably are right! There are big areas of them. I’d love to see them in bloom.

      • They make very nice dried Flower arrangements! I have even seen them woven into a wreath!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          There’s a sign as you start the climb up Badger Mountain. It says No Wildflower Seed Collection. I can see why that sign is needed. It would be tempting to collect for one’s home garden.

      • NV Teacher says:

        They are western cone flowers and that’s pretty much what they look like all the time. As kids we would use them to whack each other on the noggin. They are quite dense and hard and it hurt like heck when you weren’t quick enough to dodge a blow. Oh the fun we had in those mountains.

      • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

        LOVE Coneflowers!!!

  13. Shawna says:

    Oh that little precious Reggie! I have to tell you my heart was in my throat when he ran after the herd! What a brave little man. And you can tell him The Chiweenie Brothers are in absolute awe!
    Love your camp. Gorgeous; and you have captured that beauty so well in all your photos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Shawna. You can imagine how I felt! The thing that kept me from panic was knowing that Reggie was familiar with the road.

  14. Glinda says:

    That Reggie is too cute! He got rid of those old cows. He sure deserved a treat.
    Give him a hug for me and Bridget too.
    Have a great day!
    Glinda

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Glinda. I wanted Reggie to remember how good it is to come home.

      Have a great evening!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        That was a good idea – a treat and a happy reception.

        It can be a bit of a Catch 22: If they don’t come back when you call, but then do show up eventually… if you scold them then, that’s what they remember. It can be a bit maddening though, since when you give a treat, you’re sort of rewarding them for coming when they darn well felt like it. The rascals! (Not in this case, but I mean in general.)

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I had mixed feelings, too, like a mother whose child has given her a scare, wanting to give them a spanking and also to hold them close and never let go.

  15. Jolene says:

    Wonderful, beautiful pictures!! And Reggie, I was laughing and terrified at the same time for him!! What a brave little man!! Loving this camp!!

    • Jolene says:

      I also loved Bridget and Reggie in Canine Corner. Always love those and Reggie is so cute in the little outfit!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Jolene. Canine Corner is fun to write and, yes, the colors of that suit bring out Reggie’s cuteness.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene….

      Gosh, if it isn’t one thing, it’s another. Bridget attacked by dogs, Reggie running loose after cattle!

  16. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    As soon as I read “nine pounds of courage” I got worried, but Little Man saved the day!! I’m glad he didn’t get trampled, but I imagine he’s too quick on his feet to get under those hooves. Makes you wonder what those big bad bovines were doing at the door – I didn’t realize cows are that curious/brave/dumb. Obviously, I know nothing about cows. And I think this was the first Bridget/Reggie duologue (unless I missed something earlier) – very nice!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I’m pleased you liked Canine Corner. Bridget and Reggie have had a conversation before. I’m trying to remember what it was about . . .

      Oh, cows are very curious animals. They’re slow to react. Big on staring.

      Maybe you haven’t read all the old posts… One time the crew and I found our campsite circled by cows standing shoulder to shoulder. Made for a funny photo!

      LATER>>>> Now I remember the crew’s conversation! Reggie was talking about being Special Ops because he wears a camo suit. I think I’m crazy.

      • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

        Yes, I do remember that one now. Your memory is better than mine. Ha – everyone’s memory is better than mine most days 🙂

        • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

          P.S. Reggie is quite the sartorial gentleman. A camo suit AND a cowboy in a red bandana suit? Before too long he will need his own clothes closet and a butler to take care of it all.

  17. Linda Hughes says:

    Reggie is such a handsome little man! Bridget looks at him like, “oh my you are a crazy boy!” They are so fun to see in your pics, I know they are the best company you could ever have. I have been going back to reread some of your past post from 2011-2012, thanks so much for all the great information, have a blessed week and safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you for the many compliments in your comment, Linda!

      I’m always pleased when someone says they’re going to read the old posts. I hope you will enjoy them. You’ll get to know us better… and the blogorinos, too, if you read comments, now and then.

      Blessings on your life this week, too!

  18. Velda says:

    In reference to your previous post and the question about RX on the road. Our Part D Medicare Suppliment via Anthem does RX via Caremark. I get our RX via mail much of time. I called them before we left on our 3 mo trip in 08 and they said they do both vacation supplies ( more than 3 mo) and can mail order to a place of your choosing. I had RX shipped to my sister in law in Oklahoma half way through our trip. That said maybe you don’t use mail order. My point is, call the administrator of your plan and tell them you are going to travel and ask what they can do to help. They might have the best answer and have experience in setting it up. We are not allowed to get any but a 30 day supply from anywhere except CVS or Caremark and except short term meds like antibiotics which we can get anywhere we are required to switch to 90 day supply after the first 3 bottles.

  19. Piper says:

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like a great place to relax. That is without the cows. I guess I dont know much about cows either, didn’t know they would do that. But Reggie saved the day! I know that had to of given you a fright, especially waiting on him to come back! Glad it all worked out.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Piper,

      Cows can be a PITA. I’ve had them come up to the BLT when we were camped on BLM land. They butted the BLT! Slobbered on it, too. One time we returned to that campsite to find them standing on the blue outdoor mat and nosing around my little charcoal BBQ. You drive them away and they come back. I expect Reggie’s work is not done!

  20. Larry in AR says:

    Oh, good grief. Is that graffiti I see on one of Mother Nature’s trees?

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Not saying it shouldn’t be classified as graffiti, but I was reading a few months ago about “arborglyphs” on things like aspen trees. I’ll have to go back and look at the photos (not like that’s a chore – they’re beautiful!), but maybe that’s what you are commenting on?

    • NV Teacher says:

      Old timers did that quite a lot. One time we found my grandfather’s name carved on a tree in the mountains. It’s a special place for us because he died when my dad was just seven years old.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        How wonderful that you know that place . . . There are a lot of special places on this mountain for people who have been here and carved their names, and for the family who remember them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Larry,

      There are probably hundreds… yes, hundreds… of trees on Badger Mountain with names carved in them. From my window I can see at least twelve names. The dates go back to the early 70s.

      At our campsite there are several trees with huge “wounds,” some obviously made a long time ago and some made this summer, by men and boys playing with axes. A common activity is to use an axe or a hatchet to debark the tree.

      I may seem like a complainer. In truth I only gripe about a small percentage of the evidence of really disgusting, immature, thoughtless behaviors I see regularly in the forest.

      The names carved on trees don’t bother me hardly at all because I see a lot of things that are much worse, and it’s a pretty harmless practice.

      • Larr in AR says:

        So my old eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. Actually I had heard that bark can be peeled from Aspen, Birch without damaging the tree. Still, it is a little disconcerting. To me, it’s sort of like dog poop. One pile left wouldn’t be such a big deal, but what if everyone did it.

  21. mockturtle says:

    In most places, dogs can be legally shot if they are caught chasing livestock. Please keep brave little Reggie safe! 🙂

    • Joy Sutton says:

      And we have had cows that literally stalked the dogs. Hated them. Would stomp if they got the opportunity. My husband prized those cows above all. The coyotes don’t have a chance which is the point. A few in a herd are greatly desired. Dogs have no business in a pasture. now on public land that could be conflicting . We no longer have public land here so a dog in the pasture is a no no unless a trained cattle dog. All public land here in our area is FS who discourages cattle in the wooded areas. Stock laws to confine cattle to private holdings and fences happened back in the 1960 s.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Very interesting, Joy, about stock laws, but what area of the country are you talking about?

        The Bureau of Land Management leases land for cattle and sheep grazing. I assume the forest service here does also, unless these few head were escapees from a ranch.

        • Joy Sutton says:

          Mark twain nation forest, and scenic Riverways national park. Missouri we have alsorts of camping here. Free dispersed on high dry mountains, and river sand bars if you can find free access. COE with amenities, FSAnd PRK campground without amenities, and private in the low end financial, few resort type. State parks with cabins if you prefer. We have it all . No cows . They eat the small trees and under growth so important to keep our fragile top soil. The good old mountain boys of my childhood actually burned the ” woods” to keep the under cover down and to kill the ticks. Allowed the grasses to green up for summer pasture. The cows , pig, horses free ranged and were rounded up in fall for market. The rains then washed the topsoil off the mountains. We were left with rocks. The fines here are for letting fire and cows out. Can’t do much about the pigs though, it free hunting with the admonition to shoot on sight. Conservation did a helicopter slaughter recently. Still more pigs. Very destructive.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh my, I’m trying to imagine someone hunting down the Reggie Man in order to shoot him for chasing five cows a few hundred yards. As of yet, he isn’t a threat to livestock. Not to worry! 🙂

  22. Kerry says:

    Wow. We were in a parallel universe. Only I was in Teton Cyn sleeping and coming from California my first thought was “Earthquake!!!” Just cows using my Casita door handle as a scratcher and slobbering all over Thelma! 9 pound Henry likewise dispatched about a dozen cows in short order. Who woulda thunk it?!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Isn’t that something! Cows do like to slobber on Casitas. We’ve been inside, too, when cows tried to rock the BLT. So that’s what an earthquake feels like!

      And you have nine pounds of courage, too! 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Maybe they think Casitas look like a giant salt lick 🙂

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          LOL, I wrote this before I saw your response below to Weather. Guess that will teach me to read all the comments first but you know what they say about great minds thinking alike.

  23. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Had to laugh…imagining that little furball highing himself off after those cows!! Amazing how some little dogs seem to think they are as big as a St. Bernard!! Glad he came back unhurt! Cows usually are not mean, but they are not keen on dogs bothering them either. It is amazing how cows seem to always find you, Sue…they are such curious creatures…just wanting to see what is new in their territory. I am amazed at how you are doing in that high altitude!! I would be crawling about!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Elizabeth…. Except for a rogue now and then, cows generally are not malicious.

      We can adjust to this altitude fairly quickly, although I don’t see me going for a long jog! It’s the next 1,000 feet that are tough. I’m reconsidering my plan to return to the top of the mountain. It might stress Bridget too much and she can’t tell me if something is wrong. And I don’t know what it would do to Reg.

  24. AZ Jim says:

    “So what did we learn this day children?” “Jim you’ve had your hand frantically waving so I’ll put you out of your misery by calling on you.” “Well Teach, we learned two things, first we learned that the old saying about big surprises come in small packages (in this case a 9 pound package). We also learned that little Reggie will come home to his older Sis and Missy when he completes a mission!” “Jim, you are gonna fool around a be my star pupil yet. A+!!”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cute, Jim! 🙂

      I am sure that Reggie wants to come home after one of his escapes. My concern is that he go into the woods, become disoriented, and because he’s so little, can’t see his way out again. This little escapade didn’t scare me much because I could hear that he wasn’t going into the woods, just down the road.

  25. Every dog needs a job. Reggie knows his.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Right on both counts, Al!

      His other job is waking me up at 4 in the morning to play “chew off the hand.”

      • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

        hee hee…..we were wondering why you were responding to comments yesterday so early,,,,4:xx am! Now we know why you were up soooo early!

  26. Joy Sutton says:

    Tried to find you on Google maps but couldn’t place badger mountain. Looks like a lovely area though. Lots of places on the maps actually to camp so could stay far a lengthy period above 700o feet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joy,

      It’s a nice idea but it could result in a fine of $245 (or more). From talking with the rangers during a previous visit, I learned they do keep themselves aware of who is camping on the mountain. After 16 days one risks a fine. For that reason during a previous visit I went down to the forest service’s district office in town and asked permission for a few extra days. They were reasonable and let me do that, since our time ended at a holiday weekend.

      We will have the same situation with Labor Day Weekend. Our 16 days ends in the middle of it.

      • Joy Sutton says:

        Hmm here in FS they let you stay 14 and then move at least 20 mi. That forest looked to be big enough to move 20 mi several times. Maybe once I zoomed in on that map it looked bigger than it really is.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Where is “here?” You’re making me crazy. 🙂 LATER… Okay, I see you added your location in a response above. Thanks!

          It doesn’t matter how big a forest is, if it’s mountainous and there aren’t roads to access it with an RV and if there aren’t established campsites, one doesn’t have the option of moving several times within the forest to meet a distance rule after the time limit. One has to consult the MVUM to see if dispersed camping is allowed on roads within the forest.

          • Joy Sutton says:

            LOL sorry they don’t even check here unless you make a mess. Could probably stay all summer. Officially only 14 days but saw a school bus once that stayed til late fall. Had a baby. Sure they were homeless. Helped carry water to them a couple times. Had a couple with pickup and cover with 2 school age children stay at local access on river all summer last yr. man got a job local and rented house for winter.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Boy, I’ve never seen anything like that allowed in western forests. No wonder you thought I could move around and stay as long as I liked. Good of you to help folks out…

  27. weather says:

    “If any trees could fall in love,it would be the aspens.”-it’s a good indication they may be a favorite of yours when you have thoughts like that.The beautiful photos of them for us and a beautiful camp site for you makes me glad again that you love Badger Mountain and are there.I was also glad to see that Mick’s note made you remember too high an elevation’s effects.It seems now you aren’t too low or too high,your just right-perfect for three little friends with their home in the woods!

    What cute ways to handle the story of Reggie’s adventure you used.The wait for his return hopefully was short.It’s terrific that Bridget doesn’t put you through that.I wonder if a Casita being a curved white structure reminds cows of a grain silo so that may attract them.I don’t recall ever seeing any physically rub or even closely approach a shed,small outbuilding or home.Oh,well,you now have two among you practiced at shooing them away,and it makes for really entertaining posts 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Bridget is an easy dog to have around. She never strays. She wouldn’t chase a cow. That’s a job for commoners. Ha!

      Who can guess what goes on in the bovine mind? These are range cattle. You may be thinking of cattle that are kept around buildings as not being interested in rubbing up against sheds, etc. For these cattle on the mountain, the BLT is a curious sight. I did wonder if they lick the white fiberglass because they think it’s a giant salt lick?

      Grain silos in this area are unpainted metal and I thought the big ones are silos of grain to be milled into flour. I don’t know. Maybe a reader will explain.

      You reminded me of a conversation I had with a group of Georgia farmers soon after I moved to that state. I told them I thought they were irresponsible for leaving hay bales in the field all winter, that they didn’t put them in a barn like they’re supposed to. “What’s the matter with you farmers! Are you lazy?” I was kidding, of course, and they laughed. It did seem weird that there weren’t any silos around, and hay not put in barns.

      I don’t know how range cattle are managed in winter in this part of the country. Are they rounded up and put in fields? In Georgia hay is brought to the cows in the field during winter. This sort of thing interests me.

      The cattle have lots of forage on Badger Mountain. The ones on Nebo Loop Road don’t have as much. Very dry there.

      Well, that’s enough cattle talk! I do wonder if they’ll come back though. . . . 🙂

      • weather says:

        It interests me,too.As cows have only two color receptors they likely barely distinguish a difference between silver and white.If the cattle are branded and have free range each owner would decide how and where they winter so it may take inside information or acquaintance with locals to know how they’re fed as well.Each state’s laws differ about prior possession as rule,fencing on land both private and public,blah,blah blah…You’re right ,enough cattle talk.I’d be surprised if the ones you saw didn’t return as they may roam trails they choose for access repetitively.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I didn’t know that about color receptors. Thanks for teaching me.

          Your mention of trails being roamed reminds me of a mystery I’ve encountered. Something — a herd, I think — came through here without us knowing. I notice that the vegetation has been chewed down in a wide swath, the tops of coneflowers and other tall plants have been eaten, small logs broken, even a tree down that I’m sure was standing when we arrived. I searched for scat for a clue and all I found looked old, no prints on ground. … Also I see marks on trees that I didn’t notice before… Elk maybe? Whatever it was, they came through at night and were very quiet.

          The forest is a fascinating place to live!

      • NV Teacher says:

        From my experience most of the grain in Utah is grown for animal feed. I don’t know of any farmers that sell to flour mills, it all goes to stock yards for cows/pigs and milk dairies.

        Most of the range cattle will naturally make their way to lower elevations as winter approaches. They are rounded up and moved to winter grazing areas out in the west desert. That is the time that cattle are sorted/inoculated and the calves are branded.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I meant to say… I hope you are resting from your recent travel . . .

    • weather says:

      Thanks for you hope that I’ve been resting from my recent travel,Sue.The office furthest away was only 90 miles from here,the rest far closer.It become several hundred because after each meeting I returned home for troupe time and began again.Dogs aren’t allowed in those places and it was warm out so I wouldn’t leave them in the jeep.So yesterday and today I’d left clear to cozy around home. Tuesday was a lot of eating,play,lounge.Today a cool breeze kept the trees in motion.

      My oldest dog went first to one favorite spot,waited for me to come and see,then to the next and next.Finally he wanted to get in the jeep to ride alone with me while the rest of the troupe was inside napping.As we rode along he put his head in my lap and went to sleep.When I pulled back into the driveway I moved things in an old garden bed ,and tucked him in .He hadn’t awakened in the jeep from his nap,instead he woke up in Heaven.I’d known that only because as I pet his face on our ride a few times,once I felt no breath on my hand.As this tucking in will be our last one for a while,I used soil on top of the covers.

      Knowing you’ll search for words now,let me help,please relax.I know your heart towards us,no need for the one right expression is needed.I’d prayed for wisdom and strength should this occur and received grace as an extra gift.It could not have been softer if I’d planned it all out,nor could it have included more of what he most loved.He,and I,were given every one of the just one mores -seasons,scents,runs,touches,times to share and express our love for each other and others multiple times.I don’t feel robbed because it was all more than I expected.So is this reply to you,I’m sure,I prefer to tell the truth and felt telling you right away was the best way to do that.

      The finches are serenading me as I type.My a bit younger dog is beside me napping,kitty is asleep on the back of the overstuffed chair I’m in.All of us in this troupe,whatever our location-heaven or earth- are where we belong at the moment, as are nearby kleenex,chocolate ,a phone,and the One I follow and walk most closely with.

      • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

        I’m so sorry for your loss. It was so calm and peaceful.
        Hugs to you and your troupe.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Saddened for you and your troupe.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Awww. But, since it has to happen, it sounds like it was the best it could be, with a “perfect” day and some close along/together time. He obviously felt comfortable and protected riding along with his head in your lap, wind in his hair. We should all be so lucky when it’s our time.

        Still, it can be a sad time. My guy left a big empty hole behind (along with lots of good memories).

        • weather says:

          “…comfortable and protected …wind in his hair” -He did feel that!Perceptive of you to know that and a wonderful reminder for me of the beauty in our trip,thank you,Pen.

      • Oh weather…..I am so sorry to hear of your loss, sounds like your troupe member went so peacefully and with his most beloved by his side. Prayers for you….. he’ll always be close by in your heart I’m sure….

        • weather says:

          -so peacefully and with his most beloved-I’ll take comfort from your words when I think of that time,thank you,Marla

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh weather, I knew something had changed. We don’t usually exchange cow talk!

        With your typical thoughtfulness you excused me from a search for words. I’m grateful for that. Instead remember what lies in my heart for you, friend. You did well, letting your precious dog go gently in a way that he wished, alone with you. I’m very sorry for your pain. Don’t feel compelled to appear here. Take the time you need, love.

        • shirlene says:

          You are In my heart Weather.

        • weather says:

          Thank you for the reassurance your telling me that I did well gave me,Sue.Even while knowing that I’d given it my all,that I’ve loved him as truly as is humanly possible and believing that’s why we were given each other reading -that- and all your loving words lifted me in exactly the way I needed to be at the moment I read them yesterday.

          The first 24 hours have now passed,and you were right-I needed a bit of time and may again.For now I’m here not because I feel compelled to be,rather because this is a lovely part of my life that I just really enjoy coming to!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You’ve been on my mind, weather. Not that I’ve worried. I know you have prepared yourself and have received the grace to let go of your dear pal. Even so, the first days are still very difficult. Come and go from here according to what suits you.

            Sending you hugs with love, and may your kitty, finches, remaining dog, and the creatures around your home be His comfort for you.

            • weather says:

              Hugs and love felt and returned.My little girl did her kisses for dog biscuits happy .dance for me a little while ago -it’s all as you pictured it,He’s so-o good at this stuff! Difficult,yes,intensely at moments!Worth it?Absolutely!!!

      • Cate W says:

        Hi Weather,

        Sorry to hear about the loss of your old sweetheart. Sounds like a very gentle, peaceful passing over. His seeking his favorite places and falling asleep in your lap makes me wonder if dogs know when their time to leave is near. Thanks for telling us how you were prepared and able to accept this with grace.
        Blessings,
        Catew

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        And so, your friend who taught you and loved you so much, continues to touch hearts he never met. Because of how you have accepted and embraced his transition teaches me how to someday do the same. Thank you for that Weather.
        And thank you to your friend who so loved a human that I care about very much.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Weather, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend. I am glad that you had a special day together and that he went to heaven peacefully. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you lots of love and a hug.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Weather, so sorry for your loss. You have beautiful way of expressing your thoughts and feelings. Your precious pet passed most peacefully. Blessings to you.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        I am sorry for the parting time, Weather…whenever it is, we always wish it did not have to be. But for awhile…one day no more such things…much to look forward to, as I think you do too. How wonderful that he was able to be that active right up until…and that you did not need to choose the time or day!! I hope you will be ok!! HUGS!!

        • weather says:

          Elizabeth,you share,captured and know my thoughts well once again,thank you,I am and will be ok,nice hug,I feel it.

      • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

        Oh Weather…I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁 You related your loss here so well (sitting here crying) as you do everyday with everything you write. Keep your other kids close and give them lots of love.

        Krystina

        • weather says:

          Thanks,Krystina,you have a tender heart and give good advice-my other kids and I are more tightly knit today and it’s helped us all.

      • DesertGinger says:

        My heart is with you Weather.

        • weather says:

          Thank you very much,Ginger,for “being here”
          for me,I hope you are also still finding ways to celebrate your birthday,hugs.

  28. Hi Sue,

    I’m so glad you found your happy place! I know those long drives filled with traffic are so much less than pleasant.

    I have a question. I think I may be in the area where you are a bit over a month from now and am thinking that your Badger camping area would be nice…as long as it’s not snowing and slippery that is. You have mentioned that the road going up there is difficult, and I’m queezy about scary roads, so I was wondering how bad it is? Can two vehicles pass going the opposite directions? Is the ground firm? Does the BLT ever hit the ground? Etc…
    I’m also in a Casita and have the high rise, but it doesn’t seem all that high sometimes. I’m also still back up challenged. I will learn! Yes I will! It only took me an hour to get out of my friends driveway on Bainbridge Island yesterday! ?. But hey, I did it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Micky,

      The road is wide enough for vehicles to pass. The ground is firm (not muddy), washboardy, loose gravel. No, your vehicle and trailer will not hit the ground. There aren’t any scary drop-offs straight down from the road.

      The challenge is on your tow vehicle. The road is steep with hairpin turns and there isn’t any part of it that levels off. It’s up, up, up…..

      I wish I knew why people have such a hard time backing up a trailer. I feel like I’m missing something and I would like to help. It wasn’t that hard for me to learn and I don’t have any special ability. Go slow. If the trailer goes the wrong way, turn the wheel the other way. Not meaning to sound flippant. I’d like to know…

      BTW, be forewarned… There aren’t many easily-accessed campsites on the mountain and you may find them filled during hunting season as locals “hold” them for that purpose. It might not be as pleasant with gunshots going off…

      • Joy Sutton says:

        Oh Micky I so sympathize. Sue , I am left brained wired and right handed. No way can I think in reverse. I have tried for yrs. hence I drive a Motrhm. It was inconvenient living on a farm and not being able to back up the cattle or hay trailer. Discussing sounds coming from even our 9 and 12 yr olds . Now grown there are mama jokes about it. I just can’t . I wish I knew why. Interesting now with a liver disease my husband is taking a lot longer. Something with the coordination I am sure as that is one of the baser symptoms of liver problems.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Okay, that’s something I can understand. If one’s perception competes with what one is trying to accomplish, backing up a trailer would be very hard. I’m thinking that all one has to do is look in the side mirror, hold the steering wheel at the bottom, turn the wheel to the right and the trailer goes to the right, turn to the left, it goes left… Thank you for enlightening me!

          • I wish I knew too, Sue! I know when I try to back up, anxiety gets so huge in me that I forget somehow, which is left and which it right. I have to stop. Get out, breath, think…or try to. Try again. I’ve tried the hand at the bottom of the wheel thing, and I’ve tried turning the opposit way that I normally would. I always look in the mirrors. I get out about every foot or two to check my progress. When I finally do it, I am at that point so confused that I can’t remember how I did it…

            Joy that thinking in reverse idea might be a big part of it for me too. My whole life I’ve easily gotten to destinations, but when it’s time to leave it’s really hard for me to reverse the map in my head, and get out of where ever I am.

            My tow vehicle is great…Ford F-150 pulls Wandering Spirit with ease up hills. All is well as long as I’m going forward. ?

            Well, anyway, hunters. No that wouldn’t be pleasant to hear that or thinking my dogs might get shot at.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Just as another thing to try, I find that “steer the hitch” works for me (then the trailer takes care of itself). Might not work for you, but then maybe it will.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              This conversation about difficulty in backing up a trailer will make me more compassionate on the topic in the future. I’m blessed that it’s been easy for me. One thing you could fix is your confidence level. But you know that!

              During hunting season I curtail our boondocking, stay in campgrounds, or camp where hunting isn’t allowed or is unlikely.

            • Thanks Sidewinder Pen. I will try that!
              One thing that would help my confidence level along would be to become a good backer upper! Hehe.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              One thing you might try is what we call “rubber docking” in learning boat handling. In that case you anchor out a couple of rubber fenders or the like, and practice “docking” to them from all angles, etc. Preferably with no-one watching or making you feel rushed. And no harm can be done if you “hit” the “dock.”

              Perhaps an empty lot with some orange cones, or something like that. Set yourself up all kinds of challenges and then do them over and over (no pressure, no audience).

              Just a thought.

  29. Alice says:

    LOL, didn’t know you had a cattle dog did ya. So cute. Bridget is the queen and the smart one, let the little guy do it. Great pics as usual. Looked at the old post that your friend referred to. What a beautiful area. Take care and be safe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alice,

      It was nice of Mick to post that link to the post about our day at the top of the mountain. That was a special time with the crew and, yes, it’s beautiful up there.

      Thanks re the pics!

  30. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Hah! Deja vu with the cows!

    AND he came back! Yay! He’s low to the ground…to stay away from their back hoofs.

    Hmmm….if he starts liking to soak….he’s getting influence from you know who.

    Good job Bridgee babeee….someone needs to stay home and protect the fort!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Yeah, Reggie Man does remind me of a certain someone… The way he patrols, chasing cows, loving his food… but he doesn’t flip his dish! 🙂

      Bridgee babee chasing cattle? Unthinkable!

  31. kgdan says:

    These photos are SO beautiful!. SO beautiful.

    Temps are really coming down here— will be in 70’s by weekend and will stay that way through the week. We are staying focused the goal. Working everyday as much as we can tolerate to get rental finished while keeping the yard nice but taking little breaks to have fun and rest. We are really motivated; getting our rig on the road and heading south.

    This has been a really challenging time for us since arriving home in a rush the first of May. Much has been accomplished. Gil continues to do well with a heart checkup the end of Sept.— if all goes well he will be taken off Warfarin (fingers crossed). New TV & RV purchased; Casita sold. Still getting many pieces in place to be able to depart with peaceful minds. Those beautiful photos keep our anticipation alive, particularly on the days when we weary of scrubbing cupboards, appliances, floors, etc. Keep em coming, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll do that, Kathy! Thank you for complimenting my photos. Nature is mostly responsible!

      It looks like we might have some cool weather, too, even in the valley. Rain is coming, too.

      You have had a very productive summer. There are times when we have to pause from having fun in order to get our lives in order whether for health or home or whatever. Soon all that will be behind you, your rig is right for you and ready for the road, and your home will be in good shape and under reliable care.

      All that’s left is Gil’s checkup and you’re on your way! Yes, peace of mind while on the road is essential.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Kathy, Good luck on getting everything finalized. Praying for Gil to have a good checkup, an that he get to come off the Warfarin.
        I forgot what kind of rig you ended up getting. My sister says I have the CRS disease. LOL

  32. L.P. n' Me says:

    YEA HAW Reggie, glad you came back, you cowboy,,,,,,,,, those love trees look truly in love and the flower and landscape photos are beautiful,,,,,,,,,,,,, L.P. n’ Me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Lady Piper,

      Trees in love… Now we know what that looks like! Thanks for the compliments on the photos. Hope all is well with you, that your wrist is strong again.

      • L.P. n' Me says:

        So far Sue,, I took the plastic brace off, cause it was cutting me and I’ve been just using the 2 ace bandages to keep the swelling down and for support,,, but I’m using both hands to do things, the heavy stuff , with my right and simple stuff with my left ,,, so not to over do it and my wrist is healing real good n’ fast,,,,,,,,, and it’s been getting cooler hear and that’s good for me and L.P.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          You should be coming up on your appointment soon!

          • L.P. n' Me says:

            Yep,,, The 23rd., of September to see the Doc and 2 days before to have the Vampire take a little blood for the Doc , so he can tell me that my Rotten teeth is giving him a wrong Diagnoses on my Thyroid,,, But the VA wont pull them out and I don’t have the bucks to get them out,, just 3 need to be removed,, so the poison wont confuse the test,,,,,,

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Sounds good, Rusty. You’re wise to “baby” that wrist, let the other do the heavy lifting.

  33. Pam and Maya says:

    Hi Sue and Crew! One of my favorite posts all summer! Just laughed and laughed! You go Reggie!

  34. rvsueandcrew says:

    There are forests in Utah that have a 16-day time limit for dispersed camping. In researching Manti-La Sal Forest in which we are presently camped, I found information that surprised me. I’ve been under the impression that campers were allowed 16 days before moving. Also the distance between camps is not as far as in other forests where we’ve camped.

    Rules for Camping and Traveling on the Manti-La Sal National Forest

    Vehicles may be no more than 150 feet off the road for picnicking and camping unless otherwise posted.

    Camping time limit is 14 days. You must move your camp at least 10 miles after 14 days.

    Camping equipment may not be left unattended for longer than 72
    hours.

    That last rule is surprising, too!

  35. Susan in Dallas says:

    What a post! I actually wrote down the title on a post-it and stuck it on my monitor so I could go back often. Beautiful, beautiful nature photos, a canine conversation AND cows! Just doesn’t get any better. I know the bovines are a pain, but they always make me laugh.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      Wow! Your comment surely brightens my day! Thank you!

      Oh, I like cows, too. We have to remember to give each other space, that’s all. 🙂

  36. Good morning!

    I was captivated by the title…I was thinking…oh, what did Reggie do!?! What a great story! I bet you were dying a little with him running down that road, I would have been freaking out! Soooo glad he came back! Then with his extra run around out front…FREEDOM!!! What a good boy!!

    This post had the best of 3 worlds….beautiful photos, a great adventure story, and then Canine Corner (which was awesome!!!) You sure do spoil us, Sue! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Hope you have a great day ahead!

    Hi to the blogorinos! Hey there Shirlene!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marla,

      Something about your comment… I feel like you’re sitting here with us in the BLT and we’re having a little chat.

      Oh yes, Reggie is a good boy. It’s very important to him that I approve of him. It touches my heart the way he tries to please me, even when his youthful energy is hard for him to control.

      I hope you have a great day ahead, too. Thank you for the best-of-3-worlds compliment… 🙂

  37. rvsueandcrew says:

    How funny! I just checked my Amazon orders report and I see that there are two orders for camo vests like Reggie’s Special Ops harness! Maybe he’s started a trend!

    Best Pet Supplies All Season Harness for Pets, Army Base

  38. Jodee Gravel on the road in Fall City, WA says:

    It’s so hard letting the kids grow up! Even knowing it’s best to let them come back on their own, I’d have to tie myself down to wait 🙂 You can tell he really had them moving by all the dust they were kicking up in the hasty retreat – great pic! No matter that Tessa wears a pink collar, people often call her “he” because her muzzle looks a bit like she has a mustache. Bridget said all the right things to Reggie about his new harness – she’s pretty smart that girl :-)))) Oh, and the wildflowers are stunning!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jodee, re the wildflower photos. I was fortunate to arrive here right at the end of their bloom time. They’ve faded now and a field of them has been smashed… well, I won’t go there. It’s such a pleasure to walk down a country lane with wildflowers on both sides. And it looks like there are flowers for the entire growing season… wild roses! Oh my!

  39. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Once there was a dog of small stature. His name was Little Dog, but Little Dog had a big heart and was unafraid and so one day the camp was invaded by Cows. Little Dog ran outside singing his song of a warrior. Bow Wow…Wolf Wolf…he sang as he closed in on the heard. Those cows took one look at Little Dog and they wanted no part of this wild Little Dog singing his song of battle. Little Dog chased them toward the setting sun singing his song until the camp was safe again. The people saw what had happened and began to call him by a new name…Little Big Dog.

  40. Kay Dattilio says:

    Sue and Crew! I am so glad that the Divine Miss B stayed there to protect you in case cows came back and I’m not worried about you anymore with Reggie the Superdog around! Love your beautiful pictures!

    Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can’t help but chuckle, Kay — You’re no longer worried because I have Reggie the Superdog and the Divine Miss B to protect us!

  41. Lisa and Tommie in SoFL says:

    Hey,
    “here he comes to save the day!”, music sells in the background. Reggie might need a red bandana cape added to his cow punching outfit. Reggie’s adventures remind me of the cartoon show Underdog that I watched as a kid. What a brave guy, protecting you all!

    And what a pretty spot you have, despite cow slobber. Wish I was there as we all prepare for hurricane Ericka to hit this weekend. I was thinking as I bought supplies last night that I might be camping sooner than planned, lol. At least I am prepared for both my trip and the storm now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa and Tommie,

      It’s good that you bought supplies. Living in southern Florida you know how important that is. I’ve been watching this Erika hurricane as I have a sister in southern Florida. Stay safe.

  42. Lisa and Tommie in SoFL says:

    Oh and thanks for your advice on trailer leveling equipment. Funny how simple always seems to work the best, smile.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome. Whenever I deviate from “simple is best,” I usually ending up regretting it.

  43. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What a great post. Love the “Tales of Reggie, Mighty Dog” I was laughing so hard, just picturing him herding the cows, all 9 lbs. of him. I was nervous about him taking off, too. Sweet Bridget just minds her own business and stays put.
    Angel would never stay put. You should have seen her trying to corral the vacuum cleaner. She was barking and circling it. I was laughing so hard I had to keep stopping. As soon a I turned it back on, she would star again. What a funny dog, she is!
    As usual I love the photos and the canine corner. Angel has a hot pink harness, and her collar and leash are gray with pink & white flower and trimmed with pink.
    Does Reggie sleep quite a bit during the day? Just curious, because Angel does. However, she does get up to follow me around whatever I am doing, be it dishes, cooking, cleaning, etc.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You are having so much fun with your Angel! She was doing the vacuum cleaner round up. 🙂 To answer your question, Reggie takes several naps during the day, usually after eating and after exercise. Thanks, Barbara, for your reaction to this post.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Love your Angel stories Barbara, thanks for sharing them. It’s like having another dog in the house that I don’t have to walk. 🙂

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Oh Barbara, Angel sounds wonderful!! So happy that you found her…and she found you!

  44. Applegirl NY says:

    The pictures are stunning today. The last one – looking through the trees, is spectacular.

    That Reggie is a character. When he said he didn’t want to be a cowboy, it reminded me of a Seinfeld episode where Jerry had to wear a pirate looking shirt and he said “I don’t wanna be a pirate!”

    I watch too much TV in the winter!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      I can imagine Jerry saying that. 🙂 Thanks for the compliment on the photos. The last one is my favorite, too. I have it as my computer’s wallpaper, set in a dark green border. Really makes it pop. In my old, old age, maybe I’ll have my favorite photos of favorite places printed and framed so I can remember these wonderful moments.

  45. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Oh that dog! What a little character. He is epic as my grand daughter would say.

    When I saw the photos of the coneflowers I thought they were bumblebees…beautiful!

    We finally got a new rooster, our old Harold died this summer..he was thirteen!

    This new guy is a young guy that was supposed to be a pullet, surprise…he crows. So the owner sold him to us for ten bucks…thinking of calling him Chuck, aka Ten Buck Chuck!

  46. Diann in MT says:

    Glad you have found your temporary heaven. Your little cowboy is all you need. And the comforting companionship of your Brig.

    You really have an advantage over us landlocked folks in the West, Sue. Don’t like the air, move. ?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope you aren’t in smoke, Diann. Yes, it is an advantage to be able to leave and have our home with us.

  47. Cate W says:

    Good day (evening?) Sue,

    Loved everything, as usual, but Canine Corner had me laughing out loud at work !! Surprised no one came over to check on me. You are sooo clever deciding what words go with the photos of the main actors in the daily drama (Miss Bridget and Master Reggie). I’m still smiling at Reggie’s looking mortified by his “girlie” outfit. Classic!
    Bridge: good for you knowing to tell Reggie he’s wearing a cowboy outfit. After the big cattle round-up, maybe he can be proud of it. Love you in red and blue Master Reggie
    You made my day brighter and more fun again!! :):)
    CateW

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, isn’t that nice, making your day brighter and more fun. 🙂

      Here’s a chicken-or-the-egg question:

      Which came first? The photo of Reggie looking embarrassed in his cowboy suit? Or the story of Reggie feeling embarrassed in his cowboy suit? 🙂

  48. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Scene from the Rainbow Bridge:

    Timber: “Ya know, I think that little guys gonna work out just fine.”

    Spike: “Yea,…………..sniff………………You done good Reggie Man. You take care of my girls now. Ya hear?”

  49. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Gorgeous pictures of Badger Mountain! Thank you for sharing. I love all the windflowers! Those coneflowers will be providing lots of food for the birds; they also tend to re-seed themselves. Win-win!

    Reggie Man needs a Superman cape. A caped crusader, fighting off marauding gangs of cows…keeping his family safe. Go, Reggie, Go!! I am thankful that he came home after his job was done. I know your heart was in your throat…. Miss Bridget…you did a good job protecting your Mom. One never knows if there are any stray gang members behind the trailer, waiting for the opportunity to lick that nice, white, cool wall! Loved Canine Corner – too cute! 🙂

    Hope you enjoy your evening, Sue! Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Oh..and the embracing aspens….lovely! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie pup,

      That photo of Reggie running does look like he should be wearing a cape. He’s developing multiple personalities… Special Ops, cowboy, superhero…. Like many young folks, he has to find himself. 🙂

      Hope all is well at your house, have a good evening. . .

  50. Lisa and Tommie in SoFL says:

    Here’s hoping your still smoke free and happy in your cowfree zone with Superdog on patrol. Looks like Tropical Ericka may not come to visit, too bad for the loss of rain, good for lack of property damage and injury. It’s nice to visit your sunny site while we have such gray skies, oh my that sounds too much like a whine. How spoiled I am!

    Was wondering how you kept motivated during your planning days. I dream, and make lists but some days inertia overtakes me, (That sounds like an oxymoron, tee hee) until time constraints squeeze me out of my stuck spot. Maybe I will do better once I have my trailer nearby to work on, having my hands busy has always helped.

    Rereading some comments, I had missed Weather’s loss of her old friend. Weather, I am sorry for your loss and painful process you are passing through. Your serenity and grace, your elegant writing and wisdom shared are an inspiration. You are a gift to us here. Thank you. Wishing you peace.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa and Tommie,

      You wonder how I kept motivated during my planning days. Well, I didn’t have the BLT yet so I couldn’t play around with that. My motivation came from reading Tioga George’s blog every day, including his “magazines,” and also researching rigs (I didn’t make my decision to buy a Casita until years of planning had passed.). After I made the decision to buy a Casita, I put a photo of one on my desktop at work to remind me I wasn’t going to be in the classroom forever.

      Inertia overtook me, too. That’s part of a natural cycle I’ve lived with all my life. Some people are “go-getters,” always doing something. It’s okay to step away and relax. That may be when the best decisions percolate in your brain!

      Another idea is making lists. I write lists, never use them, yet I think they help me move forward on projects, large and small. Best wishes…

    • weather says:

      Thank you very much ,Lisa and Tommie,what a lovely and kind note to me!

  51. Utah Bonnie says:

    Hi Sue, I’m glad to see you all are enjoying one of my favorite parts of Utah and that Reggie has a handle on those free range cattle. Size is irrelevant when it comes to getting a serious job done and I’m proud of him for doing the job and coming back to you when it was done. We had a wild rainstorm down in the SW corner of the state last night and I hope you haven’t had to deal with too much weather up there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bonnie,

      When I checked wunderground for a weather forecast yesterday I read that SW Utah would experience winds and rain and “dangerous lightning.” It rained most of the day here. Bridget and I experienced “dangerous Reggie energy” cooped up inside with him.

      Thank you for appreciating the work of the Reggie Man!

  52. AZ Jim says:

    King…
    My Grandmother, mom’s mom, had a dog named King. Grandma lived in a growing part of Los Angeles in 1940 when this occurred. She lived where there was building going on all around her little house. Now, this was a time when people had their dogs but didn’t need or want to chain them up or fence them in so they were allowed to just run free around the yard.

    Grandma began having to pick up torn paper bags and wax paper debris around the yard almost every day. At the same time she noticed that King was not eating like he usually did.

    One day Grandma looked out in the yard and there was King eating from a paper bag and two men were petting and talking to him. She stepped out and learned that the men were from a large construction site about two blocks away and that the men had noticed almost every day one lunch was missing when it was time to eat it.

    They caught King in the act of stealing a lunch and had begun bringing a bag for King and leaving it where he could “steal” it. After they did this a few days, one day they decided to follow him when he gently picked up his bag and wandered off. They had trailed him to his home and that was when Grandma spotted them in her yard.

    Grandma began telling the men she was sorry and would keep King home so he wouldn’t steal from them. They asked that she not do that as it had become a fun event on the job to wait and watch as old King entered the site and “stole” his lunch bag then wandered off. They went on to say they were just curious as to where he took his lunch to eat it so they had trailed him home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a cute story, Jim! And it really happened…

      I remember when dogs were named King or Queenie or Duke or Dutchess. Our childhood dog was named Prince, even though she was a girl. When we went to name her, we couldn’t decide between the five different names suggested by my parents, my two sisters, and me. My mother suggested we put the names in a hat and whatever name we pulled out, that would be the one for our new dog. Well, my younger sister was only about four years old and, of course, that’s the name that was pulled out.

      Thanks for the story, Jim!

  53. DesertGinger says:

    ?????????????????????⏰???. I have lots of things to choose from!

  54. Cate W/Portland Maine says:

    Hey AZ Jim,

    I LOVED the story about King. Have you considered sending it to one of the true story columns in a mag like Reader’s Digest? What fun that those of us on Sue’s blog got to read it here.

    Remind me to tell the true story of an adventurous “moocher” named Max. I’ll share it next week if I remember.

    Smiles,
    CateW

  55. AZ Jim says:

    Ooops ! Thanks Cate W

  56. Deb says:

    Love the photos on your blog. You may have answered this question before, but what kind of camera do you use?

    Love your BLT. We’ve been thinking of upgrading from our tent trailer for some time now — getting tired of all the setting up, breaking down, I just want to lock the door and go sometimes. Seeing yours has me shopping Casita and Trillium. Both fun looking little trailers.

    Happy travels!!

  57. RVDebs Journey says:

    Hi Sue! You had me laughing out loud! lol Those two doggies are wonderful and I love when they talk in your blog. Very enjoyable and great camp.
    I’ll be on my journey in two weeks. Going to take it slow and not try to keep up with Kat and Mark and her mom who will be leaving at the same time. I think 5 hours is more then enough for driving time. wow.. can you believe I am moving west soon!!
    hugs
    Deb

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Good for you Deb!!! Sooooo happy for you. I agree…5 hrs is plenty for one day. I know you are going to have a fabulous time. 🙂 Stay safe Deb.

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